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Music Interviews : Heedless Elegance

  1. Would you guys please introduce yourselves and explain your role in the band?
    My name is Samuel Konter, I’m the vocalist of Heedless Elegance.
  2. Where did you guys meet and how did you form this band?
    The idea of creating a band came to our minds around 2015 I think, we were in a rock/metal
    festival in Hungary. Zsolt and I were totally sober and we said to ourselves “lets try it one more
    time, but this time do it for real“. We had projects where we were playing together with Zsolt, but
    something was missing from them, so we decided to follow a path where we’ll be very conscious
    about what we are going to do. Of course we were continuously bumped into problems and
    mistakes, but in a different level. Since the official start of the band which was in 2018, we had
    quite a few band members on each instruments, cause there was always something that came up
    to the surface. Those things were in a scale from ‘problems with the attitude’ to ‘the person literally
    went insane’! But eventually in 2020 the final line up of the band was found and now I can proudly
    say that I’m in a band with amazing musicians and friends: Zsolt Forgó, Mátyás Erős, Dani Varga
    and Albert Csobán. Since than we got into the top 25 “Best Emerging Bands of Hungary” as the
    only metal music group by winning a showcase talent show in Herend and a major governmental
    showcase competition.
  3. What kind of music do you make or would like to make in the future?
  • It is a good question, as much as I know our music deeply now I would say it is that kind of music
    which hits you hard with it’s heaviness but in the same time could make you very emotional with
    it’s melodies. We are paying attention on making this two motives balanced in our music.
  1. What do you enjoy the most about the process of making music together?
  • We were lucky to have time to get together for 3 months to complete our newest album called
    “LIBRA”, the best thing about was the living together!
  1. What are some of your favourite themes to explore through your music?
  • I would choose the entire “LIBRA” album, I’m really proud of this release and all the songs are
    like my children.
  1. Who are some artists that you love or who you’d say has had a huge influence on your work?
  • I started my “career” with Green Day when I was a child, their CD was the first I’ve ever gotten,
    after that step by step I started to fall into the heavier stuffs, first Metallica, than my all time
    favourite band System Of a Down and after all the metalcore deathcore stuffs. I think I can feel the
    impact of these bands in my vision of music, but these days my influences are coming from other
    genres and arts. For example mostly these days I’m only listening to the songs of Twenty One Pilots
    or Ennio Morricone and some electronic musics like Drum and Bass or Goa.
  1. Where can someone looking for your music, find it?
  • You can find us on all of the major social media platforms.
  1. What’s your favourite part about touring/ doing live performances?
  • My dream is to travel all around the world, the best thing is that I’m able to see more and more
    places on our globe.
  1. What kind of message would you like to give your fans, through your music?
  • To be honest, I hope that if someone is listening to our music, especially the new album “LIBRA”
    they will feel something different when they are hearing it, something that makes them say this
    is not just another metalcore-deathcore something, and they want to listen it again and again,
    and find new moments in it every time they are hearing it, and maybe in the future the name will
    grow on the style and someone will say instead of “This is so metalcore”, but “This is so Heedless”.
    I think the message is depending on the listener, he/she need to figure out what is going on and how
    to transform it into their lives.
  1. Where do you guys see yourselves in the future, or what are you future plans for the band?

-With our new album “LIBRA” we hope that we will find new opportunities to show ourselves to the
world, I really believe it will happen. Our plans are to play as many concerts in as many places to
as many people as possible in the next years, and we will continuously work on to make our shows
bigger, smellier, more colourful and more professional. We hope that the belief what we have in our
music, and the attitude we trying to follow will takes us to where we want to be.

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/7yNr78pUKCO7heCTAoSlF8?si=koEjmcmbT-
6WCNmLhLqFIQ

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJc7CBQEV75-AIWdQl4UuJw
Bandcamp: https://heedlesseleganceofficial.bandcamp.com/releases
If you would like to order merchandise or the albums, you can do it here in the
webshop of metal.hu
https://metal.hu/zenekarok/heedless-elegance/

