SCAD Radio More than Music Thu, 19 Oct 2017 22:08:03 +0000 en-US hourly 1 SCAD Radio 32 32 Smokepurpp’s DEADSTAR Thu, 19 Oct 2017 22:05:22 +0000 Smokepurpp’s newest album DEADSTAR is finally here. After being delayed for a while, fans should be through the roof that it’s finally dropped. If you’re expecting this entire album to sound like ‘Ski Mask’ though, then you might be a little disappointed. Keep in mind that Smokepurpp is experimenting with a different style, and there are quite a good number of sleeper hits on this tape.

DEADSTAR is Smokepurpp’s take on r&b style trap music. It uses auto tune tastefully, while still grabbing the hard hitting components and lyrical styles of current underground hip hop and trap. With features such as Travis Scott and Chief Keef (the god king) the many bangers on this album come as no surprise. Features as great as these could arouse even the most conservative of Smokepurpp’s fans. Songs like “Audi” bring in heavy body booming bass that you just wanna smash furniture to, and “To The Moon” makes you want to vibe out and smoke some of your favorite non illicit substances. Either way, you’ll want to get down with this album. Smokepurpp has it all.

In the end though, this new music raises the question of whether or not this is the route Smokepurpp should take as an artist. I think that this new style is more of an experimentation, and not what he plans on sticking with forever. He is showing his diversity with this album, and he’s discovered a lot. I can see him taking what he’s learned through the creation of this album and maybe maturing it and using it in a more refined way, as many artists do.Whatever he releases next, I doubt that it will be  DEADSTAR.


4 out of 5 deadstars.

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A Chat with Exhumed Thu, 19 Oct 2017 10:54:37 +0000 SCAD Radio was recently lucky enough to get the chance to ask Matt Harvey from Exhumed some questions ahead of the release of their latest album.

Exhumed is an American death metal band that is credited as being the father of the goregrind metal genre. Having been making music since 1990, the band looks to release their first concept album, Death Revenge.

K: Hey! It’s Kush with SCAD Radio in Savannah, GA.

M: Hey Kush, thanks for the interview! Savannah is an awesome town, haven’t been there in a long time, but was always a cool place to play, rock, and party!


K: What’s it like to be considered a pioneer in the genre, and to have newer bands cite you as a major influence?

M: Uh… I dunno? I mean I guess it’s flattering to be referred to like that, but it’s not something I really give a lot of thought to. I try to focus more on what we’re doing and finding my own voice and doing my own thing rather than what others might think of what we do, good or bad. I’ve always thought that it can be dangerous to listen to too much praise, haha! If bands consider us an influence, that’s very humbling. I’m always floored hearing people’s stories about how Exhumed was a part of their journey to underground music. I really treasure my own journey and I know how much records like Pleasure to Kill, Scream Bloody Gore, and Horrified mean to me, so to be a part of someone else’s experience of discovering underground metal is something that really resonates with me.


K: Are there any new bands in the gore-grind genre that you find to be very exciting right now?

M: Hmmm…. I don’t listen to too much of the newer stuff anymore, (I know – lame, right?) but I really dig what VHS is doing. They are really fun and energetic and capture a lot of the same kind of feel that we had when we started – in their own way, of course. I loved the Drown in Blood record by Ruin that came out this year. Probably the heaviest record I’ve heard in quite some time.


K: How does your new album, Death Revenge show the growth and maturation of Exhumed?

M: It was the most involved record to make, that’s for sure. But at the same time, we tried not to overthink the songs themselves. There are a couple of riffs on there that I wrote in high school, for example. In some ways, I think it hearkens back to what we wanted to do when we first started the band back when I was a pimply-faced teen, but in others it’s a lot more sophisticated. This album was a real project to put together, with a cover artist, an interior artist, a producer/engineer for the record, and a separate producer/arranger for the film-score elements that we used on the record as well. So there were a lot of moving parts that had to come together. We really had to craft all the puzzle pieces correctly independently of each other so that they could be assembled at the end and form a complete picture. So that was a far more sophisticated process than the records we’ve done before.


K: Your last album, Necromancy, used gore lyrics as an allegory for American politics and culture. Do you aim to continue this with your latest album?

