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Cloud

 


I recited his Rap as if it was my own, and because I had learnt it, I realised I could do it myself.”


While at university in Aberystwyth, Wales, I became friends with a guy called Omar Walton-Jeffers and ended up living with him during my 3rd year. He’s recently started making music under the alias Cloud and I thought I’d catch up with him to see what his music is about and how he got into the music scene in the first place.


What is the Element of Cloud?
“The Element of Cloud is my Facebook page that I upload my music to. Its a branch name of Cloud. I chose the name myself. My friends wanted to call me Coach! Its where I promote my music and my producer (Bay Blanco) and his music.

I upload all my music to Soundcloud and then onto my Facebook Page since I want to make it easier for people to access my music. At the moment you have to sign up to Soundcloud and a lot of people don’t want to do that. I’m working on other ways that people can access my music, but if you have a chance search the Element of Cloud on Facebook.”

How did you first get into music?
“I’ve always been into music. I used to play piano and bass. I also used to be in a band called the Legumes. We made a track called Black and White Rainbow and put it on YouTube.

When I was younger, I’d rap. People would put me down and tell me to give up, even around the house. But as I got older, I began to understand the world a lot more. I started talking about stuff that I felt was important to me. The only way I could express myself was with music. 

Music has always been drilled into me by my Mum. She pushed me but regrettably I didn’t listen. However, I learnt a lot about different genres of music. As a result when I apply that to rap I can rap on any beat. I know how music works, and I’m quite practiced, I have probably played the piano for over a 1000 hours!”

How did things change when you moved to Aberystwyth?
“When I went to Aberystwyth I didn’t have any instruments, I didn’t have any equipment, I only had my voice. But soon I had a group of people who supported me that helped me grow. Before, I was afraid to perform in front of anyone, but they helped boost my confidence. I was condensing my feelings and speaking them. Listening back to my raps, I hear my voice, the voice of sense, the voice of reason. So when I’m in a dark place I go back and listen to my lyrics and tell myself its fine. I’ve already been there before.

You seem to have a vast musical history that spans many genres, what attracted you to Grime?
“The vibe I was getting. I could say anything and I liked that. I liked that it’s the “unpolished craft”, nothing has to be perfect – I hate things being perfect. For three years I listened to Rinse FM and it made me wanna do it. When I first started I learnt 32 bars of one of AJ Tracey’s Raps. I recited his Rap as if it was my own, and because I had learnt it, I realised I could do it myself.”

Who are some of your inspirations?
“Craig Nicolson – he gave me my first gig at Buzz. He mixed with me everyday, kept drilling it into me, kept giving me opportunities to develop and he never once put me down. He gave me the ability. If I was ever in a tough place, he gave me a place to clam down and do some mixing. Much respect, he’s a brother I never had.”

What about influences?
“My influences: Timothy Pineiro, Luke Doran and Adam Matthews.

[Talking about his first performance] Loads of my friends said they would come, but no one showed, but these guys did. Thats why I did the whole “Jake and Tim” thing in one of my bars. When I was exposed they were there for me and, musically, Adam, Luke and Timothy have taught me so much.

I could have named famous people but I’ve never met them. I am influenced by the people around me. They are the ones that have helped me on my journey and continue to do so.”

You mentioned something called Buzz, what is it?
Buzz is a multi-genre music events company based in Aberystwyth, Wales that plays all sorts of music. Drum ‘n’ Bass, Garage, House, Techno etc. You name it and they’ve probably played it! It’s a chance for people to be given a different experience of music.

Since Buzz started, I’ve seen DJs like Ettienne, Johnny and Luke develop. Everyone is at different levels of learning, but we are all there for our shared love of music and to have fun. There is a performance in the Angel Inn, Aberystwyth on the 14th of July 2017 called the Warped Up Party. If you’re in the area check it out!”

Currently you have released two tracks, but tell me about “Ark One – Superbia”.
“Each track off the album is named after one of the seven deadly sins and Ark One – Superbia is the first chapter. I was trying to get out there. It’s a brief  introduction of who I am. The second track (Acedia) is more about my views. I was speaking about what was on my mind. 

This is where the album takes place. I’m explaining myself using the seven deadly sins and every track builds on the last. If you acknowledge that you sin, you learn a lot more about yourself. People will get to know the real me. Perhaps I can play it to my children one day when they’re angry. I can play it to my kid and say you were never as angry as me!”

