Tag Archive: Leicester Music Scene

  1. Looking back on our 10 year history!

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    horus music turns 10Horus Music is 10 years old this year, and what better way to celebrate than to look back on what we have been up to over the 12 months. In addition to opening an office in India, we have attended several industry events and welcomed many new faces to the team.

    The biggest and most exciting event of the past year has been the opening of our new office in India! Setting up shop in Mumbai, we can now bring our expertise in music distribution and other services to Indian artists while retaining a local feel. The new members of our Indian team came to our Leicester office to visit in early June and it was a great opportunity to learn more about Indian music and culture for the rest of the team.

    In addition to our Indian venture, we have kept ourselves busy in the UK too. This year Horus Music were sponsors of the Cheltenham Jazz Festival’s Free Stage, where we helped to bring free jazz music to over 14,000 people over the course of the weekend. The event was a huge success and showcased some great up and coming jazz artists as well as established acts. Among some of these acts were Jamie Cullum, Corinne Bailey Rae and Beverly Knight. Beverly previously distributed music through our service in 2015. Horus Music also was a sponsor of this years Midem conference in Cannes. As the worlds biggest music industry conference, we have been attending Midem ever since the company began and have some great relationships with other attendees and organisers of the event. Being a sponsor was a great way to celebrate our 10th year as a company as well as a decade of attending Midem, which has always been a rewarding event for us and continues to be.

    In other industry events we sponsored the Brighton Music Conference, which showcases the latest in dance music technology and DJ equipment. There were also a number of industry talks and panels, one of which we organised ourselves called ‘Downloads, Streaming, Vinyl and Record Labels: Navigating the Next 10 Years’ which was very well received. In May we attended The Great Escape Festival, also in Brighton, and attended various industry talks as well as meeting some great companies and see some up and coming UK artists.

    We also had the long awaited visit of our Web Guru’s from Croatia to our Leicester office. It was a great experience to have the full team together and discuss upcoming improvements to our system that you can all expect to see in the near future. It was fun giving our foreign visitors a taste of English culture and food too, in addition to allowing them to meet the new members of our growing team.

    As a celebration for our 10th birthday party, we will be inviting plenty of old and new friends, as well as some of our clients to join us in reflecting on the past decade as well as looking forward to the future of Horus Music.

    In the mean time take a look at this video that shows some of the milestones from our humble beginnings in Birmingham to where we are now. Here’s to the next 10 years!

  2. Interview with The Fores guitarist Liam Hopkins

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    Liam, The Fores

    Currently collaborating with Horus Music, alternative-rock ’n’ roll band The Fores are working hard towards their upcoming presentation at Midem festival in February. The event located in Cannes, France will hopefully open a lot of doors for The Fores and is something guitarist and founding member Liam Hopkins is very excited about. He says, ‘It’s a pretty big deal and we’re enthusiastic. We’re just trying to provide Horus with everything they need for Midem. We’re recording some new songs at the moment so we can put a CD together and send it out there.’

    With all the possibilities Midem offers up-and-coming bands, it’s no wonder the band will be pulling out all the stops for it. In the eyes of Liam, the future is bright, ‘we see ourselves becoming a successful band you know, hitting the charts eventually and a band who can do some good live gigs. The sky’s the limit is what we’re aiming for basically.’

    Although in this business, he is very much aware of the odds being against many new bands, ‘it’s all about sort of climbing the ladder as I say. But with success you know it’s rare, but it does happen. We all kind of knew it was a case of building it up which is what we’re doing. The thing is we all sort of have fun with it anyway, there’s a great spirit amongst the band as well. We’re a bunch of mates so it’s all good. You’re not expecting to walk into all the best venues and stuff, you have to be patient.’

    The Fores

    The band themselves are influenced by artists from The Rolling Stones and Coldplay, to Oasis, The Verve and Kasabian. To emulate even a quarter of those bands’ success would be an achievement for The Fores in itself. Liam says, ‘everyone’s got the same attitude, we’re just gunning for it and it’s what we want to do.’ It’s an approach that’s definitely helped them out so far. Highlights of the past year include a performance at The National Reality TV Awards in London, performing to a star-studded crowd from shows such as The X Factor, The Voice and The Only Way Is Essex. Also on The Fores’ list of credentials is an award for Best Newcomers from The Independent International Download Awards for their single ‘Let Go!’ ‘We’d like to have that sort of thing more often’, Liam beams.

    It’s seriously impressive and the people from Horus can’t wait to show them off at Midem. They said, ‘we’re really happy to be representing The Fores at Midem 2014. They’re a really interesting band and I believe their music has great potential. I look forward to working with them on this as well as on future projects.’

    Obviously grateful of their experience so far with Horus, Liam has nothing but thanks for them. Looking ahead Liam ponders, ‘we’re kind hoping even beyond Midem that we’ll keep in touch and just helping us further. So it’s brilliant, it’s really cool. We’re really grateful that they took an interest in us.’ Why wouldn’t you be struck by The Fores anyway? With their undeniably appealing rock’n’roll edge, they’re heading for the top.

    What’s really the trick to keeping this ball rolling though? Liam says The Fores ‘don’t get put down by anything because life’s too short. You only live once, that kind of thing, so go for it. I think probably that’s the best piece of advice. Just trust your ear and your instinct.’

    The Fores – Let Go!

    Written by Sam Johnson

  3. Acoustic Session on Wednesday 21st March 2012

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    PRESS RELEASE

    8th February 2012

    For immediate release.

     On Wednesday 21st March Horus Music presents a night of
Live original music at the Musician. Performing on the night will be four Of Leicester’s most established and up and coming artists Chris Ostler, Fay Brotherhood, Rosie Doyle and Theo Miller.

    Theo Miller is a young singer songwriter from Leicester who is quickly making a name for himself on the local scene. Constantly gigging around the city 2012 promises to be a big year for Theo with up coming gigs at venues like the 02 Academy not to mention a support slot with Joan Armatrading at De Montfort Hall when she plays Leicester in November. Theo is also planning to release his debut EP in the early part of the year.

    Rosie Doyle is a young singer/songwriter from Leicester who has built up her reputation through playing at local acoustic and open mic nights throughout the city. Last year Rosie released her debut EP and played the White Noise Festival in Leicester. She also collaborated with fellow Leicester band By The Rivers on a track that featured on Exports 03 a charity compilation released last year. As well as continuing to play live locally Rosie is also currently working on a brand new EP.

    Fay Brotherhood is a well-known name on the Leicester scene. She is an up and coming original folk singer/songwriter, originally from Coalville Her set encompasses interpretations of folk songs from the English, Scottish, Irish and Welsh traditions. She has already released four albums worth of material and is currently readying a brand new EP for release.

    Since moving to Leicester to attend university Chris Ostler has made a name for himself on the local scene. Releasing his debut album “Show Me The World” towards the end of last year Chris has gone from strength to strength playing last years Glastonbudget festival. Chris has also recently confirmed a support slot with folk legend Joan Armatrading in Torquay as part of her UK tour in November

    Doors are at 8PM
 Admission is £5
The Musician Clyde Street, Leicester

    Here is a sneak preview of the artist performing via YouTube