As part of the build up to the 1Xtra Live event in Leeds 2015 the BBC worked in partnership with a number of community organisations across the city to bring grass roots experiences to the young people of Leeds.
“We are really excited to be bringing such an ambitious programme of events to Leeds and Bradford. By working alongside some of the brilliant community organisations in those cities we will offer some real grass roots, inspirational and empowering sessions for the young people of West Yorkshire, and then give opportunities for those people to put their skills into practice with 1Xtra.” Angie Pitt, Radio 1 and 1Xtra’s Outreach Manager
Words First is a new partnership with BBC Radio 1Xtra and the Roundhouse that will seek to find the hottest and freshest spoken word talent from across the country supported by Arts Council England.
Studio12 and Leeds Young Authors were chosen to host workshops and masterclasses in Leeds on the 5th to 9th of October 2015. 62 young people applied from across the region and 13 young people were selected to attend the workshop. A week long workshop covering spoken word and performance was lead by Khadijah Ibrahim and Testament hosted by Studio12. Visiting artists included Saju Ahmed, Zodwa Nyoni and DJ Target from 1Xtra.
The week resulted in 13 young people performing their spoken word, written in 3 days to a live audience of 90 people and broadcast from Leeds Central Library on 1Xtra DJ Target’s radio programme to millions of people.
The week concluded with Denmarc Creary selected and mentored by Studio12 and Leeds Young Authors to perform at the 1Xtra Live event at the Leeds Arena to 10,000 people and broadcast live on TV.
Check out the young people performing their poetry.
Masterclass with DJ Target, Austin Daboh and Alan Raw.
13 young people received one to one mentoring with the artists.
DJ Target used his extensive knowledge of DJing, producing music, performance and radio to advise and mentor the young people.
Austin Daboh is the Music Manger for 1Xtra. He talked about how to get tracks onto radio, what makes a good track and how to be a professional musician and promoter.
Alan Raw from BBC Introducing Yorkshire and Humber, talked about getting tracks submitted to the playlist.
The three artists then spent 10mins with each participant listening to their music, advising them on what they could do to improve their tracks.
From this session 1Xtra have played six people’s tracks on the radio that have participated in the workshop. Two tracks have been the introducing track for the week, which they play on all radio shows and four people where also selected for the BBC Introducing stage.
The young people gained a lot from the experience, meeting important people and getting real feedback from the industry. There was a real buzz of excitement in the studio and the masterclass brought a sense of professionalism to the studio.
DJ Target – BBC 1Xtra Said: “A great community place with all the relevant software and hardware where young people can hone their singer songwriter and production skills…boy I was impressed!”
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Women in Music
The Women in Music idea formed between Studio12 and BBC 1Xtra to address the imbalance of women in the industry and the studio. Held on Thursday 17th of September 2015, 5-8pm in Room700 Leeds Central Library, the event was tailored to young women looking to enter the music industry, whether it be as an artist, DJ or music producer.
The event was hosted by Adele Roberts from BBC Radio1 and introduced with a live performance by Studio12 participant, Empress Imani. Providing a platform for Studio12 members to showcase their talent.
A Q&A panel of experts from BBC 1Xtra including Mel Rudder, Carla Marie Williams, Jamz Supernova and Sian Anderson provided excellent advice to the attendees.
The audience was encouraged to split into smaller groups creating the opportunity to talk to the experts on a 1 to 1 basis. Networking took place at the end of the evening, providing local media organisations, universities, artists and producers the chance to chat, swap contacts and the opportunity to collaborate in the future.
The event was inspirational to young women, providing information on routes into the music industry.