Friday, 30 October 2015

Feature: Sophie Burt (30/10/15)



Sophie is a young acoustic singer-songwriter from Penicuik, Scotland. She's received backing from local radio and played numerous gigs locally, including Oxjam Dunfermline and The Famous Grouse House during Edinburgh Fringe 2015. She's been uploading videos to YouTube over the past two years and now Sophie's released her debut EP 'Say Goodbye To Your Youth', we caught up with her to quiz her on all things music...

General Questions:

1. How old were you when you started getting involved in music and how?
I started playing cello in P4 when I was around 7/8 but quit shortly after because it just wasn't something I was good at. I then tried to learn guitar in S1, at the age of 10/11, my brother's friend Robbie tried to teach me, but again I quit as the G chord was 'too difficult' and I decided maybe listening to music and not actually playing it would be my thing. It wasn't until 2011, when I was 12 that I picked up music properly and haven't stopped since. I wrote my first song 'Sleeping With The Angels' on November 1st, just under a month after my Mum passed away and found it was a way I could explain how I was feeling and what was going on without actually using direct words. From then I taught myself guitar and picked back up the cello, along with teaching myself ukulele, singing, a bit of piano and a bit of bass, with the help of friends and the school's music department. 

2. What is the most inspiring musical performance you've ever seen?
I have to say it's between The Staves at the Queen's Hall in Edinburgh, or any one of the times I have seen Blue Rose Code live. 

3. Who have you been listening to lately? 
I constantly listen to a massive range of things, and don't really ever just listen to one specific artist or type of music but lately I've really been into Blue Rose Code, Fatherson, The Staves, Bear's Den, Frightened Rabbit, Lauren Aquilina, Bright Eyes and Hudson Taylor. 

3 Qs for Sophie:

1. Who would your dream collaboration be with and why? 
Either Regina Spektor, Ingrid Michelson or Lauren Aquilina as these are three artists I completely admire and have listened to for a very long time. And I've always believed lyrics are the most important part of music and these are the three people who's lyrics I absolutely adore. But if Frightened Rabbit asked I wouldn't be saying no... 

2. What is your usual songwriting process and how much does it differ from song to song?
I usually get a phrase stuck in my head and it stays there for ages and doesn't go away until I write it down. And from there I just write everything that comes out until I have nothing else to write. Each one of my songs has the alphabet on the top of the paper, but I'm not sure if that's just habit or a part of my writing process. Lyrics always come first, and then I just play around with chords until I find something that fits what I'm wanting to say. Tea is also part of my usual songwriting process, lots of tea...

3. Which track on your EP 'Say Goodbye To Your Youth' means the most to you and why?
'Ghosts' would have to be my favourite one on the EP because of the meaning behind it. I wrote 'Ghosts' about how nothing is ever enough for any of us and we always find something to complain about and even once we have what we want, we just find something else which is wrong. The meaning behind 'Ghosts' is that if we were ghosts looking back and reminiscing on life we'd actually see that so many amazing things are going on around us, we just need to pay more attention. 

Random Q:

Three likes / dislikes?
Three likes would have to be ~ fruit tea, puns and fluffy socks
Three dislikes would have to be ~ black berry pie, steak pie, 3.14

'Say Goodbye To Your Youth EP' Review:
'Say Goodbye To Your Youth' is a wonderful EP from the first note to the closing one. 'Ghost' opens the three-track release, I think it's fair to say it's a raw and melodic sound and beautifully haunting. 'Blue Blood' holds a true acoustic Scottish sound, with stunning harmonies and a swaying rhythm, the kind you'd hold a lighter (or iPhone torch) up to during a live set. 
The EP closes with 'Oh Brother', my favourite from the release. Again, some stunning harmonies and guitar, both working alongside each other perfectly. It grows into an upbeat track. Overall, a fab EP and I can't wait to hear even more from Sophie in the future! 


