We’re all still on a high from the inaugural BIMM Album launch night, which took place recently at The Notting Hill Arts Club.
BIMM welcomed music industry professionals to this pioneering music and arts venue to watch performances from a host of talented BIMM acts from our colleges in Brighton, Bristol, Manchester, Dublin, Berlin, and London – all of whom feature on the various BIMM 2016 albums; out now!
First up was experimental singer-songwriter Sam Craighan (BIMM Manchester), who proved to be a huge hit with the crowd. Many have compared his melodic works to that of Tom Waits and Nick Drake, as well as a certain Mancunian lyricist. Sam, who is due to play at this year’s Glastonbury Festival, expressed his gratitude at his music being likened to that of The Smiths and Morrissey, an observation made by one keen A&R Exec on the night.
“To compare my lyrics to Morrissey is a huge compliment,” he beamed. “They are just humdrum themes and a lot of religious iconographies.”
BIMM Berlin vocalist Celine Love, whose influences range from Lianne La Havas to Jeff Buckley, was also well-received by the packed crowd of music industry insiders.
Also on the bill was BIMM Dublin’s own ELM, whose unique sound and musical compositions set tongues wagging. The group’s lead singer Dylan’s vocal style has been compared to The Cranberries’ Dolores O’Riordan and Sinead O’Connor. He shares a mutual birthplace of Wicklow with Sinead and also singer-songwriter Hozier. As Dylan hints:
“There must be something in the water! Singing is more than just singing a pop song. It’s about expressing yourself, and that’s how Sinead and Dolores are.”
Following that, House Points – BIMM Brighton’s energetic indie four-piece – did not fail to disappoint after leading the audience through a foot-stomping performance of their BIMM album track ‘I Don’t Like You’.
Our London contribution came from Storme – a three-piece band fronted by Swedish singer, Amanda. Their electrifying set of radio-friendly pop songs – including the BIMM album track ‘Into Neverland’ – went down very well.
“When I was little, I fell in love with great songs, with great choruses, and then I tried to write them myself. I find inspiration in everything,” said Amanda.
The evening proved to be a sleek and stylish affair, which succeeded in showcasing the vast wealth of talent studying at BIMM. With such tough acts to follow, the pressure was on BIMM Bristol prodigy Gardna to close the show. Combining elements of reggae, dub and UK hip hop, the talented MC and ‘Boom Sounds’ record label owner, is rapidly making a name for himself. He’s recently picked up national radio airplay with his current single ‘Sunday’, with its video featuring Game of Thrones actor Maisie Williams. The venue erupted during Gardna’s performance, which proved to be the perfect finale.
The launch night was a huge success but wouldn’t have been possible without the help of Mark Bowers, our dedicated Head of Music Industry and Artist Development at BIMM Bristol, who said:
Echoing his comments was BIMM Brighton, London, Bristol and Berlin Executive Principal, Vaseema Hamilton, who praised the acts and the ‘cool’ choice of venue. Speaking after the event, she said:
“Fabulous gig. I very much enjoyed it and thought all the acts were really excellent and very professional. What a great experience to perform in such a cool venue. Great turnout from industry too.”
BIMM’s Manchester and Dublin Executive Principal, Dara Kilkenny was also in attendance.
“It was great to see such a collection of fantastic and varied talent, all from BIMM in one night,” she boasted. “It was a brilliant example of the BIMM community working in unison!”
We’d like to give huge thanks to everyone who made it down to the event and – of course – all of our BIMM acts for putting on such an amazing show!
The BIMM Albums are out now. You can stream them all online from Soundcloud.