Interview | Piano Rock ‘n Roller James Sayer

Interview | Piano Rock ‘n Roller James Sayer

James Sayer  is a pianist, singer / songwriter, session player and recording artist, originally from Birmingham, UK. It were  artist like Jerry Lee Lewis and Elton John who inspired him in playing  piano Rock n Roll songs. It is a sound James Sayer fits perfectly. He is noteworthy for his tight boogie rhythms and pure voice, you will  hear this back perfectly in his cover version of “Whole Lotta Shakin’  Goin On”.

James moved to London in 2012 where he became a gigging musician, performing almost every night in piano bars, clubs and pubs. In London James met American producer, Alan Glass and they started working together in early 2015. He currently works on the recording of his first full length ablum.

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Currently recording an album

James Sayer released his debut single “Takin Back My Love” in the summer of 2016. It is now waiting for the release of his full length album which is planned to be in stores in early 2017. I spoke with James about recording, his inspiration, the future and the Music scene in London.

How did you experience the recordings for this new album?

I love recording in the studio! I record all my music in the old fashioned way. All the instruments are real and I record my piano/vocals live with my bass player and drummer. We then overdub other instruments, such as the horn section, Hammond Organ and Guitar. This way of recording takes time and is costly but I love the results when trying to capture rock n roll music! I also record all my piano played on an upright piano – I love the sound it gives on my records.

New Single  – “Taking Back My Love” 

How do you like the coorperation with Robert Strauss and other producers so far?

I love working with producers in the studio. Robert Strauss is great and he runs such a brilliant studio. It’s called ‘Wax Recording Studio’ and it’s a dream for any musician. A real piano, fender rhodes and just a great energy about the place. Recording a great track always needs a great producer – Rob always gets the best performance out of me. He makes me think differently about my approach during sessions. I have also worked with a guy called Alan Glass. We co-wrote my debut track ‘Taking Back My Love’. Alan is a brilliant songwriter/producer.

What rock ‘n roll music do you listen most at t13882655_1234276763291472_2635434645970342553_nhe moment?

I’m a bit of an Elton John addict – I love the gospel and soul in his music and he’s such a brilliant live performer. One of the other artists I’m really into at the moment is a guy called ‘Jamie Lidell’. He’s such a talent and his album ‘Jim’ has been such an inspiration for me.
I also get great inspiration from Michael McDonald – his voice is the greatest, in my opinion. I love the Rolling Stones and Tina Turner – there’s such an energy to their music.

What are your future plans in music?

I just love playing and recording music. I want to tour, gig and record as much as I can and reach new fans!

How do you experience the  old school rock ‘n roll music scene in London or other places?

In London I play in many live music venues and piano bars. One of the great places I play at is called ‘Charing Cross Theatre’. The place has a real white baby grand piano and I play loads of rock n roll music in there! Another great venue is called ‘Ain’t nothing but’ in Soho. It’s a real Blues venue with some great musicians playing there nightly.

I like the piano Rock ‘n Roll sound James delivers. His inspiration from artist like Jerry Lee and Elton John are noticable in his songs. I personaly would like to hear the James Sayer version of Elton John’s “Saturday Night’s Alright for Fightning”, it would kick ass! 

Listen en follow James Sayer via his Website, Facebook and Twitter for more of his music!


Photo Credit: James Sayer and the original Photographer

Blended Surf Rock ‘N Roll by Dead Ghosts

Blended Rock ‘N Roll by Dead Ghosts

Mix Garage, Surf, Rockabilly, Punk and a little bit of Rhythm and Blues into a Rock ‘n Roll blender and you will come close to the sound of Dead Ghosts from Vancouver, Canada. Their  strength lays in it seems the ease they play their songs with. Over the Years they released several albums of which their latest “Love And Death And All The Rest” . 

On their bandpage’s you will read that Dead Ghosts have a “Rauchy lo-fi recording style, country-esque vibes, “sweet guitar pluck-and-jangle,” driving rhythms, and the occasional Back From The Grave feel is the basic make up of their songs”.

It’s Up To You, Can’t Get No and Rat Race

Their songs are very well arranged. “It’s Up To You” Is a perfect example of Dead Ghosts music. The raw vocals and the sixties guitar match perfectly, above that all you will find a groove that fits summer and surfing times. Think of bands like the Surftones, Duane Eddy and Dick Dale.

“Can’t Get No” is the title track of their similar album released in 2013. this song is as fast as a highspeed train and contains some killer guitar riffs. “Rat Race” contains some of the finest melodies you will find in lyrics nowadays. Listen below and experience for yourself! This songs brings a feelgood groove to you livingroom, bar, car or porch and  the only thing I experienced was the disappointment this song ended so quick.

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Other songs worth listening are “Roky Said”, “I Wan’t You Back” and “When It Comes To You”, which is remarkable or the leading guitar riff. But above that all you will find soulful melodic vocals built on a standard rock ‘n roll Riff.

I hope you get the feeling, the Dead Ghosts bring a fresh garage groove to modern Rock ‘n Roll and that is what we really need more. I like that they blend the great sound of sixties Garage, Surf and Rock into a new sound and I’m looking forward hearing more on vinyl from this band.

Photo Credit: Album cover of Love And Death And All The Rest by DEAD GHOSTS. Credit to Dead Ghosts and the designer of the cover.

Song of The Day: Buzz Buzz Buzz by the Hollywood Flames

Song of The Day: Buzz Buzz Buzz by the Hollywood Flames

This Rhythm and Blues band from Watts, Los Angeles was formed in 1957. Over the years these guys went through a variety of names. Like: Four Flames, Hollywood Four Flames, Jets, Ebbtides and satallites. The song above this article however was their biggest hit. Buzz Buzz Buzz was released in 1957 on Ebb Records. 

Flames founding member Bobby Byrd

Buzz Buzz Buzz was written by founding Member Bobby Byrd who also had a solo career as Bobby Day. He had a big hit with classic Rock ‘n Roll song Rockin’ Robin.

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Songs of American Roots band Carolina Chocolate Drops

Songs of American Roots band  Carolina Chocolate Drops

Like their band name suggests the Carolina Chocolate Drops hail from North Carolina where they bring us roots music. Their songs are like a a cocktail in a mix of Blues, Jug band, String band, bluegrass and country. This Grammy award winning band is worth listening for many reason.

Discography and Hall Of Fame

Since 2005 the Carolina Chocolate Drops released several albums including: Heritage (2005), Dona Got A Ramblin’ Mind (2006),  Genuine Negro Jig (2010), Luminescent Orchestrii (2011) and Leaving Eden (2012). This march (2016) the Carolina Chocolate Drops announced they will be inducted into the North Carolina Music Hall Of Fame! 

Well what can you expect from such a high rising band. On the band website you’ll read that the Chocolate Dropas are “Armed with banjos, fiddles, guitars, jugs, kazoos, spoons and various other percussive “instruments,”. They also  like to cover some classic roots songs, and my favorite is Hank Williams‘ “Please Don’t Tell Me You Love Me”.

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