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Masters – Magnus Carlson

This entry is part 7 of 7 in the series Masters3

We recently caught up with Magnus Carlson, for a chat for NUTSMAG for a preview of his special live show on 21st October 2017 at CROSSFIRE,London.

1. Are you looking forward to our Crossfire night at 229 the Venue in October and what can we expect from a Magnus Carlson show?

Seriously. I can’t wait! I’ve been wanting to go to a New Untouchables event for ages. But I tour so much, the dates have never matched my schedule before. I love and collect your compilations and 7″ singles. I have with me a great seven-piece band. Horns, Hammond organ, congas. the works! Every musician is hand-picked by me for their individual skills and love for 60s style jazz, soul and rhythm-n-blues. Every band member release albums on their own. I’m so proud of them. It’s like I’m the manager for Sweden’s National soul team. Very groovy and danceable. You will love it. I promise!

2. All of us here at New Untouchables extend our congratulations to you on the tremendous success of ‘Long Way Home’. Did you think it would be such a hit when recording had finished?

I’ve been in the music biz full-time since 1997. I’ve always followed my heart and done what I felt like. As a result, I have had a lot of number ones in Sweden but also a few flops. You never ever know what will be successful or not. But I can look back at a career (16 albums in 20 years) and be proud. Most of the stuff I do has a kind of timelessness to it. At least in my mind. I almost only listen to 60s music but I try not to be too retro even if that’s the style of music I make. It’s made today about the world today I think this is the first ever mod number one in Sweden. At least since 1967. When was a mod album number one in the UK last? The Jam?

3. For those who are new to your music, how would you describe your ‘sound’?

If you refer back to question number 1, I think that about covers it!

4. You are a massive star in Sweden and you are following in the footsteps of The Cardigans, Jasmine Kara and a certain 70s pop band to name a few; who have been popular here. How important is it for you to have a higher profile in the UK?

I’ve been doing this for so long now so I know the ups and downs. I’m perfectly happy just with my popularity in Sweden. It all can wish for. But certainly, I’m eager to try the UK. There are more mods there and I’m part of the mod scene. It’s only natural to wonder what could happen. I’m so happy you want me over! I feel grateful and excited!

5. Of course, some of our readers will know you from your time with Weeping Willows. Do you have any plans to record with them?

Oh! We have never split up. It’s my mother ship. That band will exist forever. But sometimes I go out on solo missions outside the ship. Jazz, soul, electronic excursions. Stuff I can’t do within that group. We’re more of a ballad group. The Walker Brothers type of stuff. But we are bigger than ever. We do a lot of gigs with symphony orchestras in sports arenas and Concert halls. This year we go out on a Christmas tour. 17 gigs in December. Next year we will record and release a New album. All our albums are number ones in Sweden.

6. The new album is inspired by Northern Soul. When did you first become interested in that style of music?

I was born in 1968. I grew up with punk and then New wave. I started to listen to everything my idols recommended. Naturally, that meant all kinds of 60s music. All things mod. So, through The Style Council and Dexy’s Midnight Runners, I got to know about rare soul. Then we had a lot of Northern soul clubs in Stockholm in the 90s which I went to because I love to dance. I got to know all the people. The soul scene is my home. And I have always loved and collected 7″ singles. My favourite format since I was a Punk kid.

7. Sweden has had a healthy 60’/Northern Soul/mod scene for a number of years with organisations like Uppers and people like Frederik Ekander. Were you aware of that scene at all?

Oh Yeah! There are a lot of soul clubs and DJs/collectors over here. Club Soul in Stockholm has been going every Saturday for almost 30 years now! Could it be a World record?! They still only play soul on vinyl. I sometimes DJ there. And then there’s the monthly club Soulastatic in Gothenburg that Punky has been doing for about 20 years now. Very strong soul scene. With lots of great DJs!

8. You have recorded the new album in English and spent time at Black Barn Studios with Andy Lewis. What was that experience like?

I knew Andy before. He had heard my Swedish version of Beggin’ from 2003. We have DJ’d together and even wrote songs together before. So, when I finally had the time to make a soul album I knew I had to do it with him. Andy said we should record at the Black Barn. So, we did. It was perfect and a great 4-day session with a great band Andy put together. And a bit of a romantic childhood dream.

9. Who are your musical influences?

Too many to mention. When I was a Teenager the people who made me want to sing was (chronologic) Elvis, The Smiths, Weller, Scott Walker. Through them, I got into the rarer stuff. Now I mostly listen to 60s soul and 50s jazz. I’m going backwards. Next stop for me is probably Blues and old gospel.

10. Are there any current bands or artists that you like?

Goran Kajfeš Subtropic Arkestra is amazing! He’s the trumpet player in my band. He’s a genius. He has a new album out just this week.

11. What is your favourite song by another artist that you could not live without?

I have a big record collection and I sincerely can’t part with any of them. You know how it is. It never ends. I find new old favourite every week! That’s the thrill!

Thank you, Magnus, for taking time out of your busy schedule to talk to With NutsMag. We can’t wait to see you on 21st October 2017 at CROSSFIRE,London.

Band Members:
Magnus Carlson singer
Goran Kajfeš trumpet
Jonas Kullhammar saxophone
Anders Kappelin bass
Anders Lewén guitar
Patrik Kolar organ
Johan Carlsson congas
Christer Björklund drums

Discography:  www.discogs.com/Magnus-Carlson

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September 19, 2017 By : Category : Articles Bands Europe Front Page Interviews Music News Picks Scene Tags:, , ,
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Euro Yeye 2017 Review

Now in its 23rd year, Euro Yeye 2017 proved once again why it’s at the top of the tree for 60s/Mod events in Europe.

To earn the attendance of so many regulars and newcomers, some of whom weren’t even born when the first weekender was held, is something really special. This was my second time in Gijon, having first visited in 2015, and my first time being invited to DJ by Felix and Rob and I couldn’t wait to return for the all-nighters, the amazing music, the friendly people and the Asturian cuisine.

First of day events was in El Bello Verano, seaside bar with DJs and one of the exhibits of the weekend, by Catalan artist David Cobo.
There was also a film festival organized that started on Monday with a really good response. 8 films, one (or two) each day. Thursday was the day to introduce it to YeYe fans coming from all over, with Merli Marlowe and Felix talking about the films, all of them very rare, all of them 60’s and all of them related to humor, this was the link. Also time for introducing Joaquin Viña’s Pop Art amazing exhibit and “las maravillosas aventuras of Mr Soul” graphic novel by Andreu Conill.

First band of the weekend was California act, The Allah-Las performing in the traditional Plaza Mayor outdoor concert. Their sun-drenched psychedelic mid-tempo sounds were the perfect start to events in the early evening heat, and they thrilled their attending fans and new converts alike.

Things, for me, got off to a shaky start, I lost my luggage en route from Scotland, and managed to badly injure my ankle as soon as I arrived at Acapulco, but I wasn’t going to let these setbacks ruin the weekend! Thursday’s all-nighter got off to a flying start (the legendary Sala Acapulco Gin & Tonics helping me with anesthetic), with the mix of black and white sounds from the DJs including Rob and I from the UK and Juanito Volumen from the Spanish Inquisition team as well as a fantastic show from Spanish band Melange. Both styles of music R&B/soul and garage/psych in one room really pulls everyone together and in the hands of the skillful DJs the crossovers were seamless and kept the dancefloor going until the early hours of the morning.

Friday daytime saw a few sore heads, but a beautiful sunny day to get out and explore Gijon, enjoy the beach, as well as all-day mod sounds at El Patio de la Favorita with Kitty B Shake and Jokin Misterklin on the decks, as well as the first of two mass scooter runs around the city. Right before all this Jim McCarthy was interviewed thru skype to present his last 2 graphic novels: “Living for Kicks” and “The Life and Death of Keith Moon”. The club “Toma3” was packed… and there was also a show cooking experience with French food.
For the lucky few, a couple  more hours sleep and then onto the 2nd Allnighter, again the stellar DJ line-up and two of the most exciting bands on the circuit as well, in the shape of Les Darlings from France and homegrown Spanish psych favourites Fogbound setting things up for another night of fantastic music and gathering of friends old and new. Les Darlings delivered infectious beat and rhythm sounds with loads of style, while Fogbound’s have gone from strength to strength with their sweeping psychedelic/prog/popsike sound, that went down a storm.

For the lucky few, a couple  more hours sleep and then onto the 2nd Allnighter, again the stellar DJ line-up and two of the most exciting bands on the circuit as well, in the shape of Les Darlings from France and homegrown Spanish psych favourites Fogbound setting things up for another night of fantastic music and gathering of friends old and new. Les Darlings delivered infectious beat and rhythm sounds with loads of style, while Fogbound’s have gone from strength to strength with their sweeping psychedelic/prog/popsike sound, that went down a real storm.

There was no let up the next day with plenty of people braving the hangovers and the overcast weather to head to the 7 hour pool party at Camping Deva… record and clothes stalls, food, drinks, scooters and a packed line-up of DJs playing the best of 60s sounds across the genres. The Scootercruzada had their trophies given there as well, furthest traveller being a young fellow from Germany (2000+ kms. on his Lambretta to the event). There was also a bunch of British mod scooterists + the usual Spanish and local crowd enjoying the roads and the party.
A final push for the 3rd all-nighter, and this was going to be something special with the eagerly awaited annual Mr & Mrs Yeye contest saw Gerry German from Switzerland and Marian Choya Martin crowned this year’s winners. Live performances from Las Munjitas Del Fuzz from the Vatican with their primitive fuzzed up garage sounds and crazy live show and the eagerly awaited show from Spain’s Tito Ramirez.

The debut Tito Ramirez single ‘Lonely Man’ became an instant classic at R&B/mod nights around Europe and the live performance shows he has so much more to come, the band were bursting with infectious energy and had the whole room in the palm of their hands with their own signature take on classic r&b and popcorn sounds, delivered with loads of character, swagger, and humor.

After Tito the DJ team of Miguel, Imanol, Luis, Felix, Juanito, Rob and I took the night through to dawn with a wholesome mix of 60s styles, blending old favorites with sure to be future classics and, most importantly, keeping the dancers grooving and spinning till the sun came up.

