Abbey Road Equalise Celebrates International Transgender Day Of Visibility

Hosted By Trans*/Gender Diverse Industry Leaders and Rising Talents, Abbey Road Studios Announces The Release of a Mini Documentary and Panel Talk For International Transgender* Day of Visibility on 31 March 2021

To celebrate International Transgender Day of Visibility on 31 March, Abbey Road Studios announces the release of a mini documentary and panel talk, hosted by Trans*/Gender Diverse industry leaders. Both activities are part of Abbey Road Equalise - a programme launched by the Studios in 2020, which aims to provide basic tools, knowledge and support to inspire and empower anyone to enter the music industry.

The mini documentary was filmed at Abbey Road Studios during a one-day recording session with a fully Trans*/GD production team and artist, including award-winning producer Charlie Deakin Davies, engineer Max Blue Churchill, producer Jesley Faye and contemporary pop artist Andrea Di Giovanni. The aim of this film is to normalise the roles of Trans*/Gender Diverse identifying people within the studio and to educate, by providing the right language to address people in these spaces and to direct people exploring their identity to safe, friendly and responsible resources.

The team is working with SPECTRA, an organisation who offer non-judgmental, accessible, peer-led services and support to marginalised and disadvantaged communities in London, to oversee the content and ensure everything is accurately conveyed

On 31 March, Abbey Road Studios will also host a panel talk titled ‘Becoming An Artist, Producer and Engineer as a Trans*/ Gender Diverse Person with Max Blue Churchill, Jesley Faye, Charlie Deakin-Davies, Andrea Di Giovanni and Parris OH’.

Becoming An Artist, Producer and Engineer as a Trans*/ Non-Binary / Gender Diverse Person

31 March - 18:00PM - 19:00PM GMT

The panel will begin with a discussion about the speakers’ careers so far and the challenges they’ve had to face and overcome along the way. Topics will include the skills you need to become an engineer, how to get your first break and general tips for Trans*/Gender Diverse producers and engineers that are just getting started. The panel will then take questions from the live audience. For information on ticketing visit here. Further information on the individual speakers below.


About The Panel

Charlie Deakin-Davies (They/Them)

Pop/indie record songwriter/producer and artist. They won the PSN award for Breakthrough Studio Engineer as well as (for the second year in a row) NMG’s Producer of the Year Award. And has just got their first UK 1# working on the album ‘Music Played by Humans’ by Gary Barlow.

Max Blue Churchill (He/Him)

Worked on Grammy-nominated album Saturn, by NAO. Engineered on a track for Queer Eye (Season 5). Regularly working out of Strongroom Studios, Max has worked with Anne-Marie, Primal Scream, Jehnny Beth, Rae Morris, Billie Marten, Art School Girlfriend, Roo Panes, Claude + More.

Jesley Faye (They/She)

Featured as one of the changemakers of 2021 by Refinery29 in the music industry, Jesley has worked with RAYE, Rina Sawayama, Monique Lawz and Aston Rudi as a producer and engineer. They have also DJ’ed for brands such as Nike, RedBull and has been championed by Clash Magazine, NTS and Reprezent Radio.

Andrea Di Giovanni (He/She/They)

London-based contemporary pop artist, Andrea Di Giovanni is what Paper Magazine defined 'The Next DIY Pop Star'; combining their catchy hooks to heartfelt lyrics as well as being championed by The Line of Best Fit, Clash Music, Spotify, Billboard, Netflix and a number of online tastemakers, they have a unique sound 'that feels primed for the top of the charts'.

About Equalise

In 2020, Abbey Road Studios launched its Equalise programme on International Women’s Day with a free, introductory Music Production Masterclass for women in conjunction with Abbey Road Institute - the Studios’ music production and sound engineering school. Equalise was born out of the Studios’ commitment to driving awareness and understanding of music production as a credible and accessible career path for women - an under-represented group within the music industry. Since then, the programme has expanded, with the mission to drive awareness and understanding of music production as a credible and accessible career path for under-represented groups.

Earlier this year, Abbey Road Equalise hosted the Abbey Road Equalise IWD Festival, which saw a series of online live masterclasses, panel discussions and one-to-one mentoring sessions, led by a number of inspiring women, to celebrate International Women’s Day.

Equalise IWD Festival saw panel talks from the likes of Georgia, Shura, Baby Queen and more as well as one-to-one mentoring sessions from female leaders across the industry.