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E-MUTE Emerging Artist Spotlight T-MAK Interview

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January 20 2012 – Very few things are as exciting as finding something new you love. Much like archaeologists that dig to find hidden treasures, we here at T-Mak World really enjoy trying to find new bands that we love. Once we find such bands, we approach our favourites to request interviews for our Emerging Artist Spotlight series. Today we set our focus on a band from London, England named E-MUTE. All bands we talked to are asked similar questions to each other so we can get to know them better.
‘’E-MUTE is a new band from London. Musicians who between them, have collaborated with artists such as Moby, TheDrifters, Scott James (Stereophonics), ChakaKhan, Vanessa Mae, Pip Williams and more, unite to deliver a new fresh sound under the banner of E-MUTE. Great melodies, dark edgy rock, electronica and philosophical lyrics are the recipe of the band. ‘’
 Here is what they had to say to us:
 
1    Hey E-MUTE, thanks for taking the time out to talk to us. Let’s start off with the obligatory introductions. Who’s in the band and what instrument does everyone rock?
Hi T-MAK, thank you very much for taking the time to interview us!
I’m Theo, or E-MUTE, or Mr. Mute as some people call me! The band is: E-MUTE (vocals, lyrics, music, keys and some times drumming), Tolis (guitars and some times vocals) Svet (bass, vocals), and Darren (drums). Unfortunately Svet is going to be leaving us soon as she is getting married, planning a kid and looks like next year she will be on tour with Moby again! She will be still gigging with us here and there but it looks like Ellen will be replacing Svet.
2      How about the history of the band, when did you get started and how did it happen?
The band’s name stands for Electric Mute. Electric, because it is a rock band, and Mute because the word has a very metaphorical meaning for me. After my first band with Scott James (ex-Stereophonics) split up and after having some family issues,  I was lucky enough to get involved into session drumming. The band with Scott, and working with Scott was a great song-writing school for me. Anyway. Back to the subject. I played for many artists and toured a lot. In the beginning it was very exciting. Finally, after so many years of practising, music schools etc, I was earning my living through music. Gradually, and actually rather quickly, I became disillusioned with session playing. Many times I had to play music that I didn’t enjoy and this was slowly but surely killing me…
When I wasn’t rehearsing I would spend my time on the piano, experimenting and humming away. Step by step I managed to complete some songs and the more I was song-writing, the more I wanted to dedicate solely to that. After I recorded the first demos (11 songs) I decided to quit session drumming and dedicate 100% to my music. So “Mute” is basically a period where me, myself and I played music I didn’t enjoy, and  music that many times was finding uninspiring, while simultaneously writing music that I really loved. As a session drummer I had to shut up, do my part, get my wages and go. So yes. Mute… in an artistic sense. And what a great logo to go with it…!
Now I’m at a stage in my life where I can actually enjoy 100% what I’m doing and have once more fun with my music. The band became a reality in 2012. I played the demos to Toli who I knew from music University, he played the music to Darren and Svet, and this is how the band started! I knew Svet from music University too.
3      Who are some of your musical influences?
Foo-Fighters, Dave Grohl, Nirvana, Muse, Radiohead, Franz Ferdinand Depeche Mode, and also Police, Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple, Pink Floyd, David Bowie and  many more. Even Shopin, Vivaldi to  Billy Cobham, The Headhunters and Louis Armstrong.
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4   So based on the above how would you describe your music to someone that has never heard it?
I guess Franz Ferdinand meets Muse, the Foo Fighters and Depeche Mode!
5   Why should a music fan come and see your show instead of all the other choices available to them on any given night?
Well. We have been spending an infinite amount of time practising music since we were kids, music is our life and passion. Our music is good, we are good people and put on good shows!
6   What is your favorite single line of lyrics the band has written and why?
This is a very difficult question… One line that I like is ‘’30.000 times I remember I’ve been told…society demands a man of virtue’’ from ‘Flying’. It is about stereotypes. From the minute you’re born, you learn to behave in a certain way, expected to do specific things with your life, get a job, have some kids and loads of gadgets (another line from the same song) which is great, but does not necessarily free your mind, be creative and do what you really want to do in your life. We only live once. Why compromise?




