Belle Roscoe

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

We grew up in a very musical family, particularly Dad’s side. Irish heritage and whiskey often led to late night jams and nostalgic Australian country/folk songs.

When we were backpacking around Europe in 2005 and ran out of money, we decided to start ‘singing for our supper’ so to speak!

We mainly did this in France and then in 2006 we returned to University studies in Melbourne where we met some other musos. We all started to play gigs together around Melbourne.

There were so many bars and cafes and music venues in Melbourne during that time (around 2006-2010) before residency complaints and noise restrictions started to take over and shut down a lot of the music scene.

There are still many venues that still exist in Melbourne but it was just a mecca back then – the only way to play music actually… Loud and Bad. No doubt we sounded terrible, but we just kept rocking up for more gigs.

We didn’t study music so this was the only way we could see ourselves becoming musicians.

 

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

We have drawn influences from 60s/70s artists we love such as: Fleetwood Mac, Crosby Stills & Nash, Neil Young, David Bowie, Bruce Springsteen, Elvis, Bob Dylan, Janis Joplin and Van Morrison.

We loved vocal harmonies and great melodic song writing.

Our more contemporary influences include: Elbow, Arcade Fire, Ryan Adams, David Bowie, Nick Cave, Fleet Foxes, M83.

We are currently loving sounds & songs from: The War on Drugs, Volcano Choir & Girls in Hawaii.

We mix old style song writing with contemporary production, so yes, all of the above artists have impacted on our music some way or another over the years.

 

3 – How long have you been playing/writing?

We’ve been ‘seriously’ writing music for over 15 years now.

But we grew up in a family where making up funny songs on the spot to entertain people was normal… Does that count?!

 

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

As often as possible!

We love playing live.

We’ve just played the St Kilda Festival in Australia and are heading to the UK in 6 weeks.

We have a couple of up-coming shows in London in May. Can’t bloody wait 😉

-20th May @ La Troubadour.

-28th May, Venue TBC & TBA in the next week.

 

5 – What has been your favourite moment in music?

Hmmmmm we’ve had so many great moments.

Probably closing the Cannes Film Festival a few years ago is up there as a major highlight.

We also had a sell out show in Paris in September last year @ Le Nouveau Casino which was pretty wild!

Oh, and finishing our soon to be released song “Mary Mary” was also a wonderful moment. It took us three years to write and its one of our best tracks – we are just thrilled we hung in there as we knew it was a good one.

Actually, we are pretty proud of all our songs 😉 It takes a long time as an independent band to raise money and record music.

Recording with Luuk Cox in Malta and Belgium was an amazing time in our career.

 

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

Website: http://www.belleroscoe.com

Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/info-234-1/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/belleroscoemusic

Twitter: https://twitter.com/belleroscoe

Instagram: http://instagram.com/belle_roscoe

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/belleroscoevideos

Playing Mars

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

Angélique – When I was 2 years old, my parents noticed that I was working out on the piano tunes that I’d heard on TV. So I started music lessons very young.  I went on to study cello and opera singing at Music College in London. I’ve never had to think about it really. Music is just what I do!

 

Jeff – My father was a violinist, so music was always there. I got into music when I was 10 when my uncle gave me his record collection. I had to take the time to listen to few hundred LPs and find out who’s who; one second it was Pink Floyd and the next Cocteau Twins.

 

 

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

Angélique – I recently had to sit and think about where my slightly dark taste in alternative music came from and I can pinpoint it to the day dad played me his record collection. A similar story to Jeff! I remember him playing stuff like Pink Floyd and The Kills and I kept telling him it wasn’t heavy enough. So he put on Iron Butterfly ‘In the Gadda da Vida’, the 17-minute version, and I was mesmerised. After that I’d get CDs for Christmas…he introduced me to Goldfrapp, whose music has definitely influenced me, also Tori Amos, whose orchestrations I find beautiful. My brother went through a metal phase as a teenager, so mum used to wake us up for school with Slipknot and Cradle of Filth at full blast. I would protest, but secretly liked it.

So even though playing wise I have a classical background, my open-minded musical diet subconsciously stayed with me.

