The Dark Road to Deliverance – ‘I Gave My Life’ Video Unveils Berislav’s Catharsis Trilogy

Performance art offers a unique introspective into the depths of human creativity. In terms of potential, most of us are blessed with an array of possibilities, but some are left with regret that these aren’t acted upon until it’s perceived that its too late. Berislav Sertić is a Croatian dancer, actor, model and singer has embarked to demonstrate these facets combined in his incredible video to the track ‘I Gave My Life’ – the first video in what his to be his Catharsis trilogy, which will the cover keystones of human existence – Life, Death, and Sex.

It was the emergence of a collaboration between himself with ex-Soul II Soul James Perri (aka Jimi Polo) – known for his work with David Guetta and Daft Punk, that has since laid the foundation for his signature sound that is laced heavily in 1980’s electro-pop. The artistic direction the pair have now taken has seen Berislav’s exemplary levels of creativity take form. It was after signing a record deal with a record deal with Croatia records in 2015 that the lavish theatrical style for his videos first emerged.

Already by the age of 9, Berislav had developed a love for dancing and attended the Tihana Škrinjarić school of dance, before a move to Austria saw his talent for the art develop further. Engaging in a pursuit of various disciplines saw him embark on numerous project with Croatian music artists as well as participating in theatrical productions such as Hair. Following an inherent determination to be the very best at everything he was involved with, he moved briefly to Los Angeles to attend the Sanford Meisner school of acting, which led to leading acting roles in TV series and commercials.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Berislav-666316400160884/ 

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/berislav_official/ 

Website: http://www.berislav.eu/

 

Hard Work Resonates to New Horizons – Introducing Chasing Deer

While there’s certainly no shortage of new music out there, often it becomes very apparent that the ‘writing’ element of your future legacy turned out, in fact, to be the easy part. The old adage states that you get out what you put in, and to not leave your destiny in the hands of others.

Chasing Deer are a band who have almost risen to the realm of energetic ambassadors for the UK music scene, and have done so while maintaining all of the charm and spirit from which we all fell in love with music in the first place. While plenty may attest to be ‘the hardest working band in Britain’, few can claim to have worked to the extent that the President of Kenya has taken note of their success.

Living together as full time musicians, Chasing Deer have given everything they could to bring their music to everyone within ear’s reach, busking with every moment they’re not writing it would seem. Through performing tirelessly across the UK, Europe and even Africa over the last three years, showcasing their first two EPs “Rewriting History” and “Moving On”, culminated in somewhere around 900 performances and their music has become a regular feature on BBC Introducing and has been played internationally on the BBC World Service.

Through the sheer virtue of their street performances, enthralling some hugely varied audiences with their upbeat pop melodies in places such as Trafalgar Square for Pride 2018 led to them being invited twice to play at the Houses of Parliament, the group were also flown out to Kenya to play at President Uhuru Kenyatta’s Kenyan Music Festival.

Chasing Deer are finally now able to launch their debut album ‘’Hands On’’, a term which not only an admirable trait of their attitude to thrusting themselves into the limelight, but also is attributed to the work that the release is providing in raising awareness for British Sign Language.

Singles from the record have been released on the last Friday of every month of 2018, with stunning artwork of a wide selection of hands portraying the title of each release. The culminates towards a special live event to launch the album on 22nd November at London’s Bush Hall, which will feature sign language interpreters throughout the duration.

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/6dYpvLzQD7hengPe9uhize?si=xk3A1vssRpGnlU1AuqfYdQ

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/user/chasingdeer

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/chasingdeer

Twitter: https://twitter.com/chasingdeerband

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/chasingdeerband/

Website: https://www.chasingdeer-official.com/

 

 

Sixty Seconds on Songwriting with Steele

Today marks the release of Steele‘s hotly-anticipated debut album ‘Paroxysm‘.

If the pre-album singles staked her claim as a pop prodigy, the album confirms it. The full-length sees Steele use her brush with death to breathe a new lease of life into pop music, marrying life-affirming lyrics with serpentine vocals and a backdrop of electro-noir.

