GTF are a duo, breaking the boundaries pushing them selves forward and making a name for GTF with music lovers, all ready building a fan base and a celebrity following with Member Jay being a fitness coach to the stars.

GTF are the band to watch out and listen up with live shows and music releases. Music Promotions caught up with Billy and Jay Aka for a chat about their music plans, summer shows, charts and more.

http://www.gtf-official.com/

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1: Jay: We’re Billy & Jay aka “GTF”, old school friends from Bow in East London. We’ve always been involved in music individually, up until last summer when we collaborated on a track together for the first time. The chemistry was clear, so we decided to try a project together, alongside our producer DJ Fats. A year later we’re about to release a debut single!
2: Billy: The single came about by chance one day in the studio. We were listening to some new tracks, this one stood out, so we began working on some ideas. One of us went “oh ahhhhhhh”, we instantly recognised the melody from the Fleetwood Mac classic! After a few other ideas we decided to give the cover a try, but obviously with our own twist…so far everyone seems to like our modern interpretation, so hopefully it catches on!
3: Jay: It’s hard for us to say whether we think its easier or harder to chart these days as this is our first single, but trust us when we say the work rate is immense! No stone can be left unturned, it’s crazy, but we’re definitely up for the challenge.
4: Jay: Between us we have such an eclectic range of tastes in music and artists, and we use those flavours in all our songs.
     Billy: We get inspiration from the likes of Usher to Wiley, from Calvin Harris to Kings of Leon, Floyd Mayweather to Jay Z!!
5: Billy: There are so many artists & producers out there at the moment who we’re fans of, especially in the UK!
    Jay: Disclosure, Naughty Boy, and Adele just to name a few, it’s great to see such brilliant homegrown talent making big moves!
6: Billy: Our sound is definitely a fusion of dance, hip hop, modern RnB, and even some rock, so it’s hard to put a name on it. We usually call it Urban Dance…we like to keep the energy high!
7: Jay: I’ve been making music since I was in school, but it didn’t pay the bills! Other than music I loved to keep fit, so I became a PT. I made quite a few contacts via the music which helped me build my name in fitness. I’ve trained Joey & Frankie Essex, Chip, Joanne Beckham, Ronnie O’Sullivan, and Simon & Anthony from Blue, just to name a few…
8: Jay: If we were ever asked to be a judge or coach on a big tv talent show I think that would be the day that you can truly say to yourself  “Yeah, we’ve made it!” Haha!
9: Billy: We’ve got a really busy schedule in the coming months, some big shows & supports, which is great! We can’t wait to be on the road doing what we’ve worked so hard for, it’s just the beginning for us!
10: Billy: If one of our tracks made it on to a movie soundtrack that we be unreal! I can just imagine Harry Potter riding his broomstick to “Wanna Be With You” Haha!
11: Jay: What’s next for us? Well, I guess that depends on how hard we’re willing to work…and we’re truly grafters!
    Billy: Time will tell, but we’ve got a lot up our sleeves 😉

 

Bursting into the Summer with her fresh, feisty, sexy, fun sound is pop’s hottest new female solo artist Lemon, already causes a storm with her infectious, addictive single Pussy Drop, Lemon is the one to watch out for this Summer.

Already featured on the Kick Ass 2 sound track and caught the attention of some big names, Music Promotions was lucky enough to catch up with Lemon to find out the latest on herb crazy music life.

Tahnk you to Lemon for a lovely fun interview, with Pussydrop about to be released the fun has began 🙂

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http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=RWF33QFbwcg

1.What have you been upto?
Its has been Lemon crazy! Im gigging alot and writing alot in the studio for myself and other artsits but also working on my Lemon premiere for kick Ass 2 coming out next week! I also did a Pussydrop flashmob around london 2 weeks ago zesting the streets!
2.For those who haven’t heard it yet, Can you tell us more about the new single Pussydrop?
It’s a fun urban pop track with a hiphop feel written by myself after being requested by my fans! It makes you want to get up and dance! Its naughty but fun and it comes with it very own dance move 😉 I have got an awesomely unexpected celebrity following who have done the Pussydrop for me!!! Tom Daley,
Noel Fielding, Jo Brand, Lee Nelson, dancers from Strictly Come Dancing, Phillip Olivier just to name a few! It also featured in the hollywood movie Kick Ass 2 and is on the compilation CD which is Lemontastic!!
3.When can we expect an album? .Is there anyone or any group you’d like to collaberate with that you haven’t already?
Next year the album will be out! Working hard writing in the studio and There will be lots of surprises! hiphop ballads, reggae summer tunes, some pop anthems and even some drum and bass, soca and Latinino sounds! I would love to collaborate with some more artists and one day Janet Jackson and Ciara will hopefully agree 😉 There will be ones on the album but it is a secret! You will have to wait and see!  

