Published on July 25 2014

Summer Playlist 2014!

Summer cannot be complete without a playlist that would go with your sunbathing sessions on the sand, picnics in the park, evening cocktails on a terrace and beach parties! As usual, we've got it covered with a selection of 18 shiny tunes to match with the good summer vibes! Lay back, take a sip and enjoy...

  1. Becays - Beach Club
    The first track of our playlist is a funky tune brought to us by French Electronic Band Becays. Smooth, groovy and suave... perfect to warm up!
     
  2. Other Noises - My Little World
    This fresh pop/rock track comes from Russian band Other Noises. The soft vocals and the flying chorus make it light and powerful!
     
  3. Quentin Hannape - I Wanna Be
    We've been playing this reggae/folk tune on loop since March, but sunny days are the perfect time for this light, sunny and hopeful track by French singer-songwriter Quentin Hannape.
     
  4. Juan Angel - Todo se Paga
    Juan Angel brings the Latin heat on our playlist with this flavored and spicy track. You'll start to dance without even realizing it!
     
  5. Michael McEachern - New For Me
    American singer-songwriter Michael McEachern excels in this Calfornian pop/rock sound, as testified by this track. A real guilty pleasure!
     
  6. Final Round - Carry On
    This punk-rock track is a favorite: instant, energetic, and efficient! The guitar riffs, catchy melodies and irresistible harmonies and vocals are characteristic of the American band Final Round.
     
  7. Aliver J. - GOL (Versione Inedita)
    The FIFA World Cup might be over but it doesn't mean that you cannot spend the rest of your summer days on the field! This track, by Italian rapper Aliver J., is perfect for that.
     
  8. I'M FRESH! YOU'RE PRETTY - B.R.I.A.N
    Summer is also the perfect time to party! In this punchy and fun poppy/rock track, French band I'M FRESH! YOU'RE PRETTY will get up you up on your feet and on the dancefloor!
     
  9. Bryan Art - Sweeter Love
    Don't it feel good to bask in a hammock in the sun? This reggae track by Bryan Art will make you feel comfortable.
     
  10. Modern Pitch - These Nights
    We love summer rock, and this pop/rock gem is yet another example of what fits perfectly with the season. And we have to thank Modern Pitch, an alternative/indie band from Italy for this cool tune!
     
  11. Robert80z - Moonlight Jazz
    Time for a quick break with Robert80z, a Finnish composer. This soft, sensual and lovely jazz tune will keep you warm and at ease.
     
  12. The Easton Ellises - Falcon 69
    This dance/rock track from The Easton Ellises will make you want to get in your car, drive away under the red sunset, with the windows down and the volume up!
     
  13. RastaFlaires - NOU.CINC
    This track is a magical mix between reggae and jazz, where the organ, the trumpets and the bass call the shots. RastaFlaires's Catalan lyrics make it even more tuneful and pleasurable.
     
  14. Jonay - On the Beach
    Swedish hip-hop/RnB artist Jonay gives us the perfect song for your summer romance: tender and sensual. Aren't you captivated by this guitar riff?
     
  15. Josh Woodward - California Lullabye
    Seems like American artist Josh Woodward has once again worked his magic. This pop/rock track, brightened up by a banjo and a harmonica, will put a big smile on your face.
     
  16. Francesco Marrone - Io Saprò Volare
    We have found the love ballad of our summer, and it's brought to us by Italian artist Francesco Marrone! Bright, romantic and passionate, we can't resist!
     
  17. Emerald Park - Fugue State
    "Wake up, wake up!". Well, you heard them! Swedish band Emerald Park are the ones behind this peculiar indie-pop track.
     
  18. Don't Let Me Go (feat. Youngbird) - Lollita
    We close our summer playlist with this fine RnB/Pop tune by French singer Lollita and rapper Youngbirdy. It's sexy, fresh and catchy!

Written by The Jamendo Team

Published on July 14 2014

 

The Easton Ellises are a four-man band from Montreal, Canada. Their polished yet wild sound is the result of the collision between punchy electronic music and fierce rock'n'roll. Following two brilliant studio EPs and a maxi-single, and after 12 months in the making, they are finally back with NIGHTWAVS, released exclusively on Jamendo. Taking their explosive dance/rock even further, this 4-track piece marks an evolution for the band, who delivers refreshing and varied tunes, from 80s synth-rock to funky disco. There's one thing that doesn't change, though: we're still addicted!

