Big Music Champion Dean Joseph Spends A Week At Global Radio HQ

Big Music Project Champion Dean Joseph recently came and spent a week with Team Big Music at Global HQ in London’s Leicester Square. Here’s what he got up to during his time here…

Capital FM studio

My background

My Big Music Project Hub at Windsor and Maidenhead have been getting involved with The Big Music Project from the very beginning.

We’ve created some really great projects for the young people in our area such as open mic type shows that let them showcase their talent to an audience, giving them a chance to experience being on a stage in front of people. They went so well that we’re hoping to put on another two events by the end of the summer.

Our champions also came up with an idea to go and work with old war veterans and learn about their experiences and turn them into songs, which was very successful. This led onto some champions, such as myself, helping young people who are in care or undergoing personal issues to express themselves through music.

These activities would include songwriting, producing, recording, AND mixing. All of these amazing opportunities have helped so many young people in my area including myself – from winning an award at the PositiveForYouth Awards to representing Global Radio tohelp gain further funding for The Big Music Project, and this lead onto me doing work experience at Global Radio.


My time at Global

I got to sit in on Capital XTRA’s Toni Phillips’ daytime show and watch her in her element – both enjoying herself and being so professional. I showed her my YouTube page and played her my latest song ‘Showtime’ and ended up giving me a shout out on-air saying she ‘had the next Big Sean in the studio’ which was amazing. Obviously I had to tweet Toni afterwards and tell her how grateful I was.

During my time at Global Radio with The Big Music Project team I’ve also had a great insight to the music industry, seeing what the individual projects and teams do. I’ve written interview questions for Rizzle Kicks for The Big Music Project Final, scheduled tweets for Big Music’s Twitter account, provided vests for London Marathon participants as part of Global’s Make Some Noise charity, helped Capital XTRA research features about Dr Dre and Amber Rose, and I even managed the VIP guest list for The Big Music Project Competition Final.

On the last day of my work experience I had a meeting with Mark Findlay, who is the Group Head of Live Music for Global (basically picking the music Capital FM, Heart and loads more radio stations play).

We talked about how brilliant The Big Music Project Final was and how there was such an amazing variety of young people in the competition. I showed him some of my music and he gave me great feedback, telling me to go out and start gigging. Mark also told me that he would try and organise meetings with Ministry Of Sound and other record companies so that they could give me feedback on my music and tell me what I need to do to stand out.

All in all, my week of work experience with The Big Music Project team was amazing and insightful – they really are doing something fantastic for young people who love music.”