T8PES + Holly Fitzgerald - Hope & Pray

T8PES – Hope & Pray

 

 

 

 

 

 

T8PES + Holly Fitzgerald - Hope & Pray

T8PES + Holly Fitzgerald – Hope & Pray

 

 

 

 

 

ARTIST NAME:  T8PES

 

SONG TITLE:  HOPE & PRAY

 

RELEASE DATE:  18/3/19

 

GENRE: Alternative / Electronic / Hip Hop

 

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Following a superb debut year for T8PES which included all 3 single releases receiving national airplay on BBC 6 MUSIC, several exceptional visual releases (one of which included a cameo appearance from global superstar Ed Sheeran), and being championed as a Sound of 2019 artist by BBC introducing WM, these are exciting times for Birmingham’s favourite son T8PES.

 

Latest single Hope & Pray (written & produced by T8PES) is released 18 March and with an album launch party show announced for April 26 at the Castle & Falcon in Birmingham; this is set to be a good year for one of Birmingham’s journeymen artists.

 

The man behind T8PES is veteran emcee / producer Jimmy Davis. Jimmy has toured the UK & Europe extensively, graced huge stages at venues such as Brixton Academy & Shepherds Bush Empire, is a 3 time performer at Glastonbury, and influenced a young Ed Sheeran.

 

 

Ed cites Jimmy as a major inspiration and the pair still rendezvous yearly to hang out.

 

“There are certain people who have inspired and influenced me as an artist and Jimmy Davis (T8PES) is one of them. A great songwriter, lyricist and performer who writes deeply personal songs and confronts important issues through his music”

– Ed Sheeran

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Tell us your history.

Parents divorced before I was 5 years old. By the time I was 18 I had become addicted to drugs and was homeless.

 

After getting my life together and having what can only be described as a spiritual awakening, I then decided to embark on the musical path that had called to me throughout my younger years, and was a fairly late-comer to the game.

 

I didn’t make my first piece of music or write my first lyrics until I was 21 years old. Since then I have had many experiences within the industry which I’ll elaborate on later in this interview.

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Describe yourself as an artist.

I like to write deeply personal songs – some carry important messages, some are brutally honest explorations of how broken we can become as humans, and others champion positivity and belief in the human spirit.

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Tell us the genre of your music.

 Alternative, Electronic, Indie, Hip Hop…

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Tell us the story behind your song.

I wrote Hope & Pray a couple of years ago having done some soul searching and realizing that I had slowly become somebody that I didn’t think I would – apathetic, emotionally numb and demotivated.

 

This inner exploration led me to question what was happening in the world that had impacted me so profoundly in a way to alter my character so dramatically. I then got drawn into the ‘carrying stream’ as we call it and the song was written very quickly with the music informing much of the tone of the lyrics.

 

I found the vocalist I wanted whose vocals married to the track so beautifully and then brought in a guitarist friend for some additional production.

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Tell us the problems you are facing as a musician.

Getting heard above ‘the noise’ I think is the biggest issue most artists face. Everybody now has a platform to champion what they do and everyone is competing for the time of the listening public. That can make it super difficult and incredibly competitive. Trying to earn a living on which you could support a family and own a home is also a big problem for any musician.

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Discuss the recording and production of the song.

The vocals were recorded at The Songlab in Birmingham with friend and engineer Jonny Amos.

 

All of the music was produced and mixed by me in my studio at home. I invited my longtime friend and collaborator Adam Evans to come and lay some guitars over the track for me.

 

Featuring vocals were recorded by Holly Fitzgerald in her studio

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List the names of blogs, radio or television stations that have supported you so far.

The song was premiered on BBC Introducing WM and has since been aired on BBC 6 Music along with local Birmingham stations Brum Radio and Scratch Radio. Zap Bang magazine covered the song with an interview.

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Elaborate on your music career, experience and future goals.

In 2007 when I produced my first fully fledged album I was asked to be tour support for a band called Nizlopi who had recently scored a UK number 1 chart hit with The JCB song.

 

It was on this tour that I met a very young Ed Sheeran who had written to Nizlopi to ask if he could do his work experience with them on tour.

 

Ed was a huge fan of the band and it was during this tour that we struck up a friendship which has continued to this day.

