Album Interview: Within & Without – Céline And The Blue

CÉLINE AND THE BLUE debuted on the blog in 2019 with sassy number, ‘Learn To Be Alone’ and since then, they’ve been regular favourites with you guys (and myself, I have to say). Their most recent offering, ‘Crave Love’ scooped the Song of the Week title for two consecutive weeks in January AND Song of the Month title in February. So it’s an absolute pleasure to invite frontwoman, Cèline Buccomino into the interview seat to discuss latest EP, ‘Within & Without, out now all good DSPs.

NLM: Hey, thank you for taking part in an interview with NEW LEASE MUSIC. How is 2021 treating you so far?

CB: Heyy, thank you so much for chatting to us on here! 2021 has been very promising so far, it’s been filled with loving, inspiring and exciting energy. We’re very keen to express that back through our music, the past year has just made us that much more committed to this career.

NLM: You recently released your EP, ‘Within & Without’. What is the public perception on the project so far?

CB: Our listeners are so talented at spreading the love! We’re very grateful for every message we receive about our music. It’s so lovely to hear when listeners connect with the story line intertwined within the track list. Even the press response was great, we love seeing new people come in from new sources!

NLM: What inspired you to produce the EP?

CB: Our favourite thing about the EP is that it came about extremely organically, we hadn’t initially planned to set out the releases as an EP. Once a few songs had come out, we noticed a common thread between the tracks, it only made sense to encompass them in a unique body of work. We thought this collection really embodies our origins as musicians and is the perfect way to wrap up the first ‘era’ of our music!

NLM: How would you describe the album’s sound to potential fans?

CB: ‘Within & Without’ has a groovy and colourful character which ventures into the genres of Jazz, Soul and Pop. An authentic sound dominates the sound pallet with live instruments, guitar and keys solos and fresh vocals. We wanted to inject a lot of good feelings in this EP, we hope you sense those too!

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

CB: As the whole band, ‘Learn To Be Alone’ is our jam! We feel so good while performing it, it fires great connection between us and makes us feel alive! Despite this, we each have individual preferences which vary from ‘Safe’ to ‘Crave Love’ to ‘Papaya’.

NLM: If you had to feature one mainstream artist on the EP, who would it be and why?

CB: It would be quite hard to settle on just one artist as everyone has their own favourite, but John Mayer is probably the one we might find a common agreement on. It would be incredible to witness him interpreting our genre. And he’s just so timeless and brilliant!

NLM: Did the Covid pandemic present any drawbacks in the production of your EP?

CB: It slowed the production down loads! We started recording ‘Papaya’ and ‘Safe’ in March 2020 and then had to wait until August to finish them. It was frustrating! Making music is made up of many things, we were still working hard on the behind the scenes elements but for a while we were missing out on the actual ‘making music’ part of it, which was hard to adjust to. We made it in the end, better late than never!

NLM: Do you have other project(s) for 2021?

CB: Yes! We are making some fresh music, focusing on production a bit more to refine the sound pallet and we’re loving what’s coming out of this so far. We absolutely cannot wait to showcase this new music getting back into gigging this year!

NLM: How can potential fans find you?

CB: First of all, thank you so much if you want to check out our work and connect with us! Just look for ‘Céline & The Blue’, our music is on every music streaming platform, Instagram, Facebook and YouTube. You can also find our podcast ‘Out of The Blue – By Céline & The Blue’ on any platform for podcast streaming.

NLM: Finally, any special shout outs to those involved in the production of ‘Within & Without’?

CB: Biggest thanks go to Sam and Tom over at Studio 91 who have really helped us craft the sound for this project. Their imprint has been essential to provide this EP with the character it has. We always have the best experience working with them, the environment at Studio 91 is stimulating, positive and a true pleasure!

Within & Without is now out on all good download/streaming sites

Album Interview: Not A Yout Anymore – Trigga Ryder

I have been following Matt Wride – aka TRIGGA RYDER – ever since he slipped me his 2016 track, ‘That’s A Fact’, so it’s an absolute pleasure to welcome back the Manchester-based spitter to talk about his latest project, ‘Not A Yout Anymore’. As I was immediately intrigued by the album’s title, I asked him what inspired him to produce the ten-track set plus his plans for the rest of the year.

NLM: Hey, thank you for taking part in an interview with NEW LEASE MUSIC. How is 2021 treating you so far?

TR: Yeah 2021 is going good so far, definitely better than 2020. 2020 was pretty hard to be honest due to COVID but it seems like there’s hope on the horizon and stuff is hopefully going to get back to normal soon.

