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

Aysha Loren Interview!

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Aysha Loren has just released her latest EP ‘Back to you’ along with a reggae soul single called, Keep it like it is. It was this new that got us interested in finding out more about the young caribean singer. So we spoke to her and here is what she told us!

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

I Started Singing at the age of 14, in talent shows and school productions. I would say Whitney Houston inspired me listened to her music a lot growing up and also listened to a lot of reggae music.

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

I listened to Whitney, Destiny Child, Lots of Lovers Rock Music by Various artists. I would say yes my music is versatile and I try to mix the different genres that I grew up listening to and do it my own style.

3 – How long have you been playing/writing?

I’ve been Writing for only 2 years as I feel I now have the life experiences to write about so it comes easier to me.

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

I Perform most weekends and even when I don’t have a gig I keep busy by popping  into my favourite open mic night.

You can catch Aysha at the following Events:

27th July – Reggae Summer Jam – Gappy Ranks, Randy Valentine and others  Catford Broadway Theatre

1st August – John Holt, Errol Dunkley 02 indigo

2nd August – John Holt, Christopher Ellis 02 indigo

http://www.theo2.co.uk/events/detail/sir-john-holt-freddie-mcgregor

26th September – Adult Weekender – Camber Sands

http://www.bcpevents.org/#!upcoming_events/c1mya

5 – What has been your favourite moment in music?

I would say my EP launch that was on the 5th July. I performed with a live band for a 40 min set and was able to share my EP with the public. I am very proud of my EP and can’t wait for everyone to hear it.

https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/keep-it-like-it-is-single/id871351362

 

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

https://www.facebook.com/AyshaLoren

 

https://twitter.com/ayshaloren

Scrilla Interview

We got the chance to interview up and coming rapper SCRILLA earlier on this week, this is what he had to say about his single ‘Turn Me Up’ which is out of the 14th July!Image

You can watch the video for the single here – 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3D3e4iU3Qds

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

 Music’s been in the family, uncle’s a guitarist, mum’s a singer. My first forray into music was through playing instruments. I’m good with the keys as well as the drums. Progesssion from that was steady and gradual until I realised I was good at writing music, got good ears for beats e myand melodies. Inspiration will have to be my uncle i guess. Indirectly, watching him had exposed me to that musical environment, a seed was sown.

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

 I listened to all sorts growing mostly from my dad’s record collection when younger.From James Brown to Marvin Gaye, to Michael Jackson and many more. I was a big M.J fan, still am. My taste developed in my teen years, thats when I got into rap music, listening to Tupac, Biggie, LLcoolJ, Busta Rhymes and many more. The type of music I grew up with has definetly had an influence on the creative process now. Indirectly I’m able to draw on those exposure from my sub-conscious when creating my own music.

3. How long have you been playing/writing?

About 4 years now in total. on and off. Takes some getting used to at first, balancing music with family life. But where there’s a will and all that.

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

I try to play a gig once a month depending on other activities. Usually once a month to remain active around the circuit. My next gig will be in Coventry August 1st @ Twilight Night Club

5. What has been your favourite moment in music?

I don’t have a favourite moment as of yet. There have been great moments, like getting radio coverage on BBC Introducing, shooting the turn me up video, touring last year. I like to think the best is yet to come so I will wait to pass judgement on my favourite moment.

 6. Where is the best place to find you online? You can connect with me on the following links

 https://twitter.com/Scrillamc

https://www.facebook.com/Scrillamc

https://soundcloud.com/iamscrilla-com

https://www.youtube.com/user/skcrilla

http://iamscrilla.com

Go2

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

Lerish: Unofficially, since the crib, stories of bouncing and dancing to music and crying when it was turned off, lol. Officially, I really started singing in elementary school in chorus and at 11 was writing and producing my own songs with a Casio Keyboard and a cassette tape deck. Hip-Hop, R&B, Pop and Gospel were always an outlet and inspiration for me growing up. There was domestic violence early on in my home and music was a therapeutic way to deal with the hard times.

