Disco; punk, rave, pirate radio, mix-tapes and the music video. How did this generation end up with cheese nights, Spotify and brostep we’ll never know (caveat: this generation has spawned the very worst and best musical offerings so far, we’re just teasing) but for those for whom the words ‘Taylor Swift’ make you feel like buying a one way ticket to Timbukto, may we introduce to you our next BabyFace ladies Hannah T-W and Tyson Mcvey?
Rewind to 2013. Frustrated by a lack of half decent local nights to shake her stuff at and fed up of all the airtime Peckham was getting post-hipster takeover, Brixton girl Hannah T-W decided to launch her own club night to rival burgeoning East London parties- namely, Local. Keen to offer a more varied evening than those being served up down Brixton high-street, Hannah along with her good mates Zezi Ifore and Dean Bryce have established an intimate night with all round house party vibes in venues that range from restaurants to secret warehouses beneath railway bridges. Local does what it says on the can- it’s become Brixton’s formative get together for friends and family and no evening is the same. For Hannah up and coming musical talent is what it’s all about and until very recently Hannah was head girl at Big Dada Records, Ninja Tune’s little brother label. Responsible for overseeing releases from the likes of Young Fathers, Kate Tempest, and Wiley to boot, she's currently taking some well deserved time off r'n'r which in Hannah-speak means hosting ad hoc gigs in her living room where young talent like r n’ b siren Georgia and Micachu And The Shapes have been playing, sofa-side.
Which brings us neatly on to Tyson Mcvey with whom Hannah recently founded a discussion group for women in music called ‘Ladies Music Pub’. It’s as simple and as genius as it sounds- once a month, Hannah, Tyson and a bunch of other girls working in the industry meet at a very eccentric pub, have a few beers and chat music. For those of you who aren’t familiar with Tyson by name, you may well recognise her voice. Tyson fronts the two-man band Panes alongside her old friend Shaun Savage and if her silken intonations ring familiar bells that’ll be because her mother in none other that Neneh Cherry. If having an EP under your belt at 26 isn’t enough she’s currently working two jobs and finishing an MA in material and visual anthropology at UCL *gulp*. Music is very much Tyson's priority and whilst Panes is temporarily on the back burner while she finishes her degree she’s excited to get straight back to writing and playing gigs.
Besides a love of music bringing these two women together, they’re geographically bound too, both citing a bottomless love for South London. It comes as no surprise then that the best party Tyson’s ever been to was at Hannah’s old Stockwell flat where she was sure the floor would cave in sweat dripped from the ceiling. How do we wrangle an invite?