THE TEAM

Terry Conlan – Director / Community Outreach Coordinator

Terry is currently a community worker with over 10 years experience working around the world with disadvantaged youth and vulnerable adults, creating projects for personal development and mental health awareness. Terry  studied Community Youth Work at university level. He has been active in Hip-Hop culture for 8 years, learning as much as he can about the culture, and giving back as much as he can to the community.

Terry is passionate about social justice issues and providing a platform for the underprivileged to express themselves.

Paul Ashford – Director / Bboy / Dance Instructor

Designer by day, Bboy by night. Paul Ashford heads up the dance element of 5th Element. With more than 13 years experience, dancing, performing and competing with his crew Northern Soles, Paul understands the importance of social inclusion, discipline, and consistent practice, regularly training in dance multiple times a week. Paul also teaches dedicated classes to the next generation to follow. His workshops focus on self-expression and creativity through movement, as well as covering the fundamental importance of healthy lifestyle choices, & clean eating.

Aside from 5th Element, Paul co-founded and directs Cypher Sessions, one of Ireland’s biggest competitive Bboying events, with a European wide appeal, as well are running more local events with the aim to unite different people and cultures through music and dance.

David Gilmore – Director / MC / Music Instructor

David has been around Hip-Hop his entire life, having been exposed to it from a young age. Bitten by the bug and always having a flair for writing he first began experimenting with creating and recording hip-hop as young as 14. Now an accomplished solo artist under the name ‘Dsgrace’, and a member of popular local duo ‘Waking Android’, David has played gigs and festivals all over Ireland and mainland UK. As well as MCing, he is also known to dabble in music production and very much has his finger on the pulse when it comes to the hip-hop scene throughout Ireland. Being keen to push and promote artists throughout the country he linked up with fellow 5th Element Director Andy Hasson to begin their quarterly live hip-hop showcase, Elixir, in 2017. This has proved to be a great success bringing big overseas names to Belfast (Jehst, Strange U, Physiks & Shogun to name a few) while also shining a light on the huge range of talent from Ireland, old and new.

With this acquired knowledge and appreciation for Hip-Hop, David is keen to introduce more to the culture, and spreading positivity to newer generations.

Andy Hasson – Director / Producer / Music Instructor

Originally from Portrush, Andy cut his musical teeth in the Irish punk and rock scenes of the early 2000s and transferred the same DIY ethics into promoting hip-hop artists in 2006. One of the founding members of North-Coast collective Antidote Sound System, this guitarist, DJ, and producer has been working on various musical projects throughout Ireland ever since.

Much of Andy’s recent work is driven by the advancement of Hip-Hop culture in Belfast and throughout Ireland. He recently graduated from the University of Ulster at Magee with a masters in music specialising in Hip-Hop music production and the use of Hip-Hop music and culture in community outreach.

Last year he teamed up with Belfast Hip-Hop artist David ‘Dsgrace’ Gilmore, to create Elixir a quarterly Hip-Hop showcase held in Belfast. The pair capped off a successful first year in joining 5th Element NI as Directors / Project Co-ordinators.