The Fireflies

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

Harry:

I was given a Jimi Hendrix tape by Julia Roberts as a boy when she was going out with my uncle. I listened to it on repeat, especially ‘The Wind Cries Mary’ and ‘Little Wing’. Later I had a Michael Jackson VHS of Moonwalker: great moves but a dodgy white suit. Then things plummeted when I bought the Spice Girls, went back up to cool with Daft Punk, and finally basked in the 60s, 70s and 80s for all my teens, until settling on to a more modern influenced mix.

Luca:

The short answer is The Beatles, starting with my mother who sang me their songs before bed as a kid.

After receiving my first guitar as a 13th birthday present (it was later destroyed in a gardening accident so I was able to upgrade to an electric) I soon got a hold of my dad’s psychedelic Beatles songbook and started learning their songs.

I later turned into a fully-fledged Beatles fanatic after reading Albert Goldman’s biography of John Lennon. I was probably the only person to ever read it and think it was a positive portrayal of John Lennon.

I briefly took up classical guitar but soon dropped it for Rock ‘n Roll (though I’m now desperately trying to remember how to play Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring for a wedding!) when I started playing in a band called The Prendergast in high school. I vividly remember the thrill playing with a full drum kit for the first time!

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

Harry:

The list is almost never ending so I’ll try and call out some peaks: For voice: Stevie Wonder, The Eagles, The Beatles, Adele (I’m still ‘growing up’ when I listen to her!), Eva Cassidy, Otis Redding, Sam Cooke. For guitar: Dire Straits, Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix, Simon & Garfunkel. For songwriting: all the aforementioned and Bob Dylan, Van Morrison, Coldplay, Joni Mitchell. The works of these people quietly inform every note of music I ever make.

Luca: even though I play guitar and spent my fair share of time listening to heavy guitar bands like Led Zeppelin, Guns and Roses, even stuff like Joe Satriani and Dream Theater (briefly!), I was never into guitar heroes and was always more interested in songs and bands that wrote good ones.

The Beatles and Velvet Underground were huge influences but if I had to pick one band above all it would be U2 and I think that is reflected in my relatively sparse and melodic style: I always try to figure out the minimum number of notes I can get away with playing that will best complement the song while leaving space for the other instruments (the voice in particular), rather than trying to cram in as many notes as I can!

3 – How long have you been playing/writing?

Since before Britney Spears could legally drink (in America).

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

We won a slot at the Trinity Cambridge May Ball in June – hard fought against other bands. We busk every Friday. We play the main unsigned artist venues in London once or twice a week. We just played the O2 pop up theatre twice last week which was great! We have a good few late summer weddings coming up, plus a recent one we sung one of our own for the first dance – a huge honour.

24 July: The Troubadour, London

14 August: The Bedford, London

21 August: Clare Island Seafood Festival, Ireland

10 October: Barfly, London

5 – What has been your favourite moment in music?

Harry:

Singing a solo to over a thousand people at NYC’s Lincoln Centre, then at a full New Theatre in Oxford, and blocking a street with fans whilst busking to promote the show!

Luca:

Listening: to the Velvet Underground for the first time at age 14. I’ve never had as big a musical revelation since, but I hope I will!

Playing: at Eddie’s Attic in Atlanta, a legendary venue that has hosted the likes of John Mayer, The Civil Wars, and even Justin Bieber. It was our first night in Atlanta and as an out of town band we had no local support but the audience seemed to be captivated by our performance and we were crowned joint winners of the competition that night. It reminded us a bit of Rocky 4, when the Russian crowed starts cheering for Rocky!

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

thefireflies.co.uk

@fireflieslondon

soundcloud.com/thefirefliesband

youtube.com/thefirefliesband

facebook.com/thefirefliesband

Vali Ohm

1 – When did you first get into music? What or who Inspired you?
The one artist that got me into music was Bowie. It was 1985 and I was 15. His look the voice and the artistry in his music really was the complete package for me. As glam as the band was you still got the legitimate rock band with Bowie. I cant remember the first time I heard Life On Mars but I do remember playing it over and over again loving the absurdity of the lyrics and the arrangement itself just projected a multitude of emotion. Its one thing to love a song but to love a song so much that you have to dissect and scrutinize it, just to try and find out where the magic came from. If you can get that from a track you are heading for a life full of music.

2 – Who did you grow up listening to, and does that impact on what you create now?
When I was in my teens I spent a great deal of time in the hard rock pubs and clubs in London.  One of my regular spots was the Ruskin Arms in East Ham. That place used to play such good music, such as Metallica, ACDC, The Cult, Nirvana, Rage Against The Machine, Pink Floyd and so on, you get the idea. A lot of these places where really dirty and grotty but the people they attracted were really leather clad hippys. Great , great nights out.

