About Team AMBY

Alicia Atout
Owner, Writer, and Photographer:
Alicia Atout | @aliciaatout

Tell us about yourself. Howdy everyone, I’m Alicia — creator and owner of A Music Blog, Yea?. I’m 19 and live in Toronto, Ontario. I absolutely love music, going to and photographing concerts, and interviewing — it’s always a joy meeting the bands who inspire me to write. I’m also a fan of anything high-waisted, sticky notes, poutine, karaoke video games, eighties music, barbeque fam jams, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, hot chocolate, and lyricism. I also like long walks on the beach, of course.

Who are your five favourite bands? As difficult as this is, I’d have to go with 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, Happy Alone by Saintseneca, Always Boys by Big Deal, Luv, Hold Me Down by Drowners, Waking Up On Time by Mounties, 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 1, 000 bands. Not too shabby!


 

Yaz Atout
Writer:
Yaz Atout |

About: Six Foot Two

Who are your five favourite bands? The Beatles, Bombay Bicycle Club, Maximo Park, Dashboard Confessional, Sloan.

What are your favourite albums of 2014? Mounties — Thrash Rock Legacy, Bombay Bicycle Club – So Long, See You Tomorrow, Big Deal — Sakura EP, Stella Ella Ola — I Think We Should Hang Out All The Time, Braid — No Coast

What’s your favourite AMBY segment? Gimme Your Answers

Where would you go in a time machine? I would travel to The Dakota in 1980 to club Mark David Chapman in the head.

What’s something about you that nobody knows yet? I cease to exist.


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…


 

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!!


 

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.


Stefanie Romano
Writer: Stefanie Romano |

Tell us about yourself. I’m a sun-chaser and a star-gazer, I’m a musician and always making music. I believe that Toronto is a strong collaborative self-sustaining community and the talent that comes out of it is proof enough! You’ve probably seen me before, I’m a year round beach-dweller and repeat-concert goer – I love writing, and exploring life with words and sounds. Language is the most powerful tool we have.

Who are your five favourite bands? Are you kidding?… The Police, Tragically Hip,  Radiohead, Broken Social Scene, Metric, Feist, Stars, DFA 1979, Bush, No Doubt, Weezer, July Talk, The Darcys, Tokyo Police Club

What are your favourite albums of 2014? Kevin Drew – Darlings, Tokyo Police Club – Forcefield, Cold Specks – Neuroplasticity, Stars – No One Is Lost, Foo Fighers – Sonic Highways, The New Pornographers – Brill Bruisers

What’s your favourite AMBY segment? Gimme Your Answers

Where would you go in a time machine? Portishead Live at the Roseland NYC (1997)

What’s something about you that nobody knows yet? When I wake up and recall a dream, I remember a vivid soundtrack rather than a sequence of events.


 

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, MØ’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.


Stephanie Wong
Photographer:
Stephanie Wong |

Tell us about yourself. I’m 23 years old, from Toronto, Ontario. My first concert was Christina Aguilera and I’ve been hooked to live music ever since, I even tried getting a job as an usher at the ACC to catch more shows!

Who are you 5 Favourite Bands? Passion Pit, The 1975, Magic Man, The Lumineers, Fun.

What are your favourite albums of 2014? Magic Man – Before the Waves, Sam Smith – In the Lonely Hour, the 1975 – the 1975

What’s your favourite AMBY segment? Ah, I can’t just pick one! I’d say, Gimme Your Answers and Concert Photos!

Where would you go in a time machine? Back to the future!

What’s something about you that nobody knows yet? I’m a closeted fan of country music!


Emma Donahue

Photographer: Emma Donahue | @emmadonahue98

Tell Us About Yourself:
I’m a sixteen year old photographer based in New York City. I am a Spotify addict, I make playlists for months, for seasons, which consist of over 500 songs. I absolutely love live music, I always crave to get as close as I can to the stage, even if it means waiting in line for 9 hours. I love being able to shoot concerts just feet away from some of my favorite artists and love interviewing and photographing artists behind the scenes. Although most weekends I am out shooting shows, I love a night in with Netflix, pizza, and pyjamas. My camera is like my baby, and when most people are online shopping for clothes I spend the majority of my time online shopping for expensive lenses I cannot afford!!

Who are your five favourite bands? Oh god only my five favorite.. not really sure if that’s possible since I have a list of my 25 favorite bands.. I apologize for the 20 bands that I wont acknowledge. If I really had to narrow it down to five I’d say The Kooks, Two Door Cinema Club, The 1975, Catfish and the Bottlemen, and Atlas Genius. ( I am already rethinking this list oh well)

What are your favourite albums of 2014? Listen- The Kooks, The Balcony- Catfish and the Bottlemen, The Morning- Lewis Watson, and like 100 others that I won’t list.

What’s your favourite AMBY segment? My favorite segment is the 5 Quick Picks because I found one of my current favorite songs (High School Lover- Cayucas) on one of the lists.

Where would you go in a time machine? I would go back to The Police’s first live performance of Message in a Bottle in 1979, that song reminds me of long road trips to Maine when I was little, my parents played a steady stream of The Police, U2, Coldplay, and Kiss growing up.

What’s something about you that nobody knows yet? Hmm.. I guess that I have a collection of all my photo passes in my room, after every show I stick the pass to paper and cut it out and put it with my camera collection.