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Wednesday, 28 October 2015

Check It Out #8 (28/10/15)

1. Low - Lauren Aquilina
'Low' is the latest track from singer-songwriter, Lauren Aquilina, taken from her most recent EP 'Ocean'. This is my favourite out of the two recently released tracks and it is just teasing her debut album even more... 'Low' was premiered on BBC Radio 1 a few weeks ago, and received support from listeners. Now Lauren's released the music video... Enjoy! 


2. Hello - Adele

ADELE IS BACK! 'Hello' is her first release since 'Skyfall', three years ago. The music video on YouTube is being played one million times an hour... It was only released 6 days ago and it's had over 100 million views! The song is a power ballad, with influences of soul and chamber pop and pretty much everyone is loving it. (I may have listened to it at least 50 times already...)


3. Hollow - Tori Kelly

Having just released her debut studio album, American singer/songwriter, Tori Kelly, has released another new track. Listening to this track, as well as the others Tori's released, I found it really refreshing to hear her staying true to who she is and what she stands for etc. Plus it's a really great track! 


4. Can't Feel My Face - Walk Off The Earth ft. Scott Helman

Walk Off The Earth recently did it again! (Made a fantastic cover including wonderful instruments and harmonies). This cover of The Weeknd's hit song 'Can't Feel My Face' features Canadian singer/songwriter Scott Helman and includes them playing a newly invented instrument called The Harpejji. 


5. Got You Well - Gabrielle Papillon
Gabrielle Papillon is a Canadian artist and this is the first track from her latest album, 'The Tempest Of Old', which is her fifth album. She's recently done a string of dates in London and I'm sure there'll be more live dates soon... If you like Regina Spektor, I'm pretty sure you'll love this track from Gabrielle... 


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Monday, 26 October 2015

Spotlight: Novo Amor (26/10/15)


Novo Amor, a.k.a. Ali Lacey, is a British multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and producer. Over the past year alone, Lacey has grabbed the attention of NME, Indie Shuffle, The Line of Best Fit, Digital Spy and Q amongst others. Novo Amor's version of the Guns 'n' Roses classic 'Welcome To The Jungle', recorded especially for the 2015 'Lynx Black' advertising campaign has reached nearly one and a half million plays on YouTube, plus airplay from Dermot O'Leary (BBC Radio 2). His songs have featured in TV shows including Bones, Teen Mom, Made In Chelsea and others. Now he offers a taste of things to come with his latest track 'Anchor'. 

'Anchor' Review:
'Anchor' is incredibly easy to listen to, and just as easy to become lost in, the emotive lyrics are reflected in the instrumental layers. The track holds a beautiful soundscape, whilst there are ebbs and flows throughout, which adds to the overall imagery of the song. Everything about this song is  wonderful and the music video also works alongside it perfectly. If you're a fan of Bon Iver or Daughter, you're bound to fall in love with Novo Amor's sound and if you need something to chill you out after a long day or a track to fall asleep to, this is just right. I'm already looking forward to hearing the next release! 


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Friday, 23 October 2015

Spotlight: Lyla Foy (23/10/15)


Lyla Foy is a wonderfully gifted singer-songwriter from London, England. She has spent a lot of time in the last year touring throughout Europe and America; having toured with the likes of The National and Sharon Van Etten, along with playing festivals including Glastonbury and End of the Road, she has also just played a string of shows in the USA. Lyla released her self-produced debut album 'Mirrors The Sky' under her own name, which received support from the likes of Pitchfork and 6Music's Steve Lamacq. Her EP 'UMi' is the first new material released since Spring 2014 and she is currently working on her second album. 

'UMi EP' Review:
This EP is wonderful from start to finish 'Beginning It All Again' starts the EP off in a steady and perfectly layered track, with beautiful vocals and lyrics creating vivid imagery. 'Glow In The Dark' has a stunning intro, and the guitars and vocals help the track grow into a steady and brilliantly layered track. 
'River' is a haunting track and probably one of my favourites from the EP, reminding me of the likes of Lykke Li. Following with a similar tone is 'Right To Be', definitely a track to relax to, with a mellow feel and a steady rhythm flowing throughout. 'Tiger' is reminiscent of Kate Bush, and is a fantastic creative soundscape, I love it! The EP closes with 'He Is Lost' which would fit perfectly on a sleep playlist. I'm a big fan of this EP and am already looking forward to her second album...



