London has arguably the best music scene around, with thousands of talented musicians emerging every day, most of which are unsigned acts waiting for their big break.
Unsigned Friday brings you the very best unsigned music artists from around the capital, as well as giving these acts a platform to promote their music.
This week, getwestlondon 's Emily Chudy caught up with London-based musician Val Maugenest, who is influenced by Jazz, Soul and Electronic music.
Val Maugenest is a singer-songwriter, who was born and raised in the Netherlands before moving to London in 2011 to study music. She released her debut EP, 20/20, on Monday March 28, which has already received an overwhelmingly positive response.
Val said: "My music style is quite a new one and a bit different from the norm; it's a real mix of Electronic beats and music with a Soul and Jazz feel to it, mostly so because of my vocal style and natural tone of voice.
"For this EP my friend and the producer - Barney Lister - had a lot of influence on my writing and style choices, as he introduced me to Soulection and that kind of music, which I immediately fell in love with.
"Before and while creating the songs for this EP we made a definite choice to mix Electronic with Soul and Jazz to create the kind of vibe and songs I love; classic but with a new and interesting twist.
Drawing inspiration from the greats
Val said: "When it comes to favourite artists it's really hard for me to pick just a one or a few, because I keep discovering new great music on a daily basis!
"Just to name a few classics I have to say I love and draw inspiration from the greats like Michael Jackson, Ella Fitzgerald, Sade and Jill Scott, to new classics like Justin Timberlake, Adele, Alicea Keys and Drake (and his producer Noah Shebib aka. 40) and newer artists like BANKS, Frank Ocean, Jamie Woon and Jhené Aiko."
The singer is currently studying at the Institute of Contemporary Music Performance in North West London, having moved from her home in the Netherlands in 2011.
Val said: "I've been singing and been in love with music for as long as I can remember, but I only started taking it more seriously when I moved to London in 2011 to do a full time vocal performance course for six months at the London Music School.
"That was the first time I was able to be around music full time and the more I was around and involved with music, the more I wanted to keep it that way. So from there on out I rolled into a one-year full time Higher Diploma course in Vocal Performance at the Institute Of Contemporary Music Performance.
"After that I needed to figure out my next step, so I moved back to the Netherlands and lived in Amsterdam for nine months, working and deciding whether I wanted to stay in the Netherlands and study music further or move back to London. After a lot of deliberation I ended up moving back to London and started my degree in Creative Musicianship Vocals in 2013."
Val said: "The response has been truly heart warming, from of course reactions and shares/likes on social media to private messages from people I know, but also people I don't know... I even found out that (for a hot second) that 20/20 charted in the UK iTunes Electronic Album charts!
"It has been really and truly great and as the EP has only just come out, you never know what else might happen!"
The musician is currently finishing the final year of her degree, but plans to perform around London in the Summer.
'I want to travel the world'
Val said: "The plan is to continue working on original music with some great producers and musicians (after I've survived the final leg of my degree!), keeping the mix of Electronic, Soul and Jazz going.
"The big goal would be to be able to travel the world and perform my music live, write with some of the already established musicians and producers I love and basically be able to reach a wider audience, possibly through signing a record deal with a next level recording company. A girl can dream, right?"
A reviewer for On The Come Up TV said: "Val has been blessed with a hauntingly beautiful voice that both warms and engages the senses, complemented by the musical talents of Leo Clarke, John Pearmain, Peggy Otuo and Jamie Jarvis."
If you'd like to be featured in Unsigned Friday please email email@example.com .