Higher Rhythm has provided ongoing programmes of music artist development for over 16 years. We work with national partners / funders such as Arts Council England, PRS Foundation and Help Musicians. This allows us to provide comprehensive support for emerging and developing music artists, and music enterprises across Yorkshire.
Developing Yorkshire’s music artists has involved presenting many live events, showcases and festival stages. We’ve also delivered the Yorkshire music stage at South by South West (for several years) under our Music Industry Yorkshire banner.
Alongside live opportunities, we run industry panels, advice sessions and workshops, all designed to meet the specific needs of music artists and music communities.
Because we offer the entire music & radio industries in-house, we’re a unique organisation regionally. This means we can provide ‘direct’ solutions to any artist needs identified. We offer free access to our own recording studios, radio station, record label, music distribution and event promotions.
Over the past year we’ve supported 100’s of Yorkshire’s music artists. We work directly with artists in areas such as recording & production, digital releases, distribution, royalty collection, promotion & marketing, radio sessions, live showcases, finances, online presence… Our programmes ultimately support artists develop their professional practice and build sustainability.
Higher Rhythm believe that ‘place’ shouldn’t be a barrier to the music industries. Because of this, we level the playing-field by making our artist development opportunities accessible to, and representative of the Yorkshire region as a whole. This means supporting people from the many towns and villages, as well as the cultural industry hot-spots of cities.
Alongside our ad-hoc artist support we also run an intensive full-year artist development programme for selected artists. Breakthrough, our artist development programme, provides intensive ‘holistic’ support for a small cohort of selected Yorkshire music artists over a full year. The Breakthrough programme has run for over 8 years and has led to successes for artists such as:
★ Gaining regional and national BBC radio play and media acclaim
★ Increasing income from releasing music worldwide
★ Building revenue from royalties and securing investment
★ Developing the business skills needed to be a sustainable artist
To increase the reach of our artist development opportunities, we work with likeminded organisations on specific projects. We currently partner with Music:Leeds and Come Play With Me, and provide artist development across Yorkshire as a PRS Foundation Talent Development Partner.
If you’re a Yorkshire music artist and are interested in our development programmes, visit the relevant pages on this website.
Skinny Pelembe started out as a young artist in various bands recording at Higher Rhythm, then graduated 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 receiving major media reclaim through BBC national radio stations. He is now signed to Partisan records and is a regular at major music festivals.
LIO progressed from our PRS Foundation Open Fund project in 2018 onto our Breakthrough programme with the ambition of releasing more music, building profile and growing fan-base.
Now performing under the name of, Luxury Goods, the artist has a string of successful releases and is a familiar act at music festivals. Leonie, the front woman, also progressed to lead on our Breakthrough programme, supporting artists as a project worker at Higher Rhythm.
Joe Russell-Brown, a 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, and gathering a list of 9k fans, playing gigs across the region and selling his music in 62 countries.
Joe now heads up the PRS Foundation TDP programme at Higher Rhythm supporting artists as a project worker. His current artist incarnation, Bungalow, is now gathering popularity with appearances at music festivals and popular releases.
Born in Zambia, raised in the UK, British musician August Charles’ musical tastes and talents have evolved over many years, and 2020 saw August emerge with his debut single “Take Me Away”.
August progressed from our PRS Foundation TDP artist programme, onto our Breakthrough Artist Development Programme and after releasing two singles as part of these programmes, we supported August to secure funding from HMUK’s ‘do it differently’ fund to help him develop further as an artist.
August now has a string of releases, professional artist representation and has continually appeared at major festivals, as well as supporting artists such as Nile Rogers’ Chic, Emeli Sandé, and Rag ‘N’ Bone Man.
This four piece band from Doncaster seem to have done it all over the last few years… Festival stages, Industry praise and even a European tour with Pink, Bang Bang Romeo do shameless guitar pop in a unique way.
Higher Rhythm supported Bang Bang Romeo from day one, releasing their first single on our own Circuit Records, providing dozens of artist sessions and features on Sine FM Radio station and Live Lounge sessions at Doncaster Rovers football stadium.
Zimbabwean born, Singer-songwriter Rumbi Tauro is an R&B/Soul artist. Rumbi was born in Marondera, Zimbabwe and lived there with her parents up until the age of four. In 2002, her parents decided to relocate to Doncaster.
Joining our PRS foundation talent development programme, Rumbi decided to put her pen to paper and started to write lyrics, resulting in her debut EP The Process released just 6 months later. Rumbi has been listed as one of the upcoming black artists to watch by BBC Introducing.
