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10/20/2017 08:11 AM
Ava Rene: Interview

1. Hi Ava! Welcome to Matterz and thank you for joining us today. How are you doing?

Thank you, I feel great. The song is finally out and I’m excited to hear the responses from everyone.

2. Your brand new song “Okay” has just premiered on Singersroom, quite a big platform! How does it feel? Are you excited to share your work with the world?

I feel anxious, but ready. I’m most grateful for the opportunity to share this through Singersroom.
In a way I’m letting the world into my heart to experience what I felt in an intangible form. 

3. The song is definitely bound to be a hit, such a relevant sound and still so unique. What inspired you when writing it? Was it a long process?

It was just how I felt at the time, I didn’t want to accept what was going on within and find a way to move forward. The song unfolded in a day, it was a closing chapter.

4. In general, when making music, what inspires you the most? What are the artists that influence what you do the most?

To be honest, it’s never someone specific when we are working on new music, it’s more about the the story, emotions, and sound that I want to convey in the song. It’s a very personal and relieving experience. 

5. When did you start making music? Have you always had a passion for it or did you build it with time?

I started officially whilst I was on my first year of University. Although I was enjoying my course at the time, I was certain that I wanted to start working on new songs and be committed to music.

6. Are there any live shows we should know about? Would love to hear you live! 

The show bookings will go live in 3 weeks. They will be on my website at avarene.com

7. For all the new fans, where can they find you online? 

Yes, I’m on Facebook and Instagram @avareneofficial

8. Finally, any upcoming projects you’d like to mention? New videos, albums? 

Yes, I have the 2nd Single coming out, and there’s just so much happening music wise. I just can’t say anything just yet, but surely watch my space.

9. Thank you for your time! Hope to hear more from you soon. 

It's been a pleasure, Thank you for having me.

10/18/2017 02:06 PM
Martin Jensen ft. Loote - Wait
Martin Jensen is back, and this time he’s brought his fans with him
Listen on Spotify



Martin Jensen features his own fans and the American duo Loote on the new smash hit ‘Wait’, released 18th August.

Danish DJ and producer Martin Jensen scored one of the biggest hits of 2017 with the smash ‘Solo Dance’, and the track propelled the Dane to the top of both the charts and festival line ups all over the world. The touring brought him even closer to his fans – a growing base of 2.5 million dedicated followers on social media. Now he’s bringing them along musically for the next step in his career.

Everybody who has followed Martin Jensen for a while knows just how much he wants to engage his audience, both musically and personally. Now he’s gone the unconventional route of including them on his latest single ‘Wait’.

“I’ve always got my fans and their reaction in the back of my mind when I’m making music, but this time I thought they should play a more prominent part in my production”, he explains.

“We launched a competition and asked fans to send in videos of themselves singing the pre-chorus to the song, not knowing what to expect at all, and we were pretty nervous about it.
Luckily it turns out the average Martin Jensen fan is a great singer and I can barely wait to see my fans reactions to it. I owe them a lot, and this is a way for me to thank them”.

Amazing lead feature
His fans are not the only ones lending their voices to ‘Wait’; the American act Loote, best known for their irresistible ‘High Without Your Love’, is also a big part of the new Martin Jensen hit. The New York-based duo originally approached him for a remix, but Martin fell in love with Loote-singer Emma’s voice and suggested they join him on his next single instead – and it worked out wonderfully:
“Emma’s voice is just something else, and with my fans on the pre-chorus and Emma on the hook... I don’t think I could have asked for better vocals on any track”.
The resulting track is, quite simply, a sure shot Martin Jensen-production – happy and energetic, engaging and with a big chorus.
“I work hard, every single day to improve and even though I’m thrilled with the success of ‘Solo Dance’, I still want to reach even more people and make better tracks”, the DJ explains. 
“I can’t wait to see how the world responds to 'Wait'. Hopefully they’ll be as enthusiastic about it as I am”.


About Martin Jensen
  • 25 Years old, born in Jutland in Denmark
  • ‘All I Wanna Do’ has been streamed over 90 million times and reached number 11 on Danish charts and number 10 in Norway.
  • ‘Solo Dance’ has been streamed over 300 million times: 3x Platinum in Sweden, 3x Platinum in Norway, as well as Platinum in The UK, Denmark, Finland, France, Italy and Canada.
  • Toured Europe, Asia and is embarking on a US tour in the fall of 2017.
  • Number 82 on the DJ mag Top 100 list of 2016.
  • Officially remixed some of the biggest artists in the world: Katy Perry, Ed Sheeran, Olly Murs and Sigala



Martin Jensen socials


10/16/2017 02:34 PM
Stunnah Gee - International Girl


The long-awaited club banger from AfroBeats all-star Stunnah Gee entitled International Girl is now available! The track has the slick production style and distinctive vocals fans have come to know and love from Stunnah Gee. International Girl features a glossy, fun music video aimed at empowered women of all cultures. Produced by the talented and prolific producer P2j, the song centres around Stunnah’s description of a special lady in his life; being a goddess in his view, with her best features originating from cultures around the globe. “I’m inspired by women in general, but I wanted to appreciate ladies from all around the world. What is different from anything I’ve done before is that this song has a very international-pop feel. It’s a different sound, it’s a different style. I can’t wait for my fans to hear it!” Stunnah Gee

Despite the success of his previous hit single Dengeme (Remix) featuring BET award nominee & Sony signed afrobeat legend Davido, Stunnah Gee’s follow up single International Girl looks set to eclipse Dengeme’s impact and establish Stunnah Gee as an global star. International Girl adopts an internationally accessible direction, blending AfroBeats, pop, moombahton with a touch of reggae. Stunnah Gee is best known by the music he released over the last 3 years which criss-crosses the African continent and cuts through the music genre that is now known as AfroBeats.

Stunnah Gee, also known as Felix Olajide Omolafe, takes inspiration from a unique blend of western influences and legendary west African musical heavyweights such as Fela Kuti, Fuse ODG & William Oneyearbor. Stunnah Gee briefly relocated to Nigeria in 2015 and quickly became part of the new wave of Afrobeat stars. However, he became frustrated by the lack of available structured pathways to commercial success and returned to the UK with a vision. He wants to share his music and shape the afrobeat music industry to ensure new talent doesn’t go unheard in the future.



10/16/2017 01:02 PM
Illusion - Paris

Illusion ‘Paris’ 


“Illusion is back with a super-slick, bass-heavy banger” MOBO Awards


Paris is the new single from Kudakwashe Sibanda, better known by his stage name 'Illusion'.

"Paris tells a story about having an adventure. People are so fearful of leaving things behind and this song documents someone who finally finds the courage to bring something new into their life." Illusion

Illusion is a producer, songwriter and rapper, described as Kendrick Lamar meets Drake with a Midland’s tint. He gained support from key urban platforms MOBOs, Link Up, Kiss, 1Xtra, Capital Xtra, MTV, AKA & Flava with his previous tracks No LoveTake A Break , Get Money. He recently collaborated with Hiltz on the single Bottom of a Glass.

Illusion bring something new to the UK rap scene. Not just another London MC, his Zimbabwe via Hereford background and musical family gives him a unique sound that fans worship. No wonder he has performed for BBC Introducing and supported Sneakbo on tour! Before his exposure to hip-hop and pop culture in his teens, a younger Illusion listened to soul, funk and rhythm & blues which have also gone into shaping his current sound.



10/09/2017 01:01 PM
Charlie Hole's New EP "Someone Else's Dream"


“This guy’s got potential…”- Rod Stewart
"The City is a touching evocation of the growing years" - Steve Harley

**Signed by Rondor/Universal publishing at just 18 years old, performed at Boardmasters, The Big Feastival, The Great Escape, Live at Leeds, supported Callaghan on a UK wide tour 2016 and supported Billy Ocean and Steve Harley**

“Someone Else’s Dream” is the brand-new EP by singer/songwriter Charlie Hole,  released on October 6th. Still in his 20s, Charlie has already won praise by global superstar Rod Stewart, identifying him as an emerging talent who has written a “beautiful song”.

Though born in the seaside resort Bournemouth, it was London that inspired Charlie to write the first track from the EP “The City”.  He moved to the capital at 19, experiencing first-hand the beauty and struggles that living in London can bring. The EP “Someone Else’s Dream” expresses his feeling of being lost and found whilst maintaining a determination to achieve his own dreams: “I think this EP has a certain soul-searching about it; I had been living in London, having a beautiful time and learning about all the world has to offer, but at the same time experiencing huge setbacks and frustrations in my career and personal life. This is a coming of age record; I was searching for some kind of clarity and definition in life, some kind of certainty in the midst of all the confusion. It was that time where you're trying to work out who you want to be; holding on to dreams and praying that they don't end up breaking you." Charlie Hole

Now Charlie is taking his music not only on the road, but also into living rooms across the UK and Europe. For over 10 years, he has played more than 1000 gigs and opened for world-class performers such as Billy Ocean and Steve Harley.


10/03/2017 09:40 AM
V.C.D. - Shelling Season
Have a Listen to V.C.D. HERE!


Who is V.C.D.? The name might be unfamiliar with you now, but that's gonna soon change.
Vandross Cox Durrant (real name) was just a fan of grime like most young males of his age, he went to raves, watched Channel U back in the day, bought mixtapes and albums , listen and recited the words of his favourite tunes, and thought nothing of it.

