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Interview with Fable.

I discovered the incredible talent of 19 year old Brighton singer-songwriter Fable last month when she debuted the powerful 'I Speak Words'. She then recently followed this up with the seductive 'Stranger In My Head' and with her unique style, her determination and her captivating voice, Fable is easily a force to be reckoned with. I was lucky enough to have a chat with this brilliant new musician about her upcoming EP, what we can expect from her debut album, her influences and more.

We’ve heard the excellent tracks ‘I Speak Words’ and ‘Stranger In My Head’, both to feature on your upcoming debut EP Parasite. What else can we expect from this release?

"The momma song from the EP you’re yet to experience, you have an 9 minute trip to look forward to, it’s made up of two parts and it’s very different to what you’ve heard so far, it will be interesting to see people’s response."

What can we expect from your debut album? What’s it been like working with Archive?

"The writing process with Archive has been really mind opening, we wanted to go against the grain in the production and the structure, if you’ve ever heard Archive you’ll understand where I’m coming from. They’re great guys to work with, like really talented at what they do, they’re responsible for the dark futuristic sound scape. I think the main theme running through the EP is the detachment from the planet and ourselves we have come to accept as normal, a fresh perspective on Humans. We’re working on the rest of the album this week, I don’t even know what to expect from it yet its still evolving, I’ve worked with countless producers and co writers in the past but Archive and I just flow."

You have been described as ‘Lorde from the dark side’. Would you agree with this description? How would you personally describe your music? Who/what are your influences?  

"I can see how that comparison was reached, she’s one young female carving a solid unique identity, but conceptually I’d say more ‘Manson from the light side’. I’ve taken influence from artists like Alison Goldfrapp, David Bowie and Annie Lennox."

Which instruments do you play, if any?

"I usually write with Piano, but I don’t sit behind the keys when I play live I think its important with my act to be as connected to the audience as I can be."

What made you want to follow a career as a musician?

"Music is probably one thing I whole heartedly trust myself with, I wouldn’t last two seconds in a non creative industry, Its been a natural calling since I can remember."

What’s your opinion on women in the music industry today? Is it important to you to be a good role model?

"I’m of the opinion that there is this tremendous pressure in this industry to conform to peoples expectations, I think we need to stop worshipping celebrities, in doing that you’re essentially giving away your power as an individual. It prays upon the insecurity of young girls, and makes people unhappy with who they are, I will be standing for Individualism, we should be proud of our own novel experience."

Whats next for Fable? What can we expect from a live Fable show?

"We’re playing in London, at the Workshop in Hoxton, on the 10th of September, You can expect some serious eye contact, the band are superb, we’re not using any tracks or clicks, it’s a really raw version of the EP."

Parasite will be released October 13.

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Fit For Rivals - ‘Hit Me’ [Official Music Video]

Florida hard-rock act Fit for Rivals will release their new album, Freak Machine, next year. In anticipation, the band has premiered their music video for the recently-released single, ‘Hit Me.’ Check it out above.

“This video for ‘Hit Me’ was inspired from the original ‘Godzilla’ and ‘Attack of the Forty Foot Woman’ films,” frontwoman Renee Phoenix comments. “I wanted to combine my love for vintage sci-fi movies and my passion to empower women. Being a girl in the music industry can be tough, and my message in this video is to show just because I am a woman doesn’t mean I am anything less. I can rock just as hard, get back up just as many times as any dude–and still look good doing it.”

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Ethel Waters (October 31, 1896 – September 1, 1977).

American blues vocalist Chester, Pennsylvania; on Halloween night in 1913, she attended a party in costume at a nightclub on Juniper Street and was persuaded to sing two songs, and impressed the audience so much that she was offered professional work at the Lincoln Theatre in Baltimore, Maryland and toured on the black vaudeville circuit. After which she frequently performed jazz, big band, and pop music, on the Broadway stage and in concerts.

Her best-known recording was her version of the spiritual, “His Eye is on the Sparrow”, and she was the second African American ever nominated for an Academy Award. Three recordings of Ethel’s were inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame, “Am I Blue?”, “Stormy Weather (Keeps Rainin’ All The Time)” and “Dinah”.

She died on September 1, 1977, aged 80, from uterine cancer, kidney failure, and other ailments in Chatsworth, California.

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