Have a brand new edition of Artist Spotlight ready to deliver to the masses today! We head across the pond to London, and uncover the electro infused sounds of E-mute. The group consists of E-Mute on vocals, drums, and piano, Svetlana Vassileva on bass and vocals, Darren Ashford on drums, and Tolis Zavaliaris on guitars and vocals. The band has an edgy, electro infused sound that channels the influences of Moby and Depeche Mode, with an alt-rock edge to boot that will attract devotees of both bands that brings the best of both worlds together to create an insatiable hybrid that is different and not like the other types of music that are permeating the airwaves these days. I’ve been exposed to a lot more electronic music these days, and the fact that it’s coupled with alternative rock which I grew up on enables me to enjoy E-mute pretty easily and experience what the bands from across the pond in England are accomplishing with alot of hard work and determination. A great upstart band that has the ability to achieve success here in the U.S. and beyond. Some recommended tracks for you to check out include “Clock Moves Forward” and “Flying”.
For more information on E-mute, click on their Facebook page here where you can find out more info on the band and see what they’re like! The band can also be followed on Twitter right over here where you can interact with the members of the band and see if they’ll be planning to tour the States sometime soon. The band’s official website is located here where you can find more in-depth information regarding the band and if you would like to check out their music, it’s available on their BandCamp site located over here where you can decide for yourself if they’re the real deal.
Κυκλοφόρησε 2013 Format EP ΕίδοςΕνημερώθηκε στις Πέμπτη, 17 Ιανουαρίου 2013 ΕίδοςRockΑριθμός δίσκων 1 Edition date 2013 Εταιρία Self Release
1. Clock Moves Forward 2. Flying 3. Illusions 4. No Tomorrow 5. Across the Sea
Οι φίλοι του καργαβρετανικού Ροκ, οι φίλοι του εναλλακτικού Ροκ και γενικότερα οι φίλοι της μουσικής θα καταευχαριστηθούν αυτή εδώ την κυκλοφορία. Ένα ΕΡ πέντε κομματιών από ένα κουαρτέτο που είναι κοσμογυρισμένο και αποφάσισε να κάνει κάτι δικό του. Έχοντας παίξει με καλλιτέχνες όπως οι Moby, The Drifters, Scott James (Stereophonics), ChakaKhan, Vanessa Mae, Pip Williams και διάφορους άλλους «ασήμαντους» του είδους, οι τρεις τυπάδες και η τύπισσα παίζουν και φιλτράρουν, πειραματίζονται και παίζουν, διασκεδάζουν και διασκεδάζουν… Θα μπορούσε να λέγεται Post Pop με Punk αναφορές, θα μπορούσε να λέγεται BritRock με Post διανθίσεις, θα μπορούσε να λέγεται Confi Music ή Piano Electrical Orgasmisation… Έτσι ή αλλιώς, το αποτέλεσμα είναι πέντε τραγούδια που μπορούν να παίξουν από το στερεοφωνικό σας μέχρι τα πιο κουλαδερά μαγαζιά στο Γκάζι ή ένα εντελώς alter φαντασματάκι στην Πάτρα!
Πολύ πιασάρικες μελωδίες, το μικρόβιο της βρετανικής κουλτούρας, χαλαρά μοτίβα και νόστιμα φωνητικά, πλήκτρα και ατμόσφαιρα… Η φωνή μας αρέσει, μας αρέσει πολύ. To “Clock Moves Forward” έχει μέσα του αυτό το κάτι από Punk που αρέσει, είναι το πρώτο single και έχει πάει πολύ καλά στην τοπική αγορά. Εγώ, για να σας πω την αμαρτία μου, δεν μπορώ να ξεχωρίσω αν μου αρέσει περισσότερο το “Flying” ή το “Illusions”… Pop/Rock ομορφάδες και τα δύο, χωρίς να τίθεται θέμα ποιος επικρατεί ή ποιος φαίνεται. Η διαφορετικότητα που ιντριγκάρει τα αυτιά μας, το ύφος που μας κάνει κέφι όταν χορεύουμε ή παίζουμε Fifa 13 (απλά το αναφέρω, έχω σταματήσει να (παρ)ακολουθώ από το 2003 ή κάτι τέτοιο). Ναι, για φάση Blur μιλάω…
Το “No Tomorrow” είναι πιο σκοτεινό, είναι όμως κι αυτό μπιτάτο, με ένα κουπλέ που θα είχαν γράψει και οι Police ακόμα, το ρεφρέν πάλι είναι μαγαζίστικο, με ωραίες μελωδίες στη φωνή. Το “Across The Sea” είναι βασισμένο στο πιάνο, τα πλήκτρα και το πάθος. Εκεί μπαίνει και το υβρίδιο σχημάτων όπως οι Porcupine Tree, μιλάω για τη μελαγχολία του πράγματος και όχι τα τεχνικά. Πολύ ωραία, μας τσιγκλήσατε υπέρ-αρκετά με την πεντάδα… Το άλμπουμ πότε να το περιμένουμε; A, μην το ξεχάσω… Το ελληνικό στοιχείο όχι μόνο είναι παρόν, αλλά στέκει κι από πάνω μας υπερήφανα!Κώστας Κούλης
E-Mute is een nieuwe indieband uit Londen. Maar nieuw is in dit geval alleen van toepassing op de samenstelling, want bandleden werkten in het verleden al met artiesten als Moby, The Drifters, Chaka Khan en zelfs Vanessa Mae. De band is genoemd naar de zanger en voornaamste songwriter van de band, E-Mute. Hun muziek omschrijven ze als melodieus, donkere rock, electronica met filosofische teksten. Of in namen: Franz Ferdinand meets Muse, the Foo Fighters and Depeche Mode.
