Artist Interview – Autumn Kramer

Autumn Kramer is authentic pop / rock performer originally from Kansas City. At Song Revelation we were really impressed with Autumn’s work after listening to some of her latest tracks. Read the latest in-depth feature interview where Autumn discusses, amongst other things, how she became interested in music, what songs she listens to from other artists and what she does to relax when not working.

 

Autumn Kramer

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Q: If you could use a tagline of less than 20 words to describe your music and who you are what would it be?

I make pop/rock music with lyrics that go deeper and carry a message not always seen in the pop world today.  It’s catchy music everyone can relate to with a little bit of a twist…the vocals are also genuine.  No overload on autotune here!  😉

 

Q: What is your musical background?

I grew up in the suburbs of Kansas City, where very few people were in bands or had any interest in participating in the “music scene.”  I just always loved singing, and I wrote my first song when I was seven years old.  It just always seemed fun to me!

 

Q: How have the last 12 months been for you?

They’ve been great!  I have recorded two singles in the last six months and am now working on my third.  I have also had a blast finishing up three music videos in the past year.  It’s been tons of fun to add the visual element to the song to help tell the story.

 

Q: Who inspires you musically?

Ah, that is a tough question!  I really am a fan of catchy songs with a real meaning behind them.  Every year, I think there are a handful of songs on top 40 radio that do this, and I really strive to fit those two elements into my music as well.  It’s hard to name a specific artist here, because I think truly I am a bigger fan of songs than I am of a particular person or band.

 

Q: Which modern day artists do you look up to?

I would say at this moment, I am really liking Train, Gavin DeGraw, and Kelly Clarkson.  I think in the last year, they have all released songs that have real meaning and stay true to who they are, while at the same time, making songs that are memorable and that people would want to hear again.

 

Q: Is there anyone you would like to collaborate or gig with?

I would chose anyone with a crazy amazing voice, like Sia, Frou Frou, or even that girl in the Gotye song.  I just love voices that are just a little different and unique, and it would be fun to see what they would bring to a project.

 

Autumn Kramer

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Q: What songs are on your iPod at the moment?

Haha, I hate to say this, but I haven’t listened to my iPod in years!  :-)

 

Q: What is your creative process for creating a track?

I really try to come up with a unique idea for a song before I even really begin writing it.  I want it to be a theme that people can relate, latch onto, and hopefully find a little new and different at the same time.

 

Q: What’s more important, melody or lyrics?

I think they are equally important.  The best songs and artist always have a 10 out of 10 in both categories.

 

Q: Where are you based?

I am currently living in Los Angeles, although I am originally from Kansas City.

 

Q: What’s it like being where you’re from?

I miss Kansas City a lot sometimes.  The nicest, most genuinely friendly and caring people in the world are there.  Haha, it was a little different growing up there, as I knew not a single person who was ever in a band or wanted to get into the music scene.  I had a lot to learn when I moved!

 

Q: What are you currently working on?

I am hoping to finish up my new single, “Soldier” in the next couple of weeks.  Then it’s time to make the music video, which I am really excited about!  The song is about being a soldier for yourself, to fight hard and to never give up on what you want.

 

Q: What’s been the highlight of your career to date?

That’s a hard one!  I think my favorite thing about being an artist in general is knowing that there are fans who have watched you grow and evolve.  I think my favorite moments are when I get an email from one of them, saying “Remember when…?”

 

Q: What are you hoping to achieve in over the next 12 months?

I am going to continue recording new songs and making music videos for each of them.  I have actually learned to do some visual effects and editing myself, so it’s been really fun giving the YouTube audience some new things to see.

 

Q: Do you have any gigs or shows that you’d like to tell us about?

Yes, I am planning on playing at Kulak’s Woodshed on June 16th and then at Genghis Cohen in July or Sept.  Keep checking the website and Facebook page for more info!

 

Q: What do you do to relax?

Hmmm…that’s a good question.  Still trying to figure this one out…

 

Q: Where would your favourite holiday (vacation) be and why?

I love to travel, so really I enjoy going almost anywhere.  I recently came back from a trip to Thailand, and seeing the elephants and riding them was an amazing experience!

 

Q: If you could give a little piece of advice for new or aspiring musicians what would it be?

