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Interview: Anni opens up the curtain Till The End Of Time

We had the pleasure of sitting down with the hugely inspiring young artist Anni lately. She tells us more about playing the piano, Till The End Of Time, her connection with John Lister and why we all needed to listen to that wise inner voice.

Hello Anni. Thank you for speaking with us today. Firstly, how did you get into performing music and what sparked your interest?

Anni: I began playing my parents’ piano and singing at a very young age. I would make up happy melodies and words and sing them whenever I was afraid or got hurt or had something coming up such as a test or a visit to the dentist. When I look back, I see that it was kind of like visualizing a more positive outcome.

Please tell us all about your debut solo release Till The End Of Time and what was the process like.

Anni: “Till the End of Time” is a song from my upcoming second album, and it deals with how our days are numbered and we ought to make the most of them. I had a lot to do with the structure of this song, and wrote the melody and lyrics. My producer took care of the more complex musical details and wrote the chords, arranged it, etc. He would have me sing harmony parts or change a few things, but it resulted in a better song.

How did you first get connected with John Lister and how has he helped your career?

Anni: John had heard of me as a freelance singer and had me come to his studio to sing on a couple of pop songs he had written. But he also had worked on rock music and I expressed interest in this, so our journey began in creating the ‘Anni’ persona and music. The first album contained some pop, but the new one will be all rock.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?

Anni: Don’t leave life to chance. Imagine yourself where you want to be, visualize a better outcome and just work towards that goal as though it is unstoppable. I guarantee it will happen, based on my own experience. The best advice I can give is to always listen to your inner voice, your intuition.

Your music has passionate energy brewing from each corner and features many different genres. How would you describe your sound and your vision for your new project?

Anni: The second album, “Revealed”, is more focused on the symphonic rock genre. This is a combination of hard rock music and orchestration, blended together to create a very powerful sound. My vision is to strengthen my voice, hit higher highs and stronger lows to become the very best I can be. My lyrics have evolved too, as these songs deal with more complex themes.

When you close your eyes and imagine performing live, what does it feel like deep in your bones?

Anni: This is an excellent question. My first album ‘The Revealing’ has a title track that talks about this very thing. I start off with stage fright, knowing there is no place to hide, but then I just boldly go for it and face the audience. I feel that when the time comes for a concert, I will take over the room, I will fill it with the songs I have conceived and as a messenger, it will not make me nervous, because they are not staring and listening to me, but to the delivery, the presence and message.

Lastly, what goals do you have for the rest of 2023 music-wise?

Anni: My first goal is to complete the second album, but these symphonic rock tunes are much more complex to compose and execute, so it’s going much slower than my first album. I believe it will all be worth the wait though, and the new album should be ready by summertime. After that, I’ll seek out live venues and maybe take a bit of a vacation. I’ve also been thinking about changing my look, which could happen once the second album is done. I’m thinking shorter purple hair, but we’ll have to wait and see. I expect to continue with the symphonic rock though, as it’s a niche I feel completely comfortable with. Thank you for interviewing me! 😊

Listen up to her story on Soundcloud.

Interview by Llewelyn Screen

Answer My Prayers: Solemn Pledge shall love until the end of days on Precious Juliet

Navigating us through the feeling of true love which so many humans strive for each day, Solemn Pledge drops an ear-piercing single which will please many alternative music heads on Precious Juliet.

Solemn Pledge is a rock music duo who have been fantastically merged together by Maria Elia and Michael Justin Lee who met through mutual musician friends.

Solemn Pledge’s first album, “Romeo and Juliet: The Rock Opera (Concept Recording),” is a modernization of the Shakespearean classic told via rock opera, à la “The Who’s Tommy.” Singing all the roles is Maria Elia, a heavy metal vocalist with a very distinctive timbre and a vocal range of three and a half octaves who has performed on rock and symphonic rock projects with artists around the world. Michael Just Lee, a member of the Songwriters Guild of America and the Society of Composers and Lyricists, wrote and produced all songs and will be the director of the hopeful movie. Just released, this album is already on Spotify, iTunes, Apple Music, Pandora, Deezer and on over 150 other streaming sites around the world.” ~ Solemn Pledge

Skyrocketing high with so much listenable vehemence to pack into a backpack, Solemn Pledge zip up our moods and shall entertain even the most trained ears. There is so much to be impressed by in this humming anthem which will help us all get over the stormy days which have changed the global landscape forever.

