It’s been a great festival weekend starting from Thursday at The Roundhouse in Camden. The Rising Festival which happens every year promotes upcoming music producers/ bands, DJ’s and singer/ songwriters alongside alternate talent such as programming and coding synths/ software for audio visual experiences.
Rising 360 was 2 teams of people providing radio coverage of the weekend activities during the festival itself. Our team worked on the Saturday show and the Recap show on the Monday afterwards.
Thursday evening started with DJ Oddi playing a Hip-Hop set right through to Lil Simz, a female UK rapper playing the last set from 10:30. We spoke to Lil Simz before her set for a Thursday interview. Spent the day planning Sat’s show with the content and editing our recordings..
On Friday, we engaged the audiences reaction to the festival at stage 2 when beat boxer Grace Savage was performing and around the venue once everyone were settled in.
Stage One was the Studio Theatre, full of people close to the front trying to get a good view of the acts. The stage was mounted at a decent height so any position in the room would’ve resulted in a good view.
Saturday was hectic when we came down.. we interviewed Fauxlo, a roundhouse associate artist; caught up with the Appjam workshops alongside the festival crowd that came down for a good time. Vulcan MC, part of the Roundhouse Choir had a great chat with our team as well.
One of the masterclasses was run by music producer/ programmer Tim Exile, who uses computer programming to engage the crowd during his performances, recording the audience alongside live instrumentation, sound design for an interactive experience. With releases on Planet Mu, Warp Recs, it was great to get him down during the show for a live interview before his performance.
Saachi Senn, another RH associate artist did an exclusive acoustic session in the radio studio with two tracks she performed around noon on stage 2, whilst I caught up with Tony Nwachukwu from multi-music platform CDR (Create, Define, Release) and a few young creatives attending the CDR workshops.
The CDR event in the evening featured young upcoming producers, DJ’s and songwriters performing material alongside Shlomo, a beat boxing artist; which 2 other team members attended.
I spent the day editing the CDR interviews alongside the content we were already capturing during the festival itself and live coverage.
By 7:30 we got most of the packages ready, just the intro link needed to be edited before live broadcast. Hectic printouts of the script ensued, then we did the show;
After the show, I ended up staying in the studio late, managing to catch Wildebeats playing at the club night which now took over the Studio Theatre. There was minimal bass with only the tops working with corresponding woofers!
Apparently Tim Exile blew the fuse for the bass bins I found out afterwards; as a result, the place wasn’t as full and people were dancing on the spot just lightly jigging about.
Arrived home late and Sunday was made up of planning the whole recap show for Monday alongside capturing content..
I managed to catch the last 2 bands GAPS and Fear Of Men on Sunday…officially the last day of Rising Festival.. great finish to a weekend!
After the weekend, we finalised the packages for the show and additional content was edited. The team thought of producing a Tim exile style mashup from the samples and recordings they captured over the weekend.. did it in 4 mins, manic but here it is;
I finished the track 5 mins before we were about to broadcast.. did a quick mixdown and bounced to wav instantly..!
The show went great, highlighting the festival weekend overall with exclusive content from each day alongside extended interviews/ packages from the Friday & Sunday shows.
The Friday/ Sunday shows can be heard;