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OPEN MIC UK 2018 AUDITION DATES RELEASED

Music competition auditions dates for Open Mic UK 2018 have been announced!

Open Mic UK

Open Mic UK have announced their music competition auditions dates for Open Mic UK 2018! The Open Mic UK music competition auditions will be hosted at 11 regions across the UK and the competition will be searching to find the UK’s best singers, singer songwriters, rappers and vocal groups!

PERFORM IN FRONT OF RECORD LABEL A&R
AND GET YOUR MUSIC HEARD!

It’s a chance for aspiring singers and musicians to perform to Music industry judges who are at every stage of the music competition from the auditions to the Grand Final. Judges in the past include judges that work for the three major record labels (Universal, Warner and Sony) in attendance at last year’s competition, as well as festival organisers, national radio DJs, regional press and BBC Introducing, with judges getting more prestigious as the competition
progresses.

SINGING COMPETITION AUDITIONS DATES ANNOUNCED
FOR OPEN MIC UK 2018

Open Mic UK is brought to you by Future Music, the company behind the discovery of numerous acts who have competed in the competitions on their way to being signed to major record labels.
Lucy Spraggan, Luke Friend, Karen Hardy, Jacob Banks, plus Warner
Music’s signings and Open Mic UK’s first winner Birdy and The Lottery  Winners along with Union J’s Jaymi Hensley amongst many, many more have auditioned.

OPEN MIC UK 2018 MUSIC COMPETITION AUDITIONS
Book your audition for 2018 now to secure your place… Enter here!

Sunday 26th August 2018 – Early PM – Dingwalls, Middle Yard, Chalk Farm Road, Camden Lock, London, NW1 8AB

Sunday 9th September 2018 – PM – Mediacityuk, University of Salford, Plot B4, Salford Quays, Manchester, M50 2HE

Saturday 15th September 2018 – Early PM – SouthBank Club (Studio), Dean Lane, Bristol, BS3 1DB

Saturday 15th September 2018 – PM – Vincent Harris Suite, Sheffield City Hall, Sheffield, S1 2JA

Sunday 16th September 2018 – AM – White Eagle Club, 211 Balham High Road, London, SW17 7BQ

Sunday 16th September 2018 – PM – 1865, Brunswick Square, Southampton, SO14 3AR

Sunday 16th September 2018 – AM – The Tyne Theatre & Opera House, Westgate Road, Newcastle, NE1 4AG

Friday 21st September 2018 – Evening – Absolute Music, Knighton Heath Estate, 855 Ringwood Road, Bournemouth, BH11 8NE

Saturday 22nd September 2018 – PM – Concourse 22-23, National Exhibition Centre (NEC), Birmingham, B40 1NT

Sunday 23rd September 2018 – AM – Hamptons Sports & Leisure, Tydemans off Beehive Lane, Chelmsford, Essex, CM2 9FH

Sunday 23rd September 2018 – PM – Britannic Suite, The Liner Hotel, Lord Nelson Street, Liverpool, L3 5QB

Kyan Palmer – Make It Up

LA-based singer, songwriter and artist Kyan Palmer is quickly becoming a promising act to watch with his unique blend of pop and R&B. Exploring the deterioration of a toxic relationship, Palmer‘s new release “Make It Up” is an emotionally-charged, brooding and addictive listen. “Make It Up” is available on all streaming platforms today.

Co-written with Charlie Snyder (Bebe RexhaX Ambassadors Molly Kate Kestner), “Make It Up” is a delightful blend of pop and R&B. Palmer‘s introspective storytelling, clever pop melodies and remarkable vocal range are instantly captivating. The new release is another intoxicating hit to add to Palmer‘s ever-growing catalog.

Arizona-raised, LA-based Kyan Palmer is proof that there is no one path to success in the music industry. A former employee of Republic Records, Palmer released his debut single while still sitting behind a desk in the Universal Music Group building. With no expectations and no team behind him, his debut single “Burn Mona Lisa” took a life of it’s own, getting added to numerous Spotify playlists, hitting the viral charts, and amassing over 3 million Spotify streams to date.

