Taylor-Louise – Blessed with a Curse

Taylor-Louise – Blessed with a Curse

 

 

 

 

 

 

Taylor-Louise – Blessed with a Curse

Taylor-Louise – Blessed with a Curse

 

 

 

 

 

Taylor-Louise – Blessed with a Curse

 

ARTIST NAME:  Taylor-Louise

 

SONG TITLE:  Blessed with a Curse

 

ALBUM TITLE: Black Heart

 

RELEASE DATE: 8th March (Single)

 

GENRE: Pop

 

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From the age of 12 Taylor began developing her craft; writing songs from experiences she’d had from difficult times of acceptance and her ability to read situations.

 

And after just a year of performing live she began recording and released her debut EP ‘Jealous Eyes’, which led on to the second release ‘Take a Look at me Now’.

 

She launched her EP ‘Broken Reflection’ in October 2017 and shortly after began working closely with a London based studio perfecting her artistry.

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Tell us your real names, country of birth and childhood experience.

Taylor-Louise Thomas is my real name, my first name usually confuses people, but it is my real legal double barrelled first name.

 

I was born and raised in Germany as my dad was based there during his time serving for the British Army, and my mum moved over from the UK to be with him… I had a tough time at school; my upbringing was so different to everyone that I knew.

 

This made it difficult for me to ‘fit’ in’ and writing became my coping mechanism, after picking up my dad’s guitar and learning to play.

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Tell us your academic qualification.

I enjoyed learning, all the time. I studied hard and took pride in it whilst I was at school and college; I’ve always wanted to do well with anything I do. Outside of this I have a diploma in performing arts and also a diploma in music theatre.

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Elaborate on your music career, band name, experience and skills.

I currently have 3 EPs under my belt and many opportunities over the past 8 years, including BBC introducing ‘Band of the Month’ in 2016.

 

As a solo artist I gigged for many years doing covers and originals, I’d then began working with other musicians and slowly experimented as a duo, trio and full band set up.

 

I decided to stick with my first name as my artist name purely because it’s so unique, it was something that I used to shy away from, but now I fully embrace it and that’s a message that I want to share with others ‘Be proud of being you’.

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Tell us your genre and idea behind your music video or song.

It’s hard to describe a specific genre, I’d subcategorize my sound as alternative-pop, although I like to have catchy elements in my music, I also like to experiment with hints of other genres involved.

 

The video for the upcoming single is simple; I wanted something really stripped back and raw to emphasize the lyrical content…

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Tell us how you are promoting your music.

Gigs, social media, radio, interviews and so on.

 

One of the most rewarding ways I’ve found is connecting with artists and musicians where we have a mutual enjoyment of each other’s sound, and promote each other to our listeners.

 

Supporting those acts or having them support you is a really great way to attract new followings.

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Share your press release and reviews with us.

”A young woman with big ambitions who is addicted to the stage”

– Radio Warwickshire

 

”One of the most promising young female artists around – Taylor-Louise – remember that name…”

– Paul Merrick

 

“Anyone who can start a set with a song as strong as “Twenty-Three” surely has a powerful body of work. Indeed it’s remarkable that although her work clearly goes from strength to strength, even a song written when she was 13 (“Jealous Eyes”) is still a really valid part of the set: what a prodigy!”

– Hot Music Live

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Explain the story behind the song.

Blessed with a Curse was inspired by the patterns in my life, with any adventure, activity or group of people that I meet, I am always pulled back to the music.

 

I have to write, I have to perform; I have to express what I feel. And although a lot of people see this as a blessing, it comes with many tough sacrifices and personal hurdles.

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State the names of other members of your band, music producer, crew or music video director.

Kev Stanley has been playing drums for me for as long as I can remember, he plays for another local band too.

 

We met at an open mic and began jamming together and that’s when it started.

 

Tom Gedney is an incredible multi-talented musician, we’ve known each other mutually for a while but only recently connected to work together on projects and he’s brought a great new flavour to the mix.

