Ervin Munir, The Interview Series.

Hello, Ervin! What inspired the theme of seizing opportunities and pursuing aspirations in “Chase The Moon,” and how does it resonate with your personal experiences?

This song reflects my music career to date. To make it in the music business you need to take risks artistically and physically (by putting yourself out here) to create a unique impression and to get known. Fear is what has held me back in the past and I feel like I’m finally conquering it. 

Can you walk us through the creative process behind “Chase The Moon,” from its inception to its final production?

The trigger for this song was a thriller series I was watching on Sky TV. The protagonist said “Let’s chase the moon” or something like that. I stopped watching and went immediately to my studio and began writing. 

I hit on a theme of travelling to exotic places as a metaphor for taking risks, and began writing the lyrics. I felt that it needed to be a simply structured song to more easily get the message across. 

I sang a melody in my head for the first line and a chord sequence emerged.

It was one of my quicker songs to write. 

Collaborations often bring fresh perspectives and new dimensions to music. How did working with Aeron Z Jones on lap steel and mandolin accompaniments influence the sound and feel of “Chase The Moon”?

I play this song live a lot, so I was already happy with the acoustic version. But Aeron’s sensitive playing of the mandolin and especially the lap-steel guitar gave the studio version much more depth and interest. He also played a bit of classical guitar on it I think and that little solo is really nice. I really like working with Aeron in the studio. I recommend him.

“Chase The Moon” seems to mark a significant evolution in your musical style. Could you share any intentional artistic choices or explorations you made in this single that differ from your previous releases?

It’s one of those things that I don’t want to investigate in depth because it feels fragile and I might break it. I haven’t done anything consciously to change my musical style. 

That said, these days  I am more willing to explore sounds beyond the acoustic soundscape I usually use. This doesn’t really show itself so much in “Chase the Moon” but is more obvious in some of the other singles, and the album, I’ll be releasing later this year. 

With the release of “Chase The Moon” and the promise of more music to come, what overarching message or journey do you hope to convey to your audience through your upcoming releases, including the anticipated second album?

I think people will see an evolution in style over time, and like both the stuff on “Broken Compass” (2023), and the stuff on the new album. Most people that follow me know I am on a journey and they have been impressed with what they have heard so far. I hope they continue to follow me as I take more risks and chase the moon on this journey. 

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Ervin Munir, ‘Chase The Moon’

Words By Emily Kowalczyk.

I recently got sent Ervin Munir’s latest track, “Chase The Moon,” and it’s left a strong mark on me. With each strum of Ervin’s acoustic guitar, I felt myself drawn deeper into the wall of sound he delivers. Also, what sets this track apart is the accompaniment of Aeron Z Jones’ lap steel and mandolin.

Their collaboration is one to rave about! it breaths new life into Ervin’s already distinctive playing style. Moreover, the interplay between the instruments adds layers of depth and texture, elevating each track to new heights.

As someone who’s been a fan since Ervin’s “She Never Made Old Bones” days, I can confidently say that “Chase The Moon” is a bold step forward in his musical journey. It’s a track that demands to be listened to, not just heard, and one that will linger in your mind long after the final chord fades away.

You can stream below.

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Tanya Walker, The Interview Series.

Hello, Tanya, Let’s talk about your new single, ‘Good Days, Bad Days’, what is the meaning? 

I wrote the song when I was 32 so some time ago. I had just come out of a painful breakup and was re-focusing on my music again – and at the same time feeling regretful about things I had not yet achieved in my life.

I went away on a  3 day meditation retreat where I had the opportunity to notice the thoughts and emotions that are constantly changing within us  and was able be with and accept them – recognising that just like the seasons or changing weather – our  emotions are the same –  like the sun follows rain, if we can be with our more painful emotions they will lift to reveal the light within us. It’s also about there being no point to regret, as we will miss the beauty of the present moment.

Which artists in the current industry inspire you the most?

Joni Mitchell is still being discovered by younger artists and she had a huge influence on songwriting when I first began at 16 years old. The tender, poetic expressiveness of her lyrics and the way her voice then expresses their meaning captures my heart and I am in awe of everything her music is.

