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Ajay Carter

Born in London but moving to Sheffield, the 17-year-old has long since ingrained himself in the music scene of the city he calls home. Having collaborated with Sticky Blood – a bass-heavy collective affiliated with Sheff talisman Toddla T – he’s an MC making promising moves into vocals and songwriting.

Top Tracks
The first song I bought…

Lil’ Wayne - A Milli

A track that inspires me…

Kendrick lamar - institutionalized

My go to morning track…

ramsey and fen - love bug

My favourite track at the moment…

Future - Rent Mone

A track I wish I'd made…

J Hus - Did you see

Mentor: Abdullah Al-wali

Abdullah Al-wali is a multi-disciplinary artist and producer based in London. His day job is working as a licensed labels manager at Warp where he works closely with partner labels and artists, assisting them with creative, marketing, retail and digital.

In 2009 he setup the rap, grime and club music imprint Bad Taste, which he continues to run to this day. Artists on the label include Slick Don, Walter Ego, Itoa and Lenkemz who have received radio play on Radio 1 / 1Xtra from the likes of Huw Stephens, Mistajam, DJ Target and Toddla T as well as online support from SBTV, FACT, Noisey, Thump, Mixmag and more.

Originally from Sheffield, Abdullah still regularly hosts events in his hometown, including the annual arts festival Connect The Dots. The festival has been successfully funded by arts council england for four years in a row, hosting an array of international artists to exhibit, perform and/or provide art-tech and music workshops for Sheffield communities.

Broadstrokes

A classically trained organist and keys player, his musical dabblings have stretched to trumpet and bass too. Based in Nottingham, his productions are rooted in jazz influences; there are soft, inviting melodies counterposed with glitchy interjections.

Top Tracks
The first song I bought…

Teenage Dirtbag — Wheatus

A track that inspires me…

Strasbourg St. Denis — Roy Hargrove

My go to morning track…

Turn It On — Level 42

My favourite track at the moment…

Strut — Metro Area

A track I wish I'd made…

O Boto — Antonio Carlos Jobim

Mentor: Alex Patchwork

Starting out as a music journalist who then moved to the other side of the industry, he’s worked for Soul Jazz Records, Brownswood Recordings / Gilles Peterson Worldwide, and currently works at Ninja Tune as a project manager, running campaigns across their family of imprints: Ninja Tune, Brainfeeder, Werkdiscs, Counter, Big Dada and Technicolour.

He also previously ran his own label / club night Earnest Endeavours for a few years, DJed a bit as Patchwork Pirates with two friends (that's where the "patchwork" tag comes from); and still enjoy messing about producing, remixing and making dodgy club edits.

Elsa Hewitt

Hailing from Brighton, her main musical activity happens in Leeds. A producer and songwriter, her delicate songwriting and vocals feed into a melodic current carrying her lyrics and her production.

Top Tracks
The first song I bought…

beach boys — 20 Golden greats

A track that inspires me…

lusine — every disguise

My go to morning track…

Fatoumata Diawara — Makoun Oumou

My favourite track at the moment…

Monsters — Supergod

A track I wish I'd made…

Yaw — Where Will You Be

Mentor: Anna Jaskiewicz

Warp is an international label bringing leftfield art to a global audience. For over 25 years Warp has synonymous with the avant-garde, and from groundbreaking electronic music to new mutations of jazz, classical, pop and hip-hop it has defied being pigeonholed within any genre. The Warp roster includes innovators from across generations - Aphex Twin, Flying Lotus, Autechre, Danny Brown, Boards of Canada, Clark, Lorenzo Senni - and the list goes on. Anna Jaskiewicz is a Sync Manager and A&R at Warp, where she is responsible for creative exploitation of the label's catalogue, overseeing commissioned projects and a&r for a few artists. She’s previously worked as an A&R for Manners McDade Publishing - an agency representing contemporary and electronic music composers including Nils Frahm, Matthew Herbert and Max Richter.

Lewis Ashley

A child of the UK garage scene, you can hear its 2-step swing filter through his productions. Based in Manchester, the smoothed out house and beatdown-style production comes supplemented by the vocal hooks sung by Lewis himself.

Top Tracks
The first song I bought…

M.O.P — Cold As Ice

A track that inspires me…

Bob Marley & The Wailers — Exodus

My go to morning track…

Mala — Alicia'

My favourite track at the moment…

'Childish Gambino — Redbone

A track I wish I'd made…

M.J Cole — Sincere

Mentor: Martin AtJazz

From a misspent youth skateboarding through the small-towns of Northeast England to running a successful independent record label, in-between producing and remixing for a wealth of talent around the world, Martin “Atjazz” Iveson has become synonymous with the highest levels of style, production and innovation in the independent music scene.

A prolific remixer throughout his 20-year career—for Nitin Sawhney, Jazzanova, The RAH Osunlade, Zed Bias and Omar—he continues to maintain a globe-hopping DJ presence too. Appearing in the DJ booths from London to Paris, Tokyo and Johannesburg, he’s not afraid to clock up those air-miles so he can play to the people he loves.

Mali Hayes

A jazz and neo soul-influenced singer songwriter from Manchester, her music channels Erykah Badu and Jill Scott. With soft, understated vocals, she holds aspirations to nail down a characteristic production sound.

Top Tracks
The first song I bought…

Spice Girls — Wannabe

A track that inspires me…

Hiatus Kaiyote — Shaolin Motherfunk!