With each boundary-breaking offering Steele is paving her way to mainstream consciousness, proving she’s got what it takes to earn a place in today’s pop pantheon. Judging by her features in Rolling Stone, Billboard, and Clash, it seems the music world is inclined to agree. We spoke to the Stockholm-hailing songwriter to find out about the formula behind her songs.

The subject matter of your songs is increasingly dark, where do you draw your inspiration from?

I guess a big, and very recent thing, is I got a really serious case of meningitis over Christmas and New Years and almost died. I was put in a medically induced coma for days and hospitalised for a few weeks and ended up becoming epileptic as a result.

How did this experience refresh your perspective on songwriting?

Also because the whole experience have made me less cynical and inspired me in my process of creating and appreciating. I think the following EPs/albums will be permeated by this phase of my life.

Who is your music for?

The sound is heavy, melancholic and cinematic, kind of like Disney music for grown-ups. The tracks are an institution for any persons dark or emotional places, Steele is a powerful, stoic no-bullshit entity.

What’s the story behind the album’s title?

I just decided to name the album ‘Paroxysm’ which basically means “an outburst of emotions” – because that’s what it really is. The songs were written related and inspired by real events and people, however, with a slightly higher drama level.

Follow Steele:

Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/i_am_steele

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/0kzNHlehBIdyCEY5xRIDDz

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/c/IAmSteeleOfficial

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/IAmSteeleOfficial/

Instagram: @steelemusic

Website: www.iamsteele.com

Elsiane unleash their brand of alternative-pop

Canadian alternative pop duo, Elsiane are releasing their experimental masterpiece, Death of the Artist on 21st April, but the new record is anything but.

If anything, this record from the talented pair is a ‘rebirth’ as opposed to a death, their  3rd album since Elsiane’s inception in 2000. Despite their varying musical backgrounds, Elsieanne Caplette and Stephane Sotto have come together to form a vehicle for their alternative tendencies and Death of the Artist is arguably their best work to date.

You might assume that any act’s dream is to sign for a major label, but having dealt with one and realising that many simply try to mold artists into something that ‘sells’, Elsiane threw in the towel, deciding to release their record independently instead.

The band’s 2007 debut album revealed them as one of the hottest acts in Canada, whilst their sophomore release Mechanics of Emotion confirmed this. However, difficult times lay ahead for the pair, who struggled with the music lifestyle, separating as a couple, and almost as artists. Fortunately for us alt-pop lovers, Elsieanne and Stephane reunited to give us Death of the Artist.

With a sound akin to Massive Attack combined with Kate Bush, Elsiane are creating some music that you should definitely check out.

Links:

http://www.elsiane.com/

https://www.facebook.com/elsiane

https://twitter.com/elsiane

https://www.instagram.com/elsiane_official/

https://soundcloud.com/elsiane

https://www.youtube.com/user/vaporous07/videos

Eric Unseen aim to prove they have been ‘Brought Up The Right Way’ with new album

LP to be released on the same day as lead single, ‘That Ain’t Love’ – October 1st
A South Wales based boy band with a taste for energetically infectious melodies, Eric Unseen are a three piece with a growing reputation in the UK indie scene.
Having supported and gigged with a host of high profile names including Bastille, We are Scientists, The Alarm, The Stiff Little Fingers, Cast, Ocean Colour Scene, Skindred, Paramore, Goldie Lookin Chain, The Subways, and The Automatic, the band are now ramping up for further exposure with new album ‘Brought Up the Right Way’.
With a sound that comes across like a contemporary version of The Smiths with an indie twist, Eric Unseen are unlike any other band on the circuit at the moment, and aim to drive their point home with this album’s lead single – ‘That Ain’t Love’