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'UMi EP' (Digital / Physical): https://lylafoy.bandcamp.com/album/umi

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Wednesday, 21 October 2015

Check It Out #7 (21/10/15)

1. Electric Feel - Fresh Dixie
Hailing from London, Fresh Dixie are one of the UK's most exciting up and coming cross - over jazz acts. They've built a local following that expanded throughout the UK and into parts of Europe, and they've played a string of prestigious festivals including Elbjazz Festival (Germany), Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club, PIJF (Malaysia) and more recently Fresh Dixie played a sell-out headline shows at The Royal Albert Hall's Elgar Room and Soho's Pizza Express Jazz Club. Their debut EP is due for release early next year of which the opening gambit is a fantastic cover of MGMT's hit 'Electric Feel'. You can also see them live at London Jazz Festival (The Bull's Head) on Friday 13th November (2015). 


2. Wasn't Expecting That - Jamie Lawson
Jamie is a singer-songwriter and musician from Plymouth, England and was the first artist signed by Ed Sheeran to his new label, Gingerbread Man Records. 'Wasn't Expecting That' was first released in 2011 and reached #3 in the Irish Singles Chart, and in April 2015 was re-released through Atlantic Records, peaking at #3 in Australia, #7 in New Zealand and #1 in the UK. He's supported Ed Sheeran and One Direction on tour and is causing quite a wave with his music. 


3. Sing - Pentatonix

American a cappella group, Pentatonix, have just released their eponymous fourth studio album, which is the first release of theirs to feature predominantly original material. 'Sing' is a brilliant track that showcases exactly what Pentatonix are all about, having vocals as their only instruments used to create not only this song but the rest of their album too. 



4. Hey Jude - Tyler Ward & Kurt Hugo Schneider
Tyler Ward and Kurt Hugo Schneider are well known for their creative musical uploads to YouTube, including their cover of 'Let Her Go', 'Story Of My Life' and now 'Hey Jude'. This cover in minor key is completely new approach to the song and gives it a haunting but brilliant twist. 



5. Wings - Little Simz
Little Simz is an English rapper, musician, actress and singer, following the release of four mixtapes and five EPs, she released her debut album 'A Curious Tale of Trials + Persons' on 18th September (2015). Little Simz is one to watch in the near future, as you can see in this video, enjoy! 


Wings - Little Simz (link)


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Monday, 19 October 2015

Feature: My Cruel Goro (19/10/15)


My Cruel Goro is Andrea Maraschi (vocals, guitar, programming), Andrea Marcellini (bass) and Tommasi Adanti (drums). The first two met nine years ago and have been making music together ever since, they were then joined by drummer Tommaso and formed the band in 2014. Hailing from Italy and currently based between there and Reykjavik, Iceland, the three piece have been gaining attention and support from national press in Italy and others all around the world. 

General Questions:

1. How old were you when you started getting involved in music and how?
Andrea Maraschi (AM): I got involved pretty late, actually. I was kind of 15, 16. Then I was blown away by a couple of albums; a few months later I was already trying to write songs with a wrecked guitar I had at home for some reason, even though I didn't know any chord, yet.
Andrea Marcellini (Ama): Since I was a child. Don't remember exactly. But I first picked up a guitar at age 14 maybe?
Tommaso Adanti (TA): I was 12.

2. What is the most inspiring musical performance you've ever seen?

AM: Jeff Buckley, any live you may find on YouTube. Pure talent. Pure honesty.
AMa: Blur performing at Alexandra's Palace, London in 1994. The bit when Damon Albarn jumped from the stage onto the crowd changed my life ahaha. I still treasure the original VHS on a shelf in my room. Good memories.
TA: Muse at San Siro Stadium, Milan (Italy) in 2010.

