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Get to know: My Heart is a Metronome

We were lucky enough to have an extended interview with Swedish Indie-pop up-and-comers, My Heart is a Metronome. Here’s what they had to say:

 

How did you get you initial start in music?

We started out as a band about 4 years ago. Well, actually, it all started with Mattis Malinen (vocals and guitar) who wrote a whole lot of music on his own and then busked the streets throughout Europe. When he came back home to Sweden he felt the songs lacked a rhythm section. This is where Gustaf Simonsson (bass) and Felix Carlsten (drums) joined the band.

Mattis used to collect live videos on his hard-drive when he was around 15. One day he found a video of the band System of a Down playing a show at Big day out festival. The guitarist Daron Malakian was acting crazy, running around stage, spinning around, throwing himself on the ground to play a solo. This is what got Mattis into playing guitar. The rest is history.

Gustaf had been interested in music for his whole life. Growing up in a family with his mother who was an opera singer and grandpa who was a cantor, it was no coincidence Gustaf started to play music at a young age. He did his first live performance as a newborn baby, representing “the new year” at a big gala party. He used to perform on every big family occasion singing funny songs alone on stage. When he was 9 years old he began learning how to play the guitar. He was really focused to learn how to play a clean barre chord. He tried and tried, but did not succeed. He got so disappointed and sad that he climbed into a closet, held the door shut from the inside and refused to get out. That is what you call a real musician! Legend says he still walks into his closet when he can’t figure out the right chord for a song.

When it comes to Felix he literally started playing the drums on ice cream boxes, saucepan lids and plastic toys when he was 14 years old. He also liked to go to the kitchen, open the pantry and oven and hit everything that would make a sound. At last, his parents got so annoyed (impressed?) that they finally bought him a drum kit. However, we like to believe that they bought him the drum kit as they thought he had talent. Funny thing is that it is the same drum kit as he plays on the song ‘Feel Think’.

As a band, My Heart is a Metronome takes inspiration from almost everything. Might sound like a cliché, but that’s the truth. We listen to all kinds of music and if the music is good, it’s something to be inspired by.

 

What would be your ultimate aim in the industry?

The ultimate goal for My Heart is a Metronome would be touring worldwide, making a living off of our music. We all LOVE to play live, so to get the chance to tour all year long would be awesome.

We’re probably expected to say something like “our aim is world domination” or “we want to be the next big thing!”. But basically, for us it’s all about touring and playing our music live in front of our fans, on whatever “level” this might be.

 

How long have you been writing you own music?

Since the start, as we said earlier, My Heart is a Metronome started as a solo project, hence Mattis wrote the music himself. Now as a band we are writing all the music together in our rehearsal space. We feel that when we write everything together we bring out the best out of each other and that the synergy works best that way. However, Mattis writes all the lyrics on his own.

 

Who are you top three influences and why?

We all listen to different kinds of music and therefore also have different backgrounds, but we feel that it gives us a flexibility and creativity that makes us write cool stuff. We try not to get restricted to what we SHOULD sound like – but how we WANT to sound like. One day we might want to be sound frantic and noisy, another day we might want to sound more chill.

But to answer the question, here’s a few artists we’re listening to at the moment:

Wintersleep

Bon Iver

Hey Rosetta!

 

Is there anything you would like people to know about your current release?

Well of course there is! First of all, you can find all of our songs on Spotify, SoundCloud and Youtube.

The release is named ‘Tierp’ after the small town that Mattis and Gustaf grew up in (and Felix visited to play football matches). It is said that the jackdaws are flying up and down because they don’t want to see the ugly town. This is why the artwork for the EP ‘Tierp’ consists of a jackdaw flying up and down. We can say that this is a tribute to Tierp, the town that has been named ‘the ugliest town in Sweden’.

 

Where are you based and what’s you local scene like? Any favourite venues?

We’re based in a city called Uppsala, close to Stockholm. The local scene in Uppsala is quite all right. You see, Uppsala is a student city which means that there’s a lot of things going on all the time. So when we play in Uppsala, our main target group is students who love to party! But the favourite venue in Uppsala must be either Katalin or the basement stage down in our rehearsal space complex.

 

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

Well we must say ‘Acidiun’! Really heavy stuff. The drummer in Acidiun used to perform as a percussionist at our shows, so we support each other.

Besides that we have ‘Struts’ which is Gustaf and Mattis’ second band. Felix says that it is his favourite band in Uppsala!

 

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

Oops already dropped a few places online… But what the heck, we can do it again.

To find us online and to get to know us even better you can visit us on:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/myheartisametronome/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/myheartisametronome

Twitter: https://twitter.com/mhiamband

Snapchat: @mhiamband

Web page: http://www.myheartisametronome.com

 

Find our music here:

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/4aaBqtuCgkgQce4h3lZKDc

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iFncrO21DCA

SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/myheartisametronome-1

 

Thank you for showing interest in our music!

Get to Know: Indie-Electronic Artist Atticus

How did you get your initial start in music?

