Tag: Nicola Greenbrook

Bandini’s Captivating Late Night Show

Singer-songwriter Bandini presents his latest single, Late Night Show. Born and bred in Italy and London-based, Bandini is an exciting contemporary artist who was raised on jazz, blues and the art of storytelling and songwriting from an early age. He began showcasing his talent by busking 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. Following the release of his version of the Dr John classic, Such a Night, last year, a full-house Sofar Sounds concert and a sold out launch gig at London’s Jamboree in...

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Bruce ‘Mississippi’ Johnson is The Real Deal, Baby

With a striking stage presence and undeniably soulful bass baritone voice, you should already be listening to contemporary blues vocalist, songwriter and bandleader Bruce ‘Mississippi’ Johnson. Born Bruce Lester Johnson in Starksville, Mississippi and raised in Indianapolis, Indiana, Bruce received a musical education most people can only dream about. As a child in his grandfather’s church choir and surrounded by his father’s soul and R&B influenced record collection that included Al Green, Jackie Wilson (his mum’s first cousin), Lou Rawls and Gil Scott-Heron, Bruce discovered he could sing. His life story to date is fascinating, replete with vivid and...

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Victor Vox And An Indomitable Talent

When I arrive at Albion in London’s Shoreditch, singer-songwriter and musician Victor Marichal is waiting patiently with a pot of tea, perhaps the most quintessentially English thing you can do in an East End café. It’s his accent though, richly Parisian and largely undiluted by seven years of London living, that gives the game away and reveals his Gallic heritage.  It’s not the first time we’ve met; the last time in 2015 when I was on interview assignment for RockShot and he fronted the band Victor & The Rain Dog [VTRD]. We catch up before I let loose a...

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Love Supreme Festival – Heavyweight Lineup for 2018

The Love Supreme Jazz Festival is returning to Glynde Place, East Sussex for 2018 and this week announced an impressive lineup of artists who will be performing at the summer event. In 2017, the UK’s only major greenfield jazz festival boasted capacity crowds of 40,000 over the weekend and looks to break this record with an expansive, far-reaching bill of stars from across the jazz and soul spectrum. Joining the already announced Sunday headliners Earth, Wind & Fire are iconic UK songwriter Elvis Costello, former Spencer Davis Group, Traffic and Blind Faith frontman Steve Winwood and one of music’s...

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Ferris & Sylvester: Americana SW16 Style

With 2018 a blank canvas to paint with exciting new musical talent, Ferris & Sylvester’s modern take on Brit folk is a great place to start. The singer-songwriting duo release their forthcoming EP Made in Streatham on 2 February 2018 to follow up last year’s critically acclaimed debut The Yellow Line. Ferris & Sylvester are London-based musicians Issy Ferris and Archie Sylvester. First meeting as solo artists, they navigated their way through London’s vibrant live music scene alone before realising that writing together would create an almighty partnership. The twosome swiftly made an impact, including on high profile producer...

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Mark Mathews – Carrier Bags, Careers and New Music to Heal

It’s a bustling Tuesday lunchtime when I meet Mark Mathews – arguably the hardest working solo artist in the UK right now – for the first time in Camden, North London, the backdrop where Rachel Lipsitz will later take her portraits of Mark. “Over there they used to do an open mic.“ he says gesturing to a stage with an abandoned drum kit. “I’d just moved to London and I played some of my first solo shows here!“ he says with a grin. Back then it was the Oh! Bar and now The Blues Kitchen, a restaurant/bar serving up...

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The Soulful Charisma Of Zak Abel – Live At Koko

British singer-songwriter Zak Abel has the kind of voice that forces you to stop, listen, repeat and flood your music feed with his back catalogue. The 22-year old rising star and born and bred North Londoner first gained attention after lending his vocals to Gorgon City’s Top 20 Hit Unmissable in 2014. Since then he has carved out his status not only as one-to-watch but one-to-collaborate with. He played a sell-out gig at London’s KOKO this week, supported by winner of ‘Best Solo Male’ at the Unsigned Music Awards in October 2016, Mullally, who performed an edgy, neo soul...

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Nothing But Thieves – Launch of #IAMWHOLE for World Mental Health Day

This morning, alt rock band and Southend’s finest Nothing But Thieves launched the #IAMWHOLE campaign at London’s famous BT Tower and performed an exclusive acoustic set. 10 October 2017 marks World Mental Health Day and the band have lent the title track of their sophomore album, Broken Machine, to highlight the cause. They played a special acoustic set to an intimate crowd to raise awareness and highlight the #IAMWHOLE campaign – the brainchild of the NHS and YMCA as a direct response to mental health difficulties experienced by young people throughout the UK. This year the campaign is specifically...

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Jarreau Vandal feat. Zak Abel — Make You Love Me, New Video

Jarreau Vandal has released his new single, Make You Love Me, via Rinse. The young Dutch producer/DJ was born in Maastricht and raised in Amsterdam, growing up in a musical family and immersed in the sounds of jazz, soul and funk from an early age. Inspired by the hip hop, rock and R&B sounds of the ’90’s and introduced to the drums and then music production by his Grandfather (also a producer), he naturally pursued a career in music. As a resident DJ and promoter of Amsterdam-based club night Wavefiles, Jarreau met IAMNOBODI (an artist he admired) who introduced him to...

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Music Makers Festival @ Omnibus Theatre, Clapham

RockShot Mag recently headed out to South London’s Clapham on a sunny weekend for a very special event. Past the famous Common and the drinkers unwinding in the mottled sunlight was The Omnibus Theatre, an elegant host for Music Makers Festival.  A two-day independent music event curated with love by London-based musician Albert Man and his manager and co-organiser Manoja Ullmann, Music Makers’ concept derives from their aspiration to give independent artists an opportunity to showcase their talents to a wider audience. Albert and Manoja know the importance of having a community to support the independent music scene and...

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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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Mila Falls Interview, 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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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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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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