Monday, 25 April 2016
Friday, 15 April 2016
It’s that time of year again where we dust off our record players and head down to local record stores to rediscover the lost beauty of vinyl. We’ve picked our top releases for this year and put them all together in a handy list!
Thursday, 14 April 2016
Friday, 8 April 2016
Britain's Got Talent stars Jack Pack embark on their UK tour in June - we caught up with them to find out what they've been getting up to!
Hello guys, how are you? What have you been up to recently?
We’re doing great thanks! Well, it’s been very busy indeed but we are having such a great Time-We have been abroad to South America, and also went to Venice to perform- That was an amazing City! We’ve also been working on our set for out tour which is going ahead in June. We all can’t wait!
It’s been 2 years since you received a standing ovation at your Britain’s Got Talent audition which you mentioned was your first ever public performance… Can you remember what it was like stepping out on stage together for the first time in front of a packed house, national TV cameras and the BGT judges?
That first audition was very surreal….It felt like we were stepping in a TV set! We had done a lot of work behind the scenes on out audition, and had also all given up our day jobs to dedicate out time to Jack Pack… As much as were felt confident in ourselves, it really hit us all that everything was on the line now, and if they buzzed us that would mean everything we has worked for would be for nothing…. So being nervous was an understatement! They also purposefully kept us waiting behind the stage where we could hear the other auditions taking place and the incredibly loud buzzers-which sounded like fog horns!! Once we got the standing ovation, it was extremely emotional for all of us. It was a moment we will never forget.
Could you ever have imagined how much your lives have change since then?
I think every singer has dreams of what their lives could be if they had a chance to ‘make it’, but when it actually happens… And every week you are doing the most amazing things, you step back go ‘is this really happening?’ After getting to the final of BGT, we signed to Syco, made our album with a 72-piece orchestra, We’ve performed at the Hammersmith Apollo, The London Palladium, Proms in the park to 40,000 people- been to many countries all over the world… And have also performed in front of Prince Charles… Its mind blowing to be honest…. These things just don’t happen every day! We still can’t believe how well it’s taken off to be honest, and all appreciate how fortunate we have been.
You released your debut album ‘Jack Pack’ in October last year which is a mix of cover songs and original tracks. Which is your favorite song off the album?
That's a tough question, as we love all the tracks for different reasons. The likes of ‘My Way’, which is a huge iconic song in itself, not to mention the emotional sentiment and connection it has with people, as a band, is one of our favorites. We also love Lazy River, which was actually Simon Cowell’s suggestion, as this track really shows off our chemistry and the fun we have with each other on, and off stage, it was a great suggestion. It pretty much typifies what we're about, lads, banter and fun!
You’re also touring the UK at the end of May, which city are you most looking forward to playing and why?
We are just looking forward to going on tour and performing for our amazing fans. They have been with us from day one on this amazing journey, through all our ups and downs, and we cannot wait to put on an amazing show for them all. We’ve put in many hours in the studio rehearsing with the band to make sure this show is amazing and Its now just a matter of getting on the road to see everyone and provide a night of entertainment they won't forget.
What/who inspired your love for ‘big band’ and swing music?
What we all have in common is we were all bought up in our households listening to swing. I remember being 10 years old. My father gave me a Frank Sinatra CD as a present, I listened to ‘Night and Day’ - I immediately fell in love with the genre… There was something about the grand orchestra with the thumping brass and smooth and effortless vocals which was both spectacular and also very cool… Since that day I became a fan, and that’s what gave me inspiration to sing. (Sean)
Who is the best artist you have ever seen live?
For me it has to be Michael Buble. I saw him at the O2 a few years ago and he was just mind blowing. He was my main inspiration for getting into this genre of music and I was actually very very lucky to perform with him on stage in London at a small intimate gig 4 years ago! This was an absolute dream come true, and seeing him perform again at the O2, was just the tip of the iceberg, given my journey since. (Alfie)
What is the plan for after your tour?
I think we will all have a few days rest and spend some time with our families, children and friends, and then, it’ll be back to work soon after. We have so many exciting things happening, at home, internationally, and in the studio, that we cannot wait to tell your all about and we are looking forward to the future of Jack Pack and our continued love we have for living this dream of ours.
Just how small is Dec compared to Ant in real life?
Haha they both seem quite similar in height in real life!! It’s not at all noticeable in person from what I remember!
Finally, could you tell us the songs you guys will be listening to whilst on tour?
Wednesday, 6 April 2016
Ben Haenow is touring this April, for tickets visit http://gigst.rs/BenHaenow
X Factor winner Ben Haenow is back! With a number one single and top ten album already in the bag, we caught up with him ahead of his UK tour...
How has your journey been since winning the X Factor?
It's been incredible, I've been living my dream since the day I won. Getting to sing for a living has been all I have wanted to do since I was a kid and now I'm heading out on my very own tour! I feel like the luckiest guy in the world.
What advice would you give hopefuls wanting to apply to shows like the X Factor?
GO FOR IT! You don't want to be sitting around in years to come thinking "what if" .. It's hard work but it was the best experience of my life. At worst you'll meet a lot of people who share your passion for singing and make some friends :) ...And it could just change your life forever.
How do you prepare yourself for going out on tour?
Lots of rehearsal, and making sure your voice is in good shape is key. Working out the setlist and getting all the songs together with the band has been fun!
What can fans expect from your live show?
Well we love a bit of audience participation, get the crowd singing/chanting along, maybe even on stage. I've got a band together so we're going for a bit of an old school rock vibe.
You’re writing material for a new album – what has your inspiration been behind it?
All sorts really. The last year has given me loads of inspiration, I've had some great and crazy experiences, but I think life in general gives anyone enough to write a song or two about.
I wouldn't say it is a concept album and I'm still in very early stages with it all but I am enjoying writing at the moment.
You’re playing a homecoming show on 19th April - what memories does the venue hold for you?
Fairfield Halls has a lot of history, I've been going there for years with friends and family to see shows.
Bands like the Rolling Stones have played there.. I've seen Joe Satriani play there.. And Carlos Santana .. I also saw the Sooty and Sweep show Live, so it's not all rock and roll!
We used to watch the Christmas pantomime there every year when we were kids so I have a lot of memories of Fairfield.
Me and my brother played there once before for a battle of the bands competition but I never imagined I'd be coming back to play my own gig.. It's an absolute honour!
Who would you like to collaborate with in future?
Justin Beiber... There I said it. His recent stuff has been pretty awesome, I'm not sure how it would sound...but it'd be cool to get in the studio and find out, and of course Mr Ed Sheeran! He is incredible!
What’s your favourite album of all time?
That's tough... Stevie Wonder - 'Songs in the Key of Life' is a banger. Great from start to finish!
What would you like to be doing in 5 years’ time?
I'd love to be doing a world tour in 5 years time! I love playing the live shows and it would be incredible to go around the world making noise and meeting people!
Have you got a message for your fans?
I literally have THE BEST fans in the world. I can't thank you guys enough for all the love and support you have shown me and for everything you have done. I am soooo excited to start the tour and I cannot wait to get out on the road and see you all!! Xx
Ben Haenow is touring this April, for tickets visit http://gigst.rs/BenHaenow