ECHO - The Podcast
ECHO - The PodcastJun 02, 2023
Ep 86 | Conversation with Sadie Jean
If you were scrolling through TikTok last November, you may have been invited to duet with a make-shift, wooden spoon microphone. The artist behind that viral “WYD Now?” open-verse challenge is Sadie Jean.
Since then, the New York City and LA-based artist has carved out a spot for herself in pop with her confessional and observational lyrics that navigate life and love.
Sadie has followed up the 121 million times streamed “WYD Now?” with “Locksmith,” and now her latest single “Just Because.”
We chatted with Sadie Jean about the new track, and what’s next for this emerging pop artist.
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Ep 85 | Conversation with Devin Kennedy
On this episode, we chatted with Devin Kennedy.
The multi-talented artist’s latest single “Frequent Flyer” has just landed. The dreamy slow jam is an inflight cocktail of pop, R&B, and alternative.
This release is just one in a series of singles including “Fine Wine” and “As Is,” that have put Kennedy on everyone’s radar including Spotify who named him 4th highest streaming unsigned artist in the US.
We chatted with the multi-talented artist about the single, his upcoming album California Rain, and more.
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Ep 84 | Conversation with Sam MacPherson
Singer-songwriter and producer Sam MacPherson recently unveiled his electric new EP Powerlines featuring his heartfelt single “Safe to Say.”
The project, like the single, showcases Sam’s earnest songcraft and candid relatability.
Boasting the title of one of the top New Jersey artists to hear in 2023 and with nearly 50M career streams, it’s “safe to say” that Sam is an artist to keep an eye on!
We caught up with Sam before he embarked on his first ever headlining tour to chat about his new EP Powerlines released via Elektra Entertainment and more!
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Ep 83 | Conversation with Lilah Fitzgerald
From a very young age, Lilah Fitzgerald has been a storyteller, whether it’s bringing characters to life on tv shows like The CW’s “HELLCATS” or escaping into her own imagination.
Her latest feat is giving life to the character of Ava on AMC’s new series LUCKY HANK. The dramedy follows Hank (Bob Odenkirk), an English professor in crisis.
In addition to taking on the role of Ava, Lilah will be stepping back into "Ghoulia’s" platform heels in MONSTER HIGH 2, the sequel to Paramount+ and Nickelodeon’s monster hit.
In between telling these stories, Lilah has managed to write her own. On April 4th, her debut futuristic YA fantasy novel, Stars and Swashbucklers will hit shelves.
We sat down with Lilah to chat about her acting, writing, and what’s next for this storyteller.
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Ep 82 | Conversation with Caleb Hearn
Authentic, heartfelt, and narrative are just a few of the words to describe the music of rising singer/songwriter Caleb Hearn. His unfiltered and candid writing provides insight into relationships, missed opportunities, and life lessons.
His latest single "1/2 as good as her” pays homage to his grandmother, his rock and teacher. The vulnerable lyrics serve a thank you note for the lessons and the love that she’s given him.
We caught up with Caleb before he hits the road on April 14 supporting Ron Pope to learn more about the inspiration for the single, the upcoming tour, and new music!
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Ep 81 | Conversation with Thomas Day
On our latest podcast episode, we chatted with Thomas Day.
Over the past two years, Thomas has been captivating TikTok audiences with covers and his ability to channel his heartache into catchy, radio-ready hits.
His new single “Vicious” released via Arista Records captures the heartache of betrayal and manipulation.
We chatted with Thomas about the single, the “rage room” inspired music video, and more!
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Ep 80 | Conversation with RHODES
British singer/songwriter Rhodes invites listeners into an emotional new chapter on his sophomore album, Friends like These.
The autobiographical release showcases musings and stories detailing love, loss, friendship, and hope. These ten stunning tracks were collected over the past 7 years since his acclaimed debut, Wishes, which included the single ‘Let It All Go’, a duet with Birdy.
“It took me a moment to get here but in such a noisy world, I’ve always found that true beauty and clarity comes in the pauses,” Rhodes says of the hiatus.
We chatted with Rhodes about the independently released album, his upcoming tour, and more!
Ep 79 | Conversation with Antonio Cipriano
If you’re a millennial that was into treasure and scavenger hunts, then you most likely watched the iconic movie series, National Treasure. Years later, now it’s a show on Disney+. With guest appearances and Catherine Zeta-Jones playing the villain, the show is a great watch for avid lovers of mystery and adventure. Antonio Cipriano plays one of the main characters, Oren, who actually was the one who first got kidnapped from Catherine Zeta-Jones. We chatted with Cipriano about his acting career, and moving from Broadway to streaming.
Ep 78 | Conversation with Barny Fletcher
On our latest podcast we chatted with Barny Fletcher. This rising London-based artist has launched his latest mixtape project, JETPACK.
During the early days of COVID, when we were all stuck inside, Barny found opportunity in “the infinite labyrinth, which is the internet.” Delving into the plethora of beats, Barny was inspired by the work of some Platinum and Grammy winning producers.
Blending those hip-hop beats and R&B melodies with his laser sharp lyricism, Barny has produced 10 high-octane tracks to get lost in, including “Weakness” and “Breakfast at Isabel’s.”
We chatted with Barny about the mixtape, performing live, and more!
Ep 77 | Conversation with Adam Melchor
Emerging artist Adam Melchor is introducing fans to a new era of music with his single, “Turnham Green.”
Adam first captivated fans with his track “Real Estate,” which introduced listeners to his alt/indie sound and ability to musically translate feelings in unexpected ways.
His latest single begins his exploration into a new layered landscape that feels both intimate and collective.
We chatted with Adam about “Turnham Green,” the music video, and what fans can expect from his debut album, Here Goes Nothing dropping October 21.
Ep 76 | Conversation with Brayden Tabakian
At just 19 years old, Brayden Tabakian is on track to be the next famous singer and drummer, a type of talent we don't see much of in the industry. From being in a band with a good friend to now working on his solo music, Tabakian chats to us about his recent song, drumming, and much more!
