As a prospective new student at BIMM, we figured you’d be interested to read about our tutors and their backgrounds within the music industry, which is why we’ve been conducting Q&A’s with some of our newest recruits to scratch beneath the surface and highlight why they’re such an asset to our faculty. Expect rock ‘n’ roll stories, career-making anecdotes and just a bit of name-dropping for good measure.
Who are you and what department are you joining at BIMM?
Chris Rogers – Artist Management at Fat Penguin Management and Founder of PIVOTAL Conference. I’ll be fulfilling the role of Work Based Learning Module Leader.
Can you sum up your career highlights in the music industry up until this point?
I have only been in the industry for three and a half years, but have been lucky enough to work with some amazing people so far. Obviously, working with the artists I work with makes me feel incredibly lucky, such as Joe Dolman, who is a BIMM alumnus. I have been lucky enough to meet Prince Charles randomly as part of my work and some others such as Luke Evans. One of the career highlights for me was managing the crowdfunding campaign for one of the bands I work with – we raised £40k from crowdfunding and investment to create their debut album which was incredible.
What are you most excited about teaching the students/what excites you most about working at BIMM?
I really love the opportunity to share the skills I have gained and learned from not only my time in the music industry but also time spent with the students. Seeing them grow and develop is pretty incredible and a real pleasure! I can’t wait to help them get some amazing opportunities as part of their work based learning and experience working with some great companies and individuals.
Also, every time I teach at BIMM, I seem to learn something new or have another idea, so just being around the creativity of the students is great!
Top 5 records of all time?
Deep Purple – Machine Head (The Music my Dad brought me up on!)
Michael Kiwanuka – Love and Hate (One of my favourites at the moment still!)
Ray Charles – Pretty Much everything!
Random, but my taste is eclectic and has changed so much over the years!