What do you get when you take the confidence and conviction of a nineties diva and transport it to the present day? When you mix empowering pop melodies with the warmth of a big sister; dance–floor fillers with grit and heart?
Rising Irish artist Aimée has been busy carving out her niche in the pop arena. Not content to fall into line with the uniformity dominating the modern charts, Aimée is committed to her roots as a nineties–pop aficionado —with one eye crate–digging for the great pop sounds of the past, and the other set on the global stage.
Growing up in Dublin on a diet of big–ballad stars and Swedish–produced–pop, Aimée only ever had one dream: to be a pop star. There was never a plan b.
Her arrival on the scene in 2018 led to a string of top 40 hits at home in Ireland, as well as support from BBC, kiss, clash and more. Debut ep confessions shot to the number one spot in the iTunes pop album chart, not to mention the overall iTunes album chart. Songs like “don’t call me pretty” established her as an artist who wasn’t about to compromise on her feminism, while “naked” explored the full range of her vocals, finding comfort in embracing vulnerability. Single “bulletproof”, written in response to online bullies, proved that hers was a voice committed to championing causes close to her heart, and led to a battle for the top spot in the iTunes chart with billie eilish.
Aimée is also part of the Irish women in harmony collective, whose first single “dreams” received over 5 million streams on Spotify, and made history as the first female act to hold the number one spot on the official homegrown Irish chart. Since then, she has been a champion for Irish women’s voices in an industry dominated by men. While women still fight for equality on airways, in writing rooms and on the live stage, Aimée says no more.
Connor Mac is a 24-year-old singer-songwriter originally from Palmerston North New Zealand and is now based in Switzerland. Since his moving to Europe, he has been honing his live performance skills by regularly performing acoustic shows working in resorts and at private functions, while also writing and recording his original music that can be described as smooth pop with soulful overtones.
“I would describe my music as smooth pop with soulful overtones. “I like to keep my lyrics honest and personal, and echo the emotion of the words in the melodies of my songs. Although I write these songs for myself, I hope that the vulnerability can be felt by anyone who is listening.”