NLM: You released your album, ‘Not A Yout Anymore’ last November. What is the public perception on the project so far?

TR: Definitely been a lot of love for the project and people supporting the final product I feel like it could have done better In terms of numbers of streams sales etc. But I’m happy with it and these days I’m making music for myself so if anyone else buzzes of it that’s a bonus

NLM: What inspired you to produce the album?

TR: The birth of my son Dylan in 2017 inspired me and made me think wow I’m actually a grown up now, hence the title Not A Yout Anymore, also the breakup of me and his Mum which was a struggle, but it inspired me on some of the tracks with lyrics and concepts.

NLM: How would you describe the album’s sound to potential fans?

TR: I’d say the project has a mixture of sounds which is something I intended by my choice of using three different producers/ beat makers there’s some Boom Bap , Grime and Modern Rap in the vein of D Block Europe and Nafe Smallz minus the auto tune which I’m not opposed to using but didn’t think it would fit with the project this time around.

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

It depends what mood I’m in but I’m pleased with the lead single Not A Yout Anymore. The Chorus kept getting stuck in my head so we shot a video for it with Chris Lucas of Arun productions in Bristol you can watch it here:

I also really like how the track path that I choose turned out in terms of production.

NLM: If you had to feature one mainstream artist on the album, who would it be and why

TR: Probably Potter Payper although I’m not really sure if he’s classed as mainstream, but I’m feeling all the stuff he’s been putting out recently and followed him Since the beginning of his career.

Met him a couple of times once in Manchester and then at a gig in Birmingham and he was really safe plus he went in with his performance.

NLM: Did the Covid pandemic presented any drawbacks in the production of your EP?

TR: Yeah potentially would have had some features on the project if the rappers I had in mind had access to a studio but COVID meant they couldn’t record, also the project was started just before COVID with the intention of having it all mixed by one of the beat makers on the project but when it kicked in he ended up having other commitments to fulfil so I ended up mixing it myself which was good because I enjoy the production side of things.

NLM: Do you have other project(s) for 2021

TR: Working on a couple of features should have a track dropping with a rapper called Thrash Thorn from LA produced by Yello Blac who I’ve done tracks with in the past.

NLM: How can potential fans find you

TR: https://www.instagram.com/triggaryder/

https://mobile.twitter.com/TriggaRyder

https://m.facebook.com/trigga.ryder

https://li.sten.to/ZfBfshK

NLM: Finally, any special shoutouts to those involved in the production of ‘Not A Yout Anymore’?

TR: Yeah I’d like to shout out Subvert The Cynic

Trooh Hippi, Nineteen, Chris Lucas and the Raptographer also all my friends and family and anyone who helped throughout the project. Also like so say thanks to you for interviewing me and always supporting bless up.

Trigga Ryder’s ‘Not A Yout Anymore’ is now out on download/streaming sites.

Album Interview: The Answer – B.Eveready

It’s an absolute pleasure welcoming back B. EVEREADY on the blog. The Baltimore rapper was last featured back in 2018 with single, ‘Always Major.’

After lengthy spell away from the blog, he returns to discuss his upcoming album, ‘The Answer’ coming out tomorrow (26th February). Find out what events inspired him to produce the album – trust me, his reasons will truly resonate with you…have a read below...

NLM: Hey, thank you for taking part in an interview with NEW LEASE MUSIC. How is 2021 treating you so far?

BE: Pretty good so far. My family is dealing with some health challenges, we had some COVID scares, but everybody is well & on the road to recovery, so I can’t complain. We’re blessed.

NLM: You are about to drop your album ‘The Answer’, where you dropped singles ‘2BLACK2STRONG’ and The Answer (Intro) ahead of its release. What is the public perception on the singles so far?

BE: It’s been a good reception so far. The Answer (Intro) is a direct response to the book on the cover of the project – “The Negro A Beast or In the Image of God?” – and people are loving the truth I put in the track. 2BLACK2STRONG is a conscious turn up record that everybody has loved from day one. Hopefully it blows up the way I’m thinking it can.

 

NLM: What inspired you to produce the album?

BE: After dealing with the police-involved murders from last year & the protests, I felt like I had to have a project that was exclusively responding to that moment. Not to mention what was going on with the political scene. I felt like if I didn’t have something to say as a Black man, I wasn’t the artist that I thought I was. So I dug deep and came forth with these 7 tracks to speak to the times we’re living in. I feel like this expresses my point of view & thought process as a Black man in America in 2021.

