Fresh off her opening tour slot with Bastille, Best Laid Plans Records, Singer & artist Akine talks music, her band members and collaborators the Wavewalkrs, plus more at The Reclusive Blogger

The Reclusive Blogger: Hi, Akine. I always start with a fun ice breaker question so …

The Reclusive Blogger: Morning Bird or Night Owl?

Akine: Definitely Night Owl. I’m most productive from 10pm and 2am. That’s usually when i write too.

The Reclusive Blogger: Can you tell us how you got started as a singer and songwriter? Did you always want to be that?

Akine: Yes. As long as I remember I’ve always wanted to be a singer/ songwriter. It was either that or becoming a Pirate. There was no third option. I started writing lyrics and melodies when I was 11 or 12 and it gradually became an obsession, compulsion. By 16 I had enough material for a few albums. Some of it will never see the light of day but some of the songs are now released or will be later this year. My sister helped me record a few tracks and get them to a label. So here I am now.

The Reclusive Blogger: You released your debut EP, Don’t Foster Fear last year? What was the writing and recording process like for you? Especially being a young debut artist?

Akine: I had written a few songs that came together into a theme. I was going through a rough time at school, feeling like an outcast and just very anxious and fearful of everything. These feelings came to form the concept of the EP. Recording was pretty awesome. James Earp is a fantastic producer and now a great friend. He immediately got me and the music and the lyrics. It was so easy working with him. I’ve been lucky to be surrounded by people who believe in me so i cant say that I’ve had to struggle in that sense.

The Reclusive Blogger: You are currently playing a few shows with Bastille? How has that experience been for you? Have any you gotten any touring tips from your fellow tourmates?

Akine: The experience of touring has been a real eye opener. Watching BASTILLE, their work ethic, the way they prep and perform its just all done on such a high level of professionalism. They have been so supportive of my music from the very start. It’s pretty surreal that I went from being a Bastille fan to performing on one stage with Dan Smith. It’s been incredible, the experience, the people who make it all look so easy when there’s actually a ton of preparation that goes into playing every single show. I cant wait to do more live, its such a high. Also, being able to perform with my friends and band mates the Wavewalkrs it just didn’t feel like work. Physically demanding but also emotionally rewarding, that’s how id summarize touring.

The Reclusive Blogger: Speaking of Bastille … what’s your favourite Bastille song?

Akine: I have a few but I guess I would have to say “Two Evils”.

The Reclusive Blogger: What musician would you love to collaborate with? And Why?

Akine: There’s so many! I would love to collaborate with Fiona Apple, Modeselector, Mitski, Brockhampton or Ben Howard.

The Reclusive Blogger: Is there a lyric that you’ve written that has the most meaning for you or is your favorite?

Akine: In “Cashmere” I wrote about a girl I used to be close with and as we grew apart as friends, our values also changed and it broke my heart a little bit. I guess at one point being cool and popular became a priority for her and in a way I felt like she chose that over our friendship.

“Everything you do, you do it for the camera, the likes and the views. Writing your name on the walls, i was here. Gotta remind them or they will forget”

Cashmere by Akine

The Reclusive Blogger: Throwing in a fun one here… If you could live in any fictional universe, which would you choose?
Akine: I would either live in Pirates of the Carribean themed universe or Harry Potter world. Definitely somewhere really spontaneous where anything could happen.
The Reclusive Blogger: Are there any artists that have been “On Repeat” for you lately? What music have you been digging?
Akine: Mitski, Mitski, Mitski. I’m a fan

The Reclusive Blogger: And what’s next for you Akine?

Akine: More music. Hopefully I’ll get an album together before the end of the year and release that. Like I said before, I want to travel and play live, I love meeting the people that listen to my music.

The Reclusive Blogger: Anything else you would like to add? 🙂

Akine: Have a great day))

To learn more about Akine go here: https://www.akinemusic.com

Follow Akine on Instagram here: https://www.instagram.com/akine.music/

Follow Akine on Twitter here: https://twitter.com/thisisakine

Stream/Buy “Don’t Foster Fear” here: https://songwhip.com/album/akine/dont-foster-fear

You can also learn more about Best Laid Plans Records and all of their amazing artists including Akine go here: https://bestlaidplansrecords.com

Until then,
Brittney x
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Scottish Singer-Songwriter Nina Nesbitt played to a packed house at The Roxy on Sunset last night (March 19th, 2019). Hitting Southern California on her “The Sun Will Come Up” tour with openers Sophie Rose and Plested, the love was loud and clear for her in West Hollywood …

Sophie Rose started the night out leaning towards a more Pop Rock style of songs that were carried by her heartfelt songwriting and airy vocals. She is definitely one to watch, she mentioned that Taylor Swift has playlisted one of her songs. Plested was next and it was him and a guitar, his unique voice brought a soulful quality to his indie guitar music.

