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07/12/2019 02:44 PM
Dubz feat Giggs & Dekar ‘Plane Ticket
Plane Ticket is the long awaited party anthem from one of the most talented pioneers in rap, Dubz. The instantly addictive hook (produced by Machine Baby) features rising star Dekar and global phenomenon Giggs. The release features a video by Jordz Visuals who has worked with some of the best known artists in the urban scene. Dubz saysthis track is one of many from Giggs and I, but it’s the first of its kind... we have never made a party song but when I heard the beat I knew it was the one.”


Dubz launched his solo project Ard Doe in 2009, winning him instant recognition with key brands such as SB:TV, Link Up TV, GRM Daily,  MTV, 1xtra, Capital Xtra and Kiss. In 2017, he took to the stage with Giggs, performing on the Landlord European Tour and at Reading and Leeds Festival, where the two tore rooves down with their crowd killing track Pain is the Essence. Dubz has collaborated with grime royalty including Skepta and Krept & Konan, but has more recently been working on his second solo body of work Proper, due for release later this year. The project featuring Young Teflon, Ghetts, Wretch 32, Giggs and Fekky to name but a few.

Keep checking Dubz’s insta for news on forthcoming releases and tour dates.

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07/04/2019 05:45 PM
Tenaj releases 'Be As I Am Metamorphosis'
Listen to Be As I Am Metamorphosis Here

‘Be As I am Metamorphosis’ is the new club banger with the killer topline by the award-winning dance artist Tenaj. The track is ready to make you dance joining to a non-stop summer party. Tenaj says Be as I am is all about finding your inner self and be authentic to you and the other people. Even if you don’t like me, I need to be as I am. The song is full of positivity.’’
The new single is a collaboration between Tenaj and Myha Marie, a very talented songwriter who was the main vocalist and songwriter for Britney Spears. The well-known producer Austin Leeds, who has collaborated with Avicii, Tiesto and many other DJs is behind the slick production of the new track. 
At a very young age, Tenaj won various beauty pageants and was dancing at high profile events. When she grew up, she decided to take her career further moving to Los Angeles and studying music at the prestigious LA Music Academy.  She has won multiple Hollywood Music Awards for the Best Emerging Artist and Best EDM Song. She was 8 weeks in the number 1 on the Club Radio Charts in the USA and had a great success at the ITunes top 100, Swiss dance Charts, Radio AirPlay Now, Examinar, Record World Chart and Edge Music
Tenaj is currently working in a new single release with Vessbroz and planning a massive club tour. Keep checking her socials for the latest updates.


06/28/2019 10:51 AM
Matterz Interview: Vina Rose

Italians do it better! We had an amazing conversation with this lovely singer/songwriter Vina Rose. Her debut single 'Breathe Again' is your summer anthem and the new acoustic version of this track is ready to tease your senses. Get ready for a very interesting interview!




1)    Hi Vina. How have you been?

 Hi, I am quite good thanks, I've been working hard and enjoying the journey at the same time.

 2)    I assume that you are super busy with the promo campaign of your recent single ‘Breathe Again’. Could you describe a typical day of you?

 I am very busy indeed. In a typical day after a quick breakfast, I start with some admin (checking emails, answering to phone calls, contacting people) and I listen to some music, or work on new ideas, do some research and plan my meetings followed by some stretching and then I go for my workout in the afternoon, and when I am not out for photo shootings or gigs, I come back home, having a nice dinner and finishing the day watching a movie or documentary on Netflix :)




4)    You come from Italy and have collaborated with well-established artists and significant TV shows in your country. What’s the challenges of an international career and how do you deal with them?

        When I moved to London the main challenge was that I needed to start from scratch again, and some people back in Italy didn't understand my choice of leaving the country where I had already established myself to move onto a place where no one ever heard about me. Eventually, I learned how to deal with that and I pushed myself to get through that uncomfortable zone, becoming more focused on building my name as an artist.

       The language barrier then was another challenge, especially for some Italian people that are not very fluent with the English language, and they asked me quite a few times to translate posts on social media for them not to feel excluded from me (although that didn’t happen too often luckily :)) that reminded me to take care of my existing fan base in Italy as well as new followers that hopefully will come during the journey.
      
       Those big professional experiences taught me a lot, but at the same time, they were limiting my own creativity  in a way on a personal level, that's why I felt like I needed to make a change and find the voice to express myself even more, and that's why I moved over here.
       

 Listen to the original mix on Spotify | Lyric Video

5)    You recently released your new single ‘Breathe Again’. What is the story behind the song? How was the recording process?

Breathe Again is a song of resilience describing the need to overcome fears and insecurities and to transform those into the inner strength and self-confidence. Basically, when I wrote the song, I wasn’t in a satisfactory phase in my life, I was feeling stuck and frustrated, and I eventually found the strength and determination to move onto better days, and to be able to "Breathe Again ".

