Jan 26

THOMAS AZIER

Fresh from an impressive live show at Eurosonic and early global radio support on the influential syndicated radio show Passport Approved – Thomas Azier delivers a stunning sound – fans of Depeche Mode and Hurts will be impressed! Azier grew up in a small town in the Netherlands, where he focused most of his free time on making music because, frankly, there wasn’t too much else to do. At the age of 19, he left the Netherlands and moved to Berlin, Germany on an ambitious whim. He was mesmerized by the city and immediately inspired by the pulse and atmosphere. During this time, he started to perfect his electro-pop sound. After four years of tirelessly honing his music, he emerged with his debut EP, Hylas 001, released on his own label, Hylas Records/BMG Rights Management. Bridging the analog and digital worlds with symphonic precision, Azier’s music is an anthem for the present, pulling from the past and looking to the future and a perfect example from the EP is the epic and haunting “Red Eyes.” Thomas is available for booking and licensing in various territories – contact info@anrworldwide.com for more information.

STREAM: “Red Eyes”

LINK: www.thomasazier.com

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Jan 18

MIDNIGHT YOUTH

Midnight Youth, a quintet formed in 2006, had their first two singles achieve Top 40 airplay on New Zealand radio and TV and the group was deemed one of the top unsigned bands on MySpace in 2008. Their self–funded efforts were more than enough to get them noticed, with Warners NZ/Australia signing Midnight Youth in September 2008 and subsequently releasing “The Letter,” which became the No.1 most played song on New Zealand radio and remained in the Top 10 most played for more than 15 weeks. Their next single release, “All on Our Own,” upped the ante, spending 11 weeks as the most played song on New Zealand radio. The debut album The Brave Don’t Run was released in spring 2009 and bowed at No.1 on the iTunes album chart and No. 2 on the New Zealand album chart and reached Platinum status. Midnight Youth closed out 2009 by being nominated for eight New Zealand Music Awards, bringing home the hardware for Best Rock Act, Best Group and Best Engineered Recording. The band spent much of 2011 on the road playing alongside Birds of Tokyo, Opshop, Brooke Fraser, Jimmy Barnes and even supported Crowded House at the opening of the Rugby World Cup waterfront stadium. Midnight Youth also unleashed their sophomore album, World Comes Calling, which debuted at No. 4 on the national RIANZ chart, No. 1 on iTunes and is quickly approaching Gold status. Their latest release, “Who Said You’re Free,” was recently named the No.1 Rock track in New Zealand and has drawn comparisons to Jet and U2.

STREAM: “Who Said You’re Free”

LINK: www.midnightyouth.com

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Jan 16

ALFRED HALL

Give a couple of part time farmhands some guitars and synths, and they’ll make sweet, sweet sophisticated pop; sometimes things really are that simple. Alfred Hall is the band that has managed to find the perfect pop formula on their first attempt; something other bands spend years trying to figure out. What this duo, consisting of Hans Thomas Kiær and Bjørn Tveit, has to offer is pure star spangled pop heaven. “So Bright” has been a hit on Norwegian radio and big favorite on the int’l syndicated radio program Passport Approved, and the debut album is on its way. The band has been working with the production company that originally developed pre-signing Ting Tings and Ida Maria. After the band’s second gig ever, the rave reviews started coming in, and the band quickly became Norway’s “The band to watch” in 2012. After their gig supporting Wolf Gang in Oslo, Scandinavian music mag GAFFA’s Øyvind Rones stated “… The most refreshing performance I have seen and heard from a Norwegian band in ages… Such beautiful pop music is hard to come by.”

STREAM: “So Bright”

LINK: Alfred Hall Facebook

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