GET TO KNOW: Mike Maro

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

I was consciously heavily attracted to music when I was 8 years old. I remember a 16 years old friend of mine rapping Sisquo’s song “Unleash the Dragon” and I wanted to know how he could memorise the flow and sing along like that. Ever since then I isolated myself with music, learning lyrics as I listened to songs and even buying various lyric books. My household made it easier for me to find music as well. There was always some new music I would discover like a Michael Bolton CD or Phil Collins down to Winans Phase 2 etc.

I was so inspired when I heard “We Got Next” by Winans Phase 2. Intrigued by the fact that they rapped and sang well at the same time. Their melodies, story telling skill and the fact that it was an album dedicated to God was what first got me amped about music.

 

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

I grew up listening to a bit of everything and I am still finding new sounds which has helped me evolve as an artist. As a child I listened to Michael Jackson, Janet Jackson, Winans Phase 2, 2face Idibia, Backstreet Boys, Kirk Franklin, Shirley Caesar, P-square, Biggie & Pac, Usher, Naughty by Nature, Sisquo, Ja Rule, Mya, Missy Elliot etc basically old school music and tunes from the 90s era.

In my teenage years I listened to artists like Lil Wayne, Jay Z, Drake, Eminem, Destiny’s child, The Fugees, Boyz to Men, Ginuwine, Mariah Carey, Alicia Keys etc.

Growing up and now because I am still growing, I try and find artist I never listened to like Frank Sinatra (even though this was in my household as a kid), grime music, so Skepta, Dizzie Rascal, AJ Tracey, Chip, Bugzy, Stormzy and so many more. I am currently hooked on Little Simz “Stillness in Wonderland” I think it is a proper concept album and well put together. I also love Sampha’s latest album “Process”.

Every song I listen to, circumstances in my life, incidents, ideas of what things were and what things could be, me, my personalities, all inspire me to create the music I make. One thing I know for sure is that I want to make history and I know that my music cannot be mediocre and it has to be timeless. Therefore, I draw from literally everything in my life to this point and beyond to make music.

 

How long have you been playing/writing?

It all started with writing poetry and then love poetry at the age of 9/10. I starting writing songs when I was 11. Formed a trio boy band called “Born Stars” at that age as well. We began performing for our school assemblies and other venues and had gained some notoriety when we turned 12. When my group was no more I decided to become a solo MC at 15. Since then I have focused on bettering my craft and am now at the stage where the world needs to listen to what I have been working on for these past years.

 

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

To be honest not very often and that is because my focus has been perfecting my craft and making the songs, coming up with ideas for my projection and figuring how I want to be perceived in my videos. What you can expect from me at this point is more material online. When I feel I have much more online then I will focus on performing gigs for the people.

However, I love attending open mics and participating as well. So if you’re in London and do the same, keep an eye out.

 

What has been your favourite moment in music?

Every time I make a great song or a really catchy tune, is a favourite moment for me. I love when people hear my music and hit me up with a speechless reaction. I truly believe I am going for the longevity of a music career so I am hoping for and expect more favourite moments to come. Be it in the studio, on stage or wherever life takes me.

Where is the best place to find you online?

I always urge people to subscribe to my pages especially my YouTube and Soundcloud because that is the source for dishing out my material. Also on

https://www.facebook.com/officialmike.maro/

https://www.instagram.com/mike.maro/

https://twitter.com/_MikeMaro

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC5pTQQtDML1CcApmkivFLfA

Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/mikemaro

GET TO KNOW: M3staken

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

I first got into music heavily about 7 years ago.  Nothing in particular inspired/influenced the music I make.

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

Both of my parents frequently played music around the house and my father is an avid music listener.  What they listened to then definitely shaped my foundation in music.

How long have you been playing/writing?

I’ve played music for about 12 years and I’ve been focusing on writing/producing for about 7 years.

