New to the sound of Martyna Wena? Martyna has worked with alongside big names including Jools Holland and Sir Micheal rice. To find out more about Martyna as a singer songwriter her current Ep, movie soundtracks and much more within this interview below.

Can you tell us more about Bigger Things?

Bigger Things is the first single to come from my soon to be released EP,  The Collector. It’s about overcoming the inner voice we can all have at times that tells us we’re not good enough,  letting the dust settle, taking a breath and trusting that we’re on the right path even when it feels like we’re failing.

Does this single set the tone for the EP?

I wanted every song on the EP to be uplifting so the message it carries is very typical of the EP. This is very much the ballad of the EP and features a beautiful live string quartet which you can hear throughout the EP. There are also some more upbeat country influenced songs that follow.

Can you talk everyone though the songs on the EP?

The Collector EP begins with Made. It’s an upbeat song about finding what lights you up rather than sleepwalking through life. Recent single Bigger Things is next, followed by the title track The Collector. The Collector is the most guitar driven (I write everything at the piano so this is quite unusual for me) and was written about how we collect ideas about ourselves and events from the past that we need to let go of. It also talks about how we’re sold the idea that we are incomplete and imperfect so that we are constantly trying to fix ourselves. I wanted the song to encourage people to show up as they are, and to celebrate who they’ve become.

Coming Up For Air is the fourth track on the EP and was written around the time my mum was diagnosed with terminal cancer. It’s a song about holding on to grace and love when our world has been shaken. This song is very special to me and was the catalyst for writing the rest of the EP. The final track ‘Build Your World’ was written following a conversation with a friend who wanted to be a writer but felt that it was too late in life. I’m a big believer in it never being too late to do something and that if it’s calling to you, you should find a way to answer. All the songs were recorded at SMP in Holland, and have the same incredible musicians and producer so I was very lucky.

What is it like to work along side  Paul Carrack, Jools Holland and Sir Michael Parkinson and Sir Tim Rice?

Each of these events were very different but all unforgettable.  As a lyricist, meeting and performing for Sir Tim Rice was very special, he’s very easy to talk to and passed on some treasured advice. There was a moment at the second Paul Carrack gig where I was nervously playing a brand new song and I felt like the audience were really with me. He has such supportive fans, you can really feel the atmosphere.

Who inspires you as a song writer?

Lori McKenna has an honesty to her lyrics that floors me, I think she’s really special. Sarah McLachlan has always been a big inspiration to me, hearing her play was definitely an ‘A ha’ moment.  I also spent a lot of time listening to early Everything But The Girl and that’s definitely reflected in my writing somewhere.

What music are you currently listening to?

Sara Bareilles‘ new album is on heavy rotation at the moment, I also really like Lauren Daigle’s ‘Look Up Child’. Both albums are so beautifully written and produced.

If your music was the sound track to any film past or present what would you like your music to be featured on?

That’s such a tough question. Recent movie Eighth Grade definitely fits the message of the EP, the trailer alone made me cry.

Would you like to move into movies or are you primarily focused on music?

I would love to write soundtracks and songs specifically for films. Some of my favourite albums are soundtracks, there’s something really special about hearing a song when you’re completely absorbed in a scene.

Any live concerts and summer festivals coming up?

Yes, I’ve been invited to play Songfest this year which I’m really looking forward to. It’s a celebration of songwriting and is a really unique festival with a wonderful line up.

What is next for you?

The focus at the moment is on the EP release but we’re busy finalising my first visit to Nashville where I’ll be cowriting and playing some showcases. It’s all really coming together so it’s an exciting time.

Final messages?

Just that I really hope people enjoy the EP and connect with the songs when it’s released on June 7th.

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Skip Marley, the Island Records reggae prodigy, releases the official music video for his new buzzed about song “That’s Not True” featuring Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley (his uncle, and youngest son of Rasta icon Bob Marley, Skip’s grandfather).  “That’s Not True,” is Skip’s first original music release since 2017 with more music to follow this year including his collaboration with Major Lazer titled “Can’t Take It From Me” – due May 10.   The Andrew Sandler directed music video shows Skip cruising around the Little Haiti neighbourhood in Miami hanging with his friends, the locals and of course his Uncle Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley.  “That’s Not True” kicks off a promising new year of amazing music for Skip. (more…)

British singer-songwriter Leon Else makes quite the impression whatever he does. He’s already amassed 20 million streams for songs including ‘My Kind Of Love’ (which featured in the Netflix smash ‘13 Reasons Why’) and ‘Cheap Hotel’, while his version of ‘Titanium’ was heralded by Sia as the “best yet.” He’s even been named as Best Dressed Man by GQ and appeared in the film ‘Nine’ alongside Nicole KidmanPenélope Cruz and Daniel Day-Lewis.
Now Leon Else shares his brand new single ‘Signs’, a breezy upbeat alt-pop song which was inspired by his hope to shine a light on his struggle with bipolar disorder. His opening lyrics immediately set the tone for this self-searching confessional: I need a sign tonight, I could do with some help / Give me a ray of light, I’m struggling with myself.”

“Just before I wrote ‘Signs’ I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder,” he explains. “I was scared, frightened and worried about what everyone was going to think of me. During that time, I just felt like I needed a sign – something that would give me the strength to continue on.

I want my fans to listen to this song and try to remember that there is always hope. There are signs all around us to carry on, to be strong, to speak up, to stand tall, be proud, and to get help when we need it. It’s so important to me to be putting out this song during Mental Health Awareness Month because I want to shine a bigger spotlight on this subject.”

He wrote ‘Signs’ with indie-pop artist Allie X and JT Bangs.

Leon Else has been attracting attention with his rich, soulful voice, heartbreakingly vulnerable lyrics and electric physicality. Armed with an arsenal of tunes with singalong melodies and lyrics stripped of pretences, he’s primed to become of the most thrilling voices in progressive pop.

Leon Else began writing and recording music at the age of 12 to serve as an escape from his rocky upbringing. Interested in all of the arts, Leon saved his money to attend dance school, and over the years has performed in Kenneth MacMillan’s ballet ‘Winter Dreams’ and musicals including ‘Sinatra’ and ‘Oklahoma!’. But Leon decided to leave the dance world to pursue music, and his earliest songs drew the attention of iconic artists such as Elton John.

After struggling in silence for 27 years of his life with his mental health, Leon sought help. He is now reclaiming his independence as an artist and individual, and creating music he feels is authentic to himself. ‘Signs’ is his second release of 2019 following ‘Change Up’.

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The English/American production duo teamwork. possess a Midas touch for creating hits which merge the worlds of dance and pop. Their many hits include Tiësto’s ‘Secrets’, Cheat Codes and Fetty Wap‘s ‘Feels Great’Audien and Lady Antebellum’s ‘Something Better’ and ‘Right Now’ by Nick Jonas and Robin Schulz. These hits, together with their work with the likes of Christina AguileraDavid Guetta and The Chainsmokers, have seen them rack up 1.5 billion streams.

Based in Los Angeles, the enigmatic teamwork. now apply that creative flair to their debut artist track ‘Afterhours’, which is out now on Sony. It finds them connecting with two compelling, world class vocal talents in the shape of Nina Nesbitt and AJ Mitchell.

With sleek synths, punch beats and an immediately insistent pop-tinged hook, ‘Afterhours’ pulsates with pure lust. The pair’s sensual vocal performances heighten the sweltering vibe of the lyrics: “We can skip the small talk, put your skin on mine, don’t make my heart break, just make my heart race.”

teamwork. and Nina Nesbitt first wrote the song on a cold Friday night in an underground studio in IslingtonLondonteamwork. then took the resulting track to Los Angeles where they invited AJ Mitchell to elevate it to another level.

“Having worked together for a couple of years, the idea of creating teamwork. came around in the summer of 2018. We reached out to a few artist friends of ours about the project and to see if they would be interested in doing collaborations and features. Nina and AJ were two of the first artists we approached as we’ve always loved working with both of them. We’re so excited to have them both on the first single!” – teamwork.

“I love how ‘Afterhours’ has developed into such an unexpected collaboration,” says Nina“I found AJ Mitchell on Instagram a few years ago and have been a fan of his ever since, so I’m really excited he’s involved too.”

“This being my first collaborative release, I am really excited to share it with Nina and teamwork. When teamwork played me the song, I was a fan at first listen. Nina’s voice is incredible and I was very happy to jump on the collaboration and add to the magic that they had written. I hope all the fans have as much fun listening to the song as we did creating it!” – AJ Mitchell

Bursting with vibrant colours, the accompanying video for the track highlights the connection between the two vocalists and perfectly captures the summer atmosphere of the coming months. It was directed by Seth Michael Stern.

A regular fixture in the UK charts, the Scottish singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Nina Nesbitt recently dropped her critically acclaimed second album ‘The Sun Will Come Up, the Seasons Will Change’. Featuring the singles ‘The Best You Had’ and ‘Somebody Special’, the album has achieved a huge milestone by exceeding a quarter-of-a-billion streams. Backed by playlists at both Radio 1 and Radio 2, Nina has exceeded 10 million monthly listeners and she’s set to tour as guest to Jess Glynne this summer.

Hailing from Illinois, the 18-year-old AJ Mitchell first came to attention on Instagram, where his silky vocal talents attracted 1.5 million followers. He launched his career as a solo artist last year and signed to EPIC in the US, scoring hits with ‘Used To Be’ and his recent single ‘All My Friends’.

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The new musical project from Pop Will Eat Itself & Gaye Bykers  On Acid frontman, Mary Byker, and Apollo 440founder-member, Magazine guitarist & long-time collaborator, Noko.
The soundscape is wide-screen retro-cinematic. The mood is distinctly glass-half-empty, with songs lamenting the failure of technology to save us from ourselves.
For the first time, Mary sings over a lush David Lynchian laptop orchestra, replete with the sweet vocal harmonies and the sumptuous twang of Noko’s vintage Gretsch ‘White Falcon’, buried deep in a canyon of spring reverb. Like you’ve never quite heard them before…

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