With Just A Hint Of Mayhem

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“A Song For You” – Carol Hodge May 16, 2020

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You may have listened to my recent interview with Carol Hodge, if not then click here to give it a spin. Carol has written a truly beautiful song which for me goes some way to really capturing how many of us are feeling in these strange and often dark days of Covid-19, it is called “A Song For You”, take a look at the rather excellent video. The video is either enhanced or marred by an appearance from me, personally, I think enhanced but I will leave you to be the judge of that. I am on fleetingly at around the 59-second mark. But it is a clever video for a stunning emotional song. You can also buy Carol’s brilliant new album “Savage Purge”, just click here, you know you want to! As a bonus, just to tempt you, I have included the video for “Stop Worrying Baby” from that very album! That one was shot and completed just before lock down. If you have not listened to Carol before, then you really should, it is simply pure classy music!

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Carol Hodge Interview May 2, 2020

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I finally got around to posting and interview that I did with the obscenely talented Carol Hodge last month. She talks about her latest album ‘Savage Purge’, her new tune ‘A Song For You’, musical influences, and her favourite confectionery items. Click the link below take a listen and feel free to comment.

Interview with Carol Hodge – April 2020

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An Interview With Von Kaiser June 12, 2019

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Here is the third With Just A Hint Of Mayhem Podcast. This time it is an interview with a very talented new band from Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA They are called Von Kaiser. Find out what they have to say about their local music scene, their influences and how they got their name. I hope you enjoy it. I would love to hear your comments!

Click here to find it on SoundCloud.

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An Interview with the Receivers May 23, 2019


Here is the second ever With Just A Hint Of Mayhem Podcast. This time it is an interview with one of York’s finest young bands, The Receivers. I hope you enjoy it. I would love to hear your comments!

Click here to find it on SoundCloud.

The Receivers

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Reatha Pitman – Interview with a future US Country star! March 15, 2019

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Recently I had the absolute pleasure of catching up with up and coming US country singer Reatha Pitman. After 14 years in the US Navy Reatha is now putting everything into becoming a success as a singer. Click here to check out her website, buy some of the merch and you will be contributing directly towards her first album. Reatha answered a range of questions for With Just A Hint Of Mayhem, take a read and feel free to add a comment.

Who is your biggest musical influence and why?

There was absolutely no hesitation in this answer, it is the Judds. She has loved them since she was a little girl and has been lucky enough to see them live twice. Reatha said that one thing that she really admires about the Judds is their passion and how they have an air of being larger than life. Reatha also loves Reba McIntire and Shania Twain.

What is next for you, where do you go from here?

Reatha is currently working on a bunch of new songs for an album, her first, which if all goes well should be out later this year. She plans to start recording it in Nashville in April.

Musically do you have any of what you might consider guilty pleasures, if so what are they?

Well Ms. Pitman confessed to having no musical guilty pleasures and then having thought about said maybe Will Smith. <With Just A Hint Of mayhem wants your opinion, is Will Smith a guilty pleasure? Answers in the comments please>

What is your favourite song of all time?

Again, no hesitation from Reatha in this answer, it has to be “Love Can Build A Bridge” by the Judds. It brings so many great things together; the words, the tone and the melody. Reatha also added “Crazy” written by the great Willie Nelson and performed most memorably and famously by Patsy Cline.

How do you prepare for a gig?

No real routine, perhaps trying to learn the lyrics of songs that she plans to cover thoroughly. Reatha also drinks coffee pre-gig as she believes that it helps her vocal tone.

Name one thing in your musical career that you are most proud of and feel free to tell us why?

In September 2018 Reatha sang both days (Friday and Saturday) at the Mississippi Songwriters Festival. This particular festival features and showcases many renowned Nashville songwriters.

What drives you to write songs?

Reatha’s song writing drive comes from emotion and human experience. Maybe a thought stemming from a line or scene from a movie. She also takes inspiration from other peoples lives and their experiences. One of her newer songs is about her Dad.

Name a song that you believe you could cover and make it better than the original?

With this one I think Reatha made a very bold choice in “Crazy” the Patsy Cline classic.

Which of your songs would you like to see covered by someone else and who would be your top choice to do it?

“Hittin’ The Road” (which can be found on her new EP, click here to find it on Spotify). She would like maybe Kasey Musgraves or Kelsea Ballerini to give it a shot.

Name three things that you simply cannot live without?

Chips <that’ll be crisps to those of us on this side of the big pond>

Movies/ Cinema/ TV – especially romantic dramas with a happy ending. Particularly Hallmark films.

What is your favourite confectionary item?

Sour Patch Kids Gum candy.

Who is the richest Bruce Wayne (a.k.a. Batman) or Tony Stark (a.k.a. Iron Man)?

Tony Stark because he designs and sells high end electronics and computer equipment.

 

An Interview with Jim Quinn owner of Safe Suburban Home Records – Thursday 6th September 2018 September 11, 2018


Jim sets the controls for the heart of the Safe Suburban Home!

Last week I had the delightful pleasure of catching up with Jim Quinn owner of a new record label in York, UK. The label is Safe Suburban Home and their début launch came a few weeks ago with the release of a limited edition seven-inch vinyl single by the Velts from Malta. I am looking forward to future releases and now that I own the first I may have to become a collector! Jim answered a range of questions for With Just A Hint Of Mayhem, take a read and feel free to add a comment. Jim has also chosen some rather excellent tracks for the videos at the bottom of this post!

Safe Suburban Home? Where does the name come from?

This is a strange one according to Jim. He, his partner Emma and their daughter needed a safe suburban home, so they got one. Their living room became a studio which they named Safe Suburban Home! <and there was me looking for deeper meaning!> 

What is your favourite record label(s) and why?

 California’s Burger Records which according to Jim has an underground feel and always seemed pretty cool. His aim is to create that kind of vibe with Safe Suburban Home. Back in the early 2000’s he would also buy anything released by Household Name Records.

 Do you foresee having a roster of acts on the label ultimately or will you carry on with exclusive releases?

This is way too far ahead. Jim would love to work with more local bands and might consider going down the singles club release route. He would absolutely love to record York band Tax <Guys if you’re reading this just do it!> Acts that sign up for an exclusive release on Safe Suburban Home Records sign a 4 month contract, after that they can put their track on other platforms and media.

 Will you expand beyond vinyl?

Jim says that is possible but it would have to maintain some kind of physical tangible purchase too. Say buy a T Shirt, pin badge or something and receive a free digital download of a song.

 Who is your biggest musical influence and why?

There was no hesitation or thought time for Jim’s answer here, immediately he responded with Damon Albarn. He says, and I agree, that everything Damon has done is different and that he is undoubtedly one of the great British songwriters.

 Musically do you have any of what you might consider guilty pleasures, if so what are they?

Like all of us Jim has some guilty pleasures when it comes to music. Notably 80s Pop, Deacon Blue and Prefab Sprout. His guilty pleasures anthem is “Walking On Sunshine” by Katrina and the Waves. <personally I don’t think Prefab Sprout are in this category, but then one persons classic band is another persons guilty pleasure, right?>

Name three things that you simply cannot live without (not including family)?

  1. Good coffee – definitely not the instant rubbish
  2. His music collection
  3. His push bikes, he has five!

 What is your favourite confectionery item? Is Die Hard a Christmas film? Who is richer, Tony Stark or Bruce Wayne?

Jim took a shot at all of these;

  • His favourite confectionery item is a Boost Bar
  • Die Hard is not a Christmas film
  • As for whether Tony Stark or Bruce Wayne is the richest, like many people, Jim has no idea!

 

Interview – Laura Kindelan – March 19th 2018 March 22, 2018


Laura checks out an excellent, if somewhat expensive, Toots & the Maytals LP at the Vinyl Cafe.

I had the absolute pleasure of interviewing York singer, songwriter and ace musician Laura Kindelan earlier this week in 45 The Vinyl Cafe on Micklegate. Laura was eloquent, effervescent and spoke about her major influences, where she might take her sound next, her musical guilty pleasures and her favourite chocolate among many other things. Check out that conversation below.

