Monday, 28 June 2010
The Pipettes have never your typical pop band and now they're back to remind us why. 'Call Me' is the second single to be taken from their forthcoming and eagerly anticipated second album 'Earth Vs The Pipettes' which looks set to see them build on the staggering success of their 2007 debut. Due for release this July, the single sees the now London-based six-piece in full-on power pop overdrive. 'Call Me' has as catchy a refrain as anything we have heard so far from The Pipettes, which is really saying something, given their knack for serving up slices of utterly infectious pop perfection. Hot on the heels of the band's ebullient comeback 'Stop The Music'("the sort of chorus that makes you go a bit wobbly and misty-eyed" - Popjustice) this disco-tinged follow up is undeniable proof that there's something different about the Pipettes.Thanks to a change of line-up and a hop, skip and jump into 2010, they've reinvented themselves as a big shiny pop group, leavingbehind the realm of the three female harmony girl-group and moving towards the sounds of Chic-inspired seventies disco and eighties chart music.
In their first incarnation, donning polka dot dresses and referencing the girl groups of the late fifties, the band had remarkable success. The album 'We Are The Pipettes' was top ten in Japan and the single 'Pull Shapes' only kept off the number one spot by J-Lo. They had two Top Forty hits in the UK and a Top Ten in the US billboard indies, played on the main stages at Reading and Glastonbury, blazed a British trail across SXSW, conquered the world and sold a heap of records. Now, with the expert hand of Brit Award winning producer Martin Rushent at the mixing desk, The Pipettes are ready to smash back into the nation's consciousness with this surefire summer smash- BY ANORAK LONDON
Their second album 'Earth vs Pipettes' is out 6th September
'Call Me' single out 12th July on Fortuna POP!
Wednesday, 23 June 2010
Fresh from taking her magical neon show on the road and embarking on an 11-date European tour last month, Sia is please to present a brand new free download- a Prince Vince remix of forthcoming single 'Clap Your Hands'. Currently topping the Hype Machine and We Are Hunted Charts with her Diplo remix we sent you last month- BY ANORAK LONDON
Check out the track here:
Tuesday, 22 June 2010
New York band The Pains of Being Pure at Heart are pleased to unveil the new video for their 'Say no to Love' single- out 5th July via Fortuna Pop in the UK (via Slumberland in the US). The band's debut album took them all around the world, playing shows in North America, Europe, Australia and Japan. Still hitting the road hard, they will be popping up at numerous European festivals this summer before returning to the studio in New York to record their second album. The dates include a much-anticipated headline slot at Indietracks- BY ANORAK LONDON
London fans take note! The band headline Heaven on 29th July
Tickets available here: http://www.wegottickets.com/event/78452
.Who is Trash Kit?
Rachel Horwood, Ros Murray and Rachel Aggs
. Or maybe you should be called the three R's? Anyway how is your sound different to any other band out there?
whoa hard question! I dunno. We're just into making a racket and having fun, it's not a competition to sound different, that would be too much like hard work.
. Any exciting plans this summer?
Well I am excited about this big party i am having at my parents house, we've done it twice before and all our friends bands are coming to play, it's always a load of fun. Ros will be on holiday for that though! Rachel H is going to Korea for a month too!! so we're on a bit of a hiatus but hopefully touring in october with Grass Widow. In the meantime I'm doing stuff with my new disco band COVERGIRL. You won't find us on the internet because we're too new! But it's gonna be so wild.
. Cool will watch out for that.Any bands that are taking your fancy at the moment?
GRASS WIDOW! They are pretty great, so are BRILLIANT COLOURS and FINALLY PUNK from america but the UK bands im into are just all our friends - WOOLF, WET DOG, LA LA VASQUEZ, WAY THROUGH, PEEPHOLES, TEETH, COLD PUMAS, COREY ORBISON, DRUNK GRANNY, DIVORCE (could go on and on) otherwise im not really listening to 'bands' more like cool stuff from Ghana and Haiti and i'm really into this album of wierd spacey comedy music from the 70s called SCI FI PARTY.. we're all listening to a lot of Kate Bush at the moment too..
. What made you form Trash Kit?
The other Rachel an I always wanted to start a noisy band with lots of drums and singing but reading this zine called Shotgun Seamstress.Listening to bands like New Bloods and then older stuff like DNA and Y Pants was a big part of it too.I also felt like there was no one making this music that we had in our heads, so it made sense to just bash it out
.Biggest highlight of your career so far?
