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“URBAN DEVELOPMENT #SNACKCHAT As she gears up for another year of musical success, we talk to multi-platinum selling songwriter and everybody’s favorite Persian Princess Raphaella about what musical greatness she has in store for 2015, including conversations about her brand new single ‘In The Dark’ and of course that magical re-working of SOHN’s ‘Artifice’ (plus loads more). Catch the full interview here…”
“IN THE DARK - MUSIC VIDEO PREMIERE: Raphaella is half-Persian, half-Scottish and raised in North London; not that that stops her quoting the Persian philosopher Rumi in her tracks (a nice touch). She started picking up critical acclaim with her rendition of SOHN’s “Artifice” – adding eastern drum touches and including a sample of a tar – the Persian version of a sitar – making it a completely different animal, whilst true to the original. It was an impressive feat. Now she’s releasing the video to her own debut, “In The Dark”. Writing and producing her debut by herself, it’s a marker of the heavyweight potential of a musician that has already been approached by the incredibly selective Roundhouse as an associate artist. “In The Dark” is a similarly impressive affair; swirling, moody – it’s alt-pop wrapped up in a Persian / London cloak and sets to put Raphaella up there with some of the most exciting emerging prospects of the year.”
“TRACK OF THE DAY Today our track of the day is Raphaella‘s ‘In The Dark’. There was something about this track which instantly grabbed us – perhaps in lieu of the current Bjork news, we were craving something altogether dark, and twisted in audio; with loaded yet sweet vocals. Half Persian, half-Scottish North Londoner, Raphaella quotes the Persian philosopher Rumi as much as she loves to cover SOHN’s ‘Artifice’. She’s both written and produced this, ‘In The Dark’, her debut track. She’s quite a heavyweight in the studio, already being selected as an associate artist at the Roundhouse as well as grabbing radio play on 1Xtra and BBCR1.”
“With Persian and Scottish heritage by way of North London, Raphaella is an emerging singer/songwriter and producer displaying an exoticism and sophistication way beyond her years. Sprinkling Persian influences into her own highly polished and distinctive production, it’s seen Raphaella already grab viral plays on BBC R1, BBC R1Xtra, and features in The Guardian and Music Week.And the musical talent is backed up by real substance here: Raphaella decided to write her university dissertation on political protest music (she graduated from the Institute of Contemporary Music performance, alumni include Foxes and Daughter) and she was recently invited to become one of the select Roundhouse ‘Associate Artists’. It’s the raw potential in Raphaella that’s most appealing; not just in the individuality she manages to bring to covers (including SOHN’s ‘Artifice) but the undeniable writing abilities she displays in her own writing.”
“North London’s Raphaella is an emerging singer/songwriter and producer displaying an exoticism and sophistication way beyond her years. It’s the raw potential in Raphaella that’s most appealing; not just in the individuality she manages to bring to covers (including SOHN’s ‘Artifice) but the undeniable writing abilities she displays in her own writing. ‘In The Dark’ fuses all of Raphaella’s influences throughout and exhibits the huge choruses needed to stand out as one to watch for this year and beyond! Her soulful vocals, layered against a punchy backdrop and a killer, ethereal melody, put her amongst the contenders as one of the most exciting female artists to keep an eye out for in 2015.”
“Hunger Magazine Premiere: A hypnotising cover of SOHN's 'Artifice' With Persian and Scottish heritage by way of North London, Raphaella immediately exudes the kind of mix that entices music journalists. As an emerging singer/songwriter and producer, she’s displaying a sophistication way beyond her young years. It’s not every day that you decide to cover one of the finest underground producers in the UK and make something wholly distinctive from it. The key to Raphaella’s version of “Artifice” is her use of the tar – a distinctive Persian version of a sitar – which gives the otherwise brooding original something earthy and dusty. Sprinkling a little eastern flavour into her own (highly polished) production...”
“FAME PRESENTS: Check out this amazing rework (available as a free download) of SOHN’s ‘Artifice’ by Raphaella, 24-year-old emerging singer/songwriter and producer, with an interesting Persian and Scottish heritage by way of North London.”
“Emerging Persian (via North London) singer/writer/producer Raphaella has reworked SOHN’s ‘Artifice’ – giving it a lush persian flavour throughout! The 24 year old has produced and arranged this version herself in the run up to her single ‘In The Dark’, which is out on 31st January.”
