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Episode artwork for Ep #22: HEN$HAW on social media, music industry challenges, and earning a living

Ep #22: HEN$HAW on social media, music industry challenges, and earning a living

Introducing HEN$HAW, the embodiment of Camden's underground spirit, blending rap, garage, dance, grime, and emo-drill into a signature sound. Raised amidst the London borough’s grit and diversity, HEN$HAW's musical journey kicked off with his grandad's gift of a microphone and recording software at a young age in 2012.With his partner-in-crime, producer Chase, HEN$HAW lives by the motto "when, not if," a positive belief that good things will happen with momentum.Fuelled by the beats Chase creates, for now he has chosen independence over major labels, leveraging platforms like TikTok to turn unusual moments, like ex-PM Lizz Truss's resignation, into viral hits, as seen with his track "CHALK AND CHEESE."While navigating the trials of streaming income, HEN$HAW thrives on live shows, channeling his raw emotions into tracks like "HOLE" from his EP 'Sittin’ in the Dark’, and  "Lowkey",  which has had over 3 million Spotify streams. Hiis latest release "NO JK", a collaboration with The Skinner Brothers, is out now.Instagram: @thepromisingcreativeTikTok: @thepromisingcreativeTwitter: @PrmisngCreativeGuest: @henshawgram

Episode artwork for Ep #21: Marz Fay on making music, amplifying LGBTQ+ voices, and breaking into the media industry

Ep #21: Marz Fay on making music, amplifying LGBTQ+ voices, and breaking into the media industry

Hailing from South London, Marz Fay is poised to make a significant mark on the music scene as an outspoken LGBT artist delving into themes of love, pain & youth. With over 50k+ streams on her debut EP, Marz is quickly building a passionate following.

Episode artwork for Ep #20: Cap1talA on navigating racism, cultivating gratitude, and independent success in hip-hop

Ep #20: Cap1talA on navigating racism, cultivating gratitude, and independent success in hip-hop

Cap1talA is a UK rap and hip-hop artist whose music is as a powerful reflection of his upbringing and experiences.

Episode artwork for Ep #19: Photographer Sophia Leon on telling authentic stories, self-care, and the art of pitching to clients

Ep #19: Photographer Sophia Leon on telling authentic stories, self-care, and the art of pitching to clients

Our guest this week is photographer, Sophia Leon. Hailing from Manchester, Sophia's passion for creativity led her to London in pursuit of the most dynamic environment for her artistic ambitions.

Episode artwork for Ep #18: Simon Wheatley on growing organically as a photographer, and documenting grime in the 00s

Ep #18: Simon Wheatley on growing organically as a photographer, and documenting grime in the 00s

Episode artwork for Ep #17: Rashun Kerr on Event & Artist Management and Mental Health

Ep #17: Rashun Kerr on Event & Artist Management and Mental Health

Introducing Rashun Kur, DJ, Events and Tour Manager, and longtime friend of Billy and the show. 

Episode artwork for Ep #16: L-DOPA (with Gus and Austin) on collaborative projects and a DIY ethos

Ep #16: L-DOPA (with Gus and Austin) on collaborative projects and a DIY ethos

Gus Burgess and Austin 'Dope' are the architects behind the "L-Dopa" brand and magazine. With the release of their inaugural edition, "The Fly Issue" in 2023, they've carved out a space to amplify the voices of talented creatives in their community.Beyond the allure of cool ideas and visionary concepts, Gus and Austin stress the importance of hard work to bring projects to life; recognizing that sometimes just a small per centage of the creative process lies in that initial spark.On the pod, Gus and Austin candidly share their journey, emphasizing the often-overlooked skills and administrative tasks that it’s vital to learn quickly when launching a new project.Gus is an artisan in his own right: creative direction, photography, editing, curation and branding. His philosophy encapsulates the essence of self-empowerment: "If you want something, you can create it yourself." The brand, an evolving fusion of fashion, style, and a DIY aesthetic, embodies their dynamic creative spirit.As we eagerly anticipate the next edition of "L-Dopa," the duo contemplates diverse mediums for their storytelling. Whether through another print magazine or innovative forms like unique objects or clothing, Gus and Austin embrace the endless possibilities of creative expression.To aspiring creatives, Gus and Austin offer straightforward advice: stop overthinking and start creating. Stay true to yourself, embrace your authenticity, and believe in the power of your unique voice.Instagram: @thepromisingcreativeTikTok: @thepromisingcreativeTwitter: @PrmisngCreativeGuest: @l_dopamagazine@gusburgess@dopesolitary

Episode artwork for Ep #15: Cam Edwards of Sigma - D'n'B DJ & Producer

Ep #15: Cam Edwards of Sigma - D'n'B DJ & Producer

Cam Edwards is a producer and DJ, known to many as one half of Sigma. With roots in the underground, he has also achieved the rare feat of a string of huge Drum ’n’ Bass hits. 

Episode artwork for Ep #14: Todd Duncan - London-based Street Photographer

Ep #14: Todd Duncan - London-based Street Photographer

Meet photographer Todd Duncan. Picture this: three years ago, Tod stumbled upon a camera in a charity shop, and there occurred a spark; a moment of inspiration. Here is a photographer whose journey behind the lens began unexpectedly but has since become a storm of activity and success. 

Episode artwork for Ep #13: Preye Crooks - A&R Head + Festival Founder

Ep #13: Preye Crooks - A&R Head + Festival Founder

Preye Crooks is an ascendant presence in the music and festival industry, known for his entrepreneurial strength and A&R expertise. As the founder of Strawberries & Creem and The Cambridge Club Festivals, he has led these events from humble beginnings of 500 people to becoming full weekend camping festivals with crowds of over 20,000. Notably, both festivals were recently part-acquired by Sony Music Entertainment, marking Sony's first-owned festivals in Europe.Under Preye's leadership, these festivals have hosted a diverse lineup of music icons and contemporary artists, including Burna Boy, Skepta, Koffee, J Hus, AJ Tracey, Diana Ross, Lionel Ritchie, and The Jacksons.In addition to his festival success, Preye is also the co-head of A&R at Robots & Humans Records/Sony Music UK. With a track record spanning six years at Columbia Records, he has showcased his exceptional A&R talent by signing notable artists such as Not3s, B Young, DigDat, SwitchOTR, Kenny Allstar, and more. His influence and dedication to the music industry continue to shape the careers of emerging talent.Instagram: @thepromisingcreativeTikTok: @thepromisingcreativeTwitter: @PrmisngCreativeGuest: @preyecrooks

Episode artwork for Ep #12: Amanda Akokhia -  Fashion & Beauty Photographer

Ep #12: Amanda Akokhia - Fashion & Beauty Photographer

Amanda Akokhia's move from a corporate grounding into professional photography shows us just how rewarding following your true passion can be. After earning her Law degree and joining a firm, Amanda realized her calling lay behind the lens. 

Episode artwork for Ep #11: Megan Morass - PR Agency CEO and Podcast Host

Ep #11: Megan Morass - PR Agency CEO and Podcast Host

Megan is a co-founder and CEO of Full Fat - one of the UKs leading creative communications agencies and current UK champion of Diversity & Inclusion. Passionate about business and mental health Megan and how marketing can have a powerful impact on human behaviour. Megan also hosts “2019s best new podcast” The Slice, has won Management Today 35 under 35 and is on the judging panel for this years PR Week 30 under 30 award. 

Episode artwork for Ep #10: Rubi PoseAndRepeat - Fashion And Beauty Creator

Ep #10: Rubi PoseAndRepeat - Fashion And Beauty Creator

Rubi  is an emerging fashion sensation to be reckoned with. Her street style looks and trendsetting 'How To Style' videos show that it's possible to be stylish and confident, no matter your size or budget. With her vibrant and colorful aesthetic, Rubi's talent for styling is quickly gaining recognition in the fashion industry. Rubi's influence extends far beyond her visually stunning fashion choices. She has created a unique lifestyle brand, ‘Pose and Repeat’, where she shares insights into her life, personal style, and how she curates her wardrobe. This platform allows Rubi to connect with her engaged following of predominantly 18 to 24-year-olds across the US, UK, and Australia. As she moves away from a fashion-centric approach, Rubi's brand encompasses her entire lifestyle, showcasing not only her fashion sense but also her passions, interests, and experiences.In addition to her lifestyle brand, Rubi has expanded her reach into the realm of beauty with ‘Pose and Repeat Beauty’. This new venture reflects her dedication and passion for makeup and beauty. With this specialized platform, Rubi focuses on creating looks that accentuate her unique skin tones, catering to her everyday life, festivals, and events. Her expertise in working with different skin tones adds a personalized touch to her beauty content, empowering individuals to embrace their natural beauty.Rubi is a true inspiration to young creatives everywhere. She is a testament to the power of following your dreams and never giving up on what you love. If you're looking for a source of inspiration and motivation, be sure to follow Rubi on @poseandrepeat and @poseandrepeatbeauty. Instagram: @thepromisingcreativeTikTok: @thepromisingcreativeTwitter: @PrmisngCreativeGuest: @poseandrepeat

