PRS Foundation’s Momentum Music Fund presents a day of panel discussions and one-to-one advice on how to get to a sustainable career level at Norwich Arts Centre, followed by a celebration of Momentum’s successes with live performances from three grantees Mary Epworth, Hannah Peel and Love Ssega.
The event brings industry experts from all over the UK to Norwich, including two of Momentum’s partners Arts Council England and PPL. After successful events in Manchester, Hull and Liverpool, PRS for Music join the schedule with How to: Make Your Music Pay, offering advice to songwriters and composers on the importance of locking down your business, and understanding and protecting your rights. More information about the free day discussion here
Mary Epworth has launched her new album ‘Elytral’ with wonderful new track ‘Me Swimming’.
The new album was funded through PRS Foundation’s Momentum Music Fund, and recorded in Los Angeles alongside producer Thom Monahan, the follow on from 2012’s acclaimed full length ‘Dream Life’.
‘Elytral’ will be released on September 1st, with the twitching, imaginative, twilight pop of ‘Me Swimming’ leading the way.
Languid, engrossing songwriting, it marks the return of a brave talent.
2016 was Hannah Peel’s busiest year to date: in addition to her solo album, she collaborated with Beyond The Wizard’s Sleeve (aka Erol Alkan & Richard Norris) on the singles ‘Diagram Girl’ and ‘Creation’ and her band The Magnetic North released their widely praised second album, ‘Prospect Of Skelmersdale’ in March ’16.
Peel also created the music for the moving ‘Santa Forgot’ TV and online advert for Alzheimer’s Research UK which was screened in the run up to Christmas 2016.
Ever creatively restless and forward-thinking, she’s been composing a new record with new synth-based, space-age alter-ego Mary Casio – a characteristically experimental piece combining analogue electronics and a 33-piece colliery brass band (it debuted to a sold out Manchester audience in May ’16).
Although modestly she shies away from any comparison, it’s little wonder The Observer describes Peel as ‘a great singer and a latter day Delia Derbyshire.’
Some may recognise the name after Love Ssega lent his vocal skills to the Clean Bandit hit “Mozart’s House” which he wrote and co-produced. He was a founding member of the band and subsequently performed with them live on Jools Holland to the Other Stage, Glastonbury in front of 45,000 people. He’s now striking out as a solo artist with his full live band.
Filtering a crate-digging knowledge of classic sounds through life growing up in South London, Love Ssega is a bright young talent sticking to his singular path. Channelling a vibrant mix of New Wave, 80s hip-hop and NYC disco into smart modern pop, Love Ssega draws on an evocative point in sound and culture far removed from the London borough of Lewisham where he was raised.
He has a keen eye for colour and visuals and on stage can be found wearing shirts custom tailored by his sister out in Kampala, Uganda, where his family originates. The creativity all bleeds into the music. Never to be constrained, his musical experiences, are as wide-ranging as his life story so far – both unexpected and undefinable. He has has two different tracks performed by the 70-piece BBC Symphony Orchestra and also the BBC Concert Orchestra at Earls Court.