Two New Songs For Summer
Moodbay's unusual shade of electropop incorporates a range of genres from R&B to Classical - the duo describe their sound as ‘moodpop’. Moodbay are producer-songwriter Alfie Cattell from Denbigh in Wales and vocalist-songwriter Anna Stephens who hails from the Darlington area. They got together in 2017, after meeting in the corridor of BIMM music school in Manchester.
Moodbay’s first single ‘Listen Up’ was called a ‘startling debut’ by legendary BBC DJ Janice Long. It won the Amazing Radio listener poll and was a Top Ten hit in the national UK Music Week club chart in summer 2019. Their second Online Records release ‘Alone’ was premiered by North East music magazine NARC Online and championed by Bob Fisher of BBC Music Introducing Tees and Nick Roberts of BBC Music Introducing North East. 'Ghost' has received play from Janice Long and BBC's Alex Lester, plus 68 regional stations. On Spotify, Moodbay have been featured on over 1000 playlists with 101K listeners in 76 countries - all this in under a year.
The electropop duo are beginning to make waves across the North East live music scene. They recently performed at two Metro Radio events - headlining at Saltwell Park Fireworks in Gateshead (with an audience of 25,000) and playing at the Newcastle Christmas Lights 2019 alongside Sam Fender (to an audience of 10,000). SSD Concerts have started to book Moodbay slots for touring artists in Newcastle - including the indie band Plastic Mermaids and electro-pop outfit Deco.
Before Manchester, Anna moved from her home in Darlington to Paris, where she worked at a magazine house. She spent most of 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 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
Influences: Radiohead, Gorillaz, David Bowie, Little Dragon, The Weeknd, Portishead, Massive Attack, Christine and the Queens, Lorde, James Blake
What People Are Saying
'Blending harmonious vocals with dance floor vibrations, the dynamic duo’s great on-stage chemistry was a joy to behold.' - Spotlight Music UK
'Anna Stephens’ sweet vocals provided the story to complement impressive production from herself and second half of the duo, Alfie.' - Gigs North East
'Moodbay does things differently and they do it well.' - Spotlight Music UK
'The pair’s new single ‘Ghost’ channels the likes of Dubstar, St Etienne and Moloko... The darkness of this tune could grace the opening credits of a Bond film or a gritty TV drama.' - Listen With Monger
'The pair’s sound, also known as moodpop, is a luscious blend of pop, R&B, club and electronica, erupting with flair and unstoppable grooves.' - Colorising