The Brigantes Release Video and Give Away Track

Hailing from Halifax, West Yorkshire, The Brigantes are making waves with a rare groove that has come from a mixture of Reggee and Ska, which developed following an upbringing influenced by the various member’s parents love for those catchy genres. Add in a bit of Hip-Hop along with a Punk attitude, and it all makes for a heady brew that makes The Brigantes stand out from the usual Indie sound that is prevalent at the moment.

It is so refreshing to hear Ebonnie, 20 (Vocals, Guitar), Harrison, 19 (Vocals), Jordan, 18 (Bass) and Drew, 18 (Percussion), making a sound that makes you want to move your feet. Some locals have christened it ‘Halifax dance hall’.

Following a series of successful shows, including support slots for Dirty Revolution and The Booze and Blues Festival, The Brigantes have teamed up with the Arch-Way Project to record a performance video for the wonderfully infectious track Racket.

The Arch-Way Project (Halifax) provide a space, time and facilities to those in the community that could do with their help. Racket is available for free download here:

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Roxanne de Bastion shares new single and announces EP and tour dates

Seeing You was recorded in London and produced by Ben Walker (radio 2 Folk Award Nominee).

The EP contains 4 new tracks of cutting and clever lyrics, delivered with what BBC6 producer Tom Whalley said to be “one of the most perfect voices [he’s] ever heard”.

Roxanne de Bastion was born in Berlin and grew up both in England and Germany until she set out on her own, leaving Berlin for London, equipped only with her guitar and a one-way ticket. The young troubadour tours throughout the UK, mainland Europe and the United States, all on trains and busses. She self-released her debut album The Real Thing, produced by Gordon Raphael (The Strokes / Regina Spektor) in 2013 and has since then been invited to speak at music industry panels on the subjects of DIY music, copyright and the future of music, along side Fran Healy (Travis) and Ed O’Brien (Radiohead). She has already been championed by Tom Robinson on BBC6, John Kennedy on XFM, Ruth Barnes on Amazing Radio, as well as MTV and Radio Eins in Germany. With Seeing You, Roxanne de Bastion continues to forge her own style and a unique approach to a classic musical genre.

Musically, Roxanne’s compositions are routed in the music of the 1960’s, but the tone of voice is very much her own and the stories told are expressed in a way that could only be now. Her lyrics range from introspective journeys in Seeing You and Same Moon, through to observations on instant gratification and repetition (Rerun) and the tearing down of the East Side Gallery in Berlin, Roxanne’s town of birth (Wasteland).

Forthcoming September tour dates:

10th  LEEDS – Oporto
11th HULL – The Speakeasy
12th LIVERPOOL – View Two Gallery
15th LONDON – The Finsbury
16th BRIGHTON – Otherplace at Bar Broadway
17th NORWICH – The Bird Cage

Partisan announce a series of live dates starting this Saturday

Manchester trio Partisan are set to embark on a string of live dates taking them from Manchester to Edinburgh and back again.

Risen from the ashes of Six10Repeater, Partisan are ready to lay waste to the music scene. The first track off their self-titled 3 track EP, Juggernaut has been picking up views on YouTube and is currently playing on SubTV:

The live dates start on the 23rd August at Ducie Bridge, Manchester – their first date of a residency – and end on November 21st at Manchester’s Castle Hotel, with a trip to the Edinburgh Fringe festival on August 30th thrown in for good measure.

 

Full dates are as follows.

August 23rd – Ducie Bridge, Manchester

August 30th – The Liquid Rooms, Edinburgh. As part of the Fringe Festival

October 4th – Dry Bar, Manchester

November 1st – Ducie Bridge, Manchester

November 21st—The Castle Hotel Manchester

 

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Open Mic UK: Audition Tips for Singers

With national auditions coming this weekend for their annual competition (enter now), Open Mic UK are offering these tips for singers who are looking forward to an audition.

Preparing for your audition

Singing audition tips for singers: So you want to impress at your audition? Auditioning for a competition and any part is about so much more than the way you sing in front of those judging you. Preparing for your audition and making sure you’re in the right mind set is just as important. So how to do that:

  • Practice!! Know your audition song like the back of your hand! You will be nervous in the audition room so the song needs to come naturally to you.
  • Dress smart! Dress like you would on stage. Make sure your image matches your style. If you sing like Freddie Mercury you would not dress like Marilyn Manson!
  • If singing a cover, put your own stamp on it. Maybe play with the arrangement or musical style to suit your style. Singing a carbon copy won’t show the judges anything about you! You need to think outside the box. It’s an audition, not a karaoke session.
  • Look after your vocals leading up to the audition. Drink plenty of water, avoid alcohol and smoking and make sure you warm up thoroughly!

During your audition

  • The audition starts the moment you walk through the door. The judges will gauge you on your attitude the moment you step foot through the door! Give them a smile, it will be remembered!
  • If you have any demo recordings, place them on the judge’s table when you enter. They will see professionalism at being one step ahead with the demo recordings and may just take a little more interest when you are performing.
  • Time will be tight! Start your performance with the strongest part of the song. Songs like Adele’s ‘Make You Feel My love’ take too long to get to the chorus and on a busy day this will frustrate the judges.
  • The audition isn’t just about your image and vocal, your performance value will be noticed. Try to avoid being rooted to the spot, treat the area as a stage and use it!
  • Eye contact is essential! Avoid looking at the ground, give the judges a reason to keep their eyes on you. Engage with your audience which in this case is the judges. 
  • Thank the judges as you leave the room. Keep polite and courteous. The audition isn’t over until you leave the room!

Whether or not you are successful, consider it valuable experience. Make the most of any feedback you are given. Use it constructively and implement it into your performance for future auditions. Don’t let it bring you down; if you believe in your ability you will bounce back. More doors close before one opens, you just have to be ready!

SINGING AUDITION TIPS FOR SINGERS

Check out our other tips for singers below and check out our 2014 Open Mic UK singing audition dates by clicking here.

Facebook advice for singers – synchronising your social media artwork and URLs.

Facebook for singers – using pictures, events and apps and networking.

Facebook for singers – posting effective content on Facebook.

 

 

Future Music is about to start auditions for Open Mic UK this weekend. It’s not too late to enter and audition in the next few coming weeks. To find out more and enter Open Mic UK now go to www.openmicukco.uk.

 

The Novatones Set to Release New Material

Southampton’s very own indie four piece The Novatones are set to release their eagerly anticipated new EP ‘Sunday Romance’ on the 20th September.

Fresh from their well-received performance at this year’s Isle of White Festival, the boys entered the studio to get their latest offering ready for the waiting public.

Previous releases ‘For Monies Sake’ and ‘Begging at the Bunhouse’ have seen, Anthony Pittman (Guitar and Lead Vocals), Sean Swift (Drums and Percussion) Mackenzie Gordon-Smith (Guitar and Backing Vocals) and Toby Hornby-Patterson (Bass and Backing Vocals), develop a growing fan base that is starting to spread far beyond their south coast home.

The video for the wonderfully catchy ‘Living for the Weekend’ has gained some impressive numbers on YouTube and shows the band at their playful best. Jangling indie pop guitars and a chorus that hooks you right into the weekend, make this tune a growing indie staple.

The more melodic ‘Avenue Road’ shows a more sensitive side to the band with its heartfelt lyrics and gentler sound.

The Novatones impressive back catalogue shows a band that are continually growing musically and the new EP will see the further development of a band at the top of its game.

August will see the release of some tasters from the new EP but at the moment you can check out what the band have been up to so far here.

 

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You can catch their EP launch at The Joiners in Southampton on the 20th September.