February 2016, V.C.D. went to Eskimo Dance @ O2 Academy Bristol in the front row, reciting and rapping along the words to the songs that were playing , somehow Wiley sees V.C.D. and starts tapping Jammer and points at V.C.D. next thing you know the promoter comes down to V.C.D. and asks if he's knows all the words? to which V.C..D replies "Yes", next thing he's up on stage shelling it down, after he came offstage Wiley spoke to V.C.D. and told him that he got talent.

Chip wanted to know who's the don spraying my bars? everyone points to V.C.D. which resulted with him going back and forth lyrically with Chip on stage, smashes it, they went their separate ways, he thought nothing of it.

Fast forward to bank holiday May 2016, Stormzy is due to perform at Love Saves The Day Festival in Bristol that weekend, somehow footage of V.C.D. gets uploaded to Twitter of V.C.D. performing Stormzy's lyrics with Chip of their song "Hear Dis" to which Stormzy tweets "Are you gonna be at LSTD? come to the front" to which V.C.D. replies "Say No More" to which everyone on V.C.D's Twitter goes nuts. In front of 17,000 people V.C.D. gets invited onstage with Stormzy to perform "Hear Dis" and smashes it with an energetic performance .

The photo for the front cover of the mixtape clearly shows this. Section Boys was filming the set, DJ Russke , Big Narstie, DJ Maximum, Saf One all showed interest. There's a saying "lightening doesn't strike in the same place twice" when they said that they didn't have V.C.D. in mind. V.C.D. also walked out for the legendary boxer Anthony Joshua when he came to Bristol earlier this year, Joshua told V.C.D. face to face "you got mad talent and charisma "

V.C.D. has been spending time honing his craft and stacking up on his tunes, "I wanna learn and be the best version of myself I can be" Bristol hip hop veteran K*ners came and scooped up V.C.D. and signed him to his K-Star production company, with Lekan Latinwo of Intricate Management, and now things are on track to bright future for the career of V.C.D. ,think nothing of it.

Twitter @vcdmc
Instagram: @vcdmc 

10/03/2017 09:36 AM
Cliche - Ebenezer
Rising star Ebenezerreleases his first single ‘Cliché’, listen HERE. The track was premiered across radio earlier this week via MistaJam and online by Noisey. Currently available across all Digital Service Providers.


Stream / Download HERE

In a few short years Ebenezer has worked with the likes of Craig David, Jeremih, Ty Dolla $ign and Rejjie Snow. With the release of ‘Cliché’ he’s now stepping out alone, further carving the unique path he’s set for himself – one of emotionally tinged R&B with hints of trap, completely void of the usual pretence that’s flooded the genre. In a way, it could be described as conscious turn-up music, but without a holier than thou message it’s simply real. Ebenezer is telling his stories to the world.

The track sets Ebenezerapart from everyone else, as someone from London with a story to tell. “Cliché is a testament to who I am, my truth. I grew up different and I think different. I perceive the things that occur in my surroundings and effect my day to day life differently, all the way to my music. I've always been the one to say how I feel and not think twice about fitting in. I've always tried to be honest and transparent in everything I do especially in my music.”

Born in Homertonand now living in Tottenham, Ebenezerspent most of his childhood at a cousin’s house in Hackney – himself, his brother and sister and cousins all packed into one room like sardines. While his mother was busy holding down three jobs, Ebenezer would sit in his cousin’s house listening to music. “My brother was like the father, looked out for me, made sure I was straight, gave me hand-me-downs, put me on game, don’t do this, do this,” he says, referencing how they would spend evenings listening to MTV Base, eventually learning to produce.

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09/29/2017 10:14 AM
Leo Napier "Smile" - Romance Remix
Recently premiered at EDM Boutique, the new remix by Romance of Leo Napier "Smile" is available to listen! This new version gives the song a very cool twist and it's definitely a must, and right in time for the weekend!

Listen to the brand new remix HERE!



  • ·       "Leo Napier has acquired a well-earned reputation among us GRiZ/Gramatik fans for his vocal serenading" Stereofox
  • ·       "We were lucky enough to have Leo perform at #SONEGx1883 last month where he blew away the crowd with his raspy vocal twist on traditional R&B/Soul." 1883 Magazine
  • ·       “the soulful vocals of frequent collaborator Leo Napier, it encapsulates all the elements that have endeared GRiZ to his legions of fans.” Dancing Astronaut

Smile is the latest single from Coachella performing, neo-soul talent Leo Napier. Born in the US but now a proud London Ladbroke Grove resident, you’ll recognise the versatile songwriter’s crisp vocals as featuring alongside Wu-Tang Clan’s Raekwon on Gramatik’s most successful single to date, Native Son

'Smile' follows ‘Before I Go Away’ which was the first instalment from Leo’s debut EP ‘Mind Up’ (out Autumn 2017) which will slowly unravel itself throughout the course of the year.  The EP is a collection of urban tales, a mix of classic funk/soul with hard hitting electronic rhythms produced by eclectic worldwide talents. The songs are gritty urban tales with a cast of colourful characters peppered with Leo's signature brand of dark humour. 

