What you stand for, and an interesting fact about yourself?
I hope I stand for music that’s original and authentic.  In my music life and my normal life I try to be an independent thinker and general proponent of weirdness.  Interesting fact: my second toe looks like ET.
Who was the most enjoyable artist you have performed with and why?
I just finished a great run with Wallpaper.  He’s got this totally crazy outlandish stage persona, and it was really fun to watch him transform each night.
What is your favourite mix up on MASHed Potatoes?
Crazytown.  I think that we live in age in which corporations and institutions suppress a lot of natural – and potentially beneficial – psychological variation in the name of “mental health” and that as a society, we suffer for it.  Feeling insane, depressed, out of control – those are the ingredients for great art and interesting people.
You like to manipulate your music and manage to create something beautifully unique. What instruments can and do you prefer to use?
I do a lot of sampling, which means I sort of have the whole musical instrument spectrum at my fingertips.  But in terms of what I actually play, it’s mainly controllers and guitar.
Any plans for your own tour?
Right now I’m enjoying life as an opening act.  I think it’s important to be able to adapt your live show to different kinds of crowds and learn from other, more experienced artists.  Plus, the vague threat of getting booed off stage means you have to make sure you aren’t completely terrible.
Best performance to date and why?
I actually think my best show was my latest show, in London the other week.  Often, when I’m performing, I find my mind wandering off – everything’s so automatic that I don’t have to think about it.  But I was super stressed that day, with jetlag, meetings, travel, and I was able to release all that energy on stage.
You are credited on your educational success often, are you glad you went to University and at the same time pursued your musical career?
I’m extremely happy that I finished university.  At the end of the day, when the show’s over, I’m stuck with myself.  So I’m glad I like reading books.  Because books are more interesting and less frustrating than me.
What are your inspirations for your music?
The things I see and feel.  I’ve been in a very introspective space as of late, so a lot of my writing has stemmed from that.
Your work is original, are you looking to create your own genre?
Not really.  Just trying to make music that’s a bit surprising, a bit left of center.  I’m still figuring out my sound, but I’m getting closer to where I want to end up.
Who came up with the stage name?, was it a previous nickname or just a play on words?
K.Flay was my nickname in college.
Do you prefer to perform in the US or further afield?
I’ve only performed a bit outside the US but it’s been awesome.  I definitely hope to do more international touring this year.
Where do you see yourself in five years?
In a studio, working on some new shit.
Something about you that others perhaps would not expect?
I cry during movies.
A message to all your fans?
Thank you!  And stay tuned for new music.  Loooots of new music.

Chase & Status, No More Idols Album ReviewChase & Status No More Idols Album Review 

After the release of their debut album ‘More Than Alot’, Chase & Status have been looking to hit a more global market. ‘No More Idols’ is a skilled album, enabling us to see exactly what the drum and bass duo can do.
‘No More Idols’ includes a play on their typical genre and numerous collaborations. The most well-known track on the album is the notorious ‘End Credits’ with Plan B, featured last in the track listing which came as a bit of a surprise considering its popularity.

