Neolektra

1. How did you get your initial start in music?

I came from a large musical family. All 6 of us kids played a couple of instruments each so
there was always a terrible noise coming from our house. We must have been the worst
neighbours!

2. What would be your ultimate aim in the industry?

Life is so limiting when we put everything into boxes. Iʼd love for people to see the violin in
a different light, to release pre-conceived ideas that it belongs to a certain genre. The violin
is at the very core of emotive music and sometimes it just needs a light to be shone on it
for it to stand out.

3. How long have you been writing your own music?

Iʼve been experimenting with writing and arranging different styles of music (from jazz to
trance) for the past decade, but only in 2012 when I sat down to write my album did I feel
like I really started writing properly.

4. Who are your top 3 influences and why?

A) 2 Steps from Hell – theyʼre 2 incredibly talented composers who write trailer music. (Iʼd
actually never heard of trailer music before I came across them.) They really just blew
me away from the 1st note
B) Film score composers (Hans Zimmer, John Powell, Alexander Desplat, etc). – They
create such emotive, powerful music. A movie would be nothing without the music.
C) Tchaikovsky – I heard the Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy from the Nutcracker when I
was about 3 and it really evoked pictures of fairies for me. (If youʼre wondering how it
goes, think “Home Alone”). Over the years Iʼve played a lot of his music and I just find it
really moving.

5. Is there anything you would like people to know about your current release?
The story that underlines my album is one of the war, lust, caution and even the
apocalypse and how the music and itʼs keepers prevail in a parallel world. Weʼre
Immortals.

6. Where are you based and whatʼs your local scene like? Any favourite venues?

Iʼm based in Northamptonshire, but I donʼt think the scene is happening much here (if BBC
introducing is anything to go by…ha ha). I really enjoy the scene in Manchester and of
course London has itʼs spots.

7. Who else can you recommend from your local scene for people to have a listen
to?

I often record strings for Mati Matisse whoʼs also in the Midlands – his music is really
uplifting EDM, feel good stuff with a banging beat!

8. Give our listeners a round up of where they can find you online and hear more of
your music.

Website: http://www.ossiarecords.com/artists/neolektra
Listen: http://www.soundcloud.com/neolektra
Video: http://youtu.be/pGuzRGI-ATQ
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/neolektra
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/neolektra
The album will be released on all major digital stores on 3 June 2014.

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