Will Caminada: From Darkness To Light EP

An artist I have been featuring on here quite frequently, Will Caminada, has finally released his debut EP. Titled From Darkness To Light, the soul-inspired project comes with five tracks in total, including his previous singles Camouflage, Caterpillar and Groundlessness which have already been released earlier this year.


“The EP represents the journey from darkness to light. We have to acknowledge the darkness because there is no way we can skip to the light and know everything.”


Drawing inspiration from the likes of Maxwell or India Arie, Will’s music is strongly reminiscent of the 90’s soul era. Throughout his previous releases one message became pretty clear: The artist wants to convey the journey of breaking free by tackling every obstacles that are coming our way in order to find freedom and self-acceptance in the end. The adventure starts with Camouflage, his debut single, which focuses on self-acceptance, and smoothly transcends into Caterpillar, which succeeds the battle of finding self-love by cleverly using a Caterpillar as a metaphor. The journey continues with Groundlessness, a beautifully composed-song which centralises the issue of certainty. Not everything in life is foreseeable, hence we need to let the Universe guide us and Will brilliantly portrays this idea.

The two tracks on From Darkness To Light which Will hasn’t shared with us before are Ocean Flows featuring female rapper Lavz and Afterlife – and guys, while I’m a huge fan of his previous tracks I must say that those two songs are my absolute favourites of him so far.
Especially Ocean Flows is a tune that truly stands out.


“I love the ocean, whales are my spirit animals. I was having a conversation with my friend about subconscious minds, basically what is under the sea. There’s a lot we don’t know in our subconscious mind but when you allow yourself to go really deep and face your fears then you can find more peace.Once you go down there, it’s all okay and you can let your life flow. You’ll flow through life.”


After listening to to for the first time you will only want to listen to it more and more. The song starts off with Will’s smooth and compelling vocals, and eclipses into a chorus which is oh, so infectious! The cherry on the pie is Lavz’s feature which adds a genuine vibe to Ocean Flows with her buzzing rap flow. Both their vocals work amazingly well together, making this your new favourite track for sure.


“I love the verse Lavz wrote. She wrote it based on the concept and the lyrics and she nailed it! I love every word.”


But also Afterlife shouldn’t be slept on at all. This one has doubtlessly soulful and stirring vibes. Compared to other songs on the EP, Afterlife showcases a rather melancholically slow rhythm and brings Will’s stunning falsetto abilities into spotlight. Again, it represents an important message, which is the message of love and its never-ending limits.


“I have previously written songs about the loss of my dad and what I learned from it but Afterlife was inspired by a friend who lost his dad. I wanted to write a song to express that it will be okay, that I have been there and know how he feels. It was a message to say that everything will be okay because the love between two souls will always remain. We are still together, even if not physically.”


As a conclusion I can definitely say that From Darkness To Light is a compilation which is more than worthy to listen to, especially if you enjoy thoughtful and inspiring R&B and Neo-Soul.

Will Caminada’s EP Launch party will take place on December 18th at the Fiddler’s Elbow in Camden, London. For more information see here

Listen to From Darkness To Light below:

Interview: Stonebwoy

Meet Stonebwoy, a Ghanaian Afro-Dancehall star. The artist has been making major waves over the past years which gained him several international awards, such as the BET Award for Best International Act.
Today marks the release date of his brand new album Epistles of Mama (EOM) – a double album which features Reggae on one side and Afrobeats on the other side, with clear Dancehall-driven influences. Each part contains eight tracks in total, and it is impossible to choose a favourite as each song is filled with passion and emotion. It doesn’t lack of guest artists either – the likes of Burna Boy, Sean Paul, Kabaka Pyramid or Sarkodie have all contributed to EOM and helped to create this album into a must-listen for every fan of those genres.

Last week I had a chance to meet the artist, and we had a chat about his album, Ghana’s music scene and much more. Read below!


How would you describe your signature sound in a few words?

My signature sound is word, sounds and power. You hear boom, you hear a word, a sound and power! It’s awakening, it also means blessings in his majesty. 

How did your artist name Stonebwoy come to life, how did you come up with that name?

Stonebwoy – stone comes from my name Living Stone and bwoy from the artistry side of things. I do Reggae, Afrobeats and Dancehall. So stone, and bwoy makes Stonebwoy aka the Stonegod, you get me?!

So Living Stone is your name?

Absolutely!

Have you always considered doing music as a career? When did you write or record your first song?

When I was a child! I’ve been doing this for a very long time and music chose me. I love music so I gave it all my time and all my attention, and now we’re here today. 

Your music takes influence from Reggae, Dancehall and Afrobeats – do any artists across those genres inspire you? 

Definitely. I take influence from good music and place it onto my style which, as you can tell – is influenced by reggae, dancehall and afrobeats. 

Do you have an idol?

Music is my idol! No particular artist. There are lots of artists that I respect. So if there is one particular idol – it’s only music. Music as a person. 

Coming from Ghana, how has the country shaped you as an artist?

Ghana is a gateway in Africa, there is a lot of culture, lot of discipline and good morals. As a youth you will be programmed in a certain way to know your roots. Reggae is a conscious in Ghana. 

What is the music industry like in Ghana? What are good artists you can recommend?

It’s buzzing! We have Sarkodie, Samini, a lot more. A lot of talent.

