Indieterria meets Jack Fletcher Band

Hey all you people (right here, right now)!

So much is going on dear readers, that we donโ€™t know where to start! Interviews, pictures, secret gigs being organized (maybe in Birmingham, or maybe not ๐Ÿ˜Š), plans and collaborations โ€“ we are 24hrs party people, only our party is a long-time marketing campaign! It is an exciting time to be alive as our friend says, but we wish our day had 48 hours instead of 24. Or well, you only live once.

Saturday, the 9th of June is coming closer and closer and we cannot wait! We will have a mini Worcester invasion with HVMM playing at The Flapper, Lost Tigers appearing at the Bishop and Actress and Dead Dads Club coming back to The Sunflower Lounge to rock you like a hurricane. Please use the links below to purchase the tickets and support The Racket, Jack Fletcher Band and our Malvern boys in DDC, if you are looking for a quality entertainment. Always support your local DIY scene. Those bands are the future of the British guitar music!

Poster for gig at the legendary Sunflower Lounge on 9th June 2018

You can also read our previous interview with:
Dead Dads Club:ย
The Racket:ย

The event has made it onto the newspapers in Brum, so we are happy kittens:

Today, we would like to present you with the last interview we did to promote the show. The Jack Fletcher Band is one of Wolverhamptonโ€™s finest new bands and you just have to see them live. We talked to lead singer and guitarist, Jack Fletcher about the bandโ€™s name (quite obvious!), playing with Johnny Brown of Twisted Wheel and their new upcoming music. No beating about bush, only simple and straightforward answers. This is what we like!

Band`s logo

Jack Fletcher (vocals, guitar)
Tom Robinson (drummer)
Henry Bradley (bass)
George Hadley (lead guitar)

Official bio:ย  The Jack Fletcher Bans is an indie-rock four piece from Wolverhampton that can only be described as real rock with their stripped back guitar music, Midlands twang and their live-for-the moment attitude.

After the split of his former band โ€œThe Townโ€, lead vocalist Jack Fletcher began his solo career before meeting fellow band members: Tom Robinson (drummer) and Henry Bradley (bass) on a music technology course at university. From this friendship and the introduction of George Hadley (lead guitar), The Jack Fletcher Band was formed. Combining influences from mod bands such as The Jam & The Who with the rock and roll sounds of Led Zeppelin and Jimi Hendrix.

To date these Black Country lads have played numerous festivals and venues including Lakefest (supporting the likes of Primal Scream, The Coral, Cast and Star Sailor), Party in the Pines Festival, Wolverhamptonโ€™s Slade Rooms, Notting Hill Arts Club, Sunflower Lounge in Birmingham and the legendary Band on the Wall in Manchester.

With their unique and timeless compositions, youthful spirit and optimistic outlook, The Jack Fletcher Band are a group that will stand the test of time. They are a band that not only defines the present, but a band that embodies the culture and guts of those that came before them and will continue to do so for years to come.

Amazing picture taken by our dear friend Nidge Luhg Sanders at Trust A Fox Photography

Before we start, let`s have a proper introduction to all the members of the band. Please tell us who is who?

Jack Fletcher: Hi. My name is Jack Fletcher and Iโ€™m the lead singer and I play guitar. The rest of the band is George Hadley on lead guitar, Henry Bradley on bass and Tom Robinson on drums.

You have been performing under The Jack Fletcher Band moniker for quite some time now. It is simple yet memorable name. Did you choose it on purpose or was it last minute decision that just stayed with you? Are you tempted to change it to something else?

Jack Fletcher: We decided on The Jack Fletcher Band as the bandโ€™s name wasnโ€™t really something we cared about. I wasnโ€™t really good at picking names so we picked the worst name that we could find (laughing). Joking aside, itโ€™s just stuck with us.

Your biography mentions that the band started out after a group of incredibly talented musicians took the same music course at the university. It is a perfect script material. Was it really a random encounter or did you know each other before?

Jack Fletcher: We all knew each other. Myself, Henry and Tom – we all really met at college and George was a friend of Jackโ€™s early onโ€ฆ and the rest is a history (laughing).

Jack, before forming this group, you fronted The Town, an accomplished act in its own right. Can you tell us more about your project?

Jack Fletcher: The Town was my first real band. We played all around the country when we were around 16 -17 years old. Looking back on it, thatโ€™s a big achievement in itself really. We did well and we were so very young. But we enjoyed it.

Jack Fletcher Band in black and white

You have wonderful working relationship with Twisted Wheel. You supported them several times and in return Johnny Brown performed with you on stage. How did your collaboration start?

Jack Fletcher: We were always big fans of Johnny’s music and we met him at an acoustic gig in Derby some time ago and our friendship has been good ever since. We see him as a hero, but please donโ€™t tell him that (laughing). He is a good friend.

The video to song “Has it all gone wrong” beautifully directed by Benjamin Harrp amassed over 100k views on social media.ย  We have to admit, we absolutely love this song. It is very emotional. Any back story behind this track?

Jack Fletcher: Thank you! The story behind this track is very simple. I personally believe everyone can relate to it. Anything can go wrong in life but I suppose, it is always for the right reasons. The song is very emotional but I think it has a positive ending. You know, โ€œkeep on keeping onโ€, that sort of thing. And we are glad to hear that people can relate to the songโ€™s tune and its lyrics.

Another of our favourites “What are you waiting for” was produced byย Ryan Pinson at RML Studios in Wolverhampton. Pinson is known for working with several upcoming independent artists such as Jump The Shark, Wax Futures and Cosmic Rays. His style isย crisp, a bit raw and energetic. Was that what you wanted to highlight in your song?

Jack Fletcher: Writing a good song is one thing but getting it produced well and making it sound like you do live is very difficult. Ryanโ€™s a legend. He is an excellent producer and he can do his stuff very well. Always brings the best out of our music and thatโ€™s very important for us.

As Vanadian Avenue is based in Worcester, we have to mention that you have played on our home turf at Worcester Music Festival in 2017. How do you remember it? We hope The Faithful City provided you with a solid crowd and good memories.

JFB live on stage

Jack Fletcher:ย Yeah we have played in Worcester a few times. To be honest sometimes a bit too early for us to have half-decent crowd. You seem to put up shows very early guys, but the experience hasnโ€™t been bad all bad (laughing).

On 9th of June you will join The Racket and Dead Dads Club at The Sunflower Lounge for a true rock and roll celebration. Are you preparing something special for the gig?

Jack Fletcher: We will try and impress people at gig on Saturday. Thatโ€™s what we always intend to do anyway. We are not planning anything special, we will give it our all and maybe play a new tune.

Your schedule this year is fully packed. Where can your fans see you next? Any summer festivals or important concerts we should be on the look out for?

Jack Fletcher: Weโ€™ve got a quite a few things coming up and we are getting quite busy again. But everything still needs to be confirmed. Always come to our social media sites including Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to check things out. You will not be disappointed.

As mentioned already, the band is available on all important social media platforms, so take your pick!

Official website:

Talking to the bands is one thing, but seeing them live is a completely different set of vinyls. Hopefully we will see you in Sunflower Lounge this Saturday. Bring your friends, a pair of comfortable shoes and let’s dance the night away!

Au revoir la hautย ร  mes amis (just because speaking in French is hot these days)
Rita and Malicia


Indieterria meets Dead Dads Club

Dear Readers!

The first half of 2018 is behind us but your two faithful A&Rโ€™s are not stopping for an inch! In the last week we have travelled with Nuns of the Tundra to HowTheLightsGetIn festival, witnessed them play a semi acoustic gig at Paradiddles Cafe for Before The Music ย workshops (similar in form to the โ€œStory Tellersโ€ on MTV if you are old enough to remember it!) and wave them off to go to Swindon for a meeting with a producer!

Thatโ€™s not all! The Americas and Soeur were chosen by BBC Hereford and Worcester to play at the Wychwood Festival and you can see a short video of The Americas playing one of their best gigs on Vanadian Avenue Facebook page. In short, it was a crazy 7 daysย  but we are having the time of our lives (as usual anyway)!

New week and we have a brand new interview for you dear readers. We have sat down with Lee Richardson, lead singer of the Dead Dads Club, to discuss Malvern blooming rock and roll scene, new tracks and their love for the DIY, guitar driven scene led by bands such as The Blinders. Dead Dads Club will support The Racket on their first national tour and you can catch them both (plus the Jack Fletcher Band) at the Sunflower Lounge in Birmingham on the 9th of June. The show is organized by the great people at Modern Age Music and you can find more information about the show here:

Poster for gig at the legendary Sunflower Lounge on 9th June 2018

We have to admit that we giggled like schoolgirls reading the interview and Leeโ€™s sense of humour (bit dry and sarcastic) made it one of the funniest interviews we ever hosted on Indieterria.

So, please enjoy!

Lee Richardson (vocals, guitar)
Matt Rawlings (bass)
James Devine (drums)
Milo Ferreira-Hayes (lead guitar)

Official bio: ย Hailing from Malvern, Worcestershire, The Dead Dads Club consist of four close friends: Lee, Milo, James and Matt. Lee Richardson (lead vocals) is known for composing meaningful lyrics that everyone can relate to. There is a rich deepness as much as sense of humour backed up by strong, dynamic rock and roll acoustic steele string guitar. Lee’s chords are graced by Milo Ferreira-Hayes on lead guitar. Their partnership creates a unique sound with strong arrangements and lush solos. Then comes James Devine with his powerful drumming and unmatched beats that strongly root the band inside the alternative and independent genres. Matt Rawlings’ atmospheric and hypnotic bass completes the musical equation. The Dead Dads Club tour consistently and played many important venues in West Midlands such as The Sunflower Lounge, O2 Arena and O2 Institute in Birmingham, Gifford Arms in Wolverhampton or Marrโ€™s Bar in Worcester. They shared stages with The Racket, HVMM, Nuns of the Tundra, Jump the Shark, Matchboy, Juniper Nights, Winchester, Ruben Seabright, The Soviets and many more.

According to your bio, The Dead Dads Club are four good friends with similar musical interests and outlook on life. You listen to the same records and laugh at the same (apparently unfunny) jokes. Please introduce yourselves to the readers of Indieterria.

Lee Richardson: All right, letโ€™s get started.ย First, we have JD or James Devine. Our drummer is 23-year-old history graduate. Has a tendency to throw his drumsticks mid-song and he’s a huge music fan. One of the nicest guys you’ll ever meet, although he never shuts up (laughing).ย  Matt Rawlings. Bass. 19 years old. Studying music at college. Saved the band when our previous bass player Liam left as I was ready to jack it in.ย  Intelligent but quietly reserved, and says what he needs to.ย  Milo. Lead guitar. 17 years old. Studying music with Matt in Hereford. Channels Jimmy Hendrix and Stevie Ray Vaughan while he continues to develop his own style.ย  Highly intelligent, loves the ladies (and some men).ย  He’ll go places.ย  Lee Richardson.ย  Rhythm guitar, vocals. 30 something. Loves the band, they’ve become his family.ย  Came late to the music game but is glad he did.ย  Also, what really brings us together is we’re fed up of what is considered “popular musicโ€ these days. Where the hell are the guitar bands in the charts?ย  We aim to be part of the wave of new guitar bands that will bring back indie music to the masses. Its due, and itโ€™s going to happen. Bands like The Blinders will lead the way for this new wave.

We heard there is a good story surrounding your first meeting. How and where have you met?

Lee Richardson: Actually, there is (laughing). I met JD first, in a pub over Christmas in 2016. He’d put an Oasis track on the jukebox and in my drunken state, I stumbled over to his table and asked who the Oasis fan was.ย  Initially, JD thought I was coming over to start trouble soโ€ฆ (laughing again). Anyway, we started chatting and he joined me at some open mic night accompanying me on Cajon. At one such open mic, we were just sitting down as a tall, good looking kid walked in with a guitar and amp in hand.ย  He set up and started banging out โ€œVoodoo Child (Slight Return)โ€ by Hendrix note for note perfect.ย  Jaws dropped around the pub, and I was introduced to Milo 10 minutes later.ย  Milo, being an old soul in a young body (he’s 17), decided he was going to adopt us and he started joining JD and I on stage.ย  Matt came into the band last as a replacement for Liam Blakemore, who left us after becoming a father last year.

Dead Dads Club Live
Picture by Duncan Graves

The Dead Dads Club is a highly unusual name. We did a little research about it and the results are very inconclusive. We found an episode of a popular American TV series โ€œGreyโ€™s Anatomyโ€ bearing that title, a book, an independently released murder-mystery stage play and a scientific paper. What is the inspiration behind the bandโ€™s name?

Lee Richardson: A friend of mine, Tristan James (who is an incredible rapper and lyricist by the way) and I were working on some songs together two years ago.ย  Tristan’s dad had passed away two years before and mine had just died around the time.ย  We made a joke that we should call ourselves The Dead Dads Club. Some found it distasteful, we found it funny and as time went on, it proved to be an attention grabber.ย  As the band was developing in its infancy, we moved forward without Tristan as we felt that we wouldn’t be able to accommodate rap within our music, and that Tristanโ€™s talents needed to have the sole emphasis placed on him alone.ย  We still work together and have a collaboration between DDC and Tristan James coming out this year.

