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Interview with: Victoria Bourdeau

“Canadian native, Victoria Bourdeau has been playing on WEATNU [OUR] (main) for some months now. We finally had a chance to get an interview with her this month. Her music comes from an influence of modern dubstep, Electronica, Deep House and Nordic pop."

Interview by Almark

How long have you been a musician?

Victoria Bourdeau: You know, that’s an interesting question! I first started writing song lyrics in 2005 when the dream really came alive in me to do something outside of the box, and it’s become the greatest creative outlet for me besides drawing. When I got my first guitar on Christmas morning of 2009 I played it immediately, however something felt off, realizing I was a left handed guitar player with a right handed guitar I simply turned the guitar around and played it upside for two months until I got my father to help me re-string it.

What does music do for you when you create it?

VB: It opens up every possible door for creativity, and self-exploration, it’s like giving birth to a new way of embracing life. With different styles come different sounds, and with that you challenge yourself to become a better writer, and artist.

Any new material at this time?

VB: Yes! I’ve just finished recording a new track Called “Captive" and I hope to have it out shortly. Besides electronic music, I am constantly writing, EDM is just one side of what I do.

I understand you play the guitar and you also create electronic music using iOS apps?

VB: Yes, that’s correct, I create the electronic music from my phone, usually starting with the bass line and building the track around that.

Is WEATNU helping you to be noticed as an artist?

VB: Of course! Ever Since I’ve had contact with WEATNU the amount of support and encouragement I’ve received over Twitter and through the community of connected artists as well as through this WEATNU Records has been truly astounding to me. I still can’t believe all of the things that have happened this year, it’s just mind blowing. Also I want to take this time to thank friends and family that stayed by my side when things got rough, Thank you!

You have some pop elements in your music, does that somehow create a bigger picture for your electronic sound?

VB: I’ve never really thought of it in that manner to be quite honest with you, when I started out and still to this day, I’ve just wanted my sound to be unique enough, but familiar enough to the general public so that they get to experience a new vibe from my work. The intention was never to gravitate attention, it has always been simply to lift people’s spirits up and to inspire them.

As far as the area you live, is there a scene in your part of Canada?

VB: Honestly everybody just does their own thing which I think is cool.

What goals do you have as a musician?

VB: I try not to set goals because i feel they can make a person close-minded, I just go with whatever feels right for me in that moment, and just embrace every moment as it comes about, good or bad.

You also sing, are you planning on releasing anything in the future with your vocals?

VB: That may be a possibility for me one day in the future but for now I prefer to just let the music speak for itself.

Do you have any fav artists under WEATNU or WEATNU Records?

VB: Mm hmm, One of the artists that stands out a lot to me in not only style but class as well is Em Baker (Plike). Her sound is dark and atmospheric but leaves a very genuine and delicate impression on listeners.

What do you think about the current scene of electronic / DIY musicians these days?

VB: I think it’s wonderful, although I’m saddened that not more are recognized in the way they should be.

You’re a passionate and poetic person, how does music fit into your background, how did you begin?

VB: Music has always been apart of me. Just before I was born my father would crank up music to find that I was keeping perfect time to the harsh and violent beats of Motley Crüe . At just four months I was whistling, and by ten months I would hum myself to sleep.

I began music by studying the way different artists portrayed and conducted themselves on stage in a way that would get the crowd going, bringing the fans into that moment with them. If the artist was disconsolate, you felt it, if exuberant you felt that! It’s all about finding your path and growing from there.

Being one of the youngest of WEATNU, what do you think you can bring to your generation?

VB: I hope to be able to give back to people through my music and to inspire people to go after what they want in life contrary to what they believe they can succeed.

What influences you as an artist / musician to write?

VB: That’s a hard question to answer because everything in life inspires me to write, the bare leafless tress of winter clinging to life for one more season, the light of the moon at night, the miracle of life, the tides of the oceans and how the sea creatures respond to the different levels of water in their environment. Every little aspect of life is truly miraculous and breathing taking for me so it’s hard to answer that completely. I’m sorry.

Dreams of becoming?

VB: Someone who is able to inspire at least one person.

Tell us more about your new EP?

VB: Captive? Well It takes the form of many styles some of which are mixed. Deep House, Trap, EDM, Heavy Bass, Nordic Pop ect. For me it’s all about pushing the limits and not staying in one square box, because in time if I want to focus on one platform, it’s not something that wouldn’t have been familiar in my other music. The point is to stay as original as possible but also to constantly change it up, to have it be that no two songs are alike. I want each song on its own to speak for itself. That to me is how to keep things alive and is what the songs on my coming EP represent.

