Sunday, 19 January 2020

Artist Of The Week: Q&A With Steve Jason

Hi MBC fam and welcome to my first entry in 2020!!
Hope you had a wonderful Christmas and having a great start to your New Year.

To start off the series, I recently interviewed an up and coming singer-songwriter from the UK who has swag, soul and a talent that’s unique and one of a kind.

His name is Steve Jason.
Remember this name, as this artist is definitely going places!!!

Steve recently released a new song called ‘Backseat’, which you can check the video below!

And has also released a previous single called ‘Obsession’.

Both catchy tunes that are perfect to play at parties, clubs or for your ears only and definitely deserves to be air played on commercial radio!!

The songs, have the hook that gets you connected and just want more!

You will be singing and dancing that’s for sure.

Make sure to follow all social media links below, and you can purchase his new single ‘Backseat’ and other single ‘Obsession’ now on ITunes and Google Music.

In this exclusive interview, Steve talks about himself, experience, his music, what’s to come and more!! It’s intimate and everything you need to know about the singer.

Please welcome my special guest Steve Jason :)

Please tell the readers who you are and where you are from?

SJ: Well, thanks for having me as your first interview this year. It’s an absolute pleasure to feature on your blog!

I’m Steve Jason, I’m a singer/songwriter, born and raised in London.

I’m a determined and ambitious man, who always strives for success in all that I do.

Having not being raised in a rich or well to do family, I’ve had to work hard to raise money and develop my skills for basically everything in this music game.

From buying my own studio equipment to learning how to produce and write my own music. It hasn’t been easy, but I am grateful for every moment I’ve had to teach myself and learn from others.

I currently work as a singer across the UK, and also, enjoy running a few side businesses.

How did you get into singing? Who or what inspired you?

SJ: I think getting into singing came from me, just really being into and loving music.
Growing up, I used to love dancing and singing with my brothers to various pop artists as well as some of the classic, Motown records and Michael Jackson.

We used to go to church, where there were instruments and singing every Sunday. So after the service, I would ask the church musicians to teach me a few things on the piano, drums or guitar, and then go home and practice.

I started off at 6 years old playing the piano, ok an old cheap keyboard my mum bought for me and write songs. At some point, I think it occurred to me that, there needs to be a song long with the piano.

So I started writing melodies and lyrics then. My dad then bought a piano into the house at some point, which really helped me develop. I eventually, went to college and university to develop my music technology skills.

Stories like Michael Jackson’s really inspired me. He was an artist with an awesome talent, which he was home trained and crafted in order to rise up from humble beginnings.

In the same way, I have worked hard and developed myself and my own musical and production abilities to the point, where I can hopefully now rise up in this industry to my full potential. It hasn’t been easy, but I am enjoying the climb.

Your latest song ‘Backseat’ which is a great tune by the way, what was the inspiration behind the song, and what does it mean to you?

SJ: The message of the song really is about the value of true love and how it shouldn’t be played with for a temporary gain or momentary pleasure.

The song was inspired by me being cheated on by my ex, only for her to realize that the guy she cheated on me with actually played her.

But it was too late for her and I to reconcile the relationship though she tried. The less was learned too late.

Hopefully, people will think twice about their own actions, while hearing this song.

What was the process of making the video to your latest single?

SJ: Well for ‘Backseat’, I had to plan out the video first in terms of what it would show and then book the model, car, and cameraman. It was all self-directed and self-funded which was not easy.

When trying to co-ordinate all the different people and the use of the car, we actually failed the first time around, trying to shoot the video as the first model couldn’t make it.

So by the second time around shooting the video, I had to use a whole new crew. As a perfectionist, I still look at the video and see a thousand things I would like to change.

However, when you are self-funded and independent, there has to come a time where you say you are done and move on. Otherwise, nothing would ever be finished. I also sat through the whole editing process.

Please check out @shotbywill on Instagram to see more of the videographer's work. He also shot and edited the ‘Obsession’ video as well.

Will there be an upcoming EP?

SJ: I think at some point maybe. But with the way things are in the independent industry at the moment, I’m not sure an EP at my stage is necessary.

For now, I will keep releasing songs track by track, whilst building my brand.

In the coming months, what should the fans expect?

SJ: I’ve been recently approached to write and compose the music for a new musical movie being shot later in 2020.

I’ve also been asked to star in the movie and perform which I think will be awesome! I’ve been told the brief of the storyline and fell in love with the message of the movie, as well as the actual story plot itself!

This is exciting for me and will take up a lot of my production time over 2020.

However, besides the movie, I intend on building my brand, telling my unique store more and releasing new music. I actually have a few businesses on the go at the moment because being an independent artist can often mean that other streams of income are needed.

Unfortunately, this can sometimes comprise the rate of speed of production as I write and produce my music all by myself.

I think this year there will be more songs and videos, plus a movie and perhaps also some merchandise towards the end of 2020. So look out for your Steve Jason caps, mugs, and t-shirts!

