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INDIE SOUL MIXER, 10 YEARS OF EXCELLENCE

ISM 2015 VERSION 1Indie Soul Mixer Celebrates 10th Year Anniversary at Drom NYC…

The 10th Annual Indie Soul Mixer-NYC presented by Executive Producers, Mike Ashley & Dexter Myers is set for Sunday, September 27, 2015. We are extremely honored to have produced this event for the past decade in NYC. We launched this event to offer support and camaraderie as the music business drastically changed around us. We invite our friends old and new to come out and celebrate a true staple in the Indie Soul Community. We are moving the event back to DROM, one of the premier music venues in NYC and we are trying it on a Sunday for this very special silver anniversary gala.
Our Theme: The Indie Soul Family Reunion 2015
We invite every artist and guest that has ever attended the Indie Soul Mixer to come back and fellowship with us for this very important milestone. Whether you perform or just come out and experience the latest and greatest music from your peers, we want you in the building.
Performance Details
If you would like to register for a performance slot at the event, please send us an email: dextermyers@gmail.com and we will send the performance information. We will always try to accommodate everyone that would like to perform

A note from the co-promoter: Mike Ashley.

For 10 years I have been co- promoter of the Indie Soul Mixer Event in New York.
The event is principally for Independent Soul Artists, enabling them to perform and network amongst and with their peers. It is attended by emerging and established Independent artists. The list is endless and many have graced our stage.
It offers opportunities for UK artists to grace the stage in New York to perform in front of an audience of other Independent artists, and others who are committed to the development of Indie Soul (or related) talent – Promoters, Radio DJ’s, management etc.
The event is for artists (although it is open to the public) for networking and enhancing their connections and business models. We will give priority to any artists from the UK so please take the opportunity to appear on stage at one of New Yorks hottest spots right now, and one that has graced many high level Indie Soul Artists over recent years.
Several US artists have taken the opportunity to include trips to the UK in their promotional budgets and have, through ISM connections, worked and collaborated with UK artists. There are many initiatives and collaborations between US and UK artists that have arisen as a result of attending ISM, and I will detail some of these over the coming months. Only a few have made the reverse trip – UK to US, however, it is an opportunity that should be considered.
There will be ‘partner’ events over the weekend to enhance the New York experience and make it more worthwhile and productive.
The event itself is a joint venture between myself and Independent artist Dexter Myers so it truly is an international cross border initiative. We have great assistance with our friends at Rhythm and Soul Radio and our other US ‘partners’. Again these will be referenced as we approach the event.
It also offers the opportunity for anyone connected with the promotion of Indie Soul in the UK to meet and exchange with like minded people in the US.

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BRISTOL PRIDE FESTIVAL 13 JULY 2013

Rozaya Hopkins
Rozaya Hopkins

 

Bristol Pride 2013
Bristol Pride 2013

As July  continued to be  a busy month ,  on an extremely hot day in July we made our way down to  the colourful  and transformed Castle Park, Bristol, where Rozaya Hopkins and The Thorns,  performed to a sun drenched crowd during  Bristol Pride 2013.

Rozaya is introduced by the Hostess!
Rozaya is introduced by the Hostess!
Pride Festival
Ben Woodward on keys, Rozaya vocals, backing Beki and Vicki

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Richie Davis - Congars
Richie Davis – Congars

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Rozaya and James B (BeatDen)
Rozaya and James B (BeatDen)
"Petals" Vicki Anderson and Beki Wills
“Petals” Vicki Anderson and Beki Wills
Ben Woodward, Keys , Stephen C  Campbell, Bass
Ben Woodward, Keys , Stephen C Campbell, Bass

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Rozaya and the Thorns
Rozaya and the Thorns

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SOUL FREEDOM LIVE MONTHLY NIGHTS 1 Launch Party 8 February 2013

Launch Party Friday 8th  February 2013

Although short notice  and a bit of a trial run, this was to become the   pre-cursor to the series which would take place on the first Fridays of each month and to introduce our regular performers. This first night featured   artwork inspired by soul with Christelle Jones and Beki Wills.

L-R Rozaya Hopkins, Zion Flex and Mike Ashley
L-R Rozaya Hopkins, Zion Flex and Mike Ashley

Artists 

Rozaya Hopkins 

Zion Flex

DJ/Beats Mike Ashley

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Since the launch party we have been extremely privileged to have the services of Damien Michael Polly of Your Music Productions, who videos the performances and edits them for us.

Check this video out of the highlights from the Launch Party.

Soul Freedom Live VIDEO – FEBRUARY edited by Your Music Productions 

 

INTRODUCTION TO SOUL FREEDOM LIVE

INTRODUCTION TO SOUL FREEDOM

Soul Freedom Live  is an offshoot of ventures run by Mike Ashley – Life and Soul Promotions, Indie Soul Mixer and Soul Freedom(DJ/RADIO).

Co-founder of Indie Soul Mixer and Soul Freedom live.
Co-founder of Indie Soul Mixer and Soul Freedom live.

SFL was launched as a vehicle to promote new and upcoming Independent Soul Artists but with some added variations. Beki Wills was placed in charge of Art and Design, internet and promotion  and Rozaya Hopkins, a singer/songwriter,  was to use her band ‘The Thorns’  as the ‘house’ band’. She was also to  become our main resident performer, host and artist liaison for the local artists. Together we are SFL and between us we carry out all the other functions to make it work! which are numerous. 

Artist and Designer, promotion, Soul Freedom Live
Artist and Designer, promotion, Soul Freedom Live
Rozaya Hopkins, singer/songwriter, artist liaison and promotion, Soul Freedom Live.
Rozaya Hopkins, singer/songwriter, artist liaison and promotion, Soul Freedom Live.

Initially Zion Flex was a resident performer for us before she moved aside to pursue her ongoing solo career.  Similarly Christelle Jones showed some of her paintings during the launch.

Having seen events in the USA through Indie Soul Mixer Mike wanted to introduce something just a little bit different to the events in the UK, namely:-

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Additional but related forms of Independent Artistry, such as visual art, photography and crafts,

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Collaboration and togetherness between the artists so that it was not a ‘straight’ gig with one performance followed by another, but where interaction and assistance was encouraged and impromptu performance emerged.

We acquired a residency at The Bristol Fringe in Clifton Bristol on the first Friday of every month. Our launch/trial run took place on 8 February with our two resident artists and Mike playing current Independent Soul Music which is rarely if ever heard on a regular basis at a live event of this type.

Launch night flyer for the first Soul Freedom live. February 2013
Launch night flyer for the first Soul Freedom live.
February 2013