Definitely hanging out with the Raincoats in the Butlins caffeteria at ATP and also playing with them at the Scala when they played thier first album
. What are Trash Kit's dream goals for the future?
Well our dream goal used to be playing with the Raincoats!! So now we're a bit confused...
.Anything else you would like to add?
Oh we are releasing two 7" soon, one on Upset The Rhythm and one on Club Milk records with WOOLF on the other side, we recorded that one in Rachel H's living room and I think it's gonna be pretty FRESH!!
Monday, 21 June 2010
With Glastonbury only being a couple of days away,I'm sure many of you are all on a countdown.. Celebrating their 40th Birthday a lot of exciting treats will be happening!!...
Stay tuned for all the reviews, interviews and pictures....
Here are a couple of things you need to know from Glastonbury itself
FULL LINE-UP TIMES NOW AVAILABLE
We've now uploaded all the 2010 line-up times to the official
Glastonbury website - click here
for full details of who's playing where and when, across 45 stages.
We've also teamed up with unofficial Glastonbury fansite Clashfinder,
to help make their at-a-glance line-up sheets even better than usual.
for the info on how to download their extremely handy PDF.
DOWNLOAD GLASTONAV FOR YOUR PHONE
Orange have launched their new and improved Orange GlastoNav
application, a free mobile app, which enables Festival-goers to plan
which artists they'd like to see at Glastonbury and navigate around
the Festival using the indispensable GlastoNav map. For the first time
ever, an Augmented Reality version of GlastoNav will also be available
for the iPhone to download as a free app during the week of the
Festival. Head to the GlastoNav website
for all the info on how to get it on your phone.
GET HERE THE GREEN WAY
If you still haven't decided how you're getting to the Festival, then
we'd encourage you try public transport. You can get train timetable
info and discount fares on the website of our rail partner,
. Meanwhile, National Express are sending coaches from across the UK
directly to the Festival site - click here
40TH ANNIVERSARY SCRAPBOOK
The Glastonbury scrapbook features exclusive material from the
personal archives of the Eavis family, tracing the event from its
beginnings in 1970 through to the multi-stage extravaganza of today.
Full colour and with hand-written captions by Emily and Michael, the
Scrapbook is a 120-page look at the Festival over the years. You can
buy this terrific limited edition book for �10 from Oxfam's website,
by clicking here
. �7.50 from each sale will go to aid Oxfam’s efforts in Haiti.
"PLEASE TAKE IT HOME" CAMPAIGN LAUNCHES
Please Take It Home is our new campaign to raise awareness of the
terrible state that Worthy Farm is left in when everyone goes home
after the Festival. Abandoned camping equipment and rubbish blight the
beautiful green pastures of the farm. If you're coming to this year's
Festival, please do your bit when you leave: take all your camping
gear home and put all your rubbish in the bin bags. A few minutes'
effort really can make a world of difference. To support the campaign,
to join the Please Take It Home Facebook group. Thank you.
Saturday, 19 June 2010
Incandescent and instantly infectious ‘Wolves’ screams youthful exuberance and vitality. Bear Driver’s unique take on the alt-rock genre transcends the generic indie tag so often pinned to a guitar based act to form a jagged and playful pop song like no other. Mandolins, accordions and three part harmonies aplenty, the track will undoubtedly send pulses racing and hearts aquiver this summer.
Initially formed in Leeds by founding members Harry and Oli, the band would describe themselves as more of a collective. The creative bunch came together in a thriving artistic scene which has helped them create their own microcosm of up and coming talent. “In keeping with Leeds' strong DIY ethic we put together Adventure Club (www.adventureclubrecords.com), our own label as a way of grouping together a lot of the bands and artists we played with, many of whom I recorded and produced.” says Oli.
From their first gig as a two-piece backed by an ipod, they have grown in both number and intent. Their colourful and creative approach to their music has found them being compared to other equally inventive collectives such as Broken Social Scene and Arcade Fire. Now based in London, the arty ensemble ticks all the right boxes to become this summer’s success story.
In 2009, their home recorded debut EP ‘Paws & Claws’ impressed the likes of Steve Lamacq, Huw Stephens, John Kennedy and Tom Robinson which in turn found the band filling support slots with (among others) Bombay Bicycle Club, Everything Everything and Goldheart Assembly. Their ascension from the basement to the airwaves has seen the band’s adventurous and chaotic live set develop from a rough diamond into a precision cut thing of beauty- BY STAY LOOSE PR
Bear Driver // A Thousand Samurais by Stayloose
New York's Violens (pronounced 'vy-lenz') announce their highly anticipated debut album 'Amoral', due in September.
