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Joe Alexander Shepherd
English/United Kingdom

Joe Alexander Shepherd

When did the project begin? I started playing the piano when I was 11 so I have roughly been playing for 12 years – I was brought up with classical training but love great pop records. What song of yours is the one you like the most? My favorite track I’ve ever written is a piece called ‘Time’ which I wrote two years ago – it was actually the song that helped me sign a publishing deal in London with Nettwerk Music Group. I love performing the track live because I feel the audience can really feel my emotion in the song. ‘Time’ was recently used for UEFAs short film celebrating the World War One Truce featuring a few famous footballers including Wayne Rooney, Sir Bobby Charlton, and Gareth Bale. How do you write your music? Good question. I’m not sure really how to describe my writing process but I just sit down at the piano and try get in the zone – sometimes playing different chords singing melodies over the top. I always carry my phone on me so I can record song ideas wherever I go. Recently, I have started with one note constantly playing on a loop & then experimenting with different ideas/sounds over the top. It keeps it interesting to try different things out! What influences do you have? I am heavily influenced by an Italian Composer/Pianist called Ludovico Einaudi who has written a great batch of songs for Film & TV over the years (especially for the BBC). I love The Beatles records – timeless hooks that you can’t stop whistling. What´s the best experience you have had with your project? Playing a 100 year old grand piano at the incredible La Residencia hotel in the Spanish mountains – it was wonderful playing at such a well known hotel knowing that so many famous actors/musicians have stayed there. But, obviously the UEFA project was very exciting! …it was wonderful playing at such a well known hotel knowing that so many famous actors/musicians have stayed there… What plans do you have this year? I will be… Keep Reading

Faded Paper Figures - MusicSoundRocks3
English/United States

Faded Paper Figures

This is one of the bands that didn’t break up after college… as themselves say. Their music is really soft and warm and when you are listening to them you feel like there is one layer of sound entering as the next one is fading out but can´t actually really remember what is fading out since their voices are also nice and you get this sense of having fun. It´s an honor for me to have this band´s interview here at MusicSound.rocks, please enjoy! – Vladimir Kossma When did the project begin? We got together in 2007, while we were still in college at the University of California, Irvine. What song of yours is the one you like the most? Our favorite new track of ours is “Not the End of the World (Even As We Know It)”. How do you write your music? It is a very collaborative process. We send files back and forth over the Internet. Kael works on the musical/engineering end, and John works mainly on the lyrical/compositional end. What influences do you have? We have many influences, dating back to the 1980s (Depeche Mode, the Smiths, REM), to contemporary bands (Phantogram, St. Vincent, MGMT), and many many more. The best experience you have had with your project. We really enjoy working together, and our last tour was great fun. We really enjoy working together, and our last tour was great fun. What plans do you have this year? We are starting work on a new album. It’s only just begun though, so it won’t be released for a long time yet. Mention the biggest effort you have made for your project… Sleep is the main thing we sacrifice. But it is worth it. What band, music project or solist from your city do you like? In Southern California we really like Pinback because they are brilliant and put on a great live show. …we really like Pinback because they are brilliant and put on a great live show… If your project was a word, what would it be? – Hard to narrow it to a… Keep Reading

Alien Pig
English/United Kingdom

ALiENPiG

Hi I’m Willy thee ALiENPiG, I do most of the ALiENPiG music myself, with a little help from my brother in-law Malkieboy on his far out psych guitar. I’ve been playin’ music since the early 70s and I’ve played in many different bands with varying degrees of success. What song of yours is the one you like the most? That’s a hard one to answer as it changes all the time, but out of all my recent songs I think the Jiminator 3,000 is the one I would pick for this moment in time. The Jiminator 3,000 – words – The days grow cold, the dogs are old, the droogs are worn and the curtains torn the glitter lies in the gutter our time has gone but we got it on and now it’s time to kickback and watch the Jiminator 3,000 We’ll watch the Jiminator 3,000 As we look up to the sky and try to work out why we shouldn’t be watchin’ that we should be lookin’ at the coolest cat The Jiminator 3,000 The Psychedelic Church of the Nether by ALiENPiG How do you write your music? Ideas just seem to flood my mind all the time, when I’m watching movies, walking down the street or listening to music, especially instrumental music. It always varies, sometimes I write the words first other times it’s the beats or a melody that kicks it off. What influences do you have? They are many and varied, I could slim it down to punk, reggae, blues and psychedelic. Bowie has been a massive influence and when I was a youngster the Beatles were the first band I really took notice of. Punk with The Ramones and Sex Pistols was the big one that showed me that I could take my diy music out of the bedroom and into the live scene.   What´s the best experience you have had with your project? I think without a doubt the internet, so many people digging my sounds has been a real buzz. The internet has also led on to many gigs and projects… Keep Reading

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