TALENTBANQ Chairman Pablo Ettinger on Soho Radio

Posted on February 25th, 2018 by James Gamble

Our Chairman Pablo Ettinger talks to Soho Radio’s Tony Moore about being the Music Manager of Caffè Nero and setting up TALENTBANQ.


Listen to the full interview

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Steve Young and Joe Slater at the Hard Rock : March 7th

Posted on February 25th, 2018 by James Gamble
Steve Young and Joe Slater at the Hard Rock Cafe
150 Old Park Ln, Mayfair, London W1K 1QZ
Music from 8pm

Free guest list for TALENTBANQ via this link:



Come and join us for a night live music at The Hard Rock Cafe, London!

8.15pm Joe Slater (Presented in association with TALENTBANQ)

This young Liverpudlian with attitude is setting audiences alight. Asked for his story, he says its not about the past it’s all about the future. When you see him, you’ll know what he means.

8.45pm Rebecca Jayne

22 year old Rebecca Jayne released her debut single ‘I Want More’ in July 2016. The single received critical acclaim and made it into the Top 100 iTunes Country Charts. The single was followed by her self titled debut EP which reached the top 40 iTunes Country album charts. Rebecca has spent time over in Nashville playing at various venues including The Bluebird Cafe and Tootsies. She has since been proving her unique talent, capturing audiences in their hundreds with her captivating voice and intricate guitar skills.

9.15pm Steve Young

“A top talent” says Radio 2’s Bob Harris, “Sublime & Beautiful” according to Radio 2’s Janice Long

Steve Young will give an Acoustic performance of songs from the ‘Troubadour’ Album, ‘Little Things’ EP and showcasing new tracks from the forthcoming album ‘A Little North Of Nowhere’.

About Steve Young

Steve Young is a globe-trotting session guitarist, teacher & entertainer turned Singer/Songwriter. Early TV appearances with Lionel Richie & Peter Andre soon led to full time touring duties with world famous artists – most notably ex Savage Garden front man Darren Hayes which took Steve on trips around the world performing at the Royal Albert Hall, Wembley Arena, Brisbane QPAC, LA Roxy and many more and ending as co-writer on his last album in 2012

Since writing and releasing an EP in 2014 and crowd funded Album in 2016 Steve has performed at The London O2 – Country 2 Country Festival. Time Out London’s ‘Rising Stars of UK Country’ Multiple shows at the Edinburgh Free Fringe, recorded live for Bob Harris’ – Under The Apple Tree Sessions, opened for Carlene Carter (daughter of Johnny Cash’s wife June Carter) as well as opening sets for Broadway Star – Ramin Karimloo, UK Blues Artist – Jo Harman, Brit Award winner Tom Odell (Help Refugees) as well as many solo gigs around the UK

In Jan 2017 he released his 3rd single from the ‘Troubadour’ album – a remixed & remastered version of ‘In My Dreams’ which has enjoyed radio play around the world including BBC Radio 2, Radio Caroline, Chris Country Radio and 100’s of community / online stations

During Jan/Feb Steve drove over 5000 miles touring as Caffe Nero’s ‘Artist Of The Month’ playing at over 30 stores from Scotland down to Portsmouth. 2017 Festival appearances have so far included: The Cornbury Festival, Buckle & Boots Country Festival, TogFest and the Folk On The Dock Festival on Liverpool’s Albert Dock. In Nov 2017 he performed “Trembling Heart’ live on Radio 2 to 7m listeners

In May 2017 another Pledge Music Target was successfully hit and ‘The Great North Road EP’ produced by Justin Johnson snd featuring some of the UK’s hottest musicians was released as a ‘white label’ in August 2017.

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Caffè Nero & TALENTBANQ showcase on March 1st

Posted on February 24th, 2018 by James Gamble
Caffè Nero in association with TALENTBANQ
March 1st  7:30pm *FREE ENTRY*
The Bedford, 77 Bedford Hill, Balham, London SW12 9HD
Hosted by Tony Moore


Watch the UK’s most talented unsigned artists and one rather well known Canadian musician for this special tribute gig to the history of The Bedford and its past in helping to discover some of the UK’s most exciting musicians such as Ed SheeranPaolo Nutini and James Morrison.

