The Sound of Young Scotland Award

Winner




Berta Kennedy

Taking influence from 90/00’s hip-hop/R’n'B and contemporary alt-rock/pop, Berta Kennedy is the alias under which I song-write, produce and perform. My sound can be identified by its blend of DIY/homemade samples, pop-production and personal lyrics. My career starting to gain momentum after I was invited to perform at Resonate Scotland’s Music Conference in 2020 alongside Bemz, Russel Stewart and Echo Machine. Shortly after that my track Free-Swimming music was featured on Spotify’s Fresh Finds and Fresh Finds: Indie and received recognition from the likes of Future Classic and SAMA. Perhaps the most monumental moment of my career as an independent up-and-coming artist was being nominated for BBC Introducing’s Scottish Act of the Year with my latest Track I’m Good, which also featured in Wide Days’ New from Scotland Playlist.

A recent achievement was signing a record deal with indie label Enough Records, ran by Charlotte Brimner and Louie John Lowis. This is a 6-month-long contract that focuses on developing my status/engagement in the Scottish music industry through a variety of strategies. They will also be supporting my next few singles.

My brilliant band and former university peers (Edinburgh Napier Popular Music) have been on-board for three years now. Their hard-work and talent paid off at my first headliner gig in Edinburgh’s Sneaky Pete’s which reached full capacity and received an extremely passionate response from attendees and staff. We were also invited to perform live in-studio for BBC Radio Scotland as part of their Friday night Introducing… show and have a strong relationship with DF Concerts and 432 Presents who have included us in prestigious line-ups with the likes of Liz Lawrence, Zuzu, Quiet Houses, Wayne Snow and STRABE.

Next we are aiming for 2023 festival line-up inclusions. We plan to achieve this through a campaign which will focus on studio recorded live session videos at Enough Records’ Magic Box Studio. These will be released online over the next couple of months on social media with a goal of attracting further prestigious performance offers as well as any collaborations with organisations in the Scottish music scene.

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The Finalists




Dead Pony

It’s hard to compare a band who don’t really sound like anyone else, but think Queens of the Stoneage, Nirvana, Bikini Kill, The Prodigy and Wolf Alice hurtling around in a blender and becoming something totally new. There you will find Glasgow’s 4 piece Dead Pony formed of Anna Shields, Blair Crichton, Euan Lyons and Liam Adams. The band have cultivated a rock-infused sound and have hit the ground running, oozing with a no-nonsense attitude and infectious battle ready choruses.

During 2021, Dead Pony barely had a minute to pause. Having joined The Maine, The Mysterines and Lauran Hibberd on UK tour dates aswell as selling out their hometown headline show at King Tuts in just a few hours, the band have cemented acclaim and fans alike. They then went on to tour the UK performing at iconic UK venues such as Barrowland Ballroom and The Roundhouse.

The wildly innovative outfit have secured an array of international radio play from stations such as KEXP and BBC Radio 1 including Their last single having been selected as BBC Radio 1's Track of the week for the run up to their set at Glastonbury this summer (they were chosen to play the festival by their icons Wolf Alice). BBC Radio Scotland have also shown support with plays from Vic Galloway, Phoebe Inglis and Shereen Cutty, as well as a live session on BBC Ulsters Stephen McCauley’s ‘Shutdown Sessions’. Oh and there’s the small matter of Radio 1’s Big Weekend, backing from Chvrches on Radio 1 and a shoutout by Sam Fender on BBC Scotland with Edith Bowman during this years TRNSMT.

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KLEO

Kleo is an internet artist with a physical base in Glasgow Scotland. Her music splits the difference between hyperpop and darkpop, drawing influence from industrial, K-pop, house and trap, she has crafted her very own brand of post-internet pop.

KLEO has released a string of singles since 2018 and released her debut EP MACHINA in 2020 from which two songs have earned BBC Introducing track of the week. The EP also landed KLEO a full feature and interview in SNACK magazine and garnered attention from a multitude of online press outlets.

