Dax, the vocalist singer behind the soul-stirring track “To Be A Man,” collaborates with the renowned Darius Rucker to delve deep into the complexities of life and the profound journey of manhood. Shot in the heart of Nashville, this collaboration brings together two voices that resonate with authenticity and emotion. The single has its roots embedded in notable events, with Dax having graced the stages of the Canadian Country Music Awards and the Calgary Stampede. Their presence in these prestigious venues reflects the impact of their music on the country music scene.
Recorded in the soulful embrace of Nashville, the birthplace of country music, the production of “To Be A Man” carries a significance that adds depth to its lyrical exploration. The question, “What is Life?” hangs in the air, suggesting a profound introspection that serves as the thematic backbone of the single. The ethos of the song is steeped in the country music tradition, drawing inspiration from the raw and authentic storytelling that defines the genre. Dax and Darius Rucker bring to life the experiences, challenges, and introspections that come with being a man, creating a narrative that resonates universally.
The recording process, laden with the poignant essence of the song, unfolded amidst the backdrop of a tour. This unique circumstance adds a layer of authenticity to the EP, as the artists poured their emotions into the recording while navigating the highs and lows of life on the road. “To Be A Man” is not merely a song; it’s a reflection, a conversation about the intricacies of masculinity and the human experience. In a world filled with complexities, Dax and Darius Rucker invite listeners to explore the depths of what it truly means “To Be A Man.”
In the ever-evolving landscape of modern romance, two musicians, Cian O’Donoghue and Ivon Roberts, bring a fresh perspective to the table with their catchy synth-pop duet, “Better Guy.” The unlikely duo, a straight guy and a bisexual guy, found common ground in their mutual appreciation for each other’s work while collaborating in 2020. Inspired by a playful encounter in a bar, “Better Guy” is a sleek, tongue-in-cheek exploration of two friends vying for the attention of a girl, revealing a humorous twist when their real competition lies in one-upping each other. Cian’s smooth R&B vocals and Ivon’s sassy Pop vocals intertwine seamlessly, creating a musical landscape that fuses “folktronica meets synth-pop,” reminiscent of Ed Sheeran and Ariana Grande.
The genesis of the track, produced by Cian, began with a Zoom session in Ireland in 2021. Vocals were later recorded in Dublin and London studios in early 2023, adding a layer of depth to the transcontinental collaboration. An amusing tidbit surrounds the initial idea of the song evolving into a storyline where the two friends end up falling for each other. However, in an authentic move recognizing the diverse experiences of the artists, the concept was revised for a lighthearted and mutually relatable take.
Cian and Ivon, two Irish lads, encapsulate the essence of “Better Guy” with a quote that perfectly captures the song’s spirit: “Two Irish lads who made a song that gives a lighthearted-but-honest take on when modern day ‘courting culture’ is combined with a splash of ‘liquid courage.'” The track invites listeners into a playful yet authentic narrative, offering a refreshing take on the complexities of modern relationships.
Welsh musical prodigy Liam J Edwards is poised to unveil their highly anticipated sophomore EP, ‘Unnecessarily Complicated: The Epilogue,’ on October 27, 2023, following the triumph of ‘The Prologue’ in 2021. A remarkable two-year labor of love, the EP encapsulates Liam’s personal and artistic evolution as a young queer creative, exploring the depths of strength, triumphs, loves, and losses. Inspired by the intricate dance between support and adversity faced during the music-making process, ‘Unnecessarily Complicated: The Epilogue’ delves intimately into the journey of self-love and empowerment. Liam’s resilience in the face of online hate is a testament to their determination to create music that transcends the negativity.
Featuring a diverse range of tracks, the EP boasts the disco-infused anthem ‘Better Off,’ a celebration of self-discovery, and the emotionally charged ‘Rather Get High,’ which has already garnered over 30,000 streams. Additional additions include ‘Please,’ an ode to removing toxic influences, ‘Progress,’ a declaration of turning doubt into power and love, and ‘Bitter (Love Me Better),’ a pure pop expression of self-sufficiency and happiness. Recorded at Sonic One Studios and co-produced by Liam and renowned producer Tim Hamill, the EP is a sonic journey marked by powerful vocals and an irresistible high-energy pop sound. Liam’s dedication to LGBTQ+ advocacy is evident through their collaborations and features, including contributions to Sgeti Records’ limited edition cassette and a feature in QX Magazine.
The year 2023 has been a banner year for Liam, with achievements ranging from a UK tour associated with Wagamamas Soul Sessions to contributing to mental health awareness with BeExtra and performing at their first Pride event in Llandovery. With a resolute motto of “Work Harder. Be Braver,” Liam J Edwards continues to make waves in the music scene, promising an empowering musical journey with ‘Unnecessarily Complicated: The Epilogue’ on October 27, 2023. Join Liam in celebrating resilience, self-love, and unapologetic artistry.
In the realm of my musical endeavors, authenticity reigns supreme. Crafting tunes straight from the heart, my music encapsulates a spectrum of emotions, from the pulsating beats of dance anthems to the soothing melodies of healing compositions. Each note, a manifestation of love. As a singer-songwriter, I wear many hats, playing the piano, belting out vocals, and co-producing my creations. The upcoming musical journey, inspired by the likes of Lizzo, Doja Cat, and Dua Lipa, promises a sonic evolution that mirrors the ever-changing landscape of my influences.
The latest single emerged from the intimate confines of my Los Angeles apartment, a musical haven where emotions found their voice. Collaborating with the exceptionally talented producer Dibs, discovered through the magic of Soundbetter, we weaved a tale inspired by a poignant dating experience. The song delves into the complexities of a lover seemingly hesitant to unlock the chambers of their heart.
Reflecting on this musical venture, I offer a succinct mantra: “Lessons: If they’re not sure, it’s a no.” Each composition is a lesson, a narrative, and an exploration of the intricacies of human connection. Join me on this heartfelt journey, and let the music speak the words often left unspoken.