Monday, 31 March 2014

My April Playlist 2014

Hi everyone!
Although April doesn't actually start until tomorrow I though it would be nice to give you my playlist for April:
All Time Low - Jasey Rae

Tonight Alive - The Other Side

Fall Out Boy - Thnks Fr Th Mmrs

All Time Low - Lullabies

Tonight Alive - Complexes

Fall Out Boy - What A Catch, Donnie
All Time Low - Too Much
As It Is - Can't Save Myself

Travie McCoy - Keep On Keeping On ft. Brendon Urie

All Time Low - Running From Lions
My Chemical Romance - Summertime
Pierce The Veil - Bulletproof Love

Tonight Alive - Bathwater

As I said in the blog post that I wrote about this album, I am currently obsessed with Tonight Alive's album 'The Other Side'.  I have been listening to it really often and I'm really loving it.  The overall sound of the album is amazing and I cannot put into words how much I love it.
I've also been listening to All Time Low's EP 'Put Up Or Shut Up' so there are a few songs from that in this playlist.

I've included a band called As It Is and I really like them.  I knew about this band as their lead singer, Patty Walters has a YouTube channel which I've been subscribed to for a while so I decided to check out his band as I really enjoy his individual covers.
 Hope you all enjoy what I'm going to be listening in April.

Important information for April and May
So in May my final exams for my 5th year at high school start.  It's really important that I do well in these so April and May are mostly going to consist of revising so I'm thinking that my posts will most probably be infrequent and not on any sort of schedule. I'm sorry if this makes anyone unhappy but these exams are very important.



Monday, 17 March 2014

New Album Purchases: Tonight Alive & All Time Low

I'm an extremely happy bunny just now as I went to HMV on Friday and spent my voucher (and a little extra money too!) from my friend Emma.
Like the last time I was in HMV I was pleasantly surprised to discover that HMV had quite a lot of CD's in that I really want.  There was a lot of All Time Low, there was Panic! At The Disco, Simple Plan and Tonight Alive.  I was so excited by the amount of All Time Low that they had in stock that I completely forgot to check for any Sleeping With Sirens and I didn't look for any Fall Out Boy either!  Although I was a little sad to discover that HMV still don't stock Marianas Trench.
I decided to limit myself to two CD's as I don't like having lots of new songs to listen to all at once.  I like being able to listen to an album and appreciate it without comparing it to other ones that I just bought as well.
Anyway, as you can see from my photos I decided to get Tonight Alive's most recent album 'The Other Side' and All Time Low's DVD/CD set 'Straight To DVD'.
This was the first Tonight Alive album that I personally own (I've only ever had a couple of songs from 'What Are You So Scared Of?' sent to me from my friend who has a digital copy of the album) so I was extremely excited. 
As I've said in previous posts one of my favourite things about getting a new CD is discovering songs I've never heard before.  I'd only ever previously heard 'Lonely Girl' (this was the first song I'd ever heard from Tonight Alive and is the reason why I properly started listening to them), 'Come Home' and 'The Ocean'.
It's nice to finally have a CD copy of these songs but also I'm just loving this album in general.  One of my particular favourites from the album is 'Hell And Back' I don't know what it is about the song but I'm just really loving it.  I'm also loving the song 'The Other Side'.
I normally worry about songs on albums that have the same title as the actual album itself. I'm always scared that I won't like it and I feel like I have to like the song as it's the name of the album.  But this song and also the song 'Ever After' by Marianas Trench (from their album 'Ever After') have definitely eliminated that worry.
I'm very pleased with this purchase.  It's a good album, well thought through and I'm really enjoying listening to it.
As some of you may know I love All Time Low.  I've been listening to their music for just under a year and I was so happy to see this in HMV.  I've been wanting to see the documentary and concert for a really long time and I was definitely not disappointed.
I spent my Saturday evening with my portable DVD player, a hot chocolate and, what is now one of my favourite DVD's.  It made me laugh, smile and cry a little (with both laughter - I cry really easily when I laugh, one of my many weird quirks - and proudness from seeing how far they have come as a band).  And it was nice to have some moments when I fangirled over Alex doing the leg thing (only All Time Low fans will understand the leg thing, sorry).
It also confirmed something that I've always thought about All Time Low - they know how to put on an amazing concert for their fans.  This has just increased how much I would love to see them live one day.
Overall I'm really pleased with what I got, new music always makes me feel better so it's helping to keep me happy.
  Just a little reminder that there is still a chance to enter my giveaway with Will Sid Smith to win a signed copy of Wills EP and a signed photo of Will!
Check out this post for all the details:

