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DozenQ – Rob Johnson

This entry is part 13 of 20 in the series DozenQ

Rob Johnson is a guitarist  and musician from London, who has spent the last few years making instrumental film soundtrack (esque) instrumental albums. Heavily inspired by a wide array of influences, Rob was initially inspired to make a ‘Tubular Bells’ like record for the 21st century after his previous band ended and there was nowhere to house the new demos he had made for that project. He went on to make his debut album ‘Upon a Painted Ocean’ that was released to a little critical acclaim in 2009.
In 2012 he has returned with the follow up, the ambitious ‘Throw The Sun Into The Sea’ which comes in the form of a visual album, as Rob has gone further this time, pursuing another of his loves – film making. Consequently this album comes complete with 10 short films to accompany the music, dealing with themes of heartbreak juxtaposed with a (possible?) alien invasion… Your average instrumental album this is not.

01. What are your earliest memories of music?

I can’t remember anything specific, but I have vague memories of hearing music in my Dad’s car when he would take us places – things like Mike Oldfield and The Police that have remained massive influences on me to this day. Steeleye Span and Clannad not so much…

02. Do you come from a musical family at all?

My mum used to be a music teacher so she taught me some chords on the guitar when I was very young. My brothers and sister are all musical as well (drums, trumpet, flute, singing), so it definitely runs in the family.

03. Who are your major influences and inspirations and who do you despise?

Right now, Peter Gabriel is my biggest influence. Both in terms of music but also the variety of projects he has worked on and the quality he has maintained throughout his career. He is an artist I aspire to be like. In terms of biggest influences on my guitar playing style – it all comes from literally hours of playing along to my favourite albums and almost religiously studying the guitarists of those bands. People like John Frusciante, Tom Morello and Mike Einziger – those are my 3 biggest guitar influences.

I think the music you listen to when you’re growing up and the penny drops and you start actually discovering the music you like instead of what everyone else is listening to is massively important, and for me it changed who I was and everything I wanted to be.

So when I first heard Rage Against The Machine, or the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Incubus, it kind of blew my mind you know. The first time I saw the Chili Peppers live, I was 16 and it literally changed my life. I saw John Fruscicante playing and literally thought – that is what I want to do. I still love all those bands very dearly and their music has helped me throughout all aspects of my life.

I despise… Maybe bands or artists who seemingly have not worked hard to get where they are, or manufactured bands producing music that is very obvious. A lot of what is played on the radio – whilst the majority is very good and you can understand why it is being played, sometimes you hear a song and it’s just like – ‘are you serious?!’ Those acts I’m not too fond of.

04. What drives you to make music in the way that you do today?

I am a creative person so to have this outlet is in many ways a joy. I have a way in which I can communicate my view of the world to the rest of the world. (Whether or not they choose to listen is another matter entirely… )

At the same time I do feel like I am pursuing something with the sound and ambition of the projects that has the potential to be unique and groundbreaking. I feel like I am finding new ways to make interesting sounds on the guitar and I think I have something to say that hasn’t been said before. If I didn’t I wouldn’t do it. And you have to have this kind of self belief because it is not easy, and without it I would not be able to pursue it, because it is madness. I just have a general feeling that this is what I am best at in my life and that I should pursue it no matter what. Time will tell whether or not this was a naive assumption.

05. What can someone who has never seen you live before expect from your live shows?

Fire. Danger. Dancing girls. Guitar theatrics and classic comedy. In that order.

06. What is your song crafting process? What types of themes and subjects do you deal with?

I am pretty much always writing, however 95% of this will be stuff that I never use, but what I am doing subconsciously is learning what sounds good where, what works and what doesn’t etc. Then every so often I’ll hit a few notes in an interesting or different way and then I’ll know instantly that that is an idea I need to pursue. So straightaway I’ll record it just into my iphone or whatever so it’s not lost in the ether. Then I will keep playing, crafting and chipping away until a song emerges. The process can be sometimes very quick or sometimes very slow. There is now rhyme or reason to it. It’s never the same but it is that constant search that keeps me going. It’s basically like a big jigsaw; working out what needs to go where, and sometimes when you can connect a new part you’ve just come up with to an idea you’ve had for years it’s the best thing ever. Like it was always meant to be or something. It’s basically like connecting the dots.

07. How did your music evolved since you first began playing?

It’s become more structured I suppose. I mean it always was, but at the start I think you follow a very rigid verse, chorus, verse, chorus, break, chorus, chorus structure and nowawdays my songs are not at all like that. Some are very simple and come are very complicated structure wise. I think in general it has just evolved across the board – notes, chords, time signatures, musicality, ambition – as my understanding of the guitar and music in general has grown.

