The first 20 names for PITCH – Scotland’s hip hop conference are announced including Elijah, Niko BACKSPIN, Alicia Raye, Psweatpants, Meduulla + more!

Pitch Scotland returns to Glasgow’s east end at Drygate Brewery over 22-23 August. 

The third edition of the event will see Elijah – A creative consultant, lecturer, and artist who shares insights on sustainable creative production through ‘Yellow Squares.’, Niko BACKSPIN – Owner of Germany’s oldest active hip-hop magazine, BACKSPIN, and a veteran in German rap journalism, plus international artists like Quake Matthews or Shmoney Doll, and Scottish based artists Psweatpants, who just successfully hosted his first headline show at the Poetry Club,  or Ziggy, talented Edinburgh based singer and songwriter, who has been on a successful singles release run since the start of the year.

Photo Credit: Alice Hadden

Starting this year off strong, Scottish talent was showcased by PITCH at FOCUS Wales in Wrexham with Bee Asha, who performed her new album “Goodbye, Gracious.” and in Rotterdam at New Skool Rules with Scottish-South Asian disabled DJ, podcaster, activist, artist, and multi-genre producer Supermann on da Beat.

This year, the convention will feature artists and speakers from different countries such as Canada, Spain, Germany, Northern Ireland and the United Kingdom all carefully curated by the team. PITCH Scotland has been on the move, travelling to different showcases and building a strong network, ready to bring a remarkable experience to Glasgow.

Mobolaji Agoro – Festival booker at PITCH adds

“This year’s PITCH Scotland leans on our international relationships we’ve been building over the last few years, especially this year we’ll be bringing some experts and talent to PITCH Scotland, to meet and celebrate the music scene in Scotland.”

The demand to showcase at PITCH has been higher than ever, with over 250 applications from artists of all levels from around the world. The first wave of artists announced today includes a diverse range of genres, showcasing everything from conscious rap, jazz-influenced hip hop, soul, to trap and experimental hip hop.

Speakers and artists already confirmed so far for Pitch 2024 include (in alphabetical order):

Aja Garrod – (Scottish Music Industry Association),  Alicia Raye (ALAYEX Agency), Aniefiok Ekpoudom (Author of “Where We Come From”), Carina Fernandes (Artists), Chachy (Artists), D1 (D’Note Studios), Elijah (Make The Ting), Ferge x Fisherman (Artists), Honey Keenan (HiveFive MGMT), ISO YSO (KICKSTART), Jan Clausen (Factory 92), Meduulla (Artist), Melissa MacMaster (902 HIPHOP), Niko Backspin (BACKSPIN), P3Lz (Artists), Paque (Artists), Psweatpants (Artists), Quake Matthews (Artists), Shmoneyy Doll (Artists), Ziggy (Artists).

Featured Artists at PITCH Showcase so far are:

Carina Fernandes (NL), Chachy (UK), P3Lz (UK), Ferge x Fisherman (DE), Psweatpants (UK), Paque (UK), Quake Matthews (CA), Ziggy (UK), Shmoney Doll (NI)
  • Psweatpants (UK) – This 25-year-old rapper hailing from South London has been making significant waves in the Scottish scene. With his ability to captivate audiences both on record and live on stage, his new project ‘AM/FM RADIO’ and a successful headline show at the Poetry Club have solidified his position within the music landscape. We eagerly anticipate what he will bring to the PITCH showcase this year.
  • Meduulla (UK) – Raised in North Manchester in a Zimbabwean household, Meduulla’s music reflects her experience as a first-generation immigrant. Inspired by musicians like Oliver Mtukudzi, she uses her music for political discourse. Influenced by Kendrick Lamar or Chance the Rapper, Meduulla started writing poetry at 13 and gained popularity as a spoken word artist. Her witty wordplay and storytelling earned recognition from Grime pioneer Chip and rapper Not3s. After appearing on BBC’s The Rap Game in 2021, she released her debut EP “Oblongata” in 2023. With a promising future, she is set for big things in 2024 and beyond.
  • Quake Matthews (CA) JUNO Masterclass, East Coast Music, and Music Nova Scotia award-winner Quake Matthews is renowned for his raspy voice and raw emotion. Since his debut in 2010, the rapper has steadily risen, with each release showcasing his growth. His album “The Myth X” hit number 1 on the iTunes Hip Hop Charts, and its single “50,000 Reasons” became the theme for ESPN Winter X Games. The album received over 2.4 million streams across platforms. At 34, Matthews combines veteran knowledge with rookie ambition, releasing his best music yet and continuing his upward trajectory.
  • Shmoney Doll (NI) – ShmoneyDoll, an animated rapper and lyricist, was born in Nigeria and moved to Ireland at age 2, creating a unique fusion of cultures in her music. Starting with poetry and drama, she found her passion for the arts in music, bringing a fresh outlook to Irish hip-hop with her trap genre. As the first female MC on dearfach TV’s Bars at the Sesh, she gained recognition in 2023 through platforms like Slightmotif Cypher and Simbas Den. Her single “Gemini Man” showed a softer side, and she’s set to release more music in 2024, including her debut EP “Welcome to Dolls Ville,” promising captivating melodies and lyrics.
  • Ferge X Fishermann (DE) – FXF is a jazz-influenced band known for their casual, subtle complexity and precise sound placement, creating a laid-back feel. Led by Fritz Fisherman’s introspective lyrics and unique voice, they rap like jazz soloists. Originating in Nuremberg with Fritz and producer Ferge, they soon included the jazz quartet Nujakasha and formed their own label, managing everything in-house. Their music blends old vinyl samples, crisp drums, smooth E-piano chords, and adventurous basslines. Their latest album, “Good Mother,” featuring Mick Jenkins, explores themes of growing up and universal fears.
  • P3Lz (UK) – Residing in the City of Liverpool, P3Lz (P3) is a young up-and-coming female artist. Her versatile flow, unique sound and topical subjects bring something new to the music scene. Over the past year, P3Lz has gained many notable successes to her name. Including radio plays on stations including BBC 1xtra, BBC Radio Merseyside and KISS Radio. P3Lz was also featured on BBC 3’s ‘Rap Game Uk’ season 4, BBC Radio 1Xtra Rap Cypher, Channel 4 ‘The Gathering’ and BBC’s G’wed. alongside Mixtape Madness Size? Cypher. P3Lz has also been featured in different ad campaigns for brands like Nike, Converse and LFC.
  • Carina Fernandes (NL) – Carina Fernandes is a vibrant creative known for her Caribbean Soul & Sunshine vibe. Drawing inspiration from heritage and decolonial movements, she is a singer-songwriter, host, and creative director aiming for inclusivity. Her sound, blending Soul, Funk, and Spoken Word, recalls Sade, Amy Winehouse, and Prince. Her debut single, “Nothing But Freedom,” addresses colonial legacies and honours West Papua. She premiered the song at the 2021 Rotterdam Unmute Us Protest before 5,000 people. A runner-up in the 2018 Spoken Awards for Storytelling, she has performed internationally. Now, she’s working on her first EP with her band, Carina & The Jetsetters.
  • Ziggy (UK) An Edinburgh-based artist and singer/songwriter with Jamaican heritage, Ziggy thrives in writing soul and R&B. Inspired by iconic queens like Tina Turner, Whitney Houston, Beyoncé, and Ari Lennox, she is in her final year at the Academy of Music and Sound. After spending the past year recording and preparing her music for release, Ziggy is set to bring her captivating sounds to PITCH.
  • Chachy (UK) Chachy is an up-and-coming rapper from Aberdeen, best known to rap on melodic drill but brings different lyrics to the table in order to stand out from the rest. Being played on BBC 1xtra on multiple occasions, getting BBC 1xtra track of week on two occasions (2023 & 2024) & Also BBC 1xtra ‘step up’ artist of the week with his catchy & relatable bars combined with smooth flows & his unique Scottish accent.
  • Paque (UK) – Paque is a 26-year-old Congolese-Scottish rapper and songwriter based in Glasgow. His music reflects his journey as an asylum seeker, his upbringing in Scotland, and influences from artists like Notorious B.I.G or Kendrick Lamar. Paque has released several DIY EPs, gaining traction on BBC Radio 1 and BBC Radio Scotland. Over the past six years, he has become a key figure in the Scottish hip-hop scene, headlining his own sell-out shows, including the 2023 M4 & Friends Show curated by Bemz. This year Paque released a 4-track EP produced by Supermann on da Beat, featuring Rockie Fresh. He is also set to release a mini-album, “90s Baby,” showcasing his deep tones and storytelling, produced by Asendo.

For tickets and more info about this year’s festival, visit the PITCH Scotland website.