By this time in my life I was already playing guitar and living in London as a  musician you have to be open to the diversity of  what is out there. Apart from the hard rock I also loved. The doors, Frank Zappa, The who, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Carol King, Herbie Hancock, Hawkwind, JTQ, Guns and Roses, Brian Wilson, Marvin Gay and yes I even loved Barry Manilow.

With such a divers range of taste. I would say it would be imposable for all of these bands not to have had an impact on what I do now. But that is what I want in my music. When I hear people say to me I can hear a lot of Bowie in that track. It puts a big smile on my face. It makes me feel like its all been worth while.

3 – How long have you been playing/writing?
All my life and before. I swear I must have been playing my mothers umbilical cord just before I popped out. I was probably giving it a bit of Sea Sick Steve on his diddley bow.

4 – How often do you play live (include details and links for any upcoming gigs)?
I don’t play live now. I don’t want to. Not unless I get a descent label behind me that can get me real gigs.

5 – What has been your favourite moment in music?
With out a doubt. It is has to be the eight times I have been to Glastonbury. I know that is several moments but that place is magical.  I would love to meet Michael Eavis one day just to sat thanks for making it happen. I do know he won best beard of the decade awarded to him by the Beard Liberation Front. An award I would be most proud of but seriously, that man deserves an OBE for his contribution towards the arts.

6 – Where is the best place to find you online?
Great an easy question. Just go to: www.valiohm.com

Interview with Pavilions

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

We are all influenced by so many different bands and genres of music both now and growing up but it cumulatively moulded the style of music that we have. Like Tezz grew up listening to a lot of Michael Jackson and 80s/90s dance as a kid whilst Tel grew up listening to Dire Straits and Bon Jovi. It’s the influence provided by our parents, Matty’s mum is a huge inspiration to him as she always pushed him creatively to do what he loved, when he was listening to bands growing up, when we all starting to make our own musical discoveries we fell in love with bands like Blink 182, Taking Back Sunday, Brand New, ffaf. Those are the bands that really inspired us when we all first began playing music.

2 – How long have you been playing/writing?

We’ve all been playing music for quite some time. Tel probably started the earliest, when he was a young child his parents took him to morotbike rally’s all over the country and abroad where he had his first experience watching bands perform live, soon after his parents bought him a drum kit and he has never looked back! Tel, Coop, and Tezz became friends and began writing together in 2009 in their first band, but as they started to become more musicially mature, Pavilions was formed in 2011 with the debut following that Summer. Its so strange remembering how long ago the EP and Science & Gods was released to having our own debut album. It’s a surreal feeling.

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

We try to play live as much as we can, nothing can really compare to the atmosphere of a live show and having people sing back to you the words that you have wrote. Our next show is going to be on 1st August at Liverpool o2 Academy supporting the Blackout. It’s probably our favourite hometown venue to play, the sound in there is always incredible. We have a few more shows in the pipeline including a headline show in Alma Rock in Bolton on 12th Sep, Medrock festival in Manchester at Sound Control on the 14th Sep, and plenty more to be announced via our Facebook page including shows with Violet and our album launch headline show.

4 – What has been your favourite moment in music?

The one moment that stands out for us all is when we supported one of our most inspiring  idols Jonny Craig. After we finished our set he came up to us and congratulated Tezz on such an amazing voice and asked him to join him on stage during his set to do an acapella version of Justin Timberlake’s Cry Me A River. We all stood in awe as Tezz’s dream came true, it was all followed by baked bean tequila shots with Jonny and Matt Arsenault from A Loss For Words, definitely a night none of us will forget!

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

www.facebook.com/pavilionsband
www.youtube.com/pavilionsband
Twitter: @pavilionsband
Instagram: @pavilionsband

Scarlett Baxter Interview – New Single out now ‘Backsliding’!

Scarlett Baxter

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

 I have been into music all my life, my first love was when I was about 2 years old and I first started singing to Abba, I would sing every word from every song round the house, my mum was a massive fan and she was a singer to so I would just copy her.

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

I grew up listening to all the female divas, like Christina Aguilera, Lauryn Hill, Mariah Carey, Shania Twain I was really into the female power houses and I always wanted to be like them, I would pretend that I was them, Christina Aguilera and Lauryn Hill have the biggest impact on me, When I perform live I like to challenge my voice and play around with the vocal acrobats but my tone is very soulful.

3 – How long have you been playing/writing?

