Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Conflicts: Is Technology Ruining Live Music? (29/07/14)


Let me set the scene, I'm at a Cheryl Cole concert (questionable to some people), at The O2 Arena, London, back in October 2012. Whilst I didn't have the greatest view anyway, I really didn't enjoy having cameras spinning around the stage, blocking my view of the artist I'd gone to see perform. In addition to this, everyone was getting their phones/cameras out to take videos and photos. Personally, I can understand filming a clip of your favourite track, or taking a couple of photos to have as a memory etc. however, is it really ok to have your phone out for the whole set?

I mean, don't get me wrong, technology really can add to a live performance's atmosphere, with lights, backing displays, extra technological advances used to enhance the music. I'm also a big fan of the swaying lights when an artist plays a specifically ballady/emotional track, however technology has taken over tradition of flicking away at lighters, which is now probably seen as a health and safety hazard. Personally, I also like to have a photo of each artist/band that I see, for blog purposes and for gig scrapbook purposes). I'm not a big fan of filming at gigs, however, if I go to a festival I will tend to get a small clip of my favourite song from an artist/band. I start to wonder how much of the music people are actually managing to make the most of? I've spent money to go and see and feel the atmosphere of a live performance from this artist/band and then there's people with their heads in their phones, bouncing from side to side every now and then, how can you do it? I'm always fully emerged in the music, if I'm there to review, I aim to take a notebook so I don't ruin the atmosphere with a luminous screen facing upward creating a distracting glare.

I think the only time when technology can really ruin live music is when it gets in the way of enjoying the event. For example, when filming crew/cameras get in the way for most of the set, when a camera is held up in front of your view for the whole performance, when someone is stood next to you on their phone, you get the idea! Apart from that, I feel it can be used to enhance the atmosphere and overall event. 

What do you think? Do you think technology is ruining live music events? Let me know in the comments! 

Check It Out!

Chart: If I Go - Ella Eyre

Released on 10th July (2014), 'If I Go' is Ella Eyre's debut solo single. Ella is an English singer/songwriter who has gained lots of attention recently after featuring on successful tracks 'Waiting All Night' with Rudimental and 'Think About It' with Naughty Boy. However now she is going solo, this track is from her upcoming debut album, and peaked at #16 in the UK Singles Chart. 



Live Performance: We Don't Need Ya - Reilly Fitzalan

Reilly Fitzalan is a singer/songwriter from the Northern Rivers of New South Wales, Australia. He started playing guitar aged 15 and performed at open mic nights to gain an audience, it's definitely worked and he's a growing talent amongst the folk rock scene, here he is performing for Barn On The Farm Sessions. 


Cover: I'm Looking For Someone - Imelda May

Originally by The Crickets (also recognised as Buddy Holly's band), this rockabilly track is covered here by breakthrough artist Imelda May. Released as part of their debut album 'The Chirping Crickets' in 1957, this wasn't one of the most popular tracks, but that didn't mean it wasn't well loved! Short and sweet, I just wish it was longer! 


Classic: Rehab - Amy Winehouse

I felt it was fitting to celebrate the works of Amy Winehouse, as it was three years ago last week she passed away. Released in Ocotber 2006, 'Rehab' was Amy's highest peaking track (apart from Valerie - a cover of The Zuton's). It's also one of the most recognised songs of hers. Written by Winehouse and produced by Mark Ronson, for her second album 'Back To Black', this song was a big hit in the UK and US, being her first top 10 single in the US. 


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Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Spotlight: London Grammar 22/07/14)


London Grammar are a British electronic pop trio, made of Hannah Reid, Dan Rothman and Dominic 'Dot' Major. After meeting at university in Nottingham, they gained interest of music listeners and the right kind of people to get them places whilst doing low-key gigs in local bars. 2013 was a big year for the trio, they released their debut album 'If You Wait' after lots of build up and attention after featuring on Disclosure's #1 UK debut album 'Settle' on the track 'Help Me Lose My Mind'. Their album 'If You Wait' peaked at #2 in the UK Albums Chart, which I would say isn't too bad!

