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Change Creators: XLR Collective get stuck into social media

This week the XLR Collective did some serious social media strategising, as they prepare to launch their campaign to challenge sexual harassment on the street. Collective blogger Olivia gives a behind-the-scenes insight into their marketing plans…

26th June 2017, KWMC

This week’s session began with each member of the group discussing what they’ve done over the past week towards the campaign. We discussed these ideas and outcomes. We then discussed that tasks need to be fairly spread within the group [and] we created a list of all the aspects that need work, them being: busking, merch, [Bristol] Harbour Fest, festival POA, social media/website. We then went round and each group member said what tasks they will do for the upcoming week and by what date.

We are waiting for the branding […] to be finalised and then we can move on with ordering merchandise. We need to order t-shirts for the group ASAP and have a group photoshoot [in order] to have content for our introductory posts on social media. Our previous [photos] are not suitable due to members leaving [the programme]. We are contacting a photographer who has worked with us before and decided to have a day with them, going around Bristol taking photos to create some content. That way we can have a group shoot all in the same day. Dates for this need to be agreed and confirmed.

But for this week, the team is focusing on the social media and website content, busking locations and song lists, a finalised ‘elevator pitch’ and a disclaimer (to be genuinely used and especially needed for contacting artists, poets, spoken word artist, festivals and people we want to work with). We need to tie together the hashtag, slogan and main imagery we will use on our posters, flyers and social media as we want a current theme that our audience can recognise us with. We also decided what we would want to get out of having a space at a festival, so we can be clear [when] approaching events what we want and how we will do it.

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Change Creators: XLR Collective meet Kaptin Barrett, Boomtown programmer

This week the XLR Collective met Kaptin Barrett, festival programmer for Boomtown Fair, for a behind-the-scenes insight into working on a huge summer event. Catch up with Change Creator Will to find out what else the Collective have been up to as they get ready for the launch of their campaign to challenge sexual harassment on the street…

19th June 2017, KWMC

Just like last time, we started this week’s session by updating the group on what tasks we’d all completed so far. We’ve all been researching things like merchandise, social media strategies and media promotion. Questionnaires have been drawn up and the basic layout of the website is now finished. The group has also made a good start on songwriting, with more rehearsals booked in the future.

After the updates, the group was visited by local legend and music programmer at Boomtown Fair, Kaptin Barrett. We told him all about our campaign and answered any questions he had about it. Kaptin then gave us loads of advice, ideas and constructive criticism on our campaign, which left us with a lot of food for thought (although it was more like a buffet for thought).

The group then asked him some questions, some about the campaign, some about his job and some about wider topics. This gave the group a lot of insight about the day-to-day jobs of people working in the music industry. […] We discussed the possibility of our campaign doing something at Boomtown Festival, but since it’s quite last minute this may be hard to organise.

Afterwards, the group got back to planning the next steps. We listed everything that was still left to do from the previous week and added the list of tasks from the coming week. We also swapped round some team roles and delegated some tasks differently to before. This is simply due to some people being away or being more confident with different elements of the campaign. We also spoke about the budget and we now have a clearer idea of how to divide it and what some things will cost. There’s still a lot to do, but we’re getting closer!

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Author: Will Sissons

Will is a member of the XLR Collective, and is leading on branding and web development for the Hack-A-Heckle campaign:

“I like to gig a lot, playing bass in several bands and at regular jam nights, while teaching on the side. I’m also a serial live music fan and sometimes put on my own events. I have a part time job at a small business selling edible cake toppers and I’m addicted to travelling and watching films”

Find out more about Will here.

Will Sissons – image by Jay Carter-Coles


Change Creators: The XLR Collective – Campaign Update

Over the last few weeks the XLR Collective have been going from strength to strength as they develop plans for their social action campaign to challenge sexual harassment on the street.  Change Creator Will has been writing a blog about his experience and what the group have been up to. 

