Friday, 28 March 2014

Feature: Charlotte Campbell (28/03/14)

Charlotte is a singer/songwriter and street performer from London, you'll regularly find her busking on The Southbank in London. She is a graduate of BRIT School and with help of her fans, funded and released her debut album 'Blue Eyed Soul' via PledgeMusic. Charlotte also uploads regular videos to YouTube and has been uploading for the past 4 years. 

General Questions...

1. How old were you when you started getting involved in music and how?
I was always singing when I was a child as my parents and grandparents love singing. But when I was 16 I started to play guitar and write songs - that's when I started to take singing seriously and I got into the BRIT School to study music, that was a big step into the industry for me.

2. What is the most inspiring gig/concert/festival you've been to?
I like big festivals and hows, but I find small, intimate venues most inspiring, seeing artist close up and witnessing raw talent. I saw Nizlopi play at Dingwalls recently and they played a few songs acoustically in the middle of the crowd, it was really magic! 

3. What have you been listening to lately?
Lately, I've been listening to HAIM and Frank Turner. 

3 Questions for Charlotte...

1. Which do you feel most comfortable doing, recording, gigging or busking and why?
I don't really have a preference; I think the best part of my job is I get to do all three. Every day is different for me, so whether I'm gigging, busking, writing or recording, I'm enjoying myself!

2. You've had some great experiences in your musical career so far, but what has been your highlight?
My highlight so far was releasing my album 'Blue Eyes Soul' through PledgeMusic.

3. From your album 'Blue Eyed Soul', what are your favourite three tracks and why?
This is a really hard question! I love all the songs for difference reasons but here are my favourites at the moment!
'Feathers and Wax' - This is my favourite because I wrote it about the fears I had about becoming a full time musician and the realisation that you have to go for the things that you want, there isn't much else worth living for. 

'My Old Bedroom' - I loved writing this because it was my way of reliving all the silly games I used to play in my bedroom and how much I have grown up. 

'Runaway Judy' - I'm really proud of this track, as I always wanted to write something meaningful to empower women, as I really enjoy reading feminist literature and this song was inspired by 'A Room of One's Own' by Virginia Woolf.

Random Q...

If you could be any fictional character, who would you be and why?
I don't know if I'd like to be a fictional character because I'm really enjoying my life right now. But if I really had to choose I'd be the Hungry Caterpillar, purely for the cuisine.

Charlotte's Links:

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Chart: She Looks So Perfect - 5 Seconds of Summer

'She Looks So Perfect' a song from pop rock band 5 Seconds Of Summer, from Australia. It's their debut single with a major record label and after having done really well in the Australian and New Zealand Charts, their track is now #8 in the UK Singles Chart.

Live Performance: For Emma - Bon Iver

Here is Bon Iver performing their hit track 'For Emma', from their debut album, 'For Emma, Forever Ago' at Austin City Limits. This live performance just shows how much goes into their tracks and how good they can make it sound with so many layers etc. Enjoy!

For Emma - Bon Iver (link)

Cover: Dreams - Dana Williams and Leighton Meester

Originally by Fleetwood Mac, 'Dreams' has been a hit throughout generations and has received many covers over time. Namely, Gabrielle Aplin and Bastille's cover gained a lot of attention. I came across this cover randomly, and felt it way too good not to share, so here it is! Enjoy! 

Classic: Personal Jesus - Depeche Mode

'Personal Jesus' was and still is a hit of Depeche Mode's, released in 1989. In 2004, it was named in Rolling Stone's list of 'The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time' and in 2006, it was voted as one of the '100 Greatest Songs Ever' in Q Magazine. I feel this proves it's point as a classic track! 

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Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Feature: Vince Freeman (25/03/14) has described his voice as 'awesome awesome awesome'. Vince Freeman, the UK based singer/songwriter got into the final 40 in The Voice back in 2012. He has shared stages with incredible artists such as Ed Sheeran, Eric Clapton, Paul Weller and many more. He's also performed in Las Vegas on behalf of Pepsi and the Deep Rock Drive concert series. He has is now in the process of releasing his debut EP 'Stardust.

General Questions...