Be your own judge.  No matter what, don’t change who you are or what your music sounds like just because one person doesn’t “get it” or says you should be something you’re not.  Over time, I have found that sticking to what you believe in is always the best way to go…and surprisingly, the naysayers usually do come around!  :-)

 

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Q: Is there anything else you’d like to let our readers know about?

Shockingly, I recently learned that there is a company that makes squirrel underpants.

 

Editor’s Note: Wow! Autumn Kramer ticks every single box to have an incredibly successful career in the music industry. We’re hoping that she tours near us soon! Defintiely one of Song Revelation’s ‘One’s to Watch’.

 

If you’d like to contact Autumn Kramer or check out some of her tracks, just follow the links below:

Website: www.autumnkramer.com

Reverbnation: http://reverbnation.com/autumnkramer

Facebook: http://facebook.com/autumnkramer

Twitter: http://twitter.com/autumnkramer

Myspace: http://myspace.com/autumnkramer

YouTube Channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/AutumnKramer/videos

Song Revelation Meets Eclectic Method in Miami

For London-birthed act the Eclectic Method, live visuals are an essential part of their live show. But don’t call them VJs — it’s a request echoed by their 2005 DVD “mixtape,” called, well, We’re Not VJs. Rather, the trio of Geoff Gamlen, Ian Edgar (a.k.a. Cutswift) Cutswift and Johnny Wilson (a.k.a. B.R.K.) see themselves more as complete audiovisual assemblage artists, and they generally refuse to separate one element from the other.

 

Eclectic Method

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The DVDJ is now a fixture in clubs worldwide. But Eclectic Method were, nearly a decade ago, among the first wee-hours performers to play gigs that cut and pasted songs along with their corresponding video. They were also among the first to release these audiovisual mash-ups to the Internet, which has repeatedly put them on the wrong side of the copyright police.

Now based in Brooklyn, Eclectic Method has finally released its first audio-only single, “Outta Sight,” an electro-flavored boom-bap banger featuring Chuck D. To promote it, they’ve reunited with the hip-hop legend for recent live performances, including on the popular American TV show Late Night With Jimmy Fallon. Billing themselves as the Copyright Criminal All-Stars, they also got a little backing musical help on the show from friends like the Roots and Clyde Stubblefield. We caught up with Edgar and Wilson this spring in Miami at Ultra Music Festival for the scoop.

 

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Song Revelation: Why did you decide to incorporate visuals into your show from the start?

Johnny Wilson: When we started, we were really into stuff like Fatboy Slim, big build-up dance floor stuff, but we thought of adding a video element to that so you could see the buildup. And unlike most video people who would VJ animation and graphics, we’re doing video where you can hear what you see. So if you hear Missy Elliott singing, you can see her on the screens. People have a real connection to that, because people can connect more when they hear and see it.

 

You released a DVD mixtape several years ago called We’re Not VJs. What, to you, is the semantic difference between what you do and what a VJ does?

Ian Edgar: At the time, there was a big VJ culture in the club scene where we were, and there was a certain — Id on’t want to put anyone down who’s a VJ, we weren’t trying to say that. We were just trying to say that what we do, the audiovisual thing, if you call it VJ, you probably misunderstood it, because we were so different.

Now I think people call themselves VDJs and DVJs, so they’re trying to work in something and say it’s not just the video, it’s audiovisual. So yeah, we were just doing something that wasn’t considered “VJing.” Also, there was a lot of argument in the scene over what was considered a VJ, and we were just saying, “Forget about us, we’re not even in it.”

 

What was so different about what you were doing versus VJs were doing at that time? Was it that they were doing just visuals as opposed to integrating sound?

Johnny: Yeah, they were doing just the visuals, and it was more about nice-looking art than rhythm. We refuse to VJ. We’ve been asked by many big DJs to VJ for them and we pretty much always say no.

Ian: I think with VJs, they have to be really, really smart, and good at syncing what they do on the fly to the DJ, so they know exactly when it hits. If you’re hearing a big build-up, and when it drops, there’s no change in the visuals, they’re really not complementing the dynamics of the music. So I think the main difference is that when we play a video, there’s always audio playing. There’s never just a visual playing.

 

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How long have you been in Brooklyn now, and what prompted the move?

Johnny: We’ve been in Brooklyn for four years, in Williamsburg. What prompted the move was media. We were in the dance scene doing a lot of festivals and club parties like this, where we really wanted to get further than just playing parties. So America in general is very important to us.

