Interview with: Dorian Thorson

Canadian singer/songwriter DORIAN THORSON should be on your radar for 2020. His debut album, ‘The Come Up’, released last October, claimed the blog’s Album of the Week title for two consecutive weeks last month and went on to claim the number five spot on NEW LEASE MUSIC’s Top Ten Albums of 2019 list.

NEW LEASE MUSIC has linked up with the newcomer-on-the-rise to discuss the album, his plans for 2020 and more…

NLM: Hey, thank you for taking part in an interview with NEW LEASE MUSIC. How’s 2020 treating you so far?

DT: Well thank you for asking me to be a part of it. So far, the year has been great! I was able to play on the biggest stage in my home city (Saskatoon) to end 2019 and two of my featured collaborations have been released already this month. It’s been a great start.

NLM: You released your album ‘The Come Up’ last year (which secured a well-deserved place at #5 on New Lease Music’s Top Ten Albums of 2019). Have you received other accolades on the album?

DT: That was a highlight for 2019 for sure. So far, “The Come Up” has gotten some coverage on a few blogs across the world. Your blog certainly showed it the most love up to this point. The biggest milestone from its release was when “Flex” achieved over 100 thousand streams over all platforms.

NLM: What inspired you to produce the album?

DT: I’ve been striving to be a professional musician since I was 13. Early on I was fortunate to be a part of a record label, but that experience was cut short before any real ground was covered. This album holds most of my story from then (2012) until now. The biggest challenge was doing everything myself in the production.

On another note, when you reviewed it back in December, I was really pleased to see you caught on to the “stages of a relationship” concept. My intention was to make a series of singles tell the events that brought me to this point of my life and career.

NLM: What is/are your favourite single(s) from the album and why?

DT: My personal favourite is “Better.” Even though the hook from “Done” was the first melody conceived for the whole project, “Better” was the first song completed for the project. The voice recording in the middle of the track was a cool story. I’ve just finished recording most of the song and I send my brother-in-law a clip on snapchat. He called me immediately and what you hear in the voice memo was the phone call. That song signified a change in my style, something really shifted after that song was made. Of course, It’s important to keep growing but it was a big step in the right direction.

NLM: Do you have any plans to release a video for any of the songs on the album?

DT: There are two out already actually. One for the first single “Trust Issues” and one for “Flex.” They are on my YouTube channel.

NLM: So how would you describe your sound to potential fans?

DT: I haven’t really figured that out myself yet, haha. Truth is I don’t really sound like anyone else. I’m heavily inspired by early Mike Posner (when he was a Hip-Hop singer), the pre-pop star version of The Weeknd, Drake, and Ne-Yo. Some compare my style to Tory Lanez because I fit right in the middle of Rnb and Rap, but at the end of the day I’m just my own thing, “Dorian Thorson.”

NLM: If you had the chance to collaborate with ONE mainstream artist on the album, who would it be?

DT: Drake feature would fit perfect.

NLM: If you had three wishes to change the music industry today, what would they be?

DT: I’m just enjoying the ride and thankful I can get paid to do what I love to do, so nothing on the industry’s part. When it comes to the people that I’ve run into outside of the industry, I wish they weren’t such haters. It’s funny how some will congratulate you when you’ve become successful, but their blood leaves their face at the same time. That’s when you know they’re hoping for you fail. I’d say that would be the one thing that I’d like to change. Everyone be more supportive, man! That hater shit is whack.

NLM: How can potential fans contact you?

DT: You can find my music on Spotify, Apple Music, Google Play Music, Tidal, Deezer, and all by searching “Dorian Thorson.” If you want to contact me, Instagram is best. I’m on Youtube, Facebook, Snapchat, and Tiktok via @dorianthorson. Twitter is a bit different at @dorthorson.

NLM: Finally, any New Year’s resolution(s)?

DT: I was hoping to take a break from making music for a while, but now I find myself busier than I’ve ever been. I’m just going to be consistent with giving my followers new music and hope to grow the following worldwide. On a personal note, I’m looking to get my physical and mental health back in order.

