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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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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Set Fire To The Rain: Jedward Wow With Hot New Teaser For Upcoming Single ‘Extraordinary’

Jedward announced during their interview yesterday on ITVs ‘Lorraine’ that they would be releasing their song, ‘Extraordinary’, as a single next month. The track has been the firm fan favourite from Jedward’s ‘Voice Of A Rebel’ album, since its release last year, via Universal.

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Jedward Tease Fans About TV Show Plans In Interview On ITV Lorraine

Speaking exclusively from their home in Dublin, Irish duo Jedward were interviewed by Christine Lampard this morning on ITVs ‘Lorraine’ show. 

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INTERVIEW – Fly By Midnight Chats About New Single ‘Lost Without You (feat. Clara Mae)’

Fly By Midnight have just dropped the music video for their single “Lost Without You” – which features the stunning Swedish songstress Clara Mae. “Lost Without You” is now available to stream on all major streaming platforms.

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INTERVIEW – remme Talks To Us About His Single ‘lose touch’

Emma Mages speaks with remme about his new single, ‘lose touch’.

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INTERVIEW – Phil Marsh of The UMA Talks to Us About Their New Single ‘Fire’

Pop-rock band The UMA Have just released their brand-new single “Fire.” Not only that, but the 3-piece also treated us to a music video alongside the release.

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Photographers Reimagining the Lockdown

Looking back: an interview with rural photographer, Kristina Banholzer on the chance to document Welsh communities during the lockdown.

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