 

When you see yourselves going beyond that, what’s your ultimate goal?

Johnny: What we’re doing now, movies and commercials and making pieces of art.

 

Your debut single with Chuck D just came out, but obviously that’s audio, where someone can download it and just hear it. So how does that tie into your larger artistic vision, because it seems like you were saying the film and audio were part and parcel.

Johnny: Well, the video for that tune is very important to us, because it’s all about mobile devices interacting with each other, so the whole video is a really A/V remix concept. Chuck D is in the video, and we did a proper day shoot with him. Then we made a video where that appears on many different iPads, and the camera’s in four different angles, and they all make a picture together. All the mobile devices are kind of bashing off each other.

 

Eclectic Method

 

Why did it take until now to make a proper debut single?

Ian: When we first started, our style was considered a bit dodgy, almost, like you weren’t allowed to do that. There were people getting in trouble for playing The Jungle Book at some big event. So we were kind of coming at it from quite an illegitimate, punk angle.

 

We still are. We still upload all kinds of illegal stuff and get YouTube takedowns all the time, even though we’re doing corporate shit, big-name shit. But we’re still doing little videos here and there. We’re coming from an unreleasable standpoint, just crazy, sample-based music. So I guess Chuck is a big reason. When Chuck D writes some rhymes for you, that’s a pretty amazing thing.

 

What do you have in common with him as far as your stance on copyrights?

Ian: Fight the power, man!

 

How would you feel if someone were to illegally download your new single?

Johnny: Ha! Fine!

Ian: I think our opinions on copyrights are too complicated. We used to spend a lot of time, and still do, in copyright conferences, legal conferences. We represent a kind of style of art, or entertainment, that doesn’t have any respect for copyright at all, it’s just going to do it anyways.

Johnny: You were asking, why release a single now, and it’s because we always intentionally stayed away from the music industry. One of my first music jobs was with Brian Eno, and on the first day, he said, “Do you want a record contract?” I said yeah, and he said, “You’ll never have a career if you want a record contract! You’ve got to go beyond that and think about everything else that doesn’t involve signing a deal with a big label.”

 

So then, how do you keep this project going, just from gigs?

Johnny: Touring, and people pay us to do video remixes.

Ian: We do a lot of commercial work. We’re very lucky that people employ us to be Eclectic Method. They just give us a bunch of content and say, go remix-crazy.

 

 

It seems funny that you do these corporate projects, but you’ve made your reputation from not respecting those brands.

Ian: Yeah, absolutely. We played for Getty Images, and their entire business, they don’t produce a single thing. Their entire business is rights management, and there’s us playing a huge event celebrating everything we stand against. But we were there representing a kind of whimsical take on it that seems right for right now.

Johnny: But we’re not like, copying people’s songs and selling 50,000 copies of it. Everything we use is on the Internet where you can grab it and take it, but if someone has a problem with it, we’ll take it down.

 

Great Music for the Road

All you technically need for your next road trip this summer is, of course, a vehicle and a full gas tank. But there are inarguably a few things that you must be prepared with in order to set forth on your next road trip. No cruising would be complete without some supremely unhealthy snacks, a trusty pair of shades, and a road trip play list. Can you imagine driving without a selection of tunes, with only silence or your friend’s snoring surrounding you? It just wouldn’t be the same!

The perfect road trip play list should be sing-along worthy, help to pass the time quickly, keep you alert without the use of Red Bull, and encompass the free and exciting feeling of being out on the open road. Because no road trip would be complete without it, here is a list of ten great albums for the road.

 

 

 

 

Guy Forsyth

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(1) Guy Forsyth, Steak, Texas Music Group, 2000

Austin-based artist Forsyth has been praised as one of the most intriguing figures in the blues world today. His album of “rockin’ American blues” includes songs such as “Cadillac,” which explores the idea that no woman can resist a big, shiny car.

 

 

 

 

 

Outkast

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(2) Outkast, Stankonia, La Face, 2000

There is a reason that Outkast is one of the most successful hip hop groups of all time, and that this album, their fourth, is the one that really rocketed them to commercial success. By the time you get to “B.O.B,” the eleventh and best track, you won’t be able to sit still in your seat and you’ll probably spill your Big Gulp in your lap.

