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Sara Ghandour here! 

Budding journalist keeping you up to date on the bands performing on The Hello Goodbye Show at 104.4 Resonance FM.

This includes interviews and media of them playing live at the station! 

Stay tuned.

Find more about the host deXter Bentley here:

hellogoodbyeshow.com

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I've recently been promoted from sound engineer to co-presenter of the Hello Goodbye Show!

Listen to the show here!

 

 

 

 

French For Cartridge

11.3.17

French For Cartridge played their avant-pop music live on the HelloGoodbye show!

Stay tuned for their interview below!

Have a listen to their music here

Here's the studio session:

https://www.mixcloud.com/Resonance/the-hello-goodbye-show-11th-march-2017/

 

 

 

 

 

Bas JAn

&

This is the kit

10.6.16

Up this Saturday the 11th are Bas Jan and This Is the Kit!

 

 

 

Alev Lenz

&

Meatraffle

 

1.6.16

Up this Saturday are live performances by Alev Lenz and Meatraffle!

Hear them play live here: 

https://www.mixcloud.com/Resonance/the-hello-goodbye-show-4th-june-2016/

 

 

 

Juiie Kjaer

&

The Infinite three

 

5.5.16

Up this Saturday are these three bands!

It'll be a busy day for sure!

Julie Kjaer is a ' dark and otherwordly' jazz player. This composer plays the Clarinet, Saxophone and the flute!

The Infinite Three play experimental alternative rock music, they describe themselves as 'A dissonant, noise/rock/drone band from London.'

 

 

Sebastian Melmoth

&

Art Trip and the static sound

 

 

30.4.16

Sebastian Melmoth +  Art Trip and The Static Sound are playing today!

Sebastian Melmoth hosts one of my fellow co-workers: Ilia Rogatchevski! Along with his fiancée Laura Michelle Smith  and friend Pete Da Clinker. Their music is described as psychedelic post punk!

Art Trip and the Static Sound are described as alternative rock noise! The members are:

 Melodie Holliday - Vocals & Guitar Tony Fisher - Guitar Paddy Pulzer - Drums Simon Holliday - Bass & Recordings Dan Holliday - Art Stuff

Stay tuned for their interviews!

Click here to hear them play live on Resonance FM:

https://www.mixcloud.com/Resonance/the-hello-goodbye-show-30th-april-2016/

 

 

 

 

 

Firefay & Papernut Cambridge 

 

 

 

22.4.2016

Coming up is Firefay and Papernut Cambridge!

Firefay: "Folk Noir. British Folk meets French chanson and European influences."

Firefay is Carole Bulewski on vocals and keyboards; Adam Bulewski on guitar; Matt Grabham on violin; Ronnie Maxwell on bass; and James Connor on drums. Dawid Frydryk on trumpet Lyrics by Carole Bulewski.

Papernut Cambridge: Pop, dream and glam mixup. Find their merch on their site! 

Here's their jam session: 

https://www.mixcloud.com/Resonance/the-hello-goodbye-show-23rd-april-2016/

 

 

16.4.2016

Up this Saturday are Black Mask and Melge.

You can find more out at their websites:

http://blackmaskblackmask.bandcamp.com/

http://melge.bandcamp.com/

Here is their jam session: 

https://www.mixcloud.com/Resonance/the-hello-goodbye-show-16th-april-2016/

Stay tuned for their interviews!

 

 

NEWS & UPDATES

11.3.17

Here's the interview with the ever-so-lovely French For Cartridge!

You can find their music on itunes and on their website!

 

How did you get together?

We met at Goldsmith college, we were all studying music and composition. At the time there were other people in the band as were who then gradually left. Then Akii joined as the drummer in 2010. We've been going since 2001.

Did the old members leave amicably?

If you're together for a long time over the years, life changes. In different circumstances you prioritise different things in your life so they then made the decision to leave. In the end it was just Henry and me (Catherine) left and then Akii joined us and we're still going. But we are kind of the original founding members.  

What exactly do each of you play?

