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03/18/2018 04:42 PM
STITCH: "Champagne" [New Single & Video Release]

British pop trip STITCH have revealed their latest track, the dark and brooding alt-pop anthem ‘Champagne’. The song, which the band wrote, performed and produced themselves, is accompanied by a raucous, lively video with all sorts of questionable behaviour on show. It is due for release next week.

STITCH say: “Everyone knows someone or has been that person who does something they shouldn’t at a party or event, and immediately blames it on the booze. It's often just an attempt to shift responsibility, and eventually people call them/you out for having had at least some aware- ness of what was going on. Temptation is a key theme, and affects everyone under the influence, whether you’re a ‘good’ or a ‘bad’ person.

“Some of the scenes in the Champagne video are quite explicit. Although we don’t actively celebrate this behaviour, we felt it was important to illustrate the meaning behind the song”. ‘ Champagne’ itself acts as a substitute for any old substance that we use and abuse to hide our true motives!”

‘Champagne’ follows the release of STITCH’s previous three tracks, ‘Fool’, ‘Not One To Say’ and ‘Goodbye Highline’, all of which have been released over the last three months and appear on the band’s debut EP ‘Welcome to the Dream’. The band, unique in that they write, perform and produce all of their music in-house, consists of Nikita, Gray and Kye. The three friends originally met at University, and they now write and record from their West London living room.
STITCH’s music blends a unique and organic, raw instrumental sensibility with modern electronic elements. Their musical philosophy is built on creating popular music outside of sub-genre and era, combining sounds and styles from the present and past to be redefined using bleeding edge production methods.

As well as recording their debut EP, they have also already successfully transferred this sound from the studio to the stage, and have performed to packed crowds in the UK, including the main stage in Trafalgar Square for London Pride.
The band will play a headline show to celebrate the launch of their EP at The Hoxton Underbelly on Friday 30th March. 

03/18/2018 01:28 PM
PhePhe: New EP “Lost in My Aura II”

Female empowering artist PhePhe is releasing her hotly awaited third project “Lost in My Aura II” on March 9th. The EP comes from a place of personal growth and empowerment following the birth of her first child.  PhePhe described the making of LIMA II as “a journey of self-beliefthe burning feeling to constantly make music whilst going through such intense physical, emotional & mental changes was very empowering and gave reassurance that I was on the right path. I made this EP with the intention of showing people and myself I can still pursue a career in music and be a ‘good mother’”. The first single from the EP Soul boasts a glossy video produced by SB:TV, and showcases PhePhe’s incredible performance skills. Her single Grateful is a moving story of her experience of motherhood.

PhePhe has dedicated herself to musical exploration and creative expression. She refuses to be identified under a single genre as she has cultivated her own sound. Through the years she has collaborated with several worldwide famous producers including Bassboy, Von D., Mr. Fitz and Skream. Her music has received appraisal from BBC Radio 1, 1Xtra as well as lots of other national and local radios.

Pheleba Akima Johnson, aka PhePhe, was born in Birmingham, the middle child of five in a talented musical and creative family. Her key musical influences including reggae, Afro-beat, Jazz and soul rhythms can be heard in her music. She is well-known in the Birmingham scene for infectious and heartfelt top lines on club tracks but a mesmerising acoustic performer too, as can be seen in the video to Insecurities, another one of the singles from the EP.

03/08/2018 01:50 PM

'Kadema' is the new single of Dirty Freud, “the unruly prince of electronica and the bastard son of electro bass music” taken from his latest EP Boxing with God (Keep It Dirty Records). The 5-track release features collaborations with Fullmarx, Salio and Bradley Lynch. “Boxing with God feels like a continuation of the Agenda EP, released in 2014. Like then, I’ll be transcribing more of my travels. I’ve kept many journals throughout the ages; some of them are falling to pieces, but time always brings decay, so I had to record them somehow. We all try to leave a legacy on the earth”. Dirty Freud

Dirty Freud has enjoyed multiple playlists on BBC Radio 6 Music, BBC 1Xtra, Manchester BBC Introducing and Rinse FM and the UK based artist and producer’s previous EP Dirty Deeds reached top 10 in Beatport and Juno. He won Best New DJ and Best New Producer at Bass Movement Awards and was named in the top 3 at the awards ceremony for each category. Dirty Freud received excellent reviews from his performances at Bestival, Lovebox, Citadel, Beat-herder and Soundwave and is supported by cutting-edge brands including Jagermeister, Dr Martens and Chunk Clothing.

Dirty Freud’s writing and production talents are well documented. He published two tracks with BMG which were later used on soundbeds across daytime TV. He mixes and masters for a regular clientele, working with commercial artists such as Pixie Lott and Leeroy Thornhill.

Follow Dirty Freud on Soundcloud | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

03/07/2018 01:11 PM
Na7halie Sade: 'Murda' Video Release

Na7halie Sade’s newly released single ‘Murda’ is taking the world by storm, with the support of radios such as 1xtra, Capital Xtra, Radar Radio, Beat fm, Westside fm and much more. The song has been described as a fun dancehall tune, with a unique vibe to it. Equipped with a ‘huge bass sound’ the track is doing some serious damage on dance floors and keeps receiving great reactions from all kind of crowds as DJs keep dropping the tune into their sets. The song has also seen support from Spotify playlists such as Popjustice and Eternity Network and is featured on MediaPro Music.

