26 Nov G37 Artists Get Going: Mayday at BBC Live (London)
After a studio session ran over and less than half the recommended amount of sleep followed, my Birmingham train touched down in London for BBC Live. Landing in Tobacco Dock, I spent the first 30 minutes walking around the place taking everything in, finding a labyrinth of info and opportunity but some encounters with creative friends directed me to the good stuff. My first panel of the day was The Cockpit Room for ‘PRS: In Conversation with Novelist’ – hosted By Reece Parkinson (1Xtra).
Novelist holds himself to account – ‘Above anything else, make sure your music is a reflection of you and hold yourself to a standard’. It made me rethink my project I am releasing next year, but I also how PRS could fund my work in other ways. 2 hours later I have come full circle and I bump into Nov. He clocks that it is me and there is an immediate embrace of respect and multiple ‘I AIN’T SEE YOU IN TIIIIME FAM WHAT YOU SAYIN?’ from us both. Discussing religion, his recent Mercury Prize nomination, my upcoming project and being in the midst of his Album campaign, it was just a solid 30 minutes of exchanging ideas and catching up.
I found my friend and fellow G37 Artist Tarju, who proceeds to show me the clothing brands selling products, which was also part of the reason he was here in East London to connect with. The next panel up was from Spotify an insight into the importance of mental health as musicians and how to care for yourself – – ‘Killing It’. After catching up with them I bump into the whole of DopeRES Tribe and as we proceeded to take the traditional ‘we were there’ photo, a cameraman glides past so I had to let them know who was being filmed. ‘MYSELF MAYDAY, 0121, IN THE BUILDING, KINGSTANDING CAPTAIN’ – then we do some voxpops for the BBC.
3:30pm rolls around and I jetted off to the DJ Target led panel ‘Grime: The Next Chapter’ with an allstar panel discussing the past, present and future of the genre and its necessary evolution catching sight of Kano as it unfolded. Kano was Kano. Humble and offering generous gems about learning from ‘The Streets’ as his first support slot and the biggest takeaway, to paraphrase the N.A.S.T.Y Crew veteran ‘When you collaborate, don’t think of the money, think about how you mesh two sounds to make something special’. That one line has changed my outlook on collaborations FOREVER.
Throughout the day I met fellow artists, musicians and producers I had only connected with over the internet at this point. ‘Yo, you’re Mayday innit?’. ‘Yes fam’. Getting recognised when I least expected was 1) a very sick feeling but 2) it showed me my name and work had spread beyond Birmingham and was motivating, for lack of a better word.
Reflecting on some intense networking including photographers to DJ’s, I learnt a lot from gems dropped across the panels, the speakers, friends I met there, friends I made there and I am 100% going back in 2019. Shouts Punch Records for sorting me out with it all.