Imelda May Chats With Essentially Pop About Her New Release, Life And Love

Imelda May is surely one of our best songwriters. Having been born and raised in Dublin, she began her career at 16 performing locally. Now, on the eve of releasing her sixth studio album ‘11 Past the Hour’, she is known worldwide and critically acclaimed. She has worked with some of the world’s greatest producers and artists and when releasing the debut single from this new album was able to call upon friends Noel Gallagher and Ronnie Wood to collaborate. She really is that rare thing of being an artist’s artist.

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THE OLD MAN’S BACK AGAIN – Fatima Mansions’ Cathal Coughlan On Politics, The Pandemic And ‘Song Of Co-Aklan’ His First Album In 10 Years

Carving out a reputation as one of indie’s most challenging and erudite lyricists with Microdisney in the ’80s, Cathal Coughlan went and did it all again in…

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Laoise Releases Video To Accompany Her Uplifting But Sensitive New Song, ‘Gravy’ And We Get To Have A Chat With Another Exciting Irish Singer.

Laoise, pronounced ‘Leesha’ if you’re as bad at Irish names as I am, has released her video to accompany last week’s single release ‘Gravy’. Brought up in Galway but now living on a tiny island off of the western coast of Ireland, the song is from a forthcoming EP.

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Cha:dy Releases ‘Lazy’, A Moving Song That Looks At Mental Health In Young People And Launches A Big Year For This Outstanding Talent

Cha:dy is a Parisian alt-jazz singer who, last week, released new single ‘Lazy’. Taken from a forthcoming EP, it shines a light on young people suffering with mental health. Having suffered herself, Cha:dy was able to tap into her innermost emotions to write a song that is as honest as it is moving. Steve Holley had the chance to speak with Cha:dy.

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Exclusive interview with Allegra

Allegra, star of new pop bop-and-a-half, Do What I Want, is a girl on a mission. Her aim: to get to know herself better and to encourage others to do the same. We sat down with the budding young talent to find out more.

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Jeremiah Fraites Of The Lumineers Chats With EP As He Releases His Debut Solo Record ‘Piano, Piano’, An Instrumental Record Of Such Beauty That It’s So Much More Than Just Music, It’s A Salve In These Troubled Times

Steve Holley speaks with The Lumineers’ co-founder, Jeremiah Fraites, about his music, and new album, ‘Piano, Piano’.

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Layabout Black Bass Player And Co-Creator Greg Price Talks With EP About The Creation Of A New Musical Genre Born In The Land Of Pirates

Greg Price is a man on a mission. Also known as Layabout, the vocalist and bass guitarist from South London is making music for a new generation. With co songwriter Pharaoh Black and vocalist Robyn a new genre is being created in a place steeped in the history of some of the most famous Pirates. Punk Reggae is a genre that takes the legacy of Jamaica’s rich history of trade and anarchy and unleashes it in musical form. Not trying to be anything old but with respect of the past, not trying to be something other than a new music for an ever changing world but forged in the culture of Jamaica but with a hint of South London swagger. I was lucky enough to chat to bassist and co creator of Layabout Black about this new adventure and found him to be knowledgeable, hopeful and creative. A polite savage making music to transport you to a different place. Enjoy.

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Raul Malo, Lead Singer Of World Famous The Mavericks, Talks To Essentially Pop About ‘En Español’, The UK Tour And The Incredible Christmas Single ‘Happy Holidays’

The Mavericks, the Miami band famous for being able to cross so many boundaries between Americana, Country and Rock’n’Roll have this year added a new string to their multiple CMA and Grammy award winning bow. They have released a record entirely in Spanish. ‘En Español’ is quite simply The Mavericks in Spanish and is such a tour de force that it landed at #22 in the UK indie chart, #6 in the UK Americana chart as well as topping Billboard’s Latin Pop Album Chart. This incredible album is produced by the irrepressible lead singer Raul Malo with long time collaborator Niko Bolas, who has produced such greats as Neil Young, Prince and Sheryl Crow.

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Wesley Schultz Of The Lumineers Chats With Us About His Latest Release ‘Vignettes’ And Tells Us His Favourite Christmas Record

Steve Holley speaks to Wesley Schultz, of The Lumineers, about his solo album, ‘Vignettes’.

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Yoniro On Patriarchy, Italy, And Her inspirations – An Interview

Samuel Civilla and Pedro Maltez speak to Yoniro about her artistic concept, her music, and the differences between living and working in Italy and Australia.

