Sunday Rundown: Gigging at the Acoustic Lounge and Plans for the Future.

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I’ve been debating about what to do with myself and my career next year for a while and this was the week I finally made a decision, which feels like a massive weight has been lifted off my shoulders!  Feels so nice to have my direction back and not be constantly worried.

Monday: I worked out the setlist and set order for the gig on Saturday at the Acoustic, practised my set for an upcoming wedding, registered some songs on Music Gateway’s sync Portal and started reading a great book on promotion and marketing in the music industry.  It was a day of admin and rehearsals, but it felt like a very productive one!

Tuesday:  I spent most of the day learning my cover for my Wednesday Cover and trying to record the video…. despite multiple interruptions!  I then read more of my new book: ‘The Music Marketing and Promotion Road Map’ to help me work out how to best get my music out there!  So far I think it is a great read and it’s given me loads of new ideas.  I played golf in the evening too to get some fresh air!

Wednesday: Golf again first then followed by a very long rehearsal session with my guitarist George.  It was a much less than perfect rehearsal, so fingers crossed all the mistakes are out of the way before the gig.

This week’s Thursday Twenty is Ella Eyre’s ‘Ego’ as I think it’s a great track and not that many people have given covering it a go yet on YouTube.  I thought I would do my own acoustic piano version and put my own spin on it!  I’d love to know what you think on YouTube!

Thursday:  I had a golf competition but played terribly… so we won’t talk about that any further!  I did put together my Thursday Twenty playlist for this week and it’s my favourite one yet I think!

  1. Glue by Fickle Friends – I only discovered Fickle Friends this week but oh my god… I am in love!  The whole EP is so 80s nostalgic, catchy and fun!  Definitely check it out!
  2. Heartlines by EMBRZ & Meadowlark
  3. Only Us by Paperwhite
  4. Show Me (feat. Madison Ryann Ward) by John Splithoff – I love this song as it feels so cheery and summery and the production is so good!  It’s a windows down, driving kind of song!
  5. Fire by VHS Collection – A bit more indie/alternative than my usual picks but I really like the 80s vibes in this track too and how they are mixed with a modern sound.
  6. You by LINES – I literally can’t get this out of my head and it is SO satisfying to sing the chorus with the cheeky swearwords emphasising the frustration in the lyrics!  I can definitely relate to this one!
  7. Childhood Dreams by ARY
  8. Bathwater by WESLEE – OBSESSED with this one!  So so catchy and it has a slight echo of Terror Jr, who I love, so it’s right up my street.
  9. Find Yourself by Great Good Fine Ok & Before You Exit
  10. Lights by NOVAA
  11. Alive (Ashworth Remix) by XYLO
  12. Quicksand by Tim Legend & Colin Dieden
  13. Friends (with BloodPop) by Justin Bieber – I have to admit I do have a bit of a weakness for Justin Bieber’s recent music… it’s always so catchy and has amazing production on it!  Friends is a good example of this, catchy hook (nothing earth changing in terms of songwriting though) and great beat.
  14. The Author by Wildwood Kin – Much more chilled than my usual taste in music but I love the layering in this.
  15. Fading Youth by Punctual
  16. Chasing Marrakech
  17. Hymn by Kesha  – I really like this song as I think a lot of younger people feeling lost (like me a lot of the time) could relate to the lyrics and feel the urge to sing it out.
  18. Unpredictable by Becky Hill
  19. Pitfalls by Sistek & Tudor – I found this track (and artist) whilst researching managers and I think its fab! Definitely one of my top picks this week!
  20. (Not) The One by Bebe Rexha  – At this point in my life I can really really relate to what she’s saying in this track!  I get the feeling of not wanting to be in a relationship but liking the option of having someone there when you need them… good pop song that broaches a topic usually ignored!

 

 

Friday:  I started off the day by touring The Manchester MIDI School, which was awesome.  Ever since I started producing Alive and experimenting with looping, I have been wanting to learn more about music production, but just didn’t know the best way for me.  After visiting the MIDI school today I’m really excited that I’m going to be studying Music Production, Electronic Music Composition and Music Business there next year!  I think it will really help push my writing to the next level and hopefully bring something new into my live set up too!

Saturday:  I had a great day of rehearsals followed by an amazing gig at the Acoustic Lounge!  The crowd was really engaged and enthusiastic, which always helps to make a gig memorable, and it was my last gig with George before he heads to London for university, making it even nicer that we had a great time!

 

Sunday:  On Sunday I had a golf competition with my Dad and we actually won third prize so that was a great end to the weekend!

Thank you so much for reading!

 

 

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Sunday Rundown: Video Locations, Rehearsals and Collaborations

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Photo: Geena Sharma Singh Photography

This week has been a pretty fun one considering I still have a little bit of the holiday blues!  Being back in England hasn’t stopped me doing a bit of travelling and it’s been great to get back to work and get focused again!

