Thursday, 29 August 2013

Interview with Fidlar

Describe an average day for Fidlar....
Wake up together as a band (in the same bed), do an hour of yoga/breathing exercises/meditation as a band, then we all do our respective household chores (tending the livestock, smoking the meats, pickling the vegetables, etc.), then we dine.

With how well things are going do you still have time for surfing, skating and having the ‘life’ moments that have helped to make the lyrics of your songs so colourful?
Our life moments are now made on tour, since we haven't been home in 94375 years. 

You produce your music yourselves. Would you say you guys like control in general?
We collectively are one almighty, uber-controlling tyrant of our creative process.

Is there a producer you would want to work with? How do you think you’d cope with relinquishing control?
An interested producer would have to perform a number of tests trying their mental and physical agility, if said producer completed these tasks, we would begin the conversation.

Do you think you’d lose your charm as a band if you suddenly had a team of people dictating what you should be doing and how?
We have charm?

You have spoken about squatting, sleeping in cars etc. If this band should gift you with great wealth how would you choose to live?
In our cars but in a really fucking nice parking lot.

You choose to use personal stories for your lyrics. Is there anything you hold back, is there a sealing point when it comes to how much you will tell?
We pretty much just say it how it is.
You have said that ‘you never saw it coming’ in regards to so many people liking what you do.
 Is this because you don’t realize how good you are or don’t like to read reviews, tweets etc about you?
It's because we didn't set out to have people like what we do, we just wanted to make music and play it.
You have said that you’d like Nicholas Cage to be your hype man... any progress? Who would you most like to watch you from side of stage?
We've been in contact with his people, but his asking price is a bit high. Henry Rollins with Bill Murray on his shoulders.

I read that one of you was molested and robbed by an unsolicited prostitute in Memphis, Tennessee. What do you expect/hope from your time playing the UK?
To NOT be molested and robbed by an unsolicited prostitute.
Love the new video for Cocaine. Who had the ingenious idea and how did you get Nick Offerman involved?
Nick's an old family friend of Max and Elvis and Nick listened to the band and then came up with the initial idea for the video. The treatment he wrote for the video is probably the funniest email I've ever read. 

A lot of things you say and do is quite racy. How do you family react to your frank talk about drugs, partying etc?
My folks aren't too into it, but they love me anyways.

You are playing one of the worlds most famous festivals. What have people told you about Reading and Leeds?
We actually played it last year and it was one our first big festival shows, it was amazing! We're very excited to be able to play it again.

What have/will you request in your rider?
Nicolas Cage
Who will you try and stalk over the weekend?


Any special treats for the audience for R and L?
Well it wouldn't be very special if everyone knows about it.

Tell me something you've not told another interviewer....

The first music gig ever offered to me when I first moved to L.A. was to compose music for gay porn.

Dr Martens Stand For Something Tour Announcement

Dr. Martens are thrilled to confirm four of the UK’s most exciting live acts, Dry the River, Spector, Lower Than Atlantis and Sonic Boom Six will join Young Guns on their #STANDFORSOMETHING tour this Autumn. Dr. Martens will be hosting five gigs in five cities around the UK and the premise is simple: the country’s most rousing live acts in tiny venues, giving music lovers the chance to catch their favourite acts up close and personal. The five cities are Manchester, Bristol, London, Nottingham and Glasgow and this tour will also give a platform to a host of emerging support bands and talent from Dr. Martens’ partnership with music charity, Strummerville.

The tour dates and venues are:
28th SeptemberManchester, Deaf InstituteSONIC BOOM SIX
12th OctoberBristol, The LouisianaYOUNG GUNS
26th OctoberLondon, BirthdaysSPECTOR
9th NovemberNottingham, Spanky Van DykesLOWER THAN ATLANTIS
23rd NovemberGlasgow, King TutsDRY THE RIVER 

Dry the River are a band brimming with confidence after the huge success of their debut album‘Shallow Bed’. Their careful mix of emotive, lilting folk and upbeat, impassioned rock is heart-pumping, evocative stuff and the band are currently putting the finishing touches to the eagerly anticipated second album. This Dr. Martens show will be one of the first opportunities to hear the new tracks in intimate surroundings.

What Do Dry the River Stand For?

“Dry the River stands for encouraging people to have a good time, and enjoy some real music. We like to have a good time when we play, and we just hope that the people that come to the shows can as well.” 
– Scott Miller
Spector will headline at the tiny Birthdays in London. The band boast one of the most charismatic frontmen in music in Fred Macpherson and their debut album ‘Enjoy It While It Lasts’ is full of anthemic choruses and floor filling guitar riffs, a record to grab you by the lapels and throw you onto the dancefloor. The band promises a set full of old classics, new songs and memories to cherish.

What Do Spector Stand For?

“What’s the phrase? ‘If you don’t stand for something, you’ll fall for anything’. We stand for trying to break down any of the few, outdated, remaining barriers between being in an indie band and being a pop group in the 21st Century. We stand for entertainment; the recognition that with art and bands, entertainment sits in the middle. There’s as much truth in entertain- ment as there is in art. We stand for being honest with yourself, and enjoying what you enjoy. There is no shame. Like what you like.”
– Fred Macpherson
Fresh from a stand out set at the Reading and Leeds festival Lower Than Atlantis are one of the most compelling rock bands in Britain with a fearsome live reputation. Purveyors of infectiously crunchy, melodic and spring-loaded hardcore, this foursome have released three albums that have set them on course to become British rock’s next great crossover act.

What Do Lower Than Atlantis Stand For?

“Be yourself. I’d rather have people hate me for who I am, instead of pretending to be someone else. I always say on stage that if four normal idiots that came from nothing can do what we’re doing, then anyone can do it.”
– Mike Duce
Sonic Boom Six are an explosive and outspoken five-piece rock band who have rocketed out of the underground with a series of incendiary albums that fuse ska, punk, hip-hop, grime and metal to mesmerising effect. Their grassroots success has seen them sign to Xtra Mile Recordings.

What Do Sonic Boom Six Stand For?

“Sonic Boom Six very quickly found out that we didn’t fit into any particular scene or trend in music, so we stand for doing your own thing. It’s about being proud of who you are without worrying what everyone else thinks. That’s our approach to style, it’s our approach to music, it’s our approach to life. It’s about what you want to do, not what everyone expects you to do.”
– Barney Boom
Young Guns have emerged as one of the UK’s most electrifying new bands, gaining heavy radio play support and UK chart success, while selling out shows across Europe with their punchy take on alternative rock.

What Do Young Guns Stand For?
“People can do whatever they want if they’re willing to put their head down and work for it. For me, at least, that’s very much what the band is about: it’s shown me the meaning of working hard and being passionate about something that you love. That’s really important."
– Gus Wood
Those coming to the gigs are encouraged to wear their DM’s to be in with a chance of winning a range of prizes.
Tickets will be available online and instore for all shows and will be on a strictly first come first served basis. Keep an eye on for more info.

Interview with Mallory Knox at Reading Festival 2013

In the last year Mallory Knox have become the darlings of  UK rock music. You can't switch Radio 1 on without hearing one of their influential DJ's singing their praises or playing tracks from their debut album 'Signals.' I've been trying to get an interview with these chaps for a while, but such is their popularity that it was only when they were taking the opportunity for a brief sit down in the press tent of Reading and Leeds I was able to secure a natter. They had the mighty task of opening the main stage, which they did with ferocious aplomb, and both Mikey and Sam seemed in a happy daze post experience. I spoke to them about the thrilling position they find themselves in this year, and how they will ensure they remain grounded during this blur of success.


Interview with The Blackout at Reading Festival 2013

Reading and Leeds Festival can’t seem to get enough of The Blackout, the Welshmen invited back to the main stage once again to deliver their trademark formula for festival fun. If you weren’t getting knocked out by giant black balls you were enjoying a set list which featured classics to satisfy their army of fans who have been there to party since their formation in 2003, as well as some cheeky covers and tracks from their fourth album released in January of this year.

For a change I got to speak to Matthew and Rhys from the band to talk about future phallic stage props, new material, and the qualities each member bring to the band. In the process I inadvertently got an exclusive regarding their upcoming tour....

