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Rye Wax Youth Mentorship Scheme

Updated: Aug 7, 2023



Across April to June, Rye Wax will be undertaking a Youth Mentorship scheme, aiming to benefit a diverse range of young people aged 18-25 interested in live electronic performance across London. The programme will pair industry mentors with young mentees of a similar discipline, giving them access to curated mentorship. This will run in conjunction with a series of workshops and masterclasses from industry professionals across electronic music.


Each mentor will be mentoring x3 young people, across x3 sessions. The mentees will be chosen to help nurture an existing practice or project they feel they need guidance with, and the students will all be given the opportunity to take part in a live performance at the end of the project if they so wish.


We will have laptops with DAWs available to use on site, along with a range of analogue hardware, backline, DJ equipment, mics and more, as well as a network server for the mentees to access their projects remotely.


To apply, please read about our mentors and the dates available (you must live in London, within the age range, and be able to attend all three time slots) and then email us on ryewaxmentoring@gmail.com with information about yourself including your age and experience with production and live performance by DEADLINE EXTENDED NOW TO 3PM THURSDAY 13TH APRIL. Only applicants with some experience in production and/or live performance will be accepted. Please include information about your location in London, and your accessibility needs. Whilst we are accepting applications from everyone, we particularly encourage applications from QTIBPOC / global majority, disabled and other groups underrepresented in the music industry.


We will be announcing our series of workshops and masterclasses shortly, all mentees can apply additionally to attend these, however they are open to a wider audience of 18-25 year old participants.


The mentors will be:


Lia Mice: AM SESSIONS

Monday 17th April 2023

Tuesday 2nd May 2023

Monday 15th May 2023


2021 Oram Award winner Lia Mice is a multidisciplinary artist whose works include experimental electronic music production, large-scale digital musical instrument design, and live A/V performance. Releasing on Objects Ltd and Optimo Music, Mice's unique productions are the result of years of studio experimentation with technology old and new. Mice has performed her all-hardware live A/V sets at venues including The Tate Modern, The ICA and Womb Tokyo. As an educator, Mice is highly motivated to share knowledge with new music producers. She is the Programme Leader of the MA Creative Music Production at ICMP London, and has led workshops with The Barbican, Native Instruments, IKLECTIK Art Lab and Creative Wick Music Academy.


FYI Chris (Chris Coupe): PM SESSIONS

Monday 17th April 2023

Tuesday 2nd May 2023

Monday 15th May 2023

Chris Coupe of the duo FYI Chris is a music producer and DJ with an MSc in Music, Mind And Brain. His speciality is in psychological and cognitive approaches to music, having conducted experiments with Goldsmiths Uni, The Science Museum, Adam & Eve DDB. He helped found Rye Wax as well as Record Science (D2C Music Distro). His experience working with indie record labels and specialising in direct-to-customer distribution for artists and record labels, makes him an ideal mentor for someone looking for a broader overview as well as experience with Ableton and MPC workflows, as well as sampling, collaboration, grassroots approaches to music, synthesisers and hardware.


Medlar: AM SESSIONS

Tuesday 18th April 2023

Wednesday 3rd May 2023

Tuesday 16th May 2023

Medlar is a producer, DJ and live electronic musician with over a decade's experience of touring his music around the world. He regularly performs with legendary afrobeat musician Dele Sosimi, and their live show plays on improvisation in an electronic/club context.

The world of electronic live performance is very broad, a singer or rapper will perform a very different set to a club music producer for example. Whatever your style, Ned will show you how to turn your music into a performance (focussing on one song or a short set), whilst explaining the processes we utilize along the way.


The Golden Filter (Stephe Haus): PM SESSIONS

Tuesday 18th April 2023

Wednesday 3rd May 2023

Tuesday 16th May 2023

Stephe Haus (they / them), as one half of The Golden Filter, has been co-writing, producing, and mixing for all of the duo’s output since 2009 on labels like Optimo, The Vinyl Factory, Brille, Correspondant, and remixes for Saint Etienne, Peter Björn & John, Little Boots, Marc Houle, U.N.K.L.E , Empire Of The Sun, & Curses, among others. Along with the recorded work, The Golden Filter has played live all over the world with analogue synths and ableton live as the core of the live sound. Stephe has also released music as Isolating (Optimo music / 4gn3s), as Agnes Haus (Opal Tapes), as So So In Luv (Activia Benz) & as Quays (production for Kano, Kenzie TTH, Szjerdene, Penelope Trappes, FRMTN).


The Colours That Rise (Simeon Jones): AM SESSIONS

Monday 24th April 2023

Tuesday 9th May 2023

Monday 22nd May 2023

Vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Simeon Jones heads up psychedelic funk outfit The Colours that Rise alongside Nathanael Williams. Simeon’s work spans labels like Rhythm Section, Breaker Breaker, Eglo, Black Acre and Moshi Moshi, collaborations with Yusuf Dayes, FYI Chris and Yazmin Lacey and current projects in the works as a musical director for up and coming pop acts.


J.O.S.H.U.A. : PM SESSIONS

Monday 24th April 2023

Tuesday 9th May 2023

Monday 22nd May 2023

J.O.S.H.U.A is a live act, DJ, producer, label head, artist coach & event organizer, originally from London now based 50/50 Bristol & Brighton. His dawless live set is a unique fusion sound of raw, high-energy music that takes influence from the sound system culture of his youth, merged with his passion for house and techno from his years as a DJ in the UK and Ibiza, it’s an uncompromising & raw musical expression. Combined with technical wizardry and anything-can-happen live performances, J.O.S.H.U.A showcases an array of drum machines, synths and FX’s, all used to maximum effect to improvise and connect with the dance-floor in new and intimate ways, that creates original music in real time, making every set a one-of-a-kind experience, impossible to recreate.


Excelsior Ruth: AM SESSIONS

Monday 24th April 2023

Tuesday 9th May 2023

Monday 22nd May 2023

Excelsior Ruth is a sound artist, composer, DJ and a current resident at Somerset House taking part in their Music and Sound program. Her multidisciplinary practice involves live sets using digital sounds and field recordings, as well as composing for voice, working with choirs and developing audio installations. Ruth’s work has appeared at the ICA, Ormside projects, NTS and others and her live sets can vary from ambient to faster techno, whether playing Harp, using a series of electronic hardware or Ableton Live to explore building energy in a live setting.



Jlte Taygeta: PM SESSIONS

Monday 24th April 2023

Tuesday 9th May 2023

Monday 22nd May 2023

Pianist and violinist Jlte Taygeta (Jeni) has played in classical, folk, jazz and band scenes, with music tutoring on the side. Her day job at Stonewall, a LGBTQ+ rights charity, encompasses community engagement and events. She’s active in soundsystem culture, throwing events in unusual spots and licensed venues too. Jeni boasts over 10 years in promotion, DJing and radio hosting, currently calling NTS radio home.


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