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April 28, 2023 Interview with artistic musician AISTÈ

Interview with artistic musician AISTÈ

Image credit: Kipras Varaneckas

Songstress AISTÈ has released the first single from her forthcoming album entitled The Theory of Everything. Originating from the Baltics, she is currently living in the UK where she is currently working to make a name for herself. Signed to Saphira Record Label, she is making progress toward this end, having received press support from the likes of Underground England and Atwood Magazine. Her new single, ‘What’s Going On’, sees her continue this effort. But that is not all. She has also…well, you will have to read the interview to find out more.

Stream / Download: AISTÈ – ‘What’s Going On’

If you had to describe your latest song with a single word, what would it be?

The Trip.

What was running through your mind while you were writing ‘What’s Going On’?

Great question! I clearly remember the day when the whole album was written. ‘What’s Going On’ was written in the early afternoon. As I recall, while writing, I had a strong urge to ask and seek the universal truth – the truth that guides you through life. Later on, while listening to the initial demo, I realised that I was inspired by the idea of taking control of my own life and not waiting for someone else to make decisions for me. This song seeks to find an answer to the question: “Who am I?”

What are some of your earliest memories of music?

When I think back to my earliest memories of music, my great-grandfather immediately comes to mind. He was a talented opera composer and folk musician, and live music was always present in his home. As a child, I was captivated by his passion for music and would spend hours listening to him play and compose. I remember the joy he brought to others when he performed, and it left a lasting impression on me.

While my childhood favorites were Britney Spears, I quickly found myself drawn to the retro soul genre as I grew older. The smooth, soulful melodies and groovy basslines felt familiar and comforting to me, reminding me of the music I grew up with. It was so natural that I began writing my own songs, infusing them with the vintage sound that captured my heart.

Now, as an up-and-coming retro-soul artist, I strive to channel that same magic that first captivated me as a child. I want to transport listeners to a different time and place, evoking the same feelings of joy, nostalgia, and serenity that I experienced when listening to my great-grandfather.

My great-grandfather’s love of music has shaped my journey as an artist in countless ways. His passion for joyful music instilled in me a deep appreciation for the art form and a desire to share that magic with others. I am grateful for his influence on my life and my music, and I hope to honor his legacy through my work.

Take us through your songwriting process. Are there any particular steps you take when putting music together?

How this album was written was it all came together at the same time. There was a feeling in the air, and the music was so overwhelmingly beautiful and entrancing. On that sunny day, all we did was follow the sound, but that’s how we got the structure. The rest of it was professionally recorded later, and I also took my time to write the lyrics. I had to feel them out. I didn’t try to be poetic or come up with intelligent innuendos. I felt them out. Simple human stuff. That’s what we’re best at.

Studio work and music creation or performing and interacting with a live audience, which do you prefer?

As an artist, I find value in both studio work and performing live in front of an audience. Each presents its own unique set of challenges and rewards.

When I’m in the studio, I have the luxury of being able to experiment with different sounds, instruments, and production techniques without any external pressure. I can take the time to carefully craft each note and lyric until it’s exactly as I envision it. This creative process can be incredibly satisfying, and I love the feeling of accomplishment that comes with bringing a new song to life.

On the other hand, there’s nothing quite like the energy and connection that comes from performing in front of a live audience. The thrill of hearing a crowd singing along to my lyrics or seeing them dance to the beat of the music is an incredible feeling. It’s a reminder that my music has the power to bring people together and create a shared experience.

Additionally, performing live offers me the opportunity to connect with my fans on a personal level. I love hearing their stories and how my music has impacted their lives. It’s a humbling experience that reminds me of the importance of creating music that speaks to people’s hearts and souls.

Overall, I believe that both studio work and performing live are essential components of the music creation process. Each offers a unique experience that contributes to the growth and development of an artist. While I enjoy the creative process of studio work, there’s nothing quite like the energy and connection that comes from performing live. Ultimately, both allow me to express myself in different ways and connect with my audience in a meaningful way.

What is the most memorable response you have had to your music?

