Teaming up with French beauty Praa, innovative fellow French talent Maximilien has just released his latest single “Alliance” which blends an unmistakable beat with a spell-binding vocal. With Maximilien’s electronic sound and Praa’s more urban style, the track comes across a unique and affluent piece of music.
A relative newcomer to the industry, Praa’s involvement on the track comes on the back of her having alrwady receiving critical acclaim for her first two releases from the likes of The Clash and 405, and being championed as a Fresh Find by Spotify.
Led by an array of organic instruments, synthesizers and a piano and vocoder, there’s a uniquely soothing element to the track, and such is only emphasised via its deeply hypnotic and visually stimulating video, directed by Liswaya, which ThisIsTheLatest are delighted to premiere below.
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Having started out as part of the Danish Aarhus underground scene, vocalist, keyboard and bass player Thorbjørn Kaas AKA Bear With Me has just released his debut single and has plenty of ideas about where he’d like his music to take him in the future. He spoke to ThisIsTheLatest about where in the world he’d most like to play and what his ultimate goal as an artist is.
TITL: For anyone who hasn’t heard of you or your music, how would you sum up Bear With Me?
Bear With Me: It is about having fun, experimenting and see where the moment will take you. I’d like to think of it as very personal, current music with an analogue feel or just danceable melancholia.
TITL: Which few bands or artists would you say you’re most influenced by and how do those influences come across in the music you make?
BWM: I find a lot of comfort listening to various dream-pop and shoegaze bands, such as Beach House, Cocteau Twins, Slowdive and My Bloody Valentine to name a few. I seek that swirly vibe but in a more upbeat manner. Hopefully people will enjoy listening to the music on the dance-floor, but also under more chilled circumstances, too.
TITL: Is there one band or artist you most commonly find yourself being compared to, and if so, do you mind such comparisons?
BWM: Since ”After Me” is the first single there hasn’t been that many comparisons yet. But Röyksopp, Tame Impala and Air have been mentioned. I think they sum up the vibe in good way, and even though their approaches to music are different Bear With Me could easily be described as a mix of those three.
TITL: Tell me about your debut single “After Me”. Is there a story behind the song and what do you want listeners to take from it when they hear it?
BWM: It’s about losing someone who were once close to you. Even though it is hard to say goodbye and let go you can always hope that the person can stay in your thoughts and still be a part of your life. I would describe the song as both melancholic and hopeful. It’s an homage to any kind of close relation between people, but also an acknowledgement of how delicate and changeful such bonds can be.
TITL: Have you started thinking about what your next single might be and are there plans for an EP/album in the works?
BWM: There’s a recording session planned in August with some great guys. It’s not decided whether it’s gonna be an album or an EP yet.
TITL: Do you have any tour/performance plans lined up, and if so, for those who haven’t seen you live before, what can you tell them to expect?
BWM: We are playing with our friends in Moon Loves Honey on the 27th April at Radar in Aarhus. It’ll be the second time we’ve played the music outside the rehearsal room, so I guess people can expect something unheard.
TITL: If you could perform with any three bands or artists, who can be living or dead, who would you choose and where would you play?
BWM: 1. I would love to play with a big jazz glitterati at the time where things went down. For example Thelonious Monk at Village Vanguard or something. 2. I guess a lot of people would want to be any of the performing artist at Woodstock festival 69’. In that case I would prefer to play the tambourine. – it’s not so demanding. 3. I have a feeling that I would enjoy to play the bass in Mac Demarco’s band. I’ve always wanted to play at Orange Scene at Roskilde Festival – the largest scene on the largest festival in Denmark – so I think that would be a fitting location.
TITL: Are there any other plans or projects in the pipeline for the coming months you can tell me about?
BWM: I’m arranging a one-day festival the 16th of June. Besides Bear With Me, the greatest acts of Aarhus will be present.
TITL: Finally then, where would you like to see yourself five years from now and what’s the ultimate goal?
BWM: I’d like to see myself, and my band, a long way from Aarhus, in a bus, touring all kinds of places. The ultimate goal is to make an album however we want, whenever we want and to perform wherever we want. We want success and hopefully, freedom is a by-product of that.
