Getting personal with Amy Lou

Amy Louise Rogers is a charismatic, witty 17-year-old singer songwriter from Dunfermline. With quirky original lyrics, fresh catchy pop melodies, and a bubbly stage presence she paints a picture of being a young woman who doesn’t exactly fit into a box!

She takes inspiration from the likes of ELO, Kate Bush, Fleetwood Mac and Big Country to name a few.

I had the pleasure of seeing her perform at this year’s Edinburgh Festival. Hugely entertaining she encourages her audience to get involved and sing along with her which we were all more than happy to do as it made for a very enjoyable and memorable experience!

With her new single ‘Girl from Dundee’ out now for pre-order I asked Amy Lou about herself, her music, influences and more here’s what she had to say…..

What or who was the biggest influence in you choosing to become a singer / songwriter?

When I was younger I adored (I still do) musical theatre but I simply cannot dance…so I’ve always really wanted to write songs and music that feels at home in a musical…my own musical – an Amy Lou musical!

What age were you when you wrote your first song, what was it about?

My first “serious” song that I’m proud of I wrote when I was 15 and it’s called ‘She Wants To Be A Marine Biologist’. When I wrote the song everyone I was surrounded by was starting to look at university courses and plan out sensible careers when all I’ve ever wanted to do was sit and play guitar and paint and read. I always thought there was something a bit wrong with me because I had no strong career goal (I still don’t) so that’s what the songs about, its admiring that’s it cool that the people around me know exactly what they want to do but it’s perfectly fine if I just want to play guitar. (Clearly a self-aware 15-year-old)

How would you describe your music to someone who’s never heard your before?

Quirky Acoustic Queer Marine Biologist Loving Folk Pop

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What’s the musical dream you’re aiming for?

My favourite thing is when people know the words to my songs! When my friends come to a gig they’re usually the loud ones singing along at the back! My dream is to have that all the time! I love a good sing along!

Every writer seems to have a different approach to this, what’s your songwriting process?

I seem to be lyrics before the actual music, a lot of my songs are very quirky and conversational-y, so usually I’ll just play chord structures and rant about what’s bothering me to the tune of what I’m playing and hopefully somehow I say something good – from this “good thing” I’ll build a song! It’s a really weird process!

Who are your own hero’s, musical or otherwise?

Definitely my Gran! (Shout out to Granny Rogers!) In all honesty she’s such a cool little woman! She inspires me to definitely take the path less beaten and she’s always pushed me into being creative and being who I am through music and art!

If you could collaborate with any artist at all who would it be?

I adore the Proclaimers, so if they want to hit me up any time soon that’d be grand!

What’s been your best musical memory to date? 

I’ve loads of cool and amazing things happen to me because of my music! However, my favourite was at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe! This was a day where I wasn’t busking and I just had one gig (a rarity) so I decided to get an afternoon train which meant it was absolutely packed and I was left standing in the aisle. Me being me, I thought well promotion is promotion, I whipped out my guitar and started playing Proclaimers songs – my friends thought I was absolutely daft but I sold a few CDs and got another gig out of it!

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Are you lucky enough to be able to do music full time?

Right now I’m studying events management and promotion, which I’m getting crazy amounts out of and can apply to my own promotion – but when I’m not doing that I spend every second on music, whether it’s writing, rehearsing, gigging or planning!

Describe Yourself in three words?

A bit quirky?

Do you think there’s anything that sets you apart from other singers in Scotland?

I’d like to think I’m very different! My songs are all 100% based on the funny iconic things that happen to me, there’s no poetic metaphors and beautiful words to it with me. It’s straight to the point… I feel this makes me kind of relatable!

You have a great quirky stage presence and are extremely confident and very at home performing live, what big stage would be your dream to play on?

I’m dreaming of playing at Edinburgh Castle on the esplanade that’d be great!

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Finally tell us about your new song ‘The Girl From Dundee’ and when it’s out?

Well the single is quite different to what I usually do! A lot of my songs about love before have tried to hide my sexuality and fumble about the subject – this one’s very different! Simply put it’s a love song about a girl I met over the summer and it’s based on conversations I had with my best friend about this girl and what I could do to make her fall for me (the girl did not). Funnily enough she isn’t from Dundee either – she’s actually from Perth but the “The Girl From Perth” doesn’t really have a ring to it does it?

You can pre-order the song now and it’ll be fully available on the 1st of December!


Photo Credit – Hannah Findlay

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Inspirational women in Music – Gail Friel

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This is the first in an interview series featuring women I know and respect who are involved in the music industry in one way or another. They have been, and continue to be, a big inspiration to not only me but each other too! They are super supportive, excellent at what they do and are all about sharing artists they love and their music…. so I think they deserve a bit of recognition and to be in the spotlight for who they are and what they do.


 

Can you briefly introduce yourself and tell us what you do?

My name is Gail Friel, I’m 37 years old and I co-own Purple Orange Arts Venue with my partner Michael Mathieson and own pr@purpleorangecentralscotland. I have 2 beautiful daughters, Abbie who is 13 and Eva who is 7….Michael has 2 sons Denholm (8) and Brandon (6)

How did you find yourself in the music industry?

I found myself involved with the music industry from the day i met Michael. He has been a guitar teacher for 12 years and regularly put artists on at a pub local to us. Michael had just opened a music shop from where he based his teaching and also offered guitar repair services and started to sell guitars.  As a regular visitor to his shop I was drawn to his passion for the live music scene. His dream was to own his own venue and give the youngsters he was teaching, a stage to play on whether it be at that point or in the future. A few months after we had met, the lease for the hall behind Michael’s music shop came up for lease, he asked if he should go for it to make his dream come true to have his own venue…I said of course!! And we threw ourselves in right at the deep end the Purple Orange was born.

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Tell us about Purple Orange and what your hopes and dreams are for it?

*Purple Orange Arts venue in Bathgate has been running for 3 years now. Owner and License Holder is Mr Michael Mathieson. Michael has been a music teacher for 13 years and teaches both adults and children on weekday evenings. The aim of the owners and the venue was to be a grass roots music hub for local singer/songwriters and give them a platform to give them the confidence and exposure to become gigging musicians on the circuit around Glasgow/Edinburgh. We have succeeded massively in this venture and now the venue has merited a fantastic name for itself and the owners throughout Central Scotland. Purple Orange Arts Venue are at the top of NHC’s “most trusted” list of venues, having gained credibility for the shows put on and the treatment of artists who play there.

The venue in the past year has hosted Kyle Falconer, Nick Mercer Jr and is welcoming Tom Hingley and Adam Ficek in the next few weeks. The vision of the venue is to continue bringing household names into the venue and allowing the local talented musicians to share the bill by being on the support.

The venue is a major advocator of promoting Under 18’s events and hold 2 monthly.  One is named Purple Tangerines and is organised and ran by Gail. The other is organised and ran by one of our under 18 artists who has been coming to the venue regularly.

What’s the best part of your job?

The absolute best part of my job is when i have believed in someone so strongly from very early stages of them gigging and then to see them getting the recognition they deserve from people who are more experienced or higher up in the industry than I am.

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Describe a typical day in the life of Gail

The thing I love most about what I do is that there is no typical day, apart from one thing…i always start off with a massive to do list that is the only thing that is consistent and somehow always manage to get through it. My days vary from sitting in my office contacting venues, promoters etc. to actually going out and physically meeting them. I spend a lot of time listening to links that artists send me who wish to play at our venue. I handle all the bookings for the venue and create the events.

