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04/12/2019 03:33 PM
Eurovision superstar Jamala releases ‘Solo’.




 Solo is the new pop anthem by world famous and award winning vocalist Jamala, featuring a remix package that is already smashing the club charts. Jamala says “I’m so excited about releasing Solo, I’ve had such a great response about it from DJs! And it was such a fun experience working with Bryan Todd, we make a great team.” 
Jamala is a Ukrainian recording artist, songwriter and actress who has been topping the Ukrainian charts for the past decade. She prestigiously performed at the UEFA EURO 2012 football championships to 150 countries, creating an international buzz for her performance of Goal.  In 2014 her cinematic debut The Guide received critical success, winning a #1 movie at the box office. In 2016, Jamala had another milestone in her career when she won Eurovision for the song 1944, the video of which has had almost 5 million views.
Jamala has had 6 albums & 18 internationally successful singles. She is a judge on The Voice in the Ukraine where she enjoys coaching younger artists and helping them to develop. She has had hundreds of millions of YouTube & Spotify streams and performs to stadium audiences around the world. Her new single Solo looks set to break Jamala in the UK, where it is already #7 in the Music Week charts.

Follow Jamala on Website | Facebook | Twitter |  Instagram| EPK 


04/05/2019 02:28 PM
Axel Jansson unveils his new single 'Wanna Know You'


Wanna Know You is the new single from Axel Jansson, described as Bruce Springsteen meets War on Drugs. Axel says Wanna Know You is about the need for reconnection, the feelings and emotional ties that still affect us long after family or relationship bonds have been broken.”  The single is his catchiest yet, promising to be another radio and live success. The Sweden via London singer/songwriter, who has performed at Glastonbury, ITV Scrambled and MIDEM, is hot from a packed summer of tour dates, with another tour confirmed for 2019

 Wanna Know You is the follow up single to Everything I Crave, which featured paralympian Cassie Cava (as featured in The Independent and Guardian). Earlier in 2018,  Hopeless Ever After, another single taken from the forthcoming album ‘Weight Of The World’ (due for release Sept 2019) was playlisted across 65 radio stations across the UK and secured Axel a prominent spot on the Foodies Festival 2018 Tour with performances across the country.  Axel’s debut single, Shine was featured  in The Metro, The Mirror, The Sun and the Huffington Post.

Axel’s first gig with a band was supporting Turin Breaks, to such positive feedback that they were asked to play the Indie Week Europe Festival and global music event MIDEM. Axel then took to the road with The Coffee House Sessions which performed to 24 university coffee lounges over a two week period. He has performed at Busk the Box, London Live and I Luv Live has been invited back on the 2019 Foodie Festival Tour. For a list of dates, please check updates on his website.





04/05/2019 02:22 PM
Daniel David - ‘Feel It’ Cashino Remix

‘Feel It’ is the new single multi-talented, East London artist Daniel David. Daniel was an important member of two successful groups, one alongside award winning Labrinth, and the other KIG whose single “Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes” hit top 20 in the UK singles chart. Daniel’s solo career is off to a strong start too - his previous single “Me an U” peaked at #15 on the Music Week urban club chart after eight consecutive weeks of club support. It received the support of radio stations such as Kiss FM’s Majestic, which played the track three weeks in a row.
‘Feel It’ is a gritty club track with edgy vocals and punchy production. Daniel says: “Writing Feel It got me through a dark time. It’s all about having the courage to believe in life again because of my music.”
Daniel has performed on massive festival stages including Radio 1 Big Weekend in front of 70,000 people. His group KIG won the Urban Music Award for Best Video and were nominated for a MOBO. He continues to build a reputation amongst his peers  including Bonkers, Professor Green and Paul Young, not to mention former band mate Labrinth. Daniel’s eclectic tastes can be heard in his songwriting and he cites his greatest influences as Michael Jackson and Prince. Daniel’s aim is to make the world dance to his music - and we believe he will!

Follow Daniel David on Youtube | SoundCloud | EPK

04/05/2019 02:03 PM
Baseman releases new single ‘Skittles’



 ‘Skittles’ is the eagerly awaited slick new single by BBC 1XTRA, KISS/ CAPITAL XTRA/ GRM Daily rapper Baseman. The chilled, up tempo track is produced by the multi-talented Louis Dutch and gonna bring fresh air to the UK rap scene. Baseman says, ‘I invited Louis Dutch my producer to the session to hear some beats. At first, he skipped the beat and I told him to go back to it. I felt a vibe from the beat that also matched the vibe in the room. We were smoking skittles strains and sipping lean and I based the topic of the song around our activities taken place in the studio.’



The independent East London rapper started showcasing his talents back in 2013, collaborating with J Hus, Chip, Krept & Konan,  DJ P Montana and building a loyal fanbase at the same time. The single ‘Bad Habits’ has taken the underground scene by storm with more than 2,5 million views on You Tube. The announcement of his recent Mixtape Madness freestyle went viral on his personal account on Instagram with more than 44K views in 15 hours.  He has been supported through the years by DJ Semtex, DJ Target, DJ Kenny Allstar, Trevor Nelson, Tim Westwood and cutting-edge brands including Heineken, Red Bull, O2 Academy, Hennessey, G-Shock to name a few.
Baseman will be releasing a mixtape called ‘1st Base’ this June and is currently working on some promo gigs details of which will be announced on his social media over the next few months.

Follow Baseman on Facebook | Instagram | Twitter | Spotify | EPK


01/31/2019 12:33 PM
Matterz Interview: Danielle Bellas



Our favourite Danielle Bellas is back with a new single and music video and is ready to unravel the story behind this emotional surprise hit.


