RouteNote Exclusive Interview: Churchyard

Churchyard are the pop-grunge band currently making waves across Nashville, Tennessee. Said by local critic to be “fast approaching the femme fronted Nashville garage rock throne” the four-piece have just released their eponymous debut album online with a physical release later this week.
With the release of their new album, which blends pulsing basslines and post-punk/indie guitar riffs with the harmonic vocals of Churchyards frontwomen, we asked them a few questions about how they met and just how big a role music plays in their lives.

How did you all meet and start playing in a band together?

Alice went to see Meghan’s old band play at The Basement in Nashville when she still lived in Memphis. We had an instant connection. We kept in touch for a couple of years, scheming musical endeavours until finally Alice moved to Nashville and Churchyard happened. We recruited Rachel, who played in college orchestra with Alice, and Joey, our longtime friend.

What is your favourite thing about playing music?

We are each other’s best pals! What’s better than playing music with the people you love?!

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

We are all classically trained, and love so many different types of music, from different genres and time periods – but our favourite thing right now is collaborating with our friends. Recently we put out a split single with the band Idle Bloom and played some songs together on a joint tour. We love the act of creating and the community that comes from it.

Churchyard band
Photo by EJ Holmes

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

This is hard, because creating music is the biggest part of all our lives. We’ve all played music since we were children; we are all in multiple bands, Alice is a music teacher. Picturing what we would do, without creating music as an option, is pretty impossible.

If you were stuck on a desert island and could take one track and one possession each, what would they be?

Coconut oil, xanax, booze, eyebrow pencil. As for a track, we don’t know – knowing us we would just make up our own weird songs and sing them for each other until we died on the island.

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

Definitely ‘Staring at the Sun‘, because it’s the only song on this album that we wrote 100% collaboratively. Usually, Alice and Meghan write together or separately, but this song was written with all of us together. It was challenging, but fun and inspiring.

What advice would you give for other aspiring musicians?

We have so many things to say – Don’t give up, and always believe in yourself. Don’t let the men tell you that you don’t know how to tune your guitar. Practice everyday, all the time, whenever you can – and by yourself too! Don’t take yourself too seriously, but know your self-worth.

Churchyard band


 

If you’re lucky enough to be in Nashville on the 7th of November then head to Drkmttr for the release show of Churchyard’s new album!
Churchyard

Website – churchyardband.com

Bandcamp – churchyard.bandcamp.com

Facebook – www.facebook.com/churchyardmusic

Twitter – twitter.com/_churchyard_

Instagram – instagram.com/churchyardband

RouteNote Exclusive Interview: Maximus MMC

French producer Maximus MMC has come a long way since entering the world of music production 5 years ago. After deciding he needed to shake up the music scene and bring something new to electronic music, Maximus MMC has played sets in the Netherlands, UK, France and Finland.
Today is the release of his excellent new EP ‘Kinship‘ in which he blends experimental trap and hip-hop with oriental themes to create the most unique sound in electronic music we’ve heard so far this year. Never one to settle for mediocrity, ‘Kinship’ sees Maximus MMC come together with fellow Parisian Fab for 4  tracks that culminate the talent and experience of both producers into an atmospheric experience not to be missed.

Kinship Maximus MMC Fab

With the release of ‘Kinship’ we asked Maximus MMC a bit about his journey to the present and the experiences and artists that have influenced him along the way to become the talented producer he is today.

How did you first become interested in music?

I’ve been into music since my youth. My parents have always been playing music regularly, both at home and in the car, from post-punk (Joy Division, New Order, etc.) to more soulful/funky artists (Janet Jackson’s Velvet Rope, Bootsy Collins, Barry White, etc.). 

Going from there I picked up on Hip-Hop, thanks to my brother that is a bit older than me. He would come back home and bring so many cool records in the late 90’s (Outkast, Snoop Dogg, Eminem, Dr. Dre), allowing me to develop a certain passion for music.

