Nick Lopez // One To Keep An Eye On

Nick Lopez // One To Keep An Eye On

Hello everyone! Today’s post is going to be dedicated to a singer/songwriter who genuinely excites me, Nick Lopez.

I’d initially heard of Nick through Justin Escalona’s Daily Docs, which is how I also came to discover Christian French, so when I was given the opportunity to chat to Nick about his latest single, Posters, a song that’s been over a year in the making, I couldn’t pass it up.

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Posters is a song that perfectly slips into that cruise-y, atmospheric pop sound, as does a lot of other songs Nick as released. The story behind the song, which features LA singer Dominique, is equally as beautiful. “It’s about missing someone important to you, and “making friends” with things that remind you of them”, according to Nick.

The song is the product of a completely new and fresh collaboration for Nick. “Me and Dominique were introduced at an event and we set up a writing session
with one of my favourite producers Midi Jones. The first time we ever worked
together we made this song!”

“It was a duet from the get go. I knew it felt right.”

Nick is no stranger to the music scene though. Having written for artists like Lady Gaga, ASTN, Annie LeBlanc and You Should Hear favourite, Christian French, it’s always a little different releasing music for himself. “Releasing my own music is great because I am in complete control and people are fully aware that it’s me who wrote the song, but I also love writing with up and comers like Chris and many others because they are so talented and bring their own unique abilities and vision into the session.”

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However, his experience means he’s already a professional at pulling together these contagious songs that stick in your head, garnering himself fans all over the world.

His 2016 single Pink Champagne found huge success in China, and finally getting to go over there was an experience in itself for the LA artist. “Most insane experience of my life. Every teenager in the country knows that song. You walk around the mall and hear it playing, in restaurants, bars, on the radio, everyone knows it. They freak out when they realise it’s me haha. I can’t wait to go back.”

Posters is a step away from the upbeat pop track however, and Nick describes the sound perfectly. “It’s a lot more mature in my opinion, it’s also the first “moody” song I’ve ever
made, it’s slower, more emotional, less mainstream pop.” The maturity of the song really makes the lyrics stand out with this song, and it’s something Nick is excited for fans to hear.

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You can stream Posters HERE, and make sure to follow Nick on Instagram, FaceBook, Twitter and YouTube!

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Priya

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GIG GUIDE 2019 // SO FAR

GIG GUIDE 2019 // SO FAR

Hello hello hello!!

Hope you’re all well and good – today’s post is an attempt at the subtle brag. It’s not entirely subtle, but I’m sharing it as humbly as I possibly can. I’ve shared a Gig Guide before, if you’d like to check out my 2017 Gig Guide, you can find it HERE, and for the basic Gig Guide for 2019, which has changed a little bit, you can find that HERE, but for the most updated version of what’s happening with me gig wise in 2019, keep on reading!

Why suddenly share another Gig Guide post when the year is only half way done, you ask? Because today, I bought tickets to four different gigs. In one day. Define; insanity. Also, define; impulse spending. That said, I’m insanely excited for literally all the gigs I’ve got lined up so far.

So let’s get into it!! Any gigs with applicable posts will be linked, I highly suggest you check them out!

FEBRUARY

LANEWAY FESTIVAL
Honestly, 2019 started amazingly. I started the year at Falls Festival, which you should definitely check out HERE, and by February, I was ready to keep the momentum going, which came in the form of Laneway Festival. Laneway was a fantastic festival, with a stellar lineup, and despite a rocky start to the day I had a fantastic time. I saw some amazing acts like Masego, Rex Orange County and DJDS, and had heaps of fun with my gal pals taking photos, hanging out and chatting and listening to amazing music.

LAURYN HILL
Lauryn Hill. The queen. She’s one of my favourite musicians ever, so getting to see her live, especially now, was a once in a lifetime opportunity – that said…I’ve seen her twice??? She was amazing, and it was a masterclass in musicality.

MARCH

JOHN MAYER
John Mayer, may just be God’s gift to the world. I say this about a lot of people, but I mean it this time. I mention in my recap of the concert, but he’s one of those artists who’s just been there forever, if you know what I mean? There are so many songs we love by John Mayer, but never think about until you hear them. Not only is he a musical genius, but he’s truly been a huge part of my life in terms of his songs, his artistry and his talent.

APRIL

MATT CORBY
Again, a magical, magical man. This was one of the most beautiful live shows ever. He was so humble and gentle when speaking but put so much passion and power into his songs. I was completely still for majority of this concert, just in awe of the musician on stage.

