Rumbi Tauro

'I’m incredibly excited to be part of this programme. I feel like this is the perfect year for me to be mentored at the stage I’m at and to be receiving this support. I hope that these next few months are filled with many creative collaborations. From this I hope to strengthen existing creative networks and for doors of new opportunities to open wide.'

Zimbabwean born Rumbi Tauro is up next! A unique blend of soulful R&B flows with ease from the powerhouse musician.

Rumbi’s soulful melodies have graced stages across the UK, leaving an indelible mark at iconic venues and festivals. It’s on stage where she shines, forging an intimate connection with her audiences.

Off stage, Rumbi can be found advocating for young people's access to the arts and culture. Rumbi facilitates singing and songwriting workshops within the North. Alongside this, she can be found hosting monthly live music events and radio shows.

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'I’m really happy to be chosen for Factory Sounds. It’s great to see a big space with lots of collaborators pouring into the local scene with programmes like this and their continued focus on booking local talent. Factory Sounds will help me extend my network both regionally and hopefully nationally, which will assist me with the finalising, marketing and roll out of my next body of work Homecoming.'

Shedding light on his lived experiences through his art, J.Chambers has always been more than a musician with his poetic expressions carrying an undercurrent of profound wisdom.

A turbulent journey of self-discovery, J's upbringing shaped his career, with his parents maintaining and nurturing the importance of staying connected to his Caribbean lineage, and prioritising black history in his education, which was absent in the British school system. This disconnect between the western islands of teaching and the emphasis on understanding his identity at home created the strong need for J's output to be political, fuelling his early days of 'boom-bap' hip hop.

After finding his true sound through experimenting with reggae, returning to his earliest musical context became the pivotal turning point in J's career, leading him to his most authentic sound to date, and inspiring his new project Homecoming.

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'It's a great honour to have been selected for Factory Sounds. I've never applied for funding before, application forms terrify me, but I found this one very accessible. Getting this funding has given me a massive confidence boost that I'm not just my day job! Not only will the funding go towards getting music project Thraa off the ground, but I’m also mostly looking forward to getting to know the people at Factory Sounds and hoping to get an insight into how to operate better as an artist' – Sally

After playing for many years as part of bigger bands, Andi and Sally of Thraa explore what it would be like to take instruments away, leaving two guitars and one vocalist. Working without the constrictions of a traditionally structured song, this duo improvise around meditative drones, combining Sunn 0))) and Body/Head influenced guitars with soaring vocals, capturing an organic sense of sound that has cavernous textures with minimalism at heart.

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Saint Harmony

'I feel blessed to be able to be a part of such an amazing project coming from Factory International who’ve brought such a fresh energy to the creative space in Manchester. I’m excited to get stuck in and to give everything to this project that I’ve had on my heart for the past two years.'

Saint Harmony is a singer songwriter based in Manchester. Raised in a musical household, her connection to music started young, performing in a group with her siblings for many years and expressing her thoughts through poetry, theatre and songwriting.

Her influences draw from a variety of genres that she uses to carry her words. Her lyricism typically explores the many faces of being human and navigating those all too familiar experiences.


CHARMS (aka Mama Char)

'I cannot describe how happy I am to have been selected for the Factory Sounds Grant – I am very grateful for the opportunity. At the start of 2024, I set out some goals and aspirations for the year and this fund will really help to bring some of my creative ideas into fruition.'

CHARMS is a DJ and radio host, currently based in Manchester. Having started out in 2022, CHARMS is fast becoming a familiar face across the Manchester music scene, and she takes pride in curating high energy, percussive infused sets with selections from across the black diaspora.

Not willing to be totally confined to any particular genre, under the reggae alias of Mama Char, she also has a monthly residency on Reform radio hosting The Rejoice Show – a two-hour slot dedicated to all things related to reggae, roots and dub music.

CHARMS is also the engine behind GALDEM REJOICE – a project that sets out to platform and uplift women within reggae and sound system culture by curating events and opportunities in celebration of International Women’s Day.


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STEAM Radio started remotely in 2020 to help people feel connected during lockdown. Since then, they’ve grown into the real world, and now operate from a studio above the Old Abbey Taphouse in Hulme, which they are in the process of refurbishing. They provide a centre for a unique community to form around, bringing people together who may not have crossed paths otherwise.

STEAM currently has 80 regular hosts, spanning a massive range of genres and experience levels – from total beginners to touring DJs. They bridge this gap by providing opportunities for emerging hosts to hone their skills, and for emerging artists to platform their music. Their residents are also primarily based in Manchester, but some send in shows from other UK cities and others have filled guest slots from as far as Jakarta and Rio. STEAM Radio has a global outlook with Manchester at its core.

