Tuesday, 22 October 2013

A Quick Update...

So, this is an unscheduled post! However, I had scheduled it! I am off on a volunteer trip in Kenya for just under two weeks, and so won't be able to upload a feature next week… 
So, I'm giving you a taster of what's to come! Music In Time has features scheduled for the next 4 months… As well as a session from a singer ouve seen on here previously but very briefly…
A few names to look forward to in the next few weeks… George Barnett, Bambi and Orla Gartland, plus many many more.
At the moment I'm in the process of working with a friend on a new logo and banner, so that should be sorted in next few weeks. 
Unfortunately, I will not be able to upload the blogs whilst I'm away, and it's too complex to get someone else to do it for me, so I have prepared the feature for 5th Novemeber, the day I get back… it will be George Barnett and you'll be able to find out what he's listening to at the mo, his inspiration for his newest song and lots more! 

Have a good half term if you're at school/college etc. and if you're not I hope you have a good Halloween (whether you celebrate it or not) aaaand look forward to George's feature! 

Tuesday, 15 October 2013

Feature: Jemma Johnson (15/10/13)

Jemma Johnson

Jemma is an unsigned artist from Leeds. She's been uploading videos on YouTube since the start of 2010 and is now in the process of sorting her new EP! Jemma has also had the opportunity to write music for a short film recently, which can be found on her FB page.

General Questions... 

1. How old were you when you first started getting involved in music and how? 
I was around 15 years old when I started getting into music seriously. I remember writing three songs in one night after listening to 'Love Story' by Taylor Swift and after that I began gigging and playing at local open mic nights. A couple of years after that, I started uploading covers to my YouTube channel and now I'm finally recording my first official EP!

2. What was the most inspiring gig/concert/festival you've been to? 
I went to Kina Grannis about a year ago and it was honestly better than any other show I've been to, including all the major atists I've seen. She's so inspiring to me because she's proven that you can be succesful without the help of a record label.
I remember one song in particular where she put her microphone to one side and played a song completely acoustic out into the audience. It was so intimate and reminded me what music's really about.

3. What have you been listening to lately? 
I've been listening to Lorde, HAIM and John Mayer. It's been a great summer for my music collection because all my favourite artists are releasing new music!

3 Questions for Jemma...

1. If you could see anyone, dead or alive, who would you choose and why?
I think it would have to be Kina Grannis. She's an amaznig musician but she also comes across as a lovely, caring person, so it would be lovely to meet her.

2. What cover did you most enjoy recording and uploading? 
This is a tricky one... I think it's got to be 'Youth' by Daughter. I made my own percussion instruments for this one, which included using my owl ornament as one of the rhythm parts, it was really fun!

3. What songwriting process did you go through with 'Say No'? 
Normally, I write songs quite quickly but this one took me some time and I'm just about happy with it! The song is about accepting that there's still things I can't do. I realised that I've managed to accomplish a lot of my fears but it's the easier things I find the hardest to do, like saying no to work, friends, family etc.

Random Q from a Reader... 

What TV show do you wish was still shown? (from Jay)
I can't say I'm the biggest TV fan and all the shows I used to watch are all pretty much still on. Although, I watched Breaking Bad all the way through and I don't know what to do with myself now!

Any other things you'd like to share/say?
I'm working on my EP at the moment but for now, if you want to listen to 'Say No' you can download it for free! (in links section below)
If you want to hear more of my music or covers on YouTube then follow the links below!
Jemma :)

Reviews of 'Say No' by Jemma Johnson:

1. Tracy: 4/5 - I like the emotion and rawness.

2. Lailana: 3.5/5 - she's so chill yet she shows so much emotion! Lave it!

3. Francesca: 2.5/5 - nice voice, but I guess I prefer male vocals and guitar bit basic for me.

Jemma's Links: 
FB: https://www.facebook.com/JAJMusic‎
Twitter: https://twitter.com/JemmaJMusic
YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/JemmaAJohnson

Check It Out! 

Chart: Summer - Frank Hamilton 

This hasn't been in the top 40 singles chart, but the Summer EP made it to #2 in the singer/songwriter album chart and also peaked at #27 in the main album chart. Frank Hamilton is known for his silly ideas, the track 'Summer' was came from one of these! It was Week 36 in his #OneSongAWeek project. 

Live Performance: Roots - Orla Gartland

'Roots' is the title track for her upcoming debut EP. She has released the music video for it, which has already reached over 25,000 views. Her debut EP is set to be released on 11th November, and she has just released dates for her headline tour in February next year. 

Cover: Summertime Sadness - Josh Record

'Summertime Sadness' originally by Lana Del Rey, released June 2012. It reached #4 in the UK Singles Chart. Josh Record's cover includes lots of harmonising vocals, making it a relaxing song to chill to with a hot chocolate on a cold day.  