Vizun: I was pretty much surrounded by music growing up. My father would play his old school records in the basement at home, (Parliament was one of my favorites) and that became my hangout spot. My mother loved gospel and soul music. My older sister and cousins would always play the latest Hip Hop or R&B songs and that eventually made me want to try to make songs of my own. I wasn’t much of a singer, (Even now, I leave that part to Lerish, lol), so I gravitated to writing rap music, which wasn’t too much of a stretch because I was already writing poetry at the time. As I got older it became less of a hobby and more of a passion. I couldn’t (and still can’t) go through a day without listening to music.

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

Lerish: I grew up listening to LL Cool J, Run DMC, Boyz II Men, Donnie Hathaway, Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, New Edition and Commissioned (A gospel group that birthed the solo careers of Fred Hammond and Marvin Sapp). This diverse playlist has allowed me to pull from different characteristics throughout the years and come into my own eclectic style of singing. I would say I’m very melodic and can be soulful at times with a touch of pop. I think this has allowed me to be in a group with a rapper and not seem out of place. Lol.

Vizun: I grew up listening to many of the same artists that Lersih mentioned as well as Anita Baker, De La Soul, BDP and a wide array of other artists, and I think that it caused my taste to be pretty broad. While rap music is what I consider to be my area of expertise, I like trying to infuse other music styles into it such as jazz, rock, neo-soul, etc. Our range in taste is what allows our music to be so diverse. When you listen to a Go2 album, you won’t hear the same old thing from song to song. It’s one of the strengths of our group but it’s also made it hard for people to put us in a particular category (which I am actually happy about.)

3 – How long have you been playing/writing?

Lerish: I’ve been writing and playing since the age of 11 years old.
Vizun: I think my first rap was written when I was about 8 or 9. I haven’t stopped since, lol.

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

Go2: When on the road we try and perform mostly on the weekends. Right now we’ve taken a short break to finish up the new album and music videos to a few of the upcoming singles.

5 – What has been your favorite moment in music?

Go2: One of our favorite moments in our journey so far was in Chicago. We were there to perform on Rev. Jesse Jacksons weekly broadcast and stopped at a local youth event. The kids there were off the chain! They even rushed the stage while we were performing. The energy was electrifying and it was so encouraging to see the youth so on fire for what God was doing through our music!

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

http://www.twitter.com/therealgo2 – http://www.facebook.com/therealgo2 – http://www.ourstage.com/therealgo2 and http://www.soundcloud.com/go2

Dmarco

Here is our interview with the uber talented Dmarco…

1 – When did you first get into music? What or who Inspired you? 2 SMALL

I can’t remember a time when i wasn’t into music, i believe its in your soul so……..

I have been inspired by artists like Roy Orbison, Leonard Cohen, Bruce Springsteen……artists who can write from the heart about love, loss and everything in-between.

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

I grew up on the back of my parents musical indulgences mainly 60s pop, soul and rock, I wouldn’t say I’m directly influenced by any one artist, I just want to make music people can relate to and I’m always creating a bespoke therapy session for anyone going through a break up or who have had their hearts ripped out and stomped into the ground. 

3 – How long have you been playing/writing?

I have playing guitar in different bands over the years however i wanted to concentrate on my own career and thats been over the last four years, I wanted to do it properly and give everything to it, building the blocks before any releases or proper live shows…..

I have been writing since i was 14, I picked up a guitar and after staring at it for some time i knew i could get all release all my emotions and thoughts through it. The guitar had two strings and missing the back….eventually my parents got mad listening to me learning how to play it and bought me a better model.

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

This is all very new, were building a killer live show and we going all out to give the fans the best return for investing their time in DMARCO, I do know my management are on the phone booking venues for 2014 tour which may start in Japan all going well. 

5 – What has been your favourite moment in music?

Completing my debut album and seeing the buzz around the project not only the fans but the industry itself, I am very happy to be working with great people, namely my producer Martin Aelred who i owe so much, we’ve had great times including traveling through europe recording and generally rocking out causing orchestrated mayhem 

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

www.wearedmarco.com is our official website and we have links to all our social media there.