Category Archives: Singer/Songwriter

Marina V

It’s always a good day when Marina V drops a new track, so we have one that dropped a few days ago to share with you today. She is working on a new album, “Born to the Stars”.

In case you are not acquainted with Marina V, this is what I and a few others wrote about her a few a few years back:

Russian-born singer/songwriter Marina V is a young and charismatic pop artist with an incredible life story and a “hauntingly beautiful” sound (L.A. Times). Marina’s music is “melodic and passionate” (The Washington Post), which, combined with her “voice of an angel” (The Prague Post) and her rich cultural background, makes this artist truly special. “If the Beatles and Tori Amos had a child raised in Russia by Tchaikovsky, that would be me,” muses the piano-playing chanteuse, describing her musical influences. Now a true California girl, the red-headed songstress grew up in Moscow, blessed with a beautiful voice & long last name (Verenikina.)

This is the new song I mentioned and it’s a real beauty, as is the singer.
I keep playing this one, I really dig the song. Marina was in top form writing this gem. Personally I can’t wait for the album to drop if this is a hint of the quality.
Born to the Stars

Born to the Stars: written by Marina Verenikina & Nick Baker.
Produced by Steve Horner. Guest vocals by Árstíðir.
VIDEO directed & edited by Katya Tsyganova.
Filmed at Studio 519, Redondo Beach, CA.

📷 Erik Fischer

For something different, here’s Marina’s Russian version of a Neil Diamond classic. It sounds just as good in Russian. This is a live performance from Los Angeles with Nick Baker on guitar. Brilliant.
Solitary Man

Many thanks to ZR Live! & Delta H Design for this video!

 

Gonna finish up with one of my earlier favorites from the Marina V catalog. This was a video she filmed in Moscow a few years back, A beautiful song with the totally sexy Marina in fine voice. Enjoy.
Run

Run: written by Marina V & Nick Baker, produced by Ryan Franks, mixed by Joshua Minyard. Video directed by Katya Tsyganova, shot on location in Moscow, Russia.

📷 Katya Tsyganova Photography

Dream Wife

📷 © Hollie Fernando

Dream Wife are a very talented entertaining trio consisting of Rakel Mjöll (lead vocals), Alice Go (guitar, vocals), Bella Podpadec (bass, vocals). They hail from Brighton, London, and Reykjavik. The Dream Wife name comes from a 1953 romantic comedy starring Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr.

They were studying fine art and visual art at college in Brighton and they had the concept of forming a “fake girl band” as an art project for a gallery exhibition. So they wrote a few songs, recorded them, made a mockumentary inspired by Spinal Tap, and performed at the opening of the exhibition. And the rest as they say is history.

The pop punk trio – Alice, Bella & Rakel – Dream Wife formed within the walls of art university in Brighton. When they left uni that’s when the rocky roads of Dream Wife kicked in full speed: Their reputation as one of the best new live bands in London is already cemented following tours with Sleigh Bells, The Kills and their recent US triumphant stateside debut on tour at SXSW which earned them praise from NPR, DIY, Stereogum, Nylon, Entertainment Weekly etc. Aimed with razor-sharp pop tunes and a take no prisoners punk attitude they’re are known to elicit pure chaos at their raucous live shows.

Time for a tour of their amazing musical catalog, which considering how short a time span they have been a band is pretty amazing. The toughest part deciding what to include. So, lets listen to the music.

I’m just loving this recent single release. Full of bounce and fuzzy guitars. Smacks of the 80’s and 90’s but still very much 21st century. This one really rocks.
Somebody

Directed, shot and edited by John Podpadec. Make up and hair by Jender Anomie. Assistant Camera by Bethany Fitter. Assistant Lighting by Molly Denton. S16mm processing by Cinelab London. Filmed in Wedmore, Somerset

 

Wow! This is a great video of Dream Wife at Kex Hostel in Reykjavik during Iceland Airwaves. Recorded November 6, 2016. These KEXP videos are always spot on,
and this band too. With just a tinge of the B52’s without the male voice. Great guitar again, all in all an awesome experience.
Lolita

Host: Cheryl Waters & Kevin Cole
Audio Recording & Mixing: Kevin Suggs & Matt Ogaz
Cameras: Jim Beckmann, Alaia D’Alessandro, Luke Knecht & Justin Wilmore
Director & Editor: Scott Holpainen

📷 © Hollie Fernando

This is from earlier last year, the whole group looking Pretty in Pink. But still making their great style of music. Not trying to send a message just pure punk/pop/rock music. Why are they not in the charts?
Kids

Directed, shot & edited by Aidan Zamiri, Styled by Paolina Alexandra Russo. Make up and hair by Olivia Sonia Pudelko. Assisted by Isabella Holder. Graphics by Lewis. Garments made by students of Fashion Design with Knitwear at Central St Martins. Shot at Central St Martins.

