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New Artist Showcase with Derek 6-7pm Tuesday 31st May 2022

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An entire hour dedicated to showcasing Music from  brand new and established independent artists and bands. Original and covers from both in the UK and Internationally.

To feature on this or any other show on Smile Radio – click on the ‘speech bubble’  at the bottom right of the home page and select ‘I want to become a featured artist’ and follow the instructions or click the tab at the top right of the website home page ‘Become a Featured Artist’.

You can also get in touch direct via:

hello@smileradio.online or derek@smileradio.online

VIX 20 -'Invisible Girl'

This is the band’s take on “using dating apps in your forties, and the eye-opening behaviour of the single world in the modern times” – Mills.

Mills – Guitar/Vocals – Docklands area E14
CJ –  Guitar/Vocals – Streatham, London
Kill –Bass –   Romford
Rich – Drums – Harlow 

As evidenced on their first single, Digital Age, their passion for power pop and dexterity with words combines to become insanely catchy 3-minute thunderbolts. The follow up single Hashtag Change/Me Gwanishipushed the envelope further with the glorious cut-up tones of Donald Trump delivering a love letter to his beloved Melania. 

Next stop Tron takes the Train a quite accidental landing into Synthwave which landed CJ a nomination into the best animated video at London Film Awards. Going back to their rock roots, the next single Try Again won critical acclaim and drew several compassions to Queen in all corners of the globe.  


Erin Bloomer - 'Therapy'

Singing literally since she could talk, Erin Bloomer has been creating quite a name for herself on the UK music scene and beyond.

Despite still being unsigned, she has amassed an ever-growing fan base with radio play on a large number of radio stations worldwide, including national, helping contribute towards this.

Her previous tracks have topped over 2 million streams on Spotify to date with her new single Therapy expecting to emulate this success.  The track is a playful take on a serious subject and furthers the conversation about mental health for everyone.


The Artkut Brothers - 'Fine'

Taken from their debut album to be released later this year, “Fine” is The Arkut Brothers first release ahead of their albums. Reviews of their live shows and early features from BBC Radio Humberside only have positive things to say about the duo.

“They are very accomplished, very, very talented fellas, great guitarists and great songwriters! And because they are Brothers, they have that energy between them that works really, really well!” – Alan Raw (BBC Introducing Humberside).

“Excellent, bit of a country tinge with lovely harmonies.” – David Burns (BBC Introducing Humberside).

“The single is called fine and written about mental health. We wanted a positive country vibe with a message saying things will be fine. It’s about pushing forward through those dark days and not letting it stop you from doing what you want to do” – Sam Arkut.

The single and album have been produced by local songwriter and producer John Cox.

“Fine” by The Arkut Brothers is available on all digital streaming platforms on 27th May 2022.

Obsidian PR & Promotion

Devil's Dice - 'Martyr's In Crime'

Forged in the Hard Rock / Heavy Metal heartland of Birmingham, England; Devil’s Dice deliver big riffs, melodic twin lead guitars, soaring vocals and catchy choruses that evoke memories of the greats of the genre, but with a delivery and style all their own.

Devil’s Dice are influenced by and aim to match the work of Judas Priest, Accept, Thin Lizzy and Saxon to name just a few; lofty standards indeed, but one listen through the debut album ‘Libertarian’ and you will hear this is no mere tribute to traditional metal; elements of the aforementioned bands shine through, but at the same time Devil’s Dice don’t sound specifically like any of them, creating their own unique character and sound which is distinctly modern Classic Rock & Heavy Metal.

Aeones - 'Petiole'

‘Aeones are a Progressive Rock band formed in Guildford, Surrey. Combining modern metal guitar tones and techniques with large ambient breaks, Aeones take influence from other Rock artists such as Intervals and Plini, while combining it with the virtuoso lead style of Joe Satriani to create their unique instrumental sound.

HAYTOR - '15'

“15 is about the nostalgia of teenage years, getting into trouble with your mates and starting a band, making plans for the future, growing up together and slowly growing apart” – Austin.

Performing with the current line-up since 2018 Haytor have played extensively across the southwest including large national festivals such as Bear Grylls Gone Wild Festival, and are now beginning to break out to new audiences further afield.