The Lyonz Drops ‘The Jump To Jupiter Video’ + EP

Salvo (Anthony Salvo) and Norrin (Terrell McLeod Richardson)  – aka Montreal group THE LYONZ –  have dropped their highly anticipated new EP ‘2nd U, Pt.1’, last Friday (17th January), which showcases their trademark of minimal jazz-tinged unconventional hip hop.

Alongside the EP,  the duo also unveiled a stunning video for lead single, ‘The Jump to Jupiter’, which delves into the life of a troubled man, obsessed with one day going to see the planet. Jupiter is essentially a metaphor for a destination of bliss and safety —jumping to Jupiter means escaping his troubled life of drug abuse.

Check out the video below…

Deanna Devore Releases a Mouth-Watering Neo Soul Track, ‘Lately’

Following the success of her highly acclaimed EP, ‘Half and Half’, DEANNA DEVORE is unveiling her new release ‘Lately’, featuring a mystery vocalist who cannot yet be announced.

Thematically the single narrates the insecurity and ups and downs of a relationship, detailing how love can often feel like an emotional rollercoaster until it finally comes to an end. Its mellow grooves and smooth lo-fi beats cook up a mouth-watering release, oozing with seductive melodies and velvety vocals, which highlight the featured singer’s impressive vocal range. Emitting a sensuous flowing cadence, delicately layered harmonies and a pulsating rhythm, ‘Lately’ provides an alluring neo-soul track, showcasing Devore’s unique and fresh production.

Deanna Devore

The Chicago and Toronto based multi-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter and producer has seen success performing to sold-out venues and festivals across the map, such as Summerfest, CMJ, NXNE, and 80/35. She has also had the pleasure of opening for renowned artists including Jamie Cullum, Bonobo and SG Lewis, as well as Raveena, Mother Mother and Yoke Lore. The composer has recently explored more commercial work, where her work can be heard in podcasts, feature films and even a Starbucks ad.

Devore continues to be celebrated for her remarkable musicality and ‘Lately’ is another indication of what to expect in 2020…check it out below…

Tasha Angela kicks off 2020 with ‘Undescribable Feeling’ video

Toronto’s singer/composer TASHA ANGELA releases captivating visuals for second single ‘Undescribable Feeling’ from her impending EP entitled “Hidden Gems” which is due out  4th February.

Released via Public Records/Universal Music Canada, ‘Undescribable Feeling’ is a deeply personal song about depressive feelings and the weight of wading through them. Tasha Angela’s voice soars, adding air to the confessional record. Despite the difficulty of the song’s subject matter each verse unfolds as a catharsis resulting in a single that is both somber and uplifting.

In the words of Tasha Angela: “Undescribable Feeling is about pulling yourself out of a dark place. I came home after a bad day, sat at my piano and words began flowing out of me. I hope this song can help others who are feeling down in life the same way it helped me.”

The accompanying music video for ‘Undescribable Feeling’ is choreographed, performed and art directed by Toronto based actor and movement artist Virgilia Griffith.

Check it out below…

New Lease Music’s Top Ten Songs of 2019

Here’s NEW LEASE MUSIC’s top ten music videos of 2019! Based on both readers viewing and editor picks, a few of the singles featured were first shown on the blog in the previous year (2018) and managed to held on for a well-deserved place on this list.

Go ahead and check out the videos below and I hope you enjoyed the top ten lists

10. HARD LABOR – LIQUID

9. JEALOUS – ASTHA

8. DRIVER – GOLD COMPLEX

7. SIMMER DOWN – SHIRAZ HEMPSTOCK

6. PROPERLY – NIZZY

5. DON’T GIVE UP – MAGGIE SZABO

4. LIAR – LUKE FRIEND

3. SOLILOQUY (WOULDN’T FEEL ALONE) – MARSHALL CECIL

2. SWEET LITTLE LIES – BÜLOW

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