Kingdumb, ‘Ecstasy’

Words By Sam Wetherby.

Kingdumb keeps proving he’s a true powerhouse in the music industry with ‘Ecstasy’. The track’s got the feel-good flowing from ever pore, and you will be hooked!

You know Kingdumb always brings that top-notch production quality, thats what he does here! Also, let me tell you, even the most reserved folks will struggle to not move to the enticing beat. The bass is also intense, and it will hit you deep in the soul! So, get ready, you can have some ‘Ecstasy’ below.

Brian Lightning, ‘Pilot’

Words By Joey Rochert.

Oh, Brian Lightning, where shall we even begin? What an innovator we have here with Birmingham’s latest phenomenon! When he is not mesmerising his audiences with his mind-boggling magic skills, he is pleasing their ears with his brand new and debut single, titled “Pilot.”

A track which takes us far into his imagination, it explores an indie, jazzy sound which is soothing yet has heaps of power within its touch. The vocals from Brian are alluring, and he manages to stand out right from the start! One to watch for the future? We certainly think so!

Photo Credit: Brian Lightning.

Julia Thomsen, ‘Little Miracles’

Words By Joey Rochert.

‘Little Miracles’, the latest composition by Julia Thomsen, is a musical ear-worm that resonates deeply, inspiring us to see the inherent goodness in the world. The enchanting allure of this piece has captivated our hearts, leaving us yearning for more. Also, Thomsen’s creativity envelops us in a blanket of tranquility, akin to the gentle touch of a warm wind.

In the realm of composing, Julia Thomsen has firmly established herself as a beacon of light. Her talent for crafting captivating melodies and evoking emotional harmonies sets her apart. With “Little Miracles,” Thomsen effortlessly transports us on a journey to nirvana. The experience seamlessly weaves itself into the fabric of our consciousness, leaving an indelible mark on our souls.

Photo Credit: Julia Thomsen.

Thomas Cole, The Interview Series.

Words By Joey Rochert.

Welcome back, Thomas! We’re thrilled to have you here, and we’re eager to learn more about your new single, ‘Up In Smoke.’ Could you provide our readers with a glimpse of what they can expect before delving into the track? 

💛 Yes, absolutely! Thank you so much for having me. ‘Up In Smoke’ is my ninth studio single of my upcoming debut album, ‘Late To Bloom’. It’s a dance track that I like to call the sexy song on the album, and it kind of speaks to all the things that try to distract us and throw us off course; such as sex, drugs, temptation in whatever form… in it, I say “my good intentions up in smoke / your sweet sativa has a hold / my good intentions up in smoke / not gonna lose control / not gonna take you home.” So it’s kind of an internal battle as to where to draw the line, because, let me tell ya, actions have consequences. The lyrics and music video tell a story about being approached by someone at a bar, while being in a relationship, and how to kind of manoeuvre that situation. 

Your growth as an artist has been evident in the progression of your previous releases. It’s clear that you’re evolving and becoming more influential with each new release. What fuels your inspiration to consistently produce such captivating music?

💛 Thank you very much! I like to think with each song release, I’m getting better and stronger at what I do. It’s very much a learning process and you learn through trial and error what works and what doesn’t. Unfortunately, I’m a virgo, and a perfectionist as a result, so it’s important to me to put out captivating art that engages the audience. 

Collaborating with Rudy Bundini for the official video must have been an exciting experience. How did that collaboration came about? 

💛 Oh, Rudy and I go way back! Maybe eight years ago, we met modeling and walking the runway for all kinds of New York designers. The great thing about social media is it keeps everyone close in a way. Even though all that time had passed, when I was imagining the concept for the video, I immediately saw him as my co-star, so I reached out and he said yes!

Thomas Cole
Photo Credit: Thomas Cole

As we approach the midsummer of 2023, we’re curious to know what standout moments or experiences have been the highlight of your summer so far?

💛 Honestly, rehearsing for, and filming the ‘Up In Smoke’ music video was a real stand out moment this summer. It was my first time having choreography and professional dancers in a video, so it took a lot of work, and seeing it come to life was really special. Other than that, I saw Ava Max on tour…finally, last month. She’s been a huge inspiration for my music and finally being able to see her live, after covid screwed up her last tour, was really really a highlight of my year! I’m taking my husband to the South of France to celebrate his birthday next month, so that’s something super exciting, still, to look forward to! Maybe it’ll inspire a song on the next album…who knows?!