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Music Interviews : Rozu

  1. Would you guys please introduce yourselves and explain your role in the band?
    Hey guys, this is Tim
    Graham (vocals), DJ Sundine (guitar), Henry Navarre (bass), and Brian Robertson (drums).
  2. Where did you guys meet and how did you form this band? We all kind of met through different stages
    of life in the Denver music scene where we reside. Tim and DJ were in a previous band together and
    through the process of that band dissolving they started coming up with ideas for this band. Brian was in
    this other band that played with Tim and DJ’s old band and Henry was a mutual friend through Tim’s
    friends and we all kind of got together and wanted to start something special, and sure enough Rozu was
    born.
  3. What kind of music do you make or would like to make in the future? We ride a very fine line of
    metalcore and post hardcore music. So far fans and consumers have only heard our heavy side, but we
    have been writing some really cool classic post hardcore jams throughout the quarantine.
  4. What do you enjoy the most about the process of making music together? Really when it comes down
    to it, we all have a very similar mindset when it comes to the studio and writing process. We don’t allow
    ourselves to stick to a formula and let the music flow out of us which gives fans something different with
    every song that still has the Rozu sound we have been trying to perfect.
  5. What are some of your favourite themes to explore through your music? Lyrically our main themes are
    experiences Tim has gone through or currently going through. We really want to leave that message that
    yes, we all hit low points and go through shit situations but there is always a light or beacon of hope. It’s
    cliché for this genre but we want consumers who are maybe going through the same feelings to know that
    they are not alone.
  6. Who are some artists that you love or who you’d say has had a huge influence on your work? A lot of
    our influences for this project come from the likes of Underoath, Like Moths to Flames, Wage War, Fit
    For a King, and The Plot in You.
  7. Where can someone looking for your music, find it? We are on every streaming platform, but the
    easiest way to get connected with us is heading to http://www.rozuband.com.
  8. What’s your favourite part about touring/ doing live performances? Well to be completely honest the
    live show is really our payoff or reward for all the work we put into this band. Touring, and studio time,
    and everything that goes into making a band is seriously hard work and can take a huge toll on people.
    It’s fun yes but especially touring is super hard being away from your loved ones for periods of time and
    sacrifices a lot of times missed. Having people give a damn and coming to shows is the payoff for all that
    hard work and tough days.
  9. What kind of message would you like to give your fans, through your music? We touched on it a little
    earlier, but we just want fans to know that they are not alone in their hardships of life. This music for us is
    our therapeutic release and having fans connect with it and feel they are a part of it is the true beauty of
    music across the board. We all have different walks of life, but a live show setting is a place where
    everyone actually comes together for a collective cause and is a beautiful sight.
  10. Where do you guys see yourselves in the future, or what are you future plans for the band? Currently
    we are just waiting patiently for the world to open back up. We have been working tirelessly for so long
    on our debut album and we just can’t wait to release that and be allowed to travel again!
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Music Interviews : Ivy Gold

  1. Would you guys please introduce yourselves and explain your role in the band?
    We are a newly formed contemporary blues rock band called Ivy Gold and my name is
    Manou, I am the singer.
  2. Where did you guys meet and how did you form this band?
    Well, after we were finished with the pre-production, we decided to get in touch with Tal
    Bergman who has worked with Joe Bonamassa and many other awesome artists. He did
    like our music a lot and joined us immediately. Believe me – I was thrilled! From that point
    on we knew we had something special going on – totally out of the blue we had a project
    and we decided to put a great band together, not only for the studio but also for live
    touring. Our friend Kevin Moore joined right after and then I asked my dear friend Sari
    Schorr to help me find a great keyboard player – that’s how we found the awesome Anders
    Olinder from the UK. And then I had put together a very special cosmopolitan band with
    members from the US, the UK and Germany! 
  3. What kind of music do you make or would like to make in the future?
    Our style is contemporary blues rock that is full of energy yet very emotional, at times very
    rocky, then melancholic – we try to bring Rock-, Blues-, Funk- and Prog-song material to
    it’s full potential.
  4. What do you enjoy the most about the process of making music together?
    For me it really is the creative process that I really love, it’s creating something out of the
    nothingness. And of course the most important and most fun part is playing live with the
    whole band. That is the gift after the hard work of writing, recording and promoting is done.
  5. What are some of your favourite themes to explore through your music?
    I explore many different themes when writing songs. I do get a lot of inspiration when I
    travel by interacting with the local people and just talking to them about life. And then also I
    like to write about my personal experiences, things that I think about, fears and of course
    about love and relationships.. my life is packed with adventure and experiences, so there
    are always plenty of things going on … 🙂
  6. Who are some artists that you love or who you’d say has had a huge influence on your
    work?
    Oh there are so many great artists and singers that I really love and adore. I have been
    listening to so many great male rock singers such as Richie Kotzen, Steve Lukather,
    Bobby Kimball. Of course Joe Bonamassa but also female singers like Sari Schorr, Beth
    Hart and many more…
  7. Where can someone looking for your music, find it?
    You can find us on all social media channels and all important physical and digital sales
    channels or right here : http://www.linktr.ee/ivygold.net
  8. What’s your favourite part about touring/ doing live performances?
    My favourite part is getting in touch with the audience and feeling the vibes from them. I
    love it when people pick up the energy from our music and feel into it. Meeting real people
    who love good hand made music is awesome!
  9. What kind of message would you like to give your fans, through your music?
    I am hoping to reach out to the listeners heart and soul when listening to our music. Music
    is the universal language and it builds bridges amongst people, cultures and all races –
    music spreads so much good energy and brings a strong message across – I would love it
    when the fans pick up on the positive emotions and vibes.
  10. Where do you guys see yourselves in the future, or what are your future plans for the
    band?
    We are currently still working on the promotion of our debut album “Six Dusty Winds”
    which has been released worldwide in March. As we decided to not sign to any record
    label! So we are doing everything by ourselves: promotion, marketing, management,
    distribution, public relation etc. And of course we really try hard to put a nice tour together
    in these crazy times, so let’s hope that things will get back to normal very soon!
    On top of it all – we are writing new songs, so we are busy but so happy!
    Thanks so much for this interview!! And of course for sharing and supporting Ivy Gold 🙂
    we really appreciate it a lot – it means a lot to us!!
    All the best to all of you!!
    Manou & Ivy Gold
    https://linktr.ee/ivygold.net
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Music Interviews : Fatal Switch

