The Four Fours

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

I found my parents’ record collection when I was little and used to play them over and over. I particularly remember hammering Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, Hunky Dory, and various Genesis and Queen records.

 

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

Queen and Michael Jackson. Constantly. Their songs were so bombastic and anthemic and larger than life. They were the embodiment of their music and also the other way round. Listening to their music definitely had an impact. I’m always looking for an opportunity for craziness in our song writing. I’m never satisfied with normal. During my self-involved teenage years Radiohead was my soundtrack and I would listen to The Bends and OK Computer. Just is my favourite rock track.

 

3 – How long have you been playing/writing?

When I was six we moved house and it came with a piano. My Grandpa, who was a chorister and an organist, gave me lessons. Playing other people’s stuff was ok, but I soon got bored and would spend my time composing melodies and songs. So pretty much all my life.

 

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

In our previous bands we all toured regularly across the country and in Europe. We’re recording at the mo, so for now we’re spending our time huddled in a studio plotting world domination and eating paninis with increasingly eccentric filling combinations.

 

5 – What has been your favourite moment in music?

Back at school I formed a band and performed Blur’s Song 2 in front of my fellow students. I was bricking it waiting to go on. When I stepped foot on stage it was magic. I loved it! I’ve loved it ever since. That being said, finally getting to be in a band with my best mate from school is amazing. We should have done it sooner (my fault). We have a great vibe and you can just feel the enthusiasm and excitement when we write, record and handle the ins and out of being in a band. We don’t pull our punches. We want The Four Fours to be amazing. We say it how it is and at times it can sting a bit when your best mate completely blows your genius ideas out of the water, but then we man up, dust ourselves off and come back with better ideas. Better than genius!

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

Our website is www.thefourfours.com. We update it regularly and our Twitter account @thefourfours is a hive of daily activity. We are also on Soundcloud: www.soundcloud.com/thefourfours, and have just started to use Facebook: www.facebook.com/thefourfours. You can also find our completely bananas homemade video for Count To Ten on YouTube: http://youtu.be/EmlbdfezEs4.

These Raven Skies

TRS Cover Art HQ1 – When did you first get into music? What or who Inspired you?

We’ve been fans of music all our lives and we’ve all been influenced by the blues, punk rock, jazz and metal at various stages of our lives. All members of the band have been compelled to play music professionally since they were in high school, performing in their first bands.
2 – Who did you grow up listening to, and does that impact on what you create now?

These Raven Skies grew up listening to bands like The Tea Party, Led Zeppelin, Stone Temple Pilots, Soundgarden, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Silverchair, Alice in Chains, Metallica, Pennywise, Goldfinger, NOFX, The Verve and Green Day to name a few. The band’s current songwriting is still influenced by The Tea Party, Led Zeppelin, Soundgarden and Stone Temple Pilots. We admire those bands for their dynamic song-writing, hard rock underpinnings and world-music influences.
3 – How long have you been playing/writing?

Since we were old enough, to sing, hit and strum!
4 – How often do you play live (include details and links for any upcoming gigs)?

June 26, 2014 (Calgary, Canada) – performing with One Bad Son

June 27, 2014 (Alix, Alberta, Canada) – The Tail Creek Mud & Music Festival w/ Korn, Chevelle, Five Finger Death Punch, Killswitch Engage, Filter, Flux Pavillion and more!

TAILCREEK MUD AND MUSIC

July 6, 2014 (Calgary, Alberta, Canada) – performing in support of Scott Weiland from the Stone Temple Pilots
http://cowboysnightclub.ticketleap.com/scottweiland/

August 15 – September 30 (USA, various dates) – Rockstar UPROAR Festival w/ Godsmack, Seether and Buckcherry
http://www.rockstaruproar.com/
5 – What has been your favourite moment in music?

Working with Jeff Martin from The Tea Party on our upcoming album and inclusion on this year’s edition of the Rockstar UPROAR tour. Working with Jeff was a major inspiration as we all grew up as fans of his work. His involvement as a producer, mentor and creative partner was invaluable to the development of the band’s current sound.