 

Who are some of the bands and singers you want everyone to know about?

The 3 bands i want everyone to know about are FIREBUGS, THE BACKBEATS and THE ALAN CROOKSTON CEILIDH BAND…3 very different bands genre wise. The artists I represent are ROBBIE HUTTON, DECLAN MILNE, MEGAN BLACK

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Music PR isn’t a 9-5 job; how do you balance other aspects of your life with it?

It definitely isn’t a 9-5 job, I’ve seen me still sitting up at 2am because I’m trying to get something finished, or I’m brainstorming ideas. Hobby, if I didn’t love it as much and have the passion I do, i couldn’t possibly give all that i do to it…Because I believe so strongly in what we are doing and because of the joy our venue brings to other people, it is not a job that ever gets boring or I get fed up with.  Luckily my job is also my hobby, I have always had a strong passion for music. I don’t sing or play myself but this is my way of fulfilling my dreams of being involved in music. Michael and I have 4 children between us, when we have the children around work basically comes to a halt.. We try to make every single minute we have with them count, our lives with them are full of fun, and they are at an age where they understand what our job is and how hard we work. Often on the Under 18’s evenings you will find either my 2 daughters or Michaels 2 sons behind the bar serving the juice. One dream that we do share is that we would love our children, if they have the same passion that we have in music, is to pass the business onto them in the future.

Most memorable gig to date and what made it special for you?

The most memorable gig to date would probably be a gig that happened just recently. A couple of weeks ago we had Mark Morriss booked to play at the Purple Orange..i was of course excited about seeing him play, but the support line up was just absolutely amazing. We had Robbie Hutton, Andy Swift, The backbeats (all artists I work with) and then Luke Gibson, Aaron Wright, Greg James, Billy Mitchell and the amazing Carly Connor (who had been on my wish list for the venue for a good couple of years) For me, to have all that amazing talent under our wee roof was just mind-blowing and it’s a night that will go down in history with everyone who was there.

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Where do you want to be career wise this time next year?

This time next year, I’m hoping career wise that I am still running the Purple Orange Arts Venue with Michael, I hope that a lot more of our artists will have played at festivals and I’m hoping we have possibly had a few festival stages of our own. I hope that my PR agency continues to go from strength to strength and my wee craft gift boutique is still going strong!

 

 

A year of highs for Sean C Kennedy

 

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Since I last interviewed singer songwriter Sean C Kennedy he’s done and achieved so much so I thought it was the perfect time for an update on him and his music…..


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It’s been a year since our last interview, can you give a brief update of what you’ve been doing?

Its been a great year so far. Christmas last year 2015 I wrote a couple new songs since the album was released Oct 2015. The turn of the New Year felt like a fresh new start of inspiration. Early on I released the single and video, filmed in NYC, for The Girl on Christopher Street.

I’ve been writing new songs and expressing myself more in my work. 2 trips to America and Ibiza performing and writing. It’s been a busy year. I don’t think I’ve written as many songs in a year as much as 2016.

Do you think your style of music or singing has changed since you released 77? If so what’s influenced the changes?

I’ve definitely grown that’s for sure and I’ve been challenging myself when performing and singing. I’m not going for the easy simple route, I want to be able to adapt to any style. My music has definitely taken a turn in style but not miles away. I’m writing the way I’ve always thought but been too afraid to say it. I’m not just saying what I feel.

You’ve been to the US a few times in the last 12 months, what were some the highlights from those trips?

The 1st trip was a dream come true to be honest. Meeting Paul McCartney in NYC and him being cool with signing my guitar. Then meeting my hero Bonnie Raitt in Philadelphia. Also sitting next to Jack White of The Whitestripes and Steve Tyler of Aerosmith…..talk about being on the right path! My recent trip has been a different trip altogether. It was a job to get the work done. Before it was to do the work, be there, to get involved in the scene and expose my talent and what I do. I worked with some great writers and I’ve really enjoyed improving my artistry. The new songs have been an exciting process.

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Having been writing quite a bit lately with various people you must have a fair few new songs amassed, which ones are you most excited about letting people hear?

Well I absolutely love performing Legacy live with the band. Easier is another I’m enjoying. Got a couple more but you’ll have to wait till they’re ready ; )

If you’re stuck for inspiration where do you normally turn? 

I’m never stuck! It’s always right in front of me, I just never opened up as much as now. I don’t think I’ll ever get writers block now.

When can we expect a new album and can you talk us through a couple of tracks you plan to include on it?

2017 for sure! I’m getting a long list together first then I’ll make a move. I won’t know for sure what song’s will be on there but I’m excited about them all. It’s a new direction for me, I want these songs to relate to us all. Everyone!

Legacy is your latest release, for those who don’t know, what’s the story behind this song?

I started out playing in a venue in Ayr called Su Casa where I briefly met Mark Price. Years went by and the weekend of my album release Mark showed up at a show. I came off stage, hadn’t even packed my guitar away and Mark said can I show you a card trick. I said sure, and he blew my mind. We then got talking and we had so much in common growing up as kids, our thoughts and views on life. Mark had contributed to a kick-starter project for The Girl on Christopher street. He was looking for some opening music to his show. Mark performs card trickery and illusion. The chats we had just inspired me.  Myself and my engineer created a 30 second music clip for Mark. I then continued to grow the music and write, turning it into a song. I really found my artistry in writing with this song. Really being myself, writing the way I always thought but had been too afraid to put the thoughts into my song.

Legacy is all about stepping out the comfort zone and leave your own mark here. Challenge yourself and inspire others to express themselves and just be you. Don’t think about what want. Go do or go get what you want. As soon as we arrive here, we’re already gonna die. Remember that! So make your time count in whatever way you want it too.

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I love you’re playing with a full band more often now and that seems to work really well with the new songs you’ve been performing, can you introduce the band to us?

I have a fantastic bunch of guys playing alongside me and it’s a pleasure having them. Conor Smith & Josh Fraser on guitars. They compliment each other so well and it suits what I do. Aidan branch and Ewan Laing play drums for me. The guys play for the song. Alan Langdon on bass. Solid as a rock, plays simple keeps the song in check and always a guy to turn to for any advice. John Blakely on keys, guitars and backing vocals. He’s a machine when it comes to backing vocals. I call him bv King! He also has the best attitude towards music. Love having these guys around.

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You’re a bit of a mentor to a few young up and coming singers / musicians… what one piece of invaluable advice would you give to someone just starting out in music?

We’re all inspired by someone or a band. Take what you can from your Hero’s but be yourself. Don’t copy but be inspired. There are no rules!!! Ive found a way to write about my feelings and personal views to inspire as many people as I can. With 10 people in the room I don’t want to just relate my song to 3 of them. I want it to move them all in some way so that my lyrics really make a difference.

What are the 2 most important things you want to have achieve by this time next year?

Write more songs than I did this year.

Play more shows than I did this year.

I very much look forward to both, thanks Sean!


Read previous interview with Sean here – https://shoonycarro.wordpress.com/2015/09/21/1011/

Anna Pancaldi keeps on keeping on

With her sultry acoustic sound getting the recognition it justly deserves it’s only a matter to time before everyone knows the name of London based singer songwriter Anna Pancaldi.

