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Voices From The Void

The project started in 2011.  I am a solo artist… What song of yours is the one you like the most? There are several I like and I have no favorites but if I had to choose it would be one of  my earlier Soundscape tracks “Journey To Titan”. How do you write your music? Usually I start off with a guitar riff perhaps from an arpeggio on my Yamaha Synth, or bass with drums and continue to layer in other musical instruments. I usually have a basic theme throughout my songs with breaks in between. What influences do you have? Enigma, Vangelis, Brian Eno, Red Forest, many Jazz artists. What´s the best experience you have had with your project? Probably tying several guitar pedals together and experimenting with the sounds using my Fender Strat and my Fender Telecaster. A lot of this can be heard in my earlier Soundscape songs. What plans do you have this year? I plan to try and push my music via social media etc to get it heard by more people. Mention something you don´t like about your project. This probably is the mixing side of things. This can be a minefield in my opinion. Since 2011, when the project started, I was a novice at this but have been on a learning curve and I’m still learning even now. I believe my mixes have improved over time, but this is my biggest bug bear, applying EQ and Compression, especially to  the drums, I have never particularly liked, but it’s a must as I have no one to do this for me, but I guess necessity is the mother of invention. I have learned a lot from YouTube. Mention the biggest sacrifice you did for your project. The biggest sacrifice I would have to say was the purchase of the Soft Synth, “Omnisphere, which  was a cool £280.00 which is a lot of money for a soft synth but I have incorporated it into my latest songs and it’s immense, it cost me, but it was worth every penny. What band, music project or… Keep Reading

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

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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