Future Music Songwriting Competition is launched

Songwriting competition: New for 2015, Future Music is launching a UK songwriting competition to find the best songwriters in the UK. The competition will provide the opportunity for both aspiring and established songwriters to get their music heard and potentially get signed. There is also the opportunity to perform in a Grand Final showcase in London in front of A&R who work for the three major record labels.

FUTURE MUSIC UK SONGWRITING COMPETITION

A prestigious panel of music industry judges are at every stage of the songwriting competition, offering songwriters exposure of their music to the most influential decision-makers in the music industry, including A&R representatives who work for the UK’s three major record labels – Sony Music Entertainment, Warner Music Group and Universal Music.

The UK songwriting competition is brought to you by Future Music, the company behind the discovery of many of the best songwriters in the UK song writers such as:

  • Atlantic Record’s Jacob Banks
  • Warner Music’s Birdy
  • Sony’s Luke Friend
  • Columbia Record’s Lucy Spraggan

SONGWRITING COMPETITION CATEGORIES

The songwriting contest is open to all ages; however there will be additional categories for songwriters under the age of 15 and 18 years of age. There will also be additional songwriting awards for the categories of genres including; Rock, Country, Jazz, Pop, World, Rhythm & Blues, Hip Hop, Urban, Christian, Gospel, Latin, Electronic and Folk.

Acts don’t need a professional recording  to enter the songwriting competition, as entries will be judged on their originality, melody, composition, lyrics (where applicable) and their potential to be a hit song.

SHOWCASE OF UK SONGWRITING TALENT

The winning acts that make the Grand Final showcase in London will have the chance to perform on a stage that has hosted the likes of Mumford & Sons, Ellie Goulding, Coldplay and the Foo Fighters at Dingwalls, a world-renowned music venue right in the hub of London’s music scene in Camden.

So, if you think you’ve got what it takes and want your songwriting heard by music industry professionals, click here to enter your song into the songwriting competition.

http://songwritingcompetitionuk.com/

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Acid sax trio Moon Hooch share new music video, play live in London this week with EP due October 13th‏

Following the success of their street busking escapades back in July, Moon Hooch return to our shores this month with a new EP titled Eat Your Veggies, due for release October 13th via Megaforce Records.

Featuring four sax-driven, floor filling tracks, Eat Your Veggies is an unalloyed insight to the strident tones of three jazz schooled Brooklynites throwing caution to the wind. Creating their own strain of contemporary dance music, Moon Hooch demolish a genre that has long played victim to its own unoriginal and predictable sound.

Moon Hooch’s honking sax lines brought Kingsland Road to a standstill this summer, busking their way around London, playing to foot-stomping crowds in their hundreds from the back of their van. This jazz-infected trio start an impromptu dance party anywhere they roam, watch the antics unfold in Dalston, Brixton and Brighton in this short film: http://youtu.be/YWt2eeFiVwA.

In a mission to replace the synthesisers and samplers of today’s dance floors with traditional acoustic instruments, Moon Hooch coined the term Cave Music to define their unique and limitless sound – like house music, but more organic, primitive, jagged and raw.

The jazz schooled trio, comprised of Wenzl McGowen (tenor sax, bari sax, contrabass clarinet, EWI), Michael Wilbur (tenor sax, soprano sax, vocals), and James Muschler (drums, percussion) employ avant-garde techniques to traditional playing to recreate the sounds of contemporary synths and samplers. Their duelling sax tones not only adopt rigorous reed manipulation, but incorporate all manner of unexpected materials. Traffic cones and plastic pipes add other worldly range and depth to McGowen’s tone, whilst broken splash cymbals taped to Muschlers snare drum evoke sounds akin to the infamous Roland TR-808.

Moon Hooch not only adopt a pure and natural mind-set when making music, but apply an organic way of thinking to their personal lives too. The aptly titled Cooking in the Cave is a blog ran by the band documenting their vegan cooking habits whilst on tour.

As a band, we strive to use the universal power of music to inspire connection between people, to influence sustainable culture in which basic human needs are met, and to contribute to the organification of all aspects of our lives.” – Wenzl McGowen

Having cut their teeth busking on the subway platforms and penetrating the ears of London back in July, Moon Hooch will grace our shores again this month for more impromptu, Cave Music chaos. Catch them live at the dates below.

 

September Live Dates
25th Brixton, The Windmill
26th Kingston, Bacchus
28th Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen

Mina Tindle announces headline London show at Hoxton Bar & Kitchen: Thursday 13th November‏

Mina Tindle has announced a headline show at Hoxton Bar & Kitchen, London on Thursday 13th November 2014. The show will follow Tindle’s support to The National at their forthcoming Usher Hall, Edinburgh show on Thursday 10th July.

Last week, Parisian folk and new-wave singer, song-writer and multi-instrumentalist Tindle also announced the forthcoming release of her second album Parades.  The album is mixed by Craig Silvey (The National, Arcade Fire, Anna Calvi) and will be released in October 2014 via Believe Recordings.

A taster of Parades is available in the form of first single I Command (out now), the video of which premiered recently on The Girls Are website in the UK.