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.
I’m so excited to announce that my new EP, Experiments, will be released on April 27th on all major digital retailers! ‘Experiments’ will be comprised of five tracks, which I created with Mansfield-based ‘The Producers’, and will also include a bonus acoustic version of my single, Take It All. I feel like this EP definitely sums up where I want to take the direction of my music and shows my range as a songwriter and an artist.
‘Experiments’ is essentially electronic pop, but my influences were very varied whilst I was writing, so there is a range of different moods and vibes on the EP. As always, my main focus was on the lyrics, drawing inspiration from my own life to make them honest, raw and relatable. There is a narrative that runs between the songs if the EP is listened to in order of the tracklist. It tells the story of a character in a toxic relationship. I have recently expanded on this narrative whilst recording my debut album, Chemistry, in order to fill in the blanks in the story and take the character further on their journey.
Due to the narrative aspect of the EP, I decided that all the tracks on ‘Experiments’ were all important and should, therefore, have a video each. Whilst the videos don’t follow the narrative, they all draw inspiration from the lyrics in their respective songs and from the EP as a whole. The videos will be released in order of the tracklist:
- Lead Me Down
- Deja Vu
- Take It All
- You Are My Weakness
- Take It All (Acoustic Version)
with Lead Me Down being the only video that has currently been released, but the others will be following soon!
I cannot wait for Experiments to be released on April 27th and for everybody to get to hear it! A lot of love and work has gone into all the songs on the EP, as well as the videos, so I am looking forward to as many people as possible listening to the story that I have to tell! Listen to the singles, Take It All and Lead Me Down here!
Lead Me Down is the second single taken from my upcoming Experiments EP and is the first to get an official video. This is definitely one of my favourite songs I have written and recorded as it feels really true to where I am in my life at the moment. When I finished the EP, I realised that I had written a narrative running between the tracks because I had been writing about my own experiences. For this reason I felt like all the songs were equally important and all should have videos to go with them.
The first two lines of ‘Lead Me Down’ are:
“The strobe lights flicker, lighting up your face,
I watch the patterns, watch the angles that the flashes trace.”
so when I was brainstorming ideas with the video production team, we decided it would be fun to play with lighting effects as the theme for Lead Me Down. The video is centred around changes in lighting from strobes, to silhouettes and different colours. The song is about meeting someone in a bar and knowing they are wrong for you but feeling like you want to be impulsive and ignore the voice of reason in your head. The lyrics are about being reckless and doing something you know you shouldn’t do. I think the video really captures the dark, sexy and mysterious vibe of the track and I’m extremely happy with the end result!
Check out the video on YouTube below, and Lead Me Down is available to buy/stream now on iTunes, Spotify, Amazon and all other major digital retailers
Video shot, edited and produced by Cosmic Joke.
I am very excited to be premiering the audio to my new single, Take It All, today! Take It All is the first single from my upcoming EP, Experiments, and kicks off the launch of my new sound! The single is strongly influenced by commercial drum and bass, whilst keeping the pop vibe my music always has had… the result is a something with a little more edge and maturity than my last EP, but the same focus on lyrics and melody!
Take It All will be available to buy and stream on all major digital retailers on November 17th and available to pre-order on iTunes on October 20th. I really hope you enjoy it and I look forward to sharing the official video soon!
Call Me Whatever You Want was the single that I chose to use to promote the release of Not Stupid Anymore (The Deluxe Version) as it was so catchy and upbeat. It was actually the first song that I ever professionally recorded so, for this reason, I chose to keep the imagery fairly simple and just focus on the lyrics and the message I wanted to get across. The song is about finally having the courage to move on from a relationship and admitting to yourself that it is not working. The concept of the person leaving not being ‘the bad guy’ but being the brave and selfless one is what I wanted to get across with this. I felt that this was a slightly new perspective on a typical relationship milestone and something I wanted to explore. The pink crumpled background in the video with the lyrics on top is almost like a goodbye letter that has been written and then discarded, which I thought was perfect for this song with its theme of a bittersweet farewell.
Recently I had the opportunity to go down to London and record two live sessions for an amazing YouTube channel called Reload Sessions! I was lucky enough to get to visit the Google offices and record in the YouTube studios. It really was one of my favourite experiences that I have had since starting to pursue music as career. Everyone involved was so lovely and made me feel so relaxed and surprisingly I hardly suffered from any stage fright at all! I chose to do an acoustic cover of Sorry by Justin Bieber and an acoustic cover of my song Stuck In Limbo and I think it went quite well…. The videos should be up on their YouTube channel in the next few weeks so fingers crossed they have turned out great!
The plan for my music video has been changed a little bit since my last post! Me and my producers spoke to the promo company that we are planning to use to promote the single, Stuck In Limbo, and they felt the video was too much like real life and a different approach may be better. As the track is a house mix, the plan is now to have a more upbeat and cheerful video focused on beautiful scenery with intimate and close up shots of me and a friend on a road trip. Certain elements of the previous storyboard remain in the new plan but with more of an emphasis on summer and fun shots.
The video will start off with me in a busy city and this scene will be shot with a time lapse effect, where it looks like the surroundings are moving at hyper-speed whilst I’m not moving. This is meant to represent the ‘limbo’ theme of the song. The rest of the video’s scenes are meant to represent a dream or memory state to a better time and take place on a road trip to the coast. The location is Dungeness, Kent, where there are some cool old boats and other interesting features on the beach to shoot around, as well as the sea and sand itself. The whole of the video apart from the short opening section in the city will focus on the scenery and natural beauty, as the aim is to keep the video upbeat and not too serious, like an escape from limbo to a better place and time.
I’m filming the video this weekend, Sunday 23rd August, in Milton Keynes and Dungeness, and despite being a little nervous I’m very excited to be doing my first music video! I’m working with a great team of really creative and lovely people, so I have total faith that despite the changes to the storyboard, the video will turn out great! I’m sure my next post will have some beautiful pictures from the shoot!
I thought I would take some time to appreciate some great music by other musicians and I have chosen the album Communion by Years & Years. I have been playing this album on repeat ever since I bought it two weeks ago and I’m blown away by how amazing of a debut album it is! I feel like whatever mood I’m in there is a song on Communion that can enhance my feelings and really draw me into the music. Olly Alexander’s voice is so unique and beautiful, with such an impressive range, and the synth and keyboard in the tracks complement his vocals so perfectly. The tracks are really varied, showing many different sides such as the more upbeat singles King and Desire in comparison to the deeper and brooding feel of tracks like 1977. The album also features a couple of acoustic versions of King and Ready For You, which are both very haunting and moving in their simplicity.
Singling out the best tracks from Communion is really difficult as I think it is so well rounded and there really are songs for every mood…. but that being said I do have my favourites! I think Gold is the song I play most as I think it builds so well and by the chorus I want to dance around and can’t help but sing along. It’s such a great song and never fails to cheer me up if I’m feeling a bit down. I also think Real is a great song for similar reasons, as the intensity grows into the chorus and the beat is infectious. Take Shelter is my favourite of the singles and I think the video is perfect for the song too. My final mention is for Eyes Shut as I think this is the most beautiful of the songs on the album. The vocals are so soft and lovely and the melody is so easy to listen to. However, for me the lyrics in this track stand out the most, such as, “I want to be bigger than life” and “Nothing’s gonna hurt me with my eyes shut”….. I just love them!
In my opinion, this truly is a remarkable album that has a bit of something for everyone. If you liked any of their singles and are considering buying the album, then I would definitely recommend that you do…. its amazing!