Author: Nicola Greenbrook

Festival: Music Makers – A Two-Day Independent Affair

Music Makers is a two-day independent music festival curated with love by London-based musician Albert Man and his manager and co-organiser Manoja Ullmann. It is a welcome addition to the UK festival scene and takes place at the award-winning Omnibus Theatre, a converted Victorian library in the heart of London’s Clapham Old Town. The festival’s concept derives from Albert and Manoja’s aspiration to give independent artists an opportunity to showcase their talents to a wider audience. They are only too aware of the importance of having a community to support the independent music scene and have called on musicians...

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INTERVIEW: Mila Falls, Tornados & Glitter

You may not immediately recognise the name Mila Falls, but I guarantee you will have heard her music. She’s one of a special breed of artists whose songwriting talent lies behind the soundtrack to notable adverts and films but whose name remains mostly under the radar. Having supported the likes of Rudimental, Ella Eyre, Ringo Starr and Van Morrison, successfully collaborated with artists such as DJ Mag worldwide resident Marc Vedo and electronic composer and producer Roger Shar and featured on Boy George’s Hotfingers Talks album, 2017 could be the year this vibrant British singer-songwriter gets the wider recognition she...

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Vision Premiere: Albert Man, Diamond In The Rough.

RockShot Magazine is pleased to premiere Albert Man’s new video, Diamond In The Rough, the final video release from his forthcoming 5-track EP, Nothing Of Nothing Much due out on 3rd February 2017. Featuring captivating hooks and the melodic, piano-led sound we’ve come to expect and love from Albert, Diamond In The Rough also features Joe Garvey (Best Male Nominee 2016, Best of British Unsigned Music Awards) who adds vocals and Prince-inspired guitar to the track. Nothing of Nothing Much is Albert’s second EP and his third release to date, following the success of 2016’s critically acclaimed album, Cheap...

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Interview: Luke Carey, Acoustic Blueprint Twist.

To prepare for my interview with singer-songwriter and ‘North London cheeky chap’ Luke Carey, I check out his website where he talks about the humble beginnings of his musical odyssey. I learn he was “named after Luke Skywalker (no joke, my brother named me and to be fair to him, you can’t pass up that opportunity!)”, that he is self-taught on the guitar and that by braving an open mic gig one night it led to him catching the music bug. His virtual persona is warm, funny and candid and en route to the meeting, I hoped his real...

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Interview: YolanDa Brown, Vinyl Music With a Crackle.

It’s merely a few days before YolanDa Brown’s performance at London’s Barbican, where she’ll officially close her Reggae Love Songs tour with a bang. As her social media will testify, the award-winning British saxophonist has been rather occupied in the past few weeks, featuring in major British newspapers and participating in a number of press and radio interviews alongside rehearsals. Yet, she answers my questions as if it’s the first interview undertaken and takes it in her stride; being multifarious appears to be in her nature. The British saxophonist, composer and double MOBO winner has been on an upward...

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Live: Luna Bay, Albert Man, William Poyer & Sherika Sherard @ Blogtober Festival

RockShot was recently invited to be part of Lost in the Manor’s Blogtober Festival – 31 days of gigs selected by the best online tastemakers – and on 10 October 2016, curated a very special evening of live music at The Finsbury in London’s Manor House. Our team of writers and photographers selected emerging artists Sherika Sherard, William Poyer, Albert Man and Luna Bay for the crowd’s musical consumption – and they didn’t disappoint. Opening the evening is London based singer-songwriter Sherika Sherard. Sherika is well-known for busking on London’s Southbank, where her velvety voice and infectious creativity not only...

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Interview: Albert Man – Cheap Suit, Expensive Quality

Albert Man has to be the busiest man on the live music scene right now. When he isn’t gigging prolifically, networking, blogging, being interviewed by the BBC or creating merchandise he is hard at work on new material. Phew. So despite an already full day and a schlep across town to a pub in Walthamstow, East London, Albert arrives cheerful and relaxed. Craft beer in hand, he immediately settles in and is ready to be interrogated. Firstly, for those who have yet to discover Albert, an introduction. He is a half-German Mancunian singer-songwriter based in London who has been...

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Interview: Sherika Sherard, Voice of a Generation

“Hi, so sorry for the delay!”, Sherika Sherard says as she plonks her huge guitar down and falls into her seat with an apologetic smile. Travelling in the London heat by public transport and battling delays is a laudable triumph but Sherika looks unperturbed. For me, her courtesy text earlier gave me time to hydrate (today is an absolute scorcher) and watch her duet with Seal again so I’m very content. More on Seal later. So who is Sherika Sherard? A London based singer-songwriter and popular busker with a voice like velvet, known for captivating her audiences with clever rhymes,...

