Captivating Blend of Country Rock And Soul From Isobel Holly

Isobel Holly 


Hailing from Bath, Isobel Holly is a 19-year-old singer-songwriter, whose exciting blend of country, rock and soul makes for a truly captivating live performance. Influences such as Fleetwood Mac and Aretha Franklin are reflected in her heartfelt song-writing and powerful vocals. This November, see her play live alongside her incredible band, all of whom study at the Royal Northern College of Music. You’ll have a taste of her debut upcoming album, which is set for release in February next year. Expect intense guitar solo sections combined with delicate lyricism. 

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Captivating Blend of Country Rock and Soul  From Isobel Holly

Maddie/MT: How did you first get into music and/or decide you wanted to pursue it? 

Isobel: My sister and I used to write songs together; she definitely inspired me to get into it. I realised I had to pursue it when I couldn’t imagine my life without being involved in the industry. 

 

MT:  What instruments do you play and/or which would you like to learn most?

Isobel: I’m a singer and I play guitar but I’d love to improve my lead guitar skills so I can play the solos I imagine in my head myself! I’d also love to learn how to play the harp. It’s such a beautiful instrument. It would be really fun to sing while accompanying myself on the harp. 

 

MT:     Can you tell us a little bit about your most recent release “Atticus”? What was the inspiration behind the song, and what was the writing process there? 

Isobel: I’ve been a fan of the Instagram-famous poet, Atticus, for a couple of years now. He wrote the line ‘thinking of you is a poison I drink often’ and gave me permission to use it. I was immediately struck by the power behind the words and also how they resonated with me. I think a lot of people have been in toxic relationships and that it was a theme with which a lot of people could relate. Once I had that first line, the rest of the lyrics came to me very easily. I wanted a big chorus. A long note held over full instrumental accompaniment for impact and emotive effect- Almost like crying. As I usually do, I wrote the chords on my guitar first and the rest of the riffs came after, with the help of my producer, Corben, who played all the other instruments on the recording. 

 

SingerMT:  What is your favourite lyric from the song and why?

Isobel: Of course, it would have to be ‘thinking of you is a poison I drink often’, but that’s the one I didn’t write! Some of the lyrics in the chorus are ‘I can’t decide what’s hurting me the most; your ghost, or that I have come too far to turn back now’. By this, I mean to say that she can’t work out what’s causing more pain- the memory of him, or the way she can’t undo what’s happened to create that memory in the first place. 

 

MT:  Who are your major influences? Musically and also who you look up to as performers in general. 

Isobel: Missy Higgins and Carole King have been huge musical influences for me; they’re fantastic songwriters and I love that they write with so much heart and soul. Kacey Musgraves is a wonderful artist. The way she presents herself and performs inspires me every day! 

 

MT:   If you could ask one of those influences one question, what would it be? 

Isobel: I would ask their opinion of my music- how I could make it better. 

 

MT:  What has been your favourite venue that you’ve played at, and what is your dream venue? 

Isobel: My favourite venue would be Komedia Bath, UK, but my favourite gig would definitely be the Bath Festival Finale Weekend I played with my wonderful band this summer. Hometown gigs are always special. 

 

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 MT: You have an EP! What is “The Right Way Up” inspired by? Do you have a favourite track from it? 

Isobel: Tricky question! I wrote these songs when I was rather young. The title track and Yours Was the One were inspired by my experiences as a young teenager, but the other two weren’t based on anything too personal. More stories I amplified and wrote there and then. 

MT: What are you currently working on? What can fans look forward to in the next few months? 

Isobel: I’ve got a couple more singles in the pipeline- one being released at the end of October, which is super exciting. I am also creating an album I hope to release in February! Just a few more tracks to record. I’ve got some gigs around the UK coming up too. 

 

MT:  If you could give one piece on advice to your younger self, what would you say? 

Isobel: Don’t let one bad comment override all the good ones. But this is a hard one to remember even now I know it! 

Links To Isobel

Website: https://www.isobelholly.com

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/isobelholly

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

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCCRUPdQNv3ctmzdzwc0FzuA

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/7xULtBABTiR4G539YC8PdC

 

Captivating Blend of Country Rock and Soul  From Isobel Holly

 

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Cheyne Greene


Cheyne Greene, pop and alternative singer/songwriter who grew up and lived in Dubai for the majority of his life. Born in Dundonald, Ireland in January 2002, he started singing at a very young age and began learning the keys at 9 years old. Throughout his music career, he’s performed at school music venues showcasing the types of music he writes and songs of artists that he loves to listen to.

As someone who loves to write his own music, he focuses a lot on the alternative side and really wants to create his music where every track has a different style and tone to it.

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His first EP “Into the Night” is a body of work which he’s extremely proud of and contains the tracks that’s most resonated with him when he started songwriting. 

