Last year Frank Hamilton’s #OneSongAWeek project led to the singer writing, recording and releasing one song a week, and he’s followed up the achievement in 2013 by recording an EP aboard the London Eye in one singular rotation. He has a unique take on lyrics with honest charm and catchy song writing which will be heard across a 17-date UK tour he started in Newcastle on September 20th. We asked him about his influences as he enters the final week of his tour.
The Czech Republic’s Charlie Straight were formed in 2006 but it wasn’t until 2012 that they made a breakthrough into the public eye. Buoyed by a second album produced by the London-based Guy Fixsen (Laika, My Bloody Valentine), they played their first three gigs in the UK during the Olympics and went on to support Red Hot Chili Peppers in Prague. We spoke to singer Albert Cerny about the band’s origins and ambitions ahead of the release of new single “Coco” on Monday, September 16th.
The self-released, self-guided and self-confident trio Hunter & The Bear are Jimmy, Will and Josh. They’re all about organic and rootsy emotion powered by a pounding, acoustic feel and period cobbler. The London-based trio is finishing up their latest EP and preparing themselves for the release of debut single “Forest On The Hill” on Monday, September 30th. We spoke to them about how the band came together ahead of their first release.
Swedish sister duo Caviare Days, fronted by Lina and Maja Westin, are 60s-inspired psychedelic rock’n’roll, fully pronounced on new single “Who Deprived You Of Your Smile?”. The Vox Continental organ and guitar solos take you on a mystical sonic journey inspired by the legends of the genre. We found out more about their influences and what makes them unique.
Dr Meaker started their journey in 2004 as a Bristol based sound system comprising of electronic and acoustic musicians. The band soon built up a strong following and quickly gained the attention of the BBC resulting in a play of their popular track “Rubber Gloves” on Rob da Bank’s BBC Radio 1 show. They toured the French Alps in March, played on the Sonic stage at Glastonbury in June and are set to release a second album soon. Ahead of an appearance at Village Underground in London on October 4th, we caught up with Clive Meaker to learn more about the band.
Indie label Wall of Sound showcase three of their rising stars at London’s Hoxton Bar & Kitchen on Wednesday, July 31st. Acclaimed Reykjavik electro scenesters Sykur, Liverpool Rock n Rave band Killaflaw and lush, opulent shoegaze-popsters Battle Lines will perform with label boss Mark Jones getting behind the decks. We caught up with Killaflaw and Sykur ahead of the gig.
Liv, Jo, Oded and Manuel are The Guilty Ones, revivify the best of 60’s and 70’s and modern psychedelic pop rock riddims. They’ve got a debut album forthcoming, and their first single “Conquer The World” is out now. Produced by the iconic Rupert Hine (Stevie Nicks, Tina Turner), engineered by Stephen Tayler (Peter Gabriel, Queen), co-produced by Alex beitzke (Paul Weller, Jamiroquai) and with additional post-production and mixing from Brio Taliaferro (Girls Aloud, Skunk Anansie), much is expected of them. We caught up with the band to get to know them a little more ahead of “Conquer The World”’s release.
franskild is the unlikely pair of master chef Love Ojensa and spaced-out architect Tim Söderström, and about to go big on the dance music scene. We caught up with them to find out how they write their dreamlike house sound and what their plans are for the rest of the year.
“We are like hippies. We take the shit and pig in it.” Quite the claim by Mouse on Mars, the German electronica duo who are about to celebrate their 20th anniversary of working together with a major release. They’ve been prolific since their first release in 1994 – the slightly rudely titled Vulvaland, but this is just their style. “Every music is cosmic”, Jan St. Werner tells me sitting alongside bandmate Andi Toma in their dressing room as we start an insightful view into his musical mind.
Eastern Electrics expands their festival format from one day in Greenwich to a whole weekend at Knebworth Park this summer featuring top house and techno acts. Its the first time revellers will be able to camp at an Eastern Electrics event which has grown from clubnights in warehouses to making a bid to be a major player in festival market. Mike Barnrd caught up with Rob Star to find out more about the event running from Friday, August 2nd to Sunday, August 4th.
The Cocoon Heroes invite you to step into the magic at London’s Great Suffolk Street Warehouse on Saturday (December 1st) for an all night musical journey. Sven Vath, Cassy b2b Carl Craig, Mathias Kaden and Onur Ozer performing.
Mathias is one of Cocoon’s fastest rising stars, resident at Cocoon in Ibiza and around the globe. His mixing style is energetic offering the perfect opportunity to jack your body. Ahead of his set at Cocoon Heroes Into The Magic, we caught up with him.
The aggressively-named duo Thugfucker is otherwise known as the far more respectably named Greg Oreck and Holmar Filipsson. The New York-based pair found each other in the city’s underground club scene and now produce a blend of house and disco. They’re playing at London’s Eastern Electric Festival afterparty EE+ at Proud2 on Saturday and we caught up with them to find out more about their name, their style and their plans for the rest of 2012.
Conrad Hoyer, known in hardcore circles as Ophidian, has changed direction to produce a breakcore under the name Meander. Carbon is released on Low Res Records at the end of the month featuring eight brand-new tracks as well as the four tracks from the 2008 Low Res release Dreaming in Reverse. Hoyer is no stranger to music composition, having earned a Bachelor of Music Composition and Production degree from the Utrecht School of Arts in 2004. Since then he has continued to expand and diversify his accomplishments, which now include studio engineering, mastering, and producing/composing for the video game industry. zap! bang! Magazine caught up with the Dutch act to find out more about his influences for Meander and Carbon.
