GET TO KNOW: Anna Madsen

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

I’ve been around music since I was a kid. I grew up in a Mormon culture, so hymns, and The Mormon Tabernacle Choir, often filled our home on most Sundays. It was also at church that I first learned how to sing alto. My mom and I would harmonize the songs during Sacrament meeting. I was also exposed to my mother’s country, my father’s 80’s rock, and Broadway tunes. By the time I was old enough to branch out to other types of music, I found that I gravitated towards contemporary classical, and alternative acts that incorporated meaningful / clever lyrical content, synths, and real instrumentation. I liked the drama. (Lana Del Rey, Imagine Dragons, The Civil Wars, Hans Zimmer, Enya, just to name a few.)

 

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

When I started to realize that singing was a talent I had, I would look up artists I wanted to sound like. I sang the praises of power house vocalists like Whitney Houston, Christina Aguilera, Carrie Underwood, and Aretha Franklin. I’d listen to their music and practice their songs to see if I could push my voice to reach their range.

I don’t make music similar to those artists, but they were key in my progression as a vocalist. They influenced my singing style.

 

How long have you been playing/writing?

I’ve been writing music since I was 15; so about 9 years.

 

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

I tend to be more selective with my live shows, because I work with a lot of great musicians that have busy lives and families, and I don’t like overextending their schedules. The gigs I pick I try to make special and exciting for everyone in the band.

Upcoming Shows :

21 April – Pontardawe Arts Centre, Pontardawe, UK

22 April – The Citadel, St Helens, UK

23 April – Acoustic Folk Highway @ the Harrison, London, UK

27 April – BBC Club, London, UK

06 May – O2, London, UK

 

What has been your   moment in music?

My moment in music? That’s a tough one. So far, my biggest audience reach was my performance on iTV Christmas Carols last year, which was pretty amazing. Still can’t believe I was on national television. But, my favorite personal moment was hearing my song, “Cimmerian” come together. I felt really alive that day.

 

Where is the best place to find you online?

Best place to find me is my website, at annamadsenmusic.com

Introducing…Beldon Haigh

When did you first get into music, what or who inspired you

 I Started playing guitar aged 10 and writing songs aged 11. Those songs were quite funny but what’s important is to just get into the habit of making stuff.  I always loved guitar music and had my road to Damascus moment when standing at the record counter in Woolworths and hearing “More than a feeling” by Boston for the very first time. I was absolutely enchanted by Tom Scholz guitar sound and that awesome song. I must’ve been 12 years old and it just sounded like audio heaven to me. After that I’d pretty much decided I wanted to write guitar based songs.

I love falling in love with a new song and new sound.

I’ve fallen in love with hundreds of songs and artists since then.

I fell in love when I heard Jimi Hendrix for the first time, also Simon and Garfunkel, Sex Pistols,  Bowie, Massive Attack, Teenage Fanclub more recently Jungle when I first heard Busy Earnin. 

Your never too old to fall in love.

Who did you grow up listening to how did it influence you etc.

 I was massively fortunate because my musical youth spanned late 70s and 80s 

 Which meant I could get into some of the all time great rock bands like The Rolling Stones, Free, Tom Petty, Bowie, (the list goes on) then moving into awesome punk and alternative bands like Sex Pistols, Tom Robinson Band, even AC/DC, Motörhead, Talking Heads, Psychedelic Furs and even into Funk and Dance – I’m a massive Nile Rodgers fan. 

 I also love the craft of songwriting and am very influenced by Bob Dylan, Lou Reed, Randy Newman, Al Stewart, Leonard Cohen – even the late and very great Frank Zappa and loads more.

 The influence is I like to tell stories in songs I like interesting lyrics , funny ironic lyrics , I like a bit of edginess and dissonances. I also really appreciate production , the right groove, the right arrangement and different instruments and guitar sounds. It’s all a mish mash.

How long have you been playing / writing.

 Since I was 11

How often do you play live and where can we next see you. 

 I used to gig every week and play every chance I could get, I can do acoustic sets or with the full band. 

 But I stopped all that about 18 months ago and focused on writing and recording my album. Gigging is important but it’s also very time and resource heavy and so is doing an album and I needed to just get focused on the album.

 No immediate gigs planned right now for gigs right now – but that’s going to change very soon so watch this space.

 Favourite Moment in Music

 Playing the Marquee Club with Boxing Clever in Wardour Street many years ago. 

