• INTERVIEWED: LIFE AT THE ARCADE

    Welcome to Interviewed, a series of chats and discussions with artists, musicians, bloggers and creators all over the world.

    Today we’re joined by Liverpool based indie band, Life At The Arcade!

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    The last few weeks have been wild for this lot, on top of completing a UK tour seeing them play in some of the country’s most beloved venues, and see them stopping at every service station along the way to survive, they’ve finally been able to release their long-awaited debut EP From The Basement. I had the pleasure of seeing these lads perform at Liverpool’s iconic Zanzibar Club a couple of weeks back, to put it succintly, these guys killed it. A hometown show isn’t the easiest to play, but they filled out the venue, had the people dancing all night and cheering non-stop. Life At The Arcade made a tiny venue feel like a stadium, everything they did reeked of a band that’s having a long-awaited major homecoming, not a band that’s freshly dropped their first EP.

     

    Without rattling on about the show, let’s get into the interview with Paddy of Life At The Arcade.

    D: You guys have just come off of a UK tour, a banging one, how was tour life? And how was it to play the Zanzibar, one of the best venues in Liverpool?
    P: Our tour was class. I think we are masters of the service station meal deals now, we know what’s the best and what to avoid (the Tesco chicken mayo’s are belters).
    D: The Zanzibar is probably the most prestigious venue in Liverpool and to pack it out like we did, we couldn’t of been any happier.
    On that note, what is your favourite venue in Liverpool? It’s hard to top the Zanzibar.
    P: There’s loads of great venues in Liverpool at the moment, however the newly opened ‘Jacaranda Phase One’ has a great vibe and it’s quickly becoming the hub to go to in Liverpool at the
    moment.

    Lisbon’s Top Street Art

    Getting lost in Lisbon isn’t as scary as it sounds. Lisbon is a city boasting rich architecture, pastel buildings and hidden gems around every corner. As a city famed for its street art, you can expect to find glorious paintings on the side of a shop as you would in a modern art museum, it keeps you on your toes, keeps your eyes constantly moving and gives you an experience you can only have in Lisbon.

    You can make your search for street art a priority, or you can stumble across it as you go, the latter of which is what we opted for. You’d be surprised just how easily you’ll end up running into famous pieces of art when stumbling from attraction to attraction, or in my case, from pastel de nata to pastel de nata.

    Here are some areas to check out:

    Mouraria

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    My Year in Music

    Oh it’s the most wonderful time of year, it’s Spotify Wrapped day! Every year I get overly exciting for a personalised playlist and stats about who I’ve been listening to this year, even though I already know because I’m the one doing the listening. Either way, this is a great old day.

    Every year I document my stats on my blog, more so for myself, but if you fancy a gander, you can find them all here: 2015, 2016, 2017.

    Top 5 Artists

    1) Bastille (Last Year: 1)

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    Christmas 2018 Gift Guide For Him

         Happy December! It’s that time of year again, and if you’re like me, you’re not only already behind on Christmas shopping but are also completely stumped on what to get anyone. Never fear, I’m here to help with all of the best thing for any of the men in your life with a festive gift guide for him.

    GQ How to Win at Life: The expert guide to excelling at everything you do

    This handy book is based on major interviews from GQ over the years, including Richard Branson, Tracey Emin, Jamie Oliver, Tom Daley and even Dynamo.

    This book covers pretty much anything you could ask for and makes for a confidence boosting read.

    Aftershave

    Is this a boring one? A little. Is it something you always forget about, never buy for yourself but need it? Yes.

    Plus if you’re smart about it, you can find something pre-wrapped that comes with another bonus. Is this a basic tip? 100%, but this is always a great thing to remember. Boots do a massive amount of gift sets that always come with a variety of freebies.

    Tom Ford fragrances are always welcomed, they’re just that bit too nice to buy for yourself. F****** Fabulous is just as the name suggests, and luxurious as f***.

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    MOST LISTENED TO

    best tracks november

    Most Listened To is a little series we dip into every now and then to share some of the tracks that I’m loving at the minute. I log into Obscurify to analyse my Spotify data and pick out the top 10 most listened to tracks of the last six weeks, though I do kind of cheat and set a rule so that there can only be one song per artist represented.

    Since my last ‘Most Listened To’ post I’ve been settling into a new job, running a hell of a lot for Movember and trying to settle back into a ‘normal’ life after ten months of alternating between working for myself and travelling, it’s been a year.

    1) Baby – Clean Bandit + Marina + Luis Fonsi

    It’s no secret that I am a HUGE Marina Diamandis fan, I truly believe she’s one of the most talented lyricists of our time and brings such a unique viewpoint to pop that others simply don’t have.

    As a long time Marina stan, would I have ever seen a collaboration with Clean Bandit coming? Of course, they dropped a track at Glasto last year and Marina’s boyfriend is bloody in the band. Would I have expected a Luis Fonsi collab?

    Fuck no.

    But I fucking love it. This is a sad bop, like ‘Happier’ below. It’s a certified tune, Marina’s angelic voice ties with Fonsi’s really well and they make this track endlessly fun, the choruses are frequent but not repetitive, the message is clear and the beats are mint. BANGER.

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