 

Jeff – I grew up listening to anything from classical music like Satie to The Beatles, Hendrix and lots of 60s energy through Eno, Craftwork, Iggy, Joy Division, Bauhaus, Nick Cave, PJ Harvey, Fischer Spooner, The Kills, Chase and status…

 

In many ways it all does have an impact; taste, sounds and wanting to be part of music we believe in.

 

 

3 – How long have you been playing/writing?

Together we have been writing for four years. We spent a year getting to know each other personally and musically before pressing record: understanding each other’s tastes in music, experimenting with sounds and styles, improvising. Time and energy well spent.

Individually we’ve been writing since our early teens.

 

 

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

Playing Mars has been working hard with a great team to establish a solid foundation for the duo. We’ll be looking to go live pretty soon. Once people have had a chance to hear our music and experience our artistic collaborations, we’ll be able to set up some pretty special events.

 

 

5 – What has been your favourite moment in music?

Our favourite moment together would definitely be the night ‘Burning Desire’ was written. It was Angelique’s birthday and to celebrate we cracked open a bottle of wine in the studio, pressed record and improvised the track in its entirety. There was a very unique vibe that night. So now it’s a Playing Mars tradition to write a song on Angelique’s birthday.

 

Individually we’ve had some pretty memorable moments too…

Jeff – performing live on KCRW in Los Angeles.

 

Angélique – premiering Frank Zappa’s rock opera ‘200 Motels’ at the Royal Festival Hall with Southbank Sinfonia and members of The Mothers of Invention was pretty wild. The premiere was originally meant to have been at the Albert Hall in 1971 but was pulled on grounds of obscenity. Some of the audience members had waited 32 years for that performance!

 

 

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

Our website www.playingmars.com for music bites, artwork and a series of interview videos. It’ll give you a good idea of who we are, our music and the work we do with artists and filmmakers. Also we’re pretty active on Facebook, Twitter and SoundCloud.

Modern Family Unit

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

My parents set the trap when I was very young. They were stone groove daddio’s and instead of sitting watching TV of an evening, they would play records… a lot. So, from being born, I was listening to a huge variety of music and frequently fell asleep hearing The Shadows, Pink Floyd, The Who, Tomita, Tchaikovsky, Jarre, the list is endless.

 

 

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

We honestly don’t really know how many of the artists we listened to impacted on the way we work? From the plethora of acts heard right from birth, until we made our own choices ( Enter Gary Numan, Kraftwerk, Joy Division) , we have had a wide range of tastes and suspect they all have crept into the music somewhere. We suspect the biggest single influence is more to do with an artist being a person as much as a band. The ways people like the Beatles, Kraftwerk or Joy Division worked told us that anything is possible.  We’ve never been remotely scared of technology and its’ uses in music and some of the music magazines that  We both read as a youths, actively encouraged building instruments and processors etc. Building my (Steve’s) first studio in my bedroom was so unbelievably exciting it was like being Doctor Frankenstein! I know my parents thought my early music was monstrous….

 

3 – How long have you been playing/writing?

We have had the urge to write from being very young. Tinkering on the Hammond organ in the front room and driving my dad nuts because I wouldn’t simply learn a song from the tuition books!

 

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

We have a very clear PR programme and the key drivers are to establish a platform whereby ‘playing live’ is a joy as opposed to a pain. Hence some exposure, a M&D deal and a TV sync deal will ensure that (pretty soon) we will have a live programme in place.

 

5 – What has been your favourite moment in music?

Some moments really stand out, we struggle to choose from;  first hearing Are Friends Electric on the radio, first time I heard OMD’s Architecture and Morality and walking out of a record shop (with a double gatefold album of Oxygene/Equinoxe, finding a first pressing of Autobahn ( with the blue cover) in a second hand shop, the joy at stumbling on a new riff or melody. Hopefully the great moments are waiting to be compiled!

 

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

www.modernfamilyunit.co.uk

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCVmVbPi1kgqWMoUBLP3VNKg

Roberta Howett

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

I’ve always loved singing, since I was really young, and always wanted to perform.  I learned to sing and play piano at school, when I was 5 or 6 years old – that’s when I started.  I used to sing in competitions growing up but never ever thought of it as a potential career.  When I went to college, I set up a band with 2 of my best friends and we recorded some demos and were signed to a management company.  Then an opportunity came to audition for X Factor, and I got through to the live shows.  That was when I thought ‘ok maybe this could work!’

