The Breakout Club – July 2022
The Midi Music Company proudly presents The Breakout Club!
Monday 11th July 2022 from 8pm at New Cross Inn, 323 New Cross Road, London SE14 6AS
A night dedicated to celebrating the return of The Midi Music Company’s CICAS® artists with an eclectic mix of live music and new talent.
Hosting the night is Ola Torch with DJ NG (Ministry of Sound, The Factory After Party, Vauxhall) spinning funky vibes on the decks.
Call now for one of the limited spots on the OPEN MIC on 020 8694 6093 or email
FREE ENTRY to this stellar lineup:
Monzanto Sound is a band from London, fusing together different styles from the African Diaspora and combining them with a hypnotic, psychedelic edge.
They are a high energy, rhythmic group with an ear for space and simplicity, capable of getting any crowd moving.
Their sonic aesthetic is something that is considered carefully as they incorporate synths and effects in a way that has more inspiration from 90s dance and electronic music.
Mimi Koku, the lead singer, has a soulful, African sound and writes intentional, captivating lyrics, which have an emotional honesty that speaks on multiple levels.
People have described them as a blend between Can, Fela Kuti and Sade with dubby off kilter funk grooves.
Shunaji is a music producer, rapper and vocalist hailing from Rome and currently based in London. She adopts experimental approaches to blend jazz-influenced soulful hip-hop with gloaming trip-hop and a touch of synthesizer-infused funk.
Shunaji’s releases have been acclaimed within independent music scenes in the UK and abroad, as she pushes the boundaries of mainstream music. She is the recipient of multiple awards including the PRS Woman Make Music fund, Help Musicians’ Do It Differently and MOBO awards, and Sound and Music’s Interpreting Isolation.
Shunaji has performed internationally and across the UK, including festivals such as Glastonbury Festival, Love Supreme, We Out Here and Wilderness.
Classically trained French-born singer and music composer, Eka June has made her debut on the London Jazz Scene.
Plugged into the contemporary music circuit, Eka June’s music emerges from lofi, trap and soul, writing from life situations as a way to reflect on them and find outcomes.
Soulful, laid-back, dreamy and atmospheric vocals combined with hip-hop grooves to create a music that feels fresh, vital and original.
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MMC are excited to be working with The Warren Youth Project in Hull and Can You CIC It, the organisation which delivers Independent Venue Week. The VENN 21 project is a series of interactive workshops bringing together young creators from Hull and London to explore collaborative songwriting techniques, including sessions on music production.
Venn creators have worked together over two weekends in London and Hull, sharing ideas and developing their song concepts interpersonally and online, that will culminate in Live Music Showcase performances at the 229 The Venue in London on Friday 15th October 2021 and the New Adelphi Club in Hull on Saturday 30th October 2021.
229 The Venue, Great Portland Street, London W1W 5PN
Show: 7pm – 9pm
Tickets: ONLY £5 ENTRY! BOOK NOW.
MMC Takeover Tuesday @ Rich Mix
Tuesday 3 August 2021
Live music is back! Come through & enjoy an evening of the freshest music from rising talent on the local and global music scene! Entry is free to under 30s.
7pm Doors Open
Rich Mix in-house DJ
Jay Johnson 7.30pm
Jay Johnson is an award-winning musician and songwriter who moved to London and began making music before his teenage years. Jay’s naturally curious mind led him to learn the cello, then teach himself to play the guitar. He started listening to artists such as Bob Dylan, Paolo Nutini, and Ben Howard from his early teens, and as a result their influences can often be seen in his original works.
Jay eventually began by writing original songs, then busking the streets of London, followed by performances at pubs and venues. A few months after he started playing to live crowds in various venues, Jay decided to leave his previous career plans of becoming a doctor behind and to become a full-time musician. His most recent music features the styles of the early hip-hop artists, whom he was exposed to at an even younger age.
Listen to Worry About Me on Spotify.
Follow Jay Johnson: Instagram
8.30pm Jelly Cleaver
Jazz // DIY
Jelly Cleaver is a guitarist, producer and singer-songwriter based in South London, and has been called ‘the next artist to make an impact on the London Jazz Scene’. She’s received the Steve Reid InNOVAtion award, signed to tastemaker indie label Nice Swan Records and was nominated for an Ivors Composer Award. With an eclectic taste in music, Jelly is heavily involved in both the jazz and DIY/punk scenes in London, running the regular Jelly’s Jams night at Windmill Brixton. She’s also an activist, and a strain of political dissent runs through her music.
Watch single VI II V on YouTube.
