Vibe Or Die // The Birth Of A Playlist

Hello friends! I hope you’re all well.

Today I wanted to introduce you to a brand new playlist addition to my already over-flowing Spotify account (which you can find HERE) – my vibe or die playlist.

Now I can hear you asking, ‘what on earth could this new playlist possibly be useful for?’.

Here’s the thing; it’s one thing to have a playlist for when you’re driving in the car, a playlist for when you’re gone away with some friends during the summer, or even a playlist for when you’re up late on a Sunday morning making yourself some breakfast. (All playlists you will find on my Spotify, you’re welcome).

However, sometimes, the songs that fit into those categories don’t always match the way you’re feeling. Sometimes, instead of singing along while you’re driving or feeling like you’re in a music video, you just wanna vibe, relax, melt into the music. And sometimes, no-one wants to be blasting show-tunes or throwbacks through the AirBnB while making breakfast, everyone just wants something to wake up to gently after a long day at the beach, something to ease into the day. Sometimes when you’re up on a Sunday morning, you’re not always in a chirpy mood. Sometimes Sunday mornings aren’t always smooth. Sometimes you want to put on something ambient and atmospheric, sit with your cup of coffee and just stare into space.

All of that is so okay.

Which is why I’ve found myself constantly having to press shuffle or skip songs when I’m listening to some of my playlists. Sometimes I just want something to vibe to, but inside my head. Not necessarily sing along to, or cry to, or dance in the kitchen to. Just vibe.

Thus, the creation of this playlist, vibe or die. Here’s a selection of what you’ll find, should you choose to take a highly recommended gander.

False God - Taylor Swift Human - Jon Bellion Hawaiian Party - Cub SportI LSYB - LANY Love It If We Made It - The 1975 Ego - Beyonce Do You Remember - Jarryd James Dirty Paws - Of Monsters and Men Moon River - Frank O

Let me know what you think! Have any songs you think fit the description? Leave a comment below and I’ll add to the mix!

x

Priya

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I Wrote A Song During Isolation

I Wrote A Song During Isolation

Hello friends!

Obviously the title of this post is super self-explanatory so I’ll just jump right into it I guess?

Australia moved into Stage 2 lockdown this week, with my state, Victoria, being one of the first to implement the strict rules, and it’s highly likely we’ll be moving into Stage 3 pretty soon. Personally, the stability of my casual job has been up in the air since the situation escalated, and even now, we’re not sure how long our store will legally be allowed to stay open under these new rules.

I’ve been getting used to spending a lot more time at home, with my entire family. It’s not entirely new for me, however I usually have the house all to myself, and in a week, I probably see several of my friends more than two or three times, something I now don’t get the luxury of doing. It’s fair to say that like everyone, this lockdown has changed the daily routines of my entire family.

That said, more time at home is not necessarily a bad thing. I’ve had a lot more time to do the things I really want to do, as has been the case for a lot of people. Which for me, means more time to spend working on this blog, and writing music.

I think I’ve come up with more, musically, in the last two weeks, than I have in the last six months.

On the 23rd I came back from buying my friend a guitar so she had something to work on during this isolation period, and while mucking around on my own guitar, I came up with a short verse and pre-chorus of a song. It had super heavy ‘isolation’ connotations, and I thought it was pretty funny, so I quickly did a recording of it and threw it up on my Instagram story.

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But yeah, I just put that up on my Instagram story, didn’t really think about it, and left to get my flu shot with my mum. When I got a moment to check my phone, I had messages from a bunch of my friends and even a few people I didn’t know very well, responding to the song.

What started out as a huge joke ended up with people messaging me outside of Instagram, sending it to their friends who in turn messaged me, and essentially a lot more people than anticipated ended up seeing my story and hearing the little fun song I had put up.

It was one late night conversation that made me consider actually finishing the song, so the next day when I came back from work, I sat down and tried to finish it. Fair to say, this little ongoing joke, ended up taking a lot longer than I thought it would, but I finally finished it. So this morning when I sat down to write a post, I thought it was a good opportunity to share the song with you!!

Hope you like it, let me know what you think :)))

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Priya

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Songs You Don’t Know But Should Pt. 19

Songs You Don’t Know But Should Pt. 19

Hello!! Hope you’re well. Just me popping in with another dumping of songs I genuinely think you need in your life, don’t mind me.

Let me know how you find them!

