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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

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Ornella Q&A

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

  • I was given an acoustic guitar when I was 6y/o & I tried to put on a concert in front of my first grade class. However I just bashed on the strings.
  • By the end of primary School (Year 6) I had formed a band with my bothers and we played at the farewell dance. (My uncle lent us the amps, so we were very loud).
  • Later in life, my brothers & I performed a lot around the East Coast of Australia, from Sydney, down to Melbourne all the way up to Brisbane and back again every summer.

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

  • We are not greedy, we would like to be finically secure and continue to perform Live to appreciative audiences.
  • I think it would be great to start a ‘Scene’ that could help foster new bands/talent and give them some real alternative paths to a career in music other than ‘Idol’ or ‘The Voice’.

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

  • I wrote my first serious song way back in 1989. I was very young. By the end of High-School I knew my way around a riff or two and a 4 chord song.

4. Who are your top three influences and why?

  • Led Zeppelin:  as a guitarist/song writer. I love the riffs & the way they ‘borrowed’ from their major influences whilst bringing something new to the table.
  • The Baby Animals:  Well crafted catchy rock/pop with a foxy front women.
  • Queens Of The Stone Age:  in particular the Album ‘Songs For The Deaf’, that album displays some extraordinary Rock’n’Roll and dark disturbing Pop. All three of those groups have influenced me heavily. Currently Philip Sayce’s  album ‘Influence’  is really ‘doing it’ for me. However every time I switch on the radio I am influenced in some way either for good or for bad.

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

  • Our E.p, will be released on Saturday 4th of July. The Launch party will be on a boat on the River Seine in Paris @ ‘La Dame De Canton’.
  • We are super pleased with this recording. We called in some favours from some very special people. The E.P was recorded in Paris byFrançois Ageorges, mixed in Perth, Australia by the amazing Eddie Parise  and is currently being mastered in the U.S by the greatPatrick Klem  mastering master.

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

  • I am from Sydney Australia, the other 3 in the band are from France. We all live in Paris & love to play to a sweaty semi-drunk crowd at ‘Le Bus Palladium’ in Paris. French audiences are rather receptive to good pumping live music and there is a good ‘Rock’ scene here in Paris France.

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

Two groups come to mind off the bat.

‘Lloyd Project’  

‘The Airplane’.

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

  • You can follow ‘ORNELLA’ via all main the social media links listed below and check out the single “Set Me Free” on the ‘Soundcloud’ link below as well.

https://www.reverbnation.com/ornella3

https://soundcloud.com/ornella-8

https://www.facebook.com/OrnellaMusic

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2Nice Q&A

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How did you get your initial start in music?

  • 2Nice singer/rapper from London I started my musical career at the tender age of 12. Working at local recording studios and was schooled by my Father, As well as UK Reggae legends.

What would be your ultimate aim in the industry?

  • My ultimate aim would be to set up my own 2NICE peforming arts academy, helping out the unfourtunate youth all over the UK.

How long have you been writing your own music?

  • I’ve been writing my own songs for over 20 years now.

Who are your top three influences and why?

  • My top three influences are my “Rastafari”way of life, My Father Alvin Blair (R.I.P) and My 13 year old Daughter Asha Blair.

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

  • wrote the song “Sunlight” to act as a daily booster to bring up your self esteem and be an uplifter. I hate seeing others sad!.

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

  • I’m based in South London, One of my favourite venues has to be Brixton 02 Acamdemy.

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

  • Another artist I can say to look out for right now is UK Rapper Jay Chambers, Such a brilliant positive message!.

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All This Noise Interview with James and Alan

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How did you get your initial start in music?

  • Same way as many people. Buying guitars when we were teenagers.

What would be your ultimate aim in the industry?

  • To keep on pushing ourselves to produce the very best music we are capable of. In real terms that means we’ll need a fair amount of time and money, which means other people will have to like it too. Though the signs are good so far.

How long have you been writing your own music?

  • We’ve been writing songs together for about three years.

Who are your top three influences and why?

