Following her studies at the Eastman School of Music, Dani DiCiaccio, aka KYOSi began producing music and adding her vocal talents to a band in Ithaca, NY, before embarking on a solo career in 2011. Several years on, she’s grown in confidence, both as an individual and as an artist, and earned herself growing attention from both fans and critics on both sides of the Atlantic. Having recently released her EP Negative Space, KYOSi spoke to ThisIsTheLatest about song-writing inspiration, the country she’d most love to perform in and where she’d like to see the music industry go in years to come.

TITL: At what age did you first think you wanted to make music your career, and have you ever had any other career plans or ideas since then? 

KYOSi: Nah it was always about music. I think it was in middle school, so about 14. 

TITL: The music industry is packed with an array of talent from around the world, so what makes you stand out? If you had to sell yourself and your music to a fan or critic in a sentence or two, what would you say?

K: I would say that I’m not trying to sell myself to you, and I hope you find whatever artist speaks to you without having to jump through hoops.

TITL: Which bands and artists are you most influenced by and how do they impact the music you make? 

K: I love The Invisible, Arca, Beck, Lizzo, Lotic, Sophie, Sevdaliza, JPEGmafia. Everybody is just killing it. I’m so inspired by the artists of this time and feel pushed to be my best.

TITL: Tell me a little about your EP Negative Space. Where’d the idea for the title come from? 

K: The title is about loss of self, loss of love and the search that persists after which you’ve lost a part of yourself. 

TITL: The EP explores class politics and race/gender issues among other topics – was that an intentional decision or just something that emerged while you were writing?

K: Pretty much everything I think about these days leads back to class and the “invisible” power dynamics that exist between people with different access to money. So it wasn’t conscious but I’m not trying to hide anything.

TITL: Which track on the EP might you say you’re most proud of and why? 

K: Aw man I’m proud of all of them. “Boo Radley” is the one I wanted most to reach people, and it has so I’m happy.

TITL: In terms of your lyrics and general song-writing from who or from where do you find most of your inspiration?

K: NYC. The subway. I love how the haves & have-nots are crammed into the same places. Endlessly inspiring to me.

TITL: How easy or hard do you find the song-writing process? Can it depend on the subject you’re wanting to write about or your frame of mind at the time? 

K: The latter. I try not to approach it in thinking it’s easy or hard. It’s something I do and I have to work at it. The thing that varies is inspiration. Sometimes ideas are there and sometimes not but either way I need to work at it and be there for them when they decide to show up. 

TITL: Your music has so far been praised/championed by the likes of EARMILK and Impose Magazine, but do you care much as to what critics think or are you more concerned about the views and thoughts of your fans? What’s the nicest thing anyone has written/said about you? 

K: Love from organizations I care about is so humbling but of course, ultimately I care about what fans think. I think the nicest thing someone said to me once is that she felt like it was music that helped him bridge the conversational gap between themselves and their dad. I guess his dad is an old school jazz head so they were able to find common ground in my music. 

TITL: You’ve performed on both sides of the Atlantic but if you could play one venue anywhere in the world, which would it be and why? Are there any tour plans in the works?

K: That’s such a tough question! I’d love to play somewhere in Japan, like an intimate venue. I have a number of listeners in Tokyo so as of now that would be my dream gig. No tour plans in the works but will do some local shows in 2020.

TITL: Are you a fan of social media and is it something you’ve found helpful or a hindrance in terms of being able to connect with/grow your fan-base and potential audience? 

K: 98% hinderance. 2% helpful tool to connect with people around the world.

TITL: Are there any other plans in the pipeline for the rest of the year or are you looking ahead to 2020? 

K: The music video for “Boo Radley” is coming out September 19th! Then I’m taking some time to work on other projects and become a human again. 

TITL: Lastly, where do you see the industry going in the years and decades to come? What would you like to see happen in terms how the industry grows and is shaped by both the emerging and established artists who bring so much pleasure to fans around the world?

K: I’d like to see more chances taken on artists who don’t have huge social media followings. I’d like to see a true return to eccentricity for artists. I see more AI producing music, like it or not.

Give Negative Space a listen below and for more information on KYOSi, visit her website, give her page a like on Facebook or follow her on Twitter.

