Indie Pop Teen Belz Sings on The Tip Of Your Tongue

Belz


Belz is a new 18-year-old emerging pop artist that began singing when she was five years old. Growing up being inspired by her favorite artists including Bruno Mars, Christina Aguilera, Judith Hill, Tori Kelly, Michael Jackson, Demi Lovato, and more, Belz was always singing and performing around the house.

When she was ten years old, she signed up for voice, piano, and guitar lessons, and she has been developing herself as an artist ever since. When she was twelve, she wrote her first song, and this changed her life.

Belz considers songwriting one of her greatest creative outlets, and she has performed her songs and cover songs in numerous music competitions throughout her career around New England. In fact, her favorite aspect of being a musician is performing. Through studying classical and jazz piano, being pushed by her music teachers, and taking workshop sessions in the summer at Berklee College of Music, Belz has been able to grow even more as an artist and discover her specific sound and direction.

In addition to this, her journey has given her the opportunity to collaborate with many talented songwriters in Nashville who have helped her get to where she is today, and that is releasing her own songs for the world to hear! Belz is extremely excited for what’s to come, and looks forward to sharing new music.

 

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MT/Danielle: Who are some of your musical influences? When did you know music was your calling and when did you figure out why you needed to pursue music as your career?

Belz: Some of my musical influences are Christina Aguilera, Ariana Grande, Judith Hill, Maroon 5, Michael Jackson, Demi Lovato, Alicia Keys, John Legend, Tori Kelly, Anthony Ramos, and Bruno Mars. Their songs have always resonated with me, just as I hope my songs resonate with others. I knew music was my calling by listening to these artists and feeling so inspired, but more specifically when I performed in front of my first grade class for the first time. I prepared “Love Song” by Sara Bereilles and stood in front of my fellow students and sang it, and that is when I knew that music was something I was meant to pursue as a career. The joy I got from performing that day was something I will never forget, and it pushed me to sign up for music lessons and begin to perform locally. Performing is what really solidified my dreams in my mind.

 

MT: How long have you been singing and performing for?

Belz: I have been singing since I was 5 years old and have been performing locally since I was 10.

 

MT: Who do you enjoy listening to as a fan?

Belz: As a fan I love listening to Bruno Mars, Tori Kelly, Ariana Grade, Judith Hill, Demi Lovato, Britney Spears, and more. I also have a soft spot for Broadway Musicals and listening to those soundtracks, including Wicked, Hamilton, Dear Evan Hansen, and Disney Musicals on Broadway.

 

MT: When was your very first recording and release?

Belz: “Dirty Sneakers” was actually my very first recording and release! I recorded the song in July of 2020 and released it February 12, 2021!

 

MT: You recently released your single “Dirty Sneakers.”.  Can you explain how this more about the meaning of the song and how it ties into your music goals?

Belz: “Dirty Sneakers”…. “Dirty Sneakers” is a fun song about a girl who really likes this hardworking guy, but he is with another girl who is the type of person that is always begging him for stuff and complaining, and she’s just not his type. The girl that the song’s point-of-view is from is trying to convey that she is not afraid to be herself and “get her hands dirty” and just have some fun! That is where the “dirty sneakers” comes from. The song is very playful and fun and honestly geared to make people feel confident about being themselves. That is honestly my goal with my music and main priority. I want people to be able to resonate with my music, and sometimes that might not be exactly in the lyrics. Sometimes that could be a feeling that the song gives off, and I think “Dirty Sneakers” is that type of song that gives off a happy and confident vibe that anyone can relate to. I want to make catchy music that sticks with people for reasons such as the feeling they get while listening to it or their love for the melody or production. I think to make others happy is the ultimate goal in the grand scheme of things. When others are happy because of my music, I, as a result, am happy. As far as my music goals, I hope my music reaches people globally and people enjoy listening.

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MT: How old are you now and how old were you when you wrote your first song? Can you describe your current sound? Has your sound changed since you wrote your first song?

Belz: I am 18-years-old now and wrote my first song when I was 12. My first song was definitely memorable to say the least, as it was about my love for singer Harry Styles from One Direction. While my sound was very different at 12 years old, I think it is fair to say it has definitely matured. Lyrically the words I write are more in touch with my deepest feelings, and the concepts I come up with have become far more creative. 12-year-old me would have never thought of calling a song “Dirty Sneakers” and coming up with a fun concept that doesn’t literally mean sneakers that are dirty. My ideas have definitely branched outside of the box. I think my current sound falls in the pop category for sure and is catchy and simply fun.

 

MT: How has performing helped you as an artist? Do you have a favourite performance to date and why?

Belz: My performances have been really amazing experiences for me and great opportunities to grow. I think while performing I am never focused on hitting every note, but I trust that if I concentrate on what I am actually singing and feeling the words and the meaning, then I will give a great performance because of that connection. In addition to this, I am a firm believer in the idea that if I am connected to my music, other people can connect to it. With every live performance I have felt growth in my abilities and confidence, and I am grateful for that. I think my favorite performance was at a competition at the Hard Rock Café in Boston, and I sang two songs while playing them on piano: “Angel in the Dark” by Judith Hill, and “Building a Ladder” by Hiatus Kaiyote. This was my favorite performance because it is by far when I have felt the most connected to the music during any performance. When I got off the stage I didn’t even care what place I came in or what awards I got because I was honestly proud of myself and happy with what I was just able to convey. When I am connected, the performance is just automatically 10x better, and I will always remember that moment. I did happen to win first place at that competition too, which was a confidence booster for sure.

 

MT: What has been your biggest challenge in your music career so far? How did you overcome that obstacle?

Belz: While I am really all about promoting self-love and confidence, I will admit that I think my biggest challenge in my music career so far has been a lack of that sometimes with myself. There are times when I have doubted my music and ability because I am uncertain of the outcome that will come after a release. It is a feeling of vulnerability that has been challenging to deal with. However, I have overcome that obstacle through reminders that I am proud of what I am doing, and I am happy because I love what I am doing, and that is enough. I had to get over that leap of not caring too much of what other people may or may not be thinking.

 

MT: From what you have learned about your challenges in the music business, what advice would you like to give upcoming new artists?

Belz: I would give the advice to be consistent and be confident in yourself and your abilities. If you believe in yourself, you can do anything. I would also say keep practicing and working hard because that is what will make you better with each performance or each song, and it is so important. Never give up on your dreams! Study the greats and conform that into something original and artistically you.

 

MT:   Besides singing, do you play any musical instruments? How long have you been playing them?

Belz: Yes! I play piano and guitar and have been playing since I was 10 years old. I was trained on classical and jazz piano, so piano is definitely my strong suit out of the two instruments.

 

MT: What’s a typical day for you? Do you work on your music every day? What other activities or hobbies besides music do you like to do that your fans may like to know about?

Belz: A typical day begins with waking up and going to school until 2:30. I try to work on my music every day, whether it be starting a new song or networking for my music because it is really important to me that I do something I love every day. As I take all Honors and AP courses, I have loads of homework, so scheduling is very important so that I can fit everything I want to in a day. For me music is always a way to take off so much stress and forget about reality, so I try to work on it every day. Besides music, I am captain of football and basketball cheerleading at my high school, so I go to practice twice a week and games every Friday! Cheer is super fun and another outlet for me. Lastly, I love to read murder mysteries at night and watch horror movies.

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MT:   You have another song which was out on March 26. What would you like fans to know about the meaning behind the music on your latest single? Where can fans find  your music when it is released?

Belz: My next song is called “Tip of My Tongue” and I think it is such a cool song because I feel like at some point everyone will be able to relate to it. It is about a girl who likes this guy but can’t find the words to say so, as if the words are stuck on the tip of her tongue. You know what you want to say but can’t seem to get it out, and that is what this song is about. I think most people can relate to that feeling, so I am excited to see what everyone thinks! Fans can find my music on all digital music stores and streaming platforms including Spotify, apple music, iTunes, amazon music, and more.

 

MT:    Do you have any up-coming performances you would like fans to know about? Is there anything else you would like to announce for your fans or anything you would like them to know? 

Belz: Unfortunately, because of the pandemic I do not have any upcoming performances, but I look forward to a time where I can start playing shows again and performing live for people! I would love my fans or anyone that has been supportive of my journey to know that I can’t even describe how thankful I am for your continuous support and motivation. It means the world and makes me want to work even harder.

 

MT: Do you have any specific rituals or do anything specific before you head out on stage or even before you record your vocals in the studio?

Belz: The night before a performance I do this thing called Creative Visualization, which is the process of manifesting a situation the way you want it to happen. I visualize the way I want my performance to go and put only positive energy into that thought. I do a similar thing before recording vocals in the studio, but of course I know that visualizing it is not enough, as practice is necessary for a good outcome! However, creative visualization always seems to provide comfort and confidence.

 

MT: Where can people see you perform next; are you planning on taking your music out to the fans?

Belz: Sadly because of the pandemic I do not have a schedule to perform live, but as soon as things start opening up and venues start allowing it, I will be the first one there! I would love for anyone that likes my music to come and hear it live, as that is my favorite thing to do!

 

MT: Thank you so much for your time Belz, I really appreciate it and all the very best with ‘Dirty Sneakers’!

Thank you for this opportunity!!

Indie Pop Teen Belz Sings on The Tip Of Your Tongue

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Vulnerability Creates Impressive New Music For Christina Nini

Vulnerability Creates Impressive New Music For Christina Nini

Christina Nini made her move from New Jersey to Nashville, Tennessee to pursue her career of becoming a pop solo-artist. Music has always been an instrumental part of her life; however, it wasn’t until she moved to Music City that she began to discover her love of song-writing and really shape her own sound and identity.

Shortly after moving to Nashville, the 23-year-old musician began writing with other songwriters and producers which quickly lead to her creating her debut project. “Birthday”, Christina’s debut single was released on February 26th, 2021. Her sound is a blend of dark-pop and soul; influenced by artists such as Coldplay, Lennon Stella and others. With her 3-song project coming out later this year, Christina is just getting started.

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MT: Who are some of your musical influences? When did you know music was your calling and when did you figure out why you needed to pursue music as your career?

Christina: I know it sounds cliché, but I always knew music was my calling. When I was in third grade, I joined my first choir and I immediately became infatuated with music and singing. Growing up I was always exposed to music around the house by my dad, but it wasn’t until I was about 7 years old that I knew music was my forever passion and something I wanted to do for the rest of my life. Throughout my childhood I listened to a lot of classic rock with my dad, and as I got older, I began to discover some of my favorite artists on my own. Today some of my biggest influences are Coldplay, Ariana Grande and Lennon Stella.

 

MT: How long have you been singing and performing for?

Christina: I’ve been singing and performing since I was seven years old. I started performing in a group with the Princeton Girlchoir and later began to enter singing competitions around my area.

 

MT: Who do you enjoy listening to as a fan?

Christina: My all-time favorite artist to listen to is Ariana Grande. When her song “The Way” came out in 2013, I remember hearing it on the radio and was like “I want to sound and make music just like her.” I’ve been influenced by her music ever since. Another artist I love to listen to is Coldplay. My dad introduced me to Coldplay when I was super young, and they’ve always stuck with me. Their music is filled with so many elements that I love as an artist and just an average listener.  

 

MT: When was your very first recording and release?

