SOPHIE ANN CHATS NEW SINGLE “FLAWLESS” AND HER PLANS FOR 2019 0 236

Having just released her self-love anthem “Flawless”, Sophie Ann is set to see out the year on quite a high. Inspired by the likes of Prince and Elliott Smith among others, she writes mostly from and about her life experiences, ensuring she’s an artist that pretty much anyone who hears her songs can relate to. Currently working on an EP, Sophie Ann spoke to ThisIsTheLatest to chat social media, early career ambitions and her goal of wanting to make people feel good about themselves.

TITL: Who exactly is Sophie Ann?

Sophie Ann: Sophie Ann is unapologetically herself. She is a work in progress and will always be honest about that. That doesn’t mean she’s not ‘Flawless’!

TITL: What would you say your unique selling point as an artist is? What makes you different?

SA: I am not trying to fit into any genre. The music I make is 100% what I hear in my head. I am very clear about what I want my music to sound like and rarely compromise, to a fault sometimes! You’re getting an inside look into my crazy brain every time you listen to one of my songs.

TITL: At what age did you first realise you wanted to make music? Was there a particular song or artist you grew up listening to that made you think “I want to do that”?

SA: I began songwriting at a very early age. I think I was in elementary school. My parents suggested I put my feelings into a song and I haven’t stopped since. “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” was the first song that made me want to look up the lyrics. Growing up, I would analyze song lyrics for fun. I was extremely introverted and was always thinking about music and words. I knew I needed to continue writing.

TITL: Before music, did you ever have any other career ambitions?

SA: Not really. The only other thing I wanted to be was a veterinarian but that was short lived. Music was always the path! I went to college for acting – I grew up doing theater – and realized pretty much immediately that I needed to transfer.

TITL: Which bands and artists are you most inspired or influenced by, and how do those influences impact the music you make?

SA: I am consciously influenced by singer/songwriters – Elliott Smith, Regina Spektor, etc. – and unconsciously influenced by funk and disco; Prince, Michael Jackson, etc. I grew up constantly listening to both. I think the fusion of those two things, storytelling and a fun track, are what make me unique.

TITL: Which one band or artist might you say you sound most similar to? 

SA: Oh man. I don’t know! Janelle Monae? Portugal The Man? Julia Michaels? I’m bad at this.

TITL: Who or what is your biggest inspiration when it comes to music and song-writing?

SA: Life is my biggest inspiration. I pretty much only write from personal experience. You can always skew it to fit other situations, but writing from genuine emotion is the only way for me.

TITL: Who or what most inspired you to write your new single “Flawless”? 

SA: Going through a breakup and learning to be independent for the first time. Before being alone, I felt like I couldn’t do life without some sort of help. Once I got back on my feet and realized I had all the strength I needed, I felt fucking flawless.

TITL: Is there an EP or album in the works and if so, is there anything you can tell me about it?

SA: Heck yes! It’s going to be a look into what I’ve been going through the past year. The ups, the downs, everything. It’s pretty much my diary with a funky beat.

TITL: As a modern day artist, how are you finding social media’s impact on your career? Would you agree it’s a vital tool in today’s world?

SA: I am really bad at social media. I try to keep up and post regularly, but it’s not really a priority of mine. I do think it’s important in today’s world. Most people get their information from social media. I think making great music is the most important thing and that fans will follow you if they like what you are doing.

TITL: Do you have any performances coming up and with that in mind, which one venue, anywhere in the world, would you most like to play?

SA: I don’t have anything coming up in the near future. I’m mostly working on finishing this EP. I don’t have a specific venue in mind, but a dream of mine is to go on a world tour.

TITL: With the end of the year quickly approaching, what does 2019 have in store for you? What are your main objectives and, looking further ahead, what’s the long term goal for yourself as an artist?

SA: My main objective for 2019 is to work on myself and my music. The more I work on myself, the more opportunities will come my way. I truly believe that. I want to put out music videos that I am proud of and be a part of as much creativity as possible. My long term goal as an artist is to make people feel good about themselves and feel like they have a friend and confidant in me. I want to connect.

Give “Flawless” a listen below and to keep up to date with Sophie Ann, give her page a like on Facebook or follow her on Twitter and Instagram.

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THE BAND GOOCH TALK ‘MODERN HIGH’, FAVOURITE ARTISTS & ULTIMATE COMPLIMENTS 0 23

They say siblings share most things. For the majority, that means clothes and other day to day items, but for Jared and Jordan, aka The Band Gooch, the one key thing they share and bond over is their love of music. Inspired first and foremost by Green Day, the two brothers have just dropped their new album ‘Modern High’, and are currently working on putting together some tour dates. They spoke to ThisIsTheLatest and spilled the beans on the two venues they’d love to play, their views on social media and how they’d like to start a revolution with and through their music.

TITL: What sets The Band Gooch apart from all the other acts out there today?

TBG: I think there are a couple things that set us apart from other acts out there today. First, we are not making music simply to get rich and famous. That is not our goal and never has been. Our band to us is more than just a rock band, it’s a lifestyle, a culture. To us it’s a symbol of freedom and liberty, meant to inspire people to do and be more. To us it’s a community of people brought together by music, living their best lives, being completely free. The other thing that would set us apart would be our musical taste. There are a lot of acts out there who are into a little more electronic type music. We write music with the idea that, it needs to be able to truly be played live, and sound just as good if not better live. No BS. You don’t see that anymore. 

TITL: As siblings, do you find or have you found that your musical tastes are very similar or different and how have those tastes and influences filtered through into the music you make?

Jared: For the most part our music tastes are very similar. We are both very into classic rock, punk rock, a lot of 80s and 90s stuff. That’s the foundation of what we do. We differ in other things. For example I’m into Enya, I love Brad Paisley and things like that. Jordan is way into Lord Huron, Young The Giant and other acts like that. Having a foundation of similarity with different flares really makes creating music fun and interesting for us. We go the same direction, but keep it interesting. 

TITL: What would you each say the other brings to the band? 

Jared: We each bring personality I think. I bring passion I think, sometimes probably a little too much for the band! I can get a little OCD with things, but that’s okay. I do a lot of the melody work, a lot of guitar and bass, foundation work and lyrics. Jordan brings the flash and style. He is really good at spicing up bass lines, adding good guitar solos or spicing things up a bit. He also brings a lot of passion in his own way. He is more relaxed and easy going which is good to have, it keeps it loose and we all have fun. 

TITL: Family relationships are hard at the best of times, so how do the two of you deal with any personal or artistic differences that might cause tensions within the band? 

TBG: We are super close in age and we are extremely close but also have always had differences growing up. We prefer it this way. We can have a huge fight and disagree on everything, which has happened multiple times, but at the end of the day, we are still brothers so things get resolved easy. Anyone else is not so easy, people get pissed, bands break up and that’s that. 

TITL: Which three bands, collectively, would you say TBG is most influenced by? 

TBG: First and foremost Green Day. We love their music, and their live presence is second to none. Second would be Metallica, for the same reasons. Third would probably be a general collection of 80’s rock mixed with artists ranging from Enya to Metallica new or old. 

TITL: What can you tell me about your new album Modern High?

TBG: Modern High is a rock album about Modern Society. It talks about the good the bad and the ugly about life in the modern age. We have more luxuries than ever, yet people seem to be more stressed out and anxious than ever. People seem to care more than ever what other people think about them, they have distractions everywhere they look, expectations to manage, and life is just chaotic all the time. Modern High is an album of anthems preaching liberty. Fuck the modern age, what other people think, it doesn’t matter. What matters is doing what you love, being your best, and being happy. Too many people spend time living for someone else. Fuck that. It’s your life, live it your way. Start the business, make the album, marry that girl, do whatever you want. Just don’t spend your life trying to please everyone and stop measuring your life by likes and follows. Modern High is a classic punk album preaching liberty.  

TITL: Could you pick a favourite track from the collection? What is it about those songs that mean and matter so much to you?

