Tuesday, 19 April 2016

Raven Q&A

Your name:
Raven.
                                               
Where are you from?
There’s a myth that, centuries ago, the raven was once white. A fire broke out that threatened all of humanity, and the raven guided us to safety, protecting us from harm and showing us the path to the light. The soot and smoke from the fire left the raven black, however to this day the raven is still humanity's protector and keeper. 
Raven is that warrior inside you who gives you the strength to win your battles. She embodies the struggle of life and helps her followers endure the fight they must win in order to be themselves or to be accepted by others, be it psychological, emotional or spiritual. We are all in this together!

How would you describe your music?
Pop music with a spiritual edge, aka epic tribal victory anthems! I want people to listen to my music and feel strong and capable to tackle life head-on! Going back to musical roots and baring my soul, like people did in ancient times, triggers that in me. I like to incorporate tribal elements in the form of war drums, forgotten instruments, chants, anything that takes the collective memory back to the time of our ancestors when we first crawled out of the mud.

Who are your main influences musically?
Growing up, I surrounded myself with powerful women like Madonna, Annie Lennox (Eurythmics), Cher, ..they inspired me to be strong, sexy, elegant and extravagant!
I've always felt that once you know what you want, you can't stop until you have it, and these women truly embody this. Today I am also inspired by Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Beyonce,…

What do you hope to achieve in music?
I want to bring power back to the people! I want them to blast my music in the car or at home, if it helps them find the motivation to get over a breakup, to come out of the closet, to release their stresses so they can find peace within themselves...to face life head on and take no prisoners. I want to help make your life epic so you can truly live it, before it’s too late!

What has been the highlight of your career so far, and why?
The release of my debut single Fire Breathing Dragon. To me, it represents the first phase in the transition into the new age. Out with the old, in with the new. I wrote the song after a break-up that made me realise I had been held back for more than a decade. Something had to snap before I was able to move on and reclaim my dreams and purpose. The song has been featured on the radio in Belgium and Monaco, and the video has been viewed almost 20k times in a few weeks. I am building an army of Warriors, and I've never felt more alive.

And what’s the moment you want to forget?
There is nothing I want to forget. Everything in my life has made me who I am today and I am thankful for that. It has made me stronger, wiser, and will continue to do so, whatever I encounter. Take my advice: you can forgive, but never forget. 

If you had to pick just one of your songs to represent your music, what would it be and why?
Currently, my debut single Fire Breathing Dragon has been released and the follow-up "Phoenix" is on the way! A full length EP is to be released next year.

Where can we listen to it? 


Where can we find out more about your music?
You can follow me on all socials via the links on my website: www.KingdomOfRaven.com
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Anything else you’d like to say about your music that I forgot to ask?
The time is now to go after your dreams. The only one standing in the way is you! The moment has come to stand up and face your future.

Thursday, 14 April 2016

August Wells Q&A

Your name: 
Kenneth Griffin.

Where are you from? 
New York City.

Name of band: 
August Wells.

Who else is in your band?
John Rauchenberger.

How would you describe yourselves and your music?
Well that's for others to decide. It's been described to us as "other worldly chamber music, and a secret marriage between Willie Nelson and Lee Hazelwood, Frank Sinatra singing Lou Reed songs.

Who are your main influences musically?
It's hard to say. I find if you talk about your influences it effects people's ability to hear your music honestly and without prejudice. I love many many artists. I tend to stick around the greats like Nina Simone and Bill Withers, Dylan and Leonard Cohen, no true surprises, maybe my love of Sun Ra and John Coltrane might be less obvious.

What do you hope to achieve in music? 
To be as good an artist as I possibly can be, and to find my true voice, which sometimes seems like an endless search.

What has been the highlight of your career so far, and why?
Touring now, because the songs seem to be really coming alive for audiences, and the responses are intense. Playing Beacon theatre in New York last year was lovely. The protagonist in a hard boil mystery novel "Slaughters Hound" quotes my lyrics, and listens to my songs,seeing your name written in a novel is quite strange and fun.

And what’s the moment you want to forget?
Oh it all informs you of something, I have probably forgotten.

If you had to pick just one of your songs to represent your music, what would it be and why?
I suppose "Here in the Wild"  encompasses a lot of what we do, but you don't want one song to sum you up. Some are grand dramatic romantic gestures, others are much more intimate and lyrical.

Where can we listen to it?


Where can we find out more about your music?
Instagram: @AugustWellsBand

Anything else you’d like to say about your music that I forgot to ask?
 'Here In the Wild' is released in the UK on the 22nd of April. Visit the website for more.

