Julia Michaels: The refreshingly raw and honest voice of the moment

When I met Julia Michaels last month before she took the stage to her headline show at London’s O2 Academy Shepard’s Bush Empire I had no idea what to expect. From someone that has already had quite a career as a successful songwriter, who decided back in 2017 to step into another avenue of her career releasing her debut single, I knew we would have a lot to cover. Speaking to Julia after already having had 3 releases under her belt and in the middle of her first worldwide headline tour The Inner Monologue Tour I was very excited to talk all things music, her songwriting career, being honest in her music and everything in between.

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Introducing...Dyo

As somebody who has been in the music game for some time Dyo better known to some as MS D has been a songwriter across the UK music scene ever since she appeared as a vocalist and co-writer on Wiley’s first three singles Heatwave, Can You Hear Me? (Ayayaya) and Reload featuring Chip and herself from his 2013 album The Ascent of which all reached the top 10. She has since gone on to continue writing for other artists as well as release her own music and is now reintroducing herself as Dyo. With two singles under her belt and much more to come, we met with Dyo and spoke about UK music, songwriting, her artistry and more.

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ASBO Live: Daniel Caesar

When we first came across Daniel Caesar it was a pleasant surprise following the release of his debut album Freudian which came out in 2017. It was an R&B playlist where I first came across Best Part featuring H.E.R and since then I knew he was one to look out for. Following the release of his second album CASE STUDY 001 which came out earlier this year, I knew that we would have to catch his show when he brought it to London. And Lo and behold last night he took the stage at Brixton’s O2 Academy to a very packed London crowd.

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ASBO Meets: NAHLI

Whilst people can pinpoint a number of issues that the discovery of streaming has brought us, one thing we can’t fault is the discovery of new artist that have appeared through random playlists whether personalised or not. And for us one of those discoveries has been Essex born artist on the rise NAHLI whose latest EP Therapy Side A made our ears do a double-take. We had a chance to catch up with the singer to talk about the EP, going solo, the 5 stages of grief and more.

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ASBO Live: Julia Michaels

The name Julia Michaels might seem brand new to some as not everybody may be aware of her songwriting talents which has developed and grown over the past 5 years before she embarked on her personal journey of artistry with the release of her debut single Issues which was released 2 years ago. Following her debut “mini album” Nervous System and 2 EPs Inner Monologue Part 1 and Part 2 released this year. Having been grafting and not only growing as an artist in her own right she has also been building as a performer having had a number of opening act slots on a number of tours over the past two years for artists including Maroon 5, Shawn Mendes, Keith Urban, P!nk and Niall Horan. Now embarking on her first headline tour, we were among the crowd at the O2 Shepard’s Bush Empire to witness the talent that is Julia Michaels as she played a sold-out show as part of London date of her Inner Monologue Tour.

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ASBO LIve: Ché Lingo

After embarking on his The Risk is Proof Tour Ché Lingo ended his first headline tour playing a highly energetic show at London’s Jazz cafe. Having being a part of the crowd that was at the show and witness his talents live as he brought all his energy and gave the fans a treat.

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ASBO Meets: thisisNamaste

The name thisisNamaste is one that drew interest to us and when we came across the Scottish singer we wanted know more. We caught up to talk about all things music, her latest single Not My Fault, her inspirations and more.

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ASBO Meets: Ché Lingo

Ché Lingo is a artist we have been aware of ever since we first heard him on his song Black Girl magic. Since that release Ché has gone on to release two EPs the most recent being Sensitive which came out at the beginning of this year. Now getting ready to embark on a tour we caught up with Ché to discuss his music, the tour, being an independent artist and more.

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ASBO Live: Pink Sweat$

After what has felt like a decade since the last show we last live show we attended last month we broke out the camera and make our way to The Lexington to experience US artist Pink Sweat$ play a vibey chilled show.

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Women Connect back with Mental Health Event

Following two successful events from the female lead initiative Women Connect are back with a third event tackling Mental Health to take place on September 25th. The event which will center around the stigma of mental health in the creative industries will include a panel by employees and creatives from around the UK music scene. As well as addressing issues such as funding and financial literacy for creatives, advice on maintaining a healthy work-life balance and how to progress in your career despite industry politics and saturation.

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ASBO Meets: Nathan Dawe

Nathan Dawe makes house music. His career started at age 15 with a DJ residency in his hometown, Burton. The eight years since have been quite a ride, playing major UK Festivals such as Creamfields and shows in Ibiza, Marbella and Ayia Napa. We caught up with Nathan ahead of his next appearance at SW4 Festival in London, here’s what he had to say.

