Having first come to public attention in the group Genie Queen and later, as a member of pop trio The Pipettes, Ani Saunders, perhaps best known now by the persona Ani Glass, has, for some time now, had music in her blood.
Born and raised in Wales, this talented electro-pop musician, producer and photographer – she is a woman of many talents – sings in her native languages of Welsh and Cornish, much to the delight of her growing fan-base.
With support behind her from the likes of BBC Radio Cymru who chose her first solo single “Ffôl” (Foolish) as their track of the week, she’s since gone on to have her music played on BBC 6 music, with more and more music outlets starting to sit up and take notice.
Ani’s new EP Ffrwydrad Tawel is named after one of Wales’ leading contemporary artists Ivor Davies’ 2016 major exhibition Silent Explosion/Ffrwydrad Tawel and she has spoken openly about how his use and mix of the Welsh language, bleak colours and destruction to reflect society in Wales inspired her new collection of songs.
The Ffrwydrad Tawel EP consists of six brand new tracks, each one with its own socially conscious underscore and in her own words, Glass says of the collection:
“It’s about reconnecting with my language, history and culture after returning home having been away for years. The songs are a snapshot of this journey of self discovery.”
She goes on to add that the EP demonstrates:
“The fight within yourself to address larger, more pressing themes in society whilst battling the reality of everyday life.”
The EP also includes a song-book of Welsh and English lyrics with the artwork designed and created by Glass herself.
Check out “Geiriau” (Words) from the EP below and for more information on Ani, give her page a like on Facebook or follow her on Twitter. The EP will be launched on April 22nd at Clwb Ifor Bach.
In an announcement that many fans had suspected was coming for some time, Tomo Milicevic, the guitarist for US rock band Thirty Seconds To Mars since 2003, took to Twitter last night to announce he had left the group. The 38-year-old posted a heartfelt message that began:
“There’s really not an easy way to say it so I thought, just say it. I am no longer with Thirty Seconds To Mars.”
His post went on to single out his now former band-mates and he expressed his gratitude to them, adding:
“…thank you to Jared and Shannon for allowing me the privilege to be a small part of their dream…I’ll cherish the moments we had together.”
The message also addressed the fans, asking that they:
“…please don’t be sad or angry over this…” and calling for them to:
“Remember something very important, this band brought us ALL together…me included.”
Milicevic hadn’t played with the band since leaving their current tour in March, with the official Thirty Seconds To Mars Twitter account posting the following on the 16th of the month:
We wanted to let you know that Tomo is taking a break from tour to deal with some personal matters. Thank you for respecting his privacy at this time. We will be continuing the Monolith Tour and are looking forward to seeing you all on the road very soon.
Moments after Milicevic made his announcement, fans of the band, collectively known as the Echelon, flooded the social media site with messages of support for the guitarist, many of the tweets ending with the hashtag #ThankYouTomo. You can read just a few of them below.
#ThankYouTomo Thank you for being apart of such an amazing band that means everything to me. As an echelon you’ll always have my support. I love you and wish you the best. ❤️
#ThankyouTomo thank you for this amazing journey,i wasn't here since the beginnig but i saw all the good things you did. You are such an amazing person,you are a ball of happiness and i wish you the very best in this new chapter in your life .I love you so much @tomofromearth ? pic.twitter.com/Wk0akK9eY6
#ThankYouTomo for all the beautiful moments you gave us over the years. We love you so so much and we will always be here for you no matter what the future has in store for you!! ❤️ pic.twitter.com/qvIvRWyNT6
— anna loves tomo. thank you tomo (@twilight_crech) June 11, 2018
#ThankYouTomo for all this amazing years with you. You always made me laugh. Thank you for incredible concerts, your cooking lessons and for being who you are. We love you so much and we will always support you ❤️ ”Belive in yourself. Follow your dreams no matter what.” pic.twitter.com/i7Uu1dQNyn
Remaining and founding members of the band Jared and Shannon Leto have yet to comment on Tomo’s departure from the band and are part way through the US leg of their Monolith Tour, in support of latest album America.
