We profile some of the latest talented new songwriters and composers to join PRS for Music in the latest quarter including drum ‘n’ bass pioneer Andy C and screen composer Mario Grigarov…
Few producers, DJs or artists have done as much to lead the charge of drum ’n’ bass out of the underground as Andy C.
For almost 25 years, this rave veteran has spearheaded the bass bin crunching sound, ever since it was a mere glint in the eyes of jungle, old school breakbeat and hardcore.
Andy’s underground roots are without question – he first came to attention as a teenager in the early nineties with Valley of The Shadows, an iconic track released as Origin Unknown alongside collaborator Ant Miles. Unleashed on his own RAM Records, also set up with Ant, it proved to be a key ingredient in the primordial soup of drum ‘n’ bass, with its musical heart of darkness and rolling b-lines making it an immediate fixture in raves across the UK and beyond.
RAM has since gone from strength to strength as a label, not only nurturing talent such as Chase & Status, Sub Focus and Wilkinson, but evolving into a huge draw in clubs and on international festival stages. With recent artists releasing via RAM including the likes of Loadstar, DC Breaks and Mind Vortex, it shows that Andy and his team’s A&R skills are as on point as his work as a producer and DJ.
It’s arguably in this latter mode as a live force that Andy is most loved. Behind the decks he’s notorious for his technical skills, utilising at least three turntables and a bewildering collection of gadgets and software to ensure his sets are as roof-raising as possible.
Legendary outings have seen him sell out Alexandra Palace and Brixton Academy while he’s drawn huge crowds at the likes of Glastonbury and Creamfields. Now coming off the back of a sold out residency at London’s XOYO and remixes for Sigala, Major Lazer and London Grammar, a packed festival season from Lovebox to Bestival awaits…
Bulgarian-born screen composer and concert pianist Mario Grigorov has been a musical powerhouse since an early age.
A musical prodigy from the age of five, he became one of the youngest students ever admitted to the Sofia Conservatory and went on to study music in four different countries, becoming an accomplished concert pianist and improviser in jazz, classical and electronica.
While his classical music skills are in no doubt, it’s as a film composer where Mario’s work has arguably made the biggest impact. In 2014 he struck up a collaboration with Harry Potter director David Yates, providing a striking score for the huge hit Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them as well as co-writing an original song with Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling.
Other Hollywood flicks have had their soundtracks provided by Mario; the composer’s creative relationship with Academy Award-winning director Lee Daniels proving to be particularly fruitful. Hit scores have included music for Shadowboxer, the Academy Award-winning Precious and The Paperboy.
Working out of a new West London studio, Charlotte Raven is a TV and film composer freshly graduated from the University of Bristol after majoring in composition.
Charlotte’s experiences so far have seen her work at some of the biggest studios such as Air and Abbey Road for a range of clients and composers. She’s not only helped out on live sessions, but has immersed herself in the world of composition, production and recording.
Her most recent session work saw her recording music in the latter’s iconic Studio 1 for Bear Grylls’ live tour – Endeavour. She was also instrumental in organising the musicians for live performances at the campaign launch of the Paralympics 2016.
When not in the studio, Charlotte has been on tour with the Thompson Twins’ Tom Bailey as his keyboard player, taking in live dates across the US and supporting Chic’s Nile Rodgers.
Musical duo ATYK are Joel and Ellis, a pair of York-based music makers who dwell at the more abrasive end of dance music. They’ve spent the last 12 months taking their hectic, energised sound out of the raves and into huge clubs thanks to ace live performances and releases via Chase & Status’ MTA Records.
The duo mix up breakbeat, trap and grime styles with explosive kicks and big percussion adding up to an at times vicious sound that has earned them props from the likes of Chase & Status, Jaguar Skills and Knife Party.
Their debut Scandal/Pandemic EP, released on MTA, received a lot of love with Scandal from the EP featured in Chase & Status’ BBC Radio 1 Essential Mix. Look out for more sonic aggression from the pair later this year…