Interview with Karmilla


1 – When did you first get into music? What or who Inspired you?
I had some guitar lessons when I was 11 and learnt a few of my favourite song and was hooked from that point onwards!

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

I grew up listening to a variety of stuff, coming from a family with diverse music interests.  From the British Indie music scene right through to Eva Cassidy and Jazz!! Oasis were a big part of my diet,  As well as Stereophonics and early Coldplay.  I always reach out to different genres of music though, as long as the roots are strong, I’ll listen to it, probably get obsessed with it and love it!

3 – How long have you been playing/writing?

When I was a kid I wrote songs, they were terrible!!! but they helped me express whatever it was I was thinking about at the time, which was cool. After co-writing in bands through collage and stuff I began to seriously write my own tunes. Some of them even made it into the album, I’m always writing.

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

I play on a weekly basis. Sometimes solo, sometime semi acoustic, more often now with the band.
Semi acoustic set @ Readipop Festival http://www.readipop.co.uk/readipopfestival/
Full band set @ Mau Mau Bar, Portabello rd, London. Saturday the 28th August 2016.

5 – What has been your favourite moment in music?

Recording an album. I recorded with my best mates and worked with a great producer in a lovely studio in the middle of the sticks. It’s an important part of the song writing process to record a song.  And I was very fortunate to have this Wonderfull experience. It wasn’t all great though, it tests you in ways you can’t imagine!

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

www.karmillamusic.co.uk

INTERVIEW WITH CARINA ROUND

1 – When did you first get into music? What or who Inspired you?
Music was always a part of my life from as long as I can remember. I grew up in Wolverhampton with a single mother and listening to music and dancing was a big part of our household. Then at around 6 I moved in with my grandparents and it was a huge part of that household too. My grandfather had a terrific voice. He would be singing more often than not singing and I just adored him for it. It became a big part of my physical expression as a child to go about my day singing my face off. Both pre-existing songs and stuff I made up in the moment.
 
2 – Who did you grow up listening to, and does that impact on what you create now?
Musically, as a child Led Zeppelin, Roxy Music and David Bowie played a big part in inspiring me to express myself through music, as well as my grandfather. Japan and the voice of David Sylvian. I discovered Can very young somehow. Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Nick Cave are a constant. Kate Bush of course. The honesty and warmth with which Patti Smith writes poetry and the rawness with which she performs has been an ongoing inspiration. Nina Simone, Scott Walker, Bulgarian Womens choir excited me vocally. The recordings of Chess Records and Northern Soul was a big presence too. As well as what was on the radio at the time, Tears For Fears, Duran Duran etc.
Yes, I think maybe it has a very strong impact on what I do. It’s part of my musical DNA. Maybe more so than the transient influences and Inspirations that I pick up along the way.
 
3 – How long have you been playing/writing?
With a view to it going out into the world, almost 20 years. As a child I would write all the time too. Simple expressions of my feelings about some event in my home with abstract beats and sounds from a Bontempi organ that I didn’t know how to play.
 
4 – How often do you play live (include details and links for any upcoming gigs)?
August 03 – Cardiff – The Globe – www.globecardiffmusic.com
August 04 – Birmingham – Hare & Hounds – www.hareandhoundskingsheath.co.uk
August 05 – London – The Lexington – www.thelexington.co.uk
August 06 – Manchester – Factory – www.factorymanchester.com
August 07 – Glasgow – King Tuts – www.kingtuts.co.uk
August 09 – Bristol – The Louisiana – www.thelouisiana.net
August 10 – Milton Keynes – The Craufurd Arms – www.thecraufurdarms.com
August 11 – Brighton – Green Door Store – www.thegreendoorstore.com
 
[with Special Guest – She Makes War at all dates: www.shemakeswar.com]
 
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5 – What has been your favourite moment in music?
When CD’s become obsolete.
 
6 – Where is the best place to find you online?
www.facebook.com/carinaround
www.carinaround.com
www.instagram.com/carinaround 
www.twitter.com/carinaround
www.soundcloud.com/carinaround 

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KMF – INTERVIEW

1 – When did you first get into music? What or who Inspired you?
 
