Interview: Craig Sheridan

It’s Valentine’s Day, we hope you’ve been snowed under with cards.  Today is also the day Craig Sheridan’s love song Nitewish comes out, almost like it was planned or something.  See what Craig has to say about being signed, Nitewish, love, videos and his music in general.

Nitewish is your first single since becoming signed, how as being signed changed the way you approach and make music?

Being signed enables me to relax a little knowing I have a team behind me as passionate about what I do as I am.  It also enables me to concentrate on writing more. Which is what I’m all about; and making music for others to enjoy and relate too.

The themes in Nitewish are clear, what inspired you to make such a love themed song?

My girlfriend …. Monica…. that simple …..  It’s about meeting someone who’s a soulmate after many years of thinking or not being fully happy or in love.  She is also the theme behind Crashgate’s B.O.B. song along with parts of it written about my nephew in wales.

Craig Sheridan

Nitewish speaks about love and closeness, whats the most touching or unlikely place you’ve seen this?

The most touching thing is when you see an old couple still holding hands like they were in they’re teens again!!

You’ve written an ideal soundtrack to Valentine’s Day. Have you ever felt the urge in the past to write anti-Valentine’s Day songs?

Not really; I have written a very dark , angry song called Deal With It for Crashgate’s new album.  Listen to the words.  I wont need to tell you who its about ………… but someone who used to be in my life but isn’t anymore, ( take a guess ) after you listen to it.

How was it filming the video for Nitewish? What’s it like to see someone else interpret your track creatively?

Honestly I feel really uncomfortable filming, it’s just not me at all ( lol ) but i know Matt Barker from Mosh Motion Movies.  his work is very good.  He plans meticulously and is very passionate about his work.  He works alongside me and asked were the images were when I wrote the song.  We worked on a story board and the video was born.

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Nitewish is part of the album As I Am, whats next for you musically?

Next it’s to continue writing for my next acoustic album due out at the start of 2014, at my pace and not to push too hard and to let it flow whilst giving Crashgate all I can.  To try and give it and the boys the best shot at the title so to speak!

Where can people find Nitewish?

On iTunes and most download sites.  I’m also releasing a special edition CD single in a special presentation metal case with a bonus track from my first album, Red On Maroon, as well.

Describe Nitewish in three words.

MY SOUL OPENED.

David Horn

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Release Review: Craig Sheridan – Nitewish

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Interview: Rory Asten Bell of Wildfowl

Medway blues rockers Wildfowl have had an exciting few months and it’s only going to get better.  We caught up with vocalist and guitarist Rory Asten Bell to see whats g’wanning.

How has 2013 started for Wildfowl?

2013 so far has started pretty well for us. Every Friday for the first 3 weeks of January we were playing, in Camden a lot which was great. We’ve been doing gig after gig after gig and we’ve been writing lots of new material so overall it’s been a great start to the year and hopefully it will be a big year for us too.

What inspired you to begin as a band and choose to play blues rock?

Blues has always been a genre that I was very fond of ever since I started playing guitar and writing songs.  I’ve always found people like Robert Johnson really inspiring.  He was such a brilliant guitarist and wrote about his life as it was without giving a rose tinted spectacle on it.  Another reason behind my love of blues is Howlin Wolf. He has this incredible rough and husky voice that anyone would die for.  Blues is one of them genres that matches my personality and also the whole mood of the band.  It’s just a genre where you can write about anything you want and express it in a million ways.  We’re not strictly a blues band but there are so many strong links it that it’s the closest thing we can compare our music to.

You got through it pretty quickly, what was it like recording the E.P?

The whole way we approached the E.P was mad.  We’d been together as a band for a little under 3 weeks when we recorded our E.P. We played one gig at an open mic night at the Barge in Gillingham and another at a small bar called Poco Loco in Chatham.  As I’m very picky with recording techniques and everything that comes along with recording I really wanted our E.P to sound how I feel it should. I got in touch with Jim Riley at Ranscombe studios in Rochester, I’d recorded with Jim and Brendan Esmonde in previous bands so it was the right thing to do this time. Jim’s studio is completely analog and is recorded on a tape reel just how they used to do it back in the day. It made making the E.P so much more fun. We recorded it all live and it feels like you’ve accomplished so much more doing it that way because it goes to show you have to be tight as a band otherwise you have to wind the tape reel back and start over. If anyone ever needs a recording done, YOU NEED TO GO TO JIM RILEY !

Rory Asten Bell, Wildfowl

It’s got you some interest from far and wide, a French music blog commented on your review and we saw an American label add you into a compilation. How far has word about you spread?

It’s been a bit strange how it’s reached France and America.  We’ve had a lot more American fans since they featured us on their winter compilation. It’s great to know someone’s keeping an eye on us from overseas. As far as we’re aware the furthest it’s gone out to is Oklahoma which is mad for a band based in Medway.
You’ve been gigging A LOT recently, whats been your favourite gig to date? How have the crowds received you?

Purple Turtle was a very good gig of ours. But then in terms of a crowd pleaser we all agree that Beacon Court on the 23rd of December was fantastic for us.  We were the band opening for the evening but we managed to pack out the whole room before 9 o clock.  Everyone there seemed so happy as it was 2 days before crimbo and all of our friends and family came down and to have a room full of people coming just to see you play cheer you on is the best feeling ever.  Every gig we’ve done we always get the best reaction from people afterwards.  The main comments are the harmonies between Genevieve and me.  We once got a comment saying we sounded like the beach boys with our harmonies.  It’s great to have comments like that.

