KÎND: Ascending Beyond Boundaries

In the pulsating heart of modern rock stands KÎND, a quintet sculpting the very essence of sonic evolution. Founded by the visionary composer, guitarist, and vocalist, Matt Redmond, KÎND emerges as a beacon of melodic progressive rock, transcending the ordinary with each resounding note.

Within the hallowed halls of BIMM, Matt's creative fervor ignited a quest for musical transcendence. Fuelled by a desire to weave together disparate elements of pop's infectious melodies, metal's thunderous guitar riffs, jazz's intricate harmonies, and the ethereal blend of dual male and female vocals, KÎND was born.

With four audacious releases already under their belt, including their latest single, "Philosopher’s Wish," unveiled on the 25th of April 2024, KÎND has firmly entrenched themselves as pioneers of the genre. Their sonic odyssey knows no bounds, as evidenced by their electrifying performances at renowned festivals such as Whelan's One's to Watch, EXOH’s Next Big Thing, and the hallowed grounds of YouBloom in Phoenix Park.

But it is not merely their past conquests that define KÎND; it is the promise of what lies ahead. With a headline show at The Soundhouse igniting the flames of anticipation, KÎND prepares to unleash a torrent of creativity upon the world in 2024, promising a deluge of music that eclipses anything they've dared before.

Maximillion Foy of DeMars Magazine eloquently captures the essence of KÎND's meteoric rise, stating, "KÎND are clearly in the ascendancy. The striking assuredness that comes with each release belies their status as a band still in its infancy, and I can think of no other band on the scene today that has the same volcanic potential."

In an era where conformity reigns, KÎND stands as a testament to the boundless possibilities of musical exploration. With their unwavering commitment to pushing the boundaries of sound, KÎND beckons listeners to embark on a journey into the uncharted realms of musical transcendence.

Amy Rowbottom is a singer and songwriter hailing from West Yorkshire, United Kingdom. With a lifelong passion for music, Amy has been honing her songwriting craft since childhood. Her debut single, 'Mr Trickster,' was released to acclaim in September 2023, marking the beginning of an impressive musical journey.

Spanning various genres, Amy's music showcases her versatile talent as both a songwriter and vocalist. In 2023, she achieved the honor of becoming a semi-finalist in the prestigious UK Songwriting Contest. Since then, Amy has released an impressive catalog of 12 singles, with more eagerly anticipated music on the horizon.

Amy's work has garnered attention worldwide, with her songs being streamed and aired across numerous platforms and radio stations. She has been featured in multiple radio interviews throughout the UK, further solidifying her presence in the music scene.

Driven by a deep love for music from different eras, Amy aspires to create compositions that resonate with audiences and leave a lasting impression on the soul. Her goal is to craft music that stands out amidst today's diverse musical landscape.

Singing and songwriting are not just pursuits for Amy—they are integral parts of her life. She extends her heartfelt appreciation to all those who have supported and continue to support her on this remarkable musical journey.

Drenched in the raw, post-pandemic grit of County Down's forgotten corners, The New Leaves emerged from the wreckage, wielding their own brand of sonic rebellion. These four rebels, childhood comrades turned musical insurgents, fuse haunting harmonies, lyrical landscapes of untamed nature, and a gritty folk ethos that spits in the face of convention.

McKay, the band's visionary, weaves tales of rugged beauty and forgotten folklore, breathing life into a songbook that pulses with the beating heart of the Mourne Mountains and the untamed spirit of Carlingford Lough's hidden realms. Brace yourself for a sonic riot, as The New Leaves carve their name into the very soul of the genre, daring you to follow them into the wild unknown.

Donaghaguy Reservoir - The New Leaves ( New Single Release )

Prepare to be swept away by the enchanting melodies of The New Leaves as they unveil their latest masterpiece, "Donaghaguy Reservoir". This mesmerizing folk saga is the inaugural offering from the band's partnership with the freshly-minted folk and acoustic powerhouse, Corn Crake Records.

Crafted under the deft hands of producer Steve Fearnley at Narrow Water Studios and polished to perfection by the acclaimed Peter Maher, this track is but a glimpse into the soul-stirring journey awaiting in their upcoming album, "A Sketch of Home", slated for release on the 7th of June.

Nestled on the fringes of Warrenpoint, the band's beloved hometown, Donaghaguy Reservoir beckons with its serene allure—a haven of tranquility cherished by both man and beast. Known affectionately as 'the duck pond' among locals, its unassuming beauty serves as the muse for McKay's poignant storytelling.

