Leading grime acts share advice with PRS for Music (@PRSforMusic ) @AFROPUNK London


Fresh from the AFROPUNK Lon­don stage, JME, Kojey Rad­ic­al and Nadia Rose all spoke to PRS for Music’s mem­ber­ship magazine, M, about their tips for new song­writers, who they’re tip­ping for suc­cess and more. All three inter­views are avail­able to watch now on the M magazine web­site.

Tips for new song­writers:

Nadia Rose: “Don’t look at what any­one else is doing. I notice a lot of young people talk about what someone else is doing, what they’ve seen them do. Don’t look at that. Just chan­nel your lane.”

Kojey Rad­ic­al: “I star­ted off as a paint­er, and then star­ted writ­ing poetry. Poetry was my out­let for a lot of things. Then I moved from poetry to per­form­ing acous­tic­ally. For the most part, I just let it flow organ­ic­ally. I did­n’t want to ever make it a thing like, ‘I’m going to be a music artist today’. The industry and the pro­cess is so dif­fi­cult, I had to make sure I was men­tally pre­pared to even be involved in the first place.”

JME: “Music has no lan­guage. Even if you’re going to add a lan­guage, like you’re going to speak Eng­lish on the track, you don’t have to speak Eng­lish to make sense like you would in an Eng­lish les­son. You just need to express your­self using the lan­guage you have and the sounds you can make.

“Music isn’t a form­al piece of media, it’s any­thing, it’s an expres­sion. Don’t even think about try­ing to make a song, just enjoy your­self with music. If you like it, someone else out there is going to like it. Try to find like-minded people.”


Ahead of the Lon­don fest­iv­al, PRS for Music held a work­shop for new tal­ent at Camden’s Round­house, offer­ing advice on how to gen­er­ate an income from cre­at­ing music. The per­form­ing right soci­ety, which rep­res­ents more than 125,000 song­writers, com­posers and music pub­lish­ers, also took part in judging AFROPUNK’s Battle of the Bands com­pet­i­tion. Judges on the night were AFROPUNK founders Mat­thew Mor­gan and Jocelyn Cooper; pro­du­cer, man­ager and music industry con­sult­ant, Kwame Kwa­ten; Lucy Scott, Live Events and Pro­gramme Pro­du­cer at the Round­house Trust; and PRS for Music’s Stefania Pavlou.

As well as AFROPUNK Battle of the Bands win­ners Black­fish Col­lect­ive, here are 10 acts Nadia Rose, Kojey Rad­ic­al and JME are tip­ping as the next big thing:

  • Prynce Mini
  • 808 Ink
  • SlowThai
  • Oscar World­peace
  • Ragz Ori­ginale
  • Cosima
  • Flo­hio
  • God Colony
  • AJ Tracey
  • Honey-Blades


Kar­en Buse, Exec­ut­ive Dir­ect­or of Mem­ber­ship and Inter­na­tion­al, said: “PRS for Music was incred­ibly proud to be part of AFROPUNK, with its eth­os to cel­eb­rate diversity and inclu­sion through music and cul­ture. As one of the most excit­ing and uplift­ing new events to come to Lon­don, we fully sup­port the import­ant role that AFROPUNK is play­ing, both in giv­ing estab­lished artists an inspir­ing space to per­form, and help­ing emer­ging tal­ent find their voice through AFROPUNK Battle of the Bands.”


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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.