1. Introduce us to your project!
Hi, we are called Skyeladder and we a pop rock originals band based in Lancashire UK.
Skyeladder have performed at some memorable places including Manchester’s Bridgewater Hall. The British musical Fireworks championships in front of 10,000 people. Darwen’s Library Theatre Auditorium stage at Darwen Live and Manchester’s O2 and also the Apollo Theatre. They have also appeared numerous times at Carfest North, organised by Chris Evans (Radio 2) the event sold 20,000 tickets, raising money for BBC Children in Need. Janie and Paul have also made numerous radio and TV appearances.
“Janie – Unfortunately, Paul developed bowel cancer and had an operation in Sept 2016 meaning that we were off the gigging circuit for a while. Luckily, he recovered fully (thank goodness).
But the following year November 2017 we were struck by another blow in that our dear friend and lead guitarist Ewan died in a very short period of time from bile duct cancer.
We suffered yet another blow in January 2018 in that Paul (Janie’s hubby and the rhythm guitarist and joint songwriter in the band was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma, cancer again). But being the strong chap that he is Paul is determined to push through and continue with the music even whilst going through intense chemo”
“The band are great in that they are so supportive and are rallying around like real troopers.”
“Paul – We, out of respect to Ewan, only started to look for another lead guitarist recently and have only just added a nice chap to the band line-up called Bill who will be making his full rock debut at Darwen Live.”
Janie – Songwriter/Lead Singer/Rhythm Guitarist/Keyboard/ Percussion
Bill – Lead Guitar
Adam – Bass
Nathan – Drums
Paul – Songwriter/Backing Vocals/Rhythm Guitarist/Keys
We do have an EP coming out later in the year called “Life is for Living” and the first single “What in the World” will be out in August 2018.
However, you can still buy our first album “Yeah Yeah Yeah” in our online store. We also have great merchandise for sale.
You can also listen to our music via various methods and contact us on our Social Media below.
//Skyeladder Music Links//
E – Management@skyeladder.net
W – http://www.skyeladder.net/
F – https://www.facebook.com/skyeladdermusic
S – https://soundcloud.com/skye-ladder
T – https://twitter.com/skyeladder
YT – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCpFv3YxkV7PT9yqGxLWGIxw
Band Publicity Page – https://soundcloud.com/skyeladder-publicity-page
Crowd Funding Campaign – https://rocketfuelhq.com/skyeladder
We currently have a mini tour touring around some of the festivals this May – August in order to promote our new EP and Single. We’ve called it the “Life is for Living Tour” see dates below.”
Skyeladder “Life is for Living” Tour
12/05/2018 – Music on the Meadows – (Acoustic stage)
26/05/2018 – Skemfest Skemersdale The Buffs Community Club
27/05/2018 – Steelfest Irlam – The Steelworks Liverpool Road, Manchester
28/05/2018 – Darwen Live – Library Theatre Auditorium Stage
28/05/2018 – Darwen Live the Crown, 24 Redearth Road, Darwen
07/07/2018 – Lee Rigby Bike Show – Gardeners Arms
19/07/2018 – Breaking Bands for Macmillan Cancer Support’ Cunliffe Hall, Chorley
21/07/2018 – Yewstock (Acoustic Stage) – The Yew Tree, Cauldon
29/07/2018 – St Annes Festival, The Pavillion Ashton Gardens
04/08/2018 – Big Congo Festival Liverpool
25/08/2018 – Nedwood Festival Main Stage – Leicester
2. How did you guys start out?
The band was initially formed via Janie and Paul Britton who met in 2001 after Paul advertised online for a singer (which back then was extremely rare), and they started going out, they later married Dec 5th, 2003.
Janie sings lead vocals, plays keys, percussion and guitar and Paul plays rhythm guitar, keys and backing vocals. Both Paul and Janie are the song writers for the band.
“Paul – Initially we played our songs acoustically, attending open mics to hone our craft and when we felt ready we decided to add a drummer, lead guitarist and bass player to further expand the sound that you hear now”.
