SUN is a French singer, songwriter, guitarist and movie actress. She created a genre she calls « Brutal Pop » : Pop with elements of Rock and Metal. SUN started out screaming and shredding in Death Metal bands on one side, belting and dancing in musicals on the other: she played the character of Edith Piaf in France, South Korea, Japan and got recognized on The Voice France. She came 2nd at the selections of Eurovision with an original song.
Her unique vocal and acting skills led her to work with the best stage directors. She toured as an actress, singer and guitarist in national theaters, playing her music with her drummer on stage, and raised the attention of the press at the most prestigious theatre festival, Festival d’Avignon, which led her to the big screen.
Her first part in a movie is a leading role in « Tom Medina » by Tony Gatlif, who won the prize for best director in Cannes Festival 2004. Her character is inspired by herself: in the movie she acts, sings her own songs and plays her sparkly Telecaster. She also wrote five tracks of the soundtrack. The movie was selected at the Cannes Film Festival 2021, and SUN gave a show on the beach before the screening, alongside with Nicolas Reyes (Gipsy Kings).
SUN is currently working with Andrew Scheps (Adèle, Beyoncé, RHCP, U2, Metallica, winner of 3 Grammy Awards) on her second EP « Brutal Pop II ».
In September 2021 she is awarded the Grand Prize by le FAIR, the most important French prize for Rock & Pop Music.
Skye Wallace is what happens when a trained singer with east coast roots discovers punk rock in their youth and writes music that makes you feel excited.
Skye’s upcoming self-titled album embodies Canadiana. From living on BC’s west coast to spending time at residencies from Norris Point, Newfoundland to Dawson City, Yukon, the Toronto-based artist has been inspired by every corner of the country. The new album combines her folk songwriting roots with influences from 90’s riot girls and grunge, resulting
in songs that jump from somber reflections to rowdy highs.
Her last album, Something Wicked, was produced by beloved musician/songwriter Jim Bryson. It was named one of Vancouver Weekly’s Best Albums of 2016, CBC’s Top 8 Albums You Need To Hear This Month, and was dubbed by CBC’s Stephen Quinn, a „kick ass record“. Skye
has been cited as one of Canada’s best female artists and aptly described as “Fire” by Noisey. Her in-demand live show has landed her performances at NXNE’s main stage, the National Arts Centre, Halifax Pop Explosion, Vancouver Folk Fest, multiple support dates for Sam Roberts Band, and a residency at the Dakota Tavern in Toronto last fall that solidified garnering much industry buzz.
Over the past eight years of playing music together, we’ve grown up through angsty teenage years into angstier adulthood, with only our music to reflect our hurdles and triumphs. On the days where the world seemed to be raging on indifferently or responsibilities came banging at our doors, we took solace amongst the singing, sweating people in front of us on a Friday night with that 10ft by 6ft space beneath our feet becoming our sanctuary.
In 2017 we independently released ‘Taking Chances’ with a sold out launch show at Mr Kyps and embarked on our first self-booked UK tour. After signing with booking agency Midnight Mango in 2018 we’ve had three extensive UK headline tours as well as supports on the tours of a plethora of inspirational artists. Our second album ‘Comedies and Tragedies’ was released on March 13th 2020 with another sold out show at The Old Firestation in Bournemouth, however, the promotional UK tour was halted as soon as the pandemic hit.If our first album, ‘Taking Chances’, is a post-university tale of early twenties life; refusing to conform and rebelling against anything that stands in the way of a good time, then consider ‘Comedies and Tragedies’ to be a reality check sequel; rife with confusion, uncertainty and the struggles of self-identity.
When creating music over the years, it has become integral for us to acknowledge not only a balance between guts and contemplation, but a harmony of punchy pop-punk guitar and hard-hitting drums with the complex but determined layers of banjo, mandolin and tin whistle intertwined. With this we strive to pay homage to our appreciation of folk music and the significance of punk throughout our upbringings.
