We meet some of our newest members to join PRS for Music in the latest quarter including pop songwriter Martin Sjølie, unstoppable grime force C Cane, the weird and wonky Superorganism and ‘gritty but pretty’ post-punkers Dead Naked Hippies…
Pianist, songwriter and record producer Martin Sjølie (above) is fast gaining a reputation as the go-to songwriter for Scandi pop success. Perhaps best known as the main collaborator behind Norway’s pop starlet Maria Mena, his latest triumph has been with Sigrid, a 20-year-old fellow Norwegian whose pop stomper Don’t Kill My Vibe has been streamed more than 20 million times on Spotify.
Co-written with Martin, Nylon described the track as ‘the ultimate millennial empowerment anthem,’ while Sigrid has described how it came about as a result of a prior session with songwriters who didn’t take her seriously.
Born in Norway, Martin says he ‘grew up in church’ playing piano and conducting choirs. ‘That got me into music’ he explains. Surrounded by jazz, gospel and pop, he decided as a teenager that he wanted to be a producer and songwriter. A three-year course at the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts cemented his ambition, and he went on to work as a touring musician for Norwegian artists including Marit Larsen – one of the country’s biggest singer-songwriters.
One of Martin’s first studio roles was assisting producer David Eriksen, where he worked with pop acts of the day including Rachel Stevens. Since then, he’s written and produced songs for artists all over the world.
His recent work in the UK reads like a who’s who of British pop, with cuts for Sam Smith, Ella Henderson, Charlotte OC, The Wanted’s Nathan Sykes and RAYE all stacking up. With an ever-growing list of credits, there’s no way anyone is killing his vibe…
C Cane is an unstoppable force currently causing a stir on the grime scene. Known for shutting down sets with her explosive bars, she was spotted early on by Complex UK as one of 15 MCs to watch out for, while MTV applauded her #gimmegrime freestyle session on BBC Radio 1Xtra as ‘one of 2015’s hottest’.
Busier than ever, this multi-lingual, multi-instrumentalist can be found hosting her own show on Reprezent Radio every Wednesday and making documentaries alongside Idris Elba, when she isn’t dropping nuggets of gold such as her session for Toddla T, that is.
Alongside her emcee flows, C Cane also sings and plays guitar and piano. An artist with many strings to her bow, it’s no wonder then that PRS Foundation has got behind her sound, granting her Momentum Music Fund support to help her fast-rising career.
Currently filming with Sky Arts for a big undisclosed project to be broadcast in the coming months, C Cane’s new single Bad To Da Bone has picked up support from BBC Radio 1Xtra’s MistaJam and demonstrates exactly why she is one to watch.
The identity of Superorganism has been the subject of much speculation.
After the band’s debut AA single It’s All Good / Nobody Cares landed seemingly out of nowhere and into the consciousness of superstar fans like Frank Ocean and Vampire Weekend’s Ezra Koenig, the internet was awash with theories: was it Damon Albarn under a new pseudonym? Or maybe a new project from Tame Impala’s Kevin Parker?
Weird, wonky and totally off-kilter, Superorganism is actually the work of an eight-piece international collective. Setting up base in east London’s Homerton, it didn’t take long for the buzz band to be snapped up by Domino, while their first ever UK show is at the 700-capacity Village Underground on 5 October.
Do yourself a favour and be there…
Dead Naked Hippies
Like their name, Dead Naked Hippies’ music makes you stand to attention and take note. This trio of post-punkers are the latest exciting promise to burst out of the Leeds scene, wowing critics from DIY to Louder Than War with their ‘gritty but pretty’ sound.
Debut single, Lights Out, was produced by Matt Peel (Eagulls, Pulled Apart By Horses) and is a formidable sounding cut, with vocalist Lucy Jowett’s ardent howls channeling The Kills’ Alison Mosshart via Savages’ Jehnny Beth.
Signed to Leeds label Dance To The Radio, the band recently blew minds at Leeds Festival with their unrelenting set and have just dropped a brand new self-titled EP, written in backlash to the general election.
‘We were the happiest and most pissed off we’d ever been and you can see that laid bare in the songs’ they’ve said of the writing.
Catch them on their current UK tour while you can.