3. Who have you been listening to lately?

AM: My Cruel Goro, of course.
AMa: Nick Drake, The Smiths, Grandaddy, Slaves, Suuns, Wolf Alice and the latest Libertines' album.
TA: Same old stuff. Arctic Monkeys, Sex Pistols, The Ramones...

3 Qs for My Cruel Goro:


1. What do you hope people get from your music?

AM: Energy. A pop song is a good pop song as long as it lets you forget about your problems for three minutes. This would be the best thing I could ask for.
AMa: I'd say just a bit more awareness with regard to the 'dark side of the moon', if you know what I mean. Of course, I also hope people could have a good time listening to the EP.
TA: I want our music to make peoples jaws drop. And I want people to feel like an army tank's just run over them.

2.  Which decade inspires you the most and why?

AM: Early 90s. From there comes the bands that changed my life; there I find the reason why I'm still here, playing and singing along.
AMa: It's hard to just pick one. I'd say the late '60s, late '70s which gave us punk and well, the '90s.
TA: I'd say the '70s and early '80s.

3. What creative process did you go through whilst creating your debut EP?

AM: It was pretty natural. I wouldn't call it a process, it just happened. Writing is quite simple; the hard part is going through an experience that may motivate you to write a song. It's life, turning into something minimal and direct like only a pop song can be.
AMa: Do you agree Tommy?
TA: I do.
AM & AMa: Good boy.

Random Q:


If you could go to the moon, which song would you play first and why?

AM: Hmm, wonderful question. There would be many, but maybe 'Bittersweet Symphony'. For some reason, it still gives me goosebumps any single time I hear the orchestra fade in and grow. Also, it makes me trip. I go to a thousand place every time, back in time. It's ridiculously perfect... and he has got a ridiculously fantastic voice.
AMa: I'd say... 'Dancing In The Moonlight' by Toploader. You know, the song is an invitation to join some dancing, but I'm quite shy to do something like that in front of other people. So I guess it could be cool being on the moon on my wn and dancing like a freak for the first time!
TA: 'Bliss' by Muse for that synthesiser at the beginning of the song. It just makes me feel so dizzy and lightheaded as if I were tripping out in space.

'My Cruel Goro EP' Review:

This is a really fantastic three track EP; it not only summarises My Cruel Goro but also shows other bands how to do alternative/punk/grunge/rock right... With an emphasis on intense and gritty guitar sections, smashing drums and heavy bass lines underlining high energised vocals, each track on this EP allows the listener to get completely lost in the sound. The stand out song for me on this release is the closing five minute track, 'Glue Buzz', it's got a bit of everything in there including a microscope on some incredible instrumentals... Definitely a band set on their sound and knowing where they want to take it! 



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Friday, 16 October 2015

Feature: Hannah Dorman (16/10/15)


Hannah Dorman is a British singer/songwriter, based in Surrey. Having studied at ACM, gigged extensively - including a set at Chris Evans' open mic night at his pub, The Mulberry Inn - gained radio support locally, released her debut EP 'Do You Wanna Play' in 2014 and has just released her latest single 'Take Control'. Armed with her guitar and often backed by her band, Hannah is making waves with her music and is one to watch in the near future (you can also catch her at our showcase on 19th December...)

General Questions:

1. How old were you when you started getting involved in music and how?
Without sounding like a walking cliché, I wanted to be a 'poster' since forever. I had guitar lessons from the age of 9, and started songwriting around that age. When I was 15 I saw McFly play Wembley Arena. I was applying for The Brit School and ACM at that time and got a place at Brit but decided it wasn't for me, so I went to ACM straight after secondary school, which was a very inspiring time for me. We went on holiday over the Christmas and New Year, when January '09 came around I was like, this is it, I'm doing it. And the rest is history!

