In conversation with: Temper Cartel

We’ve been having a chat with with the boys from indie-rock four-piece Temper Cartel, who are looking to make a name for themselves with their new single ‘Babysitter’, for which the video is out 9th August! Check it out here:

 

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

Josh Alden – ” I think that I got into music through film, probably. I was obsessed with the TV from a very, very young age. My mum and dad were both working so I would get dropped off at my Grandparents (on my mum’s side) and we would watch old westerns and lots of 50’s and 60’s films etc. The music is just great in those films, and a lot of them just turn into musicals half way through or stick a song in! I think that was probably the first introduction to the power of music whether I knew it or not.”

Sam Alden – “Our Grandad was a drummer in a couple of different jazz bands, he sung too. We used to go and watch him play a lot and it influenced Josh to pick up the sticks and start playing drums but later he switched to guitar. Josh is older than me so by the time I was his age I had got into drums because of our granddad too. But I stuck with it, so now I play drums in the band.”

 

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

Josh Alden – “If I’m honest… Chas n’ Dave, Michael Jackson and Roy Orbison! Haha my grandparents used to take me to Somerset a lot, on the drive I would sit in the back and sing along to Roy Orbison. They just had a tape player in the car and we used to take a pile with us, I was always asking my grandma to change it to the next song, so she was taking tapes out and putting new ones in for the whole journey! It would go from Roy Orbison ‘working for the man’ to Chas n’ Dave ‘London Girls’ then finish on Michael Jackson  ‘Man in the mirror’ then I’d ask for Roy Orbison again. I think everything you’ve seen and heard has to play a part in how you write songs but I couldn’t pin point what music and when has made me write how I write or what I write.

 

How long have you been playing/writing?

Danny Fisher – “I think all of us have been playing instruments since we were kids, I started at 6.”

Josh Alden – ” I started writing songs in the styles of people I liked around 12 years old. So I would listen to the pattern of a Nirvana song and then try and write my own. That’s how I started writing. Then you realise that you can’t write them as well as those people so you move on to another style and learn that. Gradually you mature and grow as a songwriter and before you know it you’ve studied lots of styles and in the process, found your own.”

 

How often do you play live?

Sam Alden – “we started out playing every week to get the experience. Now we play once every 2 or 3 weeks. We’ve been enjoying gigs in London, Oxford and Brighton. We want to venture out and go up North but for now this is where we are building a fan base. Our next gig is in London at –

 

What has been your favourite moment in music?

Everton Barbato – I think for all of us our highlights have been recording with Mark Gardener, finishing the album and supporting The Strypes. They’re nice guys, great musicians and really good at what they do.”

 

Where is the best place to find you online?

Danny Fisher – ” it depends on what you prefer to use I guess, you can catch us on Instagram (@tempercartel) which we use for more silly stuff, messing around in rehearsal etc.”

Sam Alden – “Or Twitter (@tempercartel) for links to articles or radio shows we’ve been on. But if you want a bit of everything including gig info, vids and pics, then Facebook @Tempercartel or our website www.tempercartel.com will have everything you need.”

Josh Alden – “We will be posting links to our new video Babysitter on Wednesday 9th August across all of these platforms!”

 

 

In conversation with: Short Sharp Scratch

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This week, we’ve been lucky enough to have a chat with long time producer/songwriter, Jak Chantler, of Short Sharp Scratch who is currently releasing his latest soul-funk hybrid single ‘Shell Suit’. Here’s what he had to say:

 

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

My earliest musical memory is my mum making deliveries in her pickup truck for the family business, my sister and I strapped in together in the front seat (it was the 80s!), with Appetite for Destruction blaring out the truck stereo.  Mum always used to turn the volume down at the sweary bits!

When I was about 10 I rediscovered this record and it inspired me to start playing guitar.

 

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

I was obsessed with rock growing up, back then you were not allowed to enjoy other stuff too as it was seen as soft, so for many years I also had a secret pop and disco flirtation.  Thank goodness when you reach the age where you can proudly enjoy all music! I’m not sure if it’s like that for rock kids today, I think people can listen to whatever they like peer pressure free!