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Caitlin LM

'I’m so excited to be a part of Factory Sounds! This opportunity means I will be able to dedicate time to properly work on my own music, which can be hard to do around other music work. I’m also so excited to learn and grow alongside the rest of the cohort and be inspired by their work too!'

Caitlin LM is an electronic producer, vocalist and multi-instrumentalist. She creates chilled electronic beats, which she combines with ethereal textures and live instruments to create music that you can both dance to and get lost within.

Her music has been featured on BBC Radio 6, BBC Introducing Manchester, Amazing Radio and many more. She has performed at festivals across the UK including Kendal Calling, Blue Dot, Green Man and MIF to name a few, and is an instrumentalist for various other artists and bands.

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RenzNiro is an artist/producer from Manchester. Traversing hope, betrayal, belief and deceit, RenzNiro delivers razor sharp aphorisms, facing the world head on with confidence and clarity over subversive, electric instrumentals adjacent to grime.

The artist had an extremely prolific 2023, releasing M2TA, a five-song EP in June, and KWE!, a self-produced 10-song LP in September. In addition to this, he was also featured on the critically acclaimed Space Afrika and Rainy Miller album A Grisaille Wedding and made his debut at The White Hotel, supporting Slauson Malone 1. In 2023/24, Your Shadow In Mine, a short film made for the opening song on KWE!, was exhibited in London, Manchester and Jeddah (Saudi Arabia).

In 2024, RenzNiro featured in The Face’s Spring issue as one of ‘9 UK artists who are changing the sound of rap’ and is gearing up to release two projects C2DG and Laissez-Faire.

Danny H.

'I’m so grateful to have been selected for Factory Sounds! This programme will allow me to showcase my talent and represent people like me all over the world. Not to mention the guidance, support and connections an organisation like this provides! My goal has always been to empower people through music and this is an incremental step in helping me to do exactly that!

Danny H. is a queer musician of South Asian descent. He is an artist, producer, composer, sound engineer, guitarist, vocalist, drummer, finger drummer and music workshop facilitator.

He has previously performed live at BBC's Live Lounge where the session was recorded and played on BBC Radio 1, Desi Factory at MIF23, OAK Fest and various gigs and festivals around Greater Manchester.

Music is his passion. He aims to empower and inspire through music. Over the last five years, that’s what his work with young people has allowed him to do. In 2022, he was nominated in the MCR culture awards as Young Creative of the Year. He reached the top five out of over 400 nominations.

He also co-manages the label On The Beats which aims to promote South Asian musicians across the world.


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'We are so happy to be a part of this recent artistic venture for Manchester. It will be amazing to meet local innovators and to receive mentorship for our work promoting and supporting the music of upcoming LGBTQ+ artists through FLUFF. We hope that being part of this year's Factory Sounds cohort will provide us with a platform for our work as performers, music producers and promoters and that we will be able to connect with like-minded musicians for future collaborations both in the studio and on stage.'

Norrisette is an art-pop artist whose work encompasses composition, classical piano, music production, DJing, performance and visual design. She has recently formed her own band to explore new creative and collaborative landscapes, with Ashley Garrod on bass and Matthew Hill on drums, and has also performed as a featured vocalist across Europe.

Industries is an electronic music project by Markus Hetheier. His music explores and subverts musical structures ranging from field recordings and distorted sounds to harmonic melodies and large beats. He is an electronic music producer, DJ, sound artist, workshop facilitator and practice-based PhD researcher at the School of Digital Arts (SODA).

Together, Norrisette and Industries set up FLUFF – a regular queer electronica night in Manchester. FLUFF aims to provide a platform for queer electronic music producers to perform and test out original music to a live audience, as opposed to being a club night, and has kickstarted the careers of many!

Industries – Instagram / Norisette – Instagram

Algernon Cornelius

Algernon Cornelius is a rapper/producer from Manchester. While a mainstay of the UK DIY scene, he has also played alongside a long list of established artists including Armand Hammer, Sons Of Kemet, The Bug, Shabazz Palaces and Moor Mother. His production credits extend to the likes of underground rap legends R.A.P. Ferreira and Fatboi Sharif. He was featured in Andy Morin's (Death Grips) A2B2 radio show and performed at Gilles Peterson's We Out Here Festival and Supernormal Festival.

In the last couple of years, Algernon has released Neither Gloaming Nor Argent: Both Before And After The Dark, a compilation of rap singles, his debut rap album The Miraculous Weapons of Clarkus_Dark, the EP Me No Sen You No Come in late 2022, and his second album SEGUNDO in 2023, which features multiple guest appearances from the likes of James Smith (Yard Act), Val Caulfield (Mandy, Indiana) and Iceboy Violet.


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