Penny Mob – Interview

J: – Jamie Quinn (Lead Vocals, Guitar, Songwriter)

M: – Matt Manning (Guitar, Bass, Vocals)

A: – Andrew Mullan (Drums, Vocals)

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

J: I taught myself to play guitar when i was about 11 or 12. I was inspired by a lot of the british guitar bands that were about at the time.

M: I remember I was taught my first chords on the guitar by Wilko Johnson.

A:Both of my older sisters were alternative music junkies. Being a fair bit older than me, by the time I was functioning enough to get into music, both of them had left home. I was then surrounded by the joys of Steps, Britney Spears, Spandau Ballet and the like for a good few years. I played drums since I was 8 but it wasn’t until I met my best mate to this day when I was 11 that I finally found the artists that still impact me now; his Mum was the first one to play me Bowie, Dylan, Zep, Supertramp, Cream – the usual suspects, basically. So yeah, my best mate and his Mum are to thank, I guess!

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

J:I started to really get into music when I was a young kid, in the late nineties and early noughties, when my brother introduced me to lots of guitar bands at the time like The Verve, Oasis, Cast, Ocean Colour Scene, The Libertines, Arctic Monkeys. I remember seeing some of those guys up on stage, and thinking they were like me, or the people I’d grown up with. I could to relate to them. I also remember Steve Cradock pulling me up onstage at an Ocean Colour Scene gig at the Barrowlands in Glasgow, when I was about 12, to sing with them. So I guess you could I say I started early! But yeah, I definitely think all those guys had an impact on what I do now, for they then put me onto bands from previous generations that they were inspired by, like the Beatles, Bowie, Velvet Underground, Sex Pistols, The Smiths, and that has then led us on to wanting to do that for other future generations of kids, inspire them and give them something they can relate to. Rock n Roll will always go on.

M: Britpop, new wave and punk. I learned to play from those style of bands/music.

A: I was crazy about Led Zeppelin for the longest time; really couldn’t get over Bonham but I think that’s the case for most drummers over the last 40 odd years. That and The Beatles. Such a contrast but both brilliant in their own right. As a teenager I played in jazz groups, a ‘punk’ (we really weren’t) band, prog and metal stuff as well. I think it all sort of boiled down to the style I like to play now.  If I’m honest, I think playing in a garage ‘punk’ cover band at around 12, I played more along to Bouncing Souls, Rancid, Blink 182 etc. than I did to the bands that came before them. As embarrassing as it is, those groups came later. I think with the pop-punk era coming first before punk for me, it created a guilt that I’m still trying to get over…That’s it, though. Wanting to find out a bands influences and where I can learn from. That’s how it influenced me.

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  • How long have you been playing/writing?

 J: I started writing songs when i was about 15 or 16. I then stopped, but started back up again recently, when I realised that there wasn’t really any choice in the matter any more, I just had to form a band, and we would be committed to writing proper rock n roll music.

M: Not long enough.

A: On and off, since I was 8 [19 years] but don’t let it fool you, I’m not as good as I should be. I’m a lazy bastard!

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

At the moment we try and play live as much as we possibly can, to get our music out there to as many people as possible. We’ve got a string of dates and festivals coming up over the summer that we’ll be playing, and announcing over the coming weeks

Other dates already confirmed-

22nd April – Labour Club, Northampton

23rd April – Voodoo Lounge, Stamford

18th June – Wellingborough Football Club, Northamptonshire

20th Oct – The Roadmender, Northampton (Musicians Against     Homelessness Event with Alan McGee)

  • What has been your favourite moment in music?

J: One of the most important moments for me is when I saw Richard Ashcroft play at Latitude Festival 2013. He just had real soul, and was screaming to the crowd “Don’t be a sheep! Pick up a guitar, learn a few chords, and get out there and tell it like it is.” That was one of the defining moments that truly inspired me to go and find the lads, and start Penny Mob, and begin writing the music that we are today. You gotta tell it like it is man.

M: The 13th Floor Elevators reunion after 45 years at Levitation Festival, USA in 2015.

