In an ongoing effort to open the gates of the professional music world to all, Bristol music-access organisation Multi-Track is culminating the first year of their new artist mentorship programme Home-Grown Heat with an all-day industry takeover at Arnolfini on 27 October, with live performances from Home-Grown Heat’s first cohort: Splitz P, Charece and Solomon O.B – plus a headline appearance from UK rapper Ms Banks.
Home-Grown Heat is Bristol’s retort to Gilles Peterson’s Future Bubblers programme (…) with successful applicants receiving 360-degree support from industry experts
Home-Grown Heat is Bristol’s retort to Gilles Peterson’s Future Bubblers programme (whose alumni includes Skinny Pelembe and Kayla Painter), with successful applicants receiving 360-degree support from industry experts, ranging from mentoring sessions with artists, to promo sessions with marketing agencies, access to rehearsal and recording equipment – including sessions with an executive producer – and opportunities to perform live, paid-for gigs.
It’s the latest initiative from Multi-Track, whose mission is to bring music from Bristol’s backyards to the masses. It joins their Industry Inside-Out seminars, Disrupt & Discuss panel discussions and Sound Surgery masterclasses with some of Bristol’s greats, with previous sessions from Joker, Om Unit and Jus Now.
The one-day conference will aim to give attendees a healthy helping of what they need get ahead in the music industry
The close of the first round of Home-Grown Heat aligns with the happy union of Multi-Track and London-based Urban Development, who are joining forces to bring the first Industry Takeover to Bristol. The one-day conference will aim to give attendees a healthy helping of what they need get ahead in the music industry, with talks from industry specialists including PRS Foundation, Musicians Union and Universal, and an opportunity to participate in a range of workshops, from copyright to monetising your music.
The Industry Takeover will finish up with Multi-Track’s Home-Grown Heat showcase, plus a special guest appearance from rising rap talent Ms Banks.
The Home-Grown Heat artists 2017/18
Local grime artist Splitz P displays a versatile style, gaining influences from a wide range of artistry such as Michael Jackson, Skepta and Chronixx. His music draws on influences from his roots as a Bristol born and bred, half Jamaican half Pakistani.
At just 20, Charece is the youngest of the successful applicants. Her music takes on a modern twist, while taking influences from the sounds of old R&B. Charece deals with weighty subjects whilst blending poetry and lyricism.
The dynamic performer Solomon O.B brings combines music with the spoken word, delivering engaging performances that deal with social and political topics, constantly seeking to push boundaries. In 2016 Solomon O.B was crowned Hammer and Tongue Slam Champion, an achievement that boosted his career as an artist. He has since been featured on BBC Radio 1Xtra, Radio 5Live and The Guardian online.
Words by Sarah MacPherson
Photos by Beth Sheldrick