Tag Archives: Singer-Songwriter

Ones To Watch – Interview / The Glass Child

There are artists who move others not only with their music and lyrics but also with their approach to life. Charlotte Eriksson aka The Glass Child isn’t just an extremely talented singer-songwriter but also an artist with a story to inspire. Years back she left Sweden and moved to London with an aim to pursue her music and find a purpose in life. As Charlotte explains in our following interview, her success hasn’t come easy. She has fought for her dream and it looks like she’s fought well and found her true purpose at last. Not only she’s released some stunning music over the years, she also published her very own book last year. Now based in Berlin, Charlotte’s working on a new record via Pledge Music and she’s reaching her goal fast. So go on and find out more about her journey and fall in love with the amazing music, wisdom and story of The Glass Child.

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Video Premiere / JELF – Burnt Book

jelfLondon based 18 year old singer-songwriter JELF has released his debut single Burnt Book on 27th January and today MGMB is extremely pleased to premiere the video for this track produced by Adem Hilmi (Florence + The Machine, Amy Winehouse, BabyShambles). 

Featuring some magnificent vocals and impressive string parts, the video perfectly mirrors the eerie atmoshere of the song. The singer-songwriter who classes Florence + The Machine and Jeff Buckley as his main influences says: “I recorded the music video in a little town named Frome close to Bristol with a very talented producer/director Daniel Broadley. We took over an abandoned quarry for a day and used the amazing landscape for the shoot incorporating smoke bombs, confetti and the natural environment in freezing temperatures.”

Watch the stunning video for Burnt Book below and you can also purchase the single on iTunes.

www.jelfmusic.com

Singer-Songwriter Interview / Kristopher James

Music Gets Me By is happy to introduce you to Florida based singer-songwriter Kristopher James, who creates interest with his captivating music loaded with soft, acoustic guitar tunes and stunning vocals, leaving you under its spell and forming a dazzling atmosphere all around.

In our following interview, we’ve discussed Kristopher’s involvement with music, songwriting, performing live and hopes for the future.

Could you describe the journey of you getting involved with music and what has been your main influence to start performing as a solo artist?

I started music on a lie. Told some friends I played drums … They booked a show and I had to learn quick. Since then, after learning the guitar and figure out I might be able to sing in key, it’s me trying to figure out who I am, what I feel and how to write it down. Being ok with insecurities and being ok with singing them out.

If you had to pick just one of your tracks to impress a new potential fan, which one would it be and why?

Ha! That’s a hard question because I have a love/hate relationship with them. “My Heart Wasn’t Ready” is a song I still listen to and enjoy. I like the range and emotion of the song itself, and the space between the notes are just as tense as the emotion.

What’s the best atmosphere for you to work on your songs?

7:30pm in my living room after putting my son to sleep. Sitting alone on the hardwood floor trying to fill the room with something.

Do you remember writing your first ever song and the inspiration behind it?

Haha!! Yes! It was called “Fallen Fallacies Fail”. I was a big fan of alliteration. Literally the whole song was filled with alliteration. If there’s a cut somewhere, I’d hide it or hire someone to take it out.

How about your very first experience playing in front of a live audience? What was it like?

Standing on a stage by myself and singing songs I wrote was nerve wracking. Everything from “am I in key” to “why the hell would anyone want to listen to these songs” went through my head. But in the end, I didn’t pee myself, pass out or throw up, so it was ok.

What song of yours do you love to perform the most?

“Regrettably Said”. It feels like the song is a progressive crescendo and it leaves room for whatever emotion is present when I sing. Loud, strong notes or soft, falsetto notes … I really enjoy not knowing how it will feel.

What type of music did you listen to while growing up and how has your music taste evolved over the years?

Everything from Smashing Pumpkins and Sonic Youth to Rancid and Bad Religion. The angst of my youth has matured, I think.

If you could record a track with anyone in the world, either dead or alive, who would it be?

Alive – Tom Waits, Bob Dylan or Paul McCartney.

