Pathways Mini Conference

Hackney, Newham and Waltham Forest Music Hubs welcome you to our first Pathways mini-conference 2023, bringing together music educators and the music industry to spotlight the best ways to nurture future music talent.

Led by Max Wheeler, we will explore how educators, musicians and industry professionals can ensure that young people develop the skills they need to succeed in the music industry today.

Music Mini-Conference
Tomlinson Centre | 16th June 2023, 1-5pm

Spaces are limited! To register your attendance, please complete the google form here.

Max Wheeler

Max Wheeler is a producer and DJ who has released albums on Gilles’ Peterson’s Brownswood, Tru Thoughts and First Word Records. As half of Anushka, he has performed live from Saigon to Siberia via Texas and Berlin, with over 10m streams online. He has worked with artists ranging from members of Kraftwerk to Grime Legend Trim, also remixing artists from Snoop Dogg to Gorgon City. Over the last couple of years, he has built a healthy online audience with his weekly analogue hardware studio jams recorded onto reel-to-reel tape.

He has been an educator for nearly 20 years, starting with Youth Clubs in West Yorkshire and Lancashire and currently the Head of Music Tech for Charanga, winner of the Music Teacher Award for Best Digital Resource in 2018. During the pandemic, Max worked with a small team developing a new accessible online DAW ‘YuStudio’ which is available free of charge for all Youth Music Projects and to all Charanga students (currently over 11,000 schools). Max also delivers CPD, training and workforce development on Music Technology, Engagement and Inclusion to a number of Music Hubs and Community organisations around the UK.

In 2018 he wrote and performed his first orchestral work: Grown a Grime Opera with the rap artist Eyez and Essex Youth Orchestra – in collaboration with Essex Music Hub.  The project was a finalist for the Music Teacher Award for Best Musical Initiative and has recently been funded for performance by more Music Hubs around the country.

JNR Williams

JNR is a singer and writer who has featured on a number of UK top 5 albums such as Loyal Carner’s Hugo, Jungle’s Loving in Stereo and Swindle’s album New World.  He has written with some of the most exciting artists the UK has to offer such as MJ Cole, Kojey Radical, Olivia Dean, Celeste, Joy Crookes, Jordan Rakei and Alfamist.

Pembe Tokluhan

Pembe Tokluhan is a Hackney-based multidisciplinary backstage creative specialising in live audio, stage, production and tour management. Her CV includes work with Nile Rodgers & Chic, Gary Barlow, Netflix and more. With a background in youth work, public speaking and diversity consultancy.

She is the founder of Petok Productions, a production company recognising women, trans and non-binary people working behind the scenes, screen and lens. Petok Productions’ mission is to achieve 50/50 gender equality in the backstage industries. Tokluhan and her team have recently launched Petok Academy, with a vision to provide meaningful, free training, mentorship, networking, and job placement opportunities for its members.


Drill fans may know him for 67’s huge track “Lets Lurk”, featuring Giggs. produced by Mazza and GottiOnEm.

Anyone who is a fan of UK Rap and Drill will probably be familiar with Mazza, who hails from East London and has been involved in music production for over a decade. He’s also worked with artists such as Reeko Squeeze, 67, John Wayne, Showkey, 150 and AJ Tracey.

He has been invited to play guest mixes on Radar Radio, Rinse FM and Mode FM. North London Grime veteran JME has recently co-signed him online as well.


Award winning Film Score Composer, Electric Violinist, Multi-instrumentalist and Music Producer from South London, 4STRINGSZ  combines his classical training with contemporary production techniques, to create unique soundscapes and captivating performances.

He has appeared as a Special Guest performer and soloist for the likes of 21 Savage, Kaytranada, Oprah Mag, Kano, Asake, Dave, Ray BLK, NSG, Headie one and many more.

4STRINGSZ has performed across major venues and festivals including the 02 Arena, Koko Camden, the Royal Albert Hall, Electric Brixton, Glastonbury, the Brit Awards, Cross the tracks festival, Yam festival, and Camden Assembly.

Saied Silbak

Saied Silbak is a Palestinian composer and Oud player born in Shafaa`mr, a city located in the lower Galilee of occupied Palestine. His music has been performed around the world at festivals and concert series in Palestine, the UK, Belgium, France, Morocco, Argentina and beyond.

Silbak has a Masters Degree in music from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. He composes music for solo Oud as well as traditional Arabic and various contemporary ensembles.

In recent years he has worked with many artists on interdisciplinary projects and has been involved in educational and community works, developing a politically and socially engaged practice. His music is known to bring together new musical colours by fusing elements from different musical styles combined with rhythms from distinct regions of the world, providing the listener an authentic world-crossing experience.

He won ‘best artist’ at the Palest’In&Out festival in 2016.

Running Order

1:00: Registration
1.30: Welcome
1.45: Rap club presentation
2.10: Music Tech – Yustudio in Primary Schools
2.30: Female and non-binary producers
2.50: Break
3.10: Industry Panel
4.00: Speed Networking with Guest Artists
4.45: Final words

Jack Petchey FoundationNational Foundation For Youth MusicArts Council England
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