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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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Neulore – Nashville TN

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Adam Algin and William T. Cook a modern folk duo that take you by surprise on a sleepy day. Pull everything you love from the Lumineers & all you resonate with from Need To Breathe and roll them into one and there you will find Neulore ready and waiting for you.

 Name: Adam Agin
 Age: 29 in 11 days
 Where are you writing this: A Holiday Inn 20 miles south of Minneapolis

Home is where your story begins.

Tell us a little about where you come from and how Neulore came to be.

I grew up in Indiana. My father was a salesman and my mother was a gospel singer. We had our share of financial struggles, but love was never an issue. William grew up in Bowling Green, KY and we met in Nashville 5 years ago at a small gathering. I was on the hunt for people to build the band with and our musical chemistry came easily.

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 Best describe your musical style.

We call it Modern Folk, but really we are inspired by an array of styles. I grew up on singer songwriters like James Taylor and soul artists like Otis Redding. William has a classical background and went through a classic rock stage in high school. For us, it comes down to a good story and heart.

a neulore song writing What is the song writing process like for you.

I usually have a list of words or song titles that I’ve wanted to use. It’s an on going list. We typically flush out a progression or melody that seems to fit the the feeling we want to create that day. Then we work out lyrics. Our main goal is having the feeling of the instrumentation fit the story. 

Tell us how you bring together your music and the visual images so strongly portrayed in your songs.

For ‘Animal Evolve’ we created this alternate world. It only lives in our heads but it’s quite vivid to us. So we used a specific kind of vocabulary to help the listener hear what we see. 

 What would you like us to know about ‘Shadow of a Man’.

It was the last song we wrote for the record. The day before our last day in the studio. All we were going for was something upbeat and something epic. 

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Shanee Pink- Los Angeles

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 I never ever ever buy fashion magazines. They tend to be about seasonal fashion trends that convince you to buy things you don’t need that will go “out of fashion” by the next issue you purchase.

Where are you writing this right now? 

My home in LA

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

My home is a cozy place with an inspiring view. I moved back to LA from NY two years ago because I needed to be closer to nature. What I love about living in California is that I’m just 30 min away from the ocean or the mountains and feel like that refreshes me and keeps me connected to earth.

How did Music find you? 

My brothers always played music in the house I grew up in. I was their number one groupie and I learned what I know about making music from being in their company and the company of other musicians from a young age. I wanted to sing and play like they did and eventually I turned from an observer to a participant.5. Your latest EP release: ‘Spreading In The Light’ would you share a story behind one of the songs? I wrote the song ‘Man to Man’ while on a visit to Israel. I was getting ready to play a show in Tel Aviv when I heard a story on the news about some extreme religious people harassing other religious people for not being as devout as they were. I just thought at that moment that the world had gone mad and that people forgot the most basic human decency of being kind and tolerant towards one another. The song wrote itself after that.6. Fashion. An intricate part to the musician lifestyle.

Where do you find inspiration for your outfits on the road? 

I find inspiration from people on the street and from films of previous decades. I never ever ever buy fashion magazines. They tend to be about seasonal fashion trends that convince you to buy things you don’t need that will go “out of fashion” by the next issue you purchase. I dress up to my mood on that specific day and encourage women to figure out their own style through self expression. 

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Shout-out to your top three Bands/ Artists to watch out for?

I’m in love with ‘Sylvan Esso’ at the moment. Also ‘Ramona Lisa’ has been playing on repeat in my car. And ‘Henry Wolfe’ is amazing too. All of these people are true artists who are bringing something new to our listening pleasure.

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