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CloudwatcherUno Podcast S4 Ep3 ~ Allison Leah

Allison Leah is a folk-pop singer originally from New York but now based in Nashville, Tennessee. 2020 may not have gone as planned but Allison wanted to carry on with her plans and to continue with her new music projects after her ‘Fly Home’ EP.

‘Coffee Cup’ by Allison Leah

In this podcast host CloudwatcherUno talks with Allison on being there every step of the way in the production of her new music and how she has grown as a songwriter. Concentrating on more mature stories and evolving into a more true pop sound. There’s more fusion of genres and as an independent artist Allison can experiment with what she wants to release. We get to hear ‘Colorado’ and ‘We Can Still Sing’.

Originally from New York, Allison Leah has moved to Nashville to continue her journey in music.

Last Spring was to be Allison’s biggest tour starting off in Kentucky but then the pandemic arrived and it was all cancelled. This lead to Allison being in lockdown with her family but also resulted in her writing and releasing her pandemic anthem ‘We Can Still Sing’ a response to what she was seeing from Italy and the lockdown that was happening there. The song was a family affair with Allison getting her siblings joining to do background vocals, Allison herself did all of the arrangement herself and her sound engineer father mixing the whole track. It’s a song for the world and has helped many people across the globe deal with quarantine.

‘We Can Still Sing’ by Allison Leah

Growing up in a musical household let Allison explore her fascination with music especially musical theatre. Allison really enjoyed playing piano and loved singing along to the radio and on stage and was influenced a lot by the music around here which was classic rock and jam bands and listening to artists such as John Mayer, Rachael Yamagata and Trevor Hall. Allison’s first break as a singer was singing in front of the school aged just 5, from there she was hooked on the adrenalin in performing for an audience.

Make sure to add Allison’s music to your daily playlist.

“IT’S THE GREATEST FEELING IN THE WORLD WHEN FANS LISTEN TO YOUR MUSIC”

For Allison it’s the joy of singing and performing that has led her to sing at the Blue Bird Music Cafe in Nashville, The Bitter End in New York, Sofar Sounds and House Shows. Allison’s plans for the future will be to release new music in the genres that speak to her from the heart and to her fans. This year is one of opportunity and being able to showcase her beautiful voice on her new records.

Allison on the podcast. Photo:CloudwatcherUno

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CloudwatcherUno Podcast S1 Ep7 ~ Tareq

Tareq ~ Photograph by @georgeraniosphotography

Tareq. Remember his name it’s going to be all over the cosmos. A true musical genius. His latest album “Prints” was released on 18th July 2020 and it showcases Tareq’s unique musical gifts, sounds and production. A masterpiece of harmonies, orchestral notes, collaborations and birdsong. All conceived in the mind of an artist who has produced the most mature, emotional, raw and honest album in his career.

Tareq from the Podcast ~ Photograph ©CloudwatcherUno 2020

In this podcast we talk about producing an album from demos to the finished article in lockdown and how artists such as Tareq have had to adapt to this new reality and have come out the other side by producing music that is genuinely thrilling and hooks it’s audience with it’s beats and bass lines.

We get to hear the title single ‘Upside Down’ and his last single ‘One’ ~ remixed by Silverhook. Tareq talks about how the ideas for this song and others that have been built on the foundation of lyrics that are metaphors for the human condition. Love, life, bittersweet optimism and upbeat instrumentals combine to produce beautifully crafted songs.

Tareq’s new single ‘Upside Down’ from the album ‘Prints’ available on all streaming platforms. Artwork by @milky_crafts

I was lucky enough to listen to the album before general release and I quickly became obsessed with all the tracks. From the opening ‘Vertigo’s Effect’ which is a true cinematic soundtrack and feels like the marriage of ‘Blade Runner’ and ‘Escape From New York’ through to his collaborations with artists such as Sarah P on Cross Bones, Natasha Bofiliou on ‘Lift Me Up’ and Sam Rag Da on ‘Five More Minutes’ this is an artist at the top of his game and producing music that is equal parts lightness and darkness.

Tareq ~ Photograph by @jannis_tomic

The album strives for a balance between sadness and happiness in each track. There are many tracks that are my favourite on this album. One especially is ‘OK’ with lines such as ‘How could I forget your face when you have so many?’ The craft of songwriting is alive and well in this digital age.

Tareq ~ Photograph by @georgeraniosphotography

Four tracks on the album were written during lockdown and Tareq produced all of it within a month. The result is a an album that you will be playing over and over again. Hypnotic songs like ‘Road To Somewhere’ and ‘No Time Land’ and will have permeated your consciousness and you’ll need to hear to get another fix of those vibrant melodies and haunting lyrics.

Tareq’s – last single ‘One’ ~ Silverhook Remix

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CloudwatcherUno Podcast S1 Ep5 ~ Audriix

Audriix in her studio.