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With a considerably impressive and varied resume of work to her name, Jamie Bernadette really loves what she does and that passion comes across in every project she takes on. Her latest film The Furnace, out on October 15th, will strike a chord with anyone who has experienced a loss in their life and ahead of its release later this month, Jamie spoke to ThisIsTheLatest about how she prepared for such a demanding, emotional role, her upcoming projects and her advice for aspiring actors and actresses.

TITL: You’ve been a part of the industry now for well over a decade, but was there any point in your younger years when you considered taking a different career path, or has it always been about acting for you? 

Jamie Bernadette: I grew up in a small town where the thing that most everyone did was get a 9-5 job and get married and have children. So, this definitely impacted me quite a bit and I found myself very confused about what I wanted to do with my life. I was about to get engaged and told the man I was dating not to buy the ring and left for Los Angeles four days later. So I was just about to enter into that life that most everyone in my town lived. I thought about being a dental hygienist, an airline stewardess, an editor at a publishing company. But, it was that day when my boyfriend and I drove back from the jewelry store where he almost bought that engagement ring that it all became very clear to me. I sat in his truck and thought that I would rather die than live this life. And that’s when I knew that something was very wrong about what I was doing. I have never regretted the choice that I made – leaving that all behind to act. He and I remain really good friends to this day.   

TITL: Can you remember the first thing you auditioned for?

JB: I am not really sure but it may have been a silent student film at The New York Film Academy which I booked. 

TITL: How do you find the audition process? Would you say you still feel nervous when making tapes and applying for roles?

JB: I used to be very nervous when I first started auditioning. Now I really sometimes only feel my nerves when it is for something that is very, very big like a series regular role on a TV show.

TITL: Your latest project The Furnace, is out this month. What is it about the premise/story of this film that drew you to the project and how does it differ from the many other works you’ve been a part of?

JB: This is the first faith-based drama that I have ever done. I loved that it was inspirational and does mention God but it doesn’t shove the concept down your throat. It is so well-written in such a way that all people can relate to the story, whether they believe in God or not. I also loved that it was a survival film, which is one of my favorite sub-genres. I love stories about people who are struggling to survive in nature.   

TITL: What preparations did you make for taking on such an emotionally demanding role?

JB: The preparation for emotionally demanding roles is life-long. I pull from my life experiences a lot of times to pull out that emotion when I’m acting. Regarding the physical aspect of this role, I did a lot of research about those who live with only one working lung and also looked into ultra-marathons and studied up on those. I normally run and work out but I began running longer distances when I booked this role to prepare myself for it. 

TITL: How did you find working with Oscar nominated director Darrell Roodt on the film? Was there much collaboration between the two of you? 

JB: Darrell is kind, warm, funny, down-to-earth, honest, and truthful. He is truly one of my most favorite people in the world. He is a very giving director and he really pays attention to the acting. He also is very energetic and enthusiastic. He really knows how to lead the crew. Darrell knows exactly what he wants and has a clear vision.  He knows when he has the shot he wants and moves on rather than doing take after take unnecessarily. Darrell was definitely open to collaboration and listened to my ideas.      

TITL: Do you have any particular standout memories or moments from the shoot? 

JB: Oh, there are so many. Shooting in this film was one of the best experiences of my life. I remember when we shot the end of the film, a lot of the crew were crying their eyes out and standing up and applauding as well. There were a lot of emotional days like that on this set. I think the film touches anyone who has experienced any type of heavy loss in their life, which is most people. 

TITL: If you had to sell this film to an audience in a few words – give them one reason to go and see it – what would you say? 

JB: If you have ever suffered from any type of heartache in your life and felt that it was difficult to go on, see this film. 

TITL: You’ve got several projects in the pipeline for the coming year or so, is there anything you can share about a couple of them?

JB: I’m attached to about nineteen films as an actress and I am also producing three feature films that I haven’t announced or spoken of publicly. One is a true story, a military drama. The second one is an abuse story. The third is a psychological horror.

TITL: The life of an actor/actress can be extremely demanding, so what do you do to unwind after a hectic period of filming? 

JB: Sleep, sit in the sun with my dog, and eat popcorn if I am at home. Sometimes I take a trip, usually to tropical destinations.  Travelling and photography are two of my hobbies. 

