In the last couple of weeks I’ve had the opportunity to work with a few people active on the Manchester grime and hip hop scene: NinjaTea, George Lucid and Nat James. This is a montage of some of the footage I’ve filmed during our photoshoots.
If you follow my weekly link-ups (which I didn’t manage to post yesterday – sorry!), then you’ll probably remember the time that I featured the song Now by Luke Carey. Since then, Luke has released his debut EP which has shot to the top ten of the iTunes singer-songwriter charts, reaching positions ahead of Ed Sheeran and James Bay.
I was lucky enough to squeeze into Luke’s crazy schedule and grab a short interview with the man himself:
A huge welcome, Luke. Thank you for agreeing to this interview. Have you got any opening words?
Hey my name’s Luke Carey and I’m a singer/songwriter from North London!
You’ve recently released your debut EP, Sketches. Talk to me about the support you’ve received.
The support has been amazing, I honestly didn’t expect to get anywhere near the top 200 singer/songwriters.. let alone the top 10!
The EP itself is made up of 5 tracks, 5 pretty old tracks actually, I had written the first 4 all in the same week last summer, and to be honest I’m really looking forward to getting back in the studio to work on the next project. It’s all been written so I just need to record it now.
What inspired your new songs?
Different things inspired each song, but they are all personal to me and tell a story about things that have happened in my life.
Of your owns songs, which is your favourite and why?
My favourite of mine changes all the time! At the moment the new stuff I’m recording is my favourite, because they I’ve written them recently and are more relevant to me now. Continue reading Luke Carey
Lancaster. You’ve probably heard of the city, but have you heard of the band?
Lancaster is an upcoming five piece rock band from Barcelona but their sound has been described as feeling very “at home in the current British rock scene.” Fortunate enough to have played gigs worldwide and even have upcoming shows supporting All Time Low and Lower Than Atlantis, Lancaster were kind enough to offer me an interview with vocalist Anth Alonso.
Hey guys; thanks for agreeing to this interview, have you any opening words?
So we are Lancaster, from Barcelona, Spain and we play rock music for fans of Young Guns, Mallory Knox, You Me At Six, All Time Low.
That’s pretty cool. Talk me through the band name, Lancaster?
Yes, we wanted to put something easy to remember, like a city name, then we found the city of Lancaster on the map and it sounded cool. Not a big history behind the band name, haha.
The simple names are often the best, anyway. 😉 With over 10.5k followers on twitter over two and a half thousand likes on Facebook, you’ve gathered a large following and it’s always increasing. What has it been like getting the kind of support you’ve received so far?
We work very hard on our social media. Social media brings you the chance to get to know people who are miles away with just one tweet or post, so we are always trying to get new people to our fan base. Anyways, sometimes the fact you have loads of followers doesn’t mean that you are a big band, just means you’re working on getting something.
Sam Posener, or, Sam is Balfour. The chances are, you haven’t heard his name yet. I hadn’t either, until the beginning of May when I heard this innovative cover of Vance Joy’s Riptide.
The 20 year old guitarist and producer from London describes his daily routine as “making noises on my laptop in my room whilst professionally missing lectures” but I think it’s much more than that – and, if it’s not, we should all get into making noises on our laptops and missing lectures.
I was honoured to be able to catch a quick interview with Sam and delve deeper into the life of the upcoming musician. It went a little like this: Continue reading Sam is Balfour
UPDATE 10/05/2015 13:53
The BBC has shown tiny clips that downplay the protests in London in much the same way it did with the Scottish Independence Protests. Mainstream media here is reporting as little as possible while other European countries are getting more coverage of the march than we did, full showing the scale of the protest.
Our police apparently reported to the BBC that there were “100 people” on the protest when, in reality, there were people marching in force around London and Downing Street and there was a heavy police present.
#ToriesOutNow was trending on twitter and suddenly it just disappeared and appears to have been deleted.
It looks as if the UK Government is currently being censored.
It cannot be argued that the media is not bias. Of course it is. It is controlled by people with authority and it seems that the current news of an anti-Tory rally outside Downing street is being offered little media coverage.
I’ve spoken little on this blog of politics as of yet, but it is something that I feel strongly about. As a young person under the age of 18, I don’t hold the right to vote, but I am still very interested in the politics of our country.
After the Tories were victorious after the election earlier this week, hundreds have gathered outside Downing Street in a political stance. But, what are the main issues? Continue reading London Protests