What we're looking forward to in 2018
Our ICMP teams, partners, tutors and masterclass guests tell us what they’re excited about as we enter the new year…
We hope you had a great Christmas and Happy New Year!
As well as at ICMP, the wider industry is also gearing up for another big year of releases, gigs, festivals and initiatives. So to usher in the new year, we asked various ICMP teams, partners, tutors and masterclass guests to highlight what they’re looking forward to in 2018. Check out what they’ve recommended below…
We're looking forward to seeing exciting projects funded by the Careers and Industry Hub’s new Accelerator Fund come to fruition and helping more ICMP artists 'ready themselves' for releasing their music. The industry landscape is in a continual state of flux which allows more artists to release music in strategic and planned ways, many of which The Hub have been involved with to great effect!
Help Musicians UK
Help Musicians UK will continue to establish itself as a fully national charity in 2018, with our second regional office (after Belfast, which was launched in 2016) opening in Glasgow in February and followed by Cardiff and Manchester.
A key priority in 2018 for the charity will be to campaign and advocate around issues that affect musicians - with focuses on gender equality, protecting live music, and continuing to enhance our Music Minds Matter mental health service for the whole industry.
Read our recent blog from Help Musicians UK's Matthew Leone on how new artists can equip themselves for the pressures of the music industry.
Oli Rockberger, songwriter, artist and tutor
I'm looking forward to some more dates promoting my new record 'Sovereign', including a US release at some point in 2018. I've also started writing and pre-production on a new solo record which I'm really excited about too. There's various side and collaborative projects in the works as well, so it's shaping up to be an exciting year ahead.
Dan Green, ICMP's Songwriting Deputy Programme Leader
There are a number of things I'm excited about in 2018. Erased Tapes, coming off the back of their 'Erased Tapes is Ten' retrospective, is on fire at the moment. Nils Frahm's new album 'All Melody' is begging for a listen when released this January. Gigs-wise the big one of London's summer is Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds with support from Patti Smith, St. Vincent and Courtney Barnett. I can't wait for this show in Victoria Park in June 2018.
Of course we'll be running the ICMP Arts Festival, showing off all the talent of the institution on full display. I also can't wait for Eurovision 2018 held in Lisbon in May. I'm rooting for San Marino to ultimately reach the final for the first time in 2018!
Rachel White, Brick London, PR,
I'm most looking forward to Positive Vibration in 2018. It's a relatively new festival celebrating reggae music and culture. A winner of the best new festival at the UK festival awards, it is based in Liverpool in June and the line up features Macka B, Adrian Sherwood and Sister Nancy.
ProVoc will be releasing music videos for their arrangements of 'Girls Just Wanna Have Fun' by Cyndi Lauper and 'Clocks' by Coldplay. Over 2018 we plan to bring new songs to our repertoire and have fun performing unique arrangements throughout London at corporate events and our own gigs.
Jon Harris, drummer and tutor
I’m currently in rehearsals for an upcoming UK tour with Odyssey which I’m very excited about and planning the next record for my band Circus VIII. I also have a video coming out this month as a featured artist for my endorsements with Tama Drums and Aquarian Drum Heads. I’m also very excited about putting ICMP first year Bmus students through their paces for funk this coming semester and seeing them progress even more!
Jon will be leading The Modern Day Drummer & Session Musician masterclass on 6th February.
Join us to study music in London in 2018
If you want to take advantage of these international opportunities and expand your networks, then join us on a course here at ICMP London.
Our Admissions Team are on hand to help find the right course for you, call them on 020 7328 0222 or email firstname.lastname@example.org