Lossy, aka Sam Sharp, is a composer, producer and multi-instrumentalist based in Hackney, London. Mixing up analogue synths, found sounds, circuit bending, sequenced effects and real acoustic instruments to create his own brand of electronica. Sam’s music has previously been released through Tru Thoughts and Tessier-Ashpool as well as though his own label Boot Cycle Audio and plenty of radio airplay from the likes of Tom Ravenscroft (BBC 6Music), Nick Luscombe (BBC Radio 3 / Resonance FM), Dom Servini (Amazing Radio / Wah Wah 45s), Swiss National Radio Couleur3 and Kerem Gokmen (Dubmission / WYEP).
Having grown up playing sax in big band ensembles Sharp went on to study classical music at Leeds before achieving his Masters in jazz from the Guildhall School in London in the mid 2000s. Since then he has immersed himself in electronic music, building up a formidable arsenal of instruments and equipment at his studio base in north London. Equally happy working as a traditional writer and arranger as he is in the realms of dance music, he often finds himself the “muso in the room”.
Always at the forefront of technology, the Lossy stage rig combines innovative controllers, live electronics, traditional instruments and looping gear to enable him to improvise and compose on the fly. Recent evidence can be found in the form of his sold out shows with poet Hollie McNish, live collaboration with visual artist Strangers Are People Too and upcoming performances recreating DJ Shadow’s Endtroducing album with Introducing Live at The Bullingdon, Oxford (Apr 15th) and Koko, London (Apr 22nd).
“Another great Lossy production! Love it!” Nick Luscombe (BBC Radio 3)
Ambient · Avant Garde · Electronic · Experimental · Film score
A journey of discovery for both the listener and musician. Barry’s (Yrrab) solo work is a sonic journey of instrumental experimentation, delving deep into the world of electronica. Barry’s work comprises a wide range of recording techniques as an ever evolving learning and creative process, which is an exciting one to be on.
Trekkah (Benjamin Zięć) is a musician, producer, co-founder of events & record label, Phlexx.
As an instrumentalist and vocalist Trekkah is currently writing and performing for/with, Nottingham’s Future Sound of music Winner 2012 The Afterdark Movement & Reggae-Dub heavy weights Origin One.
In the last year Trekkah has performed with both groups on stages up and down the country and been billed on festival line-ups such as No Tomorrow Festival, Boomtown & Soundwave Croatia alongside Artists, Groups & Djs such as London Grammar, Clean Bandit, Gentleman’s Dub Club & Sam Smith.
To date, as a Producer, Trekkah has released two Eps; ‘The Colour’ Ep (2012) & ‘Midnight’ Ep (2014). Both records blend a fruitful array of genres with an aesthetic balance of both electronic and organically produced sounds. Trekkah has produced, co-written with and/or performed alongside a number of artists and their work spanning such names as PercyDread, Josh Wheatley, Bru-C, Eyez, Yazmin Lacey, Esther Leonard, Parisa Eliyon, K.O.G & Heavy Heads.
Trekkah is currently working on writing with boths acts Afterdark & Origin One, writing a full length album as Trekkah for 2015 and also working on a interactive illustration and sound piece which will be exhibited in the New Art Exchange, Nottingham in March 2015.
Baxter Dunlop used to be the singer/songwriter in The Toy Guns and was signed to EMI. The Toy Guns toured Japan and received regular national airplay. Since then Baxter has mainly been writing and recording in his basement studio and has received recognition from BBC Introducing and Tom Robinson for his latest track ‘Connecting Dots’.
Baxter Dunlop makes music out of stickle bricks, music for fist fights, music to dance to, music for punks, music for the new wave, music for the old wave, music to fall off your bike to, music to drive your car to, music to burn your toast to, music for the low end, music for the high end, music for post-punks, music for electros, music for those who watch internet streams, music for guitars, music for synths, music for pets, music for overpriced transport, music to drink to, music to smoke to, music for those who try too hard, music for out of date meat, music for bad make-up and fake nails, music for greasy spoons, music for vinyl, music for digital, music for sleep deprivation, music for bad hair, music for the one that got away, music for the soul, music for schizophrenic glamour, music for film, music for clubs, music for those old enough to know better, music for riots, music for city folk, music for country folk, music for slashback razors, music to skate to, music for the masses, music for the classes.
Jody Betts AKA Tray electric carefully crafts melodic electronica and dance music. Tray has performed for Notts promotions and label Wigflex, alongside world champ scratch DJ Switch, for The Invisible Circus at Boomtown Fair, Headstock Festival, Y Not Festival, for VICE magazine at Rescue Rooms, support slots with with New Young Pony Club, Mike Skinner’s The D.O.T, Troumaca and Breton and at Brick Lane’s 93 Feet East.
Tray Electric has ammassed a catalogue of well over thirty tracks of brilliant material and is now gearing up for his debut release.
“Grinding electronica, both soothing and vital, if this is the future, we like it muchly”
Play Music Magazine
“Tray Electric… multi talented, with an array of clever sound trickery…”
Scuzzed up 80’s drum loops, distorted punk tinged basslines and cheeky analogue synths form a backdrop to lovelorn stage theatrics. Heartache and introversion for the bedroom generation.
Love songs disguised as laments, set in a world where courting and the romantic thrill of the chase has degenerated into game playing and text messages. The juxtaposition of angular electronics with fuzz drenched, organic bass guitar perfectly imparts the mood of a romantic struggling with love in an indifferent century.
The musical influences heard here are often thought of as being 80’s artists such as Joy Division and the Smiths. There is undoubtedly a healthy dose of Morrissey or Ian Curtis in Jack’s lovelorn stage theatrics and sometimes painfully honest and expressive performances, but the singer cites his musical influences as being
more that of the grunge and punk songs he listened to as a teenager in the 90s. Indeed, the songs themselves seem to hark back to that intangible innocence and simplicity that permeates our teenage crushes, only to be lost in the politics of adult relationships.
“Dark, brooding, heartbreakingly honest and lyrically poignant. Notts answer to your saddest moments.” Farmyard Records – www.farmyardrecords.com
“Practical Lovers is not just a musical project but an entire personality. Definitely a band worth checking out.” – Darren Patterson – Nottingham Live
Formerly known as acoustic singer/songwriter ‘Frazer Lowrie’, Lowrie has ditched the first name and his acoustic guitar for a piano, beats & synths. 2016 will see the release of his debut mix tape ‘Floating World’ but in the meantime his first single ‘Another Trip Around The Sun’ will be out on iTunes December 4th 2015. Although this current release may suggest otherwise; Lowrie’s live shows are far from soft; passionate & powerful vocals, intricate vocal loops, bass destroying beats and fantastic samples.
Having just signed with I’m Not From London Publishing and being awarded the Young Creative Music Award at the Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham there is no doubt that 2016 will bring a plethora of opportunities for this fine young talent. Lowrie continues to push the boundaries of genres, stereotypes and normality – proved by having been described as a mix of Jamie Cullum, Dallas green and Rod Stewart…
“…an astonishing voice… a great artist, really prolific and so many really classy tracks…” //Dean Jackson – BBC Introducing
“From the second he took to the stage, his confidence was apparent with the stage presence one would expect from a tried, toured and tested musician.” // ItSoundedSweet.com
“Frazer has been on our list of ones to watch since we started promoting…” // Under the Tree
“Lowrie then took to the stage for his solo set which blew everyone away…” // NUSIC