EP REVIEW – ‘DOORWAYS’ by ABBEY STONE

It’s been a long awaited release here at RSOM as we are huge fans of 20-year-old Abbey Stone. And why shouldn’t we be excited?! This artist is absolutely amazing and has come such a long way and is well deserving of all her efforts. Check out her debut EP titled, Doorways.

In an interview previously on RSOM, Abbey tells Jena that Doorways is, “about the beginning of something,” and we believe that this will definitely open more doors for this talented songwriter.

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The first track titled Doorways is a nice introduction to the EP as she “watches the doorways,” while waiting to begin the next chapter of her life with her future admirer. With a nice blend of instruments to create a calm and somewhat dreamy atmosphere, the first track is a great set up for the tracks to come.

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Abbey Stone performing at Les Twentyman Gala – 2014.

We then start to get really honest here with second track titled, Figure You Out. This song is definitely inspired by Abbey’s music inspiration, Taylor Swift with themes of ex lovers and bad relationships with lyrics like:

“You’re by yourself, that’s what you wanted. I left you alone, now I’m not bothered.”

With awesome keyboard riffs and an intense build up of guitars and drums towards the chorus, Stone’s story in her lyrics is honest and is a definite highlight in the entire EP – true songwriting!!

The next track titled, I’m Still Here, instantly reminded us of the angry and gusty American Idol winner, Carrie Underwood’s hit, Before He Cheats. 

Undoubtedly our favourite track on the EP, Abbey’s powerful, raw and honesty in her vocals mixed with the power of the guitars is spine tingling. She has taken it to the next level.

“I’m not holding on to you, you’re no one and I’m still here.”

This is the perfect girl power and break up song. (Yes we too are huge fans of T-Swift.)

Debut single and fifth track, For Everything, is about the last year of high school where she performed it at her Year 12 graduation to her classmates. It talks about the triumphs and tribulations of the final year of school and the successes of finishing 13 years of school. Abbey previously told RSOM that she had definitely crossed the finish line for the first time.

Charlie Musselwhite, renowned blues musician from the US, features in Stone’s sixth track, Million Minutes on the harmonica. This track gives a nice acoustic and serene feeling with Stone’s soothing vocals alongside the harmonica in the background. This would be another track that would be amazing to see live!

Last but definitely not least is Abbey’s latest single, Brave Heart, which features as the bonus track on this EP. She has teamed up with Melbourne producer, LUCIANBLOMKAMP to create this chill dance track which talks about the thrills of living life and enjoying freedom at a young age. This is an excellent track and a definite must listen.

This EP is HUGE so get on to it and purchase it off iTunes now.

To purchase the EP :https://itunes.apple.com/au/album/doorways/id936532268

Abbey Stone performing at Bikes4Life Charity Event – 2014.

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Website: www.abbeystone.com.au

To read Abbey’s feature profile on RSOM: click here.

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JULIAN SIMONSZ

Former contestant of Season 3’s hit TV show, The Voice Australia, Julian Simonsz has released his first single on his self-titled EP due for release on November 21

His new single, I Do It For You, a song about appreciation was initially written for his wife but now gives opportunity for fans to also relate to the song.

The video clip features fans of Julian’s who were invited to get involved via a call-out on his Facebook page. The clip has received more than 40,000 views.

“These are real people [with] real stories and I hope that that video conveys the message about appreciation and doing something back for someone that is important to you.”

From an early age, Julian always wanted to be an artist. With a studio at home, he would be seen regularly producing and writing music.

The 28 year old had previously auditioned for the second season of The Voice Australia but didn’t proceed to the next stage of auditions. It was at this point in time where he decided to take his music more seriously.

“It sort of clicked…the application was like you need to be semi-professional or professional. At that stage, it was all or nothing,” he said.

For the next year and half, he began to build an online profile on YouTube where his most popular video reached over 160,000 views when he performed his rendition of Justin Timberlake’s Mirrors.

“Then, I knew that I really wanted to take it seriously.”

Meanwhile, he completed a Bachelor of Audio Production at Melbourne’s SAE Institute and was about to get married.

“I felt like I was very confident with myself ­[when] back in the day, I used to be very shy. I wouldn’t even sing in front of my Mum and Dad.”

