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  • Fernando Triff

Rising Star #24

Dear fellow music enthusiasts and connoisseurs of extraordinary talent,


You are warmly invited to embark on a captivating musical odyssey with us at "Rising Star 24." Brace yourselves for an enchanting experience as we showcase a constellation of emerging artists from across the globe, each weaving their distinct melodies and lyrical narratives into the fabric of this exceptional event.


Prepare to witness a transformation in your musical landscape, leaving you utterly captivated. Our commitment to curating a diverse and enthralling lineup has yielded remarkable results. "Rising Star 24" promises to transcend geographical and cultural boundaries, presenting an auditory voyage that explores the vast spectrum of human emotion through various musical genres and perspectives.


Within the harmonies and melodies, you will uncover tales of triumph over adversity, whispers of love and dedication, and the magical alchemy that turns dreams into harmonious symphonies. The artists invite you to traverse the intricate corridors of their creativity, sharing their most intimate and profound experiences through the universal language of music.


More than a mere performance, "Rising Star 24" is a bridge that connects hearts across divides, a testament to the profound power of music to move us all. This event defies genre constraints, offering a rich tapestry of emotions, ideologies, and narratives, irrespective of your personal musical preferences.


Get ready to be entranced as innovation takes center stage, and harmony unites us all. Gear up for a magnificent musical showcase where talent knows no bounds, and creativity knows no limits. The stage is set, and the performers are poised to cast their enchanting spells, igniting a symphony that celebrates the diverse spectrum of human expression.


Are you prepared to be astounded? Join us on this extraordinary journey and allow "Rising Star 24" to redefine your perception of the music scene. It's time to let the symphony begin! 🌟🎵


THE DOMAIN's Sonic Odyssey: Unveiling "Better Than Me"

In the ever-evolving realm of electronic music, where genres intersect and boundaries blur, one artist is boldly carving his niche—THE DOMAIN. Hovering in the sweet spot between Synth Pop and EDM, this genre-bending producer is rewriting the rules of sonic exploration, giving birth to a whole new universe of sound.


At the heart of THE DOMAIN's sonic universe is the latest offering, "Better Than Me." This track not only showcases his prowess in seamlessly fusing catchy Pop vocals with sun-soaked House beats and retro Synth Pop vibes but also introduces guest vocals from the talented Lousy. The result? A tune that beckons listeners into a realm of infectious melodies and a sun-soaked summer vibe that is impossible to resist.


One might wonder about the influences that have shaped this sonic innovator's journey. Surprisingly, THE DOMAIN draws inspiration from an unexpected source—silence. In a bid to create something truly unique, he deliberately distances himself from conventional musical influences, allowing the void to inspire and guide his artistic exploration.


The Domain has not only captured the attention of music lovers but has also earned the admiration of influential tastemakers. With distribution via Sony's The Orchard, he has set the stage for a globally relevant career. His meteoric rise is underscored by being featured as the artist of the month on Adelaide's biggest radio station, marking a significant milestone in his hometown.


In a musical landscape defined by conventions, THE DOMAIN stands as a beacon of innovation, pushing the boundaries of what's possible in electronic music. "Better Than Me" is not just a track; it's an invitation to experience the extraordinary, to join a sonic journey where genres dissolve, and the only constant is the pulsating beat of creativity.


As the sun sets on conventional norms, THE DOMAIN's music rises, beckoning us to immerse ourselves in a realm where every note, every beat, and every moment is "Better Than Me."

Embark on a Sonic Odyssey with IKTO's "Le Voyage - Acte I"

In the vast landscape of music, where genres often serve as mere coordinates, there emerges a unique force that refuses to be confined. IKTO, a musical entity led by the visionary Bruno Rougevin-Baville, invites listeners on a dynamic journey through styles and landscapes of vibrant colors, defying conventions and embracing the art of discovery.


IKTO's music is not static; it's a motion—a journey unbound by diagrams or predefined performances. With a collective of eight talented musicians joining forces in unison, they craft a musical universe that comes to life with every performance. The byte, founded in 2020, serves as the vessel through which the ever-evolving world of IKTO is recreated on each occasion.


