Every Monday we will be bringing you interviews with unsigned UK or Ireland artists for Independent Music Monday. Recently we caught up with unsigned North East artist MVNGOES to find out more…
Where are you from and how did you first get into music?
Originally from Merseyside but raised in the North East, I was classically trained as a child playing violin and piano. I taught myself how to play other instruments as a teenager and played in guitar bands in local venues. I started writing songs for these bands and recording them on really basic equipment. This was when I first started to get into production and writing.
Who were your musical influences when you were growing up and who are your influences now?
When I was growing up I loved all sorts of music, I used to sit and listen to my parents vinyl records and played my favourites over and over again, records like Paul Simon 'Graceland' and Beatles albums. When I was old enough to buy cds I had really varied tastes, indie bands, dance music, folk music, anything that interested me at the time, I think I really liked melody and groove and that's what linked all of those records together.
How would you describe your sound?
The MVNGOES sound is a blend of a number of different urban influences. Dance music from the early 2000s like Basement Jaxx, Masters at Work... UK Garage and RnB and I guess all mixed in with the records I've been listening to all my life, there's little bits of everything in there when I look at it really closely.
What is your latest release called and what was the influence behind it?
The first track is called 'Chapter & Verse', it's danceable and energetic with a smooth RnB vocal from Manchester artist Reiss Harrison.
What’s your local music scene like?
Don't know if I'm particularly plugged into the music scene here in the North East but I work with artists from all over the UK and the rest of the world, I guess your 'scene' can be whatever you choose it to be these days and I work with really inspiring creatives from all sorts of places.
What do you have planned for the next 12 months? Any albums or festivals?
Over the next 6 months there are 3 more original tracks and some remixes to come out. I'm really excited to get this music out and see what people think.
Is there anyone you’d love to collaborate with?
There are too many artists to name but I love working with different vocalists because their delivery and musical choices frames a melody in different ways so working with a variety of voices adds so much interesting vibe to my music.
What is the one thing that you want readers to know about you?
Not sure really, I just want people to hear my music and enjoy it.