GET TO KNOW: Jodie H Dunn

When did you first get into music? What or who Inspired you?
My sister started learning how to play keyboard when she was younger and after years of her old keyboard being sat under the bed I picked it up at the age of 9 and started using the Demo tracks listed on the keyboard to create my own lyrics and melodies over them, then I gradually became more and more self taught on the keyboard creating completely my own songs and lyrics, picking up my sisters keyboard really gave me that inspiration to write music and it was then I knew that writing music was what I loved doing.
Who did you grow up listening to, and does that impact on what you create now?
I grew up listening to all my parents favourite Artists, like Michael Jackson, UB40, Madonna and The Police all of which played a role in how i wanted to portray my music to people and they just showed me how music should be and how people should be able to enjoy your music that you create or be able to relate to the lyrics. All those artists have strong meanings in their songs and you can feel that, that’s what i want to re-create in my music.
How long have you been playing/writing?
I’ve been playing the keyboard since the age of 9 and officially started writing my own music at the age of 10, very simplistically but over the years i have gradually become more self taught so my songs are much less simplistic and more meaningful.
How often do you play live (include details and links for any upcoming gigs)?
I have done gigs in the past at a few local pubs and have performed covers along with my own songs which i gained great feedback from, the gigs i have done gave me allot of confidence when i was at my music college ‘The Academy Of Music And Sound.’ I have not got any planned gigs as of yet but plan to do a performance hopefully soon.
What has been your favourite moment in music?
My favourite moment in music was getting to watch how Andy Whitmore and his Team at ‘Greystoke Studio’s’ Transformed my song ‘I Belong In Hell’ from a song i wrote on a keyboard to a song you might perhaps hear on the radio, I’ve never experienced anything quite like it and they really brought my song to life. It was a great experience and i never wanted to leave.
Where is the best place to find you online?
You can find me on Youtube – https://www.youtube.com/user/TheNumber5Rules
Soundcloud – https://soundcloud.com/jodiehelendunn/ibelonginhell
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/jodiehelendunn/
Instagram – JodieHDunn

GET TO KNOW: My heart is a metronome

When did you first get into music? What or who Inspired you?
We started out as a band about 4 years ago. Well, actually, it all started with Mattis Malinen (vocals and guitar) who wrote a whole lot of music on his own and then busked the streets throughout Europe. When he came back home to Sweden he felt the songs lacked a rhythm section. This is where Gustaf Simonsson (bass) and Felix Carlsten(drums) joined the band.
Mattis used to collect live videos on his harddrive when he was around 15. One day he found a video of the band System of a down playing a show at Big day out festival. The guitarist Daron Malakian was acting crazy, running around stage, spinning around, throwing himself on the ground to play a solo. This is what got Mattis into playing guitar. The rest is history.
Gustaf had been interested in music for his whole life. Growing up in a family with his mother who was an opera singer and grandpa who was a cantor, it was no coincidence Gustaf started to play music at a young age. He did his first live performance as a new born baby, representing “the new year” on a party. He then used to perform on every big family occasion singin’ funny songs alone on stage. When he was 9 years old he was learning how to play the guitar. He was really focused to learn how to play a clean barré chord. He tried and tried, but did not succeed. He got so disappointed and sad that he climbed into a closet, held the door shut from the inside and refused to get out. That is what you call a real musician! Legend says he still walks into his closet when he can’t figure out the right chord for a song.
When it comes to Felix he literally started playing the drums on ice cream boxes, saucepan lids and plastic toys when he was 14 years old. He also liked to go to the kitchen, open the pantry and oven and hit everything that would make a sound. At last, his parents got so annoyed (impressed?) that they finally bought him a drum kit. However, we want to believe that they bought him the drumkit due to that they thought he had talent. Funny thing is that it is the same drumkit as he plays on, on the song “Feel Think”.
As a band, My heart is a metronome takes inspiration from almost everything. Might sounds like a cliché but that’s the truth. We listen to all kinds of music and if the music is good, it’s something to be inspired by.
 