I have been performing since I was very young, When I was 9 I started doing local stage productions because it was a chance to get on the stage and perform and I just got stuck in that side of performing and I trained in musical theatre up until I was 21, I still knew though that the music industry was where my main focus really was so it wasn’t until I graduated from Mountview which is where I trained in Musical theatre for 3 years that I realised it wasn’t what I wanted to do, I wanted to do music and perform as myself as an artist, So I started to mainly focus on being an artist in the music industry and that is absolutely what I want to do, I’ve been doing gigs all around London for over a year now and then started to write my own material with my guitarist who is also my co-writer.

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

I love doing gigs, it is my favourite part of this whole musical journey, I try and gig as much as I can, but recently it has been a lot of work behind the scenes I have been able to work with amazing people, writing and creating music in Glasgow and soon to be filming my first music video for my track ‘Backsliding’. Gigging at The Archer Street in Soho which is run by singer/songwriter Portia Emare and it is an amazing platform for artists which is organised by the music industry, so I am very excited about performing there.

5 – What has been your favourite moment in music?

My absolute favorite moment in music so far was spending a week in Glasgow at producer John McLaughlins studio writing and creating music with hugely talented writer and producers Jud Mahoney who has worked with Michael Jackson, Chris Brown, Mariah Carey and Dolly Parton to name a few! and Natalie DeLucia who is associated with Britney Spears, It was the most surreal week! It was then when I thought I could absolultey get used to this! They had billboard awards for songs everywhere, very surreal and just amazing. I cant wait to get back in that studio soon with those amazing people.

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

You can find me on Twitter @scarletbaxter,

Facebook at ScarletBaxtermusic and my website www.scarletbaxter.co.uk 🙂

 

Aysha Loren Interview!

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Aysha Loren has just released her latest EP ‘Back to you’ along with a reggae soul single called, Keep it like it is. It was this new that got us interested in finding out more about the young caribean singer. So we spoke to her and here is what she told us!

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

I Started Singing at the age of 14, in talent shows and school productions. I would say Whitney Houston inspired me listened to her music a lot growing up and also listened to a lot of reggae music.

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

I listened to Whitney, Destiny Child, Lots of Lovers Rock Music by Various artists. I would say yes my music is versatile and I try to mix the different genres that I grew up listening to and do it my own style.

3 – How long have you been playing/writing?

I’ve been Writing for only 2 years as I feel I now have the life experiences to write about so it comes easier to me.

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

I Perform most weekends and even when I don’t have a gig I keep busy by popping  into my favourite open mic night.

You can catch Aysha at the following Events:

27th July – Reggae Summer Jam – Gappy Ranks, Randy Valentine and others  Catford Broadway Theatre

1st August – John Holt, Errol Dunkley 02 indigo

2nd August – John Holt, Christopher Ellis 02 indigo

http://www.theo2.co.uk/events/detail/sir-john-holt-freddie-mcgregor

26th September – Adult Weekender – Camber Sands

http://www.bcpevents.org/#!upcoming_events/c1mya

5 – What has been your favourite moment in music?

I would say my EP launch that was on the 5th July. I performed with a live band for a 40 min set and was able to share my EP with the public. I am very proud of my EP and can’t wait for everyone to hear it.

https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/keep-it-like-it-is-single/id871351362

 

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

https://www.facebook.com/AyshaLoren

 

https://twitter.com/ayshaloren

Suburban Myth

Derek Daisy:

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

My dad was a drummer, so when I was 9 he taught me how to play a few basic beats. The cool thing about it was that I picked it up fast, and I loved doing it.. I joined the school band and had a great time.

When I was 13, my dad had The Goo Goo Dolls’ “Dizzy up the girl” album on tape in his car the time it was just noise, but “Slide” came on and the “oh May, put your arms around me” line came on and it just hit me. It made me feel something… So I started writing “poems”. Sometimes writing my words to the melody of Goo songs. My dad eventually gave me his acoustic guitar. From there I started writing songs with two chords and I just couldn’t put it down.

 

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

Goo Goo Dolls, Matchbox 20, Switchfoot, Lifehouse, Shinedown.

I’d say all these bands impacted me as a songwriter… The Goos are what got me started, Matchbox was always considered very similar to the, so I liked them naturally. Switchfoot was the first band out of the Goos that I ended up following extensively. I even got a songwriting topic for Switchfoot’s Jon Foreman!

When Suburban Myth got started, it took nearly 20 songs or so to figure out what our sound would be. While we still evolve, Shinedown was a band of inspiration.

 

3 – How long have you been playing/writing?

I’ve been playing guitar and writing since I was 13… (14 years)

 

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

We play 1-2 times a week right now. All of our shows are in the US right now.

 

5 – What has been your favourite moment in music?