The band are no strangers to the stage and have really turned heads with the quality of their live shows. In addition to the impressive list of gigs above, they also reached the final of national competition ‘Live and Unsigned’, fighting through 10,000 acts to play in the showcase event at London’s O2 arena in front of 3 thousand people.
Their success though has not gone to their heads, and they happily joke about the gig they played the next day – a small pub with seven people in it who were there to watch the football.
Fans include producers Greg Haver (The Manic Street Preachers, Cataonia, Super Furry Animals), Richard Jackson (Duffy, The Automatic) and Slade front man Noddy Holder, all impressed by Eric Unseen’s versatile and consistently high quality songwriting.
And it all comes from an outlook of simplicity and the feel of a band simply having fun, with lyrics inspired by a relatable life in ‘The Valleys’ of Wales painting a very different picture from the trashy MTV attempt at reality television.
The album and single will be available from October 1st and is being funded by new crowd funding site Free The Music Book: http://freethemusicbook.com/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=61
“Good luck with trying to get these melodies outta your head..” uberrock.co.uk
Links:
www.facebook.com/ericunseen
www.Twitter.com/ericunseen

Daniel David's solo single ‘Me an U’ released 28th August

Single written after chance meeting with pop singer Cheryl Cole in a London night club
Hailing from East London and the creator of gritty dance pop tracks, Daniel David is no stranger to music industry success. He was part of an urban music group with none other than Labrinth, Daniel has played huge stages, such as the Radio 1 Big Weekender in front of 70,000 people, as well as winning an Urban Music Award for Best Video and being nominated for a MOBO – losing out only to JLS.
Now working on a solo career, his new single ‘Me an U’ is a bass heavy, infectious tune inspired by a chance meeting with Cheryl Cole in London’s exclusive ‘The Box’ nightclub. At the time, the singer was going through her high profile issues with ex-husband Ashley Cole, and the song was written as an offer of escape
You can hear the single here:

Daniel David is an artist who continues to build a reputation amongst his peers and the music fans, particularly in London. Amongst those voicing their support for his work you will find the likes of Plan B, Professor Green and Paul Young, not to mention aforementioned band mate Labrinth.
It’s a growing reputation that stands him in excellent stead going forward, particularly if he continues to release high quality tracks with great production like ‘Me an U’.
Daniel is also an artist who takes seriously the development of young talent in the music industry, having started a label called Eagle Rush Global to help give younger people a chance in the industry as well as create in imprint for his own work.
It’s this kind of attitude and work ethic that is likely to see Daniel David to the top of his game.
Links
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/danieldavidofficial
Twitter: https://twitter.com/iamdanieldavid
Instagram: http://instagram.com/danieldavidofficial
Soundcloud: www.soundcloud.com/daniel-david-official

Urban tracks got some sweet rhymes!

turn me up

Turn me Hup!

This new single releases July 14th, but if you cant wait that long, sample the music video here:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3D3e4iU3Qds
Upcoming urban rapper, Scrilla, is releasing a new album under his own record label Scrills Monetary Records. Having been described as a “fantastic artist who is abstract in creativity” by Tom Simkins (BBC Introducing), it is no surprise that Scrilla is hotly tipped for success in the UK music scene this 2014.
New release, ‘Turn Me Up’, sees Scrilla showcase his refined song writing skills and musical arrangement to create an ideal club hit. The track embodies the whole vibe of the album, Bangers N Cash, which is filled with fun and upbeat, contemporary music. Produced by Elementree (Young Money, Young Capone, Cuban Linx), ‘Turn Me Up’ has a variety of Dubstep, dance and hip-hop influences to create a rhythmic fusion of chart beats worthy of acclaim.
Check out the video for new single here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3D3e4iU3Qds
Listen to the song here: https://soundcloud.com/iamscrilla-com/turn-me-up-hiphop
Scrilla has played at various venues nationwide, gaining considerable media coverage from the likes of Capital FM and RAP City TV. However, his career highlights to date include a live performance at BBC introducing radio, playing to a 10,000 strong crowd at Gran Can Music Festival in Gran Canaria and of course, owning his own record label.
In order to keep his music fresh and unique, Scrilla likes to work with rising producers, engineers and collaborators who can bring innovative ideas and musical influences to keep the music new and exciting. This helps to avoid producing generic sounds that is hard to differentiate between artists and also pushes the boundaries of the urban genre to create something truly eclectic.
Scrilla’s love of music first developed in his early teenage years when his Mum paid for piano lessons, which ignited his desire to learn and produce music professionally. This progressed when he moved to Leicester forming friendships with fellow rappers who encouraged him to write his own material and master the craft.
The musical direction decided and perfected, Scrilla’s new album is a great example of how the talent he possesses has grown and tightened to produce something great.
Links:
www.iamscrilla.com
www.facebook.com/Scrillamc
www.twitter.com/Scrillamc
www.soundcloud.com/iamscrilla-com

