From 18th to 20th May, Brighton will once again be home to The Great Escape – meet the incredible artists who are representing BIMM!
RAHH is an outstanding singer, songwriter and pianist from Manchester, England whose music combines a powerful, emotive and raw soulful voice with touches of electronica and an unapologetic ingrained influence of sixties soul to create a truly unique sound. Recently she has been turning the heads of Music royalty such as Ken Caillat, the Grammy award winning producer for Fleetwood Mac’s “Rumours” and Dave Stewart, one half of the Eurythmics, which has lead her to Los Angeles to write and record. After a writing session with Dave, he invited her to perform with him as a featured artist on stage at the world famous Troubadour in LA. This was followed by recording sessions in Nashville and onto his European tour. Last year they filmed a concert together for Arte TV in Berlin as part of the legends series. It was there that Dave offered to produce her album, which is currently in the final stages of development. All tracks have been written or co-written by RAHH herself and this exciting debut album is a stunning collection of original songs with a unique production approach leaving lot’s of space for her remarkable and distinctive voice to shine through. Her track Overkill, written and produced by herself is currently being championed by BBC introducing DJs, “Really really wonderful first play”, “literally haven’t stopped listening to (this track) since I heard it on the uploader”, they continue to play it on the air and are waiting for her to return from LA to get her in the studio for a live performance.
Melody makers, hip shakers, more flower power than your local bakers.
“With a sound which strays from so many of the young male-led bands in the North at the moment, Crimsons turn their tunes of love, longing and identity into an alluring animal” – Louder Than War
Maria Kelly, recently named one of ’50 people to watch in 2017’ in The Irish Times, has been captivating audiences with her ‘bare-boned’ live performance since the age of fourteen. Her music, a subtle blend of atmospheric-folk, tells humanising and heart-breaking tales, with ‘pin-drop’ vocal precision that’s impossible to ignore.
Following the release of her debut single ‘Before It Has Begun’ (Veta Records) in 2015, Maria has played relentlessly across the UK and Ireland. Most recently, she has returned from supporting James Vincent McMorrow at two sold out shows in Cork Opera House. Previously, she toured the UK & Ireland with Berlin-based band HAWK, appeared on the 2015 Other Voices music trail and was named ‘Artist of the Week’ by Nialler9.
Summer 2016 saw her song ‘Black and Blue’ premiered in Consequence of Sound, who celebrated her ‘silky smooth vocals’ and the maturing richness of her sound.
Her latest single ‘Stitches’ has been praised by the 405 (‘honest fragility, poignant pen-work’) and named as one of ‘The Best Tracks of 2016’ in The Irish Times.
Previously, she has supported the likes of Wyvern Lingo and Paddy Casey and played venues such as Birthdays, The Lock Tavern, Whelans, The Ruby Sessions, The Button Factory, Cyprus Avenue, The Roisin Dubh, and The Workmans Club.
Maria is working in the studio on new tracks for her debut EP and developing her live sound with her band in preparation for a busy 2017.
The Bristol lyricist on a Dubwise tip
His latest release – Sunday with producer Kreed – has been widely regarded as his best single yet. Toddla T, Seani B & Don Letts are amongst a list of tastemakers who are supporting his work on BBC Radio.
Gardna has been embraced across the UK Bass scene and the European Sound System circuit as an artist with a fresh approach to promoting a positive message whilst shelling down the party.
After several years of having to use fake ID to enter clubs to perform, Gardna has gained his pass into the UK nightlife and has taken initiative to work with a host of veterans from all walks of life.
His music is a combination of styles influenced by the Bristol sound and many of it’s strains. Releases are concentrated on his label – Boom Sound Recordings – where he works with a variety of producers from Ed West, Nick Manaseh, Dub Boy animist recently the new man in town, the unmistakeable Kreed. He writes sharp, good times lyrics with an infectious, melodic flow.
Aside from his ambitions as a songwriter and solo performer, Gardna also takes to the stage as host for headline DJ sets being a favourite for Aries, Kelvin 373, Jinx in Dub and ASBO Disco.
As the temperature rises, more and more opportunities are opening up with many collaborations in the pipeline so the sky is the limit for the New School Bristol underground’s most talented Dubwise MC.
Organically formed, South Coast Band, Wild Front, aim to pair the unrestrained emotions of music with the capricious nature of life. It came as no surprise when the band formed, as the four boys had been musically working together for years.
The band have self-released 3 singles this year, all of which have had support from Radio 1 and BBC Introducing and been added to numerous Spotify playlists, surpassing 175,000 streams.
Although 80’s rock and alternative indie is a love they all share, their primary musical influences are so different. Jack offers his love of folk and Josh studied classical music at university, whereas Mike and Joe’s musical repertoire ranges from West Coast hip hop to indie folk. It’s this exotic mix that creates their unique and distinctive sound.
Wild Front had a busy summer performing at Common People, Y Not Festival, Truck Festival & Together The People, amongst others. More live dates will be announced soon. The band write, record, engineer & mix all of the tracks at their home studio.