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Chelsea Silva Interview: Leading us into the moment those Illegal Eyes sparkle

Seducing us in with her classy mindset and gorgeously clear vocals, we were lucky enough to speak with the lovely Australian singer-songwriter Chelsea Silva. She tells us all about her hot new single Illegal Eyes and also has some inspirational words for anyone who has struggled with anxiety and depression. A courageous young artist awaits, who isn’t ever going to give up on reaching her goals.

Hello there Chelsea Silva. Thank you for chatting with us today and we appreciate your time.
Chelsea: Thank you so much for having me! It’s so cool to be interviewed by A&R Factory!

First, do you recall your favorite memory about being on stage so far?
Chelsea: Oh absolutely! It’s the memory that keeps me going! I remember performing at the Native Rose Hotel on the 13th of November 2021. I was fresh out of university with a music bachelor’s degree, just escaped a mentally and emotionally abusive relationship, gaining new friends with my newfound freedom and figuring out how to make it in the music industry. Honestly, I wasn’t expecting the overwhelming amount of support. My whole family and friends from all over Sydney came! Even friends from the Blue Mountains drove over 2 hours to come see me perform! It was a breathtaking experience. The crowd was so interactive and enthusiastic about my performance. Even strangers came up to me, wishing me the best of luck in my career. It was the best experience I’ve had since starting my career.

Illegal Eyes is your latest single, and we love it. Please lead us into the vision for the sizzling track and what went behind the process?
Chelsea: Ah yes, the song that started it all. I’ve been writing songs since I was thirteen, but honestly, nothing prepared me for this song. The vision I had for Illegal Eyes was this. Sometimes we have to be the one to do the right thing, even if other people, especially the ones you love and admire, think it’s wrong. It’s about a person being put on blast and being ridiculed for trying to do right by people, and expressing one’s frustration when others try to make you feel ashamed for placing someone’s best intentions in their hearts. This can be said for any and all discriminated and marginalised groups in society.

As for the process, it was so random! There was an amazing Audio Engineering student I collaborated with at university, whose goal was to be a producer. I had a lyrical epiphany at around 11:30pm one night and he had a musical epiphany at the same time, that same night! I was in my university’s student lounge talking to my friends about my newly found epiphany when he overheard the conversation. He started playing his musical epiphany on his laptop and I started singing my lyrical epiphany from my notebook. Students from all over the room started to gather around us to listen! Everyone begged us to put both ideas together, so we produced the song that very week! We have been strangers turned friends since then. Thank you to the producer who gave me this song and made it all happen! A true legend!

Your vocals are crystal clear and so enchanting. Have you been singing since school days or when did everything begin creatively?
Chelsea: Thank you so much! That’s really sweet of you to say!

My mother said that when she was pregnant with me that as soon as music started playing, I would kick and dance in her belly without fail every single time. I was the sleeping, calm baby listening to the radio while all the others in the hospital’s nursery would cry and scream like there was no tomorrow. She knew before I did that I was brought into the world to do music. She has honestly been my number one supporter my whole life. I have been humming to myself without realizing it, singing in choirs, performing in musicals and signing up for school performances since I was five years old. I have never stopped since then! I even went straight from high school and into early acceptance into university. I knew music and singing were something that always gave me comfort during rough times and I knew I wanted to return the favour by writing songs to help others in their dark place.

If you could tour live in any country of your choosing, which one would it be and why?
Chelsea: It would have to be the United States. It’s the go-to place for upcoming artists and the music scene is absolutely massive there! If I’m allowed to dream big here for a second, my dream would be to tour all of their states! I’d absolutely love to meet my online fan family and see the US faces of those who have supported me since I started my journey. Of course, I’d love to tour all around Australia as well since I live in Sydney and I would just love to see more of the country I was born into.

