Vikki S

FRESH: ‘Artisty’ – Vikki S feat. DJ Spinquick, NoMercy and Swagory

US artist Vikki S teams up for “Artisty”.

by Christopher Smith

When it comes to music, there are no boundaries, and genre labels are diminished. Vikki S, formerly known as Victoria Labban portrays that through her versatile vocal performances. At the age of four, Vikki’s love for music was discovered. She started in her church choir and got involved in local competitions. At the age of 10, her voice won various competitions locally and in the city. It also brought her an opportunity to attend at a prestigious Christian private school after performing at her Church’s Summer Festival in 2009. She later continued her studies at Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts, also known as the Fame School, as a Vocal Major (Class of 2018).

Some of her greatest achievements as a youngster was competing in the local competition- “Meri Awaz Suno- International Singing Competition” where she sang in English and Hindi. She competed against 14 adults as the only child in the duration of the competition and was awarded Second Runner Up. At the age of 13, she auditioned to sing the American National Anthem for the opening game of the Mets and Citi Field in which she later was selected apart of the Top 20. She also won “ Child Star of Tomorrow” at Apollo Theater Amateur Night at the age of 9 where she later returned to and won the shows: Amateur Night and Show Off in first place, at the age of 17.

Vikki teams up with DJ Spinquick, NoMercy, Swagory for her latest track “Artistry”, a song about two individuals who grew up together and eventually grew feelings for each other. To protect their friendship they told lies to each other and themselves about their feelings to the point they became shells and grew distant. Years later they reconnect and they talk through everything. “Artisty” is her third track released this year since her debut “Do I Give In?” and is the follow up to “Digital Love”.

For more about Vikki S, check out her WEBSITE and her FACEBOOK page

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Written by Christopher Smith

So perhaps you’ve read an article or two that I’ve written and wondered “just who is this character?”! Well I thought maybe it would be time to introduce myself and what I’m all about. Well it’s all about the music! Having been born in the late 1970’s I was heavily influenced by my parent’s love of ‘popular’ music and rock and roll of the 1950’s and 60’s. My Mother always said she should of married Elvis and my father was, and is still, in love with Sandie Shaw! But while my Dad’s tastes stopped in about 1967, my Mum carried on loving music throughout the 70’s, 80’s and beyond. My first memory was playing on the floor whilst my Mother was ironing one day with the radio on, and hearing ABBA’s “Super Trouper” dancing my nappy off to it! Maybe that’s where it all went wrong…?! Having been subjected to all and sundry in my infant years, I finally found my feet in the mid-1980’s and began ‘partying’ to the likes of Culture Club, Stevie Wonder(!), Elkie Brooks and Bananarama to name but a few! The year 1987 would have a profound effect on my listening tastes and from thereon in my life would be dominated with buying and listening to music. Any number of outstanding songs were released and listened to that year, most notably “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now”, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and “La Isla Bonita”. That Summer my mind was completely taken over with music and sounds I’d never heard before and I was totally taken in by it all. My father would say “whaaar rubbish you got on naaaaao?” (I’m from Norfolk!) but I was hooked. And it continued so for the rest of the decade and the next. At the beginning of 1988 I ‘met’ my true love and the singer I’ve worshipped more than any other artist or group. You may know of her. She’s from Australia…! Aside from pop music, my tastes are many and varied and continues to grow and expand as I ‘mature’ in age. I’ve always been heavily interested in films and in particular the mechanics of film making and of course film music, so scores and subsequently orchestral music takes up a lot of my tastes and collection. 90’s dance and club tunes also takes up much of the space in my head and I’m surprised my brain has stopped shaking from the years of abuse it took being dragged to nightclubs, often three times a week in my 20’s! I find with each year that passes I regress back to my youth and of course the 1980’s. 80’s music dominates and the lust to see as many 80’s acts and singers play live now is insatiable. I’m still getting into the groove as much as every breath I take, but I’m never gonna give up listening to my heart and pumping up the volume, simply because I LOVE MUSIC…any kind of music!
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