Suit of Lights – Interview

1 – When did you first get into music? What or who inspired you?
I grew up with some kids – The Kerwins – who were cousins with the punk band The Misfits. I got their “Bullet” ep and I was hooked.
2 – Who did you grow up listening to, and does that impact on what you create now?
I grew up in the punk scene, and that energy is still in the music. Soon after, I discovered more complex songwriting via Bowie and Costello.
3 – How long have you been playing/writing?
I started writing songs at a very young age, and co-wrote a lot with my
first band, The Fiendz. But I didn’t get serious about focusing on my
own material until I left the Rosenbergs in 2003-ish.

4 – How often do you play live (include details and links for any
upcoming gigs)?
We played four shows in 2004.
5 – What has been your favourite moment in music?
Collaborating with Trevor Dunn on our album, “Bacteria.”
6 – Where is the best place to find you online?
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Sertari – Interview


1 – When did you first get into music? What or who inspired you?
I grew up with some kids – The Kerwins – who were cousins with the punk band The Misfits. I got their “Bullet” ep and I was hooked.
2 – Who did you grow up listening to, and does that impact on what
you create now?

I grew up in the punk scene, and that energy is still in the music. Soon after, I discovered more complex songwriting via Bowie and Costello.
3 – How long have you been playing/writing?
I started writing songs at a very young age, and co-wrote a lot with my first band, The Fiendz. But I didn’t get serious about focusing on my own material until I left the Rosenbergs in 2003-ish.
4 – How often do you play live (include details and links for any
upcoming gigs)?

We played four shows in 2004.
5 – What has been your favourite moment in music?
Collaborating with Trevor Dunn on our album, “Bacteria.”
6 – Where is the best place to find you online?
suitoflights.com

Get to know more about Livia the enchanting new artist…

Livia’s enchanting and spellbinding new single  ‘Natural High’ is a perfectly executed, truly expressive and encapsulating piece of music. Through her adventures of loss, grief and healing she has poured herself into the song so much so that the listener is essentially taken through their own journey parallel to hers.
Similar to artists such as Inkubus Sukkubus, Nightwish, Stevie Nicks and Kate Bush her tranquil and spiritually binding sound is one that would fit perfectly at festivals such as Secret Garden Party and the world famous Glastonbury Festival
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1 – When did you first get into music? What or who Inspired you?
I think I was about 2 when I first realised what a ‘song’ was. My parents and I were on a road trip to Italy, visiting family, and Dire Straits’ ‘Money for Nothing’ started playing on the car radio. I loved the way the intro built up into that guitar riff and that was it, I was hooked! I learned the tune off by heart and it was my first discovery of ‘music’. Apparently, I used to sing to myself in my cot from a very young age, instead of crying.
2 – Who did you grow up listening to, and does that impact on what you create now?
Oh, absolutely. I grew up with a very diverse range of music – prog and rock from my dad, and folk and world from my mum. My earliest influences were a strange mix of Kate Bush, Fleetwood Mac and various other 70s and 80s rock bands, Enya, Clannad, Karen Carpenter, Cher and Kylie! I loved anything that created an atmosphere. I discovered ‘pop’ for myself once I started school and listened to pretty much anything and everything.
All I’ve absorbed over the years has influenced me somehow, but it wasn’t until the Spice Girls that I started thinking about performing as a career. For a lonely, self-conscious girl, they were a blessing! Like them or hate them, they were a pop phenomenon and it was like ‘wow, that’s what you can do with this music thing!’ It definitely inspired me to become a professional singer. But in terms of my sound, the early stuff I grew up with still influences me the most, as well as the bands I’ve more recently discovered in the last 5 years or so in the alternative and gothic scene. I’m really inspired by female-fronted heavy metal, believe it or not – those women can really sing and the music comes from a very raw, real place.  I guess I’d describe my music as alternative pop – it’s got some different sounds in there from everything I’ve absorbed, but it’s still pop.
3 – How long have you been playing/writing?
I wrote my first song at 16 – it was called ‘Alone’. But as I said earlier, I’ve been singing since I was a baby.
4 – How often do you play live (include details and links for any upcoming gigs)?
At the moment, my touring dancers ‘The Elementals’ and I are on our UK tour, promoting my album ‘Journey of an Empath’. The music is my story, but the dancers help me tell that story with elements of circus & theatre in the live show. We’ve had a very busy few months, pretty much a gig or festival every weekend (while various members of the group are working full time during the week) but we’re on a break over August before starting the second leg in September.
Tour dates:
3rd September – Warrington Viking & Medieval Market
10th-11th September – Eastbourne Steampunk Festival
18th September – Red Roar Festival – Red Lion, Gravesend
24th September – Harrogate Health & Healing Festival
1st October – Canterbury Mystical Market – Westgate Hall
29th October – Pagan Pride Anglia Samhain – Milton Keynes
26th November – Witchfest International – Brighton Centre
5 – What has been your favourite moment in music?
Being able to do this as a career is pretty amazing really. I’ve had the chance to work with a producer who wrote songs I grew up listening to, and recently at a gig, some of the audience were singing my song back to me, and that was a great moment! It can be enormous hard work, and there are downs as well as ups, but to have the chance to sing my words in front of people and have them buy the album or tell me that a track helped them through a bad time in their lives, is what makes it all worthwhile.
6 – Where is the best place to find you online?
My website is www.liviamusic.com
you can also find me on:
www.facebook.com/liviamusic
www.youtube.com/singtoliv
https://soundcloud.com/liviamusic
https://musicglue.com/livia/
 
Follow me on:
https://twitter.com/liviamusicuk
https://www.instagram.com/liviamusicinsta/
 
My album is available on https://liviamusic.bandcamp.com  as well as all good digital retailers J