BLUESFEST
I promise, a BluesFest post is coming. I’ve said it a million times, but it’s one of the heftiest posts to do, which I learned last year, but I promise it’ll come up eventually. BluesFest was so amazing, this year was definitely better than last year for several reasons, but there were some incredible acts for 2019. People like Hozier, Ocean Alley, Allen Stone, they were all such class acts, and I’m so glad I got to see them.

MAY

G FLIP
What. A. Cutie. G Flip put on such a great show, with the perfect balance of energy and vulnerability between all her songs, many of which were unreleased. The energy of the show was fantastic and I thoroughly enjoyed myself.

LAUREL
I got the chance to see LAUREL through my university placement, at a magazine where I reviewed the gig. She has one of the most beautiful voices I’ve ever heard and it was a great opportunity to see her live. She didn’t disappoint and I’m still obsessing over her music.

THE FORECAST – AS OF TODAY (12/06/19)

So there are quite a few shows I have lined up for the rest of the year, since I haven’t been to them yet, I won’t really expand on them – but definitely keep an eye out for the posts when I do go.

JUNE

KIM CHURCHILL

JULY

ELIOTT
KAIIT
CHILDISH GAMBINO

SEPTEMBER

JULIA MICHAELS
BRUNO MAJOR

OCTOBER

SHAWN MENDES

NOVEMBER

JON BELLION
SPILT MILK FESTIVAL

So there you have it! I’m clearly super excited about the music I’m experiencing this year – I honestly doubt the list will stop here, you’ll probably end up seeing a few more gig reviews than predicted as of now, but that just means more content for you!!

Hope you enjoyed this post, let me know what your favourite gig of the year so far has been! I’d love to know what everyone else is heading to!!

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Priya

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Best Of // Spilt Milk Lineup 2019

Best Of // Spilt Milk Lineup 2019

Hello friends! Hope we are all well and good.

Today’s post is a first for me, but I’m pretty keen for it. Spilt Milk is a music festival here in Australia that usually only runs in Canberra, the capital, however, for the first time, it’s coming to Victoria. Obviously with a new festival popping up a few hours away from me, I had my eye out for the line-up and boy. We were not disappointed.

For today’s post, I’m gonna be sharing my favourite song from each artist featured on the lineup for 2019. See for yourself, it’s gonna be wicked – please cross all fingers for me that the gals and I snag some tickets.

These songs are all my personal favourites from each artist, make sure to check out their music, cos they’re fantastic! You will notice several You Should Hear favourites like Bene, G Flip, Ocean Alley and Running Touch.

Arno Faraji – Bless (What’s It Like)
Bene – Soaked
CHVRCHES – Never Say Die
Dom Dolla – You
Godlands – 2 Clips
Running Touch – My Hands
Allday – You Always Know The DJ
Tones and I – Johnny Run Away
Golden Features – Falling Out
Illy – Swear Jar
Khalid – My Bad
Groove City – Love Is Love 
Ocean Alley – Yellow Mellow
Middle Kids – Mistake
Hayden James – Just Friends
Kota Banks – Zoom
Confidence Man – Boyfriend
Juice WRLD – Hear Me Calling
Psychedelic Porn Crumpets – Keen For Kick Ons?
RAT!hammock – Mud
Lastlings – Deja Vu
Dune Rats – 6 Pack
G Flip – Drink Too Much
Lime Cordial – Waking Up Is Easy
Mansionair – Speak Easy
Winston Surfshirt – On A Lock

So yes! That’s my playlist and lil collection of my favourite songs from this year’s Spilt Milk lineup!! Once again – pretty please cross your fingers and send your great energies over so the girls and I can get some tickets to see these amazing artists. Tickets means festival review … and that’s always been a heap of fun! (On that note, I’d like to apologise again for how late my BluesFest post is, I’m finally done with university for the semester, literally just submitted my last essay before writing this post up, so hopefully I can get it up soon!)

Let me know if you had a listen and enjoyed any of these songs!!

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Priya

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Songs You Don’t Know But Should Pt. 14

Songs You Don’t Know But Should Pt. 14

Hi friends!! Clearly I’m low on inspiration and time at the moment, so unlike last time where I just disappeared for a good three weeks, I’m pulling together the bear minimum to at least introduce you to some new music!

Today’s post is arguably one of my favourites, just because for such little effort, the payoff is generally quite good – you guys seem to like these posts, and it gives me an opportunity to be a complete potato and sit on the couch, listening to one of my favourite playlists, songs you should probably hear, which you can listen to HERE.