Christina: My very first recording and release was in 2018. I recorded a single called “Cry” and later released it with 3 other songs that year. Those songs are no longer up on streaming platforms because I’ve evolved so much since then, but they will always have a special place in my heart!

 

MT: You recently released your single “Birthday”.  Can you explain how this more about the meaning of the song and how it ties into your music goals?

Christina: “Birthday” was the start of an entirely new musical chapter for me as an artist. I took 3 years off after my first release, so that I could focus on writing songs that felt authentic and true to me… and that’s how I got to “Birthday”. I wrote “Birthday” after a breakup; it’s about someone that is searching for closure but can’t seem to find it. It felt like the smallest things would set me back after my breakup, and writing “Birthday” was the closure I discovered I needed. “Birthday” is definitely the most vulnerable and honest I’ve been with myself thus far, and I want to carry that vulnerability with me as I create more music in the future.

 

MT: You are now 23 and you wrote your first song when you were 17. Can you describe your current sound? Has your sound changed since you wrote your first song?

Christina: My sound has definitely evolved since I wrote my first song. When I wrote my first song I wrote with a lot of clichés and had no experience writing before. My sound was a lot more “pop” because I thought that was what I had to be in order for people to like it. Since then, I have had much more life experience and that has contributed a lot to my sound. My sound now is a lot more “dark pop” but with a girly edge. I’m a lot more confident in myself as a writer (and overall person) now as well, so that definitely has allowed me to become more authentic in my sound.

 

MT: Do you have a favorite performance to date and why?

Christina: My favorite performance to date was when I performed at Mercy Lounge in Nashville. I was selected by The Voice to perform in their Nashville showcase. It was the first time I performed my new songs live and it was the most exhilarating feeling. I was so excited to finally perform them live and with a full band. Mercy Lounge is such an iconic venue in Nashville, so it felt pretty surreal to perform there.

 

MT: What has been your biggest challenge in your music career so far? How did you overcome that obstacle?

Christina: Although it’s not something tangible, my biggest challenge has been dealing with self-doubt. I’ve always known I’m meant to perform and write songs, but I struggle sometimes with self-doubt and question my own abilities. I know it’s normal to feel this type of thing, especially in the music industry, but there have been several times where it has been debilitating and caused me to take a step back. When this happens, I try to remind myself that everyone struggles with these types of thoughts and it’s important to push through them. It can be easy to compare yourself to other artists and feel like you’re not doing enough or you’re not “cool” enough, but those are the times when I remind myself who I am and why I’m doing what I’m doing.

 

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MT: From what you have learned about your challenges in the music business, what advice would you like to give upcoming new artists?

Christina: My biggest piece of advice would be to put blinders on. It is SO easy to compare yourself to other artists in the industry and that can throw you off track. If you believe music is your calling, and you believe in yourself, that’s all it takes to be successful in my opinion (and of course hard work). Just put the blinders on! Focus on yourself and your craft and as long as you are authentic to yourself and don’t give up, everything will happen the way it’s meant to.

 

MT:   Besides singing, do you play any musical instruments? How long have you been playing them?

Christina: I play the piano! I’ve been taking piano lessons since I was in middle school. I can read sheet music but learn best by ear.

 

MT: What’s a typical day for you? Do you work on your music every day? What other activities or hobbies besides music do you like to do that your fans may like to know about?

Christina: A typical day for me includes working out, creating content for social media, writing music and spending time with friends. I try to write or sing at least once a day, but of course sometimes life gets in the way and I miss a few days. I love finding new music and making covers in my free time or finding ways to connect with my fans through social media. Being an independent artist can be tough sometimes because you’re essentially your entire team all in one!

 

MT:   You have a new single out now! What would you like fans to know about the meaning behind the music on your upcoming EP? Where can fans find your music when it is released?

Christina: I have another single out on April 2nd! I am so excited about this one—most of the songs I’ve released thus far have been heartbreak ballads, but not this one! The production on this song is probably my favorite yet and it’s a totally new direction for me artistically. The meaning behind the next two songs I’m putting out is all about self-growth. The music I put out in the past came from a place where I felt like I was stuck… I was at an emotional stand-still in my life, but this new music came from a place of immense growth. That’s important for my listeners to know. Once it’s released it will be on all major streaming platforms! Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon, etc…

 

MT:    Do you have any up-coming performances you would like fans to know about? Is there anything else you would like to announce for your fans or anything you would like them to know? 

Christina: As of right now, I have no upcoming performances on the books. It’s been a crazy year for live music and touring, but hopefully when things start to get back to normal I can perform these songs live. I just want my fans to know that there is a lot more music coming! I took a few years off from making music to find myself, and since I went through that I’m ready to keep creating and putting out music for my fans.

 

MT: Do you have any specific rituals or do anything specific before you head out on stage or even before you record your vocals in the studio?

Christina: I have a playlist called “Pre-Show Pump-Up” that I play every time before going on stage. It’s a playlist of all my favorite artists and songs and it never fails to get me in the zone. As for recording in the studio, I always sing my best when I feel my best. If I’m going to track vocals, I will always put on an outfit I feel good in because I know it will help me perform better.

 

MT: Where can people see you perform next; are you planning on taking your music out to the fans?

Christina: As of right now no, I don’t have anything set up to perform live… but I wish! As soon as the opportunity presents itself, I would love to go out on the road and perform these songs live for my fans. That would mean the absolute world to me.

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It’s Only The Beginning For Singing Sensation, Harlow


Ella Fence The Genre Hopping and Shape Shifting Indie Artist

It’s Only The Beginning For Singing Sensation, Harlow

On one of my very first trips to Nashville at age 14, a much older and seasoned musician looked at me with sympathetic eyes and said, “Once you get bit by the music bug, you never get it out of your system”, and he was absolutely right. 

For me, getting into music was simultaneously the most natural and yet abnormal thing I’ve ever done. That “music bug” was in me from day 1 but I don’t come from a musical family so I had to do a lot of convincing to get my parents to take me seriously at first. It only took a few times of being kicked off the soccer fields for singing and day-dreaming for them to see that their “little athlete” might actually be an entertainer instead. They finally got the picture a few years later and have been on board ever since! 

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Because I had to work so hard just to get the chance to start pursuing my dreams I have a huge appreciation for getting to do what I do. After nearly 10 years of visiting Nashville (and living there for 4 of those) I finally found what I was looking for the whole time: myself. There was lots of trial and error but all of it led me to where I am at now. So to anyone wanting to get into this industry I can honestly say just stay the course and stick with it! I’ve had so many doors open because of the power of the internet and apps like TikTok, where I have gained close to 70k followers. You can see how listeners are really gaining the power to choose who pop’s off and who doesn’t. We, as music consumers, have a lot more say than we’ve ever had before so there’s never been a better time to go for it!

 

 

 

Now, I am overjoyed to be releasing music and it is only the beginning! Releasing my first single “Haunted Houses” in October last year was actually so terrifying but so liberating. The song is a light-hearted and lyrically clever take on dealing with your inner demons and realizing that sometimes the biggest obstacle you have is yourself. I knew I wanted to write a song about mental health but I didn’t want it to perpetuate the sadness. I wanted it to be more playful and upbeat so that it makes you feel better! Seeing this song gain traction on radio stations this year has been really cool especially since I am still an independent artist. It can be really hard to break through FM radio but I have a handful of FM stations that are now playing “Haunted Houses” in their rotation and seeing it win multiple fan voted contests has also been such a highlight for me! 

 

 

My latest single “Dirty Mouth” is relatable for anyone on dating nowadays as it addresses the issues of commitment and catching feelings which often feels so taboo in today’s dating culture. This song is basically me making fun of myself for promising to not get involved with anyone and then immediately finding myself getting attached to someone new. Vocally this song is so much fun to play with and really hits the perfect combination of soulful and spunky. Lyrically, it feels really confessional which is definitely a format I intend to keep using in my songwriting.

 

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One more single is on the way, set to release in early April 2021, and I am eager to keep writing and growing. This is a very exciting time for me and there has been such an outpouring of support that I am eternally grateful for!

 

 

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Super Talented Birdhouse Creates New History

Super Talented Birdhouse Creates New History

Birdhouse is a pop singer songwriter from Chicago Illinois, inspired by his influences such as Justin Timberlake, Lauv, and Jeremy Zucker. His new style is centered on his music that is about anything from love, family and his own self story. Birdhouse is releasing his first two singles in 2021. He came from a family of four older brothers who taught him a lot about how to be himself and be open to whatever challenges came his way. Birdhouse has been performing ever since he was a kid. Singing the National Anthem for the Chicago Cubs, Chicago White Sox and the Chicago Bulls. He has always lived by helping others in his life as when he was two years old he was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. He received a lot of help from his family and friends. Now his goals are to achieve his dream of being a recording artist while helping his family and also opening an after school program in Chicago and in Nashville for kids with special needs. His mission is always to create music that everyone can enjoy while being his authentic self in his writing and performing.

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MT: Who are some of your musical influences? When did you know music was your calling and when did you figure out why you needed to pursue music as your career?

Birdhouse: When I was 2 years old I was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder and I learned to sing before I could talk. I would always listen to music with my mom while going to speech therapy classes so I knew in my heart that music would be with me for the rest of my life.

 

MT: How long have you been singing and performing for?

Birdhouse: I have been performing since I was about five or six years old. My first gig that I remember was singing the National Anthem for the Chicago Cubs which was a dream of mine ever since I started singing. Ever since then I have performed all around the United States.

 

MT: Who do you enjoy listening to as a fan?

Birdhouse: It changes every day. My inspirations as an artist are Justin Timberlake, Jeff Buckley and even Gorillaz. Now I am currently listening to artists like Jeremy Zucker, A Tribe Called Quest, Daft Punk, Miles Davis, Tom Misch and Jordan Rakei. I think as an artist you need to expand your music pallet to what will inspire you to write more. I will always be listening to new music everyday. I always walk 10,000 steps everyday and thats when I try and listen to a new song or a full album.

 

MT: When was your very first recording and release?

Birdhouse: This is my first release. It is a true honor to have this be my first release and have people tell me how much they enjoy listening to the song.

 

MT: You recently released your single “New History”. Can you explain how this more about the meaning of the song and how it ties into your music goals?

Birdhouse: The meaning of this song is with a past relationship and wanting to have one more shot to rekindle the spark in the relationship. The song talks about how the relationship ended and this is more of a personal story for me. Seeing someone that I do still have feelings for is not in my life anymore and may never be in my life. The story of “New History” is  having one chance to say your true feelings, say what you really want to say to the one that you still have feelings for. When this particular relationship ended it was upsetting and the song was a way to cope with my feelings of not having the chance to say it to her personally but I can through this song. This song can also mean more as starting a new chapter in your life with new and amazing experiences. Especially with this year taking a toll on a lot of people. I believe that this song will be a good start to an amazing 2021

 

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MT: Can you describe your current sound? Has your sound changed since you wrote your first song? 

Birdhouse: My current song is a mixture of Justin Timberlake and a fun atmosphere that people will enjoy listening to when they are outside in the summer days.

 

MT:  Do you have a favorite performance to date and why?

