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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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Lay Low with Lou Doillon

I knew I was going to like Lou Doillon’s LP, ‘Lay Low’ from the moment her fingers delicately set the mood from the sound of the keys in opening track, ‘Left Behind.’

It is apparent that we have been left behind at Fresh Independence because we were not familiar with the success of Parisian Lou’s previous LP, ‘Places’ selling over three-hundred thousand copies worldwide.

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I don’t dare to compare, but upon first thought, it was a refreshing version of Adele meets Regina Spektor and Sia.

The ambience of the mind provokes a dim room overlooking the city lights with a glass of wine as the record player cues your new favourite album of repetitive measure.

Lou Dillon is a free flowing taste of sultry jazz and sweet afterthoughts.

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Abraham- Victoria, Canada

The whole time that I was writing these songs I felt like I was screaming and trying to burst through this bubble that was holding me back from being who I was and accomplishing what I needed to. These songs have become a sort of relinquishing of the power that held me down.

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Fresh Independence is seeing a trend here. Victoria, Canada lay home to upcoming musicians set to make their mark long past our time.

May we introduce to you the strong and sweet Abraham. Her music relates to the heart and melts the soul. Let her words drip down your skin as you find comfort on a rainy winter eve. 

A B R A H A M

Aka Sydney Batters

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

Home is where I am happiest, some people say that you are only truly home when you feel at home wherever you are. But I don’t necessarily share that view. Home for me is a safe, warm, private, comfort and crucial to my survival as I am very easily drained from outside stimulus. I really need to retreat and be alone in my own space in order to regain energy. My home is where I can completely be myself, and it is where I spend most of my time. 

 How did music find you?

Music found me at a very very young age. Since I have been able to speak, I have sang and written songs. They have literally always poured out of me. I think it’s the only way I can survive life. If I can’t write, or play music, I get very depressed. 

How would you describe your musical style?

I would say indie folk, seeing me live is a bit of a different experience in comparison to listening to the EP. On the EP I have a full band behind me, as well as am doing harmonies over my own voice, so that brings out a swinging pop feel. But live, I mainly perform solo, and it resembles something more like Laura Marling or Angel Olsen. Same tree, different branch. 

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 This Old Heart- Tell us everything. What/Who/When/Why/Where sparked your inspiration? 

This Old Heart was a few years in the making, but most of the songs came together in early 2014. A great portion of the inspiration came from a long depression, which hindered me in every way. The whole time that I was writing these songs I felt like I was screaming and trying to burst through this bubble that was holding me back from being who I was and accomplishing what I needed to. These songs have become a sort of relinquishing of the power that held me down. 

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Dirty Gentlemen- London, England

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Some people just like it dirty…

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The Dirty Gentlemen have been busily fighting back for the old school and standing defiant against the ‘auto-tune industry’ with their Swamp Pop Soul and New Orleans infused R’n’B. Their concoction of gritty guitar, growling Hammond organs, punching horns, kicking drums and bass, and heartfelt vocals has been reaching the ears of music lovers who can’t help but stomp their feet and keep coming back for more deep fried music. 

How did Dirty Gentlemen come to be?

George (guitar) Jon (keys), Alex ( sax), were all at school together and played blues together. We jammed a lot of cream and john mayall and the bluesbreakers covers. We also joined the school 8 piece soul band which was run by the head of the DT department so sometimes we would rehearse in the woodshop. We played Blues Brothers and Crusaders covers amongst other classics. 

Then George left school and moved to london where he would find ‘Aint Nothin’ But the Blues’ bar and the blues circuit. He used to play guitar backing Phil (vox/sax/harmonica) at the blues jams around town but never really spoke to him because he seemed to be in a league of his own. Paul (bass) and Ivan (drums) were blues bar regulars at the time and certainly the cream of the crop when it came to forming the band. George went to Louisiana with another band called SCOUNDRELS to record our first album. They didn’t come back with too much music but soaked up all the swamp pop and New Orleans Rhythm and Blues. 

On his return George was keen to start another group playing the styles of music he had encountered, of which Early Johnny ‘Guitar’ Watson and Fats domino are good examples. By then Jon had left school too, so george and he waited for Alex to finish to start the band. In the meantime George got some gigs with a demo he had put together and started asking people if they wanted to do the gigs. He finally mustered the courage to ask Phil to join The Dirty Gentlemen after watching him do an epic accapella vocal and harmonica sets. 

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