HITS x Berlin

We hosted our very first live gig in Berlin - and this is what it looked like.

Cover The HITS

Our latest video series - covers performed by our favourite acts, exclusively for us.

Kat Frankie

Photos of the mega talented Kat Frankie performing in Stuttgart.

Video Interview: Scenic Route To Alaska

Melting away in front of Stuttgart's castle, we had a chat about touring, band names, Toy Story and a lot more.

Find us on YouTube!

Visit us on the 'tubes for interviews, exclusive performances and outtakes.

Release Of The Day: "Shed A Tear" by Kodaline

Hey guys!

And we're onto post number 4 - and judging by the state of my brain, we're gonna leave it here.

Of course there are still plenty more releases out on this fine New Music Friday, but we can't just cover them all in one day.
(Although the thought is tempting!)

It's been such a blast sharing all this new music with you in one day and we truly hope you've enjoyed it as much as we did.

We're finishing off with our release of the day - a track by Kodaline.

Ever since we've been introduced to the band about three years ago, we've been big fans of their sound and already had the pleasure of interviewing them twice.

And until this day, they are two of our favourite interviews we've filmed so far -
check them out here: Kodaline interview & "who is?" game | Kodaline interview & "accent challenge"

Now let's do this one more time!

- Release Of The Day -
"Shed A Tear" by Kodaline

Kodaline are a four piece band from Dublin, Ireland. 
Genre-wise they've walked on the fine line between alternative and folk but they seem to navigate towards a modern Alt-Pop sound.

Singer Steve and guitarist Mark have known each other from school. Meeting drummer Vinny and former bassist Conor a few years later led them to start out as a band. As "21 Demands" the quartet was part of the Irish talent show "You're A Star" and came in second. 
After a busy time and a chart hit, things slowed down.

With a new bassist and a new band name - Kodaline was born. Their first selftitled EP brought out their song "All I Want" which found a lot of positive feedback, especially online. Soon that song was played on the TV series Grey's Anatomie and The Vampire Diaries.
In 2013 the press re-discovered the band and predicted big times for the Irish lads.  

Kodaline are:
Steve Garrigan
Mark Prendergast
Jason Boland
Vinny May
2015 was a whirlwind for the band; they released their fantastic second record "Coming Up For Air", played tons of festivals, performed with Ed Sheeran and continued touring.

They then slowed down the touring side of things and started writing and recording new material.
Soon they released single "Brother" (and made everyone cry with it) and later on in 2017 they dropped their latest EP "I Wouldn't Be".

Earlier this year they shared "Follow Your Fire", the first single off of their upcoming record "Politics Of Life".

And today they've dropped "Shed A Tear" - so let's hear it!

The thing with Kodaline is, you never know exactly where they are going to take it, but you know that they'll nail it.
It's their thing. They just nail it.

And "Shed A Tear" is no exception.
It falls in the atmospheric and emotional category and let me just say this - the production of it is on another level.

The band has always convinced audiences with their lyrics (chances are high that you've cried to "All I Want" before) and also with their harmonies (just look up any of their acoustic performances) - and "Shed A Tear" combines both of those strong elements.

Mesmerizing lead vocals guide us through the track, while it feels like the percussions carry us through. With the support from guitar and bass, there's no way this track could go wrong.

To top it off, they've casually added choir vocals and now we're feeling all the feels.

Listen to "Shed A Tear" right here:

- buy "Shed A Tear" -

Kodaline online: Website | Twitter | Facebook | YouTube | Instagram

Thank you for your visit!

Credits // Words: Vanessa Jetwash | Image: Kodaline

EP Review: "People To People" by DNCE

Hey guys!

Post numero three of this wild New Music Friday.

I'm not gonna lie, sitting at your desk for hours is so exhausting for the mind and so painful for the butt.
I've been walking in circles in between parts and stood while writing the last post.

Good thing is, the next EP we're here to introduce to you, is going to get us all up on our feet and d(a)nce away.
(Okay, that was a #dadjoke, sorry!)

