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!”

Song of the Day: Ridah – Kreative (ft. Yang)

KREATIVE makes a quick return to the Monday’s hotspot, with latest single, ‘Ride’, which could be described as the continuation to the bittersweet break-up note, ‘Free Fallin’.

Sporting a summery-chilled rock/pop vibe, ‘Ride’ is all about having that special someone sticking by your side through thick and thin…before reaching breaking point.

A great track to start your week with…have a listen.

New Track: Rain – Turya

South London-born singer/songwriter/composer T U R Y A has unveiled her stunning debut single ‘Rain’, from her forthcoming album ‘Ocean’, out later in the year.

Nicki Wells, the person behind T U R Y A, takes inspiration from Indian Classical Music, which she studied as a teenager in India. The name comes from Turiya, a Sanskrit word, meaning a state of pure consciousness, the silence one experiences after sound. This influence is certainly echoed throughout the new single, which has been featured in Ridley Scott’s ‘Life In The Day (India)’.

Singing primarily in English, ‘Ocean’ is a body of work and debut material representing an artist who is vast in her range, and clear in her emotional appeal. It brings out the bluesy sweetness of
T U R Y A’s vocals, and the beauty within simplicity.

The ball is in your court…have a listen to the first installment of the upcoming album (highly recommended).

Song of the Day: Love Pain – Kreative (ft Samgeeeez)

Terrell Dominique Paul – otherwise known as KREATIVE– makes his entry here on NEW LEASE MUSIC with his single, entitled ‘Love Pain’.

Oozing an infectious mix of modern hip-hop and pop, ‘Love Pain’ stole today’s hotspot  for its prominent message to surround yourself with people who truly appreciate you and value your worth.

This cracker is worth a trial as this young emcee from New Orleans have some very wise words!

New Track: Without You – Cherri V

Singer/songwriter CHERRI V unveils her brand new single ‘Without You’, produced by Grammy award-winning producer Harmony (Jennifer Hudson, Maroon 5 and Ariana Grande).
CHERRI V is a storyteller and in this song the sassy songstress takes us through comedic life moments that most people can relate to!

The past 18 months have been very busy for the Londoner, who was featured on Lethal B’s top 20 hit ‘The Drop’, toured the world with several artists, and recently joined Teedra Moses on her European Paris date, and is currently putting the finishing touches on her long-awaited debut album ‘Brown Eyed Soul’. This album is her most personal and autobiographical project to date, which is why she wants to present the whole story as a complete album rather than an EP.

The beat is a beautiful soulful number that embraces the voice of CHERRI V, who releases her full repertoire of vocals on ‘Without You’ to deliver a mind-blowing performance.

‘Without You’ was premiered on DJ Ace’s, 1xtra morning show on BBC 1Xtra last week and has already got fans anticipating what will feature on ‘Brown Eyed Soul’. Prepare to be blown away by CHERRI V’s magical vocal prowess….

Album Review: Reason Or Rhyme – Midnight Mystery Club

Just on the preview alone (which I discovered at the start of the year), David Newell and Michael Gray – aka MIDNIGHT MYSTERY CLUB – really cause a stir and kept fans and tastemakers on the edge of their seats with the release of their (obviously) highly anticipated album, entitled ‘Reason or Rhyme’, released last Friday.

A summer-hazy electronic/dance drive dominates the ten-track set, with elements of downtempo funk creeping in just before the second half of the album, before making its occasional presence well and truly known, for an even more pleasurable listen.

‘Reason or Rhyme’ was certainly worth the wait and – seriously – I cannot fault these guy’s production – it’s five stars from me!

Must Listens: Richest Man In The World, Orange County, Reason or Rhyme, Alright (Album Remix).

New Music Video: Brother – Gents

Danish duo GENTS have released their brand new video for latest single ‘Brother’. The second release is taken from their forthcoming LP ‘About Time’ out 7th April through The Big Oil Recording Company.