“I never planned to stick the 5 tunes together and call it an EP. But somehow these songs feel cohesive. It’s a controlled chaos. A web of funky anecdotes served up, not exactly on a silver platter, but more of a greasy plate, with a whole lot of hot sauce.”  Leo Napier




09/25/2017 11:00 AM
Charlie Hole: Interview

  1. Hi Charlie and thank you for joining us today. How are you?
I’m great thank you! Everything is starting to get really exciting so there’s a lot going on. 
  1. Your brand new EP “Someone Else’s Dream” is coming out soon, on the 6th October. How does it feel? Tell us a little about what we should expect. 
It feels strange to finally release it, a lot has gone into this so it feels like a relief to finally get these songs out. They’ve been knocking around in the live set for a while so they’re well worn and trusted.. hopefully the record can do them the justice they deserve.  
  1. What was it like to record this EP? How was the whole process behind the scenes?
The recording of this EP was one of the most incredible experiences of my career; a real spiritual musical journey in many ways. We went and hid in the English countryside one winter, me and the band, a producer and engineer, plus a cameraman who filmed the whole thing and we cut 12 songs in 4 days. This is the first wave of releases that will come from those sessions. We sat in the same room in a circle and played the songs through, all live, so the takes all had a different colour and character to them. For most of the band it was the first time they’d heard any of the songs, so it has this real organic feel. I think we really captured that beautiful moment, the way music is supposed to be. 
Some of the guys in the band had worked with true greats like Kate Bush, Paul McCartney, Rod Stewart, Jeff Beck to name a few, and I just put all my faith in them. It was incredible.    
  1. You also just released two songs from this EP, “The City” and “Boundaries”. What inspired you when you were writing them? In what way do you think they differ?
‘The City’ was one of the last songs I finished writing before going into the studio and I spent a long, long time getting it right. In fact, I had the lyrics years before I had the melody and I had tried playing it so many different ways. 
At one point it had a bit of a ‘Graceland’ feel to it, and at others times it sounded like an old Leonard Cohen track, but I had neglected the melody for too long and was just relying on the lyrics to carry it so it never worked. In the end I took a lot of inspiration from Don Maclean’s ‘Vincent’, and also a track off the latest Damien Rice record called ‘The Greatest Bastard’. 
The way the tempo sways in and out of time on that Don Maclean song especially grabbed me, and The City only really made sense to me when I found a melody that really complimented the lyrics. You have to find that balance, that synergy between lyric and melody, and then you know it’s right, you just know.
I played the song to Jim Cregan (co-writer and producer) and we wrote the chorus together. He has this way of lifting a song in ways I could never imagine, he adds this grace and class to songs and brings a lifetime of priceless songwriting expertise. The song would barely be half as good without his influence. He’s a real genius songwriter.
‘Boundaries’ had a much easier birth; it just came out fully formed like a gift from the song gods, which barely ever happens to me. When that happens it’s usually a good one.
  1. You have also received the support of Rod Stewart. How does it feel to have him as a fan?
It’s still somewhat surreal to me. He’s been incredibly kind and supportive, but he’s also not afraid of being critical, which is really helpful. When Rod Stewart gives you advice on a song you take it seriously, and I’ve definitely taken all his comments on board. 
  1. What should we expect for the future? Any live shows planned?
I’m going to spend the rest of the year on tour pretty much. The current dates we have released are: 
October: 
10th Live from Salon Noir, Upstairs at L’ESCARGOT, London 
14th VIN'S NIGHT IN, The Hospital Club, London
18th THE BEDFORD, London 
  1. Thank you for taking the time to answer our questions. Anything else to say before we leave?

Thanks so much for your support, really means a lot. Hope to speak to you soon! 

09/22/2017 12:45 PM
Tha Ashes - Say When
Tha Ashes ‘Say When’ Impact Date 17th November 2017

“Say When is a dreamy vibe with haunting vocals on a hip-hop beat. Looking forward to hearing more!” Matterz Mag


Say When is the latest single from Tha Ashes (described as Drake meets WSTRN), supported by taste making radio stations such as Radar radio, Pulse FM, RJR Radio & Hot 102. The track has more than 13k views on YouTube…. everyone is talking about The Ashes!