Monday, 10 March 2014

My March Playlist 2014

March is going to be a bit of a hectic month for me, but I'm hoping to find some time to buy some new albums as my wonderful friend Emma got me a voucher for HMV for my birthday.  Depending on what HMV have in stock when I go I'm hoping to get Marianas Trench's album 'Ever After' but I doubt they will have it.
HMV never seem to have what I want when I'm there. Although I've only recently started listening to Sleeping With Sirens (their music features heavily in this months playlist),  I'd quite like to own one of their albums. I've also started listening to Of Mice & Men recently and quite like the look of their new album 'Restoring Force' so if all else fails hopefully HMV will have this in stock.

As I've said, March is going to be busy for me so I've tried to include as many positive/happy/faster songs in this playlist or just songs that I really enjoy listening too and that make me feel good. But this is also because one of my new years resolutions is to be more positive and to try and be happier, so I'm hoping that this will help with that.

Here it is, my March Playlist:

Sleeping With Sirens - Roger Rabbit

All Time Low - Daydream Away

The Summer Set - Jukebox (Life Goes On)

Sleeping With Sirens - All My Heart

Panic! At The Disco - This Is Gospel

Sleping With Sirens - If You Can't Hang

Of Mice & Men - Those In Glass Houses

All Time Low - The Girl's A Straight-Up Hustler

Fall Out Boy - Young Volcanoes

Simple Plan - Time To Say Goodbye

Sleeping With Sirens - Do It Now, Remember It Later

Marianas Trench - Beside You

Sleeping With Sirens - Stomach Tied In Knots


Monday, 3 March 2014

Will Sid Smith: Interview & Giveaway!

Hey everyone!
If you've been reading my blog for a while then you'll know that I love discovering new music.  Quite a long time ago I found a guy called Will Sid Smith on YouTube, I really enjoy listening to his music and now I'm lucky enough to do an online interview with him.

Will has been singing since the age of 6 and after hearing 'Immune' by KT Tunstall he started to teach himself guitar at the age of 14.  Not long after starting to play the guitar Will began writing his own lyrics and music.

Now at the age of 18, Will has been playing gigs in and around London for nearly 3 years, has written many of his own songs and, is studying for his A-Levels.

What's your biggest inspiration when writing music?

The people around me are my biggest inspirations for sure. Whether that’s family, friends or lovers. The latter mostly because they’re often the ones that make me laugh, cry, wish I didn’t exist and also make me feel like I’m on top of the world. Such an insane thing that bounces you crazily all over the emotional spectrum is just impossible to ignore, and the best way to deal with it for me, is to write about it.

What can you tell us about your singles Never Forget, Safe and Tonight?

Never Forget is one of those ‘lost love’ songs... I came up with a couple of chords that sounded nice and then wanted to write something fairly clichéd yet profound, so I added in a ton of imagery about trees and then topped it off with some sad sounding high notes with a little acoustic guitar solo thing. So much fun to record.

Safe is one of those songs that I was lucky enough to finish recording in one take but took me so long to finish writing. I was approached by someone who wanted me to write a sad song for a movie of theirs, and I already had some melancholy piano music but needed a situation to base my lyrics upon. When the director gave me that situation I finished the song in about 20 minutes!

I wrote Tonight a couple of years ago and it was about my girlfriend at the time, not sure how I came up with it exactly, but I knew I wanted to write a cheeky love song with a nice melody so with all the inspiration there and an idea, I got to work...