You can read his entries for May and June below:

2nd May 2017, KWMC 

This week’s session started with the group pitching ideas for overall campaign names and hashtags for the social media campaign. We discussed the pros and cons of each before voting on our favourites. ‘Hack A Heckle’ was the winner for the campaign name, but the hashtag is yet to be decided.

More of a discussion will be needed in the coming weeks to finalise the hashtag in order to get started with the social media campaign. The thought process behind Hack A Heckle comes from the ‘problem’ and ‘solutions’ we defined on the previous week: we’ll be offering tips and advice for bystanders and victims [of harassment] in how to respond and who to contact after verbal or sexual harassment has occurred. And we’re hacking the misogynistic culture amongst young men by trying to de-normalise it.

Next we started planning our online media strategy, making sure we know exactly who our audience will be, how we communicate with them, the over-arching goals for the campaign and the tools needed to execute it successfully. The individual elements of the campaign include a launch event, busking/campaigning around the city, researching advice, obtaining anonymous stories of verbal and sexual harassment, creating the branding for the campaign and a website that the social media platforms all point to. We also pitched ideas for original content to promote the campaign online. 

Finally, the group decided on team roles and sub team leaders to make sure the workload is evenly distributed. 

15th May 2017 – Arnolfini

The Change Creators met in the Arnolfini this week for inspiration on venues and using different spaces creatively. We had a guided tour round the contemporary arts centre [and saw] the rooms available for hire and the current exhibition: Basim Magdy – ‘The Stars Were Aligned For A Century Of New Beginnings.’ Magdy’s work is ‘rooted in dreams, scientific theory and failed utopian ambitions. Full of humour and quiet melancholy, his works on paper and in film, photography and slide projection reflect on the present social and political climate and our collective failure as, in the desire for progress, we repeat the same mistakes over and over again in a recurring cycle of aspiration, action and defeat.’ It was definitely thought provoking and was good to see an example of how an artist uses different mediums in different spaces.

After the tour, we all met back in the library to go over our personality types according to the Myers-Briggs Personality Test. Some people weren’t convinced by their personality description, but it was still interesting to get some feedback from the group and gave us a different perspective on how we work individually. Getting to know people’s strengths and weaknesses also gave us a starting point for our group’s approach to the campaign planning.

Towards the end of the session, we discussed in more detail our aims and objectives for the campaign, which eventually helped us to describe the overall ‘problem’ that the campaign will address and the ‘solutions’ we will strive for. The problem is that women are objectified every day. The solution to this problem is to de-normalise misogynistic attitudes. More specifically, we will aim to make young men more conscious of how they are making young women feel and raise awareness of objectification. Our objectives will be to campaign around the city and offer advice/responses to verbal and sexual harassment, 

5th June 2017 – KWMC 

After the half-term break, the group returned and started by talking through all the elements of the campaign. This was to make sure everyone was up to speed and to get us thinking about a basic timeline and order of events. With the help of the Media Centre’s Rachel Clarke, we agreed on key campaign dates, dates for performances, deadlines and what work needs doing leading up to them. We wrote a timeline on a large piece of paper and added post-it notes to it, so that we can move things around easily and update it as the campaign progresses.

We then split up into two informal groups to plan the next steps: one on branding and the other songwriting/busking. The two groups were based on our group roles that were decided in the previous session. The group focusing on branding used a colour emotion guide as a starting point for discussion. We spoke about colour schemes, design styles, inspiration for a logo and what the graphics might look like on various merchandise and social media platforms.

We then answered questions such as:

Who is the audience and what actions do you want them to take?
How do you want them to feel?
What connotations does hack A Heckle conjure up and how might they be different for men/women and younger/older people?
What imagery and connotations do we definitely want to avoid?

Finally, we thought it would be a good idea to create a mood board to help visualise the branding, merchandise and social media posts. We set up a board on Pinterest, which you can view here.

The other group discussed songwriting and busking logistics: First, they agreed on specific locations, dates and times for busking around the city. A shortlist of local festivals was created [so] we can target by setting up on popular routes to and from the events in order to catch the large influx of people.

