Thursday, 23 October 2014

Forge The Rubicon Q&A

Your name: 
Luis C. Gomez Rojas.

Where are you from? 
Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico.

Name of band:
Forge the Rubicon.

Who else is in your band?
Richard Allen, manager and co-producer. Tito Hernan - bass guitar, live performances and future studio and writing collaborations.

How would you describe yourselves? 
Rock/indie/pop.

Who are your main influences musically? 
Depeche Mode and M83.

What do you hope to achieve in music? 
As a musician/songwriter: Be recognized in the industry and someday have a Wikipedia page too... why not?? (lol!). As for Forge The Rubicon: Get my band signed to a label, anybody out there reading this, we are still available! Then, hear my songs on the radio, in movies and even commercials, while appearing on the music charts, tour and become a ‘named’ band!

What has been the highlight of your career so far, and why? 
After arriving from Mexico, becoming a positive contributor to society by becoming a successful gigging drummer/singer playing three to four times a week. Married a wonderful girl and having two beautiful children, a four-year-old boy and one-year-old girl. Now, over the last nine months producing four creative song/videos appearing on Balcony TV and being interviewed on Loop Radio holding the top spot in their Top Thirty Chart. Building Forge The Rubicon into a going concern...all this accomplished through hard work and a good start...provide by my mother who introduced me to music since I was inside her womb. She would tell me how she used to sit down next to the record player and play Mozart, Bach, Schumann, Beethoven, Handel and Chopin (just to name a few) for hours. My mom belonged to the Jalisco’s State Chorus for about 20 years singing as a soprano and soloist. She always encouraged my, my older two sisters and my younger brother to sing or play an instrument. At home, we had a variety of instruments such as my dad’s old organ, my mom’s acoustic guitar. My sisters’ played violin, trumpet, harp, electric guitar and bass, vihuela and guitarron. When I was nine she signed me up for piano lessons for a year and she, being a guitar player, showed me a couple of things on that instrument. When I was 10 my mom singed me and my brother up to the San Luis Gonzaga Infant Chorus in which I became apart of for almost four years singing as a soprano. This chorus is still one of the most recognized infant choruses in the State. I starting acquiring an interest for drums around the same time my voice started to change, and I decided that it was time for me to leave the chorus. I wanted to be a drummer so bad but my parents could not afford to buy me set, only maybe one drum at that time. It wasn’t until I was 16 when my mom got me my first set of drums, and from then on they have been my main instrument.
Computers and software’s have been part of my life. I got my first computer when I was 14 and I went nuts after installing Fruity Loops 3, experimenting and creating all kind of melodies. I wrote and recorded my first song when I was 15 as a joke singing about my drunk cousin and writing songs for a friend of mine who was studying for a music career. Shortly after that, I attended the Arts and Technology college in Guadalajara and learned more about video production and editing software. I always have had passion for music/video and recording equipment, but was not able to buy any of that until I got older. It wasn’t until a couple of years after I moved to The United States and was able to afford home studio equipment. Between reading and hanging out with musicians and studio freaks I learned more about the recording and mixing process and got deeper into that. That’s pretty much the product of who I am now.

And what’s the moment you want to forget? 
Having to sell my drum set to a bar owner before I moved to the states, I will never forget that harsh reality...!

If you had to pick just one of your songs to represent your music, what would it be and why? 
Forever You. This song represents the beginning of Forge The Rubicon and the hard work and passion I put into it playing and recording every instrument. Having to write the lyrics, mixing and mastering the song and also shooting, editing and producing the video on my own was proved to me what I could do. After I finished the music video I showed it to my good friend Richard Allen, nowdays the manager and co-producer of Forge the Rubicon. Richard's resume includes “band manager and producer” back in the day. He stated that he and I should put something together using my ability to write music and his ability to manage.
In general, Forever You is a vision of what I see for the future, in that someday, using an audiovisual format and my advantage as musician to mix music and video to profection.

Where can we listen to it?



