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Shane Thomas

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

I got my initial break, when I visited the famous Yehudi Menuhin Music School.
The headmaster said he had never met a child composer like me before and then
he went on ITN news to talk about my talent, which led to my Dad getting lots of
calls from radio and T.V shows.

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

My ultimate aim in the music industry is to become the first child to have successful
singles/albums, as a composer. A lot of people don’t think it’s possible in 2014, but
I don’t pay any attention to that.

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

I’ve been composing music from the age of seven and I started composing instinctively,
three weeks after my piano was delivered.

  1. Who are your top three influences and why?

My top three influences are:

Chopin, because of the way he uses the full scale of the piano in his pieces and also his
diversity is impressive.

Franz Listz, because I love his romantic pieces and he was so technically amazing, that people
were given smelling salts when they attented his Concerts, just in case they fainted!

I also like a pop Artist called Synchro. He produces minimalist music, with subtle variations
of a single theme and I sometimes apply this concept to my music, when composing pieces
that are suitable for film/TV.

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

My current release is called Mrs Matisse, who was the wife of Henri Matisse, the well known
painter.

I saw the painting and the colours translated into music that I could hear playing in my head.
i sat at a piano and out came Mrs Matisse. Then I discovered that Debussy had composed a
piece of music about the very same painting. I had no idea, it was just a coincidence.

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

I’m based in Woking, Surrey. My favourite venues in the area, are the H’G. Wells Events Centre
and G Live. I played a solo Concert at the H.G. Wells, (where Paul Weller sometimes performs).
I haven’t played G Live, but I’m working on that one!!

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

The best place to find me on line is to go to my website. www.shanethomas.co.uk

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Good Guy Dies

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

For Cherry, it all began when she was little girl, standing on a chair singing to entertain family members at informal get-togethers.

For Joe, it was seeing old footage of Rory Gallagher playing live on RTE back in N. Ireland. He then proceeded to beg his father to buy him his first guitar.

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

       To headline Madison Square Garden, win song of the year at The Grammys and then play a gig at Folsom prison.

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

Cherry has been writing songs since childhood, and Joe since the moment he picked up a guitar.        They started writing together in 2012.

  1. Who are your top three influences and why?

Cherry explains that her idols are “Bjork, because she doesn’t give a damn about being crazy, Tori Amos for the way she makes love to the piano when she plays it, and Jonathan Davies from Korn for his voice, his honesty and his intimacy.

For Joe it was “Gary Moore, because in my humble opinion he was the greatest guitar player ever to pick up the instrument; Rory Gallagher because he was a fantastic player and an incredible frontman- his shows were electrifying; and Phil Lynott because he had spellbinding stage presence, was a great songwriter and an amazing romantic poet.”

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

The single ‘Hit Me Back’ is based on a story of a relationship which spirals into domestic violence and confronts the idea that love can be expressed in a relationship through violence. This has been drawn from Cherry’s background, as that particular belief is rife through many Eastern European relationships – a saying in Russia being “if he hits me, he loves me”. This song is a rallying cry from Cherry and Joe, to women all over the world to stop hiding their abuse.

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

The band are based in London. Cherry lives in Hoxton where she describes the scene as “vibrant, brave and experimental” and  Joe lives in Brockley, where there’s a “small, intimate scene”. The guys’ favourite venue they’ve played to date is the 229 in Great Portland St and the oddest one was at a deserted airport in Riga, Latvia, as part of a midsummer night’s carnival.

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

Joe says “As far as new bands go there’s an outfit called Speaks who are a hardcore hip hop outfit from Brighton, who are really nutty, very experimental, and bring rock guitars into the mix.” Cherry says “I really like FKA Twigs, she’s got a certain poise, sexuality and elegance.” 

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

www.facebook.com/goodguydies

www.twitter.com/goodguydies

The guys release their debut single “Hit Me Back” on Fri 14th November with the accompanying video. It’ll be available to download exclusively from itunes.

You can also catch Good Guy Dies live at the following shows.

Fri 31st October: The Enterprise, 2 Haverstock Hill, Camden, London, NW3 2BL. Onstage 8.15pm

 Saturday 15th November: The Scala, 275 Pentonville Rd, King’s Cross, London, N1 9NL (supporting Primal Scream and The Libertines). Stage time TBC.

