First Wave of AIM Awards 2022 nominees announced

First Wave of AIM Awards 2022 nominees announced

The AIM announces the first wave of nominees for its much anticipated AIM Awards 2022 or AIM INDEPENDENT MUSIC AWARDS 2022

The annual independent music awards returns on Wednesday 28th September. The AIM Awards showcase and celebrate the incredible array of music talent in the industry. This year’s ceremony will be returning to the iconic Roundhouse in Camden. A live show open to public shortly follows. For each award, below is the list of nominees.

The UK Independent Breakthrough award in association with YouTube Music will recompense successful 2021 musicians. Nominees, as suspected, are Children of Zeus (Rough Trade Records), Warmduscher (Bella Union), Knucks (No Days Off), Nova Twins (Marshall Records) and Wet Leg (Domino Recording Company).

The International Breakthrough in association with Deezer will be between Australian Rockers Amyl & the Sniffers (Rough Trade Records), American rapper Blxst (Red Bull Records), Jazz and Afrobeat ensemble Kokoroko (Brownswood Recordings), Tuareg musician and songwriter Mdou Moctar (Matador Records) and American-Japanese singer Mitski (Dead Oceans).

You Could Be (Anz ft. George Riley on Ninja Tune), ‘Starlight‘ (Dave on Neighbourhood Recordings), ‘Tears In The Club‘ (FKA twigs ft. the weeknd, on Young Recordings), Protein (Jeshi feat. Obongjayar, on Because Music), Nice & Good (Knucks, SL), Antagonist (Nova Twins), So U Kno (Overmono on XL Recordings), Chaise Longue (Wet Leg), Broken Homes (Wu-Lu on Warp Records) and Jackie (Yves Tumor on Warp Records) are all shortlisted for the Best Independent Track in association with Meta.

The Best Independent EP/Mixtape is the brand new category on the block. So far, the shortlist includes: FKA Twigs – ‘CAPRISONGS’ (Young Recordings), Joy Orbison – ‘still slipping vol.1’ (XL Recordings), Surya Sen – ‘At What Cost?’ (Skint Records), TAAHLIAH – ‘Angelica’ (untitled (recs)) and Wesley Joseph – ‘ULTRAMARINE’ (EEVILTWINN).

Best Independent Album in association with Spotify will see one of the following release win the award: Gbagada Express (Boj on Moves Recordings), Balance (Children Of Zeus), Mother (Cleo Sol on Forever Living Originals), We’re All Alone In This Together (Dave), Knopperz (Dave Okumu on Neighbourhood Recordings), Yellow (Emma-Jean Thackray on Movementt), When Smoke Rises (Mustafa on Young), Painless (Nilüfer Yanya on ATO Records), NINE (SAULT on Forever Living Originals) and Unlearning (Walt Disco on Lucky Number).

Sophomore releases ‘Ants From Up There’ (Black Country, New Road on Ninja Tune), ‘Painful Enlightenment’ (Jana Rush on Planet Mu Records), ‘Painless’ (Nilüfer Yanya), ‘Tread’ (Ross From Friends on Brainfeeder) and ‘Colourgrade‘ (Tirzah on Domino Recording Company) all battle for the Best [Difficult] Second Album award in association with BBC 6 Music.

The Best Independent Remix are: no caroline remix (ATO, FLOHIO on MCMXCV), Polite (Mura Masa Remix – Erike de Casier on 4AD), Lavender & Red Roses (Champion Remix – Ibeyi ft. Jorja Smith, on XL Recordings), Gazzillion Ear (Thom Yorke Man on Fire Remix – MF DOOM on Lex Records), and BDE (Kaydy Cain Remix – Shygirl on Because Music).

One To Watch in association with BBC Introducing highlights rising stars Barry Can’t Swim (Technicolour / Ninja Tune), Jeshi (Because Music), Léa Sen (Partisan Records), Nia Archives (HIJINXX) and TAAHLIAH.

The Suicide Notes release new EP Trampstamp   

The Suicide Notes release new EP Trampstamp   

UK rock band The Suicide Notes release the exciting new EP Trampstamp. Recorded with Stu Jones at the helm at Woodworm Studios, and mastered by Wildhearts and Professionals producer Dave Draper. The EP is the long awaited follow up to their ‘Pleasures of Despair’ EPs.

“The Suicide Notes ooze gutter-trash rock n’ roll. Low-slung buzzsaw guitars and raw nicotine-soaked vocals, rock ‘n’ roll swagger, and whiskey on the rocks; the illegitimate sons of punk and sleaze, conceived on a bed of red wine, cigarettes, and back alley attitude.”

Born under the bad sign of guttercat rock n’ roll in 2019, the band swiftly secured management and a sponsorship deal with Cloven Hoof Rum before launching two acoustic singles – which have had continuous radio play since their release in July 2019. These were soon followed up with a third well received single ‘Momma Sang The Blues’ and the release of their debut acoustic and electric ‘Pleasures Of Despair’ EPs. These gained rave reviews across the board and the band were No.1 on Only Rock Radio in Spain, and No. 16 across all stations on the Radio Indie Alliance Top 40.
The gig calendar for 2020 was all-but wiped out by the Covid 19 pandemic, but not before the band had garnered stellar reviews for their debut gig at London’s Hope & Anchor, and for performances at the Dublin Castle, Camden’s Unicorn, and Dementia Aware Fest in Wolverhampton. Securing a new management deal with Forge A.M.P and adding the extra sonic assault of second guitarist Danny Gould, the Suicide Notes were widely acknowledged as one of the Day 1 highlights of the rescheduled HRH Sleaze 2021, along with a number of festival appearances, support slots with Last Great Dreamers, Healthy Junkies ans a bunch of headline shows.

2022 sees a return to Hard Rock Hell with a headline appearance at HRH AOR, a support slot with ‘Greatest Rock n’ Roll Band In The World’ Supersuckers, and festival appearances at RoadRage, CC7 XIII Shades of Black, Mayors Fest, and a third Punk n’ Roll Rendezvous, plus a return to multiple Dementia Fest 2021 events.

You can hear their songs on Bandcamp (above) or Spotify (below) and find out more about the band and their sound or follow them on:
Facebook  – www.facebook.com/thesuicidenotesuk
Instagram – @thesuicidenotesband
Twitter – @SuicideNotesUK

Scarlett Siren & The Howlin’ Tramps

Scarlett Siren & The Howlin’ Tramps

Scarlett’s undeniably captivating vocals are often compared to those of Amy Winehouse, while the band provides a solid backdrop of playful melodies, evocative beats and rugged bass lines. Influenced by Psychedelic Rock, Blues and Jazz their music is fuelled by emotional inquiry combined with an unquenchable thirst for a creative output. Their live shows ‘Pink Elephant Cabaret’ involve performances of both circus and burlesque which evoke an atmospheric experience for their audience. Scarlett is also a plus size model who aims to promote empowerment and body positivity. Working alongside Polo Jones they have produced their first EP Cruel Mistress, which went on to receive rave reviews from Jamsphere, Broken 8 Records, and Stereo Stickman. 1 In Mussic meets Scarlett Siren.

1 In Music: What is unique about you and your music?

Scarlett Siren: We’ve created a new genre called “psychedelic swing”. We also get referred to as “spooky lounge”. We’re influenced by a lot of traditional swing and jazz, but we also have influences of Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd & The Doors.

1 In Music: What or who shaped your music and who supports you?

Scarlett Siren & The Howlin' TrampsScarlett: My band mates are my biggest support system. They are my best friends. They push me artistically. They are there for me when I’m going through a rough time.

1 In Music: When did you realise you were going to make music professionally?

Scarlett: When I was 3 years old, in the back of my dad’s Honda singing along with him to Rock & Roll music. That was when I realized I wanted to be involved in music forever.

1 In Music: What type of music do you listen to?

Scarlett: I listen to a lot of jazz records, a lot of classic rock, folk punk.

1 In Music: Who, to you, is the most undervalued music artist?

Scarlett: Amy Winehouse. hands down. I wish she lived long enough to put out new records.

1 In Music: How do you prepare for your performances?

Scarlett: Definitely some breathing exercises. That way I dont have an anxiety attack. Meditation is everything.

1 In Music: What do you do when you don’t do music (creative or otherwise) and that you are passionate about?

Scarlett: I’m a burlesque performer, and a painter.

1 In Music: Success to you is…?: happiness. that’s it.

1 In Music: What do you wish you were told when you started out and that you think would help anyone who starts out?

Scarlett: a ton of people are gonna tell you your dreams are stupid. Those are not your people.

1 In Music: Any upcoming projects?: I have an EP coming out “The Devil in the Details” January 15th, 2022. You can pre-save our upcoming EP here:  https://distrokid.com/hyperfollow/scarlettsirenandthehowlintramps/the-devil-in-the-details. My 4-song EP is a concept EP inspired by the true story of Ruth Ellis, the last woman in the UK to get the death sentence in 1955 for murdering her abusive lover.