So yeah, put those dancing shoes on and let's move our desk bodies a bit.

Band: DNCE
Title: People To People
Genre: Pop, Alternative
Label: Republic Records
Release Date: 15th June 2018

DNCE are a four piece outfit based in Los Angeles, US.

The band found together through a couple connections and is now here to share their funky Alternative sound with us.  

DNCE are:
Joe Jonas (vocals)
JinJoo Lee (guitar)
Cole Whittle (bass, keyboard)
Jack Lawless (drums

Their debut single "Cake By The Ocean" ended up scoring double-platinum and allowed the band to enter the pop industry with a bang.

After releasing their debut EP "SWAAY", touring with Selena Gomez and winning "Best New Artist" at the MTV Video Music Awards, DNCE have created a lot of buzz for their debut album "DNCE" which they released in November 2016.

With an ever-growing fanbase and the big media loving their sound, DNCE haven't slowed down. "Kissing Strangers" ft. Nicki Minaj was one of 2017's catchiest tracks.
Their re-imagined version of Rod Stewart's "Da Ya Think I'm Sexy" featured none other than the legend himself and got us all dancing.

Now, let's check out their brand new EP, "People To People".

1) TV In The Morning
2) Still Good
3) Lose My Cool
4) Man On Fire

Opener "TV In The Morning" starts our journey into the new EP on a gentle and relaxed note.
When listening to the details of the instrumentation, we're getting proper 80s vibes. 
The layers of synths, drum beats, bass line and guitar riffs blends into a smooth mix of greatness.
The way the backing vocals duet with the lead vocals - all performed by lead singer Joe - creates a super interesting and dynamic vibe, whilst still not going over the top and letting the song breathe.

"Still Good" might be the most lively track of the EP.
The song has a hopeful and comforting feeling to it and really stands out. The melody in the pre-chorus is absolutely addictive and possibly the catchiest thing we've heard in months.
If you close your eyes, you'll easily believe that you're somewhere at a beach, laying in the sun or jumping onto a surfboard.

(Fun fact: "Still Good" was co-written by Wrabel, one of our favourite acts who we had a super entertaining phone conversation with a while ago.)

Whilst we've mostly heard mellow instrumentals and soft vocals, "Man On Fire" is here to shake things up.
Guitarist JinJoo treats us with rocking riffs, drummer Jack guides us through the track with controlling beats, bassist Cole presents THE funkiest bassline this track could've seen and singer Joe shows off his wide vocal range.

To sum it up: This EP is many things - but mostly it is absolutely smooth and such a feel-good record.
DNCE have created a sound world of their own and with "People To People" they let us become a part of it.
It's a cohesive collection of tracks - but boy, it's anything but shallow.
So, what are you waiting for? Dive into DNCE's world.

You should listen to these tracks: Still Good, Man On Fire

Listen to "Man On Fire" right here:

- buy or stream "People To People" -

DNCE online: Website | Twitter | Facebook | YouTube | Instagram

Thank you for your visit!

Credits // Words: Vanessa Jetwash | Image: DNCE via Republic Records

Song Of The Day: "If You Wanna Love Somebody" by Tom Odell

Hey guys!

Alright, post number two of the busiest New Music Friday we've had in a while.

Not sure what happened, but pretty much every brilliant artist and their grandmas are throwing new music at us today and we're just gonna roll with it.

When Tom Odell's new track popped up on our screen, we immediately started writing this feature.
Tom's music has been on our playlist for about five years now.
(Remember when "Another Love" was released and we all lost our minds over his voice?)

So, let's get to know the new song!

- Song Of The Day -
"If You Wanna Love Somebody" by Tom Odell

Tom Odell is a singer/songwriter/piano man originally from Chichester, UK, now based in London.
His sound plays with elements of Rock, Pop and slight bits of Soul

The young musician started playing the piano at an early age, then began writing and performing himself.
It was singer Lily Allen who signed Tom to her label and soon the world had the pleasure of watching the talented piano man play his way to the top.

