On the 6/7/8 June BIMM will once again be rocking up at 2000trees, and we can’t wait. With 26 BIMM artists from across all of our colleges performing on-stage throughout the festival, we thought we would give you a little taste of what you can expect…
Having recently relocated to Manchester, Singer/Songwriter Carl J. North has already started to create quite the buzz in the Rainy City. Joining forces with the fantastic musicians that make up The Lonely Hearts, Carl and the band have enjoyed performances at a string of acclaimed venues across Manchester supporting the likes of Andrew Combs, C.W Stoneking and The Eskies. If you’re looking for the raw soul of Americana or you fancy yourself a foot-stompin’ night of Rhythm & Blues; North has it covered.
Charlie and the Villas
Charlie And The Villas is a collective formed and fronted by songwriter Charlie Thomas who, originally from South London, now hails from Brighton in the South Coast of England. Initially undertook as a solo project it has since evolved to recognise the musicians and acts of collaboration involved in Charlies music. Taking their name from the street where members of the original Villas line up lived, it was the result of one hung-over morning performance but has since stuck to define the group of characters involved.
The sound they create has become increasingly hard to categorise (for themselves at least) but has been pinned down as Dreamy and as comforting as a Nice warm cup of tea. Charlies exploration of sound comes from a wide love of music, taking inspiration from influences such as Sampha, City and Colour, The Beatles, The Beach Boys and The Style Council amongst others.
Building on from performances at The Great Escape and Brits Week in 2016, the band share a common passion for doing what they love and getting out of their retail jobs. Focusing on achieving this goal is the motivation that will push Charlie And The Villas to leave 2017 with a whole bunch of new stories, friends, sounds and experiences.
Celine Love is a young singer -/ songwriter with a guitar in her hand and heart in her voice. She gives her songs an acoustic folk, r&b and soul twist and tells stories as well asspeaking her mind. She hasbeen performing at various concerts, festivals and venues throughout Germany since she was 15, including supporting the UK based Electro Pop Band Years & Years in Hamburg and various national bands. She began studying Songwriting at BIMM Berlin in2015 under a full scholarship and recorded with Grammy Award winning producer Pete Smith for the BIMM Album. Currently she is expanding her experience and developing her sound at BIMM London.
‘For Foresters’ are a three-piece theatrical, poetic and expressive act from Co. Donegal. Formed in June 2015; they are comprised of Gabriel Paschal Blake (guitar/vocals), Conal Doherty (bass) and Gary Hamilton (drums).
The trio have been playing together for the better part of six years. Their live shows have never been more dynamic, energetic and powerful. They have toured with SOAK, played Electric Picnic and the Other Voices Music Trail. Their music is presented with a deep focus on lyrical narratives accompanied by ethereal tones and compelling melodies. For Foresters are not just musicians but storytellers who recite their pro’s through raw tunes.
Real life, re-created through art. Live performances of utter emotion, ambience and honesty.
“Expect some big things from that boy over the course of the next few years” – BBC Introducing
Jasper Storey is a 20 year old Folk-Funk Singer/Songwriter from Bristol.
Encapsulating influence from Jeff Buckley and John Mayer, he effortlessly fuses folk and funk into a custard-coloured music smoothie that will smoothly soothe your psyche. Bringing a modern edge to old school soul, his warm, earthy vocals will make you feel as if you’ve been transported to a smokey 1950’s Jazz club.
Jasper has played music his whole life, switching between different instruments and genres. “I started off playing piano when I was about 8, and then moved onto drums a few years later. I think from a young age I was always most influenced by rock music, which is why I started playing drums and that eventually led me onto electric guitar. I played in a couple of different bands when I was at school, but I love acoustic music and started gigging on my own around that time.”
Jasper was brought up in Bristol, and has been gigging all around the city since 2012. “The music scene in Bristol is great, I’ve met tonnes of talented musicians/friends whilst gigging and doing open mic nights here.” Recently he supported Liam Bailey at the city’s Thekla venue. “It was amazing to play Thekla as it’s a venue that I’ve been going to for years to watch my favourite artists, and so getting to play there myself finally was such a cool feeling.”
He also frequently performs in London – playing the O2 Academy Islington, Ronnie Scott’s and The Garage, supporting Bluey Robinson.
“I try to take inspiration from as many different genres as I can when writing and performing. My music taste is all over the place. I love funk and soul music, singers like James Brown, Otis Redding, Marvin Gaye and Stevie Wonder. As well as great songwriters and story-tellers like Bob Dylan, Kurt Cobain and John Lennon. I don’t like being confined to listen to particular genres and things, I’ll listen to anything that pleases my ears. At the moment I’m really into Anderson .Paak’s new album.”
Jasper released his debut EP ‘Storeys’ in September 2015 to much critical acclaim (from his nan) and is currently writing and recording his second EP – which will be out in 2017!
Maella is a young and charismatic singer/songwriter with a velvet, hypnotizing voice. Fascinated with suppressed desires, taboo topics, films and everything lurking beneath the surface of society, Maella expresses her music with rock/blues and pop influences. Maella’s first debut EP “It is Coming” was released in June 2016 and she is currently working on her second EP “Black Gem” which will be released in May.
Growing up in Prague, Czech Republic, Maella began playing in rock bands at the age of 14. At 16 a guitar replaced the rock bands and Maella began focusing on writing her own music. After graduating high school, Maella spent one year studying English Literature before moving into London on September 2016 to study at BIMM.