Freelancer of the Month - 27th February 2019

Darius Zaltash and Tommy Sissons

Darius Zaltash

Hey, my name is Darius Zaltash and I’m a 22-year-old singer-songwriter and music producer from Reading, currently living in Birmingham.

The first band I was in was a pop-punk band called Falling For Stacey playing the drums back in Reading. It was so much fun going from playing school talent shows to headlining the O2 Academy Islington, releasing a single and playing festivals over the few years we were together. I remember thinking we’d be the next blink 182.

In 2016 I decided to move to Brighton to study at BIMM. Whilst there I started up my next band Strangewave, this time leading the band playing guitar and singing. I learned so much about what kind of artist I wanted to be during this project and also a lot about the industry, from our first show as a band supporting Wildhood (now Al, The Native and ½ of Rizzle Kicks), to supporting good friends Jumanji at their sold-out single launch show at The Hope and Ruin.

After moving back to Reading from Brighton, I embarked on a 10-month solo project, working on a new sound to define who am as an artist. The NU (@thenuofficial) was born. I told myself nothing sounded too crazy, there were no boundaries and the sky is too low to be the limit.

In the summer of 2018, I started studying at BIMM Birmingham and released my first single in October Natural Monsters, which was recorded and produced by myself. The end to last year was amazing as I also had the privilege of headlining the BIMM Birmingham end of term showcase.

I’ve just released my follow up single This Is Why We Do It which is without a doubt one of the most bonkers things I’ve written and produced.

I can’t wait to show you more, but all in due time! For now, I’ll just have to “Keep It A Secret”.

Tommy Sissons

I am an award-winning poet, lyricist, playwright and educator. I was shortlisted for the 2018 Outspoken Award for poetry and was the winner of the 2014 Slambassadors national slam champion, first runner-up in the 2016 Roundhouse Poetry Slam and a two-time regional Hammer and Tongue slam champion.

I have performed in venues across Europe and am also the narrator of Channel 4’s award-winning TV series ‘Four to the Floor’. Other clients of mine include BBC Radio 1, Red Bull, VICE Magazine, the Imperial War Museum, the National Trust and the Guardian.

My poetry has been studied by creative writing and literature students at the University of Trier in Germany and in addition to this, I have given talks at the V&A Museum, Sheffield Hallam University and a variety of educational institutes across the country.

My debut poetry collection ‘Goodnight Son’ was published by Bx3/Burning Eye Books in June 2016 and my debut album ‘We Were All Mud and Halos’ was released via QM Records in January 2018, both of which can be found on my website.

“His poems are drive-by shootings straight to the soul” – Joelle Taylor

“A one-man revolution” – Tom Charles Sayer

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