PRESENTED BY DANIELLE TOPOROFF
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Often, the best ideas come when you rip up the rulebook and follow what feels good. Just ask Graffiti6. The unlikely pairing of producer TommyD and singer/songwriter Jamie Scott began 18 months ago as an experiment neither thought would work and has grown in a pop project so refreshingly rule-free a sense of adventure seeps from every song.
Try to categorize Graffiti6 and you're in trouble. You'll certainly spot vintage soul influences, the pair's shared love of Hendrix, folk and funk. You'll hear house and hip hop beats destined to fill dancefloors. At the heart of the songs are pop melodies you could sit down with a guitar and strum. But Graffiti6 don't make music to be analysed. From the moment they named their band by flicking through pages of their favourite books and calling out the first words their eyes fell on -- Lionel Stingray and Suitcase Unannounced were close contenders -- the pair's main aim has been to have fun.
"The fundamental part of this project is that we enjoy ourselves," adds Jamie, whose two solo albums to date (as Jamie Scott & The Town) have won him an army of fans across Europe and Asia and seen him tour with Alicia Keys. "We go in to the studio and indulge ourselves by making music we find exciting".
Graffiti6 have only recently started gigging, but have already set up their own, monthly club night at the Vibe Bar in East London. The plan is to put on an electric line-up of performers -- Live, Graffiti6 expand to a six-piece, though they didn't know that when they picked the name. "Everything about this band is a happy accident," says Tommy. "Even now, we're trying to plan as little as we can. It has to stay fresh".http://www.myspace.com/graffiti6