Other famous collaborations include ‘Heavy’ featuring Dizzee Rascal, ‘Hitz’ featuring Tinie Tempah and ‘Brixton Briefcase’ featuring CeeLo Green. The album also presents a collaboration with the up and coming Claire Maguire.
The boys have roped in some pretty big names in the business. It does make one wonder though if perhaps they are compensating for something. The introduction of other genres also supports this. Do the boys believe they cannot go it alone on their raw talent? Such as the great DnB artists such as Pendulum manage to do.
There is no doubt the album is superb but it is hardly a solo act on Chase and Statuses part. These big names are definitely a support to the boys. Ah but we have been here before with ‘More Than Alot’, the help of other musicians helped to boost Chase and Status into the mainstream. A place where they are desperate to stay.
‘No More Idols’ represents this desperation. The album features more collaborations however and the diversity of genres could be looked upon in a positive light also. Sure the boys are leaving their original roots and developing to fit the appeal of today, but isn’t this what we demand? We should embrace these changes, opening up to alternative audiences means a little something for everyone.
Chase & Status are incredible live, where they can present the raw energy of their sets. The album merely lacks the masses dancing to it. The songs are made to be blown through club speakers. ‘Hitz’ is particularly impressive. The fusion of genres works extremely well, Tinie’s old school hip hop infuses perfectly with the boys cleverly manipulated sound. ‘Brixton Briefcase’ proves a bit of a disappointment but of no fault of Chase and Status, It is not the best performance by CeeLo and sounds like a very dodgy and simplistic club track. It lacks the soulful aura that CeeLo often presents. One of the best songs however on the album has to be the opening ‘No Problem’, with an intense beat and sly vocals. It features tribal rhythms and sick trance beats that will ensure you get to and stay on your feet.’
Overall, the album is very good. With the intense beats, variety of featuring artists, and memorable lyrics this album fails to not impress.
Tracklist:
1.    No Problem
2.    Fire In Your Eyes (Ft Maverick Sabre)
3.    Let You Go (ft Mali)
4.    Blind Faith (ft Liam Bailey)
5.    Fool Yourself (ft Plan B & Rage)
6.    Hypest Hype (ft Tempa T)
7.    Hitz (ft Tinie Tempah)
8.    Heavy (vs Dizzee Rascal)
9.    Brixton Briefcase (ft CeeLo Green)
10.    Hocus Pocus
11.    Flashing Lights (ft Sub Focus & Takura)
12.    Embrace (ft White Lies)
13.    Time (ft Delilah)
14.    Midnight Caller (ft Clare Maguire)
15.    End Credits (ft Plan B)

Black Swan Film Review | The LDN Gal

Darron Aronofsky’s Black Swan Film REVIEW

Darren Aronofsky has created something truly special. The gripping and striking Black Swan is art in its best form. Mixing the mediums of dance and film, he has produced a movie with mass appeal. The psychological thriller is an innovative piece of work, based upon a subject matter that many would shun away from. Ignorance is not so blissful in this case; to make a judgment on the quality of the film merely on the facts that it is an exploration of ballet would be a rather abrupt decision to make.

The film is based on the life of a young Nina, a secretive woman who seems a little too dependent on her mother for comfort. Natalie Portman plays this vulnerable role. The plot is based upon a production of Swan Lake. The prestigious New York City ballet company requires a ballerina to be cast as both the main and separate roles of the Swan Queen. There is a theme of contrast, the pure and delicate white swan in comparison to the seductive black swan.

Nina an adamant and skilled ballerina is desperate for the role, as she has put many years of hard work into the company and needs her break. She conflicts with the confident and whimsical Lily (Mila Kunis), who also wishes to claim the role. Both girls represent the different personalities required to play the Swan Queen in Swan Lake. Nina in graceful desperation is perfect for the white swan and Lily fierce and hard-edged an image of the black.

Thomas Leroy (Vincent Cassel), the director of the production appears to be a sexual deviant. He presents himself to Nina and makes it evident she must compete and open up to the role of the black swan if she wished to succeed. After a passionate confrontation with Nina, he makes attempts to tarnish her virginal stature and on failure tells her to explore herself. This is the awakening for Nina and she begins to find a darker side to her personality.

The movie makes an apparent and real reflection of the trails of being a competent ballerina. The film opens us up to a world full of grueling and painful training sessions, where women’s feet appear distorted and crushed. A world that demands one must be of perfection in body, mind and performance. There is an exploration into eating disorders, self-harm and mental instability. Reflecting that to make it in such a world, you must give everything of yourself.

We see Nina in her home environment and begin to understand why she is in such a frail state. She is mollycoddled by an overbearing mother. This over protective nature has left Nina in a state of flux. She is expected of highly by her mother, a failed ballerina due to her pregnancy of Nina. As Nina begins to find herself we soon see numerous domestic tensions of what appears to be the behaviours of something expected from a young teenager.