 

 

 

 

 

AC/DC

(3) AC/DC, Highway to Hell, Epic Records, re-released in 2003 (original release date 1979)

Tracks like “Girls Got Rhythm” and “Shot Down in Flames” are ones you’ll know even if you’ve never listened to an AC/DC album before. Just don’t get a frog in your throat as you try to imitate Bon Scott’s unique screamy tenor voice.

 

 

 

 

 

The Eagles

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(4) The Eagles, Eagles, Elektra/Wea, 1972

A little bit country, a little bit American rock, and a little bit bluegrass, The Eagles’ classic debut album is chock-full of peaceful, easy feeling songs that will take your mind off of the fact that there is not another rest stop for 64 miles.

 

 

 

 

 

Daft Punk

(5) Daft Punk, Human After All, Virgin Records US, 2005

This French duo’s raucous electronic tracks are seriously infectious. To really pass the time in the car, listen to the ninth song “Technologic” and count the number of times it uses the word “it.” (Okay, I’ll tell you: It’s 350 times.)

 

 

 

 

 

John Legend

(6) John Legend, Get Lifted, Sony, 2004

John Legend’s Get Lifted is distinctly more upbeat than his follow-up album Once Again. It has just the right combination of Legend’s smooth-like-butter voice and catchy beats. Plus, it features tracks with Kanye West, Snoop Dogg, The Stephens Family, and Miri Ben-Ari. Win.

 

 

 

 

David Bowie

(7) David Bowie, Best Of Bowie, Virgin Records US, 2002

How cool is Bowie? He’s so cool that in 1975, he was asked to perform on Soul Train. Yes, he’s that cool. This 2-CD set covers all of his best over four decades, from “China Girl” to “I’m Afraid of Americans.”

 

 

 

 

 

Alanis Morissette

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(8) Alanis Morissette, Jagged Little Pill, Maverick, 1995

Anyone who claims to not enjoy loudly belting out the lyrics to “You Oughta Know,” “Hand In My Pocket” and “All I Really Want” is a liar. Plain and simple. Yeah, I said it.

 

 

 

 

 

Beck

(9) Beck, Odelay, Geffen, 1996

Beck is undoubtedly one of the most creative musical artists of the 1990s. This album is an interesting and perhaps even slightly absurd mix of electronic bleeps, soulful blues, garage-style kitsch, punk guitar riffs, and smooth melodies. In short, it’s got a little something for everyone.

 

 

 

 

 

DJ Tiesto

(10) DJ Tiësto, Summerbreeze, Nettwerk Records, 2000

Something about this remarkably accomplished DJ’s continuous in-the-mix album just pairs up beautifully with the highway and open windows. It’s less “bleep bloopy” than many other trance albums, and has a smooth sound that you can’t really help but bob your head to.

 

Do the Numbers Add Up for Musical Groups?

The White Stripes

The news that The White Stripes have officially split up will have caused great consternation throughout the world of indie music. In saying that, the Detroit duo belong as much to the world of blues, country, folk and hard rock as indie such was their versatility and talent. The fact that two people, with one of them being described as a fairly limited drummer, could make such a varied sound on stage and on record indicated what a talented duo they were. It is sad that The White Stripes will no longer be around but music fans will no doubt be treated to a lot of new songs by Jack White in a various number of bands.

 

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When it comes to bands and what is deemed as proper music, it may be difficult to think of too many duos that have lit up the world of music. The Carpenters would be an obvious candidate and comparisons would be made with the fact that both duos features girl drummers. Some may go further to suggest that both groups featured brother and sister acts. This is certainly true for the Carpenters but the story about Jack and Meg White being siblings was a rather tall tale created by Jack.

 

The Black Keys are Another Great Duo

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In more recent times but remaining in the blues rock vein that the White Stripes specialised in, The Black Keys are a standout band. The duo has picked up a large fan base in recent years and a lot of this is down to their scintillating live shows. Even though there are only two people on stage for the Black Keys, their mix of drums, guitar and keyboards makes more than enough volume and melody to keep everyone satisfied with the raucous entertainment.

