#MuzikSpeaks: An Interview with Life Of Dillon (2017)

The Life Of Dillon boys took the time to catch up with Matt again and chat about their latest single, ‘Sex For Breakfast’, their plans to continually keep releasing music and how they came to be a duo now. It’s all below…


   

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It’s been a while since our first interview with Life Of Dillon, but the boys took the time to catch up with us again and fill us in with all the things they’ve been up to since we last spoke.

They’ve released two new tracks, Sex For Breakfast‘ and Rocks‘ and talked about their plans to continually keep releasing new music; who they’d like to collaborate with and how they came to be a duo now. It’s all here…


What have you been up to since our last interview with you?
It’s hard to keep track. We’re always making music. That’s #1. We write, produce and record almost everything in our home studio… but beyond that we’ve been focusing on our music videos. We are heavily involved in the creation and direction, and have been wearing many different hats over the last couple years in order to get our vision across. – Joe

We loved your first EP, Prologue, and now your new single ‘Sex For Breakfast’ is blowing up, but what everyone is dying to know is, is there more new music in the pipeline? If so, when can we expect it?
We have tons of music. It doesn’t take David and I that long to write songs. A lot of the greatest ideas come from real life experiences or are at least inspired by them… so when you are inspired they just pour out of you. The production of the songs usually takes a little longer, we’re perfectionists so we like to make sure its right. But to answer your question… yes! We have more music coming out next month and will be putting songs out on the regular… We took a little break after our EP came out because we wanted to take some time to grow musically. Things happened so quickly with the last launch that it was all a little overwhelming and we got lost in a whirl wind of events. Coming from our home in London making music to traveling the world playing to crowds of 15k+ was a trip to say the least. Now we’re much more comfortable in our surroundings and we’re ready to share the songs we’ve been working on for the last couple years. – Joe

Will there be an album in 2017? If so, any ideas of a name yet?
We are not concerned with albums. It’s really just music… and we are putting them out song by song. When it feels right, we’ll focus on an album. But for the time being, we’re happy to share as much of our music as we can. – David

Have you got to write/record with anyone cool?
Joe and I write/record/produce pretty much everything by ourselves, but we did do this one random session like 6 years ago with Diana Ross’ son, Evan. Joe’s brother was a producer signed to SonyATV and he had a session booked with him, and because the session was in our house, Joe and I sorta jumped in unannounced and we wrote a song together! We recently linked up out here in LA and are looking to collab on some more music together with Evan and his wife Ashlee Simpson. Another cool dude we’ve been writing with recently is this kid AJ Mitchell. Super down to earth guy and has pipes for days! – David

It appears that there’s just the two of you now, how are you finding being a duo?
Truth be told, not too much has changed. My brother, Robert, still works with us. But just on other projects now. We have all always made music together. We did this for years and when we got signed, David and I were living in a separate house to Robert… He was actually in another band, but we decided to do things together because we’re family. Being a an artist takes a lot of focus and dedication, which can take you away from the things you love; the writing, being in the studio, friends, family. When we got off tour, we all spoke about it and decided to split mutually. My brother is in the studio now, working on his own sound and making music that really lets his talent as a producer shine. David and I are just doing what we’ve always done. – Joe

If you could collaborate with any band or artist, who would it be and why?
I don’t really watch too many artists. I’m so focussed on my own writing that I don’t really listen to a lot of other people often. Though we were asked this question the other day and I said I’m a straight up fan of Chance the Rapper. I love his flow, his voice and his message. I’d really like to work with a rapper, I think it would bring a cool dynamic to what we do. – Joe
Big John Mayer fan, his songs are on point…jamming with him in the studio would be dope! – David

If a film were to be made about your lives, who would you want to play you and why?
Denzel Washington. He’s just a cool Motherfucker. – Joe
Leonardo DiCaprio. Have you seen ‘The Revenant’? The guy wrestles a bear!! – David

Are there any plans to tour the UK soon?
We have a few things lining up, but we can’t reveal anything yet. We will be playing local venues in LA so keep up with us to see where those will be! – David

Thanks again to the Life Of Dillon boys for taking the time to catch up with us and allow us to do another interview with them.


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#FeelGoodFriday: Life Of Dillon – ‘Sex For Breakfast’


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As a huge fan of Life Of Dillon, we’re incredibly excited to see that they have released a brand new single today, ‘Sex For Breakfast’. What’s more; it’s perfect for #FeelGoodFriday!

The song is catchy, current and filled with all the ingredients of a mega pop song – high-pitched vocals, big choruses, superb harmonies, sex and oodles of fun.

The video is edgy and a long way from their previous release, Overload, but it’s a good progression! The drug imagery could be considered somewhat controversial, however it adds to the intrigue of the video.

What are your thoughts of Life Of Dillon’s latest release? Are you excited for an album? What would you choose for #FeelGoodFriday? Leave your thoughts or song suggestions in a comment below or chat to use via our social media.

Also, check out our interview with the band – here.

