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New Band Showcase with Derek – Tuesday 26th April 2022

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An entire hour dedicated to showcasing Music from  brand new and established independent artists and bands. Original and covers from both in the UK and Internationally.

To feature on this or any other show on Smile Radio – click on the ‘speech bubble’  at the bottom right of the home page and select ‘I want to become a featured artist’ and follow the instructions or click the tab at the top right of the website home page ‘Become a Featured Artist’.

You can also get in touch via:

hello@smileradio.online or derek@smileradio.online

WREX - 'Sleepless'

From Brighton UK, WREX were formed in early 2020 out of a mutual love for music and positivity, and they announced themselves in May 2021. They have released 4 singles so far and have made a massive splash on the radio, with airtime on the likes of Kerrang! Radio, BBC Radio Wales, Planet Rock, ARFM, 2XS Rocks! Total Rock, BBC Sussex & Surrey (Introducing) Primordial Radio, Zack FM, and KISS FM (remix).
 
The new EP now sees the duo lean more heavily towards their alternative influences, and prepare to take the stage!
 “Sleepless is about the feeling of being overwhelmed by society’s paradigms and recognising that these pressures can often be tricks of the mind – “the poison piece of my mind”. No matter how monochrome life can feel, you are not alone. No one should be bound by the ideals of others.” – Mae.

Mae Seaton (vocals)
George Donoghue (guitar, bass, vocals, drums, production).

 

Emma Scott  – Plugginbaby
 

 

Matt Springfield - 'Haunted'

POPLIFE! is the new EP by singer, songwriter, and composer Matt Springfield. The artist is fascinated by new wave culture of the decades that gave us U2, Bon Jovi, Muse, Depeche Mode and his favourites The Killers. Matt has related that “My goal was to write songs that could have been written in the 80s, with sounds reminiscent of the 80s, with a modern touch as well”. He has a five track EP which has been released with the support of crowdfunding from 1012 of his fans. Alongside them, Matt was able to call on the services of Andy Taylor (Bass/Guitar), Beth Gibson (keyboards – Things I ve Said), Nick Nasmyth (Keyboards – Poplife! & The End of Life), Greg Haver (Producer / Drums) and Peter Rainman (Programming -Things I ve Said). It’s been recorded at Modern World Studios in the UK and mastered by Ryan Smith at Sterling Sound in NYC.
The EP POPLIFE! is released by Akamusic in 2021.

Naimah - 'Whose side are you on?'

Being noticed by Billboard’s Editorial Director with only one song uploaded on Soundcloud isn’t an everyday thing for an independent artist, but when you combine a distinctly ethereal and powerful voice with visual lyrics that instantly pull you in — it makes perfect sense. Hailing from Washington, D.C., Naïmah radiates a seemingly effortless approach to her melodies and storytelling which sit in a soundscape of organic and electronic arrangements. Her style pays homage to a long legacy of Black musicians in country, rock, soul, and pop music. Fittingly, she was featured on Beats by Dr. Dre’s “Flowers for Black Women” on Apple Music alongside powerhouse artists like Nina Simone, Whitney Houston, Lauryn Hill, and Solange. Her music has also been featured in shows like the CW’s “Batwoman” and “Kung Fu”, and on numerous Spotify editorial playlists showcasing pop, indie, and emerging music around the world.

In 2016 she was a winner in the International Songwriting Competition and in 2022 she made the semi-finals. Among a long track record of performances, she has performed for Stevie Wonder and was an invited guest to the White House during President Obama’s administration.

Her influences range from the classic (Sam Cooke, Fleetwood Mac, Elliott Smith) to the current (Cautious Clay, Japanese Breakfast, Phoebe Bridgers), and her timeless lyrics focus on empowerment, hope, and reflecting on the journey of everyday life.

Musik Radio Promotions

Emil Khanchaturian - 'My Dancer'

Emil Khachaturian a talented, romantic representative of contemporary instrumental music.

He was born on April 11, 1981 and grew up in Ukraine! He became involved in music when he was 15 years old and at the age of 16 he wrote his first musical composition.


Emil has higher education. He is a former military officer of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, but dreams of becoming a musician didn’t leave him! At the moment he is also a student at the Moscow Institute of Psychoanalysis.
Until 2014 he lived in Kiev and performed in Ukraine, was the frontman of the group NEOGARA. But nowadays Emil lives in Israel. He is a high-class musician-professional in his business, guitar genius, musician-virtuoso, composer, performer of incredibly beautiful music and his author’s songs, which he writes in different languages: Ukrainian, English and Russian.


His main activity and the rise of creativity began in Israel in 2015.

