Maggie Szabo is a Canadian singer-songwriter who has been winning over audiences worldwide with her stunningly soulful vocals and empowering pop anthems. Hailing from small town Ontario, Szabo is now an accomplished musician living in Los Angeles and is using her music to conquer social injustice.
After quickly becoming one of the most sought-after songwriter/vocalists for DJs and notable film and TV placements, Szabo’s latest work has focused primarily on her solo project and was written in some of the most beautiful and exotic places on earth, including Greece, Amsterdam, London and Thailand.
‘Don’t Give Up’ is the first single off of Szabo’s upcoming EP, entitled Worthy. It’s a beautifully authentic and heartfelt song dedicated to transgender youth around the world who live in fear and suffer from rejection and exclusion. ‘Don’t Give Up' showcases an emotional rawness rarely found in music today, whilst addressing a subject which is imperative within today’s society. With soaring layered vocals, Szabo sings an uplifting and encouraging message of hope and acceptance. The single features a driving rhythm section and gospel inspired backing vocals, creating the perfect empowering anthem for those in need. 'Don’t Give Up’ was written and recorded in Los Angeles along with Stefan Lit (One Direction) and Chaz Mason.
The powerful and poignant narrative of ‘Don’t Give Up' is reflected in a exquisitely cinematic video, that follows a girl who is struggling with her gender identity and the pressures of conformity in high school. Szabo’s ultimate messages to fight for social justice and equality, “people are people, love is love. Society needs to stand up” professes Szabo. “I can’t stand by and watch millions of transgender youth live in fear for their safety, outcast from their homes and marginalized by society simply because they are struggling to understand their gender identity. I want to stand with them.”
Szabo’s successes to date include over 13 million views on YouTube, extensive media coverage from high profile outlets such as Perez Hilton, Yahoo Music!, PopCrush and Huffington Post, as well as being featured on multiple airline playlists and numerous notable film and TV placements. She recently was the featured vocalist on the album for German electronic DJ Schiller, who has so far sold 7 million albums worldwide.
With a quickly growing fan-base and a social media following that tops some of the nation’s most established pop artists, Szabo has effectively used the internet to showcase and market her songs to the world and her dedicated fans.
Scenic Route To Alaska just released their new single “Slow Down”. The song is taken from their new LP which will be released in early 2018.
“Slow Down” is about the inherent struggle of maintaining balance while always on the move. The song was inspired after burning rubber on the road for the majority of 2016/2017. The lyrics also hint at attempting to maintain relationships and a healthy lifestyle and is met by a big ' "I don't think I'm ready for it".
Scenic Route To Alaska have been a band since they were teenagers and strive to make pop music with ample doses of both substance and accessibility.
Pekoe Cat is multi-instrumentalist/producer Kyle Woolven and self-proclaimed as the artist you've never heard of. Woolven is part of the non-existent indie scene in Belleville, Ontario. His new single "A Maze" is a psychedelic trip through his many musical influences and a peek into his warped melodic mind. Pekoe's goals: create, progress, and one day reach 40 Twitter followers.
If you’re one of the nearly 50 million people who have listened to Shoffy’s “Takes My Body Higher,” then you’re already familiar with his irresistible blend of electronic dance and indie-pop. The multi-talented and soulful singer, songwriter, producer and performer will criss-cross the country this fall, in support of his highly anticipated debut album, out on 9/15. "Fake Friends", featuring the vocal talents of Sidizen King, is a cut from that album.
"I produced this one, and immediately thought Sidizen King would be dope over it," Shoffy explains. "I first came across his "Don't Let Me Down" remix, and thought he had a really cool approach combining hip-hop elements with electronic/dance vibes.As far as production goes, I personally feel like this is one of my stronger beats, so I'm just excited to share it. I had a good time diving into the hip-hop side of things, which I don't do a ton of. On the lyrics and message - the song is about getting out of unhealthy friendships. There is a lot of superficiality, especially in Los Angeles, so just being aware of that when building new relationships is important."
Shoffy’s previous single, “Motions,” found the Los Angeles-based artist and producer diversifying his sound with the addition of a laid-back, bluesy guitar. Not only did Shoffy sing and play all the instruments on “Motions,” but he also produced, mixed, and mastered the track. "Motions" marked the first release under his newly founded label Otherground Records. Born and raised in Los Angeles, Shoffy has been writing and producing music since the age of 14, while singing and playing guitar since the ripe age of three.Shoffy’s first wide release – the aforementioned “Takes My Body Higher” – dropped in February 2016 as the first single off of his EP, 'conversations in the a.m.'. Featuring Lincoln Jesser, “Takes My Body Higher” has amassed nearly 50 million streams on Spotify and 27 million plays on YouTube. Additionally, the song remained on the Billboard Hot Dance/Electronic charts for 20 weeks, peaking at #19. Following the success of “Takes My Body Higher,” Shoffy released a seven-track EP called 'somewhere between nostalgia and paradise'.
Hill's new album, Give It a Rest, is scheduled for release in 2018. The the title track was picked up for exclusive rotation on KCRW in Los Angeles almost immediately following its completion, where she was invited to make her American debut in the fall of 2015. She has since been signed to an American EDM Label (Ultra Music) as a topline writer, and completed a large body of work. The new video/single for her song ‘On Camera’ was directed by Caitlin Cronenberg.
"Working with Caitlin felt effortless. The creative approach was fluid and allowed for deviation from the original treatment, which made the whole process feel more authentic and fulfilling. Analog stop-motion - especially with Caitlin's eye for absolutely stunning still frames - is the perfect "subtle nod" to the lyric. The song is about bdsm, essentially. From the perspective of the submissive - it's about power being willfully surrendered. It was written over a trap beat but with all the experimental soul elements as an overlay."
Crafting a concept album is an incredibly difficult task. Tying together a cohesive narrative across a record’s worth of songs isn’t just daunting, it’s an endeavour that even some of the industry’s finest have failed to do memorably. This task, however, becomes notably more difficult when you’re dealing in the abstract via instrumental soundscapes. That is what Chronotope Project, the moniker of composer Jeffrey Ericson Allen, attempts to do with his latest project, ‘Ovum.’
NAAL is an eclectic music project led by Chicago composer Dave Mantel. This talented musician has a true passion for great melodies and haunting musical textures. His blend of ambient, shoegaze and experimental drone music feels personal and unique, echoing the work of artists such as Slowdive, Boards of Canada or Sigur Ros, just to mention a few.