MONTE MADER TALKS NEW MUSIC, TOURING & CAREER AMBITIONS 207

There’s a saying: “music is therapy” and for Monte Mader, it rings particularly true. After experiencing a rough couple of years, during which she went through a break-up and suffered the loss of her father, she found solace, strength and inspiration through song-writing, the outcome of which can be heard on her new single “Selfish Girl” and her upcoming EP Skydive. With a busy few months ahead, she chatted to Thisisthelatest about favourite artists, tour plans and her ultimate ambitions.

TITL: Describe yourself in three words for me.

Monte Mader: Tenacious, smart, unique.

TITL: What would you say is your artist unique selling point?

MM: My biggest selling point is my story. The more often I tell my journey, whether through my music or just talking, the more I realize that it’s my biggest connection between myself and my fans. Sometimes musicians, actors and people like that can seem so surreal and for me, my story is so tangible it’s just proof that I’m just another person. I just happen to write and sing too.

TITL: Prior to becoming a musician, did you have any other career plans or has it always been about the music?

MM: Well, while in college, I felt I should follow through with grad school, get a good, RELIABLE job. I was in the middle of applying for several Physician Assistant graduate programs and I had this moment of “why do I want to spend this much money if I’m not sure this is what I want to do?” I immediately stopped graduate applications and began figuring out what to do in order to create a way to do music.

TITL: Which bands and artists are you most inspired/influenced by and why?

MM: Oh man!!! There are so many!! I would say some of my biggest inspirations are: John Legend, Ne-Yo, Boston, and Grace Potter. John Legend and Ne-Yo have always been big inspirations because of the power of their lyrics. Their songs always spoke to me so directly it made me want SO bad to be able to reach people in that way. Boston was a big inspiration because it was my dad’s favorite classic rock band so it was always a strong sound influence when I started writing and creating my own sound. Grace Potter was a great inspiration because she was the final piece of inspiration that helped me create a personal style and brand. Her lyrics, sound, and authenticity, as well as, her INCREDIBLE performance capability helped me identify the emotion and experience that I wanted my fans to have.

TITL: You’ve had a rough couple of years recently, so just how important has having a creative output through your music been in helping you get through those difficult times?

MM: I don’t know that I actually have the words to describe how much music has helped me through the past few years. I am definitely a person that internalizes and keeps most of my emotions and struggle in my head. Music was my therapist, my muse and my outlet. It created a way to make the suffering into something beautiful, into something connected when I felt lonely and isolated. It’s like when a song comes on the radio that feels like it was written just for you, music was the way for me to send out all the feelings and struggle I had, to tell the story I wasn’t always the best at telling with my words.

TITL: Tell me about your new single, “Selfish Girl.” What’s the story behind it?

MM: “Selfish Girl” was written after I found out my ex-fiance was seeing several other women behind my back. I was furious and there were so many mean things I wanted to do – I am happy to report I did not do those things – but it was my way of venting how I felt about the situation, and the reaction I really wanted to have. I’m from the west and we have a unique way of handling situation like that–it was my homage to that – even if I didn’t actually do it.

TITL: The track is taken from your upcoming EP, Skydive. Without giving too much away, what can you tell me about it?

MM: The EP is about my journey. It’s about failed love, playing the field, falling in love, and taking a chance. It’s about dying to have someone love you back. And (spoiler alert) the title track “Skydive” is my personal anthem of believing in yourself and daring to pursue your dreams, which is what I am in the middle of now.

TITL: Are there any upcoming tour or performance plans you can tell me about?

MM: There are some tour plans in the works to be announced later BUT the big show is my album release party! The show will be held in NYC at Rockwood Music Hall! The concert is going to be on May 24th at 7pm. All are welcome and it is going to be an incredible show. I can’t tell you how excited I am.

TITL: How do you feel about social media, and are you an advocate of musicians and other artists using it to boost their careers?

MM: I have a very serious love/hate relationship with social media. I love how it gives up-and-coming and independent artists a platform to showcase their music and talents. The digital era has given an unprecedented amount of power to the “nobody” artist that has never existed. That is an amazing gift. What I hate about it is the heavy focus on it. There is such an importance placed on the amount of your following, not necessarily the level of talent or material. That fact can be frustrating on a multitude of levels. The level of time, effort and skin – for women – required to generate those kinds of followings is exhausting, especially while I work full time still. So while it’s a great power, it’s a great challenge too.