Most of our parents are musicians or work in theatre, so we were introduced to music at an early age, and actually made to learn to play, or actually forced to play!  We wanted to play football, not lear cello, but it wasn’t long until we thanked our parents for their efforts.  Making the band was really just because we wanted to have some fun with our friends, and we took the instruments we could play and made that happen. That feeling of having a good time with friends is still what drives us.
 
2 – Who did you grow up listening to, and does that impact on what you create now?
 
We heard a lot of The Beatles at an early age, which we are again thankful for, and they have always inspired us and set a level of what great is. When we first found our own music it was rap, and Dr Dre’s ‘2001’ took us in a new direction, and still influences us today.  We get inspiration from everywhere, our friends love-lives and local Bergen rumours are normally the basis for our songs, and musically we listen to all sorts and find things we like and influence our approach to that particular song.  For KMF we’d been listening to a lot of 80’s classics, like Bruce Springsteen and The Cure, which many people have picked up on.
 
3 – How long have you been playing/writing?
 
We made the band in 2004, we were aged between 15-18 and have been writing since then, 12 years!  We think it’s clear to hear the development we have made, and still continue to make.  They say it takes 15 years to become an overnight success, and we can totally get that.
 
4 – You guys play live a lot, how many show have you done so far? (include details and links for any upcoming gigs)? (LDN) 
 
Wow, I think everyone has stopped counting, but we’ve done thousands of shows. Or at least a thousand 🙂 We started off all over Norway, then Germany and now we go down to Mexico and South America a lot.  We still love to play live and there are new places left to visit.  We are really looking forward to exploring the UK, and that starts on the 31st of May with our first London show in 6 years.
 
5 – What has been your favourite moment in music?
 
Well I think a big moment for us was our first show outside of Norway, at Germany’s Melt Festival.  We had no idea how people would react outside our country and when they went crazy and got into it even more than in Norway we were shocked and relieved.  That was probably the moment when we realised we could take this further than we first thought possible, and that feeling has just grown ever since.  We got really really drunk later that night.

Irontown Diehards- Interview

1 – When did you first get into music? What or who Inspired you?
I’ve been playing bass since I was 11 years old, my friends had started a band and there were already 2 guitar players and a drummer. My best friend’s older brother taught me how to read tabs and taught me my first couple of songs to get me started. I didn’t actually get my first bass until I was 12 so if I wanted to play bass I had to go to my friend’s house, in the meantime I would practise on an old classical guitar we had in the house!
 
2 – Who did you grow up listening to, and does that impact on what you create now?
I can tell you straight off that my 3 biggest influences are John Paul Jones of Led Zeppelin, Flea from the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Billy Sheehan from Mr. Big. All 3 are exceptional world class bass players but their individual roles in their 3 bands are so different. I also don’t necessarily think that influences will always translate into the music you play, the 3 bands I’ve just mentioned probably wouldn’t who would spring to mind if you listened to The Irontown Diehards or even my bass playing. But they’re always the 3 I come back to and the ones who I’d most like to emulate.
3 – How long have you been playing/writing?
The Irontown Diehards have officially been a band for coming up on 2 years now. I actually just found a facebook post saying that it was 2 years ago last Friday that me and our guitar player Andrew Baxter have been friends. My uncle Declan put me in touch with him after they were struggling to find a bass player, they had me down to audition and Andy will be very kind to say “we didn’t audition anyone after Mark”, but I can’t help that maybe Andy could just as soon say “we didn’t have anyone else to audition”.
4 – How often do you play live (include details and links for any upcoming gigs)?
Our next gig is 7th May at the Limelight in Belfast. It’s a pre-release show for our album which will be available 27th May but at this show we’ll be doing a limited run of digipacks for the people there!
5 – What has been your favourite moment in music?
The next goal is always my favourite! I don’t look back all that much and am more interested in what is in front of me, what am I working towards next? What do I need to achieve it? What do I need to learn to get there? Doing this is what makes me better at what I do because with each goal, whether that be on the music side or on the social media side or business side it’s a new skill that I need to learn and can bring with me for the next stage.
6 – Where is the best place to find you online?
Like us on facebook, follow us on twitter. Our videos are on youtube and the album will be available on iTunes, amazon and Spotify from 27th May!
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Basement Revolver-Interview

