Gavin Chappell Bates

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

I’ve loved music as long as I can remember. I remember singing a lot when I was very young, especially to musical films on TV. This love was consolidated really by a school project we did at Junior School on The Beatles and Sgt. Peppers. There was something about them and the album that I fell in love with. Around the same time one of my closest friends began to learn the guitar which inspired me to pick one up. The two of them together set me on the right path!

 

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

Growing up I listened to a very eclectic mix of music. There was the usual pop stuff that I had on cassette as a young boy (that I still have), lots of 80s pop that my mum loved, a lot of influence from the Beatles and Buddy Holly and generally rock ‘n’ roll. I was also very lucky to have an older sister who had great taste in music so that led me into a lot of 90s indie and alternative music long before my friends heard of these bands; people like Radiohead, Suede, Terrorvision, Therapy? and, most importantly, Manic Street Preachers. All of that has had a major bearing on me as an individual and the music I write. I think there are elements of all of that in my songs; I wouldn’t say I stick to one genre because I love so many different styles and genres.

 

3 – How long have you been playing/writing?

I started playing the guitar when I was 11 and I think I started writing songs almost immediately. It seemed like the natural thing to do.

 

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

I gig as often as I can. Despite the opportunities that social media and the internet give you, there is nothing like getting out there, meeting people and performing to them face to face. I have a lot of dates booked to support the release of the Black Holes EP coming out on 23 February which will be released soon and will be available here:

http://gavinchappellbates.com/gigs/

https://www.facebook.com/GavinChappellBates/events

 

5 – What has been your favourite moment in music?

For me it was the moment I discovered the Manics. Nothing has been so inspirational and life changing for me as that. I saw them on a late night show when I was in my mid-teens around the time of the Holy Bible. They were all dressed in their camo gear and were playing songs from the album. I was mesmerised.

When I asked my sister the next day if she’d heard of them, she produced 7 inches of both You Love Us and Motorcycle Emptiness. I played the latter first and I will never forget those 6 minutes of my life. It was such an intense emotional feeling and I said to myself they would be my favourite band forever and they always have been. That song still makes me cry.

 

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

I’m in all the usual places. You can get me here:

http://gavinchappellbates.com/

https://www.facebook.com/GavinChappellBates

https://twitter.com/GChappellBates

Unique

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

I’ve  been into music before I was even walking as a toddler. My Grandfather was a professional gospel singer I use to go on tour & Perform with him at the age of 7 to the age of 9 in his group called The Northernaires. I’ve played the drums for my kindergarten graduation so I kind of got in to showbiz a little early. I was inspired by Chris Brown, Usher & 50 Cent growing up listening to them I think plays a big part in the artist I am today.

 

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

I grew up in Brooklyn New York So I’ve listened to a lot of music coming up but artist like usher, Chris Brown , Neyo, Fabolous & The Dream was catching my ears at the time & I feel that’s what gave me My Urban R&B edge growing up listening to them I think plays a big part in the artist I am today.

 

3 – How long have you been playing/writing?

I Started Playing The Guitar, Drums, & Piano at 5 Years Old But I’ve been Writing Music Since I was 13 Years Old Weather it was hooks for other artist or writing my own music. I’ve been basically doing music my whole life but I started to take it serious & started recording 2009

 

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

My latest peformance was opening up for Fred The Godson at The Delancey in NYC But I’ve been focusing on this EP & I have been really putting 100% In To This Project So I Have Been Calm With Performing.

Some Of My Performances
Unique – Green Sofa Promo: http://youtu.be/amIsWekC7VI

UNIQUE –  6flags  open up for Fabolous: http://youtu.be/QNU772IActQ

 

5 – What has been your favourite moment in music?

I would have to say my favourite moment in music would have to be performing at the Anti-Bullying Rally. To see kids scream my name & go crazy for my music while inspiring them to do positive things & to never let anyone have control over them was mind blowing for me as an artist to experience at a very early stage of my career.

 

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

You Can Find Me Best at
Twitter – www.twitter.com/uniquedaartist

Facebook – www.facebook.com/prettyboiiunique

Instagram – www.instagram.com/uniquetheartist

View Some Of My Latest Music

www.soundcloud.com/uniquepyb

http://m.audiomack.com/artist/unique-the-artist

Slows Down

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

I’ve always liked music. Surely virtually everyone would say the same. But its role in my life has changed a lot. It’s gone from being entertainment to art and from being something musicians make to something I make. Life would be unbearable without music.