 

In a similar style, UK indie kids have had the Ting Tings emerge as a duo that can fill venues and raise the roof with a spirited showing. The duo owe a lot of their success due to their smash-hit ‘Thats Not My Name’ but with two albums behind them, they have more than enough material to play a headlining set. The same can be said for another UK indie duo, Blood Red Shoes, who also tend towards the side of blues tinged indie rock. It is interesting to note that both of the UK acts provide a mix of gender but unlike The White Stripes or The Carpenters, the drummer is male whilst the up-front guitarist and vocalist is a female.

 

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Some of the Best 80’s Electronic Acts were Duos

Musical duos in music are nothing new but there is definitely something that stands out when they perform. Whether it is early 80’s electronic acts like Yazzoo or Soft Cell or more modern acts like The White Stripes or the Black Keys, there is enough evidence to show that two people can make the music that millions of people all around the world enjoy. Music fans will definitely be upset about the absence of The White Stripes from the music scene but there will hopefully be new duos to enjoy and see in concert.

 

The Black Keys

 

Are Individual Band Shows Better than a Festival?

Although festivals are a great way to socialise with friends and see lots of bands, how many bands do you actually get to see? Getting a lot of people organised to move between tents and stages can be difficult and it is often easier to grab a beer and sit with friends relaxing. There will always be one or two bands that people must see but the rest of the day can become quite hazy with regards to filling your time. Festivals are great fun but for some people, they are all about a major act or two.

 

In recent years, more and more bands have been staging big events of their own and 2011 looks set to be no different. You have boy band Take That ruling stadiums all across the UK once again but bands like Arcade Fire and the Arctic Monkeys have also announced major outdoor shows for the summer. The prices for these one day events are usually comparable or cheaper when compared to the summer festivals but they also have a number of benefits.

Arctic Monkeys

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There is no need to camp

As these events are usually one day affairs, there is no provision for camping but that also means there is no need to sleep in a tent and no mud!

Festival Mud

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The majority of open air one-off gigs will take place in major cities which are accessible by public transport. If you stay in or near the city you can make it home to your own bed at the end of the night. If you do not stay near the city, there are plenty of hotel options to select which means you can at least grab a shower and get a good night’s sleep. In this regard, one of gigs are more enjoyable and comfortable than a festival held in a field in the middle of nowhere.

 

 

Returning to the idea that people turn up for festivals to see one or two bands, surely this type of event is better for these fans? With the headline act responsible for bringing in the majority of the crowd, it will be more likely that the support bands will be of a similar nature and will be more appealing to the people who will come along to the big gig. A festival may provide 100 bands to see but if the majority of them play music you do not like, they are not going to be of interest to you.

 

The focus will be on the headline act

These one off shows allow the music to be tailored towards a particular genre or fan, which should make the bill better value for money. It is also worth remembering that if a band is playing a one-off show near you, it is likely that they will not be performing at a festival near you, such is the way of contracts and exclusivity deals.

A headline slot at one of these shows should also allow the band to play for longer and to create the stage set-up in the way they want. This means that fans of the band will get better value for money and the stage set-up will be more tailored to the performance the band wants to give, something which does not always happen at a music festival. Festivals are great and they are always going to be around but if you like a particular band or musical genre, a more focussed one-off special gig may be much more appealing!

 

Is a War of Words Ever Good Between Bands and Artists?

There is an old saying that “all publicity is good publicity” and you get the feeling that many of music’s great rivalries have been put on by press agents and the media. There was always talk of a rivalry between The Beatles and The Rolling Stones but that was never really true in real life. Away from the media glare, the two acts would often socialise together because after all, no one else really knew what they were going through. As much as there appeared to be some conflict between these two great bands, they had an affinity and friendship that most bands would struggle to obtain.

 

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You get the impression that there is a lot of hype to get bands names in the paper but in all honesty, the Oasis and Blur feud was at least genuine. The two acts may have been on a reasonable level at first, with Blur the more established band being fulsome in their praise of Oasis but when ‘Some Might Say’ got to number one, things started turning nasty.

 

They all live in a house, a very big house

This was the first chart topping track of the Britpop bands and Damon Albarn started to sense he could be left behind. From there, a feeling of resentment and bitterness seeped out from both camps which ultimately led to the battle for chart supremacy. Looking back, neither ‘Country House’ nor ‘Roll With It’ featured either band at their best but fans of both acts bought singles in their droves and created a genuine chart battle. Blur ran out winners, thanks mainly to having more CD options and better promotion but with regards to albums, Oasis definitely won the war.  After a while, the individuals in both bands decided to grow up a bit and the war of words stopped.