 

Emilie Cotterill has worked on my upcoming video, this is my first time working with her but she’s managed to capture exactly what I was looking for…

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Elaborate on the song and music video.

The song has a very earthy / organic soft-rock vibe to it. There is nothing to over produce which keeps with the rawness of the lyrics.

 

It focuses on my relationship with music and the world around me, my personal life.

 

I am so grateful to be able to write, play and make music but at the same time I have my low moments where I feel it’d be easier to ‘fit in’ if I had a normal job, normal social etc.

 

The song is an apology to me; a lesson to accept that music is simply something I have to do, and that there are things that will set my lifestyle apart from others.

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Tell us how long you have been in the music business, your experience and your future goal.

I released my first EP when I was 14. Since then I have worked with different musicians, producers, artist and this really helped to find out the process in which I liked to make my music.

 

Because I’m quite open-minded I like to welcome different opinions and ideas, I find experimenting was the best way to find out more about myself as an artist.

 

My goal is to inspire others, in whatever it is they want to achieve, to simply say ‘don’t give up, I’ve been through a lot, anything is possible’.

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Tell us what makes you unique from others.

I’m not sure what specifically makes me unique from others. I’d like to think I’m similar to everyone else, because if I wasn’t nobody would connect or relate to my songs, the only difference is that I’m saying how I feel out loud.

 

I find singing to be one of the most vulnerable things any person could do, but then to also sing words that you have wrote, and FELT that’s just another level, and I commend anyone who can do this.

 

In terms of setting myself apart from other artists, I find that making music for me is what it’s really about, I write the truth – Anything that doesn’t mean anything is not worth saying – and if the lyrics resonate with people then I know I have achieved something (The lyrics are the most important part of a song to me).

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Tell us your weakness and strength pertaining music.

I think the only weakness anybody can ever face is oneself. The only person who will ever stop you from learning, changing, growing and striving is you.

 

Strength of mine is being very hands on, organized and driven. I like to have a plan and be in the know to everything that is going on.

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List your five favourite songs including the artists. 

When The Party’s Over – Billie Eilish

 

Someone You Loved – Lewis Capaldi

 

Why Her Not Me – Grace Carter

 

Power Over Me – Dermot Kennedy

 

Mother tongue – Bring Me The Horizon

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Tell us your position on “Do It Yourself” and signing to a major label.

There are pros and cons to both, I’d definitely say to do as much yourself as possible, but sometimes there are just some things that you can’t do…

 

Labels have the right contacts that can help you. Being backed by a label means more people are likely to listen up and hear what you / they have to say about you as an artist.

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Tell us other activities you are pursuing apart from music.

I love health and fitness; it’s a big passion, hobby and therapeutic release for me.

 

In keeping with music I enjoy coaching in songwriting, performing and learning basic guitar to people and encouraging them in their first steps to playing live.

 

I find a good way to enforce what you’ve learned and set it in your mind, is to pass on the information / what you know and have learned.

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List your various works. 

Jealous Eyes, Take a Look at Me Now and Broken Reflection are three of the EPs I have released in the past, alongside my latest single Twenty-Three.

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State the official date of release. 

Blessed with a Curse is due for release Friday 8th March!

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State your artist’s name and elaborate on it.

My artist name and real first name is Taylor-Louise, I don’t know anybody with a first name like it so I felt no need to change my stage name from my real name.

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State the title of the song and the meaning.

Blessed with a Curse is the idea of this reoccurrence in my life, making music is beautiful in so many ways but I am only able to do this because I feel emotions so intensely, sometimes I wish I didn’t as it can be really overwhelming at times. But if I didn’t, I probably wouldn’t be writing as a release, so I’ve learned to see it as my advantage…

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State the title of the album and the reason for choosing the title.

“Black Heart”, is both the title of the EP and the title of a featured track. It represents both images of ‘Black’ being darkness and dull feelings, as well as ‘heart’ relating to love and affection.

