Adam Protz

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1 – When did you first get into music? What or who Inspired you?
I think it was around the age of fifteen. Music became more of a passion to me when I started listening to rock music. Tragically it was bands like Linkin Park and their angsty music which made a deeper connection with me! That might surprise people, considering how mellow the stuff I write now is.

2 – Who did you grow up listening to, and does that impact on what you create now? According to my parents, I used to stick on Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony myself and make my toys play along dramatically when I was about five years old. I think that definitely stayed with me. Then like I said, I got massively in to rock music in my teens. This probably explains why I’m now so passionate about writing music for piano but with a modern edge.

3 – How long have you been playing/writing?
I think I’ve been playing one instrument or another since I was about eight!

4 – How often do you play live (include details and links for any upcoming gigs)?
I’m talking to a few people about arranging some special shows! Make sure you check my website and Facebook for news on that!

5 – What has been your favourite moment in music?
Probably finishing my EP recently to be honest! It was on a shoestring budget and as me and my producer were also working fulltime it was a real labour of love to get it out there!

6 – Where is the best place to find you online? That would definitely be my website: www.adamprotz.com and my Facebook: www.facebook.com/adamprotzmusic. There’s also almost too much awesome stuff on my Youtube channel: www.youtube.com/adamprotz. I’d also love to connect with you on Twitter! I’m @AdmProtz, don’t be shy!

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

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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

Lauren Rich

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

I first got into singing when I was 4 when I won a “Kids From Fame” competition at nursery (showing my age)!  My first influence is Rob Thomas from Matchbox Twenty – he’s one of the cleverest lyricists I’ve heard and it pushes me as a songwriter not to be so cliche. My other influence is Nerina Pallot because she’s an exceptionally talented female singer/songwriter who is not incredibly famous but still “does her thing” and does it successfully.  When I saw her live for the first time that’s when I decided I wanted to do that!

 

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

I grew up listening to eighties music but was introduced to sixties and seventies by my parents.  I fell in love with The Beatles.  The only way it impacts on my music is that I am totally obsessed with harmonies.  I’m always harmonising to music I hear on the radio and always think, the more harmonies the better!

 

3. How long have you been playing/writing?

I’ve been songwriting since I was 12 when I had a holiday romance (in my head) and was devastated that I had to come home. That’s when I wrote my first song entitled “I Miss You Now”.  I’ve been performing my own songs for about 10 years on and off; solo, in a duo and also now with my amazing band.

 

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

I try to perform as often as I can, especially around London, to get my songs heard by more and more people.  My next gig (which is an important one) is my EP launch party on Wednesday 1st October 2014 – more details here www.laurenrichmusic.co.uk/gigs

 

5. What has been your favourite moment in music?

My favourite moment HAS to be when I was interviewed by Gaby Roslin at BBC London.  It was my first proper radio interview / performance and she said my singing was beautiful.  That was a mega boost for me.

 

6. Where is the best place to find you online?I’m everywhere but if you go straight to my website – www.laurenrichmusic.co.uk – you will find all of my social media links AND the ability to join my mailing list, which would be lovely if people signed up to it.

 

 

Characula


IMG_6985 updatedNew1 – When did you first get into music? What or who Inspired you?

I invented music.

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

I grew up attuned to the call of the wild.  Sounds made during mating season have had a particularly strong influence on my intricate melodies and thunderous rhythms.  I like my music loud, primal and seductive!

3 – How long have you been playing/writing? 

Longer than anyone reading this has been alive.

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

The Nth Coming of Characula will occur beginning this May MMXIV with appearances in England and Scotland.  Tour dates may be found at http://characula.com/Tour.html.   Beware of false prophets!

5 – What has been your favourite moment in music?

July 18, 64 A.D.:  The night Nero played the lyre while Rome burned.  I was there.   It was a magnificent performance!

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

http://www.characula.com will take you to places you can only dream of!

Vita Chambers – Interview

We were really lucky to get the chance to have a chat with Vita Chambers who has been tipped as the next big thing in the UK.  Having toured with Justin Bieber in her native Canada, Vita Chambers is set to bring her North American success to UK shores with new double a-side ‘Fix You’/‘What If?’ At only 20 years old, Vita Chambers has already won over the hearts of her home nation in Canada and has a musical career to be admired, She was signed at 16 by Universal after contacting them on Myspace and at 17 years old, Chambers was thrown into the limelight when she was asked to open for Justin Bieber on his “My World” tour

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

I’ve had a love affair with music for my whole life, but I took it seriously at 11 when i first started vocal lessons. Growing up I was fascinated by Queen, Cher and Tina Turner.

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

So many artists inspired me. My father was feeding my Led Zeppelin, The Doors, Queen, and my Mum constantly played Tina Tuner, Elvis Presley, Black Box. All of those influences have definitely moulded me into the artist I am and still do.

How long have you been playing/writing?

I always wrote but “Fix You” was the first song I wrote on and officially released.

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

I’m always performing and if I’m in your area I would love to meet you. You can find all of my tour dates on my website www.vitachambers.com

What has been your favourite moment in music?

Headlining my own tour.

Where is the best place to find you on-line?

Be apart of my journey on Instagram and Twitter. See you there 🙂 @vitachambers

You can check out the videos here:

‘Fix you’: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JjDre7EaHFQ

‘What If?’: http