Away from his desk, staff member Jonathan Stolber is composer whose work is a hit with Spotify listeners.
A Data Administrator by day for Aston Training, part of The Bedford College Group, Jonathan is a multi-instrumentalist, singer/songwriter and producer, who has twice been nominated for BBC awards and was a winner of a place to join Masterclass sessions at the world famous Abbey Road studios.
Jonathan, aged 41, has worked for Aston for three years. The office in Gold Street, Northampton is right next door to a destination vinyl store: Spun Out where his music is on sale.
He spent lockdown locked in his home studio putting final touches to his new release “An Unshakeable Demon.” The record was mixed by legendary engineer Steven Durose (Oceansize) & mastered at the icon Abbey Road studios by Frank Arkwright( Mogwai / The Killers).
The EP is a bristling, industrial collection of synth-heavy song writing; theatrical, brooding and ominous. Tackling themes of mental health heightened by the pandemic, and exacerbated by social media, Stolber confronts issues we all face in re-emerging into a post-COVID world.
The Debut Single “Coming Up For air” taken from the EP has now gained radio play across a variety of platforms including The BBC, Exile Fm, Radio Wigwam & Amazing Radio UK. Progradar have described the ep as “one of this year’s most enlightening releases and one that still intrigues after every listen.”
During early 2020, Jonathan shared a Piano Day release entitled “The Minotaur” under his solo artist name “The Holy Road” to raise money for Mental Health Awareness (TinyChanges.Com). The track was then selected to feature on Nils Frahm’s curated Official Piano Day, global playlist. The track has gone on to feature on Spotify’s Roadburn Essential Sounds playlist to reach a further 4.6K listeners.
‘An Unshakeable Demon’ is available across all streaming services:
Official Website: https://theholyroad.co.uk
“..A shadowy Radiohead where Jonathan’s vocals reflect Thom Yorke’s … One of this year’s most enlightening releases and one that still intrigues after every listen.”
“..Think Nine Inch Nails Partying With Radiohead….Alluring & Dangerous…”
“Emotive & evocative intense strings & Industrial beats, with fuzzed-up hooks that remind of early Patrick Wolf… “