Prototypes Odyssey tour flyer

Prototypes Odyssey tour takes you on a history of DnB

The Prototypes have announced their debut ‘Odyssey Mini Tour 2016’ in association with D&BTV. They’ll be performing with some of the most iconic, talented and original artists the scene has produced from the beginning, to the very present day… featuring Ayah Marar + Demolition Man UK + General Levy + MC Skibadee + Eksman + IC3 + Brookes Brothers + Joe Ford.

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Chris Garvey; one half of the Prototypes, is a graduate from the BA hons Music Production degree at here Northbrook.

Odyssey tour flyer

Alternative Great Escape, Earworm Events – Northbrook Live Sound Crew!

Music at Northbrook were heavily involved in the production of an Alternative Great Escape showcase over the weekend of 14 / 15 / 16 May 2015, in Brighton. The festival has been recruiting volunteers, employing ex-students and being documented by the business students from Northbrook throughout its entire existence. This year, their involvement included the complete technical running of a stage based at Bar Rogue, beneath the Royal Albion Hotel just by the Palace Pier. The weekend was very busy, and the team handled the pressures of the whole production of the event in true professional fashion.

Paul Pascoe’s live sound crew organised what equipment was needed from the tech specs of 28 acts, including many high profile artists such as Mile Me Deaf (Austria), Vök (Iceland), Zun Zun Egui, USA Nails, Barringtone and Francobollo (Sweden). The sound crew loaded the van and were running a separate show on the Wednesday before Great Escape. A late night I’m sure, but a nice warm up for the TGE stage. Arriving on the Thursday morning at 10am, it was all hands on deck.

The crew quickly threw up the PA, set up the backline which NBCOL also provided, and began working the Soundcraft Si digital desk, setting all mics up and lights. The team dealt with all the artists over the weekend, some extremely tight changeovers between bands (20 minutes) and the event managers, Earworm Events to make the event a great success! Artists’ teams were praising the bands throughout the weekend due to their professional approach and stellar technical skills.

The event itself was part organised by a member of staff, who brought the college involvement and representation. NBCOL had banners up, and prospectuses on display, as well as crew T shirts for the team.

Northbrook Students Working at Wildlife Festival 2015

Music at Northbrook Students were heavily involved in the stage managing and production of Wildlife Festival 2015 at Shoreham Airport. This is the first year it has run and it included major acts such as Disclosure, Rudimental, Wu Tang Clan, Jamie XX and many more. Northbrook students were responsible for DJing in the VIP area, hospitality on the main stage, sound and lighting, and general running of the festival.

The organisers and artists were impressed by the professionalism of our students and we hope to develop our strong links with the festival in the future.

How to copyright your music

How to Copyright Your Music


Mike Pailthorpe is the Music Business Degree course leader and in this video he talks about music copyright in the UK.

Disraeli and the Small Gods playing at the Great Escape

A student’s experience working for The Great Escape Festival

So volunteering as an Assistant Tech at The Great Escape Festival in Brighton was a blast. It was an awesome experience and gave me a chance to both meet plenty of people in the industry, as well as giving me invaluable insight into the world of live sound. The Spiegeltent (the venue I was based at) is a fabulous place and the people running both the venue and the festival as a whole were great people to work with.

Volunteering for all three days of the festival really gave me a chance to get to grips with the venue and learn the ins and outs of how the in house sound tech (who was awesome to work with too) had set everything up. By the 2nd day I knew pretty much everything I needed to know in order to set up for each individual band.

Every single band I helped set up were really relaxed and just generally really easy to get along with.

As a volunteer I was provided with wristbands for each individual day I worked there. This allowed me to gain access to any of the venues to see bands I wanted to see.

On the whole I really enjoyed my time at The Great Escape and would recommend it to anyone who wants to get a foot into the industry or just loves music in general.

 

Prince Fatty

Weekly Industry Visits to the Music Department

Each year we organise visits by several music business professionals. Set up as an open question and answer session chaired by a lecturer, we try and uncover as many details about their profession as possible in an hour. We’ve had visits from A & R people to lawyers, publishers to live event promoters, and of course  professional musicians and producers.

