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.
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.
There are perhaps few artists around who have become a staple
across several genres of music quite like Eileen Carey. The singer-songwriter
from Ohio has shared the stage with acts including The Motels, Jefferson
Starship and Don Mclean and has been a near permanent feature on the New Music
Weekly charts over the past three years.
Carey saw out 2019 by being named the Hot AC/AC Breakthrough artist of the year and now, at the start of this new decade, as someone who is already well established for writing songs so many can relate to, Carey is kicking off 2020 with the release of her single “Finally”, the video for which ThisIsTheLatest are delighted to premiere.
Asked about the meaning/story to the song and the creative process
to the video, Carey says:
emotions sometimes cry out for strong language. These lyrics state in the
plainest possible way what we feel but may be hesitant to say.
“Finally” is the most unusual music video I have
ever released. It came out of my long relationship with producer-director Taner
Tumkaya who collaborated with me on most of my recent music videos. Our last
music video of “Meet Me Halfway” has had 70,000+ Youtube views. After
8 years in the U.S., he returned to Germany earlier this year, so we had to
figure out a way to work. It was meant to be a lyric video initially, but in
attempting to make the lyric video more interesting we happened on this
stop-action animation. It turned out to be a great experience. It was a case of “necessity being the mother of
invention,” so to speak.”
Check out “Finally” below and for more information on Eileen Carey, visit her website, give her page a like on Facebook or follow her on Twitter.
Plastic Martyr is very much a role model and
spokesperson for anyone who has ever felt different, or deemed an outcast by
others. At the age of 10 and already identifying herself as trans, she knew she
wanted to be a musician from the age of 10 and began honing her talents. Upon
moving to LA in her mid-twenties, where she met with several producers, she
began to feel at home with those around her, and after finishing her transition,
in her own words she “..knew who I was. I
put everything in the past aside and had a fresh start.”
That fresh start has seen her become the first transgender artist to sign to Capitol Records, and her debut single “Love In The Dark” offers the first taste of the inspirational, powerful messages she wants to share with the world. As 2019 draws to a close, ThisIsTheLatest caught up with Plastic to talk artistic inspirations, advice for those looking to support and stand up for the LGBTQ communities and her highlights of the year.
TITL: First and foremost, I have to
ask, how’d you come up with the name Plastic Martyr? Is there anything in particular it stands for or
Martyr: People assume that because I go by the stage name “Plastic Martyr” that
it means fake. Plastic is something that has the ability to change and be
molded. A martyr is someone who would die for their beliefs. I felt that name
was the epitome of me. It was my MySpace name when I was 14 because I didn’t
want to have my real name or information be public knowledge, for safety
reasons. I started to get recognized places as “Plastic Martyr” and decided to
trademark it and make it my stage name.
TITL: Has music always been your
ambition or was it just something you had a passion for and decided to pursue,
to see where the journey would take you?
PM: I always wanted to be in the music industry, in
fact I recently came across my middle school yearbook and in there each student
said what they wanted to be when they grow up, my answer was “shock
rocker”. I just never unfortunately pursued it until later in life. I got
swept up in the fashion and TV industry instead. Now I’m at a place where I can
really focus on music.
TITL: Which artists might you say have
most influenced and inspired you?
PM: I don’t really get inspired by other artists. In fact I always try really hard to make sure everything I do isn’t too similar to someone else. I hate imitations and when new artists try to be the “so and so of their generation”. I aim for individuality. However growing up Marilyn Manson was one of my biggest role models and the one of the few artist I really was able to identify with. Fiona Apple was another one of my hero’s growing up. I met her outside of one of her first shows when I was 7, she kissed my cheek and signed my shirt, the next day I took up piano.
TITL: You’re the first transgender
artist to release a record under Capitol Records – just how big of a deal to
you is that, and what do you hope it might or should mean for other transgender
artists out there looking to share their talents with the world?
