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Amazing Radio 23 May 2014

Just a quick note to let you know I’m now officially part of amazing and Amazing Radio NYC.

Proud to be a part of the Amazing invasion of the Unites States of Amazing!!!

Congratulations to Paul Campbell, the Amazing captain of this Amazing ship, and to our shipmates, including Sting, Steve Case, Billy Mann, John Frankenheimer, Elio Leoni-Sceti, John Pearson, Eric Dingman, and each and every Amazing musician who is a part of the Amazing Tunes community. You made it!

More updates from Amazing Radio in New York as soon as stuff gets announced, as well as updates about what it is I’m actually doing here as a part of this Amazing team…

Meanwhile, here’s what’s in print in this week’s edition of Billboard magazine.

xx Ysanne


Amazing Media, Digital A&R Solution, Draws Big Names, Money…

Former BBC executive Paul Campbell launched a new company in the United Kingdom in 2007, looking for ways to help musicians find a wider audience for their work. He established a website allowing select unsigned acts to upload their music, sell it – and keep the proceeds. Two years later, Campbell founded a radio station using a playlist built exclusively from the offerings on his site. He further developed his audience by adding a few shows carefully curated by a mix of ex-BBC and up-and-coming DJs. The result: Amazing Media, a powerful promotional machine that has become one of the A&R community’s most crucial tools for developing new talent and has helped propel the likes of Chvrches, Daughter and Alt-J to deals with major or independent labels.

Now, five years later, Campbell is launching in the United States. He has raised $9 million in funding with backing from investors including Sting, AOL founder Steve Case, producer Billy Mann, music lawyer John Frankenheimer and former EMI CEO Elio Leoni-Sceti. They’re joining a board to be run by former Shazam chairman John Pearson.

As part of its launch stateside, Amazing Media has acquired Boston-based for an undisclosed sum. OurStage gives fans the opportunity to vote for their favorite unsigned performers on the site — and allows bands to compete for the chance to tour with more established acts.

Campbell’s company helps fill a void created during the last decade, when declining music sales forced many labels to cut back on their A&R investment. Amazing Media gives smaller A&R teams access to nearly as much music as they had in the heady days of bigger budgets.

“It’s a great tool to help artists be discovered and promoted throughout their development,” says Adam Herzog, vp A&R at Warner Bros.

Up-and-coming artists get the chance to earn some money from sales while gaining exposure to industry decision-makers. “We reach about half a million people every day around the world. But it’s the quality of the people that matters,” says Campbell. “Band managers, A&R execs, bands themselves and music influencers are the most common listeners.”

Today, says Campbell, between 200 and 300 new tracks are uploaded daily, from artists all over the world. His DJs play nearly 50 of those a day.

In the United Kingdom, the majority of Amazing Media’s revenue is generated by licensing unsigned artists’ music to retailers’ in-store radio services. The company will explore similar opportunities in the United States.

Amazing Media’s U.S. business will be run by former EMI Classics chief Eric Dingman with offices in Boston and New York.

(c) Billboard by Yinka Adegoke


Tomato Song 23 April 2014

Spring has sprung here in New York, so I planted a tomato, and wrote a song about it.

Listen here

I’m currently in the Big Apple working with an amazing musician called Tanya. We’re exploring music, getting her ready to record an album of her amazing songs, and exploring this fabulous city in Spring. And growing tomatoes!

Tanya and I were brought together by Amazing Radio, who are champions of new and emerging music, and funnily enough they played my tomato song today. It’s all a big loop, an amazingly special loop of music and creativity and friendship which I’m looking forward to exploring more deeply. I deeply appreciate this opportunity to support musicians like Tanya get heard more widely, and to support the good people of Amazing…

For now, listen to Kathryn Tickell’s fabulously folky gardening songs show which includes my new little tomato song. All proceeds form the sale of this gardening song go to Just Food, a New York non-profit that helps people eat locally-grown fresh food.

Lighter and lighter, spring is here… and anything is possible!!

xx Ysanne

I love New York (and L.A. too :) 6 March 2014

Hello friends,

Got a new song for you, inspired by a lyric that came from a cross stitch I was sewing…

CLICK HERE to listen to my new folk New York song…

And here’s the embroidery on the hoop.

xx Ysanne

Last night in Brooklyn… 7 February 2014

Vangeline Theater’s show opens tonight in New York, and we run for three nights. It’s sold out for tonight (Friday 2/7) and tomorrow (Saturday 2/8), but there are still a few tickets for Sunday 2/9.

It’s made the New York Post’s ‘Hot Picks’, so get your ticket quick!

xx Ysanne

Butoh in New York 4 January 2014

I’m working on a new commission for Vangeline Theater, the USA’s premier butoh dance company.

Here’s Vanity Fair’s film of Vangeline Butoh… click play to see why I’m so excited!


The show is called ’5th’ and it’s a collection of five dances about everything 5th:
5th Dimension, 5th Element, 5th Position, 5th Amendment, and Beethoven’s 5th.

The show features ballet, modern dance and butoh, and will be staged in New York on February 7, 8 and 9 2014 at Triskelion Arts Aldous Theater in Brooklyn. I’ll be performing the music live, please join us!


My music for Vangeline’s new show is a cover of a Bob Dylan song that I’ve reworked at the choreographer’s request into a 9 minute arrangement for strings and voice. I’m singing, and playing my antique autoharp from the 1890′s, its strings creaking with age, and as you can see from the photo, I’m in the process of recording layers and layers of my strings at home, creating a bed of ice for the dancer to glide upon…

This is the dancer who is performing with me. Her name is Azumi Oe, and this shot was taken of her rehearsing to the first demo I sent of the piece…

The lyrics of this classic Dylan song will remain intact, it’s a poem of intense beauty that directly reflects the 5th Amendment. But the structure and instrumentation will be far-removed from the original song. An intricate filigree of strings.

The clock is ticking for me to complete the charts and record this new work, as the dance company have started rehearsals for this new piece.

Perfect inspiration for these wintry nights…
xx Ysanne