1 – When did you first get into music? What or who Inspired you?
Chrisy: I grew up playing violin, but I started writing songs/learning guitar when I was 13. Mostly what inspired me is the music that I can’t let go of – from mewithoutyou to Courtney Barnett.
Nimal: I started playing clarinet when I was 8. Both my dad and brother played cello which was the main influence in becoming a musician myself. When my brother switched to drums I naturally gravitated towards bass.
Brandon: I first started getting into music around grade 5 I would say. Thats when I got a drum kit as a gift from my parents.
2 – Who did you grow up listening to, and does that impact on what you create now?
Chrisy: I grew up listening to everything from folk music to hardcore and stuff that generally fit into that scene, I guess that was what was popular at the time. Specifically stuff like Laura Marling and A Day to Remember; so really opposite sides of the spectrum.
Nimal: I grew up listening to a lot of pop punk and hardcore bands like Relient K and Underoath. After spending a bunch of years studying jazz music I guess growing up on bands like these is what keeps my playing straight ahead and simple when it needs to be.
Brandon: I grew up listening to a lot Sigur Ros, and Broken Social Scene. I would say they definitely affect my creative ideas still.
3 – How long have you been playing/writing?62f173c4-5a76-4718-a96e-1836044236b4.jpg
Chrisy: Since I was thirteen, as a band about a year!
Nimal: I have been playing music for the past 14 years. (I guess you know my age now) Besides the odd bass line I leave the writing to Chrisy.
Brandon: I have been playing music for about 12 years.
4 – How often do you play live (include details and links for any upcoming gigs)?
We play in Hamilton once every few months. Now that were expanding a bit you will see us more often in Peterborough, Guelph and Toronto as well. Keep your eyes out for a potential tour this summer though. Our next show is in June with Ptarmigan at the Baltimore House in Hamilton
5 – What has been your favourite moment in music?
Chrisy: That is a really tough question. I guess I can really only speak to my experience, and the house show scene has been a pretty cool thing. Watching lesser-known but incredibly talented bands and musicians play music in my livingroom has been pretty special.
Nimal: Playing Supercrawl was pretty great. It was amazing to be playing such a big festival in the early days of being a band. The weather was also pretty horrid that day but a bunch of people came out regardless. I think we will remember performing for a bunch of umbrellas for quite some time
Brandon: Some of my favourite moments in music have been the memories I have playing in some of the highschool bands I was apart of in Peterborough Ontario.
6 – Where is the best place to find you online?
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/basementrevolver/
Twitter: @BASEREVOLVmusic
Instagram: @basementrevolver
Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/basement-revolver
Bandcamp: basementrevolver.bandcamp.com

Andrea Di Giovanni-Interview

 When did you first get into music? What or who Inspired you?
I first got into music at the age of 4 attending my first piano lesson. From there on I got into classical studies for a bit then left them ’cause I wasn’t enjoying them much. Around the age of 8 I started singing because they told me I had nodules on my vocal folds and they said that singing the therapy to heal them. Around the age of 18 music took the lead in my life and it started to be everything I ever wanted to do. My inspiration in music is my soul and my feelings; whenever there’s something bothering me; I know it’s time to sit at the piano and let my heart speak.
 
2 – Who did you grow up listening to, and does that impact on what you create now?
Growing up I listened to a lot of Motown, Soul and Funk music; my Dad always loved Michael Jackson, Seal, James Brown, Stevie Wonder but also rocky stuff like Queen, Sting & The Police and Depeche Mode. Then in my teenage years definitely Britney Spears had a huge impact on me, I used to dance and sing to her tracks all day long! I guess they are all into what I create now, music is like a travel bad that’s never full; I believe that who we are today as artists is the result of all our influences mixed up with modern sounds.
3 – How long have you been playing/writing?
I’ve been playing piano since the age of 4 and I’ve been song writing since the age of 16.
4 – How often do you play live (include details and links for any upcoming gigs)?
It depends on what I am focusing on to be honest. At the moment I am not gigging too much as I’ve been very busy producing the EP; I am currently finishing the last track, so once that is finished, I will focus on getting live shows.
5 – What has been your favourite moment in music?
Playing a venue such as the O2 Shepherds Bush Empire twice; it’s been only uni showcases but that stage gives you a rush of adrenaline that only few stages give.
6 – Where is the best place to find you online?
 You can hear more of me on my website (www.andreadigiovanni.it/en), my youtube channel (https://www.youtube.com/user/andreadigiovannioff
You can hear more of me on my website , my youtube channel and my facebook page.