London based dance-pop duo Blue Angel met accidentally three years ago at a studio in Highbury, when laptop-rocker Jason Newton overheard Bella Bennett’s lush tones in the neighboring studio. Having realised that Bella’s tone was perfect for his haunting ode to a London bus crash victim, “43 Days”, he approached the blonde bombshell and shamelessly requested the use of her vocal abilities. The rest, as they say, is history, with Blue Angel set to release single number 3, the summer anthem that is “One More Down To Go”. With the two now firm friends, here at zap! bang! we felt there was no better way to interview the friends, than to ask them to do it themselves…
When Will Paterson and Rob Star hosted their first Eastern Electrics August bank holiday weekend party double header in 2008, they had a vision to evolve the brand from a top class clubnight into a full festival. Four years later on Saturday, August 4th they’ll achieve that goal with the first Eastern Electrics Festival on Clapham Common featuring Jamie Jones, Tensnake, Julio Bashmore, Miguel Campbell, Kerri Chandler and more. We caught up with Will to find out more about the origins of Eastern Electrics, this summer’s festival and what the future holds.
Victorian garmented futurist Daedelus returns to London with his beat crunching Monome an steamfunk audiovisual invention Archimedes this Friday at Village Underground. Imagined by Daedelus, created with the expertise of Emmanuel Biard and David Leonard, and premiered at KOKO last year, he’s back with the mechanised wall of moving mirrors: Archimedes 2.0. We got the chance to chat to Daedelus to find out what his influences are and how Archimedes was born.
Anchorsong – aka Masaaki Yoshida – has become globally recognised for his live shows, which have described as “like watching a painter drawing on a white canvas”, as he creates electronic music completely live using a sampler and keyboard, in front of the audience. While he mainly performs solo, he frequently adds a string quartet to his set up and he’s bringing his show to London’s Cargo on Thursday, March 22nd. I caught up with Masaaki to find out more about his influences, his work and what to look out for in 2012.
Photographer Jeremy Williams made the switch from model to the other side of the camera with great success. He’s already had the chance to work with Britain’s Got Talent winner Jai McDowall, the reformed Hanson, singer-songwriter Sarah Blasko and pop act Wynter Gordon. Following a short stint in Australia, Jeremy is now residing in Sheffield where his exhibition Coming Out: Emerging From Adolescence & Other Collections is on display until Saturday, March 3rd at Bank Street Arts. Presented as part of Sheffield’s celebration of LGBT History Month, the images show a personal and usually private reflection of the self. I caught up with Jeremy to find out more.
Sean Brosnan set up label Needwant to ensure his Future Disco series of compilations would get into the ears of disco lovers, but he never expected to be notching up the release of his fifth edition at the end of February. We caught up with him to find out why he thinks disco is still getting dancefloors moving.
With just one week until the first Together Winter Music Festival at London’s Alexandra Palace, we talk to another top act about the now sold out event. This week it’s the turn of Utah Saints.
London’s Alexandra Palace hosts the first Together Winter Music Festival at the end of the month, and we continue to find out more about the top acts with our third interview: Jeremy Olander. Championed by WMF headliner Eic Prydz as “the next big thing”, Olander has three top two records under his belt. We found out more.
With the first Together Winter Music Festival touching down at Alexandra Palace in London at the end of November, we continue to find out more about the top acts with our second interview: this time with The Japanese Popstars. The Irish electro trio certainly aren’t Japanese but their pounding sound has won them an army of fans across the globe so they fit the “stars” part of their name at least! We found out what they’ve been up to this year and why they’re looking forward to the first Together WMF.
The legendary godmother of Japanese Electronica, Coppe’, a serial collaborator with the likes of Plaid, Red Snapper, The Orb, Kettel, Atom TM and Tipsy, teamed up with the the artists and associates of the UK label Bit-Phalanx, for a charity remix project that spawned an album and a UK tour with shows in Manchester, Brighton, Birmingham and London. While the album saw Bit-Phalanx acts remix her “Yogurt” tune from her 12th release Artificial Insemination, she took a new live show on the road and all proceeds from the collaboration have gone towards the victims of the 2011 Japanese Earthquake & Tsunami. We caught up with Coppe’ twice when she was in London to find out more.
The first Together Winter Music Festival touches down at Alexandra Palace in London for two nights on Friday November, 25th and Saturday, November 26th. Saturday sees Eric Prydz headline with top names from the house, techno and electro scenes including Vitalic, John Digweed, Pete Tong and Ed Banger’s SebastiAn. Swedish house producer and DJ John Dahlbäck will also be appearing, incorporating pure house through to electro, techno and progressive. We caught up with him to find out what he’s got planned for the Alexandra Palace show.
Two-day dance festival South West Four is just a week away. Clapham Common hosts the event over the August Bank Holiday weekend once more featuring headline sets from Pendulum and Underworld while Magnetic Man, Adam Beyer, Laurent Garnier and John Digweed will also perform. We caught up with Yasmin who will take to the main stage on the Sunday for her views on the festival, her latest material and how she came to get into hip hop.