#MuzikSpeaks: An Interview with Chicane


   

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Having recently released his greatest hits album, ‘Twenty’ and performed a rare, full-band show at Concorde 2 in Brighton (check out our review), I had the real privilege of speaking to Nick Bracegirdle, aka Chicane, backstage, before the show.

During our interview, we discussed who he’d still like to work, how his newest album is progressing and what passions he has outside of music. It’s all here, in the interview video below!

I want to say a massive thanks to Nick for taking the time to chat to me and to his manager, Louis for making this interview happen. Big thanks to both of you!

I really hope you enjoy watching this interview! Please show your support for the band by sharing the link to this post on all of your social media accounts!



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#EventSpeaks: Chicane @ Concorde 2, Brighton – 19/05/17


   

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On Friday 19th May 2017, Chicane came to Brighton to perform a full-band set (which is a very rare thing!) It was an absolutely incredible night, with support from Chris Hopkins, who did an hour and a half DJ set.


Chris Hopkins (DJ Set)

One of Nick’s friends, Chris Hopkins did a great DJ set to get the evening started, playing a range of dance anthems as well as some remixes of classic songs by Prince and others; it was non-stop tune after tune.

Highlight:

  • The dedication made to Robert Miles before playing ‘Children’ was touching and had the crowd cheering and dancing along.
  • Also playing a Chicane song (not on the set list), right before he took to the stage, was a great way to get the crowd going.

Chicane

Chicane took to the stage with the recent, ambient, ascending track ’38 Weeks’, accompanied by his band (Karlos Edwards on drums and Simon Small on guitar and bass) and singer, Rosalee O’Connell. The set was then packed with his biggest hits from the past 20 years, in celebration of his recent album, Twenty. I particularly enjoyed the live performances of ‘Poppiholla (Anniversary Remix)’, ‘Fibreglasses’‘Don’t Give Up’‘Nite On Shore’ and ‘Saltwater’.

The set was diverse, mixing his more upbeat, club anthems (which had the audience going wild; jumping up and down and singing along) and the more mellow, ambient tracks; at times joined by either of the two singers (Rosalee O’Connell or Gavin Conder) accompanying and others with just the musicians; it all flowed perfectly.

It was great to hear these tracks live and the combination of Nick’s synth tracks and keys alongside live instrumentation was a really unique way to experience his music.

The performance was about an hour and a half long and people loved every second of it (myself included); we could quite happily have gone on listening, watching and dancing all night. There was genuine disappointment when it came an end but an encore led to rapturous applause before closing the show with ‘Stoned In Love’, with Gavin Condor on vocals.

If you haven’t ever seen him play with a full band, you must! I’m already itching to catch him live again!!!

Highlights:

  • The set list was crammed full of hit after hit.
  • Nick mixed the sounds to perfection and whilst the quality sounded like the studio versions, the subtle changes to the track made them unique to that performance.
  • The bass sounds were so heavy and loud, you could feel them reverberate through your chest.
  • The guitarist was incredibly talented, particularly on the track, ‘Nite On Shore’ when he showed off some impressive acoustic guitar skills.
  • The superbly powerful vocals of both singers were stunning to witness.
  • The drummer’s use of both drum kit and samples pads added a diverse edge to the performance.

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 Setlist

38 Weeks
The Bridge
One Thousand Suns*
Poppiholla (Anniversary Remix)*
Saltwater (Kryder Remix)
Hiding All The Stars
Still With Me
Fibreglasses
Carry Me Home
Don’t Give Up*
Nite On Shore
Saltwater*

Encore
Stoned In Love

These songs can be viewed in the YouTube playlist, below.


Finally, I want to say an absolutely HUGE thanks to Louis for organising this review and backstage interview (here) and also to Chicane (Nick) for putting on such an immense evening; I loved every minute of it.

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#Playlist: Cassettemix + Chill

We felt it was time to create the ultimate chillout playlist, combining as many different genres as possible into one, super-relaxing, easy-listening place. This playlist has been lovingly crafted to include a variety of chilled songs we love as well as suggestions from you guys!

If you already own the songs and want the custom artwork, please feel free to copy/download the artwork below:

Cassettemix + Chill

Cassettemix + Chill Playlist

This genre-spanning playlist includes the following chilled-out tracks:

  1. Justin Bieber – I’ll Show You
  2. Chris Malinchak – So Good To Me
  3. DJ Snake – Let Me Love You featuring Justin Bieber (Andrew Watt Acoustic Remix)
  4. Aquilo – Sorry
  5. Years & Years – Eyes Shut
  6. The 1975 – Paris
  7. The Japanese House – Swim Against The Tide
  8. MUNA – So Special
  9. Zara Larsson – Lush Life (Acoustic Version)
  10. The Beach – Geronimo (Acoustic Version)
  11. Years & Years – Without
  12. George Ezra – Budapest
  13. Amy Winehouse – Tears Dry (Original Version)
  14. Simply Red – Holding Back The Years
  15. Timeflies – Stuck With Me
  16. John Mayer – Who You Love featuring Katy Perry
  17. One Direction – Perfect (Matoma Remix)
  18. X Ambassadors – Renegades
  19. Sons Of Maria – You & I
  20. Ella Eyre – We Don’t Have To Take Our Clothes Off
  21. Alex Parks – Out Of Touch
  22. You+Me – Break The Cycle
  23. Freshlyground – I’d Like
  24. George Michael – Jesus To A Child
  25. Chicane – Poppiholla (5am Mix)
  26. Sia – Elastic Heart (Piano Version)
  27. Miley Cyrus – Adore You
  28. TIEKS – Sunshine featuring Dan Harkna (Acoustic Version)
  29. Echosmith – Cool Kids (Acoustic)
  30. Ben Haenow – Second Hand Heart featuring Kelly Clarkson (Acoustic)
  31. Ella Henderson – Missed
  32. Kelly Clarkson – Piece By Piece (Idol Version)