Monday:  Pure admin!  After being away for a week, I had to catch up on loads of things and get back to work on submitting for playlist consideration, emailing my distributor about updating my Vevo channel and replying to some venues about potential bookings.

Tuesday:  On Tuesday, I travelled to East Yorkshire – Flamborough, Robin Hood’s Bay and Scarborough to be exact – to scout for potential locations for the music video to Alive.  I had the pleasure of the company of my friend (and videographer) Geena, making it a really great day!  We found some amazing places to potentially shoot and had great weather all day, which really helped us to imagine the shots we want to capture!  Check out some of the pictures from the day below!

 

Wednesday: I was in a horrible mood on Wednesday for some reason, so I went to the driving range in the morning to get some aggression out, but that actually didn’t work!  Then I had rehearsals all afternoon with George ready for our gig next week.  We were learning a lot of new material, which was a little stressful but is quite exciting as I love changing things up!

Thursday: I spent the morning applying for sync placements, resulting in a very positive response from a publisher, which was encouraging!  Then I played golf (terribly) in the afternoon, but thankfully the sun was shining!  This week’s Thursday Twenty is slightly more chilled than the party playlists of the last couple of weeks, with more of a modern pop vibe!

  1. Everybody Else by Emmit Fenn – I literally love every song that Emmit Fenn brings out and this is no exception; chilled, electronic perfection!
  2. LMK by Kelela
  3. Run For Your Life by Mako feat. Rat City & Natalola – Definitely one to get stuck in your head… very catchy and cheerful!
  4. Warriors by Sander W, Sandero and Julie Elody
  5. Champagne & Sunshine (Ellusive Remix) by PLVTINUM & Tarro – I love the slightly naughty vibe of this one… makes me want to be reckless.
  6. I Need You by Obregon
  7. Listening by Cages – One of my favourites this week… absolutely in love with the drop on this!
  8. Scream by Amaal Nuux
  9. Overnight by Karo
  10. like that by Bea Miller – Another favourite, I love the attitude and strength in this.  Modern and fresh pop at its best!
  11. Work The Middle – So catchy… a bit of a guilty pleasure as it makes me want to sing and dance along!
  12. Ego (feat. Ty Dolla $ign) by Ella Eyre – I’m a big fan of Ella Eyre’s voice and I saw a video of her performing this live a few weeks ago and loved it… love it even more now it’s released!
  13. Free by Axel Thesleff & Ronja – Another great track!  Such a mysterious and edgy feel to this one, almost alien like, but then when the beat kicks in it feels so perfect for summer partying.
  14. Heartlines (MOUNT Remix) by Broods 
  15. Bow Down by Louis Mattrs
  16. Do About It by Lucas Nord – I love the combination of the male and female vocals and how the track builds after the breakdown.
  17. Walls by Loving Arms & Blu Eyes
  18. Motion by Sam Smyers & M. Maggie – Maybe my track of the week… so so catchy but really cool at the same time.  Love how it isn’t structured like a normal pop song and it’s very fluid throughout and the vocals are dreamy.
  19. F**k with Me (Never Again) by Ramon Esteve & Finja Messer
  20. I Like by Superfeel – Really chilled hip hop with an infectious hook and very summery vibes!

 

 

Friday: Hospital appointment in the morning to look into some of the problems I’ve had with my voice.  The diagnosis was that due to being unwell a number of times I’ve lost some of the core strength and muscle control I used to have, making it harder to sing at different parts of my range.  I’m going to be having some rehabilitation for my voice with some therapy, learning some new warm ups and getting a bit fitter to help with the muscle strength!

Saturday: Piano practice was a main focus due to a wedding I’m playing fast approaching, along with reading a book on music marketing and promotion and researching managers.

Sunday:  Studio dayyyyy!!! This time I was in the studio with the lovely Sophie Smith, recording our collaboration – a song I wrote called ‘Body Of Mine’.  Without giving too much away, it’s a song about not letting people label you and about being so much more than people see on the surface.  I’m really excited to have recorded my first collaboration and to be sharing this in the near future!

Thank you for reading and I hope you enjoyed the pictures!

Deja Vu

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The third track to be taken from my Experiments EP is Deja Vu!  Deja Vu is the most dancey and summery track on the EP, with a real tropical vibe!  One of the main aims when planning the concept for the video was to capture that summery influence in the visuals, whilst filming in a studio in February!  The way we achieved that was to take inspiration from the film Neon Demon and Demi Lovato’s ‘Cool For The Summer’ video in terms of lighting and makeup and then running with that to make it our own.  We used fluorescent tube lights to give that ‘clubby’ party effect and then in the drops amped that up further with EL (electro luminescent) wire.  I absolutely loved using the EL wire and tying it around my hands and clothes as I’m obsessed with neon things and it gave me the opportunity to switch on my light up trainers!

