Category Archives: soul

Get to know: Les Kirsh

Les Kirsh has been writing catchy soul-influenced tunes since the 60s/70s, but has suffered more than his fair share of set backs. Now he’s back with a few remastered and mixed versions of old songs, reworked for a modern audience. Know Me Better managed to get 5 minutes with the talented songwriter:

 

How did you get your initial start in music?

After being in quite a few bands since school, I answered an advert in the Melody Maker and met with George Young and Harry Vanda (of The Easybeats) which which led to my first record deal with Phillips.

What would be your ultimate aim in the industry?

To have my songs covered by other artists and to be known as much as a writer as I am a singer.

How long have you been writing your own music?

On and off since the 60s

Who are your top three influences and why?

My ultimate influence is Otis Redding, later followed by Rod Stewart and Lionel Richie. These are artists I feel put a lot of soul and feeling into their music and lyrics.

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

They are three completely different songs – two of which I feel tell a story and one is a fun, party song with a Four Tops Reggae feel. I enjoy writing all styles of music. 

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

Im currently living In Essex – I don’t really have a favourite – each venue always has its own special feel.

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

There is plenty more to come and some already out there. Feel free to check youtube where you will find some other of my songs including the original ‘Tell Me To My Face’. My newest tracks are on sound cloud too.

https://soundcloud.com/leskirsh

https://www.facebook.com/LesKirshMusic/

https://twitter.com/LesKirshMusic

 

Listen to ‘Tell Me To My Face’ here:

Connie Constance: A New Generation of Songwriter?

The young, 21 year old R&B songstress Connie Constance is making waves in the UK music scene with her beautiful blend of poetry, punk and jazz all stemming from unique points of inspiration. Perhaps this is how the new generation of songwriters work?

Whilst she may sound nothing like The Spice Girls, Connie cites them as one of her main influences, perhaps not in terms of the music, but more due to their personalities as women: “they were totally owning being a female in the nineties, and became so influential to younger people.”

Despite this, Connie also focuses on poetry as a starting point for her songs.  She says “I had somewhere to release, and sometimes I would base the whole song off my poems. I really want to encourage kids to write down how they feel or express how they feel somehow.”

Connie even uses her mad dreams as material for writing original songs. She describes how one particular dream inspired her latest single ‘Clouds’: “At one point I was flying and when I was moving my hand I could feel the wind going through them, it was crazy. It was like ‘Woah what is going on in my mind’ so when I woke up I just put it straight down, but you don’t forget them.”

 

Interview with Kambui Chui-Moore

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Houston artist Kambui Chui-Moore is a DIY artist with a fresh and soulful electronica-tinged sound. Dedicated to tackling mental health, his music is all about opening up emotionally  and encouraging others to do the same. Read our interview with the exciting new singer and get to know him better…

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

 

I got my start in music playing drums in my father’s church. After getting tired of playing in concert and marching bands, I started to record videos with my friends of us freestyling. Everyone from my neighborhood in Detroit was into rapping at the time and I eventually joined in on tracks. I enjoyed the spontaneity so much I eventually started to take it seriously and feel in love with the creation process.

 

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

 

Honestly, I just want to successfully blend music elements in a way that hasn’t been done before. I want people to look back at my music and be inspired to create something new. To be on the cutting edge of what’s possible in music and get that nod from my peers as a great mind in music would be amazing.

 

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

 

Since the beginning. I studied journalism at university and I’ve always loved to write. Poems turned into lyrics, lyrics into songs. No better way to express yourself, and it takes a lot of talent to edit something and totally understand and predict the immediate reaction of your audience.

 

  1. Who are your top three influences and why?

 

I listen to so much music, its hard for me to pinpoint where my influence is coming from. I have to say my friends definitely help me create music confidently. We talk about what we like and don’t like about current music and it always gives me great ideas on how to approach my next record. Classical composers influence me a lot because they didn’t have the technology we have today. They created some really dynamic arrangements with very few resources or references. Lastly, music with emotion in general is my favorite. Their are definitely people I consider to be at the top of our profession in terms of execution. Overall the genre of R&B and Soul music, past and present, motivates me to innovate and break new ground in music. It has a feel to it that is the most consistent with our daily rollercoaster of emotions. Love is a constant lens and is in every emotion.

 

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

 

Final Words focuses on the idea of getting over something. Its supposed to be bare because when you are alone in your room in the heat of these moments, you don’t feel these vivid colors and ranges. Depression is a quiet and painful state and that’s what I wanted to capture in a beautiful way.

 

  1. Where are you based and what’s your local scene like? Any favorite venues?

 

I live in Detroit, Michigan and the local scene here is driven by rap music. My favorite venue is The Fox Theatre, even though most of our local acts can’t fill that place up. It is something to aspire to.

 

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

 

I’d say Amir Obe. He’s from here and he is doing great things in a short time.

 

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

 

Everything is at my site www.mvrmvl.com. That links to everything I have going on.

Yo Will Make You ‘Shake It’ With New Single!

Post-punk indie single set to hit on June 15th

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Currently living in New Orleans – the birthplace of soul and jazz – Yo are a rock band not afraid to go against the grain. After travelling the globe and making homes in various corners of the USA and Europe, the music and songwriting draws upon a wealth of inspirations and tales from the road.

The latest single taken from the album will be the hard hitting, punk laced track ‘Shake It’ – dripping in punchy bass-lines, quasi-spoken vocals and a distinctly trippy sensibility.

