Saturday, 11 April 2015

Interview with Resonance!

Padraig left David right.
Today I have another interview with Irish duo Resonance. Resonance consists of David (18) from Co.Clare and Padraig (14) from Dublin. You might remember from my last post were I mentioned how I came across them when I was at the Orla Gartland gig last February and for all the people who got the presale tickets we were lucky enough to have a Taylor swift jam session with David and Orla and truth be told be told David was pretty impressive! In fact he was so good that I actually did a bit of twitter creeping until I came across his account so I could tweet to tell him how great he was and I discovered he had his very own youtube channel with Padgraig. I went on to have a quick glance to see what type of covers they were doing and I was hooked once I saw they had covered 'amnesia' by 5 seconds of summer. I didn't need to think twice when I clicked that subscribe button. It wasn't just the covers that I thought were great It was also there own original songs that they had up on there channel. One of the originals that I reall enjoyed was 'Forever' which as David said in the interview was there most popular song to date!

Now before you read the interview I would like to thank David and Padraig for agreeing to do this and that I had great fun getting to know them over the past few months.

what inspired you to start playing guitar/singing/writing songs?

D:Well I was always surrounded by music growing up, because Doolin is really popular for traditional music. I was playing tin whistle and traditional fiddle in pubs from the age of 8 but to be honest, my heart wasn't in trad music at all. It was more of a routine playing the tunes than an artistic expression, which I think music essentially ought to be. For me, it was Taylor Swift's second studio album "Fearless" which changed my view of music irrevocably and inspired me to begin playing guitar. I remember just being completely enchanted by the lyrics, the music, the simplicity and just how relatable the album was. The sincerity of the lyrics in particular captivated me, and so 2 months after buying the album, I bought my first guitar. The evening of my very first lesson, when the only chords I could play were C and A minor, I wrote my first song. It was called "Walk Away", and it was the cringiest possible heartbreak song, because not only were the lyrics extremely cheesy, but I had absolutely NO experience at all with a similar situation so it was all just speculation on my behalf. But  I guess just like a short story, I envisioned two characters in my head and wrote this story about their relationship and then set it to music. That's still the way I approach writing some of my songs, I love just getting lost in someone else's story, especially when you get to dictate how the story goes. Sometimes the idea I have in mind when I begin writing a song may be completely changed by the time I finish writing it, but I suppose that's the beauty of it. Then other songs, the ones that are really personal, tend to just flow and you could have the whole song penned in less than 20 minutes. That's what happened when I wrote "Forever", which is our most popular song to date, nearly 3 years ago. 

P: Writing and Playing was a great way to express myself through music

who is your biggest inspiration?

D: My greatest inspiration personally is Taylor Swift, from her incredible story of how she fought to be noticed by a label, to her unique style of songwriting, and the way she has never really let fame drive her off the rails. If there was only one person I could look to in order to learn all there is to know about music, it would definitely be Taylor.

P: James Blunt

who are your favourite artists?

D: Along with Taylor Swift, I am a huge fan of Ed Sheeran, Lana Del Rey, James Blunt, Ellie Goulding, Gabrielle Aplin, Birdy, Lauren Aquilina, Colbie Caillat, Nina Nesbitt, Christina Perri, Gavin James, Orla Gartland and Hozier (just to name a few :P)
My iPod is filled with the most random selection of music though, from hardcore pop, to country, singer/songwriter to musical theatre and classical... My motto with regard to music is "If it sounds good, I'll listen". I hate when people say they only listen to a certain genre of music and disregard any other type of music in the process. Maybe it's just me, but judging from my random selection of songs which I listen to, even I don't know where our sound as a musical act could end up eventually!

P: The Rolling Stones, James Blunt, Gavin James, Ed Sheeran

what's your favourite album by another artist?

D: My personal favourite album is "Speak Now" by Taylor Swift

P: Live at Whelans' By Gavin James

when will the new E.P be released?

D: We're really hoping to record our first EP over the coming summer (once this god damned leaving cert is finished!!!) but we don't have a set date as of yet.

P: Late Summer/Early Autumn

why did you decide to start you tube?

D: We decided to start posting youtube videos a year ago this week actually, after we won a duet competition at the Interschools Music Festival in Wesley College, Dublin last March and lots of people began asking us did we have a youtube channel. Not only do we have great fun recording the videos and covering our favourite popular songs, but youtube is such a great way to get your material out there today and it'd be stupid of us to ignore it. There are so many benefits of uploading youtube, but I think the most gratifying one is the encouragement we can get from people on youtube, it really does mean so much when someone says a video of ours made them smile, or they've listened to it more than once. Of course, being on youtube also led us to the Sticky Studios "Sticky Sessions" competition which we won. We flew over to London last August to record our song "Forever" in sticky studios (where Ed Sheeran, Nina Nesbitt, Birdy and Christina Perri have all recorded) obviously, it was beyond amazing to get the chance to record in sticky, but we learned so much from that trip and the guys in the studio were so unbelievably sound. The whole experience gave us a taste of what professional recording could be like and u think it's safe to say we've been hooked since. So hopefully we'll be back to the studio this summer once exams are finished to record our first EP

P: We decided to start Youtube after we won a duet competition in Dublin together

when did you first perform one of your original songs live?