Bobby Bazini – a French Canadian musician, Bazini’s first single “I Wonder” stayed eight weeks on the Top 3 of ADISQ. His debut album Better in Time debuted at No. 4 on the Canadian Albums Chart and was certified platinum by the CRIA with over 80,000 copies sold. Warner Music Group acquired the rights to his album, and it is now distributed in 35 countries. In 2011, Bazini was nominated for two Juno Awards.

Bobby will be in London doing some song writing and has agreed to do this special showcase as a tribute the role The Bedford has played in discovering new music talent.

This is a rare opportunity to hear Bobby performing in a very intimate venue whose sound system is recognised as being one of the best to be found anywhere in London.

Hollie Rogers Music – Hollie is the Caffe Nero Artist of the Month in February and can be heard every afternoon playing in Caffe Nero for 15 minutes. Hollie Rogers is a London based singer, songwriter and guitarist with an incredibly powerful voice. Her live performances consistently receive outstanding reviews, with regular reference to the level of honesty in her lyrics and songs. With the backing of BBC Music Introducing and two stunning studio albums under her belt, Hollie has supported acts likeSuzanne VegaMidge UrePaolo Nutini and Ralph McTell. Often playing with a full backing band or as a duo with double bass, and performing with notable candour, her live shows are not to be missed.

​As of 2018, Hollie is working closely with #TALENTBANQ and her music is playlisted in all Caffè Nero stores worldwide. Last year, Hollie’s fan base came together to crowdfund a new release through Kickstarter. ‘The Body To Ground EP’, produced by 4-time Grammy-nominated James McMillan, features Thomas Holder on double bass, with Mark Edwards (Katie Melua) on piano, and is available to stream now on iTunes and Spotify.

Si Connelly Brighton based singer-songwriter Si Connelly released his debut album Youth // War // Joy in 2016 under the West One Music label. Produced by Chris Potter (The Verve, Blur) and Dom Morley (Amy Winehouse, Adele). The album features tracks ‘Hurt You’, which attained lead sync rotation with ITV & Fox, and Lights, which has received over 3 million plays worldwide so far.
Ever prolific, Si got back to work in early 2017, releasing self-produced single ‘Lion House’ via his own Dead Rabbit label. Lion House gained BBC Introducing backing and received national radio plays, including backing from Amazing Radio and Richer Unsigned.

Si has spent years touring and recording as a solo artist and continues to push forward. Si is also in the Brighton band Goldbirds.

Lots Holloway Multi-instrumentalist Lots Holloway writes and produces catchy indie-pop tunes. Her talent for song writing shines through in clever lyrics, strong melodies and memorable songs that manage to stay with you long after you first hear them.
Based around live instruments (drums, guitar and bass) with clever layers of sounds from the freaky and psychedelic end of the spectrum. All this adds up to something truly fresh and original, and a live show from Lots Holloway is just as compelling.

RSVP via our Facebook event here

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TALENTBANQ and ReverbNation : Feb 27th

Posted on February 18th, 2018 by James Gamble
ReverbNation and TALENTBANQ  : February 27th at the Camden Assembly
ReverbNation present L u c a plus two outstanding #TALENTBANQ artists Nuala and Coffeepot Drive 
FREE ENTRY:  Thanks to sponsors tickets are FREE  (you would be totally mad to miss this!)
After-party at Spiritual Bar 
Warning: This may be the last day the Camden Assembly is left standing....

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TALENTBANQ CEO in Rizer Magazine

Posted on February 15th, 2018 by James Gamble

State of the Union Industry Profiles 1: Ray Jones and Talentbanq

It’s a topic that’s very widely spoken about  ‘the future of music’.  What with the downfall of physical sales and the onslaught of digital downloads there is a big question looming over our heads ‘how are bands suppose to survive?’.   It seems live music through gigs/venues  and festivals is the main source of income that all musicians wish for and can survive from.

