MEET ARC...SET TO CHANGE THE SOUND OF MUSIC

arC are a four piece band based in London, from producing music in their bedroom with piano's guitars, kaos pads and drum machines, this is creativity taken on another level. Since meeting at school, Oskar and Joe have been writing for the past 2 years and last year they decided to focus on a joint project full time. Now at just 5 months old, arC is set to have a bright future ahead, read my interview and find out more below!

VogueWonders: Hey guys, for those new to you, Introduce yourselves…

We’re Joe Locke, Oskar, James, and Matt and we’re arC!

VogueWonders: How did you all meet?

Oskar: Through school, basically I went to 6th form with joe, my brother was already at the school, I met Joe there through my brother, we got on really well joe was writing and singing at the time trying to put together a band, I wasn’t really focusing on music at the time, I wasn’t focusing on music, I mean I was producing music but wasn’t focusing on it, Joe kind of bought me in and I started singing harmonies on his songs, that’s kind of where it began basically!

We knew James from Bath, he went to uni here and we met through friends, we worked on and off with him for a bit him and Joe used to be a duo, with matt similar thing, just through word of mouth and friends, he’s been in other bands

VogueWonders: What age did you figure you could sing?

Joe: I’ve been writing songs since I was 11/12 like wanting to do that. I didn’t start singing properly until I was 16, and got more into it

VogueWonders: Where was the first time you got together?

Oskar: Me and Joe was in music school, in the music department and put a band together, it was more like doing shows and gigs with a couple of guys we went to school with

VogueWonders: What artist would you compare yourself to?

Oskar: A lot of people say Radiohead’s, Massive Attack. It’s kind of got an old-school vibe to it with modern electronic flavours

VogueWonders: Describe your genre of music…

Oskar:  Dream dreamy

Joe: Laughs* Erm I don’t know, kind of pop alternative or something

Oskar: Most people say it’s hard to say a genre because people take influence from different genre’s so it’s kind of a jumble of all sorts

VogueWonders: What artists inspire you?

Joe: Radiohead for me is a big inspiration

Oskar & the boys: Yeah yeah definitely

VogueWonders: Would you carry on doing EP’s or release an album soon?

Oskar: We’ll carry on with EP’s for now but if it gets a good response, we’ll start the process of speaking to lawyers and labels and stuff and try get an interest and see what people feel about the music

VogueWonders: If you could perform on any stage, what stage would you perform on and why?

Joe: Glastonbury, main stage. I’ve never been and I’ve promised myself I’ll never go until we are playing there, I really want to go so…Laughs*

VogueWonders: What would you change in the current music scene right now?

Everything! haha, no I mean a lot of music in the chart sounds the same and I think there’s too many just vocalists...and producers you never get to meet or see. We kind of want to see some musical talent, not just people singing with auto tune, I mean not to say that there aren’t people doing that because there are a lot of people doing good things for the music scene

Oskar: I’m a big fan of the underground, London base…There’s a couple of east London based groups that I’m a big fan of

Joe: Yeah, music scene now I’m not a big fan of and I’d like to think we’re going to change that

VogueWonders: The single ‘We Are’, how long did it take to produce?

Joe: We did 4 or 5 sessions so 25 to 30 hours!

VogueWonders: What’s the best advice you guys have been given?

Joe: Keep going, haha, we’ve had a lot like, I think you pick up bits of inspiration from everywhere like your parents, friends, family, teacher and yeah

 

VogueWonders:  What is your main aim with arC in 5 years’ time?

Joe: I want to be touring, have big band mates be releasing records, have a label ourselves.

Oskar: Longevity, I want to do 6,7,8 albums because we come up with songs just like that, we have so many ideas. As soon as we get money and studios it’s going to be ridiculous, our output is high and we just want to keep getting better. There’s so much more to learn

VogueWonders: And Finally...for young musicians starting off, what advice would you give them?

Oskar: The best advice, something that I’ve always stuck by is a quote by Arnold Schwarzenegger, I watched his document when I was 21 and it said “Every time you go out and get fucked up with your mates, there’s someone that wants to do what you are doing with your life, but they’re not getting fucked up, they’re working really hard at trying to achieve what you’re trying to achieve” I love this, I think especially in this day and age where people just go out and party it’s just a waste

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VOID - THE TWO PIECE BAND OVERCOMING ANXIETY AND DEPRESSION

VOID are two-piece band, without revealing their full identity they simply go by their first initials naming themselves as C & W. The band raise awareness through music and art, expressing themselves in areas such as with mental health and coping with anxiety. Check out my blog feature with VOID in their first ever interview, you heard it all here first!

