Songwriting

24 Jun 19
Girl Underground Music

Melbourne’s R&B songstress, Priya Francis, comes in with a delicate sensuality of reflective enlightenment and growth on her latest single “Same Wine.”

24 Jun 19
Star Music

New to the world of music production? This article will explain the various steps involved when making music and help you organize the process in your head. In today’s music-making world, the only rule is there are no rules. Record whatever you want and use it as a sample. Automate effects in ways never imagined […]

24 Jun 19
Hollywood Life

James Bay’s EP ‘Oh My Messy Mind’ continues his trend of relaying his own anxiety & fears in a way fans can fully relate to. He speaks to HL about tapping into that vulnerable space.

24 Jun 19
Consequence of Sound
Origins is a recurring new music feature that tasks musicians and artists with giving their best insights into the inspiration behind their latest song. Today, Ali Barter breaks down her first love song, “Backseat”. Australia’s Ali Barter has never been shy in her songwriting. In fact, it’s her blunt handling of often tangled situations and emotions that earned her 2017 debut, A Suitable Girl, such acclaim. But while everyone one around her was embracing the album, she was rejecting it. For all their honesty, Barter felt there was a lack of her own identity on the tracks. So when she set out to make the follow-up, Hello, I’m Doing My Best, Ali Barter made sure that Ali Barter came through loud and clear. So when she sings of awkward, messy love on new track “Backseat”, you can trust the dirty sincerity is all her. Self-described as her “first ever love song,” the single kicks with crunchy guitar licks that sound like making eye-contact across a crowded bar while you’re bopping your head to the jukebox. Which is essentially the synopsis of the song, as Barter wrote it about meeting her producer/collaborator boyfriend Oscar Dawson. Speaking of the track, Barter said, “’Backseat’ is about admiring someone from afar and then falling in love. I had this idea of a clip that was kinda like True Romance crossed with Misery. How love can make you a bit crazy and how sometimes we smother love with our love. The clip is about two awkward people that get together one night at a bar. A girl admires a boy from afar but when she meets him they are so clumsy and over eager that they end up injuring each other during a late night jam session. It’s just like love really. A mess.” Watch the lovely mess play out in Ali Barter’s “Backseat” video below. Hello, I’m Doing My Best is out October 18th. For more on how Dawson, ’90s movies, and The Breeders inspired “Backseat”, read Ali Barter’s Origins of the track below. Oscar: Ali Barter and Oscar Dawson, photo by MichellePitiris I don’t really write love songs but this song is about my husband Oscar, a boy that I crushed on for years until we started playing music together. I met him through my ex who took me to see Oscar’s band and I just thought they were best thing I’d ever seen. A couple of years later I was recording my first EP and the producer knew Oscar and brought him in to record the guitar parts. About six months later I had this gig coming up and needed a guitarist so I nervously called Oscar and asked if he’d be free and he said yes. Gross right. The Breeders – “Do You Love Me Now”   I remember feeling really lost when I started writing for this record, so I took my self out of town to the beach and listened to the Breeders. I became obsessed with the track “Do You Love Me Now” and I was writing on my guitar as if it were a bass, just to bottom string. That’s how this song began. ’90s Movies – Reality Bites, Clueless, 10 Things I Hate About You: Movies have always been really influential to my writing. I’m big into soundtracks. So when I started thinking about Oscar and our funny little love story, I was reminded of the way you feel about a boy or girl in high school or your early 20’s. I wanted the lyrics to feel like a diary entry or love letter. The intensity but also the naivety. The Otways: I wrote this song secluded down the coast in a beautiful part of Australia called the Otways. It’s really rugged and green and hilly and remote. I often drive down there, put the fire on, drink tea and write songs. Find Barter’s tour schedule below. Ali Barter 2019 Tour Dates: 09/18 – Amsterdam, NL @ Melweg Upstairs 09/19 – Paris, FR @ Bastille Sounds at Supersonic 09/20 – Hamburg, DE @ Reeperbahn Festival (Aussie BBQ) 09/21 – Hamburg, DE @ Reeperbahn Festival 09/23 – Haldern, DE @ Haldern Pop Bar 09/25 – Brussels, BE @ LA Machine 09/28 – Glasgow, UK @ Broadcast 09/29 – Leeds, UK @ The Lending Room 09/30 – Manchester, UK @ Yes (Basement) 10/01 – Birmingham, UK @ Sunflower Lounge 10/02 – London, UK @ Sebright Arms 10/04 – Belfast, IE @ McHughs 10/05 – Dublin, IE @ Academy 2 11/13 – Chicago, IL @ Schubas 11/15 – Toronto, ON @ Drake Hotel 11/16 – Washington, DC @ Songbyrd DC 11/17 – Boston, MA @ Once 11/19 – New York, NY @ Mercury Lounge 11/21 – San Francisco, CA @ Cafe Du Nord 11/22 – Los Angeles, CA @ Hotel Cafe
24 Jun 19
The Declaration

