Anarchy Reigns’ Hitch Has No Plans On Slowing Down After The Release Of ‘Hypocrisy’

 

 

 

Over the last 4 years, the band Anarchy Reigns have been hard at work, with over 20 metal and rock tracks written and recorded, 5 music videos, 5 lyric videos and the completion of their very own recording studio, Hitch and the boys can now start to take it easy, or will they?

At an early age, Hitch was involved in his local music scene, where he saw bands such as Judas Priest and Black Sabbath, in Liverpool where he would go every Friday and Saturday. Throughout his life he had great love and respect for hard rock and metal, he then went to a show, and it all changed.

During the show, where he was going to town on the air guitar, his wife said, “why don’t you learn to play the guitar?”, after this, Hitch had the idea to follow this dream, and throughout the years has been building his career and reputation. and with the drop of the album on the horizon and the recent release of brand new track ‘Hypocrisy’, the guys seemingly have no intention of slowing down.

So be sure to check these guys out:

Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/duncan-hitch-morris

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJTh2uHiEgnw0LoIdrzSWtQ/featured

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/anarchyreignscy/

Website: http://www.anarchyreigns.net/

 

Olisha Interview: Getting To Know Pop Singer Olisha

 

 

Olisha is one of a million in the modern pop world. As she works harder and becomes more determined to show her talents to the world, Olisha explores her talents to a further degree.

We spoke to Olisha about her life, love of music and her many inspirations.

 

Q: So, your recent release of new track ‘Strangers’ is a great pop track, what do we need to know?

A:“The project is self-funded and every aspect of my music is straight from my heart to you. I believe in myself. I believe in my dream. I believe in breaking down boundaries and making history through my music”.

Q: Can I ask about the bigger picture? What is the Ultimate goal you want to reach with your music?

A: “I want to break down boundaries and make history. I want to bring people of all walks of life together through my music. I write music from my heart. I want people to relate to my music and hopefully help them get through something that they experiencing in life”.

 

Q: So early on, what was you first musical inspirations?

A: “I grew up listening to pop music…Backstreet Boys, Celine Dion, Kylie Minogue. I love the big choruses and beautiful melodies that you can’t get out of your head”.

Q: How has your Indian Heritage influenced your music?, does it have any creative input? 

A: “My Indian heritage has not affected the way I make or listen to music. I love listening to many genres of music from pop, r n b, hip hop to Punjabi and Bollywood music. Being Asian, I do get lots of support from my Asian community because we love to support someone who is trying to break boundaries of colour and do good in the world”.

We thank you Olisha for speaking with us. Check out her new single ‘Strangers’, Out now.

 

 

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/olishanaicker/
Facebook: www.facebook.com/olishanaicker
Twitter: www.twitter.com/olishanaicker
Instagram: olishanaicker
Website: www.olishanaicker.com

Interview: Finding Out What Influenced Ms Mohammed’s ‘Alibi’ E.P.

 

 

We briefly sat down to talk to singer-songwriter, performer and Genre bending artist, Ms Mohammed.

Talking about the release of her latest E.P., she spoke to us about her origins, where she draws inspiration from and what she aims to do with her interesting fused music.

Q: So, Thank you for sitting down with us. Firstly can you tell us, where was your start? Where did you come from? 

A: I grew up in Trinidad surrounded by soca, reggae, chutney, pop chart radio, gospel music via my Christian parents, steel pan from the pan yard a few hundred feet from my house. Music was constant in many forms, but it wasn’t until my parents split up and my Dad went to NY that I discovered the guitar music that would go on to influence my sound to this day. 

Q: How do you perceive labels? How do you want people to see you? 

A: The world we do live in is the one that has labelled me, feminist, queer, female, feminine, South Asian, immigrant, controversial last name, provocative. I’m just trying to live authentically.

Q: Have you encountered any one who disagrees with you and is unfair to you, due to your views? 

A: To be honest I don’t think they’ve discovered I exist yet! But I am bracing for it; it comes with the territory when just being who you are out loud upsets the status quo.

Q: Your creative process! What does it include, how do you write your songs? Where do you draw influence from? 

A: I tend to go to my well-worn, but much loved, Pearl export drum kit first. Most of the songs are born out of rhythms created on kick, snare, hi hat. I find a groove I dig and run with that. Then I write guitar parts, bass line, vocal melody and lyrics tend to be last. I’m a huge control freak with strong ideas about what each element should sound like, so I record demos using Logic X and take that
to the studio to my engineer so he knows what I’m after sound wise for the final product 

Q: And finally, what is the ultimate goal? Where do you want your music to go? 