Jared: Mine would probably be “Rebel Inside”. That is one of the more personal songs I wrote. It’s about my wife, and finding perfection in her imperfections. 

TITL: Are there any summer/fall tour plans lined up to promote the album? 

TBG: We are working on that now! We are going to be booking some shows around the west coast later this year and/or next.

TITL: Which venue anywhere in the world would you most like to play and who would you choose to support you?

TBG: Probably the Emirates Stadium or Old Trafford, both in England. We’d of course want to play with Green Day but I think they are a little too big to support us, so we’d support them! If we had to choose a supporting act, I don’t know; I think we’d find someone we like who puts on a good show and bring them along. 

TITL: You’ve already been praised by the likes of Ghost Cult Magazine and PunkNews.org, but what’s the biggest thing anyone has or could write/say about you? What is or would be the ultimate compliment? 

TBG: The best thing is when someone who has never been to a show before, or hears our music for the first time reaches out or comes up after a show and says; “I just found this song, it is AMAZING!” OR “You guys are way better than I expected – I had no idea you guys were this good. I thought you’d be okay but you guys are an actual band rock band!” Or: “You guys sound way better live than you do on your album!”Or: “You guys put on an actual rock show, that was amazing, I feel bad I haven’t come yet! I did not expect this at all!” These are all real quotes from people, and these are the best compliments. When someone listens to our music, or comes to a show and has a great time. 

TITL: To what extent has and does social media impact your ability to reach an audience? How much of your following might you say has come as a result of you posting/sharing your music on the likes of Twitter and Facebook? 

TBG: Twitter zero. I think we have one but we are never on it. We do most our marketing on Facebook and Instagram. The thing with social media is it’s an amazing tool for reaching people all over the world. We can share our brand and our story and connect with fans and that is really fun. We love talking to people that find and like our music. The problem is, everyone is always getting crap thrown in their face and it is distracting, so the market is super saturated. Also on a personal note, we hate social media because it is addicting and we think at this point it’s more of a problem and a distraction to society than a solution. So it sucks. I am not sure how much of a following comes from it, probably a pretty good amount. But we really don’t spend as much time on social media as we “should”. 

TITL: Looking further down the line, where to you want TBG to be five, ten years from now? When they write the history book of music, what would you like to see written about the two of you and the music you left/shared with the world?

The Band Gooch: Good question. At the end of the day, we aren’t doing this for money and fame. If we wanted that we’d do pretty much anything else, there is almost no money and no fame in this business. We do this because it is WHO we are. This is our life’s work, and whether or not it works out for us tomorrow, next year, five years or after we are dead it doesn’t matter. This is WHO we are and it is what we do. We are doing it because we want to show people you CAN do what you love, and you SHOULD do what you love. That there is more to life than money, likes and follows. The world needs a revolution, it needs to get back to its roots and that is why we exist. We just so happen to make awesome rock music, so what better way to start a revolution? 

For more information on The Band Gooch, visit their website or give their page a like on Facebook. Their album Modern High is available now.

CEO FIELDS UNVEILS HIS BRAND NEW SINGLE “YOURS” 0 33

It’s amazing what an idea can do. After dropping out of college and moving to LA, following managing a big pet boutique for a while, CEO Fields had the idea to launch his own fitness company for dogs. With business going well, Fields went on to invest his profits wisely and made his first million in two years.

This rags to riches story was personified and showcased for all to see and hear on Fields’ debut single “25/8” , which highlighted just how far perseverance and dedication to what you do can get you and now, with his business established, his position in the music world set on a solid foundation and his following on the rise, he’s sharing his latest work in the form of new single “Yours”, which ThisIsTheLatest are delighted to premiere.

Asked about the new release, Fields says:

“Yours is my version of a love song for the Boss Woman out there that has my heart and all of my attention. After ’25/8′ I wanted to speak to the women so that they know I have something for them too. It’s a fun song, both empowering and raunchy.”

Give “Yours” a listen below and for more information on CEO Fields, give his page a like on Facebook or follow him on Twitter and Instagram.