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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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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!

           Follow Lola on YouTube | SoundCloud | Twitter | Instagram | Facebook

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.

Follow Francis on FaceBook | Soundcloud | Twitter

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

11/30/2018 02:59 PM
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.

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

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.

10/04/2018 02:21 PM
Matterz Interview: Jax Delamare

The up & coming DJ Jax Delamare with the fresh summer hit, 'Can't Get You Off My Mind' sat and talked with us on Matterz Mag and we have to admit that we are already in love with this incredible guy.

Hi Jax. How have you been?

Yeah wicked thanks! :)

You come from Southampton. Could you describe a typical day of you in a city with a tradition on this genre?

Yeah sure! A typical day for me is waking up in the morning and drinking copious amounts of coffee
with headphones in listening to music on Spotify. I feel like this stimulates my mind for the afternoon
where I usually begin to play either the piano or guitar for writing or finish up some production of a
track I've been working on.

You recently released your new single ‘Can’t Get You Off My Mind’. Would you like to dedicate this song to a specific person? What is the story behind this song?

The story behind this song is actually from me being a bit of a people watcher. I'm always unintentionally
witnessing interesting conversations mainly in bars and clubs and stuff. The story behind this track came
about when I was sitting at this table waiting for my friend to come back from the bar with our drinks,
and I overheard this guy explaining to his friend how he had met a girl at a music festival and how he
had really fallen for her. I just found the story extremely fascinating and thought wow, if I could put half
of the emotion this guy has just portrayed explaining to his friend about the girl he has fallen in love with
into a song. That would make for one hell of a song! So I guess this song is dedicated to the girl with no

Listen Can't Get You Off My Mind on SoundCloud HERE

Are you planning to release a music video for Can’t Get You Off My Mind?

I have already released a lyric video for the track which you can find on YouTube. But I am looking to
release a video for the track in the near future. Hopefully somewhere exotic like the Caribbean because
there's nothing better than a free holiday!

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

I think people inspire me the most when writing. There's only so much of yourself you can put into words
and as I mentioned before I find it compelling to people watch and kind of build a story around them then
channel that into my writing. A lot of my best work has never actually been about myself, of course, there
are elements but mostly about scenarios I've witnessed from strangers.

Two weeks ago, you released the Future House Mix, a real club banger! In your case creativity really works. What are your plans with this one and what’s next?

Well, I like to release different mixes to give people who haven't seen me live before an idea of what to
expect at one of my shows. I've also been producing and writing a lot of material recently and am looking
to release my second single in early 2019.

Listen to Future House Mix HERE 

Who are your favourite DJs/ music producers? How do you incorporate their work in your sound?

I'm a huge fan of Avicii, Daft Punk, David Guetta to name a few. But I think as a music producer you
have to look beyond your own genre to really create great tracks! I think a broad mind is what makes
any producer a great one and being able to recognise something for being great and taking ideas from
it and making it your own is the essential ingredients to great songwriting.  

Any plans to go on tour?

Yes definitely! I'm really excited to hit the road on the back of Can't Get You Off My Mind! Will keep you
posted on this one!

Do you have a special message for your fans?

Would like to say a massive thank you really! You guys are awesome!

Jax thank you very much for the interview.

It has been my pleasure! Hit me up on social media anytime :)

@jaxdelamare –


10/04/2018 01:21 PM
Sophia Mina 'Fly'

Stream 'Fly' on Spotify

Fly  is the new single from Sophia Mina, the sassy London Cypriot and  is more liberating and upbeat. Sophia says “Fly was really easy to write, as soon as I heard the beat I knew exactly what kinda thing I wanted to do over it and well my and my producer have an amazing writing relationship, so again it was very natural.!" Still a lover of unapologetic pop, her influences can be heard in her catchy choruses, vibrant styling and energetic videos.

Sophia’s EP Fly, along with her EP launch party in Tape in London, received excellent reviews earlier this year from platforms including  Music OT FutureGuestlistOne on One Selfie Sessions, Fubar Radio, Soundlab interview, Distract TV, Vents magazine, The Fan Carpet, Feminist Wednesday and World Wide Entertainment TV. Sophia was talent spotted and developed by Amy’s Yard and the Capital Xtra Music Potential Program. This helped her first two singles Where's Love and Turn It Up, released via the London based label Deep Stack Records to reach #10 in the Music Week Charts.  

