Rebecca Wren joins our Inspirational YOUth panel ‘I am young and I am winning’ on Saturday 30th June 2012.
What is your current role?
I am a project manager at SB.TV. I work on varied projects, from media partnerships, events, producing the Inspiration Season and Producers House series, and managing the mixtapes on the site. I really enjoy coming up with creative ideas for features, interviews, and videos, but I equally love being involved in youth-based projects. I also work as a freelance label coordinator with a record label Digital Soundboy, where I work on events, liaise with the artists and coordinate schedules.
How did you secure your role at sb.tv?
Becca started out in the music industry as a bedroom DJ, at the age of 15, and was soon appearing on BBC 1Xtra and a number of pirate radio stations, including Rinse, Rude & Kool FM, and promoting a drum & bass / dubstep night at London venue Corsica Studios. From starting working in record shops at the age of 15, her obsession with UK dance music and old skool hip hop led her to studying music at the University of East London and during her studies she took on various runner and work experience roles at post production houses, promo companies and youth music production workshops.
After graduating with a Degree in Music Production and Cultural studies, she landed an internship at Urban Development, which was quickly extended to 6 months. After the placement she was invited back to work as admin assistant, progressing to project work as programme assistant, and then managing Urban Development’s recording studios, all while assisting at London based Eglo Records in her free time.
In 2011 Becca left Urban Development to freelance at The Barbican on education projects, and coordinated the MOBO tour in 2012.
Through her work on youth focussed music projects, in 2010 Becca met SB.TV’s managing director Liam Tootil, and in early 2012 Becca joined the SB.TV team to manage their growing projects, and to bring her varied experience to the young SBTV team.
Now a fully fledged member of Jamal Edwards’ empire, Becca recently also started working at Shy FX’s ground-breaking label Digital Soundboy, bringing and continues to stride through the industry, gaining a reputation as a passionate and hardworking project manager in the UK dance and urban scenes.
What did you study?
I studied music at the University of East London.
My degree was Music Culture: Theory & Production. I won an award for my dissertation which was about:
‘21st Century London Dance Cultures: A Product of Diaspora, Technology or Location? An Analysis of Urban Dance Music in the Digital Age.’
I also studied music technology as a BTEC National Diploma, and I did A Levels – but not in music !
What are your interests?
I’m pretty much a music head. I spend most hours of the day listening to music. I love all sorts of stuff, but I’m particularly passionate about hip hop, old skool jungle, and sound system culture.
I like to research the music I like, and spend a lot of time watching music documentaries and interviews on YouTube – nerd!
I am also really interested in youth issues and I enjoy working on projects and initiatives which help get young people focussed, inspired and motivated.
What are your three tips for those entering your industry?
Get out there and network! It’s fun to go out there and meet new people, but make sure you are always polite, approachable and confident, and take a business card!
Know your stuff! Always do your research, and get the skills and knowledge you need through education or work experience, both are equally important in my opinion.
Keep persisting! The music industry is competitive and it can sometimes be difficult to find entry level jobs, but if you are determined, passionate and persistent enough, someone will recognise this and give you a chance.
If you feel like there are no jobs you would enjoy, make your own luck, and start your own business.
Who do you admire?
I admire my mum most of all – she came to this country on her own in the seventies, speaking very little English and is now due to retire after a successful career as a nurse. She has always instilled a sense that anything is possible into my sister and I, and always encouraged us to pursue our interests as a career, and work hard.
In the music industry, I have always looked up to strong females such as Missy Elliott, closer to home DJ Flight and Kemistry & Storm, who were inspiring female drum & bass DJ’s on Metalheadz I looked up to as an aspiring DJ.