Catherine: Keyboards and all sorts of pianos, organs, bells, vocals. It's quite varied.

Henry: Guitar and Vocals

Akii: drums 

How would you describe your genre of music?

We usually say Avant-Pop, that seems to fit the best. Sometimes we say it's experimental rock but depending on who you talk to it could also sound mainstream. 

You said there was a story behind the band name?

It originally comes from a John Cage piece that is called Cartridge music for small amplified instruments and we liked that very much when we were in college. So at the time we didn't realise there were many cartridges out there in the world so we decided to change it to French For Cartridge which comes form the already had another project called cartouche which is french for cartridge. 

Where do you find your inspiration to write music?

for the lyrics it's often from daily life, an encounter, something with friends. This time it's a very political album in a way, we wanted to make a point about some things which previous;y we haven't done. 

It's very organised, we usually have 3 hours to make the most of our practice. We write things out, we all studied composition. Sometimes its just easier to just write an idea on paper and hand it to the others then try it out and take it from there.

Do you ever argue with one another?

No, not really. There are some ideas that don't work and we throw them out but no one gets too upset. 

How did you first get your name out there?

It's been a long time now, weve done 4 albums. We used to play in all sorts of bars mainly around London but also elsewhere in the UK and abroad. Sometimes it gained a bit of momentum so we'd make another album and it would gain more etc. Probably all the bars we played in at first don't exist anymore. 

Are you up-to-date on social media?

Yes, we have twittertumblr and facebook accounts. Sometimes it feels like we spend more time on that then anything else.

What's next?

We really like doing these listening parties, they're called the Golden hour. 

Its on the website when and where. Its open to the public. 

Is there a crowd favourite song?

From the last album, were really happy with how 'End Of the World' turned out. As well as 'Hot air Balloon' and '101' gets asked for a lot. 

Up to this most recent album we have all our songs and videos on Youtube, there's loads.

Check it out!  

 

8.6.16

Alright, let's start with Meatraffle then move onto Alev Lenz.

Can you explain your band name?

Basically, A meat-raffle was quite big in the 60's they were a lot of meatraffles going on in London at the time, you pay money for a ticket and you've got a chance to win some meat. Like some sausages, chops, a whole chicken.  It's a low grade way of having Sunday dinner, you might get sausages or you might get food poisoning.

Anyway, we were sitting in a pub and saw the name meatraffle, we thought it was a good name for a heavy metal band. We decided to make a band after we saw the name, we would never have been a band if it weren't for the name! it's a homage to the meatraffle ;D

How did you guys get together?

At a meat raffle. no thats a joke, we went to school together. 

How would you explain your genre? 

Bastard music. Which means it has no father or mother. It can't be pigeon holed into a genre, that's why its called bastard music. It comes from everywhere, nobody knows. It's very hard to describe your own music.

Do you have any disputes/arguments?

All the time, we wrestle, try not to use our fists. Naked. Baby oil. XD

Where do you find your inspirations?

Were kind of political, metaphores. Not in ur face politics. Were kind of a left wing band. Out music has a sort of message. We do the music first then fix some lyrics to have things to dowith politics. 

How did you first get your name out there?

Lots of gigs. Just started playing some gigs around South London. We tend to stay in the same area really.

Where can we find you online?

Bandcamp and facebook, instagram everything. 

What are rehearsals like?

Caos. It's fun, there's no pressure. Were just formulating things. It needs to be a laugh, if it's too serious theres no point to it. 

Any advice for upcoming bands?

Get a real job. Don't copy people. Try not to listen to too much music/the radio. Stick to the same areas/ stick to what you know. Let it expand from that, don't chase things. 

Next Alev Lenz:

How did you get into the business?

well, I've been doing this for 14-15 years. I started out in another band that was called Alev in Germany. We had a publishing deal before I even graduated. That was the first step, I then played a lot of shows, and flew from Berlin to New York to London. I have a new publisher now, so well see what happens.  

What specific instrument do you play?

I play the piano but I think my main instrument is my voice.

How would you explain your genre?