2. What is the most inspiring musical performance you've ever seen?
Either that McFly concert I just mentioned (or any McFly show, they're amazing showmen and musicians) or when we went to see Take That in 2009. Take That aren't everyone's cup of tea musically, but the show was unreal. We saw the Circus Tour, I had pharyngitis at the time so couldn't sing along, which killed me. We heard it was a show not to muss, and I'm so glad we went, I was inspired for months after! 

3. Who have you been listening to lately? 
I drive around a lot for my day job, so I always have the radio on and I love to keep up t date with the charts and sing along. But if I'm going to put an album on, I like a bit of Mallory Knox, Lower Than Atlantis, You Me At Six, so a bit more rocky. 

3 Qs for Hannah:

1. Who influences you musically and what inspires you lyrically?
Musically I used to listen to a lot of Anastasia, Kelly Clarkson, Shania Twain and Avril Lavigne. I can definitely hear their influence in my music. Lyrically I write about current events and situations in my life, but I generally take a little idea and expand on it. Rather than writing word for word about everything that happened last week, I'll take a specific event, and work around that. 

2. If you could play a headline show anywhere in the world, where would you like it to be and why?
Wembley Stadium... because, who would turn that gig down?!

3. What process did you go through creating 'Take Control', both musically and visually?
I write all my songs acoustically on my guitar, I try to capture the mood I want through the dynamics, strumming pattern etc. I then recorded it, just me and my guitar, and took it to the band. We went to my guitarist's house, goofed around, had tea and snacks and put down all of our ideas and created a demo. From that we actually went on to record the 'session' style videos I put on my YouTube channel earlier in the year. Once I decided this was going to be the single, due to the reaction of the video and the live response, we spent two days in the studio recording. When we got the mix back I was speaking to the very talented Tommy Reynolds about doing some pictures and the video, which all came together really well. I designed all the artwork myself... and I won't go into all the rest of the boring behind the scenes bits, but that's a very brief version of the past 6 months!

Random Q:

A TV show you wish was still on air?
That's So Raven

'Take Control' Review:
This single summarises Hannah's sound perfectly, rocky pop with slight elements of country in there every now and then. The catchy chorus drives the track forwards, and the guitars compliment Hannah's vocals really well, with the bass and drums underlining the song well. It's an upbeat track, perfect for the car, a party and would be even better live! 


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Wednesday, 14 October 2015

Check It Out #6 (14/10/15)

This week has seen us announce the first half of the line up for our first live event, 'Music In Time Presents...', as well as some new releases from some really talented musicians. So there's a mix of announced line up acts and some other really great music in this week's check it out post... Enjoy!

1. Something New - Sarah-Jayne

One of our recently announced acts for our live event is Sarah-Jayne, previously featured and reviewed on our blog (here). As I included 'Jack Daniels' in that feature, I thought I'd link 'Something New', another original in this blog post. There's no denying Sarah-Jayne has beautiful vocals and has a skill for writing wonderful songs, both lyrically and musically.


2. Billie Jean (cover) - Tom Baird
Another member of our line up, is Tom Baird. Tom is an acoustic rock / pop singer-songwriter; he started and performing in 2011 and has performed at many gigs and festivals, including main stage at West Dean Festival and Arundel Festival. In 2013, he was winner of the Best Newcomer Award at Chi Live's Battle of the Bands. Here he is with a fab cover of Michael Jackson's classic 'Billie Jean'.


3. Bird - Billie Marten

Billie Marten is back with her new track 'Bird', taken from her forthcoming EP 'As Long As' - available to pre-order here. I've been listening to Billie's music for a while now and each song she's released has surpassed the previous. 'Bird' is stunning, with beautifully deep and honest lyrics and a wonderful instrumental to back it. It would fit in a film soundtrack and holds a fantastic soundscape, which is also accompanied by a beautiful music video...


4. Fight Song - Rachel Platten

This song by American singer Rachel Platten was released as a single earlier this year in February. The song has been a Top 10 hit in Australia, Belgium, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, Scotland, the UK and the US; and it's gone 2x Platinum in the United States too. It's a fab song and truly deserves all the credit it's gained - if you haven't already heard it, now's your chance to! 