The recording process was spread over a few months, cause I recorded the vocals in two different studios at separate times, due to the fact that we changed  the arrangement, so I needed to feel more secure that I can communicate the lyrics with the audience, but all the process was extremely exciting and I was very glad of the outcome.


6)    What do you find inspiring when you are writing your songs?

I usually find inspiration from everyday life views, situations, feelings eg family dynamics, betrayal, challenging circumstances, defiance, etc. Most of the time I start from a personal experience that happened to me or to my immediate circle of loved ones.





7)    I am amazed at your new music video.  Could you talk for the filming process and share with us some behind-the-scenes funny stories?

The music video was the result of months of preparation where I worked with a team of creative people to transform my vision into reality. The actual filming process took me around 4,5 hours, which if you think about, it is quite impressive, considering all the prep, clothing changes, and singing and dancing performance involved.

For that day I bought so much food for everybody and in the end I asked the camera crew and dancers to take it home (I remembered they said: "oh wow we can see you're Italian, we never saw so much food on set" :)).




8)    A few days ago, Band Vault TV posted an acoustic version of ‘Breathe Again’. I loved it. Simple and uplifting at the same time. How did you feel when you were rehearsing and then when you were performing the new version of the song?

Thank you, I appreciate you like it. About the acoustic version, I felt great when I was rehearsing it, also because when I wrote “Breathe Again”, I had a different vibe and a slower tempo than the actual one, and also I’ve had already the opportunity to perform it live in acoustic on a couple of gigs, so that was quite a natural process to me.



9)    Who are your favourite artists? How do you incorporate their work in your sound and performance?

Michael Jackson, Sia, Dido, Joni Mitchell, Adele, Lianne La Havas, Incognito, Lauryn Hill, Emeli Sande, but the list could go on and on….

I love to work with interesting and unpredictable melodies, sparse instrumentations and ambient sounds and pulsating hypnotic rhythms with a modern sound, but most of all for me is really important to write deep, emotive, meaningful and powerful lyrics, and to create a sort of cinematic experience, that is what defines a great song and what makes a connection with the audience. Most of my favourite artists I mentioned above inspired me with their strong and explosive personality, and I would like to associate myself to that kind of artistry because it is similar to my own personality.

10)Any plans to go on tour in the UK this year? What about an album release?

I'm thinking to go on tour at some point anytime soon, cause I really love to perform live, but right now I'm starting to work on my next release, which is most likely going to be an EP.



11)Do you have a special message for your fans?

Don’t try to please everybody, smile often, be kind, love at your fullest and be your own original.

12)Vina thank you very much for the interview.

Thank you very much for having me, it was a pleasure talking to you.



Follow Vina on Facebook | Twitter  Instagram | You Tube


06/27/2019 01:43 PM
T Love ft Lilo 'Married To The Beat'





Married To The Beat  is the new single from  the French dance producer T Love.  The track is a club-banger with a slick production and a feel-good vibe. T Love says “I used  to listen to a lot of funky disco and afrobeat  music and all the time I had in mind, a funky bass sound and an afro melody. So, I decided to go to  the Studio and I dropped the bass and melody with a friend musician. Then, singer/ songwriter Lilo came to the studio, heard the demo, got in the vibe and started singing on it. Kaspy a guitar player came and delivered the riff and "Married to the Beat” is officially out". 

‘Married To The Beat’ has already taken the world by storm and smashed the club charts. It peaked #8 in the Pop Commercial Music Week Charts and #3 on the Urban Charts. After 7 weeks on the Urban Charts, the track is still at the #15. 

T Love started his career as a DJ in Paris playing funky music in the club New Wave where he honed his talent for producing infectious hooks. For him, they all start when he came to Belgium with the strong tradition to the EDM music. The rest is history. Tours and residencies at well-known clubs in Antwerp (Belgium), Ibiza (France), Miami (USA), Aruba (Dutch Carribean), Italy & Hungary and collaborations with well-acclaimed DJ’s including Ron Carroll, Tom De Neef, Gee Moor Bora bora Ibiza, Dj Roog Marko, Dava di Toma, Nikos Akrivos.  

T Love came to stay and he is planning to play on various clubs this summer.  Stay tuned on his social media for the latest updates and get ready to feel the vibe. 

Follow T Love on  Facebook | Spotify | Twitter | SoundCloud | Website


06/08/2019 08:00 AM
L-ove G-rows B-eyond T-raits: Axel Jansson's message for the Pride!


