Tuesday, 8 September 2009

'Music Lives On The Internet' - Interview #13

After a mighty long break the Music Lives On The Internet feature is back and this time the featured blogger is Nick Whitcomb author of music blog http://musicmule.co.uk.

Nick's blog is packed full of music goodness including interviews with musicians and live concert reviews making it a regular 'must visit' site on my daily Internet rounds.

Name: Nick Whitcomb

Blog Name: http://musicmule.co.uk/

What is your blog/website about?
The music I love and some of those same bands that are playing London town and sometimes beyond.

What started you blogging?
Music Mule started as me sending out emails of London gigs I wanted to check out to a list of friends. People kept on asking to be added to the list and after a while I thought why not make it into something more permanent.

First record you bought?

Ha ha this is pretty embarrassing. I think I 'made' my mum by The Bodyguard soundtrack when I was 9. Then the next year I think it was I bought Now 26 with my pocket money. That had some super cheese on it like 'Go West' by The Pet Shop Boys, 'Relax' by Frankie Goes To Hollywood and I remember 'Boom Shake The Room' by Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince was a big favourite!

Last piece of music that got your heart racing?
OK I'm going to bend the rules and go for two here. 'Dreamer' by Tiny Vipers is amazing. She's from Seattle and writes beautiful, sparse acoustic guitar songs. Her voice during the last 20 seconds or so of the song is phenomenal. It makes you wonder why she doesn't sing like that more during the track but the effect it has on you waiting for those few last lines is mesmerising and completely justifies it. The second in brief is 'Hellhole Ratrace' by Girls which is a little predictable but just fits perfectly. They're from San Francisco and playing London soon.

Last gig that made you say "Wow"?
Again Tiny Vipers when she played 'Dreamer' as the last song of her set at the Slaughtered Lamb recently. Before that I think the White Denim instore at Rough Trade East springs to mind. Instore's aren't usually the best environment for a great gig but White Denim would play their hearts out in your Granny's sock drawer if they had the chance. Their latest album 'Fits' is phenomenal.

Where do you find out about new music?
Blogs, music magazines, record company mailouts, friends and foes.

What would you like to see more of in the music world?
Free mp3 downloads with EVERY vinyl album purchase. I love buying vinyl but I don't own a vinyl to mp3 turntable converter thingy and I want my music on my mp3 player and I don't want to pay for it twice or have to go to the trouble of finding a decent copy on the Internet.

Favourite music venue?

In London I'd say it's The Windmill in Brixton. It's tiny, you can get right up to and sometimes on the stage and the sound guy has to run through the audience to get to a position where he can hear what's going on which is always entertaining. They also have a dog that lives on their roof aptly named 'roof dog'! The Lexington these days deserves a mention too as they have had so many great bands on this year.

Favourite music store?

It's a toss up between Rough Trade East in Brick Lane and the new Pure Groove records in Farringdon. Both have awesome instores so neck and neck there. RTE wins prob just on choice of what's available as it's about eight times the size.

Which blogs do you read? (This means any blogs not just limited to music)
Music aside from this one of course: Gorilla Vs Bear, Brooklyn Vegan and a new discovery Pasta Primavera. I've also been following a bit of L.A. band Local Natives blogspot called Outtasight. Non music: World Graffiti is awesome if you like urban art and an environmental blog called Ecoemails always has some interesting green events and info on it.

In 10 years time music will be....
Having a nineties revival? Hmmm.

If you could have 3 musicians over to your place, they would be...
Shannon Hoon of Blind Melon (RIP) to skin up, sit in the corner with a guitar and sing. Elvis to cook the burgers and Beyonce to make the jelly which I'll be completely ready for.

If I asked you one more question what would it be and what would be the answer?

4567. Shit I'm going to have to change my pin number now!

Big thanks to Nick for taking the time out to take part in this interview. I highly recommend you check out his blog (http://musicmule.co.uk).

Here are the links to the other interviews so far in the 'Music Lives On The Internet' series:

Interview #12 - See What You Hear
Interview # 11 - Anika in London
Interview #10 - Danish Poet
Interview #9 - You Ain't No Picasso
Interview #8 - Consequence of Sound
Interview #7 - Nine Bullets
Interview #6 - The OCMD
Interview #5 - Lonesome Music
Interview #4 - Count Me Out
Interview #3 - The Middle Distance Runner
Interview #2 - Blend Apparel
Interview #1 - Stress Management



Nick said...

Woo hoo! Am I famous now?

chalky said...

Of course! ;D

JW said...

you've always been famous to us Nicky

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