We were all knocked out by the YOUTHSAYERS project and are pleased to have hosted this exemplary music project at Raw Material. Lead musician Robin Hopcraft and his team from the Soothsayers band provided over 20 aspiring and clearly talented young musicians aged 10 to 16 with really high quality tuition and guidance over a ten week course, that culminated in three concerts, all full to capacity, with a final knock out show with the Soothsayers at the Lambeth Country Show festival main stage. This project has paved the way to harnessing and developing  the talent in Lambeth through ensemble playing and getting to grips with Afrobeat music, inspired by the legacy of Nigerian master Fela Kuti. We are proud to be able to continue to support the project over the next 10 weeks enabling the current and next cohort of brass players, drummers, bass, guitar and keyboard players to go to the next level. Inspiring yes, energising yes, talent yes!

Bring it on Youthsayers!

School Ground Sounds and Raw Material have teamed up with a diverse, professional and industry-seasoned team of world class musicians to offer free mentoring sessions to aspiring young artists and musicians.

Our friendly team have worked with everyone from Ed Sheeran to The Clash and are passionate about supporting the next generation of break-through performers as they start out on their journey to a successful and exciting career.

If you are considering a career in music as an artist or musician and would like to learn about the music business first-hand from an instrument-matched and fully trained mentor, School Ground Sounds would love to offer you a place on our mentoring scheme in January 2016.

To be considered for a place on January’s scheme then simply email kayleigh@schoolgroundsounds.org with your name, age, instrument and a few words about your aspirations and why you’d like to receive free mentoring with SGS. You must be aged between 16 and 21 to apply and the deadline for applications is 1st December 2015. 

At the end of July, the young talented artists from our Raw Roads tour came down to Brixton for their showcase. They took over Raw Material for the day – recording in the studios, spinning vinyl on the top floor, and rehearsing for the show we were to all perform together later that day at the Prince of Wales club. It was great to meet people from different cities, who were all part of Raw Roads. Here’s some of what went down:

So, after a few hours of workshops and rehearsals at Raw Material headquarters, we all walked together to the showcase venue – Prince of Wales, at the very heart of Brixton.

After a day of meeting new people, singing, tuning, rapping, laughing, and eating lots of pizzas… it was showtime!

Thank you to everyone who came down to support our Raw Roads: Invisible Showcase, the young were brilliant and it was a great event!



All rocking with New Orleans vibes down at Raw Material!
Capital Xtra Music Potential had a huge turnout on 16 July with the all day music industry event. Workshops, production sessions, songwriting and an industry panel were the format for the day all rounded off with a stunning set from New Orleans artists Tony Wilson and Tank and the Bangas. Organisers Industry in the Streets and hosts Raw Material made the day a great success for all. Music Potential moves on to Birmingham and will culminate in a week intensive course at BCE- Big Creative Education in East London, with a final performance event at Rich Mix.
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