[…] Event banners will be used to promote the campaign while we perform and video equipment will be needed to document and promote us on social media. The group finished up by discussing the need to hire rehearsal space for songwriting and practising the songs. These songs will be recorded, potentially for some sort of EP release as part of the overall campaign.

The two groups then shared all this information with each other and updated the timeline together. At the end of the session, we made a few adjustments to the different roles of group members and agreed on things we need to do before the next session. 

We also had our project keyrings arrive this week [made at KWMC: The Factory] with the Change Creators’ logo and core values engraved onto them. The core values were chosen at the very start of the project and will be influencing our decisions throughout the project. 

They are: 


12th June 2017 – KWMC

This week’s session started early with the branding and website team (Maya, Liv, Will & Jerome) coming in for a meeting with the media centre’s Bart Blazejewski, Rachel Clarke and Daniel Edmund. Together we navigated our way through branding concepts, logo ideas, fonts and colours, graphic styles and photography. Olivia had created a mood board with several interesting concepts and the group had prepared a pinterest board with tons of images, photos, logos and graphics as inspiration for the branding. Bart will be trying out some basic branding elements over the next week, but many of the decisions are now made, which allowed us to move swiftly on to the website.

Rachel had brought in a website brief, consisting of several questions that need answering in order to create a successful website. These questions include:

Who are the key audiences for the website?
What do you want people to do after visiting the website?
What information do you want people to find out from the website?

Will brought in a couple of website drafts to see how things might look, so we could answer the above questions with specific examples. This allowed us to make some decisions based around pages and content. We also discussed the different groups of people who might come to the website and how each group might interact with it differently to others.

After a successful few hours, we linked back up with the rest of the group for the main Change Creators session. To begin with, we updated them on the meetings we’d just had, and other people then spoke about what they had been up to for the last week regarding the campaign. Last week’s timeline was scrapped and we started afresh by splitting into two groups, one focusing on branding/digital tasks and the other focusing on music creation/street campaigning tasks. A new timeline has now been completed with a lot more detail on exactly when things need to happen. Over the next week, we’ll be using the timeline to inform our costings and how best to use our budget.

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Meet the XLR Collective: Olivia

Name: Olivia Sully-Karlis

Campaign: Gender Equality

Areas of specialism: Sound engineer, music producer and illustrator

What made you apply to Change Creators: The XLR Collective? It combined creativity with a positive cause. That really resonated with me as I am passionate about challenging prevalent issues in society. Music is such a powerful tool to carry important messages and emotion so the XLR Collective has created the perfect opportunity to combine music with a true purpose. That’s a really powerful thing to be part of so I am really grateful for the opportunity.

What are you up to when you’re not campaign developing with Change Creators? In terms of income I am a sound engineer assistant at The Riverfront Theater and I also have a second part-time job as a retail customer assistant. In my spare time I draw portraits and do commissions for people. I also paint a lot and spend a lot of my time producing music; I experiment on Logic and find new ways to put my ideas into sound.

What aspect of Change Creators are you most looking forward to? I’m most looking forward to seeing the outcome of what we have all created together! The group is full of such amazing people I really believe whatever we make will be impactful.

Favourite song? Hard question; I can refine this into a few songs: J Cole – Love Yourz. Bob Marley – War. Tupac – Dear Mama. Queen Latifah – Unity.

Favourite music genre? Hip-Hop & Reggae.

An artist that inspires me is Tupac because he used his platform to speak on issues in society such as gender equality.  In his song ‘Keep Ya Head Up’ he questions rape culture and asks ‘why do we hate our women’. He sends a message to the male identity in society to ‘heal’ all women by showing respect and love towards the ladies that will bear the next generations. It’s like he is having an open conversation to the male audience showing the female perspective. This is rare in most mainstream hip-hop as most rappers idolise the sexualisation and objectification of women in their musical content so this new perspective can inspire his audience to question their own morals and to create new ideologies of respecting females and protecting feminine identity and treatment of women in society.  I could go on and on about Tupac’s musical influence on issues such as race, gender and poverty but I think that example reflects our campaign perfectly.

