May 6 2011 by Norman Reid, Kilmarnock Standard
THROUGHOUT the eighties and nineties, Ayrshire girl Julia Cotton sang and danced her way through many productions at the Ayr Gaiety and other theatres across Scotland.
Julia then moved on to entertaining worldwide with various cruise lines, including P&O and the Disney Cruise lines, along with her husband, the dance music producer, Ret Alex and their own musical group.
Now settled in London, they have, for the last four years, pursued a career in the music industry with their group, Base Mosquito.
Following a number of successful releases with an independent London record label, Julia and Ret have secured a place in the UK’s biggest national music competition, Live & Unsigned.
They recently earned a place in the regional finals at the Beck Theatre, Hayes, Middlesex, and on May 15 will be performing their new pre-release track One Way Feelin and a unique cover of Bowie’s Quicksand.
They hope to push past all the guitar heroes and receive a golden opportunity to take to the O2 stage in July for the finals.
Live and Unsigned has partnered with musician’s website Music Radar to offer a comprehensive winners prize pool.
Acts will have the opportunity to win some fantastic prizes including support slots for some major headline acts, state-of-the-art BlackStar amps, development through recording studio time in some of the UK’s finest studios and courses with the Institute.
Previous winners of the competition include Kiddo 360 who went on to pick up a Vodafone Live Award, B-Kay and Kazz who broke into the top 30 charts and last year’s winners were The Lottery Winners and Underline the Sky who also won the ‘Road to V’.
Julia, a well-known face throughout the nineties club scene in Scotland who performed regularly with techno band, Dance Overdose.
She hopes that the ecstatic welcome and good energy she always received from audiences in Scotland will reach as far as London to support her and Base Mosquito on their road to the finals!
To follow Julia’s journey with “Base Mosquito”, check out the links: