This October, we joined the illustrious BBC Introducing Live event at the Tobacco Dock London for its third year running. We had an amazing weekend meeting new creatives, showcasing our music courses, running a live A&R Session with producer Paul Whalley, and of course, launching our exclusive BBC Introducing Songwriting Camp competition to find the next wave of songwriting talent.
Each year Tileyard Education runs 4 songwriting camps open to the public, 2 on-site at Tileyard London and 2 international. Last year, we ran our debut international camp in Barcelona and, in February 2020, we’ll be taking it to Marrakech (more on our Marrakech camp here).
During our home camps at Tileyard, we look for unique talent to collaborate with world-class producers and connect with the industry. Over the course of 4 days, songwriters collaborate with producers and respond to live briefs, which we later pitch to labels and publishers.
This year, we were inundated with stand-out talent as part of our BBC Introducing songwriting camp competition, so much so that our admissions team said it was the hardest competition yet to find a winner for, given the volume of high-quality applications. This is why we didn’t choose one, we chose two.
Georgia is a singer-songwriter, producer, multi-instrumentalist and artist based in London. Her musical journey started with a string of successes in various bands, garnering support from the likes of Huw Stephens, Shell Zenner & BBC Introducing. However, in 2017, Georgia took the step to launch her solo project. Last year, she rapidly made an impact with fans and the industry alike. Her critically acclaimed single “Bare” clocked over 18,000 streams overnight, before rising to 350,000 listens since then. She’s been featured by the likes of Clash Magazine, Stylist Magazine, Wonderland Magazine, Missguided and plenty more.
Georgia’s latest EP “Pop Culture” saw two tracks land on ITV2’s Love Island. Since then, her EP has climbed to just under 90,000 streams across all platforms. Mentionable supporters of her work include Ministry Of Sound, Music Week and Atwood Magazine.
Our Second winner is Tudor Monroe (or Monroe). Monroe is a producer from Romania, who moved to London only 3 months ago to study music production. He came to London to expand upon his already established music career and to connect to the UK music market. Monroe has been making music since the age of 8 years old, featuring on Romanian TV at 17, he was approached by major labels and worked with many artists as a producer, contributing collaboratively to over 50 million streams. He also signed one song to Universal that hit 5 million views and made it to number one in the YouTube trending chart!
Moving to the UK was integral to Monroe’s next phase of musicianship, he told us he is now honing it on his own artist project, heavily inspired by R N’B, though he is also very passionate about finding talent he is passionate about and working with and nurturing the artists.
We asked Monroe how he felt when he found out he’d won the competition, he said:
“I was working on a song when I saw the email pop up. I wondered if it was for real and I thought, that’s so great. I was so excited, I had to share the news with my mum!”
“I’m so grateful for this opportunity and look forward to making some amazing music”
We’ll be hosting both Meek and Monroe at Tileyard in April and cannot wait to hear what incredible songs they collaborate on. Find out more info on our April camp here.