Naz & Ella - Wake up America

Naz & Ella – Wake up America

 

 

 

 

 

 

Naz & Ella - Wake up America

Naz & Ella – Wake up America

 

 

 

 

 

ARTIST NAME:  Naz & Ella

 

SONG TITLE:  Wake up America! (Ban the Gun)

 

RELEASE DATE:  6th February 2019

 

GENRE: Indie-folk

 

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Share your life story with us.

We’ve been performing together since school when we were about 15 and in the same music class. We performed in an all-girl rock band.

 

When we all went to university, it was hard to keep up practicing but Naz and I were still keen to write and play music together.

 

We experimented with an acoustic sound and it worked really well. We’ve since written and released our debut EP, In Limbo, in 2017. The response to it was great – we were chosen as ‘Track of the Week’ by BBC Introducing 3 counties and invited to play live on the show.

 

We are currently writing our follow up EP and gigging around London and Brighton.

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List the names of those that have supported you so far in your music career and use this opportunity to thank them.

We’d love to thank Paul, our producer, for helping us out with our songs and the many hours put in in the studio.

 

We’d also love to thank Philip (Ella’s dad) for all his help with our graphics.

 

Finally, thank you to all of the gig organizers who have put us on their bill and paid us a fee for it – a rarity in emerging music circles nowadays.

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Narrate your experience while recording in the studio or while touring.

We aren’t the sort of musicians who come in with a finished product and record it in one take.

 

We spend a lot of time refining and changing up our song. A lot of inspiration comes to us in the studio!

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Discuss your songwriting.

There is no one way we write songs, we write in a variety of ways – sometimes together and sometimes separately.

 

Recently we’ve tried writing in a more structured way, really deciding what to say in each verse and the chorus.

 

We’ve also done a few writing sessions which have been useful.

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Elaborate on your future projects.

Well at the moment we’re writing songs for our follow up EP.

 

We are taking things in a slightly different direction musically.

 

We have a new electro drum pad we’re trying out, along with our loop pedal and electric guitar.

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Tell us what you are doing to increase your fan base.

Gigging as much as possible and attending gigs/music events.

 

Networking in music is key!

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Tell us that point in time you wanted to give up on your music career.

Happens all the time!

 

The music industry is hard and trying to ‘make it’ can be frustrating.

 

It’s important to just enjoy it and not put too much pressure on yourself to have “made it”.

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Go into detail on how you make your instrumentation or melody.

It’s hard to go into detail but mainly just practicing a lot and listening to a LOT of music, including different styles and genres.

 

Then just jam away and see what happens!

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Tell us your favourite genre of music.

Hard to say one genre! We love acoustic and folk of course, but are both quite into rock and New wave too. We even put the odd metal track on now and again.

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Elaborate on this song.

Wake Up America! (Ban the Gun) is about the issue of gun violence in America and the need for stricter legislation, namely outlawing guns completely.

 

We drew inspiration from two tragic, yet, contrasting incidents from 2017, to subvert the notion that “guns don’t kill people, people kill people”: the accidental shooting of a 7-year-old by his younger brother who mistook the gun for a toy, and the mass school shooting in Parkland, Florida that took the lives of 17 people.

 

As easy access to and normalization of guns persists, young people in America are leading the movement to push for change.

 

Wanting to capture their anger and bravery, we make reference to March for our Lives, led by the students from Stoneman Douglas in Parkland, Florida.

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Discuss digital distribution and streaming.

Digital distribution is great in the sense that you can have your song on loads of different platforms at the click of a button so your music is very easy accessible.

 

However, to get it in front of the right people, you need to promote, promote, promote!!

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Tell us numerous ways that artists can boost their revenue.

Discuss fees and payment with gig promoters; don’t assume you won’t be paid.

 

Look into syncing and PPR/PRS.

 

Send your song to radios etc. and ensure you can receive your royalties.

 

We highly recommend music publishers, Sentric, for this.

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Go on at length on what it takes to write a hit song.

Couldn’t tell you the secret formula – can anyone? But I would say it’s all about having a catchy hook that is memorable and repetitive, whilst adding in new bits and pieces to keep the listener interested.

 

Lyrics should touch people in some way or another but melody is KEY!

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State your artist’s name and elaborate on it.

Naz & Ella – Not much to elaborate on, it’s just our names.

 

We debated on coming up with a proper band name but our names do just have a ring to them.

 

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Amahla - Dorothy's Verses

Amahla – Dorothy’s Verses

 

 

 

 

 

 

Amahla - Dorothy's Verses

Amahla – Dorothy’s Verses

 

 

 

 

Palpable uncertainty of issues like Brexit, immigration and women’s rights threatens to douse the flames of creativity in the next generation. But in times of hardship, authentic voices, stories and creativity can always thrive.

 

Hackney native Amahla is a prime example of this. After graduating with a 1st class degree from UCL with a thesis on African American brutality, Amahla was mentored by Songwriter Carla Marie Williams (Beyonce, Britney Spears) as a finalist in her songwriting competition.

 

A year later Amahla was awarded the PRS Lynsey De Paul Prize for outstanding emerging female songwriters.

