Monthly Mixtape: May

Photo Credit - Gabi Goldberg

Photo Credit – Gabi Goldberg

This month’s mixtape has it’s leanings in deep house and dance with just a tinge of trap. It features remixes of your favourite artists and some surprises that I think you will love.

Think The Chainsmokers, Koni, Lucian, Jasmine Thompson and many more. Enjoy it!

ps You can follow me on Soundcloud for more of my favourites and sneak peeks as to what I’m loving…

Interview: Lisa Goldin

Photo Credit - Unknown

Photo Credit – Unknown

I caught up with Lisa Goldin to hear about why she started making music, what it was like to perform alongside Ed Sheeran and what fans can expect from her!

Why did you decide to start making music?

Well it was not ever really a decision! It’s just this infectious and addictive calling I have – to create and perform music. It may sound a bit ‘out there with the fairies’ but it’s been a natural process leading from school musicals, to originals-only Uni bands to finally working with some epic musicians.

Who are your musical influences?

This list grows daily! Aretha Franklin, Luther Vandross, Barbra Streisand all the way to Mumford & Sons, One Republic, The Script, Ne-Yo, Bruno Mars, Taylor Swift, Selena Gomez, Jess Glynn, Jessie J, Carrie Underwood, P!nk and Zedd.

How would you describe your sound?

Like a strawberry lollipop, sweet-pop and husky-fizzle!

What was like it like performing alongside Ed Sheeran in the early days?

The best part of knowing an artist when they’re young is seeing how they started. Seeing how humble and real they are. These are the characteristics I fell in love with him as an artist. He writes out his thoughts and heart. That’s what I aspire to and he’s true to the core.

How did you residency at Ibiza and opening for Barbara Tucker influence your performances?

Shook me upside down and got my b*tt in gear, literally! I’m grateful for having such a superstar to learn from. There’s one thing singing a song and another performing it. Ibiza is when I learned to stand tall and own my spotlight alongside Barbara. I promise you I quivered in my boots every night before THAT gig!!!

What was it like working with Sarah deCourcy on ‘My Fire?

We worked through our label and publisher, long-distance. Much of the liaison is managed through those channels. When I laid down the vocal on 4th November 2015, we did everything in three hours that day. I had about a month to work on the song before hitting the studio with Ziggy.

What would you like to achieve in the music industry?

To be recognised as a songwriter as well as a recording artist and for top-notch musicians to want to create incredible, magical music with me.

Last but not least, what is next for you?

Right now it’s all about today. Everyday something is happening. I’m currently in a Barnyard Killer Queen Show touring until the end of May in Durban. We have plans to do lotsa interviews and press down there – just done Cape Town – so my schedule is choco which is fabulous. And then I’m back to the city of Gold in June with more concentrated touring for my music.

You can stay in touch via @goldinlisa through Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Instagram and  www.goldinlisa.com

Interview: Alexandra May

Photo Credit - Kat Grudko

Photo Credit – Kat Grudko

I caught up with pop sensation Alexandra May who just released the single ‘Amazing’ to hear about why she decided to start making music, what inspires her and what you can expect next!

Why did you decide to start making music?

Music has always been my passion. I’ve grown up in a musical family and after many lessons and competition, I knew it was what I wanted to make it my career from when I was 14 or 15.

What is your favourite thing about performing?

I love performing! But what puts me on a high are the audiences and their reaction, and being able to enjoy the music with them.

Who are your musical influences?

I love Taylor Swift, Selena Gomez and Celine Dion because they’re strong women who believe in themselves and their music. I also love The 1975 and the Foxes. I’ve been exposed to many genres of music from musical to jazz and classical. I wonder if I’m a mixed up bunch of them all with my own flair!

How would you describe your sound?

I listen to different types of music but I love pop music! So my music is definitely pop but I’m also influenced by retro sounds. So my sound is a mixed bag and I look at each song and work with the great production team at Gresham to make a song it’s best!

Can you explain the background of ‘Amazing’?

My single, Amazing, is about knowing yourself, and the person you want to be with. It speaks about meeting and knowing a special person, and telling them and the world how you feel about them.

When can fans expect more music / releases from you?

David Gresham Records and I are working on my EP, and will be releasing it soon.

What would you like to achieve in the music industry?

I want to be able to reach as many people as possible with my music and inspire them through it. I’d really love to make music that sells all over the world. And maybe one day with a GRAMMY or two?

Last but not least, what is next for you?

Right now I hope to perform Amazing as often as possible, along with the rest of the songs on my EP. I want to inspire as many as possible, and contribute to the music industry in a way that will leave a mark. This is my debut into the industry and I’m going to have to work hard to keep my career moving forward. The only thing I know is hard work. So I will keep on doing that!

You can buy ‘Amazing’ here.