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March 23, 2018

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Introducing: Æ MAK

Today we’re introducing you to Æ MAK, a three piece alt-pop band based in Dublin who recently joined Spinnup. The band is made of Aoife McCann on vocals, Daniel McIntyre on production and Peter Kelly on drums and percussion. Blending sounds that are full of pop synths and tribal rhythms, their vision of music is very artistic with tracks that convey a sense of freedom and bold energy.

The art-pop band has caught the attention of fans from the pop music and art worlds, which has paid off during the last few years with the band playing numerous festivals as well as their own shows.

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They have been selected as part of Festival Republic’s gender equality program aiming to improve diversity among festival line ups, and got the chance to play at Latitude Festival in Suffolk. Aoife is particularly keen on seeing a greater gender balance and women having easier access to headlines, but also believes the selection should remain based on merit and talent.

Æ MAK’s latest single, Love Flush, was released on 19th July. The track is a vivid and resonating piece, with ambient notes to go along with Aoife’s silvery voice. It’s a track all about choosing your own ambitions over a true love.

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With each release, the band affirms the importance of visuals in their artwork and music videos, managing to have a very strong consistency in their visuals, opting for a white background and bold colours with a focus on faces.

Check out the flamboyant music video for ‘Love Flush’


One of Æ MAK’s 2017 singles ‘I Walk’ was remixed by Phare, an Irish music producer, who really knew how to retain their distinctive style and combine the dancing beats into an airy sounding track.

We were curious to learn more about AE MAK so we reached out to ask a few questions..

How’s been 2018 for you so far?

It’s been really exciting. We’ve played some really cool shows and created a lot of music we’re proud of. Getting to support two of our all time favourite bands; Tune-Yards and Django Django, was madness. Definite highlights so far!  

How did you guys start playing music and how did you come up with your concept?

Æ MAK was formed after we finished music college in Dublin in 2015. Myself, Daniel McIntyre (producer) and Peter Kelly (drums) all met there. The concept came naturally, I don’t view it as a concept though, it’s the creative expression of this brain of mine, luckily there’s some coherency in it. I started writing songs so I could perform the way I wanted to so it all started off from the viewpoint of an aspiring performance artist.

How would you describe your music?

I would describe it as art-pop as I think the style will always be in flux, which is important as we move and change ourselves. Visual and performance art will always be at the heart of it. I love a good, strong, arching pop chorus melody against primitive, rhythmic verses. Our sound has become a lot more electronic this year which is fun. Over the past year myself and Dan have been collaborating. We are both in love with the likes of The Knife and Little Dragon. So we’ve drawn a lot of sonic influences from Scandinavian electronic music.

What inspires you to write music? Is there any topics that you particularly like to write about?

The need to create, dream, escape. The need to perform and connect with myself and others. I get a kick out of becoming more self aware and discovering what makes other people tick. Song-writing enables me to do this. Guess I’m inspired by myself and the people around me. The love of a great pop song. There’s no specific topic. Love, heartbreak, anxiety, loneliness, a yearning for more are all infused in each song. Conditions of being human.

What is it like touring Ireland/the UK and supporting artists such as Tune Yards?

It’s a buzz. We can’t wait to tour around Europe next year. Supporting Tune-Yards; Surreal. Dream/Life – affirming. It was amazing gigging with Merrill and Nate. She’s an absolute hero of ours and massively influenced me as a songwriter when first starting out. So I don’t know, the world is full of possibilities.

 

They will be continuing their tour with a few more dates in Ireland before the end of the summer. Catch them at Knockanstockan, All Together Now and Electric Picnic Festival. Head to Æ MAK’s website for more info.

Make sure to follow them on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook as not to miss their latest updates and future events. You can also subscribe to their Youtube channel for dazzling music videos.

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Introducing: VALENCÉ

This week we introduce you to VALENCÉ, a 22 year old pop singer-songwriter from our home country of Sweden. VALENCÉ began writing music at the age of 14, after being given her first guitar

Since then she has been involved in various musical projects with her studies in both Framnäs Folkhögskola and Rythmus school – where Spinnup alumni, now Universal artist LOVA also studied (along with Tove Lo, Robyn…just a few artists you may have heard of.)

On her solo project, she goes by her middle name VALENCÉ, which has a powerful meaning. Valence is the positive or negative emotional charge one feels towards another person, object or situation.

