Friday, 27 March 2020

Q&A with indie/dream-pop band Stay Lunar



Bristol-based five-piece Stay Lunar has had quite the impact in a short space of time with their bold indie/dream-pop sound.

Their two highly praised singles, ‘Brainshake’ and ‘Catch Up’ gained them wide recognition, helping them land support slots with the likes of Larkins, Little Comets, SPINN, CLEWS, Lottery Winners and more.


Looking back, what were some of your earliest entries into music appreciation? And music production?

Personally, I (Harry) was around 9 when my dad introduced me to Athlete's debut album, which I still love now - My dad is a fantastic guitarist and would take me to shows for the few years that followed that - This was all very inspiring. Production-wise, my first ventures were recording a few terrible home demos with a makeshift setup and using voice notes on my phone to record vocals haha.

Take us through your songwriting process. Are there any particular steps you take when putting music together?

The songwriting process actually changes up quite a lot. A lot of the time I'll write and demo a song with some very basic bass and drums; send it to everyone and if they like it we'll jam it/re-work it together. Sometimes it's as simple as someone coming up with a part and we'll craft the song around that in a rehearsal room together. Recently I wrote a chorus that I thought was catchy, but couldn't figure out any verses at home, took it to the guys and within an hour we had a full song that is now one of our favourites to play live (coming this summer). We don't have any particular set of steps we follow for the writing process - we're trying to make writing more collaborative, as the early days of Stay Lunar consisted of bringing my bedroom demos to life. Our best stuff seems to come when we all work together, which I think is a testament to us as a group.

What gets your creative juices flowing?

Each other! When we're jamming together or the studio together, we come up with all sorts that we definitely wouldn't if we were alone. I'm also very inspired by watching bands live, it's rare that I get home after a gig and don't immediately pick up my guitar and see what I come up with.

As a musician, it becomes apparent that there is a huge difference between the art and the business. Is there anything about the music scene that you would personally change?

More female representation in all aspects of the music industry, and cutting down on pay-to-play style promo. I guess those things are fairly self-explanatory, but it upset us seeing a huge lack of female representation on festival lineups, etc. Being 5 white males we feel we should be talking about this as much as possible and doing whatever we can to help inequality in the music world.
Studio work and music creation or performing and interacting with a live audience, which do you prefer?
We'd all agree that performing live is the most fun, but we absolutely love our time in the studio with our producers at Sugar House - it's a like a little creative holiday, and the excitement of recording a new track that everyone will get to hear soon is a great feeling. Nothing quite beats the feeling of performing live, though.

What is the most memorable response you have had to your music?

I had an older man come up to me after a charity festival we played last year, and he said "I love your guitar-work, great stuff", then walked off. About 2 minutes later he came back over and said "the last person I complimented on their guitar-work was Robert Smith of The Cure in 1979", and just walked off before I could say anything.That was a surreal moment!

What's on your current playlist?

We're currently spinning some wonderful female artists: Snarls new album is amazing, as well as Soccer Mommy, pinkpirate, Molly Payton and Ratboys. I know that Charlie is addicted to the Tame Impala album too.

Breakdown the news for us: what can we expect from you in the near future?

After the release of the new single 'Dreaming That I'm Not In Love' we'll be focused on gigging as much as possible and getting ready for our next release, which should be in early June. We're not sure what to expect from 2020, but whatever happens, we'll be busy working hard and taking our music as far and wide as possible. Our biggest ever headline show is on 28th March to accompany the new track, we're really excited about that.

Famous last words?

Check us out, you might not regret it!

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Q&A with music duo Black Beach Baby



Swedish duo Black Beach Bay, Aka Andy and My, was founded in 2017. In their fully DIY recordings you will find surreal emotions floating around in a dreamy atmosphere. They released their new song, "Hold On", on 20th March 2020.

See our exclusive interview with them below


Looking back, what were some of your earliest entries into music appreciation? And music production?

Andy: Well, appreciation...... I guess the very early appreciation came to me when I used to rent a room from a very strange fella. He had a massive Hi-Fi stereo system in his living room and he barely went to work so he played a lot of crappy music days along. And it was so loud that I could hear it in my room even with a door being shut. It has definitely helped me to appreciate the music I loved at that point and the music in general. Early production... I started as a drummer a long time ago. I bought my first drum kit when I was 16. I was a kid and had no money so I had to sell my bike, my skateboard and my mobile phone. I record drums by myself in Black Beach Baby.

My: I was about 9 years old when my dad gave me the best punk album in the world. Only 2 years later I played the guitar and sang "I love rock'n'roll" with my first band in a church. I picked up the bass when I was 15. There was a band in my school and they needed a bass player.