Rising stars Row Z get set for ‘Green Penny’ EP

Much anticipated 3 track release out through GHOSTNOTE Records, June 9th
Tapping into the recent boom in British funk music, Row Z are a Liverpool based five piece with a taste for moody blues. Their new EP, ‘Green Penny’  is due June 9th and is currently one of the most eagerly awaited releases in the world of new UK Blues.
Led by the incredible Richard James Smith, the band specialise in sprawling jazz spiced funk tracks, full of intricate rhythms and virtuoso musical performance throughout.
For a taste, check out the EP’s lead single/title track ‘Green Penny’ – complete with a raw sound reminiscent of Jimi Hendrix:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rXvo0OdIslY
Row Z first made a splash with Ska/Jazz single ‘Stalemate’ in 2006, released to universally good reviews and – improbably – a huge chart success in Germany.
Now though, this new material sees them hitting new heights with great crossover potential, pulling together their roots sensibilities with sound that is instantly accessible. It’s the kind of music that can (and has) turned small, impromptu gigs into full on dance parties, bringing in elements from breakdance to swing.
It comes as no surprise to learn that Richard James Smith comes with something of a reputation. After receiving Masterclasses from Mark Knopfler (Dire Straits), Joan Armatrading, Steve Morse (Deep Purple), Yngwie Malmsteen and José Feliciano, Richard had the honour of being awarded his degree by Sir Paul McCartney; but this was just the start.
Since then, Richard has featured as a finalist in ‘Young Jazz Musician of the Year’ and ‘Acoustic Guitarist of the Year’, and featured on Oscar winner Jared Leto’s 30 Seconds To Mars track ‘Up in the Air’ (Remix). Fans include Jools Holland, who swapped numbers with Guitarist Richard after a performance for ITV.
However, Smith isn’t the only band member with pedigree.  Drummer Jay Irving has toured with Tony Christie/The Christians,  while Keyboard player John has toured with the Seahorses, John Squire, DJ Vadim, Cinematic Orchestra,  and played and composed for Lily Allen hits ‘Smile’ and LDN. He also played on the acclaimed debut album from Corinne Bailey Rae.
Meanwhile, Alto sax player Alex Harris has performed for Richard Branson, Prince Charles and Kate Middleton, as well as numerous television shows, radio shows and short films including BBC’s Call the Midwife and BBC Radio London. He has also performed with Kevin Spacey at Ronnie Scott’s, London.
Row Z’s killer combination of skill and experience is what makes their music so brilliant and their EP so highly sought after. And when The Beatles’ first manager Allan Williams asks to book your band for parties after watching them at the Cavern Club, it’s clear you’re doing something right.
You can listen to the other two tracks from the ‘Green Penny’ EP here –
Arthur: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4HibIVgB7Ow
Blues for Buddah: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I6luu4Fon4k
Links:
Row Z Official website: http://www.rowz.net
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/rowzmusic
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/Row_Z_Music
YouTube:  www.youtube.com/user/rowzmusic1
Reverbnation:  http://www.reverbnation.com/rowz
Soundcloud:  https://soundcloud.com/rowzmusic

