Event Details

Event date: 
25 January 2021
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Online - YouTube Live

This month's Songwriters' Circle will see up-and-coming ICMP talent performing their original material alongside special guest Matt Maltese.

The audience will get an exclusive chance to hear songs stripped back, sung by the writers themselves as well as new material from the most talented songwriting students in the UK.

Open to all, our Songwriters' Circle attracts musicians, music lovers, and industry alike. This is a unique blend of people coming together for one evening along with stunning songs and the stories around them, this is an experience you won't forget.

About Matt
Themes like the banality and loneliness of life have consistently weighed heavy on 23-year-old London artist Matt Maltese’s records. Following his 2018 debut album Bad Contestant and acclaimed 2019 album Krystal, which endeared him to tastemaker outlets like NME, NPR, Line Of Best Fit, Vice, Interview, DIY, Dork and more, his appropriately titled forthcoming EP madhouse isn’t just a score for the everyday boredoms we encounter. 

It’s a musing on us human beings’ “ever-hopeful quest for meaning and love.” madhouse, like its predecessor Krystal, is another home birth - largely produced by Maltese himself, but with contributions from Bad Contestant producer Jonathan Rado (Weyes Blood, Whitney, Father John Misty) and Ben Baptie (Rex Orange County), plus The Lemon Twigs’ Brian D’Addario’s guitar and Sorry’s Asha Lorenz’s vocals on “queen bee.”

Maltese has always nailed lonesome provocations with idiosyncratic dry wit but madhouse reckons with those emotions in a way the half British, half Canadian hasn’t yet fully explored until now. “I’ve found that sometimes the majority of the emotional journey of love and life is actually the search for an understanding of it. And these songs try and make peace with all of that, poke fun at it and, ultimately, embrace it.”


Write songs that last for generations

A great song can become truly timeless, remembered for generations as part of the world’s cultural legacy. Whether you want to craft a killer melody or pen poetic lyrics, our tutors will teach you everything you want to know, including all the production, performance, professional and entrepreneurial skills needed to ensure that your unique creations get the recognition they deserve. You’ll also benefit from A&R-style critique sessions, collaborative opportunities, access to fully equipped live rooms, recording studios and tech suites, and a community of inspiring contacts and friends.

To catapult your songwriting and music career to a whole new level, email our friendly Admissions Team at enquiries@icmp.ac.uk or give them a call on 020 7328 0222.

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