The Oxjam Sessions
We’re all about supporting grass-roots musical talent and providing up-and-coming artists with a much needed platform to perform. Some of the artists performing at Oxjam events this year may just be starting out and taking the first steps of a long and successful career. Before they can start packing out 300+ capacity venues though they will be playing small rooms and intimate shows, and promoters have become increasingly creative with the spaces they choose to host these gigs; because heading to the same room above a pub week in week out can become a bit boring, right?
With this in mind then, and seeing as we’re currently recruiting Gig Makers to host some unforgettable shows (and fight poverty while they’re at it, of course!) we thought we’d throw a few special shows ourselves in one the coolest, most unique venues we could find. Let us present The Oxjam Sessions, featuring four acts playing at God’s Own Junkyard in London. Home of iconic neon artist Chris Bracey, this truly was a special location, though we’ll let you judge that for yourselves. The artists weren’t bad either: Skim through to see who we had playing for us, discover some amazing new music and perhaps even take some inspiration if you’re contemplating hosting your own gig. Enjoy.
Arcaves were formed in the back of a broken down car in Sweden in 2014. After selling their car to pay for flights back to the UK, the band locked themselves away in a Southend studio to craft their unique take on pop. Three years on and they’ve supported the likes of Nothing But Thieves and Coasts as well as playing many of the major UK festivals. In the first of our sessions Billy from the band performed ‘Rooftops’ and ‘One Minute Delay’. Think London Grammar meets Chet Faker.
With her sound echoing a solid influence of R’n’B and Hip Hop, at just 21 Brooklyn is quickly emerging as a voice not to be overlooked. She kicks off this session with a soulful rendition of her debut single ‘Cupid’: it came out late last year and we’ve been hooked ever since. We think she’s pretty unique, and certainly one to look out for.
Double S is a veteran in comparison, and since his debut mixtape in 2008 he has carved a deservedly fierce reputation in the underground hip-hop and grime scene. Since then he has gone on to feature on both of Wiley’s albums and tour sold-out arenas with Chimpmunk, Skepta and dance group Diversity.
Our final session came from XY&O, who can apparently count global superstar Drake amongst their fans. Comprised of former Exeter University students who are now based in their native Wales, the six-piece produce high-class, hazy pop music, and performed a truly mesmerizing set for us.
We’re looking for Gig Makers to join the Oxjam community and organise events all across the UK. Oxjam gigs can be whatever you want them to be, from an open mic night in your garden to an all-dayer down your favourite venue. If you’re passionate about your local music scene, and want to help us put an end to poverty while supporting upcoming musical talent, then sign up now and receive a free Gig Maker pack.