The first single 'Acid Reign' will be released as a limited edition 7" on July 26th through the band's own imprint Static Recital. B-side 'Space Around the Feel Station' features Washed Out and is exclusive to the 7" (available in Rough Trade shops).
Violens sound has evolved immensely since the release of their self-titled EP in late 2008. Tracks like "Already Over" and "Doomed" featured a mix of sun-soaked harmonies alongside 60s psychedelia and polished 80's new wave that acknowledged influences from The Zombies to Prefab Sprout.
The meticulously layered production of 'Acid Reign' fits synthetic piano leads and frenzied, percussive guitars over acrobatic bass lines and apparitional harmonies. The sounds are pushed through coarse-grain distortion, delay, and reverb evoking image trails and rising smoke. Singer Jorge Elbrecht's somnambulant phrases "I can tell that face you've shown is full / you're always standing on bullets of sentiment" give way to more conscious ones, lines that seem to question whether lyrical content can "cut across" and mean anything at all.
Later this summer Violens will release a new mixtape featuring remixes, covers and new collaborations. Their recent 'Winter Mixtape' featuring the sounds of Wire, The Byrds, Saint Etienne, My Bloody Valentine, and many more amongst their own unreleased songs is available along with the new single for free download at www.violens.net
Having previously supported Grizzly Bear, Deerhunter, Bat For Lashes and White Lies, Violens will head out on tour with MGMT in the US this August. They will be debuting a new line-up centred round the vocal harmonies of Elbrecht, Iddo Arad (synths) and Myles Matheny (guitar)- BY Stay Loose Pr
UK live dates for September to be announced soon.
Friday, 18 June 2010
The experimental psychedelic Animal Collective has teamed up with the familiar Dave Perez to make a movie, featuring visuals to accompany their music otherwise known as ODDSAC. It has taken over four consistent years for this audio-visual to transpire but it has turned out to be a legendary piece of art. Being 54 minutes, excuses will be hard to make to skip this rare indulgence to mankind, as the tracks won’t be available in any other format apart from the film itself.
Being numerous albums down, they have surely gained adequate experience on the way and you can really see their craftsmanship skills in this short film. What you can expect from ODDSAC is something quite adventurous with various twists of content then sudden daunting sides luring you in all the way through the clips, keeping me on edge most of the time. Combining the audio and the film together it really entices you in to this Hell Raiser and it seems this was the most eccentric thing the boys have ever done so far to date. Blending the contrasts in to each other the audio really gives that extra affect for the screening.
The freaky images were enough to give you nightmares, with the multiple narratives that were always intriguing for the eye with concrete material as always. With some points during the viewing I felt myself falling for a psychedelic hole.
Already being screened across North America, they have now brought it over to theatres near us, where we can witness their unconventional skills coming to good use. Fear not the DVD will be set for release in June if you can’t catch it before.
Tuesday, 15 June 2010
What is a Turbo Fruit?
It’s a name I stole from a gambling show in Glasgow 2005.
Nashville has had some fair talent spring out of its shores; do you think you're going to be next to strike it lucky?
We are going to beat our asses until we earn it... I wouldn’t say we are going to be lucky.
Why do you say that?
I think if we were going to be lucky it would have already happened. We are going to keep on working hard till we get the level of success we want to be.
You've got a tour coming up - what do you miss about being on the road?
Common language, Mexican food, Taco Bell, bed... and reliable hot weather. Your weather is crazy over here!
You have a single set for release; care to share some details about it?
It's called ‘Get Up Get on Down Tonight’ and is out on the 14th June... it has a video which is pretty cool.
I thought the video was great - it features drawn on moustaches, frying cassettes and drinking poison... which one of you came up with this spectacular idea?
I called a friend of mind up called Travis Nicholson, who I've known for quite some time. He is an actor/director. We brainstormed for a while and decided to do it at my parent’s farm. He really came through for us. We literally had a couple of hours to come up with the ideas, and had a short time to put it all together. Matt had to go early so in the video we got to kill him. (We have wanted to do it for months!!) Then Dave had to go so I poisoned him..
To catch the attention of Drew Barrymore for her first directional debut is exciting, tell us more?
It was all really random... There's a guy in Nashville who runs Next Big Nashville, which is a music festival. They were looking for a young garage band (for a film). I said we were up for it, but because other bands had submitted too I didn’t think much of it at the time. Then we received a call saying that we got handpicked by Drew Barrymore to be in the movie, and they want to fly us up the following week...
What's Drew like?
She was really nice, sweet, productive... always busy and she never stops working.