A: I played in a political folk-punk band a few years ago and we played a gig in Central London on my Birthday, 11th August. It was the 2nd night of the London riots and one of the tracks we played was called ‘Tesco Burning Horror’. Basically it was a track about the lower classes getting so fed up with getting screwed over that they riot and loot through London, burning everything in their path. The lyrics described everywhere from Brixton through to Clapham, finishing with “they made a f*cking crater of what used to be Deptford”. People assumed that it’d been written that day, influenced by the London riots. When I told people the singer wrote the track 6 months before, no-one believed me. but he had. He just had that crazy brand of knowledge to give him foresight. That was a special night for me.

  • Where is the best place to find you online?

You can listen to our music here –  https://soundcloud.com/pennymob

You can keep up to date with us on Facebook  –  https://www.facebook.com/pennymobband

Follow us on Twitter –  https://twitter.com/PennyMob

and Instagram – – https://www.instagram.com/penny_mob

Kashy Keegan – Interview

1 – When did you first get into music? What or who Inspired you?
I remember I was seven years old and my neighbours next door had a piano. I was instantly obsessed with it and begged my mum to take me to piano lessons. I took piano lessons for a few years to learn the basics. I would always adapt the pieces that I was given to learn and this led me to start writing my own songs around the age of 10. Vocally I was first inspired by gospel music. I’m not religious, but I always found gospel songs very powerful and emotionally charged. It resonated with me and so I joined a workshop choir organised by the London Community Gospel Choir. That’s really where it all began for me.
2 – Who did you grow up listening to, and does that impact on what you create now? The music I grew up listening to was very varied. My mum used to play a lot of George Michael, Elton John and classical music when I was growing up. My brother was a DJ and was constantly playing hip-hop and then I was a fan of a lot of the neo-soul music from the 90s onwards, like India.Arie and Alicia Keys etc. The first song that had a huge impact on me was Mariah Carey’s “Hero”. I first heard it when I was performing in a pantomime production one Christmas when I was 11 years old. The lead actress in the show used to sing the song during every show. I was mesmerised. That song and the message in the lyrics about inner strength and self acceptance were like a lifeline for me growing up. It was such an empowering song and it inspired me to want to start writing songs myself. Since then it’s been my aim to try and write songs, with a similar inspirational message, that might someday be able help others like the song “Hero” helped me.
3 – How long have you been playing/writing? Over 20 years now. My intention for writing songs from day one remains the same – to try and provide some form of inspiration, comfort or healing through music. I consider my niche to be pop songs with an inspirational message. I think we need more songs out there that help people through hard times and ultimately inspire hope.
4 – How often do you play live (include details and links for any upcoming gigs)? Not as much as I would like. I’ve always been a bigger fan of songwriting and working in the studio. My favourite live performance to date was in Hong Kong when I performed my most well known song ‘This Is My Dream’ before an audience of 30,000.
5 – What has been your favourite moment in music?
For me, personally, my career high was when my song ‘This Is My Dream’ went to number 1 on the iTunes chart in Hong Kong. The irony was that I was close to giving up on music at the time and then my biggest career break so so far came along. It was very fulfilling. It took me a total of 15 years before I got a break, but in the end the perseverance paid off.
6 – Where is the best place to find you online?
http://www.kashykeegan.com https://www.facebook.com/kashykeegan https://twitter.com/kashykeegan https://www.youtube.com/kashykeegan http://smarturl.it/KashySpotify
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Interview With Darryl Nash!

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1 – When did you first get into music? What or who Inspired you? My initial start to music was when I was in infant school and a guy called Pau used to bully me and a friend. When Green Day released the ‘American Idiot’ album we started an air band at the back of the playground and Pau and I got into a argument of who was going to be the drummer of our band. As the day finished I went home and convinced my mum to buy me my first ever drum kit from Argos because I promised my teacher at the time that I already played and she suggested that I should show my skills in the morning assembly. Ever since I loved playing the drums and continued it throughout my early years of being at school. The drums is what then later introduced me to different genres of music and different instruments which then lead me to playing as many as I could get my hands on!
2 – Who did you grow up listening to, and does that impact on what you create now? I grew up listening to alot of pop punk including bands like Blink 182, Elliot Minor and Motion City Soundtrack, but through the years the taste has slightly matured to artists such as, Rufus Wainwright, Bloc Party and Grimes.
3 – How long have you been playing/writing? I’ve been playing the drums for almost 9 years and writing music for the last year or two.
4 – How often do you play live (include details and links for any upcoming gigs)? I have played lots of shows in the past but currently in the band there are no shows coming up due to rehearsals for next year!
5 – What has been your favorite moment in music? My favorite moment in music is simply when I write a song that im proud off and enjoy listening too on repeat!
6 – Where is the best place to find you online? Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/darrylnashofficial/?fref=ts Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/darryl_nash/

