Ok I am a huge fan of Michelle Langstone work and love what she does as an actor. In addition as a Kiwi I maybe a little bias but I love support my fellow’s Kiwi’s in what they do. But her work in 800 Words and all the other amazing stuff she has done in her career has been a winner to me. So I decided to make her my site beauty of the week this week as she is a talented actor as she is gorgeous.
Aleyska are a cool Los Angeles band I came across via an Instagram post from someone I was following. I was intrigued and loved what I heard. So I sent an email and this is what they had to say.
1.How did Alyeska come about?
Alyeska was my way of being able to put these songs, that I had been playing out solo, to the sorts of J Mascis-y (Dinosaur Jr) guitars that I was hearing in my head.
For a long time, I just didn’t know how to orchestrate the dynamics and instrumentation for my songs. Eventually I just took the leap, found some people to play with and then started the process of learning what it is like to arrange your songs for a band.
2. What have you learnt from being the band so far?
Be ruthless, but reasonable— the drummer, Ben Spear, reminds me to be reasonable haha.
3. What do you love about playing the LA scene?
I think the LA scene is hard, a lot of people here work in entertainment, so sometimes the last thing they want to do it go to a show (generally speaking). When I go home to Montana, people are so supportive and seek out any kind of live music.
When you get a good enthusiastic crowd in LA, it feels like, “shit, I must being doing something right”.
4. How does a song start for you? Where does your inspiration come from?
I write down little snippets of phrases or words that interest me a lot of times. Then I go back through them and create a concept or theme. I used to write a lot of “poetry” when I was in middle school, so sometimes it just comes out like a poem. I usually start with the music first. I actually never can pinpoint how I come up with a riff or tuning. Most of my songs are in different tunings that I make up. I just sort of fuck around till something feels right and then I listen to that feeling and follow it. Sometimes I’ll listen to other artists whose songwriting or voice I admire, and I’ll try and write something like that, then it comes out very different.
5. Do you write down your song ideas when ever they come or do just remember?
Remembering is a terrible idea. I’ll be in bed, really tired and kind of hallucinating, and I’ll think up a really good lyric. Then I say to myself, repeat it and you’ll remember it in the morning. I have always forgotten, so instead I force myself to write them down. I remember someone once telling me that you only get one chance and that you better write it down.
6. Do you have moments where you just can’t write and have to do something else?
Of course. I’ll go meditate or read a book or work on existing songs.
7. Is the songwriting collaborative?
It has always just been me writing the songs. I am branching out now and writing songs with other people, with help from my publishing company, Third Side Music (Courtney Barnett, Kurt Vile, Flying Lotus, Run the Jewels). It feels too personal to write songs with my band.
8. Do you have any releases in the pipeline?
An entire album is finished, produced by the great John Agnello, and I am hoping to release it early in this upcoming new year.
9. What has been your favorite show to date?
Umm, that’s a really hard question. We play lots of shows. Hmm we played a show in the bottom of a dorm building at Reed College in Portland. All the bands kicked ass and everyone there was listening to the music but still having a good time. I sometimes struggle because not all crowds like to listen to lyrics, so when a crowd seems receptive to the lyrical content as well as the music, I feel like what I am trying to say is heard.
The college looked so cool at night, there were only kids around, it was cold (something I miss since I now live in Southern California) and they gave us fried chicken.
10. What is next for you?
We’re playing lots of shows and getting ready to release this album in early 2017, we’re currently in discussion with a couple of labels. Come see us live, maybe Australia could be next…
So HPKNS have released their latest track it’s a good tune and I dig it heaps. Good rocking blues track with a cool vibe that makes it sounds fresh and I for one are happy with what these cool cats are doing. Give it a whirl, buy it, play it to your friends, it’s worth the time.
LLC yes that is his name, is one man band, doing everything. So read on and find out more about this talented Aussie artist.
1. What was the inspiration behind the the ep and how was it structured?
Inspiration came at varied moments during the process of this EP. As it took 3-4 years from recording to releasing it & even then one of the songs is written over a decade ago! But this EP is tied to my next one (yet to be finished) w/ a similar vibe & name. View Of Solitude was structured based on my experiences over the past years. eg. previous bands ending, relationships turn to turmoil, going solo. You know, the usual motivating writing methods!
2. Are you happy the way it turned out and what do you hope people will get out of it?
I am happy the way it turned out, despite being one of the most challenge experiences of my musical career. As I recorded & mixed it all myself, so with that comes a strong hold on how things ‘should’ sound & be balanced. Safe to say, it took me a longggg time to be happy w/ the overall EP.
Hoping that people will hear & feel the heart & soul that has gone into the songs & connect with the words & emotion. Cause that’s why I love music as it’s a universal language & can be interpreted in MANY ways. So anyone can enjoy it!
3. How does a song normally come to you?
Usually on a guitar or piano & I’ll work with chords & song structure first. Play it over & over & over (you see where I’m going with this!?), till I’m happy with it then pre pro a demo at home. From there I tend to build layers of instrumentation that I feel suits the song & the story I’m trying to convey. Even if I initially don’t have the words or lyrics yet.
4. What inspires you now when writing music from when you were starting out?
Mmhmm good question. Well now, I’ve had more life experiences to draw inspiration from. Whether it be music related or not (busking the streets of NYC, recording in Nashville, OR even just cooking a meal!) I keep my eyes & mind open to new things so it can influence me & my writing to a different level that I’m not used to before. But saying that, I still write from a place that I want the song to be as catchy, poppy, melodic as possible & yet somewhat interesting. Try to give it my unique tone & character, whatever that may be 🙂
5. How does having fans mean to you guys?
Having fans is one of the main reasons why ANY artist or band chooses to pursue music. Especially if you wanna make a career out of it. As they are THE ONES listening, commenting, showing their support for what means so much to you. In hopes that it is reciprocated & appreciated as much as the amount of blood, sweat & tears has gone into it. Having fans is amazing & reassuring to know that what you’re writing & singing about is “understood”.
