Rak-Su are a group from Watford who are currently contestants on this year's X Factor. The four guys managed to make a really good first impression at their audition when they performed their original song I'm Feeling You. Ever since watching their first audition, I've had I'm Feeling You stuck in my head, so much so that I was even searching i-Tunes to see if I could download it!
What makes Rak-Su so unique is their incredible talent. The songwriting, singing, rapping and dancing is truly brilliant to watch, and I honestly feel like they are ready to go out into the music industry now. There is nothing that I would suggest improving about them, as their stage presence already exerts confidence and success.
X Factor has managed to produce some really fantastic singers over the years, however what they rarely produce are artists. The difference here being that a singer stands on stage and sings well, while an artist not only sings, but also writes their own music, dances and is a creative genius. To me Rak-Su are already artists, and they're only just beginning! To get on stage and sing original songs time after time, while still engaging the audience is incredible. Sometimes when singers come on the X Factor with their own songs it can become quite tedious, but that is the opposite for these boys. Watching them perform another original, Mamacita, last night at the live shows was like watching an already successful band coming to perform their new single - definitely not like contestants! The general public are obviously loving them just as much because Mamacita is already at number four on i-Tunes in under 24 hours of being released!
Whether they win or not I know that Rak-Su are going to have an incredibly successful career that they truly deserve.
Watch Rak-Su's first audition here:
If you haven't heard of her already, LINA is a singer-songwriter who won The Voice Israel in 2013. Her latest single I Wore It Better is out now, and she is currently touring with Little Mix as their opening act! I was lucky enough to catch up with LINA to talk about I Wore It Better and what to expect from her set on tour!
1. Congratulations on the new single I Wore It Better! What was the inspiration behind it?
Thank you! I love this single. I’m performing it every night on The Glory Days Tour and I couldn’t be more proud of this new baby of mine! I co-wrote it with the insanely talented Bhavik Pattani, Josef Melin and Hiten Bharadia. It’s a super fun song that talks about overcoming the disappointment/heartbreak of seeing your ex with their new crush, who is wearing your favourite sweater. It explores how that makes you feel, the memories, the pain but ends with positive and empowering feelings.
2. Was singing/music something you've always wanted to do?
I have always wanted to be a performer. I loved being on stage since I was 4 years old- dancing ballet in front of 800 people. It felt like home- and it still does!
3. You're about to go on tour with Little Mix, what do you have planned for your set?
I start my set with an original ballad called Forget - while playing the piano (a costume made pink LINA piano!), then move on to my previous single Can’t Keep Falling, two special covers, and ‘I Wore It Better’. It will be fun - I promise!
4. 2017 is coming to an end, so what can fans expect to see from you in 2018?
New album, new tour and a lot of good music!
I Wore It Better really is a brilliant song, and I can't wait to hear LINA sing it live when I see her on Little Mix's Glory Days Tour next month!
Jack Woodward is a solo artist from North-West England, and has just released his latest single Higher. What I really like about this song is how it manages to captivate the listener, drawing you into the beautiful lyrics. Not only are the lyrics beautiful, but Jack's voice is amazing, showing what a true talent he has. Higher really has the potential to do incredibly well, and I can imagine Jack becoming very successful in the future!
I was lucky enough to interview Jack about his latest release, and also what the future has in store for him!
1) Congratulations on the release of your new single 'Higher'! What were some of your inspirations when writing this song?
Thanks guys, in terms of inspiration for why I wrote it would be to take my music and writing to the next level and really see what I could do with simple melodies and lyrics. To answer in another way the themes that I think came into Higher were really about being aware and caring of the world around us (nature and each other), and also how somebody or something can really remind us to live life in this moment and to its fullest. Theres a real power in the connection and energy in the world when you stop for a moment to sense it
2) Your new EP 'Higher' is out in January 2018, what can fans expect to hear on it?
As well as the title track from the EP, there will be 2 other songs Seven Seas and Pray. Seven Seas is really about escape and bracing the elements and being part of a group and fighting for one another. and Pray is about somebody and their family going through a really tough time with addiction and depression and how it can break down relationships between a family, and about the internal conflict within someone and their fight to survive. Pray has a very poppy feel and is quite instantaneous, whereas Seven Seas has a bit of an indie sound but is a more swaying and anthemic mood
3) How does it feel to be compared to the likes of Tom Odell?
Its a great compliment to have some of his sound and perhaps style in my recordings and particularly my writing. He's definately a huge inspiration of mine and I'd love to measure up to his songwriting some day so its a good one to aim for.
4) If you could collaborate with any artist (dead or alive), who would it be and why?
If not the above, then probably Brandon Flowers, who is just the master of writing melodies, which I also consider my strength, but I think I could learn a huge amount
5) Who is your musical inspiration?
The Killers, Bruce Springsteen, Tom Odell, John Mayer, Red Hot Chilli Peppers. They all have those songs that really affect you and invoke powerful emotions whenever you listen to them
6) Where do you hope to be in 5 years time?
Signed to a major record label planning my second world tour off the release of a successful second album. I've got a ways to go yet, but thats why I write the songs (as well as enjoying the process and creation) for as many people to hear them as possible
When people think of music, they tend to think of songs you would probably hear on mainstream radio. However, places such as social media, are now shining a light on different genres of music, in particularly comedy. While parodies have been around for years, YouTuber Adam Ray is now making comedy music as well as his usual funny YouTube videos, and his fanbase seems to be growing from it! With over 118,000 subscribers on YouTube and over 25,000 followers on Twitter, Adam almost appears to be the new face of comedy music. Releasing tracks such as The F**kboy Song and The Petty Song, fans are calling his songs "funny and relatable" as well as "iconic". When asking Adam's fans on Twitter what it is that they like about his songs, the most common reply was talking about how relatable he is. @saheeena said "Legit writes the most relatable songs", while @adraybae tweeted saying "they speak to me on a level not even myself can".
While this might not be the sort of music that I would usually download and listen to, I do think Adam has a talent for songwriting and managing to make the listener smile no matter what mood they're in. Therefore, even if comedy music and parodies aren't your cup of tea, I would still urge anyone reading this to go and listen to Adam Ray.
See below the Twitter responses from fans saying what they like about Adam's songs: