Future Bubblers 2.0, the second edition in our Future Bubblers compilation series is out now! Available on Vinyl, Digital and all streaming platforms.
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!
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
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.
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.
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".
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.
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
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
Amy and Selassie offer an insight into Future Bubblers, their talent discovery and development programme, powered by Brownswood Recordings. Strictly new, UK music
This month Amy and Selassie welcome Future Bubbler Wilroy, a producer of smooth electronic beats.
Soulful, relaxed, rhythm-focused jams whatever the weather. Brewed in North London, matured in South Melbourne, spilt in Manchester – now bubbling…
After years of writing and bedroom performances I took to the stage late 2013 and haven’t looked back since. Born and raised in East Ham and residing in Nottingham, I used the midlands hub of creativity to explore my craft. Just reaching my 11th gig, I’ve already had air time from BBC 1xtra & BBC introducing, supported Ego Ella May, Shelter Point, and Harleigh Blu. “Sultry tones and dynamic melodies tell her journey in a beautifully honest way, drawing on influences from female icons in music, from Jazz to funk, soul to lovers rock, folk to electronic.” is how my music has been described.
I would describe my sound as minimal, bass driven dance music, tinged with dub and dancehall influences. I got into production through listening to a lot of UK hip hop in my teens, beats by Jehst and Harry Love were of particular inspiration. Early Hudson Mohawke was my introduction to more experimental electronic music, and his music had a big influence on me.
‘Noise Report’ is a night I run with a collective of audio & visual artists – we experiment with audio-reactive visuals and makeshift-installations. The night usually takes place in Deptford, an area that has played a big part in the development my music.
My names Liam van Rijn, I’m from Hull and Revenu is my musical outlet. My main influences are things sounds and musical ideas that wouldn’t normally be put together, soulful, imperfect, outside the box music. I try to immerse myself in all types of music but I’m particularly shifted towards artists like Actress, Thom Yorke, Silver Apples, Boards of Canada. Hopefully I am heading in the direction of writing a lot more music, continue to DJ and prepare to take the music I make as Revenu out with a ‘band’.
I’m Medikul, a music producer from Nottingham. I make beats pulling a variety of sounds and influences from everyday life, and everything influences me. I enjoy making music which incorporates found sounds and naturally occurring rhythms, but wears styles and influences from hip-hop/downtempo, jungle and footwork. I aim to find an outlet which will allow me to confidently present my music, and the music of others like me, to audiences of like minded people so the eclectic beats scene can be enjoyed by everyone.
We are Congi, a duo from Nottingham. We are music producers and dj’s. We started making music together out of a common love of early dubstep. Hip-hop, grime, jazz and soul are other favourites of ours. We put out our first full length album in 2014 and followed that with an EP in 2015. We are currently working on our second album, the music for which feels more expansive and freer than before, a mindstate we are starting to adopt in our dj sets too.
I am Kid Katharsis. I am a singer-songwriter. I am influenced by lots of stuff. So I see myself heading different ways. The future is always uncertain.
Coming from Nottingham, I have been one of the more prominent figures of the Nottingham Grime scene throughout it’s growth. Starting out in youth clubs with fellow MCs, I have gone from strength to strength and am now known as one of the scene leaders for Grime within Nottingham and as one of the best youngers in the country.
Producer, songwriter and vocalist hailing from Sheffield. Peddling a warped take on R&B, his fractured approach to making music hinges on a feeling for the unexpected.
Born in Johannesburg, growing up in Doncaster, Skinny Pelembe poses a quadruple threat – he produces, plays guitar, sings and MCs. Tapping into a unique, influence-weaving sound, his creativity extends to making his own videos too
Colliding a balearic sensibility with globe-stretching inspirations, Ratomagoson feeds far-flung sounds into his trusty sampler. Building beats through the MPC, previous projects have seen Colombian field recordings figure as his starting point
With a music-making career that only stretches back as far as February 2016, R.Lyle offers a world of potential. Based in Sheffield, he spends part of his time focused on a Biomedical Sciences degree. A producer who also plays a clutch of instruments, they’ve fed into a string of productions following an eye-opening listen of a Bonobo record.
20-year-old female producer out of Nottingham. She revolves around beats and hip hop culture – from go-to producer Knxwledge to underground institutions like Soulection and Stones Throw, crate-digging for obscure vinyl samples is where she’s at home. She DJs too.
A jazz and neo soul-influenced singer songwriter from Manchester, her music channels Erykah Badu and Jill Scott. With soft, understated vocals, she holds aspirations to nail down a characteristic production sound.
A child of the UK garage scene, you can hear its 2-step swing filter through his productions. Based in Manchester, the smoothed out house and beatdown-style production comes supplemented by the vocal hooks sung by Lewis himself.
Hailing from Brighton, her main musical activity happens in Leeds. A producer and songwriter, her delicate songwriting and vocals feed into a melodic current carrying her lyrics and her production.
A classically trained organist and keys player, his musical dabblings have stretched to trumpet and bass too. Based in Nottingham, his productions are rooted in jazz influences; there are soft, inviting melodies counterposed with glitchy interjections.
Born in London but moving to Sheffield, the 17-year-old has long since ingrained himself in the music scene of the city he calls home. Having collaborated with Sticky Blood – a bass-heavy collective affiliated with Sheff talisman Toddla T – he’s an MC making promising moves into vocals and songwriting.
Ayy is a rapper and MC who draws inspiration from ‘90s hip-hop and neo-soul. Based in Wolverhampton, Ayy spends time in the studio surrounded by a close circle of like-minded creatives drawn from that West Midlands locale. A slow-paced introvert, it’s an attitude that’s reflected in the delivery: the vocals are off hand and effortless, in no rush to make the point.
Eddie Smith is a manager and A&R. He currently manages Award-Winning Hip Hop artist Little Simz and oversaw her latest and biggest release to date, Stillness In Wonderland. He also looks after other artists such as DJ and producer OTG”
Observing the mainstream rap game with a cynical eye, Shredy doesn’t take himself too seriously. But that’s not to say he doesn’t take his music seriously – his stripped back sound is no joke. Making beats with a MIDI keyboard and his own vocals, his music proffers a woozy, luridly-inviting charm.
Max is a writer and producer and as one half of Anushka his most recent releases on Gilles Peterson’s Brownswood label have earned over a million plays on Soundcloud and over 4 million plays on Spotify, the group has received Radio 1 plaudits from Annie Mac, Skream and Mary Anne Hobbs. Wheeler has remixed a range of artists, from Gorgon City to pop tracks featuring Snoop Dogg, and he recently used Ableton & Push to perform his debut orchestral composition, Grown a Grime Opera with the artist Eyez and Essex Youth Orchestra.
As an educator Max recently spoke at Loop 2017 for Ableton and co-runs the UK’s first Electronic Youth Ensemble with Brighton youth project pioneers Audioactive. With a specialism in music technology and electronic performance, Wheeler has contributed resources and reviewed qualifications for exam boards Edexcel and OCR. He is also the author of the VIP Studio Sessions online learning platform for Charanga, currently in use by 25,000 secondary school students in the UK and around the world, and the author of the multimedia Hip Hop Coach resource used in schools nationwide.
NuTribe & Butcha B are a group from Liverpool. Free-spirited improvisation is their way. The music is rooted in classic-sounding hip-hop production and MCing, but their interests run much further and deeper. They’re united in a community-minded way-of-working. They make music in a free way. No rules, no guides, no aims. Whatever flows becomes concrete. Freeness.
Aaliyah Esprit is a singer who’s versed in soul-jazz legends as much as the hip-hop beatmakers who’ve flipped their records. Her music finds a sweet spot between those two worlds. Working with producers melding hard-edged production with a melodic hue, her vocals add a timeless, soulful quality. Based in Bristol, she’s part of the Cosmic Soul Collective.
Emily is a Global Product and Events Manager for much-lauded independent imprints XL Recordings and Young Turks. Emily’s role sees her co-ordinating projects for these labels on acts including Arca, The xx, Radiohead, Everything Is Recorded and Ibeyi. Responsible for overseeing the international strategy on campaigns, she works holistically with creative, press, radio, marketing, digital, production, social and promotional teams to help releases become as big as possible.
With roots in the UK rave scene, XL Recordings has since emerged to become a multi-faceted trendsetter for UK music: their diverse roster includes acts like Smerz, Radiohead and Powell. Young Turks grew from an imprint on XL, to its own fully formed management and label representing artists such as The xx, FKA twigs, Sampha and Kamasi Washington.
Channelling myriad influences into loosely-strung, softly-spoken beats, Sydney is based in the South West of England. He takes rhythmic cues from the likes of highlife legend Bola Johnson, and spends his downtime leafing through disco rarities. He makes hip-hop in a looser sense of the word: music organised around chopped and spliced rhythms, fitted together in new ways.
Hailing from Peckham via Leeds, Bradley Zero is quickly becoming the tastemaker of his generation. As founder of Rhythm Section, Bradley has carved out a unique role for himself within the vibrant London scene as Resident Club DJ, broadcaster and Label Boss of one of the most exciting new imprints today – Rhythm Section International.
Having started the Rhythm Section radio show back in 2009, the broadcast naturally translated into a fortnightly dance at Canavan’s Peckham Pool Club, which quickly became a firm fixture in the London Clubbing scene.
As the label garners new fans everyday, Bradley is quickly becoming a familiar face on the international circuit, with his global approach to music bringing him not just around the UK and Europe but to Australia, Cairo, Beirut, Istanbul, Tel Aviv, Kazakhstan, Singapore, Russia, Indonesia, Korea and Japan. At the core of it all is an infectious love for music, a passion for dancing, an urge to discover and a need to share which add together to make the man known as Bradley Zero (his real name!), one of the most vital selectors in the game, both behind the scenes and under the spotlight.
Informed by over 5 years MCing in Manchester nightclubs, Blind MIC approaches jazz-influenced music with a single-minded dedication. Guided by a fiercely independent ethos in everything he does, he takes on writing as a strictly solo pursuit. He sketches out a singular vision for the cabal of killer musicians which he’s collected around him.
