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Francesca Tamellini – London

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. 

FRANCESCA TAMELLINI

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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Thom Byles – Greenwich, London

We were really excited when our sweet friend Thom Byles stopped by to share a song from his new project Hanging Valleys.

Feels so right when soothing music floats your direction and gently washes over you when needed most. English – Mexican  singer songwriter Thom Byles knew just what we were looking for when he stopped by to share his good energy. With a sound as haunting as Bon Iver but drawn from that place that only he can call his own. We invite you to come on in for a moment to the world of Thom Byles and discover something new.

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 Home is where your story begins… please share a little about yours.

I started my life in a small village called Nazeing in Essex, England. I’ve lived in a fair few different places but that one feels the most like home. The village is near woods, lakes and some canals which was incredible to grow up around and explore.

How did music find you and begin to grow within?

My first memory of enjoying music was when my Mum would sit me and my sister in the living room whilst she would do an aerobics video, always the same one hahah. The workout was enhanced by incredible bass lines and 80’s style saxophone which soon had me running around the room projecting my limbs in all different manors and speeds.

Some years later when I was living in Mexico I would ride the bus to school which would take about an hour. My parents had a great collection of tapes and I would audition them on my walkman on the ride in. Things like The Doors, The Kinks, Cream, Bob Dylan, The Beatles, Jazz on a Summers Day to name some. That’s when I really started to listen to music a lot. I would have those two hours a day to myself and I could stick a tape in and get lost in the sounds. I knew I wanted to be involved in music and so started out borrowing the school saxophone and having after school lessons. That didn’t turn out so well so I moved on to the piano and then finally on to the guitar where I felt at home.

What is the songwriting process like for you?

It always takes me by surprise. I always try and make time to write but it’s quite rare that something ever comes out of those sessions. Most of my songs come about at the weirdest times. Sometimes I’ll just pick up the guitar briefly while I’m waiting for a tea to brew or for my turn in the shower and then the next thing you know you’ve got the makings of a song on your hands and a freezing cold cup of tea! Mostly I start out with a line on the guitar and then I try various vocal melodies until I find one I like and the rest of the song stems from there. The lyrics come last..

Tell us about your relationship with the guitar & ukulele.

When I first picked up a guitar it was the first instrument that I really felt comfortable with. Especially the nylon string acoustic. I loved how you could make such a complete sound and that different tunings would make it feel and play very differently. It amazes me how each and every guitarist has their own way of interacting with it. What an instrument!

The ukulele was a gift to me from a very good friend. I was travelling a bit over one summer and wasn’t able to take a guitar with me. I fell in love with it. Being limited to only using 4 strings and having a less powerful sound forced me to really focus on the song writing. I haven’t been playing it as much recently by itself but I’ll often use it when recording to add another layer and texture to the sound.

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Nicholas & The Pessimistics – Cincinnati, OH

It’s a beautiful thing when new music finds you. Believing that all things come together as they are intended to be, this runs true for these good ole’ boys from Cincinnati. Take away the quest for simply being cool and just cut to the good stuff – and there you will find ‘Nicholas & the Pessimistics calling you too. Frontman Nicholas Baker has a voice that will imprint on your heart and keep you coming back for more. Their self titled debut album is available now.

NICHOLAS & THE PESSIMISTICS

Name: Nicholas Baker
Age: 33
Where you are writing this: Standing in front of the computer at the Flower shop my wife and I own.

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

I grew up in a 3 bedroom 1 bath ranch house in a small historic town in Southwestern Ohio. I have a brother who’s 8 years my elder and two parents that shouldn’t have been together but still managed to keep it together for about 20 years. Dad played in bar bands and mom sang in the choir at the local non-denominational church. I like to say that I figuratively grew up somewhere between George Jones and Jesus. Learned a lot about what music is for people during that time. Especially the healing aspects.

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Introduce your band mates…

Shawn Steele (lead guitar) is a true student of his instrument . He takes pride in his job and is very careful to add to the song without trying to be too flashy or over the top even though he’s more than capable of being both.
Alex Fraser (Bass) has a knack for streamlining songs and an excellent ear for audio. With a dense engineering background he brings so much to the table both in the studio and during writing sessions.
BJ Schweinlin (drums) is a true optimist and has enough motivation too for all of us. To say he’s an asset is an understatement.

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The Bros. Landreth- Winnipeg, Southern Manitoba

One of our favourite moments with these good ole boys.

 

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Slide guitar, blood harmony, and heart-on-your sleeve songwriting. Specializing in love gone bad and cowboy lullabies.

The Bros. Landreth is why we dig the Independent music scene. It’s right here you get the opportunity to meet genuine people doing what they love and loving what they do.

Meet the blood brothers Joey and David Landreth on guitars, bass and vocals with Ryan Voth beating drums and Alex Campbell lending a finishing touch with piano and harmonica. Inside their unrushed harmonies and heart felt vibrations you find a safe place that you want to return to time and time again. 

The Landreth Bros. hail from Winnipeg, Manitoba and have been making Canada proud as they share their music and prove that dreams really do come true if you take your God given talents and set them in motion. 

After a great year the boys are kicking off 2014 with a Canadian tour and are a must see on your concert calendar.

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T H E   N E T W O R K   H U B 

With Credit to The Network Hub [Downtown Vancouver] for providing a beautiful backdrop and enlightenment on: Co-working.

Co-working is a global movement to create innovative, collaborative, and community driven workspaces that enable independents to work better, together. [At Network Hub] Join our community of freelancers, designers, developers, writers, artists, entrepreneurs, educators, small business owners, startups, telecommuters, marketers, videographers, game developers, consultants, and more.”

– www.thenetworkhub.ca –

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 Please introduce yourselves and tell us where you come from.

Hello! We are The Bros. Landreth: David Landreth, Joey Landreth, Ryan “Rhino” Voth, and Alex Campbell. We hail from the sprawling prairies of Southern Manitoba. Winnipeg to be exact.

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 How did The Bros. Landreth come to be?

It started with a phone call. Joey just got off the road from a heavy bout of touring and he was feeling a little burnt out with his situation as a side-man. He called me (Dave) while I was in the midst of a tour with Imaginary Cities and suggested a side project. A place where we could focus some creative juice. As soon as we got off the phone I started scheming and before Joey could change his mind we had a registered business name, a bank account, and studio time booked. When we realized we needed a band to flush out these ideas and represent the music the way wanted we turned to Alex and Ryan, also from the Imaginary Cities rhythm section. We’ve played with them for years as side-men in the Winnipeg music scene. The musical bonds were already as strong as the friendships – it was a no-brainer.

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