Hands – Brandt Orange
Newno – Iophiile, Moss Kenna, Nick Grant
Sweet Soul – alayna
Hotline Bling – SRNO
Holding Out – Atticus Street
b.u.d.d.y – Musiq Soulchild
All Over – Tiwa Savage
Summa – Peach Tree Rascals
Sunday – Easy Life
Save You – ZIM
System – JD. Reid, Sinead Harnett
Royal Blood – Louis Futon, Keiynan Lonsdale
High & Dry – Roman GianArthur
There’s A Honey – Pale Waves
Sweetie – Kiko Bun
Water Flow – Klyne
Solid Gold – Elk Road, Julia Stone
Friend – Molly Millington

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Priya

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Gift Guide for The Music Lover

Gift Guide for The Music Lover

Hello hello friends!

I know what you’re thinking. “Priya. Why are we talking about gifts? Christmas is over.” I know, Christmas is done, but just because the ‘season of giving’ has passed by, doesn’t mean the opportunity to give has as well. I don’t know about you but I either tend to be super, duper prepared, or not prepared in the slightest. I either have presents sorted weeks in advance or I’m struggling the night before I need it to sort something out. I know this would probably have been some help around Christmas time, but I didn’t think of it back then, so we’re doing it now, because birthdays exist too.

That said, one of the hardest things when it comes to buying gifts, aside from making the time to get them, is the struggle of what to get. So much to consider, and while the deluge of Christmas gift guides has well and truly passed, I thought I’d drop one more on your feed. Bookmark it for the entire year if you must!!

Here’s a lil guide on potential gifts that any music lover is sure to appreciate!

A record player: So I’m talking from experience, but when I got my record player from a group of my friends for my 21st birthday, I cried. It was so unexpected but it was something I’d always wanted, just never pulled the trigger and bought myself. This is always a popular one, and there are heaps of options out there to pick from.

Vinyls: Already have a record player? Well let’s be practical and get them some more records!! Nothing beats getting a fresh sleeve with a brand new album pressed onto vinyl and listening to it for the first time. It’s also super satisfying to add it to a physical collection. Most artists are now releasing vinyl pressings of their music so it won’t be hard to find something that you music lover will like!

Merch: This is a pretty cute one in my opinion. I think merch is severely underrated as a gift, but it genuinely means a lot for someone to consider an artist or band you love, and support them through a gift to you. At least, that’s how I choose to see it! A hoodie, a beanie, a t-shirt, (vinyls count as merch too), a poster, anything from an artist or band they love, will mean a lot – bonus points if you get matching merch!

Concert tickets: This is such a lovely gift! Especially if you know the person you’re buying for is sure to love the artist! That’s one thing to consider – I’d be 100% positive that they genuinely really loved the artist and it isn’t just a general appreciation. If that makes sense? Take them for someone or a band they love rather than someone they may just sing along to when their song plays on the radio. I’ve had concert tickets gifted to me and I’ve gifted concert tickets myself, and it’s always a hit!

Ukulele: Hear me out. If the person you’re buying for loves music, loves singing or playing the guitar or the piano or anything similar, a ukulele is such a good gift. Honestly, whether you’re shopping for a little kid or an adult, a beginner or a professional, there is honestly an option for all quality and budget levels. It’s one of the most popular instruments our music shop sells, and that’s just throughout the year. Around Christmas it goes crazy! There are plenty of brands to choose from too, so it’s definitely worthy of featuring on this guide.

Headphones: I feel like it’s hard to go wrong with these. Once you’ve figured out the type of headphone they’re most likely to want and use the most, you have so many options out there, I mean you can even read my Headphone Guide if you want an extra hand cos why not? They’re such a practical gift, especially if you’re gift-ee is someone you know is listening to music all the time! I know personally, I have a different set for the gym, a set for recording, a set for using with my laptop and a pair that I keep in my bag for on the train and general use. They cover Plantronics, Beats by Dre, Apple and Audio Technica, so already you have four brands to choose from. I know in 2019 Air Pods were a hugely popular gift, so you’re definitely spoiled for choice!

Sheet Music: Here’s the thing. I feel like no-one really considers this, but I’ve come to realise it after working in a music shop for over 4 years. Sheet music is bloody expensive. I don’t know how, but classical musicians, and anyone who chooses to buy their music in paper form, fork out so much money to have physical copies of music, which is why I guess so many people have gone digital. However, if your music nerd does in fact read music and play from sheet music, this is always something that makes a great gift. It’s super easy to find out whether their favourite musicians latest or most popular album has been transcribed into a collection, and most of the time it’s super easy to track down and order online. Does your musician have a favourite classical composer? Maybe suss out their collection and see what’s missing, there are some insanely beautiful editions of classical music that make incredible gifts.

