At only 18 years of age, Streatham, South London based rapper Dave (aka Santan Dave) is already leaving a lasting mark on the UK rap scene and beyond after the independent release of his debut ‘Six Paths’ EP in September 2016, which saw him debut at #6 on the iTunes album chart & #1 on the Hip-Hop chart. Created with production partner 169 alongside Grammy Award winning producer Fraser T Smith (Adele, Cee Lo, Sam Smith, Stormzy), the six track EP perfectly showcases the intelligent wordplay and social commentary that Dave has become synonymous for. The palpable sense of excitement around the young rapper has seen his debut UK headline tour sell out within 30 minutes of going on sale, not to mention earn him famous fans from Stormzy to Drake, with the Canadian artist recently remixing Dave’s track ‘Wanna Know’. We got the chance to see this old soul deliver one of the best performances at SXSW.
Born in Toronto, Jessie Reyez started singing at a young age. Inspired by her father’s talent for playing acoustic guitar, and singing Colombian boleros, Jessie was destined to be a creative herself. Creating came naturally to Jessie, as she began writing lyrics and adopting her father’s talents for the guitar. Keeping the music as authentic and raw as possible has been the most important constant to her art from the day she first put pen to paper. Lyrics of insecurities, dark fantasies and lost love alongside minimal production allow her music to live with no makeup. Check out a glimpse of this emerging artists raw and edgy performance.
We had the opportunity to sit down with Candice Pillay. She is critically acclaimed for creating unique music that is a commingling of R&B, trap, pop, electronica, and alternative, Candice Pillay took the music industry by storm by writing and being featured on songs from artists like Rihanna, Christina Aguilera, Dr. Dre, Eminem, Kendrick Lamar, School Boy Q, Anderson Paak, Far East Movement, Tinie Tempah, Sevyn Streeter, Dumblonde , and more! She has earned two Grammy nominations for her work on Dr. Dre’s Compton album in 2015 and Schoolboy Q’s Blank Face LP in 2016.