Welcome to the Cactus City Babes in Music Blog. Here we serve you some of the best in music, from artists, producers, promoters - if they're a babe in music, they're here.
Every article is written and curated by YOU. We're all about championing diverse voices and offer our platform to people who often are not heard in the music industry. We want this space to be a place to advocate for yourself whilst championing others.
TW: Sometimes our babes talk about difficult topics so please pay attention to trigger warnings.
Eden J Howells
My name's Eden (they/them) and I'm a London based trans and queer creative. A multi-instrumentalist, writer, and self-acclaimed wordsmith, I like to say I thrive in my exploration of love and the mind. In August 2021, I self-released my debut single, "honey," which has garnered over 10,000 streams on Spotify and received widespread recognition. The release of "honey" was followed by my second single, "the ceiling," which was launched on all major streaming platforms the following month.
In July of this year, I completed a crowdfunding campaign to raise funds to create my upcoming debut EP (more on that below!), in which I met my funding target within two weeks of the month-long campaign. I am a Help-Musicians supported artist, having recently received funding to help me hone my craft further. I have also been taking part in the Help Musicians Co-Pilot Mentoring scheme since March 2023, where I've worked with music professionals from the likes of Universal Music to further develop my work.
I am a Rapper/MC, Songwriter, and Producer offering an eclectic style that synthesises Hip-hop, Reggae and Garage music, creating my alternative genre, which captures and reflects nostalgic feelings.
I'm a Babe in music that discovered I had this ability in my 50s, quite by accident. I want to share my creations with the world and encourage other females that they can do it and find it therapeutic too.
Having moved to London from the Netherlands at 18, my mission is to inspire girls the world over, to make their own life and to embrace the duality and strength within them. i try to do this by making danceable anthems with influences from every genre n style, that express the multilayered-ness of women, and show my perspective on the journey from girl to woman. I embrace different influences and styles from jazz to garage in my latest track, reflecting the contradicting layers that exist within us.
I have been working in the music industry since around 2009, I started out writing for You Love Her. I have collaborated over the years but now I am a music producer releasing my own work, out of my own label New Weird America Records based in London. The label champions women in the music biz because we need the most support right now, especially in the tech industries where most of the doors stay closed. So we have to kick them open.
I’m proud to be part of the 2.8% of music producers who are women surviving in the UK music industry today.
Annie Rew Shaw (aka Austel)
I'm an artist-producer based in London. Alongside releasing music under my alias Austel, I've recently completed an MA in Creative Music Production researching the gender imbalance in music audio, co-produced an all-female garage anthem in support of the Lionesses at the Women's World Cup, and am now working on several new projects with really exciting upcoming artists.
My music has been championed by the likes of BBC 6 Music, The Line Of Best Fit, O2 Music & Fresh On The Net. As a session musician, I have supported Fleet Foxes, and headlined the Leftfield stage at Glastonbury Festival. As Austel, I've headlined multiple shows in the UK, and performed Sofar Sounds gigs in London, Berlin & New York.
Haha, I actually love the phrase 'babe in music', and I'm definitely a babe in music!
I'm an artist that refuses to be defined by genre or expectations. I create music that inspires me and in turn I can only hope that it inspires others. I talk a lot about empowerment, freedom, liberation and self-acceptance in my songs. I believe that everyone should be allowed to express themselves as their truest self, and while that may not conform to some people's preconceptions, it will most definitely find its way to the people that are just waiting to hear your message.
As a woman in the music industry, I'm not afraid to push boundaries and most of my lyrics place the female in a position of power.
I'm so happy to be a babe in music :)
Queen of gritty powerhouse pop Terrianne has had a snowball of success this year and nothing is stopping her. She started off the year playing 'The Best of New Music Monday' at The Ned London. She then went on to win a slot at the Isle of Wight Festival out of thousands of artists, win Derbyvision with BBC Radio Derby and play YNOT Festival. With continuous support from BBC Radio Derby and BBC Introducing, Terrianne is set to impress with debut EP 'Independent & Free', out on 13th October. After raising over £3000 in crowdfunds, her fans are so excited about the girl power title track.
When writing music I tend to focus mostly on lyrics, I love to have the most gut-wrenching lines with the brightest guitar tones. I love to have a hint of ambience in my music which is why some would describe it as Shoegaze. I believe as musicians develop their music changes, which is why I’ve never completely stuck to one genre. I tend to gig live as possibly much as I can, whilst releasing singles/ new music on the side.
Well I am Izzii Grace a queer indie pop artist who writes songs about personal experiences, mental health and well, my tragic dating life! After graduating uni I started spending hours creating electropop covers of other songs to making my own electropop singles and EP in my parents cellar to now performing my songs with an amazing band and merging my electropop sound with an indie and R&B twist.
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