He highlights the blind auditions as his favourite part of his time on The Voice. He said it was, “a dream come true,” when all four judges Ricky Martin, Kylie Minogue, Joel Madden and Will.I.Am turned their chairs around while he jammed on stage to Justin Timberlake’s, Suit and Tie.10403055_676631072371936_4384584699609479392_n

“It still blows my mind!”

His strategic decision to pick judge Will.I.Am was so he could improve on his performing skills where Julian felt it was one of his main weaknesses.

However, Grammy Award producer and member of former hip-hop group, The Black Eyed Peas describes Simonsz’s voice as, “pristine.”

 “I just wanted to learn more about myself than just being an artist.”

Dubbed as, ‘the next Justin Timberlake,’ he then progressed to the top 24.

“One thing I clearly remember them, (the judges), saying before I went on stage [was to] just enjoy yourself and have fun,” he said.

With no success to the top 12, it was straight into the studio for Julian to record his EP. This involved intense research of producers to work with.

“If I want to take it seriously and really work hard at it, you’ve got to take every opportunity as it comes.”

And along came Michael DeLorenzis and Melbourne singer/songwriter Micheal Paynter, from MSquared Productions. Julian describes them as musical geniuses as he feels they all worked together very well.

“They are actually one person,” he said.

The self-titled EP is said to be based on relationships and love. His EP will be launched at The Northcote Social Club and will feature fellow contestant, Thando, who will open the night.

It will also be his first time singing with a band. “I’ve never ever performed with a band. Everything’s been backing tracks or acoustic sessions with a guitarist… I am so…excited about it,” he said.

His plans for the future include recording his first album as well as hoping to tour Australia.

The EP launch will be held at The Northcote Social Club on November 23rd at 7:30pm.

Details on purchasing tickets are also available on his official website.

It was an absolute pleasure to chat with Julian.
He is such a down to earth person a1nd talented musician and I wish him all the success for his upcoming EP release and launch.

To follow Julian Simonsz, click the following links:
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Websitewww.juliansimonsz.com

Buy his single on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/au/album/i-do-it-for-you-single/id921879915

Upcoming Performances

~ Friday November 7th: Rise Up Cancer Appeal: Cranbourne Auditorium @ 6pm
~ Saturday November 8th, Bikes 4 Life: Trak Lounge Bar @ 6:00pm
~ Sunday November 23rd, Julian Simonsz EP Launch: Northcote Social Club @ 7:30pm

EP REVIEW – ‘inSUBORDINATE’ by ELODIE ADAMS

“My absolute favourite description of my music will always be, ‘Neo-Romantic, Post-Industrial Stalker Rock”

This is the latest from 24-year old Elodie Adams.

inSUBORDINATE, her debut EP, features her hit single, Born to Love You which is the theme song for upcoming Playstation game, Oddworld.

With all the lyrics, vocals, rhythm, synth, loops and sound design written by the artist herself as well as co-producing the EP, this is indeed a celebration of hard work.

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We are firstly introduced to, Born to Love You, her current single. Sexy and mystery plays a huge part as she opens us up into another world using her vocals to create character within the track.

The violin solo, performed by Adams herself, highlights her love for the violin and her major role towards the production of the EP.

The sexiness and mystery continues as the next track, Stockholm Syndrome plays. This song talks about female dominance and displays a lot of attitude. The drums, guitars and powerful vocals may remind you of band, Evanescence, who uses these elements to create darkness and feminism within the track.

It is said that the third track, Multiplayer, has a double meaning as the sound effects of the game highlight that the song could be about games yet Adams’s character in her vocals and lyrics could be interpreted as flirty.

For example: “I play on expert baby. We can make it baby.”

It’s here where I highly commend her originality and lyrics and it is a song where music does speak.

Fourth track, More Than You, is where the tone changes as we explore her emotional side lyrically yet keeping the grunge and mystery alive.

Finally, we are left with an instrumental finish as inSUBORDINATE plays to conclude the EP. The track is completely instrumental which highly demonstrates the power that music can have on the audience as opposed to just vocals. The violin solo, again by Adams, is dramatic and sets the scene, the mystery and the power it creates.

The track also includes the Oddworld remix of Born to Love You.

This EP is a great example of the amount of work that she and her team have to undertake in order to produce the final product. A big congrats to the Elodie and the team, it has definitely paid off!

