Cristobal & The Sea
October 17, 2013
District 6 are proud and excited to have signed a publishing deal with new UK band, Cristobal & The Sea.
Cristobal and the Sea are Iberians Alé Romero, João Seixas and French (Corsican) Leila Séguin, 3 international students who met at Loughborough University whilst studying architecture, philosophy and international studies respectively. Alé, originally from Spain and João, from Portugal were acquaintances at college in Luxembourg, becoming friends once they arrived in the UK in 2011. Here they also met their muse and fellow bandmate, Leila, and spent the year discovering each other musically and personally, and witnessed an unusually intimate and like-minded connection.
They duly turned 1 of their 2 student digs rooms into a music studio and spent every free hour jamming, writing, recording (with the cheapest, most readily available equipment, resorting to a £ 7 skype microphone for vocals) and developing their very unique style and sound. They describe it as tropicalia dream pop, and you can totally hear what they mean.
You can appreciate their huge range of influences, from Beach Boys (with a particular nod to that group's groundbreaking Pet Sounds album) to Beach House, from Fleet Foxes to Vampire Weekend and from Jobim to Gainsbourg.
Young, enormously gifted, beautifully boho, hugely charismatic and incredibly laid back, they are devouring life as only the young and carefree know how.
Click here for a private soundcloud containing 4 demo tracks recently recorded at Bella Union's Studios.
Click here for a short behind-the-scenes, introductory doco of the (completely anglophone) trio.
Roy Harper to release "Man And Myth" on Bella Union
July 4, 2013
District 6 are thrilled to announce the new album from Roy Harper has been signed to Bella Union and will be available from 23rd September.
"Man And Myth", Roy’s first studio album in 13 years, isn’t just proof that one of the leading, most erudite and passionate orators of the British folk rock renaissance hasn’t lost an iota of his gifts, but also timely evidence for anyone who has wondered why so many musical luminaries have been lining up to praise this enigmatic and legendary singer-songwriter.
In 2011, Harper performed a special show at the Royal Festival Hall in celebration of his 70th birthday, where those who joined on stage included Joanna Newsom, (new label mate) Jonathan Wilson and Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin, who famously penned a tribute called ‘Hats Off To Harper’ (Led Zeppelin III). David Gilmour not only played on record and stage for Harper, but Pink Floyd engaged him to sing ‘Have A Cigar’ on the band’s landmark album Wish You Were Here. Fellow collaborator Kate Bush has called Harper “one of the greatest English songwriters” while the late John Peel declared, on his death, that cricket obsessive Harper’s “When An Old Cricketer Leaves The Crease” be played at his funeral. Johnny Marr, meanwhile, has stated that Harper’s 1971 opus Stormcock was “intense and beautiful and clever.”
Four of the seven tracks from Man And Myth were recorded with Jonathan Wilson at his studio in Laurel Canyon. The recently discovered keeper of the West Coast rock flame had been assembling a Harper tribute album and the two struck up a friendship after being introduced to each other by District 6 backstage at Wilson’s show (Bella Union boss Simon Raymonde was also present) at London’s Borderline in 2012. ‘Heaven Is Here’ and ’The Exile’, the album’s epic closing tracks, and ‘January Man” were subsequently recorded back in County Cork.
Man And Myth is incontrovertible proof to everyone of Roy Harper’s persisting brilliance, with many hallmarks of what has singled him out since his first album 47 heady years ago.
Bump By Baby Blue
June 20, 2013
Following the chart and airplay success (top 10 most played on Radio 1 this year) of Baby Blue's feature on Matrix & Futurebound's "Magnetic Eyes", the London based artist's solo campaign is back with a "Bump".
Produced by Swedish duo Quiz & Larossi (Saturdays, Kelly Clarkson, Conor Maynard, JLS) and co-written by Ina Wroldsen (Leona Lewis, One Direction, Britney Spears), "Bump" is a huge slice of urban pop and showcases Blue's sweet singing voice over and above her already well known rapping skills.
Already sitting on the 1Xtra, Choice and Kiss playlists and with the first Radio 1 spins under way, "Bump" looks set to pick up where "Magnetic Eyes" left off. Due for release 28th July.
Iron Man 3 Trailer
May 15, 2013
LA based Windfall Agency have signed an administration agreement with District 6 Music Publishing to collect all royalties outside of the Americas. Windfall represents music production companies The Hit House & Antfood, amongst others. The Hit House is a music and sound design company, scoring custom music for film, television, commercials, and movie trailers. Their client list includes every major movie studio and many multi-national, blue chip brands.
Under the deal District 6 are now representing, amongst others, writer Danail Getz who scored the trailer for the latest Hollywood blockbuster, Iron Man 3. The film opened last weekend in the US and instantly became the biggest grossing film ever over its opening weekend.
Next up, the trailer for the new instalment of the Percy Jackson franchise.
D6 welcomes new band Stills
April 9, 2013
New London band Stills release their debut EP in June 2013 through new label Recreation Records. The band have signed a publishing deal with District 6.
Felix and Andree got together in 2011 whilst at Saint Martins college of Art. Tired of the endless stream of guitar bands he had been playing in, Felix decided to form a hybrid band – think Massive Attack meets Magnetic Man - free of the constraints of a typical band line up and free to concentrate on his array of analogue synths. Andree had been studying at St Martins alongside Tom Vek, and developed her song writing talents to match Felix’s musicianship and production skills.
The band's first single, Ur Mine was remixed by Groove Armada. The following single, Rain featured backing vocals by Saint Saviour.
Following much press buzz and features in Mixmag and Music Week the band played the NME awards after show party this year – opening for Django Django and Palma Violets & have been added to this years Standon Calling festival alongside AlunaGeorge, Bastille and De La Soul.
Demarrage District 6 France
19 Février, 2013
Démarrage District 6 France.
Some 12 - 18 months in its gestation (you have got to love french bureaucracy), and our sister company District 6 France is now officially up, running and making waves across the channel.
Headed up by Frantz Steinbach & David Bossan (see contact tab for details), D6F is not only responsible for the administration and exploitation of the D6UK catalogue, but is a standalone, independent company signing domestic artists / writers and repertoire and exploiting new opportunities in France, Europe and beyond.
Following the signing of writer / producer Sebastian Moreau last year (currently co-writing with Philippe Katerine and Shaka Ponk), D6F have this week signed french band You and You's debut album Keep It Safe to PIAS.
Early March will see a mini-writer camp between D6F and Talpa writers concentrating on writing songs for finalists of the french edition of The Voice and for french domestic artists.
Bienvenue, D6F !
District 6 artists vie for highest new entry spot
January 09, 2013
District 6 artists Donae'o and Baby Blue are vying for this weeks highest new entry on the UK chart. The two collaborated in 2012 on Baby Blue's "Play", and now go head-to-head for chart success. Both are playlisted at BBC Radio 1.
Donae'o's "Not A Saint", with Vato Gonzalez & Lethal Bizzle currently holds the highest new entry spot in the mid-weeks. With over 4 million youtube hits and approaching 6000 downloads this week, Donae'o appears to have the upper hand.
But Baby Blue, who features on Matrix And Futurebound's "Magnetic Eyes" (released last week), is enjoying a late surge and strong daytime support from all Radio 1 DJs. Who's it going to be ?