Throughout the 2000’s I dug deeper into the rap scene and got into Southern rap (UGK, Three 6 Mafia, DJ Screw, etc.) and later trap music (Young Jeezy, Gucci Mane, Crime Mob). I ‘ve also learnt music theory and played piano for about 6 years.

When did you first start producing music and why did you want to start?

I came to a point in my life (about 2010-11) where I just couldn’t stand sitting here not bringing anything new to what music had to offer. That’s pretty much when I decided to start doing music. To do so, I went to a music gear shop and bought myself my very first MIDI controller. I was so excited about it that I quickly came back home, installed Logic 9 and started working on my first beat. The whole DAW environment was very weird and new to me, but thanks to the Internet and YouTube I found my way around it.

I was living in the Netherlands back then, finishing my studies and the vibe that the country brought to me was just so much different from when I was in France. I would say that their musical culture is somewhere between the UK and the US. I thought that having this mixed background between my French roots and the Netherlands would be pretty interesting to develop.

Who were your influences when you started out? 

Back in 2009-10 I was super big on the whole new rap scene movement. I remember Wiz Khalifa making waves with his mixtape, Curren$y was just out of his Cash Money Records deal and was building hype around his Jet Life movement (I was big on that Trademark Da Skydiver off-beat flow). Big Krit released this K.R.I.T. Wuz Here project that was sounding crazy and the whole OFWGKTA movement was blowing out of nowhere.

Apart from that I had mad love for the late Jay Dee (J Dilla) and some other big names such as Kanye West, who dropped his biggest masterpiece around that time – 808’s Love and Heartbreaks.

Are they different today?

Nowadays I would probably be digging this whole new Atlanta rap scene (Awful Records, Father, Key, ILoveMakonnen, ETHEREAL, Sonny Digital, Metro Boomin, etc.) along with the classic OG heads (Dungeon Family, Goodie Mob, Outkast, etc.).

If you could collaborate with anyone, past or present, who would it be?

If there was one person that I would have loved to collaborate with, it would have definitely been J Dilla. The way he worked with samples was flawless. His sound structures were so unusual and his music has so much soul to it.

Nowadays, artists that I would love to do studio time with are Kanye, André 3000 (of Outkast) and Pharrell. I picked these three incredible producers/musicians/rappers because they’re my main inspirations in terms of pushing music forward. Their work ethic is incredible and they are always bringing something new to the scene.

In your music career so far what has been your favourite experience/moment?

Touring is the most enjoyable thing that a musician can experience, in my opinion. Meeting all these people that are supporting you, in real life, is incredible. It’s like you feel an aura that you cannot see anywhere else, like some sort of spiritual connection.

I also enjoy the time that I spend in my home studio, it really allows you to evade your mind in some areas that you aren’t even aware of sometimes.

If you can choose one, what would you say is your favourite track of your own?

I would probably go for a very unknown track that I released way back, early 2014, in my Shenmue EP. It’s called ‘Cherry Blossom Wind Dance‘. As a fan of one of Sega’s greatest video games ever released, sampling the Shenmue OST was so enjoyable and it reminds me that I loved the game in my youth.

This specific song has so much to it, it is very ambient and experimental, the type of sound that will take you on a journey.

If you were stuck on a desert island and could take one track to listen to, what would it be?

Woah, that’s a pretty tough question. I think it would be Joy Division – ‘Love Will Tear Us Apart‘. Seeing my dad dancing to it every single day since my childhood, without getting tired of it, probably plays a big role in my selection. This track is also very deep and really tells a story about Ian Curtis and what he was going through back then.

What are your plans for the next year?

More original music, starting to collaborate with vocal artists, rappers, singers, and putting out a solid project, like a debut album. Keep on working with my mates from Flow-Fi trying to bring the label up with solid project releases.

Developing the brand/image around my artist name and starting work on my first live set (I’ve only done DJ sets until now). Oh, and travelling the world 🙂

What advice would you give to any aspiring musicians/DJs/Producers out there?

Never give up on anything that you’re doing, keep on working hard, craft new materials every single day. Push your limits, try different genres and also, don’t rush things, take your time to perfect everything you do. It will all pay off one day and it is worth the wait and struggle.


Maximus MMC

SoundCloud – https://soundcloud.com/maximusmmc

Bandcamp – http://maximusmmc.bandcamp.com/

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/MaximusMmc/info/?tab=page_info

Twitter – https://twitter.com/MaximusMMC

RouteNote Exclusive Interview: Nevercold

In 2006 three men came together to jam metal. With the addition of a bassist they became the French “Rock’n’core” metal band Nevercold.
Hailing from Rhône-Alpes in the south-east of France Nevercold released their eponymous debut EP in 2007. Since then the band have spent their time playing numerous concerts and have recorded three full length albums.
The track ‘My Bleeding Remains’ was used in a compilation of the best tracks in the French metal scene. This release expanded their presence outside of France and they have since gained fans in Switzerland, playing gigs at various arenas there.
Nevercold have just released their killer third album ‘Rebirth‘ online with a physical release due on the 31st October.

How did you meet and start playing music together?

It wasn’t a conscious attempt to form a band at first. We were trying to jam some metal riffs just for fun while there were just 3 of us. We weren’t taking this too seriously but we quickly wrote some catchy tunes so we decided to give it a go – and one bass player later we were ready.

Nevercold metal play live

What has been your favourite experience since being in the band?

The last studio session was a real blast for all of us, we pretty much got rid of our creative limits and every one of us was really involved in the overall production. Things like clean vocals all together (Lonesome Ranger) or a quite unique song intro (Under My Skin) were stuff we’d never have done before. It took us years to develop our own personal sound, but we took a huge leap forward in this direction when writing and recording this album.

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

Having a song featuring Phil Anselmo (Pantera vocalist) would definitely be like the dream come true when thinking of great names in metal we could collaborate with. Not only for the vocal performance but also for the man himself.

Phil Anselmo Slayer
Nevercold’s dream collaboration would be with Pantera’s Phil Anselmo ©MarkScottAustinTX

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

We’d probably do absolutely nothing together because we’re so different individually. Music is the only thing that unites us. Basically, it works for us if we start to jam; If we start debating over something, nobody knows where it will lead but certainly not to a killer new song! You get the idea…

If you were stuck on a desert island and could take one song each to listen to, what would you choose?

Wow, tough one! Most of us vote for ‘Ring of Fire’ by Johnny Cash

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Do you have a favourite track out of all of your own music?

That would be ‘Lonesome Ranger’ from our last album ‘Rebirth’. We had lots of fun writing the lyrics all together and this song really feels like a wild and lonely trip in the west. It would really fit a movie’s ending sequence. We played the track live a few times and it’s a song that pretty much wins the crowd over every time.

What advice would you give for other aspiring musicians/DJs/producers?

No matter the level you’re playing at, amateur or pro, it’s a lot of work to be able to rock the stage, but those moments when the band and the audience suddenly become one – it’s a feeling worth every sacrifice. Never give up!


Nevercold

Facebook – www.facebook.com/nevercold

Bandcamp – nevercold.bandcamp.com

YouTube – www.youtube.com/user/nnevercoldc

RouteNote Exclusive Interview: More Plastic

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More Plastic are an EDM duo formed by brothers Mathias Vasiliadis and Marco Vasiliadis. Growing up in Denmark both brothers shared a love for music and after gaining a reputation for their individual talent as dj/producers, inside and out of Denmark, they came together to make music as More Plastic.
The brothers started making music in 2013 and since then have gained a loyal following of EDM fans. More Plastic just released their latest track ‘Don’t Stop (Under Pressure)‘, a more experimental track to previous endeavours that is as brilliant as it is unique.
We asked More Plastic some questions about making music together as brothers, who their idols are and what they have planned for the next year.

More Plastic Logo


How did you both get into music and start creating it together?

Marco: We grew up in a musical family which led us to download our first program, Virtual DJ. The more we played with it, the more we liked having our hands in the making of music. We got a DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) from one of our friends, which was FL Studio, and since we both loved it we started creating music together.