**Sophia is performing live on the 7th October at Miusan in Camden onwards with Generation Uncovered. Check out her website or socials for more info**

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11/07/2018 01:37 PM
Jax Delamare ‘Can’t Get You Off My Mind’

Can’t Get You Off My Mind is debut single from young dance producer Jax Delamare. Jax hails from Southampton, a city known for its dance hits.  The track is a club-banger with a killer topline. Jax recalls, “the thought process behind writing the track was quite simple, the complexity of it was trying to express lyrically what pure love should feel like". The single features remixes from chart topping producers Nathan Jain, Control – S and PBH & Jack Shizzle and has already been featured on Acid Stag, Melodic Nation, and Aspire to Inspire.

Starting his career as a singer/songwriter, Jax honed his talent for producing infectious hooks by writing songs for the local bands he performed in. Through touring the UK in these bands, Jax discovered a love of performing and DJing to a crowd.  He went on record Can’t Get You Off My Mind in the summer of 2018.

               Follow Jax Delamare Website| YouTube | SoundCloud | Twitter | Instagram | Facebook

11/06/2018 11:22 AM
Louise Golbey 'A Good Life'

Following the release of the Deluxe Edition of her ‘Love It Or Leave It’ EP – Louise’s new single ‘A Good Life’ is a powerful soulful pop ballad co-written with and produced by Ross O’Reilly (Stealth, Suits).

Having played alongside Ed Sheeran at one of his very first London gigs at Kentish Town’s iconic Abbey Tavern and also at his last surprise intimate show at The Green Note in Camden, singer/songwriter Louise Golbey has built up an impressive reputation over the last few years.

Louise is an established artist and has shared the stage with many big names such as Katy B, Jessie J, Sam Smith, Paloma Faith, Lianne La Havas and Mr Hudson to name a few.
She has worked on tracks with Example and Newham Generals (signed to Dizzie Rascal’s Dirtee Stank label).

She was recently Caffe Nero’s Artist of The Month (following Jack Savoretti) and has had radio support from BBC Radio 2, Radio 1Xtra, BBC 6 Music, BBC London, Jazz FM and Mi-Soul.

She is also one of the most in-demand openers on the UK Live circuit, Louise has performed to 6,000 people ahead of the legendary George Benson at a Kenwood House Picnic Concert, landed support slots for En Vogue and Roberta Flack at the Indigo O2, a sold out UK tour with The Stylistics, Roy Ayers, Omar and Kenny Thomas and Barack Obama’s favourite artist – Anthony David at Bush Hall. She has played at Isle of Wight Festival and Glastonbury (on the BBC Introducing stage), recorded at Maida Vale studios and has performed at legendary venues such as Ronnie Scotts, the Jazz Cafe & the London Jazz Festival.

'A Good Life' is Out now on all digital platforms.

09/03/2018 07:55 PM
Matterz Interview: Sophia Mina

Sophia Mina is the sassy London Cypriot with an edgy R&B vibe and passion for pop. For us, the R&B/ pop lovers, it was about time to sit and talk with Sophia and learn more about her life, her latest EP and single. Last but not least, Sophia has some really good and exclusive news to share with all of you.

1)    Hi Sophia. How have you been?

Great thanks, very busy.

2) Could you describe a typical day of your life? What do you normally do?

Wake up in the morning, look at all the tasks I need to do, work out where I’m gonna fit in the gym,
daily singing practice or songwriting if I can. But I also work at Aladdin The Musical, so gotta make
sure, I get to work on time and most probably pick up half price Wasabi on the way home! :) Note: sometimes I lie in and all the positive and productive stuff I listed, before going to work doesn’t
happen! Haha!

3) You recently released your new single ‘Run To’. Was anything specific crossing your mind while writing this song?

I actually wrote this song for another singer so I based it upon some truths that were going on with her at the time, but completely dramatised it and made it into a massive deal which is now Run To. :D

4) Could you share with us your inspirations when you are in the studio and write your songs? Which specific topics provide you with the necessary firepower to be creative?