Say When is about the feelings evoked during a difficult relationship. “I wanted to make an ‘I hate you but I love you type song’, an argument song not a breakup song. We all have that moment when we absolutely hate someone but don't want to break up forever.

Tha Ashes front man Ashanti started playing with words at the age of 11. He started writing poetry before discovering a passion for music, and soon turned his poems into lyrics.  His music is melting pot of genres, from grime to rock to funk. “My niche is my diversity: I rap, I sing, I produce and I do all genres of music. There is an Ash that can do everything, hence the name ''Tha Ashes'' meaning there is more than one Ash. It also means ''Ashes'' like in what is left after fire, a symbol for self-improvement and being a better version of yourself, what comes after the fire like a phoenix. And lastly, it’s a spin of my name. My name is Ashanti but everyone calls me Ash... so I just turned it into Tha Ashes.”

Stay tuned for “Say When” upcoming video, which will be available on YouTube very soon!



09/21/2017 02:58 PM
July "Mood" Music Video


July is giving a new mood to R&B Music” – Dana Ghazawnah, Barakabits
“Great to be part of the July project, his voice is blessed and will give good vibes and all that stuff" – Booker T
“My UK fam July is on the rise. Can't wait for this to get some shine over here. #thebritisharecoming” - Steve Dent




“Mood” is the debut single from multi-talented R&B artist July. Having already secured support and praise from Today’s Hit Radio, MLive Radio and Westside 89.6FM, this debut single is set to take the London scene by storm with his own unique style of R&B. “Mood was written to evoke a smooth vibe with an ever so sexy edge.”  July

Born and raised in London, July has been exposed to a wide range of sounds and cultures which have influenced his song writing. He has experimented with a number of different musical genres and cites his influences as diverse as Lionel Richie, P. Diddy, Phil Collins and Tyrese Gibson.

Now working with a talented producer by the name of MLB, July is perfecting a fresh, unique sound - showcased perfectly by his single Mood. The slick production and instantly addictive hook shows that the partnership of MLB and July is a successful one, and it’s no wonder that Radiostero5 Cuneo describes the track as ‘elegant’ and Flo Radio U.K. named it their ‘track of the month’.

Not only is July a budding success in music, but he is also in his final year of an International Business (BSc) degree at King’s College, London, giving him a fresh insight into the complexities of the music industry from a multi-disciplinary perspective. July wants to take control of his career and has ideas well above his young years. There is much more to come from this talented artist! 



09/18/2017 10:16 AM
Yasmin Kadi presents "Afrobeats4All" - in aid of Sierra Leone flood victims

** The Albany Theatre, Deptford 14/10/17. Special guests include Lord Alfred ‘Alfie’ Dubs, Siana Bangura and six other Sierra Leonean musicians **

A special event of music and inspiration held in support of the flood victims of Sierra Leone in conjunction with Street Child.  Sponsored by Ben & Jerry’s

Street Child are one of the few transparent charities currently on the ground in Sierra Leone’s capital Freetown, deploying much needed aid to the flood victims. Street Child currently deliver survival essentials such as food and drinking water but vastly greater funds are needed to provide housing for homeless families.
The event, headlined by Yasmin Kadi (a chart-topping artist and refugee of Freetown) includes six Sierra Leonean artists’ performances and guest speakers Lord Alfred ‘Alfie’ Dubs (House of Lords)and Siana Bangura (published writer and poet of Sierra Leonean descent). As Ben & Jerry’s is the main sponsor, arrive hungry for ice cream!


Yasmin Kadi:  Born in Freetown, Sierra Leone, Yasmin was forced to flee to the UK with her family at a very young age, after her family home was attacked during the Sierra Leone blood diamond conflict. Since Yasmin Kadi's debut single Earthquake charted at #1 on iTunes Ireland, she has performed alongside Paloma Faith at London's 02 Forum, headlined the Women of the World festival in 2016 at the Southbank, toured with MOBO Award winning Hip Hop veteran Roots Manuva and appeared in music videos for the likes of Mary J. Blige, Jay Sean and Lil Wayne. Yasmin was the face and voice of Channel 4’s ‘All 4’ campaign alongside Alan Carr and John Snow and is currently starring alongside Usain Bolt in the new Virgin Media Campaign “This is Virgin Fiber”. She is even one of the lead performers in the latest Guitar Hero game! Her last single Go Down Low feat Moelogo was supported by the likes of SB:TV, Capital Xtra, Kiss Fresh, BBC Arts Hour, BBC Africa and BBC World Service. Earlier this summer, she released her crowdfunded single No Drama produced by SOS (Ariana Grande, Emeli Sande, Stormzy, Wretch 32, Tinie Tempah), which received a very positive feedback.



