Partners in Love and Music: Introducing The Rise

‘We are artists on the rise. We are melody and rhyme. We are suckers for fashion art and design. We are lovers, partners in crime. We are who we are. We are The Rise.’

The Rise is a team up between MC/singer/writer Mavis Acquah and Gijs Huijs saxophone player/ producer. They met in the Dutch dance scene where they earned their living performing with DJ’s. In 2012 all the stars aligned for a romantic and creative partnership to follow.

They started out writing top lines for DJ’s, which resulted in a number of successful collaborations, releasing on labels such as Get Twisted Records and Mixmash Deep. Their first solo single “Come Get It” was released in 2016 by record label Enormous Tunes. A UK garage based track with a strong soulful melody. It was the first step towards a sound that lies very close to their musical upbringing which is rooted in jazz, pop and R&B.

Their debut EP “The Rise” is heavily influenced by music of their teenhood and is a mix of electronic sounds and nostalgia-flavoured pop and R&B.

‘Working on our EP was not only a creative journey. It got very personal on many occasions and different levels. We challenged ourselves and each other to finally get to the core of who we are in a musical, creative and personal sense. Yeah, it was a tough cookie but also a tasteful one’ It takes a long time but it’s the only way to uncover our musical identity.’

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