10 Songs to lift your mood

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If I had to write a list of sure-fire things that cheer me up/boost my mood, 95% of it would consist of eating all the sushi/nachos/ice cream and drinking all the Prosecco/cocktails/peanut butter milkshake with my favourite people. Unfortunately, my bank balance (and wannabe-healthy bod) convinces my brain that unless there’s a seriously good reason – it’s Friday/pay day/*insert catastrophic event here* – there’s another avenue to try before devouring my weekly intake of calories and getting stupid drunk… Music.

I’ve got numerous mood-inducing playlists on Spotify that I carefully craft for use in times of need and I thought I’d share with you a little snippet of my feel good playlist!!

♫ Funny kind of life – The Grand Merci

We’re lucky enough to know these talented guys and I promiseeee this isn’t just a cheeky plug on their behalf. The whole EP is fab but this song in particular makes me get a groove on! The other day I was listening to this on the way to work, earphones in, sun shining and it made me wanna strut a little and flick my hair about.

♫ Accidentally in love – Counting Crows

This just makes me ridiculously happy. Maybe because it brings back memories of watching Shrek 2 snuggled up in my duvet! Did anyone else constantly play the Pop Idol DVD feature (Far Far Away Idol!) where Puss in Boots sings ‘These boots are made for walking’? …I used to love that!

♫ I wanna hold your hand – The Beatles

You can’t not smile and bust the classic 60s hip/arm sways when this is on! It fills my little soul with joy – though, most Beatles songs do to be fair! (Yassss I know this song isn’t on either of the albums featured in the blog pic…)

♫ For once in my life – Stevie Wonder

Oooh man – a classic! I dare anyone to listen to this and not feel like they’re capable of taking on the world.

♫ One night in October – Little Comets

I have no idea why more people don’t know about Little Comets but they’re lyrically brill and put on an amazing live show. This song isn’t particularly uplifting content-wise (it’s a lighthearted rendition of a lover’s tiff) but it’s so infectious.

♫ Running on empty – Isaac Gracie

I’m pretty late to the party but I’m obsessed with this song right now. This is such a shower belter! I just love everything about it. The harmonies, the melody, the rhythm. It makes me want to pretend I’m in a music video – a montage of summer romance and being a reckless adolescent haha (shit, I just realised I probably don’t count as an adolescent anymore do I…wow)

♫ Bless this acid house – Kasabian

This song brings back incredible memories for me of being happily sloshed at TRNSMT festival last year. After a few beers, there’s nothing more satisfying than screaming “SHE SAID!” and jumping around like a nutcase

♫ This Charming Man – The Smiths

This song always happens to come on when I’m in the kitchen. It’s the perfect soundtrack to dancing around in your undies making coffee!

♫ Good girls – Crystal Fighters

This’ll always be dear to my heart because Jack introduced it to me when we first met and it became a bit of a thing! However, soppiness aside, there’s something beautifully tropical about the melody. Close your eyes and its steel drums and ukeleles take you to a beach bar in Hawaii !

♫ Go your own way – Fleetwood Mac

I have loved this song for as long as I can remember – my mum has a recording of me singing this in the car when I was around 4 years old! In fact, I don’t know anyone who doesn’t love this song. A hairbrush mime in the mirror classic…GUARANTEED to put you in a good mood!

I challenge you to try this as a playlist next time you feel a little meh. I’m 99% sure I’ll have you skipping around with new found energy and a pretty smile on your face.

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Author: Sian Williams, 24, Kent

A Musician's Message

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It was 2016 and as a musician I began to really feel live music start to struggle. Passionate musicians and empty venues, filled with nothing except a demoralised atmosphere and a sympathetic one man clap after each practiced and perfected song. I often imagine what the world would be like if we could only speak about the past times of musician’s performing live and we only ever heard the same music from the top plugged over and over and over and over again. If venues simply refused to accommodate live music as they can’t afford to do so and so passion, talent, good times, opportunities and so on, all wither away as if they never meant a thing at all. How devastating and the fix is so simple. Support local and live music. Go to the venues, respond to advertisements, buy that ticket, go to the event, try out a new band and have the best time possible. If that is too much to ask then so be it. But, please don’t complain when you want to dance and nothing is going on in your area.

