I Wrote A Song During Isolation

Hello friends!

Obviously the title of this post is super self-explanatory so I’ll just jump right into it I guess?

Australia moved into Stage 2 lockdown this week, with my state, Victoria, being one of the first to implement the strict rules, and it’s highly likely we’ll be moving into Stage 3 pretty soon. Personally, the stability of my casual job has been up in the air since the situation escalated, and even now, we’re not sure how long our store will legally be allowed to stay open under these new rules.

I’ve been getting used to spending a lot more time at home, with my entire family. It’s not entirely new for me, however I usually have the house all to myself, and in a week, I probably see several of my friends more than two or three times, something I now don’t get the luxury of doing. It’s fair to say that like everyone, this lockdown has changed the daily routines of my entire family.

That said, more time at home is not necessarily a bad thing. I’ve had a lot more time to do the things I really want to do, as has been the case for a lot of people. Which for me, means more time to spend working on this blog, and writing music.

I think I’ve come up with more, musically, in the last two weeks, than I have in the last six months.

On the 23rd I came back from buying my friend a guitar so she had something to work on during this isolation period, and while mucking around on my own guitar, I came up with a short verse and pre-chorus of a song. It had super heavy ‘isolation’ connotations, and I thought it was pretty funny, so I quickly did a recording of it and threw it up on my Instagram story.

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But yeah, I just put that up on my Instagram story, didn’t really think about it, and left to get my flu shot with my mum. When I got a moment to check my phone, I had messages from a bunch of my friends and even a few people I didn’t know very well, responding to the song.

What started out as a huge joke ended up with people messaging me outside of Instagram, sending it to their friends who in turn messaged me, and essentially a lot more people than anticipated ended up seeing my story and hearing the little fun song I had put up.

It was one late night conversation that made me consider actually finishing the song, so the next day when I came back from work, I sat down and tried to finish it. Fair to say, this little ongoing joke, ended up taking a lot longer than I thought it would, but I finally finished it. So this morning when I sat down to write a post, I thought it was a good opportunity to share the song with you!!

Hope you like it, let me know what you think :)))

x

Priya

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Spotify Made A Playlist For Your Pet And That’s Why They Reign Supreme

Hi everyone. I hope you’re all well!

Here’s the thing. Spotify doesn’t have to go as hard as it chooses to do. But it does. Stats at the end of the year. In depth statistics. Recommendations based on your unique listening patterns. The ability to discover new artists that you’ve never heard of before, simply by locking in on the intricacies of the music and artists you already listen to. Playlist-ing capabilities that wreck all others. For the music listener and lover, Spotify reigns supreme.

And now. A playlist curated for you and your pet. Apple Music could never.

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I mean, who at Spotify, came to the board meeting, ready to present their pitch for ‘Pet Playlists – Why This Is Something The People Need’, because whoever it is, thank-you. I never knew I needed this until it was presented to me, and now I don’t know what to do with myself.

If you aren’t convinced yet, this blog post is simply just going to be a quick shake down of the absolute minimal effort you have to go through, to get your very own pet-curated playlist.

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I have a dog so I picked a dog.

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That’s literally it. That’s all. And you get a gem like this:

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Plus, a link to an entire playlist, made up of songs you already know and are sure to love, as well as a bunch of brand new songs you’ve never heard before. Revolutionary. Life-changing. Never seen before. This is the reason, Spotify reigns supreme.

That’s it. That’s the blog post.

x

Priya

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Gift Guide for The Music Lover

Hello hello friends!

I know what you’re thinking. “Priya. Why are we talking about gifts? Christmas is over.” I know, Christmas is done, but just because the ‘season of giving’ has passed by, doesn’t mean the opportunity to give has as well. I don’t know about you but I either tend to be super, duper prepared, or not prepared in the slightest. I either have presents sorted weeks in advance or I’m struggling the night before I need it to sort something out. I know this would probably have been some help around Christmas time, but I didn’t think of it back then, so we’re doing it now, because birthdays exist too.

That said, one of the hardest things when it comes to buying gifts, aside from making the time to get them, is the struggle of what to get. So much to consider, and while the deluge of Christmas gift guides has well and truly passed, I thought I’d drop one more on your feed. Bookmark it for the entire year if you must!!

Here’s a lil guide on potential gifts that any music lover is sure to appreciate!