Being the winner of the Brits Critic's Choice in 2013 set the tone for a successful debut album release.
Tom's "Long Way Down" built him a loyal and non-stop growing fanbase all over the world.

After two years of writing and recording, he released his second album "Wrong Crowd" in June 2016.

And now, after touring the world and taking a little break, Tom is back with his brand new single "If You Wanna Love Somebody".

The song greets you with a piano intro that could remind fans of his older material, the "Long Way Down" vibes are pretty prominent and stay throughout the song.
The "Wrong Crowd" vibes meet you in the second verse and allow the song to become a more modern track while still having a very timeless feeling to it.

Tom's voice newer disappoints and is as expressive as ever. The warmth in his voice delivers the notes with such conviction and honesty.

One of many highlights of the song are the backing vocals; the choir/multi-layered vocals fit right into the mood of the song and carry the depth perfectly.

It's so much fun to see that no matter how much he evolves as an artist and performer, he's always staying true to the piano man roots.

Check out the music video right here:

- buy or stream "If You Wanna Love Somebody" -

Tom Odell online: Website | Twitter | Facebook | YouTube | Instagram

Thank you for your visit!

Credits // Words: Vanessa Jetwash | Image: Tom Odell

Video Of The Day: "Borderline" by Madeline Juno

Hey guys!

It's New Music Friday - and boy, we're busy over here, trying to get all the posts out there for you.
Talk about keyboards being on fire!

The first track we want to share with you is pretty special because of many aspects.
Number one being that it is a German song.
Yeah, that doesn't happen often on HITS, I know.

When I started the blog in 2012, my English was nowhere close to where it is today, but I've always written in English. I love that this language allows us to connect with more people and honestly, sometimes I just find more English words than German words.

And pretty much 99.9% of the music I listen to is in English.
The other 0.1%? They're Madeline Juno.

As of now, she's the only German singing artist I listen to - and today I'd like to invite you to listen to her music, even if you might not understand it.

- Video Of The Day -
"Borderline" by Madeline Juno

Madeline Juno is a singer/songwriter, originally from Offenburg, Germany - now based in Berlin, Germany.   

Her sound marches into quite a few directions; you can definitely spot the main element which is a glowy Pop sound, yet you'll easily spot the melancholy of Folk music and the intensity of Electro beats.

 Madeline's parents are both musicians, which makes it no surprise to hear she started making music at a very young age.
At the age of 14, the young musician uploaded her first video to YouTube.
Her talent, work ethic and the honesty of her music have gotten her multiple support slots.
All of that led to Madeline building herself a loyal and growing international fanbase.

Her song "Error" made it onto the soundtrack of a German movie.
She later presented another single of her's at the Eurovision Song Contest 2014.

Ever since, Madeline has released three albums - "The Unknown", "Salvation" and her latest record, "DNA".

Once you see her live and listen to the stories behind her songs, you can't help but appreciate her refreshing way of putting relatable emotions into songs.
She's outspoken, she's honest and she's absolutely great at it.

And today she's here with a brand new track - "Borderline", so let's check it out!

"Borderline" deals with mental health and the ups and downs a lot of us experience.
The 'all or nothing' mindset is something many people can relate to, but many times don't know how to vocalise.

Well, Madeline can.
Her writing skills are on another level and seem to climb up another five steps with every song she releases.
She's eloquent, knows how to express feelings in a way that you can feel them yourself and always does it in such grounded manner.

From what I see in my friendship groups and in myself, I know that this song is going to hit home with a lot of us.

The production of the song is so well suited; the lyrics are the main element of the track and take the lead, allowing us to focus on the meanings.
However, the instrumentals are anything but dull.
Subtle beats underline the words, giving them even more depth.
The soft synths bring that extra bit of grip and tie all elements together so smoothly.

So, whether you actually understand German or not, I have a feeling you'll enjoy this track, so give it a go and let us know what you think!

Watch the music video for "Borderline" right here:

- buy "Borderline" -
- stream "Borderline" -

Madeline Juno online: Website | Twitter | Facebook | YouTube | Instagram

Thank you for your visit!

