Interview with Elesa Marmo

Firstly, could you tell us which music artists influenced your sound, for any readers who may be new to your music?
We listened to a lot of Carly Rae Jepsen while recording and me and my producer Greg love her a lot. Lorde was also an influence since I’m such a huge fan of hers as well.

Your first solo EP was released on Friday the 26th, can you tell us what to expect from your tunes?
A lot of honesty, some fun dance songs and some emotional acoustic songs, so it kind of just splits down the middle. You get two sides of me.

Do you have a favourite song on your EP? Or maybe a track that we should definitely check out first?
If you like more upbeat songs, Bottled is the first on the EP and that’s a fun song, but if you like slower more vulnerable then I’d say Swimming Pools is the one. It’s hard to pick from them though because they all have such different meanings to me and I get attached to them.

I noticed on your twitter that you are a firm believer in gender equality, how important do you think it is for female artists to inspire their fans to fight hardships through their music?
Extremely important. These young girls look up to these female artists and I think it’s always important to stick up for what you believe in and hopefully inspire these girls and teach them about female empowerment and that they’re important and worthy.

Lastly, do you have any plans to tour with the EP? Or any upcoming performances?
As of right now I’m still figuring out production details so I don’t have specific dates planned, but definitely shows will be happening soon.

You can find out more information about Elesa and her music on her Twitter and Instagram

Interview with Ksenia Valenti

Russian born pop artist Ksenia released her latest single from her upcoming album, an electrifying dance track named Locked in the Dream. She was kind enough to answer some of my questions about her sound and her music.

1. For the benefit of my readers who may not know much about you, can you tell us about your sound and something about yourself?
I am Ksenia Valenti! The fake Italian. Singer, actor, comedian. Yes I know it’s too much to pursue, but my main focus has always been music. I love pop music and I love mainstream music that’s on the radio, music that everyone knows, music that makes you want to jump up and dance. My sound is very much influenced by American pop music, but I remain unique to my own pop sound with a little Russian flavour.

2. Has music always been something you’ve wanted to do?
From an early age I was around music, my mom was a music teacher, my dad sang and played guitar. My parents enrolled me in music school without asking me if this was something I wanted to do. I would sing all the time and anytime I had the chance to perform. I would! Music was always something I wanted to do. I have been singing all of my life and now I am in Los Angeles releasing an album soon. I was just thinking the other day, how surreal it is for me, coming from a small town in Russia. 6 years ago I could only dream about living in Los Angeles. I randomly met my producer on a street and ended up working with him creating my favourite kind of music. I feel the universe responds to your wishes, if you put it out there and always dream big!

3. Tell me about your new single ‘Locked in the Dream’. What was your aim for the track?
I love this song! I was going to through a terrible break up and needed to get some stuff out. Everyone though a ballad would best capture my emotions, but to me Locked in the Dream has lots of emotion, especially on these trance breaks. I also believe this song is extremely danceable.

4. I’ve noticed you do covers of popular songs, how do you approach a track to make it your own?
My approach is simple, if it’s a fast song I’ll slow it down, if it’s a slow song I’ll speed it up. I like to change up the melody and lyrics up a little bit. I also like singing songs by male vocalists.

5. Lastly, do you have any projects you’re working on? Is there an album in the works?
Yes, I released three singles this year. Planning on releasing the whole album at the beginning of 2017! The new songs I am working on at the moment will be much different from this upcoming album. That’s all I will say! I also just shot some music videos for the songs Locked in the Dream and Powerless I am excited to be releasing them too!

Check out her Facebook and Soundcloud

Also if you’d like to know more about her latest single, read my review

Interview with Aaalyssa DeBoer

Genesis, the debut album for rising star Aaalyssa DeBoer is set to release on the 27th of August. A combination of electronic house and experimental, Aaalyssa worked hard to find her sound and perfect it for her new album. Earlier this week, Aaalyssa was kind enough to answer a few of my questions on music, life and Genesis. 

1. For readers who may be new to your music, how would you characterise your sound?
I don’t want to label it but my music can generally be put into the category of minimal house. It can also be classified as experimental. I put a lot of classical vibes into my music though.

2. Your new album Genesis comes out late this month, what was the inspiration behind the work?
My inspiration would have to be my imagination. It’s like what if you were sneaking amidst a revolution? What if you’re wandering through the forest and you catch a glimpse of a faerie? My imagination is that of a child and I use that to my advantage.

3. Do you have a favourite track on the album? Or maybe a particular track that you’re excited for everyone to hear?
That’s a hard decision! The one I can listen to forever would have to be This is Not Reality. I usually listen to the same song for hours on end until I get bored of it. This one never loses its appeal for me and it just suites any situation no matter your mood.

4. What enticed you to take on a career in music? Was it something you always wanted to do, or was there a moment in your life where you realised the music life was for you?
I always had trouble finding music I liked. I would think I found a genre that I could listen to and then it would turn out it was only a few songs. That is what really drove me to it. The world needed more amazing music in it.

5. As I understand it, you had to put some things on hold in order to find your sound. Do you have any advice for struggling musicians trying to find their way?
Yes I did. I had to deal with so many people wondering why my music didn’t sound like dubstep or house to the point I started to not like anything I made. If people are negative and tell you that you aren’t going to make it, you need to cut them out of your life. You’ll make it, it’s just a matter of whether you’ll give up before it happens. The best piece of advice I can give is to not give up.

Check out my review of the EP here

For more information on Aaalyssa check out her website