Friday, 21 November 2014

Mary Jane's Affair Q&A

Your name:
Eliott Hernán.

Where are you from?
We are from Bolivia.

Name of band:
Mary Jane's Affair.

Who is in your band?
Navil (guitars), Farith (vocals) and Eliott (drums and vocals). 

How would you describe yourselves?
I would describe us as one of the best original proposals that is distinguished by its sound, melodies, and carrying messages considered as one of the most promising projects, the band reflects the mix of musical styles like punk, rap, grunge and powerpop ... style that the band prides itself on the outcome.

Who are your main influences musically?
We have a huge mix of influences, since Ramones, Sex Pistols to Beastie Boys, Pearl Jam, STP.

What do you hope to achieve in music?
Music has always been a huge part of our lives, we are all really passionate about music, so it's more fun for us then anything else, but we're equally excited about the potential of the band and the feedback we've been getting so far too. We are excited with our first 2015 US spring-summer tour and for the new record that will be able in 2015 and confirmed that will be recording in Los Angeles. We feel so happy for the chance to have a great producers for this brand new album.

What has been the highlight of your career so far, and why?
We think that we have a great moments in our career, but the best is yet to come, like we said we are very excited with our brand new record and for the US tour.

And what’s the moment you want to forget?
The death that occurred this year of our friend and producer Rogelio Gómez.

If you had to pick just one of your songs to represent your music, what would it be and why?
There are many of them, but for the energy and party mood it would be Rockin’ All Night.

Where can we listen to it? 
You can listen our music on:
and you can watch our video for “True Love”


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 thank you and stay tuned with our new album and tour.

(i am) isis Q&A

Your name:
isis.

Where are you from?
I’m Newark-­born, Minneapolis-­raised and now residing in Brooklyn.

Name of band:
(i am) isis.

Who else is in your band?
Diamond Dave (guitar), Isaac Childs (keys), Manny Mavrakis (drums) and Mike Koltosky (bass)

How would you describe yourselves?
We’re an eclectic rock band infused with elements of soul, spoken word, blues and everything in between.

Who are your main influences musically?
Well, since our our individual core genres are all over the place, so are our influences ­­from metal and blues to soul and classical music. For instance, Isaac’s jazz influences include Dave Brubeck, D’Angelo and Ahmad Jamal. And Mike is totally classical and is inspired by Croatian virtuosa classical guitarist, Ana Vidovic (random right?). Personally, I’m moved by all things authentic and honest, so most of my faves are emerging or underground artists. Outside of that, all the icons ­ ever. Seriously. There’s something magical about music before it become so mechanically commodified. I do love the creative depth of genre­bending artists like Cee­Lo and Andre 3000. I also love P!nk and Macy Gracy definitely interests me. The type of artists who continue to reinvent themselves in the midst of such a cookie­cutter industry. I think that’s where we are and want to exist ­ in a space where can continue to grow and challenge our sonic senses.

What do you hope to achieve in music?
To reach a level of freedom in our art where we can make good music, tour and live off of our works and not be worried about the cost of its creation or how to market it. That would be a blessing.

What has been the highlight of your career so far, and why?
Every experience brings new highlights. Right now, it’s our first all­-band EP that we’re releasing later this month. Over the past two years, it was just bits and pieces. Some things worked ­ and some didn’t. Now, we’re a solid unit that I hope will continue to reflect different colors, sounds and senses as we grow and experience life and music.

And what’s the moment you want to forget?
Well, we have completely erased from our memory an extended road trip to play one of the most disorganized and disappointing festivals I’ve ever attended. And it’s sad, too, because I was called a “diva” for expecting the basics that we were promised ­ like a working PA and microphone. But, that’s life and we move forward to bigger and better ­ always!

If you had to pick just one of your songs to represent your music, what would it be and why?
That’s impossible! Each song represents a piece of our mosaic. They’re only one part of the reflection that is us. Given that, our latest track “Take It Back” is a great representation ­until you hear our next release, and then the next one.

Where can we listen to it?
You can hear our latest track on soundcloud at soundcloud.com/iamisis/take-it-back



Where can we find out more about your music?
Check out our main site at www.iamisis.com. 
You can also find us on all the major social media platforms:

Anything else you’d like to say about your band/music that I forgot to ask?
Our EP, Mosaic, will be released digitally November 28 and we can’t wait!

Thursday, 20 November 2014

Cooper Phillip Q&A

Your name:    
Cooper Phillip.

Where are you from? 
Moscow, Russia (now living in Los Angeles).

How would you describe yourself and your music? 
I would love to tell you how much of a diva I am, but the truth is I am very humble, down to earth, and full of joy. I of course have my diva moments as any good songwriter and performer should, but I truly love music and what I do. Through the use of live instrumentals including the piano and guitar I create soulful pop music with urban elements.  

