The Higher Frequency Podcast
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Produced and presented by the next generation of creators across the UK, The Higher Frequency delves into the social and political themes at the core of UK music. This six-part series features special guests GIRLI, Zoka the Author, [ K S R ], Lavz, Estée Blu, Nadia Khan and more.
The Higher Frequency is a Youth Music podcast, produced by Femi Oriogun-Williams from Boldface. Notion magazine is the official media partner. The podcast was listed in the Guardian Podcast Guide and the Apple Podcast Top 50 chart.
Working with a team of 15 young creatives, Tara produced two episodes of this new six-part series, exploring socio-political themes in UK music. Her role centred around the full creative production of two ~45 minute episodes, including mix engineering and original sound design. It also involved project managerial elements such as assisting remote recordings, liaison with artists, contributors and presenters + journalists, all the while working closely with Boldface and Youth Music. Read more about the project, featuring a testimonial from Tara, through official media partner Notion Magazine.
Episode One: 'This Is Not A Drill' explores genre, stereotyping and community in drill and underground dance scenes in South London and Manchester, showcasing Roadworks curator Ciaran Thapar, womxn and non-binary Manchester DJ collectives Not Bad For A Girl, Shifting Spheres and All Hands On Deck, jazz-drill pioneers Xvngo and Mac, and upcoming drill artists Relly and Cristale.
Episode Five: 'Not Everyday London' explores the London-centrism of the UK music industry in terms of opportunity, platforming and creative expectation. Focuses on scenes in Manchester, Wolverhampton and Bristol, touching on race, class and locality with artists Vital, [ K S R ], Grove and Studio project Beatsabar.
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Learn more about The Higher Frequency on Youth Music's website here.
Reference from Youth Music's Domenica Simpson
'In September 2020, Youth Music hired Tara to be one of three Producers for our new original podcast series ‘The Higher Frequency’. The aim of the podcast was to delve into the social and political issues behind the music they love, through conversations with artists and music industry professionals across the country.
Tara produced Episode 1: This is Not a Drill and Episode 5: Not Everyday London, and her contribution to the podcast was invaluable throughout. From the beginning of the project, she was a standout producer, who worked great in both teams and was able to adapt with both their needs, whilst still having creative ownership of the episodes. She was always very thoughtful, positive, and happy to help others when needed.
What initially drew us to Tara was her previous work with both spoken audio and music producing. It was evident from her previous work, that her attention to detail and sound design skills were incredibly strong, and that having her as a producer would add another dimension to the overall sound of the podcast. It was a pleasure to work with Tara, and she would be a fantastic addition to any production team.'