Introducing emerging artists: Sabrina Samsoodin

SABRINA SAMSOODIN 

WHO

Sabrina Samsoodin is a London based mixed media artist specialising in illustration with hand embroidery. After graduating from Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design with a BA in Textile Design  she worked on a variety of projects in different creative roles, including fashion and textile design internships at Louise Gray and
David David; two fashion studios in London.

Introducing emerging artists: Sabrina Samsoodin

Her interest in traditional textile crafts and their connection with social change led her to pursue her studies in hand embroidery. She is fascinated by the traditions of hand embroidery and the importance of embroidery in particular communities and as rites of passage. 

Sabrina is currently studying at The Royal School of Needlework and focuses her practice on pairing traditional textile crafts alongside innovation in digital design through a combination of embroidery, illustration and laser cut print.

 

WHY

Over the last three years she’s been working closely with Urban Outfitters to exhibit and sell her prints in different stores. Her work has been displayed in Covent Garden, Guildford, White City and Camden.

Alongside  her  independent work as a mixed media artist she has worked on several design projects. She is recently been commissioned by Urban Outfitters to customise a table top along with some other artists as Emma Hindhaugh, Bob Motown, Paul McGeachy & Rob Whoriskey for a new store opening in Camden.

Other significant projects of her career are a collaboration with a band named Hejira for a night they run called Traum, creating stage set design as well as their e-flyers for the night and a  collaboration she did with a vintage shop to create a fun and quirky shop display online called Supermarket Sarah. Her illustrations were dotted in between some lovely pieces.

At the moment, she sells her work in a boutique in Brixton Village called Brixi and she will be creating her online shop soon.

WHAT 

For her recent commission for Urban Outfitters she has decided to illustrate the table top with British Birds in the context of a broader study of British Birds and Frogs.  She has named this study  JUMP + FLY and you can see some photos of her piece in progress on her blog:

http://sabrina-samsoodin.blogspot.co.uk/search/label/WORK

 

MORE!!

She her work at her website and blog 

Follow her on Facebook and Twitter 

 

Shahane Hakobyan

Shahane Hakobyan is an image and print maker based out of London. She has recently graduated from the London College of Communication, where she obtained a BA in Graphic and Media Design Illustration.

Shahane’s work is inspired by the people and cultural situations she relates back to her travels: the processes she works in, the merging of her thoughts with her movements, as well as abstract expressionist/expressionist artists that have inspired her. She has had the experience that many don’t have from a young age – She’s moved around from Armenia to St. Petersburg to Paris and Dubai. All of her travels are what define the majority of her work.

“‘Sleep Paralysis’ is a series of images representing the artists’ own personal experience of the phenomenon, the internal struggles, the psychological strains, and the horrifying ghostly presences which roam around the time of sleep. A second series of photographs are taken using models who resemble the artist, touching upon a theory by anthropologist Michael Winkelman. Winkelman suggests that we are predisposed to see human like spirits because our minds are accustomed to perceiving the world as having qualities like ourselves. Thus the terror and fear of being trapped inside our own bodies is only explained to ourselves, in our own minds, as that of a Stranger, an outside figure, in most cases a spirit.”  These photographs represent a great emotional ordeal within the artist’s practice, expressing the core of her practice as well as what emotionally drives her, herself, within her work. The photographs twist and turn and reflect, allowing the audience to create an emotional response with the artist and to engage within her work.

To view more of Shahane’s work, visit her website here – http://cargocollective.com/shahane

Sarah Dimech

Sarah Dimech is an artist based out of London. She has recently graduated from the London College of Communication with a BA in Graphic and Media Design with a pathway in illustration.

Sarah’s work predominately revolves around found imagery and objects. The artist takes inspiration from these artifacts, using their narrative to intersect her own. In working with found imagery, the artist enjoys the physicality of them, using them as a process of engagement with objects and images that hold memory. Sarah believes in the ancient Indian idea that everything already exists, thus we cannot create or invent, but only rediscover. In following this belief, the artist uses found objects and imagery in a new context, playing with the meaning and tapping into the emotional resonances such objects evoke.