 

Amahla then closed 2018 as a recipient of the second ever MOBO Awards X Help Musicians Grant for her exceptional voice. Making industrious use of her community Amahla has cemented her reputation as one to watch for 2019.

 

The young artist has already performed at legendary venues such as The Jazz Cafe and Camden Roundhouse, as well as a forthcoming show at The Royal Albert Hall.

 

She also featured on the co-written “Red Honey” alongside Bronswood future bubbler Shunaji. The track landed the #1 spot on Radio 1Xtra’s EP of the week, where Amahla was named “One to Watch”.

 

She then released her first solo single “Old Soul”, garnering support from BBC Radio 1Xtra, 6Music and a number of tastemaker online media.

 

Looking to 2019, Amahla is set to release her full EP mid-February, with a launch event at The Roundhouse on February 19th.

 

The first release from the EP is the affecting, soulful and exquisitely performed “Dorothy’s Verses”. The track tells the story of Amahla’s grandmother, a domestic abuse survivor who now suffers from Alzheimer’s.

 

“Dorothy’s Verses” explores what truth is, looking back at her life through the lens of the fragmented memories she has now. It’s a song that’s reflective in its nature, telling a personal story, while also speaking broadly about the need to amplify women’s stories in the era of Me Too, a sentiment all fans can take something from.

 

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“Dorothy’s Verses” is my grandmother’s story of looking at her life through a new lens of Alzheimer’s. But it’s also about the need to hear women speak from their truths. We’re living through Me Too, a movement where women are reclaiming their stories and pushing them into our collective memories, this is but/just one verse.

 

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Sugafree – Shipwreck from the Stars

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Sugafree – Shipwreck from the Stars

 

 

 

 

 

 

ARTIST NAME: Sugafree

 

SONG TITLE: Shipwreck from the Stars

 

ALBUM TITLE: Story

 

RELEASE DATE: 04/02/19

 

GENRE: Singer-songwriter/Indie Rock/ Pop

 

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I am 34 year old, from the north of Israel and have been writing and composing song on my guitar since the 6th grade.

 

Nature, music and my daughter are what I cherish most in life.

 

I’m inspired by electronic soulful music, and in my music I am trying to infuse the basic song that I made with my classical guitar, as I usually do.

 

I try to make it work naturally with electronic sounds, lots of bass and the goal is to make my own sound.

 

Discuss your personality. 

In another lifetime I probably would have been a comedian, that’s because I’m always making up jokes.

 

I’m very sensitive and also a bit shy.

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Discuss your existence as a musician. 

Being a musician is my gateway to learning who am I.

 

Making music gave me drive and passion to learn new things and to grow.

 

For me as a musician means to make new music in a different way.

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Go into details on the changes in your life for choosing music as a career.

After me and my wife separated, a transition happened in my life, I started making things that I left behind, like releasing my songs, and after I got a lot of support in doing so, and I just knew that now is the time.

 

After I became a father, something opened up inside me, I felt I am more connected to my music and to myself, a fact that I should do music in my life.

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Tell us how you will manage fame as an established artist.

I hope to keep being authentic all the time.

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Elaborate on the storyline of this song.

The song Shipwreck from the Stars is about the movement of life.

 

I learned this practice called ‘Focusing’, the main goal of this practice is for us to get in touch with our body’s ‘language’.

 

I talk about a time when suddenly I had a bad distant memory and I felt just like the time when the thing actually happened.

 

It all came back to me after I buried it deep inside, like a shipwreck from the stars and the first verse is about that.

 

The second verse talks about the fact that all of us have great knowledge inside of us, and even though the movement in life brings you back to points in life you wanted to forget, we still have knowledge we picked up, internally, which gives us tools to overcome and become stronger and dynamic.

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Let us know the greatest moment of your music career.

When I first produced and wrote all the parts by myself. Just like I wanted them; that gave a great sense of accomplishment.

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Discuss your experience pertaining live performances, gigs, shows and tours.

Live gigs are the best way to test your music and to get in touch with the audience.

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Discuss the changes in your life as an artist.

I have always been an artist of sort, what I mean is, I have always done artistic occupations, such as drawing or photography and music, so the only real change is to engage daily in promoting or thinking about how to get my music out there and making time for music in my life.

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State the names of the most important people that boosted your music career and how you met them.

My manager Galor Taite was the first person that tutored me to the right direction.

 

I learned a lot from him musically and about music production.

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Explain what you have in mind before considering music as a career. 

Fatherhood is the only thing before considering music as a career.

 

But I believe that when there’s a will there’s a way 🙂

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Discuss your experience in life.

I was a sensitive and sometimes naive child, only after my mother passed away. I felt I had a new perspective on life that gave me wisdom.

 

I read in a book name ‘The Teachings of Don Juan’ by  ‎Carlos Castaneda, that when a parent dies, he passes over his ‘edge’ to his child. I really connected with that thought.

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Name the artists that have influenced the world.

Led Zeppelin, Fleetwod Mac, Pink Floyd, Miles Davies, Jimi Hendrix.

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Discuss your moment of rejections as a musician/artist and how you are able to cope and move on with your career.

Moments of rejection are never nice, but I was lucky to receive sometimes good critic that made me confident that I’m making my own authentic music that has my Character Imprinted in it.