Does anyone help you with the creative process or is it just you?
“I write the lyrics myself and my producer Bay Blanco handles the creative process. He knows what sounds right and he helps me with my flow. In terms of inspiration my friends help me. They are the people that influence me since I write about my day to day experiences and the people around me. The lyrics are all my own feelings. Sometimes I’m in a dark place depressed in my room and sometimes I’m in a happy place just chilling with mates around me. Whatever the mood, I just needed to write it and get it out there, so I can see it and visualise it.”

Do you have any parting words?
“Only to say thank you to you (Jake Doran) for giving me the opportunity to expand through this interview. People should make sure to follow for future posts!”

You can keep up to date with all things Cloud by following him on SoundCloud or liking his Facebook page: The Element of Cloud.


Big thanks to Cloud for giving me the time to do this piece. It’s something different that I’ve been wanting to get into for a while now and hopefully you’ll see more of these posts in the near future. Who knows, maybe even another catchup with Cloud 6 months down the line?

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Wonder Woman



“I will fight, for those who can not fight for themselves.” – Diana Prince



The Facts:

Genre: 
Action/Adventure/Fantasy
Run Time: 
141 mins
Director: 
Patty Jenkins
Staring: 
Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, David Thewlis
Certificate: 
12A
Rating:
 7/10

With the release of a number of anticipated films recently, Baywatch (May 25th) and Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (May 26th), it was no surprise that Wonder Woman (June 2nd) would face some competition in the cinema. It was a surprise, however, to see it pushed to the smallest screen in my local cinema on it’s opening night. Was it really that bad?

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Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman was first introduced in last year’s Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice, however, since the film was primarily about the conflict between Batman and Superman, her character was never properly explored. Wonder Woman explains the origin of the heroine, from her upbringing on Themyscira (home of the Amazons) through to how she gets involved with the world of Man.

As you would expect from a film where the lead character is an independent woman raised in a world without men (the Amazons are a “tribe” of female warriors), Wonder Woman promotes a sense of female solidarity and some cinemas even went as far as having women-only screenings. This idea of female empowerment was made clear early on in the film, with references to men not being necessary for a woman’s sexual pleasure and that the role of a secretary sounded like “slavery”. Marina Berlin’s review over on Vice delves into this topic further, suggesting that Wonder Woman’s greatest superpower is destroying sexist tropes.

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Aside from defeating sexist tropes, Wonder Woman is also pretty good at defeating evil. The action in Wonder Woman isn’t anything to scoff at, but it’s not necessarily something to boast about either. With the setting being the World War, the majority of the action in Wonder Woman was all too similar to that of Marvel’s Captain America: The First Avenger i.e. Superhuman strength + Shield = Dead bad guys. However, the “lasso of truth” was used on occasion and this was an origin story, so Diana Prince was still learning to use her full power.

So did Wonder Woman deserve the small screen? Not really no. The film was generally good with a strong cast and script that was both entertaining and humbling, but DC still seem to be playing catchup to Marvel. Perhaps the similarity to Captain America was a bit too exaggerated, but I can’t help but feel that if Wonder Woman had been released under Marvel it would have gone straight to the main screen…

6 Alternative Covers of Well Known Songs

I feel it’s my duty on Broad Noise to promote a wide range of music and not just stick to the mainstream songs that are repeatedly played on the radio and TV, and the best way to open your eyes to music is through covers. The fact that one song can be presented and interpreted in a number of different ways shows how creative some musicians are and it’s a great way to get into a new genre.

So without further ado, I have compiled six alternative covers of popular well known songs!

1. Forever Never – Boombastic feat. Benji Webbe (Original by Shaggy) [Explicit]
Everybody around in the 90s/00s would have heard of Shaggy. Whether that’s because of the infamous 2000 hit “It Wasn’t Me” or the earlier 1995 hit “Boombastic”, you’re probably familiar of Shaggy’s unique style. So it’s quite hard to imagine how his music would sound as Metal, right? Well give Forever Never’s cover of “Boombastic” featuring Benji Webbe from Skindred a listen and find out for yourself.

2. I Prevail – Blank Space (Original by Taylor Swift)
I wouldn’t be surprised if you told me you had already heard I Prevail’s cover of “Blank Space”, as it went viral on social media when it was released in 2014. Argued as the song that got the punk band recognition on a global scale, their cover of Blank Space is also arguably more passionately performed, with fans claiming that this version is sung with more feeling than the original.

3. August Burns Red – Wrecking Ball (Original by Miley Cyrus)
Similar to the above, whether you liked the song or not, Miley Cyrus’ “Wrecking Ball” got a lot of people talking back in 2013 (most likely because of the bizarre music video). And although I’m not a big fan of the original, August Burns Red’s punk interpretation is more my style.

