Greek born London based singer Ilia Darlin is already named the European answer to Lady GaGa after releasing upbeat electro pop tracks like ‘Hit Me’ and ‘Car Crash’.
The EMI signed singer is set to release her new track ‘Even when I Loose ‘ later this month. The classically trained vocalist, who writes all her songs, showcases in her new single, a strong will power and determination over a mix of fluent electronic beats, giving it a funky and trendy edge. Ilia is a belter as and vocally she’s spot on ( Pay attention to that big note at the end of the song). Mark our words, this extraordinary Greek lady, is one to watch this year! ‘Even when I lose’ was written by Ilia Darlin, Billy Mann, & David Schuler.
The video which sees Ilia struggling with her own demons (yep!), was directed by John Mitropoulos.
We promised you a little surprise and are happy to let you know we got the opportunity to ask Stine and Anders SG from Alphabeat a few questions. Alphabeat has released this morning their new single ‘Vacation’ on iTunes and Spotify.
We took the opportunity to ask Alphabeat about their new single, their plans for 2012, touring with Lady GaGa, etc. Enjoy!
Hey Stine and Anders SG from Alphabeat, we are really thrilled to be able to do an interview with you. Thank you so much for the opportunity. First of all welcome back, we have missed Alphabeat! Tell us, your new single ‘Vacation’ is released tomorrow. It’s the first since ‘DJ’ in 2010. What’s been happening for Alphabeat since then?
”We have actually played a lot of gigs in Denmark since then, but mainly we have spend a lot of time in our studio in Copenhagen writing fresh and new Alphabeat songs for our next album.”
We L-O-V-E the new single ‘Vacation’. Can you tell us a bit more about it? Who wrote the single and what’s the story behind it?
”We love it too! It is written by Anders SG and it’s a song about wanting to go somewhere with sun and beaches and forget about the cold winter and whatever troubles you have on your mind.”
Sounds amazing! Your second album, ‘’The Spell’’ (released in 2010) had in our opinion an experimental sound to it, being very electro-pop. I remember when I heard ‘Hole in My heart’ for the first time I wasn’t sure whether it was Alphabeat. ’Vacation’ on the other hand is instantly recognizable with its catchy chorus and it’s got the Alphabeat feel all over it. Do you perceive the single in a similar way and was it a deliberate decision to go back to that recognizable Alphabeat sound and explore deeper into the Euro-pop genre?
“We definitely wanted to make a happy album this time because moving back to Denmark has made us very happy. In our opinion we have taken the best things from our previous albums and added some fresh sounds and references. This album sounds bandy and is very instant and lively like the first album, but we have kept the synths and programming from our second album.”
Alphabeat is known to write, produce and record their own songs. How hard is it to write a song together with five other people? Do you work in a rotor system in terms of writing lyrics or does everybody have their own task within the group?
”We are always developing in terms of how we create our music and this time 3 of our band members have been writing the songs, but we all chip in, so everybody in the band is a part of the development of every song.”
As the new single is titled ‘vacation’, what is your favourite holiday destination? And which must-see places would you recommend your fans in the world to visit in Denmark?
”Personally I love Paris and New York. Paris has always had a special place in my heart – I love speaking French and the beautiful Montmartre. New York is a must see! It has so much going on and so many different neighbourhoods to visit. In Denmark you should definitely see Copenhagen on a summer day – beautiful girls in the parks and people hanging out everywhere. It is a small city, so you can ride your bike anywhere and it still has everything that a bigger city can offer you.”
In the teaser video for ‘Vacation’, which was released last week, the band Alphabeat is introduced by many tv talk show hosts including Paul de Leeuw & Graham Norton but you also have the support of Lady GaGa, which you’ve been on tour with. What was it like to tour with her? And how did she inspire you?
”We were so proud to go on tour with the amazing GaGa and it was a great experience. We played in front of thousands of young people every night and we even got to meet the Lady. I think we learned a lot about how a live pop show can offer visual aspects and entertainment, but we like to keep it simple in Alphaland.”
Speaking of inspiration. If you had to choose between the Scissor Sisters or Steps, which one do you consider to be an inspiration for the band and why?
” We have to say Scissor Sisters. We love manufactured pop music but I think we have a few more things in common with the Scissor Sisters. ”
Forgive us for asking this question, but we couldn’t help but recognizing Graham Noton in the ‘vacation’ video teaser. As you probably know, he’s the commentator for the BBC in the Eurovision Song Contest. Several European countries are selecting their representatives as did Denmark in January. Alphabeat is a name which is regularly mentioned as one of the more known acts Euro fans would like to see in the contest. Is it an opportunity which Alphabeat have ever considered or would consider in the future?
”The Eurovision has a wonderful history of great pop songs and golden moments and we still enjoy watching it, but for us it is not a competition for established bands like ourselves. The songs and lyrics should be in focus and therefore we think relatively unknown singers are better suited to compete.”