📷 Mike Massaro

An exhilarating live performance at the Moth Club, Hackney, featuring Fever Dream. This was a few months ago and this one captures all sorts of youthful angst. I’m sure you can guess what FUU means, and if not you’ll soon find out. This is a band with balls in the Ian Dury tradition. The Moth Club never existed in Hackney when I was in that area, I guess I was before the times. Love this track.
FUU

Shot at Moth Club at the best night ever with the best friends!

 

Last one for the day.
Friday night and the lights are low, Dream Wife are the kids to know. With their fittest friends in tow, the Icelandic-English trio descend on their favorite London basement venue with studs in their leather and a twinkle in their eyes. Decked out in MCM’s punk-infused, i-D-inspired new collection, it’s all colored eyes, dog collars and glitter; hearts will race, hair will fly, and the night never has to end if you don’t want it to.
Another great track featuring Young Karin
Everything

Director Lucy Luscombe
Producer Jack Robinson
Director of Photography Adam Scarth
Steadicam Andrew M. Fletcher
Art Director Sophie Durham

 

As a parting gift let me share their first EP with you, something for the afternoon.

EP1

Jade Helliwell

We have a real treat today, meet 25-year-old Jade Helliwell, a very talented singer / songwriter from Batley, West Yorkshire in England.

I’ll let her tell a little about herself:
Growing up listening to many styles of music, Jade always seemed to gravitate back to country music. She explains, “Like any young person I loved the latest chart music and I’ve been infatuated by my fair share of boy bands and girl power, but it was always country music that drove me to sing at the top of voice into my hairbrush microphones. First the old country greats like Patsy Cline and Dolly Parton, then later artists such as Carrie Underwood, Sugarland, Lady Antebellum and, of course, Taylor Swift”. Jade takes all of these great artists as influence, and uses them to shape her own style. But where they had the vibrant, music immersed streets of Nashville as a backdrop, Jade has the small working class towns of Yorkshire as hers. This was the influence behind her first EP release in 2012, Urban Life, Country Heart.

I first became aware of Jade Helliwell when my cousin, thanks Ian, put up a video on his FB page of a young lady who was on a night out in Leeds and she came across a street busker and asked if she could sing with him. The result was amazing. Everybody and their uncle has sung Hallelujah, by Leonard Cohen, by now. But this was an eye-opening version, just look at the guy’s face, he was amazed. He has a good voice too, he is Dawid Osial, so maybe try to find some more of his music on YouTube. The whole thing has become something of a sensation, getting pieces in all the tabloids in the UK. Where they are saying people want them to go on Britain’s Got Talent, my one word of advice, Don’t. Meanwhile just kick back and enjoy the ride.
Hallelujah

Jade was on a night out in Leeds and she saw a busker, she goes over and asks if she can have a sing…

 

So let’s take a wander around the music catalog of Jade Helliwell, there’s some gems in here I can promise you.

Such a nice catch in her voice, this is Jade recording one of the songs from her most recent EP “Forget the night”. This is one young lady who could be going places. A really great song with an amazing singer.
Ask Me To Stay

Jade Helliwell has teamed up with producer Justin Johnson (Jroom3.co.uk) to deliver her new song ‘Ask Me To Stay’ taken from her new EP ‘Forget The Night’.
Recorded at 80 Hertz studio in Manchester and Parr Street Studios in Liverpool.
Recorded with some incredibly talented musicians from across the UK this is a studio video, giving an insight into the creation of the EP.

 

Here’s a truly poignant little song wherein Jade makes you feel every part of her broken heart. Truly beautiful and heartfelt.
For Someone Else

This is a music video shot by film maker Danny Lacey for Jade’s song ‘For someone else’ from her EP ‘Urban life, Country heart’

 

For something completely different here is Jade covering “I wish I was a punkrocker” by Sandi Thom live at Abbey Road. Just Jade and her guitar, such a spirited performance. This is from a few years back, but still the talent shines through.
I wish I was a punkrocker

Don’t worry Jade, you’re so much better than a punk rocker.

 

Gonna close with another original song, this is a Fiasco Presents production. Jade was @ Loom Studios, Leeds for this powerful performance. Some singer, some song, wow.
I Don’t Wanna Lose You

Audio – Produced, Mixed & Mastered by Adam Fiasco
Video – Filmed & Edited by Tim Fiasco
Voice Over by Guy Harris

 

OK, so I lied, again. Here’s one more from the Fiasco Presents session. This one’s a cover of a Sam Smith song, and I have to be honest I had my doubts on viewing this since I’m not a Sam Smith fan. But this is a great song and I think Jade does a better version of it. Her vibrato and the crack in her voice make this something else. Altogether totally worth the listen. I’m lovin’ her voice.
Stay With Me

Audio – Produced, Mixed & Mastered by Adam Fiasco
Video – Filmed & Edited by Tim Fiasco
Voice Over by Guy Harris