Through haunting verses and ethereal melodies, "Donaghaguy Reservoir" transports listeners to this sanctuary of solace, capturing the essence of its whispered secrets and timeless serenity. Join The New Leaves on this evocative journey into the heart of nature's embrace, where each note is a brushstroke painting a vivid portrait of peace amidst the chaos of the world.

Just a bit of advice for musicians and some points to determine whether having a music career is really for you on not.

Profile Pages 

I started out creating profile pages as many artists simply didn't have a website and were virtually unseen on the search engines. A profile page is a little different than lets say a review from a music website. Now reviews are great and especially from popular websites.Top websites that provide your own website URLs are what you would call backlinks and improve the overall authority of your own website. 

It's a bit like a writer after writing a book and getting raving reviews which makes her or her book credibility and receive more interest overall. The same applies to Musicians who have a decent enough website and there are links, linking back to it from other reputable music websites. 

As an SEO ( Search Engine Optimization ) specialist, I decided to create profiles for artists, with or without their own websites as either a web page press pack or a very nice backlink that linked back to their own website. This might seem irrelevant to some but this is a very powerful method of promoting the artist through the search engines and at the same time gain more credibility.

Another reason why I created these profiles was as a Venue manager I used to receive 1000s of Presspacks that were way too long, complicated and I simply didn't have time to go through them as I was just too busy. I would have prefered a much simpler one page, straight to the point presentation that got to the music right away. Also, the attention span of everyone over the past 10 years has become very short and long laborious Presspacks are no longer effective anymore, if ever in my own opinion. All that is really required is a short Bio, your best tracks on display and a few Social links so people can research further, that's it. 

I know this works as I have tested it for over a decade now and have the analysis to prove it.   

Is Having A Music Career Really For You?

Music Promotion 

This is a subject that is so convoluted these days that Musicians are left scratching their heads on what ways are best to promote their own act. As an online promoter, I have gone down the same rabbit holes and realised that keeping everything Simple was the best way forward for any meaningful results.  

Obviously the Music has to be good and also have the ability to attract a fan base. Musicians know full well that if they are getting good feedback about a track or a live performance then they are on the right track. What they decide to do with that feedback is a whole different matter. It can either be collected up and built upon or as many artists do today, ignore it and expect continuous support by spamming all the social networks.

The biggest mistake I see musicians & managers making today is not building a fan base, a community where musicians and their fans can engage personally. That can only be done after a before, during and after live Gig or through a personal email. Social media in my own opinion is useless for this and should only be used as a catchment area for new fans. Any and all fans should be placed in an email list for special personal email and a building of relationships with various offers, updates, fan only material shared.   

Is Having A Music Career Really For You?

Merchandise  

Streaming has obliterated physical sales but please be aware that CDS & Vinyl have become a niche marketing and should be part of your overall merchandise stock. Remember you are a business and need to cater for all of your fans and having music in all formats should be always available to them. The majority of Record stores have virtually no interest in your music so keep those physical copies for people that actually want them. If you have a good email list of fans, This is a very good way to sell those copies and share your music.

Is Having A Music Career Really For You?

Live Performance 

Musicians know full well the importance of playing live, sharing their music locally and outside or their area. I hear many complaining that they cannot find a whole lot of places that will give them the opportunity to play but please remember that you must offer the venue the opportunity of an event attended by many of your fans. If you are serious about your music and the future of it, you will have already done the groundwork before reaching out to bigger venues. 

The live performance is the Musician's opportunity to showcase what they are all about and attract fans to them. Again what you decide to do with those new fans is the difference between being a successful act or an act with no direction, aimlessly posting on facebook, instagram etc and hoping that fans will automatically follow each and every week. If that initial personal connection is not made and nourished then the chances of each fan remaining committed and loyal to you is virtually Zero. 

Final Words

As a previous Venue Manager and now Online promoter for many years, I have seen it done right but unfortunately too many times done totally wrong and seeing the musician frustrated. If you are serious, then start doing this correctly and simple build from there in an organic way first. One fan, two, three and keep going till you reach a few 100 or a few 1000 if you are doing things right. Then and only then do you attempt any social media campaign but always be conscious of your loyal fans who require a different personal approach.

If you are not prepared to do all this, then you are in the wrong career and you should only play or perform music as an interest, hobby, part time job or simply entertainment. I think many Musicians get caught up in the fantasy of having a music career without knowing what is actually required in reality and waste too many years in the limbo land of the music industry. It's just my opinion from what I have seen over the years. Music is certainly one of the most beautiful hobbies one could have as it is an expression on one self but launching a music career is a whole different story. Which one are you in all of this?   