Where can we find out more about your music?
Find us on Facebook: facebook.com/forgetherubicon

Anything else you’d like to say that I forgot to ask? 
From time to time I am asked about the origin of the name Forge The Rubicon. The Rubicon is a river in Northern Italy. History says that when someone crosses that river with the intent to wage war on Italy, they have gone too far and cannot go back. Gaius Julius Caesar did just that. I see myself as coming to America to conquer and find a place in the music business, therefore Richard and I thought the name was perfect.

Albert Phillips Q&A

Your name:
Albert Phillips.
 
Where are your from?

My family is originally from Kilkenny, Ireland, but I grew up in South Trenton, New Jersey.
 
How would you describe yourself?

I think I'm a good person. Musical description: Singer/songwriter/guitarist.
 
What are your main influences musically? 

The biggest influence musically would have to be Oasis, love that band and the way Noel Gallagher writes songs. The Sundays, the guitar sound of that band. Other influences would be: The Cranberries, Catherine the Wheel and The Smiths.
 
What do you hope to achieve in music? 

Originally, it was to get a multi-album deal with a major record company and make tons of money. These days however, it's just to get as much music released as possible and to leave behind a lasting catalog.
 
What has been the highlight of your career so far and why? 

Probably, signing on with music distribution giant CDbaby and getting my debut album Albert Phillips released back in January of 2013 and seeing my music on iTunes and in Sony's music store. 
 
And what's the moment you want to forget? 

The night I played a gig back in November of 2003 in Satellite Beach, Florida, and my voice cracked in the middle of the song I was singing. Ouch. Crazy thing was, it was a song I wrote. Your voice shouldn't crack on a song you write.
 
If you had to pick one of your songs to represent your music, what would it be and why? 

Magnetic, no doubt about it. Best recorded track I've ever done, most likely will end up on my third album Chasing Blue Skyand it has an Oasis vibe to it.
 
Where can we listen to it?

https://soundcloud.com/albert-phillips/magnetic-by-albert-phillips-1
 



Where can we find out more about your music?

http://albertphillips.wix.com/albert-Phillips
https://soundcloud.com/albert-Phillips
https://twitter.com/phillipsongs
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Albert-Phillips/540921715925888
http://www.cdbaby.com/Artist/AlbertPhillips
https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/albert-phillips/id597699100
https://music.sonyentertainmentnetwork.com/album/79b021eae708416d9e0e65fc02dfb065/Albert_Phillips/Albert_Phillips
http://www.amazon.com/Albert-Phillips/dp/B00B80YJ44/ref=sr_1_7?s=music&ie=UTF8&qid=1359562606&sr=1-7&keywords=albert+Phillips
 
Anything else you'd like to say about your music that I forgot to ask? 

I began playing the guitar at age 15 and I can also play bass as well. I've played in a number of rock bands during my career, with the last being Tyre Iron back in 1983. 
In December of 2002, I submitted a demo to Jewel through her company Soul City Café at the time Jewel was looking for an opening act for her 2003 US tour and I was one of the musicians considered for that spot.
In closing, I just want to say thank you to Greg and RealSoundsOK for the interview. It's been great.

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Weslynn Q&A

Band name:
Weslynn.

Where are you from?
We are from Phoenix, Arizona, USA.

Who else is in your band?
Our band consists of Jared Geyer, Greg Olin, and Kevin Holmes.

How would you describe yourselves?
We like to think we are very fun people to be around, who we are always ready for an adventure. We put out hearts and soul into the music we create together. When we write music we tend to be honest and that ties each of us emotionally to our songs. We write about the good, and even the bad things in life. Our music reflects who all three of us are as people and musicians. 

Who are your main influences musically?
We are influenced by a lot of different great artists: Augustana, Tom Petty, John Mayer, The Maine, The 1975, Coldplay.

What do you hope to achieve in music?
Collectively we all want to keep playing our music that we are passionate about for as long as a possible. Our music delivers something more personal than your average pop song. We would love to get on the road and play live for more and more people every year. 

What has been the highlight of your career so far, and why?
After one year as a band, we think the highlight of it all is meeting fans who are so passionate about the music we make. They are so supportive and kind to us. It is an amazing opportunity to meet new people in person and create new relationships with each to them. 

