With the music and live entertainment industries having taken a particularly hard hit this year, due to the closure of venues and cancellations of events, we’re delighted to hear about this new project from Croydon Composers.
Croydon Composers was set up in November 2017 by the dynamic (and Croydon based!) production company, Drum The Bass.
Drum The Bass is run by Artistic Director (and award winning composer, producer and bassist) Shri Siram, Director Shirin Sriram, and music business consultant Michael Fuller.
Drum The Bass set up Croydon Composers to bring together aspiring and established musicians. Their debut at the 2017 Croydon Mela, saw them perform at Boxpark to over 1000 people.
In response to the current climate, this year the format went virtual with the ‘Croydon Composers Online’ project. This brought together a team of 25 outstanding musicians, composers and producers (from Croydon and around the UK) to work together remotely (as duos and trios) to riff together and learn about each other’s styles and cultural musical roots. The end result is an 11 track album, entitled ‘Croydon Composers Vol. 3’.
This ground-breaking, cross-genre musical collaboration reflects a huge range of influences including rap, reggae, jazz, Indian classical music and rock.
Collaborators include: producer Shri Sriram, award-winning trombonist Dennis Rollins, pianist and composer Roland Perrin, Heaven 17’s keyboardist Florence Sabeva, singer/songwriter and beatboxer Bellatrix, award-winning rapper Tubby Boy, global DJ and producer Adam Scrimshire, singer songwriter Lucinda Drayton, Syrian oud player Rihab Azar, MOBO-nominee and Afrobeats performer Silvastone, spoken-word artist Amen Noir, former Notting Hillbillies bassist Marcus Cliffe, digital roots producer Adam Prescott, former percussionist with Youssou N’Dour, Ndiaga Issa Mbaye…and more!
Croydon Composers Vol 3 is available to buy, download or stream for FREE from 20th November. You can pre-order or pre-save on Spotify by CLICKING HERE.
As Shri explains: “We didn’t want to wait for venues to open up again before we got our next project off the ground. Croydon Composers Online features a host of talented musicians from Croydon and a team of top musicians and composers from around the UK. I’m super excited that we’ve got local artists featuring alongside very experienced practitioners; it means we can expand the reach and connectivity of Croydon musicians and composers.”
Global DJ and Producer, Adam Scrimshire, says: “It’s an inspiring idea and it’s very special to make connections outside my normal circle of collaborators, thanks to Shirin and Shri! I’ve been working with the virtuoso sitar player Sheema Mukherjee and the brilliant rapper, Tubby Boy and I’m really proud of our end product – the track Breathe.”
DJ, Producer and Writer, Adam Prescott says: It’s challenged my music writing process (in a good way!) and I’m really pleased with how our track, I Dream, worked out. I’ve been working with Prachi, who’s a classically trained Indian vocalist, and Shri Sriram who’s a very talented flautist – among many other things!
With every Croydon Composers project Shirin, Shri and Michael have taken on the challenge of getting bigger and better. We offer them our huge congratulations for using lockdown to deliver this innovative and creative new album….and can’t wait to see what they do next!