The latest good vibes/ success headlines from the Nottingham music scene (that we know of), please drop us a line if we’ve missed anything significant (our definition of significant is something of national relevance) – nusic@leftlion.co.uk.

- Immediate love from Clash Music, XFM & BBC Introducing for AMBER RUN’s new single, that’s a big look!

- AMBER RUN had their debut play on Zane Lowe’s radio show.

- INDIANA was Track of the Week on the Phalice show on Radio Uno. In English that is Phil Taggart & Alice Levine on Radio 1!

- The Guardian Music show incredible wisdom and make RONIKA their track of the day.

- BRU-C’s EP “Kamehameha” went Top 40, iTunes HipHop Chart styley!

- KAGOULE had their first Zane Lowe play!

- Congrats to FEROCIOUS DOG and SAINT RAYMOND, who are two of only four Nottingham acts to ever sell out the Rescue Rooms main room.

- INDIANA was made Track of the Day on Radio 1, with Nick Grimshaw & Greg James playing her live from their charity bikes during Sport Relief!

- XFM have made AMBER RUN’s single ‘SparkJo Good’s Track of the Week, AND added it to daytime playlist!

- INDIANA made it to the MAIN Radio 1 playlist for the first time! And then got upgraded a week later to from the C-List to the B-List!!

- SAINT RAYMOND was Zane Lowe’s Hottest Record! A to the Maze to the Balls!

- Via Mama Raymond @diburrows – SAINT RAYMOND had a live session on the UKs biggest radio station (BBC Radio 2)! Mama Flipping Huge!

- Big up EKKO & THE ELEMENTZ on the Radio 1 love from Nihal for their latest collab!

- ONE BOMB have made it onto the BBC Radio 1 playlist, BBC Introducing styley!

- RYAN THOMAS hit No 1 in the iTunes Blues Chat!

- HUSKIES made it into NME’s Radar section!

- Even more KAGOULE love in the NME; this time they called their track “Encave” one of their essential tracks!

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There’s one female solo artist we love who is long overdue her imminent success. There’s no one more ready, more destined for that Notts Number One than self-confessed music nerd RONIKA. She’s got the style, the charm, and the catchy groovy tunes that keep those gloomy Autumn clouds away. This current heatwave is no coincidence! Here she tells Mary Ann Pickford all about her love for music…

So you’re a Notts girl through and through right?
I am, born and bred. Notts produce!

Do you have any favourites places in Nottingham?
I love Lee Rosy’s tea shop, it’s run by my brother. I love the Alley Café too, they do good veggie food there.

How did you start up your career as a musician?
I think it’s been a gradual thing. I started by writing songs on the guitar, some soulful stuff inspired by people like Curtis Mayfield and Sly Stone, then I decided to learn how to produce my own tracks. I was really into that side of things. I loved hip hop and also quite experimental people like Squarepusher and I wanted to be able to make my own beats. So I went and studied sound engineering and music. Then I started making my own tracks ‘cause I think for me the song and the vocals is just part of it, I like to have the vision for the whole track and the whole song.

So with a bit of that hip hop background how did you come into fusing pop and a bit of soul?
Well I’ve kind of been into every kind of music. I’m a bit of a music nerd/fanatic and I’ve had a big love for hip hop and a big love for disco, soul, funk, and pop music runs through it all for me. I always love a good tune and people like Michael Jackson and Madonna, and just loving ultimate pop music like that.

Would you say they’re your big inspirations?
Yeah massively, I think Madonna’s probably one of my favourite female pop artists. Early Madonna especially. I think she shows people how it’s done. She just writes amazing tunes as well. She’s still writing great music.

How do you come up with your songs then?
I think it can be from anything, like inspired from listening to music or getting an idea from lyrics or reading- I read a lot, reading books gives me ideas. Or just writing something on the guitar, or starting off a beat, it could be anything. There’s always a passion there, I can’t stop doing it, I just have to keep making music otherwise I feel like- I don’t feel happy.