Dead – Jeff Buckley, Elliot Smith or Lou Reed.

As an artist, is there anything special you hope to be able to accomplish with your music?

I had someone ask me that same question and at the time I couldn’t answer it. If all that happens with whatever I write is a drink and a song,  then I’m content. If somehow, for some reason, people want to hear what I write, I’ll still take a drink and sing a song.

I’m attempting to finish a full album catalog.

Possibly look at more collaboration and studio time. Besides that, just singing and drinking with friends like you.

Links – Soundcloud, Facebook

Interview / Natasha Miren

Music Gets Me By is extremely pleased to bring in some girl power once again and introduce you to the charismatic solo artist Natasha Miren and her moving dream-pop tunes, haunting vocals and great songwriting skills. Now based in London, the talented Dutch singer-songwriter is ready to pursue her dream, start gigging and get the recognition she deserves. There is a couple of wonderful tracks of hers available on her Soundcloud page and YouTube, and if you like the sound she creates, make sure to catch her live at the Lock Tavern in London on 7th November.

You can get to know Natasha a bit more in our following interview.

How did you get into music and what made you want to pursue a career as a solo artist?

I’ve been drawn to musical instruments for as long as I can remember – one of my favourite toys as a toddler was a toy stratocaster! I started piano lessons when I was 9, and knew I wanted to compose movie scores by the time I was 11. But then I started to write so much poetry as a teenager, that I felt like I couldn’t just do instrumental music. As for why I went solo – my main inspirations were people like Alanis Morissette and Fiona Apple, so I naturally gravitated towards following that path. But it took me until last year to work up the courage to actually sing my own songs. That was thanks to tons of encouragement from people around me. 

You come from Holland. How does the Dutch music scene differ from the UK one?

I’m not sure how good of an idea of the Dutch music scene I have actually, as I come from a small town called Hilversum and never really saw gigs anywhere else (other than big acts). I mostly went to see rock bands, and mostly at the same main venue. The best thing about London in comparison is the diversity of cultures and nationalities. Most people I meet aren’t originally from here either, so it’s cool to be part of a scene that comes from all over the place, made up of people who came to London for the same reason I did. 

What could you tell us about the two tracks, which are available to listen to on your Soundcloud page?

I recorded Overdose and Scarlet with my producers, Nick Amour and Guz Lally (collectively called Let’s Throw Shapes), and they came about in very different ways! I think they show my spectrum of material. Overdose is about losing someone, or yourself, to addiction, and I pretty much wrote it in one go as an acoustic guitar song. Scarlet started as a musical idea, which led onto something kinky lyrics-wise. I’ll let people try to figure out what it’s about…

How about the videos. Who did you record them with?

Well, the studio is on a boat, and our boat neighbour just happens to be an amazing director! His name is Adrian Moat, and he’s done incredible work with RSA Films. His lighting-guy friend Jeremy Benning happened to be around too, and he ended up doing inventive things using just stuff he found around the boat! Flashlights, coloured plastic… We then got Aaron Johnson at Final Cut to do us a huge favour and edit it all. There are a few more videos I’ll be releasing down the line.

What were your main musical influences while growing up and what music do you listen to nowadays?

I listen to all kinds of genres, from metal to classical to bubblegum pop to techno, and I always have! But Alanis Morissette is the first person I remember wanting to be like – she’s what me made decide to be a guitar chick. Then I got into Fiona Apple when I was about 18, and loved her occasionally whisper-y singing style, and sometimes uncomfortable lyrics. She’s what made me decide to sing.

Is there anyone you’d wish to collaborate with musically in the future?

Because I love so many different genres, and love to try out new instruments and styles, I hope to dabble in projects that are totally different from what I do. My need-to-do list: metal, chillout, dance and trance. Those are dreams of mine… I don’t have specific artists in mind, but hopefully I get to work with the future masters of those genres!

Where do you usually draw ideas from when writing songs?