4. Did you expect the Lemon Salute or Pussy drop to be so popular?
I had no idea it was going to attract so much attention! One of my Lemdrops (fans) ask me to write a song about the Pussydrop and then Tom Daley, Noel Fielding, Jo Brand, Lee Nelson, dancers from Strictly Come Dancing, Phillip Olivier and even Boris johnson joined in!!
5. Artists & celebrities are branching out with their own clothing range or perfume. Can we expect you to do the same?
I would love to one day create my own clothing line as I already make my own clothes now and performance outfits for my Lemdrops (dancers). However not for a LONG time. I want to focus on my music and deliver the most I possibly can for my LemonDrops (fans) before branching out.
6. Reality TV shows like X Factor, The Voice & American Idols find new popstars, is that a route any of you would like to go down?
I personally would never go down the reality tv route even though I have been asked a few times in the past. I think its an amazing platform for some singers and awesome TV for the general public. Because I write all my own music have my own vision on my brand and creativity I plan to take the old school route to maintain as much of ‘me’ as possible.
7. When can we expect a UK tour?
Next year for the proper Zest Tour but until then I am gigging all the time all over the country! Here are the dates I am performing ar over the next 4 weeks –
Glasgow GAY Pride – Saturday 10th August – during the day
Manchester GAY Pride – 24th and 25th – during the day
Cardiff GAY Pride – Saturday 31st August – during the day
Reading Pride – Saturday 31st August – during the day

8. So what the future hold for Lemon?
Lots of zestyness that is all about music dancing and performing to my fans. delivering awesome music and beats and hopefully gaining worldwide rep!!!
9. Now when can we expect Lemon to meet her tv cousin & appear on Celebrity Juice?
HAHA. Soon. Very soon! Its going to be a ZEST fest!!!
10. Last question, you’re on the soundtrack of Kick Ass 2.
But if there’s a movie franchise you could appear in or appear on the soundtrack of, what would it be?
James Bond!!!!!!

Ms hardcore country rock Mickie James is back with a bang, she has arrived in specular style with her brilliant country attitude rock fulfilled album Someone’s Gonna Pay.

You can purchase your copy right here: http://www.tnaeurostore.com/mickie-james-somebody-s-gonna-pay-cd.html

Mickie very kindly took time out off her very tight schedule when she was over in the UK to chat with Music Promotions about her CD and her future plans so for all the info read on…

 

Hey Mickie how are you?

