A chat with Jazmine Flowers

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Keeping track of the hordes of ‘rising stars’ is as much of a task as any – the accessibility of new music is definitely a double-edged sword at times – but one name to bloom out of obscurity that demands attention is Jazmine Flowers. Having beaten lockdown as well as the ‘debut jitters’ on first EP ‘adulting’ we had a chat with one of Alt-R&B’s most promising names.

AM: First of all, huge congratulations on the new EP! How does it feel to have it out?

JF: Thank you! Ahh, it feels really good, I put so much energy into ‘adulting’ I’m just really happy that people can finally listen to and experience it. 

AM: Up until now you’ve been releasing singles, how does it feel to have released your first ‘body of work’? Did it allow you to craft something with a wider message?

JF: It’s definitely a different feeling, this feels like a bit more of a statement, like you said with a way broader message. Of course, the EP is about growing up but I touched on so many subjects within each of these songs so it’s really just a cool opportunity to voice all these experiences and feelings I’ve had.

AM: Could you walk us through your general songwriting process?

JF: It does depend on who I’m working with and how I’m feeling that day. But I will usually pull up notes on my phone, where I have pages and pages of words, phrases and concepts that I like and see what fits the vibe of whatever the producer is working on. Then I’ll put some sort of meaning to those words and build from there!

AM: What were the most challenging aspects of recording/writing ‘adulting’?

JF: Well, a couple of weeks before I was due to finish recording the final vocals and mix the whole EP I got the coronavirus hahah which wasn’t ideal. Thankfully, I was out of self-isolation and completely better the day before I got back in the studio but I still sounded quite ill, if you listen to the middle 8 of ‘not like my friends’ you’ll see what I mean! But the whole writing process was chill, it’s made up of songs from before, during and after lockdown.

AM: The entirety of the ‘adulting’ EP is something you can really lose yourself in, was it ever intentional to write something that could be felt like an ‘escape’ from the world?

JF: Wow, thank you, that’s a huge compliment! Umm, I think because I tend to listen to music as an escape, I maybe make music like that naturally? It feels great to know that, with my music, I can do for other people what music does for me.

AM: You’re very first single ‘Awkward’ was released during a period of lockdown, was the writing and recording process of ‘adulting’ plagued by the lockdown as well? What challenges did it present?

JF: Half was and half wasn’t haha! I first wrote ‘awkward’ out in the beautiful city of Bergen, Norway back in autumn of 2019. Then in 2020 when we decided that ‘awkward’ was going to be my debut single, it was lockdown and I, of course, couldn’t fly back to re-record anything. So I finished writing and recording the vocals in London; it was a pain discussing every tiny detail by email rather than just in person but we made it work.

AM: What do you think you’ve learnt as both a person and an artist from writing ‘adulting’?

JF: Ahh so so soo much! The biggest thing I’ve learnt is that I’ll always be learning. When I write songs, like ‘ANGEL FORM’, I don’t really know what they’re about until i look back way later and realise ohhh yeah in that month I was feeling really happy or I went through this or that then. So it was interesting to go through some old songs and work out what they were about and why those lyrics came out of me when they did!

AM: Since the release of ‘Awkward’ in February, your status as a musician has grown significantly in a relatively short time? Has it taken some adapting to?

JF: To be honest, it doesn’t feel like much has changed haha so not much to adapt to! Numbers on my socials have grown and I have a lot more people supporting me now which is incredible! But it still very much feels like the start and that I have a lot more to do in terms of proving myself as an artist…or not proving myself but more so building a connection with the people who listen to my music and progressing as a writer, producer and musician!

AM: As a young artist, what are your main career aspirations?

JF: As an artist, all you can really wish for is to have as many people as possible hear or see your work. That’s all I really want.. and to one day do a ‘Hot Ones’ interview… then I’ve made it hahahah!

AM: I’ve recently graduated from uni and am of a similar age so I can understand the stress that comes with ‘needing to get your life started’, do you have any advice for musicians of your age that might not know how to handle the stress of adulting (excuse the pun).

JF: Congratulations on graduating from uni! I could never haha! Well, I’ll first be honest and say, I also don’t know how to handle the stress of adulting! What seems to be working for me is staying genuine as an artist and just as a person. If you’re falling out of love with what you’re doing then take a break. Stay in check with yourself, do a quick little self MOT, are you drinking enough water, eating vegetables, doing some form of exercise, even just a walk? And don’t forget to masturbate.

