Polish Artist PachYa Confronts Brexit in ‘Kind of Different Human’

Following her iconic release ‘Rebuild This Land’ that reflected on rebuilding the unity of countries after the Brexit decision, PachYa continues to enforce this message through her music with the release of ‘Kind of Different Human’. 

Having lived in the UK for 10 years PachYa was settled with her child and surrounded by friends, however when the referendum signaled that Britain planned to leave the European Union it was as if opinions changed over night and PachYa subsequently felt that it was necessary for her to move back to Poland.

Now using her music to “unite” people in a time of divide, PachYa echoes the electronic beats and dance rhythms of Alan Walker and INNA and combines them with her crisp vocals to create tracks that elicit the universal joy of dance.

Singing in Italian, Polish and English Language, PachYa reinforces the need to rebuild bridges and to concentrate on what binds us together as people, not what divides us.

Click the links below to listen more:

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJmHw0xZwUMMocEGVYWDmIA

Website: www.PachYa-Official.com

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/4nQ9UYYJRPZlad5oozRSkK

Facebook: https://m.facebook.com/pachya.sounds.1

‘Sad Cafe’ Release from The Impersonators Shows that Art Can Imitate Life

Having emerged onto the music scene as the songwriter behind Carmen Grey – one of Finland’s biggest ever rock bands, Tommi Tikka has partnered with fellow lyricist Antti Autio to form The Impersonators, a two-man project journeying away from the generic production that’s typical of producing music while signed to a major label. From a period of having been signed to Sony/BMG came a longing to have complete artistic control over the final product, and thus gave rise to a duo which masquerades as a full band, born of the living room instead of the studio. In utilising all of his ability as a competent instrumentalist, Tommi notes that he feels like he’s impersonating all of the members in his imaginary rock group.

Speaking ahead of their forthcoming EP ‘Sad Cafe‘, released 22nd March this year, Tommi discusses their journey up to this point:

“The reason why The Impersonators took the shape it did was that I wanted to have complete artistic control over how my songs were produced. Writing and recording for major labels was awesome and I am so grateful for everything they did but at the same time, I wasn’t always happy with the sounds and the final product. My goal was to avoid the sterile production typical of modern pop/rock.”

From the perspective of style, The Impersonators’ goal is to nurture and cultivate the creativity, spirit and warmth that graced the pop records of yesteryears – realised through poignant lyrics, emotive music and sixties-flavoured vocal harmonies. Partnered with their producer – Janne Saska, The Impersonators are a group of two songwriters, whose inspiration is inherently true to life.

“If you start with the lyrics and the story, it’s somehow easier to find the right mood musically. I like to write autobiographical songs that reflect what’s happening either to me or around me in real life. I dislike ‘cool’ love songs. I don’t think there’s anything cool about being in love – so much of it is actually difficult and unnerving. Love make you vulnerable and aimless in so many ways. It’s trusting the other person with your happiness and ultimately, with your life.”

Previous outfit Carmen Grey had enjoyed no less than 8 top-ten hits, including Tommi’s proudest feat ‘Gates of Loneliness’, which stood as the most played song in his native Finland during 2010. However, outside of the security of the ready-built music machine which generates both hype and distribution, it’s of little surprise that The Impersonators had struggled to take the first steps towards success in their own right:

“I pestered a few local labels trying to get them to sign us, but it was a real challenge getting them to listen to our stuff. One guy said to me that he’ll listen to the CD if I bring it to him dressed as Santa Claus (Christmas was just around the corner) and give everyone at the office a small present. I surprised him when I showed up with a sack of candy canes and, obviously, a CD.

You can just imagine his surprise when he realised it was me. He did listen to the CD, and although he didn’t sign us, he gave us a few names that turned out to be very valuable for us. It was a fun afternoon all in all and as the two absolutely gorgeous secretaries wanted to sit on Santa’s lap, I consider it an out-an-out success.”