To purchase inSUBORDINATE: https://itunes.apple.com/au/album/insubordinate-ep/id907067213

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EP REVIEW: ‘RACHEL COSTANZO’ – RACHEL COSTANZO

If you’re into dance and club music and are a sucker for powerhouse female vocalists, then you’ve come to the right place.

17-year-old Rachel Costanzo is chasing her dreams with her self-titled EP now available to purchase/download online.

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The first track is her debut single, Blindside, a perfect dance track and opening for the EP. Unlike most dance tracks where there is a repeating loop and one line vocal hooks, Rachel’s voice stand out as they are flawless alongside the piano riff. With a funky drop, the beat will definitely make people dancing and singing along.

Keeping up with the club beat is her second single, Starlight. Although the lyrics are a tad cliché, it is still an inspirational and uplifting track, as the powerhouse vocals and infectious dance vibe don’t let the song down at all.

Next up is, Heartbeat Two Feet, a motivating and upbeat song talking about the hardships and the successes of Rachel’s career as she finds the light at the end of the tunnel.

Invisible is one of Rachel’s best tracks vocally as she sings with a heap of emotion as the track begins. The track includes a special feature by co-producer, Michael Paynter.

Yet, my personal favourite is the final track, Avalanche. This is where my love for powerhouse ballads come in as her vocals are immaculate. This would be spine tingling live with just vocals and piano.

This artist has huge potential to be big. If you haven’t jumped aboard the Rachel Costanzo bandwagon, you have to as she is definitely a star in the making.

 

To listen to the EP: https://soundcloud.com/rachelcostanzo/sets/rachel-costanzo-ep
To purchase the EP: https://itunes.apple.com/au/album/rachel-costanzo-ep/id902619754

To follow Rachel Costanzo, click the following links:
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Websitewww.rachelcostanzo.com.au

To read Rachel’s feature profile on RSOM: click here.

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ELODIE ADAMS

A passionate and driven artist, 24 year old Elodie Adams has just released her debut EP, inSUBORDINATE, following the successes of her debut single, ‘Born to Love You.’

At the age of 4, Elodie began playing the violin, which became her greatest love as she spent hours upon hours practicing.

“Most people assume I was a singer first, but to me, the violin will always be my first instrument.”

Her major songwriting and producing influences include American jazz singer/songwriter, Fiona Apple who is known for her single, ‘Criminal,’ and Trent Reznor, well known for his time with rock band, Nine Inch Nails.

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Elodie began songwriting at the age of 17 as a means of overcoming sadness following an injury causing her to not play violin at a professional level.

“I bought a keyboard, without knowing how to play it… sat down, and found the pain I felt in a combination of keys I pressed down upon.”

Her love for poetry and the dramatisation of tragedy are major elements when writing songs. “I feel that there is a place within me that I draw upon to write the material that I do, and that place is very dark and consumed with anger, sadness and an overwhelming desire for passion and love.”

Enthusiastic about producing, Elodie wanted to co-produce her own music yet struggled to find a producer who would take somebody with limited knowledge on board. Fortunately, she found, Lee Bradshaw, and through their creation of ideas and Lee’s nurturing, the EP, inSUBORDINATE, was born.

“He was incredibly patient with me and allowed me to make an incredible amount of mistakes, and really learn through trial and error. I believe the end result has proven to be something wonderfully unique.”

inSUBORDINATE highly explores the themes of feminism, gender equality and liberation.

“I feel that all women should be raised in a society which teaches and enables them to appreciate and love their uniqueness and individuality.”

 

Her debut single, ‘Born to Love You’, was written during a turning point in her life when her life was suddenly changing as she became heavily involved in the music world. The single is a reflection of her isolation at that time. She explains that music is always accompanied by a strong vision as she looks to create universes in the songs that she writes.

“For Born to Love You, the vision I had was of a faceless female, being surrounded by a very specific haze of colour. It appeared to be an endless space of coloured mist which would not dissipate no matter where the female ran; a clear reflection of feeling isolated by the music industry in the early years.”

The single is now featured as the theme song on Playstation game, Oddworld, after Elodie contacted Oddworld co-founder, Lorne Lanning on Facebook. (watch trailer here)

“As a gamer myself, I have been a long time fan of the Oddworld video game series right from the first release of Oddysee back on PS1.”3

Elodie’s debut EP, inSUBORDINATE, was launched on Thursday 28th August at The Tote in Collingwood.

