An Interview With Classic Pop Singer, Olisha

 

 

We sat down with Olisha, who’s resurge in classic pop is turning heads, and alerting ears across the world.

Q: So, what first attracted you to music, what did you grow up with?  

A: “I grew up listening to pop music…Backstreet Boys, Celine Dion, Kylie Minogue. I love the big choruses and beautiful melodies that you can’t get out of your head”.

Q: Did your upbringing have any influence on your music/performance?

A: “My Indian heritage has not affected the way I make or listen to music. I love listening to many genres of music from pop, r n b, hip hop to Punjabi and Bollywood music. Being Asian, I do get lots of support from my Asian community because we love to support someone who is trying to break boundaries of colour and do good in the world”.

Q: Is there an ultimate goal you aim to achieve with your music? 

A: “With my music, I want to break down boundaries in the mainstream music industry and bring people together”.

Q: What does your song-writing process include, where do you draw inspiration from?

A: “It usually starts with lyrics, and melody in my head. Late at night is usually with I am at my creative best. I then grab a guitar or piano to structure what’s in my head and get the song together with the melody and lyrics. Then I take my composition to the studio and between myself and my producer, we bring the song to life”.

Q: And finally, what can you tell us about your current release? 

A: “The project is self-funded and every aspect of my music is straight from my heart to you. I believe in myself. I believe in my dream. I believe in breaking down boundaries and making history through my music”.

 

 

Be sure to check out Olisha’s brand new release ‘Strangers’.

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Celebration of Life brings UK’s Top Reggae and Jungle Stars Together

One area of music that the UK can be particularly proud of is the reggae and jungle community. Tight-knit, hard-working and innovative, artists have inspired new artists from the artform’s beginnings through to today. Perhaps then, it’s no surprise that when word reached some of the biggest stars on the scene, they didn’t hesitate to become involved in a charity which has helped countless families through the darkest of times.

The particular case was that of a young boy called Jaden who is suffering with an incurable brain disease. Despite all expectations from the medical world, he recently celebrated his 11th birthday with the help of the Demelza Hospice and some of the top names in reggae and drum and bass. Names involved in the Celebration of Life project include:

Demolition Man

Jr. Dangerous

Navigator

Tippa Irie

General Levy

Alaska MC

Cowboy Ranger

Liondub

Even more impressively, there is no hint of ego on the track, with their respective skills equally shared (although some can claim to have better football skills on the accompanying video!).  On 22nd December, the Celebration of Life guys will be uniting for a live appearance at London’s legendary Ministry of Sound, where they will headline Jungle Fever and be joined by yet more stars from the scene: Sweetie Irie; Ragga Twins; Joseph Lalibela & Johnny Dolla to perform the single’s flipside, produced by FLeCK

Behind the scenes at the video shoot:

Soundcloud:  https://soundcloud.com/user-469116529/celebration-of-life/s-2wzva

Youtube: https://youtu.be/MkRHmucttLQ

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

Twitter: @celebratelifeuk

Instagram: celebrationoflifeglobal

Website: www.celebrationoflife.global

 

Nej!Las – “Wash Out”

With our ears constantly to the ground (and consequently, always with neck ache) we felt obliged to check out this track from Detroit-based Nej!Las, which is doing crazy numbers on soundcloud.

Ordinarily, we’d pass over something as generally faceless and personality-free as techno, but that label does it no favours and, frankly, misleads an audience that would more than likely, really enjoy it.

Yes, the sounds come courtesy of a machine but the depth and texture of the atmosphere created are more in keeping with the scores of modern cinema – dark; edgy; suggestive, yet without giving you a simple narrative to follow. This is music for people who invest at least SOME input into the listening experience themselves – who allow themselves to be swept away and to formulate their own images to fit the music. Have a listen, you might surprise yourself.

Tsunami Section: ‘Keep My Spinning Wheel’

Bringing back a catchy 70s disco sound into their brand of pop music is the dynamic duo, Tsunami Section.

The duo, which is made up of Felicia Singson and Anna Chiara, take an infectious tune, written by Oliver Fell-Holden and transform it into a get up and dance anthem with their stunning vocals.

‘Keep My Spinning Wheel’ is the kind of track that will get those retro-disco lovers off their sofas, but their sound is by no means outdated. A powerful beat and quality production bring the track to contemporary audiences too.

In the past, the pair have performed at over 100 venues in places such as Delhi, Mizoram and Gurgaon. Chiara is no stranger to the industry either, having recorded a full length record with London producer, David Ezra too.

