With his new album Blue
Butterfly out next month, it’s fair to say that Danny Zee is kicking off
2020 with the same passion for music and with the same energy and ambition he
had and shared with the world in 2019. The album itself was recorded over a
period of six months and is very much an audio diary/accompaniment to Danny’s
experience of those months he spent in complete isolation while working on the
collection. The result is a record which blends together several genres and
addresses moments and issues so many can and will no doubt relate to including
heartbreak. Before the album drops however comes his latest single “So Long,
Goodbye”, which ThisIsTheLatest are
delighted to premiere.
Asked about the inspiration behind and creative process to the song, Danny says:
“I just let out everything on paper about what I felt when I was betrayed. The track followed through. But what really got to me was the transitions in the track. Though I’ve said goodbye, we conveyed the girl’s perspective through the eastern qawwali, the words of which translate to, ‘don’t turn your back on me and leave, my love. I’ll always be searching for and following your path. Just so I can see you one more time’. It was exactly the way things happened, I said I’m out, done, and she didn’t want me to go. We ended it there because I ended up staying.”
Check out “So Long, Goodbye” below and for more information on Danny Zee, give his page a like on Facebook or follow him on Twitter.
We’re so excited to share that the amazing Lizzo and Dave will join the previously announced Billie Eilish, Celeste, Harry Styles, Lewis Capaldi, Mabel and Stormzy to perform at The BRIT Awards 2020!
Three-time Grammy Award winner Lizzo will bring her electrifying stage presence to the UK, in what will be her biggest UK TV audience yet! She released her third album ‘Cus I Love You’ last Spring, which included ‘Truth Hurts’, the viral hit she performed at her Glastonbury debut in the summer. Lizzo is nominated for International Female Solo Artist.
Dave’s debut album ‘Psychodrama’ was released last March and went straight to number one in the UK album chart, while also becoming the most-streamed first-week album in the UK. Critical acclaim followed the album which featured a slew of hits including ‘Black’, ‘Streatham’ and ‘Location’ feat. Burna Boy, the latter of which has been nominated for Song of the Year. Dave has also been nominated for three more BRIT Awards: Male Solo Artist, Best New Artist, and the Mastercard Album of the Year.
On his upcoming performance, Dave said:
“I’m very grateful and looking forward to the opportunity, I’m going to give everything I can to give you my best performance.”
The BRIT Awards 2020 will air on Tuesday 18th February and will be a huge celebration of the past year of British music and success stories. There will be more updates to come in the lead up to what will be an incredible night!
2019 was a big year for JP Saxe,
which saw him become somewhat of a staple on the lips – and social media
accounts – of numerous celebs and music fans thanks to the release of “If The
World Was Ending”, featuring Julia Michaels. Now, he’s kicking off 2020 with
the release of his debut EP and has a run of UK shows taking place later this month.
ThisIsTheLatest caught up with him to
chat favourite artists, song-writing inspiration and his ambitions for the year
TITL: At what age did you first realise you wanted to make music a
career and was there a particular band or artist/song or album that impacted
JP Saxe: Around 19, when I moved to
LA. At that time, I was listening to a lot of Justin Nozuka.
TITL: Which bands and artists would you say most inspire you when it
comes to the music you make?
JP: Gershwin, Yesika Salgado, Julia
TITL: If you had to describe yourself and your music in four words what
would you say?
JP: Over-intellectualized but generally
TITL: What would you say your unique selling point as an artist is?
JP: Asymmetrical jaw line.
TITL: From who or what do you most often find inspiration for your
JP: The feelings I don’t quite
TITL: There are many brilliant songs around, spanning the decades, but
if you had to choose, which, in your opinion, is the greatest ever written and
JP: Itsy bitsy spider. It’s timeless.
It will always go up the water spout.
TITL: Your latest single, “If The World Was Ending”,
which features Julia Michaels, has proven to be a HUGE hit with several celebs
posting and tweeting about the track. Did you ever expect or could you ever
have anticipated the reaction it’s received?
JP: Nope. It’s really fucking
TITL: How exactly did Julia come to be involved on the track?
JP: She posted my song “25 In
Barcelona” on IG. I messaged her, she said we should write, and we wrote ifwwe
the day we met!
TITL: The track was produced by Finneas, Billie Eilish’s brother who is
also making quite a name for himself. What was the creative/productive process
like between the two of you?
JP: So easy. He’s brilliant. All his
instinct were spot on.
TITL: Are there plans for an EP or album in the works?
JP: My EP Hold It Together was released on Friday!
TITL: What about tour and performance plans? Any chance fans can see you
in a town or city near them soon?
JP: Yup!! Europe with Lennon Stella
and then at least another tour this year but likely and probably more.
TITL: As well as praise, artists often face a lot of criticism from
critics but do you pay much attention to or care much about what such people
think? Do you ever find negative comments hurtful and how do you overcome how
they make you feel?
JP: I get compared only to other sexy
gingers. I’m happy about it.
TITL: Taking into account all the praise you’ve received from users of
social media, how do you feel about the industry’s – and society’s – apparent
reliance on it? Do you believe it’s at all possible for bands and artists
to achieve success without being socially interactive these days and do you
think there are any downsides to the industry in particular being so
JP: It’s just a tool. It can be a
beautiful connector or a delimitating distractor. The differentiation is
entirely in our own hands.
TITL: Finally then, what are your plans for 2020? After the success
you’ve achieved so far, what’s the next goal for you to reach for and
JP: Keep being myself and stay happy
for the right reasons.
JP Saxe’s EP Hold It Together is available now and for more information on JP,
visit his website, give his page a like
on Facebook or follow him on Twitter.