Interview With Skinn

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When did you first get into music? What or who Inspired you?
I first got into music whilst i was still in school, i bought my first CD by chamillionaire, then i found myself writing rhymes, which quickly turned to me trying to make beats. From then onwards, i made up my mind to become an artist, i am inspired by a lot of things, my environment, the people around me, my friends and family. As an artist my truest form of inspiration stems from emotions that are caused by events that happen to me directly. The good things in life inspire me to get better things in life and the bad things in life inspire me to find artistic solutions.
 
Who did you grow up listening to, and does that impact on what you create now?
I grew up listening to afrobeats from people like King Sunny Ade and Fela.. later on listening to people like D’banj and Chamillionaire made me realise how powerful and influential music can be. Music has the power to pioneer Revolutions as history has shown. To an extent i can say the sounds of the past impact what i currently create. But as a futurist, i work towards creating the sounds that will impact people who are unaware that they are about to feel the impact.
 
How long have you been playing/writing?
From my recollection, i have been writing professionally for at least 6 years, a major portion of my work from then has been unreleased mainly because i had to perfect my craft as well my sound. It was important i came out with music with reasonable contents.
 
How often do you play live (include details and links for any upcoming gigs)?
The last live show i had was at the O2 Oxford, i would play as often as i am booked. But i have taken time out from performing at live events to concentrate on recording this project. I have no information on any upcoming gig but people who want to see me in their towns would need to contact promoters to arrange something.
 
What has been your favourite moment in music?
I have had a lot of good moments in music, so far my set at the O2 oxford was very heartfelt.. And the crowd were the most amazing ever. That right there meant a lot to me. Just been able to showcase my music to anybody gives me a smile nothing else can give me.
 
Where is the best place to find you online?
The best place to find me online would be on twitter. I definitely tweet alot and its easier to have conversations about everything and anything. For people who dont have twitter you can always visit – http://www.revedepaix.com/#showcase listen to my music, leave me a message. I’ll get back to you.

Interview With AKA V!

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1 – When did you first get into music? What or who Inspired you?
I got into music when I was 4 years old. I started singing and about a year later started piano lessons. My grandmother was a piano teacher and played accordion, she was my main inspiration.
2 – Who did you grow up listening to, and does that impact on what you create now?
I grew up listening to Avril Lavigne and Britney Spears, what any regular Canadian kid listened to I guess. Does it impact my music in any way? No. I stopped playing music from the age of 7 to 19 because I was a very active kid and practicing for hours wasn’t my thing.
3 – How long have you been playing/writing?
I’ve been playing/writing for about 4 years now. It took me a while to get back into music but I LOVE IT! I don’t know how I lived without it for so long.
4 – How often do you play live (include details and links for any upcoming gigs)?
Since my new single came out, I’ve been playing every week to promote it.
You can find upcoming show dates on my website: http://www.akavmusic.com/#!live/phgma
5 – What has been your favourite moment in music?
My favourite moment in music has been going on tour. I love performing a few times a week in different cities.
6 – Where is the best place to find you online?
The best place to my find me online is my website: www.akavmusic.com
A few other links :
https://www.facebook.com/AKAVofficial
https://twitter.com/BornToBeVee
https://www.instagram.com/official.aka.v
http://aka-v-official.tumblr.com

Linah Is – Interview

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

I first got into music at 3/4 years old after my mum, regrettably, turned on the spice girls. The poor woman had to put up with my obsession for years haha! And then 1 day, my mum randomly found a video on Michael Jackson’s live performances. This turned my world the right way up! I finally knew why I existed! He inspired me to become an artist.

