CULTURE CLUB’S MIKEY CHATS RACECOURSE SHOWS, NEW MUSIC & SOCIAL MEDIA 185

exelon price history After dominating the music scene in the 1980’s on both sides of the Atlantic thanks to hits including “Do You Really Want To Hurt Me” and “Karma Chameleon”, Culture Club have remained a semi-staple of the industry ever since. With a new album due out next year and as the band prepare for four racecourse shows later this month – 3 in the UK, 1 in Ireland – bassist Mikey Craig called up ThisIsTheLatest to talk career longevity, social media and future plans.

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can you buy trazodone over the counter Mikey Craig: I am, thank you. I’m in the back of a taxi at the moment so if the call cuts out, or the sound goes a bit strange, that’s why.

TITL: You’ve been a part of the industry for more than 30 years now and have outlasted several of your artistic counterparts from that time. What would you has been the secret to your longevity?

M: To be fair, we’ve been apart for most of that time, so coming back like we have has really helped make things still feel really fresh if you know what I mean? I think the big thing for us has always been our songs. Whenever we get back together, even after being apart for such long periods like we have, the songs still sound very fresh and still feel good. I think the reason for that, particularly with tracks like “Do You Really Want To Hurt Me” – they’re not typical, 80’s sounding, big synth sounding songs. They’re kind of unique songs – simply done and they have a uniqueness about them.

“Do You Really Want To Hurt Me” for example, back in the 80’s there were 24 track studios, and we only used 12 tracks. We put the song down really simply, really heartfelt – and that kind of carried on with us. We kept things kind of simple and now when we go back to those songs, they don’t feel dated.

TITL: Are you at all surprised by your on-going success and popularity?

M: We were so popular back in the 80’s. The thing was also, America made up so much of the music world back then and we conquered it completely. We went over there and obliterated the place. We were in the R’n’B charts, we were in the country charts – the segregated everything and had charts for everything back then – but we kind of broke down the barriers. We took the place by storm. I think that has a lot to do with why, now, we’re able to go out on the road and still find good, big sized audiences still enjoying the music. We were such a phenomenon.

Love it or hate it, America is one of the best places in terms of touring and performing – for me it’s the best place to be playing in. We were there last year for quite some time – we were out on the road on and off for six months whereas in the 80’s, I think that the longest run we did was about three weeks. At one point last year we were out for three months and it was great. We took our time, we went all around and did things that we wouldn’t ordinarily do like visited art galleries in every city, went for walks and visited places of interest. We did all those grown up kind of things that you don’t necessarily do when you’re younger.

TITL: Looking at the music industry now, given that you were such a phenomenon back in the 80’s, whose popularity would you say you were on par with?

M: Take That, or…what’s that boy-band called?

TITL: One Direction?

M: Yes, One Direction. It’s funny actually, we saw them one day when we were in New York last year and had a day off from touring. We were walking by Central Park, about 10-11 o’clock having just come out of a restaurant, and there were all these girls at the entrance to the park. So we asked what was happening and they said there was a One Direction video being shot in the park and that they were going to go in and be a part of it. It kinda reminded us of when we were doing our thing back in the 80’s; how kids would be up all night waiting for us outside the studio, outside concert venues and whatever. We asked whether the boys were going to be playing live and they said that it would depend as they sometimes forgot the words and had to be reminded of them (laughs).

I can imagine the situation One Direction are in; being here, there and everywhere so much so that sometimes you don’t know where you are. I guess we were certainly on a par with them. I mean, the media is so much bigger now that had we had as much as there is now back when we were around, then we would probably have made hundreds of millions of pounds, but I’m quite happy as I am.

TITL: To what extent do you think the media has impacted, both negatively and positively, the music industry, particularly given, as you’ve mentioned, there wasn’t as much of it around back in the 80’s and there was no social media or this 24/7 craving for news, interaction etc.?

M: Media, particularly online, is a double-edged sword. There are a lot of artists from our generation, who started out in the 80’s as we did, who miss out on royalties for songs because people share files and download things illegally. At the same time, older artists are now being looked at and heard about by younger generations. I don’t particularly like social media and I don’t have an Instagram or Twitter account – I keep well away from it whereas George has got all of the above and millions of fans and followers – but I can imagine that it must have its benefits. I tend to be a bit more private, but I can see where it can benefit people and cause problems as well.

TITL: You’re playing Epsom Downs, Haydock and Newmarket racecourses here in the UK later this month. How did those shows come about and have you ever played at a racecourse before?

M: We have never set foot on a racecourse before – actually, no – I’ve been to one once, though not to perform. It’s going to be a whole new thing for us. I guess agents and concert promoters are looking at new ways of putting on shows – in countries like Australia, people play at wineries – so I guess here the equivalent is racecourses. It’ll be interesting to see how it goes. We’ll probably spend the day looking at some of the races and then in the evening, if everybody’s not too burnt out, we’ll get up on stage and give them a good time.

TITL: I saw Olly Murs at York Racecourse a few weeks back and that was an experience. A good one, mind!

M: I heard that he played to something like 30,000? Is that true?

TITL: A sold-out capacity crowd of 38,500…

M: Wowee!

TITL: For those who have never seen you live before, what can they expect from a Culture Club show?

M: Well they can expect, as George puts it, something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue. Of course there’ll be ardent Culture Club fans who’ll want to hear the hits so of course we’ll play them, but we’ve had a new album sitting around for quite some time  – I don’t think time permits me to go into why it’s been sitting around for this amount of time – so I think a couple of tracks from that will be played as well. Then there’ll probably be a couple of tracks we’ve borrowed from other people. I think people’ll enjoy it – you’ll enjoy it if you come. I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised. It’s very big band, by the way – it’s almost like an orchestra on stage; we’ve got loads of extras though I think they may be cut down for these shows. I think you’ll like it.

