The Future Sound Project
When I began this blog, one of my initial ideas was to write posts about the local music scene in Birmingham. I’m a local gal and would say I was an avid local gig goer – mostly in the hardcore genre now, but I started in my pop punk roots.
The original idea was to cover local festivals and local bands – EP reviews, live show reviews, interviews – as well as my fashion, lifestyle and occasional travel posts. However, here we are, over a year in, and I’ve only done 1 post about music – and that was about a large commercial festival.
What’s been holding me back is that I haven’t been able to take decent live photos to accompany my posts – and what’s a post without photos? Boring, that’s what. I have a DSLR camera, but I’ve only owned the 18-55mm 3.5-5.6 original lens, and I knew that was no good for gig photography because I’d tried in the past and they’ve all ended up blurry. Then, I just threw it on the back burner and kinda forgot about it. Well, guess who bought a lens that will (hopefully) do live gigs justice? It’s me.
So, this is the start of a new era hopefully! I plan on covering some local bands, live shows and EP releases as well as working with some other locals in the music scene including promoters, and maybe some small record companies and local live music photographers.
I’m kicking this all off with an interview with The Future Sound Project – so keep on reading!!
The Future Sound Project are a promotion duo putting on small gigs and promoting local bands in the Birmingham, Coventry and Wolverhampton areas. As well as putting on shows, they also run a Spotify playlist showcasing local talent that they work with, which they update monthly – a great way to find new gems! I caught up with them recently and we had a chat about what they do:
Who are The Future Sound Project?
We began as Tom (28) and J (35) Amphlett - two brothers who used to be in the band Dakota Beats. We also now have Ethan and George who help us run shows.
What do you guys do?
We hold shows in both Birmingham and Wolverhampton, roughly between 12-18 per month. As of September, we will also be launching in Coventry with an official launch weekend show on both 25th and 26th of October at The Tin Music and Arts. We have also launched The Future Sound of Birmingham Spotify Playlist which has been a huge hit with bands and has already gained over 100 followers since the end of May.
Why did you start The Future Sound Project?
After being in a band we decided that we wanted to help other bands and pass on our experiences whilst putting on great shows and set up “Baddies Boogie”. After 5 years of building our reputation, we decided to relaunch as The Future Sound Project. We wanted to ‘freshen up' a bit and really focus on the developmental side of things. We are happy to promote anything that bands are doing - even shows that aren't ours. We believe in the local music scene so much and want to support it as much as possible. We intend to be the best. We want to be a promoter that works for bands and work with the trust bands have for us. We also ensure bands are given the best deal in terms of payment from us too.
What are your favourite events that you've put on to date and why?
Over July and August, we have had 5 sold out shows at The Sunflower Lounge, Birmingham, including bands such as Twelve Twelve and Pretty Vile who are really building their own scene within Birmingham. In the past we have hosted two crazy sold out shows for The Sherlock’s and have given bands such as Riscas, The Clause, Ivory Wave and Violet some of their first ever shows. We are proud that we have played a role in the development of Birmingham’s finest up-and-coming bands.
Do you have any upcoming events?
We have so many shows coming up, you can check out every event over on our Facebook page. We are particularly excited for the Coventry launch show in October with George Pannell and Candid both headlining - and it would be great to see as many people down there as possible!
What do you want for the future of the business?
Our goals are to be the biggest unsigned promoter in Birmingham, Wolverhampton and Coventry and, who knows, maybe to expand further throughout the midlands. We know that the bands we are working with are going to make big ripples in the music scene and we will be very proud to have played a role in their early success.
Let’s talk about your Spotify playlist specifically - why did you make it?
We made the playlist as a platform to provide exposure for the fantastic acts we work with in the local areas. Bands can send us their new releases and we can help promote their tracks through that. We play this playlist at all of our shows too! The playlist has had plays all over the world already and we hope people enjoy it as much as we do.
You can find the lads from The Future Sound project over on Instagram @thefuturesoundproject and on Facebook - and don’t forget to follow their Spotify playlist, which you can find here. Thanks for chatting to me guys!
If you’re a small band, promotion company, record company or gig photographer (especially local to the Midlands) drop me an email or dm me on insta and we can chat about working together!