The original line-up of The Dead Dads Club included Liam Blakemore on bass and Milo Ferreira-Hayes on lead guitar. Currently you have a newcomer, Matt Rawlings on guitar and Milo moved on to play bass. How long have you been working with Matt? When did he join the band?

Lee Richardson: We have been working with Matt just under a year now. We were lucky to find him after Liam left the band to concentrate on his new family.

Talking about Matt, we have noticed that him and Milo have a tendency of swapping guitars during gigs. Is it done only for certain songs or are you trying to totally confuse the audience?

Lee Richardson: Matt is actually a lead guitarist first and foremost, but we dragged him into the band as we needed a bass player.ย  Luckily, he could hold his own on the bass.ย  Matt and Milo swap their instruments over on a song called โ€œStopโ€. When we recorded the studio version, Milo was laying down his lead track, when I suggested an idea of putting something “Hendrixy” into the solo. Matt immediately heard something in his head, grabbed Milo’s guitar and played the most amazing little lick that had Milo put his hands to his head in disbelief and proclaim: “You’re a @*%^”! Please insert the swear word of your choice! We all still laugh about it months later. We have another new track in development about an unsuccessful application to play at a local festival that Matt will again take guitar duties on.ย  And yes, we love to confuse the audience.ย  Itโ€™s what we do best!

Your home town of Malvern is relatively small but it has long musical tradition and a vibrant scene. You are part of the local pack along with Nuns of the Tundra, Ruben Seabright, UltraMegaOK and White Feather Collective. Any explanation for such a high concentration of talent per square mile?

Lee Richardson: Malvern has always attracted arty types from all over the country. It has also produced many talented locals in many endeavors aside from just music. Thereโ€™s good music everywhere, but I think a lot of people are scared to put it out into the open as they’re worried what people will think.ย  Bands like the Nuns of The Tundra and The White Feather Collective have got the balls to believe in themselves and their songs and they should.ย  They set the standard in Malvern for sure and Iโ€™d argue further afield than that as well. The Malvern scene has been very supportive of us playing our own songs, and that has provided us with a platform to build on to play bigger towns and cities. Of course, others would say the high concentration of talent is just down to the Malvern spring water (laughing).

Lee Richards singing his heart out
Picture by Duncan Graves

Dead Dads Clubโ€™s music has been compared to The Beatles, The Stone Roses, The Doors, Oasis, Crosby Stills Young and Nash, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Ryan Adams and Arctic Monkeys โ€“ thatโ€™s some of the biggest names in popular music. Tell us what inspires you to write?

Lee Richardson:ย  Have we?ย  Jesus, we should be playing Wembley by now then if thatโ€™s the case (laughing). Our influences vary, but all those bands have been massive for me when I was growing up.ย  I have one goal when I write and thatโ€™s to infect a personโ€™s mind with the melody or the hook.ย  If I see people dancing, tapping their feet or getting emotional when they hear Dead Dads Club track, then my job is done.ย  My lyrics aren’t really deep or even that good. Itโ€™s hard to write meaningful lyrics when you have a heart of stone (laughing again).ย  Most of the tracks have been inspired by either ex-girlfriends, stalkers or life events. I don’t look at the moon on a dark starry night and have flood of beautiful Dylan-esque lyrics come to the forefront of my mindโ€™s eye.ย  I’ll leave that to all the Joni Mitchells of this world.ย  Iโ€™m rather in-your-face rock n roll writer with attitude and swagger. Thatโ€™s enough for us.

Your shows attract large number of guest musicians and singers. We are especially interested in James Burnham who joined you on stage playing electric violin many times. Any chances of seeing him performing with you again?

Lee Richardson: James was an original member of Dead Dads Club along with Liam, Milo, JD and myself. Our sound changed after Liam left the band, and it was becoming increasingly difficult to accommodate a violin within a setting that was chasing a heavier charged more electric sound.ย  James Burnham is probably the most talented musical mind I’ve met and I plan on doing more acoustic recordings with him as a duo to add to the songs we’ve already recorded together.

Recently you played three gigs in one day. Were you celebrating a special occasion or trying to beat the Guinness World Book record for the biggest number of gigs played in a single day?

Lee Richardson: We already have a record for band with the most special needs, so we’ll settle for that one for now (laughing). We played at a 21st birthday party in Malvern and did an acoustic set to start things rolling, before packing up and heading to play at The Brickroom in Worcester.ย  We then headed back to the party to play a full electric set.ย  It was a good day and the alcohol certainly helped us along the way!

You have been working hard on your new batch of songs. So far you have given us three titles: โ€œAfter the Warโ€, โ€œChantโ€ and โ€œButtons of Goldโ€. Can you tell us more about those songs?

Lee Richardson: We have such a backlog of tracks, itโ€™s hard to decide what to bring to the set next!ย  The first song you are asking about โ€œAfter the Warโ€ was written by Matt and myself after consuming half a bottle of Jack one Sunday afternoon.ย  Mattโ€™s been listening to a lot of Jeff Buckley recently and wrote the trip chords. I wrote the lyrics and melody there and then. Not sure why, but I had images of a post-apocalyptic Earth ravaged by the aftermath of fallen society.ย  So, I just wrote the story that was forming in my head and we had the track recorded as a demo within an hour. Another demo recording, entitled temporarily as โ€œChantโ€ in short is a peace protest kind of song. I channeled the โ€œHey Judeโ€ chorus and came up with my own interpretation of that massive crowd singalong. We’re currently rehearsing โ€œChantโ€ to add to the set, but โ€œAfter the Warโ€ will probably end up as just a standalone song. It would be very difficult to reproduce the haunting sound we got on the recording on stage, unless we used multiple effects peddles and we don’t believe in overdoing it with those. โ€œButtons of Goldโ€ is brand new track inspired in a way by the sound that The Blinders have made their own.ย  Itโ€™s about an experience that Jimi Hendrix had when he came to London in the 1960’s with two policemen who stopped him for wearing a WW2 military veterinary core jacket but really because of the color of his skin, letโ€™s face it.ย  I encourage everyone to read up on it, itโ€™s interesting.ย  I won’t bore you with the details here (laughing). Anyway, we’ll be playing โ€œButtons of Goldโ€ for the first time in public at the Sunflower Lounge gig on June 9th. We are supporting another good guitar band, The Racket so come and see us there.

The band in full
Picture by Duncan Graves

Next months will surely be very busy for you. Whatโ€™s in store for the Dead Dads Club? Anything we need to know?

Lee Richardson: We’re having a month off in July to re-charge and find new inspiration.ย  Our EP is ready to roll now, and that’ll be out in August.ย  We’ll be throwing a release party at Carnival records in Malvern, and playing a set there too.ย  The momentum has been building nicely thanks to support from the Nuns and local promoters, and we’re going to build on this massively this year, guaranteed.ย  Long live rock n roll…and cheeseburgers.

You can follow Dead Dads Club on social media:

Management and booking:

Articles about the band:

We cannot wait to see Lee, Milo, James and Matt rocking The Sunflower stage again! Last time Dead Dads Club played there, they gave their best and the audience loved them. Some tickets are still available, so do yourself a favor and come see them live.

The Blinders might be leading the musical revolution, but Dead Dads Club are following their footsteps!

Please come back soon as we have ย another great interview to show you before the big day ย next Saturday!!

till then,
Rita and Mal

Indieterria meets FAITH

Dear readers!

Thank you so much for your kind reaction to our interview with The Racket! We are truly grateful for all the shares, likes and positive comments, it means a world to us! We hope that you are enjoying the interviews as much as we do preparing them and hopefully, we will see you all at the Sunflower Lounge in Birmingham for a real rock and roll banger on 9th of June!

If youโ€™d like to learn more about the event organized by the wonderful crew at Modern Age Music or read the previous interviews we published, please click on the links below:

Poster for gig at the legendary Sunflower Lounge on 9th June 2018

Event page on Facebook:ย
Organizer: Modern Age Music:
Interview with As Mamas:
Interview with The Racket:

This interview was done as Birmingham native band FAITH was supposed to support The Racket – however after we did the interview band had to cancel. Still so, Indieterria got hold of McCabe, Jason, Tom and Matty to chat about their second EP (which will be simply called โ€œTwoโ€), the joys of working with long-time friends and returning to stage in their home town. As one of our musical heroes keeps saying, itโ€™s great to be alive and itโ€™s a pleasure to be able to discover new exciting bands.

Let us introduce you to:


Jason Payne – Vocals & Lead Guitar
McCabe James – Rhythm/Lead Guitar
Tom Jones – Bass Guitar
Matty Neale – Drums/Percussion

Band`s logo

Official bio: Faith is a Birmingham based quartet consisting of Jason Payne (vocals and lead guitar), McCabe James (rhythm guitar), Tom Jones (bass guitar) and Matty Neale (drums and percussion). Founded in 2015 they draw their influences from The 1975, The Cult and Joy Division.

Within the walls of debut EP โ€œOneโ€, FAITH’s true musical introduction to the world is conjured, with a compelling combination of dark pop layers amongst an attack of strings and a rebellious pulse. Hook-filled melodies sit within hard and heavy beats as songs are laced with intelligent yet angst-filled lyrics which speak to a generation. The synth infused, deep funk underlay adds salt to the wound building up to a unique dirty, metallic dance eruption. Their recent single โ€œHoneyโ€ received an extensive airplay on BBC Introducing in West Midland.

Local press sees you as one of the outstanding bands in town on par with The Assist, Karkosa and The Clause. Please introduce the band to the readers of Indieterria.

McCabe James: It will be my pleasure. FAITH is Jason Payne, our lead singer and guitarist. He also plays synth. Well in reality, he just pushes one button on it before each song, thatโ€™s all (laughing). Next, we have Matt Neale who plays drums. Tom Jones is on bass and backing vocals. And then there’s me, McCabe. Iโ€™m the newest member of the band on guitar and some backing vocals but Iโ€™ve known Jason and Matt for years and being in other bands.

Jason Payne: We are a four piece indie pop soon bringing to you an explosive new EP, full of silly guitar riffs and mint combination of drums/bass with an average vocal but great lyrics. That’s how I would describe us (laughs).

Matty Neale: So weโ€™re a bit of everything, you have me Matt Neale on drums always up for a laugh and donโ€™t take life too seriously. Jason Payne vocals can be shy but once you get to know him he is possibly the funniest person I have ever met but heโ€™s an absolute legend and knows how to make your cheeks hurt through laughter and he also writes some banging tunes along the way. Tom Jones plays bass like a boss but also originally came up with sex bomb, itโ€™s not unusual etc. McCabe is cockney what more is there to say apart from heโ€™s mad as a box of frogs but is completely devoted to shredding the guitar and living life to the full. Altogether we are FAITH an original indie pop/rock band from the West Midlands.

Tom Jones: Weโ€™re just four lads that enjoy making music and having a laugh while doing it to be fair. Jase is the funniest bastard Iโ€™ve ever met and a perfectionist in every sense. McCabe knows his way round a guitar better than I know my way round the pubs in Shrewsbury (thatโ€™s well). Matt is a quality drummer and we gel well as the โ€˜rhythm sectionโ€™ of the band. And well I just turn up half hour late to everything still pissed and get an alright sound out of a bass I suppose.

Faith ready to unleash new music

You have been praised for your eclectic song writing and compared to The 1975, Joy Division and even to The Cure. But we want to hear what new elements you bring to popular music. What makes you unique?

McCabe James: Thank you. We add a nice mix of different influences that shine through on each song but with a big guitar sound when needed. The new music has definitely progressed from our first EPย  – “One”.

Jason Payne: Our old management compared us to all those bands and they don’t really have a clue about music so I wouldn’t listen to that. We`re pretty unique I can’t say we sound like anybody to be fair.

Matty Neale: Our EP Two is unique, it is the best piece of music Iโ€™ve ever heard from an unsigned band if I do say so myself. Energetic drum beats with powerful guitar riffs shredding through and catchy lyrics that have meaning. Weโ€™re a mix of old and new in one.

Tom Jones: I think weโ€™re unique just because I canโ€™t put my finger on our sound, even more so in the new EP but when I got asked to join I listened to some of the tracks from EP One and couldnโ€™t get where the influences had come from but took an instant liking to the band.

FAITH knows how to have good time. Your interests on social media mentions “parties, females and sunshine”. Imagine you are in charge to plan a weekend away for Robert Smith. Where do you take him and what do you do for two days?

McCabe James: (laughing) This is a good question. We would probably take him to Amsterdam and get on it!

Jayson Payne: Who’s Robert Smith?

Matty Neale: McDonaldโ€™s drive through would defo be on the cards and maybe my nan`s.

Tom Jones: Iโ€™d take him to The Nag`s Head in Shrewsbury cause itโ€™s the best pub in the world and show him how to down a Guinness.

Despite your young age, you are not debutantes. You have been making a mark on Birmingham scene for about six years now. In 2013, Express and Star called you “an indie band on the road to success”. The same year you played your first show at the O2 Academy. Your songs appeared on Amazing Radio, Black Country radio, BBC Hereford and Worcester, BBC West Midlands and BBC Introducing. You crossed the country on tour, filling out important venues such as Sunflower Longue in Birmingham, Slade Rooms in Wolverhampton and Nambucca in London. This is a very impressive CV indeed.