Imogen Hart is a singer and songwriter based in Yorkshire. Described by BBC Introducing as “one of Yorkshire’s most impressive up and coming singer songwriters.”
Imogen joined our PRS foundation talent development programme in 2021.
Imogen now has a string of releases and considerable Fanbase following online, regularly performing at sold-out gigs across the region and beyond.
Bi:Lingual, fronted by the energetic Dylan Cartlidge, were a band that took the phrase ‘power trio’ to a whole new level, participating in our Breakthrough Artist Development Programme pilot year.
Frontman Dylan, is excelling as a music artist, signing with Universal and definitely being another one to watch.
Reverend and the Makers are well established band from Sheffield. The band played on our Yorkshire music showcase stage at South by Southwest (SXSW) in the US, in 2013.
Legendary reggae musician and DJ is another incredible addition to the stable of artists at Yorkshire based RamGoat Records.
Alongside providing distribution services, Higher Rhythm support the label in the PR and marketing for all RamGoat Records releases, helping secure National reviews and airplay on the respected David Rodigan Radio 1 Xtra show.
The Harriets are a Leeds-based alternative pop and rock four-piece. Supported by the Higher Rhythm Breakthrough artist development programme the band have gone from strength to strength.
They were shortlisted in the Glastonbury Emerging Talent competition, and Record Store Day Unsigned 2019. The band played on 6 Music and regularly feature at BBC Introducing artist showcase nights. The Harriets sold out their first-ever London show and released their debut album HOPEFULS.
Sheffield-based singer-songwriter R.Loomes music can be described as ‘dark-Folk’ drawing influence from artists such as Portishead, Cat Power and Jeff Buckley. A preference of live performance studio recordings is creating an intimate and compelling catalogue.
R.Loomes participated in our PRS foundation funded TDP artist program 2020, recording and releasing a single as part of the programme plus producing a video to promote the release.
Floodhounds participated in 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 are playing international dates.
The Crookes are a band from Sheffield. The band played on our Yorkshire music showcase stage at South by Southwest (SXSW) in the US, in 2013.
Taking a break from bass duties from Sheffield instrumental experimental pioneers King Capisce, ‘The Wake’ is Roshan Lal’s first step into recording his solo material. Delicate acoustic open tunings accompany falsetto vocals to create something beautifully unexpected.
Roshan participated in our PRS foundation Open funded artist program 2019, recording and releasing a single as part of the programme plus producing a video to promote the release.
Singer song-writer Kid Conventional, from Sheffield has spent the last few years developing his strong reputation as a songwriter and building a fan base as an emerging music artist.
Higher Rhythm have released, distributed and monetised 5 E.P.s and singles for Kid Conventional as part of our ongoing artist development core programme of activities.
The Ruen Brothers are a duo from Scunthorpe. The band played on our Yorkshire music showcase stage at South by Southwest (SXSW) in the US, in 2013.
Paul Littlewood is a musician, singer-songwriter, and studio engineer. His works have been published by Sony Music and Third Side Music (Can) and released by Xtra Mile Recordings (UK), Three Sixty Records (US), and via his own label Anklebreka Records.
Since 2012 he has engineered in the Higher Rhythm studio, recording his own music, and music for scores of other artists, receiving national and international review for his work on Skinny Pelembe LP ‘Dreaming is Dead Now’.
Hannah is a singer songwriter originally from Snowdonia in North Wales, now based in Leeds, whose music exhibits a unique blend of indie, folk and jazz.
Having spent the summer of 2019 performing with her band across the UK and Europe, including MMVV in Catalonia, Boomtown Festival, Focus Wales & Live at Leeds One’s to Watch, she has captured the attention of a community and is currently working on her debut release.
XL is a Hip Hop artist from the North of England.
A student of the game, highlights of XL’s career so far include four BBC Live Sessions in studio, three tracks with UKHH legend, Scorzayzee, featuring on renowned YouTube channels Global Faction and JDZ Media, and most recently performing for the BBC’s “Contains Strong Language Program”.
XL joined a PRS foundation talent development programme in 2021.
Dinosaur Pile-Up are a band from Leeds. The band played on our Yorkshire music showcase stage at South by Southwest (SXSW) in the US, in 2014.
F|U|S are a zany psych power trio based in an analogue studio, which neighbours various other independent DIY spaces, forging a creative community in beautiful downtown Sheffield, UK.
The band joined our Breakthrough programme in 2019.
They released a 4 track EP that might be described as Zappa, Primus, and Gong doing a drive-by on a classic rock band… It’s better than that though, make sure you give it a listen. Did we mention that they released the track on Christmas Day just for the hell of it?