Behind the Artist was a panel talk looking at roles behind the artist in the music industry, and was delivered in partnership between Lewisham Music and We Are Lewisham as part of Lewisham, Borough Of Culture 2022.


Hosted by young musician, Kieran Jackson, this exciting discussion saw industry professionals Mike Keyz, Charlie Deakin Davies and Grant Burnham give their insights into the diverse, rewarding and intriguing roles ‘behind the artist’ and gave the eager audience a chance to throw some burning questions their way.


“It felt like such a safe space to ask big questions.”

Young creative, age 17



This is what happens when you bring open, relatable and caring people from the music industry together to nurture and inspire the next generation of creatives.




Meet the panel…


Charlie Deakin Davies

Pop/indie record songwriter/producer, artist and co-founder of the Trans Creative Collective. Charlie is a studio owner and has worked with such acts as; Laura Marling, Gary Barlow, dodie, MNEK, FRED, James Bay, RAYE, KAMILLE, GIRLI, Ellie Dixon, second thoughts + more. They are the winner of the PSN award for Breakthrough Studio Engineer as well as (for the second year in a row) NMG’s Producer of the Year Award.


Mike Keyz

Music Director, Producer and Session Musician with a wide range of experience in the industry. He is currently the Music MD for artists Craig David and Kojey Radical. He has worked with the likes of Craig David, Jaz Karis, Tay Iwar, Big Zuu and more.


Grant Burnham

FOH Sound Engineer, working with artists and bands in the South London / Lewisham area: Isobella Burnham, And Is Phi & Steam Down. In the past year Grant has had the opportunity to engineer at festivals around the UK & Europe & has just completed his first UK tour as a FOH sound engineer.


This event championed less visible roles within the music industry and gave a safe space for local young people to explore their options in the creative industries.


Watch the discussion below, you won’t be disappointed!



Here are a few photos from the event. Photo credit: Krystian Bygrave