Women in music & entertainment 2014 happened yesterday in Camden. A beautiful event hosted by Alison Wenham which myself and friend Shelly attended. We were greeted with drinks and had the opportunity to look around and take amazing pictures as usual.
Alison started the event by introducing herself and explained to us how the evening would go.
Next in the schedule were interviews of Tracy Thorn by Miranda Sawyer (writer and broadcaster) and Shopie Ellis-Bextor by Krissi Murison (associate editor for The Sunday Times Magazine)
The panel was formed of four senior women across the music business who discussed “The art of doing it all”. How they have juggled their career aspirations with other commitments such as motherhood and mastered the art of serial multitasking with the stereotype that if you aren’t a singer then you have no place working behind the scenes.
The panel was composed music industry power houses such as Alison Wenham (AIM’s chairman), Lesley (Director of catalogue & archive at Beggars. The company behind XL recordings, Rough Trade and 4AD), Claire Horseman (Managing director at CODA agency ltd) & Tara Richardson (Senior artist manager at Q Prime)
I spoke to them all and what I’ve learned from Tracey and Sophie and Lesley was that if I wanted to keep my sound and own my look then I would probably be better off as an independent artist. The fact that I’ve been compared to established songstress would probably make a major label try to transform me into these women and claim to have their own version of so and so. However, if I remained indie I’d be able to be myself. Whether I sound like a well known singer or not I’d still be me and I’d be able to keep my current music and its contents without reshaping them to fit whatever mold they would have for me. Also, other labels aside of mine have many artists which means they have a rota so I wouldn’t be able to release my album whenever I want. I’d have to wait my turn which could be years!!
Sophie left Universal because her new sound isn’t manufactured. This project is true to herself and her sound. It self funded. She went to UMG with it and they denied it for her so she left because she wanted this album to be hers and not mainstream manufactured. She loved the fact that I was doing my own thing. I’m thankful she gave us her insight.
Claire was puzzled as to why record labels wouldn’t approach me. I told her in all truth I personally believe that my lyrical contents are not mainstream friendly. My look is very laid back. I be killaannn’ these photo shoots but I’m just a mother of four talking about deep emotional life experiences in a non-filter way that makes many uncomfortable and very difficult to market, for a business.
I told Claire that I am very good at attracting fans though. People from all over the world look for me. They love how sincere I am and how rough I talking about real life issues. Especially because I’m a woman singing and not a rapper trying to discuss “ghetto” issues. I am a woman. A mother. A business person and great producer and songwriter. All these are the things that attract people to me. Then Lesley said that if I have the fans, the message, the direction I simply don’t need a record label. She shared that record label looks for ways to find “fans” for their artists so if I already have the hardest bit then I don’t need anything else.
Tracey and Sophie were also very encouring in that sense. They seems genuinely supportive.
Claire did point out that I need videos!! Which is absolutely true and Lesley said about releasing a few sings so people have something of mine to buy.
My co-producer and engineer did mention that it was now time to gig around and start doing shows. This is something that we all agreed on. Lesley told that I technically have everything I need plus a publishing deal and she believes I’m over thinking it. So, I’ll organize some shows and update you guys!!
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Women In Music & Entertainment will give women (and men!) working in the music and entertainment business the opportunity to hear from some of the industry’s most successful and influential women, discussing how they made it to the top and the challenges they faced along the way.
The event will begin with opening remarks from Alison Wenham, who’s many years supporting the independent music industry recently earned her an OBE.
The first interview of the evening will see journalist and broadcaster Miranda Sawyerin conversation with Everything But the Girl vocalist Tracey Thorn. Having released several solo albums and achieved Worldwide success as part of Everything But The Girl, Tracey released her autobiography ‘Bedsit Disco Queen: How I Grew Up and Tried to Be a Pop Star’ last year.
The second interview will see Krissi Murison, Associate Editor of The Sunday Times Magazine, in conversation with Sophie Ellis-Bextor, who this year topped the Independent Albums chart with 5th album ‘Wanderlust’.
The evening’s talks will conclude with a panel discussion entitled ‘The Art of Doing It All’ with panellists discussing how they have juggled their career aspirations with other commitments, and mastered the art of serial multitasking. Panellists will include:
• Claire Horseman, Managing Director – CODA Music Agency
• Lesley Bleakley, Director of Catalogue & Archive – Beggars Group
• Tara Richardson, Senior Artist Manager – Q Prime
• Alison Wenham, Chairman and CEO – AIM (chair)
The event will finish with networking drinks, giving attendees the chance to make new contacts over complimentary drinks.