Interview with Alex Bent + The Emptiness

NEW LEASE MUSIC has been chilling out with Canadian singer/songwriter/producer ALEX BENT, who released his latest EP ‘Vanilla Blue’. I found out about the progress of the seven-track production since its release…and the inspiration behind that sweet, sweet crazy (I mean that respectfully!) sound featured in the album. So are you ready to go? Good…happy reading!

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

AB: Life is going alright. Thank you.

NLM: You released your EP, Vanilla Blue back in May. What the story behind the release?

AB: I’ve been working on it for a few years now. It means a lot to me and I’m happy it is continuing to age well as I come back to it. I’ve never been this proud of a project before.

NLM: What’s the public’s perception of the EP so far?

AB: People seem to be liking it. It’s my hope that people feel an emotional connection to these songs.

NLM: What’s your favourite single from the EP and why?

AB: “52” is my favorite. I was able to tap into a feeling I’ve been searching for as long as I’ve been writing songs.

NLM: What was your inspiration for writing the album?

AB: I was inspired by life and what I was seeing as well as what I wish I was seeing. It’s a perfect snapshot of where I’m at in my life right now.

NLM: What’s your inspiration for creating such a unique sound?

AB: I’ve been playing in bands since I was 12. I’ve gone through phases of listening to everything. I think I was able to find a sound that really captured all of my influences while still sounding true to myself.

NLM: So how would you describe your sound to someone who hasn’t heard your songs?

AB: Alternative Pop Rock or something like that

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

AB: Phil Collins

NLM: Besides the release of your EP, what are your plans for the rest of 2018?

AB: I’m going through a lot of life changes right now. It’s my hope to play some more shows at the end of the summer. I’m also very early into the process of starting the next album.

NLM: Finally, how can potential fans make contact with you?

AB: You can find me on social media. Send me a message. I’m looking to make some new friends!!

Twitter: @alexandertbent
Instagram: @alexanderbent
Facebook: www.facebook.com/iamtheemptiness
Websites: www.iamtheemptiness.com ; www.vanillablue.ca

Vanilla Blue is available all major download/streaming sites

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Song of the Day: Gwen Stefani – Alex Bent + The Emptiness

ALEX BENT + THE EMPTINESS takes control of today’s hotspot with a stunningly echoic guitar-led single, which somehow takes inspiration from No Doubt singer, Gwen Stefani.

Featuring guest vocals from Jack Larsen (Kevin Abstract collaborator), the Connor Barkhouse/ Riley Deacon/Alex Bent-produced slammer is all about starting all over again and embracing new beginnings.

‘Gwen Stefani’ is the third single from the EP ‘Vanilla Blue’, which is out tomorrow. With a full-length album to follow in 2019, ‘Vanilla Blue’ gives insight into my Alex’s new musical direction…so make sure you look out for the EP tomorrow!

For now, kick back to ‘Gwen Stefani’…

 

Review: The Heart Break EP – Aeon Flex and Shade K Ft. Goldillox

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Trenton Thompson is determined to end 2015 with a massive BANG! The DJ/ producer/owner of Tech D Records called upon the best talent around to achieve his mission, through an explosive EP, The Heart Break, released on Beatport last month.

So who’s on the three-track set? As well as having long-term collaborators, Spanish breakbeat maestro Shade K and award-winning breakbeat guru Wes Smith on the project, the club filler offering also feature the vocals of dubstep/trap/breakbeat /house phenomenon Goldillox (think of a more radical and blinged up version of Gwen Stefani). Thompson first saw the platinum blondshell during her live performing at Florida’s Old Firestone. Describing her stage presence as ‘jaw dropping’ the music marketer gave her a well-earned spot on this record label, so it was definitely (for him) a no-brainer to include her on the latest release. Completing the line-up is producer and DJ Akeley and, of course, the man behind the label Trenton Thompson –aka Aeon Flex.

The EP kicks off with the original mix of the single The Heart Break. If you’re not familiar with the work of Shade K and Aeon Flex, this is the time to get acquainted with the masters at work. From the very beginning, the almost three-and-a-half minute banger has the strong potential to grab any prospective listener’s attention with its melodic stagnant beats, joining in harmony with the prominent electronic drive.  The explosive fusion continues on a high, thanks to Goldillox’s EDM/pop-ready and arguably Madonna-esque vocals.

 

Next it was Wes Smith’s turn to steal the thunder and work his magic on the single, giving the recording an upbeat and a slightly lighter feel (compared to the previous effort). Smith makes use of the almost aggressive but exuberating chopped beats, which rips through the electronic bass and takes centre stage.

 

Concluding the EP, DJ Alekey puts a sinisterly dark spin on the single Heat Break. Starting off with echoic vocals, the  rhythmic  EDM tones makes a brief entry before being abruptly  taken over by the boldly dense thump and, just like Smith’s effort, rips through the infectiously light electronic drive,  creating a spine-chillingly great sensation.

 

In January, it will be Tech D Record’s second birthday…and this EP will surely heighten the celebration. With undeniably infectious and vibrant chopped up hooks, produced to absolute precision, this small set with a mammoth impact has what it takes to receive heavy attention from  underground clubs  and from pirate and possibly mainstream dance/DEM radio stations over the festive season. The Heart Break EP has all the right ingredients to effortlessly sail through to the summer of 2016.

Thompson has definitely made the right move of choosing Goldillox to front each of the tracks, as the quirky breakbeat princess could potentially be hailed as the face of Tech D Records by avid fans of EDM of all variations.

Get your copy of The Heart Break EP right here.