Tuesday, 9 February 2016

Origin-X Q&A

Your name:
X.

Where are you from?
We love to say we come from hell!

Name of band
Origin-X.

Who else is in your band?
Y (yes, we're X & Y!)

How would you describe yourselves and your music?
I would describe our music as synthpop darkwave. It has a dark atmosphere with electro sounds. But our songs are also pop, as they have melodies and the classic "verse-chorus" format. The dark atmosphere is a big part of Origin-X's identity, as you can see from our videos or CD sleeves. Regarding us, we don't really like to show off. We are an anonymous band, as we won't reveal our true identity.

Who are your main influences musically?
I've always been a big fan of Radiohead. Their more experimental stuff with electro sounds inspired me, though our sounds are not very similar. But I really began making electro music after "meeting" virtually a musician called damian daviid, with whom I've collaborated. His music is an inspiration for me and I'm also influenced by bands like Ladytron, Depeche Mode or Joy Division.

What do you hope to achieve in music?
At the moment, we take things step by step. First, we'd like to complete our album! But as many musicians, we'd like to take it a step further and to have more people listening to our music.

What has been the highlight of your career so far, and why?
Origin-X is not very well known, so there hadn't really been highlights so far. But we think the best is yet to come!

And what’s the moment you want to forget?
It should be all the times I've tried to achieve something with my songs and couldn't! I think all musicians know that. We have a vision in our head of what a song should be and sometimes it's difficult to recreate what we have in mind.  

If you had to pick just one of your songs to represent your music, what would it be and why?
I'd say The Chase. It's our first song from our first EP, The Beginning. It's been written like in a dream, without much reflection behind it, but it sums up perfectly the band's sound. It's dark, mysterious, yet accessible. I think it's also one of our fans' favourites.

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?
If people like our music, they can download it for free on our bandcamp and soundcloud pages.

Canal Pop Q&A

Your name:
Emiliano Canal.

Where are you from?
Buenos Aires, Argentina, South America.

Name of band:
Canal Pop.

Who else is in your band?
Canal Pop is a solo project but I collaborate with cool, talented singers. I'm currently working with Josefina Aufranc who's also a part-time model.

How would you describe yourselves and your music?
Catchy electropop with elaborated vocals and somehow ironic lyrics. The sound is a mix of classic electropop and modern sounds. A critic once said Canal Pop was Daft Punk meeting ABBA, and I liked that.

Who are your main influences musically?
Lots of things, but mainly classic 80's synthpop/ electropop (Depeche Mode, Gary Numan, Pet Shop Boys, Erasure, New Order, Human League) combined with modern electronic music, a bit of the current top 40 sound, and a bit of classic rock and pop (Beatles, Bee Gees, Bowie, Pink Floyd, Alan Parsons, ABBA, Montown, disco, whatever). I'm also very interested in what was called Hi NRG/ Italo disco, late 70s/ early 80s disco/ dance music made with synthesizers in home studios. This was considered cheap, second class music and nobody took it very seriously, but they pretty much layered the foundations for electronic dance music. Giorgio Moroder was the pioneer of this style and he's one of my heroes. Canal Pop covered Donna Summer's "I Feel Love" in his honour.

What do you hope to achieve in music?
I'm from Argentina and for several reasons no Argentinean act has been successful in the international pop music scene (singing in English), which is a shame because Argentina has a great musical tradition (we created tango). I would like to help change this.

What has been the highlight of your career so far, and why?
I've won the Gardel award (the Argentinean equivalent of the Grammy/ Brit Award) for the best electronic music album in 2012, but not as Canal Pop but because of a compilation album I've released (I also own and direct a label, Eternal Sunday). As Canal Pop, in 2005 I remixed a track by electropop pioneers Heaven 17 for the legendary indie label Ninthwave records (USA). They made a good promotion campaign among DJs and the single reached #24 on the Billboard dance charts, which is the only way I've charted in a major market as far as I know.

And what’s the moment you want to forget?
I've made hundreds of mistakes, but that's how you learn this job and this business. You find the right door by opening the wrong ones and realizing that's not the way.

