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9 important and revealing artist interviews from 2016

Laura  Barnes
9 important and revealing artist interviews from 2016

2016 was certainly an interesting time for music and musical artists. We saw a worryingly large number of utterly iconic figures such as David Bowie, Prince and Leonard Cohen pass away.

We witnesses the birth of virtual reality gigs, the explosion of grime, there were more 3D printed musical instruments than you could shake a stick at, and Pizza Hut integrated fully functioning DJ decks into its pizza boxes.

As well as breaking the latest news and reporting on interesting new MI innovations, MI Pro spoke with numerous bands, artists and musicians throughout 2016 to hear about not only their latest projects, but their views on various aspects on the MI and music industries.

Here we take a look at some of the most revealing artist interviews from 2016 that uncovered what musicians really think about the importance of MI stores, discrimination in the industry, and the challenges of making a living out of music.


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HANNAH PEEL

As her second album launched, MI Pro sat down with Hannah Peel to find out how she made an incredibly personal album about dementia. Since the album’s launch, Peel has worked on a number of projects to help raise awareness of the disease as well as money for charity.

“If anything, if this album brings awareness to younger people and makes us learn a bit more about dementia, then I’ll be happy,” said Peel.

Read the full interview with Hannah Peel here.

 

LAW HOLT

Edinburgh vocalist and songwriter Law Holt is an artist that refuses to be pigeonholed. Speaking to MI Pro in April 2016, Holt discussed sexism in the music industry.

“I am convinced that most people see female performers as hired hands; singers of other people’s songs. But we’re talking about an industry that is run by and is therefore tailored towards what men want. There is a reason why most big pop music videos are now made for masturbatory as opposed to musical pleasure.

“I can do what I’m doing, but the parameters of the industry are very hard to shift, so I’ll never sell as many records as The Cheeky Girls, but I guess I’ll just have to accept that.”

Read the full interview with Law Holt here.


CIVIL CIVIC

We spoke to instrumental rock duo CIVIL CIVIC back in November 2016, where they spoke about how they feel about MI stores.

“Our tours always start in London and the trip to Denmark Street with a shopping list is a necessary part of the ritual. Also, you should never buy a guitar without playing it first. Brick and mortar music shops are essential and the good ones can be quite inspiring.”

Read the full interview with CIVIL CIVIC here.


I LIKE TRAINS

We chatted to rock band I Like Trains about their new documentary and working with charity Youth Music.

“The state is doing nothing to nurture talented creative people with more challenging backgrounds. Access to musical equipment and tuition should be for everyone. In addition to the personal and social outcomes Youth Music’s work has for those young people involved, I hope it will go some way to redressing the balance within popular music.”

Read the full interview with I Like Trains here.


KITE BASE

Speaking about getting into the electronic music scene, Kate Base’s Kendra Frost reminisced about ‘the early days’ when she was first discovering synths and how she was faced with some snobbery.

“Back in the day, as a girl, there was times when you didn’t get served, you didn’t get looked at. There’s a lot of snobbery, which is a real shame. If you want to try and make music elitist that’s you prerogative, but I’m sorry, the whole of the Punk movement was based on emotion and picking something up and making a noise and that’s what interests both of us.

“Don’t get me wrong, I love getting more technically skilled at things, but I feel overwhelmed by knowing too much. I like the accidents that happen along with way.”

Read the full Kite Base interview here.


FLOCK OF DIMES

In October 2016, Wye Oak’s Jenn Wasner AKA Flock of Dimes gave us a very honest account of how today’s devaluation of music is making it difficult for a lot of musicians to make a living out of their work, as well as the sacrifices some artists have to make to create their best work.

“If you want to make music as your profession, you have to tour ten times the amount that anyone has ever expected to in the past. I have to spend so much of my time touring that it kind of tortures me when I think about how much more music I could be making and how much better I would be if I didn’t have to spend so much time touring just to get by.

“Once people have got used to not paying for something, they’ll never pay for it again. The next step will be me probably getting a day job and making the music I want to make on the side because I’m not sure I can sustain it.”

Read the full interview with Flock of Dimes here.


TIM GOODYER

Prolific West End drummer Tim Goodyer has performed in everything from Book of Mormon and Avenue Q to The Lion King, Dirty Dancing and Aladdin. During our interview in September 2016, Goodyer discussed why MI brands and retailers should more to highlight session and theatre careers.

“I don’t think instrument companies realise that there is a scene outside of the ‘rock band’ thing. A lot of session players don’t get as much coverage as guys in rock bands. I think a lot of people underestimate how much young people coming out of collages look up to session and show musicians.

“I get a lot of letters, as do lots of other musicians in the theatre, asking if people can come watch you play. I think the instrument brands underestimate how many up and coming kids want to get into that side of the industry.”

Read the full interview with Tim Goodyer here.

MOURN

As with most bands made up predominantly of women, Mourn haven’t been immune to some of the industry’s more retrograde attitudes when it comes to female musicians – particularly when talking gear.

For the most part, the band’s experiences with the industry at large have been relatively free of such challenges, with the exception of one or two dinosaur encounters.

“Once a sound guy took my amp and put it on the wrong side of the stage, so I told him that I was going to play at the other side. When he heard my voice he started talking to me like I was five. He was imitating my voice; putting on a voice. When another guy asked him something he answered normal, but when he was talking to me he was putting on this voice.

“I hated that guy! I felt really bad because he wasn’t taking me seriously and he was acting like he was superior. And then he wasn’t listening to us at the sound check, like we had no idea what we were doing because we were young girls. I wanted to punch him so bad!”

Read the full interview with Mourn here.


TYPE TWO ERROR

Ex-Cooper Temple Clause members Ben Gautrey and Kieran Mahon spoke to MI Pro at the beginning of 2016 about their new electro rock outfit Type Two Error, in which they discussed what it was like working non-stop in a band where relations were becoming frayed.

KM: “It was so intense with the Coopers. You’d do an album, tour it and then go straight back in the studio. [With this band] I want to make music in a more manageable sense, where it’s not becoming a punishment but something you do with your mates.”

BG: “It can get to the point where it defines you. When you first start out you’re writing music in conjunction with living a normal life, and then you get signed and you think that because you’re in a band you need to be a certain way; write a certain way; act a certain way. And you walk a fine line between being genuine and thinking that you’re genuine. When you first start writing you are writing about every day experiences, then in the band you’re in a tour bus and you’re travelling the world and relations in the band start to get frayed, and those are things that perhaps people can’t relate to unless they are in a band. That’s why we want to get that balance between being in a band and maintaining contact with real life.”

Read the full interview with Type Two Error here.

Tags: Interviews , type two error , law holt , mourn , Kite Base , I Like Trains , Tim Goodyer , Hannah Peel , Flock of Dimes , Civil Civic , artist interviews

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