Euronoize DIY music conference

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I’m happy to announce I’ll be giving a presentation at Euronoize conference at University of Reading on 21st September 2018.

Titled ‘Decolonising punk: What it means to redefine punk within racial identity’, the presentation will look at the origins of Decolonise Fest, a festival created by and for punks of colour, and what punk means to people of colour.

In 2016, after mulling over the idea for years Phillips’ posted on her personal social media page, asking if anyone wanted to see a festival for punks of colour to exist. The response Phillips’ received was immediate and it was overwhelming. With a few more punks on board she created Decolonise Fest, the first music UK festival created by and for people of colour. This talk will discuss Decolonise Fest and the history of people of colour in punk, ending with a Q&A. It will cover the following key areas: Why Phillips started Decolonise Fest; How and why punk history has become whitewashed; How to bring the history of punks of colour to centre stage and the impact it could have; Why Phillips wanted to make space for people of colour in the punk scene; Feedback the group received from other punks; Why in today’s political landscape punk is made for people of colour and; Does the future of punk lie with people of colour?

For more information about the other speakers, conference and ticketing visit euronoize.eu.

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Soho Music Month x gal-dem

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Happy to announce I’ll be speaking on a panel at Soho Music Month’s event with gal-dem on Tuesday 12th June.

The panel at Platform LDN will focus on the importance of community in building a music career.

I’ll be speaking with DJ Manara (BBC AZN NETWORK, BBC, Night Slugs, Fade to Mind), and rapper Layfullstop (Roots Raddix); hosted by Grace Shutti.

The Speak Out: Race & Disparity in the UK Event

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I’ll be speaking Every Voice’s event The Speak Out: Race and Disparity in the UK on Wednesday 6th December, 6pm – 8.30pm at The Peel Centre, 3 Corners Centre, Northampton Road, EC1R 9HU.

The talk will be focused on the recent government race and disparity audit and how the community can respond to it.

Singer / Songwriter panel at Bridging the Gap

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It was great to speak on the singer / songwriter panel at Gal Dem‘s event Bridging the Gap: Women in Music at Rich Mix.

I shared a panel with Fran Lobo, Azadi, Laura Misch and Marie Dahlstrom.

We spoke about how we started, our influences and why we make music.

You can watch the recording of our conversation here.

 

Audio of Women Make Noise Discussion

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I took part in a panel discussion called Women Make Noise as part of the Off the Shelf festival in Sheffield. The discussion focused on women’s experiences of music culture and the industry and featured myself, Julia Downes, Alanna McArdle and Sarita Karr.

Here is the audio of the whole event which covered many interesting topics including the exclusion of black women in music, the experiences of being a woman in a male dominated band and the experiences of being a female house and techno DJ.

I don’t always get paid for my work, so if you’ve liked my pieces and want me to write more you can donate a couple pennies to keep me going in between paid work.

Women Make Noise: A Discussion

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I will be taking part in the panel discussion ‘Women Make Noise: A Discussion’ at Off the Shelf in Sheffield in October.

LaDIYfest Sheffield will host a panel discussion on women’s experiences of music culture with myself, Julia Downes, editor of Women Make Noise and Alanna McArdle, musician in Joanna Gruesome.

Thurs 16 Oct, 7pm
Women Make Noise – A Discussion
Coffee Revolution, University of Sheffield Students’ Union, Western Bank, S10 2TG
Admission free. No need to book

I don’t always get paid for my work, so if you’ve liked my pieces and want me to write more you can donate a couple pennies to keep me going in between paid work.