Credits // Words: Vanessa Jetwash | Image: Madeline Juno

Song Of The Day: "The Ballad Of Anne Beverley" by Charlie Hole

Hey guys!

Some musicians just seem to release one fine track after the other.

I'm pretty sure you know the kind and also know of a bunch of musicians who fit that description.
This website is pretty much filled with them, just in case you're ever looking for your new favourite acts.

Charlie Hole is one of them - not only is he on the road pretty much all the time (talk about Instagram travel photo goals!), but he also keeps releasing tracks that let you feel and let you relax.

Today we're thrilled to share his latest release with you, so buckle up and enjoy the ride.

- Song Of The Day -
"The Ballad Of Anne Beverley" by Charlie Hole

Charlie Hole is a singer/songwriter from Bournemouth, UK.

His carefully crafted music combines Acoustic and Folk elements in such elegant manner.
Charlie started making and writing music at the young age of eleven and has been going strong ever since.

With inspirations such as Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen, Tom Waits & Paul Simon, it's no surprise that we find a lot of personality and intimacy in his songs.

His debut album "The Joy of a Caged Bird" was released in 2013.
With loyal fans and praise from none other than Rod Stewart and three time Novello Award winner Andy Hill, it's safe to say we're not the only ones with his music on repeat.

In October of 2017, Charlie dropped his latest EP, "Someone Else's Dream" and proved that his music is proper on-repeat material.

On June 8th he released a new single, "The Ballad Of Anne Beverley".

"The Ballad Of Anne Beverley" is a vividly told story, showcasing Charlie's talent for writing lyrics that describe scenes and hit home with you on a personal level.

It has a gentle and melancholic feeling to it and greets you with soft percussions, paired with a nostalgic sounding piano melody.
The lightly strummed acoustic guitar adds enough depth, whilst still allowing Charlie's vocals to take the lead.

You'll find yourself eagerly awaiting the next words and verses, to see where the story of Anne Beverley takes you.
Charlie narrates the story in such respectful, yet honest manner. His vocals guide you through the song and let you discover each element.

Towards the last quarter of the song, a cleverly arranged instrumental duets with the vocals and creates a brilliant finale for the track.

Check out this live version of "The Ballad Of Anne Beverley" - but don't forget to stream the studio version below:

- stream "The Ballad Of Anne Beverley" here -

Charlie Hole online: Website | Twitter | Facebook | YouTube | Instagram

Thank you for your visit! 

Credits // Words: Vanessa Jetwash | Image: Charlie Hole

Song Of The Day: "Rose Lane" by rx Soul

Hey guys!

Picture the scene:
It's so hot outside that you have to keep the blinds down, in order to block the sun from heating up your room even more.

I'm trying not to lose what's left of my mind and writing these posts is honestly the only thing that doesn't make me want to throw the laptop out of the window.
It's one of those days, it's so annoying it could actually be Monday.

But alright, let's deal with it later and get ourselves calmed down with some great music.
Afterall, that's what we came here for.

- Song Of The Day -
"Rose Lane" by rx Soul

rx Soul is a musician from Los Angeles, US.

His sound is yet to be defined, but let me tell you one thing - it's exciting!

rx Soul made his debut in late 2017 and has released attention-grabbing songs ever since - proving that he means business.
Although we've only heard four tracks, we know that rx Soul is one to keep an eye on.
The soulful vocals, the clever and well thought out arrangements and the flawless production - each element just works so well and we're extremely excited to share his music with you.

rx Soul's latest release "Rose Lane" is that kind of track, you just shouldn't miss out on.

"Rose Lane" feels familiar but surprises with a good amount of elements you might not have seen coming.
It starts of mellow and calm, allowing you to sink into the feeling of the track. Subtle percussions soon hint that there is more to come - and as soon as you realise, a relaxed beat kicks in and takes the song on a journey - which you're invited to come along to.

rx Soul says about the track:
"Rose Lane is the name of a street I spent quite a lot of time on growing up.
In this song, I wanted to explore the very natural process of losing touch with the places, feelings and experiences that were so familiar to a younger self, and trying to keep as many of them alive as possible."

