Dirty Louie



 

 

 
1 – When did you first get into music? What or who Inspired you?

10 years old – jazz piano lessons w Jerry Weill on the scenic Venezuelan hillside

2 – Who did you grow up listening to, and does that impact on what you create now?

Beethoven, Strauss, Rolling Stones, Kinks, Dominico Modono, Ishmael Rivera and a billion other bands

3 – How long have you been playing/writing?

Since I could count to ten on my fingers … My first composition at 11 was for the Kazoo… Brought tearletinas to my eyes.

4 – How often do you play live (include details and links for any upcoming gigs)?

I played in every dive/nightclub in NYC  for years.  You name it.  Mercury Lounge, Bowery Ballroom, CBgb, Irving plaza.

5 – What has been your favourite moment in music?

The invention of YouTube.  And the first time I heard the Immigrant Song by Led Zeppelin.

6 – Where is the best place to find you online?

DirtyLouie.com

Amanda Bloom

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1 – When did you first get into music? What or who Inspired you?

I began piano lessons at the age of 4.  My earliest memories were being perched up on telephone books so that I could reach the piano and crying in complete sadness and self-disappointment because I had accidentally hit two notes at the same time instead of one. The perfectionist from birth!

My piano teacher Nadia Burgess was a great inspiration. Her support and passion instilled in me a sense of the infinite humanity in loving music and playing the piano.

2 – Who did you grow up listening to, and does that impact on what you create now?

I grew up playing and studying classical music  which has been the main influence on the music I write. The shapes of Chopin, Mendelssohn, Rachmaninov and the divine order of Bach. Miriam Hyde was a great influence and I was lucky enough to have a few masterclasses with her before she passed away. I wrote my first piano sonata at about 7 years old inspired by the sounds of my car. It later went on to win the San Francisco Young Composers competition. I discovered Michael Nyman when I was about 15 and loved the shapes of his compositions…they still influence me to this day.

3 – How long have you been playing/writing?

I have been playing the piano since I was almost 4 and writing since I was 7. I began composing seriously at around 15 mainly contemporary classical pieces. For my final composition examination I wrote an experimental piece based on a tone row for Clarinet and piano that ended up taking out first place in the state resulting in a performance at the Sydney Opera House which was a wonderful experience.  I had studied classical singing for years  but I started writing actual songs with words when I was 18 and then began writing for other bands and pop groups. At 23 I started writing my debut album. I was haunted daily by a particular sound, a fusion of circus, yann tierson like piano lines and dissonant melodies, a certain chaotic madness that I knew I needed to explore.  And so I challenged myself to write what later became “The History of Things to Come”

4 – How often do you play live (include details and links for any upcoming gigs)?

I am currently based in Phnom Penh in Cambodia and play often in Phnom Penh with  Tara Mar and Michelle Bowen as a classical trio. Cello, Bassoon and piano. I am lucky enough to play with the only bassoonist in Cambodia which is very special. Rehearsing and playing with these 2 passionate women has been invigorating and immersive.  I will be playing in Saigon and Bangkok soon. You can get updates at my facebook here https://www.facebook.com/pages/Amanda-Bloom/8925494214

5 – What has been your favourite moment in music?

Recording with members of the Amman Symphony Orchestra in Jordan was a really inspiring experience..playing for Palestinian children in a hospital in Nablus is a fond memory. Playing for 40,000 people for MTV Exit stadium gig to fight human trafficking was exhilarating, playing in a tuk-tuk with Conrad Keely from “And You Will know us by the Trail of Dead” in the streets of Phnom Penh was fun, Seeing 200 Khmer women singing in unison  a song I had written for an NGO to empower Cambodian women was really special..but really, every time I write something that is spontaneous and a natural expression of myself I am elated. Something that captures the infinite mystery of the human experience and immortalizes my inner world. It is the most intimate private moments , just me and a piano at home, that have shaped my heart, the way I feel and ultimately, my life.

6 – Where is the best place to find you online?

Facebook

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Amanda-Bloom/8925494214

Youtube

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D9Ei7PZqUjc

www.amandabloomofficial.com

The Dice

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1 – When did you first get into music? What or who Inspired you?

I always remember my father’s vinyl collection. Always used to play really loud the banjo track  from the deliverance soundtrack . Other than that was my mothers piano. I always used to play it by ear and make a lot of noise. When was in high school we formed a band of indie music called stone garden which took me to different experimental projects, by then i knew how to play keyboards, guitar and bass. Then in the late 90’s i started mixing electronic music at raves and parties all over Venezuela and some parts of Europe which took me to a 15 years old career at it, bringing me to the UK where i started producing in London studios. From that i decided to launch my label Beetroot records, an eclectic label which intends to release underground music in vinyl. When i started sharing with other artists i decided to build my own studio which lead me to create the Dice.

2 – Who did you grow up listening to, and does that impact on what you create now?

