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We Speak To Singer, Songwriter, And Producer Kiara Jordan About Her New Single, ‘Young Man’ – Essentially Pop



Kiara Jordan is a special kind of artist; she believes in using her music to make a change. Her new song, ‘Young Man’ is a case in point and just by streaming it you can help her make a change in people’s lives.

Kiara Jordan is a London based but South African born songwriter, singer and producer. Her new song is out now on all streaming platforms and it is accompanied by a powerful video. Every facet of this song has been created by this hugely evocative young woman who wants to change the way we look at the suffering of others. She feels so strongly about this that proceeds from this brilliant and moving new song will be given to charity. I am blown away by a young artist who feels so strongly that she is willing to use her art as a conduit for good. Just by supporting this artist we can change the things in this world that desperately need to be changed.

Kiara says of the song: “South Africa is considered to be the world’s most divided country. So I want to use this song as a platform to highlight the systemic racism and discrimination so many of the population are exposed to. I want to start a conversation – why is it that people in power are willing to turn a blind eye to the suffering of their own people, if not deliberately to make their own people suffer in order to better their own lives. The corruption of governments and political parties have destroyed incomes and well beings, and have forced their own people to suffer. I want to shed a much needed light on this struggle, and to question why people in power are being allowed to take away the freedom of those whom they govern.”

I was honoured to be able to pose some questions to Kiara and I hope her responses at the very least introduce you to her music. Please take this opportunity to engage with the music. Together we can make a change.

EP:  Growing up in South Africa and then moving to London must have given you a very personal insight into the similarities and differences of people in those countries. How has that inspired the very powerful lyrics in your new song ‘Young Man’?

KJ: First and foremost, thanks for having me. I like to use the metaphor of a forest to explain how I felt writing ‘Young Man’. When you’re inside a forest and you look around, you are in between all the trees. You can’t see the whole forest. When you’re outside the forest looking at it, you can see the whole thing – all the trees together. In a way, moving to England was like stepping outside of the forest. I don’t think I had quite processed what it was like to live in such a divided country, until all of a sudden, I didn’t.

The struggles of those that live in South Africa became much more evident, strangely enough, once I wasn’t surrounded by them, but was surrounded by first world infrastructure and people. I want people in more privileged countries, such as England, to become aware of the struggles so many are facing across the world, because the mentality of ‘out of sight, out of mind’ has become far too popular. Being able to live in what felt like two different worlds has shown me this.

EP: The video has a repetitive visual that accompanies the chorus of the song. Was this a conscious effort to visually represent the never-ending loop of oppression and hopelessness for the poor?

KJ: I’m actually really happy that you noticed this – you’re spot on. I used the same visuals in the chorus to symbolize how oppression is a constant and very real struggle people are facing – people have been discriminated against for years, systemically oppressed and put down daily. It seems to be a never-ending loop, and change starts at the top. If our systems and powers remain in the same vein, the hopelessness of our people, the human race, will continue.

EP: I heard that the profits from this song will be donated to charity. If this is true, what charity is it and how can people find out more and support the charity if they feel moved by your song?

KJ: Indeed, the recent riots in South Africa that were visualized in my video caused an incredible shortage of food and supplies, leaving lots of families starving. This leads to further crime in the country, with people stealing to support themselves and their loved ones. Now more than ever, I wanted to use this song as a platform to be able to donate to those in need. The proceeds from ‘Young Man’ will be donated to a South African charity, Operation Hunger, which aims to fight hunger and malnutrition throughout the country. Simply by streaming the song, or video, one is donating to the cause. Furthermore, they can visit the Operation Hunger website to donate directly.

EP:  For a young singer, your song writing style is hugely empathetic. In fact, your lyric “young man, old eyes” from your new song has a duality that suggests things never change but could also belie an old head on young shoulders. Your music stands out because you are able to see the world through other people’s eyes. One of my favourite songs is the brilliant ‘Walk a Mile in my Shoes’ which I first heard sung by Elvis. It’s a song that says, “before you accuse, criticise and abuse, walk a mile in my shoes”, and at the time was seen as very political for Elvis. Are you keen to use your music to change things and shine a light on what you think are political injustices?

KJ: I would love to use the platform that I have to cast a light on political injustices and social issues – the world is becoming seemingly more chaotic, and I think using music as a means to speak about such topics and raise awareness is incredibly effect. I would love to be a news board for youth, sharing what I believe to be worth speaking about and shining a light on. If my music has the ability to change something, even if on a very small scale, I would be ecstatic.

EP: The video for the song is very powerful. How involved were you in the conceptual feel of the video and the voice overs used in it? Is film making something that appeals to you or is it just an extension of what you want to achieve musically?