09/15/2017 04:56 PM
Charlie Hole - Boundaries
Charlie Hole's new single "Boundaries" is available to listen NOW! Another taste of what the singer/songwriter's upcoming EP (06/10/17) "Someone Else's Dream" is going to sound like. 


“This guy’s got potential…” - Rod Stewart

"The City is a touching evocation of the growing years" - Steve Harley

**Signed by Rondor/Universal publishing at just 18 years old, performed at Boardmasters, The Big Feastival, The Great Escape, Live at Leeds, supported Callaghan on a UK wide tour 2016 and supported Billy Ocean and Steve Harley**


“Someone Else’s Dream” is the brand-new EP by singer/songwriter Charlie Hole, due for release October 6th. Still in his 20s, Charlie has already won praise by global superstar Rod Stewart, identifying him as an emerging talent who has written a “beautiful song”.

Though born in the seaside resort Bournemouth, it was London that inspired Charlie to write the first track from the EP “The City”.  He moved to the capital at 19, experiencing first-hand the beauty and struggles that living in London can bring. The EP “Someone Else’s Dream” expresses his feeling of being lost and found whilst maintaining a determination to achieve his own dreams: “I think this EP has a certain soul-searching about it; I had been living in London, having a beautiful time and learning about all the world has to offer, but at the same time experiencing huge setbacks and frustrations in my career and personal life. This is a coming of age record; I was searching for some kind of clarity and definition in life, some kind of certainty in the midst of all the confusion. It was that time where you're trying to work out who you want to be; holding on to dreams and praying that they don't end up breaking you." Charlie Hole

Now Charlie is taking his music not only on the road, but also into living rooms across the UK and Europe. For over 10 years, he has played more than 1000 gigs and opened for world-class performers such as Billy Ocean and Steve Harley.


09/14/2017 09:08 AM
Max Stone ft Ce'Cile "Never Been Loved" - Sam Supplier Remix
Recently premiered on We A Reggae, Max Stone and Ce'cile's track "Never Been Loved" takes on a fresh EDM vibe with the outstanding remix from Sam Supplier. 

Never Been Loved is the new single by the uniquely talented performer and songwriter Max Stone, who you might recognise as the X-Factor finalist who was determined to only perform the music he loved. He covered Bob Marley’s No Woman No Cry  and Turn Your Lights Down Low gaining him an impressive new fanbase and recognised by The Mirror, The Sun, The Daily Mail, ITV This Morning and much more. Since X-Factor, Max been perfecting his debut album, influenced by his unstoppable love of reggae music.
Max recently performed alongside Jimmy CliffAli CampbellErnest RanglinSly and RoobieSuggs and Dawn Penn as the only unsigned artist at “A Night of Reggae” for Save the Childen. You can hear for yourself that Max is an amazing talent, by checking out his Reload Sessions performance.
Last year, Max was invited to Jamaica to work with Grammy Award winning reggae producer Jazzwad. He then teamed up with D Goody and Ce’Cile who added her own middle eight on “Never Been Loved”. Ce’Cile  (international reggae star who has worked with Sean Paul, Gavin Rossdale and Debbie Nova) has had multiple hits in the UK single charts.

“Never Been Loved is a track about being enamoured with someone and wanting to share every side of yourself so they can know how it feels to be loved. Ce'Cile has added her  raw Dancehall/ Reggae talent  incorporating  her own melodies and style into the story.”

Max’s upcoming album Keep Rising shares a powerful statement about love, war and all things in between. The album is due for release later this year.

09/13/2017 02:25 PM
Tha Ashes: Interview

Hello Ash, hope you are well. I would love to learn a little more about you and what lead to the start of your career as a musician. When did you first start making music? How did you get into this specific genre? 

When I was young I was very unique in what I listened to, most people were listening to 50 cent or Grime (which is cool, I don't mean to sound pretentious haha), but I was listening to like 80's funk music at the age of nine. I always had a ear for music that was way beyond my years. While I was making grime music, I would be making rock type as well I fell in love with music and I decided to tackle every genre, say when is one of many that I will be releasing I started at about age 11, writing poetry first, which then it developed into rapping, then into melody. I was playing the keyboard since I was seven but I didn’t start laying my own tracks down until about fourteen.  

When was Tha Ashes born and how did you come up with the name? 

My niche is my diversity: I rap, I sing ,I produce and I do all genres of music: There is an Ash that can do everything, hence the name ''Tha Ashes'' meaning there is more than one Ash. It also means  ''Ashes'' like in what is left after fire, a symbol for self improvement and being a better version of yourself, what comes after the fire like a phoenix. And lastly it’s a spin of my name, my name is ''Ashanti'' But I couldn't call myself that for obvious reasons haha. Everyone calls me ''Ash''... so I just turned it into Tha Ashes. 