Interview with Decade at Reading Festival 2013

On day one of Reading Festival I caught up with Connor of Decade. Despite confessing to being a pessimist he seemed very chirpy about being able to experience the festival. Things seem to be going extremely well for the band, with their single 'Brainfreeze' getting a great response (and given further air-time by Jono Yates on Radio 1's Review show), a tour with Tonight Alive following their R and L stints as well as a slot at Novembers Warped Tour. We spoke about this exciting new phase and working with producer Romesh Dodangoda.

Interview with Sub Focus from Reading Festival 2013

Friday saw Sub Focus headline the BBC Radio 1 Dance tent at Reading Festival and I was lucky enough to grab him for a chat a few hours before his performance. He was feeling excited, but extremely relaxed despite the rock heavy audiences - confident he had a formula to excite the eager audiences. We spoke about his multi-sensory show and the technological factors that make every performance special and unique and how he approaches collaborations.

His new album 'Torus' is out on September 23rd, a run of October tour dates will follow. 


Saturday, 10 August 2013

Outfit Of The Day - Jersey Girl

Primark Dress
Asos Shoes 

Outfit of The Day - Dandy Denim

Primark Dress 
Primark Shirt
Primark Sandles
Missguided Hat 

Wednesday, 7 August 2013

Outfit Of The Day - Dutch Courage

Primark Top
Henry Holland Skirt
River Island Shoes  


Fremantle has quite a close knit music scene. Was is daunting stepping out of that when it first came to touring the likes of America?

Yeah a little, we were all excited to see what other countries thought of our music.

You described the long stint of touring in America as ‘character building’ and potentially ‘traumatic’. Can you give me an insight into the reality of that time on the road...

It's not easy, there's long nights and early mornings most days then long drives and repeat. I suppose it might get easier in the future but these tours are definitely character building.

You’ve spoken about being homesick at times (particularly when hungover). What are the main things you miss about home?

It's not so bad this time, but I miss the weather. I miss my motorbike, my bedroom, sleeping in, etc

Are you able to write on the road or do you need to make a concerted effort to all get together in a studio?

We all write a little on the road but its hard. There's very little time to get together with instruments.

The Awkward EP was received warmly over here in the UK. What do you think it is about the San Cisco formula that is appealing to us Brits?

I'm not entirely sure. Maybe it's because your all such awesome people.

You opened for The Vaccines in the US. Did they try and teach you anything about the UK way of life (food, slang, games, TV shows)?

Their guitar tech Gav is from Glasgow, there's a pretty similar way of live up there as in Australia so it was interesting getting tips from him, especially in that accent.

From watching interviews with you guys, there seems like a lot of fun banter and teasing. Who is the joker and who is the one that takes the bullet most of the time?

Josh is the one liner king. I think we all get our share of teasing.

What would you say you all bring to the band in terms of different personality traits etc?

We've been together so long were basically the me person.

You used a graphic of messaging on phones in your video. Can you tell me what messages you think you may be sending each other the night before your Reading and Leeds performance?

"Where are we going for dinner?" "Why is all the beer warm in this country?"

Reading and Leeds festival has become an iconic festival. What have other people/artists told you too expect?

Not too much, just that its am excellent festival!

Have you got anything special planned for the performance (covers/production/guest appearances)?


As music fans who are you hoping to watch and hopefully hunt down and chat to?

It'll be cool to catch up with the tame guys.

Please tell me something you’ve never told another interviewer before?
I refuse to answer this question.

Friday, 2 August 2013

Interview with Rat Attack - A must see act at Reading and Leeds Festival.

2013 seems to be a great year for Rat Attack, does it fee like you’ve entered a new phase?

Yeah Definitely. We're playing bigger stages to more people, getting a lot of major radio support and things are looking pretty awesome for the future.

Your 5 Track E.P is out now. Can you listen back and enjoy it fully or will you always hear little tweaks that you wish you could change?

I love our E.P and I wouldn't change anything about it. It's all about making the next release 10 times better. It's looking good so far.

Does it feature songs you specifically wrote for this EP or are some that you’ve had for a while?

We had all the songs written a while before we actually recorded them because we were trying to write a full length album. We eventually decided to release a five track E.P instead to get people excited about the album.

How would you say the writing process goes for you - is it pretty seamless or a bit of a fight? Are you generally all on the same page?

