NEWS: Sam And The Womp Announce Full UK Tour

Currently at #1 with their explosive party anthem ‘Bom Bom’ – a potent cocktail of ska, dubstep and brass ‘n’ bass released by One More Tune / Stiff Records – the sensational Sam and the Womp can now confirm details of a full UK tour. Tickets go on-sale at 9am on Friday 31st of August and are available from www.livenation.co.uk or www.ticketmaster.co.uk.
Sam and the Womp have created quite a stir in recent months following attention-grabbing sets at the likes of BestivalBig Chill,Glastonbury and Lovebox, as well as substantial airplay and famous fans such as Rizzle Kicks and Example. Embrace the bass at the following shows:
November                                                        Ages
21st – Birmingham, O2 Academy 3                   All ages (under 14s with an adult)      
22nd – Manchester, Sound Control                   14+
23rd – Liverpool, The Kazimier                         14+
25th – Glasgow, King Tut’s                               14+
26th – Edinburgh, Electric Circus                      14+
27th – York, The Duchess                                  14+
29th – Nottingham, Stealth                               14+
30th – Leeds, The Wardrobe                             14+
 
December
1st – Sheffield, The Plug                                  14+
2nd – Oxford, O2 Academy 2                             All ages (under 14s with an adult)      
3rd – Norwich, Waterfront Studio                      14+
5th – Brighton, The Haunt                                 14+
6th – London, XOYO                                         16+
7th – Bristol, The Cooler                                   14+
Consisting of de facto band leader and chief rabble-rouser Sam who punches out the horn riffs, the sultry vocals and feline moves of vocalist Lady Oo and the enigmatic musical alchemist Aaron AudioSam and the Womp prioritise the party as they break free of conventional genres. As Audio says, “You can call our music a lot of things, but it’s essentially just musicians writing songs. I don’t think we’ve worked out exactly what it is, but that’s part of the journey and part of the fun. We’re not about destruction or politics or anything like that, we’re about dreaming about a beautiful reality with love and music.”
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Tickets go on-sale at 9am on Friday 31st of August priced at £9 for London and £8 for all regional dates (subject to booking fee) and are available from www.livenation.co.uk or www.ticketmaster.co.uk

The Kaje talks ‘Overjoyed’ to Bastille

Last time we spoke to London’s Dan Smith (aka Bastille) he had just unleashed the beyond brilliant EP “Laura Palmer” independently. At the time there were whispers of major label interest, so it is little surprise that less than six months later he is all set to unleash his major label debut single “Overjoyed” and head out on the road for a series of headline shows. With “Overjoyed” picking up where “Laura Palmer” left off, The Kaje were thrilled to find that the buzz has far from gone to the ambitious, talented yet humble Smith…

Last time we spoke you had just released ‘Laura Palmer’ independently. Only a few months later and you are all set to release your major label debut single ‘Overjoyed’-can you fill us in on the last few months…

I’ve spent the last few months working on an album and a couple of other things. I made a mixtape/album called “Other People’s Heartache” in a short break in the middle of the album, and it’s up as a free download online (at www.otherpeoplesheartache.com). We’ve also been rehearsing quite a bit and getting ready to start gigging again which should be fun. 

With a record label now behind you, do you feel increased pressure to fulfil other’s expectations?

I guess so. It’s gone from being a really small group of people involved to quite a lot more, so inevitably there’s a bit more expectation – which isn’t something we’ve ever really had before. 

How did you select ‘Overjoyed’ as your latest single?

I wanted to chose something that would be an interesting introduction for people who have never heard of Bastille. It was difficult actually choosing what that song would be though because I’ve tried to make all of our songs as different from each other as possible, so it’s hard to know what’s representative. Hopefully “Overjoyed” is a good way in to my other songs and the album.

Can you tell us a little more about the track…

It’s a song I wrote and initially recorded in my bedroom about a year ago, around Christmas time actually. Although it couldn’t be any less christmassy if it tried. I wanted to make something atmospheric that represented some of the things I was thinking about at the time, and wrote most of it at a piano and then came up with the beat on my laptop. It came together quickly which is always satisfying.

Last time you also mentioned that you were working on your debut album-how is that going? When can we expect a release?

It’s very nearly finished, we just have to record some strings (which I’m really excited about) and then it’s a question of cutting it down a bit because there’s a few too many songs at the moment. It has been a lot of fun to make, but feels weird to think the process is nearly over. It will be out a bit later this year, around the end of the summer I think.

With a tour scheduled for the next few weeks-what can people expect from Bastille live?

Hopefully a good energetic show. And we’ll be playing a whole bunch of new songs from the album for the first time, so that should be interesting. For us at least.

You have toured with both Fenech-Soler and Foster The People-have they taught you anything from their stage show?

They both have really engaging live shows where everyone on stage seems to be doing loads of different things. We’ve tried to take a bit from that aspect, as well as some other more geeky technical stuff which they both had going on that made us think about how we could be better and make better sounds.

Who is the greatest live act you have ever seen?

Gosh I have no idea. Off the top of my head Jay Z at Glastonbury a couple of years ago was awesome.

With 2012 kicking off in a splendid fashion-what do you hope to achieve before it draws to a close?

I hope some people like the album that I’ve made and it would be great to have done a bunch of good tours as a band. 

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Interview and Photograph by Jeremy Williams

The Kaje talks break-ups to Mark Hole

A few weeks ago we received an email about a singer/songwriter called Mark Hole. We knew nothing of the name, nor did we have high expectations for his oddly titled single ‘Torture Garden’. But within moments of clicking the link contained within the promotional email we had fallen in love with his ode to the break up. Far from angry or resentful, without the need to wax lyrical about his former flame, Hole’s offering was honest, meaningful and moving. It left us wanting more. Thankfully he fulfilled our initial craving with his rendition of “Stupid Love” for The Kaje Sessions and has since taken time out of his schedule to tell us a little more about both himself and the tender ‘Torture Garden’…

Your current single is ‘Torture Garden’ – can you tell us a little about the track…

Yeah sure, ‘Torture Garden’ is a break up song, yet it celebrates love. It doesn’t stem from hate or negativity like many of these songs do. It merely speaks the truth that she is wonderful but isn’t right for me and vice versa. I’m all about the love!

‘Torture Garden’ is a very open response to a break up – is songwriting a form of emotional release for you?

Indeed it is. When the break up happened I was consumed by everything I had done wrong and all that I could have done better. This was my way of putting things right. After I’d finished writing I could sleep again.

Do you feel vulnerable when releasing such an honest track for public consumption?

No and a little bit yes. I do feel something, and from time to time think “God, this is a bit heavy isn’t it?! There was no need for that!” I mean do I really need to do this? I think, yes… These things need to be heard.

For those who have not heard your work before, how would you describe yourself as an artist?

Just think of me as a singer song writer called Mark Hole, who’s a little emotional but likes to entertain more than he likes to cry. Just listen, buy my records and get yourself to a gig. I won’t let you down.

What has been the most memorable description of your work to date?

Playing to 3 and half thousand people at the Royal Albert Hall.

Who would you say have been your main influences?

This is always a strange question to me as the people I sound like I’ve never heard of. It’s only from playing my music that people say I sound similar to Rufus Wainwright, Randy Newman Jeff Buckley, who I am all now addicted to. I did listen to a lot of music with my mum like Queen, Abba and Elton John… I love them all just like I love my mum! Oh and I think Ben Folds Five must have influenced me. But then again everything influences our taste, does it not?

What would you say is your ultimate goal?

My ultimate goal is to live and breathe music to infinity and beyond, but to headline Glastonbury would make my life.

With that in mind-what can we expect next from you?

My new album “Always Follow Your Heart”

More information can be found at http://www.markhole.com

Interview by Jeremy Williams

NEWS: Labrinth Announces Debut UK Tour

The UK’s most exciting artist; singing, song-writing and producing phenomenon, Labrinthtoday announces his debut UK tour for February and March 2012.

A born performer, Labrinth is set to wow crowds as he tours the UK early next year. Attracting rave reviews for his live performances over the summer festival season, where he performed to packed-out crowds at the likes of Glastonbury, Wireless and Global Gathering, this tour is one not to miss.

Since featuring on, and producing, Tinie Tempah’s Pass Out and Frisky, Labrinth has rapidly become one of the most significant emerging artists of the past 18 months.

Already the most sought after producer in the game, working with the likes of Gorillaz, Plan B and Ms Dynamite, Labrinth became the first act in six years to not join Simon Cowell’s SYCO label via a TV platform.  He’s already had two smash hits as a solo artist; Let The Sun Shine which hit the number three spot, and latest single, Earthquake which went straight in at number two, making him THE one to watch in terms of UK talent.

Originally from Hackney, east London, Labrinth is the youngest of nine musically gifted siblings. He discovered his talent for music by going to the local studio whilst still at school. Making beats at the age of 13 and playing guitar and keyboards by 15, Labrinth is completely self-taught.

Tickets for Labrinth’s debut UK tour go on sale Friday 4th November at 9am priced at £15.00 LONDON / £13.00 REGIONAL (subject to booking fees), available fromwww.livenation.co.uk and www.gigsandtours.com.

FEBRUARY 2012

Thursday 23 – Birmingham HMV Institute Library
Friday 24 – O2 Academy Liverpool
Saturday 25 – Manchester Academy 2
Sunday 26 – Glasgow O2 ABC2
Tuesday 28 – Leeds Metropolitan University
Wednesday 29 – O2 Academy Oxford

MARCH 2012

Thursday 1 -O2 Academy Bristol
Friday 2 – Cardiff University Solus
Sunday 4 – Norwich Waterfront
Monday 5 – London Koko
Thursday 8 – Brighton Concorde

The Kaje talks Summer Sundae Weekender to Ellen and the Escapades

Leeds folk-pop quintet Ellen and the Escapades had barely played a gig south of Birmingham when they were chosen to perform on one of the main stages at Glastonbury this summer. Catapulted from relative obscurity to festival fame, the quintet are now capitalizing on their appearance with another festival – this time the Midland’s Summer Sundae.

Summer Sundae Weekender kicks off in August. What’s your favourite thing about summer festivals?

James: We haven’t played hundreds of festivals, but every summer festival we have managed to get to has had a wicked atmosphere. When the sun is out and the bbq’s are going what better accompaniment than thousands of people and some amazing bands!

What can we expect from your show?

James: A chilled out pop folk set with some faster numbers to get folks dancing… come see us and you can find out!

Summer Sundae is renowned for showcasing emerging talent. Which new band are you most looking forward to catching?

Ellen: Bands I’m looking forward to seeing are Mumford and Sons, The Low Anthem, Johnny Flynn and The Crookes.

The festival has also been graced by legends like Patti Smith, Billy Bragg and Chrissie Hynde. What’s your fondest festival memory?

Ellen: Favourite festival memory is playing at Leeds Festival last year, just because i wasn’t expecting that many people to be there watching us

The festival turns ten this year – how did you celebrate your tenth birthday?

Ellen: I don’t know about my tenth birthday. I probably had one of those swimming parties where they put up those massive inflatable assault courses with a big slide at the end.

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