Did you ever expect your music to go global and winning international awards?

I put in a lot of work and I wasn’t actually expecting it. My primary drive is to reach out to people for them to know that I am an African artist doing Reggae Music and Dancehall combined with Afrobeats. Every other thing will come with it. I don’t do music to win awards. It’s still nice, definitely.

So how come you decided to do one album focused on Afrobeats and one on Reggae?

Because the influences of those genres are really deep. I don’t just create one type of music, I create music covering everything. So with this album I decided to split the genres in two, one Reggae and one Afrobeats album – making it a double album. 

How did your collaborations with Sean Paul, Burna Boy etc. come about? 

It’s the music you know. You realise somebody suits the song. I had a collaborative mind set so that the album feels like a unit – Reggae and Afrobeats artists coming together. I reached out to artists I felt would make it beautiful in the long run. 

Can you explain me more behind the meaning of the name Epistles of Mama?

I wanted a title that wold sink down deep into the conscious minds. I know that my Mama is one of the biggest inspirations in my life and my music so I dedicated this album to hear. I also have a song called Mama on the album.

Do you have a specific favourite song of the album?

Not really. I’m not biased, I love every song! I’ll find my favourite. 

Obviously the Afrobeats is getting bigger and bigger in the UK as well, what do you think about that?

I believe that music is universal. I’ve got a huge song with Kojo Funds and hopefully do more with others here and get to know them personally and create a good musical relationship. 

What’s next for you after the album then? 

Doing videos, touring, and pushing, pushing, pushing this record! Musically I’ll be doing greater works. 


Listen to Epistles of Mama below:

Follow Stonebwoy on his socials: Twitter | Instagram | Spotify

Interview: Patrin

By now you guys should know that North West London is slowly but surely becoming the booming centre of music with all its incredibly talented rappers and singers. Among them is Patrin.
The Harlesden-based artist started writing from a very young age already and finally released his debut mixtape Time Will Tell not too long ago – a both lyrically and vocally remarkable and unique project, coming with 12 tracks in total which are covering thought-provoking and profound topics such as issues in today’s society, self-encouragement or reflections on past events.



His latest single taken from it is Things Change, Things Change – a truly intoxicating track featuring the stunning vocals of songstress Carmy Love (who is Too Rare To Die Casscade’s sister as I now found out, obviously talent must run in the family). Discussing the topic of change, Patrin evaluates the process of change and growth as an artist and reminisces of an old friend.
I sat down with the gifted wordsmith and we had a fun chat about how he started writing songs, his mixtape, and more. Read below.


First of all, the usual basic question – can you tell me a little about you and how you first started making music?

I go by the name of Patrin, I’m an artist – I make music but I started off doing poetry. From poetry I then developed into doing music. But I still do poetry because I love the sound of poetry, people can take in your words more. It’s not necessarily to a beat, I love that the most. About myself, I’m just a young, aspiring guy on my way as most people. Just loving what I do, just hungry. 

How did you start getting into poetry then?

Into Poetry…To be fair, I’ve always been able to write, it was always one of my skills. I have always loved writing. I use it as an exhale to let out my thoughts because I’m a deep thinker so I gotta let it out. Also, when I was younger I used to play football, I thought I was gonna be the best footballer in the world [laughs] but unfortunately that didn’t happen so it pushed me towards music, and poetry. 

At what age did you start writing?

Writing…Oh man, probably in year 6? How old are you in year 6, I’m guessing like 10/11? So yeah at 10/11 years old I wrote my first rap. It wasn’t the best but I tried, I tried.

Everybody has to start somewhere!

Exactly, exactly! I tried. 

How did your music style develop over the years?

I would say at first, when I started doing music I thought I really want to get out quick, I wanna make money off it quick. So I adjusted my style but I realized quick that that wasn’t who I was. So then I started adjusting to how I felt more comfortable, some people call it conscious – I call it real and honest, I want it true, I want it to be timeless and honest. That’s how I developed it. 

How would you describe your musical style in three words?

Three words… [laughs]. Honest, open, vulnerable. 

Which artists do you look up to then?

I look up to many artists, many figures. But in terms of artists I listen to… I listen to a lot of Tupac, a lot of Lauryn Hill, J. Cole, Wretch 32, Youngs Teflon, a lot of Too Rare To Die as well. So yeah man, I listen to a lot!

Is there anyone you would love to collaborate with one day?

The Compozers. I love The Compozers! I think they are dope, I love The Compozers a lot. Who else… There is a lot of dope singers out there. There is Jorja Smith. I’m watching the scene, there’s a lot of young guys doing their thing right now which I like a lot. I feel like it’s been a long time coming so yeah… 

There are a lot in the North West area right?

Yeah, North West is coming! It started a little bit on a back foot behind but it’s coming up and taking over.

Definitely. So about your mixtape, why exactly did you call it Time Will Tell?

You know what, I was actually trying to think of a name. Like how can I call this any meaningful. But then I said to myself to not worry about it too much, and to focus on the music because the rest will come up init. The more and more I started working on the tape, the more I came up with the name Time Will Tell. I feel like I work with a matter of time, I feel like I have a will and the rest is kinda linked to that. Time Will Tell. 

How long did the recording time take, or the writing process?

