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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:

Herrington Codner

Having impressed with urban reggae LP ‘Real’ earlier this year, Canada based singer-songwriter Herrington Codner returns this winter with single ‘Justice For Freedom’, which wil be released on November 25th.

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

I started in music when a scout type recruiting personal from the Ontario Conservatory of Music came to our home and my mother thought that is was a good idea for us ( my brother and I ) to take music lessons so that we could one day play for the church; my brother currently plays for the church, as for me I am still finding my way.

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

My ultimate aim is sky is the limit; realistics are to be recognized as a professional singer song writer and performer and literary scholar.

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

I have been writing music forever and a day; before I finished my first year of guitar lesson at the Conservatory I wrote a song and presented it to my music teacher, he said it was OK ; but that it sounded like something that was already being done; so from that day on until now I have tried to write and compose what I believe to be uniquely me.

4.      Who are your top three influences and why?

It is hard to say`; if who I like as musicians apply then I will say 1) Bob Marley because I can take his music anytime of the day; and before all the others he was first introduce to me musically. 2) would be Ludwig Beethoven; not only because he has the coolest name but also because of the depth of his music, its character and the passion that goes into the development of his music and the themes that it represent; and there is Michael Jackson; the artistry and grace that he expose in such dynamic performances and the control that expresses through his vocal delivery, I tip my hat to those three musicians.

 

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

My current release is for each individual to enjoy in their own special way; it gives you a rhythmic flux that is top end reggae twisted with my Ragwire flavor . In a nut shell it is saying be yourself through all your travels because justice is freedom and in order to have one you must have the other ; it is both the back and front door to love and peace. What else should we ask for ? If we have “ Justice for Freedom” then everything else should fall into place. 

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

I am based out of Brantford Ontario Canada; it is where the telephone was invented,also Home of Wayne Gretzky one of Hockey’s greats . The local scene is quite vibrant for a small town’ there are quite a few bands and singer songwriters that passes through; not excluding a three day Jazz fest along with other musical festival that happens every year. My favorite venue is Two Doors Down, it offers live music seven days a week; my next is Cat N Fiddle but it is in the distant neighboring  city of Hamilton Ontario.

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

Sharon Musgrave; Felicia Mcminn; Mark Wilson and the way it is;

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

www.codner.ca                                                                                                      

http://www.reverbnation.com/codner