My go to morning track…

Jill Scott — A Long Walk

My favourite track at the moment…

NAO — Blue Wine

A track I wish I'd made…

Erykah Badu — On & On

Mentor: Claudio Lilo

Claudio is a booking agent at CAA in London, who represents artists such as Madlib, NAO, Jordan Rakei, ABRA, Palms Trax and Galcher Lustwerk. He also runs independent record label Five Easy Pieces with his good friend, Tom Lilley. They have put out records by Flako, Reginald Omas IV, Call Super & many more. He used to promote nights & run music/design blog Bridging the Gap with other good friends for quite a while. They’ve now turned their eyes to a monthly wine club called Chateauneuf du Brap.

Missy

20-year-old female producer out of Nottingham. She revolves around beats and hip hop culture – from go-to producer Knxwledge to underground institutions like Soulection and Stones Throw, crate-digging for obscure vinyl samples is where she’s at home. She DJs too.

Top Tracks
The first song I bought…

The Gorillaz — On Melancholy Hill

A track that inspires me…

J Dilla — So far to go (ft Common & D'Angelo)

My go to morning track…

Jorja Smith — Where did I go?

My favourite track at the moment…

Rayana Jay — Too Good

A track I wish I'd made…

Devin The Dude ft. Snoop dogg & Andre 3000 — What a Job

Mentor: Eric Lau

Eric Lau is a world renowned producer and DJ. He’s worked with legends like DJ Jazzy Jeff, De La Soul, James Poyser and Dego and performed with the likes of Robert Glasper, Erykah Badu, ?uestlove.

His debut album, ‘New Territories’ was released to critical acclaim and nominated as one of Gilles Peterson’s Top Albums of the Year in 2008. it established him as a fresh His sophomore album, 'One of Many' won him universal praise and was rated as one of 2013's best releases by iTunes. With a highly anticipated third album in the works, he continues his journey in contributing as a ambassador for timeless music.

R. Lyle

With a music-making career that only stretches back as far as February 2016, R.Lyle offers a world of potential. Based in Sheffield, he spends part of his time focused on a Biomedical Sciences degree. A producer who also plays a clutch of instruments, they’ve fed into a string of productions following an eye-opening listen of a Bonobo record.

Top Tracks
The first song I bought…

Round Midnight — Miles Davis

A track that inspires me…

Great Gig in the Sky — Pink Floyd

My go to morning track…

Sinnerman — Nina Simone

My favourite track at the moment…

Getting Me Down — Blawan

A track I wish I'd made…

RobertaFlack — Flying Lotus

Mentor: Throwing Snow

London-based migrant, Ross Tones, makes music under the ever so pertinent moniker, Throwing Snow. Releasing on labels like Local Action, Ho Tep, Sneaker Social Club and his own Snowfall imprint, Tones has since signed an exclusive album deal with Houndstooth. He also recently attended the Red Bull Music Academy in New York, sharing studio time with Four Tet and Flying Lotus, in addition to playing two Boiler Room sets, supporting Bonobo on his European tour and playing alongside Atoms For Peace and Jon Hopkins in 2013.

Not one to be content with merely making his own music, Tones is also co-owner of the Left Blank and A Future Without record labels, using his accrued industry knowledge to help launch the careers of now established artists Vessel, Wife, Visionist, Lorca, Memotone and Young Echo, as well as running his own imprint, Snowfall.

Ratomagoson

Colliding a balearic sensibility with globe-stretching inspirations, Ratomagoson feeds far-flung sounds into his trusty sampler. Building beats through the MPC, previous projects have seen Colombian field recordings figure as his starting point

Top Tracks
The first song I bought…

Liam Lynch — United States of Whatever

A track that inspires me…

Whitest Boy Alive — High On The Heels

My go to morning track…

Faina All Stars — Shining / Beautiful Morning

My favourite track at the moment…

Ghetto Kumbé — Chilá Kilé

A track I wish I'd made…

Gary Davis One Lifetime To Live — Greg Wilson Edit

Mentor: Will LV

As one half of LV (Brownswood, Hyperdub, Keysound) Will has worked with some of the UK's foremost labels and released four critically acclaimed albums as well as numerous singles and remixes. He has DJed and played live across the world and is a regular on radio. For the last two years he has also been mentoring and leading studio sessions at Raw Sounds, a music project for young people in Brixton, South London.

Skinny Pelembe

Born in Johannesburg, growing up in Doncaster, Skinny Pelembe poses a quadruple threat – he produces, plays guitar, sings and MCs. Tapping into a unique, influence-weaving sound, his creativity extends to making his own videos too

Top Tracks
The first song I bought…

A Boy Named Sue — Johnny Cash

A track that inspires me…

Sister Brother — FJ McMahon

My go to morning track…

This Beat — Jazzual Suspects

My favourite track at the moment…

501-415 — Allah-Las

A track I wish I'd made…

Trouble Sleep Yanga Wake Am — Fela Kuti

Mentor: Alex Patchwork

Starting out as a music journalist who then moved to the other side of the industry, he’s worked for Soul Jazz Records, Brownswood Recordings / Gilles Peterson Worldwide, and currently works at Ninja Tune as a project manager, running campaigns across their family of imprints: Ninja Tune, Brainfeeder, Werkdiscs, Counter, Big Dada and Technicolour.

He also previously ran his own label / club night Earnest Endeavours for a few years, DJed a bit as Patchwork Pirates with two friends (that's where the "patchwork" tag comes from); and still enjoy messing about producing, remixing and making dodgy club edits.