Follow Jelly Cleaver: Instagram
9.30pm Renato Paris
Soul // Jazz // R&B
The great sounds of Soul, Pop, R&B, Jazz and Funk merge together creating the signature sound of Renato Paris. A flourishing artist and a regular on the vibrant young London Jazz scene, Renato’s music has taken him around the world, honing his craft alongside an array of global artists, including Julian Joseph, Burt Bacharach and Jorja Smith, to name a few. His passion for the art of song and improvisation knows no bounds. As well as leading his own band, he is a key member of two-time MOBO award-winner Moses Boyd’s band Exodus, and regularly leads the popular Straight Pocket Jam at Pure Vinyl Records in Brixton, having founded the world-renowned, weekly sessions.
Renato has been featured at: Grammy Camp LA, BBC Radio 1, BBC1Xtra, BBC Radio 3, Worldwide FM, JazzFM Awards, BBC Proms, BBC Maida Vale Live Sessions, Ronnie Scotts, NPR Tiny Desk and on London’s West End.
Listen to Common Ground featuring Renato Paris on Spotify.
Follow Renato Paris: Instagram
“A major talent.”
Anthony Horowitz (Novelist, Playwright, Screenwriter)
“Definitely a youngster to watch!”
British Theatre Guide
“His voice grabs you, is warm, soulful and will stay with you – Renato always delivers!”
Julian Joseph (Composer, Educator, Broadcaster)
“21st Century Donny Hathaway, Marvin Gaye & Jon Hendricks all-in-one!”
Carleen Anderson (Vocalist, Composer, Lyricist)
Can’t make it on the day? Donations are welcome here or by texting 25DONATE to 70085. Thank you!
London Landmarks Half Marathon
London Landmarks Half Marathon
Sunday 1 August 2021
The London Landmarks Half Marathon is the only half marathon that passes through the City of London and Westminster.
Join us on Sunday 1st August 2021 and support runners fundraising for The Midi Music Company.
Hailing from a small rural town of Southeast London, rapper, singer-songwriter and spoken word artist Jules depicts her stories and experiences through lyrical rhymes and experimental melodies.
Proud of her Chinese ethnicity, Jules is ready to shake up the world of hip-hop with her unique tone and style. Her debut EP Take Care of Yourself earned her radio support from Choice for Music UK, RTM.fm and CFMU (Canada), multiple semi-finalist positions in songwriting competitions and festival slots at Camberwell Fair and Joy Ruckus Club 3. She is currently working on a second EP project set to be released later this summer!
Listen to Jules on Spotify here.
Blu Rodriguez (formerly known as Davinah) is a charismatic and engaging singer and performer with over 10 years of professional singing experience across festivals and large events as well as creating her own music. Adaptable and talented, recognised for particular skill in capturing and commanding a crowd and regularly requested for vocal work by independent artists.
Regularly performed as lead singer in live events for more than 3000 spectators over a 2 week period while on tour and has contributed to backing vocals of a number of songs for The House And Garage Orchestra and other artists.
Listen to Blu Rodriguez on Spotify.
Funk band Crouton Cannon deliver infectious grooves, soaring vocal harmonies and witty lyrics that satirise modern life. Inspired by Vulfpeck, Scary Pockets and Steely Dan, the band coined their name after catching (vegan) croutons fired into the audience at a gig by their favourite artist. Hailing from all corners of London, the band members have explosive chemistry when they bring the funk on stage.
Crouton Cannon are winners of the Re:Sound Lewisham competition, receive airplay on Soho Radio and in November 2020 performed to an audience of over 3,000 at the Live From Lonely Town virtual festival. Their debut album Soup Sessions will be released in Autumn 2021.
“The band takes cues from jazz, soul, funk, pop; you name it and this band converts it into sheer awesomeness.”
Get Some Magazine
“Crouton Cannon are always a breath of fresh air.”
Listen to Crouton Cannon here on Spotify.
Can’t make it on the day? Donations are welcome here or by texting 25DONATE to 70085. Thank you!
The Breakout Club x Independent Week Special
Monday 23 March 2020
100 Club, 100 Oxford Street, London W1D 1LL
Doors 6.30pm – Open Mic 7pm – Show 7.30pm
POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE
Unfortunately, we have postponed this event until further notice, in order to safeguard against the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).
Your welfare and that of our visitors, supporter and volunteers is most important to us.
The details below are for information only:
£5 entry ages 18+ ONLY (ID may be required)
The Midi Music Company is pleased to join forces with Independent Venue Week for a special night at London’s iconic live music venue, the 100 Club. Independent Venue Week is a 7-day celebration of music venues that gives fans somewhere to get up close to artists who one day, may be filling stadiums and festival main stages.
The Breakout Clubis a night of eclectic live music, showcasing the finest acts from MMC’s artist development programme CICAS®.
Terra Viva (headline)
Rock // Italian folk // // Jazz // Punk // Balkan
South London 5-piece band Terra Viva, born to discover their Italian roots, blend a unique sound with a delicious London twist. Social and political themes are delivered with a theatrical feast of infectious grooves for a hip-shaking, foot-stomping good time!
