This is Gareth Abramczyk aka Sparx, he is 32 and he is JuggaNote’s new drummer. Although the band haven’t been actively looking for a drummer since (previous drummer) Allyn Phelps left back in 2010, it’s always been the idea to get someone on board for live shows etc. When Allyn left the band it was decided that rather than slow up production and progression bringing another new member up to speed JuggaNote would continue on using mainly sampled/electronic beats.
4 years on and just a short time before the release of the bands debut album ‘Synchronised Rotation’ (release tbc) JuggaNote decided to contact an old friend; Sparx, pretty much the only drummer in the area they would consider bringing into the fold. Luckily Sparx was without a band and looking to start playing again so after a few jam sessions it was agreed rather than just using him for some live shows he would become a full member of JuggaNote.
We’ve had Sparx answer a few questions about himself so you can get an idea of what he’s about and what he’ll be bringing to the table.
Where are you from? Where are you based?
Newport / Cardiff Boi
When and why did you start playing drums?
I musta been the only one who never picked up an instrument until late, started playing properly around 12 years ago, haven’t looked back since! I started with Punk but hearing Pantera for the first time and Vinnie Paul’s thundering feet pushed me properly to the drums!
Can you play any other instruments?
Hell no, I’ll leave that to people with talent
What bands/projects have you been in or involved in?
Cut 3 Times, Honour Among None, Without Due Haste, Different Elements, and a load of other side projects.
Who or what are your main musical influences?
Anything with a big fat beat, mix a bit of thrash in with that and I’m happy.
Any non-musical influences?
Life and all it brings.
How do you feel about working with JuggaNote?
Stoked! Can’t wait to gig, man.
What are your Ideas or plans for the future musically?
As a drummer I can only really look forward to choking on someone else’s vomit.
Posted: September 30th, 2014 | Author: martin | Filed under: blog | Comments Off
It seems like almost every other day we hear stories about the closure of an established music venue we have fond memories of sweating, dancing, moshing or passing out in.
Whether it be the legendary TJ’s hosting the likes of Nirvana, or your local toilet club giving their stage to a band with “some dude my mate used to play guitar with”, it’s plain to see every time you walk down your local high street; this is a bad time for small music venues.
Is this down to a lack of passion for new music? Are people just not interested in watching an act until they reach the heady heights of stadium size stages? I think we all know that’s not the truth.
So what does this all come down to and how can we stop it before the echo of those gigs finally fades and leaves us with a silent ringing in our ears?
The Root of All Evil
Property has always been a commodity and always will, with this comes the value of bricks and mortar on a physical level; it’s simple supply and demand. If a buildings owner gets interest in their property that financially outweighs what the owner of your local music venue can afford in rent, sorry people, you’re getting a gastro pub. And no, the patrons don’t want to hear a hard working group of musically minded people playing their new set while they eat their tiny plates of over priced food. That’s money folks, at its very base level. If you can’t pay the price, it ain’t happening.
So why can’t these so called toilet venues afford the rising price they need to pay to keep the walls and roofs around the nights that will never be removed from many of our memories?
It’s no secret that the way we listen and obtain music has changed drastically over the last decade and I personally welcome this. The ease in which new music can be found nowadays can only be a good thing right? You either follow a link on your friends Facebook feed, browse YouTube, look through Soundcloud or take your pick from the myriad of different access points we now have.
The knock on effect this has on live music IS tangible.
People just don’t have to sit (or stand ) through tens (or hundreds if you’re unlucky or just really hard to please) of acts you have no affinity with, in a dingy club to hear that one band you’ve never heard of completely blow your mind. No, instead you do it in front of your computer at 3am in your pants. With the millions of live acts across the world at the any given point, its still a lottery. You may never come across that one track that introduces you to an act that you’ll listen to for the rest of your life. But if you do come across that band online in your pants at 3am in front of your computer, who are you going to turn to and scream “Holy S***, that was f***ing amazing!”?
No matter how easy music is to access now, you’ll never match the magic of hearing that track when its played 3 feet from your face by someone you’d never laid eyes on an hour ago, with like minded people and a pint in a plastic glass in your hand.
Don’t get me wrong, this is a lazy mindset, and not something that everybody subscribes to.
So what else?
The Production Line
It’s almost become a trend to blame the X-Factor generation for the decline in authentic and meaningful (read good) music but that doesn’t take away any of the truth behind it. It’s well documented that the charts are a fallacy and the Christmas number one is up for auction year after year. But what effect does this have on small venue?
Well, the scarily early involvement of big industry in the early stages of an acts development often leads to them bypassing the whole “paying their dues” stage of the toilet venue. No longer do future successes have to play for a drunk and his dog or suffer the setbacks associated with cutting your teeth.
Not such a bad thing? Bulls**t.