Get to know the band with the interview they gave us before the release of NIGHTWAVS.

Get all the info about this new EP here !

 

 

 

  • Hi guys! First of all, can you tell us who The Easton Ellises are and what brought you together as a band?

 

Simon and I are best friends since schooldays. We met back when Simon was studying music and I was studying visual arts. We have since been making music together for the past twenty years, playing with many different bands going from psychedelic music to punk-rock, experimental to progressive house.
In 1999 we formed a band called Stereomovers, which took us on a long musical journey. We played abroad in important music festivals and parties in the United States, Europe and Asia. We also released a dozen twelve inch record with respected electronic music labels from both side of the Atlantic.
We eventually got tired of playing clubs and raves at 6am. We wanted to create a pop album. So we spent 5 years mostly working in studio with a renowned producer, perfecting the art of song writing and production. But when too many people are involved in a project, many problems occur and everything becomes hard to deal. That’s why, in September of 2011, we decided to place the Stereomovers project in a box on the top shelf and turn the page. We chose to move onto a new project in which we would have more control of what we wanted do with our music and so the Easton Ellises were born.

 

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  • Is there a story behind your band name and your logo (two symbols intertwined - "play" and "infinity")?

 

Searching for a new band’s name was a headache! Especially these days, it seems like all the names have already been taken by other artists somewhere on the planet.   That’s why, instead of using words in the dictionary, we tried to invent one. We always loved band’s name inspired by known personalities, a bit like the "Dandy Warhols", “Kasabian” or “Franz Ferdinand”, bands that influenced our sound a lot.

Also a long-time fan of American novelist Bret Easton Ellis, we decided to play a little with his name to give the "Easton Ellises". His novels and his writing fit perfectly with our musical style. Sex, drugs & rock n roll!

For the logo, graphic designer Dom Prevost was inspired by the architecture of Los Angeles, the birthplace of Bret Easton Ellis. We wanted something both complex and structured with a little touch of 80s. Dom really hit right on target.

© Charles-Henri Debeur

© Charles-Henri Debeur

  • Your music is an interesting mix of rock and electronic influences, which makes for a really unique (and addictive) sound. How did you come up with that 'Easton Ellisian' genre?

 

Ha ha ha, thanks for the kind words! We grew up listening to the music of the 60s and 70s. Our first band was influenced by progressive and psychedelic rock. In our teenage years, we were huge fans of the Britpop movement. Bands such as Oasis, Stone Roses, Suede, Blur and Kula Shaker have played a major role in our musical direction. Still today, we listen to a lot of new British bands.

In the early 2000s, we started going out in clubs and big indoors parties. Then we discovered electronic music and started listening to Underworld, Orbital, Kraftwerk, Chemical Brothers and many Global Underground DJ mixes. There was something different from rock music that fascinated us, the rhythm, the sound, the mechanical groove. That was the moment we decided to sell our guitars and drums to buy samplers and sequencers.

 

 

  • Can you tell us more about the creative process of crafting your music? Who writes the lyrics, composes, produces the music etc.? Is the work divided in the band?

 

We compose everything and record all the ideas in our studio, Le Bunker. We usually start with a vocal melody. We want to find the hook first. Then everything is built around that. Once the melodies are found, we make sure we have the proper tempo and the right key. Sometimes the idea is first recorded on an acoustic guitar. Then we replace it by synths or electric guitars. Once the form is done, Simon works the synthesizers and rhythms. I work on the lyrics and spend most of time on the production. After that, we open a bottle of wine and share our ideas. Then we work on the details of the song, the clever bits. While we produce the song in the studio, Gerald, our guitarist and Luc, our bassist work their parts to add a human feel to the songs.
At the very end, we turn on the amps and play it. It’s at this moment that we know if it really works. If it does, we rent studios with analog gears and huge consoles and record everything.  Then we finalize the song in our bunker before sending it to the mix and mastering. Good takes on professional equipment is the key to a good sound and is also easier to mix and master!

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EP: One Dance It, Dance All EP: Two

 

  • What would be your best advice on how to create a song (writing, composing, recording)?

