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  • josephseager 11:38 am on March 10, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , album jelly bean, aoife hearty, batman, , future, 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 4:35 pm on March 4, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , bob bryer, decision, fourth, frank iero, future, , lightly, , , my chemical romance, , painful, , studio, the black parade,   

    Bob Bryar has quit My Chemical Romance 

    The group confirmed Bryar’s departure in a message posted on their official website.

    “As of 4 weeks ago, My Chemical Romance and Bob Bryar parted ways,” guitarist Frank Iero wrote.

    “This was a painful decision for all of us to make and was not taken lightly. We wish him the best of luck in his future endeavors and expect you all to do the same.”

    The group revealed that they are currently working on material for their fourth studio album.

    “We have been writing some very powerful new songs so this week the four of us entered the studio once again,” Iero wrote.

    “What has been ending up on tape each night is some of the most exciting and honest work we have ever created.”

    My Chemical Romance reached number two in the UK and US with their 2006 LP The Black Parade.

  • josephseager 4:06 pm on March 4, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: architects, awards, boost, coldplay, future, juno, , , new wave, nominated, pop album, popularity, retro, rolling stone,   

    Lights news 

    Nominated for Pop Album of the Year at the Juno Awards

    “Retro new wave… keytar-rocking pixie” – Rolling Stone

    “The future of synthpop” – Front

    LIGHTS’ escalating popularity has received another substantial boost with the news that her album ‘The Listening’ has been nominated for Pop Album of the Year at the Juno Awards (Canada’s equivalent to a Grammy).

    Previously the recipient of the award for Best New Artist, LIGHTS’ competition for Pop Album of the Year includes Michael Bublé and Justin Bieber. The winners will be declared at the Juno Gala Dinner & Awards on April 17th as well as at the 2010 Juno Awards on April 18th.

    LIGHTS is making substantial inroads towards repeating her homeland success on these shores. Her recent UK tour includes dates as support to Owl City, Example and Ou Est Le Swimming Pool, as well as select headline dates of her own. Her debut single ‘Ice’ is set for a March 15th release, while her debut album ‘The Listening’ will follow later in the year.

    LIGHTS is already a major star in her homeland of Canada where she won two honours at the Canadian Radio Music Awards in addition to her Juno Award, while her debut album ‘The Listening’ crashed into the Top 10 of the Canadian album chart and the Billboard Heatseekers charts.

    LIGHTS first came to prominence when her single ‘Drive My Soul’ topped the countdown of major music channel MuchMusic and subsequently featured on hit MTV reality show The Hills. Her profile had previously received a huge boost when Old Navy used four of her songs in their major spring 2008 promotional campaign.

    Live performances including the V Festival, the GIAN Incoming and Introducing tours and a North American tour as support to Keane all contributed to LIGHTS’ growing profile to the extent that her MySpace page has now amassed over 22 million plays. LIGHTS is an eager YouTube uploader and her many videos include unique covers of Coldplay’s ‘Lost’ and ‘I Can’t See The Light’ by Brit metallers Architects. She also guested on the Silverstein album ‘A Shipwreck In The Sand.’

    http://www.iamlights.com http://www.myspace.com/lights

  • josephseager 3:57 pm on March 4, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: beyonce, blog, collaborate, day, freestyle, future, greedy, jay sean, , , , one, ultimate   

    Beyonce dream collaboration? 

    Jay Sean has told MTV he’d love to work with Jay-Z and Beyonce in the future.

    Speaking to the blog the down star revealed all about his dream collaboration.

    He said: “Jay Z and Beyonce are the ultimate, I know that’s being extremely greedy because one of them would be enough but you’ve got to dream.
    “I asked Jay-Z last time I saw him “I was like come on man lets do this, me, you and B and he was like yeah ok…..maybe one day. He knew I was taking the mickey.”
    The West London boy was also asked he’d ever go back to rapping or if he’ll stick to singing.
    Jay said: “Probably not, just because I don’t want to confuse people, I don’t want people asking, “is he a singer, is he a rapper, what is he because he definitely isn’t grime” and all that. The only time I ever rap is when I get a little drunk and then I’ll do a little freestyle!”
  • josephseager 12:40 pm on March 2, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , bowie, chop, christmas, david, digital, djs, future, money, , number 1, presenters, , station   

    The future of 6 music? Is there one…? 

    With the people behind rage against the machine’s christmas number 1 uniting people once again, DJs and presenters all facing the axe and what has been such a brilliant station (and even more important and prominant in terms of actual music than ever before) why is bbc 6 music (amoungst other stations) facing the chop?

    Surely the move years back to pump a load of money into the digital future is surely working out right now? I reckon there are more people listening to the likes of 6 music than ever before, with digital being everywhere from online to on your tv! Why would the bbc pull the plug on something which is obviously doing so well, something that was set up for the future, and now we are in said future, is looking likely to be thrown under the bus? I can’t get my head round it; oh wait, yes, yes I can…money…maybe even the words of David Bowie can’t help?

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