me-for-queen-by-mystupidsketchbookArtwork by @mystupidsketchbook

WHO is she?
Me For Queen is Mary Erskine, a London-via-Scotland pianist, singer and songwriter.

I started playing piano when I was 5, with the Suzuki method, where you learn by ear. I was totally in love with my teacher and just thought she was the most magical person in the world, so I got pretty into it from an early age. I loved having music as my “thing” – I’m the youngest of 5 and I soon worked out it was a fairly reliable way to get some attention. So it all started from showing off. Which is odd because I wouldn’t say now that I’m an extrovert. But as a child, I’ll be honest, I was pretty insufferable.”

I started writing songs around age 12 or 13, but I didn’t like my voice so I never sang anything in public until 10 years later, at an open mic night at uni..”

WHAT is the inspiration behind her songs?
I think most of us are trying to find a voice for what’s going on inside our heads… I’m really interested in the subconscious – quite often stuff will come out in a song that’s about a year or two ahead of where my conscious, thinking head is at. Which I always find interesting. I’m fascinated by people and how we all get along.”

Musically, I’ve finally accepted the piano as my instrument and I’m much happier writing songs around the piano, after having fought it for a while.”


WHERE did she grow up?
“I grew up just outside a small village called Kingsbarns, right by the sea, in Fife (Scotland) – no one would believe me as I hardly have an accent, but there we are. I am inspired by the countryside – I do think that growing up in a slightly wild place with freedom to just wander around for hours without talking to anyone does shape your worldview in some way… I have lived in London for seven years and have recently decided it’s time for a change, so I’m actually moving to Porto next year! I studied Languages and I loved living in France/Italy as a student – I love how much you can learn from just being in a different culture. Maybe I’ll come back as a Fado singer…”

WHY is she called Me For Queen?
“I have no idea. I just liked the sound of it. ME is my intials. I’m sorry there’s not more of a story. A few people have asked whether it came from that picture of me (on the EP artwork, as a small child) as it looks like I’m sitting on a throne. It’s a complete coincidence.”

WHEN can I see her live?
3 November – Bristol, Old Bookshop
6 November – Glasgow, Broadcast
7 November – Newcastle, Head of Steam
8 November – Manchester, Fallow Café
9 November – Leeds, Oporto
10 November – Birmingham, Sunflower Lounge

HOW can I get to know her better?
Listen & Watch: Website // Soundcloud // Youtube
Like & Follow: Facebook // Twitter // Instagram

The new EP from Me for Queen is available to pre-order through Pledge Music. Support her music here.


Et Cetera

et-cetera-by-mystupidsketchbookArtwork by @mystupidsketchbook

WHO is he?
“Andy George Jackson; one of the left-leaning liberal intelligentsia bubble babblers, with a penchant for the absurd and a skull-full of lightning.”

WHAT is he singing about?
“Now then, let’s not get too agitated about understanding the artist, it’s a slippery slope in modern times and one we can only slope slippery downwards on; let’s leave the therapist’s couch in the studio.”

WHY the name Et Cetera?
“The above answers give way to alluding towards a partial explanation at least.”


WHERE can I download his music?
“My two debut songs are available for pay-what-you-want download from here. 50% of all money is going to the Migraine Trust. I was struck down last year with vestibular migraines and labyrinthitis, which I still suffer from, so am very much aware that much more research is needed to be done to better understand the conditions.”

WHEN can I see him live?
“No plans to perform as of yet.”

HOW can I get to know him better?
Listen: Soundcloud // Bandcamp
Follow: Twitter // Instagram



twin-river-by-mystupidsketchbookArtwork by @mystupidsketchbook

WHO are they?
“We are Courtney Ewan and Andy Bishop. We’ve been playing together for almost six years after meeting in a restaurant in Vancouver, Canada. Though we started out as folk duo, we’ve spent the past few years adding band members and decibels to the band.”

WHAT is the inspiration behind their songs?
“I (Courtney) find a lot of inspiration in poetry. My favourite poets are Anne Carson and Pablo Neruda, who both had a big impact on the lyrics in this last record. I like to think of songwriting as storytelling, and I love a good story. Sometimes it’s autobiographical, sometimes it’s fantasy – I like keeping the line a little bit blurry.”

WHERE did they grow up?
“Andy and I both grew up in British Columbia, and both currently live in Vancouver. The music scene is great – it’s tight knit and very supportive. I get a lot of inspiration from living so close to the ocean. I think we definitely sound like a West Coast band – a little less sunny than California, maybe, but West Coast just the same.”

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WHY are they called Twin River?
“The “Twin” part of our band name came from our time playing as a duo, and I think “River” is in homage to the scenery in and around Vancouver. There is no shortage of water – the ocean, rivers, lakes, and tons (TONS!) of rain.”

WHEN can I see them live?
“We are really hoping to visit over the next year! It will be our first trip over and we are dying to come!”