Fawaz began working for Gilles Peterson and Brownswood Recordings in 2009 where he cut his teeth working as label co-ordinator and assistant to Gilles.
He later moved into the role of Marketing Manager at Polydor Records where he managed album projects for the likes of Jamie Woon, Shura, M.I.A and Wretch 32. Here, Fawaz gained a wealth of experience in both the DIY indie label circuit as well as the major label world.
Fawaz now works as an artist manager under Rocket Music, managing and developing his roster of exciting new artists and producers. Fawaz also runs the label Push & Run, releasing records from the likes of Ifan Dafydd, Pedestrian, Otik, Hagan, Bodhi, Benjamin Munoz and many more.
Kayla Painter is a solo producer who makes atmospheric, sub-aquatic dance music. She’s influenced by music that, in her words, “is challenging to listen to: walls of sound, electronic wonky beats or unusual production.” Based in Bristol, her current approach is informed by her studies of creative sound at university in Newport. She has entranced audiences with her immersive Audio Visual show at the infamous Glastonbury festival, Simple Things, and The Future is Female.
Mita started out on reception at legendary NYC label Strictly Rhythm, mailing out vinyl promos of Full Intention edits to Danny Rampling. Working through the ranks at major labels for the next 10 years she managed countless high profile international artist campaigns. In 2011, Mita joined Brownswood Recordings as acting Label Manager, then set up her own consultancy working with artists including Gotye, CHVRCHES, Moby and Floating Points. Mita is a marketing and artist development specialist and also recently graduated with a Masters degree in Entertainment Law. She currently manages leftfield pop/RnB artist and producer Kindness.
Raised in Edmonton, Canada, Wilroy takes R&B as his musical starting point. He’s now based in Liverpool, and cites influences ranging from hip-hop to electronic music and jazz. His music paints grand, maximalist sonics: tracks change shape and mutate as they go, akin to the evolution of a dream. He name-checks D’Angelo’s Voodoo as his holy book.
Aly Gillani (aka DJ Gilla) is the founder / A&R for First Word Records, home to Children Of Zeus, Tall Black Guy, Eric Lau, Kaidi Tatham, Darkhouse Family and many more. Originally a club promoter he ran seminal clubnights Funky Mule and New Bohemia in his adopted city of Leeds for many years, putting on shows for a host of acts, including Roots Manuva, Bonobo, Nightmares On Wax, 4Hero, Benji B and Gilles Peterson.
Starting out doing warm-up slots at his own nights he gradually built a reputation for his eclectic and floor-filling sets, holding down a residency at famed Leeds venue The Hifi Club for several years. With regular spots at The Bussey Building, Ace Hotel as well as Soundwave Festival his sets take in beats, soul, hip hop, jazz, disco and beyond. As well as his monthly radio show ‘Excursions’ on Balamii he is a semi-regular host on Worldwide FM.
In addition to his work at First Word, Aly is the European Label Rep for Bandcamp, a thriving, global music community where fans discover new artists, intimately connect with them, and directly compensate them for their work. Aly’s role involves expanding and managing the growing network of labels using the site to connect with their fans.
Born in Lagos, raised in Rome and now based in London, Shunaji boasts that most rare, vital quality in an MC: a distinctive, ear-pricking sense of flow. Her influences range from hip-hop to folk and ambient. For her, this means working to build up a style that draws on a wider spectrum of sounds. Taking cues from the likes of Andre 3000 and Missy Elliott, she looks to strike the elusive balance between lyricism, rhythmicality and character.
Eric Lau is a world renowned producer and DJ. He’s worked with legends like DJ Jazzy Jeff, De La Soul, James Poyser and Dego and performed with the likes of Robert Glasper, Erykah Badu, ?uestlove.
His debut album, ‘New Territories’ was released to critical acclaim and nominated as one of Gilles Peterson’s Top Albums of the Year in 2008. it established him as a fresh talent. His sophomore album, ‘One of Many’ won him universal praise and was rated as one of 2013’s best releases by iTunes. With a highly anticipated third album in the works, he continues his journey in contributing as a ambassador for timeless music.
Slash Three is a solo producer who hails from York. He found his musical feet in Hull, becoming a key member of the city’s Squarewaves collective. They’re a DIY, open-minded network whose output spans from noise experiments to proper club bangers. For the most part, Slash Three has honed a no-frills house and techno sensibility: his tracks are driving, to-the-point and aimed at the dancefloor.
As one half of LV, who’ve had releases on labels like Brownswood, Hyperdub, Keysound, Will has worked with some of the UK’s foremost labels and released four critically acclaimed albums as well as numerous singles and remixes. He has DJed and played live across the world and is a regular on radio. For the last two years he has also been mentoring and leading studio sessions at Raw Sounds, a music project for young people in Brixton, South London.
The 3 application routes to make a Future Bubblers application are all detailed in the APPLY section
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
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
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
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 :)
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
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
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
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
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!
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
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
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
- 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
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