 

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

Official Website: http://www.theseravenskies.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/theseravenskies
Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/blackstream-records/these-raven-skies-no-need-to

Scrilla Interview

We got the chance to interview up and coming rapper SCRILLA earlier on this week, this is what he had to say about his single ‘Turn Me Up’ which is out of the 14th July!Image

You can watch the video for the single here – 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3D3e4iU3Qds

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

 Music’s been in the family, uncle’s a guitarist, mum’s a singer. My first forray into music was through playing instruments. I’m good with the keys as well as the drums. Progesssion from that was steady and gradual until I realised I was good at writing music, got good ears for beats e myand melodies. Inspiration will have to be my uncle i guess. Indirectly, watching him had exposed me to that musical environment, a seed was sown.

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

 I listened to all sorts growing mostly from my dad’s record collection when younger.From James Brown to Marvin Gaye, to Michael Jackson and many more. I was a big M.J fan, still am. My taste developed in my teen years, thats when I got into rap music, listening to Tupac, Biggie, LLcoolJ, Busta Rhymes and many more. The type of music I grew up with has definetly had an influence on the creative process now. Indirectly I’m able to draw on those exposure from my sub-conscious when creating my own music.

3. How long have you been playing/writing?

About 4 years now in total. on and off. Takes some getting used to at first, balancing music with family life. But where there’s a will and all that.

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

I try to play a gig once a month depending on other activities. Usually once a month to remain active around the circuit. My next gig will be in Coventry August 1st @ Twilight Night Club

5. What has been your favourite moment in music?

I don’t have a favourite moment as of yet. There have been great moments, like getting radio coverage on BBC Introducing, shooting the turn me up video, touring last year. I like to think the best is yet to come so I will wait to pass judgement on my favourite moment.

 6. Where is the best place to find you online? You can connect with me on the following links

 https://twitter.com/Scrillamc

https://www.facebook.com/Scrillamc

https://soundcloud.com/iamscrilla-com

https://www.youtube.com/user/skcrilla

http://iamscrilla.com

Go2

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

Lerish: Unofficially, since the crib, stories of bouncing and dancing to music and crying when it was turned off, lol. Officially, I really started singing in elementary school in chorus and at 11 was writing and producing my own songs with a Casio Keyboard and a cassette tape deck. Hip-Hop, R&B, Pop and Gospel were always an outlet and inspiration for me growing up. There was domestic violence early on in my home and music was a therapeutic way to deal with the hard times.

Vizun: I was pretty much surrounded by music growing up. My father would play his old school records in the basement at home, (Parliament was one of my favorites) and that became my hangout spot. My mother loved gospel and soul music. My older sister and cousins would always play the latest Hip Hop or R&B songs and that eventually made me want to try to make songs of my own. I wasn’t much of a singer, (Even now, I leave that part to Lerish, lol), so I gravitated to writing rap music, which wasn’t too much of a stretch because I was already writing poetry at the time. As I got older it became less of a hobby and more of a passion. I couldn’t (and still can’t) go through a day without listening to music.

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

Lerish: I grew up listening to LL Cool J, Run DMC, Boyz II Men, Donnie Hathaway, Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, New Edition and Commissioned (A gospel group that birthed the solo careers of Fred Hammond and Marvin Sapp). This diverse playlist has allowed me to pull from different characteristics throughout the years and come into my own eclectic style of singing. I would say I’m very melodic and can be soulful at times with a touch of pop. I think this has allowed me to be in a group with a rapper and not seem out of place. Lol.

Vizun: I grew up listening to many of the same artists that Lersih mentioned as well as Anita Baker, De La Soul, BDP and a wide array of other artists, and I think that it caused my taste to be pretty broad. While rap music is what I consider to be my area of expertise, I like trying to infuse other music styles into it such as jazz, rock, neo-soul, etc. Our range in taste is what allows our music to be so diverse. When you listen to a Go2 album, you won’t hear the same old thing from song to song. It’s one of the strengths of our group but it’s also made it hard for people to put us in a particular category (which I am actually happy about.)

3 – How long have you been playing/writing?

Lerish: I’ve been writing and playing since the age of 11 years old.
Vizun: I think my first rap was written when I was about 8 or 9. I haven’t stopped since, lol.

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

Go2: When on the road we try and perform mostly on the weekends. Right now we’ve taken a short break to finish up the new album and music videos to a few of the upcoming singles.

5 – What has been your favorite moment in music?

Go2: One of our favorite moments in our journey so far was in Chicago. We were there to perform on Rev. Jesse Jacksons weekly broadcast and stopped at a local youth event. The kids there were off the chain! They even rushed the stage while we were performing. The energy was electrifying and it was so encouraging to see the youth so on fire for what God was doing through our music!