Who did you grow up listening to, and does that impact on what you create now?
We all listened to different kinds of music and therefore also have different backgrounds. But we feel that it gives us a flexibility and creativity that makes us write cool stuff. We try not to get restricted to what we SHOULD sound like – but how we WANT to sound like. One day we might want to be sound frantic and noisy, another day we might want to sound more chill. But, to answer your question and to mention some of the bands that we listened to growing up – The Beatles, Kings of Leon, Backstreet Boys, Otis Redding, Cannibal Corpse and Madonna. A grand mixture, ain’t it?
 
How long have you been playing/writing?
Each one of us has been playing music for at least half of our lives. But as a band we’ve played together for about four years now.
 
How often do you play live (include details and links for any upcoming gigs)?
It depends on in what ”phase” we are – if we are writing new songs, if we are recording new songs or if we have just released new songs. For the last 6 months we’ve been writing A LOT of new songs in our basement rehearsal space (as we write all the music through jamming together). This means that we’ve only played live like 2 or 3 times during this period. But now, after releasing a new single and as we are about to release a new EP, we will play live a whole lot more. Right now, together with our manager Tobias Rosén at Soul City Enterprise, we’re planning our tour throughout Sweden and hopefully some gigs abroad as well. Hopefully we’ll visit the UK again soon…
 
What has been your favourite moment in music?
It would be time when we were touring the UK for two weeks. It was a very memorable trip since we had to sleep in the car (SAAB 9-3, a really tiny car for three guys to sleep in, trust us!) for 14 days and the fact that we got pulled over by some German cops on Autobahn since they did a ”random” check to search our car for drugs. Of course we didn’t have any drugs (???) but the stop made us miss the ferry back to Sweden so we had to drive all the way instead.
Besides that we’ve played some crazy fun shows in our home country!
 
Where is the best place to find you online?
The best place to find us online would be on our Facebook (/myheartisametronome), Instagram (@myheartisametronome), on Twitter (@mhiamband) and on Snapchat (@mhiamband).
The best place to find our music online is on Spotify (link: https://open.spotify.com/artist/4aaBqtuCgkgQce4h3lZKDc), Youtube (link: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQ_sirsd9qo6wFKnBVv0pHQ), SoundCloud (link: https://soundcloud.com/myheartisametronome-1) or on Amazon/iTunes.

GET TO KNOW: Jethro

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

I was always inspired from a young age, I used to always feel so much emotion listening to music as a child, I got into writing poetry and expressing myself and I started to make it rhyme when I was really young and that progressed into rapping over music. I think the song “Dear Mama” by 2pac really inspired me, I felt if  Tupac could be a tough alpha male rapper but still talk about loving his mama and the song “Brendas got a baby” about teenage abortion, raw human needs and pain then so could I, I started to write and release and it felt like therapy to me.

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

Lots of Irish music, real story telling music, folk, bob Dylan, bob Marley, 2pac , native American music, classical a whole melting pot of all music, it has all inspired me in some way or another. 

How long have you been playing/writing?

Since 2004. that was when I released my first CD “clipped wings” it was just experimenting. 

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

I haven’t played live for a while as I’m so busy in the studio producing for myself and others and writing. 2017 is gonna be a big year for gigs I’m getting booked up! were launching my new website alonestar.co.uk next month. All my gigs will be listed. 

What has been your favourite moment in music?

Gig wise performing in Russia to 90,000 people. it was insane! Hearing my song on the radio for the first time and performing gigs and seeing a fan sing or rap along with you is pretty awesome.

The best thing though was when an American lady messaged me she had lost 2 sons in the Iraqi war and was so alone and depressed and was about to commit suicide but she was listening to my song “Catalyst” and she said it changed her mind, she started crying and made a decision to keep on living. It really touched me of course and made me realise the power of music. It was real! 

Where is the best place to find you online?