AM: Is the next step for your musical career already planned? Tours? A debut album perhaps?

JF: In truth, I don’t know what the fuck I’m doing with my life. I have nothing planned hahaha, I do have a show lined up on 25th October which is SOO exciting, I haven’t performed live in three years! and I also have a fuck load of songs. I just need to choose how to release them!

Thank you so much for chatting to us Jazmine!

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From struggles to successes, JayQ The Legend’s life story is like no other

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JayQ is a familiar face on the Pop Playlister platform. A talented artist whose recent release and song of the summer Amazing Girl stormed through the charts.

But behind the success is a story of struggle, hardship and trauma. A story JayQ is finally ready to tell.

Abused as a young child by his Step-father, music became JayQ’s only escape from the world around him. Putting pen to paper to express the pain no child should have to experience, he explains-

“Songs were a place for me to escape. Hiding in my room and getting lost in a verse was my safe place. I would write and write songs, hoping not to be found. I lived with just my mother and stepfather during these years of beatings.

The rest of my family, my father and grandparents were in the British Virgin Islands far away from St. Croix. The trauma physical abuse leaves on a child is unforgivable. When a man is violent to his family, he passes down a legacy of insecurity and anger. How does one enter manhood and climb out of this?”

Fortunately, JayQ was able to escape the abuse, but after the murder of his father JayQ’s world was understandably turned upside down once again.

In college, but unable to focus in a world that was spiralling out of control, JayQ was fighting against the odds.

“It was too much, home was still not safe, and college was not far enough away from my mother’s voice on the phone sharing her pain. However, always inside me was that will, the will to survive and be successful… to overcome my history. It took so much energy and fight, but I was determined to beat the odds. 

I decided I had to learn to fight, so I signed up on the college campus to become a military solider. I would go on to be a platoon leader in marines training, get my college degree, as well as an MBA and JD.  Finally, my stepfather passed away, but I still had to fix what he broke inside me – I was lucky to have my creative gifts to escape with during my darkest moments, because I am not sure I would have had been able to overcome the years of trauma otherwise.”

An inspiring tale of overcoming trauma, defying odds and achieving a wealth of success.

Yet this was not the end of the story for JayQ. Having fought his way through a childhood of trauma, adulthood had yet more challenge in store for him.

Facing a different kind of evil as he tried to make his way in the world, JayQ explains-

“Unfortunately, well into my adulthood, the abuse did not end. I was subject to another kind of abuse, institutionalised racism as a professional in the American south. 

It was awful to be held to a different standard than the privileged, less qualified and competent than me.  Black men had to be better than everyone to be seen.

That is another story, not a pretty picture of living in America. The United States of America is currently struggling to uncover the truth and impact of racism and move forward with enlightenment and compassion.”

Somehow JayQ remained inspired, creative and positive. Persevering through numerous challenges, defying all odds and putting out music into the world that is positive and up-lifting.

Life has tried to sour JayQ, but the incredible artist remains positive. Music has been a shining light through the darkness and his story is truly inspirational.

A star on the rise, JayQ The Legend deserves all the success the world can provide.

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Written By: Jessica Rowe

Our Artist of the Month for August- The talented Vicky T

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It’s time to share our Artist of the Month for August where we highlight the best new talent we heard last month.

August was a month full of fierce competition and incredible releases in the industry but for the Pop Playlister team there was one standout artist.

Vicky T brought us her debut single ‘Lie’ on the 14th August, a soulful R&B single that instantly caught our attention.

The London based singer-songwriter is talented beyond her years, an emotive songstress and vivid storyteller, Vicky T is one of the most exciting R&B stars emerging on to the scene.

We caught up with the young talent to find out a little more about her artist debut and what’s next for the rising star.

You first started entering Music at just 15 with your Instagram covers, at the time did you think it would kick start a career or were they just for fun?

“Many people didn’t know I could actually sing so posting my first cover for me was terrifying because I was a very shy girl growing up.

I honestly had no idea what would come out of posting covers- I did it because I love singing, I love music and I wanted and still want to inspire people my age to post and share with the world what they love to do.

Most importantly an amazing person came into my life who pushed me to post consistently which then resulted into being able to work in a studio and live my dream.”

