‘BBC Music Introducing in the West Midlands is committed to supporting the local scene here which is absolutely brimming with talent. It’s an exciting time for the West Mids with music of every genre imaginable flowing through the programme every week. This showcase is the first of its kind for us – a regular live showcase of talent that we have been supporting on air – it’s incredibly exciting to team up with Birmingham Promoters and play a big role in the prestigious live music arena that the region has to offer!’
Since mid 2016 Birmingham’s party provocateurs Ivory Wavehave grown from a gang of 5 mates playing dingy pubs/clubs in and around Birmingham, to local heroes selling out huge hometown shows, which now erupt into a chaotic mix of sing-along frenzies & smoke bombs.
Landing support slots with DMA’S, The Twang, Superfoodto name a few and playing festivals such as Isle of wight, Truck, Shiine On, their growing army of fans are now packing out venues up and down the U.K. There live show is not one to be missed.
The band are carving out their own indie, house style, adding synths to the dance beats and combining this with a raw, Brummie inflected, vocal.
2019 will see more music & bigger shows for the Brummie 5 piece.
‘Birmingham based indie stompers with an 80s pop edge influenced by The 1975 and Blossoms.’ The indie pop foursome La Dharma formed in the West Midlands in early 2017 with founding member Chris Leedham’s passion for writing slick meaningful stories embedded within 80s pop sounds. La Dharma’s signature sound was born after further experimentation with guitarist and old friend Daniel ‘Jonah’ Jones’s indie background. However, the pair were missing the driving force behind the music and were joined by bassist Christian Booth and drummer James Morris to finish the line up with a tight and funky rhythm section. After a successful first year of gigging, the band are looking to release some new tunes towards the end of 2018. So sit back, relax and get ready for big things.
Karkosa formed in Birmingham in 2014 by brothers Michael (vocals & guitar) and Jack (drummer) Warnock. After recruiting Tom Rushton on lead guitar, Ryan Trott on bass and Will Clews on keyboard, the band wrote and recorded a batch of singles which they self released online. Heavily inspired by Catfish and the Bottlemen, The Amazons and Royal Blood, Karkosa blend heavy guitar riffs, subtle synths and Killer-esque monologues, to produce the perfect adolescent anthems.
After releasing a handful of singles in 2017, 2018 has proven to be a pivotal year for the quintet. At home Karkosa were nominated for ‘Best Indie Band’ and ‘One to Watch 2018’ by the Birmingham Music Awards and won the HotVox 2018 Isle of Wight online competition beating out over 5000 other bands. They also received support and airplay from the likes of BBC Introducing. They were on the receiving end of some high compliment from DJ Steve Kelly who said ‘Quite a few of my fellow presenters loved your song Sheffield. No exaggeration, but the guitar work on it is up there with Hotel California, which is my favourite track ever’. The enthusiasm of their Korean fans caught the attention of management and record labels, and after signing to Seoul based independent Beeline Records, Karkosa are back to the peninsula for more shows and recording sessions.
Born in Birmingham, now living in Brighton, 22 year old pop singer-songwriter Megan Lara Mae creates ear-catching melodies polished with pristine electronic production. Drawing from both her classical and contemporary music training, her uplifting and empowering yet sentimental vibe identifies with many audiences. Megan is inspired by the works of Elton John and Kate Bush, while also taking influence from contemporary artists, including Rae Morris, Maggie Rogersand Sigrid.
Megan Lara Mae began songwriting at age 12 and by the age of 15 was performing her original music at shows and festivals across the U.K. Over the past few Summers, Megan Lara Mae took her talents to the stages of well- known music festivals including The Great Escape, Smoked & Uncut and even Glastonbury Festival. Megan Lara Mae has also gained much radio recognition through broadcasts and Live Lounge performances on BBC Introducing for BBC West Midlands and BBC South, as well as being featured on Tom Robinson’s BBC Introducing Mixtape for BBC Radio 6 Music. She has recently supported Fenne Lily, Only The Poets and Deco at various venues across the country.
Watch the official music video for ‘Caribou’ below:
Alex Noble, presenter of BBC Music Introducing in the West Midlands, will do a DJ Set and play a selection of his favorite tunes.