Axel Jansson, described as Bruce Springsteen meets War on Drugs recently revealed the visuals for his new single Wanna Know You and has a special message to all the LGBT fansLove Grows Beyond Traits, it is not normal for a heart to hate.  No-one is banned from our band! - Axel




 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 andI Luv Live has been invited back on the 2019 Foodie Festival Tour. For a list of dates, please check updates on his website.

Follow Axel Jansson on Website | Facebook | Instagram| Twitter | YouTube

05/31/2019 02:04 PM
Vina Rose releases her new music video for 'Breathe Again'

Breathe Again is the uplifting and instantly catchy new pop single by London living Sicilian singer/songwriter Vina Rose, whose sound is described as Sia meets Kaytranada.  Vina says “I wanted to make a summer classic to see dance and pop fans through the coming months so I wrote dreamy vocals over an uplifting EDM backdrop. It's a song about a spiritual and emotional rebirth, the desire to turn fears and indecisions into confidence and action. It was amazing working with Gavin Holligan from Hollerzz Productions and  Geoff Pesche at Abbey Road Studios - the production sounds so clean & crisp! I can’t wait for my fans to hear the finished result!”


Vina Rose has performed alongside the likes of Andrea Bocelli, Alexia and Giorgia, performing across numerous festival and TV show appearances on the BBC and ITV. Vina has dazzled audiences at across gigs, theatre performances and TV shows and has worked with radio stations to produce original theme tunes so even though you might not know it - you have already heard her voice!
In 2017, Vina moved to London and has since worked in the best studios in the industry, such as Abbey Road. She now performs regularly at exclusive clubs and venues across the city. Breathe Again is the first of many releases planned in 2019 and Vina is currently arranging a tour across Europe and America for later this year. Keep checking her website for more details.

Follow Vina on Facebook | Twitter |  Instagram


05/09/2019 08:37 AM
Matterz Interview: Rae Stewart



1)                  Hi Rae. How have you been? 
 Am all good you know. 

2)          What’s the first thing you are doing to start the day? 
Well clean my skin obviously, nar play some music get a good brekki down. :)



3)          Was music love at first sight? Did you have the dream as a child to work as an artist?
Music runs in my family were all somewhat connected whether it producing playing instruments rapping etc. I've been singing since I was 123 a young child for sure its always been a part of me so only right I do what am suppose to.  

4)           What’s the story behind your latest single ‘Making Love’? 
I just was freestyling to the beat and it just naturally came like we'll be making loveee till the sun comes upppp then I sat down and just took inspiration from my past relationships. 


5)           On this track you are collaborating with the producer Triple B. How was the recording process?
Whenever am with triple its magic we get on like a house on fire haha no he's an amazing person so when we record its just a kicking it session pure fun and jokes But we work hard at the same time.


6)           What do you find inspiring when you are writing your songs?
All aspects of life. 

7)           Your latest music video is directed by you and your manager J.Gray. It is another creative aspect that we did not know. Could you talk more about the filming process and be great to share with us some behind-the-scenes funny stories.
well am quite annoying at times I guess working with male actors drives me up to the wall just because am still getting used to doing lovey-dovey scenes but after a couple of hours am alright but getting to them hours is probably frustrating for other people but ya know by the end of shoot everything good. I don't really have funny stories. I am way to focused on not messing up maybe other on the shoot do lol.


8)            Who are your favourite artists? How do you incorporate their work in your sound and performance? 
I love jhene aiko teedra moses prince the list is endless but I don't really have a favourite artist if I connect with the music then I connect I don't sit there and say am gonna do this like they did I just do me.



9)           Any plans to go on tour? What about a new single or an album release?

No tour dates as yet but am just gonna keep hitting the studio and pushing out more music. 

10)         Do you have a special message for your fans?
The supports been overwhelming thank you don't sleep on me more music to come.

11)         Rae thank you very much for the interview.
It's been a pleasure.


Follow Rae on Website | Facebook | Instagram | Twitter | YouTube | Spotify


05/09/2019 07:18 AM
Julia Khan releases “Fly Away”



 Fly Away is the debut single from Julia Kahn, the singer/songwriter from Indianapolis, described as Lana Del Rey meets Dua Lipa. 
Julia says, “I can’t wait to release Fly Away! Working with Bryan Todd, a Grammy-nominated producer was a brilliant experience - I’m so happy with the final result. And the video director Samuel Womer has worked with amazing people so I feel really lucky that he wanted to work with me on my first video.”
At a very young age, Julia discovered her musical talents by singing along with old soul and blues records. Driven by her passion, Julia began performing at the age of 14. She has developed a unique artistic vision since teaming with Grammy Nominated Producer Bryan Todd.. Now with a blend of retro, soulful, and lyrical vocal stylings over captivating beats-inviting the listener to feel, reflect, and connect on an intimate level.”
Matterz Thoughts: A voice to rival Lana Del Rey on a mesmerising pop track with sophisticated production - Fly Away is a high-quality release that we expect to hear across UK radio soon.

