domenica 31 luglio 2016

Julian Marley and The Uprising Band - Stockholm show

Sometimes dreams do come true. A few weeks ago our small, indipendent yet stubborn and enthusiast radio station was dreaming to have a written interview with Julian Marley for our web-site. So I contacted Julian Marley publicist, with very little hope in my heart for a positive outcome, considering what a huge name he is in the reggae and music world. At my surprise just the following day I had the kindest answer from the lovely and super professional Diane Podlock. She asked me for more details about how we usually showcase interviews and artists and finally she not only agreed on sending him my questions, but she also sent us a few songs for our playlist. Time went by and Julian was touring Europe in a tireless schedule that left him with very limited time for answering a written interview. That's when we thought that maybe we could just go to see his Stockholm show to write an article. So I wrote again to Diane and she immediately told me that we would have been their guests  to attend the show and take some good pictures . At that point I asked if it would have been possible also to have an interview with him on that day. Well things got really hectic at that point since we were about leaving for Sweden and during the trip I wouldn't have had the possibility to check my e-mails. Long story short, when we arrived in Stockholm I found out that we could have the interview. I spare you all the excitement and heartbeat and joyful screaming and take you immediately with me and Gaia ( one of the Back&Forth voices )waiting for the tour menagers Marco and Isabelle to set up the final details and the time for the interview. We patiently waited and finally the band arrived for the soundcheck. After a while Isabelle reached us and kindly asked us to keep waiting there. It was only later that she came back to us again, very sorry, because Julian Marley had to leave early from the soundcheck to go back at his hotel. But she told us that after the show we could definetly have the interview, we chatted a little bit and as Diane, she was so kind and helpful, really willing to make things work. So after a few hours touring Stockholm we went back to the Debaser and made our triumphal entrance as ''press'' in the venue. It was still empty so we spotted a nice place just in front of the stage and we stuck there with all our cameras and equipments. Around 9PM (21:00) the show started. And from that moment on it was pure magic. I am forty, I grew up listening Bob Marley (and reggae music ), dancing at his catching tunes, reflecting upon his lyrics, weeping over his ballads. Regretting to be too young to have seen him live. Well when Julian came out everything became almost surreal. One of Bob's sons was there. A top performer. An incredible artist, songwriter and musician, an excellent singer. And the spirit of reggae, of Rastafari faith was more alive than ever on that stage. And I was there, not a teenager anymore, but sharing that experience with my own doughter. A circle was closing and it was very emotional. But let's focus on the music. The Uprising  are a band of incredible skills. The quality of their music is basically perfect, they perform and support and go along Julian singing without missing a beat or showing any sign of tiredness. Huge smiles, and dance and energy flowing. And then Julian. I have hardly ever seen a performer giving so much of himself to the audience, interacting, dancing, feeling the music. The show was pure excitement and fun one moment, touching and lyrical the following, very conscious and mystical and spiritual the next. As a music lover, and for my work with RQL, I had the chance to see many bands live, but I hardly ever saw anything that close to perfection as in Stockholm.  The show lasted more than two hours, and after it ended, we indeed had the chance to interview Julian Marley. A few minutes of wisdom and love and faith shared with us with a caring and kind spirit, in spite the extreme fatigue. An experience we will never forget. The interview will be broadcasted next sunday during 'Back & Forth' from 18 to 19 (GTM+1) and it will be possible to listen to it either here on the web-radio and on air in the loviisan area on 106fm.
Once again I want to thank Diane Podlock, Isabelle and Marco, Owen Dreadie Reid ( The Uprising bass player, a delightful and big hearted man ) and Julian Marley himself.
 One love, one people, one aim, take care of one another, are not just words, but a reality which it is possible to live.

domenica 24 luglio 2016

Roots 'n' Boots !!!!!!

Hello lovely RQL friends ! How are you ? We're really well !
Yesterday we attended the Roots 'n' Boots festival and it has been amazing.  The excitement was a living presence even outside the festival area, with boots and cow-boy hats and laughs. But as soon as you crossed the entrance the positive vibes were really flowing freely in the air. The atmosphere was relaxed yet really focused on what was happening on stage, with a neverending succession of seriously great rock-country bands, raw and funny, energetic and lyrical. We already knew a couple of them : Honkatonk, who gave us their promo cd  and Jari Rattya who had an interview with us a few weeks ago and gave us his last musical effort, both of them in our playlist now. It was so good to finally see them live, amazing guys ! All the others were fantastic new experiences for us and with a few of them we already took contact for future interviews ( so stay tuned RQL friends ). The day eneded with Stacie Collins. Well, how to find words to describe her ... a rock-country storm seasoned with a killing harmonica and an energy level from out of this world. The crowd went crazy with her and everybody started dancing and taking the music alive: the epitome of a succefull festival.
As local radio we have to say that it has been a great experience to have the chance to collaborate with Roots 'n' Boots and we really hope this will be just the first of many more festival in which we hope to be more and more involved. A real big THANK YOU to Nina Haggblom and Harri Koste for their hard work, kindness and reliability: two tireless professionals with a huge love for music.

