Out of Breath is the title of Philip’s debut single which was released on the 30th of April 2021. The song is a kind of “burnout-anthem”, which deals with themes like overthinking and the fear of not being able to live up to your own expectations. These thoughts are in many ways a sign of these crazy times we are living in, where Corona virus and a seemingly endless lockdown has made it difficult to remain optimistic. Furthermore it touches upon how it may seem as if you “have it all in your hands”, and have everything figured out (for example on social media), when in reality you are struggling to pick yourself up and keep going.
Philip is the 22-year-old danish singer and songwriter Philip Bæk Hedegaard, who fell in love with music when he got his first guitar at the age of 13. After years of intensive and disciplined practice, and a dream of attending the Royal Danish Academy of Music as a guitarist, he discovered songwriting. The guitar became more of a tool in the hunt for “the good song”, and the dream of becoming a guitarist was replaced by the dream of becoming an artist.
The Kith is an up-and-coming DJ duo consisting of two brothers born and raised in the Netherlands.
The duo is unique as the youngest brother is only 16 years old. Together they are at the start of their music career. Besides Slap House / Brazilian Bass they also make some heavier Bass House tracks.
The release of ‘Tell Me Why’ was their first real success, with a warm atmosphere and the deep bass known from Slap House. The track has been streamed over 30k times in a few months. Other tracks that followed up after this success within Slap House were ‘Closer’ on Kiwistage records and ‘Coming Back Around’ on Tritone records. Recently, in addition to the original mix, a remix was released by AUGUSTE of the track ‘Closer’.
‘Coming Back Around’ featuring Josh Vorster has a catchy vocal, supported by a deep bass. The high notes during the pre drop provide a broadening feeling, allowing the typical Slap House drop to hit deep. The melodic drop with powerful bass is the characteristic style of the song.
Byron Major is Back. Putting Singer-Songwriter-Producer Byron Major’s music into a box is not going to work. Byron says that “genres in music is like racism in society – not applicable”.
While his style is certainly influenced by his early classical music training, Byron’s music takes on elements from Motown to Alternative R&B, Soul and traditional South African rhythm. You can also definitely hear the influences of Stevie Wonder, Prince and John Lennon in his soulful R&B vocals and piano arrangements and performance.
The brand new single from ‘Byron Major’ is the title track to his latest E.P ‘Finding The Light’. ‘Finding The Light’ is a touching and shiver inducing accomplished piano ballad of ‘Stevie Wonder’ and ‘John Legend’ proportions. ‘Byron Major’ sings his very heart out and delivers a performance capable of bringing a listener to tears, on this heart wrenching, emotional, God filled, warm and classic piano ballad.
You can hear the incredibly touching piano ballad ‘Finding The Light’ from ‘Byron Major’ on Bafana FM everyday at 6 p.m South African time and on the Africa Daily List.
Byron Major has proven his Prowse as a singer-songwriter-performer-producer. He made it to the Top 24 of South African Idols at the age of 17 and was invited to perform his original song ‘South Africa’ at Nelson Mandela’s Boston birthday celebration attended by the Governor of Massachusetts in the USA in 2013. He sang his original songs alongside Grammy Award-Winning singer Paula Cole while studying at Berklee College of Music (Boston, USA) and his 2016 single ‘May Flower’ caught the attention of 21 radio stations across the UK.
His track “Delicious” charted for 10-weeks on college Radio in South Africa and his single Midnight Daydream peaked at number 26 on the UK Music Week Official Club chart, Color My World peaked at Number 15 on the same UK Music Week chart, and Rockstar peaked at Number 1 on BBC Radio One’s Essential Mix Creators Kings of Spin DJ Charts in 2018.
Rockstar went on to be playlisted in countries around the globe, including: Australia, Netherlands, Germany, Sweden, England & USA, and to complete the year Byron Major’s Summer Day charted at number 16. At the end of 2019, Matchbox Recordings UK invited Byron to feature Color My World on their compilation album and the track was playlisted on London FM.
Byron Major was recently the Cover Star for South African Music and Entertainment Magazine, Bafana.
The year 2020 has indeed been an unprecedented year given the global health pandemic that had us in lockdown across the world, and has presented a wide range of personal challenges for us but it has also connected us on the level of our humanity.
Byron Major’s EP entitled “Finding the Light” therefore aims to bring hope and encouragement in the face of adversity. This EP touches on topics such as being lost within the circus of life’s rat race to his favourite topics of relationships and unrequited love.
In his forthcoming single entitled Finding the Light, the same title as the EP, the lyrics tell the experience of many a man and woman, and Byron’s emotions permeates his piano and vocal performance and penetrates the soul. The release date for the EP, Finding the Light by Byron Major, was released globally on 27th October.