The Music Mag: Unsigned UK Music News, Reviews & Promotion
J Paw is a hip hop artist out of Vancouver, Canada. His passion for music began in 2007 at the age of 13 when he began working virtual synthesizers and digital audio. Through the years he produced a lot of electronic dance music along with more experimental styles. This shows in his hip hop work where new school atmospheric beats are combined with varied lyrics to create unique songs.
His new song ‘The Disruption’ can be streamed below:
J Paw’s idols include the iconic Above & Beyond, Kendrick and Seven Lions – with Kendrick Lamar getting him in to hip hop originally. He bases his lyrics on stories (either fact or fiction) and anything that comes to him when he has time around his two jobs.
Sampahh is a clear example of a fairy tale of a young optimistic boy from Africa who, like everybody else, experiences tribulations on his way to triumph. He believes his job is to reconnect as many souls as he comes in contact with to our first purpose. This he tries to do with his music. Music is medicine for the soul.
Sampahh’s influences range from the wonderful Stevie Wonder to Osibisa, Carla bruni, John Legend and The Beatles and the diverse range of artists shines through in his music – making him much more than just an average hip-hop artist. Sampahh mixes beautiful melodies with crazy hooks and catchy lyrics, he’s definitely one to keep an eye on.
Listen to ‘Take a Chance’ below, which features Young Dapper (Capstone/Black Avenue Muzik):
Don Connect has came a long way from the $100 town house he shared with his mother and sister. After proving his underground rap abilities to his peers, he has moved on to represent his music with some of Hip-Hops greatest players including; Naughty by Nature, Jadakiss and RA the Rugged Man, to name a few. In 2006 Don won the Diplomat Expansion Search with Big Apple and the DRÜGS team and in 2012, headlined his own “Family Business” Tour. Now continuing on his musical journey with his own label, New Grind Management, Don Connect is working on his fifth studio album which includes a vast selection of struggle music. It’s clear Don Connect is determined to make a difference! Honor Respect Loyalty.
This track was inspired by the high energy production from upcoming Texas super producer BBRoy. The heavy kick drums and snares make for one hell of a musical journey that listeners are sure to be captivated by! Goliath PAW, a fast rising Canadian hip-hop act was a perfect feature for this track. His high energy and spit fire flows combined with clever word play complimented the energy of the track. Kid Guci, another fast rising Canadian indie act has been described as a ‘Hook-Master’. His melodic flow was a perfect fit for this track. The last artist on this track S. Don Perion is a heavy weight in his own right. He wrapped up the track with ease making it one memorable and motivating track. This project embodies “work” from start to finish.
Listeners can relate to the tittle “work” because we are all putting in work on some level whether its at a job or elsewhere. With so much Canadian Indie talent on this track, its no wonder there has been so much anticipation for its release.
Don Connects star is on the Rise in Canada, he is an artist to watch. His latest project entitled “New Grind Management (NGM) Vol.1″ is set for release on June 24/14. If he isn’t already, Don Connect should be on your one to watch list for 2014 and beyond!
Callifornia based producer UNDOCUMENT has released his second album ‘Pleasures’, stating that he wanted to make music that people pay attention to:
“With my second album, I really wanted to break out of the mindset of ‘background music’ and do it a little more traditionally this time. I just wanted to put all these new songs front and center.”
The electronic / hip-hop producer has moved away from the ambience found in his debut release ‘Lovers, Dreamers & Non-Believers’ and followed up with an 18 track record which is decidedly more powerful, making it hard not to take notice.
Pleasures is blissfully brilliant. If you only download one electronic hip-hop album this year then look no further.
What really sets this new release apart is how undocument has expanded his instrumental roots by involving multi-talented vocalist MaQui Sainz on breakout track “This Lullaby”. Additionally, tracks such as the brooding “Melancholian” or the dysfunctional faux R&B track “Slumberous” all expand the sonic palette for the Long Beach, Ca. based producer, where a subtle recurring piano melody, a spacious driving beat, or even a detuned choir sample combine to make the album an emotional and accessible listen.
