Live Playlist Unsigned Sessions

PizzaExpress Live (Holborn)

‘Unsigned Sessions’ at PizzaExpress Live, High Holborn showcases a diverse, eclectic roster of talent. With usually four acts taking to the stage each for a 25-minute set, the night offers audiences the chance to discover new music and broaden their musical horizons. Come to see tomorrow’s biggest stars as they begin their journey to fame! 

September 2019 - Elliot Porter  - Yoji - Ishod  - Aaron Saffell 

October 2019 - Live on the Road Presents:  Yasmin Natasha - Alice Pisano - The Alpacas

November 2019 - Milly Hannigton - Connor Patterson - Tenacity - Rob Godfrey

January 2020 - Bobbie Harvey Music - Emily Faye - Alma Sandifer - Daniel Dunlevy 

 

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30th September 2019 Line-Up:

Elliot Porter 

'Fresh from finishing his album after a successful pledge music campaign, Elliot is touring the UK this summer previewing tracks from the upcoming release 'Lanes'. A prolific and captivating live performer, Elliot plays folk pop from the heart and lets the songs tell his story. 

“Elliot Porter’s music is beautiful with lovely Lennon and Damien Rice-esque melodies that stay with you and touch the soul”.-  Lonely Oak Radio

Ishod

Having played on stages such as the legendary Cornbury Festival this artist is quickly becoming renowned for his unique ability to illustrate compelling, heart wrenching and thought provoking songs. Ishods piano led composition are known for taking the audience on gripping and captivating journeys. His deep rooted truth as a singer- songwriter Is very well blended with a mature essence of poetic lyricism, soulful, backing vocals and contemporary and classical musical arrangements. Having a wide range of influences Ishod has merged many genres such as soul, authentic pop, indie and hip-hop with orchestral elements to create a signature sound.

Unit 48

Unit 48 are a Medway based funky pop band playing mainly original music that crosses a number of styles.They have recently had a line up change and re-branding.They are joined by a new saxophone player, and are producing new and exciting material. 

It all started in March 2017, ‘UNIT 48′ are an extremely groovy Kent based funk/pop band! The group have already embarked on a headline UK tour last year, gigging in Cities such as Norwich, Newcastle, Sheffield, Leicester, Glasgow and London! They are currently producing new material as well as performing in and around Kent. UNIT 48 have performed at well known London venues such as The Spice Of Life Soho, Newcross Inn, The Islington, Luna Lounge, Zigfrid von Underbelly of Hoxton as well as the Alleycat, Nambucca and The Dublin Castle in Camden. Keep an eye out, these guys are bringing something fresh to the music scene!

Yoji

Debuting the PizzaExpress Live stage is soulful pop artist Yoji.  Her self-produced single’s gained support from BBC Introducing, 6 Music & Fresh on the Net. Yoji is a singer songwriter from Suffolk ‘tipped for future chart success’ by the EastAnglian Daily Times. Accompanying herself on piano Yoji brings a captivating and intimate performance of her original songs. Yoji teamed up with Samaritans with her charity single ‘Satellite’ raising awareness and money while encouraging people to reach out in times of need. Inspired by artists such as Alicia Keys, Stevie Wonder and Lauryn Hill, Yoji writes cathartically from personal experiences.

28th October 2019 Line Up:

Yasmin Natasha 

Originally from seaside town Bournemouth, Dorset, Yasmin Natasha has been swimming through London as a folksy singer-songwriter and sax player that oozes sunshine with her engaging pop sax melodies, catchy hooks, poetic lyrics all centred around the theme of paradise and escapism in contemporary life. 

Brought up by the iconic south coast of England and having travelled the world since she was 9 years old, Yasmin's cultured lifestyle has ultimately influenced her musical direction whilst being inspired by George Ezra, Paul Simon, John Mayer, Jack Johnson, Amy Winehouse and Astrud Gilberto.

Each of Yasmin's songs combine melody, poetry and contemporary hooks for an easy-listening yet infectious listen. 

Yasmin has caught the attention of BBC Introducing London, South & Berkshire who have aired each of Yasmin's singles followed up with an invitation to conduct a live performance and interview (Berkshire & South). As well as BBC Introducing, Yasmin's music has done particularly well along  the coast with independent stations, podcasts which have led to an increased fanbase. 

