Will Heard will be heard!


With a strong smooth voice that cascades gently over his equally captivating tracks it’s easy to see, or rather hear, why Will Heard’s music is making waves.

The London based, 25-year-old British singer/songwriter originally came to our attention a while ago, back in 2013 to be exact. At this time he lent his vocals to the track Sonnentanz by Klangkarussell, which in turn chartered at number three in the top 40.

However, what many in fact know him from, is a YouTube video that racked up over 7 million views in a mere six months, in which him, along with supermodel turned actress, Cara delivigne performed an acoustic song together, catapulting him in to the public eye.

Since then Will has been away working on his new EP – Trust, which he’s finally released! A beautiful blend of strong, catchy beats, paired with his own lyrics allowing us to connect on a personal level.

Anyway, don’t just trust us, take a listen for yourself below and let us know what you think…

Also take a look at his soundcloud!


Gritty, Souly, Hippie Boy

Describing himself as a gritty, souly, hippie boy it easy to see Martin Luke Brown’s appeal. Uk born, from Leicester in the Midlands, he commands his own unique style with a scruffy, handsome 80’s throwback image to match.

Taking influence from the greats; Stevie Wonder, The Beatles and Ray Charles he produces an eclectic selection, whilst all remaining within his style, each having their own charm and appeal. From his song ‘Shadow and light’, lyrically beautiful and heartfelt to ‘Take me out’ displaying a heavier, up beat song in which we hear first-hand his strong falsetto vocals, its clear to see he will go far.

His voice is beautifully calm yet strong, with airy, raspy tones whilst maintaining to be clean and controlled. With an already an impressive resume to hand which includes such highlights as supporting the Maccabees and Newton Faulker. We here at VinylOctopus really think he’s really one to watch.
Find out a bit more about him at http://www.martinlukebrown.com
His EP Take out of me is available now on iTunes.

Justin Bieber: Frustrated artist or spoilt brat?


Recently, a pair of my friends went to see the one and only, Justin Bieber in Manchester, paying an unreasonable (in my opinion) amount for a standing place (yes, it was still even more money for a seat). However, the day after I got a message saying he was great, but he’d stormed off stage. After a little more digging it became apparent that Mr Bieber had thrown his mic to the ground and stormed off stage mid concert because he was sick and tired of the screaming.

To be completely honest, this didn’t come as a surprise to me, with all of Bieber’s antics to date so far. However, it lead us to think; should we respect the artist’s wishes by doing as they request at their concerts?

The man himself, did in fact return to stage after about ten minutes to cool down, however, he assured the audience that he would not talk between songs as Manchester clearly couldn’t handle it.

Now, I personally see both sides of this. On one side I can understand how the constant screaming could become incredibly frustrating (or as Justin himself described it ‘obnoxious’) if you’re on stage trying to get a message across. However, another half of me thinks stop being a spoilt brat (as blunt as that may be). People have paid a large sum of money to attend your concert and they’re the ones who have got you to where you are today. Additionally, if you don’t want that kind of atmosphere don’t play in those kind of venues with that many people.

Now I also understand that it is not as black and white as this, Justin is continuing to have trouble adjusting to his life in the spotlight. However, professionalism and being respected for what you do can take you a long way in show business, and it’s always good to remember that.

What do you all think about the issue?

Do you think sympathise with Justin?

Let us know….



Transforming the world around us

Today we’re really excited to introduce you all to Kidmograph. I only recently discovered his work but he’s quickly become one of my personal favourites!

Argentina based Gustavo Torres primarily is a motion designer. His pieces and short video and GIFs seamlessly blend the natural and real with his quirky mind in the form of computer animated graphics.

Taking everyday items Torres transforms them into fun and playful short pieces…

Unfortunately, we don’t know a whole lot about him of his incredible work, but we urge you to check out his Instagram @kidmograph

What do you think?

Playing an instrument is so mainstream

Occasionally, here at VinylOctopus, we step away from the really serious things and just write an article because we think the topic is pretty cool. Which is exactly what we’ve done today…

We introduce you to Mogees!

Simply put, this little device turns just about anything into a musical instrument. Simply attach the Mogees on to whatever object youd like. Then all you have to do is tap, strike or touch it in a variety of ways. This clever little device then senses the vibrations and where they came from before emitting a unique sound, respective of the force and area it has been struck.

To be completely honest it’s quite hard to explain. So we suggest you take a quick look at the video below, or visit their website directly at www.mogees.co.uk

Pretty cool, right?