BBC Introducing Live was a success yet again. The Rattle played host to some of the best new and exciting music acts, as well as music industry wave makers, who provided incredibly insightful conversations. This paired with our super cosy and inviting space and a load of people getting involved made for an amazing (and busy) three days.

Let’s go through some of the mega things that we had going on, so that you can get some serious FOMO if you didn’t make it down, or just feel a little bit smug if you did.

Finding Your Gang with Saint Agnes

Our panels started strong with an ‘in conversation’ with Jon Tufnell, guitarist and front man in the ferocious 4-piece rock band, Saint Agnes. Hosted by Aylen Genero, Founder of Poxy Productions, they discussed how Saint Agnes turned a small fan base into a strong and engaged audience over 12 months. Sharing insights and some gems on how an artist can kick start their career and grow a fan base.

What I Learnt On The Path To Funding

Our panel of strong female badass bosses discussed their successful and unsuccessful funding tales, providing a fantastic and insightful look into arts, music and tech funding.

Panel above from left to right: Lydia Gregory (Co-founder, Feed Forward AI), Bishi (Artist & Founder of WITCiH), Calista Kazuko (Artist, Co-founder, Voice of Aiko) and moderator Rekha Mehr MBE (Entrepreneur, Founder-Champion).

GEISTE

GEISTE gave us a mesmerising and mystical performance. With elf ears on and her ethereal presence, her dark electronic pop kept the audience captivated throughout her set, as you cannot help but be drawn in.
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How to Be An Artist-Entrepreneur with Too Many T’s

Kickstarting day 2 we had UK hip hop duo, Too Many T’s, chatting with Snow Dduevski, Community Manager at The Rattle. They covered everything from global touring to self management. Looking at their journey from DIY artists to having having the support of a full team.
“It really was amazing to look back on all we’ve achieved and discuss how we’ve done it – through working fucking hard, through determination, being authentic, being consistent, networking, a bit of blind faith, some chance encounters and lucky breaks.” – @toomanyts (via instagram)
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Girls Rock London: Screening and Q&A

Linda Buratto, co founder of Girls Rock London came down to the space to chat with Rattle Director, Jess McCarten. The Girls Rock documentary To The Front showed unacquainted women, with no musical experience, learn an instrument, form a band and perform live all in 3 days. Exploring the prevalent issues of confidence, taking up space and the under-representation of women in the music industry.

Our Man In The Field

Taking to the stage with his full band, Our Man In The Field instantaneously captured the audience with his enchanting folk arrangements. He has crafted a poignant set of acoustic folk songs, with meaningful content.

When Music Meets Tech

Moderated by Jon Eades, co founder and COO of The Rattle, the panel discussed current and future opportunities for artists within emerging technologies. Exploring how music creators can find new opportunities within the tech world. This was a super interesting panel as Jon stirred the pot, resulting in some heated debate. Our forward thinking, innovative and diverse panel consisted of Adiba Maduegbuna (ANIM Sessions), Cecilie Dreyer (Banders), Ali Reza (Gramrphone) and George Wright (Vochlea).

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Doing Well vs Being Well

Sital Panesar, founder of MusicaTherapy hosted this panel, identifying and providing helpful tips on how striving for stardom can be balanced with self-care. Guiding us through the issues artists face today and how to deal with that. Everyone on the panel delivered at least one mic drop moment, that received a wave of applause.The panel was made up of (from left to right) Ashton Brooks-Ogunbayo (SlickDotR), Gene Carini (V Sly, Assemblist), Sital Panesar (MusicaTherpay) Rami Radi (Laid Bare) and Rosi Croom (Faultress).

Tech Demos

Both Friday and Saturday saw a load of tech take over our studios. Showcasing some of the mind blowing tech coming out of The Rattle. Over the two days we had demos from: Vochlea, Gramrphone, Rotor Videos, Tutti, Suprfan, Lyrical Kombat, The Hat and Gigride.
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“Daaang. Just saw this explained on a panel at @therattlespace and I did not know this was possible” – @HrefnaHelga, about Vochela

Big Peyote

We closed the mad successful 3 days with a performance from alternative rock band, Big Peyote. Mixing desert rock vibes with some classic British songwriting, and sweet vocal harmonies, Big Peyote were not only great to listen to, but they delivered a show that made the audience dance.

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So overall that was a pretty successful BBC Introducing! It was jam packed and hectic but it was so worth it. It would have been nothing without everyone that got involved. So a big big big thank you to our panellists and performers and of course to those that came and said hi.
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Big love,
Team Rattle x

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