Birdhouse: My first ever performance in Nashville is still my favorite gig so far. It was on my 21st birthday and we rented a small venue right next to my college. I thought no one would show up but we sold out the show in about 30 minutes and we reached capacity in about 25 minutes. It meant a lot to me as my journey has had many bumps along the way, but when I did that show I knew that I was doing the right thing.

 

MT: What has been your biggest challenge in your music career so far? How did you overcome that obstacle?

Birdhouse: My biggest challenge for me is trying to invent a new sound. I think that with Pop music it is hard to create a new sound that people will really love. My goal is always to make a song with a sense of purpose and wanting to grow as an artist while staying to my roots.

 

MT: From what you have learned about your challenges in the music business, what advice would you like to give upcoming new artists?

Birdhouse: Never stop!!! There are going to be days where you are mad at yourself and the people that are helping you. Never get in your head because when you do thats when things get bad.

 

MT: Besides singing, do you play any musical instruments? How long have you been playing them?

Birdhouse: I play a little piano and guitar but I want to get better at the Bass. It is the most essential instrument when you’re in a band. I have played the guitar for 4 years and I have played the guitar for about 3 years on and off.

 

MT: What’s a typical day for you? Do you work on your music every day? What other activities or hobbies besides music do you like to do that your fans may like to know about?

Birdhouse: I work on music everyday but I am also an avid runner and am looking to complete my first Marathon in August or even earlier. I also want to get into filming and acting as when I was a kid I was always inspired by actors like Jim Carrey and Robin Williams.

 

MT: What would you like fans to know about the meaning behind the music on your EP?

Birdhouse: That this is my true self. I have worked on this music for a better part of two years. I love what I am doing and I want every person who listens to these songs to know that I gave it my all and I will continue to do that until I can’t anymore.

 

MT: Do you have any up-coming performances you would like fans to know about? Is there anything else you would like to announce for your fans or anything you would like them to know?

Birdhouse: I will be starting to do more gigs in the next couple of months and starting a charity show in the next month of Autism Awareness.

 

MT: Do you have any specific rituals or do anything specific before you head out on stage or even before you record your vocals in the studio?

Birdhouse: I always text my mom and dad before a gig. She’s been my rock during my journey and I always text her before I go perform. I now have a little nephew so I may have to facetime him, my brother and sister-in-law before going on to give me that extra confidence.

 

MT: Where can people see you perform next; are you planning on taking your music out to the fans?

Birdhouse: I am going to be doing Instagram live sessions in the next couple of weeks until we can go out and do shows. I am always wanting to engage with the people who listen to my music wherever they may be. Autism Awareness Month is in April so I will hopefully be doing a couple of shows where all of the money from the shows goes to after-school and therapy programs.

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Classy and Simply Superb New Song from Gravity Castle


Indie Pop Duo Gravity Castle

Gravity Castle – ‘Different Than You’

Classy and Simply Superb New Song from Gravity Castle

What begins with soothing guitar followed by the distinctive voice of Oli Kersey from the Duo, Gravity Castle gives this a feeling of peace and acceptance in an instance.

 

Gravity Castle are Oli Kersey and Gabriel Glenhill released their first single, ‘I’m Sorry’ in early 2019.

 

Their most recent track, ‘Different Than You’ sparked my attention in a way not many tracks do.

‘Different Than You’ is somewhat controlled freedom that’s smooth and relaxing while remaining current and pop based.

The more I thought about it while reviewing this song, the more I realize what a real feat it is to these guys to write and produce such a prominent track.

 

While music in general during Covid 19 has seen an increased pace in tempo in pop music, Gravity Castle have taken the complete opposite in direction.

 

What makes ‘Different Than You’ so enticing, is the build up from something very simple, evolving both musically and lyrically. Crisp clear production with an underlying pad adding warmth and flow followed by the moving beats that shuffles the track into a slow groove. The bass of the song perfectly balanced adding the vital extra layer of depth.

 

Lyrically, ‘Different Than You’ encourages strength through the storm people face alongside each of our differences.  “I was told that it’s better to stand up in a storm, Then I’ll, Rediscover my fire I’ve had since I was born, I want more” are words in which are relatable to everyone, but what makes this song lyrically brilliant is from where it comes from in the verses. Simple and clever words indeed to reach us all exploding into a chorus of hope; and don’t we all need that right now!

 

Gravity Castle explain – “We live in challenging times. Times that put all our weaknesses and mistakes on full display in a digital world. Despite such hardships and in the midst of this war of opinions and debate, we’ve become less connected and compassionate as a people. Our new single, Different Than You, speaks directly to this. Unconditional love towards our neighbor is how we move forward. Combatting the weight of discrimination with acts of fellowship, kindness and selflessness. We must become unified in the acts of respect, kindness, inclusion and thoughtfulness towards one another if we are to ever removing the negative actions and emotions that plague our world today. With that said, we humbly share… ‘Different Than You’”

A classy, delicate and simply superb track by Gravity Castle.

 

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Ed Roman’s New Single “Tomorrow Is Today” Is His Finest Yet


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Ed Roman’s New Single “Tomorrow Is Today” Is His Finest Yet

“The Buddha was once supposed to have said, ‘the trouble is you think you have time,” says chart-topping Canadian musician, Ed Roman. He describes his latest single, “Tomorrow Is Today” (MTS Records) as “the reflection of ‘act now’ in the living moment. Carpe Diem. Seize The Day!”

 

On Friday, September 4th, 2020, the award-winning singer-songwriter does just that, releasing the follow up to his #1 iTunes South Africa single, “Stronger.”

“Tomorrow Is Today” is being hailed by critics as Roman’s finest hour: “Ed has made possibly one of his best singles, if not his best..’Tomorrow Is Today’ finds Ed reaching new heights, exploring new territory, and as a result, producing one of the year’s best rock-based singles.”Jamsphere

 

Produced by Michael Jack and Ed Roman, “Tomorrow Is Today” is from Ed’s forthcoming album, A Recipe For Perpetual Spring.

 

“We have come to rely too heavily on the system not only for our protection but our moral direction and social salvation,” says Ed. “What we don’t realize, is that we are the system…Each one of us, in our own individual beauty and jagged complexity. What I have come to understand, after 50 years of spinning around this star, is the things we create in our living environment every day are the most important of all. They are the things that promote mental and emotional stamina. They have tenure and longevity in your living experience.”

 

He continues, “The most important thing is we act every day on our thoughts and our feelings. Struggle and learn from the creative process of failure. Spend less of your time with your head in your hand, phone in your face, and look forward to the horizon where every day new opportunity lies in wait. Your opportunity is already here.. there’s no point in waiting for tomorrow.. The planet is gonna keep on spinning whether were here or not.”

 

ABOUT ED ROMAN: Ed Roman is an Award-winning singer/songwriter, performer and multi-instrumentalist from Shelburne, Ontario, Canada. Blurring the lines between pop, rock, folk, and country music genres, Ed’s uniquely crafted songs have received regular rotation on more than 100 terrestrial radio stations across North America and more than 600 stations, worldwide. Ed is an Artists Music Guild Award Nominee, an International Music and Entertainment Association Award Winner, a Josie Show Awards winner, an Akademia Awards Winner, and a two-time Indie Music Channel Award winner. Ed won a 2017 Radio Music Award for Best Americana Artist. He is also a #1 iTunes charting artist.

Ed Roman’s New Single “Tomorrow Is Today” Is His Finest Yet

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Powerful Songstress Lumane Not Your Typical Pop Artist

“I want my songs to connect with listeners,” says River Iris. She was born in Japan and alternated annually between schools in South Carolina and California. While most ask if it was a difficult transition, River responds, “Overall, it sparked an appreciation for change in me that furthered my enchantment with the creative process, a place where I am free to be childlike and playful.”

River had a microphone in her hand at age 2 followed with formal voice training that began when she was 11 years old. At UC Berkeley, River received invaluable criticism and more opportunities to expand upon her creative process; learning to adapt, make changes, refine lyrics, and shift direction swiftly.

Upon graduating from UC Berkeley, River was able to backpack to many countries where she lived with locals— learning their cultures, customs, foods, and embracing the beauty of people from Europe to Asia to Australia and performing in local restaurants and bars along the way. River learned to appreciate how interwoven our lives are.

River worked diligently with a Grammy nominated producer to create what will be her first EP. The debut single from the EP, “Bet on Your Love” was released May 8, 2020. Releasing these tracks as a solo artist reaffirms the years of hard work constantly writing, practicing, and performing regularly in Phoenix, Arizona. For River, music is a universal language, a form of release, and a place of exhilaration; “I just can’t imagine doing anything else with my life.”

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MT: Who are some of your musical influences? When did you know music was your calling and when did you figure out why you needed to pursue music as your career?

River Iris: Some of my influences include Alicia Keys, Tori Kelly, Lady Gaga, Ariana Grande, JoJo, Jessie J, Sara Bareilles…the list goes on! I’ve always known music was my calling. I remember as children they had us write down what we wanted to be when we grew up and my project said, “I want to be just like Britney Spears.”

 

MT: How long have you been singing and performing for?

River Iris: Singing since I was a child and performing since around age 11.

 

MT: Who do you enjoy listening to as a fan?

River Iris: I enjoy listening to my influences! I like to put on an album by one of my favorite female artists and just listen for several days. Lately I’ve got Tori Kelly’s album “Inspired by True Events” on repeat.

 

MT: When was your very first recording and release?

River Iris: My first recording as a solo artist was last year, and was just released this May 8 2020.

 

MT: You recently released your single “Bet  On Your Love”.  Can you explain how this more about the meaning of the song and how it ties into your music goals?

River Iris: “Bet on Your Love” is a soft pop ballad with a touch of whimsy and a heavy dose of emotion. I didn’t have any one love in mind when we were writing the song. It’s more of an expression of the feeling you have while reminiscing on a love that is both joyous and sad simultaneously. I hope it gives listeners a brief moment of nostalgia towards their own loves that may have come to a bittersweet end. In terms of my music goals, I want to continue creating songs like “Bet on Your Love” that connect with listeners, enabling them to express or let go of emotions as they need.

 

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MT: You are now 28 years old and you wrote your first song when you were 13. Can you describe your current sound? Has your sound changed since you wrote your first song?

River Iris: My sound is pop with a touch of electronic influences. I’d like to continue narrowing my sound and pushing boundaries with bending genres together. By the way, the first song I wrote was absolutely terrible.

 

MT: Do you have a favourite performance to date and why?

River Iris: I wouldn’t say I have a favourite performance to date. The times I enjoy the most are when I am so lost in the music and performance that I just feel like I’m floating.

 

MT: What has been your biggest challenge in your music career so far? How did you overcome that obstacle?

River Iris: My biggest challenge has always been trusting myself and my vision for my career. I don’t think I’ve overcome it, I’m a work in progress, but aren’t we all?

 

MT: From what you have learned about your challenges in the music business, what advice would you like to give upcoming new artists?

River Iris: Put in the work–on your voice or instrument, on your song writing, on yourself (mentally and physically), on your performance skills. These are things I value highly and I’m constantly trying to improve.

 

MT:   Besides singing, do you play any musical instruments? How long have you been playing them?

River Iris: Oh I dabble in guitar and piano but purely for song writing purposes.

 

MT: What’s a typical day for you? Do you work on your music every day? What other activities or hobbies besides music do you like to do that your fans may like to know about?

