Andy Meadows-Interview

1 – When did you first get into music? What or who Inspired you?
I started singing in the Baptist church where my dad led the music. He always used to sing around the house, he has a great baritone voice, and I think that’s probably what first inspired me.
2 – Who did you grow up listening to, and does that impact on what you create now?
Because I was in and around radio I grew up listening to a little bit of everything, classic country, rock and roll, 50’s doo wop music, the Rat Pack, western swing, blues and gospel. I think that eclectic mix makes it hard for me to try to confine myself to one specific genre.
 3 – How long have you been playing/writing?
I’ve been singing for as long as I can remember, I began writing and playing guitar around 16 or so. But I was 19 before I actually wrote anything worthwhile.
 4 – How often do you play live (include details and links for any upcoming gigs)?
I play live with my 9 piece band every couple of weeks, but we’re starting to ramp up our booking to promote the new CD. We’re actually playing a show today in Corsicana, TX to kick off their annual Derrick Days celebration. I’m also about to start playing a weekly Tuesday night show that’s a little more intimate with just me and my piano player. You can see all my upcoming shows here http://andymeadows.net/shows
 5 – What has been your favourite moment in music?
I was 21 the first time I played a gig with my own full band and I’ll never forget the way it felt, the energy of creating something live that an audience was reacting to in real time. The rush of being surrounded by five other guys that are in that moment with you and the way each person’s performance is reliant on the others. I don’t really know how to describe it, the only thing I could compare it to personally at the time was playing sports and maybe dunking a basketball over the opponent and having the crowd go crazy. I remember turning to my guitar player and saying something like, “Holy crap this is incredible”.
6 – Where is the best place to find you online?
My website, www.andymeadows.net
 

Interview With Francesco!

  • When did you first get into music? What or who Inspired you?
  • I started to play piano when I was 5, classical music but very soon I was overwhelmed by the rock music movement and I started to play in bands at 12.

 

  • Who did you grow up listening to, and does that impact on what you create now?
  • when I was a kid I was crazy for Keith Emerson, for his Hammond and his Moog. He was a kind of transition from classical music to pop-rock music. He’e been a great Maestro for me. My electro pop seems very far from ELP,but on closer inspection there is a bond that covers certain harmonic progressions of classical derivation.In any case, I absorbed many musical genres, although for many years I had a kind of aversion to music, especially the music market and talent shows.

 

  • How long have you been playing/writing?
  • I always been a composer. Since I was a kid. But lately ( since last year) I’ve been seized by a kind of competitive fury.

 

  • How often do you play live (include details and links for any upcoming gigs)?
  • I haven’t played live for a long while. For a couple of beers I can play piano for you – and I have been known to make appearance in my local clubs and concert hall.

 

  • What has been your favourite moment in music?
  • As an architect my favourite moment is when I enter a building. I do that first when there are only a few lines in a sheet of paper. The same happens with music: first there is only an idea and then there are instruments, choir, voice …. and everything takes shape……This is a kind of miracle and a moment that miraculously, repeats. My absolutely favourite moment in music? When I heard Purple Rain by Prince. I cried.

 

  • Where is the best place to find you online?
  • The best place to find me on line is on the 1ofUs web site : www.1ofus.co.uk  With links to my songs, my story, my social networks, my graphics, my vid – me.

You can find Francesco’s brand new music video ‘Home’ premiered here:
http://www.music-news.com/news/UK/96931/Headline?noCache=true
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Irontown Diehards- Interview

1 – When did you first get into music? What or who Inspired you?
I’ve been playing bass since I was 11 years old, my friends had started a band and there were already 2 guitar players and a drummer. My best friend’s older brother taught me how to read tabs and taught me my first couple of songs to get me started. I didn’t actually get my first bass until I was 12 so if I wanted to play bass I had to go to my friend’s house, in the meantime I would practise on an old classical guitar we had in the house!
 