McCabe James: Thank you. Well, we are trying our best! Right now, we’ve been off the scene for a while. We have been rehearsing, writing and recording for the past year and a half since Iโ€™ve been in the band so it was a long break for us. After this, we feel like we have to start from scratch in a way but we’ve had a pretty good response to our new single โ€œHoneyโ€ even if the Facebook likes donโ€™t prove it (laughing). We just love what we make and we hope the audience will like it as well.

Faith in monochrome

The band’s first EP “One” came out in October 2015. It was immediately promoted by BBC Introducing and received positive reviews in local press and zines. How do you recall the recording session?

McCabe James: I have to admit the recording process for our first EP was a lot easier than the recording for our second one. All our songs were written before we got into the studio to record โ€œOneโ€. This time itโ€™s different. We are in the studio now, writing the material and recording it at the same time.

Matty Neale: Iโ€™d been out the night before and went straight to the recording session. Took me about 500 times to get the beats right because I was still wrecked but managed to smash it then fell asleep listening to “Your Love Is Wasted On Me” feeling sorry for myself.

Tom Jones: I donโ€™t because I wasnโ€™t there but if itโ€™s anything like the ones Iโ€™ve been at, Jase would just have everyone in tears for ten hours straight.

Over the years, you have had several line-up changes. The core of the band seems to be centred around Jason Payne (vocalist and lead guitar) and Matty Neale (drums and percussion). Can you tell us about your composing process? Do Jason and Matty compose all the songs or does the band work together?

McCabe James: Jason, Matt and myself go a long way together. We were in a band called โ€œThe State Of Thingsโ€ about five or six years ago. After TSOT parted ways, we eventually reunited and went on to form FAITH. Everyone is involved in composing and writing music. We all have our own styles and preferences but what really counts is everyone is engaged in our creative process. We all contribute equally towards writing.

Jason Payne: The songs are usually a quick group process instrumentally but a long, painful process lyrically. I don’t like to put my lyrics out there if something doesn’t sound right or doesn’t have a meaning.

Matty Neale: Itโ€™s weird but we work as a band so well that one of the lads could hit a chord and Iโ€™ll put a beat to it or vice versa. Then Jase will put some lyrics on it and before you know it we have a new tune. We all add bits or parts we want to as long as it sounds sick!

Tom Jones: A lot of the time Jase will come to us with an idea and then weโ€™ll all have an input into what we put into the song but a few times weโ€™ve just played some random stuff in practice and accidentally wrote a song in half an hour. I think we all gel really well as a band to be fair and that helps when writing new material.

Cover of “One” EP

FAITH has been crafting the second EP entitled simply “Two” since last year. What can we expect and do you have the release date yet?

McCabe James: We do not have a release date so far, no. What can you expect? Well, we’ve progressed a lot as a band. Since I joined in, we have changed the style a bit. Our music got bit more groovier and funkier. Our personal music tastes also developed and Iโ€™m sure you will be able to hear it on our new EP when it is released.

Jason Payne: No release date as of yet but it is pretty fucking decent I’ll give us that.

Matty Neale: You can expect it to be 10 times better than Arctic Monkeys new album to put it that way. Hoping to release it in the summer.

Tom Jones: We have got a proposed date but itโ€™s our secret for the minute! As for the EP itโ€™s the best thing Iโ€™ve ever been involved in and we all think itโ€™s the dog bollocks to be honest. I think we all enjoyed writing these tunes and getting them down and I think that shows in the music.

First single to promote your upcoming EP, “Honey” is already hitting radio stations.ย  It is regarded as the indie anthem of summer. Can you tell us more about the song?

McCabe James: What can I say? โ€œHoneyโ€ is basically a song Jase wrote about his misses! (laughing)

Jason Payne: Song is about my misses, always moaned at me for years for not having a song written about her and now she does and she’s happy, and what a tune it is.

Matty Neale: It`s catchy and upbeat with story telling lyrics.

Tom Jones: Itโ€™s an upbeat catchy tune and itโ€™s one of my favorites to play. Great for summer.

Jayson Payne

On June 9th, you will be returning to Sunflower Longue to support The Racket. Will you play any of your new material?

McCabe James: We are very excited to perform alongside The Racket, The Jack Fletcher Band and As Mamas.ย  Definitely, we will be playing our new songs at the gig as well as the older ones. We canโ€™t wait to see you all there.

Jason Payne: (in a very enthusiastic voice) Yeah!

Matty Neale: (in the same time as Jason) Yes!

Tom Jones: (agreeing) Yes.

One last question. You can make your one wish come true. What would that be, except for the world peace of course!

McCabe James: (laughing) I wish we could do this full time so we can finally quit our shit day jobs!

Jason Payne: To play to more than 5 people obviously!

Matty Neale: I would absolutely love for our tunes to be heard around the UK and the world. One of my main wishes is to play our set on The Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury. That would be a dream come true!

Tom Jones: Play massive gigs and have as many people as possible listening to our music. Sounds cliche but itโ€™s what we love.

If youโ€™d like to follow FAITH on social media, please use the links below:


We absolutely love FAITH. They are funny, full of enthusiasm and they work/play hard in equal measure. We are heartbroken that they will not support The Racket on this tour but we will do our utmost to catch them live in the near future.

For now, that`s all from us dear readers and keep your eyes open for upcoming editions of Indieterria.


Indieterria meets The Racket

Hello, hello!

Band`s logo

We always say that the time goes really fast when you are having fun and it is true. So many gigs, so many outings, open air mic nights and ย it is almost the end of May! But the most exciting months are still head of us.

The next big date in our rock and roll diary is the 9th of June when we will be going back to the beautiful Sunflower Lounge to see the newest indie rock sensation, The Racket. The quartet is now on their headlining national tour and they decided to pop into the legendary Brum venue to show the West Midland folk how to play, fast, powerful songs and how to thoroughly enjoy the experience. The gig is brought on by the amazing crew at Modern Age Music and we cannot wait to step into the mosh pit.

If you are interested in purchasing tickets for the Birmingham show, please click on the link below:

Poster for The Racket gig on 9th July 2018 at the Sunflower Lounge

To prepare well for this musical feast, we sat down with the band to ask them several questions, from their early days in their hometown of Widnes, to musical inspirations, their newest single and some of the rock and roll antics that will definitely go down well into the ย history of ย modern music. The interview is one of the longest we did and we had a real blast. Thank you The Racket and hope you had as much fun answering these question as we had asking them and putting them on here!

The Racket – social media profile picture

Callum Codd
Mike White
Dom Eaton
Colby Oโ€™Sullivan

Official bio: The Racket is an alternative rock four-piece from Widnes that receives more and more attention on an independent music scene. The band have played their own headline sold out shows at Liverpools Zanzibar Club and Manchesterโ€™s Night and Day. They completed their first UK tour in 2017 supporting Louis Berry on numerous dates up and down the country then topped off with a hometown gig with Trampolene. Such creativity, melded with high energy enthusiasm, has been rewarded by them being listed by This Feeling as one of the big in 2018 bands. Their trajectory is steep and they are building momentum with every lager stained, sweat drenched show โ€“ and thatโ€™s just the front row. Having recently finished recording with Al Groves in the Motor Museum, the second release is finished and will be coming out later this year to coincide with their first music video. The band is currently on headline national tour with several summer festivals booked in including Great Escape, Confessional and On The Hill Festival as the main support to CAST. The Racket will play The Sunflowerย Lounge in Birmingham on 9th of June 2018 with support from The Jack Fletcher Band, FAITH and As Mamas.

You describe yourself simply as a โ€œfour-piece from Widnesโ€. Please introduce the band members to the readers of Indieterria.

Callum: I’m Callum. Iโ€™m guitarist and singer.
Michael: Hi, Iโ€™m Michael and I play the guitar.
Dom: I’m Dom, the drummer.
Colby: And I’m Colby. I play the bass.

Your home town boasts of strong musical heritage. Widnes lies closely to Spike Island where The Stone Roses held their legendary festival, it inspired โ€œHomeward Boundโ€ by Paul Simon (a song written at a local train station) and is referred in works of Belle and Sebastian (โ€œStars of Tracks and Fieldsโ€) and Elvis Costello (โ€œWatch Your Stepโ€). Jane Weaver and Mel C call Widnes home. The town also has a famous music venue โ€“ The Studio. Have your city and its history had any effect on your band?

The Racket. Picture by Culture City management

Callum: To be honest the history of Widnes hasn’t influenced me at all and probably never will! It’s the present, the way people go about their daily routines today and their lifestyles. It interests me to write and sing about the people around me. Mostly just normal things, born mainly out of frustration but also out of enjoyment. I think all the best comedians, actors, songwriters are the ones who are down to earth and talk about normal things.

Michael: Widnes is just where we have grown up and lived. As for an effect on the band, well itโ€™s the special people from Widnes that have carried us through since day 1 to where we are today. Without their backing, weโ€™d be playing The Hammer and Pincers on a Friday night doing shit covers!

Dom: I donโ€™t think itโ€™s something we think about often. The town itself hasn’t had an impact too much, itโ€™s more the people around us that have influenced us. Widnes is just like any other town in the UK and our songs are relatable because theyโ€™re about issues and problems that happen to people our age up and down the country.

Colby: I wasnโ€™t very interested by music while growing up. I was way more into football, up until around 2005 and 2006 when there was a lot of new bands coming through like The Arctic Monkeys. I would say, from that time on, I was influenced by music more than anything else.

The Racket is being compared to The Sex Pistols, Libertines and The Cribs. We can think of a dozen indie bands who would be mortified by the pressure to deliver. Comparisons to the greats seems to invigorate you. Do you have a way to handle music related stress?

Callum: We don’t often get stressed. We’re all good mates and we’re doing it because we love it. If people want to compare us to others, then so be it.

Michael: Every band gets comparisons as soon as they start. It gets boring when people ask, what sort of music are you? Get off your arse and go see a band live and it might just blow your mind! I think itโ€™s in our nature to compare music to whatโ€™s gone before, but thereโ€™s no stress or pressure. Weโ€™re just doing what weโ€™re doing and still would be whether people think we sound like The Sex Pistols or Danny Dyerโ€™s Chocolate Homunculus.

Dom: Itโ€™s great being compared to The Sex Pistols and The Libertines because weโ€™re fans of these bands but weโ€™ve heard it that often now, that for me, it has become a bit meaningless. This is our band, we want to do our own thing, create our own sound and make our own impact. What invigorates me most is playing live and knowing that youโ€™re playing to a crowd of people that want to hear your music and are going for it just as much as you are. Of course, weโ€™re serious about the music and where we want to take it but weโ€™re still four really good mates having a laugh and doing it cause we enjoy it. For me thereโ€™s no pressure on us.

Colby: Itโ€™s always nice to be compared to good bands from the past but I donโ€™t think it affects us in anyway. We just want what theyโ€™ve got or had and it’s our music out there for everyone to hear an enjoy.

On the set of their first music video by Sitcome Soldiers Ltd

In one interview you mentioned that your songs are born out of “boredom, teen angst and social commentary”. Which song you have penned so far makes you truly proud of and what it is about?ย 

Callum: Going back to what I said earlier about normal, mundane things. There’s a song I’ve wrote called โ€œTwo Minutes Hateโ€ which is exactly 2 minutes long and goes through the routine of someone who gets up, goes to work, comes home, has their tea, goes to bed, repeat. Frankly, it’s most people I know! This is why, I think I’ve managed to capture it quite well. Quite proud of that one, but I also love the song called โ€œWhy Are You Watching Meโ€ mainly cause of the riff!

Talking about teen angst, the photo promoting your single “Faded Days” shows your bare bottoms lined up along a wall. The picture is accompanied by a quote taken from the lyrics that states you are fed up being “bend over backwards for a man whoโ€™s in a suitโ€. Very risquรฉ yet incredibly brave for a young band. Did it get you in any trouble?

Callum: (laughing) Not yet, no! Hopefully it does sometime otherwise we would have just stuck on normal picture there! And itโ€™s funny you pointed out that lyric because we genuinely had it on there! We love playing footy and that’s how you end a football match where I’m from!

Michael: (laughing as well) The only trouble I had was having to look at Domโ€™s hairy arsehole all day!

Dom: We havenโ€™t got into any trouble for it yet, still time though (laughing). I donโ€™t know why anyone would complain though. Iโ€™ve been told on at least two occasions, I have a great arse.

Colby: Let’s just say, for the cover of “Faded Days” we wanted to do something everyone can relate to the lyrics in the song so…(laughing)

You will be playing important indie festival this summer โ€“ Liverpool Calling with all the hottest acts on the circuit: Sheafs, Soeur, False Heads, Himalayas, Strange Bones or Emily Capell. What do you prefer: large stages or intimate venues?


The Racket performing live in Liverpool on 19th of April (supporting Trampolene). Picture by Tom Adam

Callum: Definitely the small ones. Getting loads of energy in front of us in a small room is something special. Honestly one of the best feeling you’ll ever have. At the same time though, we’ve not played many โ€œbigโ€ stages yet. From what we’ve done so far, I’d definitely choose the little scenes any day.