At the heart of this sonic odyssey lies their debut album, "Le Voyage." A musical fresco presented in four acts, this opus serves as an invitation to explore a unique way of writing and understanding artistic projects. Bruno Rougevin-Baville, the creative mind behind IKTO, draws inspiration from a multitude of sounds, images, symphonic and contemporary music, as well as landscapes and colors. In this fusion, IKTO invents a sensitive musical experience that mirrors the cinematic.


"Ikto's music is in motion. She tells a journey through styles and landscapes of all colors, never attached to a diagram or to a performance but good for discovery without detour from an original world and immersive," as described by those who have experienced the magic of IKTO.


The IKTO project was born in 2021, and its inaugural album, "Le Voyage," came to life in the studios of Question de Son in July 2022. A visual counterpart to this sonic masterpiece, the eponymous music video was filmed in May 2023. On September 13, 2023, the first single, "Le Voyage - Acte I," was released, offering a tantalizing preview of what was to come.


IKTO's "Le Voyage - Acte I" is not just a record; it's an invitation to embark on a sonic adventure where the boundaries of music are explored, shattered, and redefined. Join IKTO on this musical journey and let the waves of their sounds carry you to uncharted territories. The stage is set, the byte is in motion, and the voyage awaits.

Unveiling the Sonic Rebellion: Balloon Shed's "Hate Song"

In the vast landscape of music, where genres often serve as mere coordinates, there emerges a unique force that refuses to be confined. Balloon Shed, the brainchild of Bristol-based singer/songwriter Rowan Davies, is on a mission to defy expectations and challenge societal norms. Following the whimsical journey of "Frank Says," Balloon Shed takes a bold step into the realms of discomfort with their latest single, "Hate Song."


"Hate Song" plunges listeners into an unimaginable reality—a world dominated by bigots and bad actors who exploit fears in their pursuit of wealth and power. It's a stark and terrifying scenario that Balloon Shed fearlessly explores, offering a musical commentary on the darker corners of contemporary society.


Proudly lo-fi and offbeat, Balloon Shed delivers bouncy garage rock that pays homage to the alternative rock sounds of the 80s and 90s. Drawing inspiration from critical messaging artists like Jeff Rosenstock and AJJ, Balloon Shed weaves together a sonic tapestry that is both nostalgic and refreshingly relevant.


Balloon Shed is not just a musical project; it's an experiment in perseverance against experience. Davies, who resurrected his guitar in 2022 after two decades of abandonment, found solace and joy in the songwriting and recording process. Through trial and error, he discovered the formula for producing and releasing Balloon Shed's first track, "Prick," on streaming services. This experience became a testament to the notion that artistic expression knows no expiration date.


With amateur musicianship devoid of ambition or expectations, Balloon Shed utilizes songwriting as a form of therapy. It becomes a vessel for airing anxieties and angers, all while laying down hooks that are undeniable and linger in the mind long after the music fades. Now, with "Hate Song," Balloon Shed dives even deeper into the complexities of the human experience.


As Balloon Shed prepares to release another single in late 2023 and a self-titled EP shortly after, the sonic rebellion is only gaining momentum. Join the unconventional voyage as Balloon Shed continues to redefine the boundaries of lo-fi garage rock, proving that music is not just an art form—it's a powerful tool for reflection and change.

Illuminating the Night: Dani Twice's "Moonlight" Shines in the Hip Hop Scene

In the heart of Florida, a multifaceted artist is leaving an indelible mark on the music landscape. Dani Twice, a singer-songwriter, producer, and visual artist, brings a unique fusion of influences to the table. Born in Colombia and raised in Seattle, Dani's musical journey is a testament to resilience, self-discovery, and a relentless pursuit of artistic independence.


During his high school years, Dani Twice began experimenting with hip-hop rhythms, crafting self-produced mixtapes that hinted at the sonic exploration to come. However, he chose to postpone his musical aspirations until after graduating from college as a 3D artist and animator, showcasing his commitment to a holistic approach to creativity.


Influenced by a diverse array of artists ranging from Kanye West and Odd Future to Cage the Elephant, Manu Chau, Aterciopelados, and Calle 13, Dani Twice's music transcends genre boundaries. His bilingual compositions became a therapeutic outlet, helping him navigate the challenges of depression and anxiety during his tumultuous youth. Now, Dani Twice aspires to inspire others to take on an artistic role in their lives and become independent creators of the narratives they desire.


