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JP Maurice – Bizarre Christmas Incident

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“I’m worrying less about what people think and focusing on being true to my art and my craft and hopefully positive opportunities will come from that.”

JP’S  an artist once discovered you can’t live without.

Bringing bright lights and big city nuance to the country with his own sassy cheek –

‘Bizarre Christmas Incident.’

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King Eider- Edinburgh, Scotland

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We cannot get this song off repeat. Blues has found a home in our hearts these days. It fills a space missing in music of today. King Eider hits the nail on the head delivering a stellar mix of folk and blues. On their way to Glastonbury this weekend, we caught them for a piece of insight.

Folk has the storytelling feel of songs for the people while blues reaches deeper into the emotional psyche.

From Busking to Glasto. what is the most valuable lesson you have learned along the way?

Our advice to any up-and-coming acts is just get out there, don’t turn down gigs that you might not think can help you because you never know who will show up to them! We think that is the most valuable lesson. We busked near Green park, only to be thrown out for lack of a license, and subsequently ended up on BBC Radio London which has led us to countless opportunities. Whether that is busking before a gig to warm up or playing a gig at a venue you know will give you a drum kit with bailing twine holding it together, you just never know what can happen. It always amazes us that some bands get an ego before they have anything to be arrogant about.

What do you hope fans take from your music?

We hope that fans of our music will see that we want to write songs that take you on both a lyrical journey and a musical one. We want to trigger emotional responses as well as an impression that we have made an effort to be different and have our own musical style that you will know when you hear it; for it’s uniqueness, not it’s comparability to other bands. There are too many bands trying to replicate bands on the scene already and it seems a waste to emulate something already out there. Above though, we want them to enjoy it and get that hook stuck in their head for the rest of the day (in a good way!).

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Francesca Tamellini – London

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Name: Francesca
Age: 22
Where are you writing this: London

Each soul is hand picked – to potentially inspire others to move in ways that imprint on the hearts of those around them. It’s all the little things inside of a song that speak to you and sweet Francesca Tamellini has a gift to share with the world. 

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

My childhood was split between Italy and Scotland, so in my case I very much have two places I call home. The first is a lazy village, scattered with vineyards and olive trees in northern Italy where most of my family still live, and the other, the one where I spent most of my later childhood, is a beautiful Scottish town surrounded by icy beaches, famous for golf and K.T. Tunstall.

How did music find you…

From a young age I was pushed into music. I use the word pushed because it was indeed my family who encouraged me to pursue a musical education as they knew it was important for me to develop a skill, and having seen how dreadful I was at team sports or other forms of hobbies, they decided the music would be the least painful route for me to take. I used to curse my mother for making me practice, but now, as I’m sure is the same with many people, I thank her from the bottom of my heart.

What is the song writing process like for you…

I either write a song in a day or I don’t write one at all. I can’t plan them and I can’t think about it too much. All my songs have been born in a matter of hours, on uneventful days, where I just lose myself at my piano.

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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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