December Tunes

December Tunes

Yeah. I know I’m late. But. Um holy moly. December Tunes means this is the last of my monthly wrap up’s for 2018, meaning at the end of this month I’ll be providing you with my first monthly music wrap up for 2019.

Last year literally sped past, I have huge issues with accepting the year is already over, but here we are, and here’s what I was listening to in December.

Disclaimer
I apologise HUGELY to anyone expecting Christmas music. I’m sorry. I’m not entirely sure what happened, I don’t know if it was the lack of Michael Buble Christmas special on TV or what, but Christmas music just didn’t really happen for me this year. If you’re in desperate need of some Christmas tunes though, make sure you read the post I made all about my favourite Christmas songs, from last year.

Just Friends – Hayden James: This song has been on repeat for me. I don’t know what it is about the song, but it’s been on my playlist for ages, and I’m only now becoming obsessed with it. I listened to it way too much in December, and it’s yet to get old.

Let Me Down Slowly – Alec Benjamin: This song made waves this month. I saw it everywhere, and so many people got to listen to it. I’ve listened to Alec Benjamin a bit before, some of the songs he wrote when he was much younger have been on my phone from high school, but I only just got reconnected to him through these new songs from his album, Narrated For You, which I highly recommend you have a listen to if you haven’t already.

Carried Away – H.E.R: I first saw this song when H.E.R did a video of it for the COLORS YouTube channel, which you know I’m a fan of, so instead of me talking about it, have a listen yourself.

Fairplay – Kiana Lede: Kiana Lede has been sharing her cover videos on YouTube for years, and every now and then I’d watch a few of them when they popped up on my page, though I’ve taken a huge interest in her own original songs that she’s been releasing. This one is definitely my favourite at the moment.

Couples Retreat – Jon Bellion: Of course there was gonna be a song from Jon’s album that he released last month, and at the moment this one is one of my favourites. It’s just so upbeat and has this great bounce to it. It’s been blasted quite a bit in the car.

Nothing Breaks Like A Heart – Mark Ronson, Miley Cyrus: I’m sure everyone saw or heard this song somewhere. It seems like such a perfect pairing that took way too long to happen, but I’m glad it did. Mark’s production and song writing style suit Miley’s singing so well and I’ve been loving the product.

Positivo – J Balvin, Michael Brun: Another older song that’s been in many of playlists of mine for a little while, but I was particularly loving it this month. It’s such a hard hitting song, and since I’m finally starting to get over songs like Mi Gente and Swalla, only a bit, I’ve been in need to find a new song to replace them.

Sincerity Is Scary – The 1975: December was definitely a month filled with The 1975 for me, and this song has by far been my favourite ever since I watched the music video for it.

Killer Queen – Queen:  Another post-Bohemian Rhapsody song that I listened to a whole lot more than watching the movie. I also am quite the fan of 5 Seconds of Summer’s cover version of it, though the original will always be iconic.

Invincible – Amine: It wouldn’t be a monthly wrap up without some Amine, and this month’s feature comes in the form of a song from the recent Spiderman animated film. I’ve yet to see the film myself, but the soundtrack is definitely one worth listening to, if not for Post Malone and Swae Lee’s song Sunflower, then for Amine.

Leftovers – Denis Lloyd: This song was another one I stumbled across because of a COLORS video on YouTube. Which you can also enjoy below.

There’s No Way – Lauv, Julia Michaels: This was a song I found myself listening to or humming or singing a ton in December. There’s something about the chorus, Julia’s voice, the lyrics that keep this song stuck in my head. I even had a moment when I thought I’d written a really good chorus, only to realise I’d just re-written the chorus from this song but with different lyrics, that’s how much this song was stuck in my head this month.

Let It Happen – Tame Impala, Soulwax Remix: I listened to this song a lot before going away for Falls Festival in Lorne, which is a whole other post coming soon hopefully. Not because Tame Impala were playing or anything, but more so because I feel like it’s a huge festival vibe, it captures the essence of a festival so perfectly.

Breakaway – Lennon Stella: Lennon Stella’s album is incredible. If you haven’t listened to it, I highly recommend you do, however if you only have time for one song, make sure it’s this one. I had this song on repeat. Like physically pressed the ‘repeat’ button on Spotify for close to an entire day because of how much I love it. It’s so unexpected and different from what I feel people are used to hearing from the Stella sisters as a duo, and I love it so much.

Rhymes Like Dimes – MF DOOM, DJ Cucumber Slice: This is a huge classic for me. MF DOOM is a hero, and this song never fails to pipe me up and put me in a good mood.

Bad Feeling – Joy Crookes: If you didn’t read my post all about Joy Crookes, now is the perfect time to check it out. This song is one of my favourites.

So that’s what I was listening to in December. I hope you all had a fantastic holiday season and a great New Year’s. Here’s to more tunes in 2019.

x

Priya

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First Year . . . Done & Dusted

 Hello everyone!

So today’s post will be a little different, and possibly a little longer than my usual posts. Some of you may know that I’m currently in university, and in 2017 I finished my first year, so before I move into my second year next week, I thought I would share my experience with you all. Hopefully you don’t mind me taking a tiny break from my usual posts to give you all this insight into my life.

I’m currently studying a Bachelor of Arts, in Music Industry. It was my first preference, and the course I set out to do a whole two years before I even finished high school. I am beyond grateful to be in the course, I love every part of it, the good and the bad, and I’m excited as heck to move into second year. But as expected, like a lot of people in their first year of university or college or even full time work, I had a couple of set backs and personal issues I definitely had to overcome.


I’m positive it’s slightly different wherever you’re from, but here in Australian, and more specifically my state Victoria, all Year 12 students sit VCE exams, which, combined with assessment and coursework scores from throughout the year, give you a final result out of 50 for each subject. These scores then average out or some maths equations take place, and you’re left with a decimal mark out of 100. This is your final ATAR score, and usually decides what you can immediately do after high school. This by no means at all defines what you can and can’t do, I for one loathe the whole situation and despise being pitted against every other 17/18 year old in my state. I know a lot of people who decided to do Year 12 un-scored and are completely happy with what they’re are doing. There are also people who may not have gotten the score they wanted, but have found alternatives that they can do, which can lead them to eventually securing a spot in the course of their choice.

However, ATAR was never a problem for me. This sounds conceited as heck, but I promise I don’t mean it like that. For my course in particular, the ATAR was in the range that I saw I could make if I worked hard enough, but also, there was a lot of reliance on my personal statement and any prior musical experience and work that I had under my belt already. With that in mind, I was a whole point off the entry ATAR for my course, so I can definitely assume that  my personal statement and prior musical history and experience secured that final point for me.


Now onto the actual course. I was scared as shit. Prior to starting uni I was always a very social person. I still am. I can be very confident, loud and extroverted, at times quite obnoxious. But going to uni was a big shock for me. The first drawback for me, was that in my course, I knew absolutely no-one. While some of my other friends had a whole group of girls from my school doing their course, sharing subjects with them, I had not a single person that I knew, going into the class. It was so daunting for me, coming from a high school where no joke, half the year level went to primary school with me too. It brought out this super introverted, shy, anxiety-riddled side of me that was very much suppressed throughout all of high school. Not even during exams did I feel stressed or over-worked or nervous, yet I remember exactly a year ago, really, really panicking.

To add on to this, and emphasise this loneliness even further, my university is literally the city. The campus is spread all over the CBD and surrounding inner suburbs, and while two of my best friends were going to the same uni and I, the chances of us catching up or bumping into each other regularly were slim. It was daunting going into the city every day, by myself, to be in a room full of strangers.

Then the classes. I do remember, I took a literature subject in my first semester, and that literally knocked the wind out of me. While I did literature in Year 11, and it was one of my VCE subjects, it was basic literature. This was Literary Realism to Post Modernism, and having had one semester of Philosophy and zero background in History other than the compulsory one semester in Year 11, I had a major meltdown after the first week. I was assigned a book a week, and as much as I love reading, they were hard, hefty books to read and I was mentally drained after reading them. That was an elective so thank the lords that I only endured it for a semester.

