Mark McGowan is renown for the power and timbre of his neo-Soul voice. A voice that keeps one ear firmly in working class Glasgow, yet transports the other to the Greenwich Village folk scene of the early 60's. McGowan’s intricate picking style and storytelling developed from an early age and became the tools for him to express himself.
Mark's 2016 EP 'Fugazi' built on the excitement caused by the release of his debut single the previous year last year, the AAside 'Bonnie & Clyde'/'Colour of Surrender' , which earned him some prestigious international blog attention as well as a cult following on Glasgow's thriving independent scene, leading to him gaining status as a headline act in the city. The 'Fugazi' EP brought a diverse collection of influence to the table, with Barne Society producer Marco Rea (BMX Bandits, Emeli Sande), creating a contemporary texture as the backdrop to McGowan's tales of outlaw's, regret, revenge and romance. Tracks 'Lighthouse' and 'Fugazi' display the essence of Mark McGowan's style with their bittersweet images being painted over circular picking patterns. McGowan also displays dark humor with sounds reminiscent of Otis Redding doing Johnny Cash in the rockabilly hoe down that is 'Sunday Best'. Mark McGowan added a fresh vitality to his Soul inflected folk with 2017 single 'Hot Coals'. Built on a hypnotic guitar figure and hooky chant 'Hot Coals' maintains the vivid romantic imagery that coloured McGowan's previous releases, while at the same time distilling his strengths in a more direct, contemporary setting. Hot Coals was helped brought to life by producer Rick Webster who has worked with the likes of Breakfast Muff, Unkle Bob and James.
In Autumn 2019, Mark released 4 track EP 'Speakeasy' though Los Angeles based label NHM LLC. With the support of the LA office, this has opened up amazing opportunities for Mark who has been out to perform in New York City as part of the New Colossus festival & managed to squeeze in a Sofar Sounds set whilst there. Furthermore, Mark's music videos for Speakeasy & Roles Reveresed have culmitavely reached >300,000 views.
An impending release in 'Bones' is set for later on this year. In addition, Mark McGowan was added to Antidote Booking's impressive roster and he joined fellows Scots; VanIves, Carla J. Easton, Tom McGuire & The Brassholes and Wuh Oh. This has led to Mark taking his mesmerising Neo soul voice across the UK including dates in London & Brighton.
Hailing from Glasgow, Scotland- Stephen Kirkwood has established himself at the forefront of the Scottish electronic music. Working hard over the years to perfect and hone his sound has earned him a global fanbase with releases on some of of the biggest labels in the industry: Spinnin’ Records, Subculture, Reload Black, Naked Lunch, Respekt Recordings, Yoshitoshi & many more.
His sought after productions are a hybrid of modern techno & classic trance. His tracks are powerful, unique and designed for peak time main stage dance floors as well as more intimate settings.
Behind the decks Stephen is a force to be reckoned with, his sets continue to push genre boundaries. His ability to adapt and evolve to his surroundings and read the dance floor has earned him shows at some of the best global parties including Cream at Amnesia in Ibiza and Grotesque in Holland.
Aside from performing, Stephen also runs SKapade Studios. Launched in 2015, it offers music production training in various styles of electronic music,providing one to one tuitiotion, track engineering, mastering and mixing. A strong advocate within the music community, Stephen also works tirelessly with the SKapade team to deliver engaging workshops to the youth across Scotland visiting schools and colleges. 2019 witnessed Stephen and his partner Steven Galloni play to over 10,000 people at Scotland’s premier entertainmentvenue ‘The Hydro’.
For Lova, music comes as natural for her as breathing. She started with the piano as a 3 year old, and since then the music has been a faithful companion, and a solid clue in an ever turbulent existence.
It was however the meeting with her producer Gerald “KEYS” Keys (Rick Ross / Ludacris / Big Sean), in LA who seriously traced Lova into her very own musical expressions. LoKeys resulted from the collaboration with success coming from the single “Tipsy”.
In 2018 year Lova teamed up with Rene Rodriguezz and has featured on the Spotify successes “Rude” and this year’s release “Stand My Ground”.
