It’s been a long time since pop was a dirty word, with cool girls Lana Del Rey, MØ and Tirzah leading the revolution. Harvey Causon is one of the biggest names to come out of Bristol in the last year with his R&B-inflected blend of introspective pop and electronica; and the next name likely to be on your lips is Bristol-based duo Mauwe.
Comprising vocalist Portia and multi-instrumentalist and producer Jay, Mauwe’s dreamy indie pop has been fittingly compared to The XX, but an infectious and upbeat optimism sets Mauwe apart, as well as influences including trip hop from Bristol’s own musical melting pot.
Mauwe’s dreamy indie pop has been fittingly compared to The XX, but an infectious and upbeat optimism sets them apart
The unsigned duo have been cropping up on playlists the world over, including Spotify’s 2million+ subscribed New Music Friday, as well as receiving support from talent-unearthers BBC Introducing.
Having honed his production skills while studying music production at BIMM Bristol, Jay opens our new BIMM Future Talent series.
Name: Jay Rodger
Course title: Music Production
Instrument of choice:
Can you describe your sound?
I’d say a kind of indie-electro pop. Always scary to use the P word as an artist, but pop has a lot of scope for experimentation.
Who or what do you take inspiration from?
A wide range, but most recently artist like Louis The Child or Flume, to name a couple that people might know.
Have you got some examples of your music we can listen to?
Yes, all over every streaming platform one can possibly get their hands on!
Have you got any shows or releases lined up?
We’re playing the Bristol Takeover at Colston Hall, and then Boardmasters and Glastonbury down the line.
Does living in Bristol influence your music?
Definitely. I worked at Thekla for the first year of uni too and obviously some great artists come through there, let alone the rest of the amazing venues Bristol has to offer. It’s a kind of Bristol cliche, but I think people are more open here – to music but also people and different lifestyles in general. I’d say that probably makes a difference to creative mentality.
people are more open here (…) that probably makes a difference to creative mentality
Why did you decide to pursue a professional qualification in music?
I spent several years working in catering, saving up for different equipment and experimenting, and kind of thinking I wouldn’t be good enough to pursue music properly. But then I wrote and released a solo EP and by the end of that whole experience, I felt it would be silly not to take the opportunity to be immersed in an environment with such great industry contacts, as well as inspiring artists and fellow students.
What’s the most important lesson you’ve learnt at BIMM?
Always, always take water into the studio with you. And maybe spend a little more time preparing for deadlines.
Where do you hope to be in your career in five years?
Headlining Glastonbury or Coachella.
Photos by Dominika Scheibinger
Find out more about studying at BIMM at bimm.co.uk/bristol