This former Fifth Harmony star should snag the top spots of your playlists this summer, and here’s why. Jauregui, 22, has only released two solo singles from her debut studio album: the sultry “Expectations” in 2018 and the hypnotic R&B banger “More Than That” in 2019; prior to the breakup of her group, she also […]

24 Jun 19

Ashbringer are an atmospheric black metal band from the US and this is their third album. Ashbringer’s black metal combines aggressive blackness with melodic sensibilities and folk-influenced post-rock reflection. Elements of bands such as Fen, Agalloch, Falls of Rauros, Amiensus, and Alcest can be heard, but moulded and channelled through Ashbringer’s own collective experiences and […]

24 Jun 19
The Faulkner Review

  Field of Bronze are an alternative rock band hailing from Conroe, Texas. They originally formed in 2008 when childhood friends Joshua Pitt and Bobby Westmoreland got together, developing the dreamlike rock sound and poetic, storytelling aspect that now constitutes their musical modus operandi. Drummer Jonathan Hoffman joined them in 2011 and they released their […]

24 Jun 19
UNSIGNEDHYPE

After spiritual awakenings djing at a festival in Spain Vaniran Music is thrilled to announce the release of the latest single from Anakin V – Im Fine ft Adye Ida   I’m Fine is a cross over electronic/ altpop collaboration with vocalist Adye Ida from Melbourne, whom Anakin overheard singing in the back of an […]

24 Jun 19

Recently, whilst listening to the same Bowie playlist I’d been glued to for the last 6 months I started to wonder what it is about certain musicians we find so tantalising. I can name plenty of brilliant songs by a huge range of brilliant artists, but if you told me I had to listen to […]

24 Jun 19
BUSK MUSIC

Nina Nesbitt Live – Bringing Delamere Forest to Life The sun certainly didn’t shine on Sunday night at Delamere Forest for the Jess Glynne concert. However Nina Nesbitt took to the stage shortly after 7:45pm to blow the crowds away with tracks from her stunning album “The Sun Will Come up, The Seasons Will Change”. […]

24 Jun 19
Wish Creative Media & Marketing

SPOTIFY is attempting to obtain refunds from labels after belatedly discovering that it had overpaid royalties through 2018 to an undisclosed extent. This will not be news to their ears however, Spotify’s streaming rates are often criticized for being too low. The music streaming provider, in common with other publishers, is bound by the US Copyright Royalty […]

24 Jun 19
The Word Slinger Blog

What people don’t get about Bob Dylan is that he is a rocker. He started out as a folkie, singing the traditional songs of Pete Seeger and his great idol Woody Guthrie. The earnest folk community adopted him as one of their own and he rose to fame as the great archetypal folk minstrel. Acoustic […]

24 Jun 19
DMU Acapella

Jenna Kearns Having been a member since September 2014, the singer songwriter joined DeMontfort University to study performing arts and learn more about her passion. Along the way, Jenna also found she enjoyed vlogging so used this as a platform to document her life at university as a student, her degree, her songwriting, and disability […]