 

Hooks. What you want is something that sticks in the head at the first listening. It can be a vocal melody as any other instrument. It doesn’t matter, what matters is something you can sing along.

 

 

  • Is there a particular theme behind the lyrics of your songs?

 

Yes, usually lyrics speak of impossible love, feminine beauty and artificial joys. We want nothing too depressive or dark. I did not want to talk about conspiracy or corruption, its got to be a party to make people dance.

For example, the first song of the upcoming EP “Stay” talks about a "magical moment" that you wished you could stay in forever. We try as much as possible to be positive in our lyrics.

 

 

  • You make electronic/dance/rock music, but do you listen to other genres? What are your main influences, your favorite artists/bands? And what is your favorite tune at the moment?

 

We actually listen to a lot of different music genres. From rockabilly to techno, from britpop to downtempo, Arabian to jazz, etc... But our main influences are indie rock, britpop and electronic music. It's really hard to actually name bands that inspire us because there are so many of them!

© Charles-Henri Debeur

© Charles-Henri Debeur

  • If you could invite one artist to collaborate with in the studio or on stage, who would it be, and why?

 

I think if we had to choose one, for studio and stage, it would be Noel Gallagher, former Oasis. This guy knows how to write hit songs, he’s a great melodist, songwriter and has musicianship. He also worked with electronic artists, such as The Chemical Brothers. It would be like going back to University for a PhD.

 

 

  • If I'm not wrong, you're currently preparing an upcoming EP... Can you tell us more about this project?

 

Yes, we’ve been working on that EP for quite a while. Many songs have been written for that EP but only 4 have been selected. They all have a different groove and a different style. This time we record everything on analog consoles for a fatter and more authentic tone. It is also the first EP as a four man’s band. The first song, Stay is an up-tempo song that reminds Duran Duran in the mid 90s. Fall for you; the second one is an infectious guitar riff influenced by Nile Rodgers. It is a kind of electro-funky-rock. The third song, Falcon 69 is more spacey with a guitar theme reminding of Ennio Morricone. And the last one, Artificial Joy is a song with a much more complex form and a slower groove. Dom Prevost is the guy behind the artwork again.

"Sex, drugs & rock n roll!" - The Easton Ellises
  • I am pretty sure your music goes to a whole other dimension when played live. Do you have any live memories or anecdotes you would like to share ?

 

Of course it is much more intense and loud on stage. Nothing compares to a show. For each and every live show, our mission is to get the crowd dancing.

I remember that show in Asia back in 2004, if my memory serves me right. We gave an exterior show in the mountains of Malaysia. It was in the middle of a jungle so the weather was hot and the vegetation dense. During the soundcheck, and between songs, we could hear the monkeys or maybe it was parrots. I don’t really know what it was but Canadian wildlife doesn’t sound like that.!

 

 

  • Let's get inventive for last question: choose one place (beach, club, countryside...), one color, one element (fire, water, wind...), and one animal that would best describe your music.

 

Not an easy one! But I think the one that would describe the most our music would be a road by the ocean with the wind in the hair and foot on the gas. Complete feeling of freedom and wellness.

As for an animal, well, it could be a cat because they combine glamour, agility, night vision and they are skilled hunters plus grumpy cat of course.

The Easton Ellises - Falcon 69 - Video by Joshua Sikora

Written by The Jamendo Team

Published on #Interviews

Published on July 4 2014

2014 World Cup: the Brazilian playlist

The 2014 World Cup is in full swing! Which team are you rooting for?
With all eyes being on Brazil, we wanted to celebrate this rich musical country with a selection of 18 tracks from Brazilian Jamendo artists. Enjoy!

  1. Let's start with Balança, a chillout tune from hip-hop duo Fluxo. Balancing between electrolounge and jazz, this flute-led track is perfect to get you in the mood of this colourful playlist.
     
  2. Caixa de Balões is a bright and rich rock-pop track by Lafusa, a band from Brasília. These guitar riffs and smooth vocals will get you hooked!
     
  3. We keep on rocking with Hard times from the band Neon Bicycles. We're loving the dreamy 80s mood and the care-free feeling that exudes from this irresistible indie-rock track!
     