He also reflects on his past with Carmen Grey detailing some crazy stories and experiences such as supergluing their manager’s door shut during a stint in Berlin:

“We cut the phone cord and stole the battery from his mobile phone, so he couldn’t call for help. It was a prank and we were supposed to let him out after an hour or so, but then we received the news that our song was #1 in Finland and forgot all about him. That evening at the airport we realised he was missing. Obviously, all it took was a quick call to the hotel and the help of the local fire department to get him out. He was pissed off but calmed down after a huge bouquet of flowers and a very, very expensive bottle of cognac.”

Tommi explained that his approach to life, music and everything in between has long since been in accordance with one of Abe Lincoln’s most famous quotes: “And in the end, it’s not the years in your life that count; it’s the life in your years.” Musically, this EP is etched in subtlety. Stylistically reminiscent of the bejewelled power-pop of The Go-Betweens, the effortless song-writing genius of Matthew Street and the immediacy and worldliness of early R.E.M., ‘Sad Cafe‘ succeeds in delivering timeless studio-based alt-pop melodies.

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/1mpersonators 

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/1mpersonators_band/ 

Website: https://impersonatorsmusic.com/

Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/the-impersonators  

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/43iP9Qdf52b0zuyBYKjgbl?si=R_YqhroARIqm32AbTPJ-iQ 

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCNxEq8p5waRWe1Gp7DBAzCg

So Good She Named it Twice – ‘Love Love’ from DIYÂ – The Sound of 2019 Dream Pop

Emanating from Ukraine is the refreshingly modern and exquisite voice of DIYÂ, launching her international career to bring to life a refreshingly honest take on her innermost feelings and experiences. DIYÂ started her journey towards becoming an artist at an early age. From playing piano from the age of 5, she quickly found that an accompanying musical talent was to be realised through her voice. So it was to be that after school she went on to study at the Kiev Municipal Academy of Variety and Circus Arts as a vocalist. Despite an enjoyable experience in a local cover band, there was always a lingering inner sense that she was destined to become a star in her own right:

“My musicians were much older than me – they were like old rockers who were comfortable to perform with such a young lady in sparkly glamour clothes, because it does not matter what I look like. I can feel the songs I’m singing and the range of my voice gave me a lot of options to sing anything from girly songs to cool hard rock songs. When all the people were jumping and dancing near the stage, I felt so cool in those moments, but sad at the same time because I felt that I must sing my own songs, and it was my dream that people would also enjoy to listen to them” – DIY 

This is a journey that is universally relatable and comes from a standpoint which is much further rooted in sharing her own views than it is about selling records. With the story behind the tracks focusing on different pivot points of her life, there is something inherently personal on offer with becoming a part of the experience. Sometimes thrilling, but occasionally shattering, each song has been meticulously crafted to accommodate the inner expression of her state of mind within that given moment.

She has spoken openly about whether her parents gave her enough support to pursue her dream, but her own determination to succeed has made her a lot stronger since then, and this is something they look back and laugh about now. There’s always something to be said for music that taps in to that spiritual centre within you and causes those beams of happiness to pierce the skin. In an world saturated with all kinds of external forces competing for your attention, what we have here is an ambience that cuts through the clutter to reach your inner voice and find peace.

Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/diya-sound/diya/s-lXW4m

Youtube: https://youtu.be/Xrd1BNOCpUU

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/diya.band/

Instagram: https://instagram.com/diya_band?utm_source=ig_profile_share&igshid=4g1632bpxn38

‘Heartfelt and Soulful’ Layla Kardan on Being ‘Saved’ From The Conventions of her Heritage

The term ‘World Artist’ holds a meaning which resonates in a number of ways, but it might take a few moments to get your head around the cultural heritage of an artist who’s Belgian by birth with Iranian parentage, now an Australian national living and working in the UAE.  ‘Saved‘ is an impassioned and raw album from Layla Kardan which expresses themes of an unfeigned vulnerability transformed, breaking free from cultural shackles while also reflecting her upbringing.

Having been named ‘Emirates Woman Artist of the Year – 2017‘, Layla’s music has been described as ‘heartfelt and soulful’, as you might well imagine of an artist unveiling a very personal story detailing the rise of a woman from a regressive society. Marrying her smoky soulful voice with pop, jazz, Middle Eastern and R&B rhythms and melodies, Layla’s sound is evocative and achingly poignant – an international star with a global message.

