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FUTURE BUBBLERS 2.0: OUT NOW

Future Bubblers 2.0, the second edition in our Future Bubblers compilation series is out now! Available on Vinyl, Digital and all streaming platforms.

MANCHESTER

YEAR 4 LAUNCH

April 2018 we’re officially launching the 4th year of our programme – details on the new application dates, our new focus city and magical partners there. Follow us on socials to stay in the know!

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Future Bubblers is a brand new expansion of the Gilles Peterson and Brownswood Music ethos. It’s a talent discovery and development idea we’ve put together in collaboration with Arts Council England, with a real focus on making in-roads into new areas, geographically and musically across England

We are not limited by any style, genre or label. We want to actively seek out and assist some of the freshest and most innovative music makers from across England, and offer them a whole heap of support, mentorship & advice, profile & opportunities. Future Bubblers is about digging. The project will roll out across England, focussing on different key cities in each of the 3 years we’re active

We want to help the bigger picture too; a scene to support and nurture these artists is key. Helping local audiences to discover the hidden musical treasures buried deep in their city - putting together positive music experiences that leave behind vibrations for a scene that continue to support and value music from that city. This is not a one-off in-and-out do-good scheme; 'Future Bubblers' is about mentoring and development for the long term across the country. It is a country-wide 'movement' of like-minds and vibes

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WORLDWIDE FM × FUTURE BUBBLERS

Catch us on WWFM offering insight into the Future Bubblers programme including Bubbler studio sessions, special guests and takeovers…

19 Nov 2018

For this episode, year 2 Bubbler, Ratomagoson took over our show with his audio-visual group Polyop.

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15 Oct 2018

For Octobers Worldwide FM show, we were joined by the Manchester-born DJ, rapper, producer and Bubbler Blind Mic for a live session.

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17 Sep 2018

On this month’s Future Bubblers show we had a special mission to accomplish. We played tracks that were requested by people who donated to help our good friend Lee get the treatment he desperately needs.

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20 Aug 2018

This month Amy and Selassie hand over the FB reigns to Dr. Mystery and DOE. They bring a slice of Manchester based Reform Radio to Worldwide FM for two hours, showcasing some of incredible music made as part of their groundbreaking Rhythm Lab project and introducing the work and purpose of the station as a whole.

DOE is head honcho of Bien Tombe Records in France and a formidable DJ and producer in his own right. Dr Mystery is a visual artist and winner of the Rising Star accolade at Mixcloud’s Online Radio Awards 2017.

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16 Jul 2018

Amy and Selassie were back together at the controls after a few months. They came through with their picks of up and coming artists from around the UK as well as their "Worldwide Bubblers".

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18 Jun 2018

This month features a takeover from Bristol based producer and third generation Future Bubbler, Sydney. Sydney welcomes his Stay Put collective to provide loads of unreleased, fresh material showcasing underground talent from Bristol and the South West.

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11 May 2018

This month Future Bubblers welcome Shunaji, a Year 3 Future Bubbler, and a multiple-threat producer and MC. She released her debut EP Midnight Movie on 4 May 2018, and supports hip hop legend Bahamadia at Jazz Cafe on 11 May

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13 Apr 2018

This month Future Bubblers welcome Medikul, a Year 1 Future Bubbler who has released his first EP on vinyl via his own record label. He provides a guest mix for an hour after the Bubblers a chat to him about his journe

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9 Mar 2018

Amy and Selassie offer an insight into Future Bubblers, their talent discovery and development programme, powered by Brownswood Recordings. Strictly new, UK music

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9 Feb 2018

This month Amy and Selassie welcome Future Bubbler Wilroy, a producer of smooth electronic beats.

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meet the bubblers

apply

So you want to apply? Check the below options and see decide which route is right for you…

Route Two

RECOMMEND A FUTURE BUBBLER
RE-OPENS
JULY 2018

We understand that not every exciting new music talent has the self confidence / resources to put themselves forward for this opportunity. And so we have decided to open up this “recommendation” path - where local music organisations / studio + rehearsal room owners / promoters/ teachers etc can make suggestions on BEHALF of Future Bubblers

Of course, we ask that this is all done with some level of consent...

