THE SABLES are an energetic electro act based in Frankfurt, that through its respective members brings together cutting-edge Moscow hip-hop and gritty garage rock from London. For their most recent recordings they have collaborated with producer Tyrone Lamar (cousin of Kendrick Lamar). Among their influences are the Chemical Brothers, Röyksopp, Massive Attack, Air and Pendulum.
Born in 1996 on the southside of Chicago, JAAY QUEEZY (aka Jaquez R Hailey) is a young hip-hop artist looking to bring a more positive message to the genre. He started recording his first tracks in 2015 – working with the likes of Travie, Kurtiss Berry and Chief Marco, at D.P. Thurty’s studio. Later that year he released his first single (featuring Donny Konz). Since then he’s been creating a steady stream of strong, well constructed material. His biggest influences include Fetty Wap, Lil Wayne, Drake, Future and Eminem.
From Jacksonville, Illinois, LIL CASH is a rap artist who, despite still being in his teens, has the potential to go all the way. He’s been making music since he was just 9 years old. The recording of his first mixtape has just been completed and he is now looking to get a promoter to take him on to the next level. Recently he collaborated with New York act Lil Jester. His heroes include Tupac Shakur, La Capone and Lil Durk.
BLUE HELIX are a 3-piece alternative rock outfit from Washington State, whose material pays due respect to the seminal grunge acts of the 1990s that originated from this part of the world, but also adds further dimensions too. Having got together in 2008, their lineup comprises Sami Chohfi (guitar/vocals), JC (bass) and Noah Phipps (drums). They were winners of the 2015 Puget Sound Battle of the Bands. Influences (as you might expect) include Soundgarden, Alice in Chains, Pearl Jam, the Foo Fighters and Nirvana, as well as Bob Dylan and the Smashing Pumpkins.
BECKETT is an expertly executed retrowave project, from Manchester, which looks to recapture the essence of what it was to live in 1980s culture. It’s not simply emulating the music of this era, through use of the equipment from that time (synths, vocoders, drum machines and such like), it’s more about being enveloped in the whole vibe (the movies, games, TV, fashion, artwork, etc.). Masterminding the whole affair is experienced and inventive musician Jon Beckett.
Los Angeles-based indie/dream-pop singer/songwriter/pianist JANESSA EVRIST started out placing self-produced works on the Internet. Driven by the positive feedback gained, she then went on to release her debut single last summer. Through use of crowdfunding (as well as the money gathered together from holding down 3 jobs) she’s now been able to finance a 5-track EP. Her key influences include Lorde, Ellie Goulding, Emily Haines and Zella Day.
Leeds-based indie act TEAM PICTURE first assembled in 2015. They produce aesthetically-pleasing fuzz-pop that is prone to psychedelic distortion. Influences include Deerhunter and Thee Oh Sees. Over the course of the last 12 months they have released several critically-acclaimed singles, with the aid of highly regarded producer by Chris Mulligan.
Having formed in 2014, NO GOOD SONS play good honest southern rock and blues numbers. These guys aren’t from the American ‘Bible Belt’ though – no, they’re from Newbury, Berkshire. The lineup of this whiskey-fuelled 4-piece is Captain Lingus (vocals/guitar), Catty Man-Do (bass), Screamin Blind Mike (drums) and Bearded Pauley (guitar). They spent much of 2016 working on their debut LP, which is now available. Their combined influences include Metallica, Johnny Cash, Kyuss, Social Distortion and Aerosmith.
RULER is an uncompromising rap artist from the south side of Queens, New York, who has never hidden away from raising controversy (with some platforms even taking down certain tracks). Despite being only 22 year old he has already managed to achieve a lot, but his ambition stretches way beyond that. He doesn’t admit to being influenced by other artists – he wants his material to be unique.
JAMIE WOODFIN JR started playing the guitar at 15 and was writing his own material by 18. The Northern Indiana born artist (who is now located in Louisville, Kentucky) has recorded 4 LPs over the course of the last decade. His work melds together classic rock and blues then give is an alternative/progressive rock twist. His key influences are Jimi Hendrix, Phish, Pink Floyd, Bob Dylan, Miles Davis, Stevie Ray Vaughn, the Grateful Dead, Aerosmith and the Brian Jonestown Massacre.