His hard work can only be envied

In 2021, Emil presented a new music video, participated in international music competitions, won top awards: multiple Grand Prix winner, 1st degree Laureate.

 

Now this musician is a member of such groups: “Wood, n, Soul Project”, “Los Emigrantes”, “BlackSea Swing”, he also has his own musical band “Emil Khachaturian and Co”.
Since March 2021-member of the jury of the international competition “GOLDEN TIME TALENT”.
Every city greets this maestro with full halls in Israel!


His music plays on the different radio stations of the world: USA, Great Britain, Canada, Europe, Mexico, Brazil etc. Emil’s tracks enter the Top10 on radio (USA, Europe and Canada).
Emil is a cool professional, as well as an interesting personality and a wonderful speaker with his philosophy of music, composer, who demonstrates incredibly impressive ownership of an instrument by performing the author’s music.


The musician is gaining momentum in his career, which coincides with the bright highly effective energy of his play!

Iryna – Artstudio Talent

Nick Shane & The 121s - 'Green'

Nick Shane and his band, The 121s are a UK Mod/Punk/Indie outfit based in Dundee, Scotland. In 2021, Nick and the band managed to gain over 200k worldwide streams and downloads, and were featured on multiple Spotify and New Music playlists as well as radio stations worldwide. 

Frontman Nick has been part of the Scottish music scene
for a number of years, gaining attention with a large Mod/Psychedelic back catalogue, and has been heavily involved in LGBT Rights Activism
over the past ten years. In 2020/21 he released widely regarded tracks
such as ‘Cloudy Monday’, ‘Youth & The Young’, ‘Valentine’
and ‘Stranger Times’, featuring Texas guitarist Ally McErlaine.
“A lot of the songs on the album were written up to 3 years ago, so it’s nice to finally get all of them out, as an album. Each single has been completely different from the last. ‘Wired To The Moon’ and ‘Hola Hello’ delivers a heavy Arctic Monkeys/Johnny Marr introduction, with ‘My Beautiful Mind’, ‘Green’ and ‘Nature’s Callings’ relaying a 90s Indie sound. ‘Fashion!’ gives us a more Bowie-influenced, 70s funk feel, before the mood is brought down with ‘The Invention Of God’ and ‘Reloveution In Our Head’. Then the mood is brought back up with ‘Your Eminence’ and ‘A New Decade’. There is a heavy focus on Eastern instruments and influences, like Sitars, Esrajs and dynamic Cellos, courtesy of Paul ‘Lefty’ Wright. The singles released in 2021 alone have already gained over 100k streams and downloads, and we’re also releasing ‘Wired To The Moon’ (Deluxe Edition), which includes all the album tracks recorded live at various studios around Scotland throughout Lockdown 20/21” – Nick Shane

Recorded by Nick Shane at Stage 2000, Strait Up Studios
and from his home studio between October 2019 and January 2022
Jay Burnett / Reaction Management

NAMELESS - 'Out The Real'

Nameless is a 4-piece Metal band from Birmingham West Midlands, taking influence from bands such as Deftones, Korn, Northlane, Alter Bridge, and Gojira.

Currently writing &  recording new material & gigging now.

New Single – ‘Out the Real’ following up on the success of previous release  -‘Diana’

Upcoming gig at Scruffy Murphy’s

Friday 29th April 2022

With:

King Kraken

Evade Escape

Straight for the Sun

Piqued Jacks - 'Particles'

Piqued Jacks are pure energy. Alt/rock from Italy with an international appeal. Part of label INRI’s roster, their successes include: opening act for Interpol, plays on Virgin Radio (Italy), Kerrang! Radio, MTV, and BBC Radio, as well as performances during some of the best showcase festivals like Canadian Music Week, MMB Bucharest, SXSW, and Mondo NYC. 
 
The band started 2022 with a performance in Los Angeles at Musexpo and two new singles: Everything South and Particles. The first one was presented in crazy collaboration with Italy’s #1 funeral home Taffo, the second one with Sony Ambassador Paolo Sodi (Andrea Bocelli, Rai). 
 
The latest successes of the album Synchronizer (Mar. 2021) – produced by Julian Emery (Nothing But Thieves), Brett Shaw (Florence + The Machine) and Dan Weller (Enter Shikari) – and great live shows all around Europe launched the band on the trajectory of major stages in 2022 such as Home Festival (Italy), Summerfest (TBA*Milwaukee), Lechlade Music Festival (May 29th, UK). 
 