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Tell us the most negative comment you have ever received. 

I got a comment saying my music is ‘too dramatic’; I am dramatic, as a person.

So I took it as a confirmation that I made something like me in my music.

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State your artist’s name and elaborate on it.

SugaFree – because I aim to make authentic and original songs; that will sound good acoustic or in a production.

 

I chose the name Sugafree due to the nature of my songs, which has no additives or sweeteners and clichés. It’s just me in a song.

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State the title of the song and the meaning.

Shipwreck from the Stars – like all those memories that sometimes are coming back to teach us something.

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State the title of the album and the reason for choosing the title.

Story is the album’s title – The 3rd single from that album is named Story.

And it’s the most personal for me. I wrote it about my mom. And I think my song take you through a story – a journey in your own mind.

So story seemed right.

 

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Comfort Club – Better Than Me

Comfort Club – Better Than Me

 

 

 

 

 

 

Comfort Club – Better Than Me

Comfort Club – Better Than Me

 

 

 

 

 

ARTIST NAME:  Comfort Club

 

SONG TITLE: Better Than Me

 

ALBUM TITLE:  Lone Cactus Motel

 

RELEASE DATE: February 8th, 2019

GENRE: Singer-songwriter / Rock

 

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Share your life story with us.

I grew up as the younger of two in an incredibly supportive household.

 

I’m from Michigan in the United States and I think growing up there impacted me so much because it’s a little bit slower pace than California (where I live now).

 

You have time to observe rather than just be running and that’s something that I never want to unlearn.

 

I dedicated my life to hockey for the majority of my childhood but once I realized I didn’t love competition too much, I transitioned into something more expressive in music.

 

I always loved art classes and music classes so I tried to fill my curriculum with that as well as anything that had to do with English.

 

I eventually went to Michigan State University, fumbled through that, and ended up with a degree in advertising.

 

In less than a year of being part of the work-force, I’ve realized that I want to chart my course in life more towards my passions and less towards financial success…

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Share your press release.

Comfort Club released their debut EP “Lone Cactus Motel” on Friday February 8, 2019 in what is promised to be a year full of releases from the Southern California outfit.

 

Available on all streaming services, “Lone Cactus Motel” introduces Comfort Club’s, for lack of a better term: comforting, insights to the world.

 

The 4-song project reflects on the subtleties of relationships that make them so hard to navigate yet so fulfilling when handled with care.

 

“Lone Cactus Motel,” written originally as a short story then later accompanied by music, is a narrative of trial, error, and reflection. While the timeline is seen from afar, the snapshots that Comfort Club zooms in on share imagery of heartbreak and optimism.

 

The coming-of-age EP cuts from scene to scene in a relatable monologue of youth and maturation that recounts the pivotal moments of growing up.

 

Comfort Club has been writing contemplative, melodic ballads since 2016 with the overarching message that everything is going to be alright. Growing up as a soft-spoken kid from Michigan, he started writing from the perspective of the eager boy who spent Friday nights by the phone writing about situations that other people were actually experiencing. He finds it interesting to address feelings that people tend to suppress¬ and he hopes that his music becomes part of people’s lives.

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List the names of those that have supported you so far in your music career and use this opportunity to thank them.

I want to thank Bret Tracey, Beth Tracey, Brendan Tracey, Connor Flynn, and Leon Canoe.

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Narrate your experience while recording in the studio or while touring.

I recorded this EP at home so for me it was really an experience of being the sound guy, the producer, and being the artist. While this lead to very little arguments between me and myself, I think when I finally passed it off to be mastered, I saw how valuable having a second set of hands on the project was.

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Discuss your songwriting.

Writing this EP was a huge lesson between what works and what doesn’t work – both musically and lyrically. The subtleties in lyricism make or break songs in my opinion so getting the lyrics right, down to the inflections of the syllables was always prioritized.

 

As far as getting the songs structured to a point where I was comfortable with the interest level of the instrumentation without overpowering the lyricism, it really came down to underplaying and letting the lyrics shine.

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Elaborate on your future projects.

I’m trying to focus a little bit more on groove in these future projects.

 

I wanted to come out the gates with a lyric-driven EP because that has always been the most important aspect of music to me but I also want to cater to a larger crowd. I’m never going to sacrifice on lyricism but I think I’m paying way more attention to melody and vocal layering to create more vibey tracks!

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Tell us what you are doing to increase your fan base.

I always have and always will be a fan of friendship through music. At the end of the day, I really want my friends to like my music so I try to do grassroots marketing as much as possible.

 

No show is too small and no person has less influence than the next so I try to get my music in the hands of people who I know will appreciate it because one loyal fan outweighs ten fair-weather fans. Maybe that’s an old school train of thought but authenticity will always prevail.

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Tell us that point in time you wanted to give up on your music career.

I think this thought process always surfaces when I’m writing songs because it’s a struggle to verbalize how I feel. But that battle of being face-to-face with yourself is incredible because it’s self-exploration in its most basic form. I want to give up one day and then I land it and it’s pure euphoria.

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Go into detail on how you make your instrumentation or melody.