At the youthful age of 23, Jaime Orr emerges as a noteworthy rock guitarist and songwriter on the rise. Introduced to the electrifying sounds of bands like AC/DC and Audioslave from the earliest years of his life, Jaime found solace and expression through the guitar, a medium that helped him transcend significant speech obstacles. This pivotal moment steered him towards a profound dedication to the world of music, shaping the very essence of his being. "The instrument is why I am able to articulate words the way I do now," he reflects.

His musical creations delve into weighty subjects woven with uplifting messages—a unique blend of tender, John Mayer-esque balladry entwined with the raw, gritty guitar-driven choruses reminiscent of grunge and hard rock luminaries such as Royal Blood and Nirvana.

Already making waves in the Irish music scene, Jaime has graced esteemed venues like Vicar Street, where he shared the spotlight with the iconic Thin Lizzy guitarist, Eric Bell. Notably, he recently lent his deft guitar skills and vocals to a track featured in the music documentary "Mr. Dreamer," currently streaming on GloboPlay. His original compositions have found a home in the revered pages of Hot Press magazine, further solidifying his growing presence. Additionally, Jaime made an early mark on the music world by appearing on the illustrious "Late Late Toy Show" stage at the age of 12—an early glimpse into the star he was destined to become.

Jaime Orr is set to unveil his latest single, "For You," a captivating blend of alternative pop rock. The track delves into the profound significance of a reliable support system in one's life journey.

Masterfully crafted by Fergal Davis, a seasoned professional known for his work with some of Ireland's most iconic musical acts, including The Coronas and Aslan, as well as acclaimed hard rock sensations like Muse, "For You" promises to deliver a melodic and lyrically poignant experience.

Dive into the enchanting story of Wise Up—a musical tapestry woven with threads of Canada, Ireland, and Venezuela. Picture this: it's 2022, and at the whimsical union of Courtney Doucette's magnetic bass-lines and velvet vocals alongside Garry Lynch's soulful serenades on guitar, the band takes its first breath. Where, you might ask? None other than at their own wedding, a serendipitous symphony that marked the birth of a legend.

Since that fateful day, Wise Up has been crafting a sonic landscape that knows no bounds, merging the raw energy of North American rock with the ethereal charm of Irish melodies. Their sound isn't just heard; it's felt deep within the marrow of your bones.

With a rhythm as tight as the bonds of friendship that tie them together, the band garnered the attention of industry tastemakers—think It’s All Indie, Indie Dock, Get In Her Ears, The Goo, and RTÉ Entertainment. But don't let the acclaim fool you; their journey from humble beginnings to the bright lights of recognition has been as authentic as the music they create.

Enter the heartbeat of the operation, Juan Livinalli, whose thunderous drumming lays the foundation for Wise Up's musical odyssey. And then, a recent addition to the ensemble, Andrew Kelly, brings his electrifying guitar riffs to the mix, completing the quartet.

Now, poised at the cusp of a new era, Wise Up stands ready, eager to dive headfirst into another whirlwind year of crafting, creating, and conquering stages. Join them on this musical expedition, where every note is a chapter, and every show a magical journey into the heart of indie rock.

“Infectious offering of alternative noise” - Get In Her Ears
“Rolling guitars backed up with ferocious drums and hazy vocals”

It’s All Indie



New Release - Out to Dance

Wise Up

Embark on a musical journey with Wise Up's latest track, "Out to Dance." This vibrant anthem invites listeners to step into the shoes of a girl on a quest for liberation and joy. The song paints a vivid picture of escaping into the pulse of the city, where the dance floor becomes a sanctuary from the mundane.

"Out to Dance" isn't just a song; it's a celebration of empowerment and self-discovery. Through infectious beats and irresistible melodies, Wise Up captures the essence of losing oneself in the moment, shedding the weight of everyday life for a night of unbridled freedom.

The narrative of the track unfolds like a love letter to individual expression, urging all to embrace the magic of letting go and surrendering to the rhythm. So crank up the volume, let your inhibitions fade, and join Wise Up on this electrifying journey of finding yourself through the power of dance.

Aboutmeemo

Meet Mimmo Ripa, the multitalented musician who transcends boundaries as a guitarist, bassist, songwriter, artistic producer, and vocalist. Hailing from Italy but now calling the captivating landscapes of Connemara, Ireland home, Mimmo's musical journey is an odyssey of self-expression and exploration.