Do you think she has helped your career?
Well it gives people something to talk about but I don’t know if it has helped our career.
Jonas, does your previous project Be Your Own Pet have any influence on your music now?
I wouldn’t say it has influenced Turbo Fruits in any way, but it hasn’t gone a whole 180 degree turn either. I still have the same influences but it doesn’t effected Turbo Fruits in any way, if that makes sense.
Are you the mastermind behind Turbo Fruits?
Ha ha I guess I am... Dave and Matt fortunately have been touring with me and not everyone is up for doing that. I’m the main artistic supplier but we are going to work on some new music together.
Monday, 14 June 2010
Black Mountain have announced details of the release of their much-anticipated third album, Wilderness Heart. The 10-track long-player will be released through Jagjaguwar Records on Monday 13th September 2010.
They also have announced a UK tour in September. This follows 2 special (sold-out) shows at the Lexington in London in July and a clutch of festival dates over the summer. The full list of dates are as follows- Sure Shot Pr
Old Fangs is currently available as a free download via the following link:
11th | Kinross | T in the Park Festival
13th | London | Lexington - SOLD OUT
14th | London | Lexington - SOLD OUT
16th | Southwold | Latitude Festival
4th | Oxford | Academy
5th | Birmingham | Hare & Hounds
8th | Brighton | Concorde
10th | Isle of Wight | Bestival
11th | Larmer Tree Gardens, Dorset | End Of The Road Festival
12th | Leeds | TJs Woodhouse Club *
14th | Glasgow | Oran Mor *
15th | Manchester | Academy 3 *
16th | Nottingham |Rescue Rooms *
7th | London | Shepherds Bush Empire
* featuring special guests, fellow Vancouver-ites Ladyhawk.
Released July 26th
On one hand, Kitsuné, the record label extraordinaire that gave you Digitalism, La Roux and Two Door Cinema Club, is also a fashion label. Sure its ever colourful Maison compilations – almost ten of them now – have become the reference in everything that’s new and quirky in the world of pop, breaking today many of tomorrow’s important artists. It’s also an elegant – young and modern – clothing line based on quality, that keeps on expanding and is soon turning into a bit of a phenomena in Japan.
On the other, Ponystep, the noted fashion-style webmag based in east London has built a global reputation for all things fashion, art and music. It also happens to throw some of the best parties around. No wonder, the man behind Ponystep is Richard Mortimer infamous for his BoomBox night, which rocked the British capital and shook fashion circles the world over. BoomBox’s sense of freedom and electro/pop party brought a breath of fresh air to clubland and attracted celebrities (Bjork, Naomi Campbell, Kate Moss, Jeremy Scott…) along with London’s fashion elite (Giles Deacon, Gareth Pugh, Henry Holland, Christopher Kane, Marios Schwab…)
Fusing pop, electro, indie, disco and more, Kitsuné-Ponystep mixes tracks and remixes from some of the hottest names around (Roisin Murphy, French Horn Rebellion, Booka Shade, Aeroplane, Lindstrom, Munk…); a truly international cast that goes as far as Sydney, Perth, NYC, Oslo, Berlin, Munich, Manchester and inevitably Paris and London. Seventy minutes designed to make you dance… and also, at times, move you. In today’s troubled times, emotion has become fashion’s latest by-word and is certainly an essential ingredient here: plenty of songs, with vocals and people playing instruments such as new Xenomania artist Florrie, Northern Island’s finest Two Door Cinema Club, Belgium’s Das Pop, Vienna’s Bunny Lake, Sweden’s Lo Fi Fnk, David E Sugar… a far cry from the dull thump you often associate with fashion soundtracks. As such Kitsuné-Ponystep is not just a dj mix, Andrea Gorgerino, Bouthier’s studio side-kick and half of their recording project JBAG (also a versatile dj unit that has remixed Ladyhawke, Kylie, Sparks and S-Express), knows like no other how to apply magic, and a bit of drama, as he does on the shows to enhance the aural experience- By Family PR
1) Róisín Murphy – Momma’s Place
2) Bag Raiders – Turbo Love (Light Year remix)
3) Munk – La Musica
4) Two Door Cinema Club – I Can Talk (French Horn Rebellion remix)
5) Voltaire Twins – D.I.L (JBAG’s hot pop remix)
6) Florrie – 911 (Beataucue remix JBAG edit)
7) JBAG ft. Louise Prey – X Ray Sex
8) Adamski – I Dream Of You (2010 version)
9) Lindstrom – I Feel Spaced (Freeform 5 remix / JBAG re-edit)
10) D-Pulse – Highway To Saturn (JBAG edit)
11) Jupiter – Mama Used To Say
12) Act Yo Age – La Fumo Loco (In Flagranti remix)
13) Rainbow Arabia – Holidays In Congo (Myd remix)
14) Lo-Fi-Fnk – Steppin’ Out (Popular Computer remix/ JBAG re-edit)
15) May 68 – My Ways
16) David E Sugar – Party Killer
17) Booka Shade – Regenerate
18) Bunny Lake – Army Of Lovers (JBAG’s hot pop remix)
19) Mustang – Try To Dance
20) Das Pop – Fool For Love (Aeroplane remix)
The first track is the album's title track 'Flaws'. It's a lovely outside acoustic performance from Jack with backing vocals from Lucy Rose.
