Following Seeking Thrills recent nomination for the Hyundai Mercury Music Prize, Georgia is pleased to announce the release of a special new version of her track “Feel It”, reworked by Toddla T and featuring additional vocals from the multi-talented Atlanta-based rapper Yung Baby Tate.
The original track was written with the intention to inspire a new generation of musicians to get up and play, something which has been magnified with the new energy from Toddla T and Yung Baby Tate.
Georgia says of ‘Feel It’:
“It was wicked that Yung Baby Tate was up for putting her flavour on “Feel It”. She took it to the next level!”
Georgia will be performing live as part of BBC4’s special Hyundai Mercury Prize television coverage on Wednesday 23rd September. The winner will be announced the following Thursday 24th September on BBC One’s The One Show.
Georgia will be heading back out on the road in 2021 with a string of live dates across the UK and Europe.
Singer-songwriter Margot has shared her new single ‘Slow Down’ and it is sure to make you feel better if you suffering from a case of the blues, or a little stress. The single will feature on her debut EP release Make It Last, which is set to be released on the 9th of October.
POP Music adds, “Margot eases her listeners into her important message of self-love with gentle and lighthearted beats and vocals.”
The new single is intended to make you feel lighter, in Margot’s own words, “This song actually went through a long writing process. Frank Slimm and I started this one in April 2019 while I was still living in Berlin and it got shelved for months while we were working on other projects. When we dug it out again, I couldn’t believe we left it for so long! I drafted up a new set of lyrics and it all fell together in about two days. The song itself is about self-care and self-love, taking time out of the day to look after yourself and enjoy the little things, and to remind myself that the time I spend working on myself is just as important as the time I spend working on my career.”
With fragrant sounds and soaring vocals, Margot calms your world down for the next three minutes leaving the listener to hit the repeat function over and over again.
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.
Johan Kull, 31, has been working as a musician and producing music for other artists, as well as being in multiple bands, for ten years. He has studied at the Musicians Institute in Los Angeles and the Royal College of Music in Stockholm, Sweden.
Dreams, which is the first release from his solo project, came to be while studying at the Royal College of Music.
Johan is inspired by artists such as Bon Iver, Finneas and Phoebe Bridgers, and describes his music as melodious och emotional alternative pop, with in uences from dream pop and shoegaze. His melancholic music is characterized by it’s dreamy soundscapes and layers of vocals.
The atmospheric sound of Dreams tells the tale of dreaming as the more tangible reality.
– The song deals with the false reality that dreams can create. When you build this utopian world in your head, how perfect that can be, and how equally horrifying it can be having that taken away when you wake up. But it’s also about the disappointment of expectations being squandered, when reality isn’t up to par with your dreams.
Johan is planning on releasing more singles later this year and an EP is scheduled for 2021.