My name is Sean Tizzle

“She says she likes to party, she says she likes me body”..

Yes, this happens to me all the time – for I am Sean Tizzard, the only one on Facebook.

Hmmm, over the past few years, I’ve been getting odd FB friend requests – perfectly polite requests from Nigeria from people convinced they know me. I’ve kept an eye out about potential scams but this isn’t a scam. In fact, it’s both worse and better than that. 

I’m going to break it to Sonic Breakfast readers now.. There is an imposter in our midst.. I know exactly how Ken Y West feels now. I’ve very nearly had my name stolen. 

(Click on page 2 to find out more)

Shébani – Figure It Out (Bad Energy)

Today, I’ve been figuring some things out. Here are four of those things.

(1) I wanted to feature an artist who had an accent over the e in their name. It’s a pretty basic rule of blogging that you should make every effort to get the name correct of the person, act or product you’re featuring… Here we go – today, especially for you, dear readers of Sonic Breakfast, I present Shébani. 

(It turns out that this is a very simple thing to figure out).

(2) I first heard Shébani’s music a few days ago, got in touch and today Sarah (that’s her first name) sent me her electronic press kit. It’s clear from this that Shébani is based in Dubai. I wonder why I’ve never knowingly before featured an artist from Dubai on Sonic Breakfast and figure out how to put that right immediately. 

(3) Does Dubai have much of a music scene I ask myself? And turn to the internet to figure this out for it’s a question that I’m unable to answer. The general consensus from articles that I read is that the scene is fledgling, challenged by having a paucity of suitable venues but getting better all the time. This quote sums things up well….

“In the reflected glare of storied international hives of creativity such as New York and London, the UAE, a country less than 50 years old, was always going to be playing catch-up. The transient nature of life here has also hindered the development of alternative, underground events with some unwilling to commit resources when they could be leaving in a year or so. But a new and authentic scene, away from cover bands and hall-of-fame outfits is emerging, albeit slowly.”

(4) What exactly is it that has drawn me to Shébani’s music? It’s certainly true that the urban pop, glitchy synth and singalong chorus mightn’t be my typical Sonic Breakfast fodder. Sonic Breakfast has always been about the eclectic. I like a lot of musical genres and will shout about them all from these pages. But it’s more than that. In this tune, ‘Figure It Out (Bad Energy)’, there’s both a confident swagger and a naive, wide-eyed energy at play. There’s a sense of oppression within the claustrophobic beats that transcends into a joyful, couldn’t give a damn, release once the chorus hits. This is the sound of an emerging artist marking out her territory and becoming something in that process. 

See if you agree that a pop song can do such things? 






Donna HineZ – Ice Cream

“I do enjoy reading your daily Sonic Breakfast posts”, said a friend at the weekend. “But it could do with being a bit more urban, a bit more soul, a bit more pop“, they declared, firmly nailing their musical appreciation to the mast.

“I’ll feature any new, quirky music if I like it,” I replied. “This isn’t about preferring one genre over another. It’s a Jack of all trades and a master of none. This is about finding the stories behind the songs. This is about discovery.”

Today, I received an E-mail about Donna HineZ. With the weekend’s accusation still ringing in my ears and a general acceptance that I’d never really understand why the ‘Z’ has to replace an ‘s’, I had a look and a listen.

Donna HineZ is a Londoner. Displaying a talent for all things stage as a youngster, she got a place at Brit School. Sharing a class with Jessie J, she forged an initial career in musical theatre working alongside an array of talent that included David Hasselhoff, Henry Winkler and Louie Spence!!

The video to ‘Ice cream’ was released months ago but I’m told that the single gets a full release at the end of November. On the surface, winter is an odd time to be releasing a song about a food that’s made for sunny, summer days on the beach. But, perhaps this is the point; when it’s cold and rainy, we need some form of escape and what better way than to think of the vanilla stuff.

Anyway, some might argue that to take this song too literally is missing the point. It’s not really about ‘Ice cream’ is it? In many ways, this is an uneasy bedfellow, a companion piece, to the Heyrocco song, Melt, that I featured on Monday. It’s a tune of cone-licking proportion that Prince would be proud of. It might be throwaway pop but it’s also damn raunchy and just a little bit provocative. It’s featured because I like it.