Caroline Polachek returns today with brand new single “Bunny Is A Rider“. The track is her first release since her recent cover of The Corrs’ “Breathless” and her first original music since her critically acclaimed 2019 debut solo album PANG. “Bunny Is A Rider” is a sonic departure for Polachek after the crystalline sentimentality of 2019’s PANG – the single takes a spicy and absurd new turn. The track premiered today as Annie Mac’s Hottest Record on BBC Radio
Caroline on the song: “‘Bunny Is A Rider’ is a summer jam about being unavailable. Bunny is slippery, impossible to get ahold of. Maybe it’s a fantasy, maybe it’s a bad attitude. But anyone can be Bunny, at least for three minutes and seventeen seconds. The song features a scorching bass performance from producer Danny L Harle, plus his baby daughter’s first vocal cameo.”
Polachek will grace stages at the Greek Theater in Los Angeles (August 5th) with support from Alex G & Molly Lewis, The Roundhouse in London (October 28th) with support from oklou before closing out the year at Terminal 5 in New York (December 2nd) with support from oklou and Arooj Aftab, notably historic in LA as one of the first shows booked after it’s 2021 reopening. Tickets are available now HERE.
Polachek picks up just where she left off after the release of her critically praised album PANG, with a live set sure to highlight singles “Ocean of Tears“, “Door” and “So Hot You’re Hurting My Feelings“, the latter which she performed on her late night TV debut on Jimmy Kimmel Live! Through 2020, Polachek released four new remixes as single b-sides from the album, an extended version of the track “Gate” and a cover of The Corrs’ 2000 hit “Breathless”, performed live on The Late Late Show with James Corden.
Just last week, JUNO nominated alternative-pop band, Valley shared their new song “SOCIETY” via Capitol Records. They return today with a fresh video to support the track that made waves on Spotify’s New Music Friday, It’s A Bop, Pop Sauce and Chill Pop playlists to name a few. Valley, comprised of Rob Laska, Karah James, Mickey Brandolino and Alex DiMauro have spent the past two years developing organic buzz through a personal and intimate connection with their fans. Watch the official video for “SOCIETY” HERE.
In the video, directed by Oliver Whitfield-Smith and produced by Dwight Jantzi, the band can be seen feeding into the fast rise to fame, cracking under the pressure, and eventually pushing back against the money-hungry fat cats to stay true to themselves. The band’s own bass player, Alex DiMauro, portrays the villainous music executive in the video. Fans have flocked to this track for the relatability of never being able to please everyone without first burning out.
“SOCIETY” hinges on a hummable, clean guitar riff. Its head-bopping beat thumps in the background as Valley gleefully nods to “You Get What You Give” by The New Radicals and “Teenage Dirtbag” by Wheatus. Laska comments, “To us, both those songs have such an uplifting chorus but lyrically deal with some frustration with the world/pop culture and just not letting it get you down. They both lyrically touch on not following the rules just because you’re told to; trusting your own beliefs and making your own decisions.”
If TikTok happened in 1998, it might sound like this song. Underpinned by dancefloor-ready piano, the track rides this momentum towards the sweeping and shimmering hook. On the song’s meaning, Laska explains, “‘SOCIETY’ tells a story of how our career can sometimes feel. We exist within an ever-changing creative industry full of opinions and music machines making everything go round. At times, what you truly have to say as an artist can feel diminished or not as important when it comes to the context of making a product or something that people will label as sellable and listenable. At the end of the day, “SOCIETY” is Valley accepting the terms and conditions of our identity, songs and career, the fact that we’ll never be able to please everyone but also coming to terms that no matter what the public considers to be a ‘hit,’ we tell ourselves we’re always going to follow our own artistic arrow.”
“SOCIETY” follows Valley‘s unanticipated release earlier this year, “Like 1999.” Its genesis traces back to a TikTok post that featured the chorus of an unreleased song. In only a few short days, the TikTok had over 700,000 views and over 100,000 likes with Johnny Orlando and JESSIA posting duets of the song on their own accounts. Valley rushed to finish “Like 1999” in under 48 hours for fans and the song went on to inspire thousands of creators and amass 2.5M+ views on the original TikTok post. Now their fastest growing song to date, “Like 1999” has helped push their catalog to eclipse over 100 million streams while breaking borders, appearing on viral charts in the U.S., Philippines, Korea, Japan and more.
After an unprecedented year for live music, Valley is excited to reconnect with their fans to perform across North America. The band is gearing up to play Wunderbus Festival in Columbus, OH and Bottlerock Festival in Napa Valley, CA at the end of the summer and then joining COIN on a 17-date North American tour this fall.
Singer-songwriter George O’Hanlon released his new single, “The Weight” on Harvest Records. Listen HERE.
Following on from his acclaimed debut single, “The Storm,” “The Weight” is an intense, slow burning piece of music, comprising an elegant guitar refrain, evocative strings and centered on George’s powerful vocal. It’s a song with a real emotional depth which draws the listener in.
“‘The Weight’ is a song about trying to be there for someone even if you’re not around and haven’t been for a while” George elaborates. “Or it’s about falling out of love with someone but wanting to stay with them because of the good parts of the relationship. Or it’s about falling in love with someone but you’re not sure they feel the same way back. Or it’s about none of those things or maybe all of them.”
The release of the single coincides with George’s debut Mahogany session. Featuring stripped back performances of both “The Storm” and “The Weight,” the session is a brilliant showcase of George’s power as a live performer.
Even though O’Hanlon is still only just starting out he’s already picking up early support from the likes of Abi McMcarthy at BBC Introducing and Jack Saunders at Radio 1.
Inspired by the likes of Bob Dylan, Jeff Buckley and Thom Yorke, O’Hanlon’s song-writing is both literary and deeply personal, incorporating his own life experiences into his work while framing them from different perspectives.
Over the last few years O’Hanlon has been refining his playing and songwriting and is now ready to share his music with the world. Following a few early gigs on the college circuit, George expanded out into a series of shows at grassroots venues, adding additional players to his live show and honing his live performance.
Given the sheer power of his music, O’Hanlon looks set to establish himself as an exciting new talent throughout 2021!
25-Year-Old Singer, Songwriter and Producer Jack Newsome has released his debut EP, All Dressed Up, via 12Tone Music. Listen HERE. The track highlights his signature style with catchy vocals and his high-pitched voice with some catchy tracks.
Critics have been loving him so far. EQ Music stated: “Stats are all well and good but let’s get talking about Jack Newsome because quite honestly the tracks are stellar and need to be backed up with your words of praise for this on-the-cusp and rising music artist as well.”
Attending Berklee College of Music, Newsome grabbed the attention of reality songwriting competition series Songland. Jack was a part of the first season, working with Country singer/songwriter/producer Shane McAnally as his episode’s coach turned mentor in real life. As a finalist for his episode, Jack and Shane cut the smooth song “Lying (Next To You)” which cracked the one million mark on streaming platforms. The cut had elements of everything from Country to Trap, which truly displayed Jack’s versatility.
The self-declared Fondue Western baritone was on tour in Europe at the outbreak of the pandemic in early 2020. Unable to return to New York City, his chosen home of the past decade, Sam set up shop in his native Basel, Switzerland, where he wrote and recorded most of the ten tracks on his full-length debut during lockdown. “Nothing Like the Night” reflects the claustrophobia, pressure, and uncertainty of that time and deals with the temptation to surrender to the proverbial night of those days, according to Sam:
“My worst habits grew a lot stronger in the loneliness of the early pandemic. I felt pretty lost and uprooted, exiled without a witness to caution me against self-destructive behaviors that felt like coping mechanisms at the time. ‘Nothing Like the Night’ is about ways of escaping yourself and losing control when you suddenly have a perfect alibi for self-indulgence: the end of the world as you know it.”
For the music video, Sam once again joined forces with his trusted collaborator Stefan Tschumi, the director, and editor of “Like a Friend,” “Slow Drugs,” “Maybe Allison,” and “Cry.” The video juxtaposes a fully branded Sam trying to pitch his product to his audience against an equally Sam-branded alter ego on a mission to sell the artist on his own demons. Dialing up the beautifully weird aesthetic that has become a hallmark of his music videos, it boasts a line of bespoke Sam Himself Swiss dairy products, Sam-brand clothes, and no less than five poodles. The video’s over-the-top symbolism, toying with rock’n’roll clich and absurdist humor, were informed in part by the artist’s experience with his own growing exposure:
“I appreciate how directly and immediately I can speak to my audience and vice versa; I can’t imagine what the past year would have been like in a pre-digital world. But for all the blessings of all the ways I can share the things I make, I realized that the relentless self-promotion artists are expected to engage in can take on a life of its own; if you’re not careful, all that stuff can cost you a lot of focus or, in my case, make you lose your mind a little bit.”
Sam recorded most of his new song (which follows the album’s first single, “Cry”) in Switzerland, at various locations ranging from a studio he gradually built out during the pandemic to the attic of his mom’s house in Basel. When he was finally able to return to New York in early 2021, Sam finished recording the single and album together with his longtime producer, mixing engineer and Second Beatle Daniel Schlett (Iggy Pop; The War on Drugs) at Strange Weather Studio in Brooklyn. The song was mastered by Greg Calbi (David Bowie; Bruce Springsteen), the engineer behind all the tracks on Sam’s upcoming debut LP as well as last year’s acclaimed EP Slow Drugs (2020), which – in addition to the international press, radio airplay, multiple DSP editorial features plus six figure view counts for the accompanying music videos, earned Sam Himself a Swiss Music Award nomination in his home country in early 2021, the most prestigious national prize of its kind.
As parts of the US welcome the first heat wave of the summer, Glass Animals continue to make waves across the globe, having recently performed at the Billboard Music Awards, released the formidable “Space Ghost Coast To Coast” featuring Bree Runway, collaborated with cult Peanut Butter brand Jackpot to raise money for Music Venues Trust, announced their upcoming Good Morning America Summer Concert Series performance on July 20th, hit #15 at Top 40 radio and the critically acclaimed British band dropped the remix of “Tokyo Drifting” with Oliver Malcolm.
Oliver Malcolm is the rising artist and producer who taught himself how to produce from the age of 12–having worked with the likes of IDK, Aluna George, Joey Bada$$, Jay Rock, Masego, Tinashe and more. Glass Animal’s frontman Dave Bayley invited Oliver onto his inimitable Cereal Bars series, having heard the remix by chance and realizing it deserved its own release. On “Cereal Bars”, Dave creates beats while his favourite up-and-coming artists write lyrics in the theme of sugary treats, previously starring BENEE and Easy Life’s Murray. The series has pulled in fans from across the globe and is a testament to Dave’s remarkable production talent.
Speaking about Tokyo Drifting (Oliver Malcolm Remix), Dave says:“It’s an ironic internal flex, me as a narrator describing/taking the piss out of an extreme alter ego version of myself; a version of me that can do things that I’m uncomfortable doing. Wavey Davey is my fucked-up Sasha Fierce; he’s a geezer, a street fighter, he can dance, he parties hard, he’s spontaneous. He can take hits and be told he is shit and not care because he’s confident. He can fight everything the world throws at him.”
Glass Animals have had a career defining year, with their hit “Heat Waves” being crowned number 1 on Triple J’s Hot 100–an accolade not given to a UK band since 2009 with previous winners including Kendrick Lamar and Billie Eilish–receiving a sync placement on FIFA, then an organic Minecraft affiliation whereby the YouTuber LoverFella (2.1M subscribers) rebuilt a Glass Animals fan’s base and surprised her with a meet and greet with the band who were waiting inside. “Heat Waves” held the #1 spot on the singles chart in Australia for six consecutive weeks (the longest no.1 in 2021 for Australia). It has had over 500 million combined streams and to date, “Heat Waves” peaked at 2 million daily streams and has received over 22 million views of the video on YouTube. Glass Animals hit a new Spotify monthly listener peak of 18.2 million, surpassing the likes of Tame Impala, Gorillaz, The 1975 and The Strokes.
The release follows last night’s incredible Billboard Music Awards performance that saw the band close out the show, which was hosted byNick Jonas, with a special medley including the new song with Marshmello and teased their upcoming song ‘RememberThis.’
“Leave Before You Love Me” arrives hot on the heels of the Jonas Brothers’ REMEMBER THIS Tour announcement. The 44-date summer tour kicks off August 20th in Las Vegas, NV with country star Kelsea Ballerini as support. REMEMBER THIS Tour presales begin today and public onsale this Thursday, May 27th HERE.
Marshmello, known for smash hits ‘Happier,’ ‘Silence’ and ‘Friends, releases his first NFT project, Welcome to the Melloverse!. The project is the first DiFi powered NFT drop featuring exclusive music and experiences – check it out HERE. The famously masked artist is also slated to headline this year’s UEFA Champions League final opening ceremony. He will deliver an epic virtual performance on Saturday May 29th that precedes one of the world’s most watched live sporting events. Be on the lookout for his next dance album later this year!
Remember This Tour Dates:
Las Vegas, NV
Las Vegas, NV
Chula Vista, CA
North Island Credit Union Amphitheatre
Mountain View, CA*
White River Amphitheatre
Sunlight Supply Amphitheatre
Ford Idaho Center Amphitheatre
West Valley City, UT
Red Rocks Amphitheatre
Maryland Heights, MO
Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre – St. Louis
American Family Insurance Amphitheater / Summerfest
Award-winning global superstar Marshmello and GRAMMY Award-nominated powerhouse trio Jonas Brothers return with a new song just in time for summer, “Leave Before You Love Me”–listen HERE via Republic Records. It’s chill beats provided by Marhmello match perfectly with the Jonas Brothers’ smooth vocals and the end result is a perfect summer hit.
Jonas Brothers will close out the upcoming 2021 Billboard Music Awards, which Nick Jonas is hosting, with a special medley performance including the new song with Marshmello.
“Leave Before You Love Me” arrives hot on the heels of the Jonas Brothers’ Remember This Tour announcement. The 44-date summer tour kicks off August 20th in Las Vegas, NV with country star Kelsea Ballerini as support.
The Remember This tour gets its name from the Jonas Brothers’ new song of the same title which will kick off a special partnership with NBCUniversal in anticipation of the Tokyo Olympics this summer. The song will debut on June 18th, the first night of the U.S. Track and Field Trials. “Remember This” will tell an Olympic-inspired story with athlete imagery and will feature a special message from the Jonas Brothers.
In addition to the debut of the song, the Jonas Brothers will make their first-ever performance of “Remember This” within NBCUniversal’s coverage of the Games this summer. The in-Games version of the single will include new lyrics inspired by the Tokyo Olympics and Team USA.
The partnership surrounding “Remember This” complements the premier of Olympic Dreams featuring the Jonas Brothers, which was announced earlier this week and will air two days before the Opening Ceremony of the Tokyo Olympics on July 21 at 8 p.m. on NBC.
Marshmello also has released his first NFT project, Welcome to the Melloverse! The project is the first DiFi powered NFT drop featuring exclusive music and experiences – check it out HERE. The famously masked artist is also slated to headline this year’s UEFA Champions League final opening ceremony. Additionally, be on the lookout for his next dance album later this year!
JONAS BROTHERS RELEASE SPECIAL SONG “REMEMBER THIS” FOR NBCUNIVERSAL’S COVERAGE OF THE TOKYO OLYMPICS
ANNOUNCE MULTIPLE ACTIVATIONS WITH NBCUNIVERSAL LEADING UP TO AND DURING TOKYO OLYMPICS
GRAMMY® Award-nominated powerhouse trio Jonas Brothers unveil “Remember This” today. Teaming up with NBCUniversal, the band will officially debut the song during the broadcast of the first night of the U.S. Olympic Team Trials for track & field between 10pm-11pm ET on NBC—in advance of the Tokyo Olympics on July 23.
“Remember This” might just be one of their most upbeat, undeniable, and uplifting anthems to date. On the track, guitar echoes as percussive production ramps up towards the expansive and engaging chant, “Used to pray for a moment just like this, there’s a fire in your eyes I can’t resist, baby we’re gonna wanna remember this.“
Deepening their Olympic Games relationship with NBCUniversal, they’ll perform the song for the first time within NBCUniversal’s coverage of the Tokyo Olympic Games this summer. Additionally, the “In-Games” version will feature new lyrics inspired by the Olympic Games and Team USA. Not to mention, Olympic Dreams Featuring Jonas Brothers airs two days before the Opening Ceremony of the Tokyo Olympics on July 21 at 8pm ET/PT on NBC.
The band recently joined forces withMarshmellofor the song “Leave Before You Love Me,” which is quickly climbing radio charts and is already Top 20 at both Top 40 & Hot AC US radio formats. Watch the music video, which quickly amassed over 10 million viewsHERE. Whats more, they closed out theBillboard Music Awards–hosted byNick Jonas–with a show-stopping rendition of “Leave Before You Love Me” and high-energy medley, which included a preview of “Remember This.” Billboard appropriately described it as “Fiery.“
In August, Jonas Brothers embark on theREMEMBER THIS Tour. The 44-date summer tour kicks off August 20th in Las Vegas, NV with country star Kelsea Ballerini as support. REMEMBER THIS Tour tickets are on sale HERE.
This year, the brothers will also release their highly anticipated memoir “Blood” on November 9th, which fans can pre-order HERE.
American Family Insurance Amphitheater / Summerfest
Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center
Prior Lake, MN*
Mystic Lake Casino Hotel (Mystic Lake)
Tinley Park, IL
Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre – Chicago
DTE Energy Music Theatre
Riverbend Music Center
Cuyahoga Falls, OH
Blossom Music Center
Darien Center, NY
Darien Lake Amphitheatre
St. Joseph’s Health Amphitheatre at Lakeview
Saratoga Springs, NY
Saratoga Performing Arts Center
Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater
PNC Bank Arts Center
The Pavilion at Star Lake
Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheatre
Jiffy Lube Live
PNC Music Pavilion
Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek
MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre
West Palm Beach, FL
iTHINK Financial Amphitheatre
Oak Mountain Amphitheatre
Walmart Amp (Walmart Arkansas Music Pavilion)
Dos Equis Pavilion
The Woodlands, TX
Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
Los Angeles, CA
*Kelsea Ballerini not appearing on this date
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Today sees Madison Beer release her latest single “BOYSHIT” via Epic Records.With the release comes Madison’s Vevo LIFT campaign, which features a performance of the single, along with “Selfish”, her fastest ever US certified gold record, and a short film on the artist titled “Becoming”. “BOYSHIT” is taken from Madison’s forthcoming debut album, Life Support, out 26th February 2021.
