NOMAD & LOLA CHAT NEW MUSIC, FAVOURITE ARTISTS & PLANS FOR 2020 0 180

With their EP ‘Noir’, a selection of carefully selected and wonderfully reimagined classic songs, due out next month, and with their latest cover – Pink Floyd’s “Another Brick In The Wall” – having dropped yesterday, it’s no surprise that more and more music fans are catching on to the talents of married duo Nomad & Lola. Currently preparing to share their EP with the world and already looking to 2020, ThisIsTheLatest spoke to the duo, considered by some to be the 21st century’s Sonny and Cher, about their artistic influences, who’d feature in their dream live show and their thoughts on the future of their industry.

TITL: Personally and professionally, which artists are you both most influenced and inspired by? 

Lola: I’ve always had an affinity for storytellers like Paul McCartney, Billy Joel, The Eagles and Tom Petty. 

Nomad: Van Halen will always be my favorite band, but I love artists like Paco De Luca, George Benson and of course the Beatles; George Harrison especially.

TITL: At what point and time did the two of you decide to join forces and create music together? Looking back to that time and given that you’ve recently dropped your new single, have you since had one of those “We’re actually doing this” moments yet? 

N&L: It wasn’t right away we started making music together, we were individual artists who happened to be dating. Being that both were based in MUSIC, whether it’s working on a new song for us or others artist or creating music for a TV show, we truly have that “We’re actually doing this” conversation almost daily. 

TITL: Relationships of any kind can be difficult at times, so how, as a duo who are also husband and wife, deal with any particularly tense or stressful times that might cause disagreements between you? 

N&L: HA! Anyone who is married AND works together knows that the struggle is real! Being that we are with each other practically 24/7 you have to find your own personal space, this will allow both parties to breathe. And yes in case you were wondering, we totally get sick of each other from time to time, this even sometimes occurs on stage but we just roll with it, usually the audience is laughing with us when it happens. 

TITL: What is it about the Nancy Sinatra classic “Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down)” that made you think your version would make a great single release? 

N&L: Sonny Bono wrote the track and Cher was the first to sing it, however when Mary Ramos – the music supervisor for Quentin Tarantino – added the Nancy Sinatra’s version to the Kill Bill soundtrack, the song had its own resurgence. For Lola, it has always resonated with her, from the overall darkness of the story to today’s current issues, we feel it’s a sensitive subject but one that can’t be ignored. 

TITL: The track is taken from your upcoming EP ‘Noir’, out in October. Without giving too much away, what can you tell me about it? 

N: ‘Noir’ is an amalgam of old and new, cinematic at best and that is heavily guitar influenced spotlighting Lola’s rich, sultry powerhouse vocals. The idea is for the listener to press play, sit back and be taken somewhere else. Although this EP is all covers, each song is re-imagined in such a way that it becomes brand new. 

TITL: How did you decide on which tracks to include on the collection, given that there have been so many great songs released over the decades?

N&L: Song selection is not easy by any means. This particular selection of songs we chose for nostalgic reasons, while paying homage to some of our favorite writers/artists from yester-year. Trust us when we say we have plenty more where that came from. 

TITL: Could you each pick a favourite track or does that tend to change depending on your mood and other circumstances? 

N: This is like picking your favorite child, you’re not supposed to. But deep down you know there’s a favorite! I teeter between “Summertime”/”While My Guitar Gently Weeps” and “Another Brick In The Wall.”

L: I’m more partial to “Similau” and “Bang Bang.” 

TITL: Will you be heading out on the road in support of the EP? Any tour plans in the works?

N&L: We play locally all over Southern California in our hometown, Burbank, and surrounding areas. However touring abroad is our ultimate goal. So by all means any promoters out there looking for a good time, call us! 

TITL: If you could put together your dream show with four bands or artists, living or dead, who would you choose and where would you play? 

N&L: Our dream show would consist of Paul McCartney, Van Halen – with David Lee Roth – with Dave Grohl and Billy Joel, and we’d play at the Hollywood Bowl.

TITL: How do you feel about social media and its power and capability of connecting artists with a global audience? Are you fans of that constant connectivity or do you think that, like most things, there are good and bad sides to having such instant access to everything and everyone? 

N&L: The Pandora’s box of opportunity it affords the modern day artist is vast, however it nurtures market over-saturation, which can be overwhelming and difficult to navigate. It also requires an incredible amount of time and energy, that can certainly be better spent elsewhere but it has become a lifeline for artists, because without it, you don’t exist.

TITL: Aside from your EP release, do you have any other plans in the pipeline for the rest of the year? Have you started looking towards 2020 yet? 

N&L: After the ‘Noir’ EP release on October 4th, we will focus on the Holiday EP ‘Christmas On The Coast’, and then in 2020 we will start off the new year with a small batch of original songs. Be sure to follow on social media for tons of music, videos, giveaways and more! 

TITL: Away from your own music, Nomad, you’re the touring guitarist and MD for Babyface and Lola, you host the Monster Jam series throughout the US. How do you juggle such busy schedules and, when you actually get some time to and for yourselves, how do you like to unwind? 

N&L: Unwind? What is this you speak of? In all honesty, we don’t. We’ve been married for three years and haven’t even taken a honeymoon, yet. Perhaps once we’re touring full time as NOMAD & LOLA, that’s when we can fit sometime for ourselves in. 

TITL: Finally then, as a duo covering hits from across the decades, where do you see the future of the music industry going in the years to come? Which genres do you personally feel might enjoy a new renaissance and how do you plan to try and stay ‘relevant’ in such an ever changing business? 

N&L: There’s nothing new under the sun, the way we approach music is by making it our own, regardless of its origin. We try to be as honest and organic in the process as possible. That means not following trends and staying true to what WE LIKE. We think everything is cyclical, which means somewhere down the line, everything becomes relevant again and every genre has its time in the spotlight. As long as we maintain a sense of timelessness, quality and integrity, the cream will rise to the top right? That’s the idea at least. 

Check out the brand new single from Nomad and Lola, “Another Brick In The Wall” below and you can keep up to date with them via their website, Twitter and Facebook. Header photo credit: Robert Downs Photography.

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BRITS 2020 NOMINATIONS REVEALED 0 18

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 81

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.