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Thalo – I Mean

Thalo is the pseudonym for Jack Harbo, an American musician who is disrupting the presumed conventions of genre and pretense. Jack and his sister, Paige- who lends vocals to some tracks- are old souls sporting modern sparks. Thalo blends familiar constructs and exciting innovation with the lost, wandering tone of a generation of dissatisfaction. All while maintaining wry humor, and inviting the listener to laugh together at a world that seems hell-bent on falling to pieces.

The new release, “i mean.” is, in a lot of ways, about the difficulties of communication. It seeks to parse out the differences between romanticism and optimism, and to acknowledge the loneliness that has become so potent for those of us that struggle just to meet the bare minimum. It explores the micros and macros of our modern world, all with climbing, sliding melodies to remind us of the inherent joy of music– to remind us to have fun along whatever road we walk.

Hedara – Skin Deep

Since leaving the BRIT Academy in 2016 along with Freya Ridings, Hedara – aka Scarlet Billham – nearly died by falling into a diabetic coma. Little did Scarlet know that she had type 1 diabetes until she was omitted to hospital.

This led Scarlet to reevaluate her music and scrap everything to start again. Over the past 16 months she has been working with a number of songwriters and soon found a connection with Carey Willetts (Dua Lipa, Freya Ridings, Dermot Kennedy) who helped co-write and produce 8 tracks, 3 of which form the foundations to her Debut EP – Slow.

Hedara received excellent support from Radio 2 via Jo Whiley’s new music show and appeared on a number of Spotify, Apple and Deezer playlists. She is back with her second single Skin Deep, which is all about finding your strength.

‘You’re the one finally taking control in a relationship where someone has tried to play you like a puppet on a string, now you’re the one calling the shots.

I wanted an anthemic feel to the song, so I took a lot of inspiration from female musicians that I admire like Florence and the Machine, Jessie Ware and Dua Lipa.’

She’ll be supporting Tom Speight at Bush Hall on the 21st November

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.

Amy Jo – Doing Better

Since winning North-West’s Search for A Star at only 13, Amy Jo has become no stranger to the music industry; regularly supporting big names such as Scouting for Girls, Rick Astley, Heaven 17, Alexander O’Neal and Toploader. She also performed alongside artists such as Pixie Lott, Little Mix and The Vamps for two consecutive years at Blackpool Illuminations and has recently finished touring with chart-topping band ‘The Christians’.

Amy Jo began writing songs at 13 and has since had her tracks played on BBC Introducing, BBC Radio Lancashire and BBC Radio Manchester. She also recently featured on the Women in Music segment on Indie Rocks Radio.

Keen to release her original music, Amy Jo released her first self-penned EP ‘Innocence’ at only 15 and her second EP ‘Integrity’ at only 17. She has since been releasing new tracks which she has not only written; but helped to produce and her headline show sold over 250 tickets in her hometown of Lancaster.

Thursday night of the annual Lancaster Music Festival saw eighteen-year-old singersongwriter; Amy-Jo Clough amaze a packed audience at the Penny Bank with her country-pop sound reminiscent of a young Taylor Swift. Yet, there was a twist. With her soulful, bluesy covers of Mercy by Duffy and Paolo Nutini’s Last Request as well as inclusion of her own catchy songs, she really showcased her range of talent even mastering the rap in Blackstreet’s No Diggity”, Scan Newspaper – 2015

“Amy Jo Clough is a 22-year-old singer/songwriter from Lancaster. Inspired by pop, country and RnB; her entirely self-penned, catchy songs are truly unique, relatable and enjoyable for all ages. Growing up around music, you can expect to find Amy Jo with her guitar or piano writing about the world around her; from love and heartbreak to world issues, equality and social media”.

Amy Jo is a bubbly and thoughtful character who loves to connect with audience members as well as fans of her music online. She knows how to work a crowd with honest, original music and unique renditions of popular covers that will have the audience up on their feet”.

Jemma Siles – Light me up

Introducing Jemma Siles, twenty one year old, Melbourne based pop singer/songwriter. Jemma has already attracted a significant online following, with over 20,000 followers on her ever-growing social media channels.

Jemma initially gained attention from fans after posting a cover on Facebook of Anne-Marie and Clean Bandit’s “Rockabye” in January of 2017 which was reposted by the Facebook page Radio One Lebanon and reached over half a million views in just a few days. She later on posted a multitude of videos and reached 200,000 views on her own post of “Symphony” by Zara Larsson and Clean Bandit. Jemma then went onto work with International DJ’s NERVO (Olivia Nervo and Miriam Nervo) and Wolfpack on the track “Like Air” which was later on release in December of 2017. “Like Air” has now reached 2 million streams on Spotify alone.

