Sunday Rundown: Finding locations, shooting videos and finally finishing Alive

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This week I have been working on loads of new projects including shooting a video, planning another and finally finishing the mix on my track Alive.  I’ve also been talking to some promoters about booking some gigs very soon, so hopefully I’ll have many announcements coming soon!

Monday: I was travelling back from London so I was just doing admin stuff on the train!  Pretty boring!

Tuesday: Tuesday was a great day as I was shooting a video for one of my upcoming songs, which is called Shackles!  The song is quite dramatic and dark, so we thought a very simple black and white video might work really well.  The track starts with just piano, so it was fun filming that part with me playing what is on the track!

Wednesday:  On Wednesday I was back in the studio for the first time in a while, to put some new vocals on a couple of tracks I recorded back in February.  However, I ended up changing the structure of three of the songs from my Chemistry album… which just goes to show the creative process isn’t always finished even though you thought it was!

My Wednesday Cover this week was a duet with the lovely Sophie Smith and we did cover of Strangers by Halsey and Lauren Jaugerui.  Check it out:

Thursday:  On Thursday I was playing in another golf competition and I played the best I’d ever played, which was a great feeling!  I actually ended up winning the whole competition and having my handicap dropped.

As it was Thursday I curated my Thursday Twenty playlist for the week, with a lot of emphasis being on holiday songs again, particularly Spanish songs!

  1. Higher Love by Charming Horses
  2. Mind Games by Nicolas Haelg
  3. Save Me by LISTENBEE
  4. Freak (Sam Feldt Remix Edit) by R3hab – I love this track as it reminds me of the Sugababes version from when I was younger… such a nostalgic track!
  5. Low by Matt Kali
  6. I Don’t Wanna Live Forever (Taladego Tropical Mix) by Sara Farell – I really like this version of this song as it’s so summery and happy!  I actually prefer it to the original!
  7. Take It to the Beat by Sons of Maria
  8. No Vacancy (with Sebastian Yatra) by OneRepublic – In summer I always listen to a lot of Spanish music, so I was really happy to see Sebastian Yatra had teamed up with OneRepublic for this track!  It’s the perfect sunny day song and the Spanish parts work really well with the English hook!
  9. Mala Mujer by C. Tangana – This track has such a sexy vibe and it really makes me excited to go partying in summer!
  10. More by Total Ape
  11. Get Low by Zedd & Liam Payne
  12. Came Here For Love by Sigala & Ella Eyre
  13. Love$ick by Mura Masa & A$AP Rocky – I bought my tickets to go and see Mura Masa at the WHP this week and I’m super excited, so I thought I would include a track on the playlist this week!
  14. Fetish by Selena Gomez & Gucci Mane
  15. Mi Gente by J Balvin – I loooovvveee J Balvin and this track is no exception!  Such a great beat and definitely my favourite song this week!
  16. Loving Life by Rationale
  17. Love Me More by Chase & Status & Emeli Sande
  18. immortal (Snakehips Remix) by Elley Duhe
  19. Sober (Jerome Price Remix) by CVIRO
  20. No Love in the Jungle by Harper – Another favourite this week!  I’m new to Harper but I love what she’s doing so far!

 

Friday: I finally fixed the mix for Alive and put a master on and started editing the video for Shackles!  I also had a meeting about potential locations and ideas for a videoshoot for Alive.  Exciting stuff!

Saturday: Rehearsing during the day and then gigging in the evening!  Such a lovely crowd and a great atmosphere, including two encores!

Sunday: Brunch and then the golf presentation evening, when I got my trophy!

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Thanks for reading! 🙂

Sunday Rundown: Wimbledon, London and Gigging

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This week has definitely been one to remember!  I’ve fulfilled my life-long dream of going to Wimbledon, had my first gig with my new guitarist, George, and redone the mixing on Alive to get back to the point I was at before I lost my pen drive!

Monday:  I started the day off by going to the driving range and then I went into college to find the latest version of the Alive project on the studio computer and see how far behind I had put myself!  It actually wasn’t as bad as I had feared as the project on the computer had all the vocals imported into it and some of the mixing had been started.  I did a little bit of mixing and bounced the track, ready to listen and make notes at home.

