Hey guys! and girls obviously :)
Im currently working on lots of projects at the moment ( blog,novel and poetry book) id love to hear about what you guys are working on .
It doesnt have to be to do with writing just anything your working towards and are proud of doing so.
Just give me a couple of lines in the comments box and tell me what your up to ..
Interview with Missing Andy
1. So you guys have been around since 2008, what do you think has enabled you to keep going as a band ?
Alex – There’s a strong desire to write good music within the camp. Everyone learns off one another and we’re all pushed by one another. We strive to better ourselves as musicians and song writers constantly, it also helps that we’re all really good pals and take the piss out of each other.
2. Your debut single “The Way We’re Made ( Made In England) reached 38 in the Uk singles chart , what was it like for your first released song to have success?
Alex -It was a great feeling, but it’s a shame it wasn’t the full version. We charted with the half length Must Be The Music version. But nonetheless we’re so grateful to everyone that bought it and put us there. It’s a big thing for anyone to get into the charts and I’m glad that we’ve been added to the list alongside the likes of chumbawumba, aqua and such other prestigious names.
3. So far you have released three albums “ Generation silenced”,”Guerrilla Invasion Pt. 1 “and Guerrilla Invasion Pt. 2” , what is the process when coming up with names, and how much thought goes into it?
Alex – You can sit there thinking for ages and ages on rubbish names for albums, then you find some accidentally or they come to you when you least expect it. That was the case with all of our albums.
4. Which is your favourite song off the album/albums?
Alex – My personal favourite is Glorious. It’s such a personal song to me and was a big turning point for me as a song writer from a production point of view. That song means a great deal to me.
5.Who writes the majority of the bands songs , and what is the usual song writing process, so is it all done in one go or is it in short sections with each bit being shown to the band and approved?
Rob -We’ve all got full recording capability in our homes, and El has a full on studio. Each member can churn out a complete song. The usual process is someone will email an idea be it the early stages, or a near complete demo, which then faces a roman style vote. Thumbs up or down. Its brutal, especially when its your song, but it keeps the standard high and makes us all eager to get the green light on songs. If there’s an amazing idea floating about, a couple of us would normally have it finished within a day or so. The final phase is meeting at El’s to record it. We rarely ‘jam write’ mainly because our songs are so important to us lyrically too.
6.The song “DAVE” has found great success , but can you tell me the story behind the song?
Rob - Well, I guess a few people know it haha. In nut shell, its about a certain girl and a certain guy in a band, another certain guy in the band with a new nick name and a van! Simples!
7. Where is the best place you have ever played a gig/festival at, and why ?
I recall the Madness house of fun weekender being an all round good crack. Great stage, sound, audience, booze, bang, carnage and all things a lads weekend away should be! The food was f*%kin dog sh*t though! Good ole’ Butlins! Oh, Wembley was ok!
9. Which bands inspired you growing up and what about them was it that you found inspiring?
STEVE -I loved stadium rock bands coz I was a guitarist. Used to think indie bands were shocking because they could only play 4 chords! Once I’d got better at guitar I realized the value of song writing and got back into bands like oasis and the stereophonics. But iv still kept my love of stadium rock, massive choruses!
10. What genre would you put yourselves in and why do you think that people should giver you guys a listen?
STEVE - I’d say we’re a mix of indie, rock, ska and pop. We’ve always been a best of both band and I just think there’s something there for absolutely everyone if they give it a chance. It’s all on spotify ;)
11. Your guys are unsigned still even though you have a massive fan base , what would you like to say to potential record labels reading this ?
STEVE – Go f*&k yourself!
12. Where will you be touring for the rest of 2014? ( tour dates)
Elliot - We’re having a break from big tours this year so we can concentrate on writing some new material, but we’re still doing a few festivals to keep the cobwebs away. 27th June Wakefield , 05 July Nibley Festival, 19th July Brentwood Festival, 24th July Pepper Presents (Bournemouth), 09th Aug Hitchin. We may also be venturing off to Amsterdam for a few one off gigs for our sponsors, Base London.
13. Where can people buy your music?
Elliot – All the normal outlets, iTunes, Amazon, probably ebay haha but seriously don’t buy from ebay, you can buy directly from our website which means more of the profit goes to the band, so if you really want to show support why shop anywhere else ;)
14. Anything else you would like to say ?
Elliot -Be careful of badgers in the air conditioning! Visit Missingandy.com to join our mailing list for all the latest news and finally to finish off, is there going to be another hosepipe ban or what?
Interview With Message To Venus
You guys grew up in Puerto Rico, and then moved to Florida are the music scenes massively different or do you think you are well received in both places?
Jandre: Puerto Rico is so small that everyone knows everyone in the music scene. But it’s not easy to create a buzz there. It’s very cutthroat like in other places. But the reason for leaving Puerto Rico is because unless the music you sounds Latin flavored, or you’re a commercial big time artist like Marc Anthony, Ricky Martin, Ednita Nazario, then you’re swimming against a strong current that won’t let you go beyond a certain level. We are still a fresh band in Florida and are working on creating our buzz. I’m confident that we’ll represent the state as a great band soon enough.
