MUSIC COMPETITION AUDITION DATES RELEASED – auditions for Open Mic UK 2016

Open Mic UK have announced their music competition auditions dates for Open Mic UK 2016. The Open Mic UK music competition auditions will be hosted at 15 regions across the UK and the competition will be searching to find the UK’s best singers, singer songwriters, rappers and vocal groups.

 

PERFORM IN FRONT OF RECORD LABEL A&R AND GET YOUR MUSIC HEARD

It’s a chance for aspiring singers and musicians to perform to Music industry judges who are at every stage of the music competition from the auditions to the Grand Final. Judges include judges that work for the three major record labels (Universal, Warner and Sony) in attendance at last year’s competition, as well as national radio DJs, regional press and BBC Introducing, with judges getting more prestigious as the competition progresses.

 

MUSIC COMPETITION AUDITIONS – DATES ANNOUNCED FOR OPEN MIC UK 2016

 

Open Mic UK is brought to you by Future Music, the company behind the discovery of numerous acts who, have competed in the competitions on their way to being signed to major record labels; Luke Friend and Karen Hardy both of which have had major chart success last year, Jacob Banks, Warner Music’s Birdy, Lucy Spraggan, Union J’s Jaymi Hensley and Jahmene Douglas, both of which are now signed to Sony Music.

For more information and to book your audition! Go to the music competition Open Mic UK 2016 website!

 

OPEN MIC UK 2016 MUSIC COMPETITION AUDITIONS

 

Open Mic UK will be holding music competition auditions at the following regions for 2016!

 

Saturday 13th August National Exhibition Centre (NEC), Birmingham, B40 1NT.

Sunday 14th August Dingwalls, Middle Yard, Chalk Farm Road, Camden Lock, London, NW1 8AB.

Sunday 14th August  Royal Northern College of Music, 124 Oxford Road, Manchester, M13 9RD.

Sunday 28th August Marconi Social Club, Tydemans off Beehive Lane, Chelmsford, Essex, CM2 9FH.

Sunday 4th September Sheffield City Hall, Sheffield, S1 2JA.

Saturday 10th September Milton Keynes C.C., Strudwick Drive, Milton Keynes, MK6 2TG.

Saturday 10th September Britannia Hotel, St James Street, Nottingham NG1 6BN.

Saturday 10th September The Gate Arts and Community Centre, Keppoch Street, Roath, Cardiff, CF243JW.

Sunday 11th September  The Liner Hotel, Lord Nelson Street, Liverpool, L3 5QB.

Sunday 11th September 1865, Brunswick Square, Southampton, SO14 3AR.

Saturday 17th September TouchBase, 43 Middlesex Street, Kinning Park, Glasgow, G41 1EE.

Saturday 17th September Sub89, 110 – 117 Friar Street, Berkshire, Reading, RG1 1EP.

Sunday 18th September The Tyne Theatre & Opera House, Westgate Road, Newcastle, NE1 4AG.

Sunday 18th September The Old Market, Upper Market Street, Hove, Brighton, BN3 1AS.

Sunday 18th September Dingwalls, Middle Yard, Chalk Farm Road, Camden Lock, London, NW1 8AB.

Evening Auditions:

Thursday 22nd September Charthouse Music 23-27 Crouch Hill, London, N4 4AP

Friday 23rd September River Studios, 32 Winsor Road, Totton, Southampton, SO40 9HQ

 

MUSIC COMPETITION AUDITIONS – OPEN MIC UK 2016

 

The Open Mic UK music competition auditions are allocated on a first-come, first served basis, audition places are already filling fast so get your audition booked now to avoid disappointment!

 

You can enter Open Mic UK 2016 by clicking here!

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Chris Meid, ‘Red River’ single out now

A longtime musician whose potential is just coming to fruition, Chris Meid’s track ‘Red River’ is a very interesting mix of EDM genres with rootsy folk. You can listen here, and find out what makes him tick below.