 

VogueWonders: Hey for those who are unaware, let’s start with a quick intro! Who are you and what are you about?

VOID: What’s up, we’re VOID and we are a two-piece band from the UK. Through our music and our message, we plan to help raise awareness and eradiate the negative stigmas that are attached to Mental Health Issues such as Depression and Anxiety. We also hope to help sufferers realize its ok not to be ok. We are a message lead , Fashion lead , Visual Lead band.

VogueWonders: What made you start V0ID?

VOID: We met at a few gigs we were both performing at and got chatting over a few pints. We had One of those deep chats you have outside in the cold near the end of the night after a few haha. we chatted about the difficulties we both face in our heads. We kind of reached a place of clarity and wanted to create a band were we could say whatever the fuck we wanted. We could give out positive vibes but at the same time help ourselves by writing whatever came into our heads, or writing whatever we wanted to get out of our heads.

We wanted to create an art form that can help people of any age. A lot of people experience and feel the same feelings we do, and a lot of people need that lifeline others can’t necessarily give. If we can create a family of people who all feel the same way and who have experienced and lived with the same problem, we will have created network where there is a level of empathy, support and experience to help those who need it. That to us is unbeatable. If we can create that with our music, our message and our visual we will die happy.

VogueWonders: How many of you is there in the group?

VOID: Two of us. C & W. 

 

 

VogueWonders: Your videos are very artsy and creative, who produces your art work?

VOID: We both produce our artwork and It’s all done on our phones. The only thing that is done on a laptop is our Music. We both work pretty much full time so it’s all done on the go. I tend to sneak into the toilet at work mid shift when I believe we are lacking content or something pops into my mind when serving a knob of a customer.

But yeah we do it all ourselves!

VogueWonders: You tend to not show your faces in your cover videos/images, is there a reason for this?

VOID: With the message, we want to get across, we don’t want people to like us because we are good looking (Not that we are although our mums tell us we are). We want people to concentrate on the message we are trying to put across, our style and our art. We think that part of the music scene now is shallow when it comes to looks. Someone who is a good looker but can’t hold a tune and writes about suspenseless crap is successful but some of the most talented musicians and songwriters have nothing.

We want to steal the music back from the eyes and give music back to the ears. Some Robin Hood style Sh*t

VogueWonders: Describe your music genre…

VOID: We will let the listeners do the describing. We think our genre will change from ear to ear. Its very early days for us. We don’t want to pigeon hole our sound; we want it to evolve and grow. Change when we do mentally and when we feel different ways. We both have very different yet similar musical influences and tastes so we hope it makes for an interesting listen.

VogueWonders: Do you have any music releasing soon?

VOID: We are grafting hard right now working together to create some strong tunes. We released our first track on YouTube, which is a little taste of what’s to come its not perfect but we wanted people to catch the vibe. Maybe you will get a release a lot quicker then you think. 

VogueWonders: What’s your aim with V0ID?

VOID: Our main aim is to help people who need help but have no one to turn too. Our aim is for people to like our music and to appreciate and understand the message we are trying to portray. We want to meet every single person who puts faith in us and put on one hell of a show for them all. We are already blown away by the amount of support we have received its mind blowing. So thanks everyone who has shown some love so far.

Image by C&W Void Music

 

VogueWonders: What do you think of the current music scene now, anything you would change?

VOID: We sit and listen to the radio and hear the same songs  we heard a year ago. The same songs on nearly every radio station, We want to start hearing more new music, New artists, Real music about real things . Hearing music about fast cars, naked women and money is starting to get on our tits.

VogueWonders: Are there any musicians or producers you can see yourself working with?

VOID: There are so many talented producers and songwriters around at the minute that we’d be honoured to work with creatively. Frank Ocean is on top of his game, The 1975 are also smashing it right now , Twenty One Pilots are also a massive influence. We are quite big Grime Fans too , The cleanliness and clinical perfection you hear in grime music is next to none. Linkin Park Would be pretty cool as they are our childhood jams.

VogueWonders: Finally, any advice for young musicians out there?

