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Behind The Song: "The Paper Man's Blues" by Philip Whitehead



Hey guys!

It's pretty interesting how some features work out so well, whilst others don't.

When it comes to "inventing" them, you never really know which idea is here to stay.
Sometimes features you actually love, just don't work out and you have to get rid of them.

But other times, your favourites actually become everyone's favourites and once that happens, magic is about to happen.

One of those rather successful features is our dear "Behind The Song" segment, which returns today, so let's check it out.


- Behind The Song -
"The Paper Man's Blues" by Philip Whitehead



Philip Whitehead is a singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist from London, UK.

His sound combines Folk, Blues and hints of Rock, leaving the listener with a lively mix of elements.

Philip has been making music all his life, but started releasing his own material in 2017.
We got him to tell us more about his third single, "The Paper Man's Blues".


Check out Philip's words below to learn more about the inspiration and writing process of "The Paper Man's Blues":

"This song came to me while I was reflecting on the best song Bob Dylan ever wrote - "Girl From The North Country", of course - and it occurred to me that, even though I consider this song to perhaps be one of the greatest ever written, I really don't relate to what it's talking about.
I'm lucky enough to have been with my wonderful girlfriend since we were both at school, and I have no idea what it's like to have to say goodbye to someone you love as much as the man in "Girl From The North Country" loves his muse.
I can imagine, however, that it's beyond devastating.
In fact, the more I fixated on this song, and this experience that I've never had to go through, the more devastated and distraught I became. So much so, that all I could do to make sense of the feelings, was pick up a notebook and my favourite guitar and let it all come out feet first.

I was so lost that the writing process took less than an hour, and the song I ended up with was totally different to the songs I had written before. Most of my songs are (hopefully) abstract comments about people and human relationships, but suddenly this one had characters; it had its own world and its own narrative.
I felt like I could have written a book about the lovers in this song, and I still do.
I also think that's part of the joy I get from playing it live, because I get to expose this very intricate mosaic of these two characters' lives together, but then I cut off before three minutes have passed and before anybody knows where the story ends. A lot of that joy might also be the childish satisfaction of holding all the cards, though.

Either way, this song is as simple as it comes.
Every note you hear on the recording was played by me in my living room on the same afternoon, and the lead vocal take you hear is the first one I ever recorded and one of the first times I ever sang the song all the way through. It wasn't sung into an expensive mic, and I wasn't plugged into some precious vintage guitar amp.
This song was just too urgent and too visceral to risk letting it wait another day to get it tracked. My girlfriend came home from work one evening and I was pretty much like, "Ta-dah! This is my new single."

And that was it.
I mixed it a few days later and sent it off to be mastered by the infallible Robin Schmidt at 24-96 Mastering, who did a stunning job of polishing it.
The response so far has been great, but I feel so exposed by the simplicity of this, that I'm definitely just trying to keep my head in the sand for as long as possible now it's finally released.

Whatever anyone thinks, I hope you enjoy it and stay tuned until the next one!"


Listen to "The Paper Man's Blues" here:




Philip Whitehead online: Website | Facebook | Soundcloud | Instagram




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Credits // Words Intro: Vanessa Jertschewske | Image & Words "Behind The Song": Philip Whitehead

Album Review: "To Leave / To Be Left" by Robbie Cavanagh



Hey guys! 

There are many perks when you run a music blog.
And there's no point in denying that.

I remember getting my first pre-release sent over (it was Tom Odell's debut album) - and freaking out about listening to an album that wasn't released yet.

Years later, I'm way more routined when it comes to this - and I'm also slightly more professional. (I think.)

But I still get excited about secrets. Especially when I enjoy the "secret music".

Recently I got a sweet pre-listen of Robbie Cavanagh's album and today I get to share my review with you.

Artist: Robbie Cavanagh
Title: To Leave / To Be Left
Genre: Folk, Americana
Label: At The Helm Records
Release Date: 13th October 2017

Robbie Cavanagh is a singer/songwriter from Manchester, UK.
His music can be genrefied as Americana as most of his songs are guitar and vocal based - yet there's more to him than that.

His album "The State Of Maine" consists of handcrafted, storytelling and relatable songs presented as interesting and lively tracks.

The musician keeps releasing fantastic songs as well as touching music videos and is gigging his way through the UK.
On February 24th Robbie released his new single "Godsend", which he previously performed for Mahogany Sessions, as the first single off of his brand new record "To Leave / To Be Left".

So let's check it out!

Tracklist:
1) Get Out Alive
2) Godsend
3) Love Comes Quickly
4) Still Talkin'
5) Reverence
6) Scars
7) Let You Down
8) Fool
9) Roles Reversed
10) Sleep Now
11) He's Alone

Opener "Get Out Alive" welcomes you with huge, anthem-like elements and lets you know that you're about to indulge a magical record.
Whilst the verses keep it rather simple, Robbie showcases his voice, as well as composing skills in the chorus.
The big choruses and soft verses created such brilliant contrast, yet they still hold hands in unity.