I’ve started playing direct into my recording software and recording everything because when you finally circle around to a good idea, it’s already recorded and you can try anything over it.

 

I try to get a melody without just having a chord progression because I think chord progressions are just false-hope. They sound awesome but they’re not really an idea until there’s a melody over it.

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Tell us your complete understanding of music licensing.

My definition of licensing music would be monetizing your music for use in some other purpose than just pleasure.

It could be a commercial or an event or even someone else releasing it for their personal gain.

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Tell us your favourite genre of music.

Singer-songwriter.

 

Any genre in which people have something to say and prioritize that.

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Tell us the theme of most of your songs.

The theme is that everything is going to be alright.

 

A lot of the songs reflect on relationships but the core of the concept is that whether or not the relationship works out, you’ll land on your feet.

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Elaborate on this song.

Better Than Me is about being involved with someone who is out of your league.

 

There are two types of relationships: the one’s where the people are meant for each other and then the one’s where people turn their heads and go “she’s with him?”

 

The latter is the relationships I like because they really are perfect for each other if you look deeper. I think people tend to just make those judgment calls based off looks and that is the most narrow-minded approach.

 

And being that I’ve been in those relationships, you definitely start to project that opinion on yourself and get self-conscious but that’s where her confirmation helps a ton.

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Discuss digital distribution and streaming.

I use Distrokid because I weighed my options and felt like that was the best bang for my buck.

 

I love the fact that people can put their music out into the world because money shouldn’t be a prohibiting factor in sharing your art.

 

I truly wish everyone made art and shared it with everyone they know and I think digital distribution has brought out so many more creative spirits. It’s wonderful in my opinion.

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Tell us numerous ways that artists can boost their revenue.

Merch is key and probably the most fun.

 

Busking is a great way to make money and if you record it as a session, it’s a great marketing piece too. (See Alec Benjamin’s “Can I sing for you?” on YouTube).

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Tell us your opinion on self-training and enrolling in an educational institution to study music.

I think institutions are the best way to do it because you’re committing your life to music and that’s way more rad than having a fallback plan.

 

And I think in an educational institution to study music, there is still a large amount of self-discovery outside of the classroom that gets overlooked.

 

If I could have a do-over, I’d go to music school for sure.

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Go on at length on what it takes to write a hit song.

If a hit is something that is largely popular, I think it is all about hiding things that people already love in the songs and repackaging it.

 

Simplicity is huge because the majority of people don’t care about the complexity, they want something that makes them hit repeat.

 

Hooks come in all shapes and sizes but if the music is too complex or scattered, the hooks get lost in all the noise. Figure out the hooks and don’t bury them.

 

If the hook is a vocal melody, get it out in front of the instruments and let it breathe.

 

I think a lot of people, myself included, don’t know what the hooks are until after the song is finished so we don’t really have the foresight to prioritize them.

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State your artist’s name and elaborate on it.

Comfort Club is my name because comfort is what music is all about to me.

 

I spend a lot of time listening to music in sweatpants and it’s reminding me that everything is alright.

 

Then when I’m out in the world doing whatever I have to do, the music is there to remind me of that feeling. It’s like Classical Conditioning to feel alright and that’s what I want to offer to the world too.

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State the title of the song and the meaning.

The song is called Better Than Me and it’s one of those things that slips out of your mouth when you’re down on yourself and that’s when I wrote the song.

 

I was talking to this girl and I really liked her but I felt like I wasn’t good enough for her so I kept telling myself that and I think she picked up on that and realized that I needed some me time.

 

Relationships require confidence and I definitely didn’t have that in this one.

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State the title of the album and the reason for choosing the title.

I titled it Lone Cactus Motel because it was this short story concept I had of growing up.

 

There’s a lot of time that you’re growing up and you don’t realize it.

 

Similarly, I pictured driving in the desert and a lot of it is just open road but then you pass through towns and those are the memorable moments–good or bad. The open road is the majority of the drive but coming through town is what you remember.

 

And that’s what this album is. It’s my whole “emotional life” for lack of a better term and a lot of it is forgettable, but you remember the key people and the key moments just like you remember that 60s looking motel you drove by in the dusty old town when you were crossing the country.

 

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Lucy Mason - 3am

Lucy Mason – 3am

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lucy Mason - 3am

Lucy Mason – 3am

 

 

 

 

 

Following the release of the first half of her debut album, dream-pop soloist Lucy Mason is returning with ‘3am’, a remarkable new single taken from ‘Flashback Romance: Side B’.

 

‘Side A’ came out to eager audiences everywhere earlier in the year following a slew of lauded singles.

 

New cut ‘3am’ perfectly showcases Mason’s songwriting talents and sets the stage for her follow-up to recent tracks like ‘Out of the Blue’ and ‘High and Dry’.

 

The entrancing and emotive vocal performances she’s both honed over her career and become known for are firing on all cylinders here as delicate keys and swelling synths build dramatically around her.

 

‘3am’, and ‘Flashback Romance’ in its entirety, was produced and engineered by Jess Ellen alongside Lucy in their home studios.

 

This very personal and DIY approach can be felt within the records intimate style but you’ll hear nothing but the highest quality of pop-sheen here.