Without anymore rambling, here’s Round 14, of songs you probably don’t know, but definitely should.

Bloodstain – Wrabel
Chasing Parties – Sasha Sloan
System – JD. Reid, Sinead Harnett
Avalene – James Clayton
Goodnightmare – Fake Fake
Simple Pleasures – AUGUST 08
Into Me. – chromonicci
No Longer Lovers – Billy Davis
Missing The Mark – Paris Youth Foundation
I’m In Love Without You – FINNEAS
Sunday – Easy Life
Never Knock – Kevin Garrett
Erase – Omar Apollo
The First Time – Elliott Trent
Hands – Brandt Orange
Rich Girl Mood – Dounia, Kehlani
IDWK – DVBBS, blackbear
Shadows – Slip-On Stereo, TRQS

Let me know if you enjoyed any of these songs or find a new favourite tune!! Also, make sure to follow my Spotify for more juicy content :))

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Another Jon Bellion Post

Another Jon Bellion Post

Hello friends! Hope you’re all doing well, it’s your resident President of the the Jon Bellion fan club here, coming at you today with a brand new song, from the gift that keeps on giving, the man himself.

As if an album, a magnificent album too, Glory Sound Prep, wasn’t enough, Jon had to drop some ridiculously reasonably priced merchandise – I’m talking $70 total for a hoodie and t-shirt – with shipping to Australia included – he also then had to announce a tour. A tour I’ve been waiting for, for close to five years. And because that wasn’t enough, without any promotion or warning he dropped a surprise documentary about the make of GSP, and now? Now he’s gone and released another track.

It’s obviously been a wild couple of months for me, as you can tell.

Let’s just get into the song.

Crop Circles.

It’s honestly so good, and I’m not just saying that because I’m unprofessionally biased. Jon shared a few videos on Instagram and Twitter of him setting the song up, finding loops and percussion pockets, which by now, we know he’s somewhat a god at.

It follows the story of a relationship that just seems  to crumble, and the different stages of it coming to an end. There’s some wicked sampling and production in this song, but are we really surprised?

It’s another collab with his producers Mark and Volta who’ve contributed heavily to the creation of this sound that Jon’s seemed to have nailed down. I feel like this song has the potential to reach All Time Low success. I mean, I hope so.

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The chorus is such a contrast to the verses, which have so much energy and punch to them. That’s not to say the chorus is any less impressive than the rest of the song. It’s a nice stretch of Jon’s beautiful vocals and I love the rhythm within it, especially towards the end of the song where it keeps vamping and vamping.

I’ve been so impressed and inspired by all the developments and growth that’s taken place with Jon and his music since the release of The Human Condition in 2016. Instead of remaining comfortable with the success he’s achieved and how well that record did, it’s like he used everything he gained from that to push the envelope even further.

I’m so excited for the tour man. Can’t wait.

 

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Priya

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May Tunes

May Tunes

Hello friends and welcome to the end of another month! A bit jarring, considering June marks the halfway point for the year, but exciting all the same for a couple of reasons!

  1. I have decided to make some holiday plans for this time next year and I’m already excited.
  2. I may or may not have a new song coming out on streaming services this month….
  3. Also a couple months closer to my birthday and being considered an adult all over the world.

But anyway, I suppose I’ll touch on all of those topics sometime in the near future, but the reason for today’s post is of course, my monthly tunes. I really had a great month of music in May. I played a super duper fun gig with my band and had so many friends and family come along to support us. Some new music came out that had me vibing real good, and I even went to a cheeky concert or two.

Here’s what I was listening to in May, it’s a hefty list, but well worth a read!

Hard Place – H.E.R: Honestly, she can do no wrong. Every new song she releases makes more more of a fan of hers and I can’t help but be obsessed with everything she puts out. Hard Place is no different, hence why it’s at the top of my list this month.

Wallpaper – Spencer Sutherland: Another cool as heck do, I’ve also been enjoying all of Spencer’s songs. I’ve yet to find one that I don’t absolutely love yet.

I’m Like A Bird (Recorded Live at Spotify) – Alessia Cara: One of my friends Amy recommended this song to me, and I’ve had it on repeat since then. I love Alessia Cara, especially recently, she’s been sharing some cool music and  her concerts look super fun, but this cover makes me so nostalgic considering how big of a part this song played in my childhood. Such a great cover, I highly recommend you give it a listen. Shout-out to Amy for a brilliant suggestions.