 

Well, the war of words stopped between Oasis and Blur but it was not as if Liam and Noel had to look far for rivals to slag off, not when they had each other. These two had a relationship that could only be described as stormy and it was no real surprise when Noel walked out on the band citing irreconcilable differences. After some taunting and baiting from both camps, things went quiet for a while but it looks as though it is all about to start again.

Liam is getting to roll again

Beady Eye

 

 

 

Liam Gallagher, now fronting Beady Eye with the non-Noel members of Oasis has come out of the blocks first and the band are close to undertaking their first UK tour and officially releasing material. This has given Liam the opportunity to once again slate his brother Noel and state once again than an Oasis reunion is not likely to happen (at least for now!) It is unlikely that Noel will take this lying down and even though his solo material is probably not scheduled for release for a good while, it would be a surprise if he doesn’t pass comment.

The publicity probably won’t do Liam any harm as he attempts to prove Beady Eye are worthy of carrying his vocals but you should not be surprised if there are many more outbursts to come, if only to hide the fact that Noel’s songwriting skills are absent from the new group.

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Wireless Once Again Sets the Tone for City Festivals

The Wireless music festival has developed a strong reputation for providing great line-ups in recent years and the 2011 Wireless festival in Hyde Park looks set to do the same. It has been well known that reformed Pulp are in line to play on the Sunday evening of the event but some big announcements have been made for the Friday and Saturday of the festival.

Pulp

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Love them or loathe them, there is no getting away from the fact that the Black Eyed Peas are one of the biggest bands in the world. An appearance at the Superbowl reinforced this but the number of singles and albums they have shifted in recent years indicates that there is a lot of love for this act. They are bound to get the party started on the Friday night as they headline a line-up that brings together pop, R&B and a touch of urban music.

Black Eyed Peas

The Black Eyed Peas have good back up on Friday


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Tinie Tempah

Plan B, Tinie Tempah and Example are all included on the Friday line-up which should see these tickets go very quickly. There is a good sized capacity for the Wireless music festival but there is also going to be a lot of demand for these tickets. If you like chart based R&B and electro-funkiness, Hyde Park is likely to be delivering your sort of thing on the Friday.

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Saturday sees Wireless festival slip on its dancing shoes and headline act The Chemical Brothers are more than capable of having everyone dancing long into the night. At their own shoes, the dup can sometimes play some of their obscure album tracks and create a set which ebbs and flows but at a festival, they bring out the big guns.

The Brothers Gonna Work It Out

The Saturday night of last year’s Wireless festival featured LCD Soundsystem who know how to put on a show but if anything, The Chemical Brothers should be capable of topping that event. It can be difficult for some dance acts to break through into the mainstream at times but Ed and Tom showed how it was done and they remain one of the most popular dance duos for a festival crowd.

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If that isn’t enough dance action, the fact that Saturday also features artists like Aphex Twin, Battles and The Whip should be more than enough to get a party started on what is sure to be another busy day in Hyde Park.

Pulp remain different class

The excitement around the return of Pulp has meant that the Sunday at Wireless has been anticipated for quite a while and these tickets have been on sale since November. The reformed Sheffield band, led by Jarvis Cocker, is undoubtedly a major draw of the weekend and their set should see one of the biggest crowds of the 3 day event. The memories of the Britpop now may be a distant memory for some but an act like Pulp managed to stand out above many of the bands from that era. Their return is hotly anticipated…much like this year’s Wireless festival!

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For more information on the Wireless Festival follow this link:

http://www.wirelessfestival.co.uk/2011/

Time is Still on the Side of the Rolling Stones

The Rolling Stones have been back in the news with rumours circulating that the band are set to tour again in 2011. Keith Richards hinted at this prospect in interviews in late 2010 but these new rumours have came about due to a court case going on at the moment. The case revolves a contractual dispute between Live Nation and their former chairman but part of the case centred on who would have the rights to the forthcoming Rolling Stones tour.

