Indian industrial rockers Nivid deliver energetic vision of dystopia

Sometimes, it’s circumstances completely beyond our control can affect the way we approach songwriting. Although Aditya Virmani (the creative force behind Indian Industrial rock band Nivid) has rarely lacked for creative vision or direction, it was a sudden circumstance that forcibly dictated a choice that would shape his musical output forever.

Prior to Nivid, Virmani had been playing with Pinnochio’s Moment of Clarity – a progressive rock band from Mumbai. The group eventually ran it’s course as they decided to go their separate ways before he then enrolled in Vancouver Film School to study Sound Design. Naturally, being based in Canada, the majority of people there spoke English and Virmani found himself more and more attracted to the prospect of writing music in his native Hindi tongue. Upon his return to Gurgaon, Virmani founded a boutique new media audio design studio – Barren Sound, where he would often work late into the evening working on his passion for writing music in Hindi. As things progressed, however, he then suffered a tragic bike accident. Breaking his collarbone, his injuries severely limited his abilities in playing the guitar for a time. Determined in his attitude, Virmani learnt to adapt his craft and he began to favour synthesisers and computer technology, writing 2 EPs and take huge strides towards the sound he is becoming well known for.

For his current project Nivid, Virmani is considered as the creative force in an evolving concept where he is the only constant member. Acting as singer, producer and multi-instrumentalist, Nivid are fluid in their adaptability when playing live in shows which are highly regarded as a sight to behold. With a sound that taken influence and inspiration from Nine Inch Nails, the stage is well set for an atmosphere that is heavily enhanced with dynamic light shows and thematic visual elements.

Lyrically, Virmani writes about a character who is clearly an aggressor in the beginning but, while riding the tide of nationalism, he comes to the realisation that his extreme behaviour that is causing polarisation in society – in turn causing his belief system to crumble. Through this kind of narrative, he is able to portray a variety of ‘voices’ in this society – the voice of the aggressor, the voice of the repressed, the voice of the enlightened etc… The release of Nivid’s ‘The World Around Me (Infinite Support)‘ speaks of a musical embodiment of anger felt by those who are bearing the brunt of this turmoil.

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Brooke Law Waves ”See ya Later” To Those Who Stand In The Way Of Gender Equality With New EP

Already having received the accolade of BBC Introducing’s Track of the Month, Brooke Law’s latest single “See ya Later” is a brilliant fusion of pop, R&B and Asian rhythms. Born into roots stemming from a mixed heritage background, the environment in which Brooke has grown up in is one that has openly encouraged expression.

As a London-born British singer/songwriter, a major influence stems from the diversity of her multi-ethnic family – Eurasian on her maternal side, and mixed Jewish on her paternal side. It is from this bedrock of ‘unity-through-diversity’, strength and positive action that inspires Brooke to express her own values and beliefs through music.

Brooke has dedicated her Archetypes EP to all women and girls to support them in all they choose to do and be. In doing so, she gives thanks to all the women who continue to fight equality and freedom while striving to put an end to violence against women and children:

“[It’s] is about nurture and giving everything you have to love your child. I’m not a mother, but I know being a mother is the hardest ‘job’ in the world. No one is taught how to raise someone and everyday mothers are making choices for their kids. Mothers make these choices with all their heart and power. If women were recognised more, maybe there would be more equality within the sexes.”

In taking inspiration from an array of great musicians from Annie Lennox to Jeff Buckley, Brooke’s music, like her beliefs, in uncompromisingly emotional and direct – in her own words ’gutsy pop’, with her most notable performance to date headlining at the Jazz Cafe in Camden.

Brooke is performing at Paradise London Live at the Century Club – Friday 9th November, with doors opening at 7pm.

