July 12, 2020

Selected #25: Fresh tracks from Ireland to New Zealand🔥

This week's featured artist is Lune. Swedish singer, lyricist, and dancer Linnéa Martinsson, or otherwise known by her brainchild Lune has been making well-deserved space for herself in the pop sphere. Her track 'Where Do Love Go' is acrobatic collection of vocals and melodic lyrics.

Take a look at their Q&A on the 'Selected' highlight on our Instagram (@amuse.io)

Lune - Where Do Love Go

'Where Do Love Go' isn't just your regular catchy pop song, but carries Robyn vibes with easy melodies. Invented by singer, dancer and all round creator, Lune - she is one to watch in the pop game.

Location: Sweden
Streams: 20K
Instagram: @luneworld

Go get stuck here!

Blue Americans - Cathy, I Don't Listen To The News!

Belfast-based boy band 'Blue Americans' have released their newest adventure back in May; 'Cathy, I Don't Listen To The News'. This energetic track with romantic lyrics will carry you through the week ahead.

Location: Ireland
Streams: 3,5K
Instagram: @blueamericans

Go get entertained here!

HYE - Medicine

'Medicine' is an addictive pop track created by Swedish artist David Lillberg, part of his experimental project HYE. With mellow vibes, and energetic instrumentals - this track shouldn't be underestimated.

Location: Sweden
Streams: 18K
Instagram: @hyeasiam

Go listen here!

Boy Virgo - It's You

New Zealand based artist Boy Virgo is back with fresh new track 'It's You' to kickstart your weekends. With memorable beats and lyrics this is a must add to your playlists!

Location: New Zealand
Streams: 1K
Instagram: @boyvirgooo

Go listen here!

Zero The Kidd - Struggle

Atlanta based artist Zero The Kidd is one to watch, bringing out 'Struggle', a powerful new track full of potential and heavy in emotions.

Location: US
Streams: 150K
Instagram: @zerothekidd

Go get nostalgic here!

Fayye - She

'She' is the whimsical new track by UK based artist Fayye. With vocals to melt into and a soothing energy, this track is summer dream.

Location: UK
Streams: 300
Instagram: @fayye_music

Go get that boost here!

July 5, 2020

Selected #24: New Summer Bops You Need 🌈🌻

This week's featured artist is Aaron London. The UK based artist came through with your new favourite summer anthems. With upbeat instrumentals and a relaxed energy, his music will chill you out in no time.

Take a look at their Q&A on the 'Selected' highlight on our Instagram (@amuse.io)

Aaron London - Life Don't Stress Me

This easy breezy track from UK based artist Aaron London will lift your spirits and get you in the mood for a great summer ahead. 'Life Don't Stress Me' might sound like a far away idea but it'll take you back to simpler times.

Location: UK
Streams: 72K
Instagram: @aaronlondon_

Go get stuck here!

Ashes to Amber - IRIS

'Iris' is a catchy tune by US band Ashes to Amber. The summery anthem is filled with a joyful beat and colourful vibes. A must add to your playlists.

Location: US
Streams: 1.5M
Instagram: @ashestoamber

Go get entertained here!

Roshambo - Lämna Livet I Sängen

This rock flavoured track by Swedish band Roshambo shouldn't go underestimated, bringing cool vibes and an addictive beat to your ears.

Location: Sweden
Streams: 2
Instagram: @roshambofficial

Go listen here!

Hinkfuss - Standing Nowhere

Italian artist Hinkfuss hasn't disappointed with his newest album 'The Glasgow Effect'. His track 'Standing Nowhere' carries mellow vibes and YA movie energies.

Location: Italy
Streams: 80
Instagram: @_hinkfuss_

Go listen here!

Rebecca & Fiona - People Getting Mad

Swedish duo Rebecca & Fiona have created a masterpiece of an album. Their track 'People Getting Mad' is a mood in itself - listen today!

Location: Sweden
Streams: 150K
Instagram: @rebeccafiona

Go get nostalgic here!

Wander Marchal - Home With You

New York based singer-songwriter Wander Marchal will impress with her effortless yet wide range of vocals and poetic lyrics, for lazy sundays!

Location: US
Streams: 18K
Instagram: @wandermarchal

Go get that boost here!

June 30, 2020

Music Roundup of June 2020

From the global pandemic to a major shift in the Black Lives Matter movement, the first six months of 2020 has certainly left a defined dent in history. Even so, it seems that artists have delivered with statement tracks and game changing albums. We've rounded up some of the top music moments, from emerging to experienced artists, over this last month🔥🤩

#1 Beyonce

Starting with the Queen herself, Beyoncé dropped an unexpected new track 'Black Parade' on Juneteenth. "I’m going back to the South, I’m going back where my roots ain’t watered down,” Beyoncé sings in the opening line of the song. With all proceeds going to Black-owned businesses, this track will no doubt wake up the 'unwoke'.

#2 Chloe x Halle

After passing on their album 'Ungodly Hour' to Beyoncé for feedback, in which to receive A+ results and a record deal with her label, Chloe and Halle Bailey are all that have been missing from your playlists. Their newest track 'Forgive Me', part of 'Ungodly Hour', is a power house of emotions and strength...someone call the Grammy's.

#3 Anderson .Paak

Not only is the track the perfect summary of .Paak's funk sounds and easy beats, it hits a political level relevant to the last few weeks. Featuring big names in the industry, like Syd and an impressive verse by Jay Rock, and directed by Dave Meyers (Kendrick Lamar collaborator) the track is an intimate portrait of this significant uprising in history, and the aftermath of protest.

#4 Yasin

Whilst technically Yasin released his newest masterpiece 98.01.11 in late May...we couldn't help but throw this album into the mix (shhh! don't tell anyone). With various tracks from the album staying up on Spotify Sweden's Top 10 for multiple weeks, this young rapper is on his way up, watch this space.

#5 Haim

The sweetheart sister trio is back with their third studio album 'Women In Music Part. III', featuring their recent hits 'Summer Girl', 'Hallelujah' and 'Now I'm In It' as bonus tracks. Proceeds from their first live performance of the newly released album raised over $5000 for The Bail Project. If you live in the UK, make sure to check out their bundle, in which you can receive a personalised voicemail message from one the team!

#6 H.E.R

A voice like heaven, 23 year old H.E.R released this extraordinary track, 'I Can't Breathe' in light of the Black Lives Movement. Honestly using her platform to expose the tragic consequences of police brutality. The track itself shows the true bravery from the artist, her pure talent and we can't wait to see what's next.

#7 Doja Cat X Gucci Mane

Whilst Doja Cat has been involved in her fair share of controversies this last month, she still came out on top with this release alongside Gucci Mane. The track 'Like That' is classic bop from both artists with Sailor Moon animations...make sure you watch to the end and catch Doja in the splits.

#8 Janice x Oscar Zia

Swedish artist Janice came through with this classic rendition of 'Älska Mig' (translating to 'Love Me'), a well-known track originally by the Ainsbusk Singers in 1991. After televising the cover, with Oscar Zia, live on Swedish National day, Janice realised the heaviness of the words and took it upon herself to release a cover in which all proceeds are donated to Afripedia, an organisation focusing on creating opportunities for creatives of African descent.

#9 Fenty Summer Playlists - Steve Lacy

Just as you thought Fenty couldn't get any better, they've gone ahead and created your ideal playlists to get you ready for the summer ahead. Collaborating with big names to host the selection process, like Steve Lacy and Imaan Hamman, with their intention to "soothe your soul and lift your spirits" - sign us up!

#10 Orion Sun

REC Philly's own, Orion Sun has produced a beautiful yet somewhat saddening track, 'Mamma's Baby' as way of coping during the uncertain changing time. The track raised over $18,000, in which all were donated to Breonna Taylor's gofundme and the Loveland Foundation."i won't stop fighting just like my ancestors even with the world stacked against me im 24 now but i'll always be mama's baby".