 

How long have you been playing/writing?

I started out writing guitar parts for my old band Kingskin.  As we got busier with gigs our singer was less interested in writing lyrics so I started doing that just as it had to get done in order to finish anything.  Then at some point I discovered Prince and saw that he would write, play and record everything!  I’m not on that level as he is a God as far as I’m concerned, but it definitely helped me.

 

How often do you play live?

I am very busy live performer, it’s often private events.  However there are some live opportunities coming up, watch this space…

What has been your favourite moment in music?

My best experience has been either recording with Steve Albini in Chicago or recently I got to record my new single Shell Suit at Abbey Road

Where is the best place to find you online?

https://m.facebook.com/shortsharpscratchmusic/

‘Shell Suit’ is set for release 15th September.

Chatting with: J.J Leone

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Unsigned Interviews were lucky enough to have a conversation with emerging singer songwriter, J.J Leone, who blends his masterful guitar skills with touches of R&B and soul.

 

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

I first picked up the guitar when I was 12, largely due to my older brother. He was already out touring when I was a kid but when he’d come home, I was amazed by what he could do with this piece of wood with six strings. My first guitar cost £20 from Argos. Patience is something I’ve never had a lot of, so when I couldn’t play anything by Metallica after a day, I lost interest in it! Then I heard this guy called Jimi Hendrix one day, and it blew my mind completely and made me pick up the guitar again. Just by listening and watching live videos on YouTube, I taught myself how to play, and I did the same with drums, bass and electronic production too.

 

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

I grew up on a lot of Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Rahsaan Patterson and other soul singers. This was mainly my brother and mum’s music as my dad was into Bowie, Thin Lizzy, Rod Stewart – all that type of stuff! The guys I would include as my top three influences are Stevie Wonder, Prince and Cody Chesnutt. Prince was just an incredible artist, a real musician and he had such a wide variety of music. I really liked his attitude towards everything too, he just wanted to play music and that was it. Stevie Wonder has been in the game so long and made maybe two songs I don’t like. Both he and Prince have influenced me so much in terms of their longevity, it’s something I really aspire to! Cody Chesnutt influenced me as a DIY musician – he’s someone who in the early days really didn’t fit in to the manufactured scene. ‘The Headphone Masterpiece’ which he recorded entirely in his mum’s kitchen is still one of my favourite albums today. They’re not necessarily influences in terms of a musical style, since what I write doesn’t sound like their material, I would describe them more as role models.

How long have you been playing/writing?

I’ve been playing music since I was 12, but only really gigging and performing since I was 14. My first show was in a high school assembly where me and two of my mates performed ‘Californication’ by RHCP, I just played guitar though, didn’t sing. Then I won the school talent contest the next year with an acoustic version of Paolo Nutini’s ‘Last Request’ – and that’s the first time I had any confidence in my voice. Then me and some mates formed a band where we’d play birthday parties and ‘battle of the bands’ kinda stuff before we started writing originals – I was lead guitarist and singer. Then we got picked up by a promotions company at 15 and we opened for Hot Chocolate and Suzi Quatro amongst others, we toured Barcelona and other places in the UK- we thought we were the bomb! I write everything myself, including all lyrics and instrumental sections and perform them all too.

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

I play live pretty regularly, back in 2011 when I was living on the streets – I performed everyday for six months so I’m trying to put that to good use! I’ve been lucky enough since then to play in so many different countries though, and met other amazing musicians and great people. In July I’m playing at the ‘Urban Food Fest’ in Shoreditch, then in August I’m going to Murcia to play a show for ‘Sofar Sounds’ and will be performing at another one of their events in Birmingham in late August.

5 – What has been your favourite moment in music?

I haven’t really got one favourite moment, but rather lots of little ones that have added up. Just seeing people’s faces when you play something you’ve written that touches them, or messages of support from people saying ‘your song really meant something to me’. Even in different countries where the culture, language and values are so different, music really brings people together and that always gets me – it let’s me know that I’m doing what I’m meant to be doing. It’s still kinda weird to me that people are coming out to see me – a traveller who’s had some real hard times, and they want to come and see me sing my songs!