Nina came onstage to loud cheers and many in the crowd wearing the merch that they had just bought. From the start of the first note and line her fans were singing along, and dancing, many with their camera phones up not wanting to miss anything for prosperity. Running through such songs as
“Sacred”, “These Are The Moments I’m Missing”, “Colder”, “Psychopath”, (where she brought out Charlotte Lawrence and Sophie Rose), “Empire”, and “Somebody Special”. Nina then came back on for an encore of “The Sun Will Come Up” and “Loyal” (which was an absolute crowd sing-along favorite). The biggest surprise though was Nina (excuse me Nina Nesbitch) covering Britney Spears “Toxic”, while she and her Keyboardist repped two fan-made “Nina Nesbitch” hats from fans in the audience. The entire show was fresh, fun and all about the music and vocals from start to finish. If you haven’t seen Nina live or heard her current album “The Sun Will Come Up, the Seasons Will Change” please do so, you’ll thank me. Check out my photos from the concert below and to learn more about each artist …

Nina Nesbitt Official – http://www.ninanesbittmusic.com/
Stream “The Sun Will Come Up, the Seasons Will Change” – https://nn.lnk.to/TSWCUTw
Plested Offficial – http://www.plestedmusic.com/
Sophie Rose Official – http://sophierose.com/
Until then,
Brittney x

The U.K. chart-topping rock band You Me At Six is back and set to tour the United States and Canada in 2019 in support of their sixth studio album, VI. The tour “Back Again” tour set to kick off in Boston at the Brighton Music Hall on February 22 of next year, with tickets going on sale this Friday November 2nd.

The bands’ latest effort and sixth studio album, VI was released on October 5th via Underdog Records /AWAL and was You Me At Six‘ fifth UK top ten charting album.

Kerrang! raves, VI serves up a tasting menu of what the future of the band holds, not bound by a single sound but by a revived spirit,” NME gushes, “It’s a pleasure to see them testing the limits of their sonic template” and DIY Magazine declares, “VI not only recaptures but reinvents the magic that has propelled them to be one of the UK’s most successful rock outfits of recent times.”

The album which was recorded in England at Vada Studios along with joint production from the band themselves and Dan Austin (who has produced for Biffy Clyro, Massive Attack, & Pixies) features elements of indie pop, R&B, electronic vibes and beats and of course the familiar with heavy rock instruments and riffs the band is known for.

YOU ME AT SIX

You Me At Six, having already gained a reputation in the United Kingdom as one of the best live bands is ready to make a massive mark in the U.S. They have already toured with such American rock heavy hitters as Thirty Seconds to Mars, Paramore, and Fall Out Boy. Already selling out multiple U.S. headline tours, multiple UK headline arena tours, then headlining both the NME/Radio 1 stage at Reading and Leeds in 2017 and the second stage at Download Festival in 2018. You Me At Six is poised for their big breakout in America. You can view the “Back Again” tour dates below and info to purchase tickets as well!

TICKET PURCHASE LINK:

Tickets for the “Back Again” Tour 2019 go on sale THIS Friday, November 2nd at 10AM ET via: https://youmeatsix.lnk.to/live

Back Again Tour 2019 North American Dates:

  • 2/21 Boston, MA @Brighton Music Hall
  • 2/22 New York, NY @Gramercy Theatre
  • 2/23 Philadelphia, PA @Underground Arts
  • 2/24 Washington, D.C. @9:30 Club
  • 2/26 Toronto, Ontario @The Opera House
  • 2/27 Detroit, MI @Saint Andrew’s 
  • 2/28 Columbus, OH @A&R Music Bar
  • 3/2   Chicago, IL @Bottom Lounge
  • 3/4   Denver, CO @Marquis Theater
  • 3/6   Seattle, WA @Chop Suey
  • 3/7   San Francisco, CA @Great American Music Hall
  • 3/9   San Diego, CA @Music Box
  • 3/10 Pomona, CA @The Glass House
  • 3/11 Los Angeles, CA @Teragram Ballroom
  • 3/13 Houston, TX @House of Blues
  • 3/14 Dallas, TX @Granada Theater
  • 3/16 Atlanta, GA @The Masquerade – Hell         
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Until then,
Brittney W.