Sarah’s sketchbook is a great representation of how these ideas make way into her practice. The work is completely transformed and reconfigured – Shapes taking the forms of what once were portraits of people, precise patterns contributing to these portraits – Sarah recreates each found image as her own.

To check out more of Sarah’s work, visit her website here – http://www.svpdimech.com/

Jinzhen Liang

Jinzhen Liang is a London-based illustrator specialising in fashion illustration and textile print. Jinzhen recently graduated from the London College of Communication with a BA in Graphic and Media Design, pathway into illustration.

Jinzhen’s illustrations are haunting, yet intriguing. Inspired by the artists’ surroundings, Jinzhen creates dream-like, stoic figures wrapped around complex shapes and patterns. The artists’ passion for fashion illustration is apparent, evident in figures themselves – The artist explains, “Due to my own passion to fashion, I prefer to add fashion elements into portrait drawings to produce works that can express my feeling to the fashion world.”

To view more of Jinzhen Liang’s work, check out the artist’s website here – http://cargocollective.com/liangjinzhen

Izzy Woolley

Izzy Woolley is a wonderful animator and illustrator and is currently studying her BA in these specialist subjects at the University of Worcester.

Izzy may still be studying but her entrepreneurial flare and natural talent for producing art work has meant that she has already sold and exhibited pieces.

Her illustrations have featured in the charity Ibook ‘Nasus Reklaw’ and ‘The Neverending Orange Grove’ and she has produced art works for Costa Coffee. She has more recently juggled university work with creating her own art page on Facebook and she has had her own stall at the ‘Youth Market’ in her home town of Belper, Derbyshire.

Izzy’s working style is skilful, varied and dynamic. Her diverse approach to drawing enables every piece of work to appear different in some way, yet still retain a signature look, be it through colour or pattern.

Izzy enjoys experimenting with different mediums and likes to combine digital with more traditional methods of working.

You can see more of Izzy’s work on her Facebook page – Izzy Woolley Illustration

Nasus Raklaw is available to read on the following website – www.nasusreklaw.com where you can also see Izzy’s illustrations.

 

 

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Introducing emerging artists: Michael Furman

MICHAEL FURMAN

WHO

Michael Furman received his BA in Photography from the University of Denver. Prior to going to London College of Communication for his masters he focused on editorial and varying documentary series’ dealing with identity through different issues. He is freelancing, organizing future shows and next documentary series in Denver, Colorado where is he currently based.

WHY

Michael will be exhibiting from the 29th of August at the Colorado Photographic Arts Center. He also has taken part in a variety of group shows in diverse galleries in Denver and London. His practice has been published in regional newspapers as well as the CMYK magazine, the Less Common magazine. 

WHAT

While in UK using stills and video he explored the subculture of the commuter, showing the conscious and unconscious actions and reactions portrayed by travels while having to be around strangers on public transportation on the London Underground. Also he did a series of portraits of 50s enthusiast during an annual Rock ‘n’ Roll Weekender in Norfolk. He is planning on focusing his attention on portraiture.

MORE!!

Web: mfurmanphotography.com

Blog:  blog.mfurmanphotography.com

Bertie & Jack The original Cut-out Design Company

While wandering through my home town of Winchester, snooping through the arts and crafts stalls of our twice monthly market, my eye was drawn to an end display of white frames. These cute cutouts make a great uplift to any wall and make perfect gifts. They are creative and unique in their quality and choice of pattern so well worth a look.

Now some opening words from Emma & Becky the ladies behind the mount-board, about their journey in to the craft world.

We set up Bertie & Jack with the aim of creating a unique brand that would be associated with affordable, colourful, fun wall art. We also wanted to be innovative with our designs and the materials we worked with, creating something new, never seen before.

