4 2 WATCH – Sneak peek at 4 up and coming artists! – Becky G/Betty Who/Fire Tiger/Nothing But Thieves
BECKY G –
Rebecca Marie Gomez is a typical Los Angeles teenager apart from having what you may call an old head on young shoulders. At the age of 9 she had a moment where she wondered what direction her life was taking, something every adult goes through in later years! She grew up listening to Soul legends like James Brown and Etta James while helping her mother clean and making Mexican food with her grandmother. Also, her idols were the likes of Christina Aguilera and Jennifer Lopez while also taking in the Latin sounds of her father’s Mexican ranchera songs.
Becky G taught herself guitar at age 13 and two years earlier she wrote and recorded her own songs on Garageband on the Internet. She has done voice overs and commercials to help her parents with money and in 2011 a lucky break came her way. Putting videos of herself on YouTube singing and rapping her own lyrics over famous songs caught the eye of producer Dr Luke, who signed her up for his Kemosabe record label! Luke had previously worked with such high profile stars as Katy Perry, Kelly Clarkson and Britney Spears.
After a few collaborations on singles with Cody Simpson, Cher Lloyd and Kesha, Becky has released several singles including her biggest hit so far in 2014 “Shower” which hit the Billboard chart’s highest placing of #16. She also appeared on “Excuse My Rude” on Jessie J’s second album “Alive”.
Becky G is a potential superstar, she certainly has an intelligence and savvy beyond her years. She says of her songs, “all I’m doing is putting my life on paper”. Her Rap-Pop-Latin style is certainly growing on the American public and the world will soon take notice. Becky’s debut album will soon be following in the footsteps of her initial E.P. “Play It Again” and she has already previewed 4 tracks as singles.
Check out these links to find more performances and songs from Betty Who! –
FIRE TIGER –
Los Angeles rock band Fire Tiger bring back the 80s Glam/Classic Rock. Reminding me initially of Heart, with a little Starship (80s version) the songs evoke memories of that glorious decade, the guitar solos and the anthemic power ballads that we associate with that time.
The band consists of James Ramsey, Chris Cuomo, Cahuenga Mango and fronted by big voiced Tiffany Alkouri. Check out the videos on YouTube for the gorgeous ballad “He Has Changed” and the foot stomping title track from their first album “Energy”. I will be keeping my eye on this band, they are surely going from strength to strength and the 80s music so much back in vogue at the moment.
The band have been receiving rave reviews on YouTube and in countries across the globe for their debut album. The “Energy” video was a taster for the album and got thousands of likes and positive comments. The album contains brilliant tracks that also incorporate some late 70s style arrangements which only adds to the enjoyment.
“Green Light” and “Count Dracula” are my personal favourite from the album, but check the band out for yourselves. If you are an 80s lover like me this band will indulge your thirst for the days before boybands and DJ music! A second album is in the pipeline, the band tweeted a couple of months ago.
Check out these links to find more performances and songs from Fire Tiger! –
NOTHING BUT THIEVES –
Nothing But Thieves hail from Southend in England and the five piece Alternative Rock band consists of Conor Mason, Joe Langridge-Brown, Dominic Craik, James Price and Philip Blake. Their brand of guitar based atmospheric music reminds me a lot of Smashing Pumpkins. They too were one of those bands that didn’t grab you instantly but the more you heard the songs the more you were drawn in, NBT are in a similar vein.
I first saw the “Itch” video and thought it brilliant until I heard “Trip Switch” which has now become my favourite track. For a band so relatively young and new their lyrics and music are well beyond their years and have been attracting major attention from all media from all over the world sonce their formation in 2012.
Signing to RCA Records in 2014 they have released several singles and 3 E.P.’s entitled “If You Don’t Believe It, It Can’t Hurt You”, “Graveyard Whistling” and “Ban All The Music”. The album “Nothing But Thieves” was released in October 2015 and their own “Ban All The Music” Tour was sold out and began in the same month.
The album peaked at #7 on the UK charts, #3 on iTunes and #1 in the vinyl charts. The band have an energetic live show and have supported Arcade Fire, George Ezra and later Muse at Rock in Roma as well as Leeds and Isle of Wight festivals. A band on the up indeed!
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