Her debut EP, ‘Dear Joey’, released in April 2016, charted at No. 3 in the singer-songwriter iTunes chart while her debut single ‘Black Tears’ charted at No. 6 in the same chart! ‘Promise We’ll Never Grow Old’ was added to 6 Music’s ‘Fresh Faves’ list curated by Tom Robinson and Radio 2’s Dermot O’Leary described Anna as “really polished…she doesn’t need our help, we need hers” and she’s achieved all this as an unsigned, independent artist.

Fresh from her first US tour this summer, Anna completed a double-headliner tour with Bryde playing to enthralled crowds at iconic music venues like Rockwood Music Hall in NYC and Hotel Cafe in LA.  Anna also made her US TV debut, being interviewed and performing live on CBS TV in LA.

He new single, ‘Keep On Keeping On’ is out now and available via Spotify, Apple Music, iTunes and SoundCloud.

Anna was lovely enough to take time out to answer a few questions….


What or who was the biggest influence in you choosing to become a singer / songwriter and was there ever any other career choice before you decided on music?

Ohh do you know what, I never questioned it. I never entertained any other options or career path. Well, when I was young I wanted to work on a check out because I liked all the buttons, but that’s as far as it goes. Haha I feel very privileged to be able to do something I’m so passionate about.

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Keep on Keeping on has just been released, what was the inspiration for this song?

I wrote it about the most strange juxtaposition of going back to the old places you lived, standing on those streets looking at your old home where everything looks identical to when you lived there as a young child, but about the sadness in that my life’s reflection showing no similarity. Growing up can be hard depending on what road you have walked.

 

Your third EP, Sweet Charity, is due for release in March 2017, what track on it are you most excited or nervous about letting people hear?

I have this one track on it called ‘Brother’, it’s the first time I have played and written on the piano. I wrote the song at midnight in the studio in August and it just kind of fell out, like it needed to be written. I love the intimacy of just piano and voice and hope it pulls you in. So that’s the one for me, something I was nervous of doing, but I like to challenge myself!

You’ve not long completed your first US tour with gigs in New York, Nashville and LA, as well as performing on live TV, how was your music received there and do you have any plans to return in the near future?

The tour was wonderful, I went with a gut feeling and not a lot of promise, but it was a real sliding doors moment for me and think it may have just changed my life. The crowds were amazing, I was expecting no one to be there so the whole trip was quite overwhelming. I am excited that there’s a lot to continue building on there. I really am a firm believer in creating your own success.

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You used to suffer from stage fright, how do you cope with being nervous before a gig now?

That was a long old road to getting my confidence back but I am grateful for all it has taught me… and being out the other side. I still get nervous but just don’t cry!! Haha. I have channelled it into choosing to do a show I’m proud of!

You have plenty highs to choose from so what’s been your best musical moment or memory to date?

The first show in NYC, I was so teary. Having never played in that country, I couldn’t believe how many people came to see me and showed such love. A truly special moment.

What do you do for fun or to relax outside of music?

See my darling friends!!!

What do we have to look forward to from you in the next 12 months?

I have my full EP coming out in March, I really can’t wait for that, it’s the most proud I have been with anything I’ve made. And lot’s I can’t talk about….so keep watching this space 🙂

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Finally, congratulations on your double nomination (Best Songwriter and Best Female Solo Artist categories) in the Unsigned Music Awards! What would you say are the top plus points of being an unsigned artist?

I know, so exciting hey!! I like that I have learnt how the industry works, how to stand my ground and to graft for my career. Whatever happens, I know that at the start I launched what it became…that’s very important. I’ve been in PR, an agent, an events organiser and even a roadie! haha. I have learnt what hard work and sacrifice is….that’s a good test as to whether you want to be a part of this business!

 

 


Single Artwork by Leigh Tuckniss ¦¦  Anna photo credit Jake Milligan ¦¦  Live gig photo credit James Boardman


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Narrow Plains – UMA ‘Best Country / Folk Act’ nominees

 

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London based indie band Narrow Plains formed in early 2012. A band to watch, they’ve won numerous awards, notably Hard Rock Rising 2015 in London. They receive international acclaim and were winning finalists in ‘Live in your city’ contest of Uprising FM in Canada in 2014.

Last year after being selected as Judges Pick by a prestigious panel of music experts in US based ‘Bands4Good’ online contest they won a session with legendary recording engineer John Davenport (who’s worked with the likes of Bruce Springsteen, John Lennon, Rolling Stones) at his studio in North Carolina where they recorded a live single “Choices”. This track topped the Reverbnation Indie charts and John flew in especially for their sold out album launch.

A few months ago Rock on Radio added them to their playlist. This month it was announced they beat 1000’s of others to become one of 4 nominees in the ‘Best Country / Folk Act’ category at the Unsigned Music Awards, which take place at a live televised event in London.

They released their much heralded self-titled debut album in February of this year and having listened to it a good few times I can understand why five of the thirteen tracks on the album have been selected as “BBC Introducing ‘Track of The Day’ . Go check it out!

Narrow Plains are: Charlie Ferriday, guitar, vocals; Edd Simpson, guitar and keyboards; and brothers Stuart Connick, drums and back-up vocals, and Roger Connick, bass and back-up vocals.

They took time out their busy schedule to answer some questions….


 

narrow-plains-007Firstly huge congratulations on being nominees in the Best Country / Folk Act category in the upcoming Unsigned Music Awards, very exciting! What’s the best things about being an unsigned  band?

Thanks a lot! We are all really excited to have been nominated! There are obviously a lot of advantages and disadvantages about being unsigned but for us the best thing is being independent. This means that you always have a choice about the music you write, play and record. This is really important, as we like to write and play our songs the way that we feel they should be done.

You were all good friends (and some family) before forming Narrow Plains, is it hard to separate friendship from band stuff?

Sometimes, but mostly it’s a massive advantage as we find that we can be our own harshest critics without really offending each other. When we are writing and arranging our own songs together, we’ve got to have a high degree of honesty. Any one or other of us is capable of coming up with, say, an idea for a song or an arrangement that is truly awful. It really helps to be good mates when you have to be honest and say it’s rubbish!

Edd Simpson recently joined the band, why did you decide you needed a 4th member?

It’s more of a natural evolution. When we recorded our EP “Somewhere In Between”, we were writing and arranging songs that were easily played on an acoustic guitar, bass and drums. As we started to record our debut album though, we wanted to add some more layers to the tracks and so to recreate that live we needed another member. Edd is a great guitarist and keys player so we asked him to join us to play the songs live on stage. At our first gig together, we all knew immediately that our songs sounded much better as a four piece than as a trio. Since then, we have also started to write some different songs together that we would never have been able to do as a trio.

You name Jimmy Eat World, Foo Fighters, Mumford and Sons and Newton Faulkner as some of your musical influences, what was it about those bands that struck a chord with you?

Well, Mumford was at the vanguard of the acoustic folk/rock movement that really inspired us all as a band while we grew up in the same are as Newton Faulkner so we used to go and watch him play live. His acoustic slap guitar definitely inspired Charlie on some of our early songs. Jimmy Eat World and Foo Fighters were among the fantastic bands that inspired us individually to pick up our instruments in the first place.

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Self title debut album came out earlier this year and has had some well deserved first rate feedback from the industry. Which two songs from it give you the biggest buzz when you play them live?

Well, we always really enjoy playing “So Rewind’ live because the audience usually join in with the choruses and it gives you an amazing high to hear them all singing and see them dancing along with you.