A record player: So I’m talking from experience, but when I got my record player from a group of my friends for my 21st birthday, I cried. It was so unexpected but it was something I’d always wanted, just never pulled the trigger and bought myself. This is always a popular one, and there are heaps of options out there to pick from.

Vinyls: Already have a record player? Well let’s be practical and get them some more records!! Nothing beats getting a fresh sleeve with a brand new album pressed onto vinyl and listening to it for the first time. It’s also super satisfying to add it to a physical collection. Most artists are now releasing vinyl pressings of their music so it won’t be hard to find something that you music lover will like!

Merch: This is a pretty cute one in my opinion. I think merch is severely underrated as a gift, but it genuinely means a lot for someone to consider an artist or band you love, and support them through a gift to you. At least, that’s how I choose to see it! A hoodie, a beanie, a t-shirt, (vinyls count as merch too), a poster, anything from an artist or band they love, will mean a lot – bonus points if you get matching merch!

Concert tickets: This is such a lovely gift! Especially if you know the person you’re buying for is sure to love the artist! That’s one thing to consider – I’d be 100% positive that they genuinely really loved the artist and it isn’t just a general appreciation. If that makes sense? Take them for someone or a band they love rather than someone they may just sing along to when their song plays on the radio. I’ve had concert tickets gifted to me and I’ve gifted concert tickets myself, and it’s always a hit!

Ukulele: Hear me out. If the person you’re buying for loves music, loves singing or playing the guitar or the piano or anything similar, a ukulele is such a good gift. Honestly, whether you’re shopping for a little kid or an adult, a beginner or a professional, there is honestly an option for all quality and budget levels. It’s one of the most popular instruments our music shop sells, and that’s just throughout the year. Around Christmas it goes crazy! There are plenty of brands to choose from too, so it’s definitely worthy of featuring on this guide.

Headphones: I feel like it’s hard to go wrong with these. Once you’ve figured out the type of headphone they’re most likely to want and use the most, you have so many options out there, I mean you can even read my Headphone Guide if you want an extra hand cos why not? They’re such a practical gift, especially if you’re gift-ee is someone you know is listening to music all the time! I know personally, I have a different set for the gym, a set for recording, a set for using with my laptop and a pair that I keep in my bag for on the train and general use. They cover Plantronics, Beats by Dre, Apple and Audio Technica, so already you have four brands to choose from. I know in 2019 Air Pods were a hugely popular gift, so you’re definitely spoiled for choice!

Sheet Music: Here’s the thing. I feel like no-one really considers this, but I’ve come to realise it after working in a music shop for over 4 years. Sheet music is bloody expensive. I don’t know how, but classical musicians, and anyone who chooses to buy their music in paper form, fork out so much money to have physical copies of music, which is why I guess so many people have gone digital. However, if your music nerd does in fact read music and play from sheet music, this is always something that makes a great gift. It’s super easy to find out whether their favourite musicians latest or most popular album has been transcribed into a collection, and most of the time it’s super easy to track down and order online. Does your musician have a favourite classical composer? Maybe suss out their collection and see what’s missing, there are some insanely beautiful editions of classical music that make incredible gifts.

Music Store Voucher: Okay, so this may seem boring, but I feel like it’s the obvious resolution to a lot of issues that arise, when buying for musicians in particular. I think I’ve stated this before, but musicians are some of the pickiest people on the planet, especially when it comes to their gear and their instruments and accessories. And fair enough. Music gear is super expensive, so most musicians really want to test out things for themselves, do their research and be 100% sure about what they’re investing in. Sometimes, the easiest thing to do is suss out their favourite local music shop, put some money on a voucher, and give them a gift they can essentially choose themselves.

Portable speaker: Another underrated gift. I remember a little while back UE Booms were the best thing ever, and in my opinion, they still are. Whether it’s a UE Boom, or any other reputable brand of speaker, you never know that you actually need a portable blue tooth speaker in your life, until you finally have one. Going to the beach with friends? Portable speaker. BBQ in the backyard on a public holiday? Portable speaker. Getting ready for a night out all by yourself and want to pump some tunes? Portable speaker. Speakers in your car blown out? Portable speaker. Honestly, so many instances where a portable speaker would come in handy start arising as soon as you have one, I couldn’t imagine my house without the four we already have!