 

Its approach gave the recording process a relaxed environment allowing her to explore the full extent of her range in a safe space.

 

The release follows a storming year which saw Lucy Mason not only achieve what many others can only dream but also overcome her own personal obstacles, plus the release of hit single ‘Hunger’ followed by her debut EP, and a performance at Buckingham Palace for HRH Prince Harry.

 

Her earnest lyrics, unique style and captivating voice have already seen her receive critical acclaim from the likes of The Independent, The Metro, Wonderland, The 405 and more.

 

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Delena - Holy Ground

Delena – Holy Ground

 

 

 

 

 

Delena - Holy Ground

Delena – Holy Ground

 

 

 

 

Born in Kiev, Delena relocated to a Switzerland school at just 12 years old and went on to London, to study at the London Institute Of Contemporary Music Performance.

 

Music was always in her veins, through her relation to Ukrainian screenwriter, film producer, and director Alexander Dovzhenko.

 

Moving to London was a new lease of life for Delena, who, inspired by the likes of Eta James, Ella Fitzgerald, and Queen to name a few, began to develop her distinctive, sassy style of pop.

 

Now the young songwriter is looking forward to a busy 2019, with her first album on the way later this year. Firstly, fans can expect a new EP in February that showcases the versatility and songwriting guile of Delena.

 

The first single from the project is the rousing, captivating piano-led single “Holy Ground”. It’s a departure from her previous, pop-leaning releases.

 

The track crescendos to an anthemic, stirring chorus complimenting Delena’s vocal exquisitely.

 

Lyrically, it’s a motivational masterclass that’s sure to inspire her new fans across the globe.

 

Holy ground is my idea that there’s a place in everyone’s heart which no one can reach except you! Where we can escape to when things become too much.  It’s a beautiful place where there’s no pain because it’s completely untouchable and safe! So the song is a kind of prayer in a way and I wanted to give it a bit of church like feel.

 

We have a great tradition of religious singing in Ukraine.  It’s a very special sound and although this doesn’t sound like that kind of singing at all it was my inspiration.

 

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Dancing On Tables - Black

Dancing On Tables – Black

 

 

 

 

 

Dancing On Tables - Black

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Dancing On Tables are a five-piece pop-rock band from Dunfermline, a small town just outside Edinburgh.

 

Originally friends from school, Robbie, Callum, Hamish, Gregor and Reece named themselves after arriving at a show, without a band name. When asked for their name they noticed that punters were dancing on tables and decided to run with it.

 

The band rely on a youthful energy and determination, as well as their close ties since school days as the driving force for their sound.

 

The band were signed early on by US Label LV Music, who went on to release their first single “OH”, followed by the “Space Race” EP. The two releases received support from Wonderland Magazine, Clash Magazine, Shazam and Record of The Day. Spotify’s curation team have also backed the music, resulting in over 1 Million Streams on their platform.

 

Off the back of overwhelming support, the boys’ live game has gone from strength to strength. Just off the back of a UK tour support with Cassia, the band sold out a number of tour dates across the country.

 

They’ve also performed at industry melting pots The Great Escape and Live At Leeds festival, all gearing towards their own UK tour later this year.

 

Live music is an issue that’s incredibly close to the boys’ heart, coming through the grass-roots scene in Scotland, they’ve seen many venues come and go. There’s a rising concern in modern times, that community and culture in the North are being shafted in society.

 

The new single showcases the undeniable versatility of the band’s sound. It’s a track that ebbs and flows between melancholic and energetic with expert delivery. Vocally, the band have a distinctive character that anchors them to their roots. They’re undeniably, fast becoming one of the UK’s most exciting new Indie-Pop prospects for 2019.

 

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The Skints - Learning To Swim

The Skints – Learning To Swim

 

 

 

 

 

The Skints - Learning To Swim

The Skints – Learning To Swim

 

 

 

 

London four-piece, The Skints, have clawed their way up from the depths of an underground punk/ska scene to a unique fixture on a global reggae stage.

 

Drawing influences as wide as soul, pop, grime and hardcore, their original brand of “tropical punk” has seen them evolve in to one of the hardest working and most respected bands in UK music.

 

The band’s new single ‘Learning to Swim’, released 18th January via Mr Bongo globally and Easy Star in North America, fuses the tenderness of lovers rock, the catchiness of pop with the urgency of hardcore punk, to create a unique sound that promises future stardom.

 

Few British bands blend different genres of music with such freedom, fun and invention while singer Marcia Richards’ philosophical and personal lyrics strike an emotional chord.

 

“For those who have lost a loved one, it’s not unusual to find comfort in the fact that you’ve spent more of your life with them than without. After 13 years of using this small comfort to keep afloat, 2019 will be the first year that the number of years without my sister Roanna will exceed the years she was around.

 

As I became increasingly aware of this date approaching and my life raft sinking, I wrote ‘Learning to Swim’, a song that musically flips through time and space,” she says.

 

“The chorus has no words, but flips to an era of punk and pop music that my sister was deeply into. Just as my mind gets wrenched back to that precious time so often, the song does too.” She adds, “The feeling as the years go on that it becomes more difficult to picture their face, to hear their voice. The rest of your life without them stretches ahead of you like a vast sea – it’s time for Swimming Lessons.”

