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Music Interviews : Esteban

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

We are Esteban.

You’ll find main man Stephen Wright up front singing his heart out and dancing to every note. Talking of notes, on guitar Liam Ryan plays tonnes of them in his unique finger-style funk. On the other side, and keeping the audience on their feet, it’s big bass man Ricky Houghton. Whilst out back, Samuel Cox will be keeping the atomic time signature ticking.


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

Officially Derby though we started many moons ago in 1995 when we were school kids in Staffordshire. A friend of ours got speaking to someone at a party who was on the lookout for a support act for his band’s gig. He talked a good one and secured the gig but there was actually no band yet, so he set about creating one. Everyone for miles said they wanted to be in the band but only three of us turned up for practice! We practiced and did our first gig as a three piece about a month later and quickly became a hit on our local scene, supporting the visiting touring bands and basically being the school party band.

Fast forward 10 years to 2004, we met Stephen when Liam was studying Music Technology at Derby University, UK.We quickly got to work writing our first songs together and self-producing our debut album Still in Time and its follow-up Finding Will under the name Onion. Something was ignited back then, which ever since has driven us to continue creating new music.


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

As a band we have never tried to fit in to a particular genre, we coined the term ‘Desert Funk’ to describe our sound and it stuck, it’s the sound that we have always made when the four of us get into a room, funky bass and drums, four-part harmonies with a bit of Latin guitar thrown in. Sometimes we’ll rock out or lay it in the pocket or perform a ballad, but it’s always got this Esteban thing, it’s a groove that makes you move.


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

Just being 4 friends together logged away…. Our quality control is always if a huge cheesy grin comes across our faces when we are writing a new tunes


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

We’re a conscious bunch, we learn, we travel and we live the human experience. This is an essential part of our writing process; we translate these experiences into the music. We talk about the world we live in, taking inspiration from everything; special everyday moments or ancient tales, drawing comparisons to our own lives and that of the people around us.


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

David Bowie, Stevie Wonder, and Queen, let’s just go with these for now otherwise the list will be endless. Bowie was a pioneer of music and fashion, his biggest influence on us was that he always did his own thing, consistently performing at the top, whilst keeping his personal affairs out of the limelight and pushing the boundaries all the way to the very end. Stevie signed to Motown’s Tamla label aged 11 and hit the top aged 13! For any aspiring artist, this is an inspirational beginning but to go on to produce some of the world’s most important electronic, boogie jazz-funk and to be still performing is utterly jaw dropping – a living legend. Queen came along and re-wrote the rule books during the late 70’s and early 80’s. A band that didn’t really fit a genre exactly, but new precisely how to use their individual talents to spur each other on to write perfect stadium anthems time and time again.


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

We’re busy promoting our 16 track Desert Funk album Jackpot Motel https://open.spotify.com/album/5UbZehCLMfVD17klFnIEKg?si=90_4MJy9Rq-keqNrMms8kQ. Like everyone here in the UK, we had to down tools mid-March, though luckily for us, we had just completed the last recording session which meant we could release it on July 31st.

Our fans have been genuinely thrilled to get their hands on the album. They’ve waited very patiently so, when it was announced that it was happening, our www.facebook.com/weareesteban was alive with genuine love and support, we are truly grateful for their response. We have the best fans; we wanted to make this record for them as much as for our record label and ourselves.

We have managed to release some remixes from the album too. Suburban Paradise (The Comfy House Mix) https://open.spotify.com/album/7N0tZQeoiy1dZK6pxRDnTV?si=iN_zPT3ERB6N-4xMAiSvVQ and (The Real Feel Mix) https://open.spotify.com/album/5FEX1m8D1PBjg7kids4JOr?si=5M7kv4E-Qcy_l1XF0tnVHg are something new for us. Mat Leppanen from our label The Animal Farm Music did a great job of taking Suburban Paradise to two musically different places, we are very lucky to be working with such a talent.


8. What’s your favourite part about touring/ doing live performances? Can’t split that one. They go hand in hand. Going into the studio is like returning home after a long journey, laughter, good fun, high spirits and a bit of work! Live is when you can see all the hard work pay off and get to enjoy the audience response


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

As musicians we are tapped into all sorts of issues – probably too many to list. We’re a conscious bunch, we learn, we travel and we live the human experience. This is an essential part of our writing process; we translate these experiences into the music. We talk about the world we live in, taking inspiration from everything; special everyday moments or ancient tales, drawing comparisons to our own lives and that of the people around us. In all our songs you’ll find a powerful message – live every moment to its fullest!