Our favourite song to play live though is “Take Me Back” – we normally close our shows with it and it’s a slow builder that grows from a quiet acoustic start to a real crescendo of sound that ends the show on a high.

What was it like working with legendary John Davenport at his North Carolina studio and what invaluable lessons did you take away from the experience?

We had a great time and really learned a huge amount from John. Up until then, we had always self-recorded our songs at home on some recording software and had very little experience of studios generally. Deep River studio is amazing, state of the art but John chose to record a live song, “Choices” and simplify the arrangement. The main lesson was – less is more! It really is invaluable to know when to bring it back to basics instead of adding more and more.

Is there one venue or gig to date that stands out for you and if so why?

It has to be our launch gig for the album at the O2 Academy in Islington. The show was sold out and the venue was brilliant. It was a very special moment for us because we’d spent a year recording the album and we were so happy to get back on stage and show everyone the new tracks.

Do you get out often to see and support local bands yourselves? If so who’s music are you loving right now?

We are all music fans so it’s been brilliant to play on the same bill as some great artists like Edit/Select, Sophie DeBattista, The Stone Thieves, Chay Snowdon and the Hummingbirds.

We also try to go to a lot of gigs and festivals when we can and love artists like Bon Iver, New Found Glory, The Gaslight Anthem, Bright Eyes and Sufjian Stevens.

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What do you all do for fun or to relax outside of music?

We’re still at the stage where we all have full-time jobs outside of the band so we devote most of our free time to the band. When we are not together though, we all love different things – Charlie is really into American sports, especially NFL; Stu does rock climbing, Rog is into his cars, and Edd is a big cyclist.

What do fans have to look forward to you from you for the rest of 2016 and beyond?

Well, we are still playing quite a few gigs but we are really hoping to set some time aside to work on a lot of new song ideas. We seem to have a lot of rough edits and half-finished riffs and melodies that need to be worked on to get some new songs together. Hopefully, then we can put a new album together and tour it much more extensively than we have been able to so far.

Finally, tell us something about yourselves that we wouldn’t find elsewhere. Maybe it’s your favourite type of cheese, holiday destination, your first CD…. or something even wackier.

Well, we have a slightly random collection of first albums. Rog’s was “Born To Do It” by Craig David; Stu’s was “Where We Belong” by Boyzone; and Edd’s was by Blue; Charlie is claiming that his first album was “Crossroads” by Bon Jovi but we have heard a rumour that it was actually Steps!

Thanks NP’s and fingers crossed for a win at the UMA’s! 


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Airport Impressions are flying high and about to rock Scotland

 

Award winning Airport Impressions are without a doubt one of the most successful bands and a leading name in music in their home country of Malta. This four-piece have clocked up countless hits, including ‘Borderline’, ‘Wake up’, ‘Walk with me’ and more recently ‘Hymns of June’, ‘Mariette’ and ‘Berlin’.

Their most recent album ‘Mariette’ perfectly captures the band’s musical journey to date, it boasts twelve well-crafted and beautifully performed tracks reflecting a diversity and versatility that has evolved over the years. It embraces pop and rock as much as it does country and indie folk.

No stranger to big audiences, playing live is something they love and performing on stage is where this band really comes into their own. Raw passion, high energy, powerfully stunning vocals, musical masterpieces, rousing rock tracks as well as beautiful ballads……Airport Impressions deliver it all and leave you begging for more!

Who’s who – Errol Sammut (Lead vocals, guitar) Johann Schembri (Guitar) Chris Curmi (Bass) Steve Farrugia (Drums)


A band I wanted to know more about ahead of their Scottish tour I asked them about themselves and their music, check out what they had to say...

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Can you give me a bit of background of the band and how you all got together?

Airport Impressions started officially in 2008 after Errol and Johann were on a songwriting spree in Ireland during which some of the early tracks were born. With the addition of Chris and Steve the formation of the full lineup was complete in 2009. The band explored new sounds and evolved, releasing 2 studio albums along the way. Following the latest album, we gained further international recognition and are looking forward to performing at various festivals in the coming year. At first the main plan was for Errol and Johann to just record a couple of songs for personal satisfaction after coming back from Ireland, but following the successful release of the first single ‘Beside You’, everything seemed to point in the direction we are today, and hopefully more 🙂

How do new songs such as Hymns of June and Berlin differ from your older material?

As most fans have pointed out and realised, the second album, Mariette, contains various influences that were not so evident in the first album, Minutes Of A Lifetime. Traces of country and folk can be reminiscent in some songs, especially Hymns Of June, If You Abandon Me and Berlin.

In addition to U2 and Pink Floyd you also list Biffy Clyro and Kings of Leon as a few of your musical influences, what is it about those bands that inspires you?

Difficult to trace all the influences in the music but probably it’s because their music is something that we can all relate to both melodically and lyrically. We, as songwriters, give a lot of attention to detail when it comes to lyrics, as we believe that once you grasp what the band is actually about, then you can relate to the song in various ways.

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Is there one venue or gig that stands out for you and if so what made it so special?

This year we performed in front of a 50k crowd at The Isle Of MTV festival back in June. It is the biggest gig we have performed to date so that made it a very special one.

The beautiful dreamy sounding ballad Mariette, title song of your latest album, is a fan favourite, what was your inspiration when you wrote it?

In summary the song is inspired by the mother theme… in particular the fear of losing her… This little moment of panic which I believe everyone gets at some stage inspired us to write a song of gratitude to the mother. Still whilst the song is inspired by a moment of fear the message reflects gratitude and hope.

You offered it as a free download earlier in the year, asking for donations instead in aid of Hospice Malta, is this a charity that you’re involved in?

No, the band doesn’t usually get directly involved but we wanted to help an NGO which does a lot of precious work and which related to the hope the song transposes.. Everyone of us surely wants to treasure further and if possible forever those who are most at heart. This is why we also linked the song to the hospice campaign.

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If you had to choose a song you’re proudest of which one would it be and why?

Walk With Me. It transmits great energy especially live and although it seems as though it is a love song, the actual meaning is a plea to think as one. To transmit messages through songs like these is a main aim for the band.

You all come across as extremely confident and very at home performing live and play to sizeable crowds, most recently to an impressive 50k people at the Isle of MTV festival as mentioned above, do you get nervous beforehand? Any pre-gig rituals?

As U2’s Bono likes to say, “no butterflies means no real gig”, so yes excitement is part of the journey especially when playing to massive crowds like the one at Isle Of MTV. Before each gig the band always huddles in an American Football kind of way and we release the tension by encouraging each other.

Talking of playing big gigs and festivals, given the choice what big world stage would be your ultimate dream to play on?

Glastonbury Festival without a shadow of a doubt. For us it would be the pinnacle of our careers to perform on the Main Stage at such a prestigious festival.

What’s the music scene like in Malta and do get out to see local bands often?

Malta, as limited as it is, due to its size and population breeds huge amounts of talented people, especially in arts and culture. The various bands that exist always fill summers with their performances so yes, we actually do support others by turning up at their gigs and even performing with them at times.

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The upcoming Scottish tour kicks off on 3 September and is very exciting! We look forward to welcoming you and finally seeing you play here! How have you been preparing for it and what about Scotland are you looking forward to most?