Growing up, I was a huge fan of Michael Jackson and loved how he expressed himself in each song.  So many amazing female vocalists too who inspired me – Annie Lennox, Minnie Ripperton and Karen Carpenter.  I’m from a family of 12 so it helped that there were different types of music playing at all times!

 

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

I grew up listening to Michael Jackson – I was obsessed with him!  His rhythm, lyrics and delivery were always perfect!  It’s a different style to what I write but I take inspiration from his commitment and delivery, and try to really tell the story behind a song whenever I sing.

 

3 – How long have you been playing/writing?

I started learning to sing and play piano when I was 5 or 6, in school.  I started writing lyrics when I was about 18, and then melodies came after.

 

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

I‘ll do a small tour later in the year, but I haven’t confirmed dates just yet.  Im focussing on recording and writing at the moment.  For any updates you can find me on twitter @robertahowett, Instagram @bertyhowett and on my website, www.robertahowett.com

 

5 – What has been your favourite moment in music?

I have played with some fantastic musicians over the years at some great festivals.  My favourite moment was probably playing at Glastonbury Festival (Acoustic tent), or at Oxegen Festival in Ireland.  My dressing room was next to Dave Grohls at Oxegen Festival – doesn’t get better!!

 

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

You can hear more about me on www.robertahowett.com, and more tracks on Soundcloud, https://soundcloud.com/roberta-howett.  You can follow me on twitter @robertahowett, and also on Instagram @bertyhowett.

Ben Williams

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

 I can remember finding some Beatles L.Ps in my parents’ cupboard when I was about 6. I quickly became obsessed. Since then I’ve never looked back. A career in music wasn’t a conscious choice, just something that seemed inevitable, as music is always on my mind.

 

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

I listened to all sorts growing up. I started off with The Beatles and kind of worked from there, Led Zeppelin, Queen, Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan, Stevie Wonder, Paul Simon. All the obvious candidates and plenty more. I guess I’ve absorbed a lot of styles over the years, and this is apparent on my debut album ‘Who Do You Think You Are?’

 

3 – How long have you been playing/writing?

I’ve been playing the guitar since I was about 13. I’ve always written, but I guess the process has intensified over the last few years as I’ve been working towards my album. I must have written about 60 songs over the past few years and chosen the best few for the album. I’ve written plenty of terrible songs too.

 

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

I like to play live as often as possible. Plenty of gigs coming up in Manchester, London Liverpool etc. You can find details on the ‘Live’ section of my website: http://www.benpwilliams.com/

 

5 – What has been your favourite moment in music?

That’s a hard question. The good thing about being a musician is it’s so varied, every day is different and there are so many great moments to chose from. I did have a particularly good time at SXSW festival in Texas. Bright sunshine, amazing music absolutely everywhere. And a healthy amount of free beer.

 

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

If you go to my website, http://www.benpwilliams.com/ you can find links to all social media. Twitter is https://twitter.com/benpwilliams, Facebook https://www.facebook.com/BenPWilliamsGuitar. This is my most recent music video:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vBMxuO7Ka3I  . And if you such for ‘Who Do You Think You Are?’ by Ben P Williams you’ll be able to find my album on iTunes , amazon spotify etc.

No Mad Karma

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

SYE: I was born into the Music /Entertainment industry my Father was Frankie Vaughan  at  end of the 80s I cut some tracks with Preston for  my Band “The Bird Tribe” – We still working togerther in No Mad Karma!

AIDOS:  I think my first inspiration was my father, who was a famous Kazakh composer Mansur Sagatov – well known for his symphonic stuff mostly. Being a kid I just admired the music he was listening to, the way he scrupulously wrote those tiny note symbols in a score.

PRESTON: My school Band Sanctuary got signed to Polydor Records – Phil Collins was a member for a while (thats where he started the  2 Drummer thing). We recorded our Album in Rockfield Studios Wales – Amazingly Same place I Produced the No Mad Karma Album – ROCKFIELD – It’s Still Rocking! The Kinks “All Day and All Of The Night” actually really inspired me in School to get some Drums and kicked it all off!

