INsiders Guide: Chloe George and shallou, Beans on Toast, Nicole Haber, Harper Starling, Death By Piano, CUFFED UP, Casii Stephan, Slushii….
FADER Label is showing no signs of slowing down in 2021, and today, the artist-first label is announcing two new artist signings: Chloe George and shallou. The newcomers join Clairo, Slayyyter, binki, Lewis Del Mar, Matt and Kim and many others, adding to the expansive and eclectic label line-up. FADER label is proud to have these two, dynamic new artists on the roster, and general manager of FADER Label, Carson Oberg says:
“Chloe George is one of the most brilliant writers we have come across, she has so many stories to tell through her music and we cannot wait to launch her artist project on the back of her success with her viral song, “ghost town.”‘ and “shallou has a proven track record on converting his success on streaming platforms to live ticket sales with playing the likes of Coachella, Lollapalooza, Outsidelands, and sold out tours. We couldn’t be more excited to welcome him to the FADER Label family as he is a true visionary in the indie electronic space.”
Los Angeles-based songwriter Chloe George made her solo debut in 2021 with ghost down (voice memo) and has previously worked behind the scenes with Normani and Dua Lipa. Her rich and raspy vocals with deeply intimate lyrics make pop magic when combined. Her new song “Peachi” is due out September 24, 2021. On the new signing to FADER Label, George says, “I’m so stoked to be able to grow with FADER. They work with some of my favorite musicians, and I’ve always loved how artist friendly they are.”
Also based in Los Angeles, shallou (aka Joe Boston) is a producer, singer and active enviornmentalist, who’s focus is on creating ambient house melodies interlaced with sweeping and soulful vocals that inspire both the indie and electronic scenes. His debut EP, All Becomes Okay, dropped in 2017 and how he recently released a new single, “Heartaches,” and is heading out on tour in 2021.On the new collaboration with FADER Label, he says, “I’m really excited for the new possibilities with FADER Label. I love their mindset of helping me boost my profile while also staying true to myself and my unique sound. I feel really connected with the whole team and the new music has been really successful so far. Their level of investment is amazing.“
Beans on Toast returns this Winter with a new studio album: ‘Survival of the Friendliest’.
With a smouldering, gently epic sound, “A Beautiful Place” was brought to life by Blaine Harrison of the Mystery Jets, who produced and plays on: ‘Survival of the Friendliest’.
The song is accompanied by a bespoke lyric video shot on ‘The Street’ in Whitstable, Kent (where Beans has come to settle in recent times), which captures a rare natural phenomenon of a pathway leading out into the sea at low tide. Directed by Beans and filmed by old school friend Curtis Walsh; with the spirit of collaboration among friends also happens to be something of a recurrent theme throughout his upcoming album.
Nicole Haber, a Toronto electro-pop artist, emerged onto the music scene in 2018 with her debut EP, Vibes, in collaboration with Spaced Out Records. This EP was an experimental exploration for Nicole that launched her passion as a recording artist. Since then, making music part of her full-time career, the artist has worked hard on singles like “Happy Pill” and “Wish You Well” with local Toronto producers, Jonathan Karkar and D.A One. She features and writes for DJs and producers all around the world. Her release, “Adventure,” with Lindo Habie (based out of Indonesia) and Suso Valverde (Spain) appeared on New Music Friday throughout Asia and has over 100,000 streams to date.
In 2020, Nicole switched it up and took a year to develop her sound and discover who she wanted to be as an artist. She teamed up with JUNO-nominated producer, Ryan Worsley (Mathew V, Madison Olds, Shawn Frank), and created two singles that are set to be released in 2021/2022. Planning these releases, future collaborations with Ryan, and an across Ontario tour. Nicole is keeping busy with her plans for “What’s next?”
Dance-pop artist Harper Starling is announcing a UK tour supporting British-Norwegian boy band A1. Harper will be joining ‘The A Game Tour’ beginning in Sheffield at the Leadmill on October 15. Tickets for ‘The A Game Tour’ are on sale now: harperstarling.com/shows
Raised in Milwaukee and now based in Los Angeles, Harper Starling was destined to be a performer. Having been diagnosed with Tourette’s Syndrome at a young age would have deterred most, but not Harper. When she steps on a stage, any related symptoms magically disappear and are replaced with the ability to soar and achieve her dreams. Her dedication to her craft has led her to achieve multiple top 20 Billboard Dance hits including her #1 single “Euphoria” with The Perry Twins. With her newest release, “No More What If,” it’s clear that Harper Starling’s courage and unwavering determination has created a star in the making.
