Victoria Hamilton – Little Red Book (self released)
A good pop singer is well to me hard to fine, why because a real singer doesn’t need gimmicks to sell themselves, their voice and their songs do it for them. Case in point Victoria Hamilton with her debut release Little Red Book. I had interviewed her a few years back and got reacquainted again and the release is nothing short of powerful. A 17 girl with a voice that is really powerful. The songs are pop tunes that are just edgy, there are hints of r&b in the music and it’s highlight her vocal range. The song that is my pick is I Was Wrong, a really big ballad anthem that screams radio play. Innocent has got that whole early 90’s pop rock sound with a dance beat. Hurry Up, Kiss Me, Forgiven are guitar based ballad that really show off her powerful voice. So Far So Far is a pop/r&b track of the laidback style and works well. 10,000 Things is another pick for me that should be on radio. It’s a ballad and her voice is solid here. There are 7 tracks and one remix. This is a fine debut release by an artist is going to be going places with that amazing voice of hers. Recommend.
Brilliant Fanzine – This Old Star EP (Popboomerang Records)
Brilliant Fanzine are back with their latest release This Old Star a digital only ep with a limited edition 100 pressings of the cd for purchase. The ep is a good slab of solid quality britpop. It’s my pick off the release. You get two new songs, one old classic and a instrumental track. Brilliant Fanzine are back and they are sounding fantastic. My pick is This Old Star. It’s just a great catchy 60’s brit pop tune. If you are after something new to listen to, Give this a try your in for something special.
Amaya Laucirica – Climb Up This High/This World Can Make You Happy (Departed Sounds)
Amaya Laucirica has released these two songs Climb Up This High/This World Can Make You Happy as a double A side single and they are both pretty something special. her music to me is folk alt rock. While most people play acoustic guitar and do that it’s refreshing to hear an electric guitar being played as the main point of the two tracks. The songs are both really well written and performed. Amaya vocals sit perfectly with the two tracks. Oh yes the songs are well produced. She has a way of writing tunes that draw you in with each listen. May it be her voice or the way the songs are crafted and written. I get hints of PJ Harvey and Kate Tucker in tracks. It’s a little bold, edgy and even a little sweet. This is a fine release by an Australian artist doing something a little different and we the listen are rewarded with something special.
Sunny Interview by Chris
Ok if you know or don’t know I run an independent music company and one day this girl called Sunny found my business page and I really liked what I heard and thought pr was a must. So read on
Interview by Chris 1/6/10
1. Are you happy how things are going for you so far with the music?
ABSOLUTELY! After getting my music myspace up and releasing some demos it’s been really cool to see everything start to build-up (definitely not an overnight success). I’ve been lucky enough to see a constant growth in fan base while figuring out my sound! These people that believe in me now are the ones that have chosen to come with me on this journey and I couldn’t have better company! The music speaks for itself and even thought it may get tough, nothing’s better than pursuing something that I absolutely LOVE doing… making music!
2.How is the ep different to the last recording?
Well for one I wasn’t recording in my closet with my laptop using Garage Band, ha ha! After emailing concepts back and forth with different people, I decided I wanted to take this E.P. in a poppy direction vs. the more ambient folk I was writing. I loved the feel of one instrumental concept in particular sent to me by a good friend of mine Nick Marfing (Parade the Day/ latenighthabit.com)! Shortly after, I flew out to Richmond, Virginia to record with him for a month! The songs all have this trending vibe of uplifting positivity and a young feel that’s meant to remind you of growing up and opening your heart for the first time. Anyways, I really couldn’t be happier with the way they turned out! The full four song E.P will be released late June for free 🙂 (Including "Meant to Be" and "Best Disaster" that are up on my myspace already)!
3. what inspires you when writing music?
I know this may sound cliché but I’ve found inspiration from literally everything and everyone. I’ve written songs inspired by everything from personal experiences and relationships to seeing someone smile at a stranger or wondering what someone is thinking! I think if you look around there are so many wonderful things that it’s impossible to not be overwhelmed and inspired. Of course writing music has also been something that I’ve always used to release my negative energy. When I’m having a bad day or am sad or angry I write a song and automatically feel better. It blows my mind that no matter what you’re feeling, someone else has felt that way at some point in time and that no matter what you write SOMEONE can relate. I think it’s really hard to not find comfort or inspiration in that.
4. how was the recording process like for the ep?
The recording process was such a fun experience! Nick owns an in-home studio in his loft that overlooks downtown and I completely fell in love with it and the rest of Richmond. I’m such a city girl so waking up in the middle of it everyday in this fantasy loft left me feeling not only really inspired but ready to work my ass off. Nick made the process flow extremely well with being able to give as well as accept critique and not shy away from telling me if something sounded funky. Our days went a little something along the lines of this: Wake up, eat, write, write, record, record, eat, record, sleep. wake up and do it all over again. Of course there were the occasional parties and meeting a lot of really great people, but overall we were both incredibly determined and excited to get things done! I’ve heard so many people have terrible experiences recording but I was lucky enough to have a blast and be able to put my heart into these songs with no difficulties!
5. What do you think of major record labels and the new 360 deals?
I think major labels are a blessing and a curse. Yes, they can be extremely beneficial but goodness can they be suffocating. For a label to have a percentage of your merch, guarantees, PR work, record sales and whatever else is a bit much in my opinion..I don’t know, it’s a controversial topic that I rather not even think about. Record Labels are good. Money sucking is not. Music is good. Making music for the sole purpose of making money is not.
6. What has been your favourite place to sing so far?
Well since I haven’t toured with my new music yet, I’m gonna give you a blast from the past. I was in a band called The Torpedos with three guys in high school and we played a show at this place called Fat Daddys in Lewisville, Texas. It was a pretty hoppin’ place but I didn’t think anyone was gonna show up cause it was just us and some other small local. It was the best feeling getting on that stage and seeing almost my entire High School there supporting us on a Friday night. It sounds cheesy but it was then and there that I realized there will always be people that believe in me and support me!
7. Are you happy how people have responded to your music?
So far everyone has been really supportive and shown a positive response to it which I couldn’t be happier for! I’m so thankful for everyone who’s sent me messages and comments letting me know my music has affected them or just flat out makes them smile! Lets just hope all this love keeps on comin’ *fingers crossed*! I know eventually I’ll run into people that hate my music and criticize the crap out of me but I’ve already learned to phase that out. If YOU love what you’re doing to hell with those who think negatively about it!
8. who have you enjoyed working with the most?
OoO this is a tough one! I’ve really loved everyone I’ve worked with so far whether it be recording, writing or just jamming with, but I’m about to do some collaboration work with someone that I’ve been wanting to for a while now…. Can we post pone this question?!
9. How has the media responded to the album and your music?
We’ll see how they respond to the E.P when it’s released! But like I said, so far everything has been positive and uplifting even though only my demos are up! I’d like it to stay that way for as long as it can!
10. any plans to play down here in Melbourne?
Gosh, I wish! I’d give anything to tour in Australia! Find me a booking agent out there and lets make it happen you beautiful people!! Unfortunately, for now I think I’m sticking to the states for a bit with a possible acoustic tour towards the end of the year. Guess y’all will just have to keep checking in with me to see where/ when those dates are
11. What advice can you give to people who wanna make a career in music?
*Don’t ever stop believing in yourself no matter how hard it gets or how many people think you can’t.
*Always believe in improvement and bettering your skills.
*Familiarize yourself in the business aspects of things so you don’t get sucked in or screwed.
*Be aware of your surroundings
*Enjoy every second of you doing what you love!!