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

I grew up listening to a wealth of different artists and sounds, which I didn’t realise until I grew up how lucky I was, both influences were environmental and family inflicted.
My dad would play the grooves from West Africa, Ivory Coast, where they spoke/sang in French. The heavy electric funk guitars with groove based bass lines and four-to-the-floor kick drum, just made it infectious- you just HAD to dance! He would also play the sweet and humble sounds of South Africa the acapella group known as ‘Ladysmith Black Mambazo’ which taught me to fall in love with melody and harmony. On the flip side, my mother would play music from Jennifer Lopez, Whigfield’s ‘Saturday Night to Janet Jackson. Mum does love her catchy tunes!   The environmental songs I got into was whatever was ‘hot’ at the time like, Britney Spears, destiny’s child etc. I then got a boyfriend who was very into metal, blues funk and alternative music which I also fell in love with and drew inspiration from. I can’t really say what impact this has had on my music but I can say that it has taught me, music has no colour, no prejudice, no indifference it’s just one heart with an infinite amount of sounds pumping through our veins.

  • How long have you been playing/writing?

I have been singing since I was 8. I was an awful singer around this age! I remember my sister saying ‘oh my god! You were so out of tune!’, after hearing me sing along with my CD player. From that day on, I locked myself in my room everyday until I was 14/15 years old learning how to sing through mimicking artists on radio. I have been writing melodies all my life through improvisation and never realised it! I have officially been writing songs and music for 5 years now.

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

I play as often as possible!! I have a gig on the 30th March for Play It Forward. And loads more that have dates that are yet to be confirmed! 🙂

  • What has been your favourite moment in music? 

My favourite moment in music was when I got to open for American R&B artist, Anthony Hamilton! It was my first time performing to a crowd that big. My dream came true!

  • Where is the best place to find you online?

I have a few places you can find me online ;). Instagram is the best bet which is @linah_is. Then Twitter: @linah_is and Facebook Linah Is and Soundcloud Linah Is.

INTERVIEW WITH BULLFUNK ZOO

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

I loved music since I was really young, it was all the sounds, melodies, rhythms and sonics that triggered something in me, and some how I unconsciously knew  that I wanted to be a part of it. When I was four, a Kiss rock concert came on TV and that blew me away. The whole aspect of playing the living hell out of the guitar turned me on, that it is where it really started. I was always intrigued by song writing and to do that I needed an instrument and what more amazing of an instrument than the guitar. I Bought my first guitar when I was 16 and the rest is history.
My life experiences are my biggest inspiration. As for who inspired me there are many in the musical world and to name a few are: Frank Zappa, James Brown, Megadeth, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Steve Vai, Jimi Hendrix, Rage Against The Machine, Soundgarden, Led Zeppelin,  Red Hot Chili Peppers, Miles Davis,  The Police, Tom Waits and many more.

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

In my pre teen age I grew up listening to a lot of motown, james brown, earth wind & fire etc.. which was playing around the house and one day when during that period of my childhood(teens) I was introduced to Metallica, Megadeth, Anthrax, Rage Against the Machine, The Chili Peppers and the whole grunge movement and that is where I started taking music a lot more seriously. All of that music had and still has a great impact on me, blending funk grooves with heavy elements of rock & roll and many other genres.

  • How long have you been playing/writing?

I have been playing and writing for about 20 years

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

I perform live often wether with my band or as a session guitar player with other bands. I will be performing at the Desert Experiment IV in May 27. It is a big concert where I will be collaborating with many regional artists on stage from different genres of music primarily rock and I will be performing my new material for the upcoming album as a special set during the festival.

  • What has been your favourite moment in music?

There are so many… But I guess my favorite is when I  opened up for Sting and got to hang out with him, what an amazing human being!

  • Where is the best place to find you online?

