Kelli-Leigh ft Art Bastian - Can't Dance

Kelli-Leigh ft Art Bastian – Can’t Dance

Kelli-Leigh ft Art Bastian – Can’t Dance

 

 

 

Kelli-Leigh ft Art Bastian - Can't Dance

Kelli-Leigh ft Art Bastian – Can’t Dance

 

 

 

Kelli-Leigh ft Art Bastian – Can’t Dance

 

 

 

The artist from South London whose inspirations stem from growing up on Whitney Houston and Prince is well known for her vocals on the No. 1 global hits ‘I Got U’ with Duke Dumont ft Jax Jones and “I Wanna Feel” by Second City … as well as performing several times on Radio 1 Live Lounge with Adele, Craig David, Blonde, Original Dodger, Jax Jones & Duke Dumont. Kelli-Leigh has co-written on hits such as Low Steppa ‘Runnin’ & Duke Dumont ‘Be Here’, and in 2017 Kelli-Leigh entered the official UK chart as a credited artist for the first time featuring on the UK Top 10 hit ‘More Than Friends’ …

 

About Kelli-Leigh

British pop-soul chanteuse Kelli-Leigh made her name as a backup singer for the likes of Adele before the runaway success of two dance tracks on which she had appeared paved the way for a solo career. Born Kelli-Leigh Henry-Davila in 1985 and brought up in Selhurst, South London, she dreamed of being a singer, taking her first and only “normal” job just so she could save up to buy a keyboard on which to write. Graduating in the same BRIT School class as Leona Lewis and Katie Melua, the reputation she built up as a talented and dependable backing vocalist landed her a gig with Adele on the singer‘s tour to promote her debut album. During the tour, Adele’s second album 21 was released and became a massive smash hit, leading to Kelli-Leigh performing with her at the Grammys and the Oscars. Following the end of the tour in 2012, she recorded and released her debut EP, I Am Here, but it failed to chart. She moved to Poland, where she lived and worked for a year-and-a-half, and was on the verge of signing to Universal there when she was involved in a serious car wreck which left her unable to walk for months.

 

Despite being in a wheelchair, she showed up when she got the call to do a session vocal for house producer Duke Dumont. The resultant 2014 single “I Got U,” powered by her Whitney-esque turn, went to number one in the U.K. and, just months later, another single on which she had provided uncredited vocals – Second City’s “I Wanna Feel” – did the same. This sudden success gave her the boost she needed and she decided to start work again on a solo career. Over the course of the next few years, while working on her debut album, she co-wrote and featured on so many popular singles that one BBC Radio 1 DJ dubbed her “the voice of U.K. dance music.” The biggest of these was James Hype’s 2017 hit “More Than Friends,” which went to number eight on the U.K. singles chart.

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Daeodon - Media Mask

Daeodon – Media Mask

Daeodon – Media Mask

 

 

 

 

Daeodon - Media Mask

Daeodon – Media Mask

 

 

ARTIST NAME: Daeodon

 

SONG TITLE: Media Mask

 

ALBUM TITLE: Media Mask

 

RELEASE DATE: Aug. 24, 2018

 

GENRE: Post-Grunge/Alternative/Metal

 

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Sam LeMay (vocals)

 

John Torstrick (guitars)

 

Greg Livingston (bass)

 

Rob Edwards (drums)

 

Daeodon – Media Mask

 

Sometime between 29 and 19 million years ago, Daeodon — from the Greek words daios (hostile, dreadful) and odon (teeth) — roamed across North America, using his elongated, tooth-filled skull and imposing physicality to fend off attackers, steal prey, and fight when challenged.

 

He wasn’t pretty, and he meant business — and the same could be said about the four-piece, post-grunge outfit from Louisville, Kentucky, known as DAEODON. Their music is difficult to classify or categorize, as it spans across multiple genres and follows no traditional music conventions or formulas. As evidenced by the band’s latest five-song EP, Media Mask, the music is rife with hard-driving, precision riffs, spacious, ethereal moments, extreme highs and lows and passages that range from blaringly loud to calmingly soft. One thing is for sure, however — Daeodon’s music has teeth.

