Kojey Radical, the Hackney rapper, who has been working with Hoxton Hall as part of Dr. Martens’ Tough As You initiative, supports Beat Bank launch to help young artists develop their studio skills
Hackney’s homegrown Ivor Novello nominated rapper, Kojey Radical, is lending his support to the launch of Hoxton Hall’s Beat Bank drive, a project designed to provide Hackney’s talented young musicians with more samples, beats and instrumentals to remix and rework in the studio. The new Beat Bank comes fresh off the back of Kojey’s work with the venue’s Youth Arts programme, where he has been helping aspiring musicians with their songwriting and production skills as part of his role in the Dr. Martens Tough As You initiative – a mentorship programme that pairs established artists with emerging voices in music.
Determined to help level the artistic playing field, and give back to the Hackney community that helped him on his way up, Kojey Radical selected Hoxton Hall as his first mentee for the Tough As You initiative – a payback for the platform that the iconic community venue offered him as an unknown artist. Recognising that the barriers to creativity faced by Kojey as an emerging musician are still impacting the next generation of talent in the area, Dr. Martens channelled its support into elevating Hoxton Hall’s critical artist development programme; providing new equipment and audio kit for the venue’s on-site studio, alongside funding to help meet the demand for studio time with seasoned producer, Aston Rudi – a resident coach on Hoxton Hall’s programme, whose collaboration credits include rising stars Mahalia, Cat Burns and Jaz Karis. Through his mentorship role, Kojey was able to enrich this support by offering in person songwriting expertise and studio advice to help the young artists on Hoxton Hall’s programme develop their skills and gain confidence in the recording booth. As Hoxton Hall’s current term of emerging musicians prepare to showcase their work at the venue’s annual Sound Out event on 31st March, hosted by Reprezent Radio, Kojey’s focus is now on lending his support to ensure the young artists on the development programme continue to have an abundance of fresh, free material for them to experiment with in the studio via the Hoxton Hall Beat Bank. Music makers with unused material can support Hackney talent, and fuel a full circle creative platform with their spare tracks, by emailing stems
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