RouteNote Exclusive Interview: Juice

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Photography credit: Mike Smith


Juice are an indie/rock band from Birmingham in the UK. Last year they blasted out their debut single ‘Sugar’, an indie anthem packed with grinding guitar riffs and sultry vocals.
Described by Phil Taggart of BBC Radio 1 as “How good rock and roll is made”, Juice are back and bring with them their explosive second single ‘Acid Kids’.
With the release of their hot new single we decided to squeeze the Juice and asked Matt and Davis from the band a bit about themselves and Juice.

 


How did you first get into music and what spurred you to start making it?

Davis: I remember a music teacher in, like, primary school played the class Voodoo Child (Slight Return) and everyone was laughing and sniggering, but as soon as I got home I got straight on eDonkey2000 and downloaded that shit. It riddled my computer with viruses and got me grounded but it was so worth it. That was it from there, hooked. Thanks Mr. Maddox.

Matt: My dad played me a lot of The Clash and Led Zeppelin from an early age and I knew that was what I wanted to be doing. They were – and still are – very supportive of me buying my first bass from a shitty music store which is now a Sainsbury’s. Though it wasn’t until two years ago that I started taking it all seriously and making my own music.

Did you learn from a teacher or were you self-taught?

Davis: I had a teacher for like 2 lessons at school, but he was a pisshead and crashed his car into a tree, so naturally he got the sack!

Matt: I’ve had a couple of teachers, but the one I learned the most from was Dave who really opened my eyes to different kinds of music.

If you could choose anyone, past or present, to collaborate with – who would you choose?

Davis: Shane MacGowan – every time,

Matt: Fela Kuti – dude knew how to bring the funk.

What is it that you most enjoy about creating/playing music?

Davis: It’s better than watching the news.

Matt: Keeps me off the streets innit.

What do you imagine you would be doing if you weren’t doing music?

Davis: Googling pictures of Shane MacGowan,

Matt: Being funemployed.

If you were stuck on a desert island and could take 5 tracks to listen to and one possession of yours, what would they be?

Davis – “A CD player to listen to them on”
You’re Gorgeous – Babybird
Only Fools and Horses Theme – John Sullivan
Rabbit – Chas & Dave
Here Comes the King – Snoop Lion
Hands – Macy Gray

 

Matt – “Bubblegum Bob”
The Day the Niggaz Took Over – Dr. Dre
Backseat Freestyle – Kendrick Lamar
Fuck Tha Police – N.W.A.
Ain’t No Fun (If the Homies Can’t Get None) – Snoop Doggy Dogg
Wheels Of Confusion/The Straightener – Black Sabbath

 

What’s your favourite piece of equipment to make/play music?

Davis: I used to live with a guy who owned a sitar, ended up thinking I was George Harrison for the good part of a year.

Matt: One of my best Gumtree finds was a Yamaha organ for £45.

If you had to choose just one of your own tracks that you are most proud of, which would it be?

Davis: Tommy Slow Down cause it’s about a friend of ours who drives like a maniac.

Matt: Lady Groove because it’s where I really started to gel with Davis and Damon.

What are your plans for the next year?

Davis: Getting it done! Gigs, releases, festies, 4 stinking lads in a van.

Matt: Working out how to control birds with my mind.

What advice would you give for other aspiring musicians?

Davis & Matt: Stop talking about it and fucking do it!


Hear Juice’s latest single Acid Kids:

Juice

 Website – juicebanduk.tumblr.com

Facebook – www.facebook.com/JuiceBandUK

 Twitter – twitter.com/JuiceBandUK

 YouTube – www.youtube.com/user/btownjuice1

SoundCloud – soundcloud.com/juicebanduk

 

RouteNote Exclusive Interview: No Hot Ashes

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No Hot Ashes are a 4-man band straight out of Manchester, UK playing gritty funk rock with indie vibes. Since forming in 2012 No Hot Ashes have been making waves on the local scene, being dubbed one of Manchester’s top 20 bands to look out for in 2015.

A year after their debut single “Goose”, recorded with platinum record producer Gavin Monaghan, the lads have reunited with Gavin for their new Double-A sided single “Easy Peeler”. With Easy Peeler hot off the presses we thought it was the perfect time to ask No Hot Ashes some questions about their music and themselves.