Best live performance/event (either attended or performed at / and why?) I saw Lil Wayne when I was 13 and it was one of the first valuable experiences I had musically when I was younger. I feel like his old music had substance as he used to speak on social issues. For example in his song ‘misunderstood’ he focuses on racism and the treatment of black men by police officers in America. I feel like that was the peak of his career as his music really inspired me to create my own. I was captivated by his beats, his topics and his overall story of coming from nothing and achieving his dreams. His motto has always stuck with me: ‘Repetition is the father of learning’. So when I’m learning something new and I’m in the beginning stages of it I like to think of that quote.

Where do you see yourself / want to see yourself at the end of the programme? I see myself having more confidence public speaking. I would also like to see myself having more confidence in my ideas, my music, my art and my abilities creatively as sometimes I carry a lot of self-judgment. I want to see myself grow out of my comfort zone and have learnt a lot.

Meet the XLR Collective: Beth

Name: Bethany Hamilton-Allotey

Campaign: Gender Equality

Areas of specialism: Vocalist

What made you apply to Change Creators: The XLR Collective? I’ve always had a passion for music, and the Change Creators course is a fantastic opportunity to raise awareness for an issue I feel strongly about in a creative way. I also really wanted to work with a group of people that weren’t afraid to be outspoken about these issues, and to talk about how we can overcome these challenges in the future.

What are you up to when you’re not campaign developing with Change Creators? I spend a lot of time going to concerts and gigs, opening my musical horizon even further. I also love going to art galleries and seeing independent films whenever I can. Bristol has such an incredible arts scene, and I really enjoy getting to know my home city in that way.

What aspect of Change Creators are you most looking forward to? I’m looking forward to our three day residential trip, as it would be really interesting to experience the music scene and how they campaign in a different country. I’m also looking forward to speaking to other charities that would be able to help us raise awareness for our cause.

Favourite song? Sara Tavares – Dam Bo

Favourite music genre? Jazz

An artist that inspires me is Krystal Warren, because she is willing to be completely authentic and original as a female artist, with the most powerful lyrics. She is herself, and it really feels that she’s creating true art within her music.

Best live performance/event (either attended or performed at / and why?) When I saw JP Cooper at the Trinity Centre, his voice blew my mind! I felt that his music really moved me, and the emotion that he can portray when he sings is stunning.

Where do you see yourself / want to see yourself at the end of the programme? I would like to get my confidence back, and to know more clearly about the direction I would like to take in the industry. Whether it be music or campaigning, it will be nice to see where the Change Creators course will lead me to.

Meet the XLR Collective: Will

Name: William Sissons

Campaign: Gender Equality

Areas of specialism: Bass Guitar, Music Technology, Events

What made you apply to Change Creators: The XLR Collective? I wanted to challenge myself, confront the issues that I care about head on, and learn skills that will have a positive influence in my daily life.

What are you up to when you’re not campaign developing with Change Creators? I like to gig a lot, playing bass in several bands and at regular jam nights, while teaching on the side. I’m also a serial live music fan and sometimes put on my own events. I have a part time job at a small business selling edible cake toppers and I’m addicted to travelling and watching films.

What aspect of Change Creators are you most looking forward to? I’m looking forward to meeting really interesting people that challenge or re-enforce my own beliefs and learning practical skills that will help my professional development.

Favourite song? Impossible question, but Maggot Brain by Funkadelic always floors me every time I listen to it.

Favourite music genre? Also impossible to answer, but lately I’ve been listening to a lot of bands that straddle both Jazz and underground EDM (e.g. Thundercat, Comet Is Coming). I’m also a big fan of Neo-Soul, Folk and Mathrock.

 An artist which inspires me is Hiatus Kaiyote because of several reasons. Firstly, their music is pushing boundaries with use of both technology and technical skill, while retaining the original ethos of jazz and soul music. The band have found a sound unlike any other and the rhythm section is incredibly tight and play off each other, which appeals to me as a bass player. Finally, the front-woman emanates individuality, originality and artistry.

