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In our ongoing efforts of support the music community, we are launching a series of initiatives to empower black and LGBTQI+ artists in London. We’ve teamed up with BEAUTIFUL and its founder SHERELLE to open a new studio space, academy & workshop programme, and exhibition series in Hackney Wick.

BEAUTIFUL

Created in 2021 BEAUTIFUL was SHERELLE’s response to whitewashing and the erasure of both Black and queer history within electronic music. Using the BEAUTIFUL platform SHERELLE enlisted the help of established & emerging artists such as Loraine James Scratcha DVA Nia Archives and TAAHLIAH to release an 18-track compilation entitled BEAUTIFUL VOL. 1.

We have now partnered with BEAUTIFUL to help fund a number of free activations for the BEAUTIFUL and wider black and LGBTIQI+ community. Since last year we have quietly worked with SHERELLE to refine a programme to tackle some of the recurring barriers and obstacles faced by some Black and queer artists at the early stages of their development in becoming professionals in the form of a pop-up HQ for all things BEAUTIFUL.

EXHIBITION 001

To launch this initiative, BEAUTIFUL curated a week-long exhibition titled move/002 with fynn studio across two floors at Open House Hackney, celebrating the importance and power of black and queer communities within rave culture. It was the second instalment of the move/ art series, coming from the curation firm behind Saatchi Gallery’s rave culture show Sweet Harmony - one of London’s biggest art exhibitions in 2019. 

Through photography, poetry, archival texts and digital installations move/002 reinterpreted the story of the black and queer experience in rave over the last forty years. Drum n bass pioneers Fabio and Grooverider provided insights to their decades-spanning careers accompanied by iconic portraits of them by Britain’s leading rave photographer Dave Swindells. Bringing us up to the present day, Bernice Mulenga, the most prominent photographer from the black British lgbtq+ community, also shared energetic dancefloor scenes from nights such as BBZ and Queer Bruk. 

move/002 confidently platformed emerging talent and played host to the powerful work of up-and-coming artist Craig Bernard, whose photography explores the UK black community through themes such as Notting Hill Carnival and the BLM protests seen during the lockdown. Behind-the-scene photographs by Imaani Iris Erdogan shared an insight into life producing shows at Reprezent Radio, whilst London audiences had the first opportunity to see New Yorker Guarionex Rodriguez Jnr’s photography of Dweller Festival. 

Stay tuned for more exhibitions coming later in 2022.

WORKSHOPS

We are committed to shaping the future of music creation by empowering creators and breaking down barriers at every stage. In collaboration with SHERELLE's platform BEAUTIFUL, we are hosting a series of free workshops in London throughout October 2022.

Each workshop will be hosted by SHERELLE, giving 15 students access to hands-on classes, lectures and talks about how to navigate the music industry, better their artistic craft and learn about electronic music and how ingrained Black and queer artists are in its history. The first session will cover the history and political impact of Black music with journalist, author and DJ, Marcus Barnes with some of the most exciting names in electronic music, Lil SilvaMura Masa and LCY giving a workshop on productionDJ and writer Elijah will discuss the economical and social aspects of the industry followed by a roundtable discussion with key professional figures from managers to PRs such as Phoebe Gold (manager, PinkPantheress), Errol (Touching Bass), SHERELLE (BEAUTIFUL), Mitch Stevens (Revenant Earth), Hannah Shogbola (United Talent) plus special guest. The final lesson will be on the cultural impact of Black music and examining the rise of PinkPantheress, PinkPantheress herself will be there and in conversation with SHERELLE. 

The main premise of these workshops is to help give people a foot up in their career in music, nurture their development and educate them in both the business and creative aspects of the music industry. They are specifically aimed towards queer and BIPOC students from various economic backgrounds. 

LESSON 1: HISTORY & POLITICAL IMPACT OF BLACK MUSIC

Thursday 6th of October, 19:00 - 21:00

Lecture: Marcus Barnes. Radio: SHERELLE, Lil C, Zakia

LESSON 2: ASSEMBLING YOUR TEAM AND STARTING A BUSINESS

Thursday 13th of October, 19:00 - 21:00 

Lecture: Elijah. Roundtable discussion: Phoebe Gold (manager, PinkPantheress), Errol (Touching Bass), SHERELLE (BEAUTIFUL), Mitch Stevens (Revenant Earth), Hannah Shogbola (United Talent) + special guests

LESSON 3: PRODUCER WORKSHOP

Thursday 20th of October, 19:00 - 21:00 

Producer Masterclass: Mura Masa, Lil Silva, LCY, Sherelle

LESSON 4: CULTURAL IMPACT OF BLACK MUSIC & EXAMINING THE RISE OF PINK PANTHERESS

Tuesday 25th of October, 19:00 - 21:00 

Lecture/conversation: SHERELLE talks to PinkPantheress.

STUDIO

The temporary hub we have created with BEAUTIFUL will include a brand new, kitted out studio space managed by the BEAUTIFUL team for  Black, LGBTQI+ electronic music artists to develop ideas and record without the financial and availability constraints they may have previously experienced, by giving them free access to tools, programmes, gear and equipment they might have not have had before.

