Tuesday, 17 September 2013

Rewind #1 (17/09/13)

This week, we take a look back over our previously featured artists and see what they're doing now...

So, our first feature was Angus Powell, he's been quiet recently, but that's because he's been working new stuff and planning his next steps into the industry... So, keep a look out, he might pop up sometime soon!

Next up, Jamie Willetts. He's uploaded 10 covers since we featured him, and they're all worth a listen. Two that stand out are his harmonial cover of 'Burn' originally by Ellie Goulding and his cover of the controversial 'Wrecking Ball' by Miley Cyrus. He's also lining up some originals to upload soon, so stayed tuned on his YouTube/Facebook :)



Third this week we have April Keen. She's been performing as much as she can recently, and has been uploading videos on YouTube too. One was a cover of the chart topper 'Roar' by Katy Perry and the other was a cover of the classic 'White Blank Page' by Mumford & Sons. She's also working on more originals, so again keep your ears tuned for those :) 


 The next feature was Daniel Robinson, and he's done quite a bit since we featured him! His single 'Pillows' has made it onto iTunes, alongside a new EP. He's also uploaded some new covers and an original onto YouTube, whilst building his fan base even more and releasing promo wristbands (that come with a free flyer). 


Our penultimate feature is Haytham Whitear. He's been back to sixth form, I'm sure he's hoping to post more YouTube videos soon, but for now go check out the session he did with us on YouTube! 


Last up, we have Maddy Storm. It was only two weeks since we uploaded her feature, so to be fair we haven't given her much chance to do much! So, go check out her most recent videos, a cover of 'Right Here' by Rudimental featuring Foxes, and an original called 'Looking For'. Enjoy! 


 

Check It Out!

Chart: Counting Stars - OneRepublic

It's be 4 years since any of OneRepublic's singles have been released for the charts and 'Counting Stars' peaked at #2 in the UK Singles Chart. It's only just started gaining success in the UK recently, considering it was released in June 2013. 


Live Performance: A Lonely Man - Daniel James

Last Thursday I went to see Lauren Aquilina live and Daniel supported her. After seeing him live I went home and searched him on YouTube and enjoyed listening to the other songs he's written and sung. Still, this song stood out the most, so after you've listened to this live performance of it, I suggest you also search it in YouTube and watch the video with recorded track. 


Cover: Stay - Thirty Seconds To Mars

Stay, originally by Rihanna was covered by Thirty Seconds To Mars recently (the day this blog was uploaded). The cover is powerful with 'simple' instrumentals and the powerful voice of Jared Leto pushing it to sound phenomenal. I think that's all I need to say about this one, enjoy! 



YouTube: Red Hands - Walk Off The Earth

Walk Off The Earth, a Canadian rock band, have become well known on YouTube for their low budget videos of originals and covers. After their cover of 'Somebody That I Used To Know' with all five members of the group playing a part on a guitar, went viral, they have since appeared on Ellen, The Listener and a 3D version of the 'Gang of Rhythm' video has been featured on the Nintendo 3DS game console. Red Hands is the second single from their album R.E.V.O. and the first original song from the album. 


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Tuesday, 3 September 2013

Feature: Maddy Storm (03/09/13)


Maddy Storm

From: Staffordshire, UK

Maddy is a 17 year old singer/songwriter with a unique voice and style. She uploaded her first cover (Naive by The Kooks) on YouTube just under 2 years ago and this year she started uploading original work too.





General Questions...

1. How old were you when you started getting involved in music and how?
I have been interested in music since I was really young, my Mum was in a band and things so I have grown up around music and I started to sing when I was proabbly 2 or 3, so it is something I'm very passionate about, but it was only a year or so ago that I decided to play the ukulele and guitar.

2. What was the most inspiring gig/concert/festival you went to? 
That's a hard one! I think that all the gigs I've been to have inspired me in different ways. However, I probably haev to say that the most inspring was when I went to Latitude Festival and Florence and the Machine headlined, it just helped me realise that I want to play gigs and festivals and spend all my time making music.

3. What have you been listening to lately?
Lots and lots of different things! I have been listening to Lissie a lot recently, her song 'Further Away (Romance Police)' is amazing! I have had Lana Del Rey on repeat recently and I also listen to a lot of Fleetwood Mac, I could go on forever...

3 Questions for Maddy...

1. Favourite lyric from a song and why?
Woahh ermm my favourite lyric changes depending on my situation. One that I love at the moment is 'reminds me of home when you're aorund me' from When I'm Alone by Lissie because I feel that I can relate to it.

2. Major or minor chords?
I love minor chords, I think I'm drawn to the sadness and depth they have.

3. What song writing process did you go through with 'Heart of the Woods'? 
I wrote the lyrics for Heart of the Woods before I wrote a melody for it, that's the way it usually happens for me though the melody came quite soon after. I used to write poetry and I love to write lyrics that people can relate to.

Random Q from a Reader...

Where in the world would you like to go and why? (from Kay)
I would love to go to America! I have just felt really drawn to the USA for quite a while now, it looks amazing!

Any other things you'd like to share/say?!

I am hoping to get a website up and running soon! I'm also working on my debut EP/single which I will keep you updated through my twitter/FB etc.
Thank you, Maddy :) xo

YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/maddystormmusic
FB: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Maddy-Storm-Music
Twitter: https://twitter.com/moveslikemaddy


Reviews of 'Heart of the Woods' by Maddy Storm

1. Lailana: 3.5/5 - Such a unique voice! aaand HER UKULELE OMGLOB.
2. Philippa: 4/5 -  really sweet voice, suits the song well & its so chill loving that ukulele also!!
3. Isy: 3/5 - her voice is really unique and her lyrics are catchy, and i love the ukelele omg :D
 
Check It Out! 

Chart: Roar - Katy Perry

'Roar' is the first single from Katy Perry's upcoming fourth studio album, Prism. It's recieved many positive reviews and has charted at #1 in the singles chart. 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e9SeJIgWRPk

Live Performance: Latch - Lauren Aquilina

Sorry for it being another performance from Lauren, BUT for an unsigned artist to headline the BBC Introducing stage at Reading and Leed festival, she deserves it! She covered 'Latch', originally by Disclosure and Sam Smith. Enjoy!

 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OcxZwKhJoO8

Cover: Little Things - Bailey McConnell 

Bailey McConnell is a 14 year old singer/songwriter from Milton Keynes, currently writing his debut EP (that will be release in Autumn) this is just a taster of his voice and his song writing is just as impressive. Here he is covering One Direction's 'Little Things'. 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nh2mAd8sC8c

YouTube: You've Got A Friend In Me (cover) - ortoPilot

Matt Hutchison, is the musical brain behind ortoPilot. As well as writing his own songs, he also uploads weekly covers of chart hits. This is just one of his many covers that are very chilled and relaxing to listen to!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J7ymDMzF8h4

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