How did you first get into music and what spurred you to start making it?

We all started playing our instruments from an early age, probably around 7/8 so it was a natural progression as we met other musicians and began playing in bands. We all came from different backgrounds but as the current lineup we began around late 2013 making songs.

Did you learn from teachers or were you self-taught?

All of us are self-taugh in our instruments, a few of us have had a few lessons along the way but for a long time now we have just been making music on our own.

If you could choose anyone to collaborate with – who would you choose?

If we could choose anyone it would have to be Red Hot Chili Peppers, they’re the band that we all really bonded with and have always seen as massive influences as musicians – as a collective we think that they are four of the most talented musicians ever to exist… so yeah it would have to be the Chilis.

"We get a massive buzz from playing to crowds no matter how small they are"
                        “We get a massive buzz from playing to crowds no matter how small they are”

What is it that you most enjoy about creating/playing music?

Probably playing live – we get a massive buzz from playing to crowds no matter how small they are and it’s what we really love doing. We’ve always had the mentality that a bands live performance is crucial to them succeeding and we stand by that. Recording is also really cool because you get to craft the songs and fine tune them which always hits a ceiling when writing in a practice room, so to hear the tracks being produced is always a really satisfying time

What do you imagine you would be doing if you weren’t doing music?

Well at the moment we are all working/studying at university at the same time so we all have a realistic outlook on being in the band. It’s one of the hardest industries to progress in so we all have to work around that and keep ourselves driven and hope that in the near future we can justify quitting our jobs/university to pursue our music careers.

If you were stuck on a desert island and could take 5 tracks to listen to and one possession of yours, what would they be?

Shit that’s hard… We’ll all pick one to be fair.

Lui (Lead Guitar) – “My 1965 Fender Mustang”
Spanish Sahara – Foals

Jack (Bass) – “My Seat Arosa”
Incredible (Shy FX Remix) – General Levy

Isaac (Singer/Guitarist) – “My Mega-Rider”
1998 (Delicious) – Peace

Matt (Drums) – “My Left Drumstick”
Sir Psycho Sexy – Red Hot Chili Peppers

What’s your favourite piece of equipment to make/play music?

We’d all have to say our instruments – without them we wouldn’t have a chance, haha.

If you had to choose just one of your own tracks that you are most proud of, which would it be?

We would have to pick our last single “Goose” it was the first track we ever wrote with our current producer Gavin Monaghan (Editors, Ocean Colour Scene, The Twang) and it created a massive buzz after we released it in October 2014. After it had been recorded it was the first time we had ever been truly happy and proud of our music.

What are your plans for the next year?

We’re looking to get out of our hometown of Manchester and gig around other cities in the country. It’s a hard thing to do because we obviously have very few fans outside of Manchester but we need to do it.

What advice would you give to other aspiring musicians?

Honestly – Do what you want. Don’t try and please people or change your style to suit others or the norm. I guess we can’t really say much else yet because we haven’t signed a record deal but the way we go about our music is simple – we write music that we like and don’t try and write for other people, if people like it then it’s a bonus. We’re trying to start something new.

"We're trying to start something new"
                                                       “We’re trying to start something new”

 

You can listen to No Hot Ashes new single “Easy Peeler” as well as their other tracks on Spotify:

No Hot Ashes

Website – http://nohotashes.bigcartel.com/

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/No.Hot.Ashes.Band

Twitter – https://twitter.com/_nohotashes

SoundCloud – https://soundcloud.com/no-hot-ashes-2

Photographer Credits

Photos 1 & 2: http://www.jags-photography.co.uk/

Photo 3: http://www.northernfacephoto.com/

Exclusive Interview: Stolen Haven Guitarist – Jimmy Gardner

Stolen Haven are a 5-piece band hailing from Manchester in the UK playing “21st Century Blues Rock ‘n’ Roll”. Having formed in 2012 they had a recent breakthrough when their track Broke was featured on BBC Radio 6 Music. With their brilliant upcoming EP ‘Three Stripe Blues’ releasing in November we decided to ask Stolen Haven guitarist and songwriter, Jimmy Gardner, some questions about his musical past, present and future.


