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Performance Of The Day: "Shadow & Light" by Martin Luke Brown

Hey guys!

I remember when I got my first ever laptop for Christmas.
I don't remember the year but it's obviously been a few Christmases back.

The first thing I would always do, is go on YouTube and watch acoustic/live performances of any artists I enjoyed.
Many years later, it's still one of my favourite things to do.
YouTube is one of those platforms I definitely spend too much time on, but that's alright.

Because of my love for acoustic performances, the "Performance Of The Day" feature is one those features I kind of write for myself.

So yeah, let's dive into today's performance by Martin Luke Brown.

Martin Luke Brown is a singer/songwriter from Leicester, UK.
Genrefying his music is definitely no simple thing to do as Martin combines pop elements with soulful vocals, a folky falsetto and electrifying beats. Maybe we'll settle for Alternative.

The young musician started gigging at the age of 14, uses the keyboard and the guitar on stage and also started working with backing tracks at live shows.

Back in 2014, house in the sand was introduced to Martin Luke Brown's music and we were convinced we'd be able to watch him go and create amazing music.

Martin Luke has released a bunch of songs so far; "Nostalgia", "Scars On Scars" and "Love Me Sober" being his main singles which made him gain a loyal fanbase.

His newest single "Shadow & Light" was one of those songs that has been released at the most appropriate time.
There are songs that you can relate to when you're in a difficult relationships. Or songs that you can relate to when you're feeling really happy.

And then there are song that, in my opinion, an entire generation can relate to. 

"Shadow & Light" is one of those.
I can guarantee that most of us can relate to at least one line of this song because of what it going on in the world.
My favourite line would be:
- nothing will change unless we keep our hearts open -

This piano based performance by Martin Luke Brown and students of BIMM London for Bee Happy Sessions truly captures the honesty of the song.
The choir represents the united thought that especially this generation has. 

Martin's vocals are, as usual, on point and souly as ever.

I'm pretty sure you'll enjoy this one!

You can stream & download "Shadow & Light" here.

Martin Luke Brown online: Website | Twitter | Facebook | Soundcloud | YouTube | Instagram

Thank you for your visit!

Credits // Text: Vanessa Jertschewske | Image: Gemma A Photography | Video: Bee Happy Sessions

Gig Photos: Tom Odell at Tonhalle, Munich

Hey guys!

One thing I've noticed within the almost five years of running this website, has really surprised me:
Apparently my taste in music hasn't changed that much.

I thought one of many cool side effects of running a music blog, would be seeing a change in the music I listen to.

But somehow that hasn't really happened (yet).
I still listen to most of the music I've written about back in 2012 and there has been no drastic change.

Just a few days ago I got to photograph Tom Odell for the third time (click here for photos from 2013 & 2014). Tom has been on my playlist for three years now and his gigs always blow me away.

Therefore I'm really excited to share my newest photos from his recent gig in Munich with you.

I hope you enjoy!


Date: 29th November 2016
Venue: Tonhalle, Munich (GER)

Support Act: THE BEACH

The Beach is a young singer/songwriter based in London, UK.

His sound mixes modern Pop with Acoustic and sprinkles of Indie-Folk.

So far the musician has released two EPS - "Maybe" (2015) and "Colours" (2015).
His recent single "Geronimo" has quickly won over lots and lots of music fans and critics.

And just for Christmas, The Beach released a cover of his favourite Christmas song, "Driving Home For Christmas".

The Beach online: Twitter | Facebook | Soundcloud | YouTube | Instagram


Support Act: JANE'S PARTY

Jane's Party are a four piece from Toronto, Canada.

The Alt-Pop mixed with Rock band consists of:
Devon Richardson
Tom Ionescu
Jeff Giles
Zach Sutton

The guys have been playing together since 2006, which has given them enough practice on how to work a crowd.
With their energetic and fun driven songs, Jane's Party have managed to share the stage with Blue Rodeo, Sam Roberts Band, The Arkells, Wintersleep, Matt Mays, The Maccabees, The Rural Alberta Advantage, Tom Odell, Lights, Manic Street Preachers, and others.

So far they have released:
Album: The Garage Sessions (2009)
EP: Jane's Party (2011)
Album: Hot Noise (2013)
Album: Tunnel Visions (2016)

Jane's Party online: Website | Twitter | Facebook | Soundcloud | YouTube | Instagram


Headliner: TOM ODELL

Tom Odell is a singer/songwriter/piano man originally from Chichester, UK, now based in London.
His sound plays with elements of Rock, Pop and slight bits of Dance. 

The young musician started playing the piano at an early age, then began writing and performing himself.
It was singer Lily Allen who signed Tom to her label and soon the world had the pleasure of watching the talented piano man play his way to the top.

Being the winner of the Brits Critic's Choice in 2013 set the tone for a successful debut album release.
Tom's "Long Way Down" built him a loyal and non-stop growing fanbase all over the world.

After two years of writing and recording, he released his second album "Wrong Crowd" in June 2016.

Tom Odell online: Website | Twitter | Facebook | Tumblr | YouTube | Instagram

And that's it!
I hope you enjoyed the photos!
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Thank you for your visit!

Credits // Text & Photography: Vanessa Jertschewske | a ticket + photo pass have kindly been provided