Michael: Thereโ€™s no feeling like playing to a packed tiny room. People falling on stage and knocking mic stands over. I think when weโ€™ve played the bigger venues, I donโ€™t like being more than a step away from the rest of the band.

Dom: Playing intimate venues is great. Being so close to the audience allows you to feed off their energy and excitement, itโ€™s a great feeling being in that moment. Playing bigger venues is something Iโ€™m looking forward to doing more because I think it becomes more of a challenge then A test to see if we can get what we want to say across to a bigger audience.

Colby: Itโ€™s always nice playing in front of new people at festivals and getting out there with your music but thereโ€™s nothing like a small gig with the fans that follow you to every gig. They always put on a good show for us to watch while weโ€™re playing. We never mind them watching us!

The new single โ€œKnow It For A Factโ€ has received rave reviews and is promoted on BBC Introducing Merseyside. We have to admit it is incredibly powerful track, which surely will start mosh pits. You are one of few bands that manage to bring the fury and dynamics from the live performance onto the record without losing an edge. Any secrets to your recordings?

Callum: The last single was recorded live with hardly any takes and minimal over dubs. I think that makes it sound exciting. This time, we have done it differently. We worked with Al Groves at The Motor Museum and he has done an amazing job. I think just the amount of time we spent getting the best, most exciting, angry drum take possible made everything else a lot easier. Full day for the drums for one song!

Dom: I think itโ€™s just a case of spending enough time on getting great takes and getting the sound right. I was definitely conscious of putting the same amount of energy into the recording as I do when playing live and hopefully thatโ€™s something that come across. Al Groves, who we worked with on “Know It For A Fact”, has done a great job and itโ€™s his input and ideas that have made it what it is.

Colby: Thereโ€™s no real secrets to how we record our records. We just go into the studio knowing what we want the song to sound like. For โ€œKnow It For A Factโ€, we knew we had to do a powerful recording, because thatโ€™s how the song comes across live. It is important for us that it should come across exactly the same when you are listening to the track at home.

The band performing live at the Magnet Liverpool on 4th of February. Picture by John Hollingsworth

On 9th of June 2018 you will be playing at the legendary Sunflower Lounge. Is it your first time performing in Birmingham? What can we expect during the show?

Callum: I never been to Birmingham before but expect a set of fast, loud rock and roll tunes. It’s also a Saturday night so expect a lot of drinking to get done! (laughing)

Michael: Weโ€™ve only ever been to Birmingham New Street station on our first trip to London as the band, so to us itโ€™s a new experience. Youโ€™ll have to show us some good pubs for before the show! As for the gig, expect some poor attempts at Brum accents in between songs. (laughing)

Dom: It is our first time in Birmingham and Iโ€™m really looking forward to it. I think what people can expect is just a lot of energy and a lot more sweat. Weโ€™re going to put everything into it and show people why they should be paying attention to us.

Colby: As others said, we have never played Birmingham before. Iโ€™m expecting a good night, plenty of drinking. We play every gig loud and fast so the crowd should love it

This tour is your first as a headliner. You will be playing dates all over the country across the month of June, ending with a gig in Liverpool. Is there anything you want to do, any places you want to visit?

Callum: It’ll be good to go back to our favourite pubs in different cities like The Harley in Sheffield, Good Mixer in London, just as long as Sunday morning, we’re in The Bradley in Widnes!

Michael: Iโ€™m looking forward to London. We know there has been demand for a gig down there for a while, so thatโ€™s set to be a good one. Sheffield is always fun. Finishing the tour in Liverpool to our crowd will be the perfect end!

Dom: Iโ€™m just looking forward to visiting new cities, new venues and playing for new people. Weโ€™ll be out of our comfort zone. Itโ€™s our first headline tour so Iโ€™m just buzzing off that.

Colby: Really looking forward to headlining each night. The one Iโ€™m looking forward to the most is probably Sheffield. We had a really good time last time we played there and hopefully we will have the same great atmosphere again.

The band performing live at the Magnet Liverpool on 4th of February. Picture by John Hollingsworth

Last obligatory question: where do you see yourselves in five yearsโ€™ time. We predict Pyramid Stage at Glasto. Your picks?

Callum: Well, The Pyramid Stage is the big one for me, always has been! I think as long as we’re still together playing music we love, whatever that be at that time is the most important. Right now, who we are, and what we’re doing is perfect and the future is looking bright for us.

Dom: As long as weโ€™re still together, playing the music we want to play and enjoying it, then I think Iโ€™ll be sound, Iโ€™m also ambitious and the thought of playing bigger venues and bigger and better gigs and doing all the major festivals definitely motivates me. I want us to be successful and to not only be around in five years but for people to know who we are.

Colby: (laughing) Probably jail for strangling Mike at some point!

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Rita and Malicia


Indiaterria meets Karkosa – Korean version


We never thought that our ย interview with Karkosa would be that popular! Thanks to all of you who shared and liked our post – it means so much to us! And we also went viral. Our interview turned out to be very popular among the Korean fans of the band!

We would like to thank Mia Choi, our lovely translator who worked so hard to translate this interview in a day and a half! That must be a new world record, we are sure about that!

You can find the English version of the interview here:

And now for all of ย Karkosa’s fans in Korea, here it is! Enjoy!!


์–ธ์  ๊ฐ€ ์šฐ๋ฆฌ๋Š” ์šฐ๋ฆฌ์˜ ์œ ํŠœ๋ธŒ ์ฑ„๋„์— ์ด ๋ธ”๋กœ๊ทธ์—์„œ ์ธํ„ฐ๋ทฐํ•œ ๋ฐด๋“œ์˜ ํŠน์ง‘์„ ๊ธฐํšํ•˜๊ณ  ์‹ถ๋‹ค. ๊ทธ๋“ค์˜ ๋ฐด๋“œ๋ช…์€ ์นด๋ฅด์ฝ”์‚ฌ(Karkosa)์ด๊ณ  ์—ฌ๋Ÿฌ๋ถ„์€ ํ–ฅํ›„ ๋ช‡ ๋‹ฌ ๋’ค๋ฉด ๊ทธ ์ด๋ฆ„์„ ๋” ์ž์ฃผ ๋“ฃ๊ฒŒ ๋  ๊ฒƒ์ด๋‹ค.


์šฐ๋ฆฌ๋Š” ๋…„์ดˆ ๋Ÿฐ๋˜์—์„œ ์ง„ํ–‰๋œ ์ธ๋””์ฝ˜ ์ปจํผ๋Ÿฐ์Šค์—์„œ ์นด๋ฅด์ฝ”์‚ฌ๋ฅผ ๋งŒ๋‚ฌ๋‹ค. ๊ทธ๋“ค์€ ์šฐ๋ฆฌ์—๊ฒŒ ์•„์ฃผ ํ›Œ๋ฅญํ•œ ์ธ์ƒ์„ ๋‚จ๊ฒผ๊ณ , ์นด๋ฅด์ฝ”์‚ฌ์˜ ๋ฆฌ๋“œ ๋ณด์ปฌ ๋งˆ์ดํด ์›Œ๋…น(Michael Warnock)๊ณผ ๋งˆ์ฃผ ์•‰์•„ ์งง์€ ๋Œ€ํ™”๋ฅผ ํ•  ์ˆ˜ ์žˆ์–ด ๊ธฐ๋ปค๋‹ค. ๊ทธ๋“ค์€ ์šฐ๋ฆฌ๊ฐ€ ๋งŒ๋‚˜ ๋ณธ ์‚ฌ๋žŒ๋“ค ์ค‘ ๊ฐ€์žฅ ์นœ์ ˆํ•˜๊ณ , ๋…ธ๋ ฅํ•˜๋Š” ์‚ฌ๋žŒ๋“ค์ด์—ˆ๋‹ค! ๊ทธ๋“ค์˜ ๋…ํŠนํ•œ ๋ฐด๋“œ๋ช…, ์ธ๋”” ์–ด์›Œ๋“œ์— ํ›„๋ณด๋กœ ์˜ค๋ฅธ ๊ฒƒ๊ณผ ์‹ฌ์ง€์–ด ์ง€๊ตฌ ๋ฐ˜๋Œ€ํŽธ ํŒฌ๋“ค์„ ์–ป๊ฒŒ ๋œ ๊ฒƒ๊นŒ์ง€, ๋ฌด์ˆ˜ํžˆ ๋งŽ์€ ์–˜๊นƒ๊ฑฐ๋ฆฌ๋“ค์ด ์žˆ์—ˆ๋‹ค. ์นด๋ฅด์ฝ”์‚ฌ๋Š” ๋” ๋งŽ์€ ๊ฒƒ๋“ค์— ๋„์ „ํ•˜๊ณ  ์žˆ๊ณ , ์šฐ๋ฆฌ๋Š” ๊ทธ๋“ค์ด ๊ฐ€๋Šฅํ•œ ๋นจ๋ฆฌ ๊ทธ์— ๋„๋‹ฌํ•˜๋„๋ก ๊ณ„์†ํ•ด์„œ ์‘์›ํ•  ๊ฒƒ์ด๋‹ค.

Big in Birmingham

๊ณต์‹ ์†Œ๊ฐœ: ์˜๊ตญ์˜ ์ธ๋”” ๋ฝ ๋ฐด๋“œ ์นด๋ฅด์ฝ”์‚ฌ๋Š” ๋งˆ์ดํด(Michael)๊ณผ ์žญ(Jack) ์›Œ๋…น(Warnock) ํ˜•์ œ์— ์˜ํ•ด 2014๋…„ ๋ฒ„๋ฐ์—„์—์„œ ๊ฒฐ์„ฑ๋˜์—ˆ๋‹ค. ๋ฆฌ๋“œ ๊ธฐํƒ€์— ํ†ฐ ๋Ÿฌ์‰ฌํŠผ(Tom Rushton), ๋ฒ ์ด์Šค ๊ธฐํƒ€์— ๋ผ์ด์–ธ ํŠธ๋กฏ(Ryan Trott), ๊ทธ๋ฆฌ๊ณ  ํ‚ค๋ณด๋“œ์— ์œŒ ํด๋ฃจ์Šค(Will Clews)๋ฅผ ์˜์ž…ํ•œ ๋’ค, ๋ฐด๋“œ๋Š” ํ•œ ๋ฌถ์Œ์˜ ๊ณก๋“ค์„ ์ž‘๊ณก, ๋…น์Œํ•ด ์˜จ๋ผ์ธ์— ๊ฒŒ์‹œํ–ˆ๋‹ค. ๊ทธ๋“ค์˜ ๋ฉœ๋กœ๋”•ํ•˜๊ณ  ํญ๋ฐœ์ ์ธ ๋ฝ ์‚ฌ์šด๋“œ๋Š” ์บฃํ”ผ์‰ฌ ์•ค ๋” ๋ณดํ‹€๋งจ(Catfish and the Bottlemen), ๋กœ์–„ ๋ธ”๋Ÿฌ๋“œ(Royal Blood), ๊ทธ๋ฆฌ๊ณ  ๋” ์•„๋งˆ์กด์Šค(The Amazons)์—์„œ ํฌ๊ฒŒ ์˜๊ฐ์„ ๋ฐ›์•˜๋‹ค. ์นด๋ฅด์ฝ”์‚ฌ์˜ ์ฒซ ์‹ฑ๊ธ€ The Devilโ€™s Greatest Trick์ด 2016๋…„์— ๋ฐœ๋งค๋˜์—ˆ๊ณ , ์ด์–ด 2017๋…„์— ์‹ฑ๊ธ€ Monarchy, Sheffield, Where the River Flows๊ฐ€ ๋ฐœ๋งค๋˜์—ˆ๋‹ค.

๋งˆ์ดํด ์›Œ๋…น Michael Warnock (๋ณด์ปฌ/๋ฆฌ๋“ฌ๊ธฐํƒ€)
ํ†ฐ ๋Ÿฌ์‰ฌํŠผ Tom Rushton (๋ฆฌ๋“œ๊ธฐํƒ€)
์žญ ์›Œ๋…น Jack Warnock (๋“œ๋Ÿผ)
๋ผ์ด์–ธ ํŠธ๋กฏ Ryan Trott (๋ฒ ์ด์Šค)
์œŒ ํด๋ฃจ์Šค Will Clews (ํ‚ค๋ณด๋“œ)

ํ‘๋ฐฑ์˜ ์นด๋ฅด์ฝ”์‚ฌ

์†Œ๊ฐœ๋ฅผ ๋ณด๋‹ˆ ์นด๋ฅด์ฝ”์‚ฌ๋Š” 4๋…„ ์ „ ๋ฒ„๋ฐ์—„์—์„œ ๊ฒฐ์„ฑ๋˜์—ˆ๋„ค์š”. ์ธ๋””ํ…Œ๋ฆฌ์•„(Indieterria) ๋…์ž๋“ค์—๊ฒŒ ๋ฐด๋“œ ์†Œ๊ฐœ์™€ ๋ฐด๋“œ์˜ ์‹œ์ž‘์— ๋Œ€ํ•œ ์ด์•ผ๊ธฐ๋ฅผ ๋ถ€ํƒ๋“œ๋ ค์š”.

