Karousel Music presents:
Reeperbahn 2018 Networking Drinks With Karousel Music, SESAC, Help Musicians UK & Leaf
Lydmor + Friedberg + Be Charlotte + Fatherson + Makola + LIFE
Entry Requirements: Festival Wristband or Artist Guestlist
It's our great pleasure to welcome you to our pre Showcase Networking Drinks. Come along and say hello to the guys from SESAC, HMUK, Karousel and Leaf - as ever we'll be on hand to make any introductions. This is followed upstairs at 7pm by a 6 act showcase. It's our fifth year here with SESAC, our third with HMUK and our second with Leaf - If you're not aware of the charity and the amazing work they do, or you'd like to know more about US Collection giants SESAC and audience growth pioneers Leaf, then please do read on; below is info on all four partners. Members from all four will be around throughout the night at the showcase.
20:40 Be Charlotte
About the partners:
KAROUSEL MUSIC is a music industry collective based in London. Under the Karousel Music umbrella falls a range of activities including a boutique music publisher, administered by Wixen Music UK; both London based and international conference showcases for the best breaking talent in front of fans and industry; a London based studio and a forthcoming singles label. This Reeperbahn show will make it 454 showcase slots that Karousel have given to acts since 2011, and where ticketed, the acts always keep 100%. In addition to this, Karousel organise a range of industry networking events and socials to help emerging artists, emerging industry, and established pro's come together. As well as 'Industry Speed Dating' events, an unlikely highlight in the Karousel calendar is the Music Biz Speed Quiz that takes place in Soho and has seen teams and team members from across the industry compete (fiercely!) including The Orchard, Believe, INGrooves, Phonofile, BMI, Universal, Communion, SESAC, FastForward, PledgeMusic, Music Glue, Recognition, Ticket Master, PRSF, BASCA, Air MTM, Wixen Music, Cadenza Box, HMUK and many more. Karousel Music is a Community Interest Company. www.karouselmusic.com
SESAC is a US Performing Rights Organisation, and competitor to BMI and ASCAP. SESAC is the only U.S.-based Music Rights Organization that administers public performance, mechanical, synchronization and other rights. SESAC Holdings is unique in its ability to offer singular licenses for the works of its affiliated writers and publishers that aggregate both performance and mechanical rights in order to drive greater efficiency in licensing for music users, as well as enhanced value for music creators and publishers. Its businesses operate on a sophisticated information technology and data platform to provide timely, efficient royalty collection and distribution. Artists include Adele, Bob Dylan, Charlie XCX, Neil Diamond and Mumford & Sons. Come and say hello to John Sweeney, the Vice President, Creative Services International. SESAC recently announced a deal with US Radio that sees SESAC writers receiving a reported 50% more for radio plays than one of their competitors. www.sesac.com
Help Musicians UK
Since 1921, the charity has provided help, support and opportunities to empower musicians at all stages of their lives and the music community as a whole. HMUK has impacted 14,000 individuals in the music community in the last year alone and can offer a vital lifeline when problems strike, such as an accident or illness. The charity works to create a sustainable future for all musicians and the industry, supporting those who work in the music industry through grants, health and welfare services, campaigning, professional development and initiatives. It exists to advocate, educate and provide information around issues which affect musicians and the industry that surrounds them.
In Dec 2017 the charity launched Music Minds Matter, a mental health support line and service for the music industry. It provides a listening ear, information, signposting, specialist advice, counselling and access to the health and welfare services of HMUK all free of charge. People can call 0808 802 8008 in confidence at any time of day or night or email firstname.lastname@example.org HMUK is here to help. Find out more at www.helpmusicians.org.uk
Leaf is an audience development platform built to empower the artist ecosystem with a suite of smart digital tools and services to engage, grow and monetise premium quality music fans, on a global scale. We help you reach the right fan in the right place with the right content, delivering unrivalled return on investment. For more info on their services check out their deck... Click here
"Hypnotic dance moves in a style reminiscent of Grimes or Lorde... the boldest and most fearless of performers' - Consequence of Sound 'Heavy, feathered, humorous... she is absolutely her own... worth the wait!' 5 ***** - GAFFA
This girl is a star, no question. We had our minds blown at SPOT in Denmark last year by the undoubted stand out of the festival, Lydmor. Referred to in her biog as ‘A Danish girl with the bruised knees jumping down from stage swinging the chord of the microphone like a whip while she sings as much of sex and drugs as emotions and far away places.’ She was all that and a lot more. A set at our East London showcase with SESAC late last year resulted in her signing with Phyllis Belezos at ITB. Internationally in demand, Lydmor seems to be everywhere at once. From Sao Paolo singing her heart out while the beat is pumping over her sweaty dancing audience; to coproducing a track with j-pop legend Takeshi Kobayashi; to composing the soundtrack for an animated fantasy series. In between her myriad of creative collaborations (including critically acclaimed "Lydmor & Bon Homme") this young producer/artist has managed to tour most of the world several times, playing from the biggest festivals and venues to the living rooms of her biggest fans.