 

Jesse Lowes – ‘Only One’

Jesse Lowes is a very talented artist that we have previously had on the blog.

She is back again and ready to release her new single ‘Only One’.

Check it out here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CMKZJXcpSjs

‘Only One’ is out November 28th.

True to Lowes style of raw and emotive lyrics, the new track explores the heartbreak of losing someone you love, in an honest and heartfelt manner.

Recent years have also been tough on Lowes as she lost her mother of whom she was very close with and has suffered the agony of a marital breakup. The talented Lowes transforms the pain of these torturing times into beautifully moving music that speaks directly from her heart to the audience.

An ex-cage fighter and club level rugby player, Lowes’ masculine background contrasts her delicate lyrics and soulful delivery. Lowes music delves into the depths of human emotion and beautifully expresses the pain and beauty of life.

More from Jesse Lowes here:

Website: http://jessielowes.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Jessie-Lowes/166706493351429

Soundcloud https://soundcloud.com/jessie-lowes83

 

Lydia Kakabadse

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

By having my works performed by amateur chamber groups, singers and orchestras.

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

To be more widely known

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

Since the age of 13

  1. Who are your top three influences and why?

My music is mainly influenced by mediaeval music; nineteenth century music and Middle Eastern music

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

Of the 5 pieces on this release, I wrote the Latin words for The Phantom Listeners and the English text for The Mermaid; I wrote The Song of the Shirt when I was 15; the 2 string quartets – Arabian Rhapsody Suite and Russian Tableaux – are written for violin, viola, cello and double bass (rather than the traditional 2 violins, viola and cello)

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

www.lydiakakabadse.com click on “Discography” and scroll down and click on “Presto Classical” and then click on “listen”

Pavilion – Interview

IMG_4120This Wirral based band came and spoke to us today about their latest album and their career so far. The interview went as follows:

  1.  How did you get your initial start in music?
    We’ve all been playing music for quite some time. Tel probably started the earliest, when he was a young child his parents took him to morotbike rally’s all over the country and abroad where he had his first experience watching bands perform live, soon after his parents bought him a drum kit and he has never looked back! Tel, Coop, and Tezz became friends and began writing together in 2009 in their first band, but as they started to become more musicially mature, Pavilions was formed in 2011 with the debut following that Summer. Its so strange remembering how long ago the EP and Science & Gods was released to having our own debut album. It’s a surreal feeling.
  2. What would be your ultimate aim in the industry?
    It may come across sounding like a cliche when we say all we want as Pavilions is to play music. But we never even considered we would have an album to play so to come this far is a huge achievement for all of us. To be able to one day play Vans Warped Tour in America, to meet fans across the world, tour alongside bands who have astounded and influenced us is something we all mutually would be so grateful for one day in the future. We’re all so humbled by the positive feedback we have so far received, but who knows what will happen in the future? Either way we are going to enjoy every second of it!
  3. How long have you been writing your own music?
    We have all been writing in various other bands a long time prior to 2011 when we finally created Pavilions. Our guitarist Alexander was actually a drummer for a previous band before he decided to join Pavilions full time, whilst Coop Tezz and Tel were writing for their first band Sydney Chasing Safety in 2008. But as time passed the music we were writing led us to outgrow the style of music (and the terrible band name) leading us to form Pavilions in 2011. There are sections on some of the songs from our debut album which were wrote years ago, we never thought they would eventually be part of something much bigger than a little idea jammed out in a garage.
  4. Who are your top three influences and why?
    Pierce The Veil: These are a band we commonly get compared to in our own song writing. The production on their album Collide With The Sky is fantastic including some amazing guest vocals with other influences of ours like Kellin Quinn and Jason Butler. We love their Spanish influenced riffs

    Bring Me The Horizon: These are one of the most successful metal bands to date who go from strength to strength. Sempiternal is easily one of our most influential albums of the past few years, the aggression and depth in the song writing is un-paralleled to anything we have heard so far in the scene, who would have thought when they released Count Your Blessings that only a few years later they would be headlining Wembley Arena!

