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September 16, 2020 In conversation with empowering pop singer Ananya

In conversation with empowering pop singer Ananya

Ananya is a twenty-something songstress from Mumbai who has made her mark on India and the world. The songstress went platinum in India with one of her English tracks and currently sits over a global stream rate of 300 million. Last year, Ananya released her single  ‘Day Goes By’ with global hitmaker Sean Kingston, and this has been documented as one of the first major collaborations between the US and Indian artists to date. When Ananya is not making music, the singer breaks down mental health stigma in India as well as empowering and supporting local female entrepreneurs in India with her self-owned company Svatantra.

We find out more about this songstress and activist below.

What are some of your earliest memories of music?

When I was really young, I remember being totally entranced watching my mother playing the Santoor. It is an Indian instrument with a hundred strings that you play on your lap. I used to sit and watch her for hours. It was the first instrument that I learned, and it made taking up the guitar and understanding composition a lot easier later in life.

Take us through your songwriting process. Are there any particular steps you take when putting music together?

Writing music has always been incredibly cathartic for me, when life feels a bit messy I love to find a quiet place and settle in with my notepad and a pen. The process starts with an emotion or a story from my journal and goes from there. Then, I’ll sit with a producer and we will take that really personal experience and put a melody to it. I love the process – it’s beautiful to take something so raw and then put it out to the world for everyone to interpret in their own way.

Studio work and music creation or performing and interacting with a live audience, which do you prefer?

Whether I’m performing to ten people or ten thousand, there is nothing in the world like standing on stage and having people vibe with something you created. Music is all about connecting with people, and there is no better way to do that than when you are live. That exchange of energy – there is no feeling like that in the world.

What is the most memorable response you have had to your music?

Music has always been there for me in the most challenging times in my life and I really want my music to do the same for others. When someone sends me a message to say that they related to something in one of my songs and it helped them through a difficult time, that means the world to me.

The most memorable? It has to be when I was in a cab in Poland of all places. I didn’t even know I was playing on the radio out there, but the driver got so excited when I got in and started singing me some of my songs – it was surreal!

If you could put together a radio show, what kind of music would you play?

I am a big believer that the best music is raw and comes from the heart. I love those songs where you can really feel the emotion of the artist because they are singing about something that happened to them. Audiences appreciate that too because they can connect with it on a different level. Emotions are universal – it doesn’t matter who you are or where you are from, they unite us all. I’ve always strived to be as unapologetically myself as possible with my music, every song feels like a part of me.

Name five artists and their albums who would appear on your radio show

Eminem – The Marshall Mathers LP

Nirvana – Nevermind

Amy Winehouse – Back to Black

Khalid – Free Spirit

Frank Ocean – Channel Orange

What would you like to achieve with your music? What does success look like to you?

Everything I do is about doing what I love and hopefully making a positive impact at the same time.  My definition of success is always evolving but for me, music has always been like a best friend, supporting me through good times and bad. I really hope that my songs can be like that for other people.

One last thought to leave your fans with?

This has been such a difficult time for everyone, it’s this unprecedented collective trauma. With my latest song ‘Let There Be Love’ I wanted to celebrate the beautiful sparks of hope and joy that we have seen coming out of this incredibly challenging period. I think our collective values have changed and we have realized the most important things are love, people, and connections. Keep your loved ones close and always be you.

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September 15, 2020 Pop singer Elvira shares 80’s infused song ‘Envious’

Pop singer Elvira shares 80’s infused song ‘Envious’

Merging her unforgettable Swedish pop sound with classic references to the 70s and 80s, ‘Envious’ is launching Elvira onto the pop scene. Envious is her first single off of an upcoming EP, coming next spring. Complete with beautiful chord patterns, harmonies, and a strong groove, Elvira’s sound is inspired by not only old, but new. Growing up, her family used to host dance parties every Friday where they would listen to old music like Earth, Wind & Fire or Chaka Khan and perform for each other. Mixing that with modern day influences, such as Charlie Puth, Meghan Trainor, and Tove Lo, Elvira’s sound is a blended masterpiece linking different eras together, and Envious is no different.

Envious is the first single on the project, but more singles are coming out during the fall. we can expect intimate love songs, beautiful visuals and get to know her better through her songwriting and socials. Envious also comes with a gorgeous music video, filmed entirely on an iPhone in her old apartment. With help from her friends, they planned, directed, recorded & edited the video in two days. The video will be out the same day as the single.

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September 2, 2020 obylx ‘Climb'(s) back into our hearts with his latest song

obylx ‘Climb'(s) back into our hearts with his latest song

obylx, one of our favourite musicians to keep track of, has provided another of his monthly releases. ‘Climb’ (released like clockwork on the 1st) displays yet another layer of the producer’s diversity. Compared to old-school names such as Supertramp, The Beatles and the modern stylings of Tame Impala, the single once again provides a little glimmer of hope for its listeners.

“When self-imposed rules and expectations actually hold you back in a situation where you could be flourishing without them.”obylx shares the inspiration behind the single.

Of course, we won’t publicly admit that we’re planning our Christmas playlist just yet but let’s just say, this single is just made for cheerful scenes. Family, egg nog and twinkling fairy lights spring to mind immediately. Santa, is that you?

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September 2, 2020 Singer Beth Hirsch shares official remix for hit ‘All I Need’

Singer Beth Hirsch shares official remix for hit ‘All I Need’

The new single follows up on the recently released albums opening track <<‘Allison Something>> and is one of the two tracks she featured on from Air’s multi-platinum album Moon Safari. The story goes that Beth and Air members Nicolas Godin and Jean-Benoît Dunckel all lived in Montmartre; Nicolas was my neighbour, but I didn’t know him, says Beth. Hirsch was working on her own EP with Nouvelle Vague’s Marc Collin at the studio of Étienne Wersinger, cult French producer known for his work with Air, Nouvelle Vague and Camille. One morning Godin was there sitting on the couch I asked him if he was in music and he replied, ‘Yes, I am. Actually, my partner and I are putting out a record, and we’d like you to be on it, she recalls.

They showed me a couple of tracks and I happened to really like them. You could just tell their sense of melody was so strong. I felt very drawn to it. Hirsch went on to write the lyrics and melody of All I Need. At the request of the band, she also composed another track for the album, You Make It Easy. Moon Safari went on to sell an estimated two million copies around the world, and ‘All I Need‘ became its third single, after ‘Sexy Boy’ and ‘Kelly Watch The Stars.’

People have offered or suggested to me over the years to remix it, and I’ve never really jumped on board,she says while working in the studio with ELIOT two years ago in Greece, he mentioned he’d really like to remix ‘All I Need’ and showed me the sketch. I thought ‘This is so cool, let’s just do this.’”

Beth Hirsch rose to fame as a consequence of her collaborations with French duo Air on that critically acclaimed debut album Moon Safari, as well as making a significant contribution to the album as lead vocalist/co-writer on two of the record’s key moments, the hit single All I Need and You Make It Easy, she also performed live around the world as part of Airs live touring band.

Her sultry and haunting vocals were also key on a duet with Senegalese singer Wasis Diop. Everything was included in the soundtrack for the acclaimed remake of the classic movie, The Thomas Crowne Affair. Signed to !K7 Records Hirsch released her debut solo album, the acoustic Early Days in 2000, followed by the Pitchfork-approved electronic Titles & Idols’ in 2001. After a series of collaborations with artists including Pale 3, Jakatta and D*Note, Hirsch released her third solo album Wholehearted in 2007.

With ‘All I Need (ELIOT’s Cosmic Remix)’Beth Hirsch proves her vocals are an essential part of what made the song a timeless piece of music.

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