Follow Julia on Facebook | YouTube |Twitter | Instagram 


05/02/2019 06:34 PM
Matthew R. Daniel - 'Sorry to Disappoint You' Featuring Roszunn out in a few days!

As well as Promotions Executive (recently) for Space Promotions, I make music, please check out my new single "Sorry to Disappoint You" Featuring Roszunn. I produced the track at a professional recording studio in West London, U.K and Roszunn recorded his part over in the U.S. Please see art work by my U.K Graphic Designer - Roger Williams, highly recommended.




Here are some links: 

Official Website: https://mrdmusic.net/ 

Please take a listen and show support! Available via CDBaby.com 1st May 2019 on Spotify, iTunes and Amazon and others!!!



05/04/2019 01:34 PM
Miracle Thomas - 'Expect A Miracle II'
[Photo Credit: Tamala Tisdale]

With high vocal tones like Chante' Moore and deep vocal tones like Toni Braxton, throwing in a little sexiness from Janet Jackson and a timeless soul sound from Deniece Williams, we have Miracle Thomas. Her source of musical inspiration comes from powerhouse legends Gladys Knight, Patti LaBelle, The Emotions, to Dolly Parton, Babyface, BeBe and CeCe Winans to opera singers Denyce Graces and Kiri Te Kanwa and the late Whitney Houston to name but a few!

Miracle is a vocalist, songwriter and producer. Her journey began at the age of three when she began singing with "The Gems of Truth Gospel Choir" in her Lynchburg, Virginia, hometown. In her early teens she re-located to Washington, District of Columbia and began to write songs and perform in talent shows. She's written over 800 songs that include a wide variety of genres from Rhythm and Blues, Pop, Country and Alternative, etc and as she says "No, you cannot put me in a box!".

Skipping a few years ahead, February 9th 2018, Thomas released a Single "You Say You Apologise" to create buzz and soon after the DJ's wanted more songs. "Expect A Miracle" was released on June 1st, 2018, Miracle Thomas' debut E.P showcasing her vocal range and writing abilities, while the single was getting a warm welcome overseas. Things we're looking bright! 

On June 17th, 2018, Miracle's single "You Take My Breath Away" was #1 on the Amazon UK Sales and her debut EP - "Expect A Miracle" was #1 on the UK Soul Chart. On June 25th, 2018, #1 on the UK Soul Chart with her E.P, and also a #1 R&B Chart Hit. Miracle Thomas is highly regarded with deejay's overseas. With all this success, Miracle Thomas won the Ground Breakin' People's Choice Award in the UK for Best Soul E.P, March, 7th 2019! She was nominated in 3 categories: Best Soul E.P, Best Newcomer and Best Soul Female Artist. 

"Expect A Miracle II" was #1 on the UK Soul Chart just recently, and Miracle Thomas independently recently released her sophomore E.P on April 21st, 2019. 



Please take a moment to listen and purchase Miracle Thomas - Expect A Miracle II - E.P on this link: https://miraclethomas.hearnow.com/



Watch this space...Miracle Thomas is here!


04/30/2019 03:47 AM
Zhavia Ward - 'Die Young (Roddy Rich Cover)'


Recently, Zhavia Ward posted "Die Young (Roddy Rich Cover)" on her YouTube Channel on April 12th, 2019, re-produced by Cody Tarpley. At 2: 04 the trap inspired beat weighs down into a deep groove where you can really feel Zhavia's voice. Singing "Why the legends always gotta die quick", quite appropriately. When the extremely young Zhavia turned up on our TV screens in 2018 (YouTube for the rest of the World) little did we know that she would soon become a super star, inking a deal with Columbia Records and releasing three popular singles "Candlelight", "100 Ways", and "Deep Down" all scoring millions of views on YouTube and millions of streams on Spotify. The success somewhat almost feels over night. Even though Zhavia Ward didn't win The Four: Battle for Stardom, which premiered on Fox on January 4th, 2018, she came third but this didn't stop her from winning a deal with a major label.


After getting her big break from appearing on The Four: Battle for Stardom, her music is addictive, a great fusion of trap, hip hop, R&B and of course pop with beautifully deep vocals scarily similar to Amy Winehouse and original and unique compelling lyrics. Ward is a very young, fresh, smart, storyteller and is certainly one to hear and you could even go as far saying that she is one step ahead of her game. 

Zhavia Ward can also be heard on the Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Deadpool 2 with her featured song "Welcome to the Party". It features Lil' Pump, French Montana, and Diplo. 

Watch her space!

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!


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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!


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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.

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