The Oh Yeah Music Centre is delighted to reveal that the five fresh new acts that have been selected for Scratch My Progress 2021 are Myles McCormack, Susi Pagel, Problem Patterns, Jack Devlin and Charlie Hanlon.
Scratch My Progress is a mentoring, showcase and practical support programme for new music. The dedicated talent development programme, now in its 10th year is powered by the on-going support of PRS Foundation. Oh Yeah is also delighted to be working with YouTube Music, a partnership that will provide participating artists with a new level of support through a series of dedicated master classes and more.
Over the next 9-months the 5-acts will work with our dedicated Talent Development Manager, Charlene Hegarty, to uncover opportunities for their music and take part in workshops, studio time, professional photo shoots, showcases, industry mentoring and more
With the ongoing situation surrounding the partial closure of live music and events in mind, there will also be increased support in developing digital skills in artist promotion, performance and development of online audiences.
Over the years our talent development artists have had one to one sessions with PRS, PPL, PRSF, Musicians Union, First Music Contact, Atlantic Records (Ed Sheeran, Charli XCX), Parlophone Records (Gorillaz), Domino Records (Anna Calvi, Arctic Monkeys), Jeff Robinson PR (The 1975, Belsonic), Deezer, Ditto, Body & Soul Festival and many more. The Scratch My Progress scheme has mentored a diverse range of talent over the years including NI Music Prize Winners Kitt Philippa, Sasha Samara and Sister Ghost, music and media personalities Gemma Bradley & Emer Maguire and artists representing the rock, alternative, acoustic, rap, pop, punk and electronic genres.
Further Information on each act;
Belfast based musician Myles McCormack occupies a very special place within the Irish music community. He writes beautiful, intricate and delicate songs. He is an active collaborator, a unique and versatile songwriter.
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Susi Pagel is a Belfast based singer-songwriter experimenting in hyper pop spaces. Her honest indie pop is reminiscent of Chvrches and Melanie Martinez, garnering listeners locally with support slots for bands such as Saint Sapphire.
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Jack Devlin is a singer-songwriter from a small village called Hilltown. His songs explore life and live experiences – he delivers his songs with a raw emotion that immediately draws you in. He has a range of influences including Paolo Nutini, Jeff Buckley and Ben Howard.
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Charlie Hanlon is a 16-year-old multi-instrumentalist from the small Irish town, Downpatrick. He is a young indie pop icon in the making who has been steadily collecting fans since releasing his first demo on Soundcloud in early 2020.
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Problem Patterns is a four-piece DIY feminist queerpunk band from Belfast, Northern Ireland, comprised of Beverley Boal, Bethany Crooks, Ciara King and Alanah Smith. The band does not have a singular frontperson, opting instead to switch roles and instruments, to ensure each member in the group has a voice.
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