It has come to my attention that there are lots of clever individuals putting together their own platforms for musicians and a lot of these independent driving forces are really starting  to make a name for themselves (This Feeling being a prime example).  These driving forces deserve the recognition for their love and passion for keeping the industry thriving and for helping and supporting bands or solo artists on their way. Let me introduce you to Ray Jones the leading creator of Talentbanq.


Yes believe it or not we can be early birds at Rizer!  Ouch! Yes 9am we popped over to Kings Cross to interview Ray at the Vinyl Cafe over a strong cuppa. Most importantly we wanted to find out more about him, his music venture and what he has up his sleeve for the very near future!

Ray is very down to earth and what you see is what you get.  Relaxed, enthusiastic and extremely focused,  He’s out on a weekly basis checking out bands and unknown talent.  He lives and breathes music.  Ray’s previous background was working with Time Out for five years as a business development director.  It was in this position that two of his responsibilities for The London-based Time Out was starting and organising a loyalty programme for members and a series called ‘Rising Stars’ where Time Out readers were given the opportunity to check out really hot and unknown bands.  It’s during this time he accidentally fell into the music business.


Ray reminiscences on growing up with rock and punk and seeing bands like UFO at the Hammersmith Odeon or popping into The Hope and Anchor to watch The Clash, The Ramones and The Sex Pistols.  This is where he says he fell in love with live music particularly in the Rock area.


Rays background has been quite unusual and he quickly tells me he needs to fill in a gap! He’s spent a lot of time promoting London as a destination but mostly in the tourism sector.  One of the big businesses he worked with involved him being on the board of a large touring company.  They would bring people to London and secure their tickets for a cultural package deal which included top entertainment.  This role for Ray built a commercial relationship with The 02 Arena and this is where he started bringing groups from both the UK and abroad with a package deal that included various shows at the 02 (most of which were prodiminately music based).  At that time he would host the events and this is where he started to get absorbed by watching the shows and seeing it from the audiences perspective.


Ray has always had a hankering for small dirty basements in Soho a far cry from The plushness of The 02. He wasn’t into the glitzy events he wanted more spit and sawdust!  The intimacy of small venue gives you a much better feel and atmosphere he tells me.  So from big stadiums and large stages to smaller venues featuring unknown artists,  this is where he found himself seeing it from the musicians perspective and how hard it is to get recognised in this major city.  Ray firmly adds “It can be really unforgiving and quite frankly abusive especially when there are tons of sharks swimming around”. So along with two other friends they have produced a model that focuses on helping the artists and accelerating their careers  to make a name for themselves.


Talentbanq have three commercial strands to their business. Firstly they are acting/representing as a live agent for 50 artists that have been hand picked.  They along with the accreditation go out and promote each artist for the right venues/festivals and suitable audiences and the guarantee the artist gets paid.  The second string to their business is they provide event management for people who want music but don’t quite know how to go about it they will event manage the whole process.  They will provide the whole package including sound and lights! The third thing is in a few cases they will manage artists and look after their whole commercial wellbeing. They are currently in negotiations to manage three artists that are currently on their roster.


The TalentBanq launch at the 229 Club was a huge success with a diverse and extremely talented  lineup.  The night began with an intimate VIP Reception featuring: GeNIA, Natale Shay, Hollie Rogers and Joe Slater.

We were then ushered to the big stage in the Main Room where we were treated to CONCEPT, ANAVAE,  Joe Slater and the closing and sensational band Coffeepot Drive.

Overall a splendid night with yours truly Ray Jones as a very entertaining and excited MC.


It will be very interesting to see what impact Talentbanq have on the industry and I can only wish them from us at Rizer every success.

