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Interview // slip chats to us about voice memos, Brian Eno and peanut butter-basslines.

After decade of playing in bands in the Los Angeles indie rock scene, Taylor Brown has finished his debut album titled “The Cost”, under his solo moniker slip. It’s time for Taylor Brown to shine as a solo artist and we are SO pumped. If you like indie rock with a strong electronic and trip-hop influence, these are the sounds for you. 
Co-produced and mixed by Jules de Gasperis and mastered by Howie Weinberg, the debut album’s first single ‘head on backwards’ was released just over six months ago, already boasts over 14 thousand plays on Soundcloud and has been called by Indie Obsessive a track that, “…has a sophistication that sets the track apart from the collective work from the genre.” 
slip has also just released his second single ‘the patient’  earlier this month and told Nakid Magazine, “… after a decade of being a guy in a band — all the while quietly writing songs on my own that no one was hearing — I decided to write an album. After finishing a series of shows with the Dead Ships that culminated with Coachella, I moved into my friend Nora’s guest room for a month. I went into the garage, set up shop, wrote and finished recording a demo of “the patient” in two days.” With passion like that, who needs to be in a band?
We were lucky enough to catch up with this talented musician about the exciting creative things happening for slip right now plus what’s in store for the future: 
Set the tone for us. How would you describe your sound?
My sound is both dangerous and hopeful — dusty, ominous trip-hop animated by pulsing psychedelia; basslines that stick to deep grooves like peanut butter; all buoyed by a constantly on-the-brink narrative.

What’s on your current playlist?
Jonwayne, Jay Jayle, Soulwax, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Parquet Courts, Nico Jaar, Childish Gambino, KAYTRANADA, Ravyn Lenae… So much more…

Take us through your songwriting process. Are there any particular steps you take when putting music together?
It always starts with a seed of something – a melody, a riff, a phrase, a beat. At my studio at home, I’ll record something in Ableton Live – either a loop or an entire passage – and build around that. I like to let ideas flow freely, and I keep a lot of first takes. In the past with bands I’ve been in, a lot of the songwriting has been hashed out in the rehearsal room, jamming with each other. At home, I’m essentially jamming with myself on various instruments.

What gets your creative juices flowing?
When an idea pops into my head out of nowhere. It’s hard to explain where little musical nuggets come from, and I guess that’s because I’m really not sure where they come from. But when they do, if I’m mobile, I’ll record something into my phone – whether it’s a melody with my voice or something on guitar or keys. I have so many voice memos. When I’m ready to record, I’ll just go through them all and start recording around what strikes me the most at that moment.
What do you personally consider to be the incisive moments in your artistic career?
Completing anything, whether it be a song or an album. Finishing my own album earlier this year, in particular. So utterly satisfying, and I’m very proud of reaching that finish line.

David Bowie is quoted as saying “It makes me so angry that people concentrate on lyrics. It implies there’s no message in the music itself.” What are your thoughts on this statement? Music or lyrics?
I understand where he’s coming from, because a lot of ideas don’t necessarily start with lyrics — most of mine don’t. They start with the music, and the lyrics tend to flow through that. The music essentially gives birth to the music. That’s where the message truly originates. Thus, the music intrinsically informs the lyrical content and themes. Also, music is a more immediate way of expressing that emotional intelligence. The lyrics wouldn’t exist without the music that informs them. Take instrumental music, for instance. Take Brian Eno, for instance. Music by itself carries the weight.

Tell us about the chemistry you have with your fans on stage.
For most of my career, I haven’t been the singer. I’ve always felt kind of in my own little world and somewhat ignorant of what’s happening in the crowd — at least until the song or show ends. Now that I’m a bit more in the spotlight, that might change. We’ll see. 
If you had to choose between never playing live again, or never being able to release music again… Which would you go for, and why?

Never playing live again. I have to make music, most likely for the rest of my life. I don’t need to play live for the rest of my life, and I most likely won’t. I like to create things, especially songs. Nothing else is more satisfying to me. I need to be able to do that.

Breakdown the news for us: what can we expect from you in the near future?

