Award: Transmission Fund

Year: 2020

Genre: Pop/Electronic

Location: North East


Moodbay are producer-songwriter Alfie Cattell & vocalist-songwriter Anna Stephens. They are based in the North East, UK. Their unusual shade of electropop incorporates a range of genres from R&B to Classical - the duo describe their sound as ‘moodpop’. They got together in 2017, after meeting in the corridor of BIMM music school in Manchester.
Before Manchester, Anna moved from her home in Darlington to Paris, where she worked at a magazine house. She spent most of her time scribbling down poetry at her office desk and staying out late. While completing her French studies in Oxford, she started to put her words to piano.
Alfie also started out on piano, & it remains his favourite instrument. He is a self-taught musician, who grew up in North Wales, recreating Zelda tunes on a dusty Yamaha keyboard, in between blue WKD’s & listening to Radiohead. He has honed his studio skills in Moodbay & now produces the edgy sounds that drive Anna’s vocals along.
Their debut single ‘Listen Up’ has been championed by BBC Tees & BBC Wales, where legendary DJ Janice Long described the track as a ‘startling debut’. They also achieved a Top 10 position in the Music Week Club Charts with their Dark House remix of the single. The duo are beginning to make waves across the North East music scene, recently headlining Saltwell Park Fireworks in Gateshead & performing at the Newcastle Xmas Lights 2019 alongside Sam Fender. The duo are looking forward to supporting chart-topping musician Shingai of The Noisettes in March 2020 at Cobalt Studios, Newcastle-upon-Tyne.
Chris Johnson is a leading vocal coach based in London, UK who works with major label contemporary artists, singer/songwriters, West End lead performers, and vocal coaches. He has agreed to tailor a 12 week course to work on the following areas:
- Tools and training to be able to cope with the rigours of a professional writing, recording and performing schedule
- Functional and stylistic training to widen song writing dynamics
- Improvisational training - riffs, runs and creating unique performances
- Assistance in any career needs, including: visual performance, confidence and mindset