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

During the spring/summer I DJ live events for fraternities/sororities at the uni I attended.  On request, I also perform my solo work at a local pub in my hometown (http://www.newbrooklandtavern.com/events)

What has been your favourite moment in music?

I don’t necessarily have a favourite moment with music.  I just really like making it

Where is the best place to find you online?

https://www.tumblr.com/blog/stefoncakley

GET TO KNOW: Edward Abela

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

I’ve been playing music in some form or another from a very early age. Growing up, my siblings and I could all play the piano well. I am sure it was my parents who recognised where my talents lay and in turn encouraged and pushed me to keep learning until it became a pleasure I could not be without

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

Growing up all sorts of music was played from different members of my family, There was never a specific genre that was constantly repeated in my house aside from my fathers love of Frank Sinatra and the Moulin Rouge soundtrack.

How long have you been playing/writing?

Writing music was something that was very unexpected for me. It was after hearing music from Composers like Ludovico Einuadi, John Williams, Yann tiers and Jon Powell that I realised that writing classical music was for me. There was something about having an orchestra of up to 50 people play your music in absolute sync, that seemed rather beautiful to me.

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

I play live quite often for other acts including the up and coming Bee Bakare as well as my own music at the infamous L’escargot in Soho. I’ve spent the past year or so writing production albums for WarnerChappell, producing music for other artists and working on my own music when time allowed it. I’m very excited to say that I’ve got a few things lined up with the release of Echoes. The first major gig is on the 26th of March at The Finsbury, just down the road from manor house tube station.

What has been your favourite moment in music?

One of my favourite moments playing music was for David Bowie’s memorial gig at the legendary Union Chapel. I’d been writing strings to a cover of ‘Heroes’ a friend was producing. The track was so well received that we were asked to headline the first act of the show. Seeing all the people Bowie touched crossing generations, singing along was something I won’t forget anytime soon.

Where is the best place to find you online?

Typing my name would work, but you can find me on social media like Facebook (Edward Abela), twitter (EdwardAbela1) and instagram (edski90) and see the latest projects I’m working. You can find my music on soundcloud (www.soundcloud.com/edski88), Spotify, iTunes and other online media stores. You could also find me on my website www.endlessmelodies.co.uk 

GET TO KNOW: KADI

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

I first got in to music in Church to be honest. Going to a Pentecostal church the drums would always being going, someone on keyboard, the singers and there was always that energy so that was always around me. I could sing so I started to rap and write poetry as it gives you that freedom of expression. Next thing you know your flowing over a beat and it all started from there.

 

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

I grew up listening to Tupac, Nas, Lauren Hill and so many artists. But the artists I just mentioned had the biggest impact on me as they always had a message through their music. No matter what I write there is always a positive message in it for someone.

 

How long have you been playing/writing?

I’ve been writing for as long as I can remember. I  used to write poetry as a form of expression then starting turning them into songs. Even if I’m not recording I’m still writing.

 

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

My last gig I played I was the before act for singer Omar. This year I will be focusing on doing more live shows especially as my EP will be released this year to so that is a priority .

 

What has been your favourite moment in music?

My favourite moment in music was when I first heard a song I was featured on playing on the radio. That feeling was just amazing knowing that what I created was appreciated and being heard by others. It was completed unexpected as well which made it an even better moment.

 

Where is the best place to find you online?

You can find me on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook- Kadi_official and Kadiofficial

GET TO KNOW: Lisa Richards

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

My mother was a concert pianist. I am the youngest of 7 kids. Even though My mother had a car accident and sustained a severe brain injury when I was 7  and was no longer able to play the piano,  we had 2 record players in the house and music was being played pretty frequently. Upstairs on the turn table, it was classical music, Edith Piaf, Nana Mouskouri, big band jazz, Eddie Cantor. Downstairs on the turntable it was Musicals, Black Sabbath and Captain Beefheart.  I remember watching my mother moving her one good hand conducting in the air, listening to Edith Piaf and crying. I felt the impact of the human voice and of music generally. I saw and felt for myself how moving it was.

