New band alert: The Brigantes – new video and free DL ‘Racket’ out now

With a new free download single out now (see the video above and get your free DL from Soundcloud), it seems like the perfect time to get into The Brigantes.

‘Racket’ by name, they make a racket (in a good way) by nature with this lovely, uniquely acoustic take on reggae-funk. The performances, instrumentation and vocals are all really solid, and captured will with clean, no-nonsense production. If this is a sign of things to come, then the Brigantes are well worth keeping an eye (or even two) on.

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Open Mic UK: Audition Tips for Singers

With national auditions coming this weekend for their annual competition (enter now), Open Mic UK are offering these tips for singers who are looking forward to an audition.

Preparing for your audition

Singing audition tips for singers: So you want to impress at your audition? Auditioning for a competition and any part is about so much more than the way you sing in front of those judging you. Preparing for your audition and making sure you’re in the right mind set is just as important. So how to do that:

  • Practice!! Know your audition song like the back of your hand! You will be nervous in the audition room so the song needs to come naturally to you.
  • Dress smart! Dress like you would on stage. Make sure your image matches your style. If you sing like Freddie Mercury you would not dress like Marilyn Manson!
  • If singing a cover, put your own stamp on it. Maybe play with the arrangement or musical style to suit your style. Singing a carbon copy won’t show the judges anything about you! You need to think outside the box. It’s an audition, not a karaoke session.
  • Look after your vocals leading up to the audition. Drink plenty of water, avoid alcohol and smoking and make sure you warm up thoroughly!

During your audition

  • The audition starts the moment you walk through the door. The judges will gauge you on your attitude the moment you step foot through the door! Give them a smile, it will be remembered!
  • If you have any demo recordings, place them on the judge’s table when you enter. They will see professionalism at being one step ahead with the demo recordings and may just take a little more interest when you are performing.
  • Time will be tight! Start your performance with the strongest part of the song. Songs like Adele’s ‘Make You Feel My love’ take too long to get to the chorus and on a busy day this will frustrate the judges.
  • The audition isn’t just about your image and vocal, your performance value will be noticed. Try to avoid being rooted to the spot, treat the area as a stage and use it!
  • Eye contact is essential! Avoid looking at the ground, give the judges a reason to keep their eyes on you. Engage with your audience which in this case is the judges. 
  • Thank the judges as you leave the room. Keep polite and courteous. The audition isn’t over until you leave the room!

Whether or not you are successful, consider it valuable experience. Make the most of any feedback you are given. Use it constructively and implement it into your performance for future auditions. Don’t let it bring you down; if you believe in your ability you will bounce back. More doors close before one opens, you just have to be ready!

SINGING AUDITION TIPS FOR SINGERS

Check out our other tips for singers below and check out our 2014 Open Mic UK singing audition dates by clicking here.

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Facebook for singers – using pictures, events and apps and networking.

Facebook for singers – posting effective content on Facebook.

 

 

Future Music is about to start auditions for Open Mic UK this weekend. It’s not too late to enter and audition in the next few coming weeks. To find out more and enter Open Mic UK now go to www.openmicukco.uk.

 

Our Fold – She Goes On

Bolton 4-piece ‘Our Fold’  release second single ‘She Goes On’ today, following up debut single ‘Dive?’ supported by Xfm, BBC 6 Music and Amazing Radio.

This is a Brit band on the up, having supported Kasabian, The Coral, The Fratellis, The Rascals and more – get on board at the start of the party….

Partisan announce a series of live dates

Manchester trio Partisan are set to embark on a string of live dates taking them from Manchester to Edinburgh and back again.

Risen from the ashes of Six10Repeater, Partisan are ready to lay waste to the music scene. The first track off their self-titled 3 track EP, Juggernaut has been picking up views on YouTube and is currently playing on SubTV:

The live dates start on the 23rd August at Ducie Bridge, Manchester – their first date of a residency – and end on November 21st at Manchester’s Castle Hotel, with a trip to the Edinburgh Fringe festival on August 30th thrown in for good measure.

 

Full dates are as follows.