To those venues and music supporters that are out there you keep doing what you are because you are golden and the reason behind the birth of Raw Step Network. Our passion is live music and we strive to create opportunities for musicians. (Oh and we are working musicians ourselves not just an agency looking to make a few quid from music. If we didn’t have bills we would do this for free I can assure you.) To those that looked at the idea like it was crazy, thank you for making us believe it was possible as today we reached a milestone of generating just over £50,000 worth of opportunity for musicians. Something we are truly proud of. We will continue to support and work with venues to create more and more possibilities. Join us in doing so.  

Signed, A working musician.  

You Will Not Believe How Good These Solo Acts Are!

Aaron Simmons

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If you are a fan of 50’s and 60’s Soul, Motown, Ska and Reggae classics then Aaron Simmons is the artist for you.  With 5 years of experience you can expect a highly entertaining and professional performance. Aaron’s broad repertoire allows him to tailor his material to your liking and execute those classic tunes effortlessly with his powerful voice and vast vocal range. Aaron is available to book for 2018, whether it’s your birthday party, wedding day, corporate function or any other event you may have planned, get in touch NOW to avoid disappointment.

Listen to Aaron Below now and hear for yourself!

Upcoming Shows- Vauxhall Winter Garden London 07/12/17

Ruth Augilera

 

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Ruth has a stunning voice that will entice crowds at any event. She performs a versatile set full of Soul, Jazz, Disco, RnB, Motown, Chart, Rock, Reggae and Ska. Ruth will bring a top drawer performance, her flawless vocal and enthusiastic energy provide the most memorable nights of music entertainment. Ruth also has a huge song repertoire and can tailor her set to your event’s needs. Let’s get the party started! Ruth is available to book for 2018 NOW! Seriously, do not miss out…

Still Not convinced? Listen Below Book Now!

 

Tom Johnston

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Tom boasts a powerful set full of Pop and Soul from the likes of Stevie Wonder and Michael Jackson through to Jessie J and Ed Sheeran. His extensive vocal range allows Tom to glide through those songs we all wish we could sing. He appeared on ITV’s The Voice (Watch Below) covering an amazing performance of Adele’s Hometown Glory, and if you want this calibre of performance at your event then book NOW for 2018. Tom knows how to pull off a show and you should expect nothing short of an absolutely amazing performance.  

Watch Tom Johnston on The Voice Below!

 

 

 

Have You Heard These Top Function Bands?

This week’s edition of the Raw Step Network blog features some of the most talented function bands available to hire through RSN. Each band offers a truly unique experience and you can expect audiences to be completely wowed by their performances. These guys are all seriously good!

The Neotones

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Stephanie Ticknell Smith - Lead Vocals, Darren Taggart - Guitar & Backing Vocals, Richard Nicholson - Bass & Backing Vocals, Alex Nelson - Drums

The Neotones are a four piece female fronted Pop/Funk/Rock band. Never seen them before? You are missing out majorly. The last time I witnessed their phenomenal performance the night ended with bar staff and Stephanie singing and dancing along the bar. All the while the sound and tightness of the band did not become compromised. They seriously know how to get the night going and you will not stop dancing, singing along and just having the time of your life. The Neotones set consists of both old and new hits (listen below) and each track is performed with energy, enthusiasm and pure professional talent. If you would like to experience The Neotones live then cancel your plans tomorrow night and head to The Huntsman, Rochester 8:45pm. My words cannot do the band justice you have to watch, listen and feel the vibe they create…absolutely mind blowing.