And what’s the moment you want to forget?
Every second about being apart of Weslynn is amazing, there's nothing we would want to forget about this experience. Everything that happens, good and bad, are part of the process and we love every minute of it.

If you had to pick just one of your songs to represent your music, what would it be and why?
One song that could give a good representation of us would be Shining Night. It was the first song we ever wrote together has a collective group. The lyrics are hauntingly true for us and really set the tone for what we would create later in our career. 

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? 
Our debut EP Is going to be released on iTunes on October 31st! 

The Tallest Hogarth Q&A

Your name:
Darren Hogarth.

Where are you from?
I'm from Northamptonshire, one of the many villages in it (although the locals would fight anyone who called it a village and not a town).

Name of Band?
The Tallest Hogarth.

How would you describe yourself?
I'm a singer/songwritter but not of the James Blunt, Damien Rice whiny kind. I like to think that I've got a bit more of a rock/indie vibe. 

Who are your main influences?
Always a tough one. I grew up on The Wildhearts, Terrorvision, Offspring (the early years), Nirvana, Gomez, The Levellers and Blind Melon to name but a few.
However if I had to name a single person I guess it would have to be the Lemonheads' Evan Dando.

What do you hope to achieve in music?
I'd love to be able to tell you that "I'm gunna be a superstar and take over the world", but in all honesty I'd be happy with some regular gigs and a handful of people that genuinely love my work.

Whats been the highlight of your career so far?
Haha career is probably stretching the truth (I'm a warehouse manager by day). 
Again I wish I could tell you about the time I played this stadium or that festival but I can't. I play local pubs and clubs. To me each of these small gigs is a highlight, each round of applause is a highlight. Every new follower or listen on soundcloud is a highlight. Every time I'm stopped by someone at the bar to tell me the enjoyed my set it's a highlight.

Whats been the moment you want to forget?
This is an easy one. When I was 15 or 16 I was in a grunge band called Nerve Drive. Our amps were home made and our instruments may have well been.
We were playing a local pub full of old guys who had no desire to watch us before we even started. Then we started. Our amps were just feedback, our guitars out of tune, the drummer was in his own world.  We didn't last on stage long, which in a way I'm kind of thankful for. Bit like putting a sick dog out of its misery.

If you had to pick one song to represent your music what would it be?
Now this is a tuff one. Probably the sort of question other people can answer about you in a split second. I think I'd go for either Rock and Dole or Hey Honey even though they are both pretty different. (I'm aware that's two but i just don't know).

Where can we listen to you?
You can listen to some of my tracks on soundcloud

Where can we find out more about your music?
You can keep up with what i'm up to, what gigs I've got ect on facebook or twitter

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Debut album coming from The Lion And The Wolf

ACOUSTIC singer-songwriter The Lion And The Wolf will self-release his debut album Symptoms through his Courage And Stone Records on November 24th.

The man behind the music - Isle of Wight's Thomas George - has been touring relentlessly over the past year, including a number of UK festival dates in the summer.

But the album has been a lot longer in the making.

He told RealSoundsOK: "Symptoms is a reflection of the past four years work. The songs have come together at a time in my life where each track tells and integral part of the journey, from playing in front rooms of people's houses to performing on Europe-wide tours."

Keeping to his DIY ethos, Thomas's work in the studio has brought his original bedroom recordings of lo-fi folk songs to life using full instrumentation and warm analogue sounds.

But he has kept a raw sound by recording with no digital plug-ins. You can have a listen to first single Colour to judge the effect for yourselves.

The Lion And The Wolf will be continuing to rattle up the show count for the rest of the year as he tours the UK and Europe.

Find out more at facebook.com/thelionandthewolf


Title track video from Harper

ALT-pop songstress Harper has unveiled the video for Velvet - the title track from her debut EP.

The video was directed by Ben Newbury, whose previous credits include Ellie Goulding's Beating Heart and has worked with the likes of Laurel, UNKLE and Dan Croll.

