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Roche Blaire shares her journey into industry and advice for young creatives!

Longstanding Sound Connections associate, Roche Blaire, talks about her progression through Wired4Music and Sound Connections, making her mark on the world, and her advice for young creatives!

How have you engaged with Sound Connections?

I began working with Sound Connections in 2020 after being a part of the Wired4Music programmes. I helped facilitate [Inclusive Practice in Action (IPIA)] which led to me facilitating on other virtual projects over lockdown. I was also a co-producer on the Youth Voice Week in 2020.

How was this experience?

Very helpful. As an organisation, [Sound Connections] have been very helpful in nurturing my growth in not only music production but also event production. I feel that they championed qualities in me that I could not see which are apparent to me now in my career.

How has your engagement with Sound Connections impacted your wider career / life?

I am now a fully fledged Event Coordinator at an award winning events agency. I have also co-produced many live music events with others and even produced my own events. If it wasn’t for Sound Connections I would’ve had a hard time staying afloat during the pandemic but they adapted quickly to the changes and offered me roles where I could still help with virtual event facilitation. This in turn gave me good knowledge and experience for the hybrid/virtual landscape we would see in the years to come I was also able to put out my own track with help and support from [Wired4Music]. The mentors I’ve met from there I consider family.

What would you say to someone considering engaging with Sound Connections in the same way?

I would say look to learn from the many resources they provide. Also give your best at every opportunity you get as they really champion those who they see potential in, regardless of your disciplines. Id also say turn up to as many of their events as you possibly can – I’ve met so many cool people from Sound Connections and Wired4Music events that I still talk with today.



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