Mathias: Well I started working with music when I was around 10 years old, Marco was 6 then. I got my first DJ equipment when i was 12 (two CDJ 400 turntables and a DJM 400 mixer) from our father. My father was living off of being a DJ when he was young so I guess it was in the blood.

I started making mashups/mixes and then I started making contacts and found out very fast I didn’t like mainstream music. Then I fell in love with happy hardcore, hard dance. When I was around 16 and my brother about 12 I started producing and he wanted to learn to, and became very good, very fast! Our father and mother always supported us and helped us the right way.

We started as Amateus & El Greko but when people started telling us that we had talent we wanted to make a duo but had no ideas. One day my brother was in Thailand and I was home in Denmark. He sent me a SoundCloud link to an artist – “More Plastic”. I loved them, their tracks were sick. Some weeks later he told me that he was More Plastic. I loved the name and we started taking music more seriously and releasing music as More Plastic.

Did you learn from teachers or from teaching yourselves?

Marco: Ourselves – Help is very important but at the time we learned everything by videos and just trying it out.

Mathias: We learned DJing from our father and producing by ourselves. Our father always tried to help us with our tracks but we never went to production lessons.

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

Marco: Shadows

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Mathias: That’s so hard haha. Well I’m very proud of our new track – Don’t Stop – cause it’s something different and not close to what we usually make. But the track I’m most proud of must be Warriors. Not because I think it’s our best track, but because I think we found our style and did it good!

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

Marco: Our keyboard (m-audio keyrig 49) and our studio monitors (yamaha HS80M)

Mathias: Our computer, I don’t need anything else. On there I use FL Studio and Sylenth 1.

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

Marco: It’s no secret that we would love to collaborate with our idols – Snails & Botnek.

Mathias: It would be a dream to collaborate with Snails & Botnek, and KSHMR. That would be the biggest dream!

What do you enjoy the most about making music?

Marco: The whole feeling of it, we love trying something different and work a lot on the atmosphere and how the song comes out.

Mathias: Wow that’s a hard question. I always loved music and can’t imagine a world without it. I don’t care if it’s EDM, country, disco, rock. Music inspires me, it helps me get through the day. I really don’t think i can answer the question any other way.

If you were stuck on a desert island and could take 2 tracks each what would you both take?

Marco

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Mathias

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Mathias also chose ‘Pump This’ by Snails & heRobust – you can see how these brothers get on so well.

What are your plans for the next year?

Mathias & Marco: Keep releasing music to the people following us, get our first gig as More Plastic, collaborate with some idols and play at a festival!

What advice would you give for any other aspiring musicians/djs/producers?

MarcoKeep working. Always make what you feel like making and not what everyone else is making. Everything is not about fame but about talent, so take your time and read/play/study music all that you can.

Mathias: If you really love what you are doing don’t rush yourself. Don’t make something you don’t want to because it’s more popular or there’s a bigger chance for you to get out there. Do what you love, the way you want it and it will pay off in the end!


More Plastic

Listen to More Plastic’s latest track ‘Don’t Stop (Under Pressure):

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More Plastic
SoundCloud – soundcloud.com/moreplastic
YouTube – youtube.com/channel/UC3xINWqQieTrsvojnrXO8lA
Facebook – facebook.com/MorePlasticOfficial
Twitter – twitter.com/MorePlastic

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

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Only Fools and Horses Theme – John Sullivan

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Rabbit – Chas & Dave

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Here Comes the King – Snoop Lion

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Hands – Macy Gray

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Matt – “Bubblegum Bob”
The Day the Niggaz Took Over – Dr. Dre

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Backseat Freestyle – Kendrick Lamar

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Fuck Tha Police – N.W.A.

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Ain’t No Fun (If the Homies Can’t Get None) – Snoop Doggy Dogg

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Wheels Of Confusion/The Straightener – Black Sabbath

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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:

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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 

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      2. Timeless Melody – The La’s

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    3. Some Might Say – Oasis

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  4. Life’s Been Good – Joe Walsh

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

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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.

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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