    Jonny Craig: That Voice. Wow

  5. Is there anything you would like people to know about your current release?
    The theme behind the album was never something we pre-conceived at the beginning, there was no outstanding catharsis, just an intention of writing music that we lived and breathed, surrounding chord structures with stories both personal and relatable. But as we found ourselves halfway through the writing process we found a common theme and expanded on  that for the remainder of the album. It became an album about making the most of your opportunity on this planet and the realisation that the past may stay the same but you have the ability to decide your future. We’d embodied the albums message fully in our single Futures. We are all so proud of this album and can’t wait for everybody to finally hear what we have put so much heart into.
  6. Where are you based and what’s your local scene like? Any favourite venues?
    Our hometown is Liverpool and their o2 academy is the one venue we have had the most of our memorable shows!  One of our biggest shows was to an almost sold out crowd supporting Fearless Vampire Killers @ o2 academy Liverpool. The crowd response from that show was something we had never experienced it was incredible, to have fans come up to you at the end of a show eager to meet you, have you sign things, get photos, saying “You were the best band of the night” is the most humbling feeling

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

You can find us on almost all social networks, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram;  interacting with fans is something we live for and love making new friends. We want to encourage everyone to speak with us and let us know their thoughts and feelings because that is who we write for.

www.facebook.com/pavilionsband | www.youtube.com/pavilionsband | Twitter: @pavilionsband | Instagram: @pavilionsband 

The latest Single is out now its called Futurues and you can watch it on YouTube right here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZXOn1YWgLEE. The groups accompanying album will be out later on this year August 11th.

Interview with Lodsb

Here is our 5 minute interview when we caught up with Lodsb, a German electronica artist with a classical background, fusing these together for an innovative sound.

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‘Usedom’ – https://soundcloud.com/retortpromo/usedom

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

I grew up at my grandparents and they listened to a lot of blues & new orleans jazz; so when I was around 9 and said I’d like to get something like a “keyboard” they got me a guitar instead and put me into classes 😛

I hated that; but playing felt nice. and then there was this youth of playing guitar at some classic gigs and doing the hippie-thing with my friends in the park.
my family consists mostly of artists, so that kind of coined me to see such objects  as tools to realise own ideas.

Eventually I had enough pocket money to get something more interesting; a sampler and two turntables for some beat juggling with which I was playing along
with a friend who did some reaktor patches… we then had a setup consisting of mostly old-school gear (AMIGA as fx box, some hardware synths). At the same
time i did a lot of nerding with computers, so seeing them as just another tool to support creativity wasnt much of a stretch. that’s when I realized for myself that
creating music electronically is viable and valid. now, I am the worst guitar player 🙂

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

well… i guess as everyone who doesn’t want/see a life living off music: to have the work somehow acknowledged by a group of people or/and to inspire puzzle them. to be in a discourse with other artists.

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

15 years.

4.      Who are your top three influences and why?

That changes constantly with the focus of every project that I am currently doing.

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

Munich, Germany.,it’s basically a dead end for any underground scene 😉
seriously, Munich has no real culture of “edgy” underground music, there are hardly any gigs that one would classify as experimental. In the circle of music related friends, we just do parties at home and noodle around.

I think that’s also symptomatic for why I am liking the retort guys and like to release it there. Munich is nice if you are into indie *, classical music or house , though.

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

Except from some sporadic releases of single songs on some compilations on laridae.at or irrational music, I work mostly on albums which so far
have all been released (mille plateaux & retort & self). I know there is this duality creating momentum and quality: releasing often and releasing something that simply needed more time to get finished – I am usually working on something that is part of the latter. so no real buzz of soundcloud tracks etc.
I do have a shitload of unreleased/unfinished/live tracks but I saw putting them on the net mostly as spamming my own profile, maybe that’s something for another
alias… in time.

Go2

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Interview with the members of Gospel Hip Hop group, Go2.  Vizun and Lerish spoke to Knowmebetter about their upcoming Album and their past successes (pronounced [Luh-reesh]).

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

Vizun: I grew up listening to Hip Hop and R&B.  I was pretty much surrounded by it.  My father would play his old school records in the basement at home, (Parliament was one of my favorites) and that became my hangout spot. My mother loved gospel and soul music. My older sister and cousins would always play the latest Hip Hop or R&B songs and that eventually made me want to try to make songs of my own.  I wasn’t much of a singer, (Even now, I leave that part to Lerish, lol), so I gravitated to writing rap music, which wasn’t too much of a stretch because I was already writing poetry at the time. As I got older it became less of a hobby and more of a passion.  I couldn’t (and still can’t) go through a day without listening to music.