In hun thuisland kwam in november de Too Proud To Say Loud EP uit, waarvan ze ons de single “Clock Moves Forward” presenteren. Fijn nieuw bandje!
E-mute are from London and boy they’ve got some rock in them. Particularly in the intros and choruses they manage to create an almost Biffy Clyro like sound, using heroic sounding melodies to surge through to the listener. Have a listen to the track below: Clock Moves Forward. You can instantly hear the likeness to The Captain and A Whole Child Ago through the guitar and the drums distinctly keeping the rhythm (obviously the drums are used to keep rhythm anyway, but you’ll get what I mean when you hear the song). The verses are often quieter, giving a chance for the singing to take control and flourish before hitting you hard with the chorus. In Illusions the structure is fairly similar apart from introducing an opening and a small break involving electronics, which brings a new edge to their material. Give them a listen below.
What is BeeFM? BeeFM is one of the radio stations that have been supporting my project. It is also a Facebook app. Once you have installed the app then it collects all the music that has been shared by your friends on Facebook and creates a personalised playlist.
They have been running a fundraising campaign to improve their service and E-MUTE is part of the BeeFM compilation CD “BeeFM Indiescovered 2013”. Other artists/bands that are participating are: Clockwork Orange, The Bedroom Hour, Shambolic, The Fireflys, negratempo, Nevergreen, Mize And The Drive, House Of Not, Madeleine Twyman, The Boondock Hippy, JoeJoe Keys, Old English, Canasta and Billy Brown.
BeeFM is an alternative to traditional radio, satellite radio and music TV. A Radio that is personalised and can be used through any of your devices. It lets you discover and share amazing music both from your favorite artists and from emerging artists.
So we are into the second month of the year and 2013 is already shaping to be a great year for music! There are so many great up and coming artists emerging it’s becoming very difficult to keep track of them all; but as we do we do our best to catch the ones on the spotlight. This emerging band is no exception, London based indie rock group E-Mutelook set to take the year by storm with their original sounds and their impressive list of musical experiences with them having worked with artists such as Moby, Scott James (Stereophonics) and Black Eyed Peas. Having released their debut EP Too Proud To Say Loudand their featured single Clock MovesForward reaching no.6 in the International Independent Charts, the band are ready and full of confidence. We had the chance to Interview the band to found out more about their music, the members, their musical interests and plans to take on 2013:
The new band to hit the indie-rock scene! Tell us a little a bit about E-Mute?
Hi CSP and thank you for this opportunity!
The band was formed in September 2011 really, so it is still a very new band! I am E-MUTE, the singer of…E-MUTE. Before this band I was working as a session drummer had the luck to perform with many great artists such as Scott James (Stereophonics), Bias from the Moody Blues, Pip Williams (Dido) and many more fabulous musicians, while I was at the same time song-writing. Then took the brave decision to quit and form the band, as session drumming was a fun way to pay my bills but didn’t fulfill my ambitions and creative…endeavours.