TITL: I’m currently working on how to get down there and back…

M: Work on it, work on it! (laughs)

TITL: Which of your songs do you most like playing live?

M: It’s great to play tracks like “Do You Really Want To Hurt Me” and “Karma Chameleon” because you know, you could actually just stop playing, hold the mic out to the audience and they’ll sing it for you. It’s wonderful doing that – it gives you a really good feeling. But I also like tracks like “Miss Me Blind” which is more of an up-tempo, R’n’B’ish kind of song that I was very involved with. Jermaine Stewart – if you remember “We Don’t Have To Take Our Clothes Off” – I collared him and got him on backing vocals. I enjoy playing “Miss Me Blind” – it’s one of my favourites. I also like “Church Of The Poison Mind” – we tend to open the set with that. It’s a great set to be honest with you and I think everyone you come into contact with, talk about it with and who go with you, if you can find your way there!

TITL: I know you’re heading to Australia towards the end of the year but do you have any other tour shows or performances coming up?

M: As I said, last year we were out on the road for, in total, for around six months on and off. We went everywhere. We went twice to Australia, then to Malaysia, Japan, Canada, the United States…we stopped off in Hawaii for a little while – we did a show in Switzerland – we did a hell of a lot of stuff last year. We’ve kinda slowed things down a little bit this year. We’re doing four racecourses this month and then towards the end of the year, we’re going to do some more shows again in Australia because George has been out there doing The Voice so apparently that’s led us back out there and there’s a demand for some shows.

But before we get out there, we’re going to do North America – Atlantic City and a few other places. We’re going to go to South America – somewhere we’ve never been – and do three or four shows there; one in Brazil, one in Argentina, one in Chile and maybe one other. I’m sure they know of us around there, but those shows will kind of introduce us properly, get them warmed up for us possibly coming back next year. On the way back from Australia we’ll probably stop here and there – Singapore; we haven’t been there for quite some time, and Hong Kong – and then that’ll be it. That’ll be a wrap for the year and we can start working on next year when the album will come out and another three month or so tour will be planned around that I imagine.

TITL: A busy few months then!

M: Well it’s been a quiet year for us compared to last year, but yeah – busy, busy, busy!

TITL: Just one last question then. In an industry that’s constantly changing and already chock full of bands and artists, what advice would you give to those trying to forge their own path and career within it?

M: Study law (laughs). My son has a band – he teaches, but he’s got a band as well and they’ve been trying to launch. It’s pretty tough situation now. A lot of people say to me ‘Why don’t you help him?’ but I’m not going to open doors for him – he’s got to be able to do it for himself. It’s tough for a new band now out there. I’d say be true to what you’re doing, to yourself or yourselves, and if it doesn’t happen immediately, just keep working at it – keep going. Be true to what you believe in – it’s as simple as that really. That’s what we did. It depends on the thinking of the person or of the band I guess. If you don’t mind being poor for ages and ages, then you can play music – you can play indulgent music, but if you want to make some money then you gotta have something that’s going to bring in a wide audience.

TITL: Thanks so much for talking with me today. I am seriously going to try and make your show at Haydock…

M: You must, you must – come and say hi!

TITL: That would be awesome, but if I don’t make it, I hope you have a great time your racecourse shows and again, thanks for talking with me.

M: My pleasure Rebecca, thank you.

For more information on Culture Club or to purchase tickets for the upcoming racecourse shows, visit their website.

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TOMO MILICEVIC DEPARTS THIRTY SECONDS TO MARS 49

In an announcement that many fans had suspected was coming for some time, Tomo Milicevic, the guitarist for US rock band Thirty Seconds To Mars since 2003, took to Twitter last night to announce he had left the group. The 38-year-old posted a heartfelt message that began:

“There’s really not an easy way to say it so I thought, just say it. I am no longer with Thirty Seconds To Mars.”

His post went on to single out his now former band-mates and he expressed his gratitude to them, adding:

“…thank you to Jared and Shannon for allowing me the privilege to be a small part of their dream…I’ll cherish the moments we had together.”

The message also addressed the fans, asking that they:

“…please don’t be sad or angry over this…” and calling for them to:

“Remember something very important, this band brought us ALL together…me included.”

You can read Milicevic’s full post below.

Milicevic hadn’t played with the band since leaving their current tour in March, with the official Thirty Seconds To Mars Twitter account posting the following on the 16th of the month:

Moments after Milicevic made his announcement, fans of the band, collectively known as the Echelon, flooded the social media site with messages of support for the guitarist, many of the tweets ending with the hashtag #ThankYouTomo. You can read just a few of them below.

Remaining and founding members of the band Jared and Shannon Leto have yet to comment on Tomo’s departure from the band and are part way through the US leg of their Monolith Tour, in support of latest album America.

 

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.

see url 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.

http://battunga.com.au/?giopere=trading-binario-conto-demo-gratis&9a1=09 TITL: When did you first realise you wanted to make music a career?

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.

enter site 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!

مستشار استراتيجية الخيارات الثنائية 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.

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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.

http://bolataruhan.org/?fiopry=rencontre-site-de-rencontre&531=2d TITL: Tell me a little about your new single “Happy Hour.” Where did the idea for the track come from?

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!

http://sumarplant.ro/franciye/2259 TITL: Are there any tour dates/performances coming up?

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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http://www.mylifept.com/?refriwerator=bin%C3%A4re-optionen-beste-laufzeit&a78=f6 TITL: You’ve already opened shows for a number of country stars including Thomas Rhett, but if you could share a stage with three other bands or artists, living or dead, who would you pick and where would you play?

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://www.hotelosmolinos.com/?epirew=mujeres-en-miami-solteras&a73=13 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.

trading binario grafici 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.