We have been locked in the band room for the past 4 months preparing for a very busy summer that will come to an end with our main event….. The Scottish Tour! Are we looking forward? Oh yes we are!!! We are already on the plane in our heads or even better.. onstage.

After the tour what’s next for Airport Impressions in terms of new music, shows or more tours?

Songs are still being written and definitely new releases are in our sights although at the moment we are focusing mainly on the upcoming live performances in festivals and gigs outside of our local area. After the Scotland tour we will continue consolidating the material for further releases 😉

Finally, is there anything else you want fans to know that you’d like to share with them?

We urge our fans to follow our Facebook page where we will be live streaming during our Scottish Tour. Also if they come along to the gigs we’d love to meet them, sign any merchandise and have a chat to them.


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Getting personal with Liam Doyle

Liam Doyle is a 22-year-old singer and songwriting sensation from Glasgow. His passion for music, his ability to pen quality memorable tracks and his refreshingly unique vocals have gained him over 10k worldwide YouTube subscribers! He’s also attracted some well-deserved attention from industry bigwigs such as Jim Gellatly, who aired recent track ‘I Won’t Let Go’ as part of his playlist on Amazing Radio earlier this year.

Liam supported 2015’s The Voice UK winner Stevie McCrorie at the famous King Tuts and joined Ben Montague on his tour of the UK and Dublin and just recently played some London Coffee House tour dates with Nina Nesbitt!

2016 is becoming a huge year for this rising songster, just a few months ago he won Fame Music’s Stripped Back competition, he’s recorded at Abbey Road and has just released the gorgeous new single ‘Fade Away’, which I highly recommend! He’s giving all proceeds from it to Alzheimer Scotland so please support him and this very worthwhile charity by downloading it here

I had a long chat with Liam to find out more…..

Let’s kick off with the story of how you started out in music and what prompted you to write your first song.

I’ve been singing all my life but never thought I was any good. My twin brother Declan played piano from a young age and would sing along, he was fantastic! I’d always be jealous haha. I created a YouTube channel, recorded him singing then uploaded it and it got a fair few hits. We started when it wasn’t anywhere near as common as is it today so it was a pretty big deal. As soon as I saw that he was getting attention I thought ‘I want to see how mines would do’ so I ended up teaching myself guitar and recording and uploading my songs as well!

I wrote my first song after I’d done a few covers because I never wanted to be known as a typical YouTube cover artist. Something that irritates me a little bit today is seeing 50 people on your timeline, winking and posing for the camera and singing the same Justin Bieber song!!

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Does Declan still sing and if so any plans for a Doyle duet in the near future?

He does still sing occasionally but not like he used to. He lives in Paris so it’s hard to get time to do videos together like before. But he does plan on playing alongside me at King Tuts when I’m supporting Nina Nesbitt 😊

Great, I look forward to seeing you both on stage that night! How hard was teaching yourself guitar and do you play any other instruments?

It should be a good one!

It was pretty easy to be honest. It just depends on the amount of time you want to put into it! When I start something it’s like I become addicted, I wouldn’t put the thing down haha. I’m also teaching myself piano by ear and getting pretty good! It’s something I want to be able to do, switch between piano and guitar on stage. It just gives me more options. Although that being said, I do also want to experiment with some different sounds. I don’t want to be known as just the guy with the guitar.

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Good plan, you obviously have a natural ability for music. It’s always interesting knowing a songwriters’ process, what’s yours?

My song writing process… I usually think of a subject first, mess around with the chords on guitar and then I improvise random words into a melody I like. I then actually write the words once I have the melody and build on it from there… but I’ll always have the subject in mind.

It’s really interesting you start with a subject, that’s the first time I’ve had that answer….unique.. just like your voice!

Thanks a lot!

You’re welcome! Who’s been your biggest musical inspiration and what’s the best lesson you’ve learned from them?

I don’t feel like I’ve got one particular musical inspiration. I like everything… literally. I really like Kodaline, I like how humble they are and I love their music. I think it’s good to see people who seem so normal despite their success. I find that’s another thing that bothers me. So many people in music are so self-involved and tend to suck up to everyone but I’d rather be normal and friendly to everyone without having some hidden agenda. I like the genuine people and I think it shows pretty quickly who is and who isn’t.

I agree, I think you come across as a really down to earth and genuine guy so never lose that! You recently won Fame Music’s Stripped Back competition, how has your life / career changed since then?

Thank you again 🙂

I couldn’t believe I had won! The stress of the competition was crazy. It was an amazing experience and was a crazy feeling stepping into Abbey Road studios, recording a song there was part of my prize. I’d been having voice troubles before going to Abbey Road and had cancelled all gigs but I wanted to carry on with that as I didn’t want to miss the opportunity, you never know when that kind of thing will come around again! I recorded a song about my friend who passed away, and although it was a struggle to get the vocals for it, it turned out to be a really nice tribute. Since then I’ve cancelled everything and have been having voice therapy so I’m just taking it easy right now and not rushing the healing process. It’s given me even more of a hunger though which I think is a silver lining.

A well-deserved win and that’s a voice worthy of looking after! Recording at Abbey Road must have been a dream come true, tell us a bit more about that and some of the tracks you recorded there.

Too kind!! It was such a special experience and one I’ll never forget (although now that I’ve been I’m adamant that I will be back there!). Even just walking through the gates, which are closed to the public, is a feeling I can’t describe. I only recorded that one song there. I’d had the song written for a while about my friend and when I was thinking of the song to choose, I couldn’t think of anything more fitting!

I’ve no doubt you’ll get back there one day 🙂 I heard the song ‘Laura’ that you recorded in memory of your friend, it’s beautiful and touching, how hard is it to write about something so personal and close to you?

I’d never actually been able to write about it. It happened in 2010 and I’d never been able to find the words until recently. It’s sad but also comforting in a way. I wrote the song in literally 15 minutes!

Are you lucky enough to do music full time or do you have to work a full time job too?

I do music full time luckily. I play in bars and pubs. It’s good when you’re at full health but it can pose problems when you’re unwell because you can’t go on the sick. With gigs and opportunities popping up at such short notice I found it hard having a regular job and constantly having to ask for shift changes to accommodate them etc. I’m hoping in the future I’ll be able to live more off of royalties and touring but right now I’m just happy making music. 🙂

Definitely not easy trying to hold down a job and make a career out of music, I’m glad you can just concentrate on doing what you love! Maybe you should insure your voice!

hahahaha I wish I was able to do that!!!

Fade Away, which is your new single due out soon, and a very generous gesture by you to give all proceeds from it to Alzheimer’s Scotland! What’s the story behind the song?

The song was written from my mum’s perspective about her granddad who lived with us before passing away with dementia. It was a painful thing to witness because like the lyrics in the song say ‘you’re just the shell of the man that you were before’! I wanted to write about something more meaningful than the everyday love song, it was another quick one, written in 15/20 minutes!

Your mum must be so proud of the song and you! I can’t believe it was written that fast! I love the words of it which brings me nicely to my next question…..When I first listened to Fade Away the lyrics brought a tear to my eye, what was the last song or story that tugged on your heartstrings and made you cry?

My mum cries every time haha!! Which is what you go for as a songwriter, you want to make people feel it so I take that as a big compliment!

To be honest, the last song that made me sad was the one I wrote for Laura. When I was putting together the video it just made it so much more emotional for me. In terms of songs that make me sad when I hear them I suppose Landslide by Fleetwood Mac, Just Like Heaven by The Cure and Colour Me In by Damien Rice.