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

We have just released our second album Jackpot Motel, a 16-track desert funk odyssey and we’re chomping at the bit to take this new record live! However, like everyone we’ve put the live shows on the back burner for now. COVID has though for us, been a really productive period; we’ve doubled down on writing new material so, we’re heading back into the studio this year to record. Our label The Animal Farm are supporting us on this journey once again. There seems to be no end to their passion for what we do, it’s so unbelievably important to know that your label is on your side as a business, as a family and as friends. We’re in an awesome position and we are very, very grateful.

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Music Interviews : Plastic Barricades

Dan Kert, vocalist and guitarist of alt indie duo Plastic Barricades had a chat with Songs Voices Never Share

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

I am Dan, I sing and play guitars and keys here in London. Across the channel in Paris there is Paul, who plays drums and keys. Together we call ourselves Plastic Barricades.


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

I just moved to London back in 2012 and needed a place where I could turn the amplifier to my favourite setting (landlady, living in a flat downstairs was very much opposed to electric guitars as means of self-expression). Meanwhile, Paul was running his own rehearsal studio 20 minutes walk from my first flat. This is how we met, but it took me 5 years and 3 drummers to finally make a full circle and come back to Paul, this time requesting his epic drumming and production skills.  

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

We always aim to write songs that can help someone through a tough time. Hopeful and heartfelt. As for the future – we will have to see where our muse takes us next. Writing music is similar to an archaeological excavation – you go in for one thing, but might actually find something completely different.


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

When seemingly random bits and pieces of electro-acoustical noises suddenly fall into place and form a song. That is pure magic and we cherish it very much.


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

Life around is full of weird and wonderful stories. We like to write about the inner and outer worlds, juxtaposing them against each other. People are rarely who they seem on the surface. We believe in positive changes, that come from within each human. To change this world you need to start with yourself.


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

The list is quite long, but we both grew up with The Beatles, Oasis, Led Zep, Nirvana and Foo Fighters. I am quite fond of early Coldplay and Snow Patrol and deeply in love with Death Cab for Cutie and Biffy Clyro, hope someday we will tour together with those brilliant lads.


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

That’s very easy – just put Plastic Barricades into Spotify or YouTube and enjoy the noises!


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

The best bit of any live gig is that you get to turn your amp super loud and run around the stage like a kid! Life is beautifully carefree when you are on stage.

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

Don’t give up, there’s so much more to explore!


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

We’ve just released our brand new album “Self-Theories” last month and are quite excited to share these songs with the world. They were all written and recorded in a tiny 4×2 backyard shed – and they have plenty of emotions to fight a whole army of demons with. The future? Well, hopefully the world will get back to a more normal state of being in 2021 and we can finally gig again. That would be absolutely awesome!

Music Videos :

Tunnel – How would your anxieties look under a microscope? The video was made using a microscope with up to 1000 times magnification.

Optimist – “Labyrinths with open doors for an optimist”. Video featuring 8 houses, 8 cars, plenty of glassware, some benches and trees, a crowd of 300 cast members and around 20 buckets of water.

One for the Road – An ode to the freedom of exploration. Footage filmed in the late 1950s around the US by families with their brand new cutting edge handheld cameras.

PRESS-RELEASE

“Self-Theories” IS OUT NOW, an album about despair and hope, anxiety and optimism, lack of self-esteem and active search for it, maladies of the modern world, our responsibilities and reinventing ourselves for the sake of a brighter future.

“Self-Theories” facts: 

Written and recorded in a backyard shed in North-West London, mixed by Paul Love in London and Paris and mastered by Andy Baldwin at Metropolis Studios in London. 

Three singles “One for the Road”, “Optimist” and “Tunnel” have truly DIY music videos. “Tunnel” was filmed using a digital microscope, “Optimist” had a cast of 300+ in a fish tank and “One for the Road” used vintage road trip footage from the 50-s. 

Artwork for the album and singles was created by Elina Pasok. “When your world is turning upside down – step outside, change your perspective and have a look from a distance.” 

10 album tracks are followed by 2 previously unheard demos, that conclude the LP on a vulnerable note. 

“Self-Theories” is a follow-up to the 2017 “Mechanics of Life” LP. 

What are self-theories? 