he band will be unveiling these videos over the coming couple of weeks - as we lead-up to the release of 'Flaws' on the 12th July. The full album press release for 'Flaws' is below.
There is interview time with the band in central London later this week and towards the start of next. Let me know if you fancy popping along/ speaking to Jack/ one of the gang on the phone.
Promo album stock should be with you all now. Yell, if you are still waiting on a copy.
'Flaws' is preceded by the album's first single 'Ivy & Gold' on the 5th July- By Stay Loose Pr
Thursday, 10 June 2010
Who is ‘I Am One Project’?
We are Jamie Wallace and Oli Rose.
Your sound is a cross between hip hop and folk, how did this collaboration come about?
Basically, we met at the University of Westminster on the commercial music course, as a part of one of the module were we randomly got assigned into band. Oli and I by chance ended up in the same band, we had to write like 6 songs, each song representing a member of the band. When Oli and I started writing the vibe, they were just crazy!!! Me and him definitely connected whilst we were in the band and wrote two songs in the module ‘I am Blessed’ and ‘Who Am I’ which became favourites on the Smoke Radio Station. (The university’s radio station)
What can people expect from an ‘ I Am One Project’ live show?
We like to mix things up when we play live. We have so many different sounds whether it be a produced track a full band track or even acoustic. We like our fans to see a variety of these tracks when they come to see us live. We work with 7 amazing session musicians who bring such a vibe to our performances. The full band is just mad... it really get’s the audience going. We are starting to experiment with produced tracks live now and it is definately something to look out for in the future!!!
You have a debut single which is set for release on the 31st may, tell us more about it and why should we go and purchase it?
The track is called Night Time Calling and we wrote it about a year ago. We have had the acoustic version for a while now but wanted to get it re mixed to release. We worked with Rebel Sonix... he is signed to Eight FX and is a pretty well know dubstep producer in the underground scene. He completly changed the vibe of the track and it all just fell into place. This is our first single and it’s just sick to finally release something after all these years of hard work. There is a video to go with it which you can find on youtube too!!!
Where can we catch you in the next couple of months?
We are in the studio a lot for the next few months working with producers like Nocturnal (Dizzee Rascal, Tine tempah) so we won’t be doing too many gigs. We have a headline show booked for 27th June at Hoxton Bar and Kitchen which should be a big night. Keep checking the new website to hear about new gig and releases! It’s www.iamoneproject.com by the way.
As we know you both have different background influences, would you like to share any?
Jamie: Too many to mention but the obvious ones like Jay Z and Drake and changed my outlook on music!
Oli: Same, there are too many but James Taylor was a big influence for me growing up.
Anyone you are taking an interest in at the moment you would like to shout about?
Just anyone who is putting the time and effort in. It isn’t an easy industry but you got to just keep going for it and not give up. We want to give Nocturnal a big shout out. He is an amazing producer and we are really looking forward to getting some stuff down in the studio with him. Also a big shout out to Rebel Sonix who remixed the single for us. You should check out some of his other stuff on youtube... very talented!
Last but not least, is there any top exclusives that we can hear first?
We can’t tell you exactly what it is right now....sorry.... but keep your eye on our new website for the exclusive news coming very soon. We will be coming back to see you and tell you all the info then.
Active child is an intellectual young musician otherwise known as Pat Grossi who is part of the untainted talented hopefuls to come out of Los Angeles. He produces undisturbed music that feels like it has never been touched by human kind. It makes me undergo into a spiral world of peacefulness with no ending to the tranquillity, in other words gone to heaven and back. There is no better way to describe his sound other than it’s angelic vocals have been twisted with a new- wave of sensations and vibrations with a touch of supernatural darkness caging in from time to time.
