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Press Release: ‘DECCA Releases New Single, Saint Paddy’s Jig!’

30/10/2018
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The popular instrumental group, DECA’s, striking arrangements conquered the hearts of fans, across the country, from the very start. Their fresh, modern and charming interpretation of crowd favourites is the key ingredient behind their instant success and resonates with audiences of all ages.

Since their debut album, Black Sails, DECA has been experimenting with a wide variety of sounds and styles – from pop to folk. But it’s the Irish flavour that lies closest to their hearts. The latest single from their second album, II, further explores this genre. St. Paddy’s Jig is a fresh combination of violin, guitar, and a new addition to the DECA sound – the mandolin. “Wherever we perform, we can immediately detect a change in the crowd’s energy when we play an Irish song”,  says Douw and Herman. They believe that Irish music possesses a certain quality that inadvertently lifts the spirit and makes people want to dance. St. Paddy’s Jig, an original DECA composition, is no exception.

Herman Steyn (on the violin) and Douw Steyn (on the guitar) are veterans in the music industry, with more than 26 years of combined experience between them.  Douw is also co-owner of the record label, Son Records, which he started with William de Bruin. What started out as a project to keep their creativity flowing, ended up becoming something much more and DECA was born. The group has since shared the stage with renowned artists and performed at various functions, launches and parties, including Aardklop.

Starburst Promotions

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Press Release: ‘Track Created In a Bathtub Broke SAFFA Artist In London!

30/10/2018
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It has been South African artist, ANNA WOLF’s dream to work with producer Pete Boxta Martin and songwriter Dantae Johnson ever since she landed in London!

Boxta Martin is a multi-award winning and Oscar-shortlisted London-based producer that has written, produced and remixed for a variety of top-selling artist such as James Arthur, Arrow Benjamin, Jesse J, Mali Music, Missy Elliot, Rizzle Kicks, Sugababes, to name a few. Dantae Johnson is Boxta Martin’s mega talented business partner and is signed to Sony ATV in the United Kingdom.

Wolf knew someone, who knew someone, who knew someone, who knew Boxta Martin and Johnson. The only way to get their attention, was to write a hit song with a fresh sound.

Wolf, previously known as Tailor, went through her thousand-plus demos and relived the nostalgia of all her growing pains as an artist until one night she wrote a song that she believed would speak through “a Boxta Martin and Johnson’s produced lens” to millions.

She took her guitar and went to the bathtub, recorded herself on her cell phone and performed the song by stumping her feet against the tub to create a sound that is still used in the final mix.

 She sent the song to Boxta Martin and Johnson who summoned her to the iconic Matrix Recording Studios (Adele, Lana Del Rey) where they recorded her new single, BELIEVER!

Boxta Martin and Johsnon offered ANNA WOLF an artist development deal under their company The Three Bears Entertainment and is busy recording a full E.P. with her in studio.

The now London-based ANNA WOLF wants to share her journey  of discovery with her TAILOR BECOMING ANNA WOLF South African Tour.

She will land in South Africa in November and plan to do an intimate string of performances where her hypnotic stage presence will captivate the imaginations of those who dare to follow their dreams.

Starburst Promotions

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Press Release: ‘Radio Presenter, Martin Bester, Unveils a Big Surprise!’

20/08/2018
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Just when you thought that Martin Bester couldn’t impress you more, this acclaimed radio presenter and entertainer manages to come up with something fresh and new to surprise his fans with.

His brand new single, VIR DIE LIEFDE, is not only the perfect example of his talent and creativity but also promises to become a favourite on playlists and radio charts across the country.

This upbeat pop song, written by Martin, Dolf Willemse and Ewald Janse Van Rensburg, has a powerful and inspiring message that will resonate with audiences of all ages. “The song is very personal. Over the past few years, I have come to realise that there comes a time when you have to draw a line in the sand. Everyone is not going to like you and that is okay, because you shouldn’t be what others want you to be. Love will always prevail, especially if you are honest,” he shares about the message behind the song. “A lot of people will be able to relate to the song, because there is a lot of pressure on us to please others. But you should not allow that. Live life to the fullest and don’t be afraid to feel, even if it hurts. There is a place for everyone on this earth and you must just find yours.”

VIR DIE LIEFDE follows the release of his previous catchy single, Ek Het Geweet, a pop song with a punk rock vibe, which was very well received by the public and still regularly features on the radio. The music video, which was filmed in Pretoria, has also already been viewed by thousands of people on YouTube. Aside from his previous release, he is also known for hits like Wat weet ek tog, Ou Spoor and Sterre. “I want listeners to connect with my songs and apply them to their own lives. I love it when my music ‘speaks’ to people on the dance floor, while on road trip in the car or when home alone,” he says.

