TARAH WHO talk about filming their upcoming video ‘Hurt’ | Guest Blog

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CREJUVENT discusses his debut EP Time | Guest Blog

The whole writing and recording process for my Crejuvent’s debut EP Time was very memorable. The first ideas started sprouting at some point around 2015 and it took about a whole year to write since I was doing it sporadically in my spare time. In the summer of that year, where I started playing around with most of the ideas that ended up going on the EP, I moved in with my ex-girlfriend and that was rough. I had just left Uni, was struggling for money, and was thrown head first into this relationship that, looking back, was borderline abusive in some instances. The house we moved into was nice though…

I would spend most of my days at home playing World Of Warcraft and eating cheese puffs on my living room, and since my ex-girlfriend would leave sometimes for weeks at a time for work, I’d get up to the spare room in the house where I had my desk set up and just play around and write stuff late into the hours of the night. I was bored a lot and I spent an awful lot of time on my own, and I think all that extra time allowed me to articulate my depression through the music in a very memorable way. Oddly enough I don’t think I ever actually finished any songs that would up on the EP whilst I was living there, although I wrote and recorded a lot of silly little songs. Whenever she WAS home, however, was a different story, and I think that since most of the hardships in my life at that point were based around the relationship I retrospectively associate a lot of the anger and confusion that comes across on the songs to our time together.

When we eventually broke up and I moved out, I spent a few months couch surfing and was sort of forced to get a job of any kind. Eventually I got my own place around May 2016 and that was when I was able to finish writing the songs and properly plan out the EP. I had a little bit of peace of mind which allowed me to objectively look at the music that I had started writing and put all the emotional pieces together – an abusive relationship, unemployment, loneliness, depression, couch surfing for months, experimenting with drugs, all of that had taken a bit of an emotional toll and since I was starting to feel more comfortable with everything I thought it was time to lay all that out in the open and the aspects of that time that affected me the most wound up on Time.

Some of my most meaningful experiences in my life looking back happen during the summer or when the sun is out. I remember recording and mixing the EP very well because it happened during spring. I had these huge windows in my flat that really lit up the room. The carpet was this almost burgundy shade of red and the walls were slightly yellow, which created a sense of peace and focus when the sun shone through the windows. Looking out the window was this little courtyard that was full of bushes and vines and shit, and now that I think about it was probably the greenest view I’ve ever had during my time here in Liverpool. Despite recording and working on such heavy music, that sense of tranquillity and focus was key in me being able to concentrate my energy into something that was ultimately extremely cathartic. It definitely set up a standard for myself emotionally for my future releases.

MIDDLE DISTANCE join No Sleep Records and release single ‘Hiatus’ | Review

UK Alternative Rock band Middle Distance have joined independant record label No Sleep Records. The band from Bristol will release their new album Blueshift later this year. To celebrate their recent signing the band debuted a new single – ‘Hiatus’.

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ROSEHIP TEAHOUSE release new track ‘Growth’ | Review

Rosehip Teahouse recently supported Death By Shotgun at a fantastic gig at The Wave Maiden. Their set was magical and I was excited to get home and listen to more of their music. ‘Growth’ is their latest release and just as fantastical as before.

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Signed TWENTY ONE PILOTS Poster | Giveaway

After moving house I’ve decided to giveaway a signed twenty one pilots poster. The Alternative Press signed poster has barely been out of the thing they sent to me so its time it went to a loving home! Find out how to enter below.

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BTS’ Jin releases solo track ‘Tonight’ | Review

Though I think every member of BTS is insanely talented, Jin is most definitely my bias (after a long period of deliberation). He now joins the majority of the band in releasing solo music having released his track ‘Tonight’ earlier this week.

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BTS rock Wembley | Review

This review is a new one for me – based on my experience watching that fantastic live stream and my sister’s experience at the actual concert. What is clear is that BTS continue to grow and no stage is too big for them. The incredible night won over the admiration of my Mum, who liked the music but now loves the boys too, and captured the hearts of millions across the world.

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VAYA discuss their track ELAPHANTUS | Guest Blog

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It is always a hard work to go back on your own lyrics and music and translate the layers of it for someone, because and it is probably the most important point : the vibrations it give to the public is prior from all the rest. I mean, I can try my best to translate the story of it but the conclusion of how to define the song is in public’s hands ☺.

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How BTS are changing the music industry

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past year, you’ve undoubtedly heard of the rise of K-pop, fronted by the group BTS. With the boys making news for being the first Korean artist to win two awards at the BBMA’s last night it seems like the perfect time to appreciate the scale of what they’re doing. The band of 7 are making waves worldwide and are changing the shape of the music industry whilst they’re at it – here are just a few reasons why.

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