5. Autonomy (Slave) - Samm Henshaw

Samm Henshaw is an incredibly talented singer/songwriter and record producer. He's gained mainstream radio support from BBC Radio 1's Dev and Phil & Alice and was handpicked by James Bay for his recent tour support. 'Autonomy (Slave)' is taken from Samm's latest EP 'The Sound Experiment', which is out now (grab it here) and as with all his tracks presents his wonderful soulful pop music, here he is performing it live with his band, The Sound Experiment. 



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Monday, 12 October 2015

Feature: Jingo (12/10/15)


Jingo are Jack Buckett, Joe Reeves, Katie (now) Buckett and Chris Smith. Back in 2013, the band won the 'Made In Shoreditch' competition, which entitled them to record for two days at the infamous Strongroom Studios. Since then, they've gone on to support Ken Stringfellow and Troy Von Balthazar in Europe, and have played a sold out show at Old St. Pancras Church for their A.D.D. single launch, amongst many other live performances. Jingo have recently released their EP 'Ghost In The Machine', and with each release they've taken musical leaps, all of which present what the band have become; 'serious musicians brimming with promise'... We caught up with Jack for a Q&A... 

General Questions:

1. How old were you when you started getting involved in music and how?
I was 14 and a friend at school taught me how to play the exorcist theme tune on the guitar, basically gave up sport at that point to play guitar. 

2. What is the most inspiring musical performance you've ever seen?
Hard to pin that down to one performance but I remember seeing Pearl Jam in 2008 for the first time and I didn't know who they were. I just found myself completely dumbfounded at the end of every song. I've never seen so much raw passion and energy go into each and every note. They've continued to inspire me on a daily basis. 

3. Who have you been listening to lately?
Loving the new Dead Weather track, otherwise it's usually a pretty healthy dose of BRNS, Lana Del Rey, Tame Impala and Interpol. 

3 Questions for Jingo:

1. Whose record collection would you most like to listen to and why?
Josh Homme because he's basically the coolest motherfucker out there and whatever he listens to has to be awesome. 

2. What process did you go through creating 'Ghost In The Machine' and did it differ from the other tracks on the EP?
I gave Katie a vocal harmoniser for Christmas and the melody of this tune was the first that came out of her experimentation with it. It was also a really strong collaborative effort from that point to carve out the rest of the song. I think every instrument plays an entirely crucial and important part in the track, each standing on its own two feet. I love every part, more than most of our other songs and the whole track continues to feel extra special especially when played live because of the emotion that it evokes when playing it. 

3. You've recently toured the US and parts of Europe, but what three countries would you most like to tour and why?
Brazil / Mexico
Japan
Australia
All of these places seem to have a huge thirst for rock music and I think we'd work well there. 

Random Q:


Ideal Friday night?

Playing a show in a foreign country, in a previously unvisited city with a couple of other awesome bands. Smashing the show and then going wherever the night takes us with the rest of the bands knowing that the next day you have to get up and go do it again in another new place. They tend to be the most memorable nights because you cherish every moment. 

'Ghost In The Machine EP' Review:
The EP opens with 'A.D.D.', a more mellow track from the realease, the harmonies really stand out, and the track is reminiscent of something Christina Perri would release. 'Ghost In The Machine' is the lead single from the EP, a steady track, it does summarise the band's sound pretty well, and the seemingly simplistic structure of this song layered up reminds me of Imogen Heap. '45 Friends' is again harmony led, a grittier track with rocky guitar and drums, compared to the other tracks on the release and probably one of their most upbeat. 'Boys Down The Hall' holds a strange but wonderful intense darkness and builds into a heavy track. The EP finishes with 'No Ordinary Disco', which is again different from each of the other tracks on the release, it's nice to be able to listen a variety of sounds within genres, mixing them up, but I'm hoping Jingo hold onto one sound for the next release and experiment within that, preferably including the incredibly harmony use, because that's the one current that I love in this EP. 



