In 2022 we launched Kickers Presents, our platform that spotlights up-and-coming young creatives, sharing new releases, industry advice, live events and much, much more.
We will be profiling creative talent across our platforms, supporting them on their career journey and offering insight and advice into a multitude of creative careers. We know that breaking into the creative industry can be tough and that there’s a lot of pressure on young people to figure out what they want to do as a career at a young age. We want to help.
From music and fashion industry advice, to opportunities to win a chance to perform at Outlook Festival, we’re passionate about helping young people find what they love. We’ll also continue to offer paid work experience opportunities through the Kickers Collective, which you can read more about here.
#KickersPresents … @Rose Gray
Heading to her home town of Walthamstow, we joined her in the studio to find out more about her upcoming music, advice on getting into the industry, and how to write a banging first single.
On starting out in the music industry
“My advice for anyone starting out is, is to just trust the journey. For me personally, it was about constantly growing not being afraid of where my sound will go.”
On landing your first gig
“My first proper show was actually a weekly gig at a Jazz bar in Walthamstow. I actually worked at the bar as a waitress and the owner asked if I wanted to have a go on the mic. This was the first time I actually thought cool, I could do this as a career.”
Check out our Q&A with Rose below and head to our socials to see more from the shoot.
#KickersPresents … @TrackieMcleod
We caught up with Glasgow based artist Trackie McLeod to find out more about his MILK LEMONADE CHOCOLATE exhibition at @thepipefactoryglasgow
On what inspires his work…
“My work is inspired by the everyday… the people and the patter and the places that surround me. I often describe the humour in my work as one part tongue in cheek, an ounce of sarcasm and a pint of Tennents lager. Other beers are available.”
On his best advice to getting started in the industry
“Best advice I could give to someone is if you are going to do something then go at it full pelt… but also take your time. I think they probably contradict each other but if you learn how to do that then let me know! ”