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TRENCH: 20 Years of Grime

17:00 – 18:00

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.


Jammer – Producer, MC & Grime Pioneer

Yemi Abiade – Contributing Editor for TRENCH

Hattie Collins – Journalist & Author

Janaya Cowie – Label Manager

Raj Kathwadia – Music Writer

PPL: Get Played, Get Paid

15:30 – 14:30

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. 


Wale Kalejaiye – Associate in the Music Group

Gaika – Artist

Leo O’Brien – Member Development Specialist, PPL

Chris Cooke – Co-Founder & MD, CMU

Davina Merchant – A&R Manager, Downtown Music


14:30 – 15:30

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. 


J2K – Co-founder, Founder, Partner

Irene Agbontaen – Designer & Creative Consultant

Dj Target – DJ, Presenter & Author

Poet – Unprofessional Poet

Nadia Jae – Presenter & Radio DJ

How To Steal My Job

12:00 – 13:00

This discussion will not only equip you with a deeper understanding of the music industry, its structures, and how it relates to an artist, you will also get to hear from an exclusive lineup of Music professionals and brightest insiders.Expects an insightful discussion with our illustrious panel, finding out what role each of them play in an artist’s career, their career path and tips for anyone looking for a similar industry job.


Jasmine Dotiwala – Multimedia journalist, broadcaster and inclusion leader

Sharlotte Ritchie – Director Global Communications, Universal Music Group

Ella-Bonai Gordon, Artist Manager & A&R Consultant

Shauni Caballero – Music Publishing, The Go 2 Agency

One-to-one Meet the Expert Surgeries

13:00 – 18:00

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. 


Kosi Kompeta – Marketing Manager, Parlophone Records (Warner Music Group)

Cian Cooper Davies – A&R Manager, 0207 Def Jam, Universal Music UK

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

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

Emmanuel Olowojoba – A&R Manager, Universal Music UK

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

In Conversation with Rich Castillo

13:00 – 14:00

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. 


Rich Castillo – A&R Director, Atlantic Records UK

Hardy Caprio in Conversation with SCULLY

18:00 – 19:00

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. 


Hardy Caprio – Artist