Tuesday:  Again, I started the day off at the range and then I had a day of rehearsals with George ready for our gig on Friday.  We were finalising the set list and making sure we had our loop arrangements sorted for each song, especially my original songs (Take It All and Lead Me Down).

Wednesday:  On Wednesday I played tennis and then went back into college to do a second mix on Alive, using the notes I had written at home.  I think this mix is now pretty much right, with just a few minor alterations needed… finally!  I’m hoping next week I’ll be mastering the track and sorting out my backing tracks for when I want to perform the track.

For my Wednesday Cover, I teamed up with the lovely Sophie Smith to cover Drake’s ‘Passionfruit’.  I had a lot of fun doing this track with her and it was great to be able to harmonise together!  Check it out:

Thursday:  This week’s Thursday Twenty is summer themed as I’m getting super excited for my holidays coming up!

  1. We Start Fires by Little Giants 
  2. Cold Ain’t For Me by Oceans – This song perfectly sums up how I feel every time I come home to rainy Manchester after being somewhere amazing and sunny.  Perfect pick me up song!
  3. New Rules by Dua Lipa
  4. The Heat (I Wanna Dance With Somebody) by Ralph Felix – Great summer revamp of Whitney’s Classic!  Makes me feel like going and dancing on a beach somewhere.
  5. P.Y.T (Pretty Young Thing) by John Gibbons
  6. Wicked by mansionz – I love this track!  It’s so funky and infectious!
  7. Pretty Girl (Cheat Codes X CADE Remix) by Maggie Lindemann
  8. There For You by Martin Garrix feat. TROYE SIVAN
  9. Fall At Your Feet by Lucy Neville
  10. The Nights by Avicii
  11. Heaven Is A Halfpipe (If I Die) by OPM – This is one of my guilty pleasures!  I used to be obsessed with this song when I was younger and it always puts me in such an amazing mood.
  12. Steal My Sunshine by Len – I think this is my ultimate summer sing-a-long song!  Another guilty pleasure… but such a great one!
  13. Giving It All (Joe Goddard Remix) by Bondax – For me this is an example of when the remix actually surpasses the original.  I’ve always loved this track and in summer it just gets me in the mood to escape and party for a few days!
  14. My Head Is A Jungle (Extended Vocal Mix) by Wanklemut – This is just the best summer nights song and reminds me of so many amazing times in clubs with my best friend… this mix is my favourite as the guitar is just so nice to listen to and it builds so well.
  15. I Like Me Better by Lauv
  16. 2AM (Matoma Remix) by Astrid S – This is one of my favourite summery songs because it has such an island feel to it.. such an amazing remix!
  17. Deja Vu by Sally Caitlin – I thought I would throw Deja Vu on this playlist as it’s the most summery song on my EP and the video is going to premiere soon!
  18. Call Me (White Gold Caviar Remix) by NEIKED
  19. 212 by Azealia Banks
  20. West Coast (ZHU Remix) by Lana Del Rey – There are sooo many great remixes of this song and this is one of my favourites as it’s just so bassy and has such an edgy vibe.

On Thursday I also played in a golf competition.  Looks like my visits to the driving range paid off because I actually won my division and got myself a little trophy!

 

Friday:  On Friday I had a gig at Platform One in Romiley with my guitarist.  We spent the day rehearsing and that was definitely worth it as we didn’t make any mistakes and the gig went super smoothly!  It was definitely a good start to our partnership and I’m very excited to gig again together next week!

Saturday: I went down to London to visit my brother and do a little sightseeing!  We went to the Darwin Brasserie in the Sky Garden for their brunch buffet and some cocktails.  The view from the 35th floor was amazing and we could see the Shard, London Bridge and loads of other sights!  After that we did some intense window shopping in Harrods and Knightsbridge!