Who are your favourite artists and main inspirations when making music?

My biggest influences are Kanye West - his creativity and out of the box ideas. Frank Ocean is my favourite songwriter EVER: his lyrics are so philosophical, captivating and reflective , and the emotion in his voice is makes the message so digestible. Also artists such as Labyrinth and Pharrell are great inspirations to me. 

Your song “Say when” is now available to listen to on SoundCloud and has over 13k views on YouTube. What was the process that lead to its birth 

The song came to me while I was playing playstation! I just got this nagging melody in my head saying ''Shudududu say when'' (which became the chorus). I ran up stairs and laid it down in my home studio. I was already going through tough times with a girl, so I filled in the rest of the song with lyrics about the situation. I still loved her though, so that melody in my head of me saying ''Say When'' took on a new meaning as in ''say when'' you are ready to stop giving me a headache and ill be back haha! 
I wanted to make I hate you but I love you type song, an argument song not a breakup song. We all have that moment when we absolutely hate someone but don't want to break up forever. 
There is another subject that I wanted to touch on that I don't hear in much songs. The way some girls chase ''bad boys'' and ignore the good ones. I find it absolutely ridiculous how they leave the good guy then end up hurting themselves in the process, a bit sadistic if you ask me. 
I also want to touch on how corny and childish this ''road guy'' attitude is, I used to be like that then I grew up, its about time a lot more people do too. 

“Say when” has also received the support of DJs from Radar Radio, Pulse FM and RJR Radio. How does it feel to hear your own song played on the radio?  

It felt surreal, I was in the car with my sister when it played. We were both shocked: I made this song in my room now its on radio. What was amazing is the dj's played it out of their own free will. I was so flattered. 

What plans do you have for the future? Do you have any upcoming projects or live events? 

I'm starting a weekly series called ''#SoYouThinkYourDiversei'll be releasing a song in a different genre every week. Say When is the first instalment starting with ''Afro-Rnb''. I'll be releasing , grime, reggae, garage, afrobeats, afro swing, drill, gospel, orchestra and my own unique genres! I'll be releasing this in video and audio  form every week on Thursday.  

Thank you for your time! Is there anything else we should know about you before we leave? 

Look out for my video for ''Say when'', It will be dropping in the next few weeks in the middle of the radio campaign, I am very excited for everyone to see it!!! 

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09/05/2017 01:28 PM
Charlie Hole ‘The City' Lyric Video



“This guy’s got potential…” - Rod Stewart

"The City is a touching evocation of the growing years" - Steve Harley


**Signed by Rondor/Universal publishing at just 18 years old, performed at Boardmasters, The Big Feastival, The Great Escape, Live at Leeds, supported Callaghan on a UK wide tour 2016 and supported Billy Ocean and Steve Harley**


“Someone Else’s Dream”is the brand-new EP by singer/songwriter Charlie Hole, due for release October 6th. Still in his 20s, Charlie has already won praise by global superstar Rod Stewart, identifying him as an emerging talent who has written a “beautiful song”.

Though born in the seaside resort Bournemouth, it was London that inspired Charlie to write the first track from the EP “The City”.  He moved to the capital at 19, experiencing first-hand the beauty and struggles that living in London can bring. The EP “Someone Else’s Dream” 
expresses his feeling of being lost and found whilst maintaining a determination to achieve his own dreams: “I think this EP has a certain soul-searching about it; I had been living in London, having a beautiful time and learning about all the world has to offer, but at the same time experiencing huge setbacks and frustrations in my career and personal life. This is a coming of age record; I was searching for some kind of clarity and definition in life, some kind of certainty in the midst of all the confusion. It was that time where you're trying to work out who you want to be; holding on to dreams and praying that they don't end up breaking you." Charlie Hole

Now Charlie is taking his music not only on the road, but also into living rooms across the UK and Europe. For over 10 years, he has played more than 1000 gigs and opened for world-class performers such as Billy Ocean and Steve Harley.



09/01/2017 10:06 AM
Kyote Noir ‘Bape’ 1st September


Bape is the new release from The Age of L.U.N.A wordsmith, Kyote Noir. The band have been supported by Phil Taggart (BBC Radio 1), Giles Peterson (BBC 6 Music), DJ Semtex, MistaJam, Ace, Target, Jamz Supernova and Trevor Nelson (BBC 1Xtra). The band performed at Wireless, The Great Escape and been featured on MTV, Noisey and Mahagony etc.