What’s the best and worst thing about being a musician?
Chelsea: The best thing in the world is that feeling of finishing a song, coming off stage after a gig, seeing the faces of the people who comment and share your content with their friends, meeting new people and growing in your personal journey alongside the community you’ve built. Seeing the support of the people who genuinely believe in me has been the highlight of my life as a musician.

The worst thing would have to be the mental strain this career can give and the doubts that can be placed in one’s head. Will I ever make it? Is this work going to make something bigger in the future? What if I’m just kidding myself? My god, having these questions does not make them true in the slightest. But as someone who is diagnosed with an anxiety and depressive disorder outside of the music industry, it would be silly of me to think that these questions don’t add even a little to that strain. It’s definitely a growing improvement over the years! I have gotten so much better with it all, thanks to the overwhelming support I receive.

As you open your eyes in this strange world as a 22-year-old, what do you see and hope for humanity?
Chelsea: I truly hope for a wider acceptance and open-mindedness towards the LGBTQIA+ community, awareness and abolishment of violence against women and more mental health awareness. There is no doubt that there has been a massive improvement over the years, which is great! However, there is still more work to be done. My songs have, but are not limited to, these topics and I truly hope to spread more awareness. If not for me and our society in the now, but for the children in our tomorrow.

Last of all, do you have any upcoming live shows you’d like to tell us about or anything percolating in the kitchen for 2023?
Chelsea: Yes, of course! I have my official debut single coming out on the 30th of November 2022. I do have some new tricks up my sleeve to reveal in early January 2023. Please follow along on my social media to follow along on my music journey and to find out what this new project in January might be! If I could leave you with one thing, it’s this. It honestly doesn’t matter how long it will take, I’ll never stop trying to reach where I want to be in the music industry as it was my born passion and my life’s ambition.

Chelsea: Thank you so much to the A&R Factory for taking the time to get to know me! I truly appreciate it and I hope you all would love to join me on my journey on Facebook, Instagram, TikTok and all available streaming services under Chelsea Silva Music!

See this wonderful video on YouTube and view more on her IG music page.

Interview by Llewelyn Screen

In My Dreams: Brisbane’s The Immaculate Crows finds that courage to carry on with Too Much Time

After seizing our attention on their previous release, Broken Heart, The Immaculate Crows shows us the journey through life and all those frostily faded friendships you wish still existed on the solo-filled single with a punch called Too Much Time.

The Immaculate Crows is a Brisbane, Australia-based alternative collective who was formed by the underground legend Bruce Neilsen back in the early 80s.

Showing us yet again of a calming brilliance that was hidden from the world like a mysterious tomb awaiting discovery, The Immaculate Crows guides us into rarified air on a sumptuous single to delve nimbly into. There are guitar riffs to snack into here and an ambience of class poured over the layers and fibers that shall get us all thinking rather deeper than before.

Too Much Time from Brisbane, Australia-based alternative act The Immaculate Crows is a tremendously inviting single and shall live long in the memory of those who love that classic 80s feel to proceedings. Wrapped in a radiant glow of wonder, which is quite fantastic to witness, this is a dynamite packed experience to remember forever.

Swim into this new single on Spotify and see more on the IG music page.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Risk It All: Australian hip hop artist SpAzMaTiC J opens us up to the dark path on Catch Me If I Fall

Feeling those creaking four walls moving closer in and destroying everything, SpAzMaTiC J wonders if he will actually be okay on the brand new single, Catch Me If I Fall.

SpAzMaTiC J is a Perth, Australia-based indie hip hop artist who, after dealing with a myriad of traumas, is now ready to conquer the world.

If he can help at least one person get through whatever it is their going through at that time and provide the feeling that their not alone then he has achieved his goal of helping others and turning his life of hurt and pain into someone’s medicine.” ~ SpAzMaTiC J

Seeing those memories flash again and again while feeling so alone, SpAzMaTiC J guides us deeply into a single which will be felt deeply by anyone who has dealt with those scary mental health demons. Rapped with a genuine honesty whilst pouring his heart out, this is a special release made with a vivid style which will stop many in their steps.