If there was one thing in life you could be remembered for what would it be?

VB: Being a risk taker.

Where do you see #WEATNU going in the next decade?

VB: I see it becoming a world-wide spread community of thriving artists.

Bagels or Donuts?
VB: Why do you do this to me!! Both are great but I’m afraid I have to choose Donuts, I’m so sorry Bagels!!

#WEATNU Digital Magazine – Jan 25, 2016

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With all respect: We lost Victoria in 2018, she was a greatly talented artist and one of us, she will never be forgotten.’

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WEATNU Records: Year one

For an entire year WEATNU has been building a large group of artists on it’s label WEATNU Records. You’ve heard many of them throughout the months. Now you can hear them all together on the same album. Showcasing 74 amazing electronic artists, including punk and post-punk, dream-pop, nu jazz swing. You can buy this great piece of underground history for 9.80 USD. Complete with a wide variety of styles from all over the world. WEATNU Records continues to take in the greatest of hidden talent. All artists receive 70% per sale. WEATNU believes in fair pay to the artist.

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Interview with Austeya

“Lithuanian born: Austeya moved to London to continue her career in music. Her powerful vocals and emotional electronic melodies create her style. Influenced by Kate Bush, Depeche Mode and Land Del Rey.”

Corbin: First and foremost, I would like to take the time to thank you for allowing me to conduct this interview with you. It’s been really an honor to see you join us and flourish as well as you have with your music career. I see you just got done with a photo shoot, how many times a year do you update this part of your portfolio?

Austeya: I do not have certain dates and times in mind for photo shoots. I just do it when I get an inspiration, this was a shoot with a photographer who is my friend as well, so it was really fun.

I am working on pictures now so hopefully some of it should come out soon!

Corbin: It looks like your live band is really helping to get your “brand” out there. Are there any plans for adding additional members to your live band?

Austeya: I think at the moment I am looking for a solution to play electronica music live. I was looking for people to help me do that, and I found some really great artists already. I am hoping to join these musicians and artists into one bigger production eventually.

Corbin: Would you do a mix of the electronica with your traditional set, or just have the show do a complete turnaround to the electronic side of your portfolio?

Austeya: This would be a completely new program, as we are working on writing new material right now. I am also due to release the new single “If I could” , which represents the new sound I am working towards.

Corbin: We’ve been looking forward to your single! Are going to be releasing it through WEATNU records?

Austeya: Yes definitely!

Corbin: I think last we spoke, you were headed to Lithuania. How much traveling have you done to collaborate with others across the globe?

Austeya: Quite a lot! I have worked with people in Lithuania, and also in Dallas, Texas. We shot couple of videos together, one is due to come out still. I of course work with several people in UK (and also in U.S.) but just remotely. Would be great to meet all of my collabs face to face one day!

Corbin: That would be exciting indeed! Out of all your musical endeavors, which do you see as being the most promising to help you “break through” to the masses?

Austeya: I am excited about my newest project where I’m working with an electronica musician who is also an animation artist, we are working on a new song right now and I think this could be a very promising combination of our skills. I also think that the release of “If I could” should be very successful, and we are in the process of creating a music video for it.

Corbin: WEATNU is glad to have an artist who is dedicated to getting her music/brand out there by all outlets possible. I saw your interview on Beatsta.com, and figured I would go a step further. Besides another outlet for your “Teach Me” EP, is WEATNU helping to expand your career outside the realm of possibilities prior to you joining our movement? What else can we do to help you along your path?

Austeya: I believe being part of WEATNU has definitely helped me to put my name out there and I am proud to say that I am part of something as special as this community. I could not stress more how important is being part of a group of talented artists who support each other.

I only feel like we should help out each other more with promoting live shows. I do quite a lot of live shows in London venues, and getting people there is difficult.

We should have WEATNU in UK where we could do regular meet-ups at each others gigs – I could champion this!

Corbin: I knew that was a great question to ask! Really gets those gears turning on an uncharted level for WEATNU. I would strongly urge you once this interview is posted to leave your contact email in it and/or reach out to those members in the UK (of which we have A LOT!!!!)

I can only help as much as I can, but as Almark and I have determined, WEATNU is literally what each individual member makes of it. We merely provide the tools to gain exposure and help nurture our members, but it is up to them to figure out what works best for their goals, and with that being said, why do you think (as far as your own experience with the WEATNU movement) so many artist / members have left us lately? What do you think WEATNU can do to retain its growing number of artist / members?

