I.M. Yoni – Mexico – I.M YONI is a group of creative women from different parts of the world, based in Mexico City who got united to address gender equality throughout art. The collective was formed by a musical group that produces original songs in Spanish and English within the genres Funk, R&B, Dance, Pop amongst others. https://m.facebook.com/imyonimusic/?ref=page_internal&mt_nav=0
Lydmor – Denmark – Lydmor is Jenny Rossander. Lydmor is a Danish electronic songwriter, musician and multi-artist unlike any other. Her unique skillset creates an output where everything is possible. Every work of Lydmor’s is its own, developed with an intense artistic drive. Lydmor is also a feminist, a fighter for women’s rights and for equality in the music industry. She stands up to sexism and tries to redefine the general mindset that sexually objectifies female artists – e.g., by taking part in the public debate on feminism and through her weekly show on National Radio (DR). She recently released her 4th album Capacity. https://www.lydmor.dk/
Possimiste – Iceland – Leeni Laasfeld launched her career in 2011 with the song “The Flight of Lulu.” A decade later this artist will release her debut album Youniverse. https://www.possimiste.com/
Sopio T – Tsblisi, Georgia – Sopio Toroshelidze music has a grand quality influenced by her education in both music theory and as a choir conductor. She runs a school for music and choreography. Her latest project is Sopio T will the singles “Metamorphosis” and “Insomnia.” https://www.instagram.com/sopio_t/
Sutari – Warsaw, Poland – Sutari is a 3 piece all women folk band. They have played WOMEX and KEXP and have 3 albums out including their latest River Sisters. https://www.facebook.com/sutarisutari
Technoir – Milan, Italy – TECHNOIR explored darker electronica with their sophomore album Never Trust The Algorithm. This duo mixes soul, EDM and alternative is a beautiful blend. https://www.facebook.com/technoirofficial
The Heart Collectors – NSW, Australia – The Heart Collectors recently played the Isol-Aid Unlocked Showcase for Folk Alliance International. They have played SXSW. This 4 piece band mixes Celtic music with Fletwood Mac to make a unique Americana music. https://theheartcollectors.com/
Vero – Chile – Veronica Quezada and Sebastian Mancilla plays folk pop with Ukelele. They are working on a new LP Cartografia and and an EP of boleros called Otrxs Canciones, where she expresses, in an intimate and critic way, how it is to live in the 21st century as part of the LGBTIQ+ and feminist community. https://www.facebook.com/verocomomiro
Voice of Baceprot – Voice of Baceprot is a 3 piece hard rock act from Indonesia. It is an all women act. In 2018 they released “School Revolution.” They are working on new music now. https://twitter.com/baceprotvoices
Amy Shark’s sophomore album Cry Forever comes out April 30. The album was written and recorded in the US, UK, New Zealand and at Shark’s home studio. The album features a celebrity list of co-producers: Dann Hume (ARIA 2018 & 2019 Producer Of The year), M-Phazes (Ruel, Eminem), Joel Little (Lorde, Taylor Swift), Jamie Hartman (Lewis Capaldi, Rag ‘n’ Bone Man), Dan Wilson (Adele, Leon Bridges) and Sammy Witte (Harry Styles, King Princess).
Today she releases “Amy Shark.”
“The Amy Shark song is a bit of a walk through the highs and lows of the last 15 years of my life,” says Shark. “It was a difficult but necessary song to pen, and I hope it inspires anyone who feels unloved, lonely and sometimes unwanted, to believe that they can achieve anything if they focus.
Guthrie is Tess Guthrie from Melbourne. Her new single “Queenstown” was produced by Sophie Payten & mixed by Alexander O’Gorman with Isaac Barter mastering.
‘Queenstown’ explores the ideas of escapism, acting on impulse, reality vs fantasy, and above all – the importance of being fulfilled.
“In the pre-covid times, I was driving to uni one day and feeling pretty trapped. A thought hit me really hard – ‘what’s really keeping me here?’. It felt important and I wanted to see how far that rabbit hole went. A few hours later I was on pretty much the first international flight I could get – to New Zealand.
It was utterly beautiful and helped me question some assumptions about my priorities and the importance of being happy. Of course when I got back my life was the same as I’d left it, and it would take much more work to integrate that sense of freedom into my everyday life.
So for me the song is kind of bitter-sweet and escapist. I think it maps nicely onto the story of a relationship that you wish was working, but it’s not. And deep down you know that the relationship would only work out in a fantasy world, which is nice to visit but you can’t stay there. You have to fly back home and deal with your reality, but doing the work and building a life you don’t have to escape from is totally worth it”
Isol-Aid is the festival you never knew about. Started in 2020 as a way for artists to still perform and get money during COVID, Isol-Aid has evolved into a worldwide sensation. All money donated goes to the artists, and the artists are not bound to Australia. They come from all over the world in all genres. Now broadcast on TikTok Isol-Aid is the new festival for 2021. #41 features Suzi from Victoria
Nuria has been shortlisted for the 2020 Australian Songwriters Association Songwriting Contest for music from her debut album Alive. Alive came out on November 27 with the release of the single. It follows “Headlights.” Nuria, meaning “fire of the lord”, speaks of passion, boldness and captures a spirit unhindered by the constraints of growing up. For info visit https://www.instagram.com/nuria_music_/
“I wrote this track when I was at a bit of a fork in the road, choosing whether to continue on in one direction, or pivot and create something new. I hope this song can be connected to by anyone who is on the precipice of a big decision” – Ella Fence.