Slam Barz | New Sheffield Platform For Young Lyricists Should Be Supported By All Artists In The City!!
Sheffield poet/MC Dominic Heslop and his small team have come together to create a new platform and event for young people to showcase their lyrical talent. If you are between the ages of 14 to 25 and enjoying writing lyrics no matter the style of music then this is the place to go.
Slam Barz was created to be THE place for up and coming talent to be heard and embraced. The team behind this event welcome all talent regardless of your previous experience and promote a supportive atmosphere, good vibes, no discrimination and NO HATE. The event is broken down into 3 sections throughout the evening including open mic, special guest performances and of course the Slam Challenge. This makes the event the perfect for new artists to perform alongside other local artists with experience in the music industry, network with other industry professionals, gain performance experience in front of a crowd and be noticed.
The main part of the event is the Slam Challenge which involves a number of topics being made that competing artists need to write about. For the 2nd instalment of Slam Barz the challenges created included.
Endz – write a piece about your hood, street, area, side of your town or city. This can be anything – what you and your peers do, what you observe around you, see, hear etc., what you’d like to see change, what’s there, or just anything about your endz (choose instrumental below)
Letter 2 Self – this one is a bit more challenging and requires a bit of self-honesty – but it’s what SLAM BARz is all about. What would you say to a younger you or you now from a different age? What about a future you? What do you want them to know? What advice or insights can you offer? What do you need to tell yourself? Anything goes. This is all about life lessons, experiences and learning curves. Think WISDOM! (choose instrumental below)
Free 4 All – an opportunity to give us your best barz, track, verse, hook, ANYTHING but it must be up there with as your best and it needs to reflect something REAL for you. We’re looking for honesty, rawness, emotion, energy, sharp lyrics and flow. (see instrumental info below)
At the last event, competing artists could choice between 6 instrumentals selected by the Slam Barz team which where Bryson Tiller – Sorry Not Sorry, Thomas Mellor – Froggy, Styles P – How I Fly, Above The Clouds – Gang Starr, Westy – Adore and Drake – 4PM In Calabasas. Prizes are on offer at these events also ranging from Slam Barz t-shirt’s to studio time with our friends over at Sheffield media platform/company Northside Media.
We went down to check out the latest event that took place on Saturday 28th down at the Hubs in Sheffield. The layout of the event had a nice vibe that kind of felt like them Jazz/Poetry nights but with a little twist. Everyone who went down supported all the acts involved regardless of what style they did and encouraged young acts to keep going when they became a little nervous. You got a real feeling that people understood how hard it is to stand in front of a crowd and express your emotions in the form of lyrics. All the more experienced artists didn’t just come and then go after their performances but instead stayed to support the new young talent. Some artists even came early to check out what the next generation has to offer cheering and clapping them along.
Overall this event was really good and did a wicked job in bringing people from different backgrounds aand levels of experience together in 1 area with no issues at all. This is something that more people should support and feel the organisers should charge or have a donation pot so that they can do more for more young people in and around the city. The event for me is a prime example of what many local artists say is missing in the city so now that something has finally been started we should all get behind it 100%.
If you want to get involved with the event then contact [email protected] with your name, age and which you’re interested in (open mic / Challenge or both). The event is supported by Hive South Yorkshire and Off the Shelf Festival of Words