The recording took me probably three weeks?! Over like two, three weeks. The writing takes the longest. I’m very specific with the lines that I write. But I love writing anyway. The recording is never a problem.

Do you have your own studio at home? 

No I don’t! I’m actually working on a set-up but I can’t engineer! I need to learn how to engineer. I kinda love the studio vibe as well, you know?! But it is definitely something I do need to learn. 

Your mixtape showcases a lot of emotions and deep thoughts, what are the key topics you want to portray?

Obviously I feel like painting a picture, Michelangelo creating a sculpture, that’s what I’m doing with the words, picturing them like a sculpture. I want to keep it honest, open and timeless. Those are the key things I have always wanted to portray. 

Did you base the songs on real live events?

Definitely, a hundred percent. If not my own personal ones then other real life events. In Things Change I talk about a friend of mine, how we haven’t spoken in a while. Then the song Well Wishes where I talk about a friend who is in jail at the moment, and it is based on a conversation we had. I’m trying to keep it real, I don’t wanna make music just for the sake of it. 

Do you have a personal favourite song from your mixtape? 

Ahh you are kidding me, it changes all the time! If I had to think, I would say… probably Don’t Low Your Worth. When I wrote the second verse I shed a tear because it’s that personal . That one gets to me the most, it comes from a deep personal perspective. But I like all my songs. 


“I became more open, more honest, free and less insecure. I have developed my musical style sonically . I learned how to make music. Before, I knew how to write but now I can form a whole song, chorus, verse…I’m still learning, so I’m still growing. I’m enjoying it.”


About your new single Thing’s Changed, Thing’s Changed- How did your collaboration with Carmy Love come about? 

Carmella, Carmy Love! She is the sister of a friend of mine, you know Casscade from Too Rare To Die? That’s his sister. She came through and just killed the track! Check her out!

For the visuals you added your song Stay in the end, is there any connection between the songs?

You know what it is, Stay I recorded because I wrote it and then I was filming a song called Letter 2 World with my videographer William Clarke, and he was like yo, he’s got a new camera, so he wanted to film with the new camera but we had started the video with his old camera, so he asked if I have any songs which spring off the top, which I know by heart and can freestyle. So I added it to Things Change, Things Change. Everyone was like “where’s the next video, where’s the next video”, it took quite a while until I brought out Things Change, Things Change . So that’s how it came about. 

That’s so interesting to find out why some shots look older than others in the visuals! But anyway, coming from North West London – how has the scene here shaped you? Because obviously it is kind of different than, let’s say, South, right?

I think it’s kind of the same topics, the same struggle. I rap about things I see on a day to day basis so I talk about things in my surrounding. So being in Harlesden definitely shaped me, I rap about the things going on here. But whether you are in Hackney, Tottenham etc., the struggle is similar. I don’t think the sound is different, the message is the same, I feel like everyone is talking the same language. I just feel like North West has got a lot of talent, so much talent. 

What is your favourite thing about music?

It’s being a vessel. A vessel to be able to speak to people. Everything I write is honesty so I want to prophecy it to the rest of the world.

Finally, what is next for you?

More shows, more music, more videos. I’ll probably put out another project.

Oh really?

[Laughs] You’re gonna hold me to that init, nah but next year maybe. I just want more music, shows, more public speaking, more everything. I don’t know what next year holds. I need to get my headline show sorted! It’s on my bucket list, next year I definitely want to do a headline show. Hold me to that!

That’s a wrap!


Check out his mixtape below, you will not regret it.

Follow Patrin: Facebook | Twitter | Instagram 

 

Interview: Eight9Fly

Eight9Fly is an emerging rapper in London’s music scene. Based in South London, he started making music from early age and developed his music style which made him who he is now.
Only recently he released his debut single RAGO, followed by the wavey Bad Gal RiRi. I sat down with him and talked about his artist name, P Money vs Dot Rotten and his collab with Moelogo. Enjoy reading below!


Can you tell me a bit about yourself and when you started getting into music?

Music. R&B was the foundation, I got introduced to it in an early age, when I was in school and at church. I got introduced to a few friends who all had the same love for R&B. Not long afterwards we founded a R&B singing group – it was me, my brother P2J who is a producer and others. At that time we were performing a lot of shows, talent shows and simply rehearsing every week. That was the birth of my love for music. When I got into secondary school I made a transition to Grime. I started MCing and loved the whole energy and expressive side to it. Not long after that I kinda grew to understand that my creative side is a lot wider than Grime so I developed into rap. From my musical beginnings to now I feel like I adapted my music and created my own kind of sound.

For how long did you have the R&B group?

We were together for like three years, from 2005. We were out every week, killing shows and just performing, it was a great time. I’m always going to love R&B.

Which R&B artists do you look up to then?

The first artist I fell in love with was Usher. Jagged Edge, Joe, that whole R&B era.

About your artist name, how did Eight9Fly come about, considering your names were FlyboyE and Fly earlier?