08. What has been your biggest challenge as an artist? Were you been able to overcome this? If so, how?

The biggest challenge I have as an artist (in my opinion) is that the music I make is instrumental. Therefore it is immediately harder for an audience to find, take on and appreciate because there are no words. However, I also feel that some of the most famous and well known music we all know is instrumental so from that respect it doesn’t bother me. But I do think that these challenges that come from being different and out there and not having words while they are at times overwhelming and daunting, they also give me enough ambition to try and overcome people’s pre conceived notions about instrumental music and what an instrumental album will be and sound like.

09. Do you play any covers? If you could pick any song, which would you like to cover most and why?

I don’t live, but I do in private and am always toying with the idea. I worked out a version of ‘Breakin a Sweat’ by Skrillex recently that I think worked pretty well… If I could pick any song I’d probably choose Sledgehammer by Peter Gabriel. I think that’s just a genius genius song. I don’t think I could play it in public though as I don’t think anything could even come close to the original. Although the best cover I think I’ve ever heard is the Ryan Adams cover of Wonderwall – which you’d think would be an untouchable song to try and cover but he did a amazing job. Also Hurt by Johnny Cash. You listen to a song you’ve heard a million times and you know ever lyric and they make it sound brand new. Incredible.

10. Where did you envisage yourself being in five years time?

Hopefully scoring movies, with a couple more albums on my shelf.

11. Who would you most like to record with?

Red Hot Chili Peppers. I am inspired by their music and think they have an incredible work ethic. I’d love to jam with them – Josh Klinghoffer is basically living my dream right now.

12. What should we be expecting from you in the near future? Please feel free to plug your Album?

I’ve just released a new album called Throw The Sun Into The Sea, and it comes with a short film for every song. You can check it all out on this site www.throwthesun.com. If you like instrumental music, music in general or sunshine then you should go check it out. It might just be right up your street. I’ll be out and about playing gigs across London and further afield to promote it. So that is my focus for right now. I’m always working on new songs but I have just spent literally 9 months on Throw The Sun, so now I need a little creative break before I attempt my next project – but I have a few ideas in mind…

Links:
Website: www.robjohnsonmusic.com
Music: www.throwthesun.com
Rob Johnson on Facebook


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DozenQ – Max Galli

This entry is part 12 of 20 in the series DozenQ

Max Galli has been working as a professional illustrator and graphic designer during the last 20 years, producing hundreds of colourful, 60s-influenced drawings, illustrations and commercial graphic designs. His trademark swinging Sixties girls, shy and sexy at the same time, appeared in posters, records and CD covers, packagings and more, making his very own Pantone marker-based style a must for the discerning 60s loving collectors all over the world.

Currently he’s contributing with his illustrations and articles to The New Untouchables (which promotes 21st Century Modernist & Sixties Inspired Underground Music Culture with an International Mindset) ‘NUTsMag‘ and Eyeplug Magazine.

 

01. What first inspired you to veer towards the world of Art, Design and Illustration?

I think women (aunts, cousins, acquaintances, some girls and women around…) must have been one of the main sources of inspiration, so far. Along with late 60s-mid 70s TV shows like UFO, Space:1999 and Doctor Who (the Tom Baker one), since I was seriously impressed by the design of furnishings and environments.

02. What are some of your early reference points and how have they grown or changed over time?

My reference points have always been quite diverse. When I was a child, it was basically my father’s pictures of models, actresses and landscapes from the 60s and 70s. A few years after, when I was in my early teens, it was comics. I became a very good comic strips reader and collector, focusing my imagination on the 1965-1975 graphic style, you know, the likes of Crepax, Peellaert, Forest, Moebius, Rostagno, Maroto, Pazienza. In my late teens it was fine arts and illustration: Alphonse Mucha, John Waterhouse, William Morris, the Preraphaelites, the whole Art Nouveau phenomenon, Art Déco, Bauhaus, Op-Art…

03. What form does your modern work tend to take?

Well, I love drawing 60s-style pin ups! The female characters I draw are always sexy and sweet at the same time, and never too explicit – I think eroticism is an imaginative issue, not a blatant one. I have my wife and a lot of friends and acquaintances who – sometimes unconsciously – inspired me.

04. What sort of themes, mediums and techniques do you employ?

The main theme has always been the 60s-early 70s, since I was 19. You can’t really stop me being fascinated by that period, can you? My favourite media are pigment ink pens and ProMarker and Pantone markers, which I only use on Letraset  marker paper. I never used a computer for my illustrations, nor I ever used Photoshop for colouring. I’m an old school cat.

05. What has been the re-action and feedback so far to what you try to do?

Honestly, I have a few thousand fans from all over the world, but a good 60% of them are from English-speaking countries (UK, USA, Canada, Australia). The funny and amazing thing is that many of them are from outside the International Mod-60s Scene.

06. Have you managed to exhibit  or publish your work so far, and if so how and where?

I was lucky enough to have quite a few exhibitions around (three in London, one in Spain, 4 in Italy) and I published my first illustration back in 1994, for an Italian literary magazine. There are also a few books of mine around, the latest one, “Midnight To Six” is having a great success, both with public and critics.