Bape (produced by Miguel London) is the new release from Kyote Noir, the remarkable young wordsmith from hip-hop group The Age of L.U.N.A (BBC R1, 6Music, 1Xtra, MTV, Noisey, Wireless Festival). “Think about soulful music - songs by Erykah Badu, Tribe Called Quest, Fela Kuti; tracks that've been infused with unrelenting energy for life. Combine those earthly influences with a British accent and you've got The Age Of L.U.N.A” Noisey

Kyote Noir, hailing from Southall, West London, has already performed two back to back Glastonbury sets, won the support from trendsetting music platforms, not to mention an enviable fanbase. He has a vision to accomplish much more though, and new single Bapeis a story of aspiration and longing. Kyote recalls I remember just sitting there while Miguel made the beat and thinking about things that made me happy as a kid. Of course, it was the things that I couldn’t afford and/or parents weren’t willing to buy me just down to morals and parents being parents; so seeing these things was all eye candy to me. Around this time I was thinking back to my childhood and I remember being in my front room screaming I just want some BAPE!”



08/31/2017 10:12 AM
Maisie Smith 'Issues' (Julia Michaels Cover)


The UK’s favourite child actor, Maisie Smith has been in the public eye her whole life, growing up on the set of Eastenders. Maisie began her role as Tiffany Butcher in the popular BBC soap opera at just six years old and appeared on the show until three years ago.
Since leaving Eastenders, 16-year-old Maisie has been pursuing a career in music. Her YouTube channel boasts an impressive collection of covers as well as three original songs, ‘Good Thing’, ‘Where My Heart Is’ and ‘Not Gonna Cry’, from her upcoming EP.
Proving that she is no longer a little girl, Maisie is fast becoming a popstar in her own right, with the ‘Good Thing’ music video amassing almost 190,000 views.
Maisie’s latest release is a beautiful cover of Julia Michaels’ chart-topping single ‘Issues’, which CelebMix are excited to premiere.
Speaking of the cover, Maisie said, “I loved this song when I first heard it so I decided to put my own take on it. I hope everyone likes my version.” 


08/31/2017 10:08 AM
Maisie Smith 'Not Gonna Cry' Lyric Video

Former EastEnders star Maisie Smith kicked off her music career last year with infectious debut ‘Good Thing’, and now the star has returned with her brilliant new track 'Not Gonna Cry. Always harbouring a passion for music and performing, Maisie isn’t your typical pop star in the making, with the youngster also playing guitar, composing her music and choreographing her own routines. 

Starting her acting career at just four-years-old, Maisie starred alongside Scarlett Johannsson in The Other Boleyn Girl, before moving onto EastEnders aged six, where she played Tiffany Butcher and won a variety of awards.
Now though, with a career in music firmly in her sights, there’s no telling the heights Maisie will be able to go to in the coming months and years. If this new single is anything to judge her by, there’s plenty of fame and fortune ahead.

08/29/2017 11:59 AM
Max Stone ft Ce'cile: "Never Been Loved" - Jazzwad Remix
Max Stone ft Ce'cile: "Never Been Loved" - Jazzwad Remix


Recently premiered on We A Reggae, Max Stone and Ce'cile's track "Never Been Loved" takes on a fresh reggae vibe with the outstanding remix from Jazzwad. 

Never Been Loved is the new single by the uniquely talented performer and songwriter Max Stone, who you might recognise as the X-Factor finalist who was determined to only perform the music he loved. He covered Bob Marley’s No Woman No Cry  and Turn Your Lights Down Low gaining him an impressive new fanbase and recognised by The Mirror, The Sun, The Daily Mail, ITV This Morning and much more. Since X-Factor, Max been perfecting his debut album, influenced by his unstoppable love of reggae music.
Max recently performed alongside Jimmy Cliff, Ali Campbell, Ernest Ranglin, Sly and Roobie, Suggs and Dawn Penn as the only unsigned artist at “A Night of Reggae” for Save the Childen. You can hear for yourself that Max is an amazing talent, by checking out his Reload Sessions performance.
Last year, Max was invited to Jamaica to work with Grammy Award winning reggae producer Jazzwad. He then teamed up with D Goody and Ce’Cile who added her own middle eight on “Never Been Loved”. Ce’Cile  (international reggae star who has worked with Sean Paul, Gavin Rossdale and Debbie Nova) has had multiple hits in the UK single charts.

“Never Been Loved is a track about being enamoured with someone and wanting to share every side of yourself so they can know how it feels to be loved. Ce'Cile has added her  raw Dancehall/ Reggae talent  incorporating  her own melodies and style into the story.”

Max’s upcoming album Keep Rising shares a powerful statement about love, war and all things in between. The album is due for release later this year.