It was only June this year that Billie Black wrote and uploaded her first song 'I Waited For You'. Back then Billie was a first year student at Guildhall School of Music and performing jazz standards in pubs to pay her fees. A lot has happened in the four months since, and now Billie is pleased to announce her debut EP on her own label BBLK Records to round off 2014 - 000 0001 EP is available digitally from November 3rd and impacts of December 15th.
Her first three Soundcloud uploads all hit the top 10 on HypeMachine (with 'I Don't Need Another Lover' going to #1), her debut headline show sold out in two days and she recently signed a publishing deal with Warner Chappell (home to London Grammar, Lianne La Havas and Royal Blood). She has also been added to Giles Peterson's next Brownswood release and recently travelled with Wet to play at the Fleche D'Or in Paris.
Billie began singing at an early age after hearing reggae, soul and disco records at her Mum's family parties. At 13 she started to take music seriously, joining the National Youth Jazz Orchestra (along with Kwabs) and starting a love affair with jazz that led all the way to a place on the Guildhall jazz degree. At 14 Billie went to the Brit School, where she was exposed to a wide variety of music and it was towards the end of her time there she started listening to James Blake, Jessie Ware and Sampha; acts who combine classic vocals with electronic production.
From that point on Billie started writing her own music, putting together a band and working with producers Modyn on a sound that combined her roots in jazz with the bass and dance sounds of the moment.
Billie plays Old Blue Last on 4th Dec (promoted by Vice Magazine).
Who needs a lover anyway?
These albums are not nearly as appreciated as they should be.
Listen to her new song 'Callous Copper'.
They might sound like they're from the 70s, but they way they roll is very 2020.
What's new in the music world this week?
'U Kin B the Sun' is an album rich in texture and depth and one that quite obviously, and unapologetically, plays to Frazey Ford's strengths.
Listen to their new single 'Small Change'.