Only 23 years old, half French half Zambian, Na7halie has already achieved a lot at these early stages of her career, with a social media following that is growing steadily day by day. Followed by the likes of WizkidKrept and Konan, Damon Wayans and many others, the singer has turned her online notoriety into a career, by becoming the face of Vodaphone South Africa, as well as being featured in ads for Nescafe and Kenco Coffee.
Her latest success includes becoming one of the faces of Marc Jacobs Beauty, thanks to which she will be travelling to fashion capitals around the world to be featured on the luxury brand’s website and campaigns. Moreover, ‘Murda’ is being featured in the upcoming Beauty By Marc online video series. 
Na7halie is not only beautiful and talented, but also a very bright young woman: speaks four languages, including French and Spanish. She has recently collaborated with Missguided on a campaign to empower women globally through positive change.
Na7halie is now in the studio with Rymez (Drake, Giggs, Donaeo), who is signed with Sony ATV and was the producer behind Stefflon Don’s critically acclaimed mixtape ‘Real Ting’ and hits like '16 shots' and 'Hurting Me'.
Her current single 'Murda' is available on all major platforms.

02/28/2018 03:01 PM
MATTERZ Interview:- WeatheredMan

WeatheredMan is a new project from the man who brought you modern mariachi masters Roja but is basically a bloke who writes songs in his bedroom when he’s not being a primary school teacher. All the tracks are duets with people who are from the other musical side of the tracks. Proper pop stars. Proper rock stars.

WeatheredMan has performed in some of the most exciting music festivals such as South by Southwest (Austin, Texas) with Franz Ferdinand, The Great Escape (UK) with Graham Coxon, Liverpool International Music Festival (UK), UK/European tours includingsupporting Half Man Half Biscuit at London Shepherds Bush Empire.

Debut single features the unmistakable talents of pop legend Aaron Paul. Aaron Paul is a pop-dance solo artist who was previously a part of the teen boy pop group Worlds Apart who had a chart run ofover 5 top 30 UK singles, including "Heaven Must Be Missing An Angel", "Everlasting Love", "Wonderful World" and their biggest hit "Could it be I'm Falling in Love.”

We caught up with WeatheredMan to ask him some questions about his music, collaborations and inspirations and his life outside music.

Tell us Where are you from?

I’m from Liverpool, the spiritual home of blokes in bands.

How long have you been making music?

I remember being 11 and forming a band with my 2 cousins. I had a Casio keyboard I couldn't play with a bossa nova drum beat and a guitar (I also couldn't play) with one string on it. 6th string in case you’re wondering. I wrote a song called “Law of the Night” - worrying given my age - and it was essentially a rip off of “Runaround Sue”. If you can imagine Runaround Sue being played on a Casio keyboard, on one string on a guitar by a group of 11 year olds (who couldn’t play any instruments) then you’ve got the gist. Spectacular stuff.  So that was 31 years ago. Christ on a bike.

How have you ended up in the music industry?

Pure spite towards against all of the people who thought I might be a doctor, dentist or solicitor when I was younger.

Who have you collaborated with so far?

Aaron Paul  - a complete pop star, now based in NYC,  who used to be in a Simon Cowell boy band back in the day. Danii Roundtree - Atlanta based jazz/rnb singer who will be bigger than Beyonce this time next year. LeeSun - Leeds based singer songwriter with the most distinctive and beautiful voice I’ve heard in years. Kim Jennett - lead singer of metal band Voodoo Blood and 100% rock star. Finally, Tricia McTeague - legendary dance music performer with a string of top 10 hits with Paul Van Dyke to her name.

What was the inspiration behind "WeatheredMan's Duets”?

Yeah you know I’m not sure how this happened really, I’ve always been fascinated by duets - particularly ones that feature artists from incredibly different backgrounds. Like Nick Cave/Kylie or Bing Crosby/David Bowie. So I sought out people who were largely working in different genres and asked them to take part in something that would be just that little bit different. Thankfully they all said yes, which is nice considering they’re all proper pop stars and I’m a primary school teacher who lives in Leeds.

Tell us about your new song "Hand in my Pocket", the background and inspirations behind it.

The song was inspired by a love of James Bond themes with over the top horns and guitar solos. When I knew Aaron was up for doing the track, I knew it had to be something you could dance to so I tried to channel my inner Prince. In the best way a 42 year old primary school teacher possibly can. That’s why the lyrical idea of an illicit liaison at a work’s party sprung to mind. One part teasing and naughty. The other part retail park office drudgery. A clear representation of mine and Aaron’s very different lives!

You were finalists in the BBC TV series UK’s Best Part-Time Band. Tell us about that project.

Well I have been in a band with those guys for many many years. Roja was our “modern mariachi” project and when it came up I didn’t imagine it was going to lead to hanging out with Peter Hook and Rhod Gilbert in my Mum’s bedroom. That’s quite the cheese dream. But we had a blast and going on TV and being involved with such a lovely project certainly made me want to write songs again and started the chain reaction towards this whole WeatheredMan fandango…

How is the life outside music?

Dad. Husband. Work. Work. Work. Dad. Dad. Husband. Work. Work. Work. Work. Dad. Work. Husband. Work. Dad. Husband. Work.

Do your students know that their teacher is a professional musician and do they comment on your music?

