Naomi Campbell

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Naomi Campbell has taken Liverpool by storm!

Born and raised in Northern Ireland, Naomi Campbell has made herself, and her music, known in Liverpool.

With an easy going, country-pop style of music, she brings a heap of Irish charm to the her performances.

When it comes to finding inspiration for her songwriting, Naomi said: “I get influenced by usual day-to-day things such as relationships, friends, family etc. However moving from the countryside in Ireland to the city in Liverpool has influenced my writing a lot so recently my songs have been a lot more about travelling and what I miss about being at home.”

Moving to Liverpool for Naomi, who was born and raised in County Tyrone, was an decision that the Irish singer hasn’t regretted.

She said: “It’s always been a very vibrant and musical city has a lot of Irish roots there which works well for me! I’m also a huge Beatles fan!”

Since an early age, Naomi has bee following her dream of becoming a musician. She said: “I’ve been performing as a singer ever since I was in primary school but I only performed my own original material for the first time in 2012.”

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Naomi’s debut album – ‘Led By My Heart’

The support of her family have made all the difference when it comes to her music career. She said: “They are extremely supportive and even came from Ireland to my EP launch in Liverpool!”

Naomi released her EP, ‘Led by My Heart’, last year and the launch proved to be a huge success. The album contains four of Naomi’s original songs, all following her relaxed country style. The title track, ‘Led By My Heart’, was released as a music video this February. Check it out below and let us know what out think!

Naomi Campbell’s debut music video “Led By My Heart”

“I’ve always wanted to say I have my own music on iTunes. I’m most proud of Bye Bye Devil as it goes down well live and appears to be the most catchy. However the lyrics are also the most meaningful from all my songs!”

Take a listen to ‘Bye Bye Devil’ below, you can check out the rest of Naomi’s tracks on her Soundcloud page!

Naomi’s next live performance will be at Seven Zero One Bar & Base on Friday 29th April at 7.30pm. If you aren’t able to catch her performing tomorrow, Naomi performs in The Irish House, on Ranelagh Street opposite from Liverpool Central Station, every  Monday and Wednesday from 3.30pm!

We recently reviewed another Irish singer-songwriter who performs at The Irish House on Monday’s 9pm-11pm – check out Karen Turley here!

Have you seen Naomi perofrming around Liverpool? Get in touch with us and let us know what you think of her music?

Keep up to date with Naomi’s music by following her Facebook and Twitter pages as well as her official website!

Amber J

Performing has been a big part of Amber J’s life since she was just 11-years-old. Now, at 17, this talented teenager has gone on in leaps and bounds.

Amber’s music is very much inspired by the pop genre and that’s the direction she is thinking of going towards, however, she is open to experimenting with her songwriting at the early stage of her career, searching for her ‘sound’.

She said: “To sum my music up, I’d say my new sound is a mixture between Zara Larsson, Alessia Cara and Kehlani. I love all of their songs and how different they are to other artists.”

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Amber J

She said: “Writing about your issues is not only an incredible way of getting things off of your chest, but it’s also a way of helping others that are going through the same or similar things in their life. I sometimes find it hard to truly express how I’m feeling in certain situations but music has always been amazing therapy for me.

The Liverpool teenager writes all of her own music, with everyday life and her emotions being a key factor in what shapes her music.

She said: “The song of mine that I’m really proud of right now is my latest one called Miss Invisible. The song title is pretty much self explanatory as to what it’s about, but at this present moment in my life I feel like that’s the song that describes me and what I’ve been going through the most right now.”

The Artist Development student would not have been able to pursue her dreams without a strong network of support around her.

She said: “My family and friends are incredibly supportive of my music. I’m extremely lucky to have such amazing people around me 24/7. My Mum is the most supportive person I’ve ever known, she does so much for me and if it wasn’t for her I really wouldn’t be able to do what I love. She’s always taking me back and forth to singing lessons and gigs, and she’s never once missed a performance.”

