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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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Vision: White Lies – Hold Back Your Love

Ealing-based rockers White Lies continue their electro-fuelled dance with the heartfelt Hold Back Your Love, with the new video directed by David Pablos (the critically acclaimed ‘The Chosen Ones’). This soul searching track is filled with an arpeggiated bassline, dancing beats, landscape dream-like synths and a big crowd pleasing chorus where lead singer Harry McVeigh lays bare his true emotions as he sings “Hold back your love, you know that I’ve had my doubts”. Says White Lies’ Charles Cave on Hold Back Your Love; “It’s hard for me to talk about Hold Back Your Love in a measured way. We all absolutely...

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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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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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Video Premiere: John E Vistic, Welcome Down The Night.

John E Vistic is a singer multi-instrumentalist and internationally award winning songwriter. As well as his guitar and vocal duties with The John E Vistic Rock N Roll Soundsystem, Vistic is known for his work as Creative Director of The Russian Winter show (Old Vic) and his collaborations with other artists including Crippled Black Phoenix, Emily Breeze, Way Out West and General Midi. He has an album launch party on 22nd Fri at Thunderblot in Bristol and 23rd Sat at Magic Garden in London. John E Vistic’s new album Welcome Down the Night is produced by Tristan Longworth (Jon Allen/The...

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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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Video: Luke Elliot, Trouble.

Luke Elliot is a unique proposition. He’s gained a level of what nowadays in the music industry is referred to as ‘hype’, yet in actual fact his work ethic, as well as the artistic development he has embarked upon, harks back to the great songwriters of old – the stalwarts of the form who delicately honed their craft: the Leonard Cohen’s, the Bob Dylan’s and Tom Waits’. Luke Elliot, like these artists before him, has tales to tell, and the ability to tell them. We asked Luke about the making of Trouble and he told us this: “This video...

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Rock Media: James McCartney Reveals Unicorn.

James McCartney reveals music video for Unicorn Taken from the forthcoming new studio album  The Blackberry Train released May 6th Directed by renowned motion designer Sholto Crow, the animation brings to live the aural aesthetic of Unicorn, an urgently melodic track centered on the spiritual nature of psychedelic music, in a surreal and immersive way. James told RockShot “Unicorn is a song that has elements of the avant-garde and psychedelic in it, and I wanted to use those elements in the video as well. It’s very trippy and cool, just like the song”. On directing the video Crow said,...

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Rock Media: The Sessions. Re-Staging The Beatles Live.

The Sessions. Re-Staging The Beatles Live. Following an open-doors charity preview in The Beatles’ home city, Liverpool, and the show’s already-sold-out world premiere at the Royal Albert Hall on April 1st, the production, part blockbuster stage show, part access-all-areas musical documentary – will then travel to arenas in Brighton, Cardiff, Nottingham, Newcastle, Glasgow, Manchester, Aberdeen, Leeds and Birmingham, before returning to London for performances at Wembley Arena and the O2. Set in a state-of-the-art reproduction of the iconic Abbey Road Studio 2, The Sessions will stage breath-taking, musically spectacular new live renditions of the timeless albums recorded there by...

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Rock Media: Ladyhawke Third Album & Tour

Ladyhawke aka Pip Brown has just announced the release of her third album Wild Things to be released on June 3rd 2016 via Mid Century Records The first single, to be revealed as an animated lyric video, is Sweet Fascination and it’s a glorious return to form for the one-woman synth-pop outfit whose self titled debut 2008 album peaked at No. 16 on the U.K. album charts and No. 1 in Australia and New Zealand’s album charts. Pip Brown told us about the track “Sweet Fascination is about a guy suffering from an all consuming obsession. It’s a song...

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Video: Family Of the Year. Carry Me.

Family Of The Year gained notoriety with Hero from 2012’s Loma Vista and its featured appearance in the Oscar-nominated, Golden Globe winning film Boyhood. With 90 million combined YouTube and Spotify streams, Hero also became a Top 10 hit in Austria, Belgium, Germany and Switzerland. On 3rd June, Family Of The Year will release their eponymous album via Nettwerk Records. The band – made up of brothers Joseph and Sebastian Keefe, a pair born in Massachusetts but raised in Wrexham, Wales, singer and keyboardist Christina Schroeter and guitarist James Buckey – write euphoric alt-rock-folk-pop songs with a gang-chanting bent,...

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Video: Tanita Tikaram. Food On My Table.

Multi million selling British singer-songwriter Tanita Tikaram will be returning with new album Closer To the People on 11th March 2016 through earmusic. Food On My Table is the first song to be released from the album and is an avant garde soul track, backed by an evocative black and white video directed by Natacha Horn, where Tanita tells of an aresting love story. Tanita’s distincitve voice and superlative songwriting saw her rise to worldwide acclaim in 1988 when she released debut album Ancient Heart, which included hits such as Twist In My Sobreity and Good Tradition. With new...

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Video: Deadpool Music by Tom Holkenborg AKA Junkie XL

Deadpool Original Music Explained by Tom Holkenborg AKA Junkie XL Marvel’s latest comic book adaptation Deadpool is its most unconventional anti-hero yet. Tom Holkenborg aka Junkie XL explains how he wrote the music including the use of some great synthesisers and keyboards that have been played by some great musicians on some well known songs. Deadpool tells the origin story of former Special Forces operative turned mercenary Wade Wilson (Ryan Reynolds), who after being subjected to a rouge experiment that leaves him with accelerated healing powers, adopts the alter ego Deadpool. Armed with his new abilities and a dark, twisted sense of...

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Shuggie Otis Tour & First New Work in 40 Years.

Shuggie Otis Releases New 7″ Single, Announces First Leg Of 2016 European Tour!   Shuggie Otis is preparing a comeback that is sure to make the music world sit up and listen. 2016 will see the release of a brand new solo album from this much revered singer-songwriter-guitarist, his first since the 1974 all-time classic Inspiration/Information. Fans have waited more than 40 years for a new Shuggie album, and now they can get a taste of what awaits them by picking up the Ice Cream Party 7”, which was released on November 27 2015 as part of the Black...

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The Zero Gravity video: OK Go, Upside Down & Inside Out.

THE FIRST-EVER SHOT ENTIRELY IN ZERO GRAVITY OK Go – Upside Down & Inside OutHello, Dear Ones. Please enjoy our new video for “Upside Down & Inside Out”. A million thanks to S7 Airlines. #GravitysJustAHabit Posted by OK Go on Thursday, February 11, 2016 OK Go is celebrating its 10th year of making pioneering music videos by unveiling its most ambitious clip yet. Upside Down & Inside Out – which premiered today on Good Morning America and Facebook – was shot in zero gravity in the skies above Russia. Fans can view Upside Down & Inside Out on OK...

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Vinyl. More Than A Record.

Vinyl: Trailer The new HBO/Sky Atlantic television series, Vinyl, is a about the music industry. Starting in 1973 it is shot with feature film like quality and produced by Martin Scorsese and Mick Jagger. In fact the first two hour episode is directed by Martin Scorsese and has a Mean Streets, Taxi Driver vibe about it. Songs are played through in their entirety and not just excerpts so it is like listening to records as you watch the film. Starting with the rise of Glam Rock, the series takes in many era’s of music and follows Richie Finestra (Bobby...

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