VOID: Be You , Don’t let anyone tell you that you cant do it. When they do, Prove them wrong. Stay Strong. You have success running through you. It’s a not a matter of it might happen. It’s a matter of it will happen, Big Love

There's huge stuff coming up for these two! Be sure to follow VOID on Twitter @V0ID__ and Instagram @ for any updates!

Thanks

Arooj x

 

INTRODUCING PHARELLA

Recently I caught up with singer and songwriter Pharella. Making her mark in the music industry, she is a Brit School graduate and is now to work with some well-known stars such as Mac and Phil, KinMusic, and Knightstarr. Check out my interview with her below!

VogueWonders: Hey Pharella, let’s start with a quick intro! For those who are unaware who are you and what you do?  

Pharella: Hey! So, my name is Pharella and I’m a 21-year-old Singer/songwriter. I have been singing ever since I was 4, always getting up on stage whenever I got the opportunity and then at the age of 8 I started recording in studio’s which is when I found my love for song writing. Ever since then I have been working towards my goal and this year has been the best so far! My love for creativity doesn’t stop there though, this year I have also decided to start a Blog to keep people updated on the journey.

VogueWonders: You’re a Brit School graduate! What was it like being there, any favourite memories? I have Pharella: nothing but great words to say about Brit School. The 2 years I spent studying there where some of the best times in my life. Picture wanting to live your dream every day and being able to express yourself without anyone judging and that is Brit school. I felt like I learnt so much and grew as a person from the experience. The last showcase before graduating was one of my favourite memories there, even though I was sad to be leaving. The way everyone pulled together to make the show the most memorable one we’ve ever had. Including the lighting and effects was truly something special and I feel blessed to have been part of such a wonderful school.

VogueWonders: If you could perform on any stage, where would you perform and why? 

Pharella: My ultimate dream is to perform at Madison Square Gardens in New York! A few years back me and my family were given tickets whilst on holiday out there, to watch Mariah Carey on NYE. I know right!? Mariah Carey (I was literally in tears) Ever since that moment I was left mesmerised and I knew then, that is where I need to perform one day to know my dreams have fully/truly come true.

VogueWonders: Describe your music genre… 

Pharella: It’s funny you ask this question. Me and my manager where talking about how to explain to people what the genre of music is that I do. We came up with the word Purban. Which is just a fancy, made up word for a fusion of Pop and Urban music. I’d like to think of my style as feel good vibes that you can dance to if you want but can also chill to it at the same time.

VogueWonders: Do you have any music releasing soon? 

Pharella: Right now, I am just in the process of getting all the music recorded, so no set date has been put in place. However, we are hoping that by the summer of next year my first single will be released.

VogueWonders: What do you think of the current music scene at the moment, anything you would change?

Pharella: Wow, this is a tough one to answer! The Music scene is constantly evolving and new amazing artists are coming through, which I feel is changing the music world for the better. However, I do also feel that there are now so many different avenues to getting yourself and your music out there, that some people do get lost in the crowd. Which is upsetting, but I guess that’s why good work ethic and writing music from the heart, (keeping it real) is so important.

VogueWonders: You’ve probably been asked this before, but here it goes again...Have you ever considered applying for The X Factor? 

Pharella: Ha-ha, your right! I have been asked this quite a lot but for me it has never been something I’ve considered. I enjoy watching the show and think it is a good platform, but like anything there’s always positives and negatives. Right now, for me, I’m happy to be working with such amazing people and I’m so grateful for the team around me.

VogueWonders: Let’s talk fashion... Congratulations on launching your blog! Those looking for some fashion inspo, where can they find you? 

Pharella: Thank you so much! Blogging is something VERY new to me but so far I am having a blast sharing and hearing great ideas from everyone! You can find the Blog on my website at www.pharellaofficial.com

VogueWonders: What’s your favourite season and why? 

Pharella: Summer Summer Summer!! Well to be honest I do feel a bit biased because this is the season of my Birthday but that’s not only why I love this season so much. I mean, I am a sucker for a nice sun tan and cocktails by the pool. But, the Fashion style in summer for me is just great, with all the bright coloured and funky patterns to glittery shorts and crop tops!

who’s your current style icon? 

Pharella: Right now, I am Obsessing over Hailey Baldwin and the style she was wearing at Julien Macdonald’s latest show. Very Sophisticated, yet glamorous.

VogueWonders: What are your current favourite fashion brands? 