Ep 75 | Conversation with Sabrina Song
On this episode we chatted with alt-pop singer-songwriter Sabrina Song.
It’s one thing to put feelings into words, but Sabrina is a master at putting those feelings into song. Her intimate lyrics find meaning in the most nuanced experiences, while her purposeful instrumentation helps to tell the story.
Her latest single “Doors'' is an example of that brilliant artistry. Through the lyrics, Sabrina contemplates a relationship's toxicity and the times she wishes she advocated for herself. That inhibition is also represented through the purposely restrained melody that never hits the expected explosive chorus.
We sat down and chatted with Sabrina Song about the production of the single, her upcoming EP, and more!
Ep 74 | Conversation with Ben Abraham
In 2014, Australian artist Ben Abraham released his debut album, Sirens to critical acclaim. Riding high on his professional success, Abraham was blissfully unaware of the impending heartbreak and faith crisis that would rock his personal life.
However, like a phoenix, he rose from the ashes and coped in the best way he knew how, music. Abraham began pouring some of his most personal thoughts over a baby grand piano.
In 2022, those honest lyrics and soulful melodies have culminated with his sophomore album, Friendly Fire via Atlantic Records.
We chatted with the award-winning singer-songwriter about the new album, how a conversation with Kesha inspired a lyric in his introspective new single “Another Falling Star,” and more!
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Ep 73 | Conversation with Laura Morano
We chatted with Laura Morano about her new single "Dance with You," her new film The Royal Treatment, and more!
Ep 72 | Conversation with Joy Again
You could say Indie-Rock band Joy Again was before their time.
Back in 2016, they released their single, “Looking Out For You.” The nostalgic banjo earworm had all the ingredients of a bop but went under the mainstream radar.
Six years later, with the help of TikTok, their single has made a resurgence that has launched the song into virality.
In November 2021, Joy Again introduced old and newly earned fans to their evolved sound with the release of their Arista Records debut, “What Lovers Do.”
We chatted and laughed with Sachi, Arthur, Blaise, Tyndall, Will, and Kieran about TikTok, new music, and more!
Ep 71 | Conversation with Elle Winter [Holiday Edition]
'Tis the season for hot chocolate, holiday lights, and nostalgic tunes!
This December, Elle Winter is putting her own spin on a holiday classic, “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home).”
We chatted with the New York Native about reimagining the holiday playlist staple with the original writer, Jeff Barry, her holiday traditions, and an exciting new project.
Ep 70 | Conversation with Mads Langer
Since the age of eight, multi-platinum and award-winning Denmark artist, Mads Langer has turned to music as an honest and cathartic outlet.
While quarantining during the pandemic, he processed the swirling storm of emotions in the best way he knew how. He dove deep into his own experiences to write and produce one of his most authentic albums yet, ‘Where Oceans Meet.’
Its lead single, “Lightning” is a powerful anthem about once-in-a-lifetime moments that bring two people together.
We chatted with Langer about the new album, what fans can expect next, and more!
Ep 69 | Conversation with Orla Gartland
Six years after Dublin-born singer-songwriter/producer, Orla Gartland first introduced her unique brand of lyrical candor, she is back with her long-awaited debut album ‘Woman on the Internet’ via her own label New Friends.
An ode to what Gartland has dubbed “the chaos of my 20s,” the 11 track project tackles subjects like toxic masculinity, self-discovery, and authenticity with wit, understanding, and a desire for connection.
We chatted with the artist about the album, writing and recording during lockdown, and what to expect next!
Ep 68 | Conversation with Josh Beauchamp
After chatting with Now United member Noah Urrea, we were interested in chatting with more members from the 18 member band. Josh Beauchamp is the Canadian member of the group. Similar to Urrea, he got started in the dance/music scene at a young age and since has found his way into the spotlight with Now United. We chatted with Beauchamp about his upbringing in the industry and much more.
Ep 67 | Conversation with Stephen Kramer Glickman
If you’ve scrolled through TikTok recently, you may have heard a melancholic rendition of Gnarls Barkley’s “Crazy” flooding your FYP. What you may not have realized was that the voice behind this viral sound was none other than Stephen Kramer Glickman, known by millennials as Gustavo Rocque, the band’s producer on the Nickelodeon hit Big Time Rush.
Glickman has had a passion for music since he first sat at his grandmother’s piano at the age of two. Throughout the years, he has made his mark in comedy, television, and animation, but it was only recently that he began to seriously revisit that passion with his cover album, “The Moving Company.”
Fresh off the release of his debut project, produced by Grammy Winner Greg Collins (Album Of The Year for U2), Glickman chatted with us about the album, the music videos, and what fans can expect next!
Ep 66 | Conversation with ROSIE
In 2020, rising singer-songwriter ROSIE released her viral hit “Never The 1.” The track was not only an introduction to her authentic and transparent writing but set her off on a journey of healing and growth.
That exploration produced breakup anthems like “To Get Over You” and introspective ballads like “Sad Sad Sad.”
This reflection is culminating Fall 2021 with ROSIE’s debut EP via Arista Records. The seven-track project takes on 5 different stages of grief, as well as transitional stages.
We chatted with the New York native about the single, the EP, and the journey!
Ep 65 | Conversation with Zach Hood
Growing up in Alabama, singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist Zach Hood always dreamed of releasing original music.
In middle school, he started to share his talents on Instagram, sharing covers with his growing followers. However, it wasn’t until he posted a snippet of an original pop song to TikTok that those dreams became reality.
Now the viral TikTok star counts himself among Arista Records' impressive roster with his label debut “Pink Ferrari.”
We chatted with Hood all about the evolution of the single, the music video, and more!
Ep 64 | Conversation with Noah Urrea
We chatted with Noah Urrea, one of 18 members of the global band Now United, about their new single "Wave Your Flag," his experience in the band, getting started in music, and more!
