Slows Down

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

I’ve always liked music. Surely virtually everyone would say the same. But its role in my life has changed a lot. It’s gone from being entertainment to art and from being something musicians make to something I make. Life would be unbearable without music.

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

My dad played all kinds of great music in the house when I was growing up, from Miles Davis to The Flaming Lips, to Philip Glass to Public Enemy, which presumably I absorbed in some way. The music I chose to listen to for myself was exclusively chart pop music until I was about twelve. I loved the Now compilations and I would tape dross from the top 40 on Radio 1 onto cassettes on Sunday evening and listen to them in the week. Then I got into hiphop. I loved (and still do love) the Wu-Tang Clan. Then I started listening to Radiohead and really began to explore music and try to understand how it had developed. I listened to all the great records my dad had been playing over the years and heard in them things my ears hadn’t been open enough to hear before.

3 – How long have you been playing/writing? 

I got an electric guitar when I was nineteen and took to it very slowly. I never learnt others’ songs and always played my own things. I feel very privileged not to have gone through the phase of learning to play Jimi Hendrix solos from tabs. I had little things that I’d keep coming back to. At some point I realised that these little things were basically songs. Very gradually I began to identify as a songwriter.

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

I’ve only played live a couple of times in a friend’s band. Slows Down is not a band and remains a solo recording project at the moment. In time, I’m very keen to get some people together and do it live.

5 – What has been your favourite moment in music?

Probably finishing recordings and them not merely sounding like what I had in my head, but even better.

6 – Where is the best place to find you online?

www.facebook.com/slowsdown

https://soundcloud.com/slowsdown

http://slowsdown.bandcamp.com/

Good Guy Dies

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

 

For Cherry, it all began when she was little girl, standing on a chair   singing to entertain family members at informal get-togethers. “I used to get such a buzz from it and that’s where the singing bug started for me.”

 

For Joe, “it was in my early teens after seeing old footage of Rory

Gallagher playing live on RTE television back in N. Ireland. “I couldn’t

believe what I was seeing and from that second onwards I begged

my father to buy me a guitar. Eventually he relented.”

 

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

 

Cherry explains that one of her singing idols growing up was Bjork “because she didn’t give a damn about being crazy and always pushed boundaries. I also love Tori Amos for the way she makes love to the piano when she plays it, and Jonathan Davies from Korn for his voice, his honesty and his intimacy. The common denominator is that these guys were, and still are, totally unafraid to experiment and that’s what I always try to bring to Good Guy Dies.

 

For Joe, his primary influences were Gary Moore, “in my humble opinion the greatest guitar player ever to pick up the instrument; Rory Gallagher because he was a fantastic musician and an incredible front man- his shows were absolutely electrifying; and Phil Lynott because he had spellbinding stage presence, was a great songwriter and an amazing romantic poet. All these guys had a lasting impact because of the great depth they had in their music, their records still sound as fresh today as the day they were made. It was a case of wild abandonment meeting beautiful melodies and great songs.

 

3 – How long have you been playing/writing?

 

          Cherry has been singing and writing songs since childhood.

Joe has been playing and writing since the moment he picked up

a guitar, aged 14. They started writing together in 2012.

 

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

 

We are inclined to gig every couple of weeks in London, though we’re currently in discussion with a few booking agents regarding a nationwide tour. When we’re not gigging, we’re working every day on one thing or another, whether it be rehearsing, writing new songs or working on some other band related activity.

 

You can catch Good Guy Dies live at the following London shows:

 

Fri 31st October: The Enterprise, 2 Haverstock Hill, Camden, London, NW3 2BL. Onstage 8.15pm.

 

Saturday 15th November: The Scala , 275 Pentonville Rd, King’sCross, London, N1 9NL (supporting Primal Scream and The Libertines). Stage time TBC.

 

5 – What has been your favourite moment in music?

 

“I think as a band it was the experience of recording our album

With George De Angleis” says Joe, who goes on to explain: “He’s

Worked with some legends in music like Seal, Cher and Rod

Stewart and is himself a legend in the production world, so it was

an immense honour to work with him. He’s the finest musician

I’ve ever had the pleasure of knowing; an incredible talent and a

great guy as well.”

 

Cherry adds, “Apart from that, it’s every time I walk on stage with

Good Guy Dies. It’s an electrifying experience, I just can‘t wait

for every gig to come around.”

 

6 – Where is the best place to find you online?

