Emily Perry has practically been dancing since she could walk. Performing for the first time at the tender age of four was simply the beginning of what would blossom into a prosperous career.
Perry’s keeps solid company as she’s already worked with veteran producers who’ve crafted mega-hits for Justin Bieber, Chris Brown, Jason Derulo, and more.
It’s a no brainer why the Australian pop star’s latest singles – “Walk in Silence” and “Summer on Lock” have both have charted, proving to be a rousing showcase in her abilities to produce eclectic and lush harmonies.
What specific moment in your life sparked your interest in pursuing a music career?
My music actually stems from my dance background. I’ve been dancing since I was a bubba and from there I transitioned into music. Dance is my way of expressing my thoughts and feelings, bringing those emotions out and giving them life through movement. My music is an extension of that. I started to really develop as an artist and plan for a career in the music industry during my teenage years. I couldn’t imagine doing anything different with my life…and I still incorporate dance elements into my performance.
What was the transition like from Australia to LA?
It was definitely a big transition! Leaving home and pursuing my career on the other side of the world was a lot to deal with but I wouldn’t change a thing. Everyone I’ve had the privilege of working with has definitely helped me to adjust to the industry in the US and shape me as an artist. As well as that, everything I have experienced and had the opportunity to be a part of has 100% influenced my music and persona as an artist. The dance community in LA has also been a big part of improving my overall performance ability/style.
“Walk In Silence” is definitely a powerfully driven song. In a time where the “Me Too” movement is really gaining traction, what does this song mean to you?
“Walk in Silence” was my third single release. I was so thankful for the response it received! I wrote this song with my amazing producers, Joe Cruz, and Cindy Valentine. It has a mid-tempo, contemporary pop vibe. Lyrically this song means a lot to me. It’s very prominent with everything going on in our industry today. Walk in Silence is about NOT being silenced, having your voice heard and loving every little thing about yourself. It hit #13 on the Billboard Dance Chart and I’m just so thankful that it got to reach so many people.
Often times, artists use music as an escape from reality but you’ve chosen to embrace transparency. Why is it important for you to be honest and vulnerable in your music?
It takes courage to be vulnerable, to open yourself up to other people’s opinions of your work, of you and of your worth but it is only by being open and vulnerable that people can truly know you. I also know that one of the reasons I make music is for other people – for others to create their own story and interpretation. A lot of my music is really fun and if I’m not having fun with it then the audience isn’t going to have fun. That’s one of the reasons why I always have my crew dancing with me…so we can really create a space for everyone to release their energy with us.
If you could tell your younger self-anything now, what would you tell her?
I would tell her to not care about what people think of her. I would tell her to surround herself with people who are positive and lift her up. I am so much happier in my life now that I’m being 100% myself and not letting other people’s negative opinions of me affect my daily life or my professional stylings. Remember, when someone is putting you down, it’s a reflection of them, not of you.
You’ve just finished a tour – congratulations on that by the way – in over a dozen cities to raise awareness for arts and music programs in public schools. Can you speak a little more about that?
Thank you! Yes, I have just finished a five-week tour with “High School Nation” across North America which I loved! The High School Nation Tour is a traveling festival that visits high school campuses introducing the students to opportunities in music and the arts. We take over the football stadium on each of the campuses and present a 2-hour concert and festival with interactive zones. By partnering with the top brands in music production, the students at each school gain access to today’s newest audio technology as we donate the gear and software needed for a fully functional on-campus recording studio valued at more than $10,000 to each school we visit.
It was incredible giving back to the students and it allowed me to connect with my fans on a more personal level. As artists, we owe so much to our fans and it was a one of a kind experience getting to meet them in person all over the country. Can’t wait to get back on the road in 2019!
What’s your favorite part of performing?
My favorite part would be getting to jump around and really connect face to face with my audience. The energy is so different in a studio compared to being in front of a whole group of people who are throwing endless amounts of energy back at you. Having an audience sing your music with you would have to be one of the best feelings in the world…and I love dancing on stage!
What can we expect from you in 2019?
This year I have a lot more music and various projects ready to release, so stay keen for that!
“Heathers”and “Jawbreaker” vibes ooze from The Naked and Famous new video
The Naked and Famous are giving off a dark comedy vibe (think Heathers and Jawbreaker) in a major way with their new music video for their latest song “Bury Us”.
Alisa Xayalith accidentally murders her boyfriend, leading herself to enlist bandmate Thom Powers to help cover up the evidence. Additional chaos ensues all amidst bright colors, perfectly matching the shimmering synth sound of the track.