4. Hopes Die Last – Promises (Original by Nero)
To mix things up a bit, and to prove that it’s not just pop music that can be covered in this style, here is Hopes Die Last’s Metalcore cover of “Promises” by Drum ‘n’ Bass legends Nero. The two versions have a lot of similarities but a few stark differences really set them apart and it’s honestly difficult to say which I prefer more.

5. DevilDriver – Sail (Original by AWOLNATION)
Aaron Bruno’s solo project AWOLNATION released “Sail” back in 2011. “Sail” was a massive hit and has since featured in a number of adverts. DevilDriver released their metal cover in 2013 and for obvious reasons, it wasn’t quite as big. The hardcore/death metal band are well known within their genre but fail to gather much recognition outside of it, but their cover is well produced and actually isn’t too hard on the ears. So give it a listen, you might just like it.

6. Limp Bizkit – Faith (Original by George Michael)
To end then, we have Limp Bizkit’s cover of “Faith” by the late George Michael. It’s hard to resist the lure of the original and most people can’t help but end up singing along. Limp Bizkit’s version however, is different to say the least and is slightly more uh, aggressive? Listen to the chorus and you’ll understand what I mean…

So there we have it, 6 alternative covers of well known songs. If I’ve done my job properly, you’re hopefully looking at music with a new openminded perspective. However, it’s also quite likely that I’ve put you off the word “cover” completely and that you feel like these bands killed the originals…

Either way, at least I tried.

What is Broad Noise?

Broad Noise is a merge between two separate hobbies I started in my spare time while at university; blogging and buying and selling. Broad Noise is an attempt to put off joining the “real world” as long as possible and to start a “business” doing something I enjoy. To better explain how this idea came about, I need to first explain the two aspects of Broad Noise:

Buying and Selling
I’ve always been a keen gamer and over the years I’ve grown a rather impressive collection (which can be seen here). After a few years of buying games from the likes of Amazon, Game and CeX, I realised it was more cost effective to buy bundles of games from eBay, keep the games I didn’t have and resale the others.

Last summer I took this theory further and started buying games from eBay with the purpose of reselling for profit. By doing this I managed to increase my collection and still be in profit, all through organic growth. This lead me to believe that, given time, it could be possible to make a “living” through buying and selling.

Blogging
The blog itself first started as a music blog where I would share tracks that I liked, review gigs that I went to and occasionally review an album or two. There were no rules to this form of Broad Noise. I would write when I wanted to and if I couldn’t be bothered, I wouldn’t do anything at all.

When I realised it might be possible to take the buying and selling further from being just a hobby, I decided that the blog should be all encompassing of digital entertainment and act as a form of support for the eBay shop.

Aim
The aim for Broad Noise is to share my passion for music, film/tv and gaming in my own way that is interesting, helpful and enjoyable to read. The blog will also support the eBay shop by creating a feel of professionalism and by simply generating click-throughs to the shop itself.

Take Control – Slaves

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Genre: Punk
Rating: 6.5 / 10
Top Tracks: Spit it OutTake Control and Steer Clear.
Features: Mike D from the Beastie Boys and Baxter Dury.

After the success of their debut full length album Are You Satisfied? last year, the Kent based punk duo Slaves have recently released their second album Take Control. Take Control builds upon Slaves’ heavy punk sound established in Are You Satisfied? but also features a number of, what can only be described as, experimental aspects like Steer Clear, which boasts a chilled out indie vibe courtesy of Baxter Dury.

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follows on from Are You Satisfied?‘s outlook on society with many of the album’s tracks commenting on various ways of life; like the life of the rich in Rich Man, the pressures of everyday life in Steer Clear and the social interactions of everyday life in People That You Meet. Slaves masterfully tackle a number of social issues across the 16 track album, even if some of the lyrics take a slightly weird turn… (listen to Consume or Be Consumed or People That You Meet and you’ll understand…)

In terms of the tracks themselves, Take Control starts off with the loud vocals and heavy punk that Slaves are associated with through the opening tracks Spit It Out and Hypnotised. Things are then toned down slightly in Consume or Be Consumed and we see a hint of a different side of Slaves that was otherwise hidden in Are You Satisfied? before picking up again in Take ControlPlay Dead feels like an amalgamation of Despair and Traffic and Wow!!!7am from Are You Satisfied? by using a similar vocal style to Despair and Traffic through alternate vocals and a slowed guitar rift similar to that of Wow!!!7amLies, Rich Man and People That You Meet have a familiar vibe to them, a relaxed punk sound that builds in the chorus, but they don’t make too much of an impression either way.

