‘2045: The Year Man Becomes Immortal’ is the title of the latest piece from Spanish-born British composer Toni Castells


Which will have its world premiere at St. James’s Piccadilly, London, on the 6th of July 2016 at 7.30pm.

The piece features the composer’s trademark blend of classical ensembles, operatic voices and electronica/sound art, described as Massive Attack meets Mendelsohn by Ben Roberts from industry magazine London Tourdates and Morricone meets Satie by Michael Haas, who produced prize-winning recordings with major classical artists including Zubin Mehta, Mstislav Rostropovich, Daniel Barenboim, Cecilia Bartoli and Luciano Pavarotti.


‘2045: The Year Man Becomes Immortal’ takes its name from the eponymous Time Magazine article by Lev Grossman (Grossman 2011). The article explores Google’s chief engineer Ray Kurzweil’s view on technological singularity, a point in time set in 2045 by the scientific community in which humans and machines will finally merge, converting us in basically machines, allowing us to stop ageing and live indefinitely. Through this paradigm of the future I explore my own views on mortality, death and the possibility of afterlife.

In 2013 I started writing the piece. I decided to focus my new research and work on the topic of ‘death’ as, as I grew older and having experienced poor health during my 30s, I became more and more aware of my own mortality and, I have to admit, I grew increasingly more terrified of the idea of dying. Discovering Singularity and Kurzweil’s paradigm of the future seemed the answer to all my worries, I just had to make it until 2045 and let technology overcome the problem. The piece at first became a celebration of singularity, of technology overcoming man’s biggest fear and finally liberating us from death, but the more I researched the topic, going deeper and deeper into the subject and reflecting all that research into the new music I was creating, my perspective on ‘death’ changed dramatically.

I started analysing reports of near-death experiences that have been documented in various studies around the world. In 1982, a Gallup survey indicated that approximately 8 million adults in the United States alone had had a near-death experience, most of them actually shared the same experiences and characteristics. The findings from this research alone were transformative, together with the different ways in which humanity during history has dealt with death in different cultures and traditions. When you look at the hard data and take a wider perspective, it’s strange to see that, as a society, we’ve adopted such distorted perspective of death, one that creates in us unnecessary fear and suffering in individuals.

It became clear to me that there is beauty in the idea of dying, that we cannot separate life from death and that it is the imminence of death that gives beauty and purpose to our lives. When every moment can be our last, things become more beautiful and more intense. The song and closes the piece, Passing on the Torch, based on the words of philosopher Alan Watts, sums it up quite well:

“So therefore in the course of nature once we have ceased to see magic in the world anymore, we are no longer fulfilling nature’s game of being aware of itself. There's no point in it anymore, and so we die, and so something else comes to birth which gets an entirely new view. It is therefore not natural for us to wish to prolong life indefinitely. But we live in a culture where it has been rubbed into us, in every conceivable way, that to die is a terrible thing. And that is a tremendous disease from which our culture in particular suffers.”

So ‘2045: The Year Man Becomes Immortal’ reflects this personal journey of mine. I think that this transformation that happened inside of myself cannot be done alone at a rational level, at some point I had to feel it. Thus those feelings are into the music and I hope that the audience can feel through it my experience and have the chance to reflect on this issue themselves. I have lost all fear of dying, whenever my time is, I will be ready, “with clean hands and straight eyes”, quoting a Native American prayer from Chief Yellow Hawk that has also made into the piece.

Some interesting details of the piece: it is structured in 5 sections mirroring the five stages of a fruit tree, a metaphor of the cyclic nature of time and life. The first three sections (block 1) represent the process from life to death, the last two (block 2) open to door to immortality taking the cycle back to life again. All the individual segments that constitute the blocks follow the timings of the Fibonacci Sequence (1 1 2 3 5 8 13 21 45 55), imitating the way nature creates its structures using Fibonacci based sequences. The piece is exactly 55min long, with the two main blocks separated at the Golden Ratio at 34min.

