QNLZ CHATS NEW MUSIC, MILEY CYRUS & MUSICIAL INSPIRATIONS 66

Formerly known by the name Queen Liz, QNLZ has already earned herself support from the lives of Impose Magazine but now in 2017, she’s looking to well and truly reach out to music fans everywhere. Currently working on an EP and desperate to head out on the road and tour, she chatted with Thisisthelatest about her new single, social media and what she’d believe to be her ultimate success.

TITL: How would you sum yourself up in four words?

QNLZ: Determined, unique, silly and sassy.

TITL: Prior to making music a career, did you have any other ambitions?

QNLZ: Yes! I dreamt of going pro in gymnastics. I got accepted into the competitive traveling team, but didn’t want my mom to have to pay thousands of dollars. I then discovered shortly after that I wanted to pursue a music career more than anything.

TITL: Which bands and artists are you most influenced/inspired by and are there any in particular you might say you sound most like?

QNLZ: Miley Cyrus has always been an inspiration of mine. Not only as a musician, but as a person as well. I don’t feel that I sound like her, but I definitely relate to her! I am carefree, honest, and I stand for what I love. As does she! I can usually contain my excitement, but I think if I ever got the opportunity to meet her I would definitely not be able to do so. I feel the same way about Christina Aguilera, as well. I wanted to be her (in the least creepy way). I wanted more than anything to sound like her! I often find myself doing the same things she does with her voice, but in a “Queen Liz” way, and not a “Christina” way. Both of them have equally inspired me in multiple ways. I feel I sound a lot like Lorde and Amy Winehouse, however.

TITL: Who or what most inspires your song-writing and with that in mind, which song would you say is the greatest ever written and why?

QNLZ: When I find a song that moves me in a way that I can’t explain, I often become more attached to the artist who created it. I believe there is a difference between enjoying a song, and relating to a song. The feeling I get when I feel connected to both the song and the artist, is what inspires me to create music of my own. Not only is it a way for me to express my genuine feelings, but it is a way for me to move and inspire others in a way that talking can’t. My list of “the greatest songs ever written” is continuously growing, but right now I am loving the song “Alarm” by Anne Marie, and am noticing that I definitely relate to it.

TITL: Tell me a little about your new single “I Want You Right Now.”

QNLZ: This song is about wanting to be with someone you know isn’t good for you. Emotions are crazy as it is, but they are even crazier when you’re in love! In the chorus, it says “…you’re confusing, amusing, you bet I’d love you down (down).” Often in life you may think you know what you want, even if it hurts you in the long run. I wanted to tell a story that others could relate to. Being in love is hard, especially when you know your “other half” is not really your other half. You will keep fighting, and convincing yourself otherwise until you realize what is best. I also decided to use steel drums, and African percussion sounds to complete the tropical vibe.

TITL: Is there an EP or album in the works?

QNLZ: No album yet, but I have started writing an EP! I don’t want to rush it. I want to make sure I put out my BEST work! I have a lot of ideas/goals, and am constantly working to make sure I achieve them. I have a few projects in the making… but when the time comes to release an album, I want to make sure it’s perfect!

TITL: What are your upcoming performance plans?

QNLZ: I would really like to go on tour this summer! I haven’t done a lot of traveling, but it has always been my dream to do so! Although a giant pastel pink tour bus sounds marvelous, I plan on driving my little car around the PNW to local bars, coffee shops, and/or arenas. In April, I will performing at the 2017 Northwest Cherry Idol held in The Dalles, OR. I cant wait!

TITL: If you could share a stage with three other bands or who can be living or dead, who would you choose and where would you play?

QNLZ: Miley Cyrus, Christina Aguilera, and Lady Gaga. I would choose to either play at The Moda Center in Portland, OR or Red Rocks in Colorado. Those two arenas are very close to my heart, along with the artists. I feel we would make a very powerful group on stage.

TITL: Are there any other plans/projects in the pipeline you can tell me about?