 

                                               Jimmy Gardner of Stolen Haven

How did you first get into music and what spurred you into creating it?

The first single I ever received was a cassette version of ‘No Limit’ by 2 Unlimited in 1993 given to me by my Mum who has always had terrible taste in music! It was only when my Dad gave me cassette’s of Blur’s Great Escape and Definitely Maybe by Oasis which I could play through my Sony Walkman that I really got into music which at the time was obviously big news in the press and big part of the 90’s culture.

“The first single I ever received was a cassette version of ‘No Limit’ by 2 Unlimited. My                                                Mum always had terrible taste in music!”

From a young age I was getting into music and it was a great time to be growing up, listening to music with so many great bands around at the time (and) my Dad had an acoustic guitar kicking around the house. Couple those two things together there you’ll find what spurred me to make music!

How did you learn to play?

My dad taught me 4 chords on a guitar then got sick of my whining because my fingers were hurting so I had to go it alone from there – 20 years down the line… Still skint!

If you could choose anyone, past or present, to collaborate with – who would you choose?

Graham Nash – Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young. Graham is from Salford, Manchester which is just down the road from us. If you asked anyone here to name a top 5 list of songwriters of all time from Manchester I’ll bet he would never appear. He would definitely appear in mine. We could make something great no doubt, great talent!

                                         73 year old Graham Nash still going strong to this day

What is it that you most enjoy about creating/playing music?

The sense of satisfaction that only songwriting can bring when you’re halfway through and you’re stuck for a line or a change of direction and then BOOM it just comes to you and you play it for the first time. Truly exciting!

What do you imagine you would be doing if you weren’t doing music?

Exactly what I am supposed to be doing whilst writing this – working my ass off!

If you were stuck on a desert island and could take 5 tracks to listen to, what would they be?

Ooh toughie!

      1. Gimme Shelter – Rolling Stones 

      2. Timeless Melody – The La’s

    3. Some Might Say – Oasis

  4. Life’s Been Good – Joe Walsh

5. Our House – Cosby, Stills, Nash & Young

What’s your favourite piece of equipment to make/play music?

Guitar all day long! Nothing else compares.

If you had to choose just one your own tracks that you are most proud of, which would it be?

I would choose ‘Used’ the third track on our upcoming Three Stripe Blues EP because it is not only a great upbeat tune but it’s an acceptance that sometimes the world will grind you down but there’s no shame in that so just the kick the world back in the balls and get on with it!

What are your plans for the next year?

Dream – To kick back in the sunny garden of a chalet in the South of France drinking fine wine and eating BBQ’d steak, occasionally taking a skinny dip in the pool.

Reality  Practicing in a dark, damp warehouse. Occasionally escaping to travel in a clapped out van to the next god forsaken town which wants to hear our tunes… We all love it really!!

What advice would you give for other aspiring musicians?

For the love of music, keep up the good work!


 

Watch out for Stolen Haven’s Three Blue Stripes EP to be released on the 20th November. Until then you can hear the bluesy brilliance of their track ‘You’re No Good for Me’ below.

Stolen Haven

Website – http://www.stolenhaven.com/

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/Stolenhaven

Twitter – https://twitter.com/StolenHaven

YouTube – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC4WJtBAXpIc8wLHxaDKpQTg

SoundCloud – https://soundcloud.com/stolenhaven

Ahrix Exclusive Interview – and Ahrix also Signs to Outertone for Management!

ahrix music managementAhrix is an 18 year old producer from the Netherlands who has been exploring the world of electronic music for 2 years now. Shifting his style from time to time he is still exploring new genre’s to try out.

We are very proud to announce that Ahrix has just signed to Outertone for Management!

Ahrix was nice enough to sit down and answer some of our questions.

Q: What inspired you to start making music and at what age?

I started making music at the age of 14. What inspired me to make music is that I wanted to make my own tracks so I installed FL Studio and started experimenting.

Q: Where did you learn your skills from, was it self taught or through education?

I would say 50% self taught and 50% education. Youtube nowadays is full of good tutorials on how to do certain things, but you also learn a lot by trial and error.

Q: What are your top 5 most loved tracks at the moment?