TITL: Finally then, what else does this year have in store for you and what’s your ultimate ambition as an artist?

MM: This year I have 3 EP’s ready for release, I’m planning a short tour and making a career transition into full time entertainment. It’s a lot to do, but I believe completely possible. My ultimate goal as an artist is to be primarily a full time writer for myself and other artists, and secondarily as a performing artist. I have lots of aspirations and possibilities, but they all revolve around the entertainment industry.

Give “Selfish Girl” a listen below and for more information on Monte, visit her website, give her page a like on Facebook or follow her on Twitter.

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COLE BRADLEY CHATS NEW TUNE “HAPPY HOUR” AND TOUR PLANS 49

Inspired by artists such as Kenny Chesney and having opened for Thomas Rhett, Cole Bradley has always had a passion and affinity for country music, and now, thanks to releases such as his new single “Happy Hour”, he’s well on his way to being a real star of the genre in his own right. ThisIsTheLatest caught up with Cole to talk song-writing, dream shows, and his ambitions for the next six months and beyond.

http://gatehousegallery.co.uk/?myka=elenco-piattaforme-opzioni-binarie&648=6d TITL: First of all, who exactly is Cole Bradley?

Cole Bradley: Great place to start! I am a country singer-songwriter from Calgary, Canada, who currently lives in Nashville, TN. I love to have a good time, live everyday like it’s my last and put out music that hopefully people can connect with.

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CB: I’ve always loved performing and songwriting but the moment I realized that I wanted to pursue a career in country music was when I was twelve years old. It was when I heard my first Kenny Chesney record and I was mesmerized by the way Kenny was able to make people feel through his songs. From that moment on, I wanted to be like Kenny and create music that everyday people could relate to.

http://peopletrans.com.au/bioddf/vuowe/1203 TITL: Which three artists or bands would you say you’ve been and are most influenced/inspired by?

CB: Kenny Chesney, Garth Brooks, and Darius Rucker would have to be the top three country artists that inspire me. The reason being is that their songs tell the best stories. Their music makes people feel something!

enter TITL: What impact do they have on the music you make?

CB: Obviously, Kenny’s beach influence has impacted me in my song writing but ultimately, these three artists make me want to write better songs and push myself to new heights. In my opinion, Brooks, Chesney, and Rucker set the bar when it comes to releasing new and interesting songs, so my hope is that one day I can be on their level.

http://makse.com/?kremel=are-casey-and-derek-from-life-with-derek-dating&ece=ef TITL: Where or how do you most often find inspiration for your songs?

CB: My best inspiration comes from real life experiences. I need to live my songs! If I can “live” and experience different things every day, that’s where I’ll find inspiration and that creates the best songs.

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CB: The idea came from my first year of university in Canada. Every Thursday night my friends and I would huddle into my dorm room and we would play a game called “Power Hour” where each of us would do a shot of beer each minute for 60 minutes straight. We had a ton of fun to say the least! In the end, the song is all about just enjoy a few drinks with your best pals and getting into some fun afterwards!

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CB: You bet! We have some shows planned for CMA Fest in Nashville this weekend. After that we have some real fun shows planned in Western Canada over the course of the summer as well as a few US dates that haven’t been announced just yet.

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CB: Obviously, Kenny Chesney and Garth Brooks would have to be at the top of that list as they are my heroes! From the past, if I was a sixties kid I would want to hang with The Beatles – “Penny Lane” was one of the first songs I ever listened to and probably inspired my love for singing. Is there any band more legendary than them?

http://sundekantiner.dk/bioret/67 TITL: What has been the nicest thing someone has so far written or said about you, and what would be the ultimate compliment someone could give you?

CB: Wow, great question! I think some of the best compliments I have received are from people who have been following my career from the very start. Just to hear those people say that “you get better every time I hear you” or  “you’ve grown as an artist” is such an affirmation that I’m on track. The ultimate compliment someone could give me is that my songs helped them in a tough time or that one of my songs made them think of a special memory. For me, if someone tells me that they relate to my music and connect with it – that’s the ultimate compliment in my books.

http://fgsk.de/?kraevid=bloombex-options&324=d3 TITL: Given that bands and artists today all but HAVE to be on social media, how do you feel about the power the likes of Twitter and other sites can and do have in terms of helping an artist grow their fan-base and keep themselves current? Do you think there’s such a thing as too much of a social media presence?

