Originally, I had planned to base my interview on an up and coming Leeds band, however in the short space of time I had, this was proving difficult. Luckily, my friend knew somebody who is currently studying Music Production at Leeds Met and has recently released an album. After getting his contact details we arranged for me to interview him at Headingley campus. Fortunately for him, but unfortunately for me, Ethan was then called to perform in Berlin on the day we had arrange the interview. Although this caused a few problems we decided to continue and conduct the interview online. I was happy with how the interview turned out although I was quite disappointed I wasn’t able to interview Ethan face to face. This also meant I would need to find alternate arrangements for images that I was to in my article. I photographed various music venues in Leeds and then included some images I had taken in the past at concerts. Overall, I was quite happy with the way my article turned out and think I overcame the problems I was faced with quite well.
Being very passionate about travel, it was relatively easy to decide what I wanted to base my list article on. Having visited the West Coast of America almost every summer for 12 years, I have visited a lot of the popular tourist attractions as well as some of the hidden gems the travel agents don’t tell you about. For my list article, I compiled a list of 10 places I think you have to see if planning to visit Western America, including photographs all taken by me during my time there. Overall I was quite happy with how my article turned out and I didn’t really encounter any problems whilst putting it together.
Up and coming musicians in Leeds with Ethan Hill
Leeds is known for it’s gothic centered music scene during the 80’s, but what is it like to be a musician in Leeds today? With the 13,500 capacity ‘Leeds Arena’ set to open next year, is the music scene in the city on the rise? I spoke to Ethan Hill, an 18-year-old music producer from Flitwick, Bedfordshire who is currently studying Music Production at Leeds Metropolitan University, on what he thinks.
Okay to start us off, where does the name Ethan ‘turn it up’ come from?
The name comes from a vocal sample I put in my music that says “turn it up”. Then when I was in Magaluf, I still had not decided my name, but when I got there the first thing I saw when I looked out my balcony was a girl wearing a top saying Turn It Up … so I kept the name after that!
What is your favourite song on ‘A figure of speech’ and why?
They’re all my favourite but if I had to pick it would be ‘Somebody’ just because it is a sampled old school beat. It kinda sounds like the stuff I listen to daily.
What got you into music?
I don’t really know what got me into music. I usually just say the music found me. There was never a point where I said I wanted to be a musician. It just sort of happened and now I’ve got an album out!
Coley O’Toole guitarist in We The Kings, scheduled to play at The Cockpit in February
Is music your life, or is just something you want to do on the side with another career?
Music is definitely everything to me. I wish I had more time to do it, I cannot see myself doing anything else.
Was there any defining moment where you realised this?
Probably about 2 years ago when I decided to release my first EP called Bitz & Bobz. It wasn’t great but it was a start.
Who are your main musical influences?
My main influences are producers like 9th wonder, Apollo Brown and a rapper called Kano but there’s so many more. I am also a huge fan of soul music which I think influences me a lot.
What music did you grow up with?
I grew up with early 2000’s Hip Hop artists like DMX and 50 Cent; when good Hip Hop still charted, I always listened to a little bit of rock too.
Where is your favourite venue you have performed?
Subland, Berlin last week was amazing. It’s crazy to think that music can take you all these places.
What has been your biggest challenge as a producer and an artist?
The hardest part of all this would be that I still don’t work hard enough. I feel I need to work much harder but I find it hard with Uni and other stuff.
The city also plays host to the world famous ‘Leeds Festival’ each summer in Bramham Park
Where would you like your music to lead you?
All I really want to be is a Producer, as long as I can live off the music I make I’m happy.
As an artist and producer, what is your opinion on illegal music downloading?
I think illegally downloading music can have its advantages but all the music I love, I buy. I love buying vinyl too but usually I will download it first and if I like it I buy it.
How do you find the music scene in Leeds? What is your favourite venue?
In Leeds the music scene is okay- I don’t think it gets enough exposure. If you want good music you really have to search for it but it is there. My favourite venue would be the Musiquarium, they have always good acts there.
The O2 Academy is currently Leeds’ largest music venue
What would be your biggest dream in relation to your music?
My biggest dream would be to have my own record label where I can sign musicians like me and just have my music remembered way after I’m gone.
If you could play one venue what would it be?
It would have to be the HMV Forum in London; it’s pretty big but still very intimate. I don’t enjoy big venues as much; sometimes you can feel a million miles away from the performer.
Would you prefer to sign with a label or work alone?
I would rather do this own my own, but if the right deal came along I would sign, as song as I’m not restricted musically.
Finally, where can we find your music?
My music is on iTunes, YouTube , Bandcamp and Soundcloud.
Check out Ethan’s collaborative album with N8ture ‘A Figure of Speech’ on iTunes.
• Where does the name Ethan ‘turn it up’ come from?
• What is your favourite song on ‘A figure of speech’ and why?
• What got you into music?
• Is music your life, or is just something you want to do on the side with another career?
• (If music) Was there any defining moment where you realised this?
• Would you consider yourself an artist or a producer primarily?
• Who are your main musical influences?
• What music did you grow up with?
• When you listen to music, are you more drawn to the lyrics or the actual music?
• If you could describe your music in 3 words what would they be?