Music Store Voucher: Okay, so this may seem boring, but I feel like it’s the obvious resolution to a lot of issues that arise, when buying for musicians in particular. I think I’ve stated this before, but musicians are some of the pickiest people on the planet, especially when it comes to their gear and their instruments and accessories. And fair enough. Music gear is super expensive, so most musicians really want to test out things for themselves, do their research and be 100% sure about what they’re investing in. Sometimes, the easiest thing to do is suss out their favourite local music shop, put some money on a voucher, and give them a gift they can essentially choose themselves.

Portable speaker: Another underrated gift. I remember a little while back UE Booms were the best thing ever, and in my opinion, they still are. Whether it’s a UE Boom, or any other reputable brand of speaker, you never know that you actually need a portable blue tooth speaker in your life, until you finally have one. Going to the beach with friends? Portable speaker. BBQ in the backyard on a public holiday? Portable speaker. Getting ready for a night out all by yourself and want to pump some tunes? Portable speaker. Speakers in your car blown out? Portable speaker. Honestly, so many instances where a portable speaker would come in handy start arising as soon as you have one, I couldn’t imagine my house without the four we already have!

There you go! Hopefully this list helped you out a bit or at least gave you some ideas to work from!

x

Priya

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Songs You Don’t Know But Should Pt. 17

Songs You Don’t Know But Should Pt. 17

Hey team! Hope you’re all enjoying the first few weeks of 2020! I know I am, though we’ve mainly been working and trying to find some spare time to…chill? I haven’t done these in a while and December was a huge month of discovery for me in terms of music, so I thought it was fitting that I started the year off with some more new music for you to discover too!! Hopefully you find something you like within this list, let me know if you do! 

Subside – Eloise
Once Upon A Time – Jeff Bernat
Cigar – Tamino
Knowledge of Selfie – Jay Daniel
Bad Guy – Niykee Heaton
Good Company – KYE

Sweet Soul – alayna
Goldchains – Tyde Levi
Me & You – HONNE, Tom Misch
You Ain’t The Problem – Michael Kiwanuka
Under Your Skin – Sasha Keable
Wild Girl – Kito, Empress Of
Summa – Peach Tree Rascals
I Don’t Wanna Be Okay Without You – Charlie Burg
Add The Bassline – Jordan Rakei
Where Do You Go – Yebba
Simple Love – Lindsey Lomis
Have Mercy – Eryn Allen Kane 
Try A Little Tenderness – Pip Milett
Rocket – Elli Ingram
Livid – ELIZA 

There you go! What do you think? There are some super beautiful songs on this list, and I’ve had most of these on replay since the end of November, so hopefully you find a few to add to your playlists.

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Priya

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Artists Who Raised Me

Hello everyone! Today’s post is a lil sentimental one. I’m going to be touching on a few of the artists who helped raise me. These are artists I was exposed to as a young child, artists I listened to and learned from growing up, singers who inspired me and shaped the way I listen and interact with music today! Hopefully you enjoy it 🙂

Michael Jackson: I feel like I’ve droned on and on and on about how much of an impact Michael Jackson has had in my life. I was fed a healthy dose of MJ tunes and music videos, nearly every weekend my dad and I would watch a DVD with a collection of all his best music videos, and regardless of the fact that I’d hide behind the kitchen counter for when Thriller came on the screen, he’s been one of the most influential musicians in my life. I can pinpoint exact moments and memories for particular songs within his catalogue, songs like The Way You Make Me Feel, Bad, Thriller, Smooth Criminal, PYT and plenty, plenty more.

Alicia Keys: Alicia Keys was one of the first vocalists I turned to when I began singing. I was infamous for singing her songs and my dad only encouraged this, burning backing tracks for songs like Karma, No One and If I Ain’t Got You onto CD’s for me to sing along to. I can’t find it in my heart to skip any of this woman’s songs when they come on shuffle and her voice is still one of my favourites to listen to. I could listen to Alicia Keys all day.

Norah Jones: I think there’s only so much I can go on about Norah Jones. I think she was a pivotal person in me branching out with the music I listened to as a little kid, and my mum played a huge part in introducing me to her songs.

Stevie Wonder: Sometimes you might read my blogs and think, ‘man, Priya really over uses the words ‘funky’ and ‘groovy’ and it’s all down to this guy. Any single soulful fibre in in my body is thanks to the literal hours I’ve accumulated listening to his music.

