Meet London’s Newest Star: Paige Bea. “. . . You have to 100 percent believe in what you are doing . . .”

Meet upcoming singer / songwriter Paige Bea. This London native has been in the spotlight for the last couple of months due to her impressive debut “Pick Up Your Heart” which was released in November. I got the chance to speak with her about feelings leading up to debut, future collaborations, and much more!

Enjoy!


 

Q: Before we start, would you like to introduce yourself to the readers?

A: Sure thing. My name is Paige Bea and I’m a singer-songwriter from the burbs of London!

 

Q: You officially debuted last November, is it sort of surreal that you’ve launched your career as a musician? Is this something you’ve always wanted to have a career in?

A: Yeah totally, I’d spent a lot of time telling myself and other people that that’s what I wanted to do, but actually making that decision at 22 (which is kinda old) and finally getting somewhere was in a way unexpected but simultaneously, completely inevitable. I have a deep need to communicate whether that be through languages, writing or music, but singing is where I feel most at home.

 

Q: What were some of the emotions you experienced leading up to your debut? (if you remember) (Ex: anxious, excited)

A: As anyone in music knows, releasing music whether it be one track or an album is an incredibly lengthy process so I think the nerves had kind of dulled themselves by the time I actually released, I was just ready for that song to not be just mine anymore. And I was, and still am, intrigued to just see what kind of reaction (if any at all!) my music might provoke.

 

Q: When you decided to pursue music, did you have the support of your inner circle? (family / friends / peers)

A: Yeah definitely, I mean I don’t think my parents really believed I was actually going to do it but they have always given me a lot of space to work out how I want to live my life, and that’s super important and I’m so bloody grateful for that. Now that I’ve started releasing and they understand how the industry works a bit more, they’re even more supportive. And my friends seem to love it – if they don’t, they haven’t told me yet!

 

 

Q: Are there any words of advice you could give aspiring musicians – specifically, those who are concerned about what others will say?

A: I’m not sure how much of a position I am in to be giving advice, but I suppose what I’ve learnt so far is that you have to 100 percent believe in what you are doing, because if you don’t no-one else ever will. Also, don’t be afraid to make mistakes, or fail, or be bad at something for a while. If you care too much what other people think, or think that you might look stupid if you fail or you think, “well I’ve written a couple of songs and they’re bad, so that’s that”…. That’s just a bad attitude. You can get better at everything else (songwriting, aesthetic, your instruments) provided you have true passion for it. Oh, and don’t compare yourself to others on social media, that will just make you very very sad. (Guess I did actually have quite a lot of advice…)

 

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Q: You released your debut song “Pick Up Your Heart” along with its video in November. What was the inspiration behind the song?

A: I’d sung at a funeral the day before for a girl who was about my age when she died and I just sat down at the piano and thought how ridiculous it was that we’re so passive, and we complain so much about things in our life that in the grand scheme of things, just don’t really matter. I know it’s all relative but I just felt kind of compelled to write something about that. I also hate writing conventional love songs, I think there’s so much else to be written about. Having said that, the next tracks kind of are about relationships, but hopefully not in a way you’d expect…..

 

Q: Since its release, critics have described your voice as having an “effortless sense of soul” “immaculate” and “rich, soulful” ; Did you ever imagine that people would respond to you so well?

A: Yes because I am totally amazing. Nah, I’m kidding. I absolutely was not expecting it, and it’s so interesting to see all the soul comparisons as I definitely wouldn’t define myself as a ‘soul’ singer as such, but it’s definitely a big compliment.

 

Q: Growing up, who were some musicians that influenced you?

A: My parents listened to a pretty diverse range of musicians, my Dad was always playing Moby, Moloko or Sade and my mum was really into Carly Simon, Phoebe Snow, Roberta Flack, Janis Ian. And just like everyone else, I spent most of my teenage years trying to sound like a Joni Mitchell/Jeff Buckley fusion but I don’t think it really suited my voice. It wasn’t til I was a lot older that I started listening to neo soul and rnb music, but I remember hearing Erykah Badu’s “On + On” or Jill Scott’s “Love Rain” and being like that’s closer to where I want to be. I think I’m now swaying a bit more towards electronic/rnb music, but we’ll see…

 

Q: Are there any current artists that you are influenced by?

