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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: 

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.”

Instagram / Twitter: @reavenmusic

Youtube Channel:
https://www.youtube.com/reavenmusic

Facebook Official Page:
http://www.facebook.com/reavenmusic/

Press Book Online:
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Music Interviews: Fox Violet On Exploring The Subconcious Mind Through Her Music.

Would you please introduce yourself to the readers?


Hi! My name is Thea, my project is called Fox Violet, and I am the principle songwriter and singer.

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

This project is a blend between indie rock and dark rock pop with dreamscape elements.

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

I really feel fulfilled by writing words that end up as music it truly gives my soul a big drink of sunshine. I love it and it keeps me going during this dark time in the world. The sharing is another core aspect that just makes everything worthwhile..

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

I love to explore the subconscious mind and subliminal messaging. I am fascinated by subtext and body language by what is not said, by those moments that really go un-noticed; the subtle parts of life that actually when held up under a mirror show us who we really are. I want honestly to create in a way that is not just about me though it may be influenced by my personal experience I want to shine a light out into the world..I hope to create more and more direct music as the goes on.

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

Radiohead, Radiohead, Radiohead, and Radiohead!

Where can someone looking for your music, find it?
I am on all streaming platforms, so Spotify is the big one, and everywhere else.

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

I love to truly talk with people after a show to get their experience on it, it makes me the happiest in the world when a complete stranger comes up to me afterwards and genuinely seems to connect with what I am making.

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

That is 1000000% ok to be weird, embrace your own weird, embrace your differences. It is the differences that will make you and create your own voice, one you should never alter or give up no matter what people expect of you, no matter what is cool or not. Be yourself, the people who don’t like it will fall away, the people who do will come to the front.

Where do you see yourself in the future, or what are you future plans ?

It is hard to answer that question right now with the state of the world being what it is. I just want to keep challenging myself and write music that keeps my integrity alive. Thank you.

Thanks, it was a pleasure talking to you. I’m really looking forward any future projects from you, and will be really excited for them.

Music Interviews: Emily Daccarett on why she feels Like she never Works.

Songs Voices Never Share

Emily Daccarett.

Would you please mind introducing yourself to the readers?
My name is Emily Daccarett and I’m the lead singer, songwriter, and artistic director. My bandmates will change depending on the project we are working on, however my go to guys for performing live are Vedant Joshi on keys, Pedro Asfora on guitar, Jake Absher on drums, and Max Pierce on bass.

Where did you guys meet and how did you form this band?
We met in the Musicians Institute in LA. We were all friends before and would jam together for fun and also on each other’s projects. We have a tight community and everyone will jam at least once together.

What kind of music do you make or would like to make in the future?
My EP Cannibal has a strong 80’s synth pop style mixed in with some 70’s rock. The album I’m currently working on will have more of the 70’s French pop I started out with and we will add certain elements from my EP. I can’t say much because we are still experimenting!

What do you enjoy the most about the process of making music together?
It does not feel like work, we are having fun trying out new things, and goofing around which usually leads to something cool. You start out with an idea as a songwriter, but it doesn’t fully flesh out until you start playing around.

What are some of your favourite themes to explore through your music?
Hope, fantasy, innocence, and seduction.

Who are some artists that you love or who you’d say has had a huge influence on your work?
David Bowie, Vanessa Paradis, Carla Bruni, Blondie, Pink Floyd, ABBA, and Serge Gainsbourg.

Where can someone looking for your music, find it?
On Spotify, Apple Music, Google Play Music, Amazon Music, Pandora, Youtube….. pretty much any streaming service.

What’s your favourite part about touring/ doing live performances?
Each performance is unique, and we learn something new each time. As terrifying as mistakes are, my bandmates are so talented that they turn it into something intentional.

What kind of message would you like to give your fans, through your music?
I want them to always have hope for a better tomorrow and give them something they can escape to. Just let themselves dream!

Where do you see yourself in the future, or what are you future plans for the band?
I would love to see us play at music festivals and tour other countries. I’m not the typical band, because I’m also a fashion designer and have my own womenswear brand. As I move forward with merging my two passions together, it brings forth a lot of questions for the future and also unique opportunities for us.