Kate Bush , although an artist from the past, has also been a huge influence in my life and I really respect her ability to keep progressing with her music to recreate herself and still be relevant. I love blasting her music, singing at the top of my voice and doing some free movement around the living room!

Billie Eilish I think is an incredible artist, especially for her age. Profound songwriting for such a young age and the textural quality of her voice is spellbinding.

What is the best thing about being a musician in 2024?

After COVID I don’t think we can ever take for granted being able to perform with fellow musicians to a live audience. So playing live will be great in 2024. I won the Global Talent Is Timeless songwriting competition in 2023 and towards the end of the year recorded my winning single at Abbey Rd which has just been released. I’m really looking forward to 2024 being about building on this success and connecting with new listeners through more new releases and a small UK tour. I cant wait!And every year I get older, I feel more relaxed when gigging live, meaning I enjoy the whole experience that much more!

Is there a certain place you often go to write? E.g a certain room, or environment?

Strangely  I get some great ideas in the car and end up recording myself on my phones voice record. I think it’s because part of my brain is driving so its preoccupied with that and there is no pressure to come up a with a song so it just naturally arises. My favourite place though is most definitely on my upright piano which dates back to 1830 and which belonged to Gustaf Holst’s piano accompanist (who helped him write his works in later years which he was unable to do due to arthritis). Its been passed down through the family and has the most beautiful harmonics and resounding sound which inspires many songs!

What is your first memory of music?

Singing ‘Lully, Lullay’ whilst playing the main part of Mary in the school Nativity when I was 5!

Photo Credit: Tanya Walker

Saskia Griffiths-Moore, ‘Imagination Baby’

Words By Joey Rochert.

Saskia Griffiths-Moore’s latest single, ‘Imagination Baby,’ is a journey into the realm of creativity and self-discovery. With a blend of pop-folk melodies and heartfelt lyrics, Saskia transports us to a world where barriers dissolve, and imagination reigns. From the first notes, the feel-good vibes ooze out of this heavenly release, inviting you to get lost in its infectious rhythm. As Saskia sings about unleashing creativity and removing obstacles to fulfill one’s potential, her message resonates deeply, urging us to embrace their inner muses and explore the limitless boundaries of their imagination.

Her vocals, infused with sincerity and warmth, leave an imprint, drawing us closer with each note. There’s a sense of liberation in the air as ‘Imagination Baby’ unfolds, inviting you to dance freely in the realm of possibility.

You can take a listen below.

Photo Credit: Saskia Griffiths-Moore.

Ervin Munir, ‘Oh Why’

Words By Joey Rochert.

Ervin Munir’s latest single, “Oh Why,” encapsulates the essence of introspection and contemplation, inviting us into a realm of profound questioning and reflection. As part of his recent album “Broken Compass,” this track emerges as a force to be reckoned with, interlacing poignant lyrical themes with skillful musical textures.

At the heart of “Oh Why” lies a piano melody, its emotive notes intertwining with Ervin’s lyrics to create a deeply resonant experience. As the song progresses, a subtle yet evocative guitar arrangement emerges, adding layers of depth to the auditory experience.

Ervin Munir’s vocals are nothing short of delightful, infusing each lyric with a soulful sincerity that lingers in the mind long after the song has ended. His delivery is imbued with genuine emotion, effortlessly conveying the weight of the existential questions posed within the song.

You can take a listen below.

Photo Credit: Ervin Munir.

Tanya Walker, ‘Good Days, Bad Days’

Words By Joey Rochert.

Tanya Walker, triumphantly emerging as the victor of Talent Is Timeless’ prestigious songwriting competition, leaves a strong mark with her latest offering, “Good Days, Bad Days”.

Recorded amidst the hallowed halls of Abbey Road Studios, this track serves as a refreshing gust of wind in the folk music scene, capturing our attention with its magnetic allure. Walker’s vocal performance isn’t just noteworthy; it’s compelling, blending tales of life’s complexities.

With each lyric, she unearths the depths of human experience, speaking with a candor that is both refreshing and profound. So much so, with “Good Days, Bad Days,” Tanya Walker invites us on all on a voyage of introspection.

You can take a listen below.

Photo Credit: Tanya Walker.

Ervin Munir, ‘Broken Compass’

Words By Joey Rochert.

Ervin Munir’s latest album, “Broken Compass,” marks the pinnacle of his year in the folk scene. This album mirrors Ervin’s unwavering dedication, as he wholeheartedly pours his passion into every note and lyric. The result is a ten-track collection that glues heartwarming tales with irresistible indie-folk backdrops.

Ervin’s approach to songwriting and storytelling is distinctive, shattering conventions with tracks like ‘Fall Apart’ and ‘The Busker.’ Each song on the album possesses a unique charm, making it impossible to ignore the emotional depth and weight embedded in every piece. Listening to “Broken Compass” on a full stereo setup elevates the experience and it leaves us excited for what may come from the Norfolk singer-songwriter in 2024.

You can take a listen below.

Photo Credit: Ervin Munir.

Marsha Swanson, ‘Not You’

Words By Emily Kowalczyk.

Marsha Swanson’s latest single, ‘Not You’. is an emotional powerhouse that tugs at my heartstrings. Her ability to evoke deep feelings through her music is truly inspiring. It’s like she’s picking up right where she left off with ‘Facing Life’ and then taking it to the next level, leaving me eagerly anticipating her upcoming album, ‘Near Life Experience.’

The vocals on ‘Not You’ are what truly shine for me. Marsha’s voice carries so much emotion, and it’s impossible not to be moved by it. But it’s not just the vocals; the lyrics and music work in perfect harmony, creating a profoundly touching experience.

In just a few minutes, Marsha manages to transport you into her world of emotions and reflection. You can experience it fully below.

Photo Credit: Marsha Swanson.

Marsha Swanson, ‘Facing Life’

Words By Joey Rochert.

British singer-songwriter Marsha Swanson has made an impressive comeback, solidifying her position as a leading name in the music industry with her recent release, ‘In Parallel.’ And now, she is set to take the music scene by storm once again, as she gears up to drop her latest single, ‘Facing Life,’ this coming Friday, 4th August 2023.

Following the success of ‘In Parallel,’ which garnered immense praise for its captivating sound and thoughtful lyrics, Marsha Swanson aims to push the boundaries even further with ‘Facing Life.’ This new track promises to deliver a fresh dimension, showcasing the artist’s unwavering commitment to quality and professionalism.

While the track is yet to be officially streamed online, lucky insiders have already been treated to an early preview. From what we’ve heard, it’s safe to say that fans are in for a real treat when ‘Facing Life’ emerges on New Music Friday. The song is undoubtedly Marsha Swanson at her best, combining her signature melodic charm with deeply emotive storytelling.

More information here.

Photo Credit: Marsha Swanson.

Ervin Munir, ‘Pick up the Phone’

Words By Sam Wetherby.

Ah, without a doubt, the latest single from Ervin Munir, bearing the resplendent title ‘Pick up the Phone’, shall undoubtedly captivate the hearts of those fortunate enough to encounter its melodious embrace. This enthralling encounter emerges from the artistic genius of Norfolk’s very own Munir, whose penchant for amalgamating folk and indie elements into a distinct and remarkable fusion is well-known.

The single, an exultant expression of positivity and joy, is certain to elevate the spirits of its listeners, buoyed by the ethereal vocals of the enchanting Tina Blaber. Munir’s guitar artistry evokes a profound sense of nostalgia and solace, skillfully merging strength and warmth, enveloping us in a comforting reverie.

The rhythmic cadence established by the drums possesses an almost hypnotic allure, promptly compelling one’s body to sway gracefully in unison with its pulse. The harmonious convergence of Munir’s and Blaber’s voices adds a layer of celestial beauty and mellifluousness to the delivery, endowing it with profound depth and significance.

Ears at the ready, you can stream below.