Nashe xx

Producer, songwriter and vocalist hailing from Sheffield. Peddling a warped take on R&B, his fractured approach to making music hinges on a feeling for the unexpected.

Top Tracks
The first song I bought…

Tracy Chapman — Fast car

A track that inspires me…

Coldplay — Clocks

My go to morning track…

Drake & Future’s — Live from the gutter

My favourite track at the moment…

Weekday — Nashe xx

A track I wish I'd made…

BBD — Poison

Mentor: Emily Kendrick

Emily works at as a Product Manager and Event Manager for much-lauded independent imprint XL Recordings. Emily’s role sees her as the intermediary between acts and the label, working to coordinate everyone to make projects as big a success as possible.

With roots in the UK rave scene, the label has since emerged to become a multi-faceted trendsetter for UK music: their roster—encompassing influential sub-labels like Young Turks and Whities—includes acts like The xx, Radiohead and Powell.

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Snowy

Coming from Nottingham, I have been one of the more prominent figures of the Nottingham Grime scene throughout it’s growth. Starting out in youth clubs with fellow MCs, I have gone from strength to strength and am now known as one of the scene leaders for Grime within Nottingham and as one of the best youngers in the country.

Top Tracks
The first song I bought…

Touch It — Busta Rhymes

A track that inspires me…

CasIsDead — P.A.S.O.U

My go to morning track…

Boone — Pop A Perc

My favourite track at the moment…

Skepta ft D Double E and A$AP NAST — Ladies Hit Squad

A track I wish I made…

James Blake — Modern Soul

Mentor: Sway

Sway aka Derek Safo aka Del Boy aka Mustapha The Great aka Sway aka SuperSwah aka Swizzle aka Safo Dan, however you refer to him, the UK Hip Hop scene hails London rapper Sway as one of it’s real trailblzers. Doing it his way and his way only from day dot, as well as remaining an incredibly relevant artist, Sway has developed an impressive “business” side to his music, with production companies and support from industry heavyweights at Universal.

Kid Katharsis

I am Kid Katharsis. I am a singer-songwriter. I am influenced by lots of stuff. So I see myself heading different ways. The future is always uncertain.

Top Tracks
The first song I bought…

System of a Down — B.Y.O.B

A track that inspires me…

Burial — In McDonalds

My goto morning track…

Lil Wayne — Scarface/The Smiths-Still Ill

My favourite track at the moment…

Sango — Agorinha

A track I wish I made…

The Stone Roses — I Wanna Be Adored

Mentor: Rob Gallagher

Post punk reggae funk School bands into clubs. Clubs on the mic into spoken word and Galliano . Signed to a major and experienced the music business with singles, video’s and producers, odd artwork break ups culminating in five albums . Did a lot of touring for five or six years. After that started a new group 2bo4 and a record label Red Egyptian . At the same time started out solo as Earl Zinger. Toured extensively with both and did many collaborations with many artists. Used many names to explore other creative outlets with many assorted live experiences. Most recently made and toured William Adamson project with band and solo. Whilst Performing vocals with Gilles at Dj gigs and just putting out a new project The Diabolical Liberties

Congi

We are Congi, a duo from Nottingham. We are music producers and dj's. We started making music together out of a common love of early dubstep. Hip-hop, grime, jazz and soul are other favourites of ours. We put out our first full length album in 2014 and followed that with an EP in 2015. We are currently working on our second album, the music for which feels more expansive and freer than before, a mindstate we are starting to adopt in our dj sets too.

Top Tracks
(Gaz) The first song I bought…

Destinys Child — Jumpin Jumpin

(Alex) The first song I bought…

Nas — What Goes Around

A track that inspires us…

Quark — Patagonia

A go to morning track…

Madlib — The Main Inspiration (Coltrane of Beats)

Our favourite track at the moment…

Clap! Clap! — Ingenuousness

A track we wish we made…

Mark Pritchard - Heavy As Stone

Mentor: Swindle

Swindle speaks from the heart on this, because he is a true craftsman who does things his own way, and it’s in his blood. From his very earliest memories the sounds he remembers around the house were blues, funk and jazz. But growing up around south London, other music was naturally seeping in too: pirate radio was ubiquitous at his primary school in the mid-90s, the sound was jungle. “‘Original Nuttah’, M-Beat ‘Incredible’, those ‘Junglist Massive’ CD compilations…” Then the two worlds collided. Swindle epitomises underground innovation and Musically, with his latest album “Peace Love and Music” he continues on the jazzy path that his records on Brownswood and Deep Medi put him on the map for.

Medikul

I'm Medikul, a music producer from Nottingham. I make beats pulling a variety of sounds and influences from everyday life, and everything influences me. I enjoy making music which incorporates found sounds and naturally occurring rhythms, but wears styles and influences from hip-hop/downtempo, jungle and footwork. I aim to find an outlet which will allow me to confidently present my music, and the music of others like me, to audiences of like minded people so the eclectic beats scene can be enjoyed by everyone.

