From the legendary standoff between Wizkid and Vybz Kartel as part of the iconic #NS10v10 series and premiering exclusive tracks from some of our favourite UK artists such as Millionz and Unknown T to hosting important community-led conversations around #BlackLivesMatter and supporting initiatives such as The BYP Network and The Black Curriculum. We’ve had incredible guests such as Julie Adenuga, Ian Wright, and Ray BLK gracing our airwaves, with special shoutouts from O.G’s such as Daniel Sturridge and Adele. No Signal has created a home for a wave of New Black Radio.
Now, we want to make that home permanent.
With your help, we are looking to crowdfund £450,000 to secure HR Studio 1 - a home for all High Roller operations, including your favourite new radio station No Signal, and your favourite party RECESS - to begin building a new generation of Black-owned media and entertainment.
HIGH ROLLER: THE VIBES
Founded in 2015 by brothers Jojo and David Sonubi, High Roller is a creative company, comprising of No Signal & RECESS.
“Labelling themselves #blackradio, they play music from across the African diaspora that folds into the diverse spectrum of black British identity, and are creating a space of community and relief for black Britons at a traumatic yet galvanising historical moment.” - Aniefiok Ekpoudom
Described as “a space for black entertainment for those currently representing us today ” and as a platform that “has shown the power of grassroots entertainment ”, No Signal is a radio station for the people. Comprising of 14 team members and spearheaded by a team of incredible women, No Signal operates 7 days a week with around 40 shows and 115 hours of homegrown entertainment across your airwaves.
Here are a few things some of the team have to say about No Signal:
“No Signal embodies Afro-futurism. It's about Black people operating outside of the constraints of society.” - Ghadir Mustafa, No Signal Playlist Team.
“There needs to be a place we can healthily have Black discourse on media platforms to take control of Black narratives. When football legend, Ian Wright, wanted to publicly talk about his experiences of racism, he came to No Signal before anyone else. We want No Signal to be the place where members of our community can speak about the things that need talking about and be listened to.” - Huda Ahmed, No Signal Executive Team.
Over the last 4 years, RECESS has gone from a Thursday night basement party to a leading light in the London party scene. From day parties across London to taking over Ibiza, we’ve been able to create space for Black people to truly enjoy themselves.
It’s a well-known issue for Black parties to be denied access to venues or to be heavily policed, as well as Black people being denied entry to certain clubs. The growth of RECESS has created a space where Black joy is centered without fear of stereotyping. We aim to keep growing and help push our scene forward.
HR STUDIO 1: THE VISION
#BlackRadio isn’t a new concept. We stand on the shoulders of great pioneers such as DeJa Vu, Heat FM, Choice FM, Rebel Radio, and Kiss FM to name a few. However, the precariousness of Black-led spaces has left very few of these stations standing today. In Jojo’s article, only we can tell our stories, we share our experiences of taking over spaces by Black communities, for Black communities. Racism and anti-blackness have kept Black communities from permanently owning our spaces for too long. With your help, we aim to step forward and create homegrown Black British content that resonates with communities around the world. We want to create a sustainable home for the future of #BlackRadio and entertainment.
We are already in conversation with a space in the heart of North London and have begun dreaming up the possibilities for the studio.
£100,000 allows us to rent a physical space for HR STUDIO 1 for 2 years.
£300,000 allows us to rent a physical space for 2 years and pay 14 members of staff to run the HR STUDIO 1 operations. From presenters and producers to DJs and designers, High Roller doesn’t work without its team, and we are committed to paying people for their time and turning media outlets like No Signal Radio into a viable career option.
£450,000 allows us to achieve all of the above while fully kitting out our studios with the best equipment and design.
This is an ambitious, long-term project, and the lead-in time for something like this could take a few years. There are many milestones to hit, funds to get into place, and people to get on board to make this vision a reality for us all. We understand the importance of transparency and public accountability, especially when our community is investing back into us. We’ll be keeping you all updated with our progress by:
- Updating our community on how we progress with securing the site via our social media channels
- Sharing progress images of the studio, from design to realisation
- Introducing you to the team behind the scenes of No Signal & RECESS each month
No Signal cannot just be a moment in lockdown’s history, and RECESS deserves to be a consistent source of Black joy. These are the first steps to a homegrown media platform, and we have bigger ideas to transform the ways Black stories are told and Black entertainment is distributed. HR STUDIO 1 is the vehicle to a true and authentic source of entertainment, engagement, and education. This only works if it is wholeheartedly for us, and by us.
We hope you support us in our journey of building a new home for us all.
Jojo & David Sonubi & the High Roller Team