Inspired by artists such as Kenny Chesney and having opened for Thomas Rhett, Cole Bradley has always had a passion and affinity for country music, and now, thanks to releases such as his new single “Happy Hour”, he’s well on his way to being a real star of the genre in his own right. ThisIsTheLatest caught up with Cole to talk song-writing, dream shows, and his ambitions for the next six months and beyond.
go to link TITL: First of all, who exactly is Cole Bradley?
Cole Bradley: Great place to start! I am a country singer-songwriter from Calgary, Canada, who currently lives in Nashville, TN. I love to have a good time, live everyday like it’s my last and put out music that hopefully people can connect with.
CB: I’ve always loved performing and songwriting but the moment I realized that I wanted to pursue a career in country music was when I was twelve years old. It was when I heard my first Kenny Chesney record and I was mesmerized by the way Kenny was able to make people feel through his songs. From that moment on, I wanted to be like Kenny and create music that everyday people could relate to.
CB: Kenny Chesney, Garth Brooks, and Darius Rucker would have to be the top three country artists that inspire me. The reason being is that their songs tell the best stories. Their music makes people feel something!
get link TITL: What impact do they have on the music you make?
CB: Obviously, Kenny’s beach influence has impacted me in my song writing but ultimately, these three artists make me want to write better songs and push myself to new heights. In my opinion, Brooks, Chesney, and Rucker set the bar when it comes to releasing new and interesting songs, so my hope is that one day I can be on their level.
CB: My best inspiration comes from real life experiences. I need to live my songs! If I can “live” and experience different things every day, that’s where I’ll find inspiration and that creates the best songs.
CB: The idea came from my first year of university in Canada. Every Thursday night my friends and I would huddle into my dorm room and we would play a game called “Power Hour” where each of us would do a shot of beer each minute for 60 minutes straight. We had a ton of fun to say the least! In the end, the song is all about just enjoy a few drinks with your best pals and getting into some fun afterwards!
CB: You bet! We have some shows planned for CMA Fest in Nashville this weekend. After that we have some real fun shows planned in Western Canada over the course of the summer as well as a few US dates that haven’t been announced just yet.
aplicaciones de conocer gente TITL: You’ve already opened shows for a number of country stars including Thomas Rhett, but if you could share a stage with three other bands or artists, living or dead, who would you pick and where would you play?
CB: Obviously, Kenny Chesney and Garth Brooks would have to be at the top of that list as they are my heroes! From the past, if I was a sixties kid I would want to hang with The Beatles – “Penny Lane” was one of the first songs I ever listened to and probably inspired my love for singing. Is there any band more legendary than them?
follow url TITL: What has been the nicest thing someone has so far written or said about you, and what would be the ultimate compliment someone could give you?
CB: Wow, great question! I think some of the best compliments I have received are from people who have been following my career from the very start. Just to hear those people say that “you get better every time I hear you” or “you’ve grown as an artist” is such an affirmation that I’m on track. The ultimate compliment someone could give me is that my songs helped them in a tough time or that one of my songs made them think of a special memory. For me, if someone tells me that they relate to my music and connect with it – that’s the ultimate compliment in my books.
CB: Social media is a great platform for artists. It has never been easier to build a brand, release new music and build an audience. Social media engagement is huge in helping an artist grow their fan-base. If you can master the art of having great communication with your fans – I believe you will find success. It’s hard to say if there is such thing as “too much of a presence” but I believe if you have quality content and your personality shines through then I think you are doing the right thing.
TITL: Finally then, what does the rest of the year in store for you and where would you like to see yourself five years from now? What do you want to tick off your bucket list?
CB: For the rest of the year, my plan is to keep building my audience, touring in new markets and improving my craft. I think if I can keep improving on my live show, songwriting and in the studio as well as making new fans then I’ll be very happy. My main goal is to able to share my music with as many people as possible and if I can have a career in the next five years where I am still making a living playing music – then that’s a huge win in my books!
Check out Cole Bradley’s latest track “Happy Hour” below and for more information on him and his music, visit his website, give his page a like on Facebook or follow him on Twitter.