How was the Launch party last night? You enjoying being here?
The party was so much fun, the support from the UK has been over whelming, so supportive, I love being able to play over here.
Where can we purchase your album?
It’s available at ITunes and Amazon and through http://www.tnaeurostore.com/mickie-james-somebody-s-gonna-pay-cd.html, you will have to pay for the shipping if you order it from my website with it coming from the States.
You will have a signed autograph copy through my website.
Has it officially been released over here yet?
Some Body’s Gonna Pay is the first single from the album and its also the title track ( Out now) we shot a music video for that, Magnus and Trish Status was in it, it was kinda cool to combine that with the wrestling element you can watch that on my website and YouTube, it was such a fun video it was positive my first music video, we are pushing that one it has had some plays in the States and we are hoping to get some radio plays over here to.
We’re not sure yet if there will be another single there is already talk about going back in to the studio to start recording the next album.
Some Ones Gonna Pay can you talk us through the album?
Someone is Gonna pay is an old song that we decided to vamp up into a traditional more country rock sound,  there’s a song called Good Time that my friend Bridgette Tatum and Lorna Flowers wrote on, Bridgette is also country and has had a no1 which stayed in the charts for something like 18 weeks I don’t even know, she is incredible. I Have a song called  If I can’t Be Me which has that really soulful. It has old, southern soul kind of feel I love it this is a combination of so many types of music I have heard in my life, rather than it be a straight up country album the is a little bit of rock, soul, a little bit for everybody I think.
Have you thought about any possible calibrations?
Oh gosh, their is so many people like Tim McGraw who in the country world I really admire massive country music fan, Miranda Lambert who is really edgy she has this really tough girl persona in the music world and Kid Rock who I love.
Any UK bands you like the sound off?
I know Mumford and Sons are really hot and I love there stuff.
I love Lady Gaga I know is a completely different genre for me but I think I would be different but so powerful and so cool.
Any Uk tours or festivals?
I am hoping to, we are just starting to nail down the tour in the States so hopefully it would cross over, I would love to rock this place, I have done some research as far as festivals are going on it would be one of those things where I can bring the whole band over from the States and bring something over for the UK fans, i would love to absolutely.
How’s your American tour been so far?
It’s going great and we have got some more shows, we have done an official show case, I’m really excited about what we have done so far it’s been amazing the reception has been amazing for it all some really good feedback.
Have you watched any UK TV shows would you consider going celebrity juice or top gear?
Absolutely I have seen Top Gear I would love to appear it seems like a lot of fun, I have seen that they have celebrities over and put them through the trials I don’t know how well I would do but id certainly try I love fast cars.
Celebrity Juice I would be down for that I would put him in his place, I’m always up for that kinda stuff I always think that the more that you can do the more that can get you in the public eye it’s fun to do the special guest appearances, it’ll be fun to do something that’s different that you can dive into and have fun with it.
Anything else you would like featuring?
I’m just really excited to be able to share my music with UK fans and hope that they love it and I hope to come back over on tour, I have my fingers crossed and hope for the best.
Thank you for the love and support.

Lem and The White Fire

Meet Lem And The White Fire, a pop collective with a difference, 11 members, 11 individuals, 11 unique members with pop soul fusion.
Keep a listen out this is there summer…
Brand new interview with them right here:
Could you start by telling the visitors to Music Promotions more about Lem And The White Fire?
‘Lem and the White Fire’ are an eleven piece soul pop collective from West Sussex which encompasses guitars, drums, pianos, brass and woodwind which creates an infectious and soul grabbing sound (so we’ve been told!)
How would you describe your music sound?
Our music sound is a whirlwind of genres that include Soul/Pop/Jazz… We have been described as Adele meets Amy Winehouse with a bit of Caro Emerald?
There is 11 of you in the band, who has what role so to speak?
The concept of ‘Lem and the White Fire’ was created by myself (I am Lem) and Marcus Crowe (who is my co songwriter). We had been writing for over a year before we invited musicians to come on board to our musical mystery tour!
Does your new single Telephone define your sound?
Yes, and no. There is a lot more to come from us… As soon as we have the funds to record the album; we are all very eager to find out what you think. Our material is very sporadic but continuous.
You are one of the main songwriters in Lem and the White Fire who inspires your sounds and style?
I trained as an opera singer when I was very young and I remember one specific solo performance where I sang Haydn in front of a fully seated cathedral, the only problem was my singing teacher at the time congratulated me on my singing but she said she was so embarrassed as I hadn’t combed my hair and then thought the overall event was awful because of this. To this day I still haven’t brushed my hair… (well occasionally) and I rebelled and surrounded myself with live jazz and rock music. I loved the freedom of what music gave you and only realized this at that time.
I think if you have little influences in your music, the more creative you can be. This is why I love improvising!
Would you ever have considered the Voice or X Factor route?
Funny you should ask this… I have recently been asked to attend an X factor audition. Although I am very flattered, I think the more organic route route suits me more!
Are their any bands in that charts at the moment that you would like to work alongside?
Caro Emerald. Pretty please
What live shows have you coming up through out the summer?
We have a few festivals left in the season! Including; Curious Yellow Festival and Willow Fest in Peterborough, Krazy House in Liverpool, Cockermouth Festival in the Lake District & Blackthorn Music Fest. We are waiting for a couple of shortlisted things hopefully come through to!
How would you describe a Lem and The White Fire live show?
A HUGE sound… it will take your ears a moment to adjust!
How long do you need in rehearsals before hand?
As a rule, we rehearse twice a week.
What is next for you?
More hard work, dedication, giggles & meeting new people. Oh and a new video with a very special guest
Is there anything else that you would like to add that I haven’t mentioned already during this interview?
If you enjoy our music (and its all ORIGINAL), and would like to help us out a lil bit… PLEASE pre-order our single Telephone (which you can find on iTunes) it is just as little as a pint of milk (Not even a pint of beer!) and we will blow kisses to you, or if you are a girl then the boys will blow kisses for you, actually lets all just blow kisses at eachother regardless, yes.

