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The New Kidd On The Block

Posted in ...And A Legend Was Born., 2013, Breakthrough Artist, Classy as f***, Collaborations, Off The Beaten Track, What Women Want with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 26, 2013 by midnightradiostar

Someone who I’m absolutely in love with at the moment is Vince Kidd. If any of you guys have watched the Voice UK then you’ll remember him as Jessie J’s finalist in 2012. Leather clad and wearing enough eyeliner to put Adam Lambert to shame, he got all judges to turn for him when he sang his own version of Madonna’s ‘Like A Virgin’. I never thought a man would sing this song, and I was just as stunned as the judges by his song choice. Like Will.i.am said, Vince completely changed an iconic pop song into a signature soul piece. Absolutely brilliant. And that falsetto is out of this world.

He’s got this delicious edgy, alternative look with bits of grunge thrown in along with eyes that are so gorgeous they’ll sweep you off your feet even if his voice doesn’t. I can’t tell you how blown away I am by him. He’s got the whole package: talent, looks and stage presence. He’s like a mix of Adam Lambert and Bill Kaulitz with a bit of Billy Idol thrown in for good measure and I’d say that’s a pretty fantastic blend.

His music is vibrant and soulful, along with being tracks you can dance along with. What I love most about him is his versatility. Vocally he reminds me of Daley and Robin Thicke but the most accurate way to describe him would be to say he’s like a male version of Jessie J herself, which is why I felt she was the perfect coach for him on the Voice.

His latest video for ‘The Zoo’ ft Vanessa White is absolutely crazy and infectious. The beat is intoxicating and I have not been able to stop listening to it all day. It’s full of energy and colour, very much like Vince himself and I believe this song really suits him and has given him more freedom to explore his space as an artist. I highly recommend listening to this song and watching the video.

He’s definitely an artist who deserves more recognition and album sales, so do tell your friends to check out his music because I think he’s absolutely worth it. He’s got a certain charm you just don’t see in musicians these days. If you’re looking for something a little soft and mellow, you can check out his performance of ‘Smother Me’.

Needless to say he really has knocked my socks off, and I look forward to the day that I get to see him sing live in front of me.

Cheers!

I Live in Paradise City

Posted in Being a Fan, Concerts and Other Happenings, From The Story of Bill and Me, HeartSONGS For the Soul, Let's Get Personal, Let's Take it Back to the Start, Then and Now, What Women Want with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 16, 2012 by midnightradiostar

For my 50th post on MHB, I’d like to discuss something really personal and close to my heart. I think there are some moments in life that truly define you as a person. Whether it’s winning an award for a fantastic accomplishment or having a baby or receiving your first paycheck, they all mark points of your life you’re happiest or proudest and you never forget. To me, one of these moments was attending Guns ‘N’ Roses’ first ever concert in Bangalore. Now I mentioned in my last post that Bangalore is the city to be in if you want to see international artists perform, and boy am I thanking my stars I live here. I would call Bangalore my ultimate ‘Paradise City’.

I’ve  been a fan of Guns ‘N’ Roses since I was very little. In fact I don’t even remember when exactly I fell in love with them because they’ve always been present in my life. The person I have to thank for that is my gorgeous, kick-ass and totally awesome aunt who is a fan herself and introduced the band’s music to me. In fact my aunt and my mom are the two people who I thank first and foremost for the development of my interest in music, especially the soft spot I have for 80′s Rock. Going for the concert with them, especially my aunt, was truly something I will never forget as long as I live. Guns ‘N’ Roses are something my aunt and I have always bonded over and seeing Axl Rose perform on stage the songs we used to sing along to all through my childhood brought tears to my eyes. I know it sounds cheesy, but hey I was extremely emotional and working my way through a massive glass of beer.

Axl Rose is the only original member of Guns ‘N’ Roses left in the band and most of my friends didn’t attend the concert because they felt Slash’s absence had changed the band’s dynamics completely and he was the only one worth watching anyway. Being an Axl fangirl, I couldn’t disagree more because even though I admit I would have liked to see Slash, I didn’t feel the music had changed in any way. Guns ‘N’ Roses sounded as raw and powerful as ever and I didn’t think they needed Slash at all to sound brilliant. Axl Rose started off a little shaky, but as he warmed up he brought out a whole lot of energy. They performed Sweet Child O’ Mine, November Rain, Better, Paradise City and a lot more. His voice still sounds the same and he is truly a God of Rock.