3 Nights – Dominic Fike: An artist who I’ve actually heard of here and there, Dominic Fike has never been someone I’ve really gone out of my way to look into, so I was pleasantly surprised to hear this song start popping up on the radio here in Australia. It’s a really catchy song and I was super quick to Shazaam it the first time I heard it in the car.

Upside – Allen Stone: Look. I know. I’m well behind on my BluesFest post. It’s coming, I promise. However, in the meantime, get yourself acquainted with Allen Stone cos he’ll for sure be popping up in that post several times. This song is one of his funkiest in my opinion, a great time overall.

Trick Of The Light – Matt Corby: Ever since watching Matt Corby live last month, which you can read about HERE, I’ve been in love with this song. He didn’t play it, but my friend James had his fingers crossed the entire time that he would, so it was only fair that I went home after the concert to have a listen. I love it. The guitar in this song is super strong, and Matt delivers the incredible vocal performance that I’ve just come to expect from him.

Guillotine – Jon Bellion: It happened again. I don’t know what the catalyst is for this, but there’s always a time every few weeks or so where I just come back to this song and play nothing else for a few days. It popped up again in May and I had zero problems, because it reminded me that I’m actually going to see this man live in the flesh in a couple of months when he comes to Australia for his tour. Man, I could cry.

Let’s Be Honest – Billy Fox: This song was sent to my email, and I was inclined to have a listen. I was very surprised at how into it I got. When things get sent to me and I get asked to review songs, I really try to only share music that I genuinely enjoy and it’s been a long time since I’ve enjoyed a song as much as this one. Definitely check it out.

Miss Shiney – Kaiit: Ahh Kaiit. I could fangirl over this chick for ever. She’s come through with a new song, and Miss Shiney is such a funky tune. Coincidentally, the day she released it, one of my good friends from uni and I were having lunch in Melbourne Central after class, and spotted her sitting two tables away from us, so proceeded to absolutely freak-out .

Love Me Less – MAX, Quinn XCII: A tune. A very good tune. MAX has always been a vocally very skilled singer, add in Quinn XCII, another personal favourite, and it makes for a super punchy, annoyingly catchy song. Also, the music video is genius.

Ashamed – Omar Apollo: This. Song. If you thought you knew Omar Apollo, like I stupidly thought I did, you don’t. Listening to this song for the first time had me shooketh to my absolute core. It’s so different from personal favourites like Brake Lights and Pram. It’s like his song Ignorin, grew the heck up, but like, better?

Circle – Allen Stone: This my friends, is how you sing a ballad. I don’t even know if I can do this man justice. You have to just check him out, but this is maybe in my top three songs from Allen Stone.

Let’s Begin – Jon Bellion, Roc Marciano, RZA, B.Keyz, Travis Mendes: Like I mentioned, been on a bit of a Jon Bellion binge. This song was immediately one of my favourites when I first listened to Glory Sound Prep which he released in November last year. The bass line in this song is so aggressive, which I absolutely love, and literally every single artist on this track, goes in. It’s hard not to respect a song with so much talent on it. It’s insanity.

Light It Up – Marshmello, Tyga, Chris Brown: Ahh, my very guilty pleasure. You all know I’m incredibly partial to some hip hop and RnB. I don’t know man, just been stuck in my head all the time.

Evil Spider – Bene: My gal Bene. If you didn’t catch it, check out my review of her concert HERE. She released this cute lil track, and I’m excited to see it go far. It’s super groovy, as expected from Bene by now, and her songwriting in this walks the line of being super dark but also super cute??? She makes it happen.

Blood On My Hands – AUGUST 08, Smino: I added this song to 365//2019 purely from the intro because of how atmospheric it is, intending for this to be a bit of a chiller tune. My bad, I accept full responsibility for not waiting for the chorus to hit on this one, cos when it hits, it hits. There’s some major minimalistic dancehall percussion on this track, and the vocals are undeniably smooth as butter. I love everything about this song.

Fragile – Cooper and Gatlin: I watched the music video for this song, purely because it featured two of my favourite dancers on the video icon, and I subsequently became obsessed with it. Watch for yourself.

Treasure – Bruno Mars: I fell back in love with this song after my band and I performed it at our last gig. It was a pretty last minute inclusion but it definitely paid off, it was a huge crowd favourite, and I’ve been listening to it on repeat, especially at the gym, ever since.

Life Worth Living – LAUREL: This gal. This angel, angel gal. Like I’ve spoken about before, I strongly back the pre-concert and post-concert fave. Before heading to see LAUREL earlier this month, her song Adored was basically one of the only songs from her album DOGVIOLET that I actually listened to. Come the day of the concert and I become obsessed with this song hours before the show, and lose it in the crowd when she starts singing it. This song hits you in the gut in the best way. If you want a bit of pop-rock Florence And The Machine vibes, LAUREL is your go-to gal.