With the release of your latest single, ‘Up In Smoke,’ in the spotlight, can you hint at any plans you have in store for more releases this year?

💛 Well I thought you’d never ask! YES! My debut album, ‘Late To Bloom,’ is set to release on September 29th. It has 11 dance tracks, all produced by the brilliant LA producer, Electropoint. You can preorder it on vinyl, as well as the digital versions, now. Head to my website for more info. You may be getting a surprise or two before then as well, so stay tuned!

Photo Credit: Thomas Cole.

Marsha Swanson, The Interview Series.

Words By Joey Rochert.

Hello, Marsha, Let’s talk about your new single, ‘In Parallel’, what is the meaning? 

The song is reflecting on what is involved in maintaining a long-term relationship. I reference swans, as a symbol of loyalty. Not only do they mate for life, but they can often be seen swimming in parallel together over great distances. As humans, we have many distractions and interferences both internally and externally that can knock us of our path. In the video, I use ballet to represent the expansive dance involved for any couple.  I include in this dance, each person’s understanding and management of their own inner child. I also wanted to get across that whilst some threats to the relationship may be conscious, others may only become knowable via dreams. However, it is the ability to face up to or throw sentient light on what lies in the shadows,  that can ultimately strengthen a relationship.

I found it particularly poignant to learn that swans sing when they die.  I feel that each song of mine is perhaps a swansong of sorts, because there needs to be a death to give rise to a birth so it is inherent in any creation.

Which artists in the current industry inspire you the most?

The way that David Bowie continued his music to the very end of his life, incorporating his own dying process into his art was profoundly moving and inspiring. Even though he died in 2016, the ripples of this legacy are still powerfully current.

My daughter listens to a lot of Billie Eilish and as a result of this, I have been exposed to more of her music over the last few years than almost any other artist. I have been really struck by the power of her vision, from her songs to her videos, her performance and even the way she engages with her fans. 

What is the best thing about being a musician in 2023?

All musicians who lived through the pandemic have seen that music still has a place, even when we can’t perform live. For all its widely reported problems, technology has enabled us to both record and share music without even leaving our homes and that is incredible. I think in 2023 we are all appreciating being able to play live again, whilst also knowing that whatever the circumstances, the music will still play on!

Photo Credit: James Sebastian

Is there a certain place you often go to write? E.g a certain room, or environment?

When I’m writing for my own need to express something, it will always be on my piano in my lounge. A piano that goes back 3 family generations and is still able to keep its tune! If I’m writing as a commission, or as a project or co-write, it is a very different head-space and I can do that anytime and anywhere!

What is your first memory of music? 

I don’t know that I could trust any answer I gave to this question. Memory is so unreliable as we tend to construct and fabricate our stories without realizing it, shaping them subtly over time like a Chinese whisper. However, I do have consistent and powerful early childhood memories of my Dad’s best friend singing to me before bed on his guitar. I loved his voice which was gentle and soothing. It certainly had a formative impact on me.

Photo Credit: Marsha Swanson.

Von Venn, ‘In Time’

Words By Joey Rochert.

The highly awaited new album, ‘Jeanie Is Out’ from Dublin’s own indie-rock band Von Venn will be released this Friday, June 23rd, including the riveting premiere of new track ‘In Time’. Thankfully, we were able to get our hands on a sneak preview before it was officially released, and the band’s performance does not disappoint.

The new material from Von Venn oozes charm and carries on from where previous tracks like ‘Ghost’ and ‘Constant Girl’, left off! Also, it displays their ability to integrate indie rock’s underpinnings with pop’s subtleties and they are artistically on par with that of modern greats like Blossoms.

Lead singer and wordsmith, Gary Cox, bewitches all with his entrancing vocals, seamlessly intertwining with the meticulously crafted instrumentation. The result is a harmonious fusion that will leave you spellbound.

‘Jeanie Is Out’ the new album by Von Venn will be out on Friday, June 23rd.

Photo Credit: Von Venn.

4Qua Of OrioN, The Interview Series.

Words By Joey Rochert.

Hello, 4Qua Of OrioN, Let’s talk about your new single, ‘4QuaZulu’, what is the meaning? 

4Qua simply means 4Qua of the zulu spirit, Zulus were remarkable people in ancient Africa and they are still a great people so it’s simply 4Qua meaning myself bathing in the glory of Zulu fame for lack of better words 🙂

Which artists in the current industry inspire you the most?

