Los Angeles, CA [September 21, 2021] Maisyn’s six-track debut EP tells the story of a girl through her own eyes full of trauma, triumph, complexity, and downright coolness. Cool Grl is out now!
“I think Cool Grl is a coming-of-age story in the truest sense – it’s pieces of my childhood, my tumult, my trauma, and my heartbreak that outline a story I’m really proud to share.”
Maisyn on “Cool Grl”
Like a beautiful coming-of-age film, Maisyn’s music is relatable to many while remaining uniquely her own. Listeners of her previous singles sing Maisyn’s praises for the ways in which they so deeply connect to the themes and messages on a personal level. As a whole, the Cool Grl reflects the singer/songwriter’s connections to herself through music: walking through the blurry journey toward finding comfort in your own skin all while writing songs about it. The result is a body of work that details adolescence into adulthood with pure pop piano melodies and a vocal style that is both vulnerable and mature.
Maisyn’s previous singles “Pool Party” and “8.20” showed the world what a real cool girl is: one that opens up about the workings of her innermost identity to make everyone around her feel free to do the same. “Pool Party” instantly became a cathartic offering evocative of the desire to find summer days joyous and celebratory rather than a reflection of one’s disordered tendencies and deeply rooted fears. “8.20” further speaks Maisyn’s goal of peaking into different insecurities that one person can feel, inviting listeners to share in the space that she crafted with comfort and a sense of self-love. Each song on the EP explores aspects of these themes from childhood to the present, fashioned with choruses that are sure to run through your head nonstop.
Working with Grammy-nominated engineer/producer Joey Messina-Doerning (HAIM, Women in Music Pt. III), Maisyn is finally at a place of deep pride as an artist. The singer/songwriter previously DIY toured across the East Coast and played venues that her idols had prior. She gained praise from Flaunt Magazine and Bust and was featured on Spotify’s Fresh Finds and Fresh Finds: Pop playlists. The EP as a whole speaks to the gravity of her relationship with herself, using music as a medium to implore everyone to put a mirror to their face and give themselves a serenade.
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Nicky Romero, MARF and Wulf‘s summertime hit “Okay” receives a dancefloor-friendly remix from none other than dance music veteran Afrojack. Taking the original’s emotive vocals and gentle melodies, Afrojack turns the track on its head with a goosebump-inducing buildup and driving, rhythmic bassline that will drive crowds into a frenzy at the next festival or club night. The addition of classic big-room sounds and deep, growling bass is a testament to what has made Afrojack a fan favorite for over a decade. His sound fuses perfectly with fellow Dutch veteran Nicky Romero, making the remix of “Okay” a real treat for any dance music fan. More great remixes of “Okay” will be released on Protocol soon. It’s also worth mentioning that 2 months ago Nicky Romero remixed Afrojack & David Guetta‘s hit “Hero.”
After taking the world by storm with early hits such as “Legacy” with Krewella and #1 single “I Could Be The One” with Avicii, Nicky Romero quickly proved that his talent is ever-evolving and here to stay. After launching his Protocol Recordings imprint in 2012, the renowned performer, producer, and label head continued his personal successes with a string of high-profile releases, ranging from collaborations with Armin van Buuren, David Guetta, Mike Williams & Amba Shepherd, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, W&W, DallasK & XYLØ, Timmy Trumpet and Steve Aoki & Kiiara to remixes for the likes of Robin Schulz, Kygo, Rita Ora, Steve Aoki, Martin Garrix, Jess Glynne and more. While showcasing his label’s roster via his weekly Protocol Radio show, Nicky Romero continues to innovate and evolve during these unprecedented times in the music industry. In 2020 he launched his alter ego Monocule, which is dedicated to Nicky‘s never-ending passion for darker and underground vibes. Nicky Romero keeps proving his ability to turn into gold everything he touches.
