DAMAGE - INTERVIEW

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With ITV2’s Big Reunion back on our screens, it’s all about the six poptastic groups that’ll be keeping us glued to our TVs over the next few weeks. We sat down with Damage for a round of quickfire Q&A – just take a peek below to find out Jade’s top tip for budding chefs! Plus, while you’re at it, don’t forget to listen in to Damage’s R&B Classics station as the band introduce a brilliant selection of old-skool faves.

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What’s the best thing about being together in Damage?

Andrez: Probably the fact we all went to school together – that creates a synergy between us that’s unfounded by anyone else. No one else can touch what we have because we’ve grown up together and our parents grew up together, so the number one thing is definitely family.

Jade, you’ve trained as a chef – what would be the number one tip you’d give someone in terms of coming up with something good in the kitchen?

Jade: My number one tip would be, there’s lots of great recipe books out there – mine will be coming soon, ha! – just use them, and adapt them, add your own little flavour to them. I think that’s what most chefs do anyway. It’s coming from somewhere, so you just adapt.

What’s the first single you ever bought?

Noel: The first single I ever bought was by NWA, and I’m not going to give you the title as it’s quite rude, but it’s always stuck with me from then on.

What’s the secret to singing a great harmony as a group? 

Rahsaan: The secret to singing a great harmony in a group is obviously the blend, but you’ve got to know each other – it’s all about that connection. And with Damage, we’ve known each-other since we were eleven – so we know when someone’s singing a little bit too high or if we need to bring the volume up and stuff like that. So we’re quite in tune with each-other when it comes to singing.

A1 - INTERVIEW

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With ITV2’s Big Reunion back on our screens, it’s all about the six poptastic groups that’ll be keeping us glued to our TVs over the next few weeks. We sat down with the guys from A1 for a round of quickfire Q&A – just take a peek below to find out how they keep fired up on tour! Plus, while you’re at it, don’t forget to listen in to A1’s Favourite Girlbands station as the band introduce a brilliant selection of classics.

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When you first started out in the music industry back in the 90s, what were you most nervous about?

Mark: When we first started out in the 90s the first thing we were probably most nervous about was actually dancing, and doing dance routines. We weren’t a dancing band at all, in fact we were all musicians; we’d been playing piano and guitar and stuff, so to actually have to learn dance routines was a bit out there for us. But I think we pulled it together… just about!

Ben: And I think that’s probably what we’re most nervous about, coming back and doing it again. Singing; no problem… songwriting; no problem… taking pictures with Instagram in your boxer shorts… everything else that comes with being a popstar is easy, but the dancing is a bit of a stretch.

If you could only listen to one song for the rest of your life, what would it be? 

Ben: I know what it is! It’s the Hiphopopotamus song by Flight of the Conchords. It’s just a fun song, and it’s just delivered in such a beautiful way.

You travel all around the world performing your material; what are your top tips for keeping yourselves fired up when on tour?

Christian: Well, travelling around is sometimes quite exhausting, especially when you’re flying long distances and you have to get off the plane and straight into concert mode. So I think our number one tip for keeping fired up is even if it means less sleep, try to get that work out in - we try to work out whenever we can so we can have that energy on stage.

3T - INTERVIEW

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With ITV2’s Big Reunion back on our screens, it’s all about the six poptastic groups that’ll be keeping us glued to our TVs over the next few weeks. We sat down with Jackson trio 3T to quiz them on just how it feels to be back together again. Plus, while you’re at it, don’t forget to listen in to 3T’s Favourite Love Songs station as the boys introduce a handpicked selection of tracks.

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How does it feel being back performing together again?

Taryll: Wow! It’s been a while since we performed last - it feels great to be back together performing on stage and rehearsing. We’ve been doing music for so many years, - we never stopped that - but being on stage is different for us, because it’s been a long time, but it’s going well in the rehearsals and it’s slowly coming together!

5TH STORY - INTERVIEW

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With ITV2’s Big Reunion back on our screens, it’s all about the six poptastic groups that’ll be keeping us glued to our TVs over the next few weeks. We sat down with the lads from 5th Story for a round of quickfire Q&A – just take a peek below to find out who they reckon has the worst music taste in the group! Plus, while you’re at it, don’t forget to listen in to 5th Story’s Best Ever Pop station as the boys introduce a selection of their favourite songs.

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If you had to pick a favourite pop group of all time, who would it be?

Dane: I’d have to put Backstreet Boys up there.

Kenzie: Yeah I’d say Backstreet Boys too.

Gareth: Definitely the Backstreet Boys or the Jacksons

If you could pick one other singer from the Big Reunion to join 5th Story, who would it be?

Dane: I’d have to go with Easther from Eternal.

Kavana: Yeah, she’s got an amazing voice.

How does it feel to be performing with completely new people, and for some of you, as part of a group?

Kavana: Well, some of the people aren’t completely new to us as we remember them from back in the day; the Smash Hits tours, all that kind of stuff. So far so good though!

Who has the worst music taste in the group?

Adam Rickitt: They’ll say me! But it’s blatantly not true. Just because I like bands like Snow Patrol and Nirvana…!

Dane: We think you’ve got it in you to like some really outlandish weird stuff. Listen, when we heard the names you were coming up with for the band… Lazarus, Echo and so on! So the answer is: Adam has the worst taste in music.

Kavana: Maybe a unique taste in music…?

Dane: No, the worst.

WIN A SIGNED MIKE RUTHERFORD AUTOBIOGRAPHY

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Fancy winning a signed copy of Mike Rutherford’s brand new autobiography The Living Years? Of course you do! The musician’s memoirs promise insightful anecdotes and memoirs from his time as part of both Genesis and Mike & The Mechanics and have already received favourable praise from the likes of Mojo magazine, describing the retrospective as ‘warm, charming [and] funny’.

We’ve got two signed copies of the book to give away, and all you need to do to be in with a chance of winning one is send an email with ‘Mike Rutherford autobiography’ in the subject line to competitions-music@blinkbox.com along with your full name, postal address and a contact number. 

THIS COMPETITION IS NOW CLOSED.

Plus, don’t forget to listen to our exclusive Hosted By station from Mike himself, where he introduces a selection of his favourite songs and influences, both old and new. Just follow the link below to listen in!

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LISA STANSFIELD: HOSTED BY

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She scored a global hit with 1989’s aptly named All Around The World, following it up with a string of Top 40 successes across the late 80s and on into the 90s. It could of course only ever be Lisa Stansfield.

With two Grammy nominations, an Ivor Novello award and a duo of BRITs under her belt, the singer has always epitomised a distinctly British take on pop, rounded off by classy production and soulful vocals.

Leading on from a number of acting roles including an appearance in Agatha Christie’s Marple, Stansfield’s latest album Seven serves as her first studio effort in a decade – earning plaudits from the likes of Q, who awarded the record a rousing four-out-of-five stars and praised its deftly-orchestrated resurrection of 70s disco tropes.

With the new album hitting shelves on February 10th, Lisa dropped by for a quick chat to run us through some of the key influences and artists behind the new record and career as a whole; just tune in to our exclusive Hosted By station below to hear all her picks!

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