Developing a sound that from pop to electronic, with plenty of depth and ambient influences, her debut single Doubt me  was released 8th June is lively yet melancholic. A week later she released the accompanying music video on Youtube, which is reminiscent of the single’s artwork, with a simple white set awash in soft coloured lighting that transitions through the clip.

To celebrate her debut release VALENCÉ held a release party in Stockholm a few weeks ago ahead of her upcoming EP Leaves Again, which will be out in August. She performed on the night with full band and the dancers that featured in her “Doubt Me” music video. Watch the video of the party here.

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In addition to her solo project, VALENCÉ has been lead singer of folk pop band Tiny Little Shoes since 2014. The band, who we’re also pleased to say distribute their tracks via Spinnup.

Needless to say the enigmatic VALENCÉ captured our attention so we got in touch to get to know her better!

So how did you go from playing the guitar at 14 to releasing electronic pop music today?

It all started two years ago when I went to Framnäs Folkhögskola in northern Sweden. I studied at the music production programme, and it was then that I really dug into the electronic pop music. When I went to Rytmus Gymnasium in Stockholm I had some music production courses, where I learned the basics (I also got some experience while recording with Tiny Little Shoes), however it was when I started at Framnäs that I really found my love for the electronic/indie/ambient/pop-sound and started to produce what later became the sound of VALENCÉ.

Are you still working on Tiny Little Shoes or are you focusing on VALENCÉ only at the moment?

My main focus these past couple of years has been VALENCÉ. However, I still have been taking part in other music projects. Mostly it has been different jazz constellations, or working on my other two music projects – LOU and Tiny Little Shoes. I have always loved
jazz, soul and pop, which has influenced my musical journey. Something that I have wanted to integrate and find a way to use in different ways when making music. Now with my newly found love for electronic and ambient sound, I believe I have created the pop-sound that I really longed for to be my solo project VALENCÉ.

We’re actually in this moment in the final process with Tiny Little Shoes, where we will record the last things on what will in the end become an EP. Music with a new fresh sound, including electronic elements – but still with our unique pop/folk/soul-vibe. The plans are to release the EP in about a year.

Looking forward to it! What about your debut EP ‘Leaves Again’? What can we expect from it?

My upcoming EP ‘Leaves Again’ does have a theme when it comes to the sound, even though the songs are a bit different – which I think is the key to keeping it interesting, you can really hear they’re VALENCÉ-songs. ‘Leaves Again’ is a very special release for me, not
just because it’s the first taset of VALENCÉ’s sound, but also because it’s the release of a long, painful but also very meaningful relationship. It’s very close to my heart.

What are the main themes in your EP?

The themes centre around hope, trust and heartbreak. It’s a combined experience of a spiritual approach and the mixed emotions you can feel in a relationship between two people. Even if you try to keep things clean and mature in a breakup, it’s not always that easy!

Striving to develop a spiritual approach to her music and image, VALENCÉ wants to create a concept of ”conscious electronic pop” around her music, influencing people by serving up electronic pop that connects with both the heart and the mind.

 

Make sure to follow VALENCÉ on Facebook, Instagram and Soundcloud and subscribe to her Youtube channel to know when she uploads new videos!

Stay tuned for her upcoming EP “Leaves Again” out 13th August

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Introducing: Luciid

This week, Spinnup proudly introduces 21-year-old music producer Luciid following the release of his sparkling debut EP ‘IDENTITY’.

The Cornwall based electronic artist has been posting music for just over a year now, harnessing and maturing his production skills which are developed and showcased in this latest project.

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The five track EP ‘IDENTITY’, featured on GAWP radio, stands out as a bold electronic exploration of synth and funk pop, carried by four collaborations packed with stunning vocalists and artists including Lily Lyons, Florence Bird, Meg Wassell and AÏDA. As the EP progresses from the Tove Lo sounding ‘NEW’ to the house inspired ‘STILL with U’, Luciid certainly lives up to his promise of ‘serving tech beatz & funky jams’.

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Luciid also isn’t shy of also serving a look or two, exploring not only his sound, but his gender expression by using make up and drag personas to experiment with his own ‘IDENTITY’, something that can be seen in his attention-grabbing EP art work. Citing his main influence as M.I.A, other references include Yaeji, Kaytranada, Massive Attack, Four Tet, FKA Twigs, Banks, Goldlink and Groove Armada which can no doubt be heard in this project filled with techy dance bangers.

