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

When I heard the White Stripes for the first time. Their album The White Blood Cells was just a breath of fresh air for me, I don’t think I ever enjoyed music that much before. I was only around 9 and they made me reconsider what I wanna do with my life.

 

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

Beatles , Zeppelin, Oasis and other classical bands and musicians  could always be heard in my house, because that’s what my parents listened to, but when I actually started showing interest in music I moved straight to Arctic Monkeys, Libertines, Kasabian and that new generation of bands. They made the biggest impact on me, I obviously caught on to the Beatles and Oasis later. Which I found funny cause usually it’s the other way around.

 

3 – How long have you been playing/writing?

I’ve been playing instruments for as long as I can remember. I still need to practice a lot though. I was thirteen when I wrote my first song, but it took me another four years to create something that I felt other people could find valuable.

 

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

We are not going to play live till we are absolutely sure that people would be blown away by our performance. It’s either we do our best or we don’t do it at all. Same thing happened when we were recording the album, it took us a few years to get to a desirable result.

 

5 – What has been your favourite moment in music?

Seeing Noel Gallagher singing Don’t Look Back in Anger, nothing can ever fucking beat that!

 

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

Facebook and Twitter just look for itmustbeyo.

MSL

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

I first got into music at the age of 6, my brother was my inspiration he got me into music.

 

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

I grew up to listening to 90’s Hip hop such as Mobb deep, Ghost face, common & nNas, this has a big impact on the type of music i create to the flow and the delivery i have.

 

3 – How long have you been playing/writing?

I started writing/rapping when I was 13

 

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

Not as mush now because i have been working on my recent project Extraction Vol2 with Sammy Sose founder of Shodem records, so we’ve been working on getting more exposure abs generating a buzz my last performance was at Camden Proud.

 

 5 – What has been your favourite moment in music? 

Getting my 1st Debut Videos on SBTV & LINK UP TV

 

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

On Facebook [Msl Classified]

[Msl Uk Artist]

Twitter: [@infamosmslsly1]

Instagram: [Infamosmsl1]

Nina Jones

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

I started singing seriously around 12/13 years old. I had singing lessons from Charlotte Church’s singing teacher Louise Ryan. She was very strict but taught me a lot. I was initially inspired by Musical Theatre before getting involved in Pop. I was obsessed with Sophie from ‘Mama Mia’!

 

 

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

I’m very much inspired by the music of Adele and Sam Smith.

It does impact…on my debut album I’ve done a cover of “One And Only” by Adele, I really love that song. I’m influenced by all sorts of music however, I try and listen to all genres…it’s a good musical education!

I love New Country stuff like Carrie Underwood too!

 

 

3 – How long have you been playing/writing?

Performing seriously since around the age of 12/13. I’m 17 now… so around 5 years.

 

 

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

I perform quite frequently with a fantastic 9 piece covers band called ‘Sounds Familiar’ (www.soundsfamiliarband.co.uk) all around South Wales and beyond.  We perform at weddings, parties and corporate functions. I also perform myself individually as a solo artist with a small acoustic group of musicians performing original material/covers. For my solo gigs check out:

www.facebook.com/ninajonesmusic

 

 

 5 – What has been your favourite moment in music? 

Seeing my debut single “Never Let You Go” be released onto iTunes/Amazon and hearing it recently on BBC Radio Wales, that was fantastic! Hearing myself on the radio was surreal but a dream come true.

 

 

 

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

People can check out:

 

http://www.facebook.com/ninajonesmusic

http://www.twitter.com/ninajonesmusic

http://www.soundcloud.com/ninajonesmusic

Mama Moonshine

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

Ruth: Since we could wiggle and make noise!!! I think we’ve all been into it from a very young age. We all have such different inspirations, but I’m just a big fan of ballsy front women. At the moment my main inspiration is Alabama Shakes’ lead singer, Brittany Howards. I’ve also been listening a lot to the Blues Pills, who are incredible!! Their front woman, Elin Larsson, is the new Stevie Nicks!!

 

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

Ruth: I grew up with mostly Motown, Elvis, Beatles, Buddy Holly, and power ballads from strong women like Tina Turner and Whitney Houston!! The biggest influences were Etta James, Aretha, Nina Simone.. all that jazz you know. But through school it was all about the R’n’B and hip hop. Missy Elliot is still my favourite!

Mark: I think between Phil, AB and myself, we all have similar backgrounds in rock. I started with the Chili Peppers just after they wrote Under the Bridge, and then for some reason went backwards into classic rock and blues. The blues has been a massive influence on me, especially for the feeling expressed by the music and the pounding rhythms. One of the things I really like about the older stuff is the showmanship though, it’s hilarious!

 

3 – How long have you been playing/writing?

Phil: As a band we’ve been writing for about 2 years and gigging for just the one. We all started performing and writing music when we were young, though, so we’ve had plenty of time to mature!

 

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

AB: As often as possible! Juggling work, writing, recording and gigging can be somewhat hectic, but we try to play a London show at the very least once or twice a month, and also either down south (Brighton) or up north (Manchester) once a month, too. We’d love to go to more cities and towns around the UK and show them what kind of a show we can give them!

Our upcoming gigs round the UK are:

24th February: Antwerp Mansion, Manchester

10th April: The Monarch, Camden

 

5 – What has been your favourite moment in music?

Ruth: Doing our showcase ‘Shake and Bake’ evening this month was pretty special. The response to the whole evening, including our new material, was just awesome. The best we’ve played together to date! All the bands and the audience had a great time and made some jazzy shapes. That’s what it’s all about!

 

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

One stop shop for all your Mama Moonshine needs: www.mamamoonshine.co.uk

Adreyn Cash

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

I’ve been surrounded by music since I was very young. I remember my mother singing Whitney Houston songs to me and being mesmerised by The Micky Mouse Club.

What inspired me most was the art of music, and the freedom of expression that comes along with it. I loved literature and really loved the idea of using my voice to paint mental pictures.

 

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

I grew up listening to everything from R&B to Rock. I was introduced to Sam Cooke, Aretha Franklin, Whitney Houston, Otis Redding – essentially the greats, everything from the early 40s till the 00s.

The people I grew up listening to definitely have impact on what I create now, for example Sam Cooke as a creator really inspired me growing up, and to this day is one of my Idols. His song ‘A change is gonna come’ certainly had an impact on ‘Anthem,’ in terms of the raw passionate soulful tone, the string elements and the poetic nature of the lyrics.

 

3 – How long have you been playing/writing?

I wrote my first song when I was around 12 years old; I began taking piano lessons (on and off) when I was about 16.

 

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

Usually I perform quite regularly; my last three performances were in December. I’m currently focusing on getting all the new material for the EP ready before I start performing, however if there are any gigs I will announce them on Facebook and Twitter.

 

5 – What has been your favourite moment in music?

I’ve had a few moments in my journey that I’m proud of. Firstly performing at the indigo2, and then performing at the Big Music semi-finals in front of MTV, Capital FM and one of Coldplay’s assistants and finally gaining my Bachelor of Art with Honours in Music.

My favourite part in music is the journey and I’m really enjoying and excited about the direction that my brand and my art is heading in.

 

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

You can find me on my personal Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr or my Website:

www.twitter.com/_adreyncash

www.adreyncash.com

www.adreyncash.tumblr.com

www.facebook.com/adreyncash

Olay Fay

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

I started going to the studio at a very young age, I was 14 years old but I will just go and watch my friends sing and do their thing, I know I could sing but I was so shy, but as I got older by the age of eighteen got a job and was able to start paying for my studio time.

 

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

I have to be out there with it hope people don’t scrutinise me because it’s Celine Dion. I can remember the first time I ever heard her voice and I got her album and I will listen on repeat. Will sing and I knew I wanted to do that, been in the choir in the church also plays a big part and I can remember my voice been louder that people with microphones.

 

I grew up listen to all the great’s motown legends, Mariah, Whitney, Lionel Richie, Bryan Adams and the list goes on. All the great eighties and nineties icon who just sang and take your breath away and without a doubt the King of Pop himself.

 

All of these great artists does influence you as a singer songwriter because they have the great catalog to prove it and without a doubt the timeless quality they put on their records. 20 30 40years later we listen and still get blow away by their song. I try to write songs that people of all age can relate to and years even when I am gone my songs can still speak to people and they will be like I get that.

 

3 – How long have you been playing/writing?

I have been playing for a while now, the performing aspect of thing can in when I started singing in church then I proceeded to events parties and pubs. It is an incredible feeling when you play live even thou I always get nervous but once I get that microphone and start singing the demons come out(looo)

 

I have been writing since I was twelve, singing wrong lyrics to songs and people laughing at me telling me I am singing the wrong lyric and then I realised I can write my own stuff. I started coming up with lyrics it comes to me I should say, but know I think I can write about anything I think.

 

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

I just moved to London recently and I am getting a new band together but been doing open mics just to keep it in my head check my facebook which I just joined by the way. Any upcoming gigs will be posted on their looking forward to chatting to you all hit me up

 

5 – What has been your favourite moment in music?

Favourite moment is anytime you finish a new song and the level of satisfaction that gives me is unreal especially when you spend a year trying to perfect a song and going back to him 6 month down the line to ensure you still feel the same. It can be a great feeling and it is very therapeutic, but I think my favourite moment is yet to come.

 

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

You can find me on facebook and to listen to more music check some more on sound cloud

Thank you thank you for having me.

Youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UChbmw5iMwzmCy6kYFKt6a6Q

Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/olay-fay

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Olay-Fay/354781814554272

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/OlayFay

ShadowIcon

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

Well I always liked listening to music. I have an 8-year older brother with whom I have shared the room when we were kids. Since I “had” to listen to what my big brother was listening to I literally grew up with heavy metal music. Instead of listening to children stories and lullabies, I went to bed listening to Metallica, Slayer, Motley Crue, Iron Maiden, etc.

 

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

When my brother moved to his own place (I was just finishing my primary school) I continued to listen to the music I used to listen to before. I was learning the piano at that time since my initial wish was to play keyboards in a heavy metal band. And I grew fond of listening to classical music as well; at least to the “more heavy” classical stuff. I am sure I’m not alone in claiming that Beethoven and many other classical composers were the first metal-heads. Eventually I changed my primary instrument to guitar which is what I play today. Listening to New Wave of British Heavy Metal (NWOBHM), Power Metal and classical music has certainly had a major impact on the music I create today, still trying to combine all these elements from each (sub)genre.

 

3 – How long have you been playing/writing?

I have been playing the piano since I was 9 and have played around with my own ideas since the beginning. Then when I was 15 I stared to learn the guitar. Soon after I formed my first band and we have started to play our own music. The feeling of song writing and then hearing the whole band playing the song that I wrote just gives me this great feeling of fulfilment and joy so I continued to writing new stuff from that point on.

 

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

With ShadowIcon we unfortunately don’t do major touring. The reason is simple: we all have our daily jobs which gives us daily bread. So it is extremely difficult (if not impossible) to do n-month tours. We do have concerts in Slovenia and the surrounding countries. But these are more individual concerts. The last concert that we did was in the capital in the mid December. It was great! We are now rehearsing like crazy to do some EP release concerts in Q2 2015.

 

5 – What has been your favourite moment in music?

There have been many and to highlight one is rather impossible for me.

 

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

Facebook is the most popular social media, so we are posting all the new stuff and gossip there (http://www.facebook.com/shadowicon). The more “official” info can be found on our official web site www.shadowicon.com. We are also very happy to reply to any questions that arrive on info@shadowicon.com.

 

The Machismos

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

Around the age of 9 I was hearing stuff on the radio I liked, and was blown away one day to discover I could buy 7″ copies of the songs I loved, and have a record collection just like my dads! So all my pocket money went on vinyl for the next several years…initially it was Adam and the Ants, The Specials, Madness, Dexy’s Midnight Runners and the like. My school had genuine 9 year old punks, skins and mods. I soon became a full blown 10 year old metaller in denims, oversized studded leather bracelets, patches and filth!

 

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

So I grew up listening to a lot of metal, I liked the noisier heavier end of the genre, so when I was introduced to the likes of Sonic Youth and the Jesus and Mary chain by a girlfriend I moved on to this, also psychedelic bands like spacemen 3 and loop, and weird disturbing stuff like Butthole surfers. This music definitely still impacts on my songwriting today, I’ve never really grown out of this music but have been inspired by other stuff- reggae / dub, jungle, house in the 90’s. Machismo’s is a bit of a melting pot but we are currently going through a rockier faze, as my mate says ‘pavement crossed with Sonic Youth crossed with Black Sabbath’.

 

3 – How long have you been playing/writing?

I started writing when I was 10 on a four stringed classical guitar which I wished was a bass guitar, and I still use it 30 years later, never having learnt to play a six string, just making up my own chords. I wrote my first ‘proper’ song -‘Sign’ for Jacob’s mouse when I was 16, really making an effort to write in a way that was unexpected and ‘not right’! We started gigging from age 11 and I was playing in a metal covers band with much older guys (in their 30’s) in divey biker pubs around Suffolk at 14, been playing ever since. Jacob’s Mouse probably did over 1000 gigs between 1988 and 1994. Played in a hardcore thrash punk band for last 13 years, now doing Machismo’s which is a bit friendlier!

 

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

The Machismo’s play live as much as we can but breaking into new territories is a hard job, getting there though…. and once you have ‘broken in’ the ball gets rolling and snowballs. Our next show is Bury St Edmunds Hunter Club with locals Horse Party 21st Febuary, check our FB page for more https://www.facebook.com/TheMachismos

 

5 – What has been your favourite moment in music?

Many favourite moments in my musical career but playing with some of the big names back in the day like Nirvana, Babes in Toyland, Pavement, Jesus Lizard , The faith healers, stereolab, silverfish etc was always fun, but every gig is an enjoyment when you realise you have genuinely touched an audience- we are not an ego band with only ‘success at all costs’ in mind- we want to reach people like ourselves, doing it for the love of it, keeping genuine music scenes alive and keeping it DIY, making people happy!!! We are certainly starting to get people coming up to us after gigs with a ‘blown away’ expression which is really nice to see, but we are humble Taoists so won’t let it go to our heads!

 

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

The best place to find us online is https://www.facebook.com/TheMachismos also twitter https://twitter.com/themachismos if you are a fan of experimental noisier indie music with lovely tunes check us out!!!- Thanks ‘Unsigned’ XX