“’BOYSHIT’ is one of the last songs I recorded for my album, and it was just kind of a build up after this really long year.” says Madison. “It’s simply about knowing your worth and when to leave a situation. With the play on “bullshit” I figured it was the perfect time to use the age old saying about an immature or disrespectful boyfriend, ‘he’s not a man, he’s a boy,’ but it then flourished into more. This isn’t as simple as a childish man, it’s deeper than that. Anyone can behave in a “BOYSHIT” manner and I think there’s something to be said about knowing when enough is enough and when you’re truly just feeding into nonsense, I think a lot of that is knowing your worth. This song is meant to uplift and inspire people, of all genders, to know when it’s time to stop putting up with boyshit.”
“BOYSHIT” is the latest single from Madison’s highly anticipated debut album, Life Support, out 26th February 2021. The album is a strong personal and artistic statement that sees Madison where she thrives – commanding creative control through writing her own songs, producing and creating her own visuals. Life Support features previous releases “Good In Goodbye”,“Selfish”, “Stained Glass” and “Baby” which have a combined total stream count of over 442 million. Globally, Madison has nearly 3 billion streams across her catalogue.
“Writing songs is like therapy for me.” says Madison. “That’s why this album is called Life Support. It helped me get rid of the darkness and see the light. My inspirations sonically are really diverse. I guess I’m not an easy artist to pigeonhole, and a lot of these songs are like nothing I’ve ever attempted before. All of me is laid bare on this album; it’s been a really fulfilling experience to create something that feels so true to myself. I’m grateful to my fans who have stuck by me since the beginning. Life Support has been a long time coming, and I’m just so excited for them to see what I’ve been working on.”
Vevo has tapped Madison for their coveted LIFT campaign, out now. The 3-part series features a performance of “BOYSHIT”and “Selfish” alongside a short film titled “Becoming”. The campaign takes viewers further into the mind of the artist with striking visuals and gripping storytelling, and further cements Madison as an artist to watch for 2021. Vevo LIFT alumni include Billie Eilish, Halsey, Jorja Smith, and SZA.
Prior to signing with Epic Records late last year, Madison Beer achieved unprecedented success as an independent artist with her partner First Access Entertainment, having sold over 1 million records in the UK alone. Her debut EP As She Pleases made her the first independent female solo artist to break into the Top 20 radio charts, after having debuted in the Top 5 on iTunes in 18 countries and in the Top 10 in 42 countries worldwide. Following the release of As She Pleases Madison featured on Platinum Certified UK Top 10 hit “All Day and Night” by Europa and “Pop/Stars” by K/DA which topped Billboard’s world digital song sales chart. She’s attracted the endorsement of Time, NME, Complex, The Guardian,Billboard who named her among its coveted “21 Under 21” list and Rolling Stone who hailed her as a “rising pop star”.
“A rare instance of credibly modern pop… an impressive batch of songs teeming with hooks and personality.” Los Angeles Times
New York-raised, Los Angeles-based rising indie-pop songstress Carly Rose drops her provocative next single, Change My Mind. The upbeat alt-pop anthem balances the complexities of adolescence with a celebratory energy, reminding listeners that life is messy but fun. Click HERE to listen.
Carly added about the track, “Change My Mind is about when you make the hard realization that there are certain things about yourself that you just cannot seem to shake as hard as you might try. Nobody is perfect, and this song explores the most dysfunctional and destructive parts of who I am in the best way I know how–bitter sarcasm and self-deprecation.”
Change My Mind follows the release of Carly’s successful debut EP WILD, which was hailed as “empowering” and “a compelling EP with strong emotions and Lana Del Rey vibes,” and was featured on playlists such as Spotify’s New Music Friday and Fresh & Chill.
At just 13 years old, Carly rose to fame on the X Factor’s second season, placing 2nd on the show…the youngest finalist in the show’s history. With a recording contract at her fingertips, she chose to take a step back from the industry, not wanting to become the typical reality TV-manufactured instant pop star.
The years of incubation have paid off as Carly emerges as one of the most refreshing and fully formed young artists – wise beyond her years, with an unexpected soul in her voice that cuts right through an oversaturated insta-pop music industry. Writing all of her own songs, Carly offers commentary on weighty topics such as drug addiction and lost youth yet packages it in a way that is accessible to a wide range of listeners. Listen once and you might hear a fun song to jam to. Listen deeper and you could find yourself contemplating some of life’s most topical and challenging issues.
Following on from the soaring success of his recent single ‘Changes’, which landed in Spotify editorial playlists such as ‘Pop Brandneu’, ‘Easy’, ‘Pop Relax’ and ‘New Pop UK’, was played on Apple Music’s Radio Show ‘New Music Daily Deutschland mit Aisha’, and highlighted in Billboard’s 10 Cool Pop Songs feature, British singer and songwriter Sam Johnson continues to build momentum for his forthcoming EP ‘Are We There Yet?’ with the release of his latest stunning single ‘Nineteen’ out November 20th.
LISTEN TO ‘NINETEEN’ HERE WATCH THE LYRIC VIDEO HERE
Continuing the bold and thunderous sound that has become a theme of his latest offerings, ‘Nineteen’ sees Sam combine warm and wistful aesthetics with a truly anthemic production. Channeling his humble roots as a gifted acoustic singer-songwriter, the track quickly shifts gears and delivers a bright and euphoric texture that embodies the multifaceted feel that Sam Johnson has injected into all of his material to date.
Speaking about his new single, he said, “This one is a little more direct than the others. No hidden meaning here. It’s a very literal and biographical throwback to my fairly hedonistic last few years of school. My friends and I seemed far more focused on smoking high grade than we did on getting high grades and it certainly showed in our A level results. Still, they were some of the best days of my life, and this is a regret free ode to them. Interestingly though, I was born in 1995, and certainly not taking my final exams that year. The opening line ‘flash back to ninety-five’ can therefore be seen as a rare example on the EP where I gave myself artistic license to not be entirely honest, but instead allow some ambiguity because I liked the way the line sounded.”
‘Nineteen’ follows up the success of his previously shared singles ‘Changes’, ‘The Kids Are Alright’, the latter of which landed on Spotify editorial playlists Fresh & Chill, Pop Right Now and New Music Friday in the UK, Germany and Switzerland; Apple Music’s New Music Daily in eleven countries, and named Record Of The Week on BBC Radio Shropshire, and its follow-up ‘Peter Pan’, which found a home on Spotify’s Easy playlist.
Taken from Sam’s forthcoming EP ‘Are We There Yet?’ which is set for a January 2021 release, his latest collection is set to see him grow more as an artist and a human being throughout. “I create characters influenced by what I see around me,” he says. “A lot of the lyrics are touchstones of my childhood, and where I grew up… and the people that I grew up around.”
In recent weeks Sam Johnson was announced as a member of the Ivors Academy Youth Council. The newly formed Youth Council is made up of sixteen young creators from the Academy’s Youth Network, acting as an advisory group, which will form a central role in shaping the future of the Academy. The Academy’s Youth Network, which was established last autumn, is a growing and connected community of young creators and a hub of partnerships with Universities, Colleges and other non-academic organizations. The Network aims to empower and educate young songwriters and composers of all genres, and provide a platform at the Academy to voice views on music industry issues.
A driven and relentlessly ambitious artist, Sam Johnson’s story also owes a debt to chance. Fate dealt him an unusual card when Kevin Shields – My Bloody Valentine auteur – crossed his path, taking the fledgling talent into the studio for the very first time. “That was a real moment for me… that developed my backbone. It made me want to have that element of legacy. And he made me realize that it could be done.”
A country boy lost in the big city, Sam’s music has taken him from a rural setting to the London metropolis, but he’s driven by an extraordinary sense of purpose. ‘Are We There Yet?’ is a tightly bound EP, one where each passage speaks to the next. Overseen by My Riot at RAK Studios, the production is left deliberately raw, almost unfinished, so that the songs “could breathe, without over-cluttering it too much”.
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