Fernandos Kitchen

 

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

For most of the musicians in the group, we have been making music for most of our lives, long before the band even started up. The band started up in 2007.

 

Our acquaintance is the main inspiration for our music and why we spontaneously started it up, but there were many peopl who inspired and influenced the specific sound we were after, namely:

 

Paco de Lucia, Vicente Amigo, Ojos de Brujo, Buena vista social club, Gypsy Kings and many other great musicians and composers.

 

 

 

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

We all grew up listening to very different music, so there is a very big variety of influences that have helped to shape our sound. Styles that has influenced our music the most is Jazz, flamenco, latin, world and popular music.

 

 

 

3 – How long have you been playing/writing?

Playing and writing music has been a passion that each of us loved since long before we met or started this band. When we got together, writing and playing our music together was a total new trip and it has taken our writing to another level. Since we met we have learnt so much about writing music and performing.

 

 

 

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

We play live quite often, although, we love to play live. We tend to play an original gig (which we promote ourselves) at least every month for our fans, apart from corporate work, special requests and festivals. Upcoming shows are 1 March in the Green note, Camden town, 13 April in Hootenanny and 9th May in the WM Jazz club in the 02 arena.

 

 

 

 

5 – What has been your favourite moment in music?

Our favourite moment in music was last year during our tour in Copenhagen, when we spontaneously decided to try out some street performance in the famous freetown in central Copenhagen called Christiania. It was a crazy adventure, the characters we met and the appreciation we felt was totally mind blowing, not to mention that we had an entire stage filled with drinks that all the locals kept buying us! It was a totally new and crazy experience! We felt like we belonged there, our crazy fusion going hand in had with the crazy fusion of people and characters that are local to this extraordinary freetown.

 

 

 

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

Listen to our music and find our more about us on our website at www.fernandoskitchen.com

 

 

 

 

Vita Chambers – Interview

We were really lucky to get the chance to have a chat with Vita Chambers who has been tipped as the next big thing in the UK.  Having toured with Justin Bieber in her native Canada, Vita Chambers is set to bring her North American success to UK shores with new double a-side ‘Fix You’/‘What If?’ At only 20 years old, Vita Chambers has already won over the hearts of her home nation in Canada and has a musical career to be admired, She was signed at 16 by Universal after contacting them on Myspace and at 17 years old, Chambers was thrown into the limelight when she was asked to open for Justin Bieber on his “My World” tour

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

I’ve had a love affair with music for my whole life, but I took it seriously at 11 when i first started vocal lessons. Growing up I was fascinated by Queen, Cher and Tina Turner.

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

So many artists inspired me. My father was feeding my Led Zeppelin, The Doors, Queen, and my Mum constantly played Tina Tuner, Elvis Presley, Black Box. All of those influences have definitely moulded me into the artist I am and still do.

How long have you been playing/writing?

I always wrote but “Fix You” was the first song I wrote on and officially released.

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

I’m always performing and if I’m in your area I would love to meet you. You can find all of my tour dates on my website www.vitachambers.com

What has been your favourite moment in music?

Headlining my own tour.

Where is the best place to find you on-line?

Be apart of my journey on Instagram and Twitter. See you there 🙂 @vitachambers

You can check out the videos here:

‘Fix you’: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JjDre7EaHFQ

‘What If?’: http

Emperor The Stag

EmperorTStagFantasyToBleak1 – When did you first get into music? What or who Inspired you?
(Nick, songwriter for Emperor the Stag): Properly, as in playing the guitar, 14/15. I was a kid of the 90s, so Brit pop bands were hitting me. Then discovering the Beatles was a mecca from those bands. I used to walk past this guitar shop with a black and white epiphone SG in the window. And being the sound parents they are, saved and got it for me for my Birthday. From then, it was non stop. My old neightbour used to complain of me singing before I’d mastered the instrument. He could say the same to this day, if he were alive ( that wasn’t meant to sound sinister)

2 – Who did you grow up listening to, and does that impact on what you create now?
I used to get driven around a lot as my dad was a taxi driver. There I heard lots of prog rock , which at first I shunned but now can’t get enough of some prog bands. Some are a bit annoying, the sort of minor chord progression types.

