Matthew Daniel Siskin began writing songs under the stage name Gambles in August of last year. There wasn’t a specific goal or motive, other than addressing the past few years of his life with things that had gone unsaid for far too long. Raised in upstate New York on heavy doses of Joni Mitchell andMotley Crue, his father gave him his first guitar as a child, when he taught himself nearly 100 Leonard Cohen songs. His single and EP of the same name, “Far From Your Arms,” has drawn the attention and praise of some of the most influential online music outlets in the world, including Pitchfork, The Fader, Elle, Spin, Stereogum and more with his lo-fi folk that conveys heavy lyrics and an innocent voice. The New York City-based artist is preparing to release his full-length debut soon and will finish up the year on the road stateside and in the UK. He is booked by ITB’s Lucy Dickins (Adele, Mumford & Sons).
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Jett Rebel, born Jelte Tuinstra, grew up on a heavy dose of his family’s musical influences, as well as his own soul records. Before he could walk on his own two feet, Jett was picking up instruments, which sparked his early curiosity. At a very young age, he started using a tape recorder and a toy recorder to make music, while writing songs and performing them in front of anyone that would pay him attention, all by the age of 10. Exploring musical boundaries while playing a variety of genres, from Funk to Rock, Jazz to Medieval choir music, Jett would sing them all. Now the Amsterdam-based artist creates his own style of music that is best described as Indie Soul as musical influences can be heard from Sly Stone to David Bowie and Prince to Paul Simon. His latest track “Do You Love Me At All” has started to build momentum on blogs and radio.
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Matthew Mole admits he may not be the best at speaking, but through his music, he’s a natural. The Cape Town, South African electronic/folk-inspired musician who was featured in the A&R Worldwide newsletter at the start of this year, tries to live his life a little different to the way most people think it should be done. With so many influences, ranging from Mumford & Sons to Gold Panda, Matthew creates folk with an electronic backbone. He recorded a number of demos at his home studio which ended up becoming his Same Parts, Same Heart EP. His track “You And Your Crown” won the Converse “Get Out Of The Garage” competition, which enabled him to perform at London’s legendary 100 Club on Oxford Street and fly to New York City to record a song for their “Rubber Tracks” campaign in November of last year. His debut album, The Home We Built, was released in July and made South African chart history by becoming the first domestic artist to debut at No.1 on the iTunes SA chart. The album, recorded with producer Matthew Fink (Tailor, Shadowclub, Nakhane Toure), outsold the entire Top 10 charting artists the week of its debut, which included JAY Z, Robin Thicke, Imagine Dragons, Michael Bublé and The Rolling Stones combined and is the biggest selling domestic artist on SA iTunes this year; No.1 for three weeks and still Top 20 three months after its debut. Matthew has been featured as the Record Of The Day in the UK three times this year, performed in front of 28,000 screaming fans at 94.7FM Highveld Stereo’s Joburg Day (as seen here) and performed at the V-Rox Festival in Russia. There is strong label and booking agent interest from both sides of the Atlantic.
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Florida native Alexx Mack may be new on the scene but that doesn’t stop her from immediately grabbing the attention of blogger extraordinare Perez Hilton. Perez has featured Alexx a half dozen times, comparing her to the likes of Katy Perry, Madonna and Avril Lavigne. Now based in Los Angeles, the singer-songwriter is making big waves with her edgy-pop/rock single “Bitch To You.” The tongue-in-cheek single was recently accompanied by a music video directed by LA-based celebrity fashion photographer Angelo Kritikos. Watch here and you’ll see Samuel Larsen, the actor, singer and model that was a co-winner on the reality competition The Glee Project on the Oxygen network and has a recurring role as Joe Hart on Glee.
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Born and raised in a small village in North Norfolk, UK, Samuel Gough had an artistic family; his father was a writer and both his mother and grandparents were actors. Music was a big part in Gough’s childhood early on. The singer-songwriter is proud of his first offering as an artist, the Day Broken EP. Never one to follow trends, Gough has created his own musical landscape with the five song EP, which is displayed in the lead single “Morning Light.” His style has been described as “cinematic tribal country” and he’s drawn comparisons to such legends as Joe Cocker, Bruce Springsteen and Tom Waits. Produced by Sleep Deez, the Grammy nominated producer for Atlantic Records, Warner Bros., Def Jam, his debut album is expected to be released soon. “Morning Light” is receiving immediate listener reaction where it’s being played. Contact Aidan Clarke firstname.lastname@example.org for available worldwide publishing, licensing, label and booking opportunities.
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