Its Time We All Learnt A Little Bit About Lawrence Preston

 

 

With the recent release of brand new single ‘Something For You’, we trace it all back to see where Lawrence really found his talents.

Born in the 50’s, in the San Francisco bay area, Lawrence’s love for music grew early on,  when he joined his parents in the gospel band known as ‘The Sensational Travelers’. They would practice in his grandfathers old Victorian Church every Saturday night.

This then led on to a bigger responsibility for Lawrence, when he was asked to join another family band known as the ‘Fantastic Four’, which he fronted, at the age  of 5!

Through his experiences in the music industry at this time, he gained love for instruments such as guitar and Trombone, however, there was an instrument that was calling his name, the bass would later on be a trademark for the singer-songwriter.

While being asked to join band and groups such as Dorothy Morrison’s gospel band, which he contributed bass to for much of the early 80’s.

 

 

Now ready to push his solo releases, Lawrence has recorded and produced his own material such as ‘Driving me away’ and brand new track ‘Something For You’.

 

 

Twitter: https://twitter.com/@law_preston

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lawrence.preston.37

 

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We Sat Down With Indie Band Mosaic, To Find Out Where It All Started!

 

 


 

 

Speaking to us about how they started, where they draw inspiration from and what we can expect from their brand new EP ‘For You’.

Q: What made you guys want to go into music, what started it all? 

A: “The Sheer Enjoyment of it really, I think we all started out playing our respective instruments from an early age. and that all we have wanted to do”.  

Q: What would be the best way of describing yourselves to listeners who may not of heard of you guys? 

A: “We all met while studying at the academy of contemporary music and have been together ever since. As individuals we have similar interests which is mainly music and football so there’s always something to laugh about between the 5 of us”. 

Q: Your brand new single, ‘RIO’, what can you tell us about that? 

A: “I’d say ‘Rio’ resembles our sound as a band. its very energetic, in your face, and it gets the crowd bouncing. you can definitely hear the rocky bloc party/Franz Ferdinand influences throughout as well”. 

Q: And finally, what was the writing and recording process like for this track/EP? 

A: “I think Rio was written when we were still at Uni. The lyrics were about relationshippy stuff happening at the time and we wrote it over a few practice sessions”. 

A: “The recording process was a lot of fun, we worked with another one of our mates, Henry Watkins, he did the producing for us. It was great to put all of our individual parts together and finally hear it as a collective”. 

 

Thank you to the boys in Mosaic for letting us pick their brains, and be sure to check out their brand new song ‘Rio’, which is out now.

Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/mosaicofficial
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCuenCiVLKdpI_cs-989bsUQ
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MosaicUK/
Twitter: https://twitter.com_mosaicofficial
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/_mosaicofficial/
Website: https://www.mosaicofficial.co.uk

 

Is Olisha Naiker the new Dua Lipa?

It’s not every day you get an unsigned pro sounding pop star… and an unsigned pro sounding pop star from Africa, that’s even better.

Meet Olisha Naiker (who’s Taylor Swift? this is Olisha Naiker). Her new single Starangers is one hell of a catchy tune. The fragility of her voice really captures her emotion in this song despite the strong up tempo beat of the track, it feels honest and real.

Follow Olisha @olishanaicker
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/OlishaNaicker/
Twitter: @olishanaicker
Instagram: @olishanaicker

World Music Collective, Kalibe, Deliver Spiritual Healing

Kalibe, who have released their second album, “Mãe da Lua” , are an ever-evolving collective comprised of musicians from across the world, playing instruments native to their country alongside those from countries many thousands of miles away. This may sound doomed to failure but there is something strangely affecting about traditional African pipes combining with tribal South American drumming and even Mongolian throat singing.

This is very much music from the heart – instruments which will seem alien to many, possessing earthy, gnarled tones which evoke the surrounding of their creation – the pipes are a reflection of the tropical birds in the trees; the percussion, the streams and breeze in the trees. The fact that many of the sounds are routed in backgrounds completely unknown to each other historically do not prevent a perfect synergy – this is music to be shared and to provide positivity to the listeners.

Although the main language featured on the tracks is Portuguese, there are dialects from around the world, with no boundaries placed on how the messages are conveyed. The effect is quite startling and not a little emotional – there is something quite moving about such ancient sounds coming together with not just one album but on individual tracks.

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/6Jt6cYg3W1OX7iPNrwt7MG

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLWHlGNnczHrTPGC5S2Hd7CiFJLe9AG6S4

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/kalibemusic/

Website: https://www.kalibemusic.com/

The Sheratons Are Bringing You ‘Better Days’ In Debut Single

 


 

Underground Indie band, The Sheratons are set to start their rise with new single ‘Better Days’, which will please all your music loving needs.

The youthful outlook on life the Sheratons posses, will most likely convert any of us into life loving and enthusiastic music Listeners. This is all down to the work and style that each member has brought forward, making the Sheratons a dangerous but welcoming force.

the 4 members of the Sheratons come together with a positive attitude and individuality, with Finley Ryan (rhythm guitar and vocals), bringing a paisley-mod style through his doc martins and attitude to playing. While Emma Liu keeps the sharp rhythms and beats steady on the drums, with bassist James Jowett. Lead vocals come from Kane Bulleyment, who’s lead guitar playing is precise and to the point, giving the Sheratons the ultimate arsenal.