It’s these small venues that build character in a band, and give a solo act the confidence and persona to move onto bigger places. Is it any wonder we hear about breakdowns both mentally and on a group level of manufactured stars these days, when they’ve never been given the skills to deal with criticism, audience and the rigmarole of performance when one minute they’re writing in their rooms and the next minute they’re playing their grossly manipulated art to thousands in the O2 arena? The milk it and move on mentality of big industry in music has no time for your shit. It f***ed you and didn’t even leave its number.
These are just a couple of the reason behind these mythical places being removed from maps all across the world. What’s sad is that the true passion of the people keeping these place alive just isn’t enough sometimes. Don’t get me wrong, so many new ways of transmitting live music to a live audience are coming about all the time, from guerrilla gigging to playing in places live music was never even meant to be played; everything evolves and that should be a source of massive excitement. But does that mean we should wave goodbye to the nights spent in these underground havens of new music? I think not. These places need us all. Something that gave us so much love, something that we’ll keep with us for the rest of our lives needs a little something back so it can keep on giving.
So that’s it. Literally all it needs is your support. There are so many independent nights out there that it’s pretty much unforgivable to not seek out what you love.
Just remember who made that music possible for us all.
Posted: August 14th, 2014 | Author: martin | Filed under: blog | Comments Off
Free 4 All Festival
Once again The Moon Club and The Full Moon Cardiff host ‘Free For All’ A full month of free entry gigs from over 150 bands to get the year started. With such a massive line up of bands, as always the Moon show their support for all good music and supply a little something to suit everyone’s tastes. This year JuggaNote will be playing with London based Rock/Hip Hop band Archean Soundtrack with support from local Merthyr boys Paint Happy bringing their full energy take on Alternative Rock/Hip Hop.
Friday 24th January at The Moon Club, Womanby Street, Cardiff.
Doors 7.30pm. FREE ENTRY. For more info click here – Free for all Festival
Posted: January 9th, 2014 | Author: martin | Filed under: blog | Comments Off
That’s right JuggaNote will be supporting Akala on the last date of his 2013 UK tour. The event to be held in Cardiff’s The Moon Club on December 5th is yet another benchmark gig for the band as they push to reach an ever wider audience with their genre shifting sounds.
If you follow JuggaNote you will have noticed a slow but notable increase in next level support slots and to no fixed style or genre. This particular gig is one of the biggest honours and opportunities for the band, not just playing with such an established artist but with someone like Akala who intelligently addresses relevant issues head on.
The tour comes off the back of Akala’s 4th album release titled ‘The Theives Banquet’ released earlier this year. Written and co-produced by Akala and recorded with a full live band featuring Cassell ‘The Beatmaker’ (The Streets) on drums and Eric Appapoulay (Plan B) on bass, ‘The Thieves Banquet’ is inspired by the title of Ngugi wa Thiong’o’s Novel ‘The Devil On The Cross’. Effortlessly fusing rap, rock and electro-punk sounds with thought-provoking lyrical storytelling, ‘The Thieves Banquet’, is arguably Akala’s most inspired work to date.
Tickets are available – http://www.wegottickets.com/event/238620
Posted: September 23rd, 2013 | Author: martin | Filed under: blog | Comments Off
JuggaNote’s debut album ‘Synchronised Rotation’ is taking shape scheduled for release June this year.
We’re offering up the opportunity for anyone interested to design the cover artwork for this new project. We will be producing a limited run of physical CD’s as well as making the album available for digital distribution worldwide. The work chosen by the band will not only be featured in reviews both on and offline but will be forever cemented as part of JuggaNote’s history joining their growing body of work.
A word on style, design and medium – We will look at and consider anything you send, we don’t have any real specifications on style etc we just want an original piece of artwork, whether photograph, painting, pencil sketch or Photoshop image whatever. We just want you to be imaginative and creative with your interpretation of our sound, read our lyrics, check out our previous releases and feel free to get in touch with any questions.
Unless it is part of your design don’t worry about including text or album details as we’ll sort that out ourselves. We are mainly looking for an image for the front cover that fits, but feel free to continue your work and include any ideas/concepts for the inlay and back cover etc also. An appropriate album cover template is available on request. The album track listing is yet to be finalised but is likely to include at least some of these; Insecure Perceptions, Katana, Head Strong, Let em Know, The Victor.
If we choose your work, along with being fully credited you will receive a copy of the album, some of our previous releases as well as a JuggaNote merchandise goody bag. If you happen to be local or are able to get to a gig you will also be included on the guest list of all of our gigs for a year.
If you’re interested and want your work to get to a larger audience, just send submissions to email@example.com, any work/fan art sent to us on any other email or social network site (although appreciated) will not be considered for the album cover.
Finally there is no limit to submissions, so feel free to send as many ideas as you have.
Posted: April 1st, 2013 | Author: martin | Filed under: blog | Comments Off