๋งˆ์ดํด ์›Œ๋…น: ์ œ ์ƒ๊ฐ์—” ์ œ ๋™์ƒ ์žญ(๋“œ๋Ÿผ)๊ณผ ์ œ๊ฐ€ ๊ทธ๊ฒƒ๋ณด๋‹ค ์ข€ ๋” ์ผ์ฐ, ๊ทธ๋Ÿฌ๋‹ˆ๊นŒ 5๋…„ ์ „์ฏค ๋ฐด๋“œ๋ฅผ ์‹œ์ž‘ํ•œ ๊ฒƒ ๊ฐ™์•„์š”. ์ €ํฌ์˜ ์ฒซ ๊ณต์—ฐ์€ ์•„๋น ์˜ 40๋ฒˆ์งธ ์ƒ์‹  ํŒŒํ‹ฐ์—์„œ ์˜€์–ด์š”. ๊ทธ๋•Œ์™€๋Š” ๋ฉค๋ฒ„๊ฐ€ ์กฐ๊ธˆ ๋ฐ”๋€Œ์—ˆ์ง€๋งŒ์š”. ์ €๋Š” ํ†ฐ ๋Ÿฌ์‰ฌํŠผ(๋ฆฌ๋“œ๊ธฐํƒ€), ์œŒ ํด๋ฃจ์Šค(ํ‚ค๋ณด๋“œ)๋ฅผ ์šฐ๋ฆฌ๊ฐ€ ํ•จ๊ป˜ ์Œ์•…์„ ๊ณต๋ถ€ํ•œ BOA์นผ๋ฆฌ์ง€์—์„œ ๋งŒ๋‚ฌ์–ด์š”. ๊ฐ€์žฅ ๋งˆ์ง€๋ง‰์œผ๋กœ ์˜์ž…๋œ ๋ฉค๋ฒ„๋Š” ์žญ๊ณผ ๊ฐ™์€ ํ•™๊ต๋ฅผ ๋‹ค๋‹Œ ๋ผ์ด์–ธ ํŠธ๋กฏ(๋ฒ ์ด์Šค)์ด์—์š”. ์šฐ๋ฆฌ ๋ง๋กœ๋Š”, ์šฐ๋ฆฌ๊ฐ€ ๋” ์•„๋งˆ์กด์Šค, ์บฃํ”ผ์‰ฌ ์•ค ๋” ๋ณดํ‹€๋งจ, ๋กœ์–„ ๋ธ”๋Ÿฌ๋“œ์˜ ์˜ํ–ฅ์„ ๋ฐ›์€ ์ธ๋”” ๋ฝ ๋ฐด๋“œ๋ผ๊ณ  ์ด์•ผ๊ธฐํ•˜๊ณค ํ•ด์š”.

โ€˜์นด๋ฅด์ฝ”์‚ฌโ€™๋Š” ๋ฐด๋“œ ์ด๋ฆ„์œผ๋กœ๋Š” ์•„์ฃผ ๋…ํŠนํ•œ๋ฐ, ์ด์ƒํ•˜๊ฒŒ๋„ ๊ธฐ์–ตํ•˜๊ธฐ์—๋Š” ์‰ฌ์›Œ์š”. ์–ด๋–ป๊ฒŒ ์ด ์ด๋ฆ„์„ ์ง“๊ฒŒ ๋˜์—ˆ๋Š”์ง€ ๊ถ๊ธˆํ•ฉ๋‹ˆ๋‹ค. ์ €ํฌ๊ฐ€ ์˜ˆ์ƒํ•˜๊ธฐ๋กœ๋Š” ๋ฏธ๊ตญ ์ž‘๊ฐ€ ๋น„์–ด์Šค์˜ ๋‹จํŽธ ใ€Œ์นด๋ฅด์ฝ”์‚ฌ์˜ ์ฃผ๋ฏผ(An Inhabitant of Carcosa)ใ€์— ๋‚˜์˜ค๋Š” ๊ฐ€์ƒ ๋„์‹œ์—์„œ ๋ฐด๋“œ ์ด๋ฆ„์„ ๋”ฐ ์˜จ ๊ฒƒ์ด๋ผ๊ณ  ์ƒ๊ฐ์ด ๋“œ๋Š”๋ฐ, ๋งž๋‚˜์š”?

๋งˆ์ดํด ์›Œ๋…น: (์›ƒ์Œ) ๋„ค, ๋งž์ถ”์…จ๋„ค์š”! ์นด๋ฅด์ฝ”์‚ฌ๋ผ๋Š” ์ด๋ฆ„์€ ๋กœ๋ฒ„ํŠธ ์ฒด์ž„๋ฒ„์Šค์˜ ใ€Œ๋…ธ๋ž€ ์˜ท ์™•(The King in Yellow)ใ€์ด๋ผ๋Š” ์ฑ…์—์„œ๋„ ๋“ฑ์žฅํ•ด์š”. โ€œ๊ณ ๋Œ€์˜ ์‹ ๋น„๋กœ์šด ๊ฐ€์ƒ ๋„์‹œโ€๋กœ ๋ฌ˜์‚ฌ๋˜์ฃ . ์‚ฌ์‹ค ๊ทธ ์ด๋ฆ„์„ ์‚ฌ์šฉํ•˜๊ธฐ๋กœ ํ•œ ๊ฑด ์ €ํฌ ์•„๋น ์˜ ์•„์ด๋””์–ด์˜€์–ด์š”. ์นด๋ฅด์ฝ”์‚ฌ์˜ C ์ฒ ์ž๋ฅผ K๋กœ ๋ฐ”๊พธ์–ด ์‚ฌ์šฉํ•˜๊ฒŒ ๋์ฃ . ๋…ํŠนํ•˜๊ธฐ๋„ ํ•˜๊ณ  ์šฐ๋ฆฌ ๋ง˜์—๋„ ๋“ค๊ณ ์š”.

์ƒˆ ์‹ฑ๊ธ€ โ€œLonely Kidโ€๋Š” ์•„์ฃผ ํฅ๋ฏธ๋กœ์šด ๊ณก์ด์—์š”. ์•„ํ‹ฐ์ŠคํŠธ ์•ฐ๋ฒ„(Amber Le Grys)๊ฐ€ ๋””์ž์ธํ•œ ์•จ๋ฒ” ํ‘œ์ง€๊ฐ€ ๋‹จ์ˆœํ•˜๋ฉด์„œ๋„ ๊ต‰์žฅํžˆ ๋ˆˆ์— ๋„๊ณ ์š”. ์ด ๊ณก์— ๋Œ€ํ•ด ๋” ์†Œ๊ฐœํ•ด ์ฃผ์‹œ๊ฒ ์–ด์š”?

โ€œLonely Kidโ€ ์‹ฑ๊ธ€ ์•จ๋ฒ” ํ‘œ์ง€

ย ๋งˆ์ดํด ์›Œ๋…น: โ€œLonely Kidโ€๋Š” 2017๋…„ 7์›”๋ถ€ํ„ฐ ์“ฐ๊ธฐ ์‹œ์ž‘ํ•œ ๊ณก์ด์—์š”. ์ด ๊ณก์€ ์นผ๋ฆฌ์ง€์—์„œ ๋Œ€๋ถ€๋ถ„์˜ ์นœ๊ตฌ๋“ค์ด ๋– ๋‚˜๊ณ  ๊ทธ๋“ค์˜ ๊ด€๊ณ„๋“ค์„ ๋งบ์–ด๊ฐˆ ์ ์— ์ œ๊ฐ€ ๋Š๊ผˆ๋˜ ๊ฒƒ๋“ค์„ ๋‹ด๊ณ  ์žˆ์–ด์š”. ์ €๋Š” ์ € ํ˜ผ์ž ์žˆ๋Š” ๊ฒŒ ๊ดœ์ฐฎ์•˜์–ด์š”. ๋˜ํ•œ ์ €๋Š” ๋ณดํ†ต ์ œ๋ชฉ์— ์ ํžŒ, โ€œlonely(์™ธ๋กœ์šด, ํ˜ผ์ž์˜)โ€๋ผ๋Š” ๋‹จ์–ด์— ๋Œ€ํ•œ, ์Šฌํ”„๋‹ค๋Š” ๊ณ ์ •๊ด€๋…์„ ๊นจ๋Š” ๋ฌด์–ธ๊ฐ€๋ฅผ ๋งŒ๋“ค๊ณ  ์‹ถ์—ˆ์–ด์š”. ์•ฐ๋ฒ„๊ฐ€ ๋งŒ๋“  ์•„ํŠธ์›Œํฌ๊ฐ€ ๊ฝค๋‚˜ ๊ณก์˜ ๋ถ„์œ„๊ธฐ๋ฅผ ์ž˜ ์‚ด๋ ค์ค€ ๊ฒƒ ๊ฐ™์•„์š”. ๋‹น์‹ ์ด ๋งํ–ˆ๋“ฏ์ด ๋‹จ์ˆœํ•˜์ง€๋งŒ, ๊ต‰์žฅํžˆ ํšจ๊ณผ์ ์ด์ฃ . ์ €ํฌ์˜ ์ด์ „ ์•„ํŠธ์›Œํฌ๋“ค๊ณผ๋Š” ๋‹ฌ๋ผ์š”. ๊ณก์˜ ํด๋ผ์ด๋ง‰์Šค ๋ถ€๋ถ„์€ ํŒŒ๋ผ๋ชจ์–ด(Paramore)์˜ โ€œAinโ€™t it funโ€์˜ ๋ธŒ๋ฆฟ์ง€์—์„œ ์˜๊ฐ์„ ์–ป์—ˆ์–ด์š”.

3์›”์€ ์—ฌ๋Ÿฌ๋ถ„๋“ค์—๊ฒŒ ์•„์ฃผ ๋ฐ”์œ ๋‹ฌ์ด์—ˆ์–ด์š”. 3์›” 17์ผ, ์ถœ์‹ ์ง€์ธ ๋ฒ„๋ฐ์—„ O2 Institute์—์„œ ์„œํฌํŠธ ๋ฐด๋“œ North Parade, Elliot Sturman๊ณผ ํ•จ๊ป˜ ํ—ค๋“œ๋ผ์ด๋„ˆ๋กœ ๊ณต์—ฐํ•˜๊ธฐ๋„ ํ–ˆ๊ณ ์š”. ๊ทธ๋Ÿฐ ๋‹ค์Œ ์บ ๋˜์˜ Dublin Castle์—์„œ ๊ณต์—ฐํ•˜๋Ÿฌ ๋Ÿฐ๋˜์œผ๋กœ ์ด๋™ํ–ˆ์ฃ ? ๊ทธ ๋•Œ๊ฐ€ ๋Ÿฐ๋˜์—์„œ์˜ ์ฒซ ๊ณต์—ฐ์ด์—ˆ๋‚˜์š”?

๋งˆ์ดํด ์›Œ๋…น: ์ €ํฌ๊ฐ€ ํ—ค๋“œ๋ผ์ด๋„ˆ๋กœ ์„ฐ๋˜ ๊ณต์—ฐ์€ ๊ต‰์žฅํ–ˆ์–ด์š”. ์ €ํฌ๊ฐ€ ๋งˆ์ง€๋ง‰ ๊ณต์—ฐ์„ ๋งก๋Š” ๊ฒŒ ํ”์น˜ ์•Š์€ ๊ธฐํšŒ๋ผ๋Š” ์ ๋ฟ ์•„๋‹ˆ๋ผ, ์ €ํฌ์˜ ๋ฉ‹์ง„ ์ƒˆ ๋ฒ ์ด์Šค ๋“œ๋Ÿผ ๋กœ๊ณ ์™€ โ€˜์นด๋ฅด์ฝ”์‚ฌโ€™๋ผ๊ณ  ์ ํžŒ ๋ฐฐ๋„ˆ๋ฅผ ๊ฑธ๊ณ  ๊ณต์—ฐํ•˜๋Š” ์ฒซ ๋ฌด๋Œ€์˜€๋‹ค๋Š” ์ ์—์„œ๋„ ์˜๋ฏธ๊ฐ€ ์žˆ์–ด์š”. ๊ฒŒ๋‹ค๊ฐ€ ์ €ํฌ๋Š” ์ด์ œ๊ป ๊ฐ€์žฅ ๋งŽ์€ ํ‹ฐ์ผ“์„ ํŒ”์•˜์–ด์š”! ์ „๋ฐ˜์ ์œผ๋กœ ์ €ํฌ๋„ ๊ต‰์žฅํžˆ ์ฆ๊ฑฐ์› ๊ณ , ๊ด€๊ฐ๋ถ„๋“ค๋„ ์ข‹์•„ํ•ด ์ฃผ์‹œ๋Š” ๊ฒƒ ๊ฐ™์•˜์–ด์š”! ์บ ๋˜์—์„œ์˜ ๊ณต์—ฐ์€ ์ด์ „๊นŒ์ง€ ์ €ํฌ๊ฐ€ ํ•œ๋ฒˆ๋„ ํ•ด๋ณธ ์  ์—†๋˜ ๊ฒƒ์ด๋ผ๋Š” ์ ์—์„œ ํ›จ์”ฌ ๋” ์‹ ๋‚ฌ์–ด์š”. ์ƒˆ๋กœ์šด ์ง€์—ญ์—์„œ๋ฟ ์•„๋‹ˆ๋ผ, ์ƒˆ๋กœ์šด ๊ด€๊ฐ๋“ค ์•ž์—์„œ ๊ณต์—ฐํ•˜๋Š” ๊ฒƒ์ด๊ธฐ๋„ ํ•˜์ž–์•„์š”. ์ •๋ง ๋†€๋ผ์› ๋˜ ์‚ฌ์‹ค์€, ๊ด€๊ฐ๋ถ„๋“ค์ด ์—„์ฒญ๋‚˜๊ฒŒ ์ฆ๊ฒจ์ฃผ์…จ๋‹ค๋Š” ๊ฑฐ์—์š”. ์‹ฌ์ง€์–ด ์ €ํฌ๊ฐ€ ๋งˆ์ง€๋ง‰ ์ˆœ์„œ์—ฌ์•ผ ํ–ˆ๋‹ค๊ณ  ๋ง์”€ํ•˜์‹œ๋ฉด์„œ ๋ง์ด์—์š”! ์•„๋ฌดํŠผ, ๊ต‰์žฅํ•œ ์ฃผ๋ง์ด์—ˆ๊ณ , ๋˜ ๋‹ค์‹œ ๊ฑฐ๊ธฐ์„œ ๊ณต์—ฐํ•  ์ˆ˜ ์žˆ๊ธฐ๋ฅผ ๊ธฐ๋Œ€ํ•˜๊ณ  ์žˆ์–ด์š”!