Pop-rock, Jazz-metal, reggae, techno. But i usually say pop. Sophisticated Pop.

Why do you use your real name to represent yourself instead of a stage name? 

I thought my parents did a good job, i never needed to come up with anything else. This is really personal, i wrote all the music so it made sense to name it after me.

Is this your main source of income?

No, but I'm glad there is more crowd sourcing and funding out there.

Why did you choose music?

I find that you don't really choose this path, it just happens. That's just what you do, it's not a choice. I ask myself that as well, 'Was this a good idea'. But if u don't write and i don't sing then somethings missing. I started with piano lessons early, at about age four. I also did composing lessons. So i was introduced to all the colours and stories a piano can tell which was really nice. I just wanted to be on stage so i did acting in school, its very organic and natural. I think most musicians would agree that no one chooses this. there is no straight forward path. It chose me. 

No stage fright?

No, I was always excited and nervous. But my mums an actress, so I went to the theatre a lot, and I was backstage a lot. So I was used to the magic of it .

What can you tell me about your muse?

It's really different every year, and in every album. I remember my first album was really kind of finding my voice on the piano in New York, I was playing a lot of open mic shows. It was full of that longing and heart break you hear about in New York. So my main muse is usually what I'm going through personally. I try to make that as accessible to everyone else. 

How can we find you online?

Its Alevlenz.com If you just google me you'll find the usual suspects, Facebook, twitter etc.

 

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20.5.16

Sorry these are so late! I've had a hectic time these couple of weeks!

Up first is Julie Kjaer then The Infinite Three:

Julie Kjaer & Hannah Marshall: 

How did you get together?

I moved to London almost 7 year ago. I met her through a nice strong community of musicians. 

What do you call yourselves when you play together?

we just say our names. Hannah Marshall and Julie Kjaer. We don't actually have a specific band name.

Can you describe your genre?

I think with improvised music its quite hard describe. Its often described as non-generic. It isn't about a genre, its about a process.. about your relationship with your instrument and your relationship with the sounds someone else is making. Its about being in the here and now. there isn't any specific genre were trying to achieve. 

What do you each play?

Julie: Saxophone, flutes, and clarinet. Hannah: Cello.

How old were you when you started playing?

Hannah: I was very young, I was five. I remember a music teacher asking me what I wanted to be and i remember saying i wanted to be a cellist. My parents were musicians as well. You just get sucked into it, almost like i didn't have a choice in it. 

Julie: I only started playing saxophone when i was 14, but there has always been music in my family. I actually wanted to be a biologist, being a musician was never the plan. I feel you live and breath the music industry. It's all freelance and continual work, its nice to have something completely different from music to inspire you. 

How do you get inspired?

Hannah: all kinds of things, like science, being present, time and how we process it. Ideas of the past and the future, seasons changing, other people, dreams.

Do you ever argue?

Only in the music. I think its one of the good things about improvising, it can be very releasing. Instead of putting it on your relationships with people, you put it into the music. arguments are really great in music, tension makes it really exciting. 

How did you make yourselves known to the public?

Thats the hard part, promotion. You just play, be out there. People hear you and see your name, they remember. You need to play for yourself, if people come to that then thats great. It's far better  than sitting around wondering how to get people to notice you. 

Are you both on social media?

Hannah: I'm not. Julie: I'm on Facebook a lot, and I'm trying to get onto Instagram. but it is so difficult to get those things going. I just released a CD so i focus my energy on that. Its also important not to be so stuck up in social media and lose your creativity. Balance is important. 

 

The Infinite Three:

 

How did you get together?

The infinite three Started in 2009, this line up really gelled together really well. It got to the point where we could sort of improvise without looking at each other.

Can you explain the band name?

Actually no. I cant remember how I thought of it. I had a notebook of possible band names years ago before the band started when i was in another band. when that one finished i just look ed through the note book and thought / yeah thats a good one'. But I can't remember what I was thinking when I wrote it down. I like the fact that its contradictory. Also if you type it into google apart from stuff to do with us you get either religious texts or stuff to do with really complicated multidimensional geometry. 

Can you explain your genre?

Its essentially rock music. A rock format, but we all listen to so many types of music that comes out eventually. we're all very much into improvised music and jazz stuff. 

Where do you find your inspiration?

booze.:p I just have music in my head that i haven't heard yet, so I desire to make that real. I get a sort of simpletons pleasure from playing music. We joke about it, but I could quite happily play the same cord for hours and not get bored by it. 

Do you argue a lot?

 We don't actually, we get on rather well. It's very congenial and pleasant really. we may be a bit moody and grumpy but we tolerate that. There would probably be more arguments if one of us was really really happy and bubbly all the time because that would be really fucking annoying. 

How do we find you online?

Were on Facebook and Twitter, our official website is: theinfinitethree.co.uk 

How did you first get your name out there?

First of all was purely recording, then we got offered some gigs. Then it was sort of by accident that we played live. Now were more active on playing live. We don't have one artistic goal. were sort pf unveiling things as they go and seeing what happens.

Does your music have a message or a purpose?

for me its joy. Ecstasy. the closest thing that someone lie me with no religious belief ca get to having a religious experience. Sounds incredibly pretentious! but I think its quite important to have those experiences. To have those moments of ecstasy that make you feel like you outside yourself. music is a really god way of making that happen. Theres a lot of psychedelia in it, a lot of things flying around. I think we all end up worshiping something, being TV or Gods, money, sex, whatever. Music is a good alternative to those. It's a way of transcending the ordinary. 

What is your music making process?

It's really organic. it just really blossoms in rehearsal. Songs tend to come from improvisations. We then listen to it back and try to re-learn what I managed to do on the spot. Once that has happened and we play them live they change again, so they're never really finished evolving. 

Whats next?

It's a while away yet, but were going to be on tour in august. We've recorded a vinyl recently, we will be releasing the improvised set as an album for subscribers. it's £20 a year and you automatically get all our music. It's a bit like what U2 did with apple but slightly less invasive. 

We have some merchandise and T-shirts available online as well. 

Advice for new bands:

Be kind. 

 

 

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1.5.16

Here are the interviews of Sebastian Melmoth and Art tip & The Static Sound:

Sebastian Melmoth up first:

 

How did you all get together?

Pete and I (Ilia) met through myspace, through gumtree. At the time Sebastion Melmoth was an acustic duo, until we decided to record some songs with pete. One thing led to another and we started playing to gether. 

I was working in a vegetarian cafe and Laura( now fiancee) was working in a shop across the road, she came over for some food and I learnt she could play the drums. She said no to joining us in the beginning but we convinced her.

 

How long have you been playing together?

2 and a half years, since 2014.

Can you explain your band name?

It's a tripartite reference to Oscar Wilde who changed his name after being released from prison, and moving to france. Its also a reference to a novel called Melmoth the Wanderer its a gothic novel about a man who sells his soul to the devil. And the third is a reference to Saint Sebastian who is a gay icon in the victorian England. 

 Can you explain your genre?

Hypnotic anti-pop. Ambiguous, with elements of psychedelia, post-punk folk music and a little bit of russian rock stuff. 

Where do you find your inspiration?

Books, movies, a lot of it comes from reading things, going to an exhibition and finding a new word for something. 

It usually starts around a word that spawns an idea, sort of a narrative. 

Whats your music making process?

Its an organic process, sometimes we just jam a little.

Do you argue a lot?

Sometimes. There was a time where we didn't speak to each other, we were arguing so much. But we're past that now.

It's impossible to avoid arguments, but generally we all get on. 

It's mostly heated debates about the direction of the music. 

Pete left the band for a year over the musical direction.

We're all passionate people who don't always agree. 

How do you get your name out there?

We've got twitter, Instagram, FacebookBandcamp, Soundcloud, and youtube.

The most effective way for a band to be heard is to play at shows. Physical tapes to sell are a great way to make people remember you. 

It's really difficult getting out there.

What do you enjoy playing the most?

We enjoy rooftop surfing and wrong side of the sun. 

What's next?