June 28, 2020

Selected #23: From Playful Pop to Empowering Rap 🌈🌻

This week's featured artist is Yung Titties. The anonymous trio are bold with their statements and loud in their music. Carrying a totally original sound, this hip hop band are shaping relevant politics into addictive tracks.

Take a look at their Q&A on the 'Selected' highlight on our Instagram (@amuse.io)

Yung Titties - ALPHA

"This EP is about doing what the fuck you want, when the fuck you want, how the fuck you want. We love pop, so we made a pop song. We love rapping in swedish and english, so we did both. And we couldn’t be more proud." - Yung Titties

Location: Sweden
Streams: 7K
Instagram: @itsyungtittiesbitch

Go get stuck here!

Future Of The Purple - Xanny

'Xanny' by Future of the Purple is a dreamy track is both powerful yet gentle, with a sweet piano intro and voice that'll melt your heart.

Location: US
Streams: 500
Instagram: @futureofthepurple

Go get entertained here!

Cobrah - Debut

Unapologetic and unmissable, Cobrah has released their newest track 'Debut'. Compromising of heavy bass, this track captures the feeling of nervousness and excitement during first-time dates.

Location: Sweden
Streams: 210K
Facebook: @iamcobrah

Go listen here!

Patrik Jean - Long Night

This pop track by Swedish singer-songwriter Patrik Jean is catchy, romantic and the perfect accompaniment to any time of your day.

Location: Sweden
Streams: 50K
Instagram: @patrikjean

Go listen here!

Kyron Rizzo - Gentrify Express

Non-binary babe Kyron Rizzo has released their debut track 'Gentrify', a combination of original sounds and poetic lyrics. One to add to your playlists!

Location: US
Streams: 35
Instagram: @kyron.rizzo

Go get nostalgic here!

T & the Rex - 1892

Written about young queer love, T & The Rex has created your new fav track '1892'. With catchy lyrics, this Swedish solo artist has addictive smooth vocals that you'll wanna to put on repeat.

Location: Sweden
Streams: 1K
Instagram: @tandtherex

Go get that boost here!

June 22, 2020

Janice Talks Us Through Her New Release ‘Älska Mig’

Swedish singer, activist and role-model Janice Kavander has released a powerful cover of the Ainbusk Singer's 1991 track 'Älska Mig', translating to 'Love Me'. After being presented with the opportunity to perform the song live on television, part of Swedish National Day celebrations, Janice took it upon herself to record the track, alongside friend and artist Oscar Zia. In the hopes to shed light over the current major civil rights movement occurring across the world, all proceeds from the single will be donated to her chosen organisation, Afripedia, an online community space connecting and celebrating creatives of African-descent. Janice explains the emotional attachment she has with the song, how singing it became more meaningful than ever and openly discusses her experience as a black woman in the music industry.

A: Introduce yourself!

J: My name is Janice, I’m 25 and I’ve been in the music industry for 4 years now. I released my first song in 2016, but previously I toured with many other artists, part of the backing vocals. I usually say I’ve almost done backing vocals for every single Swedish artist! I have a choir background, so I used to, and still do actually,...sing in a gospel choir, which I’ve been doing for around 10 years. I have a hard time letting it go! 

A: When was your big breakthrough? 

J: I think if you ask different people you’ll get different answers. I released my first three singles independently, my first song was actually listed on P3 (A Swedish radio station) as one of the best songs of 2016. I found this funny because my manager and I went to talk to labels and everyone said about my music that "they don't think it's for the Swedish audience”, that was fine because I wanted to go international. Of course it would’ve been nice to have my home country enjoy my music, so that’s why I chose to release independently.

And I mean...it went very well here. I was grateful to play in my hometown and at festivals in Sweden. I say that my single ‘Queen’ that I released in 2017 was not necessarily my big break but a good moment in my career, it was also the year I was nominated for a Swedish Grammy.

A: What was the thought process behind choosing the song ‘Älska Mig’?