Absolutely not! Do you remember when you were little and you ran into one of your teachers somewhere other than in your school classroom? Maybe the supermarket? Or at the park? And do you remember how weird that felt? For children, teachers only exist inside those 4 walls of the classroom and any acknowledgement of a life outside of school is simply madness. So if you remember that shock of seeing Mr Brown buying some broccoli one Sunday afternoon, imagine what seeing Mr Bradshaw prancing about with Aaron Paul in a music video might do to the 7 year old you. Meltdown. Everything would be topsy turvy. Down is up. North is south. Snow is sun. I couldn’t possibly then go back to teaching them maths after that kind of shock…

What's next for WeatherMan

A christmas single. That’s right a christmas single. I am very excited. Now if only I could persuade Noddy Holder to sing on it with me…

02/20/2018 06:27 PM
Dwyn Duke: "Cocoa Butter"

"FRESHHH!" LinkUp TV || "Goes In!!!" Spiff TV | 'UK talent of the week' World Star Hip Hop

"2017 was a year of ups and downs and a mixture of emotions, I wanted to deliver a digestible version of my 2017 on 'Can't Have It All'" Dwyn
After making a big splash on the urban scene in 2012, hip-hop lyricist Dwyn Duke is back with his fresh new mixtape 'Can't Have It All'. The eagerly anticipated 10 track release, produced by Classiq Beats, Sykes Beats, and Elson Barbosa, features insightful lyrics inspired by "relationships, trials and tribulation... and women! My tracks reflect my personal experiences, a collection of metaphorical truths" Dwyn confesses. He adds "my music is a compilation of grime and soulful music, with influences from the R&B that I grew up listening to".

Dwyn Duke has performed across the UK, including at T-Festival and in the biggest clubs with his previous group 'Black Biscuit'. The group were supported by MTV BaseLuminar UK, Flava TVand more. Dwyn's music has been playlisted by Beat FM and Pulse Radio and he's worked alongside artists such as Dot Rotten, SOS Music and Abel Miller. His April 2017 street mixtape was well received, being supported by all major urban blogs. 'Can't Have It All' is his first major commercial release however, and his fans are eager to hear the first single 'Cocoa Butter', out 16th Feb.

02/19/2018 01:23 PM
Gemma Fox: Grime Vocal Archive

Singer/Songwriter and AFTERSHOCK crew’s leading lady GEMMA FOX gives us a sneak peak into GRIME VOCALS ARCHIVE with tracks previously unheard, unreleased and released material carefully extracted from the vault for your listening pleasure.

With classic tracks comprising Highly Flammable and Messy alongside features including heavyweights, Lethal Bizzle, JME, Dutty Goodz, Ears, Tinchy Stryder, Tnt, Davinche, Menta, Heartless Crew and Sweetie Irie.

Legendary Grime pioneer DJ Logan Sama commented on the impact Fox made, ‘With the resurgence in original Grime recently, it would not be fair to overlook the vocalists who's voices added a sweet contrast to the rough bars during the earliest days of the genre. You cannot talk about Grime vocalists without hailing up Gemma Fox who's earliest works alongside groundbreaking producers such as Youngsta, Alias, Dexplicit and TNT. It takes a special skill to be able to sound at home over the type of aggressive and energetic riddims you found in Grime between 2002 and 2004. Gemma had that in abundance.’

Having made her big break on the music scene in the mid-noughties as a singer/songwriter, GEMMA FOX’s first project of 2018 is here in the form of GRIME VOCAL ARCHIVE, and acts as a warm-up to a busy year as she looks to release a Niche EP that is slated to be released in the next few weeks, so expect big things to come in the near future!!!

To complement this and to give the world a reminder or taster of the wide range of her singer/songwriter versatility, GRIME VOCAL ARCHIVE captures her appreciation for the scene she was a big part of in the genres early days.

The EP is available now on all digital stores including Itunes, Spotify and Amazon amongst others.

02/16/2018 03:49 PM
Cianna Blaze 'Get mine' - EP Release

"Get Mine" is the long-awaited EP from British rapper Cianna Blaze out 16th Feb. The first single Booty Like Nicki, supported by the likes of LinkUp and Music Week was played across BBC R1 and Beats 1 radio. Heart of Lionpremiered last week and has since been played in clubs across the country.  The EP is everything you would expect from a fresh and feisty female...quick wit and sleek rap skills on slick beats. "The sound I'm bringing is difficult to pigeon hole as it has influences from different styles of music merged into one," explains Cianna. "I never want to copy others, I do my own thing and go with whatever feels right."
Cianna first drew attention from fans whilst performing as a hype MC for Maxim (The Prodigy), while he was DJing at music events throughout the world. Her debut release "On Fire", which included a club-banging remix byMob Tactics and a gritty music video which received more than 10k views. The single gained support from trendsetting blogs such as Your EDMLSD Magazine & Magnetic Mag.
Cianna Blaze is no music newbie. She has been building a loyal fanbase through her hard-edged vocals and unique style of alternative music. Cianna is a strong-minded person who thrives on female empowerment and incorporates a sense of strength and dominance in her music. From hitting the mic at festivals and drawing on the raw energy of the crowds to delivering distinctive guest vocals, Cianna has gained industry wide respect. Her releases include '808' feat Audra Nishita, 'Phase Me'  feat D Dark and 'Baddest Breed', recorded with Maxim from The Prodigy on the Death Drum Rebel label, and worked with Christian Hoffmann's Toronto is Broken, all of which have kept her at the forefront of the scene.

02/12/2018 02:28 PM
Matterz Interview: Dwyn

Dwyn's upcoming album "Can't Have It All" is set to be released this February. We got to know more about the comeback and what's in store for the UK based performer.

How would you describe your music?
Quite abstract… As an MC I started writing grime music, I began songwriting shortly after mainly writing soulful music as I grew up in the R&B era. I have compiled both to create my own sound, adopting techniques from my favorite artists.

What is the vibe and the style of your music that you aim for?
I like catchy music, I would hope that my songs can be felt rather than just heard. I try to keep an easy listening vibe so that my music can be appreciated by a wider demographic.

Why is the album called “Can’t Have It All”?
Initially, this was a 5 track EP with songs such as ‘She Don’t’ & ‘Pressure’ – my common disposition in past relationships – wanting to have my cake and to eat it. Myself and Classiq Beats found it hard to whittle down the track list to 5 and so the project was extending to a 10 track mixtape.