M: This album is completely different. I wrote the lyrics for Necrocracy during the Obama/Romney election and was trying to bring up some of the corrosive results of collective fictions like “money = speech,” and “corporations = people,” as well as the predatory nature of the American financial system and the dangers posed by the security state. I couldn’t have imagined how much worse and more dangerous all of those things could become under President Trump, who was a disgusting fraud of a businessman and “reality” tv star and has revealed himself to be by far the most loathsome Commander-in-Chief of my lifetime. I had decided well before last year’s election that I wanted to return to something horror-related. Honestly between the election and Brexit last year, I’m so disheartened by the political state of the western world that I wouldn’t want to make a record about it, simply because I’d have to spend more time thinking about it.

K: What led to the decision to create Death Revenge as a concept album?

M: I had considered doing a concept album before, but I thought it might be a bit too pretentious for us to do. Once I stumbled upon the story of the Burke and Hare murders in Edinburgh in the late 1820s, the story just seemed to fit our aesthetic so perfectly, I felt that if we were ever going to do a concept album, this would be the thing to do it about. I write comics, so I tend to think of things in narrative or story-based terms anyway, so it was a nice way to kind of dovetail both my love for death metal and storytelling into one project.


K: Did making Death Revenge a concept album affect the way you wrote when compared with your previous works?

M: It didn’t affect the riff-writing and the arrangement of the individual songs too much, but it required very intentional song sequencing, as well as making the lyrics and music work together very specifically. Those were some different considerations than we usually have to take into account when we put an album together. Before the concept came into the picture and I was just working on the music I just had the basic idea that I wanted to do something darker than the last record, and everything else kind of flowed more or less naturally from there. It was only when the lyrics and sequencing got started that things became markedly different than what we’ve done in the past. I had the thought to do an instrumental before I really started writing anything as well, and it seemed to fit nicely with the overall vibe of the whole project.


K: What was it like working with Jarrett Pritchard as producer on the album?

M: It was, in a word, great. We had recorded All Guts, No Glory and Necrocracy in the same studios, and while we were really happy with how those came out, we wanted to mix things up this time and get a totally different vibe, not just as far as the sound of the album, but the location and the experience for us as well. So we went from the desert of Southern California and Arizona to the swamp of Florida this time. We knew Jarrett pretty well, he had tour managed and done sound for Suffocation when we toured with them, and I had worked with him with my other band, Gruesome, so I knew he’d do a great job. I was mentally preparing myself for more of a “drill-sergeant” kind of experience, but I must have been more prepared than I thought I was, because it was pretty smooth. Definitely a lot of hard work, but things kept moving pretty much the whole time.


K: You guys have been in the scene for a super long time now. What are some of biggest changes you’ve seen in metal over that time?

M: I think the changes in metal are a lot like the changes in music in general since the late 80s when I became a fan. With the advent of the internet (does anyone ever not mention the internet in this kind of question?) obviously the business dynamics have shifted, but that doesn’t affect underground bands as much, as they weren’t ever selling truckloads of albums, so really the playing field has evened a bit between indies and majors. But the biggest thing is that with the internet and streaming and illegal downloading, nothing is ever really out-of-print. In the brick-and-mortar era, once an album was out of print on a small label, your chances of finding it available for purchase or even just to listen to were pretty small. If you weren’t in the tape-trading scene, forget it. Now, you can easily dig up classic bands’ rehearsals, long deleted catalog from obscure labels, or whatever you might want to hear. That is an amazing thing that not only empowers fans by granting them as much access as their musical curiosity demands, but empowers underground bands because there are platforms that will keep their music in circulation for the foreseeable future. I think it’s really helped some of the more obscure bands I’ve personally been championing since before the internet went mainstream like Demilich, Razor, Morbid Saint, and many, many others, which I think is a wonderful thing.


K: What’s coming up for Exhumed in the near future?

M: We have a week of shows with The Black Dahlia Murder and Suffocation, and then we will be announcing some headlining dates for November and December across the US very soon.  In the more immediate future, another beer.

Stay tuned to for the latest music news.

