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The Van T’s, Scotland On Sunday, 25 October 2015

Published in Scotland On Sunday, Spectrum Magazine: Sunday 25 October 2015 | Words by Derick Mackinnon and Olaf Furniss Read on Scotsman.com

Olaf Furniss and Derick Mackinnon, Scotland On Sunday, Spectrum Magazine, 25 October 2015, The Van T's

Twin sisters Hannah and Chloe Van Thomson, formered The Van T’s in 2013 and recently expanded the line-up to include Joanne Forbes on bass and Shaun Hood on drums.

The surf-rock, grunge quartet have enjoyed a landmark year, playing the T In The Park, Electric Fields and Wickerman Festivals, gaining representation via former We Were Promised Jetpacks manager Sharon Stephens, being championed by taste-makers like BBC Radio Scotland’s Vic Galloway as well as supporting acts, not too dissimilar in style, like Honeyblood.

Their debut EP Laguna Babe is released via Bloc+ Music, the record label arm of BLOC+ bar in Glasgow on 13 November, with the launch on 14 November at the Hug and Pint in Glasgow. They perform at Edinburgh’s Opium this Friday [30 October], Halloween at BLOC+ and the Strange Behaviours Festival in Stirling on 20 November. Get your FREE Download at http://blocmusic.org/news/the-van-ts-release-free-download/

Olaf Furniss and Derick Mackinnon run the music industry seminar evenings Born To Be Wide their next event takes place on Thursday 5 November at The Electric Circus in Edinburgh.

** For consideration as our artist of the week or any other news please contact: Derick Mackinnon

Be Charlotte, Scotland on Sunday, 19 July 2015

Published in Scotland On Sunday, Spectrum Magazine: Sunday 19 July 2015 | Words by Derick Mackinnon and Olaf Furniss

Olaf Furniss and Derick Mackinnon Scotland On Sunday, Spectrum Magazine 19 July 2015, Be Charlotte

Dundee’s Charlotte Brimner has come a long way since her early acoustic compositions, and is now making waves on both sides of the Atlantic. In the spring she took part in SXSW Interactive, demonstrating a new instrument she has developed with Cambridge scientist Kate Stone, before heading off to LA to begin work on writing music for films.

Back home, she used her recent T In The Park performance to re-launch as Be Charlotte marking her move into an electronic sound, which blends loops, vocals, beat-boxing and rap.

More festival performances are due to follow at Wickerman Festival this Saturday [25 July] and Doune The Rabbit Hole a month later, with booking agents already taking a keen interest.

Although not yet officially released, her self-produced track Discover has been picking up plays on XFM. It provides an excellent snapshot of her talents, demonstrating a pop sensibility, which clearly establishes her as a success story in the making.

Listen at https://soundcloud.com/becharlotte

Olaf Furniss and Derick Mackinnon run the Born To Be Wide music business events visit www.borntobewide.co.uk For consideration as our artist of the week or any other news please contact: Derick Mackinnon