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Every now and again, life throws things at you that completely stop you dead in your tracks, and Short Sharp Scratch do exactly that with their new single ‘Shellsuit’. From the gifted mind of Jak Chantler, a man once tipped as being Kerrang magazine’s “best new unsigned artist”, Shellsuit is a wonderful, heartfelt journey through the sound of funk and soul, reminiscent of Chaka Khan and Chic but with a contemporary, developed twist.

As the ultimate combination of songwriter/producer, Jak is perceptively aware of the current trends in this contemporary age of music where there is so much choice. The new project seemingly has no limits as he aims to meet the demands of the savvy modern day listener.

More on Jak and Short Sharp Scratch here!

Links

https://twitter.com/Short_Scratch

https://www.facebook.com/shortsharpscratchmusic/

https://soundcloud.com/user-700614968/sets/shell-suit-release/s-3Fii1

 

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Get To Know – Karmilla

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

I had some guitar lessons when I was 11 and learnt a few of my favourite songs and was hooked from that point onwards!

 

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

Playing your own music is cool. To play live in as many places possible in front of anyone possible is great. If I can manage that in countries across the world that could be cool.

 

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

When I was s kid I wrote songs, they were terrible!!! but they helped me express whatever it was I was thinking about at the time, which was cool. After co-writing  in bands through collage and stuff I began to seriously write my own tunes. Some of them even made it on the album, I’m always writing.

 

  1. Who are your top three influences and why?

This is hard!! When I really started to find my singing voice I listened to a lot of Paul Rodgers. Also Janus Joplin, she was an incredible woman as well as having an awesome voice. As far as song writers go I have listened to a lot of Bruce Springsteen over the last few years. He’s a man who can tell a story or two! And the music is so well crafted and ‘full’ it’s great.

 

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

‘Leave Me To Me’ is the first  single off the debut album ‘Early Workings Of An Open Mind’

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

Karmilla is based in Reading UK. There is a cool music scene there, and with the Festival taking over once a year, the town gets really busy. There are a few cool ‘music’ venues. All the pubs play live music too which is cool.

 

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

‘Third Lung’ are a rock band who can pack a punch! Defiantly a credible band to look out for.

 

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

Everything you need is on the website

www.karmillamusic.co.uk

Get to know: Stan Gemes

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

By 2 accidents in my life. 10 years ago I have visited Bengalure (India ) with official delegation for educational conference . During that conference we have travelled through the jungle . While there we met with a local tribe that have travelled 15 miles to ask for some sweets and sugar . This tribe apparently was not lured or  influenced by civilization for last 5000 years or so. Before asking for sweets they decided to perform a fire dance and songs ceremony. Our minds were crashed and we got crazy while they were performing their  natural movements and sounds. I started to recognize music from all corners of the world – Gypsy , irish , Russian , Turk , Chinese , jazz, African … It was a cultural shock really for me. I thought “this is really the source of music”  It changed me a lot .

Another case was 7 years ago when I met with a saint from India who has asked me how I was living and doing in my life. I said “ well, sun is shining, birds are singing, children are smiling – I do enjoy my life.” He looked at me with his childish and naughty eyes and said “Why don’t you sing about it?”. I was laughing because it was not part of any plan in my life. He simply smiled and left ….After a few months a huge wave of music ideas, chords, lyrics started to flow through me 24 hours a day. I could not help but make music which I called “Call of Ancient Love “

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

Make 5 albums with 60+ tracks , I want to have  20 million people fans world wide

I want my people and friends simply celebrate their life with  my music. I want people to wake up an realise there is no problems in the world , its just adventure !

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

6 years

  1. Who are your top three influences and why?

Queen

U2

Coldplay

They all have energy, a catchy melody, and a true message.

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

It is a great pleasure for me to share my life experience in my first album on itunes and on Google play “Call of Ancient Love “ where  everybody can find natural joy with each rhythm of breath in and smooth peace with each breath out . My fans are simply letting go of their worries and regrets while diving into my first album trip.

And those who want to jump and dance you are welcome to download my 14 remixes on the same tracks that I released on June  9th 2016 are on Itunes as well .

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

My team and myself are based in Moscow , though we loved to travel with our show in different places worldwide from Mongolia sport arena to FIFA HQ in Zurich , from Berlin Olympic stadium to Usadba Jazz Festival in Moscow. My favourite venue – is any big stadium!

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

 

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

You are welcome to download my music on Itunes, Soundcloud or from my site stangemes.com.