  • Radiohead: Incredible sound, always trying to do something new, seamless fusion of electronic and analog sounds. Everything that we aspire to.
  • David Bowie: Pretty much all the same as above but doing it since the 60s.
  • Daphni: Pushing the boundaries of electronic music to new levels

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

  • It’s our very first single and there are many more in the pipeline.

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

  • We are based in West London. We’ve just played the Mau Mau bar in Portobello which is always great fun and has a good crowd.

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

  • Baxter Dury and Wolf Alice rehearse in the same place we do. They’re both great artists and nice people

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Sandy Kilpatrick Q&A

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How did you get your initial start in music?

  • I suppose there have been many starts. My godmother gave me a broken acoustic guitar when I was about 6 that stayed in my wardrobe for years. I never really understood where that came from actually. My first real guitar came along for my 21st birthday – as a present from my parents, just in time for starting college in Birmingham. I learnt to play Ye Jacobites on the train to see Scotland play in the World Cup in Italy in 1990. I wrote my first ropey song in 91, although it was good enough to be invited to play in a covers band at University called Sexual Disneyland – my song was the only original composition, but it was a blast – there were 9 of us, so it was ramshackle fun. It was that experience that made me want to make music my life, so I moved to Manchester and eventually ended up releasing my first single, Sleepwalking, in the year 2000, and built up a lovely network of artists and friends.

What would be your ultimate aim in the industry?

  • To be remembered as a true and committed artist that loved, and served, music all his life.

How long have you been writing your own music?

  • I started writing poetry about the age of 11, the first was an anti-Thatcher poem rejecting  nuclear weapons:
  • Ronald Reagan makes a bomb/And Margaret Thatcher takes it/She doesn’t want it in her home/So finds somewhere to place it.
  • It’s not rocket science but it was a start, although the songs only came along much later, driven by a more poetic sensibility (my political conscience has never been reflected as clearly as back then). I suppose it’s going on twenty five years of songwriting and I still feel like an apprentice, stumbling across beautiful jewels every now and then.

Who are your top three influences and why?

  • This is a desert Island discs kind of question, but the truth is I have loved so much different music throughout my life, from Mozart’s Requiem to The Doors, Nick Cave, Bowie and Lou Reed, The Jesus and Mary Chain, Feist and Chirgilchin. But Van Morrison’s Astral Weeks entered my life at just the right time. I had just come back to Scotland after having a wild time for a few months in London, aged 18, and I was trying to settle into life, to find a place for myself. It would took 2 more years for that to happen, when I went to study at Fircroft College of Adult Education in Birmingham, but I drifted in those years, somewhat lost, and found spiritual replenishment in the songs on Astral Weeks. It was my companion, a magical, mystical document that still has the power to transport and transcend today. I love Leonard Cohen because of the poetic investigations he has into the nature of love and relationships. He was often depicted as gloomy by the media but his album of 1985, I’m Your Man, brought out his wit to the forefront and it was a turning point musically. I went to see him play a few years ago in Lisbon, it was like a secular Mass – the public gave him a 5 minute standing ovation before he even started the show. It was an amazing show too. I also love Patti Smith. I had the great luck to meet her briefly in 1999 when I was living in Manchester. She came to launch a book and gave a breathtaking concert in the Dancehouse Theatre, just her singing and reciting poems with Oliver Ray on the guitar. She really woke me up to the power of the spoken word, but I was also inspired by the way that she incorporated her love for her family and friends into her working life.

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

  • It was a very private, secretive experience writing the album. I was working on a big project, 3 albums crossing three countries, with a lot of logistics. I was cautious that the project might not go ahead; these big institutional things are unpredictable to say the least, so I set aside the title, The Shaman’s Call, and the songs, as a private, personal kind of work in progress, a diary even. My idea was to work and explore freely, and that some of the songs could be set aside for one of the three albums if the project went ahead. It was a way to protect myself and the songs really. It gradually became clear that the album was growing into something of its own, in a very organic way. It’s almost like it chose its own path – which is cool, it appeals to my lazy side.

