ENTERTAINMENT NEWS | 2018 The International Songwriting Competition

2018 International Songwriting Competition (ISC) Judges Announced

Judges Include: Adam Lambert, Tom Waits, The Script, Marc Anthony, Ne-Yo, Hardwell, Portugal. The Man, Kane Brown, 21 Savage, Kristian Bush (Sugarland), and More

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June 18 , 2018
– The International Songwriting Competition (ISC) is pleased to announce its panel of judges for the 2018 competition. Established in 2002, ISC is the world’s largest songwriting competition and is open to both professional and amateur songwriters, signed and unsigned. A total of 71 winners in 23 categories share in over $150,000 in cash and prizes, including an overall Grand Prize consisting of $25,000 (US) cash, and much more.

ISC offers the opportunity for songwriters to be heard by an elite panel of recording artists and music executives. The panel is comprised of high-profile recording artists and Presidents, CEOs, and A&R executives from many top record labels and publishing companies.

Over the years, ISC has helped to propel many artists to achieve greater success, including getting record and publishing deals, licensing agreements, gigs, and much more. Past winners have included: Illenium; Vance Joy; Bastille; Gotye; Lindsey Stirling; Kimbra; The Band Perry; Kehlani; Passenger; Gin Wigmore; Missy Higgins; and many more.

“There are a lot of songwriting competitions in the world, but only ISC has judges of such prestige and influence,” said Candace Avery, Founder and Director of ISC. “Although many of our judges participate year after year, we have a lot of new judges this year, bringing fresh ears to the process. We are grateful for the perspectives and opinions they bring to the process of selecting the winners.”

The list of 2018 judges includes:

Recording Artists:
Adam Lambert; Marc Anthony; Porugal.The Man; The Script; Tom Waits; Ne-Yo; American Authors; Kane Brown; Hardwell; Nancy Wilson (Heart); Nicky Jam; 21 Savage; Rodney Crowell; Booker T. Jones; The Mavericks; Sara Evans; Bastille; Kristian Bush (Sugarland); Rakim (Eric B. & Rakim); Walker Hayes; Chris Lane; Keane; Omarion; Danilo Perez; Nervo; Jeremih; Peter Erskine; James McNally (Afro Celt Sound System); Nero; Sidewalk Prophets; Kenny Garrett; Russ; Krewella; Matt Nathanson; Amadou & Miriam; Kaskade; Sara Watkins; Ted Nash; John Mayall; Art Alexakis (Everclear); Joe Louis Walker; Nicholas Gunn; Vassy; Kim Walker-Smith (Jesus Culture); Ashwin Batish; Lonnie Liston Smith; Walter Trout; Tony Joe White; Micah Tyler; John Tibbs; Gordon Goodwin; and more to be announced.

Industry Executives:
Gregg Nadel (President, Elektra Records); Seymour Stein (Chairman/CEO, Sire Records); Jo Charrington (Co-President, Capitol Music Group UK); Daniel Glass (President, Glassnote Records); John Esposito (Chairman/CEO, Warner Music Nashville); John Burk (President, Concord Label Group); Tom “Grover” Biery (Executive VP, Recorded Music BMG); Ed Vetri (President, Wind-Up Records); Bruce Iglauer (Founder/President, Alligator Records); Steve Yegelwel (Sr. VP, Island Records); Mark Mitchell (Co-President, Parlophone Records); Ben Blackwell (Co-Founder, Third Man Records); Nate Albert (Executive VP of A&R, Capitol Records); Jacob Edgar (Founder, Cumbancha); Aaron Bay-Schuck (President of A&R, Interscope Records); Dan Fraser (President, Nettwerk Music Group); Mike Easterlin (President Fueled By Ramen / Roadrunner Records); Craig Balsam (Co-Owner, Razor & Tie, Washington Square, and Kidz Bop); Josh Bailey (Senior VP of A&R, Word Entertainment); Gordon Kerr (CEO, Black River Entertainment); Richard Stumpf (CEO, Atlas Publishing); Kim Buie (VP of A&R, New West Records); AJ Tobey (Head of A&R, Rough Trade Publishing); Cory Robbins (Founder / President, Robbins Entertainment); Angel Carrasco (Latin Music Consultant); Julie Kertes (Editor / Manager, Hot Diggity Media); Laura Margolin (Publishing, Glassnote Records); Leib Ostrow (Founder / CEO, Music For Little People); Katherine Dines (Co-President, The Children’s Music Network); Claire S. Green (President, Parent’s Choice Foundation); Benjamin Groff (Founder, The Brill Building); Sas Metcalfe (President, Global Creative, Kobalt Music); Golnar Khosrowshahi (President, Reservoir Media Management); Tamara Conniff (EVP, Roc Nation); Dara Frank (Head of Comedy Central Records / Viacom); Carl Caprioglio (Founder / CEO, Oglio Entertainment); Elena Epstein (Director, National Parenting Product Awards); and more to be announced.

