I was actually taking a photo of that door, but Kamila Bleax got in the way!
On 24th of November 2013, KAMILA BLEAX came to my show, carrying the BIGGEST KEYBOARD OF ALL TIME. As I helped her carry it into the studio from her car, I had to summon the strength I kept back for such tasks as 1: Trying to get off the tube during rush hour, with a pregnant lady, a pushchair, a suitcase and 60 tourists in my way; 2: getting off the sofa with enough speed to turn off the TV when I can’t find the remote and TOWIE comes on. She taught me some Polish and we discussed the fact she hates Twitter and that I hate Facebook
Here she is performing the Delilah song “I Love You So”. If you listen back to the show using the links below (somewhere) you can hear me really flogging a joke until it’s dead about that song title
Kamila came in with a really decent camera, so we spent alot of the show taking photos of each other. I think I got the best end of that deal, as now she is lumbered with an SD card full of me pulling stupid faces, trying to make a cup of tea between songs. You want to see some of those photos? Cool, I will stick them at the end of this post. First up…
IF you are a regular listener of my show (and I assume you are, thats why you are reading this) then you will know that Matt Jolley always turns up at the end of my show to do ASTEROID NEWS and he did not fail us again last week. Maybe he should have a permanent slot with his own mini theme song.
You can see and hear more from the lovely Kamila Bleax in these places:
TWITTER: SHE HAS NO TWITTER!
So thats it for another week. If you are a singer or in a band and you are any good… email Phoenix FM or hit me up on twitter @jedshepherd and you too can come on my show! (maybe). I will leave you with some photos of Kamila, taking photos of me, taking photos of her, taking photos of me.
Nome and the Natives (l-r JACK-guitar/bass, RACHEL – vocals/guitar, KAYLEIGH – drums/cajon!) came on my show on November 10th 2013 and they were BLOODY GRATE* indeed. The best thing about them isn’t their instantly catchy songs that I am STILL humming in the shower (best reverb) but it’s the fact it’s the first time someone has brought a CAJON onto my show. I’d seen them used by bands at gigs but never got to see one up close and played by Kayleigh. Now I want a Cajon, so I can casually be walking along the street with a big box under my arm and pretend to struggle with it, and when someone asks if I need any help, I can say “No, but here is MY rendition of Sky Ferreira’s Everything is Embarrassing” to rapturous applause.
Jack pointed me towards their music a couple of weeks prior to coming in and I knew I had to have them on my show. I’m a sucker for anything even remotely 80s sounding (with a 21st century twist of course, because there were also some truly bad 80s music!) and NatN sound like they are a female fronted Killers – which is always a good thing. Epic songs of lost love and lost youth with – and this is the most important thing of all, songwriters – an incredibly catchy chorus. Nome and the Natives have found the elusive formula for incredibly emotive songs with an incredibly catchy chorus and if that isn’t what you want to listen to then I hope you kept the receipt for your ears, because you’ll need to return pronto. I have also decided that I need to say “pronto” more. Watch a video below of Nome and the Natives performing “Whisper in the Night” which is their best song if you ask them… but I think it’s ‘The Young Ones“, especially the acoustic version with the Cajon in full force!
You can catch them playing all over the place by visiting the links below, where you will also be able to hear more music, see more photos and generally interact with them, which I encourage you to do as they are v.lovely folks and an exciting new band.
On the 6th of October, Selin Clayton came onto my show to join the other BIMM alum that have recently been on (only Hettie so far, but I’m sure there will be others). BIMM stands for Brighton Institute of Music and Mayhem, but I may have one of those words wrong.
I am always surprised by just how talented people are at such a young age. Selin is only 16 and yet she has such a mature sound to her voice, and like Hettie, she is not one for covering standard chart fare. In the video below Selin covers the band Daughter with her own unique and apt take on ‘Youth’.
When I was 16 all I listened to was The Smiths and Punk and nothing inbetween, I could barely play my guitar and I had an encyclopaedic knowledge of the Supernatural. Not much has changed since then, but the way Selin has started her music career leads me to believe, that she is well on her way to be a genuine star of the future. She could also giggle for England, in the Annual giggling contest held on the moors of GiggleLand.
You can find more about Selin through the below portals…
Every now and then I come across an artist that surprises me. It’s not often, but sometimes it happens. Disillusioned with years upon years of seeing singer/songwriters cross my path and then fade away into obscurity due to general lack of – dare I say it – the X Factor, it’s rare I actually sit up and take notice. The music blogosphere is currently overloaded with female singer/songwriters who all sound the same, writing the same old emotional song, using the same vocal nuances, until its almost all white noise. I’m sick of them. In fact I want them all to walk slowly into a river with their acoustic guitars and keep on going until the last thing I see is their capo, glinting in the moonlight while fishes cover their ears with their fins at the indentikit ‘heartfelt’ bullshit these clockwork female singer/songwriters spout.
ON THE OTHER HAND, Hettie Steinmore is not your typical female singer/songwriter. She’s got that indescribable aura of a girl who is going places and has the talent to take her there. I’d seen her on youtube and heard the track she sent me pre-show and the signs were all there – this was gonna be great. So she came in and I crossed my fingers she would even be half as good as what I’d seen/heard and luckily for all involved she not only exceeded expectation, she has almost restored my faith in female singer/songwriters (much like the amazing Emily Capell).
I’m used to seeing girls come in and so Adele covers and if Hettie had attempted ‘rolling in the deep’ I would have had to throw her out of the studio, but NO, she did two original songs (the incredible ‘Cut me Off’ and my absolute favourite ‘Bad Blood’) and a cover of The Staves song ‘In The Long Run’. I actually didnt believe that her two originals weren’t just obscure covers of established bands because they were so so good. Nope, she wrote them herself as you can tell from the audio/video within this post, the lyrics/music belies her years. IT’S LIKE SHE’S POSSESSED BY A 50 YEAR OLD FOLK SINGER (in the best way possible!).
If I had to compare Hettie to any artist currently out there it would have to be Laura Marling, but y’know, when Laura Marling actually had songs you could hum along to (incidentally, why is Laura Marling awful now? so much promise!). I’m mystified how Hettie manages that incredible vocal tone without youth conspiring against her to show her up as a false prophet of folk… she’s just damn good at what she does.
The thing about Hettie that should inspire every unsigned young artist out there is that she is just at the start of her journey; a journey that I have no doubt will take her to deserved fame and fortune, but I am confident she’s not in it for Facebook likes, she is in it to preach her story to anyone who is willing to listen, and people WILL listen. For those of you reading this now, you can say you were here at the start. You were there when Hettie made her first radio appearance. You were there when Hettie made a weird smoothie pre-show that tasted like blood and soil and you heard her talk about adventure time and her fave songs… and somewhere in the middle of all that played 3 songs that heralded her arrival. You can see/hear more by just sticking her name into youtube or visiting the below sites…
This was the day I had two lovely bands on my show! First up is NED featuring my mate Rob Glenister! It was so great to see him and his new band. NED is a 4 piece from London/Essex and they were amazing. Loud and amazing!
You can see and hear more about them at their website: http://www.nedhq.com/
but right now you can listen again to the interview and session by clicking on that link below. You can stream it or right click and save it to your computer for some ipod action!