Hotzone: Newton Faulkner talks about his new album and other music news

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Hotzone: Newton Faulkner talks about his new album and other music news

It’s been far too long since I’ve put new music out as I’ve been writing and recording


Fest way forward
Guitar king Newton Faulkner has revealed he’s made new album Write It On Your Skin — out today — to be played live at festivals.

The singer-songwriter says the way music is consumed has changed since his debut, Hand Built By Robots, hit No1 in 2007.

“Instead of writing songs to be recorded, I’ve moved the focus on to live music a lot more,” said Newton.

“That is this album’s natural home, and the tracks are written to work at festivals,” added the acclaimed music-maker.

Newton (27), from Surrey in England, hailed the internet as a real boost to music. He said: “YouTube has changed everything. All the doors are being thrown wide open, which I think is a really good thing, but making sure people can still make a living is really important.

“The stuff I love has been done by people who have dedicated their entire lives to getting better and better at it and reaching a particular point.” But he stressed that these talented musicians should be able to bring in enough cash to do it as a full-time career. The former Brit Award nominee plays the Virgin Media V Festival in Chelmsford, Essex, next month — and if you’re into guitar-playing, prepare to be spellbound.

Newton said: “It’s been far too long since I’ve put new music out as I’ve been writing and recording. It feels right to be back. When my second record came out everything was full-on urban but Ed Sheeran has brought things back around again.” Newtown is all for TV talent shows if they discover truly talented artists: “Loads of people speak out about how it’s so damaging to music. But having this career is so hard, and if they make it they should be considered as a valid artist.”


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A Knock-out event
Independent music festival KnockanStockan is to return to Co Wicklow for the sixth year running. Up to 150 acts including the hot sprockets and The Riptide Movement will hit Blessington Lakes from July 27-29. There will also be a 4D performance area hosting DJs and live art and dance shows. Tickets costing €75 are available on www.knockanstockan.ie.

Keith's on song
Dublin radio DJ Keith McLoughlin is running a new singer/songwriter gig called The Brady’s Sessions. The gig takes place in Brady’s Pub, Terenure, Dublin, on the second Friday of each month. The next gig is on this Friday.

Swede deal
Dance legends Swedish House Mafia are splashing out on a private jet for rapper Example so he can perform at their final live gig. The trio will bow out on Saturday at Milton Keynes Bowl. Example explained: “I was committed to a festival in Switzerland so they offered to pay to get me a jet so I’m able to do both.”


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Resistance is futile
Chart-topping Italian spinner MAURO PICOTTO flies into Waterford this Saturday to play the Resistance Summer Party at The Forum. He’ll be supported by Irish techno act Psycatron and local DJs Alan Harris and Joe Gould. Admission will be €15.

Time is right for headliner
Fresh from supporting THE STONE ROSES in Dublin last week, THE MINUTES have just announced an exclusive headline show on their home turf this winter. They’ll hit Whelans on December 7 and tickets priced €15 are on sale now.

Garden party to light up July
Following a series of spectacular happenings across Europe, the first ever [PIAS] NITES event in Ireland will take place in the exquisite outdoor setting of the Iveagh Gardens in Dublin’s city centre. On July 21, LISA HANNIGAN, CATHY DAVEY, OTHER LIVES and CHAMPS will all play. Gates are at 4pm — tickets are on sale now for €35, including booking fee, from Ticketmaster.


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