"Love Comes Quickly" sounds familiar, yet unique. 
It feels like a warm hug from a stranger.
Maybe that was a bad metaphor, but the song is such a fascinating track, because of how calming and comforting it sounds. The percussions are a steady element, but don't steal the limelight from Robbie's warm and expressive vocals.

"Scars" wins you over with stunning harmonies, gorgeous instrumentations and vivid lyrics. The guitars in the song underline the intensity with such grace and determination, leaving you gasping for air.

"Fool" seems like a bluesy, souly and bold statement - it has a very natural, yet very intense build-up which immediately grabs your attention and doesn't let go of you. Whether you can relate to the heartfelt lyrics or not, you'll end up feeling emotional due to the intimate deliverance of the vocals. 

To sum it up: "To Leave / To Be Left" is one of those albums that will accompany you throughout the years. It's not just "a phase", it's a friend. You get acquainted with songs within very little time and you'll find a soundtrack for life.
It's timeless, it's stunning and it should be in your record collection
.


You should listen to these tracks: Scars, Let You Down, Fool





- get a physical copy of the record here -



Robbie Cavanagh online: Website | Twitter | Facebook | Soundcloud | YouTube | Instagram





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Credits // Words: Vanessa Jertschewske | Image: Robbie Cavanagh

Gig Photos: James Blunt at Schleyer-Halle, Stuttgart




Hey guys!

I love how there are multiple kinds of shows.

There are those shows for which you buy tickets months in advance and can't wait for.
(Hello, Paramore!)

There are those shows you decide to attend last minute.

And then there are those shows which are totally going to surprise you.

Myself being at a James Blunt gig, was one of those surprising events - in the best way possible.

So please let me tell you more about this evening.

Before you dive into the post, I'd like to explain why the photos aren't the usual house in the sand quality.
We got to photograph the show from the stairs further away from the stage, not the actual photo pit. I didn't know that prior to the show and was not prepared for that scenario - which means I had the wrong lenses with me.

I hope can enjoy this post nonetheless.

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Date: 12th October 2017
Venue: Hanns-Martin Schleyer-Halle, Stuttgart

Support Act: Jamie Lawson


  Jamie Lawson is a singer/songwriter, originally from Plymouth, now based in London, UK.

To tell you his entire story, I'd need to write a couple of pages.
To avoid that, I'll try to give you the "quick JL guide", but please make sure to check out Jamie's full bio.

The musician from the United Kingdom has been writing and releasing music for years, he's been gigging loads and has built himself a loyal fanbase.

Between our first interview in November 2014 and this one, taped in November 2015,
 Jamie got signed to Ed Sheeran's label (Gingerbread Man Records), supported acts such as One Direction on tour, appeared on countless radio and TV shows, released his selftitled record and has won an Ivor Novello award.

On September 29th, Jamie released his latest album, "Happy Accidents" - a colourful record which takes you on a lively journey through sounds.


Check out Jamie's latest single, "Can't See Straight" here:




Jamie Lawson online: Website | Twitter | Facebook | YouTube | Instagram







It was my third time seeing Jamie Lawson live and it was just as marvelous as ever.

Jamie has such great stage presence, making you feel right at home in the audience.
There's something about his set, that makes it feel like you've known everyone in the room, including him, for years and are here for a friendly gathering.
It's only after the set that you realise you are actually in a huge venue filled with strangers.

Even though I was crying on the inside, due to not having the right photo gear with me - I couldn't help but sit back down and enjoy the beauty of Jamie's set.

He worked the crowd so well, made them clap and sing - and smile.
Yes, I loved the amount of happy smiles you could spot throughout the mixed audience.


From the calm "Cold In Ohio", to his latest single "Can't See Straight", Jamie present a great variety of moods to enjoy and was the perfect start to the evening.

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Headliner: James Blunt


Now, how should be introducing you to James Blunt?
By copying his Wikipedia page?

Or by trying to sum up everything he's done within 15 years of being in this industry?

Well, we think it's best for you to check out his indepth interview-like bio, over on his website.
It's a brilliant piece that gives you a great idea of what the artist is like.


Check out his moving and relevant video for "Someone Singing Along" here:




James Blunt online: Website | Twitter | Facebook | YouTube | Instagram







So, here's the thing - before seeing James Blunt live, I didn't know much about him.

Of course, I knew "You're Beautiful", "1973" and his Twitter account. 
But that's just common Pop culture knowledge, right?

After the show, I knew about his skills to actually play multiple instruments, his gratitude towards his fans, the deeper meanings of his songs and that he's actual as funny as his tweets.