6. What to you stands out being the highlight to date?
Mmhmm been a fair few over the past 15 years but I’d have to say more recently, with my solo travels to the States last year (twice infact). Recording full band original material in Nashville, Tennessee w/ one of my biggest idols, Will Pugh (vocalist of US pop rock band, Cartel) was truly mind blowing. To share moments with his family & friends and to be making music in one of the most creative & musically vibes town was easily the best experience I’ve had, so far… 😉
7. Do you have moments where you just can’t write and need to take a break?
Boy do I ever! Those are the moments one should be definitely aware of. Cause if you’re feeling drained, tired or uninspired, nothing good or solid will come from it (depending on the style & person of course!). But I’m always working on songs so to get away from it every once & a while to recharge the batteries is essential to quality & consistency, in my humble opinion!
8. What is your long term goal for your music and what do you hope 2016 will play a part in that?
My long term goal has always been to share my music with as many like minded musicians & people as possible.
I wanna pass on the feeling music I enjoy & admire to others, so we have something to talk about or “bond over”.
As silly as it sounds, back in the MySpace days, is when I felt most connected to PROPER hardcore fans.
Not so much these days, but that only fuels my fire more to keep going & creating music I’m proud of. Especially later in life when I look back at what I did. As much as 2016 has been a stressful & patience testing year for me & my music, I couldn’t think of a more inspiring & cathartic way of releasing those pent up emotions! Definitely builds thicker skin to not give up.
9. What is next for the band?
Next on my list, is to finish recording & mixing my next acoustic EP (which is a sequel to this one about to be released), do the ‘typical cycle of promo’, along w/ super shows to support the releases. Then, I plan on releasing my FULL BAND material (covers & original album), which I’ve performed & accumulated on my own over the past 3-4 years. So if anyone likes what they hear, there’s plenty more in store!
So I came across Erica Bryan music and I dig what I heard and you know I had to interview her. So she kindly agreed to do an interview and you can listen here. Annoyingly my Skype recording software that I have keeps not working properly, so I had to use another program. Hopefully my next interview I do on Sunday, no issues arise their.
Photos by Jonathan George
Kelsey Lewis would be one of my favorite discoveries of the last few years, she is a fantastic singer songwriter, with an incredible voice, good tunes and really is the complete package. It won’t be long until this gorgeous singer songwriter will be a household name and I for one will keep continuing to support her career.
| BRAVE TODAY |
SYDNEY BASED METALCORE OUTFIT RELEASE NEW SINGLE + FILM CLIP ‘IF THIS IS WHAT YOU WANT’+ ANNOUNCE LAUNCH SHOWS
Sydney based Metalcore outfit Brave Today launched their new single/film clip ‘If This Is What You Want’, and will be celebrating with a single launch show at Studio Six on October 14th.
‘If This Is What You Want’ is taken from the bands debut EP ‘The Lives We Lead’ which is set for release on Friday November 4th.
Brave Today have announced that they will play their debut EP launch on Saturday November 19th @ MMRS.
The single recently premiered on Triple J’s – ‘Short. Fast. Loud’, and was followed up by an exclusive video premiere of the clip viaKillYourStereo.com.
Brave Today have had a killer year so far, releasing debut single ‘Fear Of Life’ to an extremely warm reception. The single quickly gained traction via Triple J, Blunt Mag and Pure Grain Audio (just to mention a few outlets.)
‘If This Is What You Want’ and ‘Fear Of Life’ are available for download on iTunes.
UPCOMING LAUNCH SHOWS
Saturday November 19th –MMRS, Sydney, NSW
EP Launch Show
Tickets available at door | 18+ only
Photos by Patric Massou/Patrick Massou.
Michelle Page is one of the hardest working, most amazingly talented people’s I know. So I wanted to give her another shout out here on the site because I believe in what she does as an actor and all else that she does. I’m honoured. I get to be friends with this gorgeous, very sexy lady. Michelle does no wrong by me and I will keep supporting her career.
So Blunt are premiere my awesome friends Smoking Martha new video clip, Say You’re Mine and soon as it’s made public I’ll properly share it here. But it’s an excellent clip and the song is rocking.
| LLC |
SYDNEY BASED ACOUSTIC POP PUNK ARTIST RELEASES NEW SINGLE ‘LIMOUSINE’ + ANNOUNCES DEBUT EP RELEASE
Sydney based acoustic Pop Punk artist LLC has just released his new single ‘Limousine’, which is taken from his forthcoming EP‘View Of Solitude’.
‘Limousine’ was recently premiered via KillYourStereo.com and highlights LLC’s vast musical ability, having written and recorded all parts on the single.
LLC is the moniker for multi-instrumentalist Lorenzo La Cava.
LLC pens soulful acoustic pop punk that draws influence from the likes of City & Colour, Dashboard Confessional and This Wild Life.
LLC has kept up an epic rate of pace since his inception in 2012. He debuted with a full band EP ‘Shortcuts to Success’ (on which he wrote and recorded all musical parts.)
Since then LLC has toured several times across the United States, busking around most major cities whilst building a new fan base. He has also supported the likes of Cartel, Lydia, Will Pugh, D at Sea, Hands Like Houses and Young Lions.
New EP ‘View Of Solitude’ is set for release later in 2016, and LLC will soon announce upcoming shows.