07. What other factors come into play whilst in the process of creating a new piece?

It just depends on how I feel in that precise moment. Inspiration and music play a fundamental role, though. Usually I listen to some slow, sweet hammond organ stuff. Things like 60s-70s  library music, 60s easy listening in general…

08. How do you spread the word about what you do and who you are, as an Artist?

Usually I do this through facebook and my own website. But I also like to know new people and meeting friends and  keeping them updated about what I do.

09. Have you collaborated on other Art based projects, if so who with and what was the outcome?

I tried  to join other project with other people, but I think that like mindness should be an important factor to make people work well together.          

10. Who else do you rate from the world of Art, Design and Illustration both past present and future?

I’d say US illustrators Peter Max and Bob Peak and Spanish Luis Roca and Esteban Maroto, Italian designers Joe Colombo and Anna Castelli Ferrieri for the past times, for now and the future there’s a great choice of very good artists, I can only remember a few names, but I like their artwork: Steven Millington, Marty Street and Kristian Hughes from UK, Alex Barbarroja and Marcos Torres from Spain, Sam Paglia from Italy and a few others from both sides of the sea.

11. Does your work ever get you into trouble at all?

Well, it happened sometimes. For example, I had a MySpace profile blocked four years ago, because of the naked women I showed in my illustrations. They didn’t like my illustrations, so I didn’t like being on MySpace. As a result of them blocking my art, I’m not using MySpace since then.

12. What are your future plans?

It just depends on what the future will bring me. You know, if I have the chance of doing something interesting, I’ll just do it.

Links:

Website: www.maxgalli.net
Website (commissions): www.maxgalli.webs.com
Max Galli on Facebook

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DozenQ – Suburban Dirts

This entry is part 11 of 20 in the series DozenQ

Suburban Dirts are a trailer trash folk blues band with hints of Americana from Hertfordshire, UK. The core of the band is made up of John Wheatley (lead vocals, acoustic guitar and harmonica), David Austin (drums, backing vocals and ukulele), Chris Varley (bass) and Dave Moyes (lead guitar). Occasionally augmented by Joolz Heath (violin) and Joe Glossop (piano, Hammond organ and Wurlitzer). This summer the band will be appearing at a number of festivals, including The Secret Garden Party in Cambridgeshire, to promote the upcoming release of their self titled debut album. You can catch them on the first Thursday of every month at the Hertford Corn Exchange.

01 How did you get started in music?

John Wheatley (lead vocals/acoustic guitar): I was a 14 year old Nirvana fan. A friend at school showed me the basic chords to “About a girl” from Nirvana Unplugged and I was hooked.

David Austin (drums): I was introduced to Elvis’ music by my Nan when I was about seven years old – that gave me the melody; I was introduced to Michael Jackson’s music (also by my Nan) when I was about eight years old – that gave me the rhythm. I was equipped from then on.

02 Where did your direction come from?

John: It came from a desire to create something that we don’t have to make excuses for. I’ve been in many bands before and, though I didn’t know it at the time, I was writing songs that I thought the general public would want to hear. This time I’m only writing songs that I want to hear.

David: I don’t think I have a musical direction – not one that I am conscious of anyway. I like listening to all different kinds of music and playing all different kinds of music. However, I think John makes an interesting point, and I think it can be summarised as ‘being honest’.

03 Who were your major influences and inspirations and who do you despise?

John: At the moment it’s the greats; Bob Dylan, Elvis Presley, The Beatles, Johnny Cash…. And more recent acts such as Ryan Adams, Arcade Fire, The White Stripes… too many to go into now. I’m not sure if despise is the right word but I’ve got no time for bands like Snow Patrol and Maroon 5. They’ve got about as much integrity as Crazy Frog. They are the Matthew McConaugheys of music.

David: A friend once told me (not John, obviously) that he could find something he likes in every piece of music (even if it’s the smallest detail) by every artist. I think that’s true for me – so far, anyway. I’ve never come across an artist or band (or whatever) that I despised completely. As pretentious as it sounds, my influences and inspirations originate from everything I’ve ever heard; even those individuals who create things you don’t completely agree with are inspirational and influential – they indicate what not to do. I’m not going to write a list.

04 What inspires you to make your current type of songs and sound?

David: John provides me with a (perhaps unhealthy) dose of Americana music.

John: Yes, most good things are unhealthy.

05 What can someone who has never seen you live before expect from your live shows then & possibly even now?

John: We try to keep our shows relaxed and intimate. We take inspiration from the Elvis Presley sit down show from the 68 Comeback Special and shows like MTV Unplugged.

