Meet Novelist – Abbey Road’s Songwriting Masterclass

As part of the ongoing partnership between Abbey Road Studios and BBC Music Introducing, we are delighted to be returning to Tobacco Dock with the Abbey Road Production Hub at this year's BBC Music Introducing Live. Returning with our world-class recording and mastering engineers, we will also be leading a discussion on the art of songwriting, sharing invaluable advice and insights for the next generation of musical talent. The panel will be moderated by Abbey Road's Jack Lintorn who will be joined by Maverick Sabre, Grime artist Novelist and British songwriter Rachel Furner. The audience will also have the opportunity to ask the panel their questions.

Last week we introduced you to our first panellist; multi-platinum selling British songwriter Rachel Furner which you can read about in in full here. Our second panelist for Abbey Road Studios’ Songwriting Masterclass at BBC Music Introducing Live is Mercury Prize nominee and Grime artist Novelist.
Novelist is an English Grime MC and producer from Lewisham in South London. Once dubbed The Poster Boy of Grime, Novelist has gone on to become a respected 2018 Mercury Prize nominee with his debut album Novelist Guy. The debut release from one of the most exciting young artists to burst onto the UK music scene showcases Novelist's wealth of talent through his cutting lyricism and impeccable production. Novelist also completed the project at Abbey Road with our own Gordon Davidson, who helped with the co-mixing of the record, with mastering duties taken on by Alex Gordon. Take a listen to the debut album Novelist Guy.

When Novelist was nominated for the Hyundai Mercury Prize, he was elated to have been counted amongst contenders such as Noel Gallagher and Arctic Monkeys, affirming the calibre of his music and broadening his reach. Novelist drew inspiration at the early age of six years old; his primary influences came from UK underground music DVDs that were in circulation at the time, as well as the pirate radio stations on air showcasing UK underground music.

Novelist is quietly tackling the epidemic of violence across UK cities, breathing new life and meaning into his stand-out 2018 track No Weapons with a hard-hitting short film created with filmmaking duo BLOK in association with The Prince's Trust. No Weapons sees Novelist impart a positive message over his brother Prem’s beats and production, and was originally released as a standalone single ahead of his debut album.

The short film depicts the devastating impact gun and knife-crime can have on the people involved and the community around them. The track and film are very personal to Novelist, as he knows the effects of weapons violence all too well: “I trusted BLOK to create a visual representation of No Weapons and to tell the common story of war on the streets of London and the reality that death is often as a result of bad decisions," he says. "I was shaken after they showed me the final edit…it’s a truly moving film with a very important and powerful message." Watch in full here

After years of radio sets, tours and festivals, the artist more commonly known for his ascension through the ranks within the genre of Grime has created a solid foundation wherein he’s recognised for his breadth as a musician.
As well as the Abbey Road sessions, ticket holders will have access to over 30 different industry seminars, Q&As, performances, and the chance to get your music heard in the BBC AR Feedback Centre. Find out more about the event.