Words Celine Hispiche

Photos Jeff Moh


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Posted on February 3rd, 2018 by James Gamble

Hi Peeps,

So, for the second piece from TALENTBANQ PRESENTS, I’ve had the absolute pleasure of interviewing Nadine from CoffeePot Drive. Nadine indicates they’re now in the process of relaunching with TalentBanq, so what better time to bombard you with info? Call it CoffeePot over-Drive.

‘What’s CoffeePot Drive?’, I hear you say. Umm, rude. Secondly, okay, let’s get some education on the go. Grab yo cortado.

Firstly, let’s just say that if The Blues Brothers and George Thorowood and the Destroyers had a love child, it would be called CoffeePot Drive.

Now, let me introduce to you to the legends (in bullet point format, ‘cos I’m efficient like that):

Let’s start the at what I like to call the ‘babyccino’ days of CoffeePot Drive.

It was MPG awards triple nominee producer**, Andy Brook, who first introduced Illy and Nadine to each other in the murky depths of mid-2013. Based in and around Croydon, South East London, the founding members initially took to the London circuit with their “acoustic vision”. After which, it was a kinda snowball process that took the band into the effervescent ensemble it is now. Coffeepot Drive has kept all original band members, they just can’t shake each other off!

After completing their first record in 2015, Edge of Town, their track ‘Hey Suzy! reached number one in the iTunes Blues chart. They’ve kept up the momentum by belching in-your-face grooves to their loyal following around London. You can usually catch them in places such as The Bedford, The New Cross Inn and Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club.

Okay, now let’s delve into some deeper shit… What do they represent? Nadine explains the aforementioned Edge of Town is named after the band’s roots being on the fringe of London. In their track Warning Sign, they voice the frustration of the isolated and ignored, which resulted in the 2011 London Riots; an integral part of London’s modern history. Not only do they reflect contemporary issues in their song writing, they’re also advocates for mental health awareness and #diversitymatters.

In terms of musical influences, Nadine goes on to say they’re all heavily influenced by rock music – you can hear it in tracks such as Fallback. Despite the rock backgrounds, all members wanted to come together to make something different. I mean, Mark, their keys player, came from some crazy psychedelic bands, ya get me? So far, they’ve succeeded in their mission. You think you’ve heard something like them before, but then they throw in a rock or dub-esque twang and you’re like ‘nope, dis is fresh music’. Bringing it forward to 2018, their journey has taken them a long way from the aforesaid acoustic vision. Babyccino has morphed into Café Patrón. Think boozy rock ‘n’ soul, dude.

To be honest, they’re just the loveliest, coolest people playing shit-hot music that will blow your wig off.

So, you wanna see them play, huh? You wanna sweat out the Blues with them? Get your arses to their REVERBNATION gig on 27th Feb. If you can’t make it, please wake up and smell the coffee by checking out their YouTube channel.


DISCLAIMER: They just want to get you dancing and having a good time to some good fucking music, OKAY?! Happy crowd = happy band.
* btw = by the way (gosh, get with the lingo)
**a bit of a mouthful, soz.

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Joe Slater to play 100 Wardour Street : Feb 5

Posted on February 3rd, 2018 by James Gamble

100 Wardour St Presents ‘Monday Marquee’ on February 5th with Joe Slater

Talentbanq’s Joe Slater is playing at one of Soho’s most famous venues on Monday February 5th.

Formerly known as the Marquee Club, the venue has seen the likes of David Bowie and AC/DC grace its stage.

This young Liverpudlian has been setting audiences alight with his live performances.

When asked by 100 Wardour Street for his bio he said with a swagger: “It’s not about the past , for me it’s all about the future”.

Catch him at 100 Wardour Street before he hits the big time – Joe Slater will not disappoint.

For more info click here

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Talentbanq’s Steve Young to play the Hard Rock Cafe on March 7

Posted on February 1st, 2018 by James Gamble

Hard Rock Cafe Presents #TALENTBANQ artist Steve Young

Wednesday March 7th, 2018

Music from 8pm

Steve Young : 8:30pm

FREE VIP Tickets available here 


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