Sunday, 31 May 2015

MODESTEP LAUNCHES SEARCH FOR UNDISCOVERED DJ WITH RELENTLESS ‘HERE TO BE HEARD’


 Relentless presents Here To Be Heard – the ultimate and unrivalled platform to showcase emerging musical talent continues. Having successfully launched the search for the next up-and-coming band with Everything Everything, Relentless has now enlisted Modestep to find the UK’s next big, unsigned DJ.

Here to be Heard is back with a bang for its third year. This time, however, the competition is judged by a group of guys who know a thing or two about the music industry. Kicking off the search for the talented DJ that has yet to be discovered is none other than the brilliant Modestep.

Created to give acts additional exposure to be recognised, Here to be Heard is offering one DJ act an amazing springboard for their career. The victorious DJ will win the money-can’t-buy opportunity to play live in front of thousands at the iconic Relentless stage at Leeds festival, playing on the same night as Modestep.

Modestep, the London-based dubstep and electronic rock band, fresh from dropping their stunning new album, ‘London Road’ will be judging the DJ competition. In addition, the five shortlisted DJs with will receive an exclusive masterclass with renowned global music school, Point Blank, to refine their skills even further before an overall winner is chosen by the public.

The mentorship experience will ensure the finalists enter the final stage of the competition with the best chance of winning but will also be an opportunity for them to glean as much advice from the Point Blank team.

With a brand new album and a whole host of chart success to their names, Modestep’s unique genre-defying style makes them perfectly placed to judge and mentor this year’s Here to be Heard DJ  competition.

Speaking about the campaign, Modestep DJ, Tony Friend, said: “We’re always on the lookout for new talent and Relentless’ Here To Be Heard Campaign is an amazing platform for upcoming artists to be discovered. We’re looking forward to meeting some of the entrants and helping them along their way as best we can.” 

The band pillar of the competition, which is being judged by Everything Everything is still open, with the deadline for entries on the 12th June.

Since its inception, Here to be Heard was designed to support those that have the energy, commitment and passion to Be Relentless. If you are relentless at what you do, this could become your once in a lifetime moment.  Enter here: RelentlessHTBH.com

Visit RelentlessHTBH.com for further information and to enter.
SHARE:

Sophie Eggleton Interviews While She Sleeps at Slam Dunk 2015



SHARE:

Sophie Eggleton Interviews Millencolin at Slam Dunk 2015


SHARE:

Sophie Eggleton Interviews Taking Back Sunday at Slam Dunk 2015


SHARE:

BTS: Young Guns and DJ BBQ create the Ultimate Veggie Burger


SHARE:

Saturday, 30 May 2015

DATING A BAND GUY: THE TRUTH....CONTINUED




Continued from my previous post.....Here are some more reason's why dating a guy in a band isn't easy....

Booking Holidays….

It’s quite weird when you have to run the mere idea of a holiday past management/pr’s to check that your partner has permission to take time out of the band schedule. Due to Simon’s touring I was only given two possible weeks within the summer months which I could book a holiday. I had to make a sacrifice and turn down a work opportunity or I wouldn’t get a holiday with my bf for the third summer running. Of course the only week we ended up being able to do turns out to be peak time. So for reason’s out of my control I am having to spend more money than I wanted to. But, what can you do?

Organising and choosing this holiday when you are in the UK and your partner is in the US isn’t easy either…..just thinking about it is stressing me out again. I finally booked a trip to one of my bucket list destinations Santorini. Because my flights were pricey I had to book a slightly grim hotel….but you have to make compromises, and I am very lucky that I am getting to go away.


Will you be bringing a guest?

