Meet Angelle Joseph, Joy Crookes, Harpz Kaur and Ransom FA - Backstage with Bitesize at BBC Music Introducing LIVE 2020

Music can break down many barriers and unite creatives who share a passion for making something special, it can be a beautifully rich and diverse industry to work in.

However, from the outside looking in, it may feel like it can also be a difficult industry to break into. Bitesize has teamed up with BBC Music Introducing LIVE to find out how some big names from the world of music took their first steps to stardom.

Our first BBC Music Introducing LIVE Backstage session looks at the key talking-points around diversity and making it within the music industry. Our host, Jaguar caught up with musician, Joy Crooks, DJ, Harpz Kaur, rapper, Ransom FA and DJ, Angelle Joseph to chat about their experiences breaking into the music industry, how they have overcome any setbacks in their career and what advice they have for a young person wanting to take their first steps on a journey to musical greatness.

Angelle Joseph

Angelle is a music artist and broadcaster for BBC Introducing Suffolk. She also works with youth and community groups in her local area. Angelle is very passionate about new music, championing fresh talent and providing opportunities to others.

Stick with it, keep doing what you do, and keep having fun with what you do. Because you never know, what you do for fun right now might become a job in the future. – Angelle Joseph

Joy Crookes

Joy Crookes is a neo soul singer-songwriter. Brought up by Bangladeshi-Irish parents in south London, Joy incorporates her identity, culture and roots into her music. Joy was nominated for a Rising Star Award at the 2020 Brit Awards.

I was really proud of how diverse my audience was and how together it felt. – Joy Crookes

Harpz Kaur

Harpz is a breakfast presenter on BBC Asian Network. She is also a DJ and CBBC presenter on Saturday Mashup. Harpz was voted Radio Presenter of the Year at the 2019 Asian Media Awards.

You can’t be good at everything… it doesn’t mean you can’t become someone or something. – Harpz Kaur

Ransom FA

Grime artist Ransom FA grew up in Aberdeen and recently appeared on BBC Three's The Rap Game UK, performing in front of 18,000 people in Birmingham. Now based in London, Ransom has never forgotten his Scottish and Nigerian roots and has a desire to develop a rap scene in Scotland, helping young aspiring grime artists from his Aberdeen studio.

Whether you think you can, or whether you think you can't... you're right. – Ransom FA quoting Henry Ford

BBC Music Introducing LIVE ran from Saturday 24th October – Saturday 31st October 2020 and Bitesize brought you five backstage discussions with special guests.

One of the UK’s biggest, fastest-growing and most exciting music industry events, BBC Music Introducing LIVE supports and inspires the next generation of industry leaders, artists and creatives. The 2020 event took place digitally for the first time, with a week-long programme bringing audiences an array of live performances, masterclasses, talks and interactive sessions featuring high profile BBC Music Introducing alumni, industry experts and special guests.

To find out more details and watch all the panel talks, check out the BBC Music Introducing LIVE page.

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