Oct 29, 2010

Featured Artist interview: Martin McLaughlan (E41)

About: Martin McLaughlan

"Martin McLaughlan is a singer songwriter from Irvine, North Ayrshire. After spending several years in bands such as "Received", "A Tempo Above Your Heartbeat" and "Burying the Bled" he decided it was time to turn his hand to an acoustic solo project. With influences ranging from Dallas Green to Newton Faulkner and Eric Clapton, his music style is varied."

1). How much time do you spend writing, performing, and listening to music each day?
Most of my day, music is a massive part of my life. Whether I'm listening to it when I'm working, performing in the house or on stage or writing it generally takes up a massive part of my day

Featured Artist interview: MikeWhitePresents (E41)

About: MikeWhitePresents from London

"We write, produce and perform our own original music, making eclectic, pompous, melodramatic dance music with a pop sensibility for the soundtrack of our imaginations. This is music for the headphone not for the dancefloor. But if you feel the need to dance, we won't stop you. It's music so safe, you can take it home to meet your mother!"

1). How much time do you spend writing, performing, and listening to music each day?
Spend about 2/3 hours each day working on tunes..mainly writing and arranging/ lyric writing. But writing can consist of hours of fiddling just to get the right bass riff or kick eq!! Wriitng and producing, for us, are one and the same thing. Thru the process of creating the idea for a song, we find the way we want to record it. We have rarely recorded in the same way twice.
Probably spend more time listening to music than creating it!! DJ Danny never has his ipod off!!

Oct 28, 2010

Featured Artist interview:Blue Aurora (E41)

About: Blue Aurora

"My band Blue Aurora have been working together for three years now but the three of us have lots of years experience as musicians and playing in other bands.We are currently working on new songs to record and will be doing some live dates in the UK.We have done some live sessions and interviews on Local radio in Manchester UK"
1). How much time do you spend writing, performing, and listening to music each day?
Listen to music everyday and play the piano everyday.Come up with song ideas this way so im writing song ideas all the time.Spend several hours a day.

ArenaCast Episode 42 Playlist

Week October  28 - November 3

ArenaCast Episode includes:

# Artist Track
1 Snew Get It To Go
2 Wax Ersatz Come Home
3 Maximus Make Way Now
4 DJ Jayscho Rhythm Theory Filterfunk
5 Ej Enigma E-magination (feat. Misred)
6 Leanah Didn't Care
7 Sherlock Art "luv U 2nite"
8 Phil Stanmore You're Not Alone
9 Panic Cell Crazy
10 Lipinska Liaven Feel So Alone
Brief interviews with featured artists coming soon!

Oct 27, 2010

Featured Artist interview: Entropik (E41)

About: Entropik


1. physics.
A measure of the amount of disorder in a system

Derivative: entropic

1).How much time do you spend writing, performing, and listening to music each day?
We do little else! We run a music production partnership, so our time is taken up with composing, recording, listening (as much to our own work for quality control as to our favourite music), teaching (one of us is a cello and music theory tutor) and marketing.

Oct 26, 2010

Featured Artist interview: MARVEL (E40)

About: MARVEL from Ukraine

"MARVEL - It's a mix of touching music and deep lyrics, that can go deep inside every person's soul. Listening to their music is like millions of fireworks blowing up inside your being.  You want to sing, to scream with them, you want to dance with this music turning yourself into an endless stream of feelings and emotions..."

1). How much time do you spend writing, performing, and listening to music each day? 
It all depends on the workload of the day. Almost all the free time we try to give for the band, and also of course ensures that what is happening in the musical industry... tracking new albums, new music videos, it takes much time.
I can listen one album  for a long time or put my player on the far shelf for few days, sometimes the brain gets tired of sounds)

Oct 25, 2010

Featured Artist interview: Lunatic Engeneer (E41)

About: Lunatic Engeneer from Glasgow

"I'm from glasgow via the north east but fell as though i belong in a quaint black and white village in england.the ones where afternoon tea is an event and the policeman rings his bell and knows your name.
harpsicords interest me as dose string."

1). How much time do you spend writing, performing, and listening to music each day?
Too much time somedays then not enough the next.never get iy right...maybe one day.

2). What does your family think about your music?
The loud crashing sound of indifferance meets my every creation/utterance.