Entering ISC can be done online or through the mail, and information can be found at www.songwritingcompetition.com.

ISC is sponsored by: Berklee College of Music; Celebrity Access; Eventric; Gig Salad; Lurssen Mastering; Merch Cat; Musician Wellness; Musicians Institute; PreSonus; Pro Tour Nutrition; oneRPM; SongU; Sweetwater; Tunedly; and Vocal Eze.

Twitter: @intlsongcomp


Driving Rock | “Taxi Driver” by Overjoyed

Indie Rock Group, Overjoyed takes the lead for the next generation of outstanding export from the Gothenburg (Sweden) scene with single “Taxi Driver”, taken from their upcoming EP

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This young trio has during their short existence already played on relevant stages in their home country. Previous single “Lights” has been streamed over 128,000 times on Spotify.

“Taxi Driver” ticking in just over two minutes is the first taste of the collaboration with producer Erik Bjarnar (The Sun Days). The track is mastered by Hans Olsson Brookes at Svenska Grammofonstudion and will be followed up with more releases on Blinding Recordings in 2018.

Stream “Taxi Driver” Now on Spotify!


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Overjoyed Band Members
Guitar/vocals – Tobias Ringsten
Guitar – Hampus Högdahl
Drums – Einar Thörn

Twitter: @OverjoyedBand
Instagram: OverjoyedBand

International Award & New Music | Luke Underhill

Emerging Pop Artist Luke Underhill Celebrates International Acoustic Music Award

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“I’ll Be Waiting” was the first track released from Underhill’s debut studio EP, The Left Side. Shortly after the release of the fully produced version of the track, AXS.com premiered an acoustic video for the upbeat, guitar-driven song that has accumulated more than 22K views on YouTube.

“A catchy acoustic guitar drives the infectious track that gets stuck in one’s head almost instantly.”Melobee

“This track spills his heart to someone special giving them the choice to say the word I Love You. But how can one deny this guy giving his heart through music with his unique voice and melodies throughout the song giving more feelings that the words couldn’t express.”
BRASH! Magazine

“Up and comer Luke Underhill frames his gravelly voice, unapologetically, with his first single “I’ll Be Waiting,” an amalgamation of Bryan Adams, John Mayer and Gavin DeGraw.”B-Sides & Badlands

For more information, visit www.lukeunderhill.com.

Twitter: @LukeUnderhill_
Instagram: LukeUnderhillOfficial

BRASHION! | “PINK” by Stevie Boi Sets the Bar with NYFW Show

Stevie Boi Brings out the Stars on and off the runway with his NYFW showcasing his latest collection, PINK

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Have you ever been to an event where magic was happening all around you? Well that’s what BRASH! Magazine experienced at Stevie Boi‘s NYFW show this season. We got an exclusive look at his F/W ’18 Collection, PINK, which included signature Stevie Boi styles with a variety of exquisite garments coming down the runway.

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As soon as you walk into the venue, you already knew it was going to be a SHOW! I mean c’mon its Stevie Boi. Known for staying true to himself with his designs, this PINK collection fashion show raised the bar when it comes to displaying your designs on the runway. Painting NYC pink, with its classic runway, to guests showing up in pink showing support, along with the décor letting you know what you came for.


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Before the show began, guests were treated to good music, a peek at the guest stars, and a photo booth for keepsakes. Attendees were Bianca Bonnie (Love and Hip Hop NY), Steph Lecor (Love and Hip Hop Miami), and THE ICONIC/LEGEND/EXTRAORDINAIRE Whoopi Goldberg. (So thanks to Stevie Boi BRASH! was in the same room as a legend!).


Once the designs took to the runway, more treats to the eyes came into play.

Recording artists, Veronica Vega and Bobby Lytes, spiced up the runway representing for Love and Hip Hop Miami with their signature walks, personality, and high fashion looks!


Surprise plot twists for the fashions at the end of the runway showing that you cannot put style into a box. Stevie Boi’s PINK collection was just what this season’s Fashion Week needed to push the envelope on haute couture designs in the NYC.




This exclusive event spoiled BRASH! as we’re going to be looking for this level of fashion showcases! Thank you Stevie Boi for an amazing show! Congrats to you and your team!

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Designer, Stevie Boi

About Stevie Boi
Stevie Boi is an American fashion designer, actor and founder of the luxury eye-wear line & Brand SBShades. Boi designs and sells unisex eye-wear and accessories on his website and in select luxury boutique stores across the globe. Stevie has designed eye-wear for stars such as Kesha ,Beyonce, Madonna, Britney Spears, Katy Perry + many more. Stevie Boi was born in Augusta, Georgia but raised overseas.

He grew up with parents who were in the Army and traveled a lot during his childhood. He started designing in 2007 and quit his job with the military to start his business selling eye-wear. Boi’s big break was landing his eye-wear on the cover of Vogue magazine in 2012. Since then Boi’s products/designs have been featured in over 900+ Publications/Media Sources. He now is preparing to move into TV and film by acting and pursuing costume design.

Twitter: @StevieB0i
Instagram: SBShades

Beautiful Electronic Mix | “The Beautiful Ones” by Juxta Remix by Tobi

UK based self described, ‘Industrial Post-Punk’ band Juxta’s ‘The Beautiful Ones’ (taken from their 2017 release ‘Welcome to your Life’), gets remixed as an electronic rocketship, driving sequencer bass, LinnDrum beats and Vocoder Vox, by Tobi

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This remix is very much a product of a new movement within the online Independent Music scene. Juxta John runs Atom Collector Records, which encourages the sharing and supporting of new indie music, with a system of credits earned for listening and commenting. He is also a passionate advocate of cryptocurrency based sites such as Musicoin, Channels and Steemit.

Tobi runs The #MonsterThread (with Swedish Singer Songwriter Jon Magnusson). The Monster encourages independent musicians to support each other in making and sharing music, by building social media networks. It also curates a number of playlists for its members, each with a growing following of active listeners. This is backed up by an active networking campaign, led by Jon and Tobi, to bring a steadily increasing number of blogs, magazines, Internet Radio and Indie Resource sites into the #MonsterThread fold.


‘I knew it could be something really special as soon as I heard the original track. So I pushed myself on the details more than ever before.’

‘I was really nervous throughout and feeling the pressure. My last remix misfired. The Artist loved it, but backed out at the very last minute, because some of his friends didn’t like it. Felt like I was already one remix behind on the year. Wanted to get this one right.’ – Tobi

‘Feels like something you would play driving through a city at 1am with your heads bobbing away!’ – Juxta

About the Track!
UK based self described, ‘Industrial Post-Punk’ band Juxta’s ‘The Beautiful Ones’ (taken from their 2017 release ‘Welcome to your Life’), gets remixed as an electronic rocketship, driving sequencer bass, LinnDrum beats and Vocoder Vox, by Tobi.

‘They are the Beautiful Ones’, Tobi opens the track fast with a chorus of wide and tall vocoder vocals. ‘..and I want to know,’ the electronic, robotic, harmonized chorus wails flat. Beneath them, an aggressive sequencer bass, modulates and snarls at pace. The original beat tightened to the bar, and replaced by samples taken from the iconic LinnDrum. The kick punching, weighted to drive but not drag. The snare shifting with the an edge of flange. ‘Do they suffer like me?’

The bassline modulates, repeats and we drop into the first verse. ‘I sit outside and watch the beautiful ones’. The Daft Punk inspired Vocoder Vox of the chorus are Juxta-posed by distortion in the verses. The crackling, saturation vocals, an appropriate nod to the band’s punk heart. Each line is immediately echoed at the end, to the right, ‘the beautiful ones’. The repeated call back tail, fizzes in the upper mid bands. A series of air pockets blast past on the left, while a long reverse cymbal streams on the right. Each percussive element adding to the sense of speed.