 Martin is one of the most popular radio presenters in the country. The artist has presented numerous television shows, including Wie’s my Liefie on VIA. As an actor, he has made appearances in movies such as Pretville, Vrou soek Boer and Sonskyn Beperk. Martin is also the lead singer of the SAMA nominated band Kinky Robot, whose first single, Hobie Beach, was recently included in an English text book for grade elevens. His first solo album, Vir Die Eerste Keer, was also an instant success and delivered many chart topping hits.

His job takes him to popular stages, festivals and functions locally and abroad, and he is currently busy travelling with his Vir Die Liefde Tour. “Entrance is free, but we do request audiences to bring along a blanket or something for the less fortunate. More information about this initiative is available on my social media platforms,” he explains.    

Martin Bester’s main goal is to touch people’s hearts with his music. VIR DIE LIEFDE will not only exceed this goal, but will also strengthen his place in the South African music industry. This single will not only inspire audiences to be themselves, but will also remain in their hearts and ears long after hearing it for the first time.

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Press Release: Felon Releases New Single, “Till The Morning By Felon feat Haley May”!

06/08/2018
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Setting the tone for a wonderful night out, Felon’s ‘Till The Morning‘ has got to be one of the year’s most well-balanced and radio friendly songs to hit the club scene. Radiating that classic House vibe with an infectious bassline and Hayley May’s uplifting vocals, ‘Till The Morning’ will keep you groovin’ all night long.

About Felon 

They say two heads are better than one, but check out what you can achieve with three. London residents Archie Ward, George Renwick and James Levey have pulled together the perfect formula for electronic musical bliss.

Known as ‘Felon’, their star has elevated significantly in the last few years through the colossal consumption of their credible house grooves, leading to bookings in Croatia, Belgium, Switzerland and Australia to flood in, as well as a summer residency at the prestigious Sankeys Ibiza and supporting Chase & Status at Amnesia.

Ever since their debut release, ‘Isla’ was released in 2015, receiving huge support across the board amounting to over 5 million worldwide plays in 2015 with support from Danny Howard, Duke Dumont & Mistajam to name a few, the trio have been well and truly on the map. Felon then followed up with releases on highly acclaimed labels, Ultra, Chase & Status’ MTA Records, Tough Love’s Get Twisted Records, Armada, Love & Other and A-Trak’s esteemed Fool’s Gold Records.

Big releases have kept on coming from the lads and they’ve received continued support on BBC Radio 1. Showing their darker side, “Burglar Bill” was premiered by Pete Tong on his Friday night show, gaining cult like status and received further support from Monki & DJ S.K.T amongst many others. Whilst massive vocal jams “Bittersweet” and “The Feeling” were both regular features on Greg James’ Dance Anthems show.

2018 has been the start of an exciting new chapter for Felon, exclusively signing to Armin Van Buuren’s revered Armada. They’ve lined up an artillery of tunes scheduled for release this year so watch this space!

Catch them at El Dorado, Budafest and Standon Calling Festivals this summer!

Felon Social Media:

Soundcloud

Facebook

Twitter

SoWhat Records

 

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Press Release: Wonderboom Surprises With New Single And SA Tour!

06/08/2018
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WONDERboom needs no introduction!  After 22 years, nine albums, multiple awards and a lifetime of experiences behind them, they are still going strong as one of South Africa’s most legendary rock bands. Best-known for their fundamental rock sound, the band has surprised listeners over the years by experimenting with different genres, ranging from funk through to punk and even afro-dance, but it is their live performances that continue to captivate audiences. Now, fans can look forward to a surprise hat-trick from the band – a brand new single, music video and South African tour!

The recent release of their ninth album, Rising Sun, after a lengthy hiatus – it’s been seven years since the release of their last album – signalled the start of something very special, and WONDERboom is now set to unleash their brand new single, Praying Mantis. Penned by band members Cito and Martin Schofield, the song is about the fatality of falling for a femme fatale.

“We wanted to capture the tragedy of falling for a femme fatale, while also depicting her sadness. It’s about the realisation that your demise is inevitable and, although she must do it, she feels devastated about taking you out,” explains Cito.

The single, which forms part of a beautiful story weaved together throughout Rising Sun, is fresh territory for them.

“It is different from anything else on the album and anything WONDERboom has ever done,” says drummer Johnathan Bell. Bassist Wade Williams agrees: “As a musician, I think the greatest satisfaction comes from being part of something that listeners can relate to while pushing the boundaries into a place that is fresh and unusual.”