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

  • At the moment I am based in the North of Portugal, in a small town called Famalicão, near Porto. We have a couple of venues here, a cool underground rock club called CRU, which puts on small emerging bands, and a bigger venue, Casa Das Artes, a municipal theatre, that has an auditorium with a capacity for 500 people. I love it there, it’s a real community place, that serves the schools, and local theatre and dance groups, as well as putting on big international acts. I have seen Antony and The Johnsons there, The Dresden Dolls, Rufus Wainwright, John Cale, Peter Hook came with his band last year. So it’s a broad ranging place; I’ve played there many times, and I’ve always felt very welcome there.

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

  • The Legendary Tigerman is a great one man band, a guy I admire because he is constantly touring and working with dedication to his craft, Noiserv is another solo artist who has a kind of home-made aesthetic and builds up lovely little melodic  loops, sometimes with acoustic guitar and a soft sweet voice – a bit like Andrew Bird. Another rockier project I think is great is Linda Martini. I saw them a couple of years ago at a festival called Paredes da Coura up here in the North – on the bill with Arcade Fire and The Pixies. They gave everything to the performance; you can clearly see that they are the real deal.

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Anthony Tullo Interview

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How did you get your initial start in music?

  • I got my initial start in music very early in life, when I realized I had a God given talent for it.

What would be your ultimate aim in the industry?

  • My ultimate aim is heavy rotation on national radio followed by a solid great deal with a major label in the UK in conjunction with a European and North American tour.

How long have you been writing your own music?

  • I have been writing my own music since I was a teenager.

Who are your top three influences and why?

  • My top three influences in music would be Bryan Adams, U2 and Bruce Springsteen. Bryan for his incredible melodies in his song writing, rock or ballad, and his style on stage along with his unique incredible vocals. Bruce  for his tremendous ability to hold a crowd at his attention on stage and his incredible ability in his lyrics of his songs. U2 for the combination of the edge and his riffs on guitar and that outstanding tenor voice of Bono along with the very deep messages in some of his songs.

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

  • My current release is personal to me for one thing and deals with a very serious subject matter that is still a mystery to medical experts and therapists, however as serious as it gets. Borderline is a mental condition that causes emotional devastating harm not only to the individual who has it, but to all those involved with the individual.

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

  • I am based out of Ontario Canada. The best venue to play in my area in my opinion is the Air Canada Center which holds 15 to 20 thousand seats. Although small then the Rogers Centre by half the size, the Air Canada Center is massive in size yet makes you feel very personal with the act who is playing that night. Unlike the Rogers Center, where you feel almost miles away from the action.

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

  • I will recommend myself because there is no one else who embracing the Americana southern rock country style in my area. I would say ex-rocker now country rock artist Dallas Smith is the closest thing to what I’m doing.

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Yeti Love Q&A

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How did you get your initial start in music?

  •  I started at 16 as a drummer in a metal band. We did alright. Toured all over Europe and the UK. Got to play the Astoria in London (RIP). Released a few albums. Did radio. It was fun. 

What would be your ultimate aim in the industry?

  • To be able to keep doing the music that I like and intrigues me, for as long as I can. Hopefully have people enjoy it with me too.

How long have you been writing your own music?

  • I’ve been writing music in bands and as a collective since I was about 16, but actually writing my own stuff that mine about 3 years.

Who are your top three influences and why?

  • I’m guessing you mean musically… Well John Bonham was a huge influence to me drumming. I loved the way he could just hold a grove and make it so powerful. Also how dynamic he was with the rest of the band. Tool are another huge influence. They can hypnotise you with their intricate rhythms and imagery. My favourite band growing up was Faith No More. I guess they would have shaped a lot of my musical taste. I still listen to them on a regular basis.

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

  • Just that its out there and you can get it from our website or iTunes, Amazon. What ever place you want. 

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

  • We’re based in Croydon, South London. There’s a lot of different stuff there. Lots of great bands and solo acts. We’re going to be putting on a night at a venue called Matthews Yard there soon. The night will be called The Airballoon. 

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

  • Junk Yard Quire we like them. Also The Frisbys. Wake are great, and Pyramid Ship. There’s loads!

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