Creative Associate Professionals
The graduates and alumni of the CICAS® programme continue to work with
MMC under this project, enabling us to maximise our investment and
strengthen links between emerging new talent and more established
entrepreneurs, as well as encouraging our professional music industry contacts
to collaborate with them on commercial ventures.
Leah Vee, aka Veronica Youdell, began facilitating music workshops in 2007 using her vast experience as a music artist and her passion for working with young people.
Leah’s interest in music and performing arts began at an early age, taking regular classes at Sylvia Young and performing in shows with youth theatre groups. After completing a HND in Popular Music and Performing Arts she began to create and record her own material working with music producers and regularly performed at night clubs as a freestyle vocalist and MC.
She was introduced to the style of Hipopera theatre whilst working on projects with The Roundhouse and The London Urban Collective. Both projects gave her the opportunity to write her own lyrics for her character role and perform at The Roundhouse, Pleasance Theatre and Bloomsbury Theatre in London. This lead to her being cast the lead role in a short film and music video that explored gender discrimination and human rights. The film was produced by Company of Angels and was shown to young people in schools across the country.
Shannon Ho has over ten years of working experience in the Creative Media Industries. She started her career in TV production in her hometown of Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia, assisting in filming and commercial projects. Her career developed into the classical music business, where she has seven years of International orchestra management experience, including three years being the Orchestra Personnel Manager of the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra.
Her drive for progression inspired her move to London where she was recently awarded Distinction for her Master’s Degree in Creative Media Industries – Cultural Management at the London South Bank University. During her studies, she had the opportunity for her placement at the renowned artists’ management company, IMG Artists, and also worked independently with musicians in developing music projects. These projects include, commissioning new music for a Charlie Chaplin film, conducting a research performance with an experimental musician H2drOp, and coordinating an ensemble orchestra for a concert at the London Coliseum.She has vast contacts in classical music industry in Europe, America and Asia.
Musician, Entrepreneur, Director and Lover of life are the words, which most astutely describe our street, savvy South Londoner, Mic Assassin. Being disheartened and disillusioned with the politics of the music industry, his time away from music was productively spent setting up entrepreneurial ventures including an independent video production company ‘FWD360’ under which Mic directed & edited over a100 projects for global brands, charities and many grass roots organisations and independent music artists.
MMC’s ARCO Music Media graduate Jenni Steele was honoured in 2013 as one of the top twelve influential Afro Caribbean Women in the UK. She created a radio show to motivate, inspire, and celebrate local heroes and 'sheroes.' In 2009 she founded Lioness Ladies Network Dinner to support women from all walks of life. Jenni believes that women are as lionesses, head of many families, and hold the key to their success. The Jenni Steele Foundation is an organisation dedicated to creating opportunities and a support network for the next generation of leaders.
Chris Redmond - Tongue Fu
Tongue Fu Website
Tongue Fu is one of the UK's leading spoken word shows. Poets, storytellers, rappers and comedians perform with improvised soundtracks by the genre hopping Tongue Fu Band (Nostalgia 77, Jamie Cullum, Beardyman) and films by East London design studio CR&D. Created and hosted by poet Chris Redmond (Scroobius Pip’s Beatdown XFM / Pick Of The Week – BBC R4) “It’s poetry, but not as you know it … amazing' The Guardian
Shaka Lish - Dancer Vocalist
Listen to her releases here
MMC’s ARCO Music Media graduate Shaka Lish is UK singer/songwriter, vocal producer and DJ. Shaka is soulful, reflective and melodic, her songs speaking of female strength and determination, whilst also encompassing feminine vulnerability and sensitivity. Her material draws on personal experience and reflects a broad range of influences; London street culture, French poetry, popular sub-genres and the natural world. Performing either acoustically or with a full band, Shaka has gained respect and a reputation for being an exciting performer, appearing in the UK and abroad. Current releases include: Superwoman (2014) - single with Spanish producer Deenk, Learning To Fly (2014) - debut album Meant To Be (2013) - single with Dan Spartacus and Noise DJ I'm Calling (2013)
Shaka DJs at prestigious venues and events, playing a mixture of her favourite genres including RnB, Dance, Funk/Soul, House, and Reggae
DJ Steve Strawberry - Whats on What's Up Magazine
DJ Steve Strawberry on RA
MMC’s ARCO Music Media graduate and much talked-about figure on London's resurgent techno scene, Steve Strawberry is one of the most passionate and talented young jocks on the circuit. Promoter and resident of Tilted Disco, and resident for the capital's hottest new techno party Closer, his enthusiasm for the genre and skill on the decks is winning him admirers far and wide. Taking his name from his formerly voracious appetite for strawberry blotter tabs – and indeed his enduring love of Roland 303s and their seminal acid sound – his nom de plume is as memorable as his tough, groovy sound.