1)      Hi Danielle. How have you been?

I’ve been great thank you, I had a nice, chilled out Christmas break and a fun start to the New Year. I’m super excited about 2019!



2)      You recently released your third single ‘I Got This’. What’s the story behind the track?

I Got This has a message of positivity, promotes self-belief and explores the idea of changing negative thought or emotion into ‘I Got This’. I came up with the idea when I was experimenting with affirmations, and I loved the idea of creating a song based around positive affirmations, that makes someone feel empowered and uplifted when they listen to it. That’s where ‘to make things clearer, talk to the mirror, this is what you tell yourself...’ comes from - I’d literally been saying affirmations to myself in the mirror trying to heal myself from an illness so I could record my album! There’s so much negativity in the World right now and it’s so easy to get caught up in it. Music has always been a healer for me, so I’m hoping this song can remind people that there’s always something beautiful to focus on, something to be grateful for and a different way of looking at things, including ourselves.


Stream 'I Got This' on Spotify HERE

3)      The track  is co-written and produced one more time by the well-known UK production duo Jud Mahoney and Natalie DeLucia, who has worked in the past with Michael Jackson, Brandy and Britney Spears. How are you feeling about it?

It’s one of my favourites from my album and I remember when Jud sent me the backing track I was so excited, it was exactly the kind of sound I was looking for! The vibe took me straight back to the 90s. It’s had a great reception too, people seem to be loving it and feeling inspired by it, so that makes me very happy! And the music video was just the cherry on top. It gave me a chance to dive into the message of the song, and explore the different negative thoughts or fears that hold us back in life, showing people that we all struggle, no-one is alone in their thoughts and it’s normal not to have everything together. But at the same time, it’s often just our own minds holding us back and imagine how different life would be if we all changed a negative thought or fear into a positive affirmation, like “I Got This”. I was so grateful that people got involved and were willing to open up about their insecurities, it’s not an easy thing to talk about, so the fact that they were willing to share them with the World inspired me. And honestly, I related to everyone in the video, every time someone sent me their clip, I was like “yep, I feel you, I’m right there with you!” 

Danielle Bellas - I Got This (Behind The Scenes)


4)      Your music video has already touched the hearts of your fans. Would you like to give some advice to your fans who are facing mental health issues and can’t open up to their friends and family? For some people, it is still a stigma.

It saddens me that it is still a stigma, and really, the only way we are going to change that is by encouraging people to open up and talk. If you find it hard to talk to friends and family, then I would recommend seeking outside help. There are various organisations with free counselling services and hotlines, like CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably) - their number is 0800 58 58 58. The Samaritans could also help, and can be reached on 116 123 in the UK and Ireland. If like me, you’re in the music industry, then Help Musicians UK can offer you help and support, so definitely check them out. I’m actually an Ambassador for an organisation called Listen Up Music, who are passionate about seeing mental health de-stigmatised and provide a platform to support music industry professionals. They are building a community and support network within the industry and generate conversations around mental health, which is amazing. Having suffered from anxiety myself and people close to me that have suffered with depression, it’s something that I’m passionate about. Counselling was a great help to me and I’ve recently worked with a life coach to keep me on track too. No-one should have to suffer in silence, and if there are people in your life that you think are struggling, please ask them if they are OK and open up the conversation.



5)      What's been your biggest influence both musically and personally?

 I’d say 90s R&B and Motown have been my biggest musical influences. I fell in love with the Motown sound from a young age and then in my teens I just wanted to be Janet Jackson, Toni Braxton and Aaliyah!

I guess over the last couple of years, the biggest personal influence on my life would have to be self-development - reading books about it, listening to podcasts and going to events. Learning to accept and love myself, not be afraid to shine, and striving to become the best version of myself possible. I’m also a huge fan of Abraham Hicks and the Law of Attraction teachings, which has changed my mindset, my daily practises and the way I live my life.

6)       You have released three singles so far. You are inspired by the late 90’s R&B greats.  Are you planning to change your sound in the next single and surprise your fans?

I’ll be releasing my album next so there may be a few surprises on there! A few of the songs are a bit more pop, and some have more of an old-school Motown feel. There are a couple of ballads on there too that I love. I’m excited for everyone to hear it, so watch this space!

7)      You were born and raised in UK but you live in Australia. What’s the differences and the challenges in another continent?

The weather is a huge difference, of course! The way of life is very different in Australia compared to the UK - with the good weather and the beautiful beaches all around, it’s a much more outdoors-focused lifestyle and I love it. The challenges are being away from my family and friends, missing seeing my nieces and nephews growing up and also being so far away from where my music is most popular, so I often feel quite out of the loop.



8)      What are your goals for 2019 both musically & personally?

My main goal for 2019 is releasing my album and it will be interesting to see what other tracks people pick out as their favourites, which will likely determine what I release next. I’m also looking forward to writing and recording some new material this year and seeing what direction I go in musically with that.
               
9)      Any plans for a tour?

I’d love to tour this year, that’s definitely another goal of mine, so I’ll see what opportunities arise… :)

10)   Do you have a special message for your UK fans?
I appreciate your love and support so much, it means the world to me! Keep your eyes peeled for my debut album, and always remember, You Got This!

11)   Danielle, thank you very much for this interview.


You’re very welcome, and thank YOU!


