I have not posted anything for a month as it had been a very busy one with exams and more assignment deadlines. However to lighten the load of everything recently at Uni, for my A&R lecture, we had two wonderful guests joining us. I was looking forward to that day as soon as I knew who was attending.
It was Zeon Richards, who is known for representing Wretch 32 and George The Poet, and we also had Twin B joining us, who is the A&R Director at Atlantic Records, as well as having his own breakfast show on BBC 1Xtra.
Both guests shared their stories of how they got to where they are today. It was very inspiring and at the same time very refreshing. I say this because most of what they spoke about, I could relate to. They spoke of Grime, and Grime is my number 1 genre (hence why Grime has to always be written with a capital G, the respect must be given). Even though in the industry there has been speculation that Grime isn’t what it was anymore, you will never forget where it originated from and all the clashes, freestyles, the pirate radio shows, I mean when Eskimo Dance was raw. Those were the days!
So as they were going over their journey, I was literally smiling the whole way through, as it was nice to cover the journey of artists such as Kano, Dizzee Rascal, and so on. Look at how far those artists have come now, it truly showed that hard work does pay off. From the wonderful guest speakers we were able to understand the process of A&R, that it does not have to be something you plan to go in to, but something that could come naturally to you, maybe whilst you are helping a friend to progress in the industry, this is what happened to Zeon Richards, and now he has made his career out of it, so it is inspirational.
Even with Twin B, his passion for music got him to where he is now, he always had an ear for good talent, as a DJ it is something that usually comes naturally, so it is nice to see that his journey lead him to a great career.
Twin B and Zeon Richards were just so humble, I think that was what was the most intriguing thing for me. In the industry usually when people reach a level of power they will act a certain way, but when you come across the people who have put in the hard work to reach success but they seem to be the same humble individuals that they always were, it is very refreshing to see. I realised this as I spoke to Zeon Richards, I never got to talk properly with Twin B, but hopefully will another time.