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CirKT announces winners of their final new talent call out

Earlier this year, following Kingston Council being awarded The Mayor Of London’s Cultural Impact Award, a new music initiative CirKT was launched which, over the past few months has been re-igniting venues in the South West London area with a packed live music programme.

The loss of venue spaces has been one of the biggest problems facing London’s live music sector and CirKT has developed an ecosystem style approach to respond to this with a four-month music programme which sought the best of London’s music talent and has been backed by a plethora of industry giants including London grime star Novelist, The Mayor Of London’s Night Czar Amy Lamé, Django Django’s Dave Maclean and Field Day festival founder Tom Baker of Eat Your Own Ears.

CirKT received over 100 entries to their new talent programme this year and are now excited to announce the winners of their final new talent call out, adding seven new artists to the eclectic mix that has already been chosen. Judges Dave Maclean, Tom Baker and leading music journalist, recently featured in BBC The Rap Game, Laura Brosnan selected Maddie Bowe, Glossii, MIRI, PianWooo, The Motive, Baby Husband and MUNGRUL as the winners of the second talent call out.

These artists will join Brother Zulu, Urchin, Time Dilation Unit, Alex Brenchley, Tangieguar, iyatraQuartet, Graver Ekow and Kitty Got Claws who were selected in the first talent call out and all acts will receive once in a lifetime professional development, networking support and performance opportunities as well as the opportunity of securing a £500 bursary.

Round 2 Winning Artists info:

Maddie Bowe- Maddie Bowe is a singer/songwriter based in London. Maddie’s most recent single “With Everything I Have Left” won the Mayor of London Song Prize 2018 and received its debut radio play this year on BBC Radio York with BBC Introducing North Yorkshire. Influenced by the likes of early Sia, Tori Amos, James Taylor, Florence + The Machine, Daughter, and Paramore; Maddie enjoys the story telling process involved in writing her own material. Maddie has played in many venues and events especially over the past year, notably: Feast of St George in Trafalgar Square, The Bedford, The Fulford Arms, The Camden Chapel, Hammersmith Feastival, the VIP tent at Cornbury Festival. Maddie was also recently featured on Wandsworth's Riverside Radio breakfast show. Find out more at: https://www.maddiebowe.com

Glossii- are a young, post-punk band based around South London with a visually unique, underground style. Favourite shows they’ve played include at The Boileroom (Guildford) supporting bands such as Starcrawler, HMLTD and Gender Roles. They have played showcase events working with DIY Magazine and Big Indie at the Two Tribes Brewery and The Old Blue Last. Festivals that they have played include Camden Rocks and The Great Escape. Found out more at: https://www.glossii.com/

MIRI- is a Singer-songwriter & campaigner. She creates soulful and gritty songs, with socially conscious lyrics. She has performed at Sofar Sounds in Amsterdam, Rotterdam and London, 100 Club for The Official Bob Marley Birthday Celebration, Bush Hall supporting Laura Veirs and she is a regular performer at The Lamb Surbiton (Kingston), and also recently performed live on BBC Radio London. Find out more at: http://www.miriofficial.com/

PianWooo- is a London based Korean rapper living in New Malden. Trained as a classical pianist, PianWooo has a scholarship at The Guildhall School of Music and Drama. PianWooo has performed at Kingston International Youth Arts Festival and recently supported pop singer NENAH. Found out more at: https://www.instagram.com/pianwooo/

The Motive- The Motive are an indie rock band with members from Hersham, Walton, Thames Ditton and Hinchley Wood. They started out two years ago, and since then have had multiple successes onstage as well as online. After uploading 5 tracks to streaming platforms in 2018, the band have amassed over 300,000 streams on Spotify, gaining a loyal listenership locally and worldwide. In winter 2018, they sold out two headline gigs at the 150-capacity Basement Door in Richmond, and in July 2019 they played another headline slot at Ram Jam Records to a full house. Find out more at https://www.themotiveofficial.com/

Baby Husband- Baby Husband are a dynamic and textured indie rock band based in London with a mix of English, Irish, Scottish and Welsh members who met at Kingston University. They take influence from great bands such as Wolf Alice and The XX but sound quite distinctive and fresh, incorporating new sounds into their music. Formed in the spring of 2018. Their debut single ‘TV’ has already had recognition from around the UK as they have played various venues across London and at Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Their latest release ‘What’s Wrong’ was produced by Chris Kimsey (The Rolling Stones). Found out more at: www.instagram.com/babyhusbandband

MUNGRUL- As the name suggests, MUNGREL is a cross breed of genres ranging from blues, jazz and grunge to hip hop. MUNGREL has been actively gigging for the past 3 to 4 years in local venues such as The Ram Jam and Fighting Cocks in Kingston to more central London gigs such as The Spice Of Life, New Cross Inn and Thousand Island. Find out more at: https://www.instagram.com/mung_grul/

Round 1 Winning Artists info:

Brother Zulu- Brother Zulu’s members have border-crossing tastes: 1970s soul brought on by lead singer Max Tuohy meets a jazz essence embodied by guitarist Alex Hillman; the back catalogue of rare groove and funk that inspires bassist Noah Nelson meets the heavier hip-hop and rock grooves of drummer Youssef Abdelkhalek. Combining the many elements of Brother Zulu is a production style as unique as it’s varied members, curated by versatile producer, keys player and classically trained flautist Lawrence Ajadi. The band has received support as an Unsigned Music Award nominee, ILUVLIVE Hotlist artist and BBC Artist of the Week whilst catching the eye of tastemakers such as Tom Robinson, Gaby Roslin and Shell Zenner. Find out more at: https://www.instagram.com/brotherzulu/

