Swindon’s Beatbullyz have confirmed news of their newly funded record label, which will release their new single ‘Skills’ on 23 May and their much-anticipated debut album later in the year.
The band’s own independent label will be called Big Weekend Records and is funded by the biggest venture capital deal the backers have ever made in a new artist. Sales, marketing and distribution, meanwhile, come from Absolute / Universal.
This deal is the culmination of the years Beatbullyz – fronted by producer/vocalist Bully alongside rapper Bozo, drummer Disco and turntablist Philonius Funk – have spent singing, song-writing and amassing a fiercely loyal following.
The band have played a string of sold-out, hometown shows, with highlights including a 700-capacity sold out headline show at Rehab. They have balanced this with their own work at home in Swindon, where songwriter Bully and rapper Bozo – an International Champion in Chinese Kick Boxing – have been involved in teaching local kids aged 6-12 self-awareness and self-confidence through martial arts at the Total Martial Arts Academy.
It’s in Swindon that Beatbullyz got their break. When Radio 1’s Big Weekend came to town in May 2009, there was one act who quietly stole the show; packing out the BBC Introducing tent, and subsequently recording a much-coveted BBC Maida Vale live session for Huw Stephens.
Having been discovered, the band have gone on to support the likes of Scouting For Girls, Example, and play a host of dates nationwide. This helped them secure both the finance and their following, which will no doubt grow when they play their biggest shows; supporting N-Dubz around the UK in April. This will see them become the first Swindon band to perform at the town’s biggest venue, the Oasis.
Beatbullyz new single has already picked up attention from Radio 1, receiving plays from Scott Mills, Huw Stephens and Fearne Cotton. Their anthem-in-waiting, ‘Bounce’, will be released in July, with future singles and an album to follow in early autumn. On this, their debut record, the band have been working with producers Jim Eliot of Kish Mauve (Ladyhawke, Kylie Minogue) and Chris Baker of Mint Royale. The ambition, they say, is to produce something that "everyone will own." You wouldn’t put it past them.
The Oasis gig is sold out
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