 

For those of you who are still to hear from Halfway To New York you will not be dissapointed with a fan base growing daily with music lovers to industary people, the name Half Way To New York will soon have you all asking why have we not heard from Sam,Scott Daniel and Martin sooner.

 

Stay tuned in to 2012 for live dates and a very special EP featuring the massive new single Tread on Water out on the 21st May
Also Including: We Was Wrong, What A Way To Go, Out Of Time and Going Home.

 

www.halfwaytonewyork.com

 

Can you tell us more about your debut EP Treading Water 

The EP is a collection of fans’ favourites from our live set. It came about as a response to all the requests we were getting for a way to buy and keep our music, and a way to share our music with those who haven’t seen us at a gig yet…


Do you all have individual songs from the EP which you prefer
Probably, but we all change our minds a lot about what our favourites are as well so it’s hard to keep track! It’s amazing how just when you think you’ve moved away from an old favourite song you play it at a gig and see the reaction and it takes it straight back to the top! The title track, Treading Water, has a special place in our hearts as it’s such a singalong at our gigs.


Are there any bands around at the moment that you feel you have a similar sound to? Any one that you would like to work with? 
At the moment we’re focused on establishing Halfway to New York as a ‘sound’. We’d rather leave it to other people to make comparisons with other bands if they want to, as music is so personal to each individual.


Have you plans to release a full album at a later date? is this something that you are working towards? 
We’re looking at options at the moment actually, a full album is definitely on the cards but it’s deciding when the right time is, and whether to put out another cheeky EP in the meantime to keep people happy – an album can take a lot of time to perfect!


Have you decided on the next Half Way to New York single? when will this be released? 
We’re discussing it at the moment, but no concrete decisions yet. Things seems to be snowballing right now so we’ve just gotta see where it takes us . Chris from CAA is in London mid next week and we’re having a meeting.. so fingers crossed..

and until I know what’s happening with CAA I can’t decide if we’re putting out another single or EP…


Where has been your favourite venue to perform at so far?
Difficult to say, we all have our own favourites, but the O2 Academy, Islington was a great venue we all still talk about very fondly. I think the Barfly in Camden has a special place in our hearts too though as we’ve played there quite a few times over the years and it’s such a great intimate venue, the fans can get really close and we always put on a great show there.


Any Summer shows lined up that you can talk about?

Well we’re at the Barfly tomorrow (although that’s sold out I’m afraid) if that counts as summer yet…other than that we’re playing The Voodoo Rooms, Edinburgh on May 10th and we’re planning a couple of other national tour dates – we may have a little announcement shortly about some festival dates…but that’s a secret at the moment…watch this space.


What has been the response to you live so far? any favourite venues? 
We are blown away by the response at our live gigs, it’s amazing to see people singing back your songs and enjoying our shows. Aside from the London venues, the Voodoo Rooms is pretty cool – we sold out a smaller room there last year so this year we’ve expanded to The Ballroom there – looks brilliant!


What is your opinion on music shows like the Voice is this something that you would have done had done? 
We think the shows are a great way for people to get heard and there have been some great singers that have come out of shows like that, but it’s not a scene for us. We’re focused on writing our own material and performing live, and we’re not looking for a shortcut to fame, we just want to play our music to the people that want to hear it.


What is next for you?
World Domination – anything else will be a real anti-climax….

Any Final Messages?
Yes.. please check out our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/halfwaytonewyork and follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/htnyband and get yourselves to an HTNY gig soon. Always great to meet new fans

 

The Original Rude Boys Interview


The Original Rude Boys are the hottest new band to emerge from Ireland since The Script, the band they are currently supporting on tour.
Bringing screaming, huge support from the arena crowds, an incredible live show, amazing songs The Original Rude Boys are set to make 2013 their year. You can purchase a copy of their album right now all details to be found at their official web site www.theoriginalrudeboys.com.
The Original Rude are one of the nicest bands that i have interviewed very friendly, very down to earth. This interview was backstage at The Script tour in Sheffield right before they blew the roof off as the one and support.
Could you start by telling us more about The Original Rude Boys?
We are the Original Rude Boys, we have been together for over 2 years, we started out in March 2011 and stuck a video up for a few friends on you tube and people got hold of it and it went viral so here we are now as a band.
You have the album out now, is it just through your web site or is it available through itunes, amazon etc?
The album did get a proper release in Ireland, it was in all the stores and itunes it is also on amazon and band camp if your outside Ireland.
Could you talk us through any tracks what are on it does it define your music style?
Its just one part of of us, we are moving on to the second album now messing about with different sounds and progressing as a band and the music progresses along side it.
Who inspires you all as a band or individually?
I think we all have certain inspirations as a band that we agree on, like hip hop and the Beatles, as for individually we like singer songwriter stuff there is a whole list of everything with different genres that we are interested in but collectively we all agree on the Beatles that’s the only band that we agree on and like.
Is there any one that you would like to work with in the future or are you just mainly focusing on your selves as a band right now?
There is a lot of artists, we could list so many that we would love to work with in the future, with The Script being one, ED Sheran there is so many to name hopefully by next year we will have a few of those ticked!
How are you finding touring with The Script so far? having done the Ireland and Now UK Dates?
We did the Irish dates and the Europe dates with the lads, its like being on tour with your mates, we get on well with them we live down the road from them in Ireland, so its like same band same jokes its like being with a group of mates, they have welcomed us.
It is really nervous performing the live arenas playing the first arena gig we got a brilliant welcome the rest has all been plain sailing so fingers crossed it carries on like that.
Have you had any favorite venues that you have performed so far or have you loved them all the same?
We loved them all its very easy to love them all its huge, i think with arenas they are all the same big, the crowds are what make the gig and they have been so welcoming its been great for us.
Have you got any more tours coming up after The Script? anything that you can talk about?
We have been announced for T in the Park in Scotland that’s a festival and we do hope to after The Script tour to do our own smaller tour around the UK and get the name out there and hopefully we will be announced for a few more festivals around the UK as well so there will be a lot more of us on this side of the world this year.
Have you got a single coming out soon over here soon?
Its not been decided yet it’s all hush hush at the moment but you can definitely expect something in the near future. Fingers crossed it will be this year.
For any one who has not been to see you live yet what can they expect? a little taster 🙂
A lot of energy on stage and a lot of surprises so people will get to know our music and the people that do know our music say we sound better live than we do on the album that is fantastic to hear, really nice… they can expect a proper good show 🙂

What is coming up next for you any thing that you can discuss?
Back home in Dublin we have two headline shows at a place called the Olympia theatre so we are pretty excited about that and we are going off to Australia to do stuff and off to different countries getting the music out there.
Check out The Original Rude boys music at www.theoriginalrudeboys.com.

Meet Sonya talented singer/songwriter working her way up the music industry performing any gig and making that stage her own, Sonya is the UK’s brightest music female solo artists of 2013,with incredible vocals a killer live show and a album full of beautiful lyrics Sonya is the artist to watch.

 

  1. Can you start by telling us more about yourself?

I am 26 and I have grown up living in several different countries all for equal amounts of time. I am half American and half New Zealander but now I am officially a British Citizen as well. I collect passports you see 🙂 haha. I have always loved the feeling of using my vocal chords to sing….there is a sensation in the sound coming out and being able to control it that is quite satisfying. However, creating/writing music and singing has not always been my most obvious passion. Even though I have always loved performing and entertaining people whilst singing and dancing; it took me a while to harness the confidence in myself that is needed to go fully into this career path. I enjoy many other creative pursuits like graphic design, poetry, culinary arts and acting and I tried them all out as career paths which, in turn, brought me closer to the song writing and becoming a music artist.

  1. How would you describe your own music style?

I would describe my music as quirky, feel good, summery, up-beat easy-listening music. It is honest and organic using real instruments. My band said my songs seem relatively easy and simple upon listening but when they went to play and learn the structures, the arrangements, and the beats…they struggled for a while at the unpredictability and complexity of them. Haha. That made me laugh, because I have written all my songs by ear but have never been trained on guitar. Maybe I shouldn’t admit this, but I still don’t know some of the notes and chords I am playing. I am sure I will learn my songs properly eventually 🙂

  1. Could you tell us more about your next single release?

My current single, “NOW” is doing really well which is allowing great time to really make a good choice on the next release. There are 10 more songs on my album to choose from and when I ask for opinions about what the next single should be, I get almost 10 different answers each time which is a pain but a compliment to me at the same time. Haha. Means I can’t really go too wrong.

  1. When can we expect your album release? Can you talk us through the tracks – is there a story behind them?

The release date of the entire album has not been decided. It has been pushed back several times to allow proper time to promote myself and get awareness about me as a new artist up. I’m in no rush. I want to release it at the right time…nothing premature is ever a good thing! 🙂 But as a rough time…September is the plan. Currently I am enjoying building up my fan base and performing the London circuit. I’ve been on BBC radio stations in London, Merseyside and Kent so enjoying this process very much. When the time comes, I can’t wait to let people hear the whole album!

  1. You have a gig coming up at Ronnie Scott’s on the 21st, what other live shows do you have coming up? Any headline tours/supports?

Yes, I am very excited about Ronnie’s. It is the second time to perform there and I feel quite chuffed to have been invited back to play in a very famous, central London venue! In March – I am traveling to Somerset to perform 2 shows in Glastonbury on Easter Weekend which I am very excited about. These will be acoustic performances which will allow me to perform and audiences to hear the songs closest to the way they were when I wrote them in my bathroom 🙂 haha…before they were fattened up in the studio. I am taking my guitarist, Chris Staines, with me. His guitar and his playing really compliments mine. We also have a few festivals lining up this summer including Battfest which is on August 9th, 10th, and 11th. It is held in Brighton and is both live and streamed online to a ridiculously huge number of people. A few big names are involved which always helps pull awareness. There is a tour of the UK in the pipeline so watch this space!

  1. What can we expect from your live shows? Can you tell us more about your band? (Introductions etc)

Me and my band always have a great time on stage. A good old laugh. They are all 30 years ahead of me in age and I think that contrast works really well.  They are great male role models for me and they make me feel safe and protected. My drummer Wol Webster is a real jokster and can turn the most serious situation into hysterical laughter! Haha…I don’t like to ever take things too seriously because I think you can lose sight of the point which ultimately is to enjoy what you do and have fun! Wol is not only an incredible person…but his drumming is exceptional and I bossed him around for weeks….all of them…before finding out they all were more heavyweights in the industry than I ever twigged.  Chris Staines, my lead guitarist, can play a stinging solo on his lead guitar in his sleep and he continuously surprises me with new elements and riffs he adds to the songs. Rob Maylan on bass guitar is so reliable and one of the most loyal people you will ever meet. We recently have been joined by percussionist Martin Ditcham, another heavy weight in the industry, who is so easy to get along with and adds so much texture and beat and rhythm to the songs with his congas and tambourine. He’s got a mysterious bag FULL of shakers, bells and sticks haha.

  1. Who inspires you as an artist?

I continue to be inspired by Amy Winehouse because her music is listenable but also danceable – meaning it makes you want to move whilst it maintains meaningful content i.e. music that has 5 words repeating on an electronic cookie cutter beat! I love the way Amy’s music like the song ‘Back to Black’ makes you feel good even though the lyrics are most often about the pain and heart break she had gone through. That is why I love music. You can express the deepest most heart wrenching emotions but with uplifting beats and melodies that inspire and motivate people to feel and be better people. Michael Jackson’s music did this for me. I think that since Amy and Michael…there has been a gap in the market for popular music that has these dual qualities.

  1. Any bands in the charts at the moment that you would like to work with?

I would love to work with Coldplay and Snow Patrol. I feel they have a cooler energy playing through their sounds and melodies and I would love to know what my warmer stylings would sound like paired with theirs. Who people are as people is also very important to me and I think they all seem like very grounded musicians and human beings.  James Morrison has always intrigued me for his writing style so I’d love to work with him as well:-) As for female artists…hmm…let me get back to you on that one…

 

  1. If any of your songs could be on the sound track to any films what would you choice be?

I’ve left this question ‘til last as it is quite difficult. I can’t think of a particular movie but why don’t we write one to fit the album! Ha! I imagine the movie would be a mix of light heartedness and comedy but with spells of thought provoking drama where the characters go through a hardship but the hope prevails!!!! I have a song I wrote inspired by my love of men and food called Taste Revolution…I think it would fit well in the movie Ratatouille!

  1. What is next for you?

Well, I am hoping that this year is the year of change and movement for me and for the band. I want to get myself and this first album out there in the public eye by performing bigger venues. I’m dreaming for international exposure so that I can keep creating music in the near future that changes the world and makes people feel good…uplifts them and inspires them to be better and to feel better about themselves and their lives. I feel that there are many avenues to give beauty and joy back to the world and I believe the way I will do this is through the music!

 

 

 

 

Some of you may have heard of Stephen Hunt as former Neighbours actor Matt Hancock but for most you will know him for his live shows as a singer songwriter and countless charity work that he is involved heavily with. Over the last few years Stephen has been learning his craft building his own studio and recording his current E.P which is available to buy right now from www.stephenhunt.com.au as well as working on his career pioneering the transition of traditional television marketing to the internet throughwww.tubemogul.com which Stephen will talk about more within this interview.

Music Promotions would like to thank Stephen for taking time out to talk to us about his new EP, touring, charity work, his inspirations and more.

Remember to keep updated with all of his latest news and download your copy of ‘Listen’ at www.stephenhunt.com.au

 

1.Can you tell us more about your new EP? How long have you spent writing and recording it?

 

It’s been a long time coming but is really exciting now that it’s all locked and loaded. Back in 2004 I released an independent 7 track E.P in the UK called ‘the light’ which sold close to 5700 copies.  It was recorded in a bedroom (and bathroom randomly) with virtually no budget.  Only one track from ‘the light’ has survived to feature on the current E.P ‘listen’.  As in independent artist it took me a long time to save up the investment required to record professionally but it was worth the effort.

 

Back in 2010 I took a break from work to track out all the songs I had written in a make-shift home studio.  I bought a copy of Logic (music recording software) and set up in an empty house at Lake Macquarie for a week of tracking and experimenting.  I got a load done in that session but it took several months of additional work from a spare room while living with my parents-in-law before I could take a step back and have a listen to a really long demo CD.  The new E.P is a collection of 6 songs selected from the 56 tracks I ended up laying down in that period.

 

I workshopped the chosen demo tracks with Producer, Pianist and good friend Scott Aplin until we knew what we wanted the E.P to sounds like.  The next phase saw us move into Sydney’s Linear Studios for 3 days of recording and 3 days of mixing leveraging an array of great musicians Scott had worked with previously.

 

The preparation worked to my advantage as we got efficient use out of the studio time leaving sufficient budget to get the mastering done at Abbey Road Studios in London.  The mastering polished things off perfectly leaving a professional debut that I’m really proud of.

 

These songs drop into the singer/songwriter category with lyrics that require a little attention to follow and musical phrases that add the odd surprise.  They were chosen not because they were the best or most likable tunes I’ve written, but because they create a particular mood when heard together as an E.P.

 

Those who have seen me perform live will know I’m a pretty versatile musician who plays several instruments and shifts across a variety of styles from song to song.  I can get down and dirty in the blues or rise up into some groovy funk.  The ‘listen’ E.P represents the softer side of my sound and the more personal side of my songwriting.

 

2.Will this just be an Internet release or are you planning a more mainstream release later on with a full album?

 

At this stage, the E.P is only available through online channels though physical copies can be bought from my website (www.stephenhunt.com.au) or at gigs.  I created my own record label (Rivas Records) that has signed two other artists already and will be looking to sign publishing and distribution deals once I find the right partner companies though I’m in no rush.

 

I would love to progress to recording a full album since I have more than enough material but funding it will depend on how successful this E.P is and finding the time to record it will be stretch for the next year or two while I raise my son.  That said it’s not about money for me but following my passion.

 

You can actually download a digital copy for free from the website if you’re unable to make a financial contribution for it.  I make enough from my day job to get by and just hope to earn enough back through my music to support me playing live gigs and writing more songs.  My hope is that listeners will enjoy what they hear and introduce ‘listen’ to their friends and family.

 

The songs are also accessible across a variety of platforms including iTunes and Spotify with UK listeners taking the most interest so far.

 

3. Any actual single stand out tracks?

 

The first track (“In my head”) is the ‘single’ that I’m pushing to the radio stations. It’s a bit of a journey with some really beautiful cello parts that drop in after the first chorus.

 

“Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing” (track 3) rocks out a bit more and is my 2ndfavourite from the E.P.  I get the most positive feedback from critics about “All in All” though “Harder to Change” has the best lyrics for my mind.

 

The last track (Precious Moments) is a special song since it was written about my awesome wife but my objective favourite is “Control”.  It’s a sweet song that seduces you before erupting into symphonic glory.