Urchin- Leo Appleyard is a musician and producer from Kingston, releasing music under the name “Urchin”. Originally an ambitious 8-piece band that performed at the London Jazz Festival and venues around London, Urchin now represents the sonic output forged in a secluded island studio (Hampton Court), once home to The Spice Girls in the early 90s. In 2018, Leo took a break from life as gigging musician and escaped to the progressive music scene of Melbourne, Australia. Taking in the mix of house, disco and modern jazz from the northern districts of Fitzroy and Brunswick. His 'Take Time' EP (release date 1st March 2019) is the reflection of that time spent in a creative zone, in a new scene whilst underpinned by the narrative of UK producers Bonobo, Maribou State and the Cinematic Orchestra. Find out more at: http://www.urchinband.com

Time Dilation Unit- Time Dilation Unit crash landed out of an open wormhole in August 2018 with debut single 'Pain in My Side'. A tale about spending too much time googling symptoms on the internet, which was picked up and played by Steve Lamacq as his single of the week on BBC 6 Music. The band create rocket fuelled stomping new wave post punk with sax, synths and heavy, heavy bass. So far they have played around London and Kent, with some local gigs in Kingston at the Fighting Cocks and the Turks Head in Twickenham. Find out more at: http://www.timedilationunit.com

Alex Brenchley- Alex Brenchley writes acoustic and acapella songs that “hopefully combine sincerity with wit”. His music is an extension of his artistic practice which includes painting, performance and cartooning. His music aims to combine the personal, private and political into poetry whilst maintaining a lightness of touch as well as some humour. As an artist he has performed at Battersea Arts Centre, Barbican Art Gallery, Horse Hospital and The V & A Museum, as well as smaller independent & private galleries. Find out more at: https://www.alexbrenchley.co.uk

Tangieguar- Tangieguar is the musical project of design engineer and Kingston University student Matthew Stimpson. His recent album goes by the name Tangieguar, and he has previously played with the band Laudanum. http://tangieguar.com/

iyatraQuartet- Described as ‘one of the most exciting new music groups around at the moment’, iyatraQuartet create original, boundary-bending, and virtuosic music. With backgrounds and interests in western classical and contemporary classical, Indian carnatic, medieval, South American and African music, and a willingness to play with the possibilities of their instruments, iyatraQuartet have forged a sound over the last five years that is able to take audiences on their own inner journeys. 'iyatra' derives from the Hindi word for 'travel', often towards a spiritual place. Their music is created through improvising together, gradually fixing some elements while leaving other aspects flexible in performance. iyatraQuartet have performed at WOMAD, Songlines Encounters Festival, Bloomsbury Festival, Languages of London Festival, Cambridge Big Weekend and London International Arts Festival, as well as projects with contemporary dance, live poetry and illustration. Find out more at: http://www.iyatraquartet.com/

Graver Ekow- Graver Ekow are a queer British Hip Hop duo, holding a retro futuristic lens to the world. Their cathartic lyrics invite listeners to join them in holding a middle finger to the mainstream, while nestling in DIY pop sensibilities.The result is a controlled chaos of genre-defying Hip Hop that explores the highs and lows of humanity. London-born Mr Ekow and Norfolk-born Graver met in 2018 after meeting on a well-known dating app, which shall not be named. The two have been together since and their unique chemistry shines through their music. Find out more at: https://www.facebook.com/mrchrisekow

Kitty Got Claws- Kitty Got Claws is a rapper, singer and spoken word poet. Her writing and performance intends to break stigma surrounding mental health using stories and narrative, and ultimately intends to leave people feeling touched or changed in some way. Her work has received radio attention, most notably through being played on BBC Introducing: The South and being the featured artist for 2 weeks on Camglen Radio (Scotland). She has performed at festivals, coffee shops, pubs, live music venues and mental health conferences up and down the UK. Find out more at: http://www.facebook.com/kgckittygotclaws

Quotes From Industry and Council Supporters:

Dave Maclean of Mercury Prize nominated Django Django said, “I am excited to be a part of CirKT. I’m passionate about new music and the next generation coming through, so it’s going to be really exciting to meet the acts and hear some great new music.”

Tom Baker, music promoter and founder of Eat Your Own Ears and Field Day, said, “I am thrilled to be part of the Mayor of London music programme Cirkt and looking forward to discovering some brilliant new talent across all genres of music."

Mobo nominated Novelist commented, “I’m a great believer in supporting new talent when possible. Being invited to be a CIRKT juror is both a fun and important way in which I get to do so.”

Amy Lamé, Night Czar, said: “I am delighted to see such an inspiring line up of live music as part of the Mayor’s London Borough of Culture programme. Kingston’s project will support up-and-coming musicians as well as some of the capital’s much-loved live music venues. This is what London Borough of Culture is all about – putting creativity on every doorstep and supporting the city’s creative talent to flourish.”

Cllr Andreas Kirsch, Kingston Council’s Portfolio Holder for Community and Governance, said: “CirKT is a significant programme for Kingston, supporting both local creative talent and local businesses. Kingston has a rich music heritage and CirKT will be a great chance for local and visiting audiences to discover exciting new music talent, whilst providing a fantastic opportunity for local businesses to get involved, showcase musical talent and business at the same time.”

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