Sonia Leigh is about to take her melting pot of indie, pop, and country rock on tour in the UK and Ireland before returning to America for six gigs. Her latest single is “When We Are Alone”, the title track of her debut album. We found out why 2Pac is one of her go-to artists and the strength in being an independent artist.
Norwegian singer-songwriter Ksyran is using her soprano voice to make the transition from theatre performance to a music chart regular. Recent single “Intimacy”, the title track from her forthcoming album, followed previous hits “You Don’t Love Me Anymore” and “Heartless” into the UK dance chart top 10 – so if you’re hitting Ibiza this year, expect to hear a lot of Ksyran. We found out more about her acting and plans as a solo artist.
The Paper Shapes are back with new tunes “Home” and “Stay”, their first major release since their Where You Lay EP in 2012. Their wistful melodies built on the close harmonies of Sarah Dollar and Jon Rixon accompanied by intricate guitars are more indie-leaning now. We caught up with the folk duo to find out more about how the band has developed.
Indie rock vocalist Frances James is hoping to make her mark on the music scene with debut single “Light Up The Sky”. Born in Barbados, Frances grew up in a musical home and was the lead singer in a local alternative rock band. Now she’s going solo.
British country singer Sasha McVeigh will tour the UK and Ireland in April and May following the release of her debut album recorded in Nashville. We caught up with Sasha to find out more about the emerging country star.
Kelsy Karter is an Australian soul artist who moved to Los Angeles four years ago as a 17-year-old runaway pursuing her music. She has been described as “The Rebel Doll”, a stylist mix of 60’s rock ‘n’ roll and being a real life circus doll which sweeps through her music. Her debut album Kiss the Boys is released next month and we caught up with Kelsy to find out more.
Scottish singer/songwriter Mo Evans has a debut EP “Spilled My Love” out now featuring Mo’s signature sound of vocals with an accompaniment of guitar, piano or ukulele. His influence include Mystery Jets and Neil Young; we found out more about the now Reading-based musician.
Spanish noise rock band Parlement will be heard this year as they release singles and an album led by Stefan Robert. They have a new single “Blood” out on Monday, Janaury 12th – we caught up with the band to find out more about where they came from and plans for 2015.
Indie pop band Beach Youth hail from Caen and are aiming for 2015 to be their break-through year. With a sound that harks back to seminal bands such as The Smith’s and The Stone Roses with a hint of the modern take on indie from acts such as Metronomy, they hope this year will see their first EP released. Only formed in 2013, we caught up with the four piece of Simon Dumottier (vocals/guitar/synths), Etienne Froidure (vocals/guitar), Louis-Antonin Lesieur (bass) and Gautier Caignaert (drums) to find out more about their formative years.
Natascha Hagen first found prominence on the European dance music scene with hits such as “You and You” while also going double platinum as a songwriter and co-owning a recording studio until 2012. Now Natascha is preparing a comeback as an artist with a broader musical range than ever: powerful songs, inspirational lyrics, soaring melodies that alternate with a fragile intimacy. We caught up with her to find out more about her approach to music.
The latest contemporary pop of Words & Noises comes in the form of their new EP Loaded Gun. The duo – Chris Selman and Simon Williams – worked with producer Fred Kindt (Elbow, Cherry Ghost) at Blueprint Studios for their debut EP, Beating Heart last year, and are now back with their follow up. We caught up with Chris to find out more.
The Actions are a London based alternative rock band influenced by trip hop, dark wave and psychedelia. Their new single “The Echo” is out on December 8th and we caught up with Silty and Mo to find out more about their influences, lack of songwriting routine and ambitions.
Brighton electro-dance rock band Astrid’s Tea Party have the motto “Why go to a gig, when you can go to a party?”, and this four piece provide the soundtrack. The four piece of Astrid, Rémi, Oliver and Cam channel songs of betrayal, paranoia, substance abuse, surveillance and love and hate, with new track What’s In It For Me? essential listening for electro pop fans. We caught up with the band to find out more about their tea party ways.
Finnish synth-pop songstress Scarlette took her name from fantasy film Red Sonja and developed her music style by blending US dubstep, indie rock and electro. She’s got a new single Wasting My Love ahead of the release of debut album of the same name. We caught up with the emerging artist.
Benjamin Steel announces himself to the music world in 2015 with album The Record and debut single “Stormchaser”. Ahead of the biggest year of his career, we caught up with him to find out more about this rising star.
Duo Taylor and Marie met following Jodie Marie’s touring of debut “Mountain Echo” when she met up with Samuel Taylor who she’d shared a stage with on the circuit to write together. They are currently on the road with Nerina Pallot after the release of their EP Tilt the Moon. We caught up with Jodie to find out more about how the pair got together, their approach to making music and their influences.
Musician and songwriter Alexander Wolfe is three albums in to his career with the release of From The Shallows and new single “Sunburn” just out. We caught up with him ahead of his tour with a theatre production called The Trench.
Canadian act Slow Down Molasses is a four-piece indie rock collective that feature a rotating cast of collaborating musicians joining them on stage and in the studio. They’re about to release new single “Summer Sun”, the first track from their new album Burnt Black Cars, due in 2015. We caught up with founding member Tyson McShane ahead of tour dates in Spain, the UK and Canada, including a hometown show in Saskatoon.
Soul-man Danny Toeman is neo-vintage, with comparisons to past masters and more modern practitioners of the genre. New single “That Sinking Feeling” is taken from his forthcoming EP The Way It Seems out on 27th October 2014, and we caught up with him to find out what he’s been up to ahead of it’s release.
Yorkshire-born Rupert Stroud writes strong-hearted, beat-driven acoustic rock and is back in the studio with producer Will Jackson (The Kaiser Chiefs, Embrace, The Cribs) recording his third album. His new single “Way Back Home” is out on September 15th, and we caught up with Rupert to find out more about his influences, touring habits and thoughts about 2014 so far.
London rock band Starling want to bring a new shape to the musical landscape. Dan, Craig, Sol and Vanessa blend catchy rock riffs with the grandeur of an orchestral sound, and have been touring extensively across the UK to build up a strong fan base. Their debut single “Dream Again” is releaed on Monday, September 8th and we caught up with charismatic frontman Daniel James to find out more about the band’s dynamic.
American country singer-songwriter Jessica Clemmons has teamed up with a band, bringing you Jess and the Bandits. Their new single ‘My Name is Trouble’ is out on September 15th, and we caught up with Jess to answer a few questions about her life in music so far and forthcoming plans.
Juno and Spark are Peppermint Heaven, an LA-based, 80s-influenced synth-pop duo. They’ve been in the studio following the release of latest single “Plenty Of Time”, the follow up to their Delicious EP last year, and we caught up with them to find out more about how they got together and their next steps.
London songwriter and performer Maria Evangelou is an enticing dip back into ’60s history. Her Motown, soul and jazz influences link her to the likes of Amy Winehouse, Dionne Bromfield and Duffy. She is very comfortable slipping on these classic styles like costumes and morphing into them with a rich, quivering voice and a straight to the point retro production. We caught up with Maria ahead of the release of new single “Mr Right” available September 8th.
Finnish trance duo Super8 & Tab, aka Janne Mikael Mansnerus and Miika Juhani Eloranta, continue to push the classic trance sound forward signed to Above & Beyond’s Anjunabeats label. This summer they play London’s South West Four dance music festival on Clapham Common, taking place on Saturday, August 23rd and Sunday, August 24th. We caught up with Janne to find out more about their 2014 so far and what to expect when they play SW4.