A1’s ‘The A Game Tour’ w/ support from Harper Starling
October 15, 2021 Sheffield The Leadmill
October 17, 2021 Nottingham Rescue Rooms
October 19, 2021 Glasgow St. Luke’s
October 20, 2021 Birmingham Town Hall
October 21, 2021 Manchester Academy2
October 22, 2021 Southend Palace Theatre
October 23, 2021 London O2 Shepherds Bush Empire
October 24, 2021 Brighton Concorde2
October 26, 2021 Bristol Thekla
Brooklyn-based darkwave indie-pop band, Death By Piano, announce the release of their new video, “DO I?” — a deeply conceptual and conceptually deep look at exploitation and it’s impact on the self — out today, via their recent sophomore EP, HELLISH, out now. Defiant and kinetic, the brand new “DO I?” music video portrays an artist manipulated by callous spectators. It’s a party for everyone but Death By Piano front-woman KALEN; the audience uses props like hammers and a saw to experiment on her. Like Barbie gone wrong, KALEN is smeared, stripped and ripped. KALEN and collaborator Greywolf are confined behind a cloudy glass wall with no sense of escape. The strange rituals they perform evoke the question “DO I?…keep taking this abuse?”
KALEN says, “The hook for “Do I?” existed over a rough Greywolf track for a while. It took a little time for the song to develop around it and to tease the chorus to a truly singable and anthemic place. Then, long before it’s release, it became an audience favorite at live shows. I remember hearing people scream it back at the Knitting Factory and NuBlu specifically. The music video takes the question of change, ultimatums, and growth outside the realm of a romantic relationship and begs an examination of change at a more societal level. Do I make this change? Do we make this change? YES! Now.”
LA-based post-punk quartet CUFFED UP are sharing their driving and propulsive new single “Bonnie” as well as announcing their new EP ‘Asymmetry’, out on 22nd October via Royal Mountain Records (Alvvays, Wild Pink, METZ).
WATCH THE VIDEO FOR “BONNIE” HERE || STREAM HERE
“Bonnie” sees vocalists & guitarists Ralph Torrefranca and Sapphire Jewell trading vocals amidst a relentless onslaught of soaring guitars and crashing drums and bass via Joe Liptock and Victor Ordonez.
The band explains that: “”Bonnie” is an anti-love anthem about the grief and pitfalls of a serious relationship crumbling due to lies and deceit. This is explored through the eyes of Bonnie (of Bonnie & Clyde fame), in an alternative universe where Clyde selfishly leaves Bonnie for dead. Bonnie is arrested and she decides to give Clyde up to the cops out of pure spite. Not because he left her in a dangerous situation — purely because of the end of their romantic, albeit toxic relationship.”
Casii Stephan is a soul pop/rock artist hailing from Minnesota. Now based in Tulsa, Oklahoma, the impassioned songstress evokes subtle vibrato notes and roller-coaster-like melodies, which immediately grab the listener, while her emotional lyrics share intimate stories. She has been compared to the likes of Florence Welch, Fiona Apple and Carole King, as her vocal timbre possesses a full and warm quality.
Stephan’s voice is fierce and fearless, but this was not always the case. She grew up shy and afraid of her voice until she started writing songs on the family piano in South St. Paul when she was 16. In music, she discovered something extraordinary that allowed her to transcend everyday life and find a deeper sense of self. Stephan moved to Tulsa in 2014 with the intent to give up her pursuit of a music career, however with a little encouragement from a friend, she continued her journey and started releasing music. Her songs were promptly applauded by critics and have since been racking up a number of awards, as well as garnering acclaim from media and fans across the globe.
An underlying theme throughout Stephan’s music is hope, she explains, “Its such a cliched word and yet there are so many layers to it. Hope keeps us alive. It keeps us moving. But it also feels flighty some days like a pixie that does what it wants. But it’s not a pixie. It’s more like the air we breathe. Some days it’s presence is stronger than we realize and some days we forget in our day-to-day lives that it’s there… keeping us moving forward”. Her music combines her love for the storytelling elements of Disney ballads and the bold, brilliance of The White Stripes, as well as the soul-wrenching R&B melodies of H.E.R.
Casii Stephan has seen success both obtaining and being nominated for multiple awards from the likes of Independent Music Awards, Hollywood Music in Media Awards and USA Songwriting Competition to name a few. She also heads a female fronted festival entitled MisFEST in Tulsa, that has gained recognition both locally and nationally. The singer-songwriter is set to perform at Sundance Festival and was also recently profiled in Billboard. Continuing to craft real, authentic, soulful music with the intention to help others feel a little less alone, Casii Stephan is releasing “These Hard Days” in the fall.
Multifaceted artist Slushii returned to Monstercat today, celebrating the one-year anniversary of his hit single, “All I Need,” with a high-octane VIP edit. Following its September 25, 2020 release, the original track became Monstercat’s fastest-growing song in history, peaking at #33 on Billboard’s Hot Dance/Electronic Chart during its 14-week chart run. The record now sits at an impressive 30+ Million global streams and 14 Million YouTube views to date.
“All I Need” first debuted during Slushii’s dynamic Fortnite Party Royale concert last year, arriving as the third virtual performance in Epic’s live music series that has since included the likes of Kaskade, Ariana Grande, and Diplo. The concert was a catalyst for Rocket League’s Llama-Rama crossover event, catapulting “All I Need” into the game. Still an undisputed fan-favourite one year later, the original single will return to Rocket League as the lobby track from September 24-26.
Slushii shares, “I play a lot of Fortnite so debuting “All I Need” in the game was pretty insane. Since there were no shows at the time, it was surreal to hear my music anywhere outside of the studio. I can’t wait for everyone to enjoy this VIP!“