06 How do you begin your songs? What types of themes and subjects do you deal with?

John: Usually my songs begin with a phrase or a couple of lines without any clear idea of where it’s going. If you’ve got something to say, the odds are that you’ll say it whether you intend to or not. David is studying philosophy and through him I’ve managed to pick up on a few things. Our album is littered with philosophical ideas and questions, but they are only used to help express the simplest of emotions.

07 How did your music evolve since you first began playing?

David: That’s a hard question to answer; the reason being, you can’t really point to each evolutionary step that the band has made. You come together as separate individuals with separate ideas and, eventually, (somehow) that culminates into a band with one idea. It’s analogous to the process of osmosis.

08 What has been your biggest challenge? Were you been able to overcome this? If so, how?

John: I suppose the biggest challenge has been to not get sucked in to chasing commercial success. Most people presume that without commercial success you’re a failure, so it’s easy to get carried away. But we intend to continue as we are. Recording an album every year and putting on shows the way we want them. The work is the reward.

David: I don’t think we’ve really been challenged yet. We simply enjoy writing and playing music with each other. The only challenge, perhaps, is getting the songs as we want them, and as John says, “the work is the reward”. Essentially, the challenge of getting the songs as we want them is overcome by the pleasure of getting the songs as we want them.

09 Do you play covers? If you could pick any song, which would you like to cover most and why?

John: On our album we cover “Need your love so bad” by Little Willy John just because we enjoy playing it. During the album session we also recorded a version of Ryan Adams’ “Rescue blues”. Don’t know if it’ll ever see the light of day though.

David: We do (as John has stated). I’d like to cover Bowie’s “Oh, You Pretty Things”. I love it, and considering our style of music, it would definitely be one of those pleasurable challenges we talked about earlier.

10 Where did you envisage being in five years time?

John: If all goes to plan we’ll be on our fifth album, hopefully the shows will be slightly bigger and hopefully we’ll be getting paid a bit more.

David: What John said. I think it’s realistic. And I’d be happy if that was the case.

11 Who would you most like to record with?

John: I’d love to hear Norah Jones sing one of my songs and at the moment I’ve been listening to the first two Dawes albums. I’d like to do something with them.

David: Someone who I’d like to record with, who I think would compliment the band, is Jack White (The Hentchmen, White Stripes, The Raconteurs and Dead Weather). He has the ability to make music that is both contemporary and timeless; music that is original but at the same time very familiar.
I like that quality.

12 What should we be expecting from you in the near future?

John: In the near future our album will be available for download, we’ll be building on the initial success of our residency show at the Hertford Corn Exchange and getting ready for a bunch of festival dates in the summer, including The Secret Garden Party in July.

Links:

Suburban Dirts on Facebook
Suburban Dirts on Soundcloud
For a limited time you can hear our album in full here
And you follow lead vocalist, John, on Twitter

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DozenQ – Anison

This entry is part 10 of 20 in the series DozenQ

Recent Spectra Records signing Anison release their debut studio album Memory Flashes this April in UK and USA.

The Kingston four piece have caught the attention of XFM with the band’s last 3 releases playlisted on the station alongside support from BBC 6 music and NME TV. Reflective and considerate, Anison’s music is a rush of melancholy that engrosses through its many layers, ignited by the delicate intro that comes as a calm before the proverbial emotional and sonic storm.

01 How did the band get together?

Rocky and Dan from the band met at school and were part of the same band. The pair met Rory at college (while studying music) and this evolved in to Anison as we know it. After some initial drumming on recordings from Dan and a string of temporary drummers, Jerome joined later – who was a friend of a friend.

02 Where did your name come from?

Anison is a genre of music, specifically associated with Japanese Anime films.

03 Who were your major influences and inspirations and who do you despise?

Varied per band-member… but mutual bands we have loved growing up include: Radiohead/Bloc Party/Pearl Jam/Incubus/Blur/Beatles/John Lennon/Led Zeppelin/Jeff Buckley. Huge inspirations have been some of our contemporaries – bands such as Apartment and Ex Libras.

Who we despise? Wishy-washy indie pop such as The Feeling… and mindless nonsense with people who can barely sing/play – such as The Cribs… Sure they’re all lovely chaps though!

04 What drove you to make music together?

Obsession with music as teenagers. The compelling desire to recreate our own music that made others feel the same way as we did for those bands.

05 What can someone who has never seen you live before expect from your live shows then & possibly even now?

I think people can expect a powerful and emotive performance from us; we concentrate on playing our tracks very well as we have always been very ‘song’ focussed. We spend alot of time working out the order in our set and merging songs together.  The difference in  recent times is that you will see our trademark selection of lights on stage (we love ambient lights and fairy lights)… and also as our musical palette grows you will find us playing more instruments. In addition to the good old guitars/bass/drums/vocals, you will see a selection of: Drum pads/pianos and samplers.