A sample of the new piece, the composition ‘Slaves of Time’ sang by Volksoper lead soprano Rebecca Nelsen can be heard here:



The tickets of the show are sold via the St. Martin in the Fields box office at:
http://www.stmartin-in-the-fields.org/2045

Cast for the premiere:

Meeta Raval - Soprano
Oliver Gerrish - Countertenor
Helios Voices Choir
Mark Sproson - Choir Musical Director
Aquinas Piano Trio - Martin Cousin Piano, Katherine Jenkinson Cello, Ruth Rogers Violin
Olivia Duque Cor Anglais
Martin Stephens - Electric Bass
Mike de Groot - Electronics
Toni Castells - Keyboards and Percussion

British soprano Meeta Raval made her Royal Opera debut in 2015. Raval studied at the Royal Academy of Music and the National Opera Studio. She was a finalist in the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Competition in 2011, and is the winner of the Dame Eva Turner Prize for ‘Soprano with Dramatic Potential’.

"Geniality and impeccable craftsmanship go hand in hand when it comes to Saint-Saëns's piano trios. This is music to enjoy, as the Aquinas Piano Trio clearly do in playing it...the Aquinas Trio are spot-on in interpretative instinct." Gramophone Review

Biography:

Toni Castells (born 3 January 1976) is a Spanish-born British composer based currently in London. Composer, multi-instrumentalist, engineer, producer and academic, electro-acoustic polymath Toni Castells defies definition. His sonic worlds transpire an inherited precocious classical training with an inventive use of modern technologies to create unique and distinctive soundscapes that have been compared to Morricone and Satie. Over the years Castells has become best known for his genre defying solo albums which sit on the fringes of the the ever burgeoning ‘neo-classical’ movement. His spiritually-charged live performances have been hailed as ‘life-changing’.

Norwegian indie band KMF (Kakkmaddafakka) spearhead their own unique effervescent sound on this summery single ‘Young You’.



This band has undeniable chemistry!’ – IndieBerlin

Kakkmaddafakka can get the muddy dance floors of the European festival circuit pumping – but they can prop you up against a tree to lounge in the midsummer sun, too.’ - Noisey

The song is a feelgood blend of groovy bass, bouncy pianos and breezy reverb-soaked vocals. You can feel the warm rays of the sun on your face whilst listening to it.

Listen to the single here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N50ugwIegBk

The band hail from the beautiful city of Bergen, where they have grown from a small local group to an internationally recognised act. Their Facebook page currently has over 151, 000 likes.

Having toured all over the world, KMF regularly play to 5000 fans at their own club shows across the continent and have appeared at and headlined stages at renowned festivals such as Melt! Festival, the Montreux Jazz Festival, Arenal Sound in Spain and Hurricane Festival. With support constantly coming their way, they seem destined to continue onwards and upwards and are not likely to stop until their out the stratosphere.

The group proclaim themselves to be ‘sauna extremists’, having gone so far as to perform naked in a sauna once on Norwegian national news!

Amongst sauna-extremism, the band’s other hobbies include football, gaming and Djing (two of the members Axel and Pål run a popular club concept ‘Klubben’ and a hip hop night in Bergen – proof of a band with eclectic musical tastes).

On May 31st the band performed an exclusive UK show at the prestige O2 Academy Islington.

‘Young You’ is out May 13th and is set to appear on the group’s upcoming self-titled album KMF set for release today (June 3rd).

Links:

https://soundcloud.com/kakkmaddafakka
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCuBabbpsL4gvTfFjdHuSN0g
https://www.facebook.com/kakkmaddafakkamusic
https://twitter.com/kakkmaddafakka
http://www.kmfband.com/


Priory Park Festival are delighted to announce the latest addition to their July 8-10 festival bill…the one and only PP Arnold.



PP is, quite simply, a pop music icon. She was one of the pioneers of black music in the UK and she’s worked with some of the biggest names in the business, even from the very start of her career in 1964 when she joined Ike and Tina Turner as part of their review.

