Young people have an important role to play in the future of music, says Kaptin Barrett, Head of Music for Boomtown


Kaptin Barrett is Head of Music for Boomtown festival, where over 600 artists from around 30 countries perform in a theatrical pop up city

He is a co-host on Ujima 98FM's Super Soca show and a DJ under the name AAA Badboy, playing at various clubs and festivals around the world and recording mixes for BBC Radio 1 and 1Xtra, among others.

As part of the Creative Gradfest 2020, Kaptin discussed the issues affecting the music industry as a result of the coronavirus outbreak in a webinar with USW Music & Sound students:

Young people have always had an important role to play in the positive change of the music industry

If you go back to the birth of popular music as we know it, it's always been driven by young people, from jazz to rock and roll.

You’re always going to need an injection of fresh ideas and youthful excitement in the music industry.

The talent that USW's Music & Sound students have is amazing. There are so many great tracks on their latest vinyl, there's a lot of talent coming out and it’s refreshing to hear that talent at USW.

If you're based in Cardiff you’re part of the Cardiff music scene

I think all of the musical talents that are at USW, whether they're from Cardiff or not, only makes the music scene here richer.

Not only is the music industry an incredibly important part of the world, it's also a crucial part of our mental well-being.

Essentially what the industry needs to do now is strip itself back, in my opinion, and work out what's important.

If the music industry has to change, then, be part of that change

Now is the perfect time to get involved in the music industry, it's such an exciting time.

The music and festival industry will always adapt and even if nobody knows what the future looks like, be one of those people who helps to build that future.


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