CB: Social media is a great platform for artists. It has never been easier to build a brand, release new music and build an audience. Social media engagement is huge in helping an artist grow their fan-base. If you can master the art of having great communication with your fans – I believe you will find success. It’s hard to say if there is such thing as “too much of a presence” but I believe if you have quality content and your personality shines through then I think you are doing the right thing.

TITL: Finally then, what does the rest of the year in store for you and where would you like to see yourself five years from now? What do you want to tick off your bucket list?

CB: For the rest of the year, my plan is to keep building my audience, touring in new markets and improving my craft. I think if I can keep improving on my live show, songwriting and in the studio as well as making new fans then I’ll be very happy. My main goal is to able to share my music with as many people as possible and if I can have a career in the next five years where I am still making a living playing music – then that’s a huge win in my books!

Check out Cole Bradley’s latest track “Happy Hour” below and for more information on him and his music, visit his website, give his page a like on Facebook or follow him on Twitter.

JANGO FLASH CHATS “PERSEID 45”, SOCIAL MEDIA & ULTIMATE AMBITIONS 79

With his “kamikaze pop” sound already having caught the attention of BBC Introducing and BBC 6 Music, Jack Angus Golightly, AKA Jango Flash, is slowly but surely making a name for himself, and his latest single “Perseid 45” is sure to have more music fans and critics alike talking. ThisIsTheLatest caught up with Jango to talk song-writing inspiration and his big plans for the future.

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Jango Flash: Hi my names Jack, AKA “Tasty Daniels”, AKA “Ooo what’s in dem briefs”, AKA “Jango Flash”.

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JF: It was two nicknames which I ended up gluing together. All of my close friends call me “Jango” because it kinda acts as an Abbreviation of (J)ack (An)gus (Go)lightly, and when I worked in a kitchen, I used to get called “Flash” because of how fast I could chop onions. I feel like every artist at some stage has made a list of “cool” sounding words to put together, like I did. But I ended up hating the process of deciding on something that felt concrete, because it was always so over analysed and contrived. I guess that’s why some people have went back to using online generators for sourcing a name without much thought, or just adding 5 more letters in or around a word. If you’re looking for a good name, it’s usually right on your doorstep.

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JF: That’s a tricky one, I never really think about USP’s in music but I guess it would have to be my hands, apparently I’ve got lucky thumbs.

TITL: Which three artists or bands would you say you’ve been and are most influenced/inspired by? What impact do they have on the music you make?

JF: Damn, that’s tough. Subconsciously I guess I’m inspired by early 2000’s music like t.A.T.u. because they came about at a really weird time in my life. I remember seeing the music video for “All The Things She Said” on Kerrang! and just feeling so many different emotions. They have this wonderful ability of being able to take darker, guitar driven music and then re-purpose it in a huge girl band style, it’s bad ass! I think there’s something to be said about their influences and how they decided to express that in their music. Death Grips are another group I love. From the get go, they’ve had an entire fan-base in the palm of their hands because they are masters at toying with peoples expectations. They’ve got a powerful presence on and off stage, and I can admire that they still do everything them selves, they are essentially modern day punks. Them Things is the band I play drums in, and I’m influenced by everything that we do together. Everyone in Them Things is full of fire and we’re all pretty free thinkers. We’ve fought badly with each other in the past and equally seen each other through a lot as friends, so I find it hard to imagine not being with those guys.

TITL: Is there a story behind your latest single “Perseid 45” and is there an EP or album in the works?

JF: I’ll have a fully illustrated, four track E.P finished by the end of July time. I have a second single ready to release in June called “Deeper Thrill”, and two music videos in the works. The story behind “Perseid 45” came from a time when me and my partner took some duvets and deck chairs out into a field in Edinburgh and watched the Perseid meteor shower. I found it so strange to see that many in one night, it was pure magic. We had gone through a really rough time together when I wrote this song and I guess that was the first thing I thought about. It’s a blown out projection of extra terrestrial pondering, experiences shared and dark feelings of existentialism brought on by losing someone who you may have took for granted.