 

It plays on the idea of ying and yang, meaning you can’t have the good times without the bad.

 

For me all of the tracks highlight a different emotion and stage of feeling, I learned that love is real and when It’s true it can be painful but this doesn’t mean it wasn’t beautiful. I feel the artwork designed by Ayse Herring captures this completely!

 

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Arcane Ritual – The Last Saviour

Arcane Ritual – The Last Saviour

 

 

 

 

 

 

Arcane Ritual – The Last Saviour

Arcane Ritual – The Last Saviour

 

 

 

 

 

Arcane Ritual – The Last Saviour

 

ARTIST NAME: Arcane Ritual

 

SONG TITLE: The Last Saviour

 

ALBUM TITLE: Witch-Heart

 

RELEASE DATE: March 1, 2019

 

GENRE: Gothic Metal

 

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“Are you ready for a world of magick, mystery and metal? Join us as we explore the sights, sounds and stories that drive the human experience and connect us all. Through melody, passion and ritual we seek higher truth and self-mastery.”

– Teresa Camp

 

Founded in 2015 in the SF Bay Area, Arcane Ritual is an alien and a witch partnered to create a unique heavy music experience combining gothic metal with elements of prog, occult, symphonic and thrash.

 

Current releases include full length album ‘Witch-Heart’, EP ‘Enemy of the State’ and the single ‘Angel’, a cover of the epic gothic masterpiece by Tears of Passion.

 

In addition, music videos for ‘Witch-Heart’, ‘Angel’ and ‘Entwined in Starlight’ can be viewed all over social media and the bands website.

 

At this moment the band consists of core members Jarek Tatarek ‘The Alien’ (guitars, bass, keyboards, programming and guitarviol) and Teresa Camp ‘The Witch’ (Vocals, lyrics, ritual magic.) A live lineup is in the works and shows are expected to begin summer of 2019.

 

Jarek’s extensive resume includes fronting legendary Polish thrash band Astharoth and guesting on the debut album for prog metal band In the Silence, and performing with them at ProgPower 2013.

 

Teresa has been writing poetry and lyrics since childhood and started playing guitar as a teenager. Previous bands / projects include Halcyon Days and the award winning belly dance / metal / world music group Arcane Dimension.

 

Musically influences range from the dreamy, moody style of Tiamat and Type O Negative to the roots of Bay Area thrash reminiscent of Exodus and Testament. Experimentation is the name of the game with Arcane Ritual and nothing is off limits!

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State your reason for choosing music as a career.

There is nothing else for us to do! It’s our only real calling in life. Passion for music started at a very young age for us and it gives us solace and sanity in a world that is insane.

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Tell us how you write the lyrics to your songs.

When I hear Jareks music tracks I usually see images in my mind and I hear the melody lines in my head. When it comes time to write lyrics I try to clear my head and just listen to the song, and sing what comes out. Mostly it’s gibberish but there will be a few words or lines that are clear and resonate with the story I know the song is telling.

 

From there I keep replaying and let the ideas come to me. It’s very meditative, if I think too hard I won’t get anything, it really is like I’m a vessel for the ideas to manifest from the aether.

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Share your press release and reviews with us.

Mcleod Media

 

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Discuss your life outside the music world.

We love to travel! Been to Bali, Mexico, Poland, 70,000 Tons of Metal and more! Teresa likes to Belly Dance and Fire Dance when she’s not producing music videos for the band or working on the album.

 

She actually got to do a Belly Dance performance with Orphaned Land on 70,000 Tons of Metal in 2017.

 

Jarek loves long hikes, exotic travels and hanging out at the beach.

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Discuss your music career.

Jarek’s extensive resume includes fronting legendary Polish thrash band Astharoth and guesting on the debut album for prog metal band In the Silence, and performing with them at ProgPower 2013.

 

Teresa has been writing poetry and lyrics since childhood and started playing guitar as a teenager. Previous bands/projects include Halcyon Days and the award winning belly dance / metal / world music group Arcane Dimension.

