KÎND is a five piece melodic progressive rock band made up of members from all over Ireland. Lead by songwriter Matthew Redmond, the band is made up of Ryan Mclelland on drums, Jane Patterson on lead vocals, Charlie McCarthy on bass and Eoin Butterfield on guitar and keys. Their latest release, ‘Piercing Light’ was recorded in Sun Studios with local producer, Thomas McGovern aka, founder of Devoy Records. McGovern works to showcase Dublin’s up and coming artists by creating an immersive audible and visual experience that brings the magic of a live show straight to your screen. As an Irish progressive rock band, KÎND strives to create the unique utilising a combination of heavy guitar parts, unusual chord changes and stacked harmonies while still maintaining strong melodies throughout. This live performance marks the band’s second release after their debut single of ‘Fix Of Dopamine’ which was released in March of 2020 and the band has a slew of upcoming releases for the remainder of 2021.
Sylvy was born in Italy and now based in Northern Ireland. Sylvy dreamt of playing in a band since she was young. She learnt guitar and started a punk rock band with her best friend back in secondary school and they wrote their first songs together and played covers.
Glen Hansard invited Sylvy to sing with him on stage twice on separate occasions back in Bologna, Italy. This unexpected experience inspired her to write more music and over time gave her the confidence to pursue a solo project.
Sylvy’s debut EP “The Starry-Eyed” is a heartfelt ode to love with its ups and downs. It was produced by Nikolas Pumilia for Himself Records. Sylvy’s friend Elisa Bardasi plays bass and sings backing vocals on some of the tracks. Sylvy hopes to perform live in the future.
Dulbin- based producer Ikizov and Canadian singer/songwriter/rapper Elina Filice have teamed up for a fresh, electronic cover of “Pumped Up Kicks” by Foster the People.
Though re-imagined with a driving beat, synths, and electronic elements, as well as a creative top-line melody arrangement by Elina, the cover still captures the darkness and intensity of the song, originally written about a school shooter.
The pair met through the music scene in Dublin, where Elina was based until the COVID pandemic encouraged her back to Canada.
Ikizov is a Bulgarian producer/ DJ now based in Dublin. He started producing with Rap Beats, and then transitioned to electronic music after founding Vigilante Music, sharing music, DJ sets, and putting on electronic gigs. He is now working on official releases.
Elina Filice is a Canadian singer/songwriter/rapper gaining attention for songs that defy genre and interactive live performances. She spent three years in Dublin where she founded Red Vine Records. Her 2020 releases were met with critical acclaim by dozens of outlets as well as official Spotify playlists.
Ginger Twice are an Irish country pop acoustic duo band that consists of two friends named Amie O’Hanlon and Sarah Daly. Ginger Twice is influenced by Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran, The Beatles and Picture This. Bothers Me is the band’s first single and was produced by Viscose. It is a country pop song written by Sarah Daly and Amie O’Hanlon. The artwork for Bothers Me was drawn by Eileen Rattigan. Bothers Me gained over 14k streams on Spotify in just three weeks which is incredible for a new band such as Ginger Twice. They were also selected as track of the week from the RTÉ2fm radio show with Ciara and Chris. The support that Ginger Twice got was incredible. Ginger Twice has a new single out that is completely different from their first single. It’s called Burning and it’s about being rejected by someone you really like. It’s a folk pop acoustic song and it’s very emotional and it’s very sincere. It was produced by Viscose who is an amazing producer and it was written by Sarah Daly. The artwork was drawn by Eileen Rattigan who is an amazing artist. Ginger Twice wants to bring back the acoustic music into the music industry as they feel that there is a lot of songs out there that has too much production in their songs. Ginger Twice believe that less is more when it comes to music.
Rock duo Hot Juice consisting of Shay Barker (guitar/vox), Harvey Dellar Crone (drums) have been branding their sound on Jerseys rear end with a summer of loud gigs and new tracks. Recent headliners of the Made In Jersey stage at Weekender festival as well as BBC Music Introducing’s track of the week with their latest single ‘Small Town Blues’, these boys are guaranteed to get you up and throwing yourself about to their in-your-face beats and heavy riffs.