The circumstances surrounding the social empowerment of a Middle Eastern woman becoming a musician in her own right is not one that is typical around the globe. Layla’s music deals specifically with a story of being ‘saved’ from these conventions – finding her own voice and spiritual balance and, furthermore, finding the courage to share this inner light with others.

Whether by coincidence or not, in utilising an interesting idea of predominantly using band members where they have no common language with Layla ensures that any communication between them is purely musical, which in turn amplifies the chemistry that draws them together and overcomes any prevalent cultural barriers to produce an isolated experience that transcends universally.

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n0pu3Hd-S6k

Twitter: @LAYLA_KARDAN

Instagram: @laylakardan

Website: www.laylakardan.com

 

Brooke Law Waves ”See ya Later” To Those Who Stand In The Way Of Gender Equality With New EP

Already having received the accolade of BBC Introducing’s Track of the Month, Brooke Law’s latest single “See ya Later” is a brilliant fusion of pop, R&B and Asian rhythms. Born into roots stemming from a mixed heritage background, the environment in which Brooke has grown up in is one that has openly encouraged expression.

As a London-born British singer/songwriter, a major influence stems from the diversity of her multi-ethnic family – Eurasian on her maternal side, and mixed Jewish on her paternal side. It is from this bedrock of ‘unity-through-diversity’, strength and positive action that inspires Brooke to express her own values and beliefs through music.

Brooke has dedicated her Archetypes EP to all women and girls to support them in all they choose to do and be. In doing so, she gives thanks to all the women who continue to fight equality and freedom while striving to put an end to violence against women and children:

“[It’s] is about nurture and giving everything you have to love your child. I’m not a mother, but I know being a mother is the hardest ‘job’ in the world. No one is taught how to raise someone and everyday mothers are making choices for their kids. Mothers make these choices with all their heart and power. If women were recognised more, maybe there would be more equality within the sexes.”

In taking inspiration from an array of great musicians from Annie Lennox to Jeff Buckley, Brooke’s music, like her beliefs, in uncompromisingly emotional and direct – in her own words ’gutsy pop’, with her most notable performance to date headlining at the Jazz Cafe in Camden.

Brooke is performing at Paradise London Live at the Century Club – Friday 9th November, with doors opening at 7pm.

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCk2cMZokodMUwD8tdboRdqQ

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BR00KELAW/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/BR00KELAW

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/br00kelaw/

Website: https://www.brookelaw.co.uk/

A look Into How Charlie Melrose Was Able To Exorcise ‘The Original Ghost’

The term ”ghosting” resonates with most as one of the perils of modern dating, and is a cause of heartache for many people. The latest single from Charlie Melrose elaborates on the themes of this concept in her single ‘The Original Ghost‘ as an exploration of her own personal experiences of how this has affected her in her family life – of having contact broken suddenly and shockingly with those closest to her. ‘The Original Ghost‘ is a pertinent lesson in how to break free from such emotional shackles and to benefit creatively from situations which may appear all but lost.

Having been born into a musical family – her aunt was notably famed 80’s singer-songwriter and actress Hazel O’Connor, and also her father is industry veteran Neil O’Conner, Charlie had to struggle for  many years to come to terms with the fact that her father prioritised his career over his daughter, severing contact with her until she was an adult. Despite making efforts to strengthen their relationship on her part, she suffered the indignity of him, in turn, ‘ghosting her’, breaking a stream of promises to only once again leave dead air.

The Original Ghost‘ is Charlie Melrose’s response, taking back control of the situation after a lifetime of hurt, confusion and disappointment. The song acutely depicts the effects that he had on her childhood and equally in her adult life. It also resonates a powerful message that will resonate with audiences that have suffered similar heartache.

Her single-minded approach is akin to Lady Gaga – embracing influences whilst still allowing her own voice and performance to shine brightest. After feeling she was the cause of her father’s rejection for many years, this is in many ways a chance to start again for Charlie, with the song spelling out very clearly the moment when she finally took control of a situation which had cast a shadow over her entire life:

“I told him there were to be no contact from me or with me and that was that. I’m done. It was the single most frightening and yet empowering thing I’ve ever done. I love the song because it captures that empowering spirit but it also highlights some of the difficulties I’ve faced, especially with relationships with men”

In drawing immediate comparisons with Christine and the Queens and Nao, her latest single reinforces both her thrillingly 80’s infused electro-soul sound with her edgy, engaging persona.

