LIMF TV: We chat with the LIMF Academy 3 ‘Most Ready’ artists
Our Jay returns to Steve Levine’s Liverpool recording studio to chat with 3 seriously talented women, who’ve just been named LIMF Academy ‘most ready’ artists.
Liverpool International Music Festival has proudly announced the Class of 2017-2018 for the award winning LIMF Academy. Providing an unparalleled platform for emerging and unsigned young music talent around Merseyside, each member will have access to professional career advice, training, workshops, as well as the opportunity to perform at the LIMF Summer Jam which will see over a hundred-thousand attendees.
The three ‘most ready’ artists, which boasts an all female roster, including Gazelle, Mary Miller and Remée, have been hand picked for a place on the award winning LIMF Academy Elite Talent Development Programme that offers career support and musical development proven to take music careers to new heights.
2016 recipient of the ‘most ready’ artist accolade, Eleanor Nelly has seen her career go from strength to strength including realising her dream to write in Nashville, USA and signing a record deal with DECCA records, earlier this year.
When asked about her start in music Eleanor said: ““I’ve learned so much from local bands and really just getting involved as much as possible with gigs and festivals where I could watch and learn from them. The second time I played LIMF on the main stage, backed by the Philharmonic orchestra was one of my favourite gigs because it was like stepping into another world.”
While the three winners will benefit from support and musical development, as part of the LIMF Academy Elite Talent Programme, the other Academy nominees will also reap a number of benefits.
LIMF Academy Judge and legendary producer, Steve Levine explained: “Not only are there three main winners, all the runners-up get to perform at Sefton Park on the LIMF Academy stage.
“To play in front of that huge crowd is really great experience and very exciting.”
The full LIMF Academy Class of 2017-2018 includes the three ‘Most Ready’ artists Gazelle, Mary Miller and Remee, ‘One to Watch’ Astles and finalists Daisy Gill, Raheem Alameen, 50 ft Warrior, Karuna, Generation, Joseph Mott, Shak Omar, We Were Glue, Kallo, Grey Areas, Weekend Wards, Tori Cross, Tabitha Hade, Hicari and To Eva.
With an incredibly diverse cross section of sounds, we can’t wait to see what each act brings to the LIMF Academy stage in just a few weeks time. Here’s a closer look at winners of this years ‘Most Ready’ title.
1 – Gazelle
Gazelle has a beautiful, raspy quality to her voice which complements the mash up of cool jazz, soul and hip-hop making her music unique. Heavily influenced by the likes of Erykah Badu, Jamie Woon and Robert Glasper, she has supported acts such as Roachford, Soul II Soul and will be supporting Finley Quaye in June this year. Listen to Gazelle’s LIMF Academy Live Session track ‘All A Show’ here.
2 – Mary Miller
Mary Miller describes her music as ‘Dream Pop, but a bit darker’. With a diverse list of influences ranging from 90s hip-hop, modern producers like Four Tet and Burial and singers such as Buddy Holly and Nancy Sinatra, 22 year old Liverpool-based singer/songwriter/producer Mary is carving a unique path in the industry by mashing up electronica, Hip Hop and retro guitar pop….oh and we love her pink hair! Listen to Mary’s LIMF Academy Live Session track ‘Felt’ here.
3 – Remée
Liverpool songstress Remée is one of Liverpool’s up and coming artists noted for her RnB and neo soulful vibes. Remée has been performing and recording her own material in and around Merseyside since the tender age of 12! She has been championed by BBC Introducing with Dave Monks in Merseyside as well as ‘The Upfront Show’ with Ngunan Adamu, which led to her being the BBC 1xtra Introducing artist of the week. Listen to Remee’s LIMF Academy Live sessions track ‘Gunshot Love’ here.