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An interview with electro-pop film scorer Voldo Blanka

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How did you get your initial start in music?

I’ve been playing music since I was in diapers, and playing in bands since I had terribly filthy long dyed black hair in jr. high, but it wasn’t till later I knew this would be what I was going to do with my life.

I went to coachella alone in 2007. First time I’d ever been to a festival like that. Rage Against the Machine reunited and I really dug into electronic music. From that day I knew there was ONLY one thing I’d do with my life. And that is to make records and play live.

I had a few projects on the go but the one that broke was my last band Head of the Herd. We were the first band in our country to have a #1 song without a label and that taught me everything I know making the music YOU want to make, and standing by that.

 

What would be your ultimate aim in the industry?

I love making records, touring, and writing film scores. So every record I make, gig I play, and film I compose for, I’m getting closer to the place I want to be

 

How long have you been writing your own music?

I reckon I wrote my first song at about 12. A switch flipped in my head and I became OBSESSED with music. I would play till I fell asleep with my guitar in my hands, and spent all day at school talking shit about this band, that band, this instrument, that producer. Since then I’ve never suffered from not knowing what to do with my time. Every moment then went towards being the best artist I could be.

 

Who are your top three influences and why?

This question is impossible! But a few people have always astounded me with fearlessness and creativity. Nina Simone…my favourite vocalist ever. And I don’t just throw that around. Listen to the live version of “funkier than a mosquito’s tweeter” and you’ll know why.

Tarantino. You don’t need your musical influences to be musicians. It’s about making your own rules and creating what you want to create regardless of all the voices in your ear. You can learn a lot from his take on dialogue.

Josh Homme. Has there ever been a cooler motherfucker than this. Making the darkest, prettiest music I’ve ever heard in my life.

Seriously this question is killing me… Ray Charles, Damon Albarn, Dangermouse, Zeppelin, its endless. Let’s crush a casual dozen beers together and we can really dig in.

 

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

Making ‘nuns enjoy a madman’ was about creative freedom. About making movie moments and tapping into subtle, and not so subtle, mood manipulation.

I came from a touring rock band that made records all over the world, to shutting the door and locking myself in a dark room to see where I could get with just my imagination and a fuckload of instruments.

It was scary and fun, but more scary than fun. And I like that.

 

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

I’m currently based in Vancouver on the West Coast of Canada. The commodore is one of the best rooms I’ve played in my life. Gaddam do I love that place.

 

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

Plasteroid is a new band from here that are a must listen to. Fucking aces.

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

Go to www.voldoblanka.com to hear the record and sign up for the email list. But first, add Voldo Blanka on fb and Instagram. That’s where I do most of my updates.

You guys are the best, thanks for listening.

Soundcloud: https://tinyurl.com/yczk5ewq

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/voldoblanka/?hc_ref=SEARCH&fref=nf

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/voldoblanka/?hl=en

 

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!

Everything Under (EU)

How did you get your initial start in music?

By becoming a sound engineer for other artists.

What would be your ultimate aim in the industry?

To help improve it. Less feminine, more masculine, and more mature. There are infinite ways to express yourselves.

How long have you been writing your own music?

16 years

Who are your top three influences and why?

The Cure, The Doors, and Everything Under.

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

Just that I think it’s good.

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

Blasting out of Chicago, IL. There’s no scene here whatsoever.

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

Nobody.

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

Just search for Everything Under (EU) Music. Enjoy.

The Unique Sound of the Nova Twins

The music of the Nova Twins is the kind of music that slaps you in the face when you first listen to it, leaving you wondering what just happened.

Whilst ‘Hitlist’ might be considered an assault on the ears, its a pleasing assault, if there’s such a thing. The London based duo create powerful punk-infused rock that draws eually as much influence from grime and rap too. A potent combination I think you’ll find.

Heavy basslines akin to Royal Blood and Slaves blend with attitude-injected vocals not dissimilar from the likes of Sleigh Bells which consequently create a sound like no other heard before.

The band note ‘We don’t call ourselves rock or grime. It’s the 21st century, everyone’s mutating now. Girls who listen to pop music will have ripped jeans on. We’re a 21st century band,’.

It seems with their unique brand of music, the Nova Twins are bringing along a new era where anything goes.

Inspirational Artist Adam Lanceley talks about bullying

Adam Lanceley’s inspirational story is not the kind you hear often. Yes, we frequently hear about people in tragic car crashes, but how many of those people manage to forge a career in music after such an event? Adam is one of those people.

At the young age of just ten, Adam suffered serious head injuries in a car crash and he was told it was unlikely he would ever walk or talk again. Since then, Adam has defied the odds and those who doubted him, relearning a number of life skills and going on to produce five albums, as well as run the London Marathon!

With anti-bullying week approaching (14th-18th November), Adam has been kind enough to give us a few words about his experiences with bullying in the past:

Hi, I’m Adam Lanceley & I’m a singer-songwriter. My latest single ‘Those Rose Tinted Days’ which is from my fifth album, Postcards From Then…, can be interpreted as talking about my teenage and student years as though it was really easy and straightforward back then. In actual fact, due to a severe head injury sustained in a serious car crash when I was 10, it was anything but a smooth ride. To be honest, I was lucky that I didn’t get bullied more than I did; I spoke very slowly,  I was vulnerable & I couldn’t walk properly for a very long time. Even now, years later, I have a very pronounced limp. But the times I did get bullied really hurt. I found the non-physical stuff more damaging & difficult to take than what you’d normally think of as bullying, which is not to say that the times people let me know they didn’t like the way I walked by giving me a kicking wasn’t incredibly painful! Still, being called ‘spastic’ or ‘a cripple’ was much harder for me to swallow; the whole ‘sticks and stones’ argument didn’t really hold up. Getting taken advantage of is another form of bullying I could have done without.

Fortunately, I got through it and I’m grateful that I had good friends to make it easier too. I’m also lucky that I had interests that kept me striving to get somewhere, but at the same time, I know how much easier my life could’ve been without bullying in the first place. Also, was it really worth it? I once heard someone say there are no winners when it comes to bullying: the one doing it will someday feel remorse and the one being bullied carries the scars. 


 

If you’ve been inspired by Adam’s story, you can check out more on him here and listen to his latest track, ‘Those Rose Tinted Days’.

https://play.spotify.com/artist/0UFbDrAYa0cnAp41cQnyNb

https://twitter.com/AdamLanceley

https://soundcloud.com/adam-129087330

http://www.brainandspine.org.uk/adams-story

http://www.anti-bullyingalliance.org.uk/anti-bullying-week/

Listen To: Henry Padovani ‘I Love Today’

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Listen to ‘I Love Today’:

http://www.henrypadovani.com/i-love-today-dhzm3

From The Police, to Wayne County and the Electric chairs, to The Subterraneans, to The Flying Padovanis to releasing a solo album, Henry Padovani, known as the only Corsican punk, has carved out an impressive career to rival all within the music industry.

Henry hit London in 1976, only coming for a week, but extending his stay, the first gig he saw was The Damned and the next day Henry was a changed man, he cut his long hair and shaved his beard, he was going out every night to a different gig and began meeting members of The Clash, it was not long after Henry met Sting and Stewart Copeland and formed the legendary The Police. London punk gigs were legendary and they soon built a following until Henry decided to go his own way, He continued his punk career with the ground-breaking Wayne County and the Electric Chairs, a major part of the androgynous glam-rock, proto-punk hangover, and succesful on both sides of the Atlantic, who even then hired The Police to support them on a major tour, still following his punk dream, Henry became a member of The Subterraneans, the band formed by NME journalistic legend Nick Kent.

Not long after Henry took a punk hiatus and re-invented himself and emerged with The Flying Padovanis – London’s cult psych-punk superstars of choice, with their wild, dark, reverb-drenched, thrash-punk, instrumental music. After all of this Henry was invited to join IRS a record label where Henry was VP of international for ten years, Henry describes the label as ‘Only signing bands they liked’ this included the likes of The Go Go’s, Fine Young Canniballs and even discovered the brilliant R.E.M. Henry’s career was really taking shape and fast forward a few years and he was the ‘Rock’ judge on ‘The X Factor’  France. Along the way he has also been an artist manager for Italy’s biggest star Zucchero. One of the creators of a ‘songwriters retreat’, A Radio and TV presenter, A book writer, ‘The Secret Police Man’, A major film-soundtrack conposer and the star and subject of the Cannes Film Festival listed documentary of his life – ‘Rock and Roll… Of Corse’ which hits movie theatres all over France from September 21st.

Henry is the strange, enduring link between many artists such as Sting, Cher, Bono, Jeff Beck, Alice Cooper, Kim Wilde, The Pretenders, The Sex Pistols, B.B. King and countless other players in rock’s rich history. Music has clearly only been Henry’s one true calling and with ‘I Love Today’, Henry has finally recorded his first full ‘solo’ album. A rich and sometimes dark mix of unique and emotive, original songs, coupled with some favourites of his long journey on the road – encompassing delta blues, rock and chanson, all flavoured and impregnated with Henry’s unique guitar style, his huge, dynamic voice and irrepressible Corsican personality all in time for Punk’s 40th anniversary. In amongst Henry’s own songs are covers of songs as diverse as ‘Into My Arms’ – Nick Cave to ‘Jealous Guy’ by John Lennon, and he even teamed up with Jef Aerosol also known as the ‘French Banksy’, a charismatic, outlaw street artist to create the album artwork.

Henry is a true punk legend, full of the wildest stories, best friends with numerous legends, and the only way to find out more is to talk to the man himself.

Website:http://www.henrypadovani.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/henrypadovani

 

 

Meet Big Lenny Bunn…

How did you get your initial start in music?

I started when I was at school, about 14years old, everyone at the time was a guitarist so I guessed by learning the bass, not only did it have two less strings, I would in theory never be out of work.

What would be your ultimate aim in the industry?

My goals these days have changed, I am just humbled and so appreciative when someone comes up and says ‘I love that song’. I suppose if I had a goal it would be for my music to reach people and for it to be enjoyed.

How long have you been writing your own music?

Wow! Long Time lol. About 30years!!!! I know…I don’t look old enough!

Who are your top three influences and why?

Leland Sklar, when I was learning the bass I used to watch him with Phil Collins and think ‘Wow!’ that guy can play….oh and he looks so cool! Roger Waters as both a writer and a bass player, he lead me into bringing the old adage of less is more and also how to push and pull your writing to create emotion, finally I suppose currently from a writers point of view it would be Guy Garvey, his lyrics are incredible, painting pictures with words, beautiful.

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

Sure, this is a cover of Blueberry hill, which was my adopted Fathers favourite tune. I just wanted to grab some old school muse’s and create something beautiful for Pops, I love the result as well, even though its not my normal genre.

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

I am based in Kent (S.E. UK) The local scene is unfortunately really hard work as I think it is everywhere in the UK right now. My fave locally would be The Forum in Tonbridge Wells. But I kinda miss the old London Venues.

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

I would say you have to check out a guy called James Kirby, he’s amazing, or Salvation Jane….man they rock!

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

Ok so you can find me on FB or twitter, I am also on Soundcloud you can find links to all these via my website my website www.lennybunn.uk