With lockdown leaving the live events industry teetering on the brink of collapse, what does this actually mean for musicians on the ground? From New York to Cape Town, CRXSS meets some of the young and talented artists from the up-and-coming scene to share their stories from a world without crowds, clubs and much cash to spare for music.
the cinematic rejects
The Cinematic Rejects are a pop-rock band from Cape Town, South Africa. They’re a four man group featuring Jason on vocals, Jesse on guitar, Damon on bass and Ben on drums. Their name is derived from their film-school background!
Stay tuned for new song and music video coming out in the next month.
From Turkey, now based out of Prague, ILÆY combines her moving voice with spacey and indie instrumentals to create an ambient vibe. The two time winner of the Istanbul Culture and Arts Foundation Young Jazz Competition has also found success as a voice-over artist for projects from Disney, Netflix, DreamWorks and more.
the bohemian bards
The Bohemian Bards are a band out of the Czech Republic, inspired by the medieval period. They use replicas of historical medieval instruments (such as Fiddles, Ciitterns and Lutes) and costume as they perform modern arrangements of medieval songs.
Having toured Brazil in 2018 and Russia in 2019, The Bards are itching to play their unique music to fans all over the world.
DJ and producer Jonas Kröper moved from his German hometown to Amsterdam to study at the highly prestigious Conservatorium van Amsterdam. He credits the city for influencing his sound which is self-described as “a joyful blend of tropical house beats and uplifting melody”. His producing credits include Sam Felt’s multi-platinum selling single Post Malone.
Jonas has a couple of remixes releasing soon, including one for Sigma and one for R3hab.
leeds + birmingham
Ben Nimmo is a composer, producer and saxophonist who splits his time between Birmingham and Leeds (where he co-founded the Readymeal Sound Collective). Aside from organising events in Leeds with the Readymeal Sound Collective, Ben has also found time to compose original theatre soundtracks, produce hip hop and record.