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‘Sex For Breakfast’ can be downloaded off iTunes now – https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/sex-for-breakfast-single/id1193357484


#Two4Tunesday: Tom Odell – ‘Magnetised’ & Cheat Codes – ‘Sex’ featuring Kris Kross Amsterdam


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Tom Odell – ‘Magnetised’

Tom Odell first burst onto the scene in 2012 with his debut single, ‘Another Love’ and then further rocketed to fame in 2014 with his song ‘Real Love’, which was featured in the 2014 John Lewis, Christmas advert.

He’s now back with a new album and single, ‘Magnetised’, which sees Odell take on a slightly more mainstream, sound but with a quirky edge to it.

It’s definitely a song which has made me take note of him and I’m looking forward to checking out his new album shortly.


‘Magnetised’ is on iTunes for downloading now! – https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/magnetised/id1095448844?i=1095449102



Cheat Codes – ‘Sex’ featuring Kris Kross Amsterdam

Cheat Codes are an American DJ trio who have teamed up with Kris Kross Amsterdam who are a Dutch DJ trio, to reinterpret Salt-N-Pepa’s 1991 single, ‘Let’s Talk About Sex’.

They have reused the chorus of the song and modernised it, making it a trap track, with elements of R&B.

Some of the lyrics are verging on vulgar, yet this track is too good to ignore and actually the lyrical content is meant to take a pro-sex approach instead of the original’s viewpoint, promoting safe sex.

Whatever the content, the beat is sick and the vibe is sensational!


‘Sex’ can also be downloaded from iTunes now! – https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/sex/id1108435766?i=1108435966


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#FeelGoodFriday: The 1975 – ‘Chocolate’

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The 1975 are incredible; there’s no two ways about it!

The band (consisting of Matthew Healy, Adam Hann, George Daniel and Ross MacDonald) first caught my attention when they released their single, ‘The City’ and then reaffirmed my love for them, when they followed it up with this beautiful song, ‘Chocolate’.

This song is crafted to perfection with its catchy pop-rock/indie sound; it is pop and rock, merged at its best.

The 1975 recently had fans worrying about their demise, with their clever release of a cryptic comic, suggesting they were no more…however, if you read between the lines, they were talking about a change of image and hinted at a potential new album!

The 1975 Split

They then returned, around 24 hours later, with the following comic, confirming that they were bringing about a change to their current style, and informed their adoring fans (much to their relief) that they were going to go on tour around the UK again!

The 1975 Return

I hope you love this song as much as I do and please share this on your media accounts 🙂

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Download ‘Chocolate’ from iTunes now – https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/chocolate/id670471325?i=670471546


#reDISCOVERED: Good Charlotte

Welcome to our first re:DISCOVERED post!

Although this post is a trial, to see the reactions it gets, these posts will hopefully be a monthly occurrence, appearing on the first Sunday of every month (the Sunday after our monthly playlist).

This month, we have #reDISCOVERED: Good Charlotte

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Good Charlotte originated from Waldorf, Maryland, USA and formed in 1995. Since 1998, the band has consisted of four constant members; twins Joel and Benji Madden, Paul Thomas and Billy Martin; then, since 2005, they have had drummer Dean Butterworth on board.

The band’s frontmen, the Madden twins, had a relatively rough childhood; on Christmas Eve 1995, the pair’s father upped and left, leaving the rest of the family to be evicted from their house. They then went on to work a whole host of jobs to help keep their family in their new home, as their mother had the autoimmune disease, lupus, meaning that she regularly stayed in hospitals. It was in 1996 their band began to take shape and record demos, launching them into their career, slowly but surely. This band and its members are ones I feel truly deserve to be where they are; they’ve worked their way up from nothing, to their global successes and achievements – a true marvel!


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In September 2000, Good Charlotte released their debut album, Good Charlotte, with their first single, Little Things, being featured in the film, Dude, Where’s My Car?

The band went on to release a couple of other singles from the album, but the next track I want to feature is WaldorfWorldwide which is an album track also taken from their debut album. This song has a very ska-punk feel to it and caught my attention due to it’s interesting vibe.


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It was in 2002 (USA) and 2003 (Worldwide), when GC released their second album, The Young and the Hopeless, that they fully captured the world’s attention with their first single off the album, Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous. This track was iconic dude to its intense pop-punk sound and lyrical content about celebrities and their lack of appreciation for how privileged they are.

Next I’ve chosen single, The Anthem, which literally is an anthem for the band! The video featured cameo appearances from other American pop-punk bands, MEST and Home GrownNew Found Glory were also present at the filming, but weren’t featured in the final video. This particular song has gone on to be featured in a whole host of films, soundtracks and television programmes.

The third single from the album, Girls & Boys, has to be mentioned due to it’s popularity; up to this point this was their highest charting single in the UK, reaching number 6. The song is themed around girls basically being gold-diggers and the video featured elderly people playing video games and ends with Benji Madden, waking up to find an elderly lady in his t-shirt!