 It was a brilliant night, the dressing room was from another world – it was very scant and utilitarian but the graffiti was insane – U2, Hendrix, Rolling Stones , Oasis, you name it they’d played there and they’d signed that wall to prove it. There was something pretty timeless and dreamlike about standing on that historic stage in front of the majestic Marquee club logo. It was a great stage, a great PA , great sound and big audience and we played a very decent set that night, it was fun and it was tight and we got a couple of encores – definitely one for the scrap book.

 Where can I find you online 

 Twitter and Facebook and Youtube 

GET TO KNOW: Ivy Nations

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

I spent a lot of time at my grandparents house as a child. My grandfather introduced me to artists such as the Clancy Brothers, Simon and Garfunkel and Bob Dylan from the age of six. I remember hearing “A Hard Rain’s Gonna Fall” for the first time. It’s one of my earliest childhood memories. I would get him to play it over and over again. Later on, I was introduced to the piano at my grans best friends house Mrs. Han. I terrorised that instrument. Hammering at it’s keys and howling along. My grandmother was always mortified, but Mrs. Han would say “just let let him at it Mary!” I guess I have her to thank for my early musical exploits.

 

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

In my teens I was introduced to Nirvana, having that same day bought a Meatloaf record. Nevermind awakened something in me. I will never forget listening to the album for the first time in the car on the way home from Dublin with my parents and my friend who insisted I buy it on tape. I also recall being with my Dad in the car upon hearing the news that Kurt Cobain had died and the feeling of shock between us. I think grunge really struck a chord with him also.

 

Years later I would break my two front teeth moshing to “In Bloom” with my friend Peter in our front sitting room. We then tried to gather the remaining pieces of my teeth, before scattering them around my back garden so that when my parents came home we could pretend that the incident happened during a football game. I think the early grunge movement impacted on my writing in ways that I find hard to describe. It fuelled something in me, by giving me a licence to write down those inner teenage angst feelings on paper. I guess, I’ve continued this practice to this day.

 

How long have you been playing/writing?

As a band we’ve been playing and writing together since early 2016. We each have been writing individually and as part of other groups since our teens.

 

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

At the moment we are in pre production for our next single, but have some great gigs lined up including a show in the Olympia Theatre on April 7th, and quite a few major Irish festivals in the summer.

 

What has been your favourite moment in music?

Playing for the first time in the Olympia Theatre last year to a sold out crowd was pretty special for us.

 

Where is the best place to find you online?

You can find us pretty much everywhere! Our next single “Live by Design” lands on April 7th, on platforms such as Spotify, YouTube, Apple Music, Soundcloud. You can also follow us on Facebook and sign up for our newsletter at our website at ivynations.com

GET TO KNOW: Atticus

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

I was into songwriting from an early age, almost by accident. My first memory of it was primary school. We were doing a song in class the next day and the teacher asked if anyone could play the guitar. Nobody put there hand up so I did. I thought, how hard can it be? Turns out it was hard and I stayed up well past my bedtime learning the song on my mums old guitar. I later taught myself piano and the basics of production.

When my mum died at 16 my music really kicked on as I put down on paper all of the confusion I was feeling at that point. The emotion that drove that music is still very much prevalent in what I make now. Only the way in which I create has evolved.

 

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

As with many people my parents were a big influencer on what I listened to. I still remember the 6 cd changer in my dads car. Bowie, beautiful south and Fleetwood mac (‘roomers’ of course). Bowie certainly influenced my style, in the staccato way in which I compose, allowing raw vocals plenty of space to cut through. My dad was into a lot of bluesy indie back then so I know I’ve adopted and modernised that style.

 

How long have you been playing/writing?

I’ve been writing for almost a decade now, feels a bit strange to say. This project (ATTICUS) though is brand-new and super exciting, I feel like it’s the music that I’ve always wanted to make. It’s been such a journey, working with some amazing people along the way, i’m so grateful and I just can’t wait to get the music out there.

 

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

At the moment we are seeding the music out online, but I love playing live so when the EP drops, there will be plenty of gigs in and around London and maybe a tour.

 

What has been your favourite moment in music?

Quite a few years back I played at the 02 arena. The thrill of playing to a crowd like that was intoxicating.

 

Where is the best place to find you online?

My debut track as ATTICUS lands on 24 March, when that drops you wont be able to miss it; Spotify, YouTube, Apple, Soundcloud. The best place to follow me is my Facebook @officialatticus.