BLUSHING are a product of Austin’s thriving and varied music scene. Forming in 2015, this 4-piece band is made up of Christina Carmona (vocals/bass), Michelle Soto (guitar/vocals), Noe Carmona (guitar/keyboard) and Jake Soto (drums) – 2 husband/wife pairings (well it worked well for Fleetwood Mac and Abba, so what the hell). They produce an ethereal multi-layered indie-pop/shoegaze sound that exudes quality. If you like the Cocteau Twins, Lush or the Breeders then this will definitely appeal. They have just released their debut EP, which was mixed by Phillip Odom at Bad Wolf Studios.
The epitome of unorthodox, LOUIS BARABBAS is an articulate and mildly disturbed writer/performer/columnist/broadcaster/impresario. Over the years he has collaborated with a broad array of different acts – including Kirsty Almeida, Liz Green, Hope & Social, Bridie Jackson, John Otway and Becca Williams. In addition, he’s shared stages with the likes of Motorhead, Supergrass and the Blockheads.
HUGH KELLY is an accomplished blues/soul artist with an alternative edge, who is currently based in Glasgow. He started out on his musical odyssey in his teens – busking on the streets of Edinburgh. In the last 3 years he’s played over 300 gigs (include a series of performances at the Edinburgh Fringe). He’s also been featured several times on BBC Radio Scotland, plus Scottish Television (STV).
Belfast’s ROBB MURPHY is a singer/songwriter with 3 LPS now under his belt. His work is a fascinating blend of acoustic-based indie/folk/pop. He’s received sizeable media and radio attention (appearing on BBC Introducing), as well as playing countless festivals (Glasgowbury, Lakeside Stories, Portstewart, etc.). For his latest recordings he has garnered the support of Kevin Carlisle (drums/percussion), David Bennington (bass/trumpet/electric guitar), Alan Ladd (piano), Nick Topping (bass) and even the Ulster String Quarter.
The music of Frankfurt’s SVEN HUMM covers a broad scope of different genres – with blues, alternative rock and psychedelia all evident. Since releasing his first album in 2014, he has continued to grow as an artist. His influences include Red Hot Chili Peppers, John Mayer, Prince, Gary Clark Jr., etc. He is backed by Christoph Schäfer (drums), Thomas Krone (bass) and Daniel Heinz (guitar).
Wyoming-based singer/songwriter/storyteller J SHOGREN SHANGHAI’D has led many lives and this shows in the multi-dimensional nature of his compositions. They highlight both his unquestionable intelligence and his dark, slightly twisted sense of humour. Last year he was finalist in the New-Song Music Competition, held at the Lincoln Centre in New York. For much of his work he has collaborated with fellow musician Jascha Herdt (guitar/bass/drums).
Swedish singer/songwriter SMISCH started writing music at the age of 9 and continued to write throughout his childhood/adolescence. It was only last year (after 8 years of total creative abstinence) that he regained his love of music. Since then he’s been working tireless on composing new material and just finished building a studio, at his home near Gothenburg. The result of all his efforts is a complete LP (mixed by Erik Nyberg). His influences include Ed Sheeran, Coldplay, Matchbox Twenty, Counting Crows and numerous other acts.
DEMIANA ESPOSITO is an aspiring young songstress from New Jersey. She is influenced by acts like Shawn Mendez, Beyoncé, Adel, Christina Aguilera and Sia. Though only starting out in her career, she has already had the chance to work with some of the industry’s most sought after producers/writers – including Ashley Rose (Tamar Braxton, Chris Brown), Shyboogs (Fetty Wap, DMX) and Drumma Boy (Young Jeezy, Plies).
From exotic Colwyn Bay, this is RED ZEPHYR. Incorporating rock, blues, punk, grunge and folk, their music shows the great respect they hold for legendary acts – such as Led Zeppelin, Bad Company, Queen and AC/DC. The band’s members are as follows – Arthur Holden (vocals), Graham Davies (guitar), Chris Price-White (bass) and Richie Pond (drums). Since getting together in late 2013, they have played countless gigs. They’ve also supported major acts like Dan Baird (Georgia Satellites), Bonafide and Warner Hodges, and will be appearing with the Quireboys in March. Their new album is due for release this spring also.
ENOK AMRANI produces indie acoustic folk work that heavily reflects the Nordic environment in which he lives. The Norwegian singer/songwriter brings a high degree of precision to his material and gives it a melancholic (sometimes quite bleak) tinge. The overall effect he achieves is quite breathtaking. His musical influences include Thomas Dybdahl, Sivert Høyem, Ryan Adams, John Mayer, Ben Howard, Bruce Springsteen, Emmylou Harris, Willie Nelson, Nick Cave, Tom Petty and Tom McRae.