If you manage to catch one of her shows, she will flirt, dance, cry, scream and hug her way into your heart with a brutal honesty that comes across both in her pumping rhythmical electro sounds as well as her emotional dreamy side. Showered with comparisons to the likes of Grimes, Kate Bush or Björk, but inevitably Lydmor is quite her own. Lydmor has recently released her singles “Helium High”, "Money Towers", "Killing time" and "Claudia", as well as two albums with her critically acclaimed duo project “Lydmor & Bon Homme” on the Hamburg based label. The new album “I Told You I’d Tell Them Our Story” will be out on September, 28th 2018, and Lydmor will be touring China, Hong Kong, Europe and UK in November/December 2018.
Did we mention she's a star?
With "Friedberg", Austrian born London-based singer and songwriter Anna F. combines her wonderfully delicate and fragile voice with a super fresh take on grungy guitars and driving rough beats. Her lyrics are poetic and enduring, involving very personal stories and more abstract thoughts about modern day life. In its minimalistic simplicity the songs have their own totally unique sound and let Anna embark on a new journey after two very successful previous records (Gold in Italy and Austria, and chart entries in Germany and Switzerland, touring with Lenny Kravitz and James Blunt, winning the Austrian Music Award AMADEUS 4 times) and make her evolve with a more rough and unpolished sound. She wrote and co-produced the songs together with Matthias Biermann (Roosevelt) and Daniel Brandt (of Brandt Brauer Frick) over the course of 18 months in Los Angeles, Berlin and London. Forming a 4-piece all-girl live-band she will take this new project to international festival stages in the near future. Indie-rock hasn't sounded that fresh for long time as with this new record. It certainly brings to mind certain indie-rock classics but creates a new experience with a sound that's one all of her own.
Be Charlotte is a young songwriter from Dundee, Scotland. Her music is an extension of her personality. Her songs are explorative, unconventional and undeniably pop with immediately recognisable vocals. She writes songs to express herself and elevate her understanding of the world around us. Charlotte has taken her Scottish pop music to festival appearances across UK, Europe and South East Asia, as well as playing to a tv audience of 350,000,000 households at the closing ceremony of the Solheim Cup/Ryder Cup in Iowa , United States of America in 2017. To date she has self-released two singles with over a million streams on Spotify and a groundswell of radio playlists across UK and Europe. BeCharlotte is looking forward to releasing new music in 2018 having recently signed to Sony Music.
Sometimes you just have to rip it up and start again. Come early 2017, Fatherson – comprised of vocalist/guitarist Ross Leighton bassist Marc Strain and drummer Greg Walkinshaw – found themselves at a turning point. Digging up their roots and decanting to a new studio home in Glasgow, they longed for a change. Sum Of All Your Parts (out September 14th via Easy Life Records) is the result, and their most assured record to date. Forming in Kilmarnock, Scotland, in early 2010, Fatherson immediately captured hearts with their raw, honest alt-rock sound. Inspired by Scottish stoicism as much as their own personal turmoil, debut album I Am An Island and its 2016 follow-up Open Book were masterclasses in full-throttle rock songwriting, and garnered support from (and tours alongside) their north-of-the-border brethren in Biffy Clyro, Frightened Rabbit, Idlewild and Twin Atlantic, as well as further runs alongside the likes of Kings Of Leon, Augustines, Enter Shikari and more. Open Book jumped straight in at No.2 in the Scottish album charts as well as performing strongly in the U.K. Other recent highlights include packing a 12,000 person tent at T in the Park That no-bullshit, heart-on-sleeve approach is integral to Sum Of All Your Parts. Sum Of All Your Parts’s sonic and lyrical experimentation has allowed Fatherson to break free of the British rock mould they’d found themselves being placed in. The opening one-two of ‘The Rain’ and lead single ‘Making Waves’ is testament to that fact – within ten minutes, Sum Of All Your Parts skips from hypnotic, looped piano, through storming post-rock passages, to the soaring pop nous of that first-released single.
Recorded live and in chronological sequence with Claudius Mittendorfer (Arctic Monkeys, Interpol, Weezer), Sum Of All Your Parts fizzes with a youthful energy, reinvigorating the group from the get-go. “A big part of this process was trying to capture that feeling of when you play a song together for the first time, and you look at each other in the face and get that smile that you can’t get rid of,” explains Walkinshaw. “We weren’t so concerned about some of the pop sensibilities – it’s a little bit more raw, and a little bit more loose, and a bit funner, at points.” Harking back to the innocence and innovation of those early days, while taking confident strides forward, the result is Sum Of All Your Parts – a record that finds Fatherson reborn. Sum Of All Your Parts is out on September 14th.