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A Pardi at Grayson Stadium Wed, 18 Oct 2017 10:30:43 +0000 Recently, Grayson Stadium hosted the Savannah leg of Jon Pardi’s tour with Midland and Runaway June. I may have been sick and without a voice, but nonetheless, I went because in 19 years, I haven’t heard of any concerts at Grayson Stadium!

Runaway June is an upcoming, all-girl trio. I couldn’t see much of them since as I was sick, I opted for sitting in the grass rather than being close to the stage, but they still sounded great! Up next was Midland. Before any of the bands started, I got the chance to meet Midland— the band I was really there to see—who’re straight out of the 70’s. They look, talk, and perform like you’ve gone through a time capsule, which is pretty cool. Jon Pardi played last, playing the longest set late into the evening, in which everything really became a party then.

The Jon Pardi party was a lethal mix of square, drunk, and just plain bad dancing. One of my favorite dancers were a group of older women who just couldn’t see to find a beat, even though most of Pardi’s songs have simple beats. Another was this older man who appeared to be with his wife and teenage daughter. He was dancing so badly and laughing so much that it was easy to see that he was having a great time embarrassing his daughter.

Overall, amidst the very different sub-genres of country that were compiled for this show, the baseball park atmosphere, and all of the laughably awful dancing, the Lucky Tonight Tour seemed to be an all out success.

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Trippie Redd Comes Back 2 You With A New Album Tue, 17 Oct 2017 08:52:59 +0000 The hottest up-and-coming in the underground hip hop scene, Trippie Redd, is back and swinging hard with his new project, A Love Letter To You 2. The r&b artist returns with his classic style of auto tuned singing and signature melodic… screaming? I have no idea what he calls it, but it’s good either way. If you’re a fan of Lil 14 then you should be hyped to hear what he has in store.

A Love Letter To You 2 is the musical sequel to his previous album, A Love Letter To You, which holds his classic songs “Love Scars”, “Poles” “1469”, and others that helped rocket him to stardom. A Love Letter To You 2 varies stylistically when compared to the previous album. It features more of a somber tone and cradles the theme of heartbreak in a more prominent way. Not just heartbreak, but also the worries of success and failure, as heard in the song “Deadman’s Wonderland”. Speaking of featuring, ANTi PoP who’s genre crossed pop punk/hip hop style voice compliments Trippe Redd’s beautifully. You also get to hear more of Trippie’s friends such as UnoTheActivist and Bali Baby who all give different twists to the songs.

Did this album stand up to what we expect of Trippie Redd himself? The album sticks to the themes of the previous of course, being a sequel album, but it also tries it’s hand at other experimentations. Songs like “Back of My Mind” has a very pop, almost bubble gum trap-vibe to it, which works surprisingly well. Trippie really does make music for himself, trying things that he wants to see work and make the best of what he and who he works with. So far, his melancholic r&b is working really well for him. I can very easily see him divulging into other styles of hip hop music because when you close your heart off to others, you may find yourself being open to more around you.



4 out of 5 Broken Hearts

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We Never Go Out Of Styles Fri, 13 Oct 2017 12:40:52 +0000 The situation of how I ended up seeing Harry Styles is still kind of baffling. It’s not everyday you answer a Facebook post and end up seeing the most beautiful man ever created.

On the first leg of his debut solo tour, Styles came to the Roxy Theatre in Atlanta on October 8th. During my dreary 8am on the Tuesday before the show, I opened my facebook to see that the first post was from a girl looking for someone to come with her to Atlanta to see Harry Styles. The thoughts that ran through my head in this moment were as follows:
“That would be so awesome.”
“I could totally go.”
“I probably shouldn’t.”
“When am I ever going to get the chance to see Harry Styles in my life, though?”

With her post only having been up for 5 minutes, I responded immediately to her message, telling her that I would totally go with her. I didn’t know this girl at all, I didn’t know how much the tickets were or where the seats were, I didn’t even know that Harry Styles was going to be in Atlanta that weekend. My caution was thrown to the wind.

So, this past Sunday, I found myself in the passenger seat of a car with a girl I met the day before. The drive to Atlanta was roughly four hours, so we got to know each other pretty well in the total of eight hours we were in the car together that day.