Since his initial release, Palmer has stepped out from behind his desk and into the spotlight. Now relocated from New York to LA, Palmer has become a sought after up-and-coming writer, collaborating with the likes of Little MixSam Fischer, Alex Tirheimer (Andy Grammar, Sabrina Claudio), and The Fliptones (Britney Spears, Jason DeRulo), among others. He has also continued to put out a steady stream of solo releases such as “Hidden Feelings,” “Can’t Help It,” “Poetry In Motion,” and, most recently, “Somebody Else,” a collaboration with his friend and fellow pop artist Haley Vassar.

Palmer is preparing to release his debut EP slated for a Fall 2018 release. With a growing catalog of hits, there is no doubt that Kyan Palmer is an artist you don’t want to sleep on.

 

Kyan Palmer
LA-based singer, songwriter and artist Kyan Palmer is quickly becoming a promising act to watch with his unique blend of pop and R&B.

Emma Zander – My Generation

Emma Zander explores what it means to be a twenty-something in 2018. She’s been featured on major EDM tracks, including the theme song for EDC Vegas in 2017. Zander has also appeared on the Corporate Slacker’s “Wasted Love” and Bryce Vine’s “Bella.” She’s ready to breakout with her own edgy pop records now, recently releasing “Pioneers” and, soon, “My Generation.”

Emma Zander sings about what it means to be a twenty-something right now. Born and raised in NY, Zander moved to the West Coast to pursue music after graduating NYU Tisch for Musical Theatre. Her introspective songwriting & ethereal vocals have garnered major attention in the EDM world, as she performed at and even wrote the theme song for Electric Daisy Carnival Vegas in 2017. As a featured vocalist and top-line writer, Zander has also appeared on the Corporate Slackers’ Wasted Love (Tîesto’s Musical Freedom), & Bryce Vine’s rap track, Bella, hailing over 4 million streams & counting. But it’s her own edgy pop records & thought-provoking visuals that truly solidify her identity as an artist– and a powerful female voice of her generation.

Emma Zander
Emma Zander’s music and aesthetic explores what it means to be a twenty-something in 2018. She’s been featured on major EDM tracks, including the theme song for EDC Vegas in 2017

Jade The Moon – The Tide

Jade The Moon are an independent alt – pop band that consists of Dani, Benjamin and Jeremy who started making music from the age of six. They released a brand new single, “The Tide” as the second feature track from their upcoming new album, 11:11. The group says that the collection of tracks on the upcoming release are best described as “musical photographs”. A moment in time turned dance party, true story turned love song, a daydream turned eerie alt-pop lullaby. Real world inspiration. This is the follow up to the group’s self-produced 2015 debut release Habits and Hindrance sees the continued theme of “cycles” in human nature.

“We self produced our first record and our current record ’11:11′ was produced by Colin Munroe …except ‘HOTELS’ by Adam King. We are always very involved in every set of the creative process but it really helps to have some in the room to make sense of all the ideas. We are always looking to collab with new writers/producers. @mikkyekko if your listening ;)”

“Fall Tour Dates in the works.  We will also be premiering our short film created and directed by Black/Cartel in Toronto last fall”.

Rivoli , CANADIAN MUSIC WEEK, Toronto.
Pianos , New York
Soho House , Toronto 
Mod Club , Toronto 
Fox Cabaret , WESTWARD FESTIVAL Vancouver.

Jade The Moon
Toronto’s Jade The Moon has released a brand new single, “The Tide” as the second feature track from their upcoming new album, 11:11. The group says that the collection of tracks on the upcoming release are best described as “musical photographs”.

Anna Dellaria – I Choose Me

LA-based pop-meets-R&B songstress Anna Dellaria returns today with her new single, “I Choose Me.” The anthemic new tune will also be heard on TV Land’s critically-acclaimed show Younger, starring Hilary Duff and Sutton Foster.

Premiering today on The New Nine, “I Choose Me” is a powerful anthem for anyone who has ever felt apologetic for who they are or are not. Driven by tight production, Anna’s smooth soulful vocals captivate during intimate verses before booming with unbridled power on the refrain.

