Top of the Ox is a website that is dedicated to reviewing unsigned artists, music related products and supporting up and coming musicians. Initially it started out as a web-based national music competition and song chart that is generated directly by the vote of the public.The website offers artists, bands and musicians the opportunity to win musical prizes, which have historically including recording and management deals in association with SAE Institute and Crash Records.
The SAE Institute is a private college founded in 1976 by sound engineer, record producer and businessman Tom Misner. The first school was opened in 1976 in Sydney.
The site was created and is run by Oxford Doctorate Mark Hussey, Oxford doctorate student Jamie Tromans and record label director Michele Pethers of Crash Records. Initially the site was founded by Mark and technical wiz John Bosley, who later handed over his responsibilities to Tromans.
Previous winners of the competition include Sarah Warne in 2007 with Stornoway finding themselves runners-up but then went on to achieve great success.
On 21 November 2010, singer-songwriter Ian Edwards won the 2010 Top of the Ox Grand Final held at Camden Underworld. The final was attended by a selected panel of industry professionals including Kaya Burgess from The Times newspaper Ian Wallman and Tim Turan.
Singer-songwriters are musicians who write, compose, and perform their own musical material, including lyrics and melodies.
The Underworld is a music venue in Camden Town, London, England. The venue is a part of the World's End pub, situated in the basement of the building.
The Times is a British daily national newspaper based in London. It began in 1785 under the title The Daily Universal Register, adopting its current name on 1 January 1788. The Times and its sister paper The Sunday Times are published by Times Newspapers, since 1981 a subsidiary of News UK, itself wholly owned by News Corp. The Times and The Sunday Times do not share editorial staff, were founded independently, and have only had common ownership since 1967.
TopoftheOx is a website that has always had excellent support from many sponsors because of its ethical approach to promoting and helping unsigned musicians[ citation needed ] Because of this, it has proven a great platform for bands to get noticed. Several bands have benefitted directly from TopoftheOx by landing themselves with deals, management, TV appearances, live radio appearances and much more.[ citation needed ]
Carleton Anthony "Carl" Dixon is a Canadian rock singer, keyboardist and guitarist. He has been a member of the bands Coney Hatch, April Wine and The Guess Who.
The Joe Strummer Foundation is a non-profit organisation which promotes the development of new music. It was established in memory of punk rock singer and guitarist Joe Strummer shortly after his death in December 2002. Strummer's widow Lucinda was the principal founder along with their daughters, Jazz and Lola Mellor, and English artist Damien Hirst. The organisation was known as Strummerville until December 2014.
Mark Erelli is an American singer/songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and touring folk musician from Reading, Massachusetts who earned a master's degree in evolutionary biology from the University of Massachusetts Amherst before pursuing a career in music. Erelli has released nine solo albums and three collaborative albums. His self-titled debut album was released in 1999, the same year that he won the Kerrville Folk Festival’s New Folk Award. His first recording for the Signature Sounds label, Compass & Companion, spent ten weeks in the Top Ten on the Americana Chart. Erelli has worked as a side musician for singer songwriters Lori McKenna and Josh Ritter. He has performed at various music festivals and shared the stage with John Hiatt, Dave Alvin, and Gillian Welch. Erelli's song “People Look Around”, which he co-wrote with Catie Curtis, was the Grand Prize winner at the 2005 International Songwriting Competition. His songs have been recorded by Ellis Paul, Vance Gilbert, Antje Duvekot, and Red Molly.
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Koopa is a rock band from Sible Hedingham, near Colchester, Essex, England. The band formed in 2000 by the brothers Stuart Cooper (drums) and Oliver "Ollie" Cooper, plus Joe Murphy. The band became the first act to have a Top 40 UK Singles Chart hit based on download sales only, and the first act to have a charting single without being signed to a record label, both facilitated by then-recent changes to rules for eligibility for the singles chart.
Pivotal Rockordings is a record label that was founded in 2004 by Leevan Macomeau and Alexi Front.
Operator Please were an Australian pop band, originating on the Gold Coast of Queensland, in 2005. Their final line-up consisted of vocalist and guitarist Amandah Wilkinson, drummer Tim Commandeur, keyboardist Chris Holland, bassist Ashley McConnell and violinist Taylor Henderson.
Ezekiel Ox, is an Australian entertainer, singer-songwriter, film maker, actor and political activist. He is currently the singer for Mammal, Superheist and Over-Reactor. He also works closely with New Zealand born DJ Marze. He was previously the singer of Full Scale Revolution, The Ox and The Fury and The Nerve.
The People’s Music Awards is the first global unsigned music awards. It was founded on 15 September 2008 by Managing Director Dylan Satow. The purpose of the awards is to get unsigned artists to be heard by industry professionals and people through the awards website. The winners of the awards are chosen by people and guest judges who vote and judge on the website. The winners of the awards are announced at a ceremony based in London.
Mark Browning is a Canadian singer/songwriter and musician known for founding the band Ox. He was born in Sudbury where the band is based. As Ox he has performed with artists such as Sarah Harmer, The Be Good Tanyas, Jason Molina, Chad Vangaalen and Julie Doiron among others.
Fool's Gold is a Los Angeles collective that weaves together Western pop aesthetics with African and Middle Eastern rhythms and melodies. The group started as a side project of musicians Luke Top and Lewis Pesacov, who set out to explore their shared love of various forms of African music, Krautrock, and 1980s dance influenced pop music.
Live and Unsigned is a music competition in the United Kingdom for unsigned bands and vocal groups to perform live for substantial prizes.. It was founded 2007, and has attracted over 40,000 entrants annually since its inception. Competitors perform in their own genre and style to a paying audience and judging panel. The competition tours the UK holding auditions and finals in various areas and regions, and the Grand National Final is held in London The O2 in London being the last used.
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