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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Interview with: RĀI

NEW LEASE MUSIC caught up with singer/songwriter RĀI, to discuss the inspiration behind his new album, ‘Love’s On The Way’, his plans for the rest of the year… plus other bits and bobs! Get to know this talented smooth crooner…and be sure check out the album below:

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

RĀI: Life is really good. I’m very excited about my new album. I’ve getting such great feedback and really happy about it. You hope people will like it but you never really know until it is released so I’m glad people are enjoying it.

NLM: You released your album, ‘Love’s Is On The Way’  What the story behind the release?

RĀI: It really is about love. Love is the central theme of the album. Love at different stages and during different moments in our lives. If you are in love there are things you think about or deal with and when you are sort of waiting for love to come, then there’s a part of you that believes it’s on the way. That’s really the story. I wanted to create something that felt good, that made people feel good and want to love.

NLM: You released you single of the same name ahead of the album. What’s the public’s reception on the production?

RĀI: People seem to really like the song. I like the song but I was pleasantly surprised to see how people have received the song.

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

RĀI: My favorite is probably ‘How to Love’. It’s my most personal song on the album. The song is sort of a confession of not really knowing how to love, how to be successful in a relationship. You know many people get in relationships but not many would admit that they don’t always know what they are doing and even fewer would actually ask someone to teach them how to love. I wrote and arranged the vocals for that song so another reason why it’s probably my favorite.

NLM: What was your inspiration for writing the album?

RĀI: Wanting to write an album that felt very reminiscent to albums a grew up listening to. I wanted to put positive energy in the universe of course but I also wanted to try to create a piece of work that people could hit play and just let it ride to the end. So I hope I came close to that.

NLM: What are your hopes and expectations for the album?

RĀI: I hope and expect the album to do well. It was done and created with love so I hope people feel that. I hope it inspires someone. Maybe someone who’s has given up on a dream to get back at it and just jump! I hope it helps in the healing process of someone who’s been broken in a relationship. So my hope for the album is that it does exactly what it’s supposed to do. I look forward to seeing exactly what that is!

NLM:  How would you describe your sound to potential fans?

RĀI: I would say my sound is R&B/Soul. You may hear sound or be reminded of a few of my favorites like Maxwell, or Ne-Yo or Joe or Eric Benet. But a smooth, soul sound that’s familiar but new and fresh.

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

RĀI: I’m going to continue to promote the project, do many more performances and work on new music. I recorded over 60 songs for this project so I’m gonna go back and see how many of them I still like and see if I start to feel the vibe of the next project.

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

RĀI: That’s easy. My only living idol- Maxwell.

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

RĀI: You can find me on Instagram @raimusicworld or Facebook @therealraimusic or Twitter @raimusicworld or my website therealrai.com

 

EXCLUSIVE Interview with: Yves and the Talent


NEW LEASE MUSIC caught up with frontman of YVES AND THE TALENT Yves Gravel, whose single ‘Montreal’ was named Song of the Week in January by the blog. If you don’t know this Canadian band, I HIGHLY recommend you check out their discography –  these guys sure know how to put the rock and roll into folk music…

NLM: Hey, thank you for taking part in an interview with NEW LEASE MUSIC.

YG: All the pleasure is mine. We need more blogs like this!

NLM: So what have you been up to on the music circuit?

YG: In recent months, I had the opportunity to play live on the radio which was a great experience. We had a couple shows here in Calgary which were instrumental in establishing our new sound; A departure from all acoustic to electric (with drums).

NLM: Your single’ Montreal’ was named Song of the Week by NEW LEASE MUSIC. What was the public reception of the single?

YG: It’s certainly one of people’s favourite being that it is very high-energy and backed up by an incredible performance from our fiddler Niki Romeril. I have since introduced a French part to the chorus and working with a rapper to mix things up. Stay tune for the next remix!

NLM: What was your inspiration for writing ‘Montreal’?

