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Rayland Baxter- Nashville

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We first saw Rayland Baxter when he opened for Shakey Graves in Vancouver last year where he set the room on fire with a heartfelt passion and sincerity that resonated through his set. Doing what he loves and always searching for more as he digs deep down to find life’s answers in his music. Rayland Baxter offers his latest album Imaginary Man that will touch you in all the right places and keep you coming back for more. – Fresh Independence

R A Y L A N D  B A X T E R 

Home is where your story begins, please tell us a little about yours.

– i have no home actuaLLy… i have aLL of my beLongings in a storage unit… aLthough nashviLLe is home aLways… it’s a very speciaL place and i have many great friends here that are doing great things with their Lives… it’s pleasant to be surrounded by the amazing creation that is happening in nashviLLe… it’s unLike any pLace in the worLd.

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How did music find you and begin to grow within?

– i moved to israeL when i was 25 and Lived there for a few months… during my first trip out there i started writing songs and since then i have become slightLy obsessed with it aLL. i have returned to israeL a few times since then because one of my mentors Lives there. i have aLot to learn from him so i go back whenever i can to visit.

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Ben Holland – London

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Music has the ability to reach out and touch us in ways we never expected. Just as Bob Dylan shares the ebb and flow of his life through song, so too does London’ s own Ben Holland. He brings a genuine sincerity to his work and gives your restless heart a soft place to rest it’s weary head.

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B E N  H O L L A N D

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Home is where your story begins… please tell us a little about yours.

I was born in Carlisle, north west England. I went to school there and had my first few jobs there- but I knew I needed to be in London to do what I do, so I now live South of the river near Camberwell. I like London a lot and don’t see myself moving anytime soon.

When did music find you?

Bob Dylan’s to blame. I heard his music and wanted to learn it. I learned about two hundred of his songs then began to write my own.

What is the song writing process like for you?

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RYKKA – Vancouver – B.C.

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Vancouver born Christina Marie found refuge in music as a child growing up under the influences of Heart, Blondie, Madonna, Bjork, Cyndi Lauper, Kate Bush, Pat Benatar. This lone wolf made her presence known in 2013 winning the prestigious ‘Peak Performance Music Project’  before a howling crowd of supporters. Rykka has found her sound deep in the nature of Canada and Switzerland and it is there that she has been busy writing her new music. Working hard out on the road she is finding her own rhythm and pace as she lays down her mark in music history. Change is constant and time keeps on turning, leaving us open to feel the good vibrations and sense of wonder that Rykka delivers within her latest song MOVIES

RYKKA

Home is where your story begins – please tell us a little about yours.

I was born in Vancouver and grew up in Surrey. There was never too much to do, so I spent a lot of time using my bedroom walls as a free canvas and listening to Mariah Carey.

How did music find you and begin to grow within?

My mom took choir in high school and taught my brother and sister and I to sing harmonies in the car. As I grew up I was really ADD + ADHD and found that constant art output was the key to help me function as a human.

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Thom Byles – Greenwich, London

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Feels so right when soothing music floats your direction and gently washes over you when needed most. English – Mexican  singer songwriter Thom Byles knew just what we were looking for when he stopped by to share his good energy. With a sound as haunting as Bon Iver but drawn from that place that only he can call his own. We invite you to come on in for a moment to the world of Thom Byles and discover something new.

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THOM BYLES

Home is where your story begins… please share a little about yours.

I started my life in a small village called Nazeing in Essex, England. I’ve lived in a fair few different places but that one feels the most like home. The village is near woods, lakes and some canals which was incredible to grow up around and explore.

How did music find you and begin to grow within?

My first memory of enjoying music was when my Mum would sit me and my sister in the living room whilst she would do an aerobics video, always the same one hahah. The workout was enhanced by incredible bass lines and 80’s style saxophone which soon had me running around the room projecting my limbs in all different manors and speeds.

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