And lastly, what would you like to say to your new and current fans?

SJ: I would just like to give a huge, deep and meaningful thankyou to everyone who considers themselves a fan.

If you bought any of the tracks you’re awesome. Also if you are a fan, it would be great to hear from you! I can DM me @steve_jason_official on Instagram, and just tell me how it’s going and how you feel about my music.

It’s not easy at this current climate as an indie artist (who does almost everything himself) so hearing back from the fans always take away that cold feeling that there is no one out there listening.

I’m reminded of why I do this when I get the few messages I do from people telling me they love my art. Also, I just want to share my appreciation to anyone out there listening (reading this) who loves and supports my music.


Thank you so much for taking the time Steve in doing this exclusive interview with me, it was a pleasure interviewing you.

And thank you to all my readers also for your continuous support and stopping by as always.

I hope you liked this special entry to kick-start 2020, as I mentioned earlier you can keep up to date on the latest by following Steve Jason on Instagram.

Don’t forget to purchase his music now on ITunes or Google Play ;)

Have an amazing week ahead, and stay tuned for my next entry!!!

Much love to you all and ciao for now!
Hanan xx

Sunday, 22 December 2019

MBC’s Favourite Christmas Songs Of All Time

Hi MBC family!!!

Hope you’re all well and finishing your last minute Christmas shopping.

To celebrate this special time of the year, I have for you my top 12 favourite Christmas songs of all time.

And to celebrate with me, I have created a playlist just for you.

Turn up the volume, drink your favourite beverage and maybe a cookie or two!!
Sit back, relax and enjoy!

Michael Buble – White Christmas

Wham! – Last Christmas

Pentatonix – Mary, Did You Know?

Peter Hollens – December Song

Josh Groban – Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas

Mariah Carey – All I Want For Christmas Is You

Justin Bieber – Mistletoe

Bing Crosby – Winter Wonderland

Richard Marx – Christmas Mornings

Whitney Houston – One Wish

Carrie Underwood – The First Noel

Andy Williams – It’s The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year

Hope you all enjoyed this special entry and if you didn’t click on the playlist earlier, feel free to do so now so you can celebrate this important and special time of year.

Wishing you and your loved ones a safe and blessed Merry Christmas and a prosperous new year.

Might do one more entry to end 2019!!

Much love to you all and ciao for now!
Hanan xx

Thursday, 26 September 2019

New Music Discovery

Hi MBC fam!!!

How are you all??
Hope you’re doing well and having a great week.

Yes Music Beats Central is back and apologies in being MIA.

To kick-start, MBC’s comeback, here are your top 12 songs for you to enjoy!

If you like today’s entry, you can purchase all 12 tracks now on iTunes and you can listen to my complete playlist on Spotify.

Thank you to all for your love and support and most importantly, your patience.

Sit back, relax and enjoy this exclusive entry x

Jessica Mauboy – Little Things (AUSTRALIA)
*Pre-order new album ‘Hilda’ now on ITunes
Release date: 18th October 2019

Keith Urban – We Were (AUSTRALIA)

Celine Dion – Lying Down (Audio) (CANADA)
*Pre-order new album ‘Courage’ now on ITunes
Release date: 15th November 2019

Rick Astley – Every One Of Us (Audio) (UK)
*Pre-order new album ‘The Best Of Me’ now on ITunes
Release date: 25th October 2019

Pink ft. Khalid – Hurts 2B Human (USA)

Lewis Capaldi – Someone You Loved (UK)

5 Seconds Of Summer – Teeth (AUSTRALIA)

Camila Cabello – Liar (USA)

Westlife – Dynamite (IRELAND)
*Pre-order new album ‘Spectrum’ now on ITunes
Release date: 15th November 2019

Charlie Puth – I Warned Myself (USA)

Imagine Dragons – Birds (Animated Video) (USA)

Samantha Jade – Bounce (Audio) (AUSTRALIA)

What a playlist and great to see some familiar faces back with new music.

If you enjoyed today’s entry, make sure to purchase all 12 tracks now on ITunes and you can listen to my complete playlist on Spotify.

Don’t forget to follow, like and subscribe for the latest new music, news, tours and more by heading to the artist’s website.

Thank you all so much for stopping by and for your patience, much appreciated.

Stay tuned for the latest updates on all things music, exclusively to Music Beats Central.

Enjoy the rest of your week and see you all in my next entry.

Much love to you all and ciao for now!
Hanan xx

Wednesday, 26 June 2019

New Music Discovery

Hi everyone!!!

I know I have been MIA for quite some time, just needed to take a step back from everything!!!

Hope you are all well and having a great start to your week.

I thought I would share with you my top 12 new music to add to your compilation of new music.

If you enjoy today’s compilation you can purchase all 12 tracks now on ITunes and you can listen to my playlist on Spotify.

Sit back, relax and enjoy!