Pharella: Online Brands have become a thing of mine lately. With hardly any time to go shopping, I just find buying online is way easier. Pretty Little Thing has become a favourite, there new collection is very affordable, yet great quality and just feel they hit the nail on the head with staying on trend, as they are constantly updating their store. Another favourite of mine is this brand I found whilst over in LA last year. They manage to create that bohemian style but with an edge, which is right up my street. The brand is called Nasty Gal. They also have an online website.

VogueWonders: Are there any fashion collaborations you’d like to see before 2016 ends? 

Pharella: I have been excited to see Rita Ora x TEZENis collection all year and that has finally just been launched.

VogueWonders: Finally, any advice for young musicians out there? 

Pharella: For anyone wanting to get into the music industry I want to keep it real for you all and say it’s not one for the faint hearted, as it is not as easy as people think. But, if you truly love it and there’s nothing else for you just give it everything you have got and stay focused. Self-belief is also a massive part and remembering to stay true to yourself. Just try and get your music/voice out there as much as possible and stay interactive with the crowd by posting snippets of new music updates or covers. Remember you CAN do it!!!

VogueWonders: Thank you Pharella! It has been lovely, best of luck, can’t wait for what’s to come

 

Keep up to date and follow Pharella on Twitter @PharellaMusic and Instagram @PharellaOfficial

Hope you enjoyed!

Arooj x

INTRODUCING TANIKA, TALKING FASHION AND MUSIC

Tanika is a UK singer/songwriter who has previously worked with artists such as Naughty Boy, Sneakbo and Stormzy.

She is to make waves in the music industry gaining over 17.4K subscribers and 1,870,195 views to her VEVO channel.

Check out my interview with her, where we talk about future plans, fashion and her new single ‘In You’


 

VogueWonders: Hey Tanika, for those who don’t already know: Introduce yourself, who are you and what you do?

Tanika: I’m a singer/ songwriter from Brixton. I make music and look after the little best human being in the world.


VogueWonders:  How long have you been doing what you do, who inspired you to get into the music scene?

Tanika: I’ve been recording music from the age of 9.  My ex manager inspired me to be a part of this scene. I’ve always been happy just making music.

VogueWonders:  You’ve previously done some work with Naughty Boy, what was that like?

Tanika: Honestly … were not friends anymore, but at the time it was very dope. really really dope. He’s still a huge inspiration to me regardless.

VogueWonders: You have a new song ‘In You’ how was it finally releasing the song and music video: What is to come next?

Tanika: ‘In You’ is actually my fav song from the EP. Releasing it was like releasing the last bit of pain in me, when I watched the visuals back I just cried and cried.

What’s next is viable music, dancing music, sensual music.  I’m in a really good space... it took a min to get there, but im really excited. I’ve got some of the best music ready for the UK.

VogueWonders: What is your favourite music genre, who’s the most played on your playlist at the moment?

Tanika: I would say my fav is reggae, basement music atm. My moods always change, but most played atm is vybz Kartel.

VogueWonders: What do you think of the current music scene, of course there are still many undiscovered artists, do you think the industry needs fresh new talent from a different generation?

Tanika: I think the UK is at its best. I think the actual industry needs to get to grips with the changes. Let everybody who has a gift express themselves with no rules.  This game needs all the fresh it can get...so sick of the bubble gum shit.

VogueWonders: Let’s talk fashion...who’s your current style icon and why?

Tanika: Grace Jones because she’s just fearless...

Rihanna …Rihanna doesn't even need a reason why lol

VogueWonders: What fashion brands do you love at the moment?

Tanika: I love Topshop. I love Moschino. I love Zara. And LV handbags.

VogueWonders: Is there any advice you would give to young creative’s, musicians, and artists that you wish you were told when you were starting out?

Tanika: Trust yourself. None of these industry excs really care about you they care about the business. Keep the two separate and do what you can here to do.

Don't wait on ‘when you’re ready’ you'll never be ready you just go.  Trust you first. Create till you question it all then do it anyway.

VogueWonders:  Thank you so much for allowing me to interview! It has been exciting, best of luck on your future projects!

 Tanika: Thank you so much beautiful x


Be sure to follow Tanika on twitter @IamTanika and Instagram @Tanikagram_ to keep up with her work, she's definitely one to watch!

Hope you enjoyed!

Arooj x