We continue to shine the spotlight the biggest and best emerging acts from across the UK. Each Monday, we ask one of our esteemed tippers to select five of their hottest tips to be featured on the site throughout the week.
Next up we have Kali Bradford, label Manager at Distiller Music Group, Kali’s role includes artist and label development, digital and physical distribution, social media and project management for the Group’s live session channel, Distiller TV.
After graduating with a degree in Music Industry from the College of Saint Rose in Albany, New York, Kali moved to New Orleans to start her career. She began as an independent manager and then was hired as the youngest Music and Talent Coordinator for the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra. From there, Kali moved over to London to continue her education with a Masters in Music Industry Management, from which she graduated with Distinction. During her studies she founded her own management company and worked as Social Media Coordinator for Fierce Panda/Club Fandango. Before joining the Distiller Team, Kali continued her education further with an LLM in Entertainment Law. She currently resides in London. Read all about Kali’s five picks below.
THE OLD PINK HOUSE
These Geordies are my newest obsession. I was lucky enough to have them for a Distiller TV shoot and see their live show on the same day. The band’s lead singer, Christopher Brown, is a killer showman and the rest of the band matches his performance. Their tracks are an amazing mix of heavy beats and buzzing electro bass hits with a catchy, powerful melody sprinkled on top. I can’t wait to see what is next for these guys!
THE HOWL AND THE HUM
So these guys are the only ones I have not actually seen live, but their song ‘Manea’ was my summer obsession. The York natives have this early Damien Rice vibe going on and I freaking love it. The production on all of their tracks is incredible as well. Really well crafter songs and recordings. I love their recorded stuff but hopefully I will finally get to check them out live soon!
These Southampton natives are freaking killer! They are really young and their energy is contagious. They are another band where their recorded music doesn’t do them justice, but their 4 part harmonies are just so spot on and that mixed with their really clever lyrics, they have me hooked! They played a song called ‘Guilty Pleasure’ for their Distiller TV shoot and the whole crew was singing it over and over for the following days. Really awesome track. Unfortunately, they don’t have it recorded yet, but you can check it out in a few weeks over on Distiller TV (shameless plug there!)
I am just in love with Lucia’s voice. It has this vulnerability and massive power all at the same time. That combined with the grungy guitar lines in ‘Cheap Talk’ creates a treat for the ear. She also has one of the coolest looks of any of the frontwomen out there right now. Definite little girl crush on this one!
I just love these wonderful Mancs! We had them on our stage for The Great Escape and it has been amazing to watch them grow the past few months, especially with their newest single, ‘Island’. This massive indie rock anthem has been stuck in my head for weeks! They are the perfect band to vibe out to in the sun (well hopefully we will have sun again) at a summer festival.