Many choices that may eventually lead to life-defining decisions are fuelled by our internal „self-theories“. We create and nurture stereotypes about ourselves from an early age, and these stereotypes shape our thoughts, feelings and behaviour for the rest of our lives. However, we are not what we think we are, we are what we do. We are our actions!

ABOUT:

Romantic and honest, gloomy and curious, melodic and melancholic, Plastic Barricades chronicle life in the troubled yet fascinating XXI century, asking questions and trying to find answers. Based between London and Paris, Plastic Barricades are Dan Kert on guitars and vocals and Paul Love on drums and production. Inspired and influenced by almighty Radiohead, Foo Fighters, Oasis, Coldplay, Muse, Death Cab for Cutie, Placebo, Snow Patrol, The Shins, Nirvana and many others, the band loves to experiment with styles, sound and approach.

www.plasticbarricades.eu

www.facebook.com/plasticbarricades

www.instagram.com/plasticbarricades

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/4XMzKbdDQLpa36cYrISsO7?si=Zw-2k3HPThOnCg8VqVzxmQ

SPOTIFY ALBUM LINK: https://bit.ly/selftheories 

Link to Presskit with photographs and art and logos – https://bit.ly/31sfl32  (LINK NOT FOR PUBLICATION)

All photographs and art by Elina Pasok

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Music Interviews : Leon Marshall

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

I’m Leon Marshall, solo singer/songwriter, I write, sing and play the guitar.


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

I started playing guitar from a young age (not that you can tell from my skill level today!) and I started gigging at local open mic nights and folk clubs when I was about 16. I stopped playing for a few years to study Art and Sculpture and then picked the guitar back up a few years later and haven’t put it down again! I’ve been regularly writing and gigging since!


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

I’ve got a kind of Country-Pop sort of feel to my music, I’ve been described as Dr Hook meets Jamie Lawson and I’m ok with that!


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

I don’t often spend a lot of time writing with others, although when I have done, I’ve really enjoyed it, enjoyed hearing other people’s ideas and different perspectives. 


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

A lot of my songs explore love and heartbreak, like my latest release ‘Going Nowhere’ but I enjoy looking at other topics too, ‘Chainsmoking’ is about trying to stay awake at the wheel driving home.


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

This list is massive, I’ll just give you a snippet! Elvis, Barenaked Ladies, The Beach Boys, Fleetwood Mac, Sheryl Crow, Jack Johnson, Luke Coombs…I could go on forever! 


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

Everywhere! Whichever streaming platform you use to listen to your music, it’ll be there! 

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

The crowd, I feed off the crowd massively, a lot of my songs have got pretty catchy hooks and often the crowd are joining in by the second chorus, I love it.


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

My aim has always been for people to take whatever they need from my music, for instance ‘Hold On’ could be about a relationship breakdown for one person, it could be about losing your job for another, but to me it’s about mental health, I just want them to enjoy it, and I suppose know that I do. 


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

My plan is to keep writing, keep trying to better my writing, keep recording and then hopefully sometime soon get back out there playing to big crowds! 

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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 Interview : Dean England

Would you please introduce yourself?

My name is Dean England, I am a solo artist. I am a guitarist and singer.

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

I guess you would categorize it as acoustic rock! It’s very soulful and bluesy too.

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

I write about whatever moves me at the time. This EP seems to be about love mostly. The good stuff and the bad.

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

There’s loads of people I love to be honest. Stevie Ray Vaughan comes out in my soloing all the time and The Eagles come out in my vocal harmonies, I also love Clapton and Hendrix. Hendrix was the reason I picked up a guitar in the first place.

Where can someone looking for your music, find it?

“Feel Think Do” is out now on all platforms, Amazon Spotify, Deezer the lot. It’s also available on band camp too.

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

The actual show it’s self! Going on stage is the best thing ever! I can’t describe how it feels. It’s a flow of energy back and forth from myself to the audience and it gives me chills!

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

Lots of messages, I just want to write music that connects with people. For someone to hear and think “wow I understand this guy, or this song is really what I needed to hear right now” the amount of times that music has helped me through. It’s been my cradle when I have needed many times.

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

Right now it’s all about promoting Feel Think Do… It’s been out a month and it’s doing well. I want to make a a splash with the EP and by the time the next one is released I want everyone to hear it and know it and for it to be popular as hell… Feel Think Do and the tracks from it are already getting loads of radio play but I want the next album to go bang!

Thanks for talking to me guys! Give Dean England Music a look on Facebook and Instagram and follow me there. Peace and love.

