It’s taken a while to get round to this as it has been a busy couple of weeks for all things agitate. We’ve had lots of exciting meetings with representatives from the music industry and are really excited about what we will be able to announce in the new year. Watch this space for more big names, fresh collaborations and some great new music from the agitate collective.
Back to business. On December 1st we held our first ever Agitate Session, with none other than singer songwriter and ASAP Rocky collaborator, Joe Fox. Joe was the first musician to throw his weight behind the project so it was only fitting that we asked him to be our featured artist in our first session. Joe has personal experience of homelessness as a kid and so could sympathise with the power music has to change the lives of people facing hardship and exclusion.
We paired Joe up with two of our most talented young singers, Sarah and Luisa, in the hope that their dynamic voices and introspective lyrics would complement his guitar-led troubadour style. They did not disappoint!
A professional video of the day is currently in production, which will show how the group compiled their two songs, Money Rules the World and Nights Were Made for Loving. The film will also touch upon the similarities in the background of Joe and the girls and how collaboration can help create a communal medium for expression. For now why not check out the video-diary teaser of the day below.
The day gave the young people a taste of life as professional singers, having to perform for a film crew, explain their ideas to the session musicians and provide interviews to journalists. However there was little time to rest, as just the next day Sarah and Joe were to feature live on TV on London Live. Needless to day she spoke brilliantly about her career so far and how she wants to step up to the next level with the help of agitate. There are also some lovely quotes from the girls in the Islington Gazette article here.
The day would not have been possible without the help of some amazing people. Sam White and Jack Mealing formed our film crew and captured some great footage that will really help show the project off to the general public. Ben Nash and his company Aural Youth recorded all of the sound on the day and even stepped in to play some bass late on. The girls were able to jam with one of the best session guitarists in the business, Ben Simon, who really helped put them at ease and develop their initial ideas. Finally we have to thank our hosts at the Rosemary Branch, Cec Darker and the Unattended Items theatre company, who provided the lovely venue and even cooked us some delicious lunch.
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We can’t wait to share the songs and video from the day with you. Think of it as an early Christmas Present.