Since he exploded onto the scene with his hit single “Take Over Control” with Eva Simons over a decade ago, Afrojack has become one of the most influential music names in electronic dance music today. It’s no wonder – with an impressive resume of originals and remixes as well as headlining sets at some of the world’s major clubs and festivals, he has made a massive imprint on the culture we know and love today. His career has seen gold star working with David Guetta, Timmy Trumpet, Martin Garrix, Hardwell, Sia, Chris Brown, Pitbull, Nicki Minaj, Beyonce, Madonna, Lady Gaga, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Steve Aoki, Ty Dolla $ign, Luis Fonsi, and Rae Sremmurd among others. He also serves as the head of his own record label Wall Recordings and is a constant fixture as the Top 10 of DJ Mag‘s annual Top 100 DJs poll.
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Out on now via Humming Records and Warner Music Baltics, ‘No Man Is An Island’ is the next instalment from singer-songwriter and producer NOËP’s forthcoming debut album, which will be released in November.
The track showcases NOËP’s production from a new angle, being the most upbeat song he’s released to date. “A lot of the percussive sounds on the track have been recorded on piano, which gives an organic touch to the sonical atmosphere. As with the album, the single’s meaning can be interpreted on a multi-dimensional level’’. NOËP explains: “The opening line of ‘No Man Is An Island’ paints a picture of an extremist-environmentalist and how he perceives our current situation with climate change and other environmental/social challenges. It sounds cliché, but the success of any meaningful change depends on our ability to face ‘the giant’ not alone, but together.”
Hailing from Tallinn and inspired by artists such as Alt-J, Mura Masa and James Hersey, NOËP’s unique blend of alternative pop with electronic undertones, has captured the attention of music lovers and industry all over the world, amassing over 40 million streams and counting. In addition to his global reach and appeal, NOËP is something of a musical icon in his homeland, having been awarded ‘Pop Album of the Year’ at the Estonian Music Awards in 2019, for his debut EP ‘Heads In The Clouds’. Further afield, he has had airplay on BBC Radio 1, along with DSP editorial support from major markets such as UK and Germany.
Earlier this summer, Donnie Visa was interviewed by DJ Wonder on Shade 45, and subsequently released a hard-hitting song and music video with DJ Wonder titled, “Not One of Them.” Following the release of the record, Donnie Visa garnered attention from DJ Suss One, leading to an interview with the renowned DJ. Donnie Visa makes his return to fans’ speakers with, “Legendary.” “Legendary,” produced by prodbyLow, showcases Donnie Visa’s lyrical prowess and impeccable flow.
The track takes listeners to a place of manifestation. “Legendary” allows listeners to envision the successful life that they can speak into existence, and provides motivation and encourages listeners to claim their legacy. The music video, directed by 3PV Productions, serves to further push that positive, inspiring message by highlighting the Carolina-product’s successes within the Big Apple.
From the verses to the hook to the bridge, Donnie Visa delivers a riveting, hype bop to close out the summer. The rapper, singer-songwriter has so much more in store for 2021 and beyond. Donnie Visa is well on his way to living up to the title, “Legendary.”
Artist’s Bio: Donnie Visa is a rapper, singer, and songwriter. Raised in the Carolinas, he is well known for his eccentric vocal style and laid back vibe. With three mixtapes released, he’s demonstrated his versatility and unmatched talent. Donnie Visa has been featured in various media outlets and was included in DJ K.i.D’s “Quarantine Mixtape” in 2020. The Carolina native, known for his catchphrase, “Approved!” is proving why he is set to become the next global phenom.
Today, Los Angeles-based vocalist, producer and multi-instrumentalist Cassie Marin is sharing the official music video for her new single, “Busy Body.”
A sharp-witted commentary on the binary of being both the watcher and the watched in the digital world, “Busy Body” is an addictive listen, both thematically and musically. Drawing inspiration from the 1996 film The Cable Guy, the video reveals a playful yet poignant message about society’s obsession with social surveillance. “For the ‘Busy Body’ video, the idea was to take the song’s main theme surrounding compulsive surveillance to a literal and clear cut place while still keeping it fun and lighthearted through the story and style,” Cassie says.
Growing up in Miami, Cassie spent much of her childhood training as a gymnast with dreams of going to the Olympics. After her gymnastics career ended abruptly when she suffered a serious injury at the age of 13, she found solace in her love for music. Teaching herself how to produce and write songs, Cassie has carried the same grit and self-discipline that inspired her Olympic dreams into the art she makes today.
Slightly secretive and delicately feminine, every song she releases is a single intricate flower plucked from her consciousness and added to her verdurous display. Constantly exploring new musical and visual dimensions, Cassie has emerged as an avant-garde luminary in the left-of-center pop space.
New York City-based Pop/R&B artist and songwriter, Hunter Blair Ambrose released her new single, “Alone Together.” The single gives listeners the perfect closing summer bop while they begin preparing for Autumn.
Amid the early days of the coronavirus pandemic and a worldwide lockdown, Hunter Blair Ambrose found solace in songwriting and introspection, using this almost eerily quiet time for creativity and self-reflection.
When creating “Alone Together” she took 1980s bombast and met it with layered synths and soaring melodies after being inspired by The Weeknd’s pandemic era blockbuster album, After Hours. The single came together as a glittering, late summer disco banger with deeply reflective lyrics that a post-pandemic world can certainly relate to.
“ ‘Alone Together’ reflects a universal feeling of isolation, loneliness and melancholia felt around the world during 2020 met with my own reflections of failings in love.”– Hunter Blair Ambrose
Inspired by dark, synth-pop, chilling Toronto R&B, and the melodic hip hop of the 2010s, Hunter has created a sound that has been shaped by the music that has been the soundtrack to her life. Influenced by iconic artists such as Lady Gaga, Michael Jackson, Ariana Grande, Drake, David Bowie, Prince, and The Weeknd, Hunter creates immersive and well-rounded music along with an image that is equal parts provocative as they are compelling.
Shortly after the inception of her career, she enrolled in Boston’s Berklee College of Music and quickly emerged as one of the school’s many promising, young talents.
Following her departure from Berklee, from 2017 through 2019, Hunter wrote and produced material with her core creative team for her debut EP, Scorpio Rising(April 2020). The project was supported by the singles, “Right Now” and “November” which featured an interpolation of Lady Gaga’s “Alejandro.”
Listeners can look forward to more singles and music videos dropping this year to immerse them deeper into the world Scorpio Season created when released in April.
Neska Rose has released her dark and vulnerable single “Copy & Paste,” along with a stunning music video. This is the first single since her powerful debut EP, The Repel of a Young Girl,released in January of this year.
“Copy & Paste is about the relationship you just had enough of. It’s the chance to call them out for all the suffering they put you through. Even though you might’ve gotten something out of them, it starts to get aggravating when everything they say is dehumanizing; their words operate like a copy and paste button.” – Neska Rose
“Copy & Paste” was written and performed by Neska Rose with harmonies by her sister Libi Rose and produced by Ainjel Emme. “Copy & Paste” is a captivating indie-alternative record about being manipulated by a romantic partner. With this track, Neska Rose hopes to validate the feelings of her listeners who have experienced this kind of turbulent relationship and hopes to encourage them to know their worth.
ABOUT NESKA ROSE
Neska Rose is a precocious and talented teen singer-songwriter and actor based in Los Angeles. She has been interested in pursuing an entertainment career all her life and started by writing and performing at open mic nights at the age of 12. Neska made her official music industry debut in 2020 with her single “Done” and her first-ever EP, The Repel of a Young Girl, which she wrote and produced herself. As a comedic actress, she is most known for the much-beloved character of Gertie on Nickelodeon’s hit mockumentary, Drama Club. Having proven herself as an actress and singer, she was recently signed by Brave Artists Management and AKA Talent Agency. Neska Rose continually showcases her sharp wit and intelligence through her original skits with her sister Libi Rose. Within her original songs, she delivers a feeling and experience in expression rarely found in artists twenty years her senior. With a pen or guitar in hand, Neska is a force to be reckoned with.
Libi Rose is a gifted young actor and musician based in Los Angeles who was recently signed by Brave Artists Management and AKA Talent Agency. Libi is an all-around creative who can bake one mean strawberry sponge cake. Overall, she is a classically trained pianist, vocalist, and ballet dancer with a love of improv comedy and writing. Libi is often seen playing and performing alongside her fraternal twin sister, Neska Rose, demonstrating her beautiful harmonies, her expertise as a pianist, and comedic acting in their original skits.
Nicky Romero returns in the disguise of his alter-ego Monocule with the eighth release “Awakening,” an underground gem featuring vocals by British singer/songwriter Sarah De Warren. The new track wastes no time packing a punch, opening with rhythmic synths and deep, growling basslines. De Warren‘s ethereal vocal riff is carried on euphonious melodies, making for a sonic experience that is meant for late-night club energy. “Awakening” follows Monocule’s recent release “Ways To Heaven” with Jamis featuring composer/pianist Michael G. Moore. Earlier this year, Monocule also dropped his “Monocule Volume 2” EP, which has already amassed over 2.5M streams on Spotify.
After taking the world by storm with early hits such as “Legacy” with Krewella and #1 single “I Could Be The One” with Avicii, Nicky Romero quickly proved that his talent is ever-evolving and here to stay. After launching his Protocol Recordings imprint in 2012, the renowned performer, producer, and label head continued his personal successes with a string of high-profile releases, ranging from collaborations with Armin van Buuren, David Guetta, Mike Williams & Amba Shepherd, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, W&W, DallasK & XYLØ, Timmy Trumpet and Steve Aoki & Kiiara to remixes for the likes of Robin Schulz, Kygo, Rita Ora, Steve Aoki, Martin Garrix, Jess Glynne and more. While showcasing his label’s roster via his weekly Protocol Radio show, Nicky Romero continues to innovate and evolve during these unprecedented times in the music industry. In 2020 he launched his alter ego Monocule, which is dedicated to Nicky‘s never-ending passion for darker and underground vibes. Deep and growling basslines, emotive vocals, and dark and cinematic melodies – this is the sonic spectrum that Monocule represents since his debut release, and we can’t wait to hear more.
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Tapiwa ‘Taps’ Mugadza, known professionally as Taps, is a Zimbabwean soul and pop singer who began his musical journey at the age of 15. Before making his move to America to study at the Musicians Institue in Hollywood, Taps completed in the Zimbabwean Idol competition where he won third place overall. From there, he went on to work with world-renowned producers such as T-Collar, Moose, Pip Kembo, Boi-1da, and Quincy Jones, writing all of his own music.
With his single release ‘Dance All Night’ out now, we took some time to hear more from Taps. Read below to learn more about Taps, the story behind his latest single, and what’s to come.
Tell us a bit about yourself for those who may not know!
I am an artist from Zimbabwe who is now based in Los Angeles.
When did you fall in love with music? On top of singing, do you play any instruments?
I fell in love with music around 5 years old. I play piano and all guitars!
You grew up as a kid in Zimbabwe, at what point did you move to the US?
I moved to the US when I was 20 turning 21.
Tell us about your latest single ‘Dance All Night’
My latest single is a glimpse into what life was like as a kid for me when we would go camping.
Your latest single ‘Dance All Night’ is heavily connected to your story of growing up in Zimbabwe. Would you say living in LA has had an impact on the music you’re creating?
Absolutely, I think your surroundings definitely have a huge influence on what you create.
Living in LA can be very competitive when it comes to the entertainment industry as a whole. How do you navigate that on a day to day?
It is so easy to be influenced by the hype so I try by all means to stay in my lane and do what I am good at.
What is your favorite part about being in the music industry?
My favorite part is seeing the lives that are impacted by the music I make. Personally, I think it’s the best when people tell you how songs have gotten them through certain situations.
What is the message that you are trying to share through your music?
When I think about all of my music, the message I am trying to share is to enjoy life. Enjoy where you are at! It doesn’t need to be complicated.
What would you like to accomplish with your music?
Eventually, I would like to go back and rebuild a couple of homes that I grew up in. On top of that, I hope my music influences people to be their very best!
For those who are aspiring to be a singer/songwriter, what is the main piece of advice you would give them?
Always be true to who you are! There will always be a lot of hype, stay focused, and don’t lose yourself in it.
How soon can we expect some new music from you?
You can expect new music from me in the next couple of months. Keep up with my Instagram @tapsempire for all the latest updates!
