by Bronagh Hood
During the month of May, Ont’ Sofa shot a number of great sessions but in our recent video, ‘Best of the Bunch’ Jason and Scott chose the 5 artists that really stood out for them and this is why!
Miller Blue, along with his guitarist joined Ont’ Sofa at the Mustard Pot in Leeds to perform a great cover of ‘Pillow Talk’ by Zayn Malik.
This cover of Pillow Talk carries a soft acoustic feel with only vocals and a guitar being heard, producing an honest cover. The fact there are no other instruments, apart from a few occasional finger clicks by Miller Blue himself and no backing track present allows the viewer to really engage with the lyrics and vocals, creating an intimate, one to one feel between the artist and the viewer. It is incredible to see how well the voice of Miller Blue and the music from his guitarist blend together.
Jason: “They are a great couple of guys and the session was a lot of fun”
Tony Momrelle performed his own song ‘Different Street’ for Ont’ Sofa at Jaguar Shoes in London.
From the first moment the instruments kick in you can’t help but sway along with the rhythm of the song. The guitars, the drum beat, the shaker and the piano mix together to create a soft groove, which, when combined with Momrelle’s voice create a soulful atmosphere. As well as the rhythm and the sound of the song being powerful, the lyrics hold some depth enticing the audience in with a narrative. All of these factors brought together make it easy listening on the viewer’s ears.
Scott: “Tony’s Voice is incredible”
Imogen joined Ont’ Sofa at Stereo 92 in London to perform her own song ‘Whiskey’.
‘Whiskey’ features only the voice of Imogen Mahdavi and an electric guitar. The rhythm and tone of the song create a blues and Jazz atmosphere. Mahdavi has a unique ‘twang’ and vibrato to her voice. This difference to her voice may grab the attention of viewers more. The blues feel given off by the instruments and the unique voice of Imogen make for a truly great song.
Midé is a singer songwriter who joined Ont’ Sofa at Stereo 92 in London to perform his own song ‘Names'.
Midé was the guitar player as well as the vocalist for this session which shows that he has true talent. His voice combined with the rhythm of the guitar to give an overall soul and soft feel to the song. Along with this, the lyrics hold meaning, creating emotion and attracting the audience. This makes it easy listening for the viewer encouraging them to stay and listen.
Jason: “It’s a great ‘bluesy’ track”
Mali Hayes performed a great cover of ‘The Fact Is I Need You’ for Ont’ Sofa at the Mustard Pot in Leeds.Everything about this session was perfect. Mali’s Voice with the combination of the backing artists and the band created a soft and elegant blend. Making it easy listening for the audience.
Scott: “Everything about that session was stunning, the band were amazing, the sun was shining Mali’s voice is incredible”