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  • josephseager 11:38 am on March 10, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: 2010, album jelly bean, aoife hearty, batman, , , joseph seager, , , , , produced, promote, , tea   

    Rodina interview 

    Joseph Seager speaks to Aoife Hearty from Rodina.

    Hello Aoife Hearty from Rodina. Where are you currently?

    I’m sat up late answering these questions having a cup of tea – I’m a bit of a night hawk!

    How’s 2010 going thus far?

    Good – we have been rehearsing with the live band to promote the album.

    You are releasing the single ‘Always Had A Dream’ on March 15th. What made you decide upon that for a single release?

    We have a few gigs around then and we’ll be playing some more over the summer so we thought its a good time to be getting the songs out there!

    What’s your favourite track from the album?

    I like “These things you do” – I love how it’s produced and it works well acoustically too.

    If Rodina was a Jelly Bean, what colour and flavour would you be and why?

    Strawberry Daiquiri (Viva Cuba!).

    If people don’t know what you and your music are about, how would you describe Rodina?

    What I say normally is its jazz-folk-latin-pop with laid back vocals!! Haha. No they are just catchy songs with a chilled out feel – there’s so many influences on the album.

    How did you come to work alongside all the album featured musicians?

    Joe, who produced the album, introduced me to a lot of the people because he has played with them in other bands. We were lucky to get so much talent on the album and it would have been impossible to do without them – for instance getting The Haggis Horns around to put down those horns in half an hour was really amazing.

    Where did the name Rodina come from?

    I liked Rodina straight away and it means “motherland” in Russian – that appeals to me for lots of reasons because I moved away from home when I was young and it’s a big part of me.

    What made you start singing? When did you realise you had such an amazing gift?

    I grew up in Ireland in a big family who sang around me all the time! My friend at school introduced me to old tapes of soul and R&B singers.

    Who would you love to perform with, past or present?

    Present – Yasmin Levy
    Past – Chris Connor

    What are you currently listening to on your mp3 player?

    An Irish singer called Rita Connolly, a song called “Venezuela”. It’s quite a traditional song but I’m a sucker for the old stuff.

    Best venue you’ve played?

    We played upstairs at Sela Bar in Leeds and it was great. There’s an old upright piano we used and it has a really high ceiling that makes everything sound nice. They also do a good Mojito!

    Where do you find your influences? Or do they find you?

    People I know, place I go, music I hear!!!

    What do you miss the most when you’re on the road touring?

    We haven’t toured yet! But when I’m away I miss my bed and novelty dog slippers.

    You’ve had some really intimate gigs around the Yorkshire area including Royal Park Cellars and Harrogate Blues Bar. Do you enjoy the close proximity of those types of gigs or would you prefer to be playing to thousands of people?

    I love the gigs we’ve done – it’s nice to connect with a small audience and they are really attentive – but I’m sure we would love it playing to 10,000 people!

    Some quick fire questions: Tea or coffee?

    Tea

    Summer or winter?

    Summer

    Superman or Batman?

    Batman (Michael Keaton!)

    Mitchell or Webb?

    Webb

    Mac or PC?

    Mac

    Possibly the most important question now, Reading or Leeds?

    Leeds!

    What’s next on the agenda for Rodina?

    We hope to return to Istanbul and Spain where we had a couple of great gigs last summer. We are going to be playing at Limetree Festival in August and a couple of other festivals. We’ve already started writing new songs and we are going to showcase them over the coming months. Keep an eye on http://www.rodinamusic.com

    Thanks for your time Aoife. Good luck for the future.

     
  • josephseager 8:58 am on March 6, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: 2010, 80s, boy george, britain, calvin harris, diversity, , isle of man, , , kim wilde, lemar, leon jackson, , , olly murs, oragnisers, , signature, spandu ballet, the saturdays, top of the pops, ,   

    JLS confirm Isle of Man 

    Based over the weekend of 18th, 19th and 20th June 2010, The Isle Of Man Bay Festival is a boutique festival that has brought together a diverse array of talent that will see three nights of pop, nostalgia and for the first time ever a live collaboration of the TV sensations X-Factor and Britain’s Got Talent.