Released Debut album ‘This Is What You Want’ with the BBC Intro CI dedication a show as a album launch party playing the whole album with the band talking through each song.
“Hot Juice are a band that bring huge energy when they perform live. On top of that, their powerful sound translates into the recording studio and their debut album “This Is What You Want” is an absolute smash. They make it very easy for me to support them through BBC Music Introducing and as if that wasn’t enough – they are really sound guys as well.” Tim Hunter, BBC Music Introducing in the Channel Islands.
With a spectrum of colourful influences from indie rock to soul, to reggae, jazz and even folk, The Flavours exploded onto the Cork live music scene on their inception in 2018. From a variety of musical backgrounds, the band combines to form a truly unique sound; which has since been enjoyed by audiences in some of Ireland’s biggest live music venues.
The Flavours band members are Ella Compton (Vocals), Julian Power (Bass & Keys), Jordan Devlin (Guitar), Jordan Roche(Drums).
The Flavours released their debut EP ‘Send It’ digitally on the 25th of June, 2019. It has received over 10,000 Spotify streams to date. ‘Perfect’; the first song from the EP, was featured on Nialler 9’s weekly section of new Irish music releases, while the band was also featured on Eirewave’s ‘Next Big Thing’. The release coincided with the band playing a run of headline shows in their home town of Cork City.
The band have released two EPs to date: ‘Send It’ in 2019 and ‘(The) Love Life’ in 2020.
Jack Devlin holds the attention of any crowd, with a magnetic stage presence and undeniable energetic talent. He is a young singer songwriter with dynamic original music played both acoustically and with a full band. Alongside regularly playing in bars across Ireland, Jack headlines original gigs and spots at festivals, and accrues loyal and lively fans, often also supporting high class Irish and international acts, such as David Keenan and Hermitage Green. His music is reminiscent of Paolo Nutini, Jeff Buckley, Kings of Leon and Ben Howard among others; but with a raw, full voice that dips and soars, Jack creates an individually distinctive sound. Influences from folk, rock and indie genres are intertwined with a low-fi twist on many original tracks, resulting in a varied and recognisably unique musical catalogue. Working with other local artists on their tracks, and founding the original music night ‘Evening Noise,’ Jack is quickly becoming a respected influence within the musical community. Recently cherry picking some of the most gripping and addictive tracks from his catalogue of over 40 originalsongs, Jack has been working with producers Michael Mormeca and Phil Dalton to release his first EP in 2020.
‘Summer’ This song’s meaning is how life carries you through the years, how things within life evolve, drafting moments and memories from past summers and admiring the future in those moments of euphoria. Growing individually reflecting on moments of joy and even anxiety of the future as continues to evolve for us as individuals this song also has a feeling of relief and an uplift In darker times, knowing there’s always a better day ahead.
Recording Process As I was writing this song, I was hanging out with my little brother and he was chatting in the background when I was recording the voice note. We listened back a few weeks later. I really liked the vibe it gave so I took some recordings of our conversation and put it into the song. I am an avid Bike lover, so I suggested the idea of having a bike chain noise to add to the groove of the song Micheal took the idea and made some magic with it, it’s just subtle but I find it really cool, the ending of the song we actually made in the studio and it was a off the whim first take was cool to have that little bit of magic happen in the studio.
Dublin-based band FIRES. are set to release their highly anticipated debut EPClose Eyes, Deep Breathe, Runon December 11, 2020. The EP is a six song collection, and the culmination of three years of writing, demoing and recording. The project contains previous singles “Forgotten Sons,” “All For This,” and “Dream” along with three brand new tracks.
Dealing with themes such as loss, grief, and self-esteem, Close Eyes, Deep Breath,Run is a deeply personal set of songs sure to bring the listener on an emotional journey, while also packing the punch and catchiness FIRES. have become known for. The project is a strong demonstration of the sound that the band have achieved, and is an exciting insight into what’s next.