We cannot wait to hear more from Luciid! Head over to our Spinnup Playlist now to listen to our favourite track from the EP NEW’.

Like what you hear? Head over to Luciid’s Spotify and give the EP a listen/follow AND, keep up to date with his socials on Facebook, Soundcloud and Instagram

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Introducing: Brothers

While we like to think of Spinnup as one big family of artists all over the world, it is nice when we come across artists that are actual family, like the we-fought-when-we-were-younger-but-now-we-like-each-other kind. We already have a few of those with acts like Sweden’s sister duo Vaz, and London’s bro-sis combo Moro. Today we bring you French fraternal duo BROTHERS.

BROTHERS is made up ofJulien & Thibault Battieu, two brothers with a 10 year age difference. Their pop-rock sound has traces of mega artists like Queen and the Beatles, making their music ebullient and timeless.
BROTHERS released the latest single “May we meet again” on 17th May before recently releasing their debut self-titled EP. It’s a fresh, lively track with a perfectly matched video that illustrates this very well. They used crowdfunding platform KissKissBankBank (our wonderful partners in this year’s Spinnup Stage competition) to fund the video, and managed to raise an impressive €19,000 to produce it. Kyan Khojandi (a well known actor and their former flatmate) produced the video, as well as starring in it as the love-struck busker along with YouTuber and actress Nathalie Odzierejko.

It’s a great clip to watch, and has already earned more than 130k views on YouTube!

The pairing of BROTHERS, Kyan and Nathalie caught the attention of Rolling Stone Magazine in France, who wrote an article about the video shortly after its release.
Their eponymous debut EP was released through Spinnup on 8th June and Rolling Stone seem to like it a lot also writing another article reviewing the EP!
We wanted to know a little more about BROTHERS and their EP so we got in touch to ask them a few questions..

So, how did you start making music?

We created the band four years ago, during a trip to London with our father. We started working and writing together and several years later we signed with Universal Music Publishing and “All you need is songs”.

Awesome! How would you describe your music?

There is a cinematographic dimension to our music. We love what image and sound can bring together, emotionally speaking. We love both the melancholic and the “epic” side of it. We think there is both of them in our EP.

Can you tell us more about the sounds in the EP?

Today we are very happy and proud because our first EP is out and it looks like the way we wanted it to be. According to us, it’s a mix between songs and influences from the past – we love iconic bands like The Beatles, Queen, Pink Floyd – as well as modern and powerful sounds from the present. We love playing on contrast.

What are the main topics you have explored in the EP?

There is a topic we are particularly fond of, the ideas of childhood and time because we love the innocence of children and we think there is a huge poetry in it. We are big children and quite immature so childhood really speaks to us.
We like to tell little stories:
Nightmare is about a young girl afraid off the dark.
Morning is about a man fighting against morning.
Children of This War deals with the takeover of children upon adults, they wonder about their position in the world and their deep truth and sincerity wins after all.

What is it like having Rolling Stone Magazine write about your band twice in in less than a month?

It’s an honour for us! We are very proud that they like what we’ve created. It’s an iconic magazine and it’s really rewarding.
If you’re about this summer and want to see them live they are playing at a French festival Bon Moment in Nancy on 23rd June!

You can follow them on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Soundcloud. Subscribe to their YouTube channel to make sure you don’t miss upcoming music videos!

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Introducing: Mr.Williams

Here at Spinnup, not only do we love listening to your music, but we love listening to you! So, rather than tell you why you should listen to one of our beloved artists, we think you should hear it from the artist themselves. This week, we meet Spinnup’s own impressive Mr. Williams to talk about his upcoming summer single ‘Mai Tai’, emoji’s, living in LA and layered pizza…

Hey Mr. Williams, how’s 2018 been treating you?

I’ll say it’s definitely been a 50/50 one, 50% good and 50% stressful! But, I know the remainder of the year will be great, I’m really excited to put out some more new music

For everyone new to your music; please can you introduce yourself?

Well I go by Mr. Williams (previously under the name RsK) and I’m an artist, songwriter, producer and future platinum Grammy award nominated artist!

Loving the confidence! Tell us a bit about yourself?

I was born in London and raised up in Los Angeles hence my mixed accent. I say I’m a chilled, good vibes person. Always smiling and being creative.

On that note, having travelled quite a fair bit around the world, talk to us about this and how has this influenced your sound?