  1. Who is your biggest musical influence and why?

Well there isn’t just one person, for me it’s the sound and the performance. For the sound, it has to be Lianne La Havas; I love her jazz guitar, melodic vocals and song writing. I particularly love her lyrical patterns and use of unusual words. My history teacher introduced me to her.

As for performance, I would have to name two people; Amy Winehouse and Damien Rice. I believe that both of them show the beauty of imperfections. Damien Rice’s mix of his first album “O” massively fluctuates in volume within songs, which could be considered wrong but I believe it’s emotive.

  1. What is next for you, where do you go from here?

I am very happy to be a slow burner. I am not focussed at all on becoming a product or a brand. I want to be a well-respected musician, singer and song writer. That has to include maintaining respect for myself and my craft. I want my music to speak for me, not the image. I would also love to work with a really tight rhythm section in the future.

  1. Musically do you have any of what you might consider guilty pleasures, if so what are they?

That is a tough one, the first one that I can think of is Abba. However, I don’t feel too guilty about it as they wrote, produced and released such great songs. But perhaps my real guilty pleasure is my ‘go to’ party song; “Bitch Better Have My Money” by Rihanna.

Photo by Michael Parr

  1. How do you prepare for a gig?

First, I always do some vocal warm ups. I like to make myself feel nice, to feel good. I don’t often wear much make-up, but for a show, I choose to get dressed up with make-up and nice clothes. Everything I do to prepare for a gig contributes to making me feel comfortable and confident on stage. I really believe that a performer should invest the audience in what they do by personally connecting with them, and to do that, you need to be happy and comfortable with yourself. Confidence is key to any good performance.

  1. Name one thing in your musical career that you are most proud of and feel free to tell us why?

My headline show last year at the National Centre for Early Music in York. It felt like such a magical night and I am so proud that I did it. I can’t quite believe that it happened. There were around 180 people there, really listening and enjoying the night – It’s definitely something I’ll never forget.

Click here to check out my review of that show on this blog last year

  1. What drives you to write songs?

Sometimes it is all about getting something off my mind; a feeling or a relationship perhaps. Currently I really love to experiment with harmonies, shapes and different tunings on my guitar. I think I draw influence in this experimentation from Jeff Buckley and Tom Misch, particularly with pretty harmony and rhythm from the latter. I see my sound as evolving into something similar to Tom Misch, only much grottier!

Photograph by Tomorrow’s Photos

  1. How does your song writing process work?

I have lots of lyrics stored on my phone that I’ve written as they come to me and I sometimes go there for inspiration. Although, as I said before, I love to experiment with harmony and chord progressions so I often begin here.

  1. Name a song that you believe you could cover and make it better than the original?

At the moment I am playing around with a very different arrangement of “Do I Wanna Know” by the Arctic Monkeys. I am trying out a very slowed down version which is more ‘head bobby’, with more dissonance and harmonics. I think this new vibe adds more meaning to the lyrics.

  1. Which of your songs would you like to see covered by someone else and who would be your top choice to do it?

I would like it to be someone completely different from me, how about Hello Operator? That could actually be amazing, we should make it happen!

Photo by Tim Downie

  1. Tell me something that you have never told an interviewer before (and this does not need to be music related)?

My signature dish, that I make incredibly well (if I do say so myself), is Carbonara with mushrooms, bacon and cream. Bon appétit.

  1. Name three things that you simply cannot live without?

My family, good food and Doctor Martens. I’m hoping to build a collection of Docs – I currently have four pairs, including one with a snake-skin pattern.

  1. What is your favourite confectionary item?

Terry’s Chocolate Orange, beyond any doubt the best there is!

Now check out some of Laura’s rather excellent tunes.

All photographs were provided to me by Laura and are credited to the photographer in the caption. The first picture was a rare good one taken on my phone. Video links were specially selected by Laura herself.

 

 
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