Tell us a bit about yourself!
An Artist Manager for singer songwriter Rebecca Garton and singer, songwriter, rapper & producer Levelle London under her company SN Music Management; Shikayla Nadine is slowly beginning to make a footprint in the music industry. She began her journey into the music industry 8 years ago as an artist management assistant for the manager of American Rapper Waka Flocka Flame. After realising her passion for artist management, she went on to study Music Business and Brand Marketing at Buckinghamshire New university. Throughout her journey she has worked and collaborated on projects such as Girls I rate and Kid bop UK and also with artists such as Kojey Radical, Ruffsqwads Fuda Guy, Angel and many more. As well as artist management Shikayla expresses her love and appreciation of black music through hosting her own radio show. Hosting the Midday with Kay Show, she prides herself on helping to push new and upcoming artists to the forefront.
What is your greatest career success to date?
Having my artist sign to a major label, and then working on the female collaboration “All Me pt 2” which highlighted, female UK R&B singers.
What has been the most significant challenge you’ve encountered in the industry?
Navigating the industry as a woman has been a challenge, especially as a black woman in such a white male dominated space. Being heard and taken seriously as a businesswoman has been a huge challenge as were often overlooked or assumed to be ‘the help’.
Who gets your Women’s Day shoutout?
Whit Asomani – Whit has been super supportive, when I’ve needed advice on how to advance my career. She’s Also a marketing genius, Working on launches, events and strategies with my artist. Her work ethic is inspiring!
If you could change one thing about how the music industry operates to improve the experience of women, what would it be?
Listen and believe the experiences of women when they have the courage to speak up about them.
Hopes for the future?
More Female Heads of Labels, More women of colour in top position in the industry.