About Team AMBY

Alicia Atout
Writer and Photographer:
Alicia Atout | @aliciaatout

Tell us about yourself. Howdy everyone, I’m Alicia Atout– creator and owner of A Music Blog, Yea?. I’m 18 and live in Toronto, Ontario. I absolutely love music, going to concerts, photographing concerts, and interviewing; it’s always a joy meeting and speaking with the bands who inspire and influence me to write. I love Buffy the Vampire Slayer, whiteboards, anything high-waisted, sticky notes, poutine, karaoke video games, eighties music, hot chocolate, and lyricism. I also like long walks on the beach, of course.

Who are your five favourite bands? Mystery Jets, Bombay Bicycle Club, Noah and the Whale, The Beatles, and Dashboard Confessional.

What are your favourite albums of 2014? Going to be a rebel and choose favourite songs: Feel by Bombay Bicycle Club, Golden Hats by Disco Fiasco, American Special by Teen Commandments, Divisionary by Ages and Ages, Happy Alone by Saintseneca, and Money by Life.

What’s your favourite AMBY segment? Gimme Your Answers and Play AMBY A Song, although all the segments are pretty nifty!

Where would you go in a time machine? I would see The Beatles.

What’s something about you that nobody knows yet? Before the website, I had never done a single interview in my life. In the two years I’ve been running AMBY, we’ve interviewed over 900 bands. Not too shabby!


 

Madison Atout
Writer:
Madison Atout | 

Tell us about yourself. I’m a 16 year old student who is an absolute music-nerd. I love collecting vinyl (and practically anything to do with vinyl), attending concerts, reading, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. I go through really weird music phases where all I will listen to for weeks will be either new wave, punk, 60s or 70s rock, indie, or soul (Stax or Motown) music and also music from the Madchester scene. My dream job is to tour with one of my favourite bands as either a singer or roadie, and I can always be seen wearing my desert boots.

Who are your five favourite bands? The Smiths, Mystery Jets, Led Zeppelin, Bombay Bicycle Club, and David Bowie.

What are your favourite albums of 2014? Howler “World of Joy”, Temples “Sun Structures”, SKATERS “Manhattan”

What’s your favourite AMBY segment? Gimme Your Answers

Where would you go in a time machine? There are so many moments I would love to see so narrowing it down to one is extremely challenging! I would probably end up seeing The Smiths or The Stone Roses. But then I may go and catch Talking Heads or The Ramones at CBGB.

What’s something about you that nobody knows yet? I am deathly afraid of ladybugs and cats. Long story…



Yaz Atout
Writer:
Yaz Atout |

About: Six Foot Two

Favourite 3 Bands: One Direction, Two Directions, Three Directions

Favourite Albums of 2013 So Far: Arc by Everything Everything, The Weight of Your Love by The Editors

Favourite AMBY Segment: Gimme Your Answers

Something About Me That Nobody Knows: I hate One Direction


 

Nadia Kaakati
Writer: Nadia Kaakati |

Tell us about yourself. Hi all!  I’m a 25 year old Toronto wanderer, always on the hunt for new tunes and a great place to grab a coffee.  I’m a philosophy grad who has nearly as many books as I do CDs, and I’m currently working towards my Master of Information.  I’m also a painter, bird lover, researcher and of course music fanatic.  I love to explore local hubs, and if there’s a show at Massey Hall I’ll likely see you there!

Who are your five favourite bands? If I HAVE to pick only 5, then: The National, Iron & Wine, Fleet Foxes, The Shins, and Bright Eyes.

What are your favourite albums of 2014?
Phantogram- Voices, Chad VanGaalen- Shrink Dust, Broken Bells- After the Disco

What’s your favourite AMBY segment? You’ve Got to Hear This

Where would you go in a time machine?
I’d go to Ancient Greece to that I could have a quaint chat with Aristotle.

What’s something about you that nobody knows yet?
My eyes spontaneously change colours.


 

Leah Edwards and King Tuff
Writer: Leah Edwards | @leahhedwards

Tell us about yourself. I’m living in Florida right now, and returning to Toronto at the end of the summer to finish my English Master’s at the University of Toronto. More importantly, I’ve seen Neutral Milk Hotel nine times, in two different countries and six different cities.