'If You Wait' Review:

The album opens with 'Hey', which showcases Hannah's soulful vocals and emotive lyrics. The rest of the album continues this, but we also notice the skill of Dan and Dot's musicality, creating catchy, cinematic compositions. They truly are incredibly talented, making a unique sound that is a popular one and ethereal. This is an album you can listen to at any point, but one that a lot of people can enjoy and is definitely easy to listen to and one your ears will thank you for! It also did well in the UK Singles Chart, peaking at #2, proving I'm not the only one that thinks this! If you haven't already, give it a listen and get yourself a copy!


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Chart: Right Here - Jess Glynne

As a debut single, 'Right Here's has done pretty well in the charts for Jess Glynne. She rose to music listeners attention when she featured on tracks 'Rather Be' and 'My Love', both went to #1 in the UK Singles Chart. Released on 6th July (2014) it's stayed in the UK Singles Chart for three weeks, so far, and peaked at #6.


Live Performance: Sedated - Hozier

Hozier is an Irish 'indie-pop', soul/blues musician, I'm not sure the genre really matters with this guy, his music is just incredibly easy to listen to. After his debut EP's title track 'Take Me To Church' went viral, he followed it up with a second EP 'From Eden', just as good and has now announced a debut album to be released for September, excited is an understatement! (I also suggest giving 'Take Me To Church' a listen... I'll put it at the bottom of the blog!) 


Cover: Stay With Me - Ed Sheeran

Ed is well known for making any song sound like his own, but this cover doesn't travel too far from the original, but still has Ed's own tang to it! A very popular song to cover at the minute, it peaked at #1 and has been in the charts for 9 weeks, but this one stands out from the others. 


Youtube: Defying Gravity - Grace Lee

Grace Lee has recently become better known as the YouTube 'Let It Go' cover sensation that came third in a Ryan Seacrest competition. However, this is her latest cover and it's absolutely insane, as a massive Wicked fan, this one of the best covers I've heard, and all her other covers and videos on Youtube are worth a listen, very talented, and I'm pretty sure she'll become one of the bigger Youtube artists very soon :) (Also, I suggest listening to this without headphones!)


(That Hozier track called 'Take Me To Church' that I was talking about...)


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Friday, 18 July 2014

Feature: Heidrik (18/07/14)


Heidrik is a Faroese, Danish and Icelandic singer, songwriter and producer, he's recently been working on his debut single 'Maria's Donkey', which is out now! His music is a mix of new, refreshing sounds with many influences from traditional Faroese music, folk, orchestral pop and electro. 

General Questions:



1. How old were you when you started getting involved in music and how?
I sang a lot when I was a child but then puberty come...couldn't hit a note for many years.
I was about sixteen I think. After I got my voice back. Puberty is a bitch on boys when it comes to the voice hehe! So ya since sixteen I've been working hard :)

2. What is the most inspiring gig/concert/festival you've been to?
I saw Bjork in 2004 at the Roskilde Festival in Denmark. I was blown away. Can still remember the awesome feeling I felt inside after the concert was over. It was breathtaking. I was a big fan of Bjork when I was a kid so for me seeing her for the first time was huge. 

3. What have you been listening to lately?

I've been been listening a lot to Lorde lately. I think she's great! Love her sound and attitude and she's only seventeen! amazing!

3 Questions for Heidrik:

1. For people that haven’t heard your music, how would you describe  your sound in five words?
I guess I would call it pop but still a bit alternative. Cinematic and atmospheric I would say.