More songs. My first album is already recorded, mixed, and mastered. It’s in the bag. So there’s a ton of music I have yet to share. And, of course, touring.

Be sure to follow slip on Soundcloud and Facebook and check out slip’s brand new feature in Nakid Magazine here

All photos by Jena Puttman.

Art Direction by Ashley Elizabeth.

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LEYYA returns with new synth-pop smash; ‘Wannabe’

Austrian Duo LEYYA has been taking over the world one track at a time proving that they are the indie-darlings we’ve come to know and love. They released a brand new track and it’s bound to be their biggest single to date; ‘Wannabe’ via Las Vegas Records/ +1 Records.

After the success of their sophomore album, Sauna, Leyya struck gold again with new music. Hopefully this means that they plan on releasing a brand new album soon? We will have to wait and see!

‘Wannabe’ is a quirky and light-hearted tune that also forces you to move along to it’s hypnotic bassline and in-your-face bubbling drumwork. The playful use of synth conjures up images of lollipops and ice cream, but delve deeper into the lyrics and you’ll find yourself in a batch of self-reflection. Life isn’t all bright colours and fun beats, but they certainly help.

You definitely want to include this in any and all summer playlists.

On ‘Wannabe’, Leyya says, “After releasing our Second Album ‘Sauna‘ we tried to avoid the Post-Release-down with being creative and writing new music straight away. The song is circling around a problem almost everyone can relate to: Wanting to be like somebody else. Ironically – we find – its often also the other way around.“

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LEYYA Live Dates:
03.10 – Rockhouse, Salzburg, Austria
04.10 – Cinema Paradiso, St. Pölten, Austria
17.10 – Ekko, Utrecht, Netherlands
18.10. – Kleine Freiheit, Osnabrück, Germany
19.10 – Artheater, Köln, Austria
23.10 – Sebright Arms, London, United Kingdom
25.10 – Glocksee, Hannover, Germany
26.10 – Engelsburg, Erfurt, Germany
24.11 – OKH, Vöcklabruck, Austria
27.11 – Konzerthaus, Wien, Austria

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Beards, Funeral Doom and Doing You; we had a chat to indie six-piece, Talkboy.

UK-based Talkboy had a chat with us about the recent release of their single ‘Mother’. This six-piece consists of Katie Heap (vocals), Calum Juniper (vocals), Tim Malkin (guitar), Charlotte Jones (keys), Tom Sargent (bass), and Jake Greenway (drums). Together they bring forth a sweet and playfully nostalgic sound that comes together to conjure up images of friendship and closeness.

More often than not, when a group consists of too many members, the sound can get lost as it’s trying to be too much; that is not the case with Talkboy. With each element of their music it is obvious that a lot of thought went into each little detail to bring forth a full, yet light sound.

Listen to Talkboy’s endearing single ‘Mother’ here while reading about them:


Talkboy

To those not familiar with you, how would you describe your sound?
I guess the easy way out is to say indie, let’s go with that for now. If I think of anything more interesting I’ll let you know.

How did it all start for you?
We were all really good friends throughout university and had been in different bands together during that time. It just felt like a really natural thing to do after a couple of our other projects felt like they had ran their course. The first few weeks of this band were so much fun for all of us, not that it isn’t still loads of fun, just that it was so great for everyone to be really excited to do this together.

Are there any key pieces of equipment that you can’t live without?
Tom (our bass player) has a pretty impressive beard, I don’t think we’d be the same without it.

What are some of your key influences in your music?
There’s a lot of us in the band (six) and we really try to let everyone have their own voice, this means that everyone brings a whole lot of different influences to the Talkboy table. I guess we kind of came together under a general love for bands like the Big Moon, Warpaint and Radiohead.  

What is one sub-genre you think doesn’t get the attention it deserves?
One of my friends at work said his band was ‘funeral doom’ the other day and it blew my mind, I have never heard a funeral doom band before but I have a pretty good idea of what they will sound like, and I like that. For that reason, I think funeral doom deserves a bit more attention.

