Sophie Dorsten on her stunning new single and hopes for what ‘Tomorrow’ may bring

Written by: Charlotte Bredael

18 year old singer-songwriter Sophie Dorsten has been performing around the Phoenix area and beyond since she was just 9 years old, turning heads with her uniquely stunning voice that is powerful beyond her years. Once she turned 13, she began releasing singles and has since worked with top producers to release her new single ‘Tomorrow’, which features vulnerable lyrics exploring the uncertain and exciting times that await beyond her recent graduation.

With a clear drive and passion for music, Sophie has built her career from the ground up, letting nothing get in the way of pursing her dream. To find out more about her journey and hopes for the future, I sat down with Sophie to chat all things music, writing and more which you can read all about below.

Let’s start at the beginning, I’d love to learn more about you and your musical journey. What inspired you to start making music and who have been your biggest influences?

My name is Sophie and I’m an 18 year old from Phoenix, Arizona. I have been performing around the valley here since I was 9. In the beginning I was in a band with my brothers called “Sophie and the Boyz” in which I sang and played bass guitar. After several years the band broke up and I picked up the acoustic guitar and taught myself as I started writing songs. Some of my biggest influences back then were Adele, James Bay, and Vance Joy.

Your new single ‘Tomorrow’ is absolutely stunning, what inspired you to write the track and what was the recording process like for you?

I wrote my single “Tomorrow” at the beginning of my senior year when I realised that I would be graduating soon and was overwhelmed at what would happen after high school. It was released in May of 2020 and seems to be relevant in a different way right now with the unknown of what tomorrow brings in this crazy time. I went to Nashville to record it with Jordan Lake at Sound Kitchen Studios – it was an awesome experience. My older brother recorded electric guitar on it with me. I walked in to the studio and my producer had it all planned out with the other musicians; we recorded it in a couple of takes. I’ve recorded several EPs and singles since I was 13 and this one song was the coolest experience so far.

Many songwriters have a specific set up/mindset that they like to be in in order to be their best creative self. When do you find that inspiration for a track comes to you and do you have a special place or mood that you prefer to be in while writing?

I prefer to write alone and imagine myself in a beautiful place; I need calmness to be in the right mindset.

What is your favourite song to cover and why?

My favourite cover to sing is “Fireworks” by First Aid Kit. I love the dynamics of it; I tend to make covers a little bit of my own when I perform them.

If you could collaborate with any artist, who would you choose and why?

I would love to collaborate with Billie Eilish because I like her songwriting and the meanings behind her songs.

Do you have any exciting upcoming projects that you’ve been working on recently?

Currently I’m working on a music video for my song “Tomorrow.” My original plans for the video were changed with Covid-19 so I am creating it myself now. I am also writing several songs right now and hope to record them soon.

What is your ultimate goal for your music career within the next 10 years?

My career goal is to go all the way with my music; whatever that may mean these days. I would love to share my songs with the world.

Do you have any recommendations for other up-and-coming artists that you think we should all be listening to?

A local band I enjoy and would recommend checking out is Jane N The Jungle.

You can listen to Sophie’s beautiful new single ‘Tomorrow’ on Spotify below as well as her many previously released tracks that date back to 2016. Make sure to follow her on social media to be the first to be notified when her music video is released and to stay in the loop with upcoming projects, I’m sure this isn’t the last you’ll be hearing from Sophie!




Meet the teens set to take the UK indie scene by storm

Written by: Charlotte Bredael

Revivalry are the female fronted indie-rock group planning to take over the UK music scene. With an average age of just 13, these Cleethorpes based teens have already landed impressive gig and festival performance opportunities since they formed in 2019, all while still in school.

I sat down with Connie, Ben and Lewis who make up Revivalry to discover more about this breakthrough band and how they plan to take the industry by storm, which you can read all about below.

Let’s start at the very beginning, how do you all know each other and what inspired you to come together as a band?

We all go to the same school but hardly knew each other before. Ben (guitar) and Lewis (drums) got together through mutual friends and started jamming. They then saw Connie perform in a school concert so when they needed vocals they knew who to ask! Revivalry took shape.

You have an effortlessly cool indie rock sound, who are your main inspirations?