Follow Danielle on Spotify | SoundcloudTwitter | Facebook | Instagram

01/21/2019 04:38 PM
Rae Stewart ‘Making Love’

Making Love is the new single by fresh Mancunian R&B artist Rae Stewart, produced by renowned Birmingham based producer Triple B (2000 & Triple ENT). The slick R&B production, featuring Rae’s cool, sexy vocals, is influenced by the late 90’s R&B & Hip-Hop greats such as Destiny’s Child, Missy Elliot, but has a definite 2019 edge. Rae says, “Making Love was originally a freestyle that I wrote over the beat, sent to me by Triple B. Then, we decided to film me singing it after a show I had in Manchester and put it on socials. It got over thousands of likes across the board and a great response by the public and well-known artists. So, we went to the studio in the same week and turned into a proper song and released it in late November on all digital platforms.” The video for Making Love, directed by Rae and her manager J.Gray, showcases new aspects of her creative talent.

From a playlist on Birmingham’s top radio station, the Newstyle Radio 98.7 FM to the thousands of new Instagram followers, Making Love is already taking the world by storm. This builds on the momentum of 2018. Her EP Hear Me was won her new fans, live shows and media support, with the private listening party in Rae’s hometown of Manchester to celebrate its release a sell-out success. Be Down hit the top 30 in Music Week’s Pop Chart and Fake Love was confirmed as DJ Target’s Unsigned Artist Song of The Week.

Rae Stewart started singing at only three years old. By the age of 18, she was a part of the group Venus alongside two other girls from Manchester. In that time, she appeared in TV show Asbo Teens to Beauty Queens. The response was mind blowing, with requests from TV, record labels and managers filling up Rae’s inbox.
In December, Rae performed live at The Drop | Link Up TV show in London receiving rave reviews. More shows are planned for 2019 - stay tuned on her social media for the latest updates.

01/21/2019 03:58 PM
AKA releases 'Jika' ft Yanga
AKA ‘Jika’ | 21st January


‘Jika’ is the new, hotly tipped single from South African hip-hop superstar AKA. Known in the music world for his radio and club sensations, he is back with a new, slick production overlayed with his distinctive, powerful vocals. AKA says, ‘After the highly successful run of my latest single "Fela In Versace", my next single, produced by Nigerian producer Kiddominant is a story of love or maybe your first crush. "Jika" tells a story of that exhilarating feeling you have when you realised that someone holds a special place in your heart.’

Bad boy AKA, also known as The Supa Mega is thought by most to be the best rapper in Africa. Touch My Blood, his most recent album, was certified Platinum in South Africa and led AKA to be global recognised, with award nominations for Best International Act (Africa) at the BET Awards & MOBO Awards and Best African Act at the MTV EMA’s. AKA has won support from Huff Post, GQ, Pulse, Daily Sun, The Raw Africa. He has been recognised by Hot97’s Breakfast host DJ Ebro as one of the top up & coming artists to look out for, alongside the likes of Jorja Smith, Buddy and Ella Mai. AKA has been interviewed by the legendary Sway Colloway in the ‘Sway In the Morning’ Show, winning him new fans and further media support. His unique stage presence led AKA to open for global superstars such as for Kanye West, Snoop Lion, Rick Ross, 2Chainz and Big Sean on their South African tours, perform on SXSW 2018 and the renowned Essence Music Festival, as well as making a special appearance on W Live South Africa. Last but not least, AKA is the only African artist who works with Reebok Classics as an ambassador and in early 2018, he launched his own branded vodka, CRUZ by AKA, with a special Watermelon flavour, selling out in the first two weeks of its release.
AKA is going to make history with his AKA Orchestra On The Square show in Pretoria this March, becoming the first hip-hop artist in South Africa to take to the stage with a 30-piece orchestra. AKA is planning to play in the UK this summer. Keep checking his social media for the latest updates.


01/09/2019 02:07 PM
Matterz Interview: Phebe Edwards
 

2018 was an amazing year for Phebe Edwards. New singles and significant collaborations with well-known artists. She is currently on tour with Years & Years but we found some time to sit and talk with this lovely lady and she has some amazing things to share with you. 




1)        Hi Phebe. How have you been?
Hey! I’m doing great thanks. I’m feeling positive after good feedback and support about my latest release! Looking ‘up’.

2)        You are Phebe from North London. Tell us your story so far. How was your childhood and when you started thinking for a career in music?
A career in music was always something I dreamt of as a child.  I was born and raised in a musical family and sang in the gospel choir.  In my late teens, I got myself into session singing at various corporate events, which progressed into touring. This led me to sing for artists worldwide. I have been making music for well over 15 years. But I released my first official single ‘Say Suttn’ in 2014. There have been various songs released that I’ve featured on over a long period of time, but since 2014 I have officially released 7 singles.

3)        You recently released your new single ‘Get It Right’. What is the story behind this song?
‘Get it right’ is greatly inspired by a collection of 90’s RnB music it takes you back to the TLC, Aaliyah, Eternal, SWV days! Those real head bopping shoulder shaking days! Remember those?! J The song interprets the yearning for trust to be re-established in a relationship. Can we ‘Get it right’ again after being hurt by each other or even one or the other? Can the relationship be restored to what it genuinely was after heartbreak?


4)        On this track, you collaborate with Luke ‘G Kid’ Grant, one of the UK’s most talented producers, and ‘The Voice’ star Mark Asari. How was the recording and writing process?
The song was actually written by myself and Luke in October 2016. We had a conversation about a situation in my life. The song turned into a male and female perspective, and I’ve always loved Marks vocals!  A few years before the song was written I had seen Mark at an event we were both performing at Boxpark in Shoreditch. We spoke briefly about collaborating. I remembered that moment after starting the song and asked him to sing on this track with me and now we have ‘Get it right’ J


5)        What do you find inspiring when you are writing your songs?
Life! Real life experiences. I'm grateful for the things I go/have been through as it makes my music process easier. I'm able to release or express both positive and negative situations through my songs and it feels so good.