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/0xPg9VQMYIHLCVxB0zHjNS?si=DunLQNBlTVywa-X43RX5qg

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

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

“Better Treat Me Right” roars Wiyaala, the ‘Young Lioness of Africa’

In a world saturated with media-machines, spooling out artificial success stories with frightening regularity, it almost seems alien to consider an artist overcoming unbelievable odds to achieve realisation of their triumph. In her local Sisaala dialect, the word ‘Wiyaala‘ dialect translates as ”the doer”, which is perhaps an underwhelming descriptive of how her path has trudged from humble beginnings through spells of defiance and courage, leading her to become known as the Young Lioness of Africa. 

Wiyaala

Her journey has been one that is synonymous with overcoming a patriarchal and conservative society, frequently known for it’s hostility towards artistic growth. As a rising star making a name for herself of the global stage, echoes of her work can be felt in her home community as much as far-flung areas abroad. Already she is one of Ghana’s most toured exports, with an impressive roster of international shows already piling up – including Commonwealth Games 2018 in AustraliaWOMAD in the UK and Timitar Festival in Morocco.

Her music can been described as a potent fusion of West African folk songs with Afro-pop, and carries a real essence of her cultural heritage. Inspired by her own interpretation of African mythology, her songs are brought to life through spectacularly energetic dance moves and unique hand-made garments of her own design, which she then models in her performances.

CNN Africa has claimed her to be only woman in world who is singing in Sissala, and she is also responsible for helping revitalise the native music scene. Not only has she organised The Djimba World Music Festival, which is now in its third year, she is an active influencer for UNICEF Ghana and fights for the abolition of FGM, Early Child Marriage and also rights for children, both of which she was fortunate to escape at an early age.

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/0Ttf480Uumk6ylOAokG2h7#_=_

Youtube: Better Treat Me Right – WTS feat Wiyaala – Official video

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/wiyaala

Instagram: http://instagram.com/wiyaala

Website: http://wiyaala.com/

Here’s the Story You Didn’t Know About The Beatles First Ever Record

60 years ago, on Saturday 12th July 1958, The Quarrymen, who would later become The Beatles, made their way to Phillips Sound Recording Service in the Kensington area of Liverpool to cut their first record.

A half hour later, and after paying the studio fee, the group walked away with their first ever record, a ten inch 78RPM aluminium and acetate disc with the ‘Kensington’ label, ‘recorded by PF Phillips’ and instructions to ‘Play with a lightweight pickup’. Later, Paul McCartney wrote on the label for side one, ‘That’ll Be The Day, Holly, Petty’ and on side two, ‘In Spite Of All The Danger, McCartney, Harrison’, giving George credit because he had played the guitar solo.

A half hour later, and after paying the studio fee, the group walked away with their first ever record, a ten inch 78RPM aluminium and acetate disc with the ‘Kensington’ label, ‘recorded by PF Phillips’ and instructions to ‘Play with a lightweight pickup’. Later, Paul McCartney wrote on the label for side one, ‘That’ll Be The Day, Holly, Petty’ and on side two, ‘In Spite Of All The Danger, McCartney, Harrison’, giving George credit because he had played the guitar solo.

Paul McCartney remembers what happened next to their first record:

When we got the record, the agreement was that we would have it for a week each. John had it a week and passed it on to me. I had it for a week and passed it on to George, who had it for a week. Then Colin had it for a week and passed it to Duff Lowe – who kept it for 23 years.

Paul McCartney bought the disc from John Duff Lowe in 1981 and now has the disc in his record collection. This amazing Beatles artefact is said to be the most valuable record in the world.

To mark 60 years of this historical recording, and to recognise the legacy of Percy Phillips’ studio, the unheard Phillips archive, along with several other discs made at the studio, are being released for the first time together on a special 2 CD set and a commemorative vinyl edition- ‘The Percy Phillips Studio Collection’.

