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Indie band Reme releases new song ‘Gaga’

Spanish-Brit quartet Reme come back with a second single – and a charmingly disturbing video – after its previous release, Royal Cape, was named one of the best new songs so far in 2020 by Spain’s Radio 3 RNE.

Alongside comparisons to the latest album from Arctic Monkeys, their music has also been linked to other contemporaries such as Foxygen, The Divine Comedy, Once and Future Band, and Halloweens. Among the classics, names like T. Rex, Wings, Elton John or George Harrison have also been mentioned.

Following Royal Cape – a bold, no-radio edit, one-minute-guitar-solo-intro, over-five-minutes-long debut release – Reme return with Gaga, a short, melodic and dreamy ballad, accompanied by a colourful, other-worldly, Lynch-esque video.

The clip explores, through the eyes of an eerie, jester-looking character, the idea of what happens to potential realities that shouldn’t exist in the material universe.

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Q&A with Cork-based music producer Mechner

Cork based artist Jack Ahern, described as “Radiohead meets David Lynch”, completely self-funded and self-produced, he had great success with debut single “Surfacing”, notable for it’s music video which garnered over 25k views and was included in Indiecork Film Festival to a great crowd reaction.

Apt considering Mechner’s debut launch show, it was held in an old converted Art-house cinema.

See our exclusive view with him below:

Looking back, what were some of your earliest entries into music appreciation? And music production?

My earliest memories of music appreciation are of my mother singing and playing guitar to me, of me and my sister learning the violin, though I hated the violin, and still kind of do.

I do remember singing to myself constantly and making up songs about my toy cars and other such things, there was a lot of watching and listening to “Disney renaissance” and other animated musicals, being introduced to The Beatles in my dad’s car, and watching Marty Mcfly rip a hole in my mind with his rendition of Johnny B. Goode… I appreciated it all, but I was too young to really get anything from it.

For many years I actually found music boring, I just wanted to play with video games and toys… when all my friends started talking about their favourite bands and artists… I actually found their interest in music annoying, which is incredibly ironic to anyone who knows me.

I didn’t truly appreciate music and production until I started to learn the guitar at 10 or 11, I have a tremendous obsessive streak with music that I like and I tend to live and breathe that artist or song for months on end, much to the dismay of those around me. The positive is that my ear for picking apart arrangements and individual parts of a song is well tuned.

My first real appreciation for music and production was when I first heard a song called “Bad Penny” by Rory Gallagher, it changed the course of my life.

Take us through your songwriting process. Are there any particular steps you take when putting music together?

My process is always evolving and forever changing, I can go through months and in the past years without writing a single thing, though not due to writers block (I don’t believe in writer’s block), then I can sit down and say to myself, “everyday this week 9am to 2pm I will write and complete one song”, and I do. Other times it is very fruitful and creativity flows well as songs fall out of me regularly.

Sometimes it exclusively starts with the melody, sometimes just a riff or a chord progression, or even a dream.

Sometimes it’s a development of an idea that has sat with me for years.

One step that seems to happen nearly every time is I will strive to complete a first draft of a song from start to finish, even if I have dummy lyrics or don’t quite like the structure or something. Then I will pick away at the lyrics and melody in particular, trying to find more eloquent ways of saying a line or to give to my melody a more interesting harmonic structure behind it.

It’s similar to an artist doing a sketch or rough outlines, then filling in the detail after. It’s helpful in actually getting songs done, for me.

What gets your creative juices flowing?

Late night driving, the monotony of the road markings spinning under the car, the numbers on the dashboard mechanically ticking over, the headlights struggling to reveal the black river of tar in front of the car and the relative quiet and empty roads open my mind to many thoughts and lets my brain gestate ideas. There is something so appealing to me about driving at night time… something mysterious, forbidden and sexy. It feels like being in another world.

Also creativity itself gets me going, watching others around me falling for their passion of ideas and concepts.

Finally “work” itself gets me flowing. Once I can get over the hump of actually sitting down to do the “work”, the “work” itself ends up feeding the “work”, and then I feel unstoppable as I tick the boxes and move on to the next project to complete.

The problem is mustering up the courage to actually sit down and do it all.

As a musician, it becomes apparent that there is a huge difference between the art and the business. Is there anything about the music scene that you would personally change?

I am not sure I fully agree with that statement… as there is an “art” to certain aspects of business.

For example, I used to be all doom and gloom about things like social media, everyone told me “you have to be on this platform”, “you have to post 7 times a day” and “you have to have that platform to be successful”. I just really felt it did not represent me in any truthful way. Then luckily after much internal searching, I found a way to approach things like marketing, updates and posts artistically, to make it all part of the “art”, if you will, to add layers to what I am trying to say to the world.

As for something “about the music scene I would personally change”… I would love to see more variety of music pushed to the masses, I do feel that the majority of music these days that is pushed hard on media platforms and favoured by the algorithm is all based around 3 or 4 different sounds, it’s all too homogeneous. It would be wonderful to have more variety pushed on the radio and other platforms. Open others to new sounds and different ways of thinking. Music is powerful and never meant to just fade into the background and blend all together into a forgettable mush

Studio work and music creation or performing and interacting with a live audience, which do you prefer?

