Wayne William

1 – When did you first get into music? What or who Inspired you?
I come from a musical family so I started getting into music at a very early age with my father the driving force behind it all. I must of been about 6 and my father has been the biggest inspiration to me, he introduced me into music, pushed me hard and never gave up on the idea of seeing his kids up on the big stage. And recently we managed to which we managed to realize his dream by representing Malta at the Eurovision this year.

2 – Who did you grow up listening to, and does that impact on what you create now?
We used to sing all kinds of song growing up but my favorite songs were from “The beatles and Pink Floyd”. They have been amazing teachers to me growing up and they inspire me in everything I do.

3 – How long have you been playing/writing?
I starting playing piano and singing at the age of 6 but starting writing music at 14, to be honest I think I was to young to write anything that had any substance cause at 14 I had no experiences worth singing about but you have to start somewhere.

4 – How often do you play live (include details and links for any upcoming gigs)?
I am a professional musician and singer so perform all year round and I am gearing up for a tour around Europe this summer with details out on my website soon. www.waynewilliam.com

5 – What has been your favourite moment in music?
I have performing with my siblings since a young age and recently we represented Malta at the Eurovision and we got to performing in front of 180 million people which was something amazing for us all.

6 – Where is the best place to find you online?
www.waynewilliam.com

The Cheek Of Her

1 – When did you first get into music? What or who Inspired you? I have always had a general appreciation for music as far back as I can remember, and I knew from a young age that I was ‘musical’ and had a good ear, but never progressed much with playing in an academic sense, as I much preferred to play by ear as it was the easier route for me.

I can say there was one single person or thing that inspired me, like most people I just love a great song, but on top of that I have a massive pull and desire to write and sing them too!

2 – Who did you grow up listening to, and does that impact on what you create now?
From about 8 years of age I loved singing musical theatre, was always in the school choir and really enjoyed vocal harmonies. I think that has clearly influenced my songwriting, as there is sometimes a theatrical element and drama in my songs.

From about 13 I obsessed over The Cranberries, Sinead O’Connor, Alanis Morissette, Skunk Anansie and later No Doubt…often powerful female vocalists, with just great songs I could relate to at the time, which is what I think hooks most people in to their favourite Artists / Bands.
I guess in some way those initial musical loves do influence me, just as any external influence does (either musically or otherwise) but I’m not consciously aware of it, or think about it at all when I write.

Being from an Irish family, there was always Folk music (on tape!) playing in the car, which I think has also influenced me without realising. My music is miles away from the Folk of today, but like Folk music it is often upbeat sounding, but actually addresses quite sad / tragic matters of the heart!

3 – How long have you been playing/writing? Seriously from 2010, so 4 years – not long at all, but have already produced 2 EPs and an Album so it’s not bad going!

I spent a while knowing that I was a Creative person, but figuring out what exactly I wanted to do with that. I didn’t know anyone in bands or doing Popular Music, which is weird I know, but I just didn’t move in those circles….so things happened later for me than most, but I can bring my experiences into my writing and I’m so happy to have found my passion.

4 – How often do you play live (include details and links for any upcoming gigs)? I was playing very regularly on the London circuit for the first 2 years and I had a pretty permanent (every changing!) band, which was a good and head-wrecking experience, but took me away from songwriting and trying to write better material.

Now that the Album release is coming I am sure I will do some live performances, more than likely solo. So please watch this space!

5 – What has been your favourite moment in music? Every time I finish a song I’m proud of, and getting the freshly produced physical CDs of the new album through the post!

6 – Where is the best place to find you online? The Cheek of Her website: www.thecheekofher.com all Social media links are on there, so please do drop by! 🙂 Thank you x

Vagabond Flag

1 – When did you first get into music? What or who Inspired you?
When I was in my early teens, one of my friends gave me a tape with a live recording of Stone Free by Jimi Hendrix on it and I was totally blown away (I found out later it was from Atlanta, 1970). The song itself was pretty cool, but what hooked me was his guitar playing. I still remember the last bit in the solo where he plays a series of octaves and it was like he was showing me his soul through that Fender. It encouraged me to explore rock music and I came across a lot of other guitar bands from the late 60’s/70s and 80s (The Who, Led Zeppelin, Thin Lizzy to name a few) but none really touched me quite like Hendrix.

2 – Who did you grow up listening to, and does that impact on what you create now?
Growing up in London afforded me the privilege of being exposed to so many musical cultures. The list is so diverse in terms of what influences me I’m not even sure I could name it all but briefly, I would say that Drum and Bass, Hip Hop, Rnb, Rock, Grunge and Britpop were probably the genres that affected me most with the latter two having the most influence on the music I make today (although you can even see the influence of Erykah Badu on one of my songs!).