 

Since that time I have toured the UK extensively and parts of Europe, performed at Glastonbury Festival three times, graced the stages of Brixton Academy & Shepherds Bush Empire, and met / worked with some of my musical heroes.

 

My future goals mainly center on producing a piece of art that is revered as timeless and remembered for years to come.

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Brief us what inspires you to write, compose and sing.

Life experience, artistic expression, a deep love for creating, a hunger, – and desire to become the best at what I do, and God.

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Brief us the top-secret behind making a hit song.

Not sure I can claim to have made a ‘hit song’ but what I think makes good music is honesty, emotion, great lyrics, great vocal delivery, originality and strong hooks.

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Tell the piece of advice you will give to an upcoming artist.

Remain authentic. Authenticity is the key to expressing what you have to say and giving your gift to the world.

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Discuss at length your music careers, albums, songs, tours, recognition or awards you might have received.

My career has comprised of two albums so far and an EP, as well as many collaborations with producers and other artists.

 

This was back when I released music under the name Jimmy Davis. During the period 2007-2015 I toured the UK, Ireland and Europe several times, played Glastonbury three times along with many other festivals, have had songs played on BBC radio on many occasions, and I’m reference as a major musical influence on Ed Sheeran when he was growing up.

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Tell us how you write your lyrics, compose, sing and record in the studio.

It all starts with the music generally. I like to let the music steer my emotions and inform what it is I’ll be writing about. I tend to keep written ideas and voice recordings on my phone so that I can refer back to them at any point.

 

I’ll spend considerable time producing the music until I get what I want and will then write lyrics, melodies and hooks. I’ll generally finish everything I start even if it’s not good enough to make it onto anything I release. I then demo the songs at home and get them sounding how I want, experiment with different ideas etc. Then I’ll take the track to a studio and record the vocals with an engineer so that I can focus purely on the performance and delivery.

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Name your favourite artists for collaboration. 

I’m currently writing with a young artist called Nath Brooks, that’s a lot of fun.

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Share your press release and reviews with us.

It’s time to rage against the machine again says Birmingham artist T8PES.

 

Forthcoming release Hope & Pray is a scathing attack on political apathy, consumerism and privatization in an increasingly despairing world.

 

The emcee / producer – who under previous guise of Jimmy Davis forged a reputation for writing hard hitting, issue-led lyrics and was a big influence musically on a young Ed Sheeran – has once again set his sights on social injustice and says this song is the soundtrack to the unsettling times we live in.

 

“The tradition of using music to protest injustice goes back centuries,” he said.

 

“The Diggers in 17th Century England, abolitionists in 19th Century America and the Labour Movement in the 20th Century made such potent use of music in their efforts.”

 

With lyrics drawn straight from the headlines, Davis describes Hope & Pray as a continuation of the British protest movement that has included The Sex Pistols and The Clash as well as socially conscious artists such as Billy Bragg and MIA.

 

“Music should be at its most effective when times are at their hardest; when there is something to push against. The bleak years of the winter of discontent gave us punk. Ska and reggae artists sang about the riots and unemployment in the 1980s. Where are the artists calling out the Brexit shambles, the homelessness crisis, and the ever-increasing gap between rich and poor? Where is the Dylan, Marley, Guthrie or Marvin Gaye of this generation? The impactful rant has been replaced by the glorified whinge.”

 

Davis is no stranger to facing personal and social adversity with drug addiction, homelessness and mental health issues all playing a part in his life during his late teens / early twenties.

 

“Hope & Pray is a rallying cry and wake up call to the people of the world that we can no longer stand by and watch as our planet is torn apart and our society wrecked by power-hungry, money-obsessed governments and corporations. But also that we have a responsibility to ourselves to start facing the truth of what living in this kind of system is doing to us internally. It is killing our inner spirit on a number of levels.”

 

“There are certain people who have inspired and influenced me as an artist and Jimmy Davis (T8PES) is one of them. A great songwriter, lyricist and performer who writes deeply personal songs and confronts important issues through his music”

– Ed Sheeran

 

“T8PES … who as you can hear is very, VERY good”

– Tom Robinson – BBC 6 Music

 

“A brilliant outpouring of nostalgia packaged perfectly”

– Stereo Stickman

 

“What blew me away most was the polished standard of production”

– AnR Factory

 

T8PES will be celebrating the launch of his debut album with a headline show at The Castle & Falcon, Birmingham on 26 April 2019.