  4. Time for a quick break with Beijo da Lara, in which AXIAL mixes electronic and ethnic sounds. This track is a magical union between tradition and modernity, made hypnotic by the aerial female vocals and the mystical instrumental.
     
  5. Start Me Up is a fresh pop/rock track by Foreplay. Its raw, unplugged and acoustic feel gives it a natural charm!
     
  6. Of course, we couldn't make a Brazilian playlist without bossa nova! Samba do Lago, by the Breculê band, is a warm, colourful and mellow mix between soft samba and jazz... Delicious!
     
  7. Strong, energetic and catchy... Here's another great indie pop/rock track by Nublado: Desse Lado!
     
  8. Teodora Dobradera, a lounge track from Q'saliva, an artist from São Paulo, is funky, groovy, yet delicate. The incessant beat and bass base is scattered with hints of diverse instrumens such as piano, guitar, or trumpet, making it intriguingly addictive!
     
  9. Varrendo a Lua is a sweet, poetic ballad that only needs an acoustic guitar, a violin and Roberta Campos's sweet voice to be beautiful.
     
  10. Pipo Pegoraro's tunes surely live up to their author's melodious name! Non Sense is a funky track that has a lovely electronic DIY side and a simple yet effective melody.
     
  11. Via Bela Isabela is a warm, summery surf-rock ballad. If close your eyes and listen to it, it will fly you straight to the Brazilian coast under a tropical sun. Thanks to Kinho Surf Root's for this soothing tune!
     
  12. Let's keep on travelling with this cosy track by Beatriz Bessa. Calango Da Saudade is one of the tracks where the "less is more" formula does wonders: a classical guitar, soft percussions and a delicate voice is all that's needed to keep us warm.
     
  13. After this relaxing pause, let's shake things up with this incredible piece: Blues do Covarde. Distintivo Blues show us the swingy side of Brazil!
     
  14. Dorme Mariana: who can resist this soft, melodic acoustic guitar track? We can't! Haroldo Torrecilha's fingerpicking is magical!
     
  15. The band Zorak won us over with Liquid Eyes, a roaring and passionate metal track!
     
  16. Another blasting rock track, To turne around, this time from the band AYGAN. Three words: restless, breathtaking, powerful!
     
  17. Baião: let's get some rest with Fernando TRZ and DJ Tahira. The exotic touch of this jazzy lounge track will make you travel, all the while sitting comfortably in your couch.
     
  18. The last track of our selection comes from Rock band Music Box. Minha Vida is pure classic rock, but with a modern feel and a stunning female lead.

Written by The Jamendo Team

Published on #Features

Published on June 27 2014

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Written by The Jamendo Team

Published on #Videos

Published on June 20 2014

"Everyone has their own unique creative landscape to express and explore." - Dr. Mindflip

Dr. Mindflip is one of those artists for which the word creativity seems to have been created. Sometimes melancholic, sometimes agitated, but always intriguing, his musical world will get you to colourful and hypnotic places. One step in, and you're in for an oddly addictive ride! We don't really know what to feel when listening to his music - everything about his voice, lyrics, arrangements, atmospheres etc. just leaves you curious and eager for more. One thing we do know, however, is that it feels good! Well, after all, that's what a doctor is supposed to do to you, right?  

  • Hi! First things first, can you introduce yourself to our readers? When and how did you become Dr Mindflip, the artist, singer, and songwriter?

 

Hello Jamendo listeners! I’m thrilled to be featured here amidst such a roaring ocean of incredible music. I’m a pianist/singer and all of my music is available for free download here on Jamendo – grab it, burn it, share it, use it, whatever so long as you enjoy it. Please continue to seek out and share creative commons music proudly! If you’d like to support me and help me pursue my work, please visit my Patreon page – it would mean a lot to me. For news on my next releases, Facebook is the best way to get in touch.

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Music has given me so much over the years – great friends, solace, inspiration, joy, challenges and opportunities to connect with my inner and outer worlds – and I found that I had been taking the safe option, trying to keep it simple and under control. I wanted to be able to dip my toe into the musical world without getting wet. How disrespectful and cowardly! So I had to summon a way to bridge the gap – a voodoo artist, sideshow swindler and mad scientist to fuse my creative life with the ‘real world’ me. I feel like Dr. Mindflip had been secretly working on me without my knowledge, but he/she/it finally stepped out of the shadows about a year ago to drag the different parts of me together, kicking, screaming, laughing and dreaming. It’s been a deliciously weird year!

