Through charities like Free the Children and Make a Wish Foundation, event production and promotion were my first ventures into the music industry. Before finishing high school, I spearheaded music-based initiatives that lead to funding the building of a school in Kenya and made a terminally ill child’s dream come true. Midway through an interdisciplinary degree in English and Business, music journalism presented itself as an opportunity. This provided a look into the industry and how all the various facets came together. Journalism developed relationships with media outlets, labels, PR companies, and artists. Plus, I was able to talk with artists I grew up listening to like: Anthrax, Megadeth, Misfits, Cradle of Filth, and Twisted Sister. Some of the most valuable lessons were given off-the-record. 2016 saw the launch of Still Heavy Productions, which has grown to assist with band management, production, promotion, mixing, mastering, and grant writing. Through this endeavour music licensing has become a regular topic. Thankfully, I'm now enrolled in the music licensing online course from Berklee.
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