2. Where in the world would you most like to perform and why?
Well it doesn't matter WHERE for me...more if there is people who want to hear me I would appreciate it. I like small venues. Intimate venues :)

3. How did you create the image and sound of ‘Maria’s Donkey’?
Well it was the story that I made that sort of set the mood. I like having a precise picture in my head what the song is about so I can create an atmosphere that I think fits. It's easier for me. I would imagine it's a bit like when a film maker comes over to a film composer saying "hey I want music for a murdering shower scene - can you do that?". This is sort of how I work. I get a subject and I work out from that. So Maria's Donkey is something quite ancient and mystical...holy as well. So I wanted to make something fragile like the donkey but still grand. A mix of the two :) I wrote the song on guitar and I played it in a bit medieval way - pizzicato. Then Janus Rasmussen my producer came and the produced the rest with me. So I we got Rosabella Gregory to make some string arrangements that where pizzicato at first then full on strings. I think we sort of got what we aimed for- fragile still big :)

Random Question:

Late nights or early mornings?
LATE NIGHTS!!!!!! HATE early mornings. I live like a jazz singer ;)

'Maria's Donkey' Review:

This magical, haunting track is one that grows throughout the song. Starting with just strings and chilling vocals and finishing with more layers including percussion and more strings. Personally, I think this track deserves a lot of recognition for the unique sound and mix of genres, Heidrik brings a fresh sound that I love! He also manages to intertwine a fairytale like story into the lyrics, which adds to his skill of musicality and creates a cinematic image with his song.  


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Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Feature: Dagny (15/07/14)


Dagny, is an independent raw Scandi-pop artist, whom has successfully built recognition in Norway via her Youtube channel. She has supported the likes of Sir Elton John, Sting and Bryan Adams and is now pushing her debut UK single with live performances, including some key UK festivals and a gig at The Islington, London on 24th July. 'I Say' the upbeat folk-pop track will be released in the UK on 28th July and there is a free download at the end of the feature of 'Hold On Lucy', another great track from Dagny! 

General Questions:

1. How old were you when you started getting involved in music and how?
I come from a musical family so music has always been in my life but I didn't start writing until I was 15. I was failing my music class and I had to do a songwriting project where I was teamed up with the two girls in class who never showed up for school. The last day before it was due, we had nothing so I had to just sit down and write something. My teacher loved it and really encouraged me to keep going and here I am now. 

2. What is the most inspiring gig/concert/festival you've been to?
I saw Passenger at Isle of Wight Festival this year. He went on stage with just his guitar and his own happiness. He didn't need anything else to have a great show. He was so appreciative of his audience as well, which I think is very important. 

3. What have you been listing to lately?
This Norwegian band called High Asakite. I love the Lumineers and First Aid Kit has been playing a lot lately as well. 

3 Questions for Dagny:

1. You've supported Elton John and Bryan Adams, but who would you most like to tour with and why?
Fesit!!! Because she has great music and she seems really fun to be on tour with. 

2. Where would be your dream venue/festival to play and why?
The Royal Albert Hall because it's a bigger venue but still has this amazing intimacy. 

3. What process did you go through whilst writing 'I Say'?
The song came from a very passionate chat in the studio about learning to listen to your own voice instead of everyone else's. We had a very clear vision of what we wanted to get across, but it was also a very fun and inspiring day. 

Random Q:

A lyric/quote you live by?
"Don't be a can't." - I think sometimes you just have to jump into things instead of questioning every little aspect to it; for me that has opened a lot of opportunities. 

Review: I Say - Dagny:

This is a great slow chilled starting that grows into an upbeat folk-pop track, it's definitely being released at the perfect time, as it's a classic summer feel good tune. However, I love the fact under the cheery upbeat rhythm there are lyrics commenting on pressures of youth and womanhood. Dagny has described her music as an 'emotional roller coaster' and I'd totally agree with her, this is just one thing that makes her sound stand out, pop-like tunes with underlying lyrics of a skilled singer/songwriter. Dagny is definitely one to watch this summer! 


Here's a treat, a free download of 'Hold On Lucy', another brilliant track from Dagny! A little more melancholy compared to 'I Say', but it's still got a beat and great tune to it. 


Dagny's Links:
Ticket Link (The Islington, 24th July): http://www.songkick.com/concerts/20567153

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Chart: Chandelier - Sia

This is an electropop track with influences of electronica and reggae. Released on 17th March 2014 from her sixth studio album '1000 Forms Of Fear'. It's currently at #9 in the UK Singles Chart, but it peaked at #6 and has been talked about a lot on the radio recently. 


