Written By Stephanie Niewenhuys
We teamed up with PRS for Music and New in the House to get exclusive backstage access to PRS Presents. The second in a series of live events showcasing the incredible talent of PRS for Music members. We got the chance to catch up with mercury nominated, critically acclaimed Ghostpoet and the UK’s emerging live dance act, Dr Meaker.
PRS for Music is the society which is home to the world’s best songwriters, composers and publishers and the PRS Presents gig series aims to bring the public closer to the music, opening the doors to their Streatham HQ.
From the Streatham headquarters you get a fabulous view of London, a backdrop to an outstanding night of live music.
Chuka Umuna, MP for Streatham opened proceedings and celebrated the PRS for Music headquarters being located in South London. Singer-songwriter, DJ and producer, Andrew Ashong was the first act of the night, setting the tone with his beautiful soul, reggae, and roots infused music.
Next up was an act that the room were completely buzzing about, Ghostpoet. I was lucky enough to catch up with Obaro aka Ghostpoet ahead of his performance, you can catch up on the show at the link below. We talked about lyrics in his brilliant track ‘X Marks the Spot’ from the new album ‘Shedding Skin’, how it felt to be Mercury nominated, advice to upcoming artists and vodka! His performance created an electricity in the room, everyone was completely hypnotised.
The final act of the night – one of the hottest live UK dance act right now, Dr Meaker! I caught up with Clive of Dr Meaker backstage before the gig. Clive said ‘we have built a relationship with PRS and their support is excellent.’ I hear all about the upcoming much anticipated album being released this year ‘Dirt and Soul’ plus I find out about a new artist that Clive has been in the studio with and we are now keen to check out!
This was just the second in this exclusive and intimate showcase and it was a magical night. We cannot wait for the next in the PRS Presents series.
You can catch up on the exclusive interviews with Ghostpoet and Dr Meaker plus Paul Sims, Head of Marketing for PRS for Music on New in the House right here: Mixcloud.com