MY FIRST TIME is youbloom | HEADROOM‘s look into the variously-colored pasts of featured youbloom Music Festival artists, asking them to break out the veritable top secret diary of rock n roll history and tell us what they can remember about their very first band experiences.
From the kiddie-rock virtuosos and those who sweet-talked their way into Glastonbury (?!?) to the one-chord wonders who kinda hate us for asking…it’s all about the springboard – even if for some it’s a little rusty these days.
Take a look.
Charlotte Fontaine, The Fontaines: ‘The Fontaines is the first band I’ve ever been in! We’ve gone from cringe-worthy-why-didn’t-our-parents-tell-us-we-sucked to figuring out our sound and enjoying ourselves. It’s a constant evolution.’
The Fontaines are geniuses. Having managed somehow to fuse together the best pop beats and vocal hooks from the 60s with the fuzz and crunch of indie rock, the musical result is a crash, bang and wallop of a song set that is at once sultry and incomprehensibly ferocious. Like a caged beast, as all the best rock should be. For fans of: The Kinks, Imelda May, Kitty, Daisy & Lewis
Hillary, Man Made Time: ‘I’ve been in different vocal groups before but this is the first band I’ve been in and it’s the best.’
Alex, Man Made Time: ‘When I was 16 I was in a metal band called To Dust. We only played one show. I was so nervous that I only invited one friend.’
Minimal and synth-driven, soft yet fierce, Man Made Time make music for the intelligent electronic lover. With polished vocals smoothed over an undercurrent of pulsing beats and finger snaps, dreamy melodies and a soulfulness that belies their contemporary edge, they’re the perfect band to listen to when you’re feeling like something that little bit…better than the rest. For fans of: Ciara, Angus and Julia Stone, Lauren Aquilina
Ang P: ‘I’ve actually just started experimenting with a band honestly. We feel like it’s the next step that we need to take to appeal to a bigger audience. The difficult thing is finding the artists willing to really put the work in though. It’s hard to find someone willing to see the bigger picture and the goal. A team can’t move unless the proper pieces are in place. A car is the example I always use. You can’t move without tires. People don’t wanna be tires, they want to be the shiny paint. Well the car doesn’t move without tires. So we’re still searching for the correct pieces but that’s the beauty of the grind. The challenge. It builds character.’
Jersey-born, Olympia, Washington-based Ang P is an emcee and hip hop artist with a firm foothold in the authentic, gritty side of his genre, writing and executing his music with a fearless lack of pretense that is damned refreshing in this increasingly lifeless, no-flies-on-me age. Instantly relatable, with clever lyrical and stylistic choices, his grooves get your head nodding, and before you know it, you’ve learned a thing or two. For fans of: Aesop Rock, Buck 65, Sims
Eve Williams, singer-songwriter & keys: ‘It was in the house music competition at school (we had houses as in Gryffindor, Slytherin etc. Mine was called Spencer ). We killed Let It Be. When I say we killed it, it really was stone dead but we won anyway.’
Recalling the great lady vocalists of decades past, Eve Williams is a woman armed with a beautiful, powerful voice capable of carrying entire albums with its frank, expressive, engaging timbre. Hypnotic and soulful, we can’t wait to see her live. For fans of: Rickie Lee Jones, Laura Nyro, Rachael Yamagata
Ruth Mc Cartney, backing vox, Great White Lies: ‘I guess my first foray into proper music was with a choir. For a small, community choir we managed to blag our way to some amazing gigs, playing Glastonbury and Electric Picnic in Ireland and singing with some great performers. We have had our dodgy moments too in fairness but it’s still going from strength to strength with new members all the time and an ever expanding repertoire and a history of great gigs to match.’
Great to have them back and even greater to see them play live, Great White Lies blend jazz, 60s soul, and singer-songwriter styles so seamlessly it’s hard to tell what genre you’re helplessly bobbing your head to. Addictively groovy, captivating and skillful tunes. A true surprise. For fans of: Natalie Merchant, Stevie Wonder, Minnie Riperton
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