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

http://www.twitter.com/therealgo2 – http://www.facebook.com/therealgo2 – http://www.ourstage.com/therealgo2 and http://www.soundcloud.com/go2

MJEEZ

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

Basically you could say at the year 2007, but I have been in love with music since the year 1996 and groomed myself greatly. I have had a lot of artist come and go in the case of inspiration and that has totally affected my music style. At first I was drawn into the music spirit by Michael Jackson in the year 1996, listening to him and the likes of Madonna made me feel music as a being and not just about the melody. Usher, Wyclef, and then a Nigerian Musician sealed it all, and that’s Asha. These set of people thought me love and culture and that music is a way to make a change in the world.

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

Aside from the heroes I mentioned above I would also include that I grew up listening to a lot of country music from acts like Don Williams, Dolly Patton and Kenny Rogers and that has totally affected my style of writing and also part of the reason I love Taylor Swift.

3 – How long have you been playing/writing?

I have been writing songs and movie scripts and also cartoon concept for eight years now, but I started playing the guitar two years ago.

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

Back in Africa I do play every time, almost every weekend, but in England I have played parties and also at the Establishment every Tuesday. Is something I do for my fans in the West-midland?

5 – What has been your favourite moment in music?

I would say, the most admired moment for me in my musical career, would be my performance in front of so many dignitaries such as legendary singer and song writer Onyeka Oweni and many political leaders including the Vice President of Nigeria.

6 – Where is the best place to find you online?
I would say, Facebook through my fan like page https://www.facebook.com/pages/Mjeez/245437472195377 or on my Twitter account @Officialmjeez and Instagram : Mjeezofficial , so you could say am everywhere, thanks to my android gadgets.

Shannon K

1 – When did you first get into music? What or who Inspired you?
When I was young, I used to listen my Dad’s songs on Radio, TV, Movies etc. So Music was always in my mind.

2 – Who did you grow up listening to, and does that impact on what you create now?
I’ve grown up listening Celine Dion and Barbara Streisand and my Dad Mr Kumar Sanu of course. Celine Dion has a deep impact on my singing though I used to listen to Whitney Huston Rihanna and Adele too. I’ve learnt expressions in singing from my Dad.

3 – How long have you been playing/writing?
I’ve been singing for 4 years but only in school and Church.

4 – How often do you play live (include details and links for any upcoming gigs)?
As you know this is my debut single. I’ve never been in live singing since my parents thought that I’m quite young to make it a profession.
I will sing live soon.

5 – What has been your favourite moment in music?
Roll Back The Years has been my favourite moment in Music. I never have to sing to prove myself and I just got a chance while humming casually. Even I wasn’t aware of that I’ll make a debut at the age of 12! That’s why I think I’m blessed by God.

6 – Where is the best place to find you online?
Youtube video and My Facebook page is, where anyone can find me online . My song is available on ITunes for download. CDs are available at Amazon and Ebay.

Annastasia

1 – When did you first get into music? What or who Inspired you?
Music is my heartbeat and I have been singing for as long as I can remember. From singing in a choir at my church to grabbing the hairbrush at home!
I was inspired watching concert videos that my parents had of Tina Turner and Whitney Houston. I loved dancing and singing along to the videos.

2 – Who did you grow up listening to, and does that impact on what you create now?
I grew up listening to a musical blender of; Whitney Houston, Destiny’s child, Tina Turner, Micheal Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Bob Marley and Fantasia Barrino to name a few. Listening to these artists defiantly has an inherent impact on my music that I am recording now.

3 – How long have you been playing/writing?
I have written songs for as long as I can remember, but professionally probably about 5 years, since my first appearance on the X Factor.

4 – How often do you play live (include details and links for any upcoming gigs)?
Playing live and meeting audiences is what I love most about music. I just got back from touring in Barbados at the tale end of May, which was absolutely amazing!
At the moment, I’m not playing live as much, as I am currently locked away in the studio writing and recording my Debut Album. I am looking forward to my album launch concert at the Jazz Cafe on the 14th September 2014.