 

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

BE: I love the first two singles (The Answer (Intro) & 2BLACK2STRONG) definitely – they stand out for different reasons. The Intro is the mission statement of the project. It just speaks straight to the heart. 2BLACK2STRONG is a record that could spawn TikTok challenges, dances, and go up in a party while giving our people pride. Outside of those, I think it’s a tie between Ferguson & 3:57AM. Ferguson is a record that I definitely shed some tears to once I finished it. It talks about the riots, but also the 3 protest leaders that died under very suspicious circumstances. 3:57AM is a record that embodies the feelings you might be feeling at that time of the morning when you are being consumed by some of these thoughts. It partially feels like a dream, and then you think about what matters most to you as an individual.

NLM: So how would you describe the album’s sound to potential fans?

This is a project that is sample-heavy but embraces trap sounds. It sounds like Black Revolution & Black Liberation over a beat.

NLM: If you had to feature one mainstream artist on the album, who would it be and why?

BE: It’d probably be Kendrick Lamar, because I feel like this project is my version of To Pimp A Butterfly, and I’d love to hear him over 2BLACK2STRONG.

NLM: Did the Covid pandemic presented any drawbacks in the production of your album?

BE: It presented some challenges when it came to recording because my regular studio was shut down for a while. But we overcame that challenge pretty quickly, so outside of that, we’ve been able to keep it moving.

NLM: Do you have other project(s) for 2021?

BE: I definitely have a bunch more music coming for this year, and I can’t tell you everything that’s coming down the road, but I will tell you this: this will be my most prolific year of dropping music by far. Coming not too long after this project is the deluxe edition of my #GS2 EP, led by a single featuring MC Bravado & Kxng Crooked, so you know I’m serious with it out here.

NLM: How can potential fans find you?

BE: You can find me at my website BEvereadyRap.com, Twitter @BEveready, IG @b.eveready, or at my Bandcamp – Beveready.bandcamp.com.

NLM: Finally, any special shoutouts to those involved in the production of ‘The Answer’?

BE: Well, I definitely want to thank my wife who is a constant source of inspiration. The producers (Anno Domini, Synesthetic Nation, Baltimega, Alex Collins, Makaih Beats, Big Shot Beats), features (Jay Charles & Scholarman), and my studio & engineering folk (Lineup Room Studio, Brandon Lackey, MooseJaw, Beauvallis & Steel Tipped Dove). I appreciate what everyone brought to the table to make this project happen. And thanks to NEW LEASE MUSIC for allowing me to share this project with the world.

And just because y’all are my people, you can stream the project here before it drops anywhere else: https://beveready.bandcamp.com/album/the-answer 

B. Eveready’s album, ‘The Answer’ is out on 26th February

Interview with: Fly Von

FLY VON (also known as EDM producer, Sir Basstoven) has been one of NEW LEASE MUSIC’s staples since 2013, supplying super slick tracks like ‘Dreams’, ‘Stay The Night’ and ‘Tell Me Wassup’. He also dished up a string of mixtapes including, ‘Rawest’ and ‘Lone Wolf’ before taking a lengthy hiatus from music.

2020 sees the Virginia rapper returning – rawer than ever – with his latest mixtape, ‘FlyMix Vol.1’, which claimed the blog’s Album of the Week title for three consecutive weeks.

So here’s your chance to find out more about this fly talent and what he’s cooking up for the rest of the year…

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

FV: Life is pretty good, the while Covid situation is a lot to deal with but I’ve been making the best of it. Trying to stay positive and optimistic.

NLM: You released your album ‘FlyMix Vol.1’ earlier this year (which claimed New Lease Music’s Album of the Week title three times in a row). Have you received other accolades on the album?

FV: Not that I can think of (laughs). The lead single, my remix to Boom Boom Room did get over 1000 streams on Soundcloud. Big thank you to you for that (laughs).

NLM: What inspired you to produce the album?

FV: It was really random and spur of the moment honestly. I kept freestyling in the car to songs on the radio and I was like damn it’s time to get back in the music.

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

FV: The Roddy Ricch remix has to be my favorite cause I mean that’s what started the whole Fly Mix idea. GNF also only took me 2 takes to record, love that beat.

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

FV: I would say it varies and depends on the vibe of the track. I can be melodic and smooth for hooks and give you heavy hitter bars for verses in the same session. My sound is rebellious, I say what I want and nobody can stop that.

NLM: Do you have other project(s) on the horizon?

FV: The Rawest 2 album (my 1st studio album) is pretty much 75% done and my goal is to have it out by December. Fans are gonna love this. It’s truly my best work to date.