J: In January I got a question from SVT that they were doing a programme on Swedish national day, where they were doing a celebration of Swedish classics, and they wanted relevant artists to sing them. When choosing the track I was thinking how I love to sing in Swedish but never make music in it. I ended up choosing a classic song, ‘Älska Mig’ from 1991 by Ainbusk singers. I’ve loved this song since I was a little kid, I remember when I heard it for the first time, it was the first time I actually got chills from music. That song has been with me for quite sometime and with all that’s been happening in the world, with the murder of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor, the song became even more meaningful to me. I felt like there were days where I didn’t have any words. All my energy, all my force was basically taken, so when I sang the song I was like ‘shit this really hit me’. I was performing it with a great artist and friend of mine, Oscar Zia, and we hadn’t sang together before but that day when we sang the song, I can’t even describe it, it was so uplifting but still, it felt like we were screaming.

A: How has your personal experience in the music industry been as a black woman? 

J: It’s been hard, actually, ‘cause I mean, even though people don’t really wanna see it or even think it, racism exists everywhere and it exists here in Sweden. I’ve felt like as a black woman and as an artist, I have to be better, I have to be EVEN better, I have to be 10/10 to get the recognition I deserve. I always want to work for what I do and challenge myself but it comes to a point where it feels meaningless because you’re here and you’re shouting and you feel like you're doing the same as everyone else but you don't get the same reaction. When I go on a TV show, I always have to check who is going to do my makeup and hair. There's been endless times where I’ve come to the studio and they don’t even have the colours for makeup and they especially don't have hairstylists experienced in curly hair or afro. It gives you a feeling that you're not even accounted for, that they’re not even thinking about you.

A: How have you been taking care of yourself during this time? 

J: I've been hanging out a lot with my family, friends, and with other musicians. Just staying with my community and definitely staying off social media has helped a lot. There was a time when I was getting headaches just because I was on my phone all the time, trying to write, absorb everything whilst trying to stay updated. But I think it’s really important to get offline because it's a traumatic experience in many ways, seeing all these posts and videos all the time. Just reminders that you’re a black person without the same human rights. But I feel a lot better now that I make myself watch TV series totally disconnected to what’s happening in the media. 

A: How long did it take you to record the track? 

J: So it was a very quick process, I haven’t even registered that it happened. I contacted my friend Mats Sandahl aka MASAKA who is an amazing producer and also part of the black community. I had a strong feeling that I wanted to do something more, even before discussing it with my managers. I was like “I’ve already decided!”. Mats mentioned that he never watches TV but then randomly chose to switch it on one evening and there I was on his screen singing ‘Älska mig’ for SVT, he really felt everything I was feeling so thought why not, let's do this. We got into the studio, Oscar and Mats and I, and we recorded for around three hours and then it got sent off for mixing. 

A: What do you want people to take away after hearing the track? 

J: I would actually like to leave people with a force of energy, but also understand why I’m even putting it out. There are many people thinking that we ”import ideas from the US” about racism and that’s bullshit. Structural racism is here, in Sweden too. Also, I really hope the black and POC community in Sweden really connect with it, and get strength from the lyrics, because it’s lifted me during this time.

So, I hope to bring some light but I also hope white people who listen to the song will understand it, and that they actually educate themselves and make an effort to have these difficult conversations, and look within themselves too. It’s ‘great’ that you’re posting a black box in solidarity but that’s not nearly enough. Being anti-racist is not political, it’s an act of human rights.

A: Can you tell us about Afripedia? 

J: All proceeds will be donated to the organisation Afripedia, who work with creative talents from Sweden and around the world who are of African descent, helping them to create more job opportunities and reach the million-dollar businesses that wouldn’t have been previously possible. I wanted to donate to an organisation where we can actually see where the funds are going. If you listen to the song, you can create a difference and change the future for the better. It’ll be so uplifting for me to follow up and see how the proceeds have created an impact.

A: Were you scared or nervous to release this track? 

J: There could be some people who could be strongly against this, but I’ve been more “political” in my own music and interviews, and I’ve got enough backing so no, I’m not scared.

A: How do you feel that the track is was released on Juneteenth? 