Top Tracks
The first song I bought…

Usher — Confessions

A track that inspires me…

Lorn — Bury Your Brother

My goto morning track…

Robert Glasper Feat. Erykah Badu — Afro Blu

My favourite track at the moment…

Hiatus Kaiyote — Finger Prints

A track I wish I made…

Lapalux feat. Szjerdene — Closure

Mentor: Alex Patchwork

Alex Patchwork - the "patchwork" part comes from DJing, running parties in London and generally messing about with music with two of my mates under the name Patchwork Pirates from about 2003 to 2010, when we switched things up and started a record label and regular events as Earnest Endeavours. I still do the odd remix and DJ here and there when the opportunity arises. On the career side of things I started out as a music journalist and went on to work for Soul Jazz Records, Brownswood Recordings / Gilles Peterson Worldwide, and I currently work at Ninja Tune as a project manager, running campaigns across our family of imprints: Ninja Tune, Brainfeeder, Werkdiscs, Counter, Big Dada and Technicolour.

Revenu

My names Liam van Rijn, I’m from Hull and Revenu is my musical outlet. My main influences are things sounds and musical ideas that wouldn’t normally be put together, soulful, imperfect, outside the box music. I try to immerse myself in all types of music but I’m particularly shifted towards artists like Actress, Thom Yorke, Silver Apples, Boards of Canada. Hopefully I am heading in the direction of writing a lot more music, continue to DJ and prepare to take the music I make as Revenu out with a 'band'.

Top Tracks
The first song I bought…

Crystal Castles - Crimewave

A track that inspires me…

Empirical Sleeping Consort - Does The Exact Centre of a Wheel Turn?

My goto morning track…

Jan Hammer - Don't You Know

My favourite track at the moment…

EYE - Come On

A track I wish I made…

Massive Attack - Paradise Circus

Mentor: Alex Patchwork

Alex Patchwork - the "patchwork" part comes from DJing, running parties in London and generally messing about with music with two of my mates under the name Patchwork Pirates from about 2003 to 2010, when we switched things up and started a record label and regular events as Earnest Endeavours. I still do the odd remix and DJ here and there when the opportunity arises. On the career side of things I started out as a music journalist and went on to work for Soul Jazz Records, Brownswood Recordings / Gilles Peterson Worldwide, and I currently work at Ninja Tune as a project manager, running campaigns across our family of imprints: Ninja Tune, Brainfeeder, Werkdiscs, Counter, Big Dada and Technicolour.

Thru Colours

I would describe my sound as minimal, bass driven dance music, tinged with dub and dancehall influences. I got into production through listening to a lot of UK hip hop in my teens, beats by Jehst and Harry Love were of particular inspiration. Early Hudson Mohawke was my introduction to more experimental electronic music, and his music had a big influence on me.

'Noise Report' is a night I run with a collective of audio & visual artists - we experiment with audio-reactive visuals and makeshift-installations. The night usually takes place in Deptford, an area that has played a big part in the development my music.

Top Tracks
The first song I bought…

Linkin Park - Cure For The Itch

A track that inspires me…

Gotan Project - Arrabal (Haaksman & Haaksman Remix)

My goto morning track…

Lee Dorsey - Ya Ya

My favourite track at the moment…

Burning Spear - Red, Gold and Green

A track I wish I made…

King Baucho & Beenie Man - Weed & Grabba

Mentor: Max Wheeler

As a recording artist on Gilles Peterson’s Brownswood label. Max is one half of duo Anushka with over 2 million plays online, an album and world tour in 2014/15 and Radio 1 plaudits from Annie Mac, Skream and others. Max is a musician/producer, consultant, author and youth music tutor, specialising in Rap, Urban & Electronic music, soundtracks, remixes and peer-to-peer education projects. He has conducted thousands of workshops across the country teaching rap, beatmaking, songwriting and production to everyone from young offenders to social workers in prisons, primary schools, special needs projects and community groups. His work on lyric writing with young people has been highlighted in a peer reviewed journal by academic Luke Dickens and he is the author of VIP Studio Sessions, a major secondary school program from international education leader Charanga.

Yazmin Lacey

After years of writing and bedroom performances I took to the stage late 2013 and haven't looked back since. Born and raised in East Ham and residing in Nottingham, I used the midlands hub of creativity to explore my craft. Just reaching my 11th gig, I’ve already had air time from BBC 1xtra & BBC introducing, supported Ego Ella May, Shelter Point, and Harleigh Blu. “Sultry tones and dynamic melodies tell her journey in a beautifully honest way, drawing on influences from female icons in music, from Jazz to funk, soul to lovers rock, folk to electronic.” is how my music has been described.

Top Tracks
The first song I bought…

Spice Girls — Wannabe

A track that inspires me…

Nina Simone — young gifted and black

My goto morning track…

Throwing snow — Linguis

My favourite track at the moment…

Khruangbin — Mr.White

A track I wish I made…

Erykah Badu — I want you

Mentor: Victoria Port

Influenced by the artistry of Erykah Badu, the lyricism of Lauryn Hill and the vibes of Aaliyah, Victoria Port has always had her roots planted in Future soul, jazz and r’n’b. After studying music at university Victoria signed to Gilles Peterson's Brownswood recordings as part of duo Anushka in 2013. She has since performed worldwide and received support from the likes of Annie Mac, Jamie Cullum and Marie Anne Hobbs.

Three Body Trio

We play groove-based electronic music with the spirit of free jazz. We use a mess of hardware, software and instruments to make beats inspired by the greats of jazz, funk and hip hop. We believe in improvised music that is charged with spontaneity and imperfection, and has the crackle and hiss of cables and machines.

