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• EXNATIONS • Gordi • MAINLAND • Saint Motel • • Arkells • Emily Haines & the Soft Skeleton • EVARIDE • MICKY •


Founded and launched in February 2016 by Sophie Hsu, Urban Vinyl Magazine is an independently-run outlet that harmonizes a passion for music and food. Started and currently based in New York City where both music and food are at their best, the artists and restaurants featured on the site and the upcoming issues are individually handpicked in order to reach a diverse spectrum of sound and taste. Created by a music lover and a foodie, the aim is to provide high quality content for fellow music lovers and foodies.


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Main Artist • AIRWAYS • 3-8

Live Shots • EXNATIONS • 9-10 • Gordi • 11-12 • MAINLAND • 13-14 • Saint Motel • ` 15-16 • Arkells • 17-18 • Emily Haines & The Soft Skeleton • 19-20 • Evaride • 21-22 • MICKY • 23-24


• Gramercy Theatre, New York City • November 1, 2017 • @AirwaysOfficial @airwaysofficial /airwaysofficial

Main Artist • AIRWAYS •

A mutual encounter sparked the formation of AIRWAYS. AIRWAYS, formed and based in Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, England with members hailing from there, Birmingham (West Midlands, England), and Chicago, Illinois, showcases the talent of Jake Daniels (vocals, guitar), Alex Ruggiero (guitar), Jamie Reynolds (bass), and Brian Moroney (drums). They self-released their debut single, “Ghost Town,” on February 2, 2016, followed by “One Foot,” on July 8, 2016. This year, they put out “Reckless Tongue,” on March 17, 2017, which led to the release of their debut EP, Starting to Spin, on May 19, 2017, featuring tracks such as “White Noise Boys” and “Mate.” They have shared the stage with various acts, including Nothing But Thieves, The Hunna, and Missio. They also performed at this past year’s SXSW. They recently wrapped up a massive U.S. tour with Nothing But Thieves and Missio, and made a stop at Gramercy Theatre in New York City on November 1, 2017. Just before the show, the band generously took some time to chat about their first instruments, the process of creating their debut 3 EP, and what toppings the “AIRWAYS” pizza would feature.

What’s the story behind the formation of AIRWAYS? JAKE: I met Brian in America, in Los Angeles, at our manager’s house, and we were just kind of writing together. He was just like, “I’m going to move to England to your house and join your band.” We started that, and I’ve known Alex since I was little.

What was the first instrument (musical or non-musical) you started making music with? BRIAN: I’ve been playing buckets for a while, but I played piano first. ALEX: I used to have a penny whistle when I was younger. JAKE: I used to just play my vocal chords.

You released your debut EP, Starting to Spin, in May 2017. What was the process of writing, recording, and producing it? JAKE: It was a long process. It took ages to get to the point we felt ready to release something. We had done “Ghost Town” prior, but that was the beginning of our sound. By that point, we knew what we wanted to sound like. It then came to a point we went into the studio, put it all down, and it was done. BRIAN: It still took another few months to plan out what we were going to do with it. We had the songs, released it in May, and it’s been a fruitful six months.


• Jake Daniels •

• Alex Ruggiero •


• Jamie Reynolds •

• Brian Moroney •


Which song (released or unreleased) are you most proud of? BRIAN: I’m proud of all of them. JAKE: I like “Mate” the most. They’re all babies of ours. BRIAN: There’s a lot of new music that we’re in love with.

What happens before you go onstage? Is there an AIRWAYS pre-show ritual? ALEX: Jake goes somewhere, and we’re like, “Oh god, where has Jake gone?” BRIAN: We used to have more of a ritual, but recently, it’s been, “See you up there.” A few drinks, push-ups, the basics.

Out of all your songs, my favorite is “Ghost Town.” Can you touch on the inspiration and creation of that particular one? JAKE: That was about everyone being on their phones, including myself. It’s like, “Why is no one looking forward?” We went into the studio with our friend, Dom Craik, from Nothing But Thieves. We did it as a demo, and it was the one that stuck out for us. It got a lot of responses, and definitely helped us grow.


What’s your favorite restaurant and/or food in NYC? Any places back home in Peterborough, England? JAKE: Wagamama is the best place in Peterborough. They do great noodles there. BRIAN: There’s also Nando’s. We haven’t had much time to explore in NYC, but we are going to go later.

