Rixton

At the start of 2013, UK-based foursome Rixton were making the rounds at local hole-in-the-wall venues to drum up attention for their soulful blend of harmony-soaked pop music. In the meantime, the band were slowly growing their fanbase by posting covers on YouTube, including a semi-acoustic take on Chris Brown’s “Don’t Wake Me Up” that racked up a quarter of a million views.

Such covers eventually caught the ear of talent manager Scooter Braun (best known for his work with Justin Bieber, Carly Rae Jepsen, PSY and Ariana Grande), who paved the way for Rixton’s signing to School Boy/Giant Little Man/Interscope Records. And now, working with producer Benny Blanco (Maroon 5, Katy Perry), Rixton are set to deliver a debut album that shows off their soaring four-part harmonies, arena-sized hooks and tightly-honed musical skills.

Hailing from Manchester, Rixton offer up a wealth of addictive pop that’s built on their own brand of songwriting, instrumentation and pure vocal talent. Lead vocalist/rhythm guitarist Jake Roche, lead guitarist/vocalist Charley Bagnell, bassist/keyboardist/vocalist Danny Wilkin, and drummer/vocalist Lewi Morgan create super-danceable songs with irresistible pop appeal, including “Make Out,” a guitar-driven, hook-laced party anthem whose video climbed to no. 2 on the iTunes music video chart soon after its release last October. “We knew what we wanted—huge pop songs with soul,” says Jake of the band’s vision for the sound and vibe of Rixton. “We are all big fans of R&B, from the oldies right up to Usher. R&B is what we have in common. That and the fact that we all sing, so every song had to have harmonies. We also all love the kind of pop that Maroon 5 and Bruno Mars do, so that inspired us too.”