What is the inspiration behind the album?
Relationships, trials and tribulations. Women.

What will be the first single?
Cocoa Butter.

What was your previous career in music as this will be your comeback?
I was part of a group called ‘Black Biscuit’ and we made music together in school – highlights being number one video on MTV Base, a Luminar UK tour, featured on Flava TV, and much more.

What do you plan to achieve with your return in the music scene?
I enjoy music, I would like to be a radio artist so I can continue with my other stuff!

Which musician, producer, or composer has had the most impact in your music style?
Loads, love a bit of Drake.

What are your hobbies and interests outside music?
I am a huge on wellbeing and fitness, nothing better than a dynamic work out! Also, on the way to veganism although I’ve just started eating chicken again. I’ve worked in finance and banking for the past 5 years, so… macroeconomics/trading is something that I engage in regularly.

Are there any upcoming events, projects, or news to look forward to besides the album?
I’m working on a new project entitled ‘Spell it Right’.

 Follow Dwyn on Soundcloud & Twitter

02/03/2018 12:31 PM
Matterz Interview: Jaystar

The AKA/BBC/Link Up/GRM Daily supported global star Jaystar recently released his eagerly awaited new single and music video for 'Flexin with my Girl' . In 2017, Jaystar has taken the underground scene by storm with the release of his self-titled EP called “5th Lane”. 2018 is going to be massive and he has some really good news to share with you.

1) Hi Jaystar. How have you been?
Hi, I've been good thanks.
2) You started learning music at a very young age. I think you were around seven and your mother had lots of involvement in this. Would you have followed another career path without her?
When I was young all I ever wanted to do is play football, until I got discovered my musical talent thanks to my mum.

3) At the age of 15, you won an award for your song called ‘Need You Back’. Do you see any differences in the way that you write and produce songs between then and now? Let us know about your inspirations when you write a song.
Yes, definitely, as I'm older now, I got to find my sound and learn a lot from life. So, the way I write is different because I see life from a different perspective now.

4) I read somewhere the story behind your new single ‘Flexin With My Girl’ and it was really fun. Could you share with us some of your very interesting thoughts when you are in love and how was the whole process when you were writing your song in the studio?
The recording and writing process was quite simple, I was inspired and kind of visualised how I wanted the song to be. I hadn’t written the song when I went in to the studio, so I had to picture myself somewhere on the mountains, drinking expensive champagne (even though I don’t drink) that’s where the vibe came from.

5) Your official music video for ‘Flexin With My Girl’ is on the same concept. Do you have any funny moment from behind the scenes to tell us?
The filming process of this video was really exciting, the director ‘Chas Appeti’ had the vision I had in the sense of showing a sort of lavish lifestyle but at the same time keeping it classy, so it was really easy but creative to get the shots we wanted.

6) Through the years, you have supported worldwide superstars such as T Pain and you were the headliner of significant events across Africa with more than 10000 people. Tell us about your experiences.
It was a really nice experience but at the same time I was so nervous because I had never performed with that huge amount of crowd before, however I enjoyed it once I was on stage.

7) What is coming next? Any plans for a tour, new single or new EP?
I have a lot in store for this year. I'm working on a few featurings, I have 2 EP's nearly ready for release and I will be doing a lot of shows too.

8) Do you have a special message for your fans?
I'd like to thank my fans for not only supporting me but also being a part of my journey, I have a few surprises to announce when the time is right.

9) Jaystar thanks very much for the interview.
The pleasure was mine. Thank you guys.

 Follow Jaystar on Twitter | Facebook | Instagram

02/02/2018 11:33 AM
Matterz Interview: Predz UK

Predz UK is a multi-talented artist, DJ and songwriter. Now, he is back with his new single "Kata Dance'', a song with a unique sound, vibe and dedicated to his Congolese roots. So, it was about time to learn more about him and he has some great things to share with you.

1) Hi Predz UK. How have you been? 

Hope you guys are well, I’m fine thank you. I’ve just been just working hard as usual, grinding and  keeping my head down.

2) You are considered as one of the hardest working independent artists in music today. Could you describe a typical day of you? What do you do? How do you prioritise all the things that you have to get done during the day?

Okay, so a typical day in the life of Predz UK, I always wake up around 7am unless I’ve had a really heavy night lol, I check from my emails as always, try to connect of people,  music is not a 9-to-5. It's 24/7. I check my social media when I get a minute too. I like to work out as well, so I’ll get the gym stuff out of the way, afternoons normally consist of meetings, I run a couple sessions in the week for young offenders as well as mentoring and guiding them. I’ve got family life as well got a very big family! I’ve got quite a few friends that I always connect with as well, you know what I like to live my life as well and then in the evening. Certain times, I am in the studio, I’ll be connecting with my producers and then nightlife certain nights. I am booked DJ or maybe doing some PAs, it depends. It’s all good though, I am grateful. 

3) Your new single ‘Kata Dance’ is dedicated to your Congolese origins. What were you thinking when you wrote this song? It could be great to let us know about your inspirations, memories and your expectations with the specific song.

I’ve always wanted to represent my culture from young and my family always used to play Congolese music in the household, especially Congolese gospel music and the older I got, the more research I started to do and get in touch with my heritage. My auntie and my mum always said they couldn’t really understand my music. They always used to tell me speak in our language ‘Lingala, so they can send it back home and show it to the family in Congo. It was just a matter of time and to be honest, I’m not the one to force the process of making music. I was in the studio with Yung Reggie who is the producer of the track and this was the vibe we went for, I told him to add a few instruments and he did his magic. I started speaking in my language and the rest is history.

