Neil C Young – Interview

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1 – When did you first get into music? What or who Inspired you?
I first got into music when i was around 4 years of age, there was a piano in the house and so i messed around on that and then sang and played any/every instrument available at school. My Dad was the person who enabled me and still inspires me to create and play.
2 – Who did you grow up listening to, and does that impact on what you create now?
I listened to classical music when growing up in my parents house, J.S. Bach and Neilsen, were 2 of my dads favourite composers, but also, there was a lot of folk music around as my dad used to play in folk bands as well his classical work. When Ieft home I carried on listening to classical music inparticualr Stravisnky, Shostakovitch and Debussy but I also got into Rock with The Balck Crowes in parrticular and Jazz in all forms of its glory!
All of this has informed and influenced my music in many ways, I suppose the common theme is that they all have an almost perfect balance between emotional and technical content, one needing the other to enable the fullest expression of the artist as possible, something I am always trying to do!
3 – How long have you been playing/writing?
Since as long as I can remember, its one or the other that then leads to the other!!
4 – How often do you play live (include details and links for any upcoming gigs)?
About twice a month regularly with added gigs in between, Recebtly been in Birmingham and at the Bluedot festival and up nexct is Cloudspotting Festival, Matt and Phreds, Manchester, 12 Bar and teh Venue which are both in Colne Lancashire. (Dates and links are below…)
Saturday July 30th – Cloudspotting Festival, Gisburn.
Thursday 11th August – Matt and Phreds, Manchester
Friday 19th August – Strays, Newark
Friday 26th August – The Venue, Colne (Great British Rhythm and Blues Festival)
5 – What has been your favourite moment in music?
I don’t have one particular moment, but playing by the Pacific Ocean in Mexico and also playing at a jazz club for week in Cuba are definately up there (although seeing a picture of a certain other name sharing musician in the paper advertising my gig in Cuba was a bit of a stiffner! )
6 – Where is the best place to find you online?
The music is available via the usual on line sites, spotify etc. and you can find me at www.neilcyoungtrio.com or on twitter @neilcyoung or there is a facebook page – neilcyoungtrio come by and say something to us!

Matty T Wall – Interview

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

                Music, as far back as I can remember, always moved me in a big way – even as a small child.   It was when a kid brought a Fender Stratocaster to school that I was completely smitten by how incredibly cool and ‘outer-space’ the instrument was.  Around the same time, my dad was big into Eric Clapton and Dire Straits so I had seen Clapton and Knopfler rockin out when watching his concert videos and I was hooked on guitar.   A year later, I discovered the “Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap” ACDC album and went down the path of Hard Rock/Heavy Metal for the next decade, before I came back to the simplicity and emotional connection that Blues Music has always had for me, and as I discovered, for all the artists I admire.

                A list of inspirations would be long and constantly changing, but as a quick snapshot, these are some artists who have inspired me:   Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, SRV, Led Zep, Jeff Buckley, John Scofield, Django Reinhardt, Tom Petty, Pearl Jam, Albert Collins, Robert Cray – quite a varied bunch, from fusion jazz to gypsy to all out rock – but all centred in the blues way of having a strong emotional connection and playing/singing/writing in a very raw way.   I don’t like music that is too smooth.  I like to listen to the rawness.

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

                Through my teenage years, I was a HUGE Metallica fan.  The songs are quite challenging to play and are great for exploring music theory.  The way that I think that developed me to the point where I am now would be through relying on solid technical ability, whilst at the same time playing in a very raw and aggressive way.  It is sort of what I see in SRV and Django and is what I constantly aspire to.

3 – How long have you been playing/writing?

                I’ve been playing for about 20 years, but I did quit playing for about 5 years to follow a business career!  I have been writing as long as I have been playing, but my writing is very sporadic.  So when it comes, I really need to let it all come out and capture as much as I can.  My smartphone is my best tool for capturing it all.

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

                Generally once a week would be my goal, but that is not always possible in such an isolated place as Perth, Western Australia.  I am hoping to play some big national Blues Festivals at the end of the year such as Sydney Blues & Roots, Bendigo Blues and Blues@Bridgetown – will have some more info on this in the coming months.  I do like to rehearse with the band very regularly though, as I find it directly influences the confidence and creativity of the unit and how far we can take the music.

5 – What has been your favourite moment in music?

                I would have to say, the process of recording, mixing and producing this debut album has definitely been my highlight.  I learnt a lot and enjoyed it immensely.  Picked up some great ideas and techniques that I will be using on the next album which I will go into record next year.  The idea of chipping away at the recording to get it to sound like I hear it in my head, whilst also welcoming some happy accidents, has been so much fun.  That fact that the album has reached three number one spots in the US and Australia across some very respected charts is an unexpected highlight of this project.

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

                www.mattytwall.com is my website and you can chat with me on facebook too: www.facebook.com/mattytwall

Hope you are enjoying the album!

Speed Autobahn – Interview

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1 – When did you first get into music? What or who Inspired you?
Growing up i always had a passion for writing and doing music but never serious until I was in college. In college my passion and skills improved to the point, I decided to pursue a career in music. i was inspired by the drive and passion to create music that people could dance, party and groove too, but at the same time deliver a great message. having a great team around me like my manager Cyph Campaign, producer Danny Switchblade and singer Ezo helped push and inspire me to make my musical dream possible.
2 – Who did you grow up listening to, and does that impact on what you create now?
Growing up being from from queens, Nas was definitely my first musical inspiration and later artist like T.I, big L influenced my writing lyrically and uptempo flow. more seasoned  artist like James Brown, Prince, Michael jackson, David Bowie, David Guetta, kid Cudi, lady gaga and Chuck barry influenced me to become a greater entertainer and search for my own cool diverse sound. Bands like the Beatles, phantom, imagine dragons also help shape my sound.
3 – How long have you been playing/writing?
I have writing music since a kid, but started taking my music career serious in 2010.
4 – How often do you play live (include details and links for any upcoming gigs)?
I usually perform live every couple of months and in between work on new material. i have a few gigs coming up in August 2016 in NYC (August 23rd) and working on booking some gigs in August, early September in Las Vegas. I have a new project, E.N.S (earth Need 4 Speed) being released July 15th that will featuring my new single “Live It Up” and July 27, i’m releasing my new video “Shirts Off”.
5 – What has been your favorite moment in music?
I have a few favorite moments.
1) During one of my performance in New York, one of the audience members became so pumped and amped that he broke a beer bottle across his head. He started to bleed from his head, but continued to dance and enjoy himself as the rest of the audience cheered also kept on dancing.
2) During another show in New York, while performing my song “Shirts Off” members of the audience (males and Females) rip their shirts off as they danced and enjoyed themselves.
3) My first 1 hour performance at NYC’s Trash Bar in 2013. I was extremely nervous and hoping i would be able to rock and entertain the audience for the whole hour. During my performance, the energy was great and the audience was the amazing. I left the stage so motivated and pumped, that i knew i was born to do music.
6 – Where is the best place to find you online?
Website: Speedautobahn.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Speed-Autobahn-Fan-Page-293420584009339/
Soundcloud: soundcloud.com/speed-autobahn
Snapchat: Speed Autobahn
Instagram: speedautobahn