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REVIEW: NUSSY EP LAUNCH – THE WORKERS CLUB, FITZROY, MELBOURNE (31/7/14)

If you have ever had the idea of going to a venue with the objective of discovering a new artist, this is it!

It was a perfect end to the day and an escape from the ‘lovely’ winter weather.

The night began with opening act Rachel Costanzo who graced us with a mixture of originals and covers, including a piano version of her latest single, ‘Starlight.’ (watch here)

Maxi was on next as her infectious vibe saw everybody dancing and singing along, bringing the excitement to the next level. Her indie-pop character is also a prominent feature as her set list saw a collection of hits, old and new, with ‘Walking With the Animals,’ being the latest. (watch here)

Then on came the fairy lights and the wait was over as Nussy made her grand entrance on stage while the SOLD OUT crowd welcomed her with huge applause.

‘Dizzy’, the second track on her self-titled EP brought more cheers as confetti balls were thrown from the stage into the crowd. With the band members jamming along to the beat of the drum, it was clear that all members on the stage were having fun. As the show went on, we were dancing along to the futuristic synth melodies as the third track on her EP, ‘Prowling’ saw some fiery solos and the final track, ‘The Other Side’ was a nice break in the setlist as it was relaxing with inspiring lyrics.

To this day, I am still left hearing “D-d-d-dizzy baby,” on repeat in my head! I am so glad I attended. Discovering artists at a live venue is the best thing anyone can do because you are surrounded by so much energy and you are engulfed in the singer’s emotions which makes their music more meaningful. I was left in awe and had to purchase a CD.

The EP ‘Nussy’ was released on July 18 after her debut single ‘Dizzy,’ was released on July 4. It is said that the EP is based on the challenges and pressures that young adults may be faced at some point. (buy single here)

Nussy’s second launch show was in Adelaide on August 1 at Pirie and Co Social Club.

If you are looking for some fresh music to add to your ‘Recently Added’ playlist, you have found it.

This artist is going to be big!

To follow Nussy click on the links below:
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A Quick Chat With James Franklin

We are STOKED to announce our very first guest that will soon appear on Real Songwriters TV, James Franklin, who will be releasing his debut EP this weekend. So we thought we’d do a mini Q&A before the real deal.

1) Give us three words to describe your music.
Soul Meets Folk.

2) So we hear that you are releasing a debut EP later on this month. What can listeners expect to hear?
I hope that when listeners hear the EP, they will feel a range of emotions. When we were working on the EP we wanted to make it feel like a live show. Sleepwalking and Testify start and finish the EP and they are soulful and funky tracks you could dance to at a cool bar or club. The other two songs in the middle of the EP have a jazz and folk feel to them and are songs that you and your loved ones could slow dance to. I really tried to create an EP that could touch every listener in a special way.

3) Who did you work with to produce the EP?
On this EP I worked with two Australian music legends, Steve Wade and Doug Brady. Steve (Ex Little River Band) having shared the stage with acts like Hall & Oates, Chicago and America co – produced and played various instruments on the EP and Doug Brady (Sound – Engineer/Producer) who has worked with artists like John Farnham, Lenny Kravitz and Keith Urban co – produced and engineered the EP. I can’t believe how fortunate I am to have two huge names working on this EP with me, without them I wouldn’t have been able to do this!

4) Sleepwalking is your debut single and is a very upbeat song with strong lyrics. Could you tell us your thoughts when writing this?
I wrote Sleepwalking when I was still in high school. At the time, I was being told by teachers that being a musician wasn’t something that was possible and I knew that all I wanted to do was be a musician and I knew I wanted to do whatever it takes to make it happen. So around the time I wrote the song, a career in music was less of a “risk” in my mind but more something that I had to do and the song talks about not listening to people who tell you that you can’t do something when you know you can and you will.

5) Are your songs based off personal or fictional experiences?

Every song I write is from something I experience. Although the story that I have written into the song might have a different character in a different setting, whatever that character feels in my songs I have felt before. It’s very hard for me to write a song that moves me when it is about an emotion I haven’t experienced. Whilst I have tried to write songs that don’t relate to me, I never feel that they are good enough to stay in my setlist.

6) When will the EP be released and will there be a launch?
Saturday July 25th is the release date for my debut EP The Laundry Room Mixtape follow my facebook page for all updates about future gigs!

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