Jazz Cafe Annastasia Baker: http://mamacolive.com/thejazzcafe/listings/upcoming-events/9778/annastasia-baker/

5 – What has been your favourite moment in music?
After two years of getting to the Judges houses of the X Factor, I entered a TV show called Time2Shine (which is like a gospel equivalent of the X Factor) and won.
As a result, I got a record deal and I am very grateful for all the support I have received and definitely looking forward to the next chapter.

6 – Where is the best place to find you online?
Website: www.annastasiabaker.co.uk
Twitter: @annastasiabaker
Facebook: facebook.com/annastasiabaker
Instagram: annastasiabaker

Senani

1 – When did you first get into music? What or who Inspired you?
I started singing from the age of 5 years old and dancing from the age of 7 years old. My first childhood memory was of singing and i don’t recall what inspired me to start, so i can only assume that it was something i was naturally born to do. I know that music was always around me as i come from a musical family. My mother was an A grade radio singer in Sri lanka as well as a dancing teacher before she became a well known actress there. My father bought a piano for the house when i was a child, as he plays the instrument and sings by ear and i remember starting to tinker on it from the age of 7 years old. I started taking piano lessons from the age of 10 years old, sitting for my AMEB exams as well.
I love music from the 1970’s, soul, disco and funk and would often listen, sing and dance to the songs of artists from that era. These include Lionel Richie, Boney M, The Jacksons, Diana Ross, George Benson, The Pointer sisters, Earth wind and Fire, Olivia Newtown John, Motown and the Bee Gees.
At the age of 9 years old, i was introduced to Michael Jackson, who became my music mentor and greatest influence. I would rehearse dance steps by watching and emulating his moves on video, to the point that now some of the moves have become a part of my muscle memory. My all time favourite album is Off the wall. Other artists who inspired me as a singer and musically, growing up, were Whitney Houston, Aaliyah, Madonna, Prince, George Michael, John Lennon and Billie Holiday.
I enjoy singing blues and jazz and my voice has been likened to artists such as Sade, Kathleen Battle, Minnie Ripperton, and Bjork. I was classically trained in piano and vocals as a teenager and all my teachers inspired me as well to become the best i can be in the art of music.

2 – Who did you grow up listening to, and does that impact on what you create now?
Most definitely. The music i create is soul/funk and RNB primarily. However, i was also exposed to traditional Indian and Sri Lankan music growing up and i love to fuse instruments such as tabla and sitar with western grooves to create my own style. I grew up listening to my mother perform on stage and in films and developed an instant love for these instruments and grooves. A friend of mine introduced me to the music of artists such as Viswanathan Mohan Bhat and Ravi Shankar and i would attend classical Indian shows from a young age. Several songs on my album, Infinity, use elements of South Asian instrumentation such as Voodoo Girl, Free, No more, and New day. I have worked with Maestro tabla player Bobby Singh who resides in Australia and sitarist Sarangan Sriranganathan and they have lent their talents to my current project, Infinity.

3 – How long have you been playing/writing?
I started performing from a young age of 7, putting on shows with my sisters for friends and family at parties. I entered my first music competition, which i won in dance, at the age of 10 years old and started performing on stage as a teenager for music schools and festivals.

I won several competitions in my late teens and was chosen to perform at the Mattara Music festival, alongside artists such as Silver Chair and Margaret Urlich. I was also chosen as a dancer in Peter Andre’s video clip for his song ‘Let’s get it on’.

I have been performing in Sydney with my soul/funk band over the last 7 years at clubs, festivals, private functions and events.

In 2013 i travelled overseas to the USA, in particular, Nashville, Austin and L.A. working 2-3 times a week with local musicians as a duo and band in venues such as Room 5 lounge, and Douglas Corner.

I started writing songs from the age of 14 years old, which i started to fine tune in my late teens, inspired by a friend from University who was writing Christian music. The themes were often about Love and loss, bluesy in nature initially. These days, however, i write music of all genres from Soul/Funk/R&B to pop and alternative/fusion. Ballads as well as dance club tunes. Most of the creation of music occurs through a process of inspiration or channelling, whereby the musical ideas are brought to me from a higher source, such that i am just the transcriber. This usually occurs in the middle of the night, waking up or falling off to sleep or in dreams. Occasionally ideas will come to me while i am driving or doing an activity where my left brain is switched off.

4 – How often do you play live (include details and links for any upcoming gigs)?
Currently i am working in the studio on a new project and have been performing less in the last 5 months. My next performance is at Forest Lodge Hotel in Glebe on Thursday, June 12th at 8pm where i play as a duo with my guitarist Tommy D.

