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Video of the Moment #1595: Liam Bailey

By on Thursday, 7th August 2014 at 6:00 pm

London soul singer Liam Bailey looks like he’s done well for himself over here in North America since we last caught up with him in 2012. The evidence: his debut album ‘Definitely’ will be released by Sony Records on the 19th of August in America and Canada, with no immediate release plans elsewhere in the world. But wherever you are, you can watch this video for ‘On My Mind’, which Bailey released previously as part of an EP. Filmed extremely in a low-budget fashion (I hope) with the intention (again, I hope) to keep the focus squarely on Bailey’s heart-wrenching vocals and the music, watch the promo for the bluesy song below.



Interview: Liam Bailey

By on Friday, 10th February 2012 at 12:00 pm

London soul singer Liam Bailey’s had a mixed few months. Co-writing and featuring in Chase and Status’ huge ‘Blind Faith’ brought him a whole new fanbase but his debut album release was delayed by over 6 months. We talk to him about this, the BBC Sound Of 2012 List and the future.

Having been a dedicated artist for a while now, the album was meant to launch at the end of last year. What happened to that and are there plans to reschedule?
The album was held back due to me not being completely happy with it and also my important people at my record label losing faith in its potential. Now that I’m happier with it, I do intend for the album to be released this year. I would love for it to be out by summer.

What can fans expect from the album when it surfaces?
The songs are all honest and are definitely documentations of what I was going through whilst recording the album. It’s a good and solid first attempt at making the best out of a bad situation.

With Michael Kiwanuka winning the BBC Sound of 2012 poll, do you feel that there’s going to be a sizeable shift in both demographic and mainstream recognition towards modern soul singer-songwriters?
I hope so. But there’ve been there all the time. The BBC are not really reliable tastemakers. I hate the fact people decide what the mass public will listen too though.

Why do you feel that the genre has been seemingly overlooked in the last few years? Is the scene lacking or is it just reluctance of radio to play that style?
Radio One and the BBC are not renowned for their taste making skills for decades. I’d say it’s more because some sort energy or star constellation has aligned over time. Almost as though a room full of idiots fools, wise men and women have all eventually settled on one decision after hours of arguing, and it was all over what to drink.

When you look at the current musical landscape, who do you look up to and/or aspire to emulate?
Radiohead have inspired me a lot this year. They’re just incredible.

One thing that fans have seemed to really warm to is how in touch with them you are, responding to Facebook and YouTube comments. How important do you feel this is to an artist?
I just think it’s important to be real. So any interaction with people whether it be face to face in public spaces or in the strange world of the internet should be real.

Where do you hope 2012 will lead you?
I hope 2012 bring enables me to keep doing what I love and I hope I get a strong chance to shine.

Liam Bailey’s EP It’s Not The Same is available to buy from Amazon and iTunes via his official Web site. Watch the video for his song ‘It’s Not the Same’ below. Many thanks to Jono for helping sort this interview for us at TGTF.



Bingley Music Live: Day 3 Roundup

By on Thursday, 6th October 2011 at 5:35 pm

Sunday brings a third day of quality music over to Bingley, a place where most artists will admit they’ve never heard of, and only a few have ever played. Bingley Music Live has really brought big name acts out here and made a name for itself over the last few years and as the third day begins, you get a sense that it’s now an established festival that supports both local and up-and-coming acts as well as the all important ticket selling, fan pleasing headliners.

Having not learnt my lesson from yesterday, I was yet again thwarted by public transport on a Sunday afternoon, but I’m informed that Daley was beautiful to witness in the early afternoon sun. As I arrive at the festival, I’m subject to watching Stereo MCs performing what I’m told were their hits. A long time ago, this band might have been enjoyable live, but as it stands they look like the kind of ageing people that would be in the pool at a Butlins, avoiding their family and doing some sort of swimming aerobics whilst their grandchildren frolic about with rubber inflatables. That song where they say “yeah” a lot was bearable though.

Doing their very best to pick up the pace of things come The Sunshine Underground. A nearly band of lad rock, you can’t help but feel that if Oasis had adopted these guys as openers in their last years, TSU might have made a real go of it. Sadly, however, they’re destined to do their best to liven mid-afternoon crowds with their two albums worth of music. ‘Nobody’s Coming to Save You’ makes the crowds bob, yet nothing aside from their nearly hits from the first album makes people move. Shame.

Eliza Doolittle is up next though. Surely the genuine singalongs can start here? Yes! Finally today, you get polite movement and a genuine festival feeling as ‘Skinny Jeans’, ‘Pack Up’ and even a cover of Kanye West’s ‘Runaway’ make everyone start to smile again (‘Runaway’ actually gets a bigger singalong than most of Doolittle’s tracks, but I’m sure she won’t mind). Even the security make a go of it.

The bands on back to back next are a little dissimilar. With Chase and Status playing their final festival of the season later, The Coral take to a stage that they’re really never going to own and with an attitude that doesn’t appear at all enthusiastic. Even the odd summertime classic leaves the crowds questioning their billing. ‘In The Morning’ doesn’t even feature as the set is filled with their most recent album’s tracks. As enjoyable as the record is, it doesn’t translate on stage. Happily, they do at least play ‘Dreaming of You’ and ‘Pass It On’, which gets everyone warmed up just as they leave.

Twenty minutes later, it’s still light and the crowds are restless. With just two albums under their belt and even a few anthems in the making, Chase and Status’s live shows are more sought after than ever. Coming on to rapturous responses they get straight to it with new single ‘No Problem’. Manic dancing ensues and doesn’t stop for as long as the group play. As the sun goes down and darkness takes over Bingley, the band seem to be reinvigorated as collaboration artists appear on the big screens with huge graphic designs and pre-made videos. Urban music with a rock and roll feel has gained itself a huge reputation these days with everyone from Jay-Z to Pendulum using elements of it in their famously huge sets. Chase and Status bring this along as well and probably do it better than Pendulum do. There’s less annoying on stage talk but still enough to get everyone going. Bringing their main set to a close with ‘Fool Yourself’, it builds up and releases what you’d assume was the last piece of energy in everyone that’s been going all weekend long.

Wrong! Coming back out with ‘Blind Faith’ which features a hyped up Liam Bailey creates an atmosphere of completely blissful pandemonium as the backing track soars over the park and sends everyone home running on the last of their adrenaline. Of course there’s another firework show, but tonight has been all about that Chase and Status show. A fitting close to a genuinely fantastic small festival.


New to Q Sessions / January 2011

By on Thursday, 11th November 2010 at 9:00 am

The line-ups for the second annual New to Q Sessions, to take place at London’s Bush Hall in early 2011, have been announced. Five special shows have been scheduled for the week of the 24th to the 28th of January 2011. Though the presale already started on Tuesday, general tickets go on sale at 9 AM tomorrow (12th November). The bands playing are listed below; you’ll definitely recognise some TGTF favourites in there.

Monday 24th January 2011 – Funeral Party, Kid Adrift, Liz Lawrence
Tuesday 25th January 2011 – Clare Maguire, Primary 1, Liam Bailey
Wednesday 26th January 2011 – Noah and the Whale, Ben Howard, Alice Gold
Thursday 27th January 2011 – Egyptian Hip Hop, Dutch Uncles
Friday 28th January 2011 – The Pierces, Murray James, David Lyre


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