Audioslave

Since time immemorial, the history of rock has been nourished by the so-called “Super groups”; bands whose members previously knew success and suddenly their members are ready for a new musical adventure with other celebrities.

The 2000s were not far behind in this modus operandi and Audioslave quickly became one of the most important groups of their generation. The group formed by Chris Cornell, Tom Morello, Brad Wilk and Tim Commerford knew how to mix the best of their “Mother Groups” Soundgarden and Rage Against The Machine in songs like “Cochise”, “Like a Stone” or “Doesn’t Remind Me”.

Chris Cornell’s voice and charisma plus Tom Morello’s abrasive guitars served as an influence on dozens of groups that came later. More than a super group, Audioslave is a Dream Team.

Thelonious Monk

An influential Pianist and Composer who, with his style heralded the changes that would come later during the Bebop Era. Owner of a complicated and enigmatic persona, both his music and himself were the object of varied sentiment.

He reached an early recognition in the Jazz field thanks to his role as Piano Player at Minton’s Playhouse in Harlem during the 40s. Despite Swing was the most popular style at that time, Monk and several of his companions paved the way for the arrival of Modern Jazz. His pieces and compositions were so complex, even for Bebop, that he remained relatively unknown for the Big Public (not his colleagues) until a show made with John Coltrane in 1957.

From that moment on, he jumped into stardom, recorded several albums, made tours around the globe and collaborated with dozens of great artists of the time. His popularity reached such a point that he was chosen as the face for Time Magazine, one of the few musicians in history.

His life can be summarized with a phrase by him during his final days: I’m famous. Ain’t that a bitch?

Tiziano Ferro

An Italian singer-songwriter and musician who has captivated audiences around the world with his powerful voice and emotive lyrics. Born in Latina, Italy, in 1980, Tiziano showed a passion for music from a young age, learning to play piano, guitar, drums and composing his own songs. In 2001, he released his debut album, “Rosso Relativo”, which achieved immediate success in Italy and Europe.

The album catapulted him to fame, establishing him as one of the new pop artists of the Italian music scene. Since then, Ferro has released six studio albums, all of which have met with great critical and commercial success and millions of copies worldwide. His songs often explore themes of love, loss, vulnerability, and the search for identity. His music is known for its emotional honesty and ability to connect with listeners of all ages. Ferro has won numerous awards for his music, including the prestigious San Remo Award, one of Italy’s most important musical events.

In addition to his musical success, Ferro is also known for his activism on LGBTQ+ rights. In 2010, he came out as gay, becoming a visible figure for the LGBTQ+ community in Italy. She has spoken openly about her personal experience and has used her platform to advocate for equality and acceptance.

Debbie Gibson

Debbie Gibson, the pop sensation of the 80s, has left an indelible mark on music history with her romantic melodies and lyrics. From his debut on the music scene at the age of 16 (when he was still in school), he conquered the hearts of fans around the world with his innate talent.

Her biggest hits continue, decades after their release, resonating in the hearts of millions of fans around the world.

“Lost in Your Eyes” is a romantic ballad that reached No. 1 in all music charts and touched the hearts of millions. With her emotive voice and captivating melody, Debbie showed the world her own personal process and meeting love for the first time.

Over the years, Debbie has continued to captivate audiences of all ages with her music and charisma: She participated in several TV shows like Dancing with The Stars, and Donald Trump’s Celebrity Apprentice, participated in Katy Perry’s “Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F)” videoclip. More recently, in 2023 she’s been touring through USA with her “Winterlicious 2023” show.

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Claptone

Claptone is an electronic music duo, consisting of German DJ and producer Clap and English producer and vocalist Tone.  They are usually recognized for wearing a golden-billed mask, similar to the Doctors of the medieval Plague, and white gloves, so their identity remains a mystery, apart from being from Berlin.

His initial leap to fame was hand in hand with the single “No Eyes” ft.  Jaw, which reached number one on the UK Dance Chart in 2013.  Since that time, they released several singles and four albums, Charmer (2015), The Masquerade (2016), Fantast (2018) and Closer (2021).

Their music is generally classified as House Music, specifically a mix of Deep House, Classic House and Tech House. They often incorporate elements of disco, funk and soul into their music as well. Their live performances are dynamic to s and energetics, usually incorporating visual elements such as extravagant dancers, flamethrowers and, of course, masks for the entire audience.

“I feel like people love stories, that hasn’t changed in centuries. They love myths. They love to be intrigued. They love to enter a different world.”

Anoushka Shankar

 

A globally renowned sitar virtuoso, Anoushka Shankar has left an indelible mark on the world of music with her mesmerizing compositions. Her music beautifully weaves the tapestry of Indian classical traditions with a contemporary flair, offering a captivating blend of East and West.

Daughter of the legendary Ravi Shankar, she has effortlessly continued her father’s legacy while carving out a distinct musical path of her own. She is also half-sister of American singer Norah Jones, with whom she appears in concerts and videos regularly.