06 Who writes your songs? What types of themes and subjects do you deal with?

We all write music. Different variations to the final result. The prominent theme on the album is the passing of time. It’s a fairly reflective album. There are also a couple of songs that reference the UK in the recession… and a couple based on more hedonistic experiences in the capital.

07 How did your music evolved since you first began playing together?

When we first started out we were quite lunge based. We have had a few incarnations… We were heavily influenced by bands such as Pearl Jam and Smashing Pumpkins in the early days. Since then, our sound has evolved in to an epic/atmospheric place… drawing more influence from the radioed palette… but keeping in touch with the pop/chorus side of it in a way that they have often strayed from. Drums have become more and more important too…. Jerome has a very distinctive playing style and this has become more prominent. Influence beats-wise include Bloc Party and The Police.

08 What has been your biggest challenge as a band? Were you been able to overcome this? If so, how?

Being at a cross-roads a few years ago after trying to ‘get a record deal’ and going through various management companies etc… Trying to motivate ourselves to carry on was the challenge.

We decided we would try to release a single ourselves, not reliant on any other parties but ourselves. This ultimately led us to the release of Spatial Awareness and we learned how to do everything ourselves, from getting the song distributed to choosing a PR company to help us promote it etc.

09 Do you play covers? If you could pick any song, which would you like to cover most and why?

We do occasionally play a cover. At Christmas we have played a version of East 17’s ‘Stay Another Day’ for a laugh… Choosing one song to cover and why is a very hard question! I’m going to speak for the group here… right here, right now – gonna plump with David Bowie. An incredible musician… hard to choose a song… but I reckon we do a pretty good job with Ashes to Ashes… a very intricate song with lots of parts and varied vocals.

10 Where did you envisage the band being in five year’s time?

Hopefully a well-respected band who have released a string of excellent albums – with a distinctive sound. Either that… or writing Christmas songs that can rival East 17!

11 Who would you most like to record with?

Another hard one… Would be very keen to work with producer Rick Ruben… think he would get a lot out of our sound. Likewise Liam Howlett from The Prodigy would be high on the list.

12 What should we be expecting from the band in the near future?

The album Memory Flashes is released on 30th April. And the first single is Fluidity. We have just made the video for Fluidity, which is a ‘murder mystery’ loosely inspired by Japanese Horror films… so look out for that soon! We are launching the Album with a special gig at The Tooting Tram & Social on April 20th with XFM’s John Kennedy.

Band Website: Anison.co.uk
Facebook: facebook.com/anisonuk

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DozenQ – The Lovely Eggs

Official video for The Lovely Eggs single Allergies with guest appearance from Gruff Rhys as Cosmic Death. Released on Too Pure Singles Club, Dec 5th 2011.Watch in HD!!!!!!!!!!!Directed by Casey RaymondWith thanks to Gruff, Aga, Steen, Jess, Claire V, Mel, Graf, Robbo, Pete the Chicken Guy, Nomi, Huw Ewan, Leila, Carol, Turnstile Records, Quantum Cafe.Dedicated to George Kuchar (1942 - 2011)
This entry is part 6 of 20 in the series DozenQ

The Lovely Eggs bring their own artful autonomy and pickled noir humour to a growing list of original, virant and offbeat compositions, films, gig/parties with a bold visual and cinematic flavour that really should be on the National Schools Ciriculum to dispel the whiff of ‘X Factor’ drudgery and all of its equivalents. Art meets real life talent, we introduce The Lovely Eggs, your own real, new favourite everyday band!

Members:
David Blackwell: drums, guitar, tamb, other stuff.
Holly Ross: Singing, guitar, tamb, other stuff.

01 How did the band get together?

In Paris in 2006.

02 Where did your name come from?

A pigeon laid two eggs in an abandoned nest on our bathroom windowsill.The eggs were incubating while we were writing our first songs. Then during the summer they hatched and that is when we flew back to England and formed our band. It just seemed a natural name. There were two of them and two of us and we were born at the same time.

03 Who were your major influences and inspirations and who do you despise?

We are influenced a lot by everyday life. A lot of our songs are quite observational about the ridiculous things people get up to every day. So in a way just getting up in a morning and mooching round is a big inspiration to us. It’s good living in Lancaster, which is a small northern town, so you know everyone and its funny to see life tick along. We’re also influenced by the obvious poets and writers and artists and that predictable stuff. Our favourite is Richard Brautigan. We don’t despise anyone.

04 What drove you to make music together?

We just wanted to be in a band where there were no rules where we could be free to make exactly the music we wanted to hear.That seems hard for some bands these days but it is really easy!

05 What can someone who has never seen you live before expect from your live shows then & possibly even now?

We like to have a party at our gigs. Parties are timeless.

06 Who writes your songs? What types of themes and subjects do you deal with?

David’s mum. We write about everything in the life capsule.

