‘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.