YG: It is definitely an ode to Montreal; a source of inspiration which I re-discovered 20 years after leaving the city. It’s falling in love all over again with this muse, leaving the listener wondering if certain lines are about the city or lovers. A mystery I intend to keep alive😉

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

YG:There is certainly some folk influences in the sound but not so much in my writing. It has been described as Edgy-Folk but Indie could also be a label. I’d rather say it’s very “Yves”!

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

As a lifelong Leonard Cohen fan it would have to be him on a personal level. But sound wise I would have to say Arcade Fire because of their broad range of styles including an electronic angle.

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

YG: Make tickets more affordable to live events, more emphasis on lyrics (rather than catchy hooks) and open music lover’s mind to more “unknown” artists.

NLM: So what are your plans for this year?

YG: We’re currently shopping for a producer to get into the studios in 2019! And in the immediate future, we will be performing live with the whole band on the University of Calgary radio station this fall while promoting our next show. As for myself, more writing.

NLM: How can potential fans make contact with you?

YG: My website is currently under construction (yvesandthetalent.com) so Instagram @YvesAndTheTalent.

NLM: Finally, if music didn’t exist, what profession would you do?

YG: Novelist or Sommelier. Although those are 2 things that are fun to do simultaneously; Drinking good wine while writing!

Interview with: Cherri V

CHERRI V made quite an impression here on NEW LEASE MUSIC with her single, ‘Leave Me Be’. The accompanied video was named Music Video of the Week title twice by the blog! I think it’s about time we find out more about this Londoner and the story behind her latest offering.

NLM: First of all, thank you for agreeing to do an interview with NEW LEASE MUSIC.

CV: Hey guys! Thank you so much for having me!

NLM: You recently released a striking visual for single, ‘Leave Me Be’. What’s has been the public’s reception on the track and video so far?

CV: To be honest I’m so surprised! I actually thought it was gonna be more of a mellow vibey thing but I think the lyrics have really resonated! It’s been so nice to hear people compliment the production too as I met the producer ‘Joey Sticks’ from simply sending out a tweet looking for producers to collaborate with! Before we knew it our collaboration was on rotation on the radio and now on MTV Base! The video I’m so proud of and glad we teamed up with Asylum 33 once again to create this visual art. They have such a fresh approach to translating audio to visual and look forward to working with them much more in the future.

I’ve had so many messages about the message of the song and that means THE absolute most to me because the subject has proven to be very relatable yet not so easy to talk about. So it’s been an eye opener for real.

NLM: How was the filming possess for the video (I bet it was fun!)

CV: It was quite a smooth sailing day. I’m fortunate to have a really chilled out glam team so for me that accounts for a lot.

NLM: For the benefit of those who haven’t heard ‘Leave Me Be’, tell us the story behind the single?

CV: I was inspired to write my new single ‘Leave Me be’ whilst I was in Thailand and coming to terms with how I was feeling socially at that moment. I went through stages of beating myself up for not being ‘little miss bubbly’ ALL THE TIME and somewhat being judged for that, for giving off a bad first impression just because I was in a mellow chilled out mood that day. Or having a resting face that wasn’t that inviting cause I was thinking about my entire life an argument I had or what I was gonna cook for dinner the next day lol. A plethora of thoughts. So as I begin to write down what I was feeling to the track, with no filter, it just became a small cry for acceptance explanation and encouragement for others to meet people where they are.

NLM: How would you describe your sound to potential fans?

CV: R&B/Soul

NLM: If you had to collaborate with ONE mainstream artist who would it be?

CV: I’d love to work with Kendrick Lamar. I love his pen, content and style. He is definitely one of the most prolific rappers/Mc’s for me right now. I really admire him. I feel like I’d defiantly walk away with some extra knowledge if I were to have a studio session together…. for now I’ll just listen to “Damn” and dream lol.

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

CV: 1 More diversity amongst artists whom major labels decide to sign
2 More females co-signing and working together
3 More recognition for producers and songwriters

NLM: So what are your plans for 2017?