KJ: Throughout my life, I’ve used various art forms to express myself, some being writing, singing, and photography. There is something very powerful about combining these platforms to create something that stimulates different senses. The creation of the song and video was done entirely by myself, from my bedroom, after hours of searching for footage on social media platforms, from actual people in South Africa, and news outlets, to create the music video. Film making, like I said, is a beautiful way to visually express myself, and in combination with music, can be a very powerful tool.

EP: You’ve received some support from blogs like Loud Women and LeFutureWave. How did that come about and is it exciting that your music is getting this kind of attention?

KJ: It’s extremely exciting. Over the course of lockdown, I started releasing my music, and with little to no connections in the industry, I began submitting my music to blogs on a platform called SubmitHub. My songs have received far more recognition than I ever thought possible, and I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to have my work shared.

EP: This is your first release of 2021. What do you have planned for the coming months with music releases? Will we see an EP soon?

KJ: I have one song on the way, currently in its production phases, however I’m looking to release an EP next year. I can’t wait to begin sharing what I’ve been working on, and hope that is touches people in the way that my previous music has been able to do.

EP: As we come out of the various lockdowns and try to get back to some semblance of normal as we emerge from a global pandemic, hopefully, do you feel the enforced break between releasing ‘Three’ last year and ‘Young Man’ now has helped you to look inside your creative soul and really settle on the artist and person you want to be or has it been an annoying delay to what you want to achieve?

KJ: I took almost a year out between my previous release and ‘Young Man’, reflecting on the type of artist I want to be. With help from the likes of Tom Graham, I became aware of the power that my platform could have if I used it effectively. My music style has evolved into something more contemporary, and my writing has evolved into more honest reflections of not only what I am going through, but what the world is going through. With each release, I have pushed personal boundaries, in terms of production, vocal ability, press, etc., and think that the time I spent between releases helped this growth occur. I’m very grateful for it – reflection is always good.

EP: Who would you say are your musical inspirations and, for a singer like you, where else do you find inspiration to try to affect change?

KJ: Tracy Chapman was always a huge inspiration for me – especially in terms of political and social change. After listening to her song, ’Talking ‘Bout a Revolution’, I became drawn into the idea that songs could be more than just break-up stories and light hearted pop. In terms of musicality, one of my biggest inspirations is Tom Misch – after watching him perform live, and exploring both his instrumental skills and production ability, I would love to be able to create and produce on the level that he does. In terms of lyricism, Don McLean has been a huge source of inspiration. With classics, like ‘American Pie’ and ‘Vincent’, he draws me into the story he is telling with the words he uses, and it inspires me to want to do the same.

EP: Finally, thank you for your time; are there any plans to play any live gigs and where can we find out about your music and plans for the future?

KJ: Thank you so much for having me. I have three gigs booked over the next month or so – one on the 16th September at 26 Leake Street, another on the 1st of October at The Slaughtered Lamb, and another one on the 27th October at The Lucky Pig – all in London. You can find out more on my showcase page, or on my Instagram @kiara.jordan – thanks so much again!

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Fight Breaks Out at Olivia Rodrigo Concert (VIDEO)




At some point this year we’ve likely all laid our souls bare while scream-singing to Olivia Rodrigo’s breakout hit, “drivers license.” The angsty chart-topper is an emotional powerhouse guaranteed to leave you feeling some sort of way.

However, most people likely haven’t thrown hands while the dramatic ballad played in the background. But that’s exactly what happened during the star’s performance at iHeartRadio Music Festival over the weekend.

Apparently, emotions were running high in the audience — and it wasn’t just because fans were vibing with the “Brutal” singer’s lyrics, either.

TikTok user @fww.shelli captured footage of two women all-out brawling as Rodrigo powered through the song’s poetic bridge.

“Bro we were just tryna enjoy olivia rodrigo,” @fww.shelli wrote over the video of the women squaring off and exchanging blows. A young girl even got a couple punches in the air before the fighters were separated. Through it all, other members of the audience continued to sing along with Rodrigo.

The original video has since been taken off TikTok, but it’s made its way over to Twitter. Check out the viral moment below.

Dexerto summed up another of @fww.shelli’s since-deleted TikToks that explained some of what went down before fists of fury started flying.

Apparently it all started when one of the women asked the other if her 8-year-old daughter could stand on a chair since she was too short to see the stage. The request was allegedly answered rudely, and things escalated from there.

According to @fww.shelli, the woman wearing a white cardigan started the actual fistfight. Other fans in the audience ended it, likely because they wanted to enjoy Rodrigo’s set in peace. The TikTok user added that security didn’t really get involved.

The original video went viral and spurred all sorts of questions online.

“How does one even start a fight at a f–king olivia rodrigo concert,” one person tweeted.

Another user seemingly understood how things unfolded: “Ngl i would also fight at an @oliviarodrigo concert,” they tweeted. “B—h gets me so emotional.”

