Ronika

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Ronika
Birth name Veronica Sampson
Born Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, England
Genres Synthpop, electro-funk, nu-disco
Occupations Singer-songwriter, DJ
Years active 2010–present
Labels RecordShop
Website ronikamusic.com

Ronika (born Veronica Sampson) is an English singer-songwriter and DJ. Born in Nottingham, she writes, sings and produces her own music.[1] Although relatively new to the music scene, Ronika has gained a lot of attention for her electro and disco-inspired music, particularly from music website Popjustice, where two of her tracks were featured as Song of the Day in May 2011.[2][3][4]

Biography[edit]

Ronika was born Veronica Sampson in Nottingham, where she started writing, singing and producing music from an early age.[5] Listening to Squarepusher at after-parties enticed her to start programming beats; she began experimenting with a four-track machine at home, visited a local studio at weekends to learn more about recording, and immersed herself in soul, disco, funk, electro and hip hop. Eventually, she began DJing at local clubs and house parties.[6] She has also been a guest vocalist with Nottingham band Swimming and collaborated with producer Lillica Libertine to form Hotline.[6][1] Libertine contacted Ronika through Myspace: "He sent me the track, I recorded my bits and then we sent it back... He said he wanted a bit of early Madonna and a bit ethereal."[1]

Her debut album All That We Know was completely self-financed and self-produced in her bedroom studio.[5][7] Shortly after she finished the record, she was awarded £10,000 by the BBC Performing Arts Fund through the Urban Music scheme,[5] which involved taking part in lectures and listening to industry experts.[6]

To date, Ronika has released three EPs on her own record label, RecordShop:[6] Do or Die/Paper Scissors Stone EP on 26 April 2010,[8] Forget Yourself/Wiyoo EP on 13 June 2011[9] and Only Only/In the City on 3 October 2011.[10] She was featured as The Guardian's "New Band of the Day" on 18 February 2010, with critic Paul Lester describing her as "a bit like early Madonna or a Gwen Stefani styled by George at Asda", while referring to her music as late-period disco, electro-funk and synthpop.[6] The Sunday Times gave Ronika's Forget Yourself/Wiyoo EP a positive review, writing that she "rises above mere note-perfect pastiche: her handling of the source material is so adept, and the results are so fab and imbued with such understanding and affection, that the fact the EP is more reverent than revelatory matters not a jot."[11]

Ronika's single "Automatic" was released on 9 April 2012.[12] Popjustice praised it as "an infectious, handclap-happy deep-groove 'jam'",[13] while the NME called it "pop music for credible pop fans, from the right '80s references (Tom Tom Club, Prince) to the patina of DIY grain in the bit-crunched laptop production."[14]

Ronika supported Little Boots' gig at London's XOYO on 4 May 2012.[15] She collaborated with British DJ Hervé on the song "How Can I Live Without You (Make It Right)", which premiered on Annie Mac's BBC Radio 1 show on 4 May 2012,[16] and was released digitally on 15 July 2012.[17]

Discography[edit]

EPs
  • Do or Die/Paper Scissors Stone EP (2010)
  • Forget Yourself/Wiyoo EP (2011)
  • Only Only/In the City (2011)
  • Rough n Soothe (2013)
Singles
  • "Automatic" (2012)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Introducing... Ronika". BBC Online. 18 September 2008. Retrieved 8 June 2011. 
  2. ^ "You'll get a ticket for lying there". Popjustice. 12 May 2011. Retrieved 8 June 2011. 
  3. ^ "Ronika – 'Forget Yourself'". Popjustice. 9 May 2011. Retrieved 8 June 2011. 
  4. ^ "Ronika – 'Wiyoo'". Popjustice. 10 May 2011. Retrieved 8 June 2011. 
  5. ^ a b c "Performing Arts Fund – Winners: Ronika". BBC Online. Retrieved 11 April 2012. 
  6. ^ a b c d e Lester, Paul (18 February 2010). "New band of the day – No 729: Ronika". The Guardian. guardian.co.uk. Retrieved 11 April 2012. 
  7. ^ Waterman, Stuart (19 August 2009). "Ronika's "Radio Love Love" shows I do look at my SoundCloud DropBox now and again". My Chemical Toilet. Retrieved 3 August 2012. 
  8. ^ "Do or Die/Paper Scissors and Stone EP by Ronika". iTunes Store UK. Apple Inc. Retrieved 11 April 2012. 
  9. ^ "Forget Yourself / Wiyoo EP by Ronika". iTunes Store UK. Apple Inc. Retrieved 11 April 2012. 
  10. ^ "Only Only / In the City – EP by Ronika". iTunes Store UK. Apple Inc. Retrieved 11 April 2012. 
  11. ^ Cairns, Dan (5 June 2011). "Breaking Act: Ronika". The Sunday Times. journalisted. Retrieved 11 April 2012. 
  12. ^ "Ronika – Automatic". SoundCloud. 20 February 2012. Retrieved 11 April 2012. 
  13. ^ "Ronika – 'Automatic'". Popjustice. 28 February 2012. Retrieved 8 June 2011. 
  14. ^ Brailey, Louise (5 April 2012). "Ronika – 'Automatic'". NME. IPC Media. Retrieved 11 April 2012. 
  15. ^ "Little Boots and Ronika are playing a show in London in May". Popjustice. 3 April 2012. Retrieved 12 April 2012. 
  16. ^ "Special Delivery From Delta Heavy". BBC Radio 1. BBC Online. 4 May 2012. Retrieved 3 August 2012. 
  17. ^ "How Can I Live Without You (Make It Right) [Remixes] [feat. Ronika] by Hervé". iTunes Store UK. Apple Inc. Retrieved 3 August 2012. 

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