From the moment he went on stage, right until he left after the third encore - the crowd was with him and focused on his every word.

It was super refreshing to see an artist connect with his audience with such gratitude.
James interacted with the crowd from the first song on - and the crowd happily fulfilled his requests to clap and sing along.

The mixture of upbeat tracks such, powerful statements and piano based ballads all created a perfect combination for pleasant evening.

What impressed me more than anything, was his song "Someone Singing Along" and the backdrop during the song. He showed clips of his relevant music video for the track and it seemed to have an effect on the crowd.
It was beautiful to see an artist use his platform to address issues that involve all of us, especially in times as the one we are in right now.

Apart from the serious songs, James Blunt showcased his wit, his energetic performances and his fantastic light show.

With remarks such as stating how he was "Ed Sheeran's bitch for three months" whilst being on tour with him, or how he replied with "Thank you, Papi" when a random man in the audience shouted "You're beautiful!" at him, he got a lot of laughter from the audience.

I arrived with little knowledge, but definitely left feeling well impressed by James Blunt.






























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And that's it.

I do hope you've enjoyed the post, even though the photos weren't the quite the quality we're all used to on here.

Let me know if you've seen James Blunt or Jamie Lawson before, I'd love to hear your thoughts.




Thank you for your visit!













Credits // Words & Photography: Vanessa Jertschewske | **tickets + photo pass have kindly been provided**

Video Interview: Jamie Lawson (round three)



Hey guys!

There are musicians you just don't ever get bored of;
Jamie Lawson is one of them.

When you find artists that are a delight to interview, you're most likely going to feel the need to interview them again and again.
In my case, it worked out and I filmed my third interview with Jamie last week.

I'm sure a lot of you are very familiar with his music - so this is your chance to catch up with him.
If you aren't familiar with Jamie yet - this is your chance to learn more about him.


Either way, I hope you'll enjoy watching it as much as I enjoyed filming it.


Jamie Lawson is a singer/songwriter, originally from Plymouth, now based in London, UK.

To tell you his entire story, I'd need to write a couple of pages.
To avoid that, I'll try to give you the "quick JL guide", but please make sure to check out Jamie's full bio.

The musician from the United Kingdom has been writing and releasing music for years, he's been gigging loads and has built himself a loyal fanbase.

Between our first interview in November 2014 and this one, taped in November 2015,
 Jamie got signed to Ed Sheeran's label (Gingerbread Man Records), supported acts such as One Direction on tour, appeared on countless radio and TV shows, released his selftitled record and has won an Ivor Novello award.

On September 29th, Jamie released his latest album, "Happy Accidents" - a colourful record which takes you on a lively journey through sounds.

Just a few hours before he went on stage to open the tour for James Blunt in Stuttgart, we got to catch up with him.


In the interview we talk about preparing for tour, the process behind the album, politics, Manchester and a lot more.


Check out the interview here:




I would like to thank Warner Music GER for arranging the interview, Tim for not rushing the interview one bit and Jamie for the lovely chat - as always.



Watch Jamie's latest music video for "Can't See Straight":




Jamie Lawson online: Website | Twitter | Facebook | YouTube | Instagram




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Credits // Words, Image & Video: Vanessa Jertschewske

Cover The HITS #4: ROE



Hey guys!

Today marks the halfway point of our Cover The HITS series.
We are sooo in awe with all the covers we've shared with you so far - and we are loving the positive feedback we've been receiving.

It sounds pretty corny, but we've fallen in love with this series and might be turning it into a regular.
(wink, wink)

Just to make sure you know what Cover The HITS is about, let us explain:
We love cover versions, so here we are - showcasing eight exclusive covers throughout the month of October.

You'll find a new video each Wednesday and Saturday, performed by artists we truly believe in.

To help us make this series a big (and maybe recurring) feature, we'd love for you to share it with your friends by using the hashtag #CoverTheHITS on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram.


Today we get to share an amazing performance by ROE with you.


ROE is the moniker of Roisin Donald, a singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist from Derry, Northern Ireland.

She describes her sound as "Grumpy Electro Pop", we describe it as "genius".

But it's not just house in the sand who is extremely excited about ROE's sound, no.
She has already played the BBC Introducing stage at Glastonbury 2017, Output and The Great Escape.

Her debut track "Fake Ur Death" was featured on Tom Robinson's weekly mixtape on BBC Radio 6 and has received praise from the Irish Times.

ROE followed up with "Cheek, Boy" earlier this year and took our breath away with her latest single, "Playground Fights".


Needless to say, we are thrilled to share ROE's cover with you.
She performed an amazing laid back version of "Lights Out" by Royal Blood - you're gonna love this!!!



