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Chase Zera – Said I Would

Chase Zera has been spreading her talents across the performing arts scene since the age of six. She grew up excelling in every dance genre from commercial jazz to hip-hop and cabaret. She then began singing and writing her own original material at the age of thirteen as well as learning the piano to refine her craft.

Chase Zera was accepted into the Australian Institute of Music and studied Composition and Audio Engineering as well as attending Ableton Live School where she learned the basics of music production. This helped spark her passion for pop and electronic music and allowed her to experiment and find her signature brooding, pop-house sound.

She has also collaborated in writing and production with various artists such as Xavier Dunn, Stu Turner from Set Mo, Commandeur, Bajillionaire & GANZ.

Chase Zera’s sound can be described as upbeat and electrifying, with the addition of her airy vocals, consistent with a distinct vibrato. Her live shows are packed with high energy as Chase showcases powerful, bold choreography alongside her dancers.

‘Clovers’, the debut single by Chase Zera was premiered by Purple Sneakers on 1st March 2019. ‘Clovers’ made its mark on Spotify’s prestigious ‘New Music Fridays’, ‘House Party’, ‘Office Stereo’ and ‘Pop Edge’ playlists. The single was also played on Declan Byrne’s ‘Home and Hosed’ on Triple J and added to the Triple J Unearthed weekly podcast, charting on Triple J Unearthed in its first week of upload.

“It’s a pop anthem that works hard to showcase her songwriting abilities, vocal prowess and production skill. The complexities of the lyrical content are reflected very aptly in the hard-hitting production, and the slick sheen of this one comes through with years of experience.” – Purple Sneakers.

ORKID – Lay Low

ORKID delivers a candid vocal over something like synchronized culinary clangor in “Lay Low”. Pots and pans, hand claps and the clinking of metal pipes contribute to a sense of frenzy that punctuates the rhythm as if ORKID has help from the kitchen staff. She refuses to submit to constraints and is prepared to drink, steal and outpace police to exercise her freedom. That recklessness reflects, as ORKID describes, “getting to a point where I simply don’t give a — and where I want to misbehave. I want to do whatever I feel like. I want to wake up in Vegas.”

The 21-year-old lives in Stockholm—the capital of pop—but grew up listening to Nat King Cole and Sam Cooke. These contrasting influences manifest in ORKID’s ability to be both on-trend and mature beyond her years. At only 16, she used the Idol stage to transition from performing small town gigs to playing on an international stage. In the next three years, ORKID completed her education, improved her songwriting and stage presence and developed into one of Sweden’s most exciting artist exports.

  • Over 6 million streams in first year
  • Featured on 20 + Spotify New Music Friday playlists all over the world
  • Playlisted on Swedish national radio
  • Posted on 25 + Hype Machine Blogs, reached top of most-posted list

“Swedish starlet ORKID combines velvet vocals with electro-pop” – Complex

Pop superstar in the making ORKID returns with another infectious banger – The Line of Best of Fit

Phil Good – Put It all on me

Phil Good had his latest original single, “Be Somebody” featured on Spotify’s New Music Friday.

Phil Good has collaborated with  Cheat Codes, Daylight, Shaun Frank, Casey Smith, Justin Gammella, Michelle Buzz, Avena Savage, Shallou, and more.

Feature with k?d (PRMD) “Lose Myself” reached #1 on the Soundcloud Dance charts.

Has co-written singles for Cheat Codes and CADE and has an upcoming single that he co-wrote and co-produced coming out by buzzy up and comer, Carlie Hanson.  He also co-wrote the latest single from Demo Taped feat. Jaira Burns (300) titled “Everyone Else.”

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.

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

UHURU – Thirsty

UHURU are a duo whose music knows no boundaries – even their name means “freedom” in Swahili. Bringing together dance, electronica and R&B, their sound is a vibrant fusion that takes up today’s post-genre challenge to create soul-infused, modern pop equally at home on radio or the dancefloor. “The mix of weird sounds which you can do now in pop really excites me,” says UHURU’s vocalist, songwriter and producer Connor Daniel. “Pop production now is the most exciting I’ve ever heard it.”