1. How old were you when you started getting involved in music and how?
21 or so, so I guess a little older than most. My parents were more into sports, so music didn't really play a part in my upbringing. 

2. What is the most inspiring gig/concert/festival you've been to?
I saw MAGIC BOX 20 a couple of years ago. Amazing band and they all play each others instruments on stage. 

3. What have you been listening to lately?
All sorts really, I like the Lorde album at the moment but also have been taking a good listen to Cold Fact by Rodriguez. Check out the film 'Searching for Sugarman'. 

3 Questions for Vince...

1. You're well known for performing barefoot, how and when did this start and why did you keep up the tradition?
I used to play barefoot in my room at uni and it just felt better like this. Eventually, I started doing it live and now it just feels odd if I wear shoes. 

2. You've had some great experiences in your musical career so far, but what is your highlight?
My highlight apart from The Voice would have to be performing for PEPSI in Las Vegas. 

3. Which track from 'Stardust EP' did you enjoy writing and producing the most and why?
'Cherry Lips' I guess I enjoyed writing most as I was living in France and missing home. It reminds me of this whenever I hear it. Stardust is my favourite for production because I like pressing buttons!! I wanted it to sound epic and ethereal and I think we got close without taking away from the acoustic vibe. 

Random Q...

A song you wish you'd written?
Happy Birthday!!! Only kidding, if I could have written a song I would choose 'New York State of Mind' by Billy Joel. 

Reviews of 'Stardust' by Vince Freeman:

1. 5/5 - Tracy: love the lyrics, melody, well, the whole thing really, say to listen to :)
2. 5/5 - Philippa: an incredible voice, an amazing song, great chorus too! 
3. 5/5 - Evan: great chorus and overall sound, love it! 

Vince's Links:

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Chart: Tsunami - DVBBS & Borgeous

'Tsunami' is a track from Canadian electronic music duo DVBBS and American DJ Borgeous, although for many months the creator was unknown, however it got a lot of play at festivals and has been a hit in nightclubs and for parties. Currently sat at #10 in the UK Singles Chart. 

Live Performance: No One - Suor Cristina Scuccia

You may have come across or heard of 'the Italian nun on The Voice Italy', but if you haven't this has been a sensation! Many people have said 'she killed it' on the live audition, and I'd totally agree! This is definitely the other end of the spectrum to Julie Andrews singing 'The Sound of Music', and definitely worth a watch and a listen! 

Cover: Radioactive - Raphaella

Having already caught the attention of a lot of radio stations, including Radio 1, as well as newspapers such as the Guardian and being noted as MusicWeek's 'BreakOut' of the week, she's started her music career strong. Here is Raphaella covering Imagine Dragon's classic 'Radioactive'.

Youtube: Let It Go - Brian Hull

I came across this earlier randomly on YouTube, and felt it too good not to share, however I didn't know where it would fit as he hasn't done many other videos like this, but this one is amazing and has clocked up over 8 million views. By covering 'Let It Go' from Frozen in the voices of Disney and Pixar characters, he has created a truly unique cover. Enjoy! 

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Tuesday, 18 March 2014

Feature: Lake Malawi (18/03/14)

September 2013, saw the band Lake Malawi form around previous singer/songwriter of Charlie Straight, Albert Cerny. Lake Malawi consists of Patrick Karpentski (guitars, bass, vocals), Jeronym Subrt (bass, guitars, keys) and Pavel Pilch (drums). Splitting their time between London and Prague, creating music influenced by the likes of Bombay Bicycle Club, Coldplay and Everything Everything. Their upcoming single 'Always June' is out 23rd March (2014). 

General Questions...

1. How old were you when you started getting involved in music and how?
I was about 15 when I wrote my first proper songs in the summer of 2004 in Brighton. I brought them home and played them to my drum teacher Pavel. Then, we started Charlie Straight, my previous band. 

2. What is the most inspiring gig/concert/festival you've been to?
Lately, Glasvegas totally blew me away. But there was a pivotal moment when I saw the Flaming Lips in 2010. The whole show just changed my perspective  on playing LIVE. I got into confetti more psychedelic stuff, Wayne Coyne is a great front man.