Listen to "Rose Lane" right here:

- stream "Rose Lane" on Spotify -

rx Soul online: Twitter | Facebook | Soundcloud | Instagram

Thank you for your visit!

Credits // Words: Vanessa Jetwash | Quote & Image: rx Soul

Video Interview: Scenic Route To Alaska

Hey guys!

I've been having a lot of fun with the whole interview process recently.

Discovering a band's history and sound while doing the research, challenging myself to come up with tailored questions and finally getting to meet the people behind the music and having a chat with them - it's pretty cool.

You never really know what you get when you first meet someone - we all know that.
But when you meet someone to film a video and only have a few minutes to get comfortable with each other before you start rolling, you remember why it's important to prepare.

Sometimes things can be a bit stiff and tricky, but most of the time it's really all fun.

Fortunately, we got to add another band to the "brilliant people" list recently, so please let me introduce you to Scenic Route To Alaska.

Scenic Route To Alaska are a trio from Edmonton, Canada.
Their sound lies somewhere between Pop, Rock and Indie - but really is too complex to settle for just one genre.

Their live sets are energetic, expressive and watching them perform their relatable tracks is a lot of fun. It's basically that rock gig we all need every now and then.

Scenic Route To Alaska are:
Trevor Mann
Shea Connor
Murray Wood

The band members all met when they were kids and have been (quote) "making noise" together ever since.
With so much time to hone their craft and find their sound, the band has been more than just productive and has managed to release an impressive amount of quality tunes:

EP: Scenic Route to Alaska (2011)
LP: "All These Years" (2012)
LP: "Warrington" (2014)
LP: "Long Walk Home" (2016)
LP: "Tough Luck" (2018)

Whenever they aren't writing and recording, the band is touring the continents and connects with their fans.

During their recent monster of a tour, I got to ask the band a bunch of questions so that you can get to know them a little better.

I'm not sure what it is, but filming interviews in the boiling sun seems to become a thing around here. 

The gents of Scenic Route To Alaska embraced the heat and we had a relaxed little chat on the steps of the castle in Stuttgart. 

Check out the video as we discuss being on tour for eleven weeks, alternative band names, their first jam sessions and a lot more.

(I might've talked about The Golden Girls again...)

Watch the interview here:

Massive thank you to Shea, Trevor and Murray for taking the time to run around Stuttgart and to have this lovely chat! Was a pleasure!

And another massive thank you to Marco for arranging the interview, really appreciate it!

Check out Scenic Route To Alaska's latest music video for "How It Feels" here:

Scenic Route To Alaska online: Website | Twitter | Facebook | Soundcloud | YouTube | Instagram | Spotify

Thank you for your visit!

Credits // Words, Image & Video: Vanessa Jetwash

Behind The Song: "Stray" by Douglas Joshua

Hey guys!

Thanks to the beauty of scheduled posts and organised work behaviour, it's actually been over a week since I've last sat down to write.

Now, before you go and call me lazy, I've actually been stuck somewhere between GDPR emails and music submissions and boy, was it a lot to get done.

In between writing emails and trying to get some sleep, I've almost lost my mind on Social Media and was melting in Stuttgart's sun while interviewing bands.

So it actually feels nice to be back on here, sharing brilliant songs with you.

Without getting too cheesy - thanks guys! For coming over to listen to the tracks we want to share.
I hope you enjoy your stay and find new songs you love.

Today we'll get to learn more about the story behind Douglas Joshua's debut single.

- Behind The Song -
"Stray" by Douglas Joshua

Douglas Joshua is a singer/songwriter from Bath, UK.

His sound combines Folk and Acoustic elements in such seemingly effortlessly manner, that you can't help but stop in your tracks to listen to his songs.

"Stray" is one of those songs that will let you dive into the depths of it.
Right from the first few notes, you know you're in for a treat - you'll relax and you might even find those relatable words you're looking for.