Get to know: KMF (KAKKMADDAFAKKA)

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

 

We started off very young, I was 15 and the others were 15-18.  We had some musical lessons as kids so we just made a band and played what we could, really just to impress our friends.  We figured we’d make up for our deficiencies as musicians by making a really big show with horns and dancers and just a lot going on.  It worked, we had 500 people at our first gig and people started talking about this ‘crazy show’.  And word spread.  But we’ve learned a lot since those early days.

 

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

 

Starting so young we didn’t have high hopes, but our main goal was to play at Roskilde Festival.  We all went there many times as soon as we were old enough, and just dreamed of being up on the stage.  Now finally this year it’s happening!  So we should make some new goals.  We hear Glastonbury is like the UK Roskilde?  Maybe that.

 

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

 

The band formed in 2004, and we always wrote our own songs, so 12 years.  I think it’s easy to see that practice does pay off, and we still feel we improve constantly as songwriters.  We don’t plan on stopping just yet.

 

  1. Who are your top three influences and why?

 

Erlend Øye’s bands Kings of Convenience and The Whitest Boy, have to be in there.  Not just as he produced two of our albums, but as he taught us a lot about song writing and keeping it real.  It’s possible to make your music and not trying to compromise yourself to be popular.

The Beatles were a big early influence on everyone in the band, and we still hold their music on a ‘’God-like level’.  We often listen when on tour drives, and it’s sometimes frustrating when they were so good, but it’s something to aim for.

We were introduced to Beatles through our parents, but the first music we found for ourselves was rap, and we’re still big rap fans.  Dr Dre was coming out with ‘2001’ when we first started listening and it blew us away.  He’s been doing great stuff for 30 years and revolutionised the game many times.  He’d have to be one of our biggest influences.

 

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

 

Well the back story behind the album was quite long.  We’d been doing really well in mainland Europe, especially Germany, and signed with Universal over there for the release of ‘Six Months is a Long Time’.  We felt like we lost some control and took some advice that didn’t feel right, so with this album we got back to basics and tried to concentrated down what we feel we’re best at.  So this is like a pure essence of Kakkmaddafakka, that’s why we called it KMF.  But apart from that we feel it is our best album yet, but you can be the judge of that.

 

  1. You are based in Bergen, what’s your local scene like? Any favourite venues?

 

The Bergen scene is epic, and crazy productive.  We’ve had local bands like Royksopp and Kings of Convenience that went international, and now a new generation came out of nowhere and are at the top of the music world, like Kygo and Aurora.  But the scene is much deeper than that, and there are hundreds of good bands that never make it out of Norway.  It’s great to live in such a musical place.  We generally go to a lot of concerts at the art hall ‘Landmark’, it’s an intimate venue, but always has interesting bookings.

 

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

 

Wow, there is really too many.  You should try our friends bands’ ‘Great News’, ‘Fjorden Baby’ or ‘Bloody Beach’, just to name a few.  We actually have a playlist on Spotify called ‘sounds Of Scandinavia’ where we put a lot of our favourite local sounds.

 

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

 

You can find us in all the usual places, Facebook, Instagram and we’re on all streaming sites and iTunes.  We have a podcast called ‘Only if You’re Bored’. We’ve also made a lot of Youtube videos going back many years, which could be a good place to get to know us a bit more.  We’re definitely out there.

Irontown Diehards Interview

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

I’ve been playing bass since I was 11 years old, my friends had started a band and there were already 2 guitar players and a drummer. My best friend’s older brother taught me how to read tabs and taught me my first couple of songs to get me started. I didn’t actually get my first bass until I was 12 so if I wanted to play bass I had to go to my friend’s house, in the meantime I would practise on an old classical guitar we had in the house!

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

One foot in front of the other. I try not to think about an “ultimate aim” and rather set one goal and move towards it, once completed set a new one. At the moment the goal is to get the album out to as many people as humanly possible, after that who knows?

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

I’ve been playing in bands doing original material since I was 17, it’s not easy making that change from learning other people’s music to writing your own. I would liken it to when a child is learning how to talk, they start by imitating their parents and then the other kids around before they start to find their own voice.

  1. Who are your top three influences and why?

Influences are a strange thing. I can tell you straight off that my 3 biggest influences are John Paul Jones of Led Zeppelin, Flea from the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Billy Sheehan from Mr. Big. All 3 are exceptional world class bass players but their individual roles in their 3 bands are so different. I also don’t necessarily think that influences will always translate into the music you play, the 3 bands I’ve just mentioned probably wouldn’t who would spring to mind if you listened to The Irontown Diehards or even my bass playing. But they’re always the 3 I come back to and the ones who I’d most like to emulate.

