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GIG REVIEW

The Museum of the Jewellery Quarter opened its doors to welcome SongwallLIVE! Enthusiastic music lovers with a passion for Birmingham’s musical history gathered to support local talent.

SongwallLIVE! brought an insightful contrast between music industry veterans and upcoming artists emerging in the digital era. This showcased the evolution within Birmingham’s music scene over the last few decades.

Songwall’s founder, Brendan Poynton opened the event with two original songs, ‘Eyes of Change’ and ‘Real’. His acoustic repertoire demonstrated what Songwall is all about, musicians with a passion for fairtrade music.

Musicians are the fabric of every City and Rob Peters is no exception. Rob performed an array of original songs; these were from various projects he had worked on throughout his life, including Dangerous Girls, Everything But The Girl and his current project, Peters and Dog. Rob alternated between discussing his personal music history and showcasing his vast knowledge and repertoire spanning three decades. As well delighting us with his original songs, he also incorporated two covers into his set from artists who have inspired him. He chose to begin his performance with The Beatles, ‘Her’ and later treated us to Wonderwall by Oasis. His musicianship and incisive anecdotes from his experience in Birmingham’s local music scene evidently impressed the audience.

Next to perform was Sophielou  along with guitarist Niall Creane to accompany her on an guitar for her first acoustic performance.

Sophielou is known for making conscious music in the community. The messages conveyed through her lyrics exude positivity. Her tracks were designed to be ‘music that makes you think’ as she promotes avidity and activism within her lyrics. Performing her music in such a stripped back fashion, gave her vocals and her message a chance to really shine through and be heard in a way that would make sure you were left thinking.

She touches upon subjects like love and loss in ‘City Full Of Lights’, a song elaborating on the end of a toxic relationship and the negative emotions felt from a distressing ultimatum.

Sophielou also gave us a stunning exclusive acoustic listen to her brand new single, ‘Ambience’. The song was about her outlook on the world and what she has learnt whilst experiencing various stages of progression in her life. She also wrote this track to tackle the immense pressures of young people becoming addicted to social media.

Her music and outlook on the music industry is purely from a digital, ‘21st century’ perspective. Sophielou began her musical journey in the height of social media’s colossal rise in popularity. This encouraged her to focus solely on distributing her original songs via the internet to cater for a young audience living in the digital age.

This, in contrast to Rob Peters, who emerged onto the music scene in the pre-Internet era, provided a rare and unique outlook. This is because SongwallLIVE! merged these artists into the same gig to offer two different perspectives. This promoted curiosity from the audience to ask the artists about performing and distributing music in their era during a short question and answer session following the performances.

Regardless of what era the artist’s began writing music, the aspect that has remained the same, is that all of the musicians begun their journey because of their passion and devotion to writing and performing music. This same desire is what brought them all together via Songwall.

Overall an excellent kick off to a whole series of SongwallLIVE! events taking place at the Museum of the Jewellery Quarter. Make sure you are there Saturday 11th November for the next highly anticipated SongwallLIVE! event.

You can support and download the music from Sophielou and Rob Peters via their Songwall profiles.

Sophielou
Rob Peters
Remember: Songwall doesn’t take a cut from the download so the artist gets more cash in their pocket.

Join us for the next SongwallLIVE! event on Sat 11th November

Live review written by
Steff Hanson & Kitty Opal
Edited by Kitty Opal

 

 

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What is Songwall
We exist to put value back into original music by redefining the relationship between musicians and fans
Who can join Songwall?
Artists, musicians and music fans can join Songwall. In this early Beta phase only artists can create a full Songwall profile. Fans can Create a log-in by supporting artists and purchasing new music. Join the Songwall newsletter to be the first to hear about upcoming Songwall features and all our latest news on the hottest new songs.
How can I edit my profile
At the moment you can edit your profile by emailing us hello (at) songwall dot com. Artists can log-in to their artist profile to upload more songs.
What support do you offer for independent artists/bands?
We offer instant payment and strive to provide better rates with cool opportunities such as paid support slots. As a start up we are taking one step at time. We hope you join us :-)
I’m a music fan, why should I support Songwall?
Because you love discovering great new music by grass roots artists with character songs. On Songwall you can be ahead of the game by finding out what's hot in new music.
I’m under 18, can I still get paid for my music?
At the moment you can only get paid via a Paypal account. We are working on other options.
I have a suggestion for Songwall - where can I submit it?
You can go to our feedback form
I want to work for Songwall- where can I apply?
Got to our Feedback form
Can I upload a cover or remix?
No, we are purely about original music, supporting artists and the art of songwriting. There are other sites that cater for cover versions.
Can I upload songs which feature swearing?
Anything defamatory will be taken down from Songwall.
Why can’t I download or stream my favourite songs by major artists?
Although we would love Prince to be on our website, we are a site for new and independent artists.
I can’t find an answer to my question- where else can I try?
If you can't find an answer here please drop us a line via the feedback form