Who are your five favourite bands? Neutral Milk Hotel, Brand New, Dinosaur Jr., Broken Social Scene, and Against Me!

What are your favourite albums of 2014? Against Me!’s Transgender Dysphoria Blues and Band of Horses’s Acoustic at the Ryman. Potential favorites include First Aid Kit’s Stay Gold and whatever “dark percussive shit” Grimes releases in September.

What’s your favourite AMBY segment? Concert photos and concert reviews.

Where would you go in a time machine? I’d go to the Horseshow Tavern, July 29th, 1988. That night, Neutral Milk Hotel were hours late to their sold-out show, thinking that Montreal and Toronto were just a few hours apart. It was the first time the band was touring for In The Aeroplane Over The Sea and, according to the Toronto Star, the show produced “a general feeling in the room of, ‘Holy shit, did that really just happen?’” 23 years later, after Jeff Mangum played an acoustic show at Trinity St. Paul’s, a girl walked out of the church and asked all of us around her, “Did that really just happen?” So yeah, I’d like to hear “King of Carrot Flowers” happen in both 1988 and 2011.

What’s something about you that nobody knows yet? I’m not actually a fan of the LA Kings. Sorry, Jonathan Vigil.


 

Natalia Kasprzyk
Artist:
Natalia Kasprzyk |

Tell us about yourself.  I’m a 22-year-old music addict, gig goer and student from Poland. Love drawing, photography and festivals.

Who are your five favourite bands? TRANSFER, Kismet Ryding, Milky Chance, Balthazar, and Lagodna Pianka.

What are your favourite albums of 2014? Damon AlbarnEveryday Robots, Bruce Springsteen – High Hopes, Chet Faker – Built on Glass

What’s your favourite AMBY segment? Five Favourite Fab Gigs and Gimme Your Answers

Where would you go in a time machine? I’d go back in time to 90s to have a chance to see Jeff Buckley live.

What’s something about you that nobody knows yet? I can’t swim… ;)


 

Fi Carroll
Writer and Photographer:
Fi Carroll | 

About: Gig junkie, photo taker, professional setlist/drumstick collector most commonly found at the barrier.

Favourite 3 Bands: The Stone Roses, Kasabian, The Enemy, Sound of Guns, The Fallows, Kodaline, Little Comets it’s impossible to only have three!!

Favourite Albums of 2013 So Far: Miles Kane Don’t Forget Who You Are, Kodaline In A Perfect World

Ones to watch: The Fallows, Sugarmen, The Nankeens, The Dirty Rivers

Favourite AMBY Segment: Gimme Your Answers

Something About Me That Nobody Knows: If I told you then it wouldn’t be something nobody knows!!


 

Nilabjo Banerjee
Name:
Nilabjo Banerjee (pronounced ‘aaaweeeesomee’)

Who are your five favourite bands? Of all time? Switchfoot, Relient K, MuteMath, Anberlin & Foo Fighters

What are your favourite albums of 2014? So far, ‘s debut is impressive, JVM‘s Post Tropical, SOHN‘s debut. Although lets face it, the album of the year will be Nick & Knight (collab b/w Nick Carter & Jordan Knight)

What’s your favourite AMBY segment? Video interviews, You’ve Gotta Hear This, Show Reviews

Where would you go in a time machine? Back To the Future. (I wish I was wittier)

What’s something about you that nobody knows yet? I heard my first ‘English’ music at the age of 13. First record: Stunt by Barenaked Ladies. Before that, twas a life of only Bollywood stuff.


 

Tiffany Lee
Writer:
Tiffany Lee ()

Who are your five favourite bands? Two Door Cinema Club, Tokyo Police Club, Mutemath, Ok Go, Vampire Weekend

What are your favourite albums of 2014? Bombay Bicycle Club’s So Long, See You Tomorrow, Tokyo Police Club’s Forcefield, Young the Giant’s Mind Over Matter

What’s your favourite AMBY segment? Gimme Your Answers

Where would you go in a time machine? Back to bed.