FRANCESCO ZANE is a Venetian singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist. He describes himself as a ‘one man band making home made rock’. As well as being a productive solo artist, he is also a member of the band 4sisco. He lists his major musical inspirations as Pearl Jam, Incubus, the Ramones and Rush.
INNER CALL is a 4-piece alternative rock act from the Friuli Venezia Giulia region of Italy (near Slovenia). Their material draws on the very different musical backgrounds of the respective members – Lorenzo Nadalin (vocals), Stefano Danelli (guitar), Tiziano Ladu (drums) and Pietro Toppani (bass). As a result you can hear indie, pop and even classical dynamics all contributing to the overall vibe.
THE WILD THINGS are a 4-piece indie band out of West London which formed in early 2012 and features Rob Kendrick (guitar/vocals), Pete Wheeler (drums), plus siblings Sydney Rae White (vocals/guitar) and Cameron White (bass/vocals). Their material is melodic (a little like the Cranberries or the Sundays) but at the same time filled with copious amounts of angst (more in line with the bands they most admire – the Foo Fighters and Weezer). For their recent material they have relied on the mixing skills of Adrian Hall (Ray Davies, Honeyblood, etc.). As well as playing countless gigs in the UK, they have toured the USA too.
BEYOND THE STYX are a metalcore band from the French city of Tours. Their lineup features Emile Styx (vocals), Victor Nettoyeur (lead guitar), David Govindin (rhythm guitar), Yoann Cesar (bass) and Adrien Styx (drums). They’ve supported the likes of Nasty, Hacride, Tagada Jones, Klone, Ultra Vomit and Zuul FX. So far they have tallied up over 100 gigs, playing venues all across Europe.
With the ambitious (but commendable) objective of bringing together heavy rock/metal and synth-based electro, NOT A SIDE PROJECT is driven by innovative Portuguese musician Alex Magno Santos. His material exhibits an intricate complexity, but without losing anything in terms of passion. Key influences include Rage Against the Machine and Spawn.
ELECTROCKRAT is the vision of experimental Tel Aviv-based singer/songwriter Omer Goren. It is a mainly instrumental project that brings together electronic/chill-out music with alternative rock to form an exciting new sonic composite. Omer started classical guitar lessons at the age of 13, within a year he had switched to an electric guitar. After completing his service duty with the Israeli armed forces, he started to focus wholeheartedly on his music – working with producers Noam Helfer and Dotan Modhanov to develop his own unique sound. For live performances he is supported by Nir Leberstein (drums), Daniel Harlev (bass) and Yuval Sarfati (guitar/backing vocals).
Featured on the BBC Introducing series on several occasions, COURTYARDS are a Huddersfield-based alternative rock outfit. Since being formed a little over 2 years ago, by university mates, they haven’t looked back. The band have shared the stage with Sigma & MistaJam, as well as supporting acts like Josh Kumra, the Carnabys and Kerri Watt & Seafret. Following on from 2 singles, they are currently working on their debut EP at the Sugarhouse Studios in London.
TEEMUS SUPREME (aka Sumeet Jassal) is a young Vancouver based hip-hop artist who is deeply influenced by acts like Eminem, Notorious Big, DMX, Scarface and (most importantly) Tupac Shakur. While in the process of completing his studies in computing science, he has managed to collaborate with the likes Queezi, Chrome Scorsese and Ara. Currently he is working on recordings for his 1st LP and a Canadian tour will be underway soon.
PALEOSONIK is an Anglo-American collaboration between musicians that were formerly with London-based act The Beyond and experienced Los Angeles-located songwriter/producer Chris Witte (aka Highrise Empire). Their musical inspiration comes from sources like George Harrison, Cream, Pink Floyd, Air and Daft Punk. Facebook: www.facebook.com/pg/Paleosonik-205594339619332 Website: www.soundcloud.com/paleosonik
VOLUMES are an exuberant California-based metalcore act, who over the last 7 years together have attracted chart success and a little controversy in the process. Their lineup features Diego Farias (guitar), Raad Soudani (bass), Gus Farias (vocals), Myke Terry (vocals) and Nick Ursich (drums). They have just completed their 3rd LP (which is due out for release very shortly). The band are set to tour with Born of Osiris and Within the Ruins soon. They will also be playing alongside the likes of Def Leppard, KoRn, Soundgarden, Offspring and the Cult at festivals this spring.