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Music Interviews : Steve, Alicja and Nelson from Evereal

Would you guys please introduce yourselves and explain your role in the band?
Steve: I kinda play everything….Guitar, keys, orchestration. I write drums, bass and
whatever needs to be done.
Nelson: I’m the drummer. I contribute to some of the lyric writing but Alicja writes most of
the lyrics.
Alicja: Hey there I’m Alicja and I do the singing around here, little acoustic guitar as well!

Where did you guys meet and how did you form this band?
Steve: I met Gord when I joined a Rush tribute band called “Moving Pictures”. We had a
great time and that was one killer band. So when I was looking for a bass player Gord and
I already had a strong musical history together. I met nelson when he auditioned for the
drumming job but had other commitments which meant we went with another drummer on
the first album. When we were ready to retool for a new release Nelson became available
and jumped on board.
Nelson: I actually joined Steve and Gord when Evereal was kind of on pause and they
were putting together an Evanescence tribute band called Foreverescence. We needed a
singer and I had been in a band with Alicja. When Steve asked if she might consider
singing for us I knew she would because when she was in high school she had actually
done an Evanescence tribute. She’s a huge Amy Lee fan. She wasn’t in Foreverescence
for long before Steve realized that Alicja would also be a good fit for Evereal because he
needed a singer who could also write lyrics and Alicja is actually a very good songwriter
herself. It was just a perfect fit.
Alicja: Yes needles to say I was obsessed with Evanescence in high school and I believed
I actually “was” her hahaha! When I was asked to partake in the tribute I did not even have
to think about it, it was soooo much fun.

What kind of music do you make or would like to make in the future?
Steve: While I like what we do i would love to branch out a bit and add more heavy
electronica. I think that mixed with strings and piano would be an interesting sound.
Nelson: I just go with whatever Steve wants to do. He’s very much influenced by
progressive rock which I really enjoy playing. I know whatever he decides to do it’s going
to be challenging and interesting.

Alicja:I love that idea Stephen, let’s do it!

What do you enjoy the most about the process of making music together?
Steve: I enjoy the process of making something complete and polished from nothing or
from a rough idea… I like to call it “polishing the Turd”. It great to send an idea off the
Alicja and receive her ideas and see where those ideas take the music.
Nelson: He’s not kidding. Steve likes to polish and rewrite. When he gives me a rough
song to start learning I often end up having to learn many versions because he is
constantly reworking songs. The core melody and structure is still there but he will add or substract a lot of embellishments. I sometimes think he should be a producer because he
puts in a ton of work on the production side of things.
Alicja: Working together is a lot of fun, Stephen and I have a lot of funny moments when
we are working on vocals and we can be so insync sometimes and we both hear the same
harmony or something. I like hearing the idea in my head come to life.

What are some of your favourite themes to explore through your music?
Steve: I tend to gravitate towards more social and current news events. I also tend to write
alot in minor keys which tend to sound more mystic and darker.
Alicja: I tend to write from a darker, more moody place. I like using imagery, metaphors, rhyming…and
sometimes I do not know what the lyrics truly mean until I go through something and then I listen back and
I go “Ooooohhh, yes that’s what that means”.

Who are some artists that you love or who you’d say has had a huge influence on
your work?

Steve: So many….Where to start? some of the artists I really love don’t reflect what I write.
Bands such as Yes, King Crimson, Saga are all huge influences bit don’t reflect directly in
my sound.as far a guitar players I would say, Lifeson, Rhoads, Howe, Holdsworth, Vai they
all floor me and I love their styles.
Alicja: For me Amy Lee from Evanescence is a heavy influence as well as Christina
Aguilera in my early days.
Nelson: My early influences were Rush, Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple, Rainbow, Ronnie
James Dio. More recently, Nightwish has been an influence since I played in a band
before this one that did a lot of Nightwish. I also really like Mike Portnoy’s various projects,
like Sons of Apollo and Winery Dogs.

Where can someone looking for your music, find it?
Steve: All the regular spots.
https://www.evereal.org/
https://www.facebook.com/everealband
https://www.instagram.com/everealofficial/?hl=en
https://www.youtube.com/c/EverealBand
https://open.spotify.com/artist/17mUVDdPEzybiGUGJ0zmBI?si=L0MQyJCvRpmHHYilmp9vNQ
https://nelsonbennett.wixsite.com/evereal-epk

What’s your favourite part about touring/ doing live performances?
Steve: The people. It really is about the fans. They are the singular reason you get
onstage. The energy they bring and give to you makes all the hard work worthwhile.
Meeting people and hearing their stories is strangely satisfying too.

Alicja: Yes it is the people and their energy for me as well. There is nothing like it, it’s
magic.