River Iris: Music is an everyday thing for me, whether it’s voice training, song writing, social media, photoshoots, rehearsals etc. Even on the weekends I tend to be extra responsive and active on my social media accounts. Other hobbies include absolutely ANYTHING creative (painting, sewing, baking, sculpting) soccer, the gym, video games, and swimming or hiking with my dogs.

 

MT:   You had a new single come out Jul 3, 2020.  What would you like fans to know about the meaning behind the music on your upcoming EP? Where can fans find  your music when it is released?

River Iris:  I write about everyday modern life. My upcoming release “So Tempting is an uptempo energetic dance tune. This song is about seeing through someone’s smoke and mirrors and fiercely saying, “No, not today.” It depicts a shady side of modern dating culture where people can ‘submarine’ each other easily with the help of technology, “vanishing without a trace and then, without warning, sliding back into your inbox like nothing ever happened.” You can find my music on all digital music stores and streaming platforms!

 

MT: Do you have any specific rituals or do anything specific before you head out on stage or even before you record your vocals in the studio?

River Iris: Hm.. I don’t think so! My only ritual is hydration. I am constantly drinking water.

 

MT:    Do you have any up-coming performances you would like fans to know about? Is there anything else you would like to announce for your fans or anything you would like them to know? 

River Iris: Nothing upcoming given the state of the world, but stay in the know by following my socials. I can’t wait to get back to performing.

 

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Sensual and Sultry New Pop Music from Imogen Shute


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The well known situation of right people wrong time is the inspiration for sensual new release ‘Just For A Second’ from Australian pop singer Imogen Shute. In the song Imogen imagines the ‘what if’ scenario, taking us into the fantasy with sultry vocals and a pulsating beat that guides us through the track like a heartbeat. ‘Just For A Second’ was recorded at Truth Studios in Victoria..

Using her unique style of singing to her advantage, Imogen Shute is a young pop singer from Australia who has recently moved to Melbourne to pursue her dreams of being a recording artist. With her first song being released earlier this year, Imogen Shute is going from strength to strength, finding confidence in her sound and image. Wanting her listeners to feel sexy and good about themselves when they listen to her music, she describes her sound as “seductive and moody”. Citing Halsey, Billie Eilish and Lana Del Ray as her influences, Imogen Shute is set for a big year.

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Powerful Songstress Lumane Not Your Typical Pop Artist

Switzerland native Lumane is not your typical pop artist. Much of her inspiration stems from her mother playing “Moonlight Sonata” by Beethoven on the piano when she was just a toddler. 4 year old Lumane put her foot forward to be like her mom learning to play different instruments throughout the years to come. In the mix of that was learning to use her vocal gift in hopes of expressing her creative side.

Lumane had the opportunity to audition her talents at the age of 13 in front of super star judges in Germany on a show called “Das Supertalent”, which is similar to America’s Got Talent. She sang her heart out only to be left with no invitation back. Lumane was determined to grow. Years later with thousands of hours put into vocal lessons and practice, she auditioned for the Voice of Switzerland making her way through 3 rounds. While this was progress it wasn’t enough for Lumane.

Lumane did not give up. With the support of her family, she pushed further to achieve her dreams. A plane ticket to New York with hope in her heart led to an opportunity to finally take the first steps in using her talents to create her first set of songs.

Lumane worked with a Grammy nominated producer on songs like “Taboo” and “Letters”, which are two recent releases from this electro-pop artist. Her next song titled “White Lies” is a story we all have. Lumane was scared of breaking the heart of a man she was dating thousands of miles away using a white lie to ease the blow of the breakup. You can feel the battle of emotions throughout the song with verses that build up to explosive choruses. Sounds like good song, right? You can hear for yourself on all streaming platforms.

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Danielle/MT: Who are some of your musical influences? When did you know music was your calling and when did you figure out why you needed to pursue music as your career?

Lumane: Growing up I always wanted to be like Christina Aguilera. She’s such a powerhouse singer. But ever since “Joanne” came out my biggest musical influence is definitely Lady Gaga. I love her musical style, the passion and power in her voice and what she stands for as a person. Lady Gaga is truly trying to make a difference in the world through her music. To me, that’s really inspiring and something we should all aim to do.

For me there was never really a moment where I was like “I have to pursue music, this is my calling”. Music was all I ever did and there was never another option on the table. I started my musical journey at 4 years old and haven’t done anything besides that. When it came to figuring out what to do after high school I was just trying to find ways to move to the US to really go after my dream of being a singer. I knew that I needed to pursue this dream because it’s all I’ve ever dreamed of. My brother fulfilled his dream of becoming a professional race car driver in Europe. Seeing him work hard for this dream and succeeding made me feel like I can do the same.

 

MT: How long have you been singing and performing for?

Lumane: I honestly don’t remember a time where I wasn’t just always singing. I had to wait until I was 13 to take voice lessons (that was my local music school’s rule…) but as soon as I could, I did. I remember having my first gig in school in 5th grade and I absolutely loved it. I haven’t stopped performing since. Connecting to an audience is one of the best feelings ever.

 

MT: Who do you enjoy listening to as a fan?

Lumane: I am a sucker for top 40 music. Right now, all I listen to is Lady Gaga’s new “Chromatica” album. It’s absolute fire! I’m the kind of person who listens to the same couple of songs over and over again until I can’t stand them anymore and move on to the next songs. But luckily, I won’t ever have to run out of music with so much amazing music out there in the world!

 

MT: When was your very first recording and release?

Lumane: I recorded my first ever EP when I was in high school under the name “La Rebelle”. It was a live music recording with a band that I put together just for that recording. It was a lot of fun! Btw. No need to google that name, nothing will show up. I never “officially” released any of that music. Under Lumane I recorded my first songs in 2018 and released my first single in 2019. I am super happy with the songs we recorded. So far three of them are out, another 5 are to come!

 

MT: You recently released your single “White Lies”.  Can you explain how this more about the meaning of the song and how it ties into your music goals?

Lumane: The song “White Lies” is all about not telling the whole truth to protect the person I’m lying to. A couple months after I moved to the US I broke up with my boyfriend back in Switzerland. Eventually we got back together again but yes, you guessed it, I wanted to break up with him for good this time. I felt really bad because I promised him that I wouldn’t do that again. So I had to tell a white lie to not completely crush him. The song is also about letting go of something that you know won’t make you as happy as you deserve to be. Sometimes it’s just better to move on than trying to fix it.
To achieve my music goals I will most likely have to let go of something in order to find something better suited for me. Just like when I first started making music under “La Rebelle”. I needed to move on from it and evolve into the singer and musician I wanted to be. Evolving is so important, not only as a singer but also as a person. A lot of times people seem to struggle with that. I think it’s something beautiful, inevitable and necessary to reach your true potential.

 

MT: You are now 24 and you wrote your first song when you were 10. Can you describe your current sound? Has your sound changed since you wrote your first song?

Lumane: I would describe my current sound as a mix between electro pop and pop/rock. The production of my songs is more electro pop while my vocals have more a pop/rock feel. I want my music to be uplifting, empowering and truthful. My personality is very bubbly and happy. While not all my songs are happy, you can definitely see my personality shine through in my songs.
My sound has definitely changed a lot! When I first started writing I was just playing chords on my piano and wrote words and a melody to those chords. But when I got older I started playing around with Logic Pro X and explored some sounds. This was amazing to me as a songwriter because it helped me get my ideas out of my head and into the software so I could actually hear what was in my head. Other than that, my sound isn’t very far off of what I started with. I always wanted to make pop music. With time and practice I developed my own sound, which I am now super happy with. I can truly say that my sound is me and that’s an amazing feeling.

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MT: Your performances have been fun and intimate. Do you have a favourite performance to date and why?

Lumane: My favourite performance so far was last December. I got to play an intimate Sofar show in Indianapolis. I love playing intimate gigs. It really gives me the opportunity to connect to the audience on a more personal level. Telling the stories behind my songs and really having the full attention of my audience is something so beautiful but yet rare to new artists. It is hard to find gigs with an audience who truly cares about you and your music when you’re just starting out. It was also super nice to talk to the people before and after my set. I love getting feedback from the audience, it helps me grow as an artist.

 

MT: What has been your biggest challenge in your music career so far? How did you overcome that obstacle?

Lumane: My biggest challenge in my music career was right after I decided to finish Berklee online to write and record my album in Nashville. Switching to online school meant that I didn’t have a valid student visa anymore. I could only stay in the US for 90 days at a time. The US boarder patrol wasn’t happy with me and all the time that I spent in the US as a tourist. They interrogated me at the Chicago airport for 3 hours. Eventually they let me go but I got banned from the ESTA visa waiver program. This meant I only had 90 more days in the US and then I had to leave for good until I could find another way to enter the US on a different visa. I had writing sessions scheduled that I now had to reschedule and cramp all into those 90 days. I had to write and record demo versions of all the songs on my album in just 90 days. It was crazy. At the same time I was trying to find a way to get a visa so that I’ll be able to come back to actually finish the recordings. It was absolute pandemonium. I cried for many many days because I felt so helpless. It all eventually worked out because I didn’t give up. I am now a proud green card holder and my whole album is recorded and ready for release!

 

MT: From what you have learned about your challenges in the music business, what advice would you like to give upcoming new artists?

Lumane: Persistence is key. You just can’t give up. There are so many artists out there trying to do the same thing as you are. You have to find a way to stand out of the crowd and you can’t give up. You will get 100 no’s before you get a yes. But once you do get that yes, it will all have been worth it!

 

MT:   Besides singing, do you play any musical instruments? How long have you been playing them?

Lumane: I do play instruments! I played classical piano for 9 years and then changed to playing chords so I could accompany myself. I also play a tiny bit of guitar. But I am definitely much more comfortable on the piano.

 

MT: What’s a typical day for you? Do you work on your music every day? What other activities or hobbies besides music do you like to do that your fans may like to know about?

Lumane: I work on my music every day, yes. On the creative side that might be songwriting or singing or doing some photoshoots by myself. Everyday I try to somehow be creative. But being a singer is not just about being creative. A lot of it is business. My music business teacher at Berklee always said that the music industry is 90% business and only 10% music but the 90% doesn’t exist without the 10%. The business side of being a singer is also something I work on daily. That might be reaching out to blogs, playlists, radio stations, etc. On a typical day I spend about 2-3 hours being creative and the rest of the “working” day I pretty much spend in front of the computer emailing people.
I have always loved cooking. Starting in 5th grade I was the one cooking for my family at home.

Being quarantined these last few months helped me dig deeper into food. I started growing my own vegetables. I have zucchinis, tomatoes, carrots, eggplants, and the list goes on and on. Every time I pick up something new, I always go all the way. I don’t like doing something half hearted. So my backyard is now basically one big garden and I absolutely love it. Not only does the food taste amazing, is fresh and organic, but I’m also doing the planet a favor by growing my own food.

 

MT:   You have an album coming out this year. What would you like fans to know about the meaning behind the music on your upcoming EP? Where can fans find  your music when it is released?

Lumane: I am super pumped to finally release my whole album soon. I’ve been working super hard on it and am very proud of the outcome. My heart, soul and guts are in that album. Every song tells a story out of my life. By being truthful, open and vulnerable I hope that my music can help some people out there who are going through a rough patch in their life. My whole goal is to leave the world a better place than I found it and I’m hoping my music and my stories help with that. Once the album is out you can find it on all streaming platforms. If you don’t want to wait for the digital release you can order a CD on my website lumanemusic.com so you can listen to the whole album now.

