Making space for your creative development
Future Proof is our flagship mentoring programme for 18-25 year olds ready to make moves in the music industries.
Running for the first time in 2022/23, this first Future Proof collective of musicians and artists will work with us for 18 months to take the next steps in their creative journey, supported by professionals at Bristol Beacon and from the wider music industry.
As a collaborative programme, our aim is that both the members of the collective and Bristol Beacon will learn, develop and change in ways we couldn’t have done otherwise.
With advice and guidance from industry professionals, access to tailored resources, and tools and experiences to connect and collaborate, we enable this cohort of young creatives to take their next steps in their career.
Future Proof artists 2022
Kai Benjamin, known around Bristol by his stage name ‘B3nji’, is a half Japanese rapper and singer/songwriter who takes pride in his bouncy flows and energetic live performances.
He was a semi-finalist in the 2022 season of The Voice UK and got all four coaches (Will.i.am, Anne-Marie, Tom Jones and Olly Murs) to turn at the Blind Auditions, resulting in national exposure and a TikTok of the audition going viral.
Kai has had his music played on radio stations like BBC Cornwall, BBC Introducing in the West, and the award-winning BURST Radio. He is inspired by the experiences and interactions of day-to-day life and fuels his music with a hunger to achieve within a competitive music scene.
Jazpa One is a Bristol-based multi-talented artist, mentor and advocate for diversity. He is a writer, producer and self-taught music engineer who draws inspiration from Hip-hop, Grime and Afrobeats but his sound is forever morphing.
One of Jazpa’s earliest memories is waking up to his mother playing reggae and the smell of Home Cooked Jamaican food. He strives to replicate that feeling by using his music as a beacon for positive energy.
Bringing people together is one of his strengths, working for organisations such as ACE and Big Team in support of creating a more inclusive and diverse industry. Jazpa One is also the Operations Manager for BORN2BE Records, an independent music label supporting artists to develop music of black origin.
Kdogg KT is a rapper/autotune singer who specialises in UK drill, rap, and hip hop. He emerged onto the scene with his song “Soon I’ll be Just fine” which was based on a racial attack that happened to him in Bristol.
Since then, Kdogg has gone on to work with big names in the music industry including Fumez The Engineer, DJ Limelight (BBC Radio One), Scratchmixedit, and more. He’s also performed at festivals in Bristol like the Harbour Fest and on the main stage at Love Saves The Day in 2022.
You can find his tracks on well-known UK platforms like GRM Daily & Mixtape Madness which both have over 1 million subscribers.
Hailing from a sleepy seaside town in Somerset, performer & producer Melissa Fear strives for individuality. As a songwriter, she shares the vulnerabilities of her generation, carving out a space for the kind of escapism that’s soaked in drum machines and arpeggiated basslines.
Blurring the line between Pop and left-field Electronic, Melissa toys with the concept of the Popstar; chewing up and spitting out an amalgamation of industrial beats and sugary vocals to create her own brand of outsider Pop, akin to the likes of Lady Gaga, Lorde and Charli XCX.
YISKA is a disabled artist and performer best known for her role as lead singer in the fierce rock outfit Mallavora.
Based in Bristol, YISKA incorporates spoken word poetry, intricate harmonies and distortion into her vocals. She explores identity and social justice issues in her writing, pouring anger and grief into crafted melody wherein she questions what it means to be disabled, Jewish and of mixed heritage.
Her influences span decades and genres, ranging from Sam Smith and Elvis Presley to Lady Gaga, Rage Against The Machine, Lizzo, Garth Brooks and everything in between.
x-o1 is a producer and multi-instrumentalist infusing the classic grooves of UK Garage with their own melodic signature.
Heavily influenced by the history of the UK rave scene and its evolving culture, x-o1’s music pays homage to the UK genres that have carried it.
Having released their debut EP ‘211’ under Bristol-based underground record label ‘Spin The Wheel’ earlier this year, x-o1 has set on what looks to be a promising path.
First gen Filipina beauty, xyzelle., is a singer/songwriter based in Bristol that fuses RnB/soul with trap and hip-hop.
The songstress began independently releasing and performing her music at just 16. 4 years later, not only has her songwriting and vocal abilities gracefully matured. She has also cultivated her own unique brand of a pretty tomboy, sometimes sexy, filled with carefreeness and self-confidence.
Garnering comparisons to Mahalia, IAMDDB and Jorja Smith, xyzelle. delivers an unconventional sound with poetry-like, coming-of-age lyrics that are both relatable and raw.
Since starting her music journey, she has worked with award-winning songwriters, producers and engineers as well as performing at some of UK’s biggest festivals such as Glastonbury Festival, Wireless, Boomtown, and Love Saves The Day.
About the programme
What we offer
- A personal development plan
- 1-2-1 mentoring sessions with an experienced industry professional
- Group sessions for pier development
- A personal creative grant of up to £1000
- Seed funding of up to £1000 for you to explore your own creative ideas
- The opportunity to give feedback, ideas, and ask questions about Bristol Beacon’s programme and new venue spaces
- Free access to Bristol Beacon shows, industry workshops, masterclasses and training
- Providing a respectful, supportive and professional working environment
- Delivering a personable, fun and productive approach to mentoring
- Offering performance opportunities to share works in progress at professional venues
- Providing industry quality facilities and a safe environment in which to work
- Offering promotion and advocacy for your work and interests through Bristol Beacon’s communication channels
- Fostering a culture of trust, a willingness to understand your needs, and open communication
- Maintaining an ongoing relationship with you after the conclusion of the programme
- March 2022: Group Induction Sessions
- March – July 2022: 121 Mentoring Sessions & Monthly Group Sessions
- September 2022 – March 2023: Development of Creative Ideas starts, ongoing 121 Mentoring Sessions & Monthly Group Sessions
- April – October 2023: Final Development of Creative Ideas