Friday, January 19

Center Stage - Drakeford

Meet Drakeford - A husband and wife singer-songwriter duo based in Chattanooga, TN. Made up of a Brit and an American, the world-traveling duo's music is folksy at heart with hints of pop throughout, with the finger-picking style being as clear and crisp as the vocal articulation. They manage to repeatedly deliver quality both in musical ingenuity and lyrical depth. Their first full album, Anchors Aweigh, has received outstanding reviews and taken them on tour all over the United States and Europe, performing at festivals, Universities, house shows, coffee shops and everything in between. 

Get to know our latest Center Stage duo, what inspires them, and what they're cooking up for the new year in our newest artist Q&A:

Can you describe your sound in one ramble-on sentence? 
We are a husband and wife Folk duo with hints of Pop and Americana, with Lucy-Jayne's British roots adding some flair to the sound as well! 

What's your earliest music-related memory growing up? 
For me (Drake), I remember my Grandad giving me a classical guitar when I was 6. I would just lay on the couch, strum it openly and make up songs about whatever my little attention span could grasp! My earliest memory (Lucy-Jayne) is being given a karaoke machine. i would come home from school everyday and sing into it for hours!

If you were to cover another band/artist's album, which would you pick and why? 
I think we'd have to say Twenty One Pilots, Blurryface. Mainly because it's so different from our style, but we love their music so it'd be fun to put our own spin on it. 

Do you write/compose your own songs? Briefly describe your songwriting process. 
Yes we write all our own songs. Every song is a little bit different, but typically music comes first and then a vocal melody followed by lyrics. Once I've found a melody I like, I tend to just sing out random things that don't make sense until something resonates, and I build around that. I normally start the ideas, but Lucy-Jayne is always a fundamental part of solidifying the final draft. 

What was the highlight for you in 2017? Either personally or for your music career? 
We had a few different highlights, but probably playing at our first ever festival in May, and also releasing a Christmas EP and touring it with friends. It was a great year!

What have you been working on recently? Can you give us a hint for whats to come in 2018? 
Yes! We've actually been working hard in the studio the last year in Nashville on our second full length album! We're almost done with it, and hope to release it before the summer! 

What do you like more: Performing live or recording in the studio? 
Drake prefers live and Lucy prefers studio! So a good balance I guess! 

What are some artists/bands that you're into at the moment? Or any particular song you find yourself listening to over and over? 
We're big into the band NEEDTOBREATHE. We've been listening to Gabrielle Aplin's new EP on repeat since it came out as well! 

Any embarrassing on stage moments you'd like to share? C’mon, don’t be shy. 
Haha oh goodness. Probably too many to count! One time, we were performing at a Festival in the UK but I (Drake) completely lost my voice due to a bad cold. So, 30 minutes before going on stage I told Lucy-Jayne that she'd need to sing all my parts which she'd never done before. So we changed all the keys to suit her range. We only realized half way through the first song how obvious it is that the words were written by a man....leaving Lucy to sing about wanting a wife!! It was embarrassing until we explained afterwards, and the audience thought it was hilarious! 
What's one thing people should know about you? Lucy-Jayne and I actually met in the small country of Kyrgyzstan and started dating while living in Istanbul, Turkey! It was there that we started doing music together...which eventually led to us doing it full time back in the States!

What do you enjoy doing outside of music? Does your hobby rejuvenate your creativity? 
I (Drakeford) love woodturning ie making rings, bowls, shakers, basically anything out of wood!! ...and I (Lucy-Jayne) love dancing! I used to be a full time choreographer and still love dancing on the side. I would say both those things definitely rejuvenate us! 

What do you like the most about Radio Airplay? 
We love that Radio Airplay gives Independent Artists a platform for their songs to be heard on the radio! We've had thousands of people all over the world hear our songs and become fans because of Radio Airplay. We're very grateful. 




Thursday, January 18

Radio Airplay Staff Picks (Week 3, 2018)



We here at Radio Airplay are big music fans and listen to every possible genre. From the down home country lovers, indie dwellers, to head banging metal aficionados, we figured it would be fun to share who our current favorite Radio Airplay bands are - giving these artists even more opportunities to be heard. 

Every week we'll post Erin, Kelly, Tara, and Kait's favorite tunes of the week. We'll be featuring them here on the blog, the Radio Airplay Facebook, and our weekly Airplay newsletter. What's more?! 



1 lucky staff pick each week will receive a full year's membership to Musician's Atlas, the music industry's most reliable contact database service. 




All staff picks are added to Jango Radio's Ear Poppin' New Music station which receives over 3000+ hits per week. All staff picks are also added to Jango's Staff Picks Station




Check out our Staff Picks of Week 3 Below!

Erin's Picks

http://www.jango.com/stations/airplay_song_tunein/play?song_id=2230996

http://www.jango.com/stations/airplay_song_tunein/play?song_id=2218501

http://www.jango.com/stations/airplay_song_tunein/play?song_id=2213253


Kelly's Picks

http://www.jango.com/stations/airplay_song_tunein/play?song_id=2248948


http://www.jango.com/stations/airplay_song_tunein/play?song_id=2253419

http://www.jango.com/music/John+Bergman



Tara's Picks

http://www.jango.com/music/Rebecca+Chase/Water

http://www.jango.com/music/A+Sunday+Fire/Summer+s+Over


http://www.jango.com/music/Chaisley+Lussier/Fast+Love


Kait's Picks

http://www.jango.com/stations/airplay_song_tunein/play?song_id=2253138

http://www.jango.com/stations/airplay_song_tunein/play?song_id=2252156

Musician's Atlas Staff Pick (Week 2, 2018)



Staff Pick artist Alexandra Kay March was chosen for Week 2 as the Musician's Atlas PopScore Pick for her song Eye roll - Listen Here!

She received a full year's membership to Musician's Atlas, the music industry's most reliable contact database service.

But you don't have to wait until you reach the top of the PopScore charts to get VIP access to the best performance, promotion & distribution.
                                  
                                      
                                        
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Indie Bible PopScore Pick (Week 2, 2018)



Top PopScore band Gravity Mission was chosen for Week 2, 2018 as Indie Bible's PopScore Pick for their song The Philosopher's Gaze - listen here! 

They received an Ultimate Indie bundle ($280 value) from Indie Bible. The ULTIMATE INDIE BUNDLE can help you to get valuable radio airplay, music reviews, spotlight features, video airplay, physical & digital distribution, signed to a record label and much more!


You don't have to wait until you reach the top of the PopScore charts to get your Indie Bundle. Get Your Ultimate Indie Bundle Today!

Monday, January 15

Radio Airplay Top 10 Songs (Week 2, 2018)

Radio Airplay PopScore has been published and a new Top 10 Songs posted for Week 2 of 2018


Check to see if you made the Top 10 List this week HERE!