Take us through your songwriting process. Are there any particular steps you take when putting music together?

Andy: It starts with an acoustic guitar. Music comes first, then comes lyrics. Then I record the whole thing using voice memos on my phone straight away. All our songs are recorded digitally through my mbox audio interface.

What gets your creative juices flowing?

Andy: Good gig. I like to see other artists playing, it's very inspiring. Good weather of course.

As a musician, it becomes apparent that there is a huge difference between the art and the business. Is there anything about the music scene that you would personally change?

Andy: Art is the business. Business can be an art too, depends on what you want to sell.

Studio work and music creation or performing and interacting with a live audience, which do you prefer?

Andy: Probably performing and interacting. As we make our music DIY and you can't be alone all the time.

What is the most memorable response you have had to your music?

Andy: Once we got feedback on one of our songs from a german blog and it said: “that singer sings weird, he seemed to be mad.” Sometimes it's hard to disagree.

What's on your current playlist?

Andy: Spinning Coin, Sam Evian, Wilsen, Lunar Vacation, Reptaliens
My: Hatchie, DMA's, Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever

Breakdown the news for us: what can we expect from you in the near future?

Andy: Oh, we have a single release today. It's called 'Hold On'. Would be nice to be able to release another one in the near future.

Famous last words?

Andy: Don't spend too much time on social media

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Wednesday, 25 March 2020

Q&A with UK Indie-pop band The Shop Window



The Shop Window is fronted by the dynamic duo of Carl Mann (vocals/guitars) and Simon ‘Syd’ Oxlee (vocals/keys), whose journey began over two decades ago when they landed their first record deal.

After spending recent years on opposite sides of the world, Carl found himself back in the UK and keen to jam. With old friends Martin Corder (Bass) and Phil Elphee (Drums), a recording session brought six strong songs to fruition.

See our exclusive interview with the band below


Looking back, what were some of your earliest entries into music appreciation? And music production?

Carl - My older sister had great music taste when we were young, I got to know and love all sorts of bands from hearing them blasting out of her bedroom. Things like The Cure/The Smiths and Adam Ant.

As a teenager I think there were probably 4 guitarists who made me want to pick up a guitar and learn to play, they were Johnny Marr (The Smiths), John Squire (The Stone Roses), Andy Bell (Ride) and Graham Coxon (Blur).

I think the first record producer I actually became a fan of was Stephen Street. I love how rich and sparkly his records sound.

Take us through your songwriting process. Are there any particular steps you take when putting music together?

Carl - The songwriting process can begin in many different ways for me, a guitar riff or vocal melody or an event that ignites the creative spark. Some songs are completed in 20 minutes but others have taken years! I have a catalogue of half-finished ideas in demo form and sometimes I go back to them and have a listen. Having time away from an idea makes it really easy to pinpoint the really good segments and then scrap the parts that were not working. We have literally just finished a song I started work on about 7 years ago...

I demo songs and keep working on them until I am happy with all the parts and melodies and everything in it is bringing something to the song. The final process is editing/shortening the song. Sometimes it's really good to go through and chop lengthy sections down until nothing is overplayed and the song flows leaving the listener wanting to hear it again.

What gets your creative juices flowing?

Carl - There's nothing better than watching a great band live to get the creative juices flowing, or sometimes I'll hear something amazing (old or new) for the first time and that will make me want to pick up the guitar.

As a musician, it becomes apparent that there is a huge difference between the art and the business. Is there anything about the music scene that you would personally change?

Carl - I would make it more of a level playing field for artists if it were possible. Music projects are very expensive and time-consuming beasts to get off the ground, so those that are financially well off are in a better position to get further in their careers. You also need to be time rich and up to speed with social media and self-promotion, there are great bands who may not have time due to work/financial circumstances. They are not knowledgeable with how effective the social PR machine works for artists and growing a fanbase. I think because of this there are lots of amazing bands that probably fall through the cracks and are never heard.

Studio work and music creation or performing and interacting with a live audience, which do you prefer?

Carl - It's close but I actually prefer music creation and the studio side of it all. Finding melodies and great guitar parts is such a buzz, then hearing all of your hard work and ideas finally come together pumping out of giant studio speakers is a great feeling. Although, a great gig when you're in the moment and have a crowd captivated is also pretty hard to beat.

What is the most memorable response you have had to your music?

Carl - This recent one keeps coming back to me and just makes me smile. "I'm on this lads, fucking deadly stuff (Dublinese for impossibly brilliant)"

What's on your current playlist?

