Category Archives: Interviews

Matthew Ryan: “For as long as I’m compelled to write and sing, then I will write and sing. As long as it feels like fire.”

Listening to Matthew Ryan‘s music is always a profound experience. There is something so strikingly real and compelling within the beautifully potent sound and voice of the Pennsylvania born singer-songwriter, something that engages with listeners as much as his words, wisdom, grace and all around humbleness. And it’s like an ultimate fuel for the soul that he shares with us fellow humans.

Matthew doesn’t hide his excitement about bringing his music and his band, The Northern Wires over to the UK, Ireland and Europe to join The Gaslight Anthem on their reunion tour in celebration of the ten-year anniversary of The ’59 Sound. And as Matthew is no stranger to the majority of this audience, I am sure that him and his band will receive a great welcome at each show.

A special headlining gig is set to take place at the Borderline venue in London on 30th July, and if you also wish to experience Matthew in a more intimate setting, make sure to catch one of his solo shows, starting on August 1st in Brighton.

I caught up with Matthew before he journeyed across the water to talk about the upcoming tour, music, life and the fire within…

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Getting To Know The Yada Yada Yadas

Inspired by 90’s US alt rock, Durham based trio The Yada Yada Yadas arrived on the music scene 18 months ago and swiftly became the darlings inside the alt rock / fuzzy pop sound sphere. Delivering fresh and appealing noise, BBC 6 Music took notice after they unleashed their debut single Oceans, leading onto playing a bunch of shows and festivals over the past few months as well as putting out a nostalgic new single Seven Years via Silent Kid Records. According to the band’s singer Mark, we can look forward to a couple of new tracks before the release of their debut EP later this year.

So what else did I find out about The Yada Yada Yadas…

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Craig Cardiff: “You really live or die by how good, how real your show is”

Craig Cardiff has been writing music for over two decades, painting great melodies onto his stories and poems while connecting with fans all over Canada and beyond. It seems as Craig’s love for touring and creating unique, intimate experiences with people is what inspires him the most. There’s realness and humbleness in Cardiff’s songs and you cannot help but warm up to his art. He has recently put out a compelling new single called Okay Cupid, and you can find out about how the song came to life in our following interview where Craig also talks about his recent trip to Hong Kong and his desire to visit the UK.

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Tors: “We Say No is about depression and anxiety; the idea that there is worth and light in the struggle itself”

Devon based Tors are on the rise. The band have recently put out their first EP Wilder Days after delivering one compelling single after another. They’ve already received a lot of praise from radio and press, and continue to win fans with their supreme harmonies and honest, heartfelt lyrics. It’s refreshing to see a young band with genuine passion to craft songs with beauty and meaning; songs that create an impact that doesn’t fade away.

Give Wilder Days a listen and find out more about Tors in the following fun Q&A with Theo.

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AKA George: “I’ll always have freedom over my creativity whether I’m signed or not”

When I first spoke to AKA George four years ago and saw him perform live in Brighton, I was extremely impressed with his boundless talents as well as the undying passion and energy he puts into the creation of his music and performing. Such talent is rare and for that reason major labels wanted to sign him, but, at the time he wasn’t ready and declined the offers. Instead, he went for a wise move – keep on evolving as an artist and improve his songwriting and performing skills. So for the past few years AKA George has been working hard and putting out music for his dedicated fans; music that’s original, creative and brilliant. His latest single Stone Cold Classic, a tune as cool and catchy as it can get, has become a huge hit and proves that AKA George is now more than ready to get signed and show the rest of the world what he’s capable of.

Here is our interview about his musical journey, creative process, performing, fans and plans for next year.

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