The Positive Experience are an experimental indie band fronted by genderpunk poet and MC Jolly Abacus (Bam Jam). They are a band that hold groove and message in equally high regard and have become a strong figure of Edinburgh’s underground.
The band formed in December 2018 for a one-off performance to fundraise for Edinburgh’s beloved Forest Cafe. However, they continued performing together and have appeared in support of multiple causes including Glasgow’s "Stanstead 15" solidarity concert, Extinction Rebellion, Project Play and Edinburgh Girls Rock School, as well as a featured record on the forthcoming 'Love Music Hate Racism' compilation album.
The band members hail from all over the globe and they approach songwriting with a method of improvisation and collaboration. These pan-global influences shine through in their raucous live sets, ranging from cutting and insightful spoken word to dream-rock, funk, soul and live hip hop.
Featuring a dream team of Edinburgh music scene up-and-comers including thicc basslines from Mischa “Scadubadub” Stevens (The Moonlands, Nimbus Sextet, Jamboree); the capable hands of veteran drummer Alex Maragos (Omniah, aL_0ne); arrangements and expert keys at the fingers of maestro Artem "Feather Daddy" Kobeletskyy (For The Birds Collective); composition and guitar based grooves from Kit “Dad” Bowen (House of Wax, EndlessGrooves); the voice and skill of seasoned multi-instrumentalist and flamenco singer David Salvador (Alba Flamenca, StepItUp Soundsystem); the dream-cast voice of vocalist Emma Henderson; with vox and percussion performed by Steph Ward.
These days we are working hard on production of our live record “Rats In The Palace” and writing for our first studio album to come in the following months! To stay up to date with our work (we release a lot of extra content), subscribe to our mailing list and follow us on our social media pages (links below).