If you had to pick just one of your songs to represent your music, what would it be and why?
Maybe Canal Pop's last single featuring Josefina Aufranc, Come To My World.

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?
Some random facts:
* I also direct the Eternal Sunday label, check it! www.eternalsunday.com.ar
* I wear leather trousers on stage.
* Josefina Aufranc is currently in Mexico doing some singing and working as a model.
* I rarely add guitars to my arrangements.
* Canal Pop recorded an album called An Electro Tribute To Oasis with singer Lara Sambert, featuring versions of the Gallagher Brothers' hits. People either loved it or hated it.
* Our version of Stand By Me was chosen in 2010 as "song of the day" at Popjustice.com, UK's most influential pop music blog, among songs by artists like Kesha and Lady Gaga.  That was nice.
* Songs by Canal Pop have been featured in compilations by labels like Section44 (USA) and Alfa Matrix (Belgium) and by music blogs like Side-Line (Belgium) and Electrozombie (Germany).
* One of the singers I worked with, Polette, is an amazing session singer who sung hundreds of commercial jingles and shared stages with Shakira and Deep Purple among many others.
* I'm very interesting in pop culture in general, some of my influences are Andy Warhol and the whole pop art movement (especially the experimental film stuff), cartoonish bubblegum music from the '70s and Japanese and Asian young culture and aesthetics. I'm also a huge fan of vintage technology, like old computers, reel-to-reel tape decks, old video formats, that kind of things.

Sodacon Q&A

Your name: 
Jesse Crawford.

Where are you from? 
Magna, Utah. I grew up and was raised in Magna on the west side of Salt Lake. I could easily say I'm from Salt Lake yet I tell everyone I'm from Magna because it's a small town that rocks has a lot of great music. 

Name of band:  
Sodacon

Who else is in your band? 
Currently I'm a solo artist and 95 per cent of the Sodacon project has been solo. We have performed live with Sodacon back in 2007 and toured solo too. Other than the second Sodacon album, all successive albums have been solo. 

How would you describe yourselves and your music? 
I would just say a lot of hard work and elbow grease over the years to create this sound. Currently I perform using Logic Mainstage and sometimes stream online using Stageit playing acoustic guitar. These days I try to live stream if possible, regardless of the venue if there's online access. Playing solo has helped to develop a unique style. Sodacon is like a space ship of electronic space rock journeying into progressive themes. I sing about a about broad range of things, it could be current events, space satellites, portals to other galaxies. Generally I stick to space rock sci-fi themes and create characters I can perform on stage with story albums. I wrote and recorded an album Electro-Magnet, never got the chance to play it live yet planning to this year. I continually discover new themes to sing about and look to explore topics that aren't mainstream. I've loved making music all these years and found my own niche. 

Who are your main influences musically?
I grew up with vinyl and cassettes and early cable days with MTV rock bands and the alternative wave. I'd play my guitar and riff out to many different bands. I was fortunate enough to have great teachers growing up for piano, clarinet, and guitar playing jazz band in high school. I was always inspired by my musical peers and the same is true today. I was able to perform with and hang out with different groups around Salt Lake and also see large concerts that came to town. As time went on I got into vinyl, listened to jazz, folk, class rock. A broad range of guitar music, to drop some names James Brown to Michael Hedges to Kaiser Chiefs to the Temples. I also love riding my exercise bike and listening to Iron Maiden Book of Souls. Sometimes I'll throw on something like Bill Withers or ELO. I know I'm leaving a lot out that I listen to and my playlist varies yet I dig finding new bands. 

What do you hope to achieve in music?
I'm hoping to make music that brings joy to people, and inspires new ideas that are remembered for a long time. In the short term focused on another album possibly live shows this summer hopefully some festivals. More so than ever trying to professionalize everything that I do. I hope we can keep the momentum going as we're currently #1 locally and regionally on Reverbnation for Alternative Rock. This morning we made it into the top 10 and hit #8 nationally for alternative and #9 global. I always hope to be collaborating to. I just finished a new song and released it last weekend featuring David Namerow on percussion. The song is called Lightning Maze and is available on reverbnation.com/sodacon. I've been marveling at how the last few years not too many projects with other artists due to time constraints. Yet things have opened up and now in the span of a week have worked on two new collaboration tracks. 

What has been the highlight of your career so far, and why?
Biggest highlight so far was being able to finish the last album SpaceArtRock and the positive response after everything that happened the last few years. For a long time I didn't think I was going to finish the project. I had just became a dad and had finished school in looking for work. Over time I was able to resolve these things, find work again and got right back at my tunes and then it got better. Somehow we found a way through lately I enjoy making tracks and my son chills with me in studio sometimes while I mix. It's been a blast being a dad and for sure the best of year of my life. There is always a lot of work to be done. I'd say a moment that comes close to this yet doesn't exceed it that was when won battle of bands performing Sodacon solo in November 2011. We also raised 1300 cans of food for the homeless that night so all in all a great memory. 

And what’s the moment you want to forget?
I'd like to forget last year in May when our dog of 12 years AnnaBelle passed away from cancer. I try not to repeat it in my mind and remember when we'd go on hikes and play frisbee. It was tough having to get so many operations for her and that was financially difficult. Our efforts were ultimately fruitless yet she was brave and fought through it all. Even on her last day she was running I will miss that dog yet now that a little time has passed it makes me have hope for the future and maybe a new pet. I know it's just a dog yet was a big part of the family. Despite all the trouble we had in our lives economically because of the recession and everything else horrible that happened, all of it was a drop in the bucket compared to losing Belle. It also brought up memories of losing my grandpa in 2009 when he passed although ultimately I'm glad we got to spend time together. 
There was also a moment a few years back when I was completely without any resource trying to work on songs, distribute records, tour, web design, social media and more.  I ended up burning out and had too much responsibility that I didn't need to take on my own. Yet it could have been worse and I learned to re-balance my life in recent years. Now I try to just keep things simple . I'll continue to surround myself with great people like my better half Alicia and my son. I've had great friends over the years help me out in a lot of areas. 'm grateful for that and I want to forget the times I tried to overdo every aspect of the process on my own. If I can continue to write songs well then the rest will take care of itself. 

If you had to pick just one of your songs to represent your music, what would it be and why? 
Now You're On Track from the album Electro-Magnet. This particular song is one of my favorite compositions just for it's grit and intensity. It has more of an electronic rock feel and is currently one of the most played Sodacon tracks. It was the first Sodacon music video filmed a video for it back in 2009 riding around on the San Francisco Bart and walking around the city. If you'd like to check it out it's available at http://bit.ly/nowontrack

Where can we listen to it?



Where can we find out more about your music? 
bit.ly/sodaconmusic (Give us some love here if possible is our brand new YouTube)
bit.ly/spaceartrockitunes (latest album) 
bit.ly/spaceartrockspotify  (latest album) 
bit.ly/spaceartrockamazon (latest album) 

Anything else you’d like to say about your music that I forgot to ask? 
We just created a brand new YouTube channel and have been uploading new music video there. Please subscribe if possible http://youtube.com/sodaconmusic
Booking and info sodacon@gmail.com 

Sunday, 7 February 2016

Jane's Addiction lead 36 additions to Download Festival

Jane's Addiction
ALMOST 40 more acts have been added to the bill for this summer's Download Festival - and they've renamed the main stage The Lemmy Stage.

Jane's Addiction, NOFX and Sixx:A.M are the top names among the new additions along with Alien Ant Farm and Amon Amarth.

Download Festival takes place at Donington Park across June 10th to 12th with tickets with Rammstein, Black Sabbath and Iron Maiden headlining.

Motorhead were also due to play until the death of frontman Lemmy Kilmister. As well as renaming the main stage, the festival's organisers are working with the band's management on a tribute and a Motorhead logo remains on the poster for a Friday slot.