In addition to finishing up the album, undocument is also working on a brand new music video for “This Lullaby” as well as performing a number of upcoming shows designed to promote Pleasures in the next few weeks.
First off, the good news: record labels are no longer vital for the success of musicians. Whilst their marketing machines may well contribute to how effectively a band’s music is promoted and whilst their deep (yet shrinking) pockets may allow access to the best quality recordings and tours, record companies no longer dictate who hits the big time and who has to keep stacking shelves whilst they dream of Glastonbury’s main stage.
The bad news is that it is easier and cheaper than ever for unsigned acts to produce high-quality demos of their own and even easier for them to find channels through which to reach the masses. This means that, whilst unsigned acts have more opportunities open to them than ever before, the market has become saturated with class acts all trying to make their name in the business.
As such, luck and timing will both play a big part, but the importance of talent, style and perseverance cannot be overlooked. Whilst record companies may no longer dictate who hears new music, bands will still need to find a way to thrust their audial treats onto expectant and appreciative ears. In turn, radio stations could still play a major role in helping budding superstars to find an audience. Fortunately, radio stations are no longer closed shops and, instead, even fledgling bands could get their music played to the masses just by knowing where to send their demos.
Below, we list a few of the best radio stations and shows for online musicians:
The easiest route to reach a mass audience, BBC Introducing allows bands to upload music straight to their local BBC radio station. However, this option does not just limit your music to the immediate area and the best songs may also end up being played on national BBC shows, including Radio 1 and Radio 1Xtra.
Best of British
The Best of British isn’t a radio station in its own right, but instead a gateway to multiple commercial radio channels. Being broadcast for one hour a week on over 80 radio stations across the world, the show consists exclusively of unsigned British acts getting the airplay their music deserves.
Aspiring musicians can have their music played on Absolute Radio by uploading their tracks to unsignedbandreview.com. Each week five bands will be shortlisted for national airplay, with one lucky band ultimately being chosen for the Sunday night slot.
As well as national and local stations, there are countless genre-specific stations that may accept submissions from bands that fall into a given oeuvre. For rockers, the likes of Prog Positivity Radio, TBFM and Radio Rock Cafe may be wise choices.
If you want to get your music played on the radio, you may have some hoops to jump through first. Great music alone will not cut it, especially if you are rude or send in material that is unappealing or in incorrect formats.
Always be polite in your correspondence, ensuring you have the right contact name for those in charge of considering unsolicited unsigned material. Take the time to put a professional kit together, whether in the form of an EPK or in the form of a CD press pack, with professional photographs, a well-crafted band bio, comprehensive track listings and a personalised letter for the recipient.
Author bio: Adam Howes is a freelance writer, blogger and musician, currently in the midst of preparing himself for a summer of festivals. He writes regular articles offering help and advice to musicians, visiting sites such as Gigantic to stay up to date with all the latest industry news.
Jamie Coon has released her new album ‘Day after Day’. Her music features a soul-pop style with timeless quality brought together by well crafted, melodic songs performed with passion and personality. Based in Oklahoma, USA, Jamie’s heartfelt deliveries ranges from the anthemic to the angelic, supported well by her backing band.
Day After Day is not just the title of her new album, but also the theme. When asked about her songs Jamie explained: “my songs are really just about things most of us go through in our journey through life.”
Each of the ten songs on the album has its own distinct flavor and Jamie and her band easily slide from arena rock thunder to laid back funk to a back porch lullaby.
“It’s all the stuff I grew up listening to, from Otis Redding to Aretha Franklin, Elton John & the Beatles” says Jamie.
The result is an album that takes you on an emotional & musical ride- sometimes joyful, sometimes bittersweet, but always hopeful.
The first record ‘Everything So Far’ was made with “chewing gum & rubber bands” Jamie jokingly suggested “but it turned out pretty well, and it got me out there in front of people”.
And it did – Jamie performed gigs at Smithsonian & Kennedy Center in support of the album and won awards at both the Orange County Music Awards and the Native eMusic Awards.
Songs from the album were also heavily featured in several films including the Cannes-screened Deceit with Joe Pantoliano & the indie-comedy Long-Term Relationship plus the TV series Ghost Whisperer with Jennifer Love Hewitt… not bad for chewing gum & rubber bands!
As well as working on her album, Jamie also wrote the theme song to ‘I am Nancy’, which was a documentary about Heather Langenkamps’ role as Nancy in the Nightmare on Elm Street film franchise. As a big horror fan, Jamie loved the challenge of creating a slightly different tone and style. “That was part of what was fun- it was totally different from what I usually do. Id love to do more horror movie related music on the side.”
As a musician or music promoter managing your fans and events is an important aspect to any gig. Bluefin have been kind enough to send over some information which you might find to be very helpful:
Crowd and spectator management can be stressful and time-consuming. A seemingly docile crowd can quickly veer into chaos, sparked by a single incident. You need to make sure your organisation and facilities are prepared to handle it. Because crowds can be so volatile, they require careful management.
As an event organiser, this management falls on your shoulders. Whatever event you have planned—whether it is a sporting event, music concert or fair—you have a legal obligation to ensure, as far as reasonably practicable, the safety of visiting crowds. Depending on the size of your event, you can delegate some aspects of crowd safety to employees or contractors, but, as the organiser, overall responsibility for ensuring public safety rests with you. Also consider acquiring business insurance which is designed to cover you in unforeseen circumstances.
Planning for an Event
Managing crowd and spectator safety should start long before the actual event. The earlier you plan, the more hazards you can identify and minimise. Do not complete general event planning and only afterwards consider crowd and spectator safety management—plan them in tandem.
Treat crowd and spectator safety with the same amount of importance as your other top-priority business aims, since an unsafe event could be financially disastrous.
Even before choosing a venue for your event, you should be thinking about crowd safety. In your preliminary event planning stages, consider the following factors to help you choose the safest, most appropriate venue:
• Expected turnout – Forecast your expected turnout by looking at factors such as advance ticket sales, attendance on previous occasions and the proposed level of publicity. Always be ready to accommodate more people than you anticipate.
• Type of visitors – Consider your spectators’ likely demographic when making planning decisions. For example, will your crowd be mostly elderly people, who may need special accommodations?
• Getting to and from the venue – Examine the transport infrastructure in the area near the proposed venue, and determine whether it can handle the expected number of spectators.
• Venue suitability – Note the venue’s maximum capacity and use that as a baseline to determine whether the venue can accommodate your event. Are there enough entrances, exits, toilets and first-aid facilities?
• Excess spectators – Avoid a disaster by devising a procedure to deal with an overcrowded venue. Do not get caught off guard by a larger-than-expected and possibly anxious crowd.
• Previous information collected – Capitalise on the knowledge of previous events by learning from past incidents. For example, ensure extra security for an event that has been especially unruly.
Assessing Your Event’s Risk
Once you choose a venue, carefully examine what your event aims to accomplish and identify any possible associated hazards that could harm your employees, volunteers, spectators or members of the public.
You are required by UK law to undertake a risk assessment that evaluates what precautions you need to implement to prevent harm. The Health and Safety Executive provides detailed information on how to conduct a risk assessment, which you can find at www.hse.gov.uk.
Organising the hazards you find in your risk assessment into the following categories may help you keep track of them and uncover new ones:
• Anticipated demographic – Who will be attending and how are they likely to behave?
• Venue suitability – Is the venue adequate for ensuring the safety of your attendees?
• Managerial arrangements – Are employee arrangements suitable for managing crowds? For example, are managerial roles and responsibilities clear, and are good command and communication structures in place?
• Presence of hazardous items and substances – Do your employees and volunteers know how to use and store items or substances which could pose a hazard to the crowd?
• Emergency procedures – Have you considered how your event could be disrupted, what new hazards could arise as a result of disruption and what to do in case of an emergency?