Do you ever have times when you’re struggling to get your creativity going?
Yeah I find lyrics harder to write than the music. So sometimes I can get really stuck on lyrics for quite a while and I’m quite picky, you may not have got that from the songs! But then I just go and look at other people’s lyrics and read books but nowadays I just keep going with it. Thankfully if I get stuck on something I’ll start something else, I don’t let myself sit around for months with writer’s block.

If you weren’t making music then what would you be doing?
Well before I was doing my own music I was working as a sound engineer – I know that’s still in music – but something perhaps more to do with sound or video. I’m quite a techy person so I’d probably be on the other side of things like that.

So when you were a child was that the kind of thing you wanted to grow up to be?
No it was more like, I wanted to grow up to be a singer or musician, but then when I really got into music in my teens I just wanted to be involved in the whole making of the track, and that’s what led me to the techy side. I’m not naturally techy at all but if you want to be able to produce your own music you have to learn all the gear and everything. So now that’s become very much a part of what I do. But I was never like, ‘I want to be able to use compressors’ as a ten-year-old!

I thought you might have said something typical like a vet or something…
Well, I think I’ve always been a bit style obsessed. I remember at school when I was a kid we had to do a thing where people were saying ‘what do you wanna be when you’re older’ and everyone would say, ‘I wanna be a doctor!’ or, ‘I wanna be a racing car driver!’. But I put ‘I wanna be a hippie or a punk’. So I think I’d always been a little fashion or music conscious…

Haha, I think your style now suits you better than if you were a punk!
Definitely always been a poser in my head that’s for sure [laughs].

So then what do you think of Nottingham’s music scene at the moment?
It’s amazing, I think it’s about to explode really – I mean, it already has. There’s so many good people across all the genres. It’s just massively exciting.

Do you have any favourites?
I do yeah, there’s so many. The people I’ve worked with have been SWIMMING, JOE BUDDHA, CITIZEN and favourite artists from Nottingham would be people like LONE and LATE OF THE PIER. People that I love who are amazing female artists are NINA SMITH, HARLEIGHBLU, NATALIE DUNCAN, MARITA who’s working with KIRK SPENCER, an amazing producer… I really don’t want to forget anyone! There’s just too many. There’s PETEBOX and 8MM ORCHESTRA who are my live band. Nottingham’s just got such a beautiful intimate music scene where everybody supports each other.

It’s great isn’t it! On a different note, congrats on your Only Only video premiering on NME. How’s that feel?
It’s brilliant yeah, it’s nice for it to have such a great home. It was fun to make. Me and Jon from SWIMMING made the video and so it was a very DIY labour of love project. I wanted to reference videos by people like Afrika Bambaata and get the sort of cutting edge 80s technology across in the video [laughs].

Are all your videos home made?
Well Forget Yourself I made and Wiyoo as well. Yes so it’s all quite DIY except for In the City. That was actually made by CITIZEN who’s also produced the track. He’s an amazing video producer.

That one featuring all the robotic dancing is amazing.
Aw thanks! Forget Yourself is quite a feel good groove and I knew I wanted it to have some good footage in it, so I was basically trawling the internet and I came across a 1981 robotics convention full of robotics nerds, and I felt I could relate to them quite heavily…! Obviously it looked amazing so I thought, ‘yeah, I need to use it’. And I think it fits the song really well. I’m a big fan of robotics and body popping and all that.

Is that what you do when you go out, bust out all your moves?
I wish I could! In fact if I could probably develop any skill I think that would be the most useful in life!

So what do you like to do to wind down or to chill?
Well I like to read, and watch movies and I host meditation nights with my friends, and I like to eat a lot… [laughs].

What’s your ultimate plan for world domination?
Well it would be great just to be able to make music that people like. My main thing is that I like to make feel good music, I want to make music that people can put on and feel good to and have a dance to, and I want to make pop songs that everyone can sing along to as well. That’s the music I lean towards. I love to listen to party tunes so if I can keep making music like that that people like then I’d be happy. Cool tunes that people want to put on their mix tapes…

Seems like you’re already there. Thanks Ronika, we’re looking forward to hearing more new tracks on the new EP!

INTERVIEW ENDS.

RONIKA is our artist of the month. Check out tracks from her on both our September podcasts and watch her two new videos, all our Nusic Facebook Page.

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Hello Comrades,

Have we got a great line-up of Notts artists for you this week!

First up we have DOT TO DOT FESTIVAL featuring more Notts musicians than ever before! History has been made people.

Taking place at Rock City, The Pulse, The Bodega, The Rescue Rooms and Stealth on Sunday (29th) this is one event you do not want to miss!

If you’ve not seen SWIMMING before then where have you been for the last year?! These guys have already made their mark on the Great Country and are continuing to do so across the country. Check out their totally addictive Pop/Surf sound and get ready to be wow-ed.

Next, another flipping amazing band LONG DEAD SIGNAL will storm to the stage and leave no prisoners. These are not just empty words, incase you were wondering, YOU guys voted them the Future Sound of Nottingham last year! And rightly so.

Another amazing band (okay, so they’re all amazing but we just can’t reiterate this enough) FRONTIERS will get you rocking out to their Alternative/Indie sound which has a very mature and catchy sound to it. We can visualise these guys selling out headline shows in years to come.

A complete contrast to any other Nottingham bands on the bill, BABY GODZILLA will come at you full throttle with their Hardcore, and er Disco House? sounds… (their words not ours) and get you all up in a moshpit. Don’t say we didn’t warn you! These guys put on the craziest show in town, and you WOULD be crazy not to miss it!

Next SPOTLIGHT KID will play some gentle Rock with beautiful vocals and harmonies used throughout. Melodic guitars and songs that are good enough to be anthems will fill the room. My boss loves this band!

We hope you save a lot of energy, because boy will you need it, for ROYAL GALA. One of the biggest party bands to emerge from Nottingham they produce Latin, Breakbeat and a whole host of genres played by a live band and fronted by sex goddess Lou Barnell. Call it your weekly workout because you won’t be able to move properly for weeks after. Keep your eyes peeled for the Royal Gala Fitness DVD out next Christmas.

How to describe RONIKA? An 80s diva reminiscent of Madonna but BETTER in our opinion! Truly amazing voice and some of the funkiest, grooviest beats you will ever hear. Not to mention one of the best dressed musicians in the whole of the Notts. Make sure you catch her set but prepare to have her songs stuck in your head for days and weeks and maybe even forever.

WILL JEFFREY is a fine Notts singer/songwriter producing quality Folk/Acoustic songs all brought together by his beautiful, storytelling vocals. You’ll be mesmorised as you listen to his inviting tales. He also does the best cover of any Nottingham musician…

And finally YUNIOSHI have a really unique, Experimental sound with Electro, Rock, Indie and all sorts thrown into the mixture, but it works so well. Get ready for a good rave/skank/mosh as all the genres hit you at once.

Doors: 1.45pm
Tickets: £30 from http://www.alt-tickets.co.uk/alttickets/home_dot_to_dot_2011.html

Next, Crocus Acoustic Thursday brings you BECK STACEY at Crocus Cafe on Thursday (26th).

BECK STACEY will play an eclectic mix of Goth and Acoustic with her own experimental style. Something very different but exciting to hear such diversity. Very Kate Bush!

Doors: 7pm
Tickets: FREE!

And finally THE CHASE will be playing at The Moot Hall on Saturday (28th).

THE CHASE a very young but very cool Indie/Rock n Roll band will produce riffs you didn’t know were possible for lads still at school. Totally nailed it at the CRS Showcase event back in October, defo ones to watch for the future!

Doors: 8pm

Yours in love of New Music,

Liz
x

P.s. Good luck to all the Nottingham artists playing the Glastonbudget festival this week in Le&^%ter!