If you keep a close ear out for cutting-edge music, you’ll not have missed Bonzai – one of the hottest new stars around.

For almost any young artist in the UK, performing to the nation in Radio 1’s Live Lounge is one of the highest accolades and biggest challenges. We’re incredibly pleased to say that our student Cassia O’Reilly — AKA Bonzai — has passed this test with flying colours, twice!

Cassia has impressed everyone since she moved from her native Dublin to study at BIMM London. And it wasn’t long after arriving that she caught the eye of Native Management, who introduced her to Mura Masa  (AKA Alex Crossan) – one of the most sought-after producers in the UK – and he’s collaborated with her ever since.

Not just any old collaborations, either: they have just performed in the BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge for the second time.

As a stripped-back duo, Bonzai’s gorgeous vocals were showcased to the full as they performed versions of Mura Masa’s Firefly and a stunning cover of Major Lazer & DJ Snake’s huge hit, Lean On.

Unsurprisingly, Cassia won over Mura Masa  with her talent, ambition, and confidence. Alex signed her to his Anchor Point record label — one of the world’s hottest new imprints — and her career is skyrocketing.

She’s just performed for the coolest radio DJ in the UK at Annie Mac’s AMP All Day Raves in London, and she’s got some big gigs in London and at the incredibly respected Pitchfork Festival in Paris coming up.

The debut Bonzai EP, Royah and its follow-up, Sleepy Hungry, are packed with songs that mix cutting-edge sounds with flashes of mid-90s jungle, Electroclash and RnB.

We at BIMM weren’t at all surprised when a star like Mura Masa dipped into the huge BIMM talent pool to sign Bonzai, one of our students – and now she’s now a star in her own right.

This is the kind of story that we love helping to create: those moments where raw talent combines with great teaching, excellent connections, and once-in-a-lifetime opportunities. BIMM is all about helping its students unlock their true musical potential and to flourish as artists.

POSTED ON: October 10, 2016
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