Celebrating 21 years of Relentless Records – the independent London-based record label that changed the face of British music. The date coincides with Relentless Records’ debut release in 1999, Artful Dodger’s ‘Re-Rewind’, where it all started for the label that helped bring UK garage into the spotlight.
To celebrate. Relentless will recommit to their legacy of providing routes into the music industry to those who might not get the chance – by funding a scholarship to study for music industry qualifications.
For over two decades, Relentless has propelled homegrown British talent, taking them from the underground scene to mainstream prominence.
The label’s diverse range of greatest hits include So Solid Crew’s ’21 Seconds’, Daniel Bedingfield ‘Gotta Get Thru This’, DJ Pied Piper and the Masters of Ceremonies’ ‘Do You Really Like It?’, KT Tunstall’s ‘Suddenly I See’, Lethal Bizzle’s ‘Pow’, and more recently, Headie One’s ‘Ain’t It Different’.
And the label has also helped many enter a career in the music industry.
Relentless partners with the legendary West London independent music venue Notting Hill Arts Club that has hosted countless global stars such as Ed Sheeran, The Libertines, Lily Allen, Mark Ronson and more. Crucially, for many of these artists, their performance came at the start of their career, highlighting the venue’s longstanding commitment to championing new talent.
By day, the venue is a classroom for the Notting Hill Academy Of Music – a music business school that offers vocational courses to get young people in the door of the music industry. It has been a huge success with many alumni now working in their dream jobs, such as Rob Ukaegbu who signed Headie One to Relentless Records, Josephine Atie at Sony ATV, Dan Owusu, label boss at Dream Life Records and David Sonubi, who alongside his brother, Jojo, founded No Signal radio station.
Label founder Shabs Jobanputra said: “We have always searched for UK subcultures, bringing those music scenes to mainstream attention, from UK Garage to Drill. But we have also promoted new generations of music industry executives that drive that change. We couldn’t think of a better way of celebrating 21 Years of Relentless than committing to help more people, who are passionate about what we love to do.”
“I wanted to be in a learning environment with genuine music people who have careers currently in the music,” says Rob Ukaegbu of his time at the Academy, “For this reason, I think it is one of the most unique music courses around, as the lecturers are all a part of the music business in some form.”
To apply for the scholarship click here:
Entrants will be asked to submit a 1500 word essay on why they want to do the course and work in the music industry.
- Relentless will provide a fully paid scholarship each year for a new student
- The course begins in February and lasts 9 months
- The course is a Level 4 In Creative Music Business
21 YEARS OF RELENTLESS HITS…
29/11/1999 – Artful Dodger feat. Craig David ‘Re-Rewind’
08/06/2000 – B15 Project ‘Girls Like Us’
11/11/2000 – Kristine Blond ‘Love Shy’
21/05/2001 – DJ Pied Pieper and the Masters of Ceremonies ‘Do You Really Like It?’
06/08/2001 – So Solid Crew ‘21 Seconds’
26/11/2001 – Daniel Bedingfield ‘Gotta Get Thru This’
03/05/2004 – Jay Sean feat. Rishi Rich Project ‘Eyes On Me’
21/08/2004 – 3 Of A Kind ‘Baby Cakes’
25/09/2004 – Joss Stone ‘You Had Me’
20/12/2004 – Lethal Bizzle ‘Pow’
06/06/2005 – Roll Deep ‘When I’m Ere’
29/08/2005 – KT Tunstall ‘Suddenly I See’
06/08/2006 – Seth Lakeman ‘The Lady of the Sea’
16/06/2008 – Cage The Elephant ‘Ain’t No Rest For The Wicked’
04/09/2011 – Ms Dynamite ‘Neva Soft’
03/12/2015 – Alan Walker ‘Faded’
18/06/2016 – Pinkfong ‘Baby Shark’
13/10/2017 – Tom Walker ‘Leave A Light On’
08/12/2017 – Not3s feat. Mabel ‘My Lover’
17/08/2020 – Headie One ‘Ain’t It Different’
About Notting Hill Academy of Music
Notting Hill Academy of Music works with adult learners to offer those with and without traditional educational backgrounds the opportunity to engage in vocational learning about and within the music industry. Located in central London, NHAM exists to offer educational chances to the widest range of students, evaluating each on a case-by-case basis. Students with significant work or volunteer experience, non-traditional entry grade profiles, mature students and those not in education, employment or training are all interviewed individually to uncover their capacity and passion for learning at Level 4 whilst ensuring they are able to benefit from and achieve the qualification through enhanced student recruitment, admissions and enrolment processes.
NHAM has a strategic objective to widen participation and work with some of the capital’s most disadvantaged students to put them on an even-footing with their peers. The aim is to also offer collaborative partners an opportunity to meet their own widening participation and employability agenda through working with NHAM. Students completing their studies at NHAM have achieved impressive employment results.
On completion NHAM alumni have achieved employment at:
- BMG Rights Management, A & R Manager
- Decca Records marketing manager
- A&R Manager at Atlantic/Def JAM, working for Stormzy
- Senior A&R Manager Relentless Records/Sony Music (discovered and developed Headie One, who achieved a No.1 album in October 2020) •
- Founder and Owner of DreamLife Records which is now a frontline label with Sony Worldwide •
- A&R Manager Black Butter Records (Zara Larson/Clean Bandit)