CV: I have a couple more singles up my sleeve … I’m still wrapping up my album
“Brown Eyed Soul” for release in 2018.

Also, I’m sooooo excited about performing at the ‘Black Magic’ awards on Sept 9th at hackney Empire and Ronnie Scott’s on Sept 24th as a Natalie Williams special guest ; ).

NLM: How can potential fans make contact with you?

CV: I’m pretty active on my socials…. of you search Cherri Voncelle you’ll find me on Instagram, Twitter and Snapchat ; )

NLM: Finally, if music didn’t exist, what would you do?

CV: Invent music lol.

 

Interview with: Turya

Nicki Wells – aka TURYA – made her first entry on NEW LEASE MUSIC with debut single, Rain, which was named Song of the Month by the blog in June. The accompanied video was named Music Video of the Week for two consecutive weeks (check out the chart show on Instagram). With growing interest surrounding the South Londoner, it’s only fair to invite her to the interview hot seat.

NLM: Hey how you doing? Thank you for taking part in an interview with NEW LEASE MUSIC.

T: Thanks for having me.

NLM: First of all, can you tell us the meaning of your stage name Turya?

T: It’s interesting because I was searching for names for ages. I had a list of about 150 names and words and I wanted to have a name that meant something profound to me. I found Turya spontaneously. It is originally a Sanskrit word: ‘Tooriya’. There are several meanings of it, the most commonly known being the Fourth state of consciousness after dreaming, dreamless and waking. But what resonated with me, is that it also means the Silence one experiences after Sound.

I loved the idea of that and wanted the word to manifest my artistic persona in the sense that, after hearing a Turya song, one could be left in a moment of silence…

NLM: Your latest single Rain was the most popular track on NEW LEASE MUSIC in June. What’s the public’s perception of the single beyond the blog?

T: Wow that’s cool, I didn’t know that. Thank you. Well, we’ve had a great response considering it’s the first single I’ve ever released as a solo artist, (as Turya), even though I have done many things as Nicki Wells. So it’s daunting but exciting at the same time. ‘Rain’ has also already been used in a Ridley Scott produced film ‘India in a Day’ which is cool.

NLM: How would you describe your sound?

T: It’s definitely a singer/songwriter approach with folk, soul, cinematic and Indian classical influences.

NLM: Where do you get your inspiration from to create such unique sounds?

T: It’s all a culmination of what I listen to and absorb subconsciously.

NLM: If you were to collaborate with ONE mainstream artist, who would it be and why?

T : Um mainstream, ok… Maybe Ed Sheeran, why not? He writes catchy songs and seems like a down-to-earth kinda guy.

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

T : That’s a hard question because it DOES in fact change so quickly. I would probably say I wish it wasn’t so utterly full and saturated. In a way it’s a good thing because there is so much music available for our consumption but now it’s almost become too much because every Tom, Dick or Harry can write, record and upload an album in his bedroom so it can be overwhelming because everyone and their dog wants to do it and be a Taylor Swift or an Ed Sheeran. Lol!

Number 2, to have more support and exposure for upcoming unsigned songwriters and artists and number 3, to have more government funding for young musicians and youth projects to create music.

NLM: So what plans do you have for 2017? Any upcoming gigs or album in the pipeline?

T: I’ve got (drumrolls please) my first gig as Turya on the 25th July at the Union Chapel with Common and Kind, which a fantastic cause about how music creates a sense of unity and integration in these trying times: (Grenfell tower, London Bridge and Manchester incidents). So it’s essentially about artists and musicians coming together to spread good energy and a sense of hope. So I’m happy to be a featured artist in that. And I will eventually do some of my own gigs around London.

NLM: How can potential fans get in touch with you?

T: Facebook: Twitter, Instagram, Spotify

NLM: Finally, if music didn’t exist, what would you do?

T: I would try to make it exist by banging two rocks together to form a sound and then do a repetitive rhythm and then gather my fellow villagers and say: “Guys! Check this out! Now you do it with two rocks and let’s try to do it together!”