MUSIC Interviews : Alex & Ernie From Bison Face.

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

Ernie: I’m Ernie, I sing, play guitar and am the main songwriter.
Alex: I play lead guitar.

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

Alex: Ernie and I met back in school where we formed our first band. Me and Jonny used to be neighbours and knew each other from the local scene. Arthur, we met down at our local after he overheard we needed a bassist.

Ernie: Bison Face started as just an outlet for all these demos I’d been writing g, but once Al moved back up from Brighton and jumped on board it became an actual thing. Played a few shows last year and recorded a single and a 5 track. The process has been slow but we’ve finally got an actual band together as of like, March?

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

Ernie: It doesn’t really sit in one category, it’s mainly 90s esque grungey guitar driven alternative rock with smatterings of desert, shoegaze, noise, and some cinematic textures.

Alex: We make a mix of grunge and desert rock with elements of shoegaze and ambient.

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

Alex: The ability to express our individual flare and to see the synergy of this come about is what making music is all about.

Ernie: There is a moment when you learn a new song and everything clicks in a practice room, you feel like you’re riding this wave. When you nail a track you’ve written as a band it is the best.

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

Ernie: I write about a lot of different things. Mental health, daily life struggles, love, loss, all that. Some dystopian themes creep in, I’m fascinated with space. Recently some of the injustice in America has crept up; I usually write about what’s affecting me in that moment.

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

Alex: For me the biggest influences are Queens of the Stone Age, Pixies, Jeff Buckley, Led Zeppelin and Radiohead. We all have different musical backgrounds with a lot of overlap.

Ernie: My main musical influences would be Pixies, Nirvana, Radiohead, Soundgarden, MBV and Sonic Youth. Growing up I’d say Nirvana, Led Zep and Blur had the biggest influence on me. At the moment I’m loving the new Retirement Party record ‘Runaway Dog’.

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

Ernie: Our debut single Ladybird is available on all your friendly neighbourhood streaming platforms, and the video our friend Tom Sharp made for us is up on YouTube.

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

Alex: It’s the opportunity to improvise and experiment with the songs in a live context, as well as being able to perform songs to a new audience and get our music involved in a new scene.

Ernie: Playing shows is the payoff for slaving away writing and rehearsing. You put all this hard work in, then playing a killer show and feeling that electricity is the cathartic release at the end.

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

Ernie: I try not to be too head on with any particular issues, but if there is any message it would be to look after yourselves and look after each other. Life is great and life is shit in almost equal measure. Let’s have a good time.

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

Alex: For now, we are focussed on releasing our first EP and then to get touring hopefully as soon as possible. After that it would be great to work towards recording a full-length LP and then play some larger tours maybe outside the UK and get some festivals down. We’ll have to see how the music scene changes post Covid.

Ernie: Yeah, I’ve spent the whole of lockdown just writing and demoing new material, so we’ve got a deluge of stuff to sift through when we’re allowed to jam again. But once the EP is finished I just want to play everywhere and anywhere. I miss playing live with the guys more than anything.

Music Interviews: A casual chat with Terror of Emma

Would you begin by introducing yourself and telling something about yourself to the readers?

Sure! I go by many names on the internet, per my interests.My music persona is Terror of Emma, but I also go by Treasuring and Somearts for drawing, MyNameMyLeg for video, etc. Something about me would be that I like k-pop! The people that I met with are really nice! Mostly outside of twitter, but still!

Since you’re a k-pop fan, has it had any effect on the kind of music you make?

Well, I still do experimental EDM, I did do one pop song. It might be Korean, might be English. Depends on the type of singer.

Were you always interested in music, or is it something that you just stumbled upon?

I was always interested in music, even when I wasn’t making music. I remember my kid self in 1st-2nd grade listening to Selena Gomez and Britney Spears. Even when I tried to be a tomboy, I would also listen to music, in the form of those old “Character Theme Songs” on Youtube. Now, I listen to music, whether to shop online, ride in the car, or be submersed into my world.

Nice! Quite frankly, I do the same. So, when did you start making music and how did you get into it?