Having been added to Spotify official playlists “Fresh Finds” and “New Music Friday”, Aiela Angela, an independent artist who made quite an impression for her songwriting, continues to build the momentum with the release of “Dance With The Devil”. A track which unveils the story of a girl who managed to steal someone’s lover, with the devil being used as a metaphor for the guy who cheated.
Aiela Angela, taking a wide range of influences from the likes of Taylor Swift, Miley Cyrus, and Rihanna, grasps her listeners into this new world she created through her songwriting. From the sheer quality of her sound and the dynamic impact of her production, down to the image and the aesthetic of the project, Aiela Angela is definitely bringing a much-needed breath of fresh air to the pop scene.
Dance With The Devil, produced by Machua Touchez, features a very memorable introduction, which will immediately hook listeners from the get-go. To seal the deal, the vocal delivery reveals the artist’s personality, and shows off the broad depth of sound that she has on tap. This is definitely going to be something you’d enjoy if you happen to be a fan of artists such as Sia, Halsey, Katy Perry, or Dua Lipa, only to mention a few! Dance With The Devil stands out as a really awesome musical achievement for this artist, and a perfect taste of what Aiela Angela can accomplish.
Dance With The Devil was released on August 13, 2021
Today, dance-pop starlet Harper Starling debuts her new release, “No More What If.” Written by Harper Starling and co-written and co-produced by Cindy Valentine (Bebe Rexha, Britney Spears, Alisha) and Niko The Kid (Outkast, Ariana Grande), “No More What If” is a dance-pop anthem designed to get the floor moving, but it’s also an old-fashioned storytelling song — a tale of a creative young woman who loved her home but was also hungry for experience and recognition.
At the core, “No More What If” is an autobiographical tale of Harper taking the leap from her hometown to Los Angeles, the city of dreams. No matter where you’ve grown up, leaving home is hard. If you’re lucky enough to be native to a region as pretty, friendly, and welcoming as Southeastern Wisconsin, it’s tempting to stay in the place you recognize. You might be satisfied with life as you’ve always known it. But if you choose never to chase after your dreams, you may always wonder: what if? Harper unspools this narrative over propulsive beats and sings it all in a voice that shines and moves like a beam of sunlight breaking through the clouds.
The “No More What If” music video premiered exclusively on PopWrapped. The visual, which was directed by Devin J. Dilmore, is moving, heartfelt, and honest, but it’s also quite funny: when the aspiring Harper presents her resume to random passersby on the streets of Hollywood, it’s full of Upper Midwestern in-jokes. Her ability to poke fun at herself, even while she’s pursuing stardom, is incredibly endearing. Underscoring the entirety of the visual is an ode to Southern California: the copious, glorious sunshine, the car rides through glamorous neighborhoods, the scramble up the ladder of showbiz success, and the terrific costumes that the singer gets to wear once she’s made herself at home in Los Angeles.
ABOUT HARPER STARLING
Raised in Milwaukee and now based in Los Angeles, Harper Starling was destined to be a performer. Having been diagnosed with Tourette’s Syndrome at a young age would have deterred most, but not Harper. When she steps on a stage, any related symptoms magically disappear and are replaced with the ability to soar and achieve her dreams. Her dedication to her craft has led her to achieve multiple top 20 Billboard Dance hits including “Euphoria,” her chart-topping collaboration with The Perry Twins. With each new release, it’s clear that Harper Starling’s courage and unwavering determination has created a star in the making.
R3HAB teams up with UK sensations Sigala and JP Cooper for their collaboration “Runaway,” a stunning coming-of-age saga that fuses the best of dance and pop. The song reflects each artist’s signature sound, from R3HAB‘s dynamic and high-energy style and Sigala‘s radio-friendly beats to JP Cooper‘s soulful vocals. Opening with undulating, upbeat melodies, “Runaway” rides on a combination of muted basslines and heartfelt vocals; its powerful lyrics about taking a risk to realize a dream or happiness is something many listeners will be able to relate to. The track is the first confirmed as part of R3HAB‘s new studio album, which will be released this fall, and offers a sneak peek into what fans can expect from his newest body of work. “Runaway” was years in the making between these three talented artists, so read on below for more about the story behind the track:
“Sigala and JP are pioneers in the UK‘s dance-pop scene, and I’ve been following their work for years. Being able to create a song together that reflects each of our signature sounds makes me extremely proud. We were in the same headspace when working on this song. There’s always something in your life that requires boldness to unlock its full potential. ‘Runaway‘ is about daring to try; I hope our fans are inspired to find that boldness within themselves.”