Check out some hilarious reactions tweets, below:

Despite the fight, Rodrigo seemed ecstatic for the opportunity to perform what NME noted was her first show of the year. The publication reported that she referred to it as “a really special day for me.”

The singer is fresh off a performance at the 2021 MTV Video Music Awards.

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Miley Cyrus Addresses Mid-Show Panic Attack With Audience




The past year-plus of the pandemic has put even more emphasis on mental health, and while Miley Cyrus has performed thousands of shows over the years, she revealed during her Milwaukee Summerfest performance Friday night (Sept. 17) that she felt a panic attack coming on.

The vocalist stopped her performance between songs to address the audience, revealing that just a bit earlier in the set she had told her drummer and musical director Stacy Jones that she felt she was having a panic attack. But rather than let it take control, she felt by taking a moment to address it with the audience she could perhaps move through it.

After revealing that she felt the panic attack coming on, the singer told the crowd, “Like everyone else, for the last year and a half I’ve been locked away and isolated and it is very stunning to be back in a place that used to feel like second nature. Being onstage used to feel like being at home, and it doesn’t anymore because of how much time I spent at home locked away. And this is very drastic.”

She went on to add that the pandemic was “startling and terrifying” and that “coming out of it is also slightly terrifying. So I just wanted to be honest with how I’m feeling. Because I think by being honest about that, then it makes me less afraid.”

Fan shot video of her onstage confession can be seen below, but Cyrus continued speaking beyond what is viewed in the video. “The last year kind of removed this divide, this curtain, and we’re allowing people to see us in our most vulnerable, our most isolated, our most hurt, our most scared states,” Cyrus said during her five-minute speech, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “And I think that’s something really empowering … I think by being honest, that makes me less afraid. I’m getting used to being back onstage, but there’s nowhere else that I’d rather be.”

After the moment of openness with the audience, Cyrus completed her 19-song set that included a mix of her earlier pop hits and her more modern rock-leaning material from the Plastic Hearts album.

Cyrus has been making more inroads in the rock world over the last couple of years, bringing in Joan Jett and Billy Idol as guests on the Plastic Hearts album and delivering a star-studded cover of Metallica’s “Nothing Else Matters” for the band’s Blacklist set.

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CRAZY DIAMONDS – Inca Babies’ Harry Stafford Covers Pink Floyd On New ‘Bone Architecture’ Album Collaboration With Marco Butcher




Cut from the same jagged cloth as The Birthday Party and trash rockers The Cramps Bone Architecture is a rambunctious new collaboration between Manchester’s Harry Stafford and Brazilian guitarist Marco Butcher.

With its threadbare production and discordant brass, the title track and current single sets the tone for what’s to follow.

A dark tale of a protest-cum-riot, it’s leavened, like the rest of the record by coal black humour and the raw energy of the music.

“Five friends in the protest group, five goons in the snatch squad swoop/Rows of shields and baton charged water cannon face enlarged,” croons Inca Babies’ frontman Stafford in a stage whisper.

As things go badly for the protesors, Stafford takes a perverse delight in recounting what the likes of Netflix tend to describe as ‘Injury Detail’.

Black eyes, split ear, squashed marshmallow/Blood in my mouth, teeth on the floor, compound fracture shut in the door.”

This kind of comic book fiendishness runs through the whole record, the songs a series of vignettes, highlighting Satfford’s gift for painting lurid pictures with an economy of words.

It’s the aural equivalent of a graphic novel, think Sin City and you’ll be on the right lines.

The musical chemistry between the duo is keenly in evidence as they traverse multiple  genres, from the ramshackle rockabilly of Worst In Me, to the Big Beat of Hide The Knives!

Juniper Sunday plays like the soundtrack to a groovy ‘sixties spy movie like Matt Helm or Paul Newman’s Harper, while the dirty jazz of Savanah of Havana brings to mind Tom Waits at his scuzziest.

The influence of early Nick Cave is most keenly felt in the lurching stagger of tracks like Look Behind You Look Again and Horror Film House.

Demented Blues stomper, There’s Someone Trying To Get In, brings to mind Jon Spencer – its wonderful descending chorus sounding like the entire band is slowly falling down the stairs.

There’s even a full-blooded Bluesy cover of Syd Barrett-era Pink Floyd’s trippy Arnold Layne.

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PARTNERS IN CRIME – Harry Stafford and Marco Butcher

But rising head and shoulders above the rest in this great collection of songs is the stupendous Termite City.

Latin jazz meets crime scene guitars and loud hailer vocals as Stafford bellows “what have to you done to the fatal city?”.

Parasites, cellar bar invites, crepuscular lights, inner city delights/Termites, Termites, Termites!”

It’s as mad as a sackful of badgers – a screaming junkyard joy – which in a better world would be Number One in every country.

Bone Architecture is loud, louche and a bit loose at the seams, but above all it’s Fun with a capital F – and hats off to Stafford and Butcher for that.

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