The EP is energetic and guitar heavy, with well-crafted songs, high attention to detail and creative composition. While punky and driving, the songs are also reflective and spacey, complete with emotive strings, synths and engaging voice-overs. Dublin based band FIRES. are an eclectic mix of punk sensibilities and catchy hooks. FIRES. were formed in 2017 by Michael and Alecksyy. Previously in a band together, the pair have spent three years relentlessly writing songs to hone in on their sound. The band describe their biggest inspirations as Rise Against, Slaves (US), and Fightstar.
New four-piece OMONOKO are fast becoming one of Ireland’s most exciting new exports with a rare timeless quality to their music that eschews genre and categorisation.
Their new single ‘Weight In Gold’ incorporates an addictive bass line, simple but effective electronic sounds, hooky guitar lines and falsetto vocals that deliver a chilled, yet uplifting track. Lyrically the song focuses on an individual’s need to have a break from the outside world, to re-establish a connection with themselves, and to focus on what their next move in life will be.
It is an exotic and dreamy exploration inwards, that moves from washed out minimal moments to an infectious chorus refrain that gets further and further embedded under the skin as the track escalates. Living in different parts of Europe but coming back together in Newry, Ireland, the different members of OMONOKO have brought fresh experimentation and a rich melting pot of influences and experiences together with a pure and stunning result.
With streams racking up to over 3,000,000 on music licensing website Jamendo and their track ‘Empty Streets’ catching a sync wave on BBC Sport’s highlights of the six nations Rugby in 2019, plus acclaim from BBC 6 Music’s Tom Robinson and top Irish tastemaker blogs Nialler 9 and Chord Blossom, OMONOKO are carving out an intriguing and interesting career for themselves. It shouldn’t be long before the band are no longer Ireland’s best kept secret and are on their way to world domination in a similar lane to artists like Alt-J, Maribou State and Milky Chance.
“In the darkest moments of the year, when we need it most, we make magic.”
Nathan’s latest single is the magic we need this Winter. ‘The Boy Who Learned To Fly’ sounds like an overlapping Studio Ghibli and Pixar masterpiece, and it wraps us in a world just as beautiful…
The song describes a boy who sees his father crying for the first time. There are layers to it’s story but the message is distilled into its final lyrics: “You will grow into a man, and it’s okay to cry.”
Getting to the core of this song, we find the message of male vulnerability and mental health, but the message is by no means one sided. Typical of a Nathan Mac song it’s written to speak to everyone. Who hasn’t seen their heros fail or falter? It’s something we all remember. In fact, Nathan had this to say about his latest single:
“Everyone has a story about this. When I sing this song to people, it seems to compel them to tell me about the first time they saw their father, or mother, or older sibling cry. The sheer amount of stories I’ve been told in response tells me that I’ve struck some kind of ‘chord’ with this song.”
Once again, produced by Brian Dwyer, the blend of organic and synthetic instruments is undeniably genius. The backbone of this track is the delicate, trickling guitar and consoling vocals. When combined with pristine synths and an inspired typewriter percussion, the song takes on an epic and complex life of its own. At the very centre of this song you find Nathan Mac, writing about his own relationship to his father. This intimacy can be felt deeply in the lyrics, music, and imagery. The subject of male intimacy features in many of his songs, yet to be released. Could this be a recurring theme in the ‘Start of Something Blue’? We’ll just have to wait and see.
As one of Hotpress’ ‘Young & Emerging’, this 28 year old Dubliner has not stopped developing his craft as a songwriter and performer.
2020 has seen the launch of his ‘Start of Something Blue’ project with his first major single “Better Off Without You”. With 100,000+ streams across platforms, Nathan has seen interviews and radio play on RTE 1, Spin Southwest, Dublin City FM, and a variety of other stations nationwide. Nathan’s flair for the spectacular is now using the appeal of pop music to package careful messages and philosophies to a wider and wider audience. Songs about ‘Womb envy’, ‘Skin hunger’ and ‘Male intimacy’ are just the tip of his lyrical iceberg.