The record launch will take place at the Annual Beatles Convention on 26th August and as part of the launch a special mock-up of Percy Phillips’ original studio will be created in the Empire Room of the Adelphi Hotel.

Founded by Percy Phillips in 1955 in a small terraced house in the Kensington area of Liverpool, Phillips Sound Recording Service was the first of its kind in the city recording and cutting discs. It was here that Percy owned a record shop and created the first recording studio in Liverpool, achieving a number of firsts in the process:

  • Cut the first disc for The Quarrymen in July 1958, John, Paul and George later to form The Beatles
  • Demonstrated the first example of musique concrete in Liverpool on 28th September 1956
  • Cut the first rock n roll record in the city in 1957 – Johnny Guitar and Paul Murphy’s “She’s Got It”
  • Cut the first disc for Liverpool’s original rock n roller, Billy Fury, and the legendary Ken Dodd in 1958.
  • Cut the first ever football pop song for Everton football club in 1963
  • The city’s first public demonstration of stereo recording

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along with exclusive Percy Phillips Merchandise; for delivery after the launch on 26th August 2018

Sixty Seconds on Songwriting with Hitha

At just 13-years-old, Hitha is bidding to be the next young starlet. The Californian singer-songwriter has recently released ‘Standing Up With Pride’, a pop romp which delivers a message of positivity. We speak to Hitha to find out where she finds the inspiration for her upbeat pop.


What’s your single ‘Standing Up With Pride’ about?

Even though we all may have many activities and things we care about in our lives, this song is about putting forth your biggest passion and going for it. I used to play soccer and basketball and tennis and volleyball while also doing vocal lessons twice a week. I realized that I liked singing the best, and so I decided to put it as my number one priority and focused on that. I still play volleyball, but everything else I’ve set aside and singing is my number one focus.

Your songs portray a message of positivity and hope. What’s your main source of inspiration?

My main source of inspiration is everyday life. I try to take problems from everywhere to make my songs relatable so everyone can connect with them.

What’s your biggest ambition as a teen popstar?

I hope that I become known as the positive little girl who loves to write and perform. When people hear my music, I want them to know that they can always count on themselves to figure out what their true passion is, and then put in the hard work and practice alongside their talent to get the achievement they’re looking for. There’s always a positive ending if you try hard and don’t give up.

Does your Asian heritage influence the music you make?

I actually started my music with India Classical singing when I was 4. Indian classical signing helped me with many vocal/technical attributes and I have realized that music is my passion. Basically, it gave me foundation to build my music future on. ​

Hitha is Following in the Footsteps of Pop Princesses Demi Lovato and Ariana Grande!

Aspiring to make a positive influence in this world, the Californian artist, Hitha, releases her new single ‘Standing Up With Pride’. At such a young age of thirteen, she is creating music addressing how overwhelming situations can appear, but she is determined to show everyone the light at the end of the tunnel. Despite the range of generations, Hitha claims that her music is relatable to all.

 

Her music is conveying the message of pursuing your true passion in life and letting go off everything negative. Her positive attitude is truly contagious and for sure will inspire all listeners. By being such a brave individual expressing how even young children struggle with depression and how it should be voiced out loud so that others can help make a difference is really supporting our society to move forward. Following in the footsteps of big pop artists with the likes of Katy Perry, Demi Lovato and Ariana Grande, Hitha too is on her path to success.

Hitha, being raised by her two Indian parents, discovered a love for Bollywood dancing and traditional Indian singing but also Western musical traditions. This all-round entertainer as a dancer, writer, singer and musician initially made a name for herself through her renditions of cover versions on YouTube and things began to excel from there.

To create a more visual message to ‘Standing Up With Pride’, Hitha made a music video for it. She portrays the negative thoughts cleverly by having her video in black and white which later transforms into a world of colour when Hitha embraces the positivity.

This track is especially significant in meaning to Hitha herself as she says:

“It is my own story. One day, I decided to just let go of everything, just be positive and only pursue my passion – that decision changed my life. I believe this positivity is going to help many people. There’s always a positive ending if you try hard and don’t give up”

Follow Hitha here:

Website: https://www.hitha.me/

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

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/ByHitha

Words: Alice Webb