My very dry inactive single days frustratingly coincided with a period of my life where I was going to 7/8 weddings a year. The majority of my friends were married, sprogged and coupled up. I’d be the added extra on the table, and would get the pity slow dance with the cousin or uncle (sometimes auntie) or my friends would temporarily donate their partner to give me a spin on the dance floor. I was the wedding charity project. When I secured a 3D human, living, male partner thingy I thought those days were long gone…..sadly not. People need to know number well in advance, so they can sort out the table plans, inform the caterers etc. Si can never tell me for sure one way or the other whether he will be free, or in the country so on the whole I have to decline the plus one on the rsvp. Sometimes when you go to events on your own knowing that you have a partner, it feels a lot lonelier than being a single independent person going to an event.


‘He could do better’

If you date a frontman or a prominent member of a band you are instantly held up to scrutiny. Are you as beautiful as his last gf? Are you hot, cool or nice enough for him? I’ve experienced it to a very minor degree…Only a couple of comments here and there over the years, one being that his ex was much hotter than me, and another saying that he can’t like me that much because he flirts with other people. I don’t know how girls who date hugely successful famous people deal with the inundations of attention and judgements that are the norm in 2015. It’s gone nuts in my opinion. Thanks to instagram and twitter music fans have a greater insight into the personal lives of the musicians they love, which for me has detracted from what should be important…and that’s the music. You see people idolising people purely because they are beautiful and/or partner of people in bands. Which is absurd when you think about it….(for more on this subject watch my video about idols on my channel). When you decide to date someone, you expect to be judged and assessed by their family and perhaps their good buddies. Having to accept that you are also being judged my a very passionate and potentially million strong fan-base can be a terrifying prospect. I have a lot of admiration for the girls that manage to do it with such grace and calm. I wish people that did pass judgement on the girlfriends realise that they only know a percentage of the being that is the band member, what they put out on stage, in interviews, through their music, and during meet and greets. You don’t always know how great, or not great, the person really is. So before you judge a band gf/partner consider they might be dealing with more ‘stuff’ that you have realised.




‘Sorry to bother you….but’

I thought I’d be over my socially awkward phase a long time ago, but alas, I still find setting like festivals and gigs hugely successful at anxiety building. I will often have my head down, try and avoid eye contact and droop my hair over my face. When you are walking around with someone that is drawing attention, or is easily recognised, you can imagine how sweaty and hive-ey I get!

It’s fine with Simon, he gets approached for the odd picture and chat, but all the YG fans and lovely
people and some are actually twitter friends of mine so its all good. With past people though it has made me hugely uncomfortable, particularly when people approach at time when it is clearly not appropriate or polite to - perhaps mid row, or when you are having a private romantic dinner for instance. I’m always worried they will see my spotty skin or under eye bags and realise how helpful those instagram filters have been!

Guest areas at some festivals, particularly Download for instance, is pretty lax too. They used to be safe zones, where bands could relax and be off duty - these days they are getting more pestered for selfies or being filmed on phones,  because people that aren’t working are gaining passes. Most bands are gents and will happily chat and pose, but people should be mindful that this is where they need to unwind and prepare for set, or decompress after a show.

Backstage Ballin'

Since viewing Waynes World as a kid, I thought I’d like to head backstage and have my own Alice Cooper moment. Sadly the reality is very different, in the UK at least. Our venues aren’t the most glam - pretty dingy and decrepit on the most part. We’ve enjoyed rider tales about artists requesting kittens, certain coloured M and Ms and so on…. these days bands just want beer, some water….and vegan eats. I was rather impressed by Charlie Simpson’s Chipotle order though and on occasion bands let me get stuck into their chocs/sweets. WIN!

When I’m there as a guest of the boyf it generally isn’t particularly fun. You feel in the way and a bit of an inconvenience to be honest. There doesn’t seem to be any suitable place to situate yourself. You also feel very conscious that you are in the way of the roadies, or stopping the lads from getting in their pre gig mental zone. When a gig hasn’t gone to plan the vibe in dressing rooms is not something you want to witness or be a part of either.

Like I said with the side of stage thing….out in the venue in with the crowd is where the real fun is.



The Future is…..