Anoushka is a strong activist working with multiple causes and charitable organizations, in particular supporting women and refugees; while also being an advocate for animal rights.

Her numerous albums, marked by their innovation and fusion, have received critical acclaim and multiple Grammy nominations. She participated on the scoring of films like Anna Karenina (2012), the restoration of Indian Film Classic Shiraz: A Romance of India, and the 2017 British Film Victoria & Abdul.

Anoushka has effectively introduced Indian classical music to a broader global audience through her collaborations with artists from various genres, ensuring that the rich traditions she represents remain vital and contemporary. As she continues to evolve and explore new musical horizons, her future appears promising and exciting, promising to deliver more exceptional compositions and cultural influences that transcend borders and generations.

 

Stuck in the Sound

Hailing from Paris, Stuck in the Sound has solidified their place as one of the most dynamic and innovative bands in the indie rock scene. Since their formation in 2002, this quartet has been captivating audiences with their eclectic blend of garage rock, post-punk, and electronic elements. Their music, inspired by their love for Nirvana, the Pixies and Sonic Youth, is characterized by infectious hooks, driving rhythms, and introspective lyrics that resonate with listeners around the world.

The band’s career has been marked by critical acclaim and a dedicated fanbase. Their breakout single “Toyboy” from their debut album “Nevermind the Living Dead” catapulted them into the spotlight, and was included in the Soundtrack of video game Guitar Hero World Tour. Subsequent albums like “Shoegazing Kids” and “Survivor” further showcased their versatility, with tracks ranging from anthemic rockers to introspective ballads.

In the beginnings of 2024, they released their last album: “16 Dreams in a Minute”, an album where they reflect on how the human conditions and weaknesses translate into personal and universal challenges. The sixteen songs of the album are sixteen dreams born and evaporated in a profoundly changing world.

Missy Elliot

Missy Elliot is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, and record producer. She first gained fame in the 90s as part of the R&B group Sista, and later became a member of the Swing Mob collective along with childhood friend and longtime collaborator Timbaland, with whom she worked on projects for Aaliyah, 702, Total, and SWV.

Her solo career took off with the release of her debut album “Supa Dupa Fly” in 1997, which featured the hit singles “The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly)” and “Sock It 2 Me.”

Throughout her career, Missy Elliot has been known for her unique style and innovative music videos, which often feature cutting-edge special effects and choreography. Some of her other popular songs include “Get Ur Freak On,” “Work It,” and “Lose Control.”

In addition to her music career, Missy Elliot has also dabbled in acting and television, appearing in movies like “Honey” and “Ghostbusters” (2016) and serving as a judge on “The Voice UK” in 2019.

She is widely regarded as one of the most influential and innovative artists in hip-hop and pop music, and has won numerous awards throughout her career, including four Grammy Awards.

Monsta X

Having become one of the most popular and significant groups of K-Pop, this band started back in 2015 with its single “Trespass” and in a short time they developed an activity as intense as their music.

Their Music combines Hip Hop, Dance Music and Pop with an aggressive and potent edge that became their trading mark and got them an immense fandom around the world. Just as they say: “Let the haters hate”

The songs of the group broke several record in platforms, counting millions in YouTube and Social Media with several of their singles reaching Billboard’s Top 5. Over the years they had Tours around the world (Always including South America) and they’ve been part of Films, Reality Shows and TV Dramas. 
Monsta X showed that K-Pop transcends the Language Barrier.

Álvaro Soler

Talent, passion and an insatiable creative curiosity – these are the key drivers behind the career of the exceptional musician Alvaro Soler. These three invaluable qualities have made the German-Spanish superstar one of the most successful and popular solo artists in Europe and beyond. Having sold over two million copies of his three studio albums released to date, more than five billion combined audio and video streams, over 150 gold and platinum awards and many millions of enthusiastic fans, Alvaro Soler now presents his very personal, modern interpretation of Latin pop.

His path to stardom began with the release of “El Mismo Sol” in 2015, a song that catapulted him to international fame. The Official Videoclip of his follow up single “Sofía” reached more than 800 million reproductions on YouTube.

A true cosmopolitan, his signature sound – somewhere between passionate emotionality and instantly gripping pop with Latin genre influences – inspires a global audience between Buenos Aires and Berlin, Stockholm and São Paulo. ‘My music is about deep feelings and positive vibes. Even if you don’t necessarily understand the Spanish lyrics, the meaning of the songs is often revealed just by the groove, through the sounds and through the good energy that these tracks convey,’ says Alvaro about his music.

Beyond his musical talent Álvaro speaks seven languages (Spanish, Catalan, English, German, Italian, French and Japanese), has graduated in Industrial Engineering and Design at the ELISAVA in Barcelona.

He also collaborated with Morat, performing in the song “Yo contigo, tú conmigo” for the film Despicable Me 3, (“Gru, mi villano favorito 3”). He also voices Camilo Madrigal in the Italian and German dubbed versions of the 2021 Disney film Encanto.