3. What have you been listening to lately?
Right now, I've been listening to everything on the Infectious Label website: bands like Temper Trap, Local Natives or Cloud Control. I like Kendrick Lamar and Frank Ocean. I also recently discovered Teenage Fanclub the other day at Rough Trade east. I have a massive list of albums I want to hear like the new Warpaint. I'm a big fan of Beck and the new album reminds me of my all time favourite: Sea Change. 

3 Questions for Lake Malawi...

1. Your are largely inspired by Coldplay, but who else influences you and your music?
Coldplay got me into music at the start when my cousin played The Scientist to me. But now it's been Bon Iver and Phoenix who really inspire me, especially Justin Vernon. 

2. Previously being front man of Charlie Straight was it important to you to continue creating the similar genre of music and why/why not?
I quit Charlie Straight to enjoy making music again without having to argue over a poster design for weeks. Musically, we just hope to get better. The music of Lake Malawi may be a bit more grown-up now, the songs are a bit faster. Let's see... For a start, it's important we really enjoy it all. 

3. What process did you go through writing and producing 'Always June'?
When they played the first mix of Always June to me and Patrick (Lake Malawi guitarist) at Dean Street, there were gaps in the song with only the drums pounding away. I was flabbergasted. "What the hell?" "We deleted those parts 'cause they weren't good enough," said Brad Spence who has worked with Jamiroquai, Passenger and Alt-J. He produced Always June together with Charlie Russel. We'd never seen this before. At the end of the day, that turned out to be a really important step in the process. It made us come up with the opening vocal hook. 

Reviews of 'Always June' by Lake Malawi:

1. 3/5 - Lailana: love the whole concept of the video, would love to hear them live! :)
2. 3/5 - Philippa: really nice song, great chorus and the video is really fitting to the tone of the music.
3. 4/5 - Evan: catchy song, on repeat and it's pretty good! :)

Lake Malawi's Links:

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Chart: Word Up! - Little Mix

'Word Up!' originally Cameo's best known song from 1986 and dance mat classic, however it only peaked at #3 in the UK Singles Chart back then. Climbing the charts now as Little Mix release their cover of the Cameo hit for Sport Relief, with a unique but catchy tone, it's one to get up and dance to! 

Live Performance: All Of Me - John Legend

Released August 2013, this track has made a reappearance in the charts and on TV shows more recently. He has performed it on Letterman, Jimmy Kimmel, Oprah's Next Chapter and The 56th Grammy Awards, amongst many other shows. He brings such a subtle yet powerful tone when he performs it live. 

Cover: Shipping Up To Boston - Hudson Taylor (& Friends)

As it was St. Patrick's Day yesterday, I felt it was fair to share this Irish delight. This cover of a Dropkick Murphy's classic comes from Hudson Taylor and fellow Irish singer/songwriters and friends at their show at the Academy in Dublin. Enjoy this one! 

Youtube: Stuck In London - Orchestra of People

Put together and fronted by American Idol star, Casey Abrams, this stunning song is one to chill to for definite! They put the campfire jam together in a day, built a fire and then sang around it. Another one for you to enjoy! :)

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Friday, 14 March 2014

Feature: Dominic Wolf (14/03/14)

London based singer-songwriter, Dominic Wolf, uses loop pedals to control and affect his vocals and arrangements in a distinguished way. His upcoming single 'Behind The Sun' starts softly with an acoustic vibe, guitar and intimate vocals and grows into a well detailed and intense track. Drum-fills, increased reverb on backing vocals and expands into a powerful track. His debut EP 'Masks' is out on 16 March 2014.

General Questions...

1. How old were you when you started getting involved in music and how?
I started getting involved in music when I was six years old which was my first introduction to music. When I turned ten I started playing the electric guitar which formed my first band. From then on music has always been a part of my life. 

2. What is the most inspiring gig/concert/festival you've been to?
That's a difficult question there have been so many inspiring gigs. I saw Bon Iver at Paleo Festival in Switzerland and that was very incredible, very inspiring. As for my favourite festival, it would have to be  Pukklepop in Belgium. Always has a great line up.

3. What have you been listening to lately?
I have been listening to Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Damon Albarn, King Krule, Nihils, Nonono, James Blake. 