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

Gosh.. I listened to such a broad spectrum of music. I firmly believe that I have been influenced by everything I have ever heard and seen. Edith Piaf, Led Zepplin, Rodriguez, Rolling Stones, Oliver Twist, The Pretenders, Mozart, My Fair Lady, Victor Borga, Black Sabbath, Ricki Lee Jones, Lou Reed, David Bowie, the Supremes, Diana Ross…  But of course my exposure to music didn’t end when I became an adult, so of course I do continue to be influenced!

How long have you been playing/writing?

I’ve been playing guitar since I was 30 and singing since I was 25…so a while and yet no time at all 🙂 

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

I usually perform in block sections of dates. Meaning, I put together blocks of dates (commonly called tours) 2, 3 or 4 times a year. I have 2 shows in Australia coming up. One in Sydney this weekend and one in Melbourne next week. I’m planning the USA and UK for later this year.

What has been your favourite moment in music?

Favourite moment…whose music are we talking about?? I think discovering Nina Simone was a favourite moment. That woman was brilliant. So diverse and  yet she ‘owned’ every song she sang and made it her own, as well as writing some kick ass songs and choosing songs by little known  writers.

For myself, there have been many many moments. I particularly love the feeling of  a performing a show  and then running into people the next day who are still buzzing and inspired from it. That is THE best feeling.

Where is the best place to find you online?

www.lisarichardsmusic.com 

From here you can find my facebook and all the other fabby social media sites.

Get To Know: Pimlican

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Unsigned Interviews got an insight into the world of collaborative artist and producer, Pimlican.
When did you first get into music? Who or what inspired you?
I have always been into music and loved listening to the radio especially Radio 1 for great pop music. More recently I feel that Harris and Ford would be one of my greatest influences as they know how to produce great pop / dance music, play live and create a party atmosphere. They also produce brilliant videos for their hits. Klankarussell were also one of the inspirations that got me writing tracks and in particular, the tracks ‘Sonnentanz’ and ‘Netzwerk’, again great videos. Other influences include Chris Brown and tracks that feature Rich Gang and assorted rappers such as Tyga and Young Thug, just great street music.
Who did you grow up listening to and does that impact on what you create now?
I grew up listening to the all of types of music and styles from The Rolling Stones to Dance and Pop music, plus some classical composers like Beethoven. I believe all of these have had some form of influence on my writing/production nowadays.
How long have you been playing/writing?
Seriously about two years now, but it has moved up a gear or two in the last twelve months which has been reflected in radio plays.
How often do you play live?
It can be a struggle getting gigs for acts that are not traditionally guitar based but we finally have a line-up that works and have 2 or 3 in the pipeline, these include playing in a record shop which is I feel the purest way to get the music heard! Our first gig at the Riverside in Leeds went down very well.
What has been your favourite moment in music?
Being invited to London to have my music heard by a top A&R dept. That will always stay with me even though they decided not to sign at that time.
Where is the best place to find you online?
Links:
https://www.facebook.com/belgraveroadrecords
http://www.belgraveroadrecords.com/
https://pimlican.bandcamp.com/
https://soundcloud.com/pimlican-97234536
https://twitter.com/belgraveroadrec
https://soundcloud.com/belgrave-road-records
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=puczuTIE4nA