Deja Vu is a really upbeat and playful track in terms of production, but it was actually quite emotional for me to write.  The lyrics are about being let down by someone close to you and you realising that you have a pattern of trusting the wrong people.  It’s a song born out of frustration from being naïve and not noticing when you are being played for a fool.  It’s that feeling of being hurt but being mostly angry at yourself as you know you could have prevented it yourself by being a bit wiser! As the third song on the EP, Deja Vu is the ‘turning point’ in the narrative, when the character starts to fully realise how toxic the relationship is and let that anger and frustration show.

Check out the video on YouTube below, and head to iTunes or Spotify to give the Experiments EP a listen!

 

Poison

Official Music Videos

Poison is the second track on my Experiments EP, so it is the second video to be released!  Out of all the videos I filmed with Cosmic Joke Productions, this was probably the most fun to work on.  When planning the concept we wanted to incorporate the sparkle and colour of my branding into the visuals and the way we ended up doing this was with powder paint and glitter.  One of the most memorable parts of Poison is the drumbeat, so when they suggested I bang a drum I was so excited and thought it was perfect!

Poison is such a fun, catchy song that I thought it was really important to shoot a video that supported the track and was memorable and playful.  The song is about knowing you are crazy for being with someone who doesn’t treat you right and for loving them when they behave badly.  It follows on from the encounter in the first song on the EP ‘Lead Me Down’ as part of the running narrative on Experiments.

I absolutely love this track and the video, so check it out on YouTube below, and make sure you give the Experiments EP a listen; it is available to buy/stream now on iTunesSpotify, and all other major digital retailers.

 

Sunday Rundown: New Video, Portugal and Ingrosso.

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I’ve been a bit quiet for the last couple of weeks due to being on holiday in Portugal!  It was great to get away for a while and let off some steam, especially as I saw some great DJs whilst I was there!  Although I spent the week not really working, my new video to Deja Vu did premiere this week, which was awesome!  Instead of my day by day Rundown I’m just going to go over my highlights of the last two weeks!

Filming Live Lounge videos:  Just before I went to Portugal I filmed some live lounge style videos of four of my original songs.  We did the loop pedal versions of my songs, which only people who have seen me perform live will have seen before, so I’m very excited to share those soon!

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Brunch at Purobeach:  One of my favourite days of the holiday… chilled deep house vibes with a daytime pool party!  Such a beautiful pool with an amazing DJ and food and drinks!  Most of this week’s Thursday Twenty tracks were taken from what I heard at this party!

Seville: I took my best friend to Seville for her (belated) birthday present and it was such a beautiful city!  We went to see the Alcazar Palace as it has featured in Game of Thrones and we had such a great tapas lunch in a local restaurant.  We spent the rest of the day wandering around the city which was lovely but slightly too hot at 45 degrees Celsius!

Ingrosso at Bliss:  Whilst we were in Portugal we went out everyday but this had to be one of the best nights we had.  Ingrosso was so good but his support, Salvatore Ganacci, was even better as he was a real character and really entertaining to watch!

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Deja Vu Premiere:  The video for my third song off the Experiments EP dropped on Wednesday on the blog, ‘Musicandotherstories’ and on YouTube… I’m really happy to be able to share it!  This is the most dancey and summery song from the EP so it seemed like the perfect time to share the video, when I was on holiday myself!  Check it out!

Boat trip to the islands:  The second part of my friend’s birthday present was a trip to four of the islands in the Algarve, including Deserta Island.  I loved seeing the different islands and doing something I hadn’t done before in Portugal.  My favourite island was Farol as we found an amazing beach bar with a party atmosphere and awesome sangria!

Claptone at Lick:  Lick is the newest club in Vilamoura and it’s absolutely amazing!  It really reminded me of the clubs in Miami but I actually preferred it!  The first night we went, we were there to see Claptone, who I have seen before at the Warehouse Project.  I knew he was good, but in that unbelievable venue he was even better!  Such a fab night!

Dinner at my favourite restaurant and then Black Coffee at Lick:  My favourite restaurant in Portugal is called Pequeno Mundo and I have been going since I was a child, so it was so nice to finish the holiday with great food there!  Then we headed to Lick for our last night to see Black Coffee, who was awesome too!  Made some German friends and spent our final holiday day in great company, which was thr perfect end to a great trip1  Regretted not going to bed slightly the next morning in the aiport though, when I felt like I was from the walking dead!

First match of the season at Old Trafford:  A trip to Old Trafford for Manchester United’s first game of the season numbed the holiday blues a little bit, especially with a 4-0 win!

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