 

DAEODON — pronounced day-o-don — got its start in November 2016 when Louisville natives John Torstrick (guitars) and Sam LeMay (vocals) decided to form a band and began collaborating on material. The lineup didn’t coalesce until six or seven months later with the additions of drummer Rob Edwards and bassist Greg Livingston, and that initial process of searching for the right rhythm section almost proved fatal for the young band.

 

 “In all honesty, I didn’t know if we were going to make it through that,” says Torstrick.

 

“It was pretty shaky in the beginning,” adds LeMay, “and it required a lot of perseverance on our part.”

 

With a stable lineup (which also included lead guitarist Joshua Jacob) in place, DAEODON was off and running. By November 2017, the group — which draws influence from everything from Zeppelin and Sabbath to Soundgarden, Deftones, A Perfect Circle, Mastodon and Faith No More — found itself recording its four-song debut EP, No Time to Die, at Electrical Audio in Chicago, a facility owned by legendary musician and producer Steve Albini. Recorded mostly live in only two days, No Time to Die has a raw quality indicative of a young band still in the process of finding its sound. In contrast, the five songs on the new Media Mask EP — recorded over the course of a week in the band’s hometown of Louisville — is a stronger representation of what DAEODON sound like when they perform live. The songwriting is tighter this time around, and the production is considerably cleaner and more precise — clear signs of a group that’s continuing to evolve and mature as time progresses.

 

 “We were definitely harder on ourselves this time around when it came to the songwriting,” says Torstrick. “We were really trying to find our voice.”

 

DAEODON have come a long way in two short years, and while they are certainly a stronger, more cohesive unit than they were in their early days, by no means is it always smooth sailing for this group of strong-willed individuals.

 

“There’s a bit of a destructive energy in DAEODON, and part of our success is being able to cope with that,” says Torstrick. “I think part of the reason that our sound is a little crazy and all over the place is because everybody has their own issues they’re trying to deal with.”

 

When asked about this undercurrent of tension that regularly flows between band members, LeMay adds, “When we were recording the first EP in Chicago, there was almost a fistfight on take one. I thought somebody was gonna die, or that we were going to end up owing Steve Albini like 50 or 100 grand from ruined equipment. But we got through it and everybody calmed down, and got a killer take out of it.”

 

“We’ve been walking a tightrope for a while,” says Torstrick. “Like, can we get over this hurdle, or is this going to be the end of the band? But I think that’s kind of the crux of the project that we’ve been able to deal with some very tough situations and capitalize on it. Sometimes when you have a fight with someone close to you, it strengthens the relationship. In the long run, it’s made all four of us a stronger unit — it’s made us trust each other more.”

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State your reason for choosing music as a career.

We all feel a compulsory urge to create music – it’s what we do and have done our entire lives. For some reason when the four of us get together that music becomes something special and we believe it needs to be heard. That’s why we choose music as a career – there is no other way.

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Tell us how you write the lyrics to your song.

John will often bring a song to a writing session with a title or a concept already in mind. So in that way sometimes we work backwards from that initial vision. But sometimes the words come from another place at another time and never rest until they find a home in a Daeodon song. They wait for their opportunity. But always the lyrics are meticulously pruned. They need to mean something, sometimes, and they need to sound right.

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Discuss your life outside the music world.

We are private people. We have been playing together for a long time now and we still don’t know much about each other outside of how we write, play, and preform. And I guess that’s a contradiction since we have a real urge to expose ourselves on stage. We work hard at everything. And life is too full for each of us to distill it down so far; but if you listen close enough, you’ll know who we are better than anything we could ever tell you.

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Discuss your music career.

Our music career together has been more rewarding and more important than anything we’ve done separately. The success is just starting to build and build in our career and that is because of our fans. Without them all the hard work we put into this disappears into the ether. But with them at our side our career has started to take off. The back and forth of it all is like nothing we’ve experienced anywhere else. We’re grateful!

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Elaborate on your artist’s name.

A “Daeodon” is an ancient beast that looked like a wild boar but was the size of a horse. It’s also called a “hell pig”. We thought it was fitting.

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List your five favourite music videos with reasons.

