‘I’ve always paid attention to songwriting and I’ve always wanted to contribute really great music. I think it always starts with the pen,’ says Best Contemporary Song nominee Kojey Radical.
Kojay attended the 2019 edition of The Ivors at London’s Grosvenor house yesterday (Thursday) where he was nominated for his contribution to Ghetts’ single Black Rose.
The two-time MOBO nominee has so far released three EPs that touch on a range of socio-political issues, which is a characteristic that is very much present on his collaboration with Ghetts on the powerful Black Rose.
The rapper started out at a spoken work poet and mixed media illustrator before branching out into music with his debut EP, Dear Daisy : Opium, which was released in 2014.
He subsequently put out the 23Winters EP in 2016 and In Gods Body 2017 and is set to release a new project this year.
We caught up with Kojey on The Ivors red carpet ahead of the ceremony to get the skinny on his upcoming project, his advice for budding songwriters, and the special lady that is his biggest inspiration. Tune in below…
Kojey Radical - The Ivors 2019 Best Contemporary Song nominee - YouTube
‘It’s an award in front of our peers and it’s an award for songs, which is clearly the most important thing in the music industry and is sometimes forgotten,’ says hit songwriter Jamie Scott.
Scott attended the 2019 edition of The Ivors yesterday (Thursday) with co-writer Dan Caplen to collect the PRS for Music Most Performed Work Award, which took place at London’s Grosvenor House.
The Song is performed by Rudimental and features Jess Glynne, Macklemore and Dan Caplen, and was written by Scott, Caplen, Julian Bunetta, Macklemore and John Ryan.
The song features on Rudimental’s 2019 album Toast to Our Differences and spent seven weeks at number two in the UK charts before hitting the top spot on 30 March 2018.
The track marked Rudimental’s third number one, Jess Glynne’s sixth, but was a first for both Macklemore (in the UK) and Caplen.
These Days first started life as a demo in 2016 created by Caplen, Scott, Bunetta and Ryan, before Glynne, Macklemore and Rudimental came on board.
The success of the song meant that Glynne surpassed Cheryl to hold the record for the most UK number-one singles by a British woman.
We had a chat with Scott and Caplen fresh from their win to get some insight into the slow gestation of the track, their reaction to its success and the strangest places they’ve heard the song played. Dig in…
Jamie Scott & Dan Caplen - The Ivors 2019 Most Performed Work Winners - YouTube
‘It’s a real partnership, it’s like being in a band with somebody,’ says Jonny Greenwood of his collaborative relationship with director Paul Thomas Anderson.
Yesterday (Thursday) the Radiohead guitarist picked up the gong for Best Original Film Score at the 2019 edition of The Ivors, which took place at London’s Grosvenor House.
He was honoured for his work on Paul Thomas Anderson’s 2017 period drama Phantom Thread, which marks Greenwood’s fourth score for the American director.
Greenwood first branched out into film composing with the 2003 documentary film Bodysong and has since become one of the most respected film composers of recent years.
His next soundtrack marked his first collaboration with Anderson for the 2007 film There Will Be Blood, and he has since scored The Master, Inherent Vice and, most recently, Phantom Thread for the director.
Greenwood has also twice collaborated with the Scottish film director Lynne Ramsay on the 2011 film We Need to Talk About Kevin and You Were Never Really There, which was released in 2017.
He beat off competition from Anne Nikitin for, American Animals, and Daniel Pemberton, for Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse, to take home the award in a year that also saw his band inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
We had a chat with the composer straight after he collected his award to get his reaction to the honour, some insight into his score writing process, and how his film work informs what he does with Radiohead and vice versa…
Jonny Greenwood - The Ivors 2019 Best Film Score Winner - YouTube
‘Songwriting needs to be protected so it doesn’t just become a commercial enterprise,’ says Natasha Khan.
The singer-songwriter, more commonly known as Bat for Lashes, took home the award for Best Television Soundtrack with her co-writer Dominik Scherrer for their score for the BBC drama Requiem at yesterday’s (Thursday) Ivor Novello Awards 2019.
The two-time Mercury Prize nominee was honoured for her first foray into writing for the screen and revealed it was an avenue she would like to pursue further in the future.
Khan released her critically acclaimed debut Fur and Gold in 2006 and has subsequently put out three further well-received albums.
Her last release was 2016’s The Bride which was nominated for a mercury and she has subsequently branched out into other projects including Sexwitch – a collaborative record with the band Toy and producer Dan Carey.
We caught up with Khan ahead of her win at the Ivors to chat about her experiences of writing for television, her desire to write a horror score, her take on songwriting, her upcoming new album and more…
Natasha Khan (Bat For Lashes) - The Ivors 2019 Best Television Soundtrack Winner - YouTube
inner city electronic returns to Leeds next week for another celebration of beeps, bleeps and cutting-edge culture.
It will run for 24 hours, cramming as much music as it can into the city’s most iconic venues and featuring a stellar line-up including Nina Kraviz, Motor City Drum Ensemble, Ben UFO, Nightmares on Wax and Octave One.
The music festival will run alongside a daytime programme of talks and workshops focused on musical development, the business of music-making, plus the culture and technology which drives it.
Highlights include Bluedot Present: Delia Derbyshire – Godmother of Electronic Music with Caro C and How They Made the Dr Who Theme with current Radiophonic Workshop member Mark Ayres. Octave One will also offer a live masterclass while rising Welsh electronic producer Kelly Lee Owens will deliver the keynote.
‘Now Mick and Keith have given me the royalties back for Bitter Sweet (Symphony) it’s even more sweet than it was before,’ says Richard Ashcroft of his Ivors win.
The former The Verve frontman collected the PRS for Music Outstanding Contribution to British Music Award at The Ivors 2019, which took place yesterday (Thursday) at Grosvenor House, London.
In his acceptance speech Ashcroft took the opportunity to reveal that his long-standing dispute with the Rolling Stones over The Verve’s 1997 hit Bitter Sweet Symphony had finally been resolved.
Up until now the band had forfeited royalties to the Rolling Stones as it samples an orchestral version of The Stones’ song The Last Time.
Ashcroft said in his speech: ‘As of last month, Mick Jagger and Keith Richards signed over all their publishing for Bitter Sweet Symphony, which was a truly kind and magnanimous thing for them to do.’
He’s no stranger to The Ivors, having picked up the Songwriter of the Year gong in 1998, and over two decades later the awards acknowledged his songwriting legacy since Urban Hymns put the Wigan five-piece on the map.
Following the success of Urban Hymns, which also produced the number one single The Drugs Don’t Work, Ashcroft embarked on a triumphant solo career beginning with Alone with Everybody in 2000 up to his latest release, 2018’s Natural Rebel.
We caught up with Ashcroft fresh from his win to chat about the song he’s most proud of writing and his take on finally getting his dues. Tune in below…
Richard Ashcroft - The Ivors 19 PRS for Music Outstanding Contribution to British Music Award Winner - YouTube
The Verve - Bitter Sweet Symphony (Official Video) - YouTube
Richard Ashcroft, Mariah Carey, Wiley and The 1975 are among the biggest winners at the 2019 Ivor Novello Awards.
Carey received the PRS for Music Special International Award in acknowledgement of a phenomenal career spanning three decades and spawning international hits including Hero, Fantasy and All I Want for Christmas.
The godfather of grime Wiley was honoured with The Ivors Inspiration Award, while The 1975 took home both the Songwriters of the Year Award and Best Contemporary Song Award for Love It If We Made It.
Elsewhere, The Verve frontman and songwriter Ashcroft received the PRS for Music Outstanding Contribution to British Music prize.
The PRS for Music Most Performed Work accolade went to These Days, written by Julian Bunetta, Dan Caplan, Macklemore, Johnm Ryan and Jamie Scott, and performed by Rudimental ft. Jess Glynne, Macklemore and Dan Caplan.
Dido’s songwriting excellence was also celebrated with the Outstanding Song Collection gong.
The Ivors Academy announced the recipients at Grosvenor House, London, today (Thursday).
Now in their 64th year, the awards celebrate, honour and reward excellence in British and Irish songwriting and composing across categories for songs, album, film, TV and videogame scores. They are presented in association with PRS for Music.
