Cognitive Dissonance PR, in association with Cafe Music Studios and Supernormal Festival, are thrilled to present Symbiosis; a project dedicated to uncovering the most exciting things going on in new music in 2012.

They asked their favourite passionate proponents of new music to nominate their top up and coming bands, with the criteria that they must be unsigned and have never recorded in a professional studio. They will be showcasing these bands at a series of live events between March and June at the Urban Bar in Whitechapel. The top act from each night will play together at a final in July, with the overall winner being offered free mixing and mastering at Cafe Music Studios, free PR from CogDiss and a slot at Supernormal Festival in August.

The competition will be judged by CogDiss, Cafe Music and Supernormal alongside The Blue WalrusChaos TheoryA Negative NarrativeSourmash (That’s me that is!), The Whiteboard Project, and Echoes & Dust, who have all nominated bands. Throughout the competition they will be championing their choices and pointing towards where you can find out more, giving you the opportunity to discover their favourite up and coming artists.

To see all 16 nominations, please click here. Details of the events will be posted here over the next week or so.

Now I’m very excited about being involved in this great project and feel very privileged to have been asked. It took me no time at all to decide on my nominations as they are two acts I absolutely admire and hope to see do well. First up is no stranger to Sourmash Music, as she featured on the very first mixtape with her wonderful track, I’ll Never Tell. Charlotte Eriksson (a.k.a. The Glass Child) was undoubtedly going to be one of my choices, because I think she is incredible and here’s why….

Then my next nomination is London based dreamy 60s pop music makers, Itchy Teeth. I remember seeing this band over a year ago and was rather taken back by their nostalgic and classic take on catchy guitar driven pop tones. If you want to hear what I’m talking about, check this out…

So head over to the official site – http://symbiosiscompetition.com/ and we all hope you can make it to one of the shows!!

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