A lot of the time, I tend to have another song in my head or a few songs from artists that I like and say to my producer I wanna work on something like this so he’ll get on with the beat. I’ll start messing around with melodies and then some words might start happening. Or sometimes I say I’m feeling like this today, this guy is such a douche bag I wanna write a song about him being a douche bag xx n z! We might come up with a concept first it all really depends.

5) A week ago, you released the official video for ‘Run To’ which had more than 5K views in 24 hours. How are you feeling about it? Could you tell us more about the video, its concept and do you have a story or funny moments from behind-the-scenes to share with us?

It was definitely an amazing turnout, I was really surprised when I heard.

'Run To' the official music video

6) You were a 90’s – 00’s kid. Let us know about your favourite artists and role models. How is this era incorporated in your sound? Do you see any differences between then and now?

Britney, Aaliyah, Timbaland, JLo, Christina and yes… I admit Madonna! Most definitely, I think you can hear a lot of Max Martin and Dr Luke in my songs through structure and melodies. But, then the urban production side from Timbaland/ Aaliyah, with the slight Latin feel from J-Lo and vocal delivery of Madonna and Britney. So, there’s definitely a lot to take in! haha

7) This April, you had the launch party for your new EP ‘Fly’. You received favourable reviews and a great support from well-known blogs and radios in UK. Why do you want to ‘Fly’? Which is the story behind this EP?

The message behind ‘Fly’ is about being yourself and staying true to you, regardless of how society or people view you and tries to put you in a box. As long as you’re happy with you are, then, everyone else around you should be happy to i.e your friends and family etc. Because you love yourself and no one can love you if you don’t love you! The lyrical content is much deeper than just that, but I will let you decide for yourself. ;)

8) What’s next? Do you have any plans to go on tour or for a new single?

That was the plan, but I’ve got so much material I need to get finished up for the next few singles/ album so concentrating on that at the moment. I’ve got a performance this Sunday I will also be performing at Freedom Bar in Soho on the 2nd October 7pm Onwards. So I will definitely be performing at least once a month that’s for sure. You should get a lot more visual content soon as well... ;)

An exclusive sneak peek of Sophia's new music video 'Fly'

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

Stay true to being you. Focus on the positives, learn from your mistakes and do all that you can to give yourself and your family the life that you want. But, also be kind to yourself and others and have fun along the way.

10) Sophia thank you very much for the interview.

My pleasure.

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06/19/2018 09:31 AM
Aaron Martyn ‘Seperate ways’ ft. Jess Folley

“After receiving over 100,000 views on his cover of Drake’s ‘One Dance’, 13-year-old Aaron Martyn unveils his new single ‘Slide into My DM’…expect to hear more from the bright, young talent in the very near future.” – MTV
“Aaron’s only 13-years of age and is already making some moves in the UK Urban music scene!” – Link Up TV

“Aaron Martyn may be young, but he has a hell of a lot of talent.” – Celeb Mix

Since the release of debut single ‘Slide into my DM’, out last year and praised by the likes of MTV, Link Up TV, Hackney Gazette and Celeb Mix, rising teenage singer Aaron Martyn’s latest release ‘Miss You’, produced by Rytunez (Krishane/Sean Paul/Wiley), was premiered via Niji Magazine earlier this year. For his next project he is teaming up with Jess Folley, winner of The Voice Kids UK in 2017, and they are releasing the song ‘Separate Ways’. The song was written by Aaron Martyn, Darren Martyn (Tom Zanetti/M.O) & Curtis Richardson (Rihanna/David Guetta/Craig David) and produced by Darren Martyn.
Aaron says: "I can't wait to release this record! It's been really fun and exciting bringing it all together. Jess was the perfect collaboration for this one".
Aaron Martyn made a huge personal sacrifice to pursue his passion for music. A naturally gifted footballer, he was scouted at 9 years old and played for top clubs including Tottenham Hotspurs, Charlton Athletic, Fulham, and Leyton Orient, all by the age of twelve. But last year, whilst sitting in his dad’s studio (Darren Martyn/DM Unsigned), Aaron plucked up the courage to say how much he wanted to be a singer. Aaron sang Miguel’s ‘Adorn’ to his dad, who saw something special and began developing Aaron weekly. Eight months later Aaron released his cover version of ‘Drake – One Dance’ stacking up nearly 140,000 views. On his 13th birthday, Aaron released his 1st free download EP ‘Thirteen’. The debut record ‘Tears Don’t Dry’ premiered on Link Up TV and made a stamp on the urban music scene. Heads began to turn; TV and event requests came in and the Hackney Gazette published a double page spread. Since then, Aaron teamed up with Eastender’s Star Maisie Smith to perform on a five-date school tour, covering 10 schools and delivering 20 shows. Social media stats doubled and a loyal fan base was born. The two young stars have also performed several covers on YouTube which have racked up thousands of views Now Aaron is releasing his forthcoming EP through Defenders Ent.

