The Kaje talks solo to CAAN

CAAN is  no doubt best known to you all as one third of Ou Est Le Swimming Pool. With the band meeting an end that sent shockwaves throughout the music industry, CAAN is now making headway as a solo artist. Having left the synth-pop sound behind him, CAAN has focused on his own musical influences and crafted the intensely moving single “Every Little Thing”. With an impressive vocal and outstanding songwriting capabilities, there is little doubt that CAAN is about to make it big on his own. So before the explosion sets in fully, here at The Kaje we jumped at the chance to chat about his transition to solo stardom…

Having spent so long as a performer as part of a group, how daunting is the prospect of a solo career?

I love it. I’ve found my feet and am loving every minute of it. It was a great feeling to sell-out London’s XOYO at the end of Feb, now I’m in rehearsals for a UK tour in June. I have an incredible live band behind me so it doesn’t feel too different.

Your sound has taken a very different direction to Ou Est Le Swimming Pool-would you say this was a conscious decision?

In Ou Est we were always very focused on the 1980s synth-pop sound. This is just a little more diverse. I still love that sound and everything we did, and I’m still in the same studio, but this has got my stamp on it. My sound is a lot darker and the album draws influence from many areas of music.

How would you describe your sound?

A mash-up of everything I grew up listening to.

Who would you say have been your biggest influences musically?

Gil Scott Herron, Bob Marley. Conscious songwriters. But mostly my family and all the great music that surrounded me as I grew up.

Your current single is “Every Little Thing”-what is the track about?

It was the first song I wrote as a solo artist and encapsulates a part of my life when I was in a very emotional place. Really it’s about anything or anyone, but mostly a few special people and memories. But I find that as much as the listener can, I can also relate the song to many different things depending on my mood.

How did you decide that it should be your single?

Everyone loved it, especially the fans who’d seen it performed live. I’d have the whole crowd singing it back at me, which showed that it wasn’t just me that felt it was a special track. And like the guys at Record Of The Day said, sometimes a minimal track can have maximum impact!

What are your hopes for the track?

I’m looking at the project as a whole, so the effect so far has been astounding. It’s been amazing getting so much radio play, and really I hope that people enjoy it as much as I do.

How have your ambitions altered since the Ou Est Le Swimming Pool days?

I just love making music, not much has changed.

Chazzstock has been announced recently-have you any involvement with the project?

We did one at Koko shortly after Chazz died as a big celebration of his life. A lot of good friends we’d made along the way performed like The Kooks, The Horrors, Tribes and even Tony Hadley! It was wonderful that so many people congregated that night to remember him in such a beautiful way.

What else do you have planned for 2012?

UK tour and second single called ‘Into The Night’ in June. A few summer festivals – I’m most looking forward to Secret Garden Party! And then third single and album in September.

If there is one thing you could achieve by the end of 2012, what would that be?

To instigate World Peace.

For more information visit http://www.iamcaan.com

Interview by Jeremy Williams

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NEWS: Chazzstock Festival Announced In Memory Of Charles Haddon

Chazzstock is a brand new music festival set up in memory of the much-loved, young musician Charles Haddon. Charles, otherwise known as Chazz, was the lead singer of cult synthpop band Ou Est Le Swimming Pool and sadly passed away in August 2010.

The festival takes place in the picturesque grounds of Stanford Hall in Lutterworth, Leicestershire on the 9-10th June 2012. Huge bands  such as THE VACCINES, THE HORRORS and TRIBES will be performing over  the weekend alongside some hot new talent, with more special guests to be announced soon.

Charles’ dream was to hold his own festival in his parent’s back garden, which he always said he would have named Chazzstock. Now family and friends have banded together to create the perfect festival just as Chazz himself would have seen fit.

Chazzstock have also been inviting unsigned bands to put themselves  forward to play at the festival, to encourage and support young and upcoming talent. All proceeds from the festival will go towards The Prince’s Trust, a youth charity that helps change young lives.

Ou est le party this summer? Waking up the Leicestershire countryside, in Stanford Hall’s treasured stately grounds. Chazzstock… never to be forgotten on 9th and 10th June 2012.

Tickets start at £35 for a day pass. Camping is limited so book now to avoid disappointment. Tickets are available from: http://www.gigantic.com/gigantic/home_chazzstock.html

For more information on the festival please visit:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Chazzstock
Twitter: https://twitter.com/#!/chazzstock
Official Website: www.chazzstock.org

NEWS: Blood Red Shoes Announce New Album And Tour

Brighton-based duo Laura-Mary Carter and Steven Ansell will return this year with their 3rd album ‘In Time To Voices’ out on March 26th  and a new single ‘Cold’, released on March 19th via V2/Co-Operative Music. The band will also be hitting the road throughout the UK for an April and May tour.

Since the release of their debut almost 4 years ago, the duo have embarked on a gruelling, unrelenting tour schedule, seeing them travel the four corners of the globe and earning them an international fanbase. However the life on the road can have its side-effects as Steven speaks of some of their more troublesome moments :

‘”From getting arrested after spending a night drinking in a biker den, Laura fighting bouncers….twice, to the two of us breaking up onstage or having a giant fight in Prague and me getting found in the street robbed by two prostitutes. Oh and there was that time where we were invited to a hotel demolition party in Paris where we broke into Keith Richards’ room and totalled it. These stories are all on the record. I guess being only two people spending more than 300 days a year together makes you kind of…volatile. Modern bands seem way too clean-cut and sensible to us anyway.“

The new album ‘In Time To Voices’, released March 26th was recorded at The Motor Museum in Liverpool, continuing their successful partnership with Mike Crossey(Arctic Monkeys/Foals/Tribes) who co-produced the album with them.

The record sees Blood Red Shoes come of age musically, building on their punk rock roots and moving into an ambitious, three-dimensional new sound that encapsulates heavy rock as much as it does as sweeping, melancholy soundscapes and classic songwriting drawn from the likes of Black Sabbath, Fleetwood Mac, Led Zeppelin and The Rolling Stones.

Laura-Mary, sheds some light on the new, ambitious approach taken this time around:

”With this album we totally threw out the rulebook of how we write and record. We decided we wanted to make a really ambitious record, not something which reflects our live show but something which is only limited by our imaginations and not by how many instruments we use onstage. We figured the best way to push ourselves forward was to write the best possible songs and melodies we could – once you have that as your foundation, you have the freedom to go anywhere with the sounds you use. We feel like a totally different band now. We feel like we’re shooting for the stars.”

The first single ‘Cold’ to be taken from their forthcoming long-player, sees Blood Red Shoes unleash a their most bold and defiant track to date, with Laura-Mary’s confident vocal delivery set alongside a hyperactive drum groove and a truly anthemic chorus.

On the track, Laura-Mary says:

“Steven started playing this weird drum beat in a soundcheck and I wanted to make it into a song, so I found this mean riff to play over it. It has this hip-hop groove which is something we’d never tried before.”

FULL TRACKLISTING

  • ·        In Time To Voices
  • ·        Lost Kids
  • ·        Cold
  • ·        Two Dead Minutes
  • ·        The Silence And The Drones
  • ·        Night Light
  • ·        Je Me Perds
  • ·        Stop Kicking
  • ·        Slip Into Blue
  • ·        Down Here In The Dark
  • ·        7 Years

Touring heavily throughout 2011, this year sees the band back on the road with no signs of slowing down with a full worldwide tour planned and UK dates confirmed, detailed below:

FULL UK DATES

APRIL

27th Concorde 2, Brighton, UK   Tickets: www.ticketweb.co.uk / Box office – 01273 673311
28th Wedgewood Rooms, Portsmouth, UK Tickets: www.seetickets.com / Box office – 02392 863911
29th 02 Academy 2, Oxford, UK Tickets: www.alt-tickets.co.uk / Box office – 01912 304474

MAY

1st Trinity, Bristol, UK Tickets: www.alt-tickets.co.uk / Box office – 01912 304474
2nd Waterfront, Norwich, UK Tickets: www.ueaticketbookings.co.uk / Box office – 01603 508050
3rd Heaven, London, UK Tickets: www.gigandtours.com / Box office – 0207 4033331
4th HMV Library, Birmingham, UK Tickets: www.gigandtours.com / Box office – 08442 485037
5th Academy 2, Manchester, UK Tickets: www.gigandtours.com / Box office – 01618 321111
7th Zanzibar, Liverpool, UK Tickets: www.ticketline.co.uk / Box office – 01517 070633
8th Cluny, Newcastle, UK Tickets: www.ticketweb.co.uk / Box office – 01912 304474
9th Tunnels, Aberdeen, UK Tickets: www.gigsinscotland.com / Box office – 08444 999990
10th King Tuts, Glasgow, UK Tickets: www.gigsinscotland.com / Box office – 08444 999990
12th The Cockpit, Leeds, UK Tickets: www.lunatickets.co.uk / Box office – 01132 436743
13th Rescue Rooms, Nottingham, UK Tickets: www.alt-tickets.co.uk / Box office – 01912 304474

Pre-sale tickets go on sale from www.crowdsurge.com on Wednesday 25th January at 9am
Tickets go on general sale at 9am on Friday 27th January.
www.bloodredshoes.co.uk


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