 

MT:    Do you have any up-coming performances you would like fans to know about? Is there anything else you would like to announce for your fans or anything you would like them to know? 

Lumane: I was putting together a small tour for this summer, but now with this pandemic going on, I had to cancel all of my gigs. With the uncertainty of when things are going to open back up again I have not scheduled any more gigs. You can follow me on Facebook and Instagram (@lumanemusic) to catch a live stream of me singing some tunes.
Other than that, get ready for the whole album to come out this year! I’m super excited to share it with you all and can’t wait to hear what you guys think!

 

MT: Do you have any specific rituals or do anything specific before you head out on stage or even before you record your vocals in the studio?

Lumane: I wouldn’t say that I have a specific ritual. I always warm up my voice before I record or perform and I like to make sure that I have room temperature water close by. Other than that, I like to connect with people before I go on stage or record. At the end of the day that’s all we’re looking for when we listen to music or watch a performance: a connection to someone else. Doing exactly that before taking the stage or entering the booth helps me get into the right head space.

 

MT: Where can people see you perform next; are you planning on taking your music out to the fans?

Lumane: I’m hoping to be back out there soon, once concert venues start to open back up again. In the meantime you can catch me on my Facebook and Instagram pages for some live streams.

 

MT: Thank you so much for your time Lumane, I really appreciate it and all the very best with ‘White Lies’!

Lumane: Thank you so much for giving me a platform to share my music! I really appreciate it.

 

 

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Anna Pena; Artistic, Dark and Edgy Pop Princess Making Waves In Music


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“I really get into “focus mode” and focus on my intent and energy before going on stage to make it the best performance I can.”


Anna Pena; Artistic, Dark and Edgy Pop Princess Making Waves In Music

Anna Pena can be described as mysterious, artistic, dark and edgy pop princess. Mostly creating alternative pop in the studio, Anna tests the limits incorporating unusual genres and contrasting musical styles together. From pop, rock, to even musical theatre, all styles are welcome in Anna’s repertoire. Growing up in professional musical theater at a young age, Anna remains true to her roots, inspired by theatrical content and incorporating that into her shows and artistry. Drawn to dark subject matter and theatrical performers, Anna’s musical inspirations include artists such as Lana Del Rey, Lady Gaga, Queen, and Melanie Martinez.

From performing on stages from the age of 4 years old to performing for Howie, Mel, Heidi & Howard on America’s Got Talent, Anna constantly shares her art at numerous venues in Dallas/Fort Worth. In her upcoming EP, you will experience the highs and lows of love and loathing  

 

 

Danielle/MT: Who are some of your musical influences? When did you know music was your calling and when did you figure out why you needed to pursue music as your career?

Anna Pena: I am super inspired by theatrical performers and artists that dabble in darker/ edgier sounds and subject matter. My biggest musical inspirations include artists such as Lana Del Rey, Lady Gaga, Queen, Melanie Martinez, Foxy Shazam and Panic at The Disco.
I have loved singing since as long as I can remember. When I was four years old I was called on stage by a children’s singer-songwriter while on vacation with my family. That was the first time I ever sang in front of an audience and my family was absolutely stunned. They had no idea that I could sing because I was pretty shy about it as a kid. I was obsessed with all things performing arts as a kid.

There really wasn’t an exact moment I knew this was the right path for me, I kind of just always knew this is what I was born to do, even though that sounds super silly and cheesy to most people. It’s really hard to explain, I just always knew this is what I was going to do and so did my family, it never was really a question. Since as far back as I can remember I was constantly talking about this and my every thought was consumed by it. I was just born knowing my passion and I don’t think I would be happy doing anything else.

 

MT: How long have you been singing and performing for?

Anna Pena: I began performing in professional theaters when I was around 10 years old and attended an all fine arts high school, so I have definitely been performing and singing pretty much my whole life. I transitioned from my classical, theatrical training to pop/commercial music when I was about 18. That’s when I first started writing my own music and gigging with a band.

 

MT: Who do you enjoy listening to as a fan?

Anna Pena: The first person that always pops into my mind when I think of the artist I listen to the most and am the biggest fan of is Lana Del Rey. Her music has had such a unique impact on me, I truly have never seen another artist like her. I enjoy literally everything she puts out.

 

MT: When was your very first recording and release?

Anna Pena: I recorded and released some singles back around 2016 before I really found my own sound and brand that was authentic to me. Two of those single titles being “Fickle Heart” and “Never Looking Back.” You can still find these old singles on my soundcloud and my youtube channel.

 

MT: You recently released your single “Retribution”. Can you explain how this more about the meaning of the song and how it ties into your music goals?

Anna Pena: I came up with the concept and title for “Retribution” at a time when I was very hurt and angry. It’s definitely inspired by a specific situation that left me feeling very betrayed. “Retribution” is an angry, “revenge type”, edgy anthem. I have always loved dark pop songs and edgier production sounds so we went full force with that in the studio and I look forward on experimenting with more similar sounds in the future.

 

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MT: You are now 24 and you wrote your first song when you were 18. Can you describe your current sound? Has your sound changed since you wrote your first song?

Anna Pena: I definitely have found my sound since my first release to my current releases. If you look back on my old songs they were a lot more “bubble gum pop”, bright, even a little indie/acoustic sounding. I definitely was playing it safe back in the day, trying to do what I thought I should but I wasn’t really being my true creative weird self. My sound now is much edgier, darker, and feels more me.

 

MT: Do you have a favorite performance to date and why?

Anna Pena: Although I don’t have a specific one that comes to mind, I will say the performances that stand out to me, the ones that I always leave feeling the best after, are the ones where I get out of my own head on stage and just have a good time. They are the times where I didn’t care about looking or sounding perfect and instead just performed the songs with the true emotion behind them and focused more on connecting with the audience. There is no better feeling in the world than really leaving it all on the stage and seeing the audience appreciate that.

 

MT: What has been your biggest challenge in your music career so far? How did you overcome that obstacle?

Anna Pena: The biggest obstacles I’ve had to face in my career so far have always been about staying true to myself and standing up for myself. I had a really hard time going against what someone “above” me in this industry would say even if I disagreed.

 

MT: From what you have learned about your challenges in the music business, what advice would you like to give upcoming new artists?

Anna Pena: People are always going to tell you what they think you should do but I had to learn the hard way that you cannot please everybody. At the end of the day you just have to trust yourself and do what you feel is best. These obstacles brought up a lot of insecurities and doubt in me that I had to face head on and realize that their is no room for those fears in this business. You have to believe in yourself even when no one else does.

 

MT: Besides singing, do you play any musical instruments? How long have you been playing them?

Anna Pena: I play a little bit of piano. I started taking lessons a few years ago because I understand the importance of playing an instrument and the advantage that can have on a singer. I believe it helps a singer be a more well rounded, knowledgeable musician and can only help with everything that goes into songwriting, performing, and overall musical knowledge.

 

MT: What’s a typical day for you? Do you work on your music every day? What other activities or hobbies besides music do you like to do that your fans may like to know about?

Anna Pena: I currently work full time on pursuing my dreams. I gig as much as possible on the weekends, I take lessons, I work on my online/social media presence and I audition constantly. I work as a nanny/dog sitter part time because sometimes being a “starving artist” doesn’t cut it. As far as hobbies, I love making video content for my youtube channel, working out, and of course going on adventures with the people I love. Another fun fact is that I love everything creepy and paranormal. Like ghosts, aliens, scary movies, and all sorts of spiritual stuff.

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MT: You have a EP Coming out on October 30th What would you like fans to know about the meaning behind the music on your upcoming EP? Where can fans find your music when it is released?

Anna Pena: This EP for me is really like my introduction into my music, my sound, and who I am as an artist. The EP definitely has a common theme of love and relationships. Each song has a different sound and vibe and so I think there’s a little something for everyone.
Fans can find my music on all online music distributing platforms.

 

MT: Do you have any up-coming performances you would like fans to know about? Is there anything else you would like to announce for your fans or anything you would like them to know?

Anna Pena: There will definitely be a EP release show/party around October, (Expect some major creepy Halloween vibes) as well as upcoming shows but unfortunately these dates are still TBD. Definitely follow me on Instagram & Twitter @AnnaPenaMusic for show updates and announcements.

 

MT: Do you have any specific rituals or do anything specific before you head out on stage or even before you record your vocals in the studio?

Anna Pena: Vocal warm ups, obviously, are the most important pre show/recording session ritual I have. Other than that I would say I always have a warm tea with honey for my voice, and I love to meditate/relax and practice mindfulness. I really get into “focus mode” and focus on my intent and energy before going on stage to make it the best performance I can.

 

MT: Where can people see you perform next; are you planning on taking your music out to the fans?

Anna Pena: With the current state of the world, tour dates and shows are still TBD but still definitely in the works. I would urge fans to follow my social media so they can be updated on upcoming shows and tours. You can find me everywhere @AnnaPenaMusic and on my LinkTree https://linktr.ee/annapenamusic

Anna Pena; Artistic, Dark and Edgy Pop Princess Making Waves In Music

Anna Pena; Artistic, Dark and Edgy Pop Princess Making Waves In Music

Interview with Awesome Jazz-Pop Chinese Indie Teen Lvyan

Lvyan


It’s not often when someone mentions music from China that Jazz comes to mind. Especially when it’s a teenager who remains true to himself and dedicates his passion to his own music; independent music. 

Lvyan’s Jazz influenced pop is refreshing, bright and joyful.

 

Lvyan writes with maturity, delicately blending Western elements with sounds and traditions from his own culture, never using his identity as a gimmick. His fun and upbeat debut brings out Jazz pop sounds and rhythms with his youthful vibrancy taking centre stage in the accompanying video.
Lvyan‘s home of Shanghai shaped his unique taste in music, allowing him access to a diverse variety of art and music. A self taught producer and composer, Lvyan aims to be part of the independent movement in China, breaking away from the TV reality route that many stars are currently pursuing. Staying authentic to his music and DIY attitude, Lvyan brings his innovation into his music, creating a unique sound that is authentically his own.

 Interview with Awesome Jazz-Pop Chinese Indie Teen LvyanDebut Single

Interview with Awesome Jazz-Pop Chinese Indie Teen Lvyan

MT: Love you’re debut single btw. Who are some of your musical influences and When did you figure out why you needed to pursue music as your career?

Lvyan: I would say I’m influenced the most by the profound Chinese culture. And I really like R&B and soul music, plus with electronic music production techniques that I learn from watching Youtube. I am able to combine these elements into my creative and show the diverse’ taste in my own music. It was at my 15 when I fell in love with genres of music so I decided to pressure to be a professional musician.

 

MT: How long have you been singing and performing for?

Lvyan: It wasn’t that long actually because I just started this last year.

 

MT: Your single is a very cool jazz/pop track. Who do you enjoy listening to as a fan?

Lvyan: I am quite into listening to Tom Misch, FKJ, H.E.R, Ella Mai, and PJ Morton, etc. They keep making masterpieces.

MT: When was your very first recording and release?

