GET TO KNOW: Glenn Harrold

When did you first get into music? What or who Inspired you?
It was the punk scene! I remember hearing the Sex Pistols as a young kid and being blown away! I wanted to be in a band after that, as punk had a great DIY attitude and it made forming a band easy.

Who did you grow up listening to, and does that impact on what you create now?
I was and still am a huge Beatles fan, they changed the world and set the template for songwriting. Their influence was immense both creatively and spiritually. I am currently reading a book about Swami Prabhupada the founder of the modern Krishna Consciousness movement and in the book it tells how George Harrison and John Lennon played a part in popularising them by their deep involvement with Prabhupada and the Hare Krishna movement. George even bought them The Manor which is their UK base which must be worth 20 million or more today. I went to the annual festival at the Manor last year, which had 70,000 devotees chanting, meditating and celebrating Krishna. It was amazing to see and to think that this was all down to George’s amazing donation, what a legacy!

How long have you been playing/writing?

I have been making music and writing songs since I was 17. For the last 20 years I have also been producing hypnosis and meditation recordings which have sold in the millions. So all in all  quite a long time now! J

How often do you play live (include details and links for any upcoming gigs)?
As a musician I am primarily studio based these days, but in my past I have played at some big venues like the Lyceum and Hammersmith Apollo to full houses. If the opportunity comes to tour and play live now I would be very open to that.

What has been your favourite moment in music?

In recent times I have been to some amazing gigs by the band James, they are awesome live.

A personal highlight was playing to a full house at the Hammersmith Apollo with the BBC1 cameras on us, which was pretty cool!

Where is the best place to find you online?

www.glennharrold.com

www.facebook.com/glenn.harrold

 

GET TO KNOW: Homesick Mick

When did you first get into music? What or who Inspired you?
I come from a musical family. My Grandad loved classical music and he and my mum were singers in local societies; and my dad taught me guitar when I was 5.
I remember from 4 onwards  my uncles used to play me their favourite tracks
 
Who did you grow up listening to, and does that impact on what you create now?
I had a wide range of influences growing up from Bach from my Grandad, Beatles and Stones from one uncle and Doris Day and Dusty Springfield from another. No one played me Jimi Hendrix or The Who so from then onwards I started my clandestine music research as a guitar player.
 
How long have you been playing/writing?
Since I was 4, give or take a few memory lapses (that was …3 years ago)
 
How often do you play live (include details and links for any upcoming gigs)?
I played support slot for a friend’s private party last Saturday just to get in!
I played four festival dates last summer including Wychwood on Cheltenham Racecourse.
More dates are being lined up next year for the release of my album.
 
What has been your favourite moment in music?
Too many to mention. I loved Adele at Glasto last summer, her last number I had tears brewing (she brings out my inner female !).
And Willie Nelson at Glasto the year I played-when the whole audience were singing You Were Always On My Mind.
Unforgettable .
 
Where is the best place to find you online?
www.homesickmick.com
and you can buy tracks online here
https://app.recordunion.com/Profile/118414#.WFnLpXecaRs

GET TO KNOW: Ginny Vee

When did you first get into music? What or who Inspired you?
I first got into music when I was about three years old. I got a small plastic Karaoke singing mike. My dad got it for me because he knew I liked singing. I used to sing Michael Jackson everywhere with it.
My dad always had a guitar in the house and would strum a bit. He also learned how to play piano as his mother (my Grandmother) was a music teacher. So I guess music has always been in the family.
I stole his guitar and tried to compose music with the help of my grandmother – who encouraged me; she was both a music teacher and an operatic singer -so was a huge influence on me when I was young.
I’ve been singing as long as I’ve been walking.
 
Who did you grow up listening to, and does that impact on what you create now?
My dad always played old cassettes especially when we travelled around Italy in our camper (that was our holidays). He played Michael Jackson, Celine Dion, Mariah Carey and a host of music from the 80’s and 90’s.
I guess I was exposed to all kinds of music. I was an only child and both parents were working so I spent a lot of time alone when not doing sports, so I listened to the radio in my bedroom – and that is unusual for an Italian kid. Now what is also unusual in Italy, is that I lived not far from Camp Derby; a huge American military base near Livorno. And there I could listen to American radio with a lot of American music influences. So rather than grow up on Italian music and songs – I grew up singing American and English songs – I guess that is why I prefer to sing in English. It had a such an impact on me, that now I only sing in English and have more of an English style to what I do.
 
How long have you been Singing/writing?
I’ve been singing since I was three and I wrote my first song when I was six years old – using my dad’s guitar. It was called “La Casa Bianca” – the white house. Not as in Trump’s new abode – but my perfect dream house which was… white.
I’ve been singing ever since and I’ve written and co written pop and even a song in the style of  Kizomba.
 
How often do you play live (include details and links for any upcoming gigs)?
I toured with an Italian girl group  for about six years and we would do live cover shows all across Italy and Europe.
At the peak we did about 80 live shows a year – from small venues up to major radio tours; with up to fifteen thousand people .
Performing live is what it is all about for me. I’m now starting to build my own material and Give Me Dynamite is my first solo single, so I’m going to release a few more songs and then build a tour around them.
I hope to be getting back with live performances later in 2017 – but of course I hope to be doing a few live appearances with  Give Me Dynamite.
 
What has been your favourite moment in music?
It may not mean much outside of Italy – but in August 2014 I was asked to a do a duet with a legend in the Italian music world – Dodi Battaglia from the Italian super group Pooh.
When you get the chance to be on stage and sing a live duet with someone you grew up listening to on the radio, and having been to their concerts (The first convert I ever went to when I was eleven), it was really special. So far the favorite moment of my music career.
 
Where is the best place to find you online?
You can find me at www.ginnyvee.com – where I have my new single with all the different links to it, and all my social media links. There you can join me on this adventure.

GET TO KNOW: Lenny Bunn

When did you first get into music? What or who Inspired you?
I have always had music around me, I remember being very small and having my Mum bop around to the Carpenters or Abba, I then went through my early teens listening to pop and discovering music from the sixties (The Beatles, Buddy Holly, Chuck Berry etc).
Who did you grow up listening to, and does that impact on what you create now?
I grew up with mainly Pop and sixties pop until such times as I discovered bands like the Rolling Stones, Free, Pink Floyd etc, so I found out it was cool to use feedback! All my influences even from my young age have a great impact and have added a massive variance to my work.
 
How long have you been playing/writing?
It must be 30 years coming up…..damn where did that go?
 
How often do you play live (include details and links for any upcoming gigs)?
I haven’t been playing live this year and no immediate plans other than in sessioning this year. I have become a studio rat these days and am mainly concentrating on writing and production for others. I am getting the itch though, so soon I am sure.
 
What has been your favourite moment in music?
Playing in front of 35,000 people, supporting some very big names and I also suppose my first ever TV appearance on one hand, then there are the personal creative moments with others that could never be replaced, I think I value that more, when two or three people can think and play together as one.
 
Where is the best place to find you online?
I am quite easily found online via my website www.lennybunn.uk or Facebook and Twitter, pop by and say hello!

GET TO KNOW: I N J I N

When did you first get into music? What or Who Inspired you ?
It was the beautiful vibrant sounds within Orchestras and Big bands with their power swings, that my Mother and Father played constantly throughout our home. I was drawn to music at a very early age. Both my parents could sing very well too. And I saw how music affected people, right from the start. So I suppose it was my parents whom led me into music world, without realizing it. My Father could imitate Frank Sinatra’s voice or Dean Martin, and used to talk about various things relating. I remember loving the sheer power of big sounds.
Who did you grow up listening to, and does that impact on what you create now.
Well, in my youth, I suppose the Radio’ being the main listening    device at home, always played a lot of American talent over in the UK, and the Swing Bands and Singers were brilliant. I loved them all, because of there complicity, and bounce. Electrifying. Beautiful arrangements. And through the years of changes in music, I have studied more on the American side. They were so much more Melodic. And so, having lived and worked in the States, has made me say yes, the American music has an impact on me, to write and think’ the American way.
How long have you been playing/writing.
I started playing in Pop Groups with 4x or 5x people’  in my teens. But when I was 9 or 10yrs old, I started writing poems, long before I started writing song lyrics. So looking back, I would say, music is the major part of my life.And I still have much to give.
How often do you play Live’ (including details and Links for any upcoming gigs)
At the moment I am not playing Live. I am working on a new concept in my home studio. I have an Album out called Tennessee’ using my character name I N J I N and again’ it was created for the American Market, in fact from this Album, I have  ‘mind created’  a great’ idea for a  ‘West End Show’ And I will be working on this too. My Web Site is– www.injin.co.uk and Film: https://youtu.be/gwqGYoJ5ggE
What has been your favourite moment in music.?
Goodness me, I have many favourite moments in playing Live’, Being congratulated for my work by Big names, was also rewarding.  And they were good friends too. There was a fantastic moment in West Germany whereby I was called upon, to front a well known Rock band  to play in a Complex that fronted onto open fields as far as one’ could see. This was to be the Annual European Hells Angel Convention. The Main field and surrounding fields were totally full, of Angels and Motor bikes of every description, including the latest Harley Davidson’s.
Where is the best place to find you online?
I am online in many places, the Main place is: www.injin.co.uk where my I N J I N Story is’ also on Soundcloud, and Twitter,.. Facebook, – (under Roger James) Film: https://youtu.be/gwqGYoJ5ggE  and in other drops on Youtube.
 

