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  • Fernando Triff

Rising Star #9

Updated: Jul 2, 2023

Welcome to "Rising Star 9," the ultimate destination for discovering the brightest talents in the music world. In this captivating blog session, we embark on a thrilling journey through a kaleidoscope of genres, uncovering the hidden gems and rising stars from across the globe.

Whether you're a devoted music enthusiast seeking fresh sounds or an avid explorer of the ever-expanding musical landscape, "Rising Star" is your compass, guiding you to the forefront of emerging artists who are poised to make a profound impact.

Join us as we traverse the boundaries of genres, unveiling a rich tapestry of diverse musical expressions. From the soul-stirring melodies of indie folk to the pulsating beats of electronic pop, from the introspective lyrics of alternative rock to the infectious rhythms of world fusion, our blog session is a melting pot of creativity and innovation.

Through captivating stories, we delve into the personal journeys and artistic visions of these rising talents. We uncover the moments that shaped their craft, the influences that sparked their passion, and the dreams that fuel their relentless pursuit of musical excellence.

Each blog post is an invitation to discover the next generation of musical luminaries before they shine on the grand stage. It's an opportunity to witness the birth of iconic careers and to become part of their journey from obscurity to stardom.

So, get ready to immerse yourself in the intoxicating melodies, thought-provoking lyrics, and awe-inspiring performances that await you in our "Rising Star" blog session. Together, let's celebrate the power of music and embrace the boundless potential of these emerging artists who are destined to leave an indelible mark on the world stage.

BRADLEY DENNISTON - Bring Those Good Times Back

With Bradley Denniston's most recent track, "Bring Those Good Times Back," featuring outstanding hip-hop artist KONCEPT, be ready to be taken to a realm of soulful nostalgia. Bradley's ninth album through Radium Records, a label headquartered in the heart of Hollywood, California, is this explosive collaboration.

Radium Records, helmed by Bradley Denniston himself, serves as a hub of creativity in Hollywood, CA. Offering a comprehensive range of production, mixing, and mastering services, Radium Records is driven by a passion for pushing the boundaries of music creation. Bradley's vision blends industry expertise with an innovative approach, delivering unparalleled results for clients seeking a distinctive sound.

The beautiful tapestry of vintage charm and upbeat feelings in "Bring Those Good Times Back" is captivating. The song strikes a chord with listeners, inviting them to reflect on and long for the treasured times of the past. A piece of music that will strike a chord with listeners all across the world has been made possible by expertly constructed production, captivating songwriting, and faultless mixing and mastering.

With "Bring Those Good Times Back," Bradley Denniston and KONCEPT have combined their distinctive abilities and musical approaches to produce a track that crosses boundaries and ties the past and present together. The song is accessible on all popular music streaming services. Watch for this amazing new record from two of the most forward-thinking musicians in the business.

"Bring Those Good Times Back" holds a special place in Bradley's heart, as he is certain of its potential for greatness. As momentum builds around this remarkable single, Bradley invites you to join him on this exciting musical journey that promises to reignite the soulful spirit of good times gone by.

SOPHIE SAID - Small Talk

New York-born vocalist and songwriter Sophie Said has emerged as a captivating force in the music scene. With a background in classical vocal arts spanning a decade, Sophie's artistic evolution led her to create music inspired by her childhood influences, from Michael Jackson and Beyoncé to Stevie Wonder and sci-fi movie scores. Drawing from her personal experiences, Sophie weaves introspective lyrics that reflect the human condition through a universal lens.

On June 16th, Sophie Said released her synth-heavy RnB track, "Small Talk," marking a significant milestone in her musical journey. The song serves as a celebration of her newfound sobriety after battling addiction for nearly five years. With lyrics like "How you wanna live / you can't live for anybody else but you," "Small Talk" urges listeners to embrace their authentic selves and break free from anything that may hinder their progress. The uplifting synths and powerful vocals have garnered comparisons to the likes of Beyoncé, Solange, and Chloe x Halle, showcasing Sophie's ability to command a stage with unwavering strength and emotional resonance.