    The Bay Festival has emerged out of the Peel Bay Festival of 2007 that saw The Who, Madness, Ronan Keating, Robin Gibb, Mcfly and many others perform on the Isle Of Man over seven day’s during the legendary annual TT motorcycle race.

    Festival organisers have now made the festival a three-day camping event, while keeping the essence and diverse roots of the original event. The Friday evening is going to be a modern day Top Of The Pops live with Britain’s biggest pop acts JLS, The Saturdays and Lemar all take to the tented stage.

    Having made one of the most celebrated comebacks of the past 20 years the mighty Spandau Ballet will be making their first ever appearance on the Isle Of Man on the Saturday evening. Also on the bill are pop rockers The Feeling and chart sensation Calvin Harris

    The final day is a plethora of the old and new. In the afternoon X-Factor Meets Britain’s Got Talent where finalists from each show such as Olly Murs, Leon Jackson, Diversity and Signature bring TV to life. In the evening it is the turn of Here And Now, The Very Best Of The 80’s’ Rick Astley, Boy George, Kim Wilde plus other legends of the 80’s will bring the weekend to a nostalgic pop filled dance fest end.

     
  • josephseager 1:10 pm on March 5, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: 2010, acts, , entry, eurovision, four, groups, , moscow, , next, norway, panel, public, , two, , voting, waterman, , your country needs you   

    Eurovision contenders 

    The Eurovision hopefuls, including four solo acts and two groups, will perform live in front of a panel of judges in Your Country Needs You! on 12 March.

    Esma Akkilic, Karen Harding, Josh Dubovie and Alexis Gerred will vie with trio Miss Fitz, and five-piece Uni5.

    Hitmaker Pete Waterman, who is writing and producing this year’s Eurovision entry, will lead the panel of judges.

    “We’ve got the song and we’ve got six acts – now all we’re waiting for is the public,” said Waterman.

    The panel will also include Strictly Come Dancing’s Bruno Toniolo and Sugababes star Jade Ewen, who performed last year’s UK entry in Moscow.

    Following performances by the six acts on the BBC One show next week, Waterman will choose three acts to debut the Eurovision song.

    The final decision rests with the voting public.

    The four solo performers – Esma, Karen, Josh and Alexis – are aged between 17 and 20. They will vie with an all-girl trio from London, Miss Fitz, and the five-piece act Uni5.

    Waterman will work on the UK entry with fellow music producer Mike Stock, who together formed part of the highly-successful 80s recording trio Stock Aitken Waterman, which launched the career of Kylie Minogue, among others.

    “If any man can second guess European musical tastes surely that man is Pete Waterman,” said Eurovision host Graham Norton, who will present next week’s deciding show.

    “I can’t wait to get to Oslo and see the competition. Fingers crossed we can build on last year’s success.

    Jade Ewen’s performance of It’s My Time, a joint collaboration by Lord Lloyd Webber and songwriter Diane Warren, came fifth in the contest in 2009.

    The Eurovision Song Contest will take place in the Norwegian capital on 29 May.

     
  • josephseager 9:11 am on March 5, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: 2010, , colin, home, , , myspace,   

    The Boy Who Trapped The Sun – interview 

    Hello Colin MacLeod aka The Boy Who Trapped The Sun. How are you doing? Where are you currently?

    I’m doing pretty good thanks, just packing my bag for a trip home. I’m having a launch party for the Home E.P. out next week (1st March), in my favourite pub on the Isle of Lewis. I’ve got a load of mates supporting and hopefully going to fit in a few waves as well.

    How’s 2010 going thus far?

    2010 has started off pretty good, a lot of gigs under the belt already and I’m off on tour again for most of March so busy busy!

    Where did your stage name come from? Did you trap the sun as a boy?