And we wanted to do it our way, fitting the business around our young children who were the catalyst for the business: Becky’s 4 year old girl, Bertie and Emma’s 3 year old boy, Jack.

We started in 2010 after both of us no longer being able to return to our previous jobs. We had just enough maternity pay left to buy a market stall umbrella and pay the first month’s rent. We took it in turns with the childcare and selling; one looked after the babies, whilst the other set up our umbrella and a suitcase to sell, sell, sell!

With Becky’s background in photography and fine art and Emma’s background is in PR and Marketing we had a great set of skills to kick start the business and like a traditional custard cream biscuit, our skills were sandwiched together by a beautiful sweet filling of friendship.

We began experimenting with cutting simple shapes from mount board and sticking ‘found’ materials behind the cut-out area – we were onto something! Our first ‘cut-out’ designs were our simple elephants and love birds, which are still amongst our most popular designs today. Realising the demand for this style of product, we now create our own range of background prints and patterns to reflect whatever’s in demand – if neon’s in, we’ve got a neon print for you!

We aim to be the brand that customers turn to whether they’re looking for a special gift that will hang around forever, or something cheery for their home. The business being named after our children inspires us to do our very best. We have created a business that will grow and flourish, and (all being well!) provide a legacy for our children in years ahead.

After finding out more about these lovely ladies story I was even more impressed with what they have created, and continue to create new and more beautiful designs following along with trends and seasons to best fit their customers needs. So lets ask them a few questions:

So how did you ladies decide on ‘cutouts’ as an art form? I see you do a selection of prints as well? Who’s the artist?

 The cut-out product came about from experimenting with existing mount board cutting technology; lets just say it’s not designed to do what we do with it! We push the technology as far as possible with our creative designs, all of which start life as hand drawn illustrations, the cut-out element bringing them to life. We are both involved in the creative process and the prints we design come from various inspirations. We both have very different styles, we use this to our advantage to create our quirky and colourful work.

 This is obvious a family enterprise, do the husbands and kids get stuck in to?

Bertie & Jack is a family run business in every way possible. Our husbands both work full time for Bertie & Jack and are integral to the business. They assist us with most aspects of the business; an important role being ‘children’s entertainer’. Bertie & Jack are best friends and love getting involved in the business, from ‘helping’ to paint display units to giving out business cards at events. We have photographic evidence.

Lots of animal themes in your work are they here to stay?

Animals are the key theme running through all our work. They are so much fun to design, they become there own little characters. We discovered early on that our customers have strong connections to certain animals. We never get tired on the market stall of hearing, ‘’oh, I love elephants.’’The Love Birds, Original Elephants and Original Penguins were our earliest creations and still our best sellers. We have just designed a new cut-out, (coming to the website soon) which is a pair of bright eyed and bushy tailed squirrels. Lots of fun!

 

Are there any new designs or plans for the future you want to share with us.

At Bertie & Jack HQ we are always innovating and striving to move the business forward with new concepts and ideas. We have new designs that still utilise the cut-out technique, and new products using our pattern designs. We are nothing if not crazy ambitious, and our big fat ambition is to have a Bertie & Jack store on every major high street!

 

I love your website, its very personal, the swatch booklet of your patterns is very helpful. Are your online orders vital to your business? 

 

Having an online presence is essential to Bertie & Jack; for those customers that see us at one of our market stalls and then want to buy from home, to new customers searching for that perfect ‘feel good’ gift. Setting up more stalls and retailing our products at various events across the country has definitely provided us with the exposure we need to boost our web sales and with more and more people shopping online these days, we see this as being crucial to the future of Bertie & Jack.

 

 Where can we find you now that everyone is dying for a picture? Bath, London, Bristol all market stalls?

 

You can find us on our Bath Stall on Burton Street, our Bristol Stall on Corn Street and at Greenwich Market in London.  Or, via our 24 hour online superstore, www.bertieandjack.co.uk  If you befriend us on Facebook and or follow us on Twitter you can keep up to date with all the latest goings on. 