I started making music in High School as a freshman when I was done early in Graphic Arts class. I published my first song, “Boss Battle Part 2” in, I would say, 2018. Turns out, my music was popular in either my Piano class (which I sucked at) or my Graphic Arts Class, and I had my first set of fans on the first platform I published on, which was soundcloud.

That’s pretty cool. Now, what is your process of making music? Does it come naturally to you or do you prep and write first?

I guess it just comes naturally to me. I do make sure that the song sounds great; that’s a necessity. With the remixes, I think of, or search a song that I want to do a remix on. Then, I put in the beats. The beats could be similar to the song, the artist themselves, or something completely different. I then make sure it makes sense, too. Then, with the Garageband, I simply export it onto soundcloud. Otherwise on soundtrap, I would export it in an mp3 file, then distribute it on soundcloud and other sites.

Since you talked about remixing songs by other artist, who are some artists that really inspire you?

The artists that inspire me might be Daft Punk, The Fame Era of Lady Gaga, Lo-Fi (the genre) on one song, and Deadmau might be the closest inspo from an artist. As well as live shows, that too.

Internet culture. I forgot about Internet Culture.

Very cool! So what’s your ultimate goal in your music career?

The goal is to get recognized for my music, and to be appreciated. Indie, or mainstream. Also, when I’m 21, I want to have my first show live. That would be a big bonus. I would also like to collaborate with other people too, such as Billie Eilish.

That’s be a really cool collab, you have me excited. Best wishes for your career. Now you said earlier that you also do art and make videos,  how do you balance it all out?

Well, I actually made art for the previous album covers when I was in school, and I also made these two album covers for “Barbie go durr” aka THE TITLE IS THE ONLY LYRIC TO THIS SONG, and Industrialized Syntonize. As for the videos, I made mashups too! MyNameMyLeg Channel

That’s awesome, but with all these various projects how do you balance your social life?

Come to think of it, I just balance it without any planning. I usually talk with friends on Discord (because of quarantine), and I also socialize with people on Twitter and underrated forums that deal with kpop.

Speaking of quarantine, I guess I’m obliged to ask you the ‘in this strange times question. How are you dealing with it?

Quite well, since I’m an introvert, and someone who has autism.

That’s nice to know. It was lovely talking with you.

Thanks, it was nice talking with you too!

Music Interviews – Leaving Eden talk about new album ‘Dream With Me’ and film projects with Massimiliano Cerchi.

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

Hi, I’m Eric Gynan, Cofounder of the Rock band Leaving Eden from New England USA.

Leaving Eden Lineup: Eve Lead Vocals, Alyssa Bailey White Keys and Vocals, Jake Gynan Drums, Eric Gynan Guitars and Vocals, Rich Chouinard Bass and Vocals

https://leavingeden.com

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

Leaving Eden has been around for well over a decade. Co-founded by myself and Eve. Rick was in a previous band to Leaving Eden. Alyssa was at a gig and she wanted to play keys for us. The drum slot also  became available and Jake asked for it. I think every member of Leaving Eden are really top-notch musicians.

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

I consider Leaving Eden a multi Genre band branded in Rock/Metal, we also have folk, pop, alternative, progressive music that really tends to blend paired with lots of energy and a connection to the crowd. I always say Leaving Eden is best seen and heard live. Eve has a way with people that is intriguing. Lots of melody/harmony with hooks and lyrics that are based on reality to a certain extent.

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

Great question.  As a musician the best part is recording an album and playing live. It’s always been something that is very unique. Sharing these experiences with the band members gives you a special sense of comradery. When you’re up on stage it’s those five people making the music together, tight, full of energy and entertaining. The same goes for recording. It’s so fun knowing that you’re together creating something that will last forever. When it’s done it’s such a sense of achievement. 

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

I think there’s an ongoing theme of hope. I also think there’s darkness shadowed by the light. Every single one of us are embedded with good and evil.  It’s always been a struggle to overcome evil.  It’s reality, so we write about it. Most of our lyrics are based on reality in someway.

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

There are so many like Fleetwood Mac, Disturbed, Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin, Simon and Garfunkel.