Top Tracks
(Pete) The first song I bought…

Artful Dodger- Please Don't Turn Me On

(Gouhan) The first song I bought…

Jay Chou - The Eight Dimensions

(Tom) The first song I bought…

Split Enz- True Colours

A track that inspires us… (Tom)

Rafiq Bhatia - Sunshower

A goto morning track… (Gouhan)

Miles Davis - I'll remember April

Our favourite track at the moment… (Pete)

BFSB - Something For Nothing

A track we wish we all made…

DJ Nigga-Fox - Hwammbo

Mentor: Simon Goffe

Simon Goffe runs Brownswood Music with partner Gilles Peterson – a record label, publishing company, events and brand development business. Besides the record label they also organize annual events including the Worldwide Awards in London and the Worldwide Festival in south of France. In the last 12 months they have set up a Production company (Mistral Productions) and been awarded NPO status by the Arts Council to run a 3 year project to develop new artists. Simon started out as a DJ and club promoter in the 1980’s, becoming a freelance music journalist for Echoes, Blues & Soul, i-D and the NME. He set up his own promotion and marketing company, Secret Promotions, before becoming Label Manager at Fiction/Desire Records. He then set up his own Heavyweight Management company in 1990, initially to represent Double Trouble and Rebel MC and subsequently acts including US3, Shut Up & Dance, The Freestylers and Sway. He also managed Roni Size for 10 years in which period Roni won the Mercury Music Prize. Simon then became Senior A&R manager at Universal Music publishing.

Munro

Soulful, relaxed, rhythm-focused jams whatever the weather. Brewed in North London, matured in South Melbourne, spilt in Manchester - now bubbling…

Top Tracks
The first song I bought…

Pretty Fly for a White Guy - Offspring

A track that inspires me…

Wax 50005 - A1

My go to morning track…

We Almost lost Detroit - Gil Scott Heron

My favourite track at the moment…

Joy Orbison - A213

A track I wish I'd made…

David Bowie - Ashes to Ashes

Mentor: Will LV

As one half of LV (Brownswood, Hyperdub, Keysound) Will has worked with some of the UK's foremost labels and released four critically acclaimed albums as well as numerous singles and remixes. He has DJed and played live across the world and is a regular on radio. For the last two years he has also been mentoring and leading studio sessions at Raw Sounds, a music project for young people in Brixton, South London.

Slash Three

Slash Three is a solo producer who hails from York. He found his musical feet in Hull, becoming a key member of the city’s Squarewaves collective. They’re a DIY, open-minded network whose output spans from noise experiments to proper club bangers. For the most part, Slash Three has honed a no-frills house and techno sensibility: his tracks are driving, to-the-point and aimed at the dancefloor.

Mentor: Will LV

As one half of LV, who’ve had releases on labels like Brownswood, Hyperdub, Keysound, Will has worked with some of the UK's foremost labels and released four critically acclaimed albums as well as numerous singles and remixes. He has DJed and played live across the world and is a regular on radio. For the last two years he has also been mentoring and leading studio sessions at Raw Sounds, a music project for young people in Brixton, South London.

Shunaji

Born in Lagos, raised in Rome and now based in London, Shunaji boasts that most rare, vital quality in an MC: a distinctive, ear-pricking sense of flow. Her influences range from hip-hop to folk and ambient. For her, this means working to build up a style that draws on a wider spectrum of sounds. Taking cues from the likes of Andre 3000 and Missy Elliott, she looks to strike the elusive balance between lyricism, rhythmicality and character.

Mentor: Eric Lau

Eric Lau is a world renowned producer and DJ. He’s worked with legends like DJ Jazzy Jeff, De La Soul, James Poyser and Dego and performed with the likes of Robert Glasper, Erykah Badu, ?uestlove.

His debut album, ‘New Territories’ was released to critical acclaim and nominated as one of Gilles Peterson’s Top Albums of the Year in 2008. it established him as a fresh talent. His sophomore album, 'One of Many' won him universal praise and was rated as one of 2013's best releases by iTunes. With a highly anticipated third album in the works, he continues his journey in contributing as a ambassador for timeless music.

Wilroy

Raised in Edmonton, Canada, Wilroy takes R&B as his musical starting point. He’s now based in Liverpool, and cites influences ranging from hip-hop to electronic music and jazz. His music paints grand, maximalist sonics: tracks change shape and mutate as they go, akin to the evolution of a dream. He name-checks D’Angelo’s Voodoo as his holy book.

Mentor: Aly Gillani

Aly Gillani (aka DJ Gilla) is the founder / A&R for First Word Records, home to Children Of Zeus, Tall Black Guy, Eric Lau, Kaidi Tatham, Darkhouse Family and many more. Originally a club promoter he ran seminal clubnights Funky Mule and New Bohemia in his adopted city of Leeds for many years, putting on shows for a host of acts, including Roots Manuva, Bonobo, Nightmares On Wax, 4Hero, Benji B and Gilles Peterson.

Starting out doing warm-up slots at his own nights he gradually built a reputation for his eclectic and floor-filling sets, holding down a residency at famed Leeds venue The Hifi Club for several years. With regular spots at The Bussey Building, Ace Hotel as well as Soundwave Festival his sets take in beats, soul, hip hop, jazz, disco and beyond. As well as his monthly radio show ‘Excursions’ on Balamii he is a semi-regular host on Worldwide FM.

In addition to his work at First Word, Aly is the European Label Rep for Bandcamp, a thriving, global music community where fans discover new artists, intimately connect with them, and directly compensate them for their work. Aly’s role involves expanding and managing the growing network of labels using the site to connect with their fans.