Full list of winners –
PRS FOR MUSIC MOST PERFORMED WORK
Written by Julian Bunetta, Dan Caplen, Macklemore, John Ryan and Jamie Scott
Performed by Rudimental ft Jess Glynne, Macklemore and Dan Caplen
Published in the UK by Big Deal Music – Peermusic UK, BMG Rights Management, Kobalt Music Publishing and
EMI Music Publishing
BEST ORIGINAL VIDEO GAME SCORE
Sea of Thieves
Composed by Robin Beanland
BEST CONTEMPORARY SONG
Love It If We Made It
Written by George Daniel, Adam Hann, Matthew Healy and Ross MacDonald
Performed by The 1975
Published in the UK by Good Soldier Songs
THE IVORS JAZZ AWARD
Joy As An Act of Resistance
Written by Jonathan Beavis, Mark Bowen, Adam Devonshire, Lee Kiernan and Joseph Talbot
Performed by Idles
Published in the UK by Kobalt Music Publishing
BEST ORIGINAL FILM SCORE
Composed by Jonny Greenwood
Published in the UK by Warner/Chappell North America Limited
PRS FOR MUSIC SPECIAL INTERNATIONAL AWARD
BEST TELEVISION SOUNDTRACK
Composed by Natasha Khan and Dominik Scherrer
Published in the UK by BMG Rights Management, Du Vinage Publishing and Sony/ATV Music Publishing
BEST SONG MUSICALLY AND LYRICALLY
Nica Libres at Dusk
Written by Ben Howard
Published in the UK by Warner/Chappell Music Publishing Limited
THE IVORS INSPIRATION AWARD
SONGWRITERS OF THE YEAR
George Daniel, Adam Hann, Matthew Healy and Ross MacDonald (The 1975)
OUTSTANDING SONG COLLECTION
Ritchie Blackmore, Ian Gillan, Roger Glover, Jon Lord (posthumous) and Ian Paice (Deep Purple – mark II line-up)
PRS FOR MUSIC OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION TO BRITISH MUSIC
Manchester will host Distractions, a three-day event that will explore how technology affects the way we create, share and consume art, music and entertainment.
The event has been created by organisations including Sound City, Manchester International Festival, FutureEverything and Greater Manchester Combined Authority.
Distractions will take place from Thursday 18 July to Saturday 20 July, with Sound City, Manchester International Festival and Future Everything leading themed days that focus on innovation, revolution and the future of entertainment.
The first day is headed up by FutureEverything with Distractions: GM Futures, which will gather together artists, digital tech leaders and the people of Greater Manchester to explore visions of the future in an innovation lab.
Secondly, Sound City will lead the agenda looking at how tech is driving the future of entertainment via AR, VR, 3D immersive, facial recognition in stadiums and social media.
For the third and final day Manchester International Festival will explore how science and technology is enabling us to reconfigure our minds, bodies and relationships with each other and the world around us.
Andy Burnham, mayor of Greater Manchester, says: ‘Distractions is everything Greater Manchester is about – innovative, forward thinking and radical. We have a great musical heritage and this event shows we use that to inspire an even better future. But more than that, it is about exploring the cross-over between music, technology and our plans for young people.
‘We have a pioneering digital, technological and music history. Whether that’s building the first computer, the birthplace of the industrial revolution and the Spinning Jenny, or the home of Factory Records – our progressive past should be seen as a great foundation for the future.
‘Distractions is all about showcasing the future of Greater Manchester and asking the moral and ethical questions about how technology is both a fantastic opportunity to drive forward out digital city-region ambitions whilst building on our unique cultural offering.
‘In Greater Manchester, we don’t want to just imagine what the future of entertainment and music might look like, we want to lead it.’
Central London’s leading music community college, Community Music (CM), are offering M readers the chance to win a free studio day with production tutoring.
13 aspiring producers will have the opportunity to learn the basics of how to make music for beginners or brush up on skills if they are already an experienced producer.
The winners will have their own workstations from which to experience a full day in the studio gaining valuable insight into production and recording with CM’s professional tutors.
CM is the longest running community music company in the UK, which has been working with young musicians form a variety of backgrounds since 1983.
They have turned out a range of notable talent over the years, including Tom Barnes of production team TMS (Little Mix, Olly Murs, James Arthur), female rapper Baby Blue, Steve ‘Chandrasonic’ Savale of Asian Dub Foundation, and beat-boxer Intensi-T.
To be in with a chance of securing one of the 13 studio places at CM, please visit cmsounds.hscampaigns.com and enter before 5 June.
For a taste of what the winning entries will experience and for more information about CM’s Music Production & Business Foundation Degree, watch the video below.
The Creative Music Production & Business Foundation Degree - YouTube