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

We have seven albums released worldwide. You can find those albums on all the normal platforms such as Spotify, Pandora, iTunes, Amazon.

Our new album “Dream With Me” to be released in May, 2020, we were told it was the best pre-order for the label.

Leaving Eden New Album – Dream With Me. Photo by Mark Weiss.

Dream With Me is Leaving Eden’s 7th Album to be released world wide and distributed by Dark Star Records/Sony/Universal.  In this album we got the best of both worlds, where again like our last 2 Albums, we were able to take all the time necessary to record and produce “Dream With Me” in Leaving Eden’s Studio. But then, to have One of the best Rock Engineers in the world as far as I’m concerned, Grammy Award Winning Engineer Johnny K. (Disturbed, Staind, Finger Eleven, 3 Doors Down, Megadeath, Sevendust, Plain White T’s, POP Evil, Trapt, Drowning Pool, Alien Ant Farm, and many more) for Final Mix and Mastering is my dream scenario!  I love working With Johnny, he’s a genuine connoisseur of great music with so much talent, it’s such a pleasure to call him my friend. We’ve worked together on other albums but this one, to have the freedom to dig deep and experiment with my own unique recording techniques and then to have Johnny put his final touches on it was a real treat!” 

House of the Rising Sun Official Video
By Leaving Eden

Dream With Me Official Vide
(in a time of the CoronaVirus)
By Leaving Eden

Alyssa and I wrote the title track “Dream with me“.  We loved the song when it was finished. We felt it was a great title for the Album.  The video has a connection to the coronavirus.

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

Well it’s certainly one of the things that greatly motivates us.  Basically most of our friends have come through touring and playing live.  You get to meet people you never possibly could’ve met, you get to see places you’ve never possibly could’ve seen. Leaving Eden has toured the USA, UK & Canada sharing the stage with hundreds of the biggest national bands in the world including; 10 Years, 10 Years After (Woodstock Reunion), Adelitas Way, Alice Cooper, Alice In Chains, Anthrax, Apocalyptic Review (featuring members of Godsmack), Avenged Sevenfold, Big Brother and The Holding Company (Woodstock Reunion), Black Sabbath (Heaven & Hell), Blackstone Cherry, Bret Michaels, Buckcherry, Chevelle, Collective Soul, Country Joe (Woodstock Reunion), Damage Plan, (Featuring Dimebag & Vinnie Paul) Days Of The New, Disturbed, Dope, Dropkick Murphy’s, Drowning Pool, Five Finger Death Punch, Fuel,  Gemini Syndrome, Gin Blossoms, Godsmack, Halestorm, HELLYEAH, Herman Rarebell (The Scorpions), Hinder, Hookers & Blow (featuring members of Guns ‘N’ Roses, Quiet Riot, W.A.S.P.), In This Moment, Jefferson Starship (Woodstock Reunion), Killswitch Engage, Kittie, Korn, Lacuna Coil, LA Guns, Lamb Of God, Lita Ford,  Lynyrd Skynyrd, Marilyn Manson, Michael Schenker (UFO, MSG & The Scorpions) Motorhead, Mudvayne, Mushroomhead, Napalm Death, Nicko McBrain (Iron Maiden),  Nonpoint, One Eyed Doll, Papa Roach, Pop Evil, Powerman 5000, Puddle Of Mudd, Queensryche, Ratt, Rob Zombie, Ronnie James Dio, Saliva, Saving Abel, Scott Stapp (the voice of Creed), Sebastian Bach, Seether, Sevendust, Shinedown, Slayer, Soil, Soulfly, Steven Tyler, Stone Sour, Taproot, Ted Nugent, Testament, The Butcher Babies, The Misfits, Theory Of A Deadman, Trapt, Tremonti (Creed/Alterbridge), Trixter, Uncle Kracker, Warrant, ZZ Top, Nickelback, Skillet & many more.

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

I guess have fun, enjoy life, be responsible to yourself as well as others, open your mind and save your soul if you can.

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

Tracks from Leaving Eden albums will be featured in Massimiliano Cerchi’s movies: Painkiller, Mayday, Lockdown and Penthouse starring Michael Pare (The Philadelphia Experiment,  Eddie and the Cruisers). And Bloodthirst.