ShoDem returns with ‘ShoDem Records presents…ShoDem’ EP May 5th

Bright young entrepreneur collaborates with some of the UK’s top up and coming stars
Following the success of previous track ‘Cheque Me’, featuring London MC Beluga Ice, ShoDem Records returns in May with a new, six track EP, which addition includes bonus mixes from ShoDem Ent DJ Kapz.
The brainchild and versatile music maker ‘Sose’ (aka Sammy Sose), has further developed ShoDem Records creating an innovative project designed to work with a variety of UK artists and deliver original, raw and exciting UK talent and music under SMG. And for this EP he has gathered together three talented artists who he is looking to develop in their respective music careers.
The lead track and EP opener ‘My Time’ (video in the making) is a rhythmic hip-hop track featuring the voice of female vocalist and rapper Honey the first Lady of ShoDem SMG. Built on a foundation of effective looped electronic sounds, the lyrics portray an artist grabbing opportunity with both hands striving toward the music career that lays ahead. Honey is unlike many other female Mc’s feminine in her ways she keeps her lyrics relevant and relatable. You can hear the track here:
https://soundcloud.com/shodement-1/shodem-records-presents-shodem
After opening the EP, Honey also goes on to appear on two more tracks – ‘Welcome2the Floor’ and ‘Hold You Down’. A proud artist on the rise, the ShoDem EP represents Honey’s first, confident steps into the music industry.
Two more tracks on the EP, ‘More Girls More Cars More Weed’ and ‘Drinks on Me’ feature another up and coming talent in Steffy Dizzle. Having started rapping at the age of 18, Steffy was recently contacted by producers for TV series The Voice, turning them down to build his own career. Already an experienced performer, his talents also saw him appear on TV show Limelight UK, as well as picking up plaudits from the radio community.
Last but not least, the final track on the album is the aforementioned track ‘Cheque Me’, featuring Beluga Ice. With an extremely catchy hook and relatable lyrics – depicting a talented man who could have it all, as long as he stops being lazy and works for it – the track turned plenty of heads on its original release earlier this year.
You can still catch the ‘Cheque Me’ video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F0fiRM8EOg4
ShoDem Ent are also coming to a club near you, as their signing of DJ Kapz blesses the dance floors of West London from Barracuda Ealing to The Slug and Lettuce Uxbridge to name but a couple of his home hubs. Bashment to House to Commercial Chart, DJ Kapz is versatile in his approach and plays personally to his audience. DJ Kapz is ready to ShoDem how it’s done…
With plenty of collaborators and very strong tracks, ShoDem Records have put together an EP to be proud of. ‘ShoDem Records Presents…ShoDem’ will be available from May 5th.
Links:
Twitter: @ShoDemSMG
Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/shodement-1
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/SHODEM-ENTERTAINMENT/105247702849407?sk=info

Armand Margjeka LP ‘Hummingbird’ release June 10th

2nd album to be released through PIPEANDGUN Recorders
Created by cherry picking the ten best tracks from a collection of almost 100 recordings, the new album Hummingbird from Albanian indie folk pop artist will be released by PIPEANDGUN Recorders this Summer.
Listen to the Hummingbird single here: https://soundcloud.com/pipeandgun/armand-margjeka-hummingbird-1?in=pipeandgun/sets/armand-margjeka-hummingbird/s-mOvtH
Produced by Margjeka with the aid of a team including three time Grammy award winner Darrell Thorp (Radiohead, Beck, Outkast, Gnarls Barkley), Chris Steffen (Stereophonics, Ben Harper) and Eric Masse (Escondido, Robert Ellis), the collection marks a real step forward for Margjeka – the result of his most creative and mature recording sessions yet.
Brought up with a love for Western rock’n’roll and inspired by pop legends Little Richard, Jerry Lee Lewis and Elvis to 1990’s MTV Europe, Armand Margjeka’s musical influences were drip fed during his formative years as Western music slowly made its way into a country still reeling from the fall of the Berlin Wall.
Margjeka released his debut solo album Margo Margo in 2011. “I want to do music without any preconceived parameters. I like to combine unexpected elements in my music. Margo Margo is completely honest and shows the directions I want to pursue in my song writing and playing.”
Armand Margjeka’s sophomore release Hummingbird represents a series of creative recording sessions and marks a new high for this promising indie songwriter.
Links
https://www.facebook.com/Armandmargjeka
https://twitter.com/ARMANDMARGJEKA
https://soundcloud.com/pipeandgun/sets/armand-margjeka-hummingbird/s-mOvtH