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The Hub is a new playlist from Talk About Pop Music where we want to continue to help new artists reach a wider audience and spread their music.
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Let’s get this playlist started with these awesome new songs…
‘Shine’ – Sam Ostler
“The audience must be captivated”
This is the only rule that Sam Ostler adheres to in his career, and one that has served him well thus far. Melody and emotion are the order of the day, and his “pin-drop performances are turning heads wherever he goes” (BBC)
Musically, Ostler cites Elton John, U2, Take That and Celine Dion as major influences and his grasp of writing and ear for a massive pop melody are testament to this. With songs ranging from solo piano & vocal ballads to huge full-band rockers, Sam’s output so far has been varied and powerful.
Extensive touring (including a successful headline show at the O2 Academy) and 2 well received EPs are helping to grow Sam’s reputation and fan base. He has the almost unprecedented achievement of having every song from his Debut EP played on National BBC radio, and the great support from the stations continues.
‘Famous’ – Explorers
Explorers craft melodic and genre bending Indie synth pop music with an 80’s influence.
Taking their name from a mutual love of Joe Dante’s film, ‘Explorers’, the two piece – Jez Dennis (drums, synth) and Rob Bannister (synth, vocals) came together through a mutual love of nostalgia, 80’s cinema and a ‘DIY’ spirit built in a Chesterfield attic.
In an industry increasingly eager to shoehorn today’s artists into neatly organised subcultures, Explorers represent a slightly different proposition. There’s many influences at work here; Dennis previously played in a number of indie rock bands (his previous band, ‘Mybe’ once reached number 3 in the independent singles charts, outselling the likes of Maximo Park and Placebo) and there’s elements of jangly guitars reminiscent of The Cure, drum fills offering knowing nods to latter period Genesis, as well as spacious soundscapes inspired by Bannister’s forays as a filmmaker. The result is songs comfortable taking unscheduled turns while maintaining the melodic warmth of radio-friendly synth pop.
‘Jealous Yet’ – Justin 3
Justin 3 formed by Justinas Stanislovaitis (vocals,guitar), lyricists, singer/songwriter, known for numerous performances on National TV and being an actor in international productions such as musical “Rent” directed by Georg Malvius and Derek Barnes,”and Lithuanian productions of “Sweet Charity”and “The great comet of 1812”. Justin 3 songs are aired on almost all national and some international radio stations such as BBC radio One, Capital FM, Kiss FM and etc. Justin 3 had numerous TV performances and played at the biggest Lithuania and Europe festivals. Also a lot of private concerts around the globe. Started out as a cover band, Justin 3 now has multiple singles and an E.P released. Mostly aired songs “Timeless Love”, “In Love During The Summer”, “I Won’t Break Down”, “The Train”,”On The Beach in Spain”, “Jealous Yet”, “Rumors”.
Wait, there’s more…
‘another bad day’ – Jackson Tower
‘Silk’ – Nii