NLM: How has the current climate (CoVid19 pandemic) and lockdown affected you as an artist?

FV: Staying indoors and away from people has been perfect for me (laughs) I’ve had so much time to create, record and produce. Getting in hours of music every day is the best feeling ever.

NLM: What advice would you give to new artists who are trying to get noticed in these challenging times?

FV: My biggest advice would be remain yourself. Don’t sell out or copy to get noticed. Also be patient, nothing of value happens overnight. Weed helps too (laughs).

NLM: How can potential fans contact you? 

FV: My big 2 for socials is Twitter and Instagram. @SirBasstoven on twitter and @flyvon_ on Instagram. As far as the music I’m on all digital streaming platforms except for tidal. The album will be on there as well just not the singles.

NLM: Finally, if music did not exist, what profession would you do?

FV: I definitely would continue to pursue my original dream of playing in the NBA. If that didn’t work, I would love to run a weed farm or weed business.

Interview with: Stacey Pierre

Introducing singer/songwriter STACEY PIERRE into NEW LEASE MUSIC’s hot seat – and on your music radar. The emerging artist has hooked up with UK Garage producer Obsidian Cane for track, ‘Body Talk’, taken from his EP Reset. Obsidian Cane was one of the key players in the UKG movement back in the nineties who scored a hit with club filler, ‘I Need A Rhythm’ as UKG duo KP, alongside fellow producer Paul Benjamin.

So get acquainted with this UK talent as she dishes up her next move for the rest of the year and her coping mechanism during the pandemic…

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

SP: Thank you so much for having me! Considering the circumstances, it actually hasn’t been too bad. There were a few projects that have been put on hold, but this has given me time that I didn’t realise I needed to focus on myself and get a plan in place for my career moving forward.

NLM: Your single ‘Body Talk’ was released under Obsidian Cane’s UKG EP, ‘Reset’ in August. What sparked the collaboration?

SP: The idea of us collaborating came up after I applied to a job he posted online. We both saw the potential in each other and decided to stay in touch. The working relationship grew from there.

NLM: What’s the public’s reception on ‘Body Talk’?

SP: I’ve had really good feedback so far! Two things that keep coming up are my voice and the drop that introduces the second verse. It’s very different from my style as a solo artist so I’m really happy that my listeners are engaging with this collab.

NLM: What was it like working with Obsidian Cane, one of the figureheads of the UKG movement back in the nineties?

SP: Well, I when we first started making plans towards working together, I could tell he knew his craft and had experience, but it was a revelation to me once he started taking in more depth about the things he had accomplished. He’s truly excellent at what he does and it’s an honour to be working wit him.

NLM: Are there any plans to work with Obsidian in the future?

SP: 100 per cent, we are working on new music as we speak! This collaboration has really opened my eyes to the possibilities when branching out into new genres. I’m so grateful for his patience and willingness to allow my style to shine through in the music.

NLM: Do you have other musical projects on the go?

SP: Yes I do. I’m working on a solo project, a second EP. A follow up to my first; EDEN. I can be a bit of a perfectionist, so things sometimes take a little longer than they should, but I figure if I’m sharing a piece of myself with the world, why not take the extra time to make sure it’s something I’m proud of.

NLM: How has the current climate (CoVid19 pandemic) and lockdown affected you as an artist?

SP: A few jobs musical opportunities have been put on hold, which is frustrating but as I mentioned in my first answer, it has given me the time to re-evaluate myself as an artist. There have been many times before the pandemic where I would see others progression and feel that I should be doing more, which would actually halt my growth, but this space has given me the opportunity to realise that everyone’s journey is different and I should just focus on enjoying mine.

NLM: What advice would you give to new artists who are trying to get noticed in these challenging times?

SP: I would say, firstly think outside of the box. The market is saturated with new music, so be true to yourself and don’t follow the crowd. Be pro-active but smart, if you can build a support network of trusted people to help motivate you and even share tasks based on each others strengths, it will help ease any pressure and keep ideas fresh. And lastly, always have your reasons as to WHY you’re doing this. There will be times when its very hard or unfruitful, but when you are grounded in your reasons it will help you through.

NLM:  How can potential fans contact you?

SP: People can get in touch via social media:- Instagram, Facebook or Twitter @spierremusic and I also have a website http://www.staceypierremusic.com

NLM: Finally, if music did not exist, what profession would you do?

SP: Firstly, that would suck! But, I would certainly do something artistic, the thought of spending the day in an office makes me want to cry! So either an artist or wood worker- anything that would allow me to create.