Grunge artists such a Temple of the Dog define the rocky sound while retaining a personal edge that expresses what I feel through emotive lyrics and vocals. Britpop bands such as Oasis also lend to the rock sound but also keep the music from getting too morose and dark, encouraging more upbeat pop melodies. The band I’d say influences me the most on my debut album is the Verve. I use a lot of guitar effects to get a very ethereal, ‘other worldly’ sound in a similar way to Nick Mccabe but it’s still important to convey my human condition through my voice, much like Richard Ashcroft does.

3 – How long have you been playing/writing?
Although the guitar has been in my life since I was young, I only learnt how to play it properly a year and a half ago when I took some lessons. The songwriting came soon after, when I realised I had things I had to say and express – emotions which had been lying around for a while I needed to air. I started penning some tunes and the recording came because I’d always forgot what I had written ! Eventually I put together and album which I’m looking to release on July 4th.

4 – How often do you play live (include details and links for any upcoming gigs)?
I’ve never played live unfortunately. I’m really hoping that I get the opportunity as I think that playing gigs will allow me to express my thoughts in a more spontaneous, and maybe even earnest, way than the recording environment.

5 – What has been your favourite moment in music?
The other day actually – I was shooting some video for my EPK and the camera guy started humming my single ‘Not Afraid’ out of the blue, and continued to do so for the next few minutes. It was just really flattering that something I wrote could actually be stuck in someone’s head !

6 – Where is the best place to find you online?
At the moment my Facebook page – https://www.facebook.com/VagabondFlagArtist although I’m putting together a website right now which should have more about me on it. I tweet now and then too as @VagabondFlag.

Uncle Rafool

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

I grew up in a music family, my father is a musician himself. He trained me and taught me how to play the Keyboard from the age of 7.
Ever since then, I’ve always loved music and have written lots of songs.

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

I grew up listening to lots of artists like Dbanj, Ndubz, Eminem, Jay Z, Black Eyed Peas etc
Every artists I listen to, influences me in a way when I create materials.
Some musicians influence me with their kind of music, some influence me with the artistic creative activities in their videos, some influence me with their work rate. Etc
I have an ear for everything.

3 – How long have you been playing/writing?

I’ve been playing/writing since age 7/8

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

I perform at gigs/Shows at least every last weekend of the month

5 – What has been your favourite moment in music?

Erm….I enjoy every moment.

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

My Facebook Fan Page.
I spend more time on there than any other social network.

By Definition

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

We’re all from very different musical backgrounds so the list of who inspired us is insanely long. We have a couple of things in common though. We were all into music young and we wanted to be musicians because doing anything else didn’t really make sense.

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

That all depends on who you ask. Without dating ourselves TOO much, a lot of us are of the era when Nu Metal was big. We feel that everything we listen to influences us in some way or another. If we had to name a few off the top of our heads, Down, Clutch, Black Label Society are bands from which we draw a lot of our sound.

3 – How long have you been playing/writing?

The band started in 2007, but has been in it’s current incarnation since 2009. After that amount of time we have definitely developed a synergy that makes writing a real adventure.
We released our first EP ‘Eyes on Wires’ in 2010 and followed up with ‘Overclocked, Under Threat’ at the end of 2011.

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

As often as possible! We have been taking a break after recording the album but we have a lot planned for the rest of the year.

The shows we have coming up in May / June to support the album release are –

26/05 – Sticky Mike’s, Brighton
28/05 – Bar 42, Worthing
30/05 – The Hermit Club, Brentwood
03/06 – The Bull & Vic, Dartford

5 – What has been your favourite moment in music?

For us? We’ve done some amazing shows where we have really clicked with the audience. I’d say supporting Black Label Society was definitely a high, as was our sold out hometown show supporting Black Stone Cherry. We’ve never had a response like it!

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

We have a number of different sites/pages. The best place to start is via our website at – http://www.bydefinition.org.uk which we keep updated regularly. From a social side our facebook page – http://www.facebook.com/bydefinition and twitter profile @by_definition are both usually the quickest way of finding out what we are up to.

