Mike Rosenberg is known by his stage name, Passenger. He is a singer-songwriter from the UK. He stopped by our Oakland office last week and played a few songs for us. I was lucky to speak with Mike after his performance about his life as a musician.
Mike has spent much of his musical career busking. He’s performed on the streets of many cities, playing for whatever by passers stop to listen. Currently, Passenger is touring the US with Ed Sheeran, putting him in front of paying crowds of thousands every night. Mike let us know that he likes both sides of his career. …
“Gypsy swinging, serenading, fire-breathing circus freaks” is how this month’s Submission Spotlight artist, Caravan Of Thieves, has been described. Marrying old school gypsy swing and modern folk rock, this band has released two albums independently, with their first submission being added to Pandora in 2009. They have received much praise from Pandora listeners, fans and press for both their unique style of music, as well as their energetic and theatrical live shows.
Formed in Bridgeport, CT by married couple Fuzz and Carrie Sangiovanni, Caravan of Thieves began as a duo, performing in parks and on street corners. Their sound featured a blending of their voices with acoustic guitars, rounded out by various kitchen appliances providing percussive accompaniment.
Along the way they incorporated a violinist and an upright bassist. Drawing inspiration from the raw and charismatic performances of gypsy music and the 1930s swing era, coupled with a penchant for dark and macabre imagery, the lively sounding pop songs they crafted quickly began to resonate with audiences. …
Recently, Russ Irwin stopped by our headquarters in Oakland and played a few songs from his new album, Get Me Home, for our Pandora employees. Russ was in town to play Oracle Arena with Aerosmith, a band he’s been touring with for 15 years.
We talked with him about how he became a successful “working” musician and what it’s like to play with performers like Sting, Duncan Sheik, Bryan Adams, Meat Loaf.
Check out what Russ had to say: …
Hello music fans!
For July’s Pandora Submission Spotlight, I’d like you to meet Brooklyn-based artist Bess Rogers, a self-made, eclectic singer-songwriter who submitted her first album to Pandora in 2009 and continues to be featured prominently on notable singer-songwriter stations as well as her own station.
Bess Rogers was raised in a musically diverse household and grew up listening to Talking Heads and Kate Bush while her mother played Baroque harpsichord. Upon earning her Masters degree in composition, she began recording and performing her own music in addition to performing as a back up singer and lead guitarist for Ingrid Michaelson.
In the course of five years, Bess has released two full-length albums, two EPs, several singles and four independently produced music videos all on her own. Her most recent album, Out Of The Ocean, was entirely funded by her fans via Kickstarter campaign. Her songs have been featured in television, film, and national commercials.
She is currently headlining shows in New York City, has opened for notable artists like Loudon Wainwright III, and continues to tour the U.S. and Europe performing with Ingrid Michaelson’s band. …
We are excited to launch a new monthly feature to the Pandora blog: The Pandora Submission Spotlight, where I’ll showcase independent artists of all backgrounds and styles who you might not have heard of and might want to hear more of in the future. Many of these bands are doing it all on their own, some are even on small independent labels. But the one thing they all have in common is that they submitted their music directly to Pandora, can be heard on their own Pandora station and countless others. …