Haylee G - Devils in Skirts - We got BIG BALLS
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Haylee G – Devils in Skirts began life once upon a Pride when a younger Haylee G stumbled across an old school Scottish Hip Hop Head on her way to the festivities, and discovered rap in a Scottish instead of faux London or American accent. A friendship was soon established between the two and Haylee began working on a song with him (this song became Get Outta Here), while encouraging her to pack more syllables into a bar and to rap with her Scottish accent.
Armed with this, she and her friend, Jamie, formed a duet called Hayz N Jayz. Jamie's strength was in melody, which added another dimension to Haylee's songwriting. With a few songs under their belt, they performed together during Edinburgh Pride 2014 and a Battle of the Bands for Isle of Wight Festival (joined by a trans guitarist).
Haylee had a personal interest in rap battling. She'd been writing battle bars after watching Don't Flop, and attempted to enter, but didn't realise there was a whole underground community at the time. She was asked through a producer's friend if she could battle someone who was known for his cheeky banter.
The Battle of the Bands was an important moment for the band, as they came third (only a few votes from second place), and much of the audience commented to them that they were surprised they hadn't rehearsed much for it. Filled with confidence, Hayz N Jayz continued gigging, most notably for Fashion Loves Music.
When Haylee became unemployed, she decided to put all of her efforts into taking music seriously, but it wasn't to be with Hayz N Jayz. Jamie and the guitarist left the band to focus on other things. Through a friend, Haylee met Harry Mulligan, a music journalist and drummer, who had expressed an interest in working with her after watching her perform. The line up was completed when Ruari Forrest and Nathan Whyte joined the band, and Devils in Skirts was born.
Devils in Skirts took Haylee's hip hop songs and turned them into rap rock, reggae and funk, and began gigging around Edinburgh and Glasgow, highlights being XFM Live Wednesdays for Jim Gellaty at Hard Rock Café Glasgow and Creation Sessions Presents... at Electric Circus Edinburgh.
This was also a big year for Haylee as she was finally entered into a few rap battles, events that she'd wanted to do for a while. Thanks to Werd, a pillar of the Scottish rap community, and other artists’ support, Haylee got into the Bristo Battles (but lost), and Breaking the Barrier through Cain (winning the Wildcard). Werd has also given Haylee G and the Devils slots in The Hip Hop House, a night he hosts for upcoming talent in Edinburgh at Sketchy Beats Café. An underground label discovered Haylee through an event, and couldn't believe she wasn't signed, so offered to produce some tracks in the hopes she’ll sign with them one day. Haylee however left them behind when their politics became clear. (Haylee semi-retired from rap-battling in August 2016 while she learns guitar, works on her new album -FORTDIS 2017 - and gigs with Devils in Skirts) A bold move, earning scorn from some of her ex followers, but a move that she does not regret.
Nathan soon left to pursue college and Harry took time out to concentrate on his journalism and family, so Haylee found Katy Woodrow (guitar) and Iain Campbell (drums) to fill the empty space. So far this year, the band have played at a few festivals, hosted a charity event for Macmillan and performed at several underground venues across Edinburgh, while also recording and releasing a two part mixtape (Parallel Universe) independently, unveiling a new website (http://www.hayleegdevilsinskirts.co.uk), and recording/mixing and releasing A Miss, our Christmas themed track for the new album (FORTDIS, 2017).
After sneaking around for "extra curricular activities", Haylee G and Katy made their relationship official in June 2016, combining their love of music, the band and each other. This has only made their chemistry on stage that much more genuine.
"A band needs to practice, in our opinion, at least 5 times a week if the band ever expects to accomplish anything." - Kurt Cobain
Haylee G – Devils in Skirts, a Scottish alternative band, consisting of Haylee G (lead vocals, songwriter and rhythm guitar), Katy (lead guitar, backing vocals and keys), Ruari (bass and backing vocals) and Iain (percussion and backing vocals). Haylee and Katy are also a couple, recently engaged, and not shy to share it on stage. The band have played festivals, hosted an event for Macmillan, performed at underground venues and mainstream events across Edinburgh, recorded and released a two part mixtape (Parallel Universe) independently, unveiled a new website (http://www.hayleegdevilsinskirts.co.uk), and recorded/mixed our newest release, A Miss, for Christmas.
Now, popular and talented guitarist Danny Brown, and gorgeous violinist and singer Kaily Mills have been seduced into joining us, adding another level to an already dynamic band. Watch this space, we have a few new tracks due to be released in the following months, culminating in our album (9th May 2017)
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