Whilst nothing “quite” beats a live show where the audience knows your music and is fully engaged with your performance.

I have to say I think I prefer the “quiet” contemplation of studio work and creation, it feels like a calm before the storm.

What is the most memorable response you have had to your music?

Still to this day the most memorable response to my music is when I had the opportunity to play live in front of none other than Morrissey in The Workman’s Club in Dublin.

It was a showcase gig and absolutely no one was there, until after our first song 3 people walked in and sat down at a table right in the middle of the venue, the lights on the stage blocked my vision from seeing who these individuals were, but we continued unfazed. Afterwards as we sat down in the green room, when the gig organiser entered and said there was someone upstairs who wanted to talk to us, and that we shouldn’t miss the opportunity.

I felt tired and didn’t really want to go upstairs, though after some cryptic coaxing from the organiser, I came upstairs and was introduced to Morrissey, his manager and his friend.

I would be lying if I said I was “impressed” or “blown away”, as at the time I had little to no interest in “The Smiths” or Morrissey’s music. I remember we sat down with him and his entourage and I was seated next to him off to the side, he was wearing a simple tweed suit and he looked me dead in the eye and said my song was “Simply Brilliant”.

What’s on your current playlist?

I don’t tend to listen to playlists or much music on my phone per se, I generally listen to a lot of vinyl, I have a reasonably sized collection of maybe around 70 or 80.

This makes me really sit down and give the album my full attention, this morning I was listening to the 1979 Joy Division classic “Unknown Pleasures”. Shadow Play is powerful. I have a real taste for older music in production and songwriting, in fact the majority of music I listen to regularly is pre-1970’s.

Other vinyls that currently are getting revolutions on my deck are:

“Grace” – Jeff Buckley
“Odeysse and Oracle” – The Zombies (Yes, that is the way Odeysse is spelt on the album)
“The Doors” – The Doors
“Pet Sounds” – The Beach Boys
“This Old Dog” – Mac Demarco
“0” – Low Roar

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

This year is big for me, it’s kind of do or die, I am aiming to release 4 more singles all with music videos, following “Do you wanna go?” over the summer months, before releasing my conceptual mini-LP “Club Idem” sometime near autumn, the music videos are integral to the body of work as a whole. This is extremely exciting for me to finally see all this work go out to the world after working on it in (ironically) complete isolation and near complete secrecy till now!

Famous last words?

OK, That’s it, Turn off your computer and do something constructive.

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Premiere: indie-folk, music producer Timothy announces new song ‘Alone’

Swedish singer-songwriter Timothy has just announced his brand new song ‘Alone’ which is set to be released on the 17th of April 2020.
The follow up to the recent release “Home”, Alone is a melancholic song searching for love within tranquillity. Inspiration for this track has been my hikes, my quiet times in nature and the simplicity around me.

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Interview with singer Claudia Jonas

South African born singer Claudia Jonas, with moving to Sweden she had been influenced by different cultures and languages she started to create her own music at the age of seven.

She is currently writing music for a vast variety of genres and assignments, while also performing live. She has been involved in many different projects over the last years and has always strived for experiences that intertwine various musical cultures and expressions.


How has your musical background helped shaped your sound?

In my early years my family moved to Sweden from South Africa, which was a big cultural change for me. With two different mother tongues and Swedish as a third language, music became my most important means of expression. I initially started creating music at the age of seven. At the age of twelve I started recording in our home studio that my father and uncle built for my sister and I.

I always had a really clear image of how I wanted my music to sound and what I wanted to express. As I started university at The Royal College of Music in Stockholm in 2011, that vision changed somewhat. I realized I was being influenced by my growing knowledge of the technical side of music, as well as teachers- the “do’s and don’ts”, or “rules of music”.

I then took an active decision to not let myself be too influenced by outer influences and have ever since. It is normal to evolve and inevitable to be influenced, and that is growing, but it is also important I think to be aware of the choices one makes while creating music and stay true to oneself.

Take us through your songwriting process. Are there any particular steps you take when putting music together?

It often starts with a melody that comes to mind in my sleep, on a plane or during work. I then record myself singing it on my phone and will start working on it within the next few days on the piano. I have sometimes composed while trying out a new instrument, where the sound inspires me to a melody.

Most of the time an event will inspire the creation of a song. In this case ‘Best Thing’ was inspired by my constant travelling back and forth to London to be with my love. My next song coming out was inspired by a particularly unfriendly character I came across one day near my house…ironically it later became one of my favourite songs!

After putting the song together on the piano, I generally move into the studio where I start producing and I see where that takes me.

What are or were some of the challenges for you in producing or performing while keeping true to your vision of your music.

To be honest I don’t really struggle with keeping true to my vision of a song. Usually I know exactly what I’m looking for in my music. If I struggle making that happen in the studio in the production phase, I then will turn to one of my producer friends that I know will get it right.

