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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!

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Interview with New Rock Instrumental Band – The Soft Shades

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How did you get your initial start in music?

I started to learn accordion at age of 6 and graduated from musical school, but real passion to music came later. The music, which inspired me to learn how to play guitar was power metal bands Blind Guardian and Helloween.

What would be your ultimate aim in the industry?

To write music that  inspire people, that catch their minds and give them joy, hope or relax.

How long have you been writing your own music?

I’m writing my own music for 15 years. My music changed significantly through this years, but the more you write a better your music is, so, I think my latest album is a really worth to be heard

Who are your top three influences and why?

In Flames, Meshuggah and Paradise Lost, yes, this bands and instrumental rock are as like as chalk and cheese, but I used to listen this bands for a long time and they are inspired me for a lot of my own songs.

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

My current contains a different songs that I have wrote during 3 years. They are really different by the mood, because of a real difference of a things that inspired me, it were a really perfect nature views from hiking in mountains, camping on a lake, night city lights and street view at sunny weekend morning.

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

I’m from Kyiv, Ukraine. Our local scene is not so strong as West Europe or UK, but has, also, some nice bands 9see below). I am focused on studio work right now, so, can’t tell a lot about venues.

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

Joncofy, Stoned Jesus, Space of Variations, Raventale

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

Facebook – http://www.facebook.com/thesoftshades

Bandcamp – http://thesoftshades.bandcamp.com/

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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

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How did you get your initial start in music?

Jonny started by being asked to play the guiro in a nursery play and showed remarkable aptitude, Inigo would regulary sing with his enormous extended family as a pastime in their shared house,
Frank was asked by a school friend to learn bass and join his jazz quartet and Will’s father was a stern kit player, one thing led to another.

What would be your ultimate aim in the industry?

To write, record and perform.

How long have you been writing your own music?

Individually since the ages of 14, as a band just over a year.

Who are your top three influences and why?

ABBA, (they are the A Team of pop music and Benny Anderrson is their Hannibal). Steely Dan (who are probably more like the Munsters) were able to overcome their horrifying appearance and show the world they had real feelings just like you and me – an inspiration to us all. Thirdly, Martin Scorcese, who has excellent musical taste.

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

If you could tell them it’s nominated for next years ivor novello that would be a massive help. You can find them here at http://www.nude-band.com.

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

We are based in Manchester on the curry mile, there are pockets of live music and curries are abundant. We were fond of the Bakers Vault in Stockport but they closed it down which is a shame. Night and Day is also a good venue, but thats also under threat as it has been given a noise abatement notice (wont be able to hold live music nights) and thus they might have to change their name to just ‘Day’.

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

‘Mouse Outfit’ ‘Salutation Dub’ and ‘The Phalliciphers’

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

http://www.nude-band.com. On Facebook and Youtube, the channel is called Nude Tube, destined for a porn website lawsuit.

Natasha Nicholls

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

I do not like sounding like a cliche, but music has always been a passion of mine. I remember being 4 years old singing along to anything that was on the radio whether it was opera or country. I loved it all! I didn’t know any of the words, so I just made up my own instead! At the age of 7, my parents bought a little piano for me. I got really excited when I first saw it, but I did not know what to do with it because I had never played the piano before so I just played some keys until something half-decent came out of the piano. In my pre-teens I enjoyed writing poetry, but it wasn’t until the age of 13 when I finally decided to write some songs. This was also the time when I started to perform live with my original songs.

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

My ultimate aim would be to reach as many people as possible with my music. I have my own children’s foundation that raises money for handicapped children in Asia and Africa. Through my music I intend to help them financially. So the more people I can reach with my music, the more people I can help with my music.

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

I have been writing my own music for a couple of years now, since the age of 13 to be exact (like I said previously). Before writing my own songs, I wrote short stories and poetry. In order to remember my stories and poems, I used to sing them to myself. I guess this was my introduction to songwriting.

4. Who are your top three influences and why?

This is hard to answer because I am influenced by hundreds of musicians from all music genres! If I had to choose three influences then they will have to be The Beatles, Bob Dylan and Amy Winehouse. The Beatles have written some of the best songs in musical history and their songs inspired me to write my own songs. Bob Dylan is a songwriting legend and I like the fact that his lyrics were so ahead of their time. Amy Winehouse dared to be different and her performances always captivated me.

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

My current EP is simply called ‘EP’. It consists of songs that I wrote after waking up one night with melodies and lyrics in my head.

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

I am from a tiny village in the Netherlands, just outside of Amsterdam. The music scene is great here because of its small size; everyone somehow seems to know each other. Being close to Amsterdam is great too because Amsterdam has so many great venues such as Heineken Music Hall and Melkweg.

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

There are a lot of great musicians in the Netherlands. The Dutch are particularly known for producing some great DJ’s such as Tiesto.

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

You can listen to my music and also find the links to my social media on my official website: www.natashanichollsmusic.com

Thank you for interviewing me 🙂