IAMDV8 Festival is a collaborative project that brings together the best creative talent from DV8 Training.
IAMDV8 is a creative festival celebrating the talents of Dv8 Training’s most exciting young musicians, singers, MCs, fashion designers, event managers, graphic artists and filmmakers.
Now in its third year, this collaborative project brings the creativity of the various courses under one roof. DV8 Training’s Events Management & Promotions (EMP) students will work with the students, local artists and partner organisations to showcase the best that Dv8 has to offer.
IAMDV8 will provide a unique platform to network as hundreds of like minded young people and professionals from across the creative industries come together for one evening of entertainment. With the launch of Dv8 Academy in September 2014 there couldn’t be a better time to see what we’re about.
Over the years, Dv8 Training has built a reputation for nurturing some of the brightest new talent in the creative sector. Developed by event manager Fusion in 2011, IAMDV8 has gone on to showcase emerging singers, MCs and musicians, fashion shows, open mic battles, documentary screenings, master classes, market stalls and has been headlined by the likes of Wretch 32, Angel, Devlin, Ghetts, Shola Ama, Giggs and Kele Le Roc. Building on the success of past Eastside Stories showcases and Music Potential Wembley Arena, in January 2013, IAMDV8 is set to take over Stratford Circus once again.
MERIDIAN DAN & SPECIAL GUEST // FAST LANE // DRETONIO // CHAD DOGAN // LASCELLE // YARON // DAN THE POET // DV8 FASHION SHOW // THE THIRST // MILKY & KING THRILLER // REGGAE CHOIR // DV8 DANCE CREW // MUSIC POTENTIAL // HARRY SINGH & BROTHERS // CYNTHIA // BHUM // & SPECIAL GUESTS
About The Performers:
Raised in North London, Meridian Dan, has had a passion for music throughout his life due to the strong influence from his Dad. It was in his teens that he decided to take it on himself, writing his own lyrics and rapping, slowly becoming an artist.
In the early 2000’s, Meridian Dan and his peers decided to get together and form a rap group which consisted of other UK artists such as President T, Skepta, JME, Big H, Bossman Birdie and Paper Pabs. From there, they started performing regularly on Heat FM and arguably became the best around. This success took them to Déjà Vu FM where they performed alongside other East London rappers such as Dizzee Rascal. This station played an important part in Meridian Dan’s career as it became the ultimate platform for emerging MC’s and was said to be the ‘go to’ radio station. However, in 2004 Dan decided he wanted to quit music and pursue his other main hobby; boxing. Dan was soon persuaded not to by the inspirational messages from his fans and words from his close friend President T, who told him that his talent was too good to go to waste. From that day, Meridian Dan joined a new collective called, Bloodline, which consisted of other members such as Bossman Birdie, President T, Big H, Paper Pabs and Milli Major. This group allowed him to emerge further in the underground rap scene.
With an album in the works and a flurry of live gigs and DJ appearances on the horizon Fastlane is set to shake things massively on dance floors. It’s all about the music with Fastlane in case you’re trying to figure out why the crazy blurred photo on this page. Fastlane is about keeping the emphasis on the music which is engineered to make you carry out a single task, dance. Wesley, also known as ‘Fastlane’, is a dance DJ/producer from London.
His passion for music has been with him throughout his life as from a young age he would keep up to date with the new sounds and genres. His musical influences are quirky artists and producers such as Will.I.Am and Kanye West.Fastlane decided to make his move into the industry by managing his own artist in 2008 under the company – ‘Fastlane Recordz’.
During this time, he became friends with his current manager, Colin Batsa, who helped him through his journey by giving him regular advice on artist management. However, Fastlane noticed he had his own talent for producing music and a unique skill for song writing and coming up with catchy melodies. It was the recognition of his own talent that inspired him to become an artist himself, in hope to make a difference to the music industry and the dance scene. Now in 2013, Fastlane has successfully signed to Devlin’s management, EGA Music Group where he is currently working on his own album. His energetic personality and love for music will take this talented individual to good things in the future.
Bhum is a tutor at dv8 college and is a very talented music producer working with the next generation to nurture the talent and passion the dv8 students have for music and helping to create the next best music producer.
A talented performer who surprised us all at the auditions, because not only does he have an amazing voice but he plays guitar and raps. He is currently unsigned and is posting regular updates on his YouTube channel.
Enfield raised rapper is one of our first ever all round packages, yes you heard it here first a singer rapper, songwriter, producer and musician! Stemming from an all music background Chad tells us that music has consistently played a huge part in his life. Chad agrees with us that his music echoes the style of his inspirations; Dappy and American artist Drake and alike the two he uses his music as a form of expression. We are all looking forward to the arrival of Dogan’s first Ep set to hit the underground scene in summer.
The Thirst are an English indie rock band based in brixton, London. The band consists of brothers Mensah (vocals/guitar) and Kwame Hart (bass), Mark Lenihan (guitar) and Marcus Harris (drums/backing vocals). The main inspiration behind starting the band was their strong musical upbringing and appreciation as well as the need to stay away from the life of street crime in London. Their musical influences include Jimi Hendrix, punk, drum n bass, and local hip-hop.
Dretonio gives life to his hard hitting hip hop inspired music. Putting his heart and soul into both his writing and performance he inspires those who have the pleasure of meeting him.
Often described as a ‘driving force’ behind projects was heavily involved with a charity single – Dretonio spent a weekend at Metropolis Studios coaching children aged 11- 24.
The acclaimed songwriter/recording artist positivity is contagious with his thought- provoking, multi genre sounds that combine his love of hip-hop/ with both RnB and popular music.
In 2013 Dretonio independently released his 3 singles, Rock The World, Eye Of The Storm & Blazay and his EP ‘The Only Way Is Up.’ The 9 track collection, written by Dretonio featured several collaborations and resulted in 2 records play-listed on Firin Squad Show on Capital Xtra.
In 2014 Dretonio continues to work with his team on his debut album whilst simultaneously expanding his vision for Blazay Clothing.