What kind of message would you like to give your fans, through your music?
Steve: On the last release there are some socially conscious messages related to
addiction, abuse and mental health that are all relevant. while they may not scream
socially aware in your face, if you read the lyrics a little deeper the messages are there.
Alicja: I hope the music inspires people in some way and maybe they find it helpful or healing or just plain
fun to rock out to.

Where do you guys see yourselves in the future, or what are your future plans
for the band?

Steve: Continue to write and release music. Live shows and see where this journey takes
us. It’s really difficult with the current situation to tell what might happen in the near future
but we would like to be part of it.
Alicja: Yes we have been working on new music and we are trying to have a larger collaboration
with the entire band as well in our writing process.

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Music Interviews : Flush

  1. Would you guys please introduce yourselves and explain your role in the band?

Hey, we are Flush from Finland. Members are Lasse (vocals, guitars, songs), Janne (guitars), Eero (bass) and Börje (Drums). This is Lasse responding to the questions.


2. Where did you guys meet and how did you form this band?

The original core of the band met in the Helsinki suburbs when we were kids. Back then, kids wore cowboy outfits and played with toy guns, so that’s how we got started. After a few band iterations we formed Flush, mostly inspired by punk and various forms of alternative rock. The current line-up was established in 2018 and it is when things really started taking off again.


3. What kind of music do you make or would like to make in the future?

We are typically described as either punk rock or some form of alternative rock. These genre categories are quite difficult, as we don’t directly fit into one specific bucket. We like to explore various shapes and sounds. In the near future, I think we might explore slightly heavier and edgier sounds. Time will tell though…


4. What do you enjoy the most about the process of making music together?

As the songwriter I am always fascinated by how the song ideas, riffs and melodies I have, change and take shape once the band starts arranging it. The songs always end up sounding like Flush, regardless of different I sometimes think they are. For me, music is my most important form of therapy and it helps dealing with my struggles and anxieties. Writing music is not a choice but a must for me.


5. What are some of your favourite themes to explore through your music?

I write about real things that I see or experience. Some songs are relationships songs, some about fears and anxieties, some about the society and politics… all the real stuff. Recently I have been exploring more third-person story-based writing, where fiction meets reality.


6. Who are some artists that you love or who you’d say has had a huge influence on your work?
Usually we mention bands like Bad Religion and Pavement, who are great examples of integrity and authenticity. In terms of song writing and creating musical art, the two big names are Tom Waits and Nick Cave. Extremely creative, bold, authentic, and inspirational music.

7. Where can someone looking for your music, find it?

We are available on all digital platforms. Easiest way to find is to go to our website https://flush.rocks to find the links, or then search for the band Flush and album name ‘It Began as a Mistake’ (released October 2020).


8. What’s your favourite part about touring/ doing live performances?

Playing live is the best part of being in a band. It is where all the hard work comes together and we get to share it with people. Studio work and practicing is great, but the real thing is live shows. It’s why we do this.


9. What kind of message would you like to give your fans, through your music?

Our lyrics deal with the darker side of life, but our point is to give people glimpses of hope in the despair that surround us. When we support each other, we can get through the hardest of times, together.


10. Where do you guys see yourselves in the future, or what are you future plans for the band?The first and most pressing thing is for the world to return to some form of normalcy so that live music can return again. We haven’t gotten to celebrate and promote our new album, so we hope to be able to play some shows sometime in 2021. We have some new material in the works as well, so maybe we will record something in the new year too. Look us up on Facebook (https://facebook.com/flushmusic) or check our website at https://flush.rocks to stay updated on our plans.

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Music Interviews : Eternal Closure

1. Would you guys please introduce yourselves and explain your role in the band?

Hi! We’re Eternal Closure, a Metalcore band from Montreal, Quebec. Our current lineup is

Maggy: Main Vocalist
Olivier: Guitar and Clean Vocals
Jonathan: Bass Guitar and Scream Vocals
Phil: Drums

2. Where did you guys meet and how did you form this band?

I (Olivier) met our old guitarist Carlos in school. He had this fun project with friends and they needed a bass player. I had never really played bass before, but I needed to play music in a band. As the project became serious, I took over the lead guitar duties. It’s been quite the journey since then but we feel like we’re ready to take the next step.

3. What kind of music do you make or would like to make in the future?

Music that’s good haha. Seriously though, we try to blend as many influences as we can to keep the songs from getting stale. There’s a healthy mix of old and new. The proggier side of us is more present on our second album, “Color of Our Fears: Rediscovered”. It’s even truer for the newest material which I can’t wait to show people.

4. What do you enjoy the most about the process of making music together?

Listening to the first full mix of a new album together is always something extremely special. It brings  out the kid in me, I can’t help it. I jump everywhere and have a smile glued to my face.