DJ NG - DJ, Producer, Radio Presenter - The Factory Club - Reprezent FM
MMC’s ARCO Music Media graduate DJ NG co-wrote and produced the 126 bpm club anthem Tell Me, featuring Katy B (On a Mission) & MC Versatile (Crazy Cousins). This trendsetting floor filler is viewed by many as pivotal influence on the London UK ‘House n Funky’ scene (also known as UK FUNKY). He has become well a known DJ, producer and radio presenter; the first key House & Funky player (alongside DJ/Producer Geeneus) on Rinse FM, holding down a four year show from 2006 and promoting the sounds of everything House music related. Signing as a recording artist to Ministry of Sound in 2008, he subsequently deputised for BBC 1Xtra’s weekly four hour House mix show, and had guest mixes and interviews broadcast on Radio 1 & Choice FM. DJ NG named his fresh London / Urban electronic dance sound 'URBANCE' and has remixed for many of the major record companies, and artists such as Usher, Will.I.Am, Lilly Allen, and Natty.
Kerry O'Brien - Young Urban Arts Foundation
Kerry established Young Urban Arts Foundation as a registered charity in order to help vulnerable and disadvantaged young people. Engaging them through music and associated arts, they are assisted to learn new skills, thereby building confidence and self-esteem, leading many to experience further opportunities, training and employment.
Carrie Martin - Vocal Tutor
MMC’s ARCO Music Media graduate Carrie is currently recording a five track EP – The Message – on the themes of heartbreak, overcoming hardship, and empowering women to rise up in the face of life's challenges. She is a member of the Acting Team for Hillsong Church, London, which fills The Dominion Theatre every Sunday. She also works as an extra on film shoots. The most recent film on which she worked, Fighting with my Family, will be released at the end of the 2017.
Carrie says “it’s been challenging year so far, but it all helps when writing new material. I hope to be an inspiration to anyone facing challenging times.”
Sean Fraser - Earmatch
Sean Fraser is a digital entrepreneur and founder of earmatch. He has created businesses in recruitment, events management, hospitality, funds management, digital media and music entertainment. A Londoner, Sean started his first business in events promotion at the age of nineteen. On completion of a BA in Business Entrepreneurship from the University of Northampton, he set up shop in the recruitment industry, providing expert tutors to education-based institutions. He is CEO at eamatch, a digital network for creators to connect, share content and exchange services.
Angelina Luzi - Independent Artist & Songwriter
Angelina’s love of choral music inspired her to compose and perform at the Royal Festival Hall for the Chorus Festival 2013, presenting her solo material with the Goldsmith Vocal Ensemble. This fifty piece choir and string section was conducted and curated in collaboration with Mercury Prize nominee ESKA. Angelina is a lead vocalist in many different genres, with projects such as After Eight (melodic rock), MasQua (folk electronica), Afrodizzie (afrobeat), and her most recent project, Terra Viva (Italian gipsy folk), exploring Italian musical traditions mixed with gipsy/jazz and London influences. She also collaborates with several producers as a recording artist and songwriter in Italy, London and Paris, including work with Sparky Riot, Leading Astray and Uncle Nola
Devid Dell'Aiera - The Dustaphonics
The Dustaphonics is not a band in the traditional sense; instead it is composed of founder, band leader, music director & producer DJ Healer Selecta, who selects and assembles a specific rotating line-up of London-based singers, drummers and bass players to form a 4 piece band: Yvan playing guitar himself, featuring Gizelle Smith or Hayley Red or Aina Roxx on vocals. Mark Claydon or Eric Frajria or Bruce Brand or Hugo Deviers on drums and Dan Whaley or Daniel Jeanren - aud or Devid Dell’Aiera on bass.