@bertieandjack

https://www.facebook.com/bertieandjack

 

So to finish, a Gola question, which one of your bespoke patterns would you like to see on a pair of Gola trainers?

 

We would love to see one of our bespoke patterns on a pair of Gola trainers and would go for something cool, but timeless such as our Dog’s Tooth. Or, if we want to edge it up a notch, our Coloured Cubes.  We’ll be first in line to buy them!

I am impressed with Emma & Becky’s drive to succeed and the love they have for the images they create. I can’t wait to see what they make next and continue to expand.

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Joe Lord Photography

Now this lad has got a picture for everything, I found Joe Lord at University but he has been very busy since. His latest project being a self-publishing a book consisting of travel photos producing using the Lomography technique called Double Exposure.

From Joe

I’m a 22 year old freelance photographer & designer based in Burnley, Lancashire. I work for everyone from Record Labels to Vintage Boutiques. Recent clients include Alan Howard, the largest Salon supplier in the UK and their sponsored brands Fudge, Joiyco, Matrix and Sexy Hair. I’ve also designed 2 new t-shirt concepts due to be back from the fashion house I’ve commissioned to create them. I recently became the CEO of an Enterprise connected with SomewhereTo_ which is a huge company that works with 16 to 25 year olds and is partnered with Youtube, Channel 4 and James Kaan from Dragon’s Den.

So tell us about this latest project, how did these travel photos come about? and self-publishing thats got to be hard?

The photos and the story behind them is part of the book! I broke up with my long-term girlfriend and couldn’t bare the thought of running into her on nights out or when I do my shopping etc. So I had to escape, and travelling to see friends and family across the country/world. Self publishing would be hard if I didn’t have Kickstarter to help fund me!

How would you describe your creative style? How did it develop? You took multimedia design at uni yes?

 My creative style for design is very bold lines, part influenced by graffiti and urban art, part baroque and regal. I attended 2 years of uni but left due to family becoming unwell. The time that I have spend in-between helping my family out has been used to start freelancing and pursuing projects like this!

 

Tell us about your favourite project to date? and why?

Alot of the work I’ve been doing for Alan Howard has been good. Producing my first video project and the client being such a big name has been a huge career booster… And getting to work with beautiful models is always a plus.

Whats your next project going to be? I am sure you have one in mind.

My next project starts in 2 days time on sunday. I’m producing a shortfilm for an E4 competition. I’m expanding the project so that I can produce a music video with the footage so if I son’t win the comp I still have portfolio work.

If you could design something for Gola? Describe it for us?

Gola would be a great company to design for! I’ve always loved the Greek God Herme’s winged sandals. I know Jeremy Scott did a winged trainer for Adidas but in my opinion the designs were poorly thought out. I’d love to create winged trainers for Gola in my own style.

What can we do to find out more about you?

A great place to keep up with my experimental photos (and shameless selfless) is my instagram: @Joetry and my personal blog CashmereAndConfidence.tumblr.com And also my photography site flicker.com/joetry

I think Joe is going to very busy in the next few years spreading his wings and being involved in a lot more exciting projects to come. Keep an eye out and feel free to contribute to his photo book its well worth it and look at some of the other projects on kickstarter might find something interesting.

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/joetry/real-love-fake-holga

Robert Marshall

 

Illustrator and graphic designer Robert Marshall has a style that’s slick, professional, and purposeful: you could easily assume he’s been working the industry for years, whereas he’s actually only just graduated this year (that’s with a degree from the University of Cumbria if you’re interested). 

His book cover design for Chandler’s The Big Sleep was actually the first thing that really caught my eye when looking at his website: the photo collaged flower design is really striking, and shows a really strong grasp of aesthetics and composition that carries on through everything else that he produces. Filters and noise layers also add a kind of personal touch that stops his work from having that overly clinical ‘photoshop’ effect that many graphic designers can fall victim to- Robert instead takes that clean editorial vibe and mashes it with his own strong independent aesthetic.