3 Questions for Dominic... 

1. If you could invite any three people to one of your gigs, who would you choose and why?
I would invite the Dalai Lama, I think he might like what I do. In any case I'd be interested in knowing what he thinks of my music. I would not mind James Blake coming to one of my shows, see what he has to say about my music and maybe even jam, who knows? Lastly, Elliott Smith just because he has been quite a big influence. 

2. You have a pretty unique sound with acoustics, harmonies and drum fills, how and when did you decide on your genre/sound?
I never really decided to go into a specific genre or style. It is just that as I played more and more music, I started having access to more and more materials and instruments to experiment with. It was a long process of self-discovery which taught me a lot and resulted in me making the music I compose today. 

3. What process did you go through writing and producing 'Behind The Sun'? 
I wrote the song approximately six months before recording, reworking it until I was happy with it. I then had the opportunity of recording it in Play Studios in Soho, London. I recorded it with producer James Arter, we really experimented with different sounds until we found what we wanted. It was a lot of fun as it was the first time I was able to record in a professional studio.  

Random Q...

3 dislikes and 3 likes?
Dislike: Onions, small minded people and bad weather.
Like: Discovering new music, meeting new people and travelling.

Reviews of 'Behind The Sun' by Dominic Wolf:

1. 4/5 - Tracy: liked the melodical tune with the upbeat twist in between.
2. 4/5 - Evan: love the acoustic start and building into the upbeat sections.
3. 4/5 - Sophie: relaxing and lovely tone.
4. 4/5 - Philippa: really nice tone to his voice and a relaxing song, quite an artistic video too!

Dominic's Links:


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Chart: Air Balloon - Lily Allen

Released on 2nd March (2014) as the second single from her forthcoming third studio album, 'Sheezus', 'Air Balloon' is climbing up the charts after entering at #11 in the UK Singles Chart. It's a really catchy song, and a true Lily Allen track. 

Live Performance: McBusted v. McDonnelly Rock ft. Status Quo

Saturday Night Takeaway on 8th March (2014) saw McBusted perform against Ant, Dec, Keith Lemon, David Dickinson and Ashley Roberts forming as McDonnelly, as well as a surprise visit from Status Quo. Performing classics, it's not the best live performance, vocally, but it's a good laugh! 

Cover: Ain't It Fun - Lianne Kaye, Jackie D Williams, Ebony Day & Dawson

'Ain't It Fun' is originally by the American rock band Paramore, and was released as their fourth single from their fourth studio album. Here it is being covered by four growing Youtube sensations, enjoy!

Classic: You've Got A Friend In Me - Randy Newman

I was sat watching Monsters Inc. and reminded me of how much I loved Randy Newman's work. I'm a big Disney Pixar fan and Randy Newman's tracks in general, he's done a lot of popular film scores, James & the Giant Peach, The Princess & the Frog, and pretty much all the classic Dixney Pixar's, Monsters Inc. and University, Bug's Life and most notably Toy Story. Enjoy this feel good tune!

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Tuesday, 11 March 2014

Review: Liars EP - Lauren Aquilina & Solace EP - April Keen (and MIT hoodies) (11/03/14)

Two very good EPs came out this weekend, (amongst many great albums too!) One of which has made it to #4 in the UK Albums Chart for the past two days, and one that needs to be listened to and bought by more people... (I also got given a Music In Time hoody yesterday, which I wanted to share with you!)

Liars EP - Lauren Aquilina

The third in a trilogy, Liars EP has forced it's way into the UK Albums Chart and is stuck at #4. Lauren was recently signed by Island Records (UMG) and has just completed her third (completely) sold-out headline tour, which included a her biggest headline show at O2 Academy Islington, London. Her previous EPs 'Fools' and 'Sinners' reached #10 and #5, respectively in the UK Albums Chart. Both, gained growing attention, along with Lauren's growing fan base, from all over the world, especially in Malta.

Following the previous two EPs, 'Liars' had a lot to live up to, but there was a lot of people sharing their excitement with the social networking world and Aquilina's EP has now received 155 reviews all with 5 stars on iTunes...

Starting with 'Lovers or Liars', the title track of 'Liars EP', it's an upbeat track, with catchy lyrics (that are easy to shout along to at the top of your voice...) great vocals and an enjoyable drum beat that's sure to get your foot tapping, or head bobbing! As a side note, the music video accompanies the song so well, it presents the emotion and story behind the lyrics. It also includes the running theme of keys, and links back to the previous videos and EPs.

'Forest Fires' is the second track on the EP and I must admit, it was the one I was looking forward to hearing the most... It's a great honest track and with piano from 1.10 almost echoing 'Fools' links yet again, and carries throughout. Building into a powerful, layered song from such a simple start, with emotion injected into it, it's a truly stunning song.

Third is 'Square One', a song I'd heard quite a bit live at Lauren has performed it as part of her set list. However, a recorded version has added to the EP, again true and honest lyrics, a simple beginning growing into a fuller track (still managing to be simple but effective?).

The EP finishes with a beautiful track 'Broke', it finishes not only the EP off really well, but it completes the trilogy perfectly, with a quick nod to Fools as the track ends! A simple but emotionally stunning song, the instrumentals sound like something that should have been created by Bon Iver and the lyrics and vocals sound like they should be sung by Annie Lennox, but that's what makes Lauren, Lauren Aquilina.

Lauren's Links:

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Solace EP - April Keen

April is still currently studying A Levels whilst gigging around Blackpool and surrounding areas, and continuing to write her own material. She has done sessions with Ont Sofa and iGi Music & Media and has been uploading videos to Youtube for just under a year...

Her 5 track EP 'Solace' was released on Saturday 8th March, with 3 EP release/launch gigs over the weekend.

'Old Voices' opens up the EP, with beautiful vocals and the guitar goes well, the track then grows into a catchy, upbeat song, still with honest lyrics and emotion behind them.To me, the drums add so much to this song, and pull it away as an individual track from the others on the EP.

Second is 'Black and White' a track that I was introduced to via Ont Sofa, I found it brilliantly perfect then and a year on - I still do, showing her musicality with a guitar and accompanying vocals and lyrics as perfection.

'Marionettes' comes next, with a Spanish echo from the guitar, also making it an unique track, which is thoroughly enjoyable, I could imagine it being played in a restaurant somewhere(?) starting with a mellow start and finishing fairly mellow too the middle creates an upbeat peak.

Following 'Marionettes', 'Candle' is a stunning, melancholy track, a particularly personal track, however it grows into a different kind of emotional track near the middle, which can be interpreted in which ever way you please, but I see it as the point in which she battles 'the dark'.

'Tug Of War' is the final track on the EP, with beautiful guitar and vocals from April, yet again, it's a great one to finish with. Similar to 'Black and White', but still different, with usual emotional and honest lyrics from April's music and the comforting sounds of guitar.

This EP is enchanting and perfect for chilling to, walking to, her voice is incredible and she is only going to get better, which means she'll be pretty amazing!

(I've linked an acoustic version of 'Old Voices' as it's the first track on the EP...)

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Music In Time Hoodies!

I have been lucky enough to have a hoody made for me... Thank you very much to the wonderful people at 'Pit Shop'. It's a comfy and cool jumper and is perfect! The hood isn't too small, it's the perfect size, it's warm, fluffy and generally comfortable to wear... I'm in the process of thinking about making this a 'thing', if you are interested in the possibility of a Music In Time hoody available to you, please let me know! 



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Friday, 7 March 2014

Feature: Imaginary Future (07/03/14)

Imaginary Future has been uploading videos to Youtube for the past three years, playing acoustic folk pop. He's grown in those three years, and personally I find his music soothing, with honest lyrics and melodies to get stuck in your head. In May 2013, he released an album 'Fire Escape', with so many great tracks, as well as all the music videos that have been released, they all tell great stories, just like his songs.

General Questions...

1. How old were you when you started getting involved in music and how?
I started playing guitar in high school and learning every Beatles song I could. Then, I started to write songs of my own. 

2. What is the most inspiring gig/concert/festival you've been to? 
Probably Bon Iver at The Shrine in Downtown Los Angeles. 

