IndieWritersReview’s Music Monday! Spotlight: Vortex Ascent

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Hello Everyone! It’s Monday and that means music! I hope you had an awesome weekend and that your week is full of the productive, creative energy!

Today I will throw the spotlight on the group Vortex Ascent! So please check out the details below, and have a great day!


Vortez Ascent website


We hope you’ll enjoy our selection of music, which includes a compilation of some of our best tracks from 2006 to 2011, a selection of reviews and information on our October 2013 album.
Vortex Ascent (formerly Soki2u) was founded in 2006 by Brendan Lynch and Derek Schuurman as a studio-based and fluid, experimental collective of independent, solo musicians based in various countries around the world. Each musician records his or her own material independently and for the most part, tracks are produced in London.
Our albums received excellent reviews, notably by the highly regarded
Several of our tracks held the number 1 slot on a variety of unsigned charts in the UK and in Japan.
Our output, which spans many genres, has scooped awards such as Bands Unsigned UK’s only Platinum Award for our concept EP ‘Vortex’ (2007), and more recently, Sygnet’s excellent track ‘Did You See’ won the Sunset 2012 Critic’s Choice Award from Ditto TV.
We have worked with a variety of accomplished artists  in other disciplines, such as poet Inua Ellams and digital artist Chris Von Steiner, as well as French film-maker Stephane Floc’hlay.
Radio stations which have been particularly supportive include Suckfree Radio, Women of Substance and Radio North Angus, as well as Somojo Music Radio and Magazine.
Our 2013 album ‘Shine a Light’ is produced by Andy Rugg, who for many years was on the engineering team of Coldplay, with Brendan Lynch having co-produced some of the tracks.
We always welcome feedback and look forward to hearing from you.


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Sarah K Panton: Vocals, Songwriting

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Derek Schuurman: Keyboards, Vocals, Producing

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Mart Giebner: Guitars, Vocals

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Sygnet: Guitars, Vocals

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Gila Chaya: Piano, Vocals

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David Floc’hlay: Keyboards, Guitars, Producing

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Briar: Vocals

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Kanna Sasaki: Vocals

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Nigel Homer: Guitars, Bass, Producing

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Andy Rugg: Producer/Engineer

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