 

Formed while at school in 2007, The Skints hail from the Waltham Forest and Redbridge boroughs of North East London, and they cut their teeth in London’s underground punk scene before venturing out of the M25 to play their first self-booked DIY venture and embark on a heaving touring regime across the nation’s “toilet venue” circuit.

 

Debut album ‘Live, Breathe, Build, Believe’, released at the end of 2009, received late night/specialist rotation across radio including BBC Radio 1’s Punk Show, whilst 2012’s ‘Part & Parcel’, was the second full-length album by the band and further built their fan base and opened doors to heavy touring, festivals and markets outside of the UK and across Europe.

 

The follow-up album, the critically-acclaimed ‘FM’, released in 2015, reached number 5 on the Billboard Reggae Albums chart and number 7 on the Independent Albums Chart in the UK and saw The Skints tour relentlessly across the USA, Canada and Japan.

 

Since the band’s inception, The Skints have toured extensively across the globe, playing hundreds of shows and festivals including Summerjam (Germany), Dour Festival (Belgium), California Roots (US) and ReggaeSunSka (France).

 

In the UK, The Skints sold-out their most recent 10-date UK tour including Shepherd’s Bush Empire and have performed at the Reading and Leeds Festivals, Bestival, Glastonbury and Boomtown Festival, performing to 15,000 fans.

 

In addition, the band have supported bands that include NOFX, Less Than Jake, Mariachi El Bronx, Gym Class Heroes, Protoje, You Me At Six, Sublime with Rome and Easy Star All Stars.

 

Supporters of The Skints include BBC Radio 2’s Jonathan Ross, Robert Elms on BBC Radio London, Steve Lamaq and Craig Charles on BBC Radio 6 Music and David Rodigan on BBC Radio 1Xtra.

 

Mr Bongo is a Brighton based independent record label and home to Hollie Cook, Protoje, Seu Jorge, Prince Fatty, Incredible Bongo Band, Jorge Ben and more.

 

 

 

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Spencer Joyce - Bonds Like These

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Spencer Joyce - Bonds Like These

Spencer Joyce – Bonds Like These

 

 

 

 

Spencer Joyce defies the ‘singer/songwriter’ stereotype with a sound composed of Ed Sheeran acoustic pop with Mumford & Sons folk, Sublime punk reggae, John Mayer blues, and the jam band sensibility of Dave Matthews Band.

 

His lyrics speak of hardships and encourage the listeners to keep their heads up in tough times… influenced by Spencer’s upbringing from being born in a small town North Carolina, raised in suburban Northern Virginia, and living in Bayside Maryland.

 

He dropped his debut single, Elephant In A Jar, in February 2015.

 

In the following 2.5 years, Spencer became a regular in bars and clubs all across DC, Baltimore, Richmond, and Northern VA. Spencer released his debut EP, Bad Poker Face, in July 2017.

 

As a result, Spencer got booked to play festivals such as The Nextival in Annapolis and Artscape in Baltimore, and an opening spot for Higher Education at Rams Head Live in Baltimore.

 

Tracks from the EP scored licensing deals for TV, film and retail stores handled by Songtradr.

 

In 2018 Spencer made his debut at Frozen Harbor Music Festival and the Annapolis First Sunday Arts Festival and an opening slot for THE UNLIKELY CANDIDATES and Brick + Mortar at Metro Gallery in Baltimore.

 

2019 will see new music from Spencer Joyce starting with the single “Bonds Like These” in February followed by a new album and tour backed by Spencer Joyce’s Open Bar Band.

 

 

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For fans of love songs inspired by Ed Sheeran, Van Morrison, and Zac Brown Band, Annapolis, MD, USA’s Spencer Joyce releases his new single, “Bonds Like These”, on all streaming and download sites today.

 

“Songs About Nothing” will be available in May of this year and this is also the lead single of Spencer’s second album.

 

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Nadia Sheikh - Toxic

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ARTIST NAME:  Nadia Sheikh

 

SONG TITLE:  Toxic

 

RELEASE DATE: 25/1/19

 

GENRE: Indie rock / Pop rock

 

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Picture an amalgamation of delicate vocals and ominous indie rock. Vocal lines that shift from airy to powerful in the split of a second.

 

Nadia Sheikh is a genre chameleon that mixes strong indie rock tracks with timeless pop tunes and heartfelt acoustic songs.

 

Quirky melodies and catchy choruses that stick with you.

 

With an impressive cultural background, the half British, half Spanish artist has the power to captivate you with her haunting voice.

 

With a debut EP and an array of singles receiving airplay by BBC Introducing, RNE and Radio 3 (Spain) Nadia is set to make her mark on the music scene.

 

The last year has seen Nadia release a collaboration with Jamie Morrison (soul of Pop Morrison and drummer in Stereophonics), being tipped as one of This Feeling’s ‘Big in 2018’ artists, perform all around the UK and Spain, the Isle of Wight Festival and FIB (Benicassim festival).

 

Her new single ‘Toxic’ landed on 25th January 2019, kickstarting a year that seems nothing but exciting. Catch her on tour this spring.