Live Performance: Kids - MGMT

'Kids' was MGMT's third single from their album 'Oracular Spectacular', released back in October 2008, it was a popular track that has been covered by Keane, Cage The Elephant and many more. It peaked at #16 in the UK Singles Chart and clearly went down when they performed a different mix of it at Glastonbury this year. 


Cover: Stronger Than Ever - Lily Allen

Here's Lily Allen with a great cover of Raleigh Ritchie's debut single 'Stronger Than Ever'. This track was the debut single from the British R&B singer and actor, it was released on 14th March 2014 and peaked at #30 in the UK Singles Chart. Lily definitely does a great job of performing this live, squashing what most people think! 


Classic: Dancing In The Moonlight - Toploader

This track is actually a cover of a song by The King Harvest (which may surprise some people...) Their cover was released in 2000 from their 1999 album 'Onka Big Monka' and was a top ten hit in the UK Singles Chart. 


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Wednesday, 9 July 2014

12 Albums of 2014. Pt. 1 (09/07/14)

I thought this week I'd do something a little different, and seeing as it's been a good couple of months for music releases, I'd share 12 albums I've been loving so far this year! (Download links for all albums can be found at the end of this blog!) 

Mind Over Matter - Young The Giant

Release Date: 21st January 2014
Genre: Alternative Rock
Tracks: 13
Chart Performance: #7 (US Billboard 200)
Singles: It's About Time/Crystallised/Mind Over Matter

This is a great album, with great variety, some would argue that it's because they still haven't found 'their sound', but I personally feel it links well to their previous album 'Young The Giant' and shows they can give a variety of sounds. From upbeat, rockier tracks to slower chilled tracks, with solid musicality shown throughout. My favourite three tracks have to be 'Anagram', 'Mind Over Matter' and 'Camera'. Purely because I like the mix of guitars, drums, synth, all songs are crafted well with lyrics and their vocals are on point throughout too. 


Renegade - Toseland

Release Date: 23rd March 2014
Genre: 'Soft' Rock
Tracks: 11
Singles: Renegade/Crash Landing

'Renegade' is a rockier album with a beautiful ballad in the mix too. The phrase 'soft rock' is used lightly as it's rock, but it's not too heavy. If you're a fan of Guns 'n' Roses or Bon Jovi, you'll definitely be a fan of this album. This album is definitely one to rock out to with your air guitars and drums! I'm a big fan of 'Life Is Beautiful', 'Just No Way' and 'Burning The System', they're a good mix of what's on the album, 'Just No Way' being the ballad, and the other two being heavier tracks with insane guitar and vocals. 


Caustic Love - Paolo Nutini

Release Date: 14th April 2014
Genre: Soul/Jazz/Funk
Tracks: 13
Chart Performance: #1 (UK Albums Chart)
Singles: Scream (Funk My Life Up)/Let Me Down Easy

This album was a hit in the UK, reaching #1 in the UK Albums Chart, it's the perfect chill out BBQ kind of album. There's more of a jazzy funk vibe to this album compared to his earlier album 'Sunny Side Up', which had more of a folk feel to it. 'Scream (Funk My Life Up)' stands out to me as a great track, not just because it did well in the singles charts, but it's a genuinely great track with everything to make a great song. 'Iron Sky' also stands out as a more ballady track, with soul vibes running through it, which gives a nice alternative to the jazz funk filled album. 'Fashion' is another of my favourites, featuring vocals from Janelle Monáe, it's one to get stuck in your head, and Janelle offers a nice twist of vocals to the track. 