Generally playing a lot of these lot at the moment - The Rain Parade/Real Estate/Teenage Fanclub/Ride/Wild Nothing/Isobell Campbell/Roxy Music/Lloyd Cole & The Commotions/The Cure/Deerhunter/DIIV/Hatchie/Pernice Brothers/Nada Surf/The Pale Saints/The Stone Roses/House of Love/Sparklehorse

Breakdown the news for us: what can we expect from you in the near future?

We're in the studio in May to record seven new songs which will complete our album “The State Of Being Human”. Following the release of our first single 'Mannequin Lies' we're hoping to release a single every 2 to 3 months until the end of the year, this will be followed by the release of the album. Somehow, we want to raise enough funds to release the album on vinyl. If an indie label got involved along the journey somewhere to help with this, of course, that would be marvellous!!

Famous last words?

Simon 'Syd' Oxlee  - It's better to burn out than fade away!


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Friday, 13 March 2020

Drew Makes Noise releases neo-pop song ‘Satellite’


Neo pop artist Drew Makes Noise released his solo debut single ‘Satellite’ via One Inch Punch, before embarking on his solo career,  the musician formed part of the Ed Zealous band. During his time in the band, they supported acts such as Snow Patrol, Two Door Cinema Club, and Maximo Park. Other noteworthy achievements include the band featuring in CLASH Magazine, radio play on BBC Radio 1 and performing at the Glastonbury Festival.

Now in his solo journey, Drew Makes Noise has gained support from Gemma Bradley and Aine Cronin-McCartney for BBC ATL Introducing. He grew being influenced by his father’s taste for music, which includes 80’s and 90’s rock ballads, as well as music of the violin and clarinet variety. His friends would introduce him to 80’s and 90’s pop music. During his schooling period, Drew Makes Noise would compile mix-tapes featuring artists such as Nirvana and The Pet Shop Boys. Little did the then-teenager know he would follow a  musical career path years later.

Drew Makes Noise takes about his solo debut single,”Satellite came from a 2 hour long solo jam on Pro Tools with arpeggiators and synths. There was so much of it that I wrote an albums worth of songs in the time it took me to put  all the complex pieces together in a song. Depending on how I feel I sing the lyrics with no sense of irony or completely ironically.”


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Tuesday, 10 March 2020

Q&A with indie band Demons Of Ruby Mae



Manchester indie band Demons Of Ruby Mae are back in the studio working on their much anticipated second album. The band headlined BBC Introducing Festival this year for the East Midlands.

They have also had songs played on a Hollywood Film When The Bough Breaks, various Netflix series including Suits, and have even worked on recent single ‘That Feeling’ with London Grammar producers Tim Bran and Roy Kerr.  With over 5 million streams on Spotify and growing, 2020 is set to be Demons Of Ruby Mae's year

See our exclusive interview with them below:



Looking back, what were some of your earliest entries into music appreciation? And music production?

I went to my first gig when I was 13 to watch Mansun. Yes, 90's Brit Pop Mansun, not Marlyn! I also remember going to watch Muse at Rock City before Showbiz came out, that was an insane gig and probably still to this day they were some of the best I've been to. Probably because of how they made a difference to me!

Take us through your songwriting process. Are there any particular steps you take when putting music together?

The writing process is different every time and can come from a beat, a melody, a sample. We also both write and produce separately as well as together. As our songs develop, so does our ways of writing

What gets your creative juices flowing?

When something sounds GOOD!

As a musician, it becomes apparent that there is a huge difference between the art and the business. Is there anything about the music scene that you would personally change?

Good question. More funding for art initiatives from the Government to support grassroots talent and stopping promoters monopolising the live circuit by getting bands to pay to play and booking out all the venues in your city so you can't put your own gig on

Studio work and music creation or performing and interacting with a live audience, which do you prefer?

I love elements of both, but creating something which you believe to be great, has no better feeling...If we were playing gigs in front of 5,000 people a show, my answer would probably be different.

What is the most memorable response you have had to your music?

In Glasgow a guy shouted at the end of the most intimate part of our set  "you're making my fucking nipples stand on their end" That was pretty special

What's on your current playlist?

Kate Tempest, Squid, Easy Life, Celeste

Breakdown the news for us: what can we expect from you in the near future?

Well, we've basically been in the studio non-stop, and have 6 or 7 tracks built up ready to go, so a shit load of new music is on its way and so will another album be...

Famous last words?

Chippy tits

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Friday, 6 March 2020

Q&A with Rock band Raglans



Ireland-based rock band Raglans is back with the release of their highly anticipated new single ‘One More Drop’.The past few years have seen them blaze a trail to cult status. Highlights include releasing their self titled Top 5 charting debut album which to date has over 5 million plays on Spotify, the single ‘Who Knows’.

