Layers of Sound & The Demetrios Project

Layers of Sound & The Demetrios Project

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We are a UK/London-based vocal-house collective whose music has been described as: ‘dipping its toe in Electro’s analogue bubble bath, laced with 80’s references, spliced with a danceable feast of fashionable house grooves and punchy beats, and topped off with mega-catchy vocal performances.

Biography

Label & Band Biography:

Layers of Sound Recordings was launched at the beginning of 2007 with the aim of releasing fresh new collaborations between house DJ/Producer Layers of Sound (aka Mike Newstead) and The Demetrios Project (brainchild of singer-songwriter Demetrios) featuring stunning female vocalist Bilonda Mfunyi-Tshiabu.

Their first 3 collaborations, ‘Mission’, ‘Thanking You’ and 'Feel Alive', have been greatly received amongst the world’s DJ elite with names such as Danny Ramping, Sander Kleinenberg, Laurent Garnier, Kid Massive, Audiowhores, Grant Nelson, Richard Earnshaw, Graham Gold and Alex P showing support. The tracks have also been licensed to several compilations including the acclaimed Ministry of Sound ‘Housexy’ series (i.e. 'Housexy International' & 'Housexy Housewarming') and Clubstar Records’ ‘House is Love’ series (i.e. House is Love 'Vol. 2').

With an album currently in production, ‘Layers of Sound & The Demetrios Project’ together with ‘Bilonda’ are determined to break through this year and are actively looking to sign with a larger label able to take their crossover sound to the masses.

Individual Group Member Biographies

Mike:

Up-and-coming House producer and DJ Mike Newstead started making a name for himself on the London scene for his original productions, remixes and DJ residencies at venues such as: Turnmills, Epicurean Lounge, Kinky Mambo, Millennium, Matt & Matt, Progress and Lush. As a producer, Mike has remixed tracks by the likes of Simon Grey, Lil’ Devious and JedSet; always retaining his distinctively rich melodic ‘layered’ sound. Over the past few years, commercial releases and licenses have also been coming hard-and-fast from labels such as: Ministry of Sound, Lowered Recordings, Refunkt Records, Doubleshock Recordings, Soulheat Records and Queep Organic House.

Demetrios:

Described by Blues and Soul music magazine as ‘one of the most persistent artists in the business’, Demetrios began his career as a singer/songwriter at an inner city music project in southeast London. ‘The Demetrios Project’, a vehicle for Demetrios’ songwriting, saw its first two releases on UK House imprint, MN2S. Both tracks were underground hits and the Project’s debut, ‘Celebrate’, was quickly added to Marshall Jefferson’s ‘Welcome to the World of’. The follow-up, ‘Feel Alive’ (no relation to the label's 3rd release), was remixed by Swiss House-giant Jamie Lewis and demand for this classic saw its re-release at the beginning of 2008.

Bilonda:

Bilonda Mfunyi-Tshiabu, of Congolese decent, grew up in Liege, Belgium. She began developing her phenomenally powerful voice at the age of 20, late some might say, but it was no time at all before Bilonda was performing in venues across Europe singing Jazz, Soul, Gospel, Pop/Rock, Latin, Electro, House, Blues, Gospel and even French ‘chanson’! Moving to London to study contemporary music, she joined the London Community Gospel Choir and also collaborated with an Electro-Punk outfit known as ‘The Machines’, whose partnership produced Bilonda’s debut, ‘Everywhere’, for Neon State Records in 2004.

Discography

Layers of Sound & The Demetrios Project featuring Bilonda

‘Feel alive’ (LOS003) Layers of Sound Recordings 2008

Licenses:
‘House is love Vol.2’ Clubstar 2008

‘Thanking you’ (LOS002) Layers of Sound Recordings 2007

Licenses:
‘The Housewarming’ Ministry of Sound 2007
‘Quelelectro’ Queep Organic House 2007
‘SoulHeat Summer Sun-Session’ Soulheat Records 2007

‘Mission’ (LOS001) Layers of Sound Recordings 2007

Licenses:
‘Housexy International’, Ministry of Sound 2007
‘Everybody Dance Now Vol. 04’, Vitamin Entertainment (Korea) 2007