MS BANKS | OFF COLOUR | AINE ZION | STANZA
True to his name, he places poetic, conscious, and lyricism top of the priority list. As a modern artist remaining close to the roots of Hip-Hop, he's regarded as an MC's, MC. His debut music video for the critically acclaimed track “Until The Internet Kills The Video Star “ was released April this year followed by the release of his debut mixtape 'Poetry in Motion' which was released earlier this month (May 2017).
It all started from a young age with North London’s emerging spoken word/singer/songwriter and producer, Áine Zion. She grew up listening to everything from Fela Kuti to Irish country artist Daniel O’Donnell. Different genres of music have always surrounded her from a tender age; she later found the love for UK and American hip hop, including one of her favourite artists, Erykah Badu. Fast forward a few years, she records an EP with longtime friend Stiks, called “The Imprint” the following year she is a major part of the creative process of Skepta’s iconic album “Blacklisted”.
As her journey continues she remains to perfect her craft and meets Emeli Sande along the way and is a part of her creative/management team for a number of years. Later on down the line she features on Emeli Sande single “Garden” which also feature Jay Electronica as is off her album LLTA. Aine has toured and performed at some of the world’s most iconic venues including The Barclay Centre in New York. 2017 is looking extremely exciting for Aine Zion she’s currently in the studio recording her debut project, which is due summer 17’.
Off Colour, singer/songwriter duo James and Antonio have been working on their sound for the past few years while they kept their fans engaged by releasing covers/medleys. They've since teamed up with 1/3 of WSTRN where they collaborated to make their last single "Mine" which peaked at no.4 in the iTunes chart, they've now recently released the 2nd single off their Forthcoming EP “Aureolin” which is due April 2017, they then hit the roads to tour with one of London's prestigious live music events, iluvlive.
Their own music has drawn comparisons to the likes of Ed Sheeran, Bastille and One Republic. Off Colour have already supported Bombay Bicycle Club on the live circuit, Fusion Festival and many others and with support from DJ Target at 1xtra and other mainstream dj’s along with various online platforms, the future looks bright with the release of their forthcoming EP.
Ms Banks, a South London native of Nigerian and Ugandan heritage, brings her own unique perspective to the UK Grime scene. She started music at the age of 12, inspired by her uncle who used to rap over drum and bass instrumentals. She began song writing at the age of 15 to as a form of expression. These songs formed her debut mixtape Once Upon A Grind, which came out in 2014.
Her big break later came when she was encouraged by her peers to start recording in the studio at 18. She then started to build her social media presence, including posting popular covers on YouTube. Since then she has collaborated with many other talented artists, including Steff London, Tinie Fekky Big Tobz, just to name a few not to mention stacking up quite a few awards along the way.