In a remarkable showcase of her talent, Sophie Said and her band had the honor of opening for Grammy-nominated artist Isaiah Collier at Nublu, NYC's premier RnB/jazz venue, on June 20th. This momentous event marked the celebration of the release of "Small Talk," solidifying Sophie's presence in the music scene and reaffirming her commitment to creating captivating experiences for her audience.

Since the release of "Small Talk," Sophie has harnessed the power of social media, specifically TikTok, to promote her single. The response has been overwhelming, with countless comments likening her music to the powerful vocals and harmonies of artists like Beyoncé, Solange, and Chloe x Halle. "Small Talk" transcends the boundaries of a traditional song, encouraging listeners to live authentically while acknowledging the fear that accompanies life's uncertainties. It is an existential and empowering anthem that resonates deeply with audiences of all backgrounds.

Sophie Said's musical journey is a testament to the transformative power of art. With her unique blend of introspective lyrics, soulful vocals, and captivating performances, she invites listeners to embark on a journey of self-discovery and embrace their true selves. As she continues to make her mark in the industry, Sophie Said's unwavering commitment to authenticity promises to inspire and uplift audiences worldwide. Keep an eye out for her future releases as she continues to evolve as an artist, leaving an indelible mark on the music landscape.


Detroit, Michigan has long been a hub for musical talent, and one band that has emerged from its vibrant scene is Powers of the Monk. Comprised of original members Detroit Monk and Pontiac Powers, Powers of the Monk was initially formed in 2006, only to go on hiatus in 2009. However, the band has recently made a triumphant return, armed with new music and a fresh direction. While the original incarnation of the band was more experimental, this version takes a song-based approach, captivating audiences with their latest release, "Firefly."

As the band's fourth song release since their revival, "Firefly" demonstrates Powers of the Monk's commitment to consistently sharing their music with the world. This particular track tells the tale of a wannabe terrorist who discovers hidden messages within the flickering lights of fireflies at night. Gripped by mental instability, his pursuit of these supposed coded messages leads him down a treacherous path, unprepared for the world of terror that awaits him.

Powers of the Monk comprises a dynamic trio of talented musicians. Detroit Monk lends his skills as a vocalist, guitarist, and keyboardist, while Pontiac Powers contributes both vocals and the captivating sounds of the violin. Completing the lineup is Nora, the band's skilled drummer. Originating in Detroit, the band's formation in 2006 can be attributed to a fortuitous meeting facilitated by a newspaper ad. After a break, Powers of the Monk reignited their musical journey in 2019, armed with a renewed sense of purpose and an eagerness to explore new musical territories.

The band draws inspiration from an eclectic mix of influences, including 60s pop rock, psychedelia, country-infused blues, and the raw vocal style reminiscent of Tom Waits. Their musical tapestry also weaves in elements of surf, punk, the poetic prowess of 50s beat poets, and the diverse sounds of artists such as Hendrix, Dylan, and Ella Fitzgerald. Powers of the Monk's music serves as a testament to the power of freedom, civil rights, and the cultural movements that have shaped our society.

The inception of "Firefly" occurred during a serene evening on the deck, where Detroit Monk observed the enchanting patterns created by fireflies. This sparked the idea that unstable individuals might interpret their blinking as coded messages, laying the foundation for the song. Powers of the Monk expertly interweaves storytelling and thought-provoking themes into their music, shedding light on the intricacies of human behavior.


Emerging from the vibrant music scene of the San Francisco Bay Area, Bright Tree Village is a dynamic songwriting duo consisting of Tim Leehane and Jeff August. United by their passion for the iconic MTV Unplugged era, this talented pair brings a refreshing twist to the contemporary music landscape. Through their artistry, they seamlessly blend enchanting harmonies, evocative lyrics, and breezy chord arrangements, evoking a nostalgic ambiance reminiscent of the 90s coffeehouse scene.

