2022 is coming to an end, what a year it’s been, it’s been a year full of great music. I’ve managed to choose my top 10 bands of 2022, it’s been hard to choose but I’ve managed to narrow it down and believe me when I say I’ve spent hours on this list but finally I have my top 10 bands of 2022.Continue reading “Top 10 bands of 2022”
The rising artist Ber has earned praise for her heartfelt songwriting and angelic vocals heard in her early releases such as ‘Meant To Be’. That song has already exceeded 50 million streams, leading to airplay from Radio 1 as well as Zane Lowe and Travis Mills at Apple Music 1. She has also been embraced by a community of singer-songwriters, most notably when she performed as part of a supergroup at Barn On The Farm with Holly Humberstone, Maisie Peters, JP Saxe, Dylan Fraser and Flyte’s Will Taylor. Today, Ber unveils the official video for her latest single, “Superspreader,”Continue reading “Ber”
Enter alt-rock band Lady Silver. With a news-worthy song and video combination. Their incredibly catchy new single ‘News of the World’ is remarkably witty and acts as the perfect introduction to a band doing things differently in the rock landscape. Lady Silver’s songs are loaded with satirical charm, often with a sprinkling of dry humour. The upcoming album ‘Circus Pop’, from which NOTW is taken, explores the absurdity of fake news via a visual and lyrical tragi-comic stance. The video for this is unforgettable; using deepfake technology the song’s message is brought to viewers via the likes of Kim K and Elon Musk, which was made possible thanks to renowned deepfake mastermind Roy Kahalani.Continue reading “Lady Silver – ‘News of the World’”
Taking a self-produced, self-released album into the upper reaches of the charts is a big ask at the best of times – let alone for a band in the middle of lockdown who had established a word-of-mouth following largely on the road. Instead, Tide Lines’ Robert Robertson played a ten-day virtual world tour – a series of livestreams dotted on Google Earth, in front of some internationally themed backdrops designed by keyboardist Ross Wilson. Their DIY improvisation helped to prove that their record, ‘Eye of the Storm’, with no record deal or team around them – could travel the world and fly up the charts as it debuted at #12 on the official UK album chart, narrowly missing the Top 10.Continue reading “Tide Lines”
I’m Raven Shelley, an alt//indie-folk singer-songwriter. I was born in the UK but grew up in the South of France, coming back to England as a teenager. I lived in Manchester (where I went to uni) for 4 years before escaping to the country for a year. I’m currently in the Peak District, but I’m returning to the city in the Autumn to focus on music. I write honest, lyrically complex and intriguing songs. My first single, ‘Sink in Solitude’ has just been released!Continue reading “Raven Shelley”
Who were your musical influences growing up?
I grew up in India and at the time all the majors like Britney Spears, Shania Twain, Shakira and Savage Garden were huge. But I also had a lot of other influences from Indian films – both Tamil & Hindi, so I ended up with quite an eclectic taste in music and I think that filters through what I do now, as I quite like to experiment.
Tell us about your new single Silence Speaks and the inspiration behind it…
Silence Speaks brings silence to life and gives it form and personality. We’ve all been there, I think, unable or unwilling to communicate. You can feel lonely despite being with someone. Harsh words can hurt but sometimes silence can be more destructive. Saying nothing can say everything. And it can hurt.
It was great working with Darion Leigh on the music video. The idea was to take silence – the very absence of sound and something that conjures up images of emptiness and make it into a force of itself.
What was it like working with Banx and Ranx?
I’ve been a fan of Banx & Ranx for a while and it’s always nice when people you’ve admired want to work with you! They’ve done an amazing job on the track and even though I’ve listened to it countless times now, it still manages to give me goosebumps! I think those guys are geniuses when it comes to music production and they managed to create a track that really brings out the essence of the lyrics.
Describe your music in 3 words
Playful, upbeat, and I like it when the lyrics really make you think (I know that’s more than three words! Sorry!)
If you could collaborate with any other artist – who would that be?
I am a huge fan of Becky Hill and if I had the opportunity to collaborate with her that would be absolutely amazing!
Where do you get your inspiration from when writing songs?
Both when writing my own songs and when listening to music generally what is always key for me are the lyrics. I know that not everybody focuses on the lyrics in a song but if the lyrics don’t take me on a journey then I just can’t relate to the music.
So what I look for when others write for me or when I write for myself it’s for the words to really speak to me, make me think, and take me on a journey.
If you had to be remembered for one thing apart from your music what would you want it to be?
I do a lot of work to empower other young women and to me that work is really important.
It’s the reason I set up my record label which is intended to support and help other young female artists to release their music and also mentor them in the process. I have the benefit of a legal and business background and I wanted to make sure I use what resources I have and the journey I’ve had in music to enable others to showcase their art and support them on that journey.
By Siân Parker