“We are excited about this new album also, because the entire album and lots of tunes from our previous albums will also be featured in a new fake reality comedy movie titled “The Nitwit”

Watch the teaser trailer For THE NITWIT MOVIE

Website:

https://thenitwitmovie.com

Originally I had written The Nitwit movie script loosely based on real life events with the intention of having Leaving Eden’s music throughout the movie and procuring other pros to make the movie. Where Leaving Eden has been involved with having our music placed in different movies and TV series this simply made sense. While in Iowa after wrapping up on a shoot I sat down with Nitwit Movie Producer, Ray Van Blarcom and Actor, Matt Moody over a scotch and threw the script down on the table. They started reading it, thought it was hilarious so we decided let’s make the movie. For me being the director of several music videos it was a very simple transition to direct The Nitwit Movie. Finally, I was intrigued by Matt Moody’s experience not only in production but as an actor. Ironically Matt fit the leading role as The Nitwit perfectly.  He then brought in Jordan Smith as his costar and Nitwit Movie Producer, Fran Huges, the rest is history. We expect the movie to be released in 2020 by SGL Entertainment.  Many concerts have been scheduled so we’re hoping that things start to shape up around here. Being isolated during the coronavirus is a very tough thing for most people so we definitely do wish for everyone’s safety.

https://leavingeden.com

There you will find everything you need to know about Leaving Eden.  Thanks much man it was a pleasure chatting with you here and I wish you peace and safety.

Music Interviews: “Heart & Hand Grenades” Talk about being a hard rock band based in buffalo.

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

We are Hearts & Hand Grenades, a Buffalo born hard rock band. We’ve got Stephanie Wlosinski on bass and lead vocals, Mike Bress on rhythm guitar and keys, Kenny Blesy on lead guitar, and Tom Lafferty on drums.

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

We all met through the cover music scene here in Buffalo. Stef and I started playing in bands together about eight years ago in a local rock band. Somewhere along the way we met Tom and Kenny in the scene, we became friends, and even started jamming together at some gigs. It wasn’t until Stef and I performed at a local telethon in early 2019 that we decided it was time to get our own original project going. This was due Robby Takac from the Goo Goo Dolls who approached us afterward and insisted we get in his Studio GCR and get the music laid down. We then approached Kenny and Tom to get them on board and here we are.

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

We are all about the hard rock. When we recorded our first EP ‘Wait’ we knew we wanted to make great hard rock songs. We ended up doing just that. We soon got to work on our second EP ‘Nothing Left’ and felt even stronger with the music as we moved toward our goal of being classified as a hard rock band. With our third EP release ‘Adrenaline’, I think we’ve arrived at our goal. The latest EP is full of some powerhouse rock music.

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

The creativity of building a song from scratch is the most fun for us. I like sitting down with a blank piece of paper and watching a song being born. From that first moment when you have that sweet guitar riff in your head, and you are able to build that into a complete idea is just great. It is very satisfying to see everyone put their thoughts and ideas into making the songs what they are in the end.

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

There are a lot that we’ve portrayed in the songs we released already. I’d have to say the dominant themes reside around hopelessness, anger, and frustration. Everyone in their lives has a story surrounding these at any given time. It is natural to take an idea in this area and run with it. Some are fiction and some are not.

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

I’d say going back to the early eighties with Judas Priest, Metallica, and AC/DC is where we draw a lot of influence from. Those guitar riffs and the overall feel of the songs were just ground-breaking. They have stood the test of time and you can hear their style and play of music in a ton of hard rock bands out there today.

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

Our music is available for streaming everywhere. You can find us on platforms like Spotify, Pandora, YouTube, Deezer, Jango, etc. It is also available for purchase from iTunes, Amazon Music, Google Play, etc.

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

Our absolute favorite thing about playing live is the rush. There is nothing better than standing up on that stage with loads of screaming fans standing before you. It is amazing to see them getting into music that you have created. I still remember the first time I saw a fan singing the lyrics to our music back and that really gave me a chill. I knew we were destined for some amazing things at that moment.