Catch Me If I Fall from Perth, Australia-based indie hip hop artist SpAzMaTiC J is a worrying tale that rips deep into the real-life experiences which can change everything. This is a truly gripping single with such a sad picture presented, that reflects the feelings of so many millions in our healing world.

Listen up on Spotify.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

witherbride drops calming soundtrack to help us restore focus on realisation

Ascending higher than previously comprehended before on a cloud-cruising song with so much fascination to sift through, witherbride raises our eyes to where we need to be headed on realisation.

witherbride is a 21-year-old rural NSW, Australia-based experimental solo music producer that makes those ear-soothing gems to swim safely inside.

My main passion in life is creating music that resonates with people on a deeper level and I do my best to create the kind of sounds that people have never heard before.” ~ witherbride

Adorning us with some aplomb and showing us the value of imagination, witherbride shines brightly on realisation and majestically flies where the shrewd eagles roam the skies above.

realisation from NSW, Australia-based experimental shoegaze/ambient artist witherbride is one of the most unique tracks you’re likely to hear this year. Percolating in mystique and shrouded in so much more than we can imagine at this precise second, we’re all in for such a treat as there is so much to ponder inside this sky-floating daydream.

When you suddenly figure out the map, you’re only headed to long-lost treasures.

Float into a better world on YouTube and see more news on IG.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

SVLEM shows the world their global artistic approach with an interview with A&R Factory

After recently dropping their latest sizzling soundtrack for us to salivate over called Live Session (Nevermore + Adore & Devour), SVLEM drops the curtain and leads us into their world with a hugely revealing interview to expand our minds.

Thanks so much for taking the time to cut it up with us today SVLEM. Firstly, please let everyone know where you’re from and based currently?

SVLEM: Thanks for having us! So…We’re Australian except for Cécile who, unfortunately, is French… Hahaha! We’re based in Sydney.

What was the main vision behind your new release Live Session (Nevermore + Adore & Devour)?

SVLEM: We wanted to share something halfway between a raw live performance and a studio experience to take our audience into a more intimate and stripped down set up where they could feel like they’re a bit behind the scenes. We financed it through Crowdfunding so it was a big deal for us to make it sound and look as great as possible within a Live Session constraints: recording all in a same room is quite an exercise and was something completely new to us. It pushed us as artists, and yet we had a total blast doing it! The response has gone way beyond our expectations and we are so thankful for anyone who’s watched it, the old fans and the new and to the media who have shared this release with their community so far.

Sydney is a special city indeed. How does the music scene feel at the moment and which venues in your local area do you feel a connection with currently?

SVLEM: Sydney’s nightlife is back from the dead after years of curfews and lockdown:

The scene is in full bloom and it’s a great opportunity to try to make a difference by bringing back the fun, promote positivity and inclusiveness out there.

Some venues are doing an incredible job at making the scene accessible for emerging bands and offering quality nights for the audience: Sabrina and her team at the Duke of Enmore always have something interesting going on which highly contributes to keeping the local indie scene alive! The guys at Freakflag don’t cease to blow our minds with the most insane lineups. The team at Crowbar not only gets the best international acts but keeps their stage open to way smaller bands. We’ll mourn Frankie’s Pizza as it was a total institution, but some new venues are popping up like the Soundgarden in Penrith that we cannot wait to experience!

How would you describe your sound in one sentence?

SVLEM: A sonic wall of blazing energy that sucks you in, heavy and hypnotic!

Do you have any goals for 2023 music-wise?

SVLEM: We have just started to lay the foundations for a more substantial release and really hope to get some fresh tunes out next year. We also hope to continue gigging as much, if not more!

When you close your eyes and imagine being on stage, what does it feel like?

Diz (bass): An escape that feels all too brief. Being in the moment and letting the adrenaline take you.

