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Neelofer Wildflower Mir

on Dec 3, 2012 in Articles, Interviews |

Neelofer Wildflower Mir Escape to my mindscape by Tigersonic Records Who are you? Introduce yourself Neelofer Wildflower Mir I am a thinker, a poet, an artist. I make tracks with spoken words to beats but I am bringing my own style into the mix. I paint pictures with words and bring the art of telling a story into the music. I have a message to share with the world and I am doing that through my own style of musical expression. Describe your sound ? Edgy yet soothing, London origins with a Global sound. Strong Spoken word fused with futuristic beats. Describe in a sentence what music does for you? It elevates my soul and feeds my mind. What is your favourite sound ? Tabla rhythms and Spanish guitar. why do you like making music? Music speaks to my soul and the creative within me. I have a natural gift for words and how to use them. I love making music because you can make your creative expression as unique as you like. There is freedom in this artform. What is one of your favourite musical experience ? I have to say one of the most memorable musical events for me was seeing one of my all time musical and poetic hero’s Jill Scott perform live in London. I was literally in awe of her stage presence, her voice and her grace. It was an unforgettable atmosphere as she had everyone mesmerised. what other underground artist would you would recommend we should check out ? Right now for me I think “The Leano” is doing some cool stuff, it’s a nice mixture of hip-hop and folk music. Something different. Whats your tip of the day ? Never let the media or the so called “mainstream” make you feel like your music isn’t good enough or that any manufactured artist is more talented than you. We heard a rumour that you had been working with Talvin Singh whats happening with that project ? Being approached By Talvin Singh (after he heard my music on myspace) to collaborate on a track with him has been one of my highlights. We ended up producing an awesome track. ((Watch this space for an...

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Maxine Gilmore

on Dec 12, 2011 in Articles, Interviews |

Maxine is fantastic live engineer, (you probably guessed that after looking at some of the musicians and she works with. ) She is very experienced, talented, has a great set of ears and always goes that extra mile.Name Maxine Gilmore What do you do? Live Sound Engineer Who are some of the people you have worked with? Courtney Pine, The Brand New Heavies, Susheela Raman, Edwyn Collins. Tony Allen, Elbow, Damon Albarn. Jarvis Cocker what are some of the biggest venues you’ve done sound in? Sydney Opera House. Africa express,in Spain 80.000 people. Various countries and festivals with varying sizes. 10.000, 20.000 what has been your fave gig so far and why? In all my 18 years, that’s a hard one. There are many. One recent that sticks to mind would be . The Brand New Heavies in Thailand for MTV. Edwyn Collins, 2 weeks ago. It was big and glossy and we all had so much fun. It looked fab, sounded ok too ( The Brand New Heavies) Edwyn Collins, is recovering from stroke and still has so much soul and I have always been a fan what can a band do to ensure they get the best sound possible? Keep the sound levels to a minimum onstage. Consider the mics they are choosing for the environment they are working in. is it important for a band to communicate with the sound person and why? The engineer interprets what the band are trying to say. It’s important the band and engineer have an mutual understanding of this. Whats the difference between a front of house and monitor engineer? FOH engineer mixes the sound the audience will hear. The monitor engineer mixes the individual mixes for the band onstage. Have you any advice for someone wanting to follow your footsteps into live sound ? Persistance. It may take a lot longer than you think to get into sound. Helping out at local PA companies or local pubs and venues. There are so many music technology courses everywhere now. What are the key skills for a good engineer? Good ears, good communication and understanding of the band, Some knowledge on electrics. Whats your favourite sound? Very simple really. Anything that...

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Asif Gillani, -Just Play Records

on Dec 12, 2011 in Interviews |

Introduce yourself I am Asif Gillani, a Music Producer/DJ/Musician from London. I have a band called Fusing Naked Beats and am a Director of an independent label Just Play Records. Describe your sound Fusing Naked Beats derives from “fusing” as in the fusion of different musical styles and “Naked” as in raw and original, essentially a fusion of raw and original musical styles. What does music do to you.? It leaves a mark on my soul. What is your favourite sound ? Beautiful, orchestral, mind altering sounds. Sounds that push the boundaries further afield. Why do you make music? I am constantly inspired by the love of music in all its various forms and love nothing better than to jam in the studio and create some crazy beats. We have been making music for over 10 years now and it’s hard to let go. Creatively we feel there is so much more to come and our music is constantly evolving which makes the journey interesting. We never know which genre or where it could lead us. What is one of your favourite musical experience ? Playing to over 1000 people in the middle of Athens for The World Music Day festival. That was a great experience, performing on this massive stage in the centre of Athens and just feeding off the energy of the crowd who loved the vibe. Very memorable! what other underground artist would you would recommend we should check out ? Killin Time ‘Beach Dweller EP’ Whats your tip of the day ? Take ten minutes in the morning and evening to talk to god and you will always feel safe. Where can we hear and buy your music ? www.fusingnakedbeats.co.ukwww.myspace.com/fusingnakedbeatswww.itunes.com/fusingnakedbeats Fusing Naked Beats facebook group Please download my new Allah Hoo single out on itunes as all the proceeds of the single will be going to the Pakistan Flood disaster. Have you got any other exciting news you want to share ? Expect the unexpected! We love to take a few risks and go with the creative flow so to speak. There is so much more in the pipeline with more fantastic music for our fans around the world on a regular basis. We are...

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Genetic DruGs audiopharmaceutical travel agent

on Dec 12, 2011 in Interviews |

Short Interview with Genetic DruGs Introduction Described as an audiopharmaceutical travel agent Genetic travels the globe collecting sounds and pictures and stories . He reassembles them into fabulous cultural electronic mash ups and mixtures. He is also a very respected DJ check his show here to open your ears and mind Describe your sound ? Pharma Tunes (my label)Describe in a sentence what music does for you Music’s fusing cultures and personal experiences. It’s the root of universal language. What is your favourite sound ? I care less for sound, more for a story, poem or individual emotion. why do you like making music? Music is like sex, it always comes like a gift of intimacy and understanding What is one of your favourite musical experience ? Traveling and discovering the world what other underground artist would you would recommend we should check out ? just ask your foreign neigbours and find it out, there are artists to be discovered Whats your tip of the day ? don’t dream it, be it Where can we hear and buy your music ? check me out on iTunes http://www.geneticdrugs.de...

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Faye Patton

on Dec 12, 2011 in Interviews |

Interview with nu-jazz artist Faye Patton 18 months in the making Faye Pattons new album Dangerous Loving is out soon <a href=”http://fayepatton.bandcamp.com/track/bitter-seed” _mce_href=”http://fayepatton.bandcamp.com/track/bitter-seed”>Bitter Seed by Faye Patton</a> This album has been a labour of love, can you tell us about the creative process and keeping focus ?   for me, I tend to see an album unfolding in layers and I like to lay down the layers gradually so I hear each texture before adding the next. Sometimes I experience music visually as well, so it’s like weaving together cloth or tapestry. I tend to work on a whole collection of songs all at once rather than finish one track and go onto the next. The songs themselves tend to propel themselves out in discrete blobs of matter, fully formed…sort of involuntary. These songs on this CD existed for a long while before I got a chance to record them. Which is good, because in the studio I had a lot of emotional distance from them and just experienced them as texture. Keeping focus all the way through is not easy – it helps if you have some sort of mental practice, of dividing stuff into small tasks, knowing exactly what those tasks will be and ticking them off as you go, actually being quite clinical about it and not allowing hurry or worry to get in the way. Before I trained seriously as a musician, I was an artist and always assumed I would be an illustrator or painter – one gets used to accepting that each layer needs to dry and needs looking at from a distance before proceeding, with a steady hand.   Did you enjoy the whole “studio” experience or was it hard work? The recording process was really fascinating for me and something I looked forward to with interest each time. I have a very keen appreciation of Felix’s vast range of engineering skills, from the scientist /archivist’s ability to locate files in an ocean of saved data, to the acoustic science of mixing and sound quality I always felt confident and relaxed and the process, though long, was smooth and fun – to the extent that I’m truly looking forward to the next...

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Lisa Mallett

on Jun 15, 2011 in Interviews |

I have worked with fab flute /bansuri player Lisa Mallett on a couple of occasions, I was looking for a Bansuri player to finish of a track on the Aref Durvesh + Xfile e.p.. Aref had just worked with Lisa live and suggested we invited her to record, it seemed like a good idea for her to do some improvising with Aref at the same time. She ended up on 2 tracks on the E.P. “ Breathe” and “Flutation tank” (terrible pun I know – sorry) but my fave track from that session is a traditional tune . Lisa and Aref  played live . I later edited down for 13 minutes to 3 mins and added a small amount of electronics It is available here as a free download if you fancy an earful  clickDaydream 365 (trad) by Aref Durvesh + Xfile I wanted to know more about Lisa’s background. You play a silver flute as well as bansuri – whats the difference? The main difference is the material and construction-a silver flute is metal with keys whilst the bansuri is made from bamboo and has only six fingerholes which allows for the characteristic sliding techniques. The bansuri isn’t chromatic either, so there are different sizes of flutes for all the keys. The lower the key, the larger the flute. Due to the timbre of the two materials, the flutes are markedly different in timbre and the bansuri is much more mellow and earthy in its production When did you switch from playing silver flute and start playing bansuri ? I initially started experimenting with Indian ragas on my silver flute whilst studying my music degree. Once I graduated I decided to research deeper into the music and started to learn the bansuri early 2001 before heading off to India for nine months later that year. We heard you did some training in India can you tell us a little about that? The study of Indian music is so vast that I felt I could only really understand and do it justice by spending a long term sabbatical in India. I was fortunate to receive funding from the Arts Council and jetted off late 2001 for an incredible musical...

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