The final from this album was Hold On and this song particularly struck a chord with me due to its video. The song was written by the band, in response to letters they received from fans who said they were considering suicide. The video then featured several people talking about their experiences of either surviving suicide attempts or talking about loved ones they’d lost to suicide. This song feels personal and like it speaks out to fans – it’s a song to bring people, going through similar things, together.


The Chronicles of Life and Death

The first single from this 2004 album was Predictable and saw an angrier side to GC. I particularly liked this song at the time, due to its angry, almost-spoken, sections – it really was every emo-kids wet dream to chant along to…and sort of still is! The video was interesting too, taking place in an almost Edward Scissorhands-like town, which was actually drawn by band member, Billy Martin.

Next, I’ve chosen the title track from the album, The Chronicles of Life and Death – this song has quite a plodding feel to its verses before bursting into an anthemic chorus about life and death, as is the song’s theme. It’s quite a simple, yet effective track.

The final song I’ve chosen from this album is the song We Believe; as well as being the final single from the album, this song captured me from the very first listen of the album. I adore the build-up from the mellow verses to the more beautifully chaotic choruses – even the instrumental breakdown feels passionate. It’s a real chanter and makes you feel like you’re part of something special when you sing along. This is possibly one of my favourite GC songs!


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Released in 2007, this album saw GC move from pop-punk to dance-punk with its more synth-infused sound. I have chosen the first single off this album, The River, as it is one of my other, favourite GC tracks, featuring M. Shadows and Synyster Gates from the band, Avenged Sevenfold. The song features several Bible references but has a very catchy chorus.

The next song I’d like to mention is Misery, which although was released as the fourth single taken from the album, did not ever have a music video. This song really encapsulates their dance-punk sound from this album; the bridge from the verse to the chorus has an interesting, fast-sung quality to it and works well with the synths underlying the song.

The final song I’ve chosen from this album, was the album track, Broken Hearts Parade, as it’s got a very ska-punk quality to it, similar to their track WaldorfWorldwide from their earlier days.

This album also saw the band support Justin Timberlake on some dates of his FutureSex/LoveSounds Tour.


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In 2010, GC released their fifth album. This particular album saw the band return to their more pop-punk sound, with Benji Madden stating that the album would “sound a lot like Blink-182.”

I’ve chosen album track Counting The Days as my first featured song from this album; I love the gang vocals towards the end of the song as it would make a real crowd-pleaser at a live show!

The penultimate track was the second single released from GC’s fifth album, Sex On The Radio. The song’s all-consuming chorus makes you sing along and whilst it’s sort of cheesy, it’s got quite a 1970s/1980s rock feel to it, making it quite a stand-out track.

The last song I’ve chosen is GC’s final single release (to date!), 1979. This sound has a very summery feel to it with its predominantly acoustic-driven sound. It also paved the way for The Madden Brothers‘ debut album, Greetings From California, which has a similar vibe, even though it wouldn’t come for another four years after this album. You can read more about The Madden Brothers on our recent #FeelGoodFriday post.


So here it is, the full list of Good Charlotte, re:DISCOVERED. Please feel free to watch the playlist on YouTube or listen to it on Spotify, both of which are found below:

  1. Little Things
  2. WaldorfWorldwide
  3. Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous
  4. The Anthem
  5. Girls & Boys
  6. Hold On
  7. Predictable
  8. The Chronicles of Life and Death
  9. We Believe
  10. The River featuring M. Shadows and Synyster Gates
  11. Misery
  12. Broken Hearts Parade
  13. Let The Music Play
  14. Sex On The Radio
  15. 1979

As for the future of Good Charlotte, no one is certain. The band are rumoured to be working on a sixth album, but nothing is set in stone, as of yet. We’ll keep you updated though.


I hope you’ve enjoyed our first re:DISCOVERED post about a band who mean a great deal to me. Are you a Good Charlotte fan? What are your favourite songs by the band? Please share this with your friends on your social media accounts and spread the GC love.

Matt – Muzik Speaks

#MellowMonday: Miley Cyrus – ‘Adore You’

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Whatever you may think of the tongue-lolloping, terrible-twerking Miss Cyrus, this track is stunning! The song itself was written by Stacy Barthe (who also co-wrote; Katy Perry’s ‘Hummingbird Heartbeat’ and Rihanna’s ‘Cheers (Drink To That)’) and Oren Yoel.

Although Miley Cyrus did not write this track, she should be commended for her beautiful vocal delivery on it. The song is a mixture of light R&B with Pop and shows her more mature side to this “new” Miley. The video on the other hand…not so much – yet more writhing in a bathtub and on a bed mixed with night-vision “sex-tape-like” antics, but still…she’s “mature” now and that’s what all mature ladies do…right?!  😉

However, all jokes aside, delve into this track headfirst and mellow out to is beauty.

What do you think of Miley’s “new” look and her actions? A fan? Not a fan? What do you think of this particular song though? Share your thoughts and your own Mellow Monday tracks 🙂

Matt – Muzik Speaks