Most of my songs have traditionally been directed at someone in my life, things I want to express but would never say to them personally. I never give away who or what they’re really about – I like to keep things ambiguous! I think it’s nice for listeners to make up their own stories, or relate it to their own experiences. I wouldn’t want my stupid personal life to get in the way of that!

If you were to chose a quote or lyric that motivates you from day to day, what would it be?

I don’t have particular quotes, but I do have a couple of concepts that I try to remind myself of daily. One is that “anything is possible”, or that I am capable of anything I want (and I mean scientifically and physically!), and the other is that “everything is going to be okay”. I believe that things are always okay, because if they go according to plan – great!, but if they don’t, you always learn from it. And I feel like there’s a force that knows what’s best for us in the end.

What are the main goals, you’d like to achieve with your music?

This might sound cheesy, but my overarching goal is that I fulfill my purpose in life. I have an inkling I know what that is, because I’ve gotten so much guidance in the last year! No matter how hard I tried not to sing (out of fear), all roads led me to sing my own songs solo. I just need to keep having the courage to take these cues. I know things will be clear later on life.

In terms of releases and live shows, do you have anything special coming up?

I’m playing my first gig at the Lock Tavern on 7th November, a night presented by Young and Lost Club, supporting Damon Valentine. After that, I’ll be getting together a band and developing a longer set, and will be booking gigs as soon as possible. I played so many gigs in my old band, so I am bursting to get back on the scene again!

Links – Soundcloud, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter

Singer-Songwriter Interview / Deetrich

Deetrich is an Irish singer-songwriter who writes exceptional songs with a touch of rock, pop and country and her beautifully haunting vocals add an alluring feel to her music. Her debut album ‘Tug of War’ ‘was produced by Leo Pearson who has worked with great artists like Elvis Costello and U2. She’s set to release a new single ‘Beating On That Drum’ soon, so stayed tuned.

In our interview, Deetrich talks about her album, recording of her video ‘Danger In My Feet’, influences and more…

When did you start playing music and who or what influenced you to become a singer-songwriter?

I was always making up songs even as a child…I wrote some pretty out there songs which I still remember but could never repeat! I learned how to play the guitar when I was 17 for accompaniment.

Where do you draw your inspiration from when writing songs?

Everything around me from people to objects (hence the song ‘Yellow Radio’), also interesting things people say. I keep a log of it on my phone and try to use it in a song.

Can you tell us about the recording process of your debut album ‘Tug Of War’?

I wrote the album first without any words. I had an idea of what I wanted them to be about and played them for the producer Leo Pearson. I had over 20 songs & we whittled it down to 10. The rhythm of the songs initially was more important to me than the words, which followed after.

How was the shooting of your video ‘Danger In My Feet’ and where did it take place?

Great, I was delighted with how it turned out as it was my own idea and I edited it myself, which was a first for me! It took place in woods and an old graveyard in my home town of Thomastown, Kilkenny. It was filmed by my husband M.J. O’Carroll.

Which one of your live shows has been your favourite so far and why?

It’s hard to choose! Playing with John Martyn’s backing band was quite amazing. I also sang along side Mundy and Leslie Dowdal on stage later that night. Supporting ‘Donovan’ in the Set Theatre in Kilkenny this summer was also pretty cool. The balcony and floor were full and it was a very intimate gig.

What other musicians do you admire and class as your main influences?

P.J. Harvey, Gillian Welch, Nina Persson, Joni Mitchell, Vashti Bunyan, Bjork, Patti Smith…I’m intrigued by female artists and how they use their voices. I like music that’s artistic, poetic and has a bit of attitude.

If you had to choose a quote or a line to describe what motivates you day to day, what would it be?

Happiness is not something ready made, it comes from your own actions (Dalai Lama).

Do you have any new music releases or shows coming up?

I will be playing at Electric Picnic this year. I’ve also recorded a new single called ‘Beating On That Drum’, I’ll be releasing on Reekus Records soon. I will have more details of that and all my upcoming gigs on my ‘Deetrich’ facebook page.

Links – Facebook, Twitter, Reekus Records