Sheezus - Lily Allen

Release Date: 5th May 2014
Genre: Pop
Tracks: 14 | 17 (Deluxe)
Chart Performance: #1 (UK Albums Chart)| #2 (US Billboard 200)
Singles: Hard Out Here/Air Balloon/Our Time/URL Badman

Lily Allen returned to the music industry, after a five year break, with these classic Allen album. It's got a great mix of tracks, all with honest and 'out-there' lyrics, which is what we always loved about her right? As well as the well crafted instrumentals of the tracks, there are echoes of previous tracks, with drum beats etc. but I like the way she hasn't moved away from her sound, which other artists have been known to do after time out. My favourites from this album were hard to pick actually, I really enjoy all the tracks on this one, but 'Air Balloon', 'Take My Place' and 'URL Badman' just about beat the rest. 


Elements - Kina Grannis

Release Date: 6th May 2014
Genre: Acoustic Folk/Pop
Tracks: 12 | 14 (Deluxe)
Chart Performance: #2 (iTunes Singer/Songwriter Albums Chart)
Singles: The Fire/Dear River

One of the most chilled albums of the year so far for me! Kina's stunning vocals are showcased effortlessly in this album, with every single track being put together incredibly well. Before seeing her live in London, I listened to her a lot, after seeing her live I listen to her even more, and am pretty blown away with her live vocals being just as good recorded, if not a little more impressive live. This album is definitely a relaxed album with some incredibly emotional tracks in there, but at the same time very uplifting ones too! Favourites include 'Dear River', 'Forever Blue' and 'My Own', which also features vocals from Kina's sisters, which adds to the story of the song. 


Ghost Stories - Coldplay

Release Date: 19th May 2014
Genre: Dream Electronica/Alternative Rock
Tracks: 9
Chart Performance: # (UK Singles Chart)| #1 (US Billboard 200)
Singles: Magic/Midnight/A Sky Full Of Stars

This album was always going to be a stand out collection of songs amongst releases of 2014. With tracks like 'Always In My Head', echoing previous album Mylo Xyloto, to 'Midnight', which is very Bon Iver-esque, to the gentle lullaby of 'O'. All three of those tracks are my favourites by the way... Chris Martin's easy-listening vocals glisten over the top of these again, well-crafted instrumentals in the track. I can't get enough of this album, it's definitely one for winding-down in the evening! 


In The Lonely Hour - Sam Smith

Release Date: 26th May 2014
Genre: Soul/R&B
Tracks: 10 | 14 (Deluxe)
Chart Performance: #1 (UK Albums Chart)| #2 (US Billboard 200)
Singles: Lay Me Down/Money On My Mind/Stay With Me

Another chilled album full of smooth and mesmerising vocals and simple instrumentals, which makes those insane vocals stand out even more. Sam Smith has been described as the artist of 2014, and I think they're onto something, he's broken through, gained awards and #1 singles. 'Good Thing', 'I'm Not The Only One' and 'Make It To Me' are my favourites from this album. My friend described this one as a good 'background music' album, but I think this deserves to be listened to with full attention easily! 


New Eyes - Clean Bandit

Release Date: 2nd June 2014
Genre: House/Baroque Pop
Tracks: 13 | 18 (Deluxe)
Chart Performance: #3 (UK Albums Chart)
Singles: A&E/Mozart's House/Dust Clears/Rather Be/Extraordinary

I have been waiting a long time for an album from these guys, and they haven't disappointed. This album is full of collaborations with a variety of artists, most of which are upcoming, which makes this album even fresher. They have tapped into something very unique to the music scene at the minute, being populated by pop, indie rock and rap, these guys aren't afraid to be different and their music has gone down incredibly well. Violin and a good drum beat will always win over my heart. Stand out tracks for me include 'Come Over ft. Stylo G', 'Up Again ft. Rae Morris' and 'Nightingale (Gorgon City Remix).