  1. Where and when did you first discover your interest in music?

 

My musical journey started at the very moment my uncle gave me his old keyboard when I was 4 years old. I quickly started reproducing my favourite Michael Jackson melodies on it. Later when I was 6 years old I was accepted at the Classical Musical School of Luxembourg. I started to record my ideas on my computer at the age of 16.

 

  1. What are your main ambitions in the industry?

 

I want to make people happy with the music I do. And of course I want my music to be spread all over the world.

 

  1. When did you start writing your own songs/music?

 

The first song that I wrote was some homework my piano teacher gave me when I was 13 years old. It was a simple short piano song but I’m still in hope to find that piece of paper with the notes I wrote. ^^ Whenever I find it, I’ll try to make a professional song out of it. 🙂

 

  1. What would you say is your music career highlight to date?

 

My highlight have been my first 100k plays on the first remix I released. I wasn’t really expecting it since I released it just for fun without expectations. It was such an amazing feeling to know that so many people listened to my remix! I think that moment pushed me to dedicate myself full-time to music.

 

  1. Who will we hear in your songs? What are your influences?

 

I’m a huge fan of Michael Jackson, I have all his vinyls at home! I guess he’s unconsciousness my biggest influence! But other artists influenced me a lot too like for example Pharrell Williams, Ryan Leslie or Avicii.

 

  1. What’s the most important thing you’d want to tell people about your current release?

 

Red River is an ode to the natural beauty around us. Let me share what Tyler wrote me the day we started writing the lyrics: “It’s nearly midnight. The moon is closer to the Earth than ever before. We’ve set up camp above the canyons beneath us. Forest surrounds us and the fire warms our cold tired bodies. We fall asleep gazing upward at the vast canvas of stars and the sound of raging waters below. The Red River.”

 

 

  1. Who else can you recommend from your genre or local area for people to have a listen to?

 

That’s a really hard question, there are so many good artists at the moment, but I’ll recommend my buddy Felix Jaehn of course, Robin Schulz, Kygo, Sam Feldt and a last one: Lost Frequencies.

 

  1. Any gigs coming up?

 

I’m currently at a writing/producing stage. I’m working on my 2nd single and also on my live show. I guess I’ll be ready really soon to tour the world 🙂

 

  1. Where can we find/follow you online?

 

You can find me everywhere ^^, on:

 

facebook: www.facebook.com/ChrisMeidOfficial

soundcloud: www.soundcloud.com/chris-meid

twitter: https://twitter.com/ChrisMeid

instagram: https://instagram.com/chrismeid

Interview – We Are The City, ‘Above Club’ album out Nov 13th

from their album, Violent, which was released earlier this year receiving praise from the likes of Drowned In Sound and The Line Of Best Fit.

The Canadian three piece recorded the album via a live stream on their website throughout October, where fans could watch the band eat, breathe and sleep the writing and recording process.

 

The album is out this week, and features the track below, ‘Keep on Dancing’

 

 

  1.   Where and when did you first discover your interest in music?

My dad bought a Rhodes when I was 12 and let me play it, after that I couldn’t look back.

 

  1.   What are your main ambitions in the industry? 

To make good music. Seems simple, right?

 

  1.   When did you start writing your own songs/music?

We started writing together during school, at around 15.

 

  1.   What would you say is your music career highlight to date?

Many great mometns. Playing FUSION Festival outside of Berlin, to name one highlight.

 

  1.   Who will we hear in your songs? What are your influences?

Perhaps classical influences will be obvious. As well, Radiohead, Mew, Deerhoof, Death Grips and Bjork.

 

  1.   What’s the most important thing you’d want to tell people about your current release?

Almost everything in the recordings is improvised on the spot. Including vocals and lyrics.

 

  1.   Who else can you recommend from your genre or local area for people to have a listen to?

Royal Canoe, from Winnipeg in Canada.

 

  1.   Any gigs coming up?

We have an American tour in November. It will last about a month.

