Ben Bowler is the Co-Founder of Chew, the live streaming community that connects a new generation of DJs, producers and personalities through live streaming video.
Having built his career in music and media companies AEI Media and Vice, he noticed young fans today are no longer passive consumers but content creators as well. Launching Chew in January 2015 the community has exploded into a highly engaged global user base. In this first 18 month and Ben has received press and industry notice, being awarded FastForward conference and South by South West in 2016.
In June Ben was excepted onto the OneFest program to build and support his plans to expand Chew and his personal projects into live performance in the next 12 months.
I’ve always had an affection for music from an early age. Various genres of music filled my household from, Hip-Hop, R’n’B, Soul, Reggae to UK Garage and Jungle.
I took it upon myself at the beginning of 2015 to quit my full time job and pursue a career within the music industry full time. I took a leap of faith and belief in myself to get out of my comfort zone a pursue my passion. Finding a path into the industry was a challenging task. The competition is high and opportunities are limited. To date I’ve held roles at a major record label, radio station and an artist management company. These internships have exposed me to different environments of the industry that has required me to adapt and learn multiple skills.
Being a part of the ‘OneFest Programme’ I hope to aid in creating a special live experience. Having the chance to create an event to cater to fans of music is important to me, as a live visual performance brings the music we consume to life. I love being able to push boundaries and work within a creative team I believe we could add elements to events that could create a trend within the industry given the right resources.
For me personally it’s another opportunity for me to develop my project management skills. Learning how to balance the creative aspects alongside the financial strategy needed to make it profitable event. I’ve spent plenty of time at talent showcases, concerts and festivals. To put on more events with a push from industry professionals can only lead to extraordinary results.
Over the last 5 years I have strongly believed in the power of live events in bringing people together, both through a shared joyful experience and also as a catalyst for wider issues.
During this time I have gained lots of experience in the live music event industry, across Reading and Leeds Festival, Metropolis and Oxjam Music Festival and I also have worked in live event marketing, promoting shows and venues across the UK.
I’m hoping during my involvement at OneFest that I can fine tune my skills in event management, production and brand partnerships, as well as involving ethical festival practices and mentoring.
I started off in the industry 6 years ago, when I started putting on gigs to escape the tedium of my retail job. That led into full-time promoting and falling in love with being part of live music and emerging talent. It had a steep learning curve, as I’d had no instruction on how to actually put on gigs and learnt, primarily, through making mistakes along the way. When it became clear it wasn’t going to be a sustainable career for someone living in London, I decided to look for other work in the industry and luckily found PledgeMusic.
Currently, I’m a Campaign Manager at PledgeMusic and have helped run pre-order and crowdfunding projects for hundreds of artists, at all different points in their career. My drive comes from working with emerging artists and helping them gain a foothold in the music world, whether that’s through crowdfundnig, funding initiatives or ensuring they are working with people who have their best interests at heart.
I’m hoping that through OneFest I will be able to connect back with live music, in a way that I have missed out on in the last few years, as well as helping to establish solid foundations for the future of the music industry. The young industry have a duty to artists coming through now and in the future, that they have a fair and diverse opportunities open to them.
I’m Flick Heath, and I’ve always loved live music – from growing up going to Reading Festival, to now, where I organise monthly gigs and freelance working in events.
I first got involved in the music industry when I started presenting and producing both a dance and live music show at my university radio station. Having live musicians on the show led me in the direction of events – including assisting in organising the campus music festival, running a venue at the inner-city festival and organising an Oxjam gig in my hometown raising £700 for charity. I have since been lucky enough to interview the likes of Bastille, Wolf Alice and Benjamin Francis Leftwich, alongside writing for the likes of Ticketmaster and TMRW magazine whilst running my own music blog.
This year I set up ‘Square Hippo’; a night of live music at a local London venue – I love sharing the music of such talented artists on a platform for others to see. This has encouraged me to start development of a project in which I am applying for funding for – in brief I will be putting on gigs to support musicians, with a key focus on directly assisting their development in the industry.
I’m looking forward to getting stuck into the OneFest programme – it’s a brilliant opportunity that will allow me to continue developing my event skills, whilst having industry professionals guide and support me along the way. The programme will also give me stronger focus and clearer mind-set for a career path. I hope to be putting on live shows for many years to come!
Tom Green is a live music promoter based in London. He has promoted at venues across the capital including the legendary Bedford in Balham where he completed his apprenticeship as well as numerous festivals and venues around the UK.
He has worked with an eclectic range of acts from around the world including, Leroy Sanchez, The Feeling and Jamiroquai to name but a few. Currently he is working as Venue Booker at 229 The Venue in Great Portland Street.
Long term he would like to run a live music festival on a national level and sell out Brixton Academy. From Onefest he would like to get a tonne of great contact, develop skills he doesn’t have and put on great festival.