Since her time as an Ikette she’s been championed by luminaries such as Mick Jagger and sung with Roger Waters, Dr John, the Small Faces, The Nice and Chris Farlowe amongst many many others. She can be heard on albums by the Small Faces, Peter Gabriel, Stephen Stills, Graham Nash, Nils Lofgren, Dr Robert, Nina Hagen… the list goes on. Her biography reads like a who’s who of music.

As impressive as her work with other artists is, however, she’s best loved for, and forever associated with, her classic versions of Angel of the Morning and The First Cut is the Deepest, two singles that still get plenty of airplay today.

Amazingly PP Arnold’s appearance at Chichester is one of the few festivals she’s actually performed at as a solo artist… “I haven’t played a lot of festivals in my own right, probably since the 1960s, so it’s going to be wonderful” she said.

I was touring with Roger Waters from 1999 to 2008 and we did a lot of those kind of concerts including Glastonbury. But since then I’ve been regenerating my own solo career and following my own path. Of course I’ll definitely be doing Angel and The First Cut is the Deepest at Chichester – they are still very poignant to me.

PP Arnold joins a host of other artists performing on the Saturday at the eclectic weekend. Acts appearing across the three days include Sophie Ellis Bextor, the Feeling, The Manfreds, Seth Lakeman, Martin Simpson, and Zoe Rahman with Courtney Pine. The second stage at Chichester features poetry, literature and music with guest talks from Dame Esther Rantzen, producer Glyn Johns, broadcaster Simon Fanshawe and authors Tom Fort and Glynn Povey.


Tickets for Priory Park Festival are on sale now from www.chichesterlive.co.uk or in person from the Festival Box Office Cloisters Shop, Cathedral Cloisters, Chichester, PO18 1PX (open Monday – Saturday 10am – 5pm). 01243 813595 from mid April.
NB The Early Bird Special ends at midnight on June 7th.
(Early Bird Special Price, Tier One, Limited Period: Adult £79, young person, 11-18 years, £40.00)

More artists have been confirmed for Flow Festival Helsinki!



Leading the announcement is no other than the hypnotic British singer FKA Twigs, who rose to popularity in 2012 on the strength of her blinding debut EP1 and its hit track Breathe. Known for her excellent choreography as well as musicality, FKA Twigs explores the nuances of pop aesthetics in a way that holds both critics and audiences spellbound.

Also announced to play Flow Festival Helsinki is the young electronic producer Mura Masa, who is currently re-defining the electro-landscape with cutting-edge mixtapes and singer-songwriter Laura Mvula is set to bring her adventurous jazz-tinged pop music to the Finnish city. Canadian singer-songwriter Spencer’s Moonface project will be appearing with Siinai, the Finnish band specialising in anthemic instrumental rock fresh from the release of their second collaborative album coming 3rd June.

Ricky-Tick Big Band & Julkinen Sana, the genre-busting, 20-piece rhythm machine brings its unique mix of jazz and hip-hop to Flow Festival, putting on a show featuring circus troupe Agit-Cirk. The electronic music explosion in the Voimala venue becomes super-stellar with the addition of four new Finnish names added to the star-studded line up. The first of which, is Mirage Man who spices up house and techno influenced sets with far-flung genres; TWWTH, a project by Matti Pentikäinen of Ceebrolistics infuses dark electronic soundscapes with swirls of trap; Samuli Kemppi is easily one of the most important techno producers in the history of the Helsinki scene. And finally, Ripatti, whose one-time, one-of-a-kind gig is set to challenge the assembled multitude.

Already confirmed for Flow Festival Helsinki include Sia, New Order, Massive Attack, Iggy Pop, Anohni, The Last Shadow Puppets, Jamie xx, M83, Chvrches, Descendents, Four Tet and Hercules & Love Affair.

Tickets for Flow Festival have been selling at a record pace. Three-day tickets are 175€ until the end of June. From July 1, the price is 182€ if tickets are still available.


http://www.flowfestival.com/en/tickets/

EVEN MORE ACTS ANNOUNCED FOR SUNDOWN FESTIVAL



2nd, 3rd & 4th September 2016 – Norfolk Showground, Norwich, NR5 0TT


SIGALA, KIKO BUN, CROOKERS, CULTURE SHOCK, BECKY HILL AND STOOSHE JOIN THE SUMMER FESTIVAL SEASON’S BIGGEST CLOSING PARTY

Taking from all corners of pop, urban and dance music, Sundown Festival returns in 2016 with its biggest lineup yet. With huge names already announced including headliners Chase & Status and Jason Derulo, pop superstars Jess Glynne and Fleur East and grime godfathers Dizzee Rascal and Kano, even more names are joining the party!

Since toppling Bieber off of the top spot in the Official UK Top 40 Singles Chart with his smash hit ‘Easy Love’, Norwich’s own Sigala has become one of the country’s most in demand DJs and producers. His current single, the Nile Rogers and John Newman collaboration ‘Give Me Your Love’, is a summery slice of tropical house and his set on the main stage is not to be missed. Also joining the main stage lineup are purveyor of sun-soaked, infectious reggae Kiko Bun, BRIT nominees Stooshe and chart-topping pop starlet Becky Hill.

With Sundown teaming up with Defected, Ministry Of Sound, UKF and Drum & Bass Arena this year to bring two dance-dedicated tents to the festival full of some of the biggest names in house, dnb, garage and more, those looking to party the weekend away need look no further. Joining the Defected In The House stage is Italian house master Crookers and over in the Drum & Bass Arena, Ram Records’ Culture Shock joins the already stacked lineup.

Expanding in 2016 to three stages for the first time, Sundown Festival is the essential closing party of the summer festival season for revelers looking for one last dance in the sun.


http://www.sundownfestival.co.uk/

Following on from the rousing success of their 2012 record “Death Valley Duchess”, Nottingham stoner rock crew Widows are soon to head into Skyhammer Studios in Cheshire to record their new album “Oh, Deer God”, which is set for release in November 2016. Their first record with new bassist, Phil Emblin.

Guitarist James Kidd had this to say about the upcoming new release:
It's been a long time since our last release so we're super excited to be back in the studio and we are definitely bringing the riffs!.

With Phil joining us on bass, we’re finally writing as a whole band again. His influence has inevitably crept into the writing process and helped us evolve to come up with something darker and more aggressive than the last album. The new stuff is definitely more stripped back, and heavier than our previous offerings. Given the sound we’re going for with the 7 tracks on “Oh Deer God”, Skyhammer was the obvious choice.

Chris is a great engineer and Adam (vocals) and I had wanted to work with him for a long time before Skyhammer and Widows even existed. He’s been at the helm of a bunch of excellent albums over the last few years so we know he’ll steer us right. Don’t worry though, that Widows groove is still firmly front and centre!


Formed in 2008, Widows play music you can raise a beer and swing a fist to, and they do it hard, fast and loud. With bone crushing grooves and an undeniable swagger!

Influenced by the likes of Down, Kyuss, and Clutch, Widows released their debut EP, “Raise the Monolith”, in 2010. The subsequent shows bolstered their reputation as an impressive live band as they chewed up venues and damaged people’s hearing across the UK.

Their next album, Death Valley Duchess”, was recorded after a desert rock pilgrimage by members James and vocalist Adam to the Californian desert in a bid to inspire both the music and album artwork. It was released worldwide in 2012 followed by several tours across the UK, Europe and Scandinavia, and supported with playlisting on Kerrang! Radio and Propeller TV’s Metal Tuune and Tuune Rocks shows. All this next to a string of killer shows with Tombstones, Orange Goblin, and Valient Thorr and festivals including Desert Fest 2012 (London), Waterfront Festival 2010/14 (Nottingham), Hockley Hustle 2014 (Nottingham), Riff Fest 2014 (Bolton) Macmillan Fest 2015 (Nottingham) and Mammothfest 2015 (Brighton).



