MOODBAY are producer-songwriter Alfie Cattell and vocalist-songwriter Anna Stephens. They are based in the North East, UK. Their unusual shade of electropop incorporates a range of genres from R&B to Classical – the duo describe their sound as ‘mood pop’.
They got together in 2017, after meeting in the corridor of BIMM music school in Manchester. Before Manchester, Anna moved from her home in Darlington to Paris, where she worked at a magazine house. She spent most her time scribbling down poetry at her office desk and staying out late. While completing her French studies in Oxford, she started to put her words to a piano.
Alfie also started out on piano, and it remains his favourite instrument. He is a self-taught musician, who grew up in North Wales, recreating Zelda tunes on a dusty Yamaha keyboard, in between blue WKD’s and listening to Radiohead. He has honed his studio skills in Moodbay and now produces the edgy sounds that drive Anna’s vocals along.
Sounds like: Chvrches, Purity Ring The new single from Moodbay is ‘Alone’ – which has already been picked up by Bob Fischer at BBC Introducing Tees. Moodbay’s debut release ‘Listen Up’ has been well received at radio, which included winning an Amazing Radio listener poll. BBC’s Janice Long called the track a ‘startling debut’ and that it ‘leapt out and said play me, play me.’
The single has been added to over 200 independent Spotify playlists and has taken Moodbay’s monthly listeners to figure from 12 (!) to over 15,000 in just a few weeks following the release. There are two mixes by Moodbay; the original chilled mix and the Dark House remix, which has been a hit in the clubs, with a 75% DJ approval rating via Power Promotions (Calvin Harris, Clean Bandit etc), and it is currently at number 10 in the official Music Week Club Chart.)