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XS Noize and Painted Halo Records present: XS UNSIGNED – NEW VOICES TURNED UP LOUDER


XS Noize and Painted Halo Records are proud to announce the re-launch of the XS Unsigned feature. XS Unsigned is a monthly showcase of emerging and unsigned Artists from around the globe. The feature has been running successfully since 2015 and is now returning to XS Noize after a brief hiatus, re-iterating XS Noize’s commitment to act as a platform for fresh talent in the music world. The partnership with Painted Halo, a brand new non-profit record label with a similar aim to support emerging acts, strengthens the scope of the feature by providing new Artists with a potential release outlet. Submissions from Artists are invited via the form below.

Showcased acts will be jointly hand-picked by XS Noize founder Mark Millar and Painted Halo director Ivan Marziano, with Painted Halo also committing to up to four releases per year cherry-picked from submissions. Initial conversations started out of Ivan’s admiration for XS Noize’s commitment to new music, and many phone calls later it became obvious that a partnership was the only natural outlet given the synergies between the two parties.

“The music industry is constantly and dramatically changing, and it can be overwhelming for new Artists to navigate their way through the myriad of different deals and distribution platforms”, says Painted Halo’s director. “The danger then becomes that stunning new voices miss their chance to be heard – something I have seen happening time and time again. We hope to prevent this from happening through our partnership in XS Unsigned by providing both exposure to a sizable audience and the option to sign a fair deal with an Artist-friendly label.”

If you are an unsigned act and want your chance to be seen by some of the millions of visitors we attract each year, please follow the submission guidelines below. If we like you enough, you’ll get a spot! We want you to make a good pitch and we want to give you the best exposure possible, so sell yourselves to us with the following essential elements in your emailed submission:


1. In 200 words, tell us who you are, what you're all about, a bit of background to your music and history.

2. Send us a shareable link to a minimum of two tracks and a maximum of 5 tracks - SoundCloud is preferable. Please do not send us files.

3. Send us a link to a landscape orientated profile photo of yourself/your band that is 2000px wide in the best possible quality.

4. If you have one, send us a link to your music video on YouTube/Vimeo.

Put all the above details in the form below titled 'Unsigned' and if you're successful we'll be in touch.



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    Mark Millar is the founder of XS Noize and looks after the daily running of the website as well as hosting interviews for the weekly XS Noize Podcast. Mark's favourite album is Achtung Baby by U2.

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