Looking to the future, Amber told Scouse Sounds: ” I will be performing at my College Singer-Songwriter Showcase called “Rare Unplugged” at Studio 2 Parr Street on 9th May, doing a couple of my originals. I’ll also be performing at the Fusion 2 Year Anniversary Show with Loyal To The People at The Zanzibar Club on 25th June, tickets are on sale now at £5, I’ll be performing a mixture of covers and originals.”

Amber has lots of other performances coming up during this year. All of the information will be posted on her Twitter and Facebook pages

Have you been to see Amber perform? Let us know what you think in the comments below…

Wired Goliath

It was Looprevil Radio’s Student Stations fundraising night, and Scouse Sounds got VIP access to interview Wired Goliath before they performed.

Taking to the stage, the band performed a series of their own riff-filled songs. Enjoying their music as much as the crowd did.

The band consists of Liverpool born Chris Lennon and Thom Schofield, who have performed in Liverpool’s music scene for the entirety of their musical careers. When asked what it meant to them to perform in Liverpool they said: “Well it’s our home city isn’t it, this is it. This is where our heart lies, representing.” However, the band revealed that they are planning to fly the nest with a scheduled gig down in London in the next couple of months.

 

The duo described their music as “riff-city” saying they thought of it as quite energetic and driving. Noting some of their artistic influences such as: The Beatles, The Hives and Jimmy Hendricks saying that they were inspired by music that makes you “move and bang your head a bit, and you get a lot of energy out of it.” Chris added: “It’s like Jeff Buckley as well though, it’s quite melodic so it’s not just heavy in the way a lot of metal music is, so it’s got a bit of a song to it I guess.”

With Chris performing on guitar and main vocals and Tom on base, their clear lyrics yet energetic music gave the crowd a night to remember. Making their riffs look easy to perform both musicians appeared to be at ease with their guitars, taking a comfortable stance and rocking in time to their songs.

With their goals set high the band’s dream place to perform would be: “any big festival like Leeds or Glastonbury.” But they are taking to the stages of  London for their first big steps.

All in all this duo know how to work the crowd and play some amazing songs, to hear more from them check out their Sound Cloud: https://soundcloud.com/wiredgoliath or follow them on twitter: @WiredGoliath.

Have you seen Wired Goliath perform before? Let us know what you think by leaving a comment below.

(*performance video provided by Wired Goliath – performed in Liverpool Zanzibar Club)

Two of Substance

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The band in action

Ever heard of the band Two of Substance? Well if you haven’t, you soon will do. This talented trio are definitely on the path to success.

Having already toured as a supporting act to ‘Versus the World’, it’s time for this band to step into it’s own limelight. Tommy Haywood, Grant Sweeney and Aaron Holmes are three friends with huge talent. Despite the fact they have only been performing together for a little under 2 years, they are currently recording their future album ‘Ascended from Colours’.

Lead vocalist Tom Haywood, 22, said: “We will be going to Rockfield studios in Wales were bands such as Manics, Stone Roses and RoyalBlood have recorded so to be following their footsteps is pretty awesome.”

This trio have also made an appearance on the well known music channel ‘VEVO’ and have accumulated many fans along the way. With massive support from their family, anything is possible.

Drummer Grant Sweeney, 24, said: “My family have practically been the reason why the band has survived thus far. They have given us instruments, space to practice, let us borrow their cars, travelled up and down with us, you name it: they’ve done it.”

The band formed back in 2014 after the three decided to share their creativity. Band members Grant and Aaron have been friends since school and Tommy was later introduced after he and Grant went wrestling together.

When asked what they are most proud of, the band had mixed responses. Where Aaron is most proud of the recording he’s produced when he’s created the majority of the music, Tom was proud of everything they have achieved. Grant is extremely proud of the amount of things the band has accomplished in such a miniscule amount of time.

 

This band can definitely not be labelled as a ‘type’ of music, with variations from soft to rock, they excel in everything. When asked to describe their music, Aaron simply said he has no way to describe it, other than diverse.

