Bulgaria’s 2020 Eurovision act VICTORIA recently released her entry for the 2020 competition. ‘Tears Getting Sober’ – out now – is a beautifully produced piece of orchestral pop, full of magical strings reminiscent of a show-stopping Disney ballad. Ahead of the event, we asked Victoria some questions about Eurovision, her music, and her upcoming livestream.
Dave Wakeling is probably best known as lead singer of The Beat. After a debut hit on 2 Tone Records with a cover of Smokey Robinson’s ‘Tears of a Clown’, he and his band went on to gain almost legendary status within the two tone and ska music genre and continued to have hits until they split in 1983.
‘Irreplaceable’, is the title of singer, songwriter, and producer’s Ian Guerin’s triumphant new album, however it also describes his irreplaceable velvet and passionate voice and the titanic talent belonging to its creator. Already celebrating several successful singles generated from the album including, ‘Cry’, UK Best R&B Soul Song of the year, UK #1 single, ‘Roll the Dice’, and ‘Free Time’, four time award winning U.K. #1 single, which has just been released in the US.
Esteemed singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer Rachael Sage has recently revealed her most bold, courageous and stunning endeavour to date coming in the form of album ‘Character’. Polly caught up with Rachael to catch her thoughts on her new album, overcoming battles and empowering females in the music industry.
Singer-songwriter, and women’s advocate, EMM uses her powerful vocals and edgy lyrics, to showcase her point of view. A producer, who is also a classically trained multi-instrumentalist, EMM has a hand in every instrument on every track, every word she sings, and every melody you hear. She is also helping to change the woeful statistics of women in music, which currently stands at around 5% of producers in the industry today being female.
EMM has performed around Los Angeles to audiences in the largest arenas, and small intimate club gatherings. Her social media following is growing by the day, and her most music video, ‘FREEDOM’, has garnered more than a million views.
Lisa spoke with EMM about her life, her music, and what she stands for.
Following on from our post about Icelandic post-rock band VAR, and their latest single, ‘Moments’, from the upcoming release, ‘The Never-Ending Year’, Lisa had the chance to speak with bassist Egill Björgvinsson, and drummer Sigurður Ingi Einarsson, and asked them about VAR, their music, and the Icelandic sound.
Late July is the nom de plume of Nicole Simone, a singer songwriter with a lot to offer. Originally from Toronto, Canada, she spent much of her childhood in Del Mar, California, leading her to consider herself bi-coastal, Despite her stage name, Late July’s month of preference is actually October. Late July’s recent single, ‘Calling To The Moon’, was released in Late January, and comes with a music video which was shot in Bronson Canyon, in Griffith Park, Los Angeles, which is probably most famous for being the location of the Bat Cave, in the 1960s ‘Batman’ TV series.
As part of her series of interviews with Los Angeles artists, Lisa had a chat with Late July and asked her some questions.
Dare You Not To are a UK 5 piece boyband made up of Huw, Brodie, Dushane, Max and Chase. Although they’ve been together less tahn a year, their social media followers are increasing every day, ensuring that DYNT are certainly a boyband you need to know about.
Amy got the chance to speak to the boys about tour life and their future plans.
The very talented young singer eli. has recently dropped his brand new single “make it” in to the world. His single “i’m sad” has racked up an astonishing 50 million streams to date! He also has a phenomenal 1.3 million monthly listeners on his Spotify…so far. That already large number is sure to go up after the release of “make it.”
Originally from Florida, but now based in Los Angeles, Kendall Rucks takes elements of rock, blues, and dream pop, and fuses them together to create a sound that is both provocative and captivating.
Lisa caught up with Kendall and dug in deep about her life, music, and what to expect from her in the future.
Blancmange, the hugely successful British electronic band have a new album and a tour to go with it. Kicking off in Scotland on May 1st and working their way across the U.K. to finish in October. To go with the tour they have a new album ‘ Mindset’ which releases on May 22nd. Blancmange music has been used in so much recent music by La Roux, LCD Sound System and Hot Chip. So influential is the band and their music that electronic superstar Moby described the, as “the most underrated electronic band of all time”, high praise indeed. Since Stephen Luscombe was forced by illness to stop touring or recording after 2011’s ‘Blanc Burn’, the band’s evolution has continued with Neil Arthur at the helm and Essentially Pop were lucky enough to chat with him this week about the new album, the tour and even ABBA, who’s ‘Day Before You Came’ they superbly covered. It’s an honour to get a glimpse at what motivates one of our own electronic superstars.
Grace Gaustad is still only 18 years old, but has been making waves in Los Angeles in recent months, since she covered Hozier’s ‘Take Me To Church’. Recognised for her deep vocals, Grace has been working with Lady Gaga’s singing coach since she before she entered her teenage years. Grace has quite the profile on social media, with just under 500K followers on Instagram, as well as 80K+ on Facebook, and 73K+ subscribers on YouTube. While in Los Angeles recently, Lisa asked Grace a few quick questions about her life, music, and inspirations.
New Hope Club fans! The wait is finally over! After being a band for a good few years, the boys have finally dropped their long awaited album. The 13 track record sees some absolute bangers. From fan favourites; Permission, Medicine and Let Me Down Slow, to brand new bops; Why Oh Why and Serious. This album will get you tapping your feet and destroying the replay button.