Kayla Painter

Kayla Painter is a solo producer who makes atmospheric, sub-aquatic dance music. She’s influenced by music that, in her words, “is challenging to listen to: walls of sound, electronic wonky beats or unusual production.” Based in Bristol, her current approach is informed by her studies of creative sound at university in Newport. She has entranced audiences with her immersive Audio Visual show at the infamous Glastonbury festival, Simple Things, and The Future is Female.

Mentor: Mita De

Mita started out on reception at legendary NYC label Strictly Rhythm, mailing out vinyl promos of Full Intention edits to Danny Rampling. Working through the ranks at major labels for the next 10 years she managed countless high profile international artist campaigns. In 2011, Mita joined Brownswood Recordings as acting Label Manager, then set up her own consultancy working with artists including Gotye, CHVRCHES, Moby and Floating Points. Mita is a marketing and artist development specialist and also recently graduated with a Masters degree in Entertainment Law. She currently manages leftfield pop/RnB artist and producer Kindness.

Blind MIC

Informed by over 5 years MCing in Manchester nightclubs, Blind MIC approaches jazz-influenced music with a single-minded dedication. Guided by a fiercely independent ethos in everything he does, he takes on writing as a strictly solo pursuit. He sketches out a singular vision for the cabal of killer musicians which he’s collected around him.

Mentor: Fawaz Al-Jabban

Fawaz began working for Gilles Peterson and Brownswood Recordings in 2009 where he cut his teeth working as label co-ordinator and assistant to Gilles.

He later moved into the role of Marketing Manager at Polydor Records where he managed album projects for the likes of Jamie Woon, Shura, M.I.A and Wretch 32. Here, Fawaz gained a wealth of experience in both the DIY indie label circuit as well as the major label world.

Fawaz now works as an artist manager under Rocket Music, managing and developing his roster of exciting new artists and producers. Fawaz also runs the label Push & Run, releasing records from the likes of Ifan Dafydd, Pedestrian, Otik, Hagan, Bodhi, Benjamin Munoz and many more.

Sydney

Channelling myriad influences into loosely-strung, softly-spoken beats, Sydney is based in the South West of England. He takes rhythmic cues from the likes of highlife legend Bola Johnson, and spends his downtime leafing through disco rarities. He makes hip-hop in a looser sense of the word: music organised around chopped and spliced rhythms, fitted together in new ways.

Mentor: Bradley Zero

Hailing from Peckham via Leeds, Bradley Zero is quickly becoming the tastemaker of his generation. As founder of Rhythm Section, Bradley has carved out a unique role for himself within the vibrant London scene as Resident Club DJ, broadcaster and Label Boss of one of the most exciting new imprints today – Rhythm Section International.

Having started the Rhythm Section radio show back in 2009, the broadcast naturally translated into a fortnightly dance at Canavan’s Peckham Pool Club, which quickly became a firm fixture in the London Clubbing scene.

As the label garners new fans everyday, Bradley is quickly becoming a familiar face on the international circuit, with his global approach to music bringing him not just around the UK and Europe but to Australia, Cairo, Beirut, Istanbul, Tel Aviv, Kazakhstan, Singapore, Russia, Indonesia, Korea and Japan. At the core of it all is an infectious love for music, a passion for dancing, an urge to discover and a need to share which add together to make the man known as Bradley Zero (his real name!), one of the most vital selectors in the game, both behind the scenes and under the spotlight.

Aaliyah Esprit

Aaliyah Esprit is a singer who’s versed in soul-jazz legends as much as the hip-hop beatmakers who’ve flipped their records. Her music finds a sweet spot between those two worlds. Working with producers melding hard-edged production with a melodic hue, her vocals add a timeless, soulful quality. Based in Bristol, she’s part of the Cosmic Soul Collective.

Mentor: Emily Kendrick

Emily is a Global Product and Events Manager for much-lauded independent imprints XL Recordings and Young Turks. Emily’s role sees her co-ordinating projects for these labels on acts including Arca, The xx, Radiohead, Everything Is Recorded and Ibeyi. Responsible for overseeing the international strategy on campaigns, she works holistically with creative, press, radio, marketing, digital, production, social and promotional teams to help releases become as big as possible.

With roots in the UK rave scene, XL Recordings has since emerged to become a multi-faceted trendsetter for UK music: their diverse roster includes acts like Smerz, Radiohead and Powell. Young Turks grew from an imprint on XL, to its own fully formed management and label representing artists such as The xx, FKA twigs, Sampha and Kamasi Washington.

NuTribe + Butcha B

NuTribe & Butcha B are a group from Liverpool. Free-spirited improvisation is their way. The music is rooted in classic-sounding hip-hop production and MCing, but their interests run much further and deeper. They’re united in a community-minded way-of-working. They make music in a free way. No rules, no guides, no aims. Whatever flows becomes concrete. Freeness.

Mentor: Dil Harris

Shredy

Observing the mainstream rap game with a cynical eye, Shredy doesn’t take himself too seriously. But that’s not to say he doesn’t take his music seriously – his stripped back sound is no joke. Making beats with a MIDI keyboard and his own vocals, his music proffers a woozy, luridly-inviting charm.

Mentor: Max Wheeler

Max is a writer and producer and as one half of Anushka his most recent releases on Gilles Peterson’s Brownswood label have earned over a million plays on Soundcloud and over 4 million plays on Spotify, the group has received Radio 1 plaudits from Annie Mac, Skream and Mary Anne Hobbs. Wheeler has remixed a range of artists, from Gorgon City to pop tracks featuring Snoop Dogg, and he recently used Ableton & Push to perform his debut orchestral composition, Grown a Grime Opera with the artist Eyez and Essex Youth Orchestra.

