Cody Pennington

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

There was no real inspiration for me from any certain person to learn music. It kind of just happened. I think, from a deep perspective, I needed an outlet, and music happened to be there. So, I taught myself guitar and just kept going.

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

My all-time favorite band is Coheed and Cambria, but I’d have to say that they don’t have any influence on my style. I feel that John Mayer has had a real influence on me. I believe my guitar skills really stemmed from his style and feel. I think my song “I’m Afraid” really pays homage to him.

3 – How long have you been playing/writing?

Nearly ten years now.

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

I play nearly every weekend, but I spread out my larger scale gigs.

Two that I’m very excited for are:

November 15th @ The Hunter Club in Bury St. Edmunds – https://www.facebook.com/events/1500320440185717/

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April 4th @ The Theatre Royal in Bury St. Edmunds. Tickets for that will go on sale in January 2015 through their box office.

5 – What has been your favourite moment in music?

My CD release at The Apex was an amazing night and hundreds of people came out to support. But, I’d have to say my favorite moment was when I won my first talent show in high school. I was such a quiet person in high school and I had no idea that everyone knew I played music. But when I stepped into the spotlight, everyone cheered. When I finished my two songs, I got a standing ovation and I nearly started crying. That was the moment that I decided that music was all I wanted to do.

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

My website or my Facebook.

www.codypennington.com

www.facebook.com/codypenningtonmusic

Hercules Morse

Front Cover - Edge of Life EP by Hercules Morse

Interview with Gizmo, drummer of Hercules Morse, a rock band from Southampton.

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

I have been into music for a long as I can remember, mainly thanks to my parents, so I suppose my first inspiration would be my parents! My dad plays the drums, and from an early age I remember listening to tracks from his old band, The Results (The comedian Arthur Smith was also a part of that band). Towards the end of primary school I also made friends who were similarly into music, one of them playing guitar, and so we naturally formed a band, and of course due to my dad playing the drums that was my first choice. In terms of drummers who inspired me, I have say Ringo Starr for a start, as The Beatles were one of first bands I became familiar with, and Chad Smith is also one of my main inspirations.

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

My earliest memories are listening to The Beatles,  who were played to me all the time by my parents, and I also have fond memories of listening to Queens Greatest Hits during long car journeys, as well as The Results as I mentioned before. Towards the early 2000s I remember being into the Red Hot Chili Peppers, and then around the mid-2000s I listened to a host of new indie rock bands including Franz Ferdinand, The Kaiser Chiefs and The Fratellis. It was also around the mid-2000s I discovered Jack Johnson who remains one of, if not my favourite artist. In general this has impacted the way I play now, due to the fact that I love playing rock mainly, as that it what I predominantly listened to, and still listen to today.

3 – How long have you been playing/writing?

I have been playing since primary school, around year 5/6 when I had my first electric drum kit. I used to take it round my friend’s house to jam with two other friends. I only started getting lessons when I started secondary school though, as the school offered music lessons for students.

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

These days I haven’t been playing live too often, due to the fact that the band I am currently in has been busy with recording and a name change and a whole rebranding! We should be gigging fairly regularly soon though, starting out with our launch gig on 28th November in Southampton.

5 – What has been your favourite moment in music?

My favourite moment was probably playing live for the first time outside of my school with a band called The Flying Aces. This was in 2008 I think, and we played in a small club right next to the local football ground. It was great to see all our friends and others enjoying listening to us play, and have such a positive reaction to playing live for the first time!

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

www.herculesmorse.co.uk would be the best place to find out all you need to know about the band. Of course you can also find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/herculesmorseuk and on Twitter at twitter.com/herculesmorseuk

River Child

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

I first seriously got into music at about 11 or 12 cause my dad played guitar so there’s always been guitar music in the house,first influences would be oasis and the britpop thing and then when I starting learning guitar i was taught a lot of folkier stuff like Simon and Garfunkel/van Morrison and Bob Dylan, also a lot of bluesy guitar so I started to really get in to that as well.

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

I grew up listing to a lot of britpop

And Ian brown,I was Quite young but it had a big effect on me and I think that music will always be an influence on me subconsciously.

3 – How long have you been playing/writing?

I’ve been playing guitar since I was about 14 but writing bits and bobs probably about 17

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

Ive done the usual circuit stuff around London over the last year or so, but purposely ive come off the road to concentrate on the music and recording,but i’m thinking about doing one or two exclusive small gigs in the near future and depending on how I feel a possible UK tour next year

5 – What has been your favourite moment in music?

Probably finishing the e.p It was a good experience.

