Burton’s very own hip-hop double act Great Scott will support artist Alex Blood and The Diggers tonight at The Venue, Derby.
But before tonight’s show, music journalist Meenal Odedra caught up with the pair to talk fans, live shows and collaborating with other artists.
Great Scott are Young Criss and Jacob ‘Jaws’ Willshaw. They say the name is a reference to the film Back to the Future; ‘great Scott’ being a well-known catchphrase from the film.
Having performed separately in the past, Great Scott formed in 2011 through a mutual respect for each other’s craft, they say.
Regulars at live music venues in Burton, Great Scott have also performed on national tours, playing at I Luv Live events, which have taken place in Derby, London and Birmingham.
After performing at the Strawberry Fields Festival, near Heather, Leicestershire, Great Scott will now showcase new material when they head on tour with Alex Blood and The Diggers and Kurtis Robinson, who they share a record label with.
“We love performing, when we perform we give it our all”, Jacob says.
This, is apparent when they take the stage. Their energy soars, giving the audience a spectacular performance. No doubt, they were made for the stage.
Despite not being known for its bustling music scene, Criss said the duo are always reliant and having dedicated fans from their hometown.
He said: “Our home audience will always be important. It’s the crowd that we grew from and they show us loads of love and support with every release, show and video. It’s always brilliant to see familiar faces at shows.”
This year Great Scott have also connected with artist and producer Alex Blood, who is also from the Midlands.
Alex Blood is most noted for his collaboration with Mark Ronson and Amy Winehouse with a remix of her hit single Valerie.
The working relationship blossomed with Alex handling the production for their forthcoming material released under the newly formed label Sheepskin Beats.
Alex Blood is no new timer to the music industry, having been on tour with Jay Z in the past.
Tonight’s gig also marks Alex Blood and The Diggers comeback to Derby’s vibrant music scene. It is also an unofficial launch party for their new single and record label, Sheepskin Beats.
Also on the line-up is Derby’s finest soul singer Jamie Joseph. Having recently released his latest single, Hit the Ground Running, Jamie will go on a national tour in the future. With an exceptional voice, and undeniable talent, his performances are always a treat.
Doors for tonight’s gig will open at 8pm and entry costs £3.