They are currently over half way through their tour, with only 2 dates left, a show at Zanzibar in Liverpool on the 21st October and the finisher being held in Leeds at the Lending room on the 18th November.

Be sure to check them out:

 

 

Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/the-sheratons
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCHE2CawiVPUs93fkpe8TNdQ
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheSheratons
Twitter: https://twitter.com/TheSheratonsUK
Sheratons Website: www.the-sheratons.co.uk

Techno Prisoners – Nej!Las

Having become a dedicated electronic producer, nej!las has lived in 2 different countries and 8 different cities in 18 years. On top of this, she is a qualified lawyer and has founded a charity which has raised millions of dollars for needy people worldwide. All these experiences taught her how to adapt, how to be transient, and most importantly, how to be independent, original and unique.

Here, we get a clearer idea of just what makes her tick:

What attracted you to the techno/electro/house scene?

The ability (and even the requirement) to make, not only harmonic melodies and bass lines, but to additionally have percussion and drums that could, by themselves, carry a song.  Techno/electro/house pushes the envelope by requiring and allowing for creativity in all areas of a song. It requires one to constantly innovate and come up with new, original, creations and techniques applied to the production.

What is your local music scene like? How do you think you fit in?

The Detroit Techno scene is so prominent; it created its own genre. The Detroit Techno Militia shows the attitude of techno producers that reside in Detroit – independent, proud and original. Detroit allows for producers to have creativity, to not necessarily fit inside the box of what “techno” is supposed to be, but to continuously push the boundaries of the genre. Detroit Techno is innovative. The innovative and original style shines through my music.

You’ve got a huge gig lined up – what would be your dream venue?

An intimate venue where I could feed off of the audiences’ energy and they could be up close and personal to my live production. A symbiotic relationship between me and the crowd.

Tell us about how you go about creating your music, from initial idea to completion

I create two different live sets.

The first live set – the “progressive, melodic set” focuses on the harmonic elements. This set, by itself, would be categorized as “progressive” music. I spend days creating and manipulating analogs, wavetables, and filters in order to find a unique synth sound. I tend to favour an almost guitar-like synth – overdriven and raw. I then, likewise, formulate an “opposite” synth that is sweet and melodic – as if it could lead a progressive/chill-out song. This synth tends to be a string or rubber instrument. I then spend additional days writing, rewriting, and rearranging midi data and appreciations. With all the variations of synths and midi, I usually have enough sounds and tracks to form an entire arrangement. This is the next step, to formulate all the melodies into an arrangement of a harmonic song from an intro to an outro.

The second set – the “techno” set focuses solely on drums and percussion. I likewise arrange a very heavy techno arrangement from an intro to an outro. Hardware, like the Alesis SamplePad 4, is very useful to continue to create original midi data, or even audio samples, for percussion.  I want this second set to be able to stand alone as a song without bass or melodies.

In the end, I combine the two sets, which could, by themselves, be sufficient for a song, into one set that has movement and free flowing segments. I arrange the set to make it play as if I were playing it live. I even record all the modulations and envelopes from a MIDI controller (the AKAI MPC40) as if I were performing it live. This “live performance” of the song becomes the final track.

What would be your ultimate aim in the industry?

To continue to innovate and bring original music into the traditional “techno” genre. I want to create a niche of original, harmonic, progressive, techno songs that play, and sound, like a live set.

Is there anything you would like people to know about your current release?

Songs like “Fini” play like a live set, except it allows one to listen to it anywhere. That is the style of my production – to have harmonic synths that could stand by themselves as a progressive song, but on top of the harmonies, to have percussion and drums that could also be sufficient for a song. The music is “alive”, always changing and morphing into something new and creative.

Review: Belle Chen Live-A Beautifully Unique Experience


 

Last night I attended Belle Chen’s performance at the Senate House in London, and I was truly amazed.

Before I go into all of the details that bring the talent and skill that Belle possesses to light, I have to say that this was an enjoyable and interesting event.

As part of the Bloomsbury Festival in London, Belle Chen delivered new and fresh tools to give her performance meaning and relevancy. The use of sound effects, and body movement were key to bringing the overall show together, with accompaniment from interpretive dancer Anastasia Kostner, moving with the mood of the music. 

Telling a story of Paris and a taking the audience on a journey through the city of Paris, Belle Chen captured the chaos and emotion, as well as soft, relaxed and quaint surrounding of the French city. Belle Chen’s delicate touch shined through as a beautiful addition, however, the inclusion of a loop pedal, recording rhythms played on the piano, and other accompanying tools and tricks were brand new to my eyes, giving her unique style.

During the performance there were very few times that she would actually speak, however when she did, the words she did say resonated with me deeply. My Favourite quote being “I was told that if you ever missed someone, then you should look to the moon, because the person you miss could be looking at the same moon”

With her brand new album ‘Mademoiselle’ recently coming out, this was a great event to support its release.

Overall, this was a classy, emotional and extremely well-arranged show, that had meaning and purpose.

Website: www.bellechen.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/bellechenmusic
Twitter: @bellepianist
Instagram: @bellepianist
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/user/chenonthetube
Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/bellechen
Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/7Ihfoi68laeuxOhTJLCa4l