The talent show platform has been a mainstay in the reality TV sector for a long time now and it seems to have been dominated by the same few shows like The X-Factor, The Voice, and Britain's Got Talent - two of those shows being spearheaded by the formidable music industry shark, Simon Cowell.

But now there is a new fish in the pond called Salute and its rivaling the big guns by providing an alternative platform for unsigned artists to showcase their music.

Salute is all about grass roots music; giving talented UK musicians a fair opportunity to show what they've got. Shows like the X-Factor have often been criticised for always focusing on the monetary side of the music industry, but this is exactly what Salute aims to combat.

Initially, Salute 'Music Makers' will upload their music via an app (avoiding the cringey audition phases) whereupon a listening phase will occur. Tracks will be vetted by industry curators and professionals such as Feargal Sharkey, former Undertone front-man who is heading the face of the project. Applicants will be narrowed down to a top 100, and eventually a final 6 will be decided by public vote.

It is these final 6 contestants who will feature on the live shows, exhibiting original and themed music each week. No longer will there simply be artists performing 'karaoke' of classic musicians- everything will be fresh and new, empowering the talented song-writers and musicians of our country, not just those who are good at singing and can be molded into the perfect pop-stars.

Salute have also teamed up with Unilad to form a fusion of social media, digital and TV to power the competition online. As well as this, Jamal Edwards MBE has also got on board with Salute and will be talking at their launch event at London venue, Omeara on 22nd March 2017.

Whilst some of the other talent shows can boast top prizes for their winners, such as record deals or opportunities to perform on special occasions at prestigious events, Salute beats them all, offering a £50,000 prize to the overall winner of the competition, that they can use to boost their music career.

Applications for Salute will open April 3rd for all contestants, whilst the listening phase will begin mid-May and finish in July. It will then be the time for the public vote, with the live shows beginning in September and the winner being announced in October.

You can find out more on Salute here:

Directed and edited by visual storyteller Simon Smith and filmed by Ed Reiss, ‘Broken’ was shot in an old theatre in Melbourne, which Cooper discovered whilst on her Melbourne leg of her ‘Wildfire’ debut album tour. After going to an exhibition there called Empty by Rone, Cooper fell in love with the stunning setting immediately and knew it was perfect for ‘Broken’; however the venue was set to be knocked down after the exhibition so the Australian artist filmed the music video the very next day. After Rone’s exhibition came to an end, artist Mayonaize decided to paint the whole theatre’s floor, creating the breathtaking setting for ‘Broken’.

In the run up to to releasing his debut solo album, Welsh singer-songwriter James Kennedy has dropped his emotional new video for the single 'Unconditional'.

Kennedy was formerly part of the hardcore rock group Kyshera, but non-stop touring led to him suffering from bouts of depression, forcing him to take a break from music.

However, incidentally it was whilst James was gathering his thoughts that he found the inspiration to get back to songwriting and pen his new album, 'Home'. The process became a form of therapy for Kennedy and it was within just a few months that he had written, recorded and mastered the album.

The record takes a distinct diversion from James' roots in hardcore rock, moving away from the aggression of the genre towards a a softer form of rock, with more pop-hooks. As a result, Kennedy's quality as a musician is demonstrated through his versatility in style and he has looked to himself and his deeper feelings to inspire much of the material on 'Home'.

The new video for 'Unconditional' is a real tearjerker, showing the love between human beings, whether that be between man and woman, mother and son, or even human and dog.

If you want to get to know James a little better then why not watch his 'twinterview' where he answers questions posed to him by his twitter followers:


Having released his americana-folk album, 'Call Me The Moon' recently, Belgian singer-songwriter Mark L. Oakes has been busy making the video for his single, 'Shredded Jeans' which you can see here:

With simple, no-frills black and white visuals accompanying the beautifully crafted track, Mark succeeds in drawing the emotion out through the picturesque landscapes seen in the video.

Not only this, but since Mark has labelled the album as perfect for a 'karmic road trip', the video seems only fitting to feature Mark wandering, in search of something, unknown, in the wilderness.

Bringing back a seemingly forgotten style of easy-listening, folk music, Mark's style is one for the nostalgic listeners, reliving the days of Neil Young and James Taylor. Despite this, Mark is also influenced by more contemporary musicians such as Tom Petty and Ryan Adams.

Check out more on Mark here:

Tsunami Section is the musical vehicle of Anna Chiara and Felicia Singson, who create an old-skool, retro disco style of pop that takes you back to the good ol' days.

