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Interview / The Microdance

London based 5-piece The Microdance come with a high dose of dreamy atmospheric sound, providing a great mixture of 80s synth pop, 90s alt rock and shoegaze. They are ready to dazzle you with their engaging tunes, which are charged with magnetic vocals. The band can pride themselves  with an ability to produce truly unique and appealing tracks, that will take you on a special musical journey. Even The Joy Fomidable love them!

Good news is the band are about to release their next single in September and start working on a debut album!

Read on to discover more about The Microdance in the following interview with the lead singer Alex Keevill.

When and how did The Microdance come together as a band?

This incarnation? Through a shit load of trial and error! Originally it was just our old drummer James and me, we recorded a couple of EPs together and I wasn’t too bothered about playing live, I was kind of down on the idea of other people! But since the live version – for want of a better word – came into being, it’s been like a revolving door, that’s my fault though for showing zilcho discretion! Lots of mismatches and some pretty horrible gigs later, we’ve got something close to the perfect blend. I’ve said this a few times before, perhaps overly optimistically, but this time I really think it’s true; this band and the people in it, Gavin, Thom, Rob and Shona are a fucking killer – more than I could ever of hoped for. Pretty much nobody knew anyone else in the band and it’s all been done through classified ads. We’re not very organic like that!

How would you describe your sound and the meaning behind your music?

I think our music is a cocktail of lots of exciting elements. We love shoegaze, we love alt rock, some of us love heavy metal, we love new wave, we love post punk, we love dream pop and psychedelia – it’s all in there and we try to keep it cohesive. There’s a lot of pain in the music; but it’s bright pain, tinged with hope. It’s never been my goal to bring people down with a song – what’s the point in that?! So while it’s emotional vomiting, it’s the vomit of someone who’s eaten a lot of skittles! I hope we’re making music with substance because there’s not a lot of that around at the moment.

What’s your favourite song you have written so far and why?

It’s probably one that’s going to be on our album, ‘The City Was Cruel to Our Love’ – it manages to be slow and beautiful without being maudlin and then somehow it manages to be super intense and pretty heavy without touching on metal. It’s a great blend of contradictory elements that never get lost. We think this one will be kind of the centre piece for the album, although it’s in very good company and may well be usurped by one of the other 7 minute plus songs!

Were you influenced by any other musicians or records that gave you the idea to start playing music?

Too many to mention but I think it gets to a point where this thing, this notion of being a musician, gets its barbs into you and becomes your raison d’etre without any conscious reasoning. That could’ve happened when I first got Purple Rain when I was four (i think), but it’s probably an accumulative thing.

Other than the people you’re with now, if you could get any musician, living or dead, who would be in your “dream band?”

Prince, Morgan Kibby, Stevie Nicks, Billy Corgan, Peter Hook and Jimi Hendrix. I’d sit that one out and just spectate while having a milkshake with J Mascis – who didn’t quite make the cut, on the grounds that Billy and Jimi are already soloing excessively on every song.

Can you tell us about one of your fondest musical memories?

The summer of 1993, falling in love with Siamese Dream – that thing didn’t leave my ears for 3 months – and meeting my childhood sweetheart, soulmate and now wife. Unbeatable!

Is there any particular place on earth you’d like to tour with the band?

There’s nowhere that I wouldn’t love to play, so  I guess the answer would be determined by my dream travel itinerary – because I’ve given up predicting audiences’ reaction to our music – it’s led to way much disappointment in the past. Speaking of which, scratch that first sentence – Uxbridge and Kings Cross, I’m not playing Uxbridge or Kings Cross ever again!

What can we expect from The Microdance in the upcoming weeks/months regarding shows, releases etc.?

Hopefully we’ll have a new double A-side in September, then we’re gonna chill out on the live front for a while as we prep the album which we hope to have done by February. You’ll probably see us greased up and ready for action in your town within a year.

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Interview / Adding Machine

The Adding MachineBristol based four-piece Adding Machine formed in 2011 by Hazel Mills, Greg Stoddard, Andy Sutor and TJ Allen, who have all worked with some pretty great musicians, including members of Roxy Music, Goldfrapp and Bat for Lashes. Their sound features a great mixture of post-punk, 80s synths and beautifully haunting vocals of Hazel Mills. This is the kind of sound that transforms you into a different dimension with its fascinating and mysterious allure.

In the following interview, you’ll get to find out about the forming of Adding Machine, their interesting collaborations, upcoming plans and more.

What’s the story behind forming of Adding Machine?

Hazel Mills: Adding Machine started life as my solo project. Tim (TJ Allen) and I had been working together for a few years on various projects, including Andy Mackay + The Metaphors, and he also produced my debut EPs. Greg (Stoddard) and Andy (Sutor) joined the live band for my album launch in 2010, and we just gelled. The fact that we were having so much fun and that it was becoming really collaborative meant it was the logical step.

How would you describe your sound and what do you think makes your band stand out in today’s music scene?

It’s a mixture of elements of post-punk, krautrock and wonky 80s synths/drum machines. We’ve thrown in a bit of doom on occasion too, and are really influenced by a lot of 70s/80s horror soundtracks. The four of us have quite different musical backgrounds, which often makes for some interesting combinations.

You’ve also worked, or are currently working with some other great artists/bands. Could you tell us about it?

Yes, Tim and I (as I mentioned before) have worked with Andy Mackay (Roxy Music) on his solo album and tour. I’ve also done a few shows with Goldfrapp’s Will Gregory in his Moog Ensemble (a group of 11 odd synth players), and hope to do more in the future – a really surreal and worth while experience! Tim’s also been touring with Bat For Lashes for the past year as a member of the live band. They’ll be supporting Depeche Mode in September, which is pretty nuts.

