Nettwerk Management recording artist, Ria Mae, is putting the final touches on her first release through Sony Music. The album is being produced by Juno award winner and much respected hip-hop artist, Classified, also from Halifax. Ria is a unique and soulful artist ready to step out with her fresh new sound, starting with the release of her much-anticipated first single Clothes Off, due later this year.
ARCHIS is the artistic pairing of singer/songwriter Dia Frampton and Joseph Trapanese, a film composer and conductor known for his collaborations with Daft Punk on the Tron score and M83 on the score for Oblivion. Other artists have performed their albums with the backing of a symphonic orchestra, but few have written songs with the sole intent to merge the rich, textured instrumentation of horns and strings to pop vocals. The initial product of this novel concept is a self-titled EP released by Nettwerk on February 23. The six-song EP starts off with “Blood,” a declaration of intent for Frampton, who has already experienced a lifetime in the music business, but is finally feeling the personal fulfillment of doing what she wants.
On March 17, Xavier Rudd will release Nanna, a career-defining album that puts the once solo artist on his feet, playing guitar center stage, as he fronts Xavier Rudd & The United Nations - a one-people musical force. In the past, Rudd’s onstage one-man-band setup included a half-dozen guitar choices, three didgeridoos and various styles of native drum. With the release of Nanna, Rudd explores the next chapter in his extensive career...the role of frontman, amidst some of the best players in the world. Featuring guitar, bass, drums, percussion, keys, horns, flute and backing vocals, the aptly titled Xavier Rudd & The United Nations brings together musicians from all corners of the globe, representing the diverse cultures of Australia, Indigenous Australia, South Africa, Samoa, Germany and Papua New Guinea. Mixed by living legend Errol Brown at Tuff Gong Studios, Nanna earns its place in Rudd's impressive discography.
Boxed In is songwriter and producer Oli Bayston. Having played in indie band Keith, written for The 2 Bears, sung for George FitzGerald and been a producer for the likes of Charlie Boyer and the Voyeurs, Rosie Lowe and The Bohicas, Oli is now bringing his wide array of talents to bear on his own solo project.
As his list of credits suggests, he can draw on a wide breadth of musical knowledge. Oli grew up in Berkshire and then Essex in a musical family, the son of a piano teacher and an opera singer. He was surrounded by classical music from a young age, and while he’s now grown to love and draw inspiration from the repetition of composers like Steve Reich at first he rebelled against classical composition.
Schwarz Dont Crack is the brainchild of Ahmad Larnes and Sebastian Kreis, who met in Berlin following Ahmad’s move from New York City and Sebastian’s flee from South Germany, both in search of a more progressive musical landscape. Together they have found a synthesis of sound formed from the rich tapestry of American 90s R&B and the German capital’s perpetual electronic obsession. Their debut EP serves as an introduction to the Schwarz Dont Crack signature sound – rich with pop hooks and melodies that never skirt too far into the mainstream, backed with luscious beats that combine the entrancing snare of a well-produced sound palette without distracting from the thrust of club propulsion.
Rachael Dahl is a 22 year old pop singer/songwriter based in Los Angeles, California. Her faculty for music presented itself at an early age. During her high school years her guitar became her sidekick and she began putting her struggles to music. At just sixteen years old Rachael was wowing friends and family with well-crafted, original songs. In 2012 she graduated top of her class from The School of Audio Engineering Los Angeles (SAE). Out in the real world her material was immediately well received. With the arrival of 2013 came noteworthy collaborations, writing a song performed by Ashley Tisdale and working with notable producers. Word of Rachael's consistent work and extensive repertoire attracted the attention of top music publishers in 2014. Rachael signed as a writer to Nettwerk Music Group and is currently collaborating with top industry producers and recording artists.
Caroline Pennell is an 18 year old indie-pop/ alternative singer from Saddle River, NJ who is currently working on her first full length album. With an ecclectic sound she's represented her sound in the past on NBC's the voice and has independently released an EP, The Race, at the age of 16 before signing with Nettwerk One Music and Nettwerk Records.
"Having developed over 100 new types of musical instruments, installation artist and experimental musician William Close is most recognized for the largest stringed instrument in the world – The Earth Harp. “It’s an instrument unlike anything Bach or Beethoven could have ever imagined,” writes The New York Times (July 2013). Developed and built by Close, the body of the instrument rests on the stage, while the strings travel over the audience, attaching to the back of the theatre, concert hall and/or festival ground, turning every space into an instrument. Close studied sculpture and sound design at the Art Institute of Chicago.
"Scars On 45 released their self-titled debut in 2012, which landed at #4 on the Billboard Heatseekers Chart. Already a favorite among film and TV music supervisors, the band’s gorgeous melodies, driving instrumentation and boy/girl harmonies caught the attention of VH1 who chose them as a coveted You Oughta Know Artist. They made their national TV debut on The Tonight Show With Jay Leno and received media support from the likes of USA Today, People, Entertainment Weekly, Paste, Spin, Billboard and more. Scars On 45 is Danny Bemrose (vocals/guitar), Aimee Driver (vocals), David “Nova” Nowakowski (piano/keyboard) and Chris Durling (drums). Stay tuned for more news on the band’s upcoming full-length release."
"The Newfoundland-based band has been quietly making a name for themselves in their native Canada, having collected a trio of Canadian Folk Music Awards, been named Newfoundland & Labrador Art Council’s Artist of the Year and earned a Juno nomination for best Roots/Traditional album. In the coming year, however, the rest of the world will get to discover the joyous, harmony-rich acoustic music that have made them such favorites in their homeland.