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Shirley Klaris Yonavieve Edwards, Known As SKYE, Talks With Essentially Pop About The Amazing New Record ‘Goodnight Songs For Rebel Girls’ And Her Part In It

SKYE is probably best known as the lead singer of the iconic Morcheeba but recently she has embarked upon a new initiative. She has joined forces with a collection of incredible female vocalists on an album to accompany, or rather complement, the stories from the books ‘Goodnight Stories For Rebel Girls’. The books are a wonderful collection which highlight remarkable women and their extraordinary lives. Empowering, moving and inspirational stories are made all the more powerful by the addition of the incredible illustrations by sixty female artists from around the world.

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Rising Star Katie Kittermaster Releases ‘ Every Breath You Take’ And Answers A Few Questions For Essentially Pop

Katie Kittermaster is a singer songwriter from Kent who has recently been making real waves. This year would have been a very busy one with live dates a plenty in her own right and as a supporting act for some substantiated names in the industry. She toured with a recent interviewee of mine, Lucy Spraggan, and is about to release her new single, a cover of the classic ‘Every Breath You Take’. I was lucky enough to be able to ask her a few questions about what she’s been up to, the single and the sumptuous backdrop of the video to accompany it. Katie’s version of the song comes from a different place to the original and works beautifully. 

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Six Quick Questions With Dublin Band Wild Youth

Wild Youth are, in their own words, “one of the hottest Irish bands to emerge in recent times” and they’ve certainly established themselves as a name in their homeland, and are making great strides across the globe, with a view to world domination. Their most recent single, ‘Through The Phone’, was released earlier this month, and comes with a pastel-coloured music video, where they get creative with paint on an 80s era rotary phone.

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Essentially Pop Gets To Chat With Sacha Puttnam Who Is To Release ‘Spirit Of Cinema’ On November 6th

I’m a self confessed lover of soundtrack music. The first vinyl I ever bought was the soundtrack from ‘A Fistful of Dollars’ and ‘For A Few Dollars More’ by Ennio Morricone. That led to ‘Great Western Film Themes Collection’, and ‘ The Good, The Bad & The Ugly’, and I was hooked. These days I have over 150 soundtracks on vinyl and a majority of these are Morricone. So, when I got the chance to chat with Sacha Puttnam: classical musician, soundtrack composer and rock keyboard playing son of legendary movie producer Lord David Puttnam, it’s hard to underestimate my excitement. Add to that the fact that he is just about to release a stunning collection of reimagined soundtrack music from some of his father’s greatest films, which unsurprisingly number among some of the greatest films ever, and you may still underestimate.

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Won’t Let The Sun Go Down: Nik Kershaw Speaks To Us Ahead Of Release Of New Studio Album, ‘Oxymoron’

Lisa spoke last month to Nik Kershaw about his 9th studio album, ‘Oxymoron’, which is set for release this Friday, 16 October. An OG Kershaw fan, the prospect of speaking to the man himself knocked Lisa for 6, but thankfully she persevered.

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CONJURING THE SPIRIT OF THE PAST- Professor And The Madman’s Sean Elliott On The Quartet’s New 1970s-Inspired Concept Album ‘Seance’

Though mostly written and recorded before the waking nightmare we’ve come to know as 2020, Professor and the Madman’s new album seems oddly prescient….

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Glastonbury Repeat Performer, Lucy Spraggan, One Of Our Brightest Stars, Chats About Her New Single, ‘Flowers’, And A Personal Relaunch

Without any doubt, Lucy Spraggan is one of our brighter stars. Anyone that can release 5 albums in the past 9 years with an exciting sixth on the way early next year, play world famous Glastonbury twice, with this year’s third appearance sadly postponed, has certainly stood the most important first test for any artist, the test of time. That she should be more excited now about the future than feasibly at any time before, looking forward to a record she thinks might just be her best proves she has so much to give.

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Everyone Is My Friend: James Bourne Talks To Us About Life, His Music, And Upcoming Album ‘Safe Journey Home’

James Bourne is set to release his debut album, Safe Journey Home’, on October 23. Preceded by the single, ‘Everyone Is My Friend’, the Busted / Son Of Dork artist took some time to talk to Lisa about his music, his trans-continental lifestyle, and his friends – including Jedward.

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Jedward Speak To RTE2fm About Black Lives Matter, Influencers, And Simon Cowell

Jedward spoke this morning to Eoghan McDermott and Doireann Garrihy on Irish radio station RTE2fm, and candidly talked about some of the events of the past few months.

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PHARMAGEDDON – Paranoid Visions’ Peter Jones On Anarchy, Irish Punk And COVID-19

Ireland’s longest running punk band, Paranoid Visions formed in Dublin in 1981.

Heavily influenced by UK anarcho-punks like Crass and Flux of Pink Indians – they operate outside the mainstream music industry, releasing music under their own label FOAD (Fuck Off And Die).

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