Independent Success: AIM in conversation with Maleek Berry and FUGA’s Lara Baker

Presented by AIM

Kicking off The Great Escape Conference 2024 with a bang, the Association of Independent Music will explore ‘Independent Success’ – looking at the tips and tricks that contribute to creating a big impact in the independent sector, featuring special guest Maleek Berry.

British-born Nigerian producer and recording artist, Maleek Berry is fast-becoming one of the most influential figures in African pop culture. Introduced to Lagos’ thriving music scene in 2011 by heavyweight artist, Davido before becoming the in- house producer for Wizkid’s Starboy Entertainment in 2013, Maleek has worked with some of the biggest names in the industry including Nigerian music titans Wizkid, Davido, Naeto C, Wande Coal and acclaimed international artists, Wale, Quavo and Jidenna to name only a few. His hit solo EP, ‘Last Daze of Summer’, released in 2016, became a global sensation and has amassed over 200 million streams.

Forming his label, Berry’s Room in 2012, Maleek has remained firmly independent across his prolific career and signed with Downtown-owned distributor FUGA in early 2024. Join AIM’s Head of Partnerships, Callum Johnson in conversation with Maleek Berry himself and FUGA’s General Manager, UK, Lara Baker as they dive into Maleek’s lauded career, his new relationship with FUGA and what this next chapter brings for the acclaimed artist.


Callum Johnson, Head of Partnerships – Association of Independent Music
Lara Baker, General Manager, UK & IE – FUGA
Maleek Berry, Record Producer & Recording Artist