Sunday – out o the official program – was the time for the “necropoli yeyé” a party for all the “leftovers-yeyes” from everywhere that had the strongest dancing in the old town club “TNT” up to 7am!

It was an absolute pleasure to be invited to play as part of the DJ team, and to be welcomed by the locals and friends from across Europe to this very special event in the mod calendar. As I said even injuries and lost suitcases couldn’t hold me back. Here’s to next year  (2 to 5 august!)

Take a look at the images from EURO YEYE 2017 here  
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September 19, 2017 By : Category : Bands DJs Europe Front Page Music Reviews Scene Tags:, ,
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Newbreed – The Wheels

This entry is part 7 of 7 in the series Newbreed5

NUTsMag recent caught up with The Wheels, who hail from Mallorca, Balearic Islands for a quick chat.

1. How long have you been active and how did you get together?

Three of us started playing music together when we were around 14, it was then that we decided to make The Wheels something more serious. The years have seen members change, some leave and come back but finally we’ve got the final lineup and we’re stoked.

2. What influences do the band members have in common?

A list that no one has time to read. But we began being influenced by music from the 60s when we were starting up, purely because we couldn’t find anything contemporary to relate to then, artists like Kevin Ayers, The Beatles. We also love jazz and Brazilian music. Now there’s loads of great music out there, we think perhaps that the people making it went through a similar experience to us in that they delved back into history to find music that inspired them and when making their own, these influences were exhibited. Artists like The Lemon Twigs, Connan Mockasin, Mild High Club and Mac Demarco have had us pretty hooked recently.

3. Are there any bands you’d recommend in your area?

Definitely, good friends of our, los Nastys are a band people should check out, they’ve come from the underground garage scene in Madrid along with The Parrots and Hinds. All those bands have great songs and a lot of energy.

4. Tell us about the 60s/underground scene from Spain?

We don’t know all that much about what was going on in the rest of Spain during that time but we do know that Mallorca was a melting pot for artists from abroad. Deia was home to people like Kevin Ayers who founded The Soft Machine and later went solo, it also saw Robert Wyatt spend some time there and Yoko Ono is said to have visited as well. Hendrix even played in Palma in the 60s

5. How would you describe the style you play?

Hypnotizing psychedelia with a nostalgic flash from the 60s and a freshness that encapsulates the new wave of psychedelic pop

6. What are your live shows like?

In a way they’re like bringing a sonic painting to life. Having the songs performed widens perception and awakens different senses and emotions.

7. What are your main influences in music? Who do/would you play covers by? Who do you despise?

That’s like asking a poet to pick their favorite word, apart from the influences we adopted as teenagers we’re constantly discovering new music and forever going through phases of obsession with different artists. We don’t play covers but we’d probably do something by Kevin Ayers. Who do we despise? There are so many artists we love and probably more we have a more negative opinion of. But we’re not here to insult anyone… although we hate that fucking song ‘Despasito ‘that’s out at the moment. And Ed Sheeran is a pain in the arse too.

8. What are your main influences outside of music?

We read a lot of books, Siddhartha by Herman Hesse was actually an influence on our last album. We’re really into film and also get very inspired by painters like Matti Klarwein (who also lived in Deia), who was one of the psychedelic legends.

9. Who writes your songs and what subjects do you deal with?

In everything released until now, Guille has been the main songwriter but the whole band was involved in the process and Tomi even wrote a song for the last album too.

10. What is your favorite song in your repertoire currently? What’s your favorite song by another artist?

Dream On – Nó by O Terno

11. How would you describe the underground scene? Do you participate?

The current underground scene is thriving at the moment. And yes, more than participate, we live in it currently. There is brilliant music being made, you just need to look for it.

12. What has your biggest challenge been up to date?

This year it’s been finding time to work on new material because we’ve been on the road so much.

13. How often do you Rehearse? Play Live? Record?

Rehearsing depends on whether there’s a tour or important gig coming up, in those cases its every day. We play live a lot. And we record when we get off tour.

14. What do you think of music coverage in the media?

We think there’s plenty of room for more coverage, especially in mainstream media, it’s embarrassing how little time is devoted to culture. It’s up to the independent magazines, blogs etc. at the moment. Although platforms like Pitchfork and Red Bull are pretty cool.

15. Do you rate any current mainstream or underground bands?

All the ones mentioned above and more, we’d be here for days.

16. Who/Where would you most like to record with and why?

We were very happy with Paco Loco and his studio was a wonderful place to record an album, we’d definitely work with him again. At the moment we’d love to record with Jonathan Rado from Foxygen and the location… I dunno Brazil?

17. What should we expect from you in the future? What are your plans and ambitions? What interesting dates have you got coming up?

We’re already writing new material and we may release a single before the year is out, an album will follow sometime in the future. We’re busy in September with festivals like Ebrovision, Zaragoza Psych Fest, Monkey Week. We’re looking to get more dates in Europe as we toured Mexico before trying to sort out something in our continent. And we’ll be hoping to play more great festivals next summer.

Main Site: thewheels.band/

Social Networks:
Facebook: facebook.com/TheWheels.proj
Instagram: www.instagram.com/thewheelsband/

Band Members: Guille Borrás (Guitar and vocals), Tomi Solbas (Drums and vocals), Rick Sena (Guitar), Toni Sánchez (Keyboard, Synths), Andrés Alcover (Bass and vocals).

Discography: Great Frustrations EP (2014), Born to Fly LP (2015) The Year of the Monkey LP (2017)


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I run The New Untouchables organization and events like the Brighton Mod Weekender, Le Beat Bespoké Festival (and compilation series of the same name) and I co-organize Euro Ye Ye with the Trouble & Tea crew. I have run many clubs over the last 20 years in London, where I live and current nights include Timebox, Zoo Zoo, Crossfire, 100 Club and Mousetrap allnighter which has just celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2011. I have been lucky to DJ all over the globe including Japan, Canada, USA and Europe and met some great people on my journey. I run RnB Records to offset my vinyl addiction: newuntouchables.com/rnbrecords for rare vintage vinyl.

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September 19, 2017 By : Category : Articles Europe Interviews Music News Tags:, , , ,
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Newbreed – Allah Las

Jenni and Holly had a chat with Pedrum Siadatian, the lead guitarist and vocalist with Allah Las ahead of headline show at Euro YeYe, Spain on Thursday 3 August.

1. Some of you guys met through school and working at Amoeba Records, can you tell us a bit about what brought you to start playing together and how you became The Allah-Las?

Once Spencer and I started getting acquainted at Amoeba, we shared our individual bedroom recording projects with each other and started jamming just for fun. Soon-after, we asked Matt to join us and drum because he was our friend and had similar tastes. Then they asked Miles to sing cause they knew him from high school and none of us wanted to sing.

2. Having worked in a record store prior to the band and all being big music fans, what different musical influences does each member bring to the band? Do you try to get this across in the music?

We have a lot of overlapping tastes but each of us has certain tendencies that the other doesn’t so it kind of balances out- popman, worldman, folkman, caveman.

3. Obviously California is musically one of the richest places to live with so much history and new music, how influenced are you by living there and other music coming from the area?

Bands are products of their environments just like people are, so I think whether we wanted to or not that Los Angeles was gonna come across in our music to some degree. We are really into the Byrds, Love, Seeds, Rain Parade etc.., in terms of paying homage to those influences, we did it best on our second record.

4. You’ve also had a very strong art direction with your artwork and videos, are there other influences outside of music which you draw from?

Yeah – books, movies, art, friends, and conversations. they’re all equally important.

5. Nick Waterhouse took on production duties on Worship the Sun, how did that come about? Do you have plans to work together again in the future? Or indeed are there any other people on your wish list to work with?

it came about cause he helped us with the first record and it seemed like a good move to work with him again. We also spent a lot of time with Dan Horne in the studio doing overdubs and mixing. I’m into the idea of recording ourselves for the next one!

6. Following on from Worship the Sun, Calico Review takes things a bit further and a slightly darker turn. Can you tell us a bit about the writing of the album and recording process for it?

We were just writing songs separately, a continuation of the process that had started with Worship the Sun. When it came time to start working on Calico everyone started showing the rest of the band the songs they had written and we learned em, demoed em, then recorded em proper off-and-on over the course of a year.

7. Your weekly installment of Reverberation Radio has become a bit of an institution for fans, how did that come about?

Miles had a graveyard shift time slot at KXLU every Wednesday from 2-6am and we would all go down to the station, bring records, and hang out. We got kicked off the air for playing too much old stuff, and with the help of our friend Robbie, we turned it into a weekly podcast that’s been going on for about 5 years. The four of us in the band take turns contributing, as well as six of our friends and the occasional guest.

8. What is the 60s underground scene like in LA? Is this something you are involved in as a band?

There is a small one but I don’t feel like that’s our vibe. We never wanted to be a full on 60’s homage group, even though the video for Tell Me contributed to that.

9. It feels like you’ve been touring pretty much nonstop over the past year. You’ve toured extensively across America, Europe and Australia since the release of Calico Review – what have some of the highlights been?

Some of the best shows have been the shows where we didn’t know we had an audience and loads of people came, like Cape Town, Tel Aviv, Budapest, Moscow, Bali.

10. Are you looking forward to playing at Euro Yeye? What can we expect from the set? When you record, are you always thinking about how it will sound live?

Yes, we’re gonna try to do some stuff we’ve never done live. No, that comes after it’s done!

11. As you’ve been spending a lot of time touring, has this given you much time to check out some new (old) music? What’s been your soundtrack on the tour bus over the last few months?

I’ve been listening to my friend Maston’s record that’s gonna be coming out this fall, it’s really great instrumental/soundtrack music. Also, Chris Lucey, the Only Ones, and VU always.

12. Calico Review came out last year, what are your plans for the rest of 2017? Focussing on touring or will you be heading back into the studio?

Yeah we have a short west coast tour in September but otherwise, we’re gonna start working on the next record this winter!