Oct 22, 2010

Featured Artist interview: Getu Hirpo (E41)

 About: Getu Hirpo

"Getu had been performing music as a lead singer for 4 years with an Ethiopian group called "Yared" before he went to college to diversify his talent. His goal is to make a major breakthrough in the music industry globally with his own brand new style (New Sound) which is a winning combination of African and Western popular music.
Getu is currently recording his debut album in London UK. His new album 'Breakthrough' is expected to be completed in Dec 2010"

1). How much time do you spend writing, performing, and listening to music each day?
I spend up to 8 hours writing when I am in a writing mood. I listen to all kinds of music now and then but I listen to classical music every night cos that relaxes me and makes me sleep. I don't perform at the moment (I am unemployed recording artist)

Featured Artist interview: Garfield Mayor (E41)

About: Garfield Mayor 

"Whilst written, arranged and produced by himself, to bring the finishing touches to his vision Mayor called upon the mixing talents of Mike Spencer (Jamiroquai, Kylie, Newton Faulkner), as well as inviting some cameo performances from top session players Frank Romano (Justin Timberlake, Kanye West, Joss Stone), Clifford Carter (James Taylor/Bette Midler/Paul Simon) and Abe Fogle (Kelis, D'Angelo, Kool and the Gang)."  

1). How much time do you spend writing, performing, and listening to music each day?
5-6 hours... At the moment 10% writing, 40% recording & producing, 5% performing... The rest is spent on the business side of things!

Oct 21, 2010

Featured Artist interview: Inanna (E41)

About: Inanna from Glastonbury, England

"Singer/Songwriter Inanna first started her musical journey in 2004 after having a spiritual experience in a Buddhist temple in Bangkok Thailand..
Soon after, the songs just seemed to flow through her effortlessly.

In may 2005 Inanna's dance track Feels So Divine gained her a place as a finalist for Song of the Year judged by Grammy Award winners Nora Jones and Sheila E.
In 2007 she enrolled in the Academy Of Performing Arts to further her vocal and performing abilities. Full length album is now available on iTunes

1. How much time do you spend writing, performing, and listening to music each day?

Featured artist intrerview: Structure Fails (E40)

About: Structure Fails 

1. How much time do you spend writing, performing, and listening to music each day?
We typically rehearse only twice a week, as we all stretch from the southern region of New Hampshire, all the way through and down to The South Coast of Massachusetts. We do rehearse for at least four to five hours, so we get a minimum of 8 hours a week between us as a whole, and we all do try to spend time on our crafts when we can on our own time. As far as listening, our lives revolve around music. If we're in our cars, we're listening to music. If we're at work, we're listening to music. Even when we're at home, we're listening to music. Not just our favorite bands that inspire us, but we also keep tabs on what's new and fresh in our genre, always with our ears to the ground.

Oct 20, 2010

ArenaCast Episode 41 Playlist

Week  October  20 - 27

ArenaCast Episode includes:



# Artist Track
1 Jay Foss Dolla And A Dream
2 Lunatic Engineer Box Eyes
3 Getu Hirpo Feel It
4 MikeWhitePresents Here Come The Jesus (edit)
5 Blueaurora Lost
6 Martin Mclaughlan House Of Broken Dreams
7 Inanna Feels So Divine
8 Entropik 29 Days Later
9 Garfield Mayor Invisible
10 Blindman Moonlight

 Brief interviews with featured artists coming soon!

Oct 19, 2010

Featured Artist interview: Trust The Hangman (E40)

About: Trust The Hangman from Sweden

"TTH was formed in the dark autumn of 2009. In March 2010, the recording of their first album started, an album which they gave the name “RAW”. Now the album is complete and the 10 songs appear on this page (Released 2010-09-21). Now, a new era has begun WE WANT TO PLAY SOME FUCKING METAL FOR YOU!!!!! So if you dare, you can always “Trust the Hangman”…….or can you…"

1). How much time do you spend writing, performing, and listening to music
each day?That is a hard question, several hours a day. We rehears 1-2 times a week (2-3 hours). I compose music at all time, at work, while eating, sleeping, you name it. Total time aproximately 3-4 hours a day.

Featured Artist interview: Fun Fair (E40)

About: Fun Fair from Kiev, Ukraine

"Fun Fair’s approach is the same over the band’s career, preferring to play what they enjoy and do best. Their appreciation of early influences of classic rock and rock and roll is reflected in some of their occasional cover songs. Fun Fair’s lyrics typically cover such topics as alienation effect, strong feelings, lost in a big city, good versus evil, love affairs, la reverie, substance abuse, “life on the road”, age theme, joy of friendship and in general tend lo lean to positive and philosophic tones."