Still only 22, Daniel been making music since his early teens, when he began uploading unofficial dubstep mixes of Drake and Usher to YouTube. He now describes the tracks as “awful”, but they showed impressive studio skills, clocking up plays in the hundreds of thousands, earning him a feature on BBC Introducing and, more importantly, impressing his future bandmate Robert Jones when they met on a music technology course in their home town of Southampton.

“When I met Connor at college he was talking about having one of his mixes played on Introducing,” says Jones, “and I was thinking, This guy is big time!”

It turned out Daniel had his sights set well beyond the dubstep scene. His background, too, marked him out from his fellow students. Born in Kenya, Daniel spent his early years in the coastal city of Mombasa before his parents moved to the UK when he was six. “My mum’s family have been in Kenya for generations,” he says. “I’m proud of my Kenyan roots, for sure. I have tattoos to prove it!”

His parents also encouraged an early musical flair. “There’s videos of me when I was four years old tapping along to the beat of a Michael Jackson song,” he laughs. Later he developed into a gifted pianist, with a soulful vocal delivery that elevated early efforts at writing pop songs to echo those he was hearing on the radio.

Jones’s ancestry is somewhat less cosmopolitan – both parents are originally from Wales – but his wide-ranging musicianship has been key to UHURU’s development. Like Daniel, the 22-year-old plays five instruments, having first taught himself guitar as a teenager. “My family’s not musical at all,” he says, adding that he took inspiration instead from Nile Rodgers and Noel Gallagher. “Other than my grandad, that is. He plays euphonium with the Salvation Army.”

Having clicked as friends, Jones and Daniel initially formed UHURU as a four-piece band while still in Southampton. Daniel recalls their live set was mostly made up of “electro house and Chase & Status covers”, and it was only after downsizing to a duo that the current, more complex UHURU sound started to take shape. By the time they’d finished their studies in Southampton, both agreed they should continue working together – especially after being accepted onto courses at the Academy of Contemporary Music (ACM) in Guildford.

“It was all quite natural,” says Jones of the move. “We ended up in this little two-up, two-down and it had a conservatory. We used to practice in there, much to the annoyance of old Richard next door!”

Jones and Daniel, however, quickly impressed their tutors – not least former Prodigy drummer Kieron Pepper who came round to listen in on the conservatory sessions. With Daniel studying Electronic Music Production and Jones signed up for Contemporary Music Production, at this point neither quite knew what UHURU was going to sound like from one week to the next. But well aware that ACM had previously nurtured some major talents (Ed Sheeran is a former student), they relished feeding new experiences and influences into the mix.

“Connor would come back to the house with people that were on his course,” says Jones, “and we’d try and work out this cool new direction he wanted to go in.”

“I was trying to do really experimental, underground, future bass hip hop stuff,” laughs Daniel. “But from there I discovered that you can mix all of that into pop music, which is more what we’re pushing towards now.”

Currently holed up in a studio off the M25 where they’re mixing tracks for a forthcoming EP, UHURU is rapidly evolving beyond an experimental studio project. Attention-grabbing new songs such as Riddle and Thirsty show their ambition, updating contemporary R&B with neon-tinged synthpop and global beats in a way reminiscent of breakout acts such as Bondax and Mura Masa (“a huge inspiration, production-wise” says Daniel).

Daniel insists there’s much more to come – he has hundreds of melody lines and vocal fragments recorded on his phone. He’s also still restlessly seeking out inspiration from unlikely sources, whether it be his mum (she recently clued him into jazz maestro George Benson) or Justin Timberlake. “Songwriting and vocal-wise, I love Justin Timberlake,” he says. “People say to me, Is he a guilty pleasure? But there’s nothing guilty about me loving Justin Timberlake!”

With ideas flowing so fast, it’s not surprising Daniel and Jones are eager to take UHURU out on the road and test their songs on live audiences, not least during a busy summer festival season. But for all the stylish sophistication of their new material, Daniel says his aim remains the same as when they played student clubs in Guildford: to make people dance. “Put us on a stage in front of a crowd,” he grins, “and I think we can do the rest.”

The word is out: UHURU are on a mission to liberate your mind, body and soul.