Whispers - Passenger

Release Date: 9th June 2014
Genre: Indie Rock/Folk
Tracks: 11 | 18 (Deluxe)
Chart Performance: #5 (UK Albums Chart)| #12 (US Billboard 200)
Singles: Scare Away The Dark/Heart's On Fire

A great follow up from 'All The Little Lights', a built up acoustic album, Passenger manages to create stories through his music so well. I'm a big fan of 'Golden Leaves', possibly because it was the first track I heard from this album a good year or so ago on his Youtube. 'Thunder' is a clever track, it's incredibly upbeat and cheery track, however if you listen to the lyrics, my interpretation is that all the imagery he uses, are pretty negative, it's a great track still! 'Scare Away The Dark', I think the video for this one helped sway my decision for this to be in my top three tracks, but the song itself is also great, well written again and a comment on the modern technological society we live in. 


Salt & It's Gentle Corollary - Little Comets

Release Date: 16th June 2014
Genre: Indie Rock
Tracks: 7

I admire Little Comets, they create a unique sound with their music, and something I class as 'Little Comets guitar riffs'. Another thing I admire them for is their penmanship, their lyrics are so detailed and poetic, yet their more recent material is pretty impossible to pick up on lyrics, making you really concentrate on their music and taking your own interpretation from. Three songs have been on repeat in my car, mainly for the guitar, vocals and dark drum beats, 'Salt', 'Little Italy' and 'The Blur, The Line & The Thickest Of Onions'. You can take what you wish from the latter mentioned track, but I think it was a much needed song that should be heard by more people, definitely check out the lyrics and explanation to that one! (read that here)


x - Ed Sheeran

Release Date: 23rd June 2014
Genre: Acoustic Rap/Pop
Tracks: 12 | 16 (Deluxe)
Chart Performance: #1 (UK Albums Chart)| #1 (US Billboard 200)
Singles: Sing/Don't

A much anticipated album, another hit for album releases of 2014. Ed returns with a perfectly pieced together album, a great mix of acoustic heartwarming tracks, with well crafted lyrics, something I've always loved Ed for. My stand-out favourite track from this album is 'Afire Love', it's definitely a touching track, with a kind of uplifting finish. 'Don't' and 'Take It Back' are my two other favourites from the album, 'Don't' shows his loop pedal side, whilst 'Take It Back' highlights he can rap pretty well! 


The Morning - Lewis Watson

Release Date: 7th July 2014
Genre: Acoustic
Tracks: 12/13 
Chart Performance: #8 (iTunes Singer/Songwriter Albums Chart)
Singles: Stay/Holding On

After seeing Lewis perform the track listing live in a church, I knew this album was something to look forward to. It's being shown a lot of love in the music industry at the minute, especially with fellow singer/songwriters and the DJs on Radio 1. I love all the tracks on the album, there isn't one that you skip after 20 seconds of listening to. Favourites include 'Holding On', mainly because the live performance stood out to me and has stayed with me since. 'Halo' is one of those sad but encouraging, uplifting tracks, and I've loved it since I heard it for the first time. 'Sink or Swim' was always one of my favourite tracks from his previous EPs, and it just fits right in to this album. 


iTunes Download Links:

Mind Over Matter - Young The Giant: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/mind-over-matter/
Salt & It's Gentle Corollary - Little Comets: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/salt-and-its-gentle-corollary/
*The Morning - Lewis Watson (all songs inc. all EPs): https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/the-morning-all-of-the-songs/

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Tuesday, 1 July 2014

Feature: The Walking Method (01/07/14)


The Walking Method are an indie rock trio from the outskirts of London. Made up of William Dorey (singer & guitarist), Jacob Henry (drummer) and Matt March (bass guitarist). They haven't played much live yet, but that isn't stopping them from releasing good music and growing their fan base, with social media playing a key part in that. They are organising more gigs for later in the year and an EP release too. These guys are building a name for themselves, and they've even had a fan kicked out of their local Walmart on the other side of the world because they were spreading the name of the band! Crazy! 

General Questions:

1. How old were you when you started getting involved in music and how?
We all got into music at different times really; Will was ages seven and was strongly influenced by his Dad, whilst I (Jacob) was about 10 when my Dad and Grandma got me into it. Meanwhile, Matt was about 13 when our secondary school music teacher Mr Wells helped him become involved. 