 See you next year in Roots 'n' Boots !!!!!

Stacie Collins

Rack Doll

Rack Doll

Stacie Collins

Stacie Collins

Stacie Collins

Rack Doll

Rack Doll

Rack Doll

Jari Rättyä ja Käärmekeitto

Jari Rättyä ja Käärmekeitto



martedì 19 luglio 2016

Interview with Mike Love !!!!

Hello lovely RQL friends ! How are you all ? How's this summer treating you ? Here we're finally having some sunshine and warmer weather and we're so so happy about it. Today we're hosting a great artist on our page: Mike Love all the way from Hawaii ! Mike is touring Europe at the moment but he kindly found some time to answer our questions, so thank you Mike for your kindness, we know how hectic is the touring period.

- Hello Mike, would you like to introduce yourself for our listeners\readers ?
Howzit everbody, I'm Mike

 -Which have been the most important influences in your life ?

My most important influences have been my parents, my wife, and my children. They taught me everything I know about life and myself and continue to teach me all the time.

 -Who made you to say 'I want to make music' ?

I think Jah always had a plan for me to make music, long before I was ever born into this life. As far back as I can remember I've loved making music and it's been a part of every moment of my life.

 -When did you start playing ? I noticed that you use a loop pedal to record loops live, I find it brilliant ! Why this choice ? Where did you get the idea ?

I used to play with a large 10 piece band, but it was always so hard to organize everyone and count on them all to learn their parts and everything. It was a constant source of frustration. At my wife's suggestion I started playing solo gigs. When I started using a loop pedal it opened up so many possibilities and I just ran with it. I slowly started adding musicians back into the project, but when I did, I made sure they were individuals I could count on, not only musically but emotionally as well. We're back up to a six piece band

 -You are a musician and a songwriter. What inspires you to write your music ? Can you tell us something about your creative process ?

Life inspires me. I write about things that are real, and I think I write very literally and sometimes lack the grace and style of a poet. Creatively, I believe that it's all about being open and humble. I became aware that all the melodies, rhythms, lyrics and ideas were already out there in the Universe and we are sometimes just lucky enough to be able to have some of them come together in a unique and touching way through the musical gifts we've been given in this life. When I realized that, the inspiration just started flowing, and it hasn't stopped since.

 -Which messages you try to take forth with your music ?

Positive messages, of course! I believe music is a tool for healing and awakening. The messages that come through are ones of reconnecting with Mama Nature, with a more natural life, and waking up to the system of control we're all a part of and breaking out of it.

-And what do you want to achieve with your music ?

I can only hope for more of what I've already witnessed. I've seen so much healing, awakening and unification come from this music, it's truly wondrous and honoring to behold.

 -I know you have your own indipendent record label 'Love not war Records ' ( I love the name ! ) which released your albums. Why this choice ?

Everyone always told me I should call my record "Mike Love Not War". It always seemed a bit too obvious. Then one day when I was putting the final touches my first album, I realized I needed a name for my record label and Love Not War Records popped out and that was it.

 - Let's talk about your albums: "The change I'm seeking" "Jah will never I alone " "Love will find a way " and the upcoming EP  "Love overflowing ". What's behind each of them ? Could you pick one favourite song in each album ?

On The Change I'm Seeking my favorite is Distant Travelers. I wrote this song about my wife and I always look forward to playing it at shows because it makes me feel more connected to her when I'm traveling around the world playing music. On Jah Will Never my favorite is Heartbeat. I wrote the lyrics about my amazing parents who raised me with all of the peaceful ideals I hold close to me today and try to teach my children. The song just has such a vibe, I love how the recording came out. On Love Will Find a Way the title track is the one. With all the unique voices and the message, it was a vision I had that just became so much more than I even imagined it would be. I was so honored to have Paula, Nahko and Trevor share in that moment with me. On the Love Overflowing EP, there's a song, Three Mirrors, that I love because it's so different from anything else I've done. It's a song that slowly was written over the course of more than ten years and it just seemed to fit in the collection, so I recorded it, and in the end it became my favorite on the album.

-You have been touring\sharing stage\playing with Trevor Hall,  Xavier Rudd, Nahko, Mike Franti and many more. Such great conscious artists which I personally love and admire. Do you want to tell us about these amazing experiences ?

Playing music with and just sharing space and hanging out with these guys have been some of the funnest times of my life. I'm so inspired by each of them and feel so honored and blessed to work with such talented and tapped in individuals.

 -Have you ever been in Europe ? 

I haven't been to Europe since I was sixteen, on a trip with my parents, so it's been quite a while. This is my first European tour playing music this July, 2016.
( Here the link at Mike's touring schedule)

 -Which are your immediate plans ? 

Well, we have 2 more weeks in Europe, then 3 weeks in the U.S.  After that I return home and spend some much needed time with my family. We do have a number of festivals and small tours left in the U.S. and Canada to fill out the rest of the year. I also plan to get back into the studio and start working on my next full length album.

