The Queen

Thursday the 8th of September the world was brought to a standstill as the sad news of her majesty passing was announced. With over 70 years of services and patron to 600 charities The Queen has certainly left a lasting impact on all facets of society, even the music industry.

Not only did she have two honorary degrees in Music; a Bachelor of Music (BMus) from the University of London and a Doctor of Music (DMus) from the University of Wales she also learned how to play piano at the age of 11- readers may remember the elaborate grand gold piano featuring in her 2018 annual address to the Nation.

Her reported favourite pieces of music are listed below.

  • Oklahoma! by Howard Keel
  • Anything You Can Do (Annie Get Your Gun) by Dolores Gray and Bill Johnson
  • Sing by Gary Barlow and the Commonwealth Band featuring the Military Wives
  • Cheek to Cheek by Fred Astaire
  • The White Cliffs Of Dover by Vera Lynn
  • Leaning on a Lamp-post by George Formby
  • Praise, My Soul, The King Of Heaven (hymn)
  • The Lord is My Shepherd (hymn)
  • Lester Lanin Medley
  • Regimental March Milanollo

She is known to have regularly awarded musicians with certain accolades giving out OBE to Kylie Minogues, Annie Lennox and Victoria Beckham. As well as granting knighthoods to Paul McCartney, Elton John and Mick Jagger who ,according to her cousin Elizabeth, she could have rivalled the moves off as “She was a fantastic dancer with great rhythm.”

Her love for music is evidence by her support for keeping music venues alive and open most, notably the Queen Elizabeth Hall at London’s Southbank which she opened in March 1967 is named for her.

She also challenged tradition when in 2014 she appointed Judith Weir, to be the master of the Queen’s music- a position which since 1625 has been held by a man. In 2007 Weir had been awarded the Queen’s medal for music, an accolade introduced by the monarch in 2005.

It was a medal to be presented annually to an outstanding individual or group of musicians who have had a major influence on the musical life of the nation. The introduction of this award also saw a new Music Committee, established to award eligible musicians.The first recipient of The Queen’s Music Medal was conductor Sir Charles Mackerras.

This passion for music is very human, this drive to show support and praise for those that pursue their talent and find their way, demonstrates how similar she was to us. Whatever your standing is, it is undeniably a sad and sombre time in Britain and Worldwide and my thoughts are with her family, my faith with his majesty King Charles.

Make some noise with Jack Kendrick

Jack Kendrick

Ever wondered why you crave the radio or have a need for your favourite song at certain times in the day? Music engages the neocortex of the brain triggering a sense of calm achieved through increased dopamine levels. This can lead to a euphoric sensation, ultimate happiness, usually achieved in the arms of others at a festival or while running at a 125bpm, or as a catharsis outlet. Had a rough week at work? Fallen out with a friend, stubbed a toe, dropped a pen, struggling with your sense of self? Switch up the sound, scream, cry, shout.

Jack Kendrick is a shouter, because ” as a lot of musicians know, people you’re playing too don’t particularly care about your problems so sometimes I just make sure I say them loudly so people don’t have a choice but to listen. I shout stories about things I’ve done/experienced and I hope that the few people that do listen can relate and put themselves in my shoes”. 

Jack Kendrick

Jack shares himself in his sings in hope that as well as understanding themselves the audience will understand him too. This is especially in his more personal releases such as “Favourite Lie” and “My Bones”. Both are very raw and authentic, the sound of Jack’s soul, sticking close to the first drafts lyrically and allowing a telescope into Jack’s mentality, if you’re in need of knowing how these songs go you’ll have to attend one of Jack’s shows as they’re not yet released.

His most recent release, Untold truths, came about because Jack was compared to Frank Turner, Corey Taylor, and Gary Lightbody  and who he had seen as inspirations, trying to emulate them in his sound before realising he could never be the giants he looked upon but he could be as genuine and authentic as being honest and raw with himself and sticking to that.

Untold Truths by Jack Kendrick

Music also increases memory retention, an audible de ja vu, Jack recalls a particular memory from his days in a band. “Despite playing in a rough Boston pub we played the song “Gay Bar” by Electric Six.As the bassist was singing it we was going around the pub strip teasing the patrons and, at one point, he wrapped his shirt around this mountain of a man. We were terrified for the rest of the gig because the guy just wouldn’t stop staring at us, looked like he wanted to kill us. The set ended and we were trying so hard to pack down as quickly as possible when the mountain walks over and crumbles into laughter saying that no one who’s ever played there has ever even attempted to include the audience like we did and he ended up buying us all drinks and was genuinely a nice person” evidencing music can melt our borders, remove judgement and bring us together.

