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Original Track Award (group) sponsored by Marshall Amplification

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For an outstanding track written and recorded by a group (two or more people) from a Youth Music project.


Violet May ft. Rowan and Brixton Chamber Orchestra – Spending My Nights

School Ground Sounds (London)

'Spending my Nights' was written by Violet May, a 19-year-old singer/songwriter and was a collaboration with the Scratch group, featuring the Brixton Chamber Orchestra. Violet May wanted to write something for her girlfriend to capture the essence of their relationship. With the help of the group, Violet came up with the melody and hook. She then enlisted a young talented rapper, Rowan, to collaborate on the track

Runner up

Green Gardens – Samson/Sauna

Music Leeds (Yorkshire)

Green Gardens are an art-rock four piece from Leeds. Samson/Sauna was written as a reaction to being suffocated by the concrete mass of living in an industrial city, and the comparison with the vast green spaces of Yorkshire and the surrounding countryside. It also highlights comparisons between the environmental catastrophe that is approaching and a personal family illness of a fading family member.

Runner up

Katy Alex x Tori Cross – Beautiful Stranger

LIMF Academy (North West)

The track started from a plucked sample found on Splice. Katy and Tori altered the concept as the lyrics developed, making the track about a guy having a relationship with two girls at once. They tried to imagine the conversations that would take place between the two women, and the things they would say to the guy who was cheating, so lyrics like "karma's gonna get you" amplified the emotions the women would feel being betrayed.

Runner up

Shamz and Kally – Regret

Romsey Mill (East of England)

Shamz has a great passion for music and is constantly pushing himself to release new music. Kallum (Kally) has been a young person coming to Romsey Mill’s youth groups, a young leader, a volunteer and now a member of staff. This song gave Shamz and Kally the opportunity to reflect on their past regrets they have in life, not so they may dwell on them but instead, to acknowledge and learn from past mistakes when moving into the future.

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Award winners VCR with Farhad Zand (L) and Toyin Mustapha (R) from TikTok. Photo by Blouhaus Photography

2019 shortlist

Learn more about the winner and nominees for the 2019 Original Track Award sponsored by TikTok.