Sunday 20th January 2019
Ben Wickins takes hard rock and neo-soul and marries them in a basement in Hackney. But this wasn't always his intention…
He was once a gentle soul whose catchy songs were like vivid snapshots of beautiful places and complicated people. But more and more, his band members started turning up to rehearsals with seven-string guitars and great big Chinese cymbals, wreaking havoc with drive pedals and snare drum effects. It broke his heart.
Then one day, whilst staring intently into a whiskey and coke, at the bottom of which he could see his sunken dream of becoming the next Billy Joel, Ben reluctantly gave in to the whim of his musicians. The result? A hard-rock-tinged brand of laid-back funk that's low, dark and heavy but whose lyrics are descriptive, truthful and ironic.
Denver Cuss is a jazz vocalist based in Ealing. She received classical training from the age of 8, before entering into a 10 year amateur musical theatre stint. Denver obtained a first class honours' degree in Music Performance from the London College of Music, where she discovered that jazz, soul and funk were more suited to her than musical theatre, which she grew up performing.
Denver won the LCM Lutenor prize for Outstanding Jazz Vocalist both in her first and third year at university. She is particularly proud of this as it had never been won by a first year, nor had it been won twice by an LCM student. Denver prides herself on being musically versatile, which she believes has been achieved thus far by constantly absorbing as many types of music as possible.
Denver takes inspiration from modern jazz musicians such as Esperanza Spalding and Roy Hargrove, and fusion artists like Chick Corea, Weather Report, Hiatus Kaiyote.
She and her band are currently writing music for an EP which they plan to record this summer
"alex lozano plays folk and blues ditties"
Daniel Paul Baxter
A musician and singer-songwriter based in Watford, Hertfordshire.
While serving an apprenticeship of Open Mic Nights in Watford and London he has began to grow a reputation for his rich warming melodies and intriguing word play.
He is currently developing material for his first album.
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