Like A Version – The Best Of

Like A Version – The Best Of

Hello friends!

Today’s post, is yet another post that consists of ya girl basically plugging all my favourite live covers and musicians.

If you’ve been here for a little while or read some of my recent posts, you’d have picked up that the hit radio station Triple J, is one of my favourite radio stations, and go-to’s for good music and live acts. A ton of the artists I recommend come up through the Triple J through rotation on the station or through winning one of their many competitions and playing some of the Triple J run festivals.

One of the much loved aspects of the Triple J universe, is the popular Like A Version sessions, where they bring incredible artists into the studio, and they put their own unique spin on some well known songs that they perform live as covers, some of which are then released on Spotify and YouTube.

There have been quite a few of these covers that end up circulating all over YouTube and Facebook and I do have a list of some of my favourites. There’s a lot of them.

So.

Here they are.


 


 

 

Like I said, there are a few, and this is after I cut the original list down, twice. Hopefully you found some time to get through some if not all of the videos above, I’d love to hear which ones you enjoyed! Let me know in the comments!

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Priya

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Paige’s Space // An Interview

Paige’s Space // An Interview

Hello hello.

This is a very exciting post for me, considering I’ve been absolutely obsessed with this artist for the most part of 2018.

Before you continue reading this post, make sure you’re all caught up, so if you haven’t already, stop what you’re doing and make sure you check out the first post I did about Paige, which you can find HERE.

Paige just recently released a new song, Alignmentsand while it still hasn’t beaten her song So Far for me, it’s still an absolutely beautiful song, and I’ve had it on replay since it was put out.

If you’re up for some incredibly warm acoustic guitar, the chill-inducing harmonies that I’ve come to expect from Paige and lyrics that make you wow-out-loud, then listen to Alignments. You will not be disappointed.

Anyhow.

On top of being a beautiful musician and singer, Paige is also a gem of a human being, and generously agreed to answer some questions for you all! So if we could all send some universal ‘thank-you’s’ Paige’s way, that would be sweet.

Enjoy.


How early on in your life did you decide that music was going to be the avenue you wanted to pursue as a full time career and were there any other options you had in terms of interests that could have possibly lead you down a different route?

Very early on [to be honest]. When I was 5 I first performed in front of my school and that’s when I knew I loved it and didn’t have to think twice. Although I also was hugely fascinated in space and astrophysics which is something I’d love to do but sadly I suck at maths loooolll.

Were there any artists who influenced you in a major way as a young child?

My first influences were always Disney Channel stars. Miley Cyrus was a huge one for me because Hannah Montana inspired me a lot to become a musician. The Jonas Brothers, Demi Lovato e.t.c. Lady Gaga has always been a huge inspiration for me throughout my life and how she is so bold and fearless as an artist.

What’s the idea behind your Instagram name, @paigesspace?

I guess I kind of just wanted to have something that associated with space because I love space so much haha.

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What was you initial reaction when you saw Billie Eilish sharing your Instagram page and fan-girling over your voice and your covers, as well as your original songs?

Hahaha it was definitely overwhelming. I was in a state of shock for a good week. Just really hard to believe.

What has that type of support meant not only for you as an artist, but as someone who has a huge musical presence on your social media?

It’s meant the entire world. I will never fully be able to express my gratitude for all of it.

You’re a huge believer in manifestation, you’ve credited a lot of your success to the fact that you’ve put your dreams out into the universe for them to manifest, what are your personal beliefs around manifestation and the powers of the universe, and how does that impact the music you create?

Wow what a good question! I genuinely believe that you attract the things that come into your life…. It’s not just a matter of sitting in your room and just asking the universe for your dreams to come true and getting them, but with hard work and manifestation I do believe that’s how your dreams come to life. My beliefs inspire me to write songs such as “Alignments” which is based off of the idea of not blaming the universe for ALL the things that go wrong.

Billie has shown her continual support, singing your recent single ‘Alignments’ as her favourite song at the moment. Do you feel a certain pressure when someone like Billie is promoting your music, to live up to the hype she’s built for you?

I think it’d only be natural to feel pressure but I feel more so driven to work harder to be a better artist for all the people watching me. It’s definitely a nerve wracking feeling but it’s only going to help me grow as an artist

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What advice would you give to young musicians, singers and songwriters, in regards to sharing your music online, specifically posting covers and original music on Instagram like you do?

Just to sing what you love, post consistently, post up some songs people are also familiar with, but also remember to do it because you love it and it makes you happy.. That way you won’t be as scared.