We all have our own taste but in general : Arctic Monkeys, Green Day, Stereophonics, Black Sabbath, Slaves, The Cranberries.

You said that your band formed in late 2019 and you were supposed to be performing at Kendal Calling last weekend. It seems you’ve managed to land some impressive performance opportunities very early on in your journey as a band, what’s your secret?

We work very hard each week to include all of our ideas to make great songs. It’s helpful to start with small gigs and work your way up because you never know who is watching. Which is a great lesson – we were offered Kendal Calling because we were playing a gig at the Fringe of an arts festival. Unbeknown to us the founder of Kendal walked passed, stopped for a listen and liked what he heard. The next day we got the offer – Always play your best!

Despite your mature sound, have you faced any barriers with getting your music out there or booking gigs because of how young you are?

On a couple of occasions venues have turned us down due to our age but most have been fine. Sometimes it even helps that we have a “cute factor”. At other times people hear us first and then are shocked when they see us at how young we are.

If each of you could collaborate with any artist, who would you pick and why?

Connie: Arctic Monkeys because they diversify a lot but retain their authentic sounds.

Ben: Metallica as their energy and musicianship is amazing.

Lewis: Slaves due to their onstage presence which is spellbinding

Do you have any recommendations for other up-and-coming artists that we should all be listening to?

Connie (Miles) has a solo project which has a very different sound to Revivalry and is definitely worth checking out. Besides that it’s difficult to pick one or two out as we have had so much love and support from so many bands. The new UK scene is buzzing right now so we recommend listening to Graeme Booth on Radio West Fife and Shiner Sam on Radio Free Matlock. All of which support us and lots of other young artists.

You can check out Revivalry’s addictively gritty indie-rock discography on Spotify below and make sure to give them a follow on social media as this definitely isn’t the last you’ll be hearing from these Cleethorpes rockers.




Upcoming artist Anya Gupta on the rise of TikTok, quarantine creations and the importance of LGBTQ+ music

Written by: Charlotte Bredael

Upcoming singer-songwriter Anya Gupta’s music features stunning, gentle vocals, relatable lyrics and catchy hooks giving her tracks an addictive quality comparable to artists like Mal Blum, Girl In Red and Phoebe Bridgers.

She’s one of the many young artists who have utilised their time during quarantine to focus solely on music, away from the distractions of school and all else life throws their way. Having recently experienced a spike in Spotify streams after gaining popularity on TikTok, Anya has found a community of like-minded people who relate to her music and hopes that her tracks can become a safe-haven for the LGBTQ+ community. She is now learning how to produce her own tracks in anticipation for her latest single ‘Way To Love’ that she’s planning to release in September.

I sat down with Anya to discuss all things music, social media and inspiration. With a clear passion for what she does, Anya’s confidence and interesting outlook lead to an insightful look into what it’s like to be a young person entering the industry, which you can read all about below.

Let’s start at the very beginning, what originally inspired you to start making music and who have been your biggest influences.

That would probably be Twenty One Pilots for me, I started listening to their music when I was in middle school, like 7th grade. I used to write a lot of poetry back then and I realised that a lot of their songs are like if you were to mash up six-seven poems together and create a song, so the first song I created was kind of like that. I never ended up releasing it but that’s what started my little music career. And then there were artists like Dodie, I’d watched a lot of her videos and I really liked how she would write songs about mental health, sexuality and life experiences, so I started writing songs about the things I saw and experienced. 

I’d love to know more about you in general, are you aiming to pursue music as a full time career and what else do you like to do in your spare time?

I’m hoping to pursue music as a full time career, I know the music industry is quite brutal and it’s a lot about talent but it’s also about luck, if I do get the chance to pursue music as a full time career I’m definitely going to. I spend a lot of my free time writing and producing around being at school but since we’ve been in quarantine I’ve been learning how to mix, master and create songs, as well as how to properly record things to make it sound good. I went into quarantine with six unfinished songs and I was able finish them all by having the time to use my creative process for something good.

You have an impressive following on TikTok which seems to be a very popular platform for up and coming musicians at the moment. Do you feel that having easy access to wider audience has and will continue to benefit you in your musical journey?