Jingo's Links:
'Ghost In The Machine EP' (iTunes): https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/ghost-in-the-machine-ep/id1043585073
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jingomusic
Twitter: https://twitter.com/JingoMusic
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/Jingomusic
Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/jingomusic

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Friday, 9 October 2015

Feature: Me and The Moon (09/10/15)



Me and The Moon are a young indie pop / folk rock band based in Guildford, Surrey. Tamara Grzegorzek, Jonny Elstone, Luke Pettit and Jordan Lott have had a busy few months, playing across the UK (with dates including Victorius Festival 2015), last week they released their debut EP 'Run With Wolves' (2nd Oct) and they're receiving radio support, including 'Hold On' being BBC Introducing's track of the day in the South. This band is one to watch - they're going to be big! 

General Questions:

1. How old were you when you started getting involved in music and how?
Jonny Elstone (JE): I mean, both of my parents are music teachers, so I guess I just grew up with playing instruments and singing. Joined a choir and orchestras then ended up on the guitar. 
Tamara-Jane (TJ): I was probably about 5 or 6 in a school talent show singing some classic Britney when I first sang to a big group of people. After that I started learning the guitar and began playing for weddings when I was around 14, now it's all evolved from there. 
Jordan Lott (JL): I got into music when I was quite young, my parents got me into artists like Bryan Adams and Pink Floyd. From then I always wanted to play guitar and finally got my first guitar when I was around 10. 
Luke Pettit (LP): I suppose I was a bit of a late comer, so I was around 14 where I started drum lessons at school and started some school bands. 

2. What is the most inspiring musical performance you've ever seen?
TJ: I went to Isle Of Wight Festival this year and Fleetwood Mac headlined on the Sunday, Stevie Nicks is a god. 
JE: We played at Victorious Festival in the summer and I finally managed to see Johnny Marr, who's one of my guitar heroes. He played songs from his new album which I love as well as some Smiths tunes. 

3. Who have you been listening to lately? 
JE: I've been listening to a lot of Alvvays and Real Estate, our friends Honey Moon have just released a new EP which is well worth a listen! 
TJ: I've had the new Warpaint album on quite a lot recently too. 
LP: The new Lucy Rose album is great! 

3 Qs for Me and The Moon:

1. Why / how did the name 'Me and The Moon' come about?
TJ: I play a Luna acoustic guitar, and we were in a rehearsal room stuck for a name. I suppose it all just came off the back of that really. I think it suits the sound of the band. 

2. What's your favourite track on your EP 'Run With Wolves' to perform live and why?
TJ: 'Hold On' - it's a bit more upbeat so people move a bit more, and it's really comfortable for me to sing. People started singing along to the chorus at our show the other day, which was really nice too. 
JL: 'Hold On' is definitely my favourite too. I think it's the most energetic song and can really get the crowd going. 
JE: I really like 'Run With Wolves' live, as it was the single people have begun to pick up the words to that one too and it's a kind of call and response thing, so people really shout back and everyone gets involved. 
LP: I like how 'Been A While' develops musically when we play it live, we've changed up the arrangement from the record so it's a bit bigger and more exciting to play and watch.  

3. What process did you go through creating your debut single 'Run With Wolves', both musically and visually?
TJ: Musically, it was one of the first songs we worked on together as a band. I brought the lyrics and chords to a rehearsal and we started working out an arrangement. 
JE: We got a rough idea of the sound sorted out, then we recorded a rough demo in my bedroom. My friend James Bendkowski worked on the video. We sent over some videos we liked and he ran with the ideas. He's just set up 'Gatsby Video Productions' and is working on a few more videos at the moment, which all look great. 

Random Q:

If you had to, what colour would you dye your hair and why?
TJ: Funnily enough... I can't! I'm allergic to hair dye so it's gotta be all natural for me. 
JE: I'd probably go for a nice blonde, so I can have more fun...
JL: Maybe a purple or a turquoise. For that 'WOW' factor. 