  • You're a one-of-a-kind artist, with a true identity and your own universe. Can you describe your musical world, and how it came to life?

 

Thanks very much! I’m genuinely delighted that listeners have managed to find comfy spaces to hang out in the stranger corners of my music.

I’ve always been curious about sound and music – two of my favourite things a child were a Casio SA-20 that I got for my birthday and an old tape recorder. I’d constantly be making little radio shows, characters and stories (there are boxes of them somewhere at home that I need to destroy someday soon!). I also used to love borrowing my dad’s Walkman radio and listening to music late in bed – I’d imagine little cartoons and stories in my mind to match the lyrics, often with the same characters in them. I started to listen to a lot of dance music, of the cheesy 90’s Euro-trance variety, and had a pretty weird experience one night.

 

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Dr. Mindflip's Casio 

 

I was lying in bed, dozing off to the B-side remix of some dance single, when I started to hallucinate – all of these geometric, symmetrical patterns and shapes were shifting about in the darkness, full of colour. That really had a big effect on me – the idea that music alone could take you to such a different place, have such an influence on your consciousness, still fascinates me to this day.

 

I’ve certainly had a chameleonic instrumental life – maybe that’s why my musical world is so colourful. I played guitar in a rock band as a teenager (Lead Balloon), then piano (Teffia Ki), was a percussionist in a youth orchestra for four years, studied electroacoustic music and music technology in university, composed music for some wild theatre events, started to play shakuhachi (a Japanese bamboo flute with a very meditative tone), and got into improvised experimental music in a big way. I’ve just completed a PhD focusing on the design of electronic musical instruments at NUI Maynooth (so I’m now officially Dr. Dr. Mindflip!) where I lecture part-time in recording and sound synthesis.

 

I’ve had some powerful experiences with Tibetan singing bowls and chanting, so recently I’ve been doing a little training as a sound healer – maybe getting back to the ‘colours and shapes’ experience in some form. I’m currently planning the launch of a synthesizer app that I’ve been designing with Bitwise Operator. It’s called Oscar and it’s going to be released later this year and you can follow our journey at Surface Tension. And, of course, I’m polishing up the next Dr. Mindflip release – two of them in fact!

 

So I guess all of these things contribute in some way to the music that comes out of me. I believe strongly that everyone has their own unique creative landscape to express and explore – through sound, music, movement, art, words… It’s a question of having the right circumstances to delve into it and bring something back out. Sometimes the journey is due to desperation, frustration or loss, other times encouragement, inspiration and healing can be the driving force behind a creative excursion. Whatever happens, it’s a challenge to bring it into being – it can tell you uncomfortable truths about who you are, where you’re going, what you really love and hate! That’s where the real work begins – having the courage to communicate something.

"Everyone has their own unique creative landscape to express and explore." - Dr. Mindflip
  • What are your musical tastes and influences? What is your current favorite tune?

I’ve got a delightful case of musical ADHD! I adore anything sincere, quirky, immersive or unashamedly ‘itself’ – music that doesn’t care what you think of it tends to fascinate me. I’ve always loved genre-pushing rock/pop music like Floyd, Radiohead, Supertramp, Pixies, They Might Be Giants. I’ve also got a seriously soft spot for ambient electronic music like Global Communication, Eno, Budd, Boards of Canada, Aphex Twin, Philipp Weigl, Articology. Mostly I adore singers and musicians with a distinctive voice of their own, independent of genre conventions, like Tom Waits, Zappa, Janis Joplin, Billy Corgan, Entertainment for the Braindead, Antony Hegarty, Jonsi, Bobby McFerrin, Nick Cave, Les Claypool…artists who embrace their uniqueness and just about let us come along for the ride.

 

Free improvisation, experimental electronic music and jazz have had a massive influence on me in recent years – diving in the deep end (the only end) with these styles of expression has ignited a second childhood for me in relation to music, a renewed curiosity with sound, playfulness with my voice and a sense of ‘who cares?’ when it comes to what others might think that grows in ferocity daily! It’s been scary, challenging and tremendously exciting.