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Get Ready to Welcome Summer with Hot New Single ‘Down With It’ from Scarlet Baxter

Soulful starlet set to release sassy new single March 23rd
The latest single from up-and-coming starlet, Scarlet Baxter is sure to get you fired up and help you beat the dreaded winter blues. ‘Down With It’ is ridiculously catchy, with nostalgic R&B vibes and a current twist.
With an ever growing fan-base, Scarlet is hotly tipped to vividly break on to the national music scene this year, and deemed as “one to watch for 2015” by Kat Orman (BBC Oxford), Scarlet showcases all the potential signs of becoming Britain’s next pop princess.
With the help of her incredibly talented guitarist Dominic Ireland, and co-writers, John McLaughlin, Judd Mahoney & Natalie DeLucia, Scarlet has derived an entire catalogue of original material in only a year. Hot on the heels from her previous releases ‘Backsliding’ and ‘Stuck’- from which she received critical acclaim as being “the next woman of pop” – Cigarette Sounds.
Scarlet’s latest single ‘Down With It’ is a sassy, chimerical track – guaranteed to be a hit on everyone’s summer playlist, and destined for the dance floor – you can check it out here! https://soundcloud.com/scarletbaxter/down-with-it
She’s a fierce, determined individual with killer vocals and plenty of charisma, and you can expect big things and huge tracks from her in 2015!
‘Down With It’ is due for release on 23rd March, you check out the remix for the track here: https://soundcloud.com/scarletbaxter/down-with-it-remix
Links:
Scarlet Baxter Online:
WEB: www.ScarletBaxter.co.uk
TWITTER – @scarletbaxter
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Super Talented Teen Shane Thomas Due to Release New Single Mrs Matisse 10th December

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Formerly dubbed ‘Britain’s Mozart’, Shane Thomas is quite possibly the most talented teenager across the British music industry.
New single, ‘Mrs Matisee’ is to be released 10th December, prior to the release of his debut album, ‘From Me To You’, due for release soon after.
‘Mrs Matisee’ showcases Shane’s incredible talent and beautifully demonstrates the amazing capabilities of this young composer. The tack in undeniably stunning and transpires audiences into the fascinating world of Shane Thomas.
Shane was inspired to write the track earlier this year when he saw a painting by Henri Matisse. He was so taken with the beauty of the painting that he decided to compose a piece of music about it. Shortly after writing the track Shane discovered that Debussy had been inspired by the very same painting and produced a well known piece of music called, Arabesque.
Shane began playing the piano at the tender age of seven and has since taken on the challenge of mastering the art of the cello and percussion.  Shane dreams up all of his music. He has never sat at a piano to compose anything. He does it all in his head, then later sits to play the piece. He can immediately play any melody or song he hears.
Aged ten, Shane was the youngest person in history to be signed to a music publisher, E.M.I. music.
Catch Shane in action here: http://4wallsmusic.co.uk/video/volcanic/
Peter Andre, Jamie Cullum, Bradley Walsh and Jason Mansford are all fans of the child star.
Some of Shane’s highlights to date include; appearing on, Odd one In (as Britain’s Mozart), The One Show, London Tonight and at The Young composers award in 2011. Shane has performed at Castle Howard to over 10,000 people as well as to the Duchess of Kent, at the Royal Academy of Music. Both the Daily Mail and Sunday Express Magazine have run full page articles on Shane and his unique talent.
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Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/shanethomasmusic

Bristol Folk band ‘Apple of My Eye’ are set to sail folk scene with new album ‘Seven Tides’

 
 
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‘Apple Of My Eye’ are one of the most exciting acts around at the moment and they have just  announced the release of new album ‘Seven Tides’, due out 1st December.
The London lads are originally from the historic maritime city of Bristol and their songs draw inspiration from both cities and from the sea, a theme that runs throughout their second album. Their engaging storytelling style and four part harmonies explore tales of love, loss, adventure and ruin.
You may spotted the guys at a festival this summer as they played the, Tall Ships Festival Greenwich, Secret Garden Party, Wilderness and headlining Exile festival in Sheffield.
The band describe their music as “brand new old songs” and collectively generate all their own material drawing on personal experiences and carefully arranging the music on the guitar, bouzouki, violin, double bass, mandolin and harmonica.
Catch the guys live in action here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gsyM68eQux4
The bands musical talent is most certainly something to boast about, check their credentials…
Kit Massey (Violin) and Phil Cornwell (Bass) are both full time professional musicians. Cornwell is the musical director of West End musical “The Scotsboro Boys’’ and Massey  was formally a violinist with the Santiago Philamonia in Chile and has worked as a session musician with artists such as Emile Sande, Dizzie Rascal, Muse and Jamie Cullum. Arran Glass (Vocals and Guitar) and Alex Scott (Mandolin) are both professional Actor-Musicians and Puppeteers who perform and compose the music for a variety of theatre and television. Chris (Bouzouki), Dan (Harmonica) and Ellie Rusbridge (Vocals) are all siblings and come from a rich folk music heritage as their parents met in a folk club and still perform in their own folk band Thornbridge.
Links:
www.applesinlondon.com
https://www.facebook.com/applesinlondon
https://twitter.com/applesinlondon
https://soundcloud.com/apple-of-my-eye