When I made the transition from Grime to Rap that was the first name given to me. I was boxing at the time and I kinda had my own style at boxing. It was different, a lot of swag. So everytime I came to train, my guy who I was training with started calling me Fly or Flyboy. It happened organically. I just used the initial of my first name, E, and added it to FlyboyE. So I was gonna use it as my ring name and my artist name. Then after a couple years, I took a break from music to re-invent myself, find a new management team and wanted to focus on my direction. When I started releasing music again I thought FlyboyE was a bit too long so I shortened it to FLY. I ran with that for 1-2 years. Then I got introduced to my new management team. I wanted to make it all right, music, name, everything. I thought about FlySince89 but I wasn’t completely satisfied. One of my boys then suggested Eight9Fly. After sleeping on it, I really liked it! So that’s what it is right now.


That’s interesting! So you’re about to release an EP called New Favourite. What’s that about?

I feel like a year and a half ago until now I’ve literally been in a creative process. The break that I took from music taught me a lot. At the time I felt like I used those inspirations in my music now, I felt I wasn’t getting what I needed or wanted. I taught myself how to produce. Since then everything just happened organically. My producer right now produced the majority. We want to go forward, put out a lot of great music. Eight9Fly needs to come out with great music, so my mixtape has 15 tracks!

15 tracks?

That’s the whole point of new favourite. Every song is better than the other and every song can be your new favourite. The original title was different but in our session my producer and I had a new favourite with every song. That’s the idea of the project! 



I love that idea! Do you have any features on the mixtape?

With this project I just wanted to be it only myself. It’s a strong body of work, and represents me and my work. 

What’s your ultimate goal music-wise?

I have got short-term and long-term goals. Of course I want to collect the best awards, I want to sell out arenas and put together my own tours. There’s a lot of goals I want to achieve. But as an artist I just want people appreciate my music, building up a solid fanbase. 

Speaking of touring, are you planning on performing somewhere some time soon?

Definitely. Currently the focus has been on music but we are talking about putting together some shows. 

Great! Let’s talk about boxing. You said you were a boxer, why did you decide to choose music as a career path instead?

I am not boxing competetively anymore. I was boxing in Germany and could of gotten a professional contract. But I would have needed to leave University at that time and still wanted to focus on my music. I put a little thought into it and decided to go for music. I still love the sport, though.

Do you think University helped you with your approach to music and everything around it?

Definitely networking-wise. At that time, if I didn’t get into that course (Commercial Music), I wouldn’t have done it I think. I only went to Uni for that course, for the practical-side of things – to work with live bands and so on. The lecturers were either music lawyers, A&R’s or managers so it was good for networking. 


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What are your thoughts about signing at a label or staying independent? What are your plans?

It all depends on what you want to achieve and what the deal is like. I feel like at the moment a lot of artists are choosing the independent route because they see a lot of success. Ultimately, if you are trying to make it to greater heights, a label would be suitable but look at Stormzy, Skepta – these guys can make it without a major label as well. Time will tell!

I agree. Which artists do you draw your inspiration from then?

I am a fan of music, I draw inspiration from everything. I like certain artists. In the UK I listen to Skepta, Stormzy, P Money, I like a whole bunch and respect what they are doing. It’s a great scene for music here at the moment, the tables have turned. Great artists oversees are recognising what we are doing!

Talking P Money, what are your thoughts about the current Dot Rotten x P Money dub?

This is P Money’s territory. Technically both are great, but P Money does not lose . When it comes to that, he doesn’t lose, he’s always in control. He’s one of the reasons I started MC-ing in the first place, he’s also from Forest Hill just like me. 

We will see who wins!
So you recently dropped RAGO and BadGal Riri, what was your approach for them?

RAGO was one the first tracks I really worked on. It just kinda represents a move-forward-approach. Sometimes in this game you have to take risks and forget what everyone else is doing. Just focus on your thing! That’s what I wanted to achieve with RAGO. BadGal RiRi is more fun, I wanted to create something people would move to. So in the verses I got bars, but the hook is very catchy. More like a vibey song really. RAGO is the first single off New Favourite.



Which one will you release next?

I’ve already got one on my Soundcloud which will be the next release. It’s called Vybz Cartel featuring Moelogo. The video will hopefully drop next week. 

How did the collaboration with Moelogo come about?

One of my producers sent me a snippet of the beat just before I went for a morning run. So all the way as I was jogging I was thinking of melodies in my head and realised I had the melody for the hook. So my producer sent me the beat structure, I started writing the tune and the following day I recorded it at my studio. When I was recording, Moelogo came in because he had a session, he came in and listened to it. He liked it and wanted to jump on it. Very organic! 

Keep an eye out for the mixtape to drop soon!

Photocredits: @danteslens

Follow: @Eight9Fly

 

IndustryME x Music & Other Stories: What A Time To Be A UK Artist

One genre of music that remains a permanent fixture on my radar is grime. With pumping bass lines and engergic that shows no signs of changing anytime soon.
The genre developed from a range of previous UK electronic music styles, including garage and jungle, drawing inspiration from dancehall and hip hop. The style is easily identfied by rapid beats generally around 140 bpm and an aggressive electronic sound. Lyrics of grime songs often depict the harsh, raw realities of urban living.
This covering of the unadulterated truth is exactly why I love the genre – simply put it’s real!So with that being said here are my Top 3 Grime artists of 2017!


Stormzy

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My #1 is Big Mike himself.
2017 has pretty much been the year of Stormzy on the grime scene – countless performances, a killer album and another award to add to his collection, picking up ‘Best International Act’ at the BET Awards. It seems like there’s no stopping him and Stormzy shows no signs of slowing down. Word on the street is that he will be supporting Ed Sheeran in Cardiff, but we’ll just have to wait and see.