  1. Metallica’s “One” – It has a life of its own. It’s dark, and it makes you question the world we live in and hopefully through that you can learn about yourself and the world. That’s the whole point.

 

  1. Foo Fighter’s “Run” – (Or any Foo video honestly). Because they don’t take themselves too seriously and get a point across too. Not everything has to be so serious all the time. Sometimes you just need a rowdy video with all your friends in makeup!

 

  1. Primus’ “Southbound Pachyderm” – We love animation videos because you don’t have the limitations of the real world. And Claymation is nostalgic and usually wholesome, like Rudolph from the 60’s. Primus did an excellent job of taking a normally childlike and innocent medium and making it gnarly.

 

  1. Soundgarden’s “Black Hole Sun” – Because sometimes you need to be reminded of what it’s like to have a bad trip on a perfectly beautiful day with a brilliant soundtrack playing in the background.

 

  1. Tomahawk’s “God Hates A Cowerd (Live)” – Mike Patton. A respirator. Screaming. And hook with barbs in the chorus. Get some.

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Tell us your source of inspiration.

We’ve heard that if you ignore your muse she’ll leave your ass. We just try to pay attention to what’s going on around us, inside of us and between us. Then put that down on paper, on the drum heads, and the fret boards. Inspiration for us is more of an act of subtraction; block out all the nonsense and receive the transmissions that mean something.

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Tell us your impression on dealing with paparazzi.

We just put on our poker face.

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Elaborate on the recording of this song.

We recorded this song over the course of a week and it was a great experience. Jordan Haynes at Earlygrace Studios really stepped up to help Sam with the vocal harmonies and to dial in the tones on the guitars. And most importantly, Jordan was able to criticize and encourage us in a way that pushed the songs forward. It was like a really hard workout – it sucked while we were in the thick of it but afterwards we had this glow about us and we knew we had created something exceptional.

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Tell us your future projects.

We are going to tour soon, no dates to properly announce just yet, and we are going to finish writing our first full length album. We have a few months before we start pre-production on it but the foundation is there. Until then we are going to be releasing some more music videos, putting on bad ass live shows, and just generally doing whatever we feel like.

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List the names of those that have supported you so far.

This is a really long list and we don’t know how they would feel about us putting their names out there. But this is a good opportunity to thank them because without their support this would not be possible. So thank you!

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Tell us your point of view on vocal tuning.

Like auto tune?! We aren’t into it. The best thing for vocals is to rest, practice, and drink plenty of water. You know, like a house plant.

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Tell us your thought on quality and quantity for the release of songs.

We would have loved to have recorded more songs for this release but believe in quality over quantity. There is no worse feeling than buying an album only to find out there is one or two good songs on it and the rest is filler. It feels cheap and like the artist was manipulative or dishonest. That is not who we are. So if we are working on something and it’s starting to sound like shit then we cut it. That’s the rule. Everything must stand up to our merciless process of elimination so that only the strong survive.

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Tell us your viewpoint on comparing music career to non-music career.

They say if you love something then make it your career and you’ll never work a day in your life. That’s wrong. Work is a part of life and a music career is like any other career. Sometimes it’s the most rewarding thing you could ever imagine. It’s better than anything of this world. But it’s more difficult and elusive too. From the actual business side of things to the more ethereal artistic side of things you need to be able to do both. Switching gears frequently is a challenge but not impossible.

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Tell us your opinion on categorizing music into genres and sub-genres.

It’s a difficult task to categorize art but the attempt to categorize it comes from a good place. It helps fans navigate the waters to find more music and artists they enjoy which makes everybody, the artist and the fans, happy. If we didn’t have sub-genres we would be at the mercy of the sage-like record store employees. Actually maybe that’s not a bad thing.

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State the genre you despise most with reason.

It all comes down to purpose and transparency. Don’t tell the fans one thing, or pretend to be something you’re not, just to sell records or tickets. Remember that muse we mentioned earlier? She doesn’t like that. And the fans will always uncover you. So if you’re into it to make money, or for a cause, or just to become famous, just be honest. Art at its center is honestly reflecting back at the artist and into the audience. We think.

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List your five favourite movies with reasons.