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

SYE: Donny Hathaway, Sly Stone.plus Otis Redding/Hendrix/Ian Dury/Billie Holiday/Andre Crouch/Isley brothers/ Ohio Players/Joni Mitchell/James Brown,Tower of Power ,War ,George Clinton,Herbie Hancock ,George Duke,Miles Davis,Leon Russell,Carlos Santana,Bob Marley,,..all of these artistes influenced and inspired my style

AIDOS: Luckily I was born in a music-theater family so I grew up soaking in three types of music: classics, pop-rock and Kazakh folk. So in classics Stravinsky, Bartok, Shostakovich compositions obsessed me, in rock The Beatles, and yes! I’m an absolute Led Zeppelin maniac ))) , in folk its Kurmangazy. (famous XIX century folk composer who wrote fantastic pieces for Kazakh main instrument Dombyra. Of course all that music and all my listening experience is the basement for my own creative laboratory – it’s always exiting to realize you’ve created something that was never done before.

PRESTON: Telstar by The Tornadoes was the first thing I remember hearing and it sounded like it came from Outer Space – Even now the Joe Meek production is incredible (I later found out that he engineered some of Sye’s Dad’s hits!)! Plus a lot of names on Sye’s list – Otis Redding, Joni Mitchell, The Beatles, The Kinks, Santana, Frank Zappa, George Duke, Steely Dan, Jimi Hendrix, David Bowie  –  actually the list is toooo long and They all inpact on everything I do today. Music Is The Key to Life!

3 – How long have you been playing/writing?

SYE:  playing and performing all of my life ( since I was a child travelling in the shows with my father and family) and writing and poetry since school

Aidos: I’ve been playing and singing for more then 20 years now as a lead singer and composer of Kazakh band URKER, and 3 years as composer and keyboardist for No Mad Karma. Earlier I was mostly known as a classical pianist and composer.

PRESTON: I have been playing since I was 14. Started writing while I was working in the studio with Kate Bush – She was quite an influence in showing me that anything is possible in Music, there are no rules and to believe in what you are doing!

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

NO MAD KARMA: – CURRENTLY PLANNING DATES – WATCH THIS SPACE!

5 – What has been your favourite moment in music?

SYE: Writing the english lyrics to the Original Kazakhstani top line,which AIDOS originally sang in Kazakh and I had the task of coming up with the English lyrics ,.around the shape of his melody ,.and then later being asked to take over as lead vocalist with No Mad !!!

And of course the Recording of this crazy fusion album with Preston, AIDOS,Jaellee ,Phil and the rest of the crew.,!!!!!

ADIOS: The moment you realize that you’ve created something which other people may love

PRESTON: Being The Drummer on Kate Bush’s Tour Of Life especially our week of dates at Hammersmith Apollo and Playing onstage with Paul McCartney at Theatre Royal Drury Lane!

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

NO MAD KARMA ALL 🙂 CHEK US ON:

                              https://soundcloud.com/no-mad-karma

                              https://www.facebook.com/pages/No-Mad-Karma/565233666940087

                              https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mhf1C1k0iIc

                              https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC_cHmUk9YG4Kz-SmbvO3ntA/feed?activity_view=3

Lola Lamour

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

I been singing for about 10 years now. My husband, Kevin has always played in Bands so I have always been in a musical environment. It was Kevin who encouraged me to start singing and he has been so supportive in my career

 

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

I have listened to all sorts of music from the 20’s onwards since i was a little girl. I used to love singing along to Doris Day, Ella Fitzgerald and Peggy Lee as I was growing up. I always loved old movies and glamour. I have always dressed in Vintage clothes and loved old music. This has a massive impact on me now. I anything retro with a bit of old fashioned glamour thrown in!

 

3 – How long have you been playing/writing?

I have been working for 9 years as a professional singer. I started as a solo act and then I started working with 2 Bands. It was only last year that I acme interested in writing original material. You never know what you can do until you try!!

 

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

I am lucky to have a lot of work and it’s always different. All my show dates are on my website www.lolalamour.net

 

5 – What has been your favourite moment in music?

That’s a tough question. There are so many highs that you experience as a singer. You can sing to 5 people or 5000 people and always draw something different from it. Music is an amazing thing and can reach so many people in so many ways. I always enjoy speaking to the audience after a show. If you make people happy, you always come home smiling. That is my favourite thing in this business

 

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

On Facebook and also at www.lolalamour.net and youtube