Friday, 27 March 2020

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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Friday, 6 March 2020

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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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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Indie rock band The Burma release ‘When You’re Gone’ music video


The Burma’s music video to their latest single,”When You’re Gone” has been released via Spooner records. The band has supported acts such as The Academic, The Strypes and Delorentos. Their upcoming tour locations include London, UK, and all over Ireland.  Their first song release ‘Quicksand’ in 2018 generated buzz, with long-running radio play.

The band members consisting of Tony O’Donovan (vocals) ,Peter Piggott (guitar) ,Cian Doherty (Doolin, Co. Clare drummer) were friends for a couple of years before The Burma formed together. They all grew up in musically orientated families, with some of their relatives making a living off of making music.  Their name was taken from The Burma Steps in Cork, Ireland, the town that they all grew up in.

In the video, we are drawn into the black and white filtered frame with a dramatic medium close-up introducing the charming vocal range of lead singer Tony ‘O Donovan singing alone without the other band members present. Soon after the camera zooms out of the medium shot, and the other two members appear, all appears put together until the dark shadows hover around the members and their appearances becomes distorted.

The band shares more about the video,”We did the video for this one with Isla Media, our buddies from Cobh. We've done a couple of videos with them in the past and we've loved them, we have great craic doing them too which helps because it's usually a really long day. We shot the video in Mill Studios in Dublin, it turned out to be practically the only studio in Ireland that would work for the idea we had. We were giving up hope until the lads eventually found this place and it turned out to be perfect.”



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Premiere: The Sunset Beach Hut releases a new song ‘twenty//25\\five’



Shrewsbury-based Indie Pop band The Sunset Beach Hut has shared a brand new song ‘twenty//25\\five’ to be released on the  6th of March 2020.

With funky bass lines, prominent guitar hooks, and pop-inspired vocals, The Sunset Beach Hut are starting to win the hearts of the Midlanders and look forward to taking their music elsewhere.


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Q&A with Swedish singer/songwriter Simon Alexander



Swedish singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Simon Alexander emerged in 2017 with the self-released debut EP “Won't Be Found”, breathing new air into the modern folk scene. By continuously releasing several self-recorded acoustic tracks he quickly gained recognition for his profound lyrics and heartfelt vocal melodies, getting comparisons to Matt Corby and Dylan LeBlanc.

After a collaboration with producer Tobias Ekqvist, from Hurricane Love, two singles, ’Slide' and ’Last Dance', was released in 2018 after signing with Swedish record label Rehn Music Group. The new singles showed a wider range of songwriting, venturing into a more pop-infused direction, and was featured on Spotify curated playlists such as New Music Friday in several countries.



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

Definitely a lot of 70's rock bands. Led Zeppelin, Beatles, Pink Floyd etc. My father showed me a lot of bands I still listen to today.

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

It always begins with a small idea, often a melody, that I' go around humming before I get the time to sit down with a guitar. From there I just let the creativity flow and see where it ends up.

What gets your creative juices flowing?

Listening to some good music & drinking coffee.

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?

I believe that there should be a more common consensus about paid gigs. It's pretty tough in the beginning to both get gigs and then get paid for them, and I think many people have a hard time seeing performing artists as working. But there's a lot of time and effort going into playing live, and I really think young performing artists should be treated more fairly.

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

Honestly, I love both, but the rush from playing live is something else.

I think hearing people covering my music is pure magic. Just knowing that someone actually sat down and learned a song of mine feels incredible.

What's on your current playlist?

Khruangbin and their new collab with Leon Bridges is gold.

Breakdown the news for us: what can we expect from you in the near future?
A whole lot of music. First my new EP “In the Rust”, and then we'll be releasing some of my acoustic tracks on Spotify so that feels great. Then hopefully I'll get to head out for some new shows this summer, but I can't announce anything quite yet.

Famous last words?

Don't forget to check out my new EP “In the Rust”, which comes out February 28th!


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Music producer oblyx releases indie disco song ‘Satellite’



Creating music with the alias oblyx, the music producer’s real name is Oliver Johnson. The genre-pushing composer released one of his latest singles titled ‘Satellite’ on March 1st 2020. The mastering of the song was done by Grammy and Mercury Nominated Prash ‘Engine Ears’ Mistry. He has been supported by publications such as CLASH Magazine, Kaltblut Magazine, Northern Transmissions, Plastic Magazine, as well as receiving airplay by BBC Radio 6’s Lauren Laverne, BBC Introducing in the West and Amazing Radio. The musician’s songs have been streamed close to 4 million times so far. 

You can usually find oblyx music in playlist with titles like Spotify’s Creamy, Electronic Rising and Chill Tracks, Apple Music’s Best Of The Week and As Heard in Apple Ads. His music has been featured in other advertisements including Apple iPhone releases, Formula 1 Grand Prix highlights, O2 UK television adverts. The artist does not settle on any genre for his overall sound, as he feels that is restricting his creativity. 

Inspired by stories of wanderers finding their purpose through the journey, he created the alias oblyx for his music project. This alias would form as an outlet for documenting his own personal journey. His sound features elements of indie disco, electronica, neo classical and pop. He comments about his release, “ a song about the helpless feeling of being an observer on your own life”.





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