Twitter.com/alonestar

facebook.com/alonestar

soundcloud.com/alonestar

smarturl.it/AlonestarMUSIC http

instagram.com/alonestarphoto

GET TO KNOW: Matt Boroff

When did you first get into music? What or who inspired you
I got into to music early. I remember having this little kid-sized orange and cream coloured record player that I listened to a 45 of Elton John’s Bennie and the Jets on over and over. My father was heavily into The Rolling Stones and I guess when he saw that his four year old son was digging them too, he let me run around with his copy of their double album Hot Rocks. I can still remember lying on my back in our living room listening to that album while grasping strands of the brown shag rug in my small fists wondering what the hell it all meant. It attracted and repelled me at the same time but curiosity always got the best of me and I’ve been hooked ever since.
 
Who did you grow up listening to, and does that impact on what you create now?
I grew up listening to tons of different things that surely have had an impact on what I’m writing today. Anything from 50s, 60s and 70s rock to Motown, to late 60s folk artists like Tim Buckley and Nick Drake. From old school Hip Hop artists to speed metal, hardcore and punk bands. And last but certainly not least, a whole lot of film soundtracks and original scores from luminaries such as Ennio Morricone, Jerry Goldsmith, John Barry and more.
 
As a young kid I listened to a lot NYC’s FM radio stations in the 70s and 80s like WPLJ and CBS FM that played a lot of pop, rock and oldies stuff. Long rides with my parents in their smoke filled car driving from the suburbs of New Jersey to the Jersey shore. The radio was always on. Between the ages of 10 and 12, I had a close friend in the 80s whose stepfather Larry was a fulltime DJ that hosted private parties every weekend in NYC. He had an entire storage room filled from floor to ceiling with vinyl that we were allowed to explore provided that we put back whatever took out. It was a like a library of sound. He had everything from punk and new wave to 50s, 60s and 70s rock to classical music and film soundtracks. So I found all sorts of things in there that helped shape my musical world. Looking back, I was always someone that loved a particular song or part of a particular song and might not care for the rest. In a way I think that’s what writing is about, knowing what you’re after and filtering out the rest. In my case it was like I was a dog responding to a dog whistle that those around didn’t seem to care about or hear. I can’t say why, but my entire being was always drawn to this mood that was brooding, reflective, sensual and primitive all at the same time. I didn’t usually find entire albums that felt like that to me. I mostly found it in songs and parts of songs that I later tried to emulate. Anyway, Larry had a couple of other DJs working for him on the weekends from a local NJ radio station called WFMU. So I started listening to WFMU and it really blew my 10 year old mind. As far as I’m concerned it remains one of the most interesting stations out there to this day. It’s been shunning the mainstream for decades and remains a haven for all things eclectic. Pretty much anything goes. I didn’t have an older brother or mentor to show me the ropes of what was and wasn’t cool musically, so bumping into these guys at a young age was really eye opening and educational for me in terms of understanding all the different forms that music could take.
In the late eighties I was a 14 year old kid in Northern NJ caught in the middle of a dysfunctional and tumultuous family life. School was already in the toilet and the one and only thing that made any sense to me at all was music. So at that time I made up my mind that I was going to dedicate myself to music no matter what happened to me because ultimately I knew that if I wasn’t able to turn myself into a musician, I didn’t actually care what happened to me. I basically locked myself in my bedroom for at least eight hours a day after school and on weekends teaching myself to play guitar by playing along with my favourite hardcore and speed-metal albums. About a year later I emerged able to play and I was looking for a band to join. There was this guy Jerry in my art class who was two years older than me that played guitar in a hardcore band called Hatred. They rehearsed 5 days a week and played regular weekend gigs in NJ and NYC. There were a bunch of kids in high school that were part of a larger scene who would go to see the all ages Sunday Matinee hardcore shows at NYC’s famed CBGB. Jerry and his band were part of that scene. So when they ended looking for a second guitarist, I was the first one in line and I got the gig. That was it for me and I never looked back.
 
