Meet Lava La Rue, Jodie Harsh and Tag Warner - 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 and beyond took their first steps to stardom.

This BBC Music Introducing LIVE Backstage session looks at the key talking-points around being LGBTQ+ and making it within the music and media industry. Our host, Jaguar caught up with musician, Lava La Rue, DJ Jodie Harsh and CEO of Gay Times, Tag Warner to chat about their experiences growing up, how they have overcome any setbacks in their career and what inspired them when they were younger.

Lava La Rue

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.

Everything that happens is meant to happen, it took me to that place, it led me to these people, it made me understand and learn this and put me in that direction. – Lava La Rue

Jodie Harsh

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.

I loved Madonna when I was growing up, and Grace Jones... strong powerful women were my role models. – Jodie Harsh

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.

As you’re running through life, the more that you look to your left and right to see what everyone else is doing, the slower you will travel. – Tag

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.

Backstage with Bitesize: Owning your heritage
BBC Introducing: Jobs at music festivals and in the music industry
Breaking into the music industry