la lune

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WHO is she?
“My name is Olivia Judd. I started writing folky music when I was 16, but then decided to go in a new direction with electro-pop/dream-pop style music when I was 18. My family aren’t musical, but I’ve been immersed in music from a young age. I’ve picked up a variety of instruments since the age of four, from the violin to the flute. I now play the saxophone, and I’m self-taught on guitar and keys.”

WHAT is the inspiration behind her songs?
“Because I used to write folky music – and the folk, singer-songwriter genre is often very raw and honest – I put a lot of time and emphasis into my lyrics; I want them to mean something. I love the use of metaphor, and I love writing about nature – particularly water. I usually write from experience – it’s something that has happened to either myself or someone I know. I can’t really write unless I know the situation or can connect with it in some way.”

“Musically, I’m inspired by a few different artists, all for different reasons. I love the weird and unique sounds The Japanese House uses, and how soothing her sound is. I love the boldness of Lorde’s instrumentation and vocals, and how she’s so wildly different but can appeal to the masses. I love Bon Iver’s spine-chillingly, ethereal, beautiful melodies, and his cryptic, raw lyrics.”

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WHERE did she grow up?
“I grew up in London, but I now live in Brighton. I much prefer Brighton, because you get all the best parts of London, such as the culture, but it’s somehow better and far less chaotic. People are kinder and weirder here, and I love that. London is somehow cold, but I did love growing up in the city. I think that has shaped me as an artist because I’ve always been exposed to so many different things. I like variety and change, hence why I decided to rebrand and pursue a different genre of music.”

WHY is she called ‘la lune’?
“I wanted to go by a pseudonym because I wanted to allow my audience to experience my music at face-value, with no prior judgement based on my appearance or my name. I really like the idea of people finding my music and listening to it, and enjoying it without knowing who I am or what I look like. I feel the industry is far too focused on appearance – particularly with female artists – and I guess this is my way of ‘rebelling’ against that! I suppose I chose the name ‘la lune’ because I’ve always been intrigued by space from an early age, and I find the moon fascinating. I also like having my name and my song titles all in lower-case, as it fits with the minimalistic nature and aesthetic of my music.”

WHEN can I see her live?
“I haven’t got any gigs planned till September or October now, as I’m burrowing away in a cave and writing my first EP, which I’m incredibly excited about! I’ll be playing the odd gig in Autumn, but I’ll be doing a big EP launch show in January in Brighton. You can keep up to date with all my socials for gig dates and tickets etc (@listentolalune).”

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

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TRASH

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WHO are they?
TRASH are Daniel Longmore (vocals, guitar), Tom Barton (bass), Evan Martin (guitar) and Bradley Weston (drums). New single Migraines, taken from their upcoming self-titled EP and produced by Alex Greaves (Nave Studios), is out now via Clue Records.

“We’re four friends and music naturally brung us together” says Dan. “When we play a show it’s essentially a night out but we get to go on stage and perform for 30 minutes and then we drink whatever’s on the rider. It keeps us sane and lets us express our feelings. Awww.”

WHAT is the inspiration behind their songs?
“We write songs about love, sex, bordem, hypochondria, escapism and youth and all the issues and joys that come with it. We try and make the songs as explicit as possible so that they’re obvious and relatable. The music is guitar music, it’s rock and roll rolled in a layer of sweet pop. Awww.”

TRASH Photo credit Tarquin Clark
Photo: Tarquin Clark

WHERE are they from?
“We’re all from Chesterfield, England. It’s really good because it has a Primark and there’s not many around. It also has a Macdonalds which is really great. There’s nothing happening musically. Just bare classic rock cover bands whose lead singers work in construction.”

WHY are they called TRASH?
“Because we’re GROSS. The only reason someone would be asked to get in our tour van would be for punishment (farts)”. Awww.

WHEN can I see them live?
23 July – Tramlines Festival, Sheffield
30 July – Y Not Festival, Derbyshire
05 Oct – The Lock Tavern, London
07 Oct – Neighbourhood Festival, Manchester
20 Oct – Ku Bar, Stockton
21 Oct – The Leadmill, Sheffield
26 Oct – The Venue, Derby

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

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CHAZ THOROGOOD

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WHO is he?
Chaz is a folk singer/songwriter floating around England on a Canal boat who “started writing music at the age of twelve when I moved to live with my Dad in Devon. It allowed me to get things off my chest and document my life.”

WHAT is he singing about?
“I’m singing about experiences, relationships and things that I just need to get out there. I’m heavily inspired by some of the old singer/songwriters like Nick Drake and John Martyn, but I get the same buzz listening to Bonobo, Floating Points and some of the new Radiohead stuff. Lyrically I think Damien Rice is the man. He inspired me to tell stories and to be as honest as possible.”

WHERE did he grow up?
“I grew up in Devon, about a mile from the sea. As a teenager, I spent a lot of time walking and became totally enamored with the beauty of the place. It definitely inspired me, and without fail I always write something when I visit. At the moment, I’m living on a houseboat in London and that’s pretty great too. I have to move every two weeks, which means I’m never bored. I find it really refreshing to look out my bedroom window and always see something different.”