The chorus returns, doubled. In the second half the bassline shifts into a repeating, three note crescendo. Quick reverses snip past down the right. The bassline modulates, repeats and we drop into the second verse. ‘They seem so confident and full of joy’. The contrast between saturated and vocoder vocals working well to bring out the lyrics of the song. A third chorus arrives, doubled and the bassline modulates and repeats. And repeats again, building in intensity and repeats once more.

The breakdown is driven hard down the centre by an angry bassline, biting and growling its way through that three note crescendo. The drums land heavier, phased twisted. Heavy breathes crash down the right, while reverses shriek the left. Snatches of vocals, taken from the verses, erupt across the mix. Tobi allows himself the indulgence to play the stereo field, but never at the expense of slowing the track down. This track is a street racer. A Ford mustang, V8 floored to the vanishing point.

Tobi’s Remix of “The Beautiful Ones” by Juxta is Available Now on Spotify!

Twitter: @JUXTAmusicUK
Instagram: Juxta_UK

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BRASH! Team Wins | Tobi’s Interview with Traxx 24

BRASH! Magazine’s Music Writer, Tobi Davis, Gets Exclusive with Traxx 24

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Berlin music blog Traxx24 recently interviewed our music writer/reviewer & music producer Tobi Davis. This interview is part of their new Producer & Engineer Q&A Series. in this exclusive, Tobi gives tips on working in the industry, building relationships, and how he keeps his ear to what’s new in the music scene. He also gave shared the details of  dealing with depression which will be very inspirational to others.

Network. Get out there. Find people you can trust and work with. It’s not easy and you will be let down. Three times this last year and counting. But you’ll also meant awesome people, who will inspire you and make you better.

Let’s send a HUGE BRASH! congrats to our awesome team member an check out his full interview HERE!

About Tobi Davis
​Good producing is like good plumbing. If you do your job right, no one notices. Mix, Remix + Master. Run @monsterthread w/ Singer Songwriter Jon Magnusson. Host Thursday’s @musichouruk. Music Reviews for Brash. Promote. Occasional Lyricist. Love my beagle Enzo + fav bands Little Empire and Moxi.

Twitter: @producedbytobi
Instagram: ProducedbyTobi

About Traxx24
Traxx24 is a new music blog from Berlin. This platform interviews Artists, DJs, Tastemakers and Digital Music Professionals from all over the world. Traxx24’s audience are digital music professionals, artists, hardcore music lovers, djs and tastemakers looking for new sources of inspiration and knowledge. To learn more, visit www.traxx24.com.

Twitter: @Traxx24


Bedtime Thoughts | “Torn Up” by Denny White

Writer/Singer/Producer, Denny White, Release New Soulful-Pop Banger Torn Up”

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“Torn Up” is a one of a kind song that you need to keep on repeat  because you want it to keep going. The unique vocals of White compliments the music production that will make you dance, vibe out, or take a drive with the volume on MAX. We are definitely waiting to hear more from Denny White. But in the meantime….

Listen to “Torn Up” Available Now on iTunes & Apple Music!

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Denny White is an inventive writer, producer and artist, hailing from the luminous desert valley of Hemet, California. Since moving to Los Angeles, White’s musical career propelled and he found himself playing along side notable acts such as Young the Giant and Dawes. White has collaborated with One Republic’s Brent Kutzle on his debut EP Colors in 2013. He has also penned songs for The Fray with Julia Michaels, Lukas Graham, and house legend, Tiesto among others.

White finds his musical inspiration and creativity from becoming a new father and experiencing the reality of parenthood alongside his wife. White reveals, “It’s exciting and terrifying bringing a kid into this world and it’s brought new perspective to everything, whether it’s nostalgic feelings of when I was kid, or struggles with depression and how I need to be a better person for everyone around me”. These powerful and emotive feelings are portrayed within his dynamic and energetic music. Brimming with passion and life, White expresses what new fatherhood feels like through his intense soundscapes and heartfelt lyricism.

Twitter: @DennyWhite
Instagram: DennyWhite