What do you think your 15 year old self would say if she could see you now having released your first single ‘Lie’?

“My 15 year old self wouldn’t believe what my 17 year old self is doing right now. Working with an incredible producer who’s produced for incredible artists blows my mind.

Having a manager who’s practically my big brother is just a dream so I am so grateful and thankful. My hard work and dedication has definitely played a big part in getting to where I am now, we still have a long way to go!”

What do you want people to think/feel when they listen to your music?

‘I want people to feel inspired just how I did/do when I listened to other artists music. I want people to know they’re not alone when they hear a song they can relate to and I want people to dream big. Anyone can achieve if you believe.’

Bursting at the seams with talent and potential, there is so much more to come from this young artist.

Listen to her debut single ‘Lie’ now

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Written By: Jessica Rowe

New Music Friday- The BEST Fresh Hits from this week

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It’s that time again, just how do the week’s move so fast? Another instalment of Fresh Music for your Friday, don’t forget to follow our Spotify playlist to always be plugged with the best new music. 

We’re so happy you guys love this feature as much as we do, we’re so grateful for the support and can’t wait to grow the platform with our wonderful readers along for the ride! 

Without further ado let’s dive into the Freshest hits we’ve found this week. 

Kicking off this week is Vicky T with her debut single ‘Lie’. You may recognise Vicky from our feature on her earlier this week, we’re so excited to be sharing her debut single and just can’t get enough of the talent! Lie is a soulful, R&B infused ballad from the 17 year old singer. Her powerful vocals complimented perfectly by duo Nakvma to create a flawless Pop/Soul blend, and unstoppable single. This is just the beginning for Vicky T, a certified star in the making. 

Next up is Chelzzz with her absolute power anthem Foamposites. Driving, gritty and raw this track is pure brilliance, there’s no doubt about that. A catchy beat, distinct vocal style and witty bars Chelzzz is truly an unstoppable force. Not did we mention her iconic image and effortless flow, Chelzzz really is the full package. A force to be reckoned with, and an artist gaining huge traction with no sign of stopping. Ride the Chelzz wave, or regret missing the boat. 

Kate Klein’s Sad Boy is our third Fresh Hit addition. This track is Pop princess with an electro twist, giving Kate a truly distinct sound. Her vocals are light, but instrumentals heavy and driving, the perfect middle ground between power and pop. Sad Boy is a catchy, emo-pop tune that sets Kate out as an innovative new talent. Good luck getting this one out of your head! 

Our final addition is Toss & Turn by Icon South and Neko Savvy. This track just screams summer, sunshine and good vibes. The beat is truly addictive, vocals easy and warm, and vibe immaculate. Toss & Turn transports you in an instant to the beaches of LA, a hugely commercial tune that bursts with potential and talent. Definitely a contender for song of the summer and one of our favourite discoveries of the week.

Happy Listening readers! Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter and keep submitting your incredible music!

Written By: Jessica Rowe

The Fresh Hit Radar- Music hotter than a heatwave

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It’s our favourite part of the week and time to share some fantastic, fresh hits with you all. We’re excited to bring you the official Fresh Hit Radar playlist on Spotify, give it a follow and let us put you on some great new music.

Kicking off this week’s playlist are the talented Umbrellabirds with their acoustic single Rhododendrons. This track is true easy listening, acoustic guitars sitting perfectly over a rhythmic beat featuring effortlessly smooth vocals. The perfect addition to your Sunday playlist and a sound you won’t tire of. Check out the full project Closing Ceremony out now on all streaming platforms.

Next up some ambient jazz to soundtrack your sunny weekend. Hugo Marsh’s album Mutualism is a jazz infused, indie take on instrumentals. Each track is mellow with just enough funk, groove and rhythm creating a perfect blend of sound and style. Another easy listening project that’s a must have on any chill-out playlist.

Third on our list is the talented Lisa Danaë with her track Starlet, her first single post 2 year hiatus but it is more than worth the wait. Starlet is pure pop princess greatness, a track with energy and power, driving synths and Lisa’s strikingly pure vocals. The California native oozes commercial potential with her catchy hooks and heartfelt lyricism. A true pop talent and the most promising artist we’ve seen in the genre for a long time. Lisa has true potential for pop stardom. We’ll be keeping a close eye on this one.