Early 2019 saw features with Copenhagen based Mashti covering Sade’s “Paradise which should release soon and which follows on from “I Can’t Help Myself” released earlier this year.
David is one of Scotland's most highly respected producers and DJs, he is a mentor to many young aspiring DJs and producers. David has led electronic music production workshops which focus on bringing opportunities to those from disadvantaged backgrounds. In addition, David is a regular on popular Glasgow based electronic community radio station Groove City Radio.
David started his musical career as the resident DJ of the now infamous Glasgow club Hanger 13, and his recording career began in 1993 with releases for the likes of Combined Forces in Holland and the legendary Noom in Germany. He went on to record for leading Scottish label Limbo under the name of “Propulsion” and “Tecra” where he enjoyed the attention of leading DJs such as Nick Warren, Christopher Lawrence and John “00” Fleming.
His tracks have been regularly featured in all of the major compilation titles such as Global Underground and Reactivate. His collaboration with leading producer Mallorca Lee (“Ultrasonic”) took him to write and produce three album tracks for dance sensation Public Domain.
With over thirty releases under his belt, and two major label deals in the works, David Forbes has proved that his production talents are worth looking out for. David Forbes has cemented himself as one of the top producers and dance DJs in the past 25 years with a consistency other can only dream of. With tracks signed to Aria (Forbes own label), Subculture, Damaged, Armada, WAO138, Outburst, Vandit, Blackhole, AVA, Captivaiting, Spinnin, S107, Reset, 68Recordings, Coldharbour, Fraction, Detox, Oxygen, 2play, Serious, MOS, Silicon, Extravaganza & Subliminal to name a few.
"Say hello to your new favourite band’ - Classic Rock Magazine
Saint Agnes are a ferocious 4-piece rock band from East London who clocked up over 200 divebar and squat shows across the UK & Europe in their first 3 years. 2018 was their breakout year; smashing up the mainstage at Kendal Calling, a raucous 20 date UK headline tour, festival appearances across Europe and a sold out headline show at the legendary Lexington in London.
Their year finished with a UK and European tour this autumn, heading out for 6 dates in Germany including Reeperbahn Festival and their biggest headliner yet at The Borderline in London in support of their then recently announced 12" vinyl EP 'The Death or Glory Gang' released via InGrooves(Wolf Alice, Pale Waves).
They are unashamedly a rock band, playing fiery live shows hinging on the intense chemistry between frontman/woman duo of Kitty Arabella Austen and Jon James Tufnell. Their recordings are fully analogue and self-produced to capture the true rebel heart and energy of the band.This is modern guitar music made in the most authentic way. Recording sessions were engineered by Luke Oldfield (The Wytches, Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats).
In 2019 Saint Agnes release their debut full length collection of tracks on May 3rd entitled" Welcome To Silvertown" via new label partner InGrooves backed by over 30 summer gigs Europe-wide before October passes.
They have had radio play from: BBC Radio 6 (Lamacq), Virgin (Georgie Rogers), KEXP, Radio X and Amazing Radio. John Kennedy invited the band to record a live session on his show as well as perform at his own showcase event.
"Their raw chemistry proves as potent as ever as they dish out a grinding splurge of defiant rock n' roll graffiti" - Q Magazine
"Saint Agnes kick out the jams with a fervour and sense of purpose that's genuinely refreshing by shoving the blues through a mangle of 70s influenced psych and metal and then spewing them out in a multi-coloured spray." - The Quietus
"Psych-rock four-piece Saint Agnes have created a unique cinematic sound and a rock 'n' roll Gothic image to match." - The Telegraph
Barry is one of the most successful and prolific producers/songwriters/arrangers in contemporary music, racking up over sixty gold, platinum, and multi-platinum albums on some of the most important artists in pop and R&B, with cumulative sales of over 80 million copies worldwide. Respected and acknowledged Barry’s worked with legends such as Aretha Franklin, Whitney Houston, Barry White, Anita Baker, George Benson, Al Jarreau, Chaka Khan and Gladys Knight, and has provided hit records for major artists incl. Britney Spears, Brandy, Faith Evans, Michael Bolton, Vanessa Williams, Freddie Jackson, Billy Ocean, Kenny Lattimore, Regina Belle and Tamia, among others.