3 – How long have you been playing/writing?
As a band a couple of years. Me myself  10 years now using my guitar a writing tool.

4 – How often do you play live (include details and links for any upcoming gigs)?
We try and play every month. But it needs to be the right gig. We need the venue and promoter to enhance the experience of connecting ourselves with an audience. All too often , it’s the opposite. (Our next gig is 21st March Green Door Store – Brighton)

5 – What has been your favourite moment in music?
This is tough- I remember playing the beautiful Oran Mor in Glasgow a few years back . We played a non stop set and used every bit of energy we had.  We couldn’t see a thing during the set apart from smoke and the odd coloured flash of light. Afterwards we all got off stage and burst out laughing. It was brilliant. Just for us that night was. Had no idea what the crowd thought. But we were on laughing gas,

6 – Where is the best place to find you online?
twitter.com/emperorthestag
youtube.com/emperorthestag
emperorthestag.com

Johnny Hoffman and The Residents

922963_530783670314989_2101794469_n1 – When did you first get into music? What or who Inspired you?

I first got into music when my mother growing up was an aerobics teacher, she brought me to her classes which always had this upbeat music. My father would always play old seventies CD’s on long car rides.

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

Queens of the stone Age along with Franz Ferdinand

3 – How long have you been playing/writing?

I have been writing and playing music for 6 years now.

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

I usually try and do a few a month but recently have been working on a new E.P.

5 – What has been your favourite moment in music?

When you write a song and when you hit the right timing and mood that sends chills down your back and you reach Nirvana.

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

https://www.facebook.com/jhoffandtherez?fref=ts

http://www.youtube.com/user/Jhoffandtherez?feature=watch

https://twitter.com/Jhoffandtherez

http://jhoffandtherez.tumblr.com/

http://instagram.com/jhoffandtherez

Nyika

NyikaBlue2 1 – When did you first get into music? What or who Inspired you? 

I got into music through the late 80’s rave scene, mainly underground home grown dance music

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

I grew up listening to a mixture of soul, funk and pop

3 – How long have you been playing/writing?

I’ve been playing and writing seriously for about 20 years now

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

I play gigs when there is a release usually if I have the means, the next ones in London will probably be in the spring or summer on the release of 2 more singles

5 – What has been your favourite moment in music?

Realizing that I could do something that would make people interested in me

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

http://soundcloud.com/too-hip-records

Natasha Nicholls

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

I don’t like being a cliche, but I really have always loved music and singing. I remember being 4 years old singing along to anything that was on the radio. I didn’t care whether it was rap or jazz. I didn’t know any of the words, so I just made up my own instead! I asked my parents at the time how a little box (the radio lol) could produce such sounds. They told me that there were actual people singing the songs, not the radio itself. I remember telling my parents that I wanted to be one of the singers in ‘the box’ as well.

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

I grew up listening to a diverse range of sounds varying from Beethoven to the Beatles to Britney Spears. I loved listening to all kinds of music genres and I would have to say that being exposed to such diverse sounds has really shaped my own sound.

3 – How long have you been playing/writing?

I used to write a lot of poetry in my pre-teens. In order to remember my poems, I used to sing them to myself. I guess this was my introduction to songwriting. I didn’t start to write actual songs until the age of 13.

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

I’ve been lucky to have had the opportunity to perform on several continents, but I really hope to perform on them all one day! The only continents remaining are Australia, South America and Antarctica. I am currently busy with my children’s foundation that raises money for handicapped children in Asia and Africa. In order to concentrate on this I have currently no shows lined up, but I am definitely planning on arranging some shows for next year!

5 – What has been your favourite moment in music?

Every day is my favourite moment in music. Every day I get the opportunity to listen to and to play music. This makes me so happy. Music is an integral part of my life.

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

You can listen to my music and also find the links to my social media on my official website: www.natashanichollsmusic.com    

Thank you for taking the time to interview me 🙂