A: I’m really into this French electro rnb artist Bonnie Banane at the moment, she’s a bit nuts and I appreciate her slightly bizarre aesthetic. Oh and I’ve just discovered Dutch-Iranian trip-hop/rnb singer Sevdaliza, it’s pretty dark but I’m into it. Also you should check out this Irish rapper Kojaque, he’s got some big things coming his way.

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Q: South London has been a hotspot for new music recently with artists like Ms. Banks and Mina Rose gaining international fame. Are there any artists coming out of there that you would want to collaborate with in the future?

A: I’d like to croon with Puma Blue and if Loyle Carner wanted to spit some bars on a track of mine, that would be great.

 

Q: Do you have any dream collaborations?

A: It’s always changing really, but probably Dev Hynes (Blood Orange, Lightspeed Champion). He’s kind of a magician, everything he does is just next level, he was kind of the architect behind Solange’s A Seat At The Table. Or maybe Dave Okumu, he’s worked with Jessie Ware, Rosie Lowe, Connie Constance, Nilufer Yanya etc.

 

Q: Are there any international musicians you’d want to work with?

A: *See above!* – Maybe add Kelsey Lu, I really like what she’s doing at the moment. Watch her “Boiler Room” set in Iceland, it’s magical.

 

Q: Is there any place in particular you’d like to travel and share your music?

A: I think people in New York and LA would totally get what I’m doing, and I’d like to move to Paris at some point in the next five years and try out the scene there.

 

 

Q: Some artists value sharing music through live performances; I know you’ve performed a number of times – do you remember what your first time performing was like?

A: Yeah it was really nerve wracking, I’d never played my guitar and sung at the same time, and for some reason there was a bunch of industry people there and I kind of wanted to die. I tend to get quite a lot of adrenaline on stage though and I tend to thrive off it in the end. (95% of the time…)

 

Q: Is that something you look forward to (or dread) when it comes to being an entertainer?

A: It totally depends, sometimes the vibe can just be a bit off and you’re not feeling like yourself and you sort of psych yourself out. I’ve found that a very large glass of pre stage wine helps for some reason.

 

Q: I know in London there are two very notable stages every artist, both local and international,  dreams to perform at: The O2 and Royal Albert Hall. Can you see yourself performing there in the future?

A: I’m not sure, it depends what kind of music I end up making. I don’t know if my music is suited to big arena shows. I was at Nick Hakim last week at Koko and that’s now definitely on my list of venues.

 

Q: Aside from performing, what are some of future goals for your music and your evolution as an artist? How do you hope to affect people?

A: I want to take risks, I want to create something that’s completely new, that people struggle to put into boxes. I feel like so many people in music have stopped taking risks and I really want to push myself, and the people that listen to my music. That doesn’t necessarily mean creating something experimental or abstract, but I don’t want to just create “another neo-soul, rnb song about love” – I want to try to use interesting instrumentation and deal with topics in a new way.

 

Q: Lastly, is there anything you would like to tell your supporters?
A: Buy my song on iTunes.


Make sure to support Paige’s music by following her on: SoundCloud, Spotify

To watch her video for “Pick Up Your Heart” click here.

Stay updated by following her on: Twitter, Instagram

Meet Alternative R&B Artist: Abi Ocia. “I think it’s important that what I do is honest.”

Meet Abi Ocia. This English vocalist made her debut in 2016 as a feature on the song Home and has been gradually building a name for herself ever since. Her music has been called a “mini-masterpiece”, “smooth” and she’s even been crowned as West London’s “new soul-filled R&B princess” by sources such as Wonderland Magazine.

I got the chance to speak with her about her musical influences, what drove her into singing, and much more.

Enjoy!


 

Q: For the readers who may not know who you are, would you like to introduce yourself?

