Bassman75 Interview

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

Since my brother is musician, I used to listen to his songs playing in the radio back in my native Angola. But I only got initial to do music when we moved to the US in the 90’s. My brother “Bony” inspire me.

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

I grew up listen to Bob Marley, Michael Jackson, Boyz II Men, Kool G Rap, Afrika Bambaataa, Sugarhill Gang, LL Cool J some Angolan musicians such as Paulo Flores, Eduardo Pain, My Brother “Bony” and many more. If you listen to my lead single “Jamaican Grind” scheduled to be release October 20th, 2015 you will see the impact these musicians have on my work.

3 – How long have you been playing/writing?

Professionally, 8 years now. It’s been 8 beautiful years. I’m humbled and I love every second I take of my time to create an art form that many seems to like and appreciate it.

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

At moment, I usually play twice to four time a month. Next gig September 12th, 2015 at Maladiere, Neuchâtel – Switzerland.

5 – What has been your favourite moment in music?

My African tour couple years ago. I got a chance to visit my country and all those good memories growing up as little kid popped out.

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

http://www.bassman75.com/

https://www.youtube.com/user/bassmanlucky

https://www.facebook.com/bassman75grindmusic

https://twitter.com/bassman754

https://instagram.com/bassman75music/

The Sonic Revolvers – Interview

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

Me personally, I got in to music at around age 10. My dad used to have Oasis, Beatles, The Jam playing most weekends. I used to sing along to him playing guitar. So I would say my musical inspiration was from my dad, but I guess the Beatles and Oasis were the guys who grabbed me.

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

I grew up with a really weird musical taste, once I found Oasis and the Beatles I started branching out to all sorts like Jimi Hendrix and Queen all the way through to Ibiza classics and Cream anthems. Very different I know but o am personally a lover of music not genre specific, where as the other lads in the band they all have certain Genres they listen too. This does impact my performance – I want to be bigger than Freddie Mercury. I’m already better 🙂

3 – How long have you been playing/writing?

As a band we have been together for 5 years (it’s our 5the birthday this month) fucking hell 5 years…. That’s a long fucking graft. 5 years of arguments and doing more miles than phileas fogg. But I’ve been musically connected in bands for about 8/9 years but Richey has been doing music since he was a sperm.

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

We play regular up and down the UK, we’re not ones to say no to a gig and if it’s feasible we will do it. Playing is something we love and we can show our personality live.

We have a host of upcoming shows Glasgow, Stoke, Liverpool. See the poster attached

5 – What has been your favourite moment in music?

Probably supporting massive  bands like catfish and the bottlemen/Hero fisher/ the Hoosiers and Matt Cardle. Playing local festivals has been great as well, but we are  playing 02 Academy Liverpool 12th September that’s going to be huge.

Also it was really funny when Anto our bass player drank my piss from his “iced tea” bottle…. Ammonia

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

Facebook / Twitter / YouTube / Apple music / I tunes / Spotify www.thesonicrevolvers.co.uk

Thanks a lot guys rock and fucking roll

Darrell (vocals)

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Pop Starlet – Olivia Shafique – Interview

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

I’ve always been massively into music. Not just singing but music in general. I grew up always having music around me as my parents are big music lovers, there was always music playing in the house. I realised I loved to sing when I joined Stage Coach in junior school, I then went on to perform in school plays and local theaters. Realising it was a massive passion and the direction in which I wanted to take my life I started singing lessons in senior school and took my grades. I studied drama for GCSE and A Level and as I still loved it I went on to Italia Conti. That’s when I learnt to write music so I guess I have my parents to thank for my love of music, the genres they listened to were so wide I was inspired by artists such as Mariah Carey, Cece Peniston and Ella Fitzgerald.

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

Growing up I listened to such a wide variety of music. I was really into Whitney Houston as a young girl it was definitely Whitney that gave me my passion for singing. My parents were really into dance music so that has always been around me, I’ve grown up listening to all of the club classics some of my favourite artists being Luther Vandross, Black Box, Jocelyn Brown and Chaka Chan. To this day am a huge fan of more modern house/dance music. Eventually I would love to feature on a big dance track, definitely a dream to have thousands of people raving to one of my songs at a festival! In terms of what I create I think my inspiration comes from listening to RnB and the UK music scene. I’ve always been a big fan of grime music

3 – How long have you been playing/writing?

I took up piano lessons in School along with singing lessons. It wasn’t until I started college at Italia Conti that I gained a passion for song writing. That was when I was 19 and haven’t stopped since.

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

I haven’t been playing live as often as I’d like to recently as I’ve been so busy in the studio and working on music videos ect but hopefully soon I will start performing live again. I have been offered a live acoustic session at the Bixou Lounge in Esher the last Thursday of every month so watch this space, I will be there soon!

5 – What has been your favourite moment in music?

My favourite moment in music so far was probably doing my first music video. It was the first time I had ever done anything like this and it was such a big learning curve. It was just a really exciting day and I love watching the end result after taking endless shots. I’m definitely looking forward to my next one, it’s going to be bigger and better. I can’t wait to do it!