Definitely, I started using TikTok during quarantine and my first video got around 700 views, I’ve never had that many on YouTube or Instagram. When I started I had 200 monthly listeners on Spotify and now I have over 4000 so it’s definitely helping a lot. I got 200K on a video that I didn’t expect to do well at all and I gained around 3000 followers so it’s really helping me and I’m definitely going to continue to use it.

What is your favourite song of yours to perform and your favourite song to cover, and why?

My song ‘Heart Of Gold’ was the one that a lot of people started listening to, mostly because it’s really upbeat and one of my happier songs. It’s the most fun to play because it’s a very simple song, it only consists of four chords and every time I get to perform it I’m able to jump around without messing up any of the guitar. My favourite songs to cover are honestly anything by Billie Eilish but I cover a lot of different songs that I love.

It’s great to see a smaller LGBTQ+ musician beginning to gain recognition, as well as LGBTQ+ relationships slowly becoming normalised in music. Do you feel that the industry has progressed over the past few years when it comes to LGBTQ+ representation and how do you aim to use your music to express your own identity?

Representation is definitely growing because now there are artists like Girl In Red and King princess who are specific to helping the women love women community and normalising LGBTQ+ relationships and I love that. There’s also Dodie who is openly bisexual and writes about men and women, she’s happy with it and it’s music that is relatable to her audience. I’m hoping to do the same thing, being open with the fact that it’s okay to be figuring things out. A lot of the songs that I’m about to release are about just figuring out who you are and I think a lot of people can relate to that. Maybe they’re scared of how their family are going to feel or they don’t understand themselves so my goal is to be that reassurance that it’s okay to figure it out and to create music that people can relate back to if they feel a little lost.

If you could collaborate with any artist, who would you choose and why?

I’ve been listening to Dodie for like six years so I think she would be really cool to collaborate with, I relate to her music a lot. Also Billie Eilish, I feel like every single song she creates is so unique and it’s always a different sound. She’s one of the biggest artists in the world right now but I started listening to her when she released her first song ‘Ocean Eyes’ so that would be really cool.

Do you have any exciting projects that you’ve been working on recently?

Before quarantine there was one song called ‘Way To Love’ that I was really struggling to write and I think it took me like 2 days to figure it all out, I’m hoping to release it around September time. I’m very excited about it, I think it’s going to be another ‘Heart Of Gold’ and that people will really be able to relate to it. It definitely shows how confident I’ve grown in my sexuality, I’ve been reluctant to release music that has she/her pronouns before and even though they’re not in the song, it’s definitely more evident and I’m really happy with how it’s turning out.

You said it took you two days to figure out the logistics of the song, do you have a specific place or mindset that you like to be in to get into that creative zone?

I don’t have a specific place, it depends on how I’m feeling. There’s this bench near where I live that’s shaded by a tree so I’ll take my guitar there and I’ll write there. Sometimes you just need different scenery but since we were in quarantine I mainly just do it in my room and I get most of my inspiration at night so it’s normally like 3am. Sometimes I’ll use my diary entries to see how I was feeling and then I’ll find a way to articulate it into lyrics. I have this cute little yellow journal that’s like my lucky journal so I’ll write in that or I’ll use voice memos if I think of something cool so I can just record it and then come back to it later.

What is your ultimate dream goal for your music career within the next 10 years?

I want to play more shows, I’ve definitely gained the confidence to do that but my ultimate goal is just to make a career out of doing what I love to do and to inspire other people to be confident in themselves. I reached out to an artist for advice recently and he kept saying ‘make stuff that makes you feel things’, it’s such a simple phrase but it shows that if you make music that’s authentic and true to yourself, there’s always going to be someone else who will relate to it. I just want to make some people happy and I think I’m doing that at the moment so I want to gain a bigger audience so I can continue to do that for more people.

You can find all of Anya’s previous tracks on Spotify and Apple Music via the links below and make sure to give her a follow on social media to be the first to know when her new single ‘Way To Love’ is released. We can guarantee this isn’t the last you’ll be hearing from her.