The Velvet EP was produced by East London-based Harper herself with help from ICU Label head Elliott Govinden and production team Eagleye.

You can watch the video for Velvet below and for more information visit facebook.com/harperartist or harpersounds.com


Five Chapters EP from Sound Awakener

EXPERIMENTAL artist Sound Awakener has released her EP Five Chapters.

Nhung Nguyễn, from Vietnam, got in touch with RealSoundsOK to tell us about the recording.

She said: "It is Five improvisations recorded on upright acoustic piano. Each piece has a really extinctive character. 

"Vibrate has layers of reverb and extended techniques on piano string. Gather Eternity has loud hiss noise and distorted sound. Gallery of emptiness is sort of a lo-fi recording. Remembering All Passing Things and Untold are a mix of piano chords and field recordings.

"Five Chapters refers to the endless search in life."

You can listen to the EP below and for more on the artist visit facebook.com/soundawakener or soundawakener.weebly.com


Video for Liberator from Exist Immortal

PROG metallers Exist Immortal have unveiled the video for single Liberator.

The track features a guest appearance from The Colour Line frontman Sam Rudderforth and is second to be taken from the debut album Darkness Of An Age.

The London band have spent the last couple of years building a reputation for their intense live shows while touring around the UK, Europe and Asia.

You can watch the video for Liberator below and for more on the band visit facebook.com/existimmortal

Dark Energy Q&A

Your name:
Justin Harwood Moss (guitar/vocals).

Where are you from?
Bristol (but grew up in Hampshire).

Name of band:
Dark Energy.

Who else is in your band? 
Jon Anning (bass), Joe Clayton (drums). We only recently lost our singer, Simon, so he is still in our band photos. I’ve taken back the singing role from him. I wrote most of the songs, so I’m used to that.

How would you describe yourselves?
A classic/progressive/space rock power trio.

Who are your main influences musically?
This is who we like: Neil Young, David Bowie, Pink Floyd, Rush, Led Zeppelin, King Crimson, Hawkwind. Some of that stuff shows up in our music. It’s what we grew up with! Except Joe,  who likes 80s synthpop.

What do you hope to achieve in music?
We want a cult following – stardom seems unlikely!

What has been the highlight of your career so far, and why?
That day lies in the future.

And what’s the moment you want to forget?
A certain gig in Swindon, when my guitar strap became detached at the start of the very first song.

If you had to pick just one of your songs to represent your music, what would it be and why?
A272. Because it’s new. Only available in a live version, and still rough around the edges (spot the mistakes!), but it may represent where we’re going.

Where can we listen to it?

Where can we find out more about your music? 

Anything else you’d like to say that I forgot to ask?
With a bit of luck, we should have our first album out early 2015. “Dark Energy, Light Years”, coming soon!

Feral Five Q&A

Your name:
Drew Five.

Where are you from?
Kent, England.

Name of band:
Feral Five.

Who else is in your band?
Kat Five.

How would you describe yourselves?
Raised by wolves to make post-punk electro dance music. Snarling guitars and feral beats.

Who are your main influences musically?
PiL, Bjork, The Clash, Crass, Goldfrapp, Killing Joke, Public Service Broadcasting, Siouxsie and the Banshees, Tricky, White Stripes.

What do you hope to achieve in music?
Bringing art to the people. Making noise. Transcending stereotypes. Rocking out and having fun.

What has been the highlight of your career so far, and why?
Getting played by Steve Lamacq... no wait, Keith Levene saying we're cool. Or even Charlotte Church following us on Twitter. No maybe LSO St Luke's with Lu from PIL.

And what’s the moment you want to forget?
Oh I forgot!

If you had to pick just one of your songs to represent your music, what would it be and why?
Skin. The first release. The reason we started playing live and a rocking track. 3D is the best single in the world so far until our next release.

Where can we listen to it?



Where can we find out more about your music?

Anything else you’d like to say that I forgot to ask?
What’s our new song 3D about? 3D printing humans. Coming soon. Don’t say we didn’t tell you!