Hey everyone, how’s it going?
If you’re a regular reader here then you may’ve noticed that I haven’t been posting as much in recent weeks. One of the main reasons for that is because the sun’s been out and, as my fellow UK-ers will know, British summer time is very hit-and-miss; you’ve got to enjoy it while you can because it’s never around for long. Case in point: it’s raining today.
Anyway, I just wanted to sit down and write a bit more of a spontaneous, chatty post and talk about a few really exciting things that have happened recently, as well as filling you in on what I have coming up over the next few months. I was originally planning to film these as two separate videos, like I did with my Rogue Re Vera thank you video, but I’m just not in a position where I have time to sit and film and edit at the moment – writing is so much quicker!
So, as you may remember, at the tail end of last year I posted a review of young aspiring rapper WaltzzUk – real name Liam Stewart – after he contacted me via this very blog. If you can’t remember back that far don’t worry, click here to check it out. A few weeks ago Liam sent me some things to say thank you for what I’d written, and for agreeing to be involved in his next project in terms of reviewing what he has coming.
As you can see, Liam sent me a signed copy of his 11 track EP ‘Inspire to Inspire’ with an inspirational quote written on the sleeve, an ‘Inspire to Inspire’ wristband, and a handwritten note; again, thanking me for my previous review and saying that he’s pleased that I’ll be continuing to review his material.
As I’ve said before on this blog, I never expect anything like this, I just choose to write about music and artists that I admire and believe in, in the hope that others who come across my little corner of the internet will hear something worth believing in too. It’s an amazing feeling when someone I’ve written about takes the time to Tweet me or send me a message saying they like what I’ve written, let alone send me anything, so I would just like to say thank you to Liam and reiterate that I really do appreciate it – hopefully one day I’ll be able to say thank you in person.
Ahead of the release of his upcoming EP, the young rapper also recently released an exclusive remix of Craig David’s ‘One More Time’, entitled ‘London and Back’, with an accompanying music video detailing WaltzzUK’s journey from his hometown of Ipswich to the fast-paced hustle and bustle of London. Check it out below.
As well as that, if you follow me on Facebook or Twitter then you may’ve seen that I also had some of my work published last month (insert many dancing girl emoji’s here.) In recent months I’ve posted a few blogs about a band based in Spain’s Costa Blanca called Snowblind; I included their song Memories in a ‘Tracks I’m Loving’, I did a ‘One to Watch’/album review on their self-titled debut offering, and most recently reviewed their set at Camden’s Dublin Castle while they were over here on a UK tour.
After I uploaded the live review I was contacted by an employee of a publication called QR Magazine, based in Spain. The person expressed interest in using my article in both the digital and print versions of the magazine if I was willing, and I was put in contact with the editor. My review was then printed in the May edition of the free magazine, and it looked pretty damn good; I was really pleased with how it turned out and I love how everything was laid out on the page.
QR were also kind enough to send me a few copies of the magazine, and I was ecstatic to actually have a physical copy in my hands. It’s really surreal to think that people who pick up this magazine will see my review; I know that I post things on this blog for people to read but seeing something in black and white and holding it in your hands is a totally different feeling. So, again, I’d like to thank the team at QR for liking my piece enough to print it, and for expressing interest in me possibly contributing more. I’ve only had two other pieces published aside from this one, and ultimately my goal is to find a full-time editorial position so I can make my living writing about music, so I’m grateful for the opportunity.
In other news, I just wanted to say that I have a lot of posts planned for the next few months; including bringing back a thread I started last year known as ‘Jammin’ In July’, and completing my ‘Throwback Thursday’ series, charting the evolution of my taste in music. I also have some interviews and other things in the works, but I don’t want to say too much just yet in case they fall through last minute. Just know that things are coming and I’m really excited to get started on them!
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