Punk // Reggae // Ska // Jungle // Indie
Formed in a crypt under a Kings Cross church, LAZYTALK tells stories about love, life, lager and the messed-up world we live in, fusing Indie, Reggae, Ska, Punk, and Jungle. Its music from the heart with beats you can skank to.
London singer songwriter Davinah is fresh a sell-out tour with The House & Garage Orchestra. Davinah uses her creativity to encourage others to follow their dreams, emphasising the importance of sisterhood and the uplifting of our fellow sisters and brothers.
Hip-hop// Rap // R&B // Urban
Signkid is a writer, producer and a multi-lingual Deaf hip-hop artist, creating beats and performing Sign Song rap in British Sign Language. Big Issue top changemaker 2019, Signkid was born in Reggio Emilia, Italy and creatively raised in London.
Can’t make it? Donations are welcome here or please text 25DONATE to 70085. Thank you.
MMC 25th Anniversary Celebrations
Thursday 20 February 2020
100 Club, 100 Oxford Street, London W1D 1LL
Doors 6.30pm – Show 7.30pm
£15/£10 concessions with ID (CICAS® members, full-time students, unemployed claiming JSA/ESA)
The Midi Music Company is 25 years old this year – a major milestone for our charity. Let’s celebrate!
We’re proud to celebrate our work as South London’s leading music education and talent development charity, with an exciting night of live music, DJs and guest performances at London’s legendary 100 Club.
MMC and our 25th Anniversary celebrations are kindly supported by law firm Lee & Thompson as its Charity of the Year 2019/20.
Line up on the night features CICAS® artists (members of MMC’s talent development programme for 16 to 30 year olds), featuring:
- BARBARELLA’S BANG BANG (former CICAS® Intern & lead singer Barbara Pugliese – garage rock, European folk)
- CONRAD KIRA (award-winning hip hop, rap and grime artist)
- JAMES BEAU BARCLAY (indie rock, folk, soul),
- OGGIE (singer-songwriter – The Jacksons, House & Garage Orchestra)
- DJ NG (The Factory After Party, Ministry of Sound, Rinse FM, Reprezent FM)
- DJ MASSIVE HUGS
- PLUS, a tantalising line up of SPECIAL GUESTS!
The Breakout Club
Monday 25 November 2019
8pm – midnight
The Midi Music Company, 77 Watson’s St, Deptford SE8 4AU
Entry by guest list ONLY!
MMC’s quarterly artist showcase The Breakout Club is back with a fantastic lineup this autumn.
Join us for a night celebrating the phenomenal talent of our CICAS® artists, with LIVE MUSIC and an OPEN MIC at MMC.
Supported by Brockley Brewery, the night will be hosted by UK Garage legend Oggie (House and Garage Orchestra, Garage classic ‘Follow Me’, UK3) with DJ NG (Ministry of Sound, The Factory After Party) spinning the freshest vibes this side of the River.
D-Kel & Los Bandidos (headline)
Punk // Reggae // Indie Rock // Rap
Distinctive South London rap artist D-Kel presents his new alternative, energetic and emotive new band ‘D-Kel & Los Bandidos’.
The unique hybrid of Punk, Reggae, Indie Rock and Rap combines perfectly to form an innovative, exciting, fresh new sound. The 4 met through their passion for similar music and their willingness to start a band with a DIY mentality, Punk attitude and with the vision of creating up-tempo ‘feel good’ music.
Frontman D-Kel takes inspiration from London where he was born and bred and Latin America where his roots lie, Drawing inspiration from Artists such as Roots Manuva, Slaves, The Beat, The Specials, Jamie T, The Streets, Calle 13 & Tego Calderon.
The band have a feeling of something classic, somewhat vintage but yet refreshing and original, with a strong British representation featured throughout their music.
Bold and visionary artist Toya Delazy offers a truly 21st-century sound that draws from her South African heritage (she is a Zulu princess, great granddaughter of Princess Magogo), while remaining squarely rooted in the cultural and sonic identity of her adopted hometown, London.
Taking to the stage at Bestival, London Pride, the Old Blue Last, AfricaExpress and the Jazz Café, Delazy has developed a revelatory liveperformance that has to be seen to be believed. Driven by a fearlessly independent spirit, an irrepressible passion for music, and an uncompromising commitment to being herself, Toya Delazyis an inspiration to those who seek to forge their own identity. This outspoken artist stands as an icon for the oppressed and repressed, sending out a clarion call to individualists across the world: stand tall andbe proud of who you are.