From his early days as a self-taught bassist and guitarist, Mimmo's love for music propelled him forward, inspiring him to craft captivating melodies and poignant lyrics. With a deep-rooted connection to his original compositions, he pours his soul into every song, creating a profound and personal musical experience.

Throughout his career, Mimmo has lent his talents to various bands:

Even as a teenager, Mimmo embarked on his first solo project, Jeremy's Mere Touch, and later explored the realm of grunge with his Bleeding Scar persona. Fuelled by influences like Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, and Smashing Pumpkins, his music became a vehicle for catharsis and self-expression.

In addition to Aboutmeemo, Mimmo has lent his skills to various bands in Ireland, including Between the Lines, Sean Daly & The Shams, and the acoustic duo Grungehippies. His commitment to musical excellence extends to his parallel hard rock duo project, Bursting Wonderland, where he continues to write and arrange music.

Mimmo's talents have not gone unnoticed, as he finds himself affiliated with Merf's songwriter division in Nashville. His song "Far Out" caught the attention of legendary producer Stuart Epps, renowned for his work with icons such as Elton John, Led Zeppelin, and Oasis. Epps contributed to a new release, adding his backing vocals, and further enhancing the song's impact with his mixing and mastering skills. He even enlisted the talents of Johnny Marter to record additional tracks, elevating the project to new heights.

Aboutmeemo,  announces his 3rd album Zugzwang under SORRY MOM! label, set for release in late 2024. The first single, "Hooded man," dropped on January 26th, heralding a return to raw, unadulterated rock devoid of gimmicks and shiny hooks. Brace yourself for an electrifying musical experience.

Spoiler Album

"ZUGZWANG" is a profound musical journey that explores themes of introspection, self-discovery, and the struggle to find clarity in the complexities of life. Mimmo Ripa's unique blend of influences, ranging from Italian rock to the American grunge scene, creates a sonic experience that is both captivating and thought-provoking.

The album takes listeners on a captivating journey through Mimmo's thoughts and emotions. From the introspective musings of “They live in denial" to the emotional depth of "Passive aggressive scammers," each track reflects the artist's commitment to authenticity and storytelling. The recurring theme of "ZUGZWANG" revolves around the constant battle between inner thoughts and external distractions, offering a universal exploration of the human experience.

"ZUGZWANG" marks a significant chapter in Mimmo Ripa's musical career as he returns to AboutMeemo, his personal project that took a brief hiatus after his parallel creation “Bursting Wonderland”. The album encapsulates the pride, strength, and passion that drive him to create music with integrity and purpose, even in the face of adversity.

Zugzwang is ready to be known in the world

But what Zugzwang does it mean?  Here explained " zugzwang /ˈzuːɡzwaŋ,ˈzʌɡzwaŋ,ˈtsʊktsvɑːŋ/ nounCHESS a situation in which the obligation to make a move in one's turn is a serious, often decisive, disadvantage."

HOODED MAN is the first single of Zugzwang  

Thanks a mill @mp3hugger for this early review of HOODED MAN

"My oh my Hooded Man sure does not let up, a raging torrent of riffs and singing that has a hollering quality that is rare outside of live performance. It is clear that this act have swallowed the rulebook on hard rock procedural matters because there is no gaps in their delivery of this track.Those on the lookout for a genuine rocker you need not look much further than Aboutmeemo"

Hailing from the serene landscapes of Munster in Ireland, Lloyd John emerges as a dynamic force of boundless energy and unbridled emotion in his performances.

Born in Limerick and having lived in Cork for 4 years, he holds both cities close to his heart, considering them both as his cherished homes.

Driven by a relentless pursuit of evocative storytelling through music, Lloyd's artistry is a captivating blend of Alternative Pop, Soul, and infectious melodies that leave an indelible mark on his audience.

In 2023, Lloyd embarked on his debut tour, mesmerizing audiences and selling out headline shows across coveted venues in Cork, Limerick, and London. This achievement marked a milestone in his burgeoning career, solidifying his position as a compelling live performer.

However, Lloyd's journey began humbly at the age of 16, armed with little more than a laptop, a £30 microphone, and a fervent dream. It was during this formative time that he produced one of his earliest singles, "Alive," a poignant creation that has since amassed over 1,500,000 streams across various platforms.

Throughout his musical evolution, Lloyd has shared stages with acclaimed acts such as Baby Queen, KINGFISHR, and Cassia, honing his craft and absorbing inspiration from each collaborative encounter.