Velshur

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

As a wee little child. Dad’s side of the family all played music; he had a bass guitar and could sing. At 4 I would plug the bass into the amp and sit in front of the TV in ad breaks and play along to the backing music. What an odd way to start actually. I couldn’t think of anything worse now. My parents then bought me a keyboard and I began teaching myself. One thing led to another… Piano lessons, the primary school band. At some point there was a trumpet thrown into the mix and I did that for a few years before we moved up to Byron Bay and my friends and I started a little band which would lead me to become a singer. I was inspired by big rock bands. The first album I bought was Appetite for destruction. I wanted a big raspy Axl Rose voice so we played a lot of Aerosmith, Guns N Roses, ACDC, Rage Against The Machine covers in late primary school. When we got into high school, we payed 600 dollars each for scalped red hot chili peppers tickets. Seeing them completely changed our world. We ended up covering a lot of their songs, and just being totally inspired by the dynamic they had on stage, the passion and drive they had… Especially in their younger years. Spent a lot of time on YouTube watching them jump up and down, and not enough time studying theory I think.

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

A lot of different artists, I’m around so many different sorts of people who are always showing me new things. It’s constantly pushing me to get more creative and push song writing Boundaries that have been easy to fall into for me. My grandma’s partner had a blues radio show, so he would always give me new albums whenever I saw him. Robbedn Ford, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Buddy Guy from a little guy… I loved Guns N Roses, Aerosmith and the Chili Peppers. I still listen to far too much of them. Jules showed me a lot of the experimental jazz and his major influences that he was listening to when we were in France, and I’ve now got whole discographies of Mahavishnu Orchestra and Jimi Hendrix thanks to him. At the moment I’m listening to Fitz and the Tantrums loving the mowtown vibe and Want To Take You Higher by Sly And The Family Stone on repeat. Watch the live at Woodstock version; I get a smile as big as the moon when that comes on. That rhythm section is badass. I want to be able to perform like them for our next tour. More soul baby. I’m always finding new influences and it’s keeping our performance and music on its feet and hopefully moving it forward

3 – How long have you been playing/writing?

Well playing publicly for the last 3 years and that’s a story in itself. I loved music and loved playing in bands but had just finished school, had split with my girlfriend and went travelling not really knowing where I wanted to focus my energy. I played my first gig at a ski bar in Canada with a few friends. It was also the first night I tried a little white powdery drug and I was flying. We played a ripping balsy version of come together and had the place rocking. It felt so exceptionally good… So I started really working on all the stuff I’d been dabbling on after that… I kind of had this feeling that that’s where my energy should be, but got a little side tracked partying through America for a few months.

Returning to Aus, and Byron Bay specifically with no money… (Byron is very seasonal in terms of employment. Great in summer but just dead in winter, with not enough cafés and bars around to employ everybody), so I went to the ski fields where my friends were, and had told me that you can get a job in a second. I walked into this hotel in Thredbo after a day of handing out resumes to ask if they had any cleaning work… The boss walked me outside and showed me the bar and the deck and said…you’re not a cleaner, what do you really do. I said I’m a musician. Turns out that that deck has 400 people on it on weekends and through the week and that they have a guy that plays guitar and sings songs out there entertain them all. She said come back tomorrow and have a trial… If we like you, you can have the job for the season. I quickly learned 45 mins of songs and came back to do a trial set. By the end I had everybody singing Hey Jude and thought this is ridiculous that people get paid to do this… So I took the job and that’s really what started the career I suppose.

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

Well thanks to the job in the snow, 100 times through winter when combined with a Perisher/Jindabyne tour. So we’ll have a version of the band down there this season, and are now working on booking another 100 shows over summer in Aus as well as the U.K and E.U towards the end of the year. We did a U.K/E.U tour but only had 6 shows in 2 months over there. I need 6 a week or I feel like I’m cheating. I’d like to make sure we have at least 200 a year and tour internationally at least once a year.

Check out our tour tab on facebook.com/velshurband or our official website www.velshur.com for all the latest tour details.

5 – What has been your favourite moment in music?

Being on stage and just being in the moment. That’s pure ecstasy…When I’m doing a harmony with Toby and those notes are just gelling, or the crowd is jumping and I’m sweating to bits like I can’t move another leg. That’s brilliant. I love it when people come up to you and say how happy the performance made them. What else do you need in life? Sharing fucking fantastic moments with hundreds/thousands of people is it for me. If I can make someone feel the way that I feel when I watch Sly and The Family Stone live at Woodstock then I’m one content human.

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

Like us on Facebook. It’s the first place we put information up. You can find links to our videos, music etc. all up there. Second to that, our website velshur.com has a mailing list you can subscribe to.