Harry Styles show was at the Roxy Theatre. I had never been to this venue before for a concert, and as soon as I walking in, I understood why this place for chosen. Red fabric draped from the walls and six giant chandeliers hung from the ceiling. This venue screamed Harry Styles.

His opener for the evening was Muna, a dark pop punk female band out of California. In the past, they’ve performed at Lollapalooza and have opened for Grouplove. Their own personal style matched very well with that of Harry’s, with a lot of purple, red, white, and floral. I would best describe them as something like vampires that have come out of the 1970’s. They were nice to listen to, even though they were only on stage for half an hour

A curtain fell over the stage as the prepared for Harry to come on. Through a dramatic spotlight, he stood behind the curtain, his silhouette something that of a young Bob Dylan. When the curtain fell, I almost thought he was a young Bob Dylan. Guitar in hand, he wore a black button down and gold patterned pants. He knew he was hot stuff.

Despite the whole “hot stuff” part, he was amazingly humble. He joked with the audience, thanking us for coming despite only have ten songs. He engaged with the audience in a very intimate way. The venue was fairly small, but still had a general admissions, standing room only section, along with balcony seating. He even completely stopped the show two songs in because some people in the general admissions area needed to get out, and he would call out into the audience for people to let the staff know where these people were.

Harry played everything from his debut album, along with some classics for his One Direction days, like “Story of My Life” and “What Makes You Beautiful”. He did covers of Ariana Grande’s “Just A Little Bit of Your Heart”, which he wrote, and Fleetwood Mac’s “The Chain”. Because of the audience’s well reaction to his performance of his song “Kiwi”, he ended up singing it again at the very end, before closing the show with “Sign of the Times”

Because of Harry Styles’s cult following, I had accepted the fact that I would never get the chance to see him live. I’m very pleased with my spontaneous action to go see him. He did not disappoint.

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Staffer of the Fortnight Thu, 12 Oct 2017 08:25:11 +0000 Every two weeks, SCAD Radio celebrates all of the hard work done by one of our radio members. Our first staffer to be presented with this high honor is our program director; Devin Brown.

Thus, we have given him a place amongst the pantheon of our previous Staffers of the Fortnight. We also reward him with a short interview, talking about his time with radio and some fun tidbits about himself.

What’s your role in SCAD Radio?

Program director.

Why did you initially join SCAD radio?

For the clout. Clout joke.

When I joined, I really liked the entertainment value the group has. Also the content branches, video, and writing, they’re all really good here. Radio is a great cesspool of things I want to do with my life.

What’s your radio show about?

Current underground trends in news and hip-hop. I do go into other subjects
and such, but I mostly stick with hip-hop.

What’s your idea of a perfect Sunday night?

Relaxing with the kids. Watching football with my wife by my side.

What’s been your current jam?

Love is Rage 2 by Lil Uzi Vert. One of the best albums I’ve ever heard in my life. It just has an amazing assortment of life’s ups and downs by one of the greatest rockstars alive.

If you had an infinite amount of money what would you do?

I would buy copious amounts of designer knock-off brands. I’d pay each member of my family 1 million dollars. Drop out of school, move to New York and start my own production studio. Maybe get a part-time job at a restaurant, maybe Arby’s. I worked there before, you meet a lot of cool people there.

If you want to work with Devin, email

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40 Years of The Damned, Don’t You Wish They Were Dead? Wed, 11 Oct 2017 03:54:04 +0000 So ever since I was fourteen, I’ve held the notion that a great rock n’ roll record should always be able to make the hairs at the back of your neck stand up. In the case of The Damned, they did something completely different. They managed to make all the hairs on the back of your neck, and your head, fall out instantly. With this year marking punk rock’s 40th birthday, and the group having embarked on their 40th anniversary of  Damned, Damned, Damned with supporting act, Bleached (whom I highly recommend you check out if you’re punk rock snob), I thought what a perfect time to talk about why this just might be the greatest rock n’ roll album of all time. Also the world might be ending soon, so I might not get a chance to ever add in my two cents about this record!

