Competition Numero Uno!

Posted: July 6, 2012 in Uncategorized

Greetings Dudes and Dudettes

Its time for the question for the first Darkus Competition.

*** Please note for the time being this competition is only open for anyone in the North East. The good news however is all future comps will be applicable to everyone 😀 ****

The rules are simple – 50p an entry nothing more! In return you get a raffle strip and the draw held on Sunday at the Green. Raffle strip also available from me today and tomorrow at the green 🙂

So whats the first prize up for grabs?? An Official Ghost Fest Goodybag with Stickers, Your Demise Merch & even a Ghost Fest Tee.

As I have been busy with the Ghost Fest  I thought I would base the question on something that came up when I was interviewing some of the bands.

Question: I asked Davyd Winter Bates (Bassist from Bury Tomorrow) what his guilty pleasure was musically! What was his response?!

A. The Beach Boys & Cliff Richard

B. Lady Gaga & Nicki Minaj

C:  Britney Spears & Kylie Minogue


Article By Dee

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The British music scene just keeps leaving me speechless at the moment, especially as there is such amazing new talent out there who are showing the rest of the music industry just how having determination and passion can create amazing results. The latest new band for me to come across were, Fearless Vampire Killers when they came to Newcastle earlier this month as part of the William Control UK tour.

 I have not heard any of their music before this night, but I had heard that theNewcastlemusic scene had great support for them, so I needed to see the guys for myself and see what made them so special. Now usually the structure of my reviewing and interviewing is like this – watch a band perform first or at the very least check out the internet for some of their material and then request an interview. In theory that’s what should usually happen, but for once I wanted to improvise and decided to interview first.

 I was blessed to be able to speak to three members of this intriguing band, Shane, Lawrence and Drew. I was basically using this as an opportunity to learn more about Fearless Vampire Killers, so even though I try to avoid the subject, I was fascinated to know where the name of the band had originated from.Lawrenceexplained to me that this was a named based on his favourite childhood film. Rather than choosing just any name however the band also wanted to create a name which caused a reaction as well.

 When asked for their type of influences – they informed me that it was mainly revolved around the likes of Danny Elfman and Tim Burton style films. Drew described themselves as a gothic, classic band – withLawrenceadding to the conversation “Like A circus – full of surprises and fun”.

 Before I go any further, just think for a moment. You see your favourite band perform and not only playing with them but actually joining them as a fully established member happens. At first you would think this would be impossible – however this is not so my dears. Being a mahoosive fan of Fearless Vampire Killers, it was like a plan come true when Drew was able to join the band. His inclusion in the band would have been much sooner, but asLawrenceexplained this was due to Drew already being in another band named, Plan 9.

 Looking at these three guys sat in front of me it was obvious that they loved being in each others company, so as I ask any band I wanted to know what the chemistry was like between all the members. Having grown up together when on stage for the first time the chemistry was instantLawrencetells me. Also the fact that they had known one another at an early stage meant that they had always felt close.

 Getting the basics out the way, it was time to move the interviewing onto the currentUKtour with William Control. The guys told me when they received notification of the tour, they were really happy to know that they were going to be playing with William Control. Being a follower since the days of Aiden, not only was William there as the headliner on the tour, but he was also their where Fearless Vampire Killers needed any advice. Its such a great thing to hear about bands on a tour not just supporting on stage but off stage too.

 When an artist or a band are playing on a tour there is another important aspect we as listeners should not forget. Yes it’s a joy for us to hear and see our favourite bands perform right in front of us, but have you ever wondered what the artist’s themselves want to achieve by touring? The answer is so simple, as Lawrence, Shane and Drew told me the most valuable thing was to spread the name Fearless Vampire Killers and also be able to play to a mixture of old followers and new fans.

 Time was ticking on, and as much as I love interviewing I had to draw the questions to an end, but not without slipping in one more query. What goes through their head just before they go on stage to perform? All three were quite open and said apart from the usual hugs, and sword fights (that would be Drew btw), the main thought pattern was to play a good show and to think positively.

 Interview over, me and photographer Kate Hollamby headed back outside as we waited for the gig to officially start. Taking place in the nice and snug A2 over at the Academy, the first band to take to the stage was Rossi Noise. Based inNewcastle, this is a band I have always heard positive reviews about but leading the hectic life I do, I always seem to miss them. Therefore it was an absolute delight to be able to see them for the first time.

 The role of the first band is important, because in some sense I believe it’s the energy they create that dictates how insane the vibe is for the rest of the show. Rossi Noise therefore not only delivered such an electrifying performance but their material was experimental, daring and most of all fecking brilliant. Local new talent is such a priceless thing when it’s done with the same level of maturity, dedication and energy that Rossi Noise showed me in their set. It may not have been a necessarily long set, but it was long enough to convince me that they are certainly a strong contender in the north east music scene.

