Today I’m losing my Rolling Stones virginity!

Today I lose my Rolling Stones VIRGINITY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The Rolling Stones will be playing today and on Thursday in Mexico City!

It’s not the first time they’ve played in this wonderful City, but it is the first time I’ll see them play LIVE!

I’m lucky enough to be going for work and you can read an article I’ll be writing for an american magazine, tomorrow or on Wednesday.

I LOVE MY JOB!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

See you later, Mick, Ronnie, Keith and Charlie!

<3

Sympathy for the Devil

Check out the radio programme I’m on weekly in Mexico City where I recommend upcoming bands from the U.K!

Since the 12th of September, I’ve been collaborating on a radio show alongside Jergas on Reactor 105.7FM in Mexico City.

Weekly I recommend and talk about upcoming/new bands from all over the U.K.

The show is on every Saturday from 6pm till 7pm.

12th September: Aloric – “Who?”

19th September: Greta Isaac – “Oh Babe”

26th September: Rivet City – “Second Hand”

And last weekend, on the 3rd October I recommended Royce Wood Junior with “Clanky Love”

Have a listen to last weeks show below!

P.S. If you have a band in or from the U.K please contact me and send me your music! Let your music go viral!

 Escuchen Vigia y mi recomendación musical de la semana pasada

Desde el 12 de Septiembre colaboro en un programa de radio llamado Vigia en Reactor 105.7FM junto a Jergas.

Cada sábado de 6pm a 7pm recomiendo una banda nueva de Gran Bretaña.

En el programa pasado recomendé a Royce Wood Junior con su canción “Clanky Love” – si Prince y Hot Chip tendrían un hijo, sonaría así!

Dale click abajo y escuchen el programa de la semana pasada, aqui!

VIGÍA #20: Piyama Party, Young Galaxy, Joey Badass, El Último Vecino by Jergas on Mixcloud

 

Do you remember…?

As today is Thursday, I woke up in a funky mood…

Does Sophie Ellis-Bextor ring a bell?

She became well known in the 90’s as the lead singer of Theaudience (indie rock band, formed in London, England).

In the early 2000’s, Bextor decided to fly solo and became a worldwide phenomenon with songs such as Murder On The Dance Floor, Get Over You and Groovejet (If This Ain’t Love) in which she collaborated with Spiller.

And it’s that last song I mentioned that’s been on my mind for a few days now.

BLAST FROM THE PAST, fo sure!

Enjoy and remember, live it up, have fun and be careful!

Spiller ft. Sophie Ellis-Bextor – Groovejet (If This Ain’t Love)

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)

I just interviewed Jess Glynne!

I just interviewed the very talented (my homegirl) Jess Glynne for Mixup Mexico!

Wow, that girl is quite something!

She’s only 25 but she’s insane. I discovered her last year with her hit song Rather Be (ft. Clean Bandit) and then lost her on the radar…Until I went away on holiday a few months ago, put on MTV and heard a voice that sounded familiar, and it was Jess Glynne herself!

Her voice is incredible, one of the best voices of this generation by FAR, her lyrics are ace and her music just makes you want to get up and dance.

Once the interview is published, I’ll post it on here too!

#ILoveMyJob #DreamsComeTrue

Jess Glynne – Right Here

Route 94 ft. Jess Glynne – My Love

Tinie Tempah ft. Jess Glynne – Not Letting Go

After listening to these songs, there’s no way you won’t want to party… It’s only 11:00am on Monday and I’m ready for the weekend!!!

Today I’m in a London Grammar kind of mood…

London Grammar are a band from……..

Daaaaaamn, you clever, from London!

In September 2013 they released their debut studio album called If You Wait which includes hits such as Strong, Nightcall and Hey Now.

I’ve known about the trio (Hannah, Dan & Dominic) for quite a while now and I dig them.

Sorry for my language today, I woke up in the weirdest, yet most fantastic  mood EVER!

Today I would like to share the British trios album with y’all! It’s a little over an hour long, but it will calm you down and you’ll be able to focus and work whilst listening to it.

Hope you enjoy! (Remember it’s Wednesday, only 2 days away from the weekend!)

P.S: Disclosure’s tune Help Me Lose My Mind was written (and performed) by London Grammar’s Hannah Reid and the Lawrence Brothers!

Meet JJ Hodari, a passionate musician that I’ve known since I was a child

Born and raised in Manchester, England, JJ Hodari, is a down to earth, passionate, deep guy with an immense love for music that is noticeable the minute you hear him sing or see him play.

I’ve known JJ for years, since we were toddlers, and when I heard his music the first, I remember I was speechless. I had no idea JJ was into music! We were friends on social networks, but hadn’t really kept that much in touch…

JJ has said that he wants to make real music, no gimmicks – and this is evident in his emotive vocals and catchy melodies.

It’s weird to be a fan of someone you’ve known for years, but I must say, I am a big fan of yours JJ!

May your passion spread around the world, and I wish you the best in the world.

Have a listen to JJ perform his debut single Break our Bones released last October here: