I was asked to premiere this song written by a 16-year-old singer/songwriter from New York City named Stella Prince. Given her age and just how many artists, from Taylor Swift to Bob Dylan, are considered singer/songwriters; I thought I was going to hear something more along the lines of “Me”, “Cardigan”, maybe even “Driver’s Licence” By Olivia Rodrigo. What I did hear, was surprising and brilliant!
From Barkley East, in South Africa, Asah M started to sing as a social outlet, alongside her friends and family. Real name Asanda Masawe, she also started writing poetry, and united her two passions when she began writing songs. An Afropop singer songwriter, ‘Sophumelela’ is Asah M’s new single, and was inspired by the people in her hometown.
Craig James is an EDM producer whose music is as bright and summery as the title of his brand new EP. Out today, ‘Summer’ does exactly what it says on the tin, delivering sunshiney high energy that will see you right through the season – and even if the weather is miserable, ‘Summer’ will make it feel as though the clouds have disappeared.
How young is too young to know things about life, have experiences, and want to pass that wisdom along? How old do you have to be to have valuable wisdom to share? As a songwriter, I believe that storytelling is a partnership between the artist/writer and the source of inspiration. The more we let that inspiration guide us, let our experiences and emotions dictate the stories we tell, the more we’ll have to share. When I sat down to listen to artist/producer/songwriter Brye’s latest song “Rather Be Alone” I was immediately struck by how well-crafted the lyrics were, and how relatable the song was.
A social media slam-dunk who prides herself on authenticity. A multi-talented drummer, Tae Kwon Do fighter, vocalist and guitarist whose skills are all shared online. There are many things about rising internet sensation DYNAMYTE which seemingly contradict each other at first sight. But what remains clear, is that this is the kind of artist who takes contradictions in her stride, who is unafraid of being wholly and totally herself.
Out now, ‘Don’t Stop’ is the debut official single release from Scottish house music producer, Sweenz. Sweenz, the moniker of Titi Sweeney, from Fife, has been DJing and producing his own original music for some time now, and takes his inspiration from the powerhouse titans of dance music, such as Martin Garrix, and Steve Aoki.
At just 19 years old, RoseeLu seems to have a sound way beyond her years which encompasses the alternative sounds of the nineties with raw and very modern pop. Not only does it manage to merge and blur the lines between age and genre but it also manages to have the widescreen, big sound of a Bond theme and the introspective lyrics and contemplation of Billie Eilish. It is a song that very much examines and celebrates the fact that there is nothing wrong with playing alone and spending time on your own. It says that is ok not to feel the need to conform.