Karra

KARRA is an acclaimed recording artist, songwriter, and vocal producer. She is widely known for her top selling vocal sample packs on Splice with millions of downloads, as well as her collaborations with some of the biggest Dj/Producers in the industry.

Karra’s musical journey began in her hometown of Jersey Shore, where she honed her vocal skills under the guidance of her mother, a vocal coach and her biggest musical influence. Initially focused on singing and songwriting, Karra eventually delved into the art of vocal production, a skill that would set her apart in the years to come.

The song “Platinum Hearts”, is cited by her as her personal favorite as it’s the one that started all.

“This song will always hold a special place in my heart. It’s crazy to think back and look at all the roads this one song paved for me in EDM. It’s such a blessing.“

Her music has amassed over 1 Billion streams worldwide, and has accumulated over 300,000 fans across all social platforms. KARRA has made a name for herself through her educational yet entertaining content documenting her creative process, career, and life. This led to the creation and success of iamkarra.com, where she sells tools for music creators to assist them in honing in their craft, and finding their signature sound.

Curiously enough, after 10 years in the industry, doing collaborations, the millions of vocal samples sold, and teaching thousands of people how to create music online, she finally made an album in March 2024: The Beauty and the Boss.

Mark Portmann

Mark Portmann’s music has been heard all over the world, his compositions are part of innumerable movies, trailers and audiovisual work. Mark’s credits as a composer include more than 300 major label album credits and 9 Grammy nominations.

Starting out as a classical piano player, Mark toured the world at a very young age with world class artists before moving to Los Angeles as session musician, arranger and producer.

As an arranger/orchestrator, Mark has worked with The London Symphony OrchestraThe Prague Symphony (over 40 recordings). He has also worked with major film stars like Tom Cruise and Drew Barrymore for some of their Films and Trailers, as well as with Music Stars like Ariana Grande, Christina Aguilera and Demi Lovato in their albums.

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Lisa Morgenstern

It’s the voice, original and pure, that reaches you first, wordlessly piercing a soft cloud of synths. Soon, she plummets, ever more passionate and perfectly balanced, singing about despair and liberation, loss and salvation, and charting an elegant and wonderful melody.

Morgenstern’s broad tastes no doubt have something to do with her upbringing as the independently-minded daughter of two orchestral musicians, one German, one Bulgarian. She began playing piano aged 5 before embarking on a promising ballet career, but when this was prematurely cut short by injury at the age of 15, she returned again to writing and performing music. A lingering love of Tchaikovsky, Prokofiev and Stravinsky was tempered by a youthful passion for punk, metal and, later, goth, and though it might be presumptuous to point to individual instances, each of these – along with a robust hunger for all sorts of other music, whether older or more contemporary – has in some way colored her work since.

Her compelling live performances led to concerts across Europe with artists including Ólafur Arnalds and Max Cooper, as well as at festivals and prestigious venues, from Iceland Airwaves to the Reeperbahn Festival at the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg.

Most recently she was hired to co-compose the score to one of Netflix’s priority drama series of 2022, The Empress, and additional studio collaborations with artists such as Casper, Balmorhea and Aukai have emerged since Chameleon’s release.

Prince Royce

Prince Royce has become a prominent figure in the music industry with his enchanting Bachata sound. Hailing from the Bronx, he has masterfully fused traditional Bachata rhythms with modern influences, creating a fresh and irresistible style. His music, characterized by its heartfelt lyrics and passionate melodies, has won the hearts of fans worldwide and established him as a leading artist in the Latin music scene.

Success has been a constant companion for him, with numerous chart-topping hits and multi-platinum albums, he has not only gained commercial success but also critical acclaim. His ability to effortlessly switch between English and Spanish lyrics has broadened his international appeal, making him a global sensation.

He has earned numerous awards and nominations throughout his career. His accolades include multiple Billboard Latin Music Awards, Latin Grammy nominations, Billboard Music Awards nominations and a host of other honors.

As he continues to evolve and explore new musical genres, Prince Royce’s future looks promising, with fans eagerly anticipating more captivating music and groundbreaking collaborations.

The Middle East

From Townsville, Australia a band jumped to worldwide fame, only to fizzle out as unexpectedly as they arrived. Formed in 2005, the band consisted of members Jordan Ireland, Rohin Jones, Bree Tranter, Mark Myers, and Harry Wales. They gained international recognition for their heartfelt and atmospheric music, marked by intricate harmonies, delicate instrumentation, and introspective lyrics.

The Middle East released their debut EP, “The Recordings of The Middle East” in 2008, which showcased their signature sound and garnered critical acclaim. The EP included the standout track “Blood,” which became a breakthrough song for the band and received significant attention. It was praised for its haunting melodies and emotional depth.

Short time later, in 2010, The Middle East released their highly anticipated debut album, “I Want That You Are Always Happy.” The album featured re-recorded versions of songs from their EP, as well as new material. It further established the band’s reputation for crafting beautiful and introspective folk music. Tracks like “Hunger Song” and “Jesus Came to My Birthday Party” resonated with listeners and showcased the band’s ability to create evocative, layered compositions.

