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  • josephseager 11:38 am on March 10, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , album jelly bean, aoife hearty, batman, festival, , 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?


    Summer or winter?


    Superman or Batman?

    Batman (Michael Keaton!)

    Mitchell or Webb?


    Mac or PC?


    Possibly the most important question now, Reading or 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: , 80s, boy george, britain, calvin harris, diversity, festival, 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 10:44 am on March 3, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , bangor, big weekend, festival, , lineup, , , niterview, , radio 1   

    Radio 1’s big weekend news 

    After it was announced it was the city of Bangor hosting the two day festival, Pixie Lott was the first artist confirmed, and Lostprophets have just been added to the lineup. Check out my recent interview with Lee Gaze from the band here.

  • josephseager 11:49 am on March 2, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Live at Leeds news 

    Live at Leeds is a 4 day, numerous venue ‘festival’ and so far the 2010 weekend has all these artists appearing:

    | 65daysofstatic | Apples | Bear Mask | Blood Oranges | Crystal Antlers | Dolphins | Egyptian Hip Hop | Ellen and the Escapades | Esben and the Witch | Exlovers | Fools Gold | Frankie and The Heartstrings | Gold Panda | Goldheart Assembly | Holy State | Is Tropical | Johnny Foreigner | Just Handshakes (We’re British) | Lightspeed Champion | Lone Wolf | Loops Haunt | Loose Talk Costs Lives | Mariachi el Bronx | Middleman | Napoleon IIIrd | North Atlantic Oscillation | Paul Thomas Saunders | Piskie Sits | Sam Airey | Sketches | Telegraphs | The Bacchae | The Bronx | The Horn The Hunt | The Neat | The Sunshine Underground | The Ugly Guys | Tripwires | Wild Beasts | Wolf Gang | Wonderswan | Yonderboy | Young Men |

    Keep an eye on the Live at Leeds website for more info and up to date news…

  • josephseager 3:52 pm on February 18, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Limetree Festival Launch 

    Limetree Festival launch

    19th Februry 2010

    Hukaz bar

    (Brudenall Grove, Headingley, Leeds)

    16:00 to 18:00

    Festival organiser Sean Birdsall will be announcing the headliners for this year’s festival.

    Live music will be by Chunky Butt Funky & Jacqui Wicks as well as background DJ’s.

    There will be the promo film clips and celebrity video endorsements.

    Limetree Festival 2010               27/29 August 2010

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