Posts Tagged ‘Eightysix’

Charley says VIDEO! Iana – Predator

April 2, 2012

If you haven’t checked out ‘Predator‘ by Iana yet, it’s about time you did!

The track is a proper pop anthem with blips and bleeps by producer Andras “Eightysix” Vleminckx, the guy behind ‘Dance Bailalo‘ and other Kat DeLuna tracks. While this country has plenty of strong female vocalists, Iana finally fills the void for that one Belgian full-on ‘pop’ popstar.

And she doesn’t come unprepared! For years Iana, real name Jana De Valck, has been perfecting her craft as a backing singer. In fact, back in 2010 I dedicated a (looking back on it, rather rambling) blog post to the then-unidentified mystery backing vocalist who is now set to take the pop scene by storm herself!

She has a record contract with Universal Music Belgium to her name, is busy promoting ‘Predator’, will be part of the upcoming JIM reality series ‘#Girlz’ and is working with BabL, the producer who gave Sandrine’s ‘You Keep Me Hanging On’ cover its shiny pop gloss.

At one point Jana was in the running to become the new lead singer of Hooverphonic, even appearing in the teaser video for ‘The Night Before’, but with everything she’s got going for her now, I doubt Jana is still losing any sleep over being beaten to the job!

‘Predator’ by Iana is available on Spotify and iTunes.

See also: Charley says SONG! Sandrine (Live In Bruges)

Charley says INTERVIEW! Kat DeLuna

June 8, 2010

They say never to meet your heroes, but boy am I glad I did get to talk to Kat DeLuna!

This Dominican born, American raised popstar’s 2008 album ‘9 Lives’ marked the start of the pop/R&B craze that has taken over the charts since. ‘Whine Up‘ and ‘Run The Show‘ were huge and songs like the amazing ‘In The End‘ proved that there was more to the album than just the first two singles.

I got a chance to talk to Kat about ‘Push Push’, the first single from her second album ‘Inside Out’. Kat was brilliant to interview. We ended up having more of a conversation rather than a dry Q&A. Read all about meeting producers over social network sites, sampling songs she’s loved since fifth grade and even covering Celine Dion after the jump!

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