A: I’m bored of its current state to be frank. There’s too much mind-blowing talent and music on this planet for us to be presented with anything this dull, safe and beige 24/7. 

 

With her E.P. ‘Alibi’ recently being released, she is ready to take on the world.

 

Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/msmohammed
Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/4KQ4RHs2ek1FV2GjUSygGN?si=AQT2ZQE3
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e5qd5sG7VGI
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MsMohammedMusic/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/MsMohammedMusic
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/msmohammedmusic/
Website: www.msmohammed.com

 

 

Get to Know: Voldo Blanka

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Electro-pop connoisseur and craftsman Voldo Blanka kindly had a little chat with us to tell us where his unique brand of music comes from. You can listen to ‘Go Your Way’ here:

 

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

I’ve been playing music since diapers, and playing in bands since I had terribly filthy long dyed black hair in jr. high, but it wasn’t till later I knew this would be what I was going to do with my life.

I went to coachella alone in 2007. First time I’d ever been to a festival like that. Rage Against the Machine reunited and I really dug into electronic music. From that day I knew there was ONLY one thing I’d do with my life. And that is to make records and play live.

I had a few projects on the go but the one that broke was my last band Head of the Herd. We were the first band in our country to have a #1 song without a label and that taught me everything I know – making the music YOU want to make, and standing by that.

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

I grew up in a house with a lot of jazz, classical and rock n roll. And while the latter took over my life, you can’t discount how everything you hear creeps into your own creations.

So I’ve been making rock n roll since I was a boy and film scores for the past few years. The combination of those two makes up Voldo Blanka and the record ‘nuns enjoy a madman.’

 

How often do you play live?

I’m keeping off the road for the moment. Few videos and films being worked on. But when I hit the road, it’ll get announced on the Voldo Blanka Facebook page.

 

What has been your favourite moment in music?

There’s no feeling on earth like when people sing along to your songs live. It’s surprising, beautiful, uplifting, and terrifying every time. Fuck, I just love it.

 

Where is the best place to find you online?

Go to www.voldoblanka.com and sign up for the email list but Facebook and Instagram are where most of the updates come from.

Soundcloud: https://tinyurl.com/yczk5ewq

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/voldoblanka/?hc_ref=SEARCH&fref=nf

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/voldoblanka/?hl=en

Thanks for having me out. Now play that record as loud as you can!

GET TO KNOW: Chase The River

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

Music has always been a part of me, from an early age I used to watch my father playing the piano in the house and sing old show tunes, ‘old man river’ is the one I remember clearly above all. He loved opera as well so from a young age I was surrounded by all kinds of music. My mum loved the Eagles and Neil Diamond, Abba and Fleetwood mac, so it is safe to say I was well immersed by the time I started school. My dad made me take up the viola and the saxophone and piano quite young, and then later, as my teenage years approached it was guitar and drums for me, and I went on from there.

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

I was fascinated by Abba and Fleetwood Mac, and actually Andrew Lloyd webber. I know that is really quite varied but I think all of them, in their own way were great at having a ‘story’ that was completed within a song, and Fleetwood Mac in particular were able to bring a raw emotion out in no time at all, using lyrics as the main vessel. I think they probably had the biggest impact, wheras the musicianship is amazing and interesting, they never get in the way of the core story of the song, which is something I have always tried to emulate. Quite often the ‘orchestration’ of a song is the last thing I even consider, it is always the story and how I can bring THAT out.

How long have you been playing/writing?

Oh about 10-12 years. I drummed in a lot of bands, did backing singer etc, it wasn’t until 2007 when we were setting up a new band with Neville (who played on Recycle your regrets) when the singer didn’t show up to the first meeting and I went through a couple of my tunes and was told instantly I was no longer the drummer that I really started in earnest.

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

I play normally 2-3 times a week full gigs. I love going to the odd open mic as well, on top of things just to immerse myself in the city scene. The best place to find out where I will be is at www.chasetheriver.com/shows Where you can get tickets. There is a new tour coming later in the year so definitely sign up to the mailing list and you will know all about it.

What has been your favourite moment in music?