6)        You are currently touring with ‘Years And Years’. You have performed and recorded with Liam Gallagher, Stormzy, James Brown, Adele, Jessie J, Donna Summer and Rita Ora in the past. The top of the tops… How are you feeling about it?
Blessed! To be honest, the path that I’ve chosen in my career led me to experience working with and for some of the world’s greatest artists and I’m grateful for the opportunity. Some of them gave me a platform to personally express myself and push me forwards. One of the greatest memories was when James Brown asked me to sing a solo at one of his concerts a few months before he passed away, and that was a pivotal moment in my singing career. ‘Blessed’ is the one word that summarizes my feelings.

7)        You are compared to legends such as Mary J Blige, Fantasia Burrino and Aretha Franklin. Who are your favourite artists and bands? How do you incorporate their work into your sound?
It’s an honour to be compared to such amazing artists. I wouldn’t say I try to incorporate their work into my sound. I can only be ‘Phebe’. However, I’d say the similarities between these artists are the passion, soul and resonance in their delivery of a song. This is something that I endeavour to achieve when I perform or sing.

8)        What are your goals for 2019? 
2019 I will be doing my very first headline show! Stay tuned. I’m excited!

9)        Do you have a special message for your fans?
Thank you! Your support so far has been so great and I appreciate every one of you who has taken time out to stream, download, purchase my material and come to shows. I have so much more to give you all and can’t wait to share it. Purple love to you all my #PurplePetals

10)    Phebe thank you very much for the interview.
Thank you for having me and for supporting me!


Follow Phebe on Website | SoundCloud | Facebook | Instagram | Twitter


12/15/2018 01:21 PM
Phebe Edwards ‘Get It Right’ ft Mark Asari


Get it Right is the new single from North London soul singer, Phebe Edwards, currently on tour with Years and Years. The single was produced by one of the UK’s most talented producers, Luke  ‘G Kid’ Grant, and features ‘The Voice’ star  Mark Asari. Phebe says “Get It Right takes you back to the 90’s RnB days! We are talking SWV, TLC and Aaliyah days! The song interprets the yearning for trust to be re-established in a relationship. Can we ‘Get it right’ again after being hurt? Can the relationship be restored to what it genuinely was after heartbreak?  


Phebe Edwards has toured, performed and recorded with some of the industry’s greats including Liam Gallagher, Stormzy, James Brown, Adele, Jessie J, Donna Summer and Rita Ora. Phebe’s debut single Say Suttn charted at #14 in the iTunes RnB chart within hours of its release.  Phebe is compared to legends such as Mary J Blige, Fantasia Burrino and Aretha Franklin and her stunning vocals have seen her performing in arenas all over the world supporting global superstars. She is currently touring with Years and Years US, UK and Europe tour.  

Get It Right is the follow-up single to Space featuring Cameron Bloomfield, released earlier this year.  The single was supported by Music Musings and Such, Lock Magazine, The Music Site and many more! The incredible Syleena Johnson featured ‘Space’ on her Spotify playlist as one of her ’Chill favs’.  Phebe is currently working on her long-awaited headline London show, details of which will be released on her website early next year.

Follow Phebe on Website | SoundCloud | Facebook | Instagram | Twitter | High Res Images

11/30/2018 03:35 PM
Matterz Interview: Axel Jansson

2018 is a very special year for Axel Jansson. He released his new single a few months ago and surprised his fans with his collaboration with Paralympian Cassie Cava on his music video. We had a quick chat with this amazing guy and has some really interesting news to share with us.


1)        Hi Axel. How have you been?
        Hi!  I’ve been good thanks, enjoying a busy year of touring and releasing singles.

2)        You come from Sweden. Was it hard for you to adapt to the new circumstances? What about your music?
       Of course, I had visited London many times before moving here so It was a good and a very exciting challenge for me. It made sense for my style of music and what I wanted to do.  When you first come to a place like London you immediately notice how different the pulse is. There’s nowhere else quite like it for an independent Musician.  It’s also crazy thinking about how many more people you reach out to when you’re gigging around the circuit, Musicians and bands here are quite supportive of each other, so there’s always an optimistic air of excitement, I love it here.   

3)        You recently released your new single ‘Everything I Crave’. What is the story behind this song?
       It’s about courage, determination and the admiration we feel for those that look for the positives in life, and strive to succeed no matter how hard the journey is.  I like my songs to have a meaning that people can relate to in their own way. What it means to me and what it means to them maybe two completely different things.   The concept of ‘Everything I crave’ as a lyric is very interesting – it’s that constant challenge and sometimes struggle to reach for something and that, ‘something’ is different for each and every one of us. So, I hope that people can relate to it as a concept – it can be about hardships faced, a relationship, career or anything else that affects a person.  It’s an emotion we all carry with us and in the end, it’s the craving that drives us to never give up.
Listen to 'Everything I Crave' HERE

4)        How were the recording and writing process?
       It's funny with writing and recording music.  Some songs come straight to you and you wonder where they came from, whilst others can take months to finish.  The basic melody and chord progression for ‘Everything I Crave’, came fairly quickly to me and felt right straight away – but we went through a few different variations in the studio until it made sense and felt like a finished product. I think we got there in the end. It’s a timing thing.