Shah (rhythm guitar & keys): Being on stage is almost an out-of-body experience, it’s like my equanimous mind clocks out and my primal brain kicks in. On stage I’m unchained, unhinged but most of all vulnerable, the music guides my movements and my emotions.

Josh (drums): It’s absolute bliss and freedom. The energy from the crowd just drives your adrenalin for one hell of a ride!

Rhys (lead guitar): Time stops: The truest and most natural form of fulfilment consumes me from head to toe. It feels like it’s one of the few occasions where you are your one and true deity. Haha!

Cécile (vocals): Personally, I become something else. I just let completely loose and can be unpredictable performance wise… last week we played alongside Carmeria, Our Last Enemy and Witchgrinder during the Halloween SpookShow: I smashed my megaphone repetitively onto my head until the batteries eventually popped out and flew at the audience… that was fun. Haha! I just love being on stage, I honestly don’t think there’s a greater feeling.

Do you have any plans to tour or have any events on the horizon? If so, where can we find you next?

SVLEM: We’ll play our last show for this year at ‘The Soundgarden’ in Penrith alongside Thraxas and Taliesin on 19/11 and will kick of the new year on 13/01 at ‘The Duke of Enmore’.

Tour wise, there’s nothing in the cards yet for next year but we’re always happy to tag along and play with our friends and other bands who would like to bring some SVLEM vibes to the night… whether we open or headline we’re always having a rad time!

Thanks for having us A&R Factory and thanks for reading this everyone! If you didn’t get a chance to check out our Live Session so far, go for it and we’ll see you around at a next show!

Check out this new video on YouTube.

Follow SVLEM on IG for more.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Coconut Shy helps us to move on from the past on Water, Water

Made whilst deeply wrapped in a psychology essay that took extra time to write, Coconut Shy shows us fondly inside that memorable corvette that sped away rather quickly on Water, Water.

Coconut Shy is a Melbourne, Australia-based indie folk singer-songwriter who projects his vocals so well that all stress seems to float away.

Seeing that chevy pull up with a smile on his face, Coconut Shy has made an all-time timeless gem for us all to fall in love with. There is so much to be enamoured by inside this truly superb song, which is crammed with a genuine energy to grip us tightly with from all corners.

Sweetly sung and filled with an authentic vibe to gravitate toward, there is nothing you can surely dislike about a release with so much tender care and crisp smoothness for the better absorbed inside.

Water, Water from Melbourne, Australia-based indie folk singer-songwriter Coconut Shy must be one of the more soul-healing singles around. Turning our hearts with caring abandon, this is a stirring track that might get you thinking about that special human who changed your entire mood with one wink.

Hear this fine single on Spotify and check out the IG for more.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Like A Damaged Bird: The Immaculate Crows drifts down that lonesome road on Broken Heart

Broken Heart by The Immaculate Crows

Featuring Nicky Steel on vocals and taken from the upcoming and much-awaited debut album And Then There Were Two, The Immaculate Crows shows us into that anguish and pain that rumbles through the doomed sea of darkness on Broken Heart.

The Immaculate Crows is a Brisbane, Australia-based alternative collective who was formed by the prolific Bruce Neilsen back in the 80s.

”’Broken Heart’ is about breaking up, feeling despair and loss, but ends with a message about moving on, regardless. I think this will be a Country Classic in time.” ~ Bruce from The Immaculate Crows 

With a beautiful anthem featuring calmingly beautiful vocals and a soundtrack that has clearly been made with so much love, The Immaculate Crows guides us into a reflective story that shall induce a few tears down your cheeks. Filled with grace and elegance in droves, this is a special single that will take you on an emotional rollercoaster to remember forever.

Broken Heart from Brisbane, Australia-based alternative collective outfit The Immaculate Crows is a timeless track that will put you into a different mind frame altogether. There is a world class quality on offer that will stretch your heart and then somehow make it all better again. That is the power of music made with love, you see.