Do Not Disturb – Mahalia: Y’all know I love Mahalia. I’ve been slowly making my way through her catalogue, purely because once I listen to a new song it’s the only Mahalia song I listen to for a week, minimum. I love the chorus in this song, her vocals are like genuine. It blows my mind that she’s my age.

Easier – 5 Seconds of Summer: I don’t know why I was surprise, but I was. My best friend Kate, really gets around these boys, and I can see why. Since they’ve made their little comeback, they’ve released fantastic songs, and this one is no different. I’d be really interested to see how they’d perform it live though.

Cautionary Tales – Jon Bellion: It’s like Jon knew I was on a Bellion bender throughout this month, because towards the end of May he released a documentary, behind the scenes of the making of the Glory Sound Prep album, and it’s magnificent. This was one of the first songs to show up within the documentary, and it really made me appreciate it a lot more. Honestly, this man. I cried, several times while watching it, and then I watched it a second time.

still feel – half·alive: I discovered this song while on my drive to my last day of my internship. I’d had it in my driving playlist, but at this point that’s another version of Mary Poppin’s bag, you literally don’t know what you’re gonna get because there’s a stupid amount of songs on it. However, this song came on shuffle, and I was immediately obsessed with it, and as soon as I pulled into the carpark, I searched up the song again and added it to my yearly playlist. The bass drop had my entire car shaking, which is always a good sign.

So that’s it friends. May was chock full of amazing music – the rest of the year really got to pull through to match the first half. I’m excited.

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Priya

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Goodnightmare // Fake Fake Are An Absolute Dream

Goodnightmare // Fake Fake Are An Absolute Dream

Hello friends. Welcome to another distastefully late post from ya girl. However, this one has me genuinely excited, so hopefully that somewhat makes up for it?

Today I’m gonna take some time to introduce you to a dynamic duo if I’ve ever heard one, Fake Fake, comprised of  Justin and Leith from Canada. The boys found their way into my email inbox, and as per usual, I was keen to have a listen to their new single, Goodnightmare.

Friends. Friends. So happily surprised. By this point you all know there are very few things that get me hyped like a really tasty bass line paired with some smooth vocals. Fake Fake deliver both, and I’ve been listening to their debut single over and over again since first hearing it.

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Justin, who lends his as previously mentioned, smooth as heck vocals to the track, shared with me what the song is all about.

“‘Goodnightmare’ is an ode to the friendships and romances where you find yourself deeply relying on someone else. How that dependency is a freeing and also paralysing place to find yourself in. There are some very personal elements to it, but also a wider commentary on that idea of dependency. Lines like “talk me out of all these bad cliches” and “all of us need a crutch for a lover” really speak to that.”

It’s also entirely self-produced by Leith, who’s the production mastermind behind this machine, and Justin explains why.

“The track was produced, recorded, mixed, and mastered by Leith (producer & instrumentalist) with the two of us collaborating on aspects of that process. We had talked about outsourcing parts of the mixing and mastering process but when it came time, it felt right to self produce and have our debut single really reflect ourselves as a duo and our personal stake in creating this track. We also self-produced the visuals for ‘Goodnightmare’.”

“What are the visuals?” I hear you ask? Have a look for yourself.

Super different, not like anything I’ve ever seen before, but I love it. There’s nothing too fancy, it’s pretty simple, but I genuinely think it’s one of the coolest things ever. It suits the song perfectly.

Like I mentioned, there’s so much in this song sonically, that I think makes it such a winner for me. The bass line really drives the song along, but Justin’s voice is such a great contrast to it, plus there’s that funky guitar riff that pops up here and there within the verses. And the chorus. Ooft. Plus, the lyrics?

It’s such a groovy conveyance of such a universal message that Justin sings about, one that literally anyone can relate to either already or in the future.

“I think that feeling of being in love with and also terrified of dependency really comes across in the lyrics, but more importantly in the music and production as well.”

He’s not wrong. There’s so many different dynamics within this song, it vamps and vamps continuously, even using the chorus as a build -up within the bridge to lead into the final hook. I think it’s a really smartly produced and structure one.

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This tune is genuinely one I wish everyone was hearing on the radio. I definitely can’t wait to see how Justin and Leith will pull it off live…

You can listen to Goodnightmare on Spotify and SoundCloud, and you can follow Fake Fake on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram!

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Priya

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