Last year, we invited second year Access Creative College media students to produce music videos featuring local musicians, for consideration on the Epic Studios blog. Five student production teams shortlisted music from a range of local artists, contacting those they would most like to work with and one of the artists approached was singer/songwriter Billy Clayton. We are delighted that Billy agreed to take part because we love the chosen track ‘Neon Appetite’ and the music video it inspired, which can be viewed below. Epic Studios would like to acknowledge the high standard of all video submissions – but ‘Neon Appetite’ has been chosen as our feature. Here’s a bit of background…
Billy Clayton is a 21-year-old producer from Norwich (also currently studying at Access Creative College). He has been making music from his bedroom for almost 3 years and, as a popular local artist, is soon to join us as support for our upcoming ‘Let’s Eat Grandma’ album launch, 5th July (more on ‘LEG’ and the event here). Billy’s current course manager, Richard Poynton, describes his music as: “A combination of dream pop, emo-synth and downbeat with an airbrush visual sensibility, evoking 80s technostalgia. Think Frank Ocean meets This Mortal Coil.” We couldn’t have put it better ourselves!
Our video producers – Archie Cameron (aged 20), Jack Gaskin (20) and Jack Barker (18) – were given creative freedom on the project, to come up with their own ideas and develop them in direct contact with Billy. We were really impressed by their bold, experimental approach, which we think provides a perfect visual compliment for their chosen track. Let us know what you think in our comments section!
You can listen to more of Billy Clayton’s music on his Soundcloud page – https://soundcloud.com/billyclay and, of course, at the upcoming event.
Also appearing as support for Let’s Eat Grandma 5th July, will be rising star Maya Law, a 19-year-old musician, again from Norwich and currently on the same level 4 (artist development) course as Billy.
Maya started out as an acoustic solo writer and performer aged just 15, first gaining airplay on BBC Introducing in Norfolk’s live sessions a year later, in 2016. Since then, she has collaborated with CabraKid, Gabriel Gifford and her brother Dlore; completed a UK tour and received support from 1Xtra, Radio 1 and Radio 2. BBC Introducing in Norfolk describe her as “Norwich’s answer to Amy Winehouse and Lauren Hill”. We are captivated.
You can listen to her latest single ‘Give Me No Love’ on Soundcloud: soundcloud.com/maya_law
Epic Studios is really proud of the incredibly accomplished musicians that continue to come out of Norwich and to be supporting them, alongside talented future film-makers like Archie, Jack and Jack, who have done a fantastic job of representing their college and its media course. Each has won free entry, plus guest, to the Let’s Eat Grandma’ album launch, where they can watch their featured artist perform, alongside some of the other best musical talent to recently emerge from our fine city. Well done guys!