A: Of course – I’m Abi Ocia, and in case you are unsure of how to pronounce the last name it’s ‘oh-see-ah.’

 

 

Q: How did you become interested in music? When did you realize you wanted to do it professionally?

A: Church was a big musical influence growing up. I was fascinated by the worship music I grew up singing, and still sing today. There is such a unique soul and atmosphere that worshiping creates, and I was drawn to explore this in my own way.  I don’t think there was a point in which I realised I wanted to do music professionally, I just followed my intrigue.

 

 

Q: When you decided to become a musician did you have the support of your family and/or friends?

A: 100% – I am blessed with a very supportive circle of family and close friends.

 

 

Q: Your introduction to the world was with the song “Home” which you featured on by Draper,  knowing this was the first time you would be heard by the masses were you nervous about the response?

A: I think I was more excited to finally kick start my journey into music.

 

 

Q: Since its release it has accumulated over 300,000 plays and 6,000 likes on SoundCloud alone. How does it make you feel to know that this many people enjoy your sound?

A: It’s very encouraging to know that people are engaging with the music. That is something special.

 

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Q: You followed up Home with a song of your own entitled, “Running“. What was the inspiration behind that song?

A: ‘Running’ explores an inner dialogue. It asks the question ‘what are you afraid of?’ and how far are you willing to go to rid yourself of those fears. Exploring these themes certainly helped to inspire the song through to its final form, sonically and visually.

 

 

Q: Do you write all of you music yourself? Would you ever collaborate with someone when it comes to writing?

A: Yes, I write all my own content. It really helps that I get to work with incredible producers, such as Draper and Mkulu, who really pull out the best in me. I have worked with other writers previously – creative collaboration is part of the beauty of making music.

 

Q: Who are some of your musical influences?

A: A very tough question indeed – I appreciate such a wide range of music that it is hard to pin down particular influences. Again, the worship music I grew up listening to and playing at Church is certainly an influence that stands out to me the most.

 

 

Q: Is there anyone you want to collaborate with in the future? (they do not have to be famous)
A: Phil Collins – he is a genius.

 

 

Q: Since the release of Running you have released songs “Konfyt and “Expo. Do you think consistency is a trait every artists needs in order to succeed?

A: Consistency and authentic content!

 

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Q: In an interview with Clash Magazine you mention that Konfyt symbolized “have hiding places that are ‘unfamiliar’ to those around us, where the ‘darkness’ and ‘light’ of our own selves tirelessly battle” . . . Is it important to you that your songs have meaning rather than just sounding nice to get views?

A: I think it’s important that what I do is honest. It is a waste of time trying to force content that only serves to please online algorithms and views.

 

 

Q: What kind of advice could you give someone who may want make a career out of music but is too scared of what others might think?

A: Care less and create.

 

 

Q: Since you have released three songs within the year, should we be prepared for a project in 2018?

A: There will certainly be a lot more content coming this year…

 

 

Q: Last but not least, is there anything you want to tell your supporters?

A: You make this journey much more real, and I am so thankful!


To stay updated with Abi: Instagram, Twitter, SoundCloud

 

Meet London Based Singer/Songwriter: Marie Dahlstrom. “. . . Trust in yourself and imagine the best for yourself.”

Meet Marie Dahlstrom, the Danish vocalist who is currently based in London. I’ve been a fan of Marie for a little over 4 years and in that time have seen her develop into the artist she is now. This website was built off the idea that artists like Marie should be getting more recognition. Since the beginning, she’s created timeless music that has captivated audiences from all over the world. 

I got the chance to speak with her about her favorite artists, what’s kept her going all these years, and much more!

Enjoy!


Q: For the readers who may not be aware of your music, would you like to introduce yourself?

A: Singer-songwriter, Danish, live in London, PhD student.

 

 

 

Q: What attracted you to music? Who were some of the influences you had growing up that made you think “wow, I want to do this too” ?

A: I was making music from a young age, it felt natural to me, so I just followed my gut and went with it.