Despite their critical success, The Middle East announced their breakup in 2011, shortly after the release of their album. The members cited creative differences and the strain of touring as reasons for the disbandment.

Although their time as a band was relatively short-lived, their music continues to be cherished by fans of indie folk and remains a testament to their talent and artistry.

Jon Z

Jon Z is a rapper from San Juan, Puerto Rico whose music is equally influenced by reggaeton and American hip-hop, particularly trap. With an Eminem-esque high-pitched voice and a quirky style, his music often sounds like a Puerto Rican counterpoint to rappers such as Young Thug and Future.

Born Jonathan Resto Quiñone in 1991, he first began uploading freestyles to his YouTube channel in 2014. He performed concerts across Puerto Rico and caught the attention of Boy Wonder, who signed him to Chosen Few Emeralds Entertainment. His debut mixtape, The Game Is About to Change, appeared in 2015.

Several singles followed, including "0 Sentimientos," "Mentirte," and "Violeta." Over the next two years, Z made numerous guest appearances on tracks by artists like Frankie Roura, Josh D'Ace, and Mackie while issuing singles of his own like "Nunca Me Amo" and "Pali2".

His debut album, JonTrapVolta, arrived in 2017. He teamed up with his cousin Ele A El Dominio the following year for the LP Super Saiyan Flow, and in 2019 he collaborated with Baby Rasta on Voodoo.

In this particular 2020, Z released a new album “Perdonen la Espera”.

ITZY

ITZY is a South Korean girl group formed by JYP Entertainment and consisting of five members: Yeji, Lia, Ryujin, Chaeryeong, and Yuna. The group debuted on February 12, 2019, with their single album “IT’z Different,” which included the title track “Dalla Dalla.”

Since their debut, ITZY has quickly gained popularity both in South Korea and internationally, thanks to their catchy music, eye-catching choreography, and unique style. Their youthful energy and positive messages in their songs have resonated with a wide audience, especially among the youth.

Some of ITZY’s notable hits include songs like “ICY,” “Wannabe,” and “Not Shy,” which have received recognition and awards on music shows and have garnered millions of streams on streaming platforms.

ITZY has proven to be a versatile and talented group, capable of pulling off a variety of concepts and musical styles. In addition to their music career, they have also appeared on variety shows and have been ambassadors for various brands, further solidifying their status as one of the most influential girl groups in the South Korean entertainment industry.

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Madison Willing

Film Music Composer, Music Producer and DJ with North London origins, she began her musical training in Classical Flute and Piano at the Junior Guildhall School of Music and Drama and then her studies in Jazz at the Junior Royal Academy of Music.

Consequently with her education, the pieces created by her slowly evolved into Neo-Classicism and Minimalism, giving us a picture of a technical-musical environment of Edinburgh and Europe.

Madison’s work has been included in several Short Films such as Princess and The Flying Gold of Arabuko (nominated for the BIFA and BAFTA awards respectively). More recently she participated in the Musical Composition of Season 5 of “The Crown“.

In addition to her film works, she has presented a Vinyl EP with producer dBridge called “Made in Silence” (2022), and another one made in solitaire: “Seasons” (2021).

 

Dolly Parton

Singer, songwriter, actress, entrepreneur and philanthropist, Dolly is an incredible and versatile figure in the musical history. She is one of the most successful country music artists of all time, having sold over 100 million records worldwide.

She began her career at a young age, writing songs for other artists and appearing on local television shows. In 1967 she released her first album, “Hello, I’m Dolly”, and has since released numerous hits, including “Jolene”, “Coat of Many Colors” and “9 to 5”.

In addition to her music career, Parton has dabbled in acting, appearing in films such as “Steel Magnolias” and “Joyful Noise,” as well as producing the soundtrack for “Dumplin'” (2018) starring Jennifer Aniston.

Parton is also known for her commitment to charitable causes, actively participating in the fight against illiteracy through her charity Imagination Library. In 2020, it also donated one million dollars to help fund COVID-19 vaccine research.

Astor Piazzolla

Argentinian Composer and bandoneon player, Astor Piazzolla is one of the responsible of the Renewal at Tango with masterpieces as Libertango, Oblivion, Zita . In his Music, coexist the most traditional Tango, Classical Music and Jazz, mixing their languages, techniques and styles; providing a novel and most appealing facet to his Music.

Born in Mar del Plata in 1921, he moved to New York with his parents and lived there since 1924. There he received from his father a second-hand Bandoneon as a gift, instrument that would remain tied to his figure from that moment. He studied music under the tutelage of Bela Wilda and Terig Tucci, and later in his adulthood with Alberto Ginastera in Buenos Aires and the famous pedagogue Nadia Boulanger in Paris.

