Adam Protz

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1 – When did you first get into music? What or who Inspired you?
I think it was around the age of fifteen. Music became more of a passion to me when I started listening to rock music. Tragically it was bands like Linkin Park and their angsty music which made a deeper connection with me! That might surprise people, considering how mellow the stuff I write now is.

2 – Who did you grow up listening to, and does that impact on what you create now? According to my parents, I used to stick on Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony myself and make my toys play along dramatically when I was about five years old. I think that definitely stayed with me. Then like I said, I got massively in to rock music in my teens. This probably explains why I’m now so passionate about writing music for piano but with a modern edge.

3 – How long have you been playing/writing?
I think I’ve been playing one instrument or another since I was about eight!

4 – How often do you play live (include details and links for any upcoming gigs)?
I’m talking to a few people about arranging some special shows! Make sure you check my website and Facebook for news on that!

5 – What has been your favourite moment in music?
Probably finishing my EP recently to be honest! It was on a shoestring budget and as me and my producer were also working fulltime it was a real labour of love to get it out there!

6 – Where is the best place to find you online? That would definitely be my website: www.adamprotz.com and my Facebook: www.facebook.com/adamprotzmusic. There’s also almost too much awesome stuff on my Youtube channel: www.youtube.com/adamprotz. I’d also love to connect with you on Twitter! I’m @AdmProtz, don’t be shy!

Shane Thomas

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

 I think I first got into music, when I was a baby, because I can’t remember any time,
when I wasn’t thinking about music and wanting to do it. I had a sixth sense that felt
like a craving for playing the piano and also composing. My idea was to compose
straight away and that’s what I did. I can’t say who inspired me, it just happened.

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

Funny enough, I grew up listening to pop music and nothing else, until I got my piano
and started composing classical pieces. My parents and the rest of my family are only
into pop music. I had no introduction to classical music, but classical music poured
out of me and just kept coming. The pop music I listened to, probably does influence me,
because I sit and play lots of golden oldies, such as The way we were, by Barbera Streisand
or unforgettable, by Nat King Cole. I also play the latest pop songs and enjoy that side of my music too. In fact I’ve been playing pop music in Hotels, from the age of 8 .

3 – How long have you been playing/writing?

I’ve been playing/writing for the past 7 years.

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

I play live about twice a month now. My next live performance will be at the Woking
Festival next month, but I don’t have a date yet.

5 – What has been your favourite moment in music?

My favourite moment in music, was when I performed live at Castle Howard, to an
audience of around 10,000 people. I want to aim even bigger.

6 – Where is the best place to find you online?
The best place to find me on line is to go to my website. www.shanethomas.co.uk
 

 

Good Guy Dies

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

 

For Cherry, it all began when she was little girl, standing on a chair   singing to entertain family members at informal get-togethers. “I used to get such a buzz from it and that’s where the singing bug started for me.”

 

For Joe, “it was in my early teens after seeing old footage of Rory

Gallagher playing live on RTE television back in N. Ireland. “I couldn’t

believe what I was seeing and from that second onwards I begged

my father to buy me a guitar. Eventually he relented.”

 

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

 

Cherry explains that one of her singing idols growing up was Bjork “because she didn’t give a damn about being crazy and always pushed boundaries. I also love Tori Amos for the way she makes love to the piano when she plays it, and Jonathan Davies from Korn for his voice, his honesty and his intimacy. The common denominator is that these guys were, and still are, totally unafraid to experiment and that’s what I always try to bring to Good Guy Dies.

 

For Joe, his primary influences were Gary Moore, “in my humble opinion the greatest guitar player ever to pick up the instrument; Rory Gallagher because he was a fantastic musician and an incredible front man- his shows were absolutely electrifying; and Phil Lynott because he had spellbinding stage presence, was a great songwriter and an amazing romantic poet. All these guys had a lasting impact because of the great depth they had in their music, their records still sound as fresh today as the day they were made. It was a case of wild abandonment meeting beautiful melodies and great songs.

 

3 – How long have you been playing/writing?

 

          Cherry has been singing and writing songs since childhood.

Joe has been playing and writing since the moment he picked up

a guitar, aged 14. They started writing together in 2012.

 

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

 

We are inclined to gig every couple of weeks in London, though we’re currently in discussion with a few booking agents regarding a nationwide tour. When we’re not gigging, we’re working every day on one thing or another, whether it be rehearsing, writing new songs or working on some other band related activity.

 

You can catch Good Guy Dies live at the following London shows:

 

Fri 31st October: The Enterprise, 2 Haverstock Hill, Camden, London, NW3 2BL. Onstage 8.15pm.

 

Saturday 15th November: The Scala , 275 Pentonville Rd, King’sCross, London, N1 9NL (supporting Primal Scream and The Libertines). Stage time TBC.

 

5 – What has been your favourite moment in music?

 

“I think as a band it was the experience of recording our album

With George De Angleis” says Joe, who goes on to explain: “He’s

Worked with some legends in music like Seal, Cher and Rod

Stewart and is himself a legend in the production world, so it was

an immense honour to work with him. He’s the finest musician

I’ve ever had the pleasure of knowing; an incredible talent and a

great guy as well.”

 

Cherry adds, “Apart from that, it’s every time I walk on stage with

Good Guy Dies. It’s an electrifying experience, I just can‘t wait

for every gig to come around.”

 

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

 

www.facebook.com/goodguydies

www.twitter.com/goodguydies

 

We’ll be releasing our debut single on Friday 14th November

entitled “Hit Me Back”, which will have the accompanying

video available to watch on you tube.

Lydia Kakabadse


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

I started learning the piano at the age of 5 and the double bass at 13 and played in the school chamber group, orchestra, sung in the choir and madrigals.  I played the double bass in numerous orchestras in Manchester and Cheshire (including the Cheshire Youth Orchestra) whilst still at school.    I was – and still am – inspired by mediaeval music, Middle Eastern Music, nineteenth century poets/composers and mysteries

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

Eighteenth and nineteenth century classical composers, which did impact my earlier works rather than current works.

3 – How long have you been playing/writing? 

I have been playing the piano since I was 5 and the double bass since I was 13; composing since I was 13.

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

I don’t play live, but my music has been performed at Ely Cathedral (2005/6), St John’s Smith Square London (2008); Norwich Cathedral (2009); Grosvenor House London (2012); The Forum Norwich (2013); The Chapel of Gonville and Caius College Cambridge (2014)

5 – What has been your favourite moment in music?

Listening to my choral work “Cantica Sacra” being premiered in Feb 2014 by the Choir of Gonville and Caius College Cambridge

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

www.lydiakakabadse.com