 

  1.   Where can we find/follow you online?

wearethecity.ca

The Van T’s, ‘Laguna Babe’ EP out Nov 13th

Described by Clash as ‘the musical equivalent of a John Hughes movie’, The Van T’s are a gothic surf rock proposition driven by twin sisters Hannah and Chloe Van Thompson. Blending light and dark tones, often in the same song, their sound is an intriguing one, which is why it’s great that we got them to answer a few questions and get to know them a little better.

Where and when did you first discover your interest in music?

We’ve always had a passion for music, since an early age however, I guess it all started in our early teens when we requested guitars for out fourteenth birthday. From there it simply escalated from learning songs, to jamming and then writing our own music.

 

What are your main ambitions in the industry?

I think one of our goals as a band is that we just want to keep putting music out there for people to hear and for it to grow from there. Hopefully for people to enjoy it as much as we like playing it.

 

When did you start writing your own songs/music?

We started writing around the age of seventeen, however we never played them live until the age of eighteen/nineteen. More or less folk/acoustic music.

 

What would you say is your music career highlight to date?

To be honest, playing festivals this year has been a really big highlight. The whole experience was amazing, it has made us realize that playing music to large crowds of people is something we could definitely get used to. Would probably have to say though, T in the park takes the cake. It felt really cool playing a festival that we’ve been going to for years. It was our first festival too, so it will always be well remembered.

 

Who will we hear in your songs? What are your influences?

It is totally subjective I guess, when we write we don’t go out our way to sounds specifically like anyone. In regards to genre, I would say we have a pop-grunge thing going on, which would probably make sense because we love bands like The Pixies, Wolf alice, Bleached, Smashing pumpkins…the list could go on.

 

What’s the most important thing you’d want to tell people about your current release?

Our new EP “Laguna Babe” showcases our latest music and obviously this is the best way to show people by bringing out a 4 track.

 

Who else can you recommend from your genre or local area for people to have a listen to?

We would definitely recommend Catholic Action because we think they’re the next big thing. We also love Pinact, Poor things, Sweaty Palms, indigo velvet and Martha Ffion.

 

Any gigs coming up?

We have a couple in October, we are playing Opium in Edinburgh on the 30th and Bloc on the 31st.

 

Where can we find/follow you online?

 We are on social media almost everywhere, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Sound cloud.

 

Asbjørn ready for ‘Pseudo Visions’ album release

Denmark born but based in Berlin, Asbjørn is a songwriter with an uncommon creative outlook. Unable to mirror himself in the masculine ideal during his early years, he looked to strong women like Madonna and Beyoncé for inspiration. With new album Pseudo Visions released 6th November 2015 via Sinnbus, he is breaking with gender conventions, and expressing his identity on his own terms. Find out more below.

  1. Where and when did you first discover your interest in music?

I used to ditch school and go with my parents to work. They were both music teachers and they wrote silly excuses to my teachers about me helping out Santa wrapping gifts or whatever, but really I was just dancing and drumming like crazy with passionate people.

 

  1. What are your main ambitions in the industry?

To make brave pop music. To show that there are other ways to navigate as a male artist within pop culture. It has to be brave. And vulnerable. I don’t believe in the saying “personal never private”, to me private is key. We have to put ourselves on the line.

 

  1. When did you start writing your own songs/music?

I started composing with my mother on the piano. She would play different chords while I’d yell stuff like “no mom! More sad! More dreamy!” and when the feeling was right I started singing melodies and words. At one point I became too impatient and started playing and writing on the piano myself.

 

  1. What would you say is your music career highlight to date?

Everybody wants to “live the dream”, you know? But I think most of us are really bad at recognizing when we’re actually doing it. We’re already on to the next goal. With Pseudo Visions I found a way to make music and live life at the same time. Being present right now, instead of relying on success to be happy. To me that is the dream.

 

  1. Who will we hear in your songs? What are your influences?

You will hear the intimacy of Ane Brun, the sadness of Lykke Li and the cockiness of Justin Bieber. My influences are countless, but in my own music I am trying to combine the melancholy and intimacy of folk music with the physicality and energy of R&B and pop music.

