PRS FOR MUSIC | FLOHIO, MS BANKS, NOVELIST, BIG ZUU AND MORE: BEHIND THE SCENES OF THE FIRST EVER GRIME AND RAP SONGWRITING CAMP (@PRSforMusic)

PRSSome of the biggest tal­ent in UK grime and rap came togeth­er this week, for a first-of-its-kind song­writ­ing camp.

Mark­ing the end of 2018, a year that saw God­father of Grime, Wiley, receive an MBE for ser­vices to music, PRS for Music and ASCAP, two of the world’s lead­ing per­form­ing rights soci­et­ies, hos­ted the first ever two-day grime/rap song­writ­ing camp.

Bring­ing togeth­er 25 music cre­at­ors, the camp was a rare and unique oppor­tun­ity for both mas­ters of the gen­re and acclaimed up-and-com­ing tal­ent, includ­ing highly respec­ted song­writers, topliners, pro­du­cers and per­formers, to col­lab­or­ate at the renowned Tile­yard Stu­di­os, Lon­don.

Care­fully selec­ted based on out­stand­ing abil­ity, attendees included: Aitch, Ali Ten­nant, Ayah Marar, Big Zuu, Dolapo, Elshay, Flo­hio, Isai­ah Dreads, Joe Kil­ling­ton, LD, Lily McK­en­zie, Lisa Mer­cedez, Mir­aa May, Ms Banks, Nov­el­ist, Yizzy and pro­du­cers; Dak­tyl, Flyo, Mazza, MK The Plug, Sevaqk, Shad­ow On The Beat, Show N Prove, Treble Clef, and whY­Jay.

As well as huge suc­cesses in the pro­duc­tion world, work­ing with the likes of Kanye West and Major Lazer, as per­formers they have secured 46 weeks in the Offi­cial UK Charts and have 2 mil­lion monthly Spo­ti­fy listen­ers between them. *

PRS for Music, the organ­isa­tion that rep­res­ents the rights of more than 135,000 song­writers, com­posers, pro­du­cers and music pub­lish­ers, also nur­tures the cre­ation of music through its part­ner­ships, song­writ­ing camps and edu­ca­tion­al pro­grammes.

Song­writ­ing camps serve not only as a plat­form for new hits to be writ­ten but provide an intim­ate space for net­work­ing – encour­aging new cre­at­ive rela­tion­ships to con­tin­ue and develop into the future. Attendees took part in three stu­dio ses­sions each, cul­min­at­ing in a play­back ses­sion at the end of the two days.

Mar­tin Maguire, PRS for Music Mem­ber­ship Devel­op­ment Man­ager, said: “This was a ground-break­ing event for all involved. It’s impress­ive to see the true power of col­lab­or­a­tion; the cal­ib­re of music that came out of this song­writ­ing camp was phe­nom­en­al.”

PRS for Music hos­ted this event with its Amer­ic­an coun­ter­part, ASCAP, with sup­port from Not­ting Hill Music Pub­lish­ing, Tile­yard Music Pub­lish­ing and Ultra Music Pub­lish­ing Europe.

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Rishma Dhaliwal

Rishma Dhaliwal

Edit­or / PR Con­sult­ant at No Bounds
Rish­ma Dhali­wal has extens­ive exper­i­ence study­ing and work­ing in the music and media industry. Hav­ing writ­ten a thes­is on how Hip Hop acts as a social move­ment, she has spent years research­ing and con­nect­ing with artists who use the art form as a tool for bring­ing a voice to the voice­less. Cur­rently work­ing in TV, Rish­ma brings her PR and media know­ledge to I am Hip Hop and oth­er pro­jects by No Bounds.

About Rishma Dhaliwal

Rishma Dhaliwal
Rishma Dhaliwal has extensive experience studying and working in the music and media industry. Having written a thesis on how Hip Hop acts as a social movement, she has spent years researching and connecting with artists who use the art form as a tool for bringing a voice to the voiceless. Currently working in TV, Rishma brings her PR and media knowledge to I am Hip Hop and other projects by No Bounds.