In his childhood he joined the Philadelphia Boys Choir, where he gained his exceptional gospel harmonies with the effortlessly high pitched notes. His naivety seems to come to good use making the sound become untreated and organic, fresh for the newly ears. But with the samples of lightly fitted percussion, which comes across well with the electronic drums passing through.
With his new 6 track EP Curtis Lane looming around the corner for release on May 31st, why don’t you give yourself a sneak peak of this pure academic and make judgement for yourself. Each track has its own twist of experimental looseness but it still maintains the psychedelic down-tempo flow that it needs. I have a feeling we will be hearing a lot more from Active Child in the near future, don’t let him take your heart.
Wednesday, 9 June 2010
28 JUNE 2010 - SATELLITE OF LOVE
Watch video fro EP track "Valley of Abra" here:
"Masaoka Shiki, Gérard de Nerval, History, Dreams, Girls, Animals, Wine, Nietzsche, the Goddess Dionysus, Mythology, Love and Hate and Nature" and of course, the previously mentioned "Sergio Leone," all themes that you will find explored in this debut record. From the literary homage of the EP's title track, to the natural midway glare of 'Sungaze,' and the existentially ambiguous EP closer of 'Valley of Abra.' Since recording the EP the band have supported Noah and the Whale in Paris and played Smash'n'Grab in London and the Deaf Institute in Manchester as well numerous shows in France and Spain. With a new EP in the pipeline and an album scheduled for early 2011 expect to see much more from this unashamedly original band.
By Stay Loose Pr
Tuesday, 8 June 2010
Sia @ Roundhouse, London
Sia brings her own brand of DIY soul to The Roundhouse...
The Roundhouse is known for continuously pushing the boundaries of music and performance - and this was surely the case tonight, with singer songwriter Sia. The Australian DIY soulstress re-invented the stage with knitted creations, a psychedelically decorated piano and band members in wild garments.
Captivating the audience with every word, she had nearly every young hopeful busting some bizarre grooves on the floor (although it should be said, some should stick to the bedroom mirror for future reference).
Her music was energetic, dynamic and vibrant, offering the exact opposite to what I'd imagined this lung popper would offer. Although I was only familiar with the soft ballad ‘Breathe Me’, I was presently surprised with the various selections of songs she brought to the table, such as the perfect summer anthems 'Clap Your Hands' and 'Fight' - which really brightened up the place.
Tonight was about more than just intimate love songs; I got to familiarise myself with a whole different side to Sia - her cleverly run lyrics, uniquely colorful personality and entertaining show made me consider exploring more of her back catalogue.
Just one note: less of the natter and more of the singing, next time, please.
Monday, 7 June 2010
Who is Erol Sabadosh?
Erol is a DJ, guitarist/musician, American studies & film graduate and geek.
Where are you based?
London; I spend most of my time either in Mayfair and Central London or Shoreditch and the East London area.
You are known for your exceptional skills on the decks, can you give us a taster of what a typical set would include?
A typical Erol set would including a good dose of electro interspersed with indie and hip hop; that's the kind of stuff I love to play. My own personal music taste is mostly focused on guitar music since I'm a guitar player myself. I'm really into blues, rock, grunge and indie and various sub-genres like shoegaze, slowcore, lo-fi, post-hardcore; I'm a real indie music geek and I think a hint of that influence can be heard in the kind of club sets I play, although my DJ style is quite eclectic at times.
When did your career start to kick off for you?
I've only really been DJing professionally for just over a year and it's just recently that things have started to kick off; landing residencies at Circus and Ponystep was great for me because I got to play with established acts like William Orbit, The Noisettes and friends of mine The XX. Last fashion week was great for me because I was asked to do a bunch of afterparties, including the Vivienne Westwood afterparty which was certainly a big deal. As a resident at Bungalow 8 I've got to meet and play for people like Jay-Z, Solange, Jared Leto and Natalie Imbruglia which has been fun, it's a great place to hang out. Me and Solange had a particularly entertaining night; she's really passionate about music, particularly indie and hip hop and I always love talking to fellow music geeks.
When did you start taking an interest in DJing and are all the mixes done by yourself?
I first started DJing while I was at university for a weekly indie/electro night which I was co-curating along with other campus events; it was at this time I got to warm-up for acts like Erol Alkan and The Horrors. I did this for just under a year and this was my real learning period, that's roughly how long it took for me to become really comfortable on the decks and it was after this that I moved on to DJing professionally. I don't remix all of my own tracks, nobody really does that, but I do frequently post my own set mixes which are available to download for free on my SoundCloud page.
What’s your preference vinyl or c.d.?