1). How much time do you spend writing, performing, and listening to music
each day?
Serhij (bass): 4 hours/day
Oleksiy (drums): music still is not my main job, so I do everything outside my working hours. And have a little time to sleep, meet some girls eh.
Nick (guitar): Writing - depending on mood, performing - mostly every night, during
rehearsals or gigs or at home while watching TV or when I have my
hands unoccupied :)  Listening to - mostly all day long...
Michael (vocals): 3-6 hours, depends on free time 
Vlad (keyboards): It just keeps playing on and on in my head. Wish I had that much time to practice though.

Oct 15, 2010

Featured artist interview: On Fractured Wings (E40)

About: On Fractured Wings from Evansville, United States

"We all have the same goal to spend the rest of our lives living out our passions of playing music and being heard all around the world. Yet, at the same time, what's the point of being heard if there's no substance to the message. We wish to spread the message that throughout life you will be faced with many challenges and no matter what you can't give up..."

1. How much time do you spend writing, performing, and listening to music each day?
Well we have set practice dates on tuesdays and thursdays but most of the band spends a bit of each day tryin to write and bring something new to the table, and of course we're always listening at all times for inspiration.

Oct 14, 2010

Featured artist intrerview: DIMICANDUM (E40)

About:  DIMICANDUM ,from Ukraine,Kyiv

"Atmospheric Metal - style of heavy music that combined elements of different types of metal: melodic and growl of Melodic Death Metal, slowness and atmosphere of Doom & Gothic Metal, and Thrash & Heavy Drive."
From the official community.

1. How much time do you spend writing, performing, and listening to music each day?
I can not say for sure. Every day I spend 3 - 4 hours for music. To write a song, I spend 1 - 2 Months

Featured Artist interview: Alice in Wonderland (E40)

About: Alice in Wonderland

"We don’t aspire to amaze people with technics and the musical abilities, we aspire to inform the idea. We love music instead of separately its components! AiW is a combination of beauty and cruelty, heavenly and ordinary, fairy tales and realities, a stream of sensuality and the true emotions..."

1. How much time do you spend writing, performing, and listening to music each day?
Alisa: Quite a lot. Almost all of the time we dedicate to music, whether it's a rehearsal, concert, or writing songs.
What about listening to music… A feeling that we do not listen to music only when we sleep, and then, not a fact)))

Oct 13, 2010

ArenaCast Episode 40 Playlist

Week  October  13 -20

ArenaCast Episode includes:

# Artist Track
1 Flyspoon Bad Monkey
2 Structurefails Anguish
3 Marvel Not Here
4 On Fractured Wings Shoot For The Moon
5 Trust The Hangman I
6 He The Deceiver Mislead
7 Alice In Wonderland Secret Of Our Love
8 Dimicandum Indigo Child (ep 2010)
9 Fun Fair On The Seashore
10 Nation Against The Oppressor The Order

 Brief interviews with featured artists coming soon!

Oct 12, 2010

Featured Artist interview: Detroit Scenic Waterways (E39)

About: Detroit Scenic Waterways

"Singer/Songwriter Detroit Scenic Waterways (Jonathan Robertson) was born in Richmond MI. Jonathan believes in the DIY way of doing things..."My voice is not perfect, I play a broken guitar and my harmonica playing is below average, but the songs I sing are about the people I love and respect." The new EP Wake Up! Sunshine was recorded in his home in Los Angeles"

1). Who was your hero during your childhood?And what about now? When I was 14 I found out who Hunter S Thompson was and from there he became my hero, as an adult It's still Hunter ( for speaking his mind) Bob Dylan ( for never giving up) and Jean Michel Basquate ( for showing people if your passionate enough people will pay attention)

2). How much time do you spend sleeping?
Sleeping, That depends if I'm working on a project I stay up way past 1am just day in and day out I'm sleeping by 11pm, I have a daughter who need to be at school in the mornings.

Featured Artist interview: Diomira Keane (E39)

About: Diomira Keane ,East Greenville, Pennsylvania

"Born in the foliage of nowhere in particular, Diomira Keane was raised by a family of deer who taught her how to play the keyboard and brush her teeth. She grew up disproportionate and had to leave the herd. She traveled across the world in search of the most delicious apple, but found only soggy tarts and whitewashed discrepancies. To console her aching bloody heart pump, she wrote a collection of songs."

1). Who was your hero during your childhood?And what about now?
There are so many! Buttercup from The Powerpuff Girls played a big role in my childhood; I always wanted to be like her. Now a-days I most look up to Regina Spektor, especially because she's been so instrumental in my musical inspiration.

Oct 11, 2010

Featured Artist interview: Eskilera (E39)

About: Eskilera, from Cagayan de Oro City.

