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JB's welcomes Genius Collective to Limetree Festival in 2011


Genius Collective on stage Saturday afternoon August 27th

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Genius Collective on the Jb's stage Limetree festival 2011


A seven piece Soul / Funk / Hip Hop band based in Birmingham. Established in 2010, GC offer a Jazzy take on the Hip Hop Band concept. With the band consisting of a fusion of Hip Hop heads, to classically trained Jazz musicians, their style blends honest, feel good lyrics with funk rhythms to get your head nodding, your mind thinking and your feet moving. Inspired by Bonobo, The Roots, The Bamboos and TY to name a few, Genius Collective aim to hit the scene soulfully with their distinctive sound. We have and are due to support Scroobius Pip, Matt Horne (Gavin & Stacey), Elaquent (Canadian Producer) & Jimmy Davis (Ed Sheeran collaborator) along with others in the near future.

Our debut EP, entitled E=GC2, is a 9 track project illustrating our wide ranging influences, and true skill as musicians to bring together everyone's style and make it merge into 10 perfectly formed pieces. With each member being well established in their own music scenes in various forms, and all being associated with not playing and creating but teaching music in someway, Genius Collective are as passionate about their local community as they are about recording and performing. With a low budget, high quality mentality, the music has been pain stakingly crafted by producer Vice (James Kennaby), who created the band in January 2010, alongside Keys player Bonez (Matt Salmon), with the intention of crafting a Jazzy, Funky Hip Hop sound that was yet to be heard in Birmingham's urban landscape. 

GC's first release from the E=GC2 EP is the beautifully light and soulful Future (Breaks), a guitar led track featuring the sultry vocals of Genius Collective's leading lady Kezia Johnson, who's sound has been compared to that of Amy Winehouse, Lauryn Hill & Jill Scott to name but a few. Future fuses guitar, keys, bass and live drums alongside an impressive saxophone harmony providing a backdrop for a story to be told of a love that has come to an end.
Here's our Artsfest application video with a live version of "Future (Breaks)':

A Street Soul Production

Genius Collective present their second free download as an introduction to the mighty seven piece Birmingham (UK) based Soul / Funk / Hip Hop band. The collective have a vast array of influences due to the groups wide spanning musical backgrounds, however! There are certain acts that all members agree are incredible, one group in particular being the Hip Hop giants The Roots. You Got Me, whether featuring Erykah Badu or Jill Scott's live version is a truly incredible song, which Genius Collective wanted to pay tribute to, but do it GC style! Enjoy the track, please support / share / blog / love it!

Vocals - Kezia Johnson
Alto Saxophone - Alto Smith
Keys - Bonez
Bass - Tee Pett
Guitar - Ste Sheldon
Drums, percussion and Djembe - Vice (interpreted from Essy's live drums)




JB's would like to thank all the bands and individual artists for their participation in the 2011 festival, bringing along not only their amazing talents but also an energetic enthusiasm for the Limetree spirit of family fun and high quality music. Cheers again to everyone involved this year. Peace and love x

Please note that band listings and times are only provisional and approximate, subject to change without notice. Please check back on this site, immediately prior to the festival, for confirmed artists and final running order. Learn more about all the bands appearing onstage in JB's Club Zone.

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