 

4. Who inspires you as a songwriter? Any artists/bands in the charts that you would like to work with? 

 

I love Neil Finn and Diesel (Marc Lizzotte) as songwriters though I don’t follow either of their styles in my own writing too much.  Sigur Ros made a big impact on me a few years back and you can see their influence in songs like ‘Control’ where I dabbled in some big orchestral sounds. I’d love too collaborate with Lior or Paul Kelly some day and have actually written a song with Paul in mind.

 

Josh Pyke went to primary school with me and blew me away with his first two records.  There is some inspiration borrowed there for sure and I look up to him as the type of lyricist I’d love to become.

 

Holly Throsby was another school-mate who influenced my style and we should pay tribute to the Stone kids who don’t necessary influence me but we did go to music classes together in Primary School.  Jake Stone has made a name for himself as front man of Blue Juice and Elana Stone has done a stellar job of carving her own path.

 

My favourite band is ‘Whitest Boy Alive’ who inspire a lot of my more funky songs in the live shows.  I also have a deep love of Reggae Dub from New Zealand (Fat Freddy’s Drop or The Black Seeds) and South America (Godwana or Los Cafres).

 

5. Would you ever consider the X factor/voice route in either a judging/mentoring role?

 

I’d never say never if it made sense but for now I am content doing what I do.

 

6. You do a lot of charity work, can you tell us more about the projects your involved in?

 

Sure.  I am a bit of a hippy at heart.  I used to have the dread-locks and the tie-dye shirt in my teenage years but these days I still stand by the idea that you are only happy when you give unconditionally.  If you take, take, take, it stresses and depresses you.  If you give….even just once…you feel on top of the world.  It is the act of selflessness itself that promotes a smile even if no one else knows you’ve done anything – deep huh?

 

So in practice, I give cash to causes when I can but prefer to donate time and effort.  HIV/AIDS is still my cause of choice since I lost an Uncle to an AIDS-related illness when I was 15.  This led me to swim the English Channel in 2002 and the Gibraltar Strait in 2005 to raise funds for the AIDS Trust of Australia.

 

In between the swims, I met an inspiring young woman named Alischa Ross who was doing some amazing work in preventative HIV/AIDS education targeting young people.   We worked together to launch a not-for-profit she had conceived called Youth Empowerment Against HIV/AIDS (www.yeah.org.au).

 

I would love to swim around Manhattan Island (NYC) or from the North to South Island of New Zealand but my main focus is my family and there isn’t much capacity for something like that in the immediate future.

 

 

7. Have you considered a move back in to acting or is music you full on focus You have been in various different bands in the past would you go back to being in a band?

 

Anything is possible. At the moment I have a great career pioneering the transition of traditional television marketing to the internet throughwww.tubemogul.com and see many more years leading their Australian operation.  Acting and playing music were things I always considered hobbies or passions rather than jobs and I expect they will both feature throughout my life as age puts no limitations on either.

 

8. Do you have any live gigs coming up? What can we expect from your live shows?

 

Yes!  I’ve been playing a lot this year at local beach bars like ‘The Courtyard’ in Coogee where I had a summer residency or ‘34 Degrees South’ in Bondi.  I just opened the Australian premiere of the film ‘Cloud Atlas’ at the Bondi Open Air Cinema to a full house (500+ in the crowd).  Loads more to come so check out my site for details (www.stephenhunt.com.au).

 

At my live shows I either bring in a special guest and share the show with both of us playing our own songs, play solo-acoustic or I’ll get the band back together and do a full showcase of my own music.  My influences go well beyond what you hear on the E.P so expect to be subdued, serenaded and funked before you rock out.

 

9. Any plans to return the UK for any live gigs etc? 

 

Yes.  More than half of the people who have bought or downloaded my E.P are from the UK so I’ll definitely follow that up.  I used to play all over the country when I released ‘the light’ and will get back when work allows the break to do some local live shows for the growing audience there.  Last year I was in town for the Olympics and did a few gigs at bars around Hampstead and Highbury where I used to live.

 

10. What is next for you? 

 

I’m going to spend the year playing a few festivals and building the fan base with my E.P.  I am loving my job and being a Dad so they are my top priorities…aside from my wife of course.  I love my music and have recently come back to the piano as an instrument of choice so look out for some new songs driven from the keys rather than the guitar at my gigs