  1. Would you guys please introduce yourselves and explain your role in the band?
    Steve Tobin – founding member and vocals
    Ryann Paqueo – guitar
    Max Rope – guitar
    David Vigliotti – bass
    Ralph A Salah – Drums
  1. Where did you guys meet and how did you form this band?
    Always an interesting question. The band actually only formed once the album was already recorded. Going into the studio I was short on band members and decided to acquire session musicians to complete the instrumental completions on the tracks. Then once I had the recordings in hand I sourced the talent that now makes up Fatal Switch. Though it was a bit of a chaotic process I am very grateful for how things turned out. The dedication and chemistry we have is beyond anything I ever anticipated.
  2. What kind of music do you make or would like to make in the future?
    The first album is a mix of heavy groovy instrumentation injected with thought provoking hip hop storytelling. Our new material really pushes the boundaries even further on our hybrid sound as we blend metal and hip hop in it’s rawest forms. We are very excited to put new music out next year to show our fans how we have developed.
  3. What do you enjoy the most about the process of making music together?
    Coming up with music that we all build together is something that is very special about the writing process. We push each other to grow and become better musicians and people in the process. Then we get to stand back and watch this piece of art take form that will exist longer than we ever will and to me that is the best part of making music.
  4. What are some of your favourite themes to explore through your music?
    We definitely have a dark apocalyptic theme that we explore. Anything that can get into people’s head and make them think about the song after its stopped playing is always our goal. Lots of horror, sci Fi and fantasy themes are at play which keeps things exciting. And being able to integrate real life into these stories is what I personally love the most. Transcending the barriers and brining down the walls between fiction and reality is what I enjoy the most in song writing.
  5. Who are some artists that you love or who you’d say has had a huge influence on your work?

The cool thing with having so many guys in the band is that we all have different backgrounds and different sources for our inspiration. Bands that have played a role in inspiring us is quite vast and always expanding. But to throw a few examples out there we have drawn inspiration from bands like Metallica, Megadeth, Korn, tool, in flames, Eminem, 2pac, a tribe called quest, crazy Town X , etc…Where can someone looking for your music, find it?
Links; https://fatalswitch.fanlink.to/doctors-and-demons
This has links to all platforms where you can listen to our debut album Doctors & Demons

7. What’s your favourite part about touring/ doing live performances?
When you connect with a crowd, whether it’s existing fans or new ones discovering us, the thrill and satisfaction that brings is like no other feeling. When someone comes up to you and asks about your lyrics and songs it really makes all the hard work and effort worth it. It’s something that really validates the whole experience and keeps us motivated to create and share with our fans.

8. What kind of message would you like to give your fans, through your music?
We explore a lot of themes of duality. We always want to leave the listener with questions. Our songs are really in depth stories and they have some decent replay value to them. Every time you listen you can pick up another piece uou didn’t get on the first listen. The messages vary quite a big as well but the one that does seem to follow our theme would be one of power. To rise against the odds and find the inner strength within so that you can see the world around you with new eyes and to fight for what is just and right. To never believe that you are weak and unable to accomplish anything you set your mind to no matter the odds are stacked against you. Everything is perception and if you can see success you will achieve it.

9. Where do you guys see yourselves in the future, or what are you future plans for the band?
We are hunkered down right now filling our time as best we can amidst the challenges brought forth by the pandemic. We are doing our best to promote our debut album while we work on new material set to be recorded in 2021. We are very excited to be able to share new music with everyone as we are equally as excited to get everyone’s reaction from the current material circulating.