Unfortunately being in a popular band doesn’t equal money these days. It’s very tough to make a decent living out of music, particularly rock music. So get rid of those preconceptions about rock and riches….they are redundant in 2015 (unless you’re Coldplay, U2, Muse etc). I do worry about whether we will ever be able to afford to buy a house, support kids etc….that said I think that is a general worry for our generation. I also worry about being a mother, being left at home pregnant and hormonal, about having to raise the kids on my own while my partner is on tour, who will simultaneously be frustrated and sad they are missing all the life landmarks (first smile, first walk etc). I guess I’ve learned that planning and worrying about planning is futile….I’ve got to go with the flow, and make it up as I go along!



Three’s A Crowd

There will always be three things in this relationship- you, them, and the band. You will also have to deal with the fact that the band will often come before you. If you know that you tend to be on the needy end of the gf spectrum this is definitely not the situation for you.

The Return

One of the key things in making this type of relationship working is making sure you are essentially an independent person, who doesn’t NEED a man in their life, and who can fill their days with work and life when they are away. When they come home after a long stint on the road, they quite rightly and understandably want to spend quality time with you. Sometimes it’s hard to adapt your life and schedule when they return, because you’ve got so used to a day to day without them around. This for me is one of the hardest thing to juggle. I am yet to master it.


But.....for love you put up with things. If you can't imagine your life without them you find a way to deal with the sacrifices and stresses and try your darndest to make it work.

Love isn't dictated by rules - what's easiest, what make sense, what's logical.... You may fall for a guy that comes with baggage or things that scare you, but that doesn't mean you should run.

Despite all the things I've said I've let a lovely chap into my life and heart (vom) and I wouldn't want to deter any of you for doing the same. If you fall for a guy, who just happens to be in a band, then go for it, and I wish you well. It won't be easy but hopefully it will be worth it. The goal should be just to find a guy, with whatever job, that makes you happy. They should be a lovely bonus in your life.




SHARE:

DATING A BAND GUY : THE TRUTH




Every time I see someone tweet/instagram/comment saying they wish they could date (insert famous band person’s name) I want to send them an extensive rant. If they really considered what it would involve on a day to basis would it still be an appealing prospect? 

These humans have been put on a  pedestal because of the songs they write/perform, but essentially they are the same as us…..just with a job that means that are away a large chunk of the year,  are faced with constant temptation, and rarely have any money. Hardly dream life partner material….

Relationships are tough at the best of times. Actively seeking out a relationship that has extra hurdles, difficulties and stresses is bonkers. Rather that embellish and enhance the idea that being band WAG is cool or glamorous, I want to give you truth.

P.S I’m not saying you shouldn’t date someone in a band, but the goal should be finding someone you connect on a human level. I understand creative/successful/adored people can be sexy….but once that fades you got to be happy with what’s left.



Who’s that in that picture? Who’s that girl you follow on Instagram?


I am very lucky I don’t have to worry about this in my current relationships, but in the past this has been a hellish thing to deal with . Long distance relationships in general are a nightmare if you are in one that lacks trust. You can find yourself looking through their tweets, their instagram comments etc and overthinking everything you see, creating up scenarios about what they may be doing, and with who. If you find yourself doing this and working yourself up, you either need to work on the reason why you mistrust the partner, or work out why you are insecure (often its because you had an cheating ex). ‘Famous’ people are getting complimented all the time, surrounded by yes people, and approached by people offering themselves on a plate. Sometimes this goes to their heads, but sensible people surround themselves with people that bring them back down to earth. But the point I was making is you have to be confident and relaxed in the fact that your partner won’t take these offers up. If you have that fear your life will be a misery - you’d be constantly worried about every fan photo you saw or amorous tweet sent in their direction. But it’s not a one way thing either. I’ve known of  guys getting annoyed when they see that their girl at home has been hanging out with guys (friends). TRUST IS EVERYTHING!

I’m an individual you know!?