However, my anxiety definitely kicked up within my main course. A blessing and a curse really, as only last year was I finally able to confront myself about it completely honestly, and then in turn be open about it to my mum who was a huge help. However, it was brought on by the main course I’m doing, Music Industry, and this overwhelming sense of being really small and irrelevant and not nearly half as good as the people I was around. I was being surrounded by people who were gigging every week, who knew their way around a mixing desk like the back of their hand or were just incredibly, super talented in whatever aspect of the music industry they wanted to pursue, and I had no idea how me and my little songs really fit into it, as stupid as that sounds now. Like I’m not cutting myself down, because I definitely have faith in myself, but sitting in a lecture hall next to 60 other people who were already getting on with it, and getting on with it slightly better than I was, was hard. So much so to the point where I was getting panic attacks on the train into uni, or while sitting in the middle of a lecture next to my friends, because I had made friends, yet I was still so anxious about being there in general. I had to start bringing an inhaler with me everywhere and tracking when and where I was whenever an attack came on. I was waking up with the worst chest pain I’ve every experienced. I’ve always used the saying ‘weight on my shoulders’ metaphorically, but it became very literal for me, as if someone had locked me in to this iron clasp that strapped from my left side near my ribs, across my chest and over my right shoulder. When the doctor finally told me what it was, it began clicking, every time it happened, that I was really panicking and stressing myself out about uni, the people around me, my worth and my future.

However, throughout it all, I was ridiculously in love with what I was doing. The course itself was incredible. I learnt how to schedule a music tour, how to finally use synths and record myself properly, I got 24 hour access to state of the art recording studios and I was literally writing about Kendrick Lamar and Rihanna and give group presentations about super heroes for popular culture classes. It didn’t seem like work most of the time, and this brings us to my next point.


While I was going through these panic attacks and feeling so tiny and lonely in the huge city that Melbourne is, I spent most of last year, so grateful to be where I was, doing what I was doing. After going through most of high school doing subjects and learning things that had little relevance to my life or what I planned for my future, it was a breathe of fresh air to finally being learning things that I could really truly use, around people who were just as invested in the music industry as I was. Majority of the subjects I did in high school, I did because there were no other options. If there were options for me then I definitely would not have being doing Health and Human Development and Business Management. The one certificate course I did do, involved me leaving my high school three hours early every Wednesday to travel to another high school, where the subject was offered and credited.

Finally being in a course where I’m doing what I’m passionate about and what I love has been a huge game changer and eye opener for me, and has definitely made me appreciate the opportunity to learn 100 times more than I ever thought I would.


Second semester was ultimately a lot better for me. My little trio of friends had solidified itself, and I was doing another set of interesting subjects; my main subject for Music Industry, a cinema subject and another class focused around MTV and music videos. The projects were all fun, the assignments interesting and it was a lot easier on me mentally than the first semester. What had previously freaked me out about the whole ordeal, now seemed to come so naturally to me. While before I had felt so small and irrelevant in the city, I now have this sense of freedom while wondering to and from classes, or taking breaks in the huge library that’s literally a tourist attraction across the road from my class. Walking around the city by myself has become one of my favourite things to do during my long breaks between classes, and where beforehand I was intimidated and scared to be around a bunch of strangers, it’s now slightly comforting. Coming from a smaller all-girls school, there was not a lot of your business that stayed your business, however at university, everyone has their own life outside of it, that only they know. It’s a fresh start and it was only when I came to this realisation that I could really finally be a bit more relaxed, a bit more chilled out and myself for the three or four days that I was at uni, that I started to enjoy it more and get a lot more out of it.


I did have some stressful moments. We all do. Towards the end of the year when I had my second semester assignments due, my stress levels started to rise again, however I managed to find a groove and a pattern that really worked well for me. Being the night owl that I am, I thrived while staying up late and smashing out several assignments in one go, then taking time the next day to fix them up. I managed to hand in majority of my final assignments a couple of days early, which increased my holidays by a week or so and I managed to keep myself accountable and on top of things, which is where I fell short in first semester.

I know it’s pretty late for a 2017 reflection but I’m gonna do it anyway. I definitely did not plan to write as much as I did, or what I did, but I’m glad that it happened. 2017 was a huge year of growth for me, possibly down to really being on my own, being my own person and taking charge of what I wanted out of my year. It definitely helped me focus a lot on what I want to achieve and what I’ll define as success, if it comes to me. Whenever someone asks me about university and my course, I never hesitate to tell them that I love it. I definitely had really shitty moments, but we all do, so I know I’m not the only one in that particular boat, and I genuinely had an amazing first year. I know several people who really didn’t find what they were looking for in 2017 course-wise and I count myself lucky that I knew what I wanted to do, and that I had the perfect opportunity and course that fit me. Hopefully 2018 only gets better.

 

So yeah, hopefully that wasn’t too full on and was a nice change from what I usually bring you. I’d love to hear your opinions about the whole ‘college/university’ thing and how you’re going if you’re in the same boat as me! Hope you enjoyed reading!

x

Priya

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Let Go Fest // 2018

Let Go Fest // 2018

Aka: The best day of my life so far.

