New signings & rising stars (Jan–Feb 2019)
Æ Mak (Ie)
Agent: Matt Bates and Will Marshall, Primary Talent
In the beginning, Aoife McCann (Æ Mak) created a vision of an otherworldly landscape she could escape to and perform. With producer Daniel McIntyre she has created the soundtrack to that vision.
This year saw the independent release of three single projects of experimental art pop, ‘Glow’, ‘Love Flush’ and ‘Too Sad to Sing’, which have received support from the likes of BBC Radio 6, Radio X, Earmilk and the Line of Best Fit.
The all-consuming energy of Æ Mak’s performances enrapture the audience. Her primitive vocal rhythms and infectious melodies sail a dark sea of electronica. As a visual artist, the stage show allows her artistic vision to come to life in real-time, drawing elements from her self-directed music videos.
Agent: Sarah Besnard, ATC Live
Hailing from across Canada and the UK, Montreal’s Pottery consists of core writers Austin Boylan and Jacob Shepansky along with Peter Baylis, Paul Jacobs and Tom Gould.
Initially bonding over artists such as Orange Juice, Josef K and Devo, the band creates a sound that combines eclectic traces of post-punk, pop and dance music, forming an unusual atmosphere that envelops audiences.
While often shrill and jarring, Pottery’s songs simultaneously put listeners into a hypnotic state. It’s this dualism that binds the tracks together, finding harmony within discord.
ATC Live makes hires from Earth, UTA
UK booking agency ATC Live has made three new hires.
Isla Angus and Sarah Besnard join from Earth Agency, bringing with them a roster that includes Sleaford Mods, Austra, Dan Deacon, Cass McCombs and Girl Band, while Sinan Ors, formerly at UTA, brings electronic artists Romare, Daedelus and Clap Clap!.
“All three share the same artist-focused and creative approach as ATC Live”
“All three,” says managing director Alex Bruford, “share the same artist-focused and creative approach as ATC Live, and we are delighted to welcome their artists alongside our growing roster, [which] includes Mac DeMarco, Julia Jacklin, Whitney, Shura, Shame, The Lumineers, Passenger and Benjamin Clementine.”
The London-based agency hired Clemence Renaut, Roxane Dumoulin and Chris Meredith in January.