"Magical" Different types of songs, from different types of genres helps us create to what is now our Song's ranging from love song's down to Alternative that... and a few Jazzy type of materials. The Band with its original members, Mark Amarga and Jorim Sual started as a Jamming session on the Eve March of 2000 that lead us to begin to what was formerly our band before, "switched band". Starting From Norman Sumaylo(Lead Guitar) that was introduced because of his unique grooves in stramming his instrument, the Guitar. Anthony Medina was introduced because of his melodic voice that suited our types of music. And PIERRE MARIE COSSID, was introduced by a respected band from Lantaw Cagayan by Jun Sia, because of her voice its like Dolores O'Riordan the Cranberries, Avril Lavinge. Jorim Sual and Mark Amarga are neighbors, aside from that they are what we call "CHILDHOOD FRIEND". Eskilera was Formed on 2009, after months of scrutiny on what would be the band name now known as "ESKILERA BAND" 

1). Who was your hero during your childhood? And what about now? Fave hero? now? - I used to like Wolverine, he's kinda tough and a principled superhero, but now as reality gets to have its bite, I have my Dad and Mum as my Superheroes, without them there could have been no "Me".

Oct 8, 2010

Featured Artist interview: Damage Per Second (E37)

About: Damage Per Second, Houston, USA

"We are on alternative heavy music project from Houston Texas. We are in the beginning phases and are looking for drums, vocals, and bass to finish recording and start performing."

1).Who was your hero during your childhood? And what about now?
Bruce Lee/Arnold Schwarzenegger

Featured Artist interview: The NIGHTCHILD (E39)

About: The NIGHTCHILD from Donetsk, Ukraine

"The themes of songs are vampires, blood, undead, mystics. The musicians call their style as vampire gothic rock. 
The band had good performances in Kiev, Moscow and Donetsk. Now the band consists of Nightchild A. who records new songs and looks for musicians for live performances."

1). Who was your hero in childhood? And what about now?
Nightchild A.: I don't remember much about childhood. May be someone from books, I really can't remember… Now I also can't name someone to be my hero.
Holy Cat: May be it's strange, but I didn't have any heroes in my childhood. Now is the same. I admire many people, there are doctors, scientists, artists among them, but they are not my heroes.

Featured Artist interview: IAM:YOURHERO (E39)

About: IAM:YORHERO from Brighton, United Kingdom

"Forming in 2004 they went on to play hundreds of shows gaining a reputation on the underground circuit as one of the best live bands around.
After receiving coverage on radio stations up and down the country and online, getting rave reviews from magazines and building a fanbase from there hometown of Brighton the boys had an unexpected halt in their plans.Now in 2010, a new name, new sound and new adventures are on the horizon. With the line-up complete all that's left to do now is to show the rest of the world what their about. Check them out, spread the word."
1).Who was your hero during your childhood? And what about now?
My hero in childhood was Matt Bellamy, his stage performance and flawless vocals were chilling to watch and hear and was what inspired me to pick up a guitar in the first place. Nowadays i really admire a lot of artists from the underground scene such as Idiot Pilot who are a two piece rock/electronic band from the States, they make amazing music and don't get as much coverage as they deserve. Bands such as YourCodeNameIsMilo and The Xcerts are also big inspirations.

Oct 7, 2010

Featured Artist interview: Jake Taylor (E39)

About: Jake Taylor from Liverpool

"I am a Singer/songwriter from Liverpool England now living in Abedeen scotland, I have written songs for several bands in Scotland, I would appreciate any feedback regarding my tunes".

1).Who was your hero during your childhood? And what about now?My chlidhood hero was John Lennon and now Neil Young, Leonard Cohen, The Killers, REM and more.

2).How much time do you spend sleeping?
I spend about 7 hours sleeping.

Featured Artist interview: The Bons (E38)

About: The Bons

"The Bons are a new up and coming band made up of J Stewen from Bristol and Jon Darby from Birmingham. They are in the process of recording their tunes atm and will be uploading asap. Check out their crazy cheeky video for 'Hard Enough' made by J Stewen herself.
Jon Darby and J Stewen
Jon loves the classics like hendrix, zepplin and a whole lot of other psychedelic stuff...J loves anything dirty, grungy and heavy."

1). Who was your hero in childhood?And what about now?
Jon: Mr T and Mr T.
J: She-ra and Angelina Jolie or anyone who works their ass off and doesn't complain about it.

