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July 2017

Room 46: Bark Bark Disco: The Ian Schranz Interview


"This project was something where I could work more fluidly, where mistakes were actually part of the process and helped shape the end result"

 

May 2017

Room 44:   Lucky Lupe: The David Ferreira Interview 


David Ferreira and Tiago Salsinha formed the instrumental duo Lucky Lupe in Lisbon, Portugal in 2012. Their music has been described as "..an electric journey between Alternative mucic, rock, pop and electronic music."


Read the exclusive interview with David Ferreira, here at The Nice Rooms.

 

April 2017

Room 43:   Yellow Pills: The Power Pop Bible - An Interview With Jordan Oakes


Jordan Oakes published Yellow Pills,  the first Power Pop magazine, between 1990 and 1996. He produced a series of Yellow Pills CD compilations, which also had a galvanizing effect in the '90s, on the '70s-born music genre.  "Power Pop is less a genre than a rewind button."

 

March 2017

Room 42:   Swindlefolk


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.   

 

February 2017

Room 40:   The Hazel O'Connor Interview

The Nice Rooms is delighted to present an exclusive interview with Hazel O'Connor.

"Breaking Glass was premiered at Cannes and I was walking along the promenade sporting my new mop-head stylee hairdo, there were hundreds of paparazzi clicking away trying to get their scoop and I hear one of them say "Who is she anyway?". That's fame for you. Everyone wanted a piece of me or be my friend but nobody really knew me."
 

May 2016

Room 32:   Searching: The Terry Draper Interview 


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.  

 

February 2016

Room 29: The Eddie Harrison Interview  


Eddie Harrison is best known as vocalist and guitarist with The Cavern Club's brilliant resident Merseybeat group: The Shakers. In early 2016 The Nice Rooms caught up with him.. 

 

October 2015

Room 25: Ed Harris - Life In The Media Spotlight  


"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. 

 

August 2015

Room 23: Welcome To mesmoland     


Meet William Jason Davis:  Cult Musician, Cult Film Maker, Cult Blogger and lover of all things Blackpool.

 

June 2015

Room 22: Surburbanitis: A Journey Into The Mind Of Robert Pisani   


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.

 

May 2015

Room 21: Creeping Bentgrass  


"..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.

 

March 2015

Room 19: Catharsis Of Rhetorik - Accolade  


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.

 

February 2015

Room 17: Bad To The Bone - An Adventure in Rhythm and Blues 


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!

 

October 2014

Room 14: The Richard Wall Vintage Radio Show   


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.

 
 

August 2014

Room 12: Directing Butterfly


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.

 

August 2014

Room 11: The Lawn Grower - Ian Gardler   

"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.

 

May 2014

Room 8: An Interview With Judy Street   


"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. 

 

March 2014

Room 7: The Beatles Owe Me One 


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.

 

September 2013

Room 5: Maximum Merseybeat: The Shakers' Sound


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.

 

November 2013

Room 4: Ian Schranz on So Lo-Fi   


"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.

 

January 2014

Room 3: Accolade   


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.