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Get an insight into Jamaal’s approach to production, and learn how to use sample packs to mix and remix tracks using DAWs such as Ableton or Logic.

Please note – you do not need to have a DAW on your own device to participate.

The second in a series of online music workshops for young musicians aged 13-19, who are interested in developing their skills and exploring new ways to make music. For more information about the other workshops in this series click here.

To find out more about our music business workshops for 13-19’s click here.

This session will be led by professional musicians and facilitators Phill Howley and Ellen Beth Abdi, and will happen online, via Zoom. If you have any questions please email lucy@brightersound.com or contact us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.


About the guest artist

Jamaal Monarch is a producer, vocalist, songwriter and engineer. From roots in Pakistan to an upbringing in Manchester, Jamaal is a burgeoning independent sensation with a vibrant, eclectic sound, and an approach to lyricism that is charismatic yet self-aware, introspective yet boisterous. Jamaal’s free-spirited musical nature stems from self-empowerment within intersectionality; be it race, religion, sexuality, Jamaal leaves no topic untouched and nothing compromised. Music has been a life-long obsession for Jamaal, and his early musical inspirations came from iconic men of colour who stood for individuality and freedom of expression, such as Prince, Pharrell Williams, Kid Cudi and Kendrick Lamar. Jamaal has supported legendary NY rapper Le1f, performed at Manchester and Birmingham Pride, and received support from Notion, UNILAD, Manchester’s Finest and MOBO Help Musicians. Find out more on Jamaal’s website.

About the workshop leaders

Phill Howley is a professional drummer, composer, producer and educator. Over the years he’s worked and recorded with a variety of bands and musicians, including Liz Green, Louis Barrabass, The Bedlam 6, Paddy Steer and most recently Manchester based ethio-trad, folk-hop band Honeyfeet. He’s also one fourth of the genre-defying Shyfinger. For the last 20 years Phill has worked as a Project Manager, Music Facilitator and Music Leader, and in that time has worked on a wide variety of projects with hugely diverse client groups of all ages.

Ellen Beth Abdi is a vocalist, songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist from Manchester. Ellen completed a degree in vocals on the Popular Music course at the Royal Northern College of Music. In 2017, she was selected to be part of New Order’s 12 piece synth-orchestra for the band’s collaboration with Manchester International Festival and visual artist Liam Gillick ‘∑(No,12k,Lg,17Mif) so it goes…’, out of which came a Sky Arts documentary, a live album and a spot singing backing vocals on the subsequent European tour. Ellen also performed in the 2019 MIF production ‘The Nico Project’ with Maxine Peake and Sarah Frankcom. Ellen fronts Manchester’s ’22 legged afro party juggernaut’ Agbeko and is one of three lead singers in the seven piece band Kara. Ellen is currently training as a music facilitator with Brighter Sound.