 

www.facebook.com/goodguydies

www.twitter.com/goodguydies

 

We’ll be releasing our debut single on Friday 14th November

entitled “Hit Me Back”, which will have the accompanying

video available to watch on you tube.

Lydia Kakabadse


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

I started learning the piano at the age of 5 and the double bass at 13 and played in the school chamber group, orchestra, sung in the choir and madrigals.  I played the double bass in numerous orchestras in Manchester and Cheshire (including the Cheshire Youth Orchestra) whilst still at school.    I was – and still am – inspired by mediaeval music, Middle Eastern Music, nineteenth century poets/composers and mysteries

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

Eighteenth and nineteenth century classical composers, which did impact my earlier works rather than current works.

3 – How long have you been playing/writing? 

I have been playing the piano since I was 5 and the double bass since I was 13; composing since I was 13.

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

I don’t play live, but my music has been performed at Ely Cathedral (2005/6), St John’s Smith Square London (2008); Norwich Cathedral (2009); Grosvenor House London (2012); The Forum Norwich (2013); The Chapel of Gonville and Caius College Cambridge (2014)

5 – What has been your favourite moment in music?

Listening to my choral work “Cantica Sacra” being premiered in Feb 2014 by the Choir of Gonville and Caius College Cambridge

6 – Where is the best place to find you online?

www.lydiakakabadse.com

Witchingseason

Witchingseason

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

Tom- I remember sitting in the back of my dad’s car in the booster seat listening to nirvana my favourite was slither, I think I was about 3 he also had pearl jam on cassette I loved the track deep but who doesn’t !

Wayne- I have been into music since I can remember, my family always had music playing around the house.

James – I first got into music when I was 10 and found out about qotsa and foo fighters through my parents, but at the time i was mostly into foo fighters

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

Tom- I grew up listening to everything my pedants and my aunt and uncle were all mods so there was a lot of Northern soul and mod bands got to say Steve Marriott was the most underrated singer/guitarist of all time if I could bring anyone back from the dead to jam with it would be him !

Wayne -I listened to a broad variety of music growing up, all of which inspires me in what I do now.

James – Growing up i listened to a lot of foo fighters, then started to branch out intoqotsa territory, and looked out for more artists through that. I think its had an impact on how I play.

3 . How long have you been playing/writing?

We have all been playing since our teens but didn’t start writing till last May those are the first songs we wrote the songs on the EP I mean

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

We have been on a bit of a break we have a new drummer now Wayne so we will be back giging on the 14th of August at the islington academy 2 but keep your eyes peeled for more shows.

5.  What has been your favourite moment in music?

Tom- soundgarden reunion I have seen them 5 times since! And the new album is incredible. And seeing pearl jam for the first time at reading 2006 still the show that changed my life and impossible to top!

Wayne- sonisphere festival with my parents was pretty awesome but it has to be foo fighters at the Milton Keynes bowl.

James – My favourite moment has been meeting one of my heroes Duke Garwood.

6. Where is the best place to find you online?

Probably Facebook but we also have twitter

Links

https://twitter.com/Witchingseason

https://www.facebook.com/Witchingseason

Fireproof Giant

1 – When did you first get into music? What or who Inspired you?
We’ve all been playing music from a very young age and grew up playing in various circumstances. Gareth taught himself on his grandmother’s piano, Ash and Joel come from classical and jazz musical backgrounds and Cat also comes from a classical music background. I think we all learnt because we were given the option and it was more fun than anything else we were offered… it still is. Our parents had a very large part in encouraging and inspiring us to play music.

2 – Who did you grow up listening to, and does that impact on what you create now?
Yeah, for sure all the music we write has been influenced by what we grew up listening to. I think that’s inevitable. The problem is we all grew up listening to very different things, from Erik Satie to Foo Fighters and anything in between. We have a love for all genre and allow our music to organically drift through a variety of styles… the best way we can describe our music is Pop-rock/Folkstep with classical influences.

3 – How long have you been playing/writing?
We’ve been writing and playing together for the last 4 years touring around Europe with a company called Nofit State Circus. Whilst travelling we’ve met all kinds of people from different backgrounds and cultures that have helped shape and develop our sound. We just left the Circus this year to pursue our musical ambitions and have just released our first studio EP.

4 – How often do you play live (include details and links for any upcoming gigs)?
We like to play at least once a week. Even if it’s busking, just to get the songs out there and share with whoever wants to listen. We’ve got a couple of gigs coming up in Cardiff (Four Bars at Dempsey on July 4th, Brewhouse on July 6th) and London (Notting Hill Arts Club on June 28th, Proud Camden on July 12th).