There are some people who are known primarily for being the gf/bf of their famous other half. I’m sure there are some people who can deal with this, and even embrace it. I know in some situations, people reason that it is a position of worth because of the glamorous/rich lifestyle that comes with being that given person’s partner. They like that they can attend certain events, buy certain things, and be treated a certain way because of who they date or are married to.
I’m not really interested in being thought of as cool (clearly), and apart from the odd person who has turned me into something very melty and bumbling (Dave Grohl that’s you) I am generally not fussed about meeting celebrities (you will notice I don’t often take selfies with so called ‘famous’ people I meet and rarely go to after-parties) - so the lifestyle side of it doesn’t really have any pull. I’ve digressed a bit here….but what I’m saying is that I don’t really embrace the title of being someone’s gf, someone’s plus 1. I want to be known as Sophie Eggleton, for better or worse. Not just as the partner of someone who is far more interesting to you. I would hate it if people only watched my videos, or read my blogs, because of who I go out with. if you find me via that reason then super…..but I hope you stay because you relate to what I say or do.

Time Difference

When they are travelling the world you quite often find yourself and opposing ends of the clock. When you at the end of the day and wanting to head to dreamland, they are wanting to chat and expect and alert and expressive response. When you are in the midst of meeting deadlines, they are wanting you to be lovey dovey on Whatsapp. You get the jist. The fact that you are out of sync makes contact a stressful thing. You end up getting ratty with eachother, even though it’s no ones fault - your just not currently aligned in terms of time.


I CANT HEAR YOU!!

Another aspect of communicating when situated in different parts of the world is dire phone reception. When the band are travelling in remote areas with extensive stretches on the open road you often have to admit defeat. Some smaller or more run down venues abroad have very weak wifi, so talking over viber ends up being a shouting match and the delays mean you end up talking over each other the whole time. Oh and then soundcheck happens and you suddenly have a rock band to contend with on top of the wobbly reception, and Eurovision style delay.



‘Oh she’s clearly a Slag’

There are girls there linger around bands, hang around backstage areas, and flirt with tour managers/merch guys/pr’s etc to gain passes or access to the band members they fancy - who unfortunately effect how other girls in the industry, or girls interested in rock music are perceived.
I have nothing against women who enjoy sex and being active as a singleton, I am very much someone who think ‘each to their own’, and if that’s what you wanna do then crack on. But it is a shame that certain behaviour impacts the overall perception of women and rock music.

Knowing people’s views on that sort of behaviour used to affect my dating behaviour. I used to be very staunch about the fact that I wouldn’t date anyone in a band/industry because I was so desperate to be taken seriously and respected doing the work I do. I would turn down dates or back out of situations with band members and/or industry people….which resulted in a very dry single life and turning away people who may have well been lovely romantic partners. Then someone said to me that I was being ridiculous. They told me to think about how many of my friends (who work in different industries) have found partners through work, and why should it be any different for me. They were of course correct. Work takes up most of my time, and most of the people I was meeting were within music, so it was highly likely I would find a connection with someone in a band or in the music world. I would have to give music types people a chance or I would likely never meet anyone. So I adapted my screening process and decided not to vito people just because they’re in a band, in the hope that people know who I am and what I am about, and know that I was in it for the right reason. I got pretty burned with one guy, who proved to tick all the horrible rock-star stereotypes and treated me like a piece of dirt. That said I tried to remember that you get good and bad people in all walks of life, so not all music people will be bad eggs - I am now with someone who is kind, sensitive and respectful.

I can count on one hand the amount of people I’ve ‘you know what’ed’ and I’ve never had a one night stand. So before you judge women who may have been called ‘band sluts’ , remember it is highly unlikely you know the real or full story. Shaming of any kind is a waste of time and horribly negative anyway.

It’s funny though, when I think about it I’ve always connected with creatives and music types. Even at school I hung out with the naughty boys or the guys in bands. I don’t know whether we connect in terms of an interest in music, art, film etc…..part of me thinks many of these boys were tortured and troubled and thought that I may be able to offer some comfort, as I have always had a tendency to want to fix people. Perhaps they just wanted to corrupt me…who knows?