Being nominated for RTÉ Choice Music Prize ‘Irish Song of the Year’ and a host of European tour appearances with acts including The Fray, The Libertines, Lifehouse as well as performing at festivals including Electric Picnic, Soundwave Australia, British Summer Festival and Rock am Ring Germany.

See our exclusive interview with the band below


Looking back, what were some of your earliest entries into music appreciation? And music production?

We all appreciate different music and reach a common understanding of Raglans. Playing sold-out shows early on meant we had to build fun and interesting live shows. It's disciplined us to always try new things to improve our work.

Take us through your songwriting process. Are there any particular steps you take when putting music together?

I write songs or Rhos write songs and then we create a Raglans version, sometimes it can divert entirely from what you had in your mind’s eye and that can be wild and exciting. Conn is instrumental in helping us produce the Raglans sound.

What gets your creative juices flowing?

Strong informed and passionate viewpoints. Good cinema, great writing.

As a musician, it becomes apparent that there is a huge difference between the art and the business. Is there anything about the music scene that you would personally change?

There's an army of 'middle men' who place themselves between artist and consumer. One pound of flesh at a time if you wanna run the gauntlet. Even now, you have to secure Spotify playlist with money, the days of organic growth are almost non-existent.

Studio work and music creation or performing and interacting with a live audience, which do you prefer?

They are both enormously gratifying in different ways but performing to your full potential consistently is more draining and the art of the studio takes a long time to master but it's an enjoyable process. I'd stick in the studio and bolt out for big shows if I could!

What is the most memorable response you have had to your music?

Too many to mention but Electric Picnic 2015 the third time we played was a turning point personally, for a moment I could feel what the audience was feeling and it changed my whole approach thereafter. Never got jitters again

What's on your current playlist?

Sorcha Richardson, Buena Vista Social Club & Tom Petty, always Tom Petty.

Breakdown the news for us: what can we expect from you in the near future?

We are planning on putting out as much music in 2020 as possible. Including our second album “Heavy Medicine” which we are currently finishing. Then take this beautiful beast on the road and start the party all over again.

Famous last words?

Fake it till you make it

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Interview with Melbourne-based four-piece band Primo!



Melbourne-based four-piece band Primo! are Xanthe Waite, Violetta DelConte Race, Suzanne Walker and Amy Hill. As a quartet writing up-tempo, terse chorus and verse, Primo! make use of two guitars, bass, drums, sound effects and a group vocal sensibility to ornament their enquiries into deconstructed punk and indie rock. Their songs chime and charm, sounding at times bountiful, at others brittle, always buoyant with attention to detail.

See our exclusive interview with them below


Looking back, what were some of your earliest entries into music appreciation? And music production?

I remember using Garageband and thinking it was incredibly sophisticated….still using Garageband!

Take us through your songwriting process. Are there any particular steps you take when putting music together?

One of us will usually bring in an idea to start with, whether it’s a whole song or a riff, and we will collectively work on it in the rehearsal space. Everyone writes their own parts for what they want to play in any given song, and we have a lot of fun trying out different ideas before we arrive at a complete song.

What gets your creative juices flowing?

Reading, going to gigs, listening to music, conversations and prosecco.

As a musician, it becomes apparent that there is a huge difference between the art and the business. Is there anything about the music scene that you would personally change?

The music scene in Melbourne is pretty amazing and supportive. We have also been lucky enough to work with awesome labels who encourage us to do our thing - Upset the Rhythm and Anti Fade Records. If I was to change anything it would be aspects of the business side of things. From our experience working with people who share the same approach as you and are friends are important, focus on art!

Studio work and music creation or performing and interacting with a live audience, which do you prefer?

All these elements are enjoyable in their own way, but the most fun part is making the music and coming up with ideas while getting to hang out too. We also have enjoyed the creative possibilities of recording and experimenting with sound e.g. dropping beans into a bowl, Velcro, a spray can and much more, which we may have included in our recordings...

What is the most memorable response you have had to your music?

We played a show in Krakow that was memorable all round. We were put up in a haunted apartment. We performed to an extremely polite audience who made not a peep throughout the whole gig and then in a very civilised manner, all clapped in unison at the end. Tres medieval. After the show, someone from the audience very nicely asked Suzanne if they could keep her drumsticks, she handed them over - even though they were her only pair on tour.

What's on your current playlist?

We have been listening to... the new Eddy Current Suppression Ring record, Philip Cohran and some other jazz records, a lot of country music. The Primo Sogni test presses have been on rotation as well :) TV playlist: been watching the Ken Burns doco from last year on Country music - recommended.

Breakdown the news for us: what can we expect from you in the near future?

Our second album “Sogni” will be released April 17th through Upset the Rhythm (UK) and Anti Fade Records (Australia)

Famous last words?

We’re not dead yet

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