Merseyrail Sound Station have selected the successful applicants to take part in the first semester of their new artist development programme. The Merseyside based artists include rappers, electronic artists, and psychobilly punks providing a vibrant cross section of the region’s current crop of talent.
Over the course of eight weeks, the artists will have access to studio workshops, artist masterclasses, industry one-to-ones, and exclusive live opportunities as part of the innovative development programme. Such live opportunities will include the Sound Station Live showcase taking place at Central Station on 28th September in partnership with BBC Music Day; a nationwide programme of activity bringing people together through the power of music.
Representing a wide range of genres and backgrounds, the artists will be encouraged to develop their creative skills, gain valuable contacts in the music industry and learn from successful Liverpool musicians.
Those tipped for success and selected for the first semester of Sound Station, include: NIKI KAND, BILL NICKSON, REMY JUDE, FRANCOIS, BREEZY IDEYGOKE, HANNAH & THE WICK EFFECT, BEIJA FLO, EYESORE & THE JINX, YANK SCALLY, SARA WOLFF, CHARITY SHOP POP and ASTLES.
Stealing Sheep’s Becky Hawley, who is set to lead an exclusive artist masterclass, said: “It’s great to work with emerging artists in Liverpool who are always bubbling with energy and ideas. I’m looking forward to getting involved in the programme Merseyrail Sound Station have put together and seeing the musicians develop as a result of these sessions.”
Merseyrail Sound Station have partnered with the Musicians’ Union, Domino, Sentric Music, Sort Rehearsal Rooms, Merseyside Arts Foundation, British Music Experience, Liverpool Philharmonic, and the Academy Music Group to make the development programme possible and maximise the fantastic opportunities on offer to the artists.
One artist from the cohort will get the opportunity to perform as support to a high profile artist at the O2 Academy in the early part of 2019 while other development packages courtesy Merseyside Arts Foundation will also be bestowed on musicians in the group.