I was into songwriting from an early age, almost by accident. My first memory of it was primary school. We were doing a song in class the next day and the teacher asked if anyone could play the guitar. Nobody put there hand up so I did. I thought, how hard can it be? Turns out it was hard and I stayed up well past my bedtime learning the song on my mums old guitar. I later taught myself piano and the basics of production.

 

What would be your ultimate aim in the industry?

Weirdly I haven’t thought about my eventual aim, I make music because I love making music. Sometimes I wrote to help myself through personal situations. I guess it’s the more soulful and emotional stuff that cuts through. If my music can really resonate with one person then that’s not a failure right?

 

How long have you been writing your own music?

When my mum died at 16 my music really kicked on as I put down on paper all of the confusion I was feeling at that point. I’m 24 and the emotion that drove that music is still very much prevalent in what I make now. Only the way in which I create has evolved.

 

Who are your top three influences and why?

Ooooh that’s a tough one. As with many people my parents were a big influence on what I listened to. I still remember the 6 cd changer in my dads car. Bowie and Fleetwood mac (‘roomers’ of course). Bowie certainly influenced my style, in the staccato way in which I compose, allowing raw vocals plenty of space to cut through. More recently I’ve listened to a lot of Chet Faker (Nick Murphy) he’s all about dynamics in his music, something I’ve tried to encapsulate in mine.

Is there anything you would like people to know about your current release?

It was written out of a desire to be appreciated by my pears. Something I care much less about now, but it’s still relevant. Music, relationships, life isn’t easy and sometimes you can be banging on the door for so long until someone hears you.

Where are you based and what’s your local scene like? Any favourite venues?

I’m living in London now but I’m from Leeds. The Leeds music scene has so much history of bringing soul and indie music together. I really got a buzz from playing in old venues like the 360 club and the Brude (Brudenell social club). London is different again, and the 02 arena is a different kettle of fish.

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

I worked with a band called Sam Scout a bit. They are insane.

Give our readers a roundup of where they can find you online and hear more of your music.

My debut song ‘these walls’ launches on the 24th but if they are really nice to me I’ll come play it in their bedrooms. Follow me on Facebook @officialATTICUS.

 

Links:

https://soundcloud.com/officialatticus

https://www.facebook.com/officialATTICUS

Liam Browne and The Love release ‘BabyGrow’

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Introducing Liam Browne and The Love, formed after frontman Liam was in the Amazon and a Shaman convinced him to sing for the first time initiating his aspirations as a vocalist and a songwriter. He then met fellow member James at a Shamanic workshop the following year and from that point onwards they started making music together.

And what a great decision that was… Liam Browne and The Love remind me of that indie pop vibe that seems to be missing from most songs today, their track ‘Babygrow’  has a Scouting For Girls sound to it, I wish I heard this song earlier on in the year, as it would be a perfect track to chill out to on the beach, it’s a feel good track, gets you tapping your feet.

What makes the track unique is that you hear Liam’s lovely accent coming through, a typical mancunian accent, they have been described as genre meddlers and I can really see why, compared to their other release Confused ft Rowetta of The Happy Mondays.

check the video here:

 

 

 

 

The song has a stand out lyric for me which I think perfectly describes Liam’s ideologies of being a musician ‘Indie Music, Dance Music, Raving, is this really me?’,  I think that perfectly describes how many of us sometimes feel…

On top of music, Liam has starred in a number of cult movies and music videos, including Stereophonics ‘Violins and Tambourines’ and ‘In The Moment’.

I can’t wait to see the video for ‘Babygrow’, Liam is must be a dream to work with on music videos from his acting experience, so I can’t wait to see the concept that comes from ‘Babygrow’/

 

Check out ‘Babygrow’ here:

We talk to indie electro-pop vocalist GIIA

How did you get your initial start in music?

Music has been at the center of my world since I was young. I took my passion to the next level by studying at Berklee College of Music. From there I started to write and ended up where I am today with GIIA.

What would be your ultimate aim in the industry?

I want to make music that people turn on when they want to feel something. Sad, happy, excited, whatever it is I want my music to compliment their current feelings.

How long have you been writing your own music?

I have been writing my own lyrics for years now but I just recently started putting them to music about three years ago.

Who are your top three influences and why?

Mine are ever changing with the times but right now they are:
George Maple – her melodies are insane and so moving
Little Dragon- i love the way she phrases her lyrics
Kai- she’s a new artist so its been interesting to see her grow

Where are you based and what’s your local scene like? Any favourite venues?

I am based in NYC. The best place in the world to do this work in my opinion. The city is flooded with talented, creative producers and musicians. My first gig was at Hudson Terrace in Manhattan. It was a beautiful room and I had so much fun.

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

Mothica, No Wyld and DAK

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

Be my friend on all things social:
SoundCloud – @giiagiia
Instagram – @hellogiia
Facebook – @helloGIIA
Twitter – @helloGIIA

Introducing King Shelter

How did you get your initial start in music?

I grew up playing drums in South Florida, eventually finding myself drawn to song writing and just simply creating. My dad and brother are better musicians than I’ll ever be, so growing up around that…..yeah….. I got big shoes to fill.

What would be your ultimate aim in the industry?