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Route One

APPLY ONLINE
RE-OPENS
JULY 2018

So you want to be a Future Bubbler? Head here to send us a signal and a sample of your music…

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Route Three

OLD SCHOOL DEMO HAND-IN
RE-OPENS
JULY 2018

We have music store partners in each city. They are ready and waiting for your CDR, USB or however you want to kick it retro. Check the “Partners” section for details of where to find them in your nearest “Future Bubblers” city

Make sure you complete the “demo submission” form in-store. They’ll package it up and get it to us. Even if you just want to chat about music and life, you should definitely just drop by and hang out with our partner homies

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City Stories

This is the spot you can find out more about our Future Bubblers cities, partner record stores, and catch up on events. See the Future Bubblers magic unfold UK-Wide

City
Sounds

Trevor Rose

Last but definitely not least from Nottingham, Trevor Rose who heads up Russell Youth Centre

Peter Beardsworth

This week we chat to musician and producer Pete Beardsworth from Three Body Trio

Congi

This week, we spoke to Alex from production and DJ duo Congi

J Littles

We took a visit to our focus cities and had a chat about the local scenes and opportunities, with those who call the cities their home.
This week, we spoke to rapper J Littles.

Aïcha Daffé

This week, we spoke to Dj and promoter Aïcha Daffé.

Nathaniel Coltrane Wilson

We took a visit to our focus cities and had a chat about the local scenes and opportunities, with those who call the cities their home.
First up, Nate from Mimm Collective.

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Nottingham Block Party

       

Nottingham Launch

          
City
Sounds

Kydro

This week we chat to producer and part owner of Room 2 Records

Blind MIC

This week we chat to Blind Mic, 1/3 of Free Wize Men

Jack Tomson

This week we chat to promoter and Dj Jack Tomson

Adam Rogerson

This week we chat to Dj, producer and co-owner of Fulcrum Records, Adam Rogerson

David McLean

We took a visit to our focus cities and had a chat about the local scenes and opportunities, with those who call the cities their home. This week we chat to musician and owner of Tombed Vision Records, David McLean

Raikes Parade

We took a visit to our focus cities and had a chat about the local scenes and opportunities, with those who call the cities their home. This week we chat to producer Raikes Parade.

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Our Salford workshop in collaboration with Ableton

      

Salford Block Party

               
City
Sounds

Sean Cresswell

For this week's City Sounds video we caught up with Sean Cresswell. DJ and President of Hull University's Resident DJ and Events Society, Crystal Clear

Mark Page

For this week's City Sounds video we caught up with Mak Page, director of Humber Street Sesh. A festival by the people, for the people of Hull, and surrounding areas

John Peters

For this week's City Sounds video we caught up with John Peters. Owner of Soundsystem Records, the best record store in Hull

Michael Fox AKA Gradient Echo

For this week's City Sounds video we caught up with Michael Fox Aka Gradient Echo. He is a producer in his own right and part of the Squarewaves collective

Emily Dawson

Our City Sounds series is back! We took a visit to our focus cities and had a chat about the local scenes xand opportunities, with those who call the cities their home

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The Hull panel…

               

Hull Launch Party

         

Sheffield launch

          
City
Sounds

Saad from 24 Kitchen Street

This week we chat to Saad, who runs 24 Kitchen Street

MC Nelson

This week we chat to Rapper Nelson

Aydoe Soul

We took a visit to our focus cities and had a chat about the local scenes and opportunities, with those who call the cities their home.
This week we chat singer and musician Aydoe Soul

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Liverpool Block Party

                     

Liverpool Launch

       
City
Sounds

Pedro

This week we chat to Rapper and Music practitioner Pedro

Matt Salvage from SoCo

We took a visit to our focus cities and had a chat about the local scenes and opportunities, with those who call the cities their home.
First up, Matt Salvage who runs SoCo Music Project

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Southampton Launch

      

Y4 —
Manchester we're coming for you

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FAQ

Answers to some of the most frequent questions we receive during the applications period…

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How Do I Apply

The 3 application routes to make a Future Bubblers application are all detailed in the APPLY section

Is My Music Right

This is the hardest question of them all! Applications are not required to be of a specific genre. Our best reference is “outside of the box” so Future Bubblers music will usually tend NOT to be commercial and it will lean more toward the experimental, leftfield and probably an electronic tinged soul sound. We have created a “What does a Future Bubbler sound like?” mix on the website to try and give you a clearer audio reference. If you watch this animation we put together too everything should fall into place

Also, please check the magical music sounds of all our Future Bubblers candidates to date - this will give you a really good indication of the spectrum of sound we cover and support

Do I Have To Be A “Musician”

No. Future Bubblers is open to singers / rappers / spoken word poets / DJs / producers / beat makers / trombone players - if it’s the Future Bubblers’ sound, it doesn’t matter how you make it

Do I Have To Be A Certain Age

No. However, if you are younger than 16 we will need to obtain parental/guardian’s consent if are selected as a final successful “Future Bubblers” candidate

Do I Have To Be From A Focus City

We have focus cities for each year of our project. For example, for Year 1, these are Nottingham and Salford. For Year 2 - these were Hull and Sheffield, and for Year 3 we’re rolling to Southampton and Liverpool. There will be lots of activity in these cities around the Future Bubblers project BUT you do not have to have a focus city postcode to apply. We will consider applications from across England. NB: This is a project in collaboration with Arts Council England so we cannot accept submissions from outside of England or internationally…...yet :)

I'm A Signed Artist, Can I Apply

Unfortunately not. Future Bubblers is all about grass roots music. Creatives with no real previous “music industry” experience or exposure are the project’s priority. So just because you don’t have a manager, an agent, even a soundcloud doesn’t mean you aren’t making perfect Future Bubblers’ vibes. This is more about potential rather than previous experience

I Actually Don’t Have A Soundcloud. How Do I Apply

We saw this one coming! Just because you’ve never been in a recording studio before, or have only ever DJ’d and made beats in your bedroom shouldn’t mean this opportunity can’t be an option for you. Check on the APPLY section for your best route through

What Is The Deadline For Submissions

Applications for the next round of Future Bubblers will open Monday 2nd July 2018 and close Friday 24th August 2018 at midnight. Check on the website in the APPLY section to find out how you can get your music to us. Please make sure you sign up to the mailing list to stay in the know about all these deadlines and application dates

When Will I Find Out If I Am Successful

See question above for the 2018 application dates schedule. We aim to inform candidates early September 2018 with a public announcement to follow October/November 2018. So if we do pick you, you’ll need to be good at secrets. You will be contacted by email so please ensure that from the get-go you provide us with correct and complete contact details

What Will Happen If I Am Selected

We are selecting a maximum of 10 candidates for each year of the project. These will be taken from across England [not exclusively from the focus cities for each year] TOTAL 10 candidates. Once you are selected we will get in touch with you to arrange an initial meeting/skype call, whichever works for you and begin to figure out who is best matched to yourself and your creative development as a mentor. This usually involves a bonding introduction trip to London. This is just the start of the journey! Future Bubblers offers each successful candidate a year of direct mentoring, so we want to ensure that your journey with us is steady and suitable. You’ll be given live music opportunities when and where appropriate, learn about how the music industry machine works and more importantly how it works best for you and your music. The Future Bubblers team and your mentor will be there along the way, as will your wider Future Bubblers’ family. We also want to encourage exchange and collaboration amongst the final Future Bubblers’ candidates. You will have direct mentorship with your industry mentor for 1 year - and then a support network from wider Future Bubblers family for as long as you’re hungry for it!