New York Indie Rockers Newborn are ready to shake up things for rock and roll, their new track Beautiful Disguise, and are set to release their new EP this Summer. The band take influence from Muse, Nirvana, Metallica, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Arctic Monkeys, who set a high bar for the band. The upcoming EP, self-titled Newborn, was mastered by Joe Laporta, who has worked with artists as esteemed as David Bowie, Foo Fighters, The Weeknd, The Killers and Imagine Dragons, set to be released June 14th the EP combines indie rock tracks with old school rock and roll. This band are definitley one to watch. 'Beautiful Disguise' is the latest release from the band, follows up on previous single turn around, who's video you can see here. The track centres around people's fascination with beauty, ' There's a big old empty space/ and a smile that cracks your face'.

The Football Association of Wales are excited to announce that Manic Street Preachers will release the official Wales EURO 2016 song on 20 May 2016.



‘Together Stronger (C’mon Wales)’ celebrates past and present members of the squad and their appearance in a major football tournament for the first time in over half a century. All profits from the song will go to the Princes Gate Trust and Tenovus Cancer Care.

Wales are playing Northern Ireland (24 March) and Ukraine (29 March) in preparation for the EURO 2016 Finals in France this summer and Manic Street Preachers met up with Wales National Team Manager, Chris Coleman and members of the Wales squad at training to film an accompanying music video.

Tickets for the match between Wales and Northern Ireland at the Cardiff City Stadium on Thursday, 24 March can be purchased here:http://bit.ly/1PGvJQj. The game kicks off at 7.45pm.

Speaking about the collaboration with the Manic Street Preachers, Chris Coleman said: “It was fantastic to be involved with such an iconic Welsh band. Manic Street Preachers have been passionate Welsh football supporters and all the lads enjoyed the experience and joined in. It is also great to be supporting such worthwhile causes in the Princes Gate Trust and Tenovus Cancer Care.
‘Together Stronger (C’mon Wales)’ is being released at the same time as Manic Street Preacher’s 20th Anniversary re-issue of their hugely successful fourth album ‘Everything Must Go’.

The re-issue of ‘Everything Must Go’ will come as a digital download, double cd and box set which over the formats will include vinyl, CD’s, DVD’s and a book. The band’s 21 song performance at the Nynex Arena in Manchester to over 20,000 people on 24 May 1997 has been fully restored will be available in full for the first time both on CD and DVD and long-time collaborator BAFTA Award-winning director Kieran Evans (Kelly & Victor) has shot a new film to accompany the album. This comes 20 years to the day of the albums’ original release and this year the band celebrate the 30th Anniversary of their formation in Blackwood, South Wales.

Although some songs from ‘Everything Must Go’ are still cornerstones of Manic Street Preachers gigs, several of the album tracks haven’t been played live since ’96 and they will be playing the record in full at the previously announced shows for the first time, which finish at a stadium show in Swansea on 28 May 2016, just prior to the start of EURO 2016 in June.

Itunes: http://ManicsTSDL

Tour Dates

13 May LIVERPOOL, Echo Arena
14 May BIRMINGHAM, Genting Arena
16/17 May LONDON, Royal Albert Hall
20 May LEEDS, First Direct Arena
21 May GLASGOW, The SSE Hydro
(all with Editors)
28 May SWANSEA, Liberty Stadium
(with Super Furry Animals and Public Service Broadcasting)


Back on stage this coming summer with a very special live performance once a month and for this season only are the iconic UK funk/soul/pop group IMAGINATION!


Original co-founder Errol Kennedy, is thrilled to be returning to Ibiza with the opening at LAS DALIAS on Thursday 16th June starting at 22:00 (doors open H.19:00). You will be guaranteed a flashback with enough music and lights to keep you going in the heat of the night that you'll most likely find yourself burning up and wondering was that just an illusion?
Totally charmed by the true Ibiza, Errol agreed to three more performances: 24th July, 25th August and 25th September to give everybody on the island a chance to dance and party together – of course all at the brilliant LAS DALIAS!
2016 is an important year in music history – 35 years since IMAGINATION's distinctive groovy bass-line sounds first hit the airwaves and gold lame hit the dance floors around the globe.... in fact it was 1981 when they released their chart-breaking platinum debut single (and also platinum debut album!) BODY TALK, which ultimately led the band to become the funk-soul-pop legends the name IMAGINATION is now known for over three decades later.
A significant milestone like this needs celebrating and so does Errol Kennedy, who is a producer also in addition to being the co-founder and drummer of the band. He will be releasing a BRAND NEW and UPBEAT POP single entitled “YOU CAN BE (All You Want To Be)”. The song is super uplifting and encourages people to follow their desires to become what they want to be.
Produced by Errol himself, he also co-wrote the song along with Mike Edmond, Patrick Brathwaite and Robert Taylor. Lead vocals by Rohan Reckord. Mixed by Paulo Silva & Errol Kennedy. Cover design by Kriss Höss (#KDeluxeLDN).

Release due on 29/04/2016 (all major online stores and here ).

Earlier this year, to let the legacy of IMAGINATION live on, Errol Kennedy also released a very special ”GREATEST HITS LIVE” album which he recorded when touring the UK with his own band during their UK tour in 2010-11. The album features not just all of Imagination's hits like SO GOOD SO RIGHT, CHANGES, MUSIC AND LIGHTS, IN AND OUT OF LOVE, BURNING UP (to name but a few) and of course IMAGINATION's signature hit JUST AN ILLUSION but it also includes bonus tracks such as special instrumental versions and a fantastic live version of the new single YOU CAN BE (All You Want To Be).

You who think that Ibiza is only electronic dance music will be surprised! This magical atmosphere in the heart of the magnificent island is not to be missed, two stages full of unique music to dance to in the familiar and friendly surroundings of LAS DALIAS. Warming Up the night and crowd will be Jessica Henderson (Diva Jess) from Ibiza Global Radio with her pure deep funk DJ session just before the concert. From midnight the main room's volume will be pumped up to the “Black Dance” night with a selection of pure pre- electronic dance music sessions from the last century by Cloud J Deep performing with live resident musicians such as Trace Harris, Domenico Caputo and friends. They are well known to surprise everybody by playing unforgettable sessions. And all this will be captivated by the best surrounding visuals by Innocence00. With a ticket price of only €15 for pre-sales and €20 on the door, residents and tourists of all ages are strongly recommended to: “... put on your favourite dancing shoes and let’s party with the best live soul-funk @Ibiza”. Music is life.
Press Release written by Kriss Höss (PR & Creative Management Imagination feat. Errol Kennedy) in cooperation with Claudio Seggio (CloudJDeep)
Pre sales online by Ticketea



Links:
• Las Dalias FB:www.facebook.com/lasdaliasibiza
• Band Website: www.imaginationband.com
• FB: www.facebook.com/imaginationband
• Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCBvv3lKKkoosxO7oSyCk8CA


London-based folk singer-songwriter Lir Shilton is marking her debut single release with 'Flower',taken from her upcoming debut album, ‘Nothing But A Ghost’, mixed by John Cornfield (Neil Halstead, The Verve).'Flower' is a slow-core alternative folk song, written about Lir Shilton's beloved dog and lead by her classical guitar fingerpicking style and a soft downtempo drumming.Lir’s pure troubadour songwriting skills and soothing voice tells an honest story that immediately pierces the listener's heart. These are marked exceptionally in this single release.
Based in London, UK,born and raised in Ashkelon, Israel, Lir began her interest in music at an early age. When she was 4 years old, attending a family wedding, she was fascinated with the saxophone player and refused to go home. The next day she had found a toy recorder and intuitively began to play all her favorite Disney songs. At the age of 8 she took piano lessons, and was then accepted to an art-focused elementary school where she experienced music and stage arts. Lir had taught herself to play the guitar, and by the age of 14, wrote her first song. From that point on, she had played with various bands and ensembles in many venues and festivals in Israel.

