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EP REVIEW – BUSTO POWER TRIO’S “THE DEAL”

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“Music for super villains” reads the side-note for Busto Power Trio’s debut EP “The Deal”, a pretty spot on approximation once you’ve taken a listen. Fusing elements of jazz, experimental and surf, Busto Power Trio have a distinctly sleek sense of character that is exhibited sublimely on “The Deal”.
Originally written as a soundtrack to a spy movie, this EP is far more engaging than merely for backdrop purpose, and holds enough weight to stand as its own piece of work. Opening track “Salutation” is an atmospheric 45 seconds which echoes a desolate “cowboys in the wild west” vibe before bursting into “Negotiating” – a high energy number which would fit suitably as fight-scene material: chaotic, frenetic and at times agitated. EP titled song “The Deal” features finger clicking which feels appropriately reminiscent of sleuthing and scheming, accompanied by smooth bass lines and tremolo guitar riffs that bounce off the walls. Holding a clever sense of direction throughout, the track “Oroboro” deftly shifts between choruses with frisky, accelerating chants and mellow moments where things take a breather.

“The Deal” is confidently eclectic and refined in its execution – a band with a carefully crafted sound that retains its authenticity. These guys have a few gigs coming up, the first at The Club Integral in Stoke Newington on Friday 25th July, keep an eye out for more details –> http://www.facebook.com/bustopowertrio

VICE COLLECTIVE | ALL I WANT (WILLIAM EARL EDIT)

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Originally posted on Chase The Compass:

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DYNE ROAD RECORDINGS is a student run music label with a difference. Fostering the talent of the students from The Institute of Contemporary Music Performance – more commonly known as The Institute - the label has just released it’s first EP which features tracks from the likes of VICE Collective, Fraiser Banks and Joseph. Of all the remixes included on the EP’s extended packet, one in particular stood out to us – WILLIAM EARLS‘s smashing rework of “All I Want”. A switch up from the VICE Collective’s distinctly “bandy sounding” original, Will has snapped up the best bits from “All I Want”, leaving the sweet vocal melody and the odd plucky guitar pick up untouched. The addition of an exaggerated bass line and reverb claps help take the remix from disco to deep, moving it from concert stage to club room.

This isn’t the last you’ll be hearing of the London young…

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Joe Bernie In 10 Questions

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So last but not least in this series of interviews with our DRR EP 1 super-stars, we had a chat with Mr Joe Bernie himself. This multi-talented (if you were at the EP release gig you’d have seen and heard him not only singing and playing guitar but also the violin!) singer and songwriter lets us in on his thoughts about music and more…

 

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1. How did you get started as a musician?

I don’t ever remember starting, it was just something that was part of my life from the beginning, although I do remember a distinct change in my perception of music around the age of 12. That was when songs began feel more deep and meaningful to me and I’d listen til’ the early hours of the morning to radio stations like BBC 6Music and XFM. I guess in a way those radio DJs who played are a part off my taste in music.

2. Who and what inspires you and your music (fave record/track)?

Living in London is big influence to me. The cramped tubes, sweaty buses, the dark alleyways. Its almost like living in a swamp, people get very primal after a couple of beers and it’s amazing what you can see on a Saturday night in Camden. In terms of music that I really enjoy I’d say AC/DC’s The Razors Edge is one of my all time favourites.

3. How did you end up at The Institute?

It was quite last minute, I’d just got back from travelling and I realised that The Institute was somewhere where I wanted to go. I was lucky because I applied late and got in! It’s been a great couple of years.

4. If you weren’t doing music for a living, what would you be doing?

Well I’m a trained vegan chef and I love food so I suppose I’d start a peri peri chicken outlet with my guitarist Bradley, he makes a really great shish!

5. Who is your biggest fan?

That’s an easy one! My mum’s supported me from before I was born! She’s alway helped me with my musical ventures and she’s always had faith in my decisions as an artist! That kind of dedication is hard to come by so I’m always grateful for that.

6. What was the first record you ever bought?

Aerosmith – Devil’s Got a New Disguise: The Very Best of Aerosmith

7. What was the first or most impressive concert you’ve ever seen?

I saw The Heavy at the Louisiana in Bristol and they were truly awesome, I think they’re a really underrated band and deserve bigger gigs!

8. Besides music; any other secret hobbies/passions?

Well the secrets will remain secret, however, I’m a big Arsenal fan and I also indulge myself in the odd film at the local cinema.

9. If you could collaborate with anyone (living), who would it be?

Justin Vernon from Bon Iver is someone who hasn’t left my ipod since 16. His songwriting really strikes a chord in me, his balance between simplicity and intricacy is something I strive for in my own writing. But at the same time people say never meet your heroes so maybe someone like Miley Cyrus.