 

“Nadia Sheikh is a genre chameleon with a voice that warms the soul”

– Fred Perry Subculture

 

‘There is definitely something timeless, classic and global about born pop star’

– The Zine

 

‘Her voice seems to seamlessly span genres like a shape shifter-like, accompanying everything from pop, folk and ominous indie rock with a worrying lack of effort.’

– Northern Exposure

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Tell us your history.

I was brought up in Spain (half British half Spanish). I grew up listening to the likes of the Beatles, Queen and Abba. When I was 12 I started to teach myself how to play guitar and fell in love with music and shortly after I began to sing and write songs. I started to perform live aged 13 and have been doing so eagerly ever since. When I was 14 I entered a competition in Spain organized by EMI where I won the public prize and got to record some of my songs with renowned producer Nigel Walker. I kept on writing songs and performing live and aged 17 I released my first EP, produced by Nigel Walker. It had a great welcoming from the press and the public and when I finished my college studies and turned 18, I moved to London to study music and try to make a career in the industry.

 

Since arriving London, I started performing live anywhere and everywhere with my guitar. A while after; I found a band that would perform with me and started to play full band shows around the city. We performed around the UK, Spain and even in Ireland.

 

In 2018, we were tipped as one of the ‘Big in 2018’ bands by promoters This Feeling, coinciding with the release of ‘Going Down’. As well as that, last year we performed all around the UK and Spain including Isle of Wight festival, FIB (Benicassim festival) and support slots with Sophie and the Giants.

 

This year there’s a lot coming up! ‘Toxic’ just came out and we have a small UK tour coming up this Spring, so all in all, very excited for everything that’s coming!

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Describe yourself as an artist.

I am an artist with a heartfelt and delicate voice surrounded by powerful and rocky guitars but that can also be very emotive. Indie rock songs with a pop core…

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Tell us the genre of your music.

Indie rock / Pop rock – I like to say I write pop songs in an indie rock setup!

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Tell us the story behind your song.

It is a song about illness and struggle, based on personal experience. The narrative embedded in the single describes the spiral of an illness taking hold and dealing with the uphill battle of getting to the root cause.

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Tell us the problems you are facing as a musician.

Being a musician is hard, you have to dedicate all of your time, efforts and money into it and sometimes (most of the time! haha) it’s hard to balance it all, whilst living and paying rent in London, but if you love what you do and you have passion and a goal, those are just little things!

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Discuss the recording and production of the song.

The song was recorded party in a studio in London and party in my bedroom! It was produced by Nigel Walker (former engineer at Air Studios with Sir George Martin and who’s worked with Paul McCartney, Elton John…) who produced my first EP. He came to London from Spain where he is based and although we’d bounced off demos and ideas, we sat in the room and worked out what was good and what wasn’t working in the track, we changed parts, keys, and certain parts of the arrangement and we went into the studio with it. Recorded everything live in the room and then overdubbed parts.

 

Being an independent artist is hard, especially if you are funding things yourself, and as budget wasn’t huge, we had limited studio time, which meant that I had to record the vocals at my house and work over the internet with Nigel to get the tracks finished!

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List the names of blogs, radio or televisionstations that have supported you so far.

‘Toxic’ has been played and reviewed:

 

Radio X – John Kennedy’s X-Posure

 

Radio 3 – Julio Ruiz’s Disco Grande (Spain)

 

Amazing Radio

 

Soundlab Radio

 

Premium Blend Radio Show

 

Hoxton Radio

 

Smile Radio

 

Earthly Pleasures

 

Nexus Music Blog

 

Gigslutz – This Feeling Track of the Day

 

Indie Central Music – Modernage Music Track of the Week

 

Rock The Best Music (Spain)

 

Pupilandia (Spain)

 

J-Musind (Spain)

 

Zone Nights (Argentina)

 

Males Vibrations (Spain)

 

Luton FM

 

Diverse FM

 

 

NoMePierdoNiUna

 

 

Massive thanks to all of them and sorry if I’ve missed you out!

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Elaborate on your music career, experience andfuture goals.

I’ve been performing since I was a teenager, that’s all I’ve wanted to do. I’ve been learning my craft, my performing live and writing songs, going onto radio sessions, etc.

 

I was also awarded a scholarship to do a Summer course for vocalists at Stanford University in San Francisco, and I have a degree in Music Performance and Recording, but the most valuable experience has been working with other people in the industry: producers, songwriters, musicians, and by going out and performing, developing my career in a DIY way where I book my shows, do my PR, arrange interviews, record songs, write, etc.

 

My goals for the future are to keep on developing my skills as a performer, musician and songwriter and to further my career into the next levels…and go all the way to the top! 😀

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Brief us what inspires you to write, compose andsing.

It depends on the song, but it goes from personal experience, things that have happened to me or about the way I am feeling in that particular moment, about things/stories I see or have heard and I also like to write about universal topics, the way I feel about certain things or things that anyone can relate to.

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Brief us the top-secret behind making a hit song.

I think it’s connecting with the audience. It has to have a great hook but that people can also relate to in terms of topics. A song that can be timeless and that people can grow with. But then again…‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ was a hit song and it’s incredibly intricate and too long for radio, so I don’t really know if there’s a formula!