I grew up listening to old school hip hop like tribe called quest , public enemy, de la soul , pharcyde among others. When I was a teenager I was very into grunge and classic rock like the beetles , Rolling Stones , led zeppelin . I think my music has a bit of every band I love. It’s very hard to decide which bands have influenced me as there are so many I love.

3 – How long have you been playing/writing?

Since I was young I was playing the piano and guitar but more seriously was when I was in high school doing my first band.

4 – How often do you play live (include details and links for any upcoming gigs)?

At the moment I’m focusing in finishing the album , hopefully soon after that we can start playing live

5 – What has been your favourite moment in music?

My favourite moment when I decided I was going to go all the way with my music. I took the courage to do my album and dedicate all I have towards it. Also I have been in some amazing gigs that have been sublime. I will never forget Horace Andy playing at Glastonbury .

6 – Where is the best place to find you online?

You will find music from my label and the dice :

Soundcloud/beetrootrecords

Eleanore and The Lost

 DRR_4182B&W - Copy1) When did you first get into music?  What or who inspired you?

Both my parents are classically trained singers – my Dad being a tenor at English National Opera and Paris Opera and my Mum, a session singer at Abbey Road, songwriter and now also a singing teacher.  I therefore heard a mix of music growing up, from the classical music that I would sometimes watch my father sing to the wide range of genres in my mother’s record collection.  I think singing probably seemed very natural to me thanks to my parents but was never thrust upon me.  It was when my singing teacher forced me to do a solo when I was about 14 (I wouldn’t really sing in front of people before that) that I discovered I loved the thrill of the limelight.  Growing up, I did the usual thing of miming to songs in front of a mirror so I really love making music videos for my own songs now.

2) Who did you grow up listening to, and does that impact on what you create now?

As I mentioned before, I’ ve always heard some classical music growing up but also, thanks to my mother, artists such as Fleetwood Mac, Kate Bush, Sting and The Police, The Pet Shop Boys, rock artists such as Whitesnake and Free and pop from artists like Mariah Carey.  I remember knowing far more music than the other children at school who only knew the current artists and this is something I’ve always been grateful for.  As I got older I also discovered lots of other artists for myself so I think my taste is now pretty eclectic.  I think that’s why my writing incorporates a variety of genres – I would get bored if I was made to write or perform in one style and although I feel my songs now have a certain ‘sound’ that makes them distinctive to me I think they also have separate identities and the tracks on the ‘Parlour Game’ album don’t just blend into one.

3) How long have you been playing/writing?

I remember singing songs at a very young age that I had made up and then I probably started writing demos when I was about 10 years old, trying to layer up instrumentation on my old keyboard and then record it all onto tape along with the vocals!  I began performing at a similar age in children’s musical shows but really started to hone my performance skills whilst working in my mum’s music shows where I would sing solos, backing vocals and in group numbers, often with choreography.  I learnt to perform a huge number of genres and to connect with and try to engross an audience.

4) How often do you play live (include details and links for any upcoming gigs)?

I’ve played many gigs in the past in various parts of the UK at many different types of  venues but for a little while I’ve been working on new material so made the choice not to focus so much on performing.  However, this summer I did appear at two festivals.

 

5 – What has been your favourite moment in music?

That’s quite difficult; there have been many.  I think one that really stands out was performing at the Fairfield Halls in Croydon and watching the audience singing along to my lyrics and getting excited when I announced certain song titles or when I was about to sing some of the big, high notes.  Knowing the audience are that into your music is hugely flattering.

Also, when I’m sat writing a song and I listen back to my demo I sometimes feel a kind of excitement when the music just suddenly sounds special to me and I know I’ve got something worth continuing with.  Perhaps artists get the same feeling when they step back, look at their piece of work and know they’re on the right track.

6 – Where is the best place to find you online?

Whichever you prefer of the following!

www.eleanoreandthelost.com

www.facebook.com/eleanoreandthelost

Twitter: @EleanoreLost

www.youtube.com/eleanoreandthelost

 

Elena Miller

Bashment Ladies CoverElena is releasing her new video for her catchy new track ‘Bashment Ladies’, combining aspects of dance hall, Hip Hop and R&B.

1) When did you first get into music? What or who Inspired you?

I first get into music at a very young age; I began writing at about 13, but not too seriously. I was inspired by a wide variety of stars such as Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, Beenie Man, Tony Braxton and Mariah Carey.

2) Who did you grow up listening to, and does that impact on what you create now?

I grew up listening to the stars mentioned above and yes their music influences me in the way that I try to make a story with the tracks that I write, and also in that I write for RnB/Pop, but having grown up in Jamaica my music has a Reggae/Dancehall twist.

3) How long have you been playing/writing?

I started writing my own lyrics at around age 13. It was at this point in my life that I realise I love music. I have been seriously considering a music career for sometime; even my husband has tried to get me to apply to the X Factor. But I feel that it would not allow me to show my own style and musical personality.

4) How often do you play live (include details and links for any upcoming gigs)?

I am at a very early stage of my career and we are planning on live gigs in the future.

5) What has been your favorite moment in music?

My favourite moment would be the making and recording of my first video.