Precious Juliet from the remarkable rock duo Solemn Pledge is a hugely entertaining single which is different to most releases the galaxy will hear this year. Whizzing with so much intensity and thriving beyond previous levels of cognition, we find a rather thunderous track to turn up loud and proud.

Hear this fine single on YouTube. View more on their website.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

They Depending On Me: Christopher The Grey drops an all-pro track called Can You Hustle

Can You Hustle by Christopher the Grey

Wondering where the true hard-working cats are in this rather peculiar world, Christopher The Grey slams those doubters away with a truly enormous effort called Can You Hustle.

Christopher The Grey is a Birmingham, Alabama-based indie hip-hop artist who shows us that proper work is the only way to provide for those who mean the most.

Christopher has witnessed all manner of artistic waves within the ever-changing music scene. As a result, his versatility and ability to adapt consistently allow him to break through with style and authenticity.” ~ Christopher The Grey

Palpitating with assertiveness and brimming with so much confidence while never letting go for a second, Christopher The Grey soars with much muscle and teaches us the real meaning of hustle. Never buckling and always raising the standard, we find a speaker buster to knock those cobwebs off.

Can You Hustle from Birmingham, Alabama-based indie hip-hop artist Christopher The Grey is an influential single which will take many on an old-school train of real might. Lyrically dominant and soaked in so many hardcore bars, this is a study effort to get our ears in tune again.

If you want it enough, anything is possible.

Hear this top song on Bandcamp. View more on IG.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

DK Verano feels like he has just seen a masterpiece on PICTURE PERFECT

With a powerful flow that washes your soul with so much realness in a seemingly burnt out world, DK Verano is on absolute fire with an intense song that has many romantic intentions with PICTURE PERFECT.

DK Verano is a gritty underground hip hop artist who has a potent delivery that will shake your body awake and give you renewed energy to take on any challenge.

Overflowing with a planned out intent to show that he is actually the prince in shining armour, DK Verano impresses highly on his latest offering. Silky smooth and loaded with spark-filled eyes that certainly see the prize, this is an anthem for those who have been feeling rather shy lately.

With a smooth delivery, lyrics that will cause you to listen twice and a self-assured attitude to making sure that he shall lock hands with this new lover, this is a single to be inspired by if you are single currently.

PICTURE PERFECT from underground hip hop artist DK Verano is a formidable track from a riveting talent who is clearly in love. He likes what he sees and wants this relationship to go into the next stage of pure bliss, that will wipe all his worries away forever.

Sometimes you just know instantly when you see that perfect soul.

Boost your mood on Spotify and see more via the IG page.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

JaVill drop a deliciously intense debut single that shall have you ‘Lifted’ up into the clouds

With their brewing debut EP being currently sculpted to perfection at Hellfire Studios, JaVill rises fearlessly from the sordid ashes to stamp their mark on the current bleak world that needs hope again with ‘Lifted‘.

JaVill is a 5-piece Industrial rock band that bases itself in thriving Dublin, Ireland, and seem on a mission to put this proud city on its back and soar to new heights.

They formed as teenagers, brothers Barry and James founded the band with Jonathan and Kevin joining later.” ~ JaVill

Lifting the lid off vigorously and sending our emotions into a real spin that was needed to shake the cobwebs off, JaVill is in supreme form with one of the more ferocious singles of 2022. This is a rock band that has a purpose and needs to be listened to right now by anyone who needs a lift away from any previous mediocrity.

The track sheds a light on dealing with struggles and how we endure these problems and get through pain- light and dark.” ~ JaVill

Lifted‘ from Dublin, Ireland-based indie-rock act JaVill is a cage-smashing single that shall delight those who have needed a powerful single that has so much true meaning. With so many people close-minded and locking themselves away, this is precisely what we all needed to break away from any nail-inducing pain that has stopped us from flying from this carnage. Sung with a rugged intensity – which is completely inspiring – and devouring this roaring soundscape that is an underground anthem, you will be completely compelled to click repeat.