So when punk rock was kicking off in the year 1977, everyone in New York City and their neighbors across the Atlantic couldn’t wait to be in a band. This type of mentality was new to the making of art, as previously it was always believed that in order to begin even dreaming of making some sort of impact in music, one would have to be a God-like virtuoso who had been practicing since the day they were born. When punk rock came along, all of that changed. Suddenly, you began to see kids from different walks of life with no musical backgrounds, or pervious ambitions, who picked up guitars and had no holds barred attitudes about everything. Generally, when people think of the early British punk scene they think the Sex Pistols or The Clash, but there was one band who be really credited as being the true punk rock group, as far the ideals of punk rock go. That band was The Damned.

Comprised of Dave Vanian, Captain Sensible, Brian James and the devilishly handsome Rat Scabies (with a name like that he could only be). These four young men really didn’t care about anything or anyone. They said and did whatever they wanted, to whomever they wanted, whenever they wanted. They had the energy and stage presence to match any rehearsed Deep Purple gig and songs that would shatter any venue they played. They certainly had more of an edge than the Sex Pistols. The Damned were also a collective of really strange young men, like out of this world strange. Their idea of a “fun night” involved breaking and entering and sometimes urinating on people’s beds and yes, all of this 100% fact.  All of this culminated in their first and most critically acclaimed album; “Damned, Damned, Damned”. So without further ado, let’s put aside all the bollocks and talk about the music.  

First off, let me note that I am obviously not the first to talk so extensively about the importance of this album. Having said that, I sure as hell won’t be the last snot-nosed hipster to do so. At forceful twelve tracks the record opens up with the eardrum destroying and fun “Neat Neat Neat!”, which is by far the best opening track to a record in the history of the last 40 years and is guaranteed to have you destroying furniture (or your money back).  As the album progresses, it manages to defy expectations in terms of songwriting and production with poppy tunes like “Fan Club”,a satirical look at people’s obsession with celebrity and a rumored jab at Beatlemania, and the sombre tones of “Feel the Pain” which is basically a spoken word venture. Although the quality of these tracks should not be surprising as the band aspired to actually be competent musicians, an ideal that most of their peers did not waste dreaming of. Through and through the band manages to capture some the raw and untamed energy of their live performances, with Brian James strumming out as bloody brilliant lead guitarist and writing riffs that would inspire generations of music to come. However, one element of the album that at times feels quite under appreciated is the drumming style of Sir Rat Scabies. Let me put it this way, most punk rock drummers enjoyed beating their instruments to pulps, Scabies gave his drum kit really fast love taps in damn near expert timing, somewhat akin to that of late The Who drummer, Keith Moon. I mean both musicians made crazy faces when the played drums, so there’s that. Let’s also take this time to address the sexy King of goth fashion himself; Dave Vanian. Oh my, where do I begin with him? First of all, he’s got this voice that instantly puts me in some sort of Freudian trance. Then there’s the fact that as a front man he was just a complete animal, howling, jumping around like a spastic, destroying equipment and doing just about anything to get reaction out of the crowd. I mean what more could you ask of a lead singer, besides hoping he does not spit blood at you.  In particular, there’s a track on this record, “New Rose”, where all of the band’s talents really come together and not only is it my favorite song by The Damned but it is probably the catchiest tune on the entire record. First off, the song is frantic as heck. Like, full on “can’t sit still to save it’s life”, secondly written under the guise of being a love song which to a certain degree it was. Although the love wasn’t being expressed for any women, instead it was written as a love letter to the excitement surrounding punk in the late 70’s. I guess in modern terms you could classify this song as a “banger” ( I hope I used this term correctly).

All in all, this album is just balls to the wall, fun rock music. This is the way that any rock n’ roll album should be played. If you haven’t heard it yet make sure that you do so before you die, because it’s just that awesome.   

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Lil Pump’s LIL PUMP Tue, 10 Oct 2017 22:16:35 +0000 Oh boy, here it is. After being advertised for months, the Lil Pump Tape has finally dropped. ESKETITTTTTTTT! Really, this album isn’t half bad. It’s standard Lil Pump, and whether or not you’re a fan, you have to admit that his music goes pretty hard. Who doesn’t love a good banger? Better yet, an album full of them.