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

Through our music, I guess I wouldn’t have a specific topic that I would keep pushing. We write our songs on the edge of our seats. The ideas come to us, and we lay them down. At one moment we might talk about finding out your deepest secret or needing a fix. It’s really just whatever idea we had at the moment we were writing the song.

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

We see ourselves on the big stages in the next couple of years. We are actively looking at putting a tour together so we can hit the road and get our music out of the Buffalo area live for everyone to be a part of. We got into this for the long haul and look forward to every little moment along the way.

Music interviews: Katya Richardson on composing for film and her latest EP -“Left from Write”.

  1. Would you please introduce yourself to our readers?

Hi! My name is Katya Richardson and I’m a freelance composer, producer, and vocalist based in Los Angeles.

  1. So Katya, how did you get into music?

I first got into music through classical piano lessons when I was young, and was always fascinated with the idea of combining music and visuals. Some of my earliest musical memories are of watching Fantasia and trying to recreate it by scoring my own homemade videos. But it wasn’t until high school where I really got serious about composing and had opportunities to hear my music played by orchestra.

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

I primarily work as a film composer, but my background spans a variety of other mediums like jazz piano, synth-pop, and writing for dance. Musically, I’m drawn to combining elements of all these influences and making art that is collaborative. I’m fascinated in blurring the line between acoustic and electronic music, and juxtaposing modern sounds with traditional styles.

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

Collaborating with other people – whether it be filmmakers, dancers, or live musicians – is the most fulfilling part of my career. That’s when my ideas come to life. Sometimes when working on a project it’s easy to get fixated on the technical and theoretical, but when working with others I’m reminded of why I do what I do. I am constantly surprised every time I hear my music played live – it’s an indescribable feeling!

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

I generally approach each project – whether it be a film score or a song – as its own entity, so the process is a little different each time. I would say that most of my music is naturally cinematic and emotive, and I like focusing on certain elements for each piece. I’m super into minimalist textures and vocal loops, and sometimes a whole piece is about exploring that. Other times, my jazz piano background kicks in and I find myself prioritizing melody and harmony. In my most recent electrojazz release, Left From Write, the musical process was especially driven by the narrative. It was a dance collaboration with a choreographer, aiming to sonically reinterpret the creativity and alienation of a dyslexic. For me that meant creating an entirely new language for the piece and completely disregarding traditional musical phrasing. I looked at it in terms of sound design, production, and experimenting with the stereo space as if it were someone’s inner monologue – playing with moments of musical saturation and focus. I’ve never interacted with something so thematically before.

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

Classically, I’m influenced by minimalist composers like John Adams and Phillip Glass, and the electronic aspects of my music are largely inspired by the jazz fusion of Flying Lotus and dance composer, Son Lux. In terms of current muses, I really look up to the work of Isobel Waller-Bridge; there aren’t many female film composers out there, and I love how her recent score to Vita and Virginia (2018) showcases grungy electronics and traditional strings to both romanticize and modernize the 1920s. I think it’s super cool when genres collide and something traditional, like a film score, can still be innovative and genuine.

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

I just released my EP, Left From Write, on all platforms, including Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/0KNJa0wQm7ezIkgPmASCHY?si=ROTqQv_7TtyPr4QVqjCAHQ. And my recent film music can be found on SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/katyarichardsonmusic

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

I haven’t done many live shows recently, but I’d definitely like to do more! Unlike my normal work, where I record something and show a polished final product, performing for other people is such a raw and intimate experience. I really enjoy being able to connect to my audience on an instant level like that.

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

At this stage in my life, I am still experimenting with my sound and perspective. However, one can easily spend a life in music constantly perfecting and never being fully satisfied. My ultimate goal is to use music as a portal to another world and time. I want to inspire and move people, encourage more women in music, and create genuine art.

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

I just finished scoring an experimental dance film about plastic pollution in our oceans, and I’m very excited to share that soon. I have a few other film and dance collaborations lined up, but my priority for the next year is to start working on a classical album and apply to Master’s programs.

Katya Richardson’s new EP – “Left from Write”, is now available to stream on all platforms. Check her out!