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Tell us how you will spend a million dollars.

I will buy a nice house somewhere peaceful surrounded by nature.

 

Invest in young artists from my city.

 

Help friends and family.

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Discuss music promotion and how you are boosting your fan base.

I’m promoting via all of the usual channels and trying to build social media followings. I sometimes use PR companies if I feel it will be worthwhile.

 

I’m also just about to start performing live under this new brand so I’m hoping this will help to grow my audience.

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Tell us how you manage other activities with your music career.

It’s always a difficult balancing act trying to have a truly nourishing life whilst pursuing your dreams, trying to earn a living, maintaining good relationships, giving your time to causes you care about.

 

I’d say I manage but also struggle at times!

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State your artist’s name and elaborate on it.

My artist name is T8PES. When I decided to step back into the music business and subsequently rebrand my whole identity, I chose the name TAPES because when I was young I was heavily into the rave scene of the 90’s and used to collect what were known as Tape Packs. These were collections of cassette tape recordings of DJ sets from different raves. So I became known as the kid with all the TAPES.

 

After choosing the name I noticed that there a few people calling themselves TAPES or who had social media accounts which used that name. So I decided to replace the letter A with the number 8 because I’ve always been interested in the numerology of that number with its any associations. And that’s when T8PES was born! It’s still pronounced TAPES but just has a number 8 in there instead.

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State the title of the song and the meaning.

Hope & Pray. The title of the song came from the chorus but also sums up the state of current affairs whereby many people have lost confidence in the way human beings are currently operating in the world and therefore have nothing left to do but to Hope & Pray.

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

The album is less of a title and more of a symbol which is the rewind symbol from a cassette tape deck. All will become clear as more releases follow.

 

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Living On Universal Denial - Scars

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ARTIST NAME:  Living On Universal Denial

 

SONG TITLE:  Scars

 

RELEASE DATE: 15/03/19

 

GENRE: INDIE ROCK

 

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LIVING ON UNIVERSAL DENIAL (L.O.U.D.) is an indie rock, alternative pop / rock band formed in 2015 and took their name out of a statement for those who believe there’s no absolute reality or truth, only perceptions and opinions.

 

Since 2015, L.O.U.D. have appeared in many live stages, festivals and radio stations in Europe and UK.

 

In 2015 after winning a country-wide competition amongst other unsinged acts, L.O.U.D. played live in one of the biggest Music and Camping festivals in Europe, the 37th River Party alongside names like James Arthur and other international acts.

 

2016 was a very busy year with many live performances and a lot of songwriting. In the highlights of that year is the honor to be chosen as an opening act to one of the greatest bands in the world ‘Explosions In The Sky’ performing in front of a big audience!

 

Throughout 2017 the band gigged regularly and started recording demos of their original material.

 

In 2018 the band signed a record and publishing deal with the UK based indie record label ‘The Sound of Everything’ and released their first single ‘WE GET AWAY’ in late April 2018.

 

In March 2019, the band released their second single entitled ‘SCARS’ and have embarked on a series of live shows around UK and Europe to promote it.

 

LIVING ON UNIVERSAL DENIAL:

KK (Lead Vocals / Keys)

 

Simon (Drums / Percussion)

 

Jim (Bass)

 

Tolis (Guitars / B. Vocals)

 

John (Guitars / Synths / B. Vocals).

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Tell us how you build up the tune for this song.

We wanted to have a strong anthemic tune that would build up towards the chorus but at the same time having deep and lower lyrics in the verses to indicate the emotions of the person who tells his story to the audience.

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Tell us the best means of becoming a famous artist and selling more records.

In our mind there’s no recipe in becoming famous, music business is just like any other business. You need to have a very good product (in our case the songs) and provide good services (in our case live performances) and hope that people will eventually pick up on what you’re doing and start supporting you.

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Tell us how fans are reacting to your music.

We currently have a small yet loyal following which is gradually increasing as we release new songs and move to new music markets. They tend to be very emotional and passionate about our music and especially on our live performances. And they even sometimes demand more new music to be released from us.