Best live performance/event (either attended or performed at / and why?) I grew up listening to Heavy Metal, so as soon as I was old enough I started going to see Metal shows at big venues and stadiums. I always found a certain type of euphoric energy at Heavy Metal shows that I never quite got from other genres. The one band that stands out was Lamb Of God at Bristol’s O2 Academy in 2009. The energy in the room was palpable and they had the audience in the palm of their hands. It’s been a source of inspiration ever since.

Where do you see yourself / want to see yourself at the end of the programme? I see myself having more confidence in expressing my opinions and ideas in a constructive and inclusive manner. I’d also like to use the practical skills we develop from the programme to enable my other musical projects to flourish. My biggest ambition is to start a DIY label in the jazz/electronic scene, which thrives off collaboration and challenges the status quo!

Change Creators: The XLR Collective – Barcelona Delegation

Earlier this week, the young musicians and creatives taking part in this year’s Change Creators programme spent an amazing three days in Barcelona to learn more about gender equality initiatives in the Catalan city and use their creative skills to develop new music in response to their experiences.

The packed programme included meeting gender equality activists, taking to the streets to research people’s opinions about gender stereotypes and sexism, and writing and recording two original songs – which were broadcast on radio less than 24 hours later!

As well as helping the Collective to consider how they could use music to tackle issues relating to gender inequality, the delegation visit gave them plenty of opportunities to test their leadership skills and work together in small teams – two key elements of the seventh month programme.

Read on for a full write-up of their trip and follow them on Twitter at @change_creators. We’ve no doubt you’ll be hearing much more from them as the programme develops…

Day One: Monday 27th March 2017

The 11 members of the Collective – Beth, Bex, Courtney, Jay, Jerome, Maya, Molly, Millie, Milo, Olivia and Will – were at Bristol Airport bright and early for their flight to Barcelona.  Unfortunately, brightness didn’t extend to the weather, as heavy fog over Bristol caused a 2.5 hour delay.

Upon arrival, the group headed straight for their accommodation. But within minutes of embarking on the train into central Barcelona, the two themes of their campaign – music and gender inequality – were brought into sharp relief as a group of male musicians busking in the carriage began blowing kisses at the female passengers and giving them unwanted attention.


Day Two: Tuesday 28th March 2017

The group’s first full day began by meeting Elena Tarifa, a journalist, feminist and social activist who is part of the Barcelona en Comú municipalist platform.  She explained that the city recently elected its first female mayor and detailed some of recent campaigns to promote gender inequality and combat gender violence.  During the question and answer session Elena discussed a range of issues with the Collective, including: perceptions of feminism in Barcelona, ‘macho’ culture, the impact that Spain’s economic crisis has had on men and women, and the perpetuation of gender stereotypes in the media.

The Collective’s next stop was Antoni Gaudi’s breath-taking Sagranda Familia.  The group admired the soaring, twisting towers and took a selfie (or ten!) before heading into the nearby park to chat to tourists and locals.  As well as asking them about the local music scene, the Collective were keen to find out if people thought men and women were treated equally where they lived.  They also photographed billboards and adverts they felt portrayed men and women in stereotypical ways or as sexual objects.

After being split into two teams, the Collective got to work on writing two new songs in response to everything they’ve heard and seen so far – both in Bristol and Barcelona.  With the support of sound engineer Marcel at music studio BCN Tracks, the Collective recorded two original pieces. The first team, led by Will, created the ‘t(r)opical hip hop‘ tune ‘Philosophy’, with vocals by Bex, rap by Jay, drums and soundscapes by Jerome and Olivia, guitar by Molly and Will on bass. While reflecting on the same experiences, the other team chose a different sound, creating the acoustic ‘Let Me Be’, featuring vocals and harmonies by Beth, Courtney and Millie and guitar by Milo. Will lent his support on bass, while producer and team leader Maya oversaw the writing and rehearsal process.

