Found Director James Benenson, who had been with the brand since its beginnings hosting nights at Vauxhall’s now defunct Hidden in 2011, looks back over pitching up at four of London’s parks and inviting thousands of revellers to party as he leaves the festival brand to return to the Urban Nerds youth marketing agency he helped start in 2007.
Singer-songwriter Tom Clay is the Flight Brigade bass player looking to make a name for himself as a solo artist. He’s been in the studio this year and hopes to have live dates soon. We caught up with Tom, who has a claim to fame of being Robert Carlyle’s hand double in 28 Weeks later.
Sheffield grime MC Coco followed up debut single “Target Practice” with a second tune produced by Toddla T: “Big Bou Yah”. A blend of dub and reggae roots, it’s out now on his label Girls Music. The veteran MC appeared at Notting Hill Carnival on the Toddla T Sound System alongside Sean Paul, Julio Bashmore and Lady Leshurr; he also made his debut on the white isle when he played Ibiza Rocks! We caught up with Coco to find out more about his career so far.
Mo Kenney is about to release second album In My Dreams in the UK, already recognised in Canada for an East Coast Music Award for Pop Recording of the Year. We caught up with Mo to find out more about her career so far.
Conor Coughlan is a 19-year-old singer/songwriter is about to see his new album Give It Up hit shelves across the UK. Born in Essex, raised in North America during his teens and now in London signed to Homewood Music Collective, we caught up with Conor to find out more about his acoustic rock and when he was compared to Ray Charles.
36 years after Rhoda Dakar joined The Bodysnatchers via Shane McGowan introducing her to bassist Nicky Summers, she’s pulled together a all-star cast to record ‘the lost 2 Tone album’
Fresh from becoming the first female MC to compete in Lord of the Mics, Lady Lykez is lining up a release for new tune “Chat 2 Your Man”. It’s about women sticking together, and features her fast-paced flow that has led to her being compared to Busta Rhymes. We caught up with Lady Lykez to find out more about her history, new tune and the Female Takeover tour with Melody Kane.
Singer-songwriter, guitarist and busker Symon With a Y hails from London and can be heard playing original music and re-worked cover songs on its streets. His soulful country, folk and blues offers enjoayable melodies, particularly on new single “Cherry Tree” out on Friday, September 25th. We caught up with Symon to find out more about his nomadic performing.
Thee Deadtime Philharmonic manifesto reads: “They are the they, the them. The dispossessed. The disillusioned. The bastard sons… the single mums. Filed under scum. Deadtime cannot and will not be part of a scene or genre.”
Mysterious London-based singer/producer DI releases her first single “All I Know” on Friday, August 21st. Blending EDM and deep house with a paino melody, it marks the start for the unknown artist who is a huge devotee of David Bowie. In a bid to find out more about DI, we took her to one side for a quick interview.
Ikes is about to drop his Outside:In project. His cinematic offering was directed by Olan Collardy and inspired by the popular British crime drama series Luther. In the film, Ikes is forced to make the tough decision of killing his former self in order to evolve into something entirely different. We caught up with Ikes to find out a little more about where he gets his inspiration from.
Icelandic multi-instrumentalist Son of the Wind, aka Smári Tarfur Jósepsson, makes guitar-led ambiant acoustic music with a dreamy atmosphere. We sought out the free-spirited composer to find out where he gets his inspiration from.
UK band Honey Ryder return from the inner circle of Nashville’s elite to spearhead the British country crossover with third album, Born In A Bottle. We caught up with vocalist Lindsay O’Mahony to learn more.
English rock band Sweet Crisis was formed in Cambridge to play guitar-driven rock and roll. Singer Leo Robarts and guitarist Piers Mortimer write the songs with a bond that dates back to when the pair were just six years old.
Four-piece London rock band Starling has a grand orchestral sound that is about to be unleashed with debut single “Dream Again” out in July. Their self-produced album will follow with catchy guitar-driven rock riffs, tender acoustic vibes and an anthemic feel. We spoke to front man Daniel James and keyboard player Vanessa James about the band’s history and their influences.
Kat Eaton first caught the eye of the BBC back in September 2013 with debut single ‘Alien’ being named one of the top 25 tracks of the year. Her acclaimed vocal talents won her a place on the BBC Introducing Masterclass and at the end of 2014 she headed to the studio with production team ‘Reel to Reel’. On Thursday, June 22nd Kat’s new single with ‘Reel to Reel’ and producer Neros, ‘Giving It Up’ will be released. We caught up with the Cardiff born, Sheffield raised and now London resident.
Jim Stapley’s music career began in a rock and roll way: skipping school to rehearse with musicians and being smuggled into London’s over 18s Borderline club during a residency as he was just 17. Back then he was singing in bands, now he’s going in a solo career with debut album Long Time Coming recorded at Dean Street Studios out now. He’s also taken the bold step of covering Calvin Harris and Rhianna dance smash “We Found Love”. We found out more about the emerging talent.
Brighton singer/songwriter Larissa Eddie was on tour with Lionel Richie in March and has a new single “In Love Alone”. We spoke to the rising star about her experiences on the road earlier this year and what the future holds.
Liverpudlian Rosenblume releases his debut EP on Monday, April 27th. All Through The Fire, All Through The Rain features four tracks of folk/Americana, a labour of love from singer-songwriter Daniel ‘Rosenblume’ Ross after nearly two years in the making. His influences include the folk greats of Greenwich Village and Laurel Canyon. We spoke to him to find out more.
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.