FLAWES CHAT “BLANK DICE”, HIGHLIGHTS OF 2017 & CHRISTMAS PLANS 34

Having already performed at the likes of Radio 1’s Big Weekend and The Great Escape Festival, alt-pop trio Flawes already have an impressive number of fans and followers behind them. Now working on their debut album and with plans afoot for them to hit the road again in the near future, 2018 is looking bright for these young men. TITL caught up with them to talk latest track “Blank Dice”, dream venues and their plans for the festive period.

TITL: What would you say each of you bring to the group? What is it about your characters and personalities that makes you work so well with one another?

Freddie (guitar): I think we all share a certain level of motivation that is really important in the music industry. The fact that we get along on a personal level also helps and makes touring way more enjoyable. We’ve each spent years working on our abilities as musicians and songwriters which is hopefully evident in the music we make!

Josh C (vocals & keys): We all have such a varied tastes in music too so we all each bring something different to the table.

TITL: Which bands and artists would you say most influence Flawes’ sound? Is there any band or artist you might say you sound similar to or do you make a determined effort to purely be yourselves?

F: If we had to compare it to another band I think we have certain elements that are similar to bands like One Republic and Bastille but we always try to add something that you wouldn’t hear in other band’s music.

TITL: Is there a story behind your track “Blank Dice”? 

JC: The song is based on the idea/concept of luck. The idea that you ‘make your own luck’ and ‘the harder you work the luckier you get’. A blank dice = a dice – the worldwide symbol of luck – stripped of all the numbers. When you roll it nothing will happen, because you make your own luck.

TITL: Picking one each, I’d like you to tell me which songs you think are the greatest ever written. What is it about those songs that makes them so special?

JC: The Beatles – “Hey Jude.” I was super fortunate to win tickets to watch Live 8 at Hyde Park in 2005. I took the day off school and got the megabus to London. Paul McCartney played it right at the end of the day and invited all the acts back on stage to sing along with the 200,000 strong crowd. It was a moment I will never forget.

F: Queen – “Bohemian Rhapsody.” An extremely hard question to answer! I remember being totally mesmerised by this song the first time I heard it. I’m still blown away by the creativity Queen had and their ability to take the listener on a journey.

Josh H: Bob Dylan – “Hurricane.” My dad used to play me this song all the time in his car when I was growing up. It’s an incredibly well written song that tells a dramatic, true story.

TITL: You’ve played some pretty impressive shows and to some huge crowds in the past year or so, having performed at The Great Escape Festival and on the Introducing Stage at Radio 1’s 1 Big Weekend. Do you have any favourite performances or highlights from your time on the road?

Flawes: Playing at Radio 1’s Big Weekend has to be the biggest highlight; that is something we will never forget. Also having the opportunity to go out to Los Angeles and record our album was a very ‘pinch yourself’ moment.

TITL: Will fans get to see you on stage again at some point in 2018?

JC: Most definitely, we’re hoping to spread our wings a little wider too and hit more of Europe and further afield.

TITL: If you could play any venue anywhere in the world, which would it be and why? 

F: The Greek Theatre in Los Angeles. Purely because of its location and the fact that so many iconic bands have played there.

JC: For me it would have to be The John Smith Stadium in Huddersfield. I’ve always had ‘Red Rocks’ in Colorado up there on the dream gig list too.

JH: There are so many, but if I had to pick my all-time dream venue I think it’d be playing at Madison Square Garden in New York. That would be incredible.

TITL: You’ve currently working on an album. Without giving too much away, what can you tell me about it and do you have a hopeful release date yet?

Flawes: The recording of the album has been a really special process. The songs reflect the journey we’ve been on musically as a band. We have songs that acknowledge our slightly more ambient down tempo beginnings and others that explore our current upbeat sound. The release date is still to be confirmed.

TITL: After such a successful and busy year, what are your plans for Christmas and New Year?

Flawes: We’re all heading home for some much needed R&R. Ready to hit 2018 full throttle.

TITL: Finally then, finish this sentence for me: 2018 will be Flawes’ year because…. 

Flawes: Our debut album will be released worldwide!

Check out “Blank Dice” below and for more information on Flawes, visit their website, give their page a like on Facebook or follow them on Twitter.

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RAG N BONE MAN CONFIRMED FOR 2018 BRIT AWARDS 13

We are so pleased to announce the 2017 winner of the BRITs Critics’ Choice and British Breakthrough awards Rag’n’Bone Man will be performing live at this year’s award ceremony on 21 February. He will join an already exceptional line-up which so far includes Dua Lipa, Ed Sheeran, Foo Fighters, Sam Smith and Stormzy.

In the last year, Rag’n’Bone Man has broken the record for fastest-selling UK male debut of the decade with his 3x Platinum No. 1 album  ‘Human’ which has sold 2.5 million copies worldwide.

Rag’n’Bone Man said: “Jheez! 2017 has flown by super quick. Its pretty mental to think that I bagged two awards at The BRITs last year and now I’m heading back to perform. I’m looking forward to being a part of the celebration with everyone. It’s going to be a good one for sure!”

BRITs Chairman & CEO and Chairman of Sony Music UK & Ireland Jason Iley said: “Rory epitomises how dreams can come true. He has had the most amazing 12 months and I’m so delighted to see him back where it all started.”

The 38th BRIT Awards will be hosted by Jack Whitehall at The O2, London and broadcast live on ITV. We can’t wait for Rag’n’Bone Man to bring his talent to the stage.

The nominations for the 2018 BRIT Awards will be revealed at ‘The BRITs Are Coming’ on Saturday 13 January. The show broadcast live on ITV will be hosted by Emma Willis and includes live performances from Clean Bandit, J Hus, Jorja Smith, Liam Payne and Paloma Faith.

FOO FIGHTERS CONFIRMED FOR BRIT AWARDS 2018 25

We are so delighted to announce that four-time BRIT winners and one of the world’s most successful bands Foo Fighters will perform on The BRITs stage for the first time on 21 February.

The international superstars will deliver one of their legendary live performances alongside performances from Ed Sheeran, Sam Smith, Stormzy and Dua Lipa.

Foo Fighters have sold more than 25 million records and sold out countless world tours. The band’s acclaimed ninth studio album ‘Concrete and Gold’ was their fourth to hit No.1 in the UK charts on release in September, topping the charts in more than a dozen countries.

BRITs Chairman & CEO and Chairman of Sony Music UK & Ireland Jason Iley said: “Anyone who was lucky enough to witness one of their shows on the recent sold out UK tour, or their set at Glastonbury – which was undoubtedly one of the best performances the festival has ever seen and a night that will be talked about forever – will know why Foo Fighters are the biggest and most exciting rock band in the world. Quite remarkably they have never performed at The BRITs, so I am over the moon to confirm a massive BRITs exclusive to have them grace our stage.”

With four BRIT Awards under their belt winning International Album in 2008 and International Group in 2008, 2012 and 2015 we can’t wait for Dave Grohl, Taylor Hawkins, Nate Mendel, Chris Shiflett, Pat Smear and Rami Jaffee to bring the incredible Foo Fighters energy to The BRITs stage.

The nominations for the 2018 BRIT Awards will be revealed at ‘The BRITs Are Coming’ on Saturday 13 January. The show broadcast live on ITV will be hosted by Emma Willis and include live performances from Clean Bandit, J Hus, Jorja Smith, Liam Payne and Paloma Faith.