The Unsigned Guide Spotlight: October

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It’s that time again; new month = new audible delights. Some tough choices this month with so many great uploads to our SoundCloud dropbox, but we made the necessary decisions and here’s who made October’s cut…..

Rivera – ‘Banshee’
Kent five-piece Rivera are made up of Erdin Boratac, Matt Carpenter, Louie Fowler, Jack Jamieson and Tom Verrechia, four of which went to school together and have been making music together since they were 13 years old.

Now in their twenties, they’ve amalgamated big, old school rock with blues, deep grooves and a good old slather of grunge. Raw vocal ranges accompany guitar riffs with a distinct clear, sharp sound.
The boys are currently concentrating on writing new material but you can catch them live at The Enterprise in Camden on Friday 15th November.
Rebecca Vaughan – ‘Manifestation’
Rebecca is a singer songwriter from Lincoln who started writing and playing music back in December 2010, releasing her first EP 'I Talk Too Much' in November 2012. Currently studying at the University Of Kent, she splits her time between Lincoln and Canterbury. 
Rachel Vernall joined Rebecca in June this year whilst helping out on the second EP. A dazzling rhythm and lead guitarist, she’s brought a new dimension to the songs and her soft, haunting vocals contrast with Rebecca’s to give an alternative side to the story found in every song.
Since she started playing back in 2011 Rebecca has played well over a hundred gigs and several festivals including Lounge On The Farm and inadvertently did a mini-set at Glastonbury 2013.
Detroit 9000 – ‘Taking Back My Life’
Detroit 9000 are an elusive pair; describing themselves as a pair of star-crossed music lovers from the future. They inform us they’re “travelling through time on a pilgrimage to witness great music throughout history.” It all sounds a bit Dr. Who to us, but with a sound as infectious as theirs we’re happy to go along with it. Their advice to you is “Dance!” and we’d be inclined to agree.

Keep a look out for future extra terrestrial happenings over on their Facebook page.

BTWN – ‘I Don’t Miss You’ 
BTWN (Black Tie White Noise) was formed in 2010 by two former members of London band Ludes and an old childhood friend. Frontman Morris and bass player Dominic made up the rhythm section of Ludes and whilst touring the UK supported acts such as Franz Ferdinand, Babyshambles and even had Florence & The Machine cover one of their tracks. 
Ludes disbanded in 2007 and a few years later they hooked up with drummer Aiden to form BTWN, an energetic, experimental alt-rock band. Driven by blues and punky tones, theirs is a sound which is constantly evolving.
Catch them at The Westbury on Turnpike Lane on 18th October and at The Dogstar in Brixton on 31st October.

Tiz McNamara – ‘Steady As You Go’
Tiz hails from Cork but is now residing in Liverpool. Having previously studied at London’s Tech Music School, being taught by musicians who have played with Amy Winehouse, Ronnie Wood and Cee Lo Green, Tiz is now refining his craft at Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts. 
The past 12 months have been extremely busy for the young writer following the success of a US tour, not to mention being asked to sing on the UK Christmas No.1 single for 2012, “He Ain’t Heavy He’s My Brother”, with the likes of Sir Paul McCartney, Robbie Williams, Paloma Faith and Shane McGowan.
Tiz’s debut independent release ‘Steady As You Go’ has received great praise from radio DJs in Ireland, the UK and the US. The track has also received thousands of views on YouTube and was also featured in a recent episode of Hollyoaks. As our Spotlight playlist only features a teaser of Tiz's track (gremlins in the machine!), listen to the full version of Steady As You Go here.
Read the September 2013 Spotlight blog here.

How do I get featured on the Spotlight blog?
Our Spotlight blog is compiled every month from fresh new music submitted to us by our members. We want to hear from you! We select 5 of the best tracks from our members, so if you want to be in the running you’ll need to sign up to The Unsigned Guide then follow the instructions in your Welcome email to submit a track for Spotlight consideration to us. If you’re already a member and still not sure about how to submit your music for Spotlight, just give us a shout via our Contact page & we’ll help you out!
As well as being featured in our new music blog, your track will also be forwarded onto  these music industry professionals including folks from Amazing Radio, Big Life Management, Club Fandango, Domino Records, The Fly, Memphis Industries, Rocksound, Skint Publishing, Sony Music, Spotify, Fake DIY, Transgressive Records and The Great Escape. View the full list of who listens to our Spotlight tracks here.
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