Who are your main influences musically?
I started out as a classically-trained musician. I love Tchaikovsky, Italian opera, and the symphony. Because of this my songwriting is classically influenced. More current influences are Stevie Wonder, Kim Burrell, Beyonce, Whitney Houston, and Mariah Carey. 

What do you hope to achieve in music?  
My goal is to positively influence the world around me through the telling of my personal journey which has included both struggles and joys. Being on stage, in front of adoring fans, is exhilarating and inspiring. It fills my heart with joy to be able to connect with my fans which makes me feel successful. I think my fans can relate to my story which makes their connection with me stronger. 

What has been the highlight of your career so far, and why?  
The highlight of my career thus far has been the release of my first music video Silence, of which I wrote. It was directed by Scott Nathan, a notable celebrity photography and videographer. It was made even more special to me because it was his debut music video. You can check it out here: http://youtu.be/ridtVPymxaI

And what’s the moment you want to forget? 
There aren't any moments I would want to forget as even the hardest moments were learning opportunities. We are the sum of our experiences and I would never want to change the person I am today. 

If you had to pick just one of your songs to represent your music, what would it be and why?
Silence without a doubt as it tells the story of me becoming a stronger woman and better human being. As I said before, I have always been connected to the piano on a very deep level and this song was my ballad to the world. 

Where can we listen to it?



Where can we find out more about your music?
Instagram: cooperphillip
Twitter: cooperphillip1

Clones Of Clones Q&A

Your name:
Nick Scialli.

Where are you from?
Washington, D.C. USA.

Name of band: 
Clones of Clones.

Who else is in your band?
Ben Payes, Todd Evans, Brain Abbott.

How would you describe yourselves?
We have been told we sound like Black Rebel Motorcycle Club and The Stone Roses. Garage rock that can be dark at times with some occasional pop vibes thrown in.

Who are your main influences musically?
We all come from different backgrounds musically. Ben and Brian have been in jazz bands at times, Todd’s been into metal and classic rock, and Nick has been stuck in early 90’s rock/grunge. As far as other bands that we draw from, right now we’re listening to The Shins, Manchester Orchestra, Minus the Bear, and Modest Mouse, but we’re always finding new music.

What do you hope to achieve in music?
We’d love to be able to do it for a living. It’s an absolute blast connecting with people through music and on stage, but we’re currently not in a position to do it full time — we all have side jobs so we can buy food.

What has been the highlight of your career so far, and why?
Opening for the Sam Roberts Band at the Rock and Roll Hotel here in DC. It’s a relatively small venue (Sam Roberts typically sells out arenas in Canada), and it packed to the gills with rabid fans. We had a great set and Sam Roberts obviously killed it, but the best part is that they were really nice dudes despite their success.

And what’s the moment you want to forget?
Any of those early shows where no one came. Every band has a least a few. Shudder.

If you had to pick just one of your songs to represent your music, what would it be and why?
I Don’t Need Your Love. It represents a sound that took us a couple years to mature into, but we’re here now and couldn’t be more proud.

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?
We love connecting with people. Anyone who wants to say hi should come hang out on our facebook and/or twitter pages.

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Slack Q&A

Your name:
Nigel Hardy.

Where are you from?
Monterey, California.

Name of band:
Slack.

Who else is in your band?
Tyler Dawn (vocals), Bobby G (lead guitar), Austin Perkins (bass), Patrick Murphy (drums) and myself (Robot Guitar).

How would you describe yourselves and your music?
We call our music indie funk. We love the bit of grit independent music generally has that top 40 doesn't, and we're influenced by funk and old R&B and rock. 

Who are your main influences musically?
Red Hot Chili Peppers is a big one for all of us. Each member kinda brings something different to the table as well. Beatles, David Bowie, Michael Jackson, James Brown, Sublime, and Guns and Roses all influence different members to different degrees.

What do you hope to achieve in music?
Personally, I want to tour the world and perform original music. I think that is the pinnacle of the art, and I think the ability to tour and have people show up is a better metric than money earned.

What has been the highlight of your career so far, and why?
So far, we just had a modest tour of the Los Angeles area and that was amazing. Just being able to perform every night at a different college, or party and hang with the band is a good recipe for good times.

And what’s the moment you want to forget?
We haven't had too many cringe worthy experiences, but we ran out of songs at one show and tried to think of something we all knew, but hadn't rehearsed. The song we tried quickly got derailed and we almost ended on that note. We ended up playing a song I knew on bass (I usually play guitar) and that worked out, thank God.

If you had to pick just one of your songs to represent your music, what would it be and why?
That's tough. I'll go with Love You With The Lights On. It has some funkiness, some vocal harmonies, a guitar solo and a synth lead. It touches all the bases.

Where can we listen to it? 