 

  1. What’s the most important thing you’d want to tell people about your current release?

Pseudo Visions is all about giving into the intensity of a moment. Whether it’s letting go of your body, your mind or your heart; that’s when magic happens. You look back at these moments and it seems like a dream, you can’t really define what happened. Those are my pseudo visions and that’s the fuel I need to live life.

 

  1. Who else can you recommend from your genre or local area for people to have a listen to?

Right now I am obsessed with Kill J’s new single “You’re Good But I’m Better”. She is definitely brave.

 

  1. Any gigs coming up?

The first leg of my Pseudo Visions tour is in Germany and Switzerland in November. Next up is definitely the UK and France in the beginning of the new year. Can’t wait to get back to London, my first show there at Ja Ja Ja Festival was a dream come true!

 

  1. Where can we find/follow you online?

You can watch the Pseudo Visions on youtube.com/asbjornmusic – a new video will appear quite soon too… and i will keep you close on facebook.com/asbjornmusicinstagram.com/asbjornmusic and twitter.com/asbjornmusic

Living Dead Girl, ‘Skylines’ single out October 16th

A multi-instrumental duo, Living Dead Girl are a pair who take dark inspiration from twisted movies such as Donnie Darko, It Follows and Edward Scissorhands. With new single ‘Skylines’ on the way on October 16th, the time was perfect to ask them a few questions.

Where and when did you first discover your interest in music?

Jonno: I’ve always had an interest in music since I was a little kid, with hand-me-downs and recommendations coming from my older brother, things turned obsessive as I got into my teens and I really started to live for it.
Jess: I can’t remember a time when I didn’t play the piano, so music is something that’s always been inherent

 

  1. What are your main ambitions in the industry?
    To continue making distinctive music that we’re proud of and to be able to get it to as many people as possible. If we can inspire someone the same way that our influences have inspired us, then that would be incredible.

 

  1. When did you start writing your own songs/music?
    Jonno: I got a guitar when I was 13 and all I wanted to do was write. I’d record hundreds of terrible songs as I slowly got to grips with what I was doing. Later on I started getting more into electronic music and crafting sounds as well as songs. When it came to working with Jess who’d always written for piano we were both pushed in different directions. Our shared love of electronic music allowed the mix of songwriting and crafting sound to go hand in hand and become the basis of everything we do.

 

  1. What would you say is your music career highlight to date?
    Jonno: We’ve had definite highlights with other bands, Jess has played shows out in Canada and fell in love with the new-city-every-night lifestyle of touring. I’m more of a stay-inside-and-work-in-the-music-cave kind of person, so listening back and finally sharing the finished mixes of our songs has been a real highlight for me. Everything was recorded piece by piece, in different places, over months and months, so hearing it all come together into what it is now was a great moment.

 

  1. Who will we hear in your songs? What are your influences?
    Jonno: I’ve always been heavily influenced by 90s alternative rock, while Jess was into artists like Fiona Apple and Tom Waits. As Living Dead Girl, we take our influence from a mix of electronic and trip-hop: Gary Numan, Depeche Mode, Massive Attack, Portishead, and South African band Lark were a big one as well.

 

  1. What’s the most important thing you’d want to tell people about your current release?
    ‘Simulation’ is the start of the band we’ve always wanted to be in. It’s free to download and share to support the release of our debut single and video for ‘Skylines’ which’ll be coming out October 16th.

 

  1. Who else can you recommend from your genre or local area for people to have a listen to?
    Jonno: One of our favourite bands for a couple of years now has been Little Death Machine. It was proper love at first sight with this band for me, powerful alt/rock that’s dark and dissonant, yet melodic and emotional at the same time. So many great songs played with serious conviction.
    Kubalove as well have been ones to watch for some flawless electro-pop goodness with a nice dark twist in there too.

    8.   Any gigs coming up?
    We’ll be playing our first gigs at the end of the year. There’ll be some video footage up online around this time as well to show people what to expect at these shows. We think it’s the best way to show what you’ve got to offer as a live act, and we want to everybody to be able to check it out before they head down.

