I got to play the BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge. It was incredible!
It’s always been a huge target for me. When I was younger, I knew there was a slim chance of me ever getting to do it, but I thought if I didn’t try, I certainly wouldn’t make it. I think as a session musician, it’s one of the biggest and best gigs you can do.
I’ve given it six years, a lot of hard work and a bit of luck, and bloody hell I’ve made it!
I got to go in with MNEK and Zara Larsson about six months ago and it blew my mind. This time I knew a little more about what to expect, but it still was every bit as special.
We smashed the tunes, everyone really brought their A game and the videos that came out were perfect.
There are a handful of moments in my career that I remember thinking ‘This is why I do music’. This was one of those. I feel so ridiculously lucky, and I’m still buzzing.
Keep an eye out for a VLOG coming soon of my experience.
Click the links below to for all the times I’ve been in the Live Lounge, with the first three being the latest time. Headphone usage preferred!
MNEK – At Night (I Think About You)
MNEK – Foolish (Ashanti cover)
MNEK – Tears (Clean Bandit cover)
MNEK and Zara Larsson – Never Forget You
MNEK and Zara Larsson – Runnin’ (Lose It All)
MNEK – Two Can Play That Game (Bobby Brown cover)
Cheers guys and see you soon!
I recently took a girls trip to Kos, Greece, with my girl Dionne Bromfield. We decided to do a seven night all inclusive holiday as we had both never gone all inclusive before and honestly it was INCREDIBLE! The food at the resort we stayed at was consistently amazing, with so many options both healthy and the latter. ???
The architecture of the resort itself was mind-blowing. All white bungalows facing the crystal blue sea with nice little balconies for you to relax on after a day of sunbathing or exploring. We decided to have a super relaxed holiday with no set plans and we took the first day to just relax and adjust to the climate of Greece (the heat was crazy!).
Although there were a few excursions here and there, Dionne and I found that there was not very much else to do in Kos unfortunately. We visited the gorgeous old town and walked around the marina hoping we could bag ourselves a nice yacht tour but we didn’t like what was on offer. We rented a quad bike and attempted to go to the thermal springs but that too was an epic failure, hilarious but a failure!
All in all we had an incredibly memorable trip, it was a real great bonding experience for Dionne and myself. I cannot recommend the Dimitra Beach Resort enough! The private beach is such a nice touch to an already mind-blowing hotel with lovely, helpful staff.
Enjoy the pics and see ya on the next trip! Ax
I felt like I had wanted to go to New York for an eternity! Stepping off the plane I was so incredibly excited to finally be in the concrete jungle! Every skyscraper we went past was met with an “ohhh” and “ahhh” and I wanted to stop and stare at everything.
The next morning we jumped straight into the experience, we started with a two hour walking tour that took us to all the famous sites (Central Park, The Rockefeller Center, Grand Central Station etc.) and our amazing tour guide filled us with the history of how the famous city was built. Our main agenda aside from the sites was of course food. I had a list of places I wanted to visit and we hopped right to it, we had tasty tacos and freshly made mini doughnuts at Chelsea Market, we went to Ellen Stardust, one of NY’s most famous diners, where the waiters sing as they serve you, and we had Korean fried chicken amongst other things.
We went for 8 days, which we found to be ideal because it meant we could do a bit of everything without rushing. We took our time at the MET museum and soaked up some rays at the top of the Rockefeller center (Overpriced at $60 per person but had amazing views of the whole city). All in all we had such an amazing time. If you ever get a chance definitely go! NY has so much to offer.
Checkout our list of recommended places to eat if you do go to NY.
A day after returning from my amazing holiday in Greece I had to hop on a plane to Amsterdam for a three day writing camp held by Spinnin’ Records and Music All Stars Publishing . Spinnin’ look after huge artists such as Avcii, Martin Garrix and Tiesto so when they asked to have me I jumped on it straight away!
Although I had just been out there a few weeks before to record a very exciting track with the amazing Kriss Kross guys (who are signed to Spinnin’ as well), I was back out to work with more of their amazing producers and writers. We did two sessions a day the morning session, which was from 9.30-3pm with a break for lunch, and the evening session, which was from 3pm-9pm with a break for dinner. Dinner was prepared by an amazing chef at the studio every night. I thought this was a really nice touch because it meant everyone could eat together and socialize outside of the studio.
It was incredible to be thrown into a camp with loads of super talented people who I have never worked with before. As a songwriter it was great for me to sharpen up my lyrics and melodies too.
Check out the behind the scenes below. See ya on the next trip! Ax
Please note all photos are courtesy of a photographer at the writing camp, none of the above pictures are my own.
Self confessed foodies (fatties really!) we are incredibly passionate about food! We love discovering new restaurants and new flavors. As soon as we arrived in New York we made a beeline for all the treats the big apple had to offer.
We tasted new incredible cuisines such as soul food and we found quirky restaurants that served up some of the tastiest meals we’ve ever had. Here are a few spots you HAVE to try if you visit New York.
Lighthouse Fish Market– You select your fish and your veggies and you choose how they make it for you. We had a mixed seafood platter with collard greens and mac and cheese. We pretty much inhaled everything.
The Boil– Seafood by the pound cooked with Cajun spices. We had a pound of crayfish and a pound of prawns with potatoes and sweet corn. It comes in a huge plastic bag and you’re given gloves and bib so you know it’s going down! Victor’s favorite meal of the entire trip.
Spot Dessert Bar – Desserts inspired by both American and Asian flavors. We honestly think this is some of the best desserts we’ve ever had! Like ever! Inventive presentation won us over too. We had the Chocolate Green Tea Lava Cake, Coconut Monkey bread with Coconut Ice Cream and Golden Toast.
Boka– Korean fried chicken packed with flavor. We had the wings and drumsticks combo that was just finger licking good! We would’ve been completely satisfied with the chicken alone but we also had the Kimchi pancake which was delicious.