A live panel of industry experts have today (Thursday) chosen four acts to receive support from the PRS Foundation-led initiative to press a release to vinyl at The Great Escape.
Bristol-based MC Gardna, London-based alt-pop artist Lauran Hibberd, Bristol’s grunge-pop three-piece Soeur and West Midlands indie group Hoopla Blue will all receive a vinyl release package.
The bundle includes 500 12” vinyl from Key Productions, audio mastering from Metropolis and release support from artist merch platform Music Glue.
An external advisor helped PRS Foundation whittle down 120 applications for the funding to a shortlist of eight.
The applications represented an almost 50/50 gender split, with a good spread across genres and the majority of hopefuls came form outside of London.
Of all the entrants, 60 percent were looking to fund an EP release and 40 percent were hoping to press an album to wax.
Over an hour-and-a-half, panellists Anton Newcome (Brian Jonestown Massacre), Julie Weir (Music for Nations/Sony), Jamz Supanova (presenter, BBC Radio 1Xtra), Claire Alliot (Stellar Song Publishing, TW9 Management) discussed the shortlist before coming to a final decision on the winning four acts.
David Bianchi says of Gardna: ‘He’s got it all hasn’t he? He’s charming, he’s funny. I like the music first and foremost. I think he’s very believable.’
Jamz Supanova: says of Hoopla Blue: ‘It really pricked up my ears that they’ve already sold vinyl in Rough Trade. They already had support on Radio X and some really good press as well. Obviously, BBC Introducing have already been behind them. I think they’ve got a good plan and the momentum’s there’
Anton Newcome says of Lauren Hibberd: ‘I think she’s a good investment too, that she’ll grow, because the genre lends itself to vinyl. I could see her playing at Uni’s and people at Uni’s buy records.’
Julie Weir says of Soeur: ‘I really like them, and the girls come across as so ballsy. It’s two very different people in the same band that are incredible, confident. They produce their own line of merch. They’re the first band that have come back and said, “things really cost money.”’