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Elaborate on your band name.

Arcane Ritual is a combination of two things that make up our main inspiration and focus with the music. Arcane means mysterious or secret (like occult ideas and magick). Ritual is something that is a big part of our lives and our live shows.

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List your five favorite music videos with reasons.

Type O Negative – Black No. 1: Firstly because it’s Type O Negative and secondly that the video and album had a huge influence on us and many other musicians who’s taste always straddled the line between gothic and metal. It’s fucking perfect!

 

Moonspell – Scorpion Flower: Firstly the song is flawless! One of our favorites by a band we love. The epic nature of the music is well matched by the visuals, it really tells the whole story. And having Anneke in it was the icing on the cake!

 

Metallica – One: This is just a classic! The pairing of footage and sound clips from ‘Johnny Got His Gun’ was so perfect; especially considering the book inspired the lyrics. This is music video storytelling at its finest!

 

Pantera – Cemetery Gates: This was our introduction to Pantera and it made a HUGE impact. The combination of raw power, emotion and really meaningful lyrics make the song instantly memorable. The choice to have the cemetery scenes in black and white vs the band performance in color created an interesting contrast that echoed the dynamics of the song, one minute a gorgeous ballad then it’s suddenly thrashy and Dimebags insane guitar tone really amps up. Still a favorite Pantera song! So good!!!

 

NIN – Closer: Creepy and dark with that gritty celluloid feel. It’s not something you can forget – And the bloody heart beating in time with the song, eerie in the best possible way. It was very interesting how the video changes the feel of the song too, makes it even darker and goes from being desperate to ominous.

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Tell us your source of inspiration.

Spending time in nature always helps ground and allows ideas and creativity to bubble. Also practicing our own sort of freeform witchcraft, rituals and syncing up with the changes in nature and the world around us vs trying to fight it all.

 

We love to go to shows and check out art; try to see new things regularly. There is a great book called ‘The Artist’s Way’ that introduced us to the concept of artist dates. It’s where you as an artist (of any kind) set aside time to do something, anything that is out of the ordinary for you that might inspire. Could be going to a museum, taking a painting class, whatever, just try new things and let your mind and spirit get caught up in new experiences!

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Tell us your experience on dealing with fans.

We see our fans as a tribe of likeminded people. We are very specific with our music and our visuals. We don’t look at trends or stats on what’s popular; we do what we want when we want it.

 

The result is when we put out our music and videos it attracts people that really get what we are doing. We love sharing inspiration and interacting with people on social media.

 

We’ve had a lot of fun talking to people via IM, or little exchanges on inspirational posts we share. We all have a similar sense of humor and aesthetic so it’s been very fun!

 

We are excited to start booking live shows so we can interact in person.

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Elaborate on the recording of this song.

We are lucky enough to be able to record in our own home studio so the process is really pretty painless. Jarek lays down most of the instruments first, and then Teresa writes her parts and records.

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Tell us your future projects.

We just release our album ‘Witch-Heart’ along with a music video for the title track (produced, directed and edited by Teresa!).

 

Next we are working on getting an online merchandise store off the ground and putting together a live lineup so we can book shows.

 

We have a very strong aesthetic and love to integrate ritual into our live shows; fans can look forward to very dynamic and different performances from us!

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List the names of those that have supported you so far.

Wow, so many! Hopefully we don’t miss anybody. Here goes…Coren McLeod, she’s been playing us on her radio show since our EP and works hard to support independent bands.

 

David Rivera of Tenebrarum in Columbia, guest violins on Sea of Darkness and Angel, we met him on 70K metal cruise and hes just the best!

 

Antarktica from Darkend in Italy, he did the keyboards and orchestration on Angel, such a crazy talented guy.

 

Axel of Tears of Passion – because he was so supportive of us covering his song and turned out to be the coolest, nicest dude.

 

Kristen Chaddock of KC Imagery, she did our videography for the Witch-Heart music video and you’ve never seen someone so 100% committed to the task at hand, it would not have been the same without her.