QNLZ: Besides potentially going on tour, and starting an EP; there are no plans or projects that I can announce just yet. I am in the process of creating a music video for Freak Show, which I am extremely excited about! I just recently found a local bar in my area that puts on an open mic night every Tuesday, so that is something I DEFINITELY plan on being a part of! Stay tuned!

TITL: How do you feel about social media and to what extent has it impacted your career? Do you think it’s possible for bands and artists to succeed without it?

QNLZ: I have found that social media can be very bitter sweet. It can either help you, or it can ruin you. When it comes to Soundcloud, Spotify, iTunes, etc. I think those are INCREDIBLY important to have, especially nowadays in the music industry. However- Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, etc. only creates competition in my eyes. It is a nice and easy way to connect with friends, family, and fans; but I don’t want to focus on how many followers/likes I have. I want to focus on how many albums I can release in a year. It’s about music to me, not popularity. I feel it has only made people focus on how cool artists look, and not how they sound.

TITL: Finally then, what would you have to achieve in order to happily call it a day and what would you like your musical legacy to be?

QNLZ: It wouldn’t take much. Just a few listeners who feel moved, inspired, or connected to my music is all I will ever need. Being given the opportunity to share my artistry with the world is already a blessing in itself!

For more information on QNLZ, give her page a like on Facebook or follow her on Twitter. Her music, including the single “I Want You Right Now” is available on iTunes.

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LIVE: THE SCRIPT @ MANCHESTER ARENA – FEBRUARY 3RD 2018 40

After a hugely successful mini-tour back in August and September ahead of fifth studio album Freedom Child’s release, it was really only a matter of time before The Script found their way back to the place they truly feel at home – on stage. But, before they delighted the thousands of die-hard fans, some of whom had queued since 2am to get the best spots at the barrier, who had sold-out Manchester Arena, it was up to Ella Eyre to metaphorically, and given the biting February cold, literally help warm them up ahead of the main event.

Ella walked on stage to a rapidly filling arena and for the next half hour, danced, shimmied and sang her way into the hearts of many before her. Vocally, she may not have been the strongest female to have graced the arena stage, but she certainly proved herself to be one of the most energetic as she encouraged the crowd to sing and dance along, especially to closing number and smash hit “Came Here For Love” which went down a storm.

After an interval of around half an hour, during which time a four sided curtain shrouded the B stage towards the back of the arena, the lights dimmed once more and, almost simultaneously, the cheering proceeded to get louder and louder. As the curtain fell away to the opening notes of “Superheroes”, the band, drummer Glen, guitarist Mark and front-man Danny, complete with newly dyed blonde locks, made their first appearance before their ecstatic audience, with Danny bouncing up and down brimming with the energy of a man half his age, but with a vocal that’s never sounded better.

Having told their fans via Twitter that this new tour was to be very interactive, following “Rock The World”, the band proceeded to prove said comment via “Paint The Town Green” and with Glen armed with a mini drum and Mark leading the way with his guitar, the band made their way through the packed crowd down to the front and onto the main stage.

“It’s Not Right For You” offered up the first real opportunity for the thousands packed into the venue to show off their vocal skills, and they seized said opportunity happily as their “oh-oh-oh’s” echoed around the vast space, before they earned themselves rapturous applause from Glen and bassist Ben in particular for their efforts during “The Man Who Can’t Be Moved.”

As Danny took a seat at the piano that had by now appeared on stage, he began to play the intro to “Wonders”, a track from the bands’ latest album which had already proven itself (given the Twitter reaction it’s received in recent months) to be a new fan favourite, so needless to say, as the thousands present finally heard it live for the first time, they were more than a little happy. One individual close to the front was likely even more so, when, mid-song, having left the piano, Danny proceeded to reach over, grab their drink and take a swig of it. The trio then continued to power their way through their set, delivering hit song after hit song – “Six Degrees Of Separation” and “Nothing” being just two, with applause and cheers rarely far from their ears. “If You Could See Me Now” meanwhile had many audience members, myself included, on the verge of tears, and the emotion in Danny’s voice, and in his eyes, was clear for all to hear and see.