We are very different people with very different music tastes so when we agree on something we know it's good. It's a long process but we're not going to rush it for anyone.

What do you all bring to the band in terms of music, but also personality/characteristics?

Charlie writes all the riffs and forgets them but Wilson remembers them so it's okay. We'll jam until we get something cool on the go and then me and James will go off and write lyrics to shitty recordings on our phones. It's a good system.

Radio and in particular Zane Lowe has been showing support. Is it still exciting to hear your music on the radio. Can you describe all your reactions the first time?

It puts a massive smile on my face every time I hear us on the radio. The amount of support we have received from Zane Lowe, Mike Davis and Phil and Alice is insane. We recorded a live session at the Maida Vale studios recently and then went straight up to the radio 1 building that evening to appear as guests on the Phil and Alice show. We were kind of thinking "I can't believe they are actually letting us in this building to talk on live radio" but we did it and now we want to do it was brilliant.

There are a lot of people giving their opinions on music these days from journos to bloggers to tweeters.... Who has an opinion you care about? Are there particular magazines/people/bands you would love to impress?

We care about everyone's opinions the same. Unless you don't like us. Then you can do one.

I was watching an old interview with you and said that with some of your older music you got distracted with hardcore which you didn’t really want to do. Do you feel you have perfected your ‘sound’ or will you always be experimenting?

We're too positive and good looking to be a hardcore band. Our sound is still changing now. It's getting less heavy and more dance based. We want every song to be a party anthem!

Exeter’s Idiom and I Divide are also coming through strong now. Why do you think now seems to be your time?

I don't really think we fit in with the rest of the Exeter music scene. It's a shame but we're happy doing our own thing.
How do you think living where you do has shaped the music and attitude of Rat Attack?

Me and Charlie live in the countryside with only sheep for neighbours so we created our own club called "CLUB FUCK YEAH" (as seen in the music video for Heartbeat) where we can get wasted, party and play loud music as much as we want.

You’ve played some festival already this summer, how have they prepared you for your Reading and Leeds performance?
We don't like to over think the bigger shows cause we'll get stressed out and fall to pieces so we'll treat Reading and Leeds the same as any other show. We would rather chill out and not think about it and then after the show we'll be like "Fuck! We just played Reading and Leeds" and get extra specially wasted afterwards.

Who will you be hoping to buddy up with on the day?

I want to drink whiskey with Chuck Ragan for a bit and then go drink cough syrup with ASAP Rocky.

Who would you most like to see watching you at side of stage?

Iggy Azalea licking her lips.

Have you planned anything special for your R and L performance? (cover/production/guest appearances)

We've got a full team of crew for once which is ace so everything should run smoothly for us. I had a nightmare before i even knew we were playing that we were back stage waiting to go on all suited up but Wilson was missing. There was a crowd of people forming so we looked to see what was going on and everyone was watching wilson crawling on the floor in a nappy and sailors hat being sick on himself. So if you see us playing with some random buddy on the base you know what happened.

I’ve read quite a few 9/10 live reviews - can you sum up what you do in one sentence?

We want our shows to be less of a gig and more of a party. Gigs a boring. Everyone loves a good party. The aim is to get everyone smiling, dancing, jumping and crowd surfing and just generally letting go and having some fun. Yolo and all that.

Relentless artist, PROFESSOR GREEN offers tips and what he looks for in DJ’s & Bands

Relentless is giving one unsigned band and one aspiring DJ the opportunity to perform a life changing set on The Relentless Stage at Leeds Festival 2013 or Relentless LIVEThe winners will be chosen by a judging panel consisting of Relentless artists Professor Green and Pure Love plus industry experts. 

Here are some top tips from Pro Green...

The winning DJ will perform a one hour opening set on the after-dark energy fuelled Relentless Stage at Leeds Festival 2013 on the Saturday night line-up with Zane Lowe.

The chosen band will play a thirty minute set at Relentless LIVE - an all-star London gig headlined by Professor Green, Zane Lowe and Pure Love.

Both the winning DJ and band will receive full a Relentless VIP experience at Leeds Festival 2013 or Relentless LIVE; plus travel, accommodation and the chance to play on a professional stage with industry standard equipment, with the opportunity to have their sound amplified by Relentless.

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