Interview – Scott Hepple (Moon Rover)

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

I (Scott) was shown a queen concert when I was 6 by my step dad, and since then I have wanted to play guitar, grow long hair and be in a band…

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

I grew up from being about 7 listening to classic rock mostly, then my teens hit and I discovered 90’s music, nirvana first (obviously) then I just discovered all these amazing bands (my bloody valentine, dinosaur jr, pumpkins, Failure, feeder, Hum etc) and it just made me want to make this fuzzy, happy but melancholy music bursting with colours. Of course the sci fi plays a huge part in it but that’s from all the movies I love!!

  • 3 – How long have you been playing/writing?

Since I was about 7/8, I picked up a guitar and tried writing songs before I could even play it properly. By 11/12 I could craft a pretty decent song and realised I could actually do it!

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

We usually play once every 2/3 weeks, that way we create more hype in between gigs and get more people down! But we’d be very open to playing more regularly if it were round the country.
You can find all of our latest gigs on music glue. https://www.musicglue.com/moonroverband/gigs/

  • 5 – What has been your favourite moment in music?

In my old band, I played the main stage of the O2 academy in Newcastle a couple of times in front of over a thousand people, that was amazing.

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

Facebook, bandcamp or twitter! But we’re also on music glue and soundcloud.
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Punk rock trio Counterfeit – Interview

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When did you first get into music and how have your tastes evolved with experience and age?
Roland: My parents bought me a guitar for Christmas when I was 9, and it feels like I picked it up and never put the thing down. I was brought up around music like Led Zeppelin, Thin Lizzy and Dire Straits so once I had a few lessons l was jamming along to all my dads rock and roll CD’s. One thing led to another and I started my first band when I was around 12 I’ve been addicted to writing and performing ever since. I enjoy all styles of music, but I always end up going back to rock, I guess that’s what I grew up around so its where I feel comfortable and I feel I can really be myself in the genre.
Your music video for Come Get Some is visually striking, raw and quite aggressive in a very passionate kind of way. How did you come up with the concept and what was it like to work on?
Roland: The process was one of a few weeks of discussion. We toyed with the idea of a narrative based video but came to the conclusion that in order to showcase this band in the most real way a performance video was the best way for us to go. Jamie has worked with Rankin for a few years and he was our first point of call when i came to choosing directors. When we play a live show we give everything we have and we wanted someone to capture that without it becoming yet another “band playing a song” video. Rankin has this energy about the way he shoots and it was a perfect fit for us as a band. The shoot was wet, dirty, tiring. Exactly what a show is like for us. We are honoured to have the support of Rankin and his whole team.
What’s the biggest difference between Counterfeit and your previous band, The Darling Buds? Is the writing style vastly different? The approach? Lyrical content? Creative process? Energy?
Tristan: I think the biggest difference is the energy and the commitment from all the guys. The Darling Buds felt like it was more of a hobby at times, the approach with Counterfeit has been more focused thanks to our management. The writing style has changed quite dramatically as you can hear from the music we’ve released already. It’s heavier, darker and more authentic which I feel encompasses more common ground with all of the band members. It’s hard, because everyone is different and we all have different interests, but this sound we’ve created really resonates with us as a unit. As for lyrical content, it’s simple, you’ll be listening to the truth, and nothing but the truth.
Who or what has inspired your latest project (other musicians/art/people/ideas)?
Tristan: There isn’t a short list of influences we could give you that would explain how our musical style came to be. We take inspiration from everything around us. In a way I like to think of it in the same vein as how dreams work, we all consume and absorb (whether it be consciously or subconsciously) fragments of events, ideas, people and styles that we experience around us throughout our lives. These remnants stew in our minds and eventually end up being ladled onto a musical canvas I.e. Pro Tools, by that time the question can be raised as to whether or not that soupy mess represents art. As for us, we cook soup du jour, totally meta.
How important is social media to you as a musician and artist? What are the benefits of it and have you experienced any downsides?
Tristan: Social media has become an essential tool for every artist, arguably a necessity. For me personally, I found it a little tough to start with sending out all this personal information as I’m quite a private person, but I’m used to it now. On the whole there are way more positives than negatives, there’s so much to gain for both the fan and artist. Platforms like Instagram & Twitter are great because they cut out the middle man which allow the fans to interact directly with the artists, it’s amazing. Nowadays fans are spoilt for choice!
What inspires you to write?
Jamie: I’ve been through some quite significant life changes in the past 12 months. This band has become a necessity to vent the voices that exists within my head. Inspiration comes from a very personal perspective for me.
What have you been listening to lately?
Jamie: White noise mainly. It helps me sleep. In terms of bands… The new Dinosaur Pile Up record is a gem. I’m still hooked on the Beartooth album and also Marmozets. But I’ll listen to anything really.
What’s next for Counterfeit in the new year?
Jamie: Touring and finishing up the album. We’re about to go out on our first European tour then we come back and tour the UK which will be great. Then back out to Europe again. We just want to get this out on the road and take it to as many people as humanly possible. We’re prepared for fatigue.
The band’s full list of tour dates can be seen below and tickets for the shows are now on sale:

  • 18th April – Nottingham, Rock City Basement
  • 19th April – Glasgow, King Tuts
  • 20th April – Manchester, Deaf Institute
  • 21st April – Birmingham, O2 Institute2
  • 23rd April – London, Electric Ballroom
  • 24th April – Amsterdam, Sugar Factory
  • 25th April – Munich, Strom
  • 27th April – Rome, Orion
  • 29th April – Milan, Fabrique
  • 30th April – Zurich, Dynamo
  • 3rd May – Barcelona, Bikini
  • 4th May – Madrid, Caracol

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Watch their music video for ‘Come Get Some’ below:

Interview With Free From Gravity!

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When did you first get into music? What or who Inspired you?
I have always written songs and poetry. In 2002, prior to moving to Spain a local bar had a jam night. The guy running it struggled to get anyone up. One of my friends told him I played guitar and sing. After some cajoling I said I only play my stuff as I hadn’t really learnt any covers. I got up and did a couple of my own. The reaction was great
Wind forward six months and I’d moved to Spain and I had my birthday. As part of it I decided to learn ten songs to play as a party trick. They went down well. The guy from the bar I front of my house had hear distal and asked me to come down on Fridays to play. I did and initially started learning covers. Then over time I had built up quite a following and threw in a couple of my own songs.
The bar staff then insisted I only played my stuff and when I didn’t they shouted over me. I got the message and the audience loved it.
That’s when I decided this was what makes me happy. So the nugget was sown.
Inspiration has come from many places. I love Pink Floyd, The Who, Magnum, The Eagles and these bands have inspired or influenced many of our songs. I also take inspiration from people around me – a number of the songs have been written about other people or events – “Behind Those Lies” and “Hold On” were written about other people and I am currently writing one called “Please Sir Can You Spare Me A Smile (working title) which is about an ex homeless guy I met who had turned his life around and his tag line was exactly that.
 
Who did you grow up listening to, and does that impact on what you create now?
= Pink Floyd.
I love the build up of Floyd songs like “Coming Back To Life” and “Comfortably Numb” and the pure simply city of “Wish You Were Here”.
I also love be the lingering guitar solos that just tell their own story. It’s indicative when you hear a band playing a Pink Floyd song. The crowd sing it note for note and are mightily cheesed off if the guitarist doesn’t play note perfect the solo.
= The Eagles
Probably the best band for vocal and guitar Harmonies ever. I love the interplay between the guitars and we try to emulate this in our own music in songs such as The Long Road, It’s Over Now and Don’t Say Goodbye
The vocals are just melting. Perfect in every way.
= U2.
I know this will irk a few people but Bono knows how to connect and engage an audience. One of the best performances I ever saw was their performance of “Bad” at Live Aid in 1985. 11″30′ long it was enchanting to watch and the audience lapped it up.
We try to use the same philosophy of engaging audiences in our own shows.
 
How long have you been playing/writing?
I’ve been writing since around 12. I’ve been playing as a hobbyist since 15 and more seriously since 2008.
 
How often do you play live (include details and links for any upcoming gigs)?
This year we have had a line up change. Our bass guitarist is now the drummer and the new bass player came on board four weeks ago. We only have two gigs confirmed.
= April 6th at The Bedford Tavern in Balham
= July 2nd at Hoefest in Waterlooville
More dates are in discussion and will be announced on facebook/website etc when confirmed .
 
What has been your favourite moment in music?
In Aug 2009 I played a gig in Spain across the road from where I lived. It was a four hour set and the last day of Summer. I started at 9pm and Francois (the bar owner) told me I had to be finished by 91:09 as the neighbours would call the police.
The place was packed. 160 people squeezed in. A lot of faces I recognised because the tourists I had seen around town and knew a lot of them. The locals I knew.
In the Final hour I played Freebird. I was playing to a backing track and it had a five minute lead solo at the end. I prepped the crowd by asking for the air guitarists to get ready with air guitar for the solo. When it came they duly obliged. I got up on the table with one guy and we really rocked out.
Lot of fun. During the set of also played songs especially for various people. Having seen them for the previous four weeks I knew what their favourites were and dedicated songs to them.
At 00:55 I played the last song. Went out on a bang, said thank you very much and Goodnight. Went to the bar to get a beer and the the bottles started. Everyone started banging their bottles and glasses on the table shouting “Otra, Otra” (another). After 2 mins, Francois asked me to go and play one more song. As he said, the neighbours would complainant the noise anyway so might as well go with a bang
I got up and played “Walk of Life” Dire Straits. I put the wrong track on which didn’t have the keyboard part. So I started singing “Nah nah bah bah” where the keyboard was meant to be. Only to have everyone sing along to that part. People were dancing on tables/ dance floor aisle, anywhere they could. Not one person was sitting.
When I finished I went to walk to the bar and four guys (air guitarists) crowded round me and love Fred me on their shoulders and carried me to the bar. It was at that moment I realised the massive effect that music had on those people for that short period of time
It was that moment that ode died that’s what I wanted to do with my life and play music. .
 