I am also doing a promotional tour of Sri Lanka in July and will be playing live in Colombo. To keep up to date with my gigs, please visit my facebook page http://www.facebook.com/senanimusic

5 – What has been your favourite moment in music?
My favourite moment in music is whenever i perform on stage and feel at one with the music, without thinking and judging. I am totally in the moment. Experiencing joy and sharing that with my audience.
Apart from that it was also when i received notice that my song Free was nominated for a 2013 Hollywood Music in Media Award in the R&B Soul category and when i was listed in the hot 100 unsigned artists of 2013 by reputable U.S. music magazine Music Connection.

6 – Where is the best place to find you online?
Either through my facebook page http://www.facebook.com/senanimusic or my website http://www.senani.com
You can also find me on twitter http://www.twitter.com/senaniw
You tube http://www.youtube.com/senanimusic

Colin Clyne

1 – When did you first get into music? What or who Inspired you?
Probably about 14, the whole Manchester scene inspired me to want to play guitar.

2 – Who did you grow up listening to, and does that impact on what you create now?
When I was a kid there was a lot of Bob Dylan. Neil Young. Simon and Garfunkel, The Corries and The Furys on my mums record player

3 – How long have you been playing/writing?
I started very late! Mid twenties after I had severed fingers.

4 – How often do you play live (include details and links for any upcoming gigs)?
As much as i can. I’ve toured a lot and then I’ve done periods of time where I’ve kept it a lot more regional. Particularly when I was living in the US.

5 – What has been your favourite moment in music?
When I finally realised that the record I’ve been chasing my whole life finally happened. I’ve been chasing a Harvest or a Blood on the tracks (as most artists do) for example and I believe I’ve done it with my new record.

6 – Where is the best place to find you online?
www.colinclyne.com
Www.Facebook.com/ c0linclyne
www.twitter.com/colinclyne

Gravity Rain

1 – When did you first get into music? What or who Inspired you?
A friend of mine used to deal with guitars at some point when I was a boy. And since he was older than me and was an example for me, and I already was into metal – soon it all began to interest me a lot and I started to make noises and pull strings on my old father’s guitar) It was pointless strumming but I enjoyed it a lot anyway) Later I was given a chance to try out the electric guitar with a distortion effect, and that was the time I fell in love with it that I never let go ever since. Later there were some teenage metal bands that I usually sang, played guitar and composed songs for. As for inspiration, I’d say Manowar and Iron Maiden – that’s what first comes to my mind.

2 – Who did you grow up listening to, and does that impact on what you create now?
Well, my father used to listen to soft rock. That, I suppose, left a certain mark when I was a child. But I really got into rock and metal at the age of 9 when my classmate gave me The Doors’ “Strange Days” tape and later infected me with Manowar which, in fact, inspires me hitherto. The Joey DeMaio’s sweet bass guitar sound, Eric Adams’s beautiful vocals and simple but still great melodies – that’s what caught me and held me captive for at least a decade till my 19th year. Of course there were other bands like Helloween, In Flames, Maiden, Kiss, Dream Theater, Staind, Devin Townsend, Dimmu Borgir, HIM and even Cranberries.

3 – How long have you been playing/writing?
As far as I remember I started to play and write knowingly at the age of 14. I began to take vocal lessons when I was about 18 years old.

4 – How often do you play live (include details and links for any upcoming gigs)?
The live playing is not too abundant at the moment because Gravity Rain as the project was formed not long ago and it has just released its debut EP. But I’m planning to make European and Russian tours after the release of a debut album which will happen this autumn. Stay tuned!

5 – What has been your favourite moment in music?
They are a few, actually, I mean the true magic ones, and they change occasionally but the first moment that comes to mind right now is Dream Theater’s “Learning to Live” song with the exact moment from 5:00 to 5:20. I don’t know what exactly special is hidden there in this section, I think my soul knows) And, I suppose, Devin Townsend’s “Ocean Machine” album is one huge full-length special moment for me.

6 – Where is the best place to find you online?
http://gravityrain.bandcamp.com – is the best place at the moment and the Facebook page – https://www.facebook.com/gravityrain. The official website is currently under construction but no bad vibes – it will be finished soon.
So, please, listen, comment, like, share and stay tuned for new songs and tour dates!