About Keian

My name’s Keian and I'm a musician and writer from Rostrevor, Co. Down - that’s Northern Ireland for anyone not from those parts! Im half-Iranian, studying Popular Music at Goldsmiths, and searching for new sounds in the big city.

Bloomer White

At a time when we’re faced with a relative deluge of electronic music –  the internet awash with new beats every day – I think we shouldn’t underestimate those moments when we hear a new producer and his music draws us in. When what you’re hearing is more than a pleasant backdrop to that essay you’re struggling to write, or (more likely!) that facebook stalking you’re indulging in. When it demands attention.

Enter, Bloomer White – aka Gary Kelly – who’s dealing in a fine line of beats, breaks, and choice cuts, measured tastefully against some ambient textures and delicate keys to create absorbing electronic music that still sounds fresh after the first few listens.

Originally hailing from Lurgan, Kelly is now based in London to study Music Computing at Goldsmiths and to further hone his craft. He self-released debut EP ‘Stolen Goods’ as a free-download through Bandcamp last year. For me, standout tracks would have to include the galactic-sounding beat-propelled ‘Space Cab Engineer’, and the retro vibes of ‘Tape Deckin’, which he balances nicely with softer and more understated moments such as soundscape ‘Adaption’, and his imaginative remix of Anneka’s ‘Shut Her Down’.

More recently, Bloomer has been uploading some new material to his Soundcloud, including a couple of 30-minute mixes that are worth a few moments of your time, and certainly wouldn’t sound bad playing-out if you were planning to have a party any time in the new future!

This pioneering young producer is one to watch.

Bloomer White will be playing a set at the Gola Charity auction in aid of ‘Art Against Knives’ on 29th November. I’ll definitely be listening.

Jerome Thomas

I first heard Jerome Thomas one rainy night in New Cross.

Rushing to try and make it on time for some arrangement I was inevitably late for, I passed the dingy New Cross Inn on the corner – haunt to many Goldsmiths students looking for a cheap night out, and some other rather interesting characters besides.

The smooth and soulful sounds I could hear emanating out the door were enough to catch my attention, and pique my curiousity. I had to go in to check it out, no matter how late it might make me, and how sticky the floor was going to be. What I ended up seeing was one of the strongest performances I’ve witnessed since starting at uni, and I’ve been keeping tabs on Jerome’s work since.

I recently caught up with the Dalston-based singer and designer to talk influences, plans, and creativity:

Tell us a little bit about yourself. 

Alright well, I’m Jerome Thomas, Singer/Songwriter from East London. I’ve been singing since i was a little’un, but started taking music seriously about 5/6 years ago.

The Soulnotes are a band i formed a few years back when i was at university and they are my band, so you’ll see em at most, if not all of my gigs. We write and record together sometimes too.

Describe your sound in three words (for all those people out there with short attention-spans!):

Fusion of everything – FOE.

How did you first get involved with music?

I’ve always been around music and creativity. I was writing songs, poems and stories as a kid all the time. In terms of just music, I think i was about 12 or 13 maybe and I performed at a open mic for young’ens and I remember – as cliche as it sounds – feeling really good doing after doing it; the reaction was positive, so from there i just carried on writing and singing.

Where do you take your inspiration from as an artist?

I try not to let others influence me as an artist and I feel that if you’re looking at someone else, you become less focused on you. I forever want to be original and create my own guidelines. 

There are obviously people I admire and would like to follow in the footsteps of in terms of success and musicality;  people like D’angelo, Marvin Gaye and Amy Winehouse. Regardless of their personal matters, their music is flawless to me and speaks for itself. With that said, I love all types of music.  

But most, I’m inspired by freedom: no limits or boundaries, being able to do what you want if and when it suits you.

You also design and sell t -shirts under your boutique brand ‘Foe’ – Can you give us an insight into your work in fashion?

Yeah, I’d been customising a lot of my clothes, getting clothes for cheap in charity shops and markets, and just trying stuff out with studs and bleach and dyes. Then one day, i was chilling making a t-shirt for myself and it clicked – just start selling them. It’s still in the baby stages now though, I’m concentrating more on my music, so the fashion side is sort of like my side job.

What other plans does  Jerome Thomas have for the near future?

Well i got a song looking to drop soonish, so thats coming up. I’ve also been collaborating with other producers and their projects are due for release soon too, so you should be seeing me pop up a bit more ‘fingers crossed’.

Finally, are there any other young musicians out there inspiring you?

Shakka, Etta Bond, Mark Asari, Joel Culpepper – they’re all doing their thing right now. Couldn’t really sit here and list everyone, but those are the standouts for me. 

 

French Soul Party

Every so often you’ll hear a song that will catch your ears, and lay claim to your subconscious mind. Easily identifiable symptoms of such an occurrence are the inability to stop yourself from humming said song loudly on the bus or while walking home (you will be oblivious to the strange looks you attract from those around you), and the unfortunate tendency to sing the chorus repeatedly at your housemates as they make futile attempts to try and engage you in a serious conversation about how the washing machine has died and destroyed their clothes.Enter, French Soul Party and their infectious single ‘French Kissing’.