What artists do you like to listen to?

I love to listen to Coldplay. Chris Martin’s voice is really haunting and every song he writes is just so good. In my newer songs – Safe and Never Forget, I took a lot of inspiration from this guy because he is a truly fantastic musician. Recently I’ve been listening to loads of Soul and R&B like Otis Redding, Aretha Franklin and Stevie Wonder. I feel really comfortable singing those kinds of songs because the vocal parts are way more flexible than pop songs and there’s this unexplainable sexiness I get to feel when I sing Soul...

What advice would you give to other upcoming artists?

Get your parents involved as much as possible, my parents have helped me so much through my music career, especially my Dad who takes me to pretty much all of my gigs and much more – so yeah, get them involved if you can.
And another thing, I’ve seen a lot of young musicians who are trying to write cool or current sounding songs, and trying to be like another artist instead of just being themselves, so my advice would be to always be yourself, and don’t worry about tailoring yourself to fit the needs of others, it never works, if you do what YOU need to do then you’ll succeed.

What's been the most surreal moment of your music journey so far?

I really have no idea...there have been loads of times that I’ve felt like I’ve been touched by an angel during a gig but nothing that stands out especially for any particular reason, it’s always surreal for me...

What's your favourite food to eat when you're ill?

I tend to eat just a ton of crap when I’m ill. If I have the energy to go downstairs in the morning, then I’ll just stock up with crisps, sandwiches and lemonade to last me for the whole day so I don’t even have to leave my bed.

Would you rather be the 6th member of The Wanted or One Direction?

To be honest, I wouldn’t like to be in either of those boy bands. I’d prefer just to be a singer/songwriter – in other words, the centre of attention. I feel like I’m not enough of a team player to be in a boy band, but if someone was holding a gun up to my head and threatened to kill my mother then I’d probably choose One Direction because they make more money.

Do you prefer CD's or downloads?

Not sure. Downloads are good if you like one song from a particular album or artist and they’re easier to put on your iPod but I do like owning CD's of my favourite bands and listening to them for hours on end, so I don’t know what I like better, they’ve both got their pros and cons.

Do you have any interesting or weird pre-show rituals?

Well, since I stopped sacrificing virgins on the night before a gig, it’s just been basic goat murder as of late... Nah, mostly it’s just loud vocal runs of all the swear words under the sun to get the nerves out of my system. Maybe some push ups to get the blood pumping as well.

What gigs have you been to yourself?

I’ve been to quite a few, but the best musical event I’ve ever been to was Reading Festival back in 2011. Saw My Chemical Romance, Thirty Seconds to Mars, Muse, Ed Sheeran, The Strokes, so many amazing bands and artists, I had the time of my life.
Most of the gigs I’ve been to have been really intense and moshy heavy rock bands but one day I’d really like to go see Adele or Michael Bublé because I’ve loved them for ages and they’re nice to chill out to.

What artist(s) would you love to see live?

Never seen Coldplay, their concerts always look epic, and I’d love to go see Muse again as well. Would love to see Fall Out Boy, never got to see them before their hiatus and that was when I loved them the most but it’d still be so cool to see them, and I’ve always been a huge Paramore fan so
I definitely need to see them as well.
The composer Hans Zimmer does shows sometimes and I find his music simply amazing so he’s on my list too, and can’t believe I’m saying this but I’ve got to see the ‘Glee’ cast in concert before I die...

So now that we've all determined that Will is pretty grounded, doesn't make any sacrifices before his performances and, has made me extremely jealous over the fact that he's been to Reading Festival, here are all the various places where you can find Will:


I'd just like to say a huge thank you to Will for doing this interview with me and to everyone that sent in their questions for him.

If you want to be in with a chance of winning a signed photo of Will and a signed copy of his EP then all you have to do is comment on this post with the answer to the following question:

Who would Will rather be the 6th member of, One Direction or The Wanted?

The winner will be chosen on the 22nd of March and will be contacted by me.
Good luck!