“The music scene in London caters for absolutely everything and anyone and can at times feel overwhelming, but if you look in the right place, you can find some total magic. I love that the quality of music being played is high. I learn a lot from watching other musicians.”

Chaz Thorogood

WHY the title Limbo for his upcoming EP?
“At the time of writing this EP, I was at somewhat of a crossroads in my life. I had lots of roads open, whilst others had shut. I had so many decisions to make and basically ignored all of them, leaving me in a constant state of, you guessed it, Limbo.”

WHEN can I listen to Limbo?
Limbo is out on Beatnik Creative on 19th May 2017. Chaz has collaborated on the EP with Judie Tzuke as well as Tim Thorton from Fink.

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

Listen to Pictures from Thorogood’s upcoming EP Limbo (Beatnik Creative – 19th May 2017)

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DARK DARK HORSE

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WHO are they?
“We are Dark Dark Horse, I am Jamie Ward (producer/multi-instrumentalist). Our various musical backgrounds are perhaps a little too diverse to go into detail with but personally I’ve played in several bands most notably Maybeshwill and Kyte who have been lucky enough to tour internationally and do all sorts of wild things my 16 year old self could have never imagined. I started playing music with James Stafford (vocals) after he recorded his old band kids in cars in my studio and I couldn’t resist sending some songs I’d been working on myself.”

WHAT is the inspiration behind their songs?
Jamie: “I’ll pass this one over to James who sings and writes all the lyrics.”

James: “Well, our debut album Centuries was more or less about the past, both on a personal introspective level and on a wider sociological level. With our new EP Luna II, as the title suggests, is more or less about the future, where we can imagine ourselves heading.

Musically, as Jamie composes the music, I can only really take that as inspiration. His choice of chords and melody, along with the electronic nature of his writing, provides a futuristic approach. With the political landscapes cracking and shifting before our eyes, the lyrics are a mixture of hope and progression, but also suggest a want for escape, to jettison ourselves into the unknown. But really it’s down to the individual listener to determine what the lyrics mean to themselves, as I don’t like to push anyone down a path – I’ve always developed my own meaning from my favourite songs I’ve heard growing up.”

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WHERE are they from?
Jamie: “We all grew up around Leicester. Leicester is a place you could describe as just in the middle a bit I suppose. It’s slightly detached from the music industry and that perhaps doesn’t develop a high level of aspiration amongst musicians but I also think it encourages people to think more creatively and produce music that’s a little more out of left field. There are a lot of cottage industry artists in Leicester producing a really diverse range of interesting music which I suppose is perhaps a bit of a microcosm of the city.”

WHY are they called Dark Dark Horse?
Jamie: “Dark Dark Horse is my first band as a composer. In casual conversation with a friend while watching our now keyboard players ex band I picked the sentence out of air and it’s stuck with me since then. I had always been a bit player in bands before so stepping into a lead role felt quite big nerve wracking step. Putting yourself out there in such a saturated world still does in some ways and the name still feels appropriate.”

WHEN can I see them live?
Catch the band play Handmade Festival in Leicester on April 30th .

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

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AVERAGE SEX

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WHO are they?
The band consists of Laetitia Bocquet (vocals), Sam O’Donovan (guitar, vocals), Finnegan Kidd (drums), Camilla Morelli (guitar), Jamie Graeme (bass).

Their single We’re Done is out now on Crocodile Records (download and cassette).

“We (Sam and Laetitia) met a year ago through mutual friends at a concert in East London, we jokingly talked about writing songs together but actually followed through with it. After writing a few demos we were asked by Crocodile Rcds to be on their summer compilation. This is when Jamie and Finn joined to record Ice Cream. After that, we played our first show in September. Camilla has recently joined us as second guitar.”

WHAT is the inspiration behind their songs?
Laetitia: “I mostly write silly lyrics about the embarrassing aspects of being in love, especially about being obsessed with someone and getting rejected. I’m quite a fan of the way bands like Sleater-Kinney, Garbage or Lush write about that. Some of our songs are a bit more serious, like To My Dead Friend that is about a close friend of mine who passed away. But my lyrics aren’t always from personal experience, I don’t slash people’s tyres and I don’t set dogs on fire!”

Sam: “Musically, we’re influenced by lots of British and American alternative pop bands from the early 80s through to the mid 90s. Pavement, Orange Juice, The Pastels, The Smiths, Weezer to name a few. We make playlists on Spotify – follow us and find out more!

WHERE are they from?
Sam: “I grew up in London and it’s been great because there is a lot of talented musicians and creative people who live here. As London is so diverse it means that I’ve had the opportunity to meet like minded people from all over the world, Laetitia being from Paris and Camilla from Rome for example.”

Laetitia: “English isn’t my first language, I’m French, so it really shapes the way I write, I make a lot mistakes. My ex called it broken English. I can’t even pronounce some of the words properly when I sing… I’ve been in London for 8 years now so I don’t think I can improve much more at that stage! I love the music scene in London, a lot happens all the time and it gave us the opportunity to play a lot of nice shows in only 6 months. But I’m from Paris so we’re planning a show there before the summer.”

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WHY are they called Average Sex?
Sam: “A few years back, after a break up, I was having quite a lot of one night stands… After one in particular, I realised that I wasn’t having a good time and sex had become quite an average activity in my life and I thought Average Sex would make a good band name. When Laetitia and I needed a name for the band, I thought that name would really suit the vibe and themes of the songs we were writing so I suggested it.”

WHEN can I see them live?
Catch the band play live in London at Shackelwell Arms on April 27th and at The Victoria on May 27th.

HOW can I get to know them better?
Stream & Buy: Spotify // Bandcamp
Like & Follow: Facebook // Twitter // Instagram

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DAUNT

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WHO is he?
“I’m just a guy who likes to make music. I’ve been in bands since I was a teenager, and after the last band I was in finished up I started to write and arrange songs by myself. Those songs were the beginnings of DAUNT, and some of them ended up on the EP.” Will Daunt’s debut EP Unbearable Light is out April 28th via London label Beatnik Creative.

WHAT is he singing about?
“I guess I sing about fear of uncertainty, how liberating it is to accept that you’re a little broken just like everyone else, and how relationships are both the most beautiful and the most difficult thing we all do.”

WHERE did he grow up?
DAUNT is now based in London but he “grew up on a farm in the middle of nowhere, so had zero ‘scene’ as a kid. When I was a teenager a wave of US mainstream hip hop hit the UK (Eminem, Dre, Snoop), and like all slightly angsty teenagers I was swept away by how strong their identity was. I suppose a lingering influence from that time would be how much I love a good swung beat. After that, I fell in with some musicians at school, who became my closest friends and who I went on to form many bands with, and they provided a varied palette of influences. Our keyboardist and guitarist were very into Brian Eno, Neu, Can, so I learnt about atmosphere and groove from them.

DAUNT

WHY should I listen to new single Unbearable Light?
In Unbearable Light DAUNT takes you straight to the heart of the story through vivid pictures and his narrative-driven songwriting. Of writing the track Will says: “it was clear that the song was really visual, taking cues from night-driving and classic Hollywood road movies. In short, our central character is driving away from an undefined event or relationship which has revealed some aspects of himself that he’d rather not have seen, as though an ‘unbearable light’ has been cast on him.”



WHEN can I see him live?
Catch him live at the Unbearable Light EP Launch Show at The Waiting Room in London on April 26h. Event and tickets.

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

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HINDÜ

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WHO is she?
Hindü is producer-songwriter Tania Iankovska’s solo project. “I think I always knew I would end up as a solo artist” she explains “but for a very, very long time I didn’t believe I was able to. I started by playing in a garage rock band – I thought that would be extra cool – me with a guitar. After some time I’ve got tired of constantly motivating other band members and also we changed drummers like every two months which wasn’t very inspiring. So I finally figured out how to use [music production software] Ableton Live and put together my first EP in just two weeks or so. Very fast – just because I was so excited I was able to write drum parts by myself!”

WHAT is the inspiration behind her songs?
“Lyrics are always the last part I do when writing a song. I know what each song is about, what kind of mood it has from the start but I usually postpone writing down the final rhymes till I have a deadline and need to actually record the vocals. In any case, I try to keep my songs within a lightweight melancholic-optimistic mood – like a late Spring Sunday sunset. This is the kind of picture I have in my head when writing songs most of the times.”

WHERE did she grow up?
“I grew up in Kiev, Ukraine. Right now it is a very lovely and vibrant city with lots of things going on and cool places to visit. But ten years ago Kiev was just a post-soviet capital with not much to do. So most of my teen years were spent just hanging out with friends either on the roofs of typical soviet-style apartment blocks or by the river (we have a huge one dividing Kiev into two parts) or in rehearsal rooms. I think I lived a lot of things just inside my head and in my thoughts, that was probably the reason I started writing songs very early.”

“In the last two, three years we’re experiencing a huge boost on the local music scene – suddenly lots of young artists started to sound interesting and professional, playing big venues and releasing really decent records. I think people just need a getaway from very drastic and dramatic things happening in Ukraine after 2014’s revolution. Still, only a few musicians can make a living solely with music but I think this ain’t just a local trend. Kiev’s club scene is also blooming – in some ways I think it can compete even with Berlin’s.”

HINDÜ

WHY is she called HINDÜ?
“I wanted something that would mislead people at first; a name that wouldn’t allow them to figure out right away whether it is a band, a male singer from India or… Do you know what I mean? I wanted people to be confused and interested from the very beginning.”

WHEN can I see her live?
“I’m definitely coming back to the UK this Spring and will do one or two summer festivals but I don’t have exact dates yet – still working on a concert schedule for 2017.” Keep updated here.

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

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