Songwriter Big Lenny B ready to release single ‘In a Minute’

Track taken from upcoming album ‘… & Friends’, both released Feb 2015

A bass playing singer songwriter from the South East UK, Big Lenny B is a 20 year veteran of the industry in both original bands and as a session musician. His session career has seen him sharing stages with many top acts such as Feeder, Razorlight, The Feeling, Noah and the Whale, as well as supporting the likes of Foxes and Scouting for Girls.

These experiences have given him a great inside look into the workings of the music industry, and he’s now gearing up for his first solo release in 2015, along with a live show in which he plans to ‘show the youngsters how it’s done’. It all starts with the excellent debut single ‘In A Minute’ which is due for release on February 16th.

Written about that first moment of mutual attraction you feel when spotting someone for the first time as they smile back, it’s a brilliantly uplifting single – rhythmically dynamic and high in energy, it sums up Big Lenny B’s love for song writing perfectly:

The single is taken from the album ‘…& Friends’ out February 23rd -was produced by Martin Smith and Mastered by Jon Astley, and there are obvious influences from the classic likes of Roger Waters, The Who, Elbow, Genesis, Pink Floyd, plus a few contemporary touches for good measure. His unusual production approach saw him bring in layers and lines from many remote contributors, splicing them all together to create the full tracks as they appear on the album.

The method gave rise to the album title, and this layering of different musicians, sometimes with multiple players on each instrument, makes for a unique sound.

Lyrically, the album is an observational one, taking cues from the everyday life and experiences of Big Lenny B. It makes for a collection of uniquely personal insights and thoughts from a musician who has enjoyed a varied life both on stage and off.

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Chris D’Lima single ‘Decisions’ due for release

Multi-talented artist unveils new track before it goes on sale Feb 9th 2015

A multi-talented London based musician offering more than meets the eye, Chris D’Lima is an artist whose catchy guitar riffs match with layered vocals to give him a sound all of his own.

His new song, ‘Decisions’, is written about having to make a decision which you would rather run from, but being forced to choose anyway. In your mind there might be a simple solution, but when the time comes to make the decision it’s not as straightforward as you thought. It’s a situation anyone can relate to, captured brilliantly in delicate, heartfelt lyrics which are complimented by a solid funk groove – quite an achievement for his very first single release.

Produced by Resonant Music, a company who have been linked with Emeli Sande’s management team, it’s a single that the multi-skilled songwriter hopes will open new doors in the music industry. And those doors might just already be wedged open already.

Having completed a Mathematics and Statistics Degree at The University of Leeds, as well as growing up learning the cello, Chris D’Lima’s music is written with the details in mind. With an ear for classical compositions, and an eye for formulas that work to create more than the sum of their parts, his background gives D’Lima a slightly unusual perspective on song writing as a process.

His writing is also heavily influenced by his time as a teenager, playing in funk rock bands since the age of fourteen, which may go some way to explaining why his sound already sounds mature on this debut single.

He doesn’t write to fashion, to fit in with what’s popular right now – he writes music he wants to hear. And it’s clearly something that others like too.

He’s performed 150 gigs in past two-and-a-half years, with venues including the London Astoria, Clapham Grand and Islington O2 Academy. In addition, his YouTube channel of cover songs has over 500,000 views to date. It’s success that has brought the attention of scouts from X-Factor and Britain’s Got Talent, but he has turned them down more than 10 times in the past 3 years, preferring to make his own way.

Instead he mixes work as a maths tutor (the maths degree put to good use) with work as a freelance model. As we said before – a multi-talented London based musician offering more than meets the eye.

It’s said hard work and dedication is what it takes to make it as an artist in the music industry. If that’s the case, Chris D’Lima is already on his way.

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The Afro Nick ‘It’s You’ and ‘Don’t Waste My Time’

The Afro Nick has that swag that only people who have really ‘lived’ ooze. Roll that up with his cool vocals, lyrics, and smooth guitar, this Greek native brings with him a soulful and heart-pounding sound. His earliest influences were his childhood memories of the gypsies playing their guitars for coins on the Venetian cobblestone streets of Crete. Now settled in NYC and highly involved in the music scene, his distinctive beginnings are just a part of his story that is unfolding.

The self-titled album “The Afro Nick” includes 11 raw, feel good tunes. My favorite so far is “Dream Big”. I am a sucker for music that not only sweetens my ears, but also heighten my inner goo.

Take a look at The Afro Nick’s video “It’s You” and experience this band’s aura for yourself!

Bands in Town: Want to find out if The Afro Nick will be in your town any time soon? Check it out here!

Review written by MuzicNotez writer Julet Lagto @JALMuzicNotez

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‘The Worst Has Just Begun’ EP out now from Lonna Marie

Comprising three excellent tracks of acoustic country pop, the new EP from US based songwriter Lonna Marie is a genuine gift. Each song is built from simple building blocks to create fully fledged tracks that simply glide from the speakers.

Helped by spare instrumentation that belies the depth of her ideas, Lonna Marie’s showpiece asset is superb vocal. Delicate and powerful at the same time, it’s the kind of voice that you can’t imagine ever faltering in terms of tone or melody. Any times when it does break or fold, it’s because the song needs it to convey the meaning and feel.

It’s a real skill to have this level of control over a vocal, and to have a voice like this in itself is a great boon. But the fact that it comes attached to these well written and superbly produced slivers of country-poprock is simply a bonus.

It’s sometimes difficult these days for the talented artists to hear above the sheer number of people out there releasing music. If there’s any justice, Lonna Marie will stand out from the crowd.

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Brand new ShadowIcon EP is more than ‘Smoke & Mirrors’

Innovative double CD release features a 2nd CD of instrumental versions out March 16th

Born and raised in Slovenia, ShadowIcon are a six piece melodic metal band with a heavy impact and a compelling lead female vocalist. Taking elements from metal and thrash, but marrying them to a tuneful vocal and a great appreciation for a stylish groove, the band serve up a potent blend of heaviness on new EP ‘Smoke and Mirrors’.

Their previous album ‘Empire in Ruins’ picked up excellent reviews around Europe and the US, now they’re back with a brand new EP totalling six epic songs, plus instrumental/karaoke versions so fans can sing along at home.

For a taste of what ShadowIcon are all about, check out their moody video for EP track ‘If I Was the One’ which is out on March 9th.

Mixed and mastered by Charlie Bauerfeind and Thomas Geiger (Helloween, Blind Guardian). Designed to build on the new, melodic metal sound of the debut album, the songs are a fusion of different tastes and styles from the band’s three songwriters, all blending into great cocktail of pounding drums, searing guitars and piercing vocals.

With over 50,000 fans already on Facebook, this is a band who have already come a long way. And, judging by this EP, there’s nothing that can stop them any time soon.

The ‘Smoke and Mirrors’ EP is out March 16th.

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