Hip Hop // Trip Hop
Shunaji is a producer, MC and songwriter from Rome, Italy now living in London. Her music is inspired by a wide spectrum of sounds, merging hip hop beats and trip-hop with grunge and synthwave textures. Shunaji’s lyrics combine dashes of realism with abstract expressions. Since her debut in ‘Midnight Movie’ (2018), Shunaji performed in support of artists like Bahamadia and Lady Sanity, was selected as a Roundhouse Resident Artist and nominated for the MOBO Help Musicians Fund.
In May 2019, Shunaji will release her sophomore project ‘Blue Melon’, which sees a stark evolution in the artist’s creative direction. Proposing a new live band format, which was premiered by Clash Music as a Brownswood Basement Session, Shunaji’s 2019 live dates are not to be missed. With her Reinassance-like approach to music making, she promises to bend genres and captivate audiences both in the UK and beyond.
A singer songwriter and BRIT School graduate, Brodie McBride’s Indie inspired folk material is filled with lush guitar tones and emotion-evoking lyrics. Her slow songs pack a real punch.
The Breakout Club is the place for scouting and supporting emerging talent! If you want to attend as Press, a talent scout or blogger and want more information, please email the team or call Andrea on 020 8694 6093 / 07984 158 554
Catch a glimpse of the last night on our blog.
Saturday 31st August 2019, 5.30pm to 7.30pm
Members from MMC’s artist development programme, CICAS® takeover the Camberwell Fair this summer at the free music festival and market, taking place from 12pm – 9pm on Camberwell Green, SE5, on Saturday 31st August 2019.
The Fair is one of London’s oldest celebrations of the diverse local community and will feature professional sound stages, market stalls, food, bars and games.
Watch this space for details on this year’s line up.
A series of community talks on reducing serious youth violence
Wednesdays: 14th, 21st & 28th August 2019, 6pm to 8pm
The Midi Music Company, 77 Watson’s Street, Deptford SE8 4AU
This August we launch a series of three community talks that will take place here at The Midi Music Company (MMC) in Deptford, South East London.
REAL TALK opens up conversation to support the local community in understanding the issues of youth violence in an open and supportive space, to share thoughts and experiences while working together for solutions and positive change.
Anyone who lives, works or has an interest in Deptford and the surrounding areas, is invited to attend.
Talks take place over 2 hours and will consist of guest speakers, local experts, an experience-sharing session and a musical performance from a MMC artist.
Prior to each REAL TALK, between 4pm and 6pm, award winning psychotherapist Glenda D Roberts will offer drop-in 1:1 sessions with Just Talk 2019, to anyone who would like to speak confidentially about their experiences, fears, or concerns, in a private setting.
Young people and policing
Wed 14th August 2019, 6pm-8pm
Nickiesha Barnett, Lewisham Crime Reduction Team
William Willson, Former Trident, MET Police & Founder of Flipping Youth Princes Trust International.
Q&A session with a young person affected by crime.
Young people and community
Wed 21st August 2019, 6pm-8pm
Sheba Montserrat, Stage 7
Beverley Glean MBE, Founder and Artistic Director, IRIE! dance theatre.
Young people, opportunity and enterprise
Wed 28th August 2019, 6pm-8pm
Wozzy Brewster OBE FRSA, Founder and Executive Director of MMC
Cephas Williams, Founder & Director, Drummer Boy Studio and the 56 Black Men campaign.
Horniman Museum and Gardens
Thursday 1st August 2019, 5.30pm to 9.30pm
MMC takeover the Horniman Bandstand
Enjoy spectacular views across London, DJs and live music from MMC’s artist development programme, CICAS® at this summer special at Horniman Museum and Gardens, 100 London Road, Forest Hill, London, SE23 3PQ.
5.30pm Doors open
7.00pm HTD (Having Technical Difficulties)
Having Technical Difficulties trio Cleo Savva, George Chater, James Buchanan are the latest artists breaching genre barriers to amalgamate a plethora of influences mixing acoustic and electronic elements that create a distinctive London sound. Lyically fuelled, bass driven and styled with a potent message from start to finish. HTD have a signature London sound that has all the markings of LTJ Bukems long lost love child
8.30pm Oggie (headline)
Singer-songwriter Oggie is currently on tour with The Jacksons as a backing vocalist. His newly released second independent album Throwback Season debuted at No.27 on the iTunes R&B Chart. Oggie is fresh from The House & Garage Orchestra tour, where he performed alongside Kele Le Roc, MC Neat and Sweet Female Attitude, to support the Orchestra’s No.1 album Garage Classics, which features Oggie on two remakes with MC Neat, Master Blaster and Poison.
Oggie has spent the last two years as part of the Garage trio UK3, whose last performance was at Wembley Arena. Previous tours include Japan, Korea, Scandinavia, Germany, UK and the London West End stage as a lead in the Michael Jackson musical ‘Thriller Live’. Thus far Oggie is best known for some killer Garage anthems, European dance tracks and doing backing vocals for Amy Winehouse, McFly, and Omar.
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