Good music is coming out everyday but here is a list of tracks I enjoy at the moment.

1) Hellberg – The Girl

2) Puppet – Answers

3) Steerner & Martell – Sky

4) Syn Cole – Bright Lights (Steerner Remix)

5) Sick Individuals ft. Kaelyn Behr – Never Fade

Q: If you had the chance to pick anyone, past or present, who would you most want to collaborate with?

I prefer to work alone but a collab with K391 is something I wouldn’t turn down.

Q: What advice would you give to any aspiring dj/producers out there?

Google/Youtube is your best friend. Try to learn as much as you can from those sources. If you can set your mind to it, nothing is unreachable.

Q: What is the coolest thing you own?

Probably my setup, I have a beefy PC with a pair of KRK VXT-8’s.

Q: You have been very busy in 2014 .. so what do you have planned for 2015?

Experimenting further and further until I have found a style that I can make forever without getting bored.

Follow Ahrix:
https://www.facebook.com/ahrixmusic?ref=hl
https://open.spotify.com/artist/0kXCdaJ7C5MD27jXxzvHsa
https://soundcloud.com/ahrix
https://twitter.com/Ahrix

Exclusive Interview: Billy Woodford – Founder of NoCopyrightSounds (NCS)

billy woodford nocopyrightsounds youtube music channel free streamingNCS is one of the most popular record labels and promotional channels on YouTube. NCS Founder – Billy Woodford was nice enough to answer some of our questions to give you a bit of an insight into him and his label.

Q: What is NCS and how did you start?

NCS is a music collective with a service. We allow our music to be freely used for the public on YouTube & Twitch
with no copyright issues and their monetization capability fully intact.

Q: You currently have over 1.5 million followers on YouTube – Why do you think it grew so fast and how do you stand out from the pack?

First of all, I founded NCS in August 2011 (It only seemed like last week!), there were nowhere near as many music brands around on YouTube then so NCS kinda had a head start. Secondly NCS is not just a regular music brand/curator channel uploading music a couple of times a week. We have a service that no one is doing right now. We offer the entire NCS release catalogue to the whole public of Twitch & YouTube to use in their content.

Q: What are your top 5 most loved tracks at the moment?

Hellberg – The Girl (feat. Cozi Zuehlsdorff)

Timmy Trumpet – Freaks (feat. Savage)

Curbi – Discharge

James Bay – Hold Back The River

Kygo – Firestone

Q: If you had the chance to pick anyone, past or present, who would you most want to promote on NCS?

Mt Eden!

Q: What is the coolest thing you own?

Good question.. I do have a unopened coca-cola bottle from the FIFA world cup in 2002! More recently I would say its the YouTube 1 million subscriber award its immense!

Q: What advice would you give to any aspiring dj/producers out there?

Being in my position I would say produce and do what you enjoy. Keep doing what you do and believe in it.

Q: NCS has had a very busy 2014 .. so what do you have planned for 2015?

We have another compilation album coming in May. We plan to have our followers be heavily involved with it. (annoucing today 27th) I want NCS to continue as it is right now and represent more diverse music. I have some other things in the works but its better for me to keep them a secret right now 🙂

Follow NCS:
Twitch http://twitch.tv/nocopyrightsounds
Spotify http://bit.ly/SpotifyNCS
SoundCloud http://soundcloud.com/nocopyrightsounds
Facebook http://facebook.com/NoCopyrightSounds
Twitter http://twitter.com/NCSounds
Google+ http://google.com/+nocopyrightsounds
Instagram http://instagram.com/nocopyrightsounds_

Exclusive Interview: Itro

itro music producerItro is a great Dutch producer who has been with RouteNote for a very long time and is signed to management through our Electronic label Outertone. Here are some quick questions to help you get to know more about Itro.

Q: What inspired you to start making music and at what age?

Well, what inspired me, I don’t even know. I’ve always been into music, I’ve been playing guitar for 7 years now. I wanted to do more with music, but on my own.
So I started playing around with FL Studio.

Q: Where did you learn your skills from, was it self taught or through education?

Can we call YouTube education? Then yes.

Q: What are your top 5 most loved tracks at the moment?

Just 5?!

