Flava D and Elijah at the launch of Last Dance. Photo by XC Photos
Flava D and Elijah at the launch of Last Dance. Photo by XC Photos

LAST DANCE LAUNCH: CLUB CULTURE AND THE NEXT GENERATION OF MUSIC-MAKERS


15 August 2017

Last month, Associate Artistic Director Elijah launched Last Dance, a vital investigation into the decline of UK club culture consisting of a series of club nights, talks, performances, exhibitions and online publications.

Audience discussion at the launch of Last Dance. Photo by XC Photos.
Audience discussion at the launch of Last Dance. Photo by XC Photos.

Delivered in partnership with youth music organisation AudioActive and multi-platform community broadcaster Platform B, Garage and Grime producer Flava D kicked off the launch with a music production workshop. Flava D talked through her creative process with a demonstration of Ableton music software. The session was attended by an enthusiastic and knowledgeable audience of young DJs, producers and musicians, some travelling from as far as Huddersfield and Birmingham.

“The more we invest in young people, the more we’re going to hear new music” – Elijah

After the workshop, Elijah presented the Last Dance project, emphasising the need to break new talent in the currently challenging cultural landscape. He sparked a lively and impassioned debate amongst young DJs, promoters and musicians about the realities of working in music in the face of club closures, noise restrictions, and a lack of community amongst musicians. This expanded into a dialogue with members of the audience from various arts and media organisations on how the music scene and arts organisations could work together to nurture and support emerging talent.

“The energy in the room at the launch was incredible. There is a lot of talent here in Brighton that need spaces to discuss ideas, work on projects and inspire each other. It felt like we started something with artists that will be influential here and beyond in the next few years.”

PHOTOS: TALKS
Last Dance: Launch with Elijah & Flava D
Photos by XC Photos.

PHOTOS: MUSIC PRODUCTION WORKSHOP
Last Dance: Music Production Workshop with Flava D
Photos by Cain Suleyman.

The launch was sponsored by Diageo.


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