  1. Forest Gump – A good heart is all you need.

 

  1. Blue Velvet – Why do we like this movie? Just kidding, David Lynch is one of our favorite directors. Be warned however if you haven’t seen this movie before. You’re going to have some questions after watching it.

 

  1. Armageddon – Because sending a manned rocket to land on an asteroid and blow it up saving earth from impending doom is nothing without Stephen Tyler and Joe Perry’s help. Don’t sleep on Aerosmith – they’re bad.

 

  1. The Weatherman – We think part of Sam’s brain was locked into this movie when he saw it because of the condition of his condition while he watched it. Regardless, the soundtrack by Hans Zimmer is perfect and the story deals with modern man’s struggle to be.

 

  1. Pink Floyd Live at Pompeii – This is one of the best live performances of any band, anywhere, at any time.

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State the title of the song and the meaning.

Media Mask – The meaning is right there if you listen for it. Besides we aren’t going to limit the meaning for you. As we leave it now, undecided, you can make it what you want it to be or need it to be and take it with you. It’s yours now anyhow.

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State the title of the album and the reason for choosing the title.

The title envelopes what we had to say this time. Stay tuned for more because we’re just getting started.

Ishani - Dark Angel

Ishani – Dark Angel

Ishani – Dark Angel

 

 

 

 

Ishani - Dark Angel

Ishani – Dark Angel

 

 

 

ARTIST NAME: Ishani

 

SONG TITLE: Darl Angel

 

RELEASE DATE: Aug 24th

 

GENRE: Triphop/Pop

 

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Ishani – Dark Angel

 

 

State your reason for choosing music as a career.

I’ve always really wanted to be a musician. I wrote my first song when I was 16 and I’m completely self-taught. I used to run a video production company in Singapore and would make music videos for other artists, but I really wanted to start making music videos for my own songs!

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Tell us how you write the lyrics to your songs.

It varies. I may start with just a bass line and then write the lyrics on top of it. Or sometimes I’ll get inspired by a certain phrase, image, cause or feeling and start writing around it.

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Share your press release and reviews with us.

 

Ishani comforts the disturbed on her life-affirming new song ‘Dark Angel’

 

“Dank, trip-hop songwriting with a twilight feel”

– Clash

 

“a wonderfully unique sound”

– Listen With Monger

 

“Soulful vocals set alongside glitchy beats and ethereal, whirring hooks”

– GET IN HER EARS

 

“She is breathing some much deserved new life into the Trip Hop genre as a whole.”

– DJ MAG

 

“This song was pure therapy. It has helped me cope with the death of two of my friends, both of which turned my whole world upside down. I hope this song can help others. So many people are affected by suicide, whether it is the death of someone close to us or an idol.”

 

About ‘Dark Angel’

Ishani’s ‘Dark Angel’ may be her best song yet, but the difficulty with such an assertion is that it belies the pains involved in creating it. ‘Dark Angel’ is certainly the most difficult to write of all her songs so far. “I have lost close friends to suicide,” she says of the song’s subject, “and recent events have forced me to revisit this song, – we are living through a time of increased awareness of mental health, but we still see so many people ending their lives.” Despite the abject darkness of the theme, and despite provocative lyrics that leave little to the imagination, (“stay with me here until we are dead” she urges those grappling with suicidal thoughts), there is a sense that Ishani has made leaps with co-producer Zaflon towards emerging with a distinct sound. There is enough in the melodies and the beautiful harmonies to suggest a child of the No Doubt/‘Bring Me To Life’ school of goth-kid pop hooks, but more than that, there is the suggestion of an artist whose sound may evoke certain styles, but whose delivery is in a class of her own. Ishani has the vocal confidence of musicians decades her senior, and in her pained and hair-raising performance of ‘Dark Angel’ you can already see her beguiling star power.