I first saw you at King Tuts which is a small but great venue, if you could choose any venue in the world to headline where would it be?

Any venue in the world? It would have to be any stage at T in the Park honestly. I’m determined to get booked for that one of these days! I don’t know if it’s the fact that I’m Scottish but I’ve been as a camper and it literally gives me butterflies seeing the acts on stage wishing it was me!!

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Not a bad choice of stage, I’m sure it won’t be just a dream for long! You’ve mentioned you’re supporting Nina Nesbitt at King Tuts in October, which is already sold out, what was it like touring with her in London?

Fingers crossed!!!

Yeah it was really good, she’s a really nice person! A lot of the people you meet can be a bit stand offish but she made the effort to chat away which I appreciated. It’s good to know when you’re a fan of someone that they’re good human beings J

So musically what does the ideal future look like for Liam Doyle?

The ideal future for me, is to build my live fan base, book some festivals, tour and play my music around the world!! I want my music to be respected and for people to really feel something when they listen to it.

Do you have any other upcoming gigs / festivals we can look forward to, voice permitting of course!

Just now I don’t. I’ve cancelled everything upcoming as I just want to get my voice back properly and not push it too much. Frustrating, but it will be worth it. When it does though, I plan on playing everywhere I can! I’ve also been working on some new music, that will be out in the coming months and I do plan to put on a headline show hopefully later in the year so watch this space!


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Getting personal with Jack Hinks

Jack Hinks is a singer-songwriter based in Edinburgh who plays in a few different projects. Influenced by the likes of John Mayer, John Butler Trio and Andy McKee he blends acoustic sounds with blues rock and jazz to create a diverse sound all his own and has received some impressive and well deserved feedback.

“Beautiful, heartfelt guitar playing and singing” – Vision Magazine
“A Scottish musician who’s talent knows no bounds” – Feroce Magazine
“Spellbinding!” – John Riley, Biggar Little Festival
“Jack Hinks isn’t just a musician, he’s a creative entity” – Bizzare Magazine


I quizzed Jack on his projects, new EP, recent endorsement and upcoming shows….

You play as part of several bands, you call them projects, tell me a bit about those

My main focus at the moment is my personal project, ‘Hinks’. It was originally a platform to experiment with my solo songs in a band context, which we summarised with our recent E.P, ‘Icarus’. When we come out the Fringe and get back to the practice room we’re hoping to try writing more collectively, instead of just using finished songs that I’d written beforehand.

I also play in folk-punk quartet, ‘Ekobirds‘, who play the backing ‘Loud Band’ for the Edinburgh based spoken word behemoths ‘Loud Poets‘. We’ve toured Brighton and Prague Fringes this year, and we’re about to start an extensive residency at The Scottish Storytelling Centre for the Edinburgh Fringe!

Alongside those I play lapslide and additional guitar in a Country / Americana band, ‘Coldsville‘, which is a great deal of fun and gives me a different format to play with! I’ve also been playing with the fantastic singer-songwriter Calum Baird for the past year and we’ve got a good few gigs together this Fringe, too!

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Your guitar playing in ‘Nameless So Far’ is so skillful and fascinating, how long have you been playing and do you play any other instruments?

Thank you so much! I’ve been playing pretty much non stop since I turned 13. I wrote that song when I was 15 (I’m now going on 21) and I’ve enjoyed singing for as long as I can remember! I play bass and I’ve picked up some drums and little bit of piano since then too, but I’m nowhere near as comfortable with them as I am behind a guitar.

Are you lucky enough to be able to do music full time?

That’s the real question nowadays! I feel like I put in enough hours to be full time, but like a lot of musicians I know, I still have to rely on a part time job at the moment, although I’m looking to get more in to session work and making my craft the main earner after the Fringe when the madness subsides slightly!

Was there ever another career choice before you decided on music?

When I was really young I thought I wanted to be an actor, but that swiftly took a seat after I started playing guitar and realised my passion for writing. Still to this day though I’d absolutely love to do voice acting.

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You’ve recently been endorsed by Faith Guitars which is a make you’ve always used, how did that come about?

Yes, I remember I bought my Faith when I was 14, it was my first acoustic, and still to this day one of the best acoustics I’ve ever played. After filming my recent music video for ‘Nameless So Far’, I decided that I would love to be able to share the video with Faith, if even just to show them my appreciation and what an impact that one guitar had made and continues to make on me.
I brought up the potential for an endorsement if they liked the video and my music, and they responded very warmly! It felt like the right time and notion with releasing the video to be able to tie it back to the guitar-makers, and I’m thrilled with the way it turned out. I reviewed a lot of kind words and support on my social media, for which I’m extremely grateful!

You and your band ‘Hinks’ have just released EP, ‘Icarus’, tell me about the songs on it and the inspiration behind a few of them.

The idea behind the E.P (other than updating the band’s catalogue and giving a proper indication of what we can do) was to share one larger subject across all of the songs. I chose these songs for the E.P because they all share a common theme of descent. The first track, ‘No One’, was written about the seedy underbelly that society has, and how anonymity is virtually a myth now with social media and surveillance, but how the rules may apply differently under the blanket of the darker parts of the world, and the argument for whether we are safer under surveillance.

‘Scars’ is a classic break-up song. I wrote it to mirror the spirals that can engulf you after a long-term relationship ends.

‘Icarus’ is fairly self explanatory. I try to tell the story from Dadelus’ perspective to incorporate the feelings of loss, heartbreak and anger that would come from watching the descent of your own son. For me the real impact of that piece comes from ‘The Fall’, our outro to ‘Icarus’. In this instrumental we tried to mimic the melting of Icarus’ wings and his descent into the sea. I remember the song taking it’s true form in the studio with our engineer Garry Boyle, when he requested that our violin players (Hannah and Fiona) were not to look at each other for the final few bars, and make their playing “as unmusical as possible”. He ran to his Roland Space-Echo and created some incredibly eerie sounds over the top of the strings, and gave the track the almost horror-esque push that it needed.

What’s been your most rewarding experience as a band so far?

For me it was our E.P launch gig. We had all put in some much work, and because we had organised the night ourselves and put on local acts that we knew and loved, it made the night all the sweeter when it paid off and we saw people lining up to hear our latest work, and supporting the local music scene that desperately needs said support. The lead up to the launch was about a 6 month journey for me in terms of organising, recording and managing social media so it was a huge payoff when we played our best on the platform we had built ourselves.

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What’s the ultimate dream you’re aiming for?

My ultimate dream is being able to travel the world and see different cultures making my living through music, and to play bigger and bigger shows to more and more people that want to hear what the band and I create. I love the idea of playing a city that you’ve maybe never even been to before, but having people surface to hear your music; and hopefully getting to know what the music means to other people!

Best musical memory to date?

I’d have to say either the E.P launch, or just little pockets of rehearsal with the band, when something really clicks or we’re experimenting with an idea and someone chimes in with a fantastic idea or riff.

What upcoming music and shows do we have to look forward to from you in the next few months?

I’m going to be playing just over 50 gigs in the Edinburgh Fringe this year, with a good few impromptu ones I’ll bet, if last year has shown me anything. I’ve listed all of my dates on my Facebook page, and then after August the band will reconvene and we’ll be hitting the rehearsal rooms and writing more music together.
I’m also playing a show down in Manchester with a fantastic band called ‘Great Reckoning’. We recorded and filmed our E.P launch gig so we may have a few videos or live tracks surfacing very soon so keep your eyes peeled!