D: We started busking last Easter. Since then, we've busked in Dublin, Galway, Athlone & Ennis. There is such an amazing thrill when a crowd gathers to watch and listen to you, and even more so when they all enjoy the music. Busking, while being probably the most fun activity in my opinion, is also an extremely valuable way to learn how to play for crowds and learn certain tricks to keep people's attention. It's in busking that we test out new material and covers. Our first proper gig was at the Éigse Arts Festival in Carlow last June. That was our first experience playing a full hour on stage for a crowd while amplified, and no exaggeration, we didn't want to come down from the stage when our slot was up! It was in Galway I think that we first played "Forever" publicly and it went down an absolute treat thankfully!

P: Wesley Music festival in Dublin city

what made you want to start singing together?

D: We began singing together when we were cast as the 2 main parts in a school show and we had lots of free time between rehearsals in which we began jamming initially, then for the craic we decided to enter the competition in Wesley without much expectation, and once that led to youtube well... As they say, the rest is history!

P: Our voices really complimented each others and we have a great connection and understanding in music and personalities

were is your dream venue to headline?

D: It's quite a far fetched idea, but the dream venue would be croke park or some massive stadium, simply because the videos alone from these legendary gigs in these huge venues seem so full of energy and the crowds screams just sound INSANE. But realistically for the moment, the Olympia theatre or Vicar Street would be amazing venues to play in

P: Croke Park in Dublin

celebrity crush?

D: my celebrity crush is Chloë Grace Moretz. She's just perfection.

P: Chloë Grace Moretz 

Once again thank you so much to both David and Padraig for agreeing to do this now I'm going to finish this post with the youtube video of there sticky studios session which was mentioned earlier on in the blog post and I'm also going to leave the link to there youtube and twitter accounts.

There twitter
There youtube

if you would like to see Resonance live the will be supporting Dublin boy band taken on Saturday April 18th so make sure you grab yourself some tickets for that.

I hope you all enjoyed that post
Izzy x

Sunday, 22 February 2015

Orla Gartland gig 15/2/15

Orla giving it socks!

This day last week I was lucky enough to attend Orla Gartlands gig in the Sugar club Dublin.

When we arrived at the venue we got to go to the preshow meet and greet. When we first went in Orla was standing at the door saying hello and giving everyone hugs. When we first went in and she hugged me I may or may not of freaked out and cried...moving on.

Orla and David the busker.
(sorry for bad phone quality)

So then Orla got everyone who was at the presale meet and greet to come down to the front of the venue. She introduced us to who she called David the Busker. She explained how she had found him busking out side of the venue just before the show and invited him in to perform for us. They did exactly that and they did a duet of Blank space by Taylor Swift. Which in all honesty was brilliant. (by the way Davids a youtuber check out his chanel here) I actually have a blog post with David coming up soon so keep an eye out for that.

Top: Chanele Mcguinness and her E.P Untold
Bottom: Martin Luke Brown and his E.P :Take out of me

As you can tell by the pictures Orla had two amazing support acts. Chanele McGuinness opened up the show by singing original songs off of her E.P Untold.. and some covers. After she had performed I was able to meet her! And buy her E.P which she very kindly signed for me. She was so lovely to talk to plus she complemented my outfit! Chanele also has a youtube chanel which you can check out here. After she performed Martin Luke Brown then came on and performed his own original songs off of his E.P take out of me . I met him after his performance and he was very friendly and signed hs E.P for me also plus he said he liked my hat !

Afterwards Orla came on and blew everyone away as you can imagine. She was so and energetic onstage along with her band and back round singer. Literally there wasn't a dull moment the whole night! 

Me and Orla after the gig!

After the gig Orla did another meet and greet were she met everyone in the audience. Which was so kind of her and she signed autographs for everyone also. Plus I made two new friends when I was waiting to get my picture taken. And Orla took pictures with us all together!.

Myself Orla and my new friends Aoife and Ruth

All of the merch I got and she wrote "Don't cry" on her lonely people E.P. I may or may not be absolutely skint after buying all of her merch but it was worth every penny.

Have you ever seen Orla in concert?

Saturday, 15 November 2014

Interview with Lydia Jarvis!

Lydia Jarvis.

Well its been a while since I've done this.

Anywho hello all! sorry it's been a while I've been very busy cause ya know I had things to do and food to eat. But I'm back with another interview. (you can read the other two here and here). This weeks one is with Lydia Jarvis.Lydia is a 17 year old girl from surrey who has racked up over 10,000 views on her youtube channel I came across her when I was scrolling through Instagram looking at all the entries for Christina Perries's competition to support her on her Irish and English tour. Who did I happen to come across Lydia of course. So as you can Imagine I clicked on to her profile straight away and noticed she had a youtube channel.

