Olivia Henry, from Los Angeles, has known all her life that she’s wanted to sing, and she shared that passion with the world. with her debut EP, ‘Sessions’, released in 2014. The recrord demonstrated Olivia’s gift for taking a retro-jazz sound and recrafting it into an alterna-pop format, and set her on a seemingly rocketlike trajectory to the stars. Sadly this was not to be, because following the release of ‘Sessions’, Olivia was forced to put her career on hold, as she was diagnosed with a variety of joint-related auto-immune conditions.
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.
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.
Mexican-American actress, singer, songwriter, composer, and dancer, Giselle Torres, started her entertainment career at 2 years old. Unsurprisingly when you realise that the mother of the Miami-raised artist had a theatre company. At the age of 10, Giselle was one of the top 6 finalists on the X Factor, and from then she has garnered more than 900 million views – and more than 2 million subscribers – on her YouTube channel.
Although there are an absolute shedload of bands to get your teeth into in Southern California, not many of them hook into the absolute weirdness of the area; the geographical juxtapositions – sea and mountains in close proximity; pine forests looming over city scapes; the hustle and bustle of Los Angeles, filled with cars and people and yet coyotes and mountain lions also call the sprawling metropolis home.
AWOLNATION return and challenge us with the questions, “What does it mean to be ‘The Best’?”, and “When it comes down to it, does being ‘The Best’ really matter?” Singer songwriter Aaron Bruno, the mastermind behind AWOLNATION wants to know in his new single and accompanying music video, ‘The Best’.
Los Angeles band Dirtycakes play Rock And Roll. And they play it LOUD. The group has a varied background, including world tours, political activism, and criminal records, but the band itself comes together in a union of Punk with a DIY ethic, to share the love and angst. Song topics include drugs, emotional turmoil, day to day struggles, and politics – a mixed bag, making the group an interesting one to get to know. Lisa had a chat with Dirtycakes to see what makes them tick.
George and Esther Longworth, originally started writing music as teenagers, before forming the band Dirty Blonde while studying at Cambridge University. Now the brother and sister are embarking on a new journey with their new project WOLF, and recently visited LA, where the pair worked on their debut EP, ‘You, Yourself, And Me’, alongside Joe Kiely, with whom George studied at the Royal College of Music. First single, ‘Set Yourself Free’, will be released on November 26.