With the fantastic new single out, we have to ask, what other plans have Alphabeat in store for 2012? will there be a new album? If so, When can our fans expect it and has there been a title for the album already?
”You can definitely expect a new album, we’re finishing it at the moment, but you have to wait until after this summer. There is no title yet! Apart from that we have a summer tour lined up in Denmark and maybe there will be some dates in the rest of Europe too. Stay updated on thisisalphabeat.com!”
Thank you so much for this interview, Stine and Anders SG. We wish you all the best with the new single!
The new single ‘Vacation’ is out now on iTunes and Spotify.
Many thanks to Copenhagen Records APS for making this interview possible.
It’s been a busy week in music land. A few bullet points.
Main news over the week has been Madonna’s smashing Superbowl performance with M.I.A, Nicki Minaj, LMFAO & Cee Lo Green. The queen of pop’s interval sees the amount of viewers triple during half time and figures on Youtube continue to rise. You can watch the performance here. Little incident however with M.I.A as she puts up her middle finger, which forces NBC to apologize towards its viewers. Madonna has been said not to be amused and M.I.A is apparently to be asked to pay a fine. In the mean time, the pre-order option for MDNA has made the album number 1 in 50 countries, while the new single ‘Gimme All Your Lovin’’ is steadily going to the top of the charts. Earlier this week, rumours were said that Britney Spears would appear on one of the tracks but today the news was called a rumour by Madonna’s management.
Plenty of news in regards to releases as well. 16 years have passed but now Brandy and Monica have released a new duet together, called ‘It all belongs to me’. It doesn’t quite sound as ‘The Boy is Mine’ but it is infectious. Jedward are taking part in this year’s Irish selection for Eurovision, with ‘Waterline’ and are the big favourite to represent the emerald isle for the second time in a row. Marina & The Diamonds had good news for their fans as well. The Welsh singer’s releasing her new single ‘Primadonna’ early April. Olly Murs has also revealed the title of his new track being ‘Oh My Goodness’. Lots of video’s as well this week with Ladyhawke, Alexandra Burke’s video. Boyband JLS did so as well for their Sports Relief 2012 single ‘Proud’. We’ll soon review the song here.
New albums are also under the way for Missy Elliot, Timbaland and Plan B. Ed Sheeran’s new EP will also be released on Valentines’ Day. Katy Perry rereleases Teenage Dream as ‘Teenage Dream: The Complete Confection’ and also announces the first single of the repacked edition called ‘Part of Me’.
Lady GaGa revealed during the week the first dates of her ‘Born This Way Ball’ tour preceded with the tour poster, seeing the stage of the performer in the shape of a castle. The singer is expected to go on tour for 2 years. Speaking of touring and , here she is again, Madonna has also given out the dates and cities of her new world tour, Australia is one of the countries who sees the artist return after 13 years, Not embarking on a world tour yet, but Mel B and both Geri Halliwell haven’t ruled out a possible Spice Girls reunion. All the members of the band are planned to meet up later this month to discuss new exciting plans. We will just have to wait and see.
The Grammy’s are approaching and stars confirmed to perform are Chris Brown, Tony Bennet, Carrie Underwood and the comeback of Adele, who’ll be performing for the first time since her throat operation. Now that is something really exciting!
Lots to talk about and with the Brits and Grammy’s on their way, things will only get busier! Hooray!
Every so often, when looking across the boundaries of other nations, you find this one special pop star, which has all the potential to be globally the next best thing. And believe me this young lady has it all ahead of her:
Monica Johansen, better known as Minnie-Oh, could well be that new superstar. Reinvented electro pop is the trademark of this Norwegian beauty and her first new single for 2012 ‘You and I’ could be right there up with the big acts such as Robyn.
Minnie-Oh redefines the electro pop with a fresh reinventing style. She makes it sounds a lot more unique without going completely over the top, something Lady Gaga has been done since ‘Just Dance’. ‘You and I’ is a catchy earworm, without sounding too sugar candy poppy and Minnie’s voice is just so breath taking, it’s fragile and suits the beats so well, and therefore giving ‘You and I’ that perfect twist.
Calvin Harris feat Tinie Tempah - Drinking From The Bottle
The Risk - Missiles
Sinead O'Connor - 4th And Vine
Destiny's Child - Nuclear
Jessie Ware - If You're Never Gonna Move
Lawson - Learn To Love Again
Little Mix - Change Your Life
Tyler James feat Kano - Worry About You
Gabrielle Aplin - Please Don’t Say You Love Me
Tegan & Sara - Closer
Rita Ora - Radioactive
Wretch 32 - Pop
Angel - The World
Bastille - Pompeii
Laura Mvula - Green Garden
Ke$ha - C'mon
Ms MR - Fantasy
Nicole Scherzinger - Boomerang
Ed Drewett - Drunk Dial
Robbie Williams - Be A Boy (11/03)
Year chart 2012
These are GloPop Music's most listened tracks of 2012.
