If you’ve been to a hardcore show in glasgow, its very likely you’ve heard the band thank Johnny from Bromotions for putting them on that night. Johnny at this point is probobly the go to guy for putting on hardcore gigs for bands within glasgow, putting on gigs for: Palm Reader, Landscapes and Defeater. Johnny also plays Bass in the in the melodic hardcore band Rainfalls. Johnny was good enough to give an interview about Bromotions, how he got started and other cool stuff related to the glasgow music scene.
This Weeks Interview is Owen Sutcliffe frontman of the Scottish alternative Hip Hop band Polaroid People. Owen Was kind enough to give us quick interview while was having his breakfast. And here’s the interview:
First off for people who aren’t aware of who you are, who are you?
How did Polaroid People come about?
If you had to pick some artist who inspire you and have Influenced you, who would you pick?
I know its a shit answer but i take musical inspiration from many different places. In terms of specific skills and reasons the emcees i take influence from most at the moment are English rappers Mr Key and Edward Scissortongue, as i feel a strong affinity with the way they write bars. Also i love 2chainz.
What are the plans for Polaroid people and your own solo stuff this year?
Is there anything else you’d like to say?
I’d also like to say how good the mince im eating just now tastes.
Polaroid people Just dropped the video for their song Harbour check it out here:
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Mountains Under oceans are a Glasgow based Post-metal band. Last year they released their ep Man is Not, an ep which is both heavy musically and emotionally and deals with the subject of mental illness. The band manages to illustrate the meaning behind the music to great effect and I recommend checking the Ep out. I got in contact with MUO and they good enough to give me an interview.
For people who are unaware of who you are, who are you?
We’re Mountains Under Oceans. A four-piece post metal band who blend electronics, soundscapes and heavy riffs.
How did the band come about,out with the purely music playing roles within the band what made you guys want to be a band?
The band came about in late 2012 and early 2013. I had written some music (Mark Norris) for a solo album/EP and asked my friend Iain MacLeod, our first bass player and occasional vocalist to help me develop it. After some thought and reworking, we decided we wanted to try something a bit more experimental and blend the extremes of heavy and technical music with mood and ambience most commonly heard from electronic type acts. From there we recruited our friend Daniel Stevenson who we went to uni with and Robbie Tranter, one of Iain’s old friends to fill in on guitar duties. Our choice for them was based largely on what we knew they’d bring to the table creatively and what we knew they functions they could fill out with purely musical playing side of the band. Iain parted ways with us in September 2014 to travel and Steven Dempster assumed Bass duties from there. He’s a great addition the line-up.
Which artists influenced you, and what was the impact of these artists on you as musicians?
Far too many to name overall, but some of the main impacts would be Isis, Cloudkicker, OSI and Thrice. I could name lots of artists that we draw influence from, but the way in which bands like those mentioned construct their music is the greatest influence we take from it over the comprising individual musicians ability to play their individual instruments.
How do you feel your latest release “Man is Not” differs from your previous releases?
‘Man Is Not’ is a concept EP. We haven’t done anything like that before. We took a more collaborative approach to writing, this time around rather than one person writing almost the whole thing and I really think it paid off. What was the primary influence on the writing and musical direction of “Man is Not” ‘Man is Not’ is influenced in part by R.L Stevenson’s ‘Jekyll and Hyde’ and centralises around themes that represent the inner workings and thoughts of the character that we’re trying to portray. The EP is split into four parts each dealing with a particular event in the process of the character being forced to confront a forgotten side of himself that hasn’t forgiven him following a traumatic event. Each main theme representing a main emotion or thought process is later varied or repeated subsequently in the same, earlier or later ‘chapters’ to exemplify the character’s change in dealing with each emotion or thought.
What does 2016 as year hold for Mountains Under Oceans?
At the moment we’re taking some time to regroup following our European Tour with our friends Vasa. We have some ideas of what to do, but can’t really say much else for the moment.
Do You have any live shows coming up soon?
Nothing planned in the near future.
Anything else you’d like to say?
Thanks for your time and interest. You can download and listen on Bandcamp (free of for a small donation), iTunes and Spotify and you can follow us for updates on Twitter, Instagram, Youtube and Facebook.
