We chatted to this year’s Music Production Degree students at the end of year show about their experiences on the course. For more information about the Degree courses check out our blog: http://www.musicatnorthbrook.co.uk/courses/music-production-courses/
T-block has been home to the Northbrook Music dept for fifteen years and cultivated the most innovative and creative music makers. This coming year we move to a new state of the art facility. Join us in saying goodbye to T-block and hear our graduating producers play their best material in this year’s 30 Rooms event
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.
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.
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!
Object Object (students from the Foundation Degree in Music Performance) have been recording with legendary producer John Parish at the Roundhouse, London. John Parish has produced many of PJ Harvey’s albums including Mercury Prize winning ‘Let England Shake’, as well as producing or performing on records by Goldfrapp, Eels, Sparklehorse, and Perfume Genius.
Northbrook music students High Tyde have been added to the BBC Radio 1 playlist this week. Their track ‘Feel it’ will be featured on shows such as Fearne Cotton, Greg James, Scott Mills, Dev, Gemma Cairney and Alice Levine.
They will be releasing their new EP titled ‘FUZZ’ on March 9th. It’s available to pre order the EP now and you’ll get ‘Feel It’ straight away…
We have just installed a brand new set of audio interfaces; Focusrite’s RedNet system. It is an upgrade from our old ProTools HD 192 intefaces and brings network audio to Northbrook for the first time. The system allows any control room to connect to any live room via ethernet in a simple control panel app. We will soon be able to have one band playing in a live room and have students in multiple control rooms recording them.
The system features extremely low latency and extremely high track counts, and puts students in control of state-of-the-art recording facilities.