Thom Donovan, singer, songwriter and guitarist, began his career as a session musician—recording and touring worldwide with a variety of artists. Unfulfilled by his work performing other artist’s compositions, he formed a band of his own called Lapush. The goal was simple—“To make records that I would buy”. The band’s debut album, Someplace Closer To Here(456/Fontana), was released in 2005. Later that same year Lapush made their network television debut on Last Call with Carson Daly on NBC. The album’s second single, “Aurora”, was featured in the cult television series “Moonlight” (CBS). The album and single each peaked at #15 on the Alternative/Specialty Charts. The band’s second album, Modern Blues, was released in 2007 through their own imprint. The first single, “Closer”, has appeared in MTV’s popular show, “The Hill’s”.
Phil Lehmann is an independent music producer, engineer and songwriter based in Vancouver, BC. With his variety of skills, he has been involved with various music projects for Hipjoint Music Group and Nettwerk One Music as well productions for such artists as Kelly Rowland (Sony / BMG), Kreesh Turner (Virgin / EMI (USA), and up and coming artist Shiloh (Universal Music (Canada) / Universal Republic (USA). His compositions and productions have landed him film and tv placements on shows like ABC’s Samantha Who? and syndicated TV series Flash Gordon. He is currently a producer, writer and head engineer for Hipjoint Music Group as well as his own company, Active Minds Productions. Along with his talented singer/songwriter partner (and wife) Erica Lehmann, he enjoys performing and producing their personal music project called “Dreamboat Money”.
Graduating from U.B.C. as a classical pianist in 1976, Dave has been working extensively in the international pop music recording industry since 1980, first as a session keyboard player, then as a producer, writer, and arranger. Dave has written music for corporate presentations by Mutual of New York, Mitsubishi, Jim Pattison, Concord Pacific, Uniglobe Travel, General Paint, Telus, and others. He scored the Microsoft AGM in 1997, and performed for the event on site in Orlando, Florida. He has written and arranged commercials for a long list of clients which includes Mattel, McDonalds, General Motors, Silverwing Holidays ("I Need A Vacation"), the NHL's Vancouver Canucks and Calgary Flames, Tabasco, and Health and Welfare Canada, and has recently composed scores for The Learning Channel and Life Network. Dave's the creator of the theme and all the incidental music in the HGTV series "Love it or Lose it", and the theme music for the series "UberGuide".
Andreas Levander is a songwriter/producer that covers vast musical grounds.
The native Swede entered the magical world of music through picking up the bass guitar at age 16.
Following studies at Music Academies in Malmö and Gothenburg, he became a sought after musician, touring and recording with many of Sweden's finest.
In the fall of 2000, the desire to pursue writing/producing led to Stockholm and joining with Cosmos Music Group. Stockholm, at the time a newly established hotbed of music, attracted talent from across the globe. This led to a vast array of collaborations in multiple genres, rendering platinum sales with J-pop stars Yuki and Crystal Kay as well as "Barbaric Game,” the title track of mandarin superstar Jolin Tsai's album J-Game, which sold over 1,000,000 copies. The song became a huge hit across Asia and was nominated for Top 10 Gold Songs at the Hong Kong TVB8 Awards.
Nettwerk Music Group is excited to announce the signing of rising Chinese star Wanting Qu to its management, label and publishing rosters. Wanting is in the midst of recording her first full-length English album, due out next year. Wanting (whose last name Qu means "music, song, melody") started to sing before she could even talk. Her mother recalls, "You would know when she was awake because she’d be singing the theme song from this Chinese TV series called ‘Undercover Cop' loudly in bed to the ceiling, every morning.” Wanting left her family and China when she was 16 and entered Canada as an international business student. It wasn't long before she realized her true passion and dream was to become an influential recording artist. She went on to earn her degree in business, but also tried her hand at songwriting in both Chinese and English and began performing in the Toronto area.
Celebrating a bratty, tongue-in-cheek viewpoint and a spunky indie-punk style similar to Art Brut while applying an assortment of instruments akin to Architecture in Helsinki, the seven-piece group Los Campesinos! (a Spanish name that roughly translates to "the Peasants") formed in 2006 in Cardiff, Wales. The lineup took shape around Cardiff University students Aleksandra (keyboard, horn), Ellen (bass), Gareth (glockenspiel), Harriet (violin, keyboard), Neil (guitar), Ollie (drums), and Tom (guitar), all of whom began sharing vocals (as well as the last name of Campesinos!). The group played their first show at a college function in May 2006; by the following August, they had built enough of an audience to secure an opening gig for Broken Social Scene. Later that year, Los Campesinos! signed to the U.K.-based label Wichita Recordings, which released the band's first single in early 2007.
The band's name is taken from Hampden College in Donna Tartt's novel "The Secret History". The book focuses on a group of college kids embroiled in a pagan cult. The Hampdens have played with Ben Lee, Evermore, John Mayer, Ray LaMontagne, Thirsty Merc, Sarah Harmer, george, Rob Thomas, and Missy Higgins. Their debut independent EP, Brightness Falls, was released independently in August, 2003 to rave reviews, with the first run sold out within two weeks. A second run was pressed and subsequently sold out. The success of the Brightness Falls lead to Sony releasing their follow up EP, Even World, in May, 2004. Even World was recorded with Dave Parkin at Blackbird Studios in Perth and mixed at Metropolis Studios in Melbourne. Their third EP So Young It Hurts was released in 2005 on Rubber Records. The EP was mixed and recorded by renowned UK producer Eden, best known for his work as side-kick for Nellee Hooper (Madonna).
Travel, adventure and personal revelation mark the new album by singer/songwriter Alessi Laurent–Marke of Alessi’s Ark. The Still Life is a work both lucid and heartbreakingly lovely, a sonic landscape that roams a wide range of emotions, with (as the songwriter explains), “Nature and love, as common threads”.
It's been a time since we heard from Tasmin Archer, although it comes as something of a shock when you do the math and realise it's ten long years since her last album. Now she's back with 'On' , a stunning collection that proves yet again that wise old maxim that the best things in life are indeed worth the wait. As you would expect, it's a record of hugely atmospheric songs, rich with potent melodies and intelligent lyrics informed by her own unusual experience - and the result is a comeback that is as triumphant as it is welcome. To explain what she's been doing since we last heard from her, it's necessary to put her long-awaited return in the context of Tasmin's earlier success. When she shot to the top of the charts in 1992 with 'Sleeping Satellite', it was a popular misconception that she had come from nowhere to become an overnight sensation.
Hailing from Odense, Denmark, the five young guys in The Kissaway Trail have set sail for new shores, armed with an album full of love, hope and loss. On deck they have their labels Bella Union in the UK, Europe and Japan, and Speak n Spell in Australia, and Playground Music in Scandinavia. The self-titled debut was released in the UK in April this year to rave reviews calling it “a savagely beautiful noise” (NME), "the debut album of the year so far." (The Independent) “mesmerising” (The Guardian), “an absolute revelation” (The Fly) and simply, “phenomenal” (Rock Sound). The band’s live performances are also taking the critics by storm, with The Guardian declaring them “this year’s jawdroppers” and Drowned in Sound concluding that, “the whole experience sticks with the attendee for days, weeks afterwards; they should one day, soon, be playing to far larger crowds.”