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Italian Pop Artist, Marco Gray, Releases Track that Celebrates LGBTQ+ and Spirituality

Marco Gray is launching his latest single, ‘Ten Mo..

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Marco Gray is launching his latest single, ‘Ten More Times’, in England after already achieving a huge following in his native Italy. His new home in London has given him the freedom to express himself more honestly than ever before. ‘Ten More Times’ is the unfiltered Marco Gray – spiritual, passionate, funny and loving. Although fans in Italy have already shown so much support and love for his music, Marco has always felt that, as a gay man, he was expected to act in a stereotypical way for the media – something he never felt comfortable with.

Though not an overtly religious person, Marco is happy that his own spirituality can exist perfectly well alongside his life as a gay man. ‘Ten More Times’ is a timely reminder that relationships in the LGBTQ+ community are every bit as complex and often frustrating as the straight community. Although proud to be gay, Marco’s experience with elements of the Italian media, who were often eager to accentuate the camper and more outrageous elements, has often left him frustrated that this does more to pigeonhole him than show him as an artist who wants to relate to all people, whatever their background.

Listen to ‘Ten More Times’ here

Hear what Marco has to say about the message behind ‘Ten More Times’:

“Ten
More Times takes inspiration from one of those typical loves that all genders
have in modern era: love with somebody who is maybe busy…who doesn’t have a
free frame of mind. So, song one side sings, “if you don’t set your mind free,
there’s no chance for us to be” and “ten more times I’ll say I love you”. It’s
one of those moments that you impose on yourself: the rule not to follow the
other person’s needs and put a limit to this uncertain state of affairs that
otherwise would last forever, bringing you down”.

“Many
think that these kinds of things are only typical of the straight world, but
often behind the image of fun, these kinds of things also happen to gay people
(who, yes have normal feelings too) or Bi, or trans identities”.

Watch the video for ‘Ten More Times’

Shot in London, the video to ‘Ten More Times’ shows Marco comfortable in a city he now calls ‘home’, a place he is comfortable being himself and which has always opened doors to him since his arrival (despite his self-consciousness about his accent!) and which has led to his passions for tea, cake and gin! All the good stuff!

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Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/marcogray

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No1 Showcase: The Art Of David Hicks

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David Hicks is a photographer who is just as interested in the behind-the-scenes stories as he is in the stories themselves. A true photojournalist, Hicks aims to capture every aspect of waking life.

Whether that be everyday activities on the streets of Cuba to the passionate and dynamic tango culture in Buenos Aries, Hicks will be there to experience it and share it. He says of his tango collection: “The Tango, a now-popular dance between a man and a woman, started in its current form in the mid-1800s, after a massive migration to Argentina, mostly by men. Because men outnumbered women by quite some number, the only way for a man to get close to a woman was via a brothel or by dance. The men practiced together, as you’d have to be a great dancer to get a woman’s attention. So, this very sexual dance you see now was born out of the reality for men in those old days. Nowadays, you see it performed often, usually on the street corners of Buenos Aires, with live musicians or a pre-recorded soundtrack, and they do it for the tips!”

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No1 News: The Mad Game Embark On Their Latest Rage Against The Machine

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It can always be a struggle when you music possesses such a crucial and pertinent message and yet you’re blocked by the damning limitations of ‘going under the radar’ – electronic animated anarchists ‘The Mad Game’ know this all too well.

The band’s debut EP, ‘Player One’, is a righteous middle finger to what they describe as ‘The Mad Game’ – the absurdities in society that have been integrated as the status quo – after tangling with governments, security services and local mafia. Their message of outrage and vitriol is a potent one found across the EPs five tracks – a mere morsel of their true potential – and is certainly enough to make listeners pay attention.

The trio’s soundscape is an eclectic one: the righteous indignation of the best punk music married beautifully to the jarring and skittish landscapes of the best electronica. The lead track, ‘Game Over ‘, in particular makes a phenomenal first impression to the animated anarchists with members Sonu, Karla and Sonya giving their respective inputs to this chilling three-pronged attack. What these newcomers nail best is their sincerity.

It’s hard to take such a venomous assault from someone you don’t genuinely believe has lived through the horrors that they detail – The Mad Game give off no such illusion. What you hear is authentic and those unaware of the band’s craft will soon learn to such things. It makes for a truly gripping and inspiring experience.

This is not a project that anyone should overlook regardless of their tastes; thoughtful, well crafted and genuine music. Not something 2021 receives in surplus.

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No1 Finds: Tunetables – A Stylish Solution To Music Storage

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“The Tunetables idea was borne,” says Rob Chappelhow, the man behind a range of ingenious new storage solutions, “out of a personal desire to have my music collection around me once again.”

That’s something all of us record-collector’s can empathise with. Now, I’ve banged on before about how, for many of us, digital streaming doesn’t cut it. Streaming services are great, but for a large number of us hard-core music fans, we want something we can hold in our sweaty hands, right? But, once you have all those lovely records, where do you put them?

Flat-pack shelving is fine, but it’s hardly inspiring. That’s where the Tunetables range comes into its own. More words from Rob Chappelhow, who explains that the idea came to him during a visit to  the Joe Strummer Archive exhibition in the basement of Fred Perry’s flagship store in Covent Garden – “Set out under an acrylic plinth was Strummer’s personal tape cassette collection…his musical heritage and inspiration perfectly showcased.”

It was totally spellbinding. I soon started to conceptualise how I could create my own version of this…a personal time capsule of life-affirming music. I wanted something that could be inherently useful, something that I would see and use every day, and that would be a talking point for like-minded music enthusiasts.”

And lo! Tunetables was born… What Chappelhow has done is to take brand new music-equipment flight-cases (the type we are well-used to seeing lugged around by roadies and musicians) and turn them into hand-crafted storage solutions for your CDs, tapes and vinyl. It’s a wonderful idea and, most importantly, they look great. As mentioned, each case is built by hand, and can be personalised with your own initials (or whatever you fancy). Storage ranges from 100 – 500 for CDs, 30 – 60 for tapes, and 75 for vinyl. That’s not a bad amount at all. I can see a lot of people going for this, from pro and semi-pro musicians to plain music-lovers such as myself. This is modern design with an old-school aesthetic. Check them out for yourself!

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