ARTIST NAME: Shiraz Hempstock
SONG TITLE: Simmer Down
State your history.
Well, I joined the choir at the age of 9 and traveled the country with them singing at some of the most fantastic places around the county, and then decided to start singing lessons, with local Soprano singing teacher Russell Painter and gained levels with ABRSM classical music.
Then later I decided I wanted to do more current stuff so I took lessons in more contemporary music and developed my style from there.
I attended guitar lessons, for a few years, but it’s not my thing really, it was more a formality.
My first live performance was at the age of 11, something my singing tutor organized for his students at Starbucks coffee shop…and from there I just went out busking and attending open mics, whenever I got the chance. These opened some amazing opportunities for me to be picked up by music producers or A&R scouts, which helped progress my journey, giving me some valuable experience and opportunities at such a young age.
I secured a place at BOA Performing Arts school at the age of 13 and came away with a BTECH in music, but unfortunately attending performing arts school never really helped me progress.
Radio AirPlay and Music Gateway have opened up some really cool opportunities for me. Just getting out there and doing it and making things happen for me is what worked for me.
I have a good team around me, which includes my mum Sarah and a small number of people that are guiding me, this took a while to find, but I feel in a comfortable place now. It feels like I have been performing forever.
Describe yourself as an artist.
I’d say I am a very soulful artist and have my own unique style and sound.
Tell us the genre of your music.
Tell us the story behind your song.
The story behind “Done the Dirty” isn’t related to me, it happened to a friend of mine, she was cheated on and she found the will to keep strong and move on no matter how much she was hurt and that’s not always easy to do.
“Simmer Down” is related to not putting pressure on the other person, take your time, there no rush, don’t kill the relationship off before it started. It’s not easy sometimes you like them more than they like you and controlling your emotions.
Tell us the problems you are facing as a musician.
As a musician, I have realized the problem that only a small percentage in the industry have good intentions, a lot of people are in it for money and fame, only minimal are in it to do what they love.
Discuss the recording and production of the song.
The music was produced in a local studio close to where I live in Worcestershire, a small well-equipped studio with a motivated producer. I think it’s good to work with different producers, they all have something different to offer, I took, my track “Done The Dirty” and asked if he could help me remodel it and this was the space we created ‘Done the Dirty’ and ‘Simmer Down.’
List the names of blogs, radio, or television stations that have supported you so far.
BBC Introducing Hereford and Worcester and West Midlands, Brum Radio, Deuce Radio, Radio Airplay, Radio Wigwam, Touch FM, KBIndieRadio, RadioKC, SRB Media Birmingham, I could be here all day with the plays from different radio stations from around the world and thank them all for the support.
Elaborate on your music career, experience, and future goals.
My music experience has been full of highs and lows but I’m grateful for all experiences and opportunities that have come my way, I think everyone comes into your life for a reason and some are here to teach you something and then leave you and some are here to show you the way.
My future goal is to set my music out to the world and share it with everyone who wants to listen to what I love to do.
Brief us what inspires you to write, compose and sing.
I don’t tend to be inspired by anything at this moment of time, I don’t have much life experience so I tend to write what comes off the top of my head and build a scenario around what has come to me or someone around me in past experiences.
Brief us the top-secret behind making a hit song.
There is no top secret; if you have the talent then use it!
Tell the piece of advice you will give to an upcoming artist.
To any upcoming artists, enjoy your journey, do what do, with love and work with those that want to work with you.
You’re going to meet all kinds of people on your journey, some will take, and some will give.
Making mistakes is a learning process, we all make them, just think of them as a positive and don’t dwell on them too much, as this may affect you.
Life is a learning curb and we all make mistakes on the way. Always show respect to those who help you on your journey, because without them the climb is much harder, show your love.
Discuss at length your music careers, albums, songs, tours, recognition, or awards you might have received.
I won an award for Best Teen Artist in L.A. at the IMC awards Hollywood, at the start of May.
My songs have been recognized by Radio 1, Radio 1Xtra, Jamie Callum, and other FM and digital stations that I networked with.
The biggest gigs I’m about to do is supporting Leee John from the 80s band Imagination, at the jam house in Birmingham on June the 6th and have previously supported CityLightz a West Midlands band that are making waves up in the music scene at O2 Academy in Birmingham and Mello Festival.
Name your favorite artists for collaboration.
My favorite artists for collaboration would be Jorja Smith, James Arthur, NAO, and Maverick Sabre.
Tell us how you will spend a million dollars.
I would put away the million dollars, and invest or set up a studio for upcoming artists.
Discuss music promotion and how you are boosting your fan base.
Getting out to as many open-mics and promoting my music through all of my social media, and I boost my fan base by promotions and posting materials that would attract people to my socials.
State your artist’s name and elaborate on it.
My artist’s name is just my name as it is unique and I’m happy with people knowing it is my real name. It’s a Hebrew name and meaning Shir – song-poem and Raz Secret – Mystery …Shiraz and not named after the wine. 😊