UHURU
UHURU are a duo whose music knows no boundaries – even their name means “freedom” in Swahili. Bringing together dance, electronica and R&B, their sound is a vibrant fusion that takes up today’s post-genre challenge to create soul-infused, modern pop equally at home on radio or the dancefloor.

Foley – Talk About It

Foley  started  almost  as  a  dare  –  a  challenge  between  two  long  time  friends  to  blend  their  mutual  love  of  popfunk  and  dance  into  a  meaningful  spin  on  pop  music.  Frustrated  with  the  standard  model  of  two-piece  acts  being  pigeonholed  into  1  vocalist  and  1  producer,  Foley  made  a  point  to  be  equal.  Songs  are  crafted  together,  50/50;  with  neither  party  more  important  than  the  other.  In  a  male  dominated  industry  where  female  vocalists  are  often  commoditized,  it’s  an  important  distinction  to  make.

Both  talented  writers,  producers,  and  performers,  the  pair  collaborate  on  everything  from  lyrics  &  melody  to  instrumentation  &  performance  –  nothing  is  one  sided  and  the  result  is  greater  than  the  sum  of  its  parts.  The  long  list  of  achievements  following  their  debut  single  ‘Settle’ is  proof  that  going  against  the  grain  works.

Released  in  October  2017,  the  bass-driven  debut  immediately  launched  the  pair  into  local  hearts  and  minds,  receiving  extensive  radio  support  from  one  of  New  Zealand’s  largest  commercial  radio  stations  ZM  and  NZ’s  largest  dance  station  George  FM. ‘Settle’  also  received  wide  support  from  DSPs,  landing  on  Spotify’s  prestigious  Fresh  Finds:  Hiptronix  playlist  and  clocking  up  over  50K  streams  since  release.  And  after  only  one  month  in  the  public  eye,  Foley  were  invited  to  play  New  Zealand’s  largest  New  Years  festival,  Rhythm  &  Vines  for  it’s  second  consecutive  sold-out  year.

Waves  like  this  don’t  go  unnoticed  –  Foley’s  success  quickly  pricked  the  ears  of  the  industry,  landing  the  duo  features  on  tastemaker  blogs  like  Coup  de  Main.  The  pair  also  secured  government  funding  and  a  coveted  spot  on  the  NZ  On  Air’sNewTracks  disc  –  which  is  presented  to  top  level  broadcast  media.  Behind  the  scenes,  the  duo  have  formed  a  relationship  with  some  of  NZ’s  best  producers:  Josh  Fountain  (Thomston,  LEISURE,  MAALA)  and  Djeisan  Suskov  (Mitch  James,  Matthew  Young)  –  trying  new  sounds  and  tearing  apart  old  habits.

X.ARI – Stay v Go

X.ARI

X.ARI  the  Toronto  born,  LA  based  songstress  deftly  dances  in  and  out  of  genre  lines,  moving  from  enchanting  alternative  pop  to  gritty  hip-hop  production  under  a  cover  of  electronic  elegance.  All  the  while,  her  visceral  lyrics  transmit  messages  of  hope  as  often  as  they  ponder  tragedy.  It  is  the  mixture  of  those  two  elements  when  X.ARI’s  sound  and  voice  come  to  life.

X.ARI  finds  healing  and  her  unapologetic  voice  in  her  music.  In  addition  to  that  she  also  dedicates  much  of  her  time  and  energy  into  her  Pain  into  Power  campaign,  which  focuses  on  self  care  and  well  being  in  regards  to  one’s  mental  health.  Her  latest  single  ‘Stay  v  Go’  and  5  track  EP  “Dis-Order”  are  being  released  in  May  as  a  part  of  Mental  Health  Awareness  month.  There  will  also  be  a  line  of  self  care  products  such  as  journals,  candles,  etc  to  accompany  these  releases.