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Music Interviews : Fanni Mayer

Would you please introduce yourself?
My name is Fanni Mayer, singer/songwriter part time actress from Budapest, Hungary, I’m 28 years old and I’m a dog person.

What kind of music do you make or would like to make in the future?
Soulful-femineine power pop

What do you enjoy the most about the process of making music?
Everything, from the beginning to the studio through performing, honestly everything!

What are some of your favourite themes to explore through your music?
Relationships, human nature, being a woman, pussy power, stereotypes, self discovery, love, how to cover sh*t in glitter to make it gold, emotional recycle

Who are some artists that you love or who you’d say has, had a huge influence on your work?
Two albums had the biggest impact on me as a teenager, Pink’s Missundaztood and Christina Aguilera’s Stripped.Also Fiona Apple, Lykke Li, Leonard Cohen, Tracy Chapman, Stromae, Florence Welch, Rihanna, Beyonce and late 90’s and early 2000’s soul, pop and r&b music had a big influence on me.Nowadays I listen to a lot of Donna Missal, Grace Carter, Dua Lipa, King Princess, Rosalia, Billie Eilish and Yebba.

Where can someone looking for your music, find it?


You can find me and my music on every streaming platform.
My Spotify page: http://bit.ly/FanniMayerSpotify
My Youtube page: https://www.youtube.com/c/FanniMayer

What’s your favourite part about touring/ doing live performances?
I love to connect with people through music, live performances are my faves, online ones couldn’t replace the magic of live music. I love every part of it from gas stations to stages and sweating together (haha), I love telling stories , I feel like the stage is my second home. I miss it too much nowadays..I like moving from place to place. Also I’m a big homebody sometimes. 

What kind of message would you like to give your fans, through your music?
Freedom, self acceptance, self love, importance of honesty, embracing our flaws, bringing different people together and share love, pain, feels to feel less alone


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

I wanna make more and more music I wanna perform more and more, keep evolving, keep experiencing, staying curious.
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Music Interviews : Ellis Johnson

1. Would you guys please introduce yourselves and explain your role in the band?
Yes, I would. I am Ellis and I am the role in the band.

 
2. Where did you guys meet and how did you form this band?
I met myself, in a back alley, i got to talking with myself, and I said, hey, lets write some music. I said to myself, I already do that! So I replied to myself, lets continue then. Both me and myself, went home, had a packet of Rollo’s I saved myself the last one, I wasn’t happy about that, then I formed a band, with myself. It’s been great, and I agree. 

3. What kind of music do you make or would like to make in the future?
I don’t know really. I sort of write an idea as it comes. I don’t intentionally write, within a bracket, if you know what I mean.. But I have written songs in the pop/indie/acoustic/rockish areas! I’m open to make music of all types. I’ve recently been writing music for a super talented girl, and her style is predominantly Jazzish! Which is foreign ground for me, but i’m enjoying it. It’s the only foreign ground i’ll be walking on at the moment! With the current ‘situation’. I also, used to be in a metal band, as a drummer, so i’ve got an open mind. 


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

Just bringing an idea to life, from the seed it came from. I’d love to collaborate more in the future, to bounce ideas off one and other. It’s amazing how differently people hear and initial idea, and how that idea can become a love child of combined imaginations. 
5. What are some of your favourite themes to explore through your music?

Brexit, Dogging, Ice Cream and Jesus. (Not that fella from the bible, I mean this chap round the corner from me, he’s very interesting) No, I guess I just explore, as and when! It’s a similar answer to ‘what kind of music do I make’ because, I don’t plan to write a song about, Love or Chaos, It changes from one day to the next. I do however, and I say this in most interviews, where relevant, I have battled with Anxiety and Depression for a long time, and I often unintentionally include aspects of these battles, within the lyrics. But it’s also nice sometimes, to detach from your own personal life, by writing about something else or someone else, or a complete made up story. 

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

That is a massive and growing list. When I was a kid, I started off taking influence from bands like Zep and Deep Purple, Black Sabbath, which fell perfectly in time with the pop punk/nu metal era, which swallowed me whole. I loved and still love a lot of bands from that period. As time moved on, I got into Soul and Motown, I always appreciated it, but I wasn’t a regular listener. I love Sam Cooke, Otis Redding, Smokey, Bill Withers, who sadly is no longer Withers. (Sorry for that one) Nathaniel Rateliff is great, as are Gang Of Youths, Fleetwood Mac, Foo Fighters. All of the above have been major influences at some point. Sometimes the genres aren’t that different when it comes to the structure and backbone of a song. The difference is usually the style of singing or playing mixed with the timbre of the instruments on display. So it’s important for me to take influence from as much music I have loved and will love as time goes on. Also, Shaggy. 

