Alex Adams is building on his success at the start of the year that included featuring and co-writing Toyboy & Robins’ “Better Places” then getting a live performance on Mistajam’s Radio 1 show. His drum & bass infused track “Rubies” is released on Monday, June 9th as part of a new EP with his soulful vocal delivery creating a potential dance-pop cross-over hit. We spoke to Alex about how he got involved in making music.
Jimmy Hunter, Will Irvine, Gareth Thompson and Chris Clark are Hunter & the Bear, championed in Music Week as one of their unsigned bands of 2013 and tipped by Radio 2 as ‘One To Watch’ for 2014. They blend folk, rock and country with a signature sound of vocal harmonies and soaring guitars.
The late Whitney Houston’s half-sister Alexis is looking forward to the release of new EP Light on July 7th following the airing of lead single ‘Light’ in May. We caught up with her to find out a little more about how music has always been a big part of her life and what she’s been listening to this year.
Newcastle trio ICENI (pronounced “eye-seen-ee”), are a female trio who run almost entirely on good vibrations, keyboard riffs and cups of tea. Lindsay (bass/vocals), Liz (piano/vocals) and Lady Caroline Mary (drums/vocals) released their first self-titled EP in July 2013 and have been working on an album for release this year.
We caught up with Lindsay ahead of the release of new single “Drive” in June to learn more about how they write their music and what personality traits make the band sound like someone you’d want to go on holiday with.
There are new voodoo sci-fi blues coming from Vienna Ditto, a mysterious duo who look to the past to find their inspiration. Bonded by a love of dirty Chicago blues, dark psychedelia and the BBC Radiophonic Workshop, their spiky throwback pop is at its rawest on “Feeling Good”, out in June. We caught up with Vienna Ditto to learn more about them – told in their own, quirky way.
Artpop Glasgow band A Band Called Quinn are Louise Quinn (songwriting & vocals) and Bal Cooke (production & drums) supported by Robert Henderson (trumpet & keys) and Steve Westwater (bass). They’re about to embark on a tour of their live multimedia show Biding Time (remix) in May. Described as a caustic tale of fame and failure via the experience of women in the music industry, it was devised with Grid Iron’s Artistic Director Ben Harrison in response to Pippa Bailey’s Biding Time project. Live, it’s performed as a melding of David Lynch and Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland. We caught up with Louise to find out more.
Following last year’s debut album, ColliderScope on NightCabin Records, the band have been in the studio working on a more stripped-back, raw sound, melding together their trademark delicate vocal and harp melodies with glitchy electronics, off-kilter percussion and distorted guitar. We spoke to Chris Bangs (cello, production) and Kat Arney (harp) about Talk in Colour’s development and plans for 2014.
RAMS’ Pocket Radio’s debut album Béton – French for concrete – has been years in the writing, performing and growing. First single “Love is a Bitter Thing” has long been celebrated as the jewel in RAMS’ live set, and sits as a reflective pause in the album itself. Available to download now, the single is accompanied by new versions recorded by Alana Henderson and electronic artist Ryan Vail, as well as an official music video and live version with SOAK. We caught up with multi-instrumentalist Peter McCauley about his alias.
LA born singer/songwriter Juliette Commagere has shared the stage with Grammy-Award nominated Linda Perry, Air, The Bird and The Bee’s Greg Kurstin and Nick Lowe. She has a voice as soft as silk, and is set to release single “Big Star” on November 24th. It’s taken from her minimalistic third album Human. We caught up with her and found Joni Mitchell inspired her to enter the music industry with gigs for her friends.
Since starting in April of this year, Space Jump Salute has begun to make a name for himself with upbeat and original music. He’s already had support from artists such as MJ Cole, B.Traits and Claude Von Stroke, and with a debt EP on the horizon, see him live at London’s Cue Love on November 8th. We found out more how Felix Baumgartner and Sum 41 inspired him.
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.