Tune into this excellent single on Bandcamp and follow their story on Bruce’s IG.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Reached The Ending: Sydney pop artist Jeffrey Chan feels drowned in disappointment on Over

After recently climbing down from the euphoric and dizzying heights of his previous release, Vertigo, Jeffrey Chan misses that succulent taste on his lips but knows that it is finally Over permanently as a new romantic journey awaits.

Jeffrey Chan is a Sydney, Australia-based pop artist who loves it retro and 80s synth with a sprinkle of inspiration from Eurythmics, Duran Duran and Daft Punk.

At the core of it, Over is a breakup song but it’s that specific moment when you have finally come to terms with the end of a relationship. I wanted to capture that feeling when you’re looking back at everything that happened, both the good and the bad.” ~ Jeffrey Chan leading us into what this top track actually means

With his signature explosive vocals that might heat up your entire room, Jeffrey Chan is in imperious form yet again with another thunderbolt of authenticity from a self-enlightened soul who knew that it was time to close to chapter. Sung with an honest tone and introspective lyrics, he manages to guide us to the truth even if we didn’t want to hear it at first because of the pain attached.

Over from the dynamic Sydney, Australia-based pop artist Jeffrey Chan is a sad song at its core and shows us how quickly a relationship can fracture briskly into the sea of the past. Reminding us of those happy moments that are now meshed with the sudden realisation that it is actually the end. Forever.

Sometimes you need to swim like a Dolphin into another ocean where you can find that healing place to start over again.

Listen up on Spotify and check out the IG music page for more.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Packed My Bags: Bianca Blakk grows tired of those constant lies on Back To Me

Knowing that her former lover just loved her body and didn’t respect her enough, Bianca Blakk brushes off the past and knows that the road ahead is the place to be as she waits for the door to knock again on Back To Me.

Bianca Blakk is a rising 17-year-old indie pop/RnB solo singer-songwriter who is from the sunny climates of Australia’s West Coast.

With a vocal excellence and a bubbly personality you can’t help but love, Bianca Blakk has the power to give your racing heart a real jumpstart. Leading us into this passionate story which many shall relate to, displaying her dynamic charm and effortlessly urging us to subconsciously turn up the volume.

Back To Me from the youthful West Australian indie pop/RnB artist Bianca Blakk is a carefree single about that casual romance that can twist your mind if you let it. Sung with the purest voice you are likely to hear today and with such determination from a brave young woman who refuses to let her heart get broken, this is a special release. Showing us into the mind of our current generation, who just wants to have fun and avoid that unnecessary drama.

When you know they are hooked, you control all the moves.

Hear her newest creation on Spotify and see more on IG.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Craving The Attention: Kevin Silvester sees through all the secrets on Crywolf (feat. 99finite)

Following on from his previous singles, Love you Blind and You and I (feat. Julie Zorrilla), Kevin Silvester pumps up the volume on this dance floor winner that shows us deep inside that sneaky Crywolf (feat. 99finite).

Kevin Silvester is a 19-year-old Melbourne, Australia-based indie pop singer-songwriter, music producer, DJ, and multi-instrumentalist.

Crywolf is dedicated to your ride or dies while giving the middle finger to heartbreakers and manipulators.” ~ Kevin Silvester 

Boosting our moods with a mood-altering single to change your perspective, Kevin Silvester is quite fantastic on a track to play loud and proud. Oozing with quality from all ends of the spectrum, this is the type of single you will tell your next-door neighbor about.

Crywolf (feat. 99finite) from Melbourne, Australia-based indie pop singer-songwriter and DJ Kevin Silvester is a supreme performance that shall get your veins popping with delight. Guiding us through the lies and making sure that those who are sincere understand that they are appreciated, this is a speaker-slicing song of note.

When you see people who are rather fake, it’s always best to call them out and ride with the authentic humans instead.

Hear this fine new single on Spotify and see more on the IG music page.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen