Meet Jamz Supernova, Biig Piig and Rianne Thompson - 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.

In the fourth BBC Music Introducing LIVE Backstage session, our host, Jaguar caught up with DJ Jamz Supernova, singer and rapper, Biig Piig and broadcaster Rianne Thompson to chat about their role models, representation in the music industry and what they were like at school.

Jamz Supernova

Jamz Supernova is a BBC Radio 1Xtra DJ, where she hosts a weekly show unearthing and showcasing new talent. Jamz has also launched her own record label, signing the most exciting up-and-coming artists.

However you may be marginalised… seeing someone from that marginalised community in a place where you want to be makes it feel like, "yeah, I could do that." – Jamz Supernova

Biig Piig

Singer and rapper Jessica Smyth is better known by her stage name Biig Piig. Jess grew up in Spain and Ireland, before moving to London and meeting fellow musician Lava La Rue and joining the NiNE8 Collective. Biig Piig has since gone on to release several EPs*, with her music having had millions of views and streams on YouTube and Spotify.

I spent all of my time in the music room… I finally found my voice in that school with music, and that was the only place I wanted to be… that really shaped my love for it (music). - Biig Piig

Rianne Thompson

Rianne Thompson is a presenter and producer of BBC Introducing for BBC Radio Tees, playing new and emerging music. Rianne's broadcaster influences include Sarah Cox, Jo Whiley and Annie Mac.

It was really important for me to hear a northerner who was a woman on national radio (Sarah Cox)... having those role models is so important. – Rhianne Thompson

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.

*EP: Extended Play (it contains more tracks than a single but not enough to be considered as an album)

Backstage with Bitesize: LGBTQ+ artists sparking a revolution
video
BBC Introducing: Jobs at music festivals and in the music industry
collection
Backstage with Bitesize: Owning your heritage
video