Alexander Kotz aka Elderbrook interviewed by Marco Gandolfi - editor of Music-News.com - at MTV London studios, Camden on the 27th November 2017 for MTV Brand New 2018.
MTV UK has announced the shortlist for MTV Brand New 2018. Selected by MTV officials, key music influencers and industry representatives, the shortlist includes the most exciting new UK music talent for 2018. In January, the acts will go head to head in a public vote on Instagram, battling it out until the all-conquering winner is revealed in the new year. More details to follow.
Anna Karatziva, Head of Talent and Music, MTV UK, commented, “MTV Brand New is one of my favourite campaigns of the year. It’s really hard choosing the shortlist but it’s incredibly rewarding and exciting to work with talent at this stage of their career. We’re really looking forward to the public vote and supporting our finalists throughout the year!”
Last year AJ Tracey was crowned as MTV Brand New 2017 champion. The grime MC from West London started out his career on pirate radio stations like many artists before him, but really came to attention when he linked up with South London MC Dave, even earning himself a shout out from Drake. Since winning MTV Brand New 2017, the artist has released a new album called ‘Secure The Bag’ with one of his songs even featuring Craig David.
AJ Tracey said, “Big up MTV for making me last year’s MTV Brand New 2017 winner. My fans always ride for me and they really came through. MTV influenced me so much growing up, so it was a pretty big moment for me when I won this. Good luck to the nominees for 2018.”
Recent MTV Brand New campaigns have also revealed the biggest breakthrough acts such as; Anne-Marie, Ella Eyre, George Ezra, James Bay, Krept & Konan, Sam Smith, The Vamps and Years & Years.
With one of the most successful hit rates for a new music poll, over the last five years MTV Brand New has provided crucial early support helping to launch the careers of international stars such as Justin Bieber and Lady Gaga. They have also helped garner attention for British music talent including Adele, Conor Maynard, Disclosure, Ellie Goulding, Florence + The Machine, Jessie J, Labrinth, Tinie Tempah and Wretch 32 at the very start of their recording careers.
MTV BRAND NEW 2018 SHORTLIST ARTIST QUOTES:
Yxng Bane – "It's an absolute pleasure to be recognised as one of MTV's Brand New 2018 acts. I'm so excited to be on this year’s list because it's another reminder that people want to hear more music from me! I think with previous artists like James Bay, Ray Blk and Jack Garrett being recognised I must be doing something right to be on the list for 2018. Thank you so much for all the support MTV!"
Bad Sounds – “We've pretty much just made videos ourselves with friends, we never wanted to do the moody cool band thing so we'd just come up with stupid ideas for videos and stuff we thought was funny. We’re surprised that MTV even show them, let alone put us in their Brand New Top 10 for 2018. Thanks MTV”
Lotto Boyzz – “Knowing that such a large and influential platform like MTV has acknowledged our sound is extremely humbling. The team at Lotto Boyzz Records are very grateful for the opportunity that MTV have provided us with, especially considering that we have been placed alongside other great talents in the category. Many Thanks. Love Lotto”
Mabel – "I'm so excited to be in the top ten for MTVs Brand New for 2018! There's always such an amazing list of nominees and to be a part of it this year is a dream come true!” abel Bedroom - press shot 1 - hi res
Not3s – “Honoured to have been picked for MTV Brand New. It's been an amazing year in, so this means a lot!”
Sigrid – “Thank you for choosing me! It’s such an honour.”
Tom Walker – “Absolutely buzzing that I’ve been chosen by MTV and from the bottom of my heart I’m so thankful. Past artists have gone on to have unbelievable careers so I’m blown away that MTV think I’m up there with people like Anne-Marie and AJ Tracey!”
Elderbrook – “Really honoured to be picked for MTV's Brand New. I grew up watching MTV so it’s a big honour to be included in this.”
Pale Waves – “We're really happy to be part of MTV Brand New 2018. We’re excited about everything we have coming up next year and it’s great to have MTV’s support. Thank you!”