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April 24, 2020 Interview with London-based songwriter and music producer  Zizzo World

Interview with London-based songwriter and music producer Zizzo World

London-based songwriter and music producer Zizzo World began hitting the ground running in the music world in 2004. What started off as a way to entertain himself and kill some time, quickly grew into something much more serious and passionate. 

After a move to New York in 2008 and developing an insatiable craft in music production, Zizzo World began to manifest into a versatile and multifaceted producer & artist combo with his own signature sound and stylization

What are some of your earliest memories of music?

My earliest was when I was 5 or 6 years old when I was in nursery group in my origin country – Moldova, when I have participated first time in a regional festival of traditional music, and that was my first experience on the stage. I can distinctly remember the vibration — of being surrounded by love, hearts that were open, and the simple experience of Joy.

As any young aspiring artist and musician, I took later learning up the accordion, different keyboards and after guitar. My initial momentum, supported by my parents and ego’s desire to see how good I could become, took me into pursuing music by becoming a music producer and self-established artist.

Take us through your songwriting process. Are there any particular steps you take when putting music together?

Normally, I start by developing my song’s main melody or central chorus, I consider to be the best place to begin writing my next track. Once I’ve got my hook or key chord progression, I can build the rest of your song around it. Of course, all above has to come from a strong feeling on behind about what I have to write.

Studio work and music creation or performing and interacting with a live audience, which do you prefer?

I prefer both, but at this moment my focus is mostly on studio time, that is the best place where I feel in my own world – Zizzo World. Interaction with my audience has to be with some additional supports, as promo team, budgets which makes this more difficult to achieve it for now, but if my music will be well digested well by the audience, I think that moment of big engagement is not so far.

What is the most memorable response you have had to your music?

“I saw you in the UK iTunes top charts”

If you could put together a radio show, what kind of music would you play?

Of course my main genre, Pop, but also could be Dance or something electronic.

Name five artists and their albums who would appear on your radio show

Ed Sheran, Kygo, Dua Lipa, Robbie Williams, Carla’s Dreams

What would you like to achieve with your music? What does success look like to you?

My thinking about success in music might look completely different to other, but writing better and better music, receiving great feedbacks from potential fans, getting on multiple stages around the world and radio, this will make me feel a genuine performer!

One last thought to leave your fans with?

Just listen to great music! Find the story behind any artists, like me, understand their message and support! In my case, follow my music because this makes me confident and better!

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April 14, 2020 Singer/songwriter Jeremy Parsons releases new song ‘One Of a Kind’

Singer/songwriter Jeremy Parsons releases new song ‘One Of a Kind’

When renowned singer-songwriter John Prine died on April 7th, 2020, it left many people in shock. Prine had been a hero to so many, and an inspiration to a generation of songwriters. One, in particular, was Top 20 Americana/country artist and songwriter, Jeremy Parsons. Spending time in self-quarantine due to the CoronaVirus, Parsons put his feelings into music, penning and recording ‘One Of a Kind’ at his isolated location in San Antonio, Texas.

“John Prine’s music and existence meant a lot to myself and a lot of folks, I know,” said Parsons. “Everyone has a soft spot and something they can always go to to find some happiness. John Prine’s music was that for me. As soon as I heard his picking and his overly unique and genuine voice, I was completely sucked in. I’m so glad we had him to inspire us and make us smile. The world wouldn’t have been the same… we are the lucky ones. He will always be with us through the music and I’m forever grateful for that. I wrote this song the evening after I found out he had passed away. I felt overwhelmed to share it with y’all.”