Lil Pump Jetski has been teasing the release of this tape for a while, and dropping some hit singles from it to really get his fans riled up. Does this album stand up to the expectations Mr.Jetski has set for us though? From ‘Molly’ to ‘Gucci Gang’, the pre-release singles have stuck inside the heads of every listener. You may think from the first listen that the lyrics aren’t too bright, but after the fourth or fifth you can’t help but want to run into the nearest Louis Vuitton store and scream “ESKETIT!” There are some banging versus provided by the features on this tape, such as Lil Yachty and the clone of Gucci Mane, but does Lil Pump himself still make the tape golden? There’s not much diversity when it comes down to the lyrics and structure of his songs, but he knows his producers and he knows how to give them the fuel to make a slamming track. Songs like ‘Crazy’ and ‘Boss’ show that Lil Pump is still on that gang business stylistically and lyrically. They can make crowds in the club turn into mosh pits at the venue.

How is the overall tape itself? Honestly, it starts off strong but kinda falls off at the end. If you listened to the singles over and over again in the car with your friends while cranking the volume all the way up then they might not carry the same weight when you listen to them on the album. Of course, the hype from the many features on the album is exciting. However, their style seem to be slightly varied copies of Lil Pump, who doesn’t show very much diversion from his trademark style. I really was looking forward to him trying something new but hey, we don’t all get the Lil Pump we want… he just might be the one that we deserve.


3/5 Gucci Belts


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Exchanging Thoughts with a Savage Mon, 09 Oct 2017 18:44:09 +0000  

Savages are one those bands that come around maybe once in a lifetime. That statement might be a tad bit overused, but I’m being honest in this context.  How many bands can you name that once they reach a certain level of success manage to keep a sense of earnestness,  sincerity, and ferociousness to them? That’s a rare find, especially in the world of Indie-rock, The Strokes in their heyday may have possessed some these qualities but traded them in for excessive drinking and apathetic onstage attitudes  (I still love you, Julian Casablancas!).  Savages have been in existence since 2011 and from day one been adamant about not having any “bullshit on stage”,  a quote from lead vocalist Jehnny Beth.  Their live shows are not overrun by any distracting or predictable elements, only two things matter;  the energy and the music.  

Recently, I was awarded the fortunate opportunity to converse with the band’s bassist, Ayse Hassan. Ms. Hassan, being probably one of the coolest people I’ll ever speak to in my life is not only a member of Savages, but also has her own side project called Kite Base.  A duo comprised of solely of bass guitars and the occasional drum machine. Is that not the coolest thing you’ve heard?  So when approaching this interview I felt had the responsibility not to go the path of other two-bit journalists and pester her with questions about what it’s like to be a female in a rock band, because let’s face it those questions are pretty f#@*ing stupid (as well as borderline misogynistic).  So I decided to focus on the individual and the artwork and to her genius, Ayse had the interesting idea of interviewing the interviewer,  so whether you like it or not you’re going to be getting my opinions about art too.  Hold your breath for this one.  

Jay: So Ms Hasan, what was your first musical memory?

Ayse: An early memory that’s rather prominent, was the first time I saw Michael Jackson’s music video for ‘Thriller’.   I experienced a mixture of emotions; fear, excitement, horror.   It was such an intense and scary video for me at such a young age, but it had such a profound impact – I hadn’t seen anything else like it.  I had nightmares for many nights after watching it…

Jay: What attracted you most to the bass as an instrument, as opposed to say the drums?

Ayse: As a kid, I used to dance – ballet and tap,  I was also a cadet for a first aid charity called St John Ambulance – where I recall marching around a playground to the sound of a drum beat, so from an early age I was introduced to music in various forms as most of my hobbies involved the support of music or beats.  My first musical instruments were a recorder, guitar than piano.  Playing bass actually came later for me, around the age of 14…..from that moment I understood that the tone of a bass, the role it plays in music, really resonates with me.

Jay: How did you decide on what your sound was going to be? Was it something organic that occurred over time or was it preconceived?

Ayse: For Savages, it was something quite intuitive. In the room with 3 other musicians, each person bringing something different – their own style of playing, meant we found a way to work within the context of how each of us plays.  Our sound came from that.

Jay: Who are some of your literary and musical influences?