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

My dad played all kinds of great music in the house when I was growing up, from Miles Davis to The Flaming Lips, to Philip Glass to Public Enemy, which presumably I absorbed in some way. The music I chose to listen to for myself was exclusively chart pop music until I was about twelve. I loved the Now compilations and I would tape dross from the top 40 on Radio 1 onto cassettes on Sunday evening and listen to them in the week. Then I got into hiphop. I loved (and still do love) the Wu-Tang Clan. Then I started listening to Radiohead and really began to explore music and try to understand how it had developed. I listened to all the great records my dad had been playing over the years and heard in them things my ears hadn’t been open enough to hear before.

3 – How long have you been playing/writing? 

I got an electric guitar when I was nineteen and took to it very slowly. I never learnt others’ songs and always played my own things. I feel very privileged not to have gone through the phase of learning to play Jimi Hendrix solos from tabs. I had little things that I’d keep coming back to. At some point I realised that these little things were basically songs. Very gradually I began to identify as a songwriter.

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

I’ve only played live a couple of times in a friend’s band. Slows Down is not a band and remains a solo recording project at the moment. In time, I’m very keen to get some people together and do it live.

5 – What has been your favourite moment in music?

Probably finishing recordings and them not merely sounding like what I had in my head, but even better.

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

www.facebook.com/slowsdown

https://soundcloud.com/slowsdown

http://slowsdown.bandcamp.com/

Big Lenny B

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

As a child really, my first recollection is of my mother doing housework whilst singing along to ABBA, The Carpenters, Elvis, Tom Jones and the like, so music has always been around me.

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

My first tape (What’s that everyone cries) was the Jungle Book Soundtrack, I played it until it stretched…(its a generation thing) But I was very young then, the first music I bought for myself was The Jam’s A Town Called malice. Later into my teens, when everyone was listening to Breakdance, I was listening to the likes of Buddy Holly, Simon and Garfunkle, The Rolling Stones as an example, I then as I started meeting guys at school that were into music and wanting to be in bands I discovered Pink Floyd, Genesis, ACDC, Zeppelin, Hendrix etc.

3 – How long have you been playing/writing?

I have been playing bass now for lets say over 20 years and writing seriously for about the same.

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

I used to be a lot more active than of late, unfortunately everything has changed so much with venues over the last 10 years or so, it makes it difficult for a band to play for a fair amount of time and for money. Original artists have it tough out there. So I am currently Booking a tour for the late spring and through the summer, keep an eye open.

5 – What has been your favourite moment in music?

There has been a few, but my favourite time was when I was working with a band Clacket Lane, we were supporting The Feeling at a Uni gig, we were playing so tight together and kinda knew what each other was thinking and for the first time I experienced four of us, so naturally playing, so zoned into the moment, then the audience got it and woo!, its the best feeling in the world.

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

Facebook is always a favourite and twitter, I would also point out that it is me on there, I don’t like people doing things for me, so come and say hi! Facebook.com/biglennyb or @biglennyb

Chris D’Lima

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

Music and performing has been in my family for at least 3 generations. Like many other musicians, I started by performing at family occasions since the age of about 3. The first time I picked up a guitar was when I was about 13 and I joined a band with a couple of friends. I went solo a couple of years ago and am really excited to be releasing my debut single!

Over the years I have been inspired by many different genres and bands. I’d have to say my main influences at the moment are progressive rock bands such as pink floyd and Porcupine tree as well as chart music.

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

I grew up listening to Michael Jackson, Queen and everything that was in the charts at the time. I’ve followed the progression of ‘popular music’ since I can remember, and I feel this gives me an understanding of what is relevant in mainstream music. Having said that,I don’t mould my music to be what I think people want to hear. I think the music I create and am passionate about simply falls into the ‘popular music’ category, while having inflections from other genres e.g. funk, progressive rock.

3 – How long have you been playing/writing?

I have been performing on stage since the age of 11, starting in musical theatre. But as a musician, since the age of 13. I started writing music at about that age too. It sort of comes as a package deal I find. You get your first guitar, you write your first song. Needless to say, the first few sings were pretty bad… But I think I’ve improved since then!