Janie and Paul at the start of 2016 added Nathan (drummer), Adam (bass player) and Ewan (lead guitarist) to the band and more recently Bill who replaced Ewan as lead guitarist.
3. Describe your band’s sound.
“Paul – so how to describe the band well, it’s a fusion of Americana and Rock without being too heavily influenced by any genre or artist. Although people have likened us to Fleetwood Mac, the Eagles, Crowded House and The Pretenders.”
4. What influences your craft?
“Jane – for me its what’s around me, life, things that happen on a day to day basis, how I feel personally, things that affect me that make me happy and sad.”
“Paul – For me it’s also life, but also wanting to make people understand, it’s about wanting music to be listened to and not just heard.”
5. What makes your band different? Why should people listen to you?
“I can’t think of any other rock band where the songwriters are married and write together yet individually.”
“I believe we also have an individual sound and we pour our life and soul into our songs.”
6. When introducing people to your music, what song should I show them first? What is your quintessential track?
“I would say What in the World which is going to be the first single off our EP “Life is for Living” available from August 2018.
Janie – “Having recently spent some time in the studio, Skyeladder are preparing to release a new EP back end of 2018. The EP is called “Life is for living” with the first single,” What in the World” being released around August. The EP is also about positivity, love, hope and support.
Skyeladder have launched a crowd funding campaign to complete and promote their new EP “Life is for Living” for more details please see: https://rocketfuelhq.com/skyeladder
We’re also looking to release a charity single in 2019 with all the proceeds going to Cancer research. The video for the song is going to shot in one of the local hospitals and there will be nurses and doctors singing in the chorus of the song.
Here’s a sample of one of the tracks on the EP.
What in the world
7. What has been the biggest struggle in your career so far?
Janie – “I would say the biggest struggle is getting the music heard out of the local area but also being a plus sized singer, it’s been harder to get seen/heard as the music industry still seem prejudice and expect the perfect sized model-esque pop princess icon.”
Paul – “For me personally and I think for the rest of the band the hardest thing we have had to get over is the death of our lead guitarist Ewan, who was an integral part of the band. Luckily, we have found somebody who not only embodies the same musical qualities but also helps to push Skyeladder to new heights.”
8. What has been the biggest highlight in your career so far?
Skyeladder have performed at some memorable places including Manchester’s Bridgewater Hall. The British musical Fireworks championships in front of 10,000 people. Darwen’s Library Theatre Auditorium stage at Darwen Live and Manchester’s O2 and also the Apollo Theatre. They have also appeared numerous times at Carfest North, organised by Chris Evans (Radio 2) the event sold 20,000 tickets, raising money for BBC Children in Need. Janie and Paul have also made numerous radio and TV appearances
9. How bright is the future of your project – what are the plans?
Janie – “Our aim is to play as many shows/festivals as we can as we love to gig. We’d also love to get a song on Radio 2, BBC Introducing and Six Music and get our songs published and heard globally.”
Paul – “We’ve recently engaged a PR company to help us to raise the profile of the band, which we hope will make our music more accessible.”
Another one of Janie and Pauls specific dreams is to head over to Nashville to play.
Paul also said – “The future is so bright I gotta wear shades LOL”.
10. When all is said and done, how would you like to be remembered?
Paul – “I’d like to be remembered for the lyrics. I heard someone the other day arguing that melody is the most important part of a song because it’s what you hum or whistle, but if that’s the case, why aren’t there more instrumentals around? Lyrics are vital and to me, the most important part of a song, as the main lyricist in the band, I hope they stand out enough to make people listen and if they listen, then the story of the song will come through, and each song has a message, if that message gets heard then maybe just maybe something might change.”
Janie – “For me I’d like to be known, and remembered for our great songs, the stories we tell in the songs and our performance and rapport with the audience. Also, hopefully for my great vocals lol being the plus sized lead singer and all.”
Final note from Paul – “Being remembered isn’t necessarily the most important thing that we do, its’ more about leaving a legacy, a footprint. Something that we hope will help to change people’s attitudes and we hope to get rid of some of the anger in the world and promote more love and positivity.”