After the success of the iluvlive Hot List 2016, we are back tipping the artists that the tippers will be tipping in 2017 and beyond.
Last year's list resulted in two amazing iluvlive hotlist shows, with some of our picks going on to tour worldwide and become MOBO Awards winners.
After over a thousand votes from the public, five acts have been chosen and five by the iluvlive team, here's the the iluvlive Hot List 2017 Top Ten.
The aim is that both the shows and the list will generate industry and media interest and support acts on their path to success.
LISTEN TO THE THE TOP TEN ON SOUNDCLOUD HERE
Her ability to captivate audiences was seen during her performance at iluvlive this year as well as on The Voice in 2015. With her smooth melodic vocals and naked lyrics, she describes her sound as classic pop. She is currently working on her debut EP which will include her single Smoke & Mirrors. She recently supporrted Lawson at the Indigo2 in London.
Avelino started his career with the release of his first mixtape ‘Underdog Music’ in 2013. Fast forward to 2016, he has had one of biggest mixtape of the year in UK Hip Hop alongside Wretch 32 ‘Young Fire Old Flame’, had a sold out headline show and has released his EP F.Y.O which saw support from tastemakers Annie Mac, Clarlie Sloth & MistaJam.
Blaise Pascal is an authentic singer songwriter with an incredible falsetto who is also an accomplished guitar player. Having originally trained at Rambert school of ballet and contemporary dance, he travelled the world as a professional dancer and has now returned to his first love, music. Picked up in September 2016 to be part of the iluvlive development programme, Blaise is now set to release an EP in early 2017 and unleash his unique voice and future soul sound.
Singer & songwriter Bobii Lewis started his music career in his teens but took some time out of the music scene. He returned in 2015 stronger than ever which various releases via soundcloud gaining fans worldwide and racking up hundreds of thousands of plays. Bobii graced the iluvlive stage in London in February 2016 and delivered an amazing performance. Bobii released his project Blind In The Summer in August 2016, which featured collaborations with Wretch 32, WSTRN’s Haile & fellow Hot List nominee Stefflon Don.
Kojey Radical is multifaceted, an artist, poet and overall creative. But he is mostly known for his unique style of rap. During his interview on the iluvlive show on PyroRadio.com, Kojey described how he began his music journey during his final year at university, “There was no fame goals…I wanted to infinitely just create good music” In March 2016, he released his EP 23Winters which lead to Rated and MOBO Award nominations.
Laura is an incredible singer song-writer from Greater Manchester who has lent her song writing skills to Rihanna, Leona Lewis whilst also penning Grammy nominated track ‘New York Raining’ for Rita Ora , which also featured on US TV show Empire. She has released two EP’s independently, the last of which was released in February 2016 and shot straight to number 3 on the iTunes soul and RnB chart with zero promo other than on her social sites. Laura is releasing her EP 'The Painted Door' on iluvlive records in Feb 2017.
Matt Wills isn’t like the rest. He’s a songwriter who pours romance and vitriol into his songs in equal measure, and who seeks out collaborators from the worlds of electronic music and grime to fuse his guitar compositions into something new. Singer-songwriters typically tend to want to tell you about their emotions, and in this respect, Matt Wills is no different. But there’s more: there’s a lyrical bite, a fork in his tongue. “Singers are nice these days, because of social media, but I say what I want to say,” he says. “I grew up listening to Jamie T, Oasis, hip hop, grime and Roll Deep, and the thing in common is the attitude of it all. No one is nice all the time. Everyone fucking hates someone!”
Born in Algeria raised in Tottenham, Miraa came to the UK as a young child with her parents. Fast forward to 2012 and a chance meeting with a manager ended up with Miraa’s first Acoustic EP ‘The Beginning’ being released in 2013. Another stroke of luck was about to happen… heard by Salaam Remi (Fugees, Nas, Amy Winehouse), Salaam took an instant liking to Miraa May’s vocal talents. Miraa flew to Miami to record N15, the first project to come from the collaboration released via Salaam’s ‘Do It For The Culture’ platform.
Ryan De La Cruz
Following the release of his critically acclaimed debut EP Pagans, East-London's fastest rising star Ryan De La Cruz has just dropped follow up single 'Know About Me'.
Having garnered support from the likes of SBTV, GRM Daily, MTV WrapUp, LinkUp TV and MOBO and new track 'Know About Me' picking up plays across BBC Radio 1Xtra, 2017 has been a greta year for Ryan De La Cruz.
After selling out his Debut headline show in under 48 hours SNE is taking the UK By storm.‘Hackney’s Golden Child’ emerged after releasing a series of sounds including 'Tell Me,' 'Tiana Major' and 'Rico Rodrigo'. His distinctive fusion of culture and music became evident during his stage presence, radio appearances and unique use of visuals in his music videos. Taking music inspiration from the 90s era, SNE's focus is to use music to empower his audience, encouraging them to pursue their dreams and be the best in their craft. Ready to bring something new to the UK music scene, he plans to re-vamp the industry, and is definitely in it for the long term. "I’ve got to be better than the average or ordinary. The sound never ends, I’m here to stay."