Music Technology Alumni
Jamie Ward (left 2004)
After finishing my A levels in 2004 I went on to study a degree in ‘Music Technology and Innovation’ at De Montfort University. One particular highlight was studying audio engineering under producer Phil English (Biffy Clyro/Athlete)
Since then I’ve been recording, mixing and producing full time; initially from my own project studio and then the vibrant Seamus Wong studio in Leicester. I’ve recorded over 100 bands from every corner of the UK and had mixing work come in from overseas. My work has been broadcast on BBC radio 1, BBC 6 music and appeared in short bursts on various national and international TV shows. Another unusual accolade was having an album I produced getting played in its entirety on Kerrang Radio.
Alongside this I’ve been playing in various bands on various instruments. Most notably ‘Kyte’ and ‘Maybeshewill’, touring internationally and playing major festivals with both. Particular highlights were a sold out 7 date Japanese tour with Kyte in 2008 and Maybeshewill’s mammoth 62 date world tour in 2014. This took in Russia, China, Australia and then pretty much every country in Europe.
Rob Allen (left 2009)
Music Tech gave me a great foundation of how sound works and what is involved in getting a good mix together. Since doing the Music Tech course at RSA, I have worked full time for a production company as a general technician but specialising in sound. In this role I was travelling all over the UK and Europe setting up for conferences, awards shows and exhibitions. Since leaving the company I have been a self-employed sound engineer, where I have been lucky enough to travel around the world to such places as Miami, The Bahamas, Bahrain and Abu Dhabi, as well as in the UK and Europe, setting up for concerts and all sorts of shows. During this time I have had the opportunity to work with some great bands and people. The Music Tech course gave me a good grounding to help me in my career path of live sound.
Jacob Perry (left 2010)
Since leaving RSA I moved to Guildford to study Music and Sound Recording (Tonmeister) at the University of Surrey. Whilst there, I was able to run my own recording sessions using the massive selection of vintage audio gear; including Neve and SSL desks, AKG C12s, Soundfields, and loads more gear I’d never even heard of! The course also involved a sandwich year, which I spent at Chapel Studios Lincolnshire (a residential studio in the middle of nowhere). During my time there I got to work with some personal heroes of mine; including Dan Weller, Enter Shikari, Kids in Glass Houses, Peace, Jim Abbiss, and even Adrian Edmonson. It was at this point that I started picking up freelance work as a recording engineer, which I have continued since graduation. The music industry has been undergoing many changes recently, and there is more demand for multiskilled engineers, which is why I’ve also been involved in quality review panels for Which?, and have learnt video engineering and broadcast practice for promotional materials. The music industry is exactly as competitive as you’ve heard, so it’s definitely handy to have multiple strings to your bow. I’d like to finish by thanking Nick, Mrs P, and everyone else in the Music Department at RSA for giving me confidence and the experience necessary for me to get to where I am now. The facilities the music department owns certainly rivals that of some of the studios I’ve worked in.