Women In Music: Inspire

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This event was produced by Trish and Bristol Women In Music, for the Fringe supported by BBC6Music Festival at St George’s Bristol Crypt. It featured inspiring female speakers and speed networking opportunities for anyone interested in working in the music industry.

DJ Queen Bee – Queen Bee began her career on the legendary pirate radio station ‘Emergency Radio’ and Respec Fm before becoming music programmer for FEM Fm, Britain’s first all female radio station on 1992. Gaining a reputation for her classy mix of bass heavy Hip Hop, Funk, Reggae and Latin, Queen Bee soon became a favourite on the Bristol club circuit with residencies at La Boum at St Nicholas House, Chocolate City at The Blue Mountain and The Fruit Machine at The Thekla. Appearances at Glastonbury Festival (resident DJ on the Jazz World Stage for 10 years) and at international WOMAD festivals followed and for the last 5 years Queen Bee has been DJing all over Europe with Daddy G from Massive Attack and also as Massive Attack’s Tour DJ.

Eva Greene – Currently co-runs Black Acre; a Bristol-based record label established in 2007 which has expanded into artist management, music publishing and consultancy. Personally manages Clap! Clap! (Italian producer) & Julie Adenuga (Apple Radio Presenter).  Having moved to Bristol for university in 2001, she has now been working in music for over 10 years. Her previous roles have included: several years as Digital Manager for artists & labels at Redlight Management (Bristol office); Head of Digital at ChemicalUK (a former international online music retailer); freelance Digital Consultancy for established acts and A&R scout for Warner Music. 

Ewa Strusińska – Born in Poland, Ewa Strusińska studied at the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw, and upon finishing her studies spent a year working as Assistant Conductor at Czestochowa Philharmonic Orchestra. In the same year she won a position of Junior Fellow in Conducting at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester and moved to the United Kingdom. In 2008 she was chosen by the London Symphony Orchestra to be one of three participants in a masterclass by Valery Gergiev, and in 2010 collaborated with the Royal Ballet at Covent Garden.She has been given the title ‘Ambassador of Stalowa Wola’ by her home town. The accolade recognises an individual’s personal achievements in Poland and abroad. Ewa Strusińska has been appointed Principal Conductor and Music Director of the Szczecin Philharmonic Orchestra, taking up the role from the 2013/14 artistic season.

Gin Saunders – Currently works as a music lecturer at Bath College and Bath Spa University teaching music industry, marketing and promotion and live event management. She previously worked as a PR in the music Industry for over 10 years founding and running Bad Moon Publicity- an Independent UK based PR and marketing company based in London. She has represented a wide range of bands and artists including: Nirvana, The Smashing Pumpkins, Beastie Boys, Foo Fighters, Placebo, Carter the Unstoppable Sex Machine, Hole, Alabama 3, Moby, Siouxsie and The Banshees, Sean Ryder, Mogwai, Henry Rollins, and Travis.

Lady Nade – She’s been called the next Lianne La Havis and her sound has been likened to “Anthony and the Johnsons-meets Nina Simone” Lady Nade’s music is an eclectic blend of modern soul, with elements of pop, folk, blues and jazz.  She is a Bristol based singer songwriter who writes and performs her own material. She is accompanied by Bath-based guitarist Seb Gutiez, Bristol based drummer, Mike Cooper and Double bass-player, Dan Everett.

Saffron Records – Laura is the founder of Saffron Records, the South West’s first all female record label who’s vision is to give young women an alternative platform to education and employment by nurturing their creativity through musically focused apprenticeships. Saffron has a long term ambition to create a safe, supportive and transformative space for young women to escape the chaos; to gather and inspire one another, provide their peers with the encouragement and companionships to give them the confidence to access the music industry with the recognition needed to succeed.

Sarah Bland – After graduating with a photography degree, Sarah worked as a sound recordist at Sky News before a move to Bristol resulted in her working for DHP, at the freshly reopened Thekla, almost ten years ago.  Due to DHP’s expansion of gig promotion across the city Sarah became the in house rep, working at various venues across the south west and beyond.  Eight years later, now a production manager, DHP’s extended promotional coverage made her responsible for shows ranging in size from The Louisiana to Cardiff Arena, along with various metropolitan festivals including Dot to Dot, Mirrors, Hit the Deck and Columns.  Sarah also works in production at other festivals such as Glastonbury and Secret Garden Party.

Tre Stead – Theresa ‘Tre’ Stead is 33 years old from Kent, and has been working in the live music industry as a Freelance Tour Manager for nearly a decade. She left her job as Admin Manager for a dance music distribution company in 2005, to start working for her friends; London indie band The Holloways. She has since gone on to work with a number of rock and pop acts, including; Django Django, Mystery Jets, Sam Sparro, White Denim and Albert Hammond Jr. More recently she has been working with Jessie Ware and Frank Turner & The Sleeping Souls.

Katie Sky – Katie Sky is a Bristol, UK singer/songwriter whose credits include numerous EDM features released on some of the most noteworthy labels in the genre (Ultra, Circus, OWSLA). Her first major pop co-write/feature was on the single ‘Monsters’ by New-York duo Timeflies (Island Def Jam) which she performed on Good Morning America – the track now has upwards of 16 million streams across Spotify and YouTube. She recently signed her publishing to Universal / Matt Galle Publishing.

Elles Bailey – As well as writing and touring her own music Elles actively supports new talent in the music industry. She has just taken a post as Head of Production & Host of Positively Talented, the newest station brought to you by Noel Edmonds, part of his PositivityRadio.World. Positively Talented provides a global stage for singers, musicians, producers and writers who want to break into the tightly controlled music industry. Broadcasting 24/7 around the world Positively Talented aims to showcase and playlist the finest “unsigned’ & “undiscovered” performers alongside more world renowned artists.

Laura Rawilngs – For the award-winning Laura, having a microphone’s an excuse to meet all sorts of fascinating people and have a go at things she wouldn’t usually get to try. She’s been floored in less than a second by a Master of martial arts and cycled backwards on a reverse tandem, all while live on the radio. There are more glamorous occasions too; talking fan tattoos over a pint of finest ale with Ian Rankin, broadcasting live on the BBC from the Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury and singing along with Hugh Cornwell to Golden Brown in the fire escape of a Bath bakery.Laura’s presented specialist music shows and had over 200 bands/artists in session.

Gabby Chelmicka – Gabby has spent over 20 years working in the music business. She cut her teeth on the road with Bryan Ferry, before moving into music TV broadcasting and managed the live event elements of the 1996 Brit Awards – infamous in live TV broadcast history for the controversial moment when Jarvis Cocker stormed the stage during Michael Jackson’s performance.In 1996 Gabby became Robbie Williams’s personal manager. She was a key member of his management team at ie:music for nearly ten years and was integral in the organisation of Robbie’s early tours, including his seminal gigs at Slane Castle in 1999 and his Knebworth gigs in 2003. Gabby was also key in the marketing and launch of the subsequent DVD release of Robbie’s Knebworth gigs. The artist Damien Hirst then asked Gabby to launch and run his record label ‘Is Good’ to release the music of his long time friends, The Hours. Since moving back to her home town of Bristol, Gabby has been working on a freelance basis in artist liaison and as a live event producer.


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