๋ผ๋””์˜ค DJ ์Šคํ‹ฐ๋ธŒ ์ผˆ๋ฆฌ(Steve Kelly)๊ฐ€ ์—ฌ๋Ÿฌ๋ถ„์— ๋Œ€ํ•ด์„œ โ€œ๊ฝค ์ ์ง€ ์•Š์€ ๋™๋ฃŒ ์ง„ํ–‰์ž๋“ค์ด ๊ทธ๋“ค์˜ ๊ณก โ€˜Sheffieldโ€™๋ฅผ ์ข‹์•„ํ•œ๋‹ค. ๊ณผ์žฅ์ด ์•„๋‹ˆ๋ผ, ๊ทธ ๊ณก์˜ ๊ธฐํƒ€์›Œํฌ๋Š” The Eagles์˜, ๋‚ด๊ฐ€ ๊ฐ€์žฅ ๊ณก์ธ โ€˜Hotel Californiaโ€™๊ธ‰ ์ˆ˜์ค€์ด๋‹ค. ๋‚ด ์ƒ๊ฐ์— โ€˜Sheffieldโ€™๋Š” ์•„๋งˆ ์šฐ๋ฆฌ๊ฐ€ ๋ผ๋””์˜ค ์Šคํ…Œ์ด์…˜์—์„œ ํ‹€์—ˆ๋˜ ์ตœ๊ณ ์˜ ๊ณก์ด๊ณ , ์•ž์œผ๋กœ๋„ ์ž์ฃผ ์„ ๊ณกํ•  ๊ฒƒ์ด๋‹ค.โ€ ๋ผ๊ณ  ํ•œ ๋ฐ” ์žˆ์Šต๋‹ˆ๋‹ค. ์ด๋ ‡๊ฒŒ ๋ฝ ์Œ์•…์‚ฌ์—์„œ ๊ฐ€์žฅ ์‚ฌ๋ž‘๋ฐ›์€ ๊ณก๊ณผ ๋น„์œ ๋˜๋Š” ๊ฑด, ๋ณดํ†ต ํ‰๋ฒ”ํ•œ ์นญ์ฐฌ์ด ์•„๋‹ˆ์ฃ .

๋ฒ•์„ ์–ด๊ธฐ๊ณ  ์žˆ๋Š” ์นด๋ฅด์ฝ”์‚ฌโ€ฆ (์—ญ์ฃผ: ์‚ฌ์ง„์— โ€˜์ž๋ฆฌ์— ์•‰์œผ์‹œ์˜ค. ์ผ์–ด์„œ์ง€ ๋งˆ์‹œ์˜ค.โ€™ ๋ผ๊ณ  ์ ํ˜€์žˆ์Œ)

ย ๋งˆ์ดํด ์›Œ๋…น: ์ €ํฌ๊ฐ€ ์Šคํ‹ฐ๋ธŒ ๊ฐ™์€ ์‚ฌ๋žŒ๊ณผ ์—ฐ์ค„์ด ์žˆ๋‹ค๋Š” ๊ฑด ์ •๋ง ํ–‰์šด์ด์—์š”. ์ €ํฌ๊ฐ€ ์ฒ˜์Œ ๋งŒ๋‚œ ์ดํ›„๋ถ€ํ„ฐ, ๊ทธ๋Š” ์ญ‰ ์ €ํฌ๋ฅผ ์‘์›ํ•ด์ฃผ์—ˆ๊ฑฐ๋“ ์š”! ์ €ํฌ๋Š” ๊ทธ์™€ ์ฒซ ๋ผ๋””์˜ค ์ธํ„ฐ๋ทฐ๋ฅผ ์ง„ํ–‰ํ–ˆ์—ˆ๊ณ , ์ €ํฌ์˜ ํ—ค๋“œ๋ผ์ธ ๊ณต์—ฐ์—์„œ ๊ทธ๋ฅผ ๊ฐœ์ธ์ ์œผ๋กœ ๋งŒ๋‚  ์ˆ˜ ์žˆ์–ด์„œ ์ •๋ง ๊ธฐ๋ปค์–ด์š”. ๊ทธ๋Š” ์ €ํฌ๋ฅผ ๋ณด๋Ÿฌ ์—„์ฒญ ๋จผ Blackpool๋ถ€ํ„ฐ ์™€ ์ฃผ์—ˆ๋‹ค๋‹ˆ๊นŒ์š”! ์ €ํฌ๋Š” ๊ทธ๋ฅผ 5์›”์— ๋‹ค์‹œ ๋งŒ๋‚˜๊ธฐ๋ฅผ ๊ธฐ๋Œ€ํ•˜๊ณ  ์žˆ์–ด์š”. ๊ทธ๊ฐ€ ์ €ํฌ ๋ฐด๋“œ์— ์Ÿ์•„์ฃผ์‹œ๋Š” ์—„์ฒญ๋‚œ ์—ด์ •์„ ๋ณด๋Š” ๊ฑด ๊ธฐ๋ถ„ ์ข‹์€ ์ผ์ด๋‹ˆ๊นŒ์š”.

๊ทธ ๋ฐ–์—๋„ ๋งŽ์€ ๊ณณ์—์„œ ์ธ์ •๋ฐ›๊ณ  ์žˆ์ฃ . BBC Introducing West Midlands์—์„œ๋Š” ์—ฌ๋Ÿฌ๋ถ„์˜ ์—ฐ๋‹ฌ์•„ ๋ฐœ๋งค๋œ ์„ธ ์‹ฑ๊ธ€๋“ค(โ€œMonarchyโ€, โ€œSheffieldโ€, โ€œWhere the River Flowsโ€)์„ ๋ฐฉ์†กํ–ˆ๊ณ , ๋งˆ์ง€๋ง‰ ๊ณก์€ 2017๋…„ 7์›” ๊ธˆ์ฃผ์˜ ๊ณก์œผ๋กœ ๊ผฝํžˆ๊ธฐ๋„ ํ–ˆ์œผ๋‹ˆ๊นŒ์š”. ๋˜ํ•œ ์—ฌ๋Ÿฌ๋ถ„๋“ค์€ ๋ฆฌ์ฆˆ, ์—๋“ ๋ฒ„๋Ÿฌ, ๋ฐ”์Šค, ํ”Œ๋ฆฌ๋จธ์Šค๋ฅผ ๋Œ๋ฉฐ ์„ฑ๊ณต์ ์ธ ๊ตญ๋‚ด ํˆฌ์–ด๋ฅผ ๋งˆ์ณค๊ณ , ๋๋‚ด์คฌ๋˜ Sunflower Lounge ๊ณต์—ฐ์„ ํฌํ•จํ•ด ๋ช‡๋ช‡ ๊ณต์—ฐ์€ ๋งค์ง„์‹œํ‚ค๊ธฐ๋„ ํ–ˆ์–ด์š”. ๊ทธ๊ฐ„ ์—ด์‹ฌํžˆ ๋…ธ๋ ฅํ•œ ๊ฒŒ ๋“œ๋””์–ด ๋น›์„ ๋ณด๋„ค์š”, ๊ทธ๋ ‡์ง€ ์•Š๋‚˜์š”?

ย ๋งˆ์ดํด ์›Œ๋…น: ๊ทธ๋Ÿผ์š”. ์ €ํฌ๋Š” ์ด ๋ชจ๋“  ๊ฒƒ๋“ค์„ โ€œ์‚ฌ๋‹ค๋ฆฌ ์˜ค๋ฅด๊ธฐโ€๋ผ๊ณ  ๋ณด๊ณ  ์žˆ์–ด์š”. BBC Introducing์—์„œ ๋ฐฉ์†ก๋œ ๊ฒƒ์€ ๊ฝค๋‚˜ ๋ฉ‹์ง„ ์ผ์ด์—ˆ์ฃ . ๊ทธ์น˜๋งŒ ์ €ํฌ๋Š” ๋” ์ž‘์€ ๋ผ๋””์˜ค ๋ฐฉ์†ก๋“ค์—์„œ ์„ ๊ณก๋˜๋Š” ๊ฒŒ ํ›จ์”ฌ ๋” ์ฆ๊ฑฐ์› ์–ด์š”. ์ง„ํ–‰์ž๋“ค์ด ํ•ญ์ƒ ์ €ํฌ ์Œ์•…์— ๋Œ€ํ•ด ๋” ๋งŽ์€ ๊ฒƒ๋“ค์„ ๋งํ•ด์ฃผ์—ˆ๊ฑฐ๋“ ์š”! Sunflower Lounge์—์„œ ๊ณต์—ฐํ•˜๋Š” ๊ฒƒ๋„ ๊ต‰์žฅํžˆ ์ฆ๊ฑฐ์› ์–ด์š”. ์šฐ๋ฆฌ ์Œ์•…์— ๋งž์ถฐ ๋ชจ์Š(์—ญ์ฃผ: ๋ฝ ๊ณต์—ฐ์—์„œ, ๋ชธ์„ ๋ถ€๋”ชํ˜€ ๊ฐ€๋ฉฐ ๊ฒฉ๋ ฌํ•˜๊ฒŒ ์ถค ์ถ”๋Š” ๊ฒƒ)ํ•˜๋Š” ํŒฌ๋“ค์ด ์žˆ์—ˆ๊ฑฐ๋“ ์š”. ๊ด€๊ฐ๋“ค์—๊ฒŒ ๊ฐ€๊นŒ์ด ๊ฐˆ ์ˆ˜๋ก ํ•ญ์ƒ ๋” ํฐ ํ™œ๊ธฐ๊ฐ€ ๋Š๊ปด์ง€๊ณค ํ•ด์š”.

์šฐ๋ฆฌ๋Š” ๋‹น์‹ ์˜ ์ˆ˜์ƒ ํ”„๋กœ๋“€์„œ ๊ฐœ๋นˆ ๋ชจ๋‚˜๊ทธํ•œ(Gavin Monaghan)๊ณผ์˜ ์ฝœ๋ผ๋ณด์— ๋Œ€ํ•ด ๋ฌผ์–ด๋ด์•ผ ํ•  ํ•„์š”๊ฐ€ ์žˆ๊ฒ ๋„ค์š”. ๋” ์…œ๋ก์Šค(The Sherlocks)์™€ ํ•จ๊ป˜ํ•œ ๊ทธ์˜ ์ตœ๊ทผ ์ž‘์—…๋“ค์€ ๊ฐˆ์ฑ„๋ฅผ ๋ฐ›๊ณ  ์žˆ์–ด์š”. ์šธ๋ฒ„ํ–„ํŠผ์— ์žˆ๋Š” ๊ทธ์˜ ์œ ๋ช…ํ•œ ์ŠคํŠœ๋””์˜ค(๋งค์ง ๊ฐ€๋“ )์— ๋‹ค๋…€์™”๋‚˜์š”? ๋ช‡ ๊ณก์„ ๋…น์Œํ–ˆ๋‚˜์š”? ๊ทธ๋ฆฌ๊ณ  ์šฐ๋ฆฌ๋Š” ์–ธ์ œ ๊ทธ ๊ณก๋“ค์„ ๋“ค์„ ์ˆ˜ ์žˆ์ฃ ?

๋งˆ์ดํด ์›Œ๋…น: ๊ฐœ๋นˆ๊ณผ์˜ ๋…น์Œ์€ ์•Œ๋ ค์ ธ ์žˆ๋Š” ๋งŒํผ ๋งค์šฐ ์‹ ๋‚ฌ์–ด์š”. ์ €ํฌ๋Š” ์ˆ˜๋งŽ์€ ๋ฉ‹์ง„ ์ˆ˜์ง‘ํ’ˆ๋“ค๋กœ ๊ฐ€๋“ ์ฐฌ ๊ทธ์˜ ๋งค์ง ๊ฐ€๋“  ์ŠคํŠœ๋””์˜ค์—์„œ ์ž‘์—…ํ–ˆ์–ด์š”! โ€œWhere the River Flowsโ€ ํ•œ ๊ณก๋งŒ ๋…น์Œํ–ˆ์ง€๋งŒ ๋˜ ๋‹ค์‹œ Gavin๊ณผ ์ž‘์—…ํ•˜๊ณ  ์‹ถ์–ด์š”!