“I'm absolutely in love with this SOHN cover by Raphaella - she mastered it!!!”
“Persian artist Raphaella has covered one of my favourite songs of this year, (keep an eye out for the 2014 list) Sohn‘s Artifice. Based in North London, Raphaella has managed to add something unique, a fresh edge to the original. The Middle Eastern spin is not entirely obvious a first, but works in harmony to flesh out the lyrics and create an entirely different, yet still potent, atmosphere. Raphaella is gearing up to release her first single, In The Dark, in January next year.”
“Clash Magazine Premiere: There's a lot more to Raphaella than meets the eye. Through her Persian and Scottish heritage, the singer has been exposed to all manner of influences. Indeed, Raphaella penned her university dissertation on the impact of political songwriting. Continually challenging herself, the London based artist recently decided to re-work a song by the British producer SOHN. Initially an electronic hymn, 'Artifice' is re-tooled as something quite personal to Raphaella. Fusing the track with her own Persian background, it's an engrossing performance.”
“North London raised 23 year old singer-songwriter Raphaella uses her striking mix of Persian, English & Scottish to inspire and showcase her unique sound in her new EP 'Start A Fire' which features a dark electro soundscape of alternative UK pop with Persian sprinkles. This is a flawless EP featuring hypnotic vocals, strong beats and production at its' finest. Raphaella is truly an expert in her field as she continues to make mind-blowing music which oozes passion and raw talent. The young artist has also recently performed a acoutsic version of her track 'Fading Into Black' for Ont' Sofa Gibson Guitar Session. This stripped back performace allows Raphaella's sultry and powerful vocals to take centre stage with much success.”
“THUNDER Update: EXO-K also boasts their best showing on the K-Pop Hot 100 with "Overdose" debuting at No. 2 this week. All songs from EXO-K's "Overdose" EP chart inside the Top 25. As well, EXO-K's "Overdose" is No. 2 on Billboard's World Digital Songs making it the biggest-selling K-pop song in America for the week.”
“THUNDER - Co-Write by Raphaella Mazaheri-Asadi, Hiten Bharadia & Will Simms. EXO’s mini album Overdose has topped various music charts. EXO’s second mini album Overdose, released on May 7, has topped the daily and weekly album sales charts on various sites, including Hanteo, Hot Tracks, Sinnara Records and Yes 24.The album recorded over 660,000 pre-orders, the highest number reached for any mini album released so far. On Hanteo chart, the album sold over 230,000 copies in just five days. Outside of Korea, the album has also ranked number one on Taiwan’s album sales site, Five Music’s Korean-Japanese chart for the first week of May. In China, all of the songs of EXO-M and EXO-K have taken over the top ten spots of Baibu’s King weekly chart for the week of May 5 through 11 and the music video for Overdose has ranked number one and two on iQiyi’s Korean and Chinese music video weekly chart, respectively.”
“We caught up with upcoming artist Raphaella recently at her gig to talk everything music....”
“North London singer Raphaella provided a subtle change in direction, as soon as she came on stage it was clear she was going to be bringing something different to the table and her eastern delight meets west approach is highly desirable. She uses her Persian and English heritage as a foundation and then combines this with an edgy pop sound. As a performer Raphaella is extremely exciting to watch, she uses her body as well as her voice to portray the passion and enthusiasm within her music. She truly is a unique and eccentric artist. She has set a precedence with her music and has distinguished herself firmly within the music industry and her signing to Koochulu means we will be seeing lots more of her.”
“Raphaella looked stunning in her Red dress. House opened up this short & sweet set. Now this tune is to amazing for words. For starters it reminded me of the theme tune to Night Rider & secondly it was uber infectious. This was a masterpiece, it had been superbly written & the lyrics were actually a dash aggressive. It was then time for the title track from the new EP & this being Start A Fire. Raphaella mentioned how she wanted everyone to move & that is what happened. Start A Fire is packed with a punch. The vocals were spot on & my favourite part had to be the energetic and fast paced chorus. The fire in question was started within the heart.Things were wrapped up with the lead single to Start A Fire & this being Parallel Lines which was released on 25th February. Now this was amazing & it sounded different compared to the previous two tunes that were sung. Yes it may be infectious but I found it to be quite hypnotising as well. You are hooked from the very beginning...”
