Ladies and gentlemen, I give you… Kurtis Reid

Remember the name, because MetMusic are sure that you’ll be seeing it on a billboard in the not too distant future. The 21 year old singer songwriter, a music student at Leeds Metropolitan University, has big ambitions for a career in the music industry. He states his role models as Adele, Stevie wonder and James Morrison which is no surprise as his powerful vocals could be likened to those of his peers.

Reid recently launched his first album, ‘returning to base’  at the Well in Leeds city centre and can often be found at open mic nights around the city. Never far from his supporting band, he has surrounded himself with exciting young musicians who are masters of their chosen instruments. Josh Appleby, 21 plays lead guitar and compliments the lead singers powerful vocals with electrifying solos , whilst Simon Benfer, 22 keeps a rhythm that brings the whole set together. Adam Greenhead and Ben Bowers are the heartbeat of the band on the base and drums respectively.

Although there are no plans for any upcoming gigs over the summer, we hope to be seeing them back on the stage again at some point during 2011. With ‘returning to base’   released on 23/05/2011 their return will be eagerly anticipated by what is sure to be a growing fan base. Metmusic are certainly huge fans and cant wit to hear more from Kurtis and the band.

You heard the name here first!!

You can download the album ‘returning to base’ for a small fee from www.kurtisreid.bandcamp.com

Dan Le Sac vs. Scroobious Pip Interview


Dan Le Sac Vs Scroobius Pip are an award nominated hip-hop duo who combine electronic beats with sung, spoken, and rapped lyrics. The pair are Daniel Stephens (aka Dan le sac) and David Peter Meads (aka Scroobius Pip) and I went down and spoke to them before their recent gig in Leeds.

Fraser Knott: “So how do you feel the atmosphere in Leeds compares to other cities? Is it always a favorite of yours?”

Scroobius Pip (vocals): “On previous tours it’s always been one of the best ones vibe wise, the two or three shows we’ve done at Cockpit have always been good ones, there’s always a really up for it crowd”

FK: And the tour continues into late November, and I can imagine it’s been quite relentless…”

SP: “Well we haven’t really had more than a week off since 2006; it’s been non stop since then”

Dan Le Sac (DJ/production): There’s been like a month or two off in total over the years, its weird going back to your house and having all your stuff”

FK: “Shepard’s Bush in London is quite an iconic venue, headlining there must be quite surreal?”

SP: “We’ve never played there before, and headlining it is an amazing feeling, I’ve been to so many gigs there, and it should be the biggest turn out of the tour, not necessarily the best crowd but definitely the biggest”

FK: “Your second album was released last March, how have things been since the release?”

SP: “Yeah it’s been awesome, hearing people get more and more familiar with the songs over the March tour and during the festival season is great, its real good fun”

FK: “And the recent single “Cauliflower” how do you feel it’s gone down?”

SP: “It’s great for us because it’s always been one of our favorite tracks off the album but we never got the chance to play it live because we could never do it with out Kid A [who features on the track] but since she’s been supporting us on this tour it’s been great to play, the crowd reception is amazing”

DLS: “And it’s not until you play a song live that you know what kind of a track it is, I really wasn’t expecting “Cauliflower” to be such a banging tune

FK: “You were nominated for the BT Digital Awards this year, was it nerve racking going up against acts such as Kylie, Muse and Gorillaz?”

SP: “It was really unexpected and great to be slung in there with all the other nominations”

DLS: “It got to me a little bit that Gorillaz [who won the category] used a video acceptance speech rather than turning up, especially after we waited around for so long”

SP: “Don’t forget the random Ne-Yo performance we had to sit through as well; he wasn’t even nominated for anything, just Ne-Yo doing a gig, it was just like “Alright Ne-Yo what are you doing here?””

DLS: “It was also quite funny that we we’re like the forth most famous act in the crowd, behind like JLS, McFly, and Professor Green”

SP: “And Muse weren’t there to wow us with there live show they always win awards for, they left that to Scouting for Girls of course”

Dan Le Sac vs Scroobius Pip’s second album “Angles” is out now.