Where is the best place to find you online?
Our website is www.freefromgravitymusic.com
FB is www.facebook.com/freefromgravitymusic
Twitter Freefromgravitymusic
The Long Road is available on iTunes and other download sites as well as Spotify and other streaming services from April 8th 2016.

INTERVIEW – Elle Deva

1 – When did you first get into music? What or who Inspired you?
As a duo, both knew at an early age that music was who they were. Michele initially started playing the piano at an early age and learn’t by mimicking what he heard on the radio, then went on to playing in church and from there went on to doing much more. Lauren however, grew up with her father who also is a singer/songwriter/composer. Singing the words he wrote to create demos, her father therefore acted as fuel to the fire of her passion for music. Both were always surrounded by music.
2 – Who did you grow up listening to, and does that impact on what you create now?
Elle Deva as a duo basically grew up listening to everything from Chaka Khan, Creed and The Cranberries to Tupac and Coldplay. The list is endless. ANd we feel it impacts us in every aspect of the creative process, we are able to pinpoint in a specific project which sounds we desire, the mood we want people to feel and things they should experience lyrically.
3 – How long have you been playing/writing?
For Michele playing the guitar would be about 15 years. For Lauren, writing starting around the age of 10, where as singing was something she surrounded herself with 24/7, thanks to her household.
4 – How often do you play live (include details and links for any upcoming gigs)?
Before the EP we decided to come to a halt with the gigs in Italy so we could completely immerse ourselves in creating a fresh project and focus more on our own music, as gigging can take up a lot of your time, time sent studying, rearranging a song etc. For the up and coming gigs we have not booked anything yet, and have not been playing around in Italy as our aim is elsewhere.
5 – What has been your favourite moment in music?
When we used our own music to raise funds, it opened our eyes as to the limitless amount of ways we can help people. Which will always be a priority as Elle Deva and as individuals.
6 – Where is the best place to find you online?
Find us at www.elledeva.com. Type in Elle Deva on Youtube. @weareelldeva on instagram, and of course to feel more involved with the liberty of commenting and sharing your thoughts find us on Facebook and Twitter. On soundcloud listeners can also hear some raw material of ours.
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RAVING WILD – Interview

When did you first get into music? What or who Inspired you?
I owe all of my interest to my brother, he initially encouraged me to spend my hard earned £20 on a flat packed nylon string guitar. It was awful, so was I. I was only about 12 or so at the time, I couldn’t put it down though! Kind of fortunate really otherwise this interview wouldn’t be happening.
Who did you grow up listening to, and does that impact on what you create now?
My main inspirations are alternative bands, less mainstream material. I’d encourage anyone to have a listen to the later works of Thrice and the earlier music by My Vitriol. Above all though, I have astoundingly talented friends and I’ve learned a lot just by hanging out with them. I often have a jam with my friend Dan Chapman, he’s a ridiculously skilled musician and my good friend Kitty Roisin who I’ve had the pleasure of working with previously has an incredible voice.
How long have you been playing/writing?
I’ve been playing since I first picked up a guitar but only really turned my hand to songwriting seriously around 3 years ago. It’s only recently where I’ve started to feel satisfied with my compositions, I suppose it’s one thing to write a song and another entirely to mean a song. I’m hoping that comes across in the latest batch.
How often do you play live (include details and links for any upcoming gigs)?
Live performance has it’s stints, it’s generally a phase of performing followed by a stretch of writing. I’ve got a nice line up of gigs coming up, they’re as follows: –
– Stoke Mandeville Hospital Radio followed by an exclusive private event in Blackfrog Studios on 12th March
– The Green Man on 24th March with a host of my most excellent friends in the local area.
– Wendover Celebrates, a local town event with a plethora of musicians from around Buckinghamshire performing throughout the day on 1st of May
– Coopers Trading Company who run a bohemian coffee lounge in Marlow are running a Boys & Guitars series if gigs, I’m headlining on 6th of May.
What has been your favourite moment in music?
It’s hard to pick a particular favourite moment as there have been several very prominent memories, I’d say performing at Pinewood Studios, the film set for Star Wars, was a grandiose venue. Either that or arriving on BBC Three Counties was a unique experience – I quit my job at the time to attend that show as they wouldn’t give me the time off, it was pivotal for me.
Where is the best place to find you online?
If you’d like to find out more online either myself or the team are posting very prolifically on Twitter and Facebook however a general overview can be found at www.ravingwild.co.uk – feel free to send me a message on Facebook or Twitter though, I like to make contact with people who’ve taken the time to view the page.
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