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Interview: William Poyer, Born Talented.

It’s a roasting hot day in South London when William Poyer strolls through the pub’s door, instantly recognisable despite sporting longer hair than on his album cover, and showing absolutely no signs of melting in the heat unlike me. “Hi I’m Will” he says with a grin and extends his hand before taking any drink requests and dashing off to the bar for a cold beer. Right off the bat, it’s clear he’s a genuine guy and that this is going to be a great interview. For the uninitiated, William is a Welsh-born singer-storywriter who recently returned from a three-year stint...

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Live: Love Supreme Festival 2016 @ Glynde Place

Jazz, Melody, Sunshine & Far From Average Bands. The UK festival scene has grown considerably over the last few years and become, arguably, a little saturated. Big hitters like Glastonbury shout loudly and quite rightly get all the attention but it is the quiet ones that can surprise you.  Such as Love Supreme Festival, Jazz FM’s boutique, greenfield experience set in the idyllic grounds of Glynde Place, East Sussex that made its debut in 2013 and has been getting bigger and better ever since. Named after John Coltrane’s legendary album, it features crossover artists, exciting newcomers, colossal headliners and...

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Feature: Lera Lynn, Otherworldly Evocative Americana.

For devotees of HBO’s drama series True Detective, you could be forgiven for thinking Lera Lynn is as dark and melancholy as the mysterious singer she plays so well from The Black Rose, the dive bar featured in the second season which sees its fair share of unsavoury characters (not least Colin Farrell’s Ray Velcoro). The bar scenes and Lynn’s presence alone are captivating, with a deeply evocative voice and haunting melodies that evoke images of Julee Cruise in David Lynch’s Twin Peaks, and there is a haunting sadness about her performance. Yet, her music in real life is...

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Interview: Bandini, Nomadic Jazz and Blues.

Bandini is a singer-songwriter born and bred in Italy and based in London, raised on jazz and blues and the art of storytelling and song-writing from an early age. He began showcasing his talent on the London streets before building a presence on the Open Mic circuit with his individual blend of acoustic jazz and blues and distinctive vocals. He started his performing career working with the collective Bandini & The Taylors, who described themselves as ‘folk gypsy people from all over the world’, before focusing on a solo project and collaborating with his own touring quartet of talented...

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Feature: Shuggie Otis. Sweet Like Sugar.

A Shuggie Otis feature, Sweet like Sugar. It was a chilly Sunday night in North London and my thoughts probably should have been focused on the working week ahead. Fortunately instead I was surrounded by the rouge walls and pendent chandeliers of Camden’s historic KOKO, about to watch one of music’s most celebrated enigmas – the effortlessly cool Shuggie Otis. There was heady anticipation in the air, and quite rightly so. Singer-songwriter-musician Otis will be releasing a brand new solo album this year, his first since 1974’s classic Inspiration Information, and his comeback European tour should make the music world stand up...

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Feature: Anoushka Lucas. Multi-Talented Exhibitionist.

Feature on Anoushka Lucas a Multi-Talented Exhibitionist. Nicola Greenbrook went underground to the 606 Club in Chelsea, London to meet singer-songwriter Anoushka Lucas, hear about her upcoming album and watch her heat up the stage. Photography by Kalpesh Patel. The prospect of meeting someone you’ve admired for some time is always a bit daunting. Arriving at London’s 606 Club to meet Anoushka Lucas as she rehearsed for her performance later that evening, I needn’t have worried. She jumped up off of the piano stool, bounded over with a beaming smile and greeted me like I was an old friend rather than simply a...

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Feature: John Helps. Introduction To Handmade Festival.

An introduction to Handmade Festival, a forward-thinking and totally independent music and arts festival in Leicester curated by some of the city’s best loved venues and promoters. Nicola Greenbrook is in conversation with John Helps – one of the Festival Directors, a member of the band Maybeshewill and part of the music management collective Robot Needs Home. We hear about how John has worked with his team to grow the project for the last four years and about his exciting plans for the 2016 festival. For the uninitiated, how would you describe Handmade in your own words? It’s a...

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Live: Harry Pane @ Live at the Roof Gardens – Kensington, London.