Back to the new additions to the line-up, they will include Anti-Flag, Bury Tomorrow, Escape The Fate, Periphery, Electric Wizard, Monster Truck and Graveyard.

Municipal Waste, One OK Rock, Heck, Hill Valley High, Turbowolf, Grand Magus, Whiskey Myers, Cane Hill, Zoax, Danko Jones, Shvpes, The King Is Blind, Kadavar and As Lions are also on board.

Also joining them will be Slaves, Wage War, Palisades, Ashestoangels, The Kenneths, Muncie Girls, Reigning Days, Black Peaks, Strange Bones and Good Tiger.

Tickets for the event are on sale now at a special early bird rate until February 12th. Find out more at downloadfestival.co.uk

Friday, 5 February 2016

Winters End Q&A

Your name: 
Marissa Pinto.

Where are you from? 
Sydney, Australia.

Name of band: 
Winters End.

Who else is in your band? 
My brother Christopher Pinto.

How would you describe yourselves and your music? 
We're an independent band, described as indie electronic. Our music is 'big' sounding, with dramatic dark chords, dynamic changes and it aims to take its listeners on a journey.

Who are your main influences musically? 
We draw upon a lot of influences. Being both 80s babies, we love the electronic sounds of The Divinyls, Stevie Nicks, Phil Collins, along with more modern influences of Tame Impala, The Jezabels, Radiohead and The Midnight Juggernauts

What do you hope to achieve in music? 
Our aim is to record music that moves people, that reaches out and signifies that people are not alone, that we're all connected. We hope to meet all the wonderful supporters we have worldwide through traveling the world and performing internationally. 

What has been the highlight of your career so far, and why? 
Big highlights for us were being invited to perform at two international music festivals in 2014. We performed at Indie Week in Toronto, Canada, and Youbloom Music Festival in LA. 

And what’s the moment you want to forget? 
In 2014 we were in our rehearsal studio when we were notified that our friend, who was for all intents and purposes our brother, had passed away. That is a moment we would definitely like to forget. 

If you had to pick just one of your songs to represent your music, what would it be and why? 
Our current single Mayfair would be the song that best represents our music. It is anthemic, dynamic, and it builds up over the course of the song both in angst and sonic layering. 

Where can we listen to it? 
We just released our music video for Mayfair which aims to increase awareness about domestic violence, and to encourage reporting. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XOXJapOXRS0



Where can we find out more about your music?
Official Websitewww.wintersendmusic.com 

Anything else you’d like to say about your music that I forgot to ask? 
We're currently touring in support of UK band Yossarian. Our next shows are 7th Feb Sydney, The Vanguard, 13th Feb Brisbane, Ric's Bar and 20th Feb Newcastle, The Lass O'Gowrie. 

Niki Tyler Q&A

Your name:
Niki Tyler.

Where are you from?
London, UK.

Name of band:
I work under my name Niki Tyler.

How would you describe yourselves and your music?
I guess you could call my music mostly pop/ballad… but I am straying from that genre a little. I write mostly from experience which makes the songs easy to relate to and real. I'm told my songs make people cry, which makes me happy and sad all at the same time. Happy because they clearly get where I was coming from with the song - and music should reach out to the listener. And sad, because, well - the aim is not to upset people obviously. People who meet me say I come across as quite serious, maybe that serious side comes out in a lot of my songs, but really I’m not that scary – just the opposite really!

Who are your main influences musically?
I’d say I’m influenced by life. But I do admire and enjoy listening to artists like Adele, James Morrison, The Script and Ed Sheeran to name a few and also unsigned music. I do actually host a live radio show every week at EGH Radio so I’m privileged to have access to loads of amazing unsigned music and I really enjoy doing the show.

What do you hope to achieve in music?
I think ultimately it would be nice to reach a bigger audience with my music – I’d love to do a tour of the UK. I’m hoping to do a gig or two when I release my new E.P. later this year – so yeah, to do more live shows is definitely an aim for me.