5. What are some of your favourite themes to explore through your music?

The lyrics on the first two albums tend to be introspective more than anything. Pretty much none of it is too happy or too dark. It mostly deals with the grey areas in all situations. The new material though is a bit meaner. With everything that’s going on in the world right now, there is quite a bit of material to choose from.

6. Who are some artists that you love or who you’d say has had a huge influence on your work?

It may not be immediately apparent, but there is a lot of Dream Theater in the music that I write. Our longest songs, “Survive” and “Deserter”, are essentially me trying to blend Dream Theater with a more digestible melodic metalcore sound based on bands such as Killswitch Engage or As I Lay Dying.

7. Where can someone looking for your music, find it?

Everywhere you can think of really. Our material is all over the internet. Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon, YouTube, Deezer, Tidal, Bandcamp… The choice is yours! Check out our recent release “Color of Our Fears: Rediscovered” when you can. If you like the kind of music we make, I see no reason why you wouldn’t love something on it.

8. What’s your favourite part about touring/ doing live performances?

When you’ve started the first song and you know that there are no technical issues. After that moment something clicks and I can fully get into it. Ofcourse it also helps when the crowd is amazing. It gives me an energy that I don’t really have in everyday life.

9. What kind of message would you like to give your fans, through your music?

Stand up for yourself but don’t confuse that with being a prick. It’s a fine line to manage but it’s really important.

10. Where do you guys see yourselves in the future, or what are you future plans for the band?

We have a new chemistry going on at the moment, and we hope that now we can finally breakout into the band I know we can be. We want it to be our job moving forward and are taking all the steps towards that goal. 

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Music Interviews : Dig Two Graves

Would you guys please introduce yourselves and explain your role in the band?
Kenny: I play drums and am the only one free to do the interview at the moment
unfortunately :C. I also like cats.
Josh: Guitar
Mike: Vocals
Jesse: Bass

Where did you guys meet and how did you form this band?
Kenny: Me and Josh have been friends since elementary school and were both into music
for most of our lives. We formed the band in 2017 after we graduated high school. Josh
found Mike in a college class and he was very interested in the material that we had
started working on. We then needed a bassist and found Jesse on Instagram and reached
out to him and the rest is history.

What kind of music do you make or would like to make in the future?/
Kenny: Anything that I can add blast beats and unnecessary fills to really. We haven’t
really set any boundaries for ourselves. We’ll just have to wait and see where our musical
tastes end up.

What do you enjoy the most about the process of making music together?
Kenny: I like watching the progress of each song as they come along and then seeing
what the final version ends up being like. Most of our songs go through a lot of changes
from the first iterations to what they become.

What are some of your favourite themes to explore through your music?
Kenny: Mostly difficult times and sadness.

Who are some artists that you love or who you’d say has had a huge influence on your
work?
Make them Suffer, Silent Planet, the gazette, Asking Alexandria, Kanye West

Where can someone looking for your music find it?
We are on all major digital platforms!

What’s your favourite part about touring/ doing live performances?
Kenny: I like watching the crowd really get into the music and vibe. Our shows are always
a good time.

What kind of message would you like to give your fans, through your music?
Kenny: We don’t usually have any messages we try to get across, we just try to make the
music we want to make and hope people enjoy it. A lot of the lyrics are about hard times and experiences but I wouldn’t say there’s necessarily a message or statement trying to be made. People can take what they would like from our songs.

Where do you guys see yourselves in the future, or what are your future plans for the band?
Once covid is over and we release our debut full length album we definitely would want to
do some tours. We had shows lined up but then covid cancelled everything :C.

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Music Interviews: Alien Feelings on how they formed their band and more.

Would you guys please introduce yourselves and explain your role in the band?
Hello, we are Alien Feelings. Our lead singer-songwriter and rhythm guitarist is Josh Evans. On Bass
we have Tim “The Sex” Jones. Our lead guitarist is Ryan “Red Eyed Jedi” Harrington. And our animal
behind the kit and bedroom doors is Dale Lloyd.

Where did you guys meet and how did you form this band?
It started out when Josh enlisted Dale’s knowledge of music production to help him on his solo
project. They both met whilst Josh was doing solo performances at one of our local pubs. They both
recorded a demo for “Good Looking” at Dale’s house in a single session, and from there felt it
needed to be taken further Ryan and Josh had knew each other for years having attended the same
primary and secondary schools, but it wasn’t until they were both in sixth form that they learned of
each other’s passion for music of a similar genre, and skipping classes to get stoned. I (Ryan) can
remember leaving Josh with my iPod, which had a Ramones cover of “Sufin’ Bird” on it, around
about the time that family guy episode first aired, while I went for dinner. Needless to say the whole
fucking school could hear it, and when I returned we were locked out of sixth form. Anyway, having
previously worked together in a few bands that never lasted more than a practice or three, Josh
invited me along to do a lead track for a track called “Waiting for Better Days”, we did a video which
may still be on our YouTube, but it’s definitely on Facebook. Happy with the results, we were only
missing a bassist. Tim and Dale were friends in school and regularly meet up for a pint in the week.
Tim had never played before but was eager to learn due to his love of music. Tim and I met whilst
working for the same company, and discovered we share a love of skanking to Reel Big Fish and
getting high. After we did our first demos we started practicing, and it wasn’t long before we were
invited to work with The Animal Farm on our debut EP Bondage & Lipstick

What kind of music do you make or would like to make in the future?
People have told us its indie with elements of punk and grunge, I personally think we’re a lot heavier
than most indie stuff musically and subjectively. In the future I’d personally like us to do some ska-
punk stuff, I just love the energy.

What do you enjoy the most about the process of making music together?
I personally enjoy the gigging most of all, as I’d imagine most musicians do. But I find it intriguing
watching Josh just sit there with a guitar and have a skeleton ready for the next song in minutes.

What are some of your favourite themes to explore through your music?
We haven’t done any yet, but I’m a bit of an Iron Maiden fan, and they do a lot on literature and
war, which is something I find very interesting, especially WW2. (I dragged the lads around the
Imperial War Museum on our first visit to London).

Who are some artists that you love or who you’d say has had a huge influence on your work?
I grew up a huge Green Day fan, as a 10 year old they were the reason I first picked up a guitar. I
went to the Milton Keynes gig, which went on to become “Bullet in a Bible” and from then on it was
always the dream. If you’ve ever noticed a big fuck off welsh flag during footage of that show, it was
me, my old man and some friends. Nowadays I’m well into NOFX, Rancid and Reel Big Fish

Where can someone looking for your music, find it?
You can find our debut EP Bondage & Lipstick on all major music streaming services such as spotify
and deezer, we’re also on YouTube, where you can check out the video for “Scream”, which was
made by our very own Josh Evans Here’s a few links

What’s your favourite part about touring/ doing live performances?
Well, if we don’t have a driver, it usually me that does the driving, but the games we play on the
road make the journey alone a highlight. If I’m not driving, then I get to ride the wave of energy we
find ourselves with after our performance and do some drinking. Sometimes too much!

What kind of message would you like to give your fans, through your music?
Never give up, chase those dreams and shit can only get better. 18 months ago, Alien Feeling didn’t
exist!

Where do you guys see yourselves in the future, or what are you future plans for the band?
Hopefully we’ll be able to make a living doing what we love, but, in these uncertain times, we don’t
even know when our next gig is. We’ve got plans to do a live set which will be pre-recorded, with
only the band, a sound engineer and a light tech in attendance, but due to Covid restrictions in North
Wales, have no idea when it will be done, hopefully in the next few weeks, restrictions will ease. In
the meantime, we recently recorded some more demos and are looking to get more done shortly,
with hope of having something new out next year.
socials

https://www.facebook.com/Alienfeelins

https://www.instagram.com/alienfeelingsmusic/

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQfO471t-GvRWefTmxCmGyw

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Music Interviews: A Hearty Conservation With Little King

1. Would you guys please introduce yourselves and explain your role in the band?

We are Little King…Ryan Rosoff (me, Guitar and Voice), Manny Tejeda (Bass and some Voice), Eddy Garcia (Drums and no Voice).  Since 1997, I have been the sole writer (music and lyrics) and producer of the last 6+ Little King albums, and this is Eddy’s 4th album on drums and Manny’s 2nd on bass. For the first time in 23 years, I have kept a lineup together for back to back albums…more on that later!

2. Where did you guys meet and how did you form this band?

Eddy and I met at a club he co-owned with his brother called The Attic (which changed to Debut Records) in about 1995.  He has always been the drummer and founder of Pissing Razors, the legendary Texas Metal band.  He and his brother Danny opened the Attic in the early 90’s in El Paso as a place where local original bands could play for a few people, or sometimes a lot of people.  Little King actually had its first CD release party there in 1997, and Ed and I have been friends ever since. But he didn’t start working on LK records until 2003 when we recorded Virus Divine at his studio, Krank Records.  After that, he played drums and engineered on Legacy of Fools (2008), OD1 (2014), Occam’s Foil (2019), and now the upcoming release, which is titled Amuse De Q. 

Manny and I met in Delaware, where until recently I lived for the last 7 years.  Manny is originally from the Dominican Republic but has lived in the States for about 15 years, and we met through mutual friends in the little music scene in Rehoboth Beach.  Just hit it off, probably because we are both a little nuts and more ambitious than the average cover band musician!  So, when we met and I was like, “Yeah, I’ve made a few records and I’m working on another one” in 2017, he jumped on board.  Glad he did…he is the bass player Little King needed.  Great vocalist, too.  And we are very close friends, as are Eddy and I.