 

 

 

Q: Did you always know you want to be a musician? When you decided to do it professionally did you have the support of your family and/or friends?

A: It wasn’t something I ever decided, it was something I felt like I was missing so much when I wasn’t doing it.. It was almost like music chose me, in a way.

 

 

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Q: You released your first project Feelings in 2011. Since this was your first official project released, were you nervous about how it would be received?

A: No I wasn’t nervous- I thought it was exciting and I think I was quite naive to the whole music world, didn’t really know what I was doing hahah…I think that helped a bit.

 

 

 

Q: Do you remember how you felt listening to the project as a whole for the first time?

A: I felt proud, and I felt it was a nice accomplishment, and fun to have tried from scratch to make a project, it’s a lot of work – in a good way :)

 

 

 

Q: Because this was your first official project, did you feel any pressure in creating it? Are there any tips you could give aspiring artists when it comes to creating their first project?

A: I didn’t feel any pressure in creating my first project – making music is a learning curve, and I think it is important to view it that way. Every time I start a new song, I always think, it doesn’t have to become a track that I want to share with the world, and that really takes away all pressure. It’s for you only, until you want to make it for someone else. Some days you make good songs, sometime you make bad songs, and that’s the beauty of it.

 

 

 

Q: Since its release, you have consistently put out singles such as “Look the Other Way” (feat. Sophie Faith), and projects such as Gloom and Nine. Do you write all your music yourself?

A: Yes, I write all my music myself – sometimes I write with my friends, but mostly I do the songs myself.

 

 

 

Q: Has there ever been a time where you had a creative block? If so, how did you surpass it?

A: There are days where I feel less inspired, but I think it’s a natural part of being a creative. I never think of it as a block.

 

 

 

Q: In 2016, you released the joint project Hans Island with producer Mawhs, how did this come about?

A: I just instantly connected to his beats, thought they were really beautiful. It was an organic process. I hope to work with him more in the future.

 

 

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Q: Listening to the project, it is evident that you have departed from you generally contemporary R&B sound. Do you think it’s important to experiment with different sounds/genres as an artist to experience growth?

A: I think it’s important to grow definitely – I didn’t deliberately try and change sound, and I don’t think artists have to either. But I think it’s important to go with what feels right, and trust your instincts.

 

 

 

Q: Was the creative process in making this different from your experiences? If so, how?

A: I didn’t do any production on the Hans Island EP, I was only involved with the singing, which is quite different. Also, Mawhs and I have never met, so we did it all remotely which was a really fun way to work, I feel like I already know him. Lol

 

 

 

Q: In October you released the ep Nine, with every project that you release do it become harder to stay creative?

A: No, it becomes easier.

 

 

 

Q: Outside of music, you are one of five hosts for the podcast called “Time of the Month” where you cover a range of topics such as “mental health and music”. How did all of this come about?

A: We are all friends and all in the same business, and all women, so we felt it was a good way to share our experiences.

 

 

 

Q: I listened to one of the podcasts where you were talking about performing and anxiety and it made me wonder, do you get nervous when you have to perform live? What are some tips you can share for overcoming that anxiety?

A: I get mad nervous. I think the best advice is to trust in yourself and imagine the best for yourself – that the concert is gonna be amazing, think good things. Our inner voice is so powerful.

 

 

 

Q: If you had the chance to perform with one artist of your choice who would it be and why?

A: Herbie Hancock, J. Cole, India Arie, Musiq Soulchild. Haha can’t chooose!!  I just such a big fan of all of these artists. I feel like I draw a lot from their music, and creativity.

 

 

 

Q: The internet has allowed people from all over the world to interact and be influenced by each other. Is there a place you would be shocked to hear they are listening to your music?

A: hmm I feel like I’ve already been shocked so many times! Music really does connect the world.

 

 

 

Q: Who are some current artists that you like listening to?

A: As in right now… HER- her voice is so stunning, it’s unreal. SZA, the new Fabolous and Jadakiss album, Puma Blue, and lots of my friends who are musicians,

 

 

Q: Is there anyone from overseas that you want to work with in the future?