Upcoming Shows

The Huntsman Rochester, FRI 17th NOV 8:45PM

Meltin' Joel

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Gifted, dynamic and passionate about the music they perform, you can expect nothing short of a magnificent live music show from Meltin’ Joel. They are a piano based Rock/Blues/Funk/Soul band and have the talent to tailor their set to your event’s needs. Intense vocals from Peter Smith will ripple through the room captivating you with a sensation of that good vibe feeling we all crave. His vocals are supported by the rest of the band holding together the finest of performances. They have the ability to mix it up and keep you anticipating what is to come. Truly on the edge of your seat stuff, that is until you inevitably are up dancing the night away. Meltin’ Joel perform a very dynamic set full of everyone’s favourite songs. If you catch these guys live, throw in a request! Listen below to a medley performed at Brands Hatch Race Circuit working alongside RSN.

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Dulcie May Moreno

Pure class and dazzling with sass, Dulcie May Moreno’s performance will always deliver the most spectacular Jazz and Soul Nights. She performs as a duo, trio or full band line-up going out as the Interstellar Soul Band. Regardless each performance oozes with sophistication and is performed with an elegance that can effortlessly fill a venue with atmospheric bliss. Dulcie Performs variation of classics from the likes of Marvin Gaye through to Beyoncé and each track is influenced by a smooth soul style that is executed perfectly by a professional band line-up. Dulcie will be performing at The George, Rochester on Saturday 18th November from 8:30PM. Do not miss out on the top quality talent on show.

Upcoming Show

The George Pub, City Way, Rochester  SAT-18th NOV 8:30

Looking To Discover The Hottest New Original Bands?

THE GALLERYS

Guitar- James Wood, Bass- Craig Barden, Drums- Dan Maggs

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For those of you that don’t already know these boys, it is really time for you to start listening. Expect beautifully constructed guitar melodies, intense bass lines, hard-hitting beats and the icing on the cake, rich vocal harmonies. The band is influenced by the likes of The Who, The Jam and Oasis, but, offers a truly refreshing and modern sound. The Gallerys originality has been accomplished by fusing and underpinning other influences of indie and alternative rock, creating a new and unique Britpop sound. The band really comes alive during their energetic and tight live performances oozing with passion and dedication to the stage. Want to experience The Gallerys live? View their upcoming shows below.

NOV 24 – 02 Academy Islington LDN

DEC 15 – Concorde 2 Brighton

DEC 23- Lock 17 & Dingwalls

DEC 29 – Tunbridge Wells Forum

 

WHITE HEAT

Louis Jones, Jack Elliott, Aiden Wallis, Jakob Moore, Sam Jones

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When I witnessed White Heat live I was instantly drawn in and captivated by their performance. Hit with raw and crunchy guitar sections, supported by melodic and meaningful vocals with bold drumming that holds the performances together, I couldn’t take my eyes of the stage. The band’s sound has a real indie alternative rock vibe enhanced by a 90’s influence. What I believe really separates White Heat from the rest is the unique transitions within song sections. I felt the music and with each song I eagerly anticipated where that feeling was going to take me. I highly recommend catching one of their shows to fully grasp the talents of the band. They have that something special.

 

HARRY EVANS

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If you are looking to discover a new Indie Pop artist then look no further. You will be instantly hooked by Harrys cleverly assembled guitar parts that create the mood and scene for something BIG…and it delivers. The guitar parts are supported and built upon by punchy bass lines and solid beats that compliment a catchy sound that really sticks with you. There is an element of funk to the tracks most noticeable in “streetlights” and this pumps the progression forward and takes the sound to another level. All the while this big sound is going on the vocals are striking and add another layer of pure brilliance. You can listen to both EP’s below and you will have to be patient enough to wait until July 2018 for his much anticipated Album.

Upcoming Shows

24 Jan-  Zigfrid von Underbelly of Hoxton

 

If you have an event and would like any of the above bands to perform then contact Raw Step Network now! Thank you!

Blog by Sam Simmons ( The Simmons Brothers Project)