Live: Harry Pane @ Live at the Roof Gardens, Kensington, London. A cold and dark January is never an easy pill to swallow. The festivities are over for another year and it’s inevitable to feel rather gloomy about the weeks stretching ahead. Unless, that is, you climb way up to the top of the stairs (or take the lift) to one of London’s most extraordinary landmarks and go up on the roof. The Roof Gardens in Kensington has an impressive garden terrace setting (with actual pink flamingos in residence) and offers a classy substitute to some of the more...

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Feature: Harry Pane. An Emerging Talent.

Harry Pane Emerging Talent. Folk and Blues. Harry Pane is a folk/blues singer-songwriter living in East London and hailing from Brackley, Northamptonshire. With a soulful and emotive voice, he adds guitar riffs, plenty of slide-guitar action and a stomp board to the mix with striking results. He writes and performs his own music and cites John Martyn, Damien Rice, Bob Dylan and Xavier Rudd as some of his key influences. RockShot first came to know of Harry when he opened the Main Stage at Grillstock Festival back in the summer with cheerful self-deprecation and a raw and powerful voice....

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Live Review: Victor & The Rain Dog @ The Magic Garden

Live Review: Victor & The Rain Dog @ The Magic Garden Following numerous live gigs and festival appearances this year, Victor & The Rain Dog topped off an impressive run with an intimate performance at The Magic Garden in Battersea. London-based Victor & The Rain Dog released their impressive second EP Den Of The Dog in August. Victor Marichal, the gifted lead singer, songwriter and instrumentalist told RockShot recently the band may take a few months break after the performance ‘to write a lot’, so there was a definite end-of-summer vibe to the evening. The Magic Garden is a...

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Interview: Victor & The Rain Dog. Nomadic Rock.

Interview: Victor & The Rain Dog – Nomadic Rock. Formed in 2014, Victor & The Rain Dog have a unique style described as ‘Carnival Rock and Urban Storytelling’ with each song telling it’s own fascinating tale and conjuring up beautiful imagery. It’s been quite a year for the band so far; comprised of Victor Marichal, a 26-year old Parisian, and his band of in-demand session musicians, they’ve played numerous gigs and proudly held their own with appearances at Secret Garden Party and the prestigious Festival No 6. Their impressive debut EP Victor & The Rain Dog attracted a loyal following...

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Review: Grillstock 2015. Foot-Stomping, Glorious Gluttony.

Grillstock Festival – Foot-stomping, glorious gluttony When Meat, Music and Mayhem comes to town, and it just so happens to be your home town, there’s no excuse not to partake. Grillstock Festival smacked Walthamstow, East London right round the chops this weekend with a sizzling, multifaceted event and joining the Pit Crew was one of the highlights of my festival season. Following the success of sell-out events in Bristol and Manchester, Grillstock came to the Big Smoke to bring Londoners the biggest Bar-B-Q and Music Festival outside of the US; promising live music, authentic meaty fare and eating competitions...

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Review: Backyard Cinema. Al Fresco Big Screen, Burgers & Beers.

Backyard Cinema has launched their six-week Film Festival hosted by London’s Camden Market from 29th July – 4th September 2015. Nicola Greenbrook grabbed her popcorn and joined the press night for an outdoor movie experience with a difference. Backyard Cinema has built a strong reputation for a captivating cinema encounter in a variety of immersive and interesting locations around London and they have been popping up in Camden Lock for the past three years. For Summer 2015, they’re back with an even bigger offering – catering for the more inquisitive film buff with the new Cuban Screen and adding...

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Live: Love Supreme Festival.
Expansive & Cutting Edge Greenfield Experience.

Jazz FM’s Love Supreme Festival returned for a third triumphant year this weekend, and as a reveller at all three I’m bold enough to declare it just keeps getting bigger and better. Former lineups have featured Gregory Porter, Chic featuring Nile Rodgers and De la Soul so expectation was running high. There was no need for apprehension though; this was another magnificent event. The boutique greenfield festival, set in the idyllic grounds of Glynde Place in East Sussex and surrounded by the glorious Downs, takes place over three days. The bill is impressively diverse with over fifty jazz, funk,...

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Review: 32 Londoners. Don Letts on Joe Strummer.

Nicola Greenbrook took a captivating trip on the Coca-Cola London Eye to hear Don Letts open his mind (and heart) about the iconic Joe Strummer. Music for the people by the people. I’m ashamed to admit a mild fear of heights. On a supposedly ordinary Tuesday evening, as I gazed up at the gigantic Ferris wheel looming on London’s Southbank, all 135m of it framed by a glorious blue sky, I started to wonder if I had the stomach for it. I needn’t have worried. Any acrophobic fears evaporated as I hopped on board The Eye just as the...

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