There you go! Hopefully this list helped you out a bit or at least gave you some ideas to work from!

x

Priya

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Artists Who Raised Me

Hello everyone! Today’s post is a lil sentimental one. I’m going to be touching on a few of the artists who helped raise me. These are artists I was exposed to as a young child, artists I listened to and learned from growing up, singers who inspired me and shaped the way I listen and interact with music today! Hopefully you enjoy it 🙂

Michael Jackson: I feel like I’ve droned on and on and on about how much of an impact Michael Jackson has had in my life. I was fed a healthy dose of MJ tunes and music videos, nearly every weekend my dad and I would watch a DVD with a collection of all his best music videos, and regardless of the fact that I’d hide behind the kitchen counter for when Thriller came on the screen, he’s been one of the most influential musicians in my life. I can pinpoint exact moments and memories for particular songs within his catalogue, songs like The Way You Make Me Feel, Bad, Thriller, Smooth Criminal, PYT and plenty, plenty more.

Alicia Keys: Alicia Keys was one of the first vocalists I turned to when I began singing. I was infamous for singing her songs and my dad only encouraged this, burning backing tracks for songs like Karma, No One and If I Ain’t Got You onto CD’s for me to sing along to. I can’t find it in my heart to skip any of this woman’s songs when they come on shuffle and her voice is still one of my favourites to listen to. I could listen to Alicia Keys all day.

Norah Jones: I think there’s only so much I can go on about Norah Jones. I think she was a pivotal person in me branching out with the music I listened to as a little kid, and my mum played a huge part in introducing me to her songs.

Stevie Wonder: Sometimes you might read my blogs and think, ‘man, Priya really over uses the words ‘funky’ and ‘groovy’ and it’s all down to this guy. Any single soulful fibre in in my body is thanks to the literal hours I’ve accumulated listening to his music.

Bob Marley: My family, both immediate and extended, have a deep rooted love for reggae, and the king of reggae, Bob Marley, is a sure fire way to get us all up and dancing or bopping. I can’t recall a single family party or event that didn’t end with all of us on the dance floor screaming/singing Buffalo Soldier or Could You Be Loved.

Ne-Yo: Ne-Yo. He’s an artist who seems like he’s been around for every year of my life in some form. Whether he was on MTV Hits, releasing RnB tunes that hit every heart string perfectly, dancing in Stomp The Yard or more recently, judging on World of Dance, he’s always been around. He’s one of the singers I regularly cover when I play gigs, purely cos we’re guaranteed to have people singing along. He’s such a loved musician and singer, and to me, Ne-Yo is absolutely timeless. Like, listen to So Sick, Miss Independent or All Because of You, and tell me they don’t hit just as hard as they did when they first came out? You can’t.

Rihanna: Take everything I said about Ne-Yo. Now apply it to this woman and multiply it infinitely. From her music, which assisted in really getting me into RnB and pop RnB, her business/es to her influence over popular culture, you have the recipe for one of the most successful women of the decade. I literally wrote one of my second year final assignments on Rihanna and her influence, and I don’t regret a single thing. Her music has developed and shifted so much over her career, she’s really done it all and she’s done it so well.

Whitney Houston: So, low-key, when I was a youngin, I was a belter. Like sang ballads, big numbers, long and high notes. And that’s partially thanks to Whitney Houston. Such a timeless, classic woman. Very little to say about this woman.

Christina Aguilera: Okay, so when I said ‘partially’, above, for Whitney, it’s because a large majority of my influence when I was a young kid was Christina Aguilera. Her singing is off the charts. To this day, she is one of the greatest singers of the last two decades and I’ll fight anyone on that. I mean, look at TikTok. We still have 15 and 16 year old’s trynna nail the crazy run in Show Me How You Burlesque, and as perfect as some of them may be pulling it off, it’s just not the same as the queen herself. I’ll throw hands for this woman. No lie.

Mariah Carey: I can’t say Mariah Carey was a big of an influence as Christina, but, she’s definitely up there. She was one of the singers I’d listen to over and over again, painstakingly going over every line she sang, in attempts to achieve those levels of greatness. Tbh, we’re still giving it a crack. It’s an everlasting challenge. Such a legend.

There you go!! Hopefully you guys found that interesting? I really pulled this out of the archives, from right at the bottom of my drafts, and I don’t know why I never finished it! I really enjoyed reflecting on each of these artists and how much they impacted me not only as a little gal wanting to be a singer, but as a general music fan as well! Obviously, my taste and what I listen to and draw inspiration from now has vastly shifted, maybe I’ll do a post on that soon, but these artists got me to where I am now.

Which artists raised you? I’d love to know, leave me a comment! 

x

Priya

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2019 // The Music Notes

Hi everyone.

Hope you’re well, welcome back to another post that no-one asked for. Today’s post has me feeling a little sentimental, but in the best possible way.

For the rest of this post to make sense, I suggest you read a post I wrote way back at the beginning of 2018, in January, about what I was hoping to get out of the coming year. You can read that HERE.

In the post, I shared some of the main big goals I’ve had for quite some time, and over the course of a year and half, I’ve surely but steadily made them happen, and I’m just super proud of the outcome, so I wanted to share it with you all!

 

One thing I wanted to touch on before I get into it, is a bit of a mentality I’ve picked up along the way. I think in so many industries, especially the music industry in particular, there’s this huge emphasis on staying humble. I definitely value humility, but I’ve come to realise there’s a difference between remaining humble, and under-valuing yourself. It’s okay to share what you achieve, and it’s okay to feel proud about yourself. There’s nothing wrong with having pride in what you do. If you start using it to justify being arrogant and condescending to people, and if you start using it to support a superiority complex, then yeah. There’s an issue there. But if you’re just genuinely proud of what you’ve achieved and what you’ve created, I think, the more the better. 

 

So on that note, I wanted to share some of the goals I’ve met in the last year and a half that have contributed to making these last few months some of the most productive and successful I’ve ever experienced.

 

TEACHIf you read the original post, I explain in a bit more detail my goals oriented around teaching music, specifically singing. I’m just super passionate about sharing the type of music education I had, one that was super informal, very relaxed, structured around live performances, acoustic gig nights, playing with bands and creating my own music and having fun, without the stress and huge reliance on grades and exams.

Since writing the post, this has been probably the slowest moving goal in my list, but in the last couple of months particularly, I’ve really hit the mark with where I want to head I think. Instead of teaching out of my house, I joined a music school who’s entire philosophy and ethos encapsulates everything I mentioned above. So far, I’m teaching basic piano for little tots, and singing, which I’m enjoying heaps. I also help out with a bunch of admin and reception stuff.

 

WRITE. Writing in 2017 was very slow for me, and I think I’ve definitely kicked it into second gear with this. I wrote plenty of songs in 2018, which resulted in singles like Tell Me and Same Wine which I released earlier this year. I’ve continued writing and creating songs, which means I was able to release another single this year in August, Free Rides, and am steadily working towards releasing an EP towards the start of 2020. So much writing guys. Nine times out of ten, every time I’ve picked up my guitar or sat at the piano I’ve come away with at least a few lines, a new chord progression or the framework for a song. I’ve also been writing heaps more for my band, and our catalogue of originals is steadily increasing at a rate that really excites us all.

One thing I’ve noticed with this, especially in 2019, is that the level of skill I once thought of myself of being at, has vastly improved. I think the amount of music I’m listening to, new and old, all over the spectrum in terms of genre, has meant that the songs I write now are getting a bit more adventurous. I’m having to learn new chord shapes and new progressions on the guitar to get the sound that I want and to write what I want to write, and it’s really helped my music playing in general, improve exponentially.

 

GIGS. This is a huge one. I think the biggest maybe. I’ve been gigging non-stop. One gig a month, minimum, whether that’s with my acoustic duo or with my band. One of my best friends, Daniel and I have basically secured a residency of sorts as one of the acoustic acts at a local bar/beer garden that all of our friends and the students in our area head to on a Wednesday night, and it’s always super fun. Our four piece funk/soul/RnB band has played a hugely successful night there too, which was one of the best nights of the year for me.

I think a new goal for me would now be to maybe do some gigging all on my own, just me and my guitar. All the gigs I’ve done, I’ve been able to have fun with one or more person, rely on them to bring a really high level of skill in terms of music, and focus solely on my singing, but I’m keen to try doing a bit on my own if the opportunity comes up.