5 – What has been your favourite moment in music?
Probably playing on the back of a moving truck that was turned into a band stage on the streets of Toulouse. We were quite burnt by the end of the day but it was worth it!

6 – Where is the best place to find you online?
Our website has all you need for all things Fireproof Giant but we also have twitter and facebook for those that way inclined.

Alyssa English

Alyssa English Studio Shoot By Harry Pseftoudis - 01.10.20131 – When did you first get into music? What or who Inspired you?

At the age of three my parents made the decision to start me in a program that introduced music to young children. I took to it really well, and from that point on I was always working on expanding my musical knowledge. I joined my church’s children’s choir,  and after my first Sunday performance with them realized myself how much I loved to sing.

My parents are the ones who inspired me, but music wise would be an artist named India.Arie. I find her music uplifting and inspiring, and reminded myself as a young woman, in a big city, that theres a lot more to life than expensive clothes clothes, and trying to fit in. Her positive message helped feed my courage to keep pursuing my career in music.

 

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

I would say Nat King Cole, Beyoncé, to K. Michelle and Aretha Franklin, they’re music are timeless with strong positive messages and this has a big impact on what I create now.

 

3 – How long have you been playing/writing?

From the age of 3 after my parents introduced me to a music program for kids I knew this was something for me I took to it very naturally and started song writing from the age of 11.  I put my piano skills to work and wrote a couple lines that rhymed! I’ve just kept working at it over these last seven or eight years, and when I came to the UK to start working with producers, I found that writing connected me to the music even more so.

 

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

I recently finished a UK schools tour which was great fun, I’m currently promoting the “Girlfriend” EP after which I hope to do lots of live dates including a tour so you’ll have to watch this space

 

5 – What has been your favourite moment in music?

Oh! there’s beenso many, I really enjoyed doing the schools tour early this year, they’re my future fans and the feedback was amazing. Working with Maxi Priest was another highlight as well as shooting the Girlfriend video but I guess I’m realy proud of my upcoming “Girlfriend” EP because I had a lot of input as an artist and songwriter

 

6 – Where is the best place to find you online?

Here are direct links to where you can find me online:

http://www.alyssaenglish-official.com

https://twitter.com/EnglishAlyssa

http://www.reverbnation.com/alyssaenglish

http://www.facebook.com/alyssaenglishmusic

http://instagram.com/avenglish

https://soundcloud.com/alyssaenglishmusic

GABRIELLA JONES

Gabriella Jones is a 19 year old  singer/ songwriter who has been slowly carving her way into the industry for the past year or so. Earlier on in May she gained a wave of publicity as she was selected to perform one of the supporting slots of Beyonce’s Birmingham show at the LG Arena! She has also performed supporting slots for international artists such as Bryan Adams, Bon Jovi and ROXY Music!! She is set to release her latest single ‘Losing My Baby’ on 28th October. Here is her Unsigned Interivew – Enjoy Live o2

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

I’ve always loved singing and writing songs from an early age, then my Dad taught me to play the guitar when I was eight and it combined all of my favourite things. 

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

Bands like Led Zeppelin and Free really inspired me growing up as that’s the music that was played round the house, then female acts like Christina Aguilera and Beyonce had a big impact as well. I wanted to mix the rock of the 70’s with more modern female vocals.

 3 – How long have you been playing/writing?

I started writing songs and playing guitar when I was eight. My songwriting has changed a bit since then! But many of my earliest songs are some of my favourites and are still fun to play today. One of my favourite songs to play is “Blue Hills and Purple Butterflies” which I wrote a couple of years ago. It’s a really personal song and whenever I play it live it always takes me back to the feelings I had when I wrote it.

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

I love playing live with my full band and we play a lot at the Jam House in Birmingham. It’s such a great venue and the night is run by Ben Drummond who is a brilliant acoustic artist. My favourite gigs to play are festivals. I’ve been very fortunate to have played at the Wireless Festival, Hard Rock Calling and the Isle of Wight festival… it’s the best atmosphere and always amazing to see the other acts. 

5 – What has been your favourite moment in music?

My favourite moment has to be when I played at Hard Rock Calling in Hyde Park and two men came up to me in the crowd after and said “Blue Hills” made them cry. It was so surreal and so sweet.. a moment I’ll never forget.

6 – Where is the best place to find you online?

Follow @gabriellajjones on Twitter and Facebook.