This year we heard from  Chris Davies of Bleeding Heart Recordings who told us of his experience of running a DIY record label. Jon Crawley of C3 Audio talked about running one of the biggest south coast P.A. companies and installing his sound systems on the festival circuit. Jonny Aitken told us about his recent experience as the drummer of the band Spiritualized, just before departing for Spain to record their new album with the producer Youth. And who better to interview a drummer than Brighton drumming duo AKDK, both of whom are lecturers on the music production course.

Brighton Music Conference

Brighton Music Conference

Producer Prince Fatty visited us with his collection of analogue equipment to show how he creates his dubby sound. Then we heard from Tim Rabjohns of landfmusic.com on how to write music for TV and film. We also have an arrangement with landfmusic to share some live briefs with our  interested – and its so brilliant for them to receive real industry feedback on their compositions.

Julian Deane of Raygun Management (who handle  Wytches, and X Certs amongst others) gave some stylistic tips to two of our student groups, and told us about the pitfalls of negotiating your way through the music business. And Kevin Christian Blair told us about his role as A&R person for Rudimental, Ed Sheeran and Skrillex as part of the Warner Asylum label.

Thanks to all involved, and here’s to many more visits next year!

photo of Guy Andrews

Ex-Northbrook Student Guy Andrews Releases New 12″ on Pennyroyal Recordings

Guy Andrews an ex-Northbrook student on the Music Technology course has just announced a new release on Pennyroyal recordings.

Guy Andrews - Ambient Track

Guy Andrews – Ambient Track 12″

This release follows on from a string of releases on influential electronic labels such as Hotflush and Hemlock recordings. He has been building a cult following with his remixes for high profile artists such as Ghostpoet and Massive Attack’s Robert De Naja

Guy Andrews has received DJ and radio support from artists and tastemakers such as Massive Attack, Mary Anne Hobbs, Skream, Benji B, Scuba, Funk D’Void, Xxxy and Untold to name but a few. Online and print publications such as Resident Advisor, DJ Mag, Mixmag, Clash Music, XLR8R, Fact and The Quietus having also given high praises of his productions.

Beautiful Vinyl

New vinyl-only college record label

In an exciting time for Northbrook music and creative media students, a new record label has been formed by the music department in order to develop the industry knowledge and experience of their students.

The new label, Beautiful Vinyl, is kicking off with a bold new project for students organised by Music Curriculum Leader, Mick Feltham. They will have the opportunity to design, produce and manufacture a limited edition, high quality ten track vinyl album. The album will be a compilation of exclusive music produced by local emerging artists and bands as chosen by Music Business and Management students.

Graphic design students will have the chance to promote their artwork as part of Beautiful Vinyl’s first project, having been invited to enter into a competition to design the record cover. The winning cover will appear on around 500 vinyl sleeves and the artist will receive a £200 prize to boot.

The project will not only be counted as an assessed piece of work for Music Business and Management students, but will also provide valuable work experience for over 350 students, allowing them to gain an insight into working in the music industry in areas such as retail, media, studio and marketing. These highly entrepreneurial projects not only equip students with industry knowledge and techniques but they also make students far more employable and instil the confidence and skills required to start their own labels.

Northbrook College’s music student alumni have achieved an array of successes in the industry and are being consulted for their potential industry and business support. Past students who have offered their assistance include Caitlin Lock, owner of digital marketing and PR agency Little Gold, Radha Medar, A&R consultant at Warner Music, who manage Ed Sheeran and Rudimental, Alex Ball, Head of Music at MC Saatchi, Tom Simpson, who works in Music Licensing at Music Publisher Fivemissionsmore.com and on manufacture design and production, Darren Harvey owner of Dog Knights vinyl distro company.

With a full business plan in place and estimated profits of over £5,000 from the sale of the record and T-shirt merchandise, the project is set to be a huge success. The profit from this first project will be invested directly back into the company to produce a yearly compilation album release, each one providing experience, new skills and networking for Northbrook College students.