Our final addition is Samuel Slater’s So Far, Gone, a strong contender for our song of the summer. The track is Samuel’s debut single and is a hugely promising start for the artist. So Far, Gone is a catchy track featuring an easy beat and bright guitars, the song is pure bedroom-pop, indie genius. Grooving, warm and effortless So Far, Gone is a must have on your summer playlist and firmly establishes Samuel Slater as one to water for 2020.

Happy Listening!

TGIF- Pop Playlister’s Fresh Music Playlist

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We’re back with another Fresh Music Playlist, a curation of some of the best songs we’ve heard this week that we know you’re going to love. 

First up it’s Hollin Kings with 2020 single Hold On, a driving Rock and Roll track that has brought the Ohio rockers to our attention. Hollin Kings have such a classic, authentic sound, with heavy guitars, punchy drums and vocals that ride the instrumentals with ease, rasp and power. Their talent and musical prowess is evident, showing genuine skill, musicality and a rawness that much music has lost. Clean, driving and powerful, Hold On is the kind of single you’re desperate to see played loud and live on stage. 

Next up a track to slow it down and soundtrack a slow Sunday. Waves by Ellis Johnson is a soulful ballad from the Mancunian singer songwriter. Sultry and acoustic, Ellis’ vocals have a pure and easy tone that you want to hear on repeat. A track full of subtle passion and emotion Ellis Johnson has the potential to follow in the acoustic pop footsteps of stars such as Ed Sheeran and James Arthur. 

Our third addition is Lola Young’s smooth and soulful None For You. At just 19 years old Lola Young possesses immense talent in both vocal style, lyricism and spirit. Tipped to be next up in the UK scene it is not hard to see why. The track is full of attitude, presented in the smoothest of manners with Lola’s luscious vocals sitting over smooth piano chords. Lola Young’s potential is palpable.

Shanay Shah’s You Found Me is the next feature on our Fresh Music playlist. Shanay is talent hailing from Mumbai, a multilingual talent who brings a truly refreshing sound to the pop genre. You Found Me features catchy melodies and fuses both an acoustic and electro influence to create a perfect balance between the two. You Found Me has a warm summer vibe, immense commercial potential and demonstrates Shanay Shah’s destiny for pop stardom.

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Fresh Music Friday Playlist- Let us create the soundtrack to your weekend

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It’s time for the Pop Playlister team to share our ‘Fresh Music Friday’ playlist, a collection of the best tracks we’ve found this week that you need to hear. The perfect way to end your working week and get the weekend started.

First up is Lohrd Snohw, with her track ‘I Don’t Know’. A soulful ballad featuring Lohrd’s truly mesmerising vocals. The UK based singer-songwriter creates powerful and emotive tracks, an independent musician full of raw talent and prowess. With musical elements reminiscent of indie, electro-pop and R&B Lohrd Snohw is a diverse talent and definitely one-to-watch for 2020.

Next is the punchy new single ‘Please’ from Foust. A guitar driven, rock infused track to get you pumped and ready for the weekend. ‘Please’ is a powerful first release for new band Foust, who formed in 2019 to combine their high energy, talent and unpredictability into an unstoppable force. With all the best elements of classic Rock, meshed together with modern influence, and some cracking falsetto Foust have given us one of the best rock releases this year so far.

Thirdly comes Grace Can’t Play Guitar, with tune ‘Narcotica’. This band oozes their Britishness, reminiscent of Brit-Pop’s glory days and bringing those warm nostalgic feelings. Grace Can’t Play Guitar conform to no genre, priding themselves on their fusion style and diverse influences. A feel good, easy listening tune to pop on your playlist.

Next we have Quincy with ‘No Stress’, a grooving R&B track with elements of Soul and Pop. Quincy is descendent from musical greatness, the biological son of Al B. Sure! And godson of Quincy Jones. Since 2015 Quincy has collaborated with stars including Tyga, French Montana and G-Eazy. ‘No Stress’ is a solo track for Quincy, demonstrating his talent and potential as a star in his own right. 

Happy Listening!

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Odd-ball Pop artist Alien Tango brings us the weird and wonderful single ‘Arthur Conan Doyle’.

