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Halo

 

halo 6a1. How did you get your initial start in music?

I used to go to the studio with my friends just to hang out while they were doing their thing, i got the bug from just always being in that environment with people creating music, it looked fun and it turned out to be just that

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

To be performing at the biggest venues all over the world and writing for the biggest artists in the world too.

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

I write all my own music, so around 6 to 7 years

4. Who are your top three influences and why?

In no order

Jay Z – coming from the bottom and achieving all he has as a business man

Timbaland – continuously maintaining a high standard of music and pushing boundaries for so long and he’s still popping

Ryan Tedder – he’s a beast as a songwriter

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

Its lifestyle music, its music that you can play at anytime and it’ll make you feel some type of way….and you’ll wanna hear it over and over again….so go and listen to it, buy it and let everybody know about it

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

I’m currently based in London, the London scene is amazing because you have so many variety of cultures and music, you’ll never get bored and you’ll always find something fresh….Brixton O2 Academy because it was the first stage that i ever performed on as a proper artist

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

Oh wow, way too many…eerrrmmm wretch 32

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

I’m on instagram, twitter, facebook just search for itshalomusic and you can also hop on my website www.itshalomusic.com

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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.

 

Jesse Lowes – ‘Only One’

Jesse Lowes is a very talented artist that we have previously had on the blog.

She is back again and ready to release her new single ‘Only One’.

Check it out here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CMKZJXcpSjs

‘Only One’ is out November 28th.

True to Lowes style of raw and emotive lyrics, the new track explores the heartbreak of losing someone you love, in an honest and heartfelt manner.

Recent years have also been tough on Lowes as she lost her mother of whom she was very close with and has suffered the agony of a marital breakup. The talented Lowes transforms the pain of these torturing times into beautifully moving music that speaks directly from her heart to the audience.

An ex-cage fighter and club level rugby player, Lowes’ masculine background contrasts her delicate lyrics and soulful delivery. Lowes music delves into the depths of human emotion and beautifully expresses the pain and beauty of life.

More from Jesse Lowes here:

Website: http://jessielowes.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Jessie-Lowes/166706493351429

Soundcloud https://soundcloud.com/jessie-lowes83

 

Lydia Kakabadse

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

By having my works performed by amateur chamber groups, singers and orchestras.

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

To be more widely known

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

Since the age of 13

  1. Who are your top three influences and why?

My music is mainly influenced by mediaeval music; nineteenth century music and Middle Eastern music

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

Of the 5 pieces on this release, I wrote the Latin words for The Phantom Listeners and the English text for The Mermaid; I wrote The Song of the Shirt when I was 15; the 2 string quartets – Arabian Rhapsody Suite and Russian Tableaux – are written for violin, viola, cello and double bass (rather than the traditional 2 violins, viola and cello)

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

www.lydiakakabadse.com click on “Discography” and scroll down and click on “Presto Classical” and then click on “listen”

Vie Watson

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

My initial influences came from home, my mother has a tremendous alto voice; hearing her dulcet tones ring out in the choir or church service served as a personal inspiration. This was nurtured in my local church, where I sang in the youth gospel choir and began to sing solo. I was particularly ‘tickled’ by musical challenges such as “only singing in harmony to every advert you heard on TV and radio” –  it was great aural training. My initial technical training came whilst taking classical singing lessons whilst at Grammar school. I had a wonderful music teacher who ‘exposed’ me to a range of composers, from Messiaen to Mozart.

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

I’d love to be a successful recording gospel artist, both at home and abroad. My dream is to one day perform gospel with the Philharmonic orchestra, providing a quality performance with a valuable message.

3. How long have you been writing your?

Although I haven’t yet written my own material, I really enjoy arranging songs and delivering a new flavour to a well known pieces. This gives me the opportunity to fuse classical and gospel influences. However, songwriting is something I’m keen to develop further.

4. Who are your top three influences and why?

At the heart of who I sing about is and will always be Jesus. The message of His love, sacrifice, hope and destiny are echoed in my life and what I sing.

Musically? Oooooh is almost impossible to limit it to only three influences. My musical influences lie in artists from CeCe Winans, Lalah Hathaway, Israel Houghton, Mahalia Jackson through to bands like The Commisioned. I love that their music is more than ‘just a sound’; they sing/sang based on a purpose driven life. For example, I love the elegance of the ‘First Lady of Jazz’, Ella Fitzgerald. I equally love the harmonic density found in pieces by Karl Jenkins and John Rutter. If I only had to list three influences it would be Yolanda Adams, Karl Jenkins and Walter Hawkins.

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

(If it’s in relation to the videos….)

His eye is on the sparrow – It’s one of my favourite gospel hymns. Such a powerful, yet comforting message to know that the Creator of the universe is concerned about me – how great to know that I ‘matter’!

The theme of the song is inspired by the words of Jesus in the Gospel of Matthew in the Bible: “Look at the birds of the air; they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?” (Matthew 6:26) and “Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? and one of them shall not fall on the ground without your Father. But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear ye not therefore, ye are of more value than many sparrows” (Matthew 10:29-31).

I love the bright hopefulness Civilla Martin, the composer,witnessed amidst a desperate situation. He witnessed a ‘simple expression of boundless faith’; I felt compelled to share this, as a constant reminder of God’s faithfulness and grace. I’ve been particularly touched by individuals involved with the armed forces as they expressed how much solace they found in my recording.

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

I’m based in the Midlands. For several years I’ve enjoyed performing at a wonderful range of venues, predominantly at weddings – from the romantic to the lavish. Amongst my favourites are the stunning Birtsmorton Court, Kilworth House and Eastnor Castle.

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

Most folks will know about the fabulous Beverley Knight and the excellent Laura Mvula, but I’m also really excited about the sounds of worship artists in the midlands, like King’s Ministries and Ryan Baker-Barnes.

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

Readers can

visit: www.seevie.co.uk

follow me on twitter: @viewatson

listen in on Soundcloud: soundcloud.com/vie-watson

check out:  my YouTube channel

Alternatively, readers can like my Facebook page; just search for Vie Watson

McLean – ‘Does It Hurt’

McLean is an award winning British singer-songwriter, returning with his sensational new single ‘Does It Hurt’!

Mclean3SMALL1. How did you get your initial start in music?  

Music runs in my family, my dad John McLean is a reggae singer and his brothers were in bands and I heard my dad on radio and was inspired by it.

 

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

Be successful, sell lots of records, perform all over the world and keep doing it for a long time.

 

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

Since I was 7 years old

 

4. Who are your top three influences and why?

1) Michael Jackson

2) R Kelly

3) Otis Redding – people that I grew up listening to and would try to sing like

 

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

Produced by TMS, mixed & mastered by Steve Orchard – it’s out on the 18th November

 

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

Essex – no real local music scene – but favourite place is NuBar

 

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

Devlin

 

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

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mcleanofficial

Twitter: https://twitter.com/McLeanArtist

YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/McLeanofficial?feature=watch

SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/mclean-music