However, Bright Tree Village is far from simply rehashing old melodies. Their latest release, "The Spark," transcends the boundaries of a typical song. It stands tall as a self-help rock anthem, striking a deep chord with individuals who have experienced marginalization or have felt like societal outsiders due to their unique way of life. For this duo, Bright Tree Village is not just about performing dad rock or playing dated tunes; they are driven by a profound commitment to care for people and provide unwavering support to those who feel marginalized in society.

The duo comprises Jeff August on vocals and Tim Leehane on guitar, bass, keyboard, and vocals. Their musical journey began when they crossed paths as members of San Francisco's Balanced Breakfast music community. Tim stepped up as a stand-in bass player for a Jeff August Ego Trip show, and during the lockdown, the pair collaborated on a series of singles under the Jeff August Ego Trip moniker. Inspired by their creative synergy, they decided to form their dad rock duo, Bright Tree Village.

The recording process for "The Spark" wasn't without its challenges, and there were moments when the duo considered shelving the track. However, their unwavering dedication and belief in the song eventually led them to a version they were proud to release.

With their soulful harmonies, poetic lyrics, and nostalgic sound, Bright Tree Village revives the spirit of 90s coffeehouse rock, reminding us that music has the power to uplift and unite. As they continue to create heartfelt music, they are sure to leave an indelible mark on the contemporary music scene.


In a world filled with constant distractions and noise, Mari Dangerfield emerges as a hidden gem, crafting intimate and introspective music for reclusive dance music fans, introverts, and shy geniuses yearning to break free. With her unique blend of alternative and electronic pop, Mari Dangerfield captivates listeners with fragile yet original songs that delve deep into the human experience.

Her talent as a multi-talented artist, producer, writer, and musician shines through her rich vocal harmonies, catchy hooks, and cinematic arrangements. Among her standout tracks, "Ruins" from her concept EP 'Eco-Fever' stands as a poignant metaphor for a failing relationship intertwined with the consequences of a climate crisis.

With 'Eco-Fever,' Mari Dangerfield invites us to embark on a vibrant and introspective musical journey. Her colorful and thought-provoking compositions leave an indelible mark, urging us to engage with the world in a more conscious and empathetic manner. As she unveils this new chapter of her artistic expression, the world eagerly awaits the captivating creations that Mari Dangerfield will continue to bring forth.

Mari Dangerfield stands as a remarkable talent in the realm of alternative and electronic pop, offering a fresh perspective on the complexities of the human experience. With her concept EP 'Eco-Fever' and its emotionally charged track "Ruins," she seamlessly combines her musical prowess with a call to environmental consciousness.

Through her introspective lyrics and captivating soundscapes, Mari Dangerfield captivates listeners, urging them to reflect on the challenges we face in a world plagued by the climate crisis. As Mari Dangerfield unveils this new chapter in her artistic journey, she invites us all to embrace our role as caretakers of the planet, encouraging a renewed appreciation for the beauty and wonder of our fragile existence.

ALIA - Soho Sessions. Side A

As the music landscape continues to evolve, one artist stands out with a refreshing blend of unvarnished authenticity and free-spirited touch. ALIA, an emerging artist and nonconformist, has embarked on a remarkable odyssey to find its place in the music world. With their debut EP, titled "Soho Sessions: Side A," ALIA invites listeners on a soul-stirring journey filled with honesty, empowerment, and a celebration of diversity.

From a young girl to a queer, androgynous, non-binary musician, ALIA's evolution is the driving force behind their music. Born in Denmark and now calling London home, ALIA draws inspiration from their Egyptian, Moroccan, English, and Irish heritage, infusing their sound with an indie/folk/soft rock/melodic influence. Their music reflects a genuine expression of their life experiences and has garnered comparisons to musical legends like Joni Mitchell, Tracey Chapman, and Jeff Buckley, among others.

ALIA's artistic journey took a significant turn when they forged a unique bond with Steven Young, also known as Mr. Nobody. Over the past year, their collaboration has deepened, resulting in an unmatched soulful connection. With Steven's expertise in producing and engineering, ALIA is set to embark on an exciting new chapter, infusing modern psychedelic rock elements into their music.