In both 2016 and 2018, we won our place on Fireball’s ‘Fuelling the Fire Tour’ supporting Less Than Jake, Flogging Molly, The Bronx, The Skints and Face to Face. We then subsequently had an endorsement from Fireball UK in 2019 and featured in Kerrang!’s online coverage of the tour. We also appeared on BBC radio Solent with our single ‘Rise and Fall’ on March 10th 2018.
We know what you’re thinking. You’re thinking: “Why should I care about the Urban Voodoo Machine? They’ve been around for ages, haven’t they? Aren’t they a novelty band who wears funny make-up? Don’t they sometimes play jazz? Aren’t half of them dead or something?”
So bear with us, sunshine, cos you clearly need educating.
The story starts with Paul-Ronney Angel, a man with a double-barrelled first name. I could be a wanker about this and say the story starts with Bon Scott-era AC/DC – with Tom Waits, or the Clash, Louis Armstrong, the Pogues, the Sensational Alex Harvey Band, Johnny Cash, Lionel Bart or Bertolt Brecht – but let’s stick with Paul-Ronney, it’s quicker.
Paul-Ronney Angel ate his parents and fled the fjords of Norway with just a bottle of moonshine and several slices of decomposing fish in his back pocket. (Before he left they tried him in the Norwegian Army – he lasted a total of five hours.)
After that, Angel washed up in London during the dying breaths of Thatcherism and took advantage of all that swinging London had to offer: he sold The Big Issue, busked Johnny Thunders & Robert Johnson numbers in Soho bus stops and played guitar for anyone who’d have him.
The Urban Voodoo Machine came to him in 2002 as a fully-formed idea. He’d lead a band who’d play ‘Bourbon Soaked Gypsy Blues Bop’n’Stroll’. They’d dress in black and red. There would be a LOT of them. And their music would sound like a great night out in a dangerous part of town. From the get-go, The UVM fused junkyard blues and stinging rockabilly with mariachi horns, fiddles, sinister cabaret and punk rock tangos. “I wanted to play rock’n’roll music with a different instrumentation,” says Angel, “taking inspiration from everything from delta blues, latin and gypsy music without losing the spirit and attitude of punk.” His lyrics – part Lemmy, part Bob Dylan – made other (more acclaimed) songwriters sound totally. Fucking. Boring.
JPson left South Africa right after school to go discover his European roots inheritated from his Swiss father. What seemed like a 10- month joy trip a way from home turned into a 10-year journey around Europe, which JP refers to as his University of life. Through his travels he realised on a regular basis how he would constantly find peace within lyrics and melodies. Even though the life of a wary traveler can sometimes be extremely tiring, he would often gather warmth and support from the music he listened to and find guidance in the music he created.
Since 2017 JPson has released 3 EPs (Coming Home, Children of the Light and A Whole New Road), performed over 150 shows in Europe supporting acts such as Bukahara, Sean Koch, Will and the People, Jon and Roy and Current Swell, including his own sold out headline shows, toped the Submit Hub TOP 50 FOLK CHARTS, reached #36 with his single “A Whole New Road” on the German College airplay charts including features by major German radio stations such as SWR3, and accumulated over 1.5 million streams on Spotify without a debut album or any label support. JPson is now ready to share his 4th independent EP release “Wolves at War” with the world which will be out in September 2021.
Man nehme einen Basssaxofonisten, einen Trompeter, einen Tenorsaxofonisten, Baritonsaxophonisten und zwei Schlagzeuger. Dazu eine Portion House, Techno und treibende Rhythmen. Herauskommt ein mitreißendes Bandrezept namens NAFT.
Im Sommer 2018 debütierten sie in den Straßen von Gent und sorgten dort für ordentlich Furore. 2019 folgte eine große Tour durch Belgien & die Niederlande. Im gleichen Jahr entstand eine bahnbrechende Zusammenarbeit zusammen mit Twerkshop. Korrekt, wie es der Name schon sagt: „Es wird getwerkt Baby!“ Kein Hintern bleibt hier unbewegt und auch müde Beine fangen an zu tanzen. NAFT ft. Twerkshop haben die Energie einer stampfenden Herde, die bereit ist die Musikwelt ordentlich aufzumischen.
