Talisco, born Jerome Amandi, is a French artist that made his music debut just four short years ago. The musician/producer creates magnificent sets and records according to the light of the day or night, between sunsets and downtown club neon lights from Los Angeles, New York or Berlin. Talisco earned over 20 million streams on Spotify with his debut album Run, featuring the tracks “Your Wish” and “The Keys.” “Your Wish” has been featured in campaigns worldwide by such brands as Google, HBO Europe, Vice US, Vodafone Ireland and AT&T. His upcoming sophomore album, Capitol Vision (Roy Music), was mixed by Grammy-Award winner Jaycen Joshua (Jay Z, Justin Timberlake, Seal).
STREAM: “Stay (before the picture fades)”
Leaone (pronounced ‘Lee-own’) is a smoldering new talent from Beccles in Suffolk. A&R Worldwide has been a fan of the British talent since 2015 when he first sent us his original demos. Leone is one man with a deep, rich vocal sound, which has seen him described as the missing link between Leonard Cohen and Lana Del Ray. His latest single, “Goldtooth,” was self-produced and mixed by Jim Lowe (Stereophonics) and radiates the epic dark-pop cinematic nuances Rob Dougan (Clubbed To Death) who was signed to Warner Bros. Records in the U.S. with A&R Worldwide’s support. Leaone wrote the elegant track in his parent’s attic after losing is girlfriend, his job and getting mugged. Leaone is already looking ahead with a new single called “Fly, My Swallow” which will be released next month (Fierce Panda) and an upcoming digital EP due in April.
Hailing from Christchurch, New Zealand, Andrew and Victoria Knopp are the duo that makes up the indie-pop act The Response. Determined to faithfully translate their expansive albums from tape to stage, The Response have crafted a live show that utilizes every one of their limbs and will leave you wondering exactly how a mere two people can make so much noise. The Response has shared the stage with a variety of musicians and acts including Baio (of Vampire Weekend fame), Big Scary and Kate Boy. Three years ago they released their third album, North of Nowhere and have not taken a break or even slowed down since when it comes to writing, recording and performing live. The Response spent a couple of years living in Vancouver, Canada and during that period they released the singles “You Wanted To Go” and “Hours,” which earned them global airplay and has helped increase their fan base. Produced independently, all duties from writing, recording, mixing and mastering to artwork are undertaken by the resourceful pair. The Response recently made a return to New Zealand and have released a new single called “Holding Out For Something,” which has been compared to Arcade Fire, Liam Finn and Grizzly Bear.
STREAM: “Holding Out for Something”
Contemporary pop, classic rock and many points in between is where you can find the sounds of Ben Hazlewood. Still in his 20s, he’s a fiercely independent singer/songwriter, who has the experience of someone twice his age and a broad love of music, that makes his own something timeless and wholly distinctive amidst a sea of aspiring voices. The New Zealand native has been singing since he was just five years old and never considered doing anything else. He was a finalist on The Voice in Australia, coached by Joel Madden (Good Charlotte) and has worked the globe, from London to Nashville. Hailed by EQ Music as an “artist to watch,’ Ben has returned with new music with the Mark Needham (The Killers, Third Eye Blind, Twin Atlantic) mixed “Sail Away” and will be on the road, joining Finland’s Katea and Indonesia’s Speaker First with upcoming dates in Los Angeles, Portland, Seattle and more.
STREAM: “Sail Away”
Wilderness, the third album from Hundreds, was released earlier last month. Since their debut, the sibling duo’s music has developed to become more open, though without sacrificing its mystery. Two years after their last album, Aftermath, Eva and Philipp Milner have become bolder and more adventuresome. They’ve also became more seasoned on stage, having played sold out tours across Europe, recently supporting ALT-J during their German tour as well as their own “Wilderness” tour throughout November. The Hamburg twosome’s new single, “Spotless,” could be summarized as being lonely at the top. The track is a very rhythmic and danceable song that strays from the same old song structures and flirts with the weakness of mankind’s vanity.
Lauren Waller is a Los Angeles-based artist, singer, songwriter, performer, musician, producer and stage manager. She’s currently pursuing a college degree in Theatre Arts Production and Design, with an emphasis in stage management. Artists ranging from Sara Bareilles and Ron Pope to Marina and the Diamonds and Daughter influence her, musically. Her soulful, compelling voice, with a touch of grit, attracting the listener to come along through this satisfying sonic release of substantive, straightforward, self-penned lyrics and complex arrangements. As a performer, she has previously shared the stage with several world-renowned musicians including Berlin featuring Terri Nunn, The Fixx and Helen Reddy. At the top of the year, Lauren released her Perhaps EP featuring the single “Never Were,” which earned global airplay. Never one to slow down, Lauren has continuously been writing and recording new material. She recently completed two singles, “Down” and “Secret Garden,” with hopes to release a new EP very soon.
