Elisa Astrid is an independent singer, songwriter and producer from Latvia, based in Qatar. Otherworldly beats, introspective lyrics and her velvety voice will take you on an ecstatic journey through life experiences of a young artist. “I see life through constant movement. Just like Earth does not stop rotating, my thoughts aren’t static. Neither is my music. I see life through different lenses and characters that live inside of me.” Her music is raw emotion that lies in the nature of human beings.
Elisa has been on a music journey since the age of 6 when she wrote her first song, about her cat Leo who sadly passed away. As a classically trained pianist, this instrument is a vital part of her songwriting process. Having explored the classical music world, she moved on to creating commercial music, inspired by the likes of Erykah Badu, Nina Simone, Rihanna and Alicia Keys. In her teenage years Elisa took part in singing competitions well recognised her homeland and internationally. Having become a confident performer, her desire to extend her skills and to become an exceptional artist led to her moving to London. For three years Elisa studied Commercial Music Performance and graduated as a Bachelor of Music and later completed a Masters Degree in Sound Engineering at the University of Westminster. Through constant experimentation, It wasn’t long till Astrid discovered electronic music and directed her passion towards production, sound design and sound engineering which grew into love for analogue synthesisers and other hardware.
Elisa Astrid has self released an EP called “Blind Silence” that is exclusively available on Soundcloud, which got publicity in the UK and the United States. She had also supported a Texan electronic funk band called “Sphynx” on their UK tour at a legendary venue “The Troubadour”.
About the song and the music video:
I wrote the lyrics for ‘Will I Ever’ on a sunny afternoon in London. I had just broken up with my boyfriend at the time and deep down still hoped that one day we would get back together. The feelings for my first love were so strong that I didn’t want to accept it was over. So much so that I wanted to believe it was all just a dream. “We shot the music video in the desert of Qatar because of its unique, raw and unorthodox beauty. I find inspiration in simplicity and stillness. I love walking around the Souq, inhaling the richness of local culture and admiring people’s livelihood. I want to show Qatar from a different perspective that is my own. This song is about loneliness, longing, hope and feeling small. Being in the desert all alone is a visual for my heartbreak.”
The moment I heard We’d Like to Wish You All a Merry Christmas I fell in love with it.
Jonty who has been a Qatar resident for three years now, actually wrote the song a year ago. His inspiration was that last Christmas was the first Christmas Jonty and his family had spent away from home.
However this Christmas the lyrics jumped out at me, and I associated with them instantly. My first thought was that Jonty had written the song during the COVID pandemic. But he was honest when asked, and explained that he wrote it for last Christmas.
It’s catchy, relevant and deserves to be a Christmas hit. Please share, and get this awesome Christmas song out there.
You can also listen to more of Jonty’s songs on the test broadcast of the up and coming ‘Falcon Radio‘ Go on, have a listen, I’m sure you will love it.
I went to my local flik cinema to see one of this years most anticipated movies. TENET! It’s a Sci-Fi Action movie that involves time manipulation. It’s a one of a kind and doesn’t seem to borrow from anything that came before it. I have heard people compare it to ‘Inception’. Yes it has a few twists, and some difficult to grasp concepts. But, to my relief ‘TENET’ wasn’t as hard to follow as ‘Inception’ and although both films have the same director, one Christopher Nolan, they’re completely different movies. Special effects weren’t overused, instead the film relied upon good old-fashioned acting. Definitely not comic book in any way. If your looking for a great action movie with a completely fresh storyline, grab some popcorn, NO grab lots of popcorn because this movie is two and a half hours long. And enjoy a clever, really well made move, with some terrific acting. Rated PG 15 and Showing in cinemas across Qatar right now.
I paid a visit to my local Flik cinema to watch Bloodshot.
A superhero movie staring Vin Diesel as a man who got killed, is brought back to life. And now thanks to his blood consisting entirely of tiny robots, any injury such as a grazed knee, splinter in the finger or getting his face blown off heal instantly. He super strong, at one point he picks a fight with a concrete pillar and wins. And he’s an Internet of Things superhero too, with 5G always on data connection. So, he’s very clever, and…. well kind of knows everything when he’s not watching clips of kitten’s playing the piano.
On a mission to seek revenge of the killers of his wife, there’s some twists to the story that are designed to surprise you. So I’m not going to spoil it for you.
It’s Fast, it’s Furious, it’s…. oh wait a minuet that’s another movie. Ok it’s action packed start to finish. And even with all the death and destruction, it has a story to keep you engaged. I thought I was going to hate it, turns out, I absolutely loved it.
Bloodshot is rated 15+, is 1 hour 49 minutes long and is showing right now in cinemas across Qatar.
I paid a visit to my local Flik cinema to watch Mulan. Yes I know it’s Disney, yes I know it’s for kids. But I loved it! And we are super lucky here in Qatar. Because we can’t get Disney’s streaming channel, Disney+. Mulan is showing at cinemas here. And we get to watch it on the big screen. Which is where it belongs.
In the movie a young Chinese maiden disguises herself as a male warrior to sneakily take her fathers place fighting in a war. Full of action throughout, a little laugh here and there, and yes emotion at the end that nearly made me cry like a baby. A little bit cheesy here and there, but only grown up’s will notice that.
Would I recommend you watch it…. Hell Yes. Would I recommend you waiting for it to become available on TV. Hell NO!!! Get yourself to the cinema and take in the visual feast that Mulan is. And feel sorry for those that aren’t going to see it on anything bigger than a TV.
Mulan is rated PG13, is one hour 55 minutes long and is showing right now in cinemas here in Qatar.