Rising alt pop star Giovanna has had an unconventional journey as a musician. She began her career working in the film industry writing scores for, what are now, award winning films (including ‘RISK’ which won Best Film at The Portobello film Festival). It was here that she discovered that she had a talent for capturing raw and un-filtered emotion through sophisticated instrumentation and mindful composition.
Still only 19 years old, Noella Usborne is a veteran of the alt-pop scene, starting at the age of 14 where she performed at every gig, pub or festival she could find her way into. She earned herself slots at the likes of Stroud Fringe, and Cheltenham Jazz Festival, where she busked, and sang at emerging talent features.
Sonic Rade are a Swiss Pop trio with three albums under their belt: ‘Let It Out’ (2013); ‘Sideways’ (2016); and their brand new self titled album, ‘Sonic Rade’, released this year. Their music is high energy mixed with shades of melancholy, and their latest single, ‘Let’s Dream Tonight’, comes with a video which sees them head for the heart of New York City – Times Square.
Alt-pop artist Daym returned with anthemic track ‘Critical’ earlier this month, as he celebrates ambiguity through his artform. In conversation, he gets candid about the message he wants to convey with his music, and his desire to use his platform for social commentary, and discussing important issues.
Stockholm-based indie-pop duo Tiny Fighter had a breakthrough with the video for their song, ‘New Century’, introducing them to a worldwide audience via the dreamlike clip shot on 360 degree camera. We featured the video back in January here, winning not just praise from us (“a name to watch out for”), but also from Oh Es Tee (“a whirlwind of a video”), New Sick Music (“a video that makes you feel as though the world is endless, and, yes, tiny”), and other publications. Comprising Australian multi-instrumentalist Tim Spelman and Swedish singer-songwriter Therese Karlsson, Tiny Fighter have returned with their new track, ‘Hollow Talk’.
Sinplus comprise brothers Ivan and Gabriel Broggini, and if you’re like me, you’ll remember them from the Eurovision Song Contest in 2012, where they represented their native Switzerland in the first semi final with the song, ‘Unbreakable’. But even if you’re not like me, you’ll nonetheless be impressed to know that Sinplus won an MTV Award as best Swiss Act, as well as a nomination for Best European Act. Sinplus’ latest single, ‘Dreams’, was released in April, and its radio friendly sound, with delightfully close sibling harmonies, should well see it played on radio stations across the UK and US.
We’ve featured Xavier Toscano before in August 2016, with his song, ‘Runaway’, which exemplified his love of top 40 music and his belief that pop music is the soundtrack of our lives. Now he’s back with his new single, ‘Never Wanna Leave’, which blurs the lines between timeless and contemporary sounds.
Sophie Simmons was born into the the entertainment world, but had her first moment in the spotlight at the tender age of 11, when she was a part of the reality TV show, ‘Gene Simmons: Family Jewels’. Yes, her father is the legendary KISS bassist and co-leader; but 25 year old Sophie has enough of her own hard work ethic to get noticed on her own merits.