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Reflections from Wired4Music: Sessions

This piece has been written by Wired4Music member, and Generate programme participant, Toni Nihi.

This summer I was blessed with the opportunity to bring my causal idea, a music event showcasing alternative R&B and Hip Hop, to life with Wired4Music as part of the Rich Mix Takeover. This event was something that I’ve always thought about as I feel the genres (Alternative R&B and Hip Hop) aren’t highlighted or celebrated enough in the UK. The idea of putting on an event by myself, being new to the city and music scene, was too overwhelming to complete alone, which is why I’m so grateful for Generate and all the work Wired4Music and Sound Connections put into helping young people.

Working on this event has definitely been one of the highlights of my summer. Aside from making music, I’ve always had an interest in event management and putting on this event has taught me a lot about what it takes from organisation skills to time management to promotion. The process was pretty much what I expected it would be like and although I was very excited, one thing I was extremely concerned about was the turn out on the day.

The event took place on Saturday 4 August in evening and it couldn’t have gone better. The mood, the energy, and vibe were all on point and hearing feedback from everyone about how much they enjoyed themselves warmed my heart. It was so nice to see all the selected acts perform and although the turn out wasn’t what I had hoped, everyone who did show up had an amazing night.

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