Chip

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Did somebody say comeback season? In at #2 is Chip. Entering the scene back in 2006 at the age of 15, Chip is one of the artists I can proudly say I grew up listening to. Moving forward from a controversial return to the scene in 2014 and all the subsequent diss tracks, Chip is focused and ready to hit us with those bars. His new track ‘Gets like that’ ft Ghetts is most definitely proof of that. Chip recently announced that his new album will be out later this year and I for one cannot wait.


Lady Leshurr

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Melesha O’Garro, aka Lady Leshurr, is an English rapper, singer, and producer best known for her Queen’s Speech series of freestyles, the fourth of which went viral in 2016. Don’t let her size fool you, she is a fire cracker ready to explode. Often referred to as the First Lady of grime, Lady Leshurr is flying the flag and representing the females with pure class. 2017 has definitely been a great year for her with the release of ‘Mode’ EP and Australian Tour. She most definitely remains one to watch on the grime scene.


Rachel Sanguinetti is a music industry writer from London, England. Her blog focuses on shedding a light on hidden talent and upcoming artists within the music industry.

IndustryMe started in October 2016 while Rachel was studying law at university. Having previously been in a girl group and a singer/songwriter she is able to empathise with the upcoming talent and asks the questions that will really allow her readers to engage with the artists.

www.industryme.wordpress.com

Follow Rachel on her socials: Twitter | Instagram 

Interview: The Garage Flowers

2017 looks very promising for the rising London-based indie-rock band The Garage Flowers – so far they have been busy gigging and performing on various festivals, and are about to release new music very soon!

I’ve had an interesting chat with lead singer Joe about smoking insects, Camden Rocks and much more fun stuff! Check it out below.


First of all, who is The Garage Flowers?

Moi (Joe Capaldi), Jonny Webber (guitar), Olly Shaw (bass), Greg Edwards (drums)

 When did you decide to form the band?

Me and Jonny decided to start a band the night we met. Its taken various twists and turns and changes in personnel.

 How did the name The Garage Flowers come about, is there a story behind it?

We made a promise to ourselves that we’d pick letters at random out of a Scrabble bag and make the band name from that. Luckily we got ones we could make actual words out of.

Your Soundcloud description says we can find you on the 13th storey window ledge, smoking caterpillars. That surely sounds interesting –is that where you find inspiration for your songs?

We used to smoke all kinds of insects – caterpillars, woodlouse, bumble bees, it fucks with you’re head in a real magic way. And 13 is my lucky number so I was always insistent we went to the 13th storey.

…whereas you describe your genre as drunken guitar pop – can you give me more insight about that awesome-sounding genre?

Drunkenly chaotic and shambolic, in a very “English guitar band” way, playing bubblegum pop songs about nostalgia and hope. 

Are there any bands or artists who influence your sound or who you look up to?

John Denver

What has been the funniest moment throughout your musical journey so far? What happened?

We had nowhere to sleep so snuck into a caravan on someones front garden, in the morning they walked up to the door (we heard them) and then just as they were about to open it someone in the house shouted them back in to answer the phone, we all looked at each other, waited for his footsteps to fade and then belted it out of the caravan, relieving him of his crate of fosters for good measure.

So you recently played at Camden Rocks this year, how was the experience? Would you say the London crowd is different to crowds in other British cities?

Camden Rocks, I don’t think I saw one band that I’d wanted to. I lost the itinerary I’d written then lost my mind and then lost my bassist, he turned up 6 minutes before we were meant to be on. By then I’d regained some of my sanity and we smashed the gig. Yeah, London is the best crowd just because it’s where we play the most and they know us and our songs a lot more.

What else have you got in store for your fans for this year?

 New single will be out, complete with a sexy video by the end of the month. It’s something very different.


Watch the video to their debut single below:


Follow them: Facebook | Soundcloud | Twitter 

Interview: Stash Peso

You guys might remember Stash Peso from my review of his track Liquid Darkness earlier this year (check it out here in case you haven’t). Now the talented rapper from North West London is back with a brand new EP! Titled Shine, the piece comes with six tracks in total, Liquid Darkness and recent single Glow being included in the tracklist. Feature-wise we get to listen to Peso’s close friend Ricky Ramsey on two tracks, as well as Sam XVI on How To Save A Lonely Soul.

Shine genuinely combines laid-back rap elements with profoundly infectious, melodious vocals. The trap-infused yet easy-going vibes of each track definitely invite you to zone out and is in my opinion perfect for mellow summer nights.

I caught up with the artist and he gave me a great insight into his life, his idols and his collective TOORARETODIE. Check it out below!


Hey there, can you give my readers a short intro about you and your music ?

Whats going onnn! I’m just a lowkey guy from Stonebridge really.. I’m a 25 year old artist that loves creating music that puts you in a zone. I think I’m terrible at being an artist but I love creating lol. I would describe my sound as “Mood music”. It’s actually a great listen when you’re in bed. 
When did you first get into music ? Was it something you always wanted to do even when you were younger ? 
 