Wednesday, 13 April 2016

PreCog Q&A

Your name: 
Jason Thomas.

Where are you from? 
I am from Louisville, KY. Gerald Josef is from Nashville, TN.

Name of band: 
PreCog.

Who else is in your band? 
Just Gerald and I, although we are looking to do some collaborations later this year though! 

How would you describe yourselves? 
We are a synthpop/darkwave duo with a moody orchestral edge. We have been described many times as a modern Depeche Mode, which is probably the best compliment I have ever received while alive on Earth.

Who are your main influences musically? 
That is a tough question, our music tastes and influences have a really broad spectrum.  However if I had to single it down to just a few key bands it would be bands like Depeche Mode, Massive Attack, OMD, Dan Black, Active Child, & Tori Amos.

What do you hope to achieve in music? 
Honestly just to make music that people enjoy, and be able to connect with others because of it. Hearing someone say they love your music or that it has moved them in some way is a huge thing.

What has been the highlight of your career so far, and why? 
We are a really new project (only three months old) so nothing huge has happened for us yet. As far as the coolest thing so far i would say all the lovely feedback from our fans. It really encourages us to keep on moving forward. 

And what’s the moment you want to forget? 
Nothing as of yet, but why would you want to forget anything. You wouldn't be able to grow as a band or a person in that matter if you just forgot the bad things in life/career.

If you had to pick just one of your songs to represent your music, what would it be and why? 
I would say Feast because it was the first song Gerald and I did for this project. It really captures all the feelings/vibes we wanted for PreCog. 

Where can we listen to it? 



Where can we find out more about your music?

Anything else you’d like to say about your band/music that I forgot to ask?
Just to give us a listen! We are starting live shows this year and plan to keep all our fans involved with all we do! Like currently we are working with our fans to make a music video starring our fans! So make sure to connect with us via Facebook or Twitter! 

Mothlight Q&A

Your name:
Matt. I do guitar and vocals.

Where are you from?
Los Angeles.

Name of band:
Mothlight.

Who else is in your band? 
Grant sings and plays keyboard and Andrew plays drums and other percussion.

How would you describe yourselves and your music?
I'd describe our music as a mix of indie rock and a 70s psychedelic film soundtrack. We try to make songs that are catchy and cinematic, so we use a lot of sounds that are warm and enveloping.

Who are your main influences musically?
I listen to a lot of both contemporary and old music. I'm constantly listening to a lot of older krautrock like Neu! and Can. For more modern stuff I dig Animal Collective, Broadcast, and Stereolab. I'm also super inspired by John Carpenter and David Lynch films. Basically anything that makes me feel like I'm in another world I can get super behind.

What do you hope to achieve in music?
It would be sweet to just make art and be able to get by. Mothlight is my passion and always will be regardless of my employment status, but if I could focus entirely on making songs and really making any kind of art without having to worry about holding a 9 to 5 job, that would be the dream. I guess that's every musician's dream. I'm also really interested in sound design and I studied film so I would love to work on some experimental film soundscapes some day.

What has been the highlight of your career so far, and why?
Releasing our first full length Calico is my favorite moment. We worked really hard for a long time on it and are super proud of it. We also learned what works in Mothlight and what doesn't work, especially in the recording process. It's allowed us to be better at writing together creating a more collaborative and thus stronger band dynamic. Everything really exciting is yet to come though.

And what’s the moment you want to forget?
I have played shows with a few too many chemical influences in my system, but I've found those instances to just be lessons in what my body and mind are capable (and more importantly not capable) of.

If you had to pick just one of your songs to represent your music, what would it be and why?
My favorite song that Mothlight has released thus far is Swim from Calico, but I'm far more excited for the new songs we are currently working on.

Where can we listen to it? 
Swim is available to stream on Soundcloud at https://soundcloud.com/mothlight/swim



Where can we find out more about your music? 

Anything else you’d like to say about your music that I forgot to ask?
We're currently recording and should have a lot of new material for the universe's ear drums this summer!! 

Saturday, 9 April 2016

Down In One Q&A

Your name: 
Gon, I'm the vocalist.

Where are you from? 
Nottingham, UK.

Name of band:
Down In One.

Who else is in your band?
There's Jonny on guitars, Rich on bass and Jimmy on the drums.

How would you describe yourselves?
We're whisky-fuelled, heavy-goddamned-metal baby!

Who are your main influences musically?
Our main influences are bands like Pantera, Mötley Crüe, Black Label Society, Metallica, Thin Lizzy, Black Sabbath and Mastodon. Old school riffage with modern brutality!