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Alien Tango has released his latest single ‘Arthur Conan Doyle’, accompanied by a wacky video you have to see to believe. Described as a bouncy ‘weird-pop’ tune the track certainly brings both flair and eccentric energy to the party.

The Spanish-raised, London-based artist explains his musical vision-

‘Arthur Conan Doyle is a magic realist pop song. I made it in a sort of stream of consciousness…Musically, it was born while trying to make a pop song with dramatic chords, a la Britney Spears. The melody features prominently what I call the ‘evil cadence.’

Alien Tango’s style and artistry is a refreshing interpretation of the Pop genre, embracing all things bizarre to become unapologetically weird. Alien Tango is a firm trailblazer for the next wave of Spanish musical talent, we can’t imagine what he has in store for the world next.

Watch The ‘Arthur Conan Doyle’ video here

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Bollywood Actor Turned Director Exceeds Blockbuster Standards With Latest Film

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Leaving his Bollywood acting life behind to fulfill his music ambitions, Arsh Singh has released an emotionally-charged track, accompanied with an equally hard-hitting video, that hones in on the dramas of domestic violence, bullying and a journey to self-acceptance.

Every film has to begin with a good story, and the greatest stories are the ones that mirror not just life, but the ways in which life is distorted and restructured through the process of remembering and Arsh captures this flawlessly in his films.

Drawing the themes behind ‘Only One’ from his own personal experiences, Arsh comments:

“The whole idea of the video is that regardless of the challenges and difficulties we experience growing up, we must find strength in ourselves. As a kid I would constantly get teased at school because I wore a turban. A lot of the kids in school had never seen anyone with a turban, so it was odd to them, so I would get bullied in school by other kids. So, yes, some of the depictions in the video do relate to my personal experiences. My father wasn’t too physically abusive but he was an authoritarian and had a short temper, especially when it came to me studying and doing schoolwork. For the video, I wanted to show the harsh realities of domestic violence which happens behind closed doors and the effect that it has on kids when they are older. We subconsciously attract and run the same patterns from childhood, with similar scenarios and situations tending repeat themselves, as shown with both characters in the video, from kids to teenagers. In the video there is a transitional moment where the characters are able to recognise self-love and through that self-love the adults then find each other”

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Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/user-905738995-993564817/lose-myself-by-arsh-singh/s-tC00p

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We Dissect Berislav’s Spooky Video for ‘I Gave My Life’

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As Halloween beckons, Berislav’s spooky video for his euro-pop hit ‘I Gave My Life’ is serving us the appropriate level of chills for the witching season. And we are going to put on our creepy surgical gloves, grab our rusty tools and dissect the hell out of it!

The video opens at night, with the shaven head Berislav going for a stroll with an attractive female partner (we’re assuming that there is some sexual tension here, you know, on account of the ear licking). Suddenly, a dark hooded figure interrupts the two friends (lovers?) by strangling Berislav to death. He falls slowly to the floor, before been taken away by some lady with maleficent-esque headgear. His female companion grips our fallen protagonist by the shoulders, shaking him in a futile fit of despair, while a choir sings in the background to really amp up the creepy vibe (I mean, when has choir singing in the dark ever not been super ominous). So far so intriguing.

Cut to an insanely muscly Berislav in a red leather trench coat, dancing jerkily, and in a zombie like fashion. His almost 360 head-rolls contain more than a hint of the Exorcist, and add a further element of body-horror to the choreography.

But what are these shadowy ghouls? Even in death, the black hooded figures continue to haunt Berislav– and we cut to a shot of two of them perched behind him, like supernatural, leather-clad ninjas. They continue to attack him for the rest of the video, eventually luring him to a eerie warehouse, sparsely populated with nude female mannequins.

Then comes the really impressive portion of choreography, a matrix inspired fight scene, which sees Berislav fight off the hooded figures with his bare hands (seriously, this dude is jacked).

The final scene anticipates the second part of this video trilogy (yay to more Berislav dancing!), with our hero suddenly sitting up bolt upright in his hospital bed with jet black, unhuman eyes. The camera zooms out, and the doctor turns his head before his eyes also turn black, leaving the viewer with a myriad of questions and a healthy dose of spine-chills.

Check out the brilliant video above and more from Berislav on the links below:

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OCAyJwNCi-w

 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Berislav-666316400160884/

 

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/berislav_official/

 

Website: http://www.berislav.eu/