Check out ROE's cover of "Lights Out" right here:




In case you aren't familiar with the original, you can find it here.



ROE online: Website | Twitter | Facebook | Soundcloud | Instagram



We want to say a massive thank you to Liam for arranging this and to ROE for the incredible performance.



more of Cover The HITS: #1 | #2 | #3





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Credits // Words: Vanessa Jertschewske | Video performance & Image: ROE | Audio intro: Martin Kelly

Cover The HITS #3: Matt Perriment



Hey guys!

We are now three videos into our new series, Cover The HITS.
Can you believe it?

In case you don't know what the hell that is about, let us explain -
We love cover versions, so here we are - showcasing eight exclusive covers throughout the month of October.

You'll find a new video each Wednesday and Saturday, performed by artists we truly believe in.

To help us make this series a big (and maybe recurring) feature, we'd love for you to share it with your friends by using the hashtag #CoverTheHITS on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram.


Today we're excited to share Matt Perriment's cover with you.


Matt Perriment is a London based musician.
He's been making music for 7 years now and has successfully found his signature sound; Indie-Folk meets Acoustic.

His debut EP, "Everlast", was all it took for him to build a loyal fanbase.
This year he'll be playing iconic London venues such as The Lexington, St Pancras Old Church, The Islington and many more.

After selling out his first headline show in London, at Servant Jazz Quarters on the 23rd of August, Matt is currently touring New Zealand. Head to his social media channels to keep up to date with his gigs.


Matt decided to put his own spin on Tracy Chapman's classic, "Fast Car" and - spoiler - it's absolutely brilliant. If you're having a stressful day - put this on repeat and you'll be relaxed in no time.


Check out Matt's cover of "Fast Car" right here:




In case you aren't familiar with the original, you can find it here.



Matt Perriment online: Twitter | Facebook | Soundcloud | Instagram



Big thank you to Matt for joining our series and for dealing with the technical difficulties like a pro! 



more of Cover The HITS: #1 | #2





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Credits // Words: Vanessa Jertschewske | Image & Video Performance: Matt Perriment | Audio Intro: Martin Kelly

Gig Photos: The Coronas at ClubCANN, Stuttgart




Hey guys!

It's funny how some people need spas, face masks and yoga to recharge their energy,
while others need travelling, working in music and meeting new people to achieve the same effect.

Personally, I definitely fall into the latter category; I need action in order to recharge.
(Although I won't say no to a good yoga session!)

Last Sunday I got to fulfill my photographer duties at a gig again - and remembered why I love live music - and live music fans - so much.

I hope you'll feel the excitement in the photos below.


If you want to get connected, come and say hi to me on Twitter and/or Instagram.

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Date: 8th October 2017
Venue: ClubCANN, Stuttgart (Germany)

Support Band: Polar Circles


Polar Circles are a Rock band from Lausanne, Switzerland.
Formed in 2012, the band quickly released an EP and managed to built a loyal and steadily growing fanbase.

Polar Circles are:
Ian (vocals, guitar)
Stefan (guitar)
Jules (bass)
Keryan (drums)

They released their selftitled debut album in October 2014 and soon started playing multiple impressive live sets through Switzerland, as well as opening for Stereophonics, The Pixies, Warpaint and more.

The band recorded their second album in the UK with producer Sam Williams and spent a month in Oxfordshire to finalise the record.


Check out their latest single, "Falling Tonight":




Polar Circles online: Website | Facebook | Soundcloud | YouTube | Instagram





























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Headliner: The Coronas


The Coronas are a four piece band from Dublin, Ireland.

Formed in 2003, the band started out under the name Kiros, which changed into Corona, which later ended up being The Coronas.

The Coronas are:
Danny O'Reilly (vocals, guitar, keyboard)
Dave McPhillips (guitar)
Graham Knox (bass)
Conor Egan (drums)

The band members found together in school, started out at a young age and have managed to soon find their signature Alternative-Rock sound.

Releases:
LP: "Heroes or Ghosts" (2007)
LP: "Tony Was an Ex Con" (2009)
LP: "Closer To You" (2011)
LP: "The Long Way" (2014)
LP: "Trust the Wire" (2017)

Their second album "Tony Was an Ex Con" won the band the Best Irish Album at the 2010 Meteor Awards.

Besides many impressive headline shows and tours, The Coronas have played some mindblowing shows:
In May 2011, they played alongside other acts for Barack Obama during his visit in Dublin,
they've toured with The Script, and have opened for acts such as Paul McCartney and Justin Timberlake.


Check out some live footage here:




The Coronas online: Website | Twitter | Facebook | YouTube | Instagram
















































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And there we have it.

We hope you enjoyed the photos - let us know if you've seen either of the bands live before!





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Credits // Words & Photography: Vanessa Jertschewske // **a ticket has kindly been provided**