Following the release of his debut album, "Los 999atos," in 2022 and a string of singles in early 2023, Dani Twice collaborated once again with Tony Narvaez to bring forth "Moonlight." This K-POP influenced, bass-heavy hip-hop track is a poetic exploration of the yearning for love to rekindle, whether in this lifetime or the next. "Moonlight" envelops listeners in a dreamy atmosphere, featuring mesmerizing lyrics and a distinctive sound that seamlessly blends hip hop with alternative inspirations.


Released just five months ago, "Moonlight" has already amassed over 10,000 streams on Spotify, a testament to Dani Twice's ability to captivate audiences and push the boundaries of the hip-hop scene. In a genre often saturated with generic sounds, Dani Twice stands out as a beacon of innovation.


As he consistently challenges the status quo, Dani Twice emerges as a force reshaping the hip-hop landscape. With each track, he invites listeners into his world—a realm where genres intertwine, cultures collide, and the pursuit of artistic freedom takes center stage. Keep an eye on Dani Twice as he continues to illuminate the night with his unique blend of beats, bilingual lyricism, and a vision that transcends the ordinary. The moonlight is merely the beginning of a journey guided by Dani Twice's musical brilliance.

Tarn PK Unveils "Papier-Mâché": A Sonic Odyssey Through the Daytime Blues

In the vibrant tapestry of Wellington, New Zealand, Tarn PK emerges as a distinctive voice in the music scene. As an artist, producer, and songwriter, Tarn has already left an indelible mark with three EPs, and now, he takes a bold leap forward with his latest single, "Papier-Mâché."


This dynamic slow burn is a departure from Tarn's previous sonic explorations, introducing a palette of distorted guitars, synthesisers, and deflated drum sounds. The track, both introspective and sonically alluring, delves into a period of Tarn's life post-University—a juncture where the uncertainty of the future loomed large, and the pressure to achieve in a culture fixated on success became palpable.


In the realm of "Papier-Mâché," Tarn draws inspiration from a writing trip to Auckland, where an unexpected cancelation led to the creation of something deeply personal. The single is a sonic voyage guided by a chorus guitar tone and the embrace of a Yamaha DX7 synth, reminiscent of the 80s. Visually inspired by a minimalist aesthetic, Tarn shifts from the nocturnal hues of his previous releases to a brighter palette, reminiscent of a daytime summer scene.


Reflecting on the songwriting process, Tarn shares, "I wasn’t exactly sure what it all meant, but in the interval, I have placed it where I feel like it sits for me." The lyrics encapsulate the universal theme of feeling directionless and grappling with the societal pressure to define one's path. Inspired by a philosophy podcast on 'achievement culture,' "Papier-Mâché" resonates with the complexities of needing to be productive while navigating the valleys and mountains of life.


As the track unfolds, Tarn PK weaves an intricate sonic landscape that defies easy categorization. "Papier-Mâché" is a melodic expression of the artist's internal journey, touching on themes of achievement, yin and yang, and the interplay of humour and introspection.


Tarn PK's latest endeavor marks a new direction in his musical evolution—a shift that transcends genres and embraces a sonic palette that is as diverse as the artist himself. "Papier-Mâché" invites listeners to join Tarn PK on a contemplative journey through the bright blues, beige, and white of a summer afternoon, where the allure of water meets the soothing hum of achievement culture—a poignant reflection of the timeless struggle to find one's way in a vast and complex world.

Buddy Junior Unleashes "RUST // SIN (the way you sweat)": A Cathartic Dive into Sonic Chaos

In the vibrant tapestry of Wellington, New Zealand, Tarn PK emerges as a distinctive voice in the music scene. As an artist, producer, and songwriter, Tarn has already left an indelible mark with three EPs, and now, he takes a bold leap forward with his latest single, "Papier-Mâché."


This dynamic slow burn is a departure from Tarn's previous sonic explorations, introducing a palette of distorted guitars, synthesisers, and deflated drum sounds. The track, both introspective and sonically alluring, delves into a period of Tarn's life post-University—a juncture where the uncertainty of the future loomed large, and the pressure to achieve in a culture fixated on success became palpable.