Any new or upcoming artists on your radar?
There are loads of really great bands from our hometown of Leeds. Team Picture, The Golden Age of TV, Weirds, Peaks, and Roe Green are all doing really well.

What makes your live performances different from the rest?
Like I said earlier, there are a lot of us on stage and we really are all close friends, most of us have lived with one another at some point. I think when you’re that close to people, each encounter you have is special and unique, when you’re on stage in front of people, those little things you do without even noticing become a whole lot more interesting. 

What single night out has been the most memorable for you?
The most recent single launch we had was really special. We were overwhelmed by how many people came to see us, the gig was great and the party continued long after the show had finished.

Do you have a tip for anyone else trying to create their own music?
I don’t know if we can give advise out yet but we just like doing us, if you like what you’re doing, hopefully someone else will but if they don’t, that’s still ok because you’ll still like it.

What is your favourite venue of all time?
Manchester Apollo

What can we expect from you in the near future? Any upcoming projects or gigs in the pipeline that you would like to tell us about?
It’s a real busy time for us at the moment, we have a gig at Night and Day in Manchester on 20th July and another few shows following on from that (keep your eyes on our Facebook for more information) and in between that we’re going to record some new music which is always super exciting.

Be sure to follow Talkboy on social media to keep up to date with their latest happenings.

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Latitude Festival is here! 12 – 15 July in Henham Park

This is going to be one to remember.

The legendary Latitude Festival kicked off right now on the 12 July till 15 July at Henham Park, Southwold, Suffolk

As you can see by the overwhelming amount of pure artistry portrayed minds will clearly be blown and hearts will be filled with joy! Aside from The Killers, Solange, Alt-J headlining the festival there are stellar musicians all ready to make your body move!

This festival hosts more than just an epic weekend of musical madness!  You can expect some fun activities with a wonderful line-up of Comedy, Cabaret and Theatre acts! Also Spoken Word, Film Features and Poetry!

Why don’t you escape to his Dreamy festival right now?

Get excited and have a look at what went down at Latitude Festival last time…!

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The 1975 back with an Album release date and an Extra Surprise!

Ready to have your day made?

This October 2018 will bring the release of The 1975 new album! But strap yourself in for only seven months later another album will arrive in May 2019!

The new album will be called ‘A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships’. Which in the current day and age might contribute to some next level social commentary with a beautiful soundscape of sounds. Regarding their second album to be released in May 2019, Matthew Healy frontman for The 1975 said that the name for the album will be ‘Notes On A Conditional Form’.

With the announcement of this news, it seems that The 1975‘s classic hit ‘Chocolate’ takes full form referring to the verse ” We’re never gonna’ quit it, no we’re never gonna’ quit it no ” 

Let the excitement sink in.

Do indulge yourself now in this wonderful track from The 1975 called ‘Give Yourself A Try’

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Neo-Soul/Jazz artist, Alba Plano, announces White Lotus EP, releases single ‘I Hope’.

It feels like not too long go when London Jazz and Neo-Soul singer, Alba Plano, shared her debut single, ‘Out There’, with the world, but Plano shared her second single ‘I Hope’ and you’ll want to take note. 

Taken from her imminent EP, White Lotus (set to be released 13 July 2018 via Sunrise), it’s clear that Plano knows exactly what she is doing as she cements herself as part of the ever-growing jazz community.

‘I Hope’ features backing vocals that compliments the already sultry and velvety voice of Plano. Not to be outshined, a crystal clear piano chimes in battling for the spotlight alongside a provocative guitar which demands to be noticed. The whole track features stellar production work as the layers build upon each other to bring forth a structure that not only has strong foundations, but beautifully decorated walls as well. It’s robust, it’s picturesque and it will make you feel right at home. 

Commenting on the new single, Alba states: “We can not go back in time, we can not cancel or regret the experiences we’ve had because these have changed our perspectives. We can only bring with us the most beautiful memories that sweeten our soul so as not to ever lose hope of finding love again.”
White Lotus EP Tracklist:
01. Out There
02. I Hope
03. Into You
04. White Lotus
05. Bonus Track – Out There (Blue Lab Beats Remix)

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