Vanessa Maria

Vanessa Maria

Music & Mental Health | DJ -Broadcaster - Creative ProducerLondon, United Kingdom
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Vanessa Maria

Vanessa Maria

Music & Mental Health | DJ -Broadcaster - Creative ProducerLondon, United Kingdom
About me
Vanessa Maria champions music & mental health as a DJ, Broadcaster at Foundation FM, and Host at Resident Advisor. Named as one of the most important young people in music, she made her mark on radio stations across the country sharing her love for underground UK music. Renowned for her genre-spanning mixes and high energy 130bpm sets, you’ll need stamina to keep up. She’s been busy making appearances at Boilerroom, Dazed Magazine, Warehouse Project and HÖR in Berlin. As a former Mental Health Representative at Bristol University, she executively produced an award-winning documentary around black mental health. Vanessa’s work in and around music and mental health has also not gone unnoticed, from launching a radio show for Black Butter Records to interviewing the likes of Jaguar, Tiffany Calver and Juls. As the key presenter at Resident Advisor, she currently hosts a music and mental health-related podcast and documentary series. Most recently, she has been named as a leader in shaping the future of London’s nightlife by The Face Magazine. It’s clear she’s been making links and building a rep, now it’s time for her to take her vision across the UK and beyond. @nessamariaw on all social media platforms
  • Podcast in collaboration with resident advisor & black minds matter
    Podcast in collaboration with resident advisor & black minds matterThe podcast showcases prominent Black talent in electronic music, including Radio 1’s Tiffany Calver and Kiss FM’s Henrie
  • Reebook 'Create Your Own Legacy' Content Design Project
    Reebook 'Create Your Own Legacy' Content Design ProjectA response to Rebooks "create your own legacy" brief where we had to create a short 90-second film on an iPhone. Film summary: Life is like a long walk, you never know where your journey may lead you. Our legacy is what we leave behind, it's the path we've created for the next generation to follow
  • Level Up w/ Vanessa Maria - Radio
    Level Up w/ Vanessa Maria - Radio10twenty is a Worldwide music platform broadcasting from Bristol. I hosted my own show "Level up w/ Vanessa Maria".  Skills: Sourcing new music/ organising music programming/ working under pressure and strict deadlines during live radio/ organising guest interviews
  • When Wellbeing Is White
    When Wellbeing Is WhiteFrom Vanessa Maria Wilson (Executive Producer) and Pierre Amiral Niyongira (Director) comes the film ‘When Well-being is White: The Mental Health of Black Students’. The documentary explores the experiences of black students at Bristol University and shines a light on some of the wellbeing issues that students have faced. The University of Bristol’s Mental Health and Wellbeing Survey (2018) found that BME student’s biggest barrier for accessing support for emotional or mental health problems wa
  • The Open Space
    The Open SpaceI have launched "The Openspace" which is a series of creative workshops to support student wellbeing. I recently hosted a healing through music session which looked at how music helps us to improve our mental health. I have interviewed creatives such as Tanya Compas, Chante Joseph and Nasra Ayub. Skills: -Responsible for sourcing guests and running workshops - Communication across teams and departments -Advising on marketing strategies
  • Notion x No boundaries
    Notion x No boundariesI worked as the project manager on a personal project in collaboration with Notion Magazine called Notion x No Boundaries. I came up with the concept of curating a collective mix highlighting the best upcoming DJs hailing from outside of London to celebrate regional talent and pitched the idea to Notion. I then went and sourced the talent across social media channels and set up meetings with each contributor. Once I secured all the talent I set up a big meeting with the whole team alongside the
Projects credited in
  • No Boundaries
    No BoundariesThe goal was to create the brand identity for No Boundaries in a way that makes them stand out in the market of creative platforms. No Boundaries is all about not being the same as everybody else and showcasing boundless talent that the UK has to offer
Work history
    Sony Music UK logo
    Sony Music UK logo
    Digital Marketing InternSony Music UK
    London, United KingdomFull Time
    Digital Marketing at Black Butter Records
    Project ManagerSaffron Records
    London, United KingdomPart Time
    I project manage Mix Nights, which is a nine week course, consisting of eight sessions of two hour evening classes, where our DJ mentors teach the basics of mixing on either vinyl or CDJs. Skills: - Marketing & Brand Management - Time management - Reliable & efficient program delivery
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  • Project Management
  • Public Speaking
  • Admin Support
  • Brand Management
  • Time Management
  • German
  • Interviewing
  • Leadership
  • Creative Programming
  • Ideas Development
    Bachelor DegreeUniversity of Bristol
     - Bristol, United Kingdom
    2:1 Psychology Bachelor Degree
    A LevelsCambridge Heath Sixth From
     - London, United Kingdom
    Art, Psychology, English Lit, German (A*/A*/ A / A)
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    Sludge Magazine logo
    Sludge Magazine logo
    Most Important Young Person in UK MusicSludge Magazine
    Was interviewed by Sludge magazine and named one of the most important young people in music!
    Alternative Power 100 Music ListShe Said So
    So honoured to have made the and Native Instruments #AltList2020 amongst so many women bosses in music!
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