Ankit Love

ankit3b&w1 – When did you first get into music? What or who Inspired you?
Well, music got into me first, there was not much I could do, the piper’s sound captivated me and before I knew it, I was consumed in this mad art of sound and time!

2 – Who did you grow up listening to, and does that impact on what you create now?
Nobody, I never listened to people, teachers, grown ups, not because I was being rebel or something, but I was always floating in a day dream. I try and listen a lot more now to make up for lost inspiration.

3 – How long have you been playing/writing?
From the moment of conception, I was plotting my creations in the womb.

4 – How often do you play live (include details and links for any upcoming gigs)?
After I complete my second album then the Love will go live.

5 – What has been your favourite moment in music?
Inspiring a young girl in Canada, to make a shot by shot remake of my first music vid: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cqy2EBV48aI

6 – Where is the best place to find you online?
Everywhere, I am omniwebsent! But hey, might as well start with my website: www.ankitlove.com

Shattered Generation

1 – When did you first get into music? What or who inspired you?
We all got into music at a very young age. Johnny started singing in choirs, which
helped him develop his dynamic vocal range, Acie played guitar before bass listening
to the likes of Slash, Angus Young etc. Lexï has always been into Van Halen, Slash,
George Lynch and Jonno was more into his funk such as the Red Hot Chilli Peppers.

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

As mentioned above we all had different influences as we were growing up but once
we decided as a band that we wanted to take things seriously we had a band
discussion and realised that Guns N’ Roses and big 80’s bands was the sound and
style that we wanted to generate so this is what impacted the music we create now.

3 – How long have you been playing/writing?
We have all been playing for a minimum of 8 years, however we have been writing
our own music as a band for about 2 years now.

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

We play at least two gigs a month at the moment, but we are aiming to make this a
lot more. We have been told by a very reliable source that one gig could be the
equivalent to a 1000 practises and we have found this to be very true. We film all of
our gigs so we can look back and see what worked and what didn’t and pick out all of
our mistakes in which we take to practise and practise them.

Our upcoming confirmed gigs are as follows:-
MAY
2ND
THE
DOGHOUSE

NOTTINGHAM
MAY
9TH
THE
DIAMOND

SUTTON
IN
ASHFIELD
MAY
24TH
ROCK
CITY

NOTTINGHAM
JULY
12TH
CALVERTON
MUSIC
FESTIVAL
JULY
19TH
THE
SHED
-­‐
LEICESTER
AUGUST
24th
RODNEYSTOCK
-­‐
CALVERTON
AUGUST
29TH
REBEL
RALLY

CALVERTON
OCTOBER
5TH
ACESHIGH
FESTIVAL

We have kept June free, as Jonno will be sitting his A levels.

5 – What has been your favourite moment in music?
That’s a hard question as we have all had our fare share of favourites I would say our
favourite moment would be when we supported Guns 2 Roses and the venue was
sold out!

6 – Where is the best place to find you online?
The best place to find us would be our facebook page –
https://www.facebook.com/shatteredgeneration

John Aram

1 – When did you first get into music? What or who Inspired you?
I fell in love with music when I was very young, probably around 7 or 8 years old. It’s funny but right from that very early age, I new that I wanted to be a musician… I didn’t know how or why or what, but I knew I wanted to play music.

2 – Who did you grow up listening to, and does that impact on what you create now?
I grew up listening to a lot of Big Band Jazz. This music was always on in the house and I suppose you sort of absorb it along the way. I loved all the jazz fusion stuff and then I loved people like the Police or Michael Jackson.

3 – How long have you been playing/writing?
I started playing seriously when I was about 13 years old. I followed a very traditional route, studying at the Royal Academy of Music in London. I then worked in orchestras for around 8 years before deciding that I was more interested in Jazz and popular music. I started writing my own music after moving here to Switzerland in 1996.

4 – How often do you play live (include details and links for any upcoming gigs)?
I was playing live VERY regularly, particularly with the jazz groups, either my own or as a sideman. After touring with Phil Collins on his last tour I have done far less live performing, doing a great deal of studio work for my own projects but also writing and performing for many pother projects and performers.

5 – What has been your favourite moment in music?
It has to be nearly two years working in the studio on a daily basis with Phil Collins. I did around thirty arrangements for Phil in this time and put together some crazy ensembles to play some of the music. I was writing for contra bassoon and alto flute and all sorts of wonderful things and whats more we got some of the worlds greatest players to play all of this.

6 – Where is the best place to find you online?
Go to www.johnaram.com, or John Aram facebook page, we regularly post new things on soundcloud and here there is a very eclectic mix of things to listen to.