What can you tell us about your track ‘Ships to Sink’?

It started off as almost a wonky waltz, and was nearly shelved until Tim did a new arrangement (using the instrumentation that you’ll hear on the finished version). The four of us then developed it in the studio together. I love the junk-shop percussion in verse two – we had a lot of fun dropping weights and bags of bottles on the wooden floor in the live room and compressing the hell out of them.

Are you planning on recording some new material in the near future?

Adrian Utley (Portishead) is going to be producing some tracks for us – we’re currently talking dates in the studio in a couple of months when Tim’s back from the BFL tour. Other than that, we’ve been doing a lot of our own recording and demoing at our own studio.

Are there any musicians you admire or got inspired by to become a musician?

There are so many people who have inspired us individually over the years. Here are a few of them:

HM: Steve Reich, Jim Morrison, Grace Slick.

GS: Tom Waits, Jonny Greenwood, The Cure.

AS: John Bonham, Randy Rhoads, my brother John Sutor.

TA: Delia Derbyshire, Robin Guthrie, Christian Fennesz.

How is the Bristol music scene at the moment and how do you think you fit in?

There are quite a few pretty great bands around in Bristol at the moment. I saw Thought Forms supporting Chelsea Light Moving a couple of weeks back, and was completely blown away. There’s also Cursor Major, ANTA, Beak>, Fauns. These guys are all friends of ours (and most of which are bands we have played/are playing with) – there’s a definite communal feel to the Bristol music scene.

Where would you like to see yourselves five years from now?

We don’t tend to think that far ahead! Hopefully we’ll still be doing what we love.

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Tying Tiffany / Interview

From having her songs featured in the US TV show CSI and the video game FIFA ’12 to composing the original trailer music for the huge movie hit The Hunger Games, Tying Tifanny is a multitalented artist from Italy with a strong passion for anything artistic and original. Unique, charismatic, true to herself and not afraid to express all the feelings from the various beauties of the world, TT’s work is never the same. Her fourth studio album Dark Days, White Nights has been released in January and as her previous works, she takes her sound to a different level and shows us all the great aspects of creating music.

Here she talks about her biggest passions – music and art, as well as her style, upcoming tour and future plans.

You have released your fourth album in January. How does this one differ from your previous work?

It’s a little bit different. I went back to work on some songs that I had left unfinished from my previous album Peoples Temple. I wanted to balance the impact and atmosphere different in attitude and expression, thus was born Dark Days White Nights. I like to generate a powerful wall of sound. Last year a lot of things changed for me and for this reason, I felt the need for a more intimate album. I like to scan the human mind, telling of issues such as the lack of communication, existential unease, the crisis of modernity… This work also talks about the great mysteries of the night and day.

What inspires you to create your music and how do you like to experiment with various forms of sounds?

Throughout my life I have been influenced by many things around me and these obviously are welcome . Like movies, books, magazines, listening to a lot of music, nature but mostly I love to observe the world, people and what it brings to my every day life.  If you take in every situation you see, there is a story behind it.
I like to experiment and discover the different sides of me to grow, without limits or musical boundaries. This pushed me to do what I’m doing.

You’re from Italy. Is the type of music genre you create common over there?

In Italy the music that works is primarily traditional folk or pop.  The remainder is totally underground and  it’s really hard to establish itself outside of these rules and very different than in Germany or UK or other countries in Europe where the alternative music is proposed by radio, various magazines and important thematic festivals.
There are only few magazines of reference, rare evenings trying to bring the genre, often hampered, but we have a lot of people who follow the scene and would like to have more opportunities to spread. Fortunatly there are independent web channels that come to the rescue.

You’ve done quite a few shows since the release of your latest album and you have more coming up, also in Germany. How has the tour been for you so far?

For the moment everything went very well, but still lacks real tour beginning in September with venues across Europe.
The gigs are very important for me. I really love the contact with people, life on the road and never stopping.

It would be great to see you play over here one day! Have you played in the UK before?

I played in the UK last summer. It was great and soon I will come back for other gigs. I have a new booking agency there  called No Wave Production.
It’s not easy to get attention in the UK because there is so much proposal as opposed to the other countries.  This time I would like to plan a tour over there seriously because I believe there is the right audience for what I propose.

You have composed the music for ‘The Hunger Games’ trailer which is a movie based on a bestselling book and has been a huge hit in cinemas. How does it feel to be part of something like that?

I grew on a lot of things and I’m still catching on a lot of things, you know. Everything is just new for me and I get to do what I want to do.
Compose a theme for a trailer like ‘The Hunger Games’ and a movie sountrack is totally different from what I usually do in music. It has been a great chance and a release in this mainstream context. I love working for film because I am asked to combine the variety of music and it’s always a welcome opportunity for me to learn more about it.  Anyway, this is one of the most rewarding things I’ve composed.

You have attended the Art Institute. Other than music, which other forms of art do you enjoy?

I love all forms of art and I try to make special and unique everything that’s around me; even things that may seem unnecessary or no noteworthy just like the thought of the Dada Surrealist Movement, like a big F*** YOU to the whole idea of art.
I am always looking for something new, I like to surprise myself and be curious, especially in the visual arts and cinema.

I really like your style. As a woman in this industry, do you feel any pressure and do you care much about being or looking a certain way?

I always follow and believe in my own feeling about the style and music. I haven’t felt any pressure. I like to evolve and change my style to grow up as an artist. Sometimes artists follow the latest music trend but it’s very dangerous to change the style, just to keep the attention of the hyper bloggers. In this way anything good won’t be done, only experimental and throwaway projects.

And finally, what would you like to achieve as a musician in the next year or two?

I’m starting to work on a few new projects which are totally different from TT and I’m going to increase my stuff.

So music, music and music!

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