INTERVIEW WITH RIGHTEOUS REPROBATES

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

– So long ago! – I can’t remember a time when I wasn’t quite obsessively into music! Music itself, and all the best people who make it, or even just enjoy it and enthuse about it, were and are very inspiring to me….

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

– All my family, and most of my friends for that matter, are big music fans. My Dad’s really into the old Blues guys, as well as stuff like The Who and Nick Cave. My Mum has rather ‘poppier’ tastes – Blur, Beatles, even things like Maroon5 and so on. My brother (James) is more ‘garage rock’ inclined – The Stooges, MC5, Black Sabbath too. It all feeds in – good songwriting and good music is important and valuable wherever you find it! For myself, growing up, it was stuff like Nirvana, Alice In Chains, Rage Against the Machine… and then particularly Oasis, I suppose. But loads of stuff has fed in – Townes Van Zandt, Eminem, Martin Carthy… even Rogers and Hammerstein. Lana Del Reys a favourite of mine at the moment. I really want to be making good popular Rock Music – with plenty of Hooks and Tunes – cos I don’t think I’ve been hearing enough of it, not since the likes of Arctic Monkeys and Kasabian, and I reckon there is a bit of a craving for this kind of thing out there – and it’s what I like to do, and Righteous Reprobates can do pretty well, I reckon!

3 – How long have you been playing/writing?

– Again, this would be from childhood, really… And it’s all been building up to this, what Righteous Reprobates are still at the fairly early stages of doing now! – in terms of being public and professional about it: the debut album should be coming out quite early in 2016, and I’m very happy with it (particularly since Mastering at Abbey Road Studios), and excited about it all and looking forward to getting on with everything – as well and as fast as possible!

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

– I’d love to be out and gigging quite a lot, but this is something we’re still in the process of sorting out, just at the moment… Hopefully there will be some gigs in London and in Kent (particularly the Maidstone area, probably), in the fairly near future. You can watch us playing live in Perry Vale Studios on YouTube – and we’re definitely ready and raring to go! And if anyone reading this can offer us any tempting slots, then please do!

5 – What has been your favourite moment in music?

– Probably leaving Abbey Road Studios with the completed Mastering of the Album, in terms of Righteous Reprobates and our music: that and the excitement of hearing it all coming together so well when rehearsing the songs with the other guys in the Band – the confirmation that I really have now found just the right people to be working with, and all the great stuff that they ‘bring to the party’, as it were.

– As a ‘punter’ and obsessive music fan… there are so many! Hearing things like “Smells Like Teen Spirit” or “Live Forever” for the first time, or discovering Townes Van Zandt. Royal Blood at The Electric Ballroom last year was a pretty damn good show… but, like I say, there are so many.

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

– Our first single ‘My Psychosis’ should be available from all the usual obvious places, from Dec 7th, and you can watch us performing it on YouTube. There’s our home base RighteousReprobates.com and the Facebook page but our presence around the Internet generally seems to be developing nicely at the moment… Actually, just the other day AnnieJ played the single on her show on EGH Radio – and I was pleased to hear her say she thought it was “absolutely brilliant”! Cheers, Annie!

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Interview with Thula Borah

 

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

It may sound clichéd and you may have heard this story a million times, but I first got into music when I heard Nirvana in the 90s. They just completely changed my life. Like so many kids, Kurt Cobain became my idol and inspired me to learn to play guitar and start a band. There was something about Nirvana that made it clear that anyone could play music, you just had to pick up an instrument and do it.

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

I didn’t grow up in a particularly musical household. I would say I grew up listening to the radio and chart music mainly. It has given me a love of some cheesy 80s music but I would struggle to translate that into any lasting influence on what we do now. Possibly a love of melodrama and big choruses could be attributed to that.

3 – How long have you been playing/writing?

Since 1994 when I heard Nirvana’s Unplugged In New York. When I heard that I found an old acoustic guitar my cousin had gave me and just immediately started writing my own songs despite the fact it didn’t have all of its strings and was out of tune. I’d like to think I have improved since then.

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

We average about a gig a month but we’ll be doing more than that in October and into November as we are on tour.

Our upcoming dates are:

22nd of October – PJ Molloys, Dunfermline

23rd of October – The Green Room, Perth https://www.facebook.com/events/917433934969149/

24th of October – Wee Red Bar, Edinburgh https://www.facebook.com/events/876419742434820/

6th of November – The Windsor, Kirkcaldy

5 – What has been your favourite moment in music?

That’s a tough one as we have had quite a few. But I think I’d have to say our gig at Nice N Sleazylast year to finish off 2014. We played to a packed room full of vocal support and it was quite overwhelming. It was like a window into what successful bands must feel every night. I want more of that.

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

The best place to follow what we are up to is our Facebook page. Out music can be found in all the usual place like iTunes, Amazon, Bandcamp etc.

Interview with Elena Roxy Rose

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

Very young. I could play 5 instruments by the time I was 10. I started writing my own songs around this age. My first performance of an original song was to the top deck of a` 221 in Finchley. It was a pop song called ‘I want you’. I was playing my child sized acoustic guitar, singing and my girlfriends were on backing vocals. We were 13 at the time.

