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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New Music Video: Make Circles – Croatia

Canadian synth pop group CROATIA makes an entry on NEW LEASE MUSIC with a brand new music video to their latest single, ‘Make Circles’.

Boasting a stunning fusion of soft electronics and synthed-up pop, the four-and-a-half minute release embodies their heavy influence of the 80’s. Frontman Justin Campbell’s memersing vocals perfectly glides along the hazy combo, adding that magical and spine-tingling sensation.

‘Make Circles’ is the first single from their forthcoming EP, ‘Half Dreams’, set for release in the spring. In the meantime, check out the equally hazy visuals to their newest offering (HIGHLY RECOMMENDED)

New Lease Music’s Top Ten Albums of 2017

 

10. Love, Hugh – Hugh


9. Boxed In – Oloff


8. Flow Riiot – Torii Wolf


7. 07946 – Nick Blackos


6. Highlands – Delafaye


5. This Is For You – Quincy


4. Fairytale Land – Pedro Syrah


3. Snapchat – J. Kas


2. Kid Akeem – Kid Akeem’s Playground


1. Amani – Perpendicular

New Lease Music’s Top Ten Songs of 2017

10. Reverse – Vlas Lucan (Mediatrix Remix)

9. Kiss Me – Violeta Skya

8. Madness – Mist

7. Jungle – Makk Mikkael

6. What’s Love Got To Do With It? – XY&O

5. Whispers – 3KNGZ

4. Set Me Free – Mpho & J.A.S

3. Sever – The Fireflys

2. Rain  – Turya

1. Life of the Party – Soho Kings

Song of the Day: Space – The Gloomies

California-based indie-pop duo THE GLOOMIES grace their presence on NEW LEASE MUSIC with single ‘Space’.

The new track is a lush reverb-drenched power ballad-esque duet between the Gloomies’ Andy Craig and guest vocalist Madeline Follin (Cults). This special collaboration was mixed by Cults’ songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Brian Oblivion with additional assistance by producer/engineer Shane Stoneback.

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED – have a listen now!