5)        Paralympian Cassie Cava joined on the music video of ‘Everything I Crave’, an interesting collaboration and a real surprise for your fans. Let us know more about this collaboration, the concept of the video, some behind the scenes stories and how you made Cassie take the decision to join on this video.
       We had this concept that we wanted to portray the lead character in the video as someone who had been through a lot to get where they were today.  I’m a bit of a sports fan and I’ve often been in awe of some the Paralympians you see putting us all to shame.  We thought the search for the right person to portray this character was going to be hard but it all seemed to fall into place quite easily. Once we’d outlined the story we put out a brief starting with VisABLE people, an agency my Manager found. Cassie was one of the first to apply through them, saying she loved the concept and really wanted to do it – she was just perfect, bringing her own life experience as an athlete to the role.  In the original concept, our lead character had a boyfriend pushing her on but Director, Dan French dumped him before he even got cast! I’d like to say that I knew her before but sadly we met for the first time on the shoot. We would have met earlier only Cassie was out in Australia in the weeks running right up to our shoot, competing in the Australian Para-Triathalon and winning the Bronze Medal for Ireland.  I think most people would still be struggling to get out of bed, never mind doing a full day filming 3 days after returning from Australia – but not Cassie. 




       We were all a bit nervous in the days leading up to filming as the majority of the filming was taking place outside and the weather forecast was getting worse and worse – there’s so many people and things to organise so you can’t just cancel because it might rain– not on an independent budget, anyway!  Then the evening before the shoot the original lighting cameraman fell ill and we had about 2 hours to find someone else – that was a bit stressful!. On the day it was pouring with rain when we started in the morning but the sun came out at lunchtime and we ended up with a beautiful sunset. In the end, the whole thing worked in our favour – the story was meant to be one set over time not just one day and the weather helped achieve that. 

6)        Cassie says for the song and the music video: ‘’It was a privilege to be involved in telling the story behind this song. It’s a beautiful song and I loved the idea of it of overcoming adversity, which is definitely something that’s a constant work in progress for me!” She is so excited about this collaboration. Axel, how are you feeling about it?
       Great!  It was a privilege to have Cassie onboard. The whole band loved meeting and working with her, we were all totally in awe of her energy. She just takes everything in her stride – literally! We only had 1 day to shoot the entire video and despite telling us running wasn’t really her thing - she did a lot of running! She’s given reality, strength and depth to the story of the song and it definitely wouldn’t have been the same if she wasn’t a part of it.


7)        What do you find inspiring when you are writing your songs?
       Generally everyday life around me, things I see or read about that touch me in some way.  To me, the trick is not to think about the writing process too much. When I pick up a guitar what I really want to do is, ‘’feel’ – I think that’s when I come up with the best ideas and melodies. Sometimes a melody or line might pop into my head whilst I’m out and about and don’t have a guitar with me – thank goodness for my phone – I’m often slipping off somewhere quiet and quickly humming into it or jotting something down.  Ideas can leave as fast as they come and should never be ignored! A bit like people, lol.

8)        Who are your favourite artists, bands and songwriters? How do you incorporate their work into your sound?
       I’ve got such a long list of Artists and Bands that I like and that have had an impact on my music and sound.  If I had to name a few I would say, Jason Isbell, John Mayer, Ryan Adams, Bruce Springsteen, Tom Petty, Neil Young and Bob Dylan.  For me, it comes down to honesty in the end and all of those artists are true to their music and sound. When you master that the music will live forever.

9)        What's next? Any plans for a new single or a tour?  I’m really excited to be in the studio right now, working on the recordings for my first album release.  I can’t wait for next year! 
       Yes, finally there’s an album coming out in the New Year.  At the moment we’re spending a lot of time in the studio recording a whole batch of new songs, they'll be none of the previous singles on it.  I can’t wait to let you guys hear it!  We’ll go full on this time with a tour and a single connected with the album so stay tuned!



10)    Do you have a special message for your fans?
       I do.  I want to thank everyone who takes the time to give independent Artists and Bands a fair chance. We live in such a quick and stressed world where we get constantly fed with so many things. So thank you to all those who are supporting us by coming to our gigs, downloading or streaming our new songs and videos and giving us feedback.  All this gives us the hope and courage to go on.

11)    Axel thank you very much for the interview.
       Thanks so much for having me, it’s a privilege! 

                        Follow Axel on Website | Facebook | InstagramTwitter | YouTube

11/30/2018 02:59 PM
Danielle Bellas releases the music video for 'I Got This'

Pop/R&B artist Danielle Bellas just released the new and very inspiring music video for her latest very successful single I Got ThisThe young UK singer/songwriter says “I Got This is about turning negative thoughts into positive ones. There’s so much negativity in the world right now and it’s easy to get caught up in it. Music has always been a healer for me, so I’m hoping this song can remind people that there’s always something beautiful to focus on, something to be grateful for and a different way of looking at things, including ourselves.” The track is released after Mental Health Month and the music video features people opening up about their own negative thoughts and fears - showing that no-one is alone in their pain.



 I Got This is the third single from Danielle Bellas, co-written and produced by successful production duo Jud Mahoney and Natalie DeLucia (Michael Jackson, Brandy, Britney Spears). The single stays true to the artist’s unique twist of mid 90s R&B, which fans and media know her by. Her previous singles Take A Minute and Starship were supported by  Pointless Thoughts1883 MagazineLittleGayBlogVentsNew Wave District and Fortitude, with Take A Minute also making  it to #13 in the Music Week Urban charts.

For all the fans of Danielle, we have an exclusive behind the scenes video to check it out. Enjoy!


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11/27/2018 02:14 PM
Matterz Interview: Lola Carmel

We sat and talked with the wonderful Lola Carmel and keep dreaming. She is multi-talented, multi-faceted and a hard-working woman. She is unstoppable. For sure, an inspiration. 


1)      Hi Lola. How have you been?
Good thank you just very tired from working hard in my 9-5 and trying to keep on top of my music and blogging.

