Sugi Dakks is the brainchild of LA based Kyle Donald, a Jazz Piano Performance major, his dual interests in poetry and music merged into the pop/soul/jazz/hip hop sound that is Sugi Dakks. His blend of rap, singing, jazz piano is largely self-produced and draws inspiration from Kendrick Lamar, Anderson Paak, Stevie Wonder and Miles Davis. As a writer/producer he has upcoming cuts with Wale, DWY and Raina Rich. His early artist singles have reached over millions of plays, #1 on Hype Machine, spun on BBC Radio and supported widely by tastemakers. In 2018 his debut mixtape ‘The Business’ was recognised widely by key industry figures followed by a much touted debut EP – ‘Black Coffee’.
Ali Gilbert is a self taught Singer/Rapper/Songwriter from Tamworth West Midlands and has been performing music since the age of 18. After starting on the karaokes to build up confidence and get used to singing in front of a crowd he started to take it more seriously and move on to the open mic nights doing covers and started to learn acoustic guitar.
From his early 20’s he began performing his own gigs at local pubs clubs bars and starting to get regular bookings which boosted his confidence and sent started to make covers my own and think about getting into writing my own material. I wrote my first song ‘Days go by’ at 22 which was has rap/vocal style vibe and set him in the direction of what genre and artist he wanted to be. Ali Gilbert has since gone on to release debut EP ‘Truth Be Told’ which includes 5 tracks based on real life personal experiences about love rejection and mental health.
After receiving recognition from local press radio stations such as Touch FM and having some success in music competitions such as Open Mic UK and Soundwaves Music Competition in which he reached the National Finals in both competitions. He has performed and headlined venues such as Cafe 1001 London The Sunflower Lounge 02 Academy 2 & 3 & 02 Institute 3 as well as the NEC Birmingham. He has recently supported the Australian Indie/Folk band The Sons Of The East on there UK/Europe Tour in May 2019.
His main influences in music are artists such as Plan B, Ed Sheeran, Justin Timberlake, Chris Brown, The 1975, James Morrison, Paolo Nutini and Motown. He is due to be booked to play at music festivals in the UK in 2019/2020 and continues to write new music and hopefully release his debut Album in 2020. If you would like to follow his music and fins out more about this artist search @Ali Gilbert Music on all social media platforms also check out debut EP ‘Truth Be Told’ available to download/Stream across all stores.
Casscade is a Rapper/Songwriter emerging from North West London’s Stonebridge. Casscade is a tough-rhyming rapper whose approach is equally effective melodically as he has a vibrant tone that is accompanied by the mind of a skilled writer. What inspires this sound is real life experiences, emotions and moods. He released his debut mixtape “Beyond The Eyes” in 2015 which was a special release exclusive to SBTV and supported by Jamal Edwards himself.
Since then Casscade has gone on to release projects “Only For The Summer” and “Curse Of A Creative” which were premiered and featured by the likes of RWD mag, LinkUpTV, GRM daily. Having already received support from Charlie Sloth and Annie Nightingale all on 1xtra with tracks harboured on his last project “Living In The Moment” – Casscade is definitely experiencing an upward spiral on his journey and on a sure pathway to success.
Casscade’s EP “Method To The Madness” is set to be the next body of work to be released in 2018 with the lead single “Sexy” released in April. His latest release ‘Finesse’ is currently available on all digital platforms and is definitely one for the summer. Having lived in one of London’s most notoriously dangerous areas, Casscade has definitely seen his fair share of tough times. Yet rather than become a reflection of the criminal stereotype, he turns the negative influences into illuminating the brighter side to life and the great parts in life.
Family. Love. Party. “I just always turned to the music to vent or just keep me occupied. However I think what really pushed me to become an artist was my upbringing and background.” Coming from a strong Caribbean background, “Sound-man” is the term the community use for a DJ. Casscade comes from a musical family, where both parents are DJ’s and regularly perform on local radio stations. Music was already flowing through his blood from as young as the age of 7 years old. Being brought up in this environment, Casscade developed DJ’ing skills and would be found behind the turntables selecting hot tracks and being the “life of the party”. However it wasn’t until the age of 13 years old that he made the decision to start writing his own music.
The dream is to hopefully one day be blessed to perform on Coachella’s stage, “If I had the opportunity to perform with any artist it’d probably be with Kanye West. He’s definitely an inspiration to my music and I just appreciate all the time and effort that goes into his live shows.” With that being said, Casscade is definitely an artist moving in the right directions to achieving his career goals.
Playing with stories and books since adolescence, Ghodsy brings elements of storytelling and concise flows to his music. Raised in Seattle (Mercer Island, Washington), he grew up playing cello, performing in orchestras, and writing stories.
As a UC Berkeley undergrad, his interest in music led him to pick up guitar, singing, and piano. His ear for melodies drives the production he chooses and the flows he creates.
Now as a full-time artist, he released numerous singles in the last year, one being a YouTube freestyle to a Rick and Morty episode, that gained over 20K organic views and counting. His debut project “SPOTLIGHT” released in 2017 has received over 5K plays on SoundCloud.
He currently lives in Los Angeles, recording in the studio and building his catalog.
The Manor – Don’t Like Going Places
‘Don’t Like Going Places’ is the third visual from
South London trio The Manor’s critically acclaimed debut album,
“Don’t Do What We Did”. The track received widespread radio coverage
on Radio 1 and 1Xtra, after Charlie Sloth pioneered it as his
track of the week and earmarked the band as ones to watch in 2016. It was also
heavily supported by UK radio tastemakers including Toddla T, Mista
Jam, and Huw Stephens. Think The Street’s meets the Happy
Monday’s and you’ll see what sort of ballpark we’re playing in.
Full UK tour dates coming soon, for now catch
the band locally in London at the date below in April.
Live in London
Thursday 7th April – O2 Islington, London