My main goal is to gain a platform to help. This is all I’m really good at, so maybe through this project I can help the less fortunate. I want people to understand each other and to display compassion before judgment. I want to pay all my Krispi Kru’s bills and not have to skip meals. That’s my aim.

How long have you been writing your own music?

I started messing around with arranging and song writing from the days of being a boy. I never really gave it a full, confident attempt until about early high school. The amount of stoke I get from a good song is almost as much as when someone pinches a sweet front crook.

Who are your top three influences and why?

Thom Yorke – Kurt Cobain – A$AP Rocky

They are culture. Thom developed a platform with alt rock to be able to share his insanely creative and unique mind through incredibly experimental and genius music. I don’t need to say much about Cobain, we all know. He IS culture. Yeah. A$AP is the greatest figure in culture currently. He IS everything that is important in culture. I can only dream of being as good of an artist as A$AP Mob.

Is there anything you would like people to know about your current release?

Most importantly, this song is about PEOPLE, for the PEOPLE, by the PEOPLE. I realised I could try and make these epic anthems of big change and yadayada, whatever. But if I can just open people’s eyes to what others are truly experiencing, then maybe we can understand each other. If we understand one another, maybe we can show more compassion. Maybe if we have more compassion for each other, we can do greater things together.

Where are you based and what’s your local scene like? Any favourite venues?

We live in Orange, but we are LA now. LA is vast and ridiculous. There are so many bands, good and bad. But things are in the process of changing from synth pop and laptop based bands to more rock and people just playing music on stage. We are part of that change and we want to help usher back in true live music. We always enjoy the echo in LA and the Observatory in OC.

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

Our blood sucking boys, Badlnds from OC. Their live show is wild. The dream-glam goddesses from SWIMM. They run LA right now.

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

We all over that inter web (thanks bill jobs), @kingshelter , spotify/itunes. STAY aware, we have more music coming the rest of this year. We want to share. We have something to offer. We hope people choose to check it out.

Links:

Facebook
Twitter
Instagram
Spotify
Soundcloud

Venus Demilo

How did you get your initial start in music?

We released our first single in November last year which was picked up by Dave Monks of BBC Introducing in Merseyside.

What would be your ultimate aim in the industry?

For any band on our level, making an album is the main goal. Spending a few weeks in the studio concentrating on nothing but making the music is an awesome thought. We’re a bit away from that yet but we talk about it a lot.

How long have you been writing your own music?

We’ve all been in bands since our early teens so it’s been nearly ten years. We like to think there’s been some good songs in there between us, there’s definitely been some bad ones.

Who are your top three influences and why?

As a band we’ve been listening to a lot of 70s/early 80s Michael Jackson. All his songs were really carefully arranged and had a great groove to them which is something we’re trying to recreate in the stuff we’re writing now. More recently you can’t go wrong with Foals, their last two albums especially. Bombay Bicycle Club as well, they used some unexpected sounds on their more recent records which is something we’d love to experiment with more.

Is there anything you would like people to know about your current release?
 
This is the first single we’re releasing with Fran so it’s a landmark single for us.

Where are you based and what’s your local scene like? Any favourite venues?

We all still live in Liverpool after going to uni together here. There’s a great scene in Liverpool at the moment which is awesome to be a part of.

It’s hard to pick a favourite venue but we have a lot of great memories from The Zanzibar where we used to have our uni assessments.

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

Three bands that are well worth a listen are Seprona, Red Rum Club and Youth Hostel. We’re all on the same bill at Studio 2, Parr Street on Friday 30th September for the Rooftop Records label showcase night.

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

We’re on Spotify and iTunes, you can also find us at facebook.com/venusdemiloband or soundcloud.com/venusdemiloband.

We’ve also got a shiny new website at

www.venusdemilo.co.uk

WE-ARE-Z

How did you get your initial start in music?

We were all active in music before WE-ARE-Z came together, playing with other artists,  playing at jam sessions, picking up whatever gigs we could. We all played from an early age, so it’s hard to say exactly how we got our initial start…. we were always doing it

What would be your ultimate aim in the industry?

To grow and sustain ourselves as we create more and more music art. To create fantastic and unique gig experiences with more and more people. To feel a resonance together with more and more people in as many different places across the globe.

How long have you been writing your own music?

As a band, for the last 3 years.

Who are your top three influences and why?

oooh, impossible to say, we have such huge musical appetites between us.  We simply couldn’t break that down 3 artists.

Is there anything you would like people to know about your current release?

You will lose yourself if your only motivations in life are to seek financial and material gain. These things will never fill the holes in your souls. That is what we’d like you to know about our current release.

Where are you based and what’s your local scene like? Any favourite venues?

We are an international endeavor. We’re like the electron in an atom… everywhere at the same time. We’re in London, Barcelona, Paris, Luzern. We love it like that. The Triebhaus in Luzern, Switzerland is an amazing venue that has been incredibly good to us.

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

Check out Bonaparte from Berlin, they’re great artists with a killer live show

Give our readers a roundup of where they can find you online and hear more of your music.

iTunes, Spotify, Soundcloud