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Industry Takeover All Dayer 2021 – the full line-up!

Industry Takeover All Dayer 2021

Ahead of our Industry Takeover All Dayer, at Protein Studios, Shoreditch on Sept 4th (yep, this coming Saturday), UD can proudly unveil the programme for the day. Essential for anyone trying to make their mark in the music industry, if you still don’t have your ticket, there’s a limited number remaining HERE. From one-to-one expert sessions and showcases to in-conversation and panel talks, Industry Takeover will be providing both knowledge and entertainment (you can also download a copy of the programme)… 



RICH CASTILLO (A&R Director, Atlantic Records) 

in conversation with JASMINE DOTIWALA


Host: Jasmine Dotiwala

A true legend in A&R circles, Rich Castillo has been making moves since starting his career with Shalit Global, where he helped to launch and develop the group N Dubz. Having worked for UMTV and All Around The World, Sony/ ATV, Universal Music Canada and Polydor Records, Rich is now A&R Director at Atlantic Records. In conversation with broadcaster Jasmine Dotiwala, will be exploring Rich Costillo’s career journey, being a black executive and his future plans within the music industry. 



in conversation with SCULLY

18.00 – 19.00

Host:  Scully (presenter, No Signal)

A true meeting of minds, Keynote 2 will hear No Signal co-founder Scully in conversation with Hardy Caprio. 

A figurehead of the afro-swing movement, Croydon’s own Hardy Caprio had his breakthrough moment in 2017 and has today amassed millions of streams. Also boasting a first class degree in Finance & Accounting, expect to learn about his journey to date, the highs and lows of being a successful recording artist, along with an exclusive look at what’s to come. 



How to steal my job

Time:  12.00 – 13.00

Chair: Jasmine Dotiwala (journalist, broadcaster & inclusion leader)


Shauni Cabellero (Director G93/Publisher)

Ella-Bonai Gordon (Artist manager & A&R consultant)

Sharlotte Ritchie (Director Global Communications, Universal Music Group)

A staple when it comes to Industry Takeover panels, we revisit the classic ‘How To Steal My Job’ theme for 2021. With all-round music and media go-to Jasmine Dotiwala at the helm, we’ll look at the panelists’ career journeys; the highs and lows, exclusive insights and ultimately, provide you with the information you need to get THAT job and make your mark in the business of music. 


J2K Presents

The Mavericks: Carving your own path in the music industry

Time: 14.30 – 15.30

Chair: Nadia Jae (presenter & radio DJ, BBC 1Xtra)

Irene Agbontaen (designer & creative consultant, founder TTYA)

J2K (creative director & founder, Crep Protect) 

Poet (unprofessional poet)

DJ Target (Co-music Lead BBC 1Xtra, DJ, author)

Curated by Jason Black aka J2K, The Mavericks features some of the top names in the industry who will be focusing on how to carve your own path through the music industry.
J2K is himself a foundation grime artist turned successful entrepreneur, self-made marketer, consultant and all-round ideas man. Quietly becoming one of Britain’s most prolific business minds over the last five years, it’s no surprise that J2K appears on the Powerlist 100 of the most 100 influential Black people in the UK in 2021. 


PPL Presents… Get played, get paid
Time: 15.30 – 16.30

Chair: Chris Cooke (Journalist, co-Founder & MD, CMU)


Davina Merchant (artist manager/Tion Wayne & A&R Manager Downtown Music)

Gaika (artist)

Leo O’Brien (Member Development Executive, PPL)

Wale Kalejaiye (Music lawyer, Associate, Music Group Sheridans)

UK music licensing company PPL are supporting this year’s Industry Takeover All Dayer. PPL licenses recorded music in the UK when it’s played in public (shops, bars, nightclubs, offices) or broadcast (BBC, commercial radio, commercial TV), and ensures that revenue flows back to its members. These include both indie and major record labels, together with performers ranging from grassroots artists through to established session musicians and globally recognised talent. In 2020 PPL collected £225.7 million. At Industry Takeover, PPL alongside a panel of experts, will share their knowledge and experience around getting paid in the music industry. We’ll also be exploring the creative elements of developing a radio-worthy song. 


TRENCH presents 20 years of grime 

Time:  17.00 – 18.00

Chair: Hattie Collins (author, journalist)


Jammer (producer, MC, grime pioneer)

Yemi Abiade (contributing editor, TRENCH)

Janaya Cowie (label manager)

Raj Kathwadia (music writer, ex-RWD)

Exploring 20 years of grime, from RWD to TRENCH… ‘This Is Grime’ author and former RWD editor, Hattie Collins, leads this expert panel with our media partner, TRENCH, dedicated to the past, present and future of Black music culture. We explore the sound and scene that gave London a new global identity, from the early 00’s to now, we’ll also be taking a look to the future of one the UK’s most recognisable DIY sub-cultures.



UD Music presents Takeover Sessions

14.00 – 14.30 and 16.30 – 17.00

Host:  Nadia Jae (presenter & radio DJ, Radio 1Xtra)


Amber Grandidier 

Briana Williams

Molly Elizabeth 


We’ve got good new music firmly covered. In the first of our showcasing sessions, UD Music presents some of the finest new talent you’re likely to hear in 2021. Having all risen through the UD ranks (Flames, Incubator or Accelator courses), expect harmonious soul and contemporary R&B from Amber Grandidier, vocal sensation Briana Williams, singer songwriter Nayana and  Molly Elizabeth, who’s new single ‘Please Just Wait’ is out now via UD Music’s imprint, Ingrooves, a new distribution partnership with Island Records. 


No Signal presents… NFT

19.00 – 20.00 

Host:  Scully (presenter, No Signal)




La Swave


Where No Signal are concerned, expect one big wavy family affair. Probably the best thing to have been born out of lockdown, No Signal are certifiably doing Black radio like no other.  From the airwaves to Protein Studios, No Signal and host Scully will be bringing their friends – and some banging new tunes – along for the party. Be ready for the likes of ElizBs, Kadiata, La Swave and more, with barring, singing, and plenty of skanking to be had. 


1:00PM – 6:00PM 

Amber Casey (Marketing Manager, Parlophone Records, Warner Music)

Kosi Sompeta (Marketing Manager, Parlophone Records, Warner Music )

Mali Emeka (A&R Scout, Parlophone Records, Warner Music)

Alex Sparks (Senior A&R Manager, Island Records, Universal Music UK)


Emmanuel Olowojoba (A&R Manager, Universal Music UK)

A must for aspiring artists, we have bought together some of the most highly respected A&Rs and Music Executives in the industry for you to meet in your very own 15-minute, one-to-one consultation. You can get personalised advice, professional feedback on your demo, as well as artistic guidance and direction.  Limited slots will be available on a first come, first served basis. 

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