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

That it’s awesome! Out of the 4 members of the band this is the first album I’ve been on. I’ve done Eps before but this is my first ever album and that feeling of all that effort and work to put in is such a satisfying thing when you get the end result and I honestly think that people are going to really enjoy it.

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

We’re all from Belfast, Northern Ireland. A wonderful city with a shall we say…..coloured past? Asides from that there are some legendary venues here, the Ulster Hall has so much musical history. It was there that Led Zeppelin first played Stairway to Heaven and Black Dog live. The city has a great pedigree in music not just rock but across all genres.

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

There’s quite a few! I’d like to give a shout out to our dear friend Steve Moore playing in Stormzone and Fireland who are just fantastic. The rest can speak for themselves!

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

Like us on facebook, follow us on twitter. Our videos are on youtube and the album will be available on iTunes, amazon and Spotify from 27th May!

Dallas Cosmas- Up close & Personal

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

I come from a musical family where the piano was central in the home and gatherings. I was immersed by classical, theatrical, radio-pop before I could string a sentence together. Music found me and took me away really.

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

Producing and publishing. To share my experience with other musicians and have that real exchange of ideas. A great song is the key that leads you through a door to another possibility.

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

The very first song I finished was with with a friend at school. We must have been 10. Much later I made a conscious decision to not to take the regular music study courses on offer. Let life lead me through song.

4. Who are your top three influences and why?

I’m not really into rating because I don’t see it like a competion. Do I say John Lennon for the fierce honesty? Kate Bush has maintained a singular vision. Should I mention Serge Gainsbourg for the breadth of musicality? We all know Joni Mitchell writes with amazing depth.Oh dear, that’s four!

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

My latest release, Farewell From The Lighthouse came about in the midst of some heavy personal losses. I’m grateful to be able to process the aftermath through music shared with some wonderful musicians. I’d like to think the result ultimately tleads you back to the lighthouse. The feature track is Things We Said.

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

I’m working with a production collective (Prototype Musique) based in Melbourne. Some like to think of it as the musical capital of Australia as many, many gravitate here. The live music scene here caters for bands all up & down the ladder of popularity. The biggest threat are building developers muscling in, wanting to turn every funky corner of the inner city into sterile apartment blocks. It seems to be a problem in many metropolis around the world these days.

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

A couple releases I’ve produced recently are Brother To The Birds – poetic & dream-like. At the other end of the spectrum isDoctor Keith Medicine Woman – highly visceral & instinctive stuff.

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

All the regular digital services; iTunes, Spotify, Amazon, etc. Links are available via our production label webpages;

An introduction to Andrea Di-Giovanni

How did you get your initial start in music?

It all started when I was very young, my first piano lesson was at 4yo. It developed into singing also around the age of 8 and then turned into my life around the age of 18. Moving to the UK was though probably what got me massively into performing live with a band and songwriting.

What would be your ultimate aim in the industry?

My aim is to help people who went through a very hard time in discovering and accepting themselves for who they really are. I hope that sharing my personal experience and what I’ve learned, can give relief and a friend that knows how it feels to be unaccepted and misunderstood.

How long have you been writing your own music?

I wrote my very first original when I was 16yo in Italian but the very first song I wrote in English is the second single and it happened 3 years ago. From there on I never stopped really.

Who are your top three influences and why?

I listen to all kind of music so it’s very hard for me to pick three but if I had to, they will surely be Sam Smith, Jess Glynne and Jessie J, each one of them for different reasons. I was very impressed by Sam’s lyrics and way of delivering his emotions, very raw and pure; the very 80’s background mixed up with nowadays electronic sounds it’s what I love about Jess Glynne and the incredible vocal technique and ability is what brought me close to Jessie J.

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

It’s my first single, something quite new from what I normally used to do. It will be followed up by a second single in June and then the EP in July. You’ll get to know very different angles of my soul and a very deep journey into some significant relationshipsI’ve been into in the past couple of years. I don’t wanna say too much as I don’t wanna ruin the surprise!

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

I’m based in London, in the Fulham area. Here’s it’s full of talented amazing singer/songwriters and it’s so inspiring. From metal to techno, singer/songwriters to powerhouse bands, you get a bite of everything really and it helps keeping your mind wide open.

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

Apart from me, I’d say Becky Arundel, INA SHAI and STORME.

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

You can hear more of me on my website (www.andreadigiovanni.it/en), my youtube channel (https://www.youtube.com/user/andreadigiovannioff) and my facebook artist page (http://facebook.com/andreadigiovannimusic).