3. What have you been listening to lately?
Luke Temple's 'Good Mood Fool' and Arcade Fire's 'Reflektor' have been on repeat for a while. 

3 Questions for Imaginary Future...

1. Who is your role model in the world of music and why? 
Paul Simon. I admire his prolific and continually evolving career, and I'm in love with his songwriting and his voice. 

2. Kina features on many tracks on your album and compliments your voice so well, do you work on writing/producing together, why/why not?
We sort of do our own thing, but we'll bounce ideas off of each other once in a while. I think creativity comes easier for both of us on our own. 

3. What music/books/experiences etc. influenced your writing for your album 'Fire Escape'?
Too many to name! It was the accumulation of about four years of writing and experimenting, so quite a bit happened during that time. 

Random Q...

3 songs to listen to on a rainy day? 
Colombia - Local Natives
Sunset Soon Forgotten - Iron and Wine
Overgrown - James Blake

Reviews of 'April' by Imaginary Future ft. Kina Grannis:

1. 5/5 - Tracy: WOW, beautiful, melodical tune - love it!
2. 5/5 - Evan: love this so much! just when you think the song couldn't be any better, the video just adds so much too!
3. 5/5 - Lucy: both are incredibly talented artists. Their voices work really well together and the song has a truly ethereal sound. Beautiful lyrics too!

Imaginary Future's Links:
Twitter: @imaginarytweets

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Chart: Magic - Coldplay

Soon to be releasing another album, Coldplay have given us a taster of 'Ghost Stories', releasing audio for 'Magic' (which can be downloaded if you pre-order their upcoming album) and a video for 'Midnight' which is traditional Coldplay meets Bon Iver, a perfect idea. It's gained a lot of attention in the past week, and I'm excited for it! 

Live Performance: The Power of Love - Christina Marie v. Nathan Amzi

I'm a massive fan of this song, and for someone to cover it, they have to do a pretty good job. The original is great, but I can't help but 'get the feels' from Gabrielle Aplin's version. Here is Christina Marie and Nathan Amzi going head-to-head in The Voice Battle Rounds. It's an impressive one! 

Cover: Hold On We're Going Home/The Monster - Foxes

Both greatly successful songs, 'Hold On We're Going Home' originally by Drake and the Eminem and Rihanna track 'The Monster' are mixed together here to make a chilled and simplistic cover from rising star Foxes. Enjoy! 

Youtube: Winter Hymns - Charlie Simpson

Charlie isn't known as a Youtube sensation, he's probably known most for previously being in Busted and then Fightstar, since he's gone onto a solo career in acoustic folk music. He's just released the audio for his upcoming single from his forthcoming album that he's been working on for the past year, another song to chill to! 

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Tuesday, 4 March 2014

Feature: Joe Lewis-Brown (04/03/14)

Joe was brought up in a musical family, with all kinds of backgrounds and styles. After learning to play drums and guitar, whilst being in a band he was inspired to start writing his own music, recording demos and playing at local venues. His EP 'Heal', recorded and produced by himself was put together and shared for free, with plans for this year being to play as many live shows as possible and to share his music even more!

General Questions...

1. How old were you when you started getting involved in music and how?
I was about 12 and I started learning drums at school, I can't really remember why or how I got into doing so, but I was into bands like Fall Out Boy and Paramore and stuff and I'd always drum along and I think when I saw drum lessons were available I begged my Mum to let me take them haha.

2. What is the most inspiring gig/concert/festival you've been to?
Probably the first time I saw City & Colour at the HMV Forum in London, I think it was Summer 2010. There was just something incredibly special about the whole night, he played some beautiful renditions of his songs, I mostly remember he played 'Day Old Hate', just him singing, playing a Gibson E335 and it was just so lovely. Also the full band version of 'Sometimes' blew me away, and generally the vibe of the evening was just incredible. Everyone was just so respectful of him and it was just one of those indescribable feelings that I'm sure won't come again too often, everything seemed right at that moment.

