Why I Chose BIMM

Why I Chose BIMM – Martha Phillips

24th January 2018

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Introduce yourself…

Hello! I’m Martha, year 2 Songwriting student at BIMM Manchester and front woman of The Elephant Trees.

How did you get started?

The band started a couple of years ago as a school project, we carried on after the project finished and all decided this was what we wanted to do for a career. We were a bit all over the place to begin with but starting with smaller promoters, we were able to find our feet as a band both on and off stage before we went onto the bigger stuff.

Why did you choose BIMM Manchester?

I wasn’t enjoying A-Levels, music was my passion and all I wanted to do all day every day – one lesson a week in high school didn’t really cut it! For someone wanting to leave that environment but definitely not ready for the big wide world of the music industry, BIMM seemed like the perfect option – and I was right. I chose Manchester specifically so that I could be close enough to my band at home in Leeds but also in a city big enough, vibrant enough, and loud enough to start a career.

What has been your highlight so far at BIMM?

My highlight at BIMM so far has to be the end of term gigs in my first year. I’ve had bigger and better opportunities through BIMM that are probably career highlights but I will always remember the first year and the life-long friends I’ve made through the end of term gigs. Everyone’s excited, having fun and encouraging – good good times with good good people.

What advice would you give to future students on your course?

Don’t hide your skills and talents; always put yourself forward for opportunities. It’s not all about how good a musician or writer you are, it’s about the connections you make and how people will remember you. Be kind and be positive and that will get you a lot further.

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Sarah-Louise Burns

After studying Ba(Hons) Photography, Sarah has worked in Social Media Marketing since 2013 - she's now part of the BIMM Social Media Team, and is photographer for the Who, What, Why series.