In the realm of "Papier-Mâché," Tarn draws inspiration from a writing trip to Auckland, where an unexpected cancelation led to the creation of something deeply personal. The single is a sonic voyage guided by a chorus guitar tone and the embrace of a Yamaha DX7 synth, reminiscent of the 80s. Visually inspired by a minimalist aesthetic, Tarn shifts from the nocturnal hues of his previous releases to a brighter palette, reminiscent of a daytime summer scene.


Reflecting on the songwriting process, Tarn shares, "I wasn’t exactly sure what it all meant, but in the interval, I have placed it where I feel like it sits for me." The lyrics encapsulate the universal theme of feeling directionless and grappling with the societal pressure to define one's path. Inspired by a philosophy podcast on 'achievement culture,' "Papier-Mâché" resonates with the complexities of needing to be productive while navigating the valleys and mountains of life.


As the track unfolds, Tarn PK weaves an intricate sonic landscape that defies easy categorization. "Papier-Mâché" is a melodic expression of the artist's internal journey, touching on themes of achievement, yin and yang, and the interplay of humour and introspection.


Tarn PK's latest endeavor marks a new direction in his musical evolution—a shift that transcends genres and embraces a sonic palette that is as diverse as the artist himself. "Papier-Mâché" invites listeners to join Tarn PK on a contemplative journey through the bright blues, beige, and white of a summer afternoon, where the allure of water meets the soothing hum of achievement culture—a poignant reflection of the timeless struggle to find one's way in a vast and complex world.

Golden Fez Unveils Emotional Rollercoaster with "Forgot Your Touch"

Golden Fez, the visionary behind a unique fusion of Pop, RnB, and Synth 80's influences, takes listeners on a compelling emotional journey with his latest release, "Forgot Your Touch." In this poignant musical narrative, Golden Fez explores the depths of heartbreak and the challenging process of moving on from a love lost.


"Forgot Your Touch" unfolds against the pulsating backdrop of a nightclub—a realm where emotions run high, and the dance floor becomes a canvas for expressing the ache of abandonment. The song paints a vivid picture of a man grappling with the aftermath of a broken heart, desperately seeking solace amid the flashing lights and throbbing beats.


The protagonist, abandoned by love, embarks on a dance floor odyssey, attempting to recapture the intoxicating sensation of a lost love's touch in the arms of strangers. Golden Fez skillfully weaves a narrative that delves into the paradox of seeking solace in the temporary embrace of others while yearning for the irreplaceable connection that has been severed.


The artist draws inspiration from a diverse musical palette, citing influences such as The Weeknd, Michael Jackson, and modern 80's synth music. This amalgamation of styles is evident in the sonic landscape of "Forgot Your Touch," creating a melodic experience that transcends traditional genre boundaries.


In his introduction, Golden Fez exudes confidence, inviting listeners to immerse themselves in his musical world. The artist's passion for experimentation is palpable, promising a unique blend of sounds that captivate and resonate. As he embarks on the "Snow in July" project, anticipation builds for the forthcoming musical fire that Golden Fez is set to unleash in the coming months.


Golden Fez's music is more than just a collection of notes and beats; it's therapy. A cathartic experience that invites listeners to connect with the raw and authentic emotions embedded in each composition. As the artist extends a warm welcome to future fans, the promise of a thrilling musical ride awaits. So, buckle up, hit play, and let Golden Fez guide you through the intricate landscape of "Forgot Your Touch" and the forthcoming "Snow in July" project.

Meraki Trice Takes Listeners on a Sensory Odyssey with "Heart's Fare"

In the realm of music where genres intertwine, Meraki Trice emerges as a non-binary, LGBTQ singer-songwriter, and producer, breaking free from conventions and challenging the boundaries of musical genres. Their latest project, "Heart's Fare," is an 11-track Freudian slip that dives into the enigmatic facets of love, desire, and attraction. A sonic journey that oscillates between soulful RnB, contemporary pop, and funky climaxes, Meraki Trice delivers an auditory horror story that captivates and challenges the ordinary.


