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Micko Roche Releases Ambient Electronic/ Indie EP, “Sióg”

Waterford based songwriter, composer, producer, and multi-instrumentalist Micko Roche has released a new EP, Sióg. The EP is a collection of five tracks, which includes  four reworks or indeed interpretations of the EP’s title track. 

The concept comes from a piece of music entitled The Dance of the Fairy which Micko composed for a contemporary dance adaptation of a children’s book. Each piece on the EP represents a life stage of the mythical creature.

Track one Sióg (Tús) , is a stripped back ambient piano version of the original piece of music and is the Dawning of a new life. For track two, Kaya Keating provides violin on Sióg (Saol) which  represents Life, the freedom of living. 

Track three Sióg (Contráth) reworked by Jessie Roche is the twilight of life, the Dusk. A minimal electronic remix, it is the pivot of the EP with uplifting and soothing vibes, also featuring beautiful vocals from Jessie. Track four Sióg (Fáigáil) is the Departure. John Haggis (Speckled Doves, Band Of Clouds, Emperor of Ice Cream) writes and performs a melancholic ambient Indie anthem, ‘The Last Goodbye’.

For the bonus track Sióg (Fágáil) The Last Goodbye ( Alternative,extended version) Haggis has added soaring guitars and an extra chorus which plays out beautifully as a final piece.

Other than the features, Micko Roche plays every instrument on the EP. It was recorded in his home studio, where he also took care of the production, mixing and mastering. The EP will be released on My.Co Records. Artwork for the Ep is by Cristina Zein Vera.

Micko Roche is emerging as one of Ireland’s most unique artists and producers on the scene today already supported by Jose Padilla, Chris, Coco, Pete Gooding, Blank & Jones. Hailing from Waterford, his unique blend of chilled out grooves and live instruments come together beautifully to create a soul soothing Balearic experience.

Micko’s background lies in live performance, touring most of his life throughout Ireland, the UK, Central Europe and Scandinavia with Irish traditional cross over group “The Butterfly Band” and earlier on in the psychedelic Rock band The Madrigal. Micko found his passion for studio production and sound engineering, and pursuing his love for writing and production released several successful projects under his solo artist project, gaining attention from media as well the international Balearic music community. 

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NI Music Prize 2021 Live At The Ulster Hall

The Oh Yeah Music Centre has announced details of this year’s NI Music Prize event and line up.

After a year away from the stage due to Covid-19, the event will return to the Ulster Hall on November 17th. The Prize which honours and celebrates the very best of new, established and emerging Northern Irish music is an annual awards night organised by the Oh Yeah Music Centre.

The evening will include performances from shortlisted artists including Amy MontgomeryDani LarkinNew Pagans and TRÚ.

The show will also feature guest performances from Ryan McMullan and Ash, plus Sasha Samara will perform as last year’s winner of the BBC ATL Introducing Contender Award.

Rigsy (DJ & Broadcaster) and Gemma Bradley (Presenter, BBC Radio 1 Introducing and ATL) will present the show. There will be guest contributors, with live announcements and presentations.

The awards include Best Album supported by PPL, Best Single sponsored by YouTube Music and ATL Introducing Contender Award in association with Oh Yeah.The winners of Best Single and  ATL Introducing Contender Award will be awarded a cash prize of £1,000 and £3,000 will go to the winner of Best Album

This year the event will also celebrate the work of Help Musicians to thank the charity for the support it has given to musicians throughout the pandemic. Help Musicians is a charity that loves music and for 100 years has been working hard to make a meaningful difference to the lives of musicians across the UK. Sadly, the pandemic has meant it’s been needed more than ever. Since March 2020, the charity has provided financial hardship funding to help musicians survive while live music was paused; this monthly support helped nearly 800 musicians in NI. Moving forwards, Help Musicians is increasing its practical help to support musicians back into work.

Commenting on this year’s event, Charlotte Dryden from Oh Yeah said: “It has been a long and challenging twelve months for musicians. That is why this year is such an important coming together, not just to celebrate the great wealth of talent that has produced world-class records throughout the pandemic, but also to thank and let the music community take a moment to reflect, start to rebuild and look to the future. It’s going to be a very special evening indeed.” 

Dan Chalmers, Director of YouTube Music EMEA said: “Supporting new musicians has never been so important after the very difficult times we have been through and with access to live music challenged.  We are proud to sponsor such an important moment celebrating the best music coming out of Northern Ireland and we look forward to an especially poignant and celebratory event”.  

The NI Music Prize takes part during the annual Sound of Belfast, a festival that celebrates the music of the city, from grassroots to established names. It runs 4th – 18th Nov and there are over 50 events in 11 venues featuring 56 artists. All events can be found at www.soundofbelfast.com

NI Music Prize and Sound of Belfast is supported by Arts Council Northern Ireland, Belfast City Council, YouTube Music, PRS Foundation, PPL and PRS. More information; https://nimusicprize.com

A very limited number of tickets will go on sale at 10am on Friday 22nd October from The Ulster Hall at https://www.ulsterhall.co.uk

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Irish Brother Trio Drop Major Party Anthem With Latest Pop Track, Red Line

As the world goes back to what it once was, KinetiX has stepped onto the scene with an energetic new single about living life in the excess…and the splitting hangover that comes with it.

The talented brother trio are living in the fast lane with their latest party-pop anthem Red Line – a song that knows how to groove with its fat synth beats, fun lyrics, and an unmatched energy that will have you sipping on the hair of the dog and ready for round two.

Red Line touches on the vices that accompany late nights, hazy days and hacking hangovers; the epitome of a good time in the post-pandemic world.

In addition to providing a slate of banging rhythms and big drops, Red Line has been purposefully produced in a way that transports the listener into the depths of a maniacal bender. 

In fact, the thumping beat heard at the first drop was inserted as a means to mimic the thumping inside one’s head following a heavy night out in town.

The no-limits single is primed to become a club classic with its energetic bounce and feel-good vibes. The sporadic synth creates a sense of disorder and fun chaos as the electro-pop track channels the pent-up party energy we have all been waiting to unleash for so long.

If Red Line is any measurement of what the Irish brothers have in store, then get ready for some wild times because KintetiX is taking the reins on a future filled with excess. 

KinetiX is made up of brothers Theodore (vocals), Arthur (drums) and Ademar (keys/guitar) who first started out in the traditional Irish music scene before dipping their toes in mainstream pop.

Although KinetiX was first formed in 2017, the trio have been honing their crafts for years prior, winning a collective 23 All-Ireland solo medals. In 2010, the three brothers featured on the Late Late Toy Show, where they gave performances on the banjo, accordion and bouzouki. 

The time spent together and on solo endeavours eventually culminated into the powerhouse pop group seen today. KinetiX is the work of like-minded musicians bonded by blood who have developed their own niche of pop music. 

With the addition of Red Line, KinetiX now bolster a catalogue of successful hits, including Remember Days, Loved and Lost and Toys, all of which have received ample airtime, as well as an ever-growing fanbase eager to see what the Irish brothers drop next.

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