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Vita Bergen- Gothenburg, Sweden

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Looking forward to including this one on our road trip playlist and around the campfire.

Vita Bergen is a cotton candy sky kind of soundtrack and make you feel hip again.

Just in time for summer their latest album, ‘Disconnection’ carries you from day into night.

Is your name Vita Bergen because that is where you met?

Robert: Actually the first time we met were as 8-year olds when our hockey teams played each other. William was the goalie and I was the center in the rival team.

Vita Bergen is a park area in central Stockholm, so people tend to think that we have a special relation to that place. But we’re from Gothenburg and the name has absolutely nothing to do with the park, so we just decided to ignore the connection. Vita Bergen means “the white mountains” in English.

Musically, what gives you chemistry?

William: Between the two of us? I suppose it’s because we’re super close friends and know almost everything about each other. We basically know how the other one’s brain works. At the same time we’re total opposites. Extremely different. That fuels a lot of things.

When it comes to external inspiration it could be almost anything. A car alarm, something your sister said when talking to a friend on the phone or whatever.

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Where was Disconnection recorded? Who produced the album and why?

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The High Learys- Perth, Australia

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Psychedelic philosophized rock. Welcome to 2016, but not to worry, the 60’s were not left behind.

The High Learys are one to keep on your radar and their latest single, ‘Cabinet’ is already added to our summer playlist.

Where did your name derive from?


I guess the name started off as a little play on words, it’s us tipping our hats to the eccentric philosopher and writer of the 60’s Timothy Leary, who was an advocate in the exploration of the therapeutic potential of psychedelic drugs. But I guess it’s just a silly name really, you wouldn’t believe how many people ask if we are an Irish folk band.

How did The High Learys meet?


Myself (Jamie) and Guitarist Matt are cousins who where born 12 days apart, so we’ve always been really close. Our Keys player Mike met us in high school and we played in a few bands with each other over the years. Our drummer Mitch I met when I filled in on bass for one of his older bands.

What does each member bring to the band?


We all have a huge input into the song arrangements and structure during the road testing stages of a new song. Myself and Mike usually write most of the lyrics and come up with the musical bones to the song between us. Matt and Mitch are always full of fantastic ideas with where to take the song from there. Mike is also now stepping into the producer’s chair for the band which has been great.

Latest single, ’Cabinet’– What is the story behind it? And where was this track recorded?


Cabinet tells the story of an emotionally vulnerable adolescent who seeks comfort in their partner. After re-analyzing the song a few times I can now see how a lot of the feeling behind the track relates quite heavily to myself and the rest of the band. After having some drastic changes to the band in early 2015 and trying to pursue new sounds, taking a completely different direction musically. It’s funny how a song can do that. We recorded the track over the summer of late 2015, Mike took on role of producer / engineer for the first time and we got to recording in lounge rooms, kitchens, bathrooms and a few studios. We really enjoyed the process of recording ourselves. Although sometimes it proved tedious and time consuming it was a great experience and aloud us to take our time with decisions and have much more creative control.

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Peter Aristone- Prague, Czech Republic

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Peter Aristone spins his cocoon in the upcoming EP Gold. His music is not to be missed and sheds a light in this sometimes dark world.

Home is where your story begins, would you tell us a bit about yours?

Yes. I was born in Bratislava, Slovakia. I bought my first acoustic guitar when I was 14 years old. I started to learn to play and was writing my first songs in English.

In high school I already knew that I wanted to be a musician. My biggest dream was to spread my music all over the world. In 1999 I moved to Prague to study at the Conservatory of Jaroslav Jezek. I’ve went through many different bands and styles. I met many contacts and musical friends so when I finished music school I stayed in Prague and continued to work hard on my career. In 2012 I decided to go solo with the name Peter Aristone. 

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Devin Cuddy – Toronto, Ontario

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Thriving  in the heart of the east coast music scene, Toronto is the place Devon Cuddy calls home. His roots run deep within the industry, with influences like Townes Van Zandt, Guy Clark, Steve Earl and James Booker, he is making his own mark with a blues sound that fills you up with goodness and keeps you coming back for more. 

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Name: Devin Cuddy
Age:27
Where are you writing this: In the van on the way to a show

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

I was born and raised in Toronto and its been a good home to me, no plans to leave. Right now I live at the Cameron House in the apartments above the bar, great community feeling up there.
Its also a great spot to meet great artists of all sorts.

 Best describe your musical style.
 
We draw mostly from country and New Orleans Blues. Its been a challenge to blend the 2 into a cohesive sound and genre, the battle continues. Artists I like (love!) include Professor Longhair, James Booker, Steve Earle, Townes Van Zandt and Guy Clark.

 When did you ‘know’ music was going to be such a big part of your life?

When I started enjoying piano lessons around 15. I was not however, sold on being a performer, that came later around 22 or so, when I started playing shows. I first started at the Cameron House playing solo and it started from that.

 What would you like us to know about the album ‘Kitchen Knife’?
 
Its a continuation of our sound and my song writing style. The record has a bit more stuff on it then the last, Organ, wurlitzer, lots more percussion and more guitars. I think our style is a little more realised and I’m hoping that will come across to the listener.

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