Here at BIMM, we love updating you on the recent highlights in the careers of our alumni, and this time it’s our turn to the sing the praises of BIMM Brighton Vocals Diploma and BA (Hons) in Professional Musicianship graduate, Olly Simmons.
Olly’s been one of the vocalists for acclaimed band The Qemists since 2015, and the five-piece have just released their third album ‘Warrior Sound’ to high praise indeed. To launch the album, the band played a special gig at Brighton’s Concorde 2, with support from alternative rock four-piece and BIMM Brighton band, Rory Indiana, and it went down a storm. To add to their achievement, the first single from the new album, ‘Run You’, was in the Kerrang Radio Rock Chart’s Top 10 for eight weeks. To take full advantage of the momentum, the band toured with Japanese electronicore band Crossfaith throughout March, and supported British rock band, Enter Shikari, across France and Spain.
This isn’t the first time that The Qemists have impressed punters and the music industry alike. Their debut album – 2009’s ‘Join The Q’ – crossed many genres, such as rock, dance, jungle and metal, and featured a diverse guest list, including Faith No More frontman Mike Patton, Grime legend Wiley, and drum’n’bass vocalist Jenna G. Zane Lowe called them “the future of music”, while Metro stated they were “loud, rude and played with total abandon – The Qemists have come up with a winning formula”. The band have previously collaborated with artists including Coldcut, Basement Jaxx, Lady Sovereign and Enter Shikari, and their music has been used in films such as science fiction blockbuster ‘Jumper’, mountain bike movie ‘3 Minute Gaps’ and action film ‘Blitz’.
We know we’ll be hearing so much more about Olly and The Qemists in the future as they continue on their trajectory to even greater success, and we can’t wait to hear what’s next in store for them. We’ll definitely be willing them on from the mosh pit!
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