Band members and instruments:

Austin Robison – Lead vocals & keys

Ryan Hawkins – Guitar

Jonny Lewis – Lead guitar & Backing Vocals

Cameron Robison – Bass & Backing Vocals

Cal Verney – Drums & Backing Vocals

Upcoming live dates:

 June 4th – Exmouth Festival, Exmouth, Devon

June 10th – Move Exeter

June 30th – Supporting Sarpa Salpa at The Louisiana, Bristol

July 9th – Jurassic Festival, Bridport, Devon

September 3rd – Shebfest, Shebbear, Devon


pMad - 'Horror'

Released on the 5th June 2022 and of which the proceeds of sales on Bandcamp will be donated to an Environmental charity, yet to be chosen.


pMad’s follow up single to ‘Broken’ is ‘Horror’, it is pMad’s take on the world and the future in front of us. Like the future of the planet ‘Horror’ is dark & brooding with the hint of possible hope!

And like our planets chances, there are two versions of events!


The Crime Scene Cleaners - 'Death by Plastic'

Crime Scene Cleaners still based in East London and fronted by Winston Propaganda … Describe ourselves as ghetto rock band getting together after lockdown trying to create exciting sound within rock songs about life and subjects that affect us all. Are just about half way through first album which we Hope to have completed later this year. 

Death By Plastic is hot on the heels of third single Poverty line. and brings to our attention the madness of the plastic equation or how the current increase in the rate of production of plastic is contributing to human initiated demise of our beautiful but fragile planet. 

Single is available on band camp and Spotify. And there is you tube video out ..  shot mostly in London

Darren Holland Project - 'Lead the Way'

The DHP is a husband and wife duo from Kansas City, Missouri. 

I’ll tell you that we are a team, but I am the writer. Cheryl, my wife, gets the pleasure of being woken up at 2 am bc I feel I have come up with something cool, and she actually listens. Cheryl is the one I trust to put her voice, her style, musicianship, and her mark into the sound that we call the DHP. 

The single “Lead the Way” will be released on June 1st, 2020. Lead the Way is about how we all struggle through life. How it’s time to end corporate greed. How we need to stand together as none of us are strong enough to stand alone against the Oligarchy that controls all of our futures.

Oh, and lyrically I write about life, the good, the bad, and the ugly. I write the story of everyone I know, everyone I meet, and some I miss. I write about the sex, the drugs, and the mental issues we all have at times. So my stories can be viewed differently by each person who listens and whom it touches. 

Who is the DHP?

 Darren Holland : Guitar, Bass, Keys, Ukulele, and Vocals.

 Cheryl Holland : Keys, Harmonica, Drums and Percussion and Vocals. 

 Barb Wilmoth : Drums and percussion and additional back up vocals

 Andy Oxman : Producer

All links in the Linktree link below

Shadow Puppet Theatre - 'Colour Therapy'

From Kuala Lumpar

Shadow Puppet Theatre’s Colour Therapy is out now.

Shadow Puppet Theatre (aka SPT) are a 4-piece Malaysian rock band based in the city of Kuala Lumpur, named after the beautiful and ancient art of shadow puppetry. In keeping with their chosen name, they combine both storytelling and what they call “the feels”: an indefinable element adding a special ‘sparkle’ of life into each, and every, musical note they play.

Dzul – Vocals / Rhythm Guitar (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)

Yazzer – Lead Guitar (Selangor, Malaysia)

Chip – Bass (Selangor, Malaysia)

Hazman – Drums (Selangor, Malaysia)


Liv Elisabeth - 'Copeland'

Liv Elisabeth is a singer/songwriter & pianist from Staffordshire who has recently signed to Spectrum music, a Staffordshire based music production company and Independent Record Label. Liv Elisabeth has been writing songs since the age of 11, has ABRSM Classical Singing Grades up to Grade 5 and working to achieve Grade 6 & 7. Liv Elisabeth has also been involved in Musical Theatre from the age of four. On stage is where she feels most herself and confident and she takes inspiration from Kate Bush, Marina and the Diamonds, Bon Iver, Queen, David Bowie.

‘Capeland’ is released on all streaming platforms on 30th May.

Obsidian PR & Promotion


Sadcult - 'Hate'

Formed in Weymouth UK, Sadcult are a Grunge / Alternative Rock band with Sam Newland on Guitar and vocals, Oliver Freeman on Bass and Chad White on drums, this 3 piece possess a raw dynamic sound packed with energy and grit.

Written by: Derek

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