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Nightmare Festival Camden 2014 Preview


Saturday November 1st 2014 sees a Halloween party of epic proportions in Camden. Featuring InMe, Blood Red Shoes, King Charles, Man Like Me, Calling All Cars, Elliot Minor, Night Engine, Hawk Eyes, Guy McKnight, The Hell, Brawlers and many, many others.

Final acts have been added to the line-up, for the Nightmare Festival in Camden, including Hardcore bruisers Feed The Rhino, Allusondrugs, Suzerain, Eat the Evidence, Plastic Barricades, Broken Diamond, Matt Grocott & The Shrives, Army of One, Levyathan, The Dirty Thrills and Feral Sun.

Taking place across several legendary music venues, Nightmare Festival is Camden’s only Halloween themed metropolitan music festival and boasts a stacked line-up of cutting edge rock, punk, indie and metal. Known worldwide as a mecca for live music, Camden Town is the perfect setting for what is sure to be one of the city’s most memorable Halloween celebrations.

Prepare to scare… ghoulish fancy dress – for both gig goers and bands – is VERY much encouraged!

The full lineup:

nightmare festival lineup

Early bird tickets available now for £20 plus booking fee from: www.nightmarecamden.com.

Nightmare Festival have partnered with Camden’s premiere fancy dress shop Escapade. Get your tickets from Escapade (45-46 Chalk Farm Rd, NW1 8AJ) to receive a 10% discount!

Bands will be playing in the following venues:
Electric Ballroom, The Underworld, Jazz Cafe, Dingwalls, Dingwalls Canal Side, Black Heart, Barfly, Proud, The Hawley Arms, Good Mixer, The Black Cap, Brew-Dog, and The Stillery.


Tanyo – Vete


Steven Graulau artistically know as “Tayno” is a Latin Urban Recording Artist of Puerto Rican descent currently residing in Vicenza, Italy.

Listen to his latest song ‘Vete’ below and if you like it, buy it here from iTunes:

Follow Tanyo on Twitter, Facebook & Instagram.


ARJUN opening for Jeff Coffin & The Mu’tet


ARJUN, a smooth instrumental outfit from New York, are due to open for Jeff Coffin & The Mu’tet on November 6th. The gig starts at 8pm (Doors open at 7pm) at DROM in New York. Jeff Coffin (Dave Mathews Band, Bela Fleck and The Flecktones) is a 3 time Grammy Award Winner, so the gig is definitely a must see! You can buy tickets here.

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ARJUN fuse their own hybrid of rock and improvisational jazz. Made up of Eddie Arjun Peters (guitar), Andre Lyles (bass), and Lamar Myers (drums), the trio will be supporting Jeff Coffin & The Mu’tet and have recently released their new album ‘Core’.

Core was released on September 23rd, featuring John Medeski of Medeski Martin and Wood, to rave reviews. Follow the link to download a free copy of the well received single ‘Crystalline’.

After signing with Pheromone Records in 2006, ARJUN released their debut album PIECES, followed by 2013’s SPACE. SPACE, the critically-acclaimed first in a three-album trilogy, is a sonic dreamscape of fluid improvisations which were conceived and recorded organically. ARJUN’s most recent album CORE, second in the trilogy, is a reinvention of ARJUN’s sound and style, rooted in carefully crafted melodies which tell resonant stories without words.

Follow ARJUN on Facebook & Twitter.


Which albums recorded in home studios are the best ever?


Last month, the nominees were named for this year’s prestigious Mercury Music Prize. As well as established acts who have had years at the top of the music industry, a few artists have managed to come out of leftfield. One of them is East India Youth, a solo electronic artist whose debut album received a nomination.

What’s particularly interesting about this nominee is that their album was recorded from home in its entirety. Home recording has been around for decades, but anything which isn’t crafted in a studio still seems like something of a novelty. However, anyone starting out usually has little choice but to opt for home recording, but some of the best songs and albums of all time were recorded this way.

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Home music studio

As mentioned in this infographic, home recording can be just as good as studio recording, but which albums were the best to be laid down in this manner? Here are some great examples:

Nebraska – Bruce Springsteen
The Boss has had a long and successful career, but Nebraska helped to get him on the right track. This album was recorded onto cassettes from his own home and still manages to stand the test of time.