Born in San Antonio, Texas, Jeremy Parsons grew up soaking in the sounds of Texas music in the dancehalls of the Lone Star State. Over the past decade, Jeremy has played all over the U.S. and in Europe, including numerous venues in Texas. The first single from his latest album, “Things I Need To Say”, was the Top 40 Roots Music Report and IndieWorld Report track, ‘Burn This House Down.’ The song paints a poignant picture of heartbreak and acceptance that still remains relatable. That single was followed up by the equally well-received, ‘Why is the Bluebird Blue,’ also a Top 40 Roots Report Americana single and a Top 20 iTunes Canada country chart single. ‘Bluebird’ also reached #2 on the Hits You Love pop charts. The videos for both songs were nominated and selected for numerous Film Festivals, including the Jersey Shore Film Festival, Indie’s Best Films Festival, and the Monkey Bread Tree Film Festival, an IMDB-sanctioned film festival. Jeremy’s latest single and video, ‘Making Things Up as I Go’ has also received international airplay, acclaim and awards. The video is available on Amazon Prime. Parsons has appeared on Fox, CBS, ABC and NBC affiliates around the country.

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Singer Shawn Hook unveils new song, ‘I Don’t Wanna Dance’

Canadian singer, songwriter and producer Shawn Hook delivers his heartfelt new single ‘I Don’t Wanna Dance’. 

An honest, emotion-filled song, ‘I Don’t Wanna Dance’ sees Shawn lay his love on the line. With lyrics such as ‘I just want to talk now, but honestly I’m inside out, I’m blending with the walls and they’re closing in on me’ the British Columbia-born artist looks inwards and channels his feelings into his work.

A multiple JUNO Award-nominated artist with hundreds of millions of streams to his name, Shawn has collaborated with some of the industry’s biggest hit songwriters, also sharing stages with the likes of The Weeknd, Shawn Mendes, The Chainsmokers and Camila Cabello amongst others. He is best known for tracks ‘Sound Of Your Heart’ and ‘Reminding Me’ with Vanessa Hudgens, both of which certified Double Platinum in his native Canada.

As busy as ever, recent TV appearances include Good Morning America, Today Show, Jimmy Kimmel Live and So You Think You Can Dance suggest there are no plans to slow things down anytime soon.

One of the most successful Canadian artists of the past few years, Shawn Hook’s undeniable combination of slick vocals, touching lyrics and tight production sees him deliver yet another memorable hit.

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Singer/songwriter Hannah Grace releases a new song ‘Blue’

Hannah Grace has released her brand new single ‘Blue’ via Never Fade Records. The new song finds Hannah bounding into 2020 with a bright new twist on her soulful sound. She enlists funky keys and horns alongside a bright pop sensibility as her jaw-dropping vocals fly high with feel-good assurance.

The single has been released to great support from Radio 2, with plays coming from both Graham Norton and Dermot O’Leary. Michael Ball is also a big fan at the station and has invited Hannah in to perform a live session on the show.

Regarding the single Hannah says, “I am beyond excited to share my new song ‘Blue,’ which was one of the first songs I wrote for my album and was quite different to anything I’d written before. I wanted to write something that made me feel good, something I could dance to and really enjoy performing live.”

“I wrote it about being tired of feeling blue all the time! I wanted to put all of my energy into feeling positive. It’s been very helpful for me to sometimes just be distracted from the stresses of life and surround myself with kind people and music to dance to! Everybody gets down with the pressures and sadness of the real world but sometimes you just have to let your hair down and let it go.”

Hannah is gearing up to release her debut album in 2020. The album will feature ‘Blue’, as well as her previous single ‘With You’ and also her gorgeous cover of Fatboy Slim’s ‘Praise You’.

Released last year ‘With You’ was added to the Radio 2 playlist and saw Hannah make her debut TV performance on the Sara Cox show. Her cover of ‘Praise You’ also proved a huge success and was used to soundtrack a Lloyds Bank advert before going on to sell over 60,000 copies in the UK.

Hannah Grace has also made an impressive mark on the UK live scene. Last year she played her largest show in support of Barbra Streisand at Hyde Park, while she has also supported the likes of Jess Glynne, Gabrielle Aplin and Hozier. Hannah has also previously caught the attention of Lady Gaga who tweeted a video of Hannah singing on YouTube and called her “a superstar”.

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