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.
I adore Georgia Mae and love what she does as a musician. She kindly let me use two of her tunes in my Parx-e Story video and this is her new video clip for Move and it’s a Jaw dropping stunning clip. The song itself is a catchy pop tune and her voice is on fire. Georgia Mae is gonna be a star and I for one will keep on supporting
I adore Moreton and so much very much looking forward to seeing them play next month in November. This is their debut EP Specimen I bought my copy off Google Play on Friday and have been cranking it ever since. I urge to get a copy and crank it. Songwriting, vocals and production are just excellent.