    The name came from a friend, just a pretty random suggestion since I never really wanted to use my own name, that’s it! I wish it were a more exciting story, I really do.

    Your ‘Home’ EP is due out in March, what’s the story behind the EP? Are you pleased with it?

    Yeah I’m really pleased with the EP. I started making my album almost 2 years ago so I had a lot of songs left over and it seemed like a good idea to do an EP first. I’m far too indecisive as well and I didn’t want to let any of them go to waste!

    If people don’t know what you and your music are about, how would you describe yourself?

    How would I describe my music? hmm… If I was trying to be funny I might say its heavy metal without a distortion pedal but really its just acoustic.

    How did you first come to music?

    I was quite late coming to music, it wasn’t until I was about 13 that I picked up a guitar and started playing in bands. Before that I just really listened to whatever I could hear, just stuff that was on the radio or stuff playing in the house, nothing that exciting. Then when I got into my guitar I just devoured anything I could get my hands on, like making up for lost time. The single moment that inspired me the most was getting into Dylan, and the first time I realised you don’t need to be playing through an amp, distorted to the max to be heard. Sometimes it’s better to turn the volume down!

    Who would you love to perform with, past or present?

    I’d really love to work with Jeff Tweedy from Wilco, I think he’s such a good writer. It’d be awesome to get a few tips from him

    Are you looking forward to touring with Lisa Mitchell? How about the Leeds Cockpit gig on March 7th?

    Yep the Lisa Mitchell shows should be good fun, I’m getting to play in a load of places I’ve not played before (like Leeds!) which is cool.

    Are you getting good reaction to your live shows?

    9 times out of 10 I get a nice reaction from people at shows, but when you’re playing by yourself you always run the risk of being consumed by the noisy bar!

    What are you currently listening to on your mp3 player?

    Right now I’m listening to Neil Halstead who I’ve just discovered. His album ‘Oh! Mighty Engine’ is absolutely beautiful. Also I’m listening to a bit of Dot JR, a boy from the Isle of Lewis. Real good stuff.

    Best venue you’ve played?

    The best venue is The Taphouse in St. Agnes, Cornwall. That place is too much fun, Timbo and the boys and girls know how to party….

    Where do you find your influences? Or do they find you?

    I try and keep an eye out for influence at all times. If you’re not careful it can come up behind you and do you a damage.

    What do you miss the most when you’re on the road touring

    I don’t think you really have the time to miss much when you’re on tour, it’s too much fun. I do miss surfing, but I usually find a time or two to fit that in.

    If The Boy Who Trapped The Sun was a Jelly Bean, what colour and flavour would you be and why?

    If I was a Jelly Bean I’d be rat poison flavour, because I don’t want to be eaten.

    Some quick fire questions:

    Tea or coffee? Coffee

    Summer or winter? Summer

    Superman or Batman? Batman

    Reading or Leeds? Leeds (obviously!)

    And finally, what’s next on the agenda for The Boy Who Trapped The Sun?

    Next on the agenda for me is a beer, I’m thirsty!

    Thanks Colin. And good luck!

    The Boy Who Trapped The Sun released ‘Home’ on March 1st.

     
  • josephseager 9:39 am on March 4, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: 2010, annual, , blue roases, darwin deez, duke special, , incredible, , , , male bonding, music festival, , rolo tomassi, sky larkin, spectacular, stages, the invisible, , , wood pigeon   

    Live at Leeds lineup news 

    Blue Roses, Hadouken! and Sky Larkin were this week added to the Live At Leeds 2010 line up, adding to any already spectacular line up for the annual music festival.

    This follows the recent addition of The Sunshine Undergound in what promises to be a day of incredible music in the city with in excess of 150 bands appearing across 17 stages around Leeds on Saturday 1st May.

    Also announced this week were Blood Red Shoes; Darwin Deez; Duke Special; Male Bonding; Rolo Tomassi; The Invisible and Wood Pigeon.

     
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