In the first band podcast in WARO’s history, Dom Smith talk to Lotta Ridgley, vocalist for Aggressive Depressive Noise act, Victim Unit about how the project uses music to confront, discuss and overcome mental health challenges.
In our next WAROCAST, we chat to Bombyx PLM founder, Lucy Blackley about problems in the fashion industry, mental health awareness in business and how her own brand is working to inspire and motivate people within the product design industry to do more with their time, while taking time out for themselves.
In this latest spotlight, we chat to Dan The Rapperman (who has Cerebral Palsy) about his music, and inspirations.
S] What things are inspiring your music now, in terms of themes?
I would say UK hip-hop and grime.
S] What are the biggest challenges that you face?
Not letting my disability get in the way doing something that i love to do rap also through my music i’m able to put smiles on my fan’s faces.
S] How do you define success?
I think, being Hull’s, and the UK’s first successful rapper [with a disability] and a loving and loyal support, also I would just like to say thank you to my mum who has stood by me through the great times, and the bad times.
S] What are your plans for the rest of this year?
Well, my plans for the rest of this year are to finish an album then, and keep my musical journey going by writing some new material. S] What message do you have to other disabled musicians?
My message for other disabled musicians would be this: do not let your disability stop you from reaching your musical goals, no matter how hard life gets, you will be the next one able to put smiles on people’s faces.
In our latest WAROCAST, we chat to Rich Sharp Wilson (and his very lovely little lad, Xav) about the Bean & Nothingness’ beginnings and development, as well as plans for the future. Here at WARO, we are big fans of Team Bean!
Soundsphere magazine today releases a short documentary produced by two Hull College students – athlete, journalist and wheelchair user, Chelsea Sparke, and producer Danielle Hayes. The documentary features prominent figures in Hull’s music scene talking about Hull’s quest for better accessibility.
Dom Smith, editor of Soundsphere (who has Cerebral Palsy) comments: “Hull is where I am from, and I wouldn’t be doing anything music related if it weren’t for the supportive nature of Hull’s people and venues, but there’s still work to be done and this short documentary shows that and also sheds a light on the incredible stuff going on in our city, and scene.”
The greatest art is derived from a sense of community: that’s what Artlink Hull believe. Communities are a multitude; they encompass voices that draw from local influences and far-reaching cultures, where the perspective of the disadvantaged is worth its artistic weight in gold just as much as any other. We spoke to Kenn Taylor, the Creative Director of Artlink Hull about the rewards and challenges faced by an organisation whose purpose is to diversify these voices, to both enhance creative expression, and enrich Hull’s artistic output.
It is possible, David Kelling would tell you, to be a frontman in spite of your disabilities. The lead singer of melodic garage-punk band Culture Abuse has toured the world with their staggering success, all the while living with Cerebral Palsy. Kelling’s disability affects his motor skills and muscle strength – in fact, it affects everything.
This is the Story of Marco Laudato, alias Markbag_33, a disabled guitarist who just recently made a video tribute of “This Love” dedicated to Dimebag Darrel and Vinnie Paul (Pantera). Here is a Statement from Marco: “Without Pantera, Dimebag and Vinnie in particular, today I would not be who I am: the real me, a […]
The Warren Youth Project is proud to announce a major new phase of Three Minute Heroes – the mental health and music initiative that gives young people a voice to express the worries and concerns of their generation through an album of powerful music written by young people and recorded by bands and musicians from […]
Touching upon themes of politics, feminism and personal wellbeing Alice Clayton presents her first body of work in collaboration with Make Noise and Warren Records, released worldwide October 2019. Alice’s songs delve into the problems we face as a society, urging people to listen closely to her intricate lyrics. The Baritone Ukulele provides a unique […]
DFN Project SEARCH Chief Executive Maura Lynch (pictured) has urged businesses and local authorities to help transform the lives of young people with learning disabilities and autism. The leading learning disability charity is calling for increased backing in order to ‘lift the roadblock’ in front of young people willing to work. Ahead of the employment […]