Give “After Me” a listen below and for more information on Bear With Me, give his page a like on Facebook or follow him on Instagram.
Having just released the video to his new single “What You Need”, RJ Word is certainly well on his way to making his mark on the music industry. Currently working on a number of singles, ThisIsTheLatest caught up with RJ to chat all things inspiration, ultimate compliments and what he’d most like to be remembered for.
TITL: Has music always been your ambition, or, growing up, did you consider exploring other avenues? Ultimately, who or what made you realise that music was the right path for you?
RJ Word: Growing up I studied music and acting. I still consider myself an actor, it’s just not my primary focus at the moment. Music gives me more freedom to create. A song can be anywhere from 90 seconds to 10 minutes and can be made considerably faster than a film. Also, you just can’t beat that feeling music gives you. There’s nothing like it.
TITL: Which bands and artists are you most influenced and inspired by and is there one in particular you might say you sound similar to?
RJ: Michael Jackson, David Bowie, Paul McCartney, Bruno Mars and Justin Timberlake have all influenced me a lot, but hopefully I don’t sound too much like any of them.
TITL: Is there a story behind your new track “What You Need”?
RJ: I wanted to make a disco inspired record with some more modern rhythmic elements. We came up with this.
TITL: Are there any EP/album plans in the works, and if so, what can you tell me about how they’re coming along?
RJ: Just working on more singles at the moment, but that’s going really well. I have a couple songs I’m really excited about.
TITL: How easy or hard do you find the song-writing process? Do you find it often depends on the subject matter and other such issues?
RJ: Some days it can be a little tough to get started. But once you’re in the zone it’s just fun, unless you’re writing something about a heartbreak that just happened.
TITL: In your mind, what makes a song truly great and which song would you say is the greatest ever written?
RJ: It’s half lyrics/melody and half production, so both have to be spot on to make an excellent record. The songs that stand out in my memory are the ones that do something different and unconventional. That’s where the magic happens. It’d be impossible for me to name a favorite.
TITL: Do you have any upcoming performance/tour plans?
RJ: Not right now. I’m mostly focusing on writing and recording for the next couple of months.
TITL: If you could perform with three bands or artists, who can be living or dead, who would they be?
RJ: That’s a tough one. Most of my idols are legendary performers and to be up next to them would be really intimidating. But my dream set would be to do a show with MJ and have Quincy Jones conducting a full orchestra live along with us. Depending on if you count the musicians in the orchestra, that’d be way more or one less than 3 acts.
TITL: What has been the nicest thing someone’s written/posted about you and your music and what would the ultimate compliment be?
RJ: When people say online that one of my songs is the best they’re ever heard it’s always nice. But I’m so critical of my work that it’s hard for me to seriously take that to heart. The ultimate compliment would be for someone I really respect in the industry to just say they liked it.
TITL: Both personally and professionally, how do you feel about social media? What impact is it having on your career and your ability to reach an audience, and do you believe it’s possible for upcoming bands and artists today to achieve success without it?
RJ: It’s been amazing tool for me professionally but something I have never used personally. I like my privacy too much. Being able to share my music with the world and grow a fan base, the way I have, can be directly accredited to it. So yeah, it’s very important to me. I think it’s still possible for an upcoming act to blow up without using it directly. But if their fan base is growing they’ll be using socials to talk about them. So at least indirectly it’ll be used. It’s a big part of how the world today communicates.
TITL: Finally then, five-ten years from now, what do you hope to have achieved from your music career? What bucket list items do you want to have ticked off and if you could be remembered for one thing when it comes to your music, what would it be?
RJ: I’d love to have toured the world, have some records I’m really proud of and have worked with some of my idols. I have no clue what I’ll be remembered for yet. At the moment my goal is to make what’s on the radio musical again. Getting away from all the loop based tracks and repetitive samples. I’d be okay with being remembered for that.
Check out the video for “What You Need” below and to keep up to date with RJ Word, visit his website, give his page a like on Facebook or follow him on Twitter.