What do you hope to achieve in music?
World domination baby! But more seriously, we just want to make a career out of this. We've all got a massive passion for music and we just want to spread what we're all about anywhere we can.

What has been the highlight of your career so far, and why?
There's two highlights. The first would be the first time we played London. So we'd only been going for a few months and Jonny's mate Mags of Cairo Son invited us to come down and support them at the Big Red (which is a fantastic venue!). Man it was such a good day out! It was sunny and Rich's uncle, Big, kindly agreed to take us down in his badass Chevy V8 van. As soon as we hit London we made a beeline for the first rock bar we could find, then we pissed about in Camden getting steadily more drunk through the day and played the show in the evening. The crowd was huge and loving it!
The second highlight would have to be our first festival gig last summer. We were invited to play Rock and Bike Fest and boy were we excited! I can't even begin to tell you how much I was shitting myself before we went on. But I was fine as soon as I was on stage and we played a belting gig, again to a crowd who loved it! It was a weekend of booze, loud bikes and louder heavy metal, what more could we ask for? And it was amazing playing a huge festival stage, something we hope to do again this year!

And what’s the moment you want to forget?
I'd like to forget how monumentally hungover I was the day after our show at Rock and Bike Fest. Dear Christ was I hanging! There's been no major regrets so far though!

If you had to pick just one of your songs to represent your music, what would it be and why?
Hmm...now there's a hard choice. I'd have to go with Mad Gun, it's groovy, heavy and a song about drinking. Sums us up quite nicely!

Where can we listen to it?
We released the video on the 19th March! Check out our YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/user/downinoneband



Where can we find out more about your music?
You can find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/downinoneband
Instagram for photographic japery at www.instagram.com/downinoneband
And you can stream and buy our music at www.downinoneband.com

Anything else you’d like to say about your band/music that I forgot to ask?
Don't think I have anything else to say about us, but in general: drink booze liberally, fuck authority, listen to loud music and support your local scene!

The Roaring Trowmen Q&A

Your name:
Dave Partington.

Where are you from?
Born in Liverpool, but Bristol is my adopted home.

Name of band:
The Roaring Trowmen.

Who else is in your band?
Bryn Stephens, Chris Jarvis and Gwyn Wilkinson.

How would you describe yourselves and your music?
We are four hearty men who sing sea shanties and songs of the salty deep, with passion, energy, glorious harmonies and humour. 

Who are your main influences musically?
Stan Rogers, Fay Heald, The Young ‘Uns, The Wilson Family, Rolf Harris, and SO much more! 

What do you hope to achieve in music?
To just slightly re-define what people expect from a sea shanty group, to make it fun, irreverent, but bring in melting harmonies and define our own unique versions of traditional songs.

What has been the highlight of your career so far, and why?
Running a workshop at a men’s singing festival, teaching 50+ men to sing a sea shanty that I’ve only ever heard previously sung by four voices, then conducting them and hearing it sung back to me by 50 powerful pairs of lungs! Awesome.

And what’s the moment you want to forget?
The petty arguments due to division of admin work for the band. 

If you had to pick just one of your songs to represent your music, what would it be and why?
Our version of ‘South Australia’, because it’s so well known, but we put our own spin on it, fill it with ‘Trowmanisms’ and delivery it with power and energy.

Where can we listen to it?



Where can we find out more about your music?

Anything else you’d like to say about your music that I forgot to ask?
My history in singing is interesting. Started with family when I was three. Recorded a record with them when I was four. Sang with them, church choirs and school choirs till I was 15……  then had a 25-year break! Started again in 2002 with a 15-piece a cappella group, sang to a total in excess of 50,000 people over six years of gigs, joined another a cappella group in 2010, but only got into sea shanties in 2013. Now it’s all I do!

Tuesday, 22 March 2016

Samantha Scarlette Q&A

Your name: 
Samantha Scarlette.

Where are you from? New York City, New York.

How would you describe yourselves and your music? 
I describe myself and my music as soft grunge. Some 90s, some alt, some goth, it's a mix. 

Who are your main influences musically? 
I listen to a lot of 90s alternative and grunge bands, as well as some of the 80s new wave stuff and then the early-mid 2000s emo/pop rock stuff that was popular during my formative years.... So I guess I draw and take influence from all of those genres.

What do you hope to achieve in music? 
I'd like to take my music as far as I can and branch out with other ventures (such as what I'm doing now with my clothing line Mk-Ultra90 clothing) . Why set limits?

