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AID LEWIS - ARTIST OF THE WEEK

“ I’m just a lost & lonely soul”

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Aid Lewis is a critically acclaimed singer & songwriter from Kent, UK, deeply rooted in the richness of his words of love, truth & Hope.

“Through travel come stories, And through listening comes truth”.

Aid is not afraid to comment on society , and encourages his audience to get lost in the music as well as the moment which has proven to be successful with such a wide demographic that is his fan-base and audience.

“ My brothers & Sisters , Oh! Inflict us with your love”

Aid Lewis recently performed his track "Be You" in a studio session with us earlier this month. His writing and performance are just so inspiring!

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The debut album ‘ Empathy & Ecstasy’ tells a story of life’s experiences , that are blissfully and, at time, painfully relatable. The album touches on the joys of love and passion, heartache, laughter, as well as the world in it’s current state. Working closely with Matt Walters at Quince Studios who has worked with just jack, Boy George, Sony and Universal it was no wonder both Aid & Matt brought alive those bedroom songs that were collecting dust and polished them into something that had a huge response and have impacted peoples lives around the world creating hope and a different understanding.

Touring the album last year 2018 Aid started with a full 7 piece band working with some of the best musicians in the industry from all around the world. Filling rooms , Churches , Halls all around Kent, UK.

HARRY EVANS - ARTIST OF THE WEEK

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Harry Evans is a singer songwriter and multi-instrumentalist from Kent. Working with his four-piece band, they have travelled all over the country playing their unique blend of synth pop and indie rock. Heavily inspired by the sounds of the 80s, particularly artists such as David Bowie and Prince, as well as drawing influences from current bands, such as the Pale Waves, St Lucia, and CHVRCHES, the band easily slot into any of your summer playlists.

 Supported by three Ep’s released, as well as riding the wave of their new single, on stage is where Harry Evans and his band find themselves most at home. With a highly energetic live show, and songs easily blending between outright 80s power-pop and synth based indie and alternative tracks, it’s easy to see where the act’s popularity is rising from, become quite accustomed to the London club and small festival circuits around the country.

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 Harry Evans deserves a top spot as our AOTW as his latest single “Where She Falls” is another release that fails to do anything but impress. Catchy vocal hooks, creative guitar licks and alternative 80’s inspirations make this track an absolutely fantastic listen. We highly recommend that you get yourself out to one of their love shows as the performance will be truly energetic and extremely captivating. These guys are ones to watch for sure!

THOMA - ARTIST OF THE WEEK #1

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THOMA is the alias of singer songwriter Tom Johnston.  His ambient electro-pop sound has caused ripples within the music scene and received backing from industry professionals. Influenced by the likes of Soul legends such as Whitney Houston, Phil Collins and Luther Van Dross; Tom began writing songs that created a blend of immensely powerful vocals and smooth electro beats. Tom started performing at open mic nights and small pubs and clubs. I was lucky enough to hear him live for the first time at an Open Mic night hosted in Medway.  I was absolutely blown away by his performance then, and it is no surprise that his original material has been met with acclaim and that his following has started to grow rapidly.

 “Serious vocals and so beautiful, that is how you make an impression with your music”

Abbie McCarthy - BBC Introducing Kent

 “THOMA is destined for bigger and better things”

Born Music

“With strong songs and an even stronger voice, THOMA is a true original and is bound for great things”

Art Will Fall

 “‘What Went Wrong‘ really showcases Tom’s incredible vocal range. This man has soul. No question about it.”

Southend Who

 THOMA began recording and releasing various singles and EP’s produced by Rees Greenfield at SS2 Recording in Southend. His first single release was titled ‘Wild Love’ and it began to turn even more heads as it offered something entirely unique.  Here is a live session of the track:

 After the success of his first release he then went on to release ‘What Went Wrong’ and then his debut EP ‘Bouquet.’ The EP was influenced by artists such as Troye Sivan, Oh Wonder, Halsey and NAO. It is no surprise that this received heaps of support from BBC Introducing as the blend of electro-pop and powerful soul vocals instantly entice and captivate listeners.

 

 Upcoming performances:

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Tom is multi-talented and not only does he have the ability to write songs but to perform them as well. This lead him to supporting Youth Club’s 2018 tour appearing at 02 Academy Islington and Chinnery’s in Southend. Both of these shows were sold out and lead to further opportunity for Tom to perform for Sofar Sounds in London.  

 

We have added Thoma to our Spotify playlist and we urge all of you that have not yet listened to Thoma to do so now. Right now! He is a deserved first artist on our Artists of the week feature.