07 How did your music evolved since you first began playing together?

We maybe sound more powerful now. When we first started David had never played drums before. We had a lot of soft songs when we first started. Now we are more wild and raw.

08 What has been your biggest challenge as a band? Were you been able to overcome this? If so, how?

Our biggest challenge was probably touring across America for 21 days in a car with another band and all the equipment WITHOUT Strongbow!

09 Do you play covers? If you could pick any song, which would you like to cover most and why?

We’re generally not into playing covers, although we once did a cover of It’s Spooky by Jad Fair and Daniel Johnston for a B side of our Halloween single Haunt Me Out. We also covered Hotpants Romance before just to make them scream!

10 Where did you envisage the band being in five years time?

Depends what day, but if it’s January 16th 2017 we’ll probably be mooching round our mums house.

11 Who would you most like to record with?

Well Jonathan Richman would be pretty good.

12 What should we be expecting from the band in the near future?

Some more records, some more gigs and a bit of falling about.

Thanks To The Lovely Eggs
www.thelovelyeggs.co.uk/
www.myspace.com/thelovelyeggs
twitter.com/TheLovelyEggs
soundcloud.com/thelovelyeggs
www.facebook.com/thelovelyeggs

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HEY DJ! Sir Eon Ballinger – London Calling

This entry is part 1 of 5 in the series Hey! DJ

Billy Hasset (The Chords MP3 London Calling Intro)

The LONDON CALLING Radio Show presented by Sir Eon Ballinger is Fortnightly on Mondays & you can hear worldwide now! He took time out of a hectic schedule to shed some light on his latest musical journey!

www.rcv-lille.com
www.facebook.com/sireonballinger
www.eonballinger.toile-libre.org/

 

1. What were your early musical influences?

All The usual suspects: Beatles, Who, Small Faces, The Creation, Kinks, Bowie, Buzzcocks, The Clash, The Jam, The Chords, The Psychedelic Furs, and, of course, The Worzels! Oo Aah!

2. What sort of Music do your gravitate towards generally?

I’m kind of stuck in a time tunnel 1965-1983/4 I’m afraid…But it’s a nice place to be, a kind of Comfort zone: like clean Jim jams, hot water bottles, Chocolate & Milk, Crisps & Coke…oh, & not forgetting, several pints of Kilkenny & a Crack pipe…Blow the cobwebs away. Funny, even chooons I hated from back in the day sound like old friends now (that same feeling you get about people you work with & hate all year round, then, all of a sudden, they seem ok for that magical week around xmas), can never work that one out, strange but true that one, isn’t it.. Beauty of music I suppose? It’s still the highest art form bar none!

3. What have been the bands or sounds that have always been in your play-list or record box?

Talk Talk Talk-Furs/Quadrophenia-The horrible oooo/Revolver-The Fabs/Kinks 66-68 & anything by The Creation (though there’s not much, is there) The Small Faces, Neil Young, Bob Dylan Blood on the Tracks & Ian Mcnabb/Icicle Works… depending on my muse!

4. What about the Formats available, your thoughts on Vinyl, CD and MP3?

Well, gotta be Vinyl for sound & sense of occasion (Art again), but cd for simplicity…Not an MP3 fan..They sound pants, don’t they!

5. Any Current Bands that you feel seem to be producing the goods?

I like Glamweazle, Pope (ex Chords, but like Ian Mcnabb, I think Chris Pope is criminally underatted & ignored… outrageous isn’t it..The Chords were just Chris tuning up). But currently Miles Kane..He’s kicking up a storm over here, you can see his confidence bloom , that’s nice to see, & he wears fabPantoloons too! And last, but certainly not least, ‘Is this England?’ by The Universal hits the spot!

6. What can we expect to hear on your show or during your Sets?

Good Taste… lol… Dunno: The A-Z from the Musical Bible & any bands new or old, who merit a bit of airplay… Send me ya stuff if ya reading this!.. But if people enjoy the show (& they seem to be), Job’s a goodun!

7. Anything that you Really Hate and Why?

Aaahhh… tough buster this… If you had asked me this question but a year ago, we could’ve made a boxset of what I don’t like… But nah… bit toxic that hate stuff, init!!… They say life begins at 40, don’t they (Who are they, while we’re on the subject?),  I just think you’re just becoming depressingly conscientious of your own mortality, so hate is way too time & energy consuming! …Put it this way, I try to smile at least 7 times throughout the day! Chant “Hari Krishna you c**t” at anyone who cuts me up (which is often over here… Who needs theme parks? Just have a day driving in Paris, folks!…), yoga ‘n’ prozak help to keep me in a happyboystoytown frame of mind too. …Oh! hang on though… Bullies…there ya go… They come in all shapes & sizes, dont they… Starts in the playground…The Bullies & The Bullied! Meet the new Bully: same as the old Bully!

