Interview with: Dorian Thorson

Canadian singer/songwriter DORIAN THORSON should be on your radar for 2020. His debut album, ‘The Come Up’, released last October, claimed the blog’s Album of the Week title for two consecutive weeks last month and went on to claim the number five spot on NEW LEASE MUSIC’s Top Ten Albums of 2019 list.

NEW LEASE MUSIC has linked up with the newcomer-on-the-rise to discuss the album, his plans for 2020 and more…

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

DT: Well thank you for asking me to be a part of it. So far, the year has been great! I was able to play on the biggest stage in my home city (Saskatoon) to end 2019 and two of my featured collaborations have been released already this month. It’s been a great start.

NLM: You released your album ‘The Come Up’ last year (which secured a well-deserved place at #5 on New Lease Music’s Top Ten Albums of 2019). Have you received other accolades on the album?

DT: That was a highlight for 2019 for sure. So far, “The Come Up” has gotten some coverage on a few blogs across the world. Your blog certainly showed it the most love up to this point. The biggest milestone from its release was when “Flex” achieved over 100 thousand streams over all platforms.

NLM: What inspired you to produce the album?

DT: I’ve been striving to be a professional musician since I was 13. Early on I was fortunate to be a part of a record label, but that experience was cut short before any real ground was covered. This album holds most of my story from then (2012) until now. The biggest challenge was doing everything myself in the production.

On another note, when you reviewed it back in December, I was really pleased to see you caught on to the “stages of a relationship” concept. My intention was to make a series of singles tell the events that brought me to this point of my life and career.

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

DT: My personal favourite is “Better.” Even though the hook from “Done” was the first melody conceived for the whole project, “Better” was the first song completed for the project. The voice recording in the middle of the track was a cool story. I’ve just finished recording most of the song and I send my brother-in-law a clip on snapchat. He called me immediately and what you hear in the voice memo was the phone call. That song signified a change in my style, something really shifted after that song was made. Of course, It’s important to keep growing but it was a big step in the right direction.

NLM: Do you have any plans to release a video for any of the songs on the album?

DT: There are two out already actually. One for the first single “Trust Issues” and one for “Flex.” They are on my YouTube channel.

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

DT: I haven’t really figured that out myself yet, haha. Truth is I don’t really sound like anyone else. I’m heavily inspired by early Mike Posner (when he was a Hip-Hop singer), the pre-pop star version of The Weeknd, Drake, and Ne-Yo. Some compare my style to Tory Lanez because I fit right in the middle of Rnb and Rap, but at the end of the day I’m just my own thing, “Dorian Thorson.”

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

DT: Drake feature would fit perfect.

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

DT: I’m just enjoying the ride and thankful I can get paid to do what I love to do, so nothing on the industry’s part. When it comes to the people that I’ve run into outside of the industry, I wish they weren’t such haters. It’s funny how some will congratulate you when you’ve become successful, but their blood leaves their face at the same time. That’s when you know they’re hoping for you fail. I’d say that would be the one thing that I’d like to change. Everyone be more supportive, man! That hater shit is whack.

NLM: How can potential fans contact you?

DT: You can find my music on Spotify, Apple Music, Google Play Music, Tidal, Deezer, and all by searching “Dorian Thorson.” If you want to contact me, Instagram is best. I’m on Youtube, Facebook, Snapchat, and Tiktok via @dorianthorson. Twitter is a bit different at @dorthorson.

NLM: Finally, any New Year’s resolution(s)?

DT: I was hoping to take a break from making music for a while, but now I find myself busier than I’ve ever been. I’m just going to be consistent with giving my followers new music and hope to grow the following worldwide. On a personal note, I’m looking to get my physical and mental health back in order.

Trevor Knight Pays Tribute To His Father With Heart-felt Single ‘Keep On Swinging’

Hailing from the dirt roads of Minnesota, emerging singer-songwriter TREVOR KNIGHT‘s new single ‘Keep On Swinging’ is a dedication to his father and how he inspired Knight to never give up on his dreams.

The song touches on Trevor’s life growing up being surrounded around an athletic baseball loving household and not making the team. Putting this into life lessons this taught Trevor to never give up in life and to fight the odds against him. he also hope to inspire others through his lyrics and thanks his dad for always being his number one fan throughout life.

Influenced by soul-pop and great hooks and meaningful ballads, Trevor’s sound was developed while being apart of an a cappella group at Dartmouth College. Once placing as a finalist in the “Dartmouth Idol” competition, he started envisioning a career in music and moved to NYC shortly after college.

Throughout the process of crafting and recording his debut single ‘Giving It Up,’ Trevor got a glimpse of what a life in music could be like–and he was hooked…so expect a whole lot more from his guy.

It’s time to take a step into this world and listen to the stunning tribute to his biggest idol…

EP Review: Store Run 3 – A1

Two fries and a shake later, A1 bounces back with his third installment of his store run series – ‘Store Run 3′, released on New Year’s day.

Starting off with a sample from Alicia Keys’ hit ‘You Don’t Know My Name’ this mini set continues from the previous store run installments by encompassing a mixture of retro soul, 90s-inspired laid-back soulful R&B with a dash of slum village-esque boombap. The star of the show was the Brookyln’s native rapid-blazing flow ripping through the tranquil bars.

Check out ‘Store Run 3’ HERE and listen to a serious hip-hop contender who’s on a steady rise.

Must Listens: Strawberries, Hennessy 

 

 

Dutch ReBelle Drops The Remix For Her Track, ‘Big Zoe’

With the buzz from last year’s release of ‘BIG ZOE’ still flowing through the streets, DUTCH REBELLE recruited the elite Haitian emcees in Massachusetts to represent their flag with boastful bilingual bars and ferocious energy on the ‘BIG ZOE’ remix.

Released in honor of Haitian Independence Day (Jan 1st), ReBelle linked up with fellow emcees Eddy Fish, Hundred Round Kado, Shellz and Reem Skully for a barrage of warrior wordplay.

With new music and visuals geared up for the new year, Dutch ReBelle is providing her fans with the vibes all 2020 while she plans for an upcoming tour and more surprises…

Check out ‘BIG ZOE’ remix below…

Raquel Liane Goes Around In ‘Circles’ In Brand New Video

RAQUEL LIANE has a message for all the ladies out there who have struggled with closure in their toxic relationships through the latest video to her 90s-inspired house/pop number, ‘Circles’.

Taking place at a bonfire house party, where the carefree singer is hanging with her friends and her new beau, the video reflects her turbulent feeling once her ex shows up to the party! Desperately trying to avoid her old flame, the New Yorker have steamy thoughts of what could be…will she go back there? Well click on that play button to find out…

Be sure to check out Raquel’s R&B/pop follow up, ‘Caught Up’.