How do you generally begin constructing a song, and what are some of the topics you particularly find yourself writing about?

I find chords and then sing melodies to them, then begin singing about how I feel. Usually I find myself singing about a girl or love because love is what drives me the most.

Who would be five artists that you’d love to collaborate with in the future?

Sooooo many. If I had to only pick five I’d pick Alessia Cara, Billie Eilish [of course], Rex Orange County, Ruel and last but certainly not least Kehlani.

You’re located in New Zealand. Do you see yourself staying in NZ and basing your musical career from there or can you see yourself moving away to pursue it elsewhere, such as Los Angeles?

I definitely 100% don’t see myself staying here. I want to branch out somewhere bigger with more inspiration although I LOVE my country I’d love to go some place new. LA would be amazing.

Of the songs you’ve recorded, which is a favourite or a standout, released or unreleased?

Probably a song I wrote called “Waves” which I’ve spent almost a year on producing with a producer called Noema Te Hau III. Probably because it’s been the hardest I’ve ever worked on a song. Hopefully it will be out soon enough!

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Do you have any plans to release a full album, is that something you’re working on?

I’m just in the middle of recording an EP which includes 5 songs. Very excited to let it out!

What inspires you?

Experiences, Pain, People, Nature and Love.

If you could pick any decade of music to listen to on repeat, which decade would it be and why?

EARLY 2000’s!!!! It’s what I listen to the most because it reminds me of when I was younger and what I was listening to while I was experiencing things for the first time. I also love the artists from early 2000’s.

You Should Hear is all about sharing incredible music recommendations and artists, what one song, and what one artist would you recommend everyone listen to at the moment?

Definitely listen to ‘Better’by Tommie. She’s soooooOOooOOoooOoo good!!

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And that’s it for the questions! Anyone who read my first post about Paige, would understand how much I’m all about Paige and her music, and in turn, how exciting it is to be able to share this with you all! So a massive thank you to Paige for being so kind and answering these for me and for you all!!

Also, currently listening to Better by Tommie, and Paige is.not.wrong.

x

Priya

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Tentendo Is THE Mood

Tentendo Is THE Mood

Hello friends, and welcome back to another slightly aggressive music recommendation from me to you.

Today’s post is all about a Melbourne musician who I really only discovered earlier this year through the rabbit hole that is Melbourne-based musicians and the ever growing beautiful collaborations that continue to come out of some of my favourites. The music scene here in Melbourne is one of my favourites, and I don’t think any city can beat it.

That said, Tentendo may be one of my favourites to come out of it.

Originally a bass and guitar player, he moved to production after an injury that put his playing on pause and that’s where the magic happened, although he still continues to play bass with Billy Davis but that man and his music is a whole other story.

I listened to his song Dance With Me a song which features an incredible Melbourne rapper, Jordan Dennis, after hearing about it through Jordan’s Instagram and I featured it on my post all about Australian artists.

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The song has everything I want in a song, a fat bass line, a really funky drum kit that requires you to groove to it and a catchy as hell hook. The production of the song and Jordan’s energy on the vocals made it one of my favourite songs of the year so far.

My favourite song from Tentendo’s collection is Ghost, featuring Melbourne RnB singer, Blasko. If there is anything you do with the information within this post, make sure it’s listening to Ghost. I listened to this song and promptly had to pick my jaw up from the floor.

I don’t know if it was how unexpected that build up to the hook is and how subtle the ‘drop’ is, but whatever it was, Tentendo spun some magic to make it happen that smoothly. It’s a sound you simultaneously want hug and get down to.

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His first official feature on his Spotify page, One Stop Shop, gives me mad late 90’s RnB vibes, and I’m 100% here for it, as I usually am. It’s sung by another Australian singer, JANEVA, who gives me chills.

His most recent track, Waves, is noticeably a bit more chilled out. It’s very ethereal and features Blasko, Jordan Dennis and Rahel.  Each vocalist contributes something beautiful to each verse they take and it combines to make a really pretty track with heaps of lovely layers that just compliment each other and the funky kit that’s still present.

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To be quite frank, for me personally, Tentendo is four for four with all the tracks on his Spotify. While Ghost and Dance With Me are clear favourites, One Stop Shop and Waves are just as catchy and tasty to listen to, so I recommend you give his Spotify a good run through.

Melbourne is so bloody rich in musicians and Tentendo, in all his production magic and perfectly executed collaborations, embodies that perfectly. Make sure you check out his Spotify, his Instagram and his SoundCloud, and keep an eye out for Tentendo. I know I will.