"When combined with her light, smooth vocals and stunning saxophone solo, you can’t help but feel right there with her" - ArtWillFall (Review) 

"Her soul driven vocals embodied her bubbly and passionate aura which set the pace of the night" - Catherine Zita Music Blog 

Alice Pisano 

Blessed with a uniquely warm and silky voice, Alice Pisano had one of the brightest entrances to the scene late last year with her heart-warming debut ‘Celebrate Life’. Picking up immediate support on numerous high-profile Spotify playlists as well as critical acclaim from a number of online tastemakers including Atwood Magazine, 'Celebrate Life’ - released with no label or backing - has since amassed over two million streams making her a definitive talent to watch for the year ahead. London-based, born in Italy, Alice had previously released via Instant Records her own interpretation of the Counting Crows’ single “American Girls”, receiving praise from the band themselves through social media. Alice’s singles off the freshly released Celebrate Life EP produced by Ian Barter (Izzy Bizu, Rhys Lewis, Dermott Kennedy) have picked up support from BBC Radio London, BBC Introducing, National Dutch Radio NPO Radio 2, Spotify (New Music Friday UK, Soft Pop Hits, Mellow Morning etc.) “The lyrics are too strong to ignore and the musicality compliments them in just the right way. ‘Celebrate Life’ is a song that deserves to be heard” Atwood Magazine “Alice writes wonderful songs that speak directly to people” Richard Gottehrer, songwriter and founder of The Orchard.

The Alpacas 

The Alpacas are a multi-national indie pop band from London. Their music is lyrics driven and rich in melody lines. The band started as a duo in 2011 between Romanian singer-songwriter Andrei Ionescu and Mexican guitarist Jorge Sapien, but has since evolved to a six-piece rocking band consisting of Andrei (frontman+ acoustic guitar), Adam Leaver (Electric Guitar), Misato Takeda(Keys), Yuri Shibuichi (Bass), Adrian Ortman (drums) and Juri Uchishiba (violin). Each of their songs has a story behind the lyrics and tends to be progressive in terms of instrumentation, each player adding a new melodic layer.  Recent concert highlights have been: playing at BBC MUSIC INTRODUCING LIVE, headlining GANKE Fes (Japan) and V20 London Event (a global campaign that calls to end violence against women).

BANDCAMP have recently featured their album Pictures of You saying: "The radiant pop songs from this London band pull together elements of country, classic rock and more"

Blogger Lorenzo Madrigal writes "The Alpacas is the kind of band you want to light up your lonely afternoon."

Fan and fellow artist Calista Georget describes our live show as "the most beautiful performance - like we were all suspended in space and time floating freely“

25th November 2019 Line-Up:

Milly Hannigton

Milly is a singer/songwriter and performer from London who has played for names such as Google, Somerset House and The Royal Albert Hall. Bringing her own blend of pop fusing electronic sounds, real instruments and etherical melodies. Featuring an incredible band, Milly is delighted to finally be showcasing her original songs!

Connor Patterson

An exciting young, independent funk and R&B artist, Connor has performed at venues across the UK.  Trained classically on piano, Connor has developed a passion for jazz with Oscar Peterson, Snarky Puppy and Tom Misch being major influences to his sound. Connor's live performances have an exciting edge, with the use of live loops and instrumental variety which complement his thoughtful lyrics. He is a gifted experienced producer, working with artists such as Fleur East and Tamaraebi. Connor released his debut single, 'Joy', in 2016 and is working on an EP to be released in the near future! 

 "Connor has a smooth voice and a great energy as performer and songwriter.." - Tony Moore - Director of Music, Art and Development, The Bedford

Tenacity

A group of four unique musicians with vastly different upbringings and tastes. Our uniquely varied style blends elements of melodic alternative pop/rock with jazz, electronic and ambient influences. We have been working together for about a year and have recently released an EP called 'There/Gone' which you can find on all streaming platforms. 

Ula Wodarz is the primary songwriter in the band as well as the vocalist and guitarist. Having worked as a solo artist under the name Tenacity, she has performed in a range of settings around London from The Bedford to CarFest South. She attended the BRIT School for Performing Arts and Technology in Croydon alongside the other members and studied jazz vocals in Poland for four years.

Tim Burghaus is a music producer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist who has recently graduated from the BRIT School. Last summer, he released an original album, 'Blind & Blond,' on which he collaborated with a couple of fellow artists including Ula Wodarz.