Ep 63 | Conversation with KINGS
Ever since she was young, singer-songwriter KINGS has always wanted to connect to others through music.
What first began as a passion in North Carolina evolved into a music career pursuit that took her to Nashville.
In 2019, audiences took notice of KINGS's dedication sending a video of her singing at the Starbucks drive-thru into viral TikTok stardom.
Since then, she has released the anthemic “ur a good bye,” and her most recent single, “Thank Me Later.”
We chatted with KINGS about the single, TikTok, and what fans can look forward to next.
Ep 62 | Conversation with Indi Star
Since the age of eight, 14-year-old Indi Star has been chasing her entertainment dreams. Known for her role as "Kimmie" in Nickelodeon's Henry Danger, Star has carved out her space as an actress, dancer, model, content creator, and now singer.
Following five popular singles including “Just Might Dance,” Star is focusing on storytelling in her latest single, “Afterglow.” The pop track celebrates the feeling of being in a new relationship.
We chatted with Indi Star about her new single, her role as “Young Vista” in the upcoming 2022 feature film The Hyperions starring Cary Elwes, and more!
Ep 61 | Conversation with Jake Miller
Ep 60 | Conversation with vaultboy
Over 700K followers have already discovered rising singer-songwriter vaultboy. Since his first video in late 2020, the now-viral TikToker has creatively captured relatable feelings and emotions in 60-second clips.
One of the first TikToks to gain traction for the Florida artist was a conversational song “about looking on the bright side.” At nearly 2 million views, vaultboy decided to transform the demo into his full-length debut single, "everything sucks” co-written and co-produced by fellow artist gnash.
We caught up with vaultboy to chat about the single, music video, and more!
Ep 59 | Conversation with Lawrence
Mix in the soul and energy of Stevie Wonder and the storytelling and humor of Randy Newman and you get the unique signature sound of soul-pop band Lawrence.
Led by sibling duo, Clyde and Gracie, the group has become known for their high-energy vocals, explosive melodies, and old-school sound.
Their new single "Don't Lose Sight" is a powerful anthem about perseverance and determination. The single is the lead track off their upcoming third record co-produced by Jon Bellion & Jorgen Odegard and their first release on Bellion’s Beautiful Mind Records.
We chatted with Clyde and Gracie about the single, album, and more!
Ep 58 | Conversation with Brynn Cartelli
Flaunting a skyscraping range, undeniable presence, and eloquent songcraft, Brynn Cartelli tells relatable stories without filter, but with a whole lot of finesse and fire. Long before amassing 20 million-plus streams and receiving acclaim from People, Billboard, and more, she grew up in Longmeadow, MA where she embraced music as a kid. At just five-years-old, she took regular piano lessons. She eventually learned guitar and developed her chops by performing in talent shows, at coffeehouses, and anywhere else with a stage. Her vocals captivated viewers everywhere when she won Season 14 of NBC’s “The Voice” and emerged as “the youngest champion in the show’s history.” However, she hunkered down and focused on writing original material in the aftermath. Introducing her signature style, “Last Night’s Mascara” amassed over 10 million streams globally. Meanwhile, her 2019 follow-up and original composition “Grow Young (Version 1)” cracked over 1 million total streams. Hitting the road coast-to-coast, she supported Kelly Clarkson on the Meaning Of Life Tour and opened for Maroon 5. Along the way, she also garnered a nomination at the “People’s Choice Awards” and captivated audiences on the NBC’s “TODAY” and “Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade,” “Radio Disney Music Awards,” and on Boston’s most hallowed ground, Fenway Park. Brynn released her fan favorite, holiday cover of “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas” and gave an unforgettable performance of the staple on The Kelly Clarkson Show to cap off 2019. After two years of writing and recording, she’s back in 2021 with her new single “Long Way Home” and her EP, Based On A True Story, coming May 28th. We chatted with Cartelli about her new single and much more!!
Ep 57 | Conversation with Anna Thompson
Following a string of viral singles, independent artist Anna Thompson has released her highly anticipated debut EP “Centerpiece.”
The 7 track pop project highlights Thompson’s signature confessional storytelling as she recounts first discovering lingering feelings for an ex and the subsequent reconnection.
We talked with the Seattle artist about how she got started in music, creating her EP, and more!
Ep 56 | Conversation with Chance Perez
From the band In Real Life to filming in New Zealand for the show Power Rangers, Chance Perez is making his way around in the Hollywood world. The former band member and now solo artist/actor is working on new projects and endeavors. Perez recently was featured on a song with Deerock & Wyle called "Bad." We chatted with him about the song and acting in New Zealand and much more!
Ep 55 | Conversation with Britton Buchanan
On this episode, we chatted with Britton Buchanan.
Buchanan has been active in the music scene since he first picked up a guitar at age 8. He grew up playing local venues and eventually bars, but when NBC’s The Voice reached out, he knew it was an opportunity he couldn’t pass up.
The singer-songwriter went on to captivate the Season 14 judges and viewers to earn the runner-up spot. Since then he has been continuing to hone his soulful sound inspired by the soundtrack of his childhood.
His latest release “Better” is an effervescent bluesy, rock track reminiscent of the late music legend, Prince.
We chatted with the singer-songwriter about “Better,” his forthcoming debut record, and more!
Ep 54 | Conversation with Grace Gaustad
In 2018, Grace Gaustad stunned viewers with her YouTube cover of Hozier’s “Take Me To Church,” which amassed an impressive 25 million views.
Since then Gaustad has continued to captivate audiences with her powerful vocals, vulnerable lyrics, and mission to create a welcoming and safe space for her fans.
We chatted with the Arizona-born singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist about her new EP, her upcoming full-length debut, ‘BLKBX,’ and more!
Ep 53 | Conversation with Hayd
On this episode, we chatted with rising artist Hayd.
Listening to Hayd’s discography is like reading a page from his journal. With each chord, Hayd exposes his innermost thoughts and provides comfort in the realization that none of us are alone in our feelings or struggles.