Barry’s first credits as an arranger and producer appeared in 1982 on records by The O’Jays, Teddy Pendergrass and McFadden & Whitehead; after a few years on the road with Melba Moore, Barry was hired for gigs with the likes of Chaka Khan, Angela Bofill and Phyllis Hyman. A call from a New York contractor resulted in a couple of years as a musician in the hit Broadway show, “Cats”.
By the mid-‘80s, Barry’s career as a writer began to take hold: he had songs on albums by Billy Ocean (his breakthrough album, “Suddenly”), Melba Moore (“Read My Lips”) and then in 1985, then-newcomer and Moore protégé, Freddie Jackson, penning six of eight songs on the soul vocalist’s best-selling debut LP, “Rock Me Tonight.” The LP also provided Barry with his first major production credits on six cuts.
Included on Jackson’s debut set was another classic – “You Are My Lady” – which Barry wrote as a tribute to his wife: “That song literally changed my life forever,” Barry reflects. “After working on Freddie’s album and playing and writing for Billy Ocean’s “Suddenly” album, I was hired by Jive Records to work with [South African musician/singer/songwriter] Jonathan Butler after they heard my work on a couple of (jazz guitarist) Earl Klugh’s records.”
Barry’s production skills were on full display on subsequent albums by Butler, Billy Ocean’s classic “Love Zone” and “Tear Down These Walls”, and Jackson and by the end of the ‘80s, he had added a slew of both renowned artists (Britain’s iconic singer Tom Jones, George Benson, gospel star Vanessa Bell Armstrong, Stephanie Mills, saxophonist Najee and Regina Belle) to an ever-growing list of credits.
In the early ‘90s, Barry was in demand for a range of production assignments including with three then-Arista recording artists, Jeffrey Osborne (with him he scored a No. 1 R&B hit, “I’m Only Human”), ‘Dreamgirl’ Jennifer Holliday (with “I’m On Your Side”) and the legendary Dionne Warwick, for whom Barry co-produced a track with her original producers, Burt Bacharach & Hal David.
Others who benefitted from the Eastmond magic touch for the first five years of the ‘90s included Will Downing, Keith Washington, Phil Perry, Rachelle Ferrell, Glenn Jones and The Temptations: one session with hitmaker Howard Hewett in 1990 on a duet with global superstar Anita Baker resulted in a subsequent call from Baker (who had cited Barry’s work with Jonathan Butler as the catalyst for his involvement) a few years later. The initial result was Barry’s involvement with Anita’s best-selling “Rhythm Of Love” 1994 album and a Grammy win for her with Barry’s “I Apologize,” penned with Gordon Chambers.
The decade of Barry’s solid reputation as the ‘go to’ producer continued with Kenny Lattimore’s “For You” (acknowledged as the singer’s breakthrough hit), sessions with the late Phyllis Hyman (for what would be her final album release, “I Refuse To Be Lonely”), Maysa, Vanessa Williams, Nancy Wilson, Vesta, Michael Bolton, Martha Wash and a stand-out track for the hit movie, “Set It Off” in the form of “Missing You” performed by Chaka Khan, Gladys Knight, Tamia and Brandy. Recalls Barry, “It was great to reunite with Chaka from our early ‘80s days on the road and Gladys was someone I always wanted to work with.” Another personal highlight for Barry was working with the late legendary Al Jarreau on tracks for his 1999 set, “Tomorrow Today”.
Barry’s entry into the 21stcentury began with “Dear Diary,” a track on an album that would go on to sell over fifteen million copies – Britney Spears’ “Oops!...I Did It Again” – and continued with sessions with Peabo Bryson, Yolanda Adams, Kenny Lattimore & Chante Moore, Broadway star Elisabeth Withers, ‘Queen of Soul’ Aretha Franklin and the iconic Whitney Houston, with Barry contributing the title track for her 2003 Christmas album, “One Wish.”
