It’s now just five days til This Must Be Pop Live! Time to get to know HandS, the Norwegian electro-pop duo who will be playing their first UK gig for us on Monday. Can you describe HandS in five words for those who haven’t heard of you before? Sofie: Dark, hopeful, fresh, delightful pop. Hakon:… Continue reading This Must Be Pop Live: Introducing HandS!
Like many European writers and producers, Toby Gad moved to the US to reach more opportunities and he must be glad he did. I first heard of him when he wrote the brilliant hits Damn I Think I Love You and Happy for K-Otic and Sita from Holland’s Starmaker (similar to Fame Academy) TV show.… Continue reading Thank You For The Music: Toby Gad
For the latest in my series of interviews with great pop songwriters and producers, I got the chance to ask a few questions to one of my all time favourites. Alexander Bard is well known in his home of Sweden and by pop fans around the world as a member of the groups Army of… Continue reading Thank You For The Music: Alexander Bard
This Must Be Pop Live is nearly here and it’s time to get to know another of the acts on the line-up… it’s Luminites! 1. How would you describe your music in 5 words to someone who’s not heard of you before? Beat orientated, melody driven music. 2. You’ve recently been travelling the UK on… Continue reading This Must Be Pop Live: Introducing Luminites
It’s now just one week til This Must Be Pop Live! That means it’s time to get to know the performers a little better. I asked each of the acts five questions, and here’s what the girls of Oh My! had to say for themselves… 1. How would you describe your music in 5 words… Continue reading This Must Be Pop Live: Introducing Oh My!
One of the acts performing at the first ever This Must Be Pop Live on 15th Nov is The Jess Hall Band. They are a group of Wiltshire teenagers including singer Jess and her band, Stefan, Alex and Andy, and their song Play Shy is currently the BBC Introducing song of the week on the… Continue reading This Must Be Pop Live: Introducing The Jess Hall Band
X Factor 2010 may have been the launchpad for one of the series’ worst winners yet, but it also introduced us to some of the most interesting, charismatic contestants they’ve ever had. While Cher Lloyd made her way to the final 3, my other favourite Nicolo Festa was not so lucky. His sense of humour… Continue reading Viva la Festa
I’m always interested in who the artists I follow are working with on their new music, and recently a name I’ve been hearing more and more is Autumn Rowe. Since penning Alexis Jordan’s breakthrough hit Happiness, she’s been snapped up to work with all the exciting new urban-pop talent, including many of the UK’s most… Continue reading Thank You For The Music: Autumn Rowe
Before Ed Drewett and before Erik Hassle, there was Vincent Pontare. When he released his debut album in Sweden in 2007, he made a big splash and was barely off the radio. It especially helped that he balances perfectly between pop and cool. On his first album he worked with some great up and coming… Continue reading Question Time with Vincent
Recently I’d been seeing Lucas Secon’s name more and more frequently in the sleeve notes of my favourite new albums, but it wasn’t until I visited his Wikipedia page that I realised quite how many amazing songs this guy has written. He’s nearing the RedOne/Max Martin levels of consistency! He started out in the 90s… Continue reading Thank You For The Music: Lucas Secon