Song of the Day: Nobody – Roman Rogue

Hailing from El Paso, Texas, R&B pop singer/songwriter ROMAN ROGUE was born with music running through his veins. Influenced by the likes of Majid Jordan and The Weeknd, the musician was exposed to the industry from a young age and never looked back. Despite various struggles which he faced throughout his childhood, including his single mother trying to make ends meet, Roman took every obstacle in his stride, ultimately building his character and making him who he is today. Through every failure came strength and eventually the hardships paid off. The passionate and driven artist now not afraid of anything that may come his way, is ready for the next step of his journey.

Following the release of his debut EP ‘Voicemails’, which garnered acclaim from his local music scene, with single ‘Fast Car’ receiving notoriety throughout El Paso, Roman is dropping his highly anticipated track entitled ‘Nobody’. Written by Frawley and produced by Beacon Hill (Khalid) the song narrates the desire for wanting a reciprocal feeling from a love interest. Within the intensity of the song there is also a vulnerability that comes along with it. Featuring energetic bass and drums, which contrasts with the soft, raspy vocals, ‘Nobody’ evokes an impassioned and fiery essence through it’s stunning cinematic soundscapes.

Check out this stunning love note below…

Upcoming Release: Girlplay – Brandon Rivers

Having already been featured as a ‘One to Watch’ by BBC Introducing and having performed newcomer sets at Bestival, singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist BRANDON RIVERS is set to release his flirtatious R&B afterhours number ‘Girlplay’ tomorrow (14th June).

Taking influence from the sexually charged vibes of Prince, the midnight sound of The Weeknd and the poetry of Sylvia Plath and Anne Sexton, ‘Girlplay’ encapsulates the ‘boy meets girl’ sensationalism within East London nightlife, using the nightclub setting, which is commonplace in Brandon’s music, to help enhance the intimate yet tumultuous nature of his soundscape.

Speaking of this upcoming single, Brandon explains: ‘’Girlplay is a track I wrote during a period where I was going out a lot in East London, it’s inspired by a lot of the typical female characters I witnessed in nightclubs….The track is about a night in particular when I was finding myself being drawn to someone who was extremely narcissistic and using their own sexuality as a way to make people do as they pleased, I wrote the lyrics in the nightclub that same night.’’

Check out ‘Girlplay’ below:

Interview with: Makk Mikkael

If you had your eyes peeled on this blog or its chat show on Instagram recently, then you’ve definitely seen this pretty little face around – MAKK MIKKAEL – thanks to her debut ‘Jungle’. Featured last November, the single found its way to NEW LEASE MUSIC’s Top Ten Songs of 2017 list, ranking at #7 and is currently named Song of the Month by the blog. With a grand entrance to the music scene, I think she deserves a place on the interview hot seat…

NLM: Thank you for agreeing to do an interview with NEW LEASE MUSIC.

MM: Thanks so much for reaching out to me, and the constant support you guys have shown me.

NLM:  First up, I have to ask you this question: is Makk Mikkael your real name? If not, how did the name came about?

MM: It is my real name with a swedish twist on it. The correct spelling of my name is Mackenzie Michael but I prefer going by Makk Mikkael.

NLM: You released your debut single‘Jungle’ back in November.What’s the public’s reception beyond this blog?

MM: I’ve been stoked on the feedback I’m getting from listeners. I recently won a contest with “The Deli Toronto” as artist of the month. The fact that I was even included in that is just bizarre. Excited for everything that’s happening and the journey I’m on.

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

MM: Artist wise I would say my music is in the same category as “The Weeknd, Esthero, Alina Baraz, Imogen Heap” to name a few. I really look up to those artists. Toronto has a really cool thing going on sound wise right now so I’m inspired by the scene there. I think my sound would be described as spacey, ambient R&B.

NLM:  What’s your inspiration behind your unique sound?

MM: I experimented with a few different sounds earlier on in my career when I was around 14-15 and released a country album. haha I don’t do country now and could never see myself doing that again… In the last few years I would say my style evolved to my sound now and keeps evolving constantly with artists I’m inspired by and from experiences I have. I love the R&B sound a bunch so I think that’s just what I gravitate towards naturally.

