Jerome Harper is the founder and frontman of east London band, Brassroots. Brassroots exploded onto the London live music scene 7 years ago with a foot firmly in the first of the city’s brass bands to help establish a flourishing brass band scene in our nation’s capital.
Brassroots has since set stages ablaze from Ronnie Scotts to Glastonbury, London Jazz Festival to Channel 4’s Celebrity Big Brother, Secret Garden Party, Standon Calling to WOMAD UK & Canarias, where 40,000 people gyrated to Brassroots on the streets of Las Palmas. This band is no stranger to travel either, from Belgium to Germany, The Netherlands, Ireland and New Zealand this band’s international roots have seen well over 2500 chart appearances with their first 2 independent releases, an EP of cleverly crafted covers “Brassroots” and “Black Eye Friday” the band’s first full length album consisting of some of the funkiest and hardest hitting brass you’ve ever heard (Brassroots Records 2008, 2013).
Brassroots has also recorded and/or performed with an impressive roster of international chart topping artists including Rudimental, Coolio, Martha Reeves & The Vandellas, Stylo G, Ella Eyre, John Newman, Duke Dumont, Beggar & Co. and countless others.
Having independently released (and sold out of) their self-titled debut EP, Brassroots received global radio play from the likes of Gilles Peterson, Rob Da Bank & the USA’s legendary Jeremy Sole on KCRW. The band’s cover of Inner City’s ‘Good Life’ alone has racked up well over 1500 chart appearances thus far.
The band’s current lineup has taken the signature Brassroots’ sound to a whole new level recently incorporating cleverly and subtly adapted electronic elements using effects pedals and various frequency manipulation techniques. The group has also begun to include vocals in their original music.
Brassroots is consistently billed amongst the cream of the crop in the U.K.’s music scene and considered amongst the best of international brass bands.