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Events, Featured, Interviews, Talent House, What's On | 17 November 2022

Introducing… Elijah

Ahead of Masterclass 001, on Wednesday 23rd November at Talent House, your teacher for the evening, Elijah – artist manager, DJ and writer – gives an insight into his world, work and journey thus far…

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Artists, Featured, Interviews | 4 August 2022


Maria Hanlon chatted to J.Ar.J, who’s worked with the likes of Jordan Stephens, Yiigaa and Hyphen. The pair cover how he got into producing, adapts to working with different artists and lessons he’s learnt along the way…

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Artists, Featured, Interviews, Talent House | 19 July 2022

Introducing… DJ Pogo

Taking it back in time – and looking forward – Maria Hanlon caught up with one of UD’s founding fathers and former DMC Champion, DJ Pogo, who flew in from Brazil especially to attend the Talent House launch party… 

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Artists, Featured, Flames Collective, Interviews | 7 June 2022

Introducing… Molly Elizabeth

Maria Hanlon caught up with Molly Elizabeth, after her stunning set at The Great Escape Festival, to talk progression, songwriting, UD, Talent House and the future of music… 

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Artists, Events, Featured, Interviews | 31 May 2022

Introducing… Kwaku Asante

Kwaku Asante is a storyteller, vividly narrating his journey of self-discovery through music that draws inspiration from neo-soul, R&B, and hip hop. Maria Hanlon caught up with Kwaku for a deep dive into the process behind his songwriting…

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Artists, Featured, Interviews, Music | 30 May 2022

UD Selects: Why we’re fans of… YIIGAA

Maria Hanlon on why we should all be listening to the ‘Southside Songstress’, Yiigaa, and her beautiful genre blending music…

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Artists, Featured, Interviews | 14 April 2022

Introducing… Blue Lab Beats

Maria Hanlon chatted to the Grammy Award winning jazztronica duo, Blue Lab Beats, about their latest album, Motherland Journey, which artists are on their radar and what their advice for up and coming musicians would be…

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Featured, Interviews, Talent House | 28 March 2022

UD Opinion: A reality check for music education in the 21st century

On March 17th, UD’s Founder and CEO – Pamela McCormick – took part in a Music Education Council seminar to discuss the role and future of National Youth Music Organisations and Centres of advanced Training for Education. The discussion focused on progression, pathways and partnerships within music education and how, from the hip hop collective origins of UD in the late 90s to the soon-to-be-launched Talent House in Stratford, UD is a pivotal player in shaping and changing the face of music education for the better…

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Artists, Featured, Flames Collective, Interviews | 11 February 2022

Introducing… NAYANA

NAYANA is a young singer songwriter from North London whose talent has been nurtured by her time in UD’s Flames Collective and Incubator programme. Having released multiple original, heartfelt singles and performed at the Camden Assembly (supporting friend and fellow UD member, Molly Elizabeth), Jojo Jones jumped on Zoom to find out more about NAYANA…

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Featured, Interviews | 7 January 2022

How to steal my job… Shola Aleje (radio producer)

Jojo Jones sat down with BBC 6 Music Radio producer Shola Aleje over Zoom to talk about getting into radio producing, knowing your worth and staying excited about your job…

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Archive, Featured, Interviews | 5 November 2021

Archive: UD meets GRM Daily (2016)

Back in 2016, UD hooked up with GRM’s Posty to chat all things music business ahead of our Industry Takeover event. One of the key figures leading the team behind the RATED Awards and the leading music website, GRM Daily, we revisit that all-important knowledge five years on… 

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Featured, Interviews, What's On | 5 October 2021

Introducing… Jasmine Dotiwala on Amapiano

Whether you’re scratching your head or already in the know, Amapiano is the South African genre that’s getting London crowds back on their feet. Channel 4 news reporter (and UD friend) Jasmine Dotiwala schools us on the who, what and why…  

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Events, Featured, Interviews | 23 August 2021

TRENCH presents… Raj Kapone: Guest blog

One thing that unites the speakers at the Industry Takeover All Dayer is they’re self-starters, hustlers who have tended to follow their passions, often creating the blueprint as they’re making their respective ways. And Raj Kapone is one of them… 

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Joseph 'JP' Patterson (Founder, TRENCH Magazine)

Events, Featured, Interviews | 11 August 2021

UD x Joseph ‘JP’ Patterson x Polymer Zine

Ahead of our Industry Takeover All Dayer, TRENCH founder Joseph ‘JP’ Patterson talks grime, church, ChockABlock, MTV’s The Wrap-Up, Complex UK, TRENCH and how raving opened doors (and his eyes!) to a career in music with Polymer Zine

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Featured, Guide, Interviews | 19 July 2021

The long-read: Who are PPL & how do I get paid?

Words: Chantelle Fiddy Ahead of our Industry Takeover All-Dayer, Chantelle Fiddy goes head-to-head with our event supporter, PPL, in an exclusive long-read, packed with essential information for record label owners,…

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Featured, Interviews | 28 June 2021


Earlier this month, the Musicians’ Union together with the Featured Artist Coalition (FAC) and the help of chart-topper and FAC ambassador, Kelli-Leigh, announced a new piece of joint guidance for session musicians and featured artists. If you’re an upcoming musician and collaborating in the studio, consider this essential reading and learning.

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