August 23rd – Ducie Bridge, Manchester

August 30th – The Liquid Rooms, Edinburgh. As part of the Fringe Festival

October 4th – Dry Bar, Manchester

November 1st – Ducie Bridge, Manchester

November 21st—The Castle Hotel Manchester

 

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Out Now – Simultaneous release of two EPs and a single from the ambitious Falcon Down

This video is the acoustic work of Falcon Down – or acoustic singer songwriter Daniel Childerley – who has recently put out not one, not two, but three releases.

Two EPs, ‘Primer’ and ‘Charcoal’, were joined by single ‘Bear in the Cannon’ to be released on August 1st.

The new music was designed to be a more personal, self produced effort having worked with Pete Maher – producer of the likes of U2 and Depeche Mode. It’s an impressive CV, that matches an impressive approach and sound.

Emily Middlemas crowned TeenStar 2014 Champion!

The national singing competition TeenStar has found its latest winner! Joining a long line of prestigious Future Music competition winners, Emily Middlemas from Glasgow, Scotland has been crowned as TeenStar 2014 champion at The NEC in Birmingham.

 

TeenStar 2014 champion

 

Emily Middlemas was crowned champion in front of a capacity crowd and a prestigious music industry judging panel at The NEC in Birmingham on Saturday night. Singing her own original song ‘Goodnight Kiss’, Emily won over the competition industry judges, making her the winner of the Mid-Teen age category and the overall winner of the TeenStar singing competition. She has now won a recording and development deal including £5,000 to spend on the development of her music.

 

 

The national singing competition is brought to you by Future Music – the company behind the discovery of artists such as Jacob Banks, Warner Music’s Birdy, Columbia Record’s Lucy Spraggan, Union J’s Jaymi Hensley and Jahmene Douglas, both of whom are now signed to Sony Music, and last year’s TeenStar competition winner Luke Friend, who was runner up on The X Factor last year.

 

Music industry judges

 

After impressing the judging panel at the auditions Emily Middlemas battled against more than 9,000 acts who signed up to TeenStar this year across the UK. She went on to perform in the TeenStar live showcases, battling through both Regional and Area Final heats to make it to the national Grand Final.

 

The judging panel for the Grand Final included record label representatives from Sony and Universal, as well as names such as four time Ivor Novello award winner Mark Hill, Birdy’s producer Gareth Henderson, Sony Music talent scout James Dillamore, A&R scout for Universal Music James Meadows, Jayne Collins – an A&R consultant for major record companies who has put together and managed The Saturdays and The Wanted, CeCe Sammy – a TV personality and celebrity vocal coach who has worked with the likes of Diana Ross, Will Young, Simon Cowell and Leona Lewis, journalist for TeenStar partner Shout Magazine Claire McDonald, along with Head of Future Music Chris Grayston. Also picked by the judging panel as winners were Jake Mckechnie from Wigan, Manchester, who won the Pre-Teen age category, and Victoria Bass from Folkestone, Kent who took home the title for the Late-Teen age category.

 

Emily has now won a comprehensive consultation package with Future Music, an extensive winner’s publicity package, and an amazing £5,000 to spend on the development of her music. On winning the prizes Emily said,”Thank you to the TeenStar team for being so supportive throughout my musical journey, as well as my mum and dad, and the industry judges”.

 

Check out the music industry judges’ top scores by clicking here. For more information on what the music industry judges thought about Emily Middlemas’ performance, check out their feedback here and watch her winning performance here.

 

Future Music is also about to start auditions for Open Mic UK. It’s not too late to enter and audition in the next few coming weeks. To find out more and enter Open Mic UK now go to www.openmicukco.uk.

Video – The Novatones, a re-introduction

A fine indie band from the South Coast, The Novatones are a four piece based in Southampton who are readying themselves for the release of new EP ‘Sunday Romance’ in September. That EP is due on the 20th, but in the meantime, their press people are sending this video around to remind people what they are all about.

And, judging by this short but sweet track ‘Living for the Weekend’, it’s an EP worth looking forward to. A cheeky sense of humour, some really strong guitar work and an earworm vocal all bode well for whatever comes next.

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You can catch their EP launch at The Joiners in Southampton on the 20th September.