Jemma was a part of an elite performing arts company called Patrick Studios Australia for many years and has been on stage from a very young age performing for hundreds of people. Jemma has with and trained among many professionals across the board in singing, dancing and acting. She has always been told that her stage presence has shone above and beyond anyone else.

Jemma has performed in over 20 locations on multiple occasions all across Melbourne including; 170 Russell, Lux, Bond, The Princess Theatre, The Comedy Theatre, The National Theatre, Hamer Hall, Melbourne Recital Centre and Gasworks Theatre, The Evelyn Hotel just to name a few. Jemma has just recently returned from a Nation wide tour performing in Melbourne (170 Russell)Perth (The Astor Theatre) and Brisbane (Royal on the Park Hotel) as an opening act for LA artists; Indiana Massara, Tayler Holder and Bad Zach. Jemma has also performed at the Canterbury Herlstone Park in Sydney.

Jemma Siles, released her debut single “D.A.M.N.” earlier on in the year, which went on to win Australian Songwriter of the Year (2018) in the category ‘Contemporary Pop/Dance’. Presented by APRA AMCOS & ASA

Jemma’s self-written records follow the sounds of Taylor Swift, Tove lo and George Maple. Her records are packed with raw emotion, an edgy pop sound and strong lead vocals. As a writer Jemma is constantly playing with the use of intelligent symbolisms and intriguing hidden messages.

Jemma’s latest release Light Me Up, within 24 hours has been featured on a major publication The AU Review and Australia’s very own JOY radio station (94.9FM) as well as music injectionessentially pop and pop spotlight. Jemma is gearing up to release many more songs throughout the year.

Jemma has worked with MSquared a production company part of The Mushroom Group and has two unreleased songs with them. MSquared consists of two very talented artists; Michael Paytner, who was one of the members of the world renowned band called Icehouse and Michael Delorenzis, who written songs with Bonnie AndersonReece Mastin and Nussy, as well as countless others.

With so much talent and ambition, matched with a strong work ethic, Jemma is set for a massive career!

moglii – flow

Moglii is a producer, songwriter and synth slayer based in Cologne. He studied jazz piano in Düsseldorf, Germany. After his collaborative “Down Under EP” with NOVAA in 2016 (single “Mother” reached #2 on Spotify’s Global Viral Charts and 4 million hits), he dropped his very first solo 7 Track EP called Naboo in 2017 on Majestic Casual Records (over 1 9 million plays). His music reached the top 10 of Hype Maschine Charts several times and got featured by COLORS, Fresh Finds or The Sound you need.

 Moglii is creating his unique and significant style out of warm beats, analogue synthesizers and soulful vocal samples. His modern electronic compositions are often supplemented by acoustic instruments and an organic soundscape. Its futuristic pop music influenced by the sound of Mura Masa, James Blake or Bon Iver Moglii ’s lively and playful tracks are made for big stages as well as for the headphones of an urban music enthusiast. A lot of samples are self made, with the help of field recording of coffee machines, shopping bags or cactuses. Simon is also the mastermind of 5 piece band MOGLEBAUM, in which he already played on national and international Festivals (Bulgaria, India , UK ). Their single “Raindrops” reached #1 on Spotify’s global viral charts in July 2016 and more than 1 million streams. This second project is frozen since 201 8.

Trapdoor social – The Move

Trapdoor Social is a Los Angeles based independent rock band with a mission. With its origins in a college environmental studies program, the band has a record of fundraising and activism to promote sustainability. Starting in 2015 Trapdoor Social branched off from the usual mix of club/radio/college shows and began producing outdoor, solar-powered concerts and events around the US, including Sunstock Solar Festival, which is takes place in Los Angeles annually. Their other projects combining music with activism have benefitted Homeboy IndustriesMesa Ridge High School, and Kids Cancer Connection.

The band’s music is energetic and passionate, with lyrics that play with love, philosophy, and social critique. Several of the band’s songs— “Away”, “Fine on My Own,” “Sunshine,” and “Wining as Truth” – have received significant airplay around the country, a national TV ad placement and success on Spotify’s ‘Discover Weekly’.
Trapdoor Social are set to release a full album, as well as a national tour in the spring of 2019.