Barry also completed two albums with Anita Baker for Blue Note, 2004’s best-selling “My Everything” (on which he produced all but one track) and 2005’s “Christmas Fantasy.” Barry’s work with teenage prodigy Karina Pasian on Def Jam earned her a Grammy nomination for Best Contemporary R&B album; and further projects included reunions with Freddie Jackson and Kenny Lattimore and in 2013, Barry produced Billy Ocean’s first album in a number of years, “Here You Are” (consisting of Billy’s take on standards) which achieved major sales and chart success in the UK (where it reached #4 on the best-sellers list).
In addition, through his illustrious career, Barry has composed movie and TV themes as well including "When The Going Gets Tough" from the hit movie, "The Jewel Of The Nile", the afore-mentioned "Missing You" from "Set It Off" as well as a number of popular U.S. television shows.
The recipient of numerous awards including an American Music Award for “Nice’N’Slow” (one of the key tracks on Freddie Jackson’s 1988 “Don’t Let Love Slip Away” album) and numerous ASCAP Pop and R&B citations, Barry has been a member of the Board of The Recording Academy and was honored alongside Hal David, Lyle Lovett, Jackie De Shannon, Dean Kay, Brett James, Hillary Lindsay, Gordie Sampson and others at ASCAP’s “We Write The Music” 2011 event at the Library of Congress at the Library of Congress in Washington D.C. where Freddie Jackson performed the timeless “You Are My Lady”.
Barry’s recent activities have included tenure as an adjunct professor at NYU Steinhardt Performing Arts Department in songwriting as well as involvement in the NYU Summer Songwriting Workshop. He comments, “I was a guest speaker for ten years at The Berklee School Of Music in Boston and for the past four years, I’ve taught at NYU. I’m comfortable in this environment and I’ve worked with some truly talented students. I’m truly happy to pass on the knowledge, including everything I learned from great record men like Clive Davis, Ahmet Ertegun, and (Jive Records President) Clive Calder.” Barry was recently inducted into “The Soul Music Hall Of Fame” as a producer/arranger which he considers a thrill and an honor to be a part of.
Noting that he “still loves being in the studio…I could do it every day!”, Barry’s most recent projects include tracks on Najee’s best-selling jazz/R&B album, “Poetry In Motion” and work on a Billy Ocean album of brand new songs for 2018. In addition Barry has been a new song on the brand new Steve Perry Album ”Traces” which he co-wrote with Steve entitled “You Belong To Me”.
Euan Hinshelwood is a British songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, tape studio owner and producer based in Greenwich, London. His band Younghusband have been together for over ten years and are considered cult heroes, with both their 2011 debut album ‘Dromes’ and 2015 follow-up 'Dissolver' receiving critical acclaim by the international music press.
This summer, the band will release their third LP ‘Swimmers’ on 7 June 2019 via Opposite Number records. ‘Swimmers’ is awash with glowing guitar melodies, breezy pop moments and restrained yet potent songcraft. It looks to themes of open space and reflection, partly inspired by band’s move to their own studio in Greenwich, built by Euan in an old barn.
It’s a fresh approach taken for a record that oozes freshness from every note on it – a logical step from the busyness of their preceding album. When they released their second album, 2015’s Dissolver, it came with a string of impressive names attached to it. Released by ATP, produced by Loop’s Robert Hampson, recorded at Geoff Barrow’s Invada Studios and featuring Warren Ellis of Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds’ sprawling viola work. The result was an album that calmly shrugged off the neo-psych label that some lazily placed them in the wake of their 2013 debut album Dromes, a record that Mojo gushed about saying “It pushes bittersweet melodies from under a reverb rug.”
Euan has been a member of and played on the recordings for many successful British bands including Cate Le Bon, TOY, Meilyr Jones, Wesley Gonzalez, Drinks, Rose Elinor Dougall, and Emmy The Great.
In his analogue tape studio, Euan recently has been recording the likes of Value Void, Wesley Gonzalez, Blueprint Blue, JC Flowers, Luxury Apartments, The Nickajack Men, Great Silkie and Charles Howl.
