Vanessa Laker Meets Ruby Goe: The Interview (MTV)

You may recognise the name Ruby Goe; the quirky singer has been making a name for herself on the underground scene, gaining a legion of fans. Her alternative style and experimental electro sounds have many comparing the rising star to fellow Brit singer M.I.A. With her new single ‘Badman’ out on July 16, MTV’s The Wrap Up’s Vanessa Laker caught up with Miss Goe to talk new music, the lack of creativity in today’s industry, standing out from her competition and much more…

Vanessa: Hi Ruby! Your new single ‘Badman’ is out next month. Can you tell us a bit about it?

Ruby Goe: Hey! The song is about a past relationship of mine – which I am now out of. It’s just an honest account about the breakdown of a relationship and that final moment when you decide to give up. You know when you get to the final straw and stop fighting for him and chasing him; you just give up and realise it is never going to work.

Vanessa: There’s a lot of thought and creativity in your music videos. Do you feel that these days some artists lack creativity?

Ruby Goe: Yep, I definitely do! [Laughs] but I think different artists are different artists. I mean, some people choose to use clay to create what they want, some people choose to use melodies and some people choose to just use music. I choose to use lyrics, melodies, music and visuals to express myself.

Vanessa: Do you think some artists get caught up in image and visuals instead of focusing more on the actual music itself? 

Ruby Goe: Yes, totally! I think a lot of pop girls just focus on looking hot and what they’re wearing, which is an area of pop that’s in demand. People are out there buying The Saturdays’ music – not that I don’t like The Saturdays, they’re great. Every artist is different, but I think it’s good to find a balance.

You’ve got artists like Tyler, The Creator, Kanye West and Jay-Z, who are all incredibly creative, yet the focus is still primarily on their music. Then there are many artists who focus on their looks, instead of their vocals. For me personally, I like to focus on vocals, melodies and lyrics. But then again I also love visuals. Every time I write a song, I always get excited visualising creating the video. As an artist I like to focus on the whole aspect.

Vanessa: Your music is a mash up of so many different sounds. How would you describe your musical sound?

Ruby Goe: Errmm… Pop! [Laughs] I love pop music and I’m not ashamed of it. I listen to many different types of music and I think lots of artists that are coming through now are products of diversity. I listened to jazz when I first got into music, but then I got into drum and bass and hip-hop. I also like funk and early nineties’ dance as well. My musical taste is a complete mash up, you know?

TWU: We have so many new female artists coming out of the UK at the minute. How do you stand out and differ from your peers?

Ruby Goe: Well, they are all signed! [Laughs] Basically they’ve got cash in the bank. Lianne La Havas is brilliant. I know her – she’s a really lovely girl. I think my stuff is slightly more eclectic than hers and much more aggressive, but I love what she’s doing and her career is definitely on the up. Rita Ora is very pop; she’s in the kind of situation where I’m sure she’d want to have more control over her music. I think that control is something I’d never give up myself. Being independent, I support myself – which isn’t always easy – but it gives me creative freedom and full control over my music. However, we’re all different and there’s room for all of us. I hate the assumption that just because you’re a female, there’s only room for one. Personally, I think all of us, united, should hate that assumption instead of each other.

Vanessa: You’ve been compared to the likes of M.I.A and Santigold  two incredible artists. What’s your take on those comparisons? 

Ruby Goe: I love M.I.A and I love Santigold. They’re both amazing artists and I really do respect what they stand for. I think because I am a female who has dark skin and I’m doing something different, comparisons are made, which is really sad. They’re both brilliant! They’re amazing writers, they’re unique, they stand out and they are really strong women. So I love that comparison, it’s a huge compliment.

Vanessa: Growing up, which musicians inspired you?

Ruby Goe: Prince. He’s such an amazing performer and the fact he’s written so many amazing songs is incredible. I love Nina Simone and Whitney Houston too. Of course, I love MJ and Salt and Pepper too. The list could go on and on…

Vanessa: I hear you’re a jewellery designer as well?

Ruby Goe: Knuckle dusters, yeah! My jewellery line is called ‘By Rogue’ – which is an anagram of my stage name.  I just started off designing pieces for myself and friends and then someone suggested I take it to the next level. Now ‘By Rogue’ is stocked in Selfridges and a number of other outlets; we’re about to re-launch our website, so it’s all pretty exciting.

Vanessa: And what does the rest of 2012 hold for Ruby Goe?

Ruby Goe: Many more songs. The second single from my EP will be out in August or September; so expect lots more music. The new EP should be out in September.

Keep up to date with Ruby by following her on Twitter.

Words: Vanessa Laker (@VanessaLaker)

 

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Crystal King Perfroms ‘Keziah’s Dream’ Live on the Sporah Show!

Hello guys. Wow it’s been a while since I properly updated my blog (apologies). But thanks for consistantly continuing to read and keeping the stats high and I’m officially back now… And what better way to come back than with some great new live music?!

Now, Crystal King may seem like a new name on the scene, but the east London singer-songer writer has actually been doing her thing on the underground live circuit for quite some time now, but with her EP dropping soon, you’ll be seeing (and hearing) a lot more of this talented songstress in 2012 and she’s definitely One To Watch.

Miss King recently popped into the Sporah show to perform an acoustic version of her song ‘Keziah’s Dream’. Check it out below:

Katy Perry Outdoes Lady Gaga & Beyonce & Sets New Record!

We all know female singer’s are currently dominating the pop charts, but while we may think Beyonce,Lady Gaga and Rihanna are the the front runners of the pack, it’s actually Katy Perry who’s really on top of the pops.

The California Girls singer has become the first female artist to have five number one singles from the same album – an achievement that’s only been done by Michael Jackson.

Congrats KP.

Vanessa Laker Talks To Eliza Doolittle: The Interview

This interview was done for Earmilk and was originally printed on their site (www.earmilk.com)

Female pop acts are dominating the charts right now, from Lady Gaga’s flamboyant artistic stage shows and Beyonce’s record breaking Grammy wins, to Katy Perry’s catchy summer chart toppers – It’s fair to say girl power is in full swing.

One rising star to look out for is Brit newcomer Eliza Doolittle, who’s making big waves in the UK. The 22-year-old singer/song writer released her debut self titled album in July, which peaked at #3 in the Official UK album charts and is currently sitting pretty at #5 nearly two months later.

“I’m a fan of classic pop, the old school sense of the word. It’s not bubble gum music, it’s taking pop back to its early definition,” Eliza explains to me describing her albums sound. “It’s very uplifting and has a really happy summer vibe to it.”

Indeed it does. Eliza’s current single “Pack Up” fuses pop, with traditional Jazz and echo’s hints of rhythm and blues. And with Eliza’s soft melodic voice, the song has a happy-go-lucky positive sound to it. Listening through the album it’s hard to pigeon hole Miss Doolittle into one specific genre. The songs generally convey an uplifting summery vibe, but as far as genre goes, there are so many different sounds mixed in to create the unique pop Eliza Doolittle sound. Going back to the original definition, classic pop has no specific genre.

“I’m influenced by a variety of music. I don’t particularly have a favourite genre,” the London native explains. “I’m a huge fan of Stevie Wonder, he’s a legend and his music’s timeless,” She gushes. “Then at the same time I love The Beach Boys, Arctic Monkeys and Jeff Buckley. I listen to a wide range of music and all those different sounds influence me.

“I was very influenced by my mother at a young age. I used to watch her live on stage in musicals and always imagined singing on stage myself. In general my parents are very supportive of my career.”

It seems like it was destined for Eliza to be a musician, she comes from a very creative family. Her father John Caird is a director and her mother Frances Ruffelle is an award winning West End actress and singer. Not to mention her grandmother is Sylvia Young – the founder of Sylvia Young Theatre School which boasts Amy Winehouse and Leona Lewis as past students.

However, Eliza opted not to take the stage school route: “I wanted to make it myself. I’ve always known I wanted to do music. I started writing songs when I was 12. At the times I thought they were great songs, but looking back at them now it’s quite funny. It was just about silly stuff like liking a boy and him not liking you back etc. Just things you’d expect from a 12 year old. But I kept at it and improved.”

And she improved a lot. By the age of 16 Eliza was noticed for her unique songwriting skills and signed a publishing deal. But it would be another five years until the North Londoner would make it as an artist in her own right.

In January of this year many people were probably unaware who Eliza Doolittle – real name Eliza Sophie Caird – was, but as the months have gone by, she’s proving to be one of UK’s brightest breakthrough artists of 2010. Her debut single “Skinny Jeans” came in at a modest #22, but recent single “Pack Up” peaked at #5. Her debut album was released on July 12th and shot straight in at #3 in the UK charts and has already been certified platinum.

It may seem as though Eliza has shot to fame instantly, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. Yes her rise in the last few months has been quite rapid, but the overall journey has been anything but quick. The singer has been performing on the live circuit for quite a few years now and even released an EP last year.

“From the age of 16 I was an established songwriter, I love writing songs and expressing myself creatively. But I’ve always known that I wanted to eventually perform the songs myself,” she explains. “I’ve been performing live for many years now. Sometime’s I’d perform to really small crowds, but the feeling is just as rewarding. I think performing live is very important for musicians, it’s where you get to really present your music and you get to connect with your listeners.”

These days Eliza doesn’t have to worry about performing to small crowds, pops latest starlet has been a fixture at some of the biggest festivals this year, from V Festival to Wireless and has supported Alphabeat on tour. The Quirky songstress has proven she can hold her own when thrown in the deep end.

Trainer loving Eliza is often compared to Lily Allen, a comparison I don’t particularly agree with. They both have that quirky London style and both do credible pop music, but I think the similarities stop there. While Lily’s sound is very contemporary, Eliza’s music borrows from the past, whilst still exuding a modern sound.

Not only is Eliza Doolittle’s music a breath of fresh, her personality is too. It would be hard to find a bad word to say about her and I think it’s only a matter of time until this rising star is a household name on the other side of the pond.