 Taking a bit of a walk – as I needed to get a breath of fresh air, I returned to the A2 to watch Fearless Vampire Killers. Never ever did I expect to listen to a band for the very first time, and my mind be blown to the next level like FVK did. Wow!!!! Firstly people will know anything related or based around a Tim Burton feel and I am instantly screaming with hyperness inside my head. This is not the only reason for being totally in love with FVK however.

 Performance wise the guys perform with such passion and energy during every song. The audience are drawn in and dancing away – and yes that does include me too! Now I am a fan of bands such as I Am Ghost and Chiodos, so if you like those two bands then you will certainly love Fearless Vampire Killers.

 However what I would also add to this is that FVK as modest as they may have been in the interview should be absolutely pleased with how they are progressing as a band. They have put a lot of hard work and care into this band, and I can certainly see them getting stronger and stronger to the point where it would be a crime to miss out on such an amazing British band.

 I started the day not knowing anything about Fearless Vampire Killers, but it ended with me thirsty for more of their material. Well done guys, Thanks for an Amazing Night!!!!

Sarah L. Northey

Posted: June 24, 2012 in Down Right Awsome

Hi people – click below to go over to the Fashion section to check out an amazing interview I had with local designer Sarah Louise Northey and her Naughty Knickers Collections. She Is a fantastic young lady and I wish her all the best for the future.

Naughty Knickers Rocks!

 Article by Dee


After playing at an amazing Kerrang Awards Tour not so long ago, it seems Arcane Roots just keep amazing fans with their amazing work in their mission to put life back into the music scene. These amazing guys have recently released their latest album Left Fire.

The very moment Lucius, their manager, sent me the album I was instantly taken back at just how fantastic this band are. Usually when you get an album there are one or two tracks which you love more than others, but with Left Fire every single track makes this such a superb album.

The album starts with a chilling yet soul consuming track named Aus Blauderen Verederen, Dus Moet. Although there is no singing in this track it is nevertheless a track with that creates high hopes and expectations for what is to come……and what I found was that those hopes and expectations blew my mind on each track this album had to offer.

One track which I would totally recommend from this album is “In this Town ofSuch Weather”. Catchy lyrics and vocals which make you listen with excitement, I just wanted to headbang to this song. It is such a strong song because it shows how Arcane Roots can adapt and create diversity all in one song.

Another favourite of mine is “Rouen”. What fascinates me about this song is its simplicity which allows the listener to listen carefully to the lyrics. The lyrics are also presented with such passion and emotion which just captivated me and left me speechless. However even though it may be simple, it still has all the signs of an Arcane Roots masterpiece.

As this is the first time I have ever heard this album, my first impressions of it are good. It is an album which shows just how much hard work Arcane Roots put into their music to create a product that not only entertains the listener, but creates a vibe that is too precious to ignore.

Arcane Roots – Left Fire check it out now!

An evening with Silva Method

Posted: June 16, 2012 in New Music

Article by Dee

Photos By Ellen Dixon

I was invited to an amazing night of local talent a couple weeks ago held at the Bridge Hotel inNewcastle. Going in with only basic knowledge of headline band, Silva Method I was unsure what to expect. Like any gig I attend the night is all about the support artists than just the headliner.

 Starting the night off we had 2 piece band, Ugromov with their acoustic set. This was nice soulful music that I was witnessing. I liked their tunes for the elegance and simplicity. Looking around the room I could see everyone was captivated and entranced. The room was that silent you could hear a pin drop.

 Both members of the band compliment each other’s talents. The skill of the guitarist puts an element of beauty in to the performance when combined with the vocalist – thus giving this music that extra edge and brilliance.

 Ugromov’s final song started off slow then all of a sudden their was an unexpected burst of energy which put a spark into the song.

 Our next act was a young artist who named himself – The Young Property Developers. You could tell the nerves in his voice, but this was quite endearing and actually helped the set. This guy takes everyday life – such as the weather, emotions, relationships etc and incorporates into his music. Its good to do something like this because the audience can relate.

 The lyrics are quite creative and witty. However if I was to give one bit of constructive feedback I would say he needs more confidence in his talent as a musician and solo artist.

 From one solo artist to another, we next had Sarah Holmes. Singing all her original material was a delight to listen to because it was insane, addictive and quirky. One of my favourite tracks was “Hard to Know”. In this song Sarah has such a lovely voice due to its beauty. When combined with the catchy tones and beats provided by the guitar, this makes Sarah Holmes the perfect package.

 With 3 brilliant artists, it was the moment I had been waiting for all night – Silva Method. They offered something totally different to the acoustic acts before. I would probably describe it as rock with a bit of attitude and maturity. You could even go as far to compare it to Evenescence – but a male version of Amy Lee.

 The lead vocalist, Jamie Quickfall on the keyboard gives their set a modern and fresh twist. They certainly are a mixture of different elements and sounds. This level of diversity makes their songs and identity as a local band top class.

 I would have no problem coming to see Silva Method time and time again. They are creating their own style and doing their own thing which means they are creating their own norms. Will they go far? Without a doubt – Hell Yes!!!

So how can you hear Silva Method for yourself – firstly through the usual social network channels and also the guys will be taking part in this summers Soundwave auditions at the Academy. I can only wish them all the best and put it out there that Soundwave Competition acts as a brilliant platform for bands such as Silva Method to take their journey to the next step.

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Earlier this month the fantastic Boho Modelling Agency in Newcastle named Nikki Little their model of the month. I caught up with this fantastic young lady to find out more about her.

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Questions by Dee

Answers by Nikki Little

Dee: How did you first start doing modelling?

Nikki: I had done a little bit of TF work locally then was asked to do a fashion shoot for a local magazine and that was it I was hooked.

Dee: What do you enjoy most about what you do?

Nikki: I love the variety, there’s never two days the same. I’m lucky and have the opportunity to travel around and work with different people which I love. I would be bored in a 9 – 5 job, static in one place so this suits my personality.

Dee: If you could think back – were there any particular highlights?

Nikki: Being published in a magazine is always a boost but some of the best highlights are the great people whom I’ve had the pleasure to work with and have now become friends.

Dee: You get the call that your going to be part of a photo shoot – what kinds of preparation do you undergo to get yourself ready?

Nikki: I am well organized and have lists for everything! I get all my outfits ironed and packed the day before if possible along with hair and makeup bags. Then its nails done, google maps and tom tom set, packed lunch made. Finally an early night and a good nights sleep!

Dee: When you see the finished picture – how does it make you feel when you see the final result?

Nikki: I’m always excited to see the results of a shoot. If it’s to be published I’m also a little apprehensive that the images chosen will be ones I like, I think everyone is over critical of their own images but I am proud of my work.

 Dee: I know aside from the modeling you’re a very busy young lady – tell us what you like to do for fun on your days off?

Nikki: As modeling is not always regular or consistent I keep myself busy with other part time jobs, I work as a support worker for adults with severe learning disabilities which I really enjoy, as well as promotional work and Events. I don’t have a lot of free time but love to spend it catching up with friends and family.

Dee: Have there been any particular barriers and obstacles you have had to overcome to get to where you want to be with your passion of modeling?

Nikki: I’m a bit vertically challenged, at 5’ 5” I’m technically above the national average for a female but in the modeling world I’m classed as petite, which does close a lot of doors. A lot of agencies have strict height requirements of 5’7”/5’ 8” and above so although the casting or job might be for a mascara shoot they just wont consider someone of my size. I have persevered though and have been accepted by a few now, hopefully this will continue.

Dee: Looking through your work I can see that you have done a variety of publicity campaigns such as Eldon Square, and also back in 2009 Miss British Isles (North West Winner). Being a Freelance Model therefore – how easy or difficult is it to get opportunities like this?

 Nikki: It’s quite hard to get started! Like any job they want experience and you can’t get experience without being given the chance to do the job! You have to really push yourself forward, apply for everything going and grab any opportunity that comes your way.

I hear models turning down little jobs as they feel they are better than that! But any job is an opportunity and you never know where it could lead, networking with photographers, magazine editors, clothes shop, designers, make up artists etc can all lead to further work. So take all jobs offered, give each shoot 100%, always be reliable and professional and then you can reap the benefits.

Dee: Your home town is in Cumbria, so how does it feel to be representing your region?

Nikki: I’m proud to represent my region. Although I do keep my work quite low key, modeling is not a common career in Cumbria, people will say “I saw a girl in the Sports Direct catalogue looked the spitting image of you!” its quite amusing to say it was me! I think people only see models as high fashion catwalkers working in London, Paris and Milan. They don’t realize how much commercial work there is out there, even for a Cumbrian girl.

Dee: When people look at your pictures what is the one main thing you want them to take in when they look at your work?

 Nikki: I would hope that they would see my professionalism and versatility. I always give 100% no matter what the shoot and I hope this shines through.

Dee: The thing I love about you is how you’re a down to earth person, who has plenty of confidence and self respect in yourself. What advice would you give to others considering pursuing their passion in modelling?

 Nikki: It’s a tough industry so don’t take rejection personally it’s just someone’s opinion, bounce back and keep going! Work hard, always give your best and grab every opportunity, as you never know where it could lead. ‘The only difference between try and triumph is a little umph’

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