Apple Music:


Instagram: @anya4204

TikTok: (@anyagmusic) 

14 year-old pop starlet Hitha talks about her latest single ‘Special’ and the challenges of self-doubt that young people face

After the success of her debut single Standing Up With Pride, Hitha has an aim to give young people a voice with her latest single Special. The song is an original take on modern Western pop whereby Hitha draws on her Indian heritage by lacing the pureness of the flute through the rich sound of the saxophone and rhythmic pop beats.

Although given the ballad’s title you might think this is strictly a boyfriend/girlfriend message it is in fact to dedicate to anyone special in your life, from friends to relatives to those who sometimes don’t get the recognition they deserve – a tribute of recognition to anyone of any age.

Hitha hopes to inspire young teens and to encourage older generations to take time to listen to them and to understand that their thoughts and feelings are just as important – a topical subject for the nation currently. Her latest single release enforces this message as she says that the song is one that many people can relate to – not just teenagers like herself – because it touches on themes that are true for all ages. With young artists like Shawn Mendes, Madison Beer and Billie Eilish taking the pop scene by storm, Hitha joins them in the representation that young artists have the capability to inspire and achieve and that age is just a number.






In conversation with: Five o Five

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We were lucky enough to have a chat with Piero of up-and-coming Italian indie rockers, Five o Five, and at the tender age of just 18, this continental four piece are showing they have talent beyond their years with their new single ‘Where They Bring Sophie’.


When did you first get into music? What or who Inspired you?

I can’t remember a time when I was not into music, really. It was The Beatles who inspired me to start a band.

Who did you grow up listening to, and does that impact on what you create now?

My father made me listen to the Rolling Stones, the Beatles, the Who and many other bands he loves from the “good old times”, and they are still an inspiration to me. I also grew up listening to a lot of country and blues. Then my older brothers introduced me to pop punk bands that were very popular when I was a little kid: Sum 41, Blink 182 and Good Charlotte to name a few. All of these still impact what I write, as well as others genres I learned to love later, like jazz and electronic music.

How long have you been playing/writing?

My first instrument was the violin, I was 5 when my parents bought one for me. I would often watch Shania Twain in concert and I had decided that the violin was my favourite instrument in her show. Three years later I started dedicating myself only to the guitar. I would invent riffs as a game by the age of 10 and when I was 13 I wrote a song called Little Fat Girl, which will be in our upcoming album, @Y&!

How often do you play live?

In Italy we try to organise three gigs each month during the winter and four or five during the rest of the year. Our music is not exactly “mainstream” where we’re from, so it can be hard for us to find a time and place to play live. We’re coming to England in September for an acoustic tour, and again in October or November for another short tour.

What has been your favourite moment in music?

Everytime music contributes to affect how people think, like when it manages to make an impact in social protest movements or to help people claim their freedom, I see it as a great moment for music.

Where is the best place to find you online?

You can find us on our Facebook page:




In conversation with: Music Theory


Unsigned Interviews were lucky enough to get in conversation with emerging Egyptian artist, Music Theory, before the release of his latest single ‘Down The Aisle’.

When did you first get into music? What or who Inspired you?

I started writing music when I was about 9 years old. My first song was about 7 lines. It was about a ball rolling down the street 🙂 I was a very shy person growing up. Writing music put me up when I was feeling down. It helped me release my thoughts and dreams, that I usually couldn’t share. I could be whoever I want in this make-believe world that I create whilst writing.  As I grew up, I also wrote about my experiences and emotions.

My inspiration was all those singers that I grew up listening to. Their ability to make me cry, feel loved or pumped up through their songs was amazing. I wanted to have that effect on people. My dream is to touch people’s hearts.


Who did you grow up listening to, and does that impact on what you create now?

I grew up in the eighties and the nineties. I listened to mainstream music. Michael Jackson, REO speedwagon, Sublime, REM, Oasis, NKTOB, Boys 2 Men, Phil Collins, Bon Jovi, Stock Aitken Waterman, Pet Shop Boys, etc.

I could write an endless list. It was always about the song, not the artist. I always listen to mix tapes, never albums.

I believe that everything I hear influences me.


How long have you been playing/writing?

About 30 years. However, my song “Down The Aisle” is my first professional release.