I guess meeting new people, hearing stories, being inspired by how different life is in these other countries and plus, how different the landscape is has influenced my sound by making sure when I make music, it’s not limited to one type of group, area or genre. I want my music to be played everywhere, even if they may not understand English but at-least the melody or a certain sound in the song which is familiar or warm to their ear.

So, how long have you been doing music?

I’ve been doing music since I was like 12 but, I say my career really started when I was able to purchase my own little studio equipment which motivated me to record music all day and night. Music to me is life; the sounds we hear, voices and colours around me automatically spark a random song or beat that comes to my mind. I actually have like a brain mp3 in my head, sounds weird but it’s true.

What are your biggest inspirations?

My biggest inspirations are my family, my partner and the future. For my family, just being able to make them proud, smile and dance means a lot, especially in my culture. As far as the future, it inspires me because you never know what will be the next big song or the next big platform or fashion so, this really gives us the opportunity to make the next big thing for the future.

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Yeah definitely! Touching on the future, there are quite a lot of exciting things going on in the UK urban scene right now and it’s predicted to grow even more. What sets you apart from the rest?

I feel like my story and particularly my upbringing you know, being raised up in both the U.K. and US means something because I feel like I will be the artist that both sides can relate to and understand. I feel like just based on my voice and my background, once I get my time to show the world what I can do, I automatically will be the first UK/US artist to accomplish success in both places at the same time in my genre. Plus, I’m very diverse in my music. In my sessions, I do like 4/5 songs and they all have to sound different, for example, first song will be trap, then a pop type then R&B. I like to switch it up.

One thing that stays the same however is I’ve noticed you have an “On Point” trademark on most tracks and if it’s not this, it’s “Welcome to the Family” tell us about that, what does this mean?

‘On Point’ is the name of my production company which lets the listeners know that either myself or one of the writers or producers that are apart of ‘On Point’ created this song. It’s so funny actually, the name came up randomly when my friend Sharif said it on one of the demos we were doing and I turned a nice line into a business.

That’s amazing! With so many writers and producers all a part of ‘On Point’, who are some of your favourite artists at the moment?

I know this sounds so typical but honestly right now, I just listen to myself. I make so much music every day that I put it straight on my phone to listen back to it and then shuffle comes on and picks a song of mine that I completely forgot I made and then I end up at my destination and don’t have time to listen to what’s new haha.

What’s the most important thing as an artist you want people to feel when they hear your music?

To me, the thing really is just to “feel” when they hear my music. I want them to feel either happy, feel inspired, feel motivated, feel sad (like when as a guy you hear a song that relates to you and makes you realise you messed up on a good girl and that heartbreak or sadness makes you want to change or get her back). For me, a great example is ‘Time after Time’ I can’t remember the artist name but as soon as that song comes on, it makes me feel a type of way because of the lyrics and melody. 

Speaking of feelings, we are really ‘feeling’ the sneak peek we got of your upcoming single ‘Mai Tai’ set for release on 9th June! Tell us what it’s about? Who produced it and how did that come about?

Woah, 3 questions in one, slow down mate! Haha just joking. For me, after recording Mai Tai it reminded me so much of the session I did for my track ‘Pressure’. The hook came from the last two words of the first verse and the feeling of the record, no matter where you are, makes you want to get up and dance whilst of course having a catchy hook that will be stuck in your head! Honestly, I just like Mai Tais and wanted to name the song it. It’s produced by Certibeats and I wrote the song.

Sounds very structural, what would you say is your creative process?

To be honest, I don’t really have a specific one besides making at least 4 songs. But, I just hear a beat I like and I either go straight in the booth or write to it. My process varies every time.

 

Ok so to conclude this interview, here are some rapid-fire questions for you:

Favourite emoji?

😂

Random fact about you?

I eat pizza in layers lol

Favourite song right now?

Pedestrian by Gunna

Favourite song of all time?

If This World Were Mine by Luther Vandross and Cheryl Lynn

Any artists you’d recommend right now?

Mr. Reed https://soundcloud.com/mr-backwards

Firahs TV https://soundcloud.com/firahstv

Anything anyone should look out for in the future? Any gigs?

These Days 2.0 EP coming out after ‘Mai Tai’ and shows/tours dates will be announced once the bag is secured, stay tuned!

 

Make sure you follow Mr. Williams on his social media Facebook, TwitterInstagramSoundcloud, and YouTube  and be on the lookout for his single ‘Mai Tai’, out today!