Who inspired me? It’s hard to say as I don’t listen to music. At least not in the conventional sense. There’s no music on my phone. I have never downloaded anything. I can count the number of CDs I bought as a teenager on one hand. But I played saxophone in big band orchestras for years on end. I’ve spent hours upon hours of my life fine tuning my vocal skills simply for the sheer joy it brings me. Everyone I’ve lived with or been in a relationship with has played music of all kinds continuously. Music is everywhere and it seems to live in me. But it does so as music, not words and labels. I write entire compositions in my head; a rare talent shared by the likes of Mozart. I could read music from a young age that would translate to impressive recitals but my teachers were surprised I couldn’t tell them the names of notes or know the name of which key I was playing in! If I had to name names, David Bowie, Amy Winehouse, Pearl Jam all spring to mind but I wouldn’t say these are my greatest inspirations. I know hundreds of musicals by heart too and I’m sure this has had some impact. But, overall I’d say my greatest inspirations have been emotions, life itself and every amateur or professional DJ or performer I’ve had the pleasure of sharing ears with.

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

As explained above, I couldn’t say. My unconventionality in regards to the fact I don’t really listen to music has a profound impact on what I create now. I have never been tied down to only MY genre of music that I’m into. I love music. Every kind. This has allowed for me to create a fresh and unique genre all of my own. It is a reflection of me. Not a reflection of a style I’ve been into.

3 – How long have you been playing/writing?

 

As long as I can remember. My whole life basically.

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

I’ve been shortlisted to support an X-factor person for a Christmas light switch on in the midlands this year. I’ll keep my sites posted if I get it. I’ve performed the gig scenes of London in the past but this last year i was more focused on recording the album. I also had to take 6 months out recently as I was in residential treatment in Canada for an eating disorder that had me suicidal. I’m well now though. They managed to help screw my head back on.

5 – What has been your favourite moment in music?

I don’t really differentiate between music and life. Music IS life that’s why our hearts have a beat! My favourite moment in life was the realisation that who I am is not what my food is doing. My worthiness doesn’t dip and wane with a number on the scale. My loveliness, my beauty doesn’t correlate with an image in the mirror. Who I am is life. I am music. I am Love. Just like you.

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

Tinder lately. Lol

No. I keep my Facebook and Twitter pretty up to date. My music is on Soundcloud and there’s even more of it on ReverbNation. Here’s my links…

https://www.facebook.com/Elena-Roxy-Rose-284515024946367/

https://twitter.com/elenaroxyrose

https://soundcloud.com/elenaroxyrose

https://www.reverbnation.com/elenaroxyrose

Interview with Kuerty Uyop

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

J: I started in music when I was 15 as DJ. From Mozart to James Brown thru The Cure and Depeche Mode with a sprinkling of Dr. Dre and Dogg Pound.

F: My cocktail is: 70% of Prince, and the rest is made of Hip Hop, Duran Duran and Rock ballads

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

 J: I grew up listening  rock, blues, Hip Hop, classical and gothic rock! This music has also influenced a lot my way of making music.

F: 

3 – How long have you been playing/writing?

J: At 12 years old I studied piano then when I was 15 I become DJ. I wrote my first song when I was 18

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

J: I play as DJ weekly, but always in different situations in the term of “sound”. I can easily switch between EDM, House or Techno, without problems about music selection.

F: This is an horrible question. Jurij hates me cause i dont want to play live no more, i only do that when we got two bookings in the same day. But…i dont know, now i feel so. Maybe tomorrow will be different.

(to Jurij) Dont look at me that way!

5 – What has been your favorite moment in music?

J: The best moment in music is always when your friends call you and tell you “I heard your song on radio”

F: The best moment is when we have a song on airplay and no one can recognize me goin’ around cause 

i’m at home!!! I hate that, i’m shy! Another nice moment is when someone stop me askin me “Sorry but are you…” and i stop him quickly sayin’ “no, i’m not”. Oh god, i love that moment!

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

J: On facebook and youtube check our video! 

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

https://www.facebook.com/kuerty.uyop

Interview with Elle Bee

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

When I was a child. My sister encouraged me. I was badly bullied at school and had no confidence but my amazing big sis supported me so much to believe that I could do it – so I did!

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

Madonna. She was such a big influence on me growing up. Her songs energised me and her ‘feel the fear and do it anyway’ attitude really encouraged me to start performing, despite how terrified I was! Her songs have inspired my songwriting, hence writing a dance / pop album.

3 – How long have you been playing/writing?

Writing for 9 years but I’ve been singing and performing all my life.

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

Every weekend. I’m performing at Sixways (rugby) Stadium in Worcester on 28th Nov, 4th Dec, 12th Dec & 18th Dec. 28th Nov has sold out but there are a few tickets left for the others.

5 – What has been your favourite moment in music?

Watching TV show 90210 one night and hearing a song called Ride being played in a scene with my vocals on! I was flown out to California by U.S. Rock band Kiss the Girl to record vocals on their new album and I had no idea that Ride had been sync’d on 90210: one of my favourite shows!

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

http://www.ellebeemusic.co.uk

https://m.soundcloud.com/ellebeemusic

https://www.reverbnation.com/ElleBeeMusic

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