 - Mike, let's pretend I'm the genius of the lamp. You can make three wishes. Which ones they are ?

Ha, I don't really make wishes. I try to just live in the moment, take life as it is and go with the flow. If you wish for things you never quite get what you want, and then you spend so much time fretting about it that you miss what's all around you that's probably better than what you wished for in the first place.

 -Mike tell our listeners and readers where they can follow you (social networks, web-site ) and where they can buy your music.

My music is available in digital form on iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, etc. and you can get hard copies on my site or at shows.
My Facebook is mikelove808 ,  Instagram is @mikelovemusic and twitter is @mikelovehawaii

Once again thank you so much Mike for this interview, it has been great to get to know you better, and thank you for your incredible music. We wish you all the best for your future.

Interview: Flavia Maldarizzi

giovedì 14 luglio 2016

Happy Birthday RQL !!!!!

Hello lovely people out there ! Today is a very special day for us at RQL106 because this incredible adventure started exactly two yers ago. Two years filled with joy and struggles, with laughter and mostly music. The biggest gift our beloved radio station has given to us as family has been the chance to meet so many incredible people that today we're proud to call friends. This is the power of music, music as a way to connect people, to overcome differences to rejoice all together and maybe dance. We all need, as human race, more and more unity and joy, and RQL has been trying and will keep trying to fullfill this vision for many years to come. Thank you to all our listeners, our readers, the bands and singers who supported us in these two incredible years !
Happy Second Birthday RQL106 !!! See you on sunday from 17:30 to 19:00 for a very special show !

mercoledì 6 luglio 2016

Trevor Hall interview

Hello lovely RQL friends ! In this rainy summer so many good things are happening in our little realm that makes our own sun shine bright. Today I'm here with a new interview to a singer\songwriter who is really dear to me: Trevor Hall ! If you don't know him already I strongly advise to check him out, because you're missing a real gem.

-Hello Trevor, It's so great to host you here on our web-site ! Would you like to introduce yourself for our listeners\readers ?
Bless! Hey everyone ... my name is Trevor Hall and I'm a musician from the US. Glad to be speaking with you. 

-When did you start playing\singing?
I started playing when I was really young. My dad plays the drums and there are pictures of me in my diapers banging away on them. Music was always around the house and it was a natural direction for me to pursue.  

-How would you describe your music ?
It's a mash up of a bunch of different styles ... mostly acoustic, reggae, rock, and folk. It has a lot of spiritual undertones. Growing up I was really inspired by Bob Marley and Ben Harper ... so there is a lot of that influence in the music.  

-What inspires you writing your music ? Can you tell us something about your creative process ?
Music is LIFE! For me, it is inseparable for the everyday. The inspiration could come in any place and at any time. My job is to listen. Most people think I am a player of music ... but I look at myself as more of a listener. I am listening to what's being told to me. When I'm out of the way and I allow the music to come through ... it is one of my favorite feelings in the whole world. 

-Which message can we find in your lyrics ?
Each song carries something different ... but I think one main theme is to look within. There is something more. That's what I think the lyrics point to. Of course there are those messages of love and peace and all that stuff. But for me, the important message is to look within. 

- We read that you often visit India, would you like to tell us how these visits have been changing and shaping you during the years ?
India has changed my life. Traveling there year after year and investing myself into that culture has naturally shaped my music and person. India is a land of saints and sages. Bathing in their wisdom has changed the course of my river. I am forever grateful. 

-Let's talk about KALA now ! Such engaging tunes yet sweet and soothing. Truly a gem in our opinion.
Thank you! KALA was a really great project for me. The word "KALA" means "time" in the ancient sanskrit language of India. It was inspired by my grandmother who one day said to me, "Isn't time such a wonderful gift?" That was an interesting idea for me, as I have always looked on time as a pressure and a burden. But through her gentle words, she transformed my outlook and the songs on KALA are an expression of those experiences. 

- Is there any artist whom you would like to work with ? Or that you already worked with and it is especially dear to you ?
I've been very blessed to have worked with a wide variety of artists. All of them have inspired me in different ways. Off the top of my head, I would love to work with Bjork. I have been a huge fan of hers since high school and it has always been a dream. Other than that, I'm not sure at the moment.  

-Which is your favourite song among yours ? And you favourite song ever ?
It depends. When I'm alone, my favorite song is different than when I'm playing on stage for a bunch of people. When we play live, I love playing a song called "My Beating Heart." It really just puts me in a space and really gets me going. When I'm alone, I love playing Kabir II or Samaya.  

-Will you tour Europe in the next future ? And what about Finland, have you ever been here ?
I have never been to Europe! I want to go so bad and we are really hoping to get something on the book soon.  

-If you could make a wish, which one it would be ?
To have full surrender.  

-Where can we follow you and where can we buy your music ?

Thank you so much Trevor for this lovely interview, we really wish you all the best for your career, keep up the excellent work you're doing and thank you most of all for your fantastic music.

All the pictures  from
Interview from Flavia Maldarizzi, RQL