Confessions Jack Kendrick

Jack is also lead vocalist for Morning Theory band and After Atlantis. Read more about After Atlantis here.

Songs can also improve our immune systems by decreasing stress, boosting self-esteem and boost short term confidence. For Jack, music became a safe space. He started performing for people when he was just 12 , preparing him for his first paid gig at the age of fifteen and he hasn’t looked back since. This ingrained impetus has found him discovered on BBC Introducing as well as being one of their featured artists and having 33 monthly listeners on spotify.

Sail On, Jack Kendrick

The 11 years of giving has helped jack learn to express himself and his emotions when words haven’t been enough. The sound has united him with like-minded people as well as himself. Sometimes music is the greatest communicator, the closest we have to telepathy, the lyrics could be coded or clear, but we all find our own meaning, ourselves in the singing, we become the ones on stage and the musician in the crowd, learning to look up at themselves instead of down, am immersive role reversal which allows listener and listened to, to be understood.

Nottinghamshire band L.A Sunday release latest single 9 AM.

We wear the walls we grew up surrounded by. In t L.A Sunday’s case these walls were adorned with the iconic Nirvana poster, a bedroom littered with crumpled song sheets, guitar picks and teenage paraphernalia.L.A Sunday, makes music for those dreamers, for those of us that have the drive but no destination.

L.A Sunday

Music can take us to otherworldly destinations, distant memories, future ambitions or even a mundane car park on a bleak Thursday evening. It was an evening similar to this the boys were sat in Pizza Hut car park that they became L.A Sunday. Although they had released songs before, played a view gigs and gained local recognition it was this night that changed. Like the rising of the dough their song Highgate, produced in songwriter Lloyd’s bedroom, soared through Spotify streams reaching 100k.

The band, made up of Lloyd – Lead Vocals / Guitar / Bass,Finn – Backing Vocals / Guitar / Bass,Charlie – Backing Vocals / Guitar / Bass,Harry – Drums / Designated Driver, managed to make a name for themselves after their debut single Contour reached 1k streams within a week of release.Their success continued when their second single ‘Tired Eyes’ was picked up by BBC Introducing Lincolnshire which saw the song reach 3000 streams in a week. 100k streams still felt worlds away but this band worked, practicing and producing in Spare bedrooms, using FL Studio and logic pro. Practice rooms have encouraged them to switch up their sound by moving towards heavier guitar based tunes.

9am by L.A Sunday

This is hinted at in their new latest single 9am. The band have said this song is about “having a day where nothing is going in your favour and then eventually it gets better. we’ve all been there. Sonically we tried to replicate this progression too. we wanted to have a quick catchy hook which then breaks and gradually builds towards the end. The ending riff is really the selling point of the song and it’s great to play live, a lot of people think it’s a synth but it’s Finn playing it on his guitar. we usually open with it at the moment as it’s just a good all rounder and it’s really fun to play for all of us. Artist wise it’s really inspired by early 2000s bands The Killers, Stereophonics.” 

L.A Sunday

Inspired by Indie legends The Neighbourhood, The 1975 and Pale Waves this band are an amalgamation of the gritty guitar riffs quintessential to the indie genre but also borrowing funk and jazz elements to marry that difference and familiarity we all crave as it hints that change can happen.

The band have played a handful of both support and headline gigs, their debut being at the Birdcage in Lincoln and another on the 29th of July where they’ll be headlining The Victoria Dalston, in London, more information here. Their prep before a gig is strategic, negotiations with sound engineers, tours of venues and before going on stage they fuel themselves with food they can’t find at home.

These guys are just becoming well known, their fans consistent and their passion prevailing. We discussed how they would like to be remembered and its simply as “nice guys who love music, to be those who inspire other people to do what they love”.

Like the greats, Fleetwood Mac, Red Hot Chilli Peppers and Talking Heads, L.A Sunday want to share a large house with a decent home studio, big kitchen and bigger home cinema room to watch 90s classics like Oceans 11, Heat, Point Break and Fight Club on repeat. Perhaps too also have endorsement from Fender / Tama / Zildjian endorsement would be lovely.

The band make music because it’s “an innocent way of expressing feeling and emotions. songwriting also develops you as a musician id say and it’s something to work towards completing, it’s an end less game and nothing is right or wrong.