8. What about Requests?

What about them… lol …As long as I dig it… yeah of course…

9. Tell us what you are up to at the Moment, where can we catch you playing etc?

Well, busy recording an album (just for myself) as well as film & music for adverts! My hope is to make the Radio show bigger & better, we’re getting just over 8,000 listeners currently, which ain’t too shabby, is it… To be honest, it’s been very touching, the reaction to the show (Helps keep hate at bay – see question 7): emails from France & Blighty of course, Belgium, Italy, Spain, Germany (Who won the war?), USA, Brazil, Mexico & even (singular) a listener in Poland… Bless her Heart!

10. Your thoughts on the future and things that excite you Beyond Music?

Well, that’s the easiest question, BUT, not very Rock & roll & even a bit soft maybe… But being with my Family & watching my two Chidren grow into the Beautiful people they are… My two hits! I won’t say my No 1 & Number two… Flippin Eck Tucka, I just did!

11. Have you met or Worked with anyone Interesting on your Musical journey?

Oh, by jingo, unfortunately, Yes. Oh, my giddy aunt, how do I answer this one, the most dangerous of all the questions… as I think you should never meet (and certainly not work with) ya heroes; the fantasy always outways the reality… right!But since you asked,well, ok….

I was put forward to write With Pete Townshend’s Daughter, so I got to meet him, who was & is an incredible person & very funny! But I also crossed swords with Mr Daltrey, who asked me to get my “f’n cigarette” out of his face (maybe this kicked off the idea for his cancer charity… only joshing Rodge..lol) I thought he was gonna throw a knuckle sarny on me snotta… Kinda dissapointed he didn’t, to be honest: I could’ve dinned out on that one for years!

I did alot of work with the guitarist from The Psychedelic Furs, John Ashton, in london & in New York, back in the day, who’s great fun…”Hi John! How are ya? Happy?”… ‘What’s Happy?’… lol

REM.…3 of them were nice, guess what one wasn’t… lol… Peter Buck offered to play on a few of my songs, folks! But most of them dissapoint our (outrageously high) expectations, don’t they!

I worked with Buzzcocks for a year, which was a real eye opener to say the least, from Boy to man cliché, not the happiest of experiences, but good never or less! We all have to face the dark side at some point in our lives – “Try not. Do. Or do not. There is no try.” as Yoda, Jedi Master said. Use the Force, folks…

Then I went on to manage Steve Diggle for a year which was a hoot (literally), I love that Geeza… Most up & funny guy I’ve ever met!!! He’s the Keef Richards of Punk, isn’t he! If anyone was having a bad moment on tour, he’d simply say: ‘Don’t worry lads, we’ll all be dead soon!’… Diggle world! I won’t mention the other little fella in the act with his feet at quarter to two!!!…You wouldn’t be able to print it anyway…lol

The Chords are all top blokes. Brett and Chris are the most forgiving… I’ll leave that one like that… Not my finest hour…

But The King of Kings was Kenny Pickett of The Creation, who become friend, mentor & almost like a second father to me… Very sharp guy, with stories to make ya hair curl, especially the Led Zepplin days, & he was also cut from noble cloth… I can’t tell you how much I loved him in a few whimsical sentences… He recorded a song of mine… always motivated moi & was sure, certain in fact, I would find success one day, in some shape or form… Incredible man… Also (& this is heartbreaking), as you probably know, he was… err… responsible for writing GRANDAD (that is heartbreaking…lol) with Herbie ‘Walk on the wild side’ Flowers… which was the first song I ever walked on stage too, in a school play (Second was with Ronnie Corbett at London Palladium if ya interested???) & I had a picture I gave to him to proove my story. So when he died, he left all the Creation lyrics, invoices, memorablia etc. to me! So when I went to his house in Barnes for my inheritence (don’t know if that’s the right way of putting it, readers), there was that picture of me beside his gold disc for Grandad… Killer eh… People said he thought of me as his second son… Last thing he said to me was: ‘I love you’, which at least is some sort of saving Grace. Christ, listen to me… “Nurse! He’s out of bed again!”

And of course Eddie Phillips, who’s a Gent, played on some my own songs (violin bow et tout) & composed a jingle for the Show! Tons of others too… but the most interesting peoploids have never really been the so called stars, to be frank! or to be Eon… lol

12. Top Fave Tunes Right Now?

Inhaler – Miles Kane
New Life – Ian Mcnabb
Grow your own – Small Faces
Scrapeaway – The Jam
How Does it feel to feel? – The Creation
I wanna destroy you – Soft Boys
I lie in Bed – Steve Diggle
Love my Way – The Psychedelic Furs
Thursday night 1972 – Glamweazle
Slider – T-Rex
The Last Balloon – XTC
Crazy horse – The Osmonds (My first single poppickers, 1972… You do the maths…) oh & the Boxset of Quadrophenia – Whotastic.. Happy as a pig in Chardonay as Stephen Fry would say!