A: J Cole, Lizz Wright

 

 

Q: Do you have a dream collaboration?

A: There are so many, it’s really hard to pick one. Would love to be on a Robert Glasper record.

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Q: If you had the opportunity to travel & share your music where would you go?

A: South Africa, I feel like I get lots of good vibes from there

 

 

 

Q: You have managed to release music for the last six years and though you may not have worldwide success, you have been relatively successful. There are a lot of aspiring artists who release music and feel they will never get noticed or that their work will never be appreciated. Do you have any advice for those artists?

A: Yes – it’s not about other people. You need to ask yourself, would you still make music if no one could ever hear it? And really try and assess what it is you love about it. Everyone’s journey is different, and for me, for example, music-making is quite a sacred thing, and I want it to stay that way, and the only way to do that, is to be grateful for every little opportunity and focus on develop your skills and investing in yourself. It is supposed to feel good.

 

 

 

Q: Last but not least, is there anything you want to tell your supporters?
A: Just that I am truly grateful for every single person who supports me, and believes in my music. ❤️ it really does mean everything.


To stay updated with Marie make sure to follow her on: Twitter, Instagram, SoundCloud

To listen to her latest project Nine – click here.

Meet English Pop Duo: Blessed. “Don’t just believe in your talents . . . work hard for your dream.

Meet Blessed – the South-East London sister duo that’s currently re-defining the sound of pop music. Although they only started a year ago (at least professionally) they have shown that they have what it takes to be successful in this industry. The music, the visuals, the authenticity – everything. Of course, you may read this and feel that I’m a little biased since I’ve mentioned the duo a number of times, but if you’ve listened to the music I’ve recommended – you’d understand why. I’m not a huge fan of pop or dance music for that matter – but I would definitely say Blessed made me have a open ear to the genre.

In this interview I got to speak with the sisters about how they remain consistent, a dream “third member” and much more!

Enjoy!


Q: For those who may have not heard of your duo before would you both like to take the time to introduce yourselves?

Lauren: Hey, we are ‘Blessed’. I’m Lauren and this is my sister Georgia, we are from South-East London.

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Q: I know that you guys are sisters, is music something that you grew up around? Is there anyone else in your family who is musically inclined?

Lauren: Growing up we weren’t like the Jackson Five, all singing and dancing together, but our older brother is very talented, he can write, sing and was in a boy band.

 


Q: When you decided to become professional musicians did you have the support of your family? What kind of advice could you give someone who may not have support?

Georgia: We definitely had support and still do but we know too well the frustrations of pursuing a music career as naturally your parents worry for your future, as the industry is very difficult to break through.

As  for advice it’s super important that you don’t just believe in your talents but that you work hard for your dream. Surrounding yourself with other artists and musicians can be really uplifting and give you that extra bit of support that you may not have from family.

 

 

Q: Are there any qualities about each other that you admire?

Lauren: I admire Georgia’s kind heart, she’s so sympathetic & an amazing listener.  She gives the most mature advice. more mature than me haha.

Georgia: I admire how outgoing and fun Lauren is, she’s always up for having a great time and is always encouraging others to let go and have fun.

 

Q: You officially debuted with the song “My Yute” in early August 2017, were either of you nervous about how it would be received?

Lauren:  Yes, we was definitely nervous about releasing ‘My Yute’, as it was written with such lightheartedness, we didn’t want to come across as two ‘stooshy girls, especially being our first signed release. That’s why the visual was so important to us and Victor Kovachev (Videographer) did such an amazing job at bringing that fun element of the song to life.

 

Q: Since the song’s video release it has garnered over 90,000 views, how does it feel to know this many people enjoy your music?

Lauren: It’s amazing, it’s what every musician wants as it gives you justification that other people are loving what you do, or even if they don’t they are still intrigued.  

 

Q: Your EP, See Through All The Colours, was released in late August, do either of you have a favorite track off the project?

Georgia: We both love See Through All the Colours probably the most off that EP.