The infectious track is inspired by the idea of a growing movement of people who want to leave the world better than they found it. With funk-fuelled guitars, impassioned vocals and a contagious chorus the single is sure to be stuck in your head all day long! The visuals feature protests for environmental regulation change.
The indie rock band have a record of fundraising and activism supporting sustainability, producing outdoor solar-powered concerts around the US.

Rainer + Grimm – Be Your girl

Rainer + Grimm, self-proclaimed happy sad boys, have been described as Toronto’s contemporary dance music response to the alternative R&B sound the city is infamous for.

Their official remixes for Sam Smith, Jessie Ware, Years & Years, Johnny Orlando, R3Hab, and many others have found homes on commercial airwaves and basement dance floors alike while signing a string of original releases on Universal Canada, Casablanca and physical presents as well as independent releases on their own imprint Bleeding Hearts Club. With production and engineering credits for the likes of Drake, The Weeknd, French Montana, Swae Lee, and Allan Rayman, just to name a few, they are poised to push their sound to the masses like never before.

Rainer + Grimm have had countless number 1’s on the popular blog aggregate site Hype Machine and a top 5 chart position on the UK’s Music Week Club and Pop Charts helped R&G tour across North America multiple times preaching their duty gospel and touch festival main stages ranging from Digital Dreams and Escapade to Splash House.

Since being a Spotify spotlight artist back in 2016, Rainer + Grimm records have been streamed over 30 million times across all streaming platforms, while boasting millions of those streams independently, 2019 promises more success under their musical umbrella Bleeding Hearts Club (BHC).

Olive B – playmate

Olive B uses her melodic voice and emotive lyrics to take listeners on a reflective and often nostalgic journey through their past relationships, and the pain and pleasures that accompany love. Olive’s first release was a seven-song mixtape titled No(W)here, released May 2017, produced and mastered by Toronto-producer Kayobe. In 2018, she collaborated with Vancouver-based producer Chewy on “Always You” and “Joey Moon.” Olive B is currently in the studio with producer Bobby Love (“Illusion” and “Fine Wine”) working on finishing an eight-song album titled With Or Without You. It’s a mix of indie pop meets alternative R&B. Look for this release on all streaming platforms on May 31st.

I was inspired by a relationship I was in, where I felt fully committed to this person, and eventually it became one-sided. He didn’t seem to care about me, but put more effort in when I acted the way I thought he wanted me to. At first, writing this track was emotional, but the more I started writing the more empowered I felt. The lyrics for the chorus just came to me during a freestyle session in the studio while Bobby was playing some spooky synths. I discovered there are two themes in the song – a vulnerable submissive side, and one where I felt powerful and comfortable with being myself.

“Playmate” is produced by Bobby Love. I came up with the melody for the chorus right away. Once everything started coming together, I knew it was going to be a great track.

dan crossley – closure

Dan Crossley is a 23-year old singer/songwriter from Telford, now based in London. Consistently drawing from personal experience, Dan’s lyrics are flawlessly honest. Following from the success of his previous singles off his EP ‘Closure’ (7 Minutes, Call Back, Mind Games and Heal) Forgive Me is the fifth and final chapter to the EP.

Dan wrote Closure about a toxic relationship he was in from start to finish. The EP goes through each stage of the relationship with 7 Minutes being that initial attraction despite knowing that person is going to be bad for you down the road. Call Back is the aftermath where you’re desperate for that person to get in contact. Mind Games represents the peak of the relationship where that person is constantly playing on your mind and you’re trying to get over them. Heal is the result of the break up and Forgive Me is realising your wrong doings and asking for forgiveness and making peace with the relationship resulting in closure. Speaking on Forgive Me Dan says “It was a chance for me to escape the bitterness, let my guard down and be more mature about my first heartbreak. Forgiveness is something I’m still learning everyday, not just in relationships but with myself. I’ll always have love for someone that taught me lessons and made me who I am today.”

Speaking on the EP Dan says “Closure was a writing journey I started after my first heartbreak. The relationship never fully ended and I’m still to this day left with a question mark hanging over the two of us. That being said the project gave me the closure I needed to move on. It’s been just as much as a personal journey as well as a musical one.” Having caught the attention of Billboard, CLASH, Earmilk and Notion, Dan certainly remains as ‘one to watch’. He has accumulated over 500,000 streams on Spotify along with editorial playlists such as Chilled Pop Hits, Out Now and New Pop Revolution and has also been included in Apple Music’s Best of The Week playlists. Dan Crossley has been featured as Track of The Week numerous times on BBC Introducing, which led to him being named BBC Introducing’s One To Watch for 2018 as well as finishing last year off with a sold out headline show at The Camden Assembly.