Abi Wade is a London based artist who uses cello, orchestral arrangements, samples, synths and piano in order to create an absolutely unique sound of glitchy yet dreamlike electronica matched up with the warmth of cello and violin along with beautiful pop vocals.
Her debut album “Beautifully Astray” will be released tomorrow and we here at Discobelle can premiere brand new single “Hawk In Your Side”.
Irish artist Ryan Vail released his debut album last year and his exquisite blend of electronica, classical and folk music has been met with critical acclaim. Here’s the visuals for his latest single “Shadows” which is released on September 29th via Quiet Arch.
“The song deals with my initial personal struggle to become a full-time artist. While I was before in a job that was comfortable, music haunted me at every turn. Iâ€™d kept my passion subdued as I was led to believe that its currently impossible to survive as a full-time musician nowadays. The lyrics refer to music as a person. â€œMy love cuts like a knifeâ€ refers to the fact that it hurt not to be able to follow my love for music. â€œYour heart, it holds my life â€œis the job I couldnâ€™t escape from. As the track progresses I talk of things like â€œAll my life Iâ€™ve weighed liesâ€, the doubts that I had about becoming a full- time musician and surviving. The track ends with me accepting I need to change my life as my â€œheart donâ€™t feel so good””
Charlotte Cardin’s chanson styled tracks had entranced us from the very minute we had heard about her. With her silky voice and stellar production, she managed to bring to life, love, loss, and so much more with each word she sang.
We had the chance to chat with the budding starlet and (former-ish) model to talk about her music, her 2016 schedule, and her influences.
Hi Charlotte, thanks for taking the time to chat with us. Our first question is about your writing process in your music- it seems like, from your lyrics, that you’ve carefully constructed them to relay a story to the listener. What made you decide to release tracks in English? Furthermore, Where do you gain your influences from?
For some reason, Iâ€™m in a phase in my life where I find it easier to write in English than French, which is my first language. Therefore, I don’t think it’s a decision rather than just how the inspiration comes. I gain my influences from feelings I get. Most of my tracks have been written after feeling a certain way and exploring the depths of that emotion.
It also seems like you are incredibly immersed in the modeling world. How do you find a balance between the two, and does your work in one field inspire the other?
Since I focus on my music full time, it’s a bit difficult to be as implicated in the modeling world as I used to. I do still model, but only when my musical schedule allows it. Music being my main passion, I find more uplifting to focus on that :)
Overall, there’s not too much information about you out there yet- how did you first get involved with making music, and when did you consciously decide to make the leap into the music world, along with- what would you like for you listeners to know about your music?
Music has been part of my life ever since I can remember. I took singing lessons for about 10 years (from 8 to 18) and my family has always loved listening to all kinds of artists. I decided I wanted to make music for a living when I was 19. I had just finished “La Voix” (French Canadian version of The voice) and had gone back to school to figure out exactly what I wanted to do, but it became obvious that the only true “calling” I felt was towards music.
My music really reflects how I feel at precise moments of my life. I usually write after highs or lows and I try not to censure the themes I want to explore. I write the way I talk and think, so some parts of my songs are also quite blunt.
Who do you gain inspiration from (musically or otherwise)?
I listen to all kinds of music, but Radiohead is the band that has made me want to do music for a living. Their songs make me feel very intense emotions and those particular feelings are exactly why I love music so much and why I want to share them with an audience. I also gain a lot of inspiration from my entourage. My friends and family’s stories often inspire me to write.
Finally, what upcoming works or events can you let fans know about for the rest of 2016?
I’m very excited to be playing Osheaga this summer ! It’s a festival I’ve been attending myself for a few years and it’s a lot of fun. I’ll also be playing Shows all over Quebec and a few outside the country (all dates are on my fan page and website). We also just finished recording the album and we’re planning on releasing a bunch of new songs in the upcoming months.
Thanks Charlotte! Check out her latest track below.
“What’s left of my music if I have it played by Classical musicians and omit the most important element, the beats?”â€‹
Four years ago Berlin based world renowned musician/producer Henrik Schwarz was first invited to have a selection of his house tracks played by an orchestra. Now, the Tâ€‹okyo Secret Orchestraâ€‹ headed by conductor Emi Akiyama has recorded seven of his pieces but arranged them for a chamber orchestra instead of for the club.
What was most interesting to Henrik Schwarz when working on the fantastic new album “Instruments” was to experience what happens when club music is transferred to a body of classical instruments – “â€‹I wanted to see whether this music still means anything when you take away all the synthetic sounds and the beats.”â€‹
This meant an experiment with the scores, where he started working together with arranger Johannes Brecht â€‹and various ensembles, to transform the tracks and supply a rhythm in 4/4 without the aid of any computer sounds or acoustic percussion instruments. The focus instead being on the magic and the magnetic power of minimalism.