On the powerful meaning behind “I Choose Me,” Anna writes, “It’s an anthem for anyone who’s ever been manipulated, taken advantage of, or felt worthless for not fitting some ridiculous standard. In which you choose to commit to yourself and honor who you are, whether or not people are going to like or understand it. So often we are told to hide the parts of ourselves labelled as “flaws”, instead of looking at them as pieces that demonstrate strength, authenticity and character.  ‘I Choose Me’ is the moment you decide to say “f*ck that – I’m enough” and aims to allow those vulnerabilities to empower us instead of living with them as chains we can’t break and must make up for. ”

In keeping with the spirit of the song, Anna will also be donating a part of the proceeds collected from the song to Girls Inc of Alameda County. The organization gives girls from underprivileged neighborhoods the opportunities and resources that can help shape them into strong, smart, and bold young women.

A recent graduate of USC’s prestigious Thornton School of Music, Anna has truly honed her vocal and writing skills over the past few years – and it shows. She kicked off her career singing backup vocals for legendary acts such as John Fogerty and Chaka Khan.

Anna stepped into the spotlight last year with her single “Bolder,” landing a prominent sync of TV Land’s Younger and surpassing over 325K Spotify streams. With a rising profile, prominent furniture company Ethan Allen tapped Anna to sing in a national campaign that aired during the 2018 Academy® Awards.

Translating lyrical singer-songwriter catharsis a la Jeff Buckley through bold Aretha Franklin-style delivery, Anna Dellaria is quickly carving out a place of her own in the music industry.

Anna Dellaria
LA-based pop-meets-R&B songstress Anna Dellaria returns today with her new single, “I Choose Me.” The anthemic new tune will also be heard tomorrow (July 10th) on TV Land’s critically-acclaimed show Younger, starring Hilary Duff and Sutton Foster.

Radio Smash – Love To Hurt (feat. Mia LJ)

A few years ago, 2 friends know as Radio Smash decided they wanted to share their love for good music with the world. Since Sal and AJ came from different musical backgrounds, their sound is a medley of the different styles of music that have inspired them over the years. When listening, close your eyes and envision how they felt in that moment of time when their passion for music was captured into the song. Through the sad, yet hopeful vocal on Someone Like You, to the euphoric Call Me (On the Weekend), you’ll be taken on a journey through the life and times of Radio Smash.

Radio Smash
A few years ago, 2 friends know as Radio Smash decided they wanted to share their love for good music with the world. Since Sal and AJ came from different musical backgrounds, their sound is a medley of the different styles of music that have inspired them over the years.

Mayssa Karaa – Broken Lines

Mayssa Karaa with her captivating multi-octave voice and persuasive cross-cultural messages defines a new era of musical inclusion. Her songs tell of a journey connecting her origins in the ancient land of Lebanon to her adopted home of Los Angeles, California. She is about to launch her full-length English solo debut, Simple Cure.

Growing up in Lebanon, Mayssa Karaa was trained in classical music. While she loved singing, a future in civil engineering was her life plan. It was the sage advice of a French conductor that guided her to a professional music career. “He told me, ‘When you meet God he’s going to tell you, ‘I gave you a gift– what did you do with it?’ That was the turning point in my career. Fortunately, my dad had already applied to Berklee College of Music in Boston for me and had an audition set up.”

On Simple Cure, Mayssa Karaa says that most of her lyrics have their origins in conversations. “I would speak with my producer Richard Jacques, tell him something that I remembered, and we would come up with the lines and hooks to relate these stories.” When you put all the songs of the album together, you will understand the full story that lays behind.

The songs range from piano based simplicity to epic electronic orchestration. Among the highlights is “Simple Cure,” which speaks to finding peace through the miraculous power of inner strength, even in the chaos of a modern world. As Mayssa Karaa sings, “Step in the air, breathe in the stars, the simple cure is every heart.”

Cinema audiences might identify Mayssa Karaa’s voice from the hit film American Hustle, where her Arabic version of the ‘60s classic “White Rabbit” was a  standout track on the Grammy®-nominated soundtrack album. Television audiences might recognize her from the popular PBS Special, Enrico Caruso: His Life, His Cities, His Music, featuring Placido Domingo in Naples. (She is also featured in the follow-up that was released in the Spring of 2018.) International families might identify her with “The Arabic Alphabet Song” from Sesame Street that generated over 22 million YouTube views.

Melding Arabic influences into Western music is Mayssa’s forte: notable recordings in her catalog include a version of Pink Floyd’s “Comfortably Numb” accompanied by the band’s Scott Page, to which both Roger Waters and David Gilmour granted their blessings. Mayssa traveled to Detroit, Michigan to honor Rock & Roll Hall of Fame legend Bob Seger. Fronting a band organized by the distinguished producer Don Was, she performed a haunting version of Seger’s “Turn the Page” in both English and Arabic during the 22nd Annual “Concert Of Colors” in 2014 at the Orchestra Hall in Detroit, MI.

Mayssa Karaa
Mayssa Karaa with her captivating multi-octave voice and persuasive cross-cultural messages defines a new era of musical inclusion. Her songs tell of a journey connecting her origins in the ancient land of Lebanon to her adopted home of Los Angeles, California.

Aaron Taos – Voodoo

Aaron Taos is ready to seize his own parcel of the indie pop-rock landscape in 2018 — and Night Thoughts, the Brooklyn resident’s sophomore EP, serves as the blueprint for his takeover. The seven-track effort sees the self-taught artist’s bedroom noodling explode into a full-blown studio project with bolder sounds and bigger production. However, getting to this triumphant phase in his career was no clear-cut task.

Aaron Taos received his first guitar at only five years old. The New Haven, Connecticut suburbanite kid’s affair with the instrument was fleeting as he became more interested in hip-hop and a promising soccer career, even playing in the state’s Olympic Development Program. It wasn’t until he encountered  bands like Arctic Monkeys and The Strokes in high school that music re-established its magic hold on his creative aspirations.

“My first instinct is to write songs,” Aaron Taos says of his artistic drive. “When I first got a guitar when I was little, the first thing I wanted to do was write songs. I didn’t want to learn covers; I wanted to make something new. I really like making tangible things out of ideas.”

As a 16-year-old, those ideas first manifested as a garage rock band with some fellow jocks. Still, athletics remained his primary focus — until he took those talents to college. He quickly found enthusiasm for soccer quashed by too much structure and a lack of creativity, so he resolved to turn fully to his true muse: Music. Between classes, Taos holed up in his school’s computer lab, instructing himself in the production arts. “My friends would make fun of me because I was always there watching tutorial videos, learning how to use Logic,” he recalls.

Literally learning as he went, he was resolute in his passionate pursuit. He moved home before relocating to Brooklyn for a Sony Legacy internship, all the while forging his debut EP, 2015’s GUITS. Lo-fi by necessity, the project “was really a bedroom experiment with guitar in a way I wanted to do it,” he says. “Just looping. It was my first time mixing anything from scratch.” Despite its novice DIY nature, GUITS drew attention from publications like Consequence of Sound, The FADER, Brooklyn Vegan, and Pigeons and Planes; it even landed Taos a manager. With minimal assistance or formal musical education, Taos felt himself fast-tracked to pop success.

Until the reality of the situation slowed everything down. His recordings’ homegrown nature made them intriguingly sincere, but ill-prepared him for the actuality of the industry. Taos went from training himself to being thrust into writing rooms from LA to Sweden and shown all sorts of contracts and licensing deals. It was a lot to absorb for someone who just wanted to create.

“It was a double-edged sword,” says Taos of his quick come-up. “It gave me a reason to say, ‘I can actually do this. I’m going to do this.’ But it also stopped my progress in some ways. I met a lot of cool people, I became a better songwriter, but I wasn’t making anything tangible for me.”

Throughout that year of fruitless co-writing sessions, he nevertheless kept learning, refining his craft while awaiting that serendipitous spark to reignite his artful ambition. Without warning, it returned full force when Taos found himself in the right room with the right song and the right producers. The production team was LA duo TÕN and the song was his early 2017 single “Off My Mind”. A hook-riddled groove of yearning desire mixing GUITS‘s guitar sound with “hard-hitting hip-hop-ish drums,” the track catalyzed a new flurry of writing, recording, and releasing.

Yet, just as his music was becoming more dynamic, his personal life was stagnating. His relationship with his girlfriend, who had been there since the beginning of this journey, was coming to a crossroads. Taos now had to find a way to explore his new sonic growth while simultaneously dealing with a broken heart.  Ever self-aware, he determined the best way to progress with both was to capture it all on Night Thoughts.

“This EP, for me, is to conceptualize what I am and what I’ve done, what this time meant to me,” Taos reflects. “It’s me retrospectively making sense of my life at that time personally and musically.”