Band Members: Matthew Correia, Spencer Dunham, Miles Michaud, Pedrum Siadatian

Discography:
Albums

Allah-Las (2012)
Worship The Sun (2014)
Calico Review (2016)
Singles
“Catamaran”/”Long Journey” – Pres, 2011
“Tell Me (What’s On Your Mind)”/”Sacred Sands” – Innovative Leisure, 2012
“Don’t You Forget It” – Record Store Day split w/Nick Waterhouse, 2012
“Had It All”/”Every Girl” – Innovative Leisure, 2013
“501-415″/”No Werewolf” – Innovative Leisure, 2014
“Famous Phone Figure” – Mexican Summer, 2016
“Could Be You” – Mexican Summer, 2016

Main Site:  allah-las.com/

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Newbreed – Las Munjitas del Fuzz

1. How long have you been active for and how did you get together?

We started together as Doctor Explosion in the springtime of 1989. We were the first original line up under this name and we did hundreds of shows and five albums plus some singles and eps till 2001 when the original line up splits up, although i decide to keep going with different members as Dr Explosion after that date till nowadays. In 1993 after reading an article about obscure Spanish bands in the 60s, i discovered about Las Monjitas del Jeep, a group of real nuns who consider themselves as “ye yes”, “we are YE YEs but of the type that don’t get in troubles”. They were living in a convent and done their shopping in a Jeep. Fascinated by the idea of this group of religious devoted nuns who had such a cool gear (seen in pics such as Gibson 335, Grestch guitar, etc).

It was after that that I proposed to Felix and Varo to start a parallel band under the name of Las Monjitas del Surf to play spontaneously at our local temple, the music bar La Foli, a year after in 1994 we rescued the idea to play with another guitarist (Marcos Montoto, who we did at least two shows with) under the name of Las Monjitas del Fuzz. After that we did a tour in Spain with Lightning Beat Man in 1996 as his backing band.

We were very busy as Dr Explosion that time during the 90s so we used las Monjitas to do punctual shows randomly. After that, in 2001 with the new members of Dr Explosion we played at the Wild Weekend in Benidorm under the name of Las Munjitas. I think it was a mistake by Josh Collins to change the name of the band, the O for the U, but maybe not and it was only genius from Josh!! Bravo!! so when Varo last year (2016) proposed we get back together with Felix (the original line up of dr explosion) under las Monjitas del fuzz name I rescued the U in MUNJITAS from Josh’s idea, cause it sounds like MOON-hittas, in English and esthetically the name looks better with the same U as FUZZ.

As Las Munjitas del Fuzz we have been active since Varo called me in April of 2016.

2. What influences do the band members have in common?

We have lots of music influences in common, all the fuzzy mid 60s garage, and late 60s acid Pysch garage with raw strident guitar tones, but also all British 60s bands, 50s Rhythm and Blues, good Rock and Roll, Soul music and jazz and obviously much more. We know that Las Munjitas del fuzz land is the territory for the most extreme fuzzy and pysch garage sounds with creepy Spanish lyrics from the vision of a tormented nun who lives in these crazy modern times

3. Are there any other bands you’d recommend from your area? Why?

Around Gijon, Bobkat 65 cause although they are still in the process of learning to find their own way and self-confidence there is a real truth and love in what they do that you can feel in the spirit of their songs that makes them more real and special than other “professional” musicians. Check them out, they have a new album on Get Hip Records! I also spend part of my time in Austin, Texas that I consider also my area so, there I could mention hundreds of examples of good music like The Black Angels, Amplified Heat, Mike Flannigin (best hammond organ combo in town) Sweet Spirit, The Ripe, The Uglybeats, The Bellfuries, A Giant Dog, Sweet Spirit,The Thunderchiefs and many more.

4. What’s the 60’s/underground scene like where you’re from?

Here in Gijon it is quite boring I might say, lots of no talented and pedant shit over polished and enhanced by music business media, some indie rock song writers with pretentious political intentions but nothing really exciting except some real talented people like Fee Reega, Captains and a few others like Bobkat 65, Las Potras and Peralta.

In Austin is an amazing community of talented musicians with hundreds of good bands around.

5. How would you describe the style you play?

Fuzzy Psych Garage Punk

6. What are your live shows like?

Mystic Ecstasy, Out of Control, Tremors and Levitation, Religious Fervor and Mass Mess

7. What are your main influences in music? Who do/would you play covers by? And who do you despise?

My influences in Music are very wide, as somebody said once, I like all the good music and a bit of the bad stuff. Las Munjitas only play covers for now but I write my own lyrics in Spanish that gives the songs a new vision. We have the intention of writing our own material for the next records. it is very interesting and fun to see from a language point of view how changing that affects the final result. Even though I respect all the accents of the melody by just changing the meaning of the lyrics and the sounds of the words you can export a song to a new dimension, where that recording means something totally different to a new group of people. I love playing with that, it’s a in joke for us to transform the songs we have always loved into something really stupid to laugh about, we don’t respect anything.

8. What are your main influences outside of music?

God

9. Who writes your songs and what subjects do you deal with?

I write the lyrics. As I said above we play covers, golden Garage hits from the mid-60s, that we used to play in our setlist in the 90s, plus some other new. When Varo asked me to get the band back together again I thought it was a good idea to do it under the name of Las Munjitas. It made no sense to play those songs again with their original lyrics, so as long as we were now Las Munjitas del Fuzz and not Dr Explosion I started to write new lyrics with the vision of a real catholic nun.

Catholicism has been a huge part of our education since we are all coming from deep Catholic families, Varo and I were both in Catholic schools. So, in most of the lyrics I want to sound like a real nun with an ancient conservative traditional mindset trying to understand and describe today’s World. Trying to understand today’s young people and the music scene, and at the same time trying to be part of it, but with her own spirit. Like a Christian rock band but with Garage Punk tunes, sometimes I go a bit wild with the lyrics like “Let’s go in 69” where i describe the sexual act of a 69 between two nuns. but aren’t we all sinners? “And you know that temptation and the devil is always there. And well, the attitude of the lyrics is surprising, like…”Oh my god!! it is a 69!!” Although there are also explicit descriptions of oral sex. it is real as life itself where tragedy and comedy walk together hand in hand.”

10. What’s your favorite song in your repertoire currently? What’s your favorite song by another artist?

I like a lot “Satan sal de mi” which is our first single and the new video we’ll put on youtube soon. A song by another artist it could mention hundreds but I am gonna say “I am a lover not a fighter” by Lazy Lester because I met him last Saturday after his show and had a beer with him, and because I love that single!

11. How would you describe the current underground scene? Do you participate?

I think the underground scene is in a very interesting, there is a lot of cool bands all around the World, and more important, there is a new generation of fans interested in today’s scene with festivals like Levitation in Austin, Liverpool and Angers. I participate as much as I can, producing and recording bands. I have been working with Boogarins, Golden Animals, Dallas Acid, Amplified Heat, The Ripe and Sean Lennon.

12. What has been the biggest challenge to date?

Not being arrested by the border patrol when we were shooting our videoclip of “Satan sal de mi” near the Mexican border dressing like nuns. the officer asked us: “Are you guys roman Catholics?”

13. How often do you Rehearse? Play Live? Record? Anything interesting coming up?

Well, Varo lives in Valencia (800 km away) so every time he comes over to Gijon we try to do as much practice and recording as we can. Actually the records we have been putting out are first takes of the first rehearsal we did after 16 years. A large part of our set are songs we used to play in the 90s. We practice at my studio Circo Perrotti where I put mics and record the rehearsal with the intention of hearing the possible mistakes and work on the songs after that. The truth is that we liked the way the songs came out with their imperfections, and we love that fact as important part of the footprint of real music. We have a new single on Slovenly/Shit on the Milk records, with a hidden surprise at the end of the 1st cut. we also have one more single coming up on Groovie Records. We have a recorded lots of hits like “No la van a Bautizar”, “Aun soy Virgen”, “Frivola” or “El Twist de la Genuflexion” that will be included in the Munjitas album.

14. What do you think of the music coverage in the media?

It is like in any other business, people follow the mainstream, most of the times just a matter of investing money and time, there is a parallel World of talented people doing the most interesting things in the underground and occasionally the massive media discovers one or two of them and gives them bigger exposure

15. Do you rate any current mainstream or underground bands?

The Black Angels are my friends, I play with Jake Garcia in The Ripe and he invited me to join them for their show at Primavera Sound, and although I saw them many times before in Austin, that night was special for me. To see Jake my brother on stage having a massive success in my own country, made me feel very proud of him and of the hard work they have been putting into this new record. I also produced the last album of Boogarins “Manual”, great Psych rock with Brazilian roots. I love that band and to work with them in my studio in Spain was an amazing experience. The album was a nominee in the Latin Grammys last year. I am currently working on the production of Micky’s new album in Gijon. Micky from Micky y Los Tonys had some number one hits in Spain and Germany in the 70s and 60s and he is very well known all around Spain.

16. Who/Where would you most like to record with and why?

We are lucky in the that sense as I have my own studio. Apart from Circo Perrotti I’d love to record again with Liam Watson, he is a good old friend and I love what he does, and he recorded us for the first time in 1994

17. What should we expect from you in the future? What are your plans and ambitions? What interesting gig dates have you got coming up?

Well we will play at Euroyeye fest in Gijon this summer and I want to complete our first album. I also want to do our own material for a conceptual psychedelic album based in texts of Santa Teresa de Jesus and the Spanish mystics of the XVI century…

 
Band Members: Sor Alvaro Coalla (Bateria), Sor Felix A. (Asuncion) Dominguez (Bajo, Teclado y Voces), Sor Jorge Munozz Cobo (Voz y Guitarra)

Discography: 2016 Single “Satan Sal de Mi” (Funtastic Dracula Records), 2017 Single “Es el 69” (I shit on the Milk Records), 2017 Single “Pecado” (Groovy Records)

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I run The New Untouchables organization and events like the Brighton Mod Weekender, Le Beat Bespoké Festival (and compilation series of the same name) and I co-organize Euro Ye Ye with the Trouble & Tea crew. I have run many clubs over the last 20 years in London, where I live and current nights include Timebox, Zoo Zoo, Crossfire, 100 Club and Mousetrap allnighter which has just celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2011. I have been lucky to DJ all over the globe including Japan, Canada, USA and Europe and met some great people on my journey. I run RnB Records to offset my vinyl addiction: newuntouchables.com/rnbrecords for rare vintage vinyl.