Progressive instrumental guitarist Sithu Aye is one of the Glasgow music scenes best kept secrets. With the release of his “Senpai EP” last year, which featured catchy flowing guitar melodies, backed by lush and dynamic anime and J-pop inspired compositions. The EP very quickly became one of my favourite releases of last year. Later on in the year he is also headed out on a Japanese tour with Protest the Hero as well. Sithu was kind enough to do an interview for me and this is what came of it.
So first off who are you for people who haven’t heard of you?
My name is Sithu and I write and record progressive metal music, mostly based around solo guitar. I’ve released 2 full length albums and 4 EPs to date.
What made you want to be a guitarist, who would you call your primary influences and the impact they’ve had on you as a player?
I never really had any great desire to be a guitarist and it was one of the instruments that I got a taste of when I started high school. For whatever reason, I could never drop the guitar after I picked it up and devoted a lot of my time to learning all I could about the instrument. In terms of my influences, when I started out it was guys like John Frusciante and Jimi Hendrix and later down the line, probably some of my more important influences of my style now are players like John Petrucci, Steve Vai, Paul Gilbert and Guthrie Govan. They’ve sort out smashed the initial glass ceiling I had about what was possible on the instrument, and it expanded my horizons as a player. And players like Guthrie really push the melodic side of my playing. He really wants me to be able to improvise solos and make them sound like I spent several hours crafting them.
What was the Main inspiration behind writing of The Senpai EP?
Probably my inability to tell that it was a really stupid idea! In all seriousness, I’ve always been a fan of anime but there was never intention for any of that to spill over into my music, until I did a tone test for my new guitar and Axe-FX II based on an anime opening theme song and made a youtube video for it. That happened to become one of my most watched videos and that seed for the idea kind of started then. And even though a lot of my friends told me it was a stupid idea, they told me to do it anyway.
Were there any Specific anime or soundtracks which influenced the writing process of the ep?
Not any specific ones, it was mainly based on the idea of anime tropes. One of the reasons anime is so easy to parody (even within anime itself) is its constant use of tropes and I wanted to parody those myself with Senpai EP. Musically, it’s probably just a mish mash of the dozens of anime theme songs and anime music I have heard.
What anime are you watching right now ?
What anime am I not watching might be a better question! I’ve gotten to the point where I actually watch the animes as they come out from Japan so I’m following the current winter season. Favourites from last year include One Punch Man, Hibike! Euphonium and Shirobako. There are probably dozens I’m forgetting about too!
How did the Japan tour with protest the hero come about?
You may know of a friend of mine by the name of Plini, who toured with Cynic last August. It’s pretty much the same arrangement as that! The singer of Cyclamen Hayato, who’s also a good friend of mine, asked me if I was interested given that I had a bit of a following over in Japan. And of course, you don’t say no to touring with Protest! And I released Senpai EP before we announced the tour, so it was definitely one of those happy accidents!
How are you feeling about going on tour to Japan?
It’s kind of surreal to be honest. Going on tour with a band like Protest the Hero is something I never imagined I would get to do, never mind in a place like Japan! And I’ve always wanted to go to Japan, so it’s ticking a lot of things on my bucket list. Japanese culture is so different to western culture as well, so it’ll be really interesting to immerse myself in it.
Do you have any plans to do some UK shows this year?
There are a few plans, but nothing I can confirm at the moment. I’ll probably get a better idea of what’s going on a bit later in the year.
Whats on the Horizon for you after the Japan tour?
Well, before the Japan tour I plan to release a new album – a double album in fact! I’m really proud of some of the stuff I have written on it and I think it’ll surprise people. And after Japan, hopefully a few more gigs and Senpai EP II!
Anything else, you want to say for the interview?
Just a huge thanks to anybody reading if you’ve supported me in my musical endeavours and to those who have not heard my music, hopefully you’ll give it a chance!
Hope to see some of you guys on the road this year too!
You can listen to an buy all of Sithu Ayes releases on his Bandcamp page https://sithuayemusic.bandcamp.com/
and get merch and physical copies from his Big Cartel page
Give him a Like on facebook aswell