2 – Who did you grow up listening to, and does that impact on what you create now?
I can tell you straight off that my 3 biggest influences are John Paul Jones of Led Zeppelin, Flea from the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Billy Sheehan from Mr. Big. All 3 are exceptional world class bass players but their individual roles in their 3 bands are so different. I also don’t necessarily think that influences will always translate into the music you play, the 3 bands I’ve just mentioned probably wouldn’t who would spring to mind if you listened to The Irontown Diehards or even my bass playing. But they’re always the 3 I come back to and the ones who I’d most like to emulate.
3 – How long have you been playing/writing?
The Irontown Diehards have officially been a band for coming up on 2 years now. I actually just found a facebook post saying that it was 2 years ago last Friday that me and our guitar player Andrew Baxter have been friends. My uncle Declan put me in touch with him after they were struggling to find a bass player, they had me down to audition and Andy will be very kind to say “we didn’t audition anyone after Mark”, but I can’t help that maybe Andy could just as soon say “we didn’t have anyone else to audition”.
4 – How often do you play live (include details and links for any upcoming gigs)?
Our next gig is 7th May at the Limelight in Belfast. It’s a pre-release show for our album which will be available 27th May but at this show we’ll be doing a limited run of digipacks for the people there!
5 – What has been your favourite moment in music?
The next goal is always my favourite! I don’t look back all that much and am more interested in what is in front of me, what am I working towards next? What do I need to achieve it? What do I need to learn to get there? Doing this is what makes me better at what I do because with each goal, whether that be on the music side or on the social media side or business side it’s a new skill that I need to learn and can bring with me for the next stage.
6 – Where is the best place to find you online?
Like us on facebook, follow us on twitter. Our videos are on youtube and the album will be available on iTunes, amazon and Spotify from 27th May!
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Newborn-Interview

1 – When did you first get into music? What or who Inspired you?
We were about 14 and had just started playing guitar. Eric and I were really into Metallica at the time. Our first time seeing them play live completely changed our lives. There was no question after that show that this is what we wanted to do with our lives.
2 – Who did you grow up listening to, and does that impact on what you create now?
Pink Floyd, Metallica, Nirvana, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Queen, The Eagles. Those were some really big early influences. Apart from the Metallica years, we have always listened and continue to listen to a really diverse selection of music. I think over the years there have been so many different styles of music that have been built into our subconsciousness. It gives us a lot of freedom to create because we don’t get stuck making only one type of song. We really do appreciate all types of music and I think it reflects in our sound.
3 – How long have you been playing/writing?
I’ve been writing poetry and lyrics for as long as I can remember. I started playing guitar at 13 or 14 and then Eric started learning guitar soon after I met him. We would jam a lot and then somewhere during high school we started writing our own songs. I only started singing about two years ago when we formed the band.
4 – How often do you play live (include details and links for any upcoming gigs)?
We play in the NYC about 1- 2 times per month. We have been taking a month off of shows to finish the EP. We don’t have any shows lined up other than a solo acoustic gig that I’ll be playing on May 7th at The Producer’s Club at 8PM. We are currently also planning a big release show in NYC around June 14th.
5 – What has been your favourite moment in music?
Allen:  For me it was when Pink Floyd reunited at Live Aid in 2005 to play four songs. I was 15 at the time and made sure to catch it live on my television. I think I almost cried. It was one of the most incredible moments of my life.
Eric: Favorite moment in music was seeing Metallica live for the first time at Nassau coliseum. I was always into different music genres but hearing the sound of roaring guitars , the bass, and kick drum hitting your chest and rattling the stadium was unlike any experience. You become fully immersed in the music in a way I did not know existed at the time. Listening through headphones and speakers can be it’s own great experience, but seeing Metallica live made me truly appreciate the power of music and the personal connection it can make with the audience
Blake: For me it was seeing Pat Metheny with his orchestration live in Manhattan.
6 – Where is the best place to find you online?
Our website – http://www.newbornband.com
And also our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/newbornrockmusic/newborn 1.jpeg