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

You can find me on Facebook for anything music related on my fan page. I also have Instagram and Twitter which will give people a more personal insight into my life as well as all things music. And of course any performances/songs and videos I do will be posted on YouTube. Also check out my website www.oliviashafique.com.

Jazz Artist Neil C. Young – Interview!

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

My family are musical, my dad taught and still composes and conducts, my mum sings, my brother is also a musician (One of the drummers on the new record) who I’ve played with throughout our lives. Along with my family, all the many, many musicians who I’ve worked and played with. I’ve learned something from everyone, sometimes its a big thing but equally as important it can be a small thing.

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

I grew up listening and playing classical music from an early age and then in later in school and college life New Order, Prince, U2, Aerosmith, The Black Crowes and then Jazz hit with Miles Davis Quintet and Keith Jarrett. Then at music college the influence of Latin music became involved with the emergence of Salsa.

3 – How long have you been playing/writing?

Since about the age of 4 i’ve been knocking about on all sorts of instruments.

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

It varies but on average around 4 times a month. Sometimes, as with June and July just gone, it was much more but it all equals out. I play with all kinds of different lineups and settings not just my thing. The next gig I have is a jazz duo gig with my good friend Matt Thompson on piano before then a wedding event at the end of the month.

5 – What has been your favourite moment in music?

Hmmm, well, seeing a picture of some other Neil Young in a paper advertising my gig in Cuba was pretty funny, as he has enough hair (still..) for the both of us it was quite the shock for some of the audience especially when they sheepishly asked for autographs.

Playing under Sir Simon Rattle in Symphony Hall in Birmingham was incredible. The whole week of rehearsing was rammed full of knowledge gems!

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

You can find me at www.neilcyoungtrio.com or on twitter @neilcyoung there is a facebook page neilcyoungtrio. There are various internet radio streaming sites have my music playing as well

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4 Piece ‘The Lightness Of Being’ – Interview

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

There are 4 of us in The Lightness of Being, and while the music which inspires us is similar how we each got there and started playing our instruments couldn’t be more different. For example Sergio (drums) found inspiration from bootleg cassette tapes in communist era Poland while Sam was in various Oxford bands in the wake of Radiohead, while frontman Gabriel dreamed of doing music while serving in the Singaporean armed forces before moving to London to form the band.

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

The list would be long! But in terms of formative influences we’d say Soundgarden, Pearl Jam, Hendrix, Sonic Youth, Prince, Mastodon and The Deftones – but that’s just a few. Definitely if these bands never existed our music would be different – but a few years now we’ve settled into our own sound.

3 – How long have you been playing/writing?

Our frontman Gabriel had a few songs written before he and Sergio found me (Sam) and Chris (bass). Then after 6 months or so of settling into a sound we started writing as a band around 3 years back.

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

Usually we’d play live in London each 4-6 weeks but it goes in waves depending on recording and on how much day jobs are busting our balls.

5 – What has been your favourite moment in music?

Good question – Perhaps 4 of us would give you 4 different replies but I’ll say (Sam) from around 4 mins 20 seconds onwards “Electric Church Red House” from the “Jimi Hendrix :Blues” album – it’s just pure magic. A guitarist-centric answer? Or when Patti Smith opens ‘Horses’ with ‘Jesus died for somebody’s sins but not mine’ (says Gabriel).

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

The new release “Movements” is available on Spotify, iTunes and Amazon – just search for The Lightness of Being”.

Also our 1st EP “Directions” is on the same platforms.

Our can also be found on Soundcloud at

All gigs and releases are announced on Facebook – we’d be very happy if you’d follow us! https://www.facebook.com/TheLightnessOfBeing?ref=aymt_homepage_panel

Interview With Unsigned Interviews – SINFICTION

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1 – When did you first get into music? What or who Inspired you? I was inspired to learn guitar by Guns and Roses, Slash is one of my favourite guitarists. Although the first band I like was The Offspring, actually they were the first band I ever saw live come to think of it.

2 – Who did you grow up listening to, and does that impact on what you create now? It was all rock and pop-punk really. Guns and Roses, Greenday, The Offspring, BRMC and actually a fair bit of Pendulum! I think anything in your past impacts what you play now, but it’s all unconscious so I couldn’t say. The stuff I listen to nowadays is very different so I guess Sinfiction is a mash of the old and the new J

3 – How long have you been playing/writing? I’ve been playing guitar for 13 years, but playing live for around 10. I started on the open mic circuit played some covers and a few of my own tracks. As time went on the covers disappeared as I really like playing my own stuff.

4 – How often do you play live (include details and links for any upcoming gigs)? We play as often a possible but on average once a week. We are launching our new singles at The Harrow in Aylesbury this Saturday, doors open at 7. You can check out all our other gigs here http://www.sinfiction.co.uk/gigs/

5 – What has been your favourite moment in music? – Playing at Thame music in the Park to 3000 people singing along. I also love just going to gigs as a band because you never know what your going to find. It always a surprise, it used to make me nervous but I quite like that now!

6 – Where is the best place to find you online? Facebook.com/sinfiction soundcloud.com/sinfiction – www.sinfiction.co.uk