Join the revolution! SO: Music City

Solent University’s SMILEfest team is now working on SO: Music City – a new collaboration with University of Southampton and the music venues and artists of Southampton.

SO: Music City is the ongoing campaign to highlight how much music goes on in Southampton – across all genres – and to support the growth of a sustainable music industry for the city.

Learn more at the website address below:

SO Music City

Soraya Sobh

Soraya Sobh

Soraya needs little introduction, an industry veteran who was responsible for the meteoric rise of both Above & Beyond and their labels Anjunabeats and Anjunadeep, followed by a stint managing and marketing artists such as Swedish House Mafia, Groove Armada, Miike Snow and Jacques LuCont at ATM Artists. Proceeding over 6 years working for other agencies, April 2012 saw Soraya setup The Bakery (London), a marketing and management agency designed for the music industry at large.

In 2015 The Bakery partnered with Big Life Management to set up a JV publishing company. Clients include Delta Heavy (Ram Records/BMG), Crookers (Defected Records), Benny Benassi (Ultra/Sony), Syco Music, Warner Music, EMBRZ (Ultra/Sony), JNTHN STEIN (EtcEtc /Ministry of Sound) and Shelter Point (RCA/ Armada). Soraya was featured in the Music Week 30 under 30, she has also spoken on panels for Beats Evolution Conference and Bitspiration Festival and will be speaking at Brighton Music Conference and a DJ Mag panel later this year. She is also a lecturer at Westminster University on the music business masters course.

Adam Goodlet Guest Lecture

Adam Goodlet Guest Lecture – Professional Live Performer, Producer and Mastering Engineer

Guest Lecture March 19th 2pm till 4pm

Live performance techniques, music critique and Q&A. Location: JM510



2,500,000+ Plays of tracks mastered by Adam on Soundcloud to date

40,000+ Hours studio experience

– Adam mastered 15% of  Beatport Breakbeat Top 100 tracks (June, 2015)

– Completed a music world tour (May 2015 to Nov 2015)

– “Infinite Expansion” track had reached No4 in Psytrance global charts

Lecture Content:

Performing digital music live: modern technology applied to real time performance

Mixdown and mastering: presenting your music professionally



Re:Creation Studio

Music examples:


64K – Full Re:Creation track (watch in HD for best quality audio)

Alice SpaceDoll – SoulBlood – Produced by Adam Goodlet

Gavin Foord (Foor collective)

Gavin Foord, FooR

Gavin represents FooR, a Southampton based collective of producers, musicians, DJs, and MCs at the forefront of the current UK Garage revival. Championed by the likes of Radio 1’s MistaJam and DJ Target, they’ve so far released a handful of singles (including ‘Down’ feat. Karen Harding), and remixed the likes of Wretch32, Tinchy Stryder, Ghetts, and beyond. The four-piece have also become UK Garage’s fastest rising stars on the live circuit, with shows including Isle Of Wight Festival, EDC, Boardmasters, Ministry of Sound, and Mutiny.


2017’s Pure Garage mix album – their installment of the genre’s most prestigious series which debuted at No.9 in the UK compilation charts. Earlier this year they released ’Friends Of FooR’ mixtape to huge acclaim. A hybrid of mixtape and artist album, ‘Friends Of FooR’ features all their own productions. There’s a dizzying array of UK vocal and production talent across the 18 track release, with names including Jaguar Skills, Lisa Maffia, Majestic, Bassboy, and more. ‘Friends Of FooR’ also contains their 3 forthcoming singles, ‘Premonition’, which features Eddie Craig, from garage legends, The Wideboys; ‘Hooligans’ (feat Evil B vs B Live); and ‘Rum Woman’ (feat. Bar Li). Included as one of two bonus tracks is FooR’s cover of Rozalla’s rave classic ‘Everybody’s Free’, which was recently selected by Holy Goof for his forthcoming FABRICLIVE 97 album.

Hailing from Southampton, UK, FooR (fronted by Gavin Foord, Aki, MC Jukie & Tyrone) have all been friends for 15 years – literally since they were kids. Once they hit their teens they started making music together and then throwing parties, first locally, and then across the South Coast.

Their biggest show to date was arguably at last summer’s Isle Of Wight festival, where they were asked to play in The Big Top between fellow Saturday night headliners, Example and Zara Larsson. But such is the current buzz around FooR, that they’re now travelling across the UK, and abroad, with gigs including London’s The Steelyard (with Matt Jam Lamont & Friends), Ministry of Sound, and The Nest, plus shows in Wales, the South Coast, Scotland, the Midlands, and two gigs in Amsterdam. Summer 2018 festival dates will be announced soon.