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

You can find me on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram using: @iamjjleone. My website is over at www.jjleone.com too, which has got further links to my Spotify, Soundcloud and YouTube – come along for the ride!

 

Listen to J.J’s latest single, ‘With You’ here:

Introducing: The Outside Illusion

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Unsigned Interviews got up close and personal with Brazilian guitar band, the Outside Illusion’s lead man, Denis Salgado. The band have recently released their new album Silent Communication which empowers the ethics of instrumental music. Check out what he had to say below:

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

I first got into music when I was 11. I asked my father to teach me a song he was playing on his acoustic guitar (Day Tripper by The Beatles). I was so excited about learning the riff that I couldn’t  put down the guitar that day until I had learnt it and could play the whole thing – I didn´t even know how to hold a guitar pick. Next day, when I got back from school, I was completely in love with the possibility of becoming a real guitar player, so I spent the whole afternoon practicing that unique riff again. I think also there was a wish of  impressing my father. Anyway, after that, I’ve never stopped playing the guitar (now an electric one). I can say my father was my main inspiration at that moment.  

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

There are so many artists and bands. I used to listen to Eric Clapton, Dire Straits, a-ha, and Michael Jackson at the age of 4. It was around 1986/87 and again influenced by my father, who also introduced me to Queen, Elton John, George Michael, Tina Turner and Phil Collins. My favorite concert at the age of 5 was “The Prince’s Trust”, which I used to watch on a Laser Disc Player. But there´s one band who have impacted me in every way. From their music to the way of doing business: Iron Maiden. They are a kind of guide to me, since I was 11, 12 years old, until now. They have had and continue to have a great influence on the musician I am today. Some other metal bands have influenced me a lot, like Blind Guardian, Symphony X, Dream Theater (their first albums) and guitar players like Adrian Smith, Yngwie Malmsteen, Steve Vai… just to name a few. Apart from all these artists and bands, Electronic Music is a universe which also influences me a lot. I really like listening to DJ Marky, Zedd, Robin Schulz, Skrillex and some other talented guys.

How long have you been playing/writing?

I have been playing since I was 11. But the first song I wrote was when I was 20, more or less. 

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

I love being on stage. But at the moment I´m concentrating on recording the new promotional videos. I´m setting up new dates from October/November. Probably around 10 dates in different areas of my state, São Paulo.  I am ready to go anywhere in the globe and can´t wait to come back to the UK.  I was in the UK a year ago for a very special event, which resulted in me creating a very special 28 min documentary, available on Outside Illusion´s Youtube Channel.  

What has been your favourite moment in music?

My first international gig in Guernsey. June/2016. The very best and happiest moment in my career until this moment.

Where is the best place to find you online?

www.facebook.com/theoutsideillusion

www.youtube.com/theoutsideillusion

www.theoutsideillusion.com

Spotify / Deezer / Google Play: The Outside Illusion 

Instagram: denis_outside_illusion

 

Watch the video for ‘Silent Communciation’ here:

 

 

‘Cold Little Heart’- Michael Kiwanuka


Michael Kiwanuka returned with a new sound this year for his second album, Love & Hate accompanied by the beautifully crafted ‘Cold Little Heart’.
The track builds ever so gradually, eventually reaching a climax of weeping electric guitar solos and emotive ‘oohs’ before moving on to the second phase of the song where the lyrics properly begin and more of the classic Kiwanuka is fond again.
”Cold Little Heart’ was the first song I wrote for this album and it helped direct where the music was going. It’s really influenced by classic ’60s and ’70s British guitar bands like The Who and Pink Floyd, as well as by a lot of soul music.’
Kiwanuka also notes that ‘Those songs build really slowly and sometimes a vocal won’t come in until five or six minutes but you don’t realise you’ve been sitting and listening for that long because all the instruments are so enticing and so beautifully arranged that they grab your attention and it doesn’t matter that you’re waiting until the vocals come in.’