Listen to "Kata Dance" Here

4) Could you share with us your inspirations when you are on studio and write your songs? Do you have some specific topics that you like the most?

Right now, I’m working really close with my team of producers consisted of Yung Reggie, Jordan Bikila, and Young Soul. We don’t pacifically talk about one topic. I’ve always said, music is a platform for me to express how I feel and just like anybody else, we go through different emotions in different days. I really like the feeling of uplifting people and bringing joy into peoples lives so I like to make people dance but I’ve also got certain tunes that are deep that people can reflect to and I might make something for the ladies. I like to go to the studio with an open mind. Sometimes, I say to the lads, let’s make something around a certain topic but yeah I’m always open minded. Once I’ve recorded a track, I then send it to my boy Mr Menni who is my business partner, he would mix and master the track, then I get feedback from my guy Paddy Stani who looks after me and yeah we’ve just got so much music stacked and piled and we can’t wait for you guys to hear everything.

5) A week ago, you released the official video for ‘Kata Dance’. Tell us about the concept of the clip, what happened backstage, some funny moments and whatever you think would be good for us to know.

Firstly, I need to big up Jax Luther who was the brain behind the masterpiece. This video was something different, I’ve never done anything like this before. In my previous videos, I am always in my comfort zone being cool with the man Dem might have a few girls but for this project Jax Luther had a vision of a fun, bright  and colourful video. The way I was styled was very different to the clothes I would normally wear and what was also funny is that Kata dance is a dance anthem and I’m not a really big fan of dancing but luckily we managed to get some great dances. A big thank you to Marika Godwin for recommending the dancers. Behind-the-scenes was Mad, definitely one of the biggest videos I’ve ever filmed in my life, I’ve never seen so much lights and people on set before. We had a big camera out, it was crazy and I’m happy that it's out and the world can now see me represent my Congolese heritage. 

6) You were a part of the popular ‘Secret Service Crew’. How did you decide to go solo? Did you see any differences between then and now?

Wow, you guys are taking me back to 'Secret Service Crew'. For me, it was a stepping stone. At that time, the scene was very different to how it is now. YouTube did not exist, people used to listen to cassettes/cds, we used to go on pirate radio stations to promote a song. We just had a little misunderstanding and this is the reason we parted ways. But since then, to be honest, a lot of things have happened and many of them have stopped doing music. However, I’m still in touch with everybody. I’m very grateful that I had this experience from a young teen age. I feel blessed to still be chasing the dream and love it like I started yesterday!

7) What do you expect from 2018?

More life, more greatness and to expand what we are doing already and believe me we are doing a lot.

8) Do you have any plans to go on tour or for an EP release?

Its early in the year. I’m not really thinking about any projects like that but you never know where things can go. So, we just wanna push hard.

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

Thank you very much to everybody that has been supporting me. Without the support and your kind words, I really don’t know if I would still be doing music. This scene is really tough and my fans have always stuck by my side. I’m really blessed. Thank you.

10) Predz UK thank you very much for the interview.

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

Follow Predz UK on  Facebook  |  Instagram   | Twitter | Soundcloud

02/03/2018 12:31 AM
Matterz Interview: Danielle Bellas

Photographer: @le5s1sm0re

Danielle Bellas has already got so much attention with her single 'Starship' inspired by the late 90's R&B songs. Her music video premiered last week teasing the senses of the audience. So, it was about time to sit and talk with this talented girl and learn more about her and some great news that she has to share with us.

1) Hi Danielle. Welcome to Matterz. How are you? 2018 seems to be a busy and creative year for you. How is it going so far?
Hello! I’m great thank you. 2018 has started with a bang and I’m loving it! I can’t wait to see where it all leads. 

2) You’ve just released your first official music video for ‘Starship’. How are you feeling about it? Do you have something special to share with your fans about the concept, the process, or some funny stories?
I’m so proud of my first official music video and I’m so excited that it’s finally out there! It was a crazy ride to get it done as this is actually the second video I filmed for the single. The first one didn’t work out as expected, mainly because it was a vision in my head rather than the directors, and I should have realised that no one can re-create a vision that’s in my head! So I decided to start again and leave it up to the director and it turned out great!
We kept it super simple and just found a stunning location that didn’t need much to make it look amazing. It was a bit of a trek through the bush to get there, but it was so worth it. It all went pretty smoothly, aside from when a couple of hawks nearly took down the drone that was filming me! I didn’t realise they were after the drone so I was petrified for a moment thinking they were going to attack me!

3) Your first single had some very positive reactions. Can you tell us what inspires you to write a song and what your thoughts were when you wrote ‘Starship’?
I’m so pleased people are loving Starship! Anything can inspire me to write - sometimes it’s a book I’ve read, or a concept I’ve learned about, or just how the backing track makes me feel - whether it’s an upbeat, positive vibe, or a more mellow, ballad-style piece. This was very much a collaborative process too, so sometimes I would share my concept and we’d work on that, sometimes we would just play around with ideas and something would stick. 
With Starship, the chorus was already there as we sampled the old 70s track by Norman Connors. But we decided to turn it on it’s head a bit and write around a relationship that has lost it’s spark, but I didn’t want to give up on it, I wanted to remember the good times and try to bring the magic back. 

4) Your song is inspired by the late 90’s R&B greats.  Can you tell us what influence this music has had on you and your vocal style?
The 90s was when I got seriously into my music and I would spend hours in my bedroom singing along to the likes of Janet Jackson, Aaliyah and TLC and I think it has definitely shaped the way I sing and honed the softer, sweeter, warm tones in my range. It’s only in later years that I started exploring the more stronger, ‘beltier’ tones and began having confidence (and fun!) with that. 