We think our favourite musicians are invincible. We perceive them as forever young, having had a drink from the Fountain of Youth to make them beautiful, sexy, and dynamic but seeing Axl Rose that night was a bit of a wake-up call.

Axl Rose then:

Axl Rose now:

I was reminded that musicians are also only human and age, illness and death all affect them the same way as they do us. Having to live up to our expectations in fact adds more burden to their shoulders and it’s unfair for us to expect them to remain the same as time passes. Axl Rose may look very different, but I’m proud to be able to tell you that his voice and energy remain the same and so does his talent for song-writing. He even performed some of his famous dance moves along with Sweet Child O’ Mine and my aunt was screaming like the crazy fangirl she is. I was screaming away too even though I had a bad throat. To say it was epic would be an understatement.

As you all know my favourite band is Tokio Hotel and when my aunt told me that Guns ‘N’ Roses are her Tokio Hotel, it got me thinking; What will they look like in 20 years? Will they still be as sexy as they are now? Will they still be alive, making music? Where will I be? All I know for sure is that I will forever remain a fan of Bill and Tokio Hotel, just like my aunt stayed in love with Axl Rose and Guns ‘N’ Roses.

[Sorry, couldn't help but add a photo of Bill!]

 

It’s time to ‘Do It Like A Dude’

Posted in Constructive Crtitisism, For The Feminist in Us All, Glitz and Glamour: Needed in All Lives, Pink Champagne <3, What Women Want with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 11, 2012 by midnightradiostar

I think I really owe VEVO. Honestly. If it wasn’t for them, I wouldn’t have come across the shot of vodka that is Jessie J. This woman is one of those artists that make you want to get up and jump about. Is she a unique addition to the music industry? Not really. Is the music something we haven’t seen before? Err… But do we love her anyway? The answer is a resounding YES!

The first song of her’s I heard was ‘Price Tag’ featuring rapper B.O.B., and let me tell you: I loved it. Yes it’s a bit of a cliche and yes we’ve heard songs similar to this about happy times and the goodness of man and such, but then again, why complain when happiness knocks at the door?

This woman has the right amount of attitude as well as a bright personality. She started off as a songwriter for musicians including Miley Cyrus and Chris Brown, having partly written the lyrics of ‘Party in the USA’ . She finally started her solo career in 2011 with her debut album Who You Are. The songs are about individuality ['Who You Are', the title track],  independence ['Who's Laughing Now'] as well as feminism ['Do It Like a Dude'], and she has joined the ranks of the women in the music industry that are icons to young girls all over the world. Her success in the UK with ‘Do It Like a Dude’ propelled her into stardom, and she made her debut in the USA with ‘Price Tag’ which established her as an international celebrity.

She does remind me of Pink to be honest, especially if you look at how similar the songs ‘Perfect’ by Pink and ‘Price Tag’ are… She also channels a little bit of Katy Perry, and I think you’ll see what I mean after you watch a couple of her videos.

All said and done, Jessie J is what I’d like to call a ‘happy pill’. When I’m down in the dumps and need something to take my mind of things, I  log on to YouTube and tune in to one of Shane Dawson’s videos or listen to Jessie’s song ‘Domino’. I’m not a big fan of the video, because while she does look stunning, it’s nothing but a few shots of her in different outfits with a giant projector screen behind her. But I absolutely love jamming out to the song. I usually dance around my bedroom in my underwear lip-syncing ‘Domino’ [or 'Marry the Night' by Lady Gaga, but that's another story]. While Jessie may not be someone as ground-breaking as Gaga, she definitely has brought a special spark into music, and life wouldn’t be the same without her.

If you ever have a day where the sun don’t shine and you need a pick me up, Jessie J is definitely someone you can turn to. Key tracks you have to listen to are ‘Price Tag’, ‘Domino’ and ‘Who You Are’. I do love her look which is sort of Katy Perry met a flapper from the 1920′s and then bumped into Rihanna. One thing I always notice about her are her nails and lipstick which are both flawless and creative. I love the way she involves so much colour and life into her appearance, every video, and every performance. She’s energetic, talented, lovable and beautiful and has a brightness about her that no one seems to be able to match up to.

So check out Jessie J and brighten up your day!! … That half-rhyme was ridiculous wasn’t it? But you guys love  me anyway! ;D

Peace out!

Ridz <3

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