You can hear the track here:

Watch the video here:

‘Shake It’ as a track represents just one of the many facets and styles that make Yo such an interesting band. Each track is specifically influenced by the place, time and events of its conception, so pinning down a genre is something of a challenge.

The single is taken from the album ‘Vagrancy’, an LP which shows perfectly the versatile nature of Yo’s songwriting. Songs such as ‘Shake It’ are seemingly built for the high energy of live performance, but other tracks on the album suit different environments. Whether relaxing out at a festival, going for it on a club dancefloor, jumping around at a live gig or relaxing in a local pub, there will be a song on this album which fits perfectly to every situation.

Altogether, it makes for a heady cocktail which is tough to pigeonhole, sewn together by the originality of vocalist Andre’s delivery.

Single ‘Shake It’ will be available from June 15th.

Links:

https://twitter.com/itmustbeyo

https://www.youtube.com/YoMusic

http://instagram.com/itmustbeyo/

https://www.facebook.com/itmustbeyo

Lola Lamour

Lola Lamour

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

It was by accident really. Some friends were playing at an all sayer gig and asked me to fill on between their shows. I had never sung in front of an audience on my own so i was scared to death. It went down well and it all just snowballed from there.

 

 

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

To play in Vegas!

 

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

I have only just started over the last year or so, working with a friend on different ideas. I have always liked to write poetry so song lyrics are like poetry set to music!

 

4. Who are your top three influences and why?

Doris Day. She has an amazing amount of talent and is very underestimated in a lot of circles. Her voice is pure, brilliant and personal. She has a great outlook on life and is a real all round entertainer

Peggy Lee. I love her style of singing….laid back and sultry. She also wrote many of her songs.

Johnny Mercer. He has to be the best lyricist of all time. If you hear a classic tune, chances are, Johnny Mercer wrote the lyric.

 

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

I have been working videos for the 4 songs! I have really enjoyed filming them. Filming a short film takes forever…..so many changes and so many takes but I am really pleased with the result.

 

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

I am based in Staffordshire …out in the countryside! I rarely get to play local gigs. I am usually travelling all over the country. One of my favourite venues is the Stables in Milton Keynes. A great atmosphere and a wonderful sound.

 

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

Si Cranstoun (Vintage scene)

 

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

www.lolalamour.net    soundcloud  https://soundcloud.com/the-lamours

youtube and most internet online music stores

Olay Fay

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How did you get your initial start in music?

I start writing when I was 12 years old and the songs and singers that I listened to did inspire me to do it. I know my mother loved music but never pursued it but when I got older, around 14 I started going to the studio just to hang around with my friend but I didn’t record anything until I was around 17, 18ish and was able to get a job and start paying for my studio time.

What would be your ultimate aim in the industry?

To reach as much people as possible and write for other artist, which I think it is every artists dream really to attain that success.

Who are your top three influences and why?

That is a very difficult one because there are many great artist out there that I have been influenced by, but if I must I will say Michael Jackson because he was nothing but flawless. Celine Dion that voice still does things to me and believe many babies came to this world because of her voice lol!  And R Kelly cause besides his voice that man is one incredible songwriter.

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

I just want people to connect with the song because I believe everybody can relate with it, they have gone through it at some point in their life like either throw love or fighting of personal demons or life in itself.

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

I am based in south London and because I just moved down here I am just discovering the music scene and it unbelievable with the talent that it in these town. Some are so good they make you doubt yourself they are fire with the passion that they all have. Looking forward to making friend on the scene and the artist that I would recommend is my best friend (Weirdz aka the vampire) I am not just recommending him because we are friends but because he is also one hell of a songwriter.

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

Hey they can find me on Facebook and they can check out more stuff on YouTube and sound cloud.

Aysha Loren

We caught up with soul singing superstar, Aysha Loren to ask her a few questions about what has got her influences consist of and much more!

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

My dad is well known in the music business and he used to run a radio station so music was always in my life growing up. I realised I could sing at an early age at school so my family encouraged me and it took of from there

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

I would love to be an international artist, I want the world to hear Aysha Loren and also get the opportunity to travel and gig abroad

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

Only a couple a year’s it’s something I used to struggle with but for some reason I find it very easy now . I guess its life experiences.

  1. Who are your top three influences and why?

Whitney Houston – Her Voice is amazing, hardworking and strong woman

Jazmine Sullivan – Another amazing voice , excellent tone and love the style of music very similar to what I am doing but slightly heavier reggae influence

Music Soul Child – Love the voice and absolutely love every song on every album. His song writing skills tells a story  

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

My EP available via the following links which includes Keep it like it is which is currently number 1 in the UK reggae charts .

 Cd baby 

http://www.cdbaby.com/m/Artist/AyshaLoren1

Amazon

https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/dmusic/device/mp3/store/album/B00LJBO99C?ie=UTF8#album/B00LJBO99C

ITunes

https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/back-to-you/id893505885

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

I am based in North west London

Troy Bar Hoxton – Open Mic,

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

Randy Valentine, Christopher Ellis, Maddy Carty, Chancellor

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

I am at the following links also my music is available via Amazon I tunes and CD baby . You can also preview the EP via Spotify

https://www.facebook.com/AyshaLoren

https://twitter.com/ayshaloren

https://www.youtube.com/user/officialayshaloren