3. What have you been listening to lately?
Volcano Choir ('Repave' is soo good!), Christof (I first heard of him when he supported The Staves in London and he was fantastic, I've listened to him almost every day since). Sufjan Stevens (whatever mood I'm in Sufjan has an album to cover it I swear), James Vincent McMorrow ('Post Tropical' is brilliant, and 'EITM' was something I listened to a lot when I made the Heal EP). William Fitzsimmons, and I'll always say John Mayer because I honestly think there's not one day that goes by that I don't listen to him.

3 Questions for Joe...

1. You have a musical family background, whose record collection would you enjoy listening to the most and why?
Most definitely my Uncle, Don. I know he's been in loads of bands over the years, but never actually heard any of it so I'm sure I'd find some real gems in there haha. Also he just listens to some great music, proper blues and such, you can just groove to it you know, real guitar music.

2. What do you hope to achieve as an artist?
At the minute, just for my music to reach as many people as possible, play lots of live shows and have fun with it really. It's very early days for me as an artist, but I'll keep writing and releasing music and if people continue to like it and get something from listening to it, then that's a bonus!

3. What process did you go through writing and producing 'Heal EP'?
I wrote the last song on the EP, 'Flood', in the Autumn of 2011 and although I'd written songs before, it felt different. After writing it I just wanted to write more songs like it and 'July' was written quite shortly after, I guess I never really realised but the two songs are actually about the same thing, except 'Flood' was written in the present and 'July' was written with the fortune of hindsight. All the songs were written firstly with just acoustic guitar and me singing, only when it came to recording did I build the arrangements around them. I recorded demos of all the songs at home as I wrote them really, and it was when I wrote 'We Heal' that I thought, I want to make a record now. So the 'demo' of 'We Heal' that I recorded in my room, actually began the process of the recording process of the EP as it's the version of the song that made it to the EP. All of the guitars, banjo and vocals were recording using one microphone, an SE Gemini (which is a gorgeous valve microphone) and extra instruments like bass, piano, organ and drums were added during extra recording sessions at the studio where I'm lucky enough to work, Aubitt Studios. Making the EP taught me a lot about different recording techniques and about myself, it was quite an introspective experience, it was nice working alone and knowing that the record was made entirely by me, and although it took a lot of time from start to finish (about 2 years) I know next time I record something, the process will be a lot shorter now I've done it once already.

Random Q...

What movie could you watch over and over again?
Probably Django Unchained, it's just a great movie haha. Christopher Waltz is so so good in it.

Reviews of 'We Heal' by Joe Lewis - Brown:

1. 4/5 - Lailana: this is the perfect song to listen to when you're down, it makes you feel warm inside.
2. 3/5 - Maria: I liked the guitar and drums, but a bit too slow for me at times.
3. 4/5 - Evan: really chilled track, love the vary in instruments and is a good one for when you're feeling a little down.

Joe Lewis Brown's Links:
Twitter: @joelewisbrown_

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Chart: Dark Horse - Katy Perry ft. Juicy J

Combining the genres of pop and trap music, this track shows possibly a more mature tone from Perry. 'Dark Horse' was released as the first promotional video, three months later it was released as the third single from her fourth studio album 'Prism'. Nearly another three months later it's peaked at #4 in the UK Singles Chart. It's a weird one!

Live Performance: Beth/Rest & Wonder - Lauren Aquilina

Recently, I saw Lauren on her third sold out headline tour and she performed this mash up... It's a stunning mix of Bon Iver's 'Beth/Rest' and her original song from her first EP 'Fools'. She's also recently signed to Island Records and has her final EP release this weekend (10th March).

Cover: Umbrella - Lucy Spraggan

Originally by Rihanna, the massively successful track is covered here by X Factor star Lucy Spraggan. 'Umbrella' served the UK's #1 for 10 weeks in the UK Singles Chart and went on to win lots of awards, back in 2007 and 2008, and is still seen as one of Rihanna's best songs. Lucy puts a unique spin on the popular song, enjoy! 

Classic: Waterloo Sunset - The Kinks

The Kinks had many classic songs from 'Lola' to 'You've Really Got Me' to this. Every time I'm up in London, this song springs to mind! Released in May 1967, the song written and produced by by front man Ray Davies became a hit, #2 in the UK, and a top 10 in Australia, New Zealand and most of Europe, enjoy! 

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