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Tell the advice you will give to an upcoming artist.

If you love it, do it and graft for it. Put the hard work in and even if it seems that things are not happening or happening slowly… So keep on going!

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Discuss at length your music careers, albums, songs, tours, recognition or awards you might have received.

 

Releases:

 

First EP – ‘50 feet’ released when I was 17

 

Single – ‘No. 24’ released in 2016

 

Single – ‘Flip the Coin’ released in 2017

 

Single – ‘Going Down’ released in 2018

 

Single – ‘Toxic’ released in 2019

 

 

In the last two years I have performed solo and with my band all around the UK and Spain including FIB (Benicassim festival) and Isle of Wight festival.

 

When I was 14 I won the public prize in a contest organized by EMI Spain.

 

Last year we were tipped as one of This Feeling’s ‘Big in 2018’.

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Tell us how you write your lyrics, compose, sing and record in the studio.

I usually write the music and the lyrics together, although I do have some songs where I have finished the chords and the melody and I work on the lyrics separately.

 

I have also co-written with other people and everyone’s method is different.

 

When I’m recording vocals in the studio or at home, I need some sort of intimacy and if at all possible, I like dim lighting. It helps me get more into it for some reason!

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Name your favourite artists for collaboration. 

Noel Gallagher!

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Press Release

 

NADIA SHEIKH – ‘Toxic’

 

Impact – March 22nd, 2019 via AWAL

 

“Sounding great, fantastic!”

– John Kennedy, Radio X

 

“A potent mix of influences shine through on powerful new single: from Weller to Norah Jones to PJ Harvey, half British, half Spanish, one huge talent”

– Gigslutz, This Feeling Track Of The Day, Big In 2019

 

 

“A very special talent with all the tools to shine. One to watch and get very, very excited about indeed”

 – Gigslutz

 

“Nadia Sheikh is a genre chameleon with a voice that warms the soul”

– Fred Perry Subculture

 

‘There is definitely something timeless, classic and global about born pop star’

 – The Zine

 

 

 

London based artist Nadia is set to release her new single ‘Toxic’, with Impact on March 22nd, 2019 via AWAL with the track available via to stream and download from 25th January, 2019.

 

Following on from her last release ‘Going Down’ earlier this year, ‘Toxic’ has been produced and mixed by Nigel Walker from Air Studios. Nadia will draw you in with her exquisite vocals and hold you there with her bold ominous indie rock guitar style.

 

The genre chameleon has perfected the art of blending indie rock, with timeless pop, then adding her own flavour with her half-Spanish half-British heritage and heartfelt narratives, you will be in a trance.

 

At just 14 Nadia’s endeavour into the music scene started with being offered a development deal from EMI Spain after winning their public prize competition. Through this opportunity she began working with Nigel Walker (Air Studios London) releasing her first EP at 17. Since then Nadia has been non-stop collaborating with producers and artists such as Danny Schogger (Sam Brown’s Producer) who produced her singles ‘No. 24’ and ‘Flip The Coin’ and Jamie Morrison ( Drummer of Stereophonics).

 

She’s also impressed the likes of Mark Gardiner (RIDE) who offered to produce and collaborate with her on future releases.

 

2018 was a successful year for Nadia, being tipped as ‘This Feeling’s Big In 2018’ alongside artist JUDAS and playing Isle of Wight Festival .

 

Nadia has also performed at FIB (Benicassim Festival) last summer 2018. 2019 started with a world first play from John Kennedy, a This Feeling Tour and just recently Nadia was invited by Alan McGhee to play his new Creation 23 Label Showcase at The Social.

 

Of ‘Toxic’ Nadia commented, “It is a song about illness and struggle, based on personal experience of being unknowingly affected by black mold. The narrative embedded in the single describes the spiral of the mysterious illness taking hold and dealing with the uphill battle of getting to the root cause; that was continuously being diagnosed as stress.”

 

Airplay: John Kennedy – Radio X,  Gary Crowley – BBC Introducing London, Charlie Ashcroft – Amazing Radio, Get In Her Ears – Hoxton Radio, Wandsworth Radio, Shoreditch Radio, Boogaloo Radio, Radio 3 (Spain), RNE and RTE2 (Ireland), Soundlab (Playlisting), The Premium Blend Radio, EGH Radio.

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Tell us how you will spend a million dollars.

I would build my own recording studio!

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Discuss music promotion and how you are boosting your fan base.

I’m a DIY artist, so I use mainly my social media accounts to share my music, gigs, videos, etc. with my fans. As well as this, I have had some people contact me after finding out about my music on blogs that have reviewed it and they have gone to check out my other songs.

 

As well as this, radio is a massive one as you get to reach a bigger audience all at once!

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Tell us how you manage other activities with your music career.

Being an independent artist, you have to do lots of other stuff and work to be able to sustain yourself, especially if you live in a city like London, so sometimes it’s hard to balance it all, and most of the time I have a bazillion things to do and don’t have time to maybe go out with my friends or do other things as much as I would, but I love what I do, so I don’t even think of those things!

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State your artist’s name and elaborate on it.

Nadia Sheikh…I was born with it!

 

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