The Audacious Art Experiment

“The Audacious Art Experiment is more than a record label, we’re a community mindset that yearns for something more than ‘nine to five’ and aim to take back our chosen social freedoms, artistic expressions and community spirit from the companies trying to sell them to us. Music is our voice and the records we make are the product of our beliefs, dreams and desires.”

The Audacious Art Experiment is a community arts collective firmly at the heart of Sheffield’s DIY scene. The group has suffered personal losses in their upward climb but since its inception TAAE has managed to secure a well-deserved level of success.

The group pools together resources and offers out their local rehearsal space in order to encourage “challenging” music which they can them promote through their channels.

As the group states themselves ‘they are more than just a record label” and the ‘Information Buffet’ at the side of their website attests to this. Poetry, visual arts, photography, events are all disciplines the group contributes to and gets behind.

The video features friends of the TAAE, Algiers, and the song below is by previous label signee Cowtown.

Ski School by COWTOWN

The Audacious Art Experiment

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 Jeramiah Ferrari

I headed home again this week to catch up with the fantastic 4 piece that I first wrote about two months ago. You can check it out here.

From the unassuming town of Leigh in Lancashire, JF are bringing a fresh and original brand of reggae to the UK with a unique and funky mix of rock, calypso, ska, and punk. They’ve gigged accross the country, supported the likes of ‘The Skints’ and appeared in the recent documentary, Manchester: Beyond Oasis.

Both laid back and assiduous in their writing, the band are continuously producing and pushing brand new material, manifest in the two exclusive new tracks in today’s video.  I was fortunate enough to also film the single ‘Shine‘ from their recent EP release ‘The Dubby Rock EP‘ which hit number 4 on the iTunes reggae chart.  Watch it here.

With a growing Facebook fan base of already over 5000, and over 70000 views on their YouTube channel, their sound is spreading, fast, and Jeramiah Ferrari are showing no signs of slowing down.

Introducing Elephant

After reading about these guys on the blog a couple of weeks back, and completely seduced by their sound, I couldn’t resist meeting up with Elephant for an acoustic session.

You can read Adonis’ post on the group, here.

Surprisingly humble and very critical of their work, these guys are in it for their love of making music, and nothing more. I met up with them at the peaceful Sheffield Cemetary to hear how the band came about, and to listen to one of their newest tracks, ‘Pixels‘.

 

Drenge

Guitar/Drums ensembles are nothing new these days as an intimidating lineage of duos have redefined what is possible with only two instruments.

Dead From Above 1979, No Age, Japandroids, Lighting Bolt, The Black Eyes, The Dodos; these bands have drained the well of creativity, championing polyrhythmic technique over layered instrumentation.

Once criticism leveled at these bands is their excess of sound and distortion, almost as if to say that they try to compensate for the ‘lack’ in the music by turning it up a few more notches like an instrumental representation of the Napoleon complex.

Whether the predilection towards ‘maximalism’ is a critical point or not, the brash, ‘rhythm&fuzz’ vibe that these bands effuse is raucous and exciting one to hear.

I Wanna Break You In Half  by Drenge

Drenge, a Sheffield-based two-piece composed of brothers Eoin and Rory Loveless, follows in this lineage and their latest release I Wanna Break You in Half, with its punchy breakbeats thrashy riffs, chugs relentlessly through an unruly two minutes savage playing.

In a live setting, the band truly is something. They tore through their Tramlines set at The Great Gatsby in Sheffield and established themselves as a one to watch! Catch their band at a few select shows in England in the near future.

http://www.facebook.com/drengeboys

http://www.facebook.com/drengeboys

Introducing The Portlands

I headed home this week to meet up with The Portlands, a folk rock band from Leigh, Lancashire. The quintuplets successes since forming in 2009 have taken them all the way to America, and later this month will see them begin a European tour which is being extended by the day.

With two EPs under their belts and countless live gigs and festival performances, their experience and skill equate to a rich and mature sound that is both warm and intense.  Their strong, guitar based style switches fluently from melodic finger picking to heavy get up and dance strumming, combined in such a way that makes their live performances something to behold.

You needn’t take my word for it however, fortunately I had my camera with me…

Rioch Temporal

In the eternal quest to find the new sound, artists come and go, plagiarizing and pilfering from contemporary and historical modes in order to come up with something that is totally unique, with varying degrees of success. One musician that seems to have slipped quite stealthily onto this scene is GHR Leeming (under Rioch Temporal), whose progressive sound strikes a chord somewhere between metal and an acoustic singing sensation. We caught up to discuss all things artsy.

Tell us a little about your background.

I displayed an affinity for visual art and illustration from a very young age, but discovering musicians like Soundgarden, Tool and Cat Power in my teenage years became a catalyst for my desire to write and play music. After moving to Manchester at 18 I became involved with the underground music scene as a writer and promoter.

What creative spheres do you work in?

I’m a part-time music promoter, journalist and graphic designer, but I spend most of my time writing and playing music. I’m mainly a pianist, sampler and vocalist, though I’ll play any instrument I can get my hands on. I wrote both music and lyrics for my material, and am planning pen/pencil based artwork to go with it. When I have the time I create gig posters and band artwork using photography and digital techniques, but am increasingly integrating hand-drawn elements or entirely hand-drawn pieces.

Any hobbies you’d like to share?

I enjoy cooking, cycling, and swearing; and I can’t drive a car, but I can sure pull a damn good pint.

Inspiration?

The natural world: mankind’s history. Mythology, symbolism, and the occult. All colored by my own instincts, emotions, and experiences.

Have you had any training?

I have had classical training in the past, but for the last four years I have been very much self-taught. I constantly try to push the limits of what I’m doing vocally.

What are you working on at the moment?

My solo, piano-based project Rioch Temporal (compared to the likes of Austrian Soap&Skin). Planning a record, whilst working in a trio to prepare my songs for more band-based live performances. More collaborations are also in the works. The Rioch Temporal EP will be out at the end of this year, and I’m currently playing shows whilst getting my teeth into the writing.

Whilst many a young musician is crunching away at scores and tab, Leeming’s natural flair for composition is the piecemeal of great stuff to come. Leeming is currently based in Manchester, and available for gigs. Follow him on his journey up and away over on his blog, or alternatively, to get in contact email manager Rachel Emms at misanthropymusic@hotmail.com. For a free download of the track Helios (Wolves), head to soundcloud here.