Hailing from the seaside town of Torquay, James Payne wrote his first song at 15 in an attempt to impress a girl. The endeavour proved fruitless, and the girl in question is now married (to someone else). Unperturbed, James continued to write songs. He listened to his mum’s cassette tape collection, which introduced him to the likes of David Bowie, Billy Joel, and Paul Simon, whilst he recorded songs by Ed Sheeran and John Mayer off the radio. He performed at open mic nights, and opened for touring artists when they appeared at venues in his hometown. He moved to Germany for 2 years and played over 100 shows.
Fast forward to 2019 and James is an established singer songwriter now based in London, performing his bluesy pop/rock songs at venues and festivals across the UK and abroad. He is currently working on his debut EP which is due to be released in early 2020.
Elö is a 21 singer-songwriter and composer from Pink City of France, Touluse. She moved to London 2 years ago to start her journey in London’s music scene and make her mark in the world. Elo takes inspiration from similar artists to herself, such as Jorja Smith, Amy Winehouse, Tom Misch, Biig Piig, Kali Uchis and IAMDDB to name a few. Elö’s lyrics are personal and intimate, making you think and feel deeper. Adding depth to her electric guitar with her words, her voice is deep, urban, jazzy and full of soul. She not only sings but raps in both French and English, truly embracing where she came from and who she is. Travels through to different cultures and emotions, sensitive and intense soul music is the journey you’ll be taken through while on board with Elö.