Things start to get interesting with Steer Clear and this is where we really see the experimental side of Take Control. It has a chilled out indie feel that you would never normally associate with Slaves, it somehow reminds me of The Ting Tings but I can’t for the life of me think of why… Cold Hard Floor can only be described as a filler track with no real impact on the album, perhaps only there to break up the two experimental tracks? Further experimentation can be seen in STD’s / PHD’s through the use of electronic aspects and due to the success of Control earlier this year, the Chase & Status and Slaves collaboration, this is an area I feel Slaves could do more with in the future. After a relaxed track called Angelica, the album finishes more on the lines of what you would expect from the two-piece with Same Again. 

Take Control wasn’t exactly what I expected after the impact of Are You Satisfied? but it’s good to see that Slaves are experimenting in different areas. The tracks may not all be chart toppers but there is enough promise to see future work in the indie/electronic fields. Take Control has enough emphasis and raw sound to please fans of hardcore/heavy punk who enjoyed Are You Satisfied? as well as a number of “softer”, relaxed tracks, for those new to the genre. Although Take Control may not have worked out as well as Are You Satisfied? it’s still a good listen and worth the time, even if it’s just to check out how they’ve progressed as a band and deviated from their stereotypical sound.


If you haven’t heard of Slaves before and are looking for a taster of what they’re about, or you’re a returning fan who is yet to listen to Take Control, check out the album’s first single Spit It Out below.

Glastonbury Highlights – Friday

The easiest way I could think of summarising my time at Glastonbury Festival of Contemporary Performing Arts, is to take a day-by-day approach. These are my highlights of the first day of live music on Friday.

Skepta
Leading grime artist Skepta, took the Pyramid stage by storm at just before 2pm yesterday and for probably the “whitest” crowd he’s performed to, I doubt he’s performed to one with more engery. With hits like “That’s Not Me”, “Shutdown”, “Too Many Man” and “Man” being spat back to him by thousands of fans (including me) you couldn’t get a better atmosphere.

Occassionally crew members would run the sides chucking out merch to front row fans and Skepta was regularly joined on stage by members of his crew, like Frisco and Jammer, to keep the hype levels at Maximum and the grime flowing till the end.

Vant
At the small tent stage in William’s Green, Political Punk Indie Rock band Vant rocked out to a few hundred enthusiasts at around 5pm. Being a bit of a hipster fanboy, I pushed through and positioned myself on the rail.

After a few opening tracks to get the crowd ready, things got political with the frontman commenting on the results of the EU referendum – “if you voted to leave, get the F*** out of my tent!”.  Known songs like “Parking Lot”, “Fly-By Alien” and latest release “Karma Seeker” got things back on track.

Bring Me the Horizon
Metal core BMTH kicked off the evening music at 7:20pm over on the other stage. A video intro pre-warned fans that if they weren’t looking to get hurt, that they were at “the wrong show” and should “f***ing leave”. The video ended by comanding the crowd to open the centre creating a pit that was then told to grow wider, wider, and wider.

Starting with”happy song” BMTH followed up with songs like “Follow You”, “Shadow Moses”and “Can You Feel My Heart”, before ending on crowd favourite “Throne”. A truly heavy energetic experience that involved mosh pits, wall of deaths and crowd surfing, seemed out of place in the early evening before indie-pop band Bastille.

BABYMETAL – Metal Resistance

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Genre: Kawaii Metal*
Rating:
7.5 / 10
Top Tracks: KARATE, YAVA  and Awadama Fever.
Features: Guitarists Herman Li and Sam Totman from Dragonforce.

Following their critically acclaimed self-titled debut album in 2014, the Japanese trio known as BABYMETAL are back with their recently released second album, Metal Resistance. 

After the album’s release on April 1st, the group went on to be the highest charting Japanese band in the Official Albums Chart history in the UK and were also the first Japanese band to play at Wembley Arena on April 2nd. They even broke the record for the most merchandise sold at the arena in one day. But what’s the album actually like?

Metal Resistance boasts heavy guitar rifts, powerful vocals and BABYMETAL’s first all English song, THE ONE. To take things further, the album’s first track, Road of Resistance, features guitarists Herman Li and Sam Totman from the renowned power-metal band Dragonforce. The album successfully builds upon the genre of kawaii metal*, that their debut album created.

This album definitely isn’t for everyone. Even fans of the metal genre will find it hard to get into. However, for anime fans and open minded listeners who don’t mind world music (music sung in a foreign language), here is my favourite song of the album and just a taster of what the album offers.


*Not widely regarded as “proper” metal and features pop-like vocals set to metal instrumental.