“Bury Us” is a track off of the duo’s forthcoming album ‘Recover’ which is a full-throttle dosage of the 2010s-era synth pop sound they helped define (remember “Young Blood”?!) mixed with a powerful sentiment of survival, and the very human process of self-preservation — of saving, choosing and celebrating oneself in a world constantly trying to put us down.
See video below:
Haleek Maul drops ‘Get2High’ ahead of forthcoming album ‘Errol’
Brooklyn-born, Barbados-raised rapper Haleek Maul kicks off the new decade with a new single from his forthcoming debut album.
“GET2HIGH” is a sleek, moody banger produced by London’s Sega Bodega that doubles as a cautionary track, with Haleek opining, “whatever you do don’t get too high.” The new track is the fifth and final offering ahead of the release of his forthcoming debut Errol, due February 28th via Lex Records, following “Lucid” featuring Sean Leon, “Halo” featuring Mick Jenkins, “Abyss” featuring Ro Ransom, and “Ceiling Fan.”
Speaking on the album, Haleek says:
“Errol is my debut album, dedicated to my late grandfather. With this project I’m working through a lot of the things I’ve learned since I lost him, as well as speaking on the transformation I’m undergoing as an artist and person.
“Haleek is also gearing up to celebrate the album’s release with a hometown show at Brooklyn’s Elsewhere Zone One on February 27th.
For tickets, click here.
Errol track listing:
1. We Wid It (feat. Jah Koda)
2. Ceiling Fan
3. Relax (feat. Island Levvy)
5. Halo (feat. Mick Jenkins)
6. Pretty Colour
8. Lucid (feat. Sean Leon)
9. DWGWY10. Abyss (feat. Ro Ransom)
11. Name (feat. Fantom Dundeal)
12. Feelings (feat. Aron)
Tops announces new Album ‘I Feel Alive’
After launching their own record label, Musique TOPS, last year, Montreal four-piece TOPS enter the new decade by announcing a new album. I Feel Alive is slated to drop April 3rd via Musique TOPS and is their fourth full-length, following 2017’s Sugar At The Gate. The album also follows singles “Echo of Dawn” and “Seven Minutes” from last year.
TOPS is also sharing the album’s title-track and video. “I Feel Alive” is directed by Mashie Alam and documents the band at a photoshoot, with no shortage of looks and playful bunnies present.
The video arrives ahead of their tour this Spring beginning April 3rd in Las Vegas. They’ll make stops in Austin, Atlanta, New York, and Los Angeles, before closing out the run May 4th in San Diego.
Listen and watch “I Feel Alive” above, see upcoming tour dates and album details below.
Upcoming Tour Dates:
4/3 – Las Vegas, NV @ Bunkhouse Saloon* 4/4 – Tucson, AZ @ 191 Toole*
4/5 – Phoenix, AZ @ Valley Bar*
4/6 – El Paso, TX @ Lowbrow Palace*
4/7 – Marfa, TX @ Lost Horse Saloon*
4/9 – Austin, TX @ Mohawk*
4/10 – San Antonio, TX @ Paper Tiger*
4/11 – Dallas, TX @ Club Dada*
4/13 – Memphis, TN @ The Hi Tone Cafe*
4/14 – Atlanta, GA @ Terminal West*
4/15 – Asheville, NC @ The Mothlight*
4/16 – Washington D.C. @ Union Stage*^
4/17 – Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda’s^
4/18 – New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom*^
4/20 – Boston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall*^
4/21 – Montreal, QC @ Theatre Rialto#^
4/22 – Toronto, ON @ Adelaide Hall#^
4/23 – Detroit, MI @ Deluxx Fluxx#^
4/24 – Chicago, IL @ Empty Bottle#^
4/25 – Minneapolis, MN @ Turf Club#^
4/28 – Vancouver, BC @ Imperial Theatre#
4/29 – Seattle, WA @ The Crocodile#
4/30 – Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge#
5/1 – San Francisco, CA @ The Independent#
5/2 – Los Angeles, CA @ El Rey Theatre#
5/4 – San Diego, CA @ Music Box#
To purchase tickets, click here.
1. Direct Sunlight 2. I Feel Alive 3. Pirouette 4. Ballads & Sad Movies 5. Colder & Closer 6. Witching Hour 7. Take Down 8. Drowning In Paradise 9. OK Fine Whatever 10. Looking To Remember 11. Too Much
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