RedFestDXB - the Essential Guide

The Script, Iggy Azalea, Kiesza, Bastille, Rixton, GRL, Wilkinson, Jeremih and more!
ByJJ Anisiobi
,Ariel Robinson
,Lauren Steadman
Thursday , 12 February 2015
RedFestDXB - the Essential Guide

The Script

With their blend of modern R‘n’B and polished anthemic pop-rock the Dublin-based band found a winning formula. Massively successful, they’ve released three platinum-selling studio albums; their fourth, No Sound Without Silence, spawned the ultra-catchy single Superheroes.

Standout Track: Their catchy smash-hit, Hall of Fame, featuring will.i.am.

Tinashe

Best known for her role on the sitcom Two and a Half Men, Tinashe’s also worked as a voiceover artist and model, not forgetting a stint with short-lived pop group The Stunners, who opened for Justin Bieber during his My World Tour. Since going solo as an R‘n’B singer and songwriter, Tinashe has collaborated with a number of well-known artists, including Usher, Kid Ink, Jacques Greene and A$AP ROCKY.

Standout Track: Her hit single 2 On, her first for major record label RCA, on which she was joined by ScHoolboy Q.

Rixton

Soulful and effusive, this British quartet have evoked comparisons with Maroon 5, Ed Sheeran and Bruno Mars. Formed in Manchester three years ago, they hit the big time in the US when they attracted the attention of legendary talent manager Scooter Braun and were subsequently nominated for four Teen Choice Awards. They’re now working on their debut album.

Standout Track: Their debut single, Me and My Broken Heart, reached number one in the UK and was also a hit in the States, Sweden and Australia.

G*R*L*

They were hired to give Pussycat Dolls a new lease of life as its ageing line-up dwindled, but since breaking out as a group in their own right, G*R*L* have gained a following all their own. They went on to sing on Pitbull track Wild Wild Love, but tragedy struck in September when band member and former X Factor finalist Simone Battle took her own life. The video for their latest release, Lighthouse, is a touching tribute to the tragic 25-year-old.

Standout Track: Their worldwide hit, Ugly Heart. It features the ukulele!

Wilkinson

The British drum‘n’bass DJ and producer turned heads after landing a huge hit with Afterglow in 2013, which hit the UK top 10 and became a clubland staple. Considered one of the hottest names in dance right now, he’s toured worldwide from Sydney to Berlin, Barcelona to Brighton, and has remixed for Example and Chase and Status to commercial and critical acclaim. Wilkinson’s known for his energy and dynamism, so expect something big from his closing set.

The UK Top 40 single Half Light.

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Iggy Azalea

Just six years ago, an ambitious 16-year-old touched down in Miami airport, ostensibly for a fortnight’s holiday, but with the plan of escaping Australia for good. Iggy’s since had co-signs with members of rap royalty, from Dr Dre to Snoop Dogg. Her latest single, Black Widow, features Rita Ora, who headlined RedFestDXB last year.

Standout Track: Fancy featuring Charli XCX remains Iggy’s most successful song to date, having held the number one spot for a staggering seven weeks.

Bastille

Combining glossy Eighties synth-pop and arena-friendly choruses, Bastille earned a 2014 Brit Award for Best Breakthrough Act, as well as two nominations. Their first album, Bad Blood, was released last March, to be followed by All This Bad Blood in November. 

Standout Track: Bastille’s real breakthrough came with Pompeii, which reached number two on the UK charts last February.

Jeremih

Born and bred in Chicago, R‘n’B singer Jeremih released his eponymous debut on legendary label Def Jam – its first single, Birthday S**, became the year’s breakout bedroom ballad. Six years on, he’s worked with music industry heavyweights Wiz Khalifa, 50 Cent, Ludacris and Tyga.

Standout Track: Don’t Tell ’Em was his fourth top 10 hit, with 17,000 downloads in its first week. 

Kiesza
The quirky Canadian singer is a mass of contradictions. She trained in the performing arts but joined the Royal Canadian Navy aged 17, where she became a code breaker. A classically trained musician, she later found herself drawn to dance music – her addictive track Hideaway has  clocked up more than 100 million views on YouTube. She spoke to Ariel Robinson about fashion, music and Back to the Future!

If you could listen to one song or artist for the rest of your life, who or what would it be?

Probably Michael Jackson. If I had to pick a song by him, it would be Billie Jean, even though that’s quite clichéd!

If you could describe your music in one word, what would it be?

I can’t pick one word, but I’d describe it as ‘Back to the Future’. My music is like a modern throwback. It’s got elements of Nineties and modern beats, plus I love the Back to the Future films!

You’re known to have a cool sense of style. How do current trends influence your dress?

My style changes. I combine urban jewellery with classic stuff. I like 1945 classic Hollywood looks mixed with elegance and a funky streak. Sometimes I’ll wear Reeboks and other times I’m glammed up on the red carpet.

What’s your must-have item?

Either pumps or gold chains – anything street.

What was it like being in the Navy at an early age and how did it influence your music?

It really helped me to push my limits. They make you run and do push-ups for a long time and you think you’re going to collapse, but you have to keep going. I think that’s stuck with me and that it helps a lot with my music and with life in general.

 

Two Tone
This Dutch-Moroccan Dubai resident takes his name from his unusual vocal style – the pitch of his voice veers from high to low, depending on his mood. Ahlan!’s JJ caught up with the rapper ahead of his performance this Saturday…

If you could listen to one song or artist for the rest of your life, who or what would it be?

Well that’s a difficult one because there are so many songs that I like, but I have to go for Kris Fade’s new song, In it for Love! No, seriously, it’d be The Notorious B.I.G.’s Juicy – it’s so inspirational.

Who would you love to collaborate with?

I’d love to work with Dr Dre as a producer! His sounds are legendary. As for female singers, it would be Rihanna – I really love her voice – and as fellow rap artist It would be a great honour to work with Jay Z.

Do you have any advice for the UAE’s aspiring musicians?

Make good use of social media – it’s the best way to get a buzz going. You should also check what’s going on around you, to make sure you’re making music people love to hear.

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