The music video for the track will be released on 30 July 2018.

“The concept for this crazy fantasy tale about being heartbroken was initiated by Roger Williams, our resident artistic genius,” explains Schofield. “We wanted to do something dark but light-hearted, to show that you should never take yourself too seriously, even in dark times.”

WONDERboom was formed in 1996 and consists of Cito (main vocals/guitar), Martin Schofield (guitar/vocals) and Wade Williams (bass), founding members who have been writing songs and performing together for over 22 years, and Jonathan Bell (drums), who joined them after the death of their friend and drummer, Garth McLeod, in 2013. The band took their name from a road sign pointing to a small town outside Kroonstad. “We liked the idea that it means different things to different people and can be pronounced in different ways,” explains Cito.

As one of South Africa’s longest-standing rock bands, WONDERboom boasts an impressive resumé – they have headlined many major South African festivals and have been nominated for five Best Rock Album SAMA’s. They also won the South African leg of the 2004 Global Battle of the Bands and came second worldwide at the finals in the London Astoria. Asked about a career highlight, the band’s answer is unanimous – in December 2017, they travelled to Chengdu, China to represent South Africa at the Silk Road Indie Music Festival in a music performance competition and won gold! Other highlights include sharing the stage with Muse, Korn, Chris Cornell, Kaizer Chiefs, 30 Seconds To Mars, Good Charlotte and some amazing local bands at Cokefest in 2008.

To commemorate their remarkable journey to date, WONDERboom will be touring South Africa from August. Explaining the reason behind their The Best Side Story Tour, the band says: “Our usual performances are balls-to-the-wall rock production shows, where we make sure the crowd is exhilarated and stomping. This, however, is an unplugged, storytelling type of show that will let our fans in on our most intimate experiences. Sometimes the stories behind certain songs are not what people expect and to have the opportunity to share these stories is rare. With The Best Side Story Tour we hope that audiences will get to know us better; individually and as a band.” In addition, they add: “Touring is a fantastic way to go around the country and play to audiences and in venues that don’t usually get to see us perform.”

WONDERBOOM will perform their two act, unplugged show around South Africa on the following dates:

  • 31 Aug – Rustique Boutique, Middelburg
  • 06 Sept – Barnyard Silverstar, Krugersdorp
  • 15 Sept – Casalinga, Muldersdrift
  • 21 Sept – Barnyard Plett
  • 22 Sept – Vinyl, Cape Town
  • 23 Sept – Café Roux Noordhoek, Kaapstad
  • 27 Sept – Barnyard Emperors, East Rand
  • 28 Sept – Barnyard Rivonia, Johannesburg
  • 13 Okt – Barnyard Casterbridge, Witrivier
  • 25 Okt – Musiekskuur (Rockwood Theatre), Pretoria
  • 26 Okt – Caversham Mill, KwaZulu-Natal
  • 03 Nov – Die Ou Pastorie, Brits
  • 10 Nov – Radium Beer Hall

 

THE MEN BEHIND THE MUSIC

For founding member, lead vocalist, songwriter and guitarist Cito (Martin Otto), music is his life. He has been involved in the music industry since he was seventeen and wouldn’t change it for the world. “When I’m not on stage or in studio, music continues to pulse through my heart. I love the role that music plays in this bizarre existence. Music has the power to make or break you,” he says. As for finding inspiration, he never runs short: “Sometimes it’s a groove that I hear in my head, other times it’ll be a line that someone has said, that just sticks and demands to be elaborated. It’s also wonderful to collaborate and when Martin sits in with me, we come up with the craziest ideas. Playing on new or other instruments also inspires me.” Cito is currently working on a number of side projects – one of which is his debut solo album – and does music direction and sound design for corporate and special events.

Martin Schofield, founding member, lead guitarist, songwriter and vocalist, is a British born and African raised lover of dogs, guitars, travel, tattoos, bacon and 50’s culture. Having worked in the industry since the age of sixteen, he has a long list of career highlights, but cites “being in WONDERboom with my brothers and paying the bills from music” as his personal best. Musically, Billy Duffy, John Squire, John Fruciante and Brian Setzer have had the biggest influence on his style. Martin is currently working on several side projects with Cito. He also does studio/session work and deals in vintage and used musical instruments.

Bassist Wade Williams has also been with the band from the very beginning. He has loved music from a very young age and, while his style is akin to the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Flea “because of my funky rock white boy thing”, it was George Michael’s special combination of production and emotion that got it all started for Wade. To him, playing live is an incredible privilege. “There are few better experiences than playing a show where you feel completely connected, as a band and with the audience. That’s what I live for.”