 

Interview with Danielle Haskell

Danielle: You recently released your album titled “Into the Night”. Can you explain the title and how this title reflects your music goals? You have four songs on the album, can you give your fans a little insight into the meaning behind each song?

Cheyne: All these songs on the EP were written back when I was 14-15 and are the one’s that’s most resonated with me when I started songwriting. None of these songs were based on my own experiences and were based more on my own imaginative thoughts and ideas.

The first track “Into the Night” which I used to title the EP tackles a man’s breakup and his own refusal to go into the deep dark depression which I symbolize as the night. The one he’s in love with still remains in the daylight while he’s slowly transitioning into the night. I find it very interesting as well as it’s this massive electro pop track however the lyrics are actually very sad. How the title reflects my music goals? Well I’m not going to say I’m moving into a state of depression, but I can see this track to be more of a push to get me out there more to others around the world as one of my goals is to write records that resonate with people’s hearts.

The second track on the EP “Say Goodbye to Melodies” was a scenario I came up with where a soldier who had left his loved one and his home to fight for a war immediately comes to regret and wants to see his loved one again. He experiences many lives that are lost through the shocking moments he endures and here I symbolize that each life lost within the war, it represents its own melody, its own motif. While this soldier is continuously saying goodbye to the melodies within the war, he wants to hold onto his own memories with the loved one he so desperately wants to see again.

“Today” and “Watching You” are both connected to me, with “Watching You” being more of a sequel to “Today”. They’re about a man who constantly checks on the one he loves bedridden. His insanity and him being unable to know if she’ll be better when he remains astray from his path are reflected off the heavy guitar played throughout “Today”. The pop-rock track “Watching You” shows that he’s finally pulling himself together and will continue to remain by her side.

 

Danielle: You were born in Dundonald, Ireland and then moved to Dubai. How did growing up in these two locations influence your music?

Cheyne: When I was born in Ireland I only lived there for a few months haha. So it was mainly Dubai that influenced my music with me growing up and listening to what everyone else listened to; Justin Bieber, Taylor Swift, Charlie Puth, or Shawn Mendes. I’ve seemed to move off from that path now and listen to more alternative and contemporary music. I look into ways of how I can blend other genres into my own style, so occasionally I’ll come back to pop music to see if there’s anything that catches my attention.

 

Danielle: It’s well known that you like to write your own music. Have you ever collaborated with anyone? Who are your musical influences?  If you could pick any one artist to share a stage with, who would that be?

Cheyne: Other artists? No, I haven’t yet but I really look forward to in the future. My musical influences I’d say come from a number of artists. The two major ones being Declan McKenna and Tom Odell. The creativity in their songs is just outstanding for me. Tom Odell is also an artist I’d love to perform with. I watched him live a few months ago in Dubai and my piano playing can’t even compare to his. The effort that he puts into his live shows amazes me so much that I actually aspire to be like him one day.

 

Danielle: If there was one message your fans could take away from your music, what would you want that to be? 

Cheyne: Not to take anyone or anything for granted. You won’t realize someone or something is there until they aren’t anymore.  

 

Danielle: How long have you been singing? When did you know that you wanted a career in music? Besides singing, do you play any musical instruments?

Cheyne: I started singing at a very young age, I think I was around 3. My family background was always very musical, my grandmother was a stage actress who played the piano, violin, and had an incredible singing voice. She had amazing vocal control and her range was amazing. My father also just loves music, you could show him any song from the 1960s to 90s and he’d know it immediately, he’s an absolute music guru. And I guess this all kind of rubbed off on me. When I was 8 I started learning the guitar and a year later I began learning the piano although I hated learning them at the time because I was playing classical and had no interest for it. It was when I was 12 and started writing my own stuff that I profoundly grew a love for music. Then I realized that this was what I wanted to do, this is what I would enjoy doing for a career.

 

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

Cheyne: I used to work on my music every day. I’m so focused on school now that I can hardly find the time for it. When I graduate however I’ll go back to working on it every day just like I used to. I remember going crazy when I turned 14, I would sit at the piano every day coming up with vocal melodies and recording anything that would come to my head. It’s a lot of fun when you can piece together chord progressions that work and it’s more enjoyable when you can write lyrics to it that actually fit and have their own meaning. Do I have any other activities besides music? That’s the thing, I don’t. I know, I’m a very boring person haha.

 

Danielle: What’s next? 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? 

Cheyne: I gave a small heads up on one of my posts that I’d be releasing an album next. I don’t know how long it will take but I plan on producing the whole body of work. Currently, I’m performing at local open mic nights around Dubai so anyone living there feel free to come!

 

Links to Cheyne Greene

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

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/cheynegreene

Website: https://www.cheynegreene.com

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k9-jrRgFsYc

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Indie Artist Madison Mueller
Singer Songwriter Madison Mueller

Madison Mueller

Interview with Danielle Haskell


As “Young Adult Artist of the Year” at the 2018 Josie Music Awards, this 18 year old singer/songwriter and Multi-Instrumentalist from Barrie Ontario, Canada is becoming a name to remember! Maddie has been playing and studying music for twelve years, and started performing wherever possible since she was 8. Writing, performing and recording her music has become her love. Maddie is proving her dream to make music her whole life is definitely becoming her reality.