Listen up to this new single on Spotify and see more via the IG music page.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Chicago rapper Jefe Bates isn’t afraid of any challenge with ‘I Am What I Am’

Steering us into his action-packed life which is filled with activities that he loves to embrace, Jefe Bates returns with his signature motivated outlook that has him telling us that he isn’t changing for anyone on ‘I Am What I Am‘.

Jefe Bates is a Chicago-based indie Hip hop solo artist who flows with tremendous energy and always seems to drop timeless classics that will stand the test of time.

With a highly powerful flow that sends your head into a nodding frenzy, you can’t help but like, Jefe Bates displays his wizardry behind the mic and punches his way to the top with an expressive message that should send shivers down your pulsated spine.

I Am What I Am‘ from Chicago-based indie Hip hop solo artist Jefe Bates, is a poetical single that sends us into a whole new world of intrigue. There is a calm aura here and a flourishing beat loaded with treasures for us to open up with intent, from an experienced underground musician – who is only gaining steam like a freight train – as his self-awareness seem to improve after each release. This is the story about letting everyone know that following a lame fad isn’t in his bloodstream, as staying on the track and speeding up, is the only mission that is actually worth it.

Check out this new single on Spotify and see more news via IG.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Middle Fingers Up: Motivated Idaho metal band Artificial Aliens urge us to make it count this time with ‘Start Again’

With a powerfully rugged sound that has your ears ringing like a telephone in delight, Artificial Aliens angrily smash the locked door down to the floor as they search for that all-important purpose which will set them free on ‘Start Again‘.

Artificial Aliens is a thunderous Rupert, Idaho-based indie post-hardcore/metal five-piece band. They make that stimulating-your-senses-quickly type of speaker-shaking vibe, which has you feeling so invigorated after a long enforced slumber.

From a town with few concerts or publicity, Artificial Aliens have traveled and toured to gain exposure for their unique and aggressive sound.” ~ Artificial Aliens

You feel their electric energy transforming into something special right before your eyes, as you turn up the volume to the max, as your whole body has that rare feeling of euphoria. The powerful vocals lift you up into the smoke-filled air so quickly as the band are on top form the whole time.

Their sensationally hard soundscape has your head nodding furiously as you imagine watching them live in concert, and moshing intensely the whole way through the gig.

Start Again‘ from the high octane Rupert, Idaho-based indie metal/post hardcore act Artificial Aliens, shows us a motivated band on a real mission to grab that opportunity by sweeping the past away, as they take charge of what comes next. They remind us that its vitally important to never let the past dictate your future, as starting fresh sometimes is the only way to truly succeed.

Their lesson is simple. Middle fingers up to anyone who tries to bring you down in life.

Stream this new single on Spotify and see more on their IG music page.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Check Out Alya Elouissi powerful minimalist song ‘The One’

Between the classic, and indeed classical voice, and the plaintive and minimal piano lines, Slovenian polymath, Alya Elouissi weaves a ballad about identity, dedication and of self-belief. In these days of mass celebrity and a copycat artistic ethic, she uses these traditional musical materials to remind us of a universal truth. Be The One, sometimes it really is all about you, follow your dreams. They may sound like clichés in these cynical times but maybe it is something that the world needs reminding of.

And for the minimalism of the musical building blocks, The One is a powerful piece, it is polished, understated yet powerful in all the right places, it tugs heartstrings without playing the schmaltzy card, it is the sound of what happens when you take the idea of writing a sophisticated yet commercially viable pop ballad and give it to someone who really knows how music works.

B Jet’s powerful hip-hop track ‘I Remember’

B Jet is nothing if not soaked in reality. This is really edgy stuff and it comes on as a cross between impassioned hip-hop, a last prayer and a heart wrenching confessional shot through with the grim truths of a life lived the hard way. It is the perfect answer to the saccharine commercial endeavours that have passed from the street to the charts along the way losing the spirit of the fight that hip-hop and rap where born out of.

As the song spirals ever onwards hypnotically through its dark autobiography of survival and struggle it becomes a compelling chronicle, driven by vocals and minimal beat and skittering samples but so powerful are the lyrics, all you hear is the message in all its dark heartfelt glory.