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

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.

 

 

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.