Hailing from St Albans after a period of studying in Sheffield, Adam Protz has had several years to perfect his craft of composing. Using delicate piano melodies and intricate instrumentals, Adam Protz has created his beautiful EP ‘Movements’, consisting of four alluring and exquisite tracks. In the past, Adam has written music for films, animated shorts, a dance show, an educational DVD and even a brewery documentary!
Watch his latest video for ‘Movements’ here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vS41YT2sxZ8
Protz has been writing music since the tender age of fifteen and began his journey into music writing heavy rock songs with soft orchestral bridge sections as a contrast, this developed into a desire to write for Hollywood movies. However, after listening to minimalistic meditative piano music, written by the likes of Ludovico Einaudi, Adam soon discovered that he was much more suited to creating emotive music in which he could incorporate his own personality and spirituality.
The lack of lyrics in the music leaves it up to the listener to interpret the piece as they wish. It provokes an emotional reaction and is also incredibly relaxing. The ‘Movements’ EP is proof that lyrics aren’t a necessity to provoke powerful sentimental thoughts
Protz aims to inspire relaxation and offers the perfect setting for escaping to through his music. A firm believer that the world is over-obsessed with Smart-phones and social networks, Protz encourages listeners, from all walks of life, to return to the roots and escape with him into his musical world of beautiful, elegant minimalism.
‘Movements’ is due for release on the 30th November.
Keep up with Protz here:
Twitter – @AdmProtz
Department M announce the release of their self-titled mini album through fierce panda on Monday 16th December. The Leeds-based quartet fully explore the expansive indie/electronic sound present on their acclaimed previous singles ‘I’ll Fax You An Apoogy’ (Black Boutique) and ‘The Second Prize’ (Too Pure).
The Truth: DEPARTMENT M come from Leeds in the North of Englandshire. Ostensibly a creative vehicle for one Owen Brinley, they have spent the past year cautiously, yet crunchingly, developing a fascinating, fizzing sound which combines the heroic synths of yesteryear with a cutting contemporary electro sensibility. Depeche Mode, Air, Talk Talk, Cabaret Voltaire and – of course – ELO are just some of the names referenced in their company, and fair play too – Owen Brinley is decidedly not a man afraid of a saxophone solo. Bolstered by a four person-strong live line-up this is an act which can straddle the divide between the shiny retro-obsessed Classic Pop magazine and the cool dark alleyways of modern East London.
They have previous, do Department M: in March they released the ‘I’ll Fax You An Apology’ / ‘Black Boutique’ single on local label Hide & Seek. In June they released the ‘The Second Prize’ / ‘Absentia’ single through Too Pure. This handy Department M mini-album brings together most of the songs on those first two releases, throws in future single ‘Miscellany’ – due out in January 2014 – adds a couple more toweringly sombre tunes and waits for the light to come pouring out of the sky. It is being released on the monumentally illogical date of December 16th because a) a similar version of the EP is being released on Rallye Records in Japan in November, b) because we could and c) because it’s a timely way to end the first chapter in the Department M story.
So how did we get here? Legend already has it that Owen’s career took a completely different turn when he put down his guitar and picked up a Roland Juno-60, the classic keyboard that defined the sound of the likes of ’80s hair bears A Flock Of Seagulls, and all of a sudden his nascent electronic influences burst to the forefront of his writing. No less interestingly, his career as DJ and binge drinker in several Leeds nightclubs had him suffering from the onset of Hyperacusis, an acute over-sensitivity to certain frequency ranges. Something to keep his well-developed tinnitus company, but not something to keep him out of the studio.
These conditions over time created a tension which arguably informed the lyrical and musical elements which saw Owen mould the Department M sound alongside local long term collaborator James Kenosha. Unsurprisingly, phrases like “abrasive beauty” and “brutalist pop economy” tend to be bandied about Department M’s music, for theirs is a world of overdriven hip-hop drum loops crashing against smooth swathes of analogue synthesiser, where the beefiest of rhythms collide with the sweetest of vocals.
‘THE SECOND PRIZE’ video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LjRNtMsIi_w
3. I’ll Fax You An Apology
5. The Second Prize
Sat 2nd Nov @ Belgrave Hall, Leeds
Tue 5th Nov @ The Shacklewell Arms, London
Thu 5th Dec @ Head Of Steam (Rattled By The Rush Club), Newcastle
Sat 7th Dec @ Eiger Studios (Symposium Festival), Leeds
Pop-rock singer-songwriter Coco DeParis has put the sensitive emotions of her childhood memories and life experience into her music. The results have received high praise, and her upcoming debut single “I don’t love you anymore” is highly anticipated.
Born in France to french/ Hispanic and African parentage, Coco DeParis is now based in London where she regularly gigs. With an original, distinctive sound and great song-writing skills, Coco DeParis is steadily building up a strong fan base, both locally and further afield.
Inspired by a genuine relationship that recently disintegrated, “I don’t love you anymore” is heartbreakingly honest in both the lyrics and the delivery. Opening with gentle piano and strings the song is immediately reminiscent of classic, dramatic film scores; indeed coco admits that she draws most inspiration from the music she hears in films: “music is critical to the success of a movie because it forces you to feel an emotion and then amplifies it”.
Coco’s tremendous vocal ability is often the source of great praise. With a tone that has been compared to the likes of Amy Lee (evanescence), coco makes use of her stunning range in the emotionally fuelled single. With an EP that will follow shortly after (“love never dies”) this is only a small taste of things to come from the hotly tipped singer-songwriter.
You can see coco perform at Oxjam music festival on 19th October and at The Troubadour on November 14th