Original Pirate Material – The Streets
The Streets aka Mike Skinner exploded onto the scene over a decade ago with his debut album, drawing on personal experiences while being unique within his genre. Having hung up his mic recently, Skinner recorded a lot of his work from his home studio, something which has given up-and-coming acts plenty of encouragement.

Panic Prevention – Jamie T
Released in 2007, Jamie T’s career has been stop-start since, but Panic Prevention helped launch the London singer into the mainstream. His new album, which came out this year, was also recorded from his home studio.

Exile on Main Street – The Rolling Stones
After struggling to find a studio that suited their needs, The Stones found a mansion in southern France to record this classic. They managed to utilise this mansion by running cables from a van to connect all their studio equipment.


Mayhem Deranged to release ’50 Megaton Love’


As you might remember, The Music Mag featured Mayhem Deranged back at the end of 2012. The punk rock band hailing from the English capital have gone from strength to strength and are due to release their new single ’50 Megaton Love’.

Think The Cult meets Billy Idol, as lead singer Ray Mayhew and long time bassist Robert Godfrey are joined by James Stevenson (current touring guitarist for The Cult) and Craig Adams (bassist for The Mission, formerly of the Sisters Of Mercy). Rounding it off, mixing duties were by one Steve Brown who had mixed The Cult’s – She Sells Sanctuary. As front man Ray Mayhew explains – “We didn’t intend it to have so many nods to the Cult, it just sort of happened that way!”

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Whilst the single is catchy and easy to listen to, if you give in too quickly you might find your face blown off by the shear passion and aggression behind the vocals. ’50 Megaton Love’ is one of the finest releases from Mayhem Deranged so far, the track can easily

With ’50 Megaton Love’ being mixed and mastered to perfection, it’s exciting times for the band and fans alike. The new single will be sure to garner a lot of well deserved attention and we can’t wait to hear their next track. Follow Mayhem Deranged on their website and Facebook.


A&L release ‘Get Me a Drink’


Incredibly forthright, powerful and a little bit busty are 3 ways to describe the country-rock pop duo A&L.

Made up of two seasoned industry professionals, A&L consists of Anthony Casuccio and Lana Marie. Anthony is a 20 year music veteran whose production work has been nominated for three Grammy awards, been featured in major music publications and topped the music charts. Lana is an award winning vocalist who has been a long-time force on the East Coast music scene and voice to many jingles on radio and television.

Get Me a Drink is a hard hitting, super-catchy, party song that makes light of the fact that we often want a drink after a long week of work. Casuccio says the inspiration for the song came from being in an overly long meeting. “I was stuck in a meeting and thought; wow, I could really use a nice adult beverage right now.” He wrote the song during that meeting. With a vocal style that sounds like The Pretty Reckless meets P!nk and Gretchen Wilson, Lana delivers a vocal performance that demands your attention and gets the listener singing along to the hyper-hooky melody. Get Me A Drink is one of those songs that you won’t be able to get out of your head.

Buy the track on iTunes and follow A&L on Twitter.


Vin Deca


Vin Deca is a positive ardent electronic and dance music composer, producer and artist with an unmistakable afro-latin influence currently recording dance, pop, Afro-, latin-, deep-, electro-, and progressive house.

Working as a songwriter, composer, producer and mix engineer in Germany since 2002, confining only to one genre or style of music has been out of question for the Cameroonian born keyboardist and bass guitarist.

Even though four on the floor has always been default for his musical programming, it was not until 2013 that he decided to make his ancient love affair with dance music public with the release of a dance album.

Vin Deca

It all began as one of those delightful accidents. He received an order from a client to compose dance music, which was his first creative exposure to the genre in years. Long before finishing the project, the dance bug had bitten him so badly that he has never stopped crafting dance tracks ever since.

Vin Deca celebrates his colossal passion for people and especially dancing people in the album “Electro Positive plus”. Carrying two decades in the studio on his clock as a musician, producer and engineer; in Africa and in Europe, Vin Deca blends in “Electro Positive” the unmistakable Afro – Latin signature with elements of Swedish and Progressive and deep House.