3. What kind of music do you make or would like to make in the future?

Ha! You tell me?  I guess it’s Melodic Progressive Dynamic Rock. Lots of moods, so little time. I have been around the block, and the thing I always try to achieve with Little King records is to touch on a wide variety of genres and feels while still sounding like US.  I think we’ve gotten really good at that, and after just listening to the playback of the raw tracks from Amuse De Q, I think this is next-level.  Very pleased…we just got out of phase 1 in the studio in El Paso, and I think our fans are gonna love it.

When you’ve made as much music as I have through the years, one thing you are conscious of is not to be repetitive. That can be difficult, as I am drawn to certain styles and riffs and progressions.  I even copped one from my first album for the new record (no one will know, because no one gets to even HEAR that first abomination!)  So, through using different musicians, arrangements, pushing myself outside of my comfort zone, and purposely trying to change things up, I think Little King remains dynamic and original.  Again, different styles but STILL LITTLE KING!

4. What do you enjoy the most about the process of making music together?

We are all good friends, and Little King was born from a desire to make music with my friends!  After all this time, the thrill is still fresh for me.  I love the possibilites, the tangible progress, and the realization of a goal.  Having a completed project is something no one can ever take away from you, and if people like and appreciate that, so much the better.  We are all very different people with different skill sets, but without a doubt this lineup compliments each other in an incomparable way.  I think Occam’s Foil from last year showed that, and this new record is an extension of that chemistry and infused with comfort and familiarity. 

5. What are some of your favourite themes to explore through your music?

I have a degree in Creative Writing and I was an English teacher for a bit, so I put as much care and effort into my lyrics as I do with the music. This is my LEGACY, dammit…the words have to have meaning and be as timeless as possible. It’s important for me to listen back and still be able to relate to what I was thinking and creating at that milepost in my life. It’s even more important to do so when we play live…if I am not in touch with a particular message or sentiment from a past album or song, it will not make the cut, no matter how much fun it might be to play or how much our audience want to hear it.

For every album, there is a through-line.  I won’t go into detail here, but you can read about each of them in our bio at www.littlekingtunes.com.  For the new record, I was inspired by the quarantine and all of it’s gnarly repercussions.  Solitude, domestic abuse, sobriety, the BLM and counter-movements, sickness, the upcoming election, social media wars, and more.  I mean…if you are an artist and can’t find inspiration from current events, go find another hobby!  So Amuse De Q…inspired by and during the quarantine, and the Muse Melpomene (the muse of tragedy and chorus) makes a couple appearances on the new record. She’s been a fickle witch this year, no?

6. Who are some artists that you love or who you’d say has had a huge influence on your work?

I always cite Rush, Zeppelin, Steely Dan, Floyd, and Talking Heads.  They are always in there and it’s in my DNA.  But I want people to know that I love and take inspiration from some very different sources as well.  Tupac, Peter Tosh, Vivaldi, Mozart, Jerry Garcia, Widespread Panic, Phish, King Sunny Ade, Paul Simon, Sting…they all are in regular rotation right now.  Snoop is always on in my house, too…his reggae album as Snoop Lion is one of my favorite records ever.  Listened to a lot of Allah Las and Tame Impala this year as well.

7. Where can someone looking for your music, find it?

Everywhere online, really…but particularly on our web site.  All of our last 5 albums are available to stream from YouTube and Apple Music, and there are streaming links etc. on our web site.  Only the last couple albums are on Spotify, for some reason, but I’m working on that.  But if you look up Little King, there are a couple others out there, so make sure you cross-check it with our catalog at www.littlekingtunes.com

Some guy in 2018 in Texas decided to call his band Little King.  I mean, really?  I had been making albums in Texas for 21 years prior to that, and he didn’t even bother to check?  Lazy and shitty. So every once in awhile a fan or press person will email me and say, “Hey, is this you?  Doesn’t sound like you!”  And I have to explain that some people lack the creativity to name their band properly.

8. What’s your favourite part about touring/ doing live performances?

I barely remember!  We haven’t toured properly in a long time, as I have been busy as a single dad, business owner, and hermit. But I love playing on the road…you get to try and win fans in person every night, and even if you have a mediocre show the night before, you get a clean slate and a chance to win the day.

With so much music out there now in the streamingverse, anyone can make a record and distribute it. I try to keep an open mind, but there’s something about a guy with a computer and a mic making and album and releasing it that just rubs me wrong. I mean…do you have any idea how long it takes me to write and edit and write and edit and perform actual instruments in an actual studio?  And along comes Joe Shit The Doofus with an album that was completely computer-generated?  It probably sounds great, too!  So actually…hmmm…I quit?


