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On The Rise: Loote

9th September 2017 | Pop Stop

On The Rise: Loote

Pop Stop is W!ZARD Radio Media’s pop brand. We track thousands of emerging pop artists and use data to track their future growth. Then we play their music on-air (Fridays, 3pm BST) and write about them right here to introduce you to your next favourite artist.

Catchy pop hooks, “millennial pink” colour tones and plenty of room to click along.

It sounds like the recipe for the modern day pop sensation – but there is one duo doing it better than everyone else.

Introducing: Loote

Consisting of Emma Lov and Jackson Foote (the name is a combination of their surnames, if you didn’t realise), they got their first start writing and producing the not-very-big pop song ‘No Promises’ by Cheat Codes and Demi Lovato.

Just a small credit there.

After that song exploded everywhere, first original single ‘High Without Your Love’ came out. A finger-snappy bop about how one person cannot get “high” without another person’s love. Writing it in that way didn’t really help us understand it any better – but the concept is simple enough.

That song also EXPLODED. Currently with over 23M streams on Spotify since its May 2017 release, it was a promising start. Now they’re back with a similar sounding but equally great bop… ‘Out Of My Head’.

Out Of My Head’ features less finger snapping but still a consistent amount. Honestly though, the song is great and makes us genuinely excited as to what a bit of variety in the next tune could bring.

In the song, Emma sings about how she struggles to get ‘out of her head’ but how this guy takes her out of her comfort zone, a perfect match? As far as narrative goes, it’s…

Interview with Desmond John

6th September 2017 | Music

We’re fortunate enough to interview a lot of talented artists on here, but none is more exciting right now than Desmond John.

The artist has been hard at work, on the grind, for the past few months after releasing a series of covers last year from his bedroom. But these covers are super cool – Usher, PartyNextDoor, Chris Brown, Bryson Tiller and more. Perhaps our favourite was his cover of ‘Versace On The Floor’ by Bruno Mars.

This past June, things stepped up a notch with professional music videos and songs appearing on streaming platforms (his mash-up of Ed Sheeran’s ‘Shape of You’ and Shawn Mendes ‘Mercy’ has 35,000 views) and he’s been in the studio with multi-Grammy Award winning producer Kuk Harrell who has steered music from Rihanna, Justin Bieber and Beyonce.

This week he’s been teasing original music on his social media, and we just had to catch up with him. Below is our interview:

Your growth, as an artist, over the past few months has been incredible. How has it felt being Desmond John this summer?

Thank you so much! It's been a very exciting process over the past few months. I've had great team behind me and we've all been putting in a lot of work behind the scenes to make this all possible. I've learnt so much and hope to continue my growth.

Does it feel like it's been a quick progression? Your first song only dropped on Spotify this past June.

Yes for sure. I wasn't expecting the progression to go quite so quickly but thanks to all the support, we've been able to get things moving at a good pace. It’s been really exciting!

You had been posting bedroom covers on…

Interview with Darude

3rd September 2017 | Music

Darude is one of dance music’s most influential stars.

Perhaps best known for his ground breaking ‘Sandstorm’ (a track so legendary that Google used it for one of their April Fools pranks!), the Finnish DJ/artist/producer has had his sound featured in Hollywood movies, PlayStation games, the NFL, Wimebledon and more.

Hailed as one of Finland’s biggest musical exports – he has graced the stage of the likes of Tomorrowland, Ministry of Sound and garnered support from legends such as Markus Schulz, Gareth Emery, Steve Aoki and Judge Jules.

Over 15 years since ‘Sandstorm’ became the world’s best selling vinyl (in 2000), Darude is back with a new project (‘Singularity’) and is one again proving his ability to constantly push boundaries and ignite audiences around the globe.

James Gilmore interviewed Darude before he took over The W!ZARD Sessions about his storied career, ‘Sandstorm’, new music and the state of the electronic music industry.

Broadcasted exclusively worldwide on W!ZARD Radio Station.

James Gilmore interviews Darude

James GIlmore interviews Darude before he took over The W!ZARD Sessions about his storied career, hit Sandstorm, new music and the state of the electronic music industry. (17 minutes)