    9.   Where can we find/follow you online?
    You can find us at www.livingdeadgirl.co.uk. The site has links to all of our social media as well.
    www.soundcloud.com/livingdeadgirlband
    www.instagram.com/livingdeadgirlband
    www.facebook.com/livingdeadgirlmusic
    www.twitter.com/ldglive
    www.ldglive.tumblr.com

 

Freja, ‘Ghosts’ EP out November 27th

With beautiful track ‘Ghosts in the Snow’ now streaming online, singer-songwriter Freja Frances is gearing up for the release of a new EP next month. ‘Ghosts’ will be available through ShimmerSun Music, and you can find out all about it below.

Where and when did you first discover your interest in music?

I don’t think there was one defining moment for me; it’s just something that has always been around. I was brought up listening to a fairly wide variety of music from my parents and I also liked the bands and songs that were popular throughout my childhood. The first time I remember music really hitting me emotionally was listening to The Black Parade aged 12, but I’ve always enjoyed listening to music.

  1. What are your main ambitions in the industry?

I really just want to be able to continue recording and releasing music.

  1. When did you start writing your own songs/music?

I’ve been writing since I was a kid; I used to write poetry, then at the age of nine I saw the film School of Rock, which I loved so I started writing song lyrics instead. After a few years I began to abandon the rock band idea and started writing piano accompaniments to my songs instead.

  1. What would you say is your music career highlight to date?

Playing at the Workshop in Shoreditch earlier this year was pretty awesome. As well as it being my first headline, it was also a great atmosphere; the venue was lovely and I really enjoyed the support acts.

  1. Who will we hear in your songs? What are your influences?

The bands that influence me do so lyrically more than musically. A lot of my favourite bands have a rock/alternative sound, whereas my music is soft and acoustic, but I love the melancholy themes of bands like The Smiths, Radiohead, Nirvana, Lydia and My Chemical Romance.

 

  1. What’s the most important thing you’d want to tell people about your current release?

The EP is made up of some of the earliest songs I wrote, I chose my favourite tracks I’d written as a young teenager because I wanted to release all my music in chronological order.

  1. Who else can you recommend from your genre or local area for people to have a listen to?

A local band I really like is Van Susans, an alternative folk rock band; I saw them play in a music store near me last year, they’re great live.

  1. Any gigs coming up?

I’m playing at the Spice of Life in London on 18th October and Ascape Studios in December.

  1. Where can we find/follow you online?

You can follow me at

facebook.com/frejafrances

twitter.com/frejafrances

E-Mute, ‘I Can Pay For It’ EP out now

With new EP ‘I Can Pay For It’ out now, E Mute is an independent artist with a social conscience. With lyrics which take a sly, sideways look at the world as it is today, we thought he would be the perfect person to get to know in his own words. And we were right – check out this interview below.

 

Hear ‘I Can Pay For It’ on Spotify

  1. Where and when did you first discover your interest in music?

My sister had a big vinyl collection and I discovered it. Until then, I was just listening to mainstream pop as kids do. The intro of rock and roll really shook my whole existence. I got more and more into my sister’s album collection: The Rolling Stones, The Doors, Pink Floyd, Jethro Tull, and Janis Joplin. These are some names that changed my life. Then I gradually dove into all sorts of music: punk, metal, grunge, jazz, fusion, classical, and even drum n’ bass. But I never got heavily into rap, hip hop and dance music. Oh and let’s not forget Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Kasabian, Muse, Radiohead, Franz Ferdinand, I can keep going forever!

  1. What are your main ambitions in the industry?

I just want to create good music and become better and better at it, and work with great people. Music is my whole world.