The crowd hazards event organisers face are too numerous to list here in full. Instead, consider this small sample of crowd-specific hazards to start assessing potential hazards at your event:
• Crushing between people
• Crushing against fixed structures, such as barriers
• Trampling underfoot
• Surging, swaying or rushing
• Aggressive behaviour, particularly between groups of rival supporters
• Dangerous behaviour, such as climbing on equipment, running down steep slopes or throwing objects
• People getting trapped, such as wheelchair users in a large crowd
• Intoxicated, unruly spectators
• Slipping or tripping due to inadequately lit areas or poorly maintained floors
• Moving vehicles sharing the same route as pedestrians
• Structural collapse, such as a fence or barrier falling
• Objects that obstruct movement and cause congestion
• Failure of equipment such as turnstiles
• Poorly planned queues that obstruct crowd movement and generate crossflows as people cut through the crowd to reach other areas
Early Planning Is Successful Planning: Start planning crowd and spectator safety as soon as possible to ensure your event is successful.
Sarantos has released his 5th song titled ‘I’d Give Anything’. He’s also finally releasing his long-awaited and eagerly anticipated first solo album on November 18th 2014.
Sarantos’ music has received rave reviews so far and he relishes this chance to pursue his life long dream. His unique sound has been best described by industry insiders as “an emotionally powerful vocal style masterfully united with music that is a fusion of classic 80′s rock blended with modern soft rock and pop music!”
Sarantos currently has a massive online following, with over a million Twitter followers, 450 thousand Facebook likes and is rated #4 on Reverbnation in the pop genre. Sarantos was invited to the Toronto Music Festival on May 6th and performed with his new band to a sold out live audience of over 200 people.
There will be plenty of continued buzz throughout the year. A new song will be released on the 1st Tuesday of every month, a new music video on the 2nd Tuesday of every month, a new Funny video of the month on the 3rd Tuesday of every month and a new Whiteboard video on the 4th Tuesday of every month!
Music has always been in his blood, and Sarantos has written over 2,000 songs! However the passing of his father two years ago to lung cancer raised a lot of personal challenges and the main thing motivates him is raising money for charity, with 33% of any music related sales going straight to charity!
Sarantos has always been inclined to help people in need and is proud to launch this CD as a way to donate a portion of proceeds to charity, hopefully inspiring other artists to do the same. The 11 charities chosen for each song include American Cancer Society, American Lung Association, Make-a-Wish Foundation, American Heart Association, St Jude’s, Hellenic Academy, ASERF, American Red Cross, Children’s Hospital of Chicago, Chicago Medical School, Thanioton Society & the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
FLORALS are a trio based out of Los Angeles that uses elements of post-rock and field recordings to get their own take on dreamy electronic music. Comprised of Guitarist: Joey, Vocalist: Stephanie, and Producer: Ryan, the trio just released their debut EP “l a t e r a g e” in April and are looking to start recording their debut album this June.
Fusing post rock and field recordings results in a unique and atmospheric sound. You can stream or download their EP for free on their soundcloud page.
Last Fan Standing is a worldwide vote which decides the most powerful fans in music. The deadline for your vote is Sunday 18th May with results on Saturday 26th May. You can vote here.
4Music’s Last Fan Standing is the biggest celebration of fandom ever. Ten fan groups from ten of the biggest artists on the planet are going head to head in a worldwide vote to decide who is the most powerful fan group. Voting closes on Sunday 18th May so there’s still plenty time to get involved.
4Music presenter, Will Best will announce the winner of the most powerful fan group in the world in an exclusive results show on Saturday 26th May. The ten fan groups in the running for the number one position are:
Beliebers (Justin Bieber)
Directioners (One Direction)
Little Monsters (Lady Gaga)
Barbz (Nicki Minaj)
KatyCats (Katy Perry)
Smilers (Miley Cyrus)
The BeyHive (Beyoncé)
The Navy (Rihanna)
Mixers (Little Mix)
Swifties (Taylor Swift)
So what are you waiting for, head on over to the Last Fan Standing page and get voting.