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The Amazons

Tell us a little bit about who you are and where you’re from…

We are a 4-piece Rock & Roll band from a medium sized sleepy commuter town called Reading.

Describe your sound in three words… 

Rock, Roll, And. 

Who inspired you to start a career in music?

There have been so many people and moments. Catching ‘Teenage Kicks’ by The Undertones and ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ by Nirvana for the first time on the radio was the lightbulb moment. I can remember feeling like ‘this is me now, I need to find more'.

Who are your biggest musical influences right now?

We’ve been really digging into the roots of Rock & Roll in the last year. I get excited finding out the origins of things, starting points, reasons why things are like they are today. The blues was obviously a huge part in the story of the music we play today and we found it so easy through the internet to delve into the back catalogues of artists like Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf, Lightnin’ Hopkins etc

What can we expect from your live performance?

We try to put on the kind of show that we want to see. We ache and pine for live music. Musicianship, the bond between the members, a touch of improvisation, blood and sweat.

How excited are you to be a part of MTV Music Week and why? 

We’re very excited to be a part of the series of events that MTV are hosting in Plymouth. The range of what’s happening reflects how much of an institution in music MTV has become and we’re thrilled to be a part of it. 

Have you ever played in Plymouth before? If so, what were your best memories of it?

Plymouth is not somewhere we’ve played before which is exciting. Especially in the UK it’s getting harder to find places where we haven’t performed already, so it’ll be fun to explore the town and discover what it’s all about. 

If not, have you played in the South West before? Is it nice to play for audiences outside of the usual cities you’d play eg. London, Birmingham, Manchester?

Oh for sure. Sometimes the response from audiences outside of the bigger cities is even greater and more wild. I guess that comes from being spared the overexposure to Rock and Roll that you’d find in the usual cities. 

What springs to mind when you think of the South West? 

Josef our drummer spent a lot of his formative years in Totnes. He’s mentioned going to see a lot of key shows at the Plymouth Pavilions when he was growing up.

What does it mean for you to be championed by a brand such as MTV?

The way we find and consume music has changed quite a bit from its beginnings but I think we still look to institutions like MTV to help guide and curate through the chaos. MTV clearly changed the game in the early 80s and it’s still a hugely respected platform for music so we feel very privileged. 

What has been your most exciting career highlight so far?

Writing and recording our new album was an experience we haven’t had before. Knowing it was such a visceral and turbulent time creating it from nothing,  listening to it finished now is certainly a highlight.  

Do you have any advice or words of wisdom for young people to pursue a career in the music business?

Take the time to master your instrument. There are so many opportunities to cut corners but I would advice strongly to not take them.


Pale Waves

Tell us a little bit about who you are and where you’re from…

My name is Heather Baron-Gracie. I’m 24, spend all my time in a band called Pale Waves, and we’re originally from Manchester! 

Describe your sound in three words… 

Emo pop music 

Who inspired you to start a career in music?

 The main influence was probably my dad. I grew up listening to his musical heroes and he also taught me guitar. He tries to sing but he’s not the best, bless. 

Who are your biggest musical influences right now?

Well, I’m currently really indulging in American Football, Yung Lean and Yazoo. 

What can we expect from your live performance?

 An honest performance. 

How excited are you to be a part of MTV Music Week and why? 

We’re so excited! We feel very humbled to be a part of it. We all grew up watching/listening to MTV so it’s a pretty surreal moment when your own band gets asked to be a part of that.

Have you ever played in Plymouth before? If so, what were your best memories of it?

We have. We played it on one of our first ever tours with our friends from In Heaven. It was in a small venue with absolutely no stage room but overall it was a super sweaty, memorable show. 

What springs to mind when you think of the South West? 

The Sea 

What does it mean for you to be championed by a brand such as MTV?

It means a great deal to us. We’re very thankful for the support and opportunity we’ve been given.  

What has been your most exciting career highlight so far?

Definitely releasing our first ever record and walking into shops such as HMV and seeing it right there in the physical form. 

Do you have any advice or words of wisdom for young people to pursue a career in the music business?

Be prepared to dedicate your life to your music That might sound intimidating but it’s the best thing I’ve ever done. 


HAMZAA

For those who don’t know about you and your music, tell us a little bit about who you are and where you’re from…

Hey! I'm a singer - songwriter from Hackney, East London!

Describe your sound in three words…

Soul, Honest, Fun.

Who inspired you to start a career in music?

I feel like I wasn't particularly inspired by a person, but by my drive to make something of myself, in whatever field that may have been.

