YOUNG PRODUCERS: PARADOX & NIROBI 2

Young Producers is a new project for young people who have taken part in Making Tracks, supported by the Arts Patron Trust. Nirobi and Paradox are collaborating to put on a gig involving other young people and will be blogging about the process.

Sign up to attend their event ‘Voices of a Generation’ at the Lighthouse, Shoreditch, on Wednesday 25th July here.  

Paradox: For session 2 of Young Producers project, we went to a show at the Roundhouse with different performers and it was an hour long. The way it was set up was different, with white pillows on the ground, sat on the ground watching.  There were performers performing spoken word as the whole show was a spoken word piece about a part of a person’s story. At the start the performers would have a little interview, there was audio of an interview, and then they would perform a piece. It was immersive, and they put music behind their poetry. Some of it was interesting …

It made me think I don’t want too much spoken work in our event because it’s not for all the audience – some were engaged, and some weren’t. It was different, I have never been to a show like that before – it felt very abstract as there were dancers as well. A female dancer performed, and I didn’t know if she was part of the performance or not.

If I could take one thing away from the performance, it would be collaboration.

Nirobi: They put pillows on the floor, made it very intimate – the lights weren’t very bright, you could just see a silhouette of the performer, almost like a projection of them. Then they would say someone’s name with the projection and a little audio after that. Behind each piece there was a backing track, so it would be like they’re doing a spoken word piece over an instrumental.

There was one piece by Caleb, who was quite political, and he was talking about religion. I thought it was quite cool the way he expressed his opinion. I liked the fact they used the audio because it gave it a different feel, as otherwise it would have been quiet and you’re just sitting there.

If I could take one thing away from the performance for ours, it would be the audio. Before people perform, there was this interview of their part of them they feared most, and then afterwards they would go into their poem.

Sign up to attend their event ‘Voices of a Generation’ at the Lighthouse, Shoreditch, on Wednesday 25th July here.  

Young Producers: Paradox & Nirobi 1

Young Producers is a new project for young people who have taken part in Making Tracks, supported by the Arts Patron Trust. Nirobi and Paradox are collaborating to put on a gig this month involving other young people and will be blogging about the process.

Our Personal Development Coordinator Lauren caught up with them at the end of day 1:

Lauren: So how have you found your first day in one word?

Paradox: Good, still.

Nirobi: Interesting, started off understanding how to structure an event. We brainstormed ideas for what we’re going to talk about, and then now we’re checking venues, which is awesome. We get to see the kind of venues that are out there and what would be good for this type of event.

Lauren: Getting first-hand experience of what working with venues is like.

Nirobi: Yes exactly.

Lauren: Things don’t always go to plan…

Nirobi: Yes, one of the venues was closed, but luckily I’ve been there before so I know what it looks like downstairs!

Paradox: Probably not going to use it though, because that was disrespectful, they don’t deserve customers.

Nirobi: They don’t deserve our amazing talent and art! But we got this one, this current venue we’re checking out, called The Lighthouse and we’ve been to Hoxton7 as well, nice and intimate – I liked downstairs.

Paradox: Just looked at three or four venues and chatted to the booking agent, to see how many people go there on the daily, having a show and thought about what venue would be best.

Nirobi: We looked at the sizes and how many people we could fit in there… one of them was 300, so we’re looking at it realistically and seeing that we don’t want to have too big of a space and then it might look empty and not be as ‘lit’. Whereas if it’s smaller and intimate… plus, people that are already coming in from the street, so that’s possibly a better idea but we’re still thinking about it.

Lauren: Any learning?

Nirobi: I’ve never really looked at the logistics of how you put on events. I just go and think ‘wow this is amazing’, but actually it’s a lot of work!

Paradox: It’s good to get an idea of, when you see a booking agent, what questions you need to ask.

Nirobi: I want to develop how to promote and get people noticing more.

Don’t miss the gig on 25th July at The Lighthouse (62-68 Rivington Street, London EC2A 3A)!

Making radio

Young people in Poplar making (radio) waves

This week we’re working with a very talented group of young people in Poplar  in partnership with The Prince’s Trust Get Started.

As well as writing some brilliant original music together – ready for today’s gig – yesterday they spent the day learning about how to create their own radio show! The called the station ‘Woody Radio’ and the show ‘The Tea’.

If this all sounds wonderfully intriguing, why not check out the excellent show made by a group we worked with in Croydon in March below?

Singers

Making Tracks: new album ‘Moments’

In March 2018 a group of young people took part in Making Tracks, formed the band ‘Trustees’ and together created a set of songs written from their own perspectives and life experiences for the album ‘Moments’, as well as producing their own radio show ‘New Era on UA Radio’.

This album includes live recordings from the performance at Croydon Hive.

Making Tracks is a programme developed by the Irene Taylor Trust to positively engage young people in the community by providing enriching creative opportunities. This project was run in partnership with The Prince’s Trust’s Get Started programme.