I say so far, because while this was such an incredible, magical day, my best friends/family and I have so much planned this year, that I’m sure I’ll be getting real familiar with the feeling throughout 2018.

However, today we’re talking about Let Go Fest.

 

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Let Go Fest is a new day-long festival, only in it’s second year, that takes place at the beginning of the year at the Mornington Peninsula Racecourse. It was my first festival and it could not have gone better.

I stayed at my best friend Jess’ house on the night of the 2nd, and after an incredibly restless sleep we were up on Saturday the 3rd, ready to start the day, beginning with the legend that is my other best friend, Kate, announcing her arrival with chai lattes and a huge grin.

Then we began the process of makeup. Gotta be honest, I went in with a plan and ended up winging it completely, though I was happier with the outcome than I was with the initial plan I had in mind. It was a good makeup day. After a quick breakfast we went back downstairs to get dressed, douse ourselves in glitter and then headed out to catch the train. We were amongst the first couple of people to get to the station, catching one of the first shuttle buses from the station to the racecourse. It was a short wait in line, but once we passed through we were in and it was fantastic. The first act we wanted to see started at 2, so we took the chance to take a ride on the free ferris wheel and have a walk around.

 

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The first of a series of smart moves we made that day, was catching the end of Joyride. We made it for the last few songs of their set and as people started to move off after they finished we made our way to the front and chilled out against the barrier. Made some friends, complained about the heat, the usual stuff. Though she was ten minutes late, Ecca Vandal was one of my major highlights of the day.

 

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Here’s why.

Well first of, like I mentioned, we were right at the front. Second of all, I’ve been obsessed with her, especially her song Future Heroine which I’ve mentioned in several monthly favourites and playlists. Along with these iconic pictures, I also have several videos of her looking straight into my camera and screaming the lyrics back to me. It was amazing. All I remember was singing the lyrics to Jess and Kate, only to have Jess literally scream in my face for me to turn around and having Ecca right in front of me, up against the barrier. Not only that, but the second time she came down to us, the boy next to me and I carried her over the barrier so she could sing half a song in the mosh pit. No security, nothing. It was out of this world.

Jess was incredibly keen to see Middle Kids, who were performing next, so along with our new friends, we remained up near the barrier. Have to share, but due to the intense head banging and copious amounts of drinks that were probably being thrown around the mosh pit, my hair had transformed into an absolute, sticky birds mess. Thanks to the magical creatures that teenage girls are, that was quickly sorted out when a lovely angel sent from heaven made it her mission to get my hair out of my face and throw it back into a french braid. So problem solved.

Then Middle Kids came out.

I should also point out that at this moment, looking back, the crowd had grown huge. We were probably at the front of a three hundred strong mosh pit at the moment, which compared to later on in the night was nothing, but was still an amazing experience. Middle Kids were incredible. They played some of their old stuff, new stuff released the week before and a song that hadn’t even been released yet. It was so amazing to watch them performing, and to see the claw ride, swinging back and forth in the background, appearing up above the stage and raining down screams and cheers from the people on it.

 

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After Middle Kids finished their set, we left our spot at the mosh to go and get some drinks. We waited in a stupid long line for some drink cards before getting our drinks and then we roamed around for a little bit. After some fresh air, we again found ourselves in the middle of the growing mosh pit, catching the end of Allday‘s set. The people in the crowd were incredible to be with, screaming lyrics, lifting strangers onto shoulders and all together sharing a great vibe. We remained in the mosh, closer to the front, for the whole of SAFIA‘s set, Jess climbing onto my shoulders for her favourite song and all of us generally having the time of our lives.

 

 

After SAFIA’s set, we left the mosh for another drink and toilet break, and to meet up with my cousin who we were heading home with later. Literally half an hour later we were at the back of the main stage mosh pit, preparing for Gang Of Youths, the headliners. After moving around a bit to try and get a better view since literally 3/4 of the people at the festival were at the main stage, we moved over to the side of the mosh pit. This is where I take full credit for the next move, because it was fantastic. While we were standing there, I overhead an older couple who noticed a spot further up in the front, closer to the side of the stage, and planned their route to get there. Naturally I grabbed Jessica’s hand, who in turn grabbed Kate, and quickly followed behind them, mumbling ‘excuse me’s and ‘sorry’s to the forgiving crowd around us. The view was great from our new spot. Ten times better than where we were, and the people we were around were even better. There’s nothing more energising than screaming the lyrics into a complete strangers face, only to have them respond back with twice the enthusiasm.

 

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Again, Jess was on my shoulders for her favourite song, and we were all absolutely living, until I literally had to scream at her to turn around to see David, the lead singer of Gang Of Youths, who had climbed down into the crowd with his security, make his way right past us, singing the chorus like the absolutely incredible showman he is.

 

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It was one of the bests parts of the entire day, and made the huge crowd, the heat, slight sunburn and sore feet worth it all.

Let Go Fest was an incredible day, and will probably still be one of the highlights of my 2018. It was the happiest I’ve been all year, and it was all down to incredible music, my best friends, amazing weather, a few drinks and an irreplaceable vibe. I plan to make 2018 amazing, and Let Go Fest was the perfect way to kick it all off.

 

x

Priya

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2018. . . What’s The Picture?

So, we are well and truly into 2018. A little while back I mentioned that now and then I’d be doing a few more personal posts about my own life as a music student/musician or whatever, so here we are.

This year I need to focus heaps more. That’s not to say I didn’t focus at all during 2017, I just probably didn’t achieve as much as I would have liked to, music wise. So this year, I’ve got a list that I’m gonna work through, in terms of making some moves with my music and I thought I’d share them here on my blog.

Not only will it let you guys in a bit more into my life outside of blogging, but last year I was lectured about accountability by a university lecturer, and apparently actually writing the shit down is half the step. I already knew this, but I’m at what you would call Level 10 on the laziness scale, so I’ve always put it off. In that sense, if this list is here, for you all to see, I have to at least try to get something done.

 

TEACH. I know. It’s a bit of a big step for the first goal, but I’m already working on it. I’ve got my Working With Children’s Check which you need if you’re . . . working with children, in my state, and I’m basically gonna be doing what I went through during singing lessons as a child (which I wrote about in my personal bragging post), but I’m going to fill the role of the teacher this time around.

From what I’ve learnt as a singing student, music student and working in a music shop myself, a lot of the time when you learn a musical instrument, you start off with the classic stuff. When I learnt the piano, I was being prepped to play Beethoven and Tchaikovsky, which is definitely not what I wanted to do. My singing lessons as a kid were one of the only times I was in a contemporary music setting and still learning. When music was offered at school, once you got to VCE or higher gradings, you were singing songs that were 50 years old that had no relevance to you or your interests so you best bet I didn’t do that.

I’ve also got the hang of  audio engineering and music recording. Once I rig up my studio, I’ll probably incorporate some of that into my lessons so that students have a legit recording of themselves to take home, which was one of the sickest moments of my life when it happened for me, but for the meantime I’m sticking with singing and songwriting lessons. Two students already down so surely I’m holding myself accountable by now??

 

WRITE. 2017 was a slow year for song writing myself. I think I had maybe four months where I was in a frenzy and thinking of lines and grooves at the gym, at work or in the shower or late at night right before I fell asleep, but for the rest of the year it was pretty dry. I did however write a ton of poetry, so I’m in the process of working some of that stuff into possible songs.

 

GIGS. I know. I’m already heading to a ton of gigs. I’m talking about my own performances. I already have a showcase in February that I’m currently preparing for, but I’m desperate to get some more performance experience. I did it a ton when I was a kid, but that was always through a singing teacher or school. I’ve barely done any independent gigging, so hopefully that’s something I can kick up to this year. I’m not extremely fussed about this one, but it is a long term goal that I want to start working towards this year.

 

BUILD. I’ve been in the process of doing this for a while, but now that I’m moving houses I’ve had to put it all on hold. I’m working on a studio in my house. Our new house has the perfect study and I’ve been given permission to use that as a studio where I can chill with my own music, and as I mentioned before, hold classes there too.

 

SHARE. I didn’t share as much music as I would have liked this year. December of 2016 I released my album and I didn’t really follow up with much for 2017. A SoundCloud upload or two, but not much that I was keen to share. So this year I want to share a lot more.

 

COLLABORATE. There are so many opportunities to collaborate with my music, and this year I’m set on grabbing all that I can. I don’t care what it is, but working with other musicians is something I really want to do, whether its producers, DJs, rappers or other singers. I need to.

 

That’s my list so far for my music in 2018. I’m positive it’ll grow as the year progresses, and I’ll be sure to let you know when I start hitting these targets. If I don’t, someone call me out on it.

 

x

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