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Raj Kathwadia – Music Writer

Full time father, part time instant noodle connoisseur, Rajveer Kathwadia has been a writer since joining RWDmag’s editorial team in 2005. Originally only meant to complete a three-month work experience placement as part of his degree, the old skool hip hop head ended up staying for five years as a senior staff writer, interviewing and writing about the likes of Amy Winehouse, Usher, J. Cole, Kano, Wiley and Skepta. With his time at RWD coinciding with grime music’s original ascendency from the underground to the mainstream, the east London resident penned words on the scene for The Guardian, i-D, The Metro and AllHipHop amongst others before shifting lanes into branding and copywriting. After a decade freelancing, Rajveer now holds down a 9-5 as a senior copywriter for a multi-branded luxury fashion retailer.

Speaking: 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