Meraki Trice's musical prowess is not just a blend of notes and beats; it's a testament to the power of authenticity and the universality of emotions. The artist creates a musical experience that transcends traditional boundaries, inviting listeners to embark on a profound and deeply personal odyssey through the realms of sound and soul. Their commitment to self-expression extends beyond the music, inviting audiences to explore the transformative journey they offer.


Originally hailing from Detroit, Michigan, Meraki Trice started their musical journey in 2020, setting the stage for a unique fusion of classic soul, contemporary pop, and hip-hop sensibilities. The influences of artists like Steve Lacy, Moses Sumney, Summer Walker, Ma Rainey, and Amy Winehouse are discernible in the rich tapestry of their sound.


"Posin Ivy" explores attraction and the realization that what often captivates us may be detrimental to our well-being. In "You'll Regret Me," Meraki Trice crafts a dark ballad fused with a hyper-pop dance beat, embracing self-love and conclusively ending a past relationship. "Violet Solitude" delves into the anxiety of opening up to relationships after past missteps, while "Red Velvet Jacket" celebrates sexual liberation and non-monogamy, reveling in the exploration of desire, desirability, and connection.


Recorded in Mexico City, the album bears the mark of Meraki Trice's home studio, with a collaborative touch from Patrick Mitchell as a vocal coach, Tommy Papi on the final mix, and featured artists Aaron Aguilar and Emilio Baxter. "Heart's Fare" is an immersive experience, embracing the ominous and ethereal to create a sound that is not just sexy, surreal, and haunting, but also profoundly intimate.


As Meraki Trice invites listeners to experience the auditory horror story of "Heart's Fare," the album emerges as a testament to their commitment to pushing the boundaries of sound, exploring the depths of emotions, and inviting audiences to join them on a transformative musical journey.

Ayrton Young Unleashes a Spiritual Storm with "Gospel for the Lost"

In the heart of Adelaide, Australia, emerges a solo artist with a mission to reinvent the sounds of Church praise songs. Ayrton Young, the vocal force behind the project, breaks the stereotypes by infusing high energy chants, playful punchlines, and other-worldly beat switches in his latest EP, "Gospel for the Lost." This musical journey is not just about reinvention but a fusion of the streets with a profound Church message.


Have you ever felt the frustration of trying to work out in the gym with either overly tranquil tunes or outdated kiddy tracks? Ayrton Young found himself in that exact predicament, leading to the creation of "Gospel for the Lost." This EP is not just about reinventing Church praise songs; it's a deviation from the clichés of Christians attempting to be trendy. Young envisioned a project that resonates with the energy of the streets while carrying a powerful Church message.


Ayrton Young's creative journey took shape at RascalBeatz Production, courtesy of Jeff Seraphin in South Australia. The beats, a crucial element of the EP's uniqueness, were crafted by Young's youngest brother, Ayronn Young. Together, they infused the project with choirs, orchestral sections, spoken word segments, and sharp, energetic harmonies, creating an empowering soundscape directed at inspiring the youth to lead better lives.


Ayrton Young isn't just confined to the studio; he's taken the stage at notable events, including opening for Bella Taylor Smith's Adelaide show in 2023. His performances at the RUINS Rundle Mall pop-up and the Adeya x RUINS fashion show in Melbourne have showcased his dynamic presence. As featured in Scenestr Magazine for the EP's first song, "Open Heaven," Ayrton Young continues to captivate audiences with his magnetic performances.


The EP features five tracks: "Mercy," "Hallelujah," "Breaking Curses," and "Amen & Amen," each contributing to the overarching theme of reinventing traditional praise songs. The project isn't just a collection of rap tunes; it's a spiritual storm disguised in tranquil worship, ready to surprise listeners with A$AP adlibs and an unexpected intro featuring the barks of dogs.


In the words of Ayrton Young, "What would it do if one gains the world but loses his own soul?" This sentiment encapsulates the essence of "Gospel for the Lost," a project that goes beyond musical boundaries, challenging perceptions, and delivering a unique spiritual experience. Young's EP is not just an auditory adventure; it's a revelation that breaks stereotypes, inviting listeners to embrace the unexpected.




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