What’s something about you that nobody knows yet? I get emotional watching Lotto 649 commercials.


 

Katrin Kugler
Writer:
Katrin Kugler | @Kat_Kugler

Tell us about yourself. I love music, going to gigs, and having fun times with friends.

Who are your five favourite bands? Band of Skulls, Broken Witt Rebels, The Family Rain, Joseph Hicklin, Alabama Shakes

What are your favourite albums of 2014? Band of Skulls – Himalayan, The Family Rain – Under the Volcano

What’s your favourite AMBY segment? Gimme Your Answers

Where would you go in a time machine? I’d go back into my early teens to re-live the first gig I ever went to.

What’s something about you that nobody knows yet? If I tell you, I would have to kill you.


 

Matt Thomas
Writer:
Matt Thomas | @MattThomasWxm

About: A Welsh lad trying to put off becoming part of the real world for as long as humanly possible. Oh, and I’m also in a band called The Rifts… You should totally check them out!

Favourite 3 Bands: Foo Fighters, Arctic Monkeys, Franz Ferdinand

Favourite Albums of 2013 So Far: “The Computers- Love Triangles, Hate Squares”, “Queens Of The Stone Age- …Like Clockwork”, “The Strokes- Comedown Machine”, “Frank Turner- Tape Deck Heart”.

Favourite AMBY Segment: You’ve Got To Hear This!

Something About Me That Nobody Knows: I was once the youngest person on Earth.


 

Emily Fox
Writer:
Emily Fox | @foxyfoxe

About: When I don’t write, I perform contortions before a camera for money.

Favourite 3 Bands: LCD Soundsystem, Radiohead, Nine Inch Nails

Favourite Album of 2013 So Far: Kanye West’s Yeezus, Arts and Crafts X

Favourite AMBY Segment: Concert Reviews

Something About Me That Nobody Knows: I’m allergic to penicillin. Please. Remember that if you ever take me to the hospital.


 

Shannon Bryan
Writer:
Shannon Bryan |

Tell us about yourself. I’m a music-geek in my mid-20′s with a background in broadcasting and advertising. Before leaving high school I’d already attended over 300 shows and festivals, including seeing my favourite band Alexisonfire 43 times live! My bucket list is to travel the world by music festivals, having already attended Coachella, Osheaga, Rock Im Park- I can’t wait to add to that list!!

Who are your five favourite bands? Alexisonfire, Metric, Frank Turner, Andrew McMahon, Blink 182

What are your favourite albums of 2014? The Balconies- Fast Motions, Against Me- Transgender Dysphoria Blues, The Pretty Reckless- Going To Hell, Broken Bells- After the Disco, The Black Keys- Turn Blue, Trouble & Daughter- Thrills

What’s your favourite AMBY segment? Album & Concert Reviews

Where would you go in a time machine? Woodstock ’69

What’s something about you that nobody knows yet? After all of my years of going to shows, I still have no idea how to dance at them.


 

Rais Malik
Photographer:
Rais Malik |

Tell us about yourself. I’m a 23 year old photographer who live’s in the Northern part of England. I’m a real Music fiend, I love all types of genre’s! Film nerd, my all time favourite’s are (in order), The Breakfast Club, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Drive, True Romance and Scott Pilgrim vs The World. I love Books, Comics and Graphic Novel’s, my most treasured are – A Game of Throne’s series, Spider-Man #1 and V for Vendetta. Avid computer games player, my  are Dead Space, Spider-Man 2 and Crash Team Racing. Total TV Show fanatic – Sherlock, The Walking Dead, Breaking Bad, Mad Men, Game of Throne’s, The Office (US), Fringe and The Mentalist. I have written three books they are called; Life Without Brakes, Love’s Web and Hard Grind  but I’m scared to get them published. I also have a degree in Computer Games Design, I prefer Vinyls to CDs and I wish my bedroom wasn’t so abnormally sized so I could put up more posters!

