twenty twenty one annual

Welcome to the twenty twenty one Confetti album!

Each year, our Audio & Music Technology and Music Performance students get to ‘Do It For Real’ by releasing their tracks on this annual compilation.

The album is distributed to a diverse range of music industry experts and bespoke music companies including music publishers, artist managers, record labels, bloggers, radio stations, live agents and industry influencers.

Alongside the performance and production of the Confetti Album, our students also get involved in the album asset management and overall A&R process to gain industry experience across a variety of roles. This is all under the umbrella of Denizen, Confetti’s record label steered by our very own music industry expert, Spencer Wells.

We hope you enjoy listening!

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In a time of constant outrage and viral noise, five students from across the UK started jamming in their Nottingham university studio in the search of some levity. Near Mrs’ music, rooted in a ‘don’t panic, live in the moment’ attitude, provides just as much of an escape for the band as it does for their followers.

Since debuting on streaming services in March 2019, the five have amassed over 100,000 streams on Spotify alone with a string of singles, airing on BBC Introducing multiple times in the process. Their most popular and recent track Face the Wall is the second single that will feature in the imminent debut EP Sanguine in June.

Near Mrs - Confetti Album 2021

I am a 22-year-old pop artist studying Music Performance at Confetti. In 2020 I was selected to record a debut single with Al Groves through Confetti and Denizen. My latest single, Heartbreak High, marks my current sound of modern pop music with sounds of the 80s.

It’s a huge honour to feature on this compilation of student work. The first song I wrote was selected for the 2019 annual album. Since then, I have had the opportunity to make excellent connections with some of the people at Confetti. There are some really talented students studying at Confetti, so it’s flattering to be selected amongst them.

This track uses samples from an interview with the creator of the Mini, Alec Issigonis, and the 1959 press release of the original car. The song details the conception and testing of the Mini leading to its eventual victory at the 1964 Monte Carlo Rally. I was heavily inspired by the band Public Service Broadcasting and their use of sampling to create songs that outline a story.

I am also heavily influenced by alternative and shoegaze bands such as My Bloody Valentine and Dinosaur Jr. which gave me the idea for the thick, overdriven building guitar lines that play throughout too

I often write music about my personal experiences, although I hope that people might be able to find their own meaning for the song and relate to it in their own way.

I am a multi-instrumentalist, composer and producer of medieval fantasy/Celtic music. This ocarina and harp track was inspired by the Tolkien story Beren and Luthien.

With no musical background before 2020, I locked myself in a room for months during the first COVID lockdown. I became so obsessed with producing that I abandoned my career in finance and applied to uni. A year on and I am having the time of my life creating music and studying the topic. My music draws influence from the likes of Bonobo and Burial, seeking to create ethereal atmospheric music with melodic and textural juxtapositions.

I feel very excited that I’ll get to hear my own stuff online and I think it’s great that Confetti and Denizen do this Album!

JED is a rapper/producer from Nottingham. He finds influence in his surroundings and relationships with family, friends and experiences in life. 

Making music from his bedroom all day and all night JED is slowly but surely making his mark on the music industry.

 “I feel really happy about making a feature on this album and am looking forward to hearing the music that my peers have also created. This is one of many amazing opportunities confetti has given me and I’m really honoured to be a part of it” 

As an electronic artist, my main focus is to find a sound palette I can use and manipulate to tell a story within my tracks. I want to create an atmosphere full of emotion, but with enough movement and rhythm for the listener to move their head to.

I feel very grateful to be given this opportunity to showcase my work. It also feels very rewarding after all the hours I’ve put into this track.

We are New Light! A group of Confetti degree students who have spent the last two years composing/producing and are finally ready to showcase all our new material. We are honored to be a part of the Confetti Album alongside some great artists. As a band, we collectively decided on submitting Make Sure I Get Home as it is a very hopeful song which we can all agree is what the world needs right now!

I’m William Saddington, performing under W. Saddington. I’m a 22-year-old songwriter and have only just started my career, but I’m looking forward to releasing even more songs. The music is an insight into my perspective of life, drawing from both modern and retro stylings. This new song is co-produced by Jack Kenworthy of Colouring, and it was a huge honour to work with such a force within the music industry!

I am honoured to feature on the Confetti Album, as I have learnt so much from the team here in regards to being a musician. As an artist and as a songwriter it’s a privilege to be able to represent something so important to me.

I am an artist and producer from Loughborough. Since 2020 hit its stride, I’ve been working on a seven-track project, collaborating with Nottingham artists such as George Gretton, Franky Bones and frequent collaborator Saffron. Singles from this project have been received well upon release, with Loser being selected as BBC Nottingham’s Track of the Week, and Give It Up being played on BBC Radio 1.

I’m really excited that my track has been selected for the Confetti Album. This place has so many great artists and producers studying their fields and I’m glad to be included in that. This song means a lot to me, and it came to me very quickly – in fact, I’m pretty sure I wrote a decent amount of it in a Mac lab in Metronome.

Confetti Album Archive

The Confetti Album is released annually at the end of the academic year. If you want to catch-up on our previous releases, you can listen to the 2019 and 2020 Confetti Albums below.