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Hey! Mr DJ – Felix

This entry is part 3 of 7 in the series Hey! Mr DJ 6

NUTSMAG recently caught up with DJ Felix in for a nice chat about music.

1. How and when did you get into music and what were you listening to then?

I got into 70’s and 80’s soul, funk & jazz in the early to mid-eighties when I was a teenager (I also listened to the old school hip hop and punk), the popularity of house music made me rush back and look for 60’s Soul. The football terrace and my 60’s punk band got me into the Mod scene. From then I have stuck with it, I don’t know why… (30 years now?) well, I have to say I enjoy life and not only mod things…

2. Where was your first DJ slot?

I had a radio show in the mid to late 80’s with soul, funk and jazz music. First soul nights were in a drug-dealer club every Tuesday night in early 90’s. Life taught me hard… and cheap hahaha!

3. What was your most memorable DJ spot?

I can’t remember.

4. What so far, has been your worst DJ experience?

I can’t remember a “worst” but I’ve had a few, usually related to technical stuff. Last week I was djing at the Euro Lambretta Rally in Italy and one of the decks stopped to function. No start, no stop. The owner of the equipment who had skipped the step of plugging and connecting both records players and balancing both arms (cartridge and stuff aside) when I was about to begin blamed me for that so I laughed a lot cos I thought he was joking. But no, then my mood changed.

5. Your favorite scene DJ’s and why?

More than DJs, I love sets, right songs in the right moment and this doesn’t depend only on the records, if you know what I mean. I admire many DJs for their taste in music and their know how, technically and dancefloor-wise.

6. What has shaped your DJ sound and why?

It comes from inside me, I play the music I like, even if the disc is a $5 buck vg+ original. Mod means individuality and I don’t really like DJs that play the already well known in demand records, cos this only shows they have money (something that I don’t usually have). I prefer DJs who take the risks and don’t mind throwing in a few lesser known classics together with “newies” and always following their own style.

7. What was your best ever find/discovery?

My penis, not long ago. A Jet 200 in a barn in 1998 that was sold to me for 90eur. Mod Jazz music, my fave music. The “Churn the Butter” song I still can’t stop dancing after all these years and soooo many others… “Tell the world we’re not in” by the Peddlers” is a cheapie that nobody played at the time. I also discovered in New Zealand Chase “Get it On” and in Verona the Remo Four, uff I spend my life trying to discover new sensation and the day I give up, I’ll be dead.

8. Who was your biggest influence musically and your favorite artist(s)?

When you own 1000’s of records you simply cannot choose one and now I’m not tempted to throw the rarest artist name in to be given a badge. I LOVE modjazz, souljazz, Motown, vintage funk, underground disco sometimes when I’m high and in the right weekender… and dig garage, punk, and r&b in the same circumstances…

9. Do you collect specific labels/artists/genres?

I collect Playboy magazines from 1965 to 1970 (I only miss 5 numbers now) I collect Spanish Tamla Motown from 1966 to 1973 (our first series) I only miss two 45’s. And I try to collect Lambrettas but my vivid zest for life and the pursuit of happiness sometimes makes me sell them instead of buying them… currently I think I have 12. And BASICALLY I love music, regardless the label, artist or genres, so I buy what I can afford (and a bit more than that). Obviously, there are a few labels that make me stop instantly while whizzing through record boxes in fairs.

10. Where can folks currently catch your DJ set?

At Barbaro Chico Club in Gijón and Euroyeye, Check my facebook

11. What is the record you would most like to own?

After all these years, I’ve learned that no record is worth the distress. Recently, I’ve had to sell a few expensive records from my Collection, cos I needed money to travel (to the USA and the Balkans on my Lambretta) and no pain at all, in the end it’s just music. One friend told me last year “our collections can be our pensions when we are older”, and he might be right. Anyway, I must admit once I get hung up with a tune I first try to buy the original but if it’s way toooooo expensive I assume I am poor and listen to it in youtube.

12. Please give us a top 10 all time favorites and a current top 5 spins?

Top 10 Tracks of All Time:
1. Duffin’ Around – Brother Jack Mc Duff & David Newman
2. It Was A Very Good year – Della Reese
3. It’s My Thang – Marva Whitney & the JB’s (live)
4. The Cat – Organ Summit with Paul Shaffer, Joey DeFrancesco, Doug Riley and Dr. Lonnie Smith (live)
5. What’s Going On – Marvin Gaye
6. I Want A Love I Can See – the Temptations
7. What Becomes Of The Broken Hearted – Jimmy Ruffin
8. Pow Wow – Many Corchado… (simply second to none)
9. Own Up Time – Small Faces
10. Harmonica – Graham Bond Org.
11. She Needs Company – Manfred Mann
12. Maybe Tomorrow – The Chords
13. Walls Come Tumblin’ Down – The Style Council
14. From Now On – Magnus Carlson & The Moon Ray Quintet

Current Top 5 Tracks:
1. Roy Thompson Band – I Don’t Need You Anymore
2. Eddie Buster & Jr Robinson – Churn the Butter
3. Machito – Green Onions
4. Otis Leavhill – Boomerang
5. Ray Pettis – Don’t Use Me

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I run The New Untouchables organization and events like the Brighton Mod Weekender, Le Beat Bespoké Festival (and compilation series of the same name) and I co-organize Euro Ye Ye with the Trouble & Tea crew. I have run many clubs over the last 20 years in London, where I live and current nights include Timebox, Zoo Zoo, Crossfire, 100 Club and Mousetrap allnighter which has just celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2011. I have been lucky to DJ all over the globe including Japan, Canada, USA and Europe and met some great people on my journey. I run RnB Records to offset my vinyl addiction: newuntouchables.com/rnbrecords for rare vintage vinyl.

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Newbreed – Melange

We recently caught up with the Melange (from Spain) for a nice chat for NUTSMAG, here is what they had to say…

1. How long have you been active for and how did you get together

We have been playing in different bands the last 20 years in many groups like Lüger, Rip Kc, Bucles, Magic Bus, Los Imposibles, Cachalote… We started to play together as Melange two years ago. Miguel was the one who connected all of us. He had a bunch of songs and they were the beginning of the band.

2. What influences do the band members have in common?

Our influences are wide. I think it could began with Jazz, Blues, Folk, R&B, Soul and Funk passing through Psychedelic music, Avant Garde, Tropicalia, African Music, Anatolian Rock, Flamenco, Latin, Punk, Electronic and many more, till the borders difumine!

3. Are there any other bands you’d recommend from your area? Why?

Yes, for sure. First, we recommend Mohama Saz, a kind of Spanish Turkish style. Alberto Montero a folk-pop singer with brilliant records…

4. Tell us about the 60’s/underground music scene from Spain?

In Spain, we had some very good bands like Los Bravos, Los Salvajes, Los Ángeles, Los Pekenikes emulating the British and American style (ye-ye bands) and some other people making a deep cultural approach into our culture like Pedro Iturralde, Paco de Lucía, Sabicas. Then in the late sixties we have Spanish prog style with bands like Smash, Máquina, Cerebrum, Storm, Pan y Regaliz, Música Dispersa, Evolution who leaded us to a significant productive period in the seventies that came along with political changes with bands as Triana a many more…

5. How would you describe the style you play?

Ops! A tricky question to answer. We visit lots of styles, breaking any style rule. We try to build our own style mixing all that we have in our polluted heads.

6. What are your live shows like?

We have 5 people. 2 guitars, keyboards, bass and drums. Sometimes four voices at the same time. We play loud, trying to make solid sounds with a strong rhythm section adding colour with evocating a surrealistic melody. Sometimes unexpected changes and lots of subliminal intention.

7. What are your main influences in music? Who do/would you play covers by? And who do you despise?

We love tons of different music. But we don’t play any version for the moment. I would love to play a song from Jeannette or Edu Lobo.

8. What are your main influences outside of music?

Photography, Films, Plastic arts and literature in general. Then the present and life is the most important influence.

9. Who writes your songs and what subjects do you deal with?

Everybody in the band write the song. Sometimes the song is already constructed by one of us, but there’s always space left for the others to say something else or take the subject to another place.

10. What’s your favorite song in your repertoire currently? What’s your favourite song by another artist?

Saquesufah! True Spanish style with lot of garlic on it. It´s short. It´s direct and so rich in terms of melody and rhythm and it´s fascinating to play live on the stage.

11. How would you describe the current underground scene? Do you participate?

I think that we are tried to talk about underground. We have been living this shit for years and still doing it. We still try to change what we don´t like with no concessions.

12. What has been the biggest challenge to date?

The biggest challenge is to find the time to play as much as we can.

13. How often do you Rehearse? Play Live? Record? Anything interesting coming up?

We try to rehearse once a week and play as much as possible.

14. What do you think of the music coverage in the media?

I should not be necessary to answer that the music of the media is just commercial focused bullshit, no art, just cheap and superficial entertainment, that’s nothing new, but there have always been local alternative radio stations, and from some years now many podcasts in internet, like for example “Músicas sin prejuicios” here in Spain.

15. Do you rate any current mainstream or underground bands?

Underground bands… thousands of them. Mainstream… Kraftwerk, they are a band, which all Melange members like a lot.

16. Who/Where would you most like to record with and why?

At the moment, we have recorded two LP’s with Carlos Díaz Requena, we are very satisfied with the results that we don’t think about anybody else. We all like to record at the countryside, north or south, doesn’t matter, the best for us is an old country house where we can bring our family and our equipment for recording.

17. What should we expect from you in the future? What are your plans and ambitions? What interesting gig dates have you got coming up?

Our new album will be released on September 2017. Our plan is still trying to create beautiful music and share it with people all around the World. We hope to make even better recordings. We are so excited about our summer gigs in Quintanhilla Rock (Portugal) and Euro Ye-Ye in Gijón (Spain) also we can’t wait to play in the Zaragoza Psych Fest and BAM (Barcelona) this September.

