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SIMONE DRIESSEN Erasmus University Rotterdam, MAARTEN VAN VUGT MOJO, NATALIE GREENER , MAHI KHALESI ROQ 'N Rolla Music ENGLISH SPOKEN
SIMONE DRIESSEN Erasmus University Rotterdam Dr. Simone Driessen is a researcher and senior lecturer in media and communication. She is based at Erasmus University Rotterdam, the Netherlands. In her research, she examines why music fans remain fans over time. In addition to studying this long-term audience engagement, Simone is also interested in exploring why fans discontinue their fandom. Particularly when this happens after a controversy or cancellation of a celebrity.
MAARTEN VAN VUGT MOJO Have been working as a concert promoter and booker at MOJO Concerts since 2015. I’m looking after both international and domestic artists in the Netherlands with a big focus on hiphop, R&B, soul and pop. Also working as a talent buyer for festivals such as WOO HAH! x Rolling Loud, North Sea Jazz and Paaspop.
NATALIE GREENER As a freelancer, my priority is ethical practice and activism within the arts, but also to communicate and understand the reasoning behind the event itself and the people involved within it. My Media and Journalism BA has provided me with a great foundation for a career path in social sciences and field practice; I am able to utilise this every day but in different environments whilst studying my MA. The beautiful thing is that projects bring me in to work alongside them, providing proactive discourse with the community they are also a part of. My aim is to assist for growth in personal arts practice and ask myself questions in a bid to further understand the community I am working next to. I do this as a creative freelancer - maybe on one project as a consultant in community communication and representation, or incorporating ethics into media and marketing strategy at my own events. Currently my roster is packed solid with a vast portfolio of projects; a variety of roles brings a new experience every week that is a huge learning opportunity I can take onto my next freelance job. Working across the entire arts sector, I hope to become a well rounded individual with a contemporary approach. As it stands, I am working with many individuals who also have community at the core of their practice - it is also pivotal to me that my own work should never take away from the culture surrounding it. In a role that is very hands on, I get to network with a multitude of industry professionals who have their own story behind their own arts practice and cultural institutions. I’ve been self-employed since starting university in 2018. From there I’ve built a DIY music community, focusing on raising money and awareness in aid of breast cancer. Since the launch of Tits Upon Tyne in 2019, a following has been built via my website that aids aspiring writers and musicians in providing a platform to showcase their work.
MAHI KHALESI ROQ 'N Rolla Music Mahi Khalesi, 28 years old, born in Tehran, Iran. Raised in Westervoort, a small village near Arnhem. As a little girl, Mahi dreamed of becoming a TV presenter. After the secondary school certificate, Mahi studied 'Events & Marketing' at Rijnijssel College Arnhem. Through her education she tried to make her dreams come true through her internships. For example, Mahi did an internship at Omroep Gelderland as a 'Production Assistant' for a live program and later she also did an internship with Vincent Vianen, who participated in 'So You Think You Can Dance' as a Hip-hop choreographer during that period. Mahi was introduced to the media & entertainment industry at an early age. Shortly afterwards she moved to Amsterdam where she started at the 'Amsterdam Fashion Institute' to express all her creativity. Mahi is a jack of all trades, from hair/makeup, to styling, dancing and music, she can do it all. During her studies she worked as a stylist for several big results and soon ended up in the music industry. She started her career as an A&R Manager at major labels as Artsounds, Sony Music and now ROQ N ROLLA Music, where she has worked on major projects and signed multiple artists. Despite her path, she has never let go of her childhood dream, she has had various presentation jobs and has been a reporter at NPO Funx radio. She also now presents Spotify's 'De Woordenschat Podcast' together with Jayh Jawson and is co-owner of the talk show WOMXNHOOD STORIES. Mahi has always walked her own path, despite not always receiving the support from her environment. Her vision is to always chase your dreams and follow your heart. Her mission is to inspire others with her own story
JENESSA WILLIAMS Academic & Journalist Jenessa Williams is a music journalist and media academic based in the North of England, with a specific interest in fan studies and digital-age sociopolitical discussion. Her work can be seen in the likes of The Guardian, NME, Gal-Dem, Rolling Stone UK, DIY and The Forty-Five.