To kick off 2015 we are announcing a series of Disrupt Academy workshops and panels, helping give insight, advice and inspiration to the next generation of media and music creatives.
On Saturday 28th we are teaming up Urban Development at their annual Industry takeover at Ravensbourne University, you can grab tickets here www.udtickets.com.
For our Panel we are looking at what it takes to Be Disruptive and Change the Game.
The DISRUPT session with some of the UK’s tastemakers, ground-breakers and game-changers from across the creative industries, each giving a case study on their journey and panel discussion on how Disruption is changing the game.
The session will focus on looking at the revolution of the DIY generation, giving insight, techniques and tips how you can harness the power of disruption and ultimately be inspired by hearing from those engaged in meaningful, sustainable and successful pursuits.
The panel – moderated by Phil Kemish (Disrupt Media)
Tony Douglas (Entertainment Director Disrupt Music)
Most of the key characteristics needed to be a successful promoter or manager are a part of my make up and personality. I am a people’s person. I am drawn to energies. I meet new people everyday and find that I already have some form of connection or link that will be relevant to them within their desired field of expertise.
I wear many hats, comfortably, I delegate naturally and my mind seems to constantly seek out and find new niches, as well as developed movements that need my assistance. This era of the internet took some people out. For me, it just made sense.”To attempt to list all of the ways that Tony has been involved with the expansion of the UK entertainment industry would be near impossible. Below are a list of a few of the artists, athletes, genres, brands, corporations, outlets, charities and foundations that he has worked with in varying capacities over a career that has span 20 years.
Jason Black (Co-founder/director of crepprotect)
Crep Protect was developed by Jason Black Crep Protect and his business partner Imran Ahmed in 2012. Also known as rapper J2K, Jason was in chart topping UK group Roll Deep.
While many of his fellow artists have created clothing lines, Jason bucked the trend and created a business born out of a passion for trainers and street fashion. The pair travelled to Germany to work on developing the product.
Using knowledge learned from working in the music industry for over 10 years, Jason has applied similar principles to marketing Crep Protect, growing it from the roots up and using social media as the primary vehicle to promote the brand and product.
In the three years since it’s launch, the London based company’s meteroic rise has been phenomenal and the spray is now stocked at all UK high street footwear stores including Footlocker and JD Sports plus fashion outlets such as Urban Outfitters and independent stores, and they have recently introduced the latest product in the line, the crepprotect wipes with additional product launches in the pipeline as their portfolio continues to grow.
The brand is already a favourite among sneaker fans / specialists and it’s gained celebrity endorsements from the likes of Rizzle Kicks, Ashley Walters, Reggie Yates and it’s fan base continues to grow, with “crep protect” already evolving into a verb for protecting your footwear.
Carly Cussen (Video Director, MOS Films)
Carly is one of the leading videographers in the UK and has produced videos for a host of top acts and labels from Skepta to I think that a lot of my Grime videos represent my surrealism side. I really wanted to flip the stereotype on its head, or in some cases, take it too its extreme. I explored ideas that don’t usually marry with “Grime”, for example turning rap artists into aliens, or soldiers, or even into the four elements. A lot of my previous work was very heavily story led or themed.
But inside somewhere I’m still a girl so I have a side that wants to create things that are pink and pretty haha.
When the Little Mix opportunity came up, I was in my element. Girls, make-up, clothes, dancing… and most of all creating something that represented more the videos I grew up watching. The 90′s lol…that was my turning point.
Taking what I suppose is a considerably low budget in pop and creating something really cool. The budget then slowly gave me freedom to design and create my own sets. Working with a genre that feels a little more light hearted and fun. But believe it or not some of my favourite work is when I have no money and a clean palette to go wild. I enjoy doing things that people don’t expect me to be able to do.
Archie Lamb (AATW Universal)
Aged just 17, Archie Lamb formed Takeover Entertainment with his then partner Jack Foster as an independent record label. Takeover Entertainment sold over 2.5 million CDs in three years. To date, Archie has been involved in 20 Top 40 singles as well as helpign to grow one of the UKs biggest urban brands in Star in the Hood. He is now heading up his own division at Universal music under AATW and managing UK star Dappy.
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