Since the launch of our project, we have welcomed 40 musicians and bands either young and unknown, or established figures of local music scene in Slovakia and Czech Republic. Some of them had a busy year and are featured in the long-lists of Radio_Head Awards, music awards curated by Rádio_FM.
In four categories – Debut of the Year, Newcomer of the Year, Song of the Year, Album of the Year – the fans decide who gets the final short-list nominations, and therefore a chance to win the award. The voting in open on www.radiohlavy.sk, where after a short registration fans can vote for their favorites in this year’s awards, as well as the upcoming years.
We are glad that in these four categories, you can also vote for musicians and bands, who also stopped by and played a set In Between Books. These are the five:
DARKNESS POSITIVE – Album of the Year, Song of the Year, Debut of the Year
This trio from Martin, SK had a strong year, when they released their debut Prvý dojem (First Impression) under Slnko Records. They also played their first Slovak tour, got nominated in three out of four categories. Before all this, though, they stopped by in Bratislava to play a session in Eleven Books and Coffee.
SAYS – Album of the Year, 2x Song of the Year, Debut of the Year
Dream-pop band SAYS had also strong 2018, as they played a gig at a showcase festival Sharpe, supported a Bratislava show of Nvmeri in Ateliér Babylon and released their debut Recollection. They also played an energetic seven-song In Between Books session in the summer, where they presented songs from their debut. Two of these, Peak and Someone Told You, were nominated in Song of the Year category.
BLANCH – Song of the Year, Newcomer of the Year
Young dream-pop singer-songwriter Bianca, who started Blanch as a solo project of hers, gradually built a band, as well as wrote a number of songs. One of them, Over Hills, was nominated for a Song of the Year award. Not only was Over Hills successful in the charts of Rádio_FM, it also is a first single released from her upcoming debut Delusion. Blanch played us a solo acoustic session back in spring.
BAD KARMA BOY – Song of the Year
BKB released their latest album, Prekrásny nový svet (A Beautiful New World), back in 2017, so this year, they only compete with a single called Bratislava. It’s been almost a year, since Bad Karma Boy stopped by and played us a session with brand new stripped-down arrangements of their latest songs and with a new addition on rhythm guitar just before going on tour with their latest album.
ZUZANA MIKULCOVÁ – Album of the Year, Song of the Year
Talented singer-songwriter Zuzana Mikulcová has made a great progression since her In Between Books session, where she presented her then-latest album Slová (Words). She only released on more album, however she became more known thanks to her successful single Pár snov (A Couple of Dreams), a feature on Holubí Magnet (Pigeon Magnet) by rapper Vec, and being an opening act for James Blunt concert in Bratislava. Zuzana still has a lot to accomplish in the upcoming years, which we look forward to, with a band full of elite instrumentalists. She played us a stripped-down set with her bassist Michal Šelep.