 

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Introducing: Pablo Brooks

It’s always exciting to be able to sync an Introducing artist feature with the release of their debut EP, and today we have done just that with German Spinnup artist Pablo Brooks. The young pop singer songwriter first caught our ears with his single ‘Recurring Roles‘ before blowing us away with the latest single ‘Rules‘, a moody synth-driven track that we’ve played a lot in the Spinnup office. With over 16,000 followers on Instagram and just 15 years old, needless to say Pablo Brooks had definitely got our attention.

With the release of his debut EP Red Eyes, Blue Skin today, we got in touch with Pablo to find out a bit more about his music and what makes him tick.

Tell us a bit about your background and music career.

I’m 15 and I grew up in Düsseldorf, Germany, and although my family is pretty much the opposite of “musical”, everyone was always listening to different types of music. I’ve always been singing and making up random melodies, and when I grew older and started to understand how music “works”, I was able to make actual songs. Eventually I taught myself to play guitar, piano and how to produce. When I started posting covers on YouTube, people started listening to my music and liking it. I actually only wrote my first full-length song last year. In January of 2018, I released my first single “Recurring Role”, which a lot of people liked and in May 2018 I released my second single “Rules”.

What are your musical influences?

I listen to a lot of different types of music, so I have a lot of influences, but I’d say my biggest influence is Lorde, she has changed a lot of things about me, as a person. Her songwriting is super relatable for me and her stage presence is out of this world. Other influential artists for me are definitely Amy Winehouse, St. Vincent, Pink Floyd, Frank Ocean, Billie Eilish and Lana Del Rey.

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Your debut EP is out today, can you tell us about what inspired the music?

This record is very personal and very intimate, I wrote a lot of the songs for the record when I was figuring things out, about life as a teenager, who I am, problems in this world, loving and letting go. Things change extremely quickly when you’re a teenager and no one ever really knows what’s going on, because you’re processing so many events and so many emotions and at the age of 15 that can become very overwhelming. I always coped with everything by incorporating it into my music and that’s how this record came to life.

Going from singles to a bigger project, how did you find creating the EP? 

I don’t have super fancy equipment and I didn’t go into a big recording studio for this record. As an independent artist I basically wrote and recorded this entire record in my bedroom, sometimes with my friends, sometimes at 3am, all alone. Not being a signed artist can be extremely challenging sometimes, but also made it possible for me to call all the shots about the EP. I’m not super good at producing and mixing, so sometimes I stayed up for hours on end trying to figure out how to properly mix vocals, for example.

Can you tell us about your songwriting and the messages in your music?

I think songwriting is one of the coolest things ever, because you can write a song about whatever you want and no one ever really knows if what you’re writing about is fictional or real, I think that’s why I love it so much. My music usually has some kind of message, for example “Rules” is about Gun control and Black Lives Matter, which are two topics, that I’m very passionate about. Having the power to deliver a message with music is really great.

Okay last question: for people listening to your music, what would you want them to take away from it? 

I want people to feel how they want to feel when listening to my music. I think all music is open for interpretation. For me, a song can have a completely different meaning than it can have to another person. It’s really cool reading about what people interpret into my music, because everyone has a different emotional attachment to a certain song.

Follow Pablo Brooks on Spotify and Instagram to stay up to date with the latest music and news, and make sure to listen to his debut EP Red Eyes, Blue Skin below.

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Introducing: Canto

WHO IS CANTO?

I would like to just take a minute to appreciate one of Sweden’s best producers. That’s right. I’m talking about Canto.

Since he began making music under the name Canto in 2016 has worked with varieties of both big and upcoming acts in the Swedish hip hop scene. He produced the single ‘Helt Crack‘ by fellow Spinnup artists ODZ, a track that he also featured on. That single has recently gone gold. That’s right, completely independent and now with a gold plaque. If that weren’t enough Canto has also been working with major label artists, producing Universal signing Ängie’s album Suicidal Since 1995, as well as ‘Nissan Micra Cadillac‘ by Samboii and Miiko.

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As music magazine Gaffa wrote in relation to the production of Ängie’s album, we must agree that Canto’s beats should come with a warning label, they’re just way too addictive!!

Can’t get enough? Check out his playlist “Canto Selection” here and don’t forget to follow him on Instagram for the latest news and to be the first to know about Canto’s new music (both as a producer and emcee) that he’s working on!

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