GET TO KNOW: Screams On Sunday’s front women Patty

When did you first get into music? What or who Inspired you?
A long time ago, actually! I mean, I remember those times when I was younger and there were guests at home, I would tell them all to pay attention and watch me improvise and sing stuff. Most of the time I would improvise about super silly stuff, but I do remember singing a lot at home, all the time. I do mean ALL the time. But I first got into music, in a more serious way, when I joined a choir at school. We did musicals and stuff and I really liked it, but that wasn’t meant for me. I wanted something more powerful, something like rock music and a band to play with. I never envisioned myself singing alone on a stage, always wanted someone with me.
Regarding what inspired me… I’ve asked myself that so many many times… And still don’t know. I never had anyone as a role model, never wanted to be like anyone. I just liked and admired people (and still do). I guess that some of those that inspired me and still do were bands like Linkin Park, Papa Roach, and my personal favourite even now, All Time Low.
Who did you grow up listening to, and does that impact on what you create now?
I grew up listening to a lot of different stuff. My dad would play a lot stuff like U2 or Bon Jovi, and my mom preferred stuff like Eros Ramazzotti (an Italian singer) or pop. I started getting into rock when I was 11 or 12. Some of my classmates would show me new bands and I started investigating on my own and looking for stuff that no one around me had ever heard of. I grew up listening to bands like Linkin Park, All Time Low, A Day To Remember, U2, Bon Jovi…  Of course, everything that I’ve listened to till now impacts me and inspires me, even stuff that I don’t enjoy much, but I think it’s important to learn from everything and everyone.
How long have you been playing/writing?
As I said, I’ve been singing since I can remember. But, if we talk about being serious about singing, I guess that started when I was 15/16. About writing… I guess improvising is writing in some kind of way, as writers did years ago with the automatic writing: they would write whatever first came to their minds. Of course, we do elaborate our songs, but improvisation plays an important role when writing. That can also make songs somehow fresh and not so manipulated.
How often do you play live (include details and links for any upcoming gigs)?
We try to play live as much as we can, ‘cos we love it and we can never get enough, and we know people also love it. For now, we’re preparing the shows for next year, so stay tuned!
What has been your favourite moment in music?
Wow, this is a tough one. I think one of my favourite moments was when Screams On Sunday started. My other band had recently split up and I was not sure if I would be able to sing again in a band I liked, ‘cos it was so hard finding the members of the last one. But we eventually did, and it really made me happy, I swear. Another moment I loved was when Screams On Sunday went to London. I think that shows determination and passion. Why else would someone go to another country to play music?
Where is the best place to find you online?
We are online almost everywhere (YouTube, Soundcoud, Twitter, Reverbnation…)! But, best place to get in touch with us is Facebook or Twitter. You can also check out our super awesome website www.screamsonsunday.com and write us an e-mail 😀

Tom Grennan’s Almost Undiscovered Talent


Singer songwriter Tom Grennan came close to never discovering his enchanting voice as it wasn’t until he got a little tipsy at a party and started singing that he and everyone else realised he had a hidden talent.
“I got p**sed up for the first time at a party and just started singing. I remember going back to school and my friends were like, ‘Do you wanna join a band?’ I said, ‘F**k off’. Ended up doing it, and loved it.”
You wouldn’t know it from Tom’s songs but his dyslexia can often get in the way for him when writing, but he notes that “Basically, how I write now is that mentally I put stuff on a washing line. I just hang it all up and pick different parts in my head. So then I pick odd socks, lyrics- wise, and I put an odd sock to 
an odd sock and think, ‘How can I make that a pair of pearly whites?’ It’s weird.”
Tom’s new EP Something In The Water is certainly worth a listen and he describes it as “raw and real; it’s an introduction to the world really, basically saying, ‘I’m Tom, I’m going to do bigger than this, but this is me right now.’ I just want to make an epic sound, like an orchestral sound. Violins, cellos, trumpets, saxophones, all that kind of stuff – just epic.”

