Sunday Rundown: The week I was reminded about how amazing my city really is.

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So this week  I saw how evil people can be but also how amazing they can be.  On Monday night, at the Manchester Arena, a suicide bomber killed 22 innocent people and injured many more.  I really have no words when it comes to trying to explain why a person would want to target innocent people at all, but especially a concert full of children and teenagers.  That Ariana Grande concert should have been one of the best nights of their lives, like so many concerts at the arena have been for myself, but instead it became one of the worst.  That type of evil is just indescribable and inexcusable.  However, the way the city banded together was something beautiful to come out of such a horrendous tragedy.   Free taxis, people taking in stranded children and relatives, the Queen visiting victims, poignant vigils and Ariana Grande herself organising a benefit… all of these things helped to reaffirm my faith in humanity.  I am absolutely devastated for my city and for the victims, their friends and their families, but I am also proud of the way Manchester has responded.  Shocked, shaken but never broken.  Obviously this has been on my mind a lot this week, so I thought instead of mentioning it by day in the rundown, I would just write a little something at the start.  I hope from the bottom of my heart that something like this never happens again in Manchester and that the terorists are aware that they cannot break our spirits or rob us of our hope.  In terms of myself this week, I shall keep it brief.

Monday: Not a very busy day music wise for me!

Tuesday: I went into college and worked on Alive again.  This time we recorded some guitar parts for the outdo (that I won’t actually be using it turns out!) and I wrote the lyrics for the final verse, which I have been meaning to do for ages!  I’m ready to put the vocals on next week, which is a great feeling!  Hopefully, I’ll have something to share soon!

Wednesday: I recorded my first loop cover at my keyboard.  I chose to do Charlie Puth’s new song ‘Attention’!  I’m actually a big big fan of this song as the bass line is so catchy!

I then had rehearsals for my gig on Friday in Chester, with my guitarist.  I then went for tea in Chester and had a little wander around!

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Thursday: Thursday was the most exciting day of the week as it was the day the Poison video premiered!  It was featured on Indie Music Central and I was so happy as I’ve been waiting to share this for ages!  Think powder paint, drums and glitter….

 

It was also a sunny sunny day, so I decided to work on my balcony in bikini.  It’s funny how much a bit of sun can improve your day!

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As usual, I made my Thursday Twenty playlist and here are the tracks!

Thursday Twenty:

Wonderwall by Ryan Adams – Manchester has obviously been on my mind a lot this week, so I wanted to include this song as it’s an amazing version of Oasis’s classic. It’s so emotional and felt really poignant after Monday’s tragedy.
Most Girls by Hailee Steinfeld – This is my favourite track this week! Just such an amazing message about all girls being unique and not having to apologise for that!
I Was Wrong by A R I Z O N A (Robin Schulz Remix)
TiO by ZAYN – I surprised myself by liking this song as I’m not usually a ZAYN fan!
I’m In Control by Trinix
Deja Vu by Post Malone and Justin Bieber
Table for One by Liana Banks – Super catchy and cool and I love the independent vibe of the lyrics!
AM by Brooks Brown
May I Have This Dance [Remix] by Francis and the Lights (feat. Chance The Rapper) – I was recommended this song by my guitarist, Keenan, as he’s a massive Chance fan and I actually love it! It’s so chilled and the melody is beautiful! I love the fact it’s got an almost 80s Peter Gabriel vibe 🙂
Higher by Maximilian – This is gorgeous and full of intensity and understated drama. Amazing production and vocals!
Poison by Sally Caitlin – I decided to include my track Poison this week as the video has just premiered!
Come Back by Willie Shaw
Body Talk by Julius – I instantly loved this due to the ‘lime and the coconut’ reference… but it’s actually such a feel good song! Perfect for sunny summer days!
Crying in the Club by Camilla Cabello
Bad Liar by Selena Gomez – I’m a hugggeeee Selena fan.. so I was super excited when I saw she had a new song out. I’m so glad she’s stuck with the sultry vibe from Hands to Myself and Good For You… I love it!
I Like Me Better by Lauv – Such a fun song! I find the chorus gets stuck in your head for hours… a great sing-a-long one!
Not Ready by Naffz
Breathe by Lesko
One Last Time by Ariana Grande – I’ve always been very moved by this song and it was my favourite on the My Everything album. Now it has taken on a new meaning across the world as a tribute to the innocent victims of the Manchester attack and I think that’s amazing. I really hope it gets to number one in the charts and sends a message to terrorists that, although we will always mourn victims of their attacks and we will never forget, we will also never be broken and terror will never win.
Champagne Supernova by Oasis – This is my favourite Oasis song as I think the lyrics are beautiful. This pick is for the 22 that lost their lives, the injured, the families of those affected and my amazing city of Manchester.