If there a pizza with the name “AIRWAYS,” what toppings would it have? It’d have anchovies, green pepper, pineapple, onions, olives, spinach, cheese, garlic, and garlic sauce.

What can listeners expect in terms of upcoming projects and/or releases? JAKE: More songs, and that’s about it. Just lots of content and songs.

What’s a question you have wanted to get asked in an interview, and what’s the response to it? Jake: My favorite question would be, “Who can do the most press-ups?” We’ll all then do a press-up contest.


• Knitting Factory, Brooklyn • November 8, 2017 •


• Brooklyn, New York • Baltimore, Maryland • • Sal Mastrocola • Taylor Hughes • Dan Ciarrochi •


EXNATIONS’ sound in 3 words: Dancey, Dynamic, Deep

Favorite song to perform live:


“Can’t Get Hurt”

Favorite food and/or drink: Pizza. Full stop.

/exnationsband 9

Favorite spot in NYC: REUNION in Williamsburg

• Sal Mastrocola •

• Taylor Hughes •

• John O’Neill •


• Brooklyn Steel, Brooklyn • November 13, 2017 •


• Canowindra, New South Wales, Australia • • Sophie Payten •


Gordi’s sound in 3 words: Loud, Soft, Loud

Favorite song to perform live:



Favorite food and/or drink: Moscow Mule

/music.Gordi 11

Favorite spot in NYC:

The rooftop of The Standard on the High Line

• Sophie Payten •

• Adrian McGruther •

• CJ Camerieri •

• Pepe Hidalgo •


• Mercury Lounge, New York City • November 15, 2017 •

MAINLAND • Brooklyn, New York • Los Angeles, California • • Alex Pitta • Jordan Topf • Corey Mullee •

@mainland @mainlandnyc /MainlandBand 13

• Alex Pitta •

• Jordan Topf •

• Corey Mullee •


• Brooklyn Steel, Brooklyn • November 16, 2017 •

Saint Motel • Los Angeles, California • • Aaron Sharp • Greg Erwin • AJ Jackson • Dak Lerdamornpong •

@SaintMotel @saintmotel /saintmotel 15

• AJ Jackson •

• Aaron Sharp •

• Fabian Chavez •

• Greg Erwin •

• Dak Lerdamornpong •

• Zach Ramacier •


• The Bowery Ballroom, New York City • November 17, 2017 •


• Hamilton, Ontario, Canada • • Nick Dika • Mike DeAngelis • Max Kerman • Tim Oxford • Anthony Carone •

Arkells’ sound in 3 words: @arkellsmusic

Try Hard Joy.

Favorite song to perform live: “Knocking at the Door”

@arkellsmusic /Arkells 17

Favorite food and/or drink:

Breakfast: Everything bagel and a coffee Lunch: Slice of pizza and a Coke Dinner: Tacos and a Mexican Mule.

Favorite spot in NYC:

Washington Square Park. Love the people watching.

• Mike DeAngelis •

• Nick Dika •

• Max Kerman •

• Tim Oxford •

• Anthony Carone •


• Murmrr Theatre, Brooklyn • November 30, 2017 •

Emily Haines & The Soft Skeleton • Toronto, Ontario, Canada • • Emily Haines •

@choirofthemind @choirofthemind /EmilyHaines 19


• Knitting Factory, Brooklyn • December 7, 2017 •

Evaride • Los Angeles, California • • Sean Michael Murray • Josh Devine • Hayden Maringer •

@evaride @evaride /evarideofficial 21

• Sean Michael Murray •

• Hayden Maringer •

• Josh Devine •


• Rockwood Music Hall, Stage 1, New York City • December 16, 2017 •


• Salinas, California • New York, New York • • Michael Persall •


MICKY’s sound in 3 words: Cheeky, Energetic, Nostalgic

Favorite song to perform live:


“He Won’t”

Favorite food and/or drink: Merguez & Couscous

/listentomicky 23

Favorite spot in NYC: The Late Late



Urban Vinyl Magazine-Issue XVII  

The seventeenth issue includes a full interview with AIRWAYS, which is accompanied by live shots of EXNATIONS, Gordi, MAINLAND, Saint Motel,...

Urban Vinyl Magazine-Issue XVII  

The seventeenth issue includes a full interview with AIRWAYS, which is accompanied by live shots of EXNATIONS, Gordi, MAINLAND, Saint Motel,...