In 2010 Lir joined the IDF for her mandatory 2 year service serving as part of the official army band where she contributed vocals, guitar and keyboard parts. During her service, she performed for various army and state officials, and had her original song featured on Israel’s most popular radio station, ‘Galgalaz’.In 2012 Lir had digitally released an EP titled ‘Director’s Cut’.Later that year, she moved to the UK to pursue her art. She played in many venues such as ‘O2 Academy Islington’, ‘The Water Rats’, ‘Brixton Jamm’ and various radio stations across the UK. Alongside her partner, Sir. O, she co-founded GoPro Sessions, which was praised by Go Pro, band A-ha, and was also featured on the American magazine 'Acoustic Guitar'.
She is currently working on her debut album, alongside John Cornfield (The Verve, Neil Halstead), to be released on MishMish Records.



Official website:
www.lirshilton.com

Ronoc is set to re-release his song ‘Battling On’ which raised money for local charities through his first release after having had chart success on Amazon.


<(image credit: Cerys Sian Thomas)

Ronoc is an artist who has a clear vision of his ambitions. Not only is he an exceptional songwriter but he also uses his art to help others. Having raised money with his new single ‘Battling On’ for local charities in Loughborough at the end of last year, the singer is now re-releasing his heartfelt single for a wider audience. Having already earned support from BBC Leicester and BBC Introducing East Midlands, Ronoc is solidly climbing his way up to bigger endeavours.

‘Battling On’ carries a strong message about how we keep going on, no matter how tough times might be.

Listen here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8JB60ZbcG_s

As a one man band, Ronoc is used to writing and producing his own material. He has perfected his techniques after studying a music degree in London at The Institute Of Contemporary Performance. In order to portray is abilities to perform without the help of other musicians he has come up with a 21st century solution of playing live gigs with a band consisting solely of himself.

Click here to watch the result:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4wqOqdQ90v8

The singer has gone on to making a name for himself in his hometown Leicester and Loughborough, where he currently lives. He has raised money for Loughborough charities such as the hospices Rainbows and LOROS as well as PACE, an organisation helping people in poverty. “When it came to releasing this single, with the message behind the song being so powerful, it was a natural decision to donate all revenue from downloads and streaming to three local charities that I support. The meaning relates very well with each of these charities and all people involved” , says the songwriter.

The song managed to get to number 91 in the Amazon charts in overall songs and for a while Ronoc saw himself placed next to David Bowie at number 3 on the Amazon rock charts during the initial stages of the release.

Musically, the singer/songwriter has a variety of different influences. As someone who has an eclectic taste in music, he listens to bands from the Red Hot Chili Peppers to Arctic Monkeys while at the same time appreciating music by Justin Timberlake or Seal. With an all-embracing attitude towards music, his own sound is difficult to categorise. Taking components of rock/pop a la Paul Weller or Sting and giving them a more mature character, often with hints of jazz or folk, Ronoc creates somewhat of a worldly touch with his music which ultimately makes his songs both unique and interesting.

Ronoc has started his solo career two years ago after having previously played with the indie band The Vacations who had been featured on MTV and played the main stage at Strawberry Fields Festival in Leicester in 2013.

Currently, the artist is charity busking in Leicester as a lead up to an event he is organising at a local church in Loughborough on 27th February this year. This event will once again raise money for the charities he supported during the first release of ‘Battling On’.

The re-release of ‘Battling On’ is set for 11th March 2016.


Links:
http://www.ronocmusic.com/
https://twitter.com/RonocMusic
https://www.facebook.com/RonocMusic/

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