Bob Marley: My family, both immediate and extended, have a deep rooted love for reggae, and the king of reggae, Bob Marley, is a sure fire way to get us all up and dancing or bopping. I can’t recall a single family party or event that didn’t end with all of us on the dance floor screaming/singing Buffalo Soldier or Could You Be Loved.

Ne-Yo: Ne-Yo. He’s an artist who seems like he’s been around for every year of my life in some form. Whether he was on MTV Hits, releasing RnB tunes that hit every heart string perfectly, dancing in Stomp The Yard or more recently, judging on World of Dance, he’s always been around. He’s one of the singers I regularly cover when I play gigs, purely cos we’re guaranteed to have people singing along. He’s such a loved musician and singer, and to me, Ne-Yo is absolutely timeless. Like, listen to So Sick, Miss Independent or All Because of You, and tell me they don’t hit just as hard as they did when they first came out? You can’t.

Rihanna: Take everything I said about Ne-Yo. Now apply it to this woman and multiply it infinitely. From her music, which assisted in really getting me into RnB and pop RnB, her business/es to her influence over popular culture, you have the recipe for one of the most successful women of the decade. I literally wrote one of my second year final assignments on Rihanna and her influence, and I don’t regret a single thing. Her music has developed and shifted so much over her career, she’s really done it all and she’s done it so well.

Whitney Houston: So, low-key, when I was a youngin, I was a belter. Like sang ballads, big numbers, long and high notes. And that’s partially thanks to Whitney Houston. Such a timeless, classic woman. Very little to say about this woman.

Christina Aguilera: Okay, so when I said ‘partially’, above, for Whitney, it’s because a large majority of my influence when I was a young kid was Christina Aguilera. Her singing is off the charts. To this day, she is one of the greatest singers of the last two decades and I’ll fight anyone on that. I mean, look at TikTok. We still have 15 and 16 year old’s trynna nail the crazy run in Show Me How You Burlesque, and as perfect as some of them may be pulling it off, it’s just not the same as the queen herself. I’ll throw hands for this woman. No lie.

Mariah Carey: I can’t say Mariah Carey was a big of an influence as Christina, but, she’s definitely up there. She was one of the singers I’d listen to over and over again, painstakingly going over every line she sang, in attempts to achieve those levels of greatness. Tbh, we’re still giving it a crack. It’s an everlasting challenge. Such a legend.

There you go!! Hopefully you guys found that interesting? I really pulled this out of the archives, from right at the bottom of my drafts, and I don’t know why I never finished it! I really enjoyed reflecting on each of these artists and how much they impacted me not only as a little gal wanting to be a singer, but as a general music fan as well! Obviously, my taste and what I listen to and draw inspiration from now has vastly shifted, maybe I’ll do a post on that soon, but these artists got me to where I am now.

Which artists raised you? I’d love to know, leave me a comment! 

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Priya

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Mark x Calvin // Kings Of The Collab

Mark x Calvin // Kings Of The Collab

Hi friends!

Today’s post is a fun one. It’s another playlist, but it’s dedicated to two kings.

It’s no secret by now that I’m a huge fan of Mark Ronson and Calvin Harris, both amazing producers respectively. Not only have they released their music on their own, but they also have a knack for releasing some of the best collaborations to ever exist, and in my eyes, the roster of featuring artists shared between these two make them the absolute best at what they do.

So that’s why, for today’s post I’m going to be sharing the ultimate Mark x Calvin playlist, with some of my favourite collaborations released by each of them.

Nothing Breaks Like A Heart – Mark Ronson ft Miley Cyrus
Slide – Calvin Harris, Frank Ocean, Migos
Faking It – Calvin Harris, Kehlani
Valerie – Amy Winehouse, Mark Ronson
Late Night Feelings – Mark Ronson, Lykka Li
One Kiss – Calvin Harris, Dua Lipa
Blame – Calvin Harris, John Newman
Don’t Leave Me Lonely – Mark Ronson ft Yebba
Uptown Funk – Mark Ronson, Bruno Mars
Feels – Calvin Harris, Pharrell Williams, Katy Perry, and Big Sean
Ooh Wee – Mark Ronson, Ghostface Killah, Nate Dogg, Trife and Saigon

Obviously, there’s plenty of other incredible music produced by these two guys, this playlist is purely a collection of my absolute favourites. If you have any favourites that appear on this list, let me know!! I’d love to know if any of you guys are Calvin Harris or Mark Ronson fans too, leave a comment and we can fan over their tunes together!

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Priya

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