Singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Lisa Kwei is no stranger to the DIY side of the music industry. She’s just self-released her debut album The Girl You Left Behind and has built a dedicated live audience through sheer hard graft.
Those familiar with South London’s vibrant music scene may remember Folkfest’s inaugural event in 2011. Back for a second year, Folkfest is returning to The Bedford, Balham, as ukuleles and harmoniums descend upon the venue.
For the past two years, M has celebrated the success of British acts at the legendary SXSW festival in Texas with interviews, videos and reviews. This year we spoke to some of the bands that received British Music Group funding to travel to the showcase, and we invited SXSW veteran Vic Galloway to comment on the showcase.
Today there are more opportunities than ever to showcase your music internationally. A myriad of different events such as The Great Escape, Popkomm, Womex, Transmusicales, Eurosonic, GoNorth and CMJ bring A&R, live agents, promoters, bloggers, broadcasters and journalists together in one place, to feast their eyes and ears on the finest new music on the planet. There is however a behemoth that straddles the globe and eclipses them all – South by South West (SXSW).
Ilona is a Bulgarian singer songwriter, who has been living in the UK for the last decade. Although only officially starting her music career in May last year, she has already been on a mini tour of the UK, played three nights at Hop Farm Festival, become a favourite on BBC London, and supported Newton Faulkner and Adam Ant.
Ever wondered what the next generation of breakthrough artists will sound like? Steve Cole went along to PRS for Music’s Class of 2011 event to meet some of the society’s youngest, brightest members who are leading the way.
It was clear from the off that this year’s event was packed to the rafters with a surprisingly diverse group of songwriters, who had journeyed from all corners of the country to be at PRS for Music’s head office in London.…