What has been the highlight of your career so far, and why?
There's been a few occasions that I thought, wow, didn't think I’d ever achieve that. Releasing my album ‘All This Time’ was just amazing, I threw a big release party and we all had a great night. Being entrusted with my own live music radio show was also something I didn’t even dream of achieving. But I have to say it's the simple things that have meant just as much, like one time - when I just started out gigging and at one show I had an amazing reaction from the audience. I got pretty much mobbed.. even in the toilets! I wasn’t prepared for that haha.

And what’s the moment you want to forget?
A live performance when I wasn't at my best. Think we've all had those... but it does stay in your mind. All you can do is put it down to experience and think hey - this is live, stuff happens.

If you had to pick just one of your songs to represent your music, what would it be and why?
Just one? Now that’s tough. As my writing evolves it does seem to be moving in a slightly different direction so I guess we’ll go with that and I’ll say ‘Times Like These’ – the single I released last summer. You can read a review for the track right here: https://saltshake.wordpress.com/2015/06/26/niki-tyler/

Where can we listen to it?
Here is the official video for it - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9nm4o-PS2qI



Where can we find out more about your music? 

Anything else you’d like to say about your music that I forgot to ask?
I don't think so, but I would like to say that reaching a wider audience is the hardest thing in this business so thank you for putting this out there.


Josh Hart Q&A

Your name:
Josh Hart.

Where are you from?
Denver, CO.

How would you describe yourself and your music?
I would classify myself as indie/soul. I love acoustics, and really try to forge an emotional and natural groove for anyone to move with.

Who are your main influences musically?
My main influences would have to include Local Natives first and foremost. I love the depth and engaging rhythms they produce. Second, I would pay appreciation to the huge influence Frank Ocean has had over my sound from the beginning, and lastly I'd say Foxing. Foxing just has a supreme serene and somber sound that I love.

What do you hope to achieve in music?
In my days of making music, I would hope to achieve spreading love and understanding to all who choose to come on this adventure with me. Music heals the soul and offers guidance. I'd just love to do the same that many others have done for me.

What has been the highlight of your career so far, and why?
The highlight of my just developing career would have to be the creation and release of my debut EP. and first Single - Now I Say! I tend to be very frugal when releasing material because I want to make sure that it's at the quality I'd love for you all to hear. So finally being able to officially begin to make an appearance and present myself and my art to the world is liberating.

And what’s the moment you want to forget?
Oh man, the moment I'd want to forget if I had to, would be a show I presented at my High School a few years ago called the JHART Project. It was a charity show I organized with the Make-A-Wish-Foundation in hopes to raise money. In essence it was my first failure but a success as well. We raised about $250 for the kids but the show was a little sloppy haha.

If you had to pick just one of your songs to represent your music, what would it be and why?
To pick one song to represent me would have to be my Single - "Now I Say". It shows the many different musical influences I've adhered to along the way, giving you a jiggy rhythm that makes you want to dance but it also has soul roots that will evoke that emotion of past loves. 

Where can we listen to it? 
You can check it out here on my website: Hartnationep.com/music



Where can we find out more about your music?

Tuesday, 2 February 2016

The Aves Q&A

Your name: 
Lucy.

Where are you from? 
Adelaide, South Australia.

Name of band: 
The Aves.

Who else is in your band? 
Thomas, Clair and Tasman.

How would you describe yourselves? 
We sound a bit like four friends playing instruments in a room together at the same time.

Who are your main influences musically? 
We all have lots of different influences, but we like George Harrison, David Bowie, Patti Smith, The Yeah Yeah Yeahs, The Drones, The Kinks, and a bunch of others.

What do you hope to achieve in music? 
We basically want to write some really great songs, play them around the world, hopefully develop as a band - all that sort of stuff.

What has been the highlight of your career so far, and why? 
A highlight has to be playing an outdoor show called River Rocks Festival in New York. It was out on a pier on the Hudson, and had a wonderful vibe. It was our biggest crowd to date (5,000 or so) and everybody was so cheery. I also got to say, "Good evening, New York!" which made me feel like a real cool kid.