Adam Protz Releases Intangible EP – ‘Movements’

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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:
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www.youtube.com/adamprotzmusic
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www.soundcloud.com/adam-protz
Twitter – @AdmProtz

Live Review Cody Pennington with Si Cranstoun at The Borderline

Nestled in the heart of Soho, I found myself at a small club that seemed very reminiscent of a dive bar. Posters littered the wall and the floor was a bit…sticky. It was great. I had come to The Borderline for a chance to experience Cody Pennington in person. Once the lights dimmed, he stepped onto the stage wearing his normal snazzy getup composed of a waistcoat and tie, purple shoes, and slim fit jeans. He plugged in his acoustic and introduced himself, “Good evening everyone, I’m Cody Pennington, and I’ll be starting this show out tonight.”
He started the gig with two songs from his newest EP, “To Be Me”, I’m Afraid and About Love. Gently playing the opening riff to I’m Afraid, he slowly quieted the crowd to the point of hearing a pin drop. He created an intimate atmosphere that only an acoustic and vocalist could achieve. To which he followed-up with About Love. This track was a change of pace and got the crowd tapping their feet. Very somber lyrics hid behind this happy melody and it was true story-telling at its best.
Carrying on with the upbeat-ness, Cody introduced the next song as “one we would recognize.” The kick drum pounded, while he accented the down beat with a harmonic. I had no idea what this song was until he began singing. He started the first lines of the popular song Royals, and it instantly got my attention. He morphed this song into a spawn of Rock and Pop, building up the song and bringing down the house in the chorus.
Mr. Pennington continued with a few more covers of very noticeable songs, to include Your Love by The Outfield and I Can’t Make you Love Me by American singer, Bonnie Raitt. Both incredibly emotional performances that completely pushed Cody’s vocal range to the tip-top, and that is pretty far. My jaw nearly dropped at the note Cody went for (and GOT) in the second half of Your Love.
To close the show, Cody blew the crowd away with his version of Dirty Diana by the late/great Michael Jackson. This song kept me interested from beginning to end. The crowd shared the same sentiment as they erupted in applause after his final note. This song is actual planned to be released as a single along with a music video, so be sure to look for that.
Cody Pennington only took 30 minutes (albeit not the ENTIRE 30 minutes) to swing my judgment on whether or not I would like him. From a first-person perspective, I must say, I’m a fan.

Canadian rock band, These Raven Skies, release new single ‘No Need to Worry’ ft. Jeff Martin

Self-titled album to follow August 1st
TRS Cover Art HQAfter signing an international distribution deal and getting signed to Blackstream Records, These Raven Skies created their own record label which will see the release of their debut self-titled album out August 1st.
First release, ‘No Need to Worry’, is an infectious rock track, filled with intricate guitar riffs and powerful, anthemic vocals. This track is inspired by a real-life experience where the band were involved in a bar fight to defend two female fans from some aggressive male regulars. In typical rock ‘n’ roll style, chairs were thrown, knives were brandished but fortunately the band triumphed!
You can hear the track here: https://soundcloud.com/blackstream-records/these-raven-skies-no-need-to
Formerly known as Dreams of Reason, These Raven Skies changed their name to mark a change in musical direction and maturity. This was encouraged by The Tea Party’s front man, Jeff Martin, who took the band’s demos and applied his own creative flare, adding eclectic world music elements and arrangements to develop an intriguing classic rock flavour. Not afraid to write a record with no restraints and consideration for convention, These Raven Skies took influences from the likes of The Rolling Stones, The Tea Party, Led Zeppelin, and Soundgarden.
Having supported established bands such as Korn, Billy Talent, Flux Pavillion and Buckcherry, it is no surprise they are getting recognition for their wealth of talent and energetic live performances. These successes have seen them headline major hometown venues such as The Republik! as well as playing local Canadian festivals.
After experiencing various personal tragedies, the band channelled their emotions and passion into their music allowing them to create a great rock album which is perfect for any rock ‘n’ roll fan.
 