Listen to Vin Deca’s latest single ‘Holding Tight Your Dream‘ and follow Hitsmith Records on Twitter.


Damn Glad


DAMN GLAD is headed up by singer/guitarist/songwriter Matt Kurzban, Jeff Baker on drums and Gio Giovanni on bass. Their energy and style of soulful power rock keeps you humming for hours while succinct, lyrical content will help you get out of bed in the morning. 





Damn Glad

DG released their 3rd album “It’s Always Something” and have 2 previous albums “Not For Nothing” and “And That’s That!” DG has shared the stage with national acts while pounding the NYC/Brooklyn rock scene. Having appeared on network tv, their music has been featured in indie films, reality shows and on various cable channels such as MTV & VH1.

Watch Damn Glad – Crawl Back below:

High energy and personality is DG’s formula for putting on a show worth mention. The driving guitars, infectious grooves and memorable melodies/harmonies distinguish their sound as a power trio keeping it real. No gimmicks. Just catchy, driving rock with attitude!

 Their power and honesty shine through with songs ranging from tough grooving toe tappers, soulful ballads to dark melodic rockers.

For more Damn Glad follow them on Facebook and Twitter.


The Warchild


Created by the union of a Dominican mother and a Martiniquan father, The Warchild’s upbringing was filled with music of every genre; classical, opera, reggae, or country music. Douglas, his older brother was a 90’s music enthusiast and D.J. during family gatherings; which included small events as well as recorded mix-tapes that would be passed around among friends. Watching his brother mixing records and CD’s in awe sparked something inside the young child. Thus the music addiction began and The Warchild was born!

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Growing up The Warchild was inspired by a plethora of artist stemming from many different musical denominations and backgrounds. This includes Peter Tosh, Bob Marley, Kassav, Francky Vincent, Sizzla, Bounty Killer, Mavado, Vybz Kartel, Snoop Dogg, 2Pac, 50 Cent, Snap, Paul Oakenfold, Kyau & Albert, Swedish House Mafia, Kenny Rogers and more… (Not in any particular order). Influenced by a myriad of talented artists, The Warchild’s musical aspirations began with writing intricate sociological lyrics that are not only catchy in tune, but relatable as well. As the years progressed the artist began using his cultural vernacular to express his thoughts by assimilating them into his musical stylings.

His multi-ethnic heritage being a key component, The Warchild displays this fundamental aspect of his identity through his sound. “MY LIFE IN HIGH DEFINITION” is the product of these countless life experiences. The album was developed during a challenging period in his life. It was a rather dark period in The Warchild’s journey which entailed more downs than ups!

Despite the tumult, out of this darkness came a positive outcome; MLIHD became a reality. With the contribution of ARES- a long time friend since the formative years of high school with an uncanny aptitude to spit out amazing lyrics; the gifted DJ/Producer Nemoz from Barcelona, and the invaluable contribution of musical genius De Elusive and M.A. whom not only produced this latest project; but was instrumental as a comrade in arms who stood fast beside his friend through his difficult moments; so that the world can now know THE WARCHILD!

Follow The Warchild on Twitter, Facebook and buy his album MLIHD on iTunes.


Lina Fuoro releases Boom


LINA FOURO is a singer/songwriter from Toronto, Canada, who has just released her new single BOOM off her Debut Album “The Love Cycle” which will drop in November 2014. The Album is mainly produced by Juno-Award Winning Producer LONNIE SZOKE.

Lina Fouro

Lina Fouro’s debut Album The Love Cycle will be released late November under Label 3 SP. 3 SP will also be releasing another Dance-able catchy tune for Lina (L40) before the release of her debut Album.

On top of her debut album, Lina is in the process of shooting an interview for SUB TV Network which covers 88 Universities in the UK, SUB TV will air both her Interview and Music Video to over 1.7 million Students.

LINA’s Video BOOM has been approved for airing on MTVU and MTV.com & VH1 for Broadcasting and you can watch it below:

Follow Lina on Facebook, Twitter and buy her new single on iTunes.




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