Piazzolla’s career straddled between the Old and the New World. He performed as Bandoneon player in the Orchestras of Miguel Caló and Aníbal Troilo, and wrote arrangements first for the Orchestra of Troilo and then for José Basso, Miguel Caló and Francini-Pontier. He also formed a String Orchestra in Paris with musicians from the Paris Opera and with Lalo Schifrin and Martial Solal alternating on Piano.

In 1955 he founded the Octeto Buenos Aires with first line musicians as Enrique Mario Francini and Hugo Baralis (Violins), Roberto Pansera (Bandoneon), José Bragato (Cello), Aldo Nicolini (Bass), Horacio Malvicino (Electric Guitar) and Atilio Stampone (Piano). Various of the Octeto’s versions influenced heavily the future evolution of his Tango due to the rhythm and counterpoint novelties.

Some years later he also formed a Quinteto with a variable formation that would change along the years, and through which would pass musicians as Elvio Bardaro, Dante Amicarelli, Antonio Agri, Horacio Malvicino, Oscar López Ruiz, Kicho Díaz, Osvaldo Manzi and Cacho Tirao. In 1968 he composed alongside the poet Horacio Ferrer the Opera María de Buenos Aires, and an year later they would continue working composing much simpler works for the voice of Amelita Baltar such as Balada para un Loco and Chiquilín de Bachín.

The musical style of Astor Piazzolla granted him an enormous success in Europe, but generated enormous controversies in Argentina where it was always discussed whether his Music was genuinely Tango or Not. Until this day, his music sparks passions of all kinds in those hearing it, and his name remains unyielding in the summit of Music no matter the public.

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Domenico Modugno

Domenico Modugno is considered the father of Italian singer-songwriters and one of the greatest European songwriters and performers of all time.

He was born on January 9, 1928 in Polignano a Mare (Bari), and inherited his passion for music from his father Cosimo. He learned to play guitar and accordion from an early age and composed his first song at the age of 15.

In 1953 he obtained his first recording contract with RCA Italiana, recording his first successes inspired by the folklore of southern Italy, such as “La Sveglietta“, “La Donna Riccia“, and the famous “Vecchio Frack“.

In 1956, he changed his record company and moved to Fonit Cetra and debuted at the Sanremo Festival with the song “Musetto“. In the same year, he published “Io, Mammeta e Tu” .

In 1958 he took part and won the Sanremo Festival with “Nel Blu Dipinto di Blu“, a song written together with Franco Migliacci. It is the consecration of Domenico Modugno among the main protagonists of the Italian and international music scene. The song soon became one of the most famous Italian songs of all time, selling over 20 million copies and reaching the top of the charts all over the world. This huge success led him to win also three Grammys Awards: “Record Of The Year“, “Song Of The Year” and “Best Artist“.

In 1959 he won again the Sanremo Festival with the song “Piove (Ciao Ciao Bambina)“, while in 1960 he reached the second position thanks to “Libero“.

After the period spent at the Fonit Cetra, in 1964 he moved to Carosello Records, recording other masterpieces such as “L’Avventura” and “Dio, Come Ti Amo“.

He acted in theathral shows and musical comedies such as “Cyrano” by Riccardo Pazzaglia and “Western Di Cose Nostre” taken from a story by Leonardo Sciascia. He also acted in movies such as “Europa di Notte” by Alessandro Blasetti, “Nel Blu Dipinto di Blu” by Piero Tellini, “Lo Scopone Scientifico” by Luigi Comencini and “Il Giudizio Universale” by De Sica.

In 1993 he recorded his last song with his son Massimo, titled “Delfini (Sai Che C’è)“.
He died on 6 August 1994 in his house in Lampedusa.

The sign that Domenico Modugno has left in the Italian music and culture is so important that today he continues to be honored and celebrated all over the world.

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Alphaville

The year 2022 marks the iconic 40-year career milestone of “Alphaville”, the successful German Synth-Pop Band.

Originally formed by Marian Gold, Bernhard Lloyd and Frank Mertens, Alphaville achieved immediate success with their first single “Big in Japan” and “Sounds Like a Melody”. Both advances of their first album “Forever Young” that also contains the track of the same name that would become a classic.

Interestingly, the band started almost luckily since, in the words of Marian Gold himself, “Nobody could really play an instrument. Music was in our minds, but we relied on synthesizers and things like that.”

Throughout the 40 years of trajectory the formation has changed several times, always with Marian Gold at the head, but with the rest of the members following different paths. This did not prevent the production of 8 studio albums, 6 compilations and 3 Box Sets, in addition to single numbers and re-releases of their classics.

Last September they released the album “Eternally Yours” which contains symphonic versions of their most important classics, followed by a tour in 2023 through cities in Germany presenting the Disc.

Fear Factory

 

Fear Factory stands as a titanic force in the realm of industrial metal, wielding a sonic arsenal that marries pulverizing riffs with machine-like precision. Formed in Los Angeles in 1989, the band swiftly gained acclaim for their fusion of metal, electronic elements, and futuristic themes, carving out a unique niche in the heavy music landscape. Led by vocalist Burton C. Bell and guitarist Dino Cazares, Fear Factory’s music is characterized by its relentless aggression, haunting melodies, and dystopian lyrics that reflect on themes of man versus machine and the dehumanizing effects of technology.

