Following are some of the artists we have supported through our Breakthrough Artist Development Programme, funded by Help Musicians UK through their National Grants Programme, with match from Arts Council England.
Starting out as a young artist in various bands recording at Higher Rhythm, then graduating from our Breakthrough artist development programme in 2016, Skinny Pelembe’s stellar success followed, signing with Brownswood Recordings, playing sell out tours and major festivals, and, being championed by BBC Radio’s Lauren Laverne, Mary Ann Hobbs, Giles Peterson and Tom Ravenscroft (to name but a few…). Skinny still records his music at Higher Rhythm Recording Studio. Good egg…
Floodhounds were successful applicants to our Breakthrough Artist Development Programme in 2017. Festival appearances at Live at Leeds and Long Division (Wakefield) followed, alongside BBC Introducing airplay and sold out local live shows in Sheffield. Floodhounds also won an ‘Honorable Mention’ for the Sensoria Festival ‘Beats working for a living’ Music Commission Award in 2018, awarded with a grant to support further career development presented by Richard Hawley, and ended 2018 playing international dates.
The Harriets were selected for our Breakthrough Artist Development Programme in 2017. The band landed festival appearances at Live at Leeds and Long Division (Wakefield), alongside a BBC Introducing live radio session, playing live at Doncaster Rover Football Stadium, and rounding off with a sold out headline appearance at 360 Club, Leeds, and a performance at the Brudenell Social Club. The Harriets are a hard working band that never stop pushing themselves and typify what being a self managed artist in the modern music industry is all about.
Bi:Lingual, fronted by the energetic Dylan Cartlidge, were a band that took the phrase ‘power trio’ to a whole new level… They won a place on our first Help Musicians UK and Arts Council funded pilot year of the Breakthrough Artist Development Programme, and took the roof off Maida Vale when they played live at our artist showcase event. All members are still making music, as new acts, and the frontman Dylan, is excelling as a music artist, signing with Universal and definitely being another one to watch.
Successful applicant to Higher Rhythm’s Help Musicians UK and Arts Council England funded Breakthrough Artist Development Programme in 2018, no fixed ID, is a unique musical talent that almost manages to sneak into the gap between the boxes of ‘alternative rap pop’ and ‘art rap’. With appearances at HerFest, Live at Leeds and The Big Boulder Festivals, being selected for a physical single release through Come Play With Me, and being a speaker on a music industry panel at the Yorkshire Music Forum annual conference, 2018 was definitely a productive one for, no fixed ID.
Joe Russell-Brown, a 19 singer songwriter from Scunthorpe, was selected for our Breakthrough Artist Development Programme in 2018. Joe developed as an artist, turning out a self-recorded EP with a fair label of ‘lo-fi dream pop anthems’ being attached. Gathering a list of 9k fans, playing gigs across the region and selling his music in 62 countries, perhaps Joe’s own description of “a reet ole year” summarises how things have gone for him on 2018.
Elle Call is an electro pop artist from Leeds who was selected for our Breakthrough Artist Development Programme in 2018. Elle has appeared on live showcase events at Cafe INDIEpendent (Scunthorpe) and The Big Boulder Festival (Sheffield) this year as well as debuting new music for independent arts and music mag, Delinquent Magazine. With an increasing crowd of followers in her home town of Leeds, 2019 has potential for being an exciting year for this talented song-writer.
Let Man Loose, from Hull were selected for our Breakthrough Artist Development Programme in 2018. With a sound bridging indie and desert rock, they can really play live, and they do… a lot! Summarising their year in their own words: “We’ve had a blast! We’ve played on the ferry to Amsterdam, recorded and released our second EP, received increasing support from BBC Music Introducing and have just wrapped up our UK tour…” Other highlights in 2018 for Let Man Loose included supporting Black Honey, playing Sheffields Big Boulder Festival and Nottingham’s Dot to Dot Festival, and the pretty awesome, Humber Street Sesh in Hull.
LIO is an ambient alt-pop band fronted by Leonie Sloots, a Netherlands born artist now based in Sheffield, and were selected for our Breakthrough Artist Development Programme in 2019. Having enjoyed festival appearances at Outlines, Tramlines, and Y Not Festival and radio play on Amazing Radio and BBC Introducing, LIO took part in our PRS Foundation Open Fund project in 2018 and progressed from this onto Breakthrough with the ambition of releasing more music, building artistic profile and growing their fan-base.
The Paper Waits are a song writing partnership based in Harrogate, West Yorkshire. Taking their inspiration from bands such as London Grammar, The Civil Wars and Portishead they have developed a deceptively dark and unique sound cased in gentle acoustic melancholia. Winners of the Higher Rhythm ‘Open Call’ to perform at Live at Leeds 2019, they impressed so much we felt compelled to offer them a place on Breakthrough 2019.
Park Fires are an Electronic Indie-Pop band based in Leeds and also the founders of Her Music PR and Her Fest. Park Fires have been selected for our Breakthrough Artist Development Programme in 2019. And we will work with the artist to develop new-recorded works and build on their existing live performance network.
Will Phillips Aka Young Tarzan Beats is a Beat producer and Songwriter from Doncaster, South Yorkshire who was selected for our Breakthrough Artist Development Programme in 2019. His main influences are artists such as Bryson Tiller, Tory Lanez, Partynextdoor, and Kehlani. A self taught musician, and music producer, Will has generated a huge online following, rapidly closing in on 30k Youtube subscribers.
Holly received rave reviews from BBC Introducing Sheffield Christian Carlisle and on hearing the artist’s music we can definitely see why! A talented songwriter, singer and guitar player, Holly has recorded in Nashville and played dates across the US before basing herself in Chesterfield, South Yorkshire and was selected for our Breakthrough Artist Development Programme in 2019.