Band Members: Adrián Ceballos (Drums and vocals), Daniel Fernández (Bass and vocals), Mario Zamora (Keyboards, Synths), Miguel Rosón (Guitar and vocals), Sergio Ceballos (Guitar and vocals)

Discography: 2016 “Melange” (2LP) Discos Tere

Main Site: melangemadrid.bandcamp.com

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I run The New Untouchables organization and events like the Brighton Mod Weekender, Le Beat Bespoké Festival (and compilation series of the same name) and I co-organize Euro Ye Ye with the Trouble & Tea crew. I have run many clubs over the last 20 years in London, where I live and current nights include Timebox, Zoo Zoo, Crossfire, 100 Club and Mousetrap allnighter which has just celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2011. I have been lucky to DJ all over the globe including Japan, Canada, USA and Europe and met some great people on my journey. I run RnB Records to offset my vinyl addiction: newuntouchables.com/rnbrecords for rare vintage vinyl.

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Hey! Mr DJ – Lluís Cardenal

This entry is part 2 of 7 in the series Hey! Mr DJ 6

NUTSMAG recently caught up with DJ Lluís Cardenal in for a nice chat about music.

1. How and when did you get into music and what were you listening to then?

I got into music by the mod scene from Barcelona and Girona at the early age of 14. I met a mod one summertime in the early nineties. He gave me some tapes and after that, my interest in music grew until today. At that time, with no internet, it was difficult to be able to listen to some stuff and at the same time, I was too young to travel to Barcelona for parties and gigs. There was a small scene in Girona with only one band and without much club action. I remember going to local jazz gigs in Banyoles with my sister.

2. Where was your first DJ slot?

My first DJ slot was in Barcelona in a small bar called Barbara Ann, sharing decks with my best mate Alberto Valle.

3. What was your most memorable DJ spot?

Well, I‘ve enjoyed very much playing records everywhere that I’ve been invited. The Boiler has always been a special place for djing. I remember playing the first anniversary, it was magic, all the times I played there has been a proper experience as everybody goes crazy for dance and party.

4. What so far, has been your worst DJ experience?

Well, I’ve been quite lucky playing records on the scene and I never had any problem at all. One time in the north of England a guest DJ of the party I was invited to play, asked me If I was going to DJ flamenco?… The worst experiences have been outside the scene where it is more difficult to play some stuff. I have had too many to relate, especially at an outdoor Jazz bar where I’ve DJayed for about 8 years…

5. Your favourite scene DJ’s and why?

There is so many good DJs around. To name some, Jean-Marc Vos, Paul Newman, Bill Kealy, Andy Powell, Mace, Mik & Gav, Eduardo Domingo, Dani Herranz, Àlvaro and Mocky Dimples and the guys from Teramo (Andrea, Ceritano, Mattia, Dani and Roberta). They have always impressed by having the dancefloor in pure action.

6. What has shaped your DJ sound and why?

Well, the parties in Barcelona and Madrid really inspired me. Playing in a Jazz club outside from the scene was a good way to learn how people react to some tunes and beats.

7. What was your best ever find/discovery?

One of my best finds was getting the Joe Thomas And Bill Elliott – “Speak Your Piece” on Symbol for 4 dollars moons ago on ebay.

A good discovery was getting a cheap R&B dancer of the version from Eddie Cleanhead Vinson called “Kidney Stew” signed by Claude Maxwell on a tiny label called Sydney. A more recent discovery is west coast R&B beauty from Guitar Shorty, “Love Loves” on the local label Pull from Los Angeles.

8. Who was your biggest influence musically and your favorite artist(s)?

Mostly all the jazz musicians of the bebop era, the same thing with the R&b made in Chicago and California.

9. Do you collect specific labels/artists/genres?

Mainly I collect R&b and jazz. I am focused on searching for rhythm and blues that was issued during the late fifties till the mid-sixties in my favorite state at the moment, California.

10. Where can folks currently catch your DJ set?

I run a club with my two mates, Alberto Valle and Dani Urbano, in Barcelona called Take Ivy. We do parties once every two months. This summer I am playing at the Euro-Yeye in Gijón and in Paris at the beginning of October.

11. What is the record you would most like to own?

One that goes on the “I would never own” list, is the one only copy of the acetate by Brian Auger doing an outstanding version of the Sidewinder on Decca. The coolest version I’ve ever heard and luckily enough I had the opportunity to dance to it twice in a club.

12. Please give us a top 10 all time favorites and a current top 5 spins?

Top 10 Tracks of All Time:

1. Sonny Knight Quartet – The Groove Is On (Celebrity)
2. Freddie Hubbard – The return of the Prodigal Son (Atlantic)
3. Billy Hawks – O’ Baby (Stateside)
4. The Artwoods – I’m looking for a saxophonist… (Decca)
5. Champion Jack Dupree – Barrelhouse woman (Decca)
6. Johnny Guitar Watson – Wait a minute Baby (Highland)
7. Big Jack Reynolds – I had a little dog (Hi-Q)
8. Gloria Irving – I need a man (Cobra)
9. Graham Bond Organization – Harmonica
10. Buddy Rogers – Waiting for the sun to go down (Lowery)

Current Top 5 Tracks:

1. George Bean – Er-Um-Er (London)
2. Ivans Meads – Bottle (Parlophone)
3. Guitar Shorty – Love, Loves (Pull)
4. Johnny Guitar Watson – She moves me (RPM)
5. Sonny Forrest – Mama keep my wife at home (Red Top)

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I run The New Untouchables organization and events like the Brighton Mod Weekender, Le Beat Bespoké Festival (and compilation series of the same name) and I co-organize Euro Ye Ye with the Trouble & Tea crew. I have run many clubs over the last 20 years in London, where I live and current nights include Timebox, Zoo Zoo, Crossfire, 100 Club and Mousetrap allnighter which has just celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2011. I have been lucky to DJ all over the globe including Japan, Canada, USA and Europe and met some great people on my journey. I run RnB Records to offset my vinyl addiction: newuntouchables.com/rnbrecords for rare vintage vinyl.

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Hey! Mr DJ – Juanito Volumen

This entry is part 4 of 7 in the series Hey! Mr DJ 6

NUTSMAG recently caught up with DJ Juanito Volumen in for a nice chat about music.

1. How and when did you get into music and what were you listening to then?

I’ve been listening and collecting music consciously since I was about 12 years oldplaying, because my brother always used to listening to music at home and I began to like the heavy metal music sounds (!!!). At the end of time, I discovered Punk Rock through bands such as The Ramones or The Clash, a sound that flew into my head and made me forget all the others, and it was what made me begin collecting vinyl records when I had still had no turntable. Shortly after, my cousin showed me the Quadrophenia film and The Who, and since then I started to be interested in 60’s and Mod music, and groups such as The Kinks, The Rolling Stones, Yardbirds and The Jam, who began to become my favorites, in fact in the school I took an outstanding work of the Who as a music study subject.

2. Where was your first DJ slot?

It was in a summer bar in Toledo, in the early 00s at “La terracita del Bú”, one of the few places who gambled by underground music in this city, and so, shortly after I then also became a resident DJ at a small bar (Mamola Club) that could present music that was not commercial and people responded pretty well,  and we filled it almost all weekends.

3. What was your most memorable DJ spot?

I especially loved the first Club Beatniiik in Pamplona, Spain, with a lot of very good friends within an unbeatable atmosphere, and the time I was also spinning at Purple Weekend, in my opinion, the best all dayer ever. I also have very good memories of spinning at a celebration of New Years Eve in Piacenza, Italy.

4. What so far, has been your worst DJ experience?

I never really had bad DJ experiences, but if I have to mention one, I think it was the II Green fuzz festival in Burgos, Spain, due to a nasty local manager who was all the time in my set just behind me controlling everything I tried to do and kept turning the volume down.

5. Your favorite scene DJ’s and why?

Rob Bailey is a reference for me (I would say although this magazine was another, ha! ha! ha!) so apart he helped me to discover so many songs that have became firm favorites since then, I think that is an all-terrain DJ, both black and white music and mixing the songs with much class. Tony the Tiger is another of my favorites because he always shows me something I didn’t know and I think that he is a specialist in my favorite genre, garage psych. At the Spanish scene, I get sticky Pablo de la Cruz, has always seemed one of the best to me.

6. What has shaped your DJ sound and why?

Apart from all the festivals and weekenders both national and international that I have attended, the Nuggets, Rubbles, Pebbles or Back from the Grave compilations, to name a few, have been those who have most influenced me and those who have helped me to create my style.

7. What was your best ever find/discovery?

A few years ago I found a pristine promo copy of The Sparkles “No friend of mine” for 10 dollars, but the best was a promo copy of Hipster Image “Make her mine” for a very interesting price. Aquamen “Line and track” and Yesterday’s Obssesion “The Phycle” might be two nice examples of discoveries in a club/DJ context.

8. Who was your biggest influence musically and your favorite artist(s)?

Well, I couldn’t name you only one, in my sets I mix many styles, but British late 60s psychedelia and mid 60s American garage are always present. In terms of bands I can cite to be the Beatles, Birds, Them, Factory, Pretty Things, Captain Beefheart, Kaleidoscope, Standells, Remains, Shadows of Knight, Question Mark and the Mysterians, Stooges, The Seeds, 13th Floor Elevators, Moving Sidewalks… would you me like to continue?

9. Do you collect specific labels/artists/genres?

Mainly British psychedelia, Europe freakbeat, US-American garage and psych 45s, certainly no particular labels or artists.

10. Where can folks currently catch your DJ set?

Euroyeyé 2017 (august 3-5) Gijon, Spain, could say that its gonna be the most important date this summer, but the can catch me in places like Salou, so often at the main music clubs in Madrid and more dates to be confirmed for the summer. Stay tuned, folks!

11. What is the record you would most like to own?

Fire “Father’s name is dad” (Decca – 1968) An absolute classic and a track that I could hear on loop for all eternity, I appreciate it what both song and the effort that brought me to get it. A timeless anthem. The other side “Treacle Toffee World” is very good too and I use to love spinning it very often.

12. Please give us a top 10 all time favorites and a current top 5 spins?

Top 10 Tracks of All Time:
1. One In A Million – “Fredereek Hernando”
2. The Attack – “Magic in the air”
3. Toby Twirl – “Romeo and Juliet”
4. Factory – “Gone”
5. Tintern Abbey – “Vacuum Cleaner”
6. The Hooterville Trolley – “No silver bird”
7. The End “Cardboard watch”
8. Genne Latter “Holding a dream”
9. Long Time Comin’ “Part of the season”
10. Open Mind “Magic Potion”

Current Top 5 Tracks:
1. Oscar Hamod and the Majestics – “Got to have your lovin’”
2. Eduardo Araujo – “Nem sim nem não”
3. St. Louis Union – “East Side Story”
4. Douglas – “Si je buvais moins”
5. The World famous Ron Wray light show – “Speed”

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I run The New Untouchables organization and events like the Brighton Mod Weekender, Le Beat Bespoké Festival (and compilation series of the same name) and I co-organize Euro Ye Ye with the Trouble & Tea crew. I have run many clubs over the last 20 years in London, where I live and current nights include Timebox, Zoo Zoo, Crossfire, 100 Club and Mousetrap allnighter which has just celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2011. I have been lucky to DJ all over the globe including Japan, Canada, USA and Europe and met some great people on my journey. I run RnB Records to offset my vinyl addiction: newuntouchables.com/rnbrecords for rare vintage vinyl.

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July 3, 2017 By : Category : DJs Europe Front Page Fuzz Garage Music Tags:,
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Newbreed – Los Retrovisores

This entry is part 5 of 7 in the series Newbreed5

Los Retrovisores a Fuzz Soul band from Barcelona. Sounds louder than 1968.

Band Members:
Victor Asensio: Singer
Leo Hernandez: Bass
Pere Duran: Guitarra
Sergio Sanchez: Hammond
Quim Corominas: Drums
Hector Fàbregas: Chorus and Percussion
Edu Polls: Sax Tenor
Alexis Albelda: Trumpet
Francesc Polls: Bariton Sax

01. How long have you been active for and how did you get together?

Since 2006, most of the members came from a Jamaican music band called ‘The Cutties’.

02. What influences do the band members have in common?

We all are late 60’s and early 70’s dance sounds enthusiasts. We love most of the styles: from R & B to soul, reggae, psych or garage, back to rocksteady, and deep into beat… We’re also very influenced by the 60’s Spanish counterpart of that styles, as you could tell listening to our compositions.

03. Are there any other bands you’d recommend from your area? Why?

There are so many cool bands in our area: Rubén López & The Diatones (reggae) Penny Cocks (punk 77), Mambo Jambo, The Excitements or Los Fulanos (Latin Soul) to name a few…

04. What’s the 60’s/underground scene like where you’re from?

Barcelona has several bands, clubs, promoters, collectors and festivals… Some clubs we highlight: The Boiler Club, Movin’ on, The Gambeat Weekend, Le clean Cut, Wamba buluba and Pill Box. There you’ll find some of our favorite DJ’s: Xavi Beat, Julian Reca, Jordi Duró and many more.

05. How would you describe the style you play?

We just play the music we love to listen and dance to, without more restrictions. Our style evolved at the same rate we did. In our current set list you can find from Spanish soul to groovy funk, even freakbeat.

06. What are your live shows like?

The audience defines it as fresh and fun. We don’t like the bands that make a script for live shows. We improvise and always try to be ourselves. Our repertoire is compact, short and straight to the neck. No time for solos.

07. What are your main influences in music? Who do/would you play covers by? And who do you despise?

Our influences are as wide as our musical tastes. Mainly Spanish sixties bands, that like us borrowed the patterns from their own references, but projecting their own personality to their songs. We really love Bruno Lomas, Los Bravos, Los Canarios, Los Salvajes, Los Nivram, Pau Riba… We despise too many people to name it here!

08. What are your main influences outside of music?

Our universe is strongly influenced by the sharp & surrealistic Monty Phyton’ sense of humor. The French nouvelle vague and its evolutions are also one source of inspiration for our lyrics and videos.

09. Who writes your songs and what subjects do you deal with?

Everybody does his one’s bit, but to date most of the songs were written by Victor and Pere. This has changed in our last recordings introducing compositions by Leo and Hector.

10. What’s your favorite song in your repertoire currently? What’s your favourite song by another artist?

Our favorite song from the current repertoire comes from our EP Alma y Pisotón. It’s named ‘Me olvidé de ti’ wich, by the way, it’s been just released on video in a ‘Horror B movie’ style. Check it out! Our choice by another artist is Fire & Ice’s Music Man. We loved the complex brass arrangements and changing our regular subject –love- to an ode to that DJs that make us dance party over party, and that’s why we covered it (you can find our version at Alma y Pisotón EP too)

11. How would you describe the current underground scene? Do you participate?

The underground scene, at least in our city, is in a good shape regarding shows and parties. We all participate in one way or another, Victor, for example, is deeply involved with The Gambeat Weekend & the clubs Pillbox 60’s Club and Bread & Groove.

12. What has been the biggest challenge to date?

To forge ahead the band, beside the financial precarity of our members, the lack of public resources and benefits for empowering culture, and the economic depression that we are all suffering.

13. How often do you Rehearse? Play Live? Record? Anything interesting coming up?

We rehearse minimum once a week and play an average of three or four shows per month. More than two years passed between our debut album and our second release “Alma y pisotón”, but we’re reducing the time between recordings and we’ll release our third record in June, one year after the previous release.

14. What do you think of the music coverage in the media?

In Catalonia the mass media doesn’t give coverage to the bands that don’t belong to the mainstream market. For some time now, specialized magazines start to write about us. We also make great use of the social networks to reach our fans.

15. Who/Where would you most like to record with and why?

We’d love to record in London with George Martin and a gigantic strings & brass orchestra, just like Spanish duet Manolo y Ramón did back in 1970. We’d also like to record with Ricard Miralles, arranger for Joan Manel Serrat in the album dedicated to Antonio Machado.

16. What should we expect from you in the future? What are your plans and ambitions? What interesting gig dates have you got coming up?

We’re still working on consolidating our own sound and our show. We’d like to make people outside the scene dance, without losing authenticity or selling out. We’d like to say thanks for our appearances at Euro Ye Ye Mod Festival (Gijon, SP), Purple Weekend, Festival Beat (IT), Soundflat Ballroom Bash (GER) and look forward to our first ever show in the UK (London) at Le Beat Bespoke, Easter – 16th April 2017.

Discography:

VVAA – “L’Edat Daurada” (Jamaican Memories, 2008) CD
VVAA – “Moderno pero español, vol. 8” (Bon Vivant, 2009) CD
VVAA – Somos los Mods vol.1 (Bip Bip Records, 2010) CD
“La nostalgia ya no es lo que era” (Flor y Nata Records, 2011) LP/CD
“Alma y Pisotón” (Soundflat records/BCore Disc, 2013) EP 7″
“En el surco” (Soundflat records/BCore Disc, 2014) EP 7″
“Sonido Joanic” (BCore Disc/Soundflat records, 2016) LP/CD

Web Links:

facebook.com/Los-Retrovisores
bcoredisc.com
facebook.com/los.retrovisores
twitter.com/LosRetrovisores


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drrobert

I run The New Untouchables organization and events like the Brighton Mod Weekender, Le Beat Bespoké Festival (and compilation series of the same name) and I co-organize Euro Ye Ye with the Trouble & Tea crew. I have run many clubs over the last 20 years in London, where I live and current nights include Timebox, Zoo Zoo, Crossfire, 100 Club and Mousetrap allnighter which has just celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2011. I have been lucky to DJ all over the globe including Japan, Canada, USA and Europe and met some great people on my journey. I run RnB Records to offset my vinyl addiction: newuntouchables.com/rnbrecords for rare vintage vinyl.

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February 23, 2017 By : Category : Bands Europe Front Page Interviews Music Scene Tags:, , , , ,
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Hey! Mr DJ – Michael Wink

NUTsMag recently caught up with Michael Wink for a quick chat about music…

1. How and when did you get into music and what were you listening to then?

I bought my first scooter in 1984 and then got involved in Düsseldorfs Mod scene. There has been a good scene with some great clubs like ‘The Pops’ or ‘Okie Dokie’. Because of the British Army in our area we had many British Mod bands playing live, like Purple Hearts and The Moment.

2. Where was your first DJ slot?

At a Mod/Sixties Club called: Villa Körner in 1989

3. What was your most memorable DJ spot?

There where so many over all over Europe. But the first Purple Weekend in 1997 is still very present in my mind, more because I didn’t know what I was going to expect. It was a bombastic five-day-weekend. Direct afterwards by car to Italy, Cattolica for the next weekender.

4. What so far, has been your worst DJ experience?

On a wedding day, where everybody asks for strange songs that I don’t actually know.

5. Your favourite scene DJ’s and why?

I don’t have any special favourite DJs. Nowday, there are so many very good and intersting Djs on the scene, whichthen I really love. It never ever can get boring for me!

6. What has shaped your DJ sound and why?

The first Kent-Soul Compilations, because that sound was hard to find in Germany and it wasn’t played at most of the club nights.

7. What was your best ever find/discovery?

Once I found two copies in one time from Tintern Abbey – Vacuum Cleaner on UK Deram in a German record magazine called Oldie Markt for just a tenner. I bought just one, but in thinking that it could be easy to get another copy again, I sold my copy at an Untouchables Rally for one hundred to help finance the weekend. The guy, who bought it, was dancing on a table afterwards. Then I realised I had made a mistake and never found another copy sadly.

8. Who was your biggest influence musically and your favourite artist(s)?

In the late 80’s we start to listen to Mod-Jazz like Mose Allison, Brother Jack McDuff and Ramsey Lewis Trio. I’m still into that sound. Later I came more into British Freakbeat, because of bands like The Action and The Birds.

9. Do you collect specific labels/artists/genres?

No, I like to collect many different styles.

10. Where can folks currently catch your DJ set?

Over the last 25 years, I have run so many clubs and weekenders in Germany. Now I run the Monkey Cave 60’s Club in Duisburg and The Two Men From L.I.N.Z. Weekender in Linz.

11. What is the record you would most like to own?

Wow, there are still so very many!