When I was scrolling through the videos on her youtube a channel I she was doing covers by artists like All Time Low The 1975 and 5sos. I instantly loved her channel not only because she had the exact same music taste as me*hair flip* but also because of her original songs I found I loved as well.
After about an hour of scrolling through her youtube channel I quickly asked her over Instagarm would she be interested in doing an interview. She replied saying she'd love to. We go to talking over Instagram and found we have so much in common.  So without further ado I give you my interview. (haha that rhymed)

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Why did you start Youtube?
I’ve always been pesuing youtube for as long as I can remember.I think danisnotonfire was the first person I subscribed to when he was still living in his parents house .It always amazed me people could make a living from uploading videos to youtube from there bedroom. I think the main inspiration (among many others) was 5 seconds of summer. I ve been a fan of theres for about two years now now and seeing them getting more popular with every passing day amazes me. I think about there humble beginnings and  comparing that to were they are now is just incredible. I don’t think I could ever make it as far as them but there journey gives me hope that one day I could make it somewere *looks off dramatically into the distance* 

Who are your favourite artists?
(bands and singers)
Jamie Cullen
All Time Low
Pierce the veil
Jack Johnson

When did you start writing songs?
Probably when I was about 8 I never finished them though.

When did you start singing?
I’ve been singing in school choirs and concerts since I was about 6. But my Mum only realised it was something I had a talent for when I was about 14 and so she decided to get me singing lessons at school. She came up to me after the concert really surprised that I could actually sing. I don’t know whether to take that as a compliment or an insult ahaha

Who would you like to be as famous as?
Like Megan Collins said in your interview with her Its not really about the fame I would love to been known for my sound and the music I create. Id love to have enough fans to do tours around the U.K or maybe internationally (I can dream) that would be incredible.

When did you start playing guitar/ukulele?
I was probably about 8 my mum gave me her old guitar that her dad gave to her when she was about my age. I never really took it seriously only learning the basic chords. Its only the last couple of years that I’ve been learning a bit more and ‘permanently borrowing’ guitars from my dad. With the ukulele I got a cheap one for my 15th birthday and just started playing it then.

Do you play any other Instruments?
Yeah I play clarinet piano I sing I play guitar ukulele the drums and Cajon drum J I’m classically trained in piano and clarinet those were the first instruments I started playing so maybe that’s what inspired me to explore the more popular musical instruments like guitar and singing.

What was the name of the first song you ever wrote and who/what was it for?      
Oh my god I’m to scared to look it was called ‘U changed me’. I wrote it when I was 11 and it should be locked away for all eternity. The first line was ‘U came along and stole my heart you took it right away’. I remember showing my music teacher at school and being so proud and now I cant read it without having a violent cringe attack  ahaha. Hopefully ive moved on since then. Its not the first song I wrote but it’s the first one I finished. I don’t normally write songs about people so like most of the songs I write I just sort of create an imaginary person/relationship

Favourite songs?
English love affair – 5sos (that song is definitely about me)
Opposite of adults –Chitty bang (I can rap the entire song)
Hold on till may –Pierce the veil
Goodnight moon –Go Radio
Miserable at best –Mayday parade
The irony of chocking on a lifesaver –All Time Low
Do you remember –Jack Johnson
She falls asleep –Tom Fletcher
Ultra violet –McFly
Homesick –Catfish and the bottleman 

I really loved your cover were you did split screen and sang alongside Luke Hemmings were did you get the idea?
Theres an awesome YouTube musician called Izzy Naylor who did one with Calum Hood he saw that and she eventually got signed with John Delf who frequently works with 5sos. I didn’t think that would happen to me but I just love the idea of singing alongside Luke Hemmings or anyone else I admire. I’m hoping one day I could duet with him but that is very very far off in the future

Celebrity crush?
I have a lot and I meen a LOT but if you forced me to marry one I would probably pick Calum Hood sorry Luke Hemmings Will Poulter Dylan O’brien Niall Horan Harry Styles Dan Howell and Ansel Elgort I’ll come back for you one day.

What influenced you to start music?
I’m not really sure for as long as I can remember I have been musical when I was 2 I was in a club called mini maestros so maybe it started there ahaha. Ive always been involved in choirs orchestras and other musical groups but I only started taking guitar and singing seriously in the last few years. To give you a short answer I don’t think I was really ever inspired in the conventional sense to start music it has always just been there.

What is your dream venue to headline?
I’d love to play at the royal Albert hall or the O2 academy in Brixton. Obviously those are both very far off reach but maybe I could do it one day. 

I would like to say Thank you to Lydia for agreeing to do this and taking the time out of her day to reply to my emails and instagram messages im going to leave the links to her social medias including youtube down below.

Once again i would like to say thank you to Lydia and I'm going to leave you with my favourite cover of her which I mentioned earlier on in the post.

thanks for reading