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

Www.facebook.com/riverchildmusic

Www.riverchildmusic.com

Adventurer

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

Fred: I always enjoyed the idea of making music, I remember when I was about 8 I had this ridiculous game for the playstation one, in fact it might have even been made my the ministry of sound, it was basically like ejay or whatever that software’s called. You just dragged loops from one place to another and made these ridiculously trancey songs.

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

Alex – I grew up listening Barry Manilow, Sting, and Neil Diamond, no it doesn’t impact what what I create now.

3 – How long have you been playing/writing?

Alex – Adventurer has taken so many different forms over the last few years while we’ve tried to find our sound.  I think we found it about a year ago, and we’ve been Adventurer ever since.

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

Fred: We’ve got a couple coming up in Leicester, one being at DMU (De Montford University)

What we’re especially excited about is that we’ve been invited to the French Alps to DJ for a couple of months.

5 – What has been your favourite moment in music?

Fred: I really enjoyed the rise (and fall) of dubstep. I think  for a lot of people it bridged the gap between heavy metal and dance music. Although it’s not as popular now I think people underestimate what it’s done for club music. Not only does it continue influence chart music it had a fantastic way of brining people together. Who’d have thought death metal fans would ever enjoy grime? You’d go to a party and hear The Black Dahlia Murder one second and Wiley the next. Bizarre!

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

Alex: We’re on all the usual social media stuff so take your pick:

facebook.com/adventureruk

soundcloud.com/adventureruk

twitter.com/adventurerband

Dmitry Nechaev

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

It all started from the unbearable tunes coming from my guitar, Simon Le Bon’s handshake and a significant punch in the mind from Akira Yamaoka. I dreamed to be a musician as long as I can remember myself, but always believed one person cannot do everything on his own.. If Akira did, why can’t I?

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

Ever since my childhood I was totally surrounded by it. Bands like Duran Duran, INXS, Tears for Fears, A-ha along with all the other tunes of 80s really took a great part in my upbringing. Moreover, I think the fact that I was raised listening mostly to foreign music determined my style in the future. I’m not really sure where is it coming from but I can’t sing in Russian, literally, and even if I try to – I do it with a strong british accent.

3 – How long have you been playing/writing?

I’ve always been going along with music. I’m the greatest fan of Duran Duran. So I think my personal acquaintance with them at the age of 12 actually did something unexplainable to me in the future. That was the day before one of their concerts when I got an opportunity to talk to them. I think there was some sort of a message being transferred on a sub-consciousness level when we shook hands with Simon Le Bon. Interestingly enough, in a few months I wrote my fist song ever.. gosh.. I hate that song!

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

Not as often, unfortunately. But the upcoming single ‘Memory’ that is due on October 29th, is a part of a bigger ‘Unstaged’ project recorded Live.

 

5 – What has been your favourite moment in music?

The moment I realized that everything is possible

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

You are welcome to visit my website at http://www.dmitrynechaev.com/ , I’ve got all links to other social outlets like facebook, YouTube, twitter or even myspace there.

Eric Unseen

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

We all got into music as young teens, listening to MTV2 and Top of the pops 2! Where else could you see Morrissey waving a bunch of flowers around in 2005? Local bands like Catatonia and The manic Street Preachers also paved the way for young Welsh indie kids as well. We still love them just as much now as well!

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

Luckily when I had Whams greatest hits for Christmas when I was 15 I didn’t take much notice of it! We were all lucky enough to have parents with a good taste in music, who all liked The Smiths and The Beatles, which I think is quite apparent in our music today.

3 – How long have you been playing/writing?

We’ve all been playing about ten years or more now. It instantly becomes a habit when you know that it’s what you want to do with your life!

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

We play live most weeks. We will literally play anywhere and have done so around the country for the last 5 years! We do have a local gig in the Ebbw Vale Institute with the Dirty Youth in October which should be great! We’re also playing with the Subways in Bristol soon, but the date still is t confirmed yet.

5 – What has been your favourite moment in music?

Supporting We are Scientists was an honour as we grew up listening to them, so sharing a stage was mind blowing for us! Although the less adventurous gigs have also given us so many happy memories too! However we’ll always remember playing in the O2 Arena in London as not many bands can say that I suppose!

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

Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Sound Cloud and www.freethemusicbook.com. We’re quite easy to find just make sure you put Eric Unseen into a search!

Estrella

 

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

We (the Gunn brothers) first got into music growing up in Thurso and as keen musicians decided to form a band! Paul was the only one of us working at the time (just like Bon Scott he was a postman), he bought all our kit and we converted our mum’s very small attic into an area we could rehearse.  Along with another local lad on drums we started doing gigs in Thurso venturing further afield within the Highlands of Scotland and then to Aberdeen.