 

Iain Fox
Photographer: Iain Fox | @iainafoxphoto

Tell us about yourself: I’m Iain and I’m from near Manchester in the UK. I’m a lost cowboy perpetually saving for the next road trip west, although most of the time I’m a media lecturer. I love baseball, Withnail & I, huge landscapes, headphones, and a large glass of vino.

Who are your five favourite bands? Although my answer would probably change each time I am asked this question, today I’m going to go for The Rolling Stones (they’ll always be on the list), The Mountain Goats, Sparklehorse, The Strokes, and Pearl Jam.

What are your favourite albums of 2014? Angus & Julia Stone – Angus & Julia Stone, Spoon – They Want My Soul, Beck – Morning Phase, Lydia Loveless – Somewhere Else and Hiss Golden Messenger – Lateness of Dancers

What’s your favourite AMBY segment? The variety of interviews and live reviews and photos is incredible.

Where would you go in a time machine? Back to a time when I had hair!

What’s something about you that nobody knows yet? I’m old enough to have seen Nirvana!


Sam Miles
Name:
Samantha Miles | @samanthamilez

Tell us about yourself: I’m a 19-year-old college student studying photography and fashion. I love going to shows, knitting, and making art. I also have a slight addiction to tapioca pudding and recently bought my first LP.

Who are your five favorite bands? The Killers, Dance Gavin Dance, Have Mercy, Bad Rabbits, and Copeland.

What are your favorite albums of 2014? Lobby Boxer-Lobby Boxer EP, The Damn Choir-Creatures of Habit, Moose Blood- I’ll Keep You In Mind, From Time To Time, Foxing- The Albatross, and Secret Band- Secret Band to name a few.

What’s your favorite AMBY segment? Concert Photos and You’ve Got To Hear This.

Where would you go in a time machine? America in the 1920s.

What’s something about you that nobody knows yet? I knew I wanted to photograph shows when I went to my first concert and was more interested in what the photographers were doing than the band!


 

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.


Jack McCabe
Writer:
Jack McCabe |

Tell us about yourself. My name is Jack McCabe, I’m 19 and studying law at the University of Manchester and have recently started writing for AMBY after writing for a few other blogs. I absolutely love music and it’s incredible to be able to go to gigs and meet artists for a job, it’s perfect. The best part of it is meeting the artists who you never thought you would get to, Ed Sheeran, Frank Turner, and Ben Howard to name a few – The type of people who make you want to write about music in the first place. I also play the drums and work at the biggest music venue in Manchester, other than that I really like chicken nuggets.

Who are your five favourite bands? Holy moly that is difficult, there are far too many in terms of ever so I am going to pick my fave favourite bands right now. Royal Blood, Jamie T, Biffy Clyro, Frank Turner, and Amber Run – if you haven’t heard of Amber Run, go and listen to them, they’re top.

What are your favourite albums of 2014? So Long, See You Tomorrow – Bombay Bicycle Club, Carry on the Grudge – Jamie T, The Morning – Lewis Watson, Wanted On Voyage – George Ezra, and This Is All Yours – Alt-J

What’s your favourite AMBY segment? It has to be ‘Gimme your answers’ I absolutely love doing interviews and it’s what I like to think I’m best at, there’s nothing like talking to an artist and finding out something that hopefully know one else has, or asking them a question which they genuinely have to think about to answer, this has only happened to me a couple of times but trust me it’s difficult. I also love reading interviews, to find out what actually goes on inside the heads of people who seem a world apart from us, but trust me, they’re all quite normal.

Where would you go in a time machine? I’d go back to the 5th July 2014 and see the Libertines again, they were incredible.

What’s something about you that nobody knows yet? I am absolutely obsessed with Battle Rap, DFAFD.


 

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 myself to 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.


 

Ollie SalterWriter: Ollie Salter | @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.


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… ;)


 

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!


Lauren Moro
Writer:
Lauren Morocco |

Who are your five favourite bands? This is a tricky and loaded question. I think I have to go with the first five that pop in my head or else you’d get about five paragraphs of: “mmm… hmmm.. maybe….. this band? No, no… maybe…. This band?” So here goes: New Order/Joy Division, I count them as one; The Walkmen; LCD Soundsystem (RIP); Future Islands;  Otis Redding. I’m going to regret this or think of someone else as soon as I submit it.

What are your favourite albums of 2014? A bit easier – Solids: Blame Confusion,  Spoon: They Want My Soul, The War on Drugs: Lost in the Dream; Timber Timbre: Hot Dreams; this one isn’t out as I’m writing this, but based on the two singles, I’m anticipating Ty Segall’s Manipulator will be one; Hamilton Leithauser: Black Hours; Walter Martin: We’re all Young Together; Jungle: Jungle; Lee Fields and the Expressions: Emma Jean; St. Paul & The Broken Bones: Half the City. I’m sure there’s more I’m forgetting.

What’s your favourite AMBY segment? Gimme Your Answers, because I don’t write it, and getting to know a band via unconventional interview questions and anecdotes is always great!

Where would you go in a time machine? If my presence in the past wasn’t going to change anything in the future (see: Homer Simpson in Tree House of Horrors), I would probably go to the Cavern Club to see The Beatles in the very beginning of their career. To Manchester in 1979 to see Joy Division perform, or 1970 to see Janis Joplin perform on the Festival Express (Woodstock is another option).

What’s something about you that nobody knows yet? I took figure skating lessons as a child and I regret not pursuing it into adulthood so I could wear sequins, and unitards in a socially acceptable way.


 

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.


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.