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Louis Souyave

Louis Souyave

Louis has been involved in the music industry under various guises for over a decade - playing in indie bands, working for a record label and now working as a producer.

His first ventures in music were slightly less professional. “I first started making music the traditional way, I suppose. When I was about 13, my friend played guitar and the girls were more interested in him than me, so I asked for one for Christmas.”

However, he quickly realised that music would be his main focus in life. “Within weeks I was hooked on making music. After that, I learned to play the bass, drums and piano - and then I got bitten by the production bug. After playing in a few dodgy bands, I signed a record deal and never looked back.”

Always wanting to evolve his music, Louis took a different approach when writing these tracks. “I wanted to take the ‘traditional’ band line-up and augment it with electronic elements. All of these songs began life on an acoustic guitar, with a rough melody and some gibberish for lyrics. Generally speaking, though, it's pretty unusual for me to write on acoustic these days, but for these tracks I wanted a more organic process.”

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I wanted a more organic process

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Rob Northcott

Rob Northcott

A classically trained musician who also plays in loud rock bands, Rob Northcott has a very eclectic taste in music. “I listen to rock, jazz, soundtracks, electronic, classical, weird 8-bit video game scores that most people consider unbearable - all kinds of stuff.”

Despite his diverse music taste, Rob often takes a very simplistic approach when writing his own music. “One of my favourite things to do is just sit at the piano and see what comes out of my fingers. On so many occasions in the past, I have improvised something and thought it might have been good, but when I’ve tried to play it again it just doesn’t sound the same – some of the magic is gone.”

For this release, Rob has once again adopted this approach. “I sat at the piano, hit record, and played. It might sound simplistic, but that was it.” And the result is a collection of songs that are “calmly played solo piano, with simple, gentle melodies to lull you into a meditative state.”

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I’m a sucker for a strong melody

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New Amsterdam

New Amsterdam

Friends since childhood, these four boys from Essex and Suffolk have been writing and performing music from a very young age.

At the heart of the band are twins Doug and Phil, who built their own recording studio in their late teens. It’s during this time that they recruited the other half of the band, Tom and Oliver. “We knew Tom from our early school years and then met Oliver through college. Phil, Oliver and I wrote some music for adverts and TV, garnering quite a lot of success. Then Tom got involved and we all started writing together.”

Their long-standing friendship and passion for music has made the transition to songwriting partners almost seamless. “We all just really love music in general, so finding something that inspires is not too hard. Usually, we will start by listening to whatever we’re in the mood for and go from there. Doug and Oliver would come up with some lyrics that they liked, Phil would approach the guitar riffs and production techniques, and Tom would add some rhythmic interest.”

Both Oliver and Doug have also performed at numerous festivals, including Sundown, Y Not and Secret Garden Party.

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We all just really love music

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Liam Hennessy

Liam Hennessy

Liam Hennessy is a London-based composer crafting intricate and melodic songs using a unique mix of organic and electronic sounds.

To find the natural sounds that shape his music, Liam often has to look further afield for inspiration. “I am really interested in using sounds from the natural environment in my music. I have a big collection of recorded sounds - mostly me hitting random objects in my room to form percussion - and field recordings from the outside world. These sounds will often be the starting point for a new song.”

With such a strong vison and aesthetic behind his songs, Liam is always interested to see how they are interpreted and used by others. “I really enjoy creating songs to be used alongside a visual accompaniment. I often begin writing tracks with a very clear idea of where I want the song to go and the type of sound I am trying to achieve. It’s then interesting to see what the songs get used for, and whether other people share my vision and ideas for the kind of media that my songs would be suited to.”

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I’m constantly writing and recording

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