Following his viral track, “Changes,” a song about our worlds evolving faster than we are, his new single “Closure” addresses the relatable confusion that comes with heartbreak.
We chatted with the Michigan-based artist about “Closure,” his upcoming debut EP, and his next chapter!
Ep 52 | Conversation with Greyson Chance
You may know Greyson Chance from his famous cover of "Paparazzi" a few years back, which landed him as a guest on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. Since then, Chance has grown into a talented young musician. He released his album Portraits back in 2019, earning him a loyal fan base. He headlined LA Pride back in 2019 and now he is gearing up for his second album. He just released his new single "Hellboy" and we chatted about his new music and much more!
Ep 51 | Conversation with Kate Stephenson
Are you single and wondering why there are no single theme songs out there? Well, Kate Stephenson has released the most relatable song for all those single people out there. Her new song, "Exless" is out now and it's basically the Olivia Rodrigo song for all single people and we absolutely love it. We chatted with Stephenson about her new song and much more!
Ep 50 | Conversation with Mehro
Finding new music can be hard, that's why we're here, to make it easier. Rising artist, Mehro is the perfect musician to stream if you're having a lot of questions about a relationship or just life in general. His debut EP, SKY ON FIRE is deep and really hits a lot of messages that make you wonder and think. Whether it's the title single of the EP, "SKY ON FIRE," which deals with feeling sort of trapped, or a more love-type song such as "Chance With You." Each song has a different emotion felt while listening to the EP. ECHO chatted with Mehro about his debut EP and much more!
Ep 49 | Conversation with Tai Verdes
You may not know the name Tai Verdes, but you’ve definitely heard his music on TikTok. His breakout single, “Stuck In The Middle” has been used in 2.6 million videos across the platform.
His new single, “we would have some cute kids” is already gaining traction with its fun narrative, catchy lyrics, and idyllic video.
We chatted with Tai about the new single, his upcoming debut album 'TV,' and more!
Ep 48 | Conversation with 44blonde
We chatted with rising artist, 44blonde, about his brand new single “She Loves Drugs” and more!
Ep 47 | Conversation with Dasha
On this episode, we chatted with pop/west coast R&B artist, Dasha.
Over the past several months, Dasha has been producing songs worthy of TikTok virality. This writing has culminated with her debut EP, $hiny Things.
Across all six tracks, Dasha opens up about her successes and struggles over the past year. From “More Than This” to the title track, the project provides a range of heartbreaking and empowering songs that combine honest lyrics, relatable stories, and California vibes.
We chatted with the multi-hyphenate about her new EP, TikTok, and more!
Ep 46 | Conversation with Zak Abel
Zak Abel has released his new track, ‘Be Kind’ — his first new solo music of 2021. Co-written with Nate Cyphert (Marshmello, Bebe Rexha) and produced by Nick Ruth, ‘Be Kind’ radiates the warmth and sincerity that Zak put out into the world throughout the course of 2020.
A smoky, feel-good jam full of verve and groove, ‘Be Kind’ itself listens like an anthem for the soul, an antidote to the division and intolerance that Zak sees and feels all around him. Zak says: “We are living through a strange time where it feels like we are so divided and intolerant of people that we disagree with or are different to us. Often, that intolerance is based on someone’s race or religion, sexuality, gender, or identity. To me, the content of one’s character is a much, much more important factor. In a world where you can be anything, I’ll be kind to you. Could you be kind to me?"‘Be Kind’ follows the success of 2020’s ‘Freedom’ — a collaboration with Superstar dance producer Kygo which has since amassed over 100 million streams.
Ep 45 | Conversation with Bahari
On this episode, we chatted with alt-pop duo Bahari.
From their debut single “Wild Ones” to their viral hit “Savage,” Bahari has continued to create tracks that resonate universally.
Their first releases of 2021, “Bipolar” and “Jackie Kennedy” address relatable and deeply personal subjects, including mental health and sudden loss.
We chatted with Ruby and Natalia about growing up in Kenya and California, the writing process behind both singles, and more!
Ep 44 | 2021 Grammy Awards
Co-Founders, Will and Amelia recap and break down the history-making 2021 Grammy Awards.
Ep 43 | Conversation with Foley
On this episode, we sat down with New Zealand Pop Duo, Foley.
Following their 2020 debut EP, ‘On My Conscience,' Ash Wallace and Gabriel Everett have continued to create infectious tracks that resonate with their over 85,000 monthly Spotify listeners.
On their sophomore EP ‘Vacation,’ Foley create and contemplate different avenues of escape while delving into love, loss, and learning.
Foley took a break from festivals and their mini-tour across New Zealand to chat with us about how the pandemic changed music in New Zealand, their new EP, and more!
Ep 42 | Conversation with Dolo Tonight
On this episode, we chatted with emerging rapper Dolo Tonight.
Since 2019, the New Jersey native has been fusing lyrical wordplay with a blend of Jazz, Punk Rock, and Hip-Hop to create thought-provoking songs.
Following tracks like “Graduation” and “Zoom,” his latest single “Higher” tackles the struggle to find peace through the fluctuations of life.
Dolo takes that idea to new heights in the accompanying music video in which Dolo and his crew attempt to break the Guinness World Record for music video filmed at the highest altitude on land.
We chatted with Dolo Tonight about “Higher,” breaking records, and what to expect from his upcoming project, Back To Earth, landing Spring 2021.
Ep 41 | Conversation with Sarah Barrios
On this episode, we chatted with Sarah Barrios.
Listeners were first introduced to Sarah Barrios’s unfaded honesty on her 2020 debut EP, "Letters I Never Sent.” Although the four-track project chronicled the end of a relationship, it opened a pathway for Barrios to reflect on her behavior and sexuality. Her latest EP, “Conversations With Myself” addresses questions that arose during this journey of self-discovery
We chatted with the alt-pop singer-songwriter about her new single “Happy,” what she learned in the writing process, and more!