And whilst his posters and book covers are gorgeous his personal and zine illustrations are simply wonderfully vibrant and bold: slightly retro aliens and geometric monsters (whist only a ‘bit of fun’ in his own words) are some of my favourite things that I’ve seen all week.

So really, I recommend checking his website out as much as I can really- for between the silly monsters and clean-cut design work I’m sure there’s something you’ll enjoy.

 

 Robert was also lovely enough to give some answers to a quick few questions here below:

What would you say is the biggest inspiration for you in your illustration work?

I love strong shapes and colours so I would say collage is a big inspiration to me and that is how I see my way of working. The illustrator who has inspired me the most though is Matthew Lyons. His colours and textures and compositions are amazing plus I love the sense of drama he gets into his work.

Is there a particular piece of work or moment in your career so far you’re proudest of?

My facourite pieces are probably the Bagatelle cover and Porn Monsters. Proudest moment is getting my work in Digital Arts in the showcase section.

What are your future plans now you’ve recently graduated? 

My future plans are to make some collective zines with other illustrator friends and also to try and get an agent. 

Your work has a very definite style and tone to it, have you always worked in this way or has your style been a recent development?

I haven’t always worked like this it has been a very recent development. When I first started my course I was really hung up on getting a ‘style’ but my tutor told me to take my time and not to think about it. Instead work in whatever way or technique interested you at the time and what felt right for the work then your style would evolve and develop itself. After three years I can see now that what he said was true and my current style came very naturally from playing about.

And finally, are there any particular musicians or perhaps radio shows/podcasts you like to listen to whilst working?

I listen to a range of music whilst working but the main ones are Andre Williams (he is brilliant you should definitely check him out), MF DOOM, Boiler Room sets and Mark Mcguire.

 

LINKS:

Website 

Ben Garfield

Let me introduce you all to one talented film director, Mr Ben Garfield. Ben Garfield is a London based award-winning freelance film director, writer, cameraman and editor. It is safe to say Ben is more than a triple threat. After studying Drama and Screen Studies at university, it is clear that Ben understands the language of the cinema, and how to make an enchanting film.

After recently working at Sundance film festival in London, I discovered one of Ben’s videos ‘Homey’ on their website. I needed to view more of Ben’s work. I went onto his website, and soon I found myself addicted to Ben’s short and sweet narratives http://vimeo.com/bengarfield. I wanted to share with you guys two of my favourite films by Ben; Homey and Modern Conversation.

Modern Conversation is a hilarious short film, about how the iPhone generation cannot have a conversation without checking into Facebook, live tweeting about your convo, Instergramming, liking, hashtagging, tagging and Snapchatting pictures to your friend who is sitting right next to you. I am one hundred per cent sure every person can relate to these two brilliant characters.

Homey had me glued to my seat for the films three minuet length, following a tense game of British Bulldog. I found myself biting my nails in hope that the 8-year-old young boy Bertie would make it to the other side of the playground safe and sound. Ben’s creativity and amusing short films have not gone unnoticed. Homey has been chosen as part of the Official Selections at the BFI Future Film Festival 2013, Sundance London’s 2013 Short Film Competition, the St Albans Film Festival 2013 and British Shorts Berlin 2013.

 

I got the chance to ask Ben a few questions about his career, love for film, and plans for the future.

So you studied Drama and Screen Studies at The University of Manchester. You clearly knew from a young age that you wanted to get involved in the film industry. Where has this love and passion for filmmaking stemmed from?

I always loved film but it was only on the course that I actually developed any serious ambitions to become a writer/director. I had a couple of very inspiring tutors – David Butler and Johannes Sjoberg – and around that time I started dating a girl who really loved her cinema too. Their passion rubbed off on me and I started to see film in a new light.

