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2020 Performer

Teddy Hunter

Cardiff based audio-visual artist working in electronic music and soundscapes. With a background in environmental sound art and an interest in spatial sound, Teddy Hunter’s music takes you through an immersive ambient journey allowing you to fall into a daydream. Each song builds layers up of looped, ethereal vocals with a gentle fluxus of synthesized melodies.

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2017 Performer

Danielle Lewis

Danielle Lewis enchants the audience at TEDxCardiff with her beautiful, soul-filling music.

Anyone lucky enough to live in Wales is likely to have heard the absolutely beautiful voice and life enriching songs of Danielle Lewis. Since releasing her debut EP in July 2013, Paper Hearts, Danielle has been a live guest on four of their S4C TV programmes with more in the pipeline, been playlisted on BBC Radio Cymru and featured as Artist of the Week on BBC Radio Wales. Two tracks from her bilingual second EP, Dreams Grow, which was self released in June 2015, were used on a ‘Visit Wales’ advert campaign.

2016 saw Danielle Lewis being invited onto BBC Wales’ Emerging Talent Horizons Project for 2016 developing new, independent contemporary music in Wales and sole female artist among the 12 acts chosen. Danielle played prime festival slots at The Great Escape, Truck festival and Festival No. 6 as well as a recording session at Maida Vale Studios in November 2016.

BBC Radio 3’s The Verb broadcast two live performances from Hay Festival with tracks from her second EP on June 3rd 2016 and Ian McMillian was glowing in his praise, as he introduced Danielle at the opening and closing of the show.
Danielle’s 3rd EP ‘FLY’ is out now on Folkstock Records which features songs co-written with Richard Llewellyn from ‘Paper Aeroplanes’ and proudly funded by Arts Council of Wales.

“Danielle’s unique music does something very rare in the singer-songwriter world – she exudes happiness and joy, her songs are light, her smile fills the room.” – Bethan Elfyn, BBC Radio Wales

www.daniellelewis.co.uk

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2017 Performer

Mike Dennis

Who knew that one man, some loop pedals, political lyrics, hip-hop inspiration, and a violin could be so funny, engaging, and vibrant.

Watch Mike Dennis captivating a sell-out crowd at TEDxCardiff 2017.

Mike Dennis is a classically-trained violinist whose boyhood love of Run DMC, Beastie Boys and Gangstarr led him to create a unique kind of string-heavy hip hop music he half-seriously refers to as Violinica.

“Violin in hand and a multitude of effects and loop pedals at his feet, he builds up to a string and percussion crescendo before opening his mouth and… wow! This guy doesn’t just spit rhymes, they just cascade out at a speed that is as ferocious as his lyrics.” – Wake The Deaf (Ben Gallivan)

Performing using Jess (violin), a loop pedal and a cajon, Mike builds up layers of dense harmony and embellishes with thoughtful, energetic rhymes drawing inspiration from daily British life and the perils and profits of love with a geeky fanaticism for rhythm-bending and syncopation.

You won’t have seen an artist like this before.

In his previous guise as half of Fidgital, Mike supported De La Soul, The Bays, J Live and Aesop Rock and toured mainland Europe extensively leaving crowds flabbergasted. In 2016, he released “Smiles & Cries” on his own label, D-Funk Records. The single, “Stuff” was picked up as Tom Robinsons 6music Recommends track in March 2016. It’s available now on iTunes.

“OH.MY.GOD… How have I not heard @Mikedennisyeah before last week’s FOTN submissions. CHECK THIS OUT folks: “Stuff” (Tom Robinson, 6Music)
“That sh*t you was doing…took me to different dimensions, man” (Vordal Mega of Cannibal Ox)
“How many brains do you have?!”
(Sensible J/Remi)

Check out Mikes work on Facebook and YouTube.