12. Please give us a top 10 all time favourites and a current top 5 spins?

Top 10 Tracks of All Time:
The Action – I’ll keep on holding on
The Jam – In The City
The Sonics – The Witch
Marcia Griffins – Feel Like Jumpin
Berts Apple Crumble – The Quick
Rebel Rousers – As I look
The Majority – One Third
Joanie Sommers – Don’t Pity Me
Joe Jama – My life
Yvonne Baker – You Didn’t Say A Word
Timi Yuro – It Will Be Never Over For Me

Current Top 5 Tracks:
Otis Lee – Hard Row To Hoe – Quaint
The Lively Set – Blues get off my shoulder – Satin
The Staccatos – Stop Rockin The Boat – Rocket
Little Jimmy Ray – You Need To Fall In Love – Gallant
The Lost Souls – Secret Of Mine – Raven

Web Links:

www.facebook.com/michael.wink

 


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I run The New Untouchables organization and events like the Brighton Mod Weekender, Le Beat Bespoké Festival (and compilation series of the same name) and I co-organize Euro Ye Ye with the Trouble & Tea crew. I have run many clubs over the last 20 years in London, where I live and current nights include Timebox, Zoo Zoo, Crossfire, 100 Club and Mousetrap allnighter which has just celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2011. I have been lucky to DJ all over the globe including Japan, Canada, USA and Europe and met some great people on my journey. I run RnB Records to offset my vinyl addiction: newuntouchables.com/rnbrecords for rare vintage vinyl.

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July 20, 2016 By : Category : DJs Europe Front Page Interviews Music Tags:, , ,
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Marta Ren (Newbreed)

Marta Ren & The Groovelvets are based in Porto, Portugal with current band members: Marta Ren (vox), Hugo Danin (drums), Bruno Macedo (guitar), Sérgio Marques (bass), Sérgio Alves (keyboards), Manu Idhra (percussion), Fábio Almeida ( tenor sax), Nelson Ferreira (trumpet) and Hugo Marinheiro (baritone sax)

01. How long have you been active for and how did you get together?

I started to sing professionally at 16 years of age, my first band “Sloppy Joe” were together, playing for 10 years, then came “The Bombazines”, I was already thinking of doing a solo album before the band finally ended. Three years ago, I started finding and talking to the musicians that I needed to make the album that I wanted to and I named them “The Groovelvets”, and then the adventure started!

02. What influences do the band members have in common?

Classic soul and funk, that’s what unites us. We also like other genres but what we really have in common is the love for that core music.

 03. Are there any other bands you’d recommend from your area? Why?

Almost every band coming from Daptone Records, Record Kicks or Timmion Records, I think the reason it’s obvious, they are releasing great classic soul and funk often with a modern twist.

04. What’s the 60’s/underground scene like where you’re from?

In the 60’s in Portugal, most of the bands played a lot of covers with adapted lyrics in Portuguese. We also have our famous ‘Fado’ singers and our traditional Portuguese songwriters.

05. How would you describe the style you play?

Classic soul and Funk.

06. What are your live shows like?

Normally we have nine musicians on stage, giving it all they’ve got. They’re energetic shows, you have little spaces to breathe, but we came to get you right after you catch your breath.

07. What are your main influences in music? Who do/would you play covers by? And who do you despise?

I love music in general , if I like a song it doesn’t matter what genre, but my main influences are soul and funk singers or bands. We play a cover from The Doors and another by Lucille Mathis. I despise everything that’s not done with truth and soul.

08. What are your main influences outside of music?

I like arts in general , I studied graphic arts from my 10º to 12º grade, but I think what influences me more are the movies.

09. Who writes your songs and what subjects do you deal with?

I always wrote my own lyrics and melodies, I think it’s important to really feel what you’re singing, the compositions came from different composers, some from the producer “New Max”, others from the bass player “Sérgio Marques” others from the guitar player “Bruno Macedo”, one from “Lino Matos” and other from “Eurico Amorim” former Bombazines. I mainly deal with life, with love relationships, frustration, unconformity, sometimes I write about friends stories or stories from movies that I relate to.

10. What’s your favourite song in your repertoire currently? What’s your favourite song by another artist?

That’s a tough one… it depends, on Monday my favorite is “So Long” and “I wanna go back”, Tuesday “Let’s talk about the kids” and “2 kinds of men”, Wednesday “Release Me” and “It’s today”, Thursday “I’m coming home” and “Smiling Faces” and Friday “Be ma Fela” and “Don’t Look”. It’s so hard to say one, I have many, the first it came to my mind was “Try a little Tenderness” from Otis Redding.

11. How would you describe the current underground scene? Do you participate?

If you asked me that 10 years ago, I could answer, now I don’t really know. I’m very focused on my family my dogs, my rehearsals with the band, I always try to suggest new arrangements for the songs or live show.

12. What has been the biggest challenge to date?

Every record or show are big challenges, but I think the biggest is yet to come.

 13. How often do you Rehearse? Play Live? Record? Anything interesting coming up?

We try to rehearse every week, with or without shows. Playing live, it really depends on various things, but normally we have three/four shows per month, it depends on the season. We have a lot of interesting shows coming up in Spain, France and England and at this moment we have a new video for “Release Me”.

14. What do you think of the music coverage in the media?

It’s the same I think in other similar subjects or arts, normally they cover with high-attention what they are told to do or paid to do, not what has real quality and new potential interest. It’s supposedly dangerous to cover interesting things, people could get clever with that and have their own new ideas!

15. Do you rate any current mainstream or underground bands?

The past days I spend listening to the new Red Hot Chilli Peppers album ‘The Getaway’.

16. Who/Where would you most like to record with and why?

Every record or producer has their own charm, I don’t really have a favourite. When I start recording I always feel like it’s going to be the first and last thing that I’m going to do in my entire life.

17. What should we expect from you in the future? What are your plans and ambitions? What interesting gig dates have you got coming up?

I expect to play this album as much as I can live, everywhere, all over the world, and make enough money to pay my bills and make the next record. Fortunately I have more than I expected , in Portugal a few new Festivals (not despising the other gigs, every gig is important and interesting to me) and I’m excited to go to Euro Yé Yé and Blues Kitchen and Brighton Weekender.

Discography:
2002 – SINGLE ‘An Easy Night’s Day’,
2003 – EP ‘A Watchjob Apple’,
2004 – LP ‘The Profile Fillers Sing Your Destruction’, 2007 LP ‘Jimmy’

Web Links:
profilefillers.com
facebook.com/marta.ren
instagram.com/martaren_groovelvets
facebook.com/MartaRenTheGroovelvets
myspace.com/profilefillers
twitter.com/martagrooveren
soundcloud.com/profilefillers

 


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I run The New Untouchables organization and events like the Brighton Mod Weekender, Le Beat Bespoké Festival (and compilation series of the same name) and I co-organize Euro Ye Ye with the Trouble & Tea crew. I have run many clubs over the last 20 years in London, where I live and current nights include Timebox, Zoo Zoo, Crossfire, 100 Club and Mousetrap allnighter which has just celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2011. I have been lucky to DJ all over the globe including Japan, Canada, USA and Europe and met some great people on my journey. I run RnB Records to offset my vinyl addiction: newuntouchables.com/rnbrecords for rare vintage vinyl.

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July 13, 2016 By : Category : Bands Club Soul Europe Front Page Interviews Modern RnB Scene Tags:, , , , , , ,
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Hey! Mr DJ – Paddy Dreadful

This entry is part 1 of 7 in the series Hey! Mr DJ 4

We recently caught up with Belfast DJ, Co-Reanimator, Dr Crippen’s Waiting Room; Chief Drummister @ Thee Penny Dreadfuls, Paddy Dreadful and quizzed him about his musical obsessions and passions.

01. How and when did you get into music and what were you listening to then?

The first music that caught my attention was my Mum n Dad’s Queen’s Greatest Hits tape in the car. I went with my pocket-money and bought A Night At The Opera, and on reflection, a 12-year-old buying a 1975 prog rock LP must’ve concerned my parents.

02. Where was your first DJ slot?

Lou’s 30th birthday party. We didn’t have any clubs that played the music we wanted to hear, so we started our own… and Cripz was born unto us!

03. What was your most memorable DJ spot?

DoubleSight Tokyo. Just the most bestest experience ever.

04. So far, what has been your worst DJ experience?

Doing the door at Cripz, where I was asexually harassed by a skinhead who looked like Nick Cotton. She was terrifying!

05. Your favourite scene DJ’s, and why?

Uncle Jack is the king of the mods, without Rob Bailey there wouldn’t be any of this; and when he turns up, Sarge is alright too I suppose.

06. What has shaped your DJ sound & why?

My frequent visits to Leeds to party with The Evil Hoodoo crew made me the man I am today. Blame them.

07. What was your best ever find/discovery?

A 6lb lump of ambergris on the beach. Result.

08. Who was your biggest influence musically and your favourite artist?

I had the honour of playing drums with Dave Lewis’ Andwellas Dream two years ago. Love & Poetry is such a good album, and playing with the band really was something special.

09. Do you collect specific labels/artists/genres?

Nope. If I like it… and I can afford it…. I buy it!

10. Where can folks currently catch your DJ set?

I’m usually in from work before 3:00, but if you could leave til’ after The Chase.

11. What is the record you would most like to own?

A Penny Dreadfuls platinum disc.

Next Club Spots: EuroYeYe, DoubleSight, Cripz

Current Top 5:
1. BZN – Just Fancy
2. Paul King – Mabrouk
3. Velvet Night – The Velvet Night
4. Equip 84 – Ladro
5. Love Society – Wanda

Alltime Top Ten :
1. Andwella – Hold On To Your Mind
2. Dick Wagner & The Frost – Sunshine
3. Sheephouse – Ladder
4. Rasputin – Sympathy For The Devil
5. Owl – Spirits
6. Rocky Cabbage – Freedom
7. La Revolution Francaise – Y Mouille A Sciaux
8. Help – Runaway
9. The Flies – Magic Train
10. Boney M – Belfast


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I run The New Untouchables organization and events like the Brighton Mod Weekender, Le Beat Bespoké Festival (and compilation series of the same name) and I co-organize Euro Ye Ye with the Trouble & Tea crew. I have run many clubs over the last 20 years in London, where I live and current nights include Timebox, Zoo Zoo, Crossfire, 100 Club and Mousetrap allnighter which has just celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2011. I have been lucky to DJ all over the globe including Japan, Canada, USA and Europe and met some great people on my journey. I run RnB Records to offset my vinyl addiction: newuntouchables.com/rnbrecords for rare vintage vinyl.