Die Rampensau gehört bekanntlich zur Gattung gutmütiger, aber – einmal losgelassen – doch recht wilder Live-Tiere. Partiet darf man getrost dazuzählen, denn die Band verspricht: „Macht Euch bereit für eine Show voller Energie, Ska, Reggae, Schweiß und verblüffender Texte, von denen Ihr kein Wort versteht.“ Seit 2010 lassen sie so das Publikum tanzen. Damals trafen sich zwei junge schwedische Musiker in einem Hinterhof außerhalb von Melbourne. Als sie ein Jahr später nach Schweden zurückkehrten, beschlossen sie, eine Band zu gründen. Schnell fanden sie weitere Mitstreiter, zogen alle in ein Haus nach Småland und geboren war Partiet – die Partei. Der Name ist gewissermaßen Programm, denn neben Party möchten die acht Musiker durchaus auch Politik machen. Mit ihren Songs und Statements beziehen sie u.a. Position gegen Rassismus und für die Rechte von Lesben und Schwulen. (entnommen: Rudolstadt Festival / Programm 2019)
Groove machine, Arat Kilo’s ethiojazz is the meeting of Parisians
musicians and the fascinated richness of Ethiopian music. Without
leaving the Addis-Abeba’s 70’s, the combo continues its musical
journey without any frontier. In « Visions of Selam », the new album
of the Paris’ gang, Mamani Keita, the Malian diva, cross her voice
with the Mike Ladd’s sharpened spoken word, carried by Arat Kilo’s
Billy Rowan aka The Undercover Hippy ist bestimmt kein klassischer Singer-Songwriter. In seiner Musik vereint er Reggae-Rhythmen mit packenden Hooks und mitreissenden Grooves und singt zwischendurch, als wäre er schon jahrelang als Hip-Hop-MC unterwegs. Während die Musik von Undercover Hippy über 6 Millionen Streams auf Spotify aufzeichnet, legt die Band jedes Jahr viele Kilometer zurück, um ihren mehr als 80 Shows allein in Großbritannien nachzugehen. Billy Rowan unterhält zusammen mit seinen Mitstreitern die Zuschauer*innen durch ihre intelligent provokativen und politischen Texte und einem «Feelgood-Groove».
“Like the love-child of Steel Pulse, Kate Tempest, and The Sleaford Mods”
Tom Robinson, BBC6Music
HENGE sind nicht von dieser Welt. Sie sind ein Kollektiv von Außerirdischen, vereint um den Planeten Erde zu retten. Ihr Sound ist psychedelisch kombiniert mit kosmischen Klängen und elektronischen Beats. Als Live Act sollte man sie auf keinen Fall verpassen, denn sie nehmen ihre Zuhörer*innen mit auf eine schräge und bunte musikalische Reise.
Mit ihrer LP Cosmic Dross (Juli 2017) haben sie sich in der alternativen Festival-Community einen Namen gemacht. Henge sprechen ein breites Publikum an und glänzten bereits auf Festivals, wie z.B. Fusion, Womad oder auch Bluedot. 2018 sind sie bei den UK Independent Awards zum besten Live-Act gewählt worden.
Elektronischer Wahnsinn für die Ohren – praktisch galaktisch.
HENGE is a band of extra-terrestrials that bring with them the sacred sounds of Cosmic Dross – a musical form known in other parts of the universe that has, until now, never been heard on Planet Earth. There are no human words to adequately describe the Cosmic Dross experience. HENGE have come to Earth in the name of rave to spread their message of love and harmony. Since their landing, they have been so well received by the human species that they won Best Live Act at the 2018 Independent Festival Awards. Their debut album – on this planet at least – ATTENTION EARTH! was released at the end of last year.
You can listen to the album here: