My Year in Music

The end of the year is nigh, and that means only one thing, Spotify's 2017 Wrapped has arrived! It's time to look back at a year of music and what we've wrapped our ears around over the last 12 months.

I love these stats and document them every year, here's 2015's and 2016's if you're interested!

Top 5 Artists

1) Bastille (Last year: 1)

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Welcome to INTERVIEWED, a series of discussions and chats with creators of all kinds.

Today we're joined by London based pop duo OMYO!

D: Who and what is OMYO, what's the full backstory?
O: OMYO is made up of me (William) and Tom, who met a few years ago in a pub on New Year’s Eve and after a short conversation made a bet to write a song! 2 days later and a few rough tunes done, our second song was picked up by New Look for an advert and played on 1xtra. 

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5 things I'll miss about London: a cheesy ode to the city

If I don't harp on about it enough in these posts, I'm leaving London soon. It's been my home for a year and I bloody love it here, however in order to chase down various travel and career goals, I'm taking a step back for a while. It's a big one, but I can't afford London rent whilst travelling nor can I pay for London rent when freelance writing as my career stands currently. One day eh?

You've not fell onto Buzzfeed, Cracked or any other of those hit listicle website the kids are loving, but that doesn't mean you're free from them. Here are 5 things I'm gonna miss about this city.

Clapham Common Tube Station
1) T R A N S P O R T 

London's transport system is absolutely wild. A billion tube lines combined with a few other things that technically aren't the underground but they're practically the underground, an amazing bus system and apps that can get you anywhere. I grew up in an area connected pretty decently and it doesn't hold a candle to London. The freedom of travel is something I'll lose when going back home, especially as I don't own a car. Being able to go anywhere in the city at the drop of a hat is incredibly enviable. 

You can get a train all the way to Brussels for fuck sake, it's absurdly good.

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The year is nearly over and we're up to the second to last instalment of 2017's MOTM posts.

Here's October's if you missed it.

The Way Life Goes - Lil Uzi vert, Nicki Minaj + Oh Wonder

I don't think anyone ever expected to see Oh Wonder's Landslide sampled alongside Nicki and Uzi, least of all Oh Wonder. This is a magical, mystical collab that works absurdly well, much better than it ever should. It's a testament to all involved's incredible talent.

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Welcome to Interviewed, a series of discussions and chats with creators of all kinds.

Today we're joined by Haydy of Squibbvicious, a travel expert, London know-it-all and food connoisseur. Haydy is one of the few bloggers I've been lucky enough to spend some time with, she's just as hilarious, kind and bubbly in real life as she is online. 

D: What do you do online as a creator?

H: I blog about travel, food, festivals, London, Essex and all the other bits inbetween, make YouTube videos, spend too much time on Instagram, and moan about my daily commute on Twitter! I also spend a hell of a lot of time emailing people about collabs - does that count?!

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Welcome to INTERVIEWED, a series of discussions and chats with creators of all kinds.

Today we're blessed by the company of a man with the eye for manmade structures and a wizard of words, Nik Speller.

D: What do you do online as a creator?

N: I’m a writer, first and foremost. That’s why I started blogging (all those years ago); I was looking for a ‘creative outlet’ and decided writing about food and restaurants was the way to go, as - at the time - it was pretty much the only thing I was interested in.

Since then, I’ve boosted my photography skills a little, helped in no small part by working with Mat on his blog, Buckets and Spades.

My photography has mainly been for the blog, when Mat’s had to be in front of the camera and needed some help in getting the perfect shot. I’ve also started a bit of a sideline in architectural photography over on Instagram - totally by accident, I’ll add. It was just something I started doing on a dull, boring day off, and as folks seemed to like it, I’ve kept it on.

Writing is still my main passion, though, and - thankfully - I’ve been able to upgrade from writing for my own (very small) food blog to contributing to Buckets and Spades (and a few others) on a whole range of very cool projects. Fortunately, I’ve also been able to carry writing into my day-to-day work too: writing articles on influencer marketing and the digital world in general, which seem to have really resonated with people.

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Restless early twenties.

I'm 22 and life sometimes feels like a hot fucking mess.

That's not a lyric from a Lana Del Rey song, nor a t-shirt from H + M but a musing I had one fine Tuesday afternoon at my desk staring out of the window and having a mild crisis on the inside whilst keeping that office friendly face painted on.

Other days, like the Thursday afternoon on which I continue to type away, feel completely normal and like my life is well rounded. Not exactly spherical, but kind of like a the shape of a Poke Ball or a sad apple.

As I get that little bit older each and every day, I'm realising that the future is almost entirely in my own hands, I'm the painter and life is this big ol' blank canvas. I have one of those little paint palettes and can do whatever I want with it, though sometimes it feels like I have one of those crappy ones you have to add water to to even get a bit of colour. I'm the sculptor with a ball of clay in front of me, imagine some more creative metaphors because I'm tired or trying here.

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Another month has come and gone, meaning there's that much more music to delve into from the last 31 days.

Take a look back at September's top hits, then move ahead to this month's.

Bubblegum - YONAKA

Drop this one when wanting to feel empowered about everything in your life. Everything about this song is well constructed, from the heavy chorus instrumentals to the vocals you can see yourself screeching out in the shower.

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Welcome to INTERVIEWED, a series of discussions and chats with creators of all kinds.

Today we're joined by blogger of all kinds Edd Speaks.

D: What do you do online as a creator?

E: I love the term creator, much better than influencer! I run a blog, my own little space where I talk about lifestyle and fashion pieces that I've been loving and other things that come to mind! I created my blog as I have so many thoughts and I wanted to share my creativity with as many people as I can!
The fact that I now have over 130,000 views is crazy to me!

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Real Life Star Wars - Skellig Michael, Ireland

Hello and welcome to a brisk morning on the South Western Irish coast in the small fishing town of Portmagee, 200 miles from Dublin.

Better known as an island on Ahch-To, the planet housing the first Jedi Temple and Luke Skywalker's solace three decades after Return of the Jedi. This isn't just a tourist destination, it's a huge page where Star Wars fans flock to.

Your journey to Skellig will begin with arriving at a marina in a small coastal Irish village. For us (as for most) it was Portmagee. Portmagee is a quaint little place accessibly only by car - we're not in London anymore!

We booked our trip far in advance through Casey's Tour, these fill up quickly and are only open at certain times of the year. The island is an incredibly delicate place so only a few people can visit at a time, if you want to go, get planning!

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