Oggie - Independent Artist
Oggie is the vocalist on the classic UK Garage anthem ‘Follow Me’ released by Aim Records in 2004. His current group UK3 brings together three garage hit makers in their own right as Harvey, Ultra and Oggie. His self-written and produced follow up single ‘YOU’ became an underground smash hit and the Agent X remix made its way on to 2008’s Ministry of Sound Garage Classics 2. He has worked with legendary producer Ed Case, who produced his third hit single ‘All I Wanna Do’ which reached number four on the BBC 1xtra Garage chart and stayed in the top ten for eight weeks.
Oggie has also written songs for The Channel 4 Film Future Wags Of Great Britain, The Park, and Tight Jeans. He starred on the West End stage and toured internationally as a cast member of the Michael Jackson musical, Thriller Live.
Christen Asante & Darren Baba - Restless By Nature
In bringing together a talented pool of individuals, Restless by Nature produce modes of creative form that inspire, educate and entertain audiences. With a breadth of industry knowledge and experience, they shine a new light on an ever-changing world whilst maintaining a social conscience.
Claye (Clay Morrison) - Producer - Roc Nation! - Claybeats Publishing/Artist
MMC’s ARCO Music Media graduate Claye has established himself as a brilliant artist, songwriter and producer stamping his mark on everything he touches. As well as being a classically trained pianist, he taught himself to play drums and the guitar, he has an incredible ear for music and can come up with amazing song concepts in the blink of an eye.Claye started out making reggae tracks when he was a teenager still living in Jamaica, but didn’t stop
at the genre as he was heavily into the sound of The Neptunes, Teddy Riley and Timbaland. Claye was also signed to Jay Z’s Rocnation Publishing.
Andre Lecointe - Highrise Media
Andre Lecointe-Gayle is a business development specialist and business coach with over twenty-five years experience. He has worked on business development projects with a range of organisations including Vodafone, Sony Music International, The Princes Trust and The Children’s Society, and founded companies in the media, digital and manufacturing sectors. As SME Growth Manager for Lancaster University Management School and the London Fusion project, he delivers business development training and seminars, builds strategic networks and provides advice, assistance and mentoring to ambitious, growth-orientated businesses. London Fusion is an EU initiative, led by Lancaster University Management School, to support growth and employment within SMEs in London’s Creative and Digital sectors.
Juliette S Dalton - 2Diceproductionz Ltd
At 2dice, they produce a story within a story through social and digital assets. The services include ‘Making of’ material, EPK's and behind the scenes content. From video assets to Time Lapse sequences and even stills, they can document, capture and maximise a shoot. 2diceproductionz is led by Juliette S Dalton, an experienced artist with a broad range of skills and an exceptional vision from a painter's perspective.
Pablo Paracchino - Afrodizzies - Samba Drumming Workshop
Afrodizzie began as a studio project, but soon developed into a twelve piece funk/afro-beat band, playing the music of Africa, mixed with funk and jazz. In 2014 Afrodizzie released their debut album Masta Copy, released on Kanuga Records. working with The Midi Music Company for fourteen years, Pablo has also been involved in a variety of theatre productions as performer, composer and musical director. These include street theatre productions The Maharaja's Banquet at Richmond and Stockton Arts Festivals, and In The Dhol Drum, in collaboration with the Dohl Academy and Nutkhut (UK Tour 2005-06). Other productions include Unfolding Handersen at The British Library (2005) with Theatre Rites, and most recently Where Will We Live? by Changing Faces Collective, performed at Southwark Playhouse and Camden People's Theatre as part of the CPT Festival.
Richie Boy - The Next Room Studios
Having been involved with three number ones, The Next Room bring a wealth of musical experience and with their professional master studio situated conveniently in Whetstone, North London, have everything at hand to make your experience memorable, and give your production the polish to shine. They take time to make sure all your production requirements are taken care of. Direction/ Style / Instrumentation / Sounds. Remix/ The Next Room are well known for their eclectic remix styles, for more info see their showreels.