11/07/2018 01:43 PM
Shekhinah ‘Suited’ SynX Remix ft Mr Eazi

South African songbird and sweetheart Shekhinah has teamed up with Nigerian star Mr Eazi to release the remix of ‘Suited’; a perfect duet that is driving Africa into a frenzy. The track showcases a fresh power-driven sound with an Afro Pop vibe and portrays Shekhinah’s authenticity as a writer. 

‘Suited’ is taken from Shekhinah’s debut album ‘Rose Gold,’ (Sony Music Africa). The single is currently one of the most played songs by a national artist on South African radio and was nominated for Record of the Year at the South African Music Awards (SAMAs). The album was nominated for 6 categories including Best Female Album, Best Album of The Year and Best Produced Album. 

‘Suited’ Remix ft Mr Eazi follows a history of success for Shekhinah. In 2016 she had two South African number one hit singles, ‘Back To The Beach’ with Kyle Deutsch (which won Best Pop and Alternative at the MTV Africa Music Awards; Best Hit Single at the Metro FM Awards) and ‘Let You Know’ with Sketchy Bongo. Shekhinah followed these hit singles with a collaboration with dance music superstar Black Coffee titled ‘Your Eyes’ which became a smash hit and was rated as Black Coffee’s 6th best song by Billboard. 

Shekhinah’s’ music story began at the young age of 17 when she quickly rose to national attention as part of the global Idols franchise, reaching the top six of the show’s 8th season. In the time since then, she has focused on honing her craft by completing a live performance degree at AFDA. It is clear Shekhinah’s rise to the top has only just begun! Be sure to keep checking her social media for the latest updates.

11/06/2018 11:05 AM
Louise Golbey - Still

Listen to the song here

Following the release of the Deluxe Edition of her ‘Love It Or Leave It’ EP – Louise’s new single ‘Still’ is a powerful soulful pop ballad co-written with and produced by Ross O’Reilly (Stealth, Suits) and will be released on Friday 20th April just in time for Record Store Day.

It was included in The Official Charts New Music Friday list for the release day. 

Having played alongside Ed Sheeran at one of his very first London gigs at Kentish Town’s iconic Abbey Tavern and also at his last surprise intimate show at The Green Note in Camden, singer/songwriter Louise Golbey has built up an impressive reputation over the last few years.

Louise is an established artist and has shared the stage with many big names such as Katy B, Jessie J, Sam Smith, Paloma Faith, Lianne La Havas and Mr Hudson to name a few.
She has worked on tracks with Example and Newham Generals (signed to Dizzie Rascal’s Dirtee Stank label).

She was recently Caffe Nero’s Artist of The Month (following Jack Savoretti) and has had radio support from BBC Radio 2, Radio 1Xtra, BBC 6 Music, BBC London, Jazz FM and Mi-Soul.

She is also one of the most in-demand openers on the UK Live circuit, Louise has performed to 6,000 people ahead of the legendary George Benson at a Kenwood House Picnic Concert, landed support slots for En Vogue and Roberta Flack at the Indigo O2, a sold out UK tour with The Stylistics, Roy Ayers, Omar and Kenny Thomas and Barack Obama’s favourite artist – Anthony David at Bush Hall. She has played at Isle of Wight Festival and Glastonbury (on the BBC Introducing stage), recorded at Maida Vale studios and has performed at legendary venues such as Ronnie Scotts, the Jazz Cafe & the London Jazz Festival.

Live Shows:

Monday 16th April
Single launch at Crazy Coqs Cabaret, Brasserie Zedel, London

Friday 18th May
Supporting Zo! And Carmen Rogers at Mojo Club, Hamburg
With Omar

Saturday 26th May
Foodies Festival, Syon Park, London

Monday 23rd July
606 Club, London

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