BBC Introducing: Advice to your teenage self

In this video, professionals from across the music industry talk openly about what advice they would give to themselves as teenagers if they had the chance.

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. Watch the full session to find out more.

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

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. Watch the full session to find out more.

Even though every door might close on you, I've always managed to find a little window somewhere and you can find it if you really look hard for it. – Harpz Kaur

Arlo Parks is a singer-songwriter and poet from south London. She was longlisted for the BBC Sound of 2020 awards, a poll of music critics. Arlo embarked on her first headline tour of Europe in February 2020, but could not complete it due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Her debut album is set to be released in January 2021. Watch the full session to find out more.

Of course try your best, do study, but if something does go wrong, then know it's not the end of the world. – Arlo Parks

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. Watch the full session to find out more click here.

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

Jess Iszatt presents the BBC Music Introducing in London show every Saturday night, supporting the best under the radar music from London town. Jess also presents weekdays on Magic Chilled, playing fresh, laid-back hits from the 1990s, 2000s and present. Watch the full session to find out more.

There were times where I was like, what happens if I don't make it?... If you keep going you'll eventually get it, whatever 'it' is. – Jess Iszatt

In 2019, Tag Warner became the youngest ever CEO of global media brand, Gay Times. Tag is passionate about LGBTQ+ issues, especially for younger people, and hopes to amplify queer voices through new content initiatives and partnerships whilst in post as CEO. Watch the full session to find out more.

The more you look to your left and your right to see what everyone else is doing, the slower you're going to travel. – Tag Warner

Sybil Bell is Founder & CEO at a music company and live record label as well as founder of Independent Venue Week, a 7-day celebration of gigs all around the UK. Sybil's experience includes artist & label management, tour management and promotion in the UK and internationally. Watch the full session to find out more.

Don't be afraid to do something that you feel really strongly about. If you fear that other people won't share your views, just go with your heart, we have gut instinct for a reason. – Sybil Bell

Alexandra is an entrepreneur and live music promoter at one of the UK's leading gig promoters. She has worked on the shows and tours of some of the world’s leading talents including Lauryn Hill and Ella Mai. Alexandra has also been instrumental in the growth and development of the acoustic scene within London. Watch the full session to find out more.

I'll just say use the internet wisely. If you don't know something, search for it online. – Alexandra Ampofo

Lava La Rue is a visual artist, rapper and musician from London. Founder of NiNE8, a collective of musicians, artists and creatives, Lava took a DIY approach to making music, releasing several EPs including LAVALAND and LETRA. Watch the full session to find out more.

When you do something wrong or when something doesn't go right, it is a real reality check for what you want to be doing. – Lava La Rue

Rita Ekwere, better known by her stage name of Ray BLK, is a singer-songwriter from London. In 2017, Ray became the first unsigned artist to win the BBC Sound award. Her stage surname BLK stands for Building Living Knowing, her three main values in life. Watch the full session to find out more.

It's not about the destination, it's about the whole journey. – Ray BLK

Jodie Harsh is a DJ, music producer and promoter. Famous for her DJ sets at clubs, festivals and A-list parties across the globe, Jodie has played alongside Diplo, Skrillex and Swedish House Mafia, bringing her unique energy to the dance floor. Watch the full session to find out more.

If you want to make something really amazing, with a lot of people seeing and that really touches people... you have to really put in the hours. – Jodie Harsh

BBC Music Introducing LIVE ran from Saturday 24 October – Saturday 31 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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