OSCAR JEROME

Oscar Jerome has been honing his craft as a musician and writer since a young age. He has worked as vocalist, guitarist and composer with countless acts and grown through the thriving South London music scene.

In his solo project Jerome brings all of his influences together, citing artists such as Gil Scott-Heron, George Benson, John Martyn, The Clash, Ali Farka Toure and Jay Dilla. Oscar’s song writing is motivated by politics, spirituality within music and life experiences. His creative vision is to always make music with sincerity and pay homage to his countless inspirations.

Oscar’s music has received radio attention from Gilles Peterson, Huw Stephens (BBC radio 1) and Jamz Supernova (1Xtra). He has appeared in a Boiler Room session along with Nick Hakim, recorded his own Mahogany session and earlier in 2017 played a BBC 6Music live session on Gilles Peterson’s show. His  acclaimed live show has seen him perform at Glastonbury, Jazz Cafe, Worldwide Awards Afterparty and Union Chapel supporting Macy Gray to name a few.

TIP: You can also catch Oscar Jerome at Visions Festival this year. More info: http://visionsfestival.com

KWALU

A trio born out of south Londons shamanic dub phsyc grunge jazz scene. Formed from the need, want and duty to output vibrations to the art of the world. Music for the senses and mind.

LOUIS VI

Born in London with a mixed heritage (Britain, Dominica, France and Italy), Louis has spent the past few years travelling between Britain’s capital city and New York, Los Angeles and Atlanta. These immersive trips acted as a remedy, helping Louis to emerge from his shell, to celebrate his traits and to return back to London with a renewed sense of energy and love for his hometown.

Prior to heading out to the States and after leaving university, Louis fell into a period of depression. Money was terrible so he worked several part time jobs ranging from call centers to driving vans. “It felt like everything and everyone was trying to snatch your soul,” he explains, touching on the experience derived from compulsively making music while dead broke in one of the most expensive cities in the world.

The last EP from Louis, titled ‘The Lonely Road Of The Dreamer’, emerged from this period of darkness. Vulnerable and honest, the release materialized just as conversation around mental health started to gain momentum. Louis’ release helped to break down conversational taboos and, more importantly, it gave him a sense of relief – there was strength in being nothing less than your absolute and authentic self, even if that meant showing the darker sides. Things were looking up. Somewhere along the way he’d become cool with Frank Ocean too, who had recently moved to London.

TOUCHING BASS

Alex Rita (Touching Bass/Steam Down/Sounds of the Universe) — the Copenhagen-born, London-based DJ, illustrator, singer and designer — is a seamstress in more ways than one.

When not making her own clothes or recording, she spends her time immersed in another passion; patching together percussive grooves and organic sounds aimed at the soul and feet. As a crucial member of Steam Down and resident at Touching Bass —both grassroots, South London-based soul nourishing movement —  Alex  hosts a biweekly NTS Radio session as well as open discussion/live music series, Speaking In Sound.
Alex Rita is also one half of trio Okapii, who are releasing their debut album on Fresh Selects later this year.

Oscar Jerome / Kwalu / Louis VI / Touching Bass

25 Sep 2018

Village Underground

54 Holywell Ln
London
EC2A 3PQ

7.30pm

£11

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