It’s hard to say in particular as majority of the acts / artists currently charting are excellent, I tend to be more drawn to Genre of music  and that itself is a temporary thing as my genre of choice this hour might not necessarily be the same in the next hour if you know what I mean,

4Qua Of OrioN
Photo Credit: James Sebastian

What is the best thing about being a musician in 2023?

The tools available for exposure and marketing ones arts have never been so accessible so this is a great time for musicians in my opinion

Is there a certain place you often go to write? E.g a certain room, or environment?

Not really, so far i’ve not been able to relate, when I hear musicians or composers imply or insist that having a dedicated space or  time is a prerequisite for success in or with their work, hahaha one just never knows when inspiration will come, for me it’s  not something i can switch off and on like it’s some sort of laboratory science endeavour, no jose. 

What is your first memory of music? 

My first memory of music? Hmmm…. listening to the Bassline by Aston Family Man Barrett on Bob Marley’s Rastaman vibration for the first time, I can clearly remember how i felt, i think i must have been 6 0r 7 years old.

Photo Credit: 4Qua Of OrioN.

James Sebastian, The Interview Series.

Words By Joey Rochert.

Hello, James, Let’s talk about your new single, ‘Life’s Tasting Good’, what is the meaning? 

Well at the core of it, “Life’s Tasting Good” documents the life of a young rat who dreams of becoming a chef at Auguste Gusteau’s restaurant and tries to achieve his goal by forming an unlikely alliance with… wait, no, sorry, that’s Ratatouille! It’s actually just simply about the joys of life. Because sometimes you need to sit back and appreciate the flavours of the world. 

Which artists in the current industry inspire you the most?

Harry Styles has to hold that crown. What he’s done for combining the aura of a retro rockstar with the modern pop scene is right up my alley. Greta Van Fleet take a close second. 

James Sebastian
Photo Credit: James Sebastian

What is the best thing about being a musician in 2023?

Being active in the age of social media. Thousands of people can hear your music immediately and the challenge is less about getting your music heard and more just making it as good as it can be. 

Is there a certain place you often go to write? E.g a certain room, or environment?

I’ve tried to have a think but I don’t tbink there’s anywhere specific I write… what does tend to happen is I’ll come up with an idea somewhere like the library or midway through a theatre show and I have to sneak off to the toilet for a lil compositional wee break. Rock and roll, eh?

What is your first memory of music? 

I was on a tricycle in my house around 5 years old and Johnny B Goode was on the radio. But I’m still not quite playing guitar like ringing a bell just yet… its more like juggling currently!

Photo Credit: James Sebastian.

James Sebastian, ‘Life’s Tasting Good’

Words By Joey Rochert.

James Sebastian’s latest single, “Life’s Tasting Good,” truly means business. Combining a nostalgic classic rock sound with a modern texture, this track creates a captivating hybrid that demands attention.

The instrumental arrangement adds a layer of quality to the overall experience. The tight drum hits provide a solid foundation, driving the rhythm forward with precision. The potent guitar strikes inject a raw power, complementing James’s vocals flawlessly. Meanwhile, the piercing bass tones add depth and richness to the mix.

“Life’s Tasting Good” stands out not only for its remarkable fusion of styles but also for its undeniable charm. You can check it out below.

Photo Credit: James Sebastian.

Marsha Swanson, ‘In Parallel’

Words By Joey Rochert.

Marsha Swanson, the acclaimed folk artist and winner of multiple awards for her extraordinary talent, is set to make a momentous return to the music industry with her highly-anticipated single, “In Parallel.” Scheduled for release on June 9th, this track marks Swanson’s first musical endeavor in several years, leaving fans eager to immerse themselves in her distinctive sound once again.

For this special release, Swanson enlisted the collaboration of an esteemed team of musicians, including the renowned Henry (King Thumb) Thomas. Widely recognized for his role as a co-presenter and writer contributor of the BBC TV series Rockschool, Thomas’s involvement adds an exciting dynamic to the composition. Together, Swanson and Thomas create a powerful fusion of folk and rock elements that promise to captivate listeners from the very first note.

Recorded at the prestigious Konk Studios, “In Parallel” benefits from the expertise of multi-platinum-selling producer Iestyn Polson. Polson, known for his work with esteemed artists such as David Gray, Patti Smith, and David Bowie, brings his wealth of experience and keen musical sensibilities to the project. The result is a finely crafted piece of music

You can pre-save here.

Photo Credit: Marsha Swanson.