Episode artwork for Ep #9: Charlie Brogan - Writer and Model

Ep #9: Charlie Brogan - Writer and Model

Charlie Brogan is a Freelance Writer, Poet, and Editor & co-founder of "The Rally" magazine. With a passion for positive and impactful content, she has created an online community through her poetry, workshops, and magazine. Charlie's belief in the power of storytelling led her to edit ‘The Rally’, filling a gap in women's media with joyful and real content. 

Episode artwork for Ep #8: Kilu - Self-taught emerging musician

Ep #8: Kilu - Self-taught emerging musician

Meet Kilu, 22-year-old musician from Hackney, an emerging talent with a raw and authentic sound. With his self-taught talent in singing, guitar, piano, and production, Kilu has quickly built up a devoted following.

Episode artwork for  Ep #7: Areej - Soulful R&B Singer-Songwriter

Ep #7: Areej - Soulful R&B Singer-Songwriter

Introducing Areej, a remarkable Moroccan-Sudanese singer-songwriter hailing from West London, whose artistic journey has been shaped by her heritage. Areej carries depth and soulfulness in her voice; a voice cut from silk that shimmers and shakes like Tangiers reflected on the water. 

Episode artwork for Ep #6: Jason Anthony Cudapas - Fashion and Music Industry Tattoo Artist

Ep #6: Jason Anthony Cudapas - Fashion and Music Industry Tattoo Artist

Here’s tattoo artist Jason Anthony Cudapas, a master of skin artistry who wields his inked weaponry with precision and finesse. The London-born, Philippino-British linework specialist, also known as NYE INKS, has an impressive roster of celebrity clients, including Skepta, IAMDDB, Mahalia, and Octavian. Jason has become a go-to artist for those seeking fresh and distinctive style. 

Episode artwork for Ep #5: Emma Louise-Boynton - Broadcaster & 'Sex Talks' Host

Ep #5: Emma Louise-Boynton - Broadcaster & 'Sex Talks' Host

Meet Emma Boynton, a dynamic presenter, writer, and the creative force behind the award-winning live event series, Sex Talks. With a background as a producer for the BBC and Sky News, as well as being the sex columnist for ES Magazine and relationships columnist for Semaine, Emma brings a wealth of experience and expertise to the table. 

Episode artwork for Ep #4: Kojo - All Round Creative

Ep #4: Kojo - All Round Creative

Meet Kojo Hammond, dancer, stylist, and the brilliant mind behind 82K Degrees - the fiery London-based streetwear brand that has emerged from the underground with an undeniable heat. As a multidisciplinary creative, Kojo spearheads the relentless pursuit of excellence at 82K Degrees, infusing each garment with meticulous attention to detail and a genderless approach that challenges conventions.

Episode artwork for Ep #3: Feux - Independent Artist

Ep #3: Feux - Independent Artist

Rising star, Dubious Feux explains his personal journey as an artists and reveals his creative process. 

Episode artwork for Ep #2: Jess Gardiner - CEO and Founder of The Assistant Room

Ep #2: Jess Gardiner - CEO and Founder of The Assistant Room

Jess Gardiner, the Founder and CEO of The Assistant room, joins us today to discuss the ins and outs of what it means to be a CEO and how to creatively start a business. 

Episode artwork for Ep #1: Pia Cruz - Model

Ep #1: Pia Cruz - Model

Join us for our first episode of The Promising Creative! Today we are chatting with Pia Cruz, a vastly successful model who has worked with the likes of Yves Saint Laurent, Nike and Diesel. Pia opens up about the day to day struggles associated with the industry, as well as how she started her career whilst facing  major adversity. 

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