It's a genuine and heartfelt song and that becomes apparent the deeper you fall into the song.

If Douglas' debut is this good - we sure can't wait to hear the follow-ups.

Find out what Douglas told us about what inspired him to write the song, the recording process and watch out for a pretty funny story from the video shoot:

"This song narrates the feelings of helplessness as a close friend or relative is struggling with mental illness.

I came to write about this when a close friend of mine was suffering with depression and alcohol addiction.
As I became more aware of the situation, I began feeling more and more worried, but also guilty. I wanted to help, but I didn't know how. I have found it a difficult topic to talk about, so I thought it was appropriate to express how I felt through the music.
I do still find it difficult, but the song has helped me to understand my own feelings, let go of that feeling of guilt and also share it with others, which I think is important. I feel a weight off my shoulders when I sing it

Currently I produce, engineer and mix all of my own work.
Although this can be a slow process and sometimes makes it difficult to be objective about my work, it does give me as much creative control as possible from start to finish.

I've managed to put together a great band and we work really well together in constructing arrangements for my songs.
We started recording back in December 2017; I would go into the studio with each musician individually to track their parts, starting with drums. This really gave me an opportunity to appreciate each instrument's role in the overall arrangement and work with the band to fine-tune and get the dynamics of the performance just right.

We were lucky enough to be able to record drums and vocals in the studio through a lovely TL Audio valve desk, and using my new favourite vocal mic: the Sontronics Aria. The rest was either recorded in mine or Dave's living rooms.

I think this track is a lot more personal, raw and honest than songs I have written in the past, so I'm proud for it to be my debut single. (It also changes time signature a lot, which is fun!)

The most fun I've had during this whole process has definitely got to be the video shoot!
We decided to record a live video in an empty swimming pool in Cheltenham, only to find that it was half full when we arrived! I fell in the water twice while trying to empty the pool on bucket at a time - but thankfully I had a good team of helpers to empty the pool and the weather was good enough to dry my clothes off before the band and crew arrived!"

Watch the live video for "Stray" right here:

- stream "Stray" -

Douglas Joshua online: Website | Facebook | Spotify | YouTube | Instagram

Thank you for your visit! 

Credits // Words (Intro & Outro): Vanessa Jetwash | Image & Words (about song): Douglas Joshua

Video Interview: Alx Green

Hey guys!

Every now and then musicians are in my area and stop by to create some content.
It's actually quite fun to walk around my home town to find cool spots for photo/video sessions.

Growing up, nothing exciting ever happened in this area (in my opinion anyways) and so to finally bring some of the excitement into town feels pretty cool.

But of course I don't keep cool stuff to myself - instead I come here and share everything that I find brilliant with you guys.

And without getting to emotional, just know that it really makes me happy to have this platform where I can talk about music whenever I like. It's pretty darn cool.

But now, let me introduce you to Alx Green.

Alx Green is a singer/songwriter from Chester, UK.
His sound combines modern Folk with classic Blues elements.
He released multiple demo EPs before recording and releasing his first studio EP in 2016, and then releasing follow-up EP "For Today" in March 2018.

Touring Europe constantly releasing music got him the attention and support of BBC Radio 2, BBC Introducing, BBC Radio Merseyside and many more.

After dropping everything to fully focus on his music, Alx started to make himself a name, touring over 22 cities on one tour and shaping his craft.

During his latest Europe tour, Alx stopped by in the area for a brilliant performance.

We ran around in the boiling heat to find a great location to film - and once we did, we sat down to chat about his latest EP, tour, Social Media, a lot of sand and a lot more.

Watch our interview here:

Thank you to Alx for being such fun to work with - what a delight it was even though it was so warm out there.

Check out Alx performing his song "Hollow" here:

Alx Green online: Website | Twitter | Facebook | Soundcloud | YouTube | Instagram

Thank you for your visit! 

Credits // Words & Video: Vanessa Jetwash

how I find motivation and inspiration

Hey guys!

So, I'm gonna be honest with you here - I'm not sure I'm the most qualified person when it comes to writing about this topic.