1 In Music: Where do we find you music?

Scarlett: You can find our music on Spotify.

https://open.spotify.com/artist/5q6akN1sUPJoGY7ASdmIpb?si=qYe8HEarRyGs5MhL-PV2MA

An interview with multi-faceted artist Ellen Alexander for the release of her new single Shadows

An interview with multi-faceted artist Ellen Alexander for the release of her new single Shadows

An Interview with Ellen Alexander as she releases music video for EDM single ShadowFrom the catwalk and magazine covers to the stage, Ellen Alexander glides effortlessly. The multi-faceted artist builds a reputation at the four corners of media and entertainment. A Fashion Model, an Actress, a Singer and an Entrepreneur, the artist is establishing herself around the world from her native Moscow (Russian Federation) to her US residence via the UK. Having already conquered the fashion, and the cinema and television industries in front of and behind the camera, she is now setting her sight and voice to the music industry. 1 In Music meets this multi-talented artist for the release of the music video of her stunning new single Shadows.

1 In Music: Thank you for taking this interview. We’ve just listened to Shadows (again) and we are excited for you. How would you introduce your music to our audience?

Ellen Alexander [EA]: My music is a mix of different styles. I get my inspiration from different Pop artists, such as Camila Cabello, Ariana Grande or, for example, Kygo. My goal is to always try to create decent music, that my audience will like. I experiment in different genres but usually create popular Pop music.

1 In Music: Who are you biggest supporters?

EA: My biggest supporters are my friends, people that are around me. I can also say that my coworkers, people who I work with at the studio support me and played a part in shaping my music.

In Music: When did your desire to make music professionally awake?

EA: I am still in the process of making music professionally. But I think the desire to create music comes from my childhood. I used to dance, sing in a church choir and was a very creative child. Right now, I am very busy with different activities in my life. I am writing books, planing to shoot movies, working on my social media, so I’m still working on it.

In Music: What a busy creative bee you are! So when you have time, what music do you listen to?

EA: These days, I have been listening to a wide range of Pop music. I like modern times Pop music. I particularly like current Pop artists like Harry Styles, Katy Perry, Camila Cabello or Alan Walker. These are the ones I often listen to.

1 In Music: Who, to you, is the most undervalued music artist?

EA: There is a band I recently found. They’re called “Moran Magal”. I really was pleasantly impressed by their music! They aren’t a famous band but I really enjoyed listening to them! And of course, I was wondering if I could collaborate with them some day.

Ellen Alexander

1 In Music: How do you prepare for your performances?

EA: I don’t perform much so I don’t really have a preparation routine, for now. But in my childhood when i was singing in the choir, my preparation routine would consist of rehearsing the performance beforehand. I always liked to prepare well and would rehearse several times a week, before performing.

1 In Music: We already know of at least some of your other passions but tell us more about them.

I’m passionate about movies, photography, art, modeling, social media. I have many different projects that I am working on now. Writing books, working on my social media presence (like Tiktok, Onlyfans and Instagram), modeling for different magazines… are just some of them.

1 In Music: Success to you is…

Success to me is about being truly happy, having good people around me, being able to live on my craft and to live on my talent and my business.

1 In Music: What do you wish you were told when you started out and that you think would help anyone who starts out?

An Interview with Ellen Alexander as she releases music video for EDM single ShadowEA:

Don’t worry and just focus on what you really want to do.
Don’t bite your nails about things that are not relevant
like boyfriends and relationships, feelings, it comes and goes.
Focus on your career.

1 In Music: Any upcoming projects?

EA: Yes! Soon I am going to release more Rap music, I am also preparing new music videos. And as my fans know, I am developing music constantly.

1 In Music: Thank you for this interview. Finally, where can your audience hear, stream, download and buy Shadows and find more about you and your music?

EA:

An Interview with Ellen Alexander as she releases music video for EDM single ShadowAttachment 1626874675Website: http://ellenalexander-la.com

 

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/3eWx10Ckdh18EVXnJ5Dzj8?si=neSG4BMRR8axShnPkEDAXw&dl_branch=1

Youtube: https://youtube.com/channel/UCAXsO-jyHniRkwfCIo01q3g

 

Instagram: https://instagram.com/ellen.alexander?utm_medium=copy_link

TikTok: https://vm.tiktok.com/ZMdV21MNf/

An Interview with rising Bassist David Hadley Ray

An Interview with rising Bassist David Hadley Ray

Renaissance man David Hadley Ray is a Bassist known for playing and touring with many legendary musicians including Chuck Berry, Jeff Beck, Bo Didley, “Cream” Poet/Lyricist Pete Brown, and Mick Taylor of the Rolling Stones, among others. He’s traveled across the globe and has this advice for new musicians..

“Play from the heart. The technique comes with study, but if you allow it to happen, music can provide peace of mind, soul and spirit. Trust me, I know.”

1 In Music: Thank you for this little emeetup. Let’s start with what is unique about your music?

David Hadley Ray (DHR): The first thing that comes to mind is that my music represents what I see and hear on a regular basis. It’s representative of my feelings about the current state of affairs in the United States and how it affects me. I think that the best thing that I can do is be honest. That is, honest about me. Every person is unique, so my love of heavy music, jazz, funk and social commentary all coalesce into a mix of what I interpret things to be. I think that we need truthfulness more than ever in today’s social climate. The mirror is clean, even if the image is dirty…


The mirror is clean, even if the image is dirty…

1 In Music: What/who shaped your music and who supports you?

[DHR]: I was fortunate that I had three different generations in my household growing up. My brother was playing Switch, Teddy Pendergrass, The Isley Brothers, and Brothers Johnson. My mother was playing Freda Payne, The Shirelles, Inez and Charlie Foxx, while I was learning to play bass playing Kiss, Iron Maiden, and Parliament Funkadelic. I then got into Stanley Clarke, Anthony Jackson, and Ron Carter. My tastes were eclectic. I ran into John Pennell around 1987 and studied with him before he graciously sent me to Donald R. Garrett. Donald played with Coltrane and Sun Ra I later learned. Eventually, I studied with Gerald Veasley, and now I study with Rufus Reid… At least, before the pandemic… As far as support, It’s mostly friends and a few fellow musicians like Mr. Reid and Gerald Veasley.

1 In Music: When did you realise you were going to make music professionally?

[DHR]: When I was playing in the Canary Islands I ran into Mike McCartney, Paul’s brother… He said “you’re a s*** hot bass player. You should come to Liverpool.” After visiting the UK, I met the Cream lyricist Pete Brown. He put me on sessions with Jeff Beck, Peter Green, Mick Taylor, John Mayall, and Jack Bruce… Jack always spoke to me kindly, and I acknowledged his approval of what I was playing. I think being on record with those folks told me that this could be a reality.

1 In Music: What type of music do you listen to?

[DHR]: Good Lord, that’s all over the place! I’m listening to stuff that’s in the American and UK top ten. I’m interested in the production styles and where things are currently. I’ll always put on some Prince, Slave or Cameo. I’m really trying to get more familiar with the latest version of Logic, Reaper, and arranging. I literally have 300 or so songs that need to be updated. That’s what I’ve been retroactively listening to predominately. Pete always encouraged my writing, and John Pennell said some really encouraging things recently, so I listen to things with guided intent.

1 In Music: Who, to you, is the most undervalued music artist?

[DHR]: Charles Mingus.

1 In Music: Wow! You must feel strongly about that, thanks for sharing! So, how do you prepare for your performances?

[DHR]: Well, I go into these things with a plan. I know what the tunes will be and how I want to present them. I pick the personnel, and I rehearse the material until I’m satisfied. I do like to have people with me that have the ability to think quickly on their feet. If I hear something interesting in the harmony or a rhythmic idea that’s captivating, I may initiate exploration. Obviously, it depends on the gig or if there are set pieces. But, if the spirit is willing, and the chops aren’t weak, then I’m all for it. I mean, John Lee Hooker said it all on Boogie Chillen…

I heard papa tell mama,
let that boy boogie-woogie It’s in him and it got to come out…

1 In Music: What do you do when you don’t do music (creative or otherwise) and that you are passionate about?

[DHR]: I actually am passionate about computers and model figures, Hot Toys, Sideshow collectibles, and Jazz Inc. Dioramas. Hmm… I think I love to write. I’ve written some articles that were published, but I think I would like to combine the two somehow.

1 In Music: Success to you is…?

[DHR]: Not having to work for someone else… Not having a boss per se, and being able to pay your bills and living expenses from music. That is freedom, the freedom to explore what your purpose is. To nurture yourself, and gain awareness of your spirituality.

1 In Music: What do you wish you were told when you started out and that you think would help anyone who starts out?

[DHR]: Learn to play the piano in addition to whatever instrument you play. Learn harmony, learn some tunes, respect your position in the band as a bassist. You don’t have to solo to control the harmonic direction of the ensemble. Control that ego. Be kind and humble…

1 In Music: Wow, we learnt a lot on this trip into your music world. Anything we can look forward to?

[DHR]: I’m working on my original music, and will hopefully have a unit to perform it before the year is over. With the pandemic, I’m like everyone else… Waiting to see … A.F.F.I. – Awaiting Further Funky Initiatives

1 In Music: 🙂  Thank you for taking the time to answer all our questions. Where can we find any of your music project?

[DHR]: Check out davidhadleyray.com … I’ll be using the usual media outlets when things are signed, sealed and delivered.

davidhadleyray.com