#RSDUnsigned Competition Winners
Barbudo (@barbudoband) the Nu-eyed soul trio from Havant in Portsmouth, have won the first ever #RSDUnsigned competition! They'll be getting their music pressed to vinyl by Sound Performance as well as a one-year distribution deal with Proper Music so you can pick up a copy of from your local record shop!
The #RSDUnsigned competition had hundreds of entries but our judges Tim Burgess (The Charlatans), Chris Marksberry (MD of Sound Performance), Phil Barton (Sister Ray Records) and Sarah Jamieson (Editor of DIY Magazine) picked Barbudo as their winning choice.
So we spoke to Barbudo to find out who they are, and what they plan to do next!
How does it feel to know you’re going to have 500 copies of your music pressed to vinyl?
We are over the moon! We are all vinyl fans and it has been a dream of ours to get our own music pressed to wax for a long time.
Tell us a bit more about you as a band? Where are you from? How long have you been making music?
We are Ben, Harry and Elliot and we are all from a town called Havant, near Portsmouth. We are all friends from school and have been writing together since we were teenagers. Barbudo has been together for about 2 years.
Are there other artists/ bands that have inspired you to get to where you are today?
We have a quite a large melting pot of influences. The Beatles influenced us to become song writers and gave us an ear for melody. We also take a lot of inspiration from acts like Prince, The Isley Brothers, Hall and Oates, The Doobie Brothers, Steely Dan amongst others.
Are there any record shops that have been particularly supportive to you as a band? Any favourite record shops in the UK?
Steve from Pie and Vinyl (in Portsmouth) has been really helpful to us over the past year. They released our EP 'Pleasures' and we have played a lot of shows with them. We love the shop too as it also serves pie and mash!
What’s the dream as a band? What do you want to do next?
We have a few new singles recorded and ready to release out into the world so our next movements will be based around these. The dream would be to release and tour an album and play festivals across the world. Playing the Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury would also be a dream come true.