  1. When did you start writing your own songs/music?

I played in many bands as a drummer, mainly cover bands. My first original material band was called Furdelux, a seven-piece retro Mod/funk outfit from London performing a mix of covers and our own songs. |In 2006, I met Scott James (ex-Stereophonics) and we put together a band that did not last more than a couple of years, it fell apart because of disagreements. After the band had finished I was writing more than I ever had before, and I also began to discover my voice – not just as a songwriter, but as a vocalist. Soon I found that my teaching and work as a session drummer were leaving me no time to work on my songwriting. In order to devote time to my new project, I decided to drop most of my paying work to focus on songwriting, and began recording demos as E-MUTE.

  1. What would you say is your music career highlight to date?

Meeting Scott James and playing in a band with him, opening for artist P.P. Arnold at the University of London and also at the Lerida Music Festival in Spain. In 2005, Meeting Bias Boshell, the Moody Blues’ keyboard player coincidentally, while rehearsing at the same studios in London. That connection resulted working together on a one song recording project for an ex-James Bond girl with producer Pip Williams, who had produced Uriah Heep and Dido, among others. I also performed and toured in Greece with many famous artists there.

  1. Who will we hear in your songs? What are your influences?

Quick recipe:

225g Led Zeppelin

25g Nirvana

1 Radiohead clove (crushed)

400g Muse mini fillets

1x Red Hot Chilli Peppers (deseeded and finely chopped)

1½ tbsp extra-virgin Pink Floyd

300g of Foo-Fighters (roughly chopped)

handful pitted black Deep Purples

1, finely sliced Porcupine Tree

100g of Jazz and Funk,

crumbled small bunch of Classical (chopped)

juice and zest ½ of Kasabian/Franz Ferdinand

6. What’s the most important thing you’d want to tell people about your current release?

Let me answer this with a quote by the incredible Frank Zappa. ‘’The illusion of freedom will continue as long as it’s profitable to continue the illusion. At the point where the illusion becomes too expensive to maintain, they will just take down the scenery, they will pull back the curtains, they will move the tables and chairs out of the way, and you will see the brick wall at the back of the theatre.’’ Look at what is happening in Europe right now. Indebted nations that cannot devalue their currency, EU policy is dictated by big corporations and EU citizens are slowly but surely losing their political and social rights, and what do we do? Shopping. Not to mention the inadequate response of European governments to the refugee crisis.

  1. Who else can you recommend from your genre or local area for people to have a listen to?

Tall Dark Friend, is the project of Jordan Gray. Dark power-pop made by just vocals and piano. I Met Jordan during a battle of the bands event where the winners got to perform at the Soundstock festival at Chelmsford Essex. Both of us ended up performing at the festival. Jordan is an incredible performer with great showmanship and songs, piano skills and vocal range, a great sense of humour. She reminds me of David Bowie. Check her out!

  1. Any gigs coming up?

No gigs booked at the moment, as in November I will be moving to Salzburg Austria. E-Mute’s base will be in Austria soon!

  1. Where can we find/follow you online?

Website: emutemusic.com

Spotify: https://play.spotify.com/artist/1M3l2dTxwt84DMHE22s2tR

Twitter: https://twitter.com/emutemusic

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/emutemusic

And of course everywhere else!

Dead Boy Robotics, ‘New Cells’ album coming Nov 20th

With a spritely indie-pop sound and slick production to match, Dead Boy Robotics are an Edinburgh band readying for the release of their new album ‘New Cells’ on November 20th. It’s their second album, and they’re offering a little taster with single ‘Arrival’. Check it out alongside our interview here:

  1. Where and when did you first discover your interest in music?

It definitely coincided with the discovery of Michael Jackson’s record ‘BAD’ when we were kids. That record has some of the most incredible pop songs ever written, especially the track ’Speed Demon’ which has the most insane bass line ever created. It was definitely the starting point of us falling in love with music. Then when we were teens, Nirvana brought out ‘Nevermind’ and we begged our parents for guitars.

  1. What are your main ambitions in the industry?

Being an unsigned band one of our ambitions is to find a record label that would like to work with us in releasing future albums, re-releasing previous albums and in turn, help us reach a wider audience. Saying that, if we never sign to a label we’d be perfectly happy continuing to release music ourselves.