Audriix is a musical whirlwind, an extrordinary combination of raw talent honed to perfection to produce pop music with an edge and hypnotic melodies. Her anthem is her song ‘Stampede’ which has 73,580 plays on Spotify alone. The song comes from her 2019 album release Status Change which was produced in LA.

In this podcast we talk about her journey from the age of three playing it seems every known instrument to mankind and mastering piano, viola, guitar and drums alongside training that stunning voice giving her the foundation to sing those epic choruses. As Audriix says her self when she sings in front of audiences who may not know her music by the end of her songs she will have hooked you in so that you’ll be able to sing along to her songs. Audriix performs two of her songs acoustically in this podcast ‘Stampede’ and ‘Ace of Spades’.

Audriix in her studio for this podcast. Photograph ©CloudwatcherUno 2020

In this podcast we speak about how it’s been nearly a year since we met when Audriix opened for the pop duo sisters Aly & AJ on their European tour. And what an amazing journey she’s been on since then, releasing her album and a whole lot of instrumental and acoustic singles from their notably ‘Red Flag’ and ‘Bandit’.

Audriix performing live at La Scala – London ~ Photograph ©CloudwatcherUno 2019

We talk about her love for musical theatre of the drama and powerful songs from musicals such as ‘Phantom of The Opera’ and ‘Wicked’ through to the Disney films ‘Frozen’ and ‘Frozen 2’ and how the lyrics and songs have inspired her to produce monumental pieces of music to capture audience hearts and minds.

Audriix performing live at La Scala – London ~ Photograph ©CloudwatcherUno 2019

We also talk about the #metoo movement and what you have to do to be taken seriously as a female artist within the industry. And how to inspire the generations that are growing up now and showing them a positive and fiercely independent role model that they can look up to. For all the latest news about Audriix go follow her website Audriix.com

Speaking with Audriix after the show at La Scala – London ~ Photograph ©CloudwatcherUno 2019

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Freya Ridings ~ Voice of a generation

Freya Ridings at Hammersmith Apollo on 22nd November 2019. Photograph: CloudwatcherUno™ ©2019

Freya Ridings is a phenomenon. A home grown worldwide music sensation who has captured the hearts of fans across the globe. The north London singer songwriter played to a sold out show at Hammersmith Apollo on 22nd November 2019.

Freya Ridings at Hammersmith Apollo on 22nd November 2019. Photograph: CloudwatcherUno™ ©2019

The first time she had been in this venue was aged nine and here she was not watching the main act but headlining the show.

Freya Ridings at Hammersmith Apollo on 22nd November 2019. Photograph: CloudwatcherUno™ ©2019

Freya opened the show with ‘Love is Fire’ her new single and a stunning example of how she blends her lyrics with her voice to achieve a ballad of exceptional power.

Freya Ridings at Hammersmith Apollo on 22nd November 2019. Photograph: CloudwatcherUno™ ©2019
‘Love is Fire’ by Freya Ridings

This was the fourth time that I had seen Freya perform and each time she has grown more confident in delivering her songs. her stories, her history and taking that personal joy and anguish and turning into a way of connecting with her audience that at once makes them feel like old friends and spectators in the secret life of Freya Ridings.

Freya Ridings at Hammersmith Apollo on 22nd November 2019. Photograph: CloudwatcherUno™ ©2019

‘Bad Guy’ performed live by Freya Ridings at Hammersmith Apollo on 22nd November 2019. Video: CloudwatcherUno™ ©2019

One of the nights biggest anthems was ‘Castles’ a stunning song that soared up and above into and through the audience. You feel the passion and the performance of star in control of her vocal abilities delivered in her own unique way. London Community Gospel Choir appeared as if by magic to provide heavenly support at key moments throughout the performance.

‘Castles’ performed live by Freya Ridings at Hammersmith Apollo on 22nd November 2019. Video: CloudwatcherUno™ ©2019

Freya is capitalising on the momentum generated from her self titled album ‘Freya Ridings’ by showcasing her songs, ‘Blackout’, ‘Maps, Unconditional, ‘Waking Up’ and Ultraviolet.

Freya Ridings at Hammersmith Apollo on 22nd November 2019. Photograph: CloudwatcherUno™ ©2019

Ending her main performance Freya came back for an encore with the song ‘Ultraviolet’ and ended the night with ‘Holy Water’ and an explosion of silver and blue confetti which covered the whole auditorium.

‘Lost Without You’ performed live by Freya Ridings at Hammersmith Apollo on 22nd November 2019. Video: CloudwatcherUno™ ©2019

A stunning performance from an artist who continues to amaze and delight with her passionate delivery of intimate ballads that captures the hearts and minds of fans across the globe. Truly Freya Ridings is the voice of a generation.

‘Lost Without You’ performed live by Freya Ridings at Hammersmith Apollo on 22nd November 2019. Video: CloudwatcherUno™ ©2019
Freya Ridings at Hammersmith Apollo on 22nd November 2019. Photograph: CloudwatcherUno™ ©2019