KYOSi TALKS ‘NEGATIVE SPACE’, SOCIAL MEDIA & ARTISTIC INFLUENCES 0 162

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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BRITS 2020 NOMINATIONS REVEALED 0 17

The nominations for the 2020 BRIT Awards have been announced, with Lewis Capaldi and Dave leading the way as the most nominated artists.

London rapper Dave and Scottish singer-songwriter Lewis will compete for prizes in the same four categories – Album of the Year, British male, Best New Artist and Song of the Year.

While Dave won last year’s Merucry Prize for his Number 1 debut album Psychodrama, Lewis scored the year’s best-selling album with his chart-topping collection Divinely Uninspired To A Hellish Extent. Lewis also topped the Official Singles Chart with Someone You Loved and scored a string of Top 10 hits including Bruises, Grace and Before You Go. View Lewis’s Official Chart history in full.

The both face strong comeptition on the Album of the Year category, where they will go up against Stormzy, Harry Styles and Michael Kiwanuka. Stormzy is shortlisted for three awards in total, including Song of the Year with Vossi Bop, where he will compete against tracks by Ed Sheeran & Justin Bieber, Sam Smith & Normani, Mark Ronson ft Miley Cyrus, Calvin Harris & Rag ‘N’ Bone Man, Tom Walker, Dave ft Burna Boy, Mabel, Lewis Capaldi and AJ Tracey.

2018 Critics’ Choice nominee Mabel is also up for three awards – Song of the Year, Best New Artist and Female Solo Artist, which also includes nods for Freya Ridings, FKA Twigs, Charli XCX and Mahalia. This year’s Critics’ Choice winner – renamed Rising Star – is 25-year-old R&B/soul/blues singer Celeste.

Several acts pick up their first ever BRIT nomination this year, including Lizzo and Billie Eilish, who are up for the International Female Solo Artist award alongside Ariana Grande, Lana Del Rey and Camilla Cabello.

Meanwhile, Dermot Kennedy, Tyler The Creator, Bring Me The Horizon, Freya Ridings, Aitch, AJ Tracey and D-Block Europe all receive debut nominations.

The BRIT Awards 2020 with Mastercard take place Tuesday February 18 at The O2 Arena in London, broadcast exclusively on ITV and hosted by Jack Whitehall.

The 2020 Brit award nominees in full

GROUP OF THE YEAR
Coldplay
Foals
Bring Me the Horizon
D-Block Europe
Bastille

FEMALE SOLO ARTIST
Mabel
Freya Ridings
FKA twigs
Charli XCX
Mahalia

MALE SOLO ARTIST
Harry Styles
Lewis Capaldi
Dave
Michael Kiwanuka
Stormzy

BEST NEW ARTIST
Aitch
Lewis Capaldi
Dave
Mabel
Sam Fender

SONG OF THE YEAR
Ed Sheeran and Justin Bieber – I Don’t Care
Mabel – Don’t Call Me Up
Calvin Harris and Rag’N’Bone Man – Giant
Dave ft Burna Boy – Location
Mark Ronson ft Miley Cyrus – Nothing Breaks Like a Heart
AJ Tracey – Ladbroke Grove
Lewis Capaldi – Someone You Loved
Tom Walker – Just You and I
Sam Smith and Normani – Dancing With a Stranger
Stormzy – Vossi Bop

INTERNATIONAL FEMALE SOLO ARTIST
Ariana Grande
Billie Eilish
Camila Cabello
Lana Del Rey
Lizzo

INTERNATIONAL MALE SOLO ARTIST
Bruce Springsteen
Burna Boy
Tyler, the Creator
Dermot Kennedy
Post Malone

ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Stormzy – Heavy Is the Head
Michael Kiwanuka – Kiwanuka
Lewis Capaldi – Divinely Uninspired to a Hellish Extent
Dave – Psychodrama
Harry Styles – Fine Line

VENTRESCA UNVEILS THE VIDEO FOR HER NEW SINGLE “CRAVING” 0 79

Now aged seventeen, Ventresca has long since known that music would be a key part of her life. Having started out as a member of the Canadian Dance Unit, who together won multiple awards, she then decided to stretch her wings and began to experiment with song-writing and exploring her vocal abilities.

With a mini tour of Germany and with a steadily growing fan-base to her name, Ventresca is proving herself to be a real talent with a bright future, and her latest single “Craving,” the video which ThisIsTheLatest are delighted to premiere, offers fans a brilliant pop track that blends both funk and disco with powerful lyrics.  

Asked about the video for the single, Ventresca says:

“You’re really gonna get 2 videos in one, and your gonna get to decide what video you want to see. In our video, you’re literally going to enter a dream world. Lets’ put it this way, people are going to be having a lot of cravings for my music.”

Check out “Craving” below and for more information on Ventresca, visit her website.