5) How are you feeling when being compared with artists like Jennifer Lopez, Aaliyah, Janet Jackson at the beginning of your career? Is it stressful? Do you think that you have more to prove more in the music industry?
It is incredible being compared to those artists, it is a huge compliment as they have all inspired me so much and I pretty much wanted to be all 3 of those women at different times when growing up! So I try and stick to thinking of it as a compliment rather than stressful. I’m still finding my way in this crazy industry and there’s room for everyone, so I’m just doing my thing and not focusing on what I want to ‘prove’. I’m just doing me and hoping people respond positively to it!

6) You started your career as a member of the UK girl band ‘Urban Lady’ whilst studying for your degree. What has changed between then and now?
For me, the biggest change is probably that I live in a different country! I’ve also grown in terms of confidence and vocal ability, and I’ve learned a lot about myself. I’ve recorded a lot, some good, some not so good, and here I am now, with an album that I’m super proud of.

In terms of the changes in the industry, the biggest change I’ve seen has got to be the Internet and the unbelievable impact it has had on music. It wasn’t widely used when I was in Urban Lady, so we were seriously old school, like printing flyers to hand out to people rather than using any kind of social media, which didn’t even exist! It was a very different game back then. Labels would actually develop artists rather than just wait for them to have done all the groundwork and then take them on. There were physical albums, and when someone released a music video, you had to set an alarm to actually watch it on TV; there was no on-demand service like YouTube! Haha! 

Photographer: @le5s1sm0re

7) Even though you originally come from South-East London, you now live permanently in Sydney. How did this change happen and has it influenced your sound? Do you miss London?

To be honest, I had just got to a stage where I craved adventure, a change of scenery and some sunshine! It was a scary decision to up and leave everything I knew, but it has turned out to be the most amazing one as it has led me to this point right here and I’ve had some incredible adventures along the way, with many more to come I’m sure!  

I wouldn’t say the move has influenced my sound; I’m still stuck in the 90s, haha! I also recorded the album in Glasgow with my original producer Jud (who actually is the reason I ended up in Urban Lady - I’ve come full circle!) that I’ve known for years and he knows me and my music style really well, so it was awesome.

I of course miss my friends and family, but I also miss the West End with its incredible theatre scene, along with the history and culture of London. However, there is an incredible lifestyle in Sydney so I’m very happy here, living by the ocean and enjoying the sunshine. I feel so grateful every day to be where I am!

8) Your debut album is due for release soon. Do you have any specific release date or title? Could you give us some hints about the recording process, the inspirations for the making of this album? Will the songs be in the same style with ‘Starship’?
I don’t have a specific release date in mind just yet; I’m keeping it fluid for the moment and will see how the next few singles go. But it is likely to be in the second half of the year. I have a title, but again, that could change, so I won’t say just yet, it’s still early days!

The album was originally going to be an EP of 6 songs, but after recording them and having the best time, I was so thrilled when Jud suggested we do a whole album, so I booked another trip to Glasgow and we wrote and recorded another 6 songs!  

With this album, I decided that I wanted to put together a body of work that I loved, not necessarily following any trends, and I wanted songs that were a homage to what inspired me to sing. So we came up with the idea of Motown meets 90s R&B and just ran with it! The songs have a retro-feel to them, some are more Motown, some are more 90s R&B, some are a fusion of the two and there is a sprinkling of Pop in there as well which mixes it up a bit. You can expect smooth vocals, lots of harmonies, catchy melodies and good vibes.

Listen to the song on Soundcloud / Buy it on  iTunes

9) This album is co-written and produced by the well-known UK production duo Jud Mahoney and Natalie DeLucia, who have worked with Michael Jackson, Brandy and Britney Spears. Could you tell us more about this collaboration?
I first met Jud when I was about 18, and have worked with him multiple times over the last decade. He grew up in South East London too, very close to me, and we hit it off the first time we met. He’s worked with some of my biggest inspirations and essentially honed his craft with some of the legendary producers in the 90s, so he was able to perfectly create the sound for the album that I wanted. Natalie is an insane vocalist and a harmony Queen! She vocally produced me for this album and it was an amazing and super fun process. The 3 of us wrote all of the tracks for the album together and had a blast!

10) What’s next? Any plans for a tour?
I’ve got some awesome remixes of Starship to release, one in particular by the amazing Rishi Rich that has had some great traction and that people seem to be loving. So I’m excited to put them out and then get to work on releasing my second single, which is one of my favourite tracks from the album :)
I definitely want to tour this year, it’s high up on my list, so I’ll see what opportunities come my way. I’m hoping to come back to the UK within the next few months too for some promo, so keep a look out for me!

11) Do you have a special message for your UK fans?
Thank you so much for your support, it means the World to me and I can’t wait to share more of my music with you this year! I hope to see you soon when I head back over, meanwhile, if you want to keep up with what I’m doing, you can find me on Instagram: @danielle_bellas 

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

No, Thank You, the pleasure was all mine!

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01/24/2018 08:20 PM
Eyez 'Init' Produced by Z Dot & Krunchie

From his brand new mixtape 'Square One' out 16th Feb
'This one sounds like a banger to me' DJ Target (BBC 1xtra) | “Big up @Eyez_uk cold MC” Wiley
Audio | Video | Apple | Spotify 

Eyez ‘Init’, premiered by DJ Target on BBC 1Xtra, is the first single from the brand new mixtape 'Square One', due for release February 16th. Behind the boards of the 11 track EP are Zdot & Krunchie, and watch out for Capo Lee, the very special guest feature on 'Same Friends'.
Derby based Eyez, has been steadily building and crafting his place in the grime scene and pushing the Midlands sound for the past 6 years. Whether it's dropping one of his trademark high energy tracks, or delivering stellar freestyles on platforms such as, Fire In The Booth, SBTV, JDZ or numerous others, Eyez never fails to deliver. 
In addition to performing at some of the UK's premier festivals including; Glastonbury, WayOutWest, Bestival, LoveBox, Nass Festival, Eyez has been simultaneously building his international fanbase, with performances in: Amsterdam Rotterdam (Holland). Stockholm Gothenburg (Sweden). Copenhagen (Denmark). Tartu, Tallinn (Estonia), Berlin (Germany), Benidorm & Barcelona (Spain), and an Australian tour scheduled for this summer. Whilst fully focused on music, Eyez's infectious lively personality, has also led to presenting and hosting opportunities. After his team were crowned champions of Redbull’s Grime-A-Side tournament in 2016 Eyez was recruited to co present the following year, and he can currently be found as a presenter for Championship club Derby County FC. - Presented for: GRM & KA awards & Redbull’s Grime-A-Side, and currently a presenter for Derby County Football Club with a one year contract. 
Eyez is endorsed by/working with: Redbull, FootAsylum, G-Star, E&J Brandy, Umbro, Azire men’s wear (Kangol), Levi Jeans. He photoshoots with brands Nike, NorthFace, Chelsea FC and Sports Direct.

01/20/2018 06:27 AM
Interview with Cianna Blaze

We had a chance earlier to sit and talk with lovely Cianna Blaze about her new single "Booty Like Nicki". The single was released back in December. 
Now she has just released the music video that is getting a lot of attention.

Hi Cianna, How have you been?

I have been great, thanks, very busy with the new single!

What steps are you taking to achieve your goals of getting a “Booty Like Nicki”?

I've been in the gym 2/3 times a week training and eating well!

If you had the chance to collaborate with Nicki, what type of content would you like to create?

it would be fire, she has amazing flow and delivery and my style is quite alternative so I think it would be something totally new!

From your new EP Get Mine - what was the most enjoyable track that you worked on?

I really enjoyed working on all of the tracks but if I had to choose I'd say trigger was my fav.

Was there a particular moment in your life that pushed you to start rapping?

I was one of the only females in my group of friends growing up and all the boys were rappers so I just gave it a go and ended up loving it!

What lyric or line have you written that you’re most proud of?

that's a difficult one, too many lyrics to choose from haha!

What inspires your hard-edge style?

bands such as Rage against the machine and Andre 3000 really give me a lot of inspiration.

How can you explain your music style to someone who is unfamiliar with the genre?

its rage against the machine meets Andre 3000 haha!

What general message are you trying to send through your audience with your music? Do you think your audience understands the message you’re putting forth?

I'm just having fun to be honest, I enjoy creating music, music makes people feel good and I want people to smile and feel good when listening to my tunes.

How did it make you feel when you first found out that someone has dedicated a fan account to you?

it's awesome! I love my supporters so it was great to see that!

Where do you think you fit in the England music scene? Do you think you’re attracted to a specific area of England’s music scene?

I don't think I fit in, I think my music stands out!  I don't really think there is anyone in the UK doing the sound and style that I'm bringing.

Do you have a venue that would be a dream for you to perform in? 

I'd say Wembley Stadium,  filling that would be a madness!

What goals are you trying to achieve with your career in this new year?

I just want to keep creating music for people! get more people to hear about me and start touring!!

Where can we find more about your new project?

You can check out my new videos on my youtube which is youtube.com/ciannablaze
You can also keep up with what is happening on my website www.ciannablaze.com and following on socials @ciannablaze

01/19/2018 01:42 PM
Danielle Bellas “Starship" - Video Release

South-East London born R&B singer Danielle Bellas is a soulful, eclectic artist with a passion for Motown-tinged R&B/pop.  Starship is the first offering from an exciting debut album, co-written and produced by UK-based production duo Jud Mahoney and Natalie DeLucia, who have worked with the likes of Michael Jackson, Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis, Brandy and Britney Spears. The slick pop production, featuring hook-laden choruses and smooth lead vocals, is influenced by the late 90’s R&B greats such as Janet Jackson, Aaliyah and Ashanti. The single also boasts a glossy music video and a remix from famous Asian music producer, Rishi Rich (Jay Sean, Juggy D). 

We wrote the track in the studio in Glasgow, inspired by what happens in a lot of long-term relationships, when they get a bit stale and the magic has been lost. But I didn't want to write a break up song, I wanted it to be more hopeful and about not giving up and reclaiming the spark. I guess I'm an old romantic like that!” Danielle Bellas

Although this is her first official release, Danielle Bellas has been filling notepads full of lyrics from a young age and recorded her first single at 16. She joined UK girl group Urban Lady whilst studying for her degree, but is now a solo artist, working on perfecting her sound. Danielle now lives in Sydney and her sound and videos bring a sense of much needed Australian sunshine to the gloomy UK winter.

Danielle Bellas will be releasing three singles over the next few months and will be traveling to the UK and US for live shows around the release of her album later this year. Starship is an impressive introduction to a talented artist who is looking to make a serious impact in the music industry over the coming years.  

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01/17/2018 01:00 PM
Jaystar “Flexin With My Girl" - Single Release

Check out the music video HERE

Flexin with my Girl is the eagerly awaited slick new single by AKA/BBC/Link Up/GRM Daily supported global star Jaystar. Listeners get a real sense of the vibe Jaystar was feeling when he wrote the track. He says “The inspiration of the track came from being with my girl and wanting to show her off and shower her with expensive gifts because of the love I have for her. It was really crazy the way it happened, I hadn’t written the song when I went in to the studio so I had to picture myself somewhere on the mountains, drinking expensive champagne (even though I don’t drink) and that’s where the uplifting vibe came from”.