I started with CDs and I've stuck with them, I don't use vinyl and I don't like to use a laptop either, I find CDs to be the most functional and versatile for my chosen style.
You are a man with many talents like photography and modelling where do you find the time and would you pursue these any further?
I only really personally enjoy art photography, which is more of a hobbie than anything else for me, although one day I would love to put together a book of my own images. Modelling isn't something that I've done a lot of, but it's something that I've considered because I have strong contacts in fashion, but ultimately it's not what I'm passionate about so music is always going to be my primary focus.
I can't really say that I have a favourite venue, it very much depends on the event and the crowd which can always vary.
Who is the biggest name you have worked with so far?
I'm working with some interesting people at the moment, but it's too early a stage for me to really talk about it, but in terms of who I've DJ'd alongside the list is lengthy and includes the names I've mentioned so far as well as MGMT, Patrick Wolf, Macy Gray, Boy George, Skin and another band I'm friendly with and love, Bloc Party.
Where does Erol want to be in five years time?
Either based in London or New York, DJing across the globe, continuing to work on my own music and playing in a band, producing and hopefully having a good time while working on projects that I'm passionate about. Music is my life and I need to be immersed in that world otherwise I don't know what else I would do.
Sunday, 6 June 2010
XFM's Sunta Templeton took the time out of her busy schedule to chat free gigs, moody bands and why she loves her job. She works along side Ian Camfield 4-7 on the XFM drivetime show and Sundays 6-10 including the Live Hour@ 8pm. But still finds the time to be a resident dj for Mat Hornes session club and Ronnkie Pop......
What does an everyday entail for you?
Lots of different things... In commercial radio you are expected to do a lot of different roles and tasks. When I get in I scan all of today’s music news and gig guide. I work on Choice Fm news bulletins for them at 2.30 then I go to XFM 3.30 and then I move to 4-7 XFM Drivetime Show, reading the travel, music news, helping Ian and all the banter...
How do you juggle everything?
It keeps it interesting and especially in commercial radio when money is tight, you are always expected to move into any role and present in any station on any format of whatever music it might be. From an urban to an alternative station, it just becomes quite normal.
When did you first realise you wanted to get into journalism and being a radio presenter always a dream role for you?
I was interested in journalism from a young age but didn’t really understand what it took. When I was a kid and you wanted to be a journalist it was in terms of newspaper journalism, so I didn’t realise it was the same thing till later. Then I went to university to study Media and Communications and Philosophy and spent all my time on their radio and I did spend a bit of time presenting, I really wanted to do the news side of it. Then I went to do a post grad in broadcast journalism.
What are the perks?
Free gig tickets and invited to silly PR things which are generally good fun but can be vacuous. Coming up to festival season I get to go to a few and I still see it as a perk even though I have to interview bands. The reason I got into this job was my love of music and seeing live gigs. To say my work is to go Glastonbury is fantastic.
What are the downfalls?
I think because commercial radio is reliant of advertising and money coming in, just because of the current climate at the moment there has been a lot of cut backs. Being a journalist I’m on a staff contract, I’m not too worried, but if I was a freelancer presenter, I would be a lot more precarious. You just have to hope you are in favour as peoples tastes are always changing.
I’m just hoping things will change..
That’s why work experience is really important, if you are not committed to working for free, you can’t want that much.
What is the best interview you have done so far in your career?
The biggest interview and scariest was REM. I had a hour with Michael Stipe and then an hour with Mike Mills. It was pretty intense and I had only been doing journalism for a couple of years so I was still quite green. It was one of the moments when I was like, I’m with one the most famous people on the planet, this is terrifying, but it went well.
The best interview personally was probably when I interviewed Ian Brown. To me he was such a mad music head from Manchester and I was like OMG actually legend. Thankfully he was lovely which is good because that’s sad when you meet your hero’s and they don’t turn out to be like your expectations.
Any bad interviews you would like to share?
There are bands that you wonder why they do interviews and they never come across well as moody or grumpy and one word answers. I wonder why record companies put them up at all. Bands like Crystal Castles and Arctic Monkeys didn’t do interviews and it never affected their career. Instead wasting people’s time and making it difficult. However I’m not naming any..
Miss Sunta Templeton took the time out of her buzy schedule to talk about free gigs, moody bands and how she loves her job.
Where do you want to go from here?
That’s a tricky one, if you asked me that five years ago, I would have said I wanted to do XFM. I’m very lucky I have the job I want to do. We will see what happens in the future.
What one piece of advice would you give me as an aspiring journalist like myself?