Ep 40 | Conversation with Lauren Weintraub
On this episode, we chatted with viral TikTok musician Lauren Weintraub.
From an early age, Weintraub loved music. Her passion led her to seek and secure roles in local theater productions and eventually to busk and perform throughout Massachusetts.
In 2017, Weintraub left Boston to study music in Nashville. Shortly after her arrival, people began to take notice of her songwriting, including Big Machine Music and Brandy Clark who eventually signed her.
A few years later, all eyes and ears are still on Weintraub’s music. Last month, 1.5 million TikTok users discovered her now-viral video featuring a clip of her debut single, “She’s Mine.” a relatable twist on a breakup song.
We chatted with Weintraub about the single, what it has been like going viral and more!
Ep 39 | Conversation with Valentina CY
Valentina CY is a Los Angeles-bred singer-songwriter-producer whose soulful pop sensibility won the hearts of tastemakers when it surfaced on her Unmanageable debut EP and breakout track “Powerful” last year releases new song and music video “Postmates.” The mellow but powerful track, which highlights various emotional points in her relationship, was written and produced by Valentina and is the first release of the year with more music to follow.
Ep 38 | Conversation with Annika Wells
On this episode, we chatted with singer/songwriter Annika Wells.
Over the past few years, Wells has penned tracks for popular artists including Noah Cyrus, The Jonas Brothers and Illenium. Now the California native is making her major label debut with Vol. 1 and Epic Records.
Her first single, “Fuck Being Sober” introduces listeners to Well’s unapologetic songwriting and encourages disrupting the status quo in order to live life to the fullest.
We chatted with Wells about the single, her homemade music video and what is up next.
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Ep 37 | Conversation with SZNS
On this episode, we chatted with pop group, SZNS.
The all-female quartet blends EDM, latin-synth, and house-inspired beats to create songs that not only will get stuck in your head but will make you feel empowered.
Their latest single, “Behave” is a pop earworm that promotes the message of being your authentic self despite others' opinions and expectations.
We chatted with Winter, Spring, Summer, and Autumn about the single, bonding during Quarantine, and more.
Ep 36 | Conversation with Brynn Elliott
Ever since releasing her debut single, “Might Not Like Me” in 2018, alt-pop artist Brynn Elliott has continued to foster a sense of authenticity in her poetic songwriting.
Two years after her debut, Elliott has returned with her latest anthemic single, “Tell Me I’m Pretty.” The song is inspired by a Harvard Soccer Team scandal where players rated incoming freshman woman based on “hotness” and promotes embracing everything about ourselves and knowing we're, “worth more than some numbers or a score.”
We chatted with Elliott about her single, her upcoming sophomore EP ‘Can I Be Real?,’ and how philosophy inspires her songwriting.
Ep 35 | Conversation with Nicholas Hamilton
Indie-pop artist Nicholas Hamilton is known for his roles as Henry Bowers in It and It Chapter Two, as well as Rellian in Captain Fantastic. Now, this Australian artist is telling personal stories through his music.
Over the past two years, Hamilton has worked alongside The Voice alum Britton Buchanan to create a story infused EP that captures love, loss, and change.
We chatted with Hamilton about his debut single, “Different Year,” what to expect from the EP, and more!
Ep 34 | Conversation with Greg Scott
On this episode, we chatted with Greg Scott.
Multi-hyphenate, Greg Scott has loved music and writing since he was a kid shadowing his father to studio sessions. Most recently, he brought this passion to NBC's Songland.
His song “Miracle” captured the panel’s attention and was selected as the song of the 2021 Tokyo Olympic Games.
We chatted with the Songland winner about being on the show, writing virtually, and what to look forward to next!
Ep 33 | Conversation with Catie Turner
On this episode, we chatted with Catie Turner.
Audiences were first introduced to the Pennsylvania native while she was a contestant on ABC’s American Idol. Her wordplay, ability to capture shared experiences and effervescent personality made her a standout and fan favorite. Two years, a few tours, and one acclaimed EP later, Turner is making a triumphant return with her brand new single "One Day" and companion video.
We chatted with Turner about her newly inked record deal with Atlantic Records, her latest single, and more!
Her adorable dog Derp also makes a guest appearance.
Ep 32 | Conversation with Maisie Peters
On this episode, we chatted with Maisie Peters.
Since releasing her 2017 single “Place We Were Made,” Peters has made quite a name for herself with her witty, narrative driven tracks that delve into universal and emotional experiences.
Her latest single, “Maybe Don’t,” a collaboration with JP Saxe, is a conversational love song that looks at our tendency to sabotage “the things we want the most,” as Peters and Saxe sing.
We chatted with the rising artist about everything from her book club to her forthcoming debut album.
Ep 31 | Conversation with We The Commas
Since their first release in June 2020, SoCal natives We The Commas have been refining their signature Surf Alternative R&B (SARB) sound. Inspired by beach vibes and the classic surf style, the trio has been creating relatable and thoughtful music, while also carving out their own space in the genre.
We chatted with brothers Cam, Jordy, and Lenny Comma about their start, their debut EP ‘SARB,’ and more.
Ep 30 | Conversation with Ian Nelson
Raised in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, Ian Nelson began his acting career at a young age. He is best known for his screen debut in the blockbuster film THE HUNGER GAMES, his arc on the hit MTV series TEEN WOLF, and his leading turn on Peacock’s THERE’S JOHNNY. Over the last 11 years, he has had the privilege of starring alongside actors like ROBERT DOWNEY JR, JENNIFER LOPEZ, BETTE MIDLER, JAMES MARSDEN, and LAVERNE COX to name a few.
All throughout his life, Nelson has been passionate about music. He always travels with his guitar, and a few years ago while on location, he started writing his own songs. When Nelson returned to Los Angeles, he shared a demo with one of his vocal coaches, DAVE STROUD, and Dave introduced him to up-and-coming music producer JACOB MCCASLIN. Together the two began collaborating on what would become Nelson’s debut single: “21st Century Love.”