• Where is your favourite venue you have performed?
• What has been your biggest challenge as a producer and an artist?
• Where would you like your music to lead you?
• As an artist and producer, what is your opinion on illegal music downloading?
• What do you do outside of music?
• How do you find the music scene in Leeds? What is your favourite vene?
• What would be your biggest dream in relation to your music?
• If you could play one venue what would it be?
• Would you prefer to sign with a label or work alone?
• Do you have any upcoming events?
• Where can we find your music?
1.The name comes from a vocal sample I put in my music that says “turn it up”
Then wen i was in Magaluf, I still had not decided my name… But wen I got there the 1st thing i saw wen i looked out my balcony was a girl wearing a top saying Turn It Up … so i kept the name after that lolol
2. There all my favourite but if i would have 2 pic it would be ‘Somebody’ just because it is a sampled old skool beat …kinda sounds like the stuff I listen 2 daily
3. I dont kno wat got me into music, I usually just say the music found me, there was never a point where i said I wanted 2 be a musician. It just sort of happened and now ive got an album out lol
4. Music is DEFIANTLY Everything 2 me … I wish i had more time 2 do it, i cannot see myself doing nothing else
5. errmm … probably about 2 years ago wen I decided 2 relese my 1st Ep called Bitz & Bobz …it wasnt great but it was a start
6. Yeh im a Producer 1st always …but i DJ alot and MC a little
7. Main influences are producers like 9th wonder, Apollo Brown and a rapper called Kano but theres so many more
I am also a Huge fan of soul music which I think influences me alot
8. I grew up 2 early 2000’s Hip Hop people like Dmx And 50 cent… wen good Hip Hop still charted, i always listened 2 a little bit of rock too
9.The music is defiantly the main focus for me … however you cant make a good song without good Lyrics
so there pretty music useless without each other
10. this is a hard 1 lol … Id say its the past future and Present put all together
11.Berlin last week was amazing … it crazy to think that music can take you all these places
12. The hardest part of all this would be i still don’t work hard enough …i need 2 work much harder but i find it hard with Uni and other stuff.
13. All I relle want to be is a Producer now …just as long as I can live off the music i make Im happy.
.14 i think illegaly downloading music can have its advantages but All the music I love , I Buy … I love buying vinyl too
but usually i will download it 1st and if i like it I will buy It
15.I dont relle do much anymore outside of music, I go uni where I do a music production course …and I use 2 play alot of footbALL wen i was young, I played Professionally for Mk Dons for a while but thats about it
16.In leeds the Music Ok …I think it does not get enough exposure, if u want good music you really have 2 search for it but its there
My favourite venue would be the Musiquarium, they have always good good acts there
17. My biggest dream would be to have my own record label where i can sign musicians like me and just have my music remembered way after im gone
18. Id say it would be the Hmv Forum in london, its pretty big but still very intimate, i dont enjoy big venues as much, sometimes you can feel a million miles away from the performer
19. I would rather do this own my own, but i dont mind too much, if the right deal comes along I would sign…as song as im not restricted musically
20. I dont have anything happening at the moment but you can catch me Dj-ing around leeds usually, In Muluko sometimes
21.My music is on Itunes, Youtube , Bandcamp, Soundcloud
During this workshop we were given time to work on our assignments and catch up on any outstanding work. This was useful as it gave me the opportunity to show Karl my list article and make some final changes before uploading it. This means I can now focus all my attention for this module on my other article.
In these workshops we were given time to work on our 2 final assignments for this module as well as any other outstanding work. I managed to finish my list article for the second assignment, I am glad I now have this out of the way so I can focus on my outstanding assignments.
During the workshops we were given time to work on both Assignments 1 & 2 aswell as to catch up on our reflections and any articles we may have missed. This was useful as I had a number of reflections to complete and it gave us time to speak to Karl about plans for our final assignments.
I knew from the moment that we were given this assignment that I wanted to base my article on travel, as that is what I am passionate about and have a relatively wide experience of travelling. I decided to base my list article on 10 places to visit in Western USA because I have visited this part of the world almost every summer for 12 years, so over the years I have mentally created a list of favourite places. I also chose this topic as I already had thousands of photographs I could include from the past 3-4 years I have been interested in photography whilst being there.
Whether it be from the media or word of mouth, we are constantly being encouraged to visit various attractions and popular places. But with limited time and the unfortunate increasing cost of travel, we need to pick and choose. This list compiles 3 of the most popular tourist attractions and favourite ‘bucket list’ must- sees.
1) The Grand Canyon- Visible from space, the Grand Canyon in Arizona, USA was formed by the Colorado river over millions of years. Now 277 miles long and sitting within it’s own National Park, the canyon attracts approximately 5 millions tourists every year.
2) The Ancient Egyptian Pyramids- Built originally as tombs, the pyramids of Ancient Egypt are one of the worlds main tourist attractions. There are 138 currently known pyramids in Egypt, but the most famous are those in Giza on the outskirts of Cairo. The pyramid of Khufu at Giza remains one of the seven wonders of the world.
3) The Great Wall of China- standing at over 13,000 miles long, the Great Wall of China was built to protect the North of China from attack. Construction began in 6BC and continued right up into the 16th century