Thank you so much for your time, PR Owls!


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Getting personal with……Luke Potter


Just turned 25 Luke Potter from Somerset in England is an accomplished singer songwriter who is armed with the talent, ambition, big dreams and determination to make it huge in music. His songs are meaningful, passionate and sincere about the trials of growing up that we can all relate to and connect with.

His travels include Sweden, Canada and the USA, where he’s collaborated with highly respected writers and some of the finest producers in the industry including Steve Power (Robbie Williams, McFly, Andrea Bocelli), Eric Rosse (Sara Bareilles, Tori Amos), Ken Caillat (Fleetwood Mac) and Bleu who said “Luke Potter writes ear-sticking songs that just won’t leave your brain!”

His latest single ‘All the Same’ is one such song, it’s bright, bouncy and punchy filled with infectious hooks and riffs!

I first came across Luke on social media after his loyal fans from around the world made a video for his birthday. His response to it intrigued me so much I had to watch it then contact him to find out more. Luckily he agreed to answer a few questions about himself and his music…..


You cite ‘Iris’ by the Goo Goo Dolls as the song that influenced you to become a songwriter, what was it about that song that affected you so much?

I remember being in my Dad’s car and hearing that song for the first time. I had always loved music but I think that this was the first time music ever really hit me. I was emotional… the words and the whole structure of the song is the reason I started writing.

Who are some other musical heroes that inspire you?

I’ve always been a massive fan of Snow Patrol! I love the way their songs build… but I draw a lot of inspiration from lots of different bands and artists. Jimmy Eat World, Bleu and The Goo Goo Dolls are just a few.

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What’s the story and influences behind your new track ‘All the Same’?

I wrote it with two great friends of mine from Sweden, Marcus and Hjalmar. We wrote and recorded it in my room in Weston-Super-Mare and it originally started off as just a beat.

After hearing it we all thought it was awesome and started crafting the melody and the lyrics. The song is about living your life and breaking out of the everyday rules that society gives you. It’s a bit tongue in cheek too 🙂 I hope it’ll make people smile and want to dance as there’s so much serious stuff going on in the world at the moment.

Your last track ‘storms’ is being featured by an Australian charity, how did that come about?

I’m very, very proud of this, the charity is called ‘The Official Top Ten Night’ and they create events to support Suicide Prevention Australia. The founder heard the track and e-mailed me about it. They do outstanding work for people who are in a bad way and for me it’s a real honor being involved! This song is very personal and was written for someone close to me. It’s about helping friends, or anyone who may be struggling with things, and letting them know you’ll be there for them – all the way!

Do you draw all your song material from real life experiences?

Yes I do. Sometimes a song might be about something that I’ve gone through, and other times it might be about how I perceive a stranger or how a friend is feeling. I want my music to be real so if I’m not feeling it then it doesn’t get done.

Has your music evolved since you started out and if so how much?

When I first started writing songs at about 17 it never occurred to me that I would actually end up singing them. So I think for me that’s the coolest evolution I’ve been through – that is as a songwriter who then gets to sing the songs.

I think that the more you do something the better you get at it. In my case it just took time to really learn how to write songs and I’m still learning!

Can you tell me about some of the talented and credible songwriters and producers you’ve had the pleasure of collaborating with?

I’ve been extremely lucky to record songs with some of the people I’ve written with. There are so many great people I’ve worked with I don’t think I would know where to start to single anyone out.

Each time I collaborate I end up making friends with those people and writing songs that I hope will last forever.

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You played at the Cavern Club a few months ago which must have been an amazing experience, what are a few other wow moments you’ve had in music?

I played a set at the House of Blues in Orlando a few years ago which was an amazing experience! I’ve watched Ed Sheeran, the Goo Goo Dolls, Parachute and loads of other awesome artists play on that stage so it was quite something. I also played at the Hard Rock Cafe in Hollywood and sang at a swanky Hyatt hotel in Beverly Hills as part of a coffee sessions show.

I did a tour down the east coast of America playing in summer camps. Every single camp was breathtaking both in terms of location and the amazing people I got to play too.

What’s been your biggest gig to date and where would be your ultimate stage to headline?

Biggest gig was the House of Blues one with an audience of several thousand people which was awesome! I’d love to think the O2 in London might be somewhere I’ll get to play one day, that would be so amazing!

Which track are you most proud of writing and why?

Really hard question, each song I’ve written has been for different reasons throughout my life so all of them mean a huge amount to me.

My next single, ‘Something More’ is possibly the most personal song I’ve ever written and it’ll be interesting to see what people think of that as my heart is most definitely on my sleeve.

You have fans all over the world (called Dreamers) and they recently made you an amazing birthday video, how does that kind of thing make you feel?

 I remember waking up, watching the video and crying, it was that emotional. I’m extremely blessed to have that sort of support in my life. My Dreamers are awesome!!

What do you think it is that makes you and your music stand out from the crowd?

I just like to be honest with my feelings. And I hope people hear that in my songs. I hope people can relate in their own ways.

Whose music are you listening to and loving right now?

Right now I’m listening to a lot of pop punk like the new Blink 182 album and Sum 41!

What do you do for fun or to relax when not song-writing or playing gigs?

I just like hanging out with my mates and going to the gym to keep fit! I also watch a lot of basketball and I’m a big Miami Heat fan!

What do you want new fans to know about you and your music?

It’s truthful music, each song has a story or an emotion behind it.

What do we have to look forward to you for the rest of 2016?

I have lots of new music coming soon. There’s 3 more singles ready to go and a new project I’m working on at at the moment….but I’d have to kill you if I told you about that haha!

I’m optimistic and thanks for asking me to do this interview, it means a lot!

You’re welcome Luke, thanks for talking to me and its been a pleasure getting to know you! 🙂


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100 Fables….the story so far

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I’d seen 100 Fables live in Edinburgh a couple of time and asked front woman Lyndsey Liora who the band members were and how they all got together….

“The band consists of myself on lead vocals, Erin Reidy on lead guitar, Harris Hiscoe plays bass and Chris Stewart on drums.

I started the project originally, I was a female pop singer but just didn’t connect with the material or onstage performance. I met Mark McMurtrie, began writing with him and we clicked instantly. We shared a love for 70s and 80s music and a passion to create something new and different than the current music scene was offering.

Once we had a few songs under our belt I reached out to my good friend Harris as I really wanted him in on the project. He loved the vibe instantly and, most importantly, we gelled so well in live performances that we knew it was meant to be. Last September we found Erin and again we had an instant connection. One of her favourite bands is The Killers so we knew it was a great match. In the October Chris joined. His own band, Satellite Tears, had just came to an end, which for me was bitter sweet as I’d loved them. Originally he came to fill in at rehearsals for us and after the second one he asked to be in the band full-time. I was delighted to say yes, he’s truly the best drummer I’ve ever met.

We all met through a love of music but we’ve bonded by being like-minded people with similar passions!

On Halloween 2015 we had our first gig together and the rest as they say, is history!”