PM: It’s a huge deal for me. I feel extremely
blessed for that opportunity, I really want to make Capitol proud and show them
I can do this and that they made the right decision to work with me. I also
feel like it was amazing for Capitol to do this and for them to start to change
the narrative of transgender artists in the industry. For so long and still to
this day we are seen as jokes, or not taken seriously. Finally with people like
Kim Petras and myself being in more mainstream media we are showing the world
that talent and art have no gender boundaries.
TITL: Tell me about your latest single
“Love In The Dark.” What’s the story behind it and can you remember
your thoughts and feelings from the time you wrote it?
PM: “Love In The Dark” is an anthem for anyone
who’s been kept a secret by a lover. I have a history of dating the wrong kind
of guy and it was an accumulation of my past relationships that inspired this
song. I wanted to make sure the song was relatable to everyone while still
painting a picture of my story as well. I felt very liberated writing it
actually, for me song writing is my therapy.
TITL: Can you talk me through the
creative process behind the video?
PM: Because the song is about being treated like a
dirty little secret, I wanted to convey that emotion in the video. I wanted the
video to be visually beautiful, and like an entertaining fashion editorial. I
luckily had an amazing team and a very talented director, Carlos Asse, behind
me making our visions come to life.
TITL: Now that this song is out there,
have you started looking towards your next release, perhaps working on an EP or
PM: I’m currently working on my 2nd single right
now with my boyfriend who is playing guitar on the track and my team from “Love
In The Dark”, Andrew Balogh and Gregory Fletcher. This song is very different
from “Love In The Dark”, but I’m really excited to release it. I’d love to do
an EP or an album hopefully that opportunity presents itself soon. I have a ton
of really cool ideas for an album too.
TITL: Given how social media has often
proved divisive as to what people think of it and the freedom it gives others
to express their opinions and/or target others, how do you personally find it?
Is it a help or a hindrance these days do you think?
PM: Ugh, social media….The bitter sweet
devil. Now-a-days anyone and their grandmother with a social media account
wants to be a celebrity. I think there is so much competition now and real
talent and real authenticity is often over shadowed by clones with a massive
following. It’s become a popularity contest instead of being focused on talent.
I hope there’s a shift in the industry where creativity surpasses someone’s IG
TITL: The LGBTQ community has seen a growing amount of support from people in recent years, both celebrities and every day individuals. How do you think society in general is faring in regards to their views about members of such a community and people such as yourself?
PM: I feel like while yes, the LGBTQ community is
being talked about more and more we are still not being seen as equals.
Politically we are still being targeted, socially we are still being mocked and
rejected. We aren’t evolving as a society fast enough. I love seeing the
support from allies for the transgender community, it’s amazing knowing we have
a growing army of support behind us. However there is still so much hate we
face every day and people outside of the community don’t really understand how
scary and horrible the majority of the world is to us.
TITL: What would you like to see happen
in future? Do you think it’s possible for transgender individuals and others to
one day be fully recognized by everyone for being at heart just like everybody
PM: I’m going to be 100% honest…I don’t think in
my lifetime I will see that happen. I wish more than anything transgender
people can be humanized and seen as equals, but based off what I see in my day
to day life I don’t think it will happen anytime soon. There is so much
ignorance and hate and misinformation circulating. People would rather hate and
judge in the name of their god than actually see what’s right in front of them
and accept real humans for who they are.
TITL: As someone who is taking a stand
and speaking out for and on behalf of transgender people and those who might be
deemed “different” or “outcasts”, what advice would you
give to those wanting to do their bit to help and advocate for such
PM: Show your support in any way you can – let people who are different know you support them and when you see or hear someone being disrespectful stand up to them, educate them, and shut down the ignorance.
TITL: Finally then, as 2019 draws to a close, what have been your top three highlights and what are your goals and objectives for 2020?
PM: My top 3 highlights are definitely recording
with Capitol Records, making history as the first transgender artist trending
on the front page of iTunes alongside Madonna, and being lucky enough to be
able to start working on my 2nd single. As for 2020 I hope I can keep growing
as an artist and entertain an even larger audience.
Check out “Love In The Dark” below and for more
information on Plastic Martyr, visit her website,
give her page a like on Facebook
or follow her on Twitter.