Nelson got the idea for the song when he was on a dating app and matched with a beautiful red headed girl, whom he knew nothing about, yet couldn’t get out of his mind. Perplexed by how real his attraction felt, Nelson wanted to write a song that explored the changing landscape of loneliness, intimacy, and the desire for connection in our technology-dependent modern age.
The music video was shot in April of 2020 at the beginning of the Pandemic, as the deserted streets of Los Angeles provided the ideal setting to express the themes of the song. At the crack of dawn, Nelson and Co-Director, LA celebrity photographer, COLLIN STARK, embarked on a socially distanced shoot to capture the one-take video that also features one of Nelson's passions: tap dancing. In addition to his directing and producing, Nelson also served as the video's editor.
We chatted with Nelson about his debut song and video and much more!
Ep 29 | Conversation with Noah Malcolm
On this episode we sat down with indie-folk/pop artist, Noah Malcolm.
Music has been a guiding and driving force for Malcolm for as long as he can remember. What first began at his childhood piano led to classical music training and a job as a theater director. Now Malcolm is continuing his musical journey with his upcoming debut EP, ‘On Time.’
We chatted with the Toronto-based artist about his new single “If Not,” his upcoming EP and more.
Ep 28 | Conversation with Mariah Belgrod
On this episode we chatted with Mariah Belgrod.
Belgrod first discovered her passion for performing at a very young age. She grew up participating in local theater productions in her Pennsylvania town.
At age 15, Belgrod lost that spark as she began to struggle with depression.
She found her voice again when she discovered the karaoke-style app Smule in 2016. Now a verified partner of the app, Belgrod uses her platform to spread mental health awareness and connect with and “M-POWER” her audience.
Her latest single, “Team Player” is an empowering anthem about understanding your worth.
We chatted with Mariah Belgrod about the single, Smule and more.
Ep 27 | Conversation with Jane Handcock
On this episode, we chatted with Oakland based artist, Jane Handcock.
Inspired by the music that echoed through her childhood, Hancock aims to write and perform music that radiates confidence and offers solace through the nostalgic sound and relatable lyrics.
Along with her debut release 'Where’s Jane? Series 1' in 2018, Handcock has developed quite an impressive resume. She has worked with notable artists such as Kelly Rowland, Tyrese, and Rick Ross and for shows including HBO’s Insecure.
We chatted with Handcock about her album ‘Fa Real,’ her evolution, and more.
Ep 26 | Conversation with SKANDRA
On this episode, we chatted with Paris-based Pop artist SKANDRA.
If you have scrolled through TikTok lately, you may have come across a viral video from creator Ylane Duparc. In the video, Duparc confesses that he “really f*cked up.” He explains that he and his wife, Alexandra aka SKANDRA blew through their life savings to fulfill her artistic dreams of producing a solo album and cinematic video for her single, “Rivers.” He encourages viewers to stream the song to help fulfill his wife’s aspiration in the seamlessly looped video.
We chatted with SKANDRA about the viral TikTok, her music, and her self-established non-profit Treehouse.
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Ep 25 | Conversation with David Davis
Our next guest David Davis discovered a love for music at church and by listening to Motown records.
Davis’ career has been punctuated with highlights such as working alongside music legend Quincy Jones and headlining a 73-show residency in Dubai. His latest achievement is becoming the current winner of NBC’s Songland. His song “Everything It Took To Get To You” was recorded by actor and singer, Ben Platt and charted at #1 New Pop Song Chart, #5 All Song Chart, and #2 Pop Chart.
We chatted with the ‘pop-soul’ artist about his latest single, “Ocean,” touring and more.
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Ep 24 | Conversation with Kiiara
The incredible project is highlighted by the princess of chop pop’s collaboration with superstar rapper blackbear,“So Sick” as well as six brand-new tracks, recently released singles “I Still Do,” “Never Let You” and “Numb (feat. DeathbyRomy and PVRIS),” and past hits “Gold,” Whippin (Feat. Felix Snow)”and “Feels.”
‘lil kiiwi’ finds Kiiara bringing a new level of self-possession to her music, fully embracing her instincts in every step of the process and capturing the strange complexities of love. This is exemplified in the track “So Sick (feat. blackbear),” a bold but brightly textured tale of a toxic romance. “As soon as I cut the vocals on that song I could hear him on it,” Kiiara recalls. “We hadn’t spoken in a long time but he hit me right back and said he’d love to do it. It ended up being a playful, dramatic song.”
ECHO chatted with Kiiara about her debut album and much more!
Ep 23 | Conversation with Surf Mesa
File under “mellifluous.” That’s how Los Angeles’ Powell Aguirre likes to think of the music he makes as Surf Mesa. It’s electronic, but full of organic texture. It’s rooted in dance, but sounds best by the light of the full moon. It’s sweet, but also thoughtful. In other words, as Surf puts it, “music for good feels.” That phrase certainly sums up his biggest hit to date, “ily (i love you baby)” featuring Emilee, a tropically tinged bop that was born on TikTok, but quickly conquered listening platforms around the world, amassing over820million combined streams to date, topping U.S. and Global Viral Charts, and debuting on Top 40 radio. Early press has included Rolling Stone, Billboard, HITS, Idolator, Soundazed and Fresh Music Freaks.
Though he’s only 20, Surf has logged an impressive number of hours honing his craft. He grew up in Sammamish, Washington, outside Seattle, where an older brother hooked him up with FL Studio –when Surf was in third grade. The summer after his senior year,Surf broke his leg and was bedridden for months. Unexpectedly, that time stuck at home paid off in the form of an EP, titled bedroom, of course. When the cast came off, he wasted no time moving in with musician friends in Los Angeles.
Then one night scrolling TikTok, he came across Batesville, Arkansas’ Emilee Flood playing an acoustic cover of Frankie Valli’s 1967 hit “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You.” Captivated by her honeyed voice, Surf dropped the audio into his DAW and, within hours, had posted his remixon SoundCloud. Soon, label reps were blowing up his phone. He signed with Astralwerks.
