At Open Sessions, speakers share their career-defining moments and advice for getting started in a creative field. It is also an opportunity to make new connections and meet like-minded people.
Open Session #8 looked at what it means to be a woman in music today and included performances and a panel discussion featuring music producers and songwriters. Our speakers will be offering a broad perspective on the industry, both in the UK and beyond. We were joined by singer/songwriter Cate Ferris, local artist Bobbie Johnson, Debbie Clare (the agent at LittleBig International), and Anna Moulson.
ABOUT THE SPEAKERS
Bobbie Johnson is a Brighton rapper and producer. After gracing the stage of SlipJam she went on to support Roots Manuva and toured with Rag ‘N’ Bone Man.
Cate Ferris is a Brighton based singer/songwriter. Folk and dark soul lie at the heart of her sound, and the largely acoustic instrumentation is tinged by hard hitting lyrics and intricate harmonies. Cate is running the Equaliser programme with AudioActive.
Debbie is a partner and agent at LittleBig International Booking Agency, and handles bookings for Aphex Twin, Jon Hopkins, Battles, and many more.
She has over ten years experience of working as an agent, but has also worked as a vocalist, writer and performer, collaborating with artists including Massive Attack, 65daysofstatic and DJ Format.
Anna works in the live music industry, having promoted live music in Brighton and beyond for over 20 years.
Her company Melting Vinyl is one of the largest music promoters in the south east, working with a stylistically diverse range of local, national and international artists. She has toured Europe as a Tour Manager, and is passionate about the development and promotion of both new local talent and established artists.
ABOUT Lighthouse Young Creatives (FKA Viral)
Formally Viral, now Lighthouse Young Creatives, is a project for 16-25 year olds who want to work in the creative and digital industries, but who don’t have the opportunities, facilities and connections they need. The project is for young people from diverse backgrounds, including those not in work or training.
Over six months the young people receive production training, business development, mentoring, showcasing opportunities and peer-to-peer support. The project focuses on a range of disciplines including music, film, photography and design.
Viral Open Sessions are presented by Lighthouse with support from Re-Imagine Europe, co-funded by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union and are part of the Viral programme.