2)      Could you describe a typical day of you?
I work 3 shifts morning, afternoons and nights on rotation so my sleeping patterns are very odd. If I don’t get enough sleep or too much a typical day consists of waking up and going to work (a car factory) then returning home blogging, answering emails, making plans for my music. When I wake up on time I normally go to the gym.

3)      You recently released your new single ‘Dreaming’. What is the story behind this song? Let us know about the writing and the recording process.
Dreaming is about a past relationship when after all was said and done we managed to remain friends (at the time we are now no longer friends lol) but at the time I really did just wish him the best. I listened to the instrumental a few times before I decided to write to it reminded me of a Whitney Houston song for some reason ‘I will always love you’ the instrumental was actually called dreaming so that’s where I got the title from. I wrote dreaming whilst in the bath during my time off work recovering from a knee op. It took me around half an hour to write the basic lyrics it reminded me of lyrics Alicia Keys would sing. I recorded this at my local studio along with around 22 other songs I wrote at the time. Which was for my first project out next summer ‘When life gives you lemons’


Listen to 'Dreaming' HERE


4)    Are you a ‘dreamer’ in your real life?
Yes, I daydream a lot and I am definitely a big dreamer, I always have very BIG dreams and ideas but I like to make dreams into reality and really bring them into fruition. I had a dream board I created as my screen saver on my phone with things I dreamed to do and achieve I guess you could also say they were goals. One was to release my first song which I did, another was to go to Florida which I did also and paid for my brother to go too, we visited the Disney parks, universal, all the water parks and Tampa Bay Busch Gardens, I also had a dream to run my own business which is slowly becoming reality through my blogging. I have a dream catcher in my bedroom and I love to sleep! Recently I purchased a dream journal which has the Yggdrasil tree embossed on the front (the tree of life) which was very interesting indeed as I had literally come across the same tree that day for the first time when looking at a tattoo on the late Xxxtentacions forehead. Then the next day when using my oracle cards (tarot cards) came across the same tree and then to top things off my mother told me the following day she wanted to buy a painting for her front room she showed me a picture.. It was the exact same tree... very odd lol. At the time I was looking into lucid dreaming and astral projection. No joy so far with the later but I did start meditating, purchased crystals and started listening to binaural beats before I go to sleep which seems to have a very calming effect on me and put me into a very deep sleep...so deep that I was late for work today!

5)    Even though you had a knee injury and were bedridden for 9 weeks, you did not stop working. You wrote 26 new songs. Talk to us about this period in your life. Do you have plans to release them?
I was bedridden for around 2 weeks I was off work for 9 and then returned on light duties. As soon as I knew I was having this op I planned to write songs and eventually record them all and release a project. As soon as I could I started going to the studio every week and made plans to shoot my first music video. I was inspired by Japanese anime and manga. I watched countless clips for ideas. I auditioned dancers for the music video, searched for actors, looked for accommodation and came up with ideas for other music videos and artwork. At this time I started blogging about the music industry and grew my Instagram page to 17k followers. I have released 2 of these songs so far and plan to release 6 more plus a remix od dreaming and my first project when life gives you lemons.



6)      Do you have specific themes that you like when you are writing your songs?
Lol, the theme always seems to be love and relationships! I guess that’s what I can relate to and have experience in and that’s what comes to my head when I start writing or it could be those are the emotions that are evoked within me when I hear certain music.

      7)      Let’s go back to your latest single ‘Dreaming’. Your new music video is amazing. What’s the story behind it and how did you choose the place in Cornwall?
The story behind shooting the video in Cornwall was that I had just paid for my sister to do a videography course as I wanted to cut out the middle man and get my costs down plus my sister does photography so it made sense to me that she would be good at videography, on top of that she is very determined, professional and meticulous.
My family planned to go to Cornwall like they do every year and I thought that would be a great opportunity to shoot the music video as I would be with my sister, we used to frequent Cornwall as children with my ex who the song was about and the places we were going has breath taking scenery especially Kynance cove its very dreamy indeed. The rest of the places we decided to shoot were literally right next to where we were staying.




      8)      Your sister had a significant involvement in this project because she was the director of the video. Let us know about your relationship. How important is in your life?

I guess we can say we are co-directors I come up with the idea for the scenes and how I want to look and my sister directs me on what to do and how it looks in the moment. I have a very good relationship with my sister she lives in London and I live in Birmingham but we speak every day. My sister is a vital part of my music visual as she obviously shoots the videos now and does all my photography. She also shoots my live acoustics, she spends countless hours editing unpaid and travels with me to places across England shooting for up to two days for free. Working longer hours then, any other videographer I have worked with would be prepared to do. She also gives me feedback on all my songs, honest feedback which is really helpful. It goes without saying, my sister, is a very important person and part of my life I love her unconditionally and even more so for helping me achieve my dreams so selflessly, last year I got her a course to learn how to DJ and I really hope it inspired her to go for her dreams too, she is now doing level 2 and buying her first set of decks so I really hope to see her do her first gig next year lol I will definitely cry! Tears of joy of course.

      9)      Your debut single ‘Nublet’ had a totally different sound and style in comparison to ‘Dreaming’. What do we have to expect from you?
I really hate to put myself in a box when it comes to genre. I can rap, I can sing, I have pop songs, house songs, rock songs, R&B, I even made a trap song lol I love to just express myself in different ways using different styles and genres.