2. What is the most inspiring gig/concert/festival you've been to?
Again, we've all been inspired by different concerts and  festivals we've attended. The best one I've ever been to has to be Arctic Monkeys at Finsbury Park in London a couple of months ago, whilst Will loved Reading 2012 and Matt was inspired by Fall Out Boy this year at Wembley Arena. 

3. What have you been listening to lately?
Lately, we've been listening to a range of music that includes Arctic Monkeys, Kasabian, The 1975, Fall Out Boy, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Royal Blood & Enter Shikari. 

3 Questions for The Walking Method:

1. How did 'The Walking Method', the band and the name come about?
We all came together as a band after attending the same secondary school; Hall Mead and we performed for the first time at a school concert. Our name came about quite randomly actually; we were stood in a group with our mates at college preview where we were discussing what we should name the band. Then someone suggested the idea that we should get a book, open it and whilst blindfolded, randomly point to three words on the page; those three words would form the band name. The three words that were chosen were 'The', 'Walking' and 'Method', so there you have it! 

2. When writing a song, is it a collective effort or are there specific roles within the group?
Our songs are usually written all by our lead singer Will, who is the creative spark and almost everything flows through him. 

3. If you were to make a music video for 'Ghosts', what would the story be and where would you set it?
We're yet to consider a music video for 'Ghosts', although we'd like to in the future. The song is about a man adoring a woman but she doesn't know he exists. If we were to make a music video, it'd probably be filmed somewhere quite general and in public. 

Random Q:

Favourite film and why?
We've all got different favourite films. My favourite has to be 'Hot Fuzz' because it's hilarious and Edgar Wright is simply a genius. Will's favourite is 'Submarine', because Alex Turner wrote the soundtrack and Matt's favourite is 'Batman: The Dark Knight' because it is very action-packed and reminds him of the characters he used to love during his childhood. 

'Ghosts' Review:

'Ghosts' is the second single from The Walking Method, I really like the chilled skater rock vibe of this track. The guitar and drums really hit into the indie genre, these guys fit with other upcoming band Renegade, and vocals remind me of early band OPM. You can definitely hear their influences of the likes of The Strokes and similar bands. The only negative is it seems a little messy at times, BUT these guys haven't been together for long at all and if this is one of their first songs, I'm looking forward to watching them grow and hearing more music from them! 


The Walking Method's Links:

Twitter/Instagram: @TheWalkingMethod

They've also got a gig on Friday 3rd October 2014 at The New Windmill Hall in Upminster, London, in aid of Oxfam, tickets are available at: http://www.seetickets.com/event/the-walking-method/the-new-windmill-hall/798619

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Chart: Problem - Ariana Grande ft. Iggy Azalea

'Problem' has been released as the lead single from Ariana Grande's second album 'My Everything'. It features Australian artist/rapper Iggy Azalea, this feel good pop track has received lots of positive critique and is a real tune for summer. The track has peaked at number 2 in the Billboard Hot 100 and is currently at number 1 in the UK Big Top 40 Chart. 


Live Performance: Jolene - Dolly Parton

There is no doubt that Dolly Parton was a massive highlight of Glastonbury 2014, and definitely competes for Queen of the festival this year. Amongst other classic tracks, Dolly performed Jolene, which is known as one of the best songs of all time. She can definitely still sing as well, which is refreshing amongst the older music generation! 


Cover: How Will I Know - Sam Smith

This heavenly cover has been a hit on the internet in the past couple of weeks, being shared and spread across the world via social media and the likes. Sam Smith manages to make every song his own, and he his a favourite artist amongst this blog. Definitely one of my artists of 2014. Enjoy! 


Classic: Hey Ya - Outkast

This is a school disco classic. A real feel good track that made polaroids popular. A great mix of funk, rock and pop, this track was a hit, the track was written and produced by Andre 3000. It peaked at number 3 in the UK Singles Chart and number 1 in the US Billboard Hot 100, and still remains to be a favourite amongst pretty much everyone! The video is also pretty great too!


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