Lvyan: I recorded my first demo about two years ago, and I put it out on internet immediately.

 

MT: Can you explain more about the meaning of your debut single, ‘Take Me Away’ and how it ties into your music goals?

Lvyan: This was an improvised song that I wrote right after I graduated from junior high. There is no message in this song and It is more like a memory that I created, to catch the sense of freedom I was feeling at that moment. I think have a goal yet, for now just try to make more music and see where it takes me.

 

MT: How old are you now and when did you write your first song? Can you describe your current sound?

Lvyan: I’m turning 18 soon and I wrote my first song at 15. Now I’m searching a sound that’s between R&b / soul / funk / pop. I know this sounds too much, and seems hard to find a balance, so remember to check back my music in a year or two to find out what is like.

 

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MT: Do you perform or have you performed anywhere?

Lvyan: Not yet, especially for what is happening around the world now. I’m excited for that day though.

 

MT: What has been your biggest challenge in your music career so far? How did you overcome that obstacle?

Lvyan:  The biggest challenge I have faced was lacking of the understanding music theory. I have the perfect melody of intonation since I was child. However I have never built a solid foundation of music theory. I used to shrink back when people ask me to explain some complex harmony. Because of that, I have more patience to study music theory and to improve my improvisation skills.

 

MT: From what you have learned about your challenges in the music business in China? What’s the independent music scene like in China? What advice would you like to give upcoming new artists?

Lvyan: I find it difficult for Chinese independent musicians to stand out. The public exposure is always reserved for the idols and commercial musicians who don’t write their own music, which causing those talented ones are buried behind the scenes. My opinion will be we should always stay true to our own, and create arts that people can relate to.

 

MT:   Besides singing, do you play any musical instruments? How long have you been playing them?

Lvyan:  I can play piano, since I was six years old.

 

MT: What’s a typical day for you? Do you work on your music every day? What other activities or hobbies besides music do you like to do that your fans may like to know about?

Lvyan: I’m still high school now. For the rest free time of my day, I spend half of my day on writing new material and mess around the keyboard. If I feel unproductive, then I will probably hang out with my girlfriend or play games.

 

MT:    Is there anything else you would like to announce for your fans or anything you would like them to know? Do you have more music coming out this year?  

Lvyan: I’m planning another single now, and it will be out in next two months maybe.

 

MT: Thanks so much Lvyan, and all the very best with your music!

Lvyan: Thanks for this interview!

 

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Interview with Awesome Jazz-Pop Chinese Indie Teen Lvyan

Teenage Artist Cotie Making Real Noise Thats Worth Listening To

Although fairly new to the world as an upcoming artist, Cotie has been making noise since her early years after discovering that she was musically inclined at just five years old! This young artist began performing for rodeos, veterans day programs and many recitals including holly jolly ones – in just elementary school.

As time went by, Cotie started taking the stage at local competitions- and even made it as far as being discovered at an international talent showcase. To her surprise, this singer/ songwriter ended up with more exposure than she expected after being selected by multiple talent agents- her goofy personality paid off after all. Furthermore, while receiving many phone calls from unknown and far out agents along the way- she landed a studio deal allowing her to finally create her own sound waves.

With inspirations from the world known group Fleetwood Mac and musical influences from duo Louis The Child- she was able to piece her own style together. From here, she would go on to release two singles and an EP album that is currently on its way! Although, she has yet to book any concerts/shows, this artist is passionate about going far into the music industry while spreading peace and encouraging others to chase their dreams no matter how big.

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Danielle/MT: Who are some of your musical influences? When did you know music was your calling and when did you figure out why you needed to pursue music as your career?

Cotie:   A few of my favorite artists / biggest influences include Fleetwood Mac, Louis The Child, Khalid, and SZA : ). I guess I figured out I wanted to pursue music by the second grade, and to follow that I auditioned to be in the GT program for my school! From there, I truly thrived when I dove into my creative zone, and I got exposure from performing at the many recitals we attended through the years. Furthermore, I never saw college as a possibility to further my future because I always had that music career in the back of my head.

 

MT: How long have you been singing and performing for?

Cotie: I have been singing and performing for roughly 13 years!

 

MT: Who do you enjoy listening to as a fan?

Cotie: As an artist myself, i really love the vibe i get when i listen to Louis The Child and Fleetwood Mac! I feel them in my soul.

 

MT: When was your very first recording and release?

Cotie: The first time i ever recorded was in the fall of 2017! Since then, my first release was set for February 21, 2020- with a following second single.

 

MT: You recently released your single “Get a Grip”.  Can you explain how this more about the meaning of the song and how it ties into your music goals?

Cotie: “Get a Grip” was created with ambition and passion towards being who you are without the approval of anyone else- hence the title.. GET A GRIP!! This song specifically ties into my music goals as a reminder to stay true to who I am while inspiring my listeners to do the same!

 

MT: How old are you now and when did you write your first song? Can you describe your current sound? Has your sound changed since you wrote your first song?

Cotie:  I am now a few months short of twenty years old, and I had just turned 17 when I wrote my first recorded song. Aside from the professional aspect, i wrote my first ever song when i was roughly 8/9 years old. I’d say my sound has definitely changed given the time that has gone by. As I get older, i feel my voice becomes raspier naturally (and I love it).

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MT: Where have you performed and do you have a favourite performance to date and why?

Cotie:  Most of my performances include: school recitals (including Christmas recitals), The National Anthem at rodeos/ Veterans Day programs, a song of choice at an international talent showcase, auditions throughout the years including local/ far locations. If i had to pick a favorite, I would definitely say that the song of choice performance was by far the best experience ultimately because I was able to perform for people from numerous countries.

 

MT: What has been your biggest challenge in your music career so far? How did you overcome that obstacle?

Cotie:  One of my biggest challenges, and still to this day- is letting my anxiety control me when it comes to stage freight. Personally, I am an outgoing person, but when singing with crowds i tend to tighten up and get extremely nervous. I will aways work to fix this ongoing challenge in my career.

 

MT: From what you have learned about your challenges in the music business, what advice would you like to give upcoming new artists?

Cotie: The challenges that come along with this career can sometimes be overwhelming, and it takes true courage and ambition to follow your dreams. However, my advice to new artist’s would be to focus on the bigger picture and your goals in the midst of the personal obstacles you will go through.

 

MT:   Besides singing, do you play any musical instruments? How long have you been playing them?

Cotie: Aside from singing, I played the flute/ piccolo in elementary school, but never touched them again since then. Following this, i picked up on a little piano without intentions on being serious about it, and as i got older Id find myself trying to play something every so often. To this day, I still don’t have it down, but it’s always an option to think about as I go.

 

MT: What’s a typical day for you? Do you work on your music every day? What other activities or hobbies besides music do you like to do that your fans may like to know about?

Cotie: A typical day for me is working on myself as an artist, alongside with pure impulse of course. Music is my first thought in the morning and my last before I go to sleep. An adventure awaits every passing day, so I try to make the most of life. Other hobbies of mine include art in EVERY form, nurturing animals of every kind, meditating and practicing peace, giving life to plants of every kind, riding my bike for a breath of fresh air every day that I can, and I work at a local coffee shop in between everything else. 

 

MT:   You have an EP come out on soon.  What would you like fans to know about the meaning behind the music on your upcoming EP? Where can fans find  your music?

Cotie: I have an EP album release coming out July 17, 2020! This collection of songs all have one thing in common- they are all born from personal life experiences of mine. The variety between the three range anywhere from heartbreak, standing your ground, or to falling in love of course. That being said, given the combination- listeners can relate to some part of the three songs together. All of my previous releases including my new EP album release can be found on all platforms @cotieofficial with the link in my bio for straight direction!!

 

MT:    Do you have any up-coming performances you would like fans to know about? Is there anything else you would like to announce for your fans or anything you would like them to know? 

Cotie: SADLY, I am unsure if performing will be something to look forward to given the circumstances of the world at this time, but I was planning to perform at a local festival this fall! Thankfully there will always other opportunities as I go!

 

MT: Do you have any specific rituals or do anything specific before you head out on stage or even before you record your vocals in the studio?

Cotie:  I do have my own rituals before performing/ going to the studio! Most times i find myself singing different sounds in weird pitches, or making fire truck siren sounds. Everyone around me finds this funny including myself but hey! It helps! I also make it a point to gulp lots of water for a smoother sound.

 

MT: Where can people see you perform next; are you planning on taking your music out to the fans?

Cotie: In conclusion, I am unsure of my next performance at this point!! but in the near future for sure! Stay on the lookout!

LINKS TO COTIE BELOW

Teenage Artist Cotie Making Real Noise Thats Worth Listening To

 

 

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Links to COTIE

Linktree: https://linktr.ee/cotieofficial

Twitter: https://twitter.com/cotieofficial 

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/cotieofficial/ 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/cotieofficial

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/1lsVB1VEvgVRfZTFDTphfI

Teenage Artist Cotie Making Real Noise Thats Worth Listening To

Spotlight Featured Pop Artist; She Is Kings Inspires Millions


Ella Fence The Genre Hopping and Shape Shifting Indie Artist

MAD FVN; You Are Hired – You’re A Popstar In The Making

Years upon years of dedication and hard work have led to this moment for me. The upcoming release of my first song titled “call me when you grow up…” is an anthem to a less than desirable relationship. The title says it all, and it will definitely leave you with the words stuck in your head. I am so excited to finally have music out on every streaming platform. It’s basically saying that boys can be immature as teenagers, but don’t lose hope because they do grow up, and hopefully are able to handle their emotions and communicate better. This song really could be about anyone, but my main goal with it is to let others know that if they’re going through something that relates to this topic, I’m right there with them.

 

Music is my language. It is also my first love. At a young age, I knew that I was put on this earth to sing and write songs that move others the way I am moved every time I hear a phenomenal artist. I began performing at 3 and writing my own songs at 8.

I knew I wanted to be where the best of the best live so I could learn and glean from gifted musicians.

After years of begging, my parents and I finally travelled to Nashville to explore the industry. This continued all throughout high school. Ten trips later, we decided to move so I could pursue my dreams. While continuing to write with incredibly gifted Grammy nominated writers and producers, I was also building a fan base on Tik Tok and Instagram. Today, my platform includes over 3.5 million followers on Tik Tok and over 100,000 of Instagram.

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I placed every ounce of creativity and energy possible into the songs I write. Whether it’s a pop ballad, or a sassy and empowering dance song, I am continuously trying to work on my craft and inspire others. This is only the beginning and there is so much music to come.

Pop songs are amazing, but I love bending & breaking rules when it comes to my sound. While I am considered a pop artist, I also love the unexpected.

 

Ella Fence The Genre Hopping and Shape Shifting Indie Artist

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Giampaolo Pasquile “Risk It All” On New Single

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Giampaolo Pasquile (@giampaolopasquile) has returned with a brand new single titled “Risk It All,” an impressively tuned track. 

The admirable vocals – a signature element of his artistry, kicks off right at the beginning of “Risk It All,” and only rises strongly as the song goes. The shining bass, pace shifts, and sense of hope only sweep you away to dreamland of Giampaolo Pasquile’s uplifting anthems.