We just finished recording an album which will hopefully be coming out in autumn.

And then, world domination.

Any advice for new and upcoming bands?

Don't do it. Don't expect to make any money. Do it for the fun. 

 

Next up is Art Trip and the Static Sound:

How did you get together?

We were just in a pub one night celebrating someones birthday and we thought, why don't we have a jam? And that's it.

How long have you been playing?

Oh, Donkeys. Maybe about 4 years.

Can you explain your band name?

That's tricky, its too long. It's a combination of two things, a drummer in the 60s called Arthur Trip and his Art Trip. It kind of taking the piss out of ourselves as being slightly arty. The Static Sound is after the soul static sound, i liked the alliteration of that. 

Can you explain your genre?

This is always tricky. Post punk always comes up, noise, we just play what we feel like on the day. We invent what we do as were going along. 

Do you have any disputes within the band?

 We don't have that many disputes. Most of it is about the name. We all get on really. It's nice and easy going and laid back. 

Do you play in public a lot?

Not a lot, were quite a lazy band. If a gig comes up and all the dynamics are right we go 'fancy it?' and thats that. Its just a jolly good time. 

Is there a song you prefer playing the most?

We like to play a lot of new stuff. Fingers crossed it sounds good. 

What are your rehearsals like?

Loud. We turn it right up, go deaf afterwards. 

Whats next?

I imagine well do a gig or two soon. 

What's your muse?

We just bounce off each other while were in the same room. There's no one person who writes all the songs. Someone will start making a noise or a sound and if the others like it they'll respond to it.

How do people reach you?

Were on Facebook, Soundcloud, Band-camp, Twitter

Any Advice for new bands?

Try to enjoy it. Start chasing things. Be yourself. Chill out about it, what's the worse that could happen. 

Carry on doing what you do, and people will come along eventually.

Don't concentrate on making it into a career, it'll ruin your music. Don't worry about what other people are doing. 

And don't focus too much on how many hits you get on Facebook or Soundcloud, you're chasing something thats just not there. 

 

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25.4.16

Here are the interviews with both Firefay and Papernut Cambridge:

Firefay up first:

Tell me about your band name:

The band is about taking a load of influences kind of like baroque, folk and a bit of rock. So firefay is like a fairy, theres songs about some interesting stuff including fays. 

How did you get together?

So Adam and Carol are husband a wife, they progressively write material together then theres Matt and Ronny 

Can you explain your genre to someone who's never heard it before?

Well it was described to me before I joined the band, as folk noir, its kind of a mixture between the influences of traditional folk, baroque and some rock.

How do you end band disputes?

I'm always right! No, we never argue, we mostly listen to each other. Most bands I've been in tends to end up badly but this has gone great. 

How did you first get your name out there?

So the band has been going for about 3, 4 years, they've done an album with the singer Alison O'Donnel, we've got some stuff on the internet, some radio stuff and some gigs here and there.

Can you describe your music making process?

Carol will come along with a song which is pretty much complete then well arrange parts to each other.

What's next?

We're trying to get some gigs, theres a new album being prepared. We're quite a low=key band so its important to get the right venues. 

Any advice for new bands?

Practice, practice practice, communicate, listen.

 

Next, Papernut Cambridge:

How did you get together?

I dreamt a band name years and years ago, but we only came together a couple years ago.I had a little black book of potential names to be in the band, called them up and here we are. That's how it started and now we've had our forth album come out.

What's the music making process?

Its all done remotely, I start off the song and send it round, they record some stuff onto it and send it back and that's how the records get put together.

Explain the band name?

I came up with the name in a dream, all I remember was standing out side a gig in America and there were two names outside so i just wrote them down and years later were using it.

Can you explain your genre?

Pop music, very 60's, 70's pop music.

Where do you find inspiration?

Beer. :p Out muse is camaraderie and the fun of doing something together. Lots of it comes from dreams again. From hearing a little tune in a dream and trying to recreate it. 

How do you end disputes within the band?