Paul has been a prominent figure in the music industry since the early 80s when he formed “Friends Again” with Chris Thompson. Friends Again grew a large following, particularly in Scotland, and released their album Trapped and Unwrapped in 1984.
After Friends Again disbanded Paul and James Grant formed Love and Money. The band signed to Phonogram Records and instantly began to gain critical acclaim and success. They recorded their first album All You Need Is... in London in 1985 with legendary producer Tom Dowd and Andy Taylor of Duran Duran. The band then moved to America to record their most popular album Strange Kind of Love where they worked with the renowned Steely Dan producer Gary Katz. Strange Kind Of Love has become one of the most highly regarded Scottish albums of the 80s and after recording the band went on many successful concerts with U2, BB King and Simply Red.
Since then Paul has become one of the most prominent producers / mix engineers in the Scottish music business. Many recording artists continually return to Paul to work on their albums, he has mixed and mastered many records for Julie Fowlis, Roddy Hart, Capercaille, James Grant, Justin Currie, Ricky Ross and the list goes on. Outside Scotland Paul has worked with a diverse range of artist such as Beyoncé Knowles, Pavarotti and the French Algerian artist IDIR.Paul has collaborated on hundreds of albums, and has always contributed to the songs and musical ideas of the projects he works on. His interest in electronic music and the collection work he has built up over the years has led him to record a new collaborative album eponymously titled, ‘Starless’.
Paul’s follow-up to album features more collaboration from top names in Scottish traditional music, indie, pop and folk, including recurring featured vocals from Ed Sheeran-endorsed, Julie Fowlis, Karen Matheson, Chris Thomson and Marie Clare Lee, with new additions Steven Lindsay (The Big Dish), Grahame Skinner (Hipsway), Emma Pollock (The Delgados) and Jerry Burns.
UK born Harrison has accomplished a lot within the music industry as a raw, talented Vocalist and DJ and is still only in his early 20s. His impressive Live show combines these talents and has taken Harrison across Europe, Asia, North America and Africa. His talented songwriting and individualistic voice has led to support from the biggest names in dance including Tiësto, David Guetta, Avicii, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Radio 1’s Danny Howard and beyond…
Harrison has been able to appeal to the best of the best with his distinct, catchy lyrics and one-of-a-kind voice which, after early collaborations with the likes of David Guetta, also enticed the #1 DJ Mag Top 100 DJ at the time, Hardwell. Joining forces for the controversial track ‘Sally’ & ‘Earthquake’, the unique stance of risqué lyrics paired with main stage dominating production became one of the most played and most spoken-of tracks on Hardwell’s album ‘United We Are’, also reaching #1 status in the Netherlands.
Cranking things up another gear, Harrison went on to release a slew of tracks with Laidback Luke on his first artist album in 13 years (‘Never Rave Again’), EDM-pop powerhouse Steve Aoki (‘Holding Up The World’), Dannic & Lucky Date (‘Mayday’), also continuing his collaborative streak with Thomas Gold (‘Take Me Home’) and VINAI (‘Sit Down’ ‘Get Ready Now’ & ’The Wave’ ), spanning the "emotive" to the "party-starting" – 2018 was his year to step out of the shadows and shine of his own accord.
Launching his own Outlaw imprint after the success of his Armada, Spinnin’ and Revealed Recordings releases, a new dawn emerged for Harrison with ‘Blinding My Vision’, laying out an ambitious path of future bass that merges with his vocal flair. Fuelling the excitement of his Tracks ‘2 White Lies’ with Kill The Buzz & ‘In My Bloodstream’ creating his own unique sound and proving his passion in stepping out solo, his sound is one that could only reside from a true artist taking control of his own destiny.
Originally from Dublin Ireland, Rachel is based in London . A classically trained pianist from the age of 6 , she grew up with a background in musical theatre until moving to London where she pursued a career in singing and songwriting.
