RELEASE DATE: 26th February 2021
Label: HAND DELIVERED RECORDS
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UK singer-songwriter Venus, whose emotion-packed live stream show VenusWorld has become one of the biggest musical success stories on the multi-million audience viewing platform Twitch, is set to unleash her fan-inspired album ‘VenusWorld’, her debut album as Venus, globally on February 26th on her own Hand Delivered Records label.
Over two years in the making, ‘VENUSWORLD’ is an album that has been shaped by the unique alchemy that happens when ‘artist meets fan’ in a live interactive environment such as music streaming. Venus, whose powerful and haunting voice and piano-playing lie at the centre of all her performances, has come to know her fans, their passions, their struggles and their values. And she celebrates her own stories and those of her fans through her compositions which explore subjects as challenging as addiction (‘The Devil at Your Door’ - lofi indie pop), as powerful as belief systems (‘God From Joe’s Perspective’ - alt indie) and as personal as imposter syndrome (A Million Voices’- lofi pop).
Co-produced with record-producer dad Bazza (who made his living as an engineer and producer in the formative days of the UK house music scene and who was one of the first UK songwriters/producers to sign to Motown’s UK publishing division), ‘VENUSWORLD’ is unashamedly diverse and draws its inspiration from a deep pool of musical influences that span several decades and many genres with flavours of Lana Del Rey, Adele, Aurora, Bowie, Radiohead and cinematic soundtracks. From the anthemic fan favourite 'A Million Voices', to the contemporary beats of the love song ‘Swathe of Stars’, from the 007 rock vibes of the paranoia-themed ‘Hunted’ to the stripped back acoustic rawness of ‘Her’- a song all about having the courage to express yourself - ‘VENUSWORLD’ is the unveiling of an artist who has truly found a way to express herself through a diversity of styles.
A committed performer and musician, Venus has played over 450 'gigs’ since launching on Twitch in 2018, totalling over 1200 performance hours, building a set of over 300 songs, including a growing stockpile of originals. She currently has 34,000 Twitch followers and regularly performs live to audiences of between 400-500, the equivalent of playing 5 packed gigs every week at London’s famous Marquee Club.
Fun Venus facts: Venus was previously known as Sophie Janes with her debut album being ‘The Fog’ which was mastered in London's legendary Abbey Road Studios by Alex Wharton who has also worked on releases for The Beatles, Aurora, The Chemical Brothers and Mumford and Sons; the title track was featured in SKY TV's Formula 1 coverage; her debut gig was London's Earls Court, swiftly followed by Balham's iconic 'The Bedford Arms' where artists such as Ed Sheeran, U2 and The Clash have given early career performances; Twitch stream visitors have included DeadMau5 who asked Venus live on stream to collaborate and mega Youtuber Mr Beast who donated £1100 in one hit!
ABOUT THE FOG
'The Fog' was Venus's debut album (then known as known as Sophie Janes), crafted over a two year period. Cinematic pop meets orchestral grandeur; concert piano meets in-your-face voice; Kate Bush, Tori Amos, Lana del Rey and Adele meet Einaudi, Howard Shore and Ramin Djawadi. Shaped around melodies brought into life by her piano-based songwriting, Venus created an album that brings together the drama and rawness of the emotional battle-field in 'Stop Me', the playful yet disturbing environment of a child's mind in 'The Web', the summer of love harmonic inspiration in 'Diving for Pearls' and the epic drum-driven power of despair in 'Paralysed'. Title track 'The Fog' was used globally by SKY Sports TV in their Formula 1 coverage and has become another stream favourite, even leading to a special Twitch remix inspired by the community.
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