As a result, Night Thoughts plays through the timeline of a relationship. The sleek, sexy tones of opener “Amazing” capture that first rush of attraction. Driving and syncopated, the hard-thumping “Twisted” expresses the dumbfounding anxiety of obsession with psychedelic licks nodding to Taos’ love of Tame Impala. Straightening himself up, Taos gets lost in the cool, carefree joy of true love on “Only One”, only to wistfully stumble on the dance floor as he recognizes a potential end with “Not Over Yet”.

More than just romantic contemplation, though, the EP is truly a time capsule of Aaron Taos’ last three years. It’s the result of a burgeoning musician’s quest to become the type of recording artist he knew he could be. Although it stands as validation that he’s succeeded, it also marks the end of this chapter in his life. It places this young songwriter on the edge of darkness, just stepping forward to meet whatever comes next. There, in those moments before the breaking dawn, live twilight ruminations rich with vulnerability, pleasure, and heartache — the Night Thoughts.

Aaron Taos
Aaron Taos is ready to seize his own parcel of the indie pop-rock landscape in 2018 — and Night Thoughts, the Brooklyn resident’s sophomore EP, serves as the blueprint for his takeover.

Boys Choir – Sorry

Boys Choir is the new electronic prodigy from Scandinavia. A territory already renowned for its brilliant dance tunes. They deliver a true blend between pop and club music with their hard hitting tracks and infectiously catchy melodies. On June 8th they released their third single, “Sorry” – A lush, grand sounding track with punchy drums, massive synths and glimmering guitars. On vocals we find the amazing voice of HART.

Boys Choir
Boys Choir is the new electronic prodigy from Scandinavia. A territory already renowned for its brilliant dance tunes. They deliver a true blend between pop and club music with their hard hitting tracks and infectiously catchy melodies.

DJ Soak – Don’t Make Me

Sergio Hernando A.K.A  DJ Soak at the early age of 24 years old has become a top reference in spanish scene electrónic and turntablism. Credentials, of course, is not lacking: in 2003, with only 12 years old, opened an enviable achievements in becoming runner-up Spain in DMC. Since then it has not ceased to be a landmark in the national and international competitions for DMC and ITF, now known as I.D.A.

“A young prodigy from scratch” would be one of the most successful definitions to discuss Soak, and that is that this kid wants to bite the world.

DJ Soak shows an innate talent, which has managed to shape practicing very hard since he barely lifted was a child and used to sneak the dishes of his brother Dj Elko. Soak has grown and grown into one of the new covering of urban culture of our country.

Valencian, but with good hands who could have been forged in the crib from scratch, at it’ s Soak bet the electric rhythms.

It plays in each of them to perfection by mixing electronic, freestyle, hip hop, and requires more than an unbeliever to turn his head toward the cockpit to check that this wonder is scratching vinyl meat and bone, ultimately free music that skips the rules without giving up the party.

Despite his youth, he has appeared on several TV programs that have succumbed to his savoir faire: Música Sí (TVE), Miradas2 (TVE), La Hora Wiki (Canal+), MTV (Austria) and in Rolling Stone magazine, Dj Mag, Vulture, Serie B, Hip Hop Nation, Hip Flow, Alittlebeat, Staff Magazzine or Deejay.

The best thing is that the reign of Soak just starting and we can only expect good things very good things, this guy in constant exploration of ways and innovation that transform and magically erase the dividing lines between musical genders.

DJ Soak
“A young prodigy from scratch” would be one of the most successful definitions to discuss Soak, and that is that this kid wants to bite the world.

TITLES AND AWARDS:

*Vize-Champion of Spain DMC 2003

*3º in the championship of Spain of the I.T.F 2005

*4º in the championship of Spain of the DMC 2005

*Champion of the Community Valenciana of DMC 2006

*3º in the championship of Spain the DMC 2006

*Champion of Spain I.T.F / I.D.A 2006

*Vize-champion of World/Euro I.T.F / I.D.A 2006

*Vize-Champion of Spain DMC 2007

*4º in the World I.D.A/I.T.F 2007

*Champion of Spain DMC 2008

*5º in the championship of World DMC 2008

*Champion of Spain DMC 2009

*Red Bull Thre3Style Champion of the Community Valenciana