Daniel Lazenby's atmospheric tone palette and melodic lead guitar lines bring a rich, airy texture to the band's sound. Another graduate of the BRIT School, he balances soft ambience with intense solos, giving each song in our set a clear dynamic. 

Simba Jindu is a professional drummer who has worked with a number of different artists. Always able to adapt his playing to serve the song, his versatility and knowledge of different genres plays a huge part in making our repertoire diverse and gives every track its own character.  

Rob Godfrey

Rob Godfrey is a Cambridge based 25-year-old singer-songwriter. His unique sound comes as an amalgamation of folk, jazz, soul and pop, combined with a slightly bitter and twisted outlook on life.

https://www.robgodfreymusic.com/

20th January 2020 Line-Up:

Bobbie Harvey

Northern Irish RnB - soul singer Bobbie Harvey portrays feelings you would not even realise you had. Through every step of her music, each song performs a different experience whether it is the raw emotions of heartbreak as she sings through every girl’s diary, or a fiery side sure to get your body moving.

Showing passion with a different, fresh and clean vibe she explores so many avenues showcasing her resonating tone and writing. Her music is so stripped back to a reality that has so much variety in the communication of her music. Whether it is the flow in the way she performs or the stories she tells, she speaks a musical language you’ll connect with.

Emily Faye

Rolling Stone ‘Country Artist You Need To Know’ Emily Faye is making waves in the UK Country Music scene. Following the release of her debut EP ‘Here I am’ in 2018, Faye has gone on to co-host female only writers round ‘Write Like A Girl’, has played numerous festival dates and has released brand new music this year in the form of three singles ‘Sucks To Be You’, ‘Little Bit Of You (Featuring Jake Morrell)’ , and the summer single ‘Barefoot’. There is a lot more to come from this infectiously happy lady, be sure not to miss out, and get your tickets now! 

Alma Sandifer

Alma Sandifer is a 19-year-old Jazz and R&B singer-songwriter whose music is based on personal experience and social commentary, with influences including Lauryn Hill and Etta James. A new addition to the BRIT alumni, Alma spent two performance-packed years at the prestigious school, where she was even selected to perform one of her original songs to Jessie Ware during a BRITs Masterclass. 

Since graduating, Alma has been in the studio writing and recording her debut EP, which will showcase her rich vocals and cutting lyrics. She has performed all around London, including Hootananny Brixton, Zigfrid von Underbelly of Hoxton and the Regent Street Apple Store.

Daniel Dunkley

Daniel is a London-based singer-songwriter who's spent the last few years dragging his lovely band all over the UK, playing to sell-out crowds beside lion enclosures and inside steam-train carriages, not to mention on a fair few stages. Currently in the process of launching his second studio album – filled with the original melody-driven, folk-and-rock-infused guitar music that's garnered him legions of fans – Daniel's shows are a heady mix of soft acoustics and driving distorted guitar, singalong melodies, a harmony or two, and lyrics guaranteed to strike a chord.

Daniel is a London-based singer-songwriter currently in the process of launching his second studio album. Coming off sell out shows at London's Borderline and Camden Assembly venues, as well as a UK summer festival tour, Daniel will be previewing the new album in a stripped-back and personal set at PizzaExpress Live in Holborn. Expect some melody-driven, harmony-filled and poignant original material from one of London's most exciting young songwriters.    

30th March 2020 Line-Up:

Maya Kally 

Maya Kally is a passionate singer-songwriter, composer and multi-instrumentalist with jazz, indie and experimental influence. Her distinct style encompasses political injustice, lust, and topics less spoken about within society. Maya has worked with supporting artists including multi award winning pianist Bill Laurance, and award winning musician Matthew Bourne, as well as performing at Manchester Jazz Festival, Wigan Jazz Festival, Leeds Jazz Festival and many more. Her debut single, Another Time has been played on Alan Raws BBC Introducing and Amazing Radio. Her single Another Time has introduced Maya Kally as a 'Fantastic new talent!'. Maya has been awarded funding from PRS Foundation, Festival Republic and ReBalance, which contributed to the anticipated creation of her latest single: 'We're Waiting'.

'Beautiful moments on this delightful creation' - Jazz FM  {We're Waiting}