Showcasing the incredible talent in Southampton, RISE showcased some of the best emerging talent in Southampton. Brought to you by SO and SoCo Music Project, RISE was generously supported by Arts Council England and PRS Foundation and resulted in the incredible Sounds of Southampton Vol 1 Album. Reaching no.1 in the iTunes pre-order Rap charts and charting at 43 in the UK downloads chart, Sounds of Southampton Vol 1 features 24 artists across 16 tracks. Check out some samples from album below as well as music videos for all the tracks. You can support this vibrant and emerging scene by clicking here to buy/stream the full album. Please note, some tracks contain explicit language and adult themes, listener discretion is advised.






MasterClass 1: Tenchoo Mc

Free styling and Rap Lyricism

13th of August : 6 to 7:30 PM

Discovering hip hop in the mid 90s whilst growing up in the city shaped his approach to being an MC in terms of subject matter, flow and character.

He started performing locally in 2003, frequenting open mics and battles on the way to developing a reputation as a legitimate lyricist. TenchoO was a member of several crews for a number of years, eventually emerging as a solo artist in 2007.

In 2008 he released his first solo project “The Promo EP” through free download; although it was well received locally, he felt that he needed to take drastic measures to promote himself as an MC and gain wider recognition. That opportunity arose when he re-visited the battle arena by entering the Don’t Flop battle league and quickly gained a name for himself as a fearsome battle rapper, loved for his technical rhymes and comic approach and to this day he remains undefeated in the league. TenchoO has a string of titles to his name, including the Don’t Flop 2010 doubles tournament winner (along with partner Lego), Battle Scars 2010, End of the Weak UK 2011 and JumpOff 2012 champion.

In 2011 TenchoO released his first LP Scary Movie to critical acclaim. With the entire album produced by long-time friend and in-house beat maker Haji, it is a fusion of real life experiences with complex rhymes and metaphors expressed through a variety of flows. Released through First Son records, the album had a good reception from the underground scene. His 2016 EP “Panic Room 9” released on Starch Records was also well-received with production duo Ill Move Sporadic (AKA Oneboss & Ben81) creating the soundscape for TenchoO to obliterate the mic booth. It was also the first vinyl project TenchoO had ever released signalling a milestone in his career. The project featured Sleaford Mods on “Who’s On The One” & got several spins on BBC Radio 6 Music by Gideon Coe & Lauren Laverne.

Live From The Crojo was released in January 2020 & well received by critics.

MasterClass 2: Gavin Foord

Music Marketing and artist development 

19th August – 6 to 7.30pm

Music producer, DJ and business owner, Gavin Foord, has been a pivotal figure in the emergence of underground genres in the last 20 years. A member of the Warner Music signed collective, FooR who gross over 320,000 listeners monthly, Gavin is also the CEO of FOORGE Music, an umbrella company for labels such as YosH, SO Records,Garage Shared and  Klout Recording

MasterClass 3: JoJo

 Music Production

24th August – Times 6 to 7.30 PM

Jojo Farinella Better Known as Jojo F, Is a Multi instrumentalist, producer, singer and songwriter from the uk. With over 10 years of musical experince under his belt he’s etablished a strong name and reputation throughout the industry. Having written and produced for various Major labels and Chart toppers from the UK and U.S (Dj Ironik, Scorcher, L Marshall, Sony ATV etc.) He has had the opportunity to successfully work in and create in various genres of music giving him a well rounded overall knowledge in producing and writting.Whilst activly working amognst some of the biggest names in the industry he also works heavily with new emerging talent helping to shape, create and build them as artists.

Masterclass 4: Shannon B and Elle Baker

Singing and Vocal Performance

28th August – Times 6 to 7.30 PM
Shannon B
Shannon is an artist within the southamtpnusic scene. who is a songwriter and independent recording artist. She has collaborated with local artists Tyrone and Foor and has a video on GRM daily. She’s been a backing vocalist for top 10 recording artist Alexandra Burke and starred in her video “shadow”. Shannon is a member of Route 2 Rootz, a nine piece ska, hip-hop, dub group. Shannon hosts a number of open mic nights at various venues in her hometown of Southampton and also in London. She has supported various DJs performing at club events in the UK and internationally.

Elle Baker

Elléana is an international recording artist and singer/songwriter based both in L.A and The U.K.
Focusing mainly on R&B and Pop, she takes influence from the likes of Dua Lipa, Lauryn Hill and Prince.  Elléana blends her soulful tone with hard hitting Pop melodies and alternative R&B production, creating a distinctive and compelling sound. 
In her early years she studied musical theatre at Syliva Young Theatre School and then went on to gain a BA (Hons) in Music Performance, during this time she supported Akala (’18) and performed at the prestigious Brit Awards After Party (’19). 
Shortly after this she was scouted and signed to LA label AGM where she recently finished her debut album.