Lerish: My initial love for music came from dancing back in high school. I was so into the music because it made you dance and I was always listening to music when I was going through a rough time. Music was like a getaway and a medication for most of my teenage years. I began singing and playing music around the age of 11 (that’s also when I sold my first song to my next-door neighbor, lol). After a ton of talent shows and near brushes with stardom and after I gave my life to Christ I was convinced that it (music) was in my blood and started to seriously pursue music as a career.  

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

GO2:  We really want to make a mark in the industry for the sake of the Gospel. Jesus has impacted our life so much that He has caused us to change our life and the content of our music. We listen to a lot of music and really think there is a need for something other than, what we call, the status quo. We are definitely not the first people to infuse Hip Hop or R&B into gospel music but we do think we can help to grow this particular portion of the industry.  We also want to assist other artists with similar desires to reach those that God has called them to reach as well. We believe that the talent God has given us is a gift to be used for His purpose and when it’s all said and done, our desire is that He is pleased with what we’ve done with His gifts.

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

Vizun: I think my first rap was written when I was about 8 or 9.  I haven’t stopped since, lol.

Lerish: I’ve been singing and writing as well as playing music since the age of 11.

4. Who are your top three influences and why?

Vizun: – At the risk of sounding cliché, I’d have to say..  Jesus – From a practical sense, there are times when I really am about to make the wrong choice and more often than not if I ask Him or go to His word to read, it keeps me from that wrong decision.  To be a little more blunt, Jesus has kept me from making poor financial decisions; He’s kept my marriage in tact when I’ve seen others fail.  He’s kept me from injury when I put myself in harms way.  Definitely the most influential person in my life.  My wife – Hands down, the most creative person I have ever met.  She causes me, sometimes without saying a word, to be a better man.  Not to mention that she’s a great mother as well.  I don’t think God could have placed me with anyone more suited for me.  My Pastor – I have yet to see any man truly try to perfect walking in the will of God like he does. I’ve learned so much about how to be a man of God from him, not just in the public eye but even when no one is around.

Lerish: I will echo Vizun and say Jesus first and foremost because his examples of kindness, strength, love, forgiveness and sacrifice has had a major influence on the person I am and strive to be. My mom is and will always be a huge influence in my life. I’ve seen her overcome physical abuse, being homeless and fighting cancer with a silent strength that I haven’t seen in anyone else. Now that my mom has passed, I’ve started to notice those same qualities in my wife; I think that’s really cool. My Pastor would have to be in my top three because he has been like a father to me for over 12 years. In the absence of my real father I’ve learned so much from him about being a Godly father, and husband and man. I met my wife in church and I went to my Pastor to ask his permission to marry her, because I looked at her as his daughter, lol.  

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

GO2: Nothing on you is our first single from our sophomore release called “Innerman”.  The album deals with a lot of introspection into the issues that we face within ourselves as Christians and how to keep living righteous in the midst of many negative influences that you encounter on daily basis.  This release will deal with some real issues but at the same time provide some great music to listen to.

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

GO2:  We are based out of Atlanta; GA. Atlanta is a great place for local artist. We have concerts, festivals, celebrity events and music festivals in the major parks like Olympic Park, Piedmont Park and other parks Downtown that always have large crowds and feature many local artist. Whenever there is a festival in Atlanta be it the Jazz festival or Caribbean festival etc., there’s always an opportunity for local bands to share their talents. We have bars and saloons like Hard Rock Café, Dark Horse and Nine Lives Saloon that feature local bands as well. Atlanta has no shortage of clubs and concerts either; you can go to big arenas like the Phillips Arena, The Congress Center, and The Fox Theater and catch some really great performances. The Phillips Arena is where (Lerish of GO2) got to perform in front on 30,000 people at Birthday Bash 15, an annual Hip-Hop/Rap concert.

7. Who else can you recommend from your local scene for people to have a listen to? There are a lot of great artists out here.  Some of our favorites are, Obie One B.A. @ https://twitter.com/ObieOneBA, Ric Flo @ https://twitter.com/thebeatsnatcher and Trish Standley @ https://twitter.com/Trysh777.

8.Give our readers a round up of where they can find you online and hear more of your music.http://www.twitter.com/therealgo2 | http://www.facebook.com/therealgo2 | http://www.ourstage.com/therealgo2 and of course http://www.soundcloud.com/go2