With a distinctive sound that defies convention and a stage presence that commands attention, Lloyd John is rapidly ascending as a beacon of talent in the music industry. As noted by HotPress, he is "quickly becoming a rising star," poised to leave an enduring imprint on the global music landscape.

Upcoming Ep " Sunkissed "

Lloyd John

Sunkissed is a bittersweet folk-pop narrative overlooking the joys of being present. Influenced by Lloyd John's
Irish Trad roots, the record marks celebration of his culture.

Being Irish and Queer, London based artist
Lloyd John defies prejudice musical limitations.


Phantom Dawn is the pseudonym of Dublin-born, Vancouver-based, songwriter/ multi-instrumentalist and producer, Matthew Smyth. Smyth’s work to this point has been with the Alternative Rock Band, Motion Picture Sound and solo Ambient releases, under his own name. Smyth recently moved to Vancouver to pursue his artistic journey away from his hometown. 

Inspired by a wide range of artists ranging from The Stone Roses to Tom Waits, Phoebe Bridgers to My Chemical Romance, and Pinegrove to Neutral Milk Hotel. Smyth takes inspiration not just from music but from poetry, film and painting as well as Irish mythology and Catholic iconography. 

Smyth was partially deaf until the age of three. After his Grandmother suggested an operation, he recovered and heard the world in its full for the first time. This was the beginning of his lifelong, intense love of music. Smyth makes sincere, introspective and poetic Indie/ Alternative Rock music from his bedroom by blending 80's UK Alternative music with 2000's Indie Rock and Emo with an undercurrent of Singer-Songwriter Folk. This unique, eclectic mix draws the listener into the melodic, catchy and beautifully dark world of Phantom Dawn. 

Poetry forms the basis of Phantom Dawn lyrics. Songs explore what Matthew refers to as his ‘’shadow-self’’. By interrogating the darkest aspects of oneself; mental illness, fear, regret, loss, grief and self doubt, Matthew believes you can overcome these issues to learn self-love and become something beautiful. Hence the name, Phantom Dawn

" I tend to write to explore the parts of myself that terrify me. I try to shine a light on a darkness that has always been there. If you can see and hold these aspects of yourself, you can learn to accept yourself as a fallible human being, deserving of love. This means, there’s always care and hope in the songs somewhere. Some lyrics are deeply personal and confessional as a result. At the same time, I love the abstraction you find in David Lynch’s work, or impressionists like Claude Monet. The ambiguity and the allusions make the work much more meaningful, so I try to take a little bit of that into my stuff. "

Memento is the first of many singles to be released in 2024, the next in March and April respectively. A trend which will continue throughout 2024, with each track leaning into its own aspect of the Phantom Dawn sound.

Phantom Dawn

Photography by Ruby McKinnon

Phantom Dawn - Memento - Press Release 

Release 16th February, 2024 

Memento is the debut single from Vancouver based, Irish artist Phantom Dawn. Phantom Dawn is the solo project of singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer, Matthew Smyth. Memento sees Phantom Dawn draw on 1980’s British Alternative/ Indie rock influences as well as Dream-Pop and Shoegaze to create a lush, shimmering, upbeat, yet melancholic sound, that wouldn’t sound out of place in the closing scene of an early 2000’s coming of age Indie film. Memento is a song about little moments and carrying them with you in your faded memory. A sentiment reflected by its sound.

Pyro Villas, the Irish group known for their synth-heavy textures, are back with a new genre-shifted single titled 'Once or Twice Before'. This track showcases a shift in their sound, embracing soulful guitar-driven rhythms and exploring new territory while still honing their craft with live instruments.

The trio, consisting of Stefano Lupo, Killian Dowling, and Cian Guinee, have been steadily expanding their indie-pop sound, and 'Once or Twice Before' is no exception. The track was written, arranged, and mixed by Stefano, Killian and Hugh O'Neill with mastering done by Fergal Davis, who has worked with renowned acts such as Muse, Republic of Loose, and Sinéad O'Connor.

Fans of Pyro Villas can look forward to the release of 'Once or Twice Before' on streaming services on Friday, July 21st. However, for an exclusive listen to the track before its official release, you can find it below.

Exclusive listen to 'Once or Twice Before'

Hot Press Magazine

‘One of the country’s most hotly tipped pop prospects’

Sarina Belissimo, Spin1038

‘What an exciting new band to come out of Ireland.

Such a fab sound and vibe - with the confidence of a well-established band.’

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