But no one can defeat an awesome live performance. It’s the Great Divider…almost anyone can make a song sound decent with Pro Tools, but can you deliver it live? How’s your stage presence…are you entertaining?  Can you be dymanic?  How long can you hold someone’s attention for?  It’s a bit like theater vs. movies. That tense feeling of walking the tightrope in a live setting, for both performer and audience, is palpable. Will they fuck up?  What improv wizardry or douchebaggery do they have in store?  I miss that vibe…and it WILL be back.

9. What kind of message would you like to give your fans, through your music?

Think more deeply, question everything, challenge yourself and expand your vision of what happiness and kindness really means. Do not just take things at face value, and that includes your musical choices.  I don’t know if Little King is every gonna be the soundtrack for a casual listener, and that’s totally okay with me.  But listen closely, find what works for you, and dive in.  You only get one go-round and anything less than full investment into your own life and happiness is a waste of time. And also…rock the fuck on.

10. Where do you guys see yourselves in the future, or what are you future plans for the band?

I’ll be over in 20 minutes for lunch.  Thanks for the hummus!

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Music Interviews: Tarah & Coralie From Tarah Who?

1. Would you guys please introduce yourselves and explain your role in the band?
CH: My name is Coralie and I’m the drummer of Tarah Who?TGC: HI! I am Tarah, founder, singer, and guitar player of Tarah Who?

2. Where did you guys meet and how did you form this band?
CH: I joined the band 3 years ago, Tarah and I were friends on Facebook. I messaged her when I was moving to LA and a few months after she asked me if I wanted to try out for her band Tarah Who?
TGC: I started Tarah Who? in 2006 when I moved to LA. II went through a lot of musicians over the years until I met and auditioned Coralie. We hit it off right away. Musically she is a really good drummer and on a personal level, we are really close friends. We are on the same wavelength when it comes to working on the project and making things happen.

3. What kind of music do you make or would like to make in the future?
CH: The Tarah Who’s sound is a mix between different genres like rock/punk/alternative but at the same time we have our own sound. We have a raw and heavy sound.TGC: Yeah… It is really hard for us to put us in one category. I write how I feel and I stay as authentic to the emotions as possible. I am a child from the ’90s so I have those sounds and noises in my blood but I am not trying to sound like anyone. I like what we do right now. I think that we gave Tarah Who? its own sound. I play drums and bass in other projects and it is all in different genres of Rock. 

4. What do you enjoy the most about the process of making music together?
TGC: I write all the songs and send the drum tracks to Coralie. She then adds her own touch and solos for the live performance. I love working with Coralie because she is professional and she knows when to follow the song and when she can add her own fills. I have worked with drummers in the past, their ego was so big, you could not tell them anything or they didn’t take their role as a musician seriously. They would just come to the show unrehearsed, assuming they knew the song because “It’s just RockBoom, Chak Boom Boom Chack” Turns out, if you don’t know the song… you are going to be lost and put all of your bandmates in a really awkward situation. Coralie is always prepared for rehearsal and for the show. She is reliable and that is truly ALL that you need to keep moving forward

5. What are some of your favorite themes to explore through your music?
TGC: I don’t really have a favorite theme per se but I think I go around the same ones unconsciously. People, reflections over life, events etc… It is very autobiographical. 

6. Who are some artists that you love or who you’d say has had a huge influence on your work?
CH: My favorite band is Nightwish, a symphonic metal band, more generally I love classic rock and metal.TGC: I was a big Alanis fan growing up and I am sure that I was influenced by her singing and freedom of writing. Then I discovered Motorhead, Pantera, The Distillers, Smashing Pumpkins, Foo Fighters, Hole, L7, Garbage, TOOL, RATM, etc… I love that 90’s sound and I am totally stuck into it.


7. Where can someone looking for your music, find it?
TGC: The easiest way would be to google TARAH WHO? and pick your favorite media. Basically, we are on iTunes, Spotify, Deezer, youtube, etc… We try to be everywhere people seem to be looking for new music.

8. What’s your favorite part about touring/ doing live performances?
CH: Playing music, having a good time, and giving people some fun.TGC: Connecting with people, meeting new musicians and bands, traveling, discovering new cities, cool venues, the adrenaline and the rush of the show. Experiencing a moment that you can never truly describe. The kind of stories that all you can say is ” you have to be there to understand!” 

9. What kind of message would you like to give your fans, through your music?
TGC: I would love for people to relate to our songs, whether it is musically, where people get the fast pace, loud drums and we all headbang together, or if it is through the stories. We can connect and think ” I totally know what you are talking about!” or if it is a more serious song like “Unbalanced” or “Human to be” I hope to inspire kindness towards each other. No matter what race or sexuality, just be kind to each other. It is super cheezy, I know.. but as I see the world we live in right now, I can tell you we are not so kind to each other. I am shocked to see what is happening in the world and how unfair people are against one another. I think that if you have a good amount of followers, it is your DUTY to influence people in the right direction. 


