Strictly Go Networking for Music

Earlier this week, in association with Creative Industry Hub, we hosted a music industry networking event at McQueen in Shoreditch. 

We had MUSIC PRODUCERS, SOUND ENGINEERS, LABEL MANAGERS, A&Rs, MUSICIANS and VOCALISTS in attendance, who networked and exchanged information in-between our two guest speakers.



The first Q&A, hosted by Music Match, was with singer/songwriter Kelli-Leigh, who offered invaluable insight into the work of a solo artist. Kelli touched upon her time as a backing vocalist on Adele's 21 European and US tour then writing, recording and touring with Duke Dumont after providing the vocals on his global smash hit with Jax Jones, "I Got U".  She offered advice to aspiring vocalists on how to get your voice heard, connecting with producers and establishing working relationships with peers.

Kelli went on to discuss her songwriting process and, after being described as "The Voice of UK House Music" by Radio 1's Danny Howard, explained how she navigates the traditional boys club of the industry, particularly the world of the DJ and dance music. She highlighted that her work and knowledge (not just as an accomplished vocalist & songwriter but also in production and sound) speaks for itself but forging solid working relationships with like-minded artists, is also key.  Kelli was an inspiring guest speaker, providing intelligent and practical advice to attendees. 

Singer/Songwriter Kelli-Leigh


The second Q&A, hosted by George Taylor from Creative Industry Hub, was with Managing Director of United Talent Agency, Geoff Meall.  Geoff's roster of artists include Paramore, Muse, Doves & Cage The Elephant. George asked Geoff to define the role of an agent and how it differs from a manager or label boss. He explained that the role of an agent is to get the artist gigs and manage that process. He advised aspiring artists, looking to get on the books of an established agency, to work with a good manager and ensure you understand yourself an artist.

Geoff also touched upon building a relationship with the artist so you understand where best to place them. Great working relationships with promoters and venues are an essential part of the job. Most of the time, the artists are willing to work directly with an agency, but sometimes it's the management you need to forge a relationship with. Having a solid understanding of the industry and, more importantly, an unwavering passion for the music and artists you represent, are key components for success.  

Geoff Meall of United Talent Agency 


Geoff Meal & Creative Industry Hub's George Taylor




Music Match's Matt Williams with Kelli-Leigh


We want to say a huge thank you to everyone who came along and look forward to the next event!