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RSD Unsigned Winners: Heavy Rapids look back at 2019 and give advice for next year's entrants

We catch up with Heavy Rapids about their best moments of 2019, what to expect in 2020 and some advice for RSD Unsigned entrants next year.

Since winning the RSD Unsigned competition back in April, Heavy Rapids have had a very busy 2019 indeed. We caught up with Dillon and Johnny to ask about their best moments of the year, what's in store for 2020 and what their advice is for RSD Unsigned entrants next year.

The RSD Unsigned competition will be returning in 2020 to give another unsigned artist the chance to get their music pressed for free onto 500 vinyl records by Sound Performance and land on the shelves on record shops with help from Proper Distribution.

Entries are simple as artists are asked to upload a one-minute video showcasing their music and some background on who they are. These entries are then considered by a panel of music industry expert judges to pick the winner.

Keep your eyes peeled on the RSD site for more details about the 2020 competition coming in January.

What was it like seeing your vinyl in the racks of record shops?

Dillon - I got goosebumps the first time I saw it. All of my mates were so chuffed for me too. They’d send me videos in different record shops across the UK of them moving the vinyl to the front of the rack as if it had managed to waddle away. 

What have you been up to since you won the RSDUnsigned competition back in April? 

Johnny - We've been busy pushing our E.P. 'Cash In Hand' to as many people that we can possibly make listen to it. The vinyl release definitely helped with that. We even embarked on a 'Cash In Hand' tour earlier on in the year.

What has been your favourite moment in 2019?

Dillon - There hasn't really been a single moment as such, but seeing people’s reaction to the E.P. and our live shows has been absolutely class! 

What was your favourite performance of festival season?

Dillon - We played quite a few festivals this summer including Neighbourhood, Camden Rocks and Live At Leeds. But my favourite was probably playing to a sea of people in Edinburgh at the Summer Sessions when we supported The Courteeners. It was assuring to walk out to a full city. However, it was more chilling when at least a thousand of them were singing and dancing. Success!!

When is your next show people can come to? 

Johnny - Well, you can get a ticket and come kick out the Christmas blues with us on the 4th of January at King Tut's New Year’s Revolution Festival http://bit.ly/KTNYRTix. Support coming from The Stoned Immaculate, New Rebel Cult and Cameo Habitat. Even if you’re not coming to the gig, go give these bands a listen. 

What are your plans for 2020? Anything exciting? 

Johnny - Lots. But not everything is in the public domain yet. What I can tell you is that we have a few singles coming early 2020 with videos to boot. Looking to be some year for festivals, just you wait and see. And Indy Ref 2?

What advice would you give to next year's RSD Unsigned entrants? 

Dillon - Decide your goal and purpose as a band before you enter. Make sure everyone is on the same page as you to give the strongest submission.

Give them a follow:
Twitter: @HEAVY_RAPIDS
Instagram: @heavy_rapids 
Facebook: @heavyrapids

Have a listen to their E.P. Cash in Hand here.

Order the vinyl from your local independent record shop or on their store:
https://www.heavyrapids.co.uk/product/cash-in-hand-vinyl

Find out more about Sound Performance on their website here.
Or give them a follow on their socials:
Twitter: @SoundPerformUK
Instagram: @SoundPerformanceUK
Facebook: @SoundPerformanceLtd