How often do you play live?

I never played professionally, yet. I plan to do that in the near future, at a certain point.


What has been your favourite moment in music?

Band Aid. USA for Africa. It was inspiring and extraordinary. Music can heal and connect the world.


Where is the best place to find you online? 

Get to know The Senti-Mentals…

1 – When did you first get into music? What or who Inspired you?
I was fourteen when I first saw Adam Ant on TOTP. It was one of those epiphanic moments in my life; I suddenly knew what I wanted to do!
2 – Who did you grow up listening to, and does that impact on what you create now?
Obviously Adam Ant, as stated, but also late seventies punk, such as The Sex Pistols; The Damned; The Ruts and Ian Dury and The Blockheads. I also found myself inexplicably drawn to 70s Doowop revivalists such as The Stray Cats and The Darts. As for impacting on my style, yes, absolutely! Both apparently diverse genres share a common denominator: that of rebellion.
3 – How long have you been playing/writing?
I started writing as soon as I could hold a pen. I began with stories; something I still do today; moved on to lyrics, poetry, and eventually novels and plays. Most recently published have been my two non fiction self help guides.
I formed my first band at the age of sixteen. I have fronted seven bands since then; four of which are still very much alive.
4 – How often do you play live (include details and links for any upcoming gigs)?
I gig weekly, sometimes more. Busiest time is the festival season; we did nineteen this year, including Glastonbury. I have just completed a fifty date national tour with The Antipoet and am currently in rehearsal for our next. I’m next performing at an Edinburgh Fringe seminar in Highgate next Monday (28th November). The next gig with The Antipoet is the following week at Manchester Hospital (a corporate gig for medical physicists and nuclear engineers; which is a first!) I host a monthly Cabaret night in Watford.
5 – What has been your favourite moment in music?
There have been a few of these, such as being asked to play Glastonbury (the first of many years); The Antipoet playing with Ed TudorPole; singing with Den Hegarty of The Darts; being part of a scratch band at the end of one of my cabaret nights that included, Martin Stephenson (The Daintees), Helen McCookerybook (The Chefs) and Lester Square (The Monochrome Set) and as we played, seeing Karen, drummer of The Gymslips, in the audience. These may not be, ‘Big’ names in the grand scheme of things, but to that sixteen old boy who still lives inside me, (and who still has all their records) they are!  However, these may all be topped, as I am finally about to tick off the last item on my, ‘To Do’ list and have bagged the warm up slot for Adam Ant in Watford next May.
6 – Where is the best place to find you online?
Ongoing diaries can be found on and

The 1975 aim for Glastonbury

Matt Healy of Indie Pop band, The 1975, has made the aspirations of the band very clear declaring ‘”I want to headline Glastonbury!”
“Not next year, but soon. I never used to say stuff like this – I’m not a mental, insane narcissist – but there’s so much faux modesty in music now. It’s transpired that we get to play arenas all over the world, so why now would I not want to headline Glastonbury?”
Whilst some might see this as a little arrogant, others will find it refreshing to see such an ambitious young band setting their sights high. As Matt keenly points out, it is not unlikely that they would be up there on the line-up, if not headlining: “I’m not being a d***head, but who is it going to be? If you want a young guitar band to headline Glastonbury in the next few years, The 1975 are the only real option… If Arctic Monkeys can do it on their second album, I can do it, no problem.”

