MAKER are a REAL ROCK N ROLL BAND . A psychedelic bluesy punch, stirred with a fist full of soul. Hailing from Kent, they are made up of members - Alessandro Marinelli (Vocals), Andrew Donaldson (Guitar), Gavin Donaldson (Drums) & John Austin (Bass).
Renowned for their electrifying live performances; Louder Than War described the band as ‘Rock n Roll Gold!’. MAKER's influences range from the early blues legends through the stomping pop and soul of the sixties, to the raw power of punk. Coming on like the love child of The Rolling Stones, The Faces, Led Zeppelin, T-Rex & Primal Scream; MAKER deliver a fresh sonic swagger defined by their own bluesy, boozy guitar riffs.
The band have headlined many of the UK’s most prestigious venues, including 100 Club London as part of ‘Best of British Blues Explosion’ 2017, and have supported some of the UKs finest artists; Ocean Colour Scene, Dodgy, Wilko Johnson, The Slydigs as well as shared festival bills with The Cribs, Dizee Rascal, Mark Ronson, & Supergrass to name a few.
Maker can even count one of the worlds most acclaimed guitarists Rich Robinson (The Black Crowes / Magpie Salute) as a fan of the band, as well as 2 of Soho Radio’s finest, Simone Marie (Primal Scream) & Virgil Howe (Little Barrie).
John Dhali is an Indie Soul artist with a fiery presence, a rare depth of understanding and a knack for writing incredibly catchy tunes.
“Music is the expression of my true Self. I believe it can have the power to remind people of who they really are. This is my intention - I write about ‘Self Realization’ and want to bring this idea into popular culture through music. I want to make people happy.”
With radio play on BBC Radio 1 (Huw Stephens) & BBC Radio 2 (Jo Wiley) we agree with Rob Adcock that John is a future number one artist and we hope that comes in the shape of ‘HERE’, his incredible new track released via Kidda Records 15-09-2017
Musical Influences come in all shapes and sizes, including John Lennon, Bob Marley, Jeff Buckley, Nina Simone, The Waterboys, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Radiohead, Nick Drake, John Martyn and Jimi Hendrix. The real fuel behind Dhali’s songs however, is found in his own personal story of transformation and his love of Hindu philosophy. Hearing his music for the first time has been likened to 'welcoming an old friend', instantly familiar melodies, profound lyricism and a soaring vocal combine to form a magical musical medicine for the soul.
Consistently leaving audiences inspired and uplifted, John has gigged extensively in his beloved Northwest and further afield, even reaching as far as India and Thailand to share his music! His live performance is truly captivating - full of passion and honesty with a soulfulness that somehow finds its way into the deepest reaches of your being.