Part 1 of… I don’t know how many posts this is going to take me.

It’s been a while since I last wrote… A few days, weeks, months… I’ve been out of it.

My emotions, feelings, thoughts, ideas, took a hold on me.

I have no idea how many people read this, what country you are in, where you are, what you’re doing, what you’re feeling at this very moment, but what I do know, is what I’m feeling at this very moment and I’d like to share a piece of me with you today.

This year has been intense. I’d sum it up as a huge, massive, wake up call. That’s how I feel and perceive the energy at this very moment. Today, Friday 30th December at 12:12pm whilst I’m sat on my brown sofa at my place whilst listening to The Verve.

I’ve got this weird feeling. Goosebumps, I’m sweating but my hands are freezing cold and my body is telling me something… I’m breathing in and out heavily… I’ve got so much to write and stuff I want to share and express, I don’t even know where (I got interrupted exactly here with a phone call I had to answer) to begin.

I remember once telling a friend, a dear friend, who I don’t speak to much anymore, a boy, a friend, that well, we parted ways due to life, but I remember telling him I wanted to write a book, but hadn’t started writing because I didn’t know where to begin… which he answered “just write, there’s no specific place, or way to begin something, just do it” – so I’ll take his advice to start now… Wow… I’m laughing and crying at this very moment (Sonnet is playing in the background)…

Breathe in… Breathe out.

I can’t remember much of this year, I’ve stored a lot of memories, emotions and feelings in different boxes in my head, but I want to begin with the following…

On April 24th 2016 I went to a festival here in Mexico City called Vive Latino. I was working so I didn’t see many bands play, I saw a song or two of a few artists, but I did get the chance to see a band play from beginning to end… That band was The Prodigy.

– I had to take a deep breath after writing that last paragraph –

So, I saw The Prodigy for the first time, live, on Sunday 24th April 2016.

I would say that every single day my life changes, I learn something, feel something new, experiment, and so on… but that Sunday will remain within me FOREVER.

I don’t even know what to write regarding what I saw and felt that day, but what I can say, is that my life changed drastically whilst experiencing and witnessing The Prodigy perform that Sunday…

I was totally sober… I had half a beer since I arrived at the festival (1:oopm) until the time I saw The Prodigy.

What I’m trying to say is… that what I felt and saw was completely real, Nicole experienced the whole situation being Nicole.

Wow.

After that… I couldn’t sleep properly.

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The Prodigy

I thought that writing all this out would be a lot easier than what it’s actually turning out to be…

I’m going to take a break and I’ll be back in a little while.

Nick Murphy is/was Chet Faker and he’s back

In September, Chet Faker announced that his next record would be released under his birth name Nick Murphy. He said the following: “It’s been half a decade since I started releasing music as Chet Faker and all of you have been the driving force behind the music since. There’s an evolution happening and I wanted to let you know where its going. The next record will be under my own name, Nick Murphy. Chet Faker will always be a part of the music. This is next”.

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Chet Faker

Nick Murphy, released another track from his new project, today.

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Nick Murphy

The 28 year old Australian electronica singer and musician released his studio album Built on Glass back in 2014 with tunes such as Talk is Cheap and 1998 (As Chet Faker).

This 2016, the Aussie came back as Nick Murphy and has brought out a few tunes heres and there.

Check out Nick’s Stop Me (Stop You), released a few hours ago, here!

The Radio Dept. are back

Swedish band The Radio Dept. are back.

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Running Out Of Love is the bands 4th studio album and it talks a bit about life in Sweden and how this year things are moving in the incorrect direction; politically, intellectually and morally. The problems and situations the boys sing about aren’t necessarily just “apt” for Sweden but for countries all around the world.

The album was released on the 21st October and has 10 absolutely stunning songs on it.

Have a listen to We Got Game, one of the singles the band released off the new album a few weeks ago.