I wanted to know more about this Glasgow based, fun, high energy band with the 80’s retro pop synth sound so I asked them a bit about themselves, their music and the future…due to commitments Chris wasn’t available unfortunately… but here’s what the others had to say:

Tell me about the name and how it came about

Lyndsey – When trying to come up with a name for the band the word fables kept sticking in my head. I’ve always been intrigued by them. I came across an old archive of unreleased prince songs and, after scrolling for ten minutes as we know how much of a genius he was, I saw a song called 99 Fables toward the bottom and I thought “we could be the hundredth” and it stuck…100 Fables.

What experiences and influences do you all bring as individuals to the band?

Harris – For me, on the stage I love the oldies – James brown, people like that. I love to just really go for it on stage.

Erin – We’ve all had a fair amount of gigging experience individually before we were a band so we know how to perform on stage. I think that’s improving from taking influences from each other and putting them into our performances which makes us who we are.

Lyndsey – I’ve performed in musical theatre shows since I was 4 but it wasn’t till I was into my late teens I realised I liked just being myself onstage and loved the creativity and vibe of a band. I always let loose onstage and take every moment as its own. I did a degree in Musical Theatre at the RCS and I guess you can see some of that through my connection to the lyrics of the songs we write. The biggest thing I learnt was trust your own instincts, invest and be proud of your own talents. Never apologise for your art.

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In addition to Prince and David Bowie you also list The Killers and Blondie as some of your idols, what is it about those singers and bands that inspires you?

Harris – They do their own thing that’s true to them – but they too have been inspired once before. I think inspiration lives in all of us, we just have to let it all out.

Erin – The killers is the only one I can really talk about here with regards to me, but they are such a tight band, you can really tell they’re together for their love of music which is something that we have common.

Lyndsey – Blondie made their own path in the music industry and fought against all odds to become worldwide legends. At CBGB’s they were seen as the joke band and no one hung out with them or took them seriously but that didn’t faze them. They mash up so many different genres to make their sound but also never confined themselves to one sound. They all are amazing musicians and writers individually and create magic. All of that is massively inspiring. Debbie was such a strong front woman who captivated my heart the first time I heard her. It was always about the music for her.

If you were to describe your music in a few words what would they be?

Harris – The opposite of boring??

Erin – Electro pop magic 🙂

Lyndsey – Adventures through energy and passion

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Recent single Metropolis has had some excellent reviews, can you explain what the story and influences are behind it?

Lyndsey – I was at the helm of lyrics for this one. The universal meaning to Metropolis for me is celebrating the randomness of life and enjoying the unpredictable and unexpected nature of the beast that it is. Lyrically I wrote this as an anti-lament to inspire people who were in the same position as me 3 years ago. I had been thoroughly broken and cancelled out any optimism to find that bond us humans long for. As they say, it’ll find you when you stop looking, and as cliché as that is it truly did. The person you didn’t think existed strolls through the void and that’s when you realize all the pain you’ve felt was worth it because you’ve found that strange, weird, talented, loving, crazy, perfect person that fits your puzzle perfectly. Living for every moment. You can be as weird and different as you want to be but everyone deserves, and can have, happiness, even if you’re not expecting it.

It has its own unique style and is soaked in our trademark guitar and synth vibes with big drums and drum machines to support it.

Harris – Metropolis is a big energetic fun track! I love opening shows with it – it really kicks me into gear!!

Considering you’ve not been together long you’ve had some amazing opportunities in the last 9 months, who are some of the huge artists you’ve played with?

Yeah we’ve had some pretty cool shows – Travis and The Feeling, Bay City Rollers, Scouting for Girls, Deacon Blue at Stonehaven for Hogmanay and most recently the Sugarhill Gang and Grandmaster Furious 5 on the Scottish dates of their tour! Certainly a varied bunch but all equally epic.

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There have been plenty of these by the sound of things but what’s been your biggest WOW moment so far?

Harris – Haha yeah, I managed to be part of the stage rush with Chic and Nile Rodgers – dancing to their closing song at Party in the Palace on stage, and to top off that experience….. I was dancing next to Susan Boyle!

Erin – There’s been plenty but the biggest wow moment so far was definitely being announced European winners of HRC Battle of the Bands!!!

Lyndsey – Glasgow finals of Hard Rock Cafe. Best gig to date. We enjoy playing the intimate stages just as much as the big ones but this was something special. The energy was just electric that night and to have 100 people singing back, dancing, screaming, shouting and cheering to all your songs was just a surreal and epic experience. Every time I made eye contact onstage with Erin, Harris or Chris you could see we all just felt like we were on fire and I feel like we were born to be in that moment.

How are you all feeling about winning the European Hard Rock Cafe Battle of the Bands, is it still sinking in and what was your prize?

We’re all absolutely speechless and it’s not completely sunk in yet. To have won such an epic musical battle by just doing what we do…we can’t explain how amazing that feels. Us winning supposedly came as no surprise to Jeff Nolan, the head of hard rock. He emailed to congratulations to us and said the moment he saw us he just knew we’d win Europe, he knew it in his gut. MENTAL!

Our prizes are making a music video with a budget of $10,000 which will then be added to the playlist in all hard rock cafes in Europe! A fender prize package of $2,500, which we just found out we get to pick what we want personally, amazing! Finally, 1,000 pressed CD/DVD’s from Bison, which we’re hopefully using for our debut album.

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What big world stage would be the ultimate dream to headline on?

Harris – The Hydro would be awesome! Epic venue on our home turf.

Erin – Coachellaaaa or Glastonbury

Lyndsey – For me, Madison Square Gardens. It’s on the bucket list.

I’ve seen you a few times and you always put on an amazing, vibrant and energetic show, do you think that’s just as important as the music?

Harris – For me yes – our performance is a reflection of our music, even in sound check I can’t stand still after that count in – 1, 2, 3, 4…

Erin – Definitely, it keeps the night alive if we put on a good show as well as good music.

Lyndsey – Yes but purely because that is us, that’s our personalities and that’s just how we are around each other so we’re just sharing ourselves and our music with the audience. It’s always good to have something different or memorable about you and a lot of fans say it’s our live performances they love the most.

How essential do you think it is for bands to use social media these days to get their name and music out there?

Very!! It’s crazy how much the industry has changed in such a short space of time. Social media has completely turned it on its head and dramatically altered the expectations labels have of you before you get the chance to break. It’s not just about the music anymore. To get signed they look not only for bands they love but ones who already have a strong following on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube etc. It’s crucial now more than ever to put ourselves out there as much as possible and use it in the most positive and proactive way we can. We enjoy making cover videos while we don’t have any new music being released as it’s a great way to keep your fans engaged and thank them for being patient. On the flip side, it’s easier now more than ever for someone on the other side of the world to hear your tracks and become a fan then spread the word where they live so it has its pros and cons.

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What’s next for 100 Fables in terms of upcoming gigs and music?

The debut album is our main focus, we’re in the songwriting process for that right now so expect some new bangin tunesssss on it!! We’d love it to be out asap but equally it won’t be rushed. When it’s ready, and every song is single worthy, we’ll release it to the world.

We’ve just announced we’re on the bill for Hamilton Festival Race night on September 24th, only 8 bands playing including The LaFontaines and headliners Glasvegas and The View! We have a headline show at 02 ABC2 next month (6th). We’ve also got Party at the Palace coming up, also next month (14th), with The Proclaimers and Billy Ocean. We’re excited for those!

Others include a couple of dates during the Fringe on the Pear Tree stage and 3 other big gigs we can’t announce yet…. as well as more secret stuff in the pipeline so watch this space! 🙂


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