Who are your five favourite bands? Muse, Joy Division, Biffy Clyro, Jimmy Eat World, and The Black Keys

What are your favourite albums of 2014? Magic Mountain by Black Stone Cherry, Going to Hell by The Pretty Reckless, Supermodel by Foster The People, Caustic Love by Paolo Nautini, Luminous by The Horrors, Sun Structure’s by Temples, Warpaint by Warpaint, Total Strife Forever by East India Youth, No Mythologies to Follow by .

What’s your favourite AMBY segment? Song of the Day.

Where would you go in a time machine? I’d like go back go Woodstock and watch Jimmi Hendrix shred his guitar.

What’s something about you that nobody knows yet? Back when I was living down south I used to steal chewing gum from the counter, go home and hide the wrappers under my bed. I was a little Asian badass!


 

Vincent Rivera
Photographer:
Vincent “thephotographist” Rivera ()

Tell us about yourself. I’m a twenty two year old, who lives in Toronto… well, Mississauga. I like taking pretty photos of bands, nature and other weird (but cool) looking things

Who are your five favourite bands? Bloc Party, Beastie Boyz, Daft Punk, Tokyo Police Club and King Krul

What are your favourite albums of 2014? Voices by Phantogram, Fever by The Black Keys and also looking forward to Deadmau5’s while (1<2)

What’s your favourite AMBY segment? Concert Photos and Concert Reviews

Where would you go in a time machine? “Time-travelling is just too dangerous. Better that I devote myselfto study the other great mystery of the universe: women!” – Dr. Emmett Brown

What’s something about you that nobody knows yet? I am a time traveller.


Vincent Hughes
Writer:
Vincent Hughes

Tell us about yourself: I’m a 20 year old amateur musician, writer and photographer living in the middle of nowhere. Because of this, I haven’t been able to attend quite as many gigs as I’m used to (which really hasn’t done my sanity a lot of good), but I’m hoping to fix that by getting into a music production course in September. Here’s hoping…

Who are your five favourite bands? I go through phases faster than Ireland goes through seasons, but at the moment, I’m going to have to say Pockets, The National, Wye Oak, Bon Iver and Mogwai. ‘course, by the time you read this, it’s safe to assume I may have moved on from some of these.

What are your favourite albums of 2014? So far this year, I’ve mostly been listening to albums that I’ve missed over the last few years, so I’ve kind of fallen behind on the ‘new’ albums front. At the moment, Wye Oak’s Shriek, Mogwai’s Rave Tapes and Bombay Bicycle Club’s So Long, See You Tomorrow probably top the list.

What’s your favourite AMBY segment? Let Me Introduce You To… and You’ve Got to Hear This!

Where would you go in a time machine? I really have no idea, but I think I’d probably go back to when I was about 14 and attempt to give myself some kind of direction – I’m curious as to where I’d be with the things I love now if I had started a little earlier.

What’s something about you that nobody knows yet? I imagine some of my friends know this, but I can’t think of anything else: I’ve been trying to form a new band since March 2013. I think I’ve gone through five or six attempted line-ups at this point, and every time it looks like I almost have it, something goes wrong. It’s gotten to the point that I’m considering going solo, but the idea kind of frightens me.


Writer: Alexa van Abbema | Tumblr

Tell us about yourself. I’m a student from Ottawa. I love vinyl, Oscar Wilde, and coffee.

 Who are your five favourite bands? The Smiths, The Strokes, Nirvana, Vampire Weekend, Radiohead (or The Velvet Underground).

What are your favourite albums of 2014? Temples “Sun Structures“, The Horrors “Luminous“, Drowners “Drowners“, The Black Keys “Turn Blue“,  and Mac Demarco “Salad Days”.

What’s your favourite AMBY segment? Getting Cozy With.. & You’ve GOT to Hear This

Where would you go in a time machine? The Stone Roses gig at Spike Island 1990.

What’s something about you that nobody knows yet? I adore Morrissey.