Basement Revolver-Interview

1 – When did you first get into music? What or who Inspired you?
Chrisy: I grew up playing violin, but I started writing songs/learning guitar when I was 13. Mostly what inspired me is the music that I can’t let go of – from mewithoutyou to Courtney Barnett.
Nimal: I started playing clarinet when I was 8. Both my dad and brother played cello which was the main influence in becoming a musician myself. When my brother switched to drums I naturally gravitated towards bass.
Brandon: I first started getting into music around grade 5 I would say. Thats when I got a drum kit as a gift from my parents.
2 – Who did you grow up listening to, and does that impact on what you create now?
Chrisy: I grew up listening to everything from folk music to hardcore and stuff that generally fit into that scene, I guess that was what was popular at the time. Specifically stuff like Laura Marling and A Day to Remember; so really opposite sides of the spectrum.
Nimal: I grew up listening to a lot of pop punk and hardcore bands like Relient K and Underoath. After spending a bunch of years studying jazz music I guess growing up on bands like these is what keeps my playing straight ahead and simple when it needs to be.
Brandon: I grew up listening to a lot Sigur Ros, and Broken Social Scene. I would say they definitely affect my creative ideas still.
3 – How long have you been playing/writing?62f173c4-5a76-4718-a96e-1836044236b4.jpg
Chrisy: Since I was thirteen, as a band about a year!
Nimal: I have been playing music for the past 14 years. (I guess you know my age now) Besides the odd bass line I leave the writing to Chrisy.
Brandon: I have been playing music for about 12 years.
4 – How often do you play live (include details and links for any upcoming gigs)?
We play in Hamilton once every few months. Now that were expanding a bit you will see us more often in Peterborough, Guelph and Toronto as well. Keep your eyes out for a potential tour this summer though. Our next show is in June with Ptarmigan at the Baltimore House in Hamilton
5 – What has been your favourite moment in music?
Chrisy: That is a really tough question. I guess I can really only speak to my experience, and the house show scene has been a pretty cool thing. Watching lesser-known but incredibly talented bands and musicians play music in my livingroom has been pretty special.
Nimal: Playing Supercrawl was pretty great. It was amazing to be playing such a big festival in the early days of being a band. The weather was also pretty horrid that day but a bunch of people came out regardless. I think we will remember performing for a bunch of umbrellas for quite some time
Brandon: Some of my favourite moments in music have been the memories I have playing in some of the highschool bands I was apart of in Peterborough Ontario.
6 – Where is the best place to find you online?
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/basementrevolver/
Twitter: @BASEREVOLVmusic
Instagram: @basementrevolver
Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/basement-revolver
Bandcamp: basementrevolver.bandcamp.com

Andrea Di Giovanni-Interview

 When did you first get into music? What or who Inspired you?
I first got into music at the age of 4 attending my first piano lesson. From there on I got into classical studies for a bit then left them ’cause I wasn’t enjoying them much. Around the age of 8 I started singing because they told me I had nodules on my vocal folds and they said that singing the therapy to heal them. Around the age of 18 music took the lead in my life and it started to be everything I ever wanted to do. My inspiration in music is my soul and my feelings; whenever there’s something bothering me; I know it’s time to sit at the piano and let my heart speak.
 
2 – Who did you grow up listening to, and does that impact on what you create now?
Growing up I listened to a lot of Motown, Soul and Funk music; my Dad always loved Michael Jackson, Seal, James Brown, Stevie Wonder but also rocky stuff like Queen, Sting & The Police and Depeche Mode. Then in my teenage years definitely Britney Spears had a huge impact on me, I used to dance and sing to her tracks all day long! I guess they are all into what I create now, music is like a travel bad that’s never full; I believe that who we are today as artists is the result of all our influences mixed up with modern sounds.
3 – How long have you been playing/writing?
I’ve been playing piano since the age of 4 and I’ve been song writing since the age of 16.
4 – How often do you play live (include details and links for any upcoming gigs)?
It depends on what I am focusing on to be honest. At the moment I am not gigging too much as I’ve been very busy producing the EP; I am currently finishing the last track, so once that is finished, I will focus on getting live shows.
5 – What has been your favourite moment in music?
Playing a venue such as the O2 Shepherds Bush Empire twice; it’s been only uni showcases but that stage gives you a rush of adrenaline that only few stages give.
6 – Where is the best place to find you online?
 You can hear more of me on my website (www.andreadigiovanni.it/en), my youtube channel (https://www.youtube.com/user/andreadigiovannioff
You can hear more of me on my website , my youtube channel and my facebook page.

The Breaking Point-Interview

1 – When did you first get into music? What or who Inspired you?
I was 12 years old moving from GA to TN when I first picked up my sisters guitar. It wasn’t until I was 15 and moved to AZ that I started getting really into local music. It was at that point that I knew I wanted to a musician and form my own band.
 