I actually only ended up on the screen studies course in a roundabout way – I switched from philosophy after my first year at Manchester as I wanted to do something more creative, so I took a punt on it. I’m pleased I did!

How did you come up with the narrative of Modern Conversation? From your frustrated experience of modern technology?

I didn’t actually come up with the narrative. It was written and performed by the wonderful Mixed Doubles, a London based comedy sketch group (you can find out more about them at http://www.mixed-doubles.co.uk/media). I did all the film stuff for it – produced, directed, shot, edited etc.

I agree it’s a very poignant sketch. Modern technology seems to allow you to be everywhere and with everyone at the same time – before long that can lead to an overload. It’s an easy trap to fall into! Ironically the sketch itself led us to spend an unhealthy amount of time online. We entered it into The Dave Leicester Comedy Shorts competition, where there was a prize for the most views on YouTube. Consequently we pretty much turned into those characters promoting it like mad on Twitter and Facebook!

What made you want to create ‘Homey’?

 I remember the inspiration for it coming one day as I was crossing the Holloway Road in London. It’s a busy road and, although I wasn’t actually in any real danger, as I got to the island in the middle I got a rush, a feeling of “I’m safe! I made it!” The sensation triggered a memory of playing British bulldog in the school playground and the relief of getting to the other side. I got to thinking it could work well as a film and be something others could relate to.

Is the game of British bulldog an allegory?

I think you can look at the narrative whichever way you like really. I wanted to capture something of the goldfish bowl mentality of it, and show how seriously we all took games when we were younger. I based a lot of the shots on the opening scene of Saving Private Ryan. To the kids, it’s a war.

I think you can apply that to grown-ups too. It raises interesting questions for me about how seriously we regard the events in our everyday lives.

What does it feel like as a filmmaker to have your work not only noticed, but also nominated for awards by massive institutions such as BFI and Sundance London?

Homey got on the official selection shortlists for those though it didn’t win the awards unfortunately! It’s great to get noticed by those institutions. Having your film screened at the BFI in front of a packed cinema is always exciting.

What tips would you give young people trying to break into the film industry? 

I think the best thing you can do if you want to start making films is to not be afraid to make that first step and get a project underway. For my first short film the cast and crew were recruited entirely through Internet networking sites, none of whom I’d previously met. Before that I felt like I’d been waiting around for things to fall into place too long, like I’d do a job as a runner and I’d meet the perfect producer, then at the next job I’d meet a brilliant cinematographer. When that didn’t happen I decided to just do it off my own back and with sites like Casting Call Pro and Shooting People it’s all possible.

So my advice is to believe in your project and go for it.

What have you got planned for the future?

 A few things. I’ve shot some more sketches with Mixed Doubles which will be out soon. You can like their Facebook page to stay in the loop about those: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Mixed-Doubles/390702900983297?ref=ts&fref=ts

I’ve also directed a music video for Hypeman Sage and Subculture Sounds, which we’re editing at the moment. It’s an exciting one, there’s a great team behind the project and the rushes have come out well. I’m looking forward to getting it out there!

Short film-wise I’ve just finished the script for my next film. It’s the longest to date and will probably come in around the 15 minute mark. Now I’ve got to start thinking about getting it off the ground…

Just like the two amazing ladies in Modern Conversation would do, go and tweet, share, like and retweet Ben’s brilliance.

http://www.bengarfield.com/

John J Presley

John J Presley’s musical talent lives up to his famous last name- in a mysterious rock, alt noir kind of way. To summaries the sound of this unique Brummy and his band, I would say his rock/ blues/ folk noir is similar to the infamous Jack White, mixed with The Kills, Tom Waits and Nick Cave. John J Presley adds something enticing and intriguing to the music world, through his distinct guitar, bass lines, use of a Fender Rhodes, and his husky and somewhat dark vocals. The mood of Presley’s singing, combined with his lyrics in his song ‘Sweet Sister’ takes me into an enchanting dark atmosphere, where I feel like I should be in Nashville sipping a whisky on ice. I thought I would get the man himself to answer what he thinks his great sound is like ; “This is always such a hard question to answer; you spend years perfecting your sound, through many different influences. It makes it hard to think outside the box. The music industry likes to pigeon hole, it makes things easier for them. But with my arm twisted, I would say Nick Cave meets Josh T Pearson with a bit of Duke Garwood….”

