Young Stars of the Issue: Unsigned Artist winners
This issue we are celebrating some of our favourite, and not to mention wonderfully talented, winners of NXG’s unsigned artist poll. Emma Knock presents to you the cream of the unsigned crop.
Ivan And The Wolves
Last December our readers were charmed by modern rock trio, Ivan And The Wolves Our. The London-based band snagged the majority of the votes with their exciting, unique sound. With Nicko Varey on vocals and guitar, Christian on drums and JD on bass, the Timeout Magazine has described them as “fuzzed up garage rocking headliners.” Funny that, since that review was published, the band have headlined at 93 Feet East and funded a sell-out night at the Luminaire in Kilburn.
To find out more about the boys and their upcoming gigs check these links out:
Xploder won the unsigned artist poll back in March with almost half the votes. Hailing from East London he has been writing lyrics since he was 19-years-old and started by making tapes of himself practising his lyrics in his bedroom. “Music has always been part of my fondest memories” Xploder told NXG. “I also remember walking around with a small toy cassette player and a microphone attached to it, singing and dancing along.”
Xploder’s musical inspiration came from a range of different artists including Coldplay, Michael Jackson, Jay Z and Stevie Wonder and with the release of two singles Don’t Trust You and So True, the grime artist has built up quite the fan base. He has even been selected as an ambassador for the I Am Awards which aims to offer unsigned and self-releasing artists a platform to share their music.
To find out more about Xploder and his upcoming gigs look here:
In April, Lucia Muko took a huge majority of the votes with her single Tightrope- a song which is about “feeling as though you need to be like everyone else, but in truth it is far better to be yourself and to love yourself the way you are.”
She describes her music as a “happy mixture of styles”, playing guitar in most of her songs, she says her style “could resemble indie and soul at times.” But she plans to work hard on developing her own style as she feels “the greatest artists define and create their own style.”
Lucia has been singing somewhat terribly (her words not ours) from a young age, much to the dismay of her household and “everyone in [her] house would start slamming doors shut!” However, at 15, she taught herself to sing in tune and has not stopped since. Lucia is an incredible new entry to the UK music scene and we can expect big things from her- so watch this space.
To find out more about Lucia and her upcoming gigs look here:
Now we can hardly forget our very first winner- Jungle. Jungle snagged the majority vote with his track Danger Jigsaw last November. The up and coming artist from East London has been involved in music since a young age and is rarely found off the stage. He write all of his own lyrics and has recorded several mixtapes, including 32 Barz Famz.
For more information on Jungle and his show check here:
This feature was published in NXG’s May/June issue