West African flavour. East End behaviour.
Rising duo Makola have their roots in Finland and Ghana but their sound, an irrepressible explosion of Hip-hop and Afrobeat, could only ever have been forged in London. Consisting of rapper Kwame Mensah and producer Peter Hakola, the pair fused their love of Hip-Hop, Highlife, Dance, Electronic, Grime, Jazz, Soul and Pop music to produce a truly distinctive sound created unapologetically in East London. Makola touched down in 2016 with their debut single This Is London, an exhilarating blend of culture and consciousness delivered with unabashed honesty, discussing their view of the London they've lived and grew up with. Second single Black Man Statues was a rallying cry which brought a harder and more immediate sound steeped in London's Grime soundscape. During the year of 2017 these two tracks alone would see Makola play some major festivals and gigs in Europe and UK, showcasing their energetic non-stop party vibes. Expanding beyond just a rapper and producer, Makola implement a live element that sees them perform with live drums and brass section. As a result they've built up a reputation as a band you must see if you're looking for unrelenting musical and theatrical entertainment. With Makola releasing new single Crown and an E.P in 2018, now is the time to catch them live.
LIFE’s critically acclaimed debut album ‘Popular Music’ was self-released by the band in 2017. It is an album that demands attention, creating a manifesto for the disillusioned, the widely ignored and those who might think they’ve no means of having a creative outlet. In the last 12 months the band have appeared at numerous festivals across the UK and Europe, headlined for the BBC at SXSW, toured with Slaves, Idles and Nadine Shah, gained playlist adds on BBC 6 Music and had relentless backing from Radio 1, including a live session at Maida Vale, billing at Radio 1's Big Weekend and named in Radio 1’s 2017 best album list alongside Stormzy, The XX and Jay Z.
Praise for debut album ‘POPULAR MUSIC’
“Brilliant” The Guardian
“LIFE combine inescapable energy with unshakeable hooks” Dork
“This is an album to stoke the fires of change” *Kerrang!*
“Whether they’re rallying against the establishment or helping us escape, LIFE’s debut provides comfort and support for us all” DIY
‘’LIFE Provide A Mouthpiece For A Voiceless Generation’’ Louder than War
‘’They may not be the first band to claim punk-rock and spit on trends, but it’s with record timing that they can tear an entire generation to shreds between their teeth.’’ When The Gramophone Rings
If the current incarnation of ”rockstar” is that of an arrogant, slightly detached reality singer, apolitical in the extreme, beige, spoiled by the industry and surrounded by yes men, then Mez and his gang are here to put the boot in.
As the frontman of punk band LIFE, Mez jumps and dances around the stage with a death glare like Jarvis Cocker making love to Frank Sidebottom and the Sultans of Ping. He tackles themes from Trump to Brexit, mass consumption, police violence and austerity – the bleakness of it all laid bare in songs which punch with clarity and fizz.
The “no-holds-barred” style makes sense when you consider that LIFE are unsigned and through necessity are completely DIY. They answer only to themselves. If they want to talk about politics openly, it will happen, no double-checks or authorisations needed, and that hasn’t stopped them from having their songs repeatedly played on Radio 1, and scoring playlist adds on BBC 6 Music from their debut album Popular Music. In May 2017 BBC Introducing asked the band to be one of four special returning acts at Radio 1’s Big Weekend. LIFE, of course, were the only unsigned act amongst the major players.
Mez and his brother, guitarist Mick, were raised on 70’s punk. In a “working liberal family” they listened to The Clash on the way to school. Of course, their upbringing is reflected in the independent way LIFE create music, but it’s also a pretty clear influence when it comes to the band’s very political subject matters. Unlike a lot of people in the music industry, Mez and Mick do not write from the perspective of someone who only experiences the bad stuff through newspapers, sat in a plush studio or a bedroom distant from reality. Far from it, they write sharp social commentary that depicts their surroundings with refreshing honesty and wit. Furthermore, both Mez and drummer, Stew, are youth workers in one of the poorer regions of Hull, and they see first-hand the real impact that austerity and cuts are having on the vulnerable. They work at The Warren Youth Project, a charity run by young people for young people. The project provides vital creative arts, mental-health and support services for a marginalised young community, and consistently facilitates innovative and groundbreaking projects that establish meaningful and sustainable opportunities for vulnerable young people within music, the arts, health and media. The band enthuse about this country's most "important resource," and are notably "incensed with anger" by elite decision-makers who so often disregard young people.
All this considered, of course LIFE’s music is angry. How could it not be? It’s refreshing, considering rock music seems content in its sterility. Being apolitical and disengaged with reality has for the past few years been the trend. LIFE buck this trend and through their undying passion and unquestionable determination offer a very real alternative, they “provide” a voice for the disengaged.