I don't always feel motivated and I don't always feel inspired.
There are times in which all I want to do is lay on the couch and watch random videos on YouTube.

But maybe that's what qualifies me, because I always manage to pull myself out of those holes?
I don't know.

As someone who works in a creative field and works mostly alone, I do know the struggle of rather wanting to spendi time on the couch. It takes a lot of will-power and discipline to kick your own butt and to actually follow through with your plan of action.

I've been doing this for a few years and I think I have my go-to backup plan if my motivation and inspiration take the high road.

Please keep in mind though that nobody can tell you the exact formula to an inspired and motivated life - we're all different and need different approaches.

So here are my tips!

1. visuals for inspiration
I'm big on visuals. I love photography and find visual art extremely powerful.
So I love following brilliant photographers and people who portray important and inspiring messages in their photos.
Social Media makes it so easy to find inspiration, and I think especially Instagram and Pinterest are holy grails when it comes to visual inspo.

I have private accounts on both platforms, which I use just to find art that sparks that creative flame in me - and I highly recommend it to everyone who reacts to visuals.
(This could also work with YouTube/vimeo, if you are a filmmaker or are looking for self-help videos.)

2. vision boards for motivation
This one's for the motivation side of things. Pretty much every YouTuber ever talks about them - vision boards. And, probably just like you, I used to roll my eyes pretty much every time I heard the word.

Why would a collage of pictures motivate me?
Well, because it reminds you of what you want - and it shows you what your life/career could look like - if you got your butt off of your couch and actually worked for it.
Personally, I have a digital vision board on Pinterest - but if you're an oldschool gal/pal, go for the tradional prints.

3. surround yourself with inspiring people
Yeah, I know, it sounds pretty life coach-esque and maybe a bit dramatic.
But apparently the five people you interact with the most, are the ones who influence us the most.
Unfortunately that can mean that if you hang around rather unmotivated and uninspired people, you might become one too.

That doesn't mean you can't be around those people (if they happen to be people you care about!), maybe just look for people who have the same drive and visions you have - form a community.
And if you don't have those people around you, find them online - there are so many forums and groups in which you can find like-minded people. Good luck!

4. set goals and revisted them
We all know that typical January 1st; we write long lists of things we want to change or achieve and then we put them somewhere and forget what we initially wanted to change. Out of sight, out of mind.

So in order to stay on top of things, remind yourself of those goals and revisit your list whenever you need to. Sometimes it's even cool to reevaluate and even change your mind.
But really, keep your goals where you can see them - it doesn't have to be in the form of a vision board, it can even just be a simple list you keep on your desk.

5. learn new skills
This is a big one for me - whenever I learn a new skill, I feel so much more excited about everything I do, because I remember how satisfying it is to master a new craft.

You'll partly feel like a new person and you'll remember how good it feels to be motivated.
I usually learn a lot via YouTube - there are tutorials for pretty much everything - and they're free.
So what stops you from learning?

6. new project
I'll be honest, before we started organising the HITS x Berlin gig late last year, I felt a bit lost and didn't know where exactly I wanted to take things.
But once I had this project to work on, everything else made sense again and I felt like it all had purpose.

Needless to say that I was on a constant high, especially after the gig.
So my advice is - if you're feeling stuck in a rut, refresh your excitement levels by taking on a new project - it doesn't even have to be huge.

7. bite the bullet first
We all know those tasks - the ones that we constantly push away because we don't want to do them. They're uncomfortable, they're annoying and we'd rather forget about them.

Well, get uncomfortable - because that's when you'll actually get shit done.
Once you are doing the things you don't want to be doing, you'll actually realise that you are capable of doing what's uncomfortable - which will then motivate you to keep going.
You see the cycle you'll be falling into, right?

Those are my little tips of how you'll hopefully find motivation and inspiration.
I hope they helped you in some way.

And if all fails, just run on the spot and kick your own butt - that should work too.

Thank you for your visit!

Credits // Words & Photography: Vanessa Jetwash