Side-stage Instagram wanker

I know it appears to be an awesome way to enjoy a rock show, but the reality is the sound is atrocious. Okay, the first time you are on a high, busy enjoying the wave of feeling a bit privileged to be allowed to watch from the side of the stage. That quickly fades when you realise you can only hear the drums and the vocals are pretty much a murmur. So if you are a genuine music fan, and want to appreciate the music in its full glory, being out there in the front, in the thick of the atmosphere, is the way to do it right.





There’s not such thing as down-time….

Full time bloggers will know this already….there is always work to be done. The same goes for guys in bands. Even when fans think the bands are on a break from tour or studio, I can guarantee there is a lot going on behind the scenes. The group whatsapp conversations debating various big and small decisions is an ongoing thing….often into the early hours. There are always socials to be updating and ‘out of office’ is not an allowed function. You have to accept that even on the days which have been pencilled as ‘off’ days or ‘us’ time, they will be distracted at regular intervals.

Continue to Part 2....where I rant a bit more
SHARE:

Friday, 29 May 2015

I ATTEMPT THE LYNN GUNN OF PVRIS HAIR-STYLE




I don't attempt to do many beauty tutorial type videos, mainly because I am frankly dreadful at hair and make up. I thought I'd give this a go, as I met the lovely Lynn last weekend, and got to admire her trademark hair style up close.

The video shows me attempting the look for the first time, so you'll see my mistakes in terms of technique and products. I hope that the fact that I managed to create a look that partially resemembles the young frontwoman's coiff will give fellow useless groomers some hope! 

Enjoy....or press the thumbs down...I can't stop you!


















SHARE:

SECRET CINEMA / REBELX STORES LAUNCH PARTY


Secret Cinema announces the official launch of the RebelX Stores in East London. The Stores will stock equipment and supplies for members of the Rebel Alliance (Secret Cinema Star Wars ticket holders) in the lead up to and during the largest immersive event of the Summer - SECRET CINEMA presents STAR WARS: THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK taking place from 4th June – 27th September 2015.

In keeping with the Star Wars theme, the Rebel Stores will give visitors a first insight into the world created for Secret Cinema’s Summer epic. Managed by Rebel operatives, the Stores will remain open throughout the Summer months and become a place for members of the Alliance to purchase apparel for their journey into space, discover RebelX tactics and learn how to gain access to the nearby secret Rebel base.

In conjunction with the Stores, Secret Cinema’s secret communications network (www.rebelxbase.co) will give ticket holders exclusive access to a digital ether-world created by RebelX. The website will transmit the latest news from the Rebel Alliance with dedicated Radio and Video transmissions and a chatroom to connect rebels from all over the world.

Ticket holders will receive a code allowing them to register and retrieve their personalised RebelX ID card. The card will inform them of their rank, name and required dress code within the Rebel Alliance. Once registered, an interactive map will allow Rebels to find other members of the Alliance in their neighbourhood and to connect via the chatroom. RebelX website registrations are compulsory for the validation of tickets and to collect assigned characters for Secret Cinema’s presentation of Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back. The website currently counts 20,000 registrations.

The Rebel Stores opening hours are: Tuesday - Saturday 11am-8pm; Sunday 11am-6pm.

Rebel Stores
16 Cheshire Street
London E2 6EH

Launched in tandem with the Rebel Stores, the new Secret Nightclub in the London territories will be accessible exclusively to those who have bought a ticket to the current Secret Cinema production. Opening hours for members of the Rebel Alliance are Thursday to Saturday, 8.30pm – 01.30am, and Sundays 1pm – 10pm. Audiences will receive a transmission from RebelX with details on the secret location of the Cantina.

SECRET CINEMA presents STAR WARS: THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK takes place from 4th June – 27th September 2015Tickets are available here: www.secretcinema.org/tickets
ABOUT SECRET CINEMA













































SHARE:
© Sophie Eggleton. All rights reserved.
Blogger templates by pipdig