What have been your funniest/weirdest experiences gigging?

I’m not going to lie but being in a band with our bassist Shaun Meaney is the funniest thing. He’s just mental and never ceases to amaze us. He’s so eccentric on stage and we now have a crowd pleaser called ‘The Meaney Bop’.   It’s one of them signature things that Shaun does on stage. It’s a joy to watch as he’s off in his own little world.

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What are your plans for 2013?

GIG, GIG, GIG and also GIG !!!!  We’re going to be working on our album this year too which I will be recording myself in my home studio.  We aren’t in any rush to get it completed anytime soon and we aren’t in any rush to leak any details on it but we are going to keep this one very closely to our chests.

When 2013 goes off for you in a big way, what band big or small do you pick to tour with?

Crybaby Special and The Monsters.  They have been tweeted by The Libertines recently.  They’ve been asked to play with and support Pete Doherty and they are the most respected band out in Kent at the moment.  There’s no contest as to what band we want to gig with.  We’re already gigging with them all over our hometown and throughout London too.  They are the hardest working musicians about and they deserve everything they work for.  As a band we’ve had the amazing honour to follow them in their steps and we’ve learnt so much from them.  They’ve helped us out in more ways than I can thank them for.  Not only are they the best local band I’ve seen live before and they are three of the best people I’ve met. We gig with them what seems to be every gig these days but I wouldn’t change that. We always have such a laugh with Jason, Josh and Lewis.  They are the reason we’re so busy.  Seeing them do over 100 gigs last year made us all want it soo much as well. I have no fear in saying they’re going to be massive one day in the very near future !

And most importantly, whats your favourite kind of biscuit?

This is the hardest thing you’ve asked today. I’m going to have to say chocolate digestive. It’s sweet, it’s tasty and it’s got chocolate all over one side. It’s better than your average bourbon ! !

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David Horn

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Mitch Emery Vs. Fade: The Interview

Why, hello there Ladies and Gentleman, Mitch Emery strikes again This time with an interview with a guy who is a good friend of mine and a bloody talented producer and DJ to boot (yes, I heard his music first, so had no bias). His name is Connor Heaney, you may call him… ‘FADE’… Here We go:

 So who is Fade?

Fade is an extremely underrated Electronica producer from Manchester.

 How very modest! Why not tell us a bit about your music?

If I mustn’t sound big-headed, I would say I was a talented producer, my music more originated from being brought up by ravers and house music lovers, so it’s fair to say that I was genetically engineered to make the music that I do.

What defines you from every other producer out there?

Well I was originally a DJ, I got my first set of DJ decks when I was 9 years old. So I would say I was more of a performer, but I do produce. When I started producing, I already had a vague idea of arrangement, beat signatures and what not. But the main thing of what sets producers apart is simply one word: Passion. With some people it’s blatant, with others it isn’t, I can fairly say I was passionate!

 What would you say is your greatest achievement to date as a DJ/Producer? You’ve already done some pretty cool stuff at just 18?

Well I have had a few great things happen to me, I can’t narrow down the best thing to just one.  I got signed to a record label in London, and then in Manchester, that was a great achievement, then I Got to perform alongside Tempa T.  My single “Elephant Juice” Exploded and a lot of great things came from that.  Finally as you may or may not know, The club “Sankeys” was rated in DJ mags No.1 club in the world, so me getting a job there and a monthly set made me feel proud of myself and really made me realise that I’m starting to make it! 😀

 Impressive stuff! Moving away from the performance now, a few questions on the gear and lifestyle… Let’s start with my favorite controversy… DIGITAL DJ’s!!!! What’s your opinion?

I have no problem with any format on which people perform with, I mean people move forward with technology and I have no problem with that, but the term “DJ” derives from the words “Disc Jockey”. When you DJ from a laptop and a controller, you’re not exactly jockeying disc’s now are you? I don’t doubt that the people using laptops don’t have talent, but I just think it takes the feel away from it, only turntable DJ’s will get where I’m coming from.

 Ok, next up, the gear… You dream set up: Decks, Mixer and Headphones?

A pair of Technics 1210’s MK5 turntables, such a beautiful piece of engineering! Then a pair of Pioneer Nexus CDJ 2000’s! Then a Pioneer DJM800 such a good mixer, so versatile powerful, very durable.  And Senheiser HD25 MK2 headphones, great sound quality as well as durable, and a Function1 sound system because I like loud music.

 Ok, following that, the look? Do you feel your look as a DJ is different to your day to day attire?

I just wear what I’d wear for a night out, all though I am planning to get a ‘Head sized’ cross fader as my gimmick.

 Care to elaborate on this ‘head sized cross-fader’?

Well my producing/DJ name is “FADE” and this derived from a cross-FADE-r, so I suppose it’s fitting to do so!

Ah, very nice, I look forward to seeing this. Right then, you’ve got an album coming out, why not tell us about that?

Well the album is not 100% confirmed yet, but it will be based on the new types of music I’ve been highly getting in to, Deep/Tech/Progressive House, nothing heavy this time.

 Is there anything you would like to say before we finish off?

Well, thank you for interviewing me, and thanks to everyone who paid interest in it, I hope you enjoy my music and enthusiasm when you see me perform!

Mitch Emery