Grant Sweeney, said: “To me, TOS’s music is probably schizophrenic but with the most sane and logical approach. You never know what you will get when one TOS song finishes and the next one starts, I love that.”

When it comes to writing lyrics, everyone has their own methods. Some are affected by life events, others just write what’s on their mind, Tom Haywood sees lyrics as telling a story in which he aims to be creative. Grant gets his inspiration from what happens in life,whether it be to him or complete strangers. However, Aaron said: “I kind of just make a tune and fit lyrics behind it… once the first line is done the rest just flows naturally.”

Everyone has their own inspirations, whether it be someone famous or someone closer to home and for whatever reason why, this person becomes your idol. With dreams of one day becoming someone else’s inspiration, Two of Substance have their own musical idols, such as David Bowie, Dave Grohl, Nivarna and John Fuvicant. All of which have had a successful musical career. Can this band step up to the mark? They are definitely heading in the right direction.

So what’s next for Two of Substance? 24 year old guitarist, Aaron Holmes, teased: “Hmmm we will have to wait and see.”

If you haven’t already listened to Two of Substance, it won’t be long before you do. The band are extremely talented and are definitely going to great places.

 

Where to find them:

Two of Substance’s Facebook page

Youtube Channel

Twitter

Instagram

 

Mia Wakefield

Usually accompanied by just her guitar or keyboard, Mia Wakefield plays an acoustic style of music that draws in an audience and allows you to sink into a relaxed state of mind and let the world pass by.

Mia stands out from the crowd with her meaningful original songs, bravely baring her voice to an audience supported only by the beautiful riffs of her guitar. However, the Liverpool songwriter is not opposed to the idea of experimenting with different styles.

Discussing the future of her music, she said: “I’d like to add other instruments into my songs and play about with genres! I’d actually love to make a song inspired by Jessie Ware’s soft R’n’B music. I’m also working on a dance track at the minute which is definitely a different sound to the type of music I play!”

Her whole family have supported her decision to pursue a career in music.

She said: ” I was always kind of worried to play my songs to them in case they didn’t like them. They’re the people I want to impress the most and who I want to be proud of me! They saw me play at The Cavern, and saw how much I’d grown since my school performances, and told me they loved it! My sister has been to almost every gig, so I think she’s my biggest fan!”

Studying music in school, Mia was initially rather shy and only performed for assessments. Now, she has been writing her own music and publicly performing for almost a year.

The 20-year-old said: “Overall, I’m probably most proud of ‘Tides’ as it was the first song I wrote that I was impressed with. I wrote it with an aim to use metaphors and create this kind of imagery, so it took a little longer to put together in comparison to my other tunes. It’s a lot of people’s favourite actually, I think it’s because it’s a catchy one! I think it’s one of them tunes that drag you in straight away.”

Take a listen to ‘Tides’ and let us know what you think in the comments section below – Mia has also posted a variety acoustic demo recordings to  her Soundcloud! Check them out!!

The singer-songwriter said: “I haven’t got any big gigs lined up just yet at the minute. But I’m sure you can catch me round town, playing at open mics. I’m trying to find some new venues and play there!”

Mia can often be found around Liverpool in places like The Jacaranda, Leaf (where we came across the talented Maddie Stenberg and reviewed their regular Tuesday open mic night), The Magnet and Ameriesko (where we spotted Sian Richardson and Azariah Hardy playing)

She continued: “I always post on my Facebook music page when I have an upcoming gig, so there’s no excuse not to go!”

To find out more about where you can find Mia performing next, you can follow her on Twitter (@MiaWakefieldXx), Instagram (@miiawakefield) or on Facebook (Mia Wakefield Music)

Have you seen Mia perform? Let us know what you think by getting in touch with us!

Azariah Hardy

Teenager Azariah Hardy took to the stage during an open mic night at Ameriesko, on Bold Street, and blew the audience away. With the support of her friends around her, she was in her element in the spotlight.

