James Kennaby

Lead Lecturer

James Kennaby has long been part of the UK music scene. Whether as a producer (as Vice beats), an event promoter, a podcast host or branding specialist, James has worked across the country as a music and media educator.

Having created a number of long lasting opportunities for aspiring musicians, including the XLR music offer at Knowle West Media Centre, the Amplify annual Hip-Hop festival for UWE and establishing his own Community Interest Company (CIC) called EQ Music, James has long been at the helm of dynamic, inclusive and forward thinking music and media projects. In addition, he is part of the Hip Hop Coffee Shop team in Bristol, in charge of branding and artist development alongside hosting.

As a producer, James created the only official UK tribute to J Dilla to date “Dilla: The Timeless Tribute” in collaboration with the James Dewitt Yancey Foundation and Miguel Atwood Ferguson. In addition he creates music for TV and has been featured in 80+ countries alongside BBC, ITV and Channel 4 and more. His podcast “Diggin’ The Crates” explores Hip Hop culture and has featured a wide variety of guests including Romesh Ranganathan, Chali 2na, Blu & Exile, Marley Marl and many more.

James has a clear passion and constant drive for supporting musicians to reach their true potential through actualising their ambitions, creating pathways within the industry and incorporating music and media skills to better define their artistry.

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