On the succession of achieving the role, Nina is presented to her new glitzy world. This is much to the distress of her predecessor Beth (Winona Ryder), who in turn strikes fears into the vulnerable Nina and is a living example of how both girls are just tools of the trade.

As Nina progresses it becomes apparent that she is a wavering psychotic state. She presents numerous delusions and hallucinates episodes. Her paranoia progresses at the bold Lily. The retorts of Thomas play in her mind, she begins to change and let go of her perfectionist attitude.

As the plot progresses, Lily approaches Nina at her family home, much to the dismay of her Nina’s mother. The duo spends the night out and dabble with drugs, on return Nina has an elaborate argument with her mother, resulting in the girls locking themselves in Nina’s room. They engage sexually and on awakening finds Lily absent. Nina rushes to the company and on arrival is furious in finding Lily acting as her role. She continues picking fun at Nina for what she says was a fantasy sexual engagement.

The night before the first performance we see Nina vigorously continue to perfect her routine for performance. Her mentality worsens and she is faced with severe hallucinations, on believing to see Lily and Thomas intimately she flees. As she arrives home her body begins to distort and she begins to form as an animalistic swan. On fear of her delusions, she knocks herself out upon her bedpost. As she awakens, her mother’s controlling nature continues, she states that she has contacted the company and that Nina will remain absent from the opening performance. Nina is enraged and violently removes herself from the home, rushing to the performance and immediately beginning preparations.

The production is constructed of four acts each showing the detailed changes of the Swan Queen. Nina’s hallucinations continue to play tricks on her resulting in drastic consequences. These remaining minutes are Nina’s epiphany. She concludes whispering softly, “I felt it. Perfect. I was perfect.”

Swan Lake surprises down to the penultimate few seconds, the film is truly a marvel to watch, downright surreal and haunting at times. The actors perfect their roles and the amount of dedication they were enforced to endure is evident. It appears that Portman and Kunis, are in fact, professionals of the art. The film is truly gripping throughout, presenting many moralistic dilemmas and values. Mainly to be who you are, for if you dare to stray from your true identity, the results may not always work to your advantage.

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How do you feel about your online success?
I’m really overwhelmed by how everything has grown so gradually and has all suddenly started snowballing. It’s honestly incredible and I’m really grateful and thankful for what I’ve achieved purely by using the internet to connect with loyal supporters
 
You’re only seventeen, isn’t the whole experience a bit surreal?
I’ve recently turned 18! haha but yes, it’s so surreal! Especially as I’m so young. But as i said before, I just have to stay grateful as it’s almost all down to people being loyal and wanting to the listen to me 🙂
What are the plans for, and what can we expect from your debut album?
I’m currently writing and demoing songs for my album 🙂 We’re still having fun experimenting with sounds, but it’s definitely going to lean towards the darker side of pop with my acoustic/folky roots 🙂
 
How do you feel about the amazing reaction to your rendition of “Liar and the Lighter”?
So shocked! It was uploaded for a friend and i honestly thought nothing of it, I did even put it online intending on getting views. I’m so glad i did decide to do it now though!
 
What advice would you give to other young musical enthusiasts?
To make the most of all of their resources. The internet has been the biggest platform for me in regards to building a fan base. But to also, interact with ‘fans’ and thank them as these are the people who help you and stay with you 🙂
 
What hopes do you have for the future?
I want to continue with what i’m doing now, writing, recording, touring and meeting followers 🙂 I hope to release my album this year also 🙂
How does it feel to be placed as MySpace’s number one unsigned act?
Ridiculous! haha but in a good way of course 🙂 Must be boring as i keep saying it, but all i can honestly do is be grateful for it 🙂
 
Can we expect a 2011 tour?
You can! Although no dates are confirmed yet! There will definitely be shows all over the country, including FESTIVALS! yayay
 
Sum yourself and your music up in three words?
Optimistic, real, haunting
 
Thank you for your time and we wish you the best of luck in the future!
Thank you! X