 

My favourite tune right now is definitely Pure Imagination from the original Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. I’ve been playing it recently with the BAM Group, a jazz quartet featuring Aidan Guilfoyle (from Mindflip), Séan Kenny and my brother James McGlynn. The opening chord just melts me every time. A close second is the wrestler John Cena’s theme tune, for reasons too ridiculous to go into.

"Everyone has their own unique creative landscape to express and explore." - Dr. Mindflip
  • Your first album is called "A Brand New You". The visual, the intriguing texts, the singing style... everything about this album is unusual. Can you tell us more about the story of this project? Who participated in this project?

 

The songs from A Brand New You fermented over the course of a difficult few months, around Christmas 2012. I’ve always tended to have bursts of writing during the wintertime – I’m not sure if it’s due to the shorter days, resulting tendency to stay up late, the free time that Christmas holidays provide or simply the need to take out some emotional trash at the end of another year.

 

I had been doing a lot of soul searching about my lack of commitment to music – working upon the mental blocks that I had developed (both through my own fault and with the help of others) about creativity in general. The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron really shook me up in that respect – I found some life-changing ideas in that book. My musical life seemed to be populated by half-finished projects that bore more than a little of the stink of academic over-analysis. I had to do something complete and real.

 

The songs bubbled to the surface of my mind almost by themselves so I set about capturing them pretty furiously in case they vanished – that’s often the way. I played all the instruments myself and let go into an intensity that I had always managed to cloak with humour in my music up until that point. Some of the songs made me see things – in particular, Losing It sent me flying through endless empty redbrick factories while I was working on it late one night. That was like a positive message to me – I was getting back to the music my inner child wanted to hear – and the reason why I was dying to get a nice evocative video together for it.

I wasn’t trying to be unusual with A Brand New You – I guess that might be hard to believe after hearing even the opening two lines of the album but it is true! Barney’s Magic Dog feverishly tore me a path into the bleaker spaces that make up the rest of the songs and I just got lost swimming in the rest.

 

It was difficult finding an outlet for the music, I must admit, because of the genre-specificity of so many netlabels out there. Mellow and mad are easy to accommodate separately, but I found it tricky to get in touch with anyone comfortable with both styles at once. In the end Michael Gregoire, head of the amazing blocSonic netlabel, had the magic touch – such an incredibly helpful, passionate and talented guy. He has been so generous with his time and support since the very start and having A Brand New You released on blocSonic was the turning point for me.

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  • Your latest album, "Dr Mindflip Is Itching To Play", is more stripped down. It's only the piano and the voice. So naturally, we tend to focus more on the lyrics, and notice that you have a very particular writing style, spanning different themes and moods. How did you take on writing such peculiar lyrics? Is it something that you put much effort on, or is it more of a stream of consciousness?

 

I take the term peculiar as a compliment! I’m very happy with the response I’ve been getting to the up-close delivery and style – it’s so encouraging. I don’t make a conscious effort to do weird or unsettling lyrics, it’s just how the songs want to be. I do put a lot of effort into my lyrics but not very much of that effort is spent sitting down, scribbling and crossing out. I’ve been making an effort to write more and be less of a perfectionist with my songs so there definitely is a sense of urgency and stream-of-consciousness in there too. I wrote a complete song every week since January this year, just to see if I could, and that kind of pressure surprisingly worked quite well for me.

 

Anytime that I approach songs directly or forcefully their growth seems stunted – it’s like they have a life of their own and I have to stalk them, coax them out gently. Dr. Mindflip Is Itching To Play seems to be zooming in much closer to the kind of emotional world that I glimpsed in the first album, so I’m just as interested as everyone else in seeing where the next EP lands us.

 

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  • Is there one song, from an artist out there, that you wish was yours? A song that you wish you'd have written, composed, created...

 

That’s a great question! One of my favourite songs ever is Time by Pink Floyd – it never fails to floor me completely, either with the psychedelic clock sounds, the hypnotic intro, uncompromising lyrics, blazing solo or solemn drop back into Breathe. It’s a stunningly beautiful piece. My other strong contender is the entire Discovery album by Daft Punk, an unlikely combo I know, but for me both Dark Side and Discovery are both so packed with colour and charm from the decades they bookend. If I had a hand in making either of those albums, I’d like to imagine that I’d be happy, content and self-actualised musically! But probably not... I think some of the Floyd guys have expressed their impossible wish to hear Dark Side for the ‘first time’ because they never had the chance. I guess that would be a bit sad really!