 

About Ishani

Ishani spent her childhood in the sprawling metropolis of Bangalore, India. After obtaining her degree in TV, Film and Radio in Singapore she moved to London to study Audio Engineering at Alchemea & Point Blank. Her first track ‘Pelican Elephant’ was picked up by MTV India and she was showcased as a BBC introducing artist. Ishani has performed at Sziget Festival and she’s also opened for the Icelandic electronic group ‘GusGus’ at Be My Lake Festival. Her second single ‘Don’t Stop the Fight’ was picked up by VH1 and included in the Indian interactive comic book Priya’s Mirror. Ishani is deeply influenced by artists such as Massive Attack, Portishead, Morcheeba and Hooverphonic. She is now working on the new music that will eventually be released as her debut EP Stormy Emotions in August 2018. Instantly recognisable by her distinctive vocals, and with incisive and often challenging lyricism, (‘Don’t Stop The Fight’ centres on the horrific social effects of rape), Ishani has already earned her dues as a serious and provocative recording artist. Her last single ‘Insomnia’ centred on the anxiety that keeps us awake every night, and latest release ‘One Can Jump’ is inspired by the loss of two of her friends to suicide, a loss too difficult for Ishani to discuss in detail. Ishani strikes the pop landscape as a serious artist committed to making both serious and widely appealing work. Her themes are culled from the darkness and the light in the world around her, and she weaves her razor sharp observations into pristine and addictive electro pop.

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Discuss your life outside the music world.

I got married three times last year, thankfully all to the same person. I’m from India so we got married there, in London where I live with my husband and in Suffolk where he is from. I paint. I do yoga. I like to cook – cooking and making music are kinda similar. I love living in London because we are surrounded by so much culture. Getting to plays, exhibitions and gigs.

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Discuss your music career.

So far so good. I was studying Sound Engineering when a friend of mine from Singapore called Candice visited me. We decided to shoot a music video together for one of the first tracks I made. It got picked up by MTV India and I haven’t looked back since. I’m currently working on an EP and new music video. Plus a top secret project on the side with a very talented musician!

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List your four favourite music videos with reasons.

Lorn – Acid Rain

I love that it is all one take, slow motion, music plus dance. All choreographed so well.

 

Cibo Matto – Sugar Water

This one is amazing. It is so clever. Michel Gondry directs the stories of two women – one going backwards in time, the other going forwards. Until they meet, and then it switches.

 

Childish Gambino – Sweatpants

Again it’s a time loop that is totally trippy and smart. Every time he enters the dinner, a new version of his own face is there, looking up at him. The music has this dream like quality and the video suits it so well.

 

Capital Cities – Kangaroo Court

My favourite! So cinematic. So dark. No Zebras allowed.

 

The Chemical Brothers – The Test

It’s a party inside a whale!

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Tell us your source of inspiration.

My latest tracks have all been inspired by social causes, such as mental health awareness. Insomnia was a love song to all the people who find themselves trapped in their sheets at night, fighting with their anxiety and stress. Dark Angel explores suicide and its aftermath on those left behind.

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Elaborate on the recording of this song.

Dark Angel has been through so many versions. The latest one I recorded with my friend Charles Wong at Pierce Rooms Studios and co-produced with the amazing Zaflon. I’m quite serious about the music I make and so re-record tracks until I get it perfect.

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Tell us your future projects.

My EP ‘Stormy Emotions’ will be out this winter. I’m working on a video for the title track now and I’m already working on new songs for Ishani as well. I have so many demos in my laptop & hard drives. I want to get more of them out there.

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Tell us your point of view on vocal tuning.

Vocal tuning works for some songs. It doesn’t for others. I’m not a huge fan of using auto-tuning stylistically. However, it really does depend on the genre of music. Sometimes it can work as a cool effect.

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Tell us your thoughts on quality and quantity for the release of songs.

I’m always quality over quantity. I wish I could put out more songs as I’ve written so many. However, I’m a perfectionist and being a producer I need to have complete production of what I hear in my head, before I can release something, and that takes time!

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Tell us your viewpoint on comparing music career to non-music career.

They say if you do something you love, you never work a day in your life. I feel like that with music. I think I would be miserable if I wasn’t doing music as a career. I do have to say that a career in music is a gift; it is very stressful at times as you only have yourself to stay motivated.

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State the title of the song and the meaning.

Dark Angel – I sing about Fallen Angels. The act of suicide and the shock-waves it sends out. The anger, sadness and guilt that people go through when they hear about it. A world turned upside down. Thoughts swimming around of why?  If only I… what could have been…