Love & Stuff
Sir Eon Ballinger

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Boz Boorer

Martin James ‘Boz’ Boorer was born on 19 May 1962 in Edgware, North London and is married to Lyn, with two daughters: Billie-Rose and Pearl-May. Boorer is a guitarist who composes music as Morrissey’s main songwriter along with Alain Whyte. He is not only well known as a guitarist but also a high profile, hard working artist and engineer and gigs in several countries with different bands, or as solo performer. Boorer’s first single was ‘Rockabilly Guy’, released with his young, stylish and talented band the Polecats (which also included Tim Worman, Phil Bloomberg and Neil Rooney) in the early 1980s. Since then, he has released solo material and worked with other artists, including Adam Ant, David Bowie, Joan Armatrading, Jools Holland, Boz And The Bozmen, Ronnie Dawson, the Deltas, John’s Children, Bluberry Hellbellies, and Edwyn Collins. Boz studied music to A-Level and plays several instruments (clarinet, saxophone, bass, drums, piano), although the guitar remains his biggest passion. Boorer has even toured Japan with the all girl rockabilly outfit, the Shillelagh Sisters. In 1995 Boz also did some live shows with Kirsty MacColl’s group. Boorer worked as a music studio engineer for The Shillelagh Sisters (1983-84) and was recruited by Chrysalis Records as a studio engineer in 1984. In 1991 he joined Morrissey’s band as musical director. Boz also runs his own label, NV Records, and the House of Boz Recording Studio, his private music studio.

Alex Lusty met Boz Boorer backstage at a Morrissey concert in December 2004 at London’s Earl Court. They were soon recording together. Their first musical collaboration was ‘The OneThree’ and the album Life Goes On, which was released on Black Records in the autumn of 2005. Now they have both finally found the time to record new material, and Happy Martyr was born. Described as ‘urban folk’ or ‘Ian Dury fronting early T Rex’, the duo’s music is a raw sounding, stripped down acoustic rap crossover. Tracks for the debut album were recorded between London and Boz’s Serra Vista studio in Portugal, which was also the backdrop for the video to accompany debut single ‘Painkillers’, released via download on 4 April 2011. The next Happy Martyr single is ‘Sleep Tight’ and will be released on 4 July, also on download.

What are your earliest memories of getting bitten by the music bug?
I remember buying the Monkees’ ‘I’m A Believer’, must have been 1967 or 8 – I was about five years old.

Was your family background musical in any way?
My dad sang in a choir most of his life and my mum plays piano by ear.

How did you find your way to the guitar as your main instrument?
Seeing T. Rex on Top of the Pops sowed that seed.

What were you original influences and how have they changed over time?
Well, T. Rex and glam rock, then Chuck Berry and rock’n’roll, then punk rock.

Tell us about your first band?
The Polecats, formed out of the teddy boy/punk ashes of 1978 At what stage did it get serious and start to happen for you? Late 1980, we toured with Dave Edmunds and signed a big record deal. Tell us about your guitar collection? Always changes; mainly 63 Fender Telecasters, various Gretschs, including my Pink Penguin and a White Falcon, a Gibson SJ200 acoustic, Martin D45 acoustic, James Trussart Tele, Fano, Hayman, Shergold, and a few more. What about Amps and Effects? At the moment, Blackstar combo, Fender Bassman.

How has your sound changed over the years?
A bit probably, I’m not aware though.

What have been the highpoints of you Career?
The last 20 years with Morrissey, Ronnie Dawson, recent Polecats shows, Vauxhall and I, the next Morrissey album.

And the lowpoints?
Early 80s after the Shillelagh Sisters, before I worked as a recording engineer – a short period of no work.

What about the present day set up?
I have a recording studio in Portugal where I go whenever I’m not on tour.

Thoughts on today’s music scene?
Very stale, seems like the business is all about getting one hit from someone then dropping them and not developing any artists.

What’s in the pipeline?
Hopefully a new Morrissey album then a tour should follow, I have a few bands booked in the studio to record, there’s a few Polecats gigs and I have an acoustic duo called Happy Martyr, album and gigs in the pipeline.

http://happymartyr.com/

http://www.bozboorer.com/ 

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Eyeplug.net Podcast Number 1

This entry is part 1 of 2 in the series Eyeplug Podcasts


Hello and welcome to our first in a long series of fun-filled rumblings (and hopefully inspiring) Podcasts from various Eyepluggers!

First off is Boo Eyeplugs’ slightly warped take on things… Enjoy!

Dave Showplug Taylor

Dave Showplug Taylor is owner of Showplug Promotions, a man who makes things happen, loves providing great affordable quality Events, Gigs, Shows, Comedy Plugs and great all around Entertainment. Works closely alongside Eyeplug Media and lives by the Sea with his Family. Loves the MC5 and Cold Beer.

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