Goldie strikes gold with a UK talent show that features some real talent with a capital T.
After years of talent shows where you get the impression every performer is just a puppet on a string, where phone in polls and advertising revenue is the be all and end all; along comes Goldie, his team of mentors, and the BBC to breath new life into music TV.
Filmed as a 3 part documentary it is still, at it’s heart, a talent show. It starts with Goldie, famous as a UK drum and bass pioneer, declaring the mission statement of the show. To search the UK for young people who have strong musical abilities but have also overcome difficult circumstances.
Helping him in this task are his team of mentors, a strong group of high flyers themselves. There is Guy Chambers, one of the UK’s most successful songwriters and well known for his collaborations with Robbie Williams. You see his face light up when he is jamming with some of the musicians that they uncover, he seems to get as much from the programme as the youngsters they help.
Singer, songwriter and rapper Ms. Dynamite is also on board. She seemed to win every award going for her debut album, ‘A Little Deeper’ in 2002 and knows a thing or two about putting your life into a song.
These two had the privilege of hearing, the very talented Natalie Duncan, go through the repertoire of songs that she had written in the front room of her house as she auditioned of the project.
The other mentors were the Jazz artist Soweto Kinch, singer & songwriter Cerys Matthews and music manager & producer Steve Abbott. An esteemed bunch to be sure.
In the first episode we see the teams travelling around the UK to audition individuals after being tipped off by local musical groups about the hottest talent in town.
In the second episode the lucky ones who were chosen to be in the band come together for a workshop held by Goldie and the mentors. It is a great insight into what it takes to write a song and some writing methods and processes that anyone watching could also take up. Not often do you get a chance to see how the pro’s take on the songwriting process.
In the final episode you get to see the result, a concert in front of Prince Harry at Buckingham Palace no less.
If you can access the series and have any kind of interest in music I strongly suggest you check it out. Details below.