Torbay-based collective Oceanside Records have been named the winners of the Music Video Awards at the Youth Music Awards 2022.
Oceanside Records is a collective of young rappers who want to make sure Torbay is respected for the amazing music being made there.
‘Welcome To Torbay’ is a high-energy music video recorded on location across Torbay. It depicts life as a teenager and growing up in the area.
The group recorded in locations around their local area that were important to them and where they felt they owned companies to make a ‘point’ that they felt had let them down.
A panel of expert industry judges – including BRIT-nominated singer-songwriter Mahalia, internationally acclaimed DJ duo BICEP and DJ Sian Eleri – voted for Oceanside Records to take home the award, sponsored by YouTube.
Hundreds of guests attended the event, including host DJ and broadcaster Vic Hope and award-winning UK rap icon Lethal Bizzle, who made a special guest performance to present an award, and special guest Drea Mack ended the evening with an incredible performance.
Speaking after winning the award, a spokesperson for Oceanside Records said: “We are all speechless! It’s crazy and it’s the best feeling in our life.
“The music video is assembled from different places in our city that mean something to all of us and shows that you should follow your gut feeling and keep going.”
Youth Music is the UK’s leading music and youth charity, championing equal access to making, learning and earning music for 20 years.
The awards – in association with Hal Leonard Europe at London’s legendary Troxy venue – represent a more diverse, more inclusive and more creative music industry, providing a platform for young people facing the biggest barriers to access music.
The annual event celebrates a more diverse future in music, platforming emerging talent and leaders who may face barriers in the industry because of who they are, where they come from or what they do.
With sponsors including TikTok, YouTube, Amazon Music and Dr Martens, the event calls for industry-wide collaboration and commitment to equal access to the music industry for the next generation.
Youth Music CEO Matt Griffiths said: “The Youth Music Awards show what can be achieved when we invest in grassroots music nationwide, for the long term.
“We are grateful to all our award nominees for making the music industry more diverse, more inclusive and more creative every day.
“We hope everyone will be as inspired as we are to give young people equal access to making, learning and earning music.”
Lethal Bizzle said: “Events like the Pop Youth Music Awards are amazing to watch, these are the things that inspire young people and chase their dreams. I’ve been in the game for over 20 years now and opportunities like this were unheard of when I was starting out.
“My advice is this: Your drive has to outstrip your talent. Obviously, talent is essential, but drive is what will make you go out and chase your goals. That’s why I think it’s a great platform – giving youth music artists a chance to be recognized and heard.”
For a full list of winners and more information visit https://youthmusic.org.uk/awards