1 Florence + The Machine - Spectrum
2 Woodkid - Run Boy Run
3 Lana Del Rey - National Anthem
4 Solange - Losing You
5 Nina Zilli - L'Amore E Femmina (Out Of Love) (Italy '12)
6 Ellie Goulding - Anything Could Happen
7 Loreen - Euphoria (Sweden '12)
8 Adele - Skyfall
9 PSY - Gangnam Style (강남스타일)
10 Ivi Adamou - La La Love (Cyprus '12)
11 GuGabriel - Salvation
12 Christophe Willem - Starlite
13 Bright Light Bright Light - Waiting For The Feeling
14 Girls Aloud - Something New
15 Paloma Faith - Never Tear Us Apart
16 Calvin Harris ft Ne-Yo - Let's Go
17 David Guetta ft Sia - She Wolf (Falling Into Pieces)
18 Alphabeat - Vacation
19 Passion Pit - Take A Walk
20 George Michael - White Light
21 Azealia Banks - 212 ft Lazy Jay
22 Matt Corby - Brother
23 Sam Sparro - I Wish I Never Met You
24 Rebeca Ferguson - Glitter & Gold
25 Elton John vs Pnau - Good Morning To The Night
26 Scissor Sisters - Let's Have A Kiki
27 Voltaire Twins - Solaris
28 Marina & The Diamonds - Power & Control
29 Muse - Survival
30 Will Young - Losing Myself
31 Saint Lou Lou - Maybe You
32 Coldplay - Princess of China ft Rihanna
33 Lana Del Rey - Blue Jeans
34 Kate Bush - Running Up That Hill 2012
35 The Wanted - I Found You
36 Stooshe - Black Heart
37 Aiden Grimshaw - Curtain Call
38 Alphabeat - Love Sea
39 Gaitana - Be My Guest (Ukraine '12)
40 Caravan Palace - Rock It For Me
41 Roman Lob - Standing Still (Germany '12)
42 Afro-Dite - The Boy Can Dance
43 Rita Ora - R.I.P ft Tinie Tempah
44 Justin Bieber - Beauty & A Beat ft Nicki Minaj
45 Misha B - Do You Think Of Me 125
46 Kelly Clarkson - Stronger (What doesn't Kill You)
47 Katy Perry - Wide Awake
48 Jessie Ware - Wildest Moments
49 terminal - Don't Worry My Love
50 Labrinth - Beneath Your Beautiful ft Emeli Sande
51 Madonna - Girl Gone Wild
52 Elton John vs Pnau - Sad
53 Nicki Minaj - Pound The Alarm
54 Gotye & Kimbra - Somebody That I Used to Know
55 Kylie Minogue - Flower
56 Rihanna - Where Have You Been
57 Swedish House Mafia - Greyhound
58 One Direction - Little Things
59 Tulisa - Young
60 Archeo - The Payback
61 Christina Aguilera - Your Body
62 Avicii - Silhouettes
63 Cover Drive - Explode
64 Beyonce - End Of Time
65 Charlie Simpson - Farmer & His Gun
66 Usher - Climax
67 Chris Brown - Don't Wake Me Up
68 Aiden Grimshaw - Is This Love
69 Lawson - Taking Over Me
70 No Doubt - Settle Down
71 Madeon - Finale
72 Jakwob - Electrify ft Jetta
73 Shawnee Taylor - Colors
74 Playmen ft Riskykidd, Courtney & Elena - All The Time
75 Lana Del Rey - Ride
76 Celeste Buckingham - Run Run Run
77 Alex Clare - Too Close
78 SHM ft Knife Party - Antidote
79 Lil'Wayne - Mirrors Ft Bruno Mars
80 Pastora Soler - Quedate Conmigo/Stay with Me
81 Scissor Sisters - Only the Horses
82 Delta Goodrem - Dancing With A Broken Heart
83 FEM ft Cover Drive - Turn Up the Love
84 J.Lo ft Pit Bull - Dance Again
85 Jodie Harsh ft Mel C - Set Me Free
86 Bruno Mars - Locked Out Of Heaven
87 Tom Dice - Out At Sea
88 Paloma Faith - Picking Up The Pieces
89 Usher - Scream
90 Burns - Lies
91 Michael Kiwanuka - Home Again
92 Gossip - Perfect World
93 Jess Mills - For My Sins
94 Dune - Shoestring
95 The Script - Hall of Fame Ft Will.i.AM
96 Swedish House Mafia - Don't You Worry Child
97 terminal - Together We Are One
98 Little Mix - DNA
99 Icona Pop - I Love It
100 Yasmin - Light Up The World
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