Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen provided a cosy space for Amber Run’s first ever London gig last night. It’s the latest stage in what has been a quietly meteoric rise for the five friends who met at Nottingham University. Since forming the band last year (originally called Amber) they’ve released their debut EP, been championed […]
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nice one lads ;-)
So, last week AMBER signed to RCA Victor, the home of David Bowie, who’s seminal album Hunky Dory inspired the name of my publishing company. How delightfully serendipitous :-)
Formed at Nottingham University in December 2012, Amber have made remarkable progress over the past few months. Noah, their debut single, was played on Radio One, Radio Two and 6Music, and playlisted…
Kandu: “Handmade Software Made By Me” At Kandu, we’ve been experimenting with ideas at the intersection of kids and technology. Our first initiative explores what happens when kids can build software without the need to code. We’ve been cooking up an environment that lets kids—primarily 10 to 14 year olds—build their own software, and instantly share their creations on multiple platforms (desktop web, mobile, game consoles). We think of this as “handmade software made by me.” Last week we got to a point where our engineering team delivered a version of our software creation environment what we call “the builder” with enough functionality that it could be worthwhile to let some kids have at it. We invited three girls, aged 11, to come to the office and have a turn playing with the builder. None of the girls Julia, Sonia, or Miranda have any experience programming. After a few minutes tutorial on how the builder works, they got to work. The result? The trio built a playable video game app within 45 minutes. Try it out for yourself below, and let us know what you think!
This is a really fantastic initiative…
yee haw : )
Check it out! Brand new synthesised workout from Charlene Soraia and veteran deep-house don Will Saul. EP including remixes from Scuba and Hercules And Love Affair out April 23rd, with second release ‘Getting Closer’ dropping 11th June on !K7 Records
Charlene Soraia’s single ‘Ghost’ is today’s Record Of The Day
"On Monday night, I watched Soraia perform a selection of tracks from her forthcoming album ‘Love Is The Law’, released this summer, at Abbey Road Studios. A blissful collection of music"
"In between singing, Soraia’s personality shone through, as she made her small crowd laugh over her singledom, impressive access to free tea and lack of knowledge of hemorrhoids."
Read full article here
Charlene has just been confirmed to play a special acoustic set at the BAFTA Nominees Party, to be held at Aspreys on Saturday February 9th, the night before the awards ceremony. Should be a very special night for all!
In other news…the YouTube view count for Charlene’s new single ‘Ghost’ is now up to an impressive 201,000!!
New Hunky Dory Music signing-to-be Amber have done a cover of ‘Hide and Seek’ by the inimitable Imogen Heap.
I think it’s rather brilliant : )
Check out more at http://amberuk.tumblr.com
Charlene Soraia is an extraordinary singer-songwriter who started playing the guitar aged five, aged eight she was turning heads at open mics nights. This gifted guitarist and self-confessed technical geek can rebuild her own guitars and has the rare condition, synaesthesia, where she experiences sounds as colours. Charlene will be releasing her new single ‘‘Ghost’’ on Peacefrog Records as a prelude to her new album ‘Love Is The Law’ (released Summer 2012).
Charlene Soraia has never had any difficulty in standing out from the crowd. She has charted her own path. At school, she was the cool, quirky girl obsessed with David Bowie and vintage psychedelia while her peers were listening to grunge and nu-metal. And, when she started making her own records, she soon established herself as a natural talent who refused to comply with any stereotypes.
Aged 24, Charlene is justifiably proud of her new record. Among the high points on Love Is The Law’ are songs co-written by Soraia and a former boyfriend, singer-songwriter Jon Allen. These include her first single, the indelible heartbreak ballad ‘Ghost’ – all acoustic picking, yearning vocals and real strings.
'The songs that Jon and I wrote together were mostly about our own impending break-up. 'Ghost' is about the aftermath of a break-up. When you’re not with someone anymore, you can become annoying to them. You want to let them know how you’re feeling, but they don’t want to hear what you’re going through. You’re a ghost to them.’
She has filmed the video for ‘Ghost’ with the fabled Joshua Light Show in New York (her make-up was stylishly done by Scissor Sister Ana Matronic, whose husband Seth Kirby directed the film footage) and is now looking forward to bringing her new songs to life on the road.
Raised near Crystal Palace, Charlene’s taste for music began early. She first picked up her dad’s guitar when she was a toddler and, after breaking one of the strings, she was given her own instrument at the age of five. Self-taught, she honed her talents by listening to Bowie (favourite albums: Space Oddity and Diamond Dogs) and the progressive rock of the Seventies (favourite guitarists: Pink Floyd’s David Gilmour and King Crimson’s Robert Fripp). She describes herself as ‘a geek with technique’ – customising an old Japanese guitar to suit her needs. As her writing matured, she realised she was affected by synaesthesia, a neurological condition in which the brain causes two or more senses to combine. In her case, sounds are experienced as colours: seeing music in all the hues of the rainbow, she is able to explore unusual moods in her music.
Cutting her teeth as a performer, Charlene put out a series of self-financed EPs and began attracting interest from record labels. In late 2010 Charlene signed to independent label Peacefrog, home of Nouvelle Vague, Little Dragon and José González. The label were instrumental in putting her together with Twinings, who asked her to record a cover of Nineties alt-rock band The Calling’s ‘’Wherever You Will Go’’ for a TV commercial. It proved a major hit (selling over half a million copies) the perfect launching pad for her debut album, which was eventually released to critical acclaim in November 2011. Now, with her new single ‘’Ghost’’ and album ‘Love Is The Law’, Charlene is setting her sights even higher.