This pandemic has put a lot of things on hold, not withstanding live music events - something artists heavily rely on to keep them doing what they’re doing. Here we highlight some artists who are asking for your support to continue making their incredible music.
Spotify have allowed artists to add a fundraising link to their profile
Bandcamp are waving their fees on all sales on the first Friday of the next 3 months.
Andreya Triana is an experimental and self-taught singer and songwriter originally hailing from South East London. Her early love of improvisation influenced her 'Freeflo Sessions'. She later collaborated with Flying Lotus on 'Tea Leaf Dancers', which caught the attention of Ninja Tune's Bonobo. She later toured with the Bonobo live band, and eventually went to perform across the world.
Singer & songwriter Sofia Grant is a pianist & saxophonist based in London. She fuses jazz & folk influences with spiritual tones to create a unique and uplifting sound.
Grant is also founder of the Higher Ground Jam Session in Hackney!
Scott Matthews' ground-breaking debut album, Passing Stranger earned him serious critical acclaim with its bold mix of folk, rock, blues & Eastern-inspired songwriting. In 2020, Scott embarked on a journey with his seventh studio album, due for release on October 2020.
London based artist Sebastian Schub has made appearances at Sofar Sounds, Ronnie Scotts and Camden's Spiritual Bar. Marked by a dominant stage presence & a powerhouse voice, the 22 year-old is turning heads wherever he goes. 'Paradise' marks the young songwriter's debut release and is the first instalment of three singles leading up to a full EP later in 2020.
Arctic Lake formed in 2014 in London. Their emotionally-penetrative vocals are underpinned by restrained minimalist tones, which culminate in a stunningly ethereal sound. They released their latest single 'Unhold Me' in March 2020, and are scheduled to perform at The Grace in London on Sep 17, 2020.
London based 25 year old JGrrey has a unique sound mixing neo soul with a contemporary edge. Her debut EP, Grrey Daze, garnered support from everyone from Annie Mac to Billie Eillish, who JGrrey supported on her European tour. With her silky vocals, honest songwriting & unique style, she's a true triple threat.
The Japanese House is the solo project of London-based singer/songwriter Amber Bain. In 2015, Bain released her debut EP 'Pool to Bathe In' and the follow up EP 'Clean'. She co-produced her first full-length album in 2019 with George Daniel & BJ Burton called 'Good at Falling', filled with lyrical transparency complimented by her warm vocals.
Simeon Hammond Dallas is a singer-songwriter from London's Camden Town. Her music is a folky bluesy country-soul amalgamation. An enemy of dichotomy, her music is soft & vulnerable while packing a punch at the same time.
East London rapper Barney Artist fuses 90s hip-hop with jazz for a refreshing sound. He released his EP 'Bikes Are Bikes' in 2019, followed by his tour 'Tours are Tours'.
The honesty & transparency in his music is inspiring. 'I find that I don’t write with the idea that people are gonna hear it, usually. It’s kind of like, I just bare all.' Barney comments in an interview with Guide To The World of Music. Barney continues to do collaborations, podcasting & joint performances with friends Jordan Rakei, Alfa Mist, Tom Misch & Loyle Carner.
Eric Lau, originally from Hong Kong, is a London based music producer & DJ. He first gained exposure with the song 'I'm Fine' featuring Rahel on Gilles Peterson's Brownswood Bubblers. In an interview with Artefact, Lau describes his music as 'positive' & aims to 'take you to another place, away from this world to a place where you feel more connected.'
Alexandra Lilah Denton, also known as Shura, is a singer, songwriter & producer. She taught herself how to produce music by watching Youtube tutorials while at university. Her modern storytelling writing style combined with soulful beats makes her music enjoyable in every setting.
Marie Dahlstrom is known for her warm, jazz-tinged, soulful, R&B style. Dahlstrom released her jazz infused single 'Wandering' this year, where she creates an image of a ship being adrift at sea. The single is taken from her upcoming album 'Like Sand', which is out in May 2020.
Jordan Mackampa is a soulful & sincere singer & songwriter. The Coventry raised, London based artist released his debut album this year, entitled 'Foreigner'. The album expresses his personal battle with fitting in, while some songs draw influence from his mother.
Sisters Emily, Jessica & Camilla, an indie-folk trio, have been making music & singing perfect 3-part harmonies together since they were children. After the release of their first full length album 'Dead & Born & Grown', they spent a lot of time touring, and opened for acts such as Florence + The Machine & Bon Iver, who later went on to produce their critically acclaimed second album, 'If I Was'.
Tom Harris, known as Hidden Spheres, is a music producer and DJ Based in Manchester UK. He aspires for togetherness & inclusiveness on the dance floor with his music. Hidden Spheres has released music on labels such as Distant Hawaii, Lobster Theremin, Moods & Grooves and Rhythm Section. He also hosts his monthly show 'Fruit Merchant' on NTS radio.
Post-classical pianist James Heather was only 9 when he started to make music after his family took in a second-hand piano. His music is released via Ninja Tune founders Coldcut's 'Ahead of Our Time' label. His debut album, Stories From Far Away on Piano, is described as Heathers interpretation of real world news stories.
Four piece future soul band Yakul has created a sound unique sound that blends emotive lyrics with deep grooves & jazz-infused progressions. Hailing from Brighton, Yakul are inspired by soul, pop and jazz and acts such as D'Angelo & Hiatus Kaiyote.
Zach Said, from the English town of Shrewsbury, starts with a loop or groove when creating his tunes, and channels hip-hop influences from Anderson .Paak (who he's supported on tour) to Frank Ocean. He's got a soul element to it too, picked up at the local disco nights run by his granddad.
Robohands is the solo project of London based composer and instrumentalist Andy Baxter. His music is a blend of beautiful jazz harmonies, wandering saxophones & lively beats. This multi-instrumentalist describes his work as 'underground' - 'not competing with anyone, music for the sake of enjoyment'.
Brothers Turt & Slim are Summers Sons. They have toured with Children of Zeus, Melodiesinfonie & Flo Filz. Their music can be described as rap with a lot of jazz - but they prefer to call it cool bap.
Laurence guy is a DJ & producer from Bristol who has his own signature of sophisticated underground music. His released his first album on Church Records in 2017, and since then has been consistently acclaimed & has always been stylistically diverse.
Bristol based Henry Green is known for his Electric Feel - MGMT cover. The KYGO remix of his cover has been listened to on Soundcloud an astonishing 9 million times!
Far from just a cover artist, Henry released his debut EP 'Slow' in 2015. The four tracks that appear are intimate, minimalistic and simply stunning. His unique tone & beautiful songwriting has resulted in a personal invite to support London Grammar.
This Peckham based producer & artist is known for his stripped back, yet incredibly catchy tunes. In an interview with Ransom Note, Reginald says he prefers to 'not give myself a bracket if I'm honest. It would be nice to give myself the freedom so that maybe one day I could call myself a jazz pianist, for example. I'd like to just leave it open so that I could just adapt to wherever I'm playing, whoever I'm with.'
Tertia May is a singer songwriter inspired by hip hop, jazz, soul & pop. She came onto the scene in 2018 with her debut EP 'Kind of Puprle. May's got a voice that demands attention, and bold grooves to go with it.