J: For me it’s quite symbolic because Midsummer is a holy Swedish tradition and falls on that day too. I think people should do more of these types of “projects”, because what we’re really doing is shining a light on what our society looks like. What we see in the media is not close to that. Representation is very needed and yet it is lacking. Sweden is far from just people with blue eyes and blonde hair. I’m a swede, born and raised, and I’m here too. So hopefully people aren’t too busy and spend a minute and listen to the song. I think it’s more important than ever, to take a stand, not just show solidarity, but also take action. 

Listen to Älska Mig here.

June 21, 2020

Selected #22: From Powerful Vocals To Playful Instrumentals

This week's featured artist is Blue W3rd. One of the winners for the REC Philly X Amuse Partnerships, Philadelphia-based, Blue W3rd's sounds are original, political and often played along with a strong beat.

Take a look at their Q&A on the 'Selected' highlight on our Instagram (@amuse.io)

Blue W3rd - W3rd To

'W3rd To' is a clever blend of intellectual lyrics, mixed in with political attributes and a hard beat. Part of the REC Philly x Amuse Winners, Blue W3rd is one to watch as an emerging artist in the rap game.

Location: US
Streams: 55
Instagram: @_bluew3rd

Go get stuck here!

Ney Liqa Ft. Whattodo - LIE

This upbeat pop song by Sweden-based Ney Liqa is a dreamy addition to add to your playlists. With catchy lyrics and and an 80s vibe, this track will surely get you in a great mood in no time.

Location: Sweden
Streams: 5.5K
Instagram: @ney.liqor

Go get entertained here!

Asha Elia Ft. Sharyn - Dreams

UK-based Asha Elia carries a beautiful full voice along with complimentary upbeat sounds. Her music is titled under 'UK Christian Rap' and certainly stands out within this genre.

Location: UK
Streams: 30K
Facebook: @ashaelia

Go listen here!

Travi The Native - Heavy Love

Soft boy in nature and in their music, Travi the Native's track 'Heavy Love' is a tuneful melodic song intertwined with feelings of heartbreak and catchy lyrics.

Location: UK
Streams: 8K
Instagram: @travithenative

Go listen here!

Naomi Lien - Don't Need None

Sweden-based Naomi Lien has created this punchy, powerful pop track with intense lyrical melodies and a hard beat - definitely one to blast on high volume if you need to let out some steam!

Location: Sweden
Streams: 5K
Instagram: @naomilien

Go get nostalgic here!

Joe - Prismatica

The mysterious artist Joe has created this funky tune ready to kickstart your week ahead. With playful instrumentals and bluesy influence - this bop is a fun new addition to add to your playlists.

Location: Canada
Streams: 7K
Instagram: @_xxot5xx_

Go get that boost here!

June 14, 2020

Selected #21: From Relaxed Rap to Bluesy Melodies

This week's featured artist is Raghd. We absolutely adored this multi-talented rapper, producer and singer from Sweden. Her sounds are original, smooth and definitely one to add to your playlists.

Take a look at their Q&A on the 'Selected' highlight on our Instagram (@amuse.io)

Raghd - Same Time

'Same Time' is a catchy, youthful track, filled with smooth rap and calm beats. The perfect tune to carry you into the weekend. Raghd is taking over the rap scene so keep an eye out for new music.

Location: Sweden
Streams: 8K
Instagram: @ra5ghd

Go get stuck here!

Greatness Jones, Kelvyn Colt, Dotto - DLMD

This track by Greatness Jones is an easy breezy ode to relaxed beats and summer blues. The talented artist brings the best in this track, featuring Kevin Colt and Dotty.

Location: UK
Streams: 118K
Instagram: @greatnessjones

Go get entertained here!

Kyle Sparkman - Mrs. Robot

REC Philly X Amuse winner Kyle Sparkman brings buttery tones and bluesy melodies with his track 'Mrs. Robot'. A catchy tune with playful elements that you'll be humming on your Sunday mornings.

Location: US
Streams: 2K
Facebook: @kylesparkman

Go listen here!