“I am so happy we are releasing ‘Runaway‘ for the world to hear. One of my favourite parts of what I do is collaborating with other writers and producers – and I was blown away by the talents of both R3HAB and JP Cooper. We had so much fun making the record, and I hope everyone enjoys it!“
“‘Runaway‘ has been in the making for a good couple of years now, and I’m so happy it’s finally off the hard drive and into the world. It’s been amazing watching R3HAB and Sigala develop the track to where it’s at now. ‘Runaway‘ is a youthful, wide-eyed, coming-of-age story… it definitely brought back a few memories. I’m sure you’ll be able to relate.”
Dutch–Moroccan Multi-Platinum DJ and producer Fadil El Ghoul, better known as R3HAB, has been trailblazing his way through dance music for the better part of the last decade. From his breakthrough remixes for Rihanna, Drake, Taylor Swift, Calvin Harris, The Chainsmokers, Lady Gaga, to anthems such as Gold– and Platinum-certified “All Around The World (La La La)” and “Lullaby,” to his collaborations with the likes of Luis Fonsi, Sean Paul, ZAYN, Andy Grammer, Sofia Carson, Smokepurpp, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Astrid S, Olivia Holt and more, R3HAB has proven to be one of the most talented and forward-thinking artists in the game, whose work collected over 5B streams to date. In 2016 R3HAB founded his label CYB3RPVNK, which has passed 2B streams across all platforms since its inception. R3HAB himself continues to evolve and diversify his sound by working with a variety of artists around the globe, pushing the boundaries of dance music as he collaborates across genres and languages. In 2020 alone R3HAB celebrated over 900M Spotify streams. He is currently the most discovered artist on Spotify, one of Spotify’s top 150 most streamed artists across all genres worldwide, and ranked #13 on prestigious DJ Mag’s Top 100 DJs chart. With his combination of innate artistry and innovative attitude, in 2021 R3HAB is continuing his journey among electronic music’s elite.
Sigala is the musical nom de plume of Bruce Fielder, a London-based house DJ, producer, and remixer. Launching his career with “Easy Love,” a sampling track that topped the charts in the UK in 2015, he continued releasing bright, sunny dance-pop tunes featuring a variety of guest vocalists and producers. His 2018 full-length album “Brighter Days” included collaborations with Kylie Minogue, Craig David, Sean Paul, and Nile Rodgers, among many others. Subsequent tracks featuring Becky Hill (“Wish You Well“) and James Arthur (“Lasting Lover“) continued his run of UK Top Ten hits. In 2019 Sigala released the single “We Got Love” featuring Ella Henderson. Another song with Becky Hill – “Heaven on My Mind,” appeared in 2020, and “Lasting Lover” with James Arthur became Sigala‘s 8th single to chart in the UK Top Ten. His latest single “You For Me” with Rita Ora, proved to be yet another Summer smash of 2021.
JP Cooper has done the legwork. Ten years in bands in and around his Manchester hometown. Multiple songs written on his own and with a variety of collaborators, a couple of which became global hits-that-will-not-die: “Perfect Strangers” with Jonas Blue and his own “September Song,” which is now sitting at some 600M streams. An international solo career built on pure songcraft. And he’s done the business. The singer/songwriter’s 2017 debut album “Raised Under Grey Skies” has sold in old-fashioned numbers: 1M copies at time of writing. His 11M monthly Spotify listeners have contributed to a grand total of 4B total streams. And, over the past 18 months, Cooper has done the hardest thing: built on all that to create a second album, a collection of 13 songs that work as together and work apart, that out-paces, out-sings and, by his exacting standards, out-classes his debut.
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