Throughout their illustrious career, Fear Factory has released a string of influential albums that have left an indelible mark on the metal genre. From their groundbreaking debut “Soul of a New Machine” to the genre-defining “Demanufacture” and the ambitious “Obsolete,” each release showcases the band’s unwavering commitment to innovation and sonic exploration. Tracks like “Replica,” “Edgecrusher,” and “Martyr” have become anthems for legions of fans worldwide, solidifying Fear Factory’s status as one of the most iconic bands in metal history.

Despite lineup changes and internal strife over the years, Fear Factory’s legacy remains untarnished, with their influence continuing to reverberate through the metal community. With a new album on the horizon and a catalog filled with timeless classics, Fear Factory stands as a testament to the enduring power of heavy music and the boundless creativity of the human spirit. As they continue to push the boundaries of sonic experimentation, Fear Factory remains a beacon of innovation in a genre known for its intensity and aggression.

Eera

Anna Lena Bruland was expressly warned by her grandfather, a renowned conductor in Norway in the 50s and 60s, not to pursue an artistic career. But Bruland was not deterred; there was simply never any other option: »I had to be a musician because there’s nothing else I could do.«

EERA is the solo project of the Norwegian, who now lives in Berlin after a stint in the UK. Her debut album ›Reflection of Youth‹ is dreamy and intimate, raw, bold and uncompromising. With musical echoes of PJ Harvey, Deerhoof and Elliott Smith, it is an album of contrasts and confidence in equal measure. Soothing synthesiser sounds create the basis for Bruland’s pulsating vocals and a sonic texture that exudes vulnerability. ›Speak‹, her second album, follows in 2021.

Two of her songs from that album were selected to be part of the soundtrack for the Mexican series “Ella camina Sola” (2023).

Gala

 

Gala Rizzatto, emerged onto the international music scene in the mid-’90s with her chart-topping hit Freed from Desire. Born in Milan, Italy, her musical journey began at an early age, fueled by a passion for both classical and contemporary genres. Her breakthrough single not only dominated the airwaves but also became an anthem of the era, blending infectious dance beats with Gala’s soulful vocals.

Her musical repertoire extends beyond the iconic “Freed from Desire,” showcasing her versatility as an artist. Her albums, including “Come Into My Life” and “Tough Love,” feature a fusion of styles, from pop and dance to R&B influences. With a discography that spans decades, Gala’s impact on the music industry extends beyond her initial success, solidifying her as a respected and enduring figure in the world of dance and electronic music.

Most recently, her hit was the base used by English Football Fans for the creation of Vardy’s On Fire they popularized on the stadiums during the 2016 Eurocup.

 

Romeo Santos

 

Known as the lead vocalist of the bachata group Aventura, and later embarked in soloist proyects, Romeo’s real name is “Anthony”: he decided to go under the name Romeo, as an alter ego, a more romantic versión on stage and also to help him overcome his shyness.

The group Aventura was formed by Romeo, his cousin Henry Santos, Lenny Santos and Max Santos, both of whom, despite having the same surname are only Friends from Romeo and Henry. They became immensely popular during their origin in the 90’s, blending bachata with elements of hip-hop, R&B, and pop, and achieving international success with hits like “Obsesión,” “Mi Corazoncito,” and “Dile al Amor”.

In 2011, Romeo embarked on a solo career, releasing his debut album “Formula, Vol. 1,” which featured collaborations with artists such as Usher, Lil Wayne, and Pitbull. The album was a commercial success and helped solidify Santos’ status as a solo artist. He followed up with “Formula, Vol. 2” in 2014, which included hit singles like “Propuesta Indecente” and “Odio” featuring Drake.

Known for his smooth vocals, romantic lyrics, and charismatic stage presence, Santos has become one of the most prominent figures in Latin music. His music often explores themes of love, heartbreak, and relationships, resonating with audiences worldwide.

In addition to his music career, Santos has ventured into acting, appearing in films such as “Furious 7” and “Angry Birds 2.” He continues to release music and tour internationally, maintaining his position as one of the top Latin artists of his generation.

 

Sia

Owner of a distinctive voice and enigmatic persona, Sia has become a powerhouse in the pop music landscape. Hailing from Australia, and born Sia Kate Isobelle Furler, she first made waves as a contributing force behind the scenes, penning hits for artists like Rihanna and Beyoncé. However, it was her decision to step into the spotlight that truly set her on a trajectory towards global stardom.

Sia’s music style is a unique blend of pop, electronic, and indie elements, characterized by powerful vocals, emotive lyrics, and experimental production choices that consistently push the boundaries of the genre. Known for her penchant for elaborate wigs, masks that hide her face and avoiding the glare of the paparazzi, Sia’s mysterious public persona has only added to the allure of her music.