7   What does 2013 hold for you?
It looks like 2013 will be a good year for us. E-MUTE’s profile is growing, a lot of indie/alternative US and UK radio stations adding us on to their playlist, on February starting a national UK radio campaign with the help of MatrixPromoUK, and also we will be hopefully playing a lot of summer festivals!
8   Imagine that you were asked to be the opener for any band’s world tour (both current and historical). Which band and tour would be your dream opening gig.  
Foo-Fighters.
Dave Grohl is a guy that I look up to, admire and relate to as he is a drummer/singer/song-writer just like me. Nirvana was one of the main reasons that I ended up being a musician in my life. I just became obsessed with music. It must be amazing to know that you have changed people’s life to the better. Thank you Mr. Grohl!
9   What is the future of the music industry? With the concept of the album and physical CD’s facing extinction, how will we be consuming music in 10 years? Are the economics feasible for emerging artists?
The music industry is broke. The record companies do not make the money they used to make. This is because of the ”digitalization” of music. Basically when people started to be able to download music and share music for free, they stopped buying it. Which is sad because musicians are in trouble. But that’s how it is.
In the 80’s 90’s  people were still buying vinyl cassettes and CD’s. The record companies were getting a huge percentage of the sales and the artist not much, but then, when everybody didn’t have any other option but to buy music, musicians could make a living from album sales. And the best part? You could get a deal with just recording a demo. All you had to do was go to the record company or send the demo in, if they liked it then you would get a development deal. Which meant that they would invest. You were getting some money from the record company to live comfortable, while  concentrating 100% in your music. So perfect situation to be able to develop your craft!!! Also, when your record was out the company would do a massive promotion so people would know about your music.
2013 Reality: The record companies do not sign artists. They wait. They wait for the artists to become successful first and then jump in and start taking percentage of the artist’s income. What do you get back? Bigger promotion. But they do not get involved until they are sure that they will be making money from you.
So from the artist’s side, you basically have to do everything without support. DIY. Grow your fan-base  start selling downloads and t-shirts etc in your own and then, if the record company sees that you can do that,  and that you have a small profitable business, will sign you. They do not take the risk because they are afraid that investing to something completely new can go wrong and will lose their money. Which means that the bands/artists have it very hard.
What you see when you visit E-MUTE’s website, the videos, the music, the reviews, has cost me a great deal of monies. So… it is very hard. People do not realise it. It is the survival of the fittest and it is a shame because a lot of great music is being simply not heard.
On the other hand, say that an artist has managed to break through, an artist has the option to stay independent, where in the past you could not have this option. This allows you to be free, not having anybody controlling you or your music. It is still very early to say. You win some, you lose some.
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10 Where can people get your music/CD, is it being sold anywhere? 
Our music is available in all major digital stores
11  At the end of 2012 we published our picks for top 10 albums of 2012. Lists like those are always a reflection of personal tastes so if you were making the list what are some albums you would you have had on it?
1. Rush-Clockwork Angels
2. Jack White-Blunderbuss
3. The Smashing Pumkins-Oceania
4. Toy-Toy
5. Dinosaur Jr-I Bet On Sky
6. Enter Shikari-A Flash Floud of Colour
7. Soundgarden-King Animal
8. The Killers – Battleborn
9. Keith Jarrett-Sleeper (Unreleased live recording from the 1970’s but hey…)
10. Bob Mould-Silver Age
12   Wicked list man! Any closing remarks for our readers?
I wish you all the best for 2013 people. Let’s make this world a better place and let’s listen to good music to keep the spirit up!
Thanks so much to E-MUTE. We hope to see them here in Toronto sometime but in the meantime check out their music video ‘Clock Moves Forward’ below from YouTube.

Website – www.emutemusic.com
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/electricmute
Twitter – https://twitter.com/emutemusic


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MusicMafia Presents: E-MUTE

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New indie-rockers E-MUTE are celebrating as their debut single ‘Clock Moves Forward’ hit the Top Ten of the International Independent Charts, reaching number 5.

Industry magazine MUSIC WEEK, a publication which has been at the forefront of the music industry for over 50 years, are currently publicising the band as their featured artist.  Music Week is one of most read, most respected and most influential trade media brand in the business and continues to be a hub of the music community.

No strangers to the music world, E-MUTE features musicians that have performed with top artists  like Moby, Dido, Kaiser Chiefs, Stereophonics and The Black Eye Peas.

Produced by John Robertson (Morcheeba, Vanessa Mae, Grace Jones)  E-MUTE’s new ep ‘Too Proud To Say Loud‘ is out now and can be heard in full on the bands Facebook page. Collectively E-MUTE and Robertson have created a sound that has a harder edge, with great melodies that fuse dark edgy rock, electronica and philosophical lyrics.  Combined together,  the listener is given a beautiful landscape of music to explore.  Prepare yourself for a real treat with E-MUTE’s 5 track ep.

With tinges of Desert-Rock, Electronic and some grunge elements thrown in, we get a diverse and intriguing sound that tickles the ear-drums to shear bliss.” – zavive.com

E-Mute are qualified to not only be in your iPod, but certainly in your most listened to playlist!” – (artist of the week)

E-MUTE on Facebook iTunes Amazon GooglePlay

 


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Vulture Hound Magazine: E-MUTE

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E-Mute are an up-and-coming London-based band comprised of members who have worked with an impressive list of musicians across a wide range of genres, including the likes of Moby and The Black-Eyed Peas.

‘Clock Moves Forward’ is the debut single from their E.P. Too Proud To Say Loud. It’s an instantly infectious rock tune with elements of classic and grunge rock sounds on guitar and percussion.