Pink Fireball-Interview

1 – When did you first get into music? What or who Inspired you?
Thomas Nowak (vocals / guitar) : I have always been into music. Even as a baby, the best way to keep me quiet was to play some classical music to me. I’d just listen to it and would not cry. My favorite style has always been rock n roll though, and always particularly listened to the pioneers, the innovators of every styles or sub-genres of it.
2 – Who did you grow up listening to, and does that impact on what you create now?
Like most people, I started with my parents’ record collection, The Beatles, Rolling Stones, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Elvis, and all that old 60’s and 70’s good stuff. The first CDs I ever got for my birthday at 8 years or something, were The Eagles and Jimi Hendrix. It was pretty life-changing as I’m still regularly listening to those albums to date. I’ve had moments I was way into Metal, others into blues, surf, pop, punk, space rock, or whatever, but I keep coming back to those classic rock records. As a guitarist and a musician, I can say I have also been a student of Deep Purple, Led Zeppelin, and Black Sabbath since my teens.
3 – How long have you been playing/writing?
I had a few disastrous guitar lessons when I was a child, but it’s really in high school that I started improving and learning more about the instrument. My best friend at the time had a pretty big influence on me then because he showed me how he could learn different songs just by hearing them on the radio. Stuff like Guns N Roses, Rage Against The Machine or Faith No More, etc. That was pretty impressive to me, I used to go to music stores and copy guitar partitions on paper, because I didn’t have Internet then … He also had a really cool distortion pedal. I finally found out how you could have that cool sound, because my first amplifier didn’t have it. We started to write some music together, mainly instrumental, for fun.
4 – How often do you play live (include details and links for any upcoming gigs)?
We are currently finishing recording our first album in London. Once it is completed, hopefully by the end of Spring, we’ll start booking as many shows as possible.
5 – What has been your favourite moment in music?
Every time you complete the mixing of a song, it’s a great moment to me so far, especially with Pink Fireball. When you realize how good it has become with everybody giving its best shot and working hard in the studio.
That and some great tour memories I have like with my previous band Novagreen. The fun and crazy-ness on and off-stage. I really look forward to do that again.
6 – Where is the best place to find you online?
We are very active on our Facebook and twitter pages, so these are the best places at the moment to be informed of our new releases and upcoming shows. You can download or stream our first single « Turn Around » on all the main sites, subscribe to our YouTube and Tumblr channels. Thanks for the support.

The Sonic Revolvers – Interview

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

Me personally, I got in to music at around age 10. My dad used to have Oasis, Beatles, The Jam playing most weekends. I used to sing along to him playing guitar. So I would say my musical inspiration was from my dad, but I guess the Beatles and Oasis were the guys who grabbed me.

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

I grew up with a really weird musical taste, once I found Oasis and the Beatles I started branching out to all sorts like Jimi Hendrix and Queen all the way through to Ibiza classics and Cream anthems. Very different I know but o am personally a lover of music not genre specific, where as the other lads in the band they all have certain Genres they listen too. This does impact my performance – I want to be bigger than Freddie Mercury. I’m already better 🙂

3 – How long have you been playing/writing?

As a band we have been together for 5 years (it’s our 5the birthday this month) fucking hell 5 years…. That’s a long fucking graft. 5 years of arguments and doing more miles than phileas fogg. But I’ve been musically connected in bands for about 8/9 years but Richey has been doing music since he was a sperm.

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

We play regular up and down the UK, we’re not ones to say no to a gig and if it’s feasible we will do it. Playing is something we love and we can show our personality live.

We have a host of upcoming shows Glasgow, Stoke, Liverpool. See the poster attached

5 – What has been your favourite moment in music?

