New to the Music Lowdown


Each week I will post a bit about each new artist I feature on the show and also enclose their bio with a few links to their material so you can find out more.

Daniela Andrade – I will follow you into the dark

Daniela Andrade was my first musical discovery of the year, I found her whilst browsing youtube on New Years Day. Admittedly a little hungover but her dulcet tones were the perfect cure, I have since become addicted to her voice I think her little description on her youtube page sums her up perfectly so I have stolen it and posted it below.

Hullo! My name is Daniela Andrade and music is what I love to do apart from reading and drinking tea. Hope you enjoy my little home on the web C:


Q:What ethnicity are you?
A: I am Hispanic (My parents are from Honduras)

Q: What microphone/recording software do you use?
A: Bluebird Microphone by Blue, Adobe Premiere for editing my videos, Canon 5D Mark II for recording videos, Zoom H4N or RME Fireface UC as recording interfaces.

Q: Do you have any music on iTunes?
A: My EP titled “Things We’ve Said” produced by Jesse Barrera at TheJBCave is available on iTunes and my website My cover album “Covers by Daniela Andrade, Vol. 1” is also available on iTunes and other online retailers.

Thanks for stopping by and lending an ear to listen, I really appreciate it!

All my love,

To find out more head to: WebsiteFacebookTwitterYoutube

Secateurs – Howl at the Moon

Secateurs is a 3 piece band from Deeside, North Wales that play a set of original, guitar driven indie rock songs. They have recently supported the likes of The 1975, Catfish and The Bottlemen, Monsta and Moja (Japan).

Their demos and live tracks have also been played on BBC Radio Wales by Adam Walton. Their latest singles were both recorded at Motor Museum Studios in Liverpool (used by Oasis, Arctic Monkeys, Jake Bugg), produced by Al Groves (Elvis Costello, The Zutons, The Coral) and mastered by Peter Miles (Jim Lockey & The Solemn Sun, We Are The Ocean, Sonic Boom Six). “She Lost Her Mind” is available for purchase on 1st February 2014, and “Howl At The Moon” will be released later in the year.

You can also find their live EP at

To find out more head to: Facebook, Bandcamp, Twitter, Youtube

The Sea- Get Up Stand Up Die

On the show we featured new single Get Up, Stand Up, Die a tight, punchy number that will blast those January blues away. It is released on January 20th and they kick there UK and EU tour off in Fev 2014

Prior to suffering a terrible surfing accident a few years back (drummer Alex broke his neck, leaving him unable to walk), The Sea were accumulating a serious fan base around the globe – now fully recovered, they are back with a bang! The boys have received massive radio love with spotplays most recently from Radio 1, XFM, Amazing Radio, BBC Introducing and 6Music (in the form of the lovely Tom Robinson). The band can also count Kerrang!, The Guardian, The Fly, Huffington Post and NME, amongst others, as big fans of their work.

To find out more head to: Website, Facebook, Twitter, Youtube,

Haarts – Spitting Image

Next we have Haarts with Spitting Image, a song reminiscent of the editors and interpol a song that you can drift off into.

The band are produced by Bryan Wilson (worked with Craig Silvey, included Arcade Fire, Portishead, Horrorsand have supported The Boomtown Rats at the opening of a new music venue. The main band members met at secondary school and have regularly played 100 minute live sets in pubs and clubs, with the highlight being invited to a special Radio 1 Gig on the eve of the big weekend in 2011. They have also had great support from Radio 1 Introducing show host Ally McCrae “… lead singer Phil Hampson sharing the kind of intensity, persona and charisma you would expect of someone who’d been gigging for decades”.

To find out more head to: Website, Youtube, Twitter, Facebook

Markus Band – Further on Down The Road

Ben Markus’ story is truly inspiring which has resulted in some music definitely worth checking out, both a musician and author Ben Markus is using the launch of Manhattan Exile, his new album with the talented ‘Markus Band’, to raise awareness of prostate cancer. Ben’s profits from the album will be donated to Prostate Cancer Research; 1 in 6 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer over the course of their lives.

Manhattan Exile consists of big production contemporary melodic rock. It features powerful rock and blues vocals from father-daughter combination of Ben and Melanie Markus, with Ben’s distinctive virtuoso guitar playing. Skilful sax, distinctive drums, Hammond organ and strings complete the characteristic polished sound of the Markus Band.

Ben said ‘A diagnosis of cancer changes your life. Aware of your mortality, you focus on the important things like spending time with those you love, and doing the things you love – for me, that’s my family, and making music. Music has helped me to feel normal – I am still a musician, Dad and partner, not just a cancer patient. I am as excited at the launch of this new album as I was at the release of my previous eight albums over the years. By talking about the cancer I hope I can reduce the fear that men have about this disease, help them to recognise early signs, and seek help. Early diagnosis is essential for a good treatment outcome.’

Find out more: Website, YoutubeFacebook

Hugo Kensdale Band – The Author

I’ve played the Hugo Kensdale band on the show before but I’ve decided to include him here as this is the first blog entry and some of you may not know much about this excellent musician. He was generous enough to lend this track to the Oxjam Macclesfield ep that we currated (If your interested in donating for an EP head to Bandcamp to download it), it was also the first chance that I got to see Hugo Kensdale perform live (sans band) his voice has a great depth to it and will definitely check out the full line up sometime.

France born, Macclesfield raised and honorary Mancunian Hugo Kensdale is a singer songwriter currently performing with his band at venues in Manchester and beyond

Find out more: Bandcamp, YoutubeFacebook

RBE – Sheena Bratt Band

Another returnee to the Music Lowdown, she actually performed live for the show way back in our CY4Y days (Watch it here). This new track is written in support of the Venues Project, an interesting project that hopes to promote social change that will lead to a peaceful and sustainable global civilisation (to find out more head to

Sheena has tinkered with many instruments and been in various bands since childhood, when she first started writing. Coming from a musical family, where instruments everywhere and jamming was the norm, she feels very fortunate to have been exposed to an eclectic mix of music from an early age. To date, her musical CV includes supporting Glen Tilbrook of ‘Squeeze’, having a regular slot singing at ‘The Comedy Store’, singing with chart-hitting international trance producers ‘Hemstock & Jennings’ and having a track played on BBC Introducing Stoke.

Find out more: Website, YoutubeFacebook, Twitter

Freek – The End is Our Beginning

Freek’s trade mark is their ‘Electric’ live set performance. Freek have so much energy, excitement and eagerness to perform. Whilst they have been likened to Rage Against and early Nirvana, they have their own unique, simple high-energy sound. “We put everything we have into every song and every show. So come and join us, because after everything… we’re all freeks deep down!

Find out more: Website, Youtube, Facebook, Twitter

GeorGia Stanway – The Journey

Another artist returning to the Music Lowdown that I thought was well worth another listen. We interviewed her in the Cy4y Days as well be sure to check it out (Watch it here)

The journey is an incredibly catchy tune that just gets stuck in your head in a good way, the video below sums it up nicely.

She is an indie acoustic artist from the town of Stafford. As a follow on from winning several competitions GeorGIA recorded a debut E.P. ‘The Journey’ and is a well known Staffordshire artist. Working closely with Assorted Records her E.P. has been extensively played on many community radio stations. 2012 saw her support the Olympics with an appearance at the National Youth Sports Trust Conference Gala Dinner, receiving a standing ovation from a thousand strong audience made up of Politicians, Olympians and a host of local Celebrities

Find out more: Website, Youtube, Facebook, Twitter

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