Back in June we introduced you to The Smiling Sessions, a group run by a non profit organisation, who go into community centres for the elderly each week, where they host sing-a-longs for the residents and members. During the lockdown period, The Smiling Sessions certainly didn’t let their mates down, and instead went fully-virtual, with celebrities popping by to lead the sessions online.
Often recited as being reminiscent of The Beatles, the Chicago based duo, The Pondhawks are quickly rising as one of the biggest Indie factions in the world. Their vocals and harmonies continue to bend genres and delight fans. Their newest song, “Afraid of Love” continues to create a buzz and fans are anxiously awaiting to see what’s next.
You’ll remember our previous piece on Jon Patrick Walker, the actor and singer, who’s just finished a run of the musical, ‘Hamilton’, which saw him performing the role of King George III. Not one to rest on his laurels, Walker returns with the gorgeous song, ‘Like A Rose’, which comes from his upcoming album, ‘Welcome To The Edge Times’, set for release on October 25.
Is this a 10cc reunion? Well, sort of…. Former band member and legendary director Kevin Godley has created 2 new videos for Graham Gouldman’s touring version of 10cc. This is not the first time the two founding band members have collaborated. Godley and Gouldman created some fascinating new music back in 2006 under the guise GG/06, in which the track used for one of the videos “Son of Man” was created.
San Diego’s Jonny Dee’s love for the likes of David Bowie, Jimi Hendrix, The Beatles, Prince, Marvin Gaye, and Michael Jackson – along with a new found interest in spirituality and peace – has clearly had an influence on his new music. His latest album, ‘The Human Experience’, which was released in the spring, sees Dee declaring himself to be the new saviour of rock and roll, and blending elements of funk, jazz, psychedelia, and soul, combined with a rap sound and rock. Essentially it’s a sound all of his own, which he’s dubbed “psychedelic hip hop”.
The Weeklings, from New Jersey, have immersed themselves in the 60s, and their latest track and video, ‘In The Moment’, is a Beatles-inspired power pop song. Unlike others who have chosen to play music based on this time period, The Weeklings twist the past in a unique fashion, reconstructing their influences in such a way as to sound exciting and fresh, as well as catchy and familiar.
Think of some of the most influential music of all time…Beyoncé, The Beatles, Michael Jackson…now think, what made these artists so successful? Sure, they made great music, but who’s listening to that great music? The fans! In this day an age, getting exposure to the right audience is just as important as getting your sound right. Reaching the right audience gives you the best shot at growing your fanbase, getting scouted, playing a live gig or even getting your first album deal. We’ve rounded up some top tips from music industry expert, Chris Grayston, on how to grow your fans and followers.
The Kooks have released their much awaited fifth studio album, ‘Let’s Go Sunshine’, via Lonely Cat/AWAL Recordings. The album coincides with a new video for ‘Four Leaf Clover’, which has been directed by Sophia + Robert, from Odelay Films, best known for their work with Kara Marni, and Grace Carter.