Misbah Uddin - Baadal

This track by Misbah Uddin is mysterious and upbeat all at the same time. Carrying summery synthy vibes and dreamy like melodies, this track is the underdog for your playlists.

Location: Pakistan
Streams: 500
Instagram: @misbahaviorrr

Go listen here!

7ru7h - Save Me

This punchy track by British artist 7ru7h is loud and memorable. With an addictive chorus and strong hard beats, this track is a winner.

Location: UK
Streams: 1,8M
Instagram: @7ru7h

Go get nostalgic here!


Portuguese artist L V I N has released this bop of delightful instrumentals, you can almost feel those sun rays falling over you. This track carries day rave energies and will lift you right back to the club.

Location: Portugal
Streams: 300
Instagram: @lvinofthewired

Go get that boost here!

June 1, 2020

Selected #20: Smooth R&B to House Party Remedies

This week's featured artist is Chi Virgo. We fell in love with her addictive track 'Bye Bye', a real hidden gem. Check them out below!

Take a look at their Q&A on the 'Selected' highlight on our Instagram (@amuse.io)

Chi Virgo - Bye Bye

If you're looking to update your playlists, then look no further. Chi Virgo's track 'Bye Bye' is an effortlessly smooth track, intertwined with soul and R&B vibes. This young artist is definitely one to keep an eye on.

Location: UK
Streams: 2K
Instagram: @chivirgo

Go get stuck here!

KALM - Bad Habits

We've all been missing the dance floor, this track by KALM brings us right back into the club energy and staying up into the early hours of the morning. A must-add track to switch up your weekend.

Location: UK
Streams: 380K
Instagram: @thisiskalm

Go get entertained here!

Troop Brand Ft. Kota the friend - Cherry Trees

Troop Brand is not only a cool guy that you'd want to hang out with but also super talented. Channeling Childish Gambino/Anderson Pack vibes, his track 'Cherry Trees' is a sweet, playful mix, perfect for carefree summer days.

Location: US
Streams: 490K
Facebook: @troopbrand

Go listen here!

Martin Masarov - mig, Mig, MIG!

mig, Mig, MIG! is a gloriously loud single, showing the best of Swedish-rap. Martin Masarov plays carefully with strong beats, bars and heavy lyrics to produce this eclectic track.

Location: Sweden
Streams: 4K
Instagram: @martinmasarov

Go listen here!

Tom Ashbrook - Too Soon

This gentle track by Tom Ashbrook shouldn't go unnoticed, it carries thoughtful piano playing, and almost makes you fall into your favourite black and white film. Slow, careful and poetically produced.

Location: UK
Streams: 1,6M
Instagram: @tomashbrookmusic

Go get nostalgic here!

Quentin Miller - Stuck Up.

This weighty track by Quentin Miller is lyrically original, fuelled by aggressive bars and tough beats. Even so, there's a cool calmness in his voice that brings out a more poetic side in rap that often goes unappreciated.

Location: US
Streams: 82K
Instagram: @quentinmiller__

Go get that boost here!

May 24, 2020

Selected #19: Teenagers and lazy pop from the Philippines

This week's featured artist is American AP The Plan. Their track 'CAPTIONS' as well as their inspiring visual identity really spoke to us. Check them out below!

Take a look at their Q&A on the 'Selected' highlight on our Instagram (@amuse.io)

Ap The Plan - CAPTIONS

This young, american duo creates a certain modern teen vibe. The way the synths work as a teasing element in the production, makes the track real interesting and alive. Their visual identity is also admirable - we’re def impressed by this project.

Location: US
Streams: 10K
Instagram: @aptheplanmusic

Go get stuck here!

Mala Junt'a - Adicto a Ti

We. Love. Reggaeton. Beats. This chill, classic reggaeton pop song, about being addicted to someone, makes us move our hips - as usual. These beats never fail to create happiness and good vibes - keep ‘em coming Mala Junt’a!

Location: Chile
Streams: 12,3K
Instagram: @malajuntacl

Go get entertained here!

