A history of DVNE

We asked Victor of DVNE if he would be able to tell us a little bit about their history, tech or influences ahead of their headline show at The Facemelter in Camden this Friday, and he sent us all of it!

Reading about their unusual collection of influences makes us think that the new album is going to be something pretty special…

‘We Are Peering Over’ album launch – Question 3

Ahead of their show at Rich Mix on Thursday 22nd September, Chris Sharkey, Peter Ehwald and Bitch ‘n’ Monk tell us about their latest musical discoveries.

Tickets at http://www.wegottickets.com/event/368263

More details at http://chaostheorymusic.co.uk/22nd-september-bitch-n-monk-album-launch-peter-ehwald-survival-skills-chris-sharkey/

Loss and Love: Muscle and Marrow’s journey

We continue our week of daily articles about the experimental artists performing at our events this week.

Today we focus on Muscle and Marrow, who bring their new album tour to New River Studios on Saturday, alongside Father Murphy.

Soprano Heidi Heidelberg speaks about her techniques and influences

We continue to share info about each of the seven experimental artists involved with our two events this week. Today we hear from soprano Heidi Heidelberg, one half of Bitch ‘n’ Monk, who hold their album launch at Rich Mix on Thursday. We asked Heidi about her unusual technique and her influences, and here’s what she had to say: *   *   *   *   *   *   * After a gig I am often asked that peculiar question: “are you classically-trained?”, mainly because I can use vibrato and tend to dance around in my soprano range when I improvise, in a way that is definitely inspired by operatic coloratura. However classical training generally means a total commitment to mastering the ‘correct technique’ for opera or lyrical singing, but my mission is rather to find the technique I need to suit the music I’ve written, and the story I’m trying to tell. Sometimes I dramatically switch characters during a song and I need to abandon an angelic soprano voice in order to express rage, or even madness. When writing a passage, you are experiencing one particular emotion in its essence, but in order to perform it with emotional integrity months, or even years, later I find that vocal and breath technique helps me to re-experience that emotion. Taking short gasps creates the real sensation of panic, while long meditative breaths calm the mind, so I use technique to enter a new mental and emotional space as well as to allow me the versatility to sing the melodies I like, however angular they might be. My own training begun...

Interview: Jo Quail speaks with Carya Gish

Carya Gish, novelist and founder of independent publishing imprint Arcane Publishing, speaks to cellist and composer Jo Quail ahead of the launch of her new album Five Incantations at St John on Bethnal Green on 19th March.

Interview: Poppy Ackroyd speaks to Carya Gish

Carya Gish, novelist and founder of independent publishing imprint Arcane Publishing, speaks to musician and composer Poppy Ackroyd who will perform at the launch of Jo Quail’s new album Five Incantations at St John on Bethnal Green on 19th March.

Interview: Colours To Shame chat to Mark Angel Brandt

This month, Mark Angel Brandt, editor of metal, punk and rock review website Broken Amp, lent us his meticulous approach to music journalism to interview Glaswegian genre-switching metalheads Colours To Shame, ahead of their performance at The Facemelter this Friday at The Black Heart.

Interview: Ivan and Genia of Opensight on Italian cinema and hidden influences

Opensight have established themselves as stalwarts of London’s progressive music scene. Having played in the Metal 2 The Masses competition on several occasions, and with numerous studio recordings under their collective belt, these accomplished musicians create a sophisticated blend of rock, metal and a hefty dose of the cinematic. Their latest EP represents something of a departure from previous recordings, though it retains the theatrical flourishes and classic metal undertones that fans will recognise as signatures of the band. ‘Ulterior Motives’ also has the rather dubious accolade of being the only music that doesn’t cause my cat to leave the living-room. High praise indeed. In the run-up to the launch date, the band has released a series of teaser trailers, which serve to enhance the cinematic themes of their music, as well as being a fun and imaginative way to garner public interest. One of the trailers has also outed yours truly as being a member of The League Of Chaos. There goes my secret identity, dammit. I contacted Opensight to demand an explanation (under the subtle guise of discussing ‘Ulterior Motives’). What inspired you to write ‘the soundtrack to a fake movie’? Is there a secret screenwriter amongst you? Can we expect to see ‘the movie of the soundtrack’ at some point in the future? Ivan: We weren’t really thinking of ‘Ulterior Motives’ as a movie while writing the songs or anything. We really like when there is a connection between music and other languages like film, motion graphics, games, books and so on. Film music is a big influence, so it was natural to give that sort...