      10)  Who are your favourite artists? How do you incorporate their work in your sound?
My favorite artists at the moment are Lil Peep & Trippieredd. At the time of writing these songs for my first project I was very much into Xxxtentacions album 17. I think I was inspired by ‘f*ck love’ a song by Xxxtentacion & Trippieredd when I wrote nublet. I looked into using samples as well inspired by xxxtentacion which you can hear in nublet. I was inspired by Cardi bb and Stormzy to get into writing my own raps. I have always loved rap music especially artists like Tupac. GRowing up my biggest inspiration to sing was Mariah Carey and artists like Whitney Houston, Aretha Franklin, Celine Dion & Shirley Bassey.



      11)    Any plans to tour in UK?
I hope to start gigging soon

      12)    Do you have a special message for your fans?
I love you all, remember to try and stay positive you get back what you put in, look into karmic cycles. Never give up on your dreams anything you want in this world you can have. If you really want it. Always be grateful and say thank you. Believe in fate, everything happens for a reason and I hope your dreams come true :-)

     13)    Lola thank you very much for the interview.
           Thanks for having me guys!




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11/17/2018 02:55 PM
Matterz Interview: Francis Groove

Francis Groove's new single 'Dance' ft VNSA has a successful run in the clubs all around Europe and we had the chance for a quick chat with this amazing guy. 


Hi Francis. How have you been?
I’ve been very busy working on my new EP. My first track is ‘Dance’ feat VNSA and I have already half of it ready…  It will contain 6 songs in total.


Could you describe a typical day of you?
Very easily…. I wake up early for an intense workout before sitting in my home studio for hours… So practically my days are now work, work and some more work...


You live between Belgium and Hungary. How these two countries work as an inspiration for you?
Inspirations comes regardless the place u are … No good or bad it’s part of the creative process… We never really know until we are done with the track.  


You recently released your new single ‘Dance’ ft VNSA. What is the story behind this song and what about the collaboration with VNSA?
The track was written years ago by the singer and songwriter Ama  from UK, but we did not have the music … Ama came in Belgium to show me the melody . We worked on the music with my team and I invited VNSA for the feature  and it was a wrap.





Are you planning to release a music video for ‘Dance’?
Yes indeed… It’s actually done already and it will be out in a week.


Do you have specific themes that you like when you are writing your songs?
Yes “The Groove “ is the main theme of all of my songs I worked on…


Who are your favourite DJs/ music producers? How do you incorporate their work in your sound?
Nic Fanciulli is my favourite one at this moment… I always try to imagine DJs playing my songs… So, I know in advance what we always look for and it’s like I said before…  the groove of a song is the most important.





What’s next? Any plans to tour in UK & the rest of the Europe? What about a new single or an EP release?
I’m planning some big things… I can’t talk yet about them …but follow me and u won't be disappointed…


Do you have a special message for your fans?
Keep the Groove in your House… Follow my music… and see u on the dancefloors!


Francis thank you very much for the interview.
Thanks for having me guys.


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11/08/2018 10:59 AM
BBC Introducing Live

I am thrilled to be performing at this year's BBC Introducing Live event.
I will be performing on the Yamaha Bandstand stage on Friday 9th November at 11am. 
Come and watch me if you happen to be going!  
11/07/2018 01:08 PM
Francis Groove ‘Dance’




Dance is the new single from Belgium DJ/producer Francis Groove, who performs house sets to crowds all over the world. Dance is a classic pop/house record with an infectious vocal hook, performed by VSNA. Francis wanted to create a party track that everyone could dance to, so he needed to find a vocalist who could deliver a killer hook. After a year of searching, he found VSNA, and the two of them formed the dream creative team behind Dance.
“This track is about having fun...going out and dancing with a partner till dawn, finding a beat that makes you move, catching new sounds and lyrics from the music. Having one of those nights that makes you fall back in love with music!” Francis Groove
Dance is the follow-up single from Love's Gonna Find U, a chilled house pop record with a soulful vocal.  The single was featured on UK blogs such as Music Week, Vents and The Noise Gate and topped the UK club charts!   
Francis started his career by mixing rare grooves at parties. After a pivotal trip to New York, he added electro dance to his mixes and production and his unique sound was formed. He frequented the infamous club The Sound Factory, meeting like-minded artists and hearing some of the best DJs in the world move huge crowds. He now lives between Belgium and Hungary, working on his new music and performing to crowds all over the world.
Follow Francis Groove on FaceBook | Soundcloud | Twitter

01/31/2019 11:30 AM
Danielle Bellas “I Got This"



 I Got This  is the inspiring new pop/R&B single by Danielle Bellas. The young UK singer/songwriter says “I Got This is about turning negative thoughts into positive ones. There’s so much negativity in the world right now and it’s easy to get caught up in it. Music has always been a healer for me, so I’m hoping this song can remind people that there’s always something beautiful to focus on, something to be grateful for and a different way of looking at things, including ourselves.” The track is released after Mental Health Month and the music video features people opening up about their own negative thoughts and fears - showing that no-one is alone in their pain.
 I Got This is the third single from Danielle Bellas, co-written and produced by successful production duo Jud Mahoney and Natalie DeLucia (Michael Jackson, Brandy, Britney Spears). The single stays true to the artist’s unique twist of mid 90s R&B, which fans and media know her by. Her previous singles Take A Minute and Starship were supported by  Pointless Thoughts, 1883 Magazine, LittleGayBlog, Vents, New Wave District and Fortitude, with Take A Minute also making  it to #13 in the Music Week Urban charts.
Follow Danielle on Spotify | Soundcloud| Twitter | Facebook | Instagram

11/06/2018 11:32 AM
Willie XO ‘Comfort You’ Feat Tory Lanez & Popcaan



Comfort You (as premiered on GRM Daily) is the new single by rising afrobeat star Willie X.O. The single features global superstars Tory Lanez and Popcaan and was produced by afrobeats hitmaker KrizBeats. This lethal combination ensures Comfort You will be an instant hit around the world. Willie says “Comfort You is my biggest record yet and I can’t wait to perform it in the UK! It was unreal working with Tory and Popcaan - I love what they’ve added to the track and the feedback from fans has been amazing!”





