On Thursday 28th July, UD will welcome another all-star line-up to the Talent House to share their knowledge in the final seminar of this Industry Takeover series. Host Chris Cooke will be joined by Esta Rae (Senior Events Manager @ AIM) Shikayla Nadine (Artist Manager & Founder @ SNM Management), Manga Saint Hilare (artist) and Simon Jordan (Partner, Commercial Music @ Russells) as we discuss How to Make It Rain: A Step-By-Step Guide To Being Ready….
Meet the panel…
As a co-manager to talent Very Vee Brown, with Since 93 Records, Esta Rae has always had a passion for management and events so decided to combine the two. Esta has worked with GRM Daily for over five years on their biggest events, such as the GRM Gala and Rated Awards as well as festivals including The Originals. She has also worked with artists such as Giggs and Steel Bangelz, and label president Alex Boateng, curating talent shows, album launch projects and more. Esta Rae is also dyslexic and the founder of Life With Dyslexia, a social enterprise that champions people with dyslexia. Esta boasts a Master’s in Music Business Management. Now, as the Senior Events Manager at AIM, she is curating the 2022 Awards Show at the Camden Round House, promising to be one of the biggest moments in her events career to date.
Manga Saint Hilare
The long-standing grime heavy hitter is known amongst his peers as one of the best and most consistent lyricists in the scene. Since Roll Deep ceased recording as a collective, Manga pursued a forward-thinking sound under a newly adopted identity: Manga Saint Hilare. Less braggadocios and explicit, more thought provoking and vulnerable, Manga’s lyrics carry a powerful message.
Born and raised in North West London, Shikayla’s love for music started at a young age. Whilst growing up in a melting pot of cultures, her area introduced her to a plethora of Black music including Reggae, Grime, R&B and Soul. With a father and uncles in radio and hosting sound systems, she was able to explore and subsequently cultivate her love for the music scene.
A manager for multi-talented artists Rebecca Garton, Kadeem Tyrell, Levelle London and Kadiata under her company SNM Management; Shikayla Nadine is beginning to make a footprint in the music industry. Along with having her own company, Shikayla also works with Lateral Management as a day-to-day manager for Labrinth.
Shikayla began her journey into the music industry eight years ago, as an artist management assistant to the manager of American rapper, Waka Flocka Flame. After realising her passion for artist management, she went on to study Music Business and Brand Marketing at Buckinghamshire New University.
Throughout her journey she has worked and collaborated on projects such as Girls I Rate and Kids Bop UK and with artists including Kojey Radical, Ruff Sqwad’s Fuda Guy, Angel and many more.
Shikayla has also seen herself become an advocate for women’s rights, diversity and inclusion and mental health within the music industry. Writing a thesis on the perception of Black women within the music industry, helping with the update of the MMF guide to mental health and taking part in panel talks with organisations such as The Roundhouse, The Great Escape Festival, Focus Wales and more. She has also found her feet in campaign management, working with Graduation Records, the movie Secret Society and on independent artist campaigns. Shikayla continues to champion Black music with the hope that there will be more global success for UK artists.
Simon began his career in the entertainment industry in 2010 booking bands at a live booking agency before coming to Russells in 2012 to undertake his training contract with us. Building on his previous experience working with artists, Simon qualified into the firm’s Commercial Department and concentrates predominantly on advising artists, writers and producers on all aspects of their businesses as well as managers, independent record labels and publishing companies.
Simon continues to be as passionate about live music and enjoys discovering new and emerging talent through his own endeavours as well as through the relationships he established before coming to and whilst at Russells.
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This events also includes networking & free drinks.