This precocious Huddersfield five-piece play a brand of indie that is danceable and immediate, with angular riffs that echo Foals and The Cast of Cheers, and some house-influenced synths thrown into the mix that serve to hint at the likes of Friendly Fires.

These boys have wasted no time in making an impression on their local scene, gigging regularly, and building up a pretty sizeable following. This strong work ethic, coupled with their radio-friendly sound, and a nod of approval from Radio One Introducing tastemaker Huw Stephens, will ensure that you’ll probably be hearing French Soul Party playing-out somewhere near you at some time in the not-too-distant future.

If their twitter is to be believed then we can look forward to a spate of new material soon. Until then, check out their EP and other tracks right here. And if you piss off your housemates in the process, don’t say I didn’t warn you.

Nadine Carina

First impressions can be deceiving.

The first time I got listening to Nadine Carina she was toting an acoustic guitar, singing pretty but slightly twee songs about Magic Boxes and Gardens. They were pleasant, balancing their quirky edge with a youthful and humorous energy, but ultimately they failed to stay with me. Soon enough the name slipped from my mind.

Then I heard the ‘Little Bits’ EP, and all of a sudden the name carried with it a new meaning. As the Liverpool-based artist states herself the EP is a bit different to her previous work, and in my opinion it signals a marked musical-progression. The seven tracks that make up ‘Little Bits’ are a mixed-bag of tricks – ranging from more conventional song forms such as ‘Paradise’, to the reflective electronic ambience of soundscape ‘Samaya’ – but all of them serve to highlight a new-found freeness in songwriting and production technique that bodes well for the future.

For me, the standout track here has to be the collaboration ‘Storm/Calm’. Featuring producer Gated, the streamlined yet unpolished sound hints at what could be to come for Carina, calling to mind the likes of Coco Rosie at their most potent. It fades away with another of the textural samples that abound on this release, a recurring-element of the production I was especially fond of – be sure to listen out for that mewling cat!

This half-Italian, half-Croatian songstress is currently studying at LIPA, so i’m hoping it won’t be too long before we’re seeing her play some shows somewhere close-by and hearing some more new material.

‘Little Bits’ is available as a free download from Nadine Carina’s bandcamp. Be sure to give her a listen. And then another one.

 

Will Knox

These days, it’s easy to find yourself cynically switching off when someone mentions the words ‘singer-songwriter’. I know I’ve been guilty on occasion. The term seems to have slowly become synonymous with every young-pretender who has a decent voice, knows a few open-chords, and has built-up a YouTube channel full of covers.

Don’t get me wrong, there is undoubtedly some great young talent out there – some even gaining exposure in the ways I just dismissively mentioned – but with all these acoustic guitars being brandished about the place, and with the media quick to try and make a story of each and every fleeting internet sensation, I can’t help but feel that it’s getting harder and harder to hear the best above the din.

But then, every so often, you find an artist whose music manages to strike a chord somewhere deep inside you; an artist who owns the mantle ‘singer-songwriter’, and restores your faith in what it can mean. Will Knox is one such artist.

Splitting his time between his hometown of Londonand New York, and having honed his craft studying at the prestigious Berklee College of Music, Knox cuts his audiences to the quick with his striking voice and lyrical prowess. One of the founding members of Handsome Lady Records (a label he started with his friends and fellow musicians Alec Gross and Jake Hill) Knox released his gently-beautiful debut ‘The Matador And The Acrobat’, featuring standout tracks such as ‘Buckled Knees’ and ‘Never Letting Go’.

Latest release ‘Lexicon’, which takes it’s inspiration from a forgotten asylum on New York’s Blackwell Island, is presented in the rather novel form of a digital comic book and five-track EP. In addition, considering it’s available as a free app for all your iPhones and iPads, it would just be daft to pass it up. What a generous guy, right?

Will Knox is on the cusp. Long may real talent endure.

Deptford Goth

Peckham’s quirky-named and nicely-bearded producer Deptford Goth – real name Daniel Woolhouse – turned a few heads last year when he released his debut EP ‘Youth II’, tapping into the vogue for auto-tuned vocals and moody electronics that saw the likes of James Blake and Ifan Dafydd establish their respective names.

That’s not to say, of course, that Suffolk-born Woolhouse doesn’t plot his own course – his spacious sound seems to draw on more throwback influences than that of his contemporaries, evoking something of eighties electro in its own way.

New single ‘Life After Defo’ serves as a fine example of this, it’s echoing drums and drifting synths providing the perfect backdrop to the sombre lyrics that suggest disillusionment and uncertainty. And if all of that still hasn’t sold Deptford Goth to you, the slightly bizarre video features some dismembered limbs writhing about the screen – entertaining, if nothing else!

His first album is scheduled to drop on Merok Records – the same label that brought you the Klaxons and Crystal Castles – early in 2013. I’ll definitely be interested to see where he takes things.

Check out an interview with him here:                                                                    

http://www.thefader.com/2011/10/27/dollars-to-pounds-deptford-goth/

Soundcloud here:                                                                                                     

http://soundcloud.com/deptfordgoth