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

They can find it on Spotify, iTunes, Amazon, all the usual places, plus various radio shows and on my socials, Instagram & Facebook etc. 

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

Getting to do what I love. I love being a musician, and spreading the sounds. There’s nothing else i’d rather do. 


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

I’m happy for them to relate to my music, in anyway they see fit. Often people assume they know what a song is about, but they’ve drawn that conclusion based on simplicities that are releative to common themes, but sometimes the song is so far from the image it’s received as. I’d love for people to relate to the music and be able to find what ever they need from it. As I have, and do, with so much music. If i’m being pretty direct about the subject of a song, hopefully people can draw similarities to personal experiences and feel a sense of stability, knowing they’re not the only ones.
10. Where do you guys see yourselves in the future, or what are you future plans for the band?

I’m planning on playing a bit of FIFA later on, score some screamers, and I’ve just bought this new peanut butter that I’ve never tried, so I’m gonna assault a piece of toast with that, also. Music wise, I hope to continue for as long as possible, and have a successful career as a musician. I’d love to have the music heard by as many people as possible and gain a lovely, loyal following. And if I get time, i’ll be Batman for a bit, too. 

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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: Venus Fly Trap On Being described as “Bladerunner rock n roll with dark acidic shades” & More.

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

I am answering the questions for VENUS FLY TRAP, ALEX NOVAK(VOX) spokesperson, organizer, promoter, also in the band is ANDY DENTON(GUITAR/PROGRAMMING).

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

I had been in a band called ATTRITION who was based in London at the time, I had done an album and toured Holland with them, my first trip abroad with a band. Decided to move back to my native Northampton famous for BAUHAUS, ALAN MOORE, and the film KINKY BOOTS, hooked up with my brother JOHN NOVAK(ISAWS, WHERES LISSE) and TONY BOOKER an x art school student,i had also studied at art school. The line up has changed many times over the years, ANDY DENTON joined via a local band CROWMAN, initially as the drummer and ended up playing guitar and has done for many years.

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

We have been described as “Bladerunner rock n roll with dark acidic shades”, we create dark sonic cinema for the mind, film noir, sci-fi soundscapes that absorb post-punk, electronic and meld joy division, doors, chemical brothers like melted wax crayon colors.

Here’s a good example taking the CRAMPS horrorbilly and wiring it with electro…

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

The initial coming up with ideas, playing around with different sounds to see if it sparks anything before we start nailing down song structures, then it’s a long process of refining these embryonic songs into something usable. After much mixing and remixing it’s great to have a final result a definitive item and a relief.

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

Well, the most recent studio album ICON drew a lot from the WARHOL quote” in the future everyone will be famous for fifteen minutes” the idea of being famous for being famous, celebrity, idols, the new religion. Generally, science fiction in the widest sense, TARANTINO movies, would like to have a track on one of his movie soundtracks.

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

What got me involved in music in the first place was the punk, new wave explosion it changed my perception on being able to be in a band, it was the getup and give it a go attitude and see where it leads appealed to me. Minimal experience but it didn’t matter it was the ideas that counted, this DIY approach got people involved in music who would not think of it before.

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

https://www.facebook.com/thevenusflytrapuk

https://www.facebook.com/glassrecordsoflondon

https://glassmodern.bandcamp.com/music

8. What’s your favorite part of touring, doing live performances?

Getting an immediate adrenaline buzz playing live and the interaction between band and audience which is sadly lacking at the moment, trying to work things out, to see what’s practical for the future.

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

Don’t like to preach dogma, try to get the listener to participate in the process and read what they think is going on to spark their imaginations, to think for themselves.

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

Get back to doing some gigs, writing a new single at the moment and sorting some re-issues for later in the year, and plugging the recent release VENUS FLY TRAP/ALEX NOVAK-MERCURIAL CD/DL(GLASS RECORDS MODERN) a career-spanning retrospective that includes the best of VFT and other bands, projects I have been involved with ISAWS, RELIGIOUS OVERDOSE, TEMPEST, NOVA STATE CONSPIRACY, ATTRITION, THE DEN and SPORE, for people to delve into and explore further if they wish, about eighty minutes of music packed into this release.

https://glassmodern.bandcamp.com/album/mercurial-1978-2018