Thanks for taking the time to chat us! And thank you reading this and getting to know a bit more about us. We’d live to get to know you all as well so please feel free to drop us a line on our social media platforms.

Take care!

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Music Interviews : Belau

  1. Where did you guys meet and what’s the story behind your band?

We know each other from age 10, both of us big music fans, as friends we definetely would like to have a band together.

  1. What kind of music inspires you and how would like to contribute to it through your music?

Inspired primarly by downtempo, electronica music, but we like many artist from other genres from r&b to folk.

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

The best part of making music when you realize that this song will be a good one. 😊

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

Travel, but not just physical way.

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

Bonobo,Zero 7, Odesza, and many more. 😊

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

Everywhere on classic online stores from Spotify to Apple, our vinyl is on bandcamp.

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

Meet with new people, visit some new places for first time, about shows, when we feel people get and give some energies to/from us.

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

In April we’ll release our new album which is the Deluxe version of Colourwave, hopefully, if covid situation will be better, we can tour again

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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 : Simple Radicals

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

The Simple Radicals is a retro-rock band from Chicago that consists of John Malkin (vocals/guitar), John Griffin (lead guitar), Griff Johnson (drums) and James Page (bass).

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

I (John Malkin) developed the concept and wrote the songs last year for the “New Revolution” album and began laying down the construct of the songs in the studio such as the rhythms, lead beds, drums and vocal tracks. I reached out to my fellow Radical John Griffin who I played in a band with a few years ago and asked if he would listen to the tracks and consider laying down the leads. He loved the tracks and laid down some incredible shreds and the rest is history. We brought in Griff and James and The Simple Radicals was formed.

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

We combine the sounds and styles from some of our favorite classic/alt-rock bands like Pink Floyd, Pearl Jam, Foo Fighters, Green Day and Cheap Trick. If you like any of those bands then I think you’ll like our sound.

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

There really is nothing more gratifying than getting a group of musicians together to collaborate on a song or an album, laying the track down and then performing live.

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

I hate to sound so cliché, but I really explore the things and issues that are near and dear to my heart or affecting those that are close to me. “New Revolution” is our most personal and poignant project we’ve ever done. These are such deep-hearted issues in my life and for many others that the words and music came to me literally in the form of pictures and images. I just needed to figure out how to best express them and put them down on paper and then on an album.

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

Eddie Vedder is my musical hero. I’m mesmerized with his writing and try to capture the messaging, passion and energy that he does in his songs. If I can even come within a million miles of that I’d consider it a success. Pearl Jam’s “Ten” album was life changing. Probably the most talented, electrifying and inspiring band in the last 30 years. Other bands that have influenced include Foo Fighters, Tom Petty, Pink Floyd, Green Day and Cheap Trick.

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

You can check us out on:

Spotify:      https://open.spotify.com/album/4rgBmqnv7h3p5gYPGjiXfU

YouTube:   https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC2rmuHn02XI1CIphHvmh-Vg

Facebook:  http://facebook.com/thesimpleradicals

Twitter:    http://twitter.com/simpleradicals

Instagram:  http://instagram.com/simpleradicals.

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

We love to perform live and our fans know that. We feed off their energy and passion and try to give it right back to them in the way we play our music. We also try to interact with the audience as much as we can since our songs are so personal to many. There is nothing more rewarding than watching people lose themselves in your music. It’s intoxicating.

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

Ultimately, we’re trying to convey a refreshing change from the clichés that currently permeates rock with music and lyrics that aim to both observe and reimagine the current state of affairs in the world today. We try to capture through our music and convey to our fans what’s really going on in society with poignant lyrics and straight-from-the-heart energy.

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

Our goal is to play live as soon as the apocalypse is over. But until then, we have a lot going on and coming up. We continue to push our album, “New Revolution”. We just released a song and video called “Rich Man Wanna Be King” (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ehjT9RZdpe4) which provides a scathing lampoon of President Trump. It was just released on YouTube and it’s already racked up 200,000 views and climbing. Our video “New Revolution” (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KY7cm3-1m7E) has already racked up over 60,000 views and climbing.  We’re about to release a wicked cover version of Jefferson Airplane’s “White Rabbit” where we collaborated with an incredible husband/wife team called Che-Val. We’ll be releasing a quarantine video to our song “The Optimist”. And we’re about to release a podcast called “Music & A Brew” where we crack open a cold one with musical artists including Kenny Aronoff (drummer for John Mellencamp and tons of others), Todd Sucherman (Styx), Vernon Reid (Living Colour), Daxx Nielsen (Cheap Trick), and Jackie “the Joke Man” Martling from the Howard Stern Show. 

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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!