At the tender age of 7, Jaystar started learning the piano, taught by his musical mother. It soon became clear he had natural talent, and it wasn’t long before he was creating his own melodies. He started to hone his production skills, and was soon recording his own vocals. Jaystar was awarded a prize at the age of 15 for a song he wrote and produced called Need You Backand from then, his career path was set. Now Jaystar, still a young artist, has a buzz in France and Africa, has supported worldwide superstars such as T Pain and headlined large-scale events across Africa to tens of thousands of fans.

Jaystar’s release “Signs of Making Love” was in the top 5 most popular videos on Channel AKA for 5 weeks, came 2nd  in the top 50 selected songs of the year on the same channel and received a numerous plays across Capital Xtra. Never Leave Me was supported by Channel AKA, Flava, Trace and TV channels across Africa, making it the most requested song of the year over the continent. His recent project released early 2017, self-titled EP called “5th Lane” has taken the underground scene by storm, putting Jaystar firmly back on the map. 2018 looks set to be his best year yet.

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12/06/2017 06:06 PM
Cianna Blaze: "Booty Like Nicki" - Ekko & Sidetrack Remix

Have a Listen to the premiere of "Booty Like Nicki" remixed by Ekko & Sidetrack  on BBC Radio 1's Drum & Bass Show with Rene LaVice.

“Booty Like Nicki” is the long-awaited single from British rapper Cianna Blaze, taken from her debut EP “Get Mine” due for release 16th Feb 2018. 
Her sound is described as “Rage Against the Machine meets Andre 3000”…fierce but with a dance floor killing vibe. It’s everything you would expect from a fresh and feisty female…quick wit and sleek rap skills on slick beats. 
“The sound I’m bringing is difficult to pigeon hole as it has influences from different styles of music merged into one,” explains Cianna. “I never want to copy others, so I do my own thing and just go with whatever feels right.”

Cianna first drew attention from fans whilst performing as a hype MC at grime and drum and bass raves and festivals. Through this she performed with Maxim (The Prodigy), which led to the two working together in the studio. Cianna’s last release “On Fire”, which included a club-banging remix by Mob Tactics and a glossy music video which received more than 10k views. The single gained support from trendsetting blogs such as Your EDM, LSD Magazine & Magnetic Mag.

MC Cianna Blaze is no music newbie. She has been building a loyal fanbase through her hard-edged vocals and unique style. Cianna is strong-minded person who thrives on female empowerment and incorporates a sense of strength and dominance in her music. From hitting the mic at festivals and drawing on the raw energy of the crowds to delivering distinctive guest vocals, Cianna has gained industry wide respect. Her releases include ‘808’ feat Audra Nishita, Phase Me’ feat D Dark and ‘Baddest Breed’, recorded with Maxim from Prodigy on the Label Death Drum Rebel and work with Christian Hoffmann’s Toronto is Broken, all of which have kept her at the forefront of the scene.

12/06/2017 06:07 PM
Predz UK: "Kata Dance"

Predz UK has just released his new single "Kata Dance". Following the success of "Nice N Curvy" and "Protect Me", the multi-talented artist, DJ, songwriter is back with this unique yet current single.

Listen to "Kata Dance" Here

Kata Dance is the long-awaited single from Predz, the hardest working independent artist in music today.  “This track is so important to me. I created it to represent and share my Congolese heritage with the world in a way anyone can appreciate and vibe to” Predz UKThe track is produced by Yung Reggie, mixed and mastered by Limitlus Entertainment.
Predz UK’s tracks have been played on radio stations such at The Beat London, Westside Radio, Pulse, Rinse, Kiss Fresh and BBC 1xtra. The MOBO’s tipped him as a “one to watch” and his songs have accumulated over 100,000 streams and hundreds of thousands of YouTube views. This year, his EP launch event sold out, proving Predz fans are excited to hear his new music!

Kevin Muyulu aka Predz is a multi-talented musician who fell in love with music whilst drumming in a church band as a young boy. He started writing and performing his own lyrics, later becoming part of the popular Secret Service Crew, eventually going solo and selling his own mix tapes. He independently sold over 20,000 copies across the UK. To this day, most of his music has been recorded and mastered in-house by his close friend Mr Mennie and his team ‘Limitlus’.
Predz has performed alongside some of the biggest names in the British urban music scene and graced some of the biggest stages in the UK. He has fans in Germany, France and Belgium and has performed in venues across Europe. Predz UK is well known for his catchy slogan “R U KRAYZEE!?” of which the sound bite is often used by well-known DJ’s.

11/27/2017 03:10 PM
Stunnah Gee 'International Girl' Acoustic Video
Stunnah Gee debuted  last week on Band Vault TV with a brand new acoustic version of his latest single 'International Girl', showcasing once again his amazing vocals. 

“Proper afrobeat banger!!! Great new tune from Stunnah Gee! Definitely worth checking out, you won’t be disappointed.” Matterz Mag
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.

11/13/2017 04:47 PM
K*Ners: Depths of The World

K-star founder/artist K*ners returns to the forefront with a new single "Depths Of The World" featuring Incredubwoy and Self Taught Beats on the production duties. When asked what the song is about, K*ners reply is simple, "It's aimed at rappers searching and fronting in music for fame".

The music video has been getting a lot of love and attention on GRM Daily plus spins from Charlie Sloth on (BBC Radio 1/1xtra). K*ners recently performed his new single for BBC Introducing West at their recent sold out Malmsbury Live Arts event to a standing ovation. Looks like K*ners is just getting warmed up, who knows what he got planned for 2018? Keep watching, keep it K-Star!!!