To round off the day, the Collective visited an open mic night.  After watching some of the other acts – including a comedian whose jokes made the group even more certain that gender equality should be the priority issue for their campaign – Millie took to the stage and performed two numbers with the house band!


Day Three: Wednesday 29th March 2017

Another beautiful morning and another busy day!  The Collective made their way to The Basement to make use of their open-plan space for their morning workshops.  KWMC’s Communications Officer Rachel kicked off the session and supported the group to reflect on their mission and start drafting the framework of a strategy to communicate it.  Following up on their last session, Rachel invited the two teams to quiz each other about their values, inspirations and songs in preparation for their first live radio interview later in the day.

Videographer and former Change Creator Jay Carter-Coles then helped the group come up with ideas for music videos to accompany their songs.  After a detour to see the magnificent Arc de’Triomf, the group recorded some footage for their films in the winding alleys of Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter.


The last stop on their tour of Barcelona was Barcelona City FM to meet DJs Jim Kent and T-Bird.  Both teams were interviewed live on air, sharing the story of the programme so far and telling listeners of the English-speaking show what inspired them to create their songs.  Rounding off the visit to the station was a workshop about gender and the media with DJ Michelle Hardiman.  Michelle shared some hard-hitting statistics that highlighted the disparity between the number of men and women working in a range of roles in the radio, music and film industries.  She also shared some ideas of what could be done to change things.

Over dinner that evening the group had the opportunity to reflect on what they’d learned and the direction they might want their social action project to take when they return.


KWMC would like to thank all of the organisations that took time to meet with the XLR Collective and share their experiences and expertise. Watch this space to see what’s next for the group!

Meet the XLR Collective: Milo

Name: Milo Clack

Campaign: Gender Equality

Areas of specialism: Vocalist (rap and metal), lyricist/activist

What made you apply to Change Creators: The XLR Collective? I want to push myself to develop in every way that I can and would’ve regretted missing the opportunity to do something extra with my life. I’m also incredibly passionate about music and issues/injustices that people face on a daily basis – I’d love to be able to make a positive change around some of them.

What are you up to when you’re not campaign developing with Change Creators? I go to Access to Music college three days a week, where I study Music Performance. Through this I formed a band and therefore spend a fair amount of my time writing new material and refining our repertoire in order to be ready for eventually getting out there and performing. I also work at the Bristol O2 Academy and I’m pretty much always listening to music! Apart from that I love to be around other people and chat about almost everything. I love the outdoors, so as soon as there’s some sun I have no doubt I’ll be out playing football whenever I get the chance.

What aspect of Change Creators are you most looking forward to? I’m most looking forward to seeing how all our creativity is going to eventually merge together and watching us grow as a collective. I’m also excited to see what kind of impact we’re going to have on other people.

Favourite song? As an ever-changing being who needs different music at different times, this comes as a difficult question as my favourite song is always dependent on my headspace. Having said that, if I had to just pick one out for now I suppose it’d be Gojira – The Axe, because it’s a song that just gives me something that I don’t think any other song is capable of, and fills me with such willpower and determination. Whenever I’m not so confident, I can usually depend on this song to give me a well needed lift as well as the belief of self-worth, and that my actions can have an incredible impact on others.

Favourite Music Genre? Metal.

An artist which inspires me is Gojira. They’re without a doubt my all time favourite band for so many reasons – I could go on forever! To summarise, they’ve made me who I am today. I try to be compassionate and open minded in every situation because of what they’ve taught me, and they have made me feel more than I thought ever possible through the power of music. The music alone is so powerful and incredibly innovative, but the ethos and meaning behind it has given me such passion to want to do something with my life and not waste a single moment. I aspire to be the best I can because of these guys, and although an outsider may just see them as another “angry” metal band they can’t understand, they’ve given me such determination to spread love and understanding in times of such disparity and despair. They’ve taught me life is not as it always seems and that “all illness can be healed”. I wouldn’t be the person I am today without them.

