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The Making Of Me

Musicians, producers and writers narrate a moment or event that defined them and made them who they are today.

Musician and creative artist, Nduka talks to us about his mother’s death when he was only 9 years old. For Nduka, grief continued long after the funeral was over, the cards stopped and the flowers died. He often felt depressed, confused and disconnected from others. But he worked through it and channeled his emotions into positive activities.

Despite tragedy, Nduka has an explosive personality, which is reflected in his art installations and clothing line. His voice is drenched in texture, and his songwriting bleeds personal triumph and struggle. His music is a vibrant tapestry of Alternative, Soul, electronic and with a tons of Afro vibes.

Thank you:
Nduka
Sofar Sounds

Credit:
Creator/producer – Christina Moore
Sound Designer – Jan Piasecki

Producer and one half of Farr, Linden Jay talks to us about a life-changing ailment while he was studying at Berklee College of Music.
Born in London, Linden started playing instruments at 10 years old. Creativity runs in the family, so by the time Liden was 15 his older brother, also a musician invited him on tour. By 16 years old Liden was making beats. He has since produced songs for Rejjie Snow, Lion Babe, RITUAL and Born Dirty.

Linden is a man who has truly cultivated his craft. Learning to play multiple instruments, work in a variety of roles and experiment with different genres.

Jay, a self-described obsessive, narrates his journey from obsessing about his music to obsessing about his health.

Thank you:
Liden Jay

Credit:
Creator/producer – Christina Moore
Sound Designer – Jan Piasecki
Fixer – Jordan Calver-Moise

Hailing from the Lower East Side of Manhattan, singer-songwriter Linda Diaz describes growing up in the Projects and the changes she made to cultivate a career in music.
Linda discusses how her mother helped her to get a scholarship at Columbia Prep School, where she learnt to play Chess. She faced challenges being female and of Caribbean descent as a chess player. But she grew more confident and sharpened her skills to the point where she earned herself the nickname ‘The Tank’.
Diaz later went on to Oberlin College where she mingled with musicians. Soon, her personal love for singing turned into public performances.

Thank you:
Sofar Sounds
Linda Diaz

Credit:
Creator/producer – Christina Moore
Sound Designer – Jan Piasecki

Lisa Canny is a singer, songwriter and harpist from County Mayo in the Republic of Ireland. Lisa is known for being a rock star on the harp but her Irish folk community played a big part in laying creative foundations. Lisa learnt multiple instruments quickly by ear crediting the Irish folk scene as a fantastic environment to practise discipline and patience.
Gifted with a banjo when she was still in primary school, Canny threw herself into music. Going on the perform on the Irish music scene and compete in national competitions. Canny later moved to London to experiment with different genres.

Lisa describes herself as fearless, so we spoke to her about a childhood that nurtured her kick-ass personality.

Thank you:
Sofar Sounds
Lisa Canny

Credit:
Creator/producer – Christina Moore
Sound Designer – Jan Piasecki

Olivia Lane is a country singer/songwriter/performer in Nashville, TN. Originally born and raised in Texas, she moved to LA as a teenager to pursue her dream of becoming a performer. Olivia describes how her mother sacrificed her friends and lifestyle to help Olivia achieve her goals and remains eternally grateful for her mother’s display of selflessness.
Becoming despondent with LA, Olivia then moved to Nashville where she has spent the last couple of years learning to understand herself. She views it as a continuing journey.

Olivia has donated a signed copy of her EP ‘The One’ and t-shirt for one competition winner. Listen to the show for instructions and email your answer to competition@dontskip.co.uk The winner must be a UK resident.

Thank you:
Lime Tree Music
Olivia Lane

Credit:
Creator/producer – Christina Moore
Sound Designer – Jan Piasecki

Singer-songwriter JC Stewart describes trying to find his place in the world and discovering songwriting. Would you believe he didn’t like music as a child? He’d rather be playing rugby…badly. But after some encouragement from his Mum JC tried his hand at performing.
Press play and enjoy listening to JC’s early memories (and his Northern Irish accent) in Magherafelt, County Londonderry.

2020 is off to a great start for JC, he was named as one of MTV’s Ones To Watch for 2020. His new single ‘Lying that You Loved Me’ received its first play from Radio 1’s Best New Pop and was highlighted as Apple Music’s New Artist of the Week.

Thank you:
Warner Music
JC Stewart

Credit:
Creator/producer – Christina Moore
Sound Designer – Jan Piasecki

Musicians narrate a moment or event that defined them and made them who they are today.
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