What has been the highlight of your career so far, and why?  
The process of recording and releasing music.. I love everything that goes into it; music videos, promotions, etc. I like being busy.

And what’s the moment you want to forget?
None that I care to share here. It would be nice to be able to go all Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind though.

If you had to pick just one of your songs to represent your music, what would it be and why?  
"These Violent Delights" because it's thus far the song I'm most proud of.




Where can we find out more about your music?
You can find my music on ALL major digital retailers and streaming services.. iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, Tidal, Google Play, Rhapsody, etc.
www.SamanthaScarlette.com
merch.SamanthaScarlette.com
iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/samantha-scarlette/id447101959
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/SammiScarlette
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/SamanthaScarlette
Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/SamanthaScarlette
Tumblr: http://www.samanthascarlette.tumblr.com
Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/SamanthaScarletteMusic
shop.MK-ULTRA90.com
http://www.instagram.com/MKUltra90Clothing

Anything else you’d like to say about your music that I forgot to ask?  
Thanks to everyone for the support & glad you're listening to my stuff! The new cd will be out later this year! <3


City Of Auburn Q&A

Your name: 
Michael Osborn.

Where are you from?: 
Plattsburgh, New York. Really upstate, basically the border of Canada. 

Name of band: 
City of Auburn.

Who else is in your band? 
James Motter (Drums), Luke Weeks (Bass), Jake Potter (Guitar) and Jordan Shepherd (Guitar). 

How would you describe yourselves?
We're probably the weirdest group of people. We're all really into different things and our dynamic is really complimented from that. All of us were great friends before the band came together and playing together is really just the greatest hangouts. We also really love memes.

Who are your main influences musically?
We're all into different types of music but we all have a great appreciation for alternative rock and that's kind of always been the genre we'd play. I love bands like Paramore, Falling Up, Subseven, Crooks UK, PVRIS, Being as an Ocean, the list goes on. 

What do you hope to achieve in music?
I love to dream, so If all my dreams came true I'd love to tour the world on an album that we make together, play Warped Tour, tour with our favorite bands, be one of those bands that can influence a whole generation of musicians in the same way that other bands have done for me. But for now, we're recording a new album and we are really concentrating on that right now. We're hopeful for the opportunities it can open up. 

What has been the highlight of your career so far, and why?
We are a really, really new band. We played our first round of shows at the beginning of this year, we made a little weekend tour out of it. We played through Denton, Houston, and San Antonio all in one weekend and that was seriously the greatest experience I've ever had in a band before. Waking up knowing that you get play music every night was the greatest feeling. I can't wait to hit the road again. 

And what’s the moment you want to forget?
Actually, there really has been nothing in my time in City of Auburn that has been regrettable, I'm having a blast. But I was in an older band for a long time and we tried to film a music video with some old friend of ours. We were in the middle of some god-forsaken wooded area in Texas and it was around 3am in the morning. There were spiders, there were snakes, and it was just horrible. The music video was actually never completed and never released. That was pretty much the most unenjoyable band experience. I have yet to go through something that tops that ha. 

If you had to pick just one of your songs to represent your music, what would it be and why?
I think I'm just going to with the single off our EP 'Soul Searcher', the song is called 'In Waiting' and I think it represents us our music really well because musically and lyrically, it introduces that drive the other songs have and it really opens up to that emotional output we want to portray. It give a great representation of what we can do and the EP just expands on that. I think we're going to have some really defining songs on this new album we're working on.

Where can we listen to it?



Where can we find out more about your music?
Instagram @cityofauburn

Anything else you’d like to say about your band/music that I forgot to ask?
Thank you so much for having us. Like us on Facebook! 

Froomador Q&A

Your name:
Ryan Froom.

Where are you from?
Orlando, Florida.

Name of band:
Froomador.

Who else is in your band?
I'm going solo for now but intend on blending with and putting together a fixed band in the near future.  

How would you describe yourselves?
I like spending time connecting with people but sometimes I just need to retreat to my own solitude to recharge. So I guess that makes me introverted. I find rest and peace in the outdoors and singing can almost be as cathartic as surfing. My soon-to-be released album Can't This Wait combines nylon-string flavoring with the electrical pulse of alternative indie rock. There is also a Latin element that pokes its head up in certain tracks.

Who are your main influences musically?
For me it's never easy to pin-point the exact influences I draw from but the ones that I am aware of are...  Antonio Carlos Jobim, Coldplay, Radiohead, The Beach Boys and, and my very own dad.      

