You probably know Kiesza from last summer’s ‘Hideaway’ video, dancing round the city in those now-famous jeans ‘n’ braces. But this month sees her return with single number three – electro hit ‘No Enemiesz’ shows off more of the Canadian star’s moves (not to mention her song writing talents – did you know she’s written for everyone from Jennifer Hudson to Kylie?). Read on as we chat shoes, songwriting and throwing shapes.
How was it shooting the ‘No Enemiesz’ vid?
We shot the video in this big warehouse in New Jersey. The dance routine took 17 hours to shoot – it was physically the most challenging dance I have done so far!
What inspired your outfit in the video?
The shoes were a key element. They were designed by my favourite artist and friend Ed Heck who I am working with currently on a fashion collaboration with.
Have you seen Greg James’ version of ‘Hideaway’?
Yes! It was the very first parody made of ‘Hideaway‘ and it’s still one of my absolute favourites. Greg nailed it. I want to see him do ‘No Enemiesz’ next. This is officially a challenge Greg James!
How does the song writing process work for you?
It’s different every time but I tend to start with a simple chord progression that inspires the melody. Then I usually add lyrics. There aren’t any rules.
You’ve written songs for some of pop’s biggest names. Who’s next?
Being a songwriter, you realise quickly that there is no way to know who you will have chemistry with. I just let my songs find their rightful place and artist. Like the way ‘Go All Night’ that I did with Gorgon City connected with Jennifer Hudson. She brought it to a whole other level.
What else have you got coming up?
My album ‘Sound Of A Woman’ is coming out really soon in the UK and I am currently working on expanding my live show!
Right now it’s all about #GenerationGirl, hence filling our new edition of Topshop magazine with inspiring women-to-know (have you picked up your copy yet?). But now it’s time to add Hannah Field, Liz Drummond and Annie Hamilton to the list – the Sydney-based band whose hauntingly beautiful music got us hooked on first play. Plus, any band that rocks purple hair, killer biker jackets and hippie maxis like these girls is always going to catch our attention. As well as adding their latest track, ‘Dust‘, to our September playlist we wanted to find out what other Aussie music we should be listening to – so asked the girls to share their top tracks from Down Under.
Courtney Barnett – Pickles From The Jar
“There’s a reason Courtney Barnett is killing it at the moment… her dry sense of humour and clever lyrics are seriously refreshing. Anyone who can rhyme “Christopher Walken” with “one thing in common” in a song is a legend in our book.”
DD Dumbo – Tropical Oceans
“We saw DD Dumbo play live at Secret Garden and Splendour In The Grass this year. He is amazingly crafty and super talented. His live set-up is really unique – you can instantly tell that he has been working for years on developing his sound. His guitar tones make me melt, and his voice is sublime.”
#1 Dads – Return To (feat. Tom Snowdon)
“Tom Iansek is one talented dude. As well as being one half of Big Scary, he has just released an album under his collaborative side project, #1 Dads. This song takes me away on a swirling four-and-a-half minutes of pure daydream.”
Spookyland – The Silly F****** Thing
“You can’t go past this guy’s voice, and this song has pretty much been stuck in my head since I first heard it a few months ago. There’s a real sense of desperation in this song that feels like it is gnawing at your soul. Fun fact: this song was produced by Tony Buchen, who also produced one of the tracks on our upcoming EP, ‘Midnight Hour’.”
What better way to see out Friday afternoon stresses than the soothing sounds of Daniel James? This new singer on the block has got those in the know talking, thanks to his unique take on pop, melding gospel, folk and soul influences with emotion-filled lyrics. We sat down with him ahead of his UK tour to find out more – read on for everything you need to know about Daniel James.
His acoustic sets are spine-tingling
“When I perform acoustically there’s a raw energy that people seem to dig. I lay it all out for people to either enjoy or not enjoy. It seems to be going alright for now!” Just watch the video above and we think you’ll agree!
He’s an eavesdropper
To inspire his lyrics Daniel says he listens to a lot of people’s conversations on the bus or tube. “As a writer you have to take notice of things around you.”
He taught himself guitar
Daniel has been honing his vocals since he was a kid, but it was more recently that he picked up a guitar. “I’m not the best in the world but I get by. I’m getting better everyday though. Practice y’all!”
He’s supporting Sam Smith on tour
If you’re in with Sam Smith then you’re in with us! Dan met Sam through mutual friends and he’ll be supporting him on the UK leg of his upcoming tour this October. ”I’m so excited, it’s a big step up. I’m still in shock that I’m actually going on it.”
He’s addicted to ham and cheese sandwiches
We’ve got it on good authority that this is an essential part of his tour rider, along with a good selection of drinks. Healthy diet then!
He loves his mam and dad
He grew up in the Irish countryside and says his parents gave him a very loving and supportive upbringing. “When times were tougher I was always taught to see the positives rather than the negatives.” Bless.
He’s got a crush on a Victoria Secret model
“As a kid I quite fancied Julia Stiles, but for now I will say Erin Heatherton.”
Keep up with Daniel James on his Facebook page and look out for a new EP coming soon.
It’s Friday afternoon, which means you’re probably sitting at your desk counting down the minutes ’til the weekend begins! Never fear – we’ve found a great way to kill the time courtesy of these hot new music videos.
1. IGGY AZALEA FT. RITA ORA - ’BLACK WIDOW’
The sound? Ozzie rapper-girl Iggy Azalea gets a little vocal help from Rita Ora on new single ‘Black Widow’
The story? The pair show off their best Samurai moves in a Tarantino-inspired plot to bring down the bad guys (including Tarantino actor Michael Madsen). Kill Bill eat your heart out.
The sound? American rock kings The Black Keys are back with new track ‘Weight of Love’
The story? A beautiful but somewhat creepy cult of women (led by supermodel Lara Stone) live in a lighthouse on the beach, spending their time hair braiding and doing group aerobics. Directed by Miley Cyrus’ rumoured BF Theo Wenner, it has more of a short-film feel than your standard music vid
After a brief stint in Dublin last year, Camden Crawl is back in its namesake home for 2014! So why pick this festival above the rest? With your wristband you’ll be given access to some 25 stages dotted around Camden’s coolest venues, with a line-up by in-the-know curators like Dalston clubbers The Nest Collective and top music blog The Line of Best Fit. Offering an eclectic mix of genres, spanning acts from US indie rockers Of Montreal to Swedish techno DJs The Field you can guarentee there’s something for all your mates.
We caught up with another of the festival’s must-see acts to hear more. Meet Kacey Underwood, one half of hot indie duo Big Deal…
Hi Kacey! So what’s the vibe like at Camden Crawl?
Great bands and people spilling onto the streets to party. What could be more fun?
Which acts are on your must-see list?
We’re looking forward to Crushed Beaks, Paws and TRAAMS. But it’s great to just wander around to catch new bands that other people are excited about.
What can we expect from your set?
It’s at the The Black Cap on the high street which is always fun! You can expect to hear lots of songs from our new EP.
What do you love about Camden?
I used to live there, but it’s changed quite a bit since then. I love Primrose Hill and always imagine Paul McCartney getting song ideas on strolls there. I hate incense so steer clear of the markets!
What look will you go for on stage?
Camden’s famous punk store Cyber Dog is just down the street so really we should be clad in pleather and spikes and about seven inches taller with our platforms on. When in Rome!