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)

Meet Virginia

Virginia is a DJ, singer, songwriter and producer. She’s been in the electronic music biz for over a decade now.

Born and raised in Munich, Germany, she started hanging out and moving around in the 90’s music scene and was Flokati’s resident DJ for some time (amongst other famous clubs in Germany).

I came across this tune and video the other day, and apart from the tune being very upbeat, I love how she DJ’d and sang like an absolute champ!

RESPECT!

There she goes, there she goes again…

Remember that song by The La’s, There She Goes?

It’s been featured in several films such as Girl, Interrupted (one of my faves!) and The Parent Trap.

When the song came out in 1998 – yeh, we are OLD – their was a lot of speculation regarding what the lyrics were all about; heroin use maybe?! “There she goes again… racing through my brain… pulsing through my vein… no one else can heal my pain”.

Bassist of The La’s, John Power was asked about the meaning of the song in an interview in 1995 and he replied: “I don’t know. Truth is, I don’t wanna know. Drugs and madness go hand in hand. People who you’ve known all your life… they’re steady, then they’re not. But you can’t ponder, ’cause it kills you, la.”

Years later, lead guitarist John Byrne denied the rumor about the song being about drugs and said “It’s just a love song about a girl that you like but never talk to.”

Whatever the song may be about, I absolutely love it!

Ed Sheeran supports and writes out tune for Food Revolution Day

Ed Sheeran wrote out a tune for Food Revolution Day (Food Revolution Day is a global campaign to put compulsory practical food education on the school curriculum. Jamie Oliver – english chef – passionately believes that by educating children about food in a fun and engaging way, we can equip them with the basic skills they need to lead healthier, happier lives, for themselves and their future families.)

Talented chef Jamie Oliver got together with a bunch of famous musicians/actors such as Paul McCartney, Hugh Jackman, Jamie Cullum, Alesha Dixon, Mr Hudson and of course, Ed Sheeran to perform the perfect song for Food Revolution Day.

Have a look and listen to the song here!

And don’t forget to Sign and Share it 🙂

Ellie covers Hozier’s hit song

As if we didn’t love Take Me To Church enough, my homegal, Ellie Goulding did a cover of Hozier‘s fantabulous song.

The cover she did is SO Ellie, if you get me… You know, her synthpop signature is in it. Basically, Ellie totally rocked out Hozier’s hit!

Have a listen to it here!

Love is patient, Love is kind.

I woke up kind of emotional today… I have a lot going on at the moment, changes, but I believe that changes are always for the best.

Thing is, I know what makes me happy, and I believe in myself (that’s the first step to success!!!), I know what makes me feel alive… And I’ve had enough of chasing the wrong things or other peoples dreams. I’m ready. Ready to follow MY dreams. Ready to risk it all to get what it is that I want.

Piece of advice: NEVER give up. NEVER stop believing in yourself.

This song is the perfect song for my mood and would like to share it with all of you.

“And I can’t change
Even if I tried
Even if I wanted to…”