The music industry can be a hard place to navigate, especially when you’re doing it on your own. Whether you want to be an artist, a manager, a PR, a journalist or even start your own label, it’s hard to know where and how to start. That doesn’t mean it can’t be done though, Notion has been independent since day one, and we are still are, thirteen years and seventy-seven issues later. We’re proud of our independence and so to celebrate the release of our new issue tomorrow (pre-order your copy now), we’re holding a panel with some of our favourite industry folk all about maintaining your independence in the music industry.
Chairing the discussion is the people’s plug, Sian Anderson. At Radio 1 Xtra and beyond, Sian has consistently championed independent music in the UK and even founded her own mentoring project, Floor Sixx (more on that here) to help teach the next generation of managers, producers, artists and more how to operate in the industry. Alongside her will be: our freshly unveiled cover star, Kojey Radical, a fiercely independent MC, poet and all-round creative whose set the UK alight over the last few years, who’ll share his insights into how to make it on your own as an artist, Imran Malik, the independent PR agent behind the likes of J Hus, A$AP Rocky, SZA and more, who’ll share how he built a roster of some of the world’s biggest talents with no agency backing.
The three of them will also be joined by Luke Solomon, the longterm A&R at Defected Records, co-founder of Classic Music Company and all-round independent record label expert and finally, our very own Editor Phie McKenzie who has been shaping the magazine’s direction and championing independent music, fashion and culture for over two years. All of them will be discussing their journey as independent actors in the music industry and sharing advice for anyone who wants to tackle it on their own terms.
We want this panel to be as accessible to as many people as possible, and so we’ve made the tickets free. You do have to reserve a place in advance, but it won’t cost you a penny. No matter what aspect of the music industry you’re interested in working in, our panel are living proof you can do it on your own.
Reserve your place now and get down to BOXPARK Shoreditch tomorrow night at 6:30 PM for the discussion.