Craig Roxburgh

Craig Roxburgh


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Craig Roxburgh

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Editor at South African Music Scene. Content creator at Mind Equals Blown, Bring The Noise UK, Texx and the City, The Brothers Frost, and Infectious Magazine.
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A dedicated music journalist that thrives on a steady diet of nearly anything. Covers a wide range of genres from pop to rock to punk to alternative to metal and everything else in-between. Will be able to provide an honest impression with no sugar coating of what something sounds like and if I really like what I hear I will even offer to feature it on one of the sites I write for.
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Expertise
music industry, social media, emerging artists, music writing, music writing / blogging, music journalism, music, writing, music blogging, music interviews
Interests
indie rock, alternative, indie pop, metal, punk, hardcore, rock, folk, electronica, pop, dream pop, alternative rock, post-hardcore, indie folk, synthpop, industrial, literature, progressive house, grunge, metalcore
Location
Cape Town, South Africa

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Patrick Joseph submitted media.

Setting Sun by PATRICK JOSEPH

Craig Roxburgh

Your sound is fantastic. The mournful, melancholic acoustic guitars really draw out the meaning of the song.

Graham Alexander submitted media.

Select Clips from Repeat Deceiver by Graham Alexander

Craig Roxburgh

Superb music. I am detecting a really interesting pop meets jazz band influence in your music. Kind of like Maroon 5 stripped down their sound and combined it with "Uptown Funk". Would love to hear the full album.

Bryan Joseph submitted media.

Begin You by the rebel electrics

Craig Roxburgh

Great song. I like the pop punk feel you have going on there. It isn't overally poppy and keeps true to the gritty roots of punk rock. Keep it up. 

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Revelator by The boy from the crowd

Craig Roxburgh

Your sound really reminds me of a modern twist on the sound that the The Rolling Stones were chasing after in their early days - before mainstream success. It has a very gritty hard rock sound to it, and there is that noticeable influence from early rhythm and blues, and a penchant for the energy of some of the harder stuff to come out of the Delta blues movement. You have something that works really well here: keep at it.

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For the Creative Community by The Fluence Team

Craig Roxburgh

Perhaps a catchphrase to explain what Fluence is about in a couple of words? Besides that, the video is great and really explains just what Fluence is all about.

Bryan Joseph submitted media.

Our Way by the rebel electrics

Craig Roxburgh

They say that punk rock is dead? Proper throwback to the old school punk sound. Seriously like this.

Los Waves submitted media.

Your World by Los Waves

Craig Roxburgh

This is just so happy. I'm hearing all kinds of beauty in this. Can feel a very British indie rock feel to it- with a dash of garage rock as well. You guys sound like Arctic Monkeys did before they went mainstream. Very gritty and very rock 'n roll. This is the kind of music that the underground scenes eat up, and then mainstream audiences hear it and everything just explodes as they fall for those catchy guitar hooks, the hazy vocals and the raw nature of the music. Love it.

Gitta de Ridder submitted media.

"Mr Yesterday" Official Video by Gitta de Ridder

Craig Roxburgh

You came to the right softy with this song, despite insisting that I am a hardened metal-head/punk - songs like these hit my right in the soft spot. First off, I love the concept behind the video. It simplicity matches the the simplicity of the song and that is what makes the song so brilliant. Simple is best in my opinion. Your voice is gorgeous. It rather reminds me of Regina Spektor but not as nasally and high pitched. Would love to hear more from you.

Magnus Reimer submitted media.

Throw Yourself by Magnus Reimer

Craig Roxburgh

Really like the mixture of orchestral synth sounds and the heavier and almost grungy guitar riffs that can be heard in the background. A really well mixed song that truly brings out the best in your vocals. Top notch work.

Cathryn Green submitted media.

The Apple by Cathryn Green

Craig Roxburgh

There is always something refreshing about hearing somebody from my home country moving overseas and making a name for themselves - especially in the UK circuits where it is rather difficult to break through into that scene. Really feeling a Reginia Spektor to your voice coupled with that faint South African accent that gives it a very moody feel. This coupled with the fast-paced and upbeat instrumentals makes for an incredibly powerful performance. 

Darwen's Theory submitted media.

Stretching Tendons by Darwen's Theory

Craig Roxburgh

First of all: WHEEL OF TIME REFERENCE! That part sold me completely, and then it turned out to be a heavy sounding metal-core song. That was the moment when it leaped into to be severely amazing. The vocals present on the song is perfect. They're audible and easy to understand thus not detracting from the story. I love the double bass that can often be heard in the background of the main instrumentals. The sheer brutality of the song match up with the story that is being told as well.

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Cadence Of Cruelty by Darwen's Theory

Craig Roxburgh

Raw emotion - got to respect that. Once again, the vocals and instrumentals are mixed really well and deliver the desired effect of reflecting the emotional turmoil that some experiences from the kind of relationship described in the song. Love the guttural hardcore vocals that come blistering out from behind that sonic wall of chugging guitar riffs and blast-beats. 

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Your Martyr's Blade by Darwen's Theory

Craig Roxburgh

Blast beats - check.
Crushingly brilliant vocals - check. Raw emotion hitting you like a sack full of bricks? check. Like I have expressed in the previous two feedbacks. You guys capture the emotion of the songs you've written perfectly. Would love to hear more from you guys in the future. 

Richard Earls submitted media.

Older Wiser Harder Volume 1 four track cd ep by Richard Earls & Thierry Audousset

Craig Roxburgh

The first thing that hits me is that delicate balance between blues and a rather rhythmic smooth jazz feel. It gives the music a very laid-back yet also quite sultry feel to it. Sounds a lot like something that you'd play on a romantic date. It is definitely an EP that would appeal to people with an old soul who have a soft spot for that late 50s/early 60s style of pop music - which now in the modern era translate to being labelled as blues. Really great music for kicking back and enjoying life.

Bob Manning submitted media.

Stand/still by Cold, cold heart

Craig Roxburgh

I will be perfectly honest. Instrumental music is not something that regularly grabs my attention, but this track really tugs at my heart strings. In terms of production, it is utterly flawless and well put together. Please commend whoever did the mixing.

From a musical standpoint: you guys truly manage to capture that feeling of being truly alone in the world after losing somebody important to you. Your usage of a simple chord progression captures the unwavering feeling of being lost in the world - having chord progression would loose the desired effect unless you wish to demonstrate the progression in emotion. I do like how it gets slightly more intense towards the end of track as of the realization that you have just lost somebody kicks in - if you let the song go on for any longer you would have needed to start demonstrating a change in emotion. 

I will say this: it is not going to be something for everybody so don't try and alter your sound to cater to a wide audience. Rather find that niche of dedicated listeners and play to them. Your fans will grow your brand.