10. Where do you guys see yourselves in the future, or what are your future plans for the band?
CH: Making music and touring all around the world.TGC: Our immediate plans are the releases of our live sessions: https://youtu.be/tcMErspjMy8Music video: https://youtu.be/4xfeNfJJwAsThen episode 4 of docu-series: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Vi4OT7QdOI
and after that, we will be headed back to the studios to record a new ep! 
All of our tours and festivals have been canceled so everything will have to be online at the moment. 

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Music Interviews: A Chat With Miles From Miles and The Chain Gang.

Would you please introduce yourselves and explain your role in the band?

Hi I’m Miles. I sing and write songs, play guitar. The other band members are Billy Hickling (drums), Tim Bruce (bass) and Alan Dawson (guitar).  We also have a few friends that have been helping us with recording. 


Where did you guys meet and how did you form Miles and the Chain Gang?

We met in 2018 through a series of coincidences, playing open mic nights in York. Billy and I were at Ruby Tuesday one night and played together. Then we did a music and poetry gig and Tim was there, and we got chatting in the pub afterwards. Alan walked into The Three Legged Mare one night in York, en route from Scotland to Love Supreme Festival in Brighton. It was weird how it came together. 

What kind of music do you make or would like to make in the future?

I guess it’s just rock ‘n’ roll. Singer-songwriter stuff, a bit of soul, a bit of new wave, a bit of pain, a glimpse of sunset. 


What do you enjoy the most about the process of making music together?

The best bands work in a collaborative way. You all bring your skills and talents and you combine them to make something fantastic. The best bands did this – The Beatles, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, The Who. They all brought something to the party. We have been recording recently and it’s a really creative process because Tim helps with the arrangements, plays a bit of keyboards, and Billy always has ideas for percussion and rhythm patterns. My role is to come up with good songs and sing them as well as I can. There’s nothing quite like being in a band. There was a book about The Clash, called Last Gang in Town. It is like that. That’s why we are Miles and The Chain Gang. 

What are some of your favourite themes to explore through your music?

Relationships. Sadness. Melancholy. Connection. Reaching out. Memory. Loss. Pain. Brief moments of rapture. A little joy. Those moments when the sky opens and your soul rockets upwards. 

Who are some artists that you love or who you’d say has had a huge influence on your work?

Bruce Springsteen. Bob Dylan. Van Morrison. Jackson Browne. The Who. Pink Floyd. Thin Lizzy. Del Amitri. Counting Crows. Billy Bragg. Joan Jett. Taylor Swift. The Jam. The Pretenders. The Police. Stone Roses.  ACDC. Rolling Stones. Bruce Cockburn. Stevie Wonder. Sam Cooke. Elvis Presley. Chuck Berry. Taylor Swift. Kim Wilde. UB40. Nirvana. The list goes on… 

Where can someone looking for your music find it?

We have a facebook page. And our video is on youtube. Just search ‘Miles and The Chain Gang’ – we’re around. 

What’s your favourite part about doing live performances?

The chance that sparks might fly. 


What kind of message would you like to give your fans through your music? 

Live now. Death is close at hand. Darkness crouches around us. We are specks in the universe. Be here now. 


Where do you guys see yourselves in the future? What are your future plans for Miles and the Chain Gang? 

I am looking forward to gigs, laughs, guitar solos, soundchecks, radio stations, microphones, merchandise, money,  hotels of varying quality, interesting crazy types in Dutch alleyways, moments of poetry, moments of exhaustion, moments of unalloyed joy, German promoters with big moustaches, hangers on, curry, beer, rip-roaring nights that you want to never end, sweat, showers, guitars and fireworks.  

Thanks for talking guys. Keep in touch. M x ……

Miles and the Chain Gang’s latest single ‘When It Comes To You’ is available on Spotify, GooglePlay, Apple Music and Amazon MP3. 

www.youtube.com/watch?v=V43RLsMBdWc

www.facebook.com/Miles-and-The-Chain-Gang 

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Music Interviews: Lee Heir On The End Of Prime (UK Band) And Their Journey So Far.

Would you please introduce yourself and explain your role in the band?

My name is Lee Heir, the lead singer of Prime (UK Band). Although I have decided we won’t play live again, I am finalising our last ever recordings with Chris D. Bramley who is on lead guitar and backing vocals. 


Where did you guys meet and how did you form this band?

I originally formed the group as a studio project in 2014, and in 2015 we began doing more live gigs, playing pretty much continuously for the first few years, until late 2019 when I wrapped up the band and decided no more shows.

