American singer-songwriter and Kings favorite Justin Klump has released a new song Ghost Town. His ability to craft catchy, sincere songs have garnered comparisons to James Taylor, Phillip Phillips, and Damien Rice, and recently a nod as one of music’s Kings of A&R “Top 8 Emerging Artists”. In less than five years, Justin independently released three albums, logged more than 100,000 miles performing across America and earned national media attention. In 2012, Justin released the album Sticks & Stones, which debuted in the top 10 on the iTunes Singer/Songwriter Chart. His latest EP The Night is Young, with the title-track continuing to receive radio airplay around the country. He has been featured by American Songwriter, SIRIUS XM’s The Coffeehouse, iTunes, among others. Justin currently resides in Nashville, Tenn. and is writing and recording new music.
British Columbia-based indie-pop band Van Damsel just released their first single “Best of Everything” which comes off their debut album that has a summer release. The LP combines elements of rock, hip-hop, pop and EDM. Van Damsel received praise from Indie Is Not A Genre, A Music Blog, Yea?, Exclaim!, and ASAP Music Blog praised the band for being “a force to be reckoned with.” The band earned a top 20 spot in the 2013 Peak Performance Project and won The Shore 104’s $10,000 ‘Best of BC’ prize. This band is quickly gaining accolades making them an artist to watch.
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Freedom Fry is the the alter-ego of French songstress, Marie Seyrat, and Michigan-born musical chameleon, Bruce Driscoll (Blondfire / Avicii). The duo reside in Los Angeles, CA and make desert warm, bittersweet, retro-inspired, indie-pop music. They’ve played alongside Phantogram, Mothxr, Grizfolk, We Are Scientists, Echosmith, Superhumanoids, Dan Wilson (Semisonic), Juliana Hatfield & Matthew Caws (Nada Surf) and were the Artist in Residence at ALT 98.7. Where you’ve seen them: iTunes “New and Noteworthy,” Nylon, Filter, Glamour, Earmilk, Hilly Dilly, Indie Shuffle, Ryan’s Smashing Life, “How The Sun Sees You” (viral Youtube video with over 13,000,000 views), Wild Honey Pie, Kick Kick Snare, The 405, Mr Suicide Sheep, Blah Blah Blah Science, Daytrotter, MTV Artist To Watch, Les Inrockuptibles and more.
You have been building a strong base and fan community along with a buzz. Was there a pivotal moment when this began to take shape? Was it a song on the radio? A performance? A music blog?
Bruce: It’s hard to pinpoint a single pivotal moment. Being in a band is something akin to continually walking upwards on a staircase made up of the tiniest steps imaginable. You almost don’t know you’re getting somewhere until you stop for a while and look around and realize you’re at another level from where you started. These “look around” moments for us have been things like the first time we saw someone in the audience singing along or the first time we got to the top of hype machine. You kind of all look at each other and go, ‘hey this might work out.’
Marie: Everybody who’s supported and helped us get the word out has been vital. Every blogger, radio DJ, and fan has made a difference. After you first featured us a year or so ago we had a well known music supervision company reach out who discovered us on your site. We ended up getting lots of licenses from that and it helped build our fan base by getting the music heard.
Has social networking helped get your music exposed to a wider audience?
Bruce: One hundred percent. Looking back, I’m not sure how we could have done anything without it.
Marie: As an indie band it gives us a much louder voice and a means to communicate with anyone looking for new music. CONTINUE READING
Kings favorite Waxhead are gearing up to release the new EP, ‘Home’ which will be available in April. So far they have released the singles Home and Walking On Air. They have toured Australia, Japan and Indonesia, as well as playing festivals such as Falls Festival and Byron Bay Blues Festival. Happy says “Waxhead are most definitely a band to keep an ear out for. Already featured on triple J’s Unearthed, and with the release of their debut EP, there will undoubtedly be big things to come for the guys in 2015″. The new tracks are raw & catchy and will surely capture the fans of the Strokes, Arctic Monkeys, & The Kooks. Make no mistake though, Waxhead are forging their own path and could soon rise to the top of the indie pack.
New Arcades hail from London and are Dean Canty and Adam Sullivan, a duo inspired by nostalgic memories of 80’s cinema and vintage synth sounds. They recently made Drive Radio top 10 and they have been featured in Clash Magazine as well as Sugarbang. The new track “Let’s Get Away” is a well crafted 80’s anthem that will hook you instantly.
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