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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.

 

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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”

Scarlett Baxter – New Single Backsliding, Out Now!

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Scarlett Baxter is an up and coming  Hip Hop artist and with the release of her new single Backsliding we thought we should meet up with Scarlett for a chat. Here is what she had to say:

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

 I have been into music all my life, my first love was when I was about 2 years old and I first started singing to Abba, I would sing every word from every song round the house, my mum was a massive fan and she was a singer to so I would just copy her.

I have been performing since I was very young, When I was 9 I started doing local stage productions because it was a chance to get on the stage and perform and I just got stuck in that side of performing and I trained in musical theatre up until I was 21, I still knew though that the music industry was where my main focus really was so it wasn’t until I graduated from Mountview which is where I trained in Musical theatre for 3 years that I realised it wasn’t what I wanted to do, I wanted to do music and perform as myself as an artist, So I started to mainly focus on being an artist in the music industry and that is absolutely what I want to do, I’ve been doing gigs all around London for over a year now and then started to write my own material with my guitarist who is also my co-writer.

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

My ultimate aim is to eventually one day be signed so I can be the artist I want to be, make the music that people want to hear and just perform and write every single day, It is my absolute dream to be able to do this every day of my life so my aim is to make that happen.

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

I was training all my life to be on the stage but I would still do all my pop stuff on the side, but whilst I was training your focus had to be on that because it was so intense, I knew that I would end up coming out of training not actually wanting to do what I initially trained for, but it all helps towards this too, it made me into more of a creative person, I began gigging when I left Mountview and it all fell into place, the music industry was what I wanted to and what I was going to do so I started writing with my guitarist, creating an individual sound.

4. Who are your top three influences and why?

I grew up listening to all the female divas, like Christina Aguilera, Lauryn Hill, Mariah Carey, Shania Twain I was really into the female power houses and I always wanted to be like them, I would pretend that I was them, Christina Aguilera and Lauryn Hill have the biggest impact on me, When I perform live I like to challenge my voice and play around with the vocal acrobats but my tone is very soulful, Lauryn Hill is an incredible songwriter whenever I listen to her I feel the most inspired and of course the amazing Whitney Houston she was a dream I love her for her insane voice, She was a true powerhouse.

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

My current release ‘Backsliding’ was so much fun to do, I got to write it with such amazing people, We created the song at producer John McLaughlins studio in Glasgow and created it with hugely talented writer and producers Jud Mahoney who has worked with Michael Jackson, Chris Brown, Mariah Carey and Dolly Parton to name a few! and Natalie DeLucia who is associated with Britney Spears, So it was very surreal and I cant wait to get back there to create more!

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

I am based in North London and have been here since I was 18 now, I live in Palmers Green and it is full of budding musicians and artists it’s amazing, It’s such a lovely community, Local bands and musicians run open mic nights and gig for other artists and we all help each other out. One of my favourite venues that I have gigged at has to be The Vibe Bar in Brick Lane, it is such a good venue and great a space and platform for artists its always really busy too with people always wanting to listen to music so it instantly creates that amazing atmosphere, I always love performing there.

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

There are so many amazing local talented people, Lester Clayton band, They are just fab, very different to what is out there today and also Freya Ridings who is a local girl who is also doing great with her music and she is a very lovely lady.

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

You can find me on Twitter @scarletbaxter

Facebook at: ScarletBaxtermusic

Soundcloud: Scarlet Baxter

and also on…

…my own website at: http:// www.scarletbaxter.co.uk 🙂

 

 

Coco De Paris – I Don’t Love You Anymore / Love Never Dies

Coco De ParisCoco De Paris is a pop singer songwriter looking to make an impact with upcoming debut single ‘I Don’t Love You Anymore’ and forthcoming EP ‘Love Never Dies’. Know her better…

 

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

 

It wasn’t simple. I didn’t grow up in a family of musicians or artists and I wasn’t supported  at this moment. I had to study and get a real job. My parents wanted me to be a Doctor, so I spent a lot of years trying to be “normal” until the desire of being who I really am, become stronger. I couldn’t find the inspiration I was looking for in France and after trying to form bands, meet wih producers etc..  I decided to come to London 6 years ago to follow my dream.  I always wanted to be a singer but I couldn’t face it.

London isn’t an easy market but the best in Europe to build your career.

I worked in different industries, learned English and I started to meet with musicians, to record music and performed in cafes and pubs while I was writting songs. I used my savings to record music. Then I got signed with a small management company,  they shelved me for 2 years, I left and now look at me, releasing my new single.  🙂

 

 

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

 

Can I have 2? 🙂

Firstly I would like to show that even with a strong accent you can make it in the Music Industry.  Determination, talent, passion etc.. don’t have a religion, color, gender, sexual orientation or even nationality. There are not enough non- English mother tongue speaking singers who succeed at a high level. Don’t get me wrong, I love the English language, and I also think that sonically the English language is probably the best for singing. That is why I came in London.

I sing in English but with my French accent. This is my identity . I would like to see more and more of this!

 

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

 

Everything started when I came in London about 6 years ago. After I started to get confortable in London, the inspiration came to me. So I would say that I write for 4 years only.  I didn’t know if it would come to me one day! 🙂

 

4. Who are your top three influences and why?

 

So many people influenced and influence me. So I guess I should give you the names of the ones that influenced me in my childhood:

1- Michael Jackson

I was in love with him! 🙂 I think I felt the same way as him: lonely, confused, unlovable and weird. I learned English by translating MJ’s Lyrics because I wanted to be closer to him, feel what he felt, love what he loved. This is how I got into music at the 1st place. So he is and will stay my biggest influence.

 

2- Madonna I loved her too so much. She was my role model. She opened doors for us women, telling us not to be afraid of who we are and encouraged us to have an opinion but also that it is ok to want something or someone etc.. LIFE. She was unafraid and that is what I admired her. She still is by the way!

 

3- Tina Turner Tina! Her voice and her story. There is this movie about her “Tina”, every single time I feel low I just watch it because it gives me strenght. She never stopped to believe. She is a fighter. I like to think that I am too. I really recommend this movie!

 

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

 

I want people to know that I am very proud of this song ” I don’t love you anymore” and that I am very sensitive about it as it is a real story and real emotion.

 

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

 

I am an East London girl! 🙂 I live in Walthamstow nearly since I moved in London! East London has a lot of known or upcoming artists. The area does a lot for artists so I feel lucky! There is a lot going on in Shoreditch for example.

My new favorite venue is Cre8  because this is a all in 1 venue:  there is a radio East London Radio (ELR) where I will record a live session on their Soundcheck show, on Saturday 4 Oct, they also organise gigs. This is a very nice place with a huge bar all in wood, a huge outdoor place that they also use to showcase new artists and there is an art gallery and more. It is called cre8 and it is located in Hckney Wick!

 

 

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

 

Tinchy Stryder is from east London, and I think that Katy B too?

As very young upcoming: Tarig Wooding. He has played Michael Jackson in Thriller Live

www.facebook.com/WoodingT

 

Ben River I think is lives around Islington

https://www.facebook.com/BenRivermusic

 

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

 

Follow me, like me, play me, see me live, check my youtube videos and you will discover my music and also you can get fresh updates about what I am up to.

Find me on:

www.soundcloud.com/coco_deparis

www.youtube.com/cocodeparisnow

www.facebook.com/cocodeparisnow

www.twitter.com/coco_deparis

www.cocodeparismusic.com