How long have you been playing/writing?
I’ve been playing guitar seriously for about 30 years and I began writing music right around the same time. I started to actually write and sing my own songs a little later on.
 
How often do you play live (include details and links for any upcoming gigs)?
From 2004 to 2010 I toured solidly throughout Europe with my band Matt Boroff & the Mirrors. After releasing my first solo LP in 2010 I played a little less frequently but with the release of my 3rd solo album Grand Delusion this year, the Mirrors have reformed as a live act and we’re gearing up to do some serious touring behind this album in 2017. We’ll be in London on February 6th at Old Blue Last. Upcoming tour dates for 2017 are being planned now.
 
What has been your favourite moment in music?
I think there’s some truth to statement – everything is relative. Despite some of the more outward things I’ve accomplished in music, believe it or not one of my favourite moments remains passing the audition and getting the gig in my high school band. The guys in the band were all a few years older than me which can seem like lifetimes at that age. At the time that I heard they were looking for a guitarist, everything in my world felt like a hopeless disaster that kept getting worse. So I learned and practiced those songs to death as if there was no tomorrow and when I got the gig it somehow felt like I had an actual purpose and anything was possible.
 
Where is the best place to find you online?
Probably Facebook, Twitter or my website.
https://www.facebook.com/mattboroff
https://twitter.com/mattboroff
https://www.instagram.com/mboroff/
www.mattboroff.com
 

GET TO KNOW: Rosie O’Sullivan

When did you first get into music? What or who Inspired you? 
I first got into music when I was 8 years old. My headteacher at primary school started a school choir which I joined and loved every second of. In year 5 I was given the chance to audition for The National Youth Choir Of Great Britain, which I sang alongside for 7 years which offered incredible experiences like singing in the BBC proms and singing in esteemed venues such as The Royal Albert Hall and The Symphony Hall along side some of the finest conductors and choral singers in Europe. From this I knew music and singing was going to be my life and how much I loved it !
 
Who did you grow up listening to, and does that impact on what you create now? 
I grew up listening to my mum and dads CD collections that were endless. My favourites were Nina Simone, Louis Armstrong, Gladys Knight and Aretha Franklin, they still are! There wouldn’t be a car journey without the rousing sounds of the 60’s and 70’s. As I got older I was able to dig deeper into my parents cd collection and started listening to Motown and Soul and this is what changed my musical life completely. I fell in love with the sounds and the voices of James Brown, Sam Cooke, Whitney Houston, Etta James, Stevie Wonder and Jackie Wilson and have never looked back.
 
How long have you been playing/writing? 
I have been singing since I was 8 years old and playing the piano since I was 12. Before learning the piano I started playing the saxophone as when I was little this was the coolest instrument out there,  in my eyes.
The first song I ever wrote was called ‘A Million Dreams’ and I was 14 at the time. After 4 years of life experiences I then began writing again I was around 18. I left home and went to university and this is where all the songwriting began.
 
How often do you play live (include details and links for any upcoming gigs)?
I try and play live as often as I can, I aim for once a week whether it be a public function or private. You can find a list of events and gigs on my website or on Bands In Town.
 
What has been your favourite moment in music? 
I have so many favourite moments in my musical journey and in others. My favourite ones have got to be stepping on stage at The London Palladium in front of Simon Cowell, Alesha Dixon and 2000 people and seeing every single audience member on their feet cheering for me at the end of my performance. This confirmed what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. Also being able to complete my Debut Album was so much fun I learnt so much and got to work with some incredibly talented people.
 
Where is the best place to find you online?unspecified
The best place to find me online is my website
www.rosieosullivan.co.uk or if you want to listen type Rosie O’Sullivan into YouTube.
 