More info about The Prince’s Trust’s Get Started programme is here.

Food for Thought artwork

Making Tracks: Food for Thought album

In February 2018 a group of young people from Lewisham YOS took part in Making Tracks, formed the band ‘Undecided (At The Lounge)’ and together produced a set of songs written from their own perspectives and life experiences for the album ‘Food for Thought’, available to listen to now:

Young Producers Sesh N Sauce

Young Producers: Sesh N Sauce LIVE!

We’re feeling very proud of our Young Producers Müqzz and Yung Hamlit and all the young people who took to the stage at their ‘Sesh N Sauce’ event in Lewisham last night (postponed last week due to snow). The performances were magnificent – professional, original and entertaining! So much musical talent! It’s so inspiring to see the young people we work with on Making Tracks continue to flourish on Young Producers – and wonderful to have some familiar faces returning to share their new musical ventures with us.

Fish Police at Bush Hall

Young Producers: Müqzz blog 3

Young Producers is a new project for young people who have taken part in Making Tracks, supported by the Arts Patron Trust. Our  Young Producers Müqzz and Pedro are collaborating to put on a gig involving other young people and will be blogging about the process.

Fish Police at Bush HallOn our third day at Young Producers, we attended the Sounding Out gig. The Fish Police were the first act to perform and I was blown away with the performance. It was quite odd, something I’ve never seen before. The sounds were great and I could see the whole crowd bopping. I never knew who they were, which gave me high expectation, but they managed to meet.

Inside Out at Bush HallI managed to see all the acts before the actual gig at rehearsals and I was lost for words by the songs that Inside Out were going to perform. No words can do any justice but I have to say Alcoholic is my favourite song. It’s a song that gets you thinking, deep and has a strong message. I like songs with a story and a meaning behind it and I was glad to hear that song. Seeing it in rehearsals and then seeing it on the day, the song was bought to life and I could see the crowd enjoying it.

Before the Inside Out performance, Phaedra, a violinist group performed. Classical music isn’t really my cup of tea but their performance was amazing. It was something that I’ve never seen before, I’m used to listening to more contemporary music.

What I’ve learnt about the event was the different styles of artists that performed. Some of the songs had strong meanings and it told a story. It made me ponder about my experiences and gave me inspiration to write songs when I got home.

Young Producers: Müqzz blog 2

Young Producers is a new project for young people who have taken part in Making Tracks, supported by the Arts Patron Trust. Our Young Producers Müqzz and Pedro are collaborating to put on a gig involving other young people and will be blogging about the process.

On our second day at Young Producers we decided the name of our show which is Sesh ‘n’ Sauce. We then visited the two possible venues for the show which were Fox & Firkin and DIY Space.

I really liked the atmosphere of Fox & Firkin (Lewisham), quite quirky and contemporary. However the train station was quite far from the venue which could be a problem for people coming to the venue. It was set in a pub which means it is an open place, so anyone can come in and join. Also this means we won’t have to do a lot promoting.

The next venue was DIY Space for London (Peckham). The train station was quite far away from the venue. I liked the performance area – it was like a rave type feel. With this place we would have to do a lot of promoting to ensure we have a crowd unlike the other place this venue is a closed place.

In conclusion, I would go for Fox & Firkin. I like the vibe it was giving. There’s a pub so people can buy drinks, food, sit comfortably and enjoy the gig.

Young Producers: Pedro’s Blog 1

Young Producers is a new project for young people who have taken part in Making Tracks, supported by the Arts Patron Trust. Our Young Producers Müqzz and Pedro are collaborating to put on a gig involving other young people and will be blogging about the process.

The first day of Young Producers was just like any other first day; getting adjusted and calibrating to the type of challenges/activities we’ll undertake to accomplish and succeed in.

It was really about deciding and assuming our roles (Me and Müqzz ) , and getting to grips with the terminology of an  event,  the anatomy of it , and lastly understanding the Arts Award and what will be required from us to achieve it .

In short it was quite a good day in terms of stress and workload. The butterflies are gone now, so the next day should be more of a valiant effort from me.

Young Producers: Müqzz blog 1

Young Producers is a new project for young people who have taken part in Making Tracks, supported by the Arts Patron Trust. Our 2 Young Producers Müqzz and Pedro are collaborating to put on a gig involving other young people and will be blogging about the process.

On our first day at Young Producers me and Pedro were introduced to the lovely Irene Taylor Trust and their amazing office. Lauren took us around the building and went through the boring stuff (Health & Safety).

We all sat in a meeting room to brainstorm what is a producer and here is what we came up with…

Brainstorm

Afterwards, we went on to picking our roles each. My roles are; liaising with artists, promotion & marketing and managing schedule of the show.

We then listed down what we need to focus on which are; target audience, which artists to get for the show, name of the show, venue, equipment we need, sort out live band and schedule of show.

Lauren listed out steps to organising an event which are…

Event planning list

We then began making deadlines to complete what we need such as venues and promotion/marketing sorted out before February.