'Darker Than Blue' in Association with SoS Ltd

Ava James & Shadez The Misfit

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Last Show: Friday 23 rd February 2018

PizzaExpress Live (Holborn)

The shows will showcase two artists each night embracing the most progressive fresh soulful/r'n'b sounds and beats of the time. The inaugural night features two incredibly talented artists Ava James and Shadez The Misfit. 


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“Ava James has a startlingly fresh voice... an urgent, new take on making pop music.” - CLASH

“The thing that holds Ava's music up highest though, is her voice.” - NOISEY/VICE

Ava James 

Ava James is a young singer-songwriter with a voice that has been described as “a fascinating combination of raw, smoky soulfulness and Jazzy, sensuously phrased "emotion Born in London" she started singing age 6 with her Grandfather who was a Jazz pianist, developing an early love of Etta James and Otis Reading.

Ava studied music at the Brit School and has since been developing her contemporary Soul influenced sound, collaborating with producers like Fred Cox, Maths Time Joy. Her lyrics are honest and fresh, expressing an intimate experience of a girl in her early 20s.

Her first EP was playlisted on BBC Radio 1Xtra, featured heavily on BBC R1 and the track “Between Sheets” is featured in the new American film “Traffik” [release 2018]. She also features on tracks by Just Kiddin, Saux and Braxton. 

Shadez the Misfit

Artist and creative Shadez the Misfit plays host to an exclusive showcase of eclectic and diverse uk sounds in what he calls  Plus Ultra Live - Shadez The Misfit and friends.

Shadez the Misfit introduces Plus Ultra Live an exclusive night celebrating and showcasing new eclectic and diverse uk sounds.Expect to be entertained whilst discovering new artist as well as established artists in their fields.

Shadez has recently released his anticipated debut EP 'NE PLUS ULTRA' for iTunes, Spotify has built a solid foundation as a Promising UK act gaining his first UK top 40 with his Debut EP and selling over 40.000 copies independently to date from his latest single 'Fires' which features platinum selling artist Bipolar Sunshine. Shadez recently held his 'NE PLUS ULTRA' Headline show Kamio which saw Actor Jude Law in attendance with special guest support from UK Legends Mighty Moe (Heartless Crew) and Omar, plus performances from Che Lingo, Louis VI, Saz and more.

Shadez The Misfit's latest single Fires which features Bipolar Sunshine has been playlisted on Apple Music "Best of Week" and "The A-List: Hip-Hop", Premiered on Toddla T Show (BBC Radio 1/1Xtra) with further radio play on Radar Radio and Reprezent. Premiered on Complex Magazine with further coverage on The405, Nation of Billions, MTV ,BBC Radio, Earmilk, NOTION magazine + more. The music video for the eclectic track recently saw its TV premiere on KISS TV and is trailblazing online via VEVO.

Shadez has also received huge recent press around the announcement of the new awaited N.E.R.D album being featured on notable publications such as Billboard, Rolling Stone, GQ, Dazed and more.

Shadez The Misfit continues to grow as a music artist, influencer and creative having recently given an inspiring TED TALK which discusses his journey from leaving gang culture to pursue his dreams and has been chosen as one of Mobo Awards 'One To Watch' tipped as an artist to make massive waves in the UK.

The Misfit is involved in various major campaigns adding value to brands, this recently includes a campaign for DEEZER working with global activist Harnaam Kaur. Shadez The Misfit is currently working on his Debut album set to leave a defining mark and create an experience that will continue to set him apart from the rest. 

Band Lineup

Ava James (vocals)

Amane Suganami (keyboards)

Ben Totten (guitar)

James Morgan (drums)