Austeya: Maybe because there were quite a few members and only a few people to run the promotion, each member was not getting enough attention. I think we should join the forces and get more people championing WEATNU promotion at their own locales! I think we should also try and partner with other, bigger networks that would help us gain even more exposure. I also think we should go out to industry events and promote what we do, this network has so much great music and personality to offer, it should be more well known!

Corbin: These are all great ideas! The only trouble is that not many artists in (or out of) WEATNU have that mentality. It takes a lot of time out of our week, let alone daily, to provide any promotion to all members as they create something new or have news of their endeavors to share. This leaves little time for each individual to create their own music if a very small number of people are willing to take any time to promote what everyone else is doing.

We recently have implemented a policy change in WEATNU, we are no longer doing PR for individuals. The main focus is the movement itself, which is now focused directly on it’s net-radio and label. When the new WEATNU.com is up and running we will be focusing only on those that are willing to put their music on the label. How do you feel about this new policy?

Austeya: I am not sure… Personally, I wish you would keep the PR going (as it is much more important than just having your album sitting on-line). You can do it (PR) on many websites, but with no sense of community (and promotion), the concept might loose its value. Just a thought.

Corbin: The concept behind the change is that with so many members in WEATNU, literally only about 20-30 people understand the concept of artists promoting other artists. The rest are just sitting back and riding the band wagon, not even willing to share even one member’s endeavors.

The cancer from within has stopped… This is what it has finally boiled down to: Will you share what EVERYONE (who is left after this policy change cleans the old system out) has that is news and music from this point on? Do you think others are going to be willing to do the same?

Austeya: I think as long as we communicate the message clearly, show a good example, and stress how important community is, members will follow the culture!

Corbin: So before joining WEATNU, how effective was your promotion? What outlets do you still channel outside of the WEATNU movement?

Austeya: Social media pretty much, also networking with people when going out to events. I have had some people helping me to spread the word along the way too…

Corbin: I gave up on being a star in my 20’s. Green Day, The White Stripes, and Jay Z had their respective industries on lock down and so I created my own solo career as Roofy. The music industry was so different back then. What are your goals and aspirations? How have they changed over the years?

Austeya: I think being a star is just a consequence of great dedication, hard work, talent and strong character. Having good connections can also help you break through. I am putting in all my hard work and I am dedicated to what I do, but over the years I realized that good things are always worth the wait, so, today I am not bothered about fame. I am more interested in creating something extraordinary which will draw the attention to my work and personality without having to rely on gimmicks.

Corbin: Exactly!! That is why the movement is what we as artists make of it. No gimmicks, just lots and lots of hard work (which is something you are very used to). Is there anything in particular you would like to give back to you fans, supporters, and assistants who have helped so much along the way?

Austeya: I would like to give all fans lots of inspiration to do something cool in life, fingers crossed I am successful.

Along the way I met some amazing people (including you guys) , and I could not be more grateful for the support and your taking the time to notice my work. But just to sum up, and to address those who helped me to develop the sounds, helped with promotion, live gigs, also to all musicians, make up and photography artists… I will pay in big sums of cash after I release that number 1 hit … or maybe the whole album? Work in progress basically 🙂 And I know that I cannot pay back for believing in this music and me, so that’s why I am also adding lots of love!

Roofy#WEATNU Digital Magazine

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Austeya beatsta.com Interview

“One of our own Austeya was recently interviewed by beatsta.com. She highlights her influences and mentions her release Teach Me to WEATNU RECORDS. Her music is electronic coupled with lush powerful vocals. Part of the interview is below.”

How have you ended up in the music industry?   I have always been making music and after getting some attention from people I just wanted to keep doing it. I found lots of great producers and artists to work with and I never wanted to stop. I recently got a small deal with WEATNU Records, which is a fantastic network of underground electronica artists which I am proud to be part of.

The interview continues to discuss her music influences, and how she moved from Lithuania to London.

You can read the full interview on beatsta.com


Almark#WEATNU Digital Magazine

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Austeya: Teach Me EP

London pop talent Austeya comes to Weatnu Records. She has been touring around the London scene this year of 2015. She was kind enough to bring her music to our corner of the web. This month we release her latest EP Teach Me. A mix of Electronic/Electronica and indie pop. From her own words, Austeya cites Lana Del Ray as her influence, among other artists. This lush but poppy EP is worth your listen. Add this one to your collection of great and talented #WEATNU Artists.

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Ashleigh – Do You Know

It isn’t everyday that you hear clear and precise quality, pop-related music. But this is experimental mind you. Ashleigh Antolini is soulful, her strong but trained style of singing is combined with R&B and experimental all in one. Do You Know, Vicious Cycle EP – Produced by Shark Anthony is Witchhouse/Dreampop in modern day with a hint of jazz, classical and DnB. This is good music, the rest of the EP will not disappoint. She has been slowly showing her music to #WEATNU, this of course won’t be the last time.

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Album of the Week: Lie Craze – We won’t ever be saved here.

Berlin solo artist, Lie Craze album of the week ‘We won’t ever be saved here’ On sale now though WEATNU Records for 3 dollars the entire week, to go back to normal price next Sunday.
Lie Craze music is full of catchy snappy melodies, that any, björk, Ladytron, Röyksopp fan would enjoy.
With an icy, Berlin underground sound, this album unleashes the pure creative aspect of the modern day electronic artist. The album is full of great songs such as Die Alive, Wise Girls, Been on an Island. Her presence on the Internet has been rising this past year and we hope to see more great tunes in the future.

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Interview with Craig Manga of Mangabros

‘Craig Manga of Mangabros writes dark pop, riddled music, complements of past influences such
as NIN, Kate Bush and Brian Eno. Our interview with him uncovered some of the mystery to
Mangabros, also the editor of WEATNU DM.’

Good evening, Craig. Thank you for having this interview with #WEATNU Digital Magazine. This music of the new Mangabros album ‘Soulcoalblack’ is quite unique, or an anti-pop, avant-garde, shrouded in soul and electro. And even though the masses do not understand it, perhaps the complexity of the album should be better explored?

Craig Manga: I am under no illusions. ‘Soulcoalblack’ is a difficult piece of work, an awkward proposition to many. A tetrahedron peg in a square hole. And we fitted nowhere until WEATNU. And yet, somehow – ADD-fashion – we flit everywhere: there are industrial soundscapes, broken piano ballads, krautrock elements, warped glitch beats. Somehow we’re stranded between the dancefloor and the headspace.

Has #WEATNU been a success for you then?

Craig M: Oh no…(smiles) but we failed magnificently. By the numbers anyway, but we do have an avid obsessive fanbase. We remain resolutely Marmite.

That’s always a plus. But there is beauty in failure, once you get up and try again, eventually seeing the light one day.

Craig: We’re always gonna draw disdain from the Xfactor gen but admiration from those discerning enough to want something a little different, off the mainstream. “These are songs, Jim, but not as we know them.”

You’re quite popular here on weatnu, is weatnu helping your music at least gain a goal?

Craig: WEATNU is helping immensely in our magnificent failure (aka cultish success)

I hear some jazz influences in your music, would you like to talk about what influences you as an artist?

Craig: The jazz influence comes from guitarist/piano player, Glen, where as aleatoric moments of randomness (John Cage, Eno) are me.

There are two in Mangabros?

Craig: 5, but we choose our numbers by the dice. On the album: myself, Paul, Glen and Tony. Present gigs: just Paul and yours truly. I have played solo with just acoustic guitar. I once didn’t play at all. We augment with other musicians, drummer Mark, and bassist/pianist Tony.

Your sound is very distinctive, tell us more about that.

Craig: Our actual sounds are never factory settings, I sculpt and layer sounds until barely recognizable. I’m very proud of the wonky warped detuned piano sounds I’ve birthed, usually involving bowed piano strings and doppler-effected flux harp. I also add acoustic textures: the thump of wood, scrape of metal, creak of stool. So these are totally bespoke sounds. Also, the album was intended to have a claustrophobic atmosphere, so it was created entirely on headphones, no monitors or speakers involved.

Almark: There is indeed a closeness to the album and high quality. Why do you suppose the music feels as though you’re drifting in and out of consciousness, it’s very personal, almost wracked with pain?

Craig: Yeah, I agree, it is slightly fevre-dreamlike. Dreampop with Night Terrors. Black Pop, ha! Quite proggy too, in that there are many many changes in each and every song. It is sonic collage. Like the tuning, drifting on an old radio, one station bleeding into the next.

This is my first time to hear the entire album from start to finish, but this is a highly impressive and daring work. You must feel artistically satisfied?

Craig: I am proud of it, but already i have moved on. and the music is becoming purer and more layed bare, the album is the second part of a trilogy, a tryptich. slowburnblue was first, more electronic, dense and experimental, much darker UDM. The next one’s a clutch of love songs ‘Deepfleshred’, well, songs of love loss and longing (and maybe a little lust thrown in for good measure).

As these songs are intricate, it’s only right to ask you how you approach your songcraft?