GET TO KNOW: The Maladaptive Solution

When did you first get into music?
I remember trying to pick up and play a guitar as a toddler.  Music has always been a part of my life.  My mother and quite a bit older sisters were always playing music.  I was in my first band as a teen.  The other contributors to the project have similar stories.  Actual mileage may vary.
What or who Inspired you? 
Everything in some way can be a source of inspiration.  The creation of The Maladaptive Solution was inspired by a business perspective by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis and different approach they took to mainstream success.  Looking long term, seeing that a band like Big Star are more popular now thea when they existed.  Also quantum physics and existentialism.
Who did you grow up listening to, and does that impact on what you create now?
I grew up listening to The Beatles, The Monkees, Kiss, punk and new wave, then discovered Power Pop.  I find I rarely enjoy albums where there is only one person singing.  I like a variety of voices, so when The Maladaptive Solution was being conceived, it was important to have a variety of voices singing lead, background and writing.
How long have you been playing/writing? 
Too Long, really The Maladaptive Solution is composed of industry veterans, although each member has been in and out of the industry in various ways.  Collectively the contributors to The Maladaptive Solution probably have a hundred years of experience haha.
How often do you play live (include details and links for any upcoming gigs)?
The Maladaptive Solution was originally conceived as a Virtual Recording only project.  However, many of the contributors can be found playing throughout Australia, Europe and the States in various other projects almost every day.  That being said, we reserved the right to change out mind and will be putting together a UK/European tour later in 2017 in some form.
What has been your favourite moment in music?  
Shortly after the “soft” release of our first EP/Movement “Heal”, a person wrote an email saying that he was a Public Defender and saw the worst in humanity every day and that the EP made it worth getting up every morning.  That and every moment when you find that new song, that becomes stuck in your head.
Where is the best place to find you online?
Usually by some internet connected device, unless you can get on the Internet telepathically:).  Actually
Twitter: https://twitter.com/MldptvSltnMusic
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheMaladaptiveSolution/
Instagram https://www.instagram.com/themaladaptivesolution/
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GET TO KNOW: James Kennedy

When did you first get into music? What or who Inspired you?
I was always in to music from a very early age and I was raised in a very musical household. My parents didn’t play any Instruments but they were always very into music so there was always good music blasting at our house. From a young age I was always singing & dancing but I started getting in to music properly when I got a Guitar for my 9th birthday. My dad showed me a little blues riff he knew & I was hooked! I taught myself how to play over the next few years and by the time I was a teenager I was out gigging.
Who did you grow up listening to, and does that impact on what you create now?
Mostly what my parents listened to, which thankfully was all awesome – so things like pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, The Beatles, Kate Bush, Frank Zappa etc and I really do think that it still does impact my music even today. Even though my personal musical influences change all the time, I’m glad that my early ‘schooling’ was in the greats – I’m eternally grateful that my parents weren’t Osmonds fans 😉
How long have you been playing/writing?
Man, I’ve been gigging since I was a teenager but I didn’t start writing until about 20 when I started working at a recording studio and started noodling with ideas during downtime. Those ideas ended up turning into my 1st album!
How often do you play live (include details and links for any upcoming gigs)?
I’ve been playing live relentlessly for many years all over the UK and abroad but at the moment, the only place I am playing live is at people houses as part of my Pledge Music campaign. It’s a special exclusive I’m doing just for my Pledgers and it’s been so much fun! I’m sure I’ll be back on stage again though in no time & the best place to get news on that is on my Social networks.
What has been your favourite moment in music?
Awww there’s SO many! I guess for me, rather than any musical achievements, the best moments for me have been the good times I’ve had & the amazing people I’ve met along the way. Memories like watching the sun come up behind the CN Tower in Toronto whilst drinking beer in a rooftop jacuzzi with great mates, or driving ourselves around Europe in a little transit Van (that we’re also sleeping in) for a month on tour and the touching gifts, support & good times had with new friends along the way – thats the real reward for me amongst all the hardship & let downs that also happen in this crazy business.
Where is the best place to find you online?
I can be found on all Social media sites as JamesKennedyUK (or JamesKennedyStuff on Youtube). My website at www.jameskennedystuff.com has links to everything from there also!