Alice’s Summerthing 2012: Graffiti6

Yet another great artist has been added to Alice’s Summerthing 2012 – Britain’s Graffiti6! They will be joining the Adam Lambert, Scars On 45, and Vicci Martinez for the June 24th FREE concert.

Graffiti6’s album Colours is available now at itunes.

Biography:

Colours, the debut album from Britain’s Graffiti6, is as vividly vibrant as both the project’s moniker and its album title suggest: an uncategorizable mélange of pop, psychedelia, R&B, and British Northern Soul that fully capitalizes on the soaring uplift of Jamie Scott’s emotionally transparent voice and gift for melody and TommyD’s irresistible rhythms and inventive production. Songs like “Stone In My
Heart,” “Stare Into The Sun,” “Annie You Save Me,” and “Free” are “latter-day psych-soul nuggets, all phased vocals and sunshine melodies given the warp factor,” as London’s Guardian newspaper put it, while the remainder of Colours zigzags all over the musical map from the folk-soul balladry of “Goodbye
Geoffrey Drake,” to the spare, gospel-inflected feel of “Over You,” to the downtempo sultriness of “Calm The Storm,” to the jangly indie-rock vibe of “Lay Me Down.” “For me, the unexpectedness of the sound is the whole point,” Scott says. “It’s fun to mess with people’s heads.”

http://www.vevo.com/watch/graffiti6/free/USCA31100087

The relentless experimentation on Colours reflects the lively imagination of its creators, singer-songwriter Jamie Scott and songwriter-producer Tommy Danvers (who goes by TommyD) — both London-born multi-instrumentalists who began making music together in 2009 and decided to call the resulting
collaboration Graffiti6. (A third member, the British artist and illustrator Jimi Crayon, designs all of Graffiti6’s artwork and is responsible for their bold logo and Technicolor visuals.)

Scott grew up enthralled with soul and folk music, thanks to his father’s love for
Donny Hathaway, Curtis Mayfield, and Marvin Gaye, and his mother’s
predilection toward James Taylor, Cat Stevens, Carole King, and Joni Mitchell.
Upon hearing Mitchell’s Blue at the age of seven, Scott picked up a guitar and
taught himself to play. “At school, friends would be talking about bands like Bon
Jovi and I didn’t have a clue who they were talking about as I didn’t start to listen
to pop radio till I was 15,” he says. Scott began writing songs, and, by 17, had left
school to focus on a career as a musician. He signed his first publishing deal at
20, followed by a record deal with Sony Music in the U.K., and began working
with Jamiroquai keyboardist Toby Smith, but his album was never released due
to the merger between Sony and BMG. After signing with Polydor in 2006, Scott
released his solo debut album, Park Bench Theories, under the name Jamie
Scott and the Town. The album was a folky, acoustic-based affair on which Scott
was backed by members of the Scottish band Travis. Jamie Scott and the Town
toured for two years (including opening for Alicia Keys, Kelly Clarkson, and Take
That) and built up a sizable following in Europe and Asia.

Scott was considering working with new collaborators as a way to repackage the
album when an A&R executive at Polydor suggested he meet Danvers, who had
remixed tracks by Michael Jackson and Björk, and arranged and orchestrated
concerts and recordings, along with his wife, for Kanye West, Jay-Z, Adele,
Beyoncé, and Noel Gallagher, among others. A multi-instrumentalist, Danvers
grew up listening to psychedelic rock, punk, and blues music before falling in love
with hip-hop at age 17. “Public Enemy, Run-DMC, LL Cool J — it was that era,”
he says. “I used to fly to New York City just to buy records and sneakers.”
Danvers played guitar, keyboards, drums, and sang in a number of bands around
South London, worked as a tape op in a commercial studio, and sold musical and
studio equipment before he began DJ’ing at a local club at age 18. Over the next
13 years, Danvers made a name for himself as a DJ. He was a resident at
Ministry of Sound and a regular at Cream and Back to Basics in the U.K., as well
as Danceteria, Twilo, and DV8 in the U.S. Influenced by the sound of New York’s
Paradise Garage and the rise of House music, Danvers formed a production duo
with musician/DJ Jeremy Healy under the name Ezee Posse. Around that time,
Danvers was asked to produce a track by an unsigned band called Right Said
Fred. The song, “I’m Too Sexy,” debuted at No. 1 in the U.S. and hit the Top 10
in nine countries. Although it propelled his remix career, Danvers was more
interested in writing, which led to his penning several songs for KT Tunstall,
Corinne Bailey Rae, Janet Jackson, and Kylie Minogue. “Jamie came along soon
after that,” Danvers says.

“Tommy and I hit it off straight away,” Scott says. “I brought in an idea I had for a
folk thing I was doing and he said, ‘Let’s go for it,’ so we wrote it on acoustic
guitar.” The track was “Stare Into The Sun.” Scott left to go on holiday for two
weeks and received an email from Danvers when he returned saying he’d done a
bit of work on the track and what did Jamie think? “When I first heard it, I was
like, ‘What the f**k has he done to my song?’” Scott says with a laugh. “I was
literally fuming. I had been expecting it to sound like my solo album. But then
after listening to it a few times, I thought, ‘That’s not going on Park Bench
Theories, but I love it.’”

“I was already a fan of Jamie’s music,” Danvers says. “He was playing in this
intricate style with amazing lyrics, and I just said, ‘Look, you’ve got to let rip on
this, mate.’ We both love a lot of the same music, so I think I awakened the Otis
Redding and Marvin Gaye in him. He has a truly unique voice. It doesn’t sound
like anyone else and that’s what I love about it.”

Rather than repackage Scott’s solo album and have Danvers produce it, the two
decided to start writing original material together. “I didn’t want it to be a producer
producing a solo artist,” Scott says. “It was a collaboration. The sound was just
too strong to be anything else.” “Basically we just thought, ‘This is really good,
there’s something happening here between us,’” Danvers says. “A musical
relationship is very much like a personal relationship in the sense that you’ve got
to just see where the road takes you, so we put our heads down, shut the doors,
and kept working.” Over the next year and a half, the songs began to pour out. “It
opened a door to a whole new way I could start thinking about some of the
songs, with all these big harmonies,” Scott says. Indeed every song on Colours
can be stripped down and performed on acoustic guitars and sound just as
exciting. Check YouTube for Graffiti6’s stellar versions of “Annie You Save Me,”
“Stone In My Heart,” “Calm The Storm,” and “Lay Me Down,” as well as covers of
Adele’s “Rolling In The Deep” and Black Eyed Peas’ “I Got A Feeling.” Graffiti6’s
live shows have also earned them a growing devoted fanbase around the world.

“We really are just two musicians enjoying the sound we make,” Danvers says.
“It’s a sound that neither of us could make without the other.”

Graffiti6 released Colours on their own NWFree Music label in the U.K. in
October 2010 and in April 2011 signed to Capitol Records, which will release a
digital EP in June, followed by Colours later this year. Their songs have already
been heard on such shows as Grey’s Anatomy, Covert Affairs, CSI: NY, One
Tree Hill, and in the new MTV series Teen Wolf. Scott has relocated from London
to Los Angeles and is looking forward to spending much of his time Stateside.
“I’ve been signed to record labels for nine years and I’ve always wanted to come
to America,” he says. “It was the one place where we got a load of love right
away from the industry, so the minute my manager said, ‘Let’s do it, let’s move,’ I
said, ‘I’ve got my bags packed, man. I’ve had them packed for nine years.’”

Website:
http://www.graffiti6.com/

Facebook:
www.facebook.com/graffiti6

Twitter:
@graffiti6

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