And what’s the moment you want to forget? 
There haven't been any really horrible moments. We played a show at a strip club in Adelaide once, with a bunch of heavy metal bands. We were booed off stage, and it was pretty awful. I wouldn't want to forget it though, because then I wouldn't have an answer to this question.

If you had to pick just one of your songs to represent your music, what would it be and why? 
P'raps We Were Young off our album. It's a good old rollicking tune, and I think it feels like something that represents us. Lots of guitars, melodies, a crazy guitar solo.

Where can we listen to it? 



Where can we find out more about your music? 

Friday, 29 January 2016

Audio Impulse Q&A

Your name:
Pat Duffy.

Where are you from?
Philadelphia, PA.

Name of band:
Audio Impulse.

Who else is in your band?
Barry Phillips: Lead Vocals/Guitar
Joe Freeman: Drums
Nate Blithe: Lead Guitar/Vocals

How would you describe yourselves?
We’re an all original alt/pop punk rock band based out of the Philadelphia music scene with a sound circa the 90s and early 2000s.

Who are your main influences musically?
For me personally my biggest influences are Thrice, Muse and The Apex Theory, and the classic rock I’ve grown up on. I know for the rest of the guys bands like, The Mars Volta, Jimmy Eat World, Rise Against, Foo Fighters, The Wonder Years and The Smashing Pumpkins are all huge influences.

What do you hope to achieve in music?
I’d be lying if I didn’t say we weren’t trying to become a national touring act at the very least, and be at a point where Audio Impulse and music was our only career. I’d like to also think we’re trying to just have fun, have our live performs be somebody’s escape from the doldrums of life, and hopefully inspire other be to just live their lives unapologetically being themselves.

What has been the highlight of your career so far, and why?
To date the crowning achievement for me has been opening a show for Alien Ant Farm and Hed PE on their sold out Philly stop. There’s no better feeling than performing on the same stage, on the same night as one of the bands you actually grew up listening to on.

And what’s the moment you want to forget?
I don’t think there’s a moment I’d care to forget. We have yet to hit any real low moments in our careers yet, and God willing we won’t. That aside, I generally like to think each moment has lead me to exactly where we are today, I like where we are, so there isn’t moment I’d forget. Each moment has helped to teach and guide us to this point.

If you had to pick just one of your songs to represent your music, what would it be and why?
I’d say it’d be Straight Shot, which is the title track and first single off our EP due out on March 4th. It just has everything we try to make our sound, hard driving guitars, 23 huge vocal harmonies, a high energy feel, and hard hitting drums.

Where can we listen to it?
The official Straight Shot music video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=herTNmp-EWc



Where can we find out more about your music?
Official Website: www.AudioImpulseMusic.com

Anything else you’d like to say about your band/music that I forgot to ask?
I’m pretty sure we covered everything.  You can also check out our first studio release Plug In & Tune Out, which won an Akademia Music Award for best alt rock/hard rock album in November 2015. All that said, thanks for having us and hope to talk again soon!

Forming The Void Q&A

Your name:
James Marshall.

Where are you from?
Lafayette, Louisiana, USA.

Name of band:
Forming the Void.

Who else is in your band?
Jelly Boyd, Shadi Khansa, and Luke Baker.

How would you describe yourselves?
Fuzzy hard rock with atmospheric and progressive elements.

Who are your main influences musically?
Tool, Mastodon, Alice in Chains, The Sword.

What do you hope to achieve in music?
We strive to make unique music that combines elements that we enjoy into music that people can connect with.

What has been the highlight of your career so far, and why?
Being invited to play the House of Blues in New Orleans and being featured on Metalsucks within a couple days of each other. 

And what’s the moment you want to forget?
Every negative moment in this band is used to grow into something better so I wouldn't want to forget anything.

If you had to pick just one of your songs to represent your music, what would it be and why?
Three Eyed Gazelle combines what I consider to be our defining elements as a band. It's atmospheric, heavy, and has an interesting touch in the rhythm section followed by a huge guitar solo and epic ending.

Where can we listen to it?



Where can we find out more about your music?