Probably supporting massive  bands like catfish and the bottlemen/Hero fisher/ the Hoosiers and Matt Cardle. Playing local festivals has been great as well, but we are  playing 02 Academy Liverpool 12th September that’s going to be huge.

Also it was really funny when Anto our bass player drank my piss from his “iced tea” bottle…. Ammonia

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

Facebook / Twitter / YouTube / Apple music / I tunes / Spotify www.thesonicrevolvers.co.uk

Thanks a lot guys rock and fucking roll

Darrell (vocals)

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Pop Starlet – Olivia Shafique – Interview

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

I’ve always been massively into music. Not just singing but music in general. I grew up always having music around me as my parents are big music lovers, there was always music playing in the house. I realised I loved to sing when I joined Stage Coach in junior school, I then went on to perform in school plays and local theaters. Realising it was a massive passion and the direction in which I wanted to take my life I started singing lessons in senior school and took my grades. I studied drama for GCSE and A Level and as I still loved it I went on to Italia Conti. That’s when I learnt to write music so I guess I have my parents to thank for my love of music, the genres they listened to were so wide I was inspired by artists such as Mariah Carey, Cece Peniston and Ella Fitzgerald.

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

Growing up I listened to such a wide variety of music. I was really into Whitney Houston as a young girl it was definitely Whitney that gave me my passion for singing. My parents were really into dance music so that has always been around me, I’ve grown up listening to all of the club classics some of my favourite artists being Luther Vandross, Black Box, Jocelyn Brown and Chaka Chan. To this day am a huge fan of more modern house/dance music. Eventually I would love to feature on a big dance track, definitely a dream to have thousands of people raving to one of my songs at a festival! In terms of what I create I think my inspiration comes from listening to RnB and the UK music scene. I’ve always been a big fan of grime music

3 – How long have you been playing/writing?

I took up piano lessons in School along with singing lessons. It wasn’t until I started college at Italia Conti that I gained a passion for song writing. That was when I was 19 and haven’t stopped since.

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

I haven’t been playing live as often as I’d like to recently as I’ve been so busy in the studio and working on music videos ect but hopefully soon I will start performing live again. I have been offered a live acoustic session at the Bixou Lounge in Esher the last Thursday of every month so watch this space, I will be there soon!

5 – What has been your favourite moment in music?

My favourite moment in music so far was probably doing my first music video. It was the first time I had ever done anything like this and it was such a big learning curve. It was just a really exciting day and I love watching the end result after taking endless shots. I’m definitely looking forward to my next one, it’s going to be bigger and better. I can’t wait to do it!

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

You can find me on Facebook for anything music related on my fan page. I also have Instagram and Twitter which will give people a more personal insight into my life as well as all things music. And of course any performances/songs and videos I do will be posted on YouTube. Also check out my website www.oliviashafique.com.

Interview With Unsigned Interviews – SINFICTION

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1 – When did you first get into music? What or who Inspired you? I was inspired to learn guitar by Guns and Roses, Slash is one of my favourite guitarists. Although the first band I like was The Offspring, actually they were the first band I ever saw live come to think of it.

2 – Who did you grow up listening to, and does that impact on what you create now? It was all rock and pop-punk really. Guns and Roses, Greenday, The Offspring, BRMC and actually a fair bit of Pendulum! I think anything in your past impacts what you play now, but it’s all unconscious so I couldn’t say. The stuff I listen to nowadays is very different so I guess Sinfiction is a mash of the old and the new J

3 – How long have you been playing/writing? I’ve been playing guitar for 13 years, but playing live for around 10. I started on the open mic circuit played some covers and a few of my own tracks. As time went on the covers disappeared as I really like playing my own stuff.

4 – How often do you play live (include details and links for any upcoming gigs)? We play as often a possible but on average once a week. We are launching our new singles at The Harrow in Aylesbury this Saturday, doors open at 7. You can check out all our other gigs here http://www.sinfiction.co.uk/gigs/

5 – What has been your favourite moment in music? – Playing at Thame music in the Park to 3000 people singing along. I also love just going to gigs as a band because you never know what your going to find. It always a surprise, it used to make me nervous but I quite like that now!

6 – Where is the best place to find you online? Facebook.com/sinfiction soundcloud.com/sinfiction – www.sinfiction.co.uk