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  • josephseager 11:38 am on March 10, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , album jelly bean, aoife hearty, batman, , , joseph seager, , , material, , 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 4:35 pm on March 4, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , bob bryer, decision, fourth, frank iero, , , lightly, material, , 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 4:58 pm on March 3, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: annoying, darker, enough, i kissed a girl, interesting, katy perry, material, , nerves, , over, ,   

    Katy Perry finds herself annoying? 

    Well, not herself, but her music. The ‘I Kissed a Girl’ singer has revealed that her own music gets on her nerves. She’s apparently going to ‘grow up’ for the next album, going in a ‘darker’ direction.

    Speaking of her new material:

    “It’s not as annoying. If you do something over and over again, it’s like Chinese water torture.”

    “If it hits your head enough times, you want to die. You have to just evolve.”

    Interesting…

     
  • josephseager 1:31 pm on March 3, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: band, beautiful, gary barlow, greatest day, material, , press, , sony, take that, the circus   

    Gary Barlow concentrating on next Take That album… 

    Gary Barlow is reportedly concentrating solely on writing new material for Take That’s next studio album.

    The singer recently renewed his publishing deal with Sony/ATV, but is putting on hold writing for other artists to work on tracks for the ‘Greatest Day’ band.

    “He’s got to focus on the Take That record with the rest of the guys and they’re doing it now, but he’s not a man who sits around,” Sony/ATV UK managing director Rak Sanghvi told the press.

    “He’s got his own label imprint through Universal. He’s a really driven and prolific songwriter and artist and I’m sure the second the Take That record is in the bag he’ll be off doing other projects.”

    Barlow has recently written material for artists including John Barrowman, Dame Shirley Bassey, Alesha Dixon, Katherine Jenkins, N-Dubz and Peter Kay, while also launching new singer Camilla Kerslake through his own Future label.

    Take That are expected to release their next studio album later this year and tour again in 2011.

    The group have notched up nearly 4.8 million combined sales of their past two albums Beautiful World and The Circus.

    Am looking forward to it…

     
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