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

I set out in 2012 to play over 100 gigs in that year, and I managed to achieve that goal without any help from management or booking agents. It was a tiring year, but I learnt a lot and can now say that I am an accomplished performer and am comfortable on pretty much any stage. Since then, I’ve spent more time in the studio, writing and recording loads of songs, and am now at a stage where i can release my debut single and hopefully do a small tour to go with it. Details of any upcoming gigs can be found on my website/twitter/facebook.

5 – What has been your favourite moment in music?

It’s the small things that have so far made an impact on me. I remember one gig I did amidst the many in 2012. It was a rainy November night in Shoreditch and I had turned up to an open mic show which was always packed. I immediately put my name down to go on first, and when my name was called I stepped up to the stage. My mic started to get some feedback as the small room was so full of people, and I could tell the audience were getting restless as I was setting up my loop pedal. You only got time for 1 song at this place so I knew I had to give it everything. I started laying down a beatbox and I could see everyone perking up and paying attention. As I looped layers on top and started singing, the whole mood in the venue changed, and by the end of it, everyone had learned the melody and was singing along! They even carried on singing after I had finished playing! That was an amazing night, and one I’ll never forget.

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

I have just launched my new website www.chrisdlima.co.uk

To be the most up to date, you can get me on twitter @chris_dlima and Facebook. www.facebook.com/chrisdlimamusic

You can also check out some of my cover songs on youtube at https://www.youtube.com/chrisdlima

And Instagram chris_dlima

Kim Halliday

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

I always loved music, but I had a good music teacher when I was 9 or 10, who really showed me I could play anything if I practiced.  I started playing the violin at school, then picked up the guitar and dropped the violin (although I kept the bow) in my early teens.  I’m sure that was partly driven by not seeing a violinist on Top of the Pops.  And then a major moment was seeing Dr Feelgood on the TV and realising I didn’t need to have to be as good as Jimi Hendrix or Jimmy Page or Steve Howe to be in a band – not that I’m as good as Wilko Johnson either, but the simplicity of what they offered was very attractive.  It’s in our nature to let things become more and more ornate and complex, and then tear it all back to plain and simple, and that journey from Prog Rock to Pub Rock & Punk Rock is a good example of that happening.  I was a teenager, so I enjoyed the tearing down part.

 

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

I grew up listening to my parents records, swing and rock ‘n roll mostly, and then The Beatles on the radio when I was small.  That sort of morphed into me buying my own records in the early 70s.  Playing the guitar was a natural step I think, and it was still an act of rebellion to play in a band, so I did that too.  Then it was bands like Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd in the mid Seventies, then Punk.  I was inspired by all those records, the swing bands of Duke Ellington and Ted Heath from my parents, but also Johnny Cash and Bill Haley, and Lennon & McCartney, then David Bowie, Glam Rock, Alice Cooper, Jimmy Page, Dave Gilmour, and then all that anarchy, and out the other side with bands like Ian Dury and The Blockheads, who could really play.  I’m inspired and influenced by everything I hear that I like or find interesting. 

 

3 – How long have you been playing/writing?

I started playing at around 9.  That was the violin and the xylophone in my Junior School band. (I’m glad there were no recordings of that!)  I can’t remember when I started writing although I think it was probably soon after I started playing the guitar.  That would have been doing other peoples songs that I couldn’t play properly, and it ending up being so bad it was something completely else!  Then it was bands and 4-track recorders and dirty little studios and off I went.
4 – How often do you play live (include details and links for any upcoming gigs)?

I don’t play live anymore.  It’s not what I do – I think of myself as a composer and musician in that order, and because I play most things on my tracks it’s a bit impractical to reproduce it live.  I sometimes sing and play the guitar to my granddaughter Olivia Grace, who finds it hugely amusing.
5 – What has been your favourite moment in music?

It’s really hard to pick out individual moments – I’ve been very fortunate to have been able to do the things I do.  I was very happy the first time I saw “Music by Kim Halliday” on a proper cinema screen (at the National Film Theatre in London!).  I made friends with Jake Riviera (who started Stiff Record in the Seventies), and I worked with Rat Scabies and, of course, Halflight was made with Martin Lister, who was my friend for more than 20 years, and we had such a good time making it.

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

www.kimhalliday.com is my website, and although I have stuff on Bandcamp and Soundcloud and Facebook and everywhere, it’s easiest to go to my site first.  Enjoy!