The Dandy Horses – Interview

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1 – When did you first get into music? What or who Inspired you?
I think we all have different experiences of getting into music. Myself (Joanne) and Noeleen have been playing from early childhood. I was immersed in Irish traditional music which involved learning by ear and attending fleadhs and sessions across Ireland. My dad always played in local bars and clubs and he would have had me on stage singing from an early age and playing the tin whistle. I didn’t start to write songs fairly recently, and I think that is the same for the rest of the band- once we started there was no stopping us, and it was probably more exciting to write songs which could be arranged together. Noeleen is a classically trained violinist and learned guitar as an adult. It is amazing that Sean only began to learn musical instruments as an adult and is self-taught, which I think is great inspiration for anyone who thinks it is too late to learn. Marty and Rod (bass and drums) have been playing in various bands from their teenage years and are also self-taught. As a band, our musical inspirations and taste varies greatly, which is no bad thing as I think that our songwriting styles reflect different approaches and gives our new album an eclectic sound. Our musical inspirations are as diverse as Planxty, The Bothy Band, Fleetwood Mac, The Waterboys, Dexies, Alison Krauss, The Beach Boys, and Lou Reed.
2 – Who did you grow up listening to, and does that impact on what you create now?
My dad introduced me to The Beatles, Simon and Garfunkel, Leonard Cohen and folk stuff like the McGarrigle sisters growing up. I also listened to a lot of Mary Black and other Irish folk singers, and as a teenager I became more interested in bands like REM and The Pogues. Sean is a huge fan of pure traditional Irish music and would cite Andy Irvine as a huge influence; while Noeleen enjoys country music and listens to the Indigo Girls, the Dixie Chicks, The Wailing Jennies etc. I think our songwriting is influenced by the story-telling tradition of folk/roots music. We all enjoy songs with great melodies and hooks, and have been increasingly driven to develop our harmonies, with our bass player Rod now adding another layer of vocal depth. We have had comparisons with Fleetwood Mac because of the make-up of the band, and our harmonies have drawn comparisons with the Eagles and the Mama and Papas, which is no bad thing! Our sound certainly incorporates elements of folk, country and Irish traditional music, reflecting all of our influences.
3 – How long have you been playing/writing?
We started our initially as a three piece around four years ago having been playing folk and traditional covers/reels and jigs at weddings and bars before this. We changed our name to reflect the original sound, and then added Rod and Marty to the line-up in 2014 for the release of our second EP. We had been writing individually and decided to have a go at arranging some of our original material from 2012 onwards.  Our first EP was recorded very quickly and picked up interest in from BBC Radio Ulster, helping us to get gigs on the local music scene and establish our sound. Neither myself nor Sean had gigged seriously until the band formed, however Noeleen toured and played professionally for a number of years. Marty and Rod have played in a variety of bands since their teenage years and are the best rhythm section a band could wish for.
4 – How often do you play live (include details and links for any upcoming gigs)?
We have worked really hard since forming in 2012, and for extended periods we played several gigs a month, while maintaining weekly practice. We have enjoyed residencies at established city centre bars in Belfast playing our own material, and have spent summers playing at festivals across Ireland. Other gigs/venues include Arts Centres, local music clubs, live radio sessions, and performances at The Black Box and the Ulster Hall.  More recently, the band have undertaken international gigs, performing in Addis Ababa at the request of the Irish Embassy in 2015 and 2016. We also completed a successful tour of North Germany over the summer. Our main focus at the moment is launching our album ‘Tales from Hard Luck Town.’ We are set to have a launch party on a boat !- The Belfast Barge on 13th August. The summer has seen us touring extensively to promote our album and following the launch we perform at a lovely intimate venue in Bangor on 18th August called Fealty’s. It’s exciting !
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5 – What has been your favourite moment in music
Very hard to choose! I think the sold out launch of our second EP at the Black Box was a special moment/gig for all of us and we hope to top that on 13th August. Also gigging in other countries is surreal and something that we had never really anticipated happening. Hearing our songs on the radio is also a great buzz.
6 – Where is the best place to find you online? 
    www.thedandyhorses.com  We are also easily found on facebook and twitter.

Francisco Bayon – Interview


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

 Music of all genres has always been my deepest passion,since my early childhood. I used to take classes of piano,guitar and singing and when I was a teenager I started singing for a heavy metal band. That was my first professional experience as a singer and songwriter and Bruce Dickinson, James LaBrie and André Matos were my inspiration.

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

I grew up listening to every music genre,but probably who inspired me the most was Freddie Mercury and Queen.

I also founded a professional Queen cover band. I can really say their music is part of my life and of course their style, the power of voice and versatility  have no doubt influenced my present productions.  However, I can say my music comes from a mix of a variety of styles and influences.  I have been mainly focused on latin classical music for 20 years now,and my inspiration has been Jennifer Lopez, Mark Anthony and Pitbull,who have stressed the charm and appeal of latin music across the world, leaving the clichés normally associated to the genre.

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3 – How long have you been playing/writing?

 I have been writing music since 2002.

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

I spend the whole year travelling all over the world to take part to festivals and events. Next sunday 14th August and 31st August I will be performing in Genoa, Italy, so in my hometown for once!

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5 – What has been your favourite moment in music?

I have many wonderful memories, but maybe the best one is a Latin music festival I took part to in Latvia last year.  The public was really warm and welcoming and it was clear they really enjoyed the show. Everytime I am on stage, anyway, it is a wonderful experience which gives a feeling of energy and excitement. I love singing live on stage,and see everybody joining dancing and singing!

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

You can get all infos and news on my official websitewww.franciscobayon.com, where you can also subscribe to my newsletter!