There’s no shortage of collaborations in the works, beginning with Surf’s remix of Marshmello and Halsey’s “Be Kind” and his new single, “Somewhere” ft. Gus Dapperton. While the electronic landscape evolves at a dizzying speed, Surf knows what he wants from his own music. He calls it “electronic alternative”–a style that balances digital textures with piano, guitar, and even acoustic drums, and focuses on songwriting as much as sick beats. It’s catchy. It’s chill. It’s mellifluous.
We chatted with Surf Mesa about his music and future in the music industry and much more.
Ep 22 | Conversation with David Whelan and Conor O'Donohoe of Wild Youth
After climbing the charts in 2019, Irish pop group, Wild Youth are poised for global domination with their catchy new single, “Next To You.”
This new track is a “sad banger” that creatively captures the classic concept of love at first sight.
To match the track’s upbeat 80’s inspired sound, the band collaborated with The Tenth Man to create a vibrant and colorful video that features psychedelic visuals and signature dance moves.
Listen to what the band had to say about the single, the video and more!
Ep 21 | Conversation with the Artists Behind the Remake of “Eye’s Blue Like The Atlantic” (Powfu, Rxseboy and Sarcastic Sounds)
Rapper Powfu, acclaimed singer-songwriter Alec Benjamin and rapper-producer RXSEBOY have officially teamed up for a brand new version of Italian producer Sista Prod’s breakout phenomenon “Eyes Blue Like The Atlantic.”
Sista Prod’s “Eyes Blue Like The Atlantic” has already proven a true social media sensation, featured in over 250,000 TikTok videos thus far. The 18-year-old Italian producer’s original version is rapidly shaping up as an equally popular streaming favorite, currently ascending towards the top 20 on the Spotify US Viral 50 Chart while climbing the overall Global Viral 50. “Eyes Blue Like The Atlantic” is also rising up the chart in an array of international markets, including #12 in New Zealand, #20 in Australia, #26 in Singapore, #29 in Switzerland, #30 in Canada, and #37 in the UK.
We chatted with with Powfu, Rxseboy and Sarcastic Sounds, the artists behind the new version.
Ep 20 | Conversation with Frankie Clarke of Frankie and The Studs
From her childhood tour adventures with father, Guns N’ Roses guitarist Gilby Clarke, to her pre-teen experience in her Sweet Gone Sour band, music has always been a part of Frankie Clarke’s life.
Now Clarke is starting a new chapter as the singer/songwriter and guitarist for her newest band, Frankie and The Studs.
While touring alongside inspirations such as the B-52’s, Billie Joe Armstrong’s The Longshot, and The Struts, this Los Angeles-based rock band has been redefining rock n’ roll for a new generation since 2016.
In collaboration with Anthony Stasi and producer Paul Miner, Clarke has written the band’s new single "(Not Your) Victim,” a cathartic and empowering track inspired by the inherent and powerful strength of women.
This new single and corresponding video, were released under a newly inked deal with Australian label Punktured Media.
We chatted with Frankie about "(Not Your) Victim,” and more!
Ep 19 | Conversation with David Hugo
19 year old David Hugo is an independent artist from Carmel, California. Last year, Hugo dropped out of college and started releasing music, amassing over 760,000 followers and 20M+ likes on Tik Tok. His sound is upbeat, genuine pop paired with honest and relatable lyrics and bright melodies. His new song “9teen” captures that about being a young 19 year old and being young and naive getting to enjoy life with friends.
Hugo showed an affinity towards writing music from an early age. After beginning piano lessons at the age of 10, he began composing original works. After about six-months of lessons, his teacher relocated, and due to the inability to find another who was a good fit, he continued teaching himself with the use of books and the internet. After years of keeping songs and ideas in Voice Memos, in the beginning of 2019 David started recording, producing, and releasing music under the artist name “david hugø”. ECHO had the chance to chat with Hugo about his brand new song “9teen” and much more.
Ep 18 | Conversation with Kat Saul
On this episode, we are chatting with alt-pop artist Kat Saul.
We were first introduced to the Nashville-born, Los Angeles-based artist last year when she released her debut EP,'...From Unit 408.'. The 5 track project, which includes singles “Nick Miller” and “Unit 408” showcases her signature unapologetic pop that expands across an emotional range.
Her latest single, “Monsters” explores anxiety and how our fears evolve as we get older.
We sat down with Kat Saul to chat about “Monsters,” her new project, and more.
Ep 17 | Conversation with Maty Noyes
Maty Noyes has been slaying with her pop love anthems such as “Say It To My Face” as well as even writing the song “Stay,” which Kygo then went onto produce and master.
Following the release of “Wrong” earlier this month, singer-songwriter Maty Noyes has released the official video for the breakup bop. The video, directed by Clare Gillen (Kim Petras, King Princess), starts off with Maty inside a paint-by-number page which is filled in as the songstress sings through the feelings of a breakup
ECHO had the chance to chat with Noyes about her brand new music video and more!
Ep 16 | Conversation with Livingston
While growing up in Denton, TX, Livingston struggled to fit in. He turned to music as a source of escape and connection.
Now 18, Livingston is a self-taught singer, songwriter, and producer that is creating a community for his listeners and over 400K followers on TikTok. His debut EP Lighthouse features his unique blend of “orchestral cinematic pop” that transports listeners to carnivals, beaches and other cinematic worlds.
We chatted with Livingston about his debut EP Lighthouse, the importance of music in his life and more.