We don't! They fester! The longest running dispute in the band is that I think I should be sacked (drummer). I've been trying to be sacked for about 3 years. I enjoy playing in the band but i think it would be better suited to someone else.

How did you first get your name out there?

we formed this label called Gare Du Nord with a couple friends which made it easier to get our sound out there. We thought it would have more of an impact if it was a label rather than just somebodies band. We did some self releases. We hired some PR people too.

How do people reach you on social media?

 Theres a label (Gare Du Nord) Facebook and a twitter but not one for the individual band itself. 

What's a crowd favourite song?

We like playing 'Spell It Out'. 

Do you have nay advice for upcoming bands?

My advice is don't listen to any advice!

Next Step?

Another record should come out at the end of the year. We've also got a couple new artists joining the label. 

 

 

 

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17.04.16

Alright! Saturday was a whirlwind of work! 

I managed to score both interviews. 

Up first is Black Mask:

Band members are: Tom - vocals, Sam - drums, and Matt - synthesizer.

How did you come up with you're band name?

It's from an old detective magazine from the 20s called Black Mask, its art work is kind of disturbing and cheesy. When we had this name, there were no other Black Masks around, now theres quite a few. Theres also a DC villan called Black Mask. 

What would you describe your genre as?

Slimewave!

How did you guys meet?

We (Sam and Matt) met Tom at university. Sam and Matt are brothers. 

Whats your muse/inspiration when you write songs?

The two (Sam and Mat) of us write the song and the name, and send it over to Tom (the Lead singer). He writes the lyrics based on the sound and the song name. It's a bit silly but thats how we do it.

How do you get your name out there?

We don't really :P Were not very social media savvy. We'll have to hire someone to get ton that.

What songs a crowd favourite?

Criminals!

What are your rehearsals like?

Pretty fun, lots of beer. It starts off as a really good rehearsal, but by the end its really really terrible. We hire a cheap place to practice. Just drinking and having a laugh.

Have you faced any challenges? Fought at all?

We're all pretty much on the same page. 

How can your fans reach you?

We're on Facebook and we have out Bandcamp channel that has samples of our music. Theres also a video of us on youtube for fans to find!

Whats next for you?

We're aiming to self release a record this summer, which should be fun. So we've recorded that and finalised the artwork. We're also going to play a few gigs. Were also touring this summer. 

Follow and like them on https://www.facebook.com/BLACK-MASK-45756453556/timeline

Black Mask is based in London, and will be playing live on the Hello Goodby show where I luckily get to interview them! 

Melge will also be playing live on the show!

Melge band-members are Lucy, Joel, Lisa and Rosie.

Lucy- Lead vocalist + Keyboard

Joel- Guitar + Backing vocals

Rosie- Drums

Lisa-Bass

Here's how our interview went:

Can you explain your band name? How did you come up with it?

Joel: It is a made up word for mixing things together, that Rosie made up.

Rosie: We wrote it down in order to book a practice and then it just stuck. 

How did you guys get together?

Lisa: I met Rosie and Joel a few years ago answering a sort of twitter shout out for someone to join a kind of experimental thing. And that was called Bless Human Beings and then, they contacted me.

Joel, Rosy and Lisa had practiced together before. 

How would you describe your genre?

Post punk? Its a bit of a spectrum, from do-me stuff to almost divoe. And a bit of blondie.

Where do you find inspiration?

Stress. It's true, its catharsis. We all have really full on lives. We make a racket and it feels good. 

How would fans find out where your playing?

Were on tonight but thats it so far. 

What are your rehearsals like?

There's a lot of talking and a lot of drinking. Probably more talking than music playing. Basically practice is a good time to hang out and do something we like. We Practice at new river studios. Its the best venue. The guys that run it are all amazing, good vibes. Thats how our practices feel, they're totally enabled by new river studios. They're fun and supportive, feels like going home. 

Any advice to new bands?

Just find some people you want to play with and bash stuff and don't worry too much about what your genre is. London is changing, it's always going to have weird little places that will put you on. Just do it. 

Also, Nostalgia is the enemy.  

Follow Melge on twitter at @melgeband 

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