Where can we find out more about your music? 
Our Website - http://slackiswack.com
#SlackisWack

Anything else you’d like to say about your music that I forgot to ask?

The reason I'm excited to be in this band, is that we want to push what live music is today. You can see these great shows with DJs, but I think there could be a much strong performance aspect to the shows. We really look to bands like the Rolling Stones or James Brown who could have entertained without the music. We want to bring the sounds and technology the DJs have to a truly live performance. We're working on integrating electronic drums at the moment.

Mauro Q&A

Your name:
MAURO.

Where are you from? 
I'm from Bolivia.

How would you describe yourself?
I am an unsigned artist. #MauroMusic I got a broken heart, I'm a dark sweet soul. A monster on the prowl for pure trains of thoughts, and a beat monster, lyric creature for all the lonely hearts and broken dreamers. I just love my craft.

Who are your main influences musically?
Pop music mostly. 

What do you hope to achieve in music?  
I long to spread my message through my music towards people, more and more. Because I've been an unsigned artist since I was 10, one life goal of mine is to get signed so I can share my music with the entire world through that type of support. I long to change someone's life through my music, and I don't care a lot about being an icon to somebody, I care about being someone's song, and having at least of one my song's on somebody's mind or heart. (sigh sigh)

What has been the highlight of your career so far, and why?  
I see a past highlight in my unsigned career since I started age 10, I started performing live very young at neat stages of my country and that has kept on going and getting better now that I am 21 years old. I keep on performing live, producing music and I see the recent highlight that represents this new time of my life related to the new music I'm releasing, that has filled me up with tremendous joy, plus the positive feedback I've been getting. I'm very proud of my craft, and it's become something I'll keep on doing until the day I die.

And what’s the moment you want to forget? 
I wouldn't like to forget any memories, because they help you grow, they encourage you to make things right, or better the next time, and I think one should learn from all those moments... What doesn't kill you makes you stronger.

If you had to pick just one of your songs to represent your music, what would it be and why? 
I love my music. My songs are like my babies. Lately I've been feeling like "Making Love 2 U" so I would say it represents this new part of me, however I do consider all my songs as important when it comes to representing me as an artist.

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?
“Sometimes I think of my music as a silver lining to all the fears, griefs and tears shed along the way by lonely hearts,broken dreamers and… me”  (Mauro Music)

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Robert J Hunter Q&A

Your name: 
Robert J. Hunter.

Where are you from? 
Alderney, Channel Islands. Now living in London.

Name of band:
Robert J. Hunter.

Who else is in your band?
I also perform accompanied by the fantastic Greg Sheffield, James Le Huray and Matthew Taylor.

How would you describe yourselves? 
Filthy melancholy blues.

Who are your main influences musically? 
Tom Waits, Howling’ Wolf, Alex Harvey, John Martyn, Wilko Johnson.

What do you hope to achieve in music? 
For my music to relate to people in the same way it does to me and to continue to do what I love, to perform.

What has been the highlight of your career so far, and why? 
Recording my debut album, 'Songs for the Weary' which will be out 10th February 2015.

And what’s the moment you want to forget? 
That’s for the songs to tell.

If you had to pick just one of your songs to represent your music, what would it be and why? 
I’d have to say ‘Demons'. It captures a story perfect whilst still being pure filth. 

Where can we listen to it? 
It’ll be out in the next couple of months on robertjhunter.co.uk

Where can we find out more about your music? 

Ruby Clouds Q&A

Your name:
Claudia Garcia.

Where are you from?
San Ysidro, California and Tijuana, Mexico.

Name of band:
Ruby Clouds.

Who else is in your band?
My little brother Vid plays guitar and co-produces the music.

How would you describe yourselves and your music?
Somewhere in the freaky dreamy land between RnB and Rock en Español.

Who are your main influences musically?
Claudia: Los Aterciopelados, Lauryn Hill, Café Tacvba and José Alfredo Jiménez
Vid: The Strokes and The Beatles

What do you hope to achieve in music?
I try to make the kind of music I would love to hear.  I hope to be able to move people the way my favorite songs move me.

What has been the highlight of your career so far, and why?
We were invited to go to San Felipe in Mexico to perform at their Latino Music Festival this year. The show featured a variety of genres and we were representing Latin Alternative.    Everyone was very kind to us and we made great friends with the local musicians there.  The whole experience sealed the deal in that it confirmed my suspicion that we are doing something right.

And what’s the moment you want to forget?
One time we took a nerve-racking 140-mile drive in the rain from Los Angeles all the way to Tijuana to play a show and when we got there, it had been canceled (due to the rain).  

If you had to pick just one of your songs to represent your music, what would it be and why?
The Road combines my and Vid’s style really well and almost anyone can relate to it. It’s about that moment when one snaps and definitively decides to pursue a different dream.  