 

Martin Stacey for being such a great guy, incredible musician and epic helicopters on the music video.

 

Josef Zifcak, a longtime friend, original drummer for Astharoth in the US, guest drummer on the video and helped build the set.

 

Daryl Adolph the ‘Wheeled Headbanger’ for being there since pretty much the beginning, he’s watched us grow and done some great reviews, cheered us on every step of the way.

 

Marcus Miller of AudioVien Entertainment, such a sweet guy and supporter of independent music, he works hard to bring reviews and news to people on his website.

 

Big thanks to everyone in the bellydance troupe Joweh (Teresa used to dance with them) they have always been such supportive friends let us borrow stuff from the studio when we need it.

 

Janet Molinari, for being such a great friend and always has encouraging words no matter what we are up to, the world needs more people like her!

 

Rachel Bush who has been a superb friend and supporter since our last band, she is literally an angel!

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Tell us your point of view on vocal tuning.

We don’t do it because we don’t feel it works for our music. It works in certain types of electronic music and pop but it’s problematic when it’s too obvious and can’t be pulled off live.

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Tell us your thought on quality and quantity for the release of songs.

We feel 8-9 songs are good for an album these days. Most people consume their music piecemeal anyway, on playlists and YouTube videos.

 

The album is for hardcore fans but most will pick out their few favorite songs and move on.

 

We’ve heard of bands doing 6 songs but I would think the true fans will be disappointed, especially if they order the CD and pay $15!

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Tell us your viewpoint on comparing music career to non-music career.

It’s very different doing what you love for a living vs just making a living. It can really be a grind when you just want to be making music, but these days even relatively big names in the metal scene are having a hard time making a living with music.

 

Streaming has taken a big chuck on of music sales and so bands have to tour and sell merch. But now music venues want a cut of the merch, so what’s left for the band?

 

It’s definitely a transitional period for the industry and musicians are going to have to get creative to make a living. If you have to have a day job, best to have one that allows you as much time as possible to do music. 😉

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Tell us your opinion on categorizing music into genres and sub-genres:

I think it’s very helpful, especially for people looking to find new music specific to their tastes. It’s fun to see what bands come up with to set themselves apart.

 

That said, it’s very hard to be subjective with your own music and some people struggle to hit the mark in their labeling.

 

This is where fans come in! Getting reviews, feedback and yes, even criticism helps a band better define their sound to the outside world.

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State the genre you despise most with reason.

Despise is a strong word but we don’t really get gangster rap or pop country. No appeal for us but if it makes others happy, that’s great, and they can have it! LOL!

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List your five favourite movies with reasons.

The Princess Bride: It’s one of the most quotable movies ever!

 

Nightmare Before Christmas: Required for every goth, even the goth metal heads. It will always evoke that magical and joy for us!

 

LOTR: Because it’s the best fantasy series ever, hands down.

 

The Labyrinth: Jim Henson meets Brian Froud, it’s literally a dream come true. Dance magic dance.

 

Young Frankenstein: All the favorite elements of classic cult horror told in Mel Brooks tawdry, tongue in cheek humor are a match made in heaven! All the visuals we love with the seriously sick and twisted humor we live by. 😀

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State the title of the song and the meaning.

Last Saviour in particular is one inspired by the saviour ideology that can be witnessed throughout history. It’s easy to fall into the trap of waiting for someone or something to save us.

 

In reality, it’s up to us to save ourselves! By hanging onto the idea of a saviour outside ourselves we give our power away.

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State the title of the album and the reason for choosing the title.

Witch-Heart is name of the album and the title track. The song is about self-discovery through magick and ritual.

 

It’s a much layered process when one first starts doing this sort of practice and while it’s very healing a lot of stuff comes up that you have to work through. But you come out the other side a more whole, grounded, well rounded person. One side effect of this is the feeling of connection to the world around you and the sense that you must play your part, and that this goes beyond just this life.

 

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