Happy listening x

Guy Sebastian – Choir

Zara Larsson – All The Time

Keith Urban ft. Kassi Ashton – Drop Top

RAIGN – Walls (Audio)

Jacob Lee – Conscience

P!nk ft. Wrabel – 90 Days

Tiesto ft. Jonas Blue & Rita Ora – Ritual

Carrie Underwood – Southbound

Bruce Springsteen – Western Stars

Katy Perry – Never Really Over

New Kids On The Block – 80s Baby

P!nk – Walk Me Home

There you have it guys!!!

Hope you all loved today’s entry as much as I have sharing with you.

If you enjoyed today’s compilation you can purchase all 12 tracks now on ITunes and you can listen to the whole playlist on Spotify.

Make sure to follow, like and subscribe on the latest updates, new music, tours and more by heading to the artist’s website.

Thank you all so much for your ongoing love and support!!!!

Music Beats Central recently turned 5, can you believe it?!!
5 years and going strong!!!

Enjoy the rest of your week and see you beautiful people in my next entry!!!

Don’t forget to follow, like and subscribe on all things music by heading to Music Beats Central social media links via this website!!

Much love to you all and ciao for now!
Hanan xx

Sunday, 24 March 2019

Artist Of The Week: Q&A With Danielle Todd

Hi everyone and welcome back to another Artist Of The Week series.

It’s been a long time since my last series so thank you for your amazing patience.

Recently, I interviewed singer-songwriter who is originally from Canada but now resides in Nashville, TN.

The artist I am talking about is the talented Danielle Todd.

Danielle truly has talent and what can I say her voice is captivating from the moment you hear her.

Her latest song ‘Crazy’ is infectious, catchy and speaks volumes, its music to my eyes.

If you don’t believe check out the video below and tell me what you think in the comment section below.

Catchy am I right???

Which person are you in this song?

If I had to choose I’d say I’m a bit of all of 4 hehe.

Well my lovelies, in this exclusive interview Danielle talks about her origins, when she knew she wanted to become a singer-songwriter, the meaning behind her new song, the inspiration, what’s to come and more.

Sit back, relax and enjoy this exclusive one on one interview with the lovely Danielle Todd.

Please tell the readers who you are and where you’re from?

D: My name is Daniele Todd and I am a singer/songwriter from Guelph, Ontario (Canada) and I currently live in Nashville, TN.

How old were you when you knew you wanted to become a singer-songwriter?

D: I was a singer since before I could talk. I would hum melodies and sing along to the radio without being able to speak! I loved music from day 1. I really started writing when I was in high school. My dad bought me my first upright piano and told me if I taught myself to play the piano, I didn’t have to get a summer job. What a deal, eh? So instead of “learning” to play piano, I sat at the piano and wrote song after song.

Recently, you made your debut with latest single ‘Crazy’. What was the inspiration in writing the song?

D: I wrote this song with two beautiful women, Bobbi Holliday from Oklahoma, and Caitie Thompson from Ohio. We met at a songwriter’s retreat and were thrown into a room together. The song came together so quickly and it’s all about a stubborn person who doesn’t want to be in a relationship, but they end up falling harder than they can imagine.

What was the process in making the video to your latest single?

D: I made the video in Chatham, Ontario in a beautiful old renovated Church. The idea behind the video was to capture “multiple personalities” of me. The four different looks fall into different decades; the 50’s domestic housewife, the 70’s hippie, and the 90’s boy crazy teen and of course today! All of these stereotypes are considered a little crazy, and all of these decades represent me. I grew up in the 90’s listening to major country artists, I am a complete tree hugger hippie and I LOVE baking and taking care of people like a domestic housewife.

Will there be a second single anytime soon?

D: I’m a songwriter, so there is always new music in the works!

When will we expect the release of your future EP?

D: Once we release a couple more singles we will have an EP coming out.

And in the coming months what should we expect?

D: We are working on the second release. There will also be a visit to Australia in early 2020. I can’t wait to see all my Aussie fans again.

Lastly, what would you like to say to your fans?
D: I really do have the best fan base a girl could ask for. My fans pull together and support me like no other fans in the world, I’m sure of it. So thank you to everyone who has followed my journey! If you aren’t already part of my private fan group, please join “The Hot Toddy’s” on Facebook. The Hot Toddy’s have become a giant family and I’m so proud to have them on my side.

I would like to say thank you so much, Danielle, in taking the time out of your very busy schedule and I look forward to seeing you in early 2020 as I am sure your fans are too.

And congratulations Danielle, I just found out that you are currently #13 on the KIX Country Radio Chart and got up to #37 on the Music Network Chart which is pretty awesome for a new independent artist. Well done :)

Hope you all enjoyed our interview and if you did, make sure to head to all of the artist’s social media pages via the links below.

And make sure to purchase Danielle Todd’s latest single ‘Crazy’ now on ITunes and you can listen now on Spotify.

Thank you all so much for stopping by and see you in my next entry.

Enjoy the rest of your day everyone!!!

Much love to you all and ciao for now!
Hanan xx