When I was in college for music, I wrote a song on New Years morning called “where to begin”… wrote it in 30 minutes… I took it to a studio I was recording my solo album at, and my producer Jimm Mosher said “let’s Beatle it up!”  We recorded it in just a few hours… I entered it into the John Lennon Songwriting contest.. It won an award!! It soon got picked up for a few commercials, a lot of different multimedia projects. I started getting emails from fans who thought I was big time famous! I was a student in school… Haha.

 

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

Suburbanmythmusic.com

Reverbnation.com/suburbanmyth

Facebook.com/suburbanmythmusic

Nick Lomma:

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

My parents have a really cool picture on the wall, of me playing a little plastic banjo at the age of 2, sitting across from my dad playing an acoustic guitar, and I’m just staring at him amazed. I’m even holding the banjo the wrong way to mirror him. My dad taught me music and was my inspiration. He was a professional sax player in the old days and he opened for and hung out with the Beach Boys. He plays bass these days.

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

Oh boy, there’s a lot…

Foo Fighters, Bush, Candlebox, Live, Metallica, Chicago, Collective Soul, Megadeth, Doobie Brothers, AC/DC, Korn, Sevendust, Machine Head, Fuel, Pantera, Phil Collins, Rage Against The Machine, Matchbox 20, Hall and Oats, Earth Wind and Fire, Dream Theater, Alice Chains, Stone Temple Pilots, Tool, Incubus, The Doors, Bob Marley, Cold, Deftones, Filter, Pressure 4-5, A Perfect Circle, NIN, Our Lady Peace, Bullet for My Valentine, The Working Title, 10 Years, The Eagles, Journey, Lamb of God, Chevelle, Story of the Year, 30 Seconds to Mars, Alter Bridge, Scapegoat, …the list goes on and on..

Nowadays, anything I write has to be melodic, but you’ll still have complicated parts and a certain heaviness that’s left over from the hard rock and metal influences. I appreciate when a band has a high energy rock song that makes me people go nuts every time they hear live, for many years to come. But I also appreciate the perfect hook or melody that is contagious and that people remember, and this could be present in a much softer song. Suburban Myth’s current and future music will strive to provide a dynamic experience with each song being different and each conjuring different emotions.

3 – How long have you been playing/writing?

I picked up the guitar when I was little, but started getting serious and writing music between 10-14. At 15 I started playing drums as well.

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

Since kicking off this year, we’ve been playing anywhere from 1 to 4 gigs a month.

5 – What has been your favourite moment in music?

I really enjoyed playing in my past band “Roger That”. It’s hard to pin down one moment. I’d say my favorite moment is every time we play a great show.

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

All three sites are awesome! (But if you want to buy our music, use suburbanmythmusic.com to cut out the middle man 😉  )

http://www.reverbnation.com/suburbanmyth

https://www.facebook.com/SuburbanMythMusic

http://www.suburbanmythmusic.com

Fireproof Giant

1 – When did you first get into music? What or who Inspired you?
We’ve all been playing music from a very young age and grew up playing in various circumstances. Gareth taught himself on his grandmother’s piano, Ash and Joel come from classical and jazz musical backgrounds and Cat also comes from a classical music background. I think we all learnt because we were given the option and it was more fun than anything else we were offered… it still is. Our parents had a very large part in encouraging and inspiring us to play music.

2 – Who did you grow up listening to, and does that impact on what you create now?
Yeah, for sure all the music we write has been influenced by what we grew up listening to. I think that’s inevitable. The problem is we all grew up listening to very different things, from Erik Satie to Foo Fighters and anything in between. We have a love for all genre and allow our music to organically drift through a variety of styles… the best way we can describe our music is Pop-rock/Folkstep with classical influences.

3 – How long have you been playing/writing?
We’ve been writing and playing together for the last 4 years touring around Europe with a company called Nofit State Circus. Whilst travelling we’ve met all kinds of people from different backgrounds and cultures that have helped shape and develop our sound. We just left the Circus this year to pursue our musical ambitions and have just released our first studio EP.

4 – How often do you play live (include details and links for any upcoming gigs)?
We like to play at least once a week. Even if it’s busking, just to get the songs out there and share with whoever wants to listen. We’ve got a couple of gigs coming up in Cardiff (Four Bars at Dempsey on July 4th, Brewhouse on July 6th) and London (Notting Hill Arts Club on June 28th, Proud Camden on July 12th).

5 – What has been your favourite moment in music?
Probably playing on the back of a moving truck that was turned into a band stage on the streets of Toulouse. We were quite burnt by the end of the day but it was worth it!

6 – Where is the best place to find you online?
Our website has all you need for all things Fireproof Giant but we also have twitter and facebook for those that way inclined.