"next up to perform was North London raised Raphaella whose striking mix of Persian and English heritage is truly something to talk about (or in my case, write about). This sensational young star, who is signed to Koochulu label, explores traditional Persian instruments within her alternative Pop sound, which in collaboration, captures her heritage so beautifully. She gave a bold and confident performance that accentuated this singer’s maturity and eclecticism of a performer that is so beyond her years. She is such a unique artist with her ‘East meets West’ demeanor, that she has undoubtedly distinguished herself within the music industry, and I am confident I will be seeing lots more of her"
“Raphaella: the singer poised to pile on the hits thanks to Persian carpets The 23-year-old North London songwriter has found an unusual way to fund her career without the backing of a record label... ....has played alongside Nicole Scherzinger, Joss Stone and Lianne La Havas, and appeared at the Sundance festival at the O2. Her music has made it on to both Radio 1 and Radio 2. Going by her first name, Raphaella has ranked No 2 in the ReverbNation UK Charts, her live acoustic Reload sessions have so far accumulated more than 245,000 views on YouTube, she's about to release her second EP in less than a year – and all this without the help of a label to back her financially. Instead she's resorted to the old bartering system.”
“Raphaella is an exciting young artist based in London, with a range of musical influences from her distinct and varied family heritage. With a beautiful, emotional voice that could bring a rowdy room to silent rapture, Raphaella has already made her mark not only as a solo artist but also as a songwriter, having collaborated with multi-selling platinum writers and producers. It seems impossible that this gifted young artist won’t be an international name in the coming months. She released her debut EP ‘Idiot’ in April 2013.”
“April Fool's Day is a day for practical jokes and light-hearted pranks, preying on the gullible, along with those trusting and perhaps idealistic people that like to see the good in everyone and just don't want to believe that anyone could possibly lie to them. This year, rather appropriately it is also the release date of emerging star Raphaella's debut EP IDIOT.”
“A singer who launched an anti-bullying campaign wants to “stand for confidence” and inspire others to learn from her experiences. Raphaella Mazaheri, of Whetstone, was badly bullied by classmates as a child and teenager - but is now hoping her traumatic experiences will help others. The 23-year-old is fronting children’s charity Kids Count's new I Stand For campaign to encourage people to stand up for themselves. She said: “I had a really hard time throughout school - people were horrible. Someone once told me they didn’t want to be my friend anymore because ‘you’re you.’ It was heartbreaking....”
“Red lipstick was popular amongst several of the stars on the red carpet including, Raphaella who opted to team her red lipstick and nails with confident catflick eyeliner and HD brows.”
“Singer Raphaella dazzled at The Global Angel Awards at the Roundhouse on 15 November, 2013 in London, England”
“Daniel Powter Review of 'Above The Water' - God! She's got a beautiful voice. I love the instrumentation and the fact that she's capable of making a decent sized hooky chorus based upon the same chord progression. If I have to comment, I thought thatthere was too much reverb on the vocals. I thought it was too washy. Sometimes it's okay when you can't sing well, but Raphaella's got a beautiful voice. She doesn't need as much reverb. Incredbile! Raphaella's not signed?!?!”
“'Above The Water' Song Review - A Great Artist to review as there is real talent.The vocal is true and shows many of the current crop of female artists you don't have to hide behind the production. The vocal is so good that the sound levels are set correctly to show off her voice. The music is simple and marries the grace of the lyrics with the passion of singing. The song itself is a very well crafted song, which is super radio friendly. If she can continue to write songs like this, Raphaella can go far. Do we actually have somebody who could potentially take on Adele? I think so.”
“'Above The Water' Song review - Above The Water is a deep meaningful song that works perfectly as a piano, vocal combination. Raphaella has a stunning soulful voice, fans of Alicia Keys and Adele should check out Raphaella’s music.”
“Guests were treated to a sensory extravaganza at The Roundhouse ‘Access All Areas’ event last Wednesday night. Taste buds were tickled by 10 of the best caterers in town. Eyes feasted on futurist laser patterns and pyrotechnic wonders. Fabulous fabrics touched the skin in the Foohoo chill out lounge. Standing in the iconic venue, you could breathe in the history. The evening’s entertainment brought music to the ears as Raphaella, a Roundhouse stable, up-and-coming singer/songwriter, took to the stage. The young band opened with the atmospheric, ‘On My Own’ and instantly had the audience entranced. They followed with my personal favorite, Mirrorface, a great pop song with a military beat. Check them out at: www.raphaellamusic.co.uk Mark my words, she’s one to watch!”