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?
We will be releasing an EP on bandcamp soon and we are immensely grateful to everyone who has supported us thus far.

Monday, 17 November 2014

The Windsor Project Q&A

Your name:
Bob Black.

Where are you from?
Windsor, Ontario, Canada.

Name of band:
The Windsor Project.

Who else is in your band?
Peter Michael Simpson.

How would you describe yourselves and your music?
Just two guys who love writing, and playing some great music.

Who are your main influences musically?
We're influenced by anyone who's ever pick up an instrument.

What do you hope to achieve in music?
Personal satisfaction, and to leave our mark on the musical world.

What has been the highlight of your career so far, and why?
Doing this! After nearly a decade apart, a chance meeting in a music shop brought us back together for another go, and here we are!

And what’s the moment you want to forget?
Oddly enough, we've NEVER had a "moment" yet. (Knock wood).

If you had to pick just one of your songs to represent your music, what would it be and why? 
So The Story Goes. It was the piece that we managed to find "OUR" sound, both instrumentally and vocally. Not to mention it's still a fan fav!

Where can we listen to it?
http://www.reverbnation.com/thewindsorproject/songs


Where can we find out more about your music?
Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Windsor-Project/255435874647264?ref=aymt_homepage_panel
Twitter at https://twitter.com/WindsorProject
YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCgvxlhxekyJBxc0szHQ626g/videos
Soundcloud at https://soundcloud.com/bob-black-13
And Reverb Nation at http://www.reverbnation.com/thewindsorproject 

Anything else you’d like to say about your music that I forgot to ask? 
All our music is still FREE to download on Reverb Nation, although we're in the works of connecting with Factory Fast Record in NY, (Twitter @NYCFactoryFast) and may have to cancel the FREE option... 
We hope you enjoy what we're doing, and we'll TRY to keep the songs coming once a month. 

Zurückspulen Q&A

Your name:
Glenn Kirchner

Where are you from?
Austin, Texas, USA

Name of band: 

Zurückspulen (German for "Rewind")

Who else is in your band?

Karl Unsichtbar.  Also, some our songs include lyrics written by Christina Seiffert-Glidden, a classmate and fellow teenybopper in the 80s.

How would you describe yourselves and your music?

We never made it out of the 80s. We got our start back then using analog synthesizers, but the cheap ass ones. We'd flip through "Keyboard" magazine dreaming of owning a Jupiter 8, a Fairlight, Emulator, etc. Today's technology has allowed us the opportunity to use nearly perfect samples of those old beasts we so badly wanted. The hard part is staying true to the style of music now that there are so many bells and whistles on today's computers and keyboards. Our retro style of "New Wave" is a fairly small niche, but we promise our fans we won't sell out unless it's for money.

Who are your main influences musically?

We could go on for hours talking about what we'd learned from our heroes like Martin Gore, Alan Wilder, Vince Clarke, Gary Numan, Kraftwerk, Human League, etc., but for me (Glenn), I'd have to say I thoroughly enjoyed the eccentric and laid back approach Blancmange had. While the aforementioned artists were fairly consistent in style, Blancmange seemed more experimental, and yet sweet sounding synthpop was always the result. Oh, and who didn't admire the programming skills of Girogio Moroder? We spent hours trying to duplicate his arpeggios and sequences.

What do you hope to achieve in music?

We would love to be the reason people start rolling up their pants, bleaching their big hair, growing rat tails, and wearing white jazz shoes with no socks again. If we can't make that happen, we'll be okay with people to listening to our music and being taken back in time, if only momentarily.  

What has been the highlight of your career so far, and why?

We are a relatively new band, so just being featured on internet radio stations makes us quite happy. Last week we were #2 in Loop Radio's "Top 30" countdown. They may be small victories, but they keep us going, and damnit!, we love what we do. We are also grateful to people like you, who showcase our band, along with so many other of today's awesome independent musicians.

And what’s the moment you want to forget?

We'd love to forget the introduction of the Yamaha DX7 in 1983. It killed our careers before they even got started. It was the beginning of the end for analog synthesis and New Wave synthpop. After that, everything was just kinda "pop". The thing was also a bitch to program.

If you had to pick just one of your songs to represent your music, what would it be and why?

It would have to be "The Bomb". Christina penned the lyrics in the early 80s, and like most kids back then, she was worried about nuclear war with the Soviets. We receive lots of feedback about how the cheesy, yet thick synth sounds coupled with the old school lyrics truly transport people back in time when we play it. If you were a kid back then, you will most likely relate to the song.

Where can we listen to it? 

https://soundcloud.com/zspulen/the-bomb



Where can we find out more about your music?

http://Zuruckspulen.com
http://twitter.com/zuruckspulen
http://soundcloud.com/zspulen

Anything else you’d like to say about your music that I forgot to ask?

New Wave rules - again!