With Theis Vesterløkke on synths and production and Niels Fejrskov Juhl’s characteristic baritone vocals, GENTS’ sound is founded in a shared passion for 80’s synths and drum machines, alongside obvious nods to distinguished crooners Elvis, Scott Walker and Rick Astley. Their sound screams fun, but the pair are keen to emphasise their sincerity in what they do. Citing artists such as Wham!, Tears for Fears and The War on Drugs as influences, they champion musicians who are not afraid to open up their hearts and use music as a direct mode of expression, with no distance or irony.

In this sense ‘Brother’, following up the recent release of ‘Cold Eyes (feat. Emma Acs)’, is a successful embodiment of the influences GENTS aspire to represent. Wearing its heart on its sleeve, ‘Brother’ is a buoyant pop banger, with a proud, playful synth lead darting across a dreamy landscape of bright guitars, light bouncing keys and Juhl’s dulcet baritone tones.

Having already featured on Noisey, The 405, Hunger Magazine and C-Heads, the two have gigs booked in March at The Waiting Room, London, Amsterdam’s s105 De School for Subbacultcha and Berlin’s Loophole for Shameless/Limitless on the 8th, 9th and 11th respectively.

Having been listed in Sound of Copenhagen’s most rapidly rising stars compilation for their debut single ‘Young Again’, 2017 is shaping up to be an exciting year for this Copenhagen pair.

Song of the Day: Rabbithole – Shaefri

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After stealing the top spot on NEW LEASE MUSIC’s Top Ten Music Video of 2016 list with previous effort, ‘Pixelate’, London-based electronic-pop artist SHAEFRI returns with second single ‘Rabbit Hole’ from her forthcoming EP ‘Pixelate’.

While ‘Pixelate’ explored a dysfunctional relationship, ‘Rabbit Hole’ deals with the agony of yearning for love. SHAEFRI paints a desperate character though her pained, heartfelt lyrics imploring the object of her affection to love her.

Born and raised in London with a mixed Irish-Egyptian heritage, SHAEFRI spent years honing her talents and developing her unique brand of haunting vocals and minimalistic beats amidst the London scene. Having performing at venues such as Notting Hill Arts Club and The Borderline alongside famous names including Babyshambles and Craigie Dodds (producer for Gorillaz, Amy Winehouse and Eliza Doolittle), the electronic-pop singer knows what it takes to pull her listeners in with mesmerising vocal hooks and warm, pulsing pads.

This one is very worthy of your time – have a listen to ‘Rabbit Hole’.

New Track: Hold You – Sophie Longshaw

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As a follow-up to her ’emotive and stunning’ debut single releases in 2016 – which include ‘In The Morning’, ranked #8 on NEW LEASE MUSIC’s Top Ten Songs of 2016 list, 20-year-old singer-songwriter SOPHIE LONGSHAW returns with ‘Hold You’, a beautiful and soulful acoustic electronic track recorded last summer.

The London-based student’s amazing voice attracted attention last autumn when her melancholic cover of Muse’s ‘Supermassive Black Hole’ crashed Gigwise. After signing to TWIN, her debut AA single ‘In The Morning’ and ‘Let’s Go To The Beach’ became Editors Picks and gained very positive reviews from many indie playlists and ezines.

Produced by TWIN founder and BAFTA nominated composer/producer Chris Mann, Sophie’s unique stripped back and emotional sound is built around her vocals. Influenced by a range of artists such as Noah and the Whale, Lianne la Havas, Elbow and Lucy Rose her downtempo blend of indie and pop has been compared to Birdy, Lorde and Adele.

Go on, have a listen.

 

 

New Track: Bury Me In My Gold – Soho Kings (ft. Telli)

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DJ/rapper Celsius and producer/singer Bryce Alvord – aka – SOHO KINGS continue to climb and tear up the NYC underground scene with their latest electrifying yet somewhat soothing offering, entitled ‘Bury Me In My Gold.

These guys are notorious for their electrifying stage presence…so if you happen to be around the Big Apple on the 18th March, take a trip to Planos and show your support. Visit their website for more details on the gig…for now, check this bad boy out.