10. What/where would you dream gig be?

Easy! A sold out show at the Red Rocks Amphitheatre (Colorado).

Frasier Banks In 10 Questions

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Frasier Banks…Is that your real name (unofficial first question) ”My name…You probably won’t believe me when I say this but I dreamt my name. I know it sounds like one of those made-up stories, but I did. Frasier was actually the name of my sister’s cat haha (probably named after the show) but as for Banks? – I have no idea where that came from… But yeah, when I was 16 I had a dream that I was introduced on stage as Frasier Banks to a crowd full of people cheering. And when I woke up, the dream had been so vivid, and I’d felt so confident going on stage that it just stuck. It felt right. And Frasier Banks was born.” Born he was and ready to bring us some kick ass pop tunes!

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1. How did you get started as a musician?

According to my parents, I started being interested in music from the moment I learned to speak… My dad is a classically trained musician and naturally I think he wanted to see me enjoy music as much as him. I began playing the cornet at around the age of 5, and then piano around 7. I think piano became my main interest as it became a vessel for creating my own music, and allowed me to start writing in my early teens. From there, I entered the pop world, much to my dad’s horror haha…

2. Who and what inspires you and your music (fave record/track)?

People inspire me a lot. Art. Literature. Religion. And history too… I think that’s why writing is so important to me because it allows me to not only have an opinion but to put that viewpoint into a piece of work within pop culture that anyone can relate to, agree with or oppose if they want to. It’s more than just making a statement. Similarly, other pop artists who do this massively inspire me, but I fear there are too many to name, and I quite like that no one really knows for sure who I idolise.

3. How did you end up at The Institute?

I ended up at the ICMP after a stint at Goldsmith’s University. It didn’t work out there, mainly because of my love of partying. I knew that the ICMP would allow me to focus solely on my greatest passion in life – writing. And so maybe that’s why I’m more driven now than ever before. Although I am still very partial to a Jack Daniels or ten.

4. If you wouldn’t be doing music for a living, what would you be doing?

Probably A&R, or styling. I worked briefly with an underground Hackney-based stylist as a teenager and instantly fell in love with what goes into the visual side of pop music. Many of the people closest to me have noticed I pick up on up and coming artists long before they ‘make it’, and other artists and acts that I know of tend to ask my advice on their imagery and how to materialise their concepts; visually. Aside from the actual music I create, I absolutely love the image side of everything.

5. Who is your biggest fan?

Probably my closest friends. They see the work I put in to writing and how much I care about the songs I write. And they know me so well that I think they know, perhaps more than anyone else, what it all means to me.

6. What was the first record you ever bought?

Not even embarrassed to say this. Britney Spears – Oops I Did It Again. I told you, pop is in my veins and always has been. But before my parents started giving me pocket money to be able to buy my own music, I listened to a lot of my siblings’ records, Bon Jovi, Bryan Adams, Alanis Morissette…

7. What was the first or most impressive concert you’ve ever seen?

Gwen Stefani on The Sweet Escape tour when I was in my mid-teens. I think that was the first time I saw music and fashion have incredible wild sex right before my eyes.

8. Besides music; any other secret hobbies/passions?

Partying, partying, partying.

9. If you could collaborate with anyone (living), who would it be?

There are too many to name… I’d be really greedy if I could be! I’d love to write with Dr Luke and Max Martin. And I’d die to collaborate with Katy Perry; I already know what I’d want her and I to write about, but if I told you, I’d have to kill you haha.

10. What/where would you dream gig be?

In space. I mean, it’s already been done I think? But that would be incredible.

No question about it; this man bleeds pop music and after you listen to his songs you’ll be glad he does! Thank heavens partying is compatible ;)

#WednesdayClassic

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Summer is here! Or at least that’s how it’s been looking and feeling in London for a couple days ;) As we all know how fickle UK weather can be we decided to go all out and bring you the sunniest of classic tunes; DJ Jazzy Jeff & Will Smith’s Summertime! So kick back and relax and enjoy the sounds of the Fresh Prince crew =)

Naomi Shalom in 10 questions

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With her catchy pop/folk tune ‘City Bug’ making waves in the London music scene and her fun and energy filled performance at DRR’s EP 1 launch, it was high time to sit down and have a chat with the girl behind the music; Naomi Shalom.

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1. How did you get started as a musician?

‘I was always attracted to and involved with music and the piano throughout my childhood, so thats a tricky one to say exactly when I started to take it seriously. I was a lump of enthusiasm for it throughout school and got told my imagination was a little untamed. However, I do remember coming back from a camping trip, picking up my mamas’ guitar for the first time and writing a song in one afternoon- which I then sent off to BBC Introducing (the same afternoon!). Im a bit like that. Spontaneity is great because it threw me in the right direction and, well here I am now.’

