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Hill Valley High

HVHWe welcome Hill Valley High to our roster.

A 5-piece pop/pop punk group from Telford, England, Hill Valley High formed in 2006. Influences include bands such as Foo Fighters, Oasis, YouMe@6, All Time Low, Blink 182, Mcfly, Young Guns and Biffy.

Starting out writing tunes and playing shows around Telford and Birmingham, slowly but surely the band built up a local following. In 2009, through a Myspace campaign, Hill Valley High toured Brazil playing 10 sold out shows across the country.

Over the past couple of years the band have opened for Elliot Minor, Tinie Tempah, We Are the Ocean, Pendulum DJs, amongst others.

2013 saw the release of their debut 6 track mini album, produced by Larry Hibbit from ‘Hundred Reasons’. Tracks ‘All Fall Down’ & ‘Move Closer’ both received support from Kerrang & Scuzzz.

2014 sees the band back in the studio and touring Europe.

2014 – A New Year

2014So, we have said farewell to 2013 and already broken our resolutions for 2014.

Except a few. We can guarantee that 2014 will see new music from @HAWKEYESBAND, @susheelaraman, @PeteWayOfficial, @_PeckhamCowboys, @hillvalleyhigh, @gunofficialuk, @starlingband, @LeonLour, @wizzywow, @cmacconiomaire, @dan_reed, @roesymusic, @MaxiPriest.

To quote Anatole France – “To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe.”

BBC Sound of 2014: where have the bands gone?

sound_of_2014Interesting article by Ben Myers in the Guardian on December 02, BBC Sound of 2014: where have the bands gone? Of this years shortlisted acts, 12 are solo artists with the remaining 3 being duos. As Ben states, “this list takes the middle path”. Following release of the list, BBC News reported that “bands are out of fashion”.  This is certainly not the case, but with record labels cutting back on budgets, it is easier for solo acts to be ‘developed’ rather than a 6 piece band.

As for the shortlist, is Ben’s conclusion correct, “that this list is the inevitable outcome of an ailing business wracked by years of bad decisions and wasted money, and a public who simply no longer want to pay for their art. In times of crisis all risky creative bets are off”. Or, is the list truly about the genuine talent out there or is it about artists signed to labels who are promoted for inclusion.

 

Give me your property – for free…

Free imageUK electronic artist ‘Whitey’ has slammed a TV company for asking to use his music for free.  Whitey bemoans the TV industry’s “culturally ingrained disdain for the musician” in an email to the production company, which can be seen in full here. Although not directly related, his comments echo those recently of David Byrne and Thom Yorke, concerning the availability and use of music.

Whitey further states on his Facebook page, “I want a loud dialogue started in the music press about this shit. I’m sick of these people. I propose a collective blacklist of companies that play this shabby angle, enough.  I donate music all the time to indie projects, students and those who need it but cannot pay. But these people… ugh”

In the internet age, file sharing and the accessibility of music, many people’s value for music has declined. With many other creative industries also, the promise of promotion and exposure, that very rarely occurs, in exchange for free work or content is all too common.

The debate continues.

Little Mix – Move

LittleMix1Little Mix’s new single ‘Move’  is co-written by Maegan Cottone & Nathan Duvall, writers signed to Phrased Differently and administered by Wardlaw Music. ‘Move’ is the first single from the Little Mix’s second album ‘Salute’ and will be released globally on November 3rd.

Maegan has also co-written ‘Salute’ the title track to the new Little Mix album, together with the track ‘Competition’.

‘The internet will suck all creative content out of the world’

David ByrneRespected musician David Byrne outlined his thoughts on the music streaming debate in an article for The Guardian, published on October 11. His summary, “The boom in digital streaming may generate profits for record labels and free content for consumers, but it spells disaster for today’s artists across the creative industries”.

He does not have an answer to the perceived problem, but highlights his belief that many new artists will struggle financially to survive in the music industry.

See the whole Guardian article here.

David Byrne raises valid issues for content creators with streaming services. However, the technology is here and streaming sites exist, and will continue to do so. The internet has opened avenues not previously accessible to musicians. On the other hand, the internet makes many people believe that creativity doesn’t matter. Streaming’s still in it’s infancy, much will happen over the next few years. Only one thing is clear*, we want creative talent and real music.

(*although not clear if MP3, listened to on a smartphone)

A Place Where I Can Go

place-where-i-can-go-300x300Wardlaw Music artists Kiki Dee & Carmelo Luggeri release their new album ‘A Place Where I Can Go’ on September 30. They kick off a UK tour on September 25 in Newcastle, full details here.

The first single from the album, the beautiful ‘Sidesteppin’ (With A Soulman) is available now.

Fall on the Road

 

Enchanted_too bigSeveral of our artists are hitting the road this autumn, touring the UK & beyond.

▪ Hawk Eyes – having released their EP, ‘That’s What This Is’ in August, they are touring the UK supporting ‘Black Spiders’ this October/November

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▪ Promoting their new album ‘A Place Where I Can Go’, Kiki Dee & Carmelo Luggeri take to the road this month details here

▪ Dan Reed is on an acoustic tour of Europe, culminating in a headline appearance with ‘The Dan Reed Network’ at the ‘Enchanted UK’ festival on October 12

▪ GUN are back on tour, playing Spain & Portugal this month before returning to the UK stage in December

▪ Susheela Raman plays the UK and France this October, before going back into the studio to finish recording her new album for release next Spring dates here

 

 

We’re ‘Doing OK’

Doing OKWretch 32’s new single “Doing OK’ featuring Jacob Banks is co-written by Abbas Shah talented guitarist & songwriter signed to Renowned Publishing and administered by Wardlaw Music.

Abbas also co-wrote the Jacob Banks track ‘Kids on the Corner’ that was recently synced in the Channel 4 drama ‘Top Boy 2’. Abbas continues to write with ‘Renowned’ artist Jacob, recently signed to Atlantic Records.