“'Raphaella has a fantastic tone to her voice. It has a soulful plangency to it, with a jazzy husk and a subtle growl that really does lift some of the lines she sings with great efficacy and aplomb. It also has that sort after quality of conveying emotion, something Raphaella does very well through her performance as well as her voice, not just live but recorded too' 'It seems obvious to simply state that Raphaella is ‘one to watch’ as that is a statement that is banded around a lot, I’ll be honest, I’m guilty of it! The obviousness this time round is that she has already headlined the Apple store as part of City Showcase, performed at the Music Week Awards 2011 and performed on the main stage of The Roundhouse as part of the Champions League celebrations. Unsigned artists don’t normally get to do this sort of thing unless they are good, and Raphaella most definitely finds herself sitting comfortably in that category!'”
“‘with a name like that, how can she fail to set the charts alight’ ”
"Her performance at Showcase Live has gotten her into my ‘One’s To Watch’ in 2012! I was lucky enough to grab an interview with this star in the making… Me: How important do you think it is to stand out from the crowd when you have a UK Top 40 which can often sound as if it’s blurring into one? Raphaella: It’s very important as long as you can stay true to yourself. It is difficult in today’s industry to stay true and be individual and to stand out. Me: Has surrounding yourself in different styles helped you find your individuality? Raphaella: Definitely, so many influences from a young age. I love Nina Simone, Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, Ben Howard and Bon Ivor. Me: How important is it for you to stick to this individuality and not conform to a much more commercial sound? Raphaella: My whole reason for becoming an artist was to remain individual and I would never compromise (my individuality). Click link below for the rest of the interview...
"Raphaella was second to perform. Again, I was impressed at her musicianship – she played the keyboard and sang for all three of her songs. Her flawless performances proved why she won an award for the most outstanding BMus(Hons) student, studying at the Institute of Contemporary Music Performance and graduated with a 1st class honours in Music. The gifted 21 year-old takes her art form and writing seriously with a passion that shines through whether she’s performing or talking about her music. She is pitch -perfect, and has powerful vocals that she nails with conviction and has her audience captivated" For the rest of the review follow link below...
“'Nothing Hurts Like You' Song Review - RAPHAELLA is doing the right thing by putting her songs up on youtube for people to discover, she has a lovely voice and the song is great. She should definitely carry on doing what she’s doing – writing great songs and putting them up and letting people discover her.””
“Nothing Hurts Like You - Raphaella immediately puts me in a good mood because she’s not being earnest with an acoustic guitar. This is an impressive demo. The girl can sing and you can feel the confidence in her performance. I like the modern pop electronic production as well, although I’m not entirely sure it’s sympathetic to her. It’s a good pop song too – with a half decent hook. Pop star in the making ? Could be. So far - very good to these ears – more hits please !”
"We headed to Showcase: Live back in November to check out the talent, our favourite of the night was Raphaella and her amazing band! Here’s video of her performing a song that insists on staying in my head indefinitely ‘Dead in the water’ Follow link below for more...
“Nothing hurts Like You - It's all a wee bit Ke$ha, but when did sounding like a multi-million selling artist ever hurt anyone?”
“Raphaella is a 21 year old Pop/Soul artist of English/Persian heritage from London. Already she has shared line-ups with artists such as Rizzle Kicks, Bluey Robinson, Texas, Clement Marfo & The Frontline, Murray James & more.This talented musician has studied her craft her whole life & is not only a singer but a pianist & songwriter too.I first met Raphaella at Pineapple Performing Arts School where, as teenagers we went to gain experience in singing, dancing & drama & straight away she stood out as a triple threat. More recently she has “completed a degree in Music with 1st class honours & won an award for the most outstanding BMus(Hons) student, studying at the The Institute (ICMP) Europe's finest school of modern music.” It’s fair to say she has come a long way since those days as her website describes her most recent achievements & I can’t help but feel hugely proud of all the amazing things she has done already but.. with that voice it’s hardly surprising.. Follow link:”
“'Above The Water' Song review - The song sounds like an Emeli Sandé ballad, a sweet, R'n'B vocal, perhaps a bit more younger sounding. Possibly if Tulisa was to belt one out this is what I can imagine it sounding like... not a bad thing! I mean, yes, she is a bit of a muppet but you can't deny the girl has a set of pipes on her!”