Born in Brisbane in 2011, but now balancing time between London and Brisbane, Starlight Theatre is a band bursting with ambition. Their aim is to write songs that stand the test of time; that they could play aged 50 and still have an arena howling along to their tunes. Their influences are, inevitably, big name acts who exist as much in the present as they do in the past – U2, Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Beatles and Justin Timberlake among them. In twelve months, they have played almost 200 shows, supported Evermore in 1000-capacity venues up the Australian east coast and released an EP made with ARIA Award-winning producer Magoo that rewarded them with radio play. When one song from that EP, “The Window,” picked up interest in Britain, the band upped sticks immediately. The EP itself, Castles, Clocks & Cathedrals, entered the iTunes Top 10 in the quartet’s home country Australia. No small feat for a completely independent ensemble. Last summer, Starlight Theatre made the move to London, where they met manager/producer Jon O’Mahony. Recording sessions last summer saw almost an album’s worth of material written and recorded. Now, the band are gearing up for a showcase at Los Angeles’ MUSEXPO 2015 next Monday, April 27th at 9PM at SIR Studios Hollywood.
Swedish singer and songwriter Mathias Melo describes himself as “a 21st century hippy with a whole lot of love,” which his music definitely reflects; his creative and caring lyrics show the same love and passion prevalent during the hippie era, whilst his musical style displays influences of soul, jazz and pop, all combined with authenticity. His passion as a youth was mainly for his professional football career, but he soon found a true connection to his own music and creativity. Mathias graduated from the Royal College of Music in Stockholm in 2013 where he also collaborated with other professional artists and musicians. He is currently signed with X-Level Studio in Stockholm and is generating an early buzz in Scandinavia. He’ll be doing his first official N. American showcase in a couple of weeks at MUSEXPO in Los Angeles.
Siobhan Wilson’s story begins in her native Scotland, where she studied classical music by day while ransacking her father’s record collection each night. Joni Mitchell, John Martyn and Willie Nelson informed her inquisitive young ears, while the likes of Regina Spektor and Nina Simone helped to inspire the music you can hear today. A well-traveled artist, Siobhan studied music and composition in Edinburgh and then Paris, where she relinquished the classical world for a burgeoning interest in jazz and immersed herself in the music of Ella Fitzgerald and Jacques Brel. A six-month sojourn to the U.S. followed, which she spent collaborating and recording with artists and musicians in Woodstock. Now back in Scotland, Siobhan has been mesmerizing audiences throughout the country with performances in front of packed rooms in venues such as The Queens Hall, Edinburgh and the Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow, as well as UK tours supporting the likes of Willy Mason, Justin Currie (Del Amitri) and Lau. She also recently garnered critical acclaim for her stunning “New Voices” commission for Celtic Connections and will showcase in Los Angeles next month at MUSEXPO.
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