 

BUILD. So this one has changed a little. I realised that it was a bit selfish to take over the entire study of my house to use as a studio, especially when my dad uses it for work, my mum uses it for her volunteering, and we basically keep all the ‘admin’ type stuff our family needs, in that room. So I’ve continued with my endeavour to get the perfect set up in my bedroom. At the moment, it’s pretty basic because I don’t have that much room, but I’m pretty happy with it. My desk is all I need in terms of space, and I’ve got all my equipment sorted. It also helps that the carpeting and the size of my room helps to make it a pretty ideal environment for recording vocal stems for mixing, which I’ve found myself doing a lot. After finally biting the bullet and buying Logic Pro and then spending a further three hours updating and setting up my midi keyboard, my demos have been taken to the next level. Easily.

 

SHARE. I think this one is pretty obvious. If you follow me on any of my social media, more specifically my Instagram account which is linked below, you’d have seen a fair share of shameless self promo for any and all music I released during the year. It’s meant that my Spotify following has grown a little bit, more people are aware that music is my main hustle and I’ve had a bunch of opportunities jump out at me to pursue.

 

COLLABORATE. Possibly another contender for the most successful goal out of this list. Since the original post, I’ve collaborated heaps. One of the biggest collabs has been with my good friend Jarrod, who produces under the name Nitecaller. He’s the master mind behind the production in all of my songs, and they wouldn’t be half the mixes they are if he wasn’t there to bring it all together. Another big collaboration is with Daniel. Our acoustic duo is going super strong, we’ve made a bit of a name for ourselves around the local area and it’s a very fun collab for me to be a part of. Added on to that, is the band that we’re a part of. Along with James and Charles (holy moly how did I never notice their names make up James Charles) on drums and bass, we’ve really nailed a good groove and it’s another project that’s really fun and welcoming to be a part of. I’ve also been collaborating heaps with one of my best friends from univeristy, Gem, and we may or may not have a single on the way … keep an eye out.

 

But there you have it. I think it’s super important to look back at the goals you’ve set, and how you’ve taken steps to get closer to them. I think it’s also really good to keep your goals evolving and changing, because who you were at the start of the year when you set them, isn’t the same person you are gonna be at the end of the year, and your goals should change and grow with you. I’m personally super proud of what I’ve achieved in 2019, and I’m only crossing my fingers that 2020 is just as good, if not better.

x

Priya

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Mark x Calvin // Kings Of The Collab

Hi friends!

Today’s post is a fun one. It’s another playlist, but it’s dedicated to two kings.

It’s no secret by now that I’m a huge fan of Mark Ronson and Calvin Harris, both amazing producers respectively. Not only have they released their music on their own, but they also have a knack for releasing some of the best collaborations to ever exist, and in my eyes, the roster of featuring artists shared between these two make them the absolute best at what they do.

So that’s why, for today’s post I’m going to be sharing the ultimate Mark x Calvin playlist, with some of my favourite collaborations released by each of them.

Nothing Breaks Like A Heart – Mark Ronson ft Miley Cyrus
Slide – Calvin Harris, Frank Ocean, Migos
Faking It – Calvin Harris, Kehlani
Valerie – Amy Winehouse, Mark Ronson
Late Night Feelings – Mark Ronson, Lykka Li
One Kiss – Calvin Harris, Dua Lipa
Blame – Calvin Harris, John Newman
Don’t Leave Me Lonely – Mark Ronson ft Yebba
Uptown Funk – Mark Ronson, Bruno Mars
Feels – Calvin Harris, Pharrell Williams, Katy Perry, and Big Sean
Ooh Wee – Mark Ronson, Ghostface Killah, Nate Dogg, Trife and Saigon

Obviously, there’s plenty of other incredible music produced by these two guys, this playlist is purely a collection of my absolute favourites. If you have any favourites that appear on this list, let me know!! I’d love to know if any of you guys are Calvin Harris or Mark Ronson fans too, leave a comment and we can fan over their tunes together!

x

Priya

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From A Grad

Okay, so not entirely a grad since I haven’t been to graduation yet, but more so from a gal who’s sitting in Starbucks in the middle of the city after just presenting my last group presentation and submitting my final big assignments.

Note: this is most definitely been a work in progress and by the time this is posted, I would have been finished with university for a damn while.

I don’t know how either, trust me.

Being a university student has been a huge part of my identity for the past three years, especially on here. I started this blog during my first year of university, I’d write during my breaks and learn about topics I’d later cover in blog posts. So much of what I’ve shared on here has been influenced by what I’ve learnt as a Music Industry student.

Now comes the daunting process of actually living outside the confines of student life??

If you haven’t been around for long, I’ve linked some of my university-based posts below;

First Year . . . Done & Dusted

Woah . . . A Rant

A Week In

Festival Culture and Pill Testing?

For The Girls

A Week In My Life

Like…kinda of unsure of the fact that I won’t have any more Week’s In My Life posts that involve me ditching lectures, going to tutorials and resisting the urge to blow all my money in Melbourne Central on my way home from university. A harsh reality.

So what am I planning on doing?

Well, making money, travelling and creating are all on the table for me at the moment. I want to keep working so I can save up some money to go on a few holidays, either with friends or family or by myself. I’m also branching out with what I’m doing creatively.

I’m doing heaps more photography, offering my services to other musicians who need promotional photos, covers for singles and EP’s or albums, and it’s been super fun. I took the photo for one of my friends Gemma’s first single, Adore (click the link below the picture to have a listen, it’s a beauty), and I’m booking myself with a few other artists who are working on budgets to help them get the visuals they need!

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// adore by gem //

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I’m also still going to be teaching piano and singing to the little kiddies I’m currently teaching. It’s heaps of fun, I’m always learning, and it’s another way to stay in touch with the more theoretical side of music while earning a little bit of money at the same time.

With all of that said, I’m not 100% sure what else I’ve got planned yet besides working some more to fund my travels in the future. The day after I submitted my final assessment for university, I decided to have a look at jobs that were being listed online.

Big mistake.

I honestly can’t understand how ‘entry-level’ job advertisements are asking for 2+ years of experience? I can’t get the experience if I can’t get the job and if I can’t get the job then I can’t get the experience? It’s a bit mental, and the entire two hours or so that I was scouring the internet did nothing but give me a headache. Okay, I mean I ended up applying for a few internships, so fingers crossed.

What I do know, is that I need a break, but I also have things I wanna start doing, without the excuse of university in the way. By that I mean, going straight from high school to uni was so much more exhausting than I thought, and three years later I want to take a long, long nap. However, while I was at university, I put music on the back burner a little bit, and used the excuse that once I finished my course I’d be able to devote more time to my music. That’s not to say I didn’t do anything with music, the three singles I released say otherwise, but I definitely didn’t go as hard as I’ve wanted to, so my first priority is to start getting some more music out there, collaborating, doing some of my own producing and recording, just making more music.

That’s already improved exponentially since finishing university. My EP, which I’m aiming to have released by March 2020 is well underway, and we’re close to the finish line with that. But the free time I was given once being free of classes and having to trek into the city three times a week has made the biggest difference. The amount of demos I sent off increased, as did the amount of time I was able to dedicated to challenging and pushing myself.

Then there’s obviously the matter of this blog, and I know for a fact I definitely fell of the wagon a bit this year, though I’m trying not to be too harsh on myself about it. I have so many blog posts saved in my drafts, it’s a joke, so I’m gonna aim to get some more done with this, keep an eye out.

What I’m trying to say, is that 2020 will be an interesting year. It’ll be the first year in my entirely life without the clear annual structure that comes with the education system, and the first year in my life where I get to choose exactly what I want to do which is bloody terrifying.

Let’s see how we go.

x

Priya

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Back To Headphones

Hey friends.

Hope you’re all well! Today’s post is a bit of a throwback, to one of my more informational posts, which gave you the run-down on a bunch of different headphones options, over-ears, on-ears,  in ears, noise cancelling, wireless and non-wireless, the whole shebang. You can read it HERE.

Today’s post, is actually a review. I finally bit the bullet and got a new pair of headphones, wireless, thank God, and I’m loving them. Before writing my last headphones post, and up until the end of August, I’ve been using my Beat headphones which just plug straight into my laptop for whenever I’m working or listening to music at home, Audio Technica headphones for whenever I’m mixing or in the studio, and the stock-standard Apple headphones for daily use like riding on the train or around university.

Since writing that post, there’ve been countless new contenders in the market, and today’s post is about my latest purchase.

To fully understand the reasoning behind finally buying a pair of wireless headphones, and why I chose these ones specifically, let me tell you a story.

My favourite pair of running pants for the gym, ripped recently, (R.I.P), meaning I no longer have them with me. They were my favourite purely down to the fact that, not only were they the comfiest pants I had, but they also had pockets. Pockets.