TITL: When it comes to song-writing, where or how would you say you most find your inspiration?

JF: Inspiration usually strikes me at the worst times, it sucks. I’ll be on public transport with a melody rattling around my head and I’ll have to pull out my phone to record it, but somehow play down looking like a fruit loop by casually whistling to myself. Sometimes it’s circumstantial, like I woke up one morning and my partner was humming something, so I was like “what is that” and she went “oh, it’s chamber of reflection by Mac Demarco” and I say “nah it’s not, it sounds nothing like that”. I loved it so much that I ran downstairs to record it and it ended up being the guitar hook in “Perseid 45.” In terms of writing lyrics, I write a hell of a lot… like every day. When my first MacBook broke I lost around 600 notes full of stories, lyrics, poems and ideas. I just keep writing down my thoughts until I’ve struck something that makes me feel good, or accurately conveys a particular emotion. Other times I’ll highlight a phrase that sticks out to me in a sentence. Maybe the person talking is a character I can live through for a while, and they can be the ones writing. I try and pay attention to oddities that throw me off kilter.

TITL: Which song, by another band or artist, do you wish you could have written, and why?

I’m sure I thought about this again last month, and it would probably be Carol King ‘s “Too Late.” Every time it comes on I just well up, because in it’s essence it’s so full of warmth and forgiveness, whilst ultimately saying “well I guess this is us then, bye”. It’s totally heart breaking in the best of ways, and it’s got to be one of my favourite songs in the world.

TITL: Are there any tour or performance plans you can tell me about? 

JF: I don’t actually have a band together yet, it’s all just me at the minute. I have a few close friends on standby who are whole-heartedly ready to play with me should I be called for duty. Hopefully this year I can play my first show, but for now I want to create a body of work I can be proud of.

TITL: Which venue in the world would you most like to play and which four bands or artists, living or dead, would you like to share the bill with? 

JF: Jesus. I’m not really au fait with venues, I’ve never been a big dreamer on where it is I’d like to play, I’m always just happy playing live in general. I’ve always been more into dive bars though, they seem to have more character than academies etc which usually feel like glorified sports halls with overpriced drinks. If I were to choose though, it would have been CBGB’s when that was still around. I watched a documentary all about that place, it’s a great shame that somewhere with such colourful history got shut down. As for the acts – The Doors, Trash Talk, Timber Timbre and Babylon Zoo. I’m ready to hire in for parties.

TITL: As someone who’s already caught the attention of BBC Introducing and BBC 6 Music, do you pay much attention to what the media says/writes about you, or are you more concerned with what your fans think? 

JF: I haven’t really had much written press until now with blogs starting to show interest in my work, plus my fans are still very much local at the moment. The thing I care about the most is how all of it is represented, I feel strongly about my work and it’s the only thing I really care about right now besides Them Things, my partner, my friends and my family. If those people are enjoying my music right now, I’m happy.

TITL: As a modern day artist in a technology obsessed world, how do you feel about the power the likes of Twitter and other sites can and do have in terms of helping an artist grow their fan-base and keep themselves current? Have you found using social media to be a help or a hindrance when it comes to your career?

JF: I think on the DL I don’t like the fact that artists almost have to use social media if they want to be counted. At the same time though I don’t see it doing any harm because it’s helping people to connect with one another in creative ways. Not to sound all TED X about it, but I think we’re going to see a lot of expansion on the platforms we’re using, and that will bring in new and exciting ways to promote content, so that excites me. As much as I’d sometimes love to scrap social media, I’m still guilty of sitting up and scrolling through spicy ass memes. If you want to make money in today’s world, here’s a tip… create top quality original memes, watermark them and build an empire, THEN become a musician.

TITL: Finally then, what’s your ultimate goal? What would you like people to remember you for in terms of your music and what would you like your legacy to be? 

JF: I have far too many crazy goals, but I’m trying to take this project one step at a time. I’d love to have my own podcast, direct videos, produce music for film and TV and write my own screenplays. Right now though the wheels are in motion, I’m happy making my own music and seeing where it takes me, I just need to keep pushing myself out of my comfort zone.

Check out “Perseid 45” below and for more information on Jango Flash, give his page a like on Facebook or follow him on Twitter. You can also see Jango Flash live on June 8th in Newcastle, as support for Ty Segal & The Freedom Band.