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.

What an Incredible Night! Young Producers Present: ‘Summer Awakening’

Last night’s gig was fantastic! The Super-band made up of Lou-marie, Muqzz, Ola, RT, Emma, Tru-Star, Gary, Ian and Chris performed 4 super new tracks, ‘Silent but Deadly‘, ‘I Don’t Wanna Hear It‘, ‘Mental Machine Gunner‘, and ‘Stars‘. We were also treated to amazing spoken word pieces by RT & King Ahmed, as well as an explosive solo set by Pedro. Congratulations to everyone who performed!

Louisa’s Blog 4

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

This morning we met Jake at London Bridge station and then went to a cute little cafe called the Breakfast Club, where they played old music very loud!! I loved it, they also did a cool retro selection of drinks.

After that we got on a bus to Battersea to the Magic Garden – like the name, the garden was beautiful with sofas, old cabs and cool drink bars. We then waited and ate our lunch talking about the show for a few hours until the open mic night started! It was amazing – there was loads of actual musicians and people just going there for a sing song!

There was one man that reminded me of me he was so nervous but the audience was so supportive! Shouting to him he’s doing so well, he kept swearing lol! It made me want to do one there! Just have to get some songs ready. Also there was some crazy acts but they were very enjoyable. leaving the audience talking still after they left. There was a large selection of hip hop, soul, r&b and all original music. Overall a very enjoyable experience would defo do it again.

So improvements i’d suggest would be.. can you do covers? And if you can’t play an instrument, can you get someone else to play one for you? Do they have winners, or does everyone get a free meal as its Sing For Your Supper?

Ola’s 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 second 2 Young Producers are collaborating to put on a gig involving other young people and will be blogging about the process.

It’s the third session of Young Producers and our workload is increasing steadily. we made our way to the Southbank Centre to watch the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra perform. We arrived at about 4pm and the performance was due to begin at 7:30pm so we had about three hours to work on our event. Lauren, Louisa and I had a discussion about what our social media strategy would be. I came up with suggestions of pictures we could take around the Southbank building to post on our social media seeing as we were close to landmarks like the London Eye and the Royal Festival Hall.

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Later, we had a call from Jake telling us that he had organised for us to speak to Sally – one of the members of the orchestra. My role was to come up with questions to ask her. We then recorded some Instagram videos and vines, we ran into a bit of a problem because it started to rain so we decided to take pictures of the performance area instead.

The performance started on time, the setup was amazing with all the instruments. The performance was conducted by Japanese conductor Tadaaki Otaka. We listened to the works of Elgar, Tchaikovsky and Walton. The orchestra sounded incredible and it was inspiring to watch a large number of people playing together as a unit. The level of team work involved really showed and seeing the orchestra play gave me some extra motivation to make sure that our event is just as good.

Ola’s 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 second 2 Young Producers are collaborating to put on a gig involving other young people and will be blogging about the process.

It was straight to business on day 2 of our project. Lauren presented us with a draft of our flyer it looked really good (shout out to Luke) but we decided to tweak the colour scheme to make it fit better with our theme for the event. We swapped the background colour which was a kind of orangey-red to sky blue and we made some adjustments to the images.

image1 (002) (002)The afternoon session was the best part of the day, we met with Alex, co-founder of LeeFest (now Neverland) – a summertime music festival/theme park. He had a lot of knowledge to share and he gave us some great advice. You could feel the knowledge pouring out of him that it was hard to keep up!

Alex gave us a lot of tips on how to make sure that our event was successful. He summed it up into five points which was basically:

  • Book the talent
  • Budget
  • Book the venue
  • Marketing/Advance information
  • Share/Check venue space

All of these points have several sub points which are too long to share in this blog but you get the point. Alex runs a small music venue now with a capacity of 100. Although some of the information he gave us wouldn’t necessarily apply to our event because ours is not for profit, it was helpful to learn about what it takes and the challenges involved in running a successful music venue.

For the next session, we are planning to shoot some video vines/pictures as part of promoting our event on social media. We will also be visiting the Southbank Centre to see the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra so keep your eyes peeled!