You can find me on:
Like on Facebook
https://www.facebook.com/bullfunkzoo
Follow on Instagram: @bullfunkzoo
https://www.instagram.com/bullfunkzoo
Tweet: @bullfunkzoo

Youtube:
https://www.youtube.com/bullfunkzoo
Website:
https://www.bullfunkzoo.com
Soundcloud:
https://soundcloud.com/bullfunkzoo/bu…
Bandcamp:
https://bullfunkzoo.bandcamp.com
For bookings please email:
info@bullfunkzoo.com
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EDEN ROYALS – Interview

1- When did you first get into music? What or who Inspired you? 
Personally was taught from a young age by my father and then went on from there.
 
2- Who did you grow up listening to, and does that impact on what you create now? 
The Beatles, The Jam, Floyd, Dylan, Marley, Dury.. All the greats.
 
3- How long have you been playing/writing?
Been playing guitar for about 15 years, writing for about 8 years.
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4- How often do you play live (include details and links for any upcoming gigs)? 
We gig every other week minimum, sometimes at least once a week, sometimes twice a week.
Sat 12th- Brixton Windmill
All gigs are posted on our social media leading up until the shows.
 
5- What has been your favourite moment in music? 
Any live gig, however big or small, every shows like a New Year’s party!
 
6- Where is the best place to find you online?
Facebook, Twitter, ITunes, SoundCloud, the usual.

Interview – RONOC

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

It started at the age of 12 when I first asked for and got an electric guitar for my birthday, on the condition that I did have lessons. A few years in, at the age of 15 going on 16, I started taking it more seriously and joined my first covers band called “strangely attractive” and got my first gigging experience, this was when I knew this is what I wanted to do with my life, sneaking into pubs underage to perform. I got away with it because I was tall and looked older.

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

Red Hot Chili Peppers , Sting and The Police, Lots of 80s bands and music from my dads music collection like Duran Duran, Depeche Mode, Wham and George Michael, The Beatles. Other artists like Justin Timberlake, Maroon 5’s first album.

  • How long have you been playing/writing?

I wrote my first song at 16 and have collaborated and written individually ever since, so around 7 years.

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

At least once a month for a bigger gig and then lots of open mics either Nottingham, Loughborough, Leicester or London.
My next gig is on the 18th March at The Shed in Leicester.

  • What has been your favourite moment in music?

Watching James Brown perform live when he was supporting the Red Hot Chili Peppers in Cardiff when I was about 12 or 13, it blew me and the entire stadium audience away… other than that, for myself, it was hearing my own song on Radio for the first time, being on BBC introducing.

  • Where is the best place to find you online? 

www.ronocmusic.com or facebook.com/ronocmusic
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INTERVIEW – Rachel Myall

When did you first get into music? What or who Inspired you?
I’ve always been involved in music in some way, usually as part of a band or choir. I recently decided to go solo to explore complete creative freedom and independence and I’m loving it!
Who did you grow up listening to, and does that impact on what you create now?
My music is wistful, thoughtful, a bit mournful and melancholy sometimes, and I am very much influenced by storytellers – artists like Dolly Parton, Tim Buckley, Johnny Cash, Laura Marling.
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How long have you been playing/writing?
I’ve been writing and performing for over 10 years. I don’t read or write music or play an instrument so the creative process is an interesting one and I have developed my own way of working over the years.
Usually a lyric and the beginning of a melody will go round and round my head for ages, and then the rest of the song will suddenly come together all at once. Once I have the lyrics, melody, structure and rhythm I build up the music in my head – I can hear the riffs, the harmonies – and then work with friends and session musicians to bring the ideas to life in the studio and on the stage.
How often do you play live (include details and links for any upcoming gigs)?
There are some fantastic venues in London and I’m in the middle of planning a series of shows so stay tuned!
I’m also very excited about the launch party for my debut solo EP Science on Friday (11 March) at a gorgeous, intimate venue called Tea House Theatre in Vauxhall.
Find out more on my website – www.rachelmyall.com

Rachel Myall
www.rachelmyall.com
Home page of Rachel Myall, a songwriter artist from London. London-based indie folk singer/songwriter combining wistful vocals with strings, piano, percussion and the …

What has been your favourite moment in music?
Oh that is a big question! And the first answer that pops into my head is very cliché but Adele’s performance of Someone Like You at the Brits a few years ago stopped me in my tracks.
Where is the best place to find you online?