Andrew Cowen meets ambitious new singer Vassy who rolls into Birmingham today.
Birmingham is set to Skate into Summer 2008 with the return of the roller disco. Back with a totally new look and sound for the noughties, the Skate Almighty roller disco is part of Nokia’s Music Almighty campaign, celebrating the UK’s love of music. Launching today, Skate Almighty rolls into Centenary Square, enabling up to 1,000 people to enjoy this summer’s coolest sport, free of charge.
Each of the Nokia Skate Almighty events will feature a DJ performance stage central to the roller disco, at which some of music’s leading names will perform, including the Birmingham’s biggest indie DJs Ramshackle, with funky house and beats from The House Trained, Alaistair Whitehead and the voice of the summer, Vassy.
Skaters will dance to five different styles of music: pop, rock, hip hop, electronica and classic anthems. The Nokia Skate Almighty rink will be open to children and families during the day, encouraging even the youngest to have fun and stay fit through roller disco.
Hosted in a spectacular rink created especially for the Nokia Skate Almighty roller disco, the Birmingham event will run all weekend situated in Centenary Square.
To get skating, simply log on to nokia.co.uk/skatealmighty to secure a free ticket and one-hour skate time slot. Tickets will be sent to the user’s mobile phone number prior to the event, with skaters simply needing to swipe their mobile handset to get onto the rink.
Alongside the line up of high-profile DJ talent, Nokia has signed up newcomer Vassy who is set to take the charts by storm.
Vassy has recorded two classic anthems for Music Almighty – Sympathy for the Devil by The Rolling Stones and You Get What You Give by the New Radicals. Both the tracks have been re-mixed and are available to download exclusively from the Nokia Music Store www.music.nokia.co.uk.
Skate Almighty is the perfect activity for families and music lovers alike. Whether you simply fancy a free hour skate or plan to attend a set by one of the DJs, Skate Almighty is a must.
Sassy Aussie, Vassy, has recently signed to the same management team that look after Amy Winehouse and there are certain comparisons to be made. If Amy’s Billie Holiday, Vassy is more Shirley Bassey.
Both are great songwriters who draw on their own experience and their music harks back to the great age of pop and soul divas.
Vassy, who has spent the past two years living in the States, grew up “on the beach” in northern Australia.
She freely admits she’s “very ambitious”.
“You have to make your own breaks and I know exactly where I’m going and how to get there,” she tells me.
Already a star in her homeland, Vassy moved to the States with the financial cushion of having a best-selling album in Australia.
She immediately set about making friends in high places and set about writing a new set of songs that take her to a new level.
Recording in LA with some of the world’s best producers have been “an amzing experience” but Vassy’s not the sort to hand over her career wholesale to some business mogul.
“I’m involved at every level of my wotk, from the writing, the arranging, the producing and mixing. I know exactly how I want things to sound.
“I work in a team but the team is there to help me. I listen to my managers but they have to listen to me.”
Vassy cites several Australian singers who are huge down under, but struggle to keep up the momentum abroad.
“Delta Goodrem and Missy Higgins are both really talented women, but they can’t sustain success abroad.
“I’m determined to be a star, so for me, this whole process is like starting all over again. You have to work hard and knock on doors, but it’s all worth it.”