GET TO KNOW: Lasso Moon

1 – When did you first get into music? What or who Inspired you?
Bobby: I got into music and songwriting when I was around 13 through my Dad, he was obsessed with Echo and the Bunnymen. I thought McCulloch was cool as fuck so I decided I’d give singing and writing a bash.
Dan: I started playing keyboard when I was 10 but didn’t get into guitar until I was 15. I’d grown up listening to Meatloaf in my Dad’s van. I had a Beatles chord book and that was all I played until I got bored of that. Then I started writing and recording my own stuff on a cassette player I got from a car boot sale.
2 – Who did you grow up listening to, and does that impact on what you create now?
Josh:Like most bands we all grew up listening to different music. I was obsessed with Slipknot, Korn, Limp Bizkit and Nirvana. We definitely all have different influences but there are common threads. Nick Cave, a lots of Blues music, some boss Liverpool bands, they all help in our creative process
3 – How long have you been playing/writing?
Bobby:- Separately we’ve all been playing and writing since we were kids. We’ve all known each other a long time, in and out of different bands. As LASSO MOON we came together this year .. it just felt right.
4 – How often do you play live (include details and links for any upcoming gigs)?
Josh: As Lasso Moon we’ve only played one gig. We’ve been concentrating on getting the sound right, on getting the recordings to sound right. Putting a bit of music out to give people a taste of what we’d be like live. We rehearse loads and we’ve all played a shit load of gigs in other bands and projects. Bob and Ben toured Russia with Broken Men. We’ve all done a lot of big festivals so we are dead excited to get out and do some boss gigs as Lasso Moon. We have our Kimota Codeine single launch planned for February in Liverpool.
5 – What has been your favourite moment in music?
Dan: With SANKOFA we where signed to a label in Liverpool that only release music on vinyl, Eighties Vinyl Records. My finest moment in music is one of the releases we did for them. It’s a picture disk vinyl designed by Stanley Mouse who did artwork for Greatful Dead and Led Zeppelin. It’s a combination of two dreams, I’ve always loved his posters from the sixties and seventies, it was an honour for him to do it for us and I’d always wanted to release my music on vinyl because it’s analogue,it’s immortal.
6 – Where is the best place to find you online?
https://www.facebook.com/lassomoon
https://soundcloud.com/lassomoon
https://www.instagram.com/lassomoon
 

GET TO KNOW: Bayonesse

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1 – When did you first get into music? What or who Inspired you?
Christy – I started to get obsessed with writing music about 10 years ago and would go to sleep with my mini recorder.  The songs would pour out as I was falling asleep.  I grew up in a musical family, where my parents had a band and performed a lot, but for some reason, when I was young, I was turning in the other direction toward  photography, film and poetry.  As a professional visual artist I often used music as my main source of inspiration, and about the time that I did my first major art show in Los Angeles, the music kicked up in me.  Art and film were fueling the music, and some of my first unreleased songs were written as soundtracks for a film I was working on.  Musically and lyrically, Jeff Buckley, Muse, Leonard Cohen, Townes Van Zandt, Bjork and Eddie Vedder were inspiring me.
Ryan – Officially when I was about 15.  The guitarists really got to me.  I would listen to Guns & Roses, Metallica or Van Halen,  and thought “These guys must get all the girls!” So I saved up all the money I could and went out and bought a friends secondhand guitar and amp.  I immersed myself in it and it just took me.
2 – Who did you grow up listening to, and does that impact on what you create now?
Christy – There was a wide range of music around me, from Metallica, to Paul Simon, but what I create today is more organic and inspired by whims and random impulses.  I like going into the writing process from a fresh place, where I can let intuition take over.
Ryan – I listened to just about everything that was coming out in the 90’s, from Peter Gabriel, U2, Collective Soul, Nirvana, Soundgarden, Metallica, Tears for Fears to Marilyn Manson, Stone Temple Pilots, Pearl Jam, Nine Inch Nails, anything that was playing on the radio.  I think I still have that basic sound programmed into my subconscious and It definitely impacts my writing.  There was some amazing music back then so I don’t think thats a bad thing!
3 – How long have you been playing/writing?
Christy – I started playing the piano when I was a kid but rebelled against being forced to practice, so that fizzled out.  The poetry in me started around 16 and I’ve been writing music as a hobby for about 10 years.  It’s been the last three years that I’ve really focused on finalizing and recording these songs with Ryan.
Ryan – I’ve been playing since I was about 15, immediately started writing at that point.  Didn’t record my first tunes until years later, but I had a book full of tunes to choose from by then.
 
4 – How often do you play live (include details and links for any upcoming gigs)?
Christy – At the moment we’re focusing on finalizing the album “Bleeding Heart”
Ryan – Haven’t played live in a bit, currently working on a few albums for Bayonesse and my other band Forty Point so that keeps me in the studio quite a bit.
 
5 – What has been your favourite moment in music?
Christy – Directing and performing in our music video for “Angel Touching Down.’  Everything really comes alive for me at that moment and the essence of the song becomes cemented in stone for eternity, in this complete aesthetic experience.
Ryan – We played a gig at a club in LA called the Good Hurt, cool venue, there was a big crowd and we were solid, or at least it felt like it while we were playing.
6 – Where is the best place to find you online?
Official Music Video for Debut Song https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aNsSIuYZCT0
 
Website: http://www.bayonesse.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Bayonesse
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bayonesse/
Youtube:  http://bit.ly/2fzmgQn
Soundcloud:  https://soundcloud.com/bayonesse
iTunes http://apple.co/2fwh0to
Amazon: http://amzn.to/2fZVukQ
Google Play:  http://bit.ly/2fMYfmF
Spotify: http://spoti.fi/2g071QS