Check out more on Tsunami Section:

Links:

https://www.facebook.com/Tsunami-Section-1201228323325942/

https://twitter.com/TsunamiSection

 

Pimlican Release R&B Fusion Hit ‘Runaw’y’

Fusing a potent blend of R&B, pop and dance music, musical collective Pimlican have followed up their single ‘B’ck 4 More/P’lya’, with their latest infectious release, ‘Runaw’y’.

Published via Pimlican’s own label, Belgrave Road Records, ‘Runaw’y’ employs a killer vocal hook with a powerful beat and unique instrumentation. It is this sort of well-crafted songwriting that has earned Pimlican airplay on Tim Robinson’s radio 6 show, BBC Introducing and BBC Radio Leeds.

The inspiration for the name ‘Pimlican’ came from spending many nights in Pimlico, waiting for appointments with people involved in the music industry. The idea of the collective is to deliver unique live performances; therefore, anyone can get involved in Pimlican as long as they help evolve the live show, never sticking to a completely rigid format.

‘Runaw’y’ utilises rap to both contrast and complement the strong vocals at play in the track, so it’s a must listen for an urban music fan.

Find out more on Pimlican here:

Links:

http://www.belgraveroadrecords.com/

https://pimlican.bandcamp.com/

https://twitter.com/belgraveroadrec

https://www.facebook.com/belgraveroadrecords

https://soundcloud.com/pimlican-97234536

Ginny Vee’s ‘Give Me Dynamite’

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Italian born singer Ginny Vee is taking house-pop circles by storm with her anthemic track, ‘Give Me Dynamite’. Ginny was spotted by former LA producer Christian DeWalden who set her up with Vanni Giorgilli and Pete Chiesa at Mind The Floor records.

The infectious single has a Northern European house sound, with a feel good style featuring Vee’s raw clear vocals. The upbeat single was arranged by Steve Manovski (co producer and co writer of Sigala’s hit single ‘Give Me Your Love’) and it was recently taken to the Amsterdam Dance Event where it was immediately snapped up by Disco:Wax (Sony).

Ginny was often pushed in other directions by her parents who wanted her to find a more solid job with security, but after dabbling in both modelling and acting for a while, Ginny chose to focus on her true passion of singing.

If Vee continues to produce club bangers like ‘Give Me Dynamite’, then she is sure to find stardom in the near future.

Listen to the teaser for ‘Give Me Dynamite’ here, which is officially out 16th December:

 http://www.ginnyvee.com/

Links:

https://www.facebook.com/ginnyveeofficial/

https://soundcloud.com/ginnyvee

https://twitter.com/GinnyVeeMusic

https://www.youtube.com/user/ginnyveeofficial

https://www.instagram.com/ginnyveemusic

Profound electro-pop EP ‘Circles’ from up-and-coming singer Francesco, aka 1ofUs

Up-and-coming Italian singer and songwriter, 1ofUs delivers his debut EP, CIRCLES, a stunning electropop record themed around his life’s journey.

Having attempted to pursue a career in music over two decades ago (he was signed to Warner at one point), the artist was forced to abandon his dreams after his project due to ‘reasons not pertaining to the music, regrettably, in the end, never eventuated’.

Pouring his creative energy into a career in Architecture, he opened his own studio in Frankfurt, Germany where he spent the next three years. He then moved back to Northern Italy where he continued to work for the next 20 years projecting buildings and vast urban areas across Europe, Asia and the Middle East.

Listen to ‘Home’ here: https://soundcloud.com/user-584708832

This long overdue EP sees the artist finally returning to music, reflecting on his experience with a newfound wisdom.

This is the origin of the EP title, CIRCLES,’ he explains. ‘Everything in life comes back somehow, like a circle.

No longer young, CIRCLES nonetheless feels surprisingly fresh in sound, sporting some very flashy and modern electronic instrumentation courtesy of producers Andy Whitmore and Matt Knight. Born on the border between Italy and Slovenia, his music also contains a touch of Italian/Balkan influence. The album was recorded and produced in London. Lead single ‘Home’ takes inspiration from the November 2015 Paris bombings, reflecting on the need for home as a place of peace for oneself and for others. It is a topical and highly relatable song that proves Francesco’s musical relevance and his talents as a lyricist.

As he further explains: ‘the song touches on the difficulties of being free, of loving, of being together, and the fact that this hardship must not stop the journey towards our soul.

A music video is in the works scheduled to be finished by mid-April.

Links:

https://www.facebook.com/1ofUsUk/?fref=ts&ref=br_tf

https://twitter.com/1ofUs_Music