The internet is a wonderful place to discover music, but nothing can replace the moment you first see an artist live – either they’ve got something or they haven’t. I consider both of the performers we’re presenting this month to be two of the most gifted emerging live artists in the UK if not further afield. Tawiah we’ve been supporting for a long time, since her debut EP “In Jodi’s Bedroom” made a real impact on the independent scene. Since then she’s written an album we can expect to hear later this year, but before that there is some incredible new music arriving imminently – which you will get to hear live for the very first time at this edition of PMOI Live. Mahalia is a young singer songwriter from Leicester I’ve had the pleasure of working with and watching grow (at an alarming rate) over the past year. Every time I speak to her she’s written a clutch of great new songs about her experiences – always honest, original and catchy. A naturally gifted performer who comes from a musical background, watching her sing her music live is inspiring and exciting. Our resident DJs Eric Lau and Marshmello will be on duty with an eclectic selection that will make you miss the last tube…
Whilst we finish editing the videos I can’t wait for you to see, here’s a selection of photos from our last event. It was really exciting to catch two completely different artists right before they both undoubtedly make significant waves on the festival circuit later this year.
L.A. Salami is a poet at heart who can’t switch it off (just try asking how he is if you’re up for an existential journey), and his performance was both thought provoking and inspiring. Valentina is one of those artists who commits every part of themselves to the moment, her soundcheck left me in tears and you could hear a pin drop during her stunning performance of “Gabriel”. As always, Marshmello played an extremely juicy and eclectic and DJ set, and special guest Budgie kept us on the floor when the lights came up with rare groove, rare soul, and a whole bunch of other rare stuff.
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After our test run in December at our new home The Old Queens Head, we’re excited to announce a regular live monthly night, bringing PUT ME ON IT to life and presenting the most exciting emerging artists we can find. The first session is on Wednesday February 13th, with Valentina, a singer songwriter I’ve been writing about since early 2011. Her debut EP “Weights” is stunning, and you’ve probably heard “Gabriel” the Joe Goddard song she featured on. L.A. Salami I came across when he supported Lianne LaHavas a year ago, and have been a fan of ever since. On DJ duties we have Budgie (Livin Proof / Honest Johns) and Marshmello (NTS / 7s Unda The Stairs / Two Timers).
They say you shouldn’t make a Youtube video more than four minutes long. They also say you shouldn’t book experimental jazz (or whatever you call this) on a Saturday night. As you can see I don’t care what they say.
Hello Skinny is an album and group created by producer Tom Skinner, who has played drums for [insert name of artist you love here], in this instance joined by producer in his own right Crewdson, and revered sax player / flautist Finn Peters. It was such an honour to have them perform at what was a really exciting test run for PUT ME ON IT LIVE at The Old Queens Head on 22nd December 2012 (I can now announce it will be a regular monthly event), alongside London’s finest DJs Eric Lau, Marshmello, Kidkanevil, Kutmah and Josey Rebelle. If you didn’t make it – most of London had gone home for Christmas – please enjoy the video by Just Compositions, and photography by Wayne Thomas.
The next event is Feb 13th 2013 with LA Salami, Valentina, Budgie and Marshmello.
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Photo by Angie Smith
I started the “Last Night On Earth” podcast with a desire to discover the music that means most to some of the people in music who inspire me. The first was by producer Eric Lau, and after a long absence, the next is by Robin Hannibal. Robin’s face and name may not be the most familiar, but he produces for Quadron, Boomclap Bachelors, Owusu and Hannibal, Louie and most recently the internet conquering Rhye (amongst other projects).
In my opinion Robin is one of the most talented emerging artists in the world right now and we’re lucky enough to catch him on the cusp of huge things, and I’m so glad because this mix is a glorious combination of subtle Scandinavians, deeply intelligent composers and the ultimate in soulful pop music – a true reflection of Robin’s own work. Even the R.Kelly track.
I asked talented LA based photographer Angie Smith to meet up with Robin to take these photos, and she captured a wistful gaze at sunset I think really helps set the mood. – AI
Welcome to my selection of songs that I couldn’t live without. They all have a special place in my heart for different reasons. Some inspire, some touch me, some make me jealous. – RH
[Full tracklist and description after the jump.]