New Music: Eminem x Pink “Won’t Back Down”

Here’s Eminem fronting the cover of this month’s RESPECT Magazine. Slim releases his highly anticipated album, Recovery, later this year and here’s a song from that album “Won’t Back Down” which features rock chick Pink. I’m really loving this song, I hope they release it as a single. 

Eminem “Won’t Back Down” featuring Pink

Eminem is officially back.

Vanessa Laker Talks To KimberlyWyatt: The Interview

KimberlyWyatt: The Interview

I recently went down to the MTV HQ in Camden to interview the lovely Kimberly Wyatt. The former Pussycat Doll is promoting hit single “Candy” with UK rapper Aggro Santos. This interview was conducted on behalf of MTV: The Wrap UP and was originally printed on The Wrap Up’s website. 

 

Since 2005 Kimberly Wyatt has been dominating the charts and performing sell out shows around the world with former group The Pussycats Dolls. She’s sold millions of records and worked with the likes of Missy Elliot, Snoop Dogg and Busta Rhymes, to name a few. After leaving the band in January this year, she embarked on a solo career and is currently riding high in the top 5 of the UK singles chart with London rapper Aggro Santos – supplying the vocals on his smash hit ‘Candy’.

The Wrap Up: You’re branching out as a solo singer. How is it performing without the girls?

Kimberly Wyatt: I’ve been performing since the age of 7 now, so I feel at home on the stage. But of course I’m used to having the girls with me all the time, so right now everyday is a new experience. It’s super exciting. It’s been a roller coaster.
 
TWU: Are you enjoying being a solo artist?
 
Kimberly Wyatt: Being in the Pussycat Dolls was a great period in my life, those girls are my sisters. But it came to the point that I had to revise the situation. I was unable to grow creatively and knew that I would never be able to do the things I wanted to do whilst being in the group. Right now I’m enjoying the creative freedom I have and just being able to make the music that I like.
 
TWU: What kind of music can we expect to hear from your upcoming album?
 
Kimberly Wyatt: I really like electro and house. I’ve been experimenting with different sounds, which is really fun. I’ve actually got a mixtape out right now with a really good friend of mine Her Majesty And The Wolves. That’s a little taster of what direction I’m going into musically. But I’d say my new album is electro pop. It’ll be out quite soon.
 
TWU: You’ve achieved so much with the Pussycat Dolls, do you feel you can relax a little as you’ve already proved yourself as an artist or do you feel under pressure to match the group’s success?
 
Kimberly Wyatt: We really did so much together. We conquered the world. We’ve had number ones and sold out shows across the globe, which is great. But now I’m all about making music I like that makes me happy. I’ve got this saying; ‘Art before chart.’ I’m just having so much fun right now. I’m making great songs and doing great shows. I’m surrounded by so many down to earth creative people and I’m really growing as person and I’ve got the freedom to experiment creatively – something that I wasn’t able to do in the group.
 
TWU: You were recently a judge On Sky 1’s dance show, Got To Dance. How was that experience for you?
 
Kimberly Wyatt: OMG, I loved it. I’m a dancer, that’s where I started and I always try and stay true to my roots. Dancing is my passion. It’s what I’ve been doing for so many years. I feel like dancers are not given enough credit. In a live show the dancers are a huge part of the production, but for some reason they’re always at bottom of the pile and not given enough recognition. So I was honoured to be a part of the show.
 
TWU: After seeing you dancing in various music videos Robin Antin (founder of the Pussycat Dolls) asked you to join the group. Did you plan to get into singing and how did you find the transition?
 
Kimberly Wyatt: Ever since I started dancing my teachers told me ‘you have to be a triple threat.’ So although growing up I was primarily a dancer, I always sang as well. Before moving to LA I used to work on a cruise ship, where I used to sing and dance. So I’ve kind of pretty much always done both.
 
TWU: What do you like to do in your spare time when you’re not busy working?
 
Kimberly Wyatt: I absolutely love writing. It’s one of my favourite things to do to relax. I like writing positive things. I’m really into the world of social networking. I have a blog, Beautiful Movements (www.beautifulmovements.com) which is a place of self expression. I love literature and strongly believe that through words and self expression, we can get through so many things and conquer negative feelings by letting them out and not suppressing our thoughts.
 
TWU: When was the last time you got star struck?
 
Kimberly Wyatt: I absolutely love Missy Elliot. Even though we’re friends now, I still get star struck every time we speak. Just last week she texted me and I said to my friend ‘OMG, OMG look at my phone, Missy just text me.’ Yeh, I still get star struck.
 
TWU: Your current single with Aggro Santos is called ‘Candy,’ but what is your favourite candy?
 
Kimberly Wyatt: I love Startburst. I’m totally addicted to them.
 
Aggro Santos ft. Kimberly Wyatt: ‘Candy’ – is out now.
 

 

For more interviews and news on your favourite musicians and celebs go to MTV’s website www.mtv.co.uk and for alls things urban check out The Wrap Up www.mtv.co.uk/music/urban