Caleb from Kings of Leon is a lot more than just a pretty and talented boy

Frontman and guitar player of Kings of LeonCaleb – is a very attractive and talented man, but, in their latest video Walls you can see way beyond all of that.

At the beginning of the video, you can see Caleb from a far sat on a chair playing his guitar, as the song advances, so does the camera… I don’t want to spoil it for you… So, please have a look at the video and watch it until the very end.

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Caleb

I personally loved the song, and the video is perfect for it. Very relaxing yet extremely deep.

Warning: I got goosebumps…

Have a listen to The Strokes new material, here!

About 2 years ago I got the chance to interview Julian Casablancas with his band Julian Casabalancas + the Voidz.

I must say, interviewing Julian and the boys is definitely in my Top 5 interviews!

Well, Julian is also the frontman of one of the most important rock bands of my era, I’m talking about The Strokes.

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The Strokes

The Strokes began in 1998 and they’re from New York City. They have 5 studio albums and will bring out an EP called Future, Present, Past very soon.

They’ve released a few audios that’ll be featured on their upcoming EP.

Have a listen to them, here!

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Today I’m in a Soundgarden kind of mood

Today is one of those days where I’m extremely thankful.

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I’m thankful for the difficult people that were put into my life, thanks to you, I realised exactly what I don’t want or deserve.

I’m thankful for the hard times, because I realised that I can get through them.

I’m thankful for those who respect me and accept me, exactly how I am.

I’m thankful for my incredible instinct, without you, I’d be lost.

I’m thankful for being blessed with the meaning of the word “understanding”. The more I understand, the less I understand.

I’m thankful for your love, positive vibes and good energy. And I wish each and everyone of you the best in the world.

It’s up to YOU and YOU only to decide what you want and deserve…

Soundgarden – Burden in my Hand

This is what Chris Cornell had to say about the meaning of the song:

“That was a song that really came from the guitar itself. It was mostly like the guitar was dictating what the lyrics should be and creating a mental image. The mental image was this sort of destitute guy. I guess he’d lost his cool if you want to put it that way. He’s sort of coming to grips with what had happened and not necessarily feeling particularly emotional about it either way. He’s trying to figure out how he would stand up and put one foot in front of the other—or not—and the song never really resolves any of that. It’s just that moment of somebody sitting in the dirt. I had more moments like that after that song was written than I ever had before it was, so it means a lot more to me now than it did then.”

I’d like to introduce you all to Simon. Check out his interview with the fresh, new, London-based band Aloric!

I’m Simon. I’m in my late twenties (soon to be very late), and I live in London. Recently back from a travelling trip (Sri Lanka, India, Nepal for seven months) where all I heard, pretty much, was reggae, and only ever Bob Marley at that, I’m eager to get back into the musical variety that London- as well as access to internet- has to offer. I’m a fan of older stuff, my dad’s LP collection was always a treasure trove for me as a teenager, but also current and new stuff. My preference has always been guitar music which often means bands: for me there’s something special about getting to know a band- of course their music, but also the other stuff, the stuff of drama, the conflicting personalities, the feuds, and the lovers (sometimes shared). But that doesn’t rule out other genres, or other set-ups. I have become ever more tolerant as my twenties have rolled on, and enjoy more of a range now.

Something that lovers of all genres can agree on is the excitement you feel when discovering a fresh, new, evocative sound. And that’s what happened the other day. I came across the new London-based band Aloric when scrolling through Stereogum. They recently premiered the band’s new single ‘Who?’ along with the accompanying video, and I really liked both. The way the song seamlessly transitions between vastly different sounds and moods really grabbed me. I was impressed and so arranged to meet with the guitarist and founding member of the band, in a London pub.

He presented as a tall man, with hair tied up in a bun, dressed in a colourful shirt and black skinny jeans. As I sat down beside him at the bar, I noticed some subtler points: a tangle of necklaces around his neck and an array of bracelets around both wrists. There was a brief pause after the drinks had been ordered and I thought back to his bracelets as material to fill it with, but he began talking about the band. Here is a man with a passion, I thought; and with that I began the interview.