  • You took part to the EuroMusic Contest 2014 and were the #1 Irish contestant, which made you pre-qualified for the finale, congratulations! What were you expecting from this contest?

 

The EuroMusic Contest was an exciting ride while it lasted! I didn’t make it to the final 10 but representing Ireland was a great honour and the whole contest really helped light a fire under me and my friends to get our stuff together online. I genuinely wasn’t disappointed at not making the final as the pre-qualifying stage brought out such amazing support from friends, family, fans and the powers behind terrific sites like blocSonic, The Cerebral Rift and Emeraz. It was such an encouraging and motivating experience!

 

While I think the EMC organisers are lovely folks with a sincere desire to spread good music, there is a darker side to contests like this…a sense of ruthless competitively and negative vibes spread by some participants that seems at odds with the very act of sharing music online! Folks like that need to chill out and take a long, hard look at why they’re even playing music in the first place. There are far less time consuming ways of getting your ego stroked after all.

"Everyone has their own unique creative landscape to express and explore." - Dr. Mindflip"Everyone has their own unique creative landscape to express and explore." - Dr. Mindflip
  • Have you already taken this material on the road, performed it live? How would you describe the live experience you've had so far?

 

I’ve played a few of the songs solo at the odd open mic or the like, but I’m lucky enough to have the musical force of three seriously talented friends at my disposal. Darryl, Mark and Aidan are a powerhouse of weird musical energy and humour that really breathe new life into my songs. We’ve mostly spent our time jamming and experimenting late into the night in the studio, using the songs from A Brand New You and Is Itching To Play as a launchpad for some pretty out-there jams (most of which we’ve recorded and might very well surface soon…)

 

We’ve done a few small performances locally and enjoyed the experience. We’re tentatively looking at places to bring it next – I guess the musics tendency to rocket from very loud insanity to very quiet insanity makes it a little tricky to judge the best shows to play. We’re looking forward to throwing it at a variety of venues over the coming months and seeing what sticks.

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  • What are the future musical plans for Dr. Mindflip?

 

Is Itching To Play is the first of three EPs planned for release this year through blocSonic. I’m working on the second one now and trying something a little different to say the least – it’s a bit of an experiment with the recording process but the songs will build upon the style of IITP, a little more jazzy and dark perhaps. All of the songs for the third and final EP are also written and ready to roll – again, a more experimental approach to the recording is on the cards…

 

My good friend Bitwise Operator did two terrifically twisted remixes of an unreleased song called Sink – that was a thrilling experience, almost like hearing my own song for the first time from inside another musician’s head. I’d love to do some more collaborative work like that – especially with electronic artists like Bitwise Operator, ekayi, and Puppet Show/Yan. We also did a stripped-down acoustic-ish performance for a local web series that’ll be surfacing soon.

 

 

The most curious beast on the horizon is a full-length album comprising the wilder and weirder side of the group jams. We’ll probably devise some perverse way of mixing and matching the songs together, hit the lights, hit record and do something pretty nuts. That will feel like a great milestone – 4 EPs all leading up to the full LP release.

  • For the last question, let's get creative: you know how some songs are perfect for specific places, like an uptempo song for a dancefloor, a tropical song for a beach, a romantic song for a wedding etc. If you had to imagine the perfect scenery to match your music, what would it be?

 

I cheated and asked two of my friends – both drummers incidentally – what they imagined. Both of them mentioned wide open spaces, a desert and snow-capped mountains, populated by weird-looking houses or half-cartoon characters shambling around. I love both of those images!

 

Darryl described an amazing musical dream to me once – a kind of bawdy vaudevillian party on the edge of collapse with a very sinister soundtrack. Throw some creepy circus performers, a wild, dark forest setting and plenty of outrageous creatures and clothes and I think you’ll find Dr. Mindflip arriving and ready to party...

"Everyone has their own unique creative landscape to express and explore." - Dr. Mindflip

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Written by The Jamendo Team

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