April 18, 2017


    As you’re probably aware, a few months ago I did something relatively bold. I’m spending my first few months of 2019 travelling through Germany (with visits to Czech Republic and Austria) in a bid to broaden my musical horizons, do new things, and work on my language skills.
London songwriter Mark Mathews has quite the habit of releasing singles. From his #newmusiceverymonth project in 2017 he put out something new each month, which is most admirable, and a testament to all the hard work and praise he as assimilated over the last few years. Here’s hoping that his
Ever since I started learning music I had aspired to play with others. After learning piano at aged 12, I had deciphered the four main components of a band-vocals, guitar, bass and drums, and I proceeded to start learning these with the hope to one day join a band. Attending
London Indie Pop band The Stay Club are hoping to make waves among the sea of artists in our nation’s capital. While swimming against the tide they have brought out their debut single “Lighthouse” The moody but moving intro fills you with a head-bobbing swagger before it develops into something
From the hills of North Wales, Isaac Birchall and his mate Andy Cooper have formed acoustic folk project Cats and Crows. Following from their 2016 EP, they have a new album with a timely mid-January release: The opening “Bored” is most engaging, with some thick harmonies in the chorus a
Stevie Wonder has got to be one of the most fascinating musicians I’ve ever come across. Starting as a child prodigy, Wonder signed his first record deal at age 11 just a few years after learning his various musical instruments including piano, harmonica and drums. Considering his age when he
  Art Block has already graced us with his presence from this glowing review, so when he alerted me that he had another single out, I was eager to give it a listen: Contrasting from Eliza’s piano, this song opens with a gentle but rich acoustic guitar strumming. Block’s voice
  It’s a situation I feel that many of us musicians have been in; you’re onstage giving it your all, and some drunkard yells from the back of the room “you’re shit”. The following should help you out next time 1- Wit Stand up comedians are faced with hecklers on
For those uninitiated, Craig Chee & Sarah Maisel are legends of the ukulele scene. The husband and wife tandem based in California have an incredible worldwide reputation for their traditional and jazz music, and it was my pleasure to meet them and see their headline performance at Ukulele Festival of
Nick Ball’s Incorrect Following made it’s impression on one of my earlier reviews on Design a Gig. After a year of grafting on Manchester’s music scene through BIMM, he is now back with a brand new single: Pulling no punches, the syncopated intro attacks you with a powerful snare drum