Who are three musicians you think the world needs to hear right now?

That is a tough question as I think there are so many amazing artists out there.
Definitely my sister Julia Jonas though, I think her music is absolutely fantastic and extremely inspiring.

I am a huge fan of Susanne Sundfør, she has one of the most beautiful voices I know of and creates unique and magical music.

I’ve always had a soft spot for Dido, her music to me is nostalgic, dreamy and always makes me feel good.

Studio work and music creation or performing and interacting with a live audience, which do you prefer?

I love both for different reasons but I do prefer performing to an audience. The exchange one has with the audience and the fact that what is happening is happening right there and then, involving so many people, that is just the best feeling.

Any “strange tales” or things that may have happened during a show that seemed too weird to be true?

Not hugely weird, but I did have a surprising encounter at one of my gigs… We were approached and thanked by a really friendly guy who’d been sitting in front of us during the gig. After exchanging a few friendly words we realized it was Björn Borg. That to me was really fun and exciting as I’m a big fan of tennis and grew up while he was at the forefront of the sport. He was lovely and left us quite a tip!

Do you find that social media and keeping up with your fans has become overwhelming? Or do you rely heavily on others to take care of that for the band? Which platform would you say that you enjoy engaging with the most?

I have never been a social media person and really struggle keeping up with it. I literally hate it and actually hardly ever use it. I love being in my world, in the present with the people around me there and then. I love telling a story in person and I hate posting things about myself. That’s why I think live performances are great, a moment where you really are present and you are sharing that moment with hundreds or thousands of other people.

What is the most memorable response you have had to your music?

I wrote this song a while back and one of my best friends had the demo on one of her playlists. When I recently sent the new version to her, she told me that re-listening to the song brought up so many special memories from that period of time… Her praise made me so happy, having written a song that could create such strong feelings in somebody.

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

I have created a lot of new music and can’t wait to get it out there! So definitely more songs on the way!

Famous last words?

I am so grateful to all the support I have received so far and to have been given the opportunities to do what I love most in the world, making music.

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The Spook School Share Farewell song ‘Keep In Touch’

After announcing in March that they’re to split after one last tour, trailblazing Scottish indie-pop band THE SPOOK SCHOOL have announced they will release final single ‘Keep in Touch’ to accompany their final farewell tourwhich begins this week – and the last few tickets (for the shows that haven’t sold out) are on sale now.

The band were nominated for Scottish Album of The Year in 2018 with their third album Could It Be Different? out now on Alcopop! Records—an internationally acclaimed release that was packed with hope and good will, passionately championing LGBTQ+ rights and inclusivity. It’s safe to say they will be missed!

On the single, drummer Niall McCamley says: “We have had the absolute time of our lives. Just because the band is coming to a close doesn’t mean we won’t be around. The songs get to live on and we will still reply to your messages and letters. What an adventure, and what a privilege to be able to celebrate thejourney with one final tour. Thank you for making a tiny band feel like giants. Keep in touch.”

his year will mark the end of the project known as The Spook School. Whilst it is incredibly sad, we really want to look back with joy on this journey. It’s easy to forget all the things we managed to achieve with close to zero knowledge of how the music industry works (we still don’t really understand a lot of it!).

We started as friends and we are ending the exact same way. We still love each other and in the future we will continue to work together on creative projects, but real life has a habit of getting in the way and eating up time and energy. We just can’t devote ourselves to the band the way we want to anymore and we would rather go out with a fanfare than let The Spook Schooldrift quietly away.

We have achieved so much more than we ever thought possible and we are so, so grateful for everything we got to experience. We have met so many people and seen so much of the world that would have remained hidden from us if it wasn’t for this band.

To mark our departure we plan to go out with an almighty bang. We will be embarking on a farewell tour of the UK in August and September culminating in our final show in Glasgow on September 7th. It would be lovely to see you, sing with you, and dance with you for a last time.

It has been 8 years, 3 albums, countless silly covers, hundreds of adventures, and one highly unofficial endorsement from Linda McCartney’s Vegetarian Sausages. We will never forget our time as The Spook School.

Finally, we want to say thank you to you. Thank you for your support, it truly has meant so much to us. We’re full of self-doubt and constantly questioning ourselves and to have such positive people coming to our shows and listening to our music is infectious. We have written about incredibly personal things and that sense of community and of having a support network has been so beautiful. If our music has made even the smallest positive contribution to anybody then we can be exceptionally proud.

The Spook School Farewell Tour Dates:

30.08.19 – Edinburgh – Henry’s Cellar Bar
1.08.19 – Newcastle – The Cumberland Arms
01.09.19 – Manchester – Gullivers
02.09.19 – Leeds – Brudenell Social Club
03.09.19 – Bristol – Exchange
04.09.19 – Brighton – Green Door Store
05.09.19 – London – Moth Club
06.09.19 – Nottingham – Rough Trade
07.09.19 – Glasgow – The Art School

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