“She truly is a rising star – If you get a chance to see her live, please do!”
– Janice Long, BBC Radio Wales
“A class act!”
– Danielle Perry, Absolute Radio
“Mighty Impressive… outstanding voice – deserves a great deal of recognition”
– Chris Hawkins, BBC Radio 6 Music
“A 60s pop epic that seems to recall everyone from Dusty Springfield to Last Shadow Puppets, with some crisp songwriting at its heart”
The Sunday Times
With her brand new track Heavy Lifting, rising singer-songwriter Roxanne de Bastion delivers a beautiful moment of catharsis as 2020 draws to a close. A requiem for a difficult year, the Bernard Butler produced track is a timely piece of ethereal pop that showcases the purity of Roxanne’s voice and her keen lyrical perspective.
About Heavy Lifting, Roxanne says: “We live in a world where we tend to keep all our hurt, fears and anxieties to ourselves. We share the peaks and not the troughs. Heavy Lifting is about the quiet, dark moments we usually battle with on our own. Writing this song has definitely helped me with my struggles – I hope it can provide comfort for others too.”
The release comes at the end of a trail-blazing year for Roxanne that saw her embark on a virtual UK tour, the first of its kind, during the early stages of lockdown. Performing on social media accounts of various independent venues around the country, the tour came in support of the #saveourvenues campaign and her critically acclaimed single ERASE, also produced by the legendary guitarist Bernard Butler. The tour received features in The Metro andHuffington Post, as well as a mention on BBC News. ERASE was played onBBC 6 Music, Absolute Radio, BBC Introducing, BBC Radio Wales, BBC Radio London and was Track of the Day on Clash Magazine. Roxanne was Artist of the Month on BBC Introducing Coventry & Warwickshire in July.
In September, Roxanne played a special one-off livestream show from London’s Moth Club, broadcast as a pay-per-view to fans around the world. The few remaining copies of her limited edition gold 10” vinyl Live at Moth Club EP are available to pre-order from www.roxannedebastion.com
About Roxanne de Bastion:
Brought up between Berlin and the West Midlands, she grew up obsessed withThe Beatles and Alanis Morissette, and was soon determined to become a musician. To those ends, she left Berlin for London straight from high school and – with no financial support and no contacts in the city – got by balancing hospitality and admin work with the 90-odd solo gigs she played per year across the U.K.
Having built a loyal fanbase, her crowd-funded debut album, Heirlooms & Hearsay, arrived in 2017, leading to support slots with Lambchop, the Wainwright Sisters, and triumphant shows at Glastonbury, Cambridge Folk Festival, a packed album launch show at London’s Roundhouse (Sackler Space) and support from PRSF Women Make Music fund. In 2018, Roxanneplayed a sold-out show at The Lexington to celebrate the launch of her book, a tour diary called ‘Tales from the Rails’.
Meanwhile, Roxanne’s remarkably self-sufficient approach was recognised by the FAC (Featured Artists Coalition) who invited her to join its Board Of Directors, advising and representing artists alongside Imogen Heap, Radiohead’s Ed O’Brien and Blur’s Dave Rowntree. Roxanne also created FM2U, a music conference specifically from and for musicians, which aims to empower and educate as well as create a strong community of artist entrepreneurs.