HÖR

TAKEOVERS

Streaming live from the notorious HÖR studios in Berlin, SHERELLE invites a selection of DJs and producers from her BEAUTIFUL label to showcase their sound in a series of livestreams throughout the year.

SHEBA Q

Sheba Q wants you to know that Jungle is the mother of Grime and the sister of Hip-Hop when she steps up to the turntables. Alongside being a jungle enthusiast, both new and old, she always draws for an eclectic selection, showcasing the true versatility the music has to offer.

When Sheba Q steps up to the turntables, she brings a deep level of knowledge and understanding to her performance with song selections that only a true music fanatic could display.

Sheba Q has come a long way, having produced and released tracks with Coco Bryce, Double O and her own EP with No Nation. Notable performances include Keep Hush, Boiler Room, Rupture, Outlook Festival, Distant Planet, Headspace, Queer Rave, Floorless, Materials, Planet Wax, Black Artist Database, Unorthodox, DJ Mag, Late Night Shopper, Hoots TV, Rudeboys and Rollups and much more.

Sheba Q was also nominated for DJ Mag's Breakthrough DJ 2021.

KESSLER

Kessler aka Eddy Kennedy is proving himself as a staple of modern electronic music. Tipped as one of the most exciting producers and selectors, collecting records & studying production from an early age enabled him to showcase his deep passion for music. An eclectic taste is well and truly reflected through Kessler’s creative & unique style, portrayed through an array of releases on Shall Not Fade, Holding Hands, Club Glow, Hospital Records and more. Influenced but not limited to the cut throat amen breaks of drum & bass and jungle, warped twisted rhythms typical of Ilian Tape & Warp right through to drunken drummer grooves of J Dilla.

Having nurtured his sound in the UK & Ireland, Kessler relocated to Rotterdam to continue growing his fluid, forward thinking & genre defying aesthetic which you can hear in ‘Ambivalent’ & ‘Foul Play’, He created a dynamic signature of immersive breaks & bass-driven music, receiving praise along the way, and debuting his output across multiple reputable stations like BBC Radio 1, Rinse FM & NTS. Also sought out for his selections, where he outlines his distinct connection with unrestricted electro, garage, jungle & techno, Kessler has gained a reputation for tough and diverse sets that command the dancefloor, landing a residency on Rinse FM, racking up on guest appearances on Rinse France, Balamii, BBC R1/ R1xtra and podcasts for the likes of Mixmag, FEEL MY BICEP, DJ Mag, Lobster Theremin, Ransom Note to name a few.

Despite worldwide setbacks, 2021 still saw great achievements for the breakbeat aficionado, earning a nomination for Breakthrough Producer in DJ Mag's Best of British Awards and a landmark Boiler Room performance on home soil at AVA Festival. 2022 continues the momentum with an illustrious touring schedule, including appearances at coveted festivals like Dekmantel, Warehouse Project & Waterworks, exploring the possibilities of live performance and a strong string of releases yet to come, exploring various sonics to cast from his creative bow.

Kessler also boasts his own club imprints Footwork & Meraki, which sees him curate line-ups within the realm of footwork, jungle, electro, breaks & driven techno.

SCAPA

SCAPA is a London born, Manchester based producer and DJ. With aspirations to compose music for video games, her sound is a fusion of synth focused, sound design elements and electronic glitches that have a heavy presence throughout her tracks. Having been immensely influenced by Manchester’s scene, it is only fitting that her first releases were part of two of the city’s underground music fundraisers in 2020, followed by her contribution to SHERELLE’s critically acclaimed BEAUTIFUL VOL. 1 LP in 2021. With production spanning from the experimental solo EP release “i deserve nice things” in November 2021 to Afropop tracks produced as part of her Asa Baako x SEEN residency, SCAPA has already proved her versatility as an artist.

Though her DJ career was born out of lockdown, SCAPA’s growth has been rapid - from creating mixes for stations throughout the UK and regularly playing for Manchester collectives such as Shifting Spheres, Left, Right & Centre and RebeccaNeverBecky, to DJing for the likes of international sensation Amaarae and at Manchester International Festival. When not producing or DJing SCAPA can be found teaching production workshops to women and non-binary people in efforts to address the extreme gender imbalance in music.

NO NATION

Rooted in the sounds of Jazz, Progressive Rock and Fusion, No Nation quickly cemented himself within Soul, RnB and Old School Hip Hop club scenes with a residency at Vibe (London) and appearances at events like Old School Sundays & GotSoul Sundays as well as international bookings across the globe.

As a producer his music is something to be savoured. Drawing inspiration from music on labels such as Inperspective and Scientific Wax, he combines dynamic and diverse fusion of soulful sounds, chopped breaks and samples - sure to leave a lasting impression. Along with production partner Sheba Q, No Nation has several features of Bristol-based dance label Slippery Sounds, London leftfield label Diffrent Music and most recently Sherelle's new imprint BEAUTIFUL music.

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