Interview – Mr Shay and Echo Factory

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

I wrote and performed my first rap at the age of 8. The performance was part of a school talent show and although I didn’t win, 2nd place was enough to keep me motivated to carry on rhyming. Whilst growing up, I was exposed to a wide range of music including, Reggae, Hip Hop, R&B, Soul, Break-beat, Pop, Grime, Garage, Bollywood and Bhangra.

 

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

My biggest influences in terms of my musical direction were artist such as Dizzee Rascal, Wiley, So Solid Crew, More Fire Crew and the whole UK Grime scene. This resulted in me creating my first MC name, MC Sparkz, (because back then, every rapper had to have adangerously dark name such as Reaper or Apocalypse). I would often find myself jumping into rap battles and cyphers in the school playground and slowly built a small local name for myself as a grime MC.

I used to listen to artists such as Eminem, Omarion, Bob Marley, Mr Hudson and the Library, Usher and of course the great, Michael Jackson.

3 – How long have you been playing/writing?

I had always been into performing arts throughout my education and naturally took my music down a live performance route, performing live beat boxing and music at gigs, in bars and local festivals. Since then I built up my own business called ‘The Underground Creatives’ where I specialised in delivering urban music workshops for young people in schools, youth clubs and community centres, with the aim of encouraging young people to explore their creativity through music.

 

I randomly came across Echo Factory whilst walking home from a studio session in town. I then arranged to meet Ajay (the CEO) and informed him about my business work. He was intrigued by work and immediately connected with a fellow creative business man. Ajay then offered me some work delivering workshops for his company. Gradually I worked my way into the company as part of the permanent team.

 

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

I regularly perform at local events around the East Midlands, from festivals to gigs to theatre shows. One particular night which I regularly perform at is House Of Verse, which is an amazing night filled with artists of all disciplines including, Poets, Rappers, Comedians, Beat-boxers and Spoken Word artists.

5 – What has been your favourite moment in music?

My biggest moment in my career so far involved a music campaign which I organised and directed. The message of the campaign was to inspire young people and to deter them from taking part in gang related violence in Leicester. The campaign was based on a music video, which I filmed and also rapped in. The video showed young members of the public appearing as cameos to represent positivity in the community. As a result of the campaign I managed to achieve a nomination from Lord Lieutenants Young Artist of the Year, received a performing arts award from the AAA for Success Foundation and appeared on ITV News East Midlands and BBC Radio Leicester to share my story. This may appear as a small success for some, but for me it was proof that people believed in the work that I was doing.

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

http://www.echofactory.co.uk/

Interview With Goldbringer!

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

I’ve been listening to music since I had ears! The first song I learnt the words too outside of a nursery rhyme was Bob Marley’s “Redemption Song”, I think I was about 6 years old! I am a naturally gifted singer and have been actively fronting bands since I was 16. My first proper band “Bookhouse” recorded and produced our own mini album in 2007. I am mostly influenced by my own thoughts and ideas or conversations I have with other people. This creates a narrative in my head and the words and music follow naturally. There is no direct musical influence on goldbringer but there are a series of bands and artists that inspired me to become a musician when I was young:

Black Sabbath, Faith No More, Buddy Holly, Pigeonhed

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

I grew up listening to Bob Marley, Pink Floyd, The Who, Black Sabbath, Buddy Holly, Neil Young and all those great 70’s artists! This definitely has an impact on my writing now and I actually prefer the simpler, earthy sound of 70’s production and songwriting.

3 – How long have you been playing/writing?

I’ve been singing professionally and writing songs since I was 17.

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

As often as possible! I have several bands and try to keep things as busy as possible. I’m looking for new members to join goldbringer in order to continue playing gigs in support of the album. This unfortunately means that there are no upcoming gigs for goldbringer at present. Watch this space!!

5 – What has been your favourite moment in music?

There have been several! Completing the goldbringer album was massive achievement. Winning the all Wales Battle Of The Bands with Prolific Noise in 2004 was fantastic. Touring Europe with Losing Sun was also something I’d wanted to do for a long time.

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

Vist www.goldbringer.com – this acts as a central hub to all our online content including itunes, google play music, spotify, facebook, bandcamp, soundcloud, twitter, reverbnation, wordpress etc etc. The album is available across all the digital services now and physical copies of the very attractive 6 Panel CD Digipak can be ordered from our online store at goldbringer.com

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