Tuesday, 26 October 2010

Interview with Esmee Denters.... Coming Soon

Esmee is the face and spokesperson of the b.tempt'd Winter campaign..


Jessie J at the Hoxton Bar and Grill

Despite feeling pretty much horrendous after two weeks of working every night, without stopping to sleep or conduct normal human life, I could not pass up the opportunity to see Essex born 22 year old Jessie J. She has been one of those names that keeps popping up amongst music enthusiasts and industry folk, and after checking out her pipes on YouTube (where she communicates with and sings for her army of dedicated fans) I wanted to take the opportunity to witness, in the flesh, the artist I believe will be the big story of 2011.

It is boggling that someone with talent of her magnitude is not already enjoying the dizzy heights of success/fame, particularly when she she possesses the factor that so many TV shows are tirelessly hunting for, often with no avail and ample humiliation. What compounds the mystery is the fact that Alicia Keys has already cottoned on to her writing skills with Justin Timberlake naming her as the 'best singer.' She has also toured with Chris Brown and penned Miley Cyrus smash hit 'Party in the USA', but whatever your feelings about the two aforementioned artists don't put this against her, for it is you who will suffer!!

But she is not just a voice, her onstage presence is huge with banter to and fro between her and the crowd (including her mum), as well as her band frequent throughout her show. Her outspoken nature and frank turn of phrase is at no times harsh but genuine, light hearted and refreshing. While it will undoubtedly make her a colourful character for us to watch evolving she is self aware enough to know that it might also get her in trouble in interview scenarios, commenting on her the need of Media Training during last nights show.

Her debut has already picked up airplay from the likes of Twin B, 1Xtra and Mista Jam, Radio 1, with the white hot remix from man-of-the-moment and good pal Labrinth sending Jessie J straight to the top of the HypeMachine chart in under 24 hours - all an impressive 3 months ahead of release.... surely this is a sign of things to come for star in waiting...

'Do It Like A Dude' is out on December 6th.... Be sure to check it out...

In the meantime watch my vids from the gig or see Jessie J talk/sing from various locations, including an LA bathroom, on Youtube....


Monday, 25 October 2010

Absolut Limited Edition

Those who know me well will no of my aversion to Vodka and why.... a river and singles that turned out to be triples are the only clues I'll give to the drama that was my 18th for those not lucky enough to witness or hear about it. Anyone who's had a bad experience on a certain beverage will know how a mere sniff can take you back to the horrendous moment of drunken doom, and just under a decade on I still try and stay away from the deceptive alcohol.

Doing what I do you get sent various freebies, some of which are useful, some that are indulgent and some that are completely irrelevant. The alcohol bottles might seem to fit into the last category for a music/fashion journalist, but in recent years more and more we are seeing collaborations between big names in fashion and music with various drinks brands. Over the years I have accumulated a collection of bottles and drinks from various events including Cointreau from an event with immaculate Dita Von Teese..... see myself looking decidedly sweaty next to the uber groomed burlesque star !!

So despite my wish to make sure Vodka stays out of my blood stream, the beauty of it's new design was enough to make me want to mention it on my blog. I used to collect perfume bottles for the beauty of the design and it seems that the people behind alcohol/soft drinks ( see former post with Johnny Rocket customizing coke bottles) want you to see their products in a similar vain.

We are used to seeing ABSOLUT vodka with its smooth exterior but with their Limited Edition bottle we are treated to dramatic facets. This bottle will be the basis and inspiration for series of yet to be revealed artistic collaborations.

The bottle was launched exclusively last month at Selfridges flagship store on Oxford Street, but can now be bought for a limited time in further prestige stores.

If you want this attractive piece of glass architecture to add some glamour to your drinks cabinet it retails at £22.99.

Interview with Eliza Dolittle

For Full Interview go to....

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