Sunday:  I am a huge tennis fan and on Sunday I got to finally go to Wimbledon after years of being desperate to get there!  We started the day with an amazing brunch in Chelsea and then jumped on the tube to head to the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club.  It was a really great experience and the place was even more magical than I imagined it would be!  My brother’s friend works at Wimbledon so gave us a tour of the broadcast centre, which was awesome as we saw the press conference room.  It was a pity that Marin Cilic was injured for the final, meaning the match wasn’t as competitive as it could have been, but it was great to be on Henman Hill/Murray Mound when Federer won his 8th Wimbledon title!  I was a massive keeno and bought myself a Wimbledon sweatshirt and tennis skirt along with a huge strawberries and cream sundae and lots of Pimms! For the doubles final we got resale tickets for Centre Court, so got to see Jamie Murray and Martina Hingis win the mixed doubles final!  All in all it was a great day, and the only thing that could have improved it would have been Rafa being there!

Thanks for reading and I hope you enjoyed all the pictures!

Sunday Rundown: Collaborations, Imperial War Museum and Interview Features

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This week has been full of ups and downs!  I had a great gig, a really lovely interview feature and met the lovely Sophie Smith for some YouTube collaborations….. but I lost my USB stick with the project files for my track Alive on it!  That was a massive disappointment and has put me many steps back in finishing the track!

Monday:  Most of my day was taken up with rehearsals, both with my guitarist, George, and the band I play with, Inhale!  Whilst I really enjoyed the rehearsals, I was very glad to stop singing after 8 hours!

Tuesday: I wasn’t actually feeling well at all on Tuesday and was worried I was losing my voice, so I took it very easy!  I did a bit of writing for the next track I’m hopefully going to produce myself and just generally tried to relax!

Wednesday: Due to being worried about my voice I didn’t want to record a Wednesday Cover this week, but don’t worry as I’ve already recorded next week’s and it is a great one!  I was actually playing in a team golf competition on Wednesday, which was really fun and topped off by the fact we won the prize for ‘Best Ladies Team’!  I also won two of the raffle prizes, which was very exciting for me as I usually have terrible luck!

Thursday:  No Thursday Twenty playlist this week as I was too busy with sound check and gigs!  Next week it will be back though, I promise!

My gig was at the Imperial War Museum in Manchester, which was such a unique and cool place to perform.  It was with Inhale at the MPAN Ball, which was Alice and Wonderland themed, so the venue looked amazing!  It was good to be back onstage after a few quiet weeks!

 

Friday: On Friday I went back into college to work on the final master for Alive, only to find that I had lost my USB stick with all the files on and that we didn’t have recent backups on the studio computer!  It was a little bit heart-breaking actually!  Now I’m going to have to re-import the vocals into the Logic file and do the mix all over again and then re-master the track when it’s done!  So much extra effort unfortunately, when I was so close to being finished!

However, I was interviewed by the lovely She Makes Music blog so that was a silver lining!  Check it out!

Saturday:  Collaboration time!  I recorded two covers with the lovely Sophie Smith for our YouTube channels 🙂 It was the first time we’d met and we worked really well together!  We did Passionfruit by Drake and Strangers by Halsey and Lauren Jauregui.  The Passionfruit cover is already up on Sophie’s channel and I’ll be posting a snippet to it for the coming week’s Wednesday Cover on my channel.  Keep your eyes peeled for that and the Halsey cover too!

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Sunday: The perfect day for getting outside and going for a hike with one of my best friends, Sophie (different one).  Really great to get some fresh air and have a girly catch up!

I know it was a shorter post this week (probably a welcome change) but thank you for reading all the same! 🙂

Sunday Rundown: Final Mixing, Awards and Liverpool

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This week has been full of things coming together and me getting very excited about being able to share them at some point during the future!  From videos to new songs and new ways to stay in touch with you all, it’s been a week of progress!

Monday: On Monday, I was very excited as I watched the new video for Take It All for the first time and I was in love with it!  Such a simple concept, but with all the colours it made for an interesting visual and perfectly fit with the raw nature of the lyrics!  Can’t wait to share this at some point in the future but first it will be the video for Deja Vu, out at the end of July! 🙂

I also caught up on the admin side of everything, which included updating my registrations on PRS and PPL, researching blogs for targeting and contacting promoters about gigs.  In terms of musical things I continued writing for my upcoming collaboration and wrote some notes on the last mix of Alive.