6) Where is the best place to find your music online?

The best place would be via Facebook,  https://www.facebook.com/BashmentLadies, YouTube, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PZaDLFp8sHE.

GABRIELLA JONES

Gabriella Jones is a 19 year old  singer/ songwriter who has been slowly carving her way into the industry for the past year or so. Earlier on in May she gained a wave of publicity as she was selected to perform one of the supporting slots of Beyonce’s Birmingham show at the LG Arena! She has also performed supporting slots for international artists such as Bryan Adams, Bon Jovi and ROXY Music!! She is set to release her latest single ‘Losing My Baby’ on 28th October. Here is her Unsigned Interivew – Enjoy Live o2

1 – When did you first get into music? What or who Inspired you?

I’ve always loved singing and writing songs from an early age, then my Dad taught me to play the guitar when I was eight and it combined all of my favourite things. 

2 – Who did you grow up listening to, and does that impact on what you create now?

Bands like Led Zeppelin and Free really inspired me growing up as that’s the music that was played round the house, then female acts like Christina Aguilera and Beyonce had a big impact as well. I wanted to mix the rock of the 70’s with more modern female vocals.

 3 – How long have you been playing/writing?

I started writing songs and playing guitar when I was eight. My songwriting has changed a bit since then! But many of my earliest songs are some of my favourites and are still fun to play today. One of my favourite songs to play is “Blue Hills and Purple Butterflies” which I wrote a couple of years ago. It’s a really personal song and whenever I play it live it always takes me back to the feelings I had when I wrote it.

4 – How often do you play live (include details and links for any upcoming gigs)?

I love playing live with my full band and we play a lot at the Jam House in Birmingham. It’s such a great venue and the night is run by Ben Drummond who is a brilliant acoustic artist. My favourite gigs to play are festivals. I’ve been very fortunate to have played at the Wireless Festival, Hard Rock Calling and the Isle of Wight festival… it’s the best atmosphere and always amazing to see the other acts. 

5 – What has been your favourite moment in music?

My favourite moment has to be when I played at Hard Rock Calling in Hyde Park and two men came up to me in the crowd after and said “Blue Hills” made them cry. It was so surreal and so sweet.. a moment I’ll never forget.

6 – Where is the best place to find you online?

Follow @gabriellajjones on Twitter and Facebook.

Hunny B

RoundandRound.CoverWith new single ‘Round & Round’ out now (feat. Joe Budden) and the promise of an album to come, Hunny B is hoping to make a big splash in the pop world in the next couple of years. This is her unsigned interview.

1 – When did you first get into music? What or who Inspired you?
I have been singing for as long as I can remember. I come from a very musical family. After high school I chose to pursue a career in Theatre Arts where studying music was an integral part in obtaining my diploma. I was successful out of college, working as a professional musical theatre performer for several years. I made the transition to film and television acting, which I loved, however over time I started to feel empty. I realized that it was the lack of music in my life. I need to sing like I need water to live. To make a long story short, a friend of mine introduced me to a few producers, an engineer, and that was it. I got a taste of what it was like to record my own song and never wanted to leave the recording studio again.

My mother was my very first musical inspiration. She is a singer and worked as a music teacher for 30 years.

2 – Who did you grow up listening to, and does that impact on what you create now?
I grew up listening to Whitney Houston, Toni Braxton, Alanis Morissette, New Kids On the Block, Spice Girls, Janet and Michael Jackson, Boys To Men, TLC, Nelly Furtado, Back Street Boys, NSync, Brandi, etc.

I guess you can say that they subconsciously have an impact on my creative work today. However, I don’t study them as part of my writing process. I create from a feeling, so when I hear a beat, the melody and lyrics emanate from that.

3 – How long have you been playing/writing?
I wrote my first song about 10 years ago, but I was always too shy, and afraid to share it. I finally mustered up the courage to write and share my music 3 years ago. It is an empowering feeling to express, and let it all go. I have been performing for over a decade.

4 – How often do you play live (include details and links for any upcoming gigs)?
I just had a baby 7 weeks ago so I won’t be performing for a few months. However, I will be moving to England in the New Year and will be back on the performance train. I will be gigging all over London, and will get you those dates and venues soon as we have them.

5 – What has been your favorite moment in music?
I have had many favorite moments in music. I have to say meeting Whitney Houston years ago and then meeting Emeli Sande recently.

Another favorite moment was hearing my single “Jack” play at the prestigious Fontainebleau Hotel in Miami days after I got there. The best thing though this year was the release of my new single “Round & Round” (Feat. Joe Budden), which is now out on iTunes and in all major online stores.

6 – Where is the best place to find your music online?

https://soundcloud.com/hunny_b

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1 – When did you first get into music? What or who Inspired you?

2 – Who did you grow up listening to, and does that impact on what you create now?

3 – How long have you been playing/writing?

4 – How often do you play live (include details and links for any upcoming gigs)?

5 – What has been your favourite moment in music?

6 – Where is the best place to find you online?