She has teamed up with many producers and songwriters including Steve Dubs – Chemical Brothers, Ruadhri Cushnan – Mumford and sons, Ed Sheeran, Johnny Rockstar – The Sugababes . She has also co-written two tracks for Sony, one of which, titled 'Chameleon Life' was nominated for a 'Meteor Choice Music Prize Irish Song of The Year'
Her range of work has included; ‘Britan’s Next Top Model’ (and other ITV 2 and Sky Living series such as ‘It's all about Amy’, ‘What Katie did next’ and ‘Britans Next Top Model’ ) where she performed a self penned song ‘ as the face of ‘Cinderella Hair Extensions’
She is a regular session singer and performer around London and her voice has been used on many adverts and tv shows in the States and the UK
Rachel has also toured as a vocalist with various bands in Austria, Switzerland and Germany, Beijing, Beirut, Indonesia, India and Japan
Rachel has currently released an EP of original material and performs regularly for various companies around London. Since signing to 23rd Precinct Music, Rachel has seen success joining arms with the likes of TomCole, Tuff London and more. ’Talk To Me’ out on Solotoko received high praise including BBC Radio 1 support from Idris Elba. We’re thoroughly looking forward to more exciting collaborations showcasing Rachel’s exceptional vocal skills.
Seamus will always say that he is first & foremost a DJ and that everything else followed. Since the mid 90’s Seamus has produced under various monikers on many a club classic such as Mekkah ‘Race Of Survival’, Splice Of Life ‘2000 Black’, Big Bang Theory ‘God’s Child’, Get This! ‘Ya Underwear’, I-jah ‘Love The Way You Move’…the list goes on. Well-known global dancefloor staples from ‘Weekend’ to ‘Take Me Away’, his club chart #1 ‘Last Night A DJ Saved My Life’ and that infamous remix of ‘Boogie 2 Nite’ #2 UK National Charts in the 2000’s further propelled him into an International DJ & Producer.
As a DJ, he’s played all over the world & held down residencies at Ministry of Sound & Pacha in London and Ibiza and also toured for the likes of Defected, Hed Kandi & MOS across the globe. A previous official ambassador for Pioneer CDJs, he takes DJ skills very seriously. Over the last few years he’s also been taking in Australasia tours playing more chilled, house sets for the likes of Karma Beach club in various locations in Bali to main room house sets in Sydney & Melbourne. He’s also a regular for Brighton Pride, Manchester Pride and Toronto Pride.
Seamus is also much in demand for radio mixes and compilations and highlights include two Radio 1 Essential Mixes, two exclusive Sessions releases for Ministry of Sound, a number for Defected, and he’s even released 2 comps for Men’s Health mag as well as on his successful Big Love label.
Seamus Haji’s experience is all part of the mix. He has been involved in nearly all aspects of the Music Business from working in London’s most influential dance music record shops for 10 years to A&R’ing for Slip’n’Slide Records, Defected Records and Strictly Rhythm . Since 2002 he has also been at the helm of his own much-respected house music label, Big Love (also including sister imprints Big Love Trax and Soul Love) for which he has either A&R’d, produced, remixed (or all three) nearly 400 hundred singles and mixed over 20 compilations.
Over recent years he’s gone back to his boogie & disco roots with releases under his previous Big Bang Theory moniker such as ‘What A Surprise’, ‘Make Life Better’, Saw Your Face’, ‘Feels So Good’ and ‘Touch Me’. He also teamed up with long time DJ friend ATFC for ‘Right Track’ and ‘Confess’ .His most recent EP with new name Sammy Deuce spawned the popular ‘Disco Crown’ / ‘Celebrate Disco’ in a similar same disco house.theme. His recent ‘Disco In The House’ compilation on Big Love proved extremely popular with (amongst others) Annie Mac supporting it on her World famous Radio 1 show!
Seamus has also released a number of re-edit inspired EPs for the highly rated Midnight Riot! Label over the last few years under his Re-Loved moniker. After releasing 4 EPs for label owner Yam Who? Seamus felt the time was right in 2017 to set up his Re-Loved imprint for his personal edits.
With a relentless schedule across all strands of his career, he is living contradiction of those who insist that men can’t multi-task!