What About People That Don’t Get Through

Just because you aren’t selected as a “Future Bubbler” does not mean that you cannot come along for the ride. There are many ways for you to remain part of the Future Bubblers story and benefit from the resources and opportunities. We will add all applicants to our mailing list and keep them up to date with local Future Bubblers activities and events. This will include things such as drop-in work shops / talks / panels in the focus cities / information on similar music opportunities. And plenty more besides... Of course this will all be on a first come first served basis so keep checking your inbox to register your interest! Future Bubblers is a family and we want to make sure as many innovative fresh music makers can benefit as possible. NB: Please inform us if you do not wish to be added to the mailing list

I Still Have More Questions. What Do I Do

There’s a few options here. You can Email Us and we will come back to you as soon as we can. OR in the true Future Bubblers spirit, we want you to go out there and experience and enjoy music, which is best done in person. You can visit any one of our partner stores in the focus cities. Check the ON ROAD section on the website to find out where they are.. They are pretty clued up on all things Future Bubblers and should be able to help you out. You can attend a Future Bubblers event - these should generally be happening throughout the summer months of the application window where you can come and meet with us and ask questions face to face, and generally just talk about music and life. Again - check the ON ROAD section for details of these

I Still Have More Questions. What Do I Do

There’s a few options here. You can email hello at futurebubblers.com and we will come back to you as soon as we can. OR in the true Future Bubblers spirit, we want you to go out there and experience and enjoy music, which is best done in person. You can visit any one of our partner stores in the focus cities. Check the ON ROAD section on the website to find out where they are.. They are pretty clued up on all things Future Bubblers and should be able to help you out. You can attend a Future Bubblers event - these should generally be happening throughout the summer months of the application window where you can come and meet with us and ask questions face to face, and generally just talk about music and life. Again - check the ON ROAD section for details of these

If I am selected as a successful candidate - what do I get…

- an all expenses paid induction trip to London
- professional press shots
- professional bio written
- a pairing with an expert industry mentor specifically tailored to your needs and vision
- an Industry 101 day to break down and explain key topics on the “business”side of music
- Ableton intro session and additional one-on-one training session + access to software licenses and hardware
- an opportunity to perform at a London showcase event - plus other additional live opportunities as they come up/are appropriate
- feature track on a Future Bubblers compilation released via Brownswood Recordings
- filmed “Brownswood Basement” session and placement for online premieres
- radio play via the Future Bubblers x Worldwide FM show
- assistance with single and EP campaigns as they come up - across marketing / press / radio plugging

partners

A shoutout to our partners across the country, helping us to delve deep into musical talent in their city, collaborating on cool music-related opportunities and generally being great friends and bringing good vibes. These are good peoples.

nottingham

Rough Trade

5 Broad St
Nottingham
NG1 3AJ

nottingham

ELEMENTZ STUDIO’S

Unit 7
35 Warser Gate
Nottingham
NG1 1NU

nottingham

MIMM

13 Broad St
Nottingham
NG1 3AJ

nottingham

CRS

Community Recording Studio
Lowdham Street
St.Anns
Nottingham

salford

Islington Mill

1 James St
Salford
M3 5HW

manchester

REFORM RADIO

The Old Granada Studios
Manchester

manchester

Thirty Pound Gentleman

hull

THE WARREN PROJECT

Queens Dock Chambers
47-49 Queens Dock Avenue
HU1 3DR

hull

THE SESH

Unit 7
35 Warser Gate
Nottingham
NG1 1NU

hull

SOUNDSYSTEM RECORDS

sheffield

The Plug

14-16 Matilda St
Sheffield
S1 4QD

sheffield

INHERETED

475 Glossop Rd
Sheffield
S10 2QE

liverpool

24 KITCHEN ST.

24 Kitchen Street
Liverpool
L1 0AN

liverpool

USELESS WOODEN TOYS SOCIETY

First Floor
The Merchant
40-42 Seel Street
Liverpool
L1 4BX

southampton

NEWTOWN YOUTH AND COMMUNITY CENTRE

13 Broad St
Nottingham
NG1 3AJ

southampton

SOCO

Hightown Studios
Hightown Centre
Tunstall Close
Southampton
SO19 6RD

Future Bubblers is proudly supported by

Arts Council England
Ableton
PRS — Talent Development Partner
Help Musicians UK