Ep 15 | Conversation with Anthony Ortiz
Anthony Ortiz should be on your new to listen to list and if he’s not definitely fix that now. His unique R&B/Pop sound will immediately capture you. His recent song “That’s Okay” makes the perfect car tune for a road trip in the summer. He’s just getting started in the music industry and we chatted with Ortiz about his new song and much more
Ep 14 | Conversation with Club Paradise
Club Paradise started 2020 with the release of their nostalgic 80s inspired track “Teenagers.” Their latest single, “Growing Up,” is a sentimental synth-rock anthem that looks at our fast-paced culture that makes changes before many are ready to let go of familiar items, trends or technology. The catchy lyrics plead for understanding of readiness, noting that “We’re still growing up.”
We chatted with Ryan Young, Jackson Vert, Harry Webb, and Nathan Hogg about the single, recording in lockdown, and more from the Club Paradise universe.
Ep 13 | Conversation with Jenny March
Inspired by a past relationship, “November Nights” is about how you can love someone so deeply, even knowing you probably shouldn't be with this person, and yet you are still somehow addicted to making it work, longing for their love and validation. Earning notoriety for a consistent string of certified bops, Jenny March creates pop music that’s as intimate as it is intoxicating while proudly upending and undoing expectations all-around. Her songs embody pure pop bliss with hashtaggable lyrics that make you feel like you’re talking to your best friend or reading someone else’s DMs. Simply put, the Ohio-born, Los Angeles-based songstress is a self-proclaimed “open book” and writes lyrics like she’s texting. Her music lets girls know that they can have fun too and do the same thing that the guys do like partying and going out, encouraging listeners not to worry about what anyone else thinks. “November Nights” follows Jenny’s 2019 power ballad “Rebound” about honoring her self-respect over the love of a man and refusing to be the rebound of a crush.
ECHO chatted with March about her empowering new song as well as filming her music video for "November Nights" and much more!
Ep 12 | Conversation with Sam The Astronaut
After the success of their debut album, Girls of Summer, Vancouver based duo, Sam the Astronaut are back with their new album, Midnight Carlight.
Inspired by the soundtracks of their childhoods, Garrison Johnson and TJ Gibson have created a project steeped in the sounds of the 80s. Gibson’s production utilizing 80s technology and Johnson’s vocals create a distinct combination of pop, new-wave electronic, hip-hop and disco.
We chatted with Sam the Astronaut about the album, their inspirations and more.
Ep 11 | Conversation with Conor Matthews
While everything is still slowly getting back to normal life, we’re here to give you new music to listen to. Conor Matthews is the perfect new artist to listen to right now with is brand new EP Heartbreak In The Hills, full of feel good, summer songs that will help with your feeling down mood. We chatted with Matthews about his brand new EP and much more.
Ep 10 | Conversation with Cali Rodi
Originally discovered by country artist Keith Urban, Cali Rodi has developed a pop sound that is lyrically sophisticated and direct.
In 2017, Rodi released her debut single, “Party Favor,” an empowering anthem for women inspired by her own struggles. Her new single, “God Save The Queen” is the next evolution of that first single and one that Rodi hopes provides a sense of hope and strength to those listening who may have gone through a similar experience.
We chatted with the LA-based artist about her new single, her upcoming debut project, and more.
Ep 9 | Conversation with Dylan Jordan
Getting started in the music industry in only 2018, Dylan Jordan released a handful of music in a short time span of two years. With that SoCal feel to each of his songs, Jordan is on his way to becoming a heartthrob in the industry. Jordan just released his brand new single “Daisies in Darkness” and ECHO had the chance to chat with Jordan about his new song and more.
Ep 8 | Conversation with GAYLE
We chatted with Nashville based singer songwriter, GAYLE.
Since the age of ten, she has displayed a unique ability to write songs that creatively capture cross-generational struggles. In her latest single, “orange peel,” GAYLE showcases that talent by using the fruit as a metaphor for the relatable need to release stress.
Listen to what GAYLE had to say about songwriting, inspiration, her growth, and more.
Ep 7 | Conversation with Jackie Foster
You might remember Jackie Foster as the standout semi-finalist from 2018’s season of The Voice, but you aren’t ready for the energetic vibes this female powerhouse is about to give out! Over the last few years, Foster has released singles such as “Great Escapes,” “Runaway” and collaborated with fellow The Voice contestant DR King on “Love Is a Drug.” Her recent single matches current Dua Lipa with her disco, confident filled song “All That.” We chatted with Foster about the new song and much more!
Ep 6 | Conversation with Lewis Knaggs
We recently chatted with London based artist, Lewis Knaggs. Over the years, Knaggs has become known for directing and producing stunning music videos and short films for iconic artists and brands. Now Knaggs is bringing his compelling storytelling evident in his visual work to songwriting.
Driven by a piano riff, his latest single “Hold On” tells a story of how your past can shape your future.
Check out what this multi-faceted artist had to say about directing, his upcoming EP, and more.
Ep 5 | Conversation with Jasmine Thompson
Zedd is known for his massive anthems that he collaborates with on either big artists or up and coming artists in the industry. His new song with singer/songwriter, Jasmine Thompson is called “Funny.” The song, written by Thompson is a clash of both Zedd’s coming of age EDM sound and Thompson’s authentic soul searching songwriting. ECHO had the chance to chat with Thompson about her new song and much more.
Ep 4 | Conversation with GALXARA
GALXARA is gaining attention for her distinct vocal range and grand theatrical melodies. We sat down with her to chat about music, inspirations, and what’s to come from this emerging artist.
Ep 3 | Conversation with Breantonia and Jak
London based songstress Breantonia and producer Jak have released their soulful debut track, “Exposure.” Listen to what Breantonia and Jak had to say about how they got connected, their single,”Exposure,” and what’s to come from this impressive collaboration.
Ep 2 | Conversation with MIYA MIYA
MIYA MIYA is blending their intimate storytelling with a unique fusion of anthemic stadium and alternative pop on their debut EP “Cold Blood." Hear what Ginnie, Jordan, Gio and James had to say about the EP, the “Cold Blood” music video, and more.
Ep 1 | Conversation with Chris Anthony
We chatted with Chris Anthony about his single, "Get Away," what fans can look forward to next and more.