BIMM Bristol host Crack Magazine talk with Eliza Rose and Vanessa Maria

7 February, 2023

Our ongoing partnership with Crack Magazine has led to us collaborating on a series of live talks featuring some of the most influential and inventive voices in contemporary music.

Rounding off the series was our talk with Eliza Rose. The east London artist and DJ behind the 2022 smash hit ‘B.O.T.A. (Baddest of Them All)’ was joined by DJ, broadcaster and mental health advocate Vanessa Maria. They connected for a conversation about the song’s success, Rose’s career so far, her relationship with social media, performance anxiety and her future plans.

B.O.T.A. was dubbed the sound of the summer after reaching No.1 in the UK Single Charts, with Rose being the first female-identifying DJ to hit the top spot on the UK singles in 20 years since Sonique with ‘It Feels So Good’.

The talk was held at BIMM Bristol’s new Moon Street campus in Stokes Croft. The new space hosts a multi-use learning and production space, a venue for live music, recording studios and DJ booths for students.

More about our series with Crack Magazine

The series kicked off with a conversation about music supervision for television with Ciara Elwis, the Emmy-winning music supervisor for shows including Sex Education, I May Destroy You, Derry Girls, and This Is Going To Hurt. She spoke about creative research, source music clearance and how to get the best music onto TV.

Next up, we hosted Pau Cristòful from the booking team of Primavera. Pau has been part of Primavera’s booking team since 2017 and has a history of spotlighting emerging experimental and electronic talent before acts break through. Pau spoke about the planning, creativity and ambition that goes into programming one of the world’s most famous festivals.

Then we welcomed DJ, label boss and general future-thinker Elijah. As the co-founder of Butterz, Elijah has been instrumental in crafting the rise of artists like Flava D, Royal T and DJ Q. Beyond the label, his work with Youth Music and his iconic yellow insights on social media have established him as an essential and imaginative voice in British independent music.

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