Truth to Tape: A Week with Honeyfeet

Alex Noble

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Sing, speak, rap and play music that matters to you on this 5 day project in July with Manchester collective Honeyfeet.

Aimed at musicians aged 16-21 interested in pursuing a music career, you’ll work together to create new tunes, record them in a studio and learn more about the music industry.

The music created will be shaped by what you’re passionate about. This could be political, relating to social or climate justice, something more personal, or anything else! This will be a supportive, respectful and creative environment for you to explore how your personal experiences, opinions and emotions can translate into your music.

The week will also involve music industry insights from Honeyfeet, with a focus on sustainable careers and artist wellbeing.

“Our writing process starts with sitting down with a brew and chatting about the things that are on our minds. Our lyrics are often politically driven, but not always. We work as a collective of 6 individuals, a family, each with our own unique perspective on the world. We don’t always agree but our approach means we can still find harmony, and be brave to speak out through our music. We hope to inspire you to do the same.” – Honeyfeet

Who It’s For

We’re interested in hearing from young musicians who play any instrument, genre or style of music.

To apply you should be:

  • Aged between 16-21
  • Based in Greater Manchester, Cheshire or Merseyside
  • Available between 4th-8th July

What’s Involved 

The project will take place between Monday 4th July – Friday 8th July (10am-4pm) at Blueprint Studios in Salford, Greater Manchester.

Travel expenses and lunch will be covered by Brighter Sound.

The week will include sessions about:

  • Songwriting techniques
  • Vocal arrangements, and how to use backing vocals in the studio
  • Rhythm sections, including how to effectively frame a song and develop supporting parts
  • How to get the most from the melody
  • Being a studio musician
  • Mental health and wellbeing support for musicians

Get Involved

Fancy it? Or know someone who would? To apply simply:

Complete a written form

Submit an audio/video file

The deadline to get in touch is Sunday 12th June, 10pm.

*We’re committed to supporting and meeting the needs of people with learning difficulties or disabilities. If you have any specific access needs relating to completing the form, please let us know. Contact us at info@brightersound.com or 0161 546 5334.

More Information

To find out more please check out our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).

If you have any questions that aren’t covered in the FAQs please contact Tim Chatterton at tim@brightersound.com or Molly Graham at molly@brightersound.com.

About Honeyfeet

Honeyfeet have spent the past 10 years tearing around festival stages and theatres, clubs and fields, melting down blues and pop, jazz and disco, pushing air molecules around with instruments and making friends in the process. Jazz? Yes, some of that! Folk? Stick that in there! Hip-hop? I thought you’d never ask!

Someone once called it Folk-Hop and Barrelhouse-pop, and that’s just vague enough to make sense. At the centre of the storm is Rioghnach Connolly (Afro Celt Sound System, The Breath, Band of Burns) – an irrepressible stage presence described by the Guardian as “a remarkable singer and flautist who…can ease from Irish traditional influences to soul”.

The band’s 2018 album Orange Whip was 6 Music’s Album of the Day upon release in 2018, with Clash magazine calling it a “righteous blast of working-class energy”. Opener and lead single ‘Sinner’ (below) captures the album’s essence, with Rioghnach’s powerhouse vocals trading blows with a swaggering brass section while sultry guitars slink up and down with the playful menace of a cartoon cat burglar.

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