Ollie Salter
Writer:
Ollie Salter | Tell us about yourself. I’m 19 years old, currently studying history and politics at university. Music discovery is my favourite thing – finding a new track to write about and get behind is incredibly satisfying! Lots of music is cross-genre these days, so it can be difficult to classify my preferred ‘genre’, per say. But, that being said, music that reminds me of summer days and summer nights is music that makes me the happiest. I’m also an advocate of cheaper pints of lager and 365 day summers.Who are your five favourite bands? Too difficult a decision! Right now, I’m in love with Mausi, Chromeo, Dan Croll, Young Kato, and Goldroom – five slices of summer right there.

What are your favourite albums of 2014? ‘Sweet Disarray’ (Dan Croll); ‘Built on Glass’ (Chet Faker); ‘So Long, See You Tomorrow’ (Bombay Bicycle Club); ‘No Mythologies To Follow’ (MØ) and well, the Swiss Lips debut (as yet unreleased) because I know it’ll be amazing!

What’s your favourite AMBY segment? Both ‘You’ve GOT to Hear This!’ and ‘Gimme Your Answers’ are pretty awesome.

Where would you go in a time machine? I’m swayed easily by films. So probably 1987, to the town where Adventureland is set. (Check out the soundtrack, it’s amazing!)

What’s something about you that nobody knows yet? I’m not sure I even know yet! I’ll keep you posted, internet.


 

Alex Hay
Writer:
Alex Hay |

Tell us about yourself. Well. I’m always on the go. I believe in adventure, good tea, and sleeping in comfy beds. I am five foot nine,have the back of a ninety year old woman, and my hair grows freakishly fast, so in all my photos you’ll see some pretty deadly roots. My legal name, Alexandria makes me feel super high class an regal, while Alex just makes me feel like a boy. So call me Alexandria for brownie points. If you need me you might not have much luck finding me as I tend to be kind of everywhere. From Traveling  to attending hole in the wall concerts, I keep myself pretty busy, but what’s the fun in being bored?

Who are your five favourite bands? Ugh. Well one thing you’ll figure out about me is that I am absolutely in love with The 1975. I also have quite the soft spot for the boys of One Direction(please don’t judge me too harshly). Among those two I’m pretty content, but I do enjoy Coldplay, Coasts, and everyone’s favorite, The Script.

What are your favourite albums of 2014? The 1975 Deluxe Version, Little Red by Katy B, Helios by The Fray, and Lea Michele’s Louder.

What’s your favourite AMBY segment? Hands down Gimme Your Answers. I love how open The bands get, and I feel like I learn more about the band than an interview with any other blog. Keep rocking it interviewers.

Where would you go in a time machine? I would go back to last week and keep myself from eating a dodgy sushi roll.

What’s something about you that no one knows about you yet? Well it’ll unravel in the next while, but I’ve always wanted to be a band’s tour photographer. Traveling and taking photos are my favorite things In the world, and I would love to do those together.


 

Reuben Jude Corriea
Writer:
Reuben Jude Corriea | @ReubReubs

About: I’m just a sissy emo boy from Mississauga and the only reason I write is to have an excuse to interview bands. I’m in a few dumb bands and I rep peel crew 24/7.

Favourite 3 Bands: Dads, New Order, Milhaus Youth.

Favourite Albums of 2013 So Far: You’re Nothing – Iceage, Feast Of Love – Pity Sex, Pretty Good – Dads.

Favourite AMBY Segment: Gimme Your Answers

Something About Me That Nobody Knows: I’m a pretty open guy, I don’t keep secrets.


 

Josefa
Writer:
Josefa Cameron (JosefaBamBam-Instagram and Facebook)

About: 21-year old music, arts and cultural freelance journalist and band interviewer. Working on a double major in English Lit and Anthropology at UBC in Vancouver. Drums for the all girl band, Hooves. Along with sister, Paulette Cameron, is forming, INTEGRITY, an initiative made to redefine the meaning femininity among young womanhood.

Favourite 3 Bands: The Clash, Tame Impala and BB King.

Favourite Albums of 2013 So Far: The Liminanas, Crystal Anis

Favourite AMBY Segment: Song of the Day

Something About Me That Nobody Knows: I’m writing a book about myself. It includes everything that went on around me with friends and family because I like to think I have a fantastic and interesting life.