It was playing in a Battle of the Bands (which we went on to win) our now management spotted us, we relocated to Aberdeen to make it easier for us to tour throughout the UK and to work on our first EP, then just as we began the recording of our debut album Come Out To Play our drummer left but after six months Leo McPherson joined the band.  Leo had played with various bands in the past and we’d actually met him when we had played at the same gig previously.  Losing our drummer probably set us back a year but it was so good to find someone that had the same drive and passion for his music – then finally in May 2012 we released our debut!

We were all probably inspired by the rock bands of the 70/80s – bands like Aerosmith, Def Leppard, Van Halen, AC/DC, Guns N’ Roses and Bon Jovi.   Both families are musical though – Leo’s dad and brothers have played in bands in the past and Leo’s brother currently plays lead guitar for the Scottish band Logan.  From the brothers’ perspective our mum’s brother was the frontman in a band that nearly made it in the 80s so it’s probably seeing family members perform that have inspired us the most in our early years.

However, can’t let this go without a special mention to John T Sinclair (ex-keyboard player for Uriah Heep, The Cult and the Ozzy Osbourne band), the producer of our debut album Come Out To Play.  We (Gunn brothers) first met John when he was one of the tutors at a rock school held in our hometown.  He kept in touch with the band over the years so it was only natural he produce our debut album.  We learnt so much from him during the whole process as John has such a wealth of experience behind him.  He has always given us nothing else but encouragement and probably had the most impact on Estrella’s sound now.  We couldn’t have found a better mentor and now we’ve taken everything we learned from John into our second album.

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

Once again, it’s the bands of the 70s/80s!  Aerosmith, Def Leppard, Van Halen, AC/DC, Guns N’ Roses and Bon Jovi – they were stadium rock bands with big riffs, melodies and anthemic choruses.  We’ve taken that sound and just given it a more modern edge.

But it’s not just their sound that has had an impact on what we create now.  It’s also their larger than life show too, we try to recreate that same sense of energy in our own show, we enjoy what we do and if we’re enjoying it hopefully that will impact our audiences too.

On 13th October we will be releasing “Whatever It Is”, from our debut album, it’s become a firm favourite at gigs but it’s an example of what we mean – it contains all the big riffs, melodies and at the same time really gets the crowd singing and joining in our set!

3 – How long have you been playing/writing?

We’ve all been playing music since our early teens and played in bands since then too.  Paul, our frontman, is the main writer in the band and he’s been writing since we first began in Thurso but over the years we all do a bit of writing now!  Working with John T Sinclair influenced us a lot especially in the writing process.  One of the band would come up with the “bones” of a song be it words, melody or riff then as a band John would encourage us to sit as a team to construct the songs so that we were all happy with the final product.  It seems to work for us!

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

Right now, we’re young, with no real commitments, so we are quite happy to tour as much as we can in our white transport van (which we’ve kitted out with beds), showering in service stations and tracking down the nearest Wetherspoons (we know the menu back-to-front and there’s free wi-fi) to get our music out there and promoting the band!

Over the past couple years we’ve just consistently toured the UK, been on three European tours twice with USA rock musician Robin Beck (famed for singing THE Coca Cola No 1 UK hit “First Time”), then with USA band the House of Lords.  We played some European festivals too in Spain, Malta and Ibiza (Hard Rock Hell’s Road Trip Ibiza) and both festivals/biker rallies in the UK – HRH AOR, HRH VI, Les-Fest, Mo Fest, Kelso Bike Fest, Malta Rock.  We’ve also supported the likes of The Answer, H.E.A.T, Eden’s Curse, Tigertailz, Tuff, Shameless, Furyon and Attica Rage.

In October we will be carrying out some Scottish dates (Dunfries 11.10.14 with more to be announced soon) before going on to support Guns N’ Roses ex-guitarist Gilby Clarke on a European Tour at the beginning of November, the dates are as follows:

  • 04.11.14 – Grimsby – Yardbirds
  • 05.11.14 – Wakefield – Warehouse 23
  • 06.11.14 – London – The Underworld
  • 08.11.14 – Northern Ireland, Ballymena – Diamond Rock Club
  • 09.11.14 – Edinburgh – Bannermans
  • 12.11.14 – Spain, Madrid – We Rock
  • 13.11.14 – Spain, Zaragoza – La Casa Del Loco
  • 14.11.14 – Spain, Ourense – Sala Berlin
  • 15.11.14 – Spain, Villafranca – Polideportivo Municipal   And, of course, now we can’t wait for the release of our second album too – it’s due out in May next year. We’ve just recorded the first five tracks at the infamous Rockfield Studios in Wales with producer Nick Brine (Bruce Springsteen, The Darkness, Thunder and Oasis). Singles from this album will be released in November 2014 and March 2015.  www.estrellarocks.comwww.twitter.com/estrella_rocks www.soundcloud.com/estrellarocks Slainthe , Estrella

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

You can find us on the following sites on-line:

www.estrellarocks.com

www.facebook.com/estrellarocks

www.twitter.com/estrella_rocks

www.youtube.com/officialestrella

You can hear our music:

www.soundcloud.com/estrellarocks

5 – What has been your favourite moment in music?

From our own perspective it’s probably been the whole of the last two years from working with John T Sinclair, to the release of our debut album Come Out To Play in 2012 and the touring we’ve done since, we’ve met some great people along the way. It’s great engaging with our audience at our live shows and we’ve seen our fanbase increase as a result. So now we are looking forward to touring again in November and in the planning stages of perhaps visiting some new territories in the coming year!

Slainthe , Estrella

www.estrellarocks.comwww.twitter.com/estrella_rocks

www.soundcloud.com/estrellarocks

Witchingseason

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

Tom- I remember sitting in the back of my dad’s car in the booster seat listening to nirvana my favourite was slither, I think I was about 3 he also had pearl jam on cassette I loved the track deep but who doesn’t !

Wayne- I have been into music since I can remember, my family always had music playing around the house.

James – I first got into music when I was 10 and found out about qotsa and foo fighters through my parents, but at the time i was mostly into foo fighters

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

Tom- I grew up listening to everything my pedants and my aunt and uncle were all mods so there was a lot of Northern soul and mod bands got to say Steve Marriott was the most underrated singer/guitarist of all time if I could bring anyone back from the dead to jam with it would be him !

Wayne -I listened to a broad variety of music growing up, all of which inspires me in what I do now.

James – Growing up i listened to a lot of foo fighters, then started to branch out intoqotsa territory, and looked out for more artists through that. I think its had an impact on how I play.

3 . How long have you been playing/writing?

We have all been playing since our teens but didn’t start writing till last May those are the first songs we wrote the songs on the EP I mean

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

We have been on a bit of a break we have a new drummer now Wayne so we will be back giging on the 14th of August at the islington academy 2 but keep your eyes peeled for more shows.

5.  What has been your favourite moment in music?

Tom- soundgarden reunion I have seen them 5 times since! And the new album is incredible. And seeing pearl jam for the first time at reading 2006 still the show that changed my life and impossible to top!

Wayne- sonisphere festival with my parents was pretty awesome but it has to be foo fighters at the Milton Keynes bowl.

James – My favourite moment has been meeting one of my heroes Duke Garwood.

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

Probably Facebook but we also have twitter

Links

https://twitter.com/Witchingseason

https://www.facebook.com/Witchingseason

Lauren Rich

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

I first got into singing when I was 4 when I won a “Kids From Fame” competition at nursery (showing my age)!  My first influence is Rob Thomas from Matchbox Twenty – he’s one of the cleverest lyricists I’ve heard and it pushes me as a songwriter not to be so cliche. My other influence is Nerina Pallot because she’s an exceptionally talented female singer/songwriter who is not incredibly famous but still “does her thing” and does it successfully.  When I saw her live for the first time that’s when I decided I wanted to do that!

 

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

I grew up listening to eighties music but was introduced to sixties and seventies by my parents.  I fell in love with The Beatles.  The only way it impacts on my music is that I am totally obsessed with harmonies.  I’m always harmonising to music I hear on the radio and always think, the more harmonies the better!

 

3. How long have you been playing/writing?

I’ve been songwriting since I was 12 when I had a holiday romance (in my head) and was devastated that I had to come home. That’s when I wrote my first song entitled “I Miss You Now”.  I’ve been performing my own songs for about 10 years on and off; solo, in a duo and also now with my amazing band.

 

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

I try to perform as often as I can, especially around London, to get my songs heard by more and more people.  My next gig (which is an important one) is my EP launch party on Wednesday 1st October 2014 – more details here www.laurenrichmusic.co.uk/gigs

 

5. What has been your favourite moment in music?

My favourite moment HAS to be when I was interviewed by Gaby Roslin at BBC London.  It was my first proper radio interview / performance and she said my singing was beautiful.  That was a mega boost for me.

 

6. Where is the best place to find you online?I’m everywhere but if you go straight to my website – www.laurenrichmusic.co.uk – you will find all of my social media links AND the ability to join my mailing list, which would be lovely if people signed up to it.