Oct 6, 2010

ArenaCast Episode 39 Playlist

Week  October  6 - 13

ArenaCast Episode includes:





# Artist Track
1 Tania Foster I Can Do Anything
3 Detroit Scenic Waterways Happy
4 Jake Taylor Tales Of Passion
5 Machine Rox Pureblood
6 Inferno Falling From Heaven
7 The Nightchild Behind The Wall Of Sleep
8 Peabrain And Slug Liberty
9 Diomira Sugarfoot
10 Eskilera Speak Out

Brief interviews with featured artists coming soon!

Featured Artist interview: Birdy (E38)

About: Birdy ,Chicago

"BIRDY performs a variety of music in beautiful vocal harmony with guitar, fiddle, bass and percussion. When you attend one of their shows, you can expect to hear BIRDY originals, traditional folk tunes, contemporary music in a stripped down earthy BIRDY style, a random Beatles tune, and a few other things thrown in for good measure."

Featured Artist interview: Shannon Orick (E38)

About: Shannon Orick from Indiana ,US

"Orick is a band of brothers, Really! Shannon (guitar), David (drums), and Jason (Bass) have been playing since they were able to crawl. Having a father who has played in regional rock bands since the late 60's there's no surprise these brothers were destined to play music. Since the early nineties the brothers have had a couple name and front-man changes."

1).Who was your hero during your childhood? And what about now?
I would say my hero in childhood in childhood was Spider-man. Today my hero is GOD.

2).How much time do you spend sleeping?
What's that lol. I average between 4-6 hours a night.

Oct 5, 2010

Featured Artist interview: Beer Belly (E38)

About: Beer Belly from Kranj, Slovenia

 "The aim of the group is to present the sound of Irish reels and jigs, Scottish bagpipes and traditional Celtic music through live performances and to surprise with arrangements of various irish bands as well as with the music of their own Members of the band come from a wide and varied assortment of musical backgrounds including folk, classical, rock and jazz styles. This rich history, plus their passion for this difficult but enjoyable musical style sets them apart from many of the groups in their country."


Featured Artist interview: Finn Anderson (E38)

About: Finn Anderson, from Perth, Scotland

"Someone pouring their heart out to a piano, I guess." Finn Anderson

1).Who was your hero during your childhood? And what about now?

My cd collection is such a mix of records and songs that I love and have been inspired by that it is impossible to name just one! Jeff Buckley and Elliot Smith are both people I would love to have met and, although this doesn't necessarily show, have been a massive influence in my music. I am a massive fan of both Bjork and Radiohead. 

Oct 4, 2010

Featured Artist interview: Eric Palmer (E38)

About: Eric Palmer
 "I am guitar player, and for the last three years I've been playing different music, from folk and metal to techno and trance. I don’t want to stick to any certain style, always ready to experiment. I’m interested in everything that concerns music. Mikael Akerfeldt, Uwe Lulis, Robert Johnson, Peter Steele,Johan Edlund and Amanda Palmer had the greatest influence on me as a musician.I make an instrumental light-wave tracks which are filled with nightwalker's dreams, different sides of feeling and angsty sadness."

1). Who was your hero during your childhood? And what about now?

My hero in childhood was Elric, prince of Melnibone, eternal warrior. And till now I'm remaining a great fan of Moorcock.

Oct 1, 2010

Featured Artist interview: Danielle Anne Hill (E38)

 About: Danielle Anne Hill

"I love taking my favourite songs and covering them with my own version. I am also in the process of writing my own music and have just recorded a 6 track demo by the. I love playing and performing, I play a couple of open mic nights here and there, message me for more details if you want to come watch? =)
I'm 19,been bought up around musical instruments all my life, my father (Mick Hill) has inspired me to go far with music and I definitely intend to,to make him proud..."

1).Who was your hero during your childhood? And what about now?
I can't say I had a superhero favourite when I was younger but I did love Rosie & Jim. Haha. Now?! I'd say my parents are my heroes (In a very Cheesy way) =]

Featured Artist interview: Rey de Picas (E38)

About: Rey de Picas.

"Rey de Picas" was born in July 2010 in the city brewer Quilmes, Buenos Aires, Argentina. It was formed by a group of friends from other bands ("La Turba", Eremitas de Vaterland") trying to piece together a formation 15 years ago, called "Rey Hard." At the start of trials found that they had learned much in all this time and they could do new things. And they did, they called the band "King of Spades" and are now at the stage of composition and rehearsal of his first album, to be called "The needle in the haystack."
In his particular musical style, it shows a strong Argentine influence of bands like "Divided" Patricio Rey and Ricotta redonditos "and" Balls.

1).Who was your hero during your childhood? And what about now?

Well, in my childhood, my hero was Spiderman. Now my hero is Ironman. (Although Dr. House also is a hero to me)