This 16 year old offers inspiration to all young musicians around the world to have confidence and believe in themselves. She said: “I don’t have any (influences) I am my own influence if that makes sen case.  I assure to be myself and I take influence off of myself so I don’t feel I should label myself as anyone else, it’s just me, myself.”

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Although performing cover songs that night, Azariah often writes her own and is hoping to get a record deal in the near future. When asked about what inspires her to write her own lyrics she said: “Life experiences, like what’s happened to me in my life so it’s quite personal.”

The singer has been performing since she was 11, but only been doingopen mic nights for a few months. When asked about her supportive family she said: “My mum supports me and my sister and nan do too but I don’t know whether my dad would or not.”

The talent doesn’t stop for Azariah, with an amazing voice, she has also learnt how to play the piano and the guitar from an early age but tends to stick to captivating the audience with the beauty of her acoustic style.

Her music is quite soulful and soft, she said: “There’s always a story behind what I’ve wrote.”

Follow Azariah on Instagram at @azariahxx – have you seen her performing at one of her open mic nights? Let us know what you think of her!

Cal Ruddy

It was an ordinary Sunday night, until Cal Ruddy hit the stage.

Performing at the Arts Club, Cal represented the best that the Merseyside has to offer by supporting Mike Dignam on his UK tour.

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Cal doing what he does best

Stepping on to the stage, the Wirral singer entered his own world by performing in his “folk, blues, 90’s rock and 2000’s indie” style of music.

A weird combination some may say, however, Cal admits “I get asked how I would describe my music all the time and you know what? I don’t actually have an definite answer to it.”

Regardless, the atmosphere in the crowd was that of any record-signed band, with the audience clapping and singing along with Cal’s self-written songs. It’s clear to see throughout his performance that one of the city’s leading celebrities is an inspiration to Cal. With his head flicks and care-free facial expressions, aspects of Sir Paul McCartney’s stage presence shine through.

The 20-year-old continued to say: “I take influence from all genres and types of music and that comes through in my song-writing process. It’s all thrown in and mashed up with a big wooden spoon, so it’s definitely a mixed bag.”

In the last couple of months, Cal hasn’t performed as often as he’d have liked to as a result of health issues.

He said: “I’ve had to make a few lifestyle choices for the benefit of my music but I’m already reaping the rewards of that and I can notice my voice improving in power and quality each time I sing.”

When asked what it meant for him to be able to perform in Liverpool he said: “I’m very proud to be a part of the cities music scene. There are some quality venues to play in this city and they do wonders for unsigned artists. There’s a constant reminder of Liverpool’s musical history all around the city and I really embrace that as a big fan of the Beatles and similar acts from the Merseybeat era.”

Speaking directly to those who have supported his music so far, he said: “Thanks to anyone who’s ever believed in me, it means the absolute world to know people have my back and watch this space the best is yet to come!”

To see more of Cal’s work, you can use his Twitter handle (@Cal_Ruddy) or access his recorded tracks and playlists on Soundcloud.

Have you been to see Cal perform? Let us know what you think by getting in touch with us!

Danny Boyle

Ellesmere Port-born singer Danny Boyle, at 17 years old aspires to follow in the footsteps of Ed Sheeran.

Danny says: “Ed is an ongoing example of how hard work really does pay off as long as you’re dedicated to what it is you want.”

Speaking of dedication, Danny first got into singing at the early age of three and his passion continued from there.

Singing isn’t his only talent, Danny said: “I first learnt guitar around the age of 12 learning from YouTube and I’ve recently taken up keyboard about 5 months ago now.”

The teenager already has a huge highlight of his music career. Danny said: “I got the chance to go to Manchester Arena to Perform for The Vamps and their managers which was a crazy experience. I got an insight into the life of a successful record label band and after seeing that it just pushed me more to work harder.”