2. Who and what inspires you and your music (favorite record/track)?

‘Well, I get inspired by little random things from all styles of music so I can’t pointedly say a particular track or artist. Each has its own equal level of importance to me and I think if you’re not scared to explore, then your mind opens up and starts to think outside the box. Taking extracts of inspiration from classical, folk and good ol’ cheesy pop gives me strong ideas along the way, and I keep my notebook handy so I can write new lyrics in it daily. A lot of my inspiration comes from people and their conversations. Oh, also my family.’

3. How did you end up at The Institute?
‘Google? Ha, Im joking- although it helped secure every gut instinct I had telling me this was the place to go. At the time I was desperately searching for places that had songwriting courses and I stumbled across Daughter, who were then emerging from ICMP. The course covered everything I wanted so badly, and I saw Daughter perform at Green Man Festival- after watching them I thought, ‘Jeese this is beautiful. I need to learn what they’ve learned.”

4. If you wouldn’t be doing music for a living, what would you be doing?
‘I’d probably be doing acting and musical theatre. I think being able to manipulate the body and voice to convey a different character, and getting the audience to believe that, is brilliant. It’s an art, and like music, you get involved on the emotional roller coaster.’

5. Who is your biggest fan?

‘A nearest and dearest friend Zoe, who has had so much faith in my ideas since the first day we met. We met on the course and hopefully will be co-writing in the near future. Also my family and my sisters. One sister in particular is counting on my success to fund her extravagant future lifestyle in Australia. Her exact words were “Nay lets shake on it that if you become super successful then you buy me a house in Australia. If you don’t, well… don’t worry about it. Deal?”‘

6. What was the first record you ever bought?

‘My younger 10 year old self first bought Jameila’s album ‘Thank You’. My older self now laughs at my taste and how much I’ve changed. Although, after answering this question I am now ploughing through this album and remembering every lyric.’

7. What was the first or most impressive concert you’ve ever seen?
‘Watching Yann Tiersen live was unbelievable. An audience of goodness knows how many- thousands, and every single person was silent and watching in pure appreciation for his music. I was at the very front on the barrier and crying my eyes out and smiling like a trooper. It was impressive on so many levels, I can’t describe how beautiful it was.’

8. Besides music; any other secret hobbies/passions?
‘I’ve got a buzz for exercise- so outdoor galavanting up mountains still gets me giddy. And I really enjoy art too. Drawing, arts and crafty things and sewing. I’m attempting to learn Spanish but, if Im honest everything gravitates towards my music so in some way or another it finds its way into my day and distracts from anything else I try to crack on with.’

9. If you could collaborate with anyone (living), who would it be?
‘Ooooh, that’s a hard one. Musically related there are so many artists that I think would be brilliant to collab with. But I think if I could, I would choose Newton Faulkner. He’s seems so down to earth and his music is so cleverly crafted.’

10. What/where would you dream gig be?
‘It would have to be a headlining at a festival- I know when you hear ‘festival’, people automatically think Glastonbury, but playing at any major festival would be insane. Being on the stage looking out, rather than reverse, seeing everyone gathered to hear your music would feel like such an accomplishment. When ‘my song’ becomes ‘their song’, thats when I think I’ve done my job.’

 

So there you have it, whether Naomi is climbing up a mountain or learning Spanish; deep inside she’s always thinking about (her) music like a true artist!

Dyne Road Recordings: EP I

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Dyne Road Recordings is a recently-formed record label that has sprung out of the efforts of a number of students from the Institute of Contemporary Music and Performance, situated on Dyne Road in Kilburn. After only a couple of months of finding their feet, they have already curated an EP, I, which they released with a launch night that saw crowds shoulder-to-shoulder in Hoxton’s Underbelly.

Their roster spans a variety of genres, bringing together a mixture of current students at the Institute and recent alumni. What seems to unify them (whether we have to thank the teaching at ICMP for that or not) is the sense that they have been soaked in pop music’s canon, both mainstream and obscure. They have digested conventions, absorbed tropes and motifs so thoroughly, that they not only write music that compels you to dance and sing along, but are also able to offer a…

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#WednesdayClassic

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Wednesday Classic is back! =D After suffering from a slight withdrawal now that the #100daysofmusic challenge is over, us here at DRR decided to re-instate a favourite from the #100daysofmusic; the Classic undeniable hits we shared with you on Wednesdays! =) To kick of and celebrate that we’re back we bring you one of the biggest hits ever by one of the best bands (not to mention vocalist/writer) ever: Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen. The genius that was Freddie Mercury wrote this single handed for his band’s album ‘A Night At The Opera’ from 1975, but this song is such a classic tune that even people born 2 decades after know and love this song. We’re pretty sure EVERYBODY knows this song so as you hit the ‘play’ button feel free to sing (dramatically) along, with not only the lyrics but also the instrumental parts ;)