It always interests me as to why people try to enter such a competitive and over-populated industry. I wanted to know what made Mr Presley  want to make music. I asked John, if there a pinnacle moment in his life where he knew he wanted to make music? “I might sound a bit cliché but the moment I picked up an instrument. I found it the most amazing thing to create sound, I was very uninterested in playing the music of other people, I just wanted to make my own sounds. I wasn’t interested in the right technique. I find there is no wrong way to play an instrument, as long as it sounds good to you. Theory is a complete sponge for a creative mind. There is no wrong answer.”   

2012 and 2013 have been two very busy years for John J Presley and his band. During last couple of years Presley & Co. have been establishing their name in the music industry with tours and lives shows. Having been on the road touring with The Jim Jones Revue, and performing at shows with Band of Skulls, Joe Gideon & The Shark, and The Brute Chorus, Mr. Presley has been flat out. Not only has Presley been touring his socks off, but Presley and his band have also been in the studio recording their debut album over the past few months. Presley comments, “we are putting the final touches to our album. It’s up to the big guns as to when it will be released. As for now we have a summer of festivals to play, which I’m looking forward to.” [I can safely say, we too are looking forward to your festival performances!]

John J Presley has not gone unnoticed in the rock world, with Karrang! Radio host Alex Baker calling Presley as “without [a] doubt one of the most interesting, talented musicians out there at the moment.” It’s MusicNTing’s blog that really captures the sound and talent of Presley and his band; “The vocals remind you of Tom Waits or Johnny Cash, while the guitars have the same drive, as Jack White’s or the Black Keys do, only much dirtier. Plus there is a very strong folk element to it, which makes it just that much more intriguing and a bit poetic, whilst never losing its energy.”

This summer you will find this man playing at the main stage at 2000 Trees, on July 12th, and appearing at Tramlines Festival 2013, on July 21st. Go check this talented man out and see him live;

http://www.johnjpresley.com 

https://soundcloud.com/john-j-presley

Eliza and the Bear

Eliza and the Bear consist of no lady called Eliza, and sadly no bear. But it does consist of five very talented young men from London. Eliza and the Bear are a folk pop group who bring something new to indie pop world, with their catchy and upbeat tunes and stage presents. What makes this band stand out is the close friendship these boys genuinely have. Paul Lester wrote in his Guardian feature of the band, that this band is “boisterous, cacophonous indie made by enthusiastic young men who want to communicate their excitement at being alive”.

Their popular song ‘Upon the North’ is one of my favourite songs, and it will no doubt put you in a happy summer dancing mood. Sounding similar to The Lumineers and their hit song Ho Hey, Eliza and the Bear share the similar husky folk vocals, great guitar and happy overall melody. They also share a similar sound to Dry the River, which is unsurprising as they have worked with the acclaimed music producer Peter Miles, who has worked with the likes of Dry the River, The King Blues, The Skints, We Are the Ocean and so many more. Eliza and the bears have just released their new song ‘Friends’, adding yet another great song to their musical repertoire. ‘Friends’ stays true to the music Eliza and the Bear create, being upbeat and jubilant. Yet again these boys have created another great summery happy tune, which will accompany your swaying body and your beating foot perfectly in the garden with a nice cold cider in your hand.

Make sure you catch this rising band at their September tour! For more info, head to:

http://elizaandthebear.com/

https://soundcloud.com/elizaandthebear

https://www.facebook.com/elizaandthebear

Now you have no excuse not to see these boys live.