Tuesday:  I gave myself a half day off on Tuesday to go and pamper myself in the spa! This was very much appreciated after a particularly busy few months!  I also got the recording and practise done for my Wednesday Cover!

Wednesday:  My final official day of college and the awards ceremony.  I won the Student of the Year Award for my course, which was a nice reward for all my hard work 🙂  I also finished the final mix for my track Alive and put a first master on… unfortunately the master isn’t quite right so I’m going to have to do some more mastering.  So close I can taste it though!

For my Wednesday Cover I chose ‘Wild Thoughts’ by DJ Khaled, Rihanna and Bryson Tiller.  I’ve been playing this song pretty much on repeat since I first heard it, and instead of trying to recreate it with my loop set up, I thought I would try and put a completely different spin on it with a slow piano cover… Check it out!

Thursday:  On Thursday I wasn’t in a good mood at all, so I used that anger to motivate me and actually got loads done!  I watched some edits for videos I have coming up and sent feedback, set up my mailing list (SIGN UP HERE: http://eepurl.com/cQKFfD) and went to the driving range.

As it was Thursday, I updated my Thursday Twenty playlist on Spotify.  Due to my mood it ended up being songs to help me chill out!

  1. Come Down (feat. T.I.) by Anderson .Paak – Anderson .Paak is popping up at every festival at the moment and there is a lot of hype… I can see why!  Such a unique and vibrant sound in general and I love this track!
  2. Xhampagne (feat. Antwon) by Shy Girls
  3. Feel It Still (Ofenbach Remix) by Portugal. The Man – Definitely one of my favourites this week!  Got such a great vibe.
  4. Don’t Love Me (Salva Remix) by Janine
  5. Clearest Blue (Gryffin Remix) by CHVRCHES – Another favourite, such a chilled but intense feel to this one and I just love it!
  6. Worry by Jack Garratt
  7. I’ll Be Good by Jaymes Young
  8. Too Good by Jasmine Thompson – Such a great version of a Drake song… somehow she made a song that isn’t usually that emotional feel a lot more so… beautiful voice too!
  9. Ribs by Lorde
  10. Love Myself by Hailee Steinfeld – It’s impossible to be sad whilst listening to this.. it just oozes girlpower and makes me feel like I can pick myself up and brush myself off!
  11. Boris by Lo-Fang – I’m a Lo-Fang super fan, as I think he’s just a genius and his music is beautiful!  Boris is my favourite as I love the mix of sounds he uses when it all kicks in!
  12. Dollhouse by Melanie Martinez
  13. Passionfruit by Drake – I have a new love for this after hearing Paramore do it in the Radio One Live Lounge!
  14. All I Ever Do (Is Say Goodbye) by Zak Abel
  15. Death Wish by Terror Jr
  16. Save Yourself by Kaleo
  17. Beretta Lake (Listen2Liri Remix) by Teflon Sega –  Beautiful track and one of the ones I’m playing on repeat this week.  Such depth in the arrangement that just gets me every time!
  18. Come Together by Michael Jackson
  19. Coming off of You by COS&effekt
  20. Got You On My Mind by NF – I absolutely love NF as I think he always has something to say unlike a lot of rappers these days!  I love this song as it’s very personal and raw.

 

Friday:  Another admin day!  The main focus was looking into Spotify engagement and getting more fans on there.  I also finished writing the song for my collaboration and picked a song for a YouTube collab coming up!  Drinks in the evening to blow off some steam…

Saturday:  I went to Liverpool to visit my best friend for a chill day and night out!  We had a bit of a wander around the city, had a lovely tapas lunch and then went out to party in the evening!  Such a needed change of pace! 🙂

Sunday:  Sunday is always my day to look forward and make plans.  I have been looking at the finished videos I have and planning when to roll each one out, in a way that gives each one it’s time to shine.  I have also been looking at the finished album along with my stand alone tracks and trying to work out where to go from here!  Excited to share all the material I’m sitting on at the moment!

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