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Interview with Emily Vaughn & Better Off

Emily Vaughn by Shannon Bray

Emily Vaughn by Shannon Bray

Riding the wave of young indietronica talent from the US is Emily Vaughn, an electro princess from Florida.

Her new track ‘Better Off’ is about finding new beginnings in broken down, past relationships. We caught up with Emily to find out a bit more about her and the new track.

How and why did you start making music?

Something that’s been consistent since before I can even remember, is the writing and singing of melodies. Music made sense to me before anything else did, so I took what I knew and ran with it. I grew up in an artistic family who encouraged every musical move I’ve ever made. This is just what I do. It’s been an incredible journey of growth-in my self, my image, and now with the music industry. I’m extremely grateful to be experiencing such positive feedback as I share my passion with the world.

Describe your sound in three words.

Colorful. Transparent. Edgy.

Your new track ‘Better Off’ is about being happier without a relationship full of negativity. Would you say that your time spent in Florida has made you look on the brighter side of things?

It’s possible that the constant Florida sunshine might deserve some recognition for my positivity. However, I don’t think it’s had any significant impact on the way I handle situations. I always try to find the light in everything. Which is why Better Off is less about the boo-hoo moment of an ending relationship, and more about what’s to come now that there’s freedom in and around yourself.

Where do you cite your musical influences from?

I can’t get enough of all of the strong female pop artists taking the music industry by storm such as Betty Who, Banks, Haim, Robyn, and Taylor Swift. I pull influence from their music, obviously, but almost more importantly, I highly respect and try to mirror the way they carry themselves and display their image/character.

We love new music at Indietronica. What new music are you listening to?

This is a bit of a tough question to answer considering that my music taste varies from top 40 pop, to 90’s R&B and everywhere in between. However, I’ve been so obsessed with newer R&B artists like “Gallant” and if I’m honest, I’ve been binging on The Weeknd on repeat for the past few weeks.

Listen to ‘Better Off’ below.

Sounds like: Robyn, Evvy, Noosa, Indiana, Ghost Beach, Kyla La Grange, Betty Who, Banks, Haim, Taylor Swift, July Child, Monogem

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Great Good Fine Ok – Body Diamond EP

Great Good Fine Ok

Great Good Fine Ok

Great Good Fine OK (GGFO) is Brooklyn-based Luke and John.

Despite the release of ‘You’re The One For Me’ being welcomed with open arms by music lovers and blogs alike, GGFO never really got the recognition they deserved, but fear not they are back with an incredible EP and it thankfully includes ‘You’re The One For Me’ as the introductory track.

The second track on the ‘Body Diamond’ EP is ‘Not Going Home’; a twinkling pop gem perfect for fans of Passion Pit and Pistol Shrimp.

Third track ‘By My Side’ replicates a funky 80’s jam full of synth sax.

In comparison, the last track on the EP is more of a mellow one. ‘Say It All’ is familiarly Yeasayer-esque but with a twinge of tasty R&B in there.

The ‘Body Diamond’ EP is out today via Neon Gold Records and can be purchased on iTunes.

Tour dates with Betty Who below:

10/7 – Silver Spring, MD – Fillmore Silver Spring
10/8 – New York, NY – Irving Plaza
10/10 – Boston, MA – Paradise
10/11 – Philadelphia, PA – Theatre of Living Arts
10/13 – Toronto, ON – The Mod Club
10/14 – Chicago, IL – House Of Blues Chicago
10/15 – Indianapolis, IN – Deluxe @ Old National Center
10/17 – Minneapolis, MN – Fine Line Music Cafe
10/18 – Lawrence, KS – The Granada Theatre
10/20 – Denver, CO – Marquis Theatre
10/21 – Salt Lake City, UT – The Complex
10/24 – Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theater
10/25 – Vancouver, BC – VENUE
10/26 – Seattle, WA – Neptune
10/28 – San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore
10/29 – West Hollywood, CA – House of Blues Los Angeles
10/30 – Anaheim, CA – House of Blues Anaheim

Sounds like: Lionel Richie, Ronika, Ghost Beach, Yeasayer, Phoenix, Tove Lo, Passion Pit, Pistol Shrimp

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Nina Yasmineh – Prophecy / Interview

Nina Yasmineh

Nina Yasmineh

Nina Yasmineh is a singer songwriter from NYC. She has just released her new single ‘Prophecy’ and we love it.

We caught up with Nina to chat music and discuss the cool story about where the title to her first EP came from:

Tell us a bit about yourself (where you grew up, when you first started singing/songwriting).

I grew up in Minnesota, near Minneapolis. I always loved to sing and I first started writing songs when I was about 12 years old. I also took piano and guitar lessons. In high school, I performed at local coffee shops and did open mic nights. I moved to NYC to attend New York University in 2009 and have been living here ever since.

Sum up your sound in 3 words.

Bittersweet, striking, seductive

Where do you cite your musical influences from?

I’ve always been a fan of pop music and the guilty pleasures of Top 40 so I think it’s fun to channel some of that, like with catchy hooks and synth lines. But I also grew up listening to more introspective and honest singer-songwriters and I definitely try to write my lyrics in that same vein.

Tell us a bit about your EP, ‘Seven Years’. Is there any hidden meaning behind the name?

The title ‘Seven Years’ was inspired by an experience I had a few years ago when I was still at NYU. A man in line in front of me at Starbucks, a seemingly average business man, turned around and said he could tell I was an artist by my hands. Then he asked me my birthday, did some calculating in his head and said that in seven years I would do something artistic that the world would consider truly great. It was like a bizarre prophecy (speaking of ‘Prophecy’…) and I found it really inspiring. It seemed like a fitting reference for that EP because it was the first time that I did all the recording and production myself and it was a big step for me artistically.

The energetic new track called ‘Prophecy’ is taken from your latest EP ‘Finest Hour’, and is causing quite a stir. Are you planning on releasing an album at some point?

At some point I probably will release an album but for now, since I’m doing everything myself, I’ll probably stick to releasing singles and small collections of songs.

We love discovering new music at Indietronica. What new music are you listening to at the moment?

Well most of these artists are newer but still pretty well-known at this point: lately I’ve been listening to a lot of Haim, Iggy Azalea, Tove Lo and Betty Who.

What is next for you? Are you planning a tour?

I’m going to be filming a music video for ‘Prophecy’ soon. I don’t know about a full tour but I will be performing around NYC this summer!

Have a watch of the video for the illustrious ‘Prophecy’ for some evening reconciliation.

The beautiful ‘Finest Hour’ EP can be purchased here.

Sounds like: Ladyhawke, Ellie Goulding, Austra, La Roux, Lorde, Tove Lo, Indiana, Madonna, Lady Gaga

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