While preparing a lecture that I will be giving on composition and incorporating sampling into your music, I decided to include an example of one of my favourite artists, Estelle, who took the George Michael song ‘Faith’ and created a modern interpretation in her song ‘No Substitute Love’. What I had never realised however is that Estelle has taken it a step further and is actually incorporating major references from an additional song, ‘I’m not a substitute lover’ by reggae artist Half Pint. She has done an incredible job of referencing both songs in such a clever way, while still creating something unique, modern and catchy. I absolutely love how instead of directly sampling the music of the other two artist she has rewritten and reworked to songs to make them relevant to her music and style. Extremely fresh and inspiring, I’m loving it.
Check out the first two tracks below, and then finally see how Estelle has brought them together.
I was lucky enough to catch the amazing Allen Stone at his Sydney concert on Saturday night. After becoming addicted to his youtube video of his song ‘Unaware’ I was thrilled to see Allen and his phenomenal band playing at the intimate venue of Blue Beat to an audience who were all bursting with love for this great artist. The highlights of the show included his cover of ‘Sex and Candy,’ his song ‘The bed I Made,’ and his thought provoking tune ‘I should be the last to speak.’ When I was speaking with Allen after the show I was saying to him that I feel that so many artists miss the unique opportunity to use their voice to really say something and draw attention to an issue and make people stop… and think. It was so refreshing to see a great artist doing exactly that. If you ever have the chance to see him live, do whatever it takes and get yourself there!
Thank you so, so much to every single one of you gorgeous people who came to the secret show. It was such an amazing, magical night and I hope you enjoyed the music as much as we enjoyed making it for you! I hope you all enjoyed resting amongst the cushions sipping on champagne and munching on cupcakes, looked like it was hard work!
Some of you might remember a truly magical night last February when I was lucky enough to have the amazing Matt Corby bring his Secret Garden Tour to Canberra and perform at my place. He brought with him the gorgeous 3 piece outfit Avaberée who charmed everyone at the show and I myself performed first up in the evening.
I am very excited to say that one year on both Avaberée and myself have released our debut music videos on youtube this week. So many people who attended the concert were asking me about Avaberée for weeks after their performance so I thought that many of you will be excited to see the clips and I hope you enjoy!
I am SO excited to announce my first ever music video!!! It is a teaser video for what is soon to come! Thanks so much to everyone involved in making this video happen! Please subscribe to my Youtube Channel
I just heard the track Obedear by Montreal based duo Purity Ring and was blown away by the amazing production on this song and subsequently by the melody and lyrics. Finally, it’s relieving to hear an electronica act on Australian airwaves that actually have something unique and intellectual to bring to the scene. Beautiful, atmospheric, creative music.
Check out this live video, here you will see their custom made ‘tree’ which operates the lighting and sound. They are obviously influenced bu artists such asAmon Tobin and I can only imagine what this duo could dream up with a bigger budget.
Fortunately for them they ALSO have great taste in film clip directors, definitely worth checking out.
Jessie J is one of the most fantastic pop artists of our generation. Don’t believe me? Apart from the obvious list of number one hits that she has either sung or written for other artists, she has a work ethic and voice with few rivals. I’ve never seen her do a live performance that was less than perfect. Check out this song, she has the most original vocal technique and each melismata is sung with precision and innovation, I am full of admiration. I can’t think of another artist who has ever sounded anything like her, and that’s how I know she is an icon.
It is rumoured that the song was written about an experience Jessie J had as a young child when she was admitted to hospital for an irregular heartbeat and the boy opposite her was praying for his life but unfortunately passed away the next day.
She’s just released her new single and boy does she bring some swagger to the screen. With Nicki Minaj also on the scene, it would be easy to draw a comparison between these two fantastic female rappers. While I think Nicki is a great female rapper, she let her record label ruin her and now Azealia is proving that you don’t have to surgically augment your body and roll around in a g-string in the sand to get your music to the world. Therefore: Azealia wins. Enjoy!