Jaze - In Your Heart

The singer/songwriter guitar together with the pop drums makes this track a mix between Avicii and Of Monsters and Men’s Little Talks. It’s cozy, happy and chill at the same time - perfect for that Sunday playlist of yours!

Location: Sweden
Streams: 8K
Facebook: @jaze

Go listen here!

Jemiloh - Paths

This lazy pop track is perfect for a sunny day, drinking lemonade on the balcony looking out over some quiet covid city. A bit of indie pop, a bit of shoegaze and a lot of calm, warm vibes.

Location: Philippines
Streams: 16K
Instagram: @jemilohbeats

Go dance to it here!

Shermanology - Sunshine

Even though the album title is a bit too This catchy, fast beat driven Ibiza soundtrack is a piece of sugar. The singer’s classic, solid RnB voice, makes the nostalgia wake up inside of us. When the chorus comes on we can’t help singing along since the melody easily sticks.

Location: UK
Streams: 16K
Instagram: @shermanology

Go get nostalgic here!

LD - Intro

This heavy track by British LD sure got the attitude UK-rappers are known for. With church bells, fast spitting and a driving treble beat - this sure qualifies as one of UK’s up-and-coming rap exports. Keep it up LD!

Location: UK
Streams: 226K
Instagram: @official6ix7

Go get that boost here!

May 21, 2020

Isanna Guides Us Through Her New Ethereal Music Video

We caught up with the talented American-German producer, Isanna, ahead of her newest release 'Moshpit of Emotions'. After creating the entire music video from her living room under self-isolation and with limited resources, we discussed how she and her team went about producing the unique and dramatic visuals to her new track during these unprecedented conditions.

Introduce yourself!

Hey I’m Isanna, a German/American songwriter and producer currently based in London.

What was the inspiration behind the music video for Moshpit of Emotions?

We really wanted to capture the feelings of isolation, wonder, and awe that I felt while writing the track. The character I play in the video is floating through space, and through life in general, to mirror that. She’s lost in the middle of nowhere, but still refusing to lose her sense of wonder.

Did you have any assistance creating the film? If so, who?

My amazing brother Alex co-directed the video with our wildly talented VFX editor Harry Lindley. I did my own makeup and styling, and my mom did my hair haha. It was a family effort, to say the least.

Can you explain the process behind the production?

Alex and I filmed the video in front of a green screen in our living room during lockdown. It was the most chilled process ever. It was honestly just like hanging out at home, but every 5 minutes my mom was running around, touching up my flyaways and decreasing the green screen. She’s such a legend, shout out mom!! Then we handed the shots off to Harry to create a whole CGI world on earth, in space, and somewhere in between :’)

How long did the entire filming process take?

The filming took approx. one and a half days as we didn’t have much to work with, so we wanted to make sure all of my performance shots were as good as they could be. The editing and VFX process happened over the span of four weeks, with Alex and Harry collaborating remotely to make the whole thing as fantastical and wild as it could be.

Were there any major obstacles that you encountered?

Our living room is teeny tiny, and the green screen wasn’t massive, so we kept having to re-film scenes where my arms and legs would have disappeared off screen once we put in a background. Also, we were working with really limited lighting, which makes a green screen edit super difficult. We had to get creative with ways to bounce light off of my face, like using a small plastic card as a reflector. 

How did it feel to create a music video under the conditions of quarantine?

It was difficult, but if there’s one thing my team loves, it’s a challenge. 

How did being in lockdown affect the final result?

I think filming during self-isolation was beneficial for my performance. It really helped me get into character because I was running through the gamut of emotions in real life as well, as I’m sure many people are during this time.

What's next for you?

I’m writing/producing towards my debut EP at the moment, so I’m still in a place of exploring what I really want to say with my first bigger body of work. We’re releasing my next single at the start of summer as well, so I’m really psyched for that! Sadly the festivals that I was meant to play at this summer got cancelled, but on the bright side, it allows more time for writing and introspection.

Follow Isanna on Instagram for more.


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