Best live performance/event (either attended or performed at / and why?) Gojira, Gojira and Gojira. I first saw them in 2012, and that was my first ever “proper” gig. When they played L’Enfant Sauvage it’s like it awoke something in me that I had no idea was there, and it was an incredibly profound experience. This is what made them my favourite band. Now almost five years later I’ve finally seen them again – twice within a week! Both venues were sold out which was amazing to see, as they’ve finally gained the exposure they’ve always deserved. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a crowd so vivid and enthused – the guitarist even said at the Bristol gig he felt it was one of the best in his so far 21 year career.

Where do you see yourself / want to see yourself at the end of the programme? Personally, I try to live in the moment as much as I can. It’s good to have goals and aspirations, but ultimately I know that nothing will ever turn out quite as expected. All I can say is that, by the end of this, I will have learnt a lot and will be wiser and very proud of what I’ve achieved. I hope to have met many inspiring people along the way and make some lifelong friends as well. I truly believe this programme will give me a different perspective on life.

Meet the XLR Collective: Millie

Name: Millie Grant

Campaign: Gender Equality

Areas of specialism: Vocalist

What made you apply to Change Creators: The XLR Collective? The chance to make a positive change, go abroad, and meet more likeminded people.

What are you up to when you’re not campaign developing with Change Creators? I’m a full time student with Access to Music so I’m usually studying. I also regularly go out and about in Bristol to enjoy the music scene.

What aspect of Change Creators are you most looking forward to? Getting our project off the ground, I’m really excited to see what it develops into.

Favourite song? DOPE LEMON – Honey Bones.

Favourite Music Genre? I don’t have one in particular but my favourites at the moment are indie folk, psychedelic rock, dub reggae and drum and bass.

An artist which inspires me is Elena Tonra from the band ‘Daughter’. [She] inspires my music and has helped me to create some of my own pieces. This is because of her lyricism. The subject matter is quite dark and truthful, and the metaphors she uses are haunting. The honesty of her writing is admirable and made me also want to be the sort of artist that can be related to.

Best live performance/event (either attended or performed at / and why?) I always enjoy the festival circuit, for me playing at Shambala was awesome. This was largely due to the people that you get in an audience at a festival, they’re all cheering you on and are all determined to have a good time. The energy from the audience always makes it easier to deliver a good performance and an enjoyable one.

Where do you see yourself / want to see yourself at the end of the programme? I see myself with the skills, knowledge and confidence to go forward and actively pursue being a teacher.

Meet the XLR Collective: Molly

Name: Molly Perryman

Campaign: Gender Equality

Areas of specialism: Drums, guitar, bass

What made you apply to Change Creators: The XLR Collective?  A friend who attended the course the previous year recommended to me as he couldn’t speak more highly of it.  He told me how he can now speak in public without a worry because he gained confidence and I thought I’d love to be able to do that too!

What are you up to when you’re not campaign developing with Change Creators?  Writing music with my alt-rock band Rum & Ghost. Also composing my own electronic/rock songs and writing music video ideas.

What aspect of Change Creators are you most looking forward to? Getting to play more music and also maybe organising an event.

Favourite song? All Star by Smash Mouth.

Favourite Music Genre? Rock.

An artist which inspires me is M83 because Anthony Gonzalez of M83 , in my opinion, is absolutely one of the best composers because of his ability to write amazing songs that are used as soundtracks and trailer music. I don’t think he intentionally writes for productions but the music is so moving and emotional, it seems a lot of companies want a piece of M83. I would love to make music that can enhance a message and bring out emotion in people, just like M83.

Best live performance/event (either attended or performed at / and why?) I once performed a song I wrote at Colston Hall for my school’s Christmas concert. It was amazing as I had my friends supporting me by performing my music whilst 100+ school children sang my chorus lyrics to over 500 people in the audience.

Where do you see yourself / want to see yourself at the end of the programme? I hope to be a more confident, well rounded individual at the end of the programme. I would like to be in a position where I know I can face any challenges or adventures that come my way.

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