Lia Mice’s music sits satisfying between genres. The beats are industrial, the sounds often atonal, the vocals often alien. Yet occasionally she’ll offer up a baseline or a melody that engages your electro-pop sensibilities, or equally deliver a pick up in pace that places her in the techno sphere. She balances all these elements and … Continue reading Under the bonnet with Lia Mice
Vicky O’Neon is a one-of-a-kind musician. If you live in North London, it’s probable that you’ve seen her around; her neon dreads and illustrated car make her hard to miss against London’s dreary backdrop. She’s a drummer - or in her words, a rhythm warrior - at her core, but really she engages with any … Continue reading Under the bonnet with Vicky O’Neon
One band with an already-guaranteed place on my 2018 top album and gig lists is Let's Eat Grandma. At Primavera they hypnotised with their surreal live tactics – handclapping games, falling on the floor, nonstop instrument swaps. Since that gig, their latest album I'm All Ears has been a day-to-day staple: it gives something new with … Continue reading 5 ways to get inspired by Let’s Eat Grandma’s ‘I’m All Ears’
La Leif is the current project of electronic producer Francine Perry: Goldsmiths-educated sound engineer, endlessly curious field recording collector, and a founding member of the brilliant Omnii collective, who are busy levelling the music production playing field for women and non-binary folk. At her live shows, Fran uses analogue methods to create driving, gritty, industrial dance … Continue reading Under the bonnet with La Leif
In a couple of weeks’ time I’m going to be volunteering at the Girls Rock London women’s music camp. Twenty five women are going to turn up, learn the basics of a new instrument, form a band, write a song, and play a gig. All in the space of three days. I’m so excited to … Continue reading Getting girls on stage: Why we need to demystify live music situations
Welcome back to the synth surgery. To reset the scene: my Juno 106S has been in the wars of late. Late last year one of its voice chips miserably petered out, meaning that every sixth note played was dead. After various explorations involving isopropyl alcohol and a lot of soldering scrutiny, I had opted to … Continue reading Synth doctor part 2: Acetonement
Exploring the possibilities of Logic's Ultrabeat to synthesise drum sounds.
Delving into Gwenno's second album Le Kov for musical inspiration
Getting under the bonnet of a vintage synthesiser.