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

MM: Just one? That’s brutal. I would without a doubt collaborate with The 1975. I’m constantly inspired by what they do and who they are as human being’s. They produce their own records and co-produce with Amber Bain of “The Japanese House”. The sound they’ve created for themselves is a sound that really speaks to millennials. I think we’d make some great stuff and dive into something unique.

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

MM: I would put all three of my wishes towards making sure all artist’s can make a living doing what they love. Having the financial freedom to create whatever they want whenever. Artist’s are so valuable in our society, if we could focus 100% on our art it I think it would make a difference.

NLM: So what are your plans for 2018?

MM: My goal is to start touring with artists and obviously continue to release music. I’m currently working on my album and more music videos.

NLM:  How can potential fans make contact with you?

MM: I love having fans/artists reach out to me. On my website http://www.makkmikkael.com you can send me a direct email. Or on my instagram: makkmikkael you can leave me a direct message.

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

MM: I think I would be a photographer, screenwriter, author, or director. Anything in the creative field really. I Love the idea of being behind the screen and creating for people. I’m very into directing I think that’s super cool. Sophia Coppola is my favourite movie director, would love to work alongside her on a project in the future.

New Track: Hype Like Supreme – Sub Blue

Taking his name from his self-described style of music, “suburban blues”, SUB BLUE offers a fresh take on chilled out, alternative introspective R&B through brand new single, ‘Hype Like Supreme’, the first track taken from Sub Blue’s new EP, out in 2018. It was produced by British soul artist and producer  XAMVOLO.

His  EP, ‘Suburban View, is produced by the likes of Sir Dylan (Weeknd, Solange, Logic), A.V (Frank Ocean) and XamVolo,  is a glimpse at the life of teens trying to find their place in the world, while navigating peer and social pressure and trying to define their own voice. For now, SUB BLUE gives a taste of that style and direction, with ‘Hype Like Supreme’, an ode to both a teenage crush described using the abnormal craze evoked by drops of coveted items like Supreme.

The electronic soul/ R&B newcomer grew up in the suburbs of Merseyside in the North of England. He was named the first ever ‘One to watch’ by Liverpool International Music Festival’s Academy, he was just leaving school at the time.

Since then he’s been honing his sound with local talent including XamVolo, Teesoulful and SPXKEN and putting the final touches to his debut EP.

He’s the real deal…check him out…

New Track: Stuck In My Feelings – Andreas Moss

Swedish-born, Nashville-based nu-R&B, singer-songwriter ANDREAS MOSS  unveiled his new single, ‘Stuck in My Feelings’, last Friday via Curb/Warner.

Following highly praised singles, ‘Thinking About You’ and ‘Stop Me’, actively gaining upwards of 2.8 million Spotify streams following their debut on Spotify’s ‘New Music Friday’ playlist, the new cut – Written and co-produced by Moss himself with fellow collaborators Sam Tinnesz and Joe Williams – has been mixed by Grammy Award-winner Serban Ghenea, also responsible for the mixes of The Weeknd ‘Starboy’ and Ariana Grande ‘Dangerous Woman’.

ANDREAS MOSS‘ powerhouse vocals draw comparison to fellow songwriter Rag’n’Bone Man, while his music is influenced by the same blend of nu-R&B and neon-bright arrangements that made ‘Beauty Behind The Madness’ and ‘Starboy’ so successful.

Growing up in a musical household, Moss followed in his parents’ steps and became a travelling musician. By age nine, Moss was on tour, singing gospel and playing the piano. Before he reached his teens, he was already part of a multi-disciplinary artists’ collective, where he switched between mediums; from ghost-writing to directing music videos and short films. It’s no wonder Curb Records appointed him to lead their newly created pop division, where the gifted songwriter has control over co-writing and vocal producing of the label’s new pop signings.

Following his performance at this year’s SXSW and The Great Escape festival, ‘Stuck In My Feelings’ is tipped to be ANDREAS MOSS’ most enticing offering yet which may well cement his status in the international music scene.

Have a listen…