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An interview with electro-pop film scorer Voldo Blanka

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How did you get your initial start in music?

I’ve been playing music since I was in diapers, and playing in bands since I had terribly filthy long dyed black hair in jr. high, but it wasn’t till later I knew this would be what I was going to do with my life.

I went to coachella alone in 2007. First time I’d ever been to a festival like that. Rage Against the Machine reunited and I really dug into electronic music. From that day I knew there was ONLY one thing I’d do with my life. And that is to make records and play live.

I had a few projects on the go but the one that broke was my last band Head of the Herd. We were the first band in our country to have a #1 song without a label and that taught me everything I know making the music YOU want to make, and standing by that.

 

What would be your ultimate aim in the industry?

I love making records, touring, and writing film scores. So every record I make, gig I play, and film I compose for, I’m getting closer to the place I want to be

 

How long have you been writing your own music?

I reckon I wrote my first song at about 12. A switch flipped in my head and I became OBSESSED with music. I would play till I fell asleep with my guitar in my hands, and spent all day at school talking shit about this band, that band, this instrument, that producer. Since then I’ve never suffered from not knowing what to do with my time. Every moment then went towards being the best artist I could be.

 

Who are your top three influences and why?

This question is impossible! But a few people have always astounded me with fearlessness and creativity. Nina Simone…my favourite vocalist ever. And I don’t just throw that around. Listen to the live version of “funkier than a mosquito’s tweeter” and you’ll know why.

Tarantino. You don’t need your musical influences to be musicians. It’s about making your own rules and creating what you want to create regardless of all the voices in your ear. You can learn a lot from his take on dialogue.

Josh Homme. Has there ever been a cooler motherfucker than this. Making the darkest, prettiest music I’ve ever heard in my life.

Seriously this question is killing me… Ray Charles, Damon Albarn, Dangermouse, Zeppelin, its endless. Let’s crush a casual dozen beers together and we can really dig in.

 

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

Making ‘nuns enjoy a madman’ was about creative freedom. About making movie moments and tapping into subtle, and not so subtle, mood manipulation.

I came from a touring rock band that made records all over the world, to shutting the door and locking myself in a dark room to see where I could get with just my imagination and a fuckload of instruments.

It was scary and fun, but more scary than fun. And I like that.

 

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

I’m currently based in Vancouver on the West Coast of Canada. The commodore is one of the best rooms I’ve played in my life. Gaddam do I love that place.

 

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

Plasteroid is a new band from here that are a must listen to. Fucking aces.

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

Go to www.voldoblanka.com to hear the record and sign up for the email list. But first, add Voldo Blanka on fb and Instagram. That’s where I do most of my updates.

You guys are the best, thanks for listening.

Soundcloud: https://tinyurl.com/yczk5ewq

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/voldoblanka/?hc_ref=SEARCH&fref=nf

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/voldoblanka/?hl=en

 

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!

Getting to Know NYC R0ckers ‘Newborn’

How did you get your initial start in music?

Eric and I had been jamming on two guitars since we were in our early teens. We always wanted to start a band but only did so after college. We found a local bass player and a drummer and played our first gig at The Delancey in NYC to a total of 2 people: the bartender and the sound guy. It was pretty funny because we played Metallica’s 8 minute epic “Orion” to an empty room. We had a blast.

 

What would be your ultimate aim in the industry?

To help bring back great rock music and great music in general. To hopefully one day change the industry and make it better. There’s a lot of cookie-cutter garbage in mainstream music today and the standards have hit an all time low. It’s not just bad music, it’s a degradation to society. If we can somehow help in changing that then that would be the ultimate aim.

How long have you been writing your own music?

Probably since the high school days, however I think the last two years have been the most the most lucrative time for us song writing wise.

Who are your top three influences and why?

It’s so hard to narrow it down to three but I think Metallica would be a big one. Those guys are the reason we formed a band in the first place. A lot of our hard stuff is inspired by them, especially the songs from our previous EP, Broken Virgo. They were the band who gave us big dreams.

Another band that heavily influenced us is Muse. They just blew our minds completely when we first heard their music. Our music is so eclectic and falls into many genres. We never knew if it was possible to proceed like that. Muse sort of gave us the go ahead because their music ranges from hard rock to soft ballads to opera to electronic and much, much more. They also inspired us to get way more creative with our sound and how we approach our live performance. They are the reason we decided to try it out as a three piece band.

The 3rd band would be Nirvana. They really show how important it is to stay true to the music and that’s always what we’ve been about. It’s also their attitude and energy that really inspires us. Nirvana’s music has definitely hit the rebellious side of us, the side doesn’t always follow the rules. Speaking of not following the rules, the 4th band would be Pink Floyd. The guitar solo is a big component of our music and is largely due to David Gilmour. He is my biggest inspiration as a guitar player.  He made me fall in love with melodic guitar solos and inspired the way I write and play them. Pink Floyd was actually one of the first bands I listened to growing up. Their music just completely put me in a state of magic. It hugged me. I didn’t know music could do that at the time.

 

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

It’s a perfect representation of who we are as a band. I really think all 5 songs could have been released as singles on their own. We are just incredibly proud of the quality of songs and have been blessed to work with a great producer/ sound engineer (Mike Wuerth) and a great studio in NYC called Threshold Studios.

 

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

We are based out of Coney Island in Brooklyn, NY. The NYC music scene is very diverse. I think there definitely is a good underground rock scene going on for sure. Our last show was at Gramercy Theatre and we absolutely loved it! It’s a big venue with an amazing sound. Another favorite of ours is Mercury Lounge in the lower east side. We play there quite a lot.

 

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

-There’s another three piece band called Courtesy Tier who we’ve shared a few bills with. They’ve got some cool tunes and are very down to earth. Fans of the Black Keys would really like them I feel. There’s also another good band called L Train. They’re led by an awesome female singer named Crystalla who was on American Idol.

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

Facebook

http://www.newbornband.com/

Instagram: @ _Newborn

YouTube: Youtube

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/newborn/id954071672

Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/newborn-6

Up close & Personal with The Breaking Pattern

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

I picked up the guitar at age 12 when I was moving from GA to TN, music quickly became my identity. When I moved to AZ at the age of 15 I started going to local shows and falling in love with DIY indie and emo bands. Been hooked ever since!

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

Outsell Coldplay! Just kidding. While financial stability is always desirable we are not truly after fame. We want people to connect with our music, our words, our messages, themes and ideas. We want to be a higher art that can speak for an entire group of people who are having a hard time articulating their thoughts and emotion. Those connections are what we strive for so that we can ultimately have  a positive influence and contribution to our generations culture.

 

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

I actually never had any guitar instructors or vocal teachers, I was all self-taught. Because of it, I’m awful at covers… so essentially the day I first plucked a guitar (age 12) I started writing my own music.

  1. Who are your top three influences and why?

People, local music, poetry. Other people give me access to new stories and experiences. Great art shares sublime experiences, so those fresh perspectives on love, loss and all the above are absolutely essential in everything we write. Local music is the next biggest influence. We try hard not to play whatever the popular flavor of the day might be, but rather follow what comes natural to us. Local music is what we have been exposed too, and with all the other brave artists out there in AZ experimenting with new sounds, we get to take the parts we love and substitute our own ideas as well. Poetry is my third biggest influence. I went to school and have a degree in poetry. But more than that, poetry is a minimalistic art that breeds magic. Magic and spells are always portrayed as words are they not?? So why not consume the works of greats, up n comers, and your friends. You’ll never know what word may inject caffeine into your soul. One perfect word is all I need to build a song.

 

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

The album is somewhat of a break-up album, chronicling the various stages of a doomed relationship from the moments leading up to the split until the resolution and recovery. I say “somewhat” because it is not a concept album. The songs do not tell one specific story, but are a compilation of personal experience and the stories I’ve witnessed from friends who had their own hearts disintegrated into red dust.

 

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

Phoenix Arizona. Our music scene is fantastic and absolutely on the rise. We have veterans like The Maine and Jimmy Eat World still hanging around and several locals on the rise getting signed and doing full US tours. Arizona is such a creative state and the fans are super passionate and supportive, we wouldn’t want to call any other place home!

 

 

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

Whew, there’s a lot. Unfortunately there’s too many and I don’t want to start any political drama by leaving anyone out, so I’m going to have to humbly leave you in the dark with this question. But wander over to our Instagram or Twitter, we try to promote at least one local band a week!

 

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

Twitter and Snapchat at TheBreakPattern. But our favorite is Instagram at TheBreakingPattern. You can send us messages or comments all day and we’ll always get back to you!

 

Interview with Pink Fireball

 

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

Thomas Nowak (vocals and guitar) : When I was about 7/8 years old I heard « Satisfaction » by the Rolling Stones. When I understood that sound was made by using a guitar, I started using a tennis racket for a few years (which at the time was much cooler than playing « air guitar ») until I got my mum to buy me a cheap « classical » nylon string guitar after a few years, which didn’t help at all to play much rock n roll, but it was a start …

 

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

To be able to record and release one album every year or so, make great videos for it, and play some great big shows like Peter Gabriel or David Bowie … But right now if I could just quit my day job to make music, that would be pretty great already !

 

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

When I was about 18 years I wrote an incredibly cheesy song called « woman from the abbys » for a summer school program I did at LIPA (Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts). Based on a true story about a Brazilian waitress I had some ‘misfortunes’ with. I guess the music which was something between « enter sandman » (Metallica) and « Sunshine of Your Love » (Cream), wasn’t so bad because people really cheered to it when I sang it at the Paul McCartney Auditorium.

I have been writing tunes ever since. Hopefully they got a little better after a while.

 

  1. Who are your top three influences and why?

Jimi Hendrix : not only for his guitar playing obviously, but also for songwriting and the incredible sonic experimentations he did both in the studio and live. He was constantly innovating in everything he did, it seems.

Motörhead : Lemmy is one of my heroes and inspirations for many reasons. He was the ultimate rock n roller, unique, rebellious, uncompromising, lyrics-wise definitely an influence as well … One can only admire the band’s incredibly prolific carrer. Incidentally Fast Eddie Clark is one of my favorite guitar players.

The Beatles : For their genius and artistic freedom… They were also the prophets of the 20th century, and with all that’s happening in the world right now, we definitely miss someone like John Lennon, speaking for peace and for the people !

 

These are some of my influences, but my bandmates would tell things like : Nine Inch Nails, Joy Division, Interpol, Mike Patton, King Crimson, Tame Impala, etc. I guess I am the « retro » guy in the band.

 

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

The video for our first single « Turn Around »  is now available on youtube. On May 6th, this song will be released on all top download and streaming sites, along with its B-side track called « First Class» which will also have a video for it released then. Both songs, will be available soon as a limited edition 7 inch vinyl record. The release date for our first album which will be called « Fine Rock N’ Roll Music » will be announced soon.

 

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

The band is based in Paris, but we’re currently recording our album at NPM studios in London. We are waiting its completion by the end of Spring to start playing shows in both cities, so we don’t have a favorite venue yet.

 

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

I like a band from the Paris area called Barrakuda, they’re straight in your face rock n roll, with a punk attitude. They have some great songs, that should be out soon, I hope.

 

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

We are very active on Facebook and twitter, so that’s the best way to follow us right now. We have a tumblr, and you can also subscribe to our youtube, and streaming sites pages. Thanks for the support ! 

 

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

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.