Caught Dua Lipa performing her new single One Kiss with DJ Superstar Calvin Harris, and all I’ll say this this; Dua Lipa and Calvin Harris are a pair of musical geniuses quite simply waiting to happen and One Kiss is just fantastic. Their performance was abstract, incredible and upbeat to say the least, also it was on a raised-curved platform with an LED-led background and it was just the two of them. One Kiss is one of those singles that you cannot get bored of even if you play it a few times over, and I’ve heard it on the radio a few times and fell in love with it first time round.
Swedish Superstar DJ, Avicii has sadly died at the age of 28. He had worked extensively with numerous well-known artists in the music industry including Aloe Blacc, Madonna, Coldplay and most recently Rita Ora. Born Tom Bergling he was discovered by Radio 1 DJ Pete Tong in a DJ competition 10 years ago in 2018 and since then went on have a stellar career, though he retired two years prior due to health problems. Avicii leaves behind an awesome music legacy.
Three days ago lead singer (one of 5) of the British 5-piece harmony band, The Overtones, died on the 11th April at the age of 36 from skin cancer. I openly admit I wasn’t a major fan of the group but that doesn’t mean that I didn’t enjoy their music. The British music has lost another talented singer and my condolences go out to both his friends, family, fans and the other remaining four band member Mark Franks, Lachie Chapman, Mike Crawshaw and Darren Everest
RIP Timmy Matley, you’ll be sorely missed
Finished watching a certain Australian pop princess on the TV, that certain pop princess was non other than Kylie Minogue. Ms Minogue was singing her new single Stop Me From Falling and I have to say that made brilliant listening pleasure and sounded completely different from anything she’s done in the past. If anyone’s ever heard much of her back catalogue of music will know of her sound, Falling had a rich gospel tone to it and had a slight upbeat folk/country-like back-beat to it as well. If anything Kylie’s not lost any of her touch, or her voice for that matter. Welcome back Ms Minogue
An article I did for Blasting News UK recently, have a read and enjoy.
This was an interview I did with Nottingham-based band Eyre Llew for their upcoming album Atelo. Sadly the interview itself never saw the light of day so for all those who’re fans of the funky trio, have a read and enjoy.
How long did you work on this album?
We wrote, recorded and produced it over 2 years around touring and playing festivals around Europe
What can we expect?
It’s dynamic with ambient soundscapes and sing-along chorus. We’re really proud of it with parts recorded all over the UK
Are there any tracks to listen out for?
We’ve released two singles from it so far, Atelo and Havoc. They were released with videos from our album video series that were shot in Norway and the Gran Canaria.
What sort of album is it, sound-wise?
We’re often labelled as a post-rock/indie band. That’s definitely where our influences are.
Inspirations for the album?
We’ve got fancy pedal boards so we love reverbs and delays. Artists such as Noah Gunderson, Bon Iver, Sigur Ros and A Winged Victory for The Sullen.
Who did you collaborate with in the making?
No one. We self-produced the album. Though we did have a group vocal recording for our fans at the studio.
What are you calling the album?
The album is called Atelo.
Looking forward to touring with it?
Yes definitely, S. Korea, nine countries around Europe, UK tours and an album launch show at Rescue Rooms, Nottingham on November 10th.
How much interest has been raised?
We’ve been touring around Europe for two years now, playing festivals all over. The response has been wonderful, it’s great to get over our first album to our patient fans.
Any possible future collaborations?
Not sure yet, but we’re open to ideas.
Just thought I’d take a moment to mention the amazing Keale Settle who I saw perform her amazing single This Is Me on TV a couple of weeks ago (yes, that long ago). It’s taken from the hit film The Greatest Showman, which I’ve yet to even see but it stars one of my favourite actors, Hugh Jackman. Anyways, her performance was fantastic to say the least and it was like watching an actual West End performance but all crammed into just a few minutes. Keale’s just got this beautiful voice which grabs your attention with very little effort and apparently she’s also in the film playing the part of the Bearded Lady, Lettie Lutz. If you ever get the chance watch it on YouTube or just watch out for her in the film. Even though this is the only song I’ve heard from her I’d happily rate her as an artist. Now is it just me or are the Americans churning out some really good artists these days?
I’ve heard this quite a bit on the radio recently, and seen the video on sky TV music channels a couple of times and my god it’s officially grown on me, BIG TIME!!! Finesse (Remix) featuring Cardi B which has also been nicknamed The 90’s Song is just fantastic listening and for anyone who grew up listening to hip-hop and R&B in the early-mid 90’s this song is a direct through back to that era. For me this might as well be my early childhood memories played back to me on the radio as it’s a complete dead-ringer for that era. The energy, fast-paced lyrics, everything, seriously it’s all there. Bruno Mars has got one of those voices that just gets your attention from the moment he opens his mouth, and I openly admit that although I’m not a huge fan of his he has done some musical gems. Cardi B has got a fast-paced, energetic voice which you probably can’t help but sing/mime to if you can keep up the pace, in many ways her vocal talents remind me of the amazing late Lisa Left-Eye Lopes. Seriously America I don’t know how you’re even doing it but you are churning out some incredible artists, please, please, please, please, please keep it up
It’s that time again in which the UK will vote on its singing representative, who one chosen to represent the UK in this years’ Eurovision Song Contest 2018 in Lisbon, Portugal. Now I openly admit I’m not a huge almighty fan of the Eurovision but even I have to admit I’ve got something for a weakness for it (when quickly flicking back-and-forth between that and Glastonbury which I much prefer anyway, just saying). Now, this year we’ve got six new artists to choose from, and so far, there seems to be some potential.
This years’ (lucky?) hopefuls
A solo artist who has been on UK TV before on Britain’s Got Talent back in 2013, she’ll be performing her new song Legends. Legends has a mixture of tribal beat, infectious rhythm and energy that just fuses together with very little effort and as far so solo artists go Asanda’s just amazing.
Goldstone: I Feel The Love
An all-female trio consisting of Rhiannon, Helen and Aimee who between them all have experience both acting and singing both on TV and stage who’ll be singing their song I Feel The Love. It’s exactly 3 minutes long and it’s fast-paced, energetic and upbeat from the start and the girls voice fuse together effortlessly.
Jaz Ellington: You
One of only two male solo artists in the six who is also a talented old-school soul-singer who’s got one amazing voice will be performing his song You. Seriously though he sounds really good and You makes for great listening pleasure.
Liam Tamne: Astronaut
The second of our male solo artists and West End Star who’s performed in numerous hit musicals such as Wicked, Hairspray and Phantom of the Opera to name but a few. A guy with an incredible who who’ll be putting his acting talents aside to sing his song Astronaut. Liam has got an incredible voice that captivates your attention and his entry song makes good listening.
This woman is practically the jack-of-all-trades where the performing industry’s concerned as she’s got numerous talents; singer, dancer, vocal-coach and DJ, and to top it off she’s performed in some of the top clubs around the world. She’s also an accomplished actress to. Raya will be singing her song Crazy. It’s just under 3 minutes long and the song itself is both catchy, fresh and has that upbeat feel to it.
Out of all of our six hopefuls she is the only one with experience in the Eurovision itself having appeared way back in 2015 as a backing singer for Loic Nottet and Blanche last year (small world). SuRie has much singing experience under her belt and will be performing her song Storm. It’s just a second over 3 minutes long and sounds very soothing and her voice glides through the song beautifully.