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Priya

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Christian French

Christian French

Hello and welcome to a blog post I probably should have written a while ago.

Last year I wrote a post that was an attempt to share the singer Christian French, but ended up as me promoting one of my favourite YouTubers who I discovered him through, Justin Escalona. Still a blog post that I really love, but I don’t think I gave Christian the attention I initially set out to give.

So here we are.

Christian is a 20 year old singer/songwriter from Indianapolis in the USA. He’s friends with Justin Escalona, a young film-maker and YouTuber, which is how I discovered Christian, considering how often he appears in Justin’s daily vlogs.

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I remember showing my friends his song love ride, as we drove up to my best friend’s family beach house in the summer, and explaining how it was made in 24 hours, but overall driving home the point that the song is a flipping bop, and Christian’s voice is amazing. The guitar in the song is also one of my favourite parts, and I 100% stand my ability to name the song within seconds, purely based off that riff.

It’s the perfect mix of a smooth, smooth vocal that has this raspy quality to it that kinda sounds like he woke up an hour before getting in the recording studio, but I’m not mad about it.

Since releasing love ride, he’s released another three songs this year; Driftersuperstars and sweet home. sweet home only came out quite recently this year. I don’t mind any of them at all, but what they have in common is that they’re all atmospheric as heck. Christian’s lyrics, as well as the production of his songs have this quality to them that allows you to picture where you are while listening to his songs, perfectly.

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By Myself has definitely been used in one of Justin’s DAILY DOCS before, and while there isn’t a song I love as much as love rideBy Myself definitely comes close. His first song Fall For You, has over a million streams on Spotify, and his songs are constantly popping up on YouTube channels that share great music.

Personally, I’ve added quite a few of Christian’s songs to my driving playlist, and I feel like that entire vibe and feeling encompasses his music perfectly. There’s a special place in my heart for music that makes driving feel ten times better, which you already know, especially when there’s a prominent bass line. You can tell Christian’s music and production really values a decent bass line, it’s borderline dangerous how good the bottom end of his songs are.

But that said, like I mentioned before, Christian’s voice is what initially drew in my attention, when he started singing in the Daily Docs, and it’s what ties all his music together into this one cohesive storyline in my head. His songs kinda flow into one another perfectly, thanks to that bass I mentioned before, which I appreciate, and his voice.

It’s been close to a year since I discovered Christian, and now he’s touring with with Chelsea Cutler, who’s another incredible artist (listen to Water On The Bridge and try not to cry) and he’s currently killing it on tour. He’s hoping he makes his way down under sometime in the new future…

If you haven’t already since clicking on this post, maybe give Christian French a listen. Treat yourself.

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Priya

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Bene’s Next Move

Bene’s Next Move

Alrighty. Time to learn you all a thing. Take notes please.

At the start of the year I was absolutely in love with a song called Tough Guy, by a young girl from New Zealand, Bene. I was also outraged at how she, criminally, only had a bit over 3000 monthly listeners on Spotify. Thankfully that’s grown to just under 6000, but still. Criminally under-appreciated.

My friends, this is a deep youshouldhear moment.

On the 14th of September, Bene released her second single, Soaked. And my goodness, it’s just as good, if not better, than Tough Guy. It’s right up my alley, the right type of edgy with a mad bass line that requires you to groove a little.

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She only shared the music video for Tough Guy, which was released in 2017, at the start of this year, and after making us patiently wait more than half the year, we were given Soaked.

I’m all here for young musicians making big moves, as is evident with my clear obsession with artists like Billie Eilish and Paige and Ruel, and considering Bene is a mere 17 years of age, she definitely slips into that category perfectly.

I’ve had the song on repeat this entire morning, even more before I started writing this post, and it’s the perfect soundtrack for chilling out, going for a driving, but then at the same time it also works perfectly if you’re trying to get down while doing your makeup before heading out for the night.

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The bass line that drives the song alongside a really sharp, funky snare drum keep the song chugging along, and it’s the perfect mix of atmospheric synths and smooth guitar tone that only adds to the absolute vibe that is the song.

Bene’s voice itself is half the treat. For someone so young, her voice has both a punchy energy when needed, and the ability to create amazing light and shade and softness when it’s needed, which she does beautifully, before launching back into a chorus that really hits you in the gut.

At the moment, Bene is two for two with me personally, both Tough Guy and Soaked have been hits with me, and I love them both.