What kind of music do you make or would like to make in the future?

We make rock music with blues, indie and punk influences. Now that the group is over, I want to compose more music for soundtracks and add electronic influences, but still keep the bluesy guitars in there, maybe like Ry Cooder meets Vangelis, who knows! 


What do you enjoy the most about the process of making music together?

It’s always satisfying when a germ of an idea becomes a fully formed song, whether it starts off with just vocal and acoustic guitar or a guitar riff and drums. It gives you the same level of satisfaction if it turns out to be a quality song, it doesn’t matter how you get there. 


What are some of your favourite themes to explore through your music?

I think realism is key. Be it realistic themes, events or even observations from afar from the outside looking in. On lyrics that come straight from my heart from personal experience I would never sing words that I wouldn’t sing in real life. I would also say that my music has become more autobiographical the older that I get. Maybe that will change in time, who knows. 


Who are some artists that you love or who you’d say has had a huge influence on your work?

I love people who put their emotions out there, so Lou Reed, David Bowie and Iggy Pop are huge influences, as are sixties bands like The Kinks, the edgier or more sarcastic tracks of the Stones, and The Byrds. 


Where can someone looking for Prime’s music find it?

Look on google or any social media and you’ll find us as ‘PrimeUKBand’, apart from facebook which is @ukprime. Also check out our website primeband.co.uk which has all the music in one place. 


What’s your favourite part about touring / doing live performances?

I started to enjoy it less and less over the last few years, which is why I decided to make my future projects purely studio based. That hasn’t always been the case though… Playing live used to be everything, the buzz of playing to a new audience or venue that I’d never been to before. 


What kind of message would you like to give your fans, through your music?

There’s no real message, I just hope you enjoy the honesty in the music, the hooks within the songs, and some pretty creative rock music. You’ll enjoy it better if you play it loud! 


Where do you guys see yourselves in the future, or what are you future plans for Prime (UK Band)? 

My guitarist Chris D Bramley is a fantastic songwriter and I’m sure he will continue to create some very heartfelt music. His ballads especially have lots of passion to them. I don’t see any future for Prime though, this part of my life with my first real band is over, and all that’s left is some decent music. That’s enough for me and will do nicely. 

Prime (UK Band) ‘Art / Facts’ Playlist out now:

https://open.spotify.com/album/6hH240cdSmfHLrNbhessWXPrime (UK Band) CD Digipak ‘Art/Facts’ out now:prime4.bandcamp.com/album/art-facts-2014-2018-cd-digipak-pre-order-uk-postal-price
Official Prime (UK Band) ‘In Summer’ Music Video: 

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Music Interviews: A Chat with Romeo, Lead Singer/Guitarist of Reaven.

Would you guys please introduce yourselves and explain your role in the band?

“I am Romeo (lead singer & guitarist of Reaven). At the drums & back vocals you will find Vince. At the bass & back vocals, it’s Rudy. And François is playing the keyboards and do the back vocals as well.”

Where did you guys meet and how did you form this band?

“It’s a long story of love ahah, but to cut it short, we started to make music together at school, years ago. It began with concerts in our hometown (a city called Troyes) for Vince (drummer of the band) and I (Lead-singer / Guitarist of the band).”

What kind of music do you make or would like to make in the future?

“We’re playing pop/rock music with a touch of electro sounds. And I think we will keep playing it for a long time ahah!”

What do you enjoy the most about the process of making music together?

“The feelings and vibes you get while doing it. You know, there is always this moment when you don’t need to say anything, you just look at each other while playing, and you know that this is good. You feel satisfied and unstoppable.”

What are some of your favourite themes to explore through your music?

“I really don’t have special themes actually. I can write about anything. The most important to me is to always try to give a sincere message in my lyrics.”

Who are some artists that you love or who you’d say has had a huge influence on your work?

“We do have a very large panel of influences. Musically, from the Woodstock years, The Beatles etc… to more recent bands like Kings of Leon, Muse etc…
We also have Rhythm’n’blues, classical and jazz influences…”

Where can someone looking for your music, find it?

“Everywhere? ahah. We are on all digital platforms (Spotify, Deezer, Itunes etc…) and Youtube of course. So I guess it won’t be too hard to find us normally!!”

What’s your favourite part about touring/ doing live performances?

“Living an experience. Touring, like being on stage is something unique. Each time it’s different. Different people you meet, different audience each night. It’s a wonderful adventure, and a very special one.”

What kind of message would you like to give your fans, through your music?

“I think I would like to give a positive message. A message of benevolence. We need that more than ever in our world today…”

Where do you guys see yourselves in the future, or what are you future plans for the band?

“On the road, touring worldwide I hope!! We will release soon our new album called “For Tomorrow” and we try to reschedule our tours for 2021.”

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