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Alex Maxwell, Scotland On Sunday, 18 June 2017

Published in Scotland On Sunday, 18 June 2017 | Words by Derick Mackinnon and Olaf Furniss. Read on [in association with Electric Fields Festival]

ALEX MAXWELL Artist of the Week in Scotland On Sunday

Scotland On Sunday, 11 June 2017, Chris Greig

Hailing from Dumfries, Alex Maxwell first came to our attention at our Wide Days conference, where he was one of only a handful of artists to receive positive feedback about his music on our “A&R You Brave Enough” session.

He has performed local festivals like Eden and Electric Fields and featured in various blogs. Maxwell’s debut single, The Want Comes In Waves, also the title of his debut EP, has a clear Frightened Rabbit influence (no bad thing) and features Lissa Robertson enabling sweet girl/boy vocal harmonies.

Scotland on Sunday readers can watch the video for the single below or visit:

Live dates include 1 July at Kelburn Garden Party, 20 July at The Voodoo Rooms in Edinburgh, 28 July at Mugstock Festival (full band set) and 9 September at The Live Lounge in Dumfries. For more info see

Olaf Furniss and Derick Mackinnon run music industry seminar and social night Born To Be Wide visit

Under the Radar is in association with Electric Fields Festival Headline acts Frightened Rabbit and Dizzee Rascal are joined by Band Of Horses, The Jesus & Mary Chain, Glass Animals, Arab Strap, Kate Tempest and many more over a weekend which also celebrates the best in Scottish street food and drink. Visit

Electric Fields Festival sponsors Scotland On Sunday Frightened Rabbit at Electric Fields Festival Dizzee Rascal at Electric Fields Festival Kate Tempest at Electric Fields Festival, sponsors of Scotland On Sunday

* For consideration as our Artist of the Week please click HERE scroll to the bottom and review checklist of what we NEED in order to feature bands in Scotland On Sunday. Then email: Derick Mackinnon with all the info

The Scotsman, Under The Radar, July 2013

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Published Monday 1st June 2013

Carnivores, The Scotsman Track of the Month, July 2013

Paisley has consistently punched above its weight when it comes to supplying the nation with pop talent, which over the decades has included everyone from disco artiste Kelly Marie to Stealers Wheel and Paolo Nutini. Now a substantially louder offering is emerging as a standard bearer of the city’s scene, in the form of Carnivores. The trio were one of our highlights at the goNorth Festival last month, boasting a ferocious live show and an audience to match. Our track of the month, Scottish Football is a hugely enjoyable musical rage complemented by suitably angry lyrics and a very meaty sound.

At the other end of the genre spectrum, but also a goNorth highlight, is Jemma Tweedie. The 20-year-old from Nairn, has been performing for less than a year, but has played at Rockness, supported Charlotte Church, and received spins on both BBC 6 Music and Radio 2. The young singer finishes an extensive UK tour on 4th July, which saw her play over 41 shows in 20 days at Caffe Nero shops. You can see her at The Wickerman Festival on the goNORTH Festival stage on 27th July. Visit

Other emerging acts to look out for at Wickerman Festival, which takes place in Dundrennan on 26th and 27th July include Flutes, Roman Nose, Siobhan Wilson, Saint Max & The Fanatics, Honeyblood, Fat Goth, Casual Sex, Prides, Hector Bizerk, Be Like Pablo, Friends In America, MAASK, Book Group, Willie Campbell and GARDEN OF ELKS. Visit

For those heading along to T In The Park earlier in the month, there is no shortage of excellent new talent to check out between 12-14 July. In addition to the 16 acts performing on the T Break tent – these include Arches, Hector Bizerk, Honeyblood, Fake Major, Poor Things, Pronto Mama, Michael Cassidy, The Velveteen Saints, The Merrylees – the BBC Introducing stage also promises to supply some extremely good acts. We recommend looking out for Roman Nose, PAWS and the young Dundonians, Model Aeroplanes visit

And for anyone who prefers smaller and more intimate festivals, we strongly recommend Kelburn Garden Party [July 6-7], a mere £5 taxi ride from Largs. Not only does it boast a stunning location and the most diverse range of genres [including electronica, folk, classical, blues and rock], its organiser has gone to the trouble of making a mix tape featuring many of the the artists performing this year. Highlights for us are likely to include Tinderbox Orchestra, Hidden Orchestra, Hector Bizerk, Poppy Ackroyd and Roy’s Iron DNA.

Innovative new Glasgow record label East 52nd Records is set to launch an online competition called Do The Right Thing, designed to raise money to help get young people get involved in music. For a donation of £1 aspiring artists are able to download a hip-hop or pop backing track and are then invited to add their own lyrics and melody which they upload to Youtube. The competition will run for 5 weeks, with East 52nd Records and partners selecting the winners. Prizes include JBL Speakers, HP tablets and clothing, full info visit

Meanwhile, up in Ullapool, Middle of Nowhere Records, founded up by music entrepreneur Rob Hicks to release Rachel Sermanni’s music, has announced the addition of Colin Macleod, (best known under the moniker The Boy Who Trapped The Sun) to their growing roster. Already confirmed for the Belladrum and Wickerman Festivals, as well as a host of European dates, an EP is scheduled for release later this year visit for details

•  Olaf Furniss and Derick Mackinnon run Born To Be Wide music industry evenings, which take place at Edinburgh’s Electric Circus. The next event is the annual BTBW Edinburgh Night featuring ten acts performing during the Fringe playing ten-minute ‘taster’ sets, interspersed with DJs spinning their favourite four tracks by acts from the capital. Find out more at