Girls Rock London today announce a new GRL album and musical showcase celebrating women, trans and non-binary musicians at Signature Brew in Haggerston on Saturday 25 February.
Girls Rock London (GRL) is an award-winning charity based in Hackney that provide high-quality music programming for women and girls (cis and trans), non-binary people, trans men/boys, and people with other marginalised gendered experiences, with a specific focus on increasing access for people who face barriers to participation.
Responding directly to the gender imbalance in music, GRL designed a six-month programme for early-stage musicians to take the next steps towards musical independence. This sought to develop participants’ songwriting, production, performance and recording skills as well as build confidence and grow their networks.
The culmination of this project has resulted in an album which will be released through Bandcamp, followed by a digital release on Spotify later this year. The musicians will also be performing their new music at a showcase at Signature Brew in Haggerston on Saturday 25th February.
The album features new bands Full Pelt, Hypersonic Owls, The [email protected]$, Cascade, The Confusion Dilemma, WITCH FARM and Creatrix Twins, and all the songs featured on the album were written and performed by the artists in a range of different genres.
The programme was led by women, trans and non-binary musicians, educators and producers using trauma-informed principles. It was delivered both online and in-person through a series of workshops, mentoring sessions and studio recording sessions.
Participants wrote their tracks either in the rehearsal room or remotely through their Digital Audio Workstations (DAWs) which were then mixed and mastered by the incredible team from Omni Collective to bring you this inspiring collection of songs.
Speaking of GRL, Project Coordinator Jodi M Burn (they/them) says, “The reason we work with these groups is that we see them being excluded by the mainstream music industry, and we think those musicians deserve as much recognition and space as anyone else. We want to make sure that ALL people get the chance to experience the amazing benefits that music-making can offer.”
GRL programmes are aimed at complete beginners as well as experienced musicians, working closely with community partners to respond to the needs of people experiencing multiple and intersecting disadvantages.
The charity aims to demystify music-making, challenge gender inequality in the music industry and wider society, and provide safe, nurturing and joyful environments in which people can develop musically, personally and socially. They are active members of the Girls Rock Camp Alliance, an international network of youth-centred arts and social justice organisations.
- Better Off – Full Pelt
- Do You Feel – Hypersonic Owls
- Can You Hear Me?/Anyone Like Me – The [email protected]$
- Tangerine – Cascade
- Pacifist Piranha – The Confusion Dilemma
- Mortal Lovers – WITCH FARM
- When the Drummers Were Women – Creatrix Twins
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