This year ten acts will be handed out an award on Wednesday, January 14th 2014 – but only one of them will also be honoured with the Public Choice Award. In this Special, Michiel introduces the ten nominees.
On the opening evening of Europe’s biggest live music industry gathering of the year – Eurosonic Noorderslag; 10 European acts will receive a European Border Breakers Award during a spectacular TV-show presented by BBC-legend Jools Holland.
Past winners include British sensation Adele. Danish singersongwriter Agnes Obel, Selah Sue from Belgium and Dutch songstress Caro Emerald, who is currently enjoying huge success in the UK.
The EBBA’s give a broad, and great, view on whats happening in the European Music scene right now. From alternative hiphop, singer/songwriter music and rock to chart topping pop. This year ten acts will be handed out an award on Wednesday, January 14th – but only one of them will also be honoured with the Public Choice Award.
C2C was last years winner, but who will be the Lucky one this year? Radio listeners all over Europe can vote for their favourite act – and maybe even win tickets to the Awardsshow and the absolutely sold-out EurosonicNoorderslag festival. Who to vote for? I would like to introducé you to the ten nominees, from all over Europe….
Starting in ESNS’home country, The Netherlands. Singer Jacco Gardner was born and raised here, but it is in the US where his initial success started. He was discovered by the highly acknowledged Chicago based label Trouble in Mind, who signed him to their roster and released his debutalbum Cabinet of Curiosities.
Reviews for the album were glorious. Jacco’s Music is reminiscent of 60 pops from acts like the Beach Boys, but beware…don’t call it psychedelica!
Zedd is a young German dj/producer who has quickly made a name for himself by working for the likes of Lady Gaga, Skrillex and Eva Simons. His debutalbum Clarity came out in september. Lead single 'Stay The Night' was recorded with non other than Hayley Williams, lead singer from the American band Paramore.
Asgeir is an Icelandic singer whose debut sold more copies in his homeland than debuts from his famous fellow countrymen Bjork and Sigur Ross. Which makes him the most popular Icelandid artist of the moment. Asgeir grew up in a musical Household but at the age of 17 had to decide if he wanted to pursue his very succesfull sports career or follow his heart and chose music…
From Iceland to Scandinavia. Norways hottest hiphop act of the moment is called Envy.
There is certainly more great music to emerge from the norther most point of Europa. Let’s hear it for Lucas Graham, who describes the music from his band as “ghetto pop”.
Also from Scandinavia, from Sweden to be precise, come the two hipster girls from Icona Pop. These days Aino and Caroline travel around the world with their electropop outfit Icona Pop. Not seeing so much of Sweden anymore, but having the times of their lives. Needless to say, they are still Best Female Friends!
Irish foursome Kodaline started out as 21 Demands and were charted in 2007 with their debut single. But real success came when they changed their name to Kodaline a few years later. They are being compared to hugely succesfull bands as Elbow, Coldplay and Keane. Spring 2013 saw the release of their debut album In a Perfect World, which reached the top of the British charts. And this is only the beginning. They are playing gigs and festivals all over the world but are still getting adjusted to the succes and the growing audiences….
Austrian singer Gugabriel had made a name for herself in her home country and far beyong with her wonderful, folk-like popmusic.
The story of French act Woodkid is something else. He started out in the Music business as a video director – he made videos for Lana del Rey and Katy Perry, to name but a few…
From his safe spot behind the camera he has now entered the spotlights with his own Music. As you would expect from a video director his work is quite visual. His shows, when the music meets the visuals, are spectacular. And so are the videos accompanying his singles….
The last nominee is…Disclosure, the cross over sensation of the year. Disclosure are two brothers, hardly 20 years old, raised in a sleepy English town, who grow up on a musical diet of credible pop and classic rock…
Mom and dad introducé them to a broad range of Music, but in their teens Guy and Howie discover electronic Music. When they blend all these musical influenced into own songs,which they put out on the internet, their fame quickly rises…
Fast forward one year and Disclosure is one of the hottest names in Music. Their debut Settle makes it to the number one spot in the Britsh charts – overtaking Josh Hommes comeback album for Queens of the Stone Age. The rest of their year has been all about travelling and performing all over the globe.
Ten new musical talents, ten EBBA nominees, and only one can win the Public Choice Award. It is really all up to your – go and check the EBBA website and vote for your winner!