I first started writing lyrics when I was 13/14? I think my first ever lyrics were rap ones but after that I was writing grime for the next 6 years. I was always torn between football and music, I wanted to make it in both. When I started getting loads of injuries when playing football, music got me through it. When I was 20 I think I really started taking it seriously, I think that’s when I started singing too. 

Tell me about your new EP Shine! Do you base your lyrics on real life events, or do you get inspired by your surroundings ?

 

It’s a bit of both if i’m honest… When I first started working on Shine two years ago, I went on a few holidays and there are sprinkles of moments from them on the project. Life experiences shaped the project a lot. For all the years I have been doing music, Shine is actually my first ever solo project. After I had finished recording the project, the thought of this being my first solo project popped into my head and the name Shine came to mind straight away. Time to shine

…and are there any artists who influence your sound ? 

No artist influences the sound. Ricky Ramsey does, he makes the beats for the majority of my music. When he steps up and starts taking the music to a different place, I have to step up and write in a way I’ve never done. 
 
Which songs would I find on your private Spotify (for example) playlist if I had a look at it right now?
I’m terrible you know… I’ve got Spotify but I don’t use it that much. I’ll tell you who I’m listening to right now though – Constantly listening to the man dem in TOORARETODIE, Kojo Funds is sick, I’ve been listening to Brent Faiyaz, Migos, the singer Khalid, Drake, Frank Ocean and maybe Kendrick.
 
if you could collab with someone in the UK underground music scene, who would it be and why? 
 
It would have to be either Wretch 32, G Frsh or Skepta. I’ve grown up listening to these three and they are sick! I love Skepta’s vibe and presence on a track, I love Wretch lyrically and G Frsh is hella creative! – he needs to make music again. Kojo Funds is heavy though. 
 
So you’re from NW London! Do you think the underground music scene there is any different than in, let’s say, South London ?
100000000000000000% I love this question! The way we rap is very different, you can tell if someone is from South just by the way they rap. The lingo is even different. North West is small though… and what doesn’t help is we are always fighting each other. From my house I could probably cartwheel to another area my area doesn’t like. It’s that close! We don’t support each other as much as it looks like the South lot do. There’s bare talent in NW though, bare different vibes.
 

Can you give me an insight about TOORARETODIE? How did it come about and who or what is it?

TOORARETODIE is the collective and the mentality. TOORARETODIE used to be a rap group but when that didn’t work we decided to keep the brand and just make it a collective of 5 artists. L Martin – He’s probably one of the best rappers in the UK. I AM NOT PLAYING! other than Wretch, I can’t think of anyone that has rapped better. Maine – He’s the future! his style is sooo sick! I wish I could make some of the songs he does. MonroeJoe – He’s tooo smooth! I love just kicking back and listening to his vibe. Casscade – He is a machine! I have never met anyone that can knock out as many hits as he can in such a short space of time. Stash Peso – I’m a nice guy loool 

 
What else can we expect from you this year ? 
 
A lot of music! Some great visuals, some vibes, some bars and some live shows! Me and Cass spoke about a few things the other day so there might be a joint project. 

Listen to Shine below:


Follow Stash Peso on his socials: Twitter | Instagram | Soundcloud

Interview: FAUNSHEAD

Emerging four-piece FAUNSHEAD are bringing their rock’n’roll vibes to London with a duo of shows. Mostly inspired by 70’s psychedelic rock, 80’s punk and 90’s grunge and stoner rock, FAUNSHEAD bring a bold new rock sound set to cause havoc in the mosh pit. Recently the band have unleashed their debut album Can’t Dance, an incredibly well-composed project with electrifying guitar riffs and basslines.
I caught up with the leadsinger Matt, and we chatted about poetry, Berlin and many more interesting topics! Check it out below!


Can you give me an introduction to your band for those who don’t know you?

We’re a rock band and we all come from very different backgrounds. I’m from New York, the drummer from Tirol, the bassplayer from Lisbon and the guitar player is from Rome, Italy. I guess we all grew up listening to the same influences of music, it ranges from rock’n roll and jazz. I went to a Jazz school, Francesco went to Berkeley and we all met in Berlin. I had a nice opportunity to finish my major in Europe so I moved there and I met those guys. I started FAUNSHEAD on my own and originally it had a different line-up, but it’s been like this since 2015.

So did you meet the new members at jazz school?

Not really actually. I went to record an EP with the previous line-up at some studio in Berlin and there I meet the engineer with who I became friends later and I studied composition and arrangements and obviously it was what drove me cause I’ve been in bands since a little kid I guess but I had an idea to build a production company and own a studio. When I was in Berlin, I worked on a lot of projects and figured it would be nice to have our own gig. So I rented a studio for a second EP and for various reasons the three members just left so I was kind of auditioning musicians and eventually these guys felt right with and that’s how it came about.

…who came up with the band name? What is the meaning behind it?

Oh, a lot of people ask me that because the name is kind of peculiar. The story is better than the name, though. When I decided to head out with the project I had a friend who is a writer and lives in Paris. He helped me out with the website, and we were looking for a band name that was also a domain name that wasn’t totally exhausted by the internet, you know what I mean? I was always fond of the French poet Arthur Rimbaud and there’s this book which includes lots of his work. I remember it was always on my nightstand and I used to read it all the time, so my friend was like let’s look in there, there has to be something good in there. So there was one poem called Faunshead, it’s a metaphor which describes Arthur Rimbaud homo-sexual relationship with another poet from his time. My friend kind of really liked the meaning behind it and it never hit me until then. It’s just funny how it’s written. Of course it’s an allegory but it’s one faun – half goat, half man – and goes around seducing nymphs and my friend was like this is you. Obviously it was a joke but the name just stuck.