Drummer Jonathan Bell – who is also a qualified attorney – grew up in a musical family and has wanted to be a drummer for as long as he can remember. He started playing at the age of twelve and hasn’t stopped since. He enjoys all kinds of music, from the Beatles to Elton John, and everything in between. While he lists playing Oppikoppi 2014 in front of a massive crowd and winning gold at the Silk Road Indie Music Festival in China as career highlights, he believes the best is yet to come.

WONDERboom is undeniably one of South Africa’s greatest musical success stories, and their latest offerings – from Praying Mantis to The Best Side Story Tour – is set to continue to cement their place as local rock legends.

 

SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS

Facebook:  www.facebook.com/pages/WONDERboom/87390451053

Twitter: @WONDERboomBand

Instagram: @wonderboomband 

SoundCloud:  www.soundcloud.com/wonderboom

 

Press Release by Starburst Promotions

 

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Press Release: BRYNN Releases Debut Album ‘Querencia’!

06/08/2018
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Cape Town-based alt/folk/rock quintet BRYNN is the product of a few of South Africa’s finest musicians: Jules Terea, Hezron Chetty, David Van Vuuren (Southern Wild), Alex Smillie (Southern Wild) and Eddy Kriel. This stellar cast’s powerful performances, potent lyrics, theatrical energy, and fresh yet complex musicality have left audiences awestruck and demanding an album. Now, BRYNN delivers.

“Our mission is to express through music what we feel living in today’s world,” says frontman Jules Terea. “We want to create an experience that can hopefully help us all feel a little less alone.”

The Spanish word ‘querencia’ is defined as, “a place from which one’s strength is drawn, where one feels at home; the place where you are your most authentic self”

This theme is drawn through the album, with powerful lyrics like:

“…don’t forget to remind yourself that you are free
‘cause after all isn’t that what they tell you every night on your TV screen?”

Months before its release, Querencia has already captured the attention of bloggers and promoters throughout the country. The award-winning blog Texx and the City has labeled the first single from the album ‘About Time’ as one of the best local songs of 2017, calling it “a dreamy, powerhouse of a track, which positions [BRYNN] on unique grounds”.

Querencia was recorded and mixed by Raiven Hunter at Popsicle Studios and mastered by Vincente Espi at Songololo Music. The album features artwork by vibrant artist Chris Auret, and is designed like a canvas painting, thereby capturing the essential nature of this album: it is a piece of South African art, which we can have as our own.

BRYNN burst onto the Cape Town music scene in 2017 and already have a fiercely loyal fanbase and are attracting diverse crowds to every show they play. BRYNN has played main stage slots at festivals around the country, such as: Up the Creek, Smoking Dragon, Spark Festival and River Republic. In February 2018, BRYNN were hand picked by international rock legends, Incubus, to open for them at their Cape Town show during their South African tour. Immediately after this BRYNN embarked on a nationwide album launch tour. Their official launch event was hosted at The Mercury Live in Cape Town, featuring some of South Africa’s finest acts such as Southern Wild, Crimson House and Hezron Chetty & The ZugZwang.

WATCH:
• About Time (By Popsicle TV)
• Querencia (By Popsicle TV)
• White Collar Kings (By Balcony TV)

WHERE TO BUY / STREAM ‘QUERENCIA’:
• Deezer
• Spotify
• Apple Music
• iTunes
• Google Play

SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS
• Facebook
• Instagram
• Twitter
• Soundcloud

 

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Press Release: Deca and Len Muller Collaborate to Create Music for the WIN!

06/08/2018
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The instrumental group, DECA, and the talented singer/songwriter/musician, Len Muller, joined forces and recorded an inspiring song together about victory and overcoming obstacles.

The new single, Oorwin, was released to radio stations nationwide on 5 March 2018!

DECA’s Douw Steyn comments: “We are big fans of Len Muller and we were so keen to do something new that wasn’t instrumental. In our eyes, Len was the perfect candidate and we’re so glad he agreed to work with us. We hope that this song inspires people to break past difficult times and to believe that anything is possible.”

William de Bruin, who wrote the song, went through a rough patch himself in 2017 where depression almost got the better of him, but with support of his friends and loved ones, he decided to beat it and overcome it.

“Douw and I have been writing together for some time. He is one of my best friends and he understands me very well. From a writer’s perspective, it’s how Oorwin started. Because Len is also an artist with a deeper understanding, we trusted him with the interpretation of the song – and he really did an excellent job of it. We often come across so many big egos in the industry, that Len was a breath of fresh air. His professionalism and humility made it so easy to work with him,” adds William.

Len adds that he loved the song from the first time that he heard it and that it was a great privilege to be able to record with the talented DECA.

“It’s always great to work with other artists who challenge me to grow more. I always want to make music with people who inspire me and give me hope. I really believe that this song will mean something to someone and that’s why I sing from my whole heart for the greater purpose.”

Oorwin is available on DECA’s latest album, DECA II and on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/za/album/oorwin-feat-len-muller

SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS (DECA):

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/decabandsa
Twitter: @decaband
Instagram: @decabandsa

SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS (LEN MULLER):

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lenmuller
Twitter: @lenniemuller
Instagram: lennie.muller

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Press Release: Loyal Brothers Releases NEW Single “She Lost Control”!

06/08/2018
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First single from Loyal Brothers out now via Epictronic​ / The Orchard​.
Taken from the upcoming debut album “Loyal Brothers” due for release via Epictronic.

Loyal Brothers are an New Wave Rock band from Basildon, Essex.

Formed in 2013, Loyal Brothers have been writing and recording their own music, bringing together influences from many other bands including Kasabian, The Rolling Stones, Editors, INXS, Interpol and Depeche Mode.

Alex Bourner (Drummer / Keys)
Dean M Oldfield (Lead Vocals / Songwriter / Keys)
Jack Hollister (Guitar / Bass / Backing Vocals)

In December 2016 the band signed a recording contract with “Epictronic” and recorded their debut album in August in Parma, Italy.

The band were previously known as “D.M.O” but changed their name to “Loyal Brothers” as of May 2017.

Under the name D.M.O, the band released their debut EP “Blacklisted” March 2015, which received positive reviews and charted in the iTunes top 100 new releases chart in several European countries and also the U.S.A. Which was then followed by a single and then a second EP.

 

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Press Release: “Hollowkings Release their First NEW Single, Fall Apart 2018!”

06/08/2018
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Since the formation of Hollowkings in 2017, who have officially hit the airwaves, are soaring high and have become an unstoppable Rock Music Force to be reckoned with!

Based in Costa Mesa, California, USA, the Alternative Rock Band released their first NEW single, ‘Fall Apart’ February this year, 2018!

Hollowkings, comprising of Dillon Forst – Vocals, Guitar, Piano and Studio Drums, and Adrian Alperstein – Bass Guitar, have prudently formulated their own Alternative Rock/Post Hardcore Genre with infinitive creativity of refined exquisiteness, which is expressed in their new single, portraying their passion of keeping ‘Dreams Alive’ through their music.

Their approach to their style, is clearly augmented with intelligent song composition, constructive lyrical outlays, enhancing the beauty of the vocally resonating chorus lines, complimented by the warm, nodular lead and backing guitar riffs and licks. The bass guitar robustly influences and guides the composition through its determination of notorious scales. Energetic, tight and sturdy drums are displayed with heightened drum progression rhythmic fills, profound accents, and praised with the melodic contour of smooth keyboard synths.

Hollowkings’ tracks immerse you in a sonic maelstrom with formed, dominant, harmony progression detailing groove inflection, living up to their modelled imagery of “Bringing You a Unique Blend of Heartfelt Rock, Paired with a Relatable Angst”.

A journey less traveled taking you on a blissful adventure, Fall Apart, is a pure illustration of what you will be receiving when you invest in the melodic tunes of Hollowkings.

Leading up to their Official Album release, ‘The Surface Beneath Us’, Hollowkings are already working on the production of their second Hit Single which is a Paramore Cover, ‘Tell Me How’, released by their own record label, Hollow Records.

In addition to their current lineup, Hollowkings are working towards their TOUR which will be taking place in the near future!

To Stream and Download, ‘Fall Apart’, check out the link below:

http://hyperurl.co/hollowkings

To Pre Order Merchandise:

https://www.hollowkings.com/shop

To Checkout and Contact Hollowkings:

Website : https://www.hollowkings.com

More about Hollowkings:

Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/hollowkingsband/
Youtube : https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCCAI2xcchOF3_osEir880VQ
Twitter : https://twitter.com/HollowKingsband/
Google+ : https://plus.google.com/u/0/111184509542422870001
Instagram : https://instagram.com/hollowkingsband/
Soundcloud : https://soundcloud.com/hollow-kings
Tumblr : https://hollowkingstheband.tumblr.com/

Written by: Dorranstar Dorran