  • Literary

Oh I have many, there are the obvious ones like Philip K Dick, Terry Pratchett, Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm,  Sylvia Plath, Frank Herbert, Kurt Vonnegut and so on.  But I find it a little boring to talk about these as the road is well trodden.  So I’ll go down a slight, dare I say wonky route; I’m a big fan of Tove Jansson’s work, she is a Finnish novelist, illustrator, painter amongst other things, probably most famous for The Moomins.  I love her art, her fearlessness within her political cartoons, the story of how she wrote her first picture book at the age of 14 called “Sara and Pelle and the Water Sprite’s Octopuses”, The charm of her adult book called ”The Summer Book”.  I’m interested in the author of the books I read, it gives me something I can relate to – I attract to those people who live on the edge of normality, carving their own way in such a structure/conditioned world (or at least in the western world), those who embrace the absurd and take pride allowing imagination and emotion to flourish. I’m currently writing my own novel and I’ve been doing a lot of research, as a result I ended up reading the Philip Pullmans Dark Material trilogy – it’s not normally something I would read but I enjoyed it.  The kid in me loved the fantasy/the adventure – I’m very much a dreamer, I love the power of the imagination, how anything is a possibility.  I  also just finished reading Ted Hughe’s Birthday Letters, a collection of poetry which is a profound body of work said to be a reaction to the suicide of his estranged wife Sylvia Plath.  I found it heartbreaking and an insight into the imprint that grief can leave behind. 

  • Other Influences

Growing up, I spent a lot of time with my cousins – we would have sleepovers and I remember my eldest cousin would want to show off her flashy radio/tape player, she would force me to listen to a radio station called magic…so most nights I would fall asleep to the tunes of magic radio – I believe a lot of those tracks got into my subconscious and probably still influence me today (especially the beats element of it)….  The likes of David Bowie, Prince, Micheal Jackson, Madonna, Devo, The Cure, Skinny Puppy, The Beatles all have been a source of inspiration at some point, amongst much more…  I believe that everything you do in your life influences what you do next… that’s why it’s so important to be responsible for yourself and make choices that are right for you – as a result, a lot of my influences tend to come from musical icons but also from people who have shown great courage/humanity and strength throughout their lives…  Tamae Watanabe, at 73 she is the oldest woman to climb Mount Everest, her courage and fearlessness really inspires me.   I enjoy finding inspiration from different sources, such as a town, nature (I’m obsessed with Everest /mountaineering/adventures), an inspiring unknown individual (but is an outstanding human for whatever reason), an unpublished book/comic from a friends, from different genres of music (I always check out recommendations that people give me) – I believe everything contributes to what you create next, it’s all connected in some form or another.

Jay: Do you any favourite memories of all early days with the band?

Ayse: I vividly remember the Savages show at The Shacklewell Arms in London, it’s a small venue and was so packed with people – that we had to squeeze through the crowd to get to the stage.  It was one of those early moments that we just clicked as a band.

Jay: What advice would give to an aspiring musician/lyricist?

Ayse: To keep doing what you love and for as long as it makes you happy – trust your instincts and embrace fear, fear is such a powerful emotion that can stifle creativity, but harnessed in the right way, can open up a great source of inspiration – to use emotions in a positive way. One of the most important things I’ve found, is to constantly try new things; be that music, books, adventures and so on – challenge yourself to read something you might not normally read or visit a gallery in a new place, see a random band, try your hand at doing something unusual (for me that was building a speaker recently) – the freedom to explore new ways of doing things will not only be an exciting adventure but could help inspire the person you become.  A cool Litany against fear from the book Dune – I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer (etc) – Frank Herbert.  Shared with me years ago from Kendra Frost, who is my partner in crime in Kite Base.  

Here’s some questions for you, you don’t have to answer off course but I thought it would be fun to ask – as I’m so used to people asking me questions.

Ayse: What one piece of general advice would you give someone else?