The rest of the band are Tolis who is an exceptional guitarist, has played with Vanessa Mae and collaborated with Livan and producers Peter Greenwell (Flop-Star), Benny D (Depeche Mode), John Robertson (Morcheeba), David Crefield (Kaiser Chiefs). Svetlana who has now been replaced by Ellen, has been playing with Moby and many other artists, and Darren the drummer has an absolutely ridiculous CV, played with The National Youth Jazz Orchestra The Drifters, Will Young, Phats and Small, Will Smith, Joss Stone, Lionel Richie, Chaka Khan, Black Eyed Peas, Gwen Guthrie, Romina Johnson, Beverley Knight, Angie Stone, Roachford, Kelle LeRoc, Alex Holland, Me’sha Bryan, Omar, Roy Ayers, Maxi Priest, Carleen Anderson, London Community Gospel Choir (LCGC), D:REAM, Dub Pistols, Laura and the Tears, Larry Carlton and more. Darren has also written for two of the most popular drum magazines in the UK, Rhythm magazine and Drummer Magazine. He is also currently working on launching his own drumming website. Ellen hasn’t sent me over her CV yet but she has been playing with a lot of artists too and she is an awesome bassist and singer and great fun to be with! She also writes for Bass Magazine.
Between you guys, you’ve worked and collaborated with artists such as Moby, The Drifters, Scott James (Stereophonics), ChakaKhan, Vanessa Mae, Pip Williams and Black Eyed Peas; That’s a pretty impressive CV! What has it been like bringing all of your experiences together to form the band that is E-Mute today?
I think the best thing about being an experienced musician is the ability to communicate musically with other musicians. Being mature enough to allow other members to be creative and knowing that by being open-minded you can only drive creativity to the maximum. It unlocks a world of musical possibilities to explore, and things come naturally.
Playing with great musicians and great artists is the super music University. You learn so much. Subconsciously, you learn how to perform, how to song-write and how to work as a team to create unique sounds. I owe gratitude to Scott James, he is a great songwriter/guitarist/musician and working with him in a band was a turning point for my writing skills!
Unfortunately great musicians are also very busy. Svet is not going to be 100% in the band from now on, she is getting married and also the past months got herself very busy with University teaching, has a great amount of responsibilities and also I think she is getting ready for Moby’s next tour. It was a very sad moment when I realised that it is not going to work but this is how bands are! People come, people go!
Ellen O’Reilly will be stepping in, great bassist, great singer and a great laugh! Getting the set ready at the moment and also going into the studio to record an acoustic version of Across The Sea, acoustic guitars, acoustic bass, Cajon, vocals. We will record a video of the session to put it up on YouTube.
We’ve had a listen to your debut EP ‘Too Proud To Say Loud’, great stuff! With all the different musical influences involved we definitely think you guys bring a fresh take on the traditional indie-rock sounds. Compared to other indie bands out there, how would you describe your sound?
Thank you this is a great compliment! When I was in my early teens, thanks to my sister’s album collection I managed to discover Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple, The Doors and all the great bands of the 60’s, 70’s. From that point onwards I just became obsessed with music and since then have listened and played absolutely everything. Classic rock, grunge, punk, reggae, soul, funk, jazz, fusion, drum n’ bass, classical any style of music really.
I avoid framing music into categories and certainly do not want to do so for my music. They say E-MUTE is indie/alternative rock with some electronic elements. So I guess that’s what it is. For me, it is just a way to make sense of the word around me and a way to express my feelings and channel my creativity. I do not care what style of music I am making I care about every song having a clear sense of beginning middle and end and me being happy with it.
Your single ‘Clock Moves Forward’, broke into The Independent’s top ten charts in its first week of release and got to number 6, congrats! How has the overall response and support been for your music and the experience of sharing your music to so many fans across the country?
It is great to see that all hard work is paying off! I’ve been having so many great comments and so much great feedback from music fans. Also the EP reviews from music blogs and music journalists have been great. I could never have imagined 5 years ago when I was still a drummer that in the future I would be a songwriter running such an amazing band. All this support gives me strength to keep going. It is a very difficult path but when you get this kind of response it’s worth all the hassle! Lol! Also been getting a few proposals from record labels and publishers but I do not want to elaborate on this at the moment still very early days!
You guys have done quite a few gigs already, now into 2013 are there any plans of touring across the country? Would be awesome to see you guys perform live sometime!
It took me a very long time to finally finish this interview and the reason was that I’ve been crazily busy, applying to lots of UK and EU festivals for 2013 as well as running all social media etc. We had a small 2 month break from gigs and the reason was that we were changing bassist but now back to work. Just organising our first 2013 gig with one of our favourite promoters Symptomatic. Also our radio campaign will be starting soon with MatrixPromo. Plan is first of all to book some London gigs and then hit the festivals over the summer. A 2013 full 11 song album is also in spectrum. It is all work in progress!
Thank you guys for taking the time to do this interview with us, we wish you all the best this year and hopefully catch you soon at one of your live gigs! If you haven’t already, you can download their EP Too Proud To Say Loud from ItunesAmazonGooglePlay.