 

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Q: Listening to the project it is noticeable that y’all cover a range of genres whether it be R&B in the song “Venom” or Moombahton (fusion genre of house music and reggaeton) in the songs “My Yute” and “See Through All the Colours”. With that being said, who are some of your music influences/inspirations?

Lauren: Growing up, Georgia was definitely a pop queen and I was more into 90’s/ 2000’s R&B. We are half Jamaican and although we don’t listen to much reggae, we are heavily influenced by the melodies/slang used not just in reggae music but in Jamaican culture in general. That’s definitely why there is a sense of genre fusion.

 

Q: Do you write your own music? Are you open to collaborating with other singers/songwriters?


Lauren: Yes we write our own music and have collaborated with songwriters on some of our tracks. I think it was important for us to work more or less on our own on our first project, and then on our Howlin Ep we have worked a bit more with other writers. We have definitely learnt that you can’t do it solely alone as you grow so much more with working with others. We are always up for working with people in the Future.

 

 

Q: Are there any current artists that you guys like listening to?

Lauren: We are both really loving Kamille, we have not stopped listening to her My Head’s A Mess EP. Lotto Boys, H.E.R, Masego and A Boogie wit da Hoodie.

 

 

Q: If you had the option to become a trio w/ any other artist of your liking (could be mainstream); who would it be and why?

Lauren: I would choose Raye, I just love how real she seems and looks like she would be jokes to be around.

Georgia: Mine would be Bebe Rexha, she’s an amazing songwriter, great energy and would add some supper sass to the band.

 

 

Q: If you had the chance to open up a tour for one artist, who would it be?

Georgia: We’ve been getting a lot of love from with Harmony fans, so probably them. I think we could also learn a lot from them performance wise as they are sick.

 

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Q: Even though you released your debut project over the summer, in December you released another project Howlin’. With all of this new music coming out are there any big plans for 2018?

Lauren:  Yes we are constantly creating music, we feel it’s really important to be consistent. As we are constantly evolving and changing and we want people to be on that journey with us. So 2018 you can definitely expect to here much more music and hopefully some collaborations.  

 

 

Q: If I were introducing your music to someone, what song would you recommend I play them?

Lauren: I would say ‘Howlin’ its off our ‘Howlin’ Ep that dropped on the 8th of December.

Georgia: & I would say ‘Fire It Up’ which is also off our ‘Howlin’ EP.

 

 

Q: What do you think is the hardest thing about being in the entertainment industry in general; Do you feel you’re prepared to become a public figure?

Georgia: I guess we won’t fully know until we are in the public eye, but I feel we are prepared and we have each other. Today it’s not just about the music, there’s a million other things to do (social media etc.) so finding the balance can be quite hard but i think we are finding it.

 

 

Q: Do you have any lifetime goals, you’d like to reach — specifically having to do with music?

Lauren: We’d love for music to take us around the world, meeting fans. Can’t wait till we sell out tours and make more music people connect with. We are just ready to take any opportunity that comes our way.

 

 

Q: Do you think you’ve found your core audience yet? Who do you think they are?

Georgia: Haha I really don’t think we have, At the moment it seems very mixed, maybe as we release more we will start to see an emerging audience. But we’ve had a few teenagers reach out to us giving us their support, a lot have been boys which has been really nice to see them relating to our sound and being vocal about it.

 

 

Q: There are a lot of people who will follow in your footsteps, do you have any advice to those aspiring artists?

Lauren: Like Gee said before, believing in you dreams but putting in a lot of hard work. Networking & be patient. There will be many testing moments but you will get through the other side, and end up doing something you love for a living.

 

 


Q: Last but not least, is there anything you want to tell your supporters?


Georgia: Thank you all soo much! We promise 2018 we have a lot more coming, that we know you’re going to love. We hope you stay on this journey with us and continue to show love! Follow us on all socials @Thisisblessed, we want to hear from you all!! We love you guys!

 


To stay updated with Blessed make sure to follow them on: Twitter, Instagram

To listen to their debut ep See Through All the Colours click here.

