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Chroma, Keedz and Otta announced as ReBalance finalists

Festival Republic together with PRS Foundation are pleased to reveal CHROMA, Keedz and Otta for the latest round of ReBalance finalists that provides five days of recording time in Old Chapel studios to a UK based core female-identified band, musician or solo artist, as well as a slot at a Festival Republic or Live Nation Festival. The panel who chose the three acts consisted of Festival Republic’s Lucy Wood, Ed Lilo, and Jana Recmanikova, plus Joe Frankland and Winnifred Sandy from PRS Foundation, Sophie Roberts from 13 Artists, Hannah Berney from She Writes and Yaw Owusu from LIMF.

CHROMA is and Alt-rock trio from the Cynon Valley who write in Welsh and English. Between Katie, Bev and Zac, they offer a fresh style to the local scene, and since setting up the band in 2015, they have won BBC Radio Cymru’s Battle Of The Bands in 2016, and have been chosen for BBC Music Introducing. They release their self-titled debut EP shortly after as well as performing at Reading & Leeds Festivals in 2017 and are more than familiar with Cardiff venues such as Tramshed, Clwb Ifor Bach and the Motorpoint Arena. The band have had their songs played by Huw Stephens, Adam Walton and Bethan Elfyn, as well as strong support from BBC Radio Wales and BBC Radio Cymru.

CHROMA said;

“We’re incredibly thankful to ReBalance for granting us this opportunity. In the 4 years we’ve been together as a band we’ve confronted many different forms of sexism. ReBalance’s mission really resonates with us and we’re honoured to be included in this journey towards equality.”

K double E D Z otherwise known as Keedz, is from South London, and a Grime artist/lyricist who is about to make an impact on the scene. She released her first EP Let Me Introduce Myself in 2017 and released latest single ‘Doing My Ting’ on GRM Daily in April this year. If you like flow and punchlines to follow, stay tuned to one of the best new names in the genre.

Keedz said;

“Opportunities like Rebalance give artists great opportunity to be as creative as they can be in the right space, with the right infrastructure. Which for me can only mean one thing. Great music! “

Otta is a South London based singer-songwriter and producer who might be one of the newest acts on the scene but has already supported Anna Of The North and is set to play Hackney’s Visions Festival this weekend. Her smooth and hypnotic-like vocals are backed by mellow music, captured by Voice Memos in true DIY fashion. She will be one to keep an ear on.

Otta said;

“ReBalance is a great opportunity to work into a new environment and make music that you may

not have had the opportunity to create otherwise whilst supporting women in music”

Find out more about all of our previous finalists here.