2018๋…„์€ ๋‹น์‹ ๋“ค์—๊ฒŒ ๋ŒํŒŒ๊ตฌ๊ฐ€ ๋  ๋งŒํ•œ ํ•ด์ธ ๊ฒƒ ๊ฐ™์•„ ๋ณด์ด๋„ค์š”. ์ง€์—ญ ์–ธ๋ก ์œผ๋กœ๋ถ€ํ„ฐ์˜ ์ฃผ๋ชฉ, ๊ณต์—ฐ ๋งค์ง„, ์นด๋ฅด์ฝ”์‚ฌ์˜ ๋ฏธ๋ž˜๊ฐ€ ํŠนํžˆ๋‚˜ ๋ฐ์•„ ๋ณด์ด๋Š”๊ตฐ์š”. ๋‹ค์Œ ๋‹ฌ์—” ๋‹น์‹ ์˜ ์—ด์„ฑ ํŒฌ๋“ค์„ ์œ„ํ•ด ์Šคํ† ์–ด์— ๋ฌด์—‡์ด ์ค€๋น„๋ผ ์žˆ์ฃ ? ์šฐ๋ฆฌ๊ฐ€ ์ง€์ผœ๋ด์•ผ ํ•  ์ƒˆ๋กœ์šด ๊ณต์—ฐ์ด๋‚˜ ์‹ฑ๊ธ€๋“ค์ด ์žˆ๋‚˜์š”?

์นด๋ฅด์ฝ”์‚ฌ ํ™๋ณด ์‚ฌ์ง„

๋งˆ์ดํด ์›Œ๋…น: ์˜ฌํ•ด๋Š” ์ง€๊ธˆ๊นŒ์ง€ ์—„์ฒญ๋‚ฌ๊ณ , ์ด์ œ ๊ฒจ์šฐ 4์›”์ด์—์š”! ์ง€๊ธˆ๊นŒ์ง€, ์ €ํฌ๊ฐ€ ์ฐธ์—ฌํ•  ํ›Œ๋ฅญํ•œ ๊ณต์—ฐ๋“ค์ด ์•„์ง๋„ ๋งŽ์ด ์žˆ๊ณ , ์ €ํฌ๋Š” ๋˜ํ•œ ๋ฒ„๋ฐ์—„ ๋ฎค์ง ์–ด์›Œ๋“œ์—์„œ ์ตœ๊ณ ์˜ ์ธ๋””/์–ผํ„ฐ๋„ˆํ‹ฐ๋ธŒ ๋ฐด๋“œ ํ›„๋ณด์— ์ง€๋ชฉ๋์–ด์š”! ํ˜„์žฌ๋Š” Isle of Wight festival์—์„œ ๊ณต์—ฐํ•  ์ˆ˜ ์žˆ๋Š” HotVox ํˆฌํ‘œ์—์„œ ์„ ๋‘๋ฅผ ๋‹ฌ๋ฆฌ๊ณ  ์žˆ์–ด์š”. ๋Œ€ํ•œ๋ฏผ๊ตญ์—์„œ ์ €ํฌ ์Œ์•…์ด ์ž…์†Œ๋ฌธ์„ ํƒ€๊ณ  ์žˆ๋Š” ๋•๋ถ„์—์š”. ์ €ํฌ๋Š” ์˜ฌํ•ด ์ €ํฌ๊ฐ€ ๋˜ ๋ฌด์–ผ ํ•  ์ˆ˜ ์žˆ๋Š”์ง€ ๊ธฐ๋Œ€ํ•˜๊ณ  ์žˆ์–ด์š”. ๊ทธ๋ฆฌ๊ณ  ๋งŒ์•ฝ ๋ฉ”์ด์ € ํŽ˜์Šคํ‹ฐ๋ฒŒ์—์„œ ๊ณต์—ฐํ•  ์ˆ˜ ์žˆ๋‹ค๋ฉด ์ €ํฌ ๋ชจ๋‘์˜ ๊ฟˆ์ด ์ด๋ฃจ์–ด์ง€๋Š” ์…ˆ์ด๊ฒ ์ฃ !

์•„๋ž˜ ๋งํฌ์—์„œ ์ €ํฌ๋ฅผ ํˆฌํ‘œํ•  ์ˆ˜ ์žˆ์Šต๋‹ˆ๋‹ค.

์ด๊ฑด ํ”ํžˆ ์žˆ๋Š” ์ผ์ด ์•„๋‹Œ๋ฐ์š”! ๋ฒ„๋ฐ์—„ ๋ฐด๋“œ๊ฐ€ ์„ธ๊ณ„ ๋ฐ˜๋Œ€ํŽธ์—์„œ ์ž…์†Œ๋ฌธ์„ ํƒ€๋‹ค๋‹ˆ! ํ•œ๊ตญ์—์„œ ์—ฌ๋Ÿฌ๋ถ„์ด ์œ ๋ช…ํ•œ ์ด์œ ๊ฐ€ ๋ญ”์ง€ ์•„์‹œ๋‚˜์š”?

๋งˆ์ดํด ์›Œ๋…น: (์›ƒ์Œ) ์†”์งํžˆ ๋งํ•˜๋ฉด, ์ €ํฌ๋„ ์ž˜ ๋ชจ๋ฅด๊ฒ ์–ด์š”! ์ €ํฌ๋Š” SNS์—์„œ ์ €ํฌ๋ฅผ ํŒ”๋กœ์šฐํ•  ์—ฌ์œ ๊ฐ€ ์žˆ๋Š” ๋ชจ๋“  ์‚ฌ๋žŒ๋“ค๊ณผ ๊ด€๊ณ„๋ฅผ ๋งบ์œผ๋ ค๊ณ  ๋…ธ๋ ฅํ–ˆ์–ด์š”. ์ฒ˜์Œ์—” ๊ทธ์ € ์ ์€ ์ˆ˜์˜ ํŒ”๋กœ์›Œ ์˜€๋Š”๋ฐ, ์ •๋ง ๋ฉฐ์น  ๋งŒ์— ์ €ํฌ๊ฐ€ ์ฒœ๋ช…์ด ๋„˜๋Š” ํ•œ๊ตญ ํŒ”๋กœ์›Œ๋“ค์—๊ฒŒ ๋‹ต์žฅ์„ ๋ณด๋‚ด๊ณ  ์žˆ๋”๋ผ๊ณ ์š”! ์ฃผ๋กœ ์ธ์Šคํƒ€๊ทธ๋žจ๊ณผ ํŠธ์œ„ํ„ฐ์—์„œ์š”. ๊ทธ๋“ค์€ ์ €ํฌ ์Œ์•…์˜ ๋งํฌ๋ฅผ ๊ณต์œ ํ•ด์ฃผ์—ˆ๊ณ , Isle of Wight festival ํˆฌํ‘œ๋„ ๋„์™€์ฃผ์—ˆ์–ด์š”. ์ €ํฌ๋Š” ์–ธ์  ๊ฐ„ ๊ทธ๊ณณ์—์„œ ๊ณต์—ฐํ•˜๊ธฐ๋ฅผ ๊ธฐ๋Œ€ํ•˜๋Š” ์ค‘์ด์—์š”!

์นด๋ฅด์ฝ”์‚ฌ๋ฅผ SNS์—์„œ ํŒ”๋กœ์šฐํ•˜์„ธ์š”:

์œ ์šฉํ•œ ๋งํฌ๋“ค:

์šฐ๋ฆฌ๋Š” ์•ž์œผ๋กœ๋„ ์šฐ๋ฆฌ์˜ ์ตœ์•  ๋ฒ„๋ฐ์—„ 5์ธ์กฐ ๋ฐด๋“œ, ์นด๋ฅด์ฝ”์‚ฌ์˜ ํ–‰๋ณด๋ฅผ ์ง€์ผœ๋ณผ ์˜ˆ์ •์ž…๋‹ˆ๋‹ค.
์ง€๊ธˆ์œผ๋กœ์„œ๋Š”, ๋‹น์‹ ๋„ ๋ฒ„๋ฐ์—„ ๋ฎค์ง ์–ด์›Œ๋“œ-๋ผ์ด์ง•์Šคํƒ€ ํˆฌํ‘œ๋ฅผ ํ†ตํ•ด ๊ทธ๋“ค์„ ์‘์›ํ•  ์ˆ˜ ์žˆ์Šต๋‹ˆ๋‹ค. ํˆฌํ‘œ๋Š” 4์›” 24์ผ์— ๋งˆ๊ฐ๋ฉ๋‹ˆ๋‹ค.

ํˆฌํ‘œ ๋งํฌ:

Text: Malicia and Rita Dabrowicz
Translation:ย Mia Choi

๊ณ ๋ง™์Šต๋‹ˆ๋‹ค!!

Indieterria meets Karkosa


We hope you had a nice and relaxing Easter break. Here at Vanadian Avenue we are unable to rest or sit still (one of our biggest flaws!) and we had to find something music related to do. And there was plenty to things to be done! We have set up a Youtube channel, edited hundreds of pictures, did a nice small social media campaign and even had some time to eat a bit of chocolate. Talk about very productive long weekend!

From now on, you will be able to see videos of the performances we attend. So far, we have fantastic clips from Iggy Cuthbert (aka Happy Bones), mighty The Americas and the indie sweethearts, Junior Weeb! Soon we will add other great bands from the WorcesterWave scene: Nuns of the Tundra, Thousand Mountain, Dead Dads Club and many more. Please be on the look-out for the best new and unsigned bands from West midlands.

You can visit our channel at:

One day we are hoping to feature on our YouTube channel the band interviewed in this blog. They are named Karkosa and you will be hearing about them often in the coming months.

Since Karkosa is very popular in Korea, you can read translated version of this blog here:

The good lads of Karkosa

We met Karkosa at Indiecon conference in London at the beginning of the year. They made a great impression on us and we are very happy that we were able to sit down with Karkosaโ€™s lead singer Michael Warnock for a short chat. Those guys are one of the nicest and the hardest working people we have met! There were so many things to discuss: their unusual name, being nominated for an indie award and even winning fans on the other side of the globe. Karkosaโ€™s on their way to greater things and we will be keeping our fingers crossed for them to get there as soon as possible.

Big in Birminghamย 

Official bio: British Indie rock band Karkosa was formed in Birmingham in 2014 by brothers Michael and Jack Warnock. After recruiting Tom Rushton on lead guitar, Ryan Trott on bass and Will Clews on keyboard, the band wrote and recorded a batch of songs and published them online. Their melodic, propulsive rock sound is heavily inspired by Catfish and the Bottlemen, Royal Blood and The Amazons. The Devilโ€™s Greatest Trick – bandโ€™s inaugural release arrived in 2016 and was followed by singles Monarchy, Sheffield and Where the River Flows in 2017.

Michael Warnock (vocals/ rhythm guitar)
Tom Rushton (lead guitar)
Jack Warnock (drums)
Ryan Trott (bass)
Will Clews (keyboard)


Karkosa in black and white

Your biography mentions that Karkosa formed about 4 years ago in Birmingham. Please introduce yourselves to the readers of Indieterria and tell us a bit more about your beginnings.

Michael Warnock: I think my brother Jack (drums) and I started the band a little earlier than that, about 5 years ago. Our first gig was at our dadโ€™s 40th birthday party. The line-up has changed quite a bit since then. I met Tom Rushton (lead guitar) and Will Clews (keyboard) at BOA College where we studied music together. The last member of the band to join was Ryan Trott (bass) who went to school with Jack. In our own words, we are an indie rock band with influences from The Amazons, Catfish and the Bottlemen and Royal Blood.

Karkosa is a very unusual name for a band, yet strangely it is easily memorable. We are very curious where it comes from. Our best bet would be you are named after the fictional city from a short story entitled โ€œAn Inhabitant of Carcosaโ€ by American writer Ambrose Bierce. Are we correct?

Michael Warnock: (laughing) Yes, you are correct! The name Carcosa is also featured in a book called โ€œThe King in Yellowโ€ by Robert W. Chambers. It is documented as being a fictional โ€œancient and mysterious cityโ€. It was actually my dadโ€™s idea to use that name. We changed out all the Cโ€™s for Kโ€™s to get Karkosa. Which we liked and it was unique.

Your new single entitled โ€œLonley Kidโ€ is a very interesting composition. It also comes with minimalisticย  and very striking cover designed by artist Amber Le Grys.ย  Can you tell us more about this song?

Cover of “Lonely Kid” single

Michael Warnock: We started writing โ€œLonely Kidโ€ back in July 2017. It reflects how I felt at the time when most of my friends had left college or had their relationships to deal with. I was fine being on my own. I also wanted to create something that broke the stereotype of songs with word โ€œlonelyโ€ in the title, being sad. I think the songโ€™s spirit was captured quite nicely by the artwork which Amber made. As you said, it is simple, yet effective which is different to our previous artwork. The songโ€™s climax was inspired by the bridge of โ€œAinโ€™t it funโ€ by Paramore.