Jay: This is a bit of a loaded one, as I’m only Eighteen years of age and don’t really see myself in the position to give anyone advice. However, I’ve had a lot of experiences with personal growth this year and I’d say the biggest thing I’ve learnt is that there is absolutely nothing wrong with putting yourself first sometimes. This especially true in regards to mental hygiene, which is already hard enough to manage as a human being, but being a teenager? Totally different ball game. Things are undoubtedly going to be rough in our lives but it’s important to recognize when it might be too much for yourself and you’ll have to take a step back. That’s okay, you’re a human being, breathe.

Ayse: What’s your greatest source of inspiration?

Jay: I would have to say music, even I love literature and I’m an aspiring screenwriter. Everything I do always comes back to music, I bring it conversations with people, I sit in lectures for hours and start tapping/drumming instinctively, I make references to songs whenever I can etc.  I can’t seem to escape it and truthfully I don’t want to. I don’t know who or what I’d be without it.  

Ayse: Is there a memory you hold dear, that you would like to share?

Jay: When I was Fourteen I went to go see the Red Hot Chili Peppers with someone who I consider my brother. At the time I was obsessed with this group, almost bordering a mental fixation but I actually didn’t care about going to see the band, it was the fact that we were together and having a great time, listening to music that we love. He also told that he had checked the band’s setlist on the night before and they probably weren’t going to play our favorite song. They did, which just made an already great night even better.

Ayse: Is there a book, film, record that you would recommend?


  1. A film that I absolutely adore, and it’s highly underrated, but I love it regardless would be Sleepers. It’s a 90’s movie with Brad Pitt, Robert Deniro and Kevin Bacon in the leads, it’s about a group of young boys that get sent to juvenile detention centre. Once there they are abused and humiliated by the guards that are supposed to look after them, and once they’ve been released years later they seek revenge.  It’s a really gripping thriller/drama that cunningly grapples with the societal idea of masculinity and it’s also just really entertaining.  
  2. God Help The Child by Toni Morrison. I won’t give away the premise because it’s kind of a surprise but it just might be the most thrilling experience I’ve had reading a novel. In fact I highly recommend all of Toni Morrison’s works, she’s one of those writers that challenges your expectations all the time. Very rare voice in literature.
  3. As big as I am on Punk-rock, my first love will always be Bossa nova. My favorite Bossa album of all time is without a doubt Joao Gilberto’s  Chega de Saudade, which roughly translates to “kill the nostalgia.” It’s a really great record about breakups and nights on the town in Brazil and it was also the album that helped shaped what Bossa would become today. I listen to it like almost every month!

Savages latest release Adore Life is currently available across all platforms. Below is a link to the night in which  they played at The Shacklewell. Highly recommend you give it a watch.

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A Face In The Crowd: My Tom Petty Experience Sun, 08 Oct 2017 17:43:56 +0000 I was 15 when I saw Tom Petty live. It was 2013, on the outskirts of Manchester, Tennessee at the Bonnaroo Music Festival. Everyone was telling me that I had to see so many different acts. I had to see Paul McCartney because he might not be performing for much longer, I had to see Mumford and Sons because they were the hit group of the moment, and I had to see Tom Petty and the Heartbreaks because they were amazing.

At this time in my life, Tom Petty was not a significant figure. He was someone my parents listened to, not someone that graced my playlists that consisted of super indie bands and pop punk. Despite my ignorance of Tom Petty and basically all rock music during this time period, I was still very largely aware of his songs and his sound. Hearing a Tom Petty song at some point in your life is a guarantee. They are played over speakers in bars, drunkenly sung at karaoke, or blasted through our radios during throwback hour.

When I saw Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, it was pouring rain. I was wearing a giant tarp poncho, trying to stay covered under a small pavilion. The stage seemed miles away, his figure barely recognizable through the rain and the blackness of the night. Still, there were thousands of people there. Everyone showed up for his performance. It was the last night of the festival, leaving him to be the very last act. Even with all of the rain and people there, everyone just had to see Tom Petty.

The crowd that night was fantastic. No song he performed went without the chorus of the crowd screaming along. Even with the worst of the conditions, with the rain and the mud and the darkness, nobody was miserable. It was a pure moment of happiness for all. I stood with one of my best friends and her family, singing along to the songs that I didn’t even know that I knew.

I miss that moment, I miss Tom Petty, and I miss the feeling of happiness he didn’t even know he was giving to me.

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