TITL: What advice would you give for actors and actresses just starting out? Have you ever been given a piece of advice that you still reflect on, and which three traits might you say someone needs to make it in such a cut-throat and demanding business? 

JB: Don’t believe the negativity that you hear and do not make that your reality. Do not go into agreement with it.  This is very, very important. You create your own reality. I had a seasoned actress, Alisha Seaton, tell me early on in my career that there is a fine line between over-acting and under-acting and that you have to find that fine line in between those two. I still think about that one and believe it is true. The three traits someone needs to make it in this business are hard-working, persistent, and brave. And I do want to make a comment about kindness. Kindness goes a long way. No one likes a diva.    

TITL: Finally then, with a decade + in the industry behind you already, what would you like to see happen for you in the next ten years? What goals and ambitions do you want to achieve and, many years from now, what would you most like people to say when looking back on your work and what you brought to the entertainment world?

JB: I would like to be a series regular on a TV show and book work at that level and on the level of big films on a regular basis. I would love if I am able to give performances that move people and tell stories that change people’s lives. I also want to have several poetry books released in the next ten years. 

Check out the trailer for The Furnace below and to keep up to date with Jamie, you can follow her on Twitter.


The 2019 MTV EMA nominations are finally here and the competition is hot! Ariana Grande is once again a top contender with nods in a whopping 7 categories (7 nominations? “7 Rings”? This might be her lucky number!). We also have some new faces leading the nominations this year: Lil Nas X and Billie Eilish. These two did not come to play at their first EMAs, each with 6 nominations. Mendes Army, fear not: seasoned EMA veteran Shawn Mendes is right up there with them, also having 6 nominations!

As always, the awards will go to the artists who get the most votes and it’s up to the fans to vote for their favourites on and through social media!

We’ll find out who the EMA winners are one month from now! The 2019 MTV EMA will be broadcasted live around the globe on 3 November from the FIBES Conference and Exhibition Center in Seville.

Check out the full list of nominees below!

Ariana Grande
Billie Eilish
Lil Nas X
Taylor Swift

Alessia Cara
Avril Lavigne
Carly Rae Jepsen
Johnny Orlando
Shawn Mendes

Ariana Grande – 7 rings
Billie Eilish – bad guy
Lil Nas X – Old Town Road (Remix) ft. Billy Ray Cyrus
Post Malone & Swae Lee – Sunflower
Shawn Mendes & Camila Cabello – Señorita

Ariana Grande
J Balvin
Miley Cyrus
Shawn Mendes
Taylor Swift

Ariana Grande – thank u, next
Billie Eilish – bad guy
Lil Nas X – Old Town Road (Remix) ft. Billy Ray Cyrus
ROSALÍA & J Balvin – Con Altura ft. El Guincho
Taylor Swift – ME! ft. Brendon Urie of Panic! At The Disco

BTS & Halsey – Boy With Luv
Lil Nas X ft. Billy Ray Cyrus – Old Town Road (Remix)
Mark Ronson ft. Miley Cyrus – Nothing Breaks Like a Heart
ROSALÍA & J Balvin – Con Altura ft. El Guincho
Shawn Mendes & Camila Cabello – Señorita
The Chainsmokers & Bebe Rexha – Call You Mine

Ava Max
Billie Eilish
Lewis Capaldi
Lil Nas X

Ariana Grande
Becky G
Camila Cabello
Jonas Brothers
Shawn Mendes

Ariana Grande
Ed Sheeran
Travis Scott

Green Day
Imagine Dragons
Liam Gallagher
Panic! At The Disco
The 1975

21 Savage
Cardi B
J. Cole
Nicki Minaj
Travis Scott

FKA Twigs
Lana Del Rey
twenty one pilots
Vampire Weekend

Calvin Harris
DJ Snake
Martin Garrix
The Chainsmokers

J Balvin
Lil Nas X

Ariana Grande
Billie Eilish
Shawn Mendes
Taylor Swift

Ava Max
Billie Eilish
Jade Bird
Juice WRLD
Kiana Ledé
Lewis Capaldi

Bebe Rexha – Isle of MTV Malta 2019
Hailee Steinfeld – Isle of MTV Malta 2018
Muse – Bilbao, Spain 2018
The 1975 – Lollapalooza Paris Festival 2019
twenty one pilots – Lollapalooza Paris Festival 2019