'Run With Wolves EP' Review:
The EP opens with 'Hold On' and I can understand why it's a favourite amongst the band themselves, supporters and radio stations. The chorus is incredibly catchy, the guitar, bass and drums compliment each other with Tara's vocals leading the way, I'm this is fantastic live! 
'Coward's Escape' is an old school, light folk song, the lyrics stand out in this one as well as the beautifully layered vocals from the band. 
A particular track that stands out to me, and I'm not really sure why, is 'Been A While'. It's steadily intense and has a fantastic rock element to it, I think it's just an all rounded brilliant song. It's also been the main song that I've listened to over and over again in the past week... 
Finishing off the EP with their debut single 'Run With Wolves', this was the first song of theirs that I heard a couple of weeks ago and it pulled me into their sound and that was it. Again, there's beautifully layered vocals, brilliant guitar riffs and bass lines with a steady drum beat. It's got everything you want in a indie pop track, and you can really hear the influences of the likes of Lucy Rose, Alvvays and lyrically, Daughter - whilst still having a totally individual sound of 'Me and The Moon'. This is easily my favourite 2nd October release (there was a lot that day) and I've had it on repeat, and I'm sure you will too! 


See Mia and The Moon Live:
13th Oct: The Keystone, Guildford
14th Oct: Casino, Guildford
16th Oct: The Stoke, Guildford
18th Nov: The Workshop @ Roadtrip Bar, London

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Wednesday, 7 October 2015

Check It Out #5 (07/10/15)

1. Songs We Fall Asleep To - Frank Hamilton
Frank Hamilton, is a British singer/songwriter and producer, best known for his #OneSongAWeek project, in which he wrote, recorded and released a song a week, for a whole year. Since then, Frank has toured loads, become the first person to make an EP on the London Eye (in the time it takes to go round - 28 minutes), headlined a week long music festival at Chris Evans' pub and recorded a new album in his living room... 'Songs We Fall Asleep ' is the first song shared from his second album, and it stays true to 'Frank's sound' whilst offering something slightly new. The guitars and rhythm offer a steady backing to the lyrics, which are (as always) brilliantly written and presented with Frank's emotive and soft vocals. With elements of rock, pop and folk, Frank has created a fantastic song, and I'm looking forward to hearing album two even more now! (If you want to see him at his annual Christmas gig - they're always a great show - you can grab tickets here). 


2. Alive - Sia

2014 and 2015 have been big years for Sia and her music, and now she's back with 'Alive', the lead single from the Australian singer/songwriter's forthcoming album 'This Is Acting'. Co-written by a power team of Sia, Adele and Tobias Jesso Jr. and rejected by Adele and Rihanna. I'm kinda glad Sia's released it as her own, her powerhouse vocals and range are incredible and that shines through this track. 


3. Monday - Matt Corby
Australian singer/songwriter, Matt Corby, is back! It's been about two years since Matt released new music, but on 1st October (2015) he released 'Monday', taken from his forthcoming debut album. It's a really honest track and it's a bit of a masterpiece. Only taking about 10 minutes to record and being entirely made of sounds produced by Corby's body and voice. He's on tour in Australia and the UK in November (tickets) and his debut album is due to be dropping in early 2016! 


4. Wicked Heart - The Feeling

The Feeling are also back and have been pretty busy recently. They've just announced the release of their fifth album, self-titled 'The Feeling' (released on 12th Feb' 2016), as well as new track 'Wicked Heart' and an exclusive show at London's Oslo on 28th October (tickets). The track stays true to their other albums, but you can really hear influences of Queen in this song. Beautifully layered vocals, a steady beat, guitars, bass and keys coming together to create a powerful track that paves the way for the rest of the album. 


5. Oh Brother - SOAK

SOAK is a young and incredibly talented musician from Northern Ireland. Her debut album 'Before We Forgot How To Dream' made it into the Top 40 Albums Chart in the UK and the Top 20 in Ireland. 'Oh Brother' is one of my favourites from the release, and even though this solo session is a longer version, it's so easy to listen to and lose yourself in, it's stunning both lyrically and musically - enjoy! 


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