March was a very busy month for you. You headlined a hometown gig at the O2 Institute in Birmingham on 17th of March being supported by North Parade and Elliot Sturman. Then you travelled to London to play at Camdenโ€™s Dublin Castle. Was that your first time playing in the capitol?

Michael Warnock: Our headline gig was great as it was not only a rare occasion of us playing last but it was also the first time we got to play with our new bass drum logo and Karkosa banner which was really cool! We also sold the biggest amount of tickets for a gig ever! Overall, we had a lot of fun and the audience seemed to love it! Our Camden gig was a lot more exciting for me as it was something we hadnโ€™t done before. Not only were we performing in a new location, but we were also performing to a new crowd. The surprising part was the fact that people started enjoying themselves, even stating that we should have been on last! Either way, it was a great weekend and we look forward to going back there again!

Radio DJ Steve Kelly had this to say about you: โ€œQuite a few of my fellow presenters loved their song named โ€˜Sheffieldโ€™. No exaggeration, but the guitar work on it is up there with โ€˜Hotel Californiaโ€™ by The Eagles, which is my favourite track ever. I think โ€™Sheffieldโ€™ is probably the best track we’ve had on the station and I’ll be giving you regular airtimeโ€. This is no ordinary praise, being compared to one of the most beloved songs in the history of rock music.

Karkosa is fighting the law…

Michael Warnock: We are very lucky to have a contact such as Steve as he has constantly gave us a lot of support, ever since we first got in touch with him! We did our first radio interview with him and it was real pleasure to meet him in person at our headline gig.ย  He came all the way from Blackpool to see us! We look forward to seeing him again in May, and itโ€™s nice to see his incredible dedication to the band!

The list of recognitions is not over yet: BBC Introducing West Midlands played your three consequently released singles (โ€œMonarchyโ€, โ€œSheffieldโ€ and โ€œWhere the River Flowsโ€) with the last track becoming a song of the week in July 2017. You also had a very successful national tour that saw you playing in Leeds, Edinburgh, Bath, Plymouth and selling out several dates including at legendary Sunflower Lounge.ย  Hard work is finally paying off, isnโ€™t it?

Michael Warnock: It certainly does. We view a lot of this stuff as โ€œclimbing the ladderโ€. Getting played on BBC Introducing was pretty cool, however we found that getting played on some of the smaller radio stations was even more enjoyable. The presenters always had more to say about our music! Playing at The Sunflower Lounge is also a lot of fun as weโ€™ve had fans moshing to our music and thereโ€™s always a bigger buzz when youโ€™re closer to the audience.

We have to ask you about your collaboration with award winning producer Gavin Monaghan (Editors, Jaws, The Twang, Ocean Colour Scene). His recent work with The Sherlocks brought him ย universal acclaim. Did you travel to his famous studio (Magic Garden) in Wolverhampton? How many songs were recorded and when can we listen to them?

Michael Warnock: Recording with Gavin was pretty exciting based on his recognition. We were working at his Magic Garden Studios which was filled with lots of cool memorabilia! We only recorded one song, โ€œWhere the River Flowsโ€ however we hope to work with Gavin again!

2018 looks like a breakthrough year for you guys. With huge interest from local press and sold out shows, Karkosaโ€™s future is looking particularly bright. What do you have in store for your loyal fans in the coming months? Any gigs or new singles we need to be on the lookout for?

Promo picture of Karkosa

Michael Warnock:ย  This year has been awesome and itโ€™s only April! So far, weโ€™ve still got a lot of great gigs lined up and we were also nominated for best indie/alternative band at the Birmingham Music Awards! We are currently winning the HotVox vote to play at the Isle of Wight festival, mainly due to our music going viral in South Korea. We look forward to seeing what else comes our way this year and it would be a dream come true for all of us to play a major festival!

You can vote for us at this link:

Now this is something we donโ€™t hear very often! West Midlands band going viral on the other side of the world! Do you have any idea what made you popular in Korea?

Michael Warnock: (laughing) To be honest we are not exactly sure! We try to engage with anyone that takes time to follow us on social media. At first, it was just a few followers, then literally over a couple of days we were replying to over a thousand followers from South Korea, mainly on Instagram and Twitter. They have been sharing links to our music and have helped us with this vote for Isle of Wight festival. Weโ€™re now hoping to play out there at some point!

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We will be watching Karkosa in the next months to see how our favourite Birmingham quintet is doing.
For now, you can also support them by casting your vote atย The Birmingham Music Awards’ Rising Star/One to Watch 2018. The vote will end on 24th of April!

Till we meet again,
Rita and Malicia

Indieterria meets Misha Dawn

Hello hello!

We are starting a brand new month with a BANG! April is going to be a very exciting month with several of our favourite bands performing far and wide, making waves on the independent music circuit and rocking huge crowds of people. Please be on the lookout for Nuns of the Tundra, Thousand Mountain (as they are releasing their debut EP shortly!!), The Americas and Junior Weeb among others. ย The spring belongs to them and we will be reporting extensively about their achievements.ย  Of course, we will always find the time to look for a world-class talent and today we would like to introduce you dear readers to a truly bright star. Her name is Misha Dawn and she has charmed everyone who has ever heard her sing!

The Lady herself – Misha Dawn Patterson

Diva in the makingย 

Misha Dawn is every record labelโ€™s dream come true. She comes with a full package: looks, voice, multiple talents and experience. With her resume the size of a telephone book and her almost effortless ability of penning perfect songs, Misha is a force to be reckoned with. Before she dethrones Leona Lewis as the next British Queen of Pop, Indieterria sat down with her to discuss being a child prodigy, growing into a confident artist and getting highest grades from the harshest judging panel on popular reality TV program, The X-Factor.

Misha Dawn Patterson

Actress, Dancer, singer, songwriter, producer โ€“ you seem to have many faces and as many occupations! Please tell us who is Misha Dawn?

Misha Dawn: Iโ€™m a Gloucester born artist.ย  I write lyrics that will confront emotions, happiness and heart break. I am a person who strives to be the very best I can be in everything that I do! I am also a very creative and I like to have a “Plan B’ which is also the title of a song I just wrote! (laughing)
I love experiencing new things all the time along with travelling abroad and seeing/meeting different cultures. My early professional singing career has consisted of singing 50’s-80’s music in care homes.

You started your career very early, at the tender age of 7. Since then you appeared in numerous shows, musicals, radio programmes and live performances. Including appearing on live TV regarding a CD which you wrote also at the same time! Was it hard to be growing up in the spotlight?

Misha Dawn: I would have to answer that with a yes and no. As a child I was awfully shy and have had to seriously work on becoming confident which most people find hard to believe! I am not saying it wasn’t a passion of mine to be in the spotlight (I dreamt about it every day and I still do) but I had to fight against one feeling saying “YES THIS IS WHAT YOU WANT” and the other saying “RUN, EVERYONES WATCHING”. Once I got over my hurdle, I enjoyed everything so much more and I am now completely addicted to performing.

I am fortunate now that I don’t have major stage fright, for those of you who watched me on ‘Dinner Date’ TV show will know I have a bigger fear of flying bugs!

Misha Dawn with Sam and Ashley Worskett at the O2 Academy in Birmingham

It is almost hard to believe but you are also classically trained dancer! Has your comprehensive education helped you in your artistic endeavours?

Misha Dawn:ย  Thatโ€™s 100% right. Dancing since the age of 3 had helped me tremendously. From dance performances, rhythm, appreciating different styles of music such as classical, jazz, modern and much more. However, at 12 years old, my injuries put an end to a professional ballet career and my life took a new turn. When Iโ€™m on stage, you will notice that I incorporate dance into my singing performances and I love it! I couldnโ€™t imagine singing while standing still.

We would like to ask you about two milestones in your career: appearing on the cover of national WI Life magazine (May/June 2016 edition) and taking part in the X Factor in 2017. You passed 4 rounds with flying colour. Both must have been amazing experiences.

Misha & Ashley

Misha Dawn:ย  They were both a dream come true. Just thinking about it now, I cannot believe they happened and how lucky I am to have experienced them! I have always wondered what it would be like to have my face on the front cover of a magazine growing up and have watched X factor growing up for as long as I can remember and still doing so now! Getting 4 yes’s from the judges was amazing.

Your music blends, soul, jazz, hip-hop, pop and rock. You have been compared to Beyoncรฉ, Sia and Jesse J. We could add Mica Paris and Mary J Blidge to the mix, especially when you are on stage rocking out with a full band. Your performance at recent Soundwave Music Competition at O2 Academy in Birmingham reminded us of Mary J Blidge singing an alternative version of โ€œOneโ€ with U2.

Misha Dawn:ย  Wow what can I say! For my performance at the O2 to be compared to Mary J Blidge singing with U2 is incredible. It has taken me many, many years of grafting to get where I am and with a comment like that it shows my hard work has paid off! I will continue to grow and every time I perform I make a promise to myself that I will always be better than he last time. My biggest rival is myself.

Talking about your live band, can you introduce your guitarist and drummer to our readers? You share a special bond with them, it was a pure joy watching you perform together.

Misha Dawn: Thank you very much! My guitarist is called Ashley Worskett, he is inspirational and my drummer is called Sam Worskett. Both are brilliant musicians and I am so glad I found them by taking a chance on advertising online for band members. I’m buzzing to see what the future holds performing with them at festivals, parties, events – you name it!

Ashley Worskett – Misha`s guitarist and we swear a new Bernard Butler!

Your latest single โ€œLive It Upโ€ is a well written and produced track that could be a launching pad to Top 20. Tell us more about it.ย 

Misha Dawn:ย  Thank you very much! I wrote and produced the song myself a couple of years ago and released the music video on YouTube quite recently. I really wanted a feel-good track for all ages, something you can play when youโ€™re going out, in the car, feeling low, or whatever the reason may be. I made sure my “Live it Up” music video was ‘jammed packed’ full of fun and friends. I have put it on all major downloading sites such as Spotify, iTunes, Google Play, Amazon and if it did get to the top 20…I would be utterly lost for words.

Itโ€™s only April and 2018 has already been a very busy year for you. What are your plans for the nearest months?

Misha Dawn:ย  I really want to get out there and play for fans and supporters. For the next few months I will be working on a new single of mine which I am so excited for. It is my best song yet. I wrote and produced it and Iโ€™m planning to have it uploaded onto all major downloading sites and Youtube. Music video will soon follow, so please be on the lookout and tell me what you think! Also, Iโ€™m booking a lot shows and I would like to perform with other artists such as Ella Eyre who is an inspiration to me in the music world.

Misha at the o2 Academy in Birmingham, 24.02.2018

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After our meeting with Misha at the SoundWave competition in Birmingham, we are sure she will go a long, long way. Vanadian Avenue will be closely monitoring Mishaโ€™s next steps and hopefully we will be able to chronicle her journey to stardom.

Please visit us soon as our next blog will be even more esciting!

See you soon,
Rita and Mal

****ย Update 17/04/2018****

Misha, Ashley and Samuel on stage – this was such a powerful performance!

Mishaโ€™s concert at the SoundWave Competition at the O2 Arena in Birmingham left us truly impressed. Not only we were amazed by her extraordinary performing abilities but we were equally dazzled with her backing band. To learn more about them, we spoke to guitar player Ashley Worskett (we swear he is a new Bernie Butler!) to discuss the beginnings of their successful collaboration, musical influences and recent trip to London town.

ย Would you like to tell us how did you and Misha meet and how long have you worked together?

Ashley Worskett: I started working with Misha after responding to her advert on a popular casting website. She gave me a call, I sent her some demo tapes and she liked them. She also needed a drummer so I suggested my brother Sam, who was 16 at the time. Sam is also a violinist and he had just returned from a music tour in Venice. He is still at school, but he agreed to do the gig to help Misha out.

We all met for the first time at a rehearsal studio. We all got on well, learnt the songs and 2 days later performed at the O2 Academy. So it was all a bit of a crazy!

Ashley and Samuel playing with Misha at o2 Academy in Birmingham

Your performance on stage during the SoundWave competition was fantastic. Please tell us more about yourself. Who is Ashley Worskett, how long have you been you playing and who inspires you?

Ashley Worskett: ย I am 20 years old musician that have been performing drama for several years. I attended a highly regarded drama theatre in Warwick and I am currently a student at the University of Gloucester. Iโ€™ve been playing guitar for 5 years. My main musical inspiration comes from the virtuoso heavy metal guitarists from the 80โ€™s, people like Eddie Van Halen and Nuno Bettencourt of Extreme. I like listening to bands like Whitesnake, Mรถtley Crรผe and Metallica. Jake E Lee and George Lynch of Dokken and Lynch Mob are also ripping guitarists that I take inspiration from!

You recently travelled to London. Did you have fun?

Ashley Worskett: ย Yeah! London was amazing. I had to get up at 1 am to catch the bus from where I live in Cheltenham, to get to the film studio in London for 7 am. I was taking part in a feature film, being produced by one of the major studios. Itโ€™s a biopic about a well-known rock band from the 70โ€™s and 80โ€™s and itโ€™s due for release later this year. It was an exciting day, and great to be working with truly professional people in the film industry!

We are sure that Misha, Sam & Ashley Worskett are people worth watching in the nearest future. We always say that the talented kids are the ย future and we have enough talent in West Midlands for several decades.