A  version  of  ‘Stay  v  Go’  was  filmed  to  air  exclusively  in  over  1200  Journeys  stores,  during  a  campaign  that  will  run  in  Fall  2018. “We  don’t  need  to  be  defined  by  labels  and  we  can  turn  our  weakness  into  strength  with  a  lot  of  self  love,  radical  acceptance,  support,  therapy,  and  consistency.  If  I  can  get  through  my  traumas  and  turn  pain  into  power,  so  can  you”  is  one  of  her  anchoring  beliefs  and  much  of  the  purpose  behind  her  latest  web  series  ‘Self  Care  Sunday’.

The  identity  and  name  X.ARI  is  a  persona  that  was  adopted  amidst  working  on  her  debut  EP  in  2017,  which  she  has  stated  “became  the  birth  of  a  totally  new  process”.  She  goes  on  to  say  “In  Nordic,  ARI  means  eagle  and  in  Hebrew,  it  means  lion.  It  is  more  me  than  I’ve  ever  been”.

Her  debut  EP,  Tunnel  Vision  went  on  to  win  several  awards,  including  Artistic  Echoes  Indie  awards  for  ‘Best  Female  Artist’,  ‘Best  Album  of  the  Year’,  and  ‘Best  Single’,  for  the  title  track  ‘Tunnel  Vision’.  Her  single  ‘Teachers’  also  won  the  Indie  International  Songwriting  Competition  in  March  2018. In  addition  to  all  the  accolades,  X.  ARI  is  also  determined  to  give  back.  Proceeds  from  every  show,  music,  and  merchandise  go  to Jack.org, the  only  Canadian  charity  training  and  empowering  young  leaders  to  revolutionize  mental  health.  Through  their  programs,  Jack.org  is  ensuring  young  people  in  Canada  take  care  of  their  mental  health  and  get  the  help  they  deserve,  when  they  need  it.X.

ARI’s  music  is  aimed  to  serve  as  a  vehicle  for  expression.  2018  has  seen  the  release  of  her  most  recent  single  “Vapors”,  which  was  produced  by  Justin  Gray  (Mariah  Carey,  Joss  Stone)  and  premiered  on  Wolf  In  A  Suit.  This  came  fresh  on  the  heels  of  the  EP’s  announcement  and  first  single,  “Cattle  Call”,  which  came  out  on  October  2017,  was  produced  by  Drew  Skinner,  and  the  single’s  release  party  included  a  SOLD  OUT  performance  at  the  acclaimed  Toronto  venue,  The  Piston.

Currently  she  is  working  on  a  remix  for  her  latest  single  “Stay  v  Go”  with  Bimbo  Jones.  The  release  of  the  ‘Dis-Order’  EP,  will  be  followed  with  new  music  she  is  already  working  on  for  her  third  EP  with  Midi  Jones  (2Chainz,  Trey  Songz).

X.ARI
X.ARI,  the  Toronto  born,  LA  based  songstress  deftly  dances  in  and  out  of  genre  lines,  moving  from  enchanting  alternative  pop  to  gritty  hip-hop  production  under  a  cover  of  electronic  elegance.

Lenii – Human

Ellen Murphy know as the music artist Lenii is a singer, songwriter, music producer and multi-instrumentalist from Cork, Ireland. Her musical journey started with classical violin at age 4 but, since discovering the endless possibilities in producing electronic music, she developed a love for fusing different genres and styles. At 15 years old she moved to New York to further her skills in music production, and subsequently spent years involved in the underground electronic music scene.

Her first single release of 2018 is ‘Human’, a subject of 80’s synth-pop influences and a forward-thinking approach to the underground electronic music scene. Having originally composed ballads and instrumentals from as young as 7, her musical style now showcases the melodic songwriting from her roots, mixed with electronic production reminiscent of the 80’s synth-pop era.

Her music is centred around her ethereal vocals and moving lyrics that focus on social and emotional subjects. Sent awash by reverb-drenched anthemic beats and twinkling synthesizers that shine bright matching a starlit night, her delivery of effervescent vocal qualities and reflective lyricism shows her clear pop qualities on full display.

Commenting more on the single, Lenii states “Today’s world is so divided and when it comes down to it we’re all human, we all feel the same emotions and deal with the same things.”

Lenii
Ellen Murphy know as the music artist Lenii is a singer, songwriter, music producer and multi-instrumentalist from Cork, Ireland.