You founded in Berlin, why is it that you moved to London? Was Berlin too techno?

Yeah, and it’s just very clubby. The German market is very conservative, they are extremely peculiar in how they pick their newcomers. Even the newcomers who sing English but are German just sound really German. About us, they said it’s just really indie when it’s not. Whenever they cannot categorise music, they just don’t like it. When we played shows, the audience did not expect that and gave us great feedback though. But distributing our stuff was difficult as well as booking shows. None of us is German and it kind of went naturally that we moved to London. Here people are more excited about our music and much more open-minded to newcomers, the British mind-set is simply great. No wonder movements like Grime are coming from here – they are just so open-minded for something new. For me, the vibe in London makes me feel closer to home.


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Having in mind that you’re influenced by genres from the 70’s-90’s such as rock and grunge – are there any artists from back then that you look up to and who you draw inspiration from for your sound?

We really listen to a lot of stuff. A few artists come back though. Queens Of The Stone Age for example. Also quite a lot of old school hip hop stuff like Public Enemy and Cypress Hill – it rocks! The bass player is a huge D’Angelo fan. Francesco, the lead guitarist is so into Frank Zappa, it can be really annoying sometimes haha! It’s pretty cool though, because different techniques come together.

Tell me about your album Can’t Dance! What was your approach when writing those songs?

The new record is basically about us finding ourselves, coming to a new place and leaving home. Berlin is a very aggressive city but very sexy. It reminds me of a kid, it had that vibe of a 90’s east side village, and seducing at the same time. It’s not easy to live in Berlin. There are lots of bands so you just have to go through that ocean. You think you can fulfil your dreams but then it kicks in your face and we all kind of felt that.

So you played your first show at The Fiddlers Elbow in London last night, a well-known music venue! How was the experience? Was it your first time performing there?

We did a show last September at the same place and were really happy with it so we wanted to come back. So we gave the guys over there a call and they had a slot for us yesterday. It was really cool. We were in Switzerland the week before so we were really tired but played the best we’ve ever had.

What else can we expect from you this year?

We’re doing a lot of shows! Also a festival, close to Leeds. Also a few gigs in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. We’re also going to release more videos, with a videographer we have previously worked with and he has amazing ideas. We also want to release live videos of just us playing.


Listen to their album Can’t Dance below:

 

…and follow them on their socials: Facebook | Instagram | Twitter | Soundcloud 

Catch them at New Cross Inn, London, on Sunday May 28th!

Interview: Birthday Card

Meet Birthday Card, an emerging indie-pop band all the way from Buckinghamshire, England. Synth-laden sound with shimmering guitar sounds and melancholic lyrics is what the the four-piece are all about and showed off in their debut single Heartstops – the first release off their upcoming EP A Handwritten Kiss (out May 28th).
Read my interview with them below and find out about their story, the fancy music video and how they came up with the name Birthday Card. And much more.


Who is Birthday Card and how did you meet?

Josh Saw (frontman, guitar), Conor Richards (co-frontman, guitar), Leslie Adriaans (drums) and Tom Ritchie (bass guitar). Josh, Conor and Leslie were formerly in another guitar band for a couple of years prior to Birthday Card, but eventually we decided we wanted to try out new music and started Birthday Card. Conor was good school friends with Tom, so we recruited him to play bass.

Have you already been doing music before you guys met, or do you come from musical families?

Josh has been playing guitar since he was a kid – he got into it through his uncle, David Saw, who plays out in the States with the likes of Natasha Beddingfield and Carly Simon – he’s a fantastic musician. Leslie plays a whole load of instruments and has been experimenting for years. Tom and Conor were always big music fans but were slightly later bloomers when it came to playing and writing.

What made you decide to call your band Birthday Card? It surely is a cleverly catchy name! Do you like receiving those cards so much?

We wanted to go with something that instantly gave off an aesthetic, or a feeling, and for us, as soon as we thought of Birthday Card we could instantly imagine the atmospheric pastel colours we dress and design in today.


“Can’t beat a good birthday card.”


We also wanted something unique, something that felt like us. We knew once it was suggested that it was perfect for us. 

Tell me about your debut single “Heartstops”. Is there a true story behind the lyrics?

I think the beauty of the lyrics, as with any good pop song, is that there probably is some truth in it for everyone. Lyrically i  the song reflects on a first encounter with someone that resounds with you but they’re not necessarily someone you can keep. 

I love your music video for “Heartstops” – it’s genius! Whose idea was it to film it like that?

As with our music – it was a collective idea. We knew even before we wrote any music as Birthday Card that we had this strong aesthetic in mind, so that was the spine of every thought that we had when planning the video, hence the vibrance of the food, the energetic camera movements. We were also blessed to have our super talented friend Harvey Frost come and shoot it with us, whilst Conor took editing duties.


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Are there any artists you are looking up to and who influence your sound?