Author of 10 Studio Albums, with “1000 forms of Fear” and “This is acting” between the most successful ones, her whole discography is a chain of Successes with songs like “Confetti”, “Helium” or “Big Girls Cry”. Some of these songs went on to become the hymn of a generation: “Unstoppable” not only talks about success and pushing through obstacles, but also about the mask of confidence and what’s behind it.

She is usually work in collaboration with different artists or projects, she produced content for TV and Films like “The Hunger Games”, “50 Shades of Grey”, “The Twilight Saga”, “Wonder Woman” and several more.

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Cayucas

A musical project that carries in the blood both the Sun and the California Coast (its name in fact, pays homage to the town of Cayucos), full of light and cheerful sounds reminiscent of the Pop music of the 60’s but mixing production techniques of the 21st century.

Originally called Oregon Bike Trails, Cayucas is a duo consisting of twins Zach and Ben Yudin, who also join Banah Winn, Casey Wojtalewicz, and Christian Koons in their concerts.

Up until now they released 4 albums: “Bigfoot” a set of 8 songs with a sound purely associated with the Californian beach, “Dancing at the Blue Lagoon” that contains more emotional and complex songs, “Real Life” that takes a purely Pop sound and “Blue Summer” with a slightly more nostalgic sound and a return to the initial roots of the California of their childhoods.

A band that still has a long road ahead (It started in 2011), but that is already among the most select of International Indie-Pop.

 

Maren Morris

A Rising Star in Country Music with a Message of Empowerment

Maren Morris is a celebrated American country singer-songwriter known for her powerful vocals and poignant songwriting. Born on 1990, in Texas, Morris rose to prominence with her debut single “My Church” in 2016, which not only became a chart-topping hit but also earned her a Grammy Award for Best Country Solo Performance. Her music seamlessly blends country, pop, and folk influences, making her a versatile and innovative force in the industry.

Morris’s second album, “Girl,” released in 2019, showcased her continued growth as an artist. The title track “Girl” became another chart-topper, and the album earned her critical acclaim, including multiple Grammy nominations. Her ability to tackle both personal and socially relevant themes in her songwriting has resonated with a broad audience, and her songs often reflect a fearless, independent spirit that empowers her listeners.

In addition to her musical success, Maren Morris is known for her advocacy for gender equality in the country music industry. She has been an outspoken advocate for female artists’ rights and representation and has used her platform to raise awareness of the challenges faced by women in the genre. Her contributions to the industry, both musically and as an advocate for change, have solidified her as a prominent figure in the world of contemporary country music.

 

Weezer

Since their emergence in the 1990s, Weezer has become synonymous with infectious melodies, quirky lyrics, and an unmistakable blend of alternative and power pop. Formed in Los Angeles in 1992, the band, led by frontman Rivers Cuomo, quickly captured the hearts of music enthusiasts with their self-titled debut album, affectionately known as the Blue Album. Tracks like “Buddy Holly” and “Say It Ain’t So” catapulted Weezer to mainstream success, earning them a devoted following that continues to grow with each passing year.

Throughout their storied career, Weezer has navigated the ever-changing landscape of alternative rock with aplomb, releasing a diverse array of albums that showcase their versatility and songwriting prowess. From the introspective musings of “Pinkerton” to the radio-friendly hooks of “Make Believe” and the genre-bending experimentation of “Everything Will Be Alright in the End”.

Weezer’s discography is a testament to their ability to evolve while staying true to their signature sound. With each release, they continue to captivate audiences with their infectious energy and unabashed love for rock ‘n’ roll.

Elastica

Elastica was a British alternative rock band formed in London in the 90s, it’s sound blended elements of punk rock, new wave, and Britpop, creating a unique and energetic style.

Formed by lead vocalist and guitarist Justine Frischmann, guitarist Donna Matthews, bassist Annie Holland and drummer Justin Welch, Elastica released their self-titled debut album, “Elastica” in 1995. The album received critical acclaim and achieved commercial success, reaching number one on the UK Albums Chart with hits such as “Connection,” “Stutter,” and “Line Up.”

Following the success of their debut album, Elastica released several more singles, including “Waking Up” and “How He Wrote Elastica Man,” before releasing their second album, “The Menace,” in 2000. However, the album did not achieve the same level of success as their debut, and the band dissolved shortly after its release due to internal conflicts and artistic pressures.

Despite their relatively short career, Elastica left a lasting impact on the alternative rock and Britpop scenes. Their music was characterized by its infectious energy and Frischmann’s sharp songwriting, addressing themes of love, relationships, and modern life.

The Black Keys

It was the year 2001 when Dan Auerbach was trying to record a demo that would allow him to take his music to other cities, Patrick Carney made available the equipment and his basement to record. But the rest of the support band never showed up, and so the now famous duo was formed: The Black Keys with Dan Auerbach on Guitar and Vocals and Patrick Carney on Drums and Production.

The group’s style reflects a passion for Blues and Garage Rock, flaily exploiting influences from the big names of the 60s and early 70s.