Well just to name a few I really like from last year till now:

Tristam & Braken – Far Away
Laszlo – Interstellar
Porter Robinson – Sad Machine
Karma Fields – Build The Cities (ft. Kerli)
Stonebank – Stronger (ft. EMEL)

Q: If you had the chance to pick anyone, past or present, who would you most want to collaborate with?

Porter Robinson, and I would actually believe it could be great.

Q: What advice would you give to any aspiring dj/producers out there?

It takes time…

Q: What is the coolest thing you own?

Probably my laptop

Q: You have been very busy in 2014 .. so what do you have planned for 2015?

A lot of melodic house tracks, a collab with ???, and I’ll be experimenting with more emotional stuff.

Follow and Support Itro:
https://soundcloud.com/itro
https://www.facebook.com/officialitro
https://www.youtube.com/user/officialitro

Exclusive Interview: Stamen!

stamen musicStamen “Nemanja Stamenkovic” is a House producer with a great reputation. Recently Stamen was nice enough to sit down with us and answer some of your questions.

Q: What inspired you to start making music and at what age?

After some time of my DJ careers I decided to make contact with music production because I saw all the big DJs will also have their own songs.
This was 2008. and I was then only 15 years old.

I remember when I installed Ableton and set up first keyboard I said: What the f*** is this? It was very strange to me that the first contact with music production. I started to work hard, 5-6 hours a day. How I got into it I did not think about my school and nothing other. A few year after my active and inactive productions every day I had a finished my first song and the time has come to ask for a record label that would like to release.

In 2011 when one of the publishing house sent a reply that they want to publish my first song I was very happy. That feeling after that never again never experienced. Very soon after that I started to release music with many great label etc… 2012 year I started the with my own publishing house “Ibiza Ibiza Records” and very quickly I made a success in the music industry with my label and of course it helped me a lot to get in contact with other artists, share experience…. Very soon after that started to be happening magic that my songs they started to support the most famous dj’s on the world and the same to my music plays in the world’s best clubs like Amnesia Ibiza, Space Ibiza and many more… That has contributed a lot in career and I do concerts/gigs with names like Benni Benassi, David Morales, Axwell, Sebastian Ingrosso, Tom Novy, Arno Cost, Richard Gray, Alex Gaudiano, Daren Emerrson, Brodinski, Cristian Varela, Avicii, Felix Da Housecat, and many more well-knows artist. After all these efforts, obstacles and now I’m very happy as I work with the best publishing houses/label – artist on the world.

Q: Where did you learn your skills from, was it self taught or through education?

Never from anyone did not ask for help to assist me in music production special then I lived in the city where I think no one seriously worked out that way about electronic music. I always thought that I can alone best understand the music and not asking for help from anyone. I thought if I ask for help from anyone, then it is not me, not my talent.

Q: What are your top 5 most loved tracks at the moment?

1. STAMEN, Lenny OBryan – Come on (Original Mix) [SONY MUSIC]

2. STAMEN – Feeling (Original Mix) [Ibiza Ibiza Records]
3. Curbi – Discharge (Original Mix) [Spinnin Deep]
4. Eric Prydz, Chvrches – Tether [Pryda Recordings]
5. Fehrplay – Pyara (Original Mix) [mau5trap]

Q: If you had the chance to pick anyone, past or present, who would you most want to collaborate with?

There are many producers with what I would like to make a special cooperation but I can single out Roger Sanchez.

Q: What advice would you give to any aspiring dj/producers out there?

Just listen to own heart and what they do with to work love.

Q: What is the coolest thing you own?

Pleasure and love for what I do. 🙂

Q: You have been very busy in in last few year .. so what do you have planned for 2015?

I had a break for a tour in the last year due to personal reasons. This year 2015 I will start again with great tours and of course the issuance of new music in the best labels.

Q: Then specific questions about growth.. tracks.. etc

This year I expect one of the biggest trades in my career. My team and I have already started to prepare big plans to make regular supposed to begin in the summer. This year also my career in terms of musical production will come back in a big way with great support. We are currently working with a team on that, and I can not talk about it yet but you’ll be among the first to know.