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June 15, 2016 By : Category : DJs Europe Front Page Music Tags:, , ,
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French Boutik (Newbreed)

This entry is part 17 of 22 in the series Newbreed4

Band Members:

Serge: Guitar and vocals
Gabriela: Lead vocals
Zelda: Drums and vocals
Jean-Marc: Bass

Discography:

2012 – Les Chats de Gouttère EP
2013 – Ici Paris Double 45 
2014 – Mieux comme ça double 45

01. How long have you been active for and how did you get together?

Serge and Zelda met at a soul night he was DJing in 2010 and started songwriting together. I (singer Gabriela) started with the group in 2011 and Jean-Marc joined us just this past year in 2014. We’re all more or less active in the mod/ skinhead scenes here in Paris so met at various shows and DJ nights.

02. What influences do the band members have in common?

We all love classic pop, rnb, soul, jazz, rocksteady, Britpop and powerpop, but then as our members are so varied it goes all over the place!

However, we’ve been listening to more and more new powerpop recently, due to sharing the stage with lots of great bands like Paul Collins and The Riots, and are really trying to create a brand new sound vs being retro.

03. Are there any other bands you’d recommend from your area? Why?

Yes, also from Paris is a great latin boogaloo band called Paz Antiguana and a new garage/pop group called Jon & The Vons. Also there are lots of great bands in France right now, it’s really exciting: Les Grys-Grys, Gemma & The Travelers, The Gentlemen’s Agreements, Tower Brown, Les Kitschenettes. The sounds are all different and they tend to be a bit more “retro” than us but they are all good. More rock oriented but also excellent from Paris are Les Soucoupes Violentes, and our friend Popincourt will be releasing an album soon, Zelda and I guested on backing vocals so have heard a bit and it’s great so far.

On the less underground side, also in France there is a really good group called Archimede. Kind of Britpop in spirit but in French.

04. What’s the 60’s/underground scene like where you’re from?

Small but dedicated: Friends have soul DJ nights – Paris Magic City is always fantastic and worth a trip over, there is Bam Bam 007 for regular reggae nights, and bars like Le Tiki Lounge and the Pigalle Country Club are small but have good DJs regularly. Les Minets were putting on absolutely incredible allnighters for a while there, hopefully again soon. 

However as the mod scene is so small here live gigs tend to be focused on garage and soul as those can get a more general “60s or soul dance party” audience.

05. How would you describe the style you play?

Pop Moderniste. For us it’s a short way of summarizing: Pop, French and Mod but Modern! We tend to be pretty varied in different songs: some more lighter and jazzy, some psych, some straightforward powerpop, some a bit garage… We get bored easily and don’t like to repeat ourselves.

06. What are your live shows like?

I would say they are surprising to people who expect us to be aloof and posing: we play a lot with powerpop bands and also mostly to non-French speaking audiences who may not know us (as the scene here is so small most of our shows are international – mostly in the UK but we have played in Spain, Ireland, the US, Germany, Canada, Russia, Denmark, Sweden and Italy), so as our songs can be a bit complex on the records we try to do a more powerful and straightforward show where we really connect with the audience even if they cannot understand the lyrics.

07. What are your main influences in music? Who do/would you play covers by? And who do you despise?

Honestly it’s really hard to say as we really are trying to create something new. I can say just what we listen to – besides classic soul, rnb, soul, 60s pop etc for French sounds we all dig Jacques Dutronc, Henri Salvador, Nino Ferrer and Bertrand Burgalat but are pretty varied within the group. Serge is a huge Kinks, Jam and XTC fan, while Zelda is extremely varied with Oi, soul and Britpop, among my favorites are The Zombies, The Everly Brothers & Herbie Goins, and Jean-Marc loves the Beatles and The Most. We also like Blondie, The Damned, The Clash and other punk and new wave bands.

We do adaptations of Madness and The Clash for the Specialized compilations benefiting the Teenage Cancer trust but while we tried to remain true to the spirit of the originals the arrangement is quite different and also they both have new French lyrics. We also do In The Meantime pretty faithful to the Georgie Fame version, but in French of course!

Hmm for despising it is harder: I guess really anything that is manufactured top 40 pop or mainstream rock radio.

08. What are your main influences outside of music?

Serge is a graphic designer so really nice images are important to us and we are all clothes horses which makes band photos easy (apart from never matching)! And a few of us are politically active and we spend a lot of time debating politics which is reflected in the lyrics of our songs. Zelda being a language teacher, Jean-Marc a journalist and my father having been a poet and author also probably all contributes to making lyrics very important to us.

09. Who writes your songs and what subjects do you deal with?

Serge composes almost all of the music, while we split lyrics duties. Zelda has written all of the English language songs (but she also writes in French), Serge some, myself (Gabriela) some, and it is great when all 3 of us can collaborate. And we are really happy as Jean Marc has just written his first text (about the useless journalists that you can’t escape here) so we won’t be short of ideas from now on!

Our subjects tend to be either funny or serious observations and critiques of society, we only have one love song, and most of them are in French as that’s the language that we speak to each other in.

10. What’s your favorite song in your repertoire currently? What’s your favourite song by another artist?

I think for ours I’ll have to go with Le Mac, about a detestable French politician, coming out very soon. But for other artists so hard to choose, maybe Billy Bragg’s Greetings to the New Brunette? Or Waterfall by Jimmy Cliff always makes me happy.

11. How would you describe the current underground scene?  Do you participate?

It seems that the mod scene is coming out with lots of interesting new sounds internationally which is really exciting, for a long time bands were stuck in retro or copycat mode and now are mixing things up a lot. There are cool bands not just in the UK but in Sweden, Russia, Brazil, Argentina and all over the place. We are trying our best to keep up with them all!

12. What has been the biggest challenge to date?

I’d have to say the lack of places to play in France, a problem common to all of the groups here, which means that we go abroad to play most of the time and we love to play live so we end up arranging lots of trips. Of course that is absolutely wonderful for us, we love to travel and meet people and it is so cool to see the enthusiasm in the UK and other places where normally foreign language groups don’t do so well. But it presents financial challenges, we need to cover the cost of travel each time and also get time off work.

13. How often do you Rehearse? Play Live? Record? Anything interesting coming up?

We rehearse at least once per week and sometimes twice, and play live as often as we can, that usually means one big weekend abroad with 2-4 shows per month.

We record about once a year, and hopefully will release our first album in 2016! We love 45s but everyone has been asking for an album, it’s a bit tough for financing but we hope to be able to crowdfund as we did our last record. We have tons of new songs, 3 already recorded, 4 in almost final shape and a few others in the pipeline and they are all over the place as far as subject matter and style.

14. What do you think of the music coverage in the media?

It sucks, outside of small sites and fanzines, always the same groups and especially in France it seems very controlled by the music industry, people are afraid to like anything different.

15. Do you rate any current mainstream or underground bands?

All of the French bands we mention above, and for international mod scene bands our favorites are The Riots, The Most, The Shalalas and The Sound of Pop Art. And we recently picked up the new album by Paul Collins and it was just as good as his older classics with The Nerves and The Beat, definitely go to see him if you get the chance. In the UK recently, we also got to play with The Boss who were fantastic, and we will soon again play with Trambeat which is always a treat.

16. Who/Where would you most like to record with and why?

We love where we currently record whenever we have the chance, Yeah!Yeah!Yeah! Studios in Hamburg, they have a perfect combination of old and new for recording and mixing. Dennis Rux is the engineer there and he seems to perfectly understand what we are trying to do, does not over-engineer out “flaws” and has great suggestions for little touches that really make the song. If we were to change, we would go with Gavin Linch and Graham Lentz at Rocket Studios in Croydon, they just mixed a demo for us that we are really happy with, also a natural sound but with finesse.

17. What should we expect from you in the future?  What are your plans and ambitions? What interesting gig dates have you got coming up?

As mentioned before, hopefully our first album next year, followed by more records that we are proud of, other than that and playing lot of fun gigs with cool bands that’s pretty much all of our ambition.

We have a rare gig in Paris this Friday with our friends The Most from Sweden which will be a nice boost during a rather sad time here. And for 2016, we’re really excited to play with Graham Day’s new band The Senior Service in Putney in January, and after that back for March of the Mods Reading with Geno Washington, Trambeat and the ShaLaLas and 2 dates with SlimShack from Brighton over the weekend, and then MOTM Margate for our first show there which should be really fun. And seems back in the UK in June too now!

(By the way, thank you New Untouchables, we played our first UK show ever for your night in Camden and as you can see now the UK is where we play the most)

And, if we can swing it, we’d love to get to Latin America next year. We are not really sure why but if you look at the countries of the fans of our group there are lots in Argentina and Mexico, they are right after France, the UK, Spain and Ireland. We got to go to Montreal in August for the Modtreal weekender and the US before that but it takes a lot of planning and is very expensive so we’ll see!

Web Links:

Main Site: www.facebook.com/frenchboutik
Videos: www.youtube.com/user/gabs150/videos
Social Networks: www.facebook.com/frenchboutiks 
Soundcloud: www.soundcloud.com/french-boutik

To buy our current releases:

To buy Mieux Comme Ca: www.copasetic.de/french-boutik-mieux-comme-ca
To buy previous vinyl: Sold at CopaseDisques, search: www.amazon.co.uk for French Boutik

Updated Releases and Tour Dates: www.facebook.com/frenchboutik/events


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drrobert

I run The New Untouchables organization and events like the Brighton Mod Weekender, Le Beat Bespoké Festival (and compilation series of the same name) and I co-organize Euro Ye Ye with the Trouble & Tea crew. I have run many clubs over the last 20 years in London, where I live and current nights include Timebox, Zoo Zoo, Crossfire, 100 Club and Mousetrap allnighter which has just celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2011. I have been lucky to DJ all over the globe including Japan, Canada, USA and Europe and met some great people on my journey. I run RnB Records to offset my vinyl addiction: newuntouchables.com/rnbrecords for rare vintage vinyl.

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