“No Man Is An Island” had practically everyone in attendance (at least those I could see), including those in the seats, at Danny’s instruction, placing their left arm around the shoulder of the person next to them and taking eight steps to the left and eight to the right in time with the music – it made for quite a sight, one which has seen the crowd since be referred to, rather humorously, as “penguins.”

Continuing to be extremely (and surprisingly) interactive during with the crowd their set, the band then appeared in the middle of the seating area, surrounded by standing fans, and proceeded to play renditions of “If You Ever Come Back” and the beautifully melodic “Never Seen Anything Quite Like You”, before, as Mark and Glen made their way back to the main stage, Danny continued to delight those in the tiers by singing “The Energy Never Dies” as he made his way through the crowd back towards his bandmates.

It’s not every day you see fans hold up umbrellas indoors, but that’s exactly what some did during the performance of “Rain”, the song that rounded off the main set. Having left the stage for a few minutes, during which the sound of thousands of stamping feet and rapidly increasing in volume cheers echoed from all corners of the venue, the band then returned for their encore, kicking it off with “No Good In Goodbye”, closely followed by “Breakeven.”

With tonight being the first show the band have played in the arena since 2015, and following the bombing last year, it was touching to then see Danny introduce on stage the Parrs Wood High School Harmony Choir, who performed with Ariana Grande at the One Love Manchester concert.

He then went on to give an emotive and passionate speech about freedom:

“We all stand united together Manchester. That’s what this album is about; freedom. The freedom of expression, to love who you wanna love, to be who you wanna be, to say what you wanna say. Have no fear. Never fear! Now to me, music has always been the one true religion, because it accepts you no matter who you are, what colour, what creed, what sex, what shape, what nationality…it cares not. It’s always been there for me since I was young, and I’m guessing, by looking at all of you, it was there for you too.”

He called on everyone present to take out their phones and record the moment that was unfolding, inviting them to make a memory with him and the band. That moment, with thousands of lights filling the arena, created what Danny referred to as “a whole constellation of stars” of which he said, “every one of those is a portal to the outside world, and we’re going to give them a moment to remember.” As he asked if Manchester was ready to “make a moment”, the roaring cheer he received in response told him the answer was an emphatic ‘yes.’ From there “Hall Of Fame”, with the choir adding an extra special something to the performance, closed out the set, ending it on an undeniable high.

With over a dozen more dates still left for the band to perform on this leg of the tour, and likely scores more yet to be announced, tonight The Script not only entertained those before them, but also got those with tickets for upcoming shows, and following the show on social media, even more hyped up. They might have been away for close to three years, but given the energy and passion with which they performed each and every song, together with the reaction of the crowd, tonight in Manchester, it was like they never went away at all.

BRIT AWARDS 2018: RITA ORA TO PERFORM 42

The BRITs 2018 performance line-up adds another superstar in Rita Ora who will take to the stage at the awards ceremony for the first time this year. She will join Dua Lipa, Ed Sheeran, Foo Fighters, Sam Smith, Stormzy, Rag’n’Bone Man and Jorja Smith at The O2 on 21 February for the biggest night in British music.

Previously nominated for four BRIT Awards, and with 7 million single sales and a No. 1 platinum debut album to her name, Rita’s recent return to music has seen her into the charts four times in less than a year, most recently with ‘For You’ – a duet with BRITs 2018 double-nominee Liam Payne.

Rita said: “I am so honoured to be performing at The BRITs this year, as a British artist it has always been a dream of mine and I am beyond excited”

BRITs Chairman & CEO and Chairman of Sony Music UK & Ireland Jason Iley said: “The BRIT Awards are a celebration of the biggest success stories of the last 12 months in music and Rita has had an incredible year.  She is one of the most exciting British artists of her generation.  I am so pleased to welcome her to The BRITs stage and very much look forward to what will undoubtably be one of the evenings many highlights.”

The 38th BRIT Awards will be hosted by Jack Whitehall and broadcast live on ITV. Celebrate with us on 21 February!