Anti-Bullying Week: We talk with musician Adam Lanceley

14th-18th November marks Anti-bullying week UK and to coincide with this, we managed to get a few words from Adam Lanceley, a talented singer-songwriter with an inspirational story.
When Adam was very young, he suffered serious injuries in a car crash that left him having to relearn a number of life skills. His parents were told it was unlikely he would ever walk again, but Adam was determined to prove them wrong and has since gone on to run the London Marathon and has released five albums!
Adam, tell us about your latest single, ‘Those Rose Tinted Days’. What’s the story behind it?
My latest single ‘Those Rose Tinted Days’ which is from my fifth album, Postcards From Then…, can be interpreted as talking about my teenage and student years as though it was really easy and straightforward back then. In actual fact, due to a severe head injury sustained in a serious car crash when I was 10, it was anything but a smooth ride.
Did your injuries lead to any unpleasant behaviour towards you when you were young?
To be honest, I was lucky that I didn’t get bullied more than I did; I spoke very slowly,  I was vulnerable & I couldn’t walk properly for a very long time. Even now, years later, I have a very pronounced limp. But the times I did get bullied really hurt.
In what forms did the bullying come?
I found the non-physical stuff more damaging & difficult to take than what you’d normally think of as bullying, which is not to say that the times people let me know they didn’t like the way I walked by giving me a kicking wasn’t incredibly painful! Still, being called ‘spastic’ or ‘a cripple’ was much harder for me to swallow; the whole ‘sticks and stones’ argument didn’t really hold up. Getting taken advantage of is another form of bullying I could have done without.
And how did you deal with the bullying, Adam?
Fortunately, I got through it and I’m grateful that I had good friends to make it easier too. I’m also lucky that I had interests that kept me striving to get somewhere, but at the same time, I know how much easier my life could’ve been without bullying in the first place.
On a more positive note, do you think there is anything you learnt from your experiences?
I once heard someone say there are no winners when it comes to bullying: the one doing it will someday feel remorse and the one being bullied carries the scars. 
If you’d like to find out more on Adam and his music, check him out here:

GET TO KNOW: Joe O’Donnell’s Shkayla

1- When did you first get into music? What or who inspired you?
My uncle Patrick from Birmingham used to visit us in Limerick, and he played the fiddle. He was the first person I heard playing an instrument, and he bought me my first violin.
When I started my classical studies at 12 I listened to composers like Rameau and Lilly, and the great violinist Yehudi Menuhin.
When I was about 17 and playing guitar my mate Cha Haran, the singer with Grannie’s Intentions, told me that The Animals had reformed (without Eric Burdon and Chas Chandler) and they had an electric violin player called Willie Weider, also their bassist. That was it – I could immediately see that I could do far more with violin than with guitar.
2 – Who did you grow up listening to, and does that impact on what you create now?
I listened to a lot of American music – jazz players like Miles Davis, Charles Mingus, Nat ‘King’ Cole with Stuff Smith on violin; also blues players like Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee, and Lou Rawls the great soul singer. I liked British bands like the Stones, the Animals, the Hollies too.
On the traditional side I was playing for Irish Dancing schools, traditional tunes out of collections. There were lots of good fiddle players around County Clare and also County Donegal. Traditional music was generally frowned on then – it was seen as too old fashioned – so there wasn’t a lot of it happening on the scene.
Yes, I’ve ‘kept the faith’ all right, but also I have added many influences over the years. The whole thing with Indian music, for example, and also jazz-rock and progressive music are very important to me now. Any music that features improvisation is potentially interesting to me.
I’ve also played a lot of Scottish and Breton music through touring in those places and working with their musicians. That’s given me a much better understanding of Celtic music as a whole.
3 – How long have you been playing/writing?
Too long – and not long enough! I really started performing in my teens, so over 50 years ago. I started writing at about 17, but not that often until my 20’s. Gaodhal’s Vision was my first really substantial writing effort – it encompasses rock, Celtic, classical and fusion jazz and I wrote all of it including the orchestral parts.
4 – How often do you play live?
It varies. At the moment there seem to be more theatre gigs, but we also play festivals and music clubs.
29th October 2016  ‘Fire & Light’. The Albany Theatre, Coventry
14th December 2016. Leam Jazz.
March 31st / April 1st 2017. ‘Egypt to Eire’.  Belgrade Theatre Coventry.
5 – What has been your favourite moment in music?
I’ve had a few! I was touring the Vision Band supporting Rory Gallagher in the late 1970s and we got an encore – which was unheard of for a support band at the time. I think it was in Ipswich.
When I joined East of Eden I had just a month to learn the whole set! I was taking over from Dave Arbus, one of the founder members. I made sure I didn’t make one mistake! Everyone was really pleased, including me.
More recently – I think it was 2011 – Shkayla played the Great British Folk Festival at Skegness. We were second on the bill, and we tore it down! Got an encore there too!
6 – Where is the best place to find you online?