Wednesday, 27 September 2017

Getting Close to Sarah Close

Moving from the Isle of Wight, she released her debut EP, Caught Up earlier this year and has just dropped a new single, Only You. She is now on her first UK tour and here's what went down when we managed to be fortunate enough to get an interview with her before she took to the stage in Manchester....

So, you obviously started on YouTube, how did you get into that?

I started when I was 14. I grew up on the Isle of Wight and I just wanted to be in the music industry, be a singer and I didn't know how else to do it as I lived in the IOW when everyone else is in London. So, I decided to start a YouTube channel and in hope, that my channel would grow enough for me so I can do what I can't by not do by being physically in a place.

Who was your inspiration to start your channel?

I was a big fan of Gabriella Aplin, Kate McGill and there was a couple of American singers I loved watching and I was like I can do that. Also, Charlie Is So Cool Like, I was watching him make videos and I wanted to be just like him. Although I can't-do the whole talking to the camera thing so I decided to sing instead.

You've mentioned uni, how did that help you at all?

Well, I wrote Caught Up at uni. So if I hadn't gone on the course, I wouldn't have written that song and uni helped me in a lot of ways, it was important because it gave me friends, a loan to go out in London and have fun. It really helped me find my style and what I wanted to do, as writing Caught Up was really the start of my songwriting identity. I have a lot to thank for that course.

You just finished filming the music video for only you, what is your favourite music video of all time?

Oh my god!! First, one that pops into my head is Katy Perry’s Last Friday Night, it is a banging song and her music videos are always great.

If you could put together your dream festival lineup, with you headlining, who would there be?

SZA, Rihanna, Katy Perry, The Killers, Wheatus, Weezer, Elton John, Post Malone, Alessia Cara, Halsey, Oh wonder and probably Kanye West. For all ages, all genres, open end festival.

What was the first ever gig you went to?

S CLUB 7!! Oh my gawddd, it was their last ever show as S Club 7 before they broke up and it was amazing. My parents bought me this light-up stick, I was stood on their chair waving it and it was such an amazing time.

Are you working on any new music at the current time?

You bet I am!! Yes, definitely, I keep sending notes to my producer saying can you change this, can you change that. SO it is all recorded, how does that sound huh? It was going to be released this year but with the response to Only you has been better than what we expected it to be soooo I think we may let that sit for a while and come out with something in the new year, but who knows.

Finally, what has been the best thing to happen to you this year?

Oh, God that is an unanswerable question... I have had so much happen to me this year. The best thing though probably has to be, I think actually putting out maybe Only You. That was the first song since my EP so there wasn't really much hype around it being my first thing out and it was my first thing out since signing to the label. So equally that was a different kind of release with now being with a label and having a team around me, that was different. It was a song I have written this year so it hasn't sat with me for a long time and has to be one of the most honest real songs that I have written and put out.  So probably putting out Only You!


Honestly, getting the interview with Sarah was crazy, never in a million years would I ever think that I would get such an amazing opportunity to interview one of my favourite singers. Please please please go give Sarah's EP Caught Up and her latest single Only You a listen as you will fall in love with her voice and music. Also.... if you want to find out more about Sarah Close make sure you listen to the full thing on my Mixcloud

Finally, a HUGGEEE thank you to Sarah and her team xx


Thursday, 21 September 2017

Procrastination & Study Strategies


Being a student and fitting in the time between partying, socials and binge watching tv series it can become a little overwhelming when you have two assignments, reading 100+ pages and evaluations all to do within a few days. I am guilty myself of putting off doing things especially when it isn't the most fun and enjoyable thing to do. However, with second-year kicking in, I am determined to keep on track and on schedule.... I put together my list of 8 ways how I am going to stop procrastinating by keeping myself motivated and organised.

  1. Plan time to study - set aside a few hours a day when you can get your head down, properly do the reading or starting that essay you've been putting off.
  2. Eliminate any potential distractions - again easy said than done, but by putting your phone on flight mode or keeping it the other side of the room makes it all a little easier otherwise if you're like me you'll just keep scrolling through Twitter to avoid any responsibility. 
  3. Set deadlines for yourself - make mini-deadlines for each section or per paragraph and make tick lists to tick the things you do off, and it makes you miles more confident with how productive you are being. 
  4. Make a plan and stick to it - once you've planned your week and made deadlines to meet... just stick to it, there is honestly no point putting it off or not doing it as you're "busy" watching Netflix. Weekly planners, organisers and diaries are key to make sure you can stick to your plan and make sure you're not over-doing it on one thing.
  5. Work when you feel most motivated - pretty much just do the work when you feel more alive and awake and not leaving it till 3am the night before it is all due to be submitted.  
  6. Don't stress too much - again, a little bit of stress can help stay more motivated and a little bit of pressure doesn't do you any harm but by completing the work when it's needed you'll save yourself a whole loada unnecessary stress!! 
  7. Get inspired and save time by asking for help - your tutors are there to help as are your friends just as if you get stuck on anything and someone will always have a way to help you see what actually needs to be done.
  8. finally... MOTIVATION is key

Good luck with killing that procrastination fever!

Sunday, 17 September 2017

Hangover Cures & Easy Foodie Ideas


If you're already a student or a fresher then you'll already know that hangovers from freshers week or ANY night out at uni are from absolute hell and there is no point trying to glorify it and make it easy as it ain't. I always want super good tasting food when hungover but never have the effort to try put anything together that's quick and easy and ordering takeaway costs TOO much. However, my aim recently has been to try experiment and find the best cheap quick and easy recipes and foods to get rid of those hangover blues.


Brunch with BAE!

The reinvented BLT toastie... bacon, avocado egg sandwich. Super quick and even better when it's tasty and I guess you could say healthy too.

To make two sandwiches: 
4 slices thick cut bacon
oil, or butter for the pan
4 eggs, lightly whisked
salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
2 slice American cheese
2 brioche buns
1 avocado, slightly mashed

Cook the bacon to your liking over medium heat. Drain on paper towels, wipe down the pan and lightly toast your bun in the slight residual bacon fat. Lightly beat the eggs with salt and pepper and add to the pan, swirling so the entirety of the pan is covered. When most of the egg is cooked, add a slice of American cheese in the middle and fold into a square.

Scoop up the cheesy egg square and place on the toasted bun, topped with bacon and smashed avocado. Season with salt and pepper if desired, squish together and enjoy immediately. This one is pretty self-explanatory and you can take things out like the bacon and substitute it with sundried tomatoes or whatever takes your fancy.

Hangover-busting dinner!

Forget ordering some greasy dish from your local Chinese, gather a few fridge essentials and... whip up creamy tomato chicken pasta bake, mmmm!

A meal for two:
Fusilli or penne pasta
1 breast of chicken
Chopped up fresh tomato 
Half a diced onion
Salt and pepper for that added extra taste
Lotsa cheese
A jar of pasta bake sauce 

Fry the cut up chicken in a frying pan and then drain off on paper towel. Add the diced onion and chopped tomatoes to the frying pan and cook that off in the excess oil from the chicken. In a separate pan boil the pasta with salt and pepper until its cooked and no longer al dente. 

In an oven-proof dish add the pasta, chicken, onion and tomatoes to the pasta sauce and add a sprinkling of cheese on top and bake in the oven for 20 minutes until the cheese is bubbling and melted. Again another simple yet quick recipe which is healthy but will cure those hangover cravings!

Both these recipes are simple and taste so delicious when you're hungover and in serious need of a pick-me-up feel-good foodie feeling. If you do want to see more recipes like these make sure to comment below and share for more!!

(images via Pinterest)

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