Genius Collective are a seven piece Hip Hop Soul Funk band based in Birmingham, UK. Established in 2010, Genius Collective have developed a distinctive sound, merging genres and influences to create what Kevin Nottingham described as "a true blend of funky soul" .
The band have had a number of digital releases to date, the most noteworthy being the double a-side release "The Hideout" f. Marika Diamond (Vocals) / Willis (Trumpet) and "Theory" f. Kezia Soul (Vocals) / Carvalho (Flute). The single was released through Street Soul Productions, the Birmingham based independent label on the 7th December 2011. "The Hideout" and "Theory" were released digitally via Bandcamp and also a limited edition run of 100 CD's. The release was celebrated at the official launch party at the Yardbird Jazz Club in Birmingham, UK.
The Genius Collective band were formed in January 2010 by MC and Producer James Kennaby aka. Vice and Matthew Salmon aka. Bonez. James's background centred around promoting independent music from around the World through an online community called Basement Sessions. In addition, he worked within Birmingham's local community teaching music workshops to a wide range of students from a variety of different backgrounds. Through working with the Symphony Hall, Birmingham, Vice met Bonez, a talented multi-instrumentalist who specialised in playing keyboards, synths and pianos, alongside a number of different instruments including Drums, Percussion, Guitar and Bass. The duo set about working on music at Vice's studio "The HQ". After around six months of composition, they recruited Genius Collective's bassist Tee Pett (Tom Pettitt), who also worked within community music. The addition of flute lines from Vice's long time collaborator Rob Carvalho of Versify Music, and guitar tracks from the charismatic Ste Sheldon, the Genius Collective band began to form. With the introduction of Saxophonist Ben Smith (aka. Jammin On Sax / Alto Smith) and the groups original singer Marika Diamond and original drummer Scott Evans aka. Essy, the seven piece debuted their live set on the 24th June at Freestyle Birmingham, a local Funk and Soul night promoted by DJ, promoter and remixer Sam Redmore.
- "Theory" and "The Hideout" Double A-side (Digital) – December 2011
- "Stronger Than Me (Acoustic Tribute to Amy Winehouse)" (Digital) – November 2011
- "You Got Me (a tribute to the Roots)" (Digital) – July 2011
- "Future (aka. Breaks)" (Digital) – June 2011
- ↑ a true blend of funky soul
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