For all their hard-won stature, Muse are, in mainstream pop media terms, the band that rose without trace – and that’s the way they like it. ‘I’m still really surprised,’ says Bellamy about the band’s decade-plus of ever-increasing success. ‘We haven’t had massive hits, so it is based on something other than radio play.’
But while the songs have expanded to fit the space available,Bellamy is keen to avoid putting the creative cart ahead of the horse. ‘With quite a few of the songs on the last two albums, you think about how to play them live. If anything, I’m trying to avoid doing that now, because I don’t want to do the same thing again.
When singing sensation Mike Hough popped in to M HQ for a chat, he also performed two fantastic acoustic songs. You can watch Mike rip through his new single Hero and give a great version of These Notes.
In this final part of M's interview with Tony Moore, the creator and host of legendary songwriter showcase nights at The Bedford and the Kashmir Club gives invaluable advice for budding artists on getting their first gigs, promotion and the DNA of a great song.
19-year-old Mike Hough has made a huge impact in the UK and internationally through an In an unorthodox route: recording covers of renowned songs from the comfort of his own home. East London born Mike began broadcasting the recordings on his YouTube Channel across the globe - leading to recognition from not only millions of online viewers but also major acclaim from the artists whose songs he had covered.
Galia Durant is in electronica duo Psapp with Carim Clasmann. They create unique music from toys. Cosy in the Rocket is the main theme on the TV series Grey's Anatomy, and their songs have been used in hit TV shows The OC, Nip/Tuck and Sugar Rush. Third album The Camel's Back is out now.
M spent some time with Tony Moore – the creative spirit behind the eclectic selection of live music four nights a week music at The Bedford in Balham, which is a mecca for songwriters and lovers of new music alike.