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Everybody We Are Looking Forward to seeing at the Somerset House Summer Series

time of year is upon us once again. One year after we had the opportunity when we got the chance to catch artists like Little Simz, Jorja Smith, The Roots Sigrid, De La Soul take the stage at the Somerset House concert series it is time once again to ready for another week of incredible music as various artists take the stage for another round of shows. As we kick things off tomorrow for another round of incredible shows we are sharing some of our favourites to see.

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ASBO Live: Janelle Monae

Last night the queen that is Janelle Monae shined as she brought all the vibes and energy to the SEE Wembley Arena. Everybody in attendance was going along with all her vibes from start to finish as she brought her Dirty Computer tour to London. Following on from her September shows which took place last year Janelle brought a show that was filled with energy, good vibes and a good time.

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Mr Eazi on Bringing the all vibes from Lagos to London, EmPAWA and more.

When we first came across Mr Eazi when he played at Disturbing London’s AfroRepublik last year we knew he was one to look out for. Since then with the release of his album Life is Eazi, Vol 2 Lagos to London we knew that he somebody that we have to see again. And so with his upcoming UK tour in November we spoke with Mr about everything from building his shows, playing across the world, as well as his new initiative EmPAWA and more.

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Mostack Brings You His Debut Album Stacko

We are halfway through the year and already we have seen UK music shining in its best. A string of UK artists have released Bops and Bangers that are making us all embrace what Uk music is about, whether its the release of Dave’s Psychodrama, Slow Thai’s debut album Nothing Great About Britain and Skepta’s Ignorance is Bliss. . We have had a lot to be thankful and appreciative for in terms of UK music and now joining the artists who keep on giving Mostack is here with his brand new debut album Stacko.

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ASBO Meets: River Nelson

Native New Yorker, River Nelson has carved out a respectable following for himself in the U.S., Europe and other parts of the globe. Following the release of his EP Navigation in 2017. He is back with an upcoming brand new album ‘Power, Resilience and Joy’ and the first single of that singe is ‘Today’ we caught up with River to chat all things and more.

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Delinquent Ascent

Generally, I try to resist using terms like ‘voice of a generation’. The cliche, arbitrary and the overdone nature of the phrase gives you a pretentious, grandiose tone making the sentiment more about your egotism than appraisal. But Slowthai has truly captured a voice and attitude concurrent with the modern day youth of Britain, an attitude of frustration, anger, and apathy; stupified by the lies and distrust of politicians whilst it seems some apocalypse is just about to crawl over the horizon. Whether your rage is politically, environmentally, economically or just morally charged, we are stuck without an idea of which direction to go as there are just too many red flags, Slowthai is finding his way.

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Everybody We Are Looking Forward To Seeing At The Ends Festival Main Stage

With just over a week to until The Ends Festival takes place in Lloyd Park, Croydon from May 31st - June 2nd. We have been excited for everything we can expect from the festival. Since announcing the festival last year and teasing the lineup for a number of months now we can happily say that we are very much looking forward to see the many artists which will be gracing the festival stage. It is safe to say that the 3 headliners who will no doubtably bring a different vibe to each night of the festival will kill it, and in our excitement and lead up to get ready for the festival we are sharing some of the other artist we are most looking forward to see take the stage next weekend.

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Introducing...SHY Martin

We are in a time in music where there is alot of shift taking place, not just talking about genres mixing with the creation of this ‘Alternative’ sound across already popular genres and styles of music but more is happening with the control and the transparency in music. Songwriters are becoming artists and artists want to write their music. SHY Martin in a Norweign singer-songwriter who started her career as a writer before branching out as her own artist. As a young talent she released her first crop of singles in late 2017 year before release her debut EP last year and in 2019 she is keeping it going. We not only had a chance to catch SHY as played at London’s Curtain Hotel but we also caught up with the singer to chat all things music and more.

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Love Saves The Day Back For Another Year

In a couple weeks, Bristol-based festival “Love Saves the Day” will return to Eastville park, bringing with them an what seems one of th stoniest line ups for British artists of the summers festival season. It brings with it a hub of DJs from around UK and Europe spanning across genre and generation, some of the most formidable artists in the UK rap scene and some sweet nostalgia trips for the 90s-00s kids.

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