To listen to their latest ep Howlin’ click here.

To watch their music video for Howlin’ click here.

New Music: London Based

For the past few years, London has gradually become a hub for new influencers – especially in music. With artists like Ms. Banks and Kojo Funds gaining success overseas, 2017 seems like a great year to cross over for our European influencers. I’ve compiled a list of artists who have grabbed my attention recently; some who’ve been featured before.

Enjoy.


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Blessed.

Mentioned for the second time on this site, meet the incredible South-East London sister-duo Blessed. Since launching their career in early 2017, the duo has been noticed by sources like Clash and Kalbut Magazine(s). Not only are the pair versatile, they are consistent which is surely an impressive quality for any artist to have. Having released their first two projects in a span of four months there’s no question on if  the duo will experience success and international fame, it’s a matter of when.

Similar Artists: Amelia Payne, Liana Banks

Make sure to listen to both of their projects: See Through All the Colours EPHowlin EP

To listen to their latest single “Howlin'” click here

Also, to stay updated follow them on: Instagram, Twitter, and SoundCloud


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Lyves is by far one of my favorite voices coming out of London right now. Having dabbled in music for the last two years, it came as a pleasant surprise when her debut project Like Water was released in January 2017. The project has received praise from sources like HighClouds, Pigeons & Planes, and Pilerats — all of them noting how great of a debut this was. Lyves voice is nothing short of captivating, singing lyrics of heartbreak, fear, and emotions everyone can relate to.

Similar Artists: Abi Ocia, Cosima

To listen to her debut project Like Water click here.

To listen to her single Darkest Hour click here.


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Abi is another captivating vocalist to come out of London in the last few years. She’s only released 3 songs (as of yet) but I am especially hopeful to see what the future has in store for her. Since her debut in 2016 she has accumulated over 120,000 plays on her music from SoundCloud alone. As a fan of both alternative and r&b music listening to Abi gives me the best of both words which can be seen, well — heard, in her songs Konfyt and Running.

Similar Artists: Jones, Trace, Bobi Andov, Lyves

To stay updated with Abi follow her on: Instagram, SoundCloud, Twitter


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Avelino

Have any of you ever been on YouTube and clicked on a video but instead of the video playing and ad pops up? That’s basically how I found this artist. Avelino, a Tottenham native has been described as “one of the UK’s most outspoken, upfront young talents“. He’s been active for around a decade but he gained popularity around 2014 with the release of his second mixtape Iconic Ambition. Since then he has released his debut ep, FYO, as well as his latest project No Bullshit (which I’ve mentioned previously) which is lead with the single U Can Stand Up/Royals.

Similar Artists: J Hus, Not3s, Abra Cadabra

To keep updated with Avelino: Instagram, Twitter, SoundCloud’

Make sure to listen to his latest single: 1 In A Million


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Taliwhoah

I’ve known Taliwhoah for around two years and in that time she has been consistent in releasing quality music, each one better than the last. If you want to know more about Taliwhoah I would recommend you read the interview I did with her back in late 2016 (click here). — Taliwhoah is another one of those versatile artists who sound amazing no matter which genre.

If you are an avid PBR&B/Alternative R&B fan, I would recommend you listen to her debut project Melodies of Madness If you like funk/psychedelic music I would recommend you listen to her song FunkIf you enjoy R&B/Reggae I would recommend Alright (Genre: Baile Funk) as well as one of her latest songs Details.

—The point is, she has music that will cater to everyone while staying true to who she is as an artist.

When I interviewed her back in 2016 I asked her if she had any plans for 2017 and she alluded to something but wouldn’t give any details. It seems that what she alluded to was her being on radio shows all year including in studio performances on The Vibe Jam Sessions & Soulmate Selections, and releasing her second project New Wave Order Vol. 1 (just to name a few things)

To listen to her latest single Meds (Genre: Pop) click here.

To listen to her newest project click here.

To stay updated with Taliwhoah make sure to follow her on: Twitter, Instagram