Emma Scott – Plugginbaby

Ina Shai - 'Oh My God'

Ina Shai presents “Oh My God”, an incredible live cover of Adele’s song. Behind her stage name, we find Martina, a young and talented slovenian singer-songwriter based in London, who mixes pop, soul and RnB sounds. After participating in Slovenia’s Eurovision national selection, she released her EP entitled “Overload”, becoming artist of the week on BBC Radio London. She collaborated with DJ Ortox’s “Feel the Love” as well as with producer Vladish on a cover song of “Starboy” by The Weeknd ft Daft Punk, which has already racked up a million plays on Spotify. Recently, she released the single “What Is”. Now, she presents her particular vision of the song by Adele, of whom she has always considered herself a fan, as can be seen on her Youtube channel, where we can watch some other versions like “When We Were Young” or “Hello”. This time, it has been recorded at the legendary Konk Studios in London by Charlie Thomas ( Pink Floyd, Paul McCartney, Ella Henderson ) under the label Binary Beryl Music ( Ruth Lorenzo, ELE, Verónica Ferreiro & Javier Sánchez ). We can also find among its credits Viktoria Gerask ( a wellknown daydreamer illustrator ), Caco Refojo ( a 5x times Latin Grammy winner who worked for Lady Gaga’s producer ) and Randy Merrill ( Taylor Swift, Olivia Rodrigo and Adele’s engineer ). The music video has been filmed in these studios by Amoroso Films under the attentive direction of Cat Couture, a prominent director of the London scene.

 Contact: Binary Beryl Music

Chris St. John - 'Hold On'

Chris McGuire

Hold on is a about the struggle we face in deciding whether to search for greener pastures or be happy with what we have.    The internal fight that takes place is laid bare in St. John’s story telling as is the conclusion he draws – “Hold on to what you’ve got/need; I believe in love.”

St John’s voice is velvety and clear on the album’s ballads, and heartfelt and rocking on the up-tempo songs. His tenor voice has remarkable range and clarity, and his different way of attacking his vocal parts on each track make it hard to believe it’s the same singer throughout the album. His voice has a uniqueness that pulls you in and makes you feel welcome, like he is your friend. His songs offer deep, thought-provoking timeless poetry. Though generally personal in nature, his material offers an ongoing, freewheeling celebration of the music he grew up on and which inspired him to work towards his goal, now coming to beautiful fruition, of becoming a recording artist himself. In addition to Simon, chief influences include The Beatles, Eagles, Cat Stevens and the Grateful Dead. St John’s songs are unique though, and it is hard to characterize the genre of his work.

Musik & Film, MAF Music Promotion 

Rob Mills - 'Anarchapulco, The Place To Be'

Rob Mills – ‘Anarchapulco The Place To Be’ – Enigmatico

Midlands based guitarist, now living in Mexico.

This new track from the ex-Diamond Head guitarist is to help raise money for 2 Marsh orphanages in Mexico.

Mastered by Andy MacNevin at AM productions, same guitarist with EradiKAtor and Sound Engineer again based in the West Midlands.

Donate & information links below.

Lost In Transition - 'I Got Something'

Hotter than a Peaky Blinders car boot sale, this powerful Birmingham UK based trio create an indie rock blues sound that, as the name implies, transitions between styles and grooves.

All contribute jointly to the song writing and vocals with each bringing their own musical twist to create explosive, catchy and memorable tunes.

Having recently played venues such as the Birmingham O2 Institute & O2 Academy they are starting to build a local following with their energetic live performances.


Petty Cassettes - 'Good Enough'

Petty Cassettes are an indie-rock band from Glasgow. Their songs vary from energetic tunes to mellow ballads. Neck deep in their origins, they are the soundtrack of choice for any party night. Influenced by different genres, the result is an explosive mix of upbeat-indie-rock songs and marching ballads, a song for everyone…a song to everyone!

The band finished 2021 strong with the release of 2 singles; Rydo & Julianne and Smells Like Teen Spirit, which put them firmly in the public eye receiving encouraging reviews and literally thousands of national and global airplay with the likes of Amazing Radio (UK and USA) and BBC Introducing supporting the releases. They ended the year performing at the legendary Barrowlands as support to Scottish 80s icons Hipsway.

Petty Cassettes hit the ground running in 2022 with their first sold out hometown show in March and have a number of shows already lined up for the remainder of the year (confirmed dates below).

“The constant feeling of not being “good enough” is what led us to write this song. Whether it’s as a band, in our workplaces or in relationships we’re always under the impression we should have done more and we could have been more than what we are. In the end it’s about accepting who we are. The driving riff of the song and the open chorus are statements to the fact; we should be more grateful for what we have and who we are, we should take time off from the impossible expectations that society builds around us, so be true to yourself and be loved for who you are” – Petty Cassettes

Jay Burnett / Reaction Management

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