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highly recommend you give Bene a listen, whether it’s catching up and checking out Tough Guy or finally jumping on it and listening to Soaked. I 100% believe in her as an artist, and I’m super excited to see what more comes from her! Check out her Spotify, SoundCloud and Instagram too.

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Priya

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Can YouTuber’s Become Musicians? I Mean, Yeah…

Can YouTuber’s Become Musicians? I Mean, Yeah…

Hello friends.

This post is proudly brought to you by a comment left by the lovely Mia (high-key make sure you check out my girls blog, she’s all I inspire to when I grow up despite the fact that I’m older), who made me aware of a song released by the YouTube, SimplyNessa15.

My friends. It’s a whole, entire bop.

I was super duper skeptical when Mia suggested the song to me. I wasn’t sure, because for as long as I can remember, there hasn’t been a song released by a YouTuber that I genuinely liked. They’ve all been really overdone, overly mixed and auto-tuned and most of the time, it’s easy to figure out that they’ve only really released a song in the first place, because they have the following to ensure it’s somewhat successful with their fan base.

That said, I don’t watch Vanessa’s YouTube videos. Sure, I know who she is, and sometimes her video pops up on my ‘recommended’ bar, but I don’t think I’ve ever watched a video of hers in my life.

Meditate, is a great song. What I would commonly describe as an absolute tune.

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If you’re into RnB and hip hop, and honestly, incredibly smooth female vocals, check out this song. Since listening to it after Mia’s recommendation, I’ve added it to at least three of my playlists, and showed quite a few friends.

Oh, and the break down 2 minutes in?? Insanity.

It’s become a bit of a favourite effect of mine, layering pitch shifted vocals to create a really deep, heavy second lead beneath the original, I’ve tried it a couple of times and it always adds the extra ‘oomf’ to a song, regardless of whether it’s just one line or the whole song.

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Vanessa pulls it off perfectly, and hearing that break down towards the end of the song made my jaw drop and ensued the obsession with the song.

That too, the music doesn’t suffer in order to make her sound good. In my experience with YouTuber’s releasing their own music regardless of the fact that they aren’t singers in the slightest, it always comes off a tiny bit cheesy, because the music has to be sacrificed a bit in order for the vocals to sound good. It’s so harsh, and I feel a tiny (tiny) bit mean saying it, but it’s what I’ve come to expect.

The era of Troye Sivan releasing bomb as hell music while simultaneously keeping his YouTube channel alive has obviously come to a steady downhill close, but I am all for Vanessa to take that spot as of now.

Definitely give Meditate a listen. I’m so glad I did.

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Priya

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Matt Corby Spare Me Please

Matt Corby Spare Me Please

Hello friends. Hope you are all doing well and good, hope this week is treating you nicely, cool let’s talk about Matt Corby.

Matt Corby, is one of Australia’s finest exports, and not only is he a beautiful, beautiful creature to look at, but… boy has pipes. He first showed his face during one of our prehistoric Australian Idol seasons, when he was fresh out the womb stunting a side fringe and a vest over his white t-shirt, and then promptly disappeared from the public eye for a couple of years.

He then reappeared with a full grown beard, a guitar, slightly blue-er, dreamy-er eyes and an arsenal of incredible, mind-numbing-ly amazing songs that give you shivers no matter what order you listen to them in.

I’ve definitely done a cover of his song Resolution and to date, it’s one of the most popular songs I’ve ever posted, and I definitely believe a lot of that is down to how incredible the song is.

 

 

 

You may also know his song Brother which is the pinnacle of all contemporary choreographer’s dancing repertoire, purely for the shivers you are guaranteed.

I’ve 100% included some of Matt’s songs throughout my blog, you may recognise his name popping up from time to time, because his songs are scattered generously throughout a lot of my playlists.

However, I was not aware of this song, Song For Interlude, probably because it isn’t on Spotify, and it’s live from his tour. Well, my friend who plays the drums for me, you may recall I mentioned him in my post all about my gig experience, is obsessed with the man. Not only has he shared with me many times that his brain would probably shut down if he met Matt in person, but he’s also sent me quite a few songs and videos that I’ve never seen or heard before.

Specifically the one I’m about to show you.

I have to apologise to my mate, considering I only watched the video a whole day after he told me to, and I have to apologise to myself, for willingly missing out on this magic.

 

 

That song, basically sums up the entirety of Matt Corby and what he means to the Australian public. Matt Corby is a national treasure and I dare anyone to tell me different.

That is all.

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Priya

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