When I think about the most memorable response I’ve had to my music, the day my album was written immediately comes to mind. It was a day filled with creativity, inspiration, and a sense of freedom that I had never experienced before. I remember feeling completely in the moment, lost in the music and the emotions it was evoking. It was a day of pure joy and happiness, and I knew that the music I was creating was special.

If you could put together a radio show, what kind of music would you play?

That’s a great question! Actually, I have my podcast on Patreon called ‘Just Enough.’ At the moment, I’m only playing my own tracks on the show, as they perfectly suit the spiritual, meaningful, and joyful themes that I’m discussing in each episode. However, my personal playlist is full of hidden gems from various genres and artists. I don’t have a specific preference for any particular genre or artist, I simply enjoy music that radiates truth and authenticity.

Name five artists and their albums who would appear on your radio show

It would depend on the theme of the show, but there are five albums that you can’t go wrong with:

  1. Rotary Connection – Self-titled 1968 album
  2. The Beatles – Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band
  3. Dusty Springfield – Definitely Dusty
  4. Aretha Franklin – Amazing Grace 1972 live album
  5. Kanye West – Graduation

What would you like to achieve with your music? What does success look like to you?

Helping people to become the best version of themselves.

One last thought to leave your fans with?

My favourite words by Matthew McConaughey ‘If you’re high enough, the sun is always shining.”

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April 21, 2021 Soul musician Dallas Tamaira share relatable music video, ‘Spider’

Soul musician Dallas Tamaira share relatable music video, ‘Spider’

Image credit: Nick Paulsen

Vocalist, musician, producer, illustrator and actor, Dallas Tamaira shares soulful new single Spider Stream ‘Spider’ here. Watch ‘Spider’ video here

Spider follows on last year’s lockdown single No Flowers’ which marked Dallas Tamaira‘s return to his roots as a solo artist after Fat Freddy’s Drop, of which Dallas is the founder member and vocalist, had a two month UK/European tour ground to a halt during the first COVID lockdown in March 2020. The acclaimed Kiwi band was forced to cancel the 14 sold out arena shows and return home facing a largely uncertain future. Dallas turned the potentially negative experience of self-isolation into a positive and productive time.

The brand new singleSpider’  represents the peaceful, slower pace of life Tamaira fell in love with during his confinement at home. Produced with friend, musician and producer Devin Abrams (Pacific Heights/Drax Project), the single late-night summer vibes, dark guitar and heavy bass contrasted with large sweeping layers of vocals are brought together with soulful piano flourishes. The result is smooth, lush, low-fi slow soul, delivered by arguably one of the world’s most gifted soul vocalists.

Talking about the track Dallas says; the underlying message in the lyrics is that life can be hard sometimes and that’s ok. For some people it’s more important to see the world for how it is rather than maintaining a constant positive outlook. We are all built differently and that’s a beautiful thing. Whether you choose to be present in the now or escape reality completely, do it on your own terms and don’t let anyone else tell you how to live your life.” 

Under the moniker of Joe Dukie Dallas rose to international acclaim as the velvet smooth vocalist for Fat Freddy’s Drop, a band considered one of the finest live draws worldwide. Dallas is of Ngati Tuwharetoa and Pakeha descent, born in Ōtautahi / Christchurch and raised in the small coastal town of Kaikoura. Music is in the blood, his Freddy’s stage name is inspired by his father singer-songwriter Joe and paternal grandfather, a musician nicknamed Dukie after Duke Ellington. 

Dallas has fronted Fat Freddy’ s Drop powerhouse from the early underground days in Wellington to headlining sell out shows across Europe, UK, Australia and back home in Aotearoa New Zealand. In 2005 Dallas was awarded Best Vocalist at the bNet NZ Music Awards, and he also illustrated Freddy’s iconic cartoon characters for HOPE and B.O.A.T.S’ albums.

As a guest vocalist Dallas worked and recorded tracks for international acts such as The Nextmen, Gentlemen’s Dub Club, Eva Be, Recloose and Boozoo Bajou and New Zealand artists including Pacific Heights, Tubbs and Shapeshifter.

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