This certainly isn't to say that their music is dated by any means, the duo take influence from an era of pop music that thrived on catchy hooks and danceable beats and these are exactly the things Tsunami Section employ in their contemporary-disco style.

'Keep My Spinning Wheel' is he kind of track that will get stuck in your head because of the superbly-crafted pop chorus but it also has a deeper meaning. The track focuses on the idea of karma and whilst it is often discussed in negative terms, Tsunami Section look to the bright side of it, pushing forward the idea that no matter what live throws at you, there will always be another chance.

Clearly, the girls of Tsunami Section, along with writer, Oliver Fell-Holden, know what makes a good pop track and they've tapped into the formula by using the song title 'Keep My Spinning Wheel' as the infectious hook that underpins the track. The classic use of instrumentation is subtly altered through the use of a brass section that adds another level to the song. From this, you can tell that Tsunami Section aren't trying to do anything 'out there' with their music, but this is possibly the best thing about them; they aim to make great pop music that gets people up and dancing and this is certainly the case with 'Keep My Spinning Wheel.'

Listen to 'Keep My Spinning Wheel' here:

The duo are no stranger to live performance either, having taken their music to over 100 venues across India, in places such as Delhi, Mizoram and Gurgaon.

Find out more on Tsunami Section here:

If you haven't heard of Pimlican, then allow us to introduce you. Combining elements from a wide range of genres including R&B, pop and dance, Pimlican is a unique music collective that utilises the talents of a number of musicians.

The idea behind Pimlican is that anyone can join and contribute to the group as long as they have something to offer musically and something to add to the live shows. With this open minded approach to songwriting, Pimlican are able to create catchy, hook-oriented music that draws on a number of styles.

Their new single, 'Runaw'y' picks up where the group left off with 'B'ck 4 More/P'lya' which was released last May, employing a danceable beat with a memorable vocal line that will be stuck in your head for days. In addition to this, Pimlican have experimented with unusual instrumentation in 'Runaw'y' as well as using rap to complement the overall vibe of the track.

Listen to 'Runaw'y' here:

The reputation that Pimlican have built has seen their music feature on Tom Robinson's Radio 6 show, BBC Introducing, as well as BBC Radio Leeds.

Check out more on Pimlican here:

Renowned Irish musician, Joe O'Donnell, is reissuing his 1977 concept album 'Gaodhal's Vision' in celebration of its 40th anniversary.

Along with his band Shkayla (Gaelic for 'stories'), Joe creates a unique amalgamation of folk inspired celtic-rock, with influences from jazz and orchestral styles as well.

'Gaodhal's Vision' tells the fascinating story of the Milesian people who set sail for Eire (Ireland) on the word of Moses who foretold their destiny. The album displays Joe’s fascination with the esoteric and celebrates the origins of the Celts and many distinctive aspects of their famed culture.

The album was met with strong critical acclaim upon its release due to its innovative musical stylings and Joe's ability to tell a story through his quality compositions. However, further esteem was added to the album due to the involvement of legendary guitarist, Rory Gallagher, who featured on 'Gaodhal's Vision'. Joe and Rory enjoyed a warm musical friendship and this was reflected through their dynamic chemistry when they performed together.

Joe was classically trained but from his early experience working in rock bands, he quickly grasped the affinity between Celtic modal and Indian Music, and now his band Shkayla bring together aspects of these, mixed with jazz, rock and classical orchestral styles. Shkayla generate great energy and excitement through their music, channelling the sensitivity and delicacy needed to keep Celtic music faithful to its roots.

The Special 40th Anniversary Edition of 'Gaodhal's Vision' is set for release 28th April and the band are celebrating by playing two live shows at the Belgrade Theatre, Coventry, on 31st March and 1st April.

Find out more on Joe O'Donnell here:


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Are you in a band? Do you own a venue? Or are you just a die-hard music fan who loves going to gigs? If you answered yes to any of the above questions then I strongly recommend that you hear what we have to say on the platform aiming to revolutionize the music industry: Bandzit.

As the brainchild of Phil Wilson, Bandzit is a website and app that brings people from every facet of the music industry together, so that they can interact and perform a multitude of career boosting actions.

For example, as a band, you can search for gig slots, new band members or even buy and sell gear. Venues benefit from the ability to book new and exciting artists, especially when they have a last minute cancellations, and if you're just a gig-goer, then you can buy your tickets here with no more than a £1 booking fee.

As well as this, there's nothing new to learn in terms of user interface. Bandzit will employ a familiar social media setup, with a wall, newsfeed and the classic liking and following functions that allow users to interact with other members in the industry.

One of the main ideas is to help bands by cutting out the need of a booking agent; they can directly message venues looking for gigs, but at the same time, gigs will come to them via their inbox. As a result, Bandzit is forming a network where musicians, venues and agencies retain their customer and fan bases and build momentum from each event, rather than creating stand-alone events.

The platform will also allow you to effectively promote your event by reaching out to a music specific community whilst building and maintaining a dedicated following.

Bandzit was created by musicians and fans themselves with 2 main philosophies – make event creation and management simple, and make the fans pay less!

If you're interested in hearing more from Bandzit, you can sign up to join here, once the website goes live:

If you think you've heard the name Glenn Harrold before, then it might be because, as well as a musician, he is also a multi-million selling self-help author and hypnotherapist. His hypnosis and meditation downloads and apps have sold over 7 million copies worldwide. He has also written seven books, which have been published by major publishers Orion and McGraw Hill.

Glenn has been keeping his musical talents under the radar, but now he is unveiling them to the world with the new easy listening single, 'The Wayfarer'. Also featuring the clean and crisp vocals of Dean Rhymes, 'The Wayfarer' tells the inspiring story of the peace pilgrim who spent much of her life walking across America, all in the name of peace.

With beautifully constructed melodies and classic instrumentation, Glenn's quality as a musician and songwriting abilities are undeniable and perhaps he shouldn't have kept them covered up so long!

Glenn’s huge sales in the self-help world have given him a great platform to launch a songwriting career. The songs Glenn writes are inspired by many of the things that have influenced his self-help books and apps such as human consciousness, spirituality, shamanism, ayahuasca, raising consciousness, Krishna consciousness, peace, love and veganism.

Watch the video for 'The Wayfarer' here:


After sharing stages with Black Star and David Byrne, long-time activist and Buddhist Marilyn Carino releases her second solo album ‘Leaves, Sadness, Science’ which features R.E.M bassist Mike Mills. The album is a charged fusion of electronic, soul and hip-hop styles.

Unique music with a distinctive sound is always going to be the outcome when you're gifted with a voice like Marilyn's. Some have labelled it 'powerful to the point of bringing you to tears' (Straight No Chaser)and it is easy to see why upon listening to Carino's music.

'When The Innocents Go To War' is a dark, synth-driven track from the new album that displays just what Marilyn is all about. You can listen to it and watch the fascinating animated video here:

Marilyn notes that "When the Innocents Go to War" is an insistent, four-on-the-floor hipshaker delivered with a cynical-sounding falsetto; another grinding swipe at romantic attachment, when new lovers are merely "drunken satellites", who, despite the initial thrill, are always keeping score."

The Brooklyn native wrote, recorded, mixed and performed all of ‘Leaves, Sadness, Science’ – a collection of spacy grooves formed from layered, Moog-y synths and complex beats. Her long time practice of Nichiren Buddhism is the force that forms her songs into gripping, graphic internal monologues that explore themes of sex and radical self-expression.

You can find out more on Marilyn here:


If you like your music with a quirky jazz-pop edge to it, then M'GOO's latest track 'I Didn't Want To Hear You Say "I'm Leaving"' will be right up your street.

What makes M'GOO so unique though, is there approach to creating music. Instead of writing about their own life experiences, lead singer, Mike Meighu, chooses to find inspiration from interesting poems, philosophical material and other people's life stories that can be adapted into original material for the group's songs. Such a technique means that M'GOO's music has an edge and individuality about that is hard to find elsewhere in the music world.

For example,'I Didn't Want To Hear You Say "I'm Leaving"' focuses on a story taken from Glynn Washington's 'Snap Judgement' in which a couple are due to be wed, but when the woman decides to see a fortune teller, she has second thoughts about their relationship and promptly leaves, with her partner feeling lost and alone.

Consequently, the single follows the theme of “do we ever really know the person we love?”, forming a fascinating conversation incorporating poetry and visual art (Check out M'GOO's moodboard on their website!)

With an easy listening style, incorporating elements of rock, pop, funk, but primarily jazz, M'GOO are a diverse group of musicians creating music like no one else.

Have a listen to 'I Didn't Want To Hear You Say "I'm Leaving"' here on Soundcloud:


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