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Chris Perkins – vocals
Alex Whitcome – guitar
Shand Munro – drums
Trevor Landmark – bass
 
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Plymouth Brethren start at the very beginning with ‘EPOne’

Three track debut to be unleashed June 16th through Angel Recordings
2eWith producer Greg Fitzgerald (Madonna, Kylie, Jessica Simpson) playing a part in the EP, and with support already from Tom Robinson on BBC Radio 6 Music, Plymouth Brethren is the new project from the skilled mind of songwriter James Delin. The debut EP, fittingly titled ‘EPOne’, will be released through Delin’s own imprint Angel Recordings.
Although it’s early days, Plymouth Brethren is already enjoying high praise from several quarters, particularly for EP lead track ‘Satin on Silk’. Inspired by the ongoing battle with one’s insecurities, it’s no coincidence that the title initials are S.O.S., and the track ends with a triumphant refrain ‘you take me as I am or not at all’.
You can hear the track here: https://soundcloud.com/plymouthbrethrenband/satin-on-silk
Track two, ‘Glue’, is described as a ‘love letter with a twist’, about a relationship that should never have been. Full of off kilter sounds and distorted perspectives, it’s designed to make the listener as uncomfortable as the relationship itself.
Finally, closing the EP is ‘Deeper’. Written about ‘falling into a relationship faster than one would necessarily like to’, ‘Deeper’ is full of potent imagery likening the experience to addiction, and substance intoxication.
Delin’s song writing is driven by an ongoing battle with adult onset scoliosis (acurved spine), which has left him with a strict regime of exercise and medication to minimise the pain. It’s a condition which he feels informs his writing – not specifically in the lyrics, but as a constant inspiration to his stubbornly creative mind.
And with two Batchelor’s degrees– a BA (Hons) in Philosophy and a BSc (Hons) in Music Production and Business Management – to his name, it’s a creative mind to be reckoned with.
‘EPOne’ is released June 16th
 
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MJEEZ debuts new single ‘Don’t Go Away’ out July 28th

African singer/songwriter hopes to crack the UK music industry
MJEEZ CoverHailing from Eastern Nigeria, MJEEZ hopes to make a name for himself in the UK with new single, ‘Don’t Go Away’.
Starting with an inviting, beautiful guitar melody, ‘Don’t Go Away’ explores a break up MJEEZ had which inspired him to write the track. Universally relatable, MJEEZ’s smooth, soulful vocals lend to the singles emotional content. Yet the chorus sees an upbeat, strong percussive element making it a perfect Afropop-dance track for the party scenes.
Having supported big named African acts including, Dbanj, WizKid, ASA and P-Square, MJEEZ’s fan base is ever increasing and he can only go onwards and upwards. He has also performed to an audience of thousands at Felabration festival which celebrates Fela Kuti; one of Nigeria’s most prominent musical icons.
Watch the video for ‘Don’t Go Away’ here: http://youtu.be/B-aRybpgxI0
He has drawn influences from musical greats including Michael Jackson, Bob Marley and even political figures such as Gandhi and Nelson Mandela. MJEEZ says these influences have enabled him to produce music that “preaches love, unity and peace around the world”.
After receiving little support from family members who preferred he try a more stable career, MJEEZ didn’t let this stop him and he slept on the streets of Lagos, Nigeria to continue to pursue and make his musical ambition come true.
Since hearing new single ‘Don’t Go Away’ we can agree it was the right decision to follow his passion and continue making music.
 
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