The Music Room @ The Nice Rooms Webzine
All interviews by gR unless stated otherwise
by Dy Swindlehurst
During the 1960s, in Kirkby on Merseyside, there was a school making all the musical headlines. Ruffwood was a purpose-built and progressive comprehensive for 2000+ pupils that had its own folk group called the Swindlefolk run by music Dy Swindlehurst. Although they were only together for just three short years, the group very quickly got a name for themselves across Merseyside leading to appearances on TV with The Spinners and The Settlers.
Singer / songwriter Terry Draper is best known for his work with Klaatu - The Canadian Progressive Rock band that formed in 1973. He co-wrote Calling Occupants of Interplanetary Craft which was a hit for The Carpenters. In this exclusive article Terry discusses his latest solo album Searching.
"We still didn't have a name at this point so did our first gig under the temporary name Stress Plus One (the other three were all stress engineers in the aeronautical industry). Several other local gigs followed and within a few weeks, Craig came up with the name 'The Media'. No rationale behind it other than it was short and punchy.."
Read an exclusive interview with Ed Harris of The Media here at The Nice Rooms about his life and music.
Malta's very own Robert Pisani describes his music: "..like eating ice cream or your first crush set to a) Catchy indie pop or b) Noisy shouty pseudo punk (which is kinda like indie pop). However the new material is, lyrically, slightly more mature but catchier!.."
Read his exclusive interview here at The Nice Rooms.
"..We started going every year down to Northamptonshire to play a sort of commemorative weekend for Billy Fury at the place where he last performed before his death. We've done that for seven years now and this year's was as enjoyable as ever.."
Another great exclusive interview courtesy of John Burke and David Lancaster of Creeping Bentgrass here at The Nice Rooms.
Stefanie Renée, Aaron Goldstein with Sean Henry.
"Ultimately, this album has been about friendship. Our collaboration with Sean has served to connect us despite our geographical distance. We had been talking about this project for several years, and we're glad to have finally completed it and released it to the world. Hopefully having this background will make the music more enjoyable for our current and future fans."
Accolade discuss their latest album in an exclusive interview with The Nice Rooms.
by Tony O'Keeffe
"We continued to do the odd local gig when after a few weeks or so we had a call from Boss Goodman from London Dingwalls...They wanted to book us for another support slot down there. FAB!! Who were we supporting? Wilko Johnson and Lew Lewis...I fell silent.."
Tony O'Keeffe of Merseybeat group The Shakers writes about his early life and influences on his music!
Vintage Radio - "The Grown-Up Choice" - is a non-profit making organisation that broadcasts from the YMCA based in Birkenhead, Merseyside, UK.
Richard Wall is one of the presenters and here at The Nice Rooms takes time out to talk about his show that focuses on the sixties, seventies and eighties' music he loves.
by Fraser Grant
Opera comes to The Nice Rooms: On 25th and 26th October 2013, Opera South East (OSE) presented Madame Butterfly at the White Rock Theatre in Hastings.
Fraser Grant directed the production and here at The Nice Rooms reflects upon the rehersals leading up to the opening night.
"I've tried to retain that punk spirit in my approach to the music industry and having accepted that I'm very unlikely to get rich from music I've decided that all future releases will be free on MP3 and as cheap as possible."
Ian Gardler was a member of the cult band Beyond The Implode.
"When I recorded What in 1968 with the writer and producer of the song, H.B. Barnum, I had no idea that it was going to be sent to the UK and become a massive hit on the Northern Soul scene."
In an exclusive interview for The Nice Rooms, Judy Street talks about the song that made her a Northern Soul legend.
by Martin Davies
"Aztec Camera on a cold, wet Manchester winter's night received the same thumbs down, as did a demo tape lent to me by a young lad I played football with called Ian - His brother Johnny was knocking around with a weird singer called Steven Morrissey from Stretford."
Martin Davies of Meseybeat group The Shakers recalls his life in music.
by Tony O'Keeffe
"A lot of people comment how authentic The Shakers' sound is. Well, that's because we try to be as true as we can to the original 1960s Mersey Sound"
Tony O'Keefe writes about the reasons for the success and popularity of one of Merseybeat's top bands.
"I'm a musician who after working with labels such as Rough Trade, Zomba etc began ploughing the DIY arena realizing how liberating it can be to really have ownership of your work"
The Nice Rooms in conversation with Ian Schranz about So Lo-Fi : A community with its own Record Label.
Aaron Goldstein and Stefanie Renée with Cade Burkhammer
"I had a collection of songs (an entire album's worth) that I had written over 20 years ago that lay dormant just sitting on a shelf for most of that time. When Aaron and I decided to start a band, the lyrics were dusted off at long last, and new life was breathed into them."
In the first of two exclusive interviews for The Nice Rooms, Accolade - A gothic ethereal Progressive Rock Band talk about their music.