HOW can I get to know them better?
Listen & Watch: Website // Spotify
Like & Follow: Facebook // Twitter



Racing Glaciers by mystupidsketchbookArtwork by @mystupidsketchbook

WHO are they?
“Four of us – Tim Monaghan, Danny Thorpe, Simon John and Matt Welch – have been playing music together for ages. Racing Glaciers was the first time we started writing and releasing things, in 2012. Matt (Scheepers) joined us on drums about three years ago.”

Racing Glaciers’ debut album Caught In The Strange is out through Killing Moon on August 5th.

WHAT is the inspiration behind their debut album?
“It ended up being quite a heady album, there’s a few darker tracks and we got more experimental with sounds and arrangements. Inspiration comes from our own experiences as a band or individuals really. In the end it’s down to whoever’s listening to take it in their own way.”

Racing Glaciers

WHERE did they grow up?
“We grew up in Macclesfield, it’s near the hills and you can easily get out in the forest, or Manchester if you want – it’s just a town like anywhere else. Matt (drums) grew up down South. I think touring and travelling has shaped us more than anything, especially gigging round Europe.”

WHY are they called Racing Glaciers?
“No idea, it fits what we do so we’re happy.”

WHEN can I see them live?
“Check the website!”

HOW can I get to know them better?
Listen & Watch: Soundcloud // Spotify// Youtube
Like & Follow: Facebook // Twitter // Instagram

Listen to new single Patient Man from their debut album



Jinnwoo by mystupidsketchbookArtwork by @mystupidsketchbook

WHO is he?
“My name is Ben, I work as a visual artist and musician under the name Jinnwoo, and I live in Brighton at the moment. I’m about to release my first album Strangers Bring Me No Light on the 2nd of September which was produced by Noah Georgeson, Ben Walker, Gerry Diver and Weikie. It features guest vocals from Alasdair Roberts, Kami Thompson, Kyla La Grange, Rachael Dadd, Malcolm Middleton, Caroline Weeks, Pam Thompson and Georgia Ruth – and has guest playing from Hannah Peel and The Earlies.”

“As a visual artist I have produced art for the likes of Lucy Rose, Kami Thompson, The Rails, Duologue, Hollie Cook, Amy Studt, Laura White, Kagoule, Nic Jones, and many others. I also draw horrible little self portraits that I don’t know what to do with yet. I store them all in a file on my computer that’s called “horrible little self portraits that I don’t know what to do with yet”, just so I don’t forget.”

WHAT is the inspiration behind his new single Wicked Hare?
“I was having a difficult time – I had just dropped out of Goldsmiths College, and came back to Leicester – I’d taken a job at a Care Home to help me get money things back on track. I didn’t know what I was doing. I had become completely disillusioned by art and education, and was just tiptoeing into music whenever I could find the time between working.”

“I think all the uncertainty triggered me to start struggling with my mental health again, and I was trying to get help. I spent a lot of time going on long walks out in the fields and going over things in my mind – old relationships, and thinking a lot about mental health and how the brain works. This song was the outcome of all of that uncertainty and the rolling thoughts. I’d see a lot of rabbits and hares on my walk, and they became a sort of face of, or icon of the illness. I thought about them a lot at the time – it seems a bit abstract now, but it made perfect sense at the time.”


WHERE did he grow up?
“I grew up in rural Leicestershire, in a village called Barlestone. It’s the sort of place you hate when you’re there, and then miss every day when you leave. There was nothing to do there except walking in fields and woods, but that was actually enough. Driving down long country roads at night with good friends, screaming along to mix tapes. You have to make your own fun there. I live in Brighton now, which is a completely different world.”

WHY the name Jinnwoo?
“Someone told me that’s what my name is, and I believed them.”

WHEN can I see him live?
13th July: Starry Starry Night Sessions, London
31st July: Cambridge Folk Festival, Cambridge

HOW can I get to know him better?
Listen & Watch: Soundcloud // Youtube // Artwork/photography
Like & Follow: Facebook // Twitter



Wastefellow by mystupidsketchbookArtwork by @mystupidsketchbook

WHO is he?
“I’m Diolmhain, I live in Dublin. Both my folks are maaaad talented musicians, so I guess most of my musical background comes from them. My mother did a masters in Music Media Tech when I was fairly young, so I had access to recording gear and software at the time. I used to mess around on SoundForge and ProTools a fair bit, not doing anything super musical, just playing with effects and making weird noise (a process that I haven’t really deviated from ever since).”

WHAT is he singing about?
“The EP that I’ve just released, Amazed, A Maze! is all based around a loose concept; feeling trapped in a loop, and the moments of clarity that break that feeling, when it seems like a veil has been momentarily lifted from your head or something like that. So lyrically and sonically that’s what everything is based around.”

“There’s a lot of sampling on the EP, little bits of vocals or old records that I’ve then processed heavily to make them sort of… recognizable but unrecognizable. I don’t think it’s stuff that you’d necessarily pick up on consciously as a listener, but it’s there. Like on the track Wonder, the vocal hook thing on the chorus is a Marvin Gaye sample (don’t sue me Marv-Ghost), and most people won’t notice that immediately, but then once they realize they’ll be like “ooooh yeaaah I hear it”. Even if you’re not conscious of it, I think having those sounds in there, that most people will have heard so many times their imbedded in the subconscious, really makes the whole atmosphere of the EP.”

Wastefellow Erica Coburn
Photo: Erica Coburn

WHERE did he grow up?
“I grew up in Dublin, and of course that’s had a big impact on who I am and what I’m doing. Dublin is a great place, and the “scene” is really strong, there’s a lot of really inspiring stuff going on, which is something I’ve only come to realize in the last few years. When I was growing up, I saw the music scene through my parents and their friends, and it all seemed really cool, something I wanted to become a part of. Then I hit puberty and stopped hanging out with my parents all the time (was 2 cool), so suddenly I was out of that world. I went through a lot of secondary school without knowing much about Dublin’s “scene”, even playing in my band it always felt like we were parallel to it, and I think I got a bit disenfranchised with the place as a result, I was aware of all this stuff going on but I just couldn’t figure out how to get involved (as I was a dumb teen, but one never fully understands that at the time).”

“I went over to Berlin for a summer the year after I left school, and fell in love with the place. I really didn’t want to come home, it felt like there was something going on around every corner over there, but once I did I kind of saw things from a new perspective, realized there’s loads of amazing creative people doing wicked things over here, but I just hadn’t been paying attention. Ever since then I’ve just been trying to get properly stuck in, going to gigs, Djing, putting on shows. Like anywhere else the place is what you make of it, things are never going to fall in to one’s lap.”

WHY the name Wastefellow?
“I heard it in Vennu Mallesh’s opus It’s My Life and thought it had a nice ring to it. Once I googled it, I came up with this definition from Samosapedia, the definitive guide to South Asian lingo – a certain kind of male who does not interest a girl because he is degree-less, job-less, bike-less, sexy-less mostly brain-less but insists on pursuing the said girl to elicit such invectives. And that just really felt like a fun fit.”

WHEN can I see him live?
“I’ll be playing a headline spot in Whelan’s upstairs on the 14th of July, then Knockanstockan. The live show at the moment is all running off my laptop, with me singing and frantically hitting drumpads and twisting nobs. I’ve got my extremely talented friend Conor Donoghue (who did the video for Wonder) doing live visuals, and the plan is to add drums to the show over the next few weeks, played by the immensely talented Brendan Doherty (who also played on the EP). The plan at the moment is to do the first gig with Brendan at Knockanstockan. ”

HOW can I get to know him better?
Listen & Watch: Soundcloud // Youtube
Like & Follow: Facebook // Twitter


L.A. Salami

L.A. Salami by mystupidsketchbookArtwork by @mystupidsketchbook

WHO is he?
Lookman Adekunle Salami started playing guitar a few years ago, when he received an acoustic as a present for his 21st birthday. He also plays harmonica, a choice inspired by Bob Dylan, “and a bit of piano”.

Obsessed with cinema from an early age he wrote his first script when he was seven. “I still plan to film it,” admits “then from there I got into writing poetry, then I wrote music in my head. I just loved rock stars and the romantic idea of expressing yourself that way. But no one got me an instrument because no one could afford it. But then when my friend gave me that guitar, I just started learning how to play it by writing songs.”

L.A. Salami’s debut album Dancing With Bad Grammar is out August 26th on Rob Da Bank’s Sunday Best. L.A. worked with engineer Dan Cox and producer Matt Ingram at Urchin Studios in Hackney, London. The recording process lasted one week, “I wanted to get it live; I’m not interested in the tracking thing”.

WHAT is he singing about?
“I want to portray modern life using the past as a vehicle. I love Sixties and Seventies music, that’s where my heart is. But I don’t want [my music] to sound of the past, I want it to speak of now. Any great art does that – acknowledges the past but lives only in the present. If I can do that, it’s a job well done.”

L.A. SALAMI Diane Sagnier
Photo: Diane Sagnier

WHERE did he grow up?
He spent his childhood between a foster family in Kent and his single-parent mother in London, where he is now based.

WHY should I listen to him?
L.A. beautifully mixes beat poetry, blues, hip-hop and folk. He is poetical, polemical and energetic, an observer of contemporary life. His song-writing is made of vivid pictures and words that urge you to pause and think. And hope.

WHEN can I see him live?
L.A. is playing an intimate show in support of the release of his debut single The City Nowadays at Servant Jazz Quarters on July 11th. Tickets here.

HOW can I get to know him better?
Listen & Watch: Website // Spotify // Youtube
Like & Follow: Facebook // Twitter // Instagram