Thursday, 31 October 2013

Matt Henshaw's Adventures In Wonderland: Matt Henshaw Biography 2013

Matt Henshaw's Adventures In Wonderland: Matt Henshaw Biography 2013: Matt Henshaw’s biography is already complex at the age of 26, which gives his song-writing a depth and maturity that could only have come...

Matt Henshaw biography 2013

Matt Henshaw’s biography is already complex at the age of 26, which gives his song-writing a
depth and maturity that could only have come with experience; suffering for his art and travelling a journey that has shaped and honed his skills – and it shows. Having paid his dues, he is still on his way up…and the best is yet to come.

This soul-loving, tea-drinking gardener is a singer/songwriter of some repute from Ilkeston, between Nottingham and Derby, who is now living in Leicester and taking the local music scene there by storm. His penchant for acoustic sets and original songs showcases his love of guitar and vocal – based soul & blues, demonstrating his influences of Otis Redding, Marvin Gaye, Steve Marriott and Sam Cooke, and earning him the description of ‘an old soul in a young body’. He has named his unique sound Acoustic Rhythm and Gospel, creating a new music genre and inspiring his audiences to follow the man and his music. Widely respected by his peers and well known to the gig-going audiences in the Midlands, he is now travelling the length and breadth of the UK looking to broaden his appeal, continue the journey that has taken him this far, make his mark on the national music scene, and see where the ride takes him.

His recent decision to perform as a solo artist, stripping back his unique sound to just an acoustic guitar and his superbly mellifluous voice, has already generated much interest and he can be found most evenings on a stage doing what he was born to do, guitar in hand, working his particular brand of magic; his beautiful soulful voice and ethereal guitar weaving a spell over a gathering with self-penned songs so resonant with emotion and meaning they would cause an angel to weep, leaving his audience spellbound and wanting more. This rapidly growing interest has strengthened his resolve to make himself prominent on the UK music scene, and his web-based activities on popular social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter growing his following to promote himself and his music are now paying dividends, with fans across the globe wanting more.

His superlative voice and stage presence has already won him critical acclaim from respected publications such as the NME and The Guardian; he has been featured on BBC Introducing numerous times, appears regularly on independent radio stations throughout the Midlands, and opened the main stage for Dizzy Rascal at Lovebox Festival in London after winning the NME Breakthrough Act in 2010. He was previously a founder member of Censored, a band who garnered much critical acclaim and fame throughout the Midlands, and who supported Snow Patrol, Ocean Colour Scene and We Are Scientists, also playing the Isle Of Wight & Reading and Leeds Festivals. More recently, he has collaborated with numerous artists in and around his home patch to create a unique sound with the Derby-based MC Reggiimental, which has been dubbed B-Boy Soul and which generated the widely-acclaimed album ‘Coming Around’- the most under-rated album release of this year. He has also teamed up with a former bandmate, under the name of Satsuma Elephants, to generate psychedelic rock with soulful undertones; an eclectic mix which demonstrates how successfully he can slip from genre to genre, and even create new ones, without losing integrity and which showcases his appeal to his many appreciative fans.

Matt Henshaw Biography 2010-2012

Matt Henshaw, singer-songwriter originally from Nottingham, has been in previous musical incarnations such as the band Censored, when at the tender age of 17, played Leeds, Reading and Isle Of Wight festivals, receiving substantial amount of radio airplay and supporting the likes of Snow Patrol, We Are Scientists, Supergrass, Ocean Colour Scene, Arctic Monkeys, The Bluetones and The Holloways. In true rock'n'roll style, exasperated by years of alcohol dependency, band in-fighting, struggles against the confines of unimaginative industry labelling, and the bitter dissolution of several personal relationships, he decided to go away. He spent two years where he didn't touch a guitar or sing a note, instead he wrote a novel and a series of short stories, started gardening, quit alcohol and decided to study film at university with no aspirations to sing again.
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Come Easter 2010, when he collaborated with underground UK hip-hop artist ReggiiMental almost by accident producing a full blown album named 'The Deepest Cellar' in May of 2010. The duo were then asked to play Lovebox by the NME in July and the press began making comparisons to Mike Skinner (The Streets), Mark Ronson and Jamie T . However Henshaw had a cheeky penchant for describing it as “hip-hop the new sound of Mod ... B-Boy Soul”.
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With contemporary popular artists such as Plan B and Janelle Monae adopting a similar aesthetic of mixing modern hip hop with classic soul stylings, Henshaw’s sound found itself at the forefront of a possible new genre, one he and Reggiimental christened with the moniker B-Boy Soul. With both artists being reputable names in their respective music scenes, the album quickly circulated amongst friends and peers and was picked up in the underground UK hip hop press within weeks and bigger publications shortly thereafter. In fact, NME selected Matt and four other bands over thousands of artists to compete in a public vote via their NME Breakthrough community. And thus, within two months of beginning to sing again, Matt was voted by NME readers to open the main stage at London’s Lovebox festival.
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Now an album and a couple of B-Boy Soul EPs, and a retreat of over a year to capture a bachelor’s degree in Film and Visual Arts later, Henshaw returns to do several dates over the summer/fall of his own material somewhere in between and akin to Paul Weller, Ryan Adams and Marvin Gaye, whilst recording his solo album due out sometime in 2013.

Thursday, 24 October 2013

Wednesday, 23 October 2013

Play The Game - Matt Henshaw Pop Trivia

Matt Henshaw 'Play The Game'

Recorded, Produced, Mixed & Mastered by Tristan Ivemy.

Recorded at Miloco Islington, Metropolis and Battery Studios, London, England, United Kingdom.