The debut EP, "Soho Sessions: Side A," serves as a testament to ALIA's commitment to honoring people's freedom to love whomever they choose and to remind them that they are not alone in our diverse world. Through their heartfelt lyrics and soulful melodies, ALIA wears their heart on their sleeve, inviting listeners to feel their art and extend a helping hand to those who may feel voiceless.

Stay tuned for ALIA's captivating performances and groundbreaking musical endeavors. Brace yourself for an immersive experience that will touch your soul and ignite your passion for embracing the power of diversity through music. ALIA is here to leave an everlasting imprint on the industry, one that celebrates authenticity and empowers us all to embrace our true selves.

JYŌSHU - Paradise

Every once in a while, an artist emerges with an earnest and genuine energy that captivates both their lovers and listeners alike. JYŌSHU is one such artist, armed with a burning desire to prove himself through his music. Hailing from Sydney, JYŌSHU draws inspiration from a diverse range of genres, spanning from the likes of Fall Out Boy, Jimmy Eat World, and Paramore, to Tegan and Sara, Rufus Du Sol, and Chvrches.

One of JYŌSHU's notable tracks that deserves special attention is "Paradise." This song encapsulates the essence of a perfect moment shared with someone new. It's that exhilarating feeling when you find yourself in a room together, and everything seems to align, creating a sense of paradise.

"Paradise" beautifully captures the fleeting nature of such encounters, where a single night could be a standalone moment or the start of something more profound. It's about living in and fully embracing that moment, understanding that it could be the last time you share such a profound connection.

When creating "Paradise," JYŌSHU set out to craft a sound that perfectly accompanies a summer's afternoon. Picture yourself at the beach, drink in hand, basking in the warm rays of the sun as you watch the sunset with someone special by your side. This track transports you to that idyllic scene, providing the ideal musical backdrop to savor the beauty of the moment.

THE TRUSTED - Doomsday

The dynamic foursome known as The Trusted is comprised of Dave Batchelor, Dale Holt-Mead, Fin Cunningham, and Tom Cunningham, all of whom are from Southend-on-Sea. Their musical adventure began in high school when they discovered a mutual appreciation of bold melodies and pop music. The Trusted, influenced by Catfish and the Bottlemen, The 1975, The Clash, and Elvis Costello, smoothly blend post-punk intensity with compelling storytelling, producing a sound all unique to them.

Renowned for their mind-blowing live performances, The Trusted has graced prestigious venues across the UK and embarked on two successful European tours. Their latest release, "Doomsday," exemplifies the band's unwavering commitment to championing guitar-based rock and roll, combining massive hook-filled choruses with bass-driven verses.

"Doomsday" delves into the theme of everything falling apart, as described by songwriter and lead singer Tom Cunningham. It serves as a loud, rocket-fueled cry for help—an emotional and psychological apocalypse. Tom's deeply personal lyrics are delivered with a hypnotic and emotional vocal performance, complemented by the band's sprawling guitars and thunderous drums, urging listeners to play the song loud and immerse themselves in its infectious and unforgettable chorus.

Recorded, produced, and mixed by Rees Broomfield of SS2 Studios known for his work with Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly, Asylums, and Kate Nash, "Doomsday" perfectly captures The Trusted's musical vision. The track is a testament to their unwavering pursuit of guitar-oriented rock that resonates with audiences, drawing inspiration from iconic artists like Elvis Costello and Springsteen while infusing contemporary sensibilities reminiscent of The 1975 and The Killers.

With their undeniable talent and dedication, The Trusted are leading the charge in the revival of rock and roll. Their anthem, "Doomsday," serves as a powerful testament to their artistry, amplifying their distinctive sound and undeniable passion. As they continue their musical journey, The Trusted are poised to leave an indelible mark on the music industry and captivate audiences worldwide.


Introducing Arn-Identified Flying Objects Alien Friend, the solo project of the talented artist emerging from the Swedish band Redmoon. With a musical career that took flight in the summer of 2020, this enigmatic musician has been captivating audiences with a series of compelling singles and albums that defy genre boundaries and invite listeners into a world of musical exploration.

In a previous musical incarnation, ALIEN FRIEND showcased his guitar skills and vocal prowess as a member of the acclaimed Swedish band Redmoon. However, it is through his solo endeavor that he truly spreads his wings and unveils a distinctive artistic vision. With a string of singles released in 2021 and 2022, including a heartfelt cover of Terry Gilkyson's "Cry of the Wild Goose," Arn-Identified Flying Objects and Alien Friends set the stage for a musical journey that is both nostalgic and contemporary.

Continuing the musical expedition, Arn-Identified Flying Objects and Alien Friends released their latest full-length album, "NO SWEETS FOR E.," on May 12th. This highly anticipated release invites listeners to delve deeper into the artistic evolution of this talented musician. Featuring a diverse group of musicians, including the multi-talented David Myhr, who lends his instrumental prowess and shares lead vocals on select tracks, as well as the friends from Redmoon, namely Daniel Lagerlöf, Åke Lindgren, and Johan Lundström, the album promises to be a captivating sonic experience.

Among the tracks that grace "NO SWEETS FOR E.," there is one that stands out: "MY FACE." Serving as the closing anthem of the album, this song takes listeners on a poignant journey of self-reflection and introspection. On one level, it explores the themes of losing meaning, love, integrity, and even life itself. Yet, on another level, it serves as a celebration of art and music, reminding us of the transformative power that creativity holds. The infectious rhythm and captivating drums, skillfully played by Andreas Quincy Dahlbäck, one of Sweden's finest session drummers, provide a solid foundation for the emotional depth of the song.

With Arn-Identified Flying Objects and Alien Friends, listeners are invited to embark on a musical adventure that defies conventions and embraces the magic of heartfelt melodies and poetic storytelling. As they continue to push the boundaries of their sound and artistic expression, this talented musician promises to captivate audiences and leave an indelible mark on the music scene. So, don't miss the opportunity to immerse yourself in the captivating world of Arn-Identified Flying Objects and Alien Friends, and let their music transport you to new realms of sonic bliss.


With a penchant for an eclectic approach, Miko's music defies easy categorization, as he fearlessly blends different sounds and influences to craft his unique sonic palette. His versatility shines through collaborations with emerging London artists such as African Boy, Mista Silva, Komo, Jaye Moni, and Dizzy VC, showcasing his prowess as a producer and songwriter. Notably, two of his tracks were featured in the independent British crime film, "Brash Young Turks," adding further credibility to his work.

Miko's musical endeavors extend beyond the studio and into the realm of live performances. As an active DJ and promoter, he has curated events and club nights, leaving an indelible mark on the vibrant music scenes of Shoreditch in East London, as well as in Milan and New York. In his earlier years, Miko showcased his talents as a guitarist and co-songwriter in a band based in Milan, honing his skills and exploring diverse musical landscapes.

"KREATIFLOW" epitomizes Miko's uninhibited artistic expression. This high-energy track effortlessly blends Techno and Dancehall, creating an infectious rhythm that is tailor-made for dance floors. The bouncy drum patterns, pulsating bass lines, and enthralling techno-synth melodies take listeners on a sonic journey. Notably, the vocals in the song elevate its energy to new heights, adding a layer of intensity and dynamism.

Miko's ability to merge disparate sounds and genres is evident in "KREATIFLOW." While it may defy easy categorization, this approach gives Miko's music its distinct and original vibe. The single offers two edits: one with vocals and the other with instrumental. The instrumental version not only allows listeners to appreciate the music's intricacies but also serves as an invitation for potential collaborations. Miko has always been open to collaborating with other artists who resonate with the song and wish to add their unique spin and vibe to the instrumental.

Throughout his career, Miko has collaborated with both emerging and established UK music artists, including Ayo Beatz, Mista Silva, Afrikan Boy, and many more. While his collaborations continue to flourish, Miko is also diligently working on his solo projects, which are scheduled for release in the future. With numerous songs in the pipeline, spanning various genres, Miko's musical journey promises to be exciting and diverse.


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