With over 4 million Youtube views on his hit single “Falling for You”, Lyon Hart is one of the hottest acts coming out of NYC right now. Lyon Hart released his debut EP in 2015 and has worked with a host of artists including Noosa and Elephante. He recently dropped the video for “Delusional”—an evocative found-footage piece playing with unrequited love in classic imagery. I got to talk with Lyon Hart about his new track, the challenges of being a gay musican today, and what’s in store for 2017.
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MUNA is one of the most evocative and original pop bands coming out of LA. After meeting at USC, Josette Maskin, Katie Gavin and Naomi McPherson starting playing together and self-released an EP in 2014. They have since signed to RCA, put out the critically acclaimed The Loudspeaker EP and even had their own Spotify Sessions EP. I talked with the girls about signing to a major label, their idols and upcoming album.
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At only 19, Claire Wilkinson aka Clairity has released her own EP, written with Kesha and been featured on shows like Teen Wolf. Her single “Velcro” made our top tracks of 2015 and we have been loving her ever since. Her evocative songwriting speaks to the outsider in us all. I got to speak to Claire about her newest track “Words Like Weapons”, her musical heroes and her what it’s like listening to yourself on TV.
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This past June I had the joy of interviewing Ji Nilsson about her single “Perfume”. The hauntingly beautiful musician released her first EP, “Blue Is The Saddest Colour” last week. It contains a wonderful blend of R&B, pop and electronic sensibilities. The EP features hit song “Heartbreakfree” as well as new tracks “Nothing” and “Special Kind”. I chatted with Ji about the EP, writing gender-neutral songs and her plans for the rest of 2015.
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Ji Nilsson came onto the scene last year thanks to the success of tracks like “Heartbreakfree” and “Encore”. Hailing from Stockholm, Ji’s music is that of an R&B mermaid luring in the masses over dance-inducing electronic beats. Ji sings, writes and produces all her own music. Equally entrancing as her music are Ji’s music videos. The videos for “Heartbreakfree” and “Encore” recall the best parts of 80’s Madonna and Kate Bush music videos. Ji’s recently released her new single “Perfume”, which is a downtempo summer smash. I talked with Ji about the new single, future music and her love of mermaids.
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Jessie Poland a.k.a. LACES has accomplished quite a bit in the past several years. She had a #3 album on the Billboard Top Heatseekers chart under her former moniker Charlotte Sometimes. Jessie then appeared on NBC’s The Voice, having all four judges turn around in the blind audition round. Now she is forging a new path under the name LACES. This new project is a way for Jessie to work freely with unique DJs and producers to create engaging electronic-infused pop. I talked with Jessie about the new project, her lead single and her time on The Voice.
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Chloé Pourmorady, known on stage as Melanchloé, is a multi-talented violinist, vocalist and songwriter. The LA-based artist has been making waves on local radio and on SoundCloud. We featured her as one of our Top 50 Songs of 2014. She infuses her Persian-American roots into a uniquely heady music that is all her own. She has all the power of Fiona Apple with the intricacies and allure of Kate Bush. I chatted with Chloé about her influences, new music and her upcoming shows.
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