I hope you enjoy this playlist as much as I’ve enjoyed creating it! Please share the link to this post, or the playlist itself and give it a follow on Spotify too – https://open.spotify.com/user/muzik5peaks/playlist/3V0deIVNCsaBTc6haHRFrk

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#MellowMonday: Muzik Speaks’ 1st Birthday Playlist

Here’s a playlist of all the #MellowMonday songs we’ve featured during our first year…enjoy!


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This week, Muzik Speaks turns 1 year old and to celebrate, we’re giving you a themed playlist, for each day this week. The playlist will contain all of the songs we’ve featured on our blog during the past year, all themed around the corresponding day.

Today, it’s #MellowMonday and our playlist includes:

  1. Chris Malinchak – So Good To Me
  2. Coldplay – Magic
  3. OneRepublic – Can’t Stop
  4. Foster The People – Pumped Up Kicks
  5. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis – Same Love
  6. Miley Cyrus – Adore You
  7. You+Me – Unbeliever
  8. The Barr Brothers – Even The Darkness Has Arms
  9. ODESZA – All We Need featuring Shy Girls
  10. Passenger – David
  11. Lucy Rose – Our Eyes
  12. Shura – 2Shy
  13. Jesse Boykins III – Plain
  14. Grimes – Entropy
  15. Sigma – Changing featuring Paloma Faith (GoldSmyth Edition)
  16. The Pierces – I’ll Be Dreaming
  17. Janet Jackson – No Sleeep
  18. Chris Brown – Liquor
  19. Randy Newman – You’ve Got A Friend In Me
  20. Lana Del Rey – Once Upon A Dream
  21. Vindata – All I Really Need
  22. Sam Feldt – Show Me Love featuring Kimberly Anne
  23. Lost Frequencies – Are You With Me
  24. Etta James – At Last
  25. Hayley Kiyoko – Girls Like Girls
  26. Justin Bieber – What Do You Mean?
  27. Timeflies – Stuck With Me
  28. Ryan Adams – Bad Blood
  29. Chicane – Ibiza Strings
  30. The Japanese House – Cool Blue
  31. The Fray – How To Save A Life
  32. Years & Years – Eyes Shut
  33. Celtic Woman – The Voice
  34. Ella Eyre – We Don’t Have To Take Our Clothes Off
  35. Cher – You Take It All
  36. Said The Sky – Nostalgia featuring Missio
  37. Will Young – What The World Needs Now Is Love
  38. Hearts & Colors – Fireflies
  39. Alex Parks – Get Out
  40. Snakehips – All My Friends featuring Tinashe & Chance The Rapper
  41. Maroon 5 – Animals (Gryffin Remix)
  42. Yuna – Tourist
  43. Sia – Breathe Me
  44. Timbaland – Don’t Get No Betta featuring Mila J
  45. Shura – Touch featuring Talib Kweli
  46. Lisa Goe – Still In Love

If you want to download the songs and use a custom cover for them, here’s one we’ve made for you 🙂

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#Top20AlbumsOf2015

Our Top 20 albums of 2015!


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Muzik Speaks – Top 20 Albums of 2015

This year has been filled with some incredible albums and these are the ones we think are well worth a listen…but who’s our Number 1? Do you agree with our choices? What other albums would you have included?

20. Ryn WeaverThe Fool
19. ZebraheadWalk The Plank
18. FightstarBehind The Devil’s Back
17. Chris BrownRoyalty
16. Jason DeruloEverything Is 4
15. Owl City Mobile Orchestra
14. Various ArtistsWe Love Disney
13. ChicaneThe Sum Of Its Parts
12. Kelly ClarksonPiece By Piece
11. Jess GlynneI Cry When I Laugh
10. Lucy SpragganWe Are
9. Fall Out BoyAmerican Beauty/American Psycho
8. Frankmusik For You
7. PridesThe Way Back Up
6. Tom DeLongeTo The Stars… Demos, Odds and Ends
5. PentatonixPentatonix
4. Ellie GouldingDelirium
3. One DirectionMade In The A.M.
2. Years & YearsCommunion
1. Justin BieberPurpose

The Albums

20. Ryn Weaver – The Fool

Stand-Out Tracks: OctaHate, Pierre, Stay Low, Sail On and The Fool

19. Zebrahead – Walk The Plank

Stand-Out Tracks: Worse Than This, Keep It To Myself, So What and Save Your Breath

