Delta 7, a band whose members have learning disabilities, release their debut single today
A press release:
Delta 7 are a seven-piece rock band from Eastbourne, East Sussex, who write and perform all their own material. Band members Mikey, Fraser, Elliot, Harry, David, Craig and Speedy have different personalities, talents and disabilities. But their shared love of performing, positive energy and mutual support allows them to create music that is infectious and inspiring, making Delta 7 an uplifting and powerful voice for everyone who feels a little outside ‘the mainstream’ of society.
Earlier this year, the band inspired Brixton-based young filmmaker Rosie Baldwin to write a documentary script about them, called ‘We Rise’. The script beat stiff competition to win the Picturehouse Members Film Competition. And, as part of the prize, a two-and-a-half-minute short film was professionally shot and produced by London-based advertising agency McCann London and production company Craft London.
Following a positive reception of the film and interest generated in the band including BBC TV news coverage, McCann London has now produced a song recorded with the band during filming. The official track and pop video for the band’s debut single ‘The Jungle’ is released today to raise money for Culture Shift, the charity organisation that brought the band together and which continues to support the band and others with disabilities in the south of England.
Mikey Reynolds who plays keyboards in Delta 7 said: “Delta 7 is very important to us. We have a great time together, we look out for each other, we understand each other. It is great to be part of the band.”
‘We Rise’ premiered at Picturehouse Central on 27th September and has been shown before every full-length feature at all Picturehouse cinemas across the country. It tells the uplifting story of how the seven individuals facing diverse problems in their everyday lives have come together to express themselves and challenge stereotypes through music.
The track and music video can be purchased via all major digital music channels. All profits from every sale will go towards Culture Shift in order to support the ambitions of the band to continue making music and perform more widely. So they can inspire others and speak for everyone in society who understands what it is to feel ‘different’.
Julia Roberts, director of Culture Shift, said: “In a climate of increasing cutbacks, Delta 7 thrives with community support, both in terms of donations from individuals and in-kind offers. The band seems to be answering a need for positivity, inspiration and visibility for marginalised people. Delta 7 embodies community resilience and optimism.”
Mike Oughton, creative director of McCann London added: ““Delta 7 create a brilliantly atmospheric sound that reminds me of post-punk band, The Fall. Their message reminds us all of the value of music as a tool of empowerment. We’re humbled and honoured to be able to help the band and the charity grow further with the release of ‘The Jungle’.”
Watch the music video here: https://youtu.be/-m-EaYeDMqw
Watch the We Rise film here: https://youtu.be/XplawKyv9mc