The Rolling Stones - On Tour

The Rolling Stones - On Tour

A spokesperson for the band quickly intimated that the act had no plans for touring in 2011 but it once again brings to mind the longevity of the band. There may only be three original members of the group left in the act, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and Charlie Watts but considering the fact that Ronnie Wood has well over 30 years worth of experience in the band, it would be wrong to classify him as a newcomer. The first question revolves around how can the Rolling Stones keep on performing?

The Rolling Stones

The Rolling Stones

How is Keith still alive?

Most people in the 60s and 70s would have been stunned if you told them Richards would still be alive in 2011, let alone making music and touring the world playing gigs. Some bands have a mythology about them with regards to the rock n roll lifestyle but you get the impression that there are many great stories about the Stones that have been forgotten over the years.

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The money obviously helps in providing an impetus in getting back on the road but it is not as if any member of the Stones is so hard up for cash. Their back catalogue would be enough to provide enough income through royalties to have a comfortable lifestyle so it must be something else.

Keith Richards - The Rolling Stones

Keith Richards - The Rolling Stones

Playing live can feel like a drug for performers

The idea that the buzz of playing on stage is like a drug to performers is probably the real answer why the Stones keep on touring, even at times when they do not have a new album to perform. Knowing that you can walk on a stage virtually anywhere in the world and play in front of tens, if not hundreds, of thousands of people each night must be a massive boost to the ego, which is no doubt another reason why the Stones keep plugging on.

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The thing about The Stones is that so many acts that have played on the same bill with them have reformed to great publicity and hype but even though The Stones have never really went away at any point, the demand and fervour around them stays the same. In fact, the only way The Rolling Stones could create a bigger demand in their shows would be if they were to announce that they were retiring and their next tour was to be their last. The only thing is, who would believe that?

You get the feeling that for as long as they remain able to play, the Rolling Stones will never rule out the possibility of playing live. Whether it happens in 2011 or now who knows but you can expect The Stones to not fade away anytime soon.

Do You Need Lyrics To Have Emotion in Songs?

If you ask a person to name a song that means something to the, 9 times out of 10 they will name a song where they have an affinity with the lyrics. If you are trying to capture a mood or feeling, having the words of someone else can make it much easier to sum up your own feelings. It also helps a person believe that other people are experiencing the same emotions that they are going through, which also makes it easier. Pop songs with great lyrics are the most common way for music lovers to identify with an artist but what about instrumental music.

Mogwai

Mogwai

Having no words in a song may make it a bit more difficult for people to engage with but some of the most atmospheric and engaging bands in recent years have been Mogwai and Sigur Ros. Both of these acts have a massive worldwide fan base and perhaps this is explained by their lack of lyrics. English is a common language around the world but there can still be a barrier for people to get into traditionally British style bands. Acts like Mogwai and Sigur Ros are able to transcend the language barrier and bring emotionally charged music to everyone.


Cinematic style music can impact on your mood

The term cinematic is often used in describing bands with a big sound but these two acts can lay claim to that term with ease. Although they have had a large popularity in Britain for many years, the biggest factor in Sigur Ros’ current popularity owes a lot to their music featuring on a major TV show. ‘Planet Earth’ used the inspiring ‘Hoppipolla’ to soundtrack many of the awesome scenes and trailers, bringing the music of Sigur Ros to a whole new audience.


Similarly, Mogwai have had their songs featured on various soundtracks and the band composed the entire soundtrack to the film ‘Zidane’. The Mogwai live show features more tempo and key changes than most standard rock shows and the band certainly takes the audience on a journey with them. Lurching between quiet and loud can be a shock for people who are not aware of the band’s output but it certainly makes for an exciting show.

You can put your own feel on the track<
The song titles will sometimes hint at what the band were thinking when they were writing the track but more often that not with Mogwai, the title is ambiguous and probably revolves around a joke! However, this allows the listener to put their own slant onto the music, which means the songs can mean something to people. If the band allow you to make up your own mind on a track, then it is unlikely that anyone else will have the same feelings about the song.

Anyone that thinks that you cannot capture real emotion or mood changes without using lyrics should listen to the work of these two bands. An argument can be made about Sigur Ros singing in Icelandic, or even their own hybrid language they claim to have developed but the most telling thing from the vocals come from the sounds as opposed to the lyrics. Using vocals as another instrument to layer onto the overall sound provides a further benefit to the listener and adds to the feel of the music. Music should always be about what the listener takes from it but with this style of music, there is far more freedom to have your own opinion.

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