18. Fightstar – Behind The Devil’s Back

Stand-Out Tracks: Murder All Over, Overdrive and Animal

17. Chris Brown – Royalty

Stand-Out Tracks: Back To Sleep, Fine By Me, Liquor, Zero, Anyway and Proof

16. Jason Derulo – Everything Is 4

Stand-Out Tracks: Want To Want Me, Get Ugly, Try Me and Love Me Down

15. Owl City – Mobile Orchestra

Stand-Out Tracks: Verge, Thunderstruck, Unbelievable and Can’t Live Without You

14. Various Artists – We Love Disney

Stand-Out Tracks: Friend Like Me (Ne-Yo), Part Of Your World (Jessie J), I Wan’na Be Like You (Fall Out Boy) and Let It Go (Rascal Flatts & Lucy Hale)

13. Chicane – The Sum Of Its Parts

Stand-Out Tracks: 38 Weeks, Oxygen, One Thousand Suns and No More I Sleep

12. Kelly Clarkson – Piece By Piece

Stand-Out Tracks: Heartbeat Song, Invicible and Take You High

11. Jess Glynne – I Cry When I Laugh

Stand-Out Tracks: Hold My Hand, Real Love, Ain’t Got Far To Go, Take Me Home and Don’t Be So Hard On Yourself

10. Lucy Spraggan – We Are

Stand-Out Tracks: 23, London Bound,  In This Church and IOU

9. Fall Out Boy – American Beauty/American Psycho

Stand-Out Tracks: Irresistible, Centuries, Uma Thurman, Favorite Record and Immortals

8. Frankmusik – For You

Stand-Out Tracks: I Remember, Love Again, Lexus, Cosmic Rendezvous and Say Goodbye

7. Prides – The Way Back Up

Stand-Out Tracks: I Should Know You Better, Messiah, Higher Love, Let It Go and Little Danger

6. Tom DeLonge – To The Stars

Stand-Out Tracks: New World, Suburban Kings, The Invisible Parade and Animals

5. Pentatonix – Pentatonix

Stand-Out Tracks: Na Na Na, Can’t Sleep Love, Sing, Ref and  Cheerleader

4. Ellie Goulding – Delirium

Stand-Out Tracks: Aftertaste, Something In The Way You Move, On My Mind, Around U and Codes

3. One Direction – Made In The A.M.

Stand-Out Tracks: Drag Me Down, Perfect, Never Enough and Olivia

2. Years & Years – Communion

Stand-Out Tracks: Shine, Take Shelter, Eyes Shut, King, Desire and  Without

1. Justin Bieber – Purpose

Stand-Out Tracks: I’ll Show You, What Do You Mean?, Sorry, Company, The Feeling and Where Are Ü Now

I hope you’ve enjoyed these albums this year too and if you’ve not heard them yet, give them a good listen 🙂

Enjoy,

Matt x
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#Playlist: October 2015


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Hey-hey fellow Speakerz!

It’s been another amazing month, full of wonderful music!

We’ve eased you into the week with songs by Chicane, The Japanese House, The Fray and Years & Years, brought you new music from Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, K Stewart, Sia and Justin Bieber, thrown back your musical memories with Meat Loaf, Sweet Female Attitude, Bjork and Sam Sparro and brought you some unusual songs by INHEAVEN, V1BE and Låpsley.

Chicane shared our post and we’ve been lining up some interviews for November – it’s been an amazing month and I can’t wait for November to start!

We hope you have enjoyed our song choices throughout October and you can find the Spotify and YouTube playlists below!

Please keep sharing our posts and sharing songs with us!


OUR CONTINUED AIM

We’d like to ask you, to go ahead and ‘like’ our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/muzikspeaks) and ‘follow’ us on Twitter (www.twitter.com/muzik_speaks). Then if you could please post a status or send a tweet to your followers and friends to ask them to check us out, we’d be really grateful! We want to grow this community and we honestly can’t do it without your support!

Lastly, please, please respond to our posts on Facebook or leave comments on each of our blog posts with your own tracks for each of the daily themes – we want you to share what you’re listening to because we love music as much as you, and we really enjoy finding out about new tunes. Thanks so much!


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#MellowMonday: Chicane – ‘Ibiza Strings’


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I have been a huge admirer of Chicane for some time now! He first caught my attention with ‘Saltwater’ back in 1999 and I’ve been a fan ever since.

Earlier this year, Nick Bracegirdle (aka Chicane) released his 6th album , ‘The Sum Of Its Parts’, however he has since released another single, separate from the album, called ‘Ibiza Strings & Bleeps’, consisting of two tracks, ‘Ibiza Strings’ and ‘Ibiza Bleeps’.

I have chosen ‘Ibiza Strings’ as the #MellowMonday track this week, due to its beautiful electronica instrumentals; it’s purely and euphorically stunning!

What do you think of this song? Is it Mellow enough for your Monday? Please share your #MellowMonday choice for the week, in a comment below.

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You can download ‘Ibiza Strings’ from iTunes now – https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/ibiza-strings/id1037985499?i=1037985606