LISTEN: New track ‘Revolution’ by Kwazi, X4, CVNCH & Javeon
Back in November we launched A New Song For Bristol, a city-wide project calling out to the Bristol public to submit their experiences of life in Bristol over the course of the last year, through words and music.
We set out to commission not one, but a collection of new songs created by a diverse range of artists, inspired by or made in collaboration with individuals and groups from across Bristol.
Over the last few months, these artists have been working with groups to create their tracks, and over the next 6 weeks we’ll be sharing these brand-new pieces of music.
The first track is a collaboration between vocalist and songwriter Javeon, and three of our Multi-Track programme’s Home Grown Heat artists – Kwazi, X4 and CVNCH.
Listen to their new track, ‘Revolution’, below.
Listen to ‘Revolution’ by Kwazi, X4 & CVNCH – created with Javeon
The making of the track
What’s the inspiration behind the track?
Kwazi (Kieran): The inspiration for the track was my life growing up, from my perspective. Everyone see’s different sides of Bristol but when someone asks me to rap about it I’m compelled to tell my story the way I see it as gritty as it may be, I just want to keep it genuine and represent my experience.
How did the creative process work?
Javeon: In the initial zoom meetings with myself and the young musicians we discussed lyrical content, structure and instrumentation. I would give them pointers on their verses and choruses, but all the creative writing was lead by the amazing artists I had the pleasure to work with.
What was it like creating a song in this collaborative way?
CVNCH (Charlie): I enjoyed creating collaboratively with X4 and kwazi, having been on HGH (Home Grown Heat – Bristol Beacon’s artist development scheme) together we managed to find a good creative workflow early on so collaborating on this track together was a lot of fun.
What do you think about the finished product?
Javeon: I knew that we would create something inspiring that we would all be happy with, but I am completely blown by how they were all able to produce such a professional piece of art within the time we had and also not being in the same room. The finished track definitely has the quality and the conveyed message that I was hoping, but the style and unity of these three artists really takes this track to the next level for me.
How has the last year or so been for you, and has this creative process helped you reflect on your experience?
X4 (George): The last year has been very unpredictable for me and most people. I work as a barman so my job outside of music has been affected too. It was hard sometimes finding a balance between a job and having the time to follow my dreams as a musician before COVID-19. The various lockdowns however, have been a great time for me to focus on music with my full attention. It hasn’t affected my ability to make songs with other artist as we live in a world where everyone is connected because of the internet. In the last year I’ve actually contacted and worked with more artists than at any other point in my musical journey so far…
I’ve taken a lot of positives from the last year. This song is a perfect representation of how you don’t actually need to meet people in person to create something together. Despite the limitations of COVID and all three of us being in different locations, here we are with an entire track made from scratch. If you put your mind to it, anything can be achieved.
Finally, what’s in the pipeline next for you – what are you working on?
Javeon: The boys were really impressed with how the song came out so are now in discussion about officially releasing ‘Revolution’ so it can be available on all digital platforms.
Home Grown Heat is Bristol Beacon’s artist development scheme, supporting emerging underground artists to progress their careers through bespoke packages of mentorship, support and guidance from industry professionals. Read more about our Talent Development work here.
A bilingual millennium born rapper from Bristol, inspired by all corners of hip-hop and RnB who vows to keep the authenticity alive through his music. Bringing a fresh versatile style to the UK scene spreading positivity by following his mantra – “Truths are revealed and illusions distilled, The spill of this wave will assist you to chill.”
Meet X4, a 19-year-old artist and producer who takes inspiration from reggae, hip-hop, RnB and drum and bass. X4 loves to experiment and collaborate with artists from different backgrounds giving him a non-genre-conforming, unique sound. Not shy from the Bristol underground music scene, X4 combines his love for producing with his passion for writing, and feels most at home in his studio where the ideas just don’t stop flowing…
Under the newly adapted moniker Cunch, (previously Cunchree Boi) has a persona invented to express the aggressive cheeky and generally abrasive aspects within his personality. Cunch does not adhere to the stereotypical image of UK rap and grime, but takes obvious influences from the leaders of the genres.
Hailing from Bristol, Javeon carved his early career via the dance scene featuring on multiple tracks including: Julio Bashmore’s ‘Father Father’; Le Youth’s ‘Feel Your Love’; and Cyril Hahn’s ‘Breaking’ as well as releasing his solo material on PMR Records in 2011. Early releases included catchy ‘Intoxicated’ also notably Zane Lowe’s Hottest Record In The World and emotive ‘Lovesong’ which took centre stage in Mistajam’s Inbox Fresh and rated 4/5 by Idris Elba and Groove Armada.
More recently, Javeon became the first signing to industry legend, Fraser T Smith’s, publishing company Seventy Hertz. Since then he has been highly sought after to co-write/feature with several exciting emerging UK, European and Canadian artists including: Tory Lanez; Clean Bandit; 5AM; Janice;DJ Zinc; Jamie Isaac and Saya. His songwriting has also made waves across the pond as ToryLanez included ‘To D.R.E.A.M’, a Javeon co-write, in his tracklist for album ‘I Told You’ (2016).
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