It’s hard to give one thing and I have already mentioned work experience, which is really important. Also just to live it.. If you are not living that kind of life, then it’s not really what you want to be doing.
Lastly,could you share any bands that you are listening to at the moment?
I have two very different albums in my bag at the moment. Eighties Matchbox as I’m going to see them tonight and I’m very excited. They are a band that have been out for ages but back with a new album. Funeral Party are someone I’m playing a lot at the moment on my dj sets, best party song I have heard in a long time, Sounds of LA. The longer the song titles are the better.
Friday, 4 June 2010
Having just finished touring with Florence and the Machine in the UK, The Drums are delighted to announce the release of debut album "The Drums" on June 7th. New single "Forever and Ever Amen" is out now, and you can grab this Saint Etienne remix of it here for free.
Download the track here:
By Anorak London
Hailing from the steel city of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 1, 2, 3consists of long time friends Nic Snyder (vox, guitar & keys) and Josh Sickels (drums). Originally started as a side project from the power punk outfit The Takeover UK, Snyder found himself increasingly drawn to 1, 2, 3 and the freedom it gave him to express his own musical ambitions. Having only been together for a few months, 1, 2, 3 have already put out a 7" single through Brooklyn label Ooh La La and this week sees them release their debut UK single, 'Going Away Party', on hot tastemaker label, Chess Club.
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B: Lost Saint http://rcpt.yousendit.com/884156361/27d002214d641a2a6abb9bdba5cf1ab4
The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart (comprised of Kip Berman, Alex Naidus, Peggy Wang and Kurt Feldman) are set to release new single Say No To Love on 29th July. Lead vocalist, Kip says: "The song is about rejecting hyper-serious adolescent romance that imprisons you and inhibits your ability to become the person you want to be and do the things you want to do. It's about a girl telling an emo boy to go grow a pair." On the B-side is another new track, Lost Saint, which is "about growing up, going to Catholic School and insubordination."
'Higher than the Stars'- brand new video
By Anorak London
'The Rabbit' is a brand new previously-unheard Miike Snow track produced by the band and mixed by Madonna collaborator Stuart Price. It will be included on a special deluxe edition of the band's debut album which will also feature remixes of their previous singles 'Silvia' and 'Black & Blue' plus a Mark Ronson remix of 'Animal'.
By Anorak London
In support of his newly released, critically acclaimed debut album, singer songwriter Harper Simon is set to release the breezily beautiful Wishes And Stars as a single. The track is one of two on the album that were co-written by the acclaimed Nigerian author and Booker Price winner Ben Okri, who Simon met at a party and became a friend and fan of.
Harper Simon is a singer-songwriter based in Los Angeles and New York, and a former member of UK band Menlo Park. Released in April (artwork by friend Tracey Emin), Simon's eponymous debut has won plaudits across the board for its taut songcraft. It was recorded in Nashville, New York and Los Angeles with the help of an impressive and decidedly eclectic, multigenerational group of musical collaborators - famed producer Bob Johnston (the man behind classic recordings from Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash and Leonard Cohen), an all-star group of veteran first-call Nashville session players, an impressive group of contemporary young singer-songwriters, friends, and yes, even Harper's own father, the legendary Paul Simon.
Sun 18 London Apollo Victoria, UK (with Tori Amos)
Sat 24 Port Elliot Festival, UK
Sun 1 Cambridge Folk Festival, Cambridge, UK
Fri 6 Belladrum Festival, Inverness, Scotland, UK
Sun 8 Pocklington Arts Centre, Pocklington, UK (Part of Pocklington 10th Anniversary music festival)
Fri 14 Leicester Summer Sundae, Leicester, UK
Recorded at Bryn Derwen studios deep in the welsh countryside with Faultline mainman and twice Mercury Prize nominated Bat For Lashes producer David Kosten; 'Sacrifice' draws together the most exciting subterranean music of the past thirty years. Sinister, crawling synths marry pulsing rhythms and screaming guitars.
Check out the video for the track 'Sacrifice' directed by Rhett Dashwood here:
Director / Producer: Rhett Dashwood
Cinematographer: Ari Wegner
Editing: The Butchery with Additional Editing by Miska Mandic
Post Production: Digital Pictures
By Anorak London
Wednesday, 2 June 2010
Their mature techniques, addictive rifts and burly stamina can win fans over in a click. They are nothing but entertainment and have the ability to make you very hot under the collar indeed. It’s only a matter of time before these dark horses career really kicks off a storm, so watch out!
If you haven’t heard of them already check this video out...