So whenever I was doing exercises that required bending, lifting, or the use of both of my hands, it was just super convenient to put my phone in my pocket and get on with it. However, with the loss of those particular pants, I’m now constantly having to either tuck my phone into my pants waistband, the strap of my sports bra, or keep my hoodie on and put it in the pocket of that. It’s a huge third-world problem, I understand, but it started driving me nuts.

So, I decided that the loss of those pants and my wireless headphone-less life needed to be fixed, and when a sale popped up at JB Hi-Fi at the end of August, I was there.

The pair I settled on, after much deliberation and advice from the super helpful staff, was the Plantronics BackBeat FIT 500. These bad boys set me back $150, but for something I considered an investment that I’d be holding off on getting, I knew what I was getting myself into from the moment I got in the car to go to the shops. I got the Teal one, accidentally, but to be fair, I only wear black to the gym so it’ll be a nice pop of colour, I guess. I also made sure that whatever I got, was sweat resistant and made specifically for gym and exercise use in mind considering I really only ever plan on using these headphones.

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So what do I think of the headphones?

So far, so good! They don’t budge, which is something I was skeptical about. They’ve lasted throughout the running portion of my workouts, as well as a range of full body exercises that nearly kill me, but they keep up. They don’t feel sweaty or wet at all, and I’m able to walk around the entirety of my gym while my phone is in my bag and keep a consistent, strong sound.

The On Ear Controls are super handy for changing over songs and checking how much charge I have left, which has been more than enough battery since I’ve had them. It takes me a while to burn through the 18-hour battery life.

 

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The quality of the sound is pretty great. For on-ear headphones, they do the job perfectly, especially for a music snob like me who expects a lot from my headphones. My one issue is that you can kinda hear the music while they’re on my head, as my sister wasn’t afraid to tell me. I have my music kinda loud, and the fact that it can still be heard while the headphones are on my ears wasn’t great because I just feel obnoxious, but on the whole, that’s really the only thing I can fault with them and that’s me being picky!

I definitely sound like I’m affiliated with Plantronics, but I’m just being honest.

 

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But that’s today’s post!! I don’t think I’ve ever done a review here on the blog – fingers crossed there will be more coming soon! What pair of headphones are you currently using? Is there one you wanna try? Let me know in the comments!!

x

Priya

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Songs I Wish I Wrote

Hello friends!! Hope you’re well and doing grand.

Today’s post is an interesting one, it’s one I’ve had in my Drafts for a while, and I’ve finally gotten around to working on it and getting out for you guys! The beauty of university break my friends.

Every now and then I listen to a song, and I’m astounded. Like picking my jaw of the floor, tears in my eyes, shooketh to my core. There are simply some songs I wish I wrote first, so I thought I’d collect a few of them for you all and share them in today’s post!

Let me know if you enjoy this post in the comments below.


Human – Jon Bellion: Now, surely you didn’t think we’d be getting through this list without some Jon Bellion? I still remember listening to this song, continuously gasping at all the things Jon says in it. The lyrics are so bloody straightforward – it honestly blew my mind that he was so courageous so say what he does in the song. It’s such a simple message, but I would have been so terrified to release it into the world. This song is in my top five songs from Jon Bellion.

Circle – Allen Stone: It took me some time to come across this song while making my way through my Allen Stone binge back in April, but once I found it, I obsessed over it for a solid month. The chorus is the strongest part of this song for me. Allen’s voice is also incredible strong in this song.

It Runs Through Me – Tom Misch: Tom Misch is a genius and no-one can convince me otherwise. I first listened to this song properly while watching his COLORS performance of it, and I was naturally, astounded. My only issue is that his incredible solo from the video isn’t included in the recorded version as he only did it to fill in for the lack of rap from De La Soul in the COLORS version. This song, is technically so impressive. If I had any theoretical knowledge, this song would be the benchmark.

I’ll Still Have Me – Cyn: I stumbled across this song totally randomly, the music video was recommended for me a few months ago, but I’m so glad I found it. It has such a beautiful message, and I love Cyn’s voice so much.

Never Knock – Kevin Garrett: Kevin Garrett will forever be one of the most underrated artists of all time in my mind. I heard this song first as an acoustic version, with just him, playing a guitar in front a completely silent crowd. Again, he’s technically such a strong performer, but this song game me such emotional chills when I first heard it. There’s really not a lot to this song, other than Kevin’s amazing skill to pull together really heavy, heavy words and ideas in the most delicate way. This song really exemplifies this.