Giampaolo Pasquile has an eye on current EDM trends of dropping motivational-feel tracks with a vibe that cheers you up and has you keep going. Another aspect that makes Pasquile’s new release interesting is an upbeat tempo so different from his previous releases. The banger incorporates house, dance and it’s based on a solid beat of euphoric optimism and power. 

Giampaolo Pasquile “Risk It All” On New Single

INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/giampaolopasquile/

SPOTIFY: https://open.spotify.com/album/1Kvs94r2dN0O69WIZ8Uavx

 

Indie Teenager Singer YSSA Posses The Wow Factor

I am a 14-year-old singer/songwriter currently living in North Carolina.

My parents always told me that they saw something in me when I was very young, especially my mom. They always share the story of when I was 2 years old and our family went to a Christmas party. Everyone started to notice this child on the stage with a mic, that child was me, I snuck away from my parents to climb on stage and sing “My ABC’s”. From that moment they knew that I had a passion for performing. When I got a bit older, I started entering contests and soon got noticed by a Performing Arts Studio called Nixpac. The studio helped to bring up my confidence in performing and singing and gave me the opportunity to travel and sing in competitions around my home island and even in Las Vegas. All of this eventually led to me joining The Voice Kids Philippines Season 3 in 2016. The contest was such an amazing and fun experience for me and though I didn’t win, I did gain many supporters who I’m very thankful for. All of these experiences have helped create inspiration for the music that I write.

My heart is filled with a passion for singing and music and if it wasn’t for God, my parents, family & friends, and everyone who believed in me I wouldn’t be where I am now. I am very thankful and blessed to have them in my life and because of them I am able to follow my dreams.

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Teenage Indie ArtistTeenage Indie Artist Rachel Jaymes Inspired by Friends

MT:  Who are some of your musical influences? When did you know music was your calling and when did you figure out why you needed to pursue music as your career?

YSSASome of my musical influences are Whitney Houston, Alicia Keys, and Ariana Grande; but there’s so much more. I knew music was my calling when I realized how much I love to sing and even perform. I figured out why I needed to pursue music as my career when I knew it’s something I dreamed about and I saw that other artists are inspired by what I do and that’s what I want to do. To inspire people and I want people to know what if you have a dream, go for it because I know I was one of those people who had a big dream.

 

MT:  How long have you been singing and performing for?

YSSA:  I have been singing since I was two-years old, and I’ve been performing since kindergarten at my school talent shows.

 

MT:  Who do you enjoy listening to as a fan? 

YSSA:  As a fan I enjoy listening to definitely Ariana Grande (She is amazing), Panic at the Disco, Queen, Billie Eilish, and more.

 

MT:  When was your very first recording and release?

YSSAMy first official recording and release was “Girl Gang”, but when I was 10 years old, I wrote, recorded, and released a song called “Make Myself Proud”.

 

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MT:  You recently released your single “GLOWIN”.  Can you explain how this more about the meaning of the song and how it ties into your music goals?

YSSA:  The meaning of “GLOWIN” is like the feeling you get around this one person. It’s like whenever you are around them you feel like all your worries are gone. This ties to my music goals because I want people to express how they are feeling.

 

MT:  You are now 14 and you wrote your first song when you were 10.  Can you describe your current sound? Has your sound changed since you wrote your first song?

YSSA:  My current sound is Pop and R&B. My sound has changed a lot, I think.  I didn’t really know what kind of songs I was into before, but now I know what I like and what feels like me.

 

MT:  Your performances are full of energy and excitement. Do you have a favorite performance to date and why?

YSSA:  My favorite and scariest performance was when did a concert opening performing River Deep – Mountain High by Ike and Tina Turner. It was a full house at the Hawaii Theater, and the audience was full of energy while I was performing. During the song, there was a fairly long instrumental interlude and all I could think about was coming back in with vocals at the right moment. Luckily, I was able to make my mark, and finish out the performance striving off the crowd’s energy!

 

MT:  What has been your biggest challenge in your music career so far? How did you overcome that obstacle?

YSSA:  One of the biggest challenges since I am a High School student also is time management. I had to find the balance of dividing time career wise and of keeping up with my class assignments. At times it can be very difficult, because both are important, but I always manage to complete every project, at time in the early midnight hours.

 

MT:  From what you have learned about your challenges in the music business, what advice would you like to give upcoming new artists?

YSSA: The advice I would give is to work hard for what you believe in, stay committed, and never stop trying.

 

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MT:  Besides singing, do you play any musical instruments? How long have you been playing them?

YSSA:  I have been playing the piano since I was 10, and I actually just started playing the ukulele this year.

 

MT:  What’s a typical day for you? Do you work on your music every day? What other activities or hobbies besides music do you like to do that your fans may like to know about?

YSSA:  A typical day is all day every day I sing lol. Then I find ideas to write about, work on them, and go outside and get some fresh air. I like to play volleyball just with the people with my neighborhood and fun fact I like to pull weeds out the grass lol. It’s so satisfying.

 

MT:  Where can fans find your music when it is released?

YSSA:  You can find my music on all digital platforms such as YouTube, Spotify, Apple Music, and SoundCloud.

 

MT:  Do you have any specific rituals or do anything specific before you head out on stage or even before you record your vocals in the studio?

YSSA:  Before going on stage I shake off all the nerves by jumping up and down. Before I record, I just get in my zone and stay really quiet, and I am barefoot when recording. That makes me feel comfortable and in touch with the material.

 

MT:  Do you have any up-coming performances you would like fans to know about? Is there anything else you would like to announce for your fans or anything you would like them to know? 

YSSA:  Due to the COVID 19 Pandemic, my scheduled performances and appearances had to be canceled.  My fans can keep up with upcoming announcements, song and video releases by checking out my Linktree account @ https://linktr.ee/yssaofficial_. I have also released my first newsletter which you can find there and subscribe.

 

MT:  Thank you so much for your time YSSA, I really appreciate it and all the very best with all your future endeavors!

 

LINKS TO YSSA BELOW

Indie Teenager Singer YSSA Posses The Wow Factor

 

 

Indie Teenager Singer YSSA Posses The Wow Factor

Mystical and Enchanting Em Releases A Brand New Gem: Self-Titled Debut Album, Called EM

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Highly skillful singer-songwriter Em has just released her new self-titled album which has left her fans stunned and in awe. Born and raised in New Jersey, the talented star has created a wonderful collection that showcases her authentic and one of a kind personality. Each song has a special place in Em’s heart and was a very therapeutic way for her to release her thoughts and feelings into music. 

EM consists of a total of five tracks and expresses a heartwarming message to all listeners. The artist thoughtfully pours her emotions and feelings into each musical masterpiece as she vocalizes in the most flexible way. This track that is birthed into the album is personal to Em, describing her life experiences that have shaped her into the woman she is today.  

Check it out EM below! 

SPOTIFY: https://open.spotify.com/album/0dfiYKnbXPsV19KFvaDT7j?si=rvo3ilxOQy21xC86PRtD8w

INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/ijustem/

Teenage Indie Artist Rachel Jaymes Inspired by Friends

Rachel Jaymes is a teen, pop artist from Massachusetts who has dreamed of using music to help others for as long as she can remember. By using her hometown, her friends and her family to influence the meaning behind her single “Light Up The Night” , Rachel has definitely proven that the music industry is where she belongs.

Teenage Indie Artist Rachel Jaymes Inspired by Friends
Teenage Indie ArtistTeenage Indie Artist Rachel Jaymes Inspired by Friends

MT/Danielle: Your latest single is “Light Up The Night”. Can you explain the meaning and significance of the song?

Rachel: This song was inspired by my relationship with my friends. I really wanted my first song to be about how I feel when I’m around them. During the summers in my hometown, we have concerts on the green in the middle of the town. It’s like a social gathering that so many people go to, to listen to music, lay back and spend time with friends and family. I love going to these. There was always so much love and appreciation for the same things in one place that it made me so happy to be there. I would go with my parents and when we got there I would split off to hang out with my friends and sometimes we would go a block or two down the street where there was dim light but also close enough to be able to still hear the music, we laid down in the grass and look up at the stars and admire them. We would get into really deep conversations and talk and laugh and have fun being where we were and recognizing the moment and the people we were sharing it with. I always felt that when I am with my friends, my smile is so bright that it can light up the night. I felt like it was a magic moment that needed to be shared.

MT/Danielle: Tell us about your creative journey. How long have you been singing? Do you play any instruments? Can you share with fans exactly when you knew singing was going to be your ultimate goal and why?

Rachel: I have been singing and making music for as long as I can remember. Music has always been a part of my life. When I was young, I used to put on concerts in my living room, I would throw the blankets over the dining room chairs to make a stage and I would tape my hand made posters all over the house to let everyone know what was happening and I would dance and sing around the makeshift stage. I have played guitar in the past but it never stuck, my fingers were not strong enough and were not long enough to reach the strings. So I converted to piano and have been playing that for a couple of years now. There has never been a specific point in time that I knew music was it for me, it has always been a part of my life and it seems crazy for it to not be part of my future, it seems silly for my life not to include music.

MT/Danielle: Tell us about how “Light Up The Night” fits into your brand or current creative direction?

Rachel: Light Up The Night is my debut song and I really wanted to make an impression of who I am, what I value, and what drives me. I want who I am to come through my music and my life experiences to be incorporated in it. I don’t want to be singing about things I haven’t experienced or don’t feel some emotional connection too because in my opinion, it won’t sound like it is from the heart. In order to put real emotion into something, you have to have a firm grasp on what it is and how it connects to you.

MT/Danielle: Since you are still in High School which makes it difficult to tour, how has social media helped move your music career forward?

Rachel: It has helped me to give info on my creative process and sometimes explaining exactly why I haven’t been coming out with more content because of the fact that I do have school and I am trying to get into college and get through that process while also trying to write and create.

MT/Danielle: What are your musical influences? If you had to pick one artist to share a stage with, who would it be?

Rachel: If I could share the stage with any artist it would most likely be Bruno Mars, a couple years ago, my mom and I went to go see him in concert and it was by far the best concert we have ever seen, we were on our feet the entire time dancing and marveling at the incredible performance he put on. I have always admired him as a performer and a creator since I was very little and I feel like he could help me get out of my shell a bit because I do see myself as being a bit shy and awkward and I feel like it would be an amazing experience.

MT/Danielle: You recorded “Light Up The Night” in Nashville, but have grown up in Massachusetts. How has your local area influenced your music career?

Rachel: It’s not so much how my town has shaped me as an artist, but the experience and people I have met in the area. Every year in the summer my hometown hosts concerts on the green in the middle of town and people from town and the surrounding towns come and listen to music, attending these concerts was my inspiration for Light Up The Night. I used to go to concerts with all of my best friends from my town and we would have a blast and walk around downtown so the experiences and memories I have made has really shaped me as a person, artist and singer.

MT/Danielle: You are currently in High School. Do you find it difficult to balance school with the goals for you music career?

Rachel: Yes, I do find it difficult. Balancing school work, college applications , music and work can sometimes prove to be more challenging than I could have ever imagined but it just goes to prove how scheduling, organizing and planning your time appropriately can really help to see what you have done vs what needs to get done. It really helps to set goals at the beginning of every week and at the end of the week reflect on the ones you accomplished and push the ones that didn’t get done to priority the next week. It has really taught me a lot about time management and how important it is.

MT/Danielle: What has been your favorite performance and why? Do you have any upcoming performances that you would like your fans to know about? Is there anything else you would like to tell your fans? What next in your music Journey?

Rachel: It’s really hard for me to pinpoint a favorite performance because they have all been extremely fun and valuable to my musical growth and development. I am working on some upcoming performances. So people can stay connected and up to date with me via social media for immediate updates. As for my fans, I would like to just say thank you for being there and taking the time to listen and play my song and give me feedback and hope. I am trying to get more singing and recording and creating whenever I have the time at the moment, but time will only tell when the next song or album will come out.

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Indie Pop Feel-Good Love Anthem from Donny Anderson ft. Divine Brown  


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Indie Pop Feel-Good Love Anthem from Donny Anderson ft. Divine Brown

Written in a songwriting camp, ‘Lovin You’ is the first release to come from Canadian singer / songwriter Donny Anderson this year. Featuring Canadian icon Divine Brown‘Lovin You’ has received the backing of Songwriter’s Association of Canada. A feel-good summer love anthem, Donny Anderson’s powerful vocals soar above the mix, blending with Divine Brown’s tasteful ad-libs.

 

Formerly a Canadian Idol finalist, Donny Anderson had featured vocals on Rachel Platten’s Gold selling album ‘Wildfire’. He has been writing songs with other artists for years including Chad Doucette, Small Town Pistols, Wes Mack, Clayton Bellamy and Sons of Daughters, has had several major television/film sync placements, and a hit collaboration featured on ‘Empire’ with Humain on Spinnin’ Records. Having learnt the ropes in the label machine, Donny Anderson is primed to take his music to the next level as he prepares to release his debut solo album later this year.

 

‘Lovin You’ is now available on all major streaming platforms.

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Teenage Indie Artist Aut Ratchaphom A Natural Talent

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Aut Ratchaphom is an 18 years old Thai-Australian singer-songwriter and an independent pop artist.

When he was almost 13, Ratchaphom became a big fan of Taylor Swift. Then 4 years later, Swift’s music, songwriting and musical talents inspired him to play guitar/piano and become a singer-songwriter like her.

Aut’s music and songwriting have always been inspired by the main pop artists such as Taylor Swift, Katy Perry, Ariana Grande, Ed Sheeran and many more. On 29th of February 2020, Ratchaphom released his debut and a self-written album ‘LeadOFF’ on the major streaming services.

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MT: Who are some of your musical influences? When did you know music was your calling and when did you figure out why you needed to pursue music as your career?

Aut: My musical influences is Pop, rock, country and a little bit of R/B. I’m always interested in music since I was a kid, but for some reason I hate the ideas of becoming a musician, because my dad’s family side are all musicians maybe that’s why I don’t want to become one and wanted to do something different. However, things started to change when I was 15 almost 16 when my bestie who was in school’s music specialist program heard me singing and asked me whether I would want to join the program and be a singer for his band. I said yes because why not. Later, I began to sing seriously, took some singing lessons and started to play guitar which later it got me to write songs. The more songs that wrote the more I realised that this is something that I specialise at and not many people can do it. Plus, it’s something I enjoy doing it the most. Music for me right now is already part of my life and I just can’t do anything without thinking about it. I wanna perform in a big stadium and have millions of fan enjoyed my music as much as I do. Also, I want to sing, write a song/s and perform with my idol Taylor Swift. So yeah that’s the brief story of my life in music.

 

MT: Who do you enjoy listening to as a fan?

Aut: Definitely Taylor Swift. The one and only artist that got me started to sing and write songs.

 

MT: When did you first record and step into a studio and how did you feel?

Aut: My first time that I first recorded was in February 2019. It was for my first song that I released ‘Move On’. It was done in school studio, but somehow I felt really excited to the facts that after I finished recording the song I will finally have at least a song to put out for the whole world to hear.

 

MT: Do you write your own songs? How did you discover the art of writing songs?

Aut: Definitely I write my own songs and it’s something that I’m really good at. I write songs base on my love experience, my past romance, sometimes by movie that I watched or other people story. I actually got forced to write a song when I was in music program for my final assignment. Which later got me to continue writing it from then.

 

MT: Can you explain a little bit about your song-writing process?

Aut: I find my song writing process is really easy though. It’s also really depend on a song, but mostly I always got the song titles first and begin to play some random guitar chords and sing some random melodies at the same times with a specific word that I was thinking of at the moment. When I feel that it’s something I was looking for or accidentally sing out some cool melodies then I started to put the lyrics in it.

 

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MT: You have just released your debut album, ‘LeadOFF’, can you tell us what this album is about and do you have a favourite song? 

Aut: I hope you enjoy the album. Well, I didn’t come up with the ideas for LeadOFF at first until I wrote ‘Don’t Worry About Me’ and ‘All You Ever Do Is Let Me Down’, because these two songs described how’s I was being attacked by some people whose telling me that music isn’t the right choice for me and I won’t make it to wherever I wanna be. So, I was like well this is such a great theme for my first album. I was gonna name it Origin but on the same day my favourite band Imagine Dragons announced the name for their upcoming album and it said Origin and I was like No I have to change the name and I found a new name for it which is LeadOFF. My initial thought was damn it’s such a cool name and nobody got this name on their album yet. The reason why I picked LeadOFF is because I believe that this album will lead me off to some where in music industry either soon or later but definitely somewhere in the industry which later will land me into the place that I dreamt to be. You can’t start off the football game without a kickoff, the plane won’t fly if it didn’t take off and my journey in-music won’t start until LeadOFF. My favourite song on the album is Cruel Summer, because it got the whole 80s vibe in it and I’m a big fan of 80s music. I planned to make a whole 80s album for my fifth Studio Album, because you know I need to bring back some OLD SCHOOL vibe back for the world to hear.

 

MT: Who produced the album and where was it recorded? What did you learn from recording your first album?

Aut: The producers that assisted me to produced this album are: Renea Moso (11 Songs), Thomas Crogan (Move On), Chanon Paopatimakorn (Slow Motion). It was all record at home except for Slow Motion and Move On, they were recording at the school studio. There are many things that I’ve learned from it, but one main thing is I learned how use my vocal, learned how to sing on key and time and got to say after I finished recording the album my vocal has been improved so much.

 

MT: What has been your biggest challenge in your music career so far? How did you overcome that obstacle?

Aut: Only obstacle is the money. I don’t have anyone sponsor me, because I’m an Independent artist at the moment. I got no label to support me. So, what do is I worked at the restaurant to earn the money so that I have the money to pay for music production. Everyday I keep telling myself that I have to do it for music and of course many time I cry and many times I was thinking about giving up, because I was so tired working there, but if I don’t work I won’t have the money to make music. That’s how I overcome it by stay positive, stay passionate and stay inspiring.

 

MT: From what you have learned about your challenges in the music business so far and what advice would you like to give upcoming young independent artists?

Aut: I’m just gonna tell them to keep passionate about it, don’t give up, stay inspiring and keep it going.

 

MT:   Besides singing, do you play any musical instruments? How long have you been playing them?

Aut: I play guitar and piano when I was 15. I picked them up the same time when I started to sing seriously.

 

MT: What’s a typical day for you? Do you work on your music every day? What other activities or hobbies besides music do you like to do that your fans may like to know about?

Aut: Well, I finished writing my second album now and finished writing the draft for my third album already. Right now I’m just doing some side projects like writing some droplet songs that won’t be on any album and do some research on music industry.

 

MT: Have you performed live? Are there plans for any live shows after our lockdowns?

Aut: I had and I was planning to do some gigs but it’s all canceled because of corona.

 

MT: Thank you so much for your time Aut, I really appreciate it and all the very best

 

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Remarkable Indie Pop New Music and Live Stream from Gaudion


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Remarkable Indie Pop New Music and Live Stream from Gaudion

Newcomer Gaudion has today announced his clever, indie pop single TV Shows, a wistful reflection upon love and loss written during a period of deep change and development for the artist, out now.  Gaudion has also revealed a sweet, adventurous video to accompany the track, directed by Guido Pezz. 

In light of COVID-19, Gaudion is unable to perform regular gigs – so to celebrate the release of TV Shows he has announced two YouTube/Instagram live stream performances on

April 2 at 7.30PM AEST, and

April 30 at 7.30PM AEST.

TV Shows is one for fans of guitar pop and brilliant Australian songwriting.  Evocative of Dean Lewis, Ziggy Alberts, and Ben Howard, TV Shows would feel at home on the soundtrack for a coming of age romantic film, or perhaps it’s that track that you’ll play over and over on your next summer roadtrip. 

Catchy and affecting, this song features Gaudion’s lovely vocal performance front and centre.  Speaking on the inspiration behind the track, Gaudion explains,

“TV Shows is a small part of my life.  I began writing the tune when I was working on a small farm in a rural area in Canada’s Saskatchewan.  In this place I was turbulent.  I never knew what I wanted to do.  So I taught myself to play guitar and sing inside a grain silo every day after work.  I was also going through a difficult stage of adolesence; through this song I was aiming to express my current feelings with music.  Every time I’d think of the things I was going through I’d write a little bit more of the song.  It’s not the first song I ever wrote, and definitely not the last, but it holds a long journey of my emotions, my memories and my thoughts.

 

The film clip for TV Shows is open to interpretation, allowing the audience to incorporate their own meaning into the clip, which is a very special feeling.  The video follows the story of a couple who part, while Gaudion watches on on a television set.   The performance is serene, indicating a sense of acceptance of life’s inherent challenges and curveballs.  Speaking on the clip, Gaudion enthuses, “The music video for TV Shows has been one of the funnest journeys ever.  Guido Pezz is a fantastic director, new mate of mine and creative genius.  It’s literally a video of me watching TV Shows which follow the emotions of the music.  I’m very happy with the process, the beautiful actors we worked with and laughs we had along the way.”

 

Although disappointed that he won’t be able to perform in person for the foreseeable future, Gaudion is excited to present two intimate performances via livestream, as he says,  “All we have seen happen to the world over the past months due to COVID-19 has been devastating.  In our industry, all shows have been cancelled, jobs have been lost and artists are genuinely scared of the carryover effects that this virus will have.  I feel the need to keep moving forward and I’m also in a position to brighten peoples’ days through sharing my music, so I feel very fortunate.  I am excited to be performing two Youtube livestream performances to celebrate the release of this song.”

 

Talented in more ways than one, Gaudion is a keen carpenter, and even made his own guitar, as he says,

I love building and creating things with my hands, I find it very rewarding and exciting.  A few years back I built an acoustic guitar from scratch. She’s a medium sized dreadnaught made from Tasmanian blackwood (back and sides), sitka spruce (top), mahogany (neck) and Indian rosewood (features). Her name is Grace, and I play her every day!  Everything happens for a reason, and after building this guitar I became a lot more interested in playing.”

 

GAUDION ‘TV SHOWS’ LIVESTREAM PERFORMANCES

 

THURS APR 2 | YOUTUBE / INSTAGRAM LIVESTREAM | 7:30PM AEST

https://youtu.be/O3-W0QRGtr4 | IGTV @gaudion_music

 

THURS APR 30 | YOUTUBE / INSTAGRAM LIVESTREAM | 7:30PM AEST

https://youtu.be/gaDdbb4y9Ns  | IGTV @gaudion_music

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