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Moddi – Senja Norway

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In  just a very few words…

- I’m a self-taught musician, playing the accordion, guitar and singing in English and Norwegian.

- I’m born in 1987, grew up in Senja in Norway playing the trumpet, piano and football. When I was 20 I started travelling around with my own songs. I haven’t stopped since.

- After a number of EPs and demos, my debut album ‘Floriography’ was released in 2010. In 2013 came two new albums, ‘Set the House on Fire’ and ‘Kæm va du?’. ‘Kæm va du?’ won the Spellemann award for best folk album of the year.

- I believe in a better world and that music can help us get there.

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Alice Boman – Malmö, Sweden

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A force to be reckoned with while encapsulating a calm, peaceful wonder you can find refuge deep within. Most recently touring the United States she is now back in Europe. Keep your eyes and ears open to the wonder of Alice Boman and watch her fly.

Her latest EP11 is available now.

Name: Alice Boman 

Age: 26

Where are you writing this: At work, working a night-shift.


 Home is where your story begins please tell us a little about yours.

Home is in Malmö, a town by the sea in Sweden. There was a lot of music in our house when I grew up, and I started to sing and play quite early with my father, and so that’s where music became an important part of my life and where I began to explore it. I lived in Malmö until I was eighten when I left for other places and cities and then I moved back properly about two years ago. I guess a lot of people do that, kind of need to get away from their hometown. Exploring. But now I am back. And I love Malmö. I have got to know it again. But I kind of long to move again. To go someplace new. It’s a constant battle. 

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 How would you best describe your musical style?

Oh, I’m not so good at those terms. But I guess it’s a mixture of everything I like and listen to and am influenced by, both consciously and unconsciously. It’s quite simple, and hopefully, direct songs. I like simplicity. 


 Your music lends a hypnotic hush and takes you to another place… where does your inspiration come from?

It comes from movies, photos, books, music, events and reflections.

What differences do you see or feel between the American music culture and that of Europe?

As with musical terms and such, I’m not good at those things. Knowing the differences. I think there are all sorts of music everywhere, really. Just highlighted more or less and in different ways in different places. Or, maybe there is an actual difference in the cultures. But nowadays, it seems like everything can come from everywhere. 


 Which are your favorite lyrics thus far and please tell us the story behind them.

My favorite song to sing right now is ‘All Eyes On You’. And the story, I guess it’s right there. But, I like it when listeners can make their own stories. When people can relate. When it is open, yet direct.  Everything in one. 

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Children’s Recording of the Year – Helen Austin – Comox Valley BC

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Children’s Recording of the Year: Helen Austin – Colour It (BC)

So refreshing to get to know this singer, songwriter, mum & wife. Nestled in the Comox Valley Helen Austin makes real life music with honest to goodness feelings. Being mum to Daisy and Charlie and making music with the support of her one true love, keeps her well rounded and full of inspiration.

Being one half of the duo BIG Little LIONS their their EP ‘Paper Cage’ is available now.

Your name: Helen Austin

Where you are writing this: At my desk in my very red bedroom/studio.

 Home is where your story begins, please tell us a little about yours.

I grew up in a northern UK city called Durham where I spent most of my time either playing classical music or getting up to no good with my friends.

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 How would you define your musical style? 

I think alternative folk is the best description.


 When did you know that music would be such a big part of your life?

Music has just always been a big part of my life. I don’t know a life without learning music and it was always just a given that I would continue with music in some form or another.


 It must be great fun to express your humorous anecdotes through song, which is your favourite thus far and why.

My favourite (and it seems everyone else’s favourite) is my Childbirth song. I am far away from giving birth and small children now, so it is fun to sing as a reminder.


 Tell us about the Juno awards, what was that experience like on and beyond the red carpet.

The JUNOs are an eye opener for sure. The first time I went was with my husband and we were both nervous about meeting so many people and all the events. It was quite overwhelming. The 2nd time was much more relaxed, just knowing what to expect. I took a friend this time and we had a girls weekend and, of course, it’s always way more fun when you win:)

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The Marlow Brothers – Eastbourne, Sussex

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 Freddie & Seb are each one half of The Marlow Brothers. Hidden treasures, they’ve been writing songs and bringing laughter and feel good music to Eastbourne, Sussex. Give them a whirl on Soundcloud, follow them on Twitter and let them know how much fun it would be to take a ride in in their Paper Cab or the Jam Van. Every artist starts somewhere and here begins The Marlow Brothers. Check them out, you will be glad you did. – Fresh Independence

Name: The Marlow Brothers

Age: Freddie 20,  Seb 18

Where are you writing this: at home in Eastbourne, Sussex


 Home is where your story begins, please tell us a little about yours.

We’ve lived all over the Country, but now we live by the beach, it’s just a great place to write music, and it’s close to London which has a big music scene. We started writing when we were staying in a really small holiday cottage nearby, and we haven’t looked back since.


 How would you best describe your musical style?

Hard to name a specific genre, but definitely acoustic, feel-good, but we are branching out to more rocky stuff like with Jam Van.


 How did music find you?

 Seb:  “I’ve been playing piano since I was 5 and I went down the classical route firstly. Always had a love for this kind of music though, and when we sat and wrote our first one, I realised how much we both loved it.”


Freddie: “I played a couple of instruments but I think pink Panther on the saxophone was as far as I took it. I remember me and seb just sat down one evening with a guitar, he only knew a couple of chords at the time but we wrote a song and haven’t really stopped writing since then.”

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 What is the songwriting process like for you?

I mean, we usually just sit down and Seb will find some chords, some which sound fun but fairly original. And then I [Freddie] get some lyrics – there’s not too much thinking involved. But the best thing about it is, when I’m struggling to finish a verse or chorus, Seb can fill in the gaps. I see a lot of bands spending hours trying to get the perfect verse, thinking in great detail about the words – I believe that generally, a good song is one that’s spur of the moment. Some of our most popular songs have taken 10 minutes to write.


 Going back to the first song you wrote how has your music evolved to your more recent creations like Jam Van?

Our first attempt was pretty terrible to be honest, but I guess you have to start somewhere. I suppose we started writing better songs when we came down to Eastbourne. I guess our music has changed since we’ve started listening to more. As we’ve matured, I reckon our music has too. Like any band, we’ve written many “bad” songs. But like anything, every now and then we catch a break and write a decent song.


 Share your vision for TheMarlowBrothers and your journey in music.

Our vision? Hopefully playing as much as possible for as many people as possible. And 5 or 6 houses and a pet tiger wouldn’t go amiss either.

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