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Explain how to deal with fear on stage.

Each band member deals with it in a different way but in general we don’t have stage fear as a band, all members are very confident in what they are doing on stage as we always try to be very well prepared before each show.

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Tell us your point of view on the quality of production of today’s songs to old songs and point out what you think has changed.

We always try to come up with better productions with each new release and we try to work with producers and engineers that suit our style and know our sound.

 

With each release we take feedback from various people (audience and professionals) and we then try to make things better in the next release.

 

We’d say in general simplicity and knowing what you’re aiming for is the key to a good quality in the production.

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Tell us any interesting experience in your music career that is significant.

We tend to learn from the unfortunate situations, e.g. when we performed in an empty venue or worked with a bad professional.

 

In music business more so than in other industries perhaps there is a lot of people who tend take advantage of young artists and bands and in this respect, it is very easy to get hustled.

 

We had such experiences in the past and in this respect, we now tend to be very careful.

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Tell us how you come across the lyrics of this song.

The band guitarist and main songwriter has written the lyrics on the song and has taken inspiration from his own experiences in life as well as observations of how couples behave within long term relationships and marriage.

 

In fact, he wrote the lyrics of the song in probably 15 minutes and brought the song complete in the band practice and then the rest of the band contributed on specific parts.

 

We had to trim down some parts of the lyrics however as it would otherwise be too long.

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Tell us your best means of expressing yourself.

Music of course and from the way each one of us plays their instruments in live performances and recordings.

 

We also have other interests as people, as most of the guys in the band are educated at a university level.

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Tell us your opinion on using music to deliberate on issues affecting people like corruption, immoralities, politics and religion. 

We are very keen on writing about social and political issues that affect us and in this respect in some way or the other almost all our songs deal with issues like life, death, love, hate, immortalities, immigration, corruption, politics, religion and inner search.

 

Even if a song sounds like dealing with love or romance, there’s almost always a hidden meaning underneath.

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Discuss how you plan to create a timeless music that your fans can cherish forever.

We always write music and lyrics we feel we like first and foremost. In fact the music we play is the one we would like to listen to. We have come into the world of music creation because there are things we needed to express and wanted to find a way of doing it.

 

We believe that once you write strong music that affects you as a person then other people will pick up on it and mark them at a specific point of time.

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List the names of individuals you can point out as legends and state your reasons.

Too many and the list would be endless. But certainly, classic acts like The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Clash, The Police, etc. are legends for us since if it wasn’t for them then we wouldn’t be here.

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Tell us your viewpoint on discriminating.

We are very liberal and democratic band so for us this term doesn’t even exist.

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Tell us your favorite books and state your reason. 

 As a band have different tastes when it comes to books and literature. We’d say that we most likely prefer to read classic literature rather than modern or fictional novels.

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Tell us what triggers your creativity. 

Sometimes very sad events or very happy events in our lives, – and sometimes even day to day observations in real life.

 

Some of us are even triggered by new gear like guitars, FX pedals or synths.

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Tell us how you generate musical ideas for your composition.

Most of the times, it is a spontaneous process and might be things that we always have in mind and need to come out at some point.

 

Some other times might be that the music is somehow created and then a chorus comes in mind. The song is then built around that.

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Tell us your greatest song and state the reason.

‘Fast Car’ by Tracey Chapman is a great song as it speaks the truth in a simple yet very effective way. It is great story telling at its best!

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Tell us how you compose your song.

This hasn’t been a spontaneous process as we wanted to kind of continue the story from our previous single and go even further as the young couple of ‘We Get Away’ transitions into a more mature relationship.

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Elaborate on the song.

We wanted to write a song for today’s relationships and how men and women are sometimes bounded by society’s rules and behaviors within long-term commitment and marriage.

 

Most of the times many people feel trapped as they don’t want to break their marriage or long – term relationship because of family and society’s ‘rules’ and at the end they stay in it feeling miserable and unhappy.

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Elaborate on your artist name and the title of the single.

LIVING ON UNIVERSAL DENIAL took their name out of a statement for those who believe there’s no absolute reality or truth, only perceptions and opinions.

 

‘SCARS’ is the title of our single and its title refers to the psychological scars a person has from unfulfilled desires and oppressive emotions.

 

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