Savvy & Saving Grace Music

While I was enjoying some great art at the Zetland, I was lucky enough to bump into a fantastic recording artist, turned producer and now record label owner, Savvy. There are so many up and coming artists and musicians out there today, so it’s always awesome to chat with someone who has such raw talent, and is really showing the world what he’s got. With his own music racking up hits on YouTube, and his record label working with every genre from Folk to Grime and everything in between, you’re bound to love him just as much as I did.

Here’s what he has to say…

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Tell me a little bit about yourself and your music?
 
My name is Savvy, some people also may know me as Asaviour, I’m a producer & recording artist from Huddersfield and I’ve worked with a range of artists like: T.E.E.D, DJ Q, Stac, Athlete, Jehst, andDJ IQ to name a few. I’ve released 3 mix tapes as part of the a Play To Win series and have couple of albums out, one called The borrowed Ladder and another called The A Loop Theory. I’m currently working on a new album title to be conformed.

The Gola campaign is called “Born in Britain” are there any British artists that inspire you today?

Thats a long list erm……Mr Scruff, Radiohead, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, David Bowie, Arctic Monkeys, The Clash, The Who, T.E.E.D, The Stone Roses, The Cure, Dizzee Rascal, Kate Bush, The Specials, Amy Whinehouse, Happy Mondays, Damon Albarn (Blur/Gorillaz), M.I.A, Joy Division, Queen, New Order, The Beatles, Franz Ferdinand, Goldfrapp, Basement Jaxx, erm, erm The Streets, Roots Manuva, Labrinth, Calvin Harris,  Emeli Sandé, La Roux…I can literally go on and on and on……
 
You’ve also been busy working on your own record label “Saving Grace Music” Tell us about the label?

Erm… I guess it was just natural progression for me I stared featuring on peoples records, then got the chance to release my own records via labels then moved onto releasing my own records via my own label. I guess the aim is to give other artists & my self a platform to put out quality music whatever the genre. I stared the imprint in I guess 2007-8 firstly with mix tapes (Play to Win series) then moving onto singles & albums.

What projects and releases can our readers look out from you in the future?

Well I just released a free track from my recently released mix tape Play to Win vol.3 its called Adapt or Die (The Remix) it’s only free for a limited time so grab it while you can. http://soundcloud.com/savvy/savvy-adapt-or-die-remix

The second track is a forthcoming single from an artist I’ve worked with on my last album the A Loop Theory my collaboration album with DJ IQ ( Professor Green’s Tour DJ) has call Pride and it features a singer song writer called Stac, The track is called The Right Idea and features remixes from DJ Q, The Whiteboys, Noji & XLII. take a listen > http://soundcloud.com/saving-grace-music/pride-the-right-idea-ep

And last but not least we have a new artist to the label called Ben Hoo, Hes a singer, songwriter, guitarist, rapper, drummer generally and all round talented guy, he has a single due called Failing its amazing but hey I’m biased.

And I guess my new album, sorry I can’t tell you the title at the moment but I’m aiming to have that out later in the new year, I’m real happy with it so far.

 Finally, anything else you’re dying to tell us?
 
I’m also currently rehearsing with my new band for when we tour the new album its coming together nicely, we got a few special dates planned to make sure you follow me on twitter via @iam_savvy to find out when & where as i’ll be coming to a town near you soon!!

 Laterz…..

 

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Well guys I hope you enjoyed reading that as much as I enjoyed writing it. You can find Savvy online on many platforms, so check out the links below and make sure you’re the first to hear about all the latest news and new releases. Follow him and Saving Grace Music on their journey to bring us the best music has to offer. Don’t be left behind…

Savvy:
Twitter: @iam-savvy
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Saving Grace Music
Web: saving-grace.co.uk
Until next time guys!
Katie

Introducing Ford And The Shouts

Fronted by the beautiful Miss Ford, The Shouts are mixing sweet sounding Blues and Pop with funky beats and rhythms. The sassy four are only a year old; originally an acoustic/cover band, they hit on something special with their covers of Amy Winehouse, Paulo Nutini, and John Mayer. With a growing fan base the bands early successes have provided the bedrock to build up their own style and record some original tracks.

Currently working hard, recording more and more and boosting their exposure as much as possible, they’re already planning for festivals in the sunny months of next year. I’m anticipating an exciting and eventful 2013 for Ford And The Shouts, give their new EP ‘Shouting For Our Lives’ a listen, available for FREE on their SoundCloud, here.

[EDITOR PLEASE LINK http://soundcloud.com/fordandtheshouts for “here”. IT VANISHES WHEN I ADD IT]

Introducing The Lottery Winners

Introducing The Lottery Winners, ‘Born in Salford and raised on romance‘.

Since forming back in 2008, the charming ‘indie-pop’ four have seen incredible success. Their fast growing fan base is testament to the fact that everybody who hears these guys, loves them, immediately. On top of supporting The Futureheads and The Enemy, to name a couple, in 2010 the band won the Live and Unsigned music competition at the O2 London, beating around 10,000 entries from other artists.

Despite all of this, the band are yet to release an album. Don’t be fooled however, because they are working harder than ever, and it won’t be long before ‘The Lottery Winners‘ is a name you begin to hear much more often.

I caught up with them this week for a chat and also to hear one of their newest tracks, ‘Elizabeth‘.

Enjoy…

http://thelotterywinners.co.uk/

 

 

G R E A T W A V E S

“Visionary – An orchestra of synths, guitars, stripped down electronic percussive beats and deep vocals, merged with a collage of homemade field recordings.”

Feel The Love by G R E A T W A V E S

An undulating guitar riff introduces G R E A T W A V E S‘ most recent single Feel the Love and rests in the mix for the duration of the song, rocking from note to soothing note with an artless intensity which is not lost despite the ebb and flow of atmospheric sounds and layered parts. The riff guides like a Sherpa and keeps a constant motif as the song flows through its various, ever-growing parts.

The thoughtful ear of this Manchester dream synth-pop duo is marked out often through subtle chord change and a drifting in waif of a note. David de Lacy and Oliver Cooper’s often minimalist production exudes an inviting warmth; it’s lo-fi enough to lull the listener into quietude, and atmospheric enough to keep the ears always working. The sea, given the band’s name, is an obvious reference and the track The Shore expresses this tranquillity of the sea.

The Shore by G R E A T W A V E S

The band has a limited number of shows in an around the country before they head off to Italy, so make sure to catch them then.

G R E A T W A V E S + REGAL SAFARI
Friday, 19th October at 20:30
The Bunker, Salford

G R E A T W A V E S + REGAL SAFARI
Saturday, 20th October 2012 at 20:00
The Seabright Arms, London

Photography by Jonathan Flanders

Yola Fatoush

Yola Fatoush’s self-titled EP, released through Parlour Records in June earlier this year, introduces the duo’s emphatic cascade of sound, which washes over the listener and sees them deserving the appellations of “immersive” and “transcendental” given to them by their label.

From the synthesised bells on the track  The Premises, mixed in with discordant and droning bass patterns, to the choral arrangements on Usher in Spring, it’s clear that the band draws in tonal pallets from a variety of influences.

Leading the EP, however, is the engaging track Celine which has yelps and staccato synth bleeps and chords jarring throughout the verses; these open up to a woozy chorus that melts all the punch in the former part of the song into an “immersive” and melodic haze.

The pitched down ‘R’n’B’ samples on tracks like Circle of Pain are indebted to ‘R’n’B influences; the group cite as Chicago’s DJ Nate and producer Jeremih as experimental artists they feel connected to.

Amidst the leftfield electronic influence there is perceptible pop sensibility that informs an ear for melody and song craft Grimes would be proud of.

The attraction of the band, having said all this, is the combination of influence and technique in what is a very listenable pop style. Look out for the band as they tour in the next couple of weeks, particularly at the Oxjam Festival at The Bowery in Sheffield.

Screaming Maldini

The best phrase I can think of to describe Screaming Maldini would be “sonic explosion”, because that’s what it feels like when you listen to them: an explosion of pop, with soaring five-part harmonies and an epic musicality bursting in at you from all sides which you absolutely have to fall in love with.  Inventive, enticing, intelligent and, above all, stand-out awesome, surely it cannot be long before this band take over the world.

Based in Sheffield, Screaming Maldini have been making their eccentric and endearing quirk-pop (that’s their chosen genre-word, folks) since 2009. Comprising of six phenomenally talented musicians, who between them demonstrate stunning proficiency in strings, glock, guitar, drums, percussion, bass and piano, their passion, enthusiasm and commitment to musical individuality (not to mention their incredible songs) has seen their popularity grow and grow, in Sheffield, Britain and beyond.

After two critically-acclaimed EPs, the band released their first (eponymous) album on Alcopop in Autumn of this year, to glowing praise. “Life in Glorious Stereo”, the first single to be taken from it, has been received a similarly rapturous response from the music press, with the Guardian commending their “beautiful yet hyper over-the-top melodies” and 6Music’s Tom Robinson simply describing them as “WOW!”

It only takes one quick scroll down the Screaming Maldini Facebook page to see that they are going to serious places. Every day there is news of the latest accolade. Just the other day, they posted that Matt Berry has offered up a remix of their next single “Summer, Somewhere”, released October 15th. Yes, Matt Berry, the very same Matt Berry that plays Douglas Reynolm in the IT Crowd. I know! If Dr Lucian Sanchez off’ve Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace remixing your tunes isn’t a sign that you’ve made it, then I don’t know what is.

To find out more about Screaming Maldini, visit their website. Oh, and so convinced am I that this band will continue their rise to musical greatness that, should they not, I solemnly swear I will eat my blogger’s keyboard. And that’s a promise.

– Georgie

(Feature Image Photography by Paul Cantrell)