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PORTOBELLO + ED GEATER + KOTA
Portobello are a new, exciting student band that burst onto the Selly scene in January. Since then, they’ve honed their funk, soul-based sound into something truly unique, as reminiscent of Tom Misch as it is Paul Weller. With the launch of their debut EP on the horizon, be sure to keep an eye on their social media channels for exciting new music and updates!
Portobello Links: Facebook
For Birmingham born singer-songwriter and beatboxer Ed Geater, rhythmical dexterity is complemented by lyrical prowess.
Growing up on a staple musical diet of alternative rock, folk and electronica, equally matching his love of classical music, Ed switched his childhood instrument from violin to guitar and pursued his love of song-writing, whilst harnessing his metronomic skills as a beatboxer.
Influenced by his obsession with ambient electronic artists such as Bonobo, Boards of Canada and Four Tet – Ed set out to create the same vivid and textural musical landscapes, but only using his organic vocal beats, acoustic guitar and loop station. The resulting sound is an electronic infused, pop-laden and folk inspired tapestry, with clear nods to revered songwriters such as Jeff Buckley and Ben Howard.
Whilst Ed creates this sound completely authentically live, without any sampling, when producing in the studio he is not afraid to weave in layers of sonic textures, synthetic patterns and bass lines into his acoustic arrangements, adding depth and richness to the end product.
Watch the video for ‘Symmetry’ below:
Jacob Oldroyd previously fronted the band ‘The Palmers’ before heading to university in Sheffield. ever since moving to Sheffield, Jacob has taken a break from gigging to focus on writing material for upcoming demos’s and recording tracks for live performances.
KOTA’s music is inspired a range of artists, varying from welsh rockers – Stereophonics, to the Scottish band, Fatherson. His music can be described as atmospheric, driven guitar sounds, accompanied by lyrics inspired by the likes of 5 Seconds of Summer and Scouting for Girls.
KOTA is due to release a few demo’s in December!