Comfort You is Willie’s first campaign in the UK, having already made it as one of Nigeria’s biggest afrobeat stars. The campaign boasts one of the most impressive videos of 2018. Renowned US videographer Live Rich Media produced a breath-taking video with scenes filmed by the wizard Brendan Forbes, whose previous work for Kylie Jenner has cemented his status at the top of the game. The video was recorded partly in the sensational scenery of the waterfalls at Agua Azul in Chiapas, Mexico and being the first production team in the World to record at this destination, the crew then headed to Cancun and finally LA. The video features infamous Instagram model and video vixen ‘Candice’. Alongside her were a team of models who wore custom pieces designed exclusively by Grammy’s favourite Michael Costello, who regularly dresses superstars such as Beyonce, Lady Gaga & Britney Spears. World renowned designer Lauren DeWitt custom designed the hand-made stunning metal apparel pieces for the video. When she heard about the project she was so excited that she flew out to Mexico to personally dress the models herself. Lauren’s client list includes Shakira, Beyonce, Nicki Minaj, Cardi B, Jennifer Lopez & most recently adorned the characters in the Black Panther blockbuster movie!

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11/30/2018 03:35 PM
Axel Jansson ‘Everything I Crave’ ft the Paralympian Cassie Cava




Since performing at Glastonbury last year and back from a summer of festivals in 2018, Axel Jansson, the London via Sweden singer/guitarist/songwriter will be releasing his new single Everything I Crave. Axel says “Everything I Crave is a song about courage, determination and the admiration we feel for those that look for the positives in life and strive to succeed no matter how hard the journey is.” 


The new release, out October 12th, includes a video featuring Paralympian Cassie Cava, who is known for her strength through adversity in her personal pursuit of becoming an olympic athlete. She is the perfect ambassador for courage, the theme of Everything I Crave.


Everything I Crave is the follow up single to Hopeless Ever After, the single taken from the forthcoming album ‘Weight Of The World’ was released in May 2018, and playlisted across 65 radio stations across the UK and secured Axel a prominent spot on the Foodies Festival 2018 Tour with performances at events across the country.

Axel attended the prestigious BIMM college in London which led him to meet his producer and later his manager.  His first gig with a band was supporting Turin Breaks, and they were soon selected to play the Indie Week Europe Festival and the global music event Midem in Cannes. In the Autumn of that year Axel took to the road with The Coffee House Sessions which travelled through 10 UK cities and 24 University coffee lounges over a two week period. In 2016 Axel released his debut single, Shine’ – which attracted attention from The Metro, The Mirror, The Sun and the Huffington Post.

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11/06/2018 11:04 AM
Lola Carmel ‘Dreaming’


Dreaming is the beautiful new single from Birmingham singer/songwriter Lola Carmel. Lola suffered a knee injury which meant she was bedridden for 9 weeks. In that time she wrote 26 songs, Dreaming being amongst them.  Lola says “I  wrote the track while dreaming about still maintaining  a friendship after a break up and honestly wishing the best for that person. It was written about the  last serious relationship I had”. Lola shot the music video in Cornwall where she frequents with her family every year, growing up along with her ex-boyfriend.



Lola’s previous single Nublet was featured on Billboard Sound and Noisebeast, and won Lola a loyal fanbase in the UK and abroad. Lola started singing at stage school when she was just two years old, and since then her uncle has been educating her on soul, motown and reggae.She’s performed at the town hall in Birmingham, the national choir, a musical called Luther, BBC radio and 4od.  She honed her writing skills at poetry workshops with Benjamin Zephaniah and has been writing her own songs ever since.



11/06/2018 11:03 AM
Poni Capri ‘Expensιve'



Expensive is the new single by London hip-hop/trap artist Poni Capri, so nicknamed because she can “ride over any rhythm.” The track features the fierce vocals Jeff Chery (signed to Rick Ross’ label) and has a vibrant music video featuring and directed by the multitalented Poni herself. “Expensive is a state of mind, I wanted to create a video that showed that a person can feel ‘expensive’ even if they live in the hood. It shows that thoughts and hard work will get you out of the hood.  The craziest thing is that we filmed it in the Ghetto in Atlanta and the neighbours called the police on us and they shut down our shoot!!” Poni Capri



Poni has been interviewed numerous times on BBC R1, BBC London and BBC 1Xtra and been supported by The Source Magazine (USA) and XFM (Ghana). She has performed at London Fashion Week and played to the Mayor of London at the ‘Rise Festival’ alongside Common and The Wailers. Poni has performed as a support act for Dru Hill, ATL, Mos Def ‘Rock Da Bells’ Tour and at Deal Real. Poni is also an actress, winning a Clive Dailey ‘Best Actor' Award. She has been featured on Channel 4 ‘Musicool’, where she worked with some of entertainments finest including Michael Jackson, Britney Spears and Prince Choreographer Sean Cheesman.

Poni has worked some of the best producers in the world including Denaun Porter of D12 (Eminem and 50Cent) and Darius Harrison ‘Deezle’(Lil Wayne). Her major collaborations include a song called   Easy Money with Lil Wayne and producer Tommy D ( Kanye West & Kylie Minogue). She is currently working with some great production teams in Atlanta and her new album is due to release early 2018.