E-MUTE’s debut E.P. Too Loud To Say Proud is available now. iTunes Amazon

Vulture Hound Magazine: http://vulturehound.co.uk/2013/01/e-mute-too-proud-to-say-loud-ep-preview/


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MusicWeek featured Artist, E-MUTE Hits The Charts

Music Week.com featured artist, indie-rock band E-MUTE hits the charts

New indie-rockers E-MUTE are celebrating this month as their debut single ‘Clock Moves Forward’ hit the Top Ten of the International Independent Charts, reaching number 6 in only its 2nd week of release.

Industry magazine MUSIC WEEK, a publication which has been at the forefront of the music industry for over 50 years, are currently publicising the band as their featured artist.  Music Week is one of most read, most respected and most influential trade media brand in the business and continues to be the hub of the music community.

No strangers to the music world, E-MUTE features musicians that have performed with top artists  like Moby, Dido, Kaiser Chiefs, Stereophonics and The Black Eyed Peas amongst others.

Produced by John Robertson (Morcheeba, Vanessa Mae, Grace Jones)  E-MUTE’s new ep‘Too Proud To Say Loud’ is out now and can be heard in full on the bands Facebook page. Collectively E-MUTE and Robertson have created a sound that has a harder edge, with great melodies that fuse dark edgy rock, electronica and philosophical lyrics.  Combined together,  the listener is given a beautiful landscape of music to explore.  Prepare yourself for a real treat with E-MUTE’s 5 track ep.

 “With tinges of Desert-Rock, Electronic and some grunge elements thrown in, we get a diverse and intriguing sound that tickles the ear-drums to shear bliss.” – zavive.com

 “E-Mute are qualified to not only be in your iPod, but certainly in your most listened to playlist!” – (artist of the week) tiffanyspr.com

 “If you’re a fan of music, you might just be smitten by E-MUTE.” – headcase outlet

Purchase E-MUTE’s EP here:

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E-MUTE MusicWeek Featured Artist

Music Week presents: E-Mute
E-Mute are a new band on the indie-rock scene.

The London based four-piece features musicians that have rubbed shoulders with the likes of Moby, Dido, Kaiser Chiefs, Stereophonics and The Black Eyed Peas. With a varied CV of experience, the band say you should ‘prepare yourself for a real treat’ with their songs.

Collectively E-Mute have created a sound with a harder edge, with melodies that fuse dark edgy rock, electronica and philosophical lyrics.

E-Mute are celebrating this month after their debut single cracked the Top 10 of the International Independent Charts, reaching No.6.  Their EP Too Proud To Say Loud was released this week (on November 20).

Essential info

Artist: E-Mute

Releases:Clock Moves Forward (single) / Too Proud To Say Loud (EP)

Buy their EP on

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/too-proud-to-say-loud-ep/id574171078

Amazon: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Too-Proud-to-Say-Loud/dp/B009Y1FU06/ref=sr_shvl_album_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1359371181&sr=301-1

Twitter twitter.com/emutemusic

Facebook facebook.com/electricmute

Website emute-music.com


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Indie Bands Blog Review

Posted by  on November 8, 2012 ·

E-MUTE is an alternative indie band from London in England comprising the quartet of E-MUTE (Vocals / Drums / Piano), Svetlana Vassileva (Bass /Vocals), Darren Ashford (drums) and Tolis Zavaliaris (Guitars / Vocals).

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These are musicians with experience 0f working with larger bands and I must confess I was somewhat sceptical as to what this would be about when I received the introduction, but my concerns were cast aside the moment I hit play as a warming bath of music tumbled in to the room. Sure, they have a smooth radio friendly sound as would be expected, but rather than ticking the boxes of let’s make a record and make money, E-MUTE has set out to differentiate themselves and their approach is at once refreshing and easy to understand.

The textures are smooth rock, it is the stitching that adds the interest to the ears as the sounds possess a sombre atmospheric that weaves an unfolding storyline emblazoned by guitar and percussion rumbling through the spaces and it is the bass and vocal which adds the focus to the sounds, akin to the techniques of early new-wave exponents and to add to the layers E-MUTE also employ, as the need arises, electronics and keys to temper the sounds. They are equally able to rebalance the sounds to a more classic rock formula, in these sections their fresh approach to the genre comes to the fore, retaining a sense of originality.

The listener gains considerably from their past experience whilst simultaneously the music fan finds a space full of engaging material in which to dwell. E-MUTE is a band that deserves to make strides in the industry, time will tell whether their ambitions are met with the naturalness of the material they produce as a new out-fit or whether they will decide to revert to formulaism to secure their goals. For such a cynic as I, I do believe E-MUTE will remain true to the objectives, so I look forward to finding out how it all pans out.

 

Indie Bands Blog http://www.indiebandsblog.com/european-bands/uk-bands/english-bands-uk-bands-european-bands/e-mute-alternative-indie-rock


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