We are influenced by a lot of artists, but not necessarily in obvious ways. We really look up to current artists like The Japanese House and Jerkcurb. They’re making sounds that are so unique and that really inspires us – as a result I don’t think we ever will settle for sounding too much like someone else.

On a more general spectrum I think we’re influenced by so many different artists, and it makes our other material sound very varied but still has our own thread running through it that ties everything together. We really like Tomppabeats – he makes really catchy, sample-heavy hip-hop songs that use the most obscure loops, and the songs are never longer than a minute and a half, and there’s just an incredible atmosphere in all his work. On the complete flip side, we’re really into HMLTD lately – I think their desire to rip up the course of pop music and challenge the listener’s perception is incredibly inspiring.

So you’re from Buckinghamshire – do you think it’s rather hard to emerge as an artist there instead of in music hotspots such as London, Brighton or Liverpool?

I don’t think it’s necessarily difficult – there’s a lot of cool venues in and around Bucks that we can play too – and we’re positioned in such a way that we can head for those other hotspots too, which we certainly aim to do.

Last but not least, what are your plans for this year? Got any live shows planned?

We have some more single releases planned for the summer and plenty of exciting live dates throughout the year that will be announced shortly.
Our upcoming gigs are 16th MayThe Horn, St. Albans and 24th May – Bedford Esquires, supporting Pleasure House.

Listen and watch the amazing music video to Heartstops below:

Follow them on their socials:
Facebook: @birthdaycardband
Instagram: @birthdaycardbandx
Twitter: @birthdaycardx
Soundcloud: birthdaycardband

 

Interview: IMAN

She’s worked with the likes of Ed Sheeran, Wilkinson and Mike Dean (Kanye West, 2Pac, Frank Ocean) and has seen many of her (co-)written songs go straight into the official charts. This is only the beginning of singer-songwriter IMAN’s journey though!
Just recently the London-based artist has dropped her third single Wishing (read my review here) via her own label SHOPFRONT RECORDS, the follow-up of her 2016 release Naive for which she received enormous support from the MOBO Awards and Clash Magazine.
Read below to see what she has to say about her musical achievements, performing on stage with Rudimental and more!


First of all, how would you describe yourself and your music to those who don’t know you?

My name is IMAN and I’m a London based music artist. I have a song out now under my own label called Wishing. I’d describe my music as electronic, r&b, pop with soul vocals. 

You have written songs for so many big artists already – how was the feeling of seeing a song you wrote enter the official charts?

Wishing was #3 on the UK urban music week charts and #10 on the UK Pop commercial chart both are huge achievements for me.


“I was the only artist that was independent in the list and it felt good to see my hard work paying off and also gave me the confidence to feel like I could do this.”


Currently the song has also been picked up by Nike playlists and is being played in all stores across the U.K. & Germany. Missguided also showed me love and Puma have also picked up the song. 

..You even collaborated with Ed Sheeran in terms of writing and recording. How was working with him? (As a big Ed Sheeran fan I just have to ask this 😉 )

Ed is a total gent and a phenomenal talent. He was great to write with.

When did you find your passion for songwriting? Do you come from a musical family?

I don’t come from a musicial family, in fact I’m the only one I know of that is in the creative field. Songwriting came as necessity really, I knew no one was going to sit and write a song for me and didn’t know anyone like that so I literally just dived in and rolled with it. I taught myself and created my own style really.

What would you say is your biggest musical achievement to date?

Learning to play the guitar. It was something I always wanted to do and for years I convinced myself I wouldn’t be able to pick it up. So glad I talked myself out of that and eventually went for it.

So you toured with Rudimental and performed on huge Festival stages with them – how was that experience for you?

It was an amazing experience and with them was when I experienced my first festival ever in fact. I had this strange pact that I’d made with myself which was I wouldn’t go to a festival until I was actually onstage performing, and it came true when I performed with them at Isle of Wight festival.


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Tell me about your latest single Wishing! 

When I wrote it, it was a ballad to start with but I held back from uploading it. I felt it needed more and Robert Rosiji produced it into what it is now. The official remix to it is also so good, it’s a garage remix by Matt jam Lamont & Scott Diaz and is on Spotify and all platforms to stream and download now.

Did you base the lyrics on a real life event?

Yes it is. I wrote it about I guy I was really into. He had a girlfriend so I stayed well away.

Do you look up to a special artist, and why this one? Where do you get your influence from for your music?

I’m not sure I have just one I could pick but I can definitely say I rate a lot of UK musicians like Ray BLK, Skepta, Kano, Akala they have all put in the work and I can hear their music has so much heart. I really respect their musical integrity. 

What are you up to when you are not in the studio recording music or writing songs?

I enjoy working out, reading and hanging with my mates. Cooking is a new thing I’m getting into. Lately I find myself cooking a whole load of food and feeding my flatmates and friends. I’m definitely a bit of a feeder.

What are your goals for this year?

Throughout 2017 I’ll be gigging and I’m looking forward to my next release mid summer. Come Autum I’ll be doing a uni tour around the UK too. I’ll be updating it all on my socials but you can find more details on www.imanmusic.co.uk where you can also get a free download to a never before released song. 


Listen to Wishing below:

Follow IMAN on her socials:
Facebook: @imanmusic

Instagram: @imanmusicuk

Twitter: @imanmusicuk

Spotify: IMAN