Young Musicians Week, our five-day songwriting and production residency got off to a fantastic start.
We’re delighted to see lots of new faces, as well as some Sing City regulars, all with diverse music tastes and interests, and we can’t wait to see and hear their progress throughout the week.
Each day we’ve invited along a number of guest musicians to work with our young musicians, sharing their experience and expertise. Here, we find out more about them…
We’re delighted to welcome back the extremely talented Natalie McCool for a day of guitar masterclasses and workshops, and vocalist Yvonne Sheldon returns for a second day of 1-to-1 singing lessons.
Excelling in razor-sharp alt-pop production developed with Dave Berger from seminal Liverpool alt-pop band Outfit and mixed by Rich Turvey (Blossoms, Clean Cut Kid, VITAMIN), Natalie McCool’s new recordings have every hallmark of great pop music with a fresh twist of modern alternative influences.
Love for Natalie’s songs come from across the blogosphere in places such as Idolator, Pigeons and Planes, and more mainstream press of Sunday Times, Q and Clash. Natalie also landed on Radio 1, first with numerous plays from Huw Stephens and then on the Radio One BBC Introducing Playlist. This was followed my more support from BBC Introducing who described her as ‘One of the finest emerging songwriters around’ and featured her on a live TV Session with Everything Everything and Jack Garratt.
2016 will see Natalie releasing new single ‘Fortress’ featuring award winning singers ‘Sense of Sound’ providing an epic backdrop to her rousing lead vocal. She is also heading out on a number of dates across the UK in the first part of the year.
We can’t quite believe that Elbow’s drummer Jupp is with us all day. He’ll be leading three separate group drumming tutorials. Manchester spoken word collective Inna Voice will also be dropping by to lead a workshop.
Jupp has been playing drums for over 25 years. He’s the drummer in the Mercury Music Prize winning band Elbow and runs his own Error! Hyperlink reference not valid.. He’s a proud Ambassador of the NAS and Patron of the ART Charities and is endorsed by Gretsch Drums, DW Hardware, Roland UK, Vicfirth, Protection Racket, Ultimate Ears and Porter and Davis. Through teaching he hopes to inspire other drummers and pass on the passion he has.
Day four gives our young musicians the chance to explore an unfamiliar, but exciting genre of music as Avital Raz leads an Indian Fusion masterclass. Musician Christian Madden (The Earlies) is also dropping by to lead an impromptu workshop exploring synth techniques.
Jerusalem-born Avital Raz has recently gained notoriety for her taboo-busting song lyrics. Her latest release 'The Believer' a collaboration with Scotland based cellist/producer Pete Harvey (Meursault, The Leg) was reviewed in the Herald Scotland as 'likely to be one of the most compelling things you hear all year'. Avital leads workshops across Sheffield and Manchester, and will be running Brighter Sound's brand new Indian Fusion Lab course next term.
We’re ending the week on a high as we welcome drum and bass vocalist and former BBC Radio 1Xtra presenter Jenna G for a music industry masterclass. Bassline producer Burgaboy will be with us all day in the Band on the Wall studio, recording the fantastic new songs composed this week.
Singer, songwriter, strong and emotive, meet Manchester’s Jenna G. Jenna was a music fiend from an early age - both her parents were in bands and she grew up in a house surrounded by all sorts of musical influences. Now, she’s presented on BBC Radio 1Xtra, has bagged three awards for her music including Best Female Artist at the Drum and Bass Awards (2015) and has released records with artists such as Chase & Status, Netsky, DRS, SPY and many more.
This event is made possible through the kind support of Youth Music and PRS for Music Foundation.