Friday: I was performing my covers set at a lovely country restaurant in Macclesfield, called the Windmill.  It was very different to most of my gigs and a lot more chilled, but I really enjoyed singing there!

Saturday and Sunday:  I’m up in Scotland for Bank Holiday weekend!  I’m focusing on relaxing, hiking and hopefully getting some writing done!

Thank you for reading as always!  Next week should be exciting as I’ll be able to talk about my gig in Liverpool 🙂

 

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Sunday Rundown: Camden Gig, Exploring London and Producing a New Track

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This week has been super busy music-wise, which is always great, with the main news being that I performed at my first ever gig in London on Friday! 🙂  I’ve also been keeping my new Spotify playlist up to date, booking more gigs and been working on the track I am self-producing… Here is my day by day account of this fab week (15th April to 21st April)

MONDAY: I guess Monday was a fairly boring start to the week as it was admin based mainly… however, I did get closer to finding out where and when the video for Poison is going to premiere, which is very exciting news!  Hopefully on next week’s Sunday Rundown I will be recapping about that! 🙂

TUESDAY: I was at college and actually the only student in!  That sounds boring but it was amazing for my productivity and I got sooooo much done! The main progress was made on ‘Alive’, the track I was talking about last week.  I think the arrangement has been fully worked out now and we added some amazing rhythmic guitar to the choruses, which I feel added so much to the vibe of the track!  Next things to do are record my lead vocal, harmonies and backing vocals and then look at transitions!  So excited to share this when it’s finally finished!

WEDNESDAY: This week I’ve had no voice at all so I couldn’t record a new video for my Wednesday Cover but I did edit some live footage from my Gullivers Gig last Saturday… so this week’s cover is ‘Into You’ by Ariana Grande!  I absolutely love this song and love performing our version with the loop pedal… so check it out and let me know what you think!

THURSDAY: On Thursday I picked my set lists for my upcoming gigs, sorted out all my backing tracks and packed for my trip to London.  Thursday is also the day I update my weekly Spotify playlist ‘Thursday Twenty’ and this week I added some amazing tracks!

  1. Attention by Charlie Puth  OMG I’m obsessed with this song…. so catchy and the bassline is just amazing!
  2. The Cure by Lady Gaga The first Lady Gaga song I’ve liked in a while, but I do loooveee this!
  3. Siren by Kid Cupid – Kid Cupid are playing with me at Hangar 34 in Liverpool on June 1st and I’m really excited to watch them perform after hearing this track.
  4. Strip by Clara Mae
  5. In the Blood by John Mayer – My favourite of his newer songs that he performed last week… such a beautiful track.
  6. Whatever I Want (Young John Da Wicked Producer Remix) by Classixx – Thank youuuu to my Discover Weekly playlist on Spotify for this one…. such a tune.
  7. Despacito Remix by Luis Fonsi & Justin Bieber
  8. Like Home (LUCIANBLOMKAMP Remix) by JOY.
  9. Oh Woman Oh Man by London Grammar
  10. Blades by Farr
  11. Rollin with the Flow by Geek Boy – I love the wordplay and the vibe of this track; it’s got a really fresh sound.
  12. Hypnotized by WeAreTreo – The rhythm of the lyrics in this track is so clever and different and the production has something really cool and summery about it… maybe even my track of the week!
  13. Don’t You Feel It by SubFocus
  14. Can You Hear Me? by Amber Mark
  15. On My Mind by Disciples – Another song I’m obsessed with… just brings a smile to my face whenever I hear it and I can’t help but dance and sing along!
  16. Eyes Closed by Halsey – This is a song I wish I’d written!  Such a relatable theme done so beautifully.
  17. Let Me Out (Banx & Ranx Remix) by Gorillaz, Mavis Staples & Pusha T – Been listening to Gorillaz as I’m so excited to go and see them in December after buying my tickets this week!  I think this has to be my favourite track off their new album ‘Humanz’.
  18. Quit by Cashmere Cat & Ariana Grande
  19. Hot2Touch by Felix Jaehn
  20. 4am by Huntar

