PRICK AND DING #68:ALLYSON EZELL

Each week Fresh On The Net invites an artist or band to answer a short series of questions in Prick & Ding: the two and a half minute interview. It's convenient and quick - like enjoying a tasty microwave meal!Allyson Ezell is a new music artist originally from Iowa & now based in Paris. I really like her voice, her melody, her rhythm and rhyme (brought to the fore by British producer Matthew Ker, aka MaJiKer).

Allyson only came to our attention a couple of weeks ago when you voted her song ‘Pick it up’ into our Fresh Faves. FOTN’s Sam Bonham wrote “This tune is for anyone in need of a lesson in less-is-more. Pick It Up is erotic on the ears and perfectly prickly” Pretty blooming great for a debut song I reckon.

This is pop music for the funky at heart & the kooky of soul. Simple yet different grooves of tasty drum sounds & mouth percussion lay the groundwork for Allyson’s voice to do its job.There is that very 80’s feel set to 21st century technicolor radio hugging hooks that could well woo many a poor boy as Allyson’s songwriting & Matthew’s production continue to be honed over time.Freeness abounds with promise held within :).

Think Annie Lennox & Shakespeares Sister meets Paloma Faith & Sarah Williams White but in an Iowa via Paris style mash up.
2014 will see the first release from Allyson & live dates to follow.
For now let us enjoy the promise held within the very first songs to come out of this project in the shape of ‘Pick It Up’ & ‘The Fire Takes’.
Luck on your journey & welcome to Prick and Ding to Allyson Ezell.

1. What are you up to at the moment?
A lot of sitting on my couch and obsessively checking my emails.  And, yes, I do feel slightly self-indulgent and guilty about that!  That said, I’ve also been hammering out quite a few new songs with the brilliant English producer MaJiKer, planning the release of my debut EP, and catching up on Breaking Bad.

2. Favourite childhood memory?
Riding my bike down to the Baskin Robbins ice cream shop, dollar bill gripped in one free hand.  I knew the 31 flavors by heart but still considered them all individually every time. I nearly always rode away with a sherbet sugar cone.  The simple memories are the most delicious, aren’t they?

3. Hero?
Can I be uber cheesy and say my mom?  She juggled 3 kids, 2 jobs, university studies and an art career and, surprisingly, we all turned out okay.  I learned later in life that we almost lost the house, that the church bought our car, that for a time even our Christmas presents were donated and I didn’t once feel cheated or “less” than anyone else.  She surrounded us with love, valued education and individuality, let me dye my hair, fly my freak colors, paraded us around the block banging on pots and pans.  She’s fun, quirky, loves life and that’s exactly how I want to be.

4. Villain?
I think we can be our own scariest villains.  The shadow that trails and haunts us.  We are all capable of such hatred and that is what scares me the most.

5. What/who makes you laugh?
Miranda Hart!  I gallop around because of her and actually made fruit friends and vegte-pals. Chad and Susan say, “Hi!”

6. Describe what you do?
I only started making music professionally a year ago.  Before that, I had a fairly successful career in fashion in Paris and New York.  My parents were both hippies and I saw them struggle as artists growing up, so I rebelled and went into business instead.  Quite the counter-rebellion!  But something just clicked inside of me a little while ago and I realized that I was turning my back on my true identity.  I dropped everything, picked up a guitar and pen and started writing songs.  They just flowed out of me. So I guess you can say I am currently pursuing happiness.  That’s what I do.

7. Who’s hair would you like to have for just one day?
Does facial hair count?  Because I’d definitely like to have Burt Reynolds’ mustache for at least one day. I’d sport that puppy all over town!

Note to all psychoanalysts: Have fun with this one!

8. Best musical experience to date?
Singing alongside my dad in Greenwood Park back home in Iowa while he played “Me & Bobby McGee” on the guitar.  Such a beautiful moment in time.

9. What artist inspires you?
Patty Smith. All that creativity, and on so many fronts!  I love her poems, her photographs, her songs, her voice, her attitude.

10. What does Fresh On The Net mean to you?
It’s a platform for emerging artists to test their sounds on those who don’t feel obligated to say they love everything you do.  And that’s just downright priceless.  It’s enough to ground any artist.  We do tend to fly off into our own clouds, don’t we?

Johnno Casson

Johnno Casson is a London-born/Colchester-based singer, musician, songwriter and show-off. He also compiles and releases compilations and is a serial supporter of new music. Johnno releases his own music as Snippet ,Old Tramp and also under his own name Johnno Casson.. As far as we know he was the most-played artist ever on Tom’s legendary late night Fresh On The Net radio shows on 6 Music – having been featured no less than 18 times and appearing as an interview guest. You can also find Johnno on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube

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