Who are your biggest musical influences?

I'd say most soul and R&B singers from the 80's, and the powerhouse singers, like SIA and Beyonce.

What can we expect from your live shows?

Expect emotion, expect vocals, expect to feel good and leave thinking positive and feeling free!

How excited are you to be a part of MTV Music Week and why?

I am excited to be part of it because I grew up watching MTV, that’s where I was finding new songs. I am glad to be apart of something that was really important to me when discovering music.

Have you ever played in Plymouth before? If so, what were your best memories of it?

No! This will be a new experience for me.

What springs to mind when you think of the South West?

It reminds me of Cornwall/Devon. I go down there often to visit a friend of my mums and it’s really beautiful, the greenery... it’s just peace!

What does it mean for you to be championed by a brand such as MTV?

This is big!!! It’s a big thing to me. Some of the greatest artist in the world have been championed and have come up through MTV. This is a real privilege for me.

What has been your most exciting career highlight so far?

Honestly, every time I do a show- especially my headline show. Seeing the crowd, and feeling the energy knowing that people have taken their time out to sit and listen to my music- and now their in the room with me is probably one of the most exciting things.

Do you have any advice or words privilege wisdom for young people to pursue a career in the music business?

Be honest with yourself and don’t rush into things thinking that you want something just because it’s in-front of you- make sure you find your ground and make sure the people around you are the people you trust.


Ms Banks

Tell us a little bit about who you are and where you’re from…

My name is Ms Banks I’m 25 and from south east London

Describe your sound in three words…

Vibrant, upbeat and bouncy

Who inspired you to start a career in music?

Ms Dynamite, Lauryn Hill, Lil Kim, Nicki Minaj, Estelle, Foxy Brown & More

Who are your biggest musical influences right now?

Nicki Minaj, Tiwa Savage, Megan The Stallion..

Have you ever played in Plymouth before? If so, what were your best memories of it?

This will be my first time

If not, have you played in the South West before? Is it nice to play for audiences outside of the usual cities you’d play eg. London, Birmingham, Manchester

It’s nice to perform some where new I’m always trying to find new people who can relate to the sound and message in different areas

What springs to mind when you think of the South West?

The hustle 

What has been your most exciting career highlight so far?

Touring the UK with Nicki Minaj

Do you have any advice or words of wisdom for young people to pursue a career in the music business?

Be confident be you work smart and only put out what moves you.


JVCK JAMES

Tell us a little bit about who you are and where you’re from…

JVCK JAMES. Born and raised in East LDN 1998.

Describe your sound in three words…

Nostalgic Future Soul

Who inspired you to start a career in music?

I grew up studying the greats. MJ, Beyonce, Usher, JT. Watching them dominate the stage inspired me to become an all round performer.

Who are your biggest musical influences right now?

D’Angelo, Erykah Badu, Kendrick, Moonchild

What can we expect from your live performance?

Energy, vocals, soulllllll

How excited are you to be a part of MTV Music Week and why?

This will be my first MTV Music Week so excited is an understatement.

What springs to mind when you think of the South West?

Seafood! I’m a big foodie.

What has been your most exciting career highlight so far?

I grew up watching my favourite artists on MTV so to be featured on such an iconic platform lets me know I’m on the right path!

Do you have any advice or words of wisdom for young people to pursue a career in the music business? 

Never stop working on your craft. Find your niche and use it as your weapon!


Young T & Bugsey

Tell us a little bit about who you are and where you’re from…

We’re Young T & Bugsey from Nottingham, and we are young UK rappers.

Describe your sound in three words…

Jiggy, Fun & Bouncy!

Who inspired you to start a career in music?

50 Cent and Young Adz

Who are your biggest musical influences right now?

Migos, Gunna and Drake

What can we expect from your live performance?

Energy, feels and vibes!

How excited are you to be a part of MTV Music Week and why?

We are so gassed to be a part of MTV Music Week! We are super, super happy (shout out MTV!). MTV have been supporting us for a while now, and so it’s really nice to be doing this event.

What springs to mind when you think of the South West?

The beach, the English style beach though, windy and obviously water!

What does it mean for you to be championed by a brand such as MTV?

It’s so sick. We used to watch MTV growing up as kids so to be certified by them now is great.

What has been your most exciting career highlight so far?

Probably our headline shows, Wireless Festival, and making it into the Top 40!

Do you have any advice or words of wisdom for young people to pursue a career in the music business?

Work smart, work hard, be punctual, be yourself, go with your gut and be humble.


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