STREAM: “Secret Garden”
Brisbane’s Sheppard formed seven years ago and released their debut album, Bombs Away, in 2014. The breakthrough single “Geronimo” spent three weeks at No.1 on the ARIA Singles Chart and was certified 5X Platinum in Australia and Platinum or Gold in over thirty countries. The song went on to be a global hit, charting top 10 in Austria, Germany, Italy, New Zealand, Poland and Sweden, in addition to charting in Switzerland and the United States. Sheppard went on to support Meghan Trainor on the North American leg of her That Bass Tour last year and they performed at the biannual Rock in Rio festival, one of the world’s largest live music events. The sextet has spent 2016 cooking up new music and has unveiled an entrée from their upcoming sophomore album with the single “We Belong.” The track was produced by long-time collaborator Stuart Stuart (The Veronicas, Small Mercies) in Brisbane and is featured in the new campaign for the 2017 season of My Kitchen Rules, the Australian cooking game show, reaching an audience of millions. “We Belong” is already proving to be in favor with radio in Australia as the track has reached No.1 Most Added.
STREAM: “We Belong”
Bitter’s Kiss is the current project for New Jersey singer/songwriter Chloe Baker. She garnered international attention for her emotional delivery of poignant songs that deal with such complex subjects as love, religion, suicide and growing up in today’s world. After launching her career a year ago, Bitter’s Kiss has already harnessed more than 970,000 plays on SoundCloud, over 324,000 ‘likes’ on Facebook and earned over 65,000 followers on Twitter. Her music has generated support from radio, receiving airplay at KNDD Seattle, KNRK Portland, KROQ Los Angeles, KRQZ Reno, WKQX Chicago, WZRH New Orleans and reached international audiences through radio via 2XM Ireland, Flux FM Germany, Radio Doble Nueve Peru and many others. Bitter’s Kiss has also had success with collaborations as she was the featured vocalist and co-writer on the Bolier & Redondo song “Lost & Found,” a deep house track that has received millions of global listens and she’s the featured vocalist and co-writer of “Rise Up” with David Solano, the 2016 anthem for the international Life In Color festival. Bitter’s Kiss continues to write and record and has just finished another collaboration, this time with Blue Stone, an electro-pop music project formed by producer/programmer Robert Smith and producer/multi-instrumentalist Bill Walters. The brand new holiday track is called “These Bells Will Ring,” and they are currently working on a video for the song.
STREAM: “These Bells Will Ring”
Katéa, an incredibly gifted Helsinki, Finland-based chanteuse, whose musical sounds are often compared to the likes of Amy Winehouse, Adele, Lorde, Florence + The Machine, Tove Lo and Lana Del Re due to her dark and husky voice, is one of the most inspiring new female artists to emerge in recent years and is poised for global success. Her music is a unique blend of indie-folk and experimental pop, crafting songs with both piano and guitar-driven tracks, topped with bright, yet strong, warm and heartfelt vocals. This amazingly talented singer signed a worldwide publishing deal with BMG Scandinavia and released her debut single, “That Ain’t Love,” co-written with the Swedish writer/producer team Moneybridge, which earned airplay in a number of countries. In April, Katéa released the Louder EP, containing the single of the same name, which reached the Top 50 most viral songs in Finland, found its way into radio Ylex’s playlist and has earned tens of thousands of streams on Spotify. Katéa has been working with some exciting Swedish, Finnish and UK teams on new material lately and will soon be flying to New York to write and record.
STREAM: “California Baby”
Sebastian is a 24 year-old singer/songwriter from Lima, Peru who draws comparison as a young George Michael – due to his vocal tone and style. As a student, he spent time in both Peru and America, where he graduated from Yale in 2014, majoring in Economics. A year later, he moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in music. Sebastian comes from a talented family; his father is a filmmaker and his mother is a singer. Growing up, he shared his mother’s musical interests that saw him introduced to the legendary and influential sounds of The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Doors and Pink Floyd. His debut single, “Angel Of Light,” belies the fact that he’s only been writing songs for a year, as it displays the lyric sophistication of a seasoned veteran, combined with vocals that show maturity beyond his years.
STREAM: “Angel Of Light”