There have been soo many. I think when I played Copenhagen last year rates right up there, and not even the show itself. It went really well and I got speaking to a couple of other acts, a Norwegian band called Myrull and a singer song writer Elona Planmann. I was lucky to be staying with a gentleman who worked for Greenpeace and we all went back to his, complete with guitars and accessed his offensively large record collection and stayed up talking music and life until the small hours, was a really inspiring night in a lot of ways.

Where is the best place to find you online?

www.chasetheriver.com will get you everywhere. There are links to the facebook and Spotify. It is the hub of it all so go there, and do come and say hi, listen to the music, I really love it when I hear from people, particularly after they have listened to a show or got the album for the first time.

An interview with protest song writer Beldon Haigh

We managed to have a few words with modern day protest song writer, Beldon Haigh, whose latest track ‘Land of Hope’ addresses the current refugee crisis. Make sure to check out the new video below too!

 

Beldon, why write a song about refugees?

People seeking asylum, fleeing the dangers of war, having suffered the terrifying effects of war – deserve our support and compassion. I have been disturbed to see how refugees have been treated over the last 18 months. Their story is not told frequently enough with compassion, they are treated as political footballs and they have been ruthlessly misrepresented and exploited by right wing political groups in order to further an isolationist political agenda.  And sadly that strategy has been effective. The level of fake news about refugees is off the charts and as a society we don’t seem to be too concerned about that. What we are seeing today is a humanitarian crisis of biblical proportions but the response of many is to frame these very desperate people as modern day pariahs and lepers.  It’s a total disgrace.  More artists need to sing about this kind of thing, it is far more important than for example, singing about getting wasted.

 

Why do you think bands and artists stay away from protest songs?

Within the main music industry, the act is often completely controlled by their label and management.  In practical terms that means they sing what they get told to sing or they are told what they can sing about.  Quite often they aren’t even allowed to write the songs or all of the songs themselves.  Also the system of talent scouting using A&R has been to a large extent replaced by song/popularity contests and public votes. So its not a commercial environment which is going to back anything that could be too controversial.  You can’t really blame the industry. Like any industry, they are in it to make money,  they are in it to get TV ratings,  they never claimed any social purpose or agenda.  Doing political or controversial things is polarising, it splits the audience, it prevents an artist from being a brand (like soap powder) that everyone can buy.   So automatically that means politics is a risk – and industry of any type hates risk. In my humble opinion the music industry tries to create the perception that it is cool and edgy and it enjoys risk. But selling songs using sex and swearing is actually commercially a very safe thing to do. They know what they will get a return on. They invest in stuff they know will sell and avoid the stuff that they think is risky. Its always been that way really. That’s why EMI sacked the sex pistols shortly after signing them. Too risky.   But what that means for the music consumer is that today there is in fact less choice because the more investment there is behind an act, the less likely they will do anything that is genuinely different, risky, controversial – there is a lot of control in place from label and management and the bigger they are, the more points of risk to consider.

 

Talk some more about Land of Hope – who are indiGO and what is their involvement.

I’ve known Ben and Holly at IndiGO for a few years now. They are truly inspirational and selfless people who are incredibly committed to indiGO’s mission and truly embody everything you’d love to believe the leaders of a charity embody. They are very hands on and involved in providing support to refugees in places like Lesbos and Thessaloniki.  They don’t just prove support and help, they have been appointed by Help Refugees (another amazing charity) to coordinate the work of aid agencies on the ground in Greece.  When I wrote and recorded the song I sent it to Ben and Holly and asked them if they’d be ok with indigo Volunteers being the beneficiary of the proceeds and they were very happy about that. indiGO has a really interesting approach because they don’t just raise funds and provide support, they also organise volunteering – so for people really interested in helping and can spare the time – IndiGO Volunteers is a great place to go.

 

What sort of reaction have you had to Land of Hope so far.

It’s early days but so far very very supportive. People like the song, they love the video, they get the message and they see it as important to keep this issue front of mind. Of course there are detractors too, those who like to believe the fake news, but that’s life. One day soon hopefully there will be a realisation that we are all in this together.

 

What is next for Beldon Haigh

Something very different is coming in eight weeks…please watch this space. In the meantime please enjoy Land of Hope, buy the single, share the song and video, like our Facebook page and connect on Twitter!

Links:

https://twitter.com/beldonhaigh

https://www.facebook.com/Beldon-Haigh-Freedom-An-Anti-Trump-Protest-Song-1270990246327550/?fref=ts

https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/freedom/id1195525999?i=1195526008

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: 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
 

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