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FRIDAY:  Definitely the most eventful day of this week as I had my first ever gig in London at Proud Camden as part of Absent Kelly’s ‘Camden Clique’.  I was the first support for London-based band arC and was also joined by Bisola, Gabriela Eva and Samuel Hyde.  I was incredibly nervous before as it was the first time I’d performed some of those tracks live with just backing tracks and I also had a really sore throat!  All in all though, it was a really valuable experience and I felt like I learned a lot from it.  I had some great support from the crowd, despite being first on, and I got to meet and watch some great musicians!  Afterwards I had such a feeling of relief too as I’ve been anxious about it for a while, so it was awesome to let loose and party 🙂

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SATURDAY: I was feeling slightly fragile from the night before but still took the opportunity to go and explore Camden Markets and Piccadilly Circus in London.  Felt good to be out and about and to be spending time with my brother and his friends.  London is such a good place to be a tourist and I think Camden is now my favourite place I have visited there, although I love Shoreditch too!

SUNDAY: Another admin day as I had to write a press release for my EP (although it is a little bit late) ready for the premiere of the Poison video!  I am on a bit of a health kick at the moment as I feel like I’ve let myself get very unfit and have developed some bad habits, so I did go for a hike near my house.  It was really nice to get some fresh air and just be able to relax whilst listening to music.  Plus I saw these horses, who were just too cute not to share!

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Thank you so much for reading – even though it has been even longer than last week!  I don’t want to make any more false promises, but hopefully I will have a little bit less to say next week! 🙂

Sunday Rundown: John Mayer, Gullivers and Spotify!

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Starting this week, every Sunday I will be doing a weekly blog talking about everything I have been up to, my favourite music that week and anything exciting I can think of.  This week seemed like the perfect week to start as it’s been amazing and music-filled!  I’ve been to watch two gigs, performed myself, booked tickets for more gigs and started my first Spotify playlist as a verified artist…busy, busy times!  Without further ado, here is the rundown of the past week (8th April to 14th April)!

MONDAY: I spent most of the day rehearsing for my gig on Saturday and getting the loops sorted for my new songs, ‘Warning’ and ‘Shackles’!

TUESDAY: I attend music college every Tuesday and I had a super productive day as I made loads of progress on my first self-produced track, which is called ‘Alive’.  I have been working on the song on Logic for quite a while and am aiming to create really fun but relaxing summer song about running away and staying young…. so we’ll see how that goes!

WEDNESDAY:  Wednesday was a great day as I managed to record a cover for ‘Cover Wednesdays’ on my YouTube channel.  The song I picked was ‘There’s Nothing Holding Me Back’ by Shawn Mendes.  I had heard it the day before, instantly loved it and knew that it was the right song to try and cover.

That evening, I went to a fabulous event in Manchester organised by Punch Records called, ‘Welcome To My City’!  The gig featured five amazing artists: Gambimi, Sub Blue, Kizzy Crawford, Nipah and Tobi Sunmola.  It was great to watch such talented artists do their thing and show off their talent.  I enjoyed having the opportunity to network a little too!

Check out Tobi Sunmola performing his amazing track ‘Run Free’!

THURSDAY:  On Thursday I had more rehearsals, bought my tickets to see Gorillaz (Yayyyyyyy!!!) and also set up my first ‘Artist Playlist’ on Spotify.  I got verified on Spotify last week so it was really excited to finally make a playlist on my artist page showing what I’m currently listening to!  The playlist is called ‘Thursday Twenty’ and is simply twenty songs that I’m loving each week… updated every Thursday!  This week’s picks were:

  1. Waters by Gambimi I loved this song when he performed it live at ‘Welcome To My City’… such a chilled and romantic vibe!
  2. Committed by Sub Blue – Another favourite from the event on Wednesday… a great live performer too!
  3. Lead Me Down by Sally Caitlin – I felt like I should include one of my songs in my first ever playlist!
  4. There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back by Shawn Mendes 
  5. Old Friends by Jasmine Thompson – I heard it on the Grey’s Anatomy soundtrack and fell in love with the relatable lyrics!
  6. Hot Blood by Kaleo – Obsessed with this song and the whole album to be honest… just a must listen if you like a bit of rock that isn’t that heavy!
  7. Breathe by Astrid S – Big Astrid S fan… she makes the sort of modern alternative pop which I think has a really fresh sound.
  8. 1998 by Chet Faker & Banks – As the ultimate Banks fangirl I kind of had to include her, but this track with Chet Faker is a lot more summery and softer than her usual offerings.
  9. Quit You by Lost Kings & Tinashe
  10. Not Going Home by DVBBS
  11. It Ain’t Me (Tiesto’s AFTR:HRS Remix) by Kygo & Selena Gomez
  12. Run Free by Tobi Sunmola – Amazing song by a new Manchester based artist… his voice is like Louis Armstrong crossed with Howlin’ Wolf!
  13. Wherever You Go by TRXD ft. Hilde
  14. Wicked Games by The Weeknd – Rediscovered this song and my love for it after playing it on piano again last week… still my favourite song by The Weeknd!
  15. No Promises by Cheat Codes ft. Demi Lovato
  16. Want You Back by HAIM – I love HAIM and their cool brand of alternative pop with catchy hooks and this is the perfect sunny day driving song!
  17. Places by Martin Solveig
  18. Feels (Jai Wolf Remix) by Kiiara
  19. No Don by LottoBoyzz
  20. You Don’t Know Me by Jax Jones ft. Raye

 

 

FRIDAY:  Literally the best day ever as my dream of seeing my ultimate idol, John Mayer, in concert came true!  He was absolutely incredible and did not disappoint me at all, despite me having exceedingly high expectations!  He didn’t play my favourite song, ‘I Don’t Trust Myself Loving You’, however, he did play ‘Edge Of Desire’, which is my second favourite!  Managed to get myself some sweet merch, which I haven’t taken off much since the gig!  Just an unbelievable night and a dream come true!

 

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SATURDAY:  On Saturday I, myself, was gigging at Gullivers in Manchester!  I performed some of my original songs for the first time with my loop pedal, drum pad and my acoustic guitarist, Keenan.  Really enjoyed performing and sharing some brand new material, despite being slightly under the weather and completely losing my voice after the show!

 

SUNDAY: Rest, recuperation and planning for next week!

I hope you have enjoyed this little insight into my day to day life…. I promise next week won’t be quite as long! Thank you for reading 🙂

New EP Release: Experiments!

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Check out my new EP, Experiments, which has just been released on all major retailers!  The Spotify Web Player link is below, so you can give it a play and follow me if you like it!

I’m extremely proud of this EP as I feel like it really sums me up as an artist and embodies the sort of music I want to make moving forward.  All the songs have their own videos, with the Poison video being the next one to be released… so keep your eyes peeled for that!  The EP is available on iTunes, Spotify, Amazon, Deezer and most other digital distributors… so go and have a listen and let me know what you think on Facebook.