To those of us that never saw the heady, creative Utopia of the sixties, it is difficult to imagine such an evolution of thought and ideas being packed into a decade. With the birth of relevant music and experimental sounds, it appears a musical camaraderie existed that is still reminisced, appreciated and held with reverence today. New conceptions of fashion, music, art were burning bridges with the more conservative decades that had come before. A rebellion of rock n roll and sexual freedom were sweeping the new generations. Civil rights actions, protest and American influence were crossing the Atlantic and being embraced by the younger population hungry for change. Political scandals were rocking London and more liberal values were creating an open society. In the heart of it, Soho represented an undiluted music scene. One of Brian Epstein’s last signed acts “The Others” were making their way through this musical shift and I sat down with their lead guitarist Pete Hammerton for part one of an interview to talk galloping guitarists, cheap venues, life in Soho and the force of nature that was Jimi Hendrix……………..
Six piece band Mok are set for the release of their second single ‘Rufio’ and if you haven’t been lucky enough to catch one of their high energy live performances then….well why not? Fronted by a female vocalist and male rapper, their unique blend of Pop, Rap and Dance music established them on the festival circuit last year with their first single ‘Hey’. After solid support slots with Dizzee Rascal, Professor Green, Reverend and the Makers and Stooshe, it’s time to take over the stage and make their mark. I caught up with Mok before their single release this Saturday 30th March at The Haunt, Brighton to ask them a few quick fire questions………….
Recently announced as the 13th most blogged artist in 2012 on the BBC’s Blog Zeitgeist, pipping the likes of Grimes, The XX and Django Django to the post, it looks like 2013 could well be the year of the Seasfire. Following a set of highly acclaimed demos, supporting for the likes of Bastille and King Charles and playing the Reading & Leeds festival they have amassed a startling amount of followers. After such a thoroughly successful 2012, I was able to grab a few questions with the Bristol-born electronic band to find out what their plans are for 2013.
London based trio ‘The Midnight Beast’ have been delighting YouTube audiences with their own brand of comedy music, high jinx videos and well played parodies. With enough hits to populate a small country, a successful E4 series and a current tour underway. I sat down with the guys to talk triple bunk beds, dirty pigeons and why they should be scared of Hollywood legend Will Smith.