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Reprezent is a community radio station based in South London, broadcast via FM, DAB and online. I present and produce a grime music show every other Thursday (9-11pm), playing the best new grime vocals live on air. There have been guest interviews, mixes and performances from the likes of P Money, Shizz McNaughty and Jammz. Those appearances are archived at soundcloud.com/ohjoewalker The Reprezent playlist is determined fortnightly, with the station’s DJs and presenters submitting recommendations to be debated by those in the playlist meeting. I have been in attendance at the majority of these meetings since my arrival at Reprezent, and in doing so have taken in a wide variety of forward-thinking music. June 2016 – present: Sunday Night Rider I co-host and co-produce a now weekly talk show with Scully on the station. We debate the musical and political talking points affecting the Reprezent listenership and urban music scene. Live guests have included musicians, journalists, political groups and many other appropriate experts. June 2017: Reprezent on Beats 1 Reprezent produced five shows for a special June takeover at Apple radio station Beats 1, telling the story of the Reprezent community and its collective ear to the ground. In one show, Reprezent DJ Teddy Music and I discuss the evolution of grime music, the attitude of its artists and the influence of grime culture on young London. March 2017: Night + Day As part of their record-breaking run of headline shows at Brixton Academy, The xx and Young Turks collaborated with Reprezent for a week of special takeover shows. I helped with production and guest liaison for the P Money & friends radio show. July 2016: CTRL at The ICA Reprezent curated a day of events at the Institute of Contemporary Arts London, for which I co-chaired a live panel about barriers for black artists in the music industry.
RWD is an urban lifestyle magazine and creative media agency. I worked on several issues of RWD Magazine until its hiatus, curating the About To Blow and One To Watch series amongst other writing. Artists I picked and interviewed for the series include Jammz, Zak Abel, Wolfie and Bonkaz. I continue to blog new UK music and interview artists of my choosing for RWDmag.com. Interview features have included Wiley, Tinie Tempah, Rita Ora, J Hus, Shakka, AJ Tracey, Sigma and P Money, among many others. As a creative media agency, RWD offers insight on its readership to brand clients and partners looking to market products or services to such a demographic. Highlights from my full-time work for this arm of RWD include: • ASICS Writer, interviewer and consultant on the award-winning What A Life campaign, in which the independent spirit of grime artists AJ Tracey, Cadet and P Money was profiled in a three-part online video series Consultant and artist liaison for an ASICS event in East London for key urban influencers, with live performances from AJ Tracey and special guest Giggs • Timberland and JD Consultant on the Hook & Loop campaign, in which Chip wrote the Timberland-inspired song ‘Winter Time’, wore the targeted shoe product in the music video and unveiled the song at a JD in-store appearance • Reebok Classic Consultant on urban music influencers to send Reebok Classic footwear to, with a view to secure social media coverage with the product
I was assistant to the Head of Press at this independent record label and project management company, founded by Sian Anderson of BBC 1Xtra. My role included: • Daily communication with music media, artists and management • Writing press releases for each of company’s campaigns • Organising and overseeing press days for online features • Securing online music coverage for company’s client roster • Extended cover work as a live booking agent for label artists • Additional support (Sourcing extras, video equipment, etc) for label artists
The Hub Entertainment was the brainchild of former 1Xtra Head of Music Austin Daboh, and wads a label and project management company for urban music that offered PR, radio plugging, and booking agent services. My role included: • Liaising with music media, artists and management on a daily basis • Securing editorial placements for artists’ music releases, online and in print • Organising press days and on-location filming of online video features • Writing effective press releases for each campaign • Controlling the company’s Social Media accounts • Researching emerging artists to pitch company’s services to for future campaigns
Bournemouth’s Media School is the leading media centre in UK Higher Education. Notable units of study included: News & Journalism, PR, Web Communication and Writing, Editing & Publishing. My creative dissertation for this degree was titled: “Original feature articles and rationale for ‘urban music’ coverage in The Guardian”. I also co-hosted a UK garage mix show on the student union’s radio station Nerve, broadcast online and, for the final weeks of the term, on FM to Bournemouth and surrounding areas.