What do you hope to achieve in music?
I hope to keep making records, learning about different approaches to writing songs, sharpening my stage act...but more importantly being a better listener to music, to people and their stories. So much of the music being consumed now is image driven.  Maybe a bit of a far-fetched of a guess but...I wonder if what we view first is starting to become more and more the REASON why we listen? As a result of being over drenched by videos I feel like I'm losing the skill of active listening - meaning listening with a sense of intention without distracting images. For me viewing images while listening to a song can be sensory overload thus disrupting and making it hard to really hear (and missing out on) the subtle nuances that lie deep within a sonic landscape.     

What has been the highlight of your career so far, and why?
The highlight came the day I decided to not be afraid of exposing my music.        

And what’s the moment you want to forget?
Wow, that's a tough one. I'm not asking for alzheimer's but sometimes I want to forget all moments. I think this comes from a longing to live solely in the present moment. On the other hand not to sound too cliche but they say that "we don't remember days we only remember moments". I'm grateful for all moments (or those that i remember at least) because I recognize that my "being" or who I am currently is merely a culmination of every moment leading up to this point and/or experience that has happened to me - good/bad/ugly/or sad. But to be frank I suppose I'd rather not remember the moment when I got struck by lightning during a thunderstorm.             

If you had to pick just one of your songs to represent your music, what would it be and why?
At the moment I would say, Solar Energy. It touches on some environmental issues and I feel like... lyrically...it's one of my stronger songs.       

Where can we listen to it? 

Where can we find out more about your music?
froomador.com  (official site)

Anything else you’d like to say about your band/music that I forgot to ask?
Please watch the music video single Solar Energy, which is out now. Oh yeah and...thanks for taking an interest in my music. Be well!  

Arcade Fortress Q&A

Your name: 
Gavin Connolly.

Where are you from?
London, United Kingdom.

Name of band:
Arcade Fortress.

Who is in your band?
Gavin Connolly: Vocals, guitar, colourful sock fancier.
Richard Fox: Lead guitar, artwork, Grant’s chauffer.
Bill Sim: Bass guitar, pizza acquisition.
Grant Salmon: Drums, pizza consumer, misplaced sense of entitlement.

How would you describe yourselves and your music?
Our band functions on a strict diet of beer and banter. A phenomenon we call ‘the shark tank’. No space for shrinking violets here. Underneath a veneer of general debauchery, there is a great deal of commitment that goes into creating music that we’d want to listen to ourselves. Every practice results in the beginnings of new material, as well as honing our existing set. We’ve been together since June 2015 and have around three albums worth of quality material, with more being added all the time.

Who are your main influences musically?
Musical influences across the band are varied and eclectic. We all love Foo Fighters and Biffy Clyro. I’m a Led Zeppelin fan. Richard likes Avenged Sevenfold. Bill is mildly obsessed with Metallica. Grant loves Abba and The Beatles. Varied, to say the least.

What do you hope to achieve in music?
I feel there’s space in the market for a new British rock band. We all have day jobs, but what we aspire to is to be paid to make music for a living. I realise nobody is going to hand us success on a plate, so we’re working hard to try and make that happen. It’s not enough just to have good songs these days, everything on social media has to be spot on too, so when we’re not performing, I’m usually making sure everything is kept up to date. On the music front, I try to write songs that stand the test of time, songs that I’d like to hear and buy myself. Some albums are simply timeless; I still listen to Physical Graffiti (Led Zeppelin), Dookie (Green Day) and Ten (Pearl Jam) regularly. I aspire to write albums of that calibre. My dream is to be standing on a festival stage with the crowd singing my lyrics back to me. That would be a major bucket list tick for sure.

What has been the highlight of your career so far, and why?
We’ve been lucky enough to play at some legendary venues such as The Dublin Castle (a past favourite of The Libertines & Amy Winehouse) and The Water Rats (where Bob Dylan played his first UK show, and Oasis made their London debut) but my best band moment so far was recording ‘Tinder’ at Ventura Soundhouse Studio. I was laying down one of the guitar tracks and had a moment where I realised we were creating something special. I may have had a small lump in my throat. In a very manly and rock ’n’ roll way of course.

And what’s the moment you want to forget?
On stage, at The Angel in Hayes. We’d just finished playing our last song ‘Overdrive’. Grant gets really excited during that one. At the very end he launched his drum sticks into the audience. One of them split a guys head open. There was a fair amount of blood. He’d had a good night though, so he was cool with it. We bought him a beer.

If you had to pick just one of your songs to represent your music, what would it be and why?
Tinder. It’s an anthem. I could imagine playing it on a festival stage.

Where can we listen to it?

Where can we find out more about your music?