Craig: I write lyrics and they can be a starting point. But lately I tend to scramble a few chords on acoustic guitar, transpose them to MIDI then sing phonetic gobbledegook over them to find melody (or not). I then strip away the primary, the original outlines, maybe add weird icing to the cake.

Speaking of weird, listening to King of Tarts, the sounds of both ecstasy and pain together, wrapped in a jazz chorus.

Craig: King of Tarts is a purely solo effort on my part, no guitars. all programmed, no playing; glitched piano.

I hear hints of Radiohead on The Blue Scrawl. Very haunting song.

Craig: Funny enough, that one originated from Glen – not a great Radiohead fan – but the angel of death coda came from me. I take Radiohead as a great compliment. Glen wouldn’t though.

I can certainly hear your music in indie films. Do you see this music making it into that genre?

Craig: I have written soundtracks for college film projects, mostly arthouse stuff. And some accompanying soundtracks to silent movies (Nosferatu, Caligari) and some alternative songs for The Wicker Man, but mangabros are now exploring their own film-making for a couple of art installations. I am very much into storytelling and interweaving narratives in songs anyhow.

Very nice. Are you self-taught?

Craig: Self-taught totally. A guitarist who can’t even name the twisted chords he comes up with. I think I’m an alien that fell to earth (not really) found a bunch of instruments and proceeded to strum the snare drum and beat the guitar with drumsticks.

We are the gifts to the world of lost souls, only to fill them with music, perhaps this is true.

I can’t help but wonder from your distinct vocal style who you are influenced by?

Craig: My vocals have been described as ‘the Hendrix of the larynx’. my vox touchstones are Scott Walker, Gabriel, Peter Hammill, Bjork and Kate Bush.

Almark: And your song on this album ‘Black Pop Caucasian Vampire Blues’ how do you feel about it’s morality?

Craig: It is an incredibly sad song. beautiful, deep and haunting. It is the requiem for a murdered child, a forgotten victim. I could weep really.

Music without emotion is dull.

Craig: Tell me, A, how do YOU feel about ‘Black Pop’?

 Is that what you call this music, Black Pop?

Craig: I hope people realize that bleak songs are intended to be uplifting ultimately.

Misery loves company.

Craig: Sad songs mend hearts (like the gnarled gospel of ‘Dead Riff). Many of my songs come from a dark place, and intended as catharsis: the raising of the spirit, the soothing of the depressive mind. As a sufferer, creating my art, words and music, really helps. I hope it’s carried forward to the listener.

Any collabs ahead from meeting others artists through WEATNU?

Craig: Yeah, one with Meter Bridge. They’re also gonna write an original piece that will further the narrative on our ‘Z’ cycle of songs. Also, a project with Dave from Bufinjer, and another with Lie Craze.

Excellent, we hope to hear those in the future.

Craig: And hopefully something with that elusive founder of WEATNU, forgot his name.

Oh yeah, he will have to squeeze you into his busy time-schedule. 😉

And what are the future plans of your music, what do you hope to accomplish, the ultimate dream?

Craig: For people to listen at least once through, all the way through, and in sequence, and base their opinions not on what’s popular atm or by peer-group pressure, but on personal considered judgment. There’s tunes in them thar hills.

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Album Review: Soulcoalblack by Mangabros.

‘Soulcoalblack’ is all embracing in its ability to musically tell a story. The depth of emotion conveyed in this massive work of art is as wide-ranging as it is poignant. The music is expertly composed allowing the wrenching vocals to sometimes pierce or alternately sweetly mend our hearts. With each listen, this album keeps on giving. The world of ‘Soulcoalblack’ expands in my consciousness as my compassion blooms for the ones in the stories. Strangely produced treatments resonate in the weirder parts of my being, taking blindfolds away from my inner vision that I didn’t know existed.

The album is an impressive set that is best listened to actively, perhaps perusing the gorgeously prepared liner notes as the songs are being played. The imagery and lyrics provide a springboard from which the audiophile may plunge into an alternate universe where the characters are well developed and vibrant.

The drum programming is excellent and the percussion backing tracks have been placed perfectly. The piano sound is exquisitely warm and the guitar work is spacious and Out There. The vocals are emotive and avant-garde stretching out of the confines of normality. Synthesized blips and sound collage transport us into a wonderfully warped other dimension. Listening through headphones provides full immersive experience of a masterfully claustrophobic production.

I would willingly recommend this album to anyone who is moved by crazed geniuses like Tom Waits, Beefheart, Scott Walker, Hammill, Brian Eno, Bjork or David Byrne.

Jill B. (Meter Bridge, #WEATNU)

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