Mine – The 1975: I love The 1975, but this song, this song really does it for me. Close your eyes, and you’re walking through New York, into a dark, warm jazz bar with a guy playing the piano at the back and it’s the cosiest song I’ve ever listened to. And the entire idea of the song, that marriage isn’t the defining feature of love, you don’t have to legally own someone to be theirs, I think it’s such a beautiful sentiment. And when that brush stick starts hitting the snare drum and the saxophone kicks in??? Thank you Lord.

The Heart Is A Muscle – Gang Of Youths: GOY have this knack for writing spiritually enlightening music, that demands you bang your head and scream along to the lyrics like you’re at a heavy metal concert. To date, listening to this song in the mosh pit for Gang of Youths with my two best friends, was the most therapeutic thing I’ve ever experienced. This song says so much, but it’s really the instrumentation and the music and most importantly the performance of this song that makes me wish I had the talent or heart to come up with it first.

Sleep On The Floor – The Lumineers: This is my road trip song. This is the road trip I’m yet to take but have committed to, whether I’m on my own or with a group of friends or with my family, it doesn’t really matter to be honest. This song invokes so much within me, and it’s not a genre I find myself listening to often, but The Lumineers know how to get me going.

Miracle Love – Matt Corby: By now, we should know the love I have for this man and his music. His music is so cathartic and emotional, and this song is one of my favourites. Watching him perform it live was magical.

Love On The Brain – Rihanna: This song made me wish I wrote it first for how it just digs deep into the archives of classic instrumentation, leaning back into a blues/gospel sort of genre that I’ve always loved. Rihanna’s performance of it is also insanity.

Gravity – John Mayer: A classic. An absolute classic that cannot be touched. I’ve yet to find a version of this, a single cover, that touches the original. First off, it’s John Mayer, and he has a super distinct tone to his voice that has aged so, so, well. And then you have to consider that not only does John Mayer sing, but so does his bloody guitar, and his playing style is so intrinsic to this song in particular. Lyrically, it’s not super complicated and I think that’s why so many people love it.

I’ve Couldn’t Be More In Love – The 1975: Another 1975 song. I know. This song is like the best possible 80s love song got reimagine and repurposed for right now, and I love it so much. There’s nothing that can quite compare to the keys in this song, and Matty’s singing in the chorus is possibly my favourite vocal performance from him ever. Especially towards the end with the choir, when he really kicks off. So great. So beautiful.

Bright – Kehlani: A real throwback from the mixtapes. This song was super powerful for me later in my teenage years. It came out in 2015, and for majority of that year and the year after, this song was a really inspiring song for me, one I referenced back to for so many issues and struggles. It’s got such a universal message and of course Kehlani’s voice is always magical.

Boys Will Be Boys – Stella Donnelly: This is my favourite song from Beware of The Dogs. My absolute favourite, and it’s the one that made the most waves when she first released. It’s a huge critique of societal culture and the complacency and double standards show towards the raising and treatment of girls and boys. It’s such a gutsy move to release a song as blunt as BWBB but she does it so beautifully. There’s no theatrics with this song, just a guitar and Stella’s voice and it’s perfect.


There you go! Let me know if you’ve listened to any of these songs, before or after reading my post, because I’d love to get your thoughts on it! Are there any songs you wish you had written? Feel free to share them in the comments!

x

Priya

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Festify – The Next Move

Hello friends.

I hope you’re all well.

Today’s post is an interesting one, pretty fun actually.

Recently I was looking at my stats, and saw that a lot of people were still reading the posts I did about Visualify, a website that gave you visual rundown of the music you listened to on Spotify, within much smaller time frames. It was a great alternative compared to waiting until the end of the year for your Spotify Wrapped. (Btw – you can check out mine HERE).

Unfortunately, the Visualify website has been down for a few months now. Upon seeing that quite a few of you were still clicking my Visualify link and reading the posts, I thought I’d share the alternative I’ve found, for the alternative I had.

Enter, Festify.

Festify basically has the same premise as Visualify, however, they’ve put a fun little twist on it. While it only shows your most listened to artists, rather than most listened to songs as well, they present it as your ultimate festival line-up, tailored to everyone’s listening habits, based on time frames of a month, six months and all time.

I think the best way to explain, is to show you how mine shaped up.

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That’s how my festival line-ups look so far!! Wanna check out yours? Head to Festify HERE to check it out! Let me know in the comments how your line-up looks!

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Priya

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