All I care about is writing and inventing my own noise, with styles and songs that make me feel awake and alive. I don't have to subscribe to the mainstream just to make it happen. I'm on my own path and the journey is long. As long as I can incorporate melody and emotive music that inspires visions and feelings, then I'm doing okay.
I used to pride myself on always being ready and able to buy a hot ticket, poised to click at 9am. Now, massive venues such as Alexandra Palace are sold out within minutes, and tickets appear moments later on resale sites such as Seatwave at hugely inflated prices. Anti-tout campaigners say Internet "bots" are being used to mass purchase tickets as soon as they go on sale. Thousands of tickets can be bought in minutes, leaving you and I out of luck.
I often wonder what he would have been like, had he still been alive today. What would such a truly talented man make of our anything-to-be-famous-but-famous-for-nothing celebrity culture? What musical gems would he have bestowed upon us? And most importantly, what would he think about the remaining members of Queen giving the green light to 'A Kind Of Magic' being used in the Furniture Village TV ads?
I'd always wanted to sing and I'd stay behind in school after all the other kids had gone home to work on it. I got myself into a few schools shows. After leaving school, I was in a band called Shakin' Stevens and the Sunsets. We'd play at the New Moon Club and there was another one called the Kayak Club during the 1960s.
I'm not the only person who listens to the radio with sadness and disappointment when considering artists who used to dominate the airwaves such as the late David Bowie, Prince and Amy Winehouse. I'm not the only one who feels squashed by big corporations and their power over the media.
Tim Book Two is about record shops, vinyl and the joy of sharing your favourite albums with your favourite people - kind of like what happens every day but I wanted to ask some people that everyone might know.
Writing and performing my music is an absolute dream come true, but it can be an overwhelming experience at times. Some days I want to jump around the room with excitement one minute, and then I listen back to a performance and decide in a matter of seconds that it's terrible and that maybe I'm just never going to be good enough and I should get my teaching qualification before it's too late.
I was taken with this idea in the song The Believers. I realised I was commenting about the people on either side of the news footage. Sure, those poor people forced to flee were certainly 'believers' who had staked their future on the thinnest of chances.
Socks and Slides have undoubtably been this summers footwear choice, and not only for your Uncle Ade, but for your teenage cousins, nephews and nieces. North London rap artist iLLAMADi, decided to pay homage to this footwear epidemic that has swept across most of London, and made a song and dance about it. Literally. Let me break down the lyrics for you.
I'm pleased to say that this week some artists you've actually heard of have released some new music. Would you like to hear this aforementioned music? Brilliant. Would you like to hear my musings on it? Well, you're getting them anyway. It's 'The Big Three'...
It was an honour for myself to find out where Gary's own head was at in an interview 25 years on from my first experience of him, and to discover what a cordial and unpretentious interviewee he was, notwithstanding his decades of experience in a cut-throat music business that has beaten him down as much as it has elevated him.
I was almost hopeless and had run out of money trying to start up the Tom Cridland brand two years ago, aged 23, when I sent an offer of a complimentary pair of our trousers to Nigel Olsson, who has been Elton's drummer since 1969 and was one of my favourite musicians, via his rep. Much to my surprise, I had an email from Nigel himself the next day, saying he loved the look of my designs.
I have never experienced the extreme highs and lows of addiction first hand, but whilst recording my new podcast I spoke to author Amy Liptrot, who's immensely compelling story made me realise how incredibly restorative nature can be when battling addiction. My late ex-husband had a complicated relationship with alcohol and would often speak about how alcohol added a colour to his life that he worried would not be there if he stopped drinking. It even overshadowed the conflicting darkness of the shame, guilt and regret he also sometimes felt.
While Super Natural might not sound particularly like anything she has been responsible for so far, the dreamy lyrics and nonchalant delivery are both unmistakably Carly ("queen of dreamy lyrics and nonchalant delivery" etc.). Those 500 people who bought Emotion are going to love it, in other words, and MAYBE YOU WILL TOO.
Nothing will happen unless you make it happen, and that means putting yourself up there on that teeny pub stage, in front of an audience who may or may not be drunk and who may or may not actually give a rat's arse about what they're seeing or hearing. You just don't know until you try.
Nearly three years on from her X Factor victory, Sam has unveiled her first ever original song. And do you know what? It's really good. First off, 'Sing My Heart Out' is strikingly more current-sounding than you'd expect, and certainly more modern than anything Syco stuck her with on her debut album.