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This dichotomy of pouring her heart out, while you bust a move on the dance floor was a conscious decision early on. “I didn’t want to write songs that would always make you want to slit your wrists in the bathtub,” Who said.
“Sometimes you’ve gotta take a chance, throw all your stuff in the back of the car and move there and live out of a suitcase for a while or live in a tent,” Dan said.
Her song, “Feels Like Coming Home,” was used to soundtrack last year’s “Google Zeitgeist” video, which has been seen over 31 million times on YouTube. And probably induced even more tears. Not a bad way to make your debut.
“I’ve never been in a relationship before,” Smith says. ” I wanted to write an album for lonely people, because I don’t think there’s been enough music out there that talks about unrequited love.”
“It sounds so dramatic,” Domenic Palermo told Radio.com. “I don’t necessarily think I’d be dead, but if there was no music in my life, I probably would have gone down a much more terrible road than I’ve been on.”
SKATERS’ debut, ‘Manhattan’ was written in New York City about New York City. And features sounds of the city that range from subway announcements, taxi cab confessions and bar chatter.
Many have found a connection with the feel good vibes of “Best Day of My Life” where the guys are touching the clouds, howling at the moon and just generally grabbing life by the balls, singing, “No limits just epiphanies.”
On his Lorde-approved debut, Matthew Hemerlein attempts to balance the feminine and masculine elements of music, and maybe just bring to light the misogynistic undertones of the movie, ‘Grease.’
“Just getting to write songs out on the road like that, that’s what got me started,” Swindell told Radio.com. “Everybody has their own path and mine started through songwriting.”
“Sometimes I listen to the rock stations and I get jealous,” said Ty Dolla, who listens to KROQ regularly in his native Los Angeles. “Those people are really doing music and really having fun.”
“That statement of saying, ‘Man, it’s a helluva life,’ it just evokes some hope. It’s a coping mechanism for some people,” Ballard said of his latest single and personal mantra.
One part jangly guitar riffs à la The Smiths and one part disheveled punk, the Drowners love-filled debut is a testament to the gritty New York reality that’s helped craft perfect pop songs for generations.
“A lot of times when people talk about the other No. 1s I’ve had, they’re always like, ‘Man, stop giving away all of your hits!’”
All the best soul songs are about love: from falling into it to losing it and everything in between. And it’s that Motown sound in particular that John Newman takes inspiration from on his debut album, ‘Tribute.’
With his latest album “In Roses,” Christopher Barnes—who records under the moniker Gem Club—deals with fantasy and reality to make something hauntingly beautiful.
“To us, [the album] felt like a summer in New York: the johnny pump, the dollar slices of pizza, the Italian ices. There’s nothing that tastes, looks, feels, smells like a New York summer anymore.”