Vocals, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar & Slide Guitar by Matt Henshaw.
Bass & Backing Vocals by Christopher Owen.
Drums, Percussion & Backing Vocals by Chris Goring.
Piano, String & Woodwind Arrangements by Tristan Ivemy.

Pop Trivia ...
The song is about Nottingham.
The songwriter was born there, but now lives in Leicester.
The theme of the third verse is globalisation, particularly Western, American Capitalist Culture's subtle dominance of the rest of the world.
The slide guitar used in the intro was played on a vintage Fender Telecaster borrowed from Mark Ronson.
The microphones used as overheads on the drum kit at Metropolis Studios were original used as vocal mics in Abbey Road in the 1960s, notably by Sir Paul McCartney doing takes for the classic ballad 'Golden Slumbers'.
The mixing desk at Battery Studios was handled and had it's nobs twiddled in the past by legendary producers such as George Martin, Glyn Johns and Chris Thomas, and was used in the mixing of Pink Floyd's classic seminal album Dark Side of the Moon.
Tristan Ivemy now works out of The Church Studios, Crouch End, London, original an old church bought by Dave Stewart of the Eurythmics in the 1980s now owned by White Ladder, Babylon, Please Forgive Me singer songwriter David Gray.

Play The Game - Matt Henshaw Track Details ...

Matt Henshaw 'Play The Game'

Recorded, Produced, Mixed & Mastered by Tristan Ivemy.

Recorded at Miloco Islington, Metropolis and Battery Studios, London, England, United Kingdom.

Vocals, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar & Slide Guitar by Matt Henshaw.
Bass & Backing Vocals by Christopher Owen.
Drums, Percussion & Backing Vocals by Chris Goring.
Piano, String & Woodwind Arrangements by Tristan Ivemy.

Friday, 18 October 2013

Wednesday, 16 October 2013

Matt Henshaw's Adventures In Wonderland: My Life - Matt Henshaw

Matt Henshaw's Adventures In Wonderland: My Life - Matt Henshaw: Alright there?! October 2013 , where does the time go? Now seems like an appropriate time to look back on a highly creative year, let yo...

Monday, 14 October 2013

"707" performed by the "Satsuma Elephants" (+playlist)

"I Went On Holiday" performed by the "Satsuma Elephants" (+playlist)

"Creep Into The Night" performed by the "Satsuma Elephants" (+playlist)

"Always In The Way" performed by the "Satsuma Elephants" (+playlist)

Satsuma Elephants (+playlist)

(I Went On) Holiday - Satsuma Elephants (Live in Nottingham) (+playlist)

Creep Into The Night - Satsuma Elephants (Rehearsal Manoeuvres in the Da...

satsuma elephants let EVERYTHING go Live living room recording sessi...

"Yeah,yeah,yeah" performed by the "Satsuma Elephants" (+playlist)

Down - Matt Henshaw & ReggiiMental w/ Satsuma Elephants @ Godiva Festiva...

707 - "Cooking with Satsuma Elephants" Part 1 (+playlist)

Always in the Way - "Cooking with Satsuma Elephants" Part 2 (+playlist)

(I Went On) Holiday - "Cooking with Satsuma Elephants" Part 4 (+playlist)

Down - Matt Henshaw & ReggiiMental w/ Satsuma Elephants @ Godiva Festiva...

Friday, 11 October 2013

Matt Henshaw's Adventures In Wonderland: Matt Henshaw on instagram !

Matt Henshaw's Adventures In Wonderland: Matt Henshaw on instagram !: Good Day, Rainy day here in the East Midlands. And as I feel like my blog is my much neglected favourite child I'm going to start wri...

Thursday, 10 October 2013

Introducing censored. (StereoDan Productions) (+playlist)

Electric Toaster Presents... August 2008 (Censored & We Are Scientists) (+playlist)

In The Presence of the Lord by CENSORED (+playlist)

Censored - Your Eyes Are Made of Gold (+playlist)

censored. Club SOS Diary, Nottingham (+playlist)

Chris from censored. (+playlist)

censored. Club SOS Soundcheck - I Can't Take The Pain (+playlist)

The Starrlings and Censored at Club SOS, 19th May 2007 (+playlist)

Censored - Dutch Courage (street performance) (+playlist)

Censored - When You Come Along (+playlist)

Censored - Shake (+playlist)

Censored - Your Eyes are Made of Gold (+playlist)

censored - eyes are made of gold club sos, november (+playlist)

Censored "Play the Game" (StereoDan Productions) (+playlist)

Censored - When You Come Along (+playlist)

The Real Deal (2004) Censored (+playlist)

Get It On (2005) Censored (+playlist)

First Censored Film Trailer (2007) (+playlist)

Censored - Do You Feel All Right (+playlist)

Censored - Do You Feel Alright (+playlist)

Censored at Club SOS, Junktion 7 (+playlist)

Censored Leeds - Play the Game (+playlist)

Censored - Crazy Feet (+playlist)

Censored - Get It On (+playlist)

Censored - When You Come Along (+playlist)

Censored - Shake (+playlist)

Censored. "Play The Game" (Electric Toaster Entertainment) (+playlist)

Censored. "Play The Game" (Electric Toaster Entertainment) (+playlist)

Thursday, 3 October 2013

Matt Henshaw's Adventures In Wonderland: Join Team Matt Henshaw !

Matt Henshaw's Adventures In Wonderland: Join Team Matt Henshaw !: Around 1200 of you Like me on facebook , over two and a half thousand on twitter , and I'm pleased to have a good few thousand on my m...