GET TO KNOW: Eden Royals

When did you first get into music? What or who Inspired you?
From a young age, mostly brainwashed by our parents music tastes (Thankfully good ones).
Who did you grow up listening to, and does that impact on what you create now?
All the greats, across all the genres. The impact they have on us is that it inspires us to work hard and make good music. Also FIFA soundtracks, always introducing us to fresh music. Hope to be on there one day soon!
How long have you been playing/writing?
Lloyd and Kenny have been writing, playing live and recording together for around 8 years. 4 years as Eden Royals.
How often do you play live?
We’ve gigged constantly over the last 3 years, far too many to mention. After coming back from our tour in the states we set out to write and record as much material as possible. We are currently finishing off recording material for all our releases this year, so will be looking to book some more shows soon.
What has been your favourite moment in music?
Our favourite moment would have to be a show we played in upstate New York, Binghamton. We had rehearsed the sh*t out of our set, but wasn’t prepared from the drummers kick pedal to brake during the third song. We had to try improvise on our feet. We decided to play an acoustic version of the track, which we had never done before and it worked really well. This bought us enough time to get the pedal sorted and the drummer then came on, holding the pedal in his hand like he won the world cup!
Lloyd recalls – There was no point in talking to the crowd because this dude in a cap and tracky bottoms from Essex, might as well of been speaking another language when talking to the American people. The amount of times I was asked to say ‘Arry Potter’ was beyond a joke!
Where is the best place to find you online?
You can find us on the usual social media sites:
Facebook.com/EdenRoyals
Twitter/Insta @EdenRoyals

GET TO KNOW: Marilyn Carino

When did you first get into music? What or who Inspired you?
I started singing in classic country bands in San Francisco, doing Merle Haggard and Graham Parsons covers. Then I sang jazz for a while, I learned lots of Duke Ellington tunes, the best! It was a great way to develop my technique, like how learning proper ballet steps helps you to do weird experimental dance.
Who did you grow up listening to, and does that impact on what you create now?
My parents always played music when I was growing up. My dad was older and more old fashioned, he liked Sinatra and great singers like Mel Torme and Barbra Streisand. My mom liked the radio, soul music, the Beatles, disco, it taught me to tell good music from bad and that genres are meaningless.
How long have you been playing/writing?
Since the 90s. I studied audio engineering and then worked in recording studios in London. Most of the music I recorded for people was terrible, the singers all had to be autotuned and just had no musicality. And they all just copied Blur.  I think I started writing out of spite!
How often do you play live (include details and links for any upcoming gigs)?
I recently toured the U.K. to support the Leaves, Sadness, Science album. I’m living in Edinburgh at the moment and recording. I have a gig March 4th at the Clutha Bar in Glasgow, I should start another proper tour soon after that.
What has been your favourite moment in music?
Probably the most proud I’ve been is when I opened for Black Star and Mos Def put his arm around me backstage after my set and gushed about how much he liked my performance.  Also I love collaborating with people who can teach me something, so I’d say another highlight was writing and recording with Mike Mills of REM and singing with David Byrne, they both schooled me fierce!
Where is the best place to find you online?
Http://www.marilyncarino.bandcamp.com
Http://www.marilyncarino.com
Http://www.youtube.com/marilyncarino

GET TO KNOW: Mark L Oakes

When did you first get into music? What or who Inspired you?
I’ve always been passionate about arts and music. I started playing drums at the age of 16 and quickly felt the need to turn my own words (poems and lyrics) into melodies. I fell in love with guitar playing and my first real musical “electroshock” was Pink Floyd’s “The Wall”.
 
Who did you grow up listening to, and does that impact on what you create now?
I grew up listening to all kinds of artists: Pink Floyd, The Rolling Stones, Neil Young, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers etc. In my late 30’s I discovered the genius of Townes Van Zandt. His eponymous album featuring “Waiting Around to Die” & “None But The Rain” is my bedside favourite.
 
How long have you been playing/writing?
I’ve been writing my own songs for more than 25 years now.
 
How often do you play live (include details and links for any upcoming gigs)?
I’m mainly playing open mikes in the US.
 
What has been your favourite moment in music?
Meeting Tucker Zimmerman at his place and playing him a bunch of songs I wrote about his stellar “Bicycle Poems”.
 
Where is the best place to find you online?
www.oakesmusic.com
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC8pq-OE8Cknqw4FwMdfhMLA
https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/call-me-the-moon/id1164030204
www.twitter.com/markloakes
www.facebook.com/oakesmusic