ASCAP On the Come Up: United Kingdom

We’re taking our virtual performance series On the Come Up across the pond! Join us each month as we spotlight emerging songwriters from Great Britain in exclusive performances of their original music. 


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Bow Anderson

About Bow Anderson

A distinctive new artist, Bow Anderson was born and bred on the east side of Edinburgh. As a teenager Bow took part in competitive trampolining, training with people who went on to be part of Team GB before a freak accident put a halt to her competing at the National Championships (“I almost lost my leg,” she shrugs today). But as the body she had bet her future on proved fallible, Bow found her voice. During her rehabilitation, Anderson’s father would sing with her each night to help her get to sleep, which led to Bow moving to London after her recovery to hustle making music.

Today, Bow's songs appear as inspired by the work ethic and bombast of classic soul as they are by the attitude and production of modern R&B; cut through with frank, warts-and-all lyrics, which turn adversity (whether romantic, physical or emotional) into a source of strength.

@bowandersonmusic on FB // @bowanderson on IG // @bowanderson on TW

Aaron Smith

About Aaron Smith

Aaron Smith’s music sounds so bucolic, so natural, that it encourages you to think of something beautiful, almost pastoral. The reality, though, is a little harsher. He grew up in the small Scottish town of Polmont, a kind of nowhere zone 50 miles outside of Glasgow. The songwriter’s journey, his experiences of both love and trauma, fuel an incredible new EP. His debut EP is the work of a bold, singular voice, one that wants to speak truths but also find as wide an audience as possible – it recalls Bon Iver but also Keane; it harbours the pensive approach of RY X, but also the sheer will to communicate of Coldplay’s Chris Martin.

@aaronsmithsmusic on FB // @aaron_smithmusic on IG // @__Aaron_Smith on TW

Matilda Mann

About Matilda Mann

Growing up as an only child in west London, 20-year-old Matilda found herself soaking up her parent’s musical taste, which led to her to writing her first song aged 11. She has been writing ever since, her debut EP If That Makes Sense inspired by notes taken from conversations with friends, or those overheard during tube rides and whilst working in a pub. Her EP sees her working with the likes of Rich Cooper (Billie Martin, Lucy Rose, Mystery Jets) and Matt Maltese.

Championed by the likes of BBC Introducing, COLORS and Mahogany, Matilda sold out her debut London headline show at Servant’s Jazz Quarters earlier this year as well as previously playing tour support for the likes of Arlo Parks, Beabadoobee and The Staves, whilst Glastonbury Festival revealed Matilda as third place their coveted Emerging Talent Competition for 2020. // @matildathemann on IG // @matildathemann on TW

Alfie Templeman

About Alfie Templeman

The Bedfordshire-born teen, self-taught on 10 different instruments, has enjoyed a meteoric rise and cemented his place as one of UK indie’s brightest lights with swathes of support from Absolute ‘20s, BBC Radio 1 (amassing over 200 plays at the station), BBC Radio 2, BBC Radio 6 Music, Apple Music 1, Radio X, Virgin and more. The title track from the acclaimed Happiness in Liquid Form EP and subsequent single "Obvious Guy" received strong support from BBC Radio 1 DJs such as Annie Mac and Jack Saunders, culminating in two consecutive C-List playlistings at the station, closely followed by a B-List addition for "Forever Isn’t Long Enough," which was also Greg James’s Tune of the Week. "Forever Isn’t Long Enough" was also daytime playlisted by Radio X (after being made Record of the Week), Virgin and Absolute ‘20s. // @alfietempleman on IG // @alfietempleman on TW