If you want to find more from Stamen follow him on his social media accounts:
https://www.facebook.com/stamenofficial
https://twitter.com/stamenofficial
https://soundcloud.com/stamenofficial
https://www.youtube.com/user/stamenchanel

Bose – BEHIND THE SOUND Episode 1: Banquet by Bloc Party

Bose, on YouTube, release the first episode of a series they’re calling ‘Behind The Sound’. Behind The Sound explores “the people, stories, and journey behind classic tracks from the last 15 years”. Episode 1 shows the creation of Bloc Party’s 2004 hit single ‘Banquet’.

Foo Fighters: Sonic Highways (iPlayer Documentary)

Foo Fighters Sonic HighwaysWith the release of their album ‘Sonic Highways’ set to release on the 10th, BBC iPlayer have put up an exclusive behind the scenes, following Foo Fighters around America recording their eighth studio album.

Definitely worth a watch for fans of all thing Dave Grohl and those ‘music production savvy’. Click here.

Exclusive Interview: Tobu

tobu music producer latvia rigaTobu is a music producer who has been making a lot of waves across YouTube in 2013. The 21 year old Latvian has made a great impression on the electronic music world with his great collection of original tracks. Tobu is one of our favourite RouteNote artists so are you can expect, we were excited to be given the opportunity to interview him.

– What inspired you to start making music and at what age?

I’ve always loved melodic music, my main inspirations definitely included Aqua, Vengaboys and all these bands that had such syrupy and sweet melodies. My first attempt at making music was at age 11. I discovered a software called eJay, where I liked to put samples together, but of course it was on a joke level, I had no idea what electronic music is exactly and that it’s actually made otherwise and required huge knowledge.

More to nowadays. It became a lot more serious at age 17, when I got myself a copy of FL Studio and I’m still using it even today. Very first inspirations back then were Deadmau5 with his masterpiece “Strobe”, of course, Avicii with “Levels” a bit later, when I started to make more melodic music. Archie (who’s alias is now Desso) also were one of the biggest influences for me.

– Where did you learn your skills from, was it self taught or through education?

It was self taught, didn’t go to any special schools for that or anything. Did watch some basic tutorials on YouTube at first, but that’s it, I like to figure everything out myself and do it my own way. Also, I have couple of producer friends, who are extremely good at music’s technical side, so they taught me some game-changing techniques and I can always rely on them and ask for tips.

I’ve never been good at music theory, but when it comes to piano, I used to sit there for hours figuring out a lot of things for myself. It’s even rare that I know what key I’m playing in, most important for me is that I know people will definitely like the melody I’ve come up with. If it’s catchy enough, I write it down and start a new project.

– What are your top 5 most loved tracks at the moment?

It’s very hard to name top 5, there are lot of amazing tracks out there. Here are 5 of them I really enjoy.
1. Jonas Fehr feat. AMPM – Vice Moves (Let Me Go)
2. Young Squage – Transformer (Steerner Remix)
3. Audien feat. Ruby Prophet – These Are The Days
4. Youngblood Hawke – We Come Running (Vicetone Remix)
5. Kelly Clarkson – Dark Side (Maison & Dragen Remix)

– If you had the chance to pick anyone, past or present, who would you most want to collaborate with?

Since I’m kind of a control freak, I don’t like to collaborate with anyone, I feel like that other will ruin what I’ve made and it would be sad to tell him that in face, not a fan of disappointing people. But if I really had to choose from anyone, I surely wouldn’t turn down Avicii’s collab proposal.

– What advice would you give to any aspiring dj/producers out there?

Don’t ask me for *.FLP, make your own project! 😀
If you know you will like making music, keep pushing yourselves, it takes a lot of time and patience, but the juice is worth the squeeze.

– What is the coolest thing you own?

I would need more precise definition for the word “cool”. Uhmm… I’m not sure if this count as being cool, but I own a professional yo-yo.

tobu official logo music streaming– You have been very busy in 2013 .. so what do you have planned for 2014?

Since this year started out very successfully for me, I plan to make it my full time job and keep making songs that people love. It only used to be on a dream level couple months ago, but recent stats have given me to think that dream is slowly coming to end and becoming true. 100,000 likes on Facebook, 50,000 subscribers on YouTube, just to name a few things from my imaginary check-list for the 2014. 🙂

Where can I find Tobu…

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