  1. When did you start writing your own songs/music?

In the summer of 2007 whilst Mike was back from University, we would hole up in a tiny flat and make music on broken Casio keyboards and pound shop guitars for fun. We would always try to make as strange and twisted pop songs as we could. This somehow manifested itself into becoming more serious as time went by and so we started playing gigs and releasing music ourselves. We haven’t looked back since.

  1. What would you say is your music career highlight to date?

Managing to self-release two albums and an EP ourselves is a fairly big career highlight for us. Each of them is filled with blood, sweat, coffee and tears.

  1. Who will we hear in your songs? What are your influences?

Our debut record (released in 2011) was full of synths, screams and laptop beats, and people struggled to compare us to anyone else. For this record we have stripped it right back to simply guitar, bass and drums and have tried to keep it as live, energetic and catchy as possible. You will hopefully hear hints of The Police (early 80’s period), Deftones and maybe Phil Collins if your ears are well trained.

  1. What’s the most important thing you’d want to tell people about your current release?
  1. If you’ve heard us before then expect the unexpected
  2. It’s released digitally on November 20th
  3. We will be doing a limited run of special edition vinyls in early 2016
  1. Who else can you recommend from your genre or local area for people to have a listen to?

We would definitely “big up” some fellow bands who have been recording at Tape studio in Edinburgh (tapestudio.co.uk) where we recorded and mixed our new album. Teen Canteen are this amazing girl group who make luscious, dreamy pop music, and and group called Redolent who are making beautiful layered guitar based pop music.

  1. Any gigs coming up?

Our next gig is at the Voodoo Rooms in Edinburgh on 20th October, and will be adding more shows soon.

  1. Where can we find/follow you online?

You can find us on most social network channels (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram), and you can download our latest single, Arrival, from our Soundcloud page. Or, just Google ‘Dead Boy Robotics’, it’s probably quicker.

Adam Cleaver, ‘Man or Beast’ EP out now

A writer of alternative folk, songwriter Adam Cleaver’s new EP is out now, capturing his own personal journey through his twenties with a wistful and sometimes tongue-in-cheek glance into his world. Filled with rumbling drum beats, anthemic riffs and Adam’s entrancing vocals, ‘Man or Beast’ is a captivating listen, typified by track ‘The Salt Mine’ which can be heard below, alongside our interview with the man himself.

  1. Where and when did you first discover your interest in music?

I started playing a good while ago, but didn’t really write to show anyone. It was a sort of poetic medication. I was studying about 3 years ago and it wasn’t working out. Around that time I started writing and playing songs in London and everything just kind of snowballed.

 

  1. What are your main ambitions in the industry?

I find new goals all the time. I suppose when I look at it, the biggest hope is that the goals keep getting bigger.

 

  1. When did you start writing your own songs/music?

I taught myself to play guitar pretty much exclusively so that I could write my own songs. I was fifteen and my parents had bought me a really crappy classical guitar. As soon as I was able to string chords together I started writing.

 

  1. What would you say is your music career highlight to date?

There’s a couple of things that stand out. Being Lauren Laverne’s headphones moment was a bit of a trip.

 

  1. Who will we hear in your songs? What are your influences?

Influence comes from all sorts of places. I mean listening to music is key but I haven’t found the ceiling yet on what can spark an idea. People have likened me to Fleet Foxes, Jeff Buckley, Ben Howard and a couple of others.

 

  1. What’s the most important thing you’d want to tell people about your current release?

Listen to it loud.

 

  1. Who else can you recommend from your genre or local area for people to have a listen to?

There is so much great new music in London! I could talk forever, but for some essential listening: HAWK, Benjamin Yellowitz and Nick Edward Harris to name just a few.

 

  1. Any gigs coming up?

I’ve got a big show coming up on September 3rd at The Old Queens Head in London to launch ‘Man or Beast’. I’m going a little crazy for that. It will be awesome, everyone is invited.

 

  1.   Where can we find/follow you online?

     If you head to Adamcleaver.com you can find me on all of the usual sites. Drop me a line, I like to chat!