KLEO played her first headline show to a packed Hug and Pint in Glasgow during September 2021, and before the covid-19 pandemic arrived in March 2020, she had just completed her first mini-tour where she played all over the central belt of Scotland.

Since then, KLEO has sequestered herself away, finishing her degree in Sound for The Moving Image at The Glasgow School of Art and graduating with a First Class all while honing her skills as a songwriter, producer, 3D designer, and performer.

KLEO is back with 3 new sonic offerings for the later part of 2022 as well as music videos, visuals and performances. She plans to burst back into the music scene with exciting musical projects such as The Cyber Pop club – KLEO’s live music night hosted in the metaverse which showcases electronic music artists from all over the globe using the power of the internet and 360 degree environments.

KLEO’s work centres around the metaverse she has created for herself and her music. Calling herself a ‘half android, half human’, KLEO’s music is a social commentary on the post-digital age we live in, consumerism, capitalism and the commodification of human life. Her work explores the boundary between the consumer and the product and how the two are becoming increasingly indistinguishable.

KLEO offers thought provoking lyrics and concepts over hard beats all while calling the listener in with a siren-like voice.

KLEO is for fans of BLACKPINK, Ashnikko, SOPHIE and Grimes.

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Psweatpants

Psweatpants, this 23-year-old artist is a rapper & songwriter, based in Scotland and is strongly known within the Edinburgh and Glasgow underground alt Hip Hop scene presenting his hard vocal, Pswatpants ability to bring you into his songwriting by his realistic metaphors and conceptualized delivery, drawing inspiration from life and artists here in the UK and Stateside such as Slowthai, Skepta, Tyler the Creator and Vince Staples. Psweatpants has just recently supported Bemz at his sold-out event at King Tuts and played king tuts for his own support show on the 21st of July for up2standards summer nights festival. He has also supported Nova who won the 2020 SAY awards. Psweatpants is an artist who is on a very quick rise not just throughout rap music in Scotland but also in music in Scotland.

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Uninvited

Counting Sam Fender, Tom Grennan and Dream Wife as fans Uninvited's debut single “Tomboy” and second release “Diet Cigarette” earned support from BBC Introducing Scotland, Punktastic, Distorted Sound, When The Horn Blows, LOCK Magazine, Uber Rock, Tenement TV and others. “Tomboy” is an important landmark for Uninvited who became aware that they themselves could be the change they wanted to see, writing music that pushes the LGBTQ+ conversation into the male-dominated indie atmosphere - a multidimensional reclamation of their early queer experiences in a shimmering indie-pop package.

Although their live career has been affected by covid and subsequent restrictions, Uninvited made their debut live performance in the summer of 2021, supporting Dead Pony at a sold-out King Tuts Wah Wah Hut in Glasgow. Their streak of supporting the hottest bands from the Glasgow scene continued as they opened for Baby Strange at SWG3 and Spyres at Stereo. The band had the honour of playing the Tiny Changes fundraiser, appearing alongside The Twilight Sad and Carla J Easton. In early 2022, Uninvited supported BBC Introducing Scottish Act of The Year winner Bemz and London-based Dream Wife.
The band's 3 single 'Behind The Black Door' earned them a unique opportunity winning BBC Radio 1's Live Lounge competition and are now set to play Reading & Leeds Festival 2022 as well as their debut headline UK tour this September and take their music to Misty Fields festival in Holland.

Uninvited formed after vocalist and bassist Taylor-Ray Dillon (she/her) and vocalist and guitarist Gillian Dhlakama (they/them), previously based in Dundee, met as solo acoustic artists. With a little help from Instagram, the pair later became connected with guitarist Bex Young (they/them) and drummer Fiorenza Cocozza (she/her). They officially became Uninvited in August 2020 and in the space of a few weeks, they joined 7 West Music Management (The Dunts, Spyres, The Roly Mo).

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