Interview Session – Jupiter in Velvet

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

            I started playing the drums when I was 9 years old, joined my first band when I was 10 and played my first gig at 11.  I feel music so intensely, so intimately, it is who I am more than anything else in this world.  It has always been that way since I can remember.  I hear it in my head almost all the time, all different kinds, I have no idea where it is coming from.

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

            I have had a mad love affair with music since I was 5 when I started becoming aware of all the different music being played by my 3 older sisters and my dad.  There was jazz, the Beatles & Stones, Led Zepplin, David Bowie, Jethro Tull, The Monkeys, The Ramones, The Pretenders, Duran Duran, U2 and so much more!  As I walked through my house I would hear so many different bands and styles, and I think that it all got a bit mixed together and imprinted on my brain.  I seem to have a unique ability to assimilate and blend different musical forms and styles into something that often strikes listeners as both new and old in the same breath.  I really think that this is the result of listening to so much different music at the same time though out my childhood.

3 – How long have you been playing/writing?

            I have been playing music for 30 years and writing songs now for about 25 years.  I started drums at 9 and played drums in various bands up until 15 when I started teaching myself guitar, singing and piano.  I started writing songs at this point as well.  It seemed that so often when I would try to learn someone else’s song by listening to them I would get it wrong, so I decided it would just be easier to write my own songs.  That way there was no right or wrong.  And actually it seemed very natural for me to write songs, as if I had done it before.

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

            I haven’t played live in a couple of years.  I decided to take a different route with Jupiter In Velvet.  That is, to create a fan base, build radio airplay and, develop a reasonable amount of media recognition and credibility before touring.  I have done so by putting out music, promoting it like a maniac and building online relationships with fans, radio and media.  Fortunately, the eventuality of touring is now on the forefront of my plan.  I am currently auditioning musicians and plan to be on the road later this fall and right after the 1st of the year.

5 – What has been your favorite moment in music?

I can’t say whether I’ve had a single favorite moment in music.  However, there have been some very touching moments when at certain times in my varied career, I have had someone either come up to me after a show, or tell me via social media, how much a song of mine meant to them.  It has been moments like those that makes all the thousands and thousands of hours I have given to music seem so meaningful, to know that one of my songs made someone happy or helped them a little bit in their life.

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

            My website!               http://www.jupiterinvelvet.com

Twitter!                       http://www.twitter.com/jupiterisvelvet

Facebook!                 http://www.facebook.com/jupiterinvelvet

Reverbnation!           http://www.reverbnation.com/jupiterinvelvet

Soundcloud!             http://www.soundcloud.com/jupiterinvelvet

Tumblr!                       http://jupiterinvelvet.tumblr.com

ITUNES!                     http://ow.ly/RdJJ9

Tall Poppies – Interview

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

I can recall mum putting on her Elton John albums (the good ones) and jumping around the living room in a state of ecstasy as a toddler.

Cath and I later were given an organ by our grandmother, a high tech one at the time that allowed for beats, arpegiator and top line so the song writing started in primary school.

We have been inspired by many a theatrical artist with a story to tell; David Bowie, Kate Bush, Divine Comedy, Camera Obscura to name a few. In Perth we very much into the indie scene there, going to see all the underground bands . The UK seemed like a far away magical hub of musical activity.

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

We listened to a range of good music, with our uncle in London providing some education as a professional DJ. Although it might sound a bit cliched – when I first discovered mum’s Beatles records I was blown away by the melody,  arrangements and lyrical content. We try to make our songs pleasant to listen to with interesting stories too.

3 – How long have you been playing/writing?

Since we were kids. We used to put on shows for the neighbours. Then we found some new neighbours.

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

We play several times a month.

Upcoming gigs include the showcases for our new EP ‘High Time’

8th September 2015 – The Troubadour – London — https://troubadour.co.uk/

13th September 2015 – Wanstead Park Festival at the lovely Wanstead Park, London

30th September 2015 – The Troubadour- London

5 – What has been your favourite moment in music?

Blur’s final gig ever in Hyde Park was a highlight because we weren’t able to catch them live the first time round. But then they kept coming back, hah!

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

Head to www.thetallpoppies.com and explore all the pages and links.

Be sure to sign up to the newsletter on the website to collect your free tune!

Thanks for interviewing us.

aatallpoppies

Interview Session – Warme

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

We just used to watch ‘The Kids Are Alright’ religiously along with ‘How The West Was One’ and this Paul Weller live DVD in this loft. They were huge influences for us.

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

Just great British rock n roll like The Kinks, The Rolling Stones, The Who and Led Zeppelin as well as 90s bands like Oasis and The Stone Roses and The Happy Mondays.

3.How long have you been playing/writing?

For about 10 years.

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

We are currently in the process of booking some live shows for towards the end of the year.

5.What has been your favourite moment in music?

We played some awesome European festivals a few years back and had a blast. There were thousands of people there!

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

You can find us via the links below:

www.warmemusic.com

https://www.facebook.com/WarmeUKOfficial

https://twitter.com/warmeukofficial

http://www.youtube.com/user/warmeukofficial

https://soundcloud.com/warmeukofficial

Interview session – Proud Honey

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

Some of the band quite early, teens etc. Others a bit later. A good mix though of different talents and experiences. Anything good inspires us from musicians, film makers, sports folk, artists and writers. Our primary music tastes are varied but we all  appreciate British guitar music through the ages from 50’s to present.

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

Again, as a band we all have different influences but if we hit on one genre we all agree on is British guitar stuff, say 80’s and 90’s. Bands such as the Stone Roses, Ride, The Verve, Joy Division and Kasabian spring to mind.

We strive to make our music with the passion and sincerity as those guys did/ do.

3.How long have you been playing/writing?

Some from teenage years, others later on. Most of the band have written from the start though and all very interested in making original music.

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

We are in the midst of recording an album just now so live dates are not huge on the ground but here they are:

9th October HAC Irvine

12th October STV Riverside Show

17th October Stereo Glasgow

28th November Record Factory Glasgow (Hurricane #1 support)

5.What has been your favourite moment in music?

If you mean us then selling out various shows within our home city, Glasgow. Always a pleasure to play there to a good crowd. We hope we can start doing that elsewhere soon.

If you mean others then nothing beats seeing a band you’ve never heard of before ripping out a fantastic gig right in front of you. It’s why we do this, we are still fans at the end of it all.

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

Usual suspects:

www.proudhoney.com

Also on YouTube, Soundcloud and Facebook/ twitter etc.

Interview – Aks and Shabz

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

As a passion for music from an early age we decided to make our mark in music from 2012 as a hobby which turned into a career.

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

We grew up listening to Jay z, Dr dre, snoop dogg. Tupac and b.i.g notorious. And many more….

3 – How long have you been playing/writing?

We have been playing/writing since 2012.

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

We have performed live in various Mela’s. And the Limelight film event based in Shoreditch. We have also performed in Amsterdam and Dubai.

5 – What has been your favourite moment in music?

Our favourite moment in music is or was the revelation of Hip Hop and being it commercialised and part of our pop culture.

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

You can find us on Twitter @AksShabz, Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/aksandshabz

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