#MuzikSpeaks: An Interview with Natalie McCool


   

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We recently had the opportunity to catch up with the amazing singer/songwriter, Natalie McCool, about how she’s found releasing her album The Great Unknown, through Pledge Music, what really grinds her gears, her most embarrassing moment and much more. What a lovely lass for taking the time to talk to us! Here’s what she had to say…


1. What’s it been like writing and recording your album, The Great Unknown? How was the experience of launching it through Pledge Music?
Recording and being in the studio is my favourite part of the whole process. I recorded the album in two parts – 5 tracks each time. I was initially going to do an EP but then decided to do an album. The track which inspired this album is ‘Oh Danger’, one of the first tracks I wrote which I have been toying with for a few years now and which I finally made a home for on The Great Unknown – and I think the rest of the tracks really fit around that. Launching the album through PledgeMusic was fantastic – that level of connection with fans is amazing. Everyone supported the album so much and when I sent it out to all the pledgers before the tour I got an overwhelming response – everyone absolutely loved it!

2. What’s the most embarrassing thing that’s ever happened to you, either through your music career, or in life?
That’s a hard one. Obviously there are lots of things but thinking of THE WORST is hard. One of the worst was me and my friend wrote a love letter to a boy at school which we never meant for him to read – it was hilarious. But then he found it in her folder and read it out loud to the whole class!! We actually died. Looking back though it was so funny. Comedy history.

3. What really grinds your gears?
Rude people!!! And people who clearly hate their job and take it out on everyone else. No need for that! Also aggressive drivers. You people make the world suck!

4. Is there anything other than music you’re really passionate about?
Yeah I love art and history, I love going to see different types of art – my favourite is pop art & conceptual art. Whenever I go to a new city I always have to go to the art galleries and museums. I love history too – visiting historical locations and places where huge events have taken place, I think everyone should do those things whenever they get the chance, that’s how we learn!

5. What music have you been listening to most recently? Have you got a favourite song right now?
Favourite song right now? Probably Ariana Grande’s Into You. Such a great song and brilliant production too!

6. Has anything really scary ever happened to you on tour? If so, what?
Probably staying in dodgy hotels!! We stayed at a really dodgy one in Nottingham – it was like the Overlook Hotel from the Shining but totally not as glamorous. We walked into the hotel and were just like…yeah lets go out in Nottingham so we don’t have to spend any more time here than necessary!!!

7. Have you got any disgusting habits?
Probably biting my fingernails. It drives my mum mad. But I play guitar so don’t like having long fingernails. So at least it’s a useful habit.

8. What is your usual process for writing and recording? And where do you take your inspirations for songs from?
My new album is about challenging yourself and about self discovery. There are songs on it which deal with issues I’ve had in my life – common issues that affect everyone at least once – but very personal to me. It’s about making peace with that. I normally write about my own relationships with other people and the relationship between my conscious mind and unconscious mind. It’s a fascinating thing to write about.

9. What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given?
Just enjoy yourself. Whatever happens in life you only get one life – make the most out of it and make sure you enjoy it.

10. Would you rather live in a Disney or Looney Tunes universe and why?
Looney Tunes DEFINITELY. Anything can happen. Also you can get hit by a bus or have a piano drop on your head – and still be alive!


Natalie McCool‘s releases are all available:

  • To purchase on iTunes – Natalie McCool
  • To listen to on Spotify –


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Tom Ryder


#MuzikSpeaks: An Interview with Tom Ryder


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Singer/songwriter, Tom Ryder, has most recently released his EP, Strings Attached which has been gathering a lot of interest, even from the likes of Chris Evans and Rod Stewart!

During our interview, Tom explained that he is focusing on releasing singles and EPs, rather than an album right now. He told us about the music he’s been listening to most recently and some of his upcoming plans.

As with most of our interviews, we played a game of ‘Would You Rather…?’, though I didn’t push him too far with this…he’s just too nice for that awful game!

I hope you enjoy this interview and please go ahead and show your support by sharing the link on your social media accounts!

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Tom Ryder‘s releases are all available to purchase on iTunes – https://itunes.apple.com/gb/artist/tom-ryder/id597804676


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Joe Ragosta from Patent Pending

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*SPECIAL* #FeelGoodFriday: Avril Lavigne – ‘Fly’

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I realise that this is the second #FeelGoodFriday post of today, but I felt that this one is ‘feel-good’ for a different reason and wanted to post about it as it’s just been released on iTunes and YouTube. Instead of the song itself being a catchy, feel-good anthem, the reason behind the track and watching the video, is what makes me feel elated.

Having spent some time out of the public eye, whilst battling Lyme Disease, Avril Lavigne has released her first track since 2013, ‘Fly’. It is dedicated to the Special Olympics, taking place in Los Angeles (2015).

Proceeds from the single’s sales will go towards supporting the Special Olympics, so please head over to the link below and get your copy from iTunes; we have 🙂

https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/fly/id984500324?i=984500342&ign-mpt=uo%3D4

What do you think of the song? What about the video? Please share this link with others.

Matt – Muzik Speaks

#FeelGoodFriday: Jus Now featuring Blaxx – ‘Leh Go’

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Oh my days, this song! I discovered this song on the radio, about 6 months ago and just came across it again today! It instantly puts me in the best mood and just makes me want to dance. I defy anyone not to find the carnival-style rhythm of this song, make them want to dance and sing along. Bring it on, with the volume to the max!

What’s giving you that Friday feeling? Does this song make you ‘Feel Good’? Please reply to this post and share it with your friends.

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#WildCardWednesday: Scott Bradlee & Postmodern Jukebox – ‘Fancy’

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Well, where to start with this song; Scott Bradlee & Postmodern Jukebox are well-known YouTube stars. They take modern pop songs and put a vintage spin on them. This particular track (originally by Iggy Azalea & Charli XCX) is done in a vintage 1920s flapper style; it truly has made the track more interesting and given it very unique twist. I really hope you enjoy this.

This week’s Wild-Card has been a cover, with a twist. Are you listening to something similar? Please reply with your Wild-Card.

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#FeelGoodFriday: Jess Glynne – ‘Hold My Hand’

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So, this was a proper last minute thing! I had my ‘Feel-Good Friday’ song all sorted and ready to post…that’s when this song came into my life; I just had to share it!

This song is without a doubt, ‘Feel-Good’! Jess Glynne’s voice dances brilliantly across a wide range of notes and elevates throughout the song, perfectly! The prominent use of piano is a welcome change to all of the synth in the charts right now (not that I don’t love synths…I do!) and makes me reminisce of 90s/early 00s pop. The chorus is just brilliant too – what a fantastic song! As if Jess Glynne wasn’t going from strength to strength already; this song will surely see her rocket to even bigger things! ‘Hold My Hand’ is released 22nd March.

Turn the volume up and get your singing on! Please share this 🙂

Have you got that Friday feeling yet? What’s making you ‘Feel-Good’ today? Share your song to help brighten our day!

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