You changed your name from De’fekt to Message To Venus, what was behind the decision?
You released an EP in 2011 called “The Envelope” What about the EP are you most happy with , but what looking back at it would you now change ?
When can we next expect a new EP/album from you ?
Whats new in the world of Message to Venus?
Where can people get a hand on your music , and do you have any Merchandise people can buy/wear?
What so far would you consider to be your best song , and why?
Jandre: That’s personal hahaha. I’m very proud of the entire new album. But I would have to say The Show because it is the song that helped me define what direction the band needs to go.
How do you think you guys have developed musically since you started , and what direction do you see yourself heading?
Jandre: Our producer Leo pushed us so far as musicians and as individuals. Sometimes he pushed us so hard out of our comfort zones that we wanted to just quit. LOL. We have polished so much before our last US tour that in some gigs kids asked me if we were playing with a CD. This is a great compliment for me. We are getting tight. John and I are fans of acoustic guitar playing. You might see more of this in the future of M2V. But for now the new album is heavy and dramatic.
What means more to you, selling out a smaller venue or if you was to half fill an arena?
Jandre: I’m such a fan of smaller venues. I have played with Message to Venus in large arenas and in full ones to. The problem with large arenas is if you don’t have the full stage staff, a lot can go wrong, like not having the right monitor volume. That alone can kill the band’s performance because we can’t hear ourselves on stage. Smaller venues are so personal and great to get the public involved in the show.
What lyrics from your songs mean the most to you ?
Jandre: A song called Pre-Violence form the new album Victims & Villains.
What would you like to say to your fans ?
Jandre: We need you now more then ever! Relocating for a band is not easy at all and releasing a new album is so expensive. Please support out Indiegogo campaign by making a contribution at: http://HelpM2V.today
Marvel Comics has released its big plans to chnge its hammer weilding Norse super hero Thor- the character will now be a woman.
The publisher has said that by recasting the character that it would attract more women and girls to the superhero comic books.
What they appear to have forgotten though is that Thor is based on a Norse god , and not a Norse goddess!
The new artwork reveals that the once muscular and bearded Thunder God is now going to be a buxon blonde, wearing a caped costume.
Still pretty sure men are more likely to read this …
The first Thor edition of Marvel appeared in 1962 and has been since the star of two blockbuster movies.
New York, based Marvel described the move as ” one of the most shocking and exciting changes ever to shake one of the big three ” Captain America,Iron Man and Thor.”
” No longer is the classic thunder god able to hold the mighty hammer , Mjolnir, and a brand new female hero will emerge worthy of the name Thor”.
I think what they seem to have forgotten is that men genuinely love the normal Thor, and while its possible this may bring in female readers, i think its much more likely to actually weaken the bond with its existing readers.
Not to mention its probably a bad idea to mention this to our Nordic friends!
Jason Aaron , writer of the Thor series , said in a statement that ” This is not She-Thor. This is not Lady Thor . This is not Thorita. This is Thor”
Im pretty sure that actually Mr Aaron , this is just a female rip off of the normal and to be honest pretty well loved actual Nordic god of thunder Thor..
The LadyThor, oops sorry “Thor” will first appear in her first adventure in October and will be illustrated by Russell Dauterman.
Personal opinion on this ?
Really bad move..
I would appreciate it if all my friend from my blog would go over to my friend Tara’s site and take part in her latest post :) See the link below :)
A Mans Life Views
Regret not what you do but what you don’t
Miss what you need not what you wont
Live life to the full and enjoy the occasion
Don’t waste away waiting for your standing ovation
Respect is earned over a long time but lost in an instant
Two hearts can be right next to each other but still distant
Envy is a pointless motion
It will eat you up and make you sick like the ocean
Forget your demons and live with joy
Be the type of person you want to employ
Not as a worker but as a friend
After all that’s what matters in the end.
1. Oxygen Thief , is a rather stand outish name, what made you call yourself that ?
2. You have found popularity all over the world , but your biggest breaks so far have really been festivals, which is the best one you have ever played and why?
3. I recently saw you perform at Download this year (2014) how do you think it went and what other act do you think stole the show over the weekend?
4. If you wasnt in music, what would you be doing?
5. So far you have released two albums , the latest of these being “Accidents do not happen, they are caused”, do you have any ideas for the name of the next album or is it something you do last minute?
6. Where can people buy your music , and what can people do to make you feel like they are supporting you ?
7. who were your favourite band/artist growing up , and how do you think they have influenced you ?
8. If you could sum up what Oxygen Thief is all about in a sentence what would it be ?
9.A lot of people describe you as folk punk or acoustic punk, do you agree with these genres, or do you think you fit in somewhere else ?
10. is there anything you would like to tell people?