As an educator Max recently spoke at Loop 2017 for Ableton and co-runs the UK’s first Electronic Youth Ensemble with Brighton youth project pioneers Audioactive. With a specialism in music technology and electronic performance, Wheeler has contributed resources and reviewed qualifications for exam boards Edexcel and OCR. He is also the author of the VIP Studio Sessions online learning platform for Charanga, currently in use by 25,000 secondary school students in the UK and around the world, and the author of the multimedia Hip Hop Coach resource used in schools nationwide.

Ayy

Ayy is a rapper and MC who draws inspiration from ‘90s hip-hop and neo-soul. Based in Wolverhampton, Ayy spends time in the studio surrounded by a close circle of like-minded creatives drawn from that West Midlands locale. A slow-paced introvert, it’s an attitude that’s reflected in the delivery: the vocals are off hand and effortless, in no rush to make the point.

Mentor: Eddie Smith

Eddie Smith is a manager and A&R. He currently manages Award-Winning Hip Hop artist Little Simz and oversaw her latest and biggest release to date, Stillness In Wonderland. He also looks after other artists such as DJ and producer OTG"

Future Bubblers is a brand new expansion of the Gilles Peterson and Brownswood Music ethos. It’s a talent discovery and development idea we’ve put together in collaboration with Arts Council England, with a real focus on making in-roads into new areas, geographically and musically across England.

We are not limited by any style, genre or label. We want to actively seek out and assist some of the freshest and most innovative music makers from across England, and offer them a whole heap of support, mentorship & advice, profile & opportunities. Future Bubblers is about digging. The project will roll out across England, focussing on different key cities in each of the 3 years we’re active.

We want to help the bigger picture too; a scene to support and nurture these artists is key. Helping local audiences to discover the hidden musical treasures buried deep in their city - putting together positive music experiences that leave behind vibrations for a scene that continue to support and value music from that city. This is not a one-off in-and-out do-good scheme; 'Future Bubblers' is about mentoring and development for the long term across the country. It is a country-wide 'movement' of like-minds and vibes.

Check the archive

What Does A Future Bubbler Sound Like?

Future Bubblers is all about things outside of the box - musically. We’re on Worldwide FM third Thursday of every month so listen for an idea of what 'outside the box' sounds like… send us your tunes futurebubblers@wordwidefm.net so we can consider them for a spin

Want Future Bubblers Updates?

City Stories

This is the spot you can find out more about our Future Bubblers cities, partner record stores, and events planned near you. See the Future Bubblers magic unfold UK-Wide.

Photos from our Nottingham Launch Event…

City Sounds Nottingham

Photos from our Nottingham Block Party…

Photos from our Salford event…

City Sounds Salford

Our Salford workshop in collaboration with Ableton

The Salford Block Party…

Photos from our Hull launch…

City Sounds Hull

The Hull panel…

Photos from our Sheffield launch…

Photos from our Liverpool launch…

City Sounds Liverpool

Photos from our Liverpool block party…

Some Southampton selects…

City Sounds Southampton

On Road

This is the spot you can find out more about our Future Bubblers cities, partner record stores, and events planned near you. See the Future Bubblers magic unfold UK-Wide.

Partners

Nottingham

Rough Trade

5 Broad St
Nottingham
NG1 3AJ

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Nottingham

Elementz Studio’s

Unit 7
35 Warser Gate
Nottingham
NG1 1NU

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Nottingham

Mimm

13 Broad St
Nottingham
NG1 3AJ

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Nottingham

CRS Studios

Community Recording Studio
Lowdham Street
St.Anns
Nottingham

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Salford

Islington Mill

1 James St
Salford
M3 5HW

Website →

Salford

Reform Radio

The Old Granada Studios
Manchester

Website →

Hull

The Warren

Queens Dock Chambers
47-49 Queens Dock Avenue
HU1 3DR

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Hull

The Sesh @ Polar Bear

229 Spring Bank
Kingston upon Hull
HU3 1LR

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Hull

Soundsystem Records

8 Bowlalley Lane
Kingston-upon-Hull
HU1 1XR

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Sheffield

The Plug

14-16 Matilda St
Sheffield
S1 4QD

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Sheffield

The INHERITED Shop

475 Glossop Rd
Sheffield
S10 2QE

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Liverpool

24 Kitchen Street

24 Kitchen Street
Liverpool
L1 0AN

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Liverpool

Useless Wooden Toys Society

First Floor
The Merchant
40-42 Seel Street
Liverpool
L1 4BX

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Southampton

SOCO

Hightown Studios
Hightown Centre
Tunstall Close
Southampton
SO19 6RD

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Southampton

Newtown Youth and Community Centre

Graham Road
Southampton
SO14 0AW

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APPLY

APPLICATIONS RE-OPEN SUMMER 2018
APPLICATIONS RE-OPEN SUMMER 2018
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So You Want To Be A Future Bubbler?

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APPLICATIONS RE-OPEN SUMMER 2018
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You Want To Recommend A Future Bubbler?

We understand that not every exciting new music talent has the self confidence / resources to put themselves forward for this opportunity. And so we have decided to open up this “recommendation” path - where local music organisations / studio + rehearsal room owners / promoters/ teachers etc can make suggestions on BEHALF of Future Bubblers. Of course, we ask that this is all done with some level of consent...