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Danny Boyle joining The Vamps backstage in Manchester

At the end of April, Danny is off to London for a songwriting course with some industry songwriters who have worked with Pixie Lott and Little Mix. He’s also returning there to gig over summer.

He said: “I write my own songs and try to write as often as possible. I say inspiration can come from anything, maybe something you see one day that inspires an idea or sometimes it just happens-you get your instrument out and write lyrics and see where it takes you.

“It would be great to do a gig where people know all my songs and just have that audience participation with them, to know they have come especially to come and see you play your music that you spent hours working on-you know you must be doing something right.”

Danny’s family are behind him in every step of his musical career. He said: “Without my family helping me I would find it difficult to travel to gigs, they also invest in my music it shows they really believe in the career I want to pursue.”

 

Keep up to date with Danny on his social media:
Danny’s Facebook
Danny’s Youtube
Danny’s Twitter


You can also search ‘Danny Boyle New Start’ on Spotify to hear his single released in February.

If you have seen Danny performing live, get in touch and let us know what you thought. You can see Danny at ‘Sounds of the Acoustic’ on April 30th at Ameriesko.

 

Sian Richardson

An old soul in a young body, 17-year-old Sian Richardson made her mark on the open mic circuit of Liverpool last night as she performed at one of Ameriesko’s regular open mic nights.

Sian is an extremely talented young woman and her voice simply captivates you. Hearing her sing, you would think she had been performing her whole life. Everything seems to come so naturally.

She said “I took Music for a GCSE in high school and since then, when I realised that I could sing, I took part in a few shows. I’m quite inexperienced in a way, this is only my second open mic night! I played my first one here too!”

The open mic scene newcomer performed her chilled out set-list flawlessly as she was supported by her friends on the sidelines.

Check out our other videos of Sian performing on our YouTube page!

Ameriesko was the perfect setting, the intimacy of the coffee shop well and truly complemented her style of music. With musical influences such as David Bowie and Lana Del Rey, these vibes are felt strongly in her original songwriting as well as her  choice of cover songs.

The Liverpool Media Academy student said: “It just comes from being a teenager and all the strange and annoying emotions you experience along the way. I’m not going to lie, most of the music I sing can be quite depressing. I prefer to think of it as quite chilled out!”

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Follow Sian on Instagram at @sianxrich – have you seen Sian at one of her first open mics? Let us know what you think of her!

 

 

Maddie Stenberg

Often a big deal is made about how old you are. Oh you’re too young to do this or you’re too old to be doing that. But if you have a dream then who cares?

Maddie Stenberg is just 15 years old and she took to the stage during an the open mic night we went to at LEAF this Tuesday, doing it so effortlessly.

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Maddie as she performed

Hearing her sing, you would think she had been performing her whole life. Everything seems to come so naturally. Maddie is an extremely talented young woman and once she opens her mouth to sing, you are mesmerised.

Her dad has supported her every step of the way at the very beginning of her music career, having only started to perform a few months ago in August.
She said: “My dad is great, he will come with me to all my performances. He’s the one that’s got me to do this and really supported me to do it.”

Her father never once took his eyes off his daughter once she took to the stage, proudly watching her perform. Have a look at  the video below!

Maddie is still trying to find her own style of music. However, with influences like Fleetwood Mac and John Mayer being apparent in her original songs, she is sure to find her feet soon. For now, she is sticking with the acoustic style, which she claims the majority of people can relate to and enjoy.

When asked what inspires her to write her lyrics, she said: “I write how I feel and then hopefully it can relate to other people.
I don’t write about certain things, I just write how I feel and then people can relate it to their situation.”

The Formby teenager appeared slightly nervous at first, however once her feet were on that stage all nerves had disappeared. The crowd, like us, fell in love with her performance from the moment she started. Everyone was cheering and clapping by the end, no surprise there. With a voice like that, it’s hard not to.

Take a look at Maddie on her Twitter and YouTube!

If you enjoyed Maddie’s performance let us know! She is sure to perform again soon at the frequent open mic nights around Liverpool.