Classic: Livin' On A Prayer - Bon Jovi

The number one sing-a-long song! 'Livin' On A Prayer' became Bon Jovi's signature song and made it to #1 in the UK Rock Chart and #4 in the UK Singles Chart. 'Livin' On A Prayer' was also voted #1 on the C4 music channel show 'U Choose 40' on the 80s Icons list. 

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Tuesday, 1 October 2013

Feature: Harry Seaton (01/10/13)

Intro: I'm Harry Seaton, a 16 year old singer/songwriter who's been kicking around for 6 years now. I started guitar when I was 7 and singing aged 10, a few months after starting to sing I started performing. It's all I've ever known really. I live for music (and a few other things). Three main aspects/things that stand out to me about my musical journey. The first is definitely being noticed by inspirational figures such as Lauren Aquilina, Ben Leftwich and JME to name a few. Another is being played on BBC Introducing after 2 years of trying! And last but by no means least, supporting Lauren Aquilina who I mentioned earlier. Ahh, is it too late to add in that my first single 'Wildfire' hit 12th in the singer/songwriter chart on iTunes?!
General Questions... 

1. How old were you when you started getting involved in music and how? 
I've always been invovled with music because of my musical Dad but I decided I wanted to pick up drums at first, thankfully that didn't work out and I started guitar instead which I much prefer but my first shows were open mic nights and supporting local bands with my Dad backing me. 

2. What was the first gig/concert/festival you went to?
I went to go and see Embrace in Thetford Forest not far from where I live, memorable night despite how long ago it was. 

3. What have you been listening to lately? 
Lately, Bon Iver, Still Parad, High Highs and On an On but balanced with Lewis Watson, Lauren Aquilina and Gabrielle Aplin.

3 Questions for Harry...

1. What artists/groups inspired you to get into music and why?
My Dad got me into music and is still my biggest musical inspiration, and after that it was just a case of discovering even more inspirational musicians and characters. My initial inspiration came from Johnny Cash, Jack Johnson and James Blunt. 

2. What process did you go through writing 'Summer Nights' and how did you build the idea for the music video? 
I'd heard people talk about finidng inspirational places to write certain types of music and wanted to try it as I wanted to write a summer song, so I took my guitar and pen and notepad to a lake and sat on the beach and wrote the song. I had an idea of throwing a beach party and planning out little things for the video then I thought, hang on, this song is about living your summer, making the most of it, I just anna film my summer with a few of my mates and put it together and call it a video, so that's exactly what I did! 

3. Who would be your ideal person to tour with and why? 
 There's many people I'd like to tour with but I think Lewis Watson woud be an amazing guy to tour with, we seem like pretty similar people. Lauren Aquilina also as now she's a good friend I think it'd just be a week full of laughter! 

Random Q from a Reader...

A TV Show you wish was still on air? (from Joe)
Probably the most popular answer to this question ever, Friends, love that show

Anything other things you'd like to share/say?! 
Thanks for reading my ramblings guys, if you want to get my debut E.P. 'Shadows' it'll be released on iTunes, December 7th, hard copies will be available a little bit later! Whether you've heard the old stuff and liked it or even disliked it I urge you to give my new E.P. a go, it's certainly different! 
Thanks, Harry xx

Reviews of 'Summer Nights' by Harry Seaton:

1. Haytham: 5/5 - Unique and could listen all day.

2. Lailana: 5.932/5 - Gahh it's on replay, his voice is silk. Aaaaand the vid was cute! It felt homemade but professional, ya know? L O V E D IT. 

3. Tracy: 5/5 - fun video, upbeat, catchy tuuuune.
Harry Seaton's links: 
FB: https://www.facebook.com/harryseatonofficial
YouTube: www.youtube.com/user/harryseatonmusic
Twitter: @harryseaton

Check It Out!

Chart: The Wire - Haim

'The Wire' is a song by American group, Haim. The song was released in the UK on 22nd September 2013 and is currently #17 in the UK Singles Chart. It's the fourth single from their debut album 'Days Are Gone'. 

Live Performance: Don't Say A Word - Ellie Goulding

This performance from Ellie of 'Don't Say A Word' was her opening song at iTunes Festival on 22nd September 2013. Her set was pretty insane... Good use of drums, vocals and dancing, this song represents her set well! (if you watch video on this page, skip to 1:48 :))

Cover: Try - Laura Mvula

'Try' originally by Pink was covered by Laura in the Live Lounge recently with a twist on instruments and a unique sound, Laura pushes this cover to her own sound, and it works very well! (skip to 0:17:))

Classic: Total Eclipse of the Heart - Bonnie Tyler

 Released as a single in early 1983 in the UK and later that summer in the US, it was the first release from the album and became Tyler's biggest career hit, reaching #1 in several countries. In a 2013 survey, the song came first in a list of most popular songs to sing in the shower... that makes it a classic tune? - YES! 

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