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Old School Demo Hand-In

We have music store partners in each city. They are ready and waiting for your CDR, USB or however you want to kick it retro. Check the “Partners” section for details of where to find them in your nearest “Future Bubblers” city.

Make sure you complete the “demo submission” form in-store. They’ll package it up and get it to us. Even if you just want to chat about music and life, you should definitely just drop by and hang out with our partner homies.

FAQ

How Do I Apply?

The 3 application routes to make a Future Bubblers application are all detailed in the APPLY section.

Is My Music Right?

This is the hardest question of them all! Applications are not required to be of a specific genre. Our best reference is “outside of the box” so Future Bubblers music will usually tend NOT to be commercial and it will lean more toward the experimental, leftfield and probably an electronic tinged soul sound. We have created a “What does a Future Bubbler sound like?” mix on the website to try and give you a clearer audio reference. If you watch this animation we put together too everything should fall into place.

Also, please check the magical music sounds of all our Future Bubblers candidates to date - this will give you a really good indication of the spectrum of sound we cover and support.

Do I Have To Be A “Musician”?

No. Future Bubblers is open to singers / rappers / spoken word poets / DJs / producers / beat makers / trombone players - if it’s the Future Bubblers’ sound, it doesn’t matter how you make it.

Do I Have To Be A Certain Age?

No. However, if you are younger than 16 we will need to obtain parental/guardian’s consent if are selected as a final successful “Future Bubblers” candidate.

Do I Have To Be From A Focus City?

We have focus cities for each year of our project. For example, for Year 1, these are Nottingham and Salford. For Year 2 - these were Hull and Sheffield, and for Year 3 we’re rolling to Southampton and Liverpool. There will be lots of activity in these cities around the Future Bubblers project BUT you do not have to have a focus city postcode to apply. We will consider applications from across England. NB: This is a project in collaboration with Arts Council England so we cannot accept submissions from outside of England or internationally…...yet :)

I'm A Signed Artist, Can I Apply?

Unfortunately not. Future Bubblers is all about grass roots music. Creatives with no real previous “music industry” experience or exposure are the project’s priority. So just because you don’t have a manager, an agent, even a soundcloud doesn’t mean you aren’t making perfect Future Bubblers’ vibes. This is more about potential rather than previous experience.

I Actually Don’t Have A Soundcloud. How Do I Apply?

We saw this one coming! Just because you’ve never been in a recording studio before, or have only ever DJ’d and made beats in your bedroom shouldn’t mean this opportunity can’t be an option for you. Check on the APPLY section for your best route through

What Is The Deadline For Submissions?

Applications for the next round of Future Bubblers will open Monday 2nd July 2018 and close Friday 24th August 2018 at midnight. Check on the website in the APPLY section to find out how you can get your music to us. Please make sure you sign up to the mailing list to stay in the know about all these deadlines and application dates.

When Will I Find Out If I Am Successful?

See question above for the 2018 application dates schedule. We aim to inform candidates early September 2018 with a public announcement to follow October/November 2018. So if we do pick you, you’ll need to be good at secrets. You will be contacted by email so please ensure that from the get-go you provide us with correct and complete contact details.

What Will Happen If I Am Selected?

We are selecting a maximum of 10 candidates for each year of the project. These will be taken from across England [not exclusively from the focus cities for each year] TOTAL 10 candidates. Once you are selected we will get in touch with you to arrange an initial meeting/skype call, whichever works for you and begin to figure out who is best matched to yourself and your creative development as a mentor. This usually involves a bonding introduction trip to London. This is just the start of the journey! Future Bubblers offers each successful candidate a year of direct mentoring, so we want to ensure that your journey with us is steady and suitable. You’ll be given live music opportunities when and where appropriate, learn about how the music industry machine works and more importantly how it works best for you and your music. The Future Bubblers team and your mentor will be there along the way, as will your wider Future Bubblers’ family. We also want to encourage exchange and collaboration amongst the final Future Bubblers’ candidates. You will have direct mentorship with your industry mentor for 1 year - and then a support network from wider Future Bubblers family for as long as you’re hungry for it!

What About People That Don’t Get Through?

Just because you aren’t selected as a “Future Bubbler” does not mean that you cannot come along for the ride. There are many ways for you to remain part of the Future Bubblers story and benefit from the resources and opportunities. We will add all applicants to our mailing list and keep them up to date with local Future Bubblers activities and events. This will include things such as drop-in work shops / talks / panels in the focus cities / information on similar music opportunities. And plenty more besides... Of course this will all be on a first come first served basis so keep checking your inbox to register your interest! Future Bubblers is a family and we want to make sure as many innovative fresh music makers can benefit as possible. NB: Please inform us if you do not wish to be added to the mailing list.

I Still Have More Questions. What Do I Do?

There’s a few options here. You can email hello at futurebubblers.com and we will come back to you as soon as we can. OR in the true Future Bubblers spirit, we want you to go out there and experience and enjoy music, which is best done in person. You can visit any one of our partner stores in the focus cities. Check the ON ROAD section on the website to find out where they are.. They are pretty clued up on all things Future Bubblers and should be able to help you out. You can attend a Future Bubblers event - these should generally be happening throughout the summer months of the application window where you can come and meet with us and ask questions face to face, and generally just talk about music and life. Again - check the ON ROAD section for details of these.

FRIENDS

Ableton


Ableton Website

Arts Council England


Arts Council Website

Help Musicians UK


Help Musicians Website
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