PDMusiK recommends…

Public Description ‘MusiK‘ is a new feature showcasing new music, emerging artist, videos and upcoming DJ/Producers.  PDM will be collaborating with Phoenix FM radio presenter Vixter, a music enthusiast with a wealth of musical talent and knowledge. He grew up in East London during the warehouse and rave scenes in the late 80’s and 90’s. A self confessed “Pirate Radio Junkie” with a diverse music interest.

PDM will broaden your musical horizons and provide a lucid way to discover music.

Vixter’s first feature is the Best of Drum & Bass 2016

Playlist includes tracks from DnB labels Hospital Records, Spearhead Records, MedSchool, Soul:R and many more. All worthy of Drum And Bass Awards with tracks from Logistics, Mutated Forms, Liz-E, NCT, LSB collaborating with Tyler Daley and DRS plus many more

Enjoy.

V Festival Hang Over

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Thank you for joining Elle for another TFZ edition on Phoenix FM. Topics on todays show featured Beyonce who’s not  content with setting her own fashion and hair trends but also  trending on twitter due to her headline appearance at this weekends V Festival.

Playlist on The Fashion Zone on Phoenix FM was:

Basecamp – Emmanuel

Chromatics – CHERRY (Main Fix)

Disclosure – Help Me Lose My Mind (feat. London Grammar)

Foals- Electric Bloom (Redsparrow Remix)

Hayden James- Permission to Love

Kate Boy – The Way We Are (Bixel Boys Remix)

Le Youth – C O O L (R&B version)

Mereki – Blue Lake

Miguel – Adorn (TOKiMONSTA Remix)

Natural Animal – Who You Are

Odesza -Intro

Rebeka- Melancholia (Kamp remix)

Seoul – Stay With Us

Spandau Ballet – True (Lane 8 Edit)

The 1975 – Me (T.h.i.e.f.s Remix)

Bear Mountain –  Congo

Cassian – On & On

Beyonce – Grown Woman (Official Monsieur Adi Remix)

Duke Dumont-  Need U (200%) Deekline Remix

FEMME – Double Trouble (Blamma Blamma Remix)

Germany Germany – Real Hero ft. Kotomi (College/Electric Youth cover)

 http://www.phoenixfm.com/2013/08/19/v-festival-hang-over/

Interview with Andi Fraggs | I Can Take It!

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Super talented and beautifully glam electronic singer Andi Fraggs, first achieved international success in 2010, as a featured artist in Japan, America and Russia.  Andi has had huge success with his music used on the TV show ‘Entourage’ ‘ITV Monaco grand prix’ and several UK TV adverts and compilations. Public Description caught up with Andi to see what is next in store.

Elle: How/why did you first get into the music industry?

Andi: Music has always been my passion, in fact without music I don’t think I would be here today.  When I first came to London, I made an album with quite a well known producer, but by the end of the recording for the album we had several disagreements and things weren’t going in the direction which I wanted my career to go in.  I decided to make my own album instead, so I spent the next few years recording my first album ‘Always First’, which was released on my own record label last year and I’m pleased to say was really well received.  I released six singles from the album over a year and a half and each of them was successful in their own way, which was great!  I also toured the album three times around the UK, supporting some of my favourite artists along the way including Toyah, Hazel O’Connor and The Humans.

Elle: Where do you get your inspiration from?

Andi: I’m inspired by things that happen in my life and other people’s lives.  I do seem to be more inspired by the bad things that happen, so a lot of my songs are lyrically deep.  Some of my recent song subjects are about; Being abused by gangs because of being gay, a friend who has HIV and wants to end his life, the enduring hypocrisy of world governments, abuse in a relationship, a friend who committed suicide and many more of my own personal issues… So I don’t hide my feelings in any way!  There are some happier subjects on my next album.  A song which I’ve written with a great producer called Massimo Paramour called ‘It’s A Celebration’, a song which I wrote about survival called ‘Life Follows You’, ‘Only Love’ which is about forgiveness and acceptance being the key to enjoying your life and ‘Beautiful Feeling’, which is about anything that gives you a beautiful feeling!

Elle: You have had success in Japan, America and Russia – can you tell us how this all evolved?

Andi: As well as my own singles, of which ‘Reality’ especially was played on mainstream radio in Japan, I’ve collaborated on several releases with other artists and had my music featured on several successful compilation albums.  In France, my single ‘The Way I Feel’ was featured on a special compilation called ‘the best of MIDEM’, which is a very popular music festival there.  My first single, Fashion (feat Andi Fraggs), featured on TV around the world including HBO’s ‘Entourage’ in the USA and various shows and adverts here in the UK.  My AA Side single ‘Erocktion’ was played a lot in the European clubs and ‘Beautiful Feeling’ has been well received pretty much everywhere.  My latest single ‘If It’s Wrong’ had 80,000 views on youtube in just one day, which for a self released artist is great.  The internet is such an amazing vehicle for getting your music out there to a world wide platform.  I was recently very disappointed to learn that from one illegal file-sharing website alone my music has been downloaded over 20,000 times.  If that many people had bought my last single, it would have paid for my new album.  The internet is a double edged sword in that way.

Elle: I was lucky to catch your performance at this years London Pride. You sounded and looked amazing. Was this your first Pride performance?

Andi: Ah – thank you!!  I had a great day and the crowd were amazing, both on the Trafalgar Square stage and Soho stage.  I always support prides around the UK and have performed at many over the past few years.  It was my first main stage performance at Pride London, although I performed for Pride London in 2011 in Soho and was originally supposed to be performing on both stages last year, before everything got scaled back with World Pride at the last minute.  Personally, I love supporting Prides, but especially smaller prides around the UK where the meaning of Pride really makes a difference.  If being LGBTQI+ makes you feel alone in your home town every day, then to feel visible and part of a community on pride day means a lot and I love being part of that.

Elle: Is there any one specific that you would like to collaborate with musically?

Andi: Madonna, of course!  I would very much like to collaborate with a producer called Marius De Vries, as I love his work and sound, which is very spiritual.  I would like to record a duet with Jimmy Somerville, as he has such an amazing voice and when our voices are together, it sounds great.  I often cover one of his songs, ‘Why?’, in my live shows.  I hope to continue to work with Massimo Paramour in the future, as he is a great musician in every respect.  Not only does he write great dance tracks, he is also a brilliant pianist and he joins me onstage sometimes at special performances, which is always a thrill.  I currently have a few people in the pipeline for future collaborations, which would be very exciting if they happen.  Watch this space…

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Elle: What’s next for yourself, Andi?

Andi: On Thursday 8th August at 8pm, I’m performing a very special self written and produced musical called ‘I Can Take It’, as part of the RVT Hot August Fringe in Vauxhall.  The show is a collaboration between myself and my creative partner Nick and it will feature new videos for every song, new costumes and also Massimo Paramour will be joining me on piano.  It’s an autobiographical show, which looks in depth at my struggle with abuse and how I’ve overcome many things to be here today.  It’s a very personal subject matter, which I think everyone can relate to.  After that, I will soon be releasing my, as yet unnamed, self produced album which I’ve spent the past year recording, mixing and now mastering.  I’m currently in talks with several record companies about that album, so if the right deal comes along I may be releasing it through them.  If not, I will release it myself.  I really can’t wait.  I also hope to tour again and currently discussing that with several well known artists.  I’m also promoting human rights at every opportunity at the moment and will be doing a lot of work with regards to that.  It’s looking to be a very busy time for the rest of the year – which is great!

http://www.andifraggs.com

www.hotaugustfringe.com

Monsieur Adi | Beyonce | Grown Woman

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My favourite remixer genius, Monsieur Adi has officially remixed Beyonce’s ‘Grown Woman’ after keeping it secret for months.

We best make the most of this latest remix as it is one of the last few remixes he will be doing before his soon to be released original music starts to come out.

I was lucky to interview Monsieur Adi recently which you can read here on Public Description!

 

George Benson | Inspiration: A Tribute to Nat King Cole

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Legendary George Benson is releasing one of the most meaningful albums of his career: Inspiration: A Tribute to Nat King Cole.  Featuring heartfelt renditions of some of Cole’s greatest songs, the album sees Benson backed by the 42-piece Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra and is complemented by duets with Tony Award winner Idina Menzel and rising star Judith Hill, and a special collaboration with multi-Grammy and Pulitzer Prize-winning trumpeter Wynton Marsalis.

A dream project for Benson, this album is a love letter to Cole and a tribute in gratitude for his deep musical inspiration.  It also demonstrates how uniquely suited Benson is to recreate and interpret these timeless treasures. Highlights on the album include an adaptation of Nelson Riddle’s arrangement of Just One of Those Things, with a signature Benson vocal/guitar scat solo, and Benson’s reading of the original chart of Nature Boy, which he previously interpreted and made a pop hit in the late ‘70s.  The album also contains stunning duets with Idina Menzel on When I Fall In Love, and Judith Hill on Too Young, as well the incomparable trumpet work of Wynton Marsalis on a fresh new arrangement of Unforgettable.

 

Release Date: June 10th 2013

http://georgebenson.com

Ready to Go with Republica

Republica fans can rejoice as they are back and once again in the studio. 2013 marks the year they deliver their new single Christiana Obey, whilst planning gigs, playing at the likes of the Isle of White Festival later this year and working on their album.

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Originally formed in 1994, Republica have achieved global sales which some bands can only dream of. Republica have not just been huge in America, but their track ‘Ready To Go’ was number 1 in 18 countries, featured in Hollywood films, TV Shows, international advertising campaigns and adopted by sports programmes and stadiums around the world. Not to be out done ‘Drop Dead Gorgeous’ was used as the theme to ‘Scream’, for the Wez Craven Horror Movie.

Public Description caught up with lead singer Saffron:

Elle: It’s great to see Republica back who or what was the decision behind Republica reforming?Saffron: 2 and a half years ago we got offers to play string of gigs in places we had never been including Dubai, Bahrain, Bucharest and Transylvania Romania.

Saffron: They were great shows and amazing audiences that from those experiences we got back the touring bug so went on to do more festivals and decided to go back in the studio and write new songs!

Elle: You have all been working on individual projects, and you have been particularly busy. Can you tell us a bit more what you have been up to?
Saffron: We had all been doing other projects. Jonny had his own band Cheap Glue plus another project Contramundum with Tim also, who had been DJing/mixing other bands and a side project Greedy Soul with members of his former band Flowered Up.
Myself had the honour of working The Cure . A duet on a track called
Just Say Yes which went on their Greatest Hits album. We also did a video and live TV shows in Paris!

I worked with my old friends The Prodigy on a track called Fuel My Fire on the album Fat of The Land. Plus I wrote 3 songs for the Junkie XL album Broadcast from the Computer Hell Cabin which was Number 1 in Holland. The tracks were Crusher Spirits and Beauty Never Fades which was also a Number 1 Dance single and used in the films The Animatrix and A Scanner Darkly with Keanu Reeves.

I also was special guest when he headlined Pinkpop Festival Holland.

I did a world tour with my old friend DJ Carl Cox to promote his album Second Sign. My track is called Get What you Paid For.

Other artists I’ve collaborated with include Jeff Beck, Gary Numan, Ed Case, Ace from Skunk Anansie, Suicide Sports Club, Tarantella and Redanka, Deepsky and Russian band Mummytroll.

I performed at Ian Durys Tribute concert I’m an honorary Blockhead!

I’ve DJ’d for Versace, Tommy Hilfiger,The Sultan of Brunei and lots of gay clubs.

I’ve just appeared in my first short film Banana Pearl directed by Ben Simon who did the Christiana Obey video. I play a Female mob boss!

And I’ve recently performed with my old school friend John Partridge for his Dames n Dudes show

He is best known for playing Christian in Eastenders but is the lead and Producer of

The current hit show A Chorus Line in the West End.

Elle: Wow! Thats a lot you have packed in there, and some amazing artists you have worked with. Pretty speechless after that 🙂

Elle: You have also just completed a UK tour with Tenek who have remixed your new E.P titled Christiana Obey – and you are also working on your new album – how does it feel to be back in the studio?

Saffron: Yes Tenek are good friends of ours and did a great remix of Christiana Obey.

We had such a great tour with them. I’m actually performing with them at BAS Festival, Basildon on 26th May as special guest.

Republica went to Cornwall recently to our friend the actor Kris Marshall’s house in Polperro.

It’s really beautiful down there. We set up a studio and just wrote new songs. It felt like it did when we first started the band. Very Exciting.

We wrote a song called Hallelujah which I’m very proud of. It was so popular on the UK tour we played it as an encore!

Elle: You are performing at The Isle of Wight Festival in June, that’s fantastic, what do you love most about performing at these festivals?

Saffron: We were very excited about playing the Isle of Wight Festival this year. The lineups great, Stone Roses, Happy Mondays, The Killers and Blondie!

I love playing festivals as you get to see lots other bands plus its the whole outdoor atmosphere.

Elle: You have had phenomenal success with Republica, does that bring with it a degree of pressure when making a new album with how to top that?

Saffron: For me the pressure is to write a great record. That’s what makes it successful not based on how many copies sold. Yes we have sold millions of records but you know what if just one person loves your songs, that’s ultimately the goal.

Of course you wish to touch as many people as you can. But you can change the world with one song.

Changed mine..

Elle: Rihanna often sparks debate and controversy with her behaviour off stage, how important do you think it is to be a role model to your fans?
Saffron: I am a fan of Rihanna and any artist with that amount of success and popularity has their life under a microscope. I’m endeared to her in the fact she speaks her mind and seems to behave as herself It’s not a staged squeaky clean sterile persona.
Do I think its important to be a role model?
Well define role model?!

For pop bands whose audience is kids to a certain extent yes. But for artists who write and perform there own music. To inspire certainly but we’re just like anyone else its our job.

What’s important to me is that I represent Possibility..

I’m an Idea.. For young girls who wish, want, desire or feel the need to express themselves you can!

Anything is possible and its ok, I’ve done it and people laughed at me at school when I told them my dream..

I said Fuck You and just Made it happen..Haha.

Elle: There have been so many incredible achievements with Republica, what’s been the overall highlight for you?

Saffron: Yes we have had incredible achievements it’s very difficult to pick just one highlight

But you know having written songs that have lasted and are still played worldwide today 15 years later makes me proud.

To still be playing shows worldwide. Whether they be in the mountains of Transylvania where kids had travelled 14 hours on a train to see us,  to our recent UK tour where hardcore fans who have stuck with us singing all the lyrics at the front. To a letter from a fan in Honduras who learnt English as he was inspired by our music..and went on to get a college place in Florida.,Well it means Everthing..!!!

Elle: What’s your advice to new bands in how to break into the music industry today?

Saffron: Advice to young bands would be to learn your craft, write your own songs,do lots gigs,

Speak and share with other bands. Be very careful what you sign. Always get advice from a good music lawyer. keep as much control as possible..your publishing Merch and live gigs are Yours!

Get a good manager and live agent.

Be prepared to Work Hard and Play Your Music Hard. If you love it this will be easy.

Above all Enjoy it. As soon as you don’t split up!

Elle: What’s the plan next for Republica?

Saffron: Republica play Isle of Wight on 16th June,  Midnattsrocken Festival Norway 12 th July,

Forever Sun 16th August. Nedstock 22/23 rd November with Neds Atomic Dustbin and Cud.

German and US dates tbc.

We are writing and recording our new album in between….!!!

Elle: Thats a full on year ahead you have! Wish you all the best and thank you for talking to Public Description!