2 – Who did you grow up listening to, and does that impact on what you create now?
My parents weren’t particularly musical but I always gravitated heavily towards my dad’s old classic rock albums (eagles, zeppelin, hendrix). When I was in middle school I was introduced to Red Hot Chili Peppers and Modest Mouse. None of those bands probably influence me musically, but they led to my wonder and amazement for music. It wasn’t until I discovered Brand New, Lydia, The Early November, and Circa Survive did I start really drawing musical influences.
 
3 – How long have you been playing/writing?
As I mentioned earlier I picked up the guitar at age 12. I never actually never had any guitar instructors or vocal teachers, I was all self-taught. Because of it, I’m pretty bad at covers, so I essentially began writing my own songs to right away.
 
4 – How often do you play live (include details and links for any upcoming gigs)?
We play roughly once every other month. Our next show is opening up for Polysenso on May 20th, who will be taking a one off break from their tour with Pvris and Lydia to headline this show. The show will be at Pub Rock, you can follow us on Instagram at TheBreakingPattern for more details!
 
5 – What has been your favourite moment in music?
In music history? It has got to be the feud between Brand New and Taking Back Sunday. Two legendary, iconic bands in their prime, squaring off with all their lyrical wit and aggression. That fight sparked a movement and is still the subject of heated debate over a decade later. Hands down one of the most influential moments in recent musical history.
 
6 – Where is the best place to find you online?
Our favorite is Instagram which is just TheBreakingPattern. But we’re also pretty active on Twitter and Snapchat at TheBreakPattern. Thank you!

Challan-Interview

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

I started out dancing and first performed as a dancer. This then lead into me doing a little bit of tour managing for other artists. I would learn a lot form watching them perform and also get some experience from the managing side of the business from a bookings and tourings perspective. Then as I started to take singing more seriously I started  to look for producers to work with and I think my first real effort at producing what I considered complete song was with producer Blaze Billions, on a track called BreaK A Beat (this was never commercially released, just sold on the street as a CD). This was a very good development experience for me, and helped me to understand more of the process that is involved in producing a song and getting it mixed and mastered.

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

Growing up I listened to Michael Jackson, I loved his passion, singing and powerful performances and aspire to learn from his examples in performance, energy and positive messages. I also enjoyed listening to Whitney Houston some R Kelly, and older artist like The Temptations.I enjoy a broad range of musical styles and often their might be just one track like from one or another artist. The music I have enjoyed listening to has had a positive impact on the lyrical content and message I hope my music conveys. I love good wholesome uplifting music and this is what I try to capture when I create songs.

3 – How long have you been playing/writing?

I have been writing my own music for over 10 years on and off, but really only started seriously in the last 3 to 4 years. I wrote my first song when I was about 17. I remember being quite pleased with myself that I had managed to pen down something. But since then, I have written all my songs, sometimes with a little bit of help and direction from some other talented writers and performers. My writing has developed through this time and my 1st major project (Step By Step and the full album ” A Peculiar People”) has come to fruition.

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

At the moment I am performing at 150 schools across the UK as part of my Step By Step positive music schools tour. And taking bookings to perform at venues across the UK.

The events page on my website has the upcoming events:

http://challancarmichael.co.uk/live-events

And you can check out some of the tour so far through the promo video slide show below:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OdyGRKyl3B0

5 – What has been your favourite moment in music?

I will always remember watching Michael Jackson in the MTV 1995 music awards. This was a really cool performance and one that stands out very clearly in my memory as one of my favourites.

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

Pre-order now: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/step-by-step-single/id1093444648?ls=1
www.challancarmichael.co.uk
https://soundcloud.com/challancarmichael
https://www.facebook.com/challancarmichaelmusic/
https://twitter.com/ChallanC
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCexVQanNA09bzBSj6P4T9ig
https://www.instagram.com/challancarmichael/

Pink Fireball-Interview

1 – When did you first get into music? What or who Inspired you?
Thomas Nowak (vocals / guitar) : I have always been into music. Even as a baby, the best way to keep me quiet was to play some classical music to me. I’d just listen to it and would not cry. My favorite style has always been rock n roll though, and always particularly listened to the pioneers, the innovators of every styles or sub-genres of it.
2 – Who did you grow up listening to, and does that impact on what you create now?
Like most people, I started with my parents’ record collection, The Beatles, Rolling Stones, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Elvis, and all that old 60’s and 70’s good stuff. The first CDs I ever got for my birthday at 8 years or something, were The Eagles and Jimi Hendrix. It was pretty life-changing as I’m still regularly listening to those albums to date. I’ve had moments I was way into Metal, others into blues, surf, pop, punk, space rock, or whatever, but I keep coming back to those classic rock records. As a guitarist and a musician, I can say I have also been a student of Deep Purple, Led Zeppelin, and Black Sabbath since my teens.
3 – How long have you been playing/writing?
I had a few disastrous guitar lessons when I was a child, but it’s really in high school that I started improving and learning more about the instrument. My best friend at the time had a pretty big influence on me then because he showed me how he could learn different songs just by hearing them on the radio. Stuff like Guns N Roses, Rage Against The Machine or Faith No More, etc. That was pretty impressive to me, I used to go to music stores and copy guitar partitions on paper, because I didn’t have Internet then … He also had a really cool distortion pedal. I finally found out how you could have that cool sound, because my first amplifier didn’t have it. We started to write some music together, mainly instrumental, for fun.
4 – How often do you play live (include details and links for any upcoming gigs)?
We are currently finishing recording our first album in London. Once it is completed, hopefully by the end of Spring, we’ll start booking as many shows as possible.
5 – What has been your favourite moment in music?
Every time you complete the mixing of a song, it’s a great moment to me so far, especially with Pink Fireball. When you realize how good it has become with everybody giving its best shot and working hard in the studio.
That and some great tour memories I have like with my previous band Novagreen. The fun and crazy-ness on and off-stage. I really look forward to do that again.
6 – Where is the best place to find you online?
We are very active on our Facebook and twitter pages, so these are the best places at the moment to be informed of our new releases and upcoming shows. You can download or stream our first single « Turn Around » on all the main sites, subscribe to our YouTube and Tumblr channels. Thanks for the support.

Young Malak- INTERVIEW

1 – When did you first get into music? What or who Inspired you?
Growing up I’ve always been around music ever since i was born. I remember listening to artists like Tupac and Michael Jackson and remembering all the words to their songs by the age of 3 or 4. Just being a fan of music inspired me enough as a kid in 2nd grade to begin writting lyrics and poetry.
2 – Who did you grow up listening to, and does that impact on what you create now?
Tupac, MJ, and Nirvana were my early days but summer of 2,000 is when my mom and I moved to Virginia and I was introduced to music like Eminem, Dmx, Jay z, Pharrell, Missy Elliot. I had almost every eminem album growing up but thats because I had a mom who was pretty chill when it came to letting me listen to the music I wanted to. She grew up a rocking roll chick in the 80’s and my grandparents probably hated it when she was my age so never really censored my music. I had thousands of cds and cassette tapes. The impact it has on me now is basically just makes me continue to do what i do best which is music and go at hard as i can until when its all over hopefully ill be in that category of legends I grew up on.
3 – How long have you been playing/writing?
I’ve been writting lyrics and poetry since 2nd grade, Ive been producing as well as engineering since 11th grade, and I’ve been making beats now for over 2 years. Ive also been playing guitar now for about 4 years as well as bass guitar every now and then.
4 – How often do you play live (include details and links for any upcoming gigs)?
2014-15 we performed hundreds of shows from local spots in Hampton roads to last year setting up our own East Coast tour from Va to ATL. Also We performed last year at Shaggfest 2015 in Va Beach as well as many clubs and venues such as Shakas. This year we have been keeping busy within the studio getting the material put together to release this year starting off this spring April 21st with Young Malak “The Messenger”. The Keyz and I will be back on the Road hitting Festivals and Venues world wide soon!!!
5 – What has been your favourite moment in music?
Working inside of Timbaland’s studio with engineer Trevor Hale on a song for a fundraising project.
6 – Where is the best place to find you online?
You can find The Keyz or Myself Young Malak online on youtube, soundcloud, reverbnation, Spotify, iTunes, Apple Music, Datpiff.com, Google play, Like our Face book page The Keyz of follow us on twitter. Young Malak “The Messenger” will be online everywhere and for FREE!!!!! The Messenger will be live 4/26/2016 on Tidal, Spotify, Bandcamp, Datpiff.com, soundcloud, youtube, Reverberation, and Facebook. Don’t forget to check out our latest Music videos as well as our “Scandalz” and “Music is the Lifeline” videos on Youtube.