All she had left was a pen, some paper and her thoughts. Thoughts filled with melodies. Thoughts filled with words. And that is all she really needed, so she kept traveling in galaxies of the abstract kind, knowing that this was her home. With her calm, intensive voice, 19-year-old Veronica Fusaro sings about all the little things, and with a little help of a few instruments, she makes them sound big. After canceling her guitar-lessons, Veronica taught herself everything she needed to produce her first EP in her parent’s basement. This resulted in Lost in Thought, – a collection of songs about hope, fear, the world and life – calmly played, but with a big impact on everyone who listens to it. Her music can be described as cool indie-pop with a touch of electronica. She won both the Pop and Demo of the Year awards at the M4Music Festival 2016 in Zurich and is the featured vocalist on the upcoming Klischée tracks “I Don’t Know” and “Man on the Moon” to be released in October from the album Bend The Rules.
Dublin’s Tara Lee is a rising singer/songwriter/producer and actress now based in London. Citing influences ranging from Blondie to Massive Attack to heartfelt songwriters such as Tori Amos and Diane Warren, Tara has the unique ability to write raw emotional and connecting ballads to contemporary edgy pop songs. Tara was asked to compose the theme song for the International TV series Jack Taylor and was also featured in the new series The Fall, the hit BBC drama where she starred alongside Gillian Anderson and Jamie Dornan. Tara had a busy 2015 filming the UK movie Moon Dogs, where she performs a leading role, directed by Philip John (Downton Abbey). Tara will also be playing the lead support role in the new Irish film A Date for Mad Mary, produced by the award winning director Ed Guiney (The Guard/Garage), which won Best Film at the Galway Film Fleadh. Tara is an accomplished songwriter and in recent months has written with Blair MacKichan (Paloma Faith, Sia, Lily Allen), Justin Broad (Jessie J, Raleigh Ritchie, Izzy Bizu) and Jonas Quant (No Doubt, Hurts, Kylie Minogue). She’s currently writing and recording with renowned producer Jonas Quant and is due to release her new EP over the coming months.
Jason Aaron Coons was born in Birmingham, Alabama; during his high school years, he moved to Indiana, where he studied Fine Arts at The Jacobs School of Music. Once considered a well-kept musical secret, Jason, known best under the stage name JAC, has emerged as one of modern music’s most credible and promising new artists. Equipped with glowing press accolades, capacity-attendance headlining club shows, and support gigs for Ben Folds, Andrew W.K., Robert DeLong and She Wants Revenge on his resume, excitement continues to build around him and his music. As his tunes and videos continue earning thousands of plays online, and his ever-growing fan base uniting around his infectious, lyrically candid songs, it would seem that fortune is truly on his side.
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Indie-pop trio Middle Kids is Sydney’s latest music export. Members Hannah Joy, Tim Fitz and Harry Day released their debut single “Edge of Town” and set the bar pretty steep for their upcoming EP, due later this year. The track is essentially the story of a girl who was consumed by the world, featuring Hannah’s powerful vocals, united with the clever music created by Tim and Harry. This summertime feel-good song displays the confidence of Middle Kids and makes you hunger for more.
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Brothers Aris (vocals, guitar) and John Anagnos (bass) along with Ovais Malik (drums), together, are one of Southern California’s most thrilling rock upstarts called The Rift. Formed seven years ago, the musicians have played alongside the likes of Exodus, Yngwie Malmsteen and The Misfits and have received nominations at the Hollywood Music Awards and Ventura County Music Awards. After releasing two EP’s last year, The Rift have returned with their debut studio album in March, Inventions, which has drawn comparisons to Thirty Seconds To Mars, Stone Temple Pilots and Foo Fighters.
STREAM: “The Music Stops”