‘What kind of music are you trying to get out? Does the band have an identity?’

‘There’s not really an identity, it’s more a combination of three people: Jeff Buckley, Bjork and Sigur Ros. They’re my ‘Bermuda Triangle’ of music and everything I do comes from them. It’s about trying to find the middle ground between them and incorporating different elements from all three. But more it’s just about trying to create something beautiful & unique; something different.’

‘Ok. So tell me about the name. Sounds different, what’s it all about?’

‘It’s the name of a friend of a friend, and I found it really phonetically beautiful when I heard it. I googled it and it has roots in the Kaballa, which may be bullshit, but the meanings really resonated. Stuff like “someone who takes a systematic approach to things”, “is attentive to detail”, “enjoys being in nature”; I just found it really interesting and beautiful.’

‘Interesting stuff. You’ve got the band’s name but you’ve also got a symbol for the band, haven’t you. Tell me about that.’

‘The whole thing is a mandala that my friend drew for us. If you look in detail, there’s a triangle in the middle and super-imposed on top of that is Leonardo da Vinci’s Vitruvian Man, which happens to resonate with the chakras. And I just thought that it was a really beautiful image when I saw it, plus it looks fuckin great on a t-shirt.’

‘Sounds like you’ve given it a good deal of thought. It does look cool… So tell me about the single “Who?”’

‘“Who?” is inspired by our favourite Van Morrison song called “Who Was That Masked Man” and the last line of his song, which is such a beautiful finale, is: “there’s good and evil in everyone.” And our song is a celebration of that idea.

There’s a line that runs down each of us, one side is evil and one side is good; but I feel as humans we’re hard-wired to do good. 95% of the time we fall in the good category, and the lyrics of the song bear this out. Collectively, the lyrics ask, who can have all of these amazing qualities? And the answer is, anyone. Musically, and structurally, the song picks up on this duality in all of us, of good and evil. It starts off with all this craziness which represents the ‘bad’, and then transitions into the piano & vocals, which represent the ‘good’. The song ends in the same way that it starts, giving it a cyclical quality, but this time it’s influenced by a knowledge and an understanding: that anyone, and therefore everyone, possesses both good and bad.

‘That’s different to what I expected. When I looked at the lyrics, I thought that they were addressed to the speaker’s beloved. And that the speaker was singing the praises of his/her beloved, exclusively.’

‘The lyrics could be about one specific person, but it could also be about anyone. And this is the whole point. The song was heavily inspired by the Facebook page Humans of New York, which I don’t know whether you’ve seen, but the guy behind it just takes pictures of people and quotes them. And it really shows that everyone has so much shit going on in their lives, and that it’s really important to be compassionate. And so the question who (or ‘Who’) can be this amazing person? The answer is- any single fucker can be, we’ve got no idea.’

‘So how does the music video link in to all this. What’s it about and how does it link to the song and the ideas of the song?’

‘The music video is trying to get at the idea that this person can be anyone. So we tried to get different sexualities, different ages, looks, ethnicities, everything…

‘This person with these great qualities?’

‘Yeah, at the very end it finishes off with a collage. This goes back to the question posed throughout the song, and answers it by saying it could be any single person. You just don’t know. And I also just loved the Aphex Twin-esque monstrosity we created at the end!

‘Really interesting. Getting away from concepts though, what is it that you are concentrating on at the moment? Is it making more music? Playing live?’

‘It’s about getting out there at the moment. We’ve got loads of songs. We just need to find a drummer and a keys player/laptop whiz-kid so we can get touring. Nothing’s ever gonna replace playing live, and that’s what we want to do. We’re just focusing on finding the rest of the band. And yeah, we’ve got other releases lined up.’

Bandcamp: https://aloric.bandcamp.com (free download)