 

Danielle: You are about to release your fourth single called “Exhale”. Can you share with your fans the meaning of “Exhale” and how you came up with the title?

 

Maddie: The meaning of “Exhale”, while it has many sad lyrics and points throughout the song, was mainly to remind myself that even when things get tough, sometimes all you need to do is take in a big breath, and then exhale. It’s easy to forget that doing such a simple thing can help you take in your surroundings and figure out how to go about fixing your issue.

 

Danielle: Do you write all of your own songs? Have you ever collaborated with anyone when writing your music? Is there a particular theme you want your fans to relate to when they listen to your music?

 

Maddie: So far I have been mostly writing all my own songs. I have done a bit of collaboration with others, but have yet to release any of those works in progress. Currently I am going through a lot of changes in my life right now, and writing about each situation helps me get through them. My music tends to explain what I’m going through, and also attempts to show a resolution to the issue if there is one.

 

Danielle: You have recorded 4 studio songs. Can you describe what one of your days in the studio is like for fans?

 

Maddie: A day in the studio starts off very fast paced. I normally get into the studio and show the producer in person which song we will be tackling. From there I lay down the first instrument, which will be whatever I have written the song on. After a few takes of that, we then lay down a bunch of vocals and finally the magic happens. We start adding the next instruments and ideas that have been floating around in my head. Drums, bass and guitar are built into the song and by then, that normally covers a full day in the studio. From there it’s a lot of fine tuning and realizing where I really would like the song to go. It’s always a new experience and I don’t think I could ever get tired of watching my songs develop into their final mix.

 

Danielle: You not only sing, you play guitar, piano, offer vocal lessons and teach piano. How does that experience influence your own music recordings?

Maddie: Teaching is a job like no other. It is extremely rewarding, and always puts a smile on my face. It’s so amazing to see other kids finally finish a song that they have been working on for what seems like forever. What’s even more astounding is what I learn from them as well. Each time I teach a new concept, it helps me understand what it is I am teaching even better, and sometimes it helps me figure out an easier way to accomplish something. I take that everywhere with me, not just into recording. If teaching has really taught me anything, it is to be open with learning.

 

Danielle: You recently won the “Young Adult Artist of the Year” at the 2018 Josie Music Awards. How has winning influenced the future possibilities for your career as a musician?

Maddie : Winning any award is a push in the right direction, but winning something as highly acclaimed as a Josie Award is just incredibly motivating. It allows me to have more faith in myself that I have the ability to accomplish my dreams, and it shows that I have been working hard to reach them. I am still so honoured to have taken home that award, and it hasn’t gone unnoticed by the local press around my city. Overall, it just proves to me that I am on the right track with my life, and it drives me to continue working hard.

 

Danielle: Rumour has it that Maddie Mueller is also an amazing softball pitcher. Outside of music, what are some other interests, including softball that fans may like to know about? How have these outside influences impacted your music or creativity?

Maddie: Haha, I do love my softball! I have been playing for 10 years, and it’s my second love after music! I have a few other hobbies and interests as well. I really love to write stories. If I had the dedication to write a full book, I definitely would. That’s a trait that runs in my family through, because both my brother and sister are fantastic writers as well. On top of that, I also love to stargaze. Space really intrigues me so I like to learn all about what’s beyond our planet. And one of the things that I am truly the best at are puns. I love making them any chance I get. If you ask anyone that knows me, they’ll tell you just how annoying I can get with them. But above all that, music is my number one interest, and that is something I will never get enough of.

 

Danielle: You not only support your own music, but can be found supporting others via Teen Talks. How has being part of Teen Talks impacted your music career?

Maddie: Teen talks has opened my door to so many amazing opportunities, but above that it has allowed me to start conversations with some ridiculously talented young artists. Each time I interview one of them, I find myself being completely inspired. I say it all the time, but being surrounded by like minded people is one of the best feelings, and TeenTalks has opened so many doors in that respect. If I could have them all in the same place, I would! TeenTalks is for the musicians, from the musicians, and I think that automatically impacts each artists’ career.

Danielle: Where can fans find your music, performance information, merchandise…? Is there anything else you would like fans to know?

Maddie: My music is available on all streaming sites under the name Madison Mueller. I am also on all social medias:

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/maddiemakesmusic77/

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/_maddiemueller_ 

 

I am working towards getting some merchandise in the next few months and I am super excited for it. I will be playing at a showcase called Glow over the next month and the dates will be listed on my website: www.maddiemakesmusic.com. And finally, my song “Exhale” will be dropping on November 22nd! Make sure to check it out!

 

Breath Of Air – Madison Mueller