As in his origins in the home basement, rawness and imperfections are part of his compositions, many of them recorded in a single take directly at the studio and without previous work.

Throughout their careers, the group received 7 Grammy Awards and 4 of their singles reached the top of the charts. As if that were not enough, they are vastly recognized by their peers: Axl Rose, Robert Plant (Led Zeppelin), Jonny Greenwood (RadioHead) or Kirk Hammett (Metallica), among others, have publicly declared themselves as fans of the band.

Paula Cole

Paula Cole burst onto the music scene in the 1990s with her unique voice and eclectic style, which blended elements of pop, folk, soul, and R&B. Her debut album, “Harmonia,” released in 1994, catapulted her to fame thanks to hits like “Where Have All the Cowboys Gone?” and “I Don’t Want to Wait.”

Her collaboration with Peter Gabriel during the “Secret World Tour” of 1993-1994, and then on the song “River” in 1997 took her to an even wider audience and cemented her position as one of the most talented artists of her generation.

Their music, often introspective and with lyrics loaded with meaning, resonated with an audience looking for more than just superficial pop.

Cole went on to release successful albums over the years, such as “This Fire” (1998) and “Courage” (2007), which explored themes such as love, loss, and faith. He also released the albums “Raven” in 2013 and “Ballads” in 2016, both funded through the Kickstarter platform.

Most recently, in March 2024, she released the album “Lo,” where she wrote all the songs as a way to navigate her newfound confidence after life’s indelible blows. Weaving the personal with the universal, she wrestles with questions of identity and intimacy, history, and the collective failure to learn from it, ultimately showing that the album is a window into her own psyche.

A unique and unrepeatable artist, who has left an indelible mark on music and whose talent, versatility and commitment to authenticity make her an inspiring figure for new generations of musicians.

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Volker Bertelmann

The experimental pianist and composer Volker Bertelmann, also known as Hauschka, calls himself a “sound searcher”. He puts table-tennis balls in his piano’s sound box, between the strings he clamps rubber erasers, drawing pins and much more.

The sounds Bertelmann coaxes out of his prepared piano in this way remind you of an exotic drum or an electronic effects device. But in his newest works, the grandmaster of the pianistic mood landscape is now opening up some quite different worlds of sound.

Every faithful Hauschka fan will always recognize the essential features of his music, because even when writing for an orchestra, the four cornerstones of Bertelmann’s musical world are the same: “beauty, ephemerality, melancholy and absurdity”.

In 2022 he received an Oscar for Best Original Score for his work composing the soundtrack of Netflix’s film “All Quiet on the Western Front”.

 

Rovski

After a first and notorious album, “Mangroves”, the Rovskis sisters return with a new one: “La Proie est reine”.   Listening to it one can imagine two sisters, two warriors of poetry, two women on the run from a tribe. In any case, their singing is like a spell and the bow of the violin as if it were a magic wand.

Combining the organic of the instruments with electric keyboards and loops, these urban Amazons Sonia and Olive have healed their wounds and put all their skill at the service of this new album frustrating the obvious, uniting and crushing their differences to invent a common language.

Between March 21 and 29 of 2023 they will be performing in different stages of Chile within the framework of the “Jour de la Francophonie” organized by the French Institute.

Two twin sisters. Dissimilar. In search of new lands to discover, explore and flourish.

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Tokio Hotel

Originating from Germany, this Pop/Rock band was founded by twins Bill and Tom Kaulitz along with Georg Listing and Gustav Schäfer in 2001 and released their first album (Schrei) in 2005 when they were nothing more than teenagers.

They demonstrated their quality in a short time reaching sales of several million records in Germany and extending their influence to Austria, Switzerland and other Eastern European countries. For several years they remained at the top of the charts of their country and such a success led them to re-release several of their albums with songs in English for international audiences.

After several years of albums where they reflected a clear influence of Dark and Emo styles, they began a turn of their musical style towards a more pop and electronic sound, change that continues to this day and in Bill’s words “reflects the growth of the band and fans over the years”.

 

Meghan Trainor

American singer, songwriter and music producer from Massachusetts, USA. She became famous in 2014 with her song “All About That Bass” which topped the charts in several countries and became a worldwide hit. Curiously, this song was prepared to be